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Four of the top 10 teams in country to play in Paradise Jam

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 27th November, 2019 14:51 IST Four Of The Top 10 Teams In Country To Play In Paradise Jam Oregon coach Kelly Graves is excited to bring his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the holidays. WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Akshay Kumar sports the same t-shirt for ‘Housefull’ & ‘Good Newwz’, Netizens react Associated Press Television News First Published: 27th November, 2019 14:51 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves is excited to bring his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the holidays.The No. 1 Ducks will play three games in three days at the Paradise Jam Tournament beginning Thursday, including the finale against No. 8 Louisville on Saturday. Oklahoma State and UT Arlington are also in the Ducks’ bracket.That’s only half of a loaded field that will spend Thanksgiving off the continental U.S. Second-ranked Baylor, No. 5 South Carolina and No. 17 Indiana are in the other bracket. The Lady Bears and Gamecocks will face off on Saturday, too. The eight teams in the tournament haven’t lost a game this season, going a combined 37-0.“We play three really good teams back to back to back. None of them have lost yet. And they all pose different challenges. Oklahoma State, Texas-Arlington, and then Louisville,” Graves said. “It’s going to test us. We knew this stretch would, and after those three games we go home for South Dakota State. These are five NCAA Tournament teams that we play back to back to back in lots of different time zones. We’ve got our work cut out for us and our bench is going to need to come up really big in that tournament.”Usually Thanksgiving tournaments might have one or two good teams, but to have four of the top 10 in the same field makes the Paradise Jam loaded.“It’s like an Elite Eight or Final Four with really good teams playing in the same place,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “We will see a lot of great basketball down there.”Both Walz and Graves said that if their team’s look ahead to Saturday’s matchup, there is a good chance they could falter before that game.“Oklahoma State just dismantled a really good Rice team,” Walz said. “Texas-Arlington is also good. Our depth is going to get tested.”This is the first time this season that so many top teams will be in the same place. So far, of the top 10 teams, only South Carolina and Maryland have faced each other. That will change this week.South Carolina coach Dawn Staley would love to see an early season women’s doubleheader like the one the men have with the Champions Classic that features Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State.“I think it would create a lot of buzz, even if we played it during the day. I would like to see that game on ESPN like the men’s game,” Staley said. … I think it would be a great thing.”The tournament this weekend in the Virgin Islands will only be available to watch on a streaming service.Here are a few other tidbits from the tournament:ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Gerlich family loyalties will be divided Saturday when UT Arlington faces Oklahoma State. Krista Gerlich is the coach of the Lady Mavericks and her daughter Bryn plays for Oklahoma State. This will be the first meeting between them. Bryn, a sophomore, is averaging about 7 minutes a game.CHALLENGING TRIP: Washington State will be the only program to face three-ranked teams in the tournament. The Cougars (4-0) play Baylor, South Carolina and Indiana. The Cougars already have an impressive win at Boise State and have won their first four games for the fifth time in program history — the last came in 2015-16.“I’m happy for this team. We’re at a different level in practice compared to last year. We’re seeing real signs of growth and we’re proving it by winning some early games,” coach Kamie Ethridge said. “I think that’s a reflection that we’re better than we were a year ago. It feels like we’re going in the right direction.”___Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 center_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US 9 months ago Greece: Powerful quake rattles island of Crete 9 months ago Chile police committed Human Rights Violations during protests: HRW 9 months ago This is the Vivo X30 5G with Super Telephoto periscope camera  COMMENT 9 months ago Bangladesh tribunal sentences 7 militants to deathlast_img read more

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Musings from a night with Mike Tyson

first_imgUNDISPUTED TRUTH—Mike Tyson speaks during his show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” on opening night, April 14, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/SPI Entertainment, Kirvin Doak Communications, Erik Kabik) LAS VEGAS (AP)—The urge struck me about halfway through Mike Tyson’s latest adventure, just after he told the audience about how his mother loved the bottle more than she loved him. Or maybe it was when the big video screens showed a young Tyson serving as a pallbearer for Cus D’Amato, the man who molded his boxing career and the only man he really loved.The former baddest man on the planet once made opponents and anyone who came into his path shake with fear. On this night, though, it was all I could do not to run up on stage and give him a big hug. Surely a lot of those gathered in a hotel theater just down the hall from where Tyson had some of his biggest fights felt the same way. How could they not after watching him bare his soul for assorted VIP’s and anyone willing to pay $117.49 to hear his story?It was billed as “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” and there’s still time to catch it if you have the cash and can get to the MGM Grand hotel before Wednesday’s final performance. Beware, though, because this is more about Tyson’s greatest misses than it is about his greatest hits.“Many of you wondered what the hell Mike Tyson was going to do on stage tonight,” Tyson said at the beginning of the show. “I was wondering the same thing.”Actually, I had a good idea because I’ve been listening to it for years. So did Tyson, because the show is mostly scripted—credit is given to wife Kiki—and he knows the subject material because he’s lived it.That he’s still alive at the age of 45 after all that living is remarkable enough, a fact Tyson himself acknowledged on stage. Any combination of the women, the fights, the drinking and the heavy cocaine use could have done him in at any time.“I’m coked up and fat,” he said at one point, gazing up at a Los Angeles police booking shot of himself on the video screen. “I’m a fat cokehead.”That he’s transformed himself into something far different than his fearsome former self is even more remarkable. He’s now America’s Guest, a comedian/actor/storyteller who finds it both therapeutic and financially lucrative to talk about a time gone by, when he mesmerized the world with his wild and crazy ways.Some of it can still make you shift uncomfortably in your seat, like when Tyson talks about being with Japanese prostitutes before his upset loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo. Some of it makes you wonder, like his conflicted feelings toward ex-wife Robin Givens, 20 years after their divorce. Some of it makes you laugh, none more so than the 10 minutes Tyson devoted to his infamous street brawl with fellow fighter Mitch “Blood” Green in New York.“I hit him so hard I broke my hand,” Tyson said. “But I broke his face, too.”The idea of Tyson doing a one-man show that people would actually pay to see seems a bit ludicrous. Somehow, though, it works—in a lot of ways.His thin, high-pitched voice isn’t made for the stage, but the tales he tells are compelling and he delivers them with a showman’s flair. He’s backed by a singer and a five-piece band, and the message he brings is one of redemption and forgiveness.Redemption for himself. Forgiveness for others, like his alcoholic mother, and promoter Don King.“When I first met Don I didn’t realize I was meeting the (insert your own word here) devil,” Tyson said. “But Don and I made peace. Forgiveness is my new motto. I hope it works for me.”Forgiveness goes only so far, though. The people in Indiana who put him in prison for three years for rape apparently don’t merit it, even as Tyson acknowledges the lockup may have saved his life.“There’s a lot of things I could have gone to jail for and I deserved to go to jail for,” he said. “But this wasn’t one of them. I didn’t do it and I will never admit doing it.”Strangely enough, the show barely touches on the biggest moments in Tyson’s career. There’s no footage of him knocking out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion ever at the age of 20, nothing on the video screen from his 91-second destruction of Michael Spinks.The only two fights he really talks about were among the lowest moments of his life. He’s seen getting knocked out by Douglas, and there are pictures of him biting Evander Holyfield’s ear.He explains the Douglas loss to the fact he was cavorting with Japanese prostitutes instead of training. The ear biting, he says, was mostly Holyfield’s fault for head butting and the fact referee Mills Lane “hated my guts.”Fair enough. It’s Tyson’s show, so he can say what he wants, even if he risks rewriting history in the process. But this show is more about feelings than punches, and if you couldn’t figure it out when he was talking about his beloved Cus, you got the idea at the end when the band played “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Tyson added the voiceover of his troubled life.The audience that mostly filled the 740-seat Hollywood Theater on this night was a loving one, with one woman shouting out “You’re doing great, Mike” as he paused during one particularly bleak story. They gave him a standing ovation when he took the stage, and many did the same when he finally left it two hours later.A good night for all. About the only thing missing was a group hug at the end.last_img read more

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Samuel Eto’o calls time on illustrious career littered with silverware!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ReutersAdvertisement fbqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb2vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec5yl19( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ba8nq7Would you ever consider trying this?😱cy8ij6Can your students do this? 🌚1d2ctRoller skating! Powered by Firework Samuel Eto’o, one of the grestest strikers of his generation, has finally decided to retire from professional football at age 38 after a 22 year long career filled with numerous honours and silverware.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersWith the final year of his career at Qatar SC, Eto’o decided to put an end to his memorable professional life that spun across several European elites, scoring 293 goals in 587 club appearances.Four time African player of the year winner, Eto’o represented Cameroon 118 times in the international level, and became the country’s all time top goalscorer with 58 goals. He played in four FIFA World Cups, and winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000, and two African Cup of Nations trophy in 2000 and 2002.Advertisement The former FC Barcelona attacker posted on his official Instagram following the news of his retirement, with a caption that read: “The end. Towards a new challenge.”“Thank you all, big love.”Advertisement A shining product of the Real Madrid youths, Eto’o joined their La Liga rivals in 2004, and is what started his most prestigious phase of his time on the field.In his 5 year spell at Camp Nou, the Cameroonian won three La Liga and two UEFA Champions League trophies, earning him the reputation of being one of the most prolific strikers of his era.In 2009 he gained the attention of José Mourinho, while he was in charge of Inter Milan. Eto’o arrived at San Siro in the summer of 2009, and became a crucial member of the Nerazzuris that won the historical treble in the 2009-2010 season- Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia.After moving to Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, Eto’o tasted English Premier League football for the first time in 2013 joining Chelsea, and moving to Everton the following year.In 2015 Eto’o returned to Serie a with Sampdoria for a short 6 month spell, before moving to the Süper Lig, joining Antalyaspor, and later in 2018 another half season with fellow Turkish side Konyaspor, and played the final year of his career at Qatar.Samuel Eto’o will be remembered as one of the most glorious players of his time, and it is to be seen where the African heads towards for seeking a ‘new challenge’. Advertisementlast_img read more