‘There’s strength in community’

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At GECU, a Credit Union Development Educator (DE) Day of Service demonstrates the organization’s ongoing commitment to development and education.The five DEs on staff at the $2.6 billion asset credit union in El Paso, Texas, joined other employee volunteers June 7 to showcase GECU’s continued commitment to its community and the credit union principle of people helping people.The group celebrated the grand opening of the food pantry at the Lower Dyer Community Center by donating enough bags of food to feed 100 local families.“As credit union DEs, it’s important to us to transform our training into actionable endeavors that truly benefit our community,” says Crystal Long, GECU president/CEO.last_img read more

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The Latest: Browns to showcase training camp online

first_imgHe worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. July 28, 2020 The Latest: Browns to showcase training camp online ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ Associated Press center_img Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___ The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.last_img read more

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US Open: Williams Breaks Navratilova’s Grand Slam Record

first_imgSerena Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open. The world number one moved ahead of Martina Navratilova for most match wins in a major by a woman, and tied Roger Federer’s mark for men with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” said the 34-year-old. Serena won her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 1999. “To be up there with both men and women is something that’s super rare, and it actually feels really good,” she added. The American is bidding to claim a 23rd Grand Slam singles title, which would see her surpass Steffi Graf as the most successful woman in the Open Era.The six-time US Open champion, whose number one ranking is under threat, next faces Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, a 6-2 7-5 winner over China’s Zhang Shuai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Victory of BH Young Basketball Players

first_imgOn Saturday, the chosen players by Dragan Bajić will play against Czech Republic in the last round of the first phase of the competition. The male junior national basketball team of Bosnia Herzegovina made its first victory on the European Cup for players up to 18 years which was held in Konya (Turkey)In the second round of the European Championship, BH young basketball players won the selection of Turkey with the result of 73:66 (19:23, 16:10, 13:14, 25:19).Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national team was led to the  victory by Edin Atić with “double-double” performance of 24 points. Enis Memić scored 12, Nedim Đedović 11, and Imran Polutak 10 points. (Source: Fena/photo radiosarajevo)last_img read more

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Juvenile – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgJohn OxleyMark CasseJulien LeparouxPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was Classic Empire, and we’ll be joined shortly by John Oxley and Julien Leparoux, but right now we’ve got winning trainer Mark Casse who is short on time because he has another nice horse coming up shortly on the card. Mark, congratulations, thanks for joining us here. You have not been shy about your confidence in Classic Empire in the last few weeks. Just tell us about that confidence that you’ve had and what you saw today in this race?MARK CASSE: Well, you know what? Couple things amaze me about this horse was when he won the Bashford Manor at Churchill in June, I guess, I’ve been training for 37 years, I thought it was the most impressive 2-year-old winner that I’d ever trained. I went into the Hopeful after Pretty City Dancer won the Spinaway, and these two had trained together. I knew that he was superior to her. And I’m normally not a cocky guy, and this stopped me again for a couple years, but I said to a few people that day, we’re going to win the Hopeful today, it’s just a matter of how far.Then of course he put me back into reality and put me — so I’m not going to say that again for a few more years. But what amazes me is this horse’s ability to have such a high cruising speed. They were flying along, and Julien said Syndergaard, Todd’s horse, is a fast horse, and he said Johnny was letting his horse run and he was just looking at him like, okay, when we going to go? So I don’t know. All week long Dale Romans has said we were going to run 1, 2, him and I, and I said, okay, I’m just glad I was 1.THE MODERATOR: Mr. Oxley, congratulations to you. Can we just get your feelings in the aftermath of a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win?JOHN OXLEY: This is unbelievable. It’s what we’ve been hoping for for many years now, a horse that might replace Monarchos, whom we just lost. This horse is exceptional. I love him, but even more importantly, the jockey, Julien Leparoux, what a ride. Fantastic. Just perfect. It was flawless, and the team behind him, Mark Casse, Norman Casse, the entire organization works for each other. Also, to my sweet wife, Debbie, she brings luck to the team.Q. This horse obviously had some issues breaking from the gate in several consecutive starts. Could you talk about what you did to correct that? Obviously it was a very, very top training job there.MARK CASSE: You know, and maybe that’s another thing that makes this so special. He hasn’t necessarily been easy. He’s an extremely, extremely smart horse, and he tends to see things that maybe others don’t, and you never know what he’s going to kind of do. But we added blinkers. We had actually wanted — we thought after his first two performances where he ran really great, it would have been nice to put some blinkers on him. But normally they don’t allow you to put blinkers on horses that are winning. So after the Hopeful, Norman and I were watching him cool out, and we looked at each other and said I think we can put blinkers on him now.Julien was still out, and he was just coming back off his wrist injury, and that evening I called him and I said, Julien, I have a horse I want you to work out of the gate tomorrow, do you think you can come? And he said, oh, sure. It was a joke.Julien’s been a big, big part of this horse’s training as well.THE MODERATOR: Julien, you’ve been aboard for all of Classic Empire’s wins, not the day that we’re talking about where there were the antics out of the gate, but just talk about this effort today and how professional he was relative to some of what we’ve seen on tape before?JULIEN LEPAROUX: Well, I think you can see there is a big, big difference since the blinkers are on. He’s way more focused. The first two starts he was not breaking sharp from the gate. Since we put blinkers, I mean, he’s been pretty mean to race from the beginning. It’s a big change, and he’s a very, very nice horse. We go fast, but you don’t feel like you go fast on him, so looking forward for next year for sure.Q. Tell us more about this trip today?JULIEN LEPAROUX: Oh, we had a perfect trip. I wanted to break good, which we did. And after that, just sit there and tried to get going early. That’s it.MARK CASSE: I kind of have to watch the break like this. But I just wanted to tell you, I’m voting for him as champion 2-year-old, if anybody’s wondering. Of course I don’t get a vote.JOHN OXLEY: Hey, I’ll vote for that.JULIEN LEPAROUX: Me too.MARK CASSE: There we go.THE MODERATOR: When we get to this point with an impressive juvenile winner, we have to ask about the spring and the potential for the Classics. Your thoughts on a path to get there and what you’re thinking now? It’s a little early, but we’re dying to know.MARK CASSE: I’m just thinking I’m happy the day’s over with. It went well. That’s something that Mr. Oxley and I will talk about. We are a team. He has thoughts, I have thoughts. We’ll talk about it, and we’ll come up with a game plan. Obviously our goal is the first Saturday in May.Q. This team we’ve seen many times before with wonderful colts. And I wonder if you’d take us through how you first found this colt?MARK CASSE: Well, we bought him as a yearling. I think Mr. Oxley had said to me — he always likes to buy nice colts. Well, I think this year we were buying — no, we bought a few fillies. Then we go through and we give him kind of a list, and he goes around with us and he said, oh, I love this one. He wasn’t cheap. But he was well worth it.Q. I can tell you’re confident and how much you love the horse. Watching that wonderful stretch duel and knowing that you and Dale were talking it’s going to be one of you, did you feel I’ve got this? Could you take us through what’s going through your head watching that? Thank you again, and congratulations.MARK CASSE: Well, I thought at the top of the lane I was a little worried because he’d never really opened up before too much, so I’m like, well, maybe. I don’t know how much I want him to open up. Then I thought, well, he’s going to win by a couple lengths, and then towards about 16th pole I may have said a bad word because I could see that horse coming. You know, we had run second with Valadorna in the Filly race, and she just couldn’t get up. I’m like, oh, now it’s the opposite way. But I’m just proud of how both of them ran today. More importantly, he says he just comes along for the ride. But he fuels the ride. So he’s not — not only is he a great owner, but both him and Debbie are great friends of ours.Q. Julien, on paper there was a lot of speed, early speed signed up in this race. Were you surprised, and were you trying to break that alertly and that quickly given the fact that it looked like there was so much speed? And he has shown the ability to race.JULIEN LEPAROUX: No, not really. I didn’t expect to be where I was, to be honest. No, no, my goal was inside of me and outside of me was a lot of speed, so I had to break at least good and ask him away from them. I really thought they were actually going to clear me and maybe sit third or fourth, but in the first turn I was very, very happy how I was, that’s for sure, yeah.Q. Were you surprised that there was only Syndergaard up front?JULIEN LEPAROUX: Yes, but like Classic Empire, when he breaks, he’s got speed, too, so I knew he was going to put me in the race. I was a little surprised the other one didn’t ask a little bit more to get there. So, like I said, in the first turn I was very happy that I was by myself pretty good being second.MARK CASSE: They were skipping along pretty good.JULIEN LEPAROUX: Yeah.Q. The horse on paper looked like he was going to —JOHN OXLEY: Yeah, he broke so good today that I actually lost him for a second. I said, did he come out? And then I was like, oh, there he is. So I know I was surprised.He broke so good that I felt like I was on board. But I tell you, when we got into that first turn and he was in a perfect spot, I jumped off (laughing).Q. Your thoughts about the spring, having been through a spring like that with Monarchos, and the thoughts you’ll be having?JOHN OXLEY: Winter’s coming up first, but I like snow, but I’m in Florida, so I never get it. But I love the spring, and had a good feeling once spring in the air. So I love spring and I love the journey up to the Triple Crown races. Each one will be a wonderful goal and a wonderful stop we hope. And we hope the good fortune lasts.Q. Talk about the attributes of this colt looking ahead to next year what would make you excited about this horse at races like Churchill Downs?MARK CASSE: He’s extremely smart. A lot of horses were getting warm — well, a lot of horses got warm late, but he just walks around and doesn’t really care. That’s always a nice thing to have in a Derby horse. He showed some speed today, but he’ll also rate.JULIEN LEPAROUX: Yeah, I asked him away from there, but he’s pretty easy to rate, too, if you have to.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

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