German schemes outsourcing administration to minimise hassle, study shows

first_imgThree-quarters expected the outsourcing trend to continue, citing the increasing complexity of administration.As much as 90% of respondents said they expected the complexity of the regulatory environment concerning labour and tax legislation to increase over the next 10 years.Additionally, the volume of assets in the pension funds is increasing, and companies want to focus on their core business and other HR issues.Both factors have also contributed to a greater need by pension fund members for information, which 82% of the companies expect will increase.At the beginning of December, Towers Watson announced it had been re-awarded the administration for the pension plans of the Bosch group, including the €2.5bn Bosch Pensionsfonds, after the mandate was tendered at the end of a five-year-term.The outsourced mandate covers pension arrangement for 200,000 employees and is as yet the largest outsourcing mandate of its kind.Bernhard Wiesner, senior vice-president of corporate pensions and related benefits at Robert Bosch, said: “By hiring a qualified specialist service provider, we can ensure very efficient and at the same time lean administration processes for our occupational pension plans.”He added his company could not have set up the administration “as economically” on its own. The number of German pension funds outsourcing administration is growing, Towers Watson has found in a study citing increasing complexity is the main reason.In total, 83% of the 65 companies the consultancy surveyed were already using external service providers for occupational pensions administration.When the survey was last done in 2011, the share was 67%.Another 17% are planning to outsource pensions administration for the first time, or add other services to the outsourced mandate.last_img read more

Kiddy Cricket Festival Comes East/Southeast

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 43 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Photo credit: Mervin Thomas.Kiddy Cricket, a ScotiaBank funded initiative and a partner of West Indies Cricket Board and Dominica Cricket Association, has been involved with developing cricket skills among youth on Dominica for more than a decade. Since its inception, Kiddy Cricket has held yearly cricket festivals where primary schools would compete against each other in a spirited yet enjoyable atmosphere. On January 28th, Kiddy Cricket hosted the first annual cricket festival for the east and Southeast. Over 100 youth traveled to Castle Bruce Playing Field to represent their schools. The invited schools from the festival in the east and Southeast included: Atkinson Primary, Lighthouse Academy, Salybia Primary, Sineku Primary, Castle Bruce Primary, San Sauveur Primary, Jones Beaupierre Primary, Morne Jaune Primary, and Grand Fond Primary. Photo credit: Mervin ThomasThe final match was an all Kalinago Territory affair where Sineku Primary defeated Atkinson Primary to claim the first championship of the Kiddy Cricket Festival of the east/Southeast. All of the Sineku Primary and Atkinson Primary team members will be invited to demonstrate their skills during one of the breaks of the West Indies and Australia test match which will be held at Windsor Park 23rd to the 27th of April.Those who assisted in the planning and financing of this first annual youth cricket festival include: ScotiaBank, West Indies Cricket Board, Dominica Cricket Association, East Dominica Children’s Federation – an affiliate of ChildFund Caribbean, Mervin Thomas, the Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, Joseph Bridwell, a Peace Corps Volunteer, and the east/Southeast area sports officers.Mervin ThomasKiddy Cricket Coordinator NewsSports Kiddy Cricket Festival Comes East/Southeast by: – February 10, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Decatur County Healthy Fair Set For June 25

first_imgDecatur County Memorial Hospital will be hosting their annual Healthy Fair that offers a free lunch to everyone who attends on June 25th.Nearly 800 residents are expected to attend the event that offers vision, skin cancer, bone density and blood screenings. Attendees will also have an opportunity to donate blood during a drive.There will be many door prizes given away and children can enjoy any of the two bounce houses or the newest feature this year, Nine13Sports Bicycle Challenge. This challenge features eight stationary bicycles hooked up to a big screen TV which encourages kids to race across the screen in friendly competition.Also, attendees can tour a LifeLine medical helicopter and Decatur County ambulance, learn about fire safety in the Greensburg Fire Department’s Safety House and enjoy a mini Farmer’s Market.The Healthy Fair serves as a chance for people to interact with the community’s health care professionals and learn how to make the most out of all the resources that are available in and around Greensburg that ensure community well-being. Over 70 booths will be present with thirteen offering free screenings and all booths will provide reliable information on a wide variety of health topics.This year’s fair will be held at Greensburg Elementary School. For more information you can check out the Healthy Fair’s web page.last_img read more

India close in on victory as Jadeja shines

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyDHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – Ravindra Jadeja shone with bat and ball to put India in a commanding position to secure a series-clinching victory over Australia in the fourth and final Test yesterday.After two days of fluctuating fortunes at the end of a tight series which is level at 1-1, India moved ahead in the morning session when they fashioned a valuable 32-run lead before being dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch.On the liveliest of the four pitches used in the series, Australia’s top order struggled against the bouncing ball before Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared six wickets between them to bowl out the tourists for 137.Chasing 106 to complete a 2-1 series victory, India were 19 for no loss at the close at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium which is hosting its first Test.Openers Lokesh Rahul (13) and Murali Vijay (six) will resume today, with the hosts needing 87 runs to complete a comprehensive win inside four days.“We claimed three early wickets, which was a bonus for us,” Jadeja told reporters.“We had already taken an upper hand with the 32-run lead. From there, the momentum was with us,” added the all-rounder.Jadeja made 63 and featured in a 96-run partnership with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after India resumed 52 runs adrift and with four wickets in hand.Jadeja was hit on the helmet after deflecting a ball from Pat Cummins, who peppered the batsman with short deliveries. The 28-year-old connected with one to smash his fourth six before dragging a delivery from the same bowler on to his stumps.Steve O’Keefe sent back Kumar in the next over and Cummins (3-94) got rid of Saha, who made 31, with another short delivery.Off-spinner Nathan Lyon (5-92) dismissed debutant Kuldeep Yadav for seven to wrap up the innings and complete his second five-wicket haul of the series.Australia’s top order struggled from the start.Karun Nair spilled David Warner at slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the second time in the match but the opener, who has managed just one fifty in the series, was unable to capitalise and was caught behind for six off Umesh Yadav.Much depended on captain Steve Smith and the highest scorer of the series hit three delectable boundaries before guiding a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery on to his stumps to depart for 17.Umesh (3-29) had Matt Renshaw caught behind as Australia lost three wickets before they had wiped out India’s first- innings lead.Jadeja dismissed Shaun Marsh, Cummins and O’Keefe before Ashwin joined the party, claiming 3-29.Glenn Maxwell top-scored with a fluent 45 before falling lbw to Ashwin.“You can hear a pin drop in the dressing-room,” batting coach Graeme Hick said.“Very disappointing day! There’s always a chance until the final ball is bowled. But it was a hard day today. The boys will be pretty down,” the former England batsman added.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 300 (S. Smith 111, M. Wade 57, D. Warner 56; K. Yadav 4-68)INDIA 1st innings (o/n 248-6)L. Rahul c Warner b Cummins 60M. Vijay c Wade b Hazlewood 11C. Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 57A. Rahane c Smith b Lyon 46K. Nair c Wade b Lyon 5R. Ashwin lbw b Lyon 30W. Saha c Smith b Cummins 31R. Jadeja b Cummins 63B. Kumar c Smith b O’Keefe 0K. Yadav c Hazlewood b Lyon 7U. Yadav not out 2Extras: (b-4, lb-11, w-5) 20Total: (all out, 118.1 overs) 332Fall of wickets: 1-21,2-108,3-157, 4-167, 5-216, 6-221,7-317, 8-318, 9-318.Bowling: J. Hazlewood 25-8-51-1, P. Cummins 30-8-94-3 (w-5), N. Lyon 34.1-5-92-5, S. O’Keefe 27-4-75-1, G. Maxwell 2-0-5-0AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsM. Renshaw c Saha b U. Yadav 8D. Warner c Saha b U. Yadav 6S. Smith b B. Kumar 17P. Handscomb c Rahane b R. Ashwin 18G. Maxwell lbw b R. Ashwin 45S. Marsh c Pujara b Jadeja 1M. Wade not out 25P. Cummins c Rahane b Jadeja 12S. O’Keefe c Pujara b Jadeja 0N. Lyon c Vijay b U. Yadav 0J. Hazlewood lbw b R. Ashwin 0Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (all out, 53.5 overs) 137Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-31, 3-31, 4-87, 5-92, 6-106, 7-121, 8-121, 9-122.Bowling: B. Kumar 7-1-27-1, U. Yadav 10-3-29-3, K. Yadav 5-0-23-0, R. Jadeja 18-7-24-3, R. Ashwin 13.5-4-29-3INDIA 2nd innings (Target: 106 runs)L. Rahul not out 13M. Vijay not out 6Extras: 0Total: (for no loss, 6 overs) 19Fall of wickets:To bat: C. Pujara, A. Rahane, K. Nair, R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, B. Kumar, K. Yadav, U. Yadav.Bowling: P. Cummins 3-1-14-0, J. Hazlewood 2-0-5-0, S. O’Keefe 1-1-0-0.last_img read more

Hillsborough: Jury Concludes Fans Unlawfully Killed

first_imgNinety-six football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests concluded on Tuesday.The jury found match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” due to a breach of his duty of care.Police errors also added to a dangerous situation at the FA Cup semi-final.The prime minister said the inquests had provided “official confirmation” fans were “utterly blameless”. After a 27-year campaign by victims’ families, the behaviour of Liverpool fans was exonerated.The jury found they did not contribute to the danger unfolding at the turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on April 15, 1989.Nine jurors reached unanimous decisions on all but one of the 14 questions at the inquests into Britain’s worst sporting disaster.The coroner Sir John Goldring said he would accept a majority decision about whether the fans were unlawfully killed – seven jurors agreed they were.When the conclusion of the unlawful killing was revealed, families were seen hugging each other in the public gallery and some punched the air.When considering how each of the 96 victims died the jury concluded many died well after 15:15 on the day of the match.The coroner at the original inquest in 1991, Dr Stefan Popper, said he would not hear any evidence relating to deaths beyond that time because he believed all the victims had died, or suffered fatal injuries, by then.The deaths were ruled accidental and those verdicts were quashed following the 2012 Hillsborough Independent Panel report, and new hearings were ordered.The new inquests found the direct medical cause of death was compression asphyxia in all but three of the victims.The earliest time of death was estimated from 14:57 and the last up to 17:00.Tony Bland, the 96th victim, died in 1993 after being left brain damaged, due to or as a consequence of compression asphyxia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panel considers what to expect on election night

first_imgWith less than a week to go before the presidential election, the Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the second-to-last event in its Road to the White House Series on Tuesday evening at Ground Zero Performance Cafe. The panelists discussed what students can expect to take place over the next week as well as the latest installment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement last Friday that the Bureau would reopen the investigation into Clinton’s private email server, there has been a shift in momentum among voters. What many saw as a clear-cut Clinton victory has suddenly became a tighter race.The event, “Election Night Preview: What to Watch For,” included a panel featuring: Professor Robert Shrum, the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics; Rob Stutzman, founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs; Daniel Wahl, director of USC Students for Trump; and Philine Qian, a member of the USC College Democrats. Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Matt Lemas, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, co-moderated the panel. The event was co-sponsored by the USC College Republicans, the USC College Democrats and the Daily Trojan.Shrum began by clarifying that, though an announcement similar to Comey’s is quite rare so close to the election, it is not entirely as unprecedented in American politics as many may think.“Something like this happened once before, which was when Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case, re-indicted on a third count Casper Weinberger four days before the 1992 presidential election,” Shrum said. “That was thought to be outrageous at the time.”Rob Stutzman argued that, though Comey should resign due to his apparent willingness to engage in public discourse, the root cause of this affair can be traced back to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.“This whole problem started … with [Comey] having to be in charge and take the lead on this investigation, because the Attorney General of the United States met for 30 minutes privately … with the former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton,” Stutzman said. “Because of the appearances of impropriety at that meeting, Attorney General Loretta Lynch basically handed the baton to Comey, who hasn’t handled it very well.”Despite this new development in the ongoing Clinton scandal, Stutzman and Shrum both agreed that it will not have a significant effect on the election as a whole.Daniel Wahl, the only Trump supporter on the stage, offered his more optimistic opinion on the state of the Trump campaign.“Donald Trump … received more votes in the primary than any other Republican nominee in history,” Wahl said. “He received 13 million votes, certainly more than Mitt Romney did in 2012 and [McCain did] in 2008 by a margin of roughly 5 million. He’s had so much enthusiasm among his base, and some, like Bill O’Reilly, say it’s the most they’ve seen in the history of politics.”Students weighed in on the panel afterwards, pointing out the variety of viewpoints held by those on the panel.“I always like that [the Unruh Institute] brings in a diverse panel,” said Alex Harutunian, a freshman studying business administration. “There was a Trump supporter today, which was the first time they’ve had one, but I always like that they have both Democrats and Republicans at their events. I have yet to see an independent or a third party supporter, but I think that’s because they’re pretty rare.”Giulia Corno, a freshman majoring in political science and neuroscience, noted her frustration with the lack of focus on policy by the mainstream media.“I honestly have not read any articles about what their policies are and what they actually think of certain issues,” Corna said. “I don’t know anything beyond the scandals, which is really frustrating for me, especially because this is the first election I’ll be voting in.”Corna also identified with a comment made by Qian regarding the seemingly self-serving nature of the candidates, and how they appear to be willing to alter their policies to get donor money or support from broader demographics.“[Philine] was talking about how she wants to see politics change, that it has to be about what’s right and what’s wrong instead of what will get [the candidates] the most money and the most voters,” Corna said. “You need to be putting policies out there that will improve the world, not improve your life.”The Unruh Institute will host a poll-watching event in the Wallis Annenberg Hall next Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. Students can watch live as the results come in from each state and will have the opportunity to discuss the outcome of the election.last_img read more

Burkina Faso, Egypt in Battle Royal for Final Ticket

first_imgNow they are looking to book another place in the final when they meet Egypt in the last four this evening.“We dream of doing better than in 2013. It will not be easy. We cannot know what the future will be, only God knows,” said their coach Paulo Duarte.“The important thing is that the players do not lose their humility.”Burkina Faso, who beat Tunisia 2-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday, has progressed even though serious injury has cost them two key players in the first round.Jonathan Pitroipa, named the best player of the 2013 tournament, and Spanish-based striker Jonathan Zongo were ruled out in the opening week after knee injuries.“But we have other players. This is a team that I started building seven years ago and I know all their abilities,” Duarte added as Burkina Faso prepared for the semifinal.“They are a team capable of giving a fantastic show. The quality and the confidence is there.”Burkina Faso has developed a level of consistency over the last decades and since 1996 have qualified for 10 of the last 12 Nations Cup finals tournaments. They are also well placed in the early stages of Africa’s qualifiers for the next World Cup.But to make the breakthrough to Nations Cup success will be tough in the closing stages in Gabon.Between them the other semifinalists – Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana – have won half of the previous 30 Nations Cup tournaments, representing a heavyweight presence in the final four in Gabon.But the Egyptians are just emerging from seven years away without participating in the finals and were fortunate to win Sunday’s quarter-final over Morocco.Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are a youthful squad who held on grimly to force their quarterfinal against Senegal to a penalty shootout which they won.Ghana, whose captain Asamoah Gyan is doubtful for the semis, has now reached the last four of six successive Nations Cups since 2008 and the Black Stars are the new favourites. They play Cameroon in Franceville tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017… AFCON 2017…Alongside a trio of the continent’s most successful teams in the African Nations Cup semifinal line-up, Burkina Faso’s ambition burns brightly as they seek another chance to win their first major title.Four years ago, Burkina Faso was surprise runners-up at the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa and has confirmed that potential with a place in the final four at the tournament in Gabon.last_img read more

Lakers’ rookie Jordan Clarkson finds inspiration from his father – coach, friend, cancer survivor

first_imgThe circumstances already put Jordan Clarkson in a bad mood, the best game of his college career at Missouri soured because of a loss to Kentucky.Defeats have always hit the current Lakers’ rookie guard hard. Clarkson often dissects his miscues before giving himself credit for successes. His 28 points against the Wildcats proved no exception. But he was going to receive worse news.Clarkson’s dad and stepmom left their San Antonio home on Feb. 1, 2014 to visit Clarkson at his apartment following his breakout game against Kentucky. They informed him that his father had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his lower back. “It was alarming to me, but I had a stoic look on my face and I stayed calm,” Clarkson’s dad, Mike, recalled. “I figured he would accept it easier and he wouldn’t be worried as much.” This all marked a turning point in Jordan Clarkson’s life, a journey that further affirmed his life-long affection for his dad and made him describe the road he traveled as “a blessing.” “There’s a plan for everything,” Clarkson said. “It’s crazy how things happen. It’ll continue to push me to get better.” Coping with adversityClarkson, 22, seemed at ease during a recent trip as he reflected on his past year that recently has sparked more smiles than anxiety. The Lakers are 20-53 entering Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (39-34) at Staples Center, only nine games away from finishing a second consecutive season in which they will miss the playoffs. But Clarkson’s play has been one of the few clear bright spots for the Lakers.The Lakers consider him a steal after paying the Washington Wizards $1.8 million to secure his rights with the 46th pick in the draft. He has averaged 14.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and 4.1 assists as a starter for the past 30 games. Two future Hall of Famers have mentored him, including Steve Nash in private workouts and Kobe Bryant on the bench at home games. Clarkson plans to play on the Lakers’ Summer League team in hopes of fine-tuning his scoring and accelerating his learning curve as a playmaker. The Lakers have a team option on Clarkson for the 2015-16 season, though it seems inevitable he will return because of his potential and relatively inexpensive $845,059 salary. That all prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to predict Clarkson “has a chance” to become an NBA All-Star.“The more he gains experience, he will learn the pace of the game, how to slow it down and use his speed when he has to do so,” Scott said. “His ceiling is pretty high.”That all seemed like a fairy tale only a year ago. Back then, Jordan experienced his own version of March Madness while his father began treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Before learning about his father’s cancer, Jordan averaged 18.9 points on 48 percent shooting, 3.43 assists and 1.47 turnovers for Missouri. After the news, Jordan’s numbers dropped to 15.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 3.2 assists and 3.4 turnovers. “Sometimes I was pressing a lot and not even playing,” Jordan said. “I was thinking so much and the game wasn’t coming to me anymore around that time. I just tried to continue to fight through it.”But Clarkson’s fight did not just involve battling defenders. Jordan may have vowed to stay strong for his step-mother, Janie, and his brother, Bear. But Jordan felt anxiety as he tried to put together a season that would boost his NBA draft prospects. He felt pressure to support his family in case his father’s days were numbered. “I felt really bad for him,” Mike Clarkson said. “If it weren’t for what happened to me and my cancer, I know he would’ve finished out the season in an outstanding fashion.” “I can’t say I felt guilty. I didn’t do anything wrong. But I felt bad he couldn’t concentrate as much because of my situation.”But Jordon Clarkson shifted his mind-set. His stepmother Janie Clarkson recalled Jordan checked in repeatedly about his father’s well-being. But then Jordan stopped asking about Mike out of fear his father’s day-to-day recovery would exacerbate his stress.“There was all this stuff going through Jordan’s head where he wondered if he should just give up basketball and stop playing,” said Janie Clarkson. “But we told him he already worked so hard to get to this point and that everything will be fine. Jordan is always about family.” Jordan Clarkson also considered his teammates as family. But he says he shut himself off from teammates during the most difficult times. The lone exception was Jabari Brown, a Missouri teammate whom Jordan called “my brother” who is also now a Laker. Brown dealt with his own father’s current fight with cancer. “We spent a lot of time together,” Brown said. “It wasn’t something that was just going to go away.”A memorable debutClarkson’s anxiety vanished when his junior season with Missouri ended. He learned his father would fully recover, even if it took months of treatment and rest before he could return to work. Those developments provided Clarkson the proper perspective when his NBA future did not become clear until the Lakers selected him with the 46th pick. That marked a significant drop from where mock drafts projected him. Clarkson has since used that as motivation, but his father first articulated why he should embrace what happened. “God has a plan,” Mike Clarkson recalls telling his son. “He put you in the best position so that you’d get drafted by the Lakers. That might be the best place for you. Regardless of the circumstances, you have to make the best with what you’re dealt.”Brown immediately noticed Clarkson becoming “locked in” during training camp. Even when he spent 23 of the first 43 games sitting on the bench, all accounts raved about Clarkson’s attitude and work ethic that included frequent film study, prolonged shooting sessions and extended workout sessions. Once Bryant suffered a season-ending right shoulder injury on Jan. 21 in New Orleans, Scott shifted his focus toward developing Clarkson.Clarkson got his first NBA start on Jan. 23 in San Antonio, a fitting setting considering he starred at Wagner High School there. Mike and Janie Clarkson also lived nearby, though Clarkson chose not to tell his parents about his start beforehand so he could both focus and heighten the surprise.At that point, Mike Clarkson remained confined to his wheelchair and originally had second thoughts about attending the Lakers’ game just to see his son sit on the bench. He quickly changed his mind once he learned about Jordan’s start.“I nearly jumped out of my wheelchair,” Mike said, laughing. “I had to see him, even if he didn’t score any points. Just to see him and know all the sacrifices we made to help him reach his goal would make it all worth it.”Jordan Clarkson spent his time in the locker room blocking out all of his teammates’ chatter, reverting focus to his laptop computer that showed game film. In the game, Clarkson posted 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, four assists and one turnover in a career-high 29 minutes. “It was great being able to do that,” Clarkson said. “Hopefully I can look back at it 10-15 years from now when I finish my career and know that I started at home.”A father’s bondClarkson likely would not have made that journey if not for his father’s influence.Mike may have named his son Jordan so that their first names together would spell out the former Chicago Bulls star. But Jordan did not play basketball until ninth grade after, starring in track and field in the 400-, 200- and 100-meter sprints. But once Jordan joined the AAU’s San Antonio Rohawks, Mike Clarkson coached Jordan, and he initially forbid his son from shooting — both so he would develop into a complete player and so he would fit in better with a more experienced roster.“I also didn’t want him to get discouraged and lose his confidence if he struggled shooting at the beginning,” Mike Clarkson said. “But he spent so much time away from practice proving he could.”Mike Clarkson also spent plenty of time in practice, in games and at home critiquing his son’s play. Mike Clarkson wanted other parents and children to see he would not play favorites with his son. He also wanted to send Jordan a message that he eventually understood all these years later. “It was tough at first,” Clarkson said. “But if I can get through to him yelling, I can handle it from anybody.” Jordan Clarkson tolerated it. He still remembers as a young child when his father declined a promotion in the Air Force that would have forced him to move away so he could stay near his son. Mike Clarkson also showed his support when the University of Tulsa initially opposed his son’s plans to transfer following the firing of coach Doug Wojcik. Though he deferred to his son on attending Missouri, Mike Clarkson sent a formal appeal to Tulsa administrators that helped soften the school’s restrictions. “I really appreciated him doing that. There’s some people who grow up without fathers,” Jordan Clarkson said. “There’s a reason why I’m here today. He shaped me into who I am.” Mike Clarkson no longer peppers his son with feedback, aware Jordan plays with a storied franchise filled with capable mentors.“He’s kind of a fan,” Jordan Clarkson said, laughing. “He’s just watching.”But that alone proves good enough for Jordan Clarkson after spending part of last year wondering how many more days his number one fan could watch from the sideline. Jordan Clarkson tried to show the same confidence he has displayed on the court.“I tried to stay strong at the time,” he said. “I told him he was going to be good and all right.”Mike Clarkson had two surgeries — on March 24 and 25 of 2014 — to remove a tumor wrapped around his spine that threatened to spread to his lungs. After spending most of last year rehabbing while confined to a wheelchair, Mike Clarkson recently returned to his job in San Antonio with the Air Force. Jordan Clarkson admitted his brave face camouflaged his understandable fear. He sat in his apartment two days later mulling over possibly losing his father, the man who both first coached Jordan on the hardwood and remained his best friend. “I don’t cry often, but that was one of the times I did,” Clarkson said. “I just broke down in my room a little bit to myself.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Lakers likely to sign Andre Iguodala after Grizzlies buyout

first_imgKawhi Leonard is the big fish for the Lakers, but they’re also eyeing free agent role players to place around what would be an unmatched big three of Leonard, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.Arguably the team’s most intriguing target, former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, wasn’t an option until Sunday night when Golden State traded him to Memphis to clear cap space for D’Angelo Russell after reportedly agreeing to a sign-and-trade with the Nets. Related News Iguodala is likely to reach a buyout with the Grizzlies and become an unrestricted free agent. At that point, the Lakers will be the favored landing spot, according to Fox Sports.Kawhi to Lakers rumblings getting stronger & stronger. Iguodala likely to join Lakers after Memphis buyout. Danny Green & Seth Curry in Lakers’ scope. Lakers offered Rondo vet minimum & 24 hours to decide. Lakers on verge of building powerhouse.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2019The Russell move shocked NBA fans who expected the Lakers to make a strong play for the 23-year-old if Leonard spurned them. However, Iguodala didn’t seem surprised he was shipped out of the Bay Area as he sent out a string of cryptic tweets Sunday night before the news broke. Ever been so tired you don’t know where you goin next???— andre (@andre) June 30, 2019I need that Magic meme…— andre (@andre) June 30, 2019Hay•Zeus— andre (@andre) July 1, 2019That was a fun plane ride. Awesome puzzle I put together… been working on it since Tuesday. Got it just in the Knick of time…— andre (@andre) July 1, 2019According to Yahoo, Iguodala was informed by the Warriors last week that he would likely be moved to clear cap space if Kevin Durant didn’t re-signIguodala, 35, joined the Warriors in 2013-14 and was an integral member of their rotation during their run of five straight finals appearances. He was named Finals MVP when the team took home its first championship of the era in 2014-15.Iguodala took a step back offensively this season, averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point range. Iguodala, however, was still a solid defender and secondary playmaker. NBA free agency 2019: 3 takeaways from eventful Day 1 D’Angelo Russell free agency rumors: Warriors unexpectedly acquire guard in sign-and-trade with Nets Klay Thompson free agency rumors: Warriors, star agree to 5-year, $190M max contractlast_img read more

Stjepan Radeljic on probation in Stuttgart

first_imgYoung stopper from HSK Zrinjski Stjepan Radeljic is on probation in the German Bundesliga team Stuttgart.Radeljic is 18 years old and he plays on the position of stopper. He already went to Stuttgart on Sunday to do some trainings and demonstrate the profession to Germans.The young football player will stay in Germany until Friday, when his return to Mostar is planned. It is yet to be seen if the talented and promising stopper will become a member of the German team.Radeljic appeared several times for the U19 national team of BiH.His brother Anto Radeljic plays for Vitez as player on loan.(Source: D. B./ read more