September 20, 2020

Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

first_img August 2, 2020 ___For more AP NHL coverage: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals, a healthy Phil Kessel had two assists and the Coyotes held on to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Sunday to open their Stanley Cup qualifier series.The Coyotes made the most of their first postseason appearance since 2012, scoring three goals in the opening period on their way to building a 4-1 lead.The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second midway through the third period, to cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3. Associated Press Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 40 shots, held off Nashville’s late push and the Coyotes snatched momentum heading into Game 2 of the best-of-five series on Tuesday.Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored for Arizona.Ryan Ellis also scored for Nashville and Juuse Saros stopped 33 shots.Nashville was sixth in the Western Conference when the season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Coyotes were beneficiaries of the new playoff format for the restart, earning a spot in the qualifier after ending the regular season 11th in the West.center_img The Coyotes had to deal with a distraction before arriving in Edmonton, learning general manager John Chayka had resigned the day the team left for the bubble.Once the puck dropped in Edmonton, Arizona had the early jump and scored the opening goal — thanks to a double carom. Ekman-Larsson scored it midway through the first period on a shot near the blue line that hit Nashville center Kyle Turris’ skate, bounced off teammate Matt Duchene’s body and floated over Saros’ head into the net. Dvorak scored less than three minutes later, punching in a rebound of Kessel’s shot past Saros. Keller made it 3-0 on a power play, one-timing a pass from Dvorak over Saros’ glove shoulder.In danger of being run out of the rink, the Predators breathed a little life into their hopes with a lucky bounce of their own. Forsberg got it, firing a power-play shot that Kuemper initially stopped before caroming off Arizona defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson’s skate into the net with 2.5 seconds left in the opening period. Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener The Coyotes erased any Nashville momentum late in the second period when Grabner, Arizona’s short-handed specialist, broke free on a Predators power play and beat Saros to make it 4-1.The Predators needed 30 seconds of the third period to gain it back, scoring when a shot by Ellis caromed off Ekman-Larsson’s skate past Kuemper. Forsberg cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3 on a power-play shot from the slot, but the Predators couldn’t get anything else past Kuemper.NOTES: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz did not play after taking a shot to the head in Thursday’s exhibition against Vegas. … Rinne had started every Predators playoff game since 2010, a streak of 89 straight games. … Kessel had his 21st multi-point playoff game, third among active players behind Patrick Kane (34) and Joe Pavelski (24). … Forsberg is Nashville’s all-time leading postseason goals scorer with 24.UP NEXTGame 2 is Tuesday in Edmonton.last_img read more

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FB : A better place: Kose’s journey from war refugee to football player reaches fulfillment at SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Finding Refuge: Part 3 of 3Tombe Kose walked into ‘heaven’ on earth. Striding across the crisp Kentucky bluegrass of Yankee Stadium on a seasonably warm December day, Kose glanced up at the sky.There was something more than a football game in that moment for Kose. It was a long-awaited return to New York City, to the city that provided first glimpses of a new life to him 11 years prior.His first experience in the city was a brief, terrifying one, as his family stepped into the unknown after traveling to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya.Kose, a fullback on the Syracuse football team, was there this time to play in the Pinstripe Bowl. The bowl was a crowning achievement for the rising senior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It feels like a true blessing, honestly,’ Kose said. ‘The Pinstripe Bowl, it was a great experience. Walking into Yankee Stadium felt like heaven.’Reaching that point took hard work from an SU team that hadn’t reached a bowl game since 2004. And no one worked harder to get there than Kose. The 22-year-old has seen more in his short life than most see in a lifetime — from his early youth in his war-torn country of Sudan to a refugee camp in Kenya to his upbringing in California and trying to learn English.Kose was 7 or 8 years old when his family was forced to flee its home and its country. He was only 10 years old when they moved again — this time to the United States. Yet through all of the war, the uprooting and the unknown, he persevered.‘Put it this way: I don’t envy him,’ said Tyrone Wheatley, SU’s running backs coach. ‘I don’t want to go through it. But he’s out of it, he’s through it.‘And you can just tell that there’s something special about him.’***War of the most vicious nature took over in Sudan starting in the mid-1980s at the start of the Second Sudanese Civil War. It was a resumption of the First Sudanese Civil War, which took place from 1955-72.A 1998 BBC News article cites the death toll as nearly 2 million — including 20 percent of the southern Sudanese population. Kose and his family were from Juba, near the country’s southern tip.For the first seven or eight years of Kose’s life, he lived in the midst of one of the longest-running conflicts in Africa.‘The memories I left in Sudan were ones that somebody wouldn’t want to remember,’ Kose said. ‘It was a lot of violence. A lot of adversity.’The civil strife in Sudan focuses around the southern part of the country’s fight for independence from the north, said Martin Shanguhyia, an assistant professor of history in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. But there are also different factions of ethnic groups in the south that fight each other.Kose and his family managed to escape Juba. They went southeast to Kenya, where they moved into a refugee camp.‘It was tough to leave because war was basically forcing you out of your country,’ he said. ‘When somebody usually tells you to get up and leave against your own will, it’s pretty difficult.’Life in the refugee camp was, at best, a life without war. Refugees are restricted and live a tough life because they aren’t free, said Shanguhyia, who is from western Kenya.Kose and his family lived in the refugee camp in hopes of gaining a sponsor family that would bring them to the United States. He was captivated by stories of life in America. His uncle used to encourage the young Kose’s imagination with tales of the easy lives of those across the Atlantic.He told Kose about buttons Americans had in their houses that bring food instantly when pressed. Whether that was meant to be a reference to a vending machine or a microwave, the stories enticed Kose.‘It sounded pretty good,’ he said. ‘It sounded like we were heading toward a better life.’***The better life Kose fantasized about came to fruition when his family was sponsored to come to the United States. But it wasn’t as easy as pushing a button.He and his family flew into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, landing in a winter wonderland that left Kose in a state of trepidation and confusion.‘We were kind of terrified to actually exit the plane because I had never seen snow before,’ he said. ‘My parents were all, ‘What is this?”New York was just a layover, and the family soon flew out to San Diego, where an uncle lived. San Diego was Kose’s new life.‘I learned to love San Diego,’ Kose said. ‘Called it my home away from home.’Kose credits his first teacher in American schooling — who he called Ms. King — for smoothing the transition to the United States. Other than Kose’s father, who spoke some English, he and the rest of his family spoke primarily Arabic.Outside of the words ‘hi’ and ‘bye,’ Kose said he didn’t know anything. But he watched the hand motions of people as they spoke certain words, and his after-school sessions with Ms. King sped up the process.And then there were sports. The universal language of soccer proved to be a catalyst for assimilation.‘I played soccer since I could walk, basically,’ Kose said. ‘I learned that athletics, there was no absolute language barrier, because if you could play, you could play. And everybody basically saw you as a teammate, a family member.’Kose continued to play soccer throughout his childhood in the United States. He was a defender, and he played with aggression. He had almost an American football mentality on the soccer field.Both Kose’s father and uncle played semiprofessional soccer in Africa. But as Kose grew up, the limits in the physicality of soccer eventually drove him from the game.‘It’s amazing because I noticed how I was playing soccer,’ Kose said. ‘I noticed my aggression on the soccer field. I was just like I want to play a sport where I can hit somebody — and get away with it.’***It’s fitting that Kose first got into football by watching the San Diego Chargers teams of the early 2000s. The 2000 Chargers won just one game.Kose’s football career was a long shot as well. But entering high school at the age of 14, Kose quit playing soccer because he wanted to play football.Like his transition to the United States, there would be some adjustment. The decision to stop playing soccer came at the dismay of his father.‘He was upset with me for a while,’ Kose said, ‘because he thought I was giving up something I was really good at.’Kose didn’t play much his freshman year and said at times there was some regret in the decision. But in his junior and senior years, he earned his spot as an offensive guard for Crawford High School.Though Crawford’s enrollment is about 1,300, said Crawford Athletic Director Scott Page, the football team’s numbers are tiny. That’s because the high school has a high population of immigrants from all over the world.Kose was an exception. Then-Crawford head coach Tracy McNair said in Kose’s senior year, the team had only about 25 players. Everybody played both ways, and a player like Kose played offensive line simply because he was one of the biggest on the team.Playing for such a small school — and playing out of position — Kose received little interest from small colleges out of high school. But with the transition from offensive line to fullback imminent, Kose decided to attend San Diego Mesa College.Mesa head coach Henry Browne said Kose received his first carry as a fullback in a game against Mount San Jacinto College. Mesa had the ball on the 2-yard line, and Kose got a ‘quick hitter.’ But the handoff wasn’t pure, and Kose never got a grasp on the ball. A Mount San Jacinto player ran it back 99 yards for a touchdown.‘Resiliency,’ Browne said in a phone interview. ‘He came back and for a time, I think there was one game where he had three carries for three touchdowns.’Former Mesa quarterback Kyle Christian came to Mesa during Kose’s sophomore year. He said the fullback was one of the first people to welcome him to the team. They both shared a common goal — to become a Division I football player.He worked so hard at his new position that he made the all-conference team as a sophomore. He showed so much toughness on the field that in one game, when his facemask broke after a play, he ran off the field, got a new helmet and came right back on, Christian said.Kose now had a new goal, one that could never have been imagined back in war-torn Juba.‘When he was on the field, a lot of defensive players feared him,’ Christian said. ‘When we watched film, we’d see different players take on fullbacks. When we played them, they never would do that.’***When Kose found Syracuse football, he found a program that he said, in many ways, reminded him of himself.‘I chose Syracuse because I’ve been an underdog all my life,’ Kose said. ‘And when (Doug) Marrone told me he needed me to be a part of what would turn Syracuse around, I jumped on the opportunity right away.’Kose was a backup fullback on last year’s Orange team and figures to be the same this season. He’s entering Syracuse’s spring game Saturday and his senior season as a BCS conference football player.That’s only 12 years after coming to America and leaving a continent full of war. Eight years after he first started playing football. Four years after he first started playing fullback.‘Coach Marrone (and) just a lot of the coaching staff welcomes you with open arms and makes you feel like you’re at home away from home,’ Kose said. ‘But you know, I feel like it’s a true blessing.’mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

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Trojan sisters establish education scholarships

first_imgUSC Rossier alumnae and sisters Patricia (Patti) Poon and Candace (Candy) Yee and their husbands established last week two endowed scholarships for Rossier students: the James and Candace Chan Yee Endowed Scholarship and the Dudley and Patricia Poon Endowed Scholarship.The sisters both graduated from the USC Rossier School of Education and went on to become teachers. Poon graduated in 1965 and taught math for 40 years, while Chan graduated in 1968 and received her MS in 1969, according to a press release.They committed themselves to supporting teachers because, as former teachers, they said they know first-hand the sacrifices young teachers are often forced to make in order to be the best for their students.“We would go to conferences on the weekends and see these teachers spending their own money for classes so they could do something new and exciting for their students,” Yee said in a release. “They’re paying for their own teaching items and classes because giving to the kids is never-ending. And elementary teachers give so much back to the little kids.”Poon and Yee are dedicated members of the Trojan family in other aspects as well. The sister are fans of USC sports and say they “bleed cardinal and gold.” In addition to attending as many athletic events as they can, they volunteer at Heritage Hall and donate to both USC Athletics and the Trojan Marching Band.Yee also runs a blog, Trojan Candy, dedicated to USC sports, featuring profiles of athletes, pictures and commentary on games.“Most of the time we’re here for all of the sporting activities,” Poon said in a release. “So we started volunteering at Heritage Hall, giving out candy and motherly advice to the athletes, and Candy started taking pictures and interviewing the athletes.”The Trojan family has become an actual family to the sisters. They said that, as graduates of USC, they feel a responsibility to help support the next generation of Trojans.“Students are our future,” Poon said in a release. “We’re older so we don’t have any other expenses, but when you’re young, it’s very difficult. That’s why if there is any way you can help, you should support them.”By supporting the future educators coming out of Rossier, the sisters are hoping to have a much broader impact.“Our children must be educated and prepared to take over for us in the next generation and beyond, and teachers are the foundation for preparing our children to perform this responsibility,” Yee said in a release. “USC Rossier realizes its responsibility to produce excellent educators, and we are proud to support the school in this goal.”last_img read more

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USC Annenberg holds discussion of ‘The Post’

first_imgPanelists at the event discussed how media coverage of the government and the presidency changed after the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Wanting He | Daily TrojanFormer White House Counsel to Richard Nixon John Dean and former Vice President of Legal at the Los Angeles Times Karlene Goller came to Wallis Annenberg Hall Monday evening for a panel discussion following a screening of Oscar-nominated film The Post.The discussion was hosted by Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Geoffrey Cowan and associate professor Mary Murphy. The event took place as part of Murphy’s class, JOUR 381: Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society.The screening was presented by Annenberg and Amblin Entertainment, the company that produced The Post. According to Cowan, Amblin Entertainment presented screening of the movie at other college campuses as well. Dean and Goller were joined at the panel discussion by Susan Seager, a media defense lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine and a lecturer at the Gould School of Law. Cowan helped organize the event, and invited the speakers to be on the panel.“Whenever we do something like this, we think about who would be wonderful people for students to be exposed to afterwards,” Cowan said. “John Dean has been nice enough to be involved with a lot of things at this school, so I reached out to him, and then I thought it would be wonderful to hear the legal perspective of how we handle cases, so we have two great lawyers here.”Dean served as Nixon’s counsel during both the Pentagon Papers scandal, the subject of The Post and the Watergate scandal that eventually led to Nixon’s resignation. Dean said he participated in the panel because of his existing relationship with faculty at Annenberg.“I come over here and teach in [professor] Bob Scheer’s class, and I’ve been doing that for about 15 years  – we’ve lost count, it’s been going on so long,” Dean said to the Daily Trojan. “So I was happy to come over and participate.”By featuring legal counsel from both government and media organizations, the panel discussion was able to delve deeper into the issues at the center of The Post, which deal largely with the media’s relationship to the government and media law. Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post focuses on Washington Post publisher Kay Graham’s (Meryl Streep) decision to print stories about the Pentagon Papers, which revealed that America was losing the Vietnam war despite government narratives claiming America was close to winning. The paper faced legal implications after publishing the story, which could have landed Graham and executive editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) in jail after being held in contempt of court. Following the film screening, the panelists discussed a number of issues brought up in the movie, including the relationship between journalism and the government, how women are treated in the workplace and the ethics of journalism. One of the major topics of discussion was how the press’ relationship to the government changed after the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the ensuing Watergate scandal. “The Pentagon Papers caused newspapers to start working together to define media law,” Goller said in the discussion. “That’s when media lawyers began to be a part of law school, and that’s when journalism schools started teaching media law to journalists.” Dean added that the Watergate scandal marked a shift in how the presidency was covered by the press. “[Before] Watergate, presidents were given the benefit of the doubt,” Dean said. “That changed dramatically — a lasting effect of Watergate is that the press now places the burden of proof on the presidency.”Furthermore, Dean said after the Pentagon Papers were published, Nixon’s demeanor in the White House changed. “The atmosphere at the Nixon White House just went from light to dark,” Dean said. “Nixon [became] embittered and angry. It’s really quite striking.” The panelists also discussed how women are treated in the workplace. In The Post, Graham is the only woman in a position of power, and faces with sexism throughout the film. “I remember going to media law conferences in the early 2000s, and there were barely ever any other women there,” Seager said. “The men who were there wouldn’t talk to me, until I mentioned that I went to Yale and caught their attention.” “No one paid any attention to Graham in the male-dominated bank scene [in The Post],” Goller said. “That’s still happening today.” After taking questions from the audience, Murphy and Cowan ended the discussion at 8 p.m. Cierra Barker, a junior majoring in public relations, attended the screening and panel discussion as a student in Murphy’s class. “I thought it was super interesting to hear from both lawyers and a man who was in the White House at the time,” Barker said. “My biggest takeaway was how much women have progressed in the workforce, especially seeing [Graham’s] journey throughout the film and then having two female lawyers speak at the panel.”last_img read more

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Syracuse qualifies for 1st-ever NCAA tournament, to play Yale

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After qualifying for the NIVC last season, its first postseason tournament appearance in program history, Syracuse returned six seniors: Witherspoon, Ebangwese, Jalissa Trotter, Mariia Levanova, Anastasiya Gorelina and Christina Oyawale. Syracuse finished fourth in ACC play, with its 14 ACC wins tied for the most since joining the conference in 2013. Still, unlike her coach, Ebangwese wasn’t certain SU was safe entering the night.“All signs and logic says, ‘yes, we’re probably going to make it,’” Ebangwese said. “But it’s not real, it’s not official until you see your name.”Syracuse began its season with three tournaments away from the Women’s Building. During the Marquette Tournament, it played Brigham Young University, USC, and Marquette, three ranked opponents in three days. From there, the Orange used a 4-0 start in ACC play, its best since joining the conference in 2013, to reach 14 wins.On Oct. 28, SU knocked off then-No. 22 Louisville, its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2015. The experience of playing ranked opponents during the preseason tournaments, the Orange felt, helped prepare it for teams like the Cardinals who awaited it in the ACC.Eric Storms | Staff Writer“We didn’t necessarily win the [preseason tournament] games,” junior libero Aliah Bowllan said earlier in the season. “But we learned a lot and we were playing with the best teams in the nation.“We were playing with them and able to keep up with them.” And shortly past the midway point of the twentieth hour on Sunday night, it was rewarded for those early season losses, its five-game winning streak, and everything in between. Rewarded with more than another appearance in the NIVC, and rewarded with something that no other SU volleyball player ever experienced.After Syracuse popped up on the screen and the players erupted with cheers, Yelin remained stoic. As Ebangwese, Oyawale, and others hugged one another, he spoke to a recruit over the phone. When Yelin ended the call, his phone was already blowing up. For years his teams had searched for a tournament bid, set back by the change from the Big East to the ACC, he said.“I got so many text messages from former players and they’re so happy,” Yelin said, “and I responded back to them that [this] wouldn’t be happening if you didn’t build this kind of platform for this kind of game, for these kids.” Comments Published on November 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm Contact Eric: SU head coach Leonid Yelin was near certain Syracuse would reach the NCAA tournament. At 8:29 p.m., one minute before the NCAA selection show was supposed to begin, Yelin strolled into the room in Manley Field House where the Syracuse watch party was being held. After pacing in and out for about half an hour, he didn’t smile, speak, or show any sign of nervousness. Instead, he started fiddling with his phone. Eventually, he took a seat next to associate coach Erin Little. “Just to know how it works for so many years, I was pretty confident,” Yelin said. Yet, everyone other than Yelin was anxious. Senior Amber Witherspoon said the wait felt like “centuries,”  and fellow senior Santita Ebangwese tried to pass the time by studying flashcards for an upcoming exam related to her bioengineering major.But soon, the Orange heard what they were waiting for. When “Syracuse” appeared on the screen beneath “Penn State” and “Howard,” the room erupted in cheer. For the first time in program history, Syracuse (18-8, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Orange earned a birth in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament and will face Yale (19-4, 14-1 Ivy League) on Nov. 30, in a match hosted by No. 8 Penn State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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McGee misses out on Australian Open spot

first_imgHe narrowly missed out on a spot in the main draw after losing 7-6 3-6 6-3 to Blake Mott in the final qualifying round in Melbourne.Despite the disappointment, McGee says he’s proud of his achievement.last_img

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Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. chooses Florida over Kentucky, Tennessee

first_imgKerry Blackshear Jr. has committed to play for the Florida Gators in his final season of eligibility, according to multiple reports. The Virginia Tech graduate transfer also took visits to SEC schools Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas.Blackshear, considered one of the top transfer prospects ahead of the 2019-20 season, helped lead Virginia Tech to a Sweet 16 berth in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, which the Hokies narrowly lost 75-73 to Duke. He averaged 14.9 points, 2.4 assists and 7.5 rebounds from the Hokies’ frontcourt in 2018-19, finishing his three-year stint there averaging 11.2 points, 1.4 assists and 6.4 rebounds. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20 At 6-10, 250 pounds, Blackshear figures to be an imposing figure inside for the Gators. He joins a Florida roster that includes Andrew Nembhard (8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game), Keyontae Johnson (8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists) and Noah Locke (9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds).The Gators also brought in what is considered the No. 7 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, comprised of five players, including five-star small forward Scottie Lewis (No. 7 overall), point guard Tre Mann (No. 20 overall) and top-100 player Omar Payne (No. 43 overall, No. 10 center).With the addition of Blackshear, Florida — which finished 20-16 last season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament — is suddenly among the favorites in the SEC, and a trendy pick to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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‘Caregiver’ presentation to be given across Sumner County

first_img 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 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! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Janet Donley, Sumner County Director of Senior Services  — A “Caregiver” is a person who provides needed help to a loved one, a neighbor, friend and in our situation the person being taken care of needs to be 60 years of age or older.In August, I will be giving presentations about the services and programs that may help you as a Caregiver. The schedule is as follows, and if you can’t attend the one in your town on the date scheduled you may attend any of the other presentations throughout the county.Aug. 19th-Conway Springs Senior Center —————-  11:45 a.m.Aug. 20th-Belle Plaine Barner Center————————11:30 a.m.Aug. 21st-Argonia Senior Center—————————–11:30 a.m.Aug. 22nd-Mayfield Senior Center—————————12:00 a.m.Aug. 23rd-Oxford Senior Center——————————12:00 p.m.Aug. 27th-Caldwell Senior Center—————————-12:00 p.m.Aug. 28th-South Haven Senior Center———————–12:00 p.m.Aug. 29th-Wellington Senior Center————————-12:00 p.m.I will also be providing information on Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) for the 2014 year. last_img read more

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What exactly is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas-Sheldon Keefe connection?

first_imgAfter the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday afternoon, all eyes turned to the man who took his spot — Sheldon Keefe. The new Leafs bench boss makes his NHL debut on Thursday night in Arizona — with the lofty expectations of ending the team’s six-game skid. However, Keefe will not only have the comfort of more than a handful of players on the roster that he has coached in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies, but he’ll also have general manager Kyle Dubas firmly in his corner. Dubas and Keefe go way back, to the days of junior hockey. April 15, 2011Kyle Dubas, 25, is hired as the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds — the second-youngest GM in the history of the OHL. Dec. 3, 2012Sheldon Keefe is hired as the head coach of the Greyhounds mid-season when Dubas fires Mike Stapleton. MORE: Babcock statement | Who is Sheldon Keefe? 2012-13 seasonKeefe leads the Greyhounds back to the playoffs with a 36-26-3-3 record; the team did not qualify the previous two seasons. They would go on to lose in the first round to the Owen Sound Attack in six games. The Attack was backstopped by netminder Jordan Binnington, now of the St. Louis Blues.2013-14 seasonIn his first full season at the helm, Keefe leads the Soo to a division title with a record of 44-17-2-5. The squad, with now-Penguins netminder Matt Murray between the pipes, exact revenge in the first round of the OHL playoffs by defeating Owen Sound 4-1. They would go on to lose four straight games to a stacked Erie Otters squad in the second round.July 22, 2014Dubas is hired as an assistant GM with the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his tenure at the Soo, 14 players were drafted to the NHL — the second-most among OHL teams during that span.Then-GM Dave Nonis noted, “He is an innovative thinker that will bring enthusiasm and impressive abilities to our club. His work ethic, character and demonstrated leadership in Sault Ste. Marie, make for a valuable combination that will certainly have a positive impact on our organization in many ways.”2014-15 seasonWith Dubas now in Toronto, Keefe undertakes his second full season in Sault Ste. Marie — and it was a benchmark year for the coach. The Greyhounds won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy with the best record in the OHL (54-12-0-2, 110 points) for the first time since 1985; it was also a then-franchise record. MORE: Twitter reacts to Babcock firing | What’s next for Babcock?June 8, 2015Keefe gets tapped to steer the Maple Leafs’ AHL league team, the Toronto Marlies — which Dubas oversees as the Leafs assistant GM. Keefe left the Greyhounds after compiling a 98-29-2-7 record in his two full seasons behind the bench while earning the 2015 OHL and CHL Coach of the Year trophy. 2015-16 seasonWith Keefe at the helm, the Marlies ran away with the regular season — finishing first in the North Division (54-16-5-1) and winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the team that finishes with the most points in the AHL. The trophy was a first in the franchise’s history as it had the third-best record in AHL history; however, the Marlies lost in the conference finals .Keefe coached several current Maple Leafs that season, including forwards William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Frederik Gauthier and netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo.2016-17 seasonWhile they started off the season 6-1-1, the Marlies fell slightly short of the previous season’s record-breaking numbers. The squad did finish 42-29-4-1 for second in the North Division but was unable to get past the second round of the playoffs, losing to Syracuse in a Game 7 heartbreaker.Current Leafs Kapanen, Gauthier, Kaskisuo, Andreas Johnsson, Trevor Moore, Dmytro Timashov, Travis Dermott and Justin Holl studied under the tutelage of Keefe that season.2017-18 seasonThe season that started all the hype. Once again the Marlies saw themselves atop the AHL standings, capturing another Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy with a 54-18-2-2 record. Feeding off a monster year from Garret Sparks — who won the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s best goaltender — and Johnsson, the playoff MVP, the Marlies won the Calder Cup.They needed seven games, but the Marlies won the first men’s hockey championship in Toronto since the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967; the Toronto Furies won the CWHL title in 2014. At 37, Keefe became the second-youngest coach to win the Calder Cup.McCARTHY: Leafs make high-stakes bet swapping Babcock for Keefe  May 11, 2018During the Marlies’ run to the Calder Cup, Dubas is named the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.2018-19 seasonKeefe led the Marlies to a 39-24-9-4 and third in the North Division but cannot repeat as they fall in the Eastern Conference finals in six games.Nov. 20, 2019The Maple Leafs dismiss Mike Babcock, clearing the way for Dubas to finally get his guy as Keefe takes the reins as a rookie NHL head coach. The team commits to Keefe in a big way, reportedly signing him to a three-year deal the following day.last_img read more

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Seashore Day Camp To Host Fundraiser For FIre Victims

first_imgLONG BRANCH -Seashore Day Camp and School will hold a Day of Fun Fundraiser Saturday February 25 from 12-4p.m. to benefit victims of the West End fire that left people homeless and destroyed businesses on Brighton Avenue onMonday, Feb. 13. The event will take place at Seashore’s 404 Broadway Campus in Long Branch. Tickets are $10 per child and can be purchased ahead of time or at the door. There will be swimming in the indoor heated pool, inflatable sports park, Rock n’ Slide, spins on the Rockit, basketball contest, lanyard making, beading, game room, candy making, pizza making, ziplining (weather permitting), raffles and more. There will be an extra charge for food. All proceeds will be donated to the West End Fire Relief Fund. According to Seashore Director John Villapiano, the event is being held to help neighbors who have lost everything. We want to do our part to help local residents and businesses rebuild,” he said. Villapiano stressed that parents must stay with their children. Those interestedcan also bring gift cards, donations or checks made payable to West End Fire Relief Fund. For directions or in case of snow, call 732-222-6464, check facebook or visit www.seashorecampandschool.comlast_img read more

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