Stock futures flat after Nasdaq’s comeback session

first_img– Advertisement – The rally earlier in the week for stocks dependent on an economic recovery was sparked by an announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech that the companies’ Covid-19 vaccine candidate appeared to be more than 90% effective in its phase three trial.More positive news on the vaccine front could come soon, as Moderna announced on Wednesday evening that its phase-three trial had accrued enough cases of the coronavirus to submit the preliminary results to an independent safety monitoring board.The positive news for vaccines comes amid a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases across the country. The United States has now confirmed more than 10 million cases of the virus and some areas, including New York City and San Francisco, have announced new economic restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread.- Advertisement – U.S. stock futures were mostly flat on Wednesday evening following a strong session for tech stocks.Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 30 points, or 0.1%, and those for the S&P 500 saw a similar gain. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 were flat.The move in futures after the market bucked its recent trend on Wednesday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite leading while cyclicals and small caps lagged. The Dow slipped 23 points after adding nearly 1,100 in the two previous sessions.- Advertisement – Investors will also be looking at new data on the economic recovery on Thursday morning. The Labor Department is slated to release jobless claims data for last week before the opening bell, and economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect 740,000 claims. New inflation data will also be released before the markets open in New York. – Advertisement – Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.NYSE The rally for equities after the Pfizer news followed a strong election week for stocks, which saw the S&P 500 rise more than 7%. Rick Rieder, head of the global allocation team at BlackRock, said on “Closing Bell” that he expected stocks to continue to rise through the end of the year, though he expected trading to be choppy.He also said he expected the economic recovery to continue despite the rise in Covid-19 cases.“The Fed is going to stay in this accommodative mode for a period of time,” Rieder said. “When you put that much stimulus in, you put that much liquidity in, and then you add fiscal stimulus … the economy will actually do pretty well.”last_img read more

Holt completes Wigan switch

first_img Holt, who was the Norwich club captain, scored 78 goals in 168 appearances for the Carrow Road outfit in all competitions. He joined them from Shrewsbury in 2009 and helped them achieve back-to-back promotions in his first two seasons that took them from League One to the Premier League. He will wear the number nine shirt for Wigan, who were relegated from the top flight last season, and is the seventh signing Coyle has made since he was appointed the club’s new manager last month following Roberto Martinez’s defection to Everton. Coyle added: “There is already a great buzz about the place since the new boys have started coming through the door and this is another one that will really lift the place. “He’s been a hero to the fans at every club he’s been at and I know the Norwich fans are sad to see him go, he’s been one of the icons of their success in recent years. But now it’s the Wigan fans’ turn to enjoy him and we’re all delighted he’s coming on board.” Goalkeeper Scott Carson and striker Marc-Antoine Fortune are among the other new players to have arrived at Wigan this summer. Confirmation of the Holt deal has come on the same day that frontman Arouna Kone’s transfer from the Latics to Everton was announced. Norwich boss Chris Hughton told www.canaries.co.uk: “Grant was an important part of what we managed to achieve in the Barclays Premier League last season. Of course before I came to the club (last summer) I was very aware of the magnificent job he had already done in the three years prior to that as well. “When we look back I’m sure we will all agree that to score the amount of goals he has done for the club in that time is a remarkable achievement. Myself and all of the staff certainly wish him all the best for his time at Wigan.” Press Association Striker Grant Holt has joined Wigan from Norwich on a three-year deal.center_img The news that Holt’s switch for an undisclosed fee had been completed was announced by the two clubs simultaneously on Monday evening on their respective official websites. Regarding the capture of the 32-year-old, Wigan boss Owen Coyle told www.wiganlatics.co.uk: “This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price. Grant is a proven goalscorer at every level and he will definitely bring something new to the table that we were missing in the squad.” last_img read more

Answered prayers: For Onuaku, 5th and final season with SU turning out to be his best

first_img Published on March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img By the grace of God, Anastasia Onuaku’s son will play basketball for a living. This is what she prays for every day.The skeptics will say she’s wrong. Multiple surgeries to Arinze Onuaku’s battered knees suggest he might not be limber enough anymore. His vacant glare on the court leads some to believe that there’s no intensity left inside that prevailing frame.But Anastasia’s faith is not one to be ignored. When she speaks, she dictates her beliefs with a certain poignancy that could only come from someone who’s had her prayers answered before.In short, there’s little she has asked God for that hasn’t come true when it comes to her son.‘I guide him with prayers everywhere he goes,’ she said. ‘It’s not an ‘I think,’ it’s an ‘I know’ — prayer works.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season is just another example. In his fifth and final year at Syracuse, Arinze has battled back to become an indispensable component to one of the program’s best runs in recent memory. On the floor, he pilots one of the most revered frontcourts in the Big East. Off it, he serves as the battle-tested warhorse, a point of reference for a roster loaded with young potential.And though it took the better part of a decade, through struggle and affliction, things are working out too perfectly to be coincidence.It’s a sign to Arinze and his family that everything is going according to plan.‘I know he can make it by the grace of God,’ Anastasia said. ‘Because God is there for him every step of the way. God is the only one that makes the will where there is no way.’ Early signsAnastasia and her husband Christopher said they never prayed for a basketball player. Their wishes, back then, were much simpler.‘We just wanted a healthy baby,’ Christopher said. ‘That’s all we were praying for was a healthy baby and a baby that would listen to his parents. And then after that, God Almighty was the next person we handed him off to.’But over time, inside the Onuaku apartment in Hyattsville, Md., it became increasingly clear that the signs they were receiving indicated something much more than what they asked for.  When Arinze was just learning to stand, Christopher remembers him hovering over a giant bowl on the kitchen floor. In a swift movement, he reached down, grasped it and picked it up with one hand.‘And I said, ‘Oh my God. Who is this?” Christopher said. ‘I couldn’t even lift the bowl myself. It was difficult, it was hard. It was very heavy.’When he learned to walk at 10 months, he again flaunted his unconventional skills — this time by lifting a full gallon of milk. Weighing in at almost 9 pounds, the jug was roughly half his body weight.  ‘So from there on,’ Christopher said, ‘I knew he was going to be a very strong guy.’ Of course, Arinze’s lineage suggested he could be a dominant athlete. Back in their native Nigeria, Christopher and Anastasia were star runners. Anastasia was also a standout handball player. It was a sport that reminded her of basketball and a reason she introduced her son to the game.All of the men in Arinze’s life are tall. His great-grandfather, he was told, was who his mammoth figure came from.Still, growing up, the quiet Arinze thought of becoming a doctor. Anastasia remembers these goals. It was his disciplined Christian background that taught him that his responsibility was to the church and to others.Things changed, though, when Arinze got his first taste of basketball. ‘I started playing organized in the fifth grade,’ Arinze said. ‘I was in Catholic school there, and they finally got a basketball team. Since then, I was just hooked.’  Learning the hard way Patience, Arinze was taught, is a virtue.In the Bible, Thessalonians advises its followers to ‘be patient with all. See that no one returns evil for evil.’But on the basketball court, this was an acquired trait — prayer alone could not teach him to put up with this.Those who know Arinze are well aware that his Achilles’ heel lies at the free-throw line. Even today, the 6-foot-9, 261-pound center spends the remainder of most practices eyeing down the 15 feet between the stripe and the basket that determines whether he has a good game or a bad one. This year, Onuaku is shooting a lowly 43 percent at the line. At Episcopal (Va.) High School, his coach, Tim Jaeger, saw this exploited. He watched Arinze shoot free throw after free throw. One would go in, and …‘The next one hits the shot clock,’ Jaeger said. ‘You just don’t know what’s going to happen. You have to recognize that nobody wants the shot to go in more than him. So it’s not for a lack of concentration or trying. And if you’re frustrated as a coach, as a teammate, as a fan, just imagine how frustrated he must be.’Opposing teams knew this, and with each and every game they forced him to the line. Defenders weren’t even coy about their intentions. It was clear the ‘hack-a-uaku’ game plan was on.But Arinze never lashed out. At first it was frustrating, but eventually, he accepted the inevitable. Jaeger remembers talking with his center about how to deal with these situations. Referees weren’t always going to be on his side. Sometimes, he’d have to just suck it up, take a deep breath and keep shooting.Besides, on paper it was a proven fact, and Arinze knew it: If a team were playing Episcopal, it was the only way to contain him. Jaeger remembers the double teams, the triple teams and the sagging zones. Each left his center tired, beaten down, worn-out. It eventually made him a better player overall.And when the other team didn’t hack him, didn’t cloud him with defenders, that was evident, too.‘There was a game in which a team in our league decided just to play straight man defense,’ Jaeger remembers. ‘They would not change that strategy. And he had 38 points and 21 rebounds. I think that was the only time a team tried to do that, because they could see what Arinze could do.’Battling back One of the things Anastasia and Arinze pray for is strength. Without fail, she’ll call him before every game and together they’ll ask God to keep Arinze sturdy.‘It just gives you faith,’ Arinze said. ‘You’re just confident in everything that you do, you don’t doubt yourself, you know God is with you at all times.’Over time, the prayers became increasingly necessary. Tendonitis had always ripped through his knees, delivering a constant blast of pain every time he jumped up for a rebound or hit the floor for a loose ball. But eventually, the aching and soreness reached a boiling point.He took a redshirt year in 2006 to sort out the problem, but it wouldn’t go away. Following Syracuse’s Sweet 16 run in 2009 — the year Arinze led the Big East in field-goal percentage — he went under the knife to take care of the injuries once and for all. Both knees had to be revamped. If he would ever play pain-free again, this was the only way.‘Terrible process,’ Arinze said. ‘It’s something I would never, ever want to see someone go through.’Arinze woke up after the surgery and all the strength in his legs had disappeared.Twenty-plus years of work had vanished as he learned how to be a Division I center all over again. Rehabilitation, weight training, practice. All through excruciating pain. He arrived at media day in November looking like half the player he was the year before. His weight was down, his brawny shoulders had contracted and a once gargantuan presence receded.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim cautioned reporters back then that it may be a little while before everyone saw the old Arinze.‘I mean, thank God I’m back playing again,’ Arinze said.***This was it.It was senior night on March 2, and the crowd at the Carrier Dome detonated into a full-blown frenzy. Arinze’s mother was at the Dome for the first time, where she watched her son act as the catalyst in an 85-66 senior night-thumping of St. John’s.He only scored five points in the first half. But in the second, everything changed. He was one step quicker, he led on fast breaks and finished nearly every possession in a five-minute stretch. Arinze would finish with a team-high 21 points.On one play, he capped a drive with a powerful two-handed jam and pointed to Anastasia in the crowd.‘To have her there on senior night was a very special moment for me,’ Arinze said.The win gave the Orange just its second outright Big East title in program history. And as the team filtered away from the wood-based trophy, Arinze stepped back — cradling the hardware in his right arm.He looked up toward the Dome ceiling, crossed himself and held a finger in the air as if to tell his mom that her prayers had been answered.And as she waited for him outside the Orange locker room, her eyes filled with tears. Somehow, she already knew.‘Wonderful,’ Anastasia said. ‘Wonderful. I just give God the glory. I can’t ask for anything better.’[email protected] last_img read more

Nine goal fest on CAF U-17 finals opening day in Casablanca

first_imgThe opening day of the 10th CAF U-17 Championship finals taking place in Morocco produced nine goals from the double header matches played at Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca. Morocco scored four in defeating Gabon 4-1 while in the second match Tunisia got the better of Botswana by a 3-1 score line.The Atlas Cubs made up of players largely from football academies in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain has huge expectations on them from many and as coach Abdellah Elidrissi put it after the match , “they had never played together a game against another national team.” It however did not really look that way at the beautifully manicured grass at Mohamed V Stadium where the Cubs did not take long to strike against the Baby Panthers of Gabon. Morocco’s first goal came in the seventh minute through Hamza Sakhi and three minutes later they had a second.The home side was dominating the game with team captain Nabil Jaadi at the center of the majority of Morocco’s good play. The Atlas Cubs were passing the ball, moving and creating chances with character and precision much to the delight of the crowd.The Moroccans played with cohesion and solidity and unity that defied a team playing together in a competitive match for the first time. After dominating the first period in the second half the Gabonese two goals down upped the ante and competed more. But the next goal came from the Moroccans through Bnou Marzouk with a header from a free-kick. According to the coach “We wanted to score more goals and not concede but in the end you have to be happy with today’s work, performance and result. Our target remains reaching the semi-finals and it’s a good start towards that goal” Gabon whose passing game was growing and improving as the game wore on pulled one back when their captain Guy Reteno was fouled in the box and up stepped Eyamba Obouoyi to score the spot kick.Moroccans made it four in the added on time when Jaadi dribbled through before slotting past the keeper.Meanwhile the Baby Panthers of Gabon seemed to have been shocked by Morocco’s fast and furious start to the game and did not quite recover from the quick and early punches. Gabon coach Rigobert Nzamba said after the match “We succumbed to stage fright and did not play to our capabilities at all, yes, my youthful side did not handle the occasion of playing in U-17 Championship finals well and were scared today. We lost to a better team today. The difference between the two teams, was that Morocco has the presence of many players in their ranks coming from training centers in Europe with the pace and quality of daily work with their clubs. Our players are, admittedly, a little behind on some of those attributes and systems of everyday work and training “.Tunisia vs. Botswana In the second match of the day in Group A it was almost a similar story with Tunisia establishing dominance just like Morocco in their game against Botswana. The Tunisians’ technical mastery was tested against the athleticism of the Young Zebras of Botswana. According to Abdelay Ben Soltane, the coach of the Carthage Eaglets “Carthage Eaglets. I expected a physical game with their direct play, their fighting spirit, their physical condition” Soltane was pleased with the way his charges played in particular how they started.It took the Eaglets mere 30 seconds to be on the score sheet through Mohamed Ben Larbin and the same player converted a penalty three minutes later to make it 2-0. The Young Zebras eventually steadied the ship and played as if nothing had happened in the opening minutes.The Southern Africans reduced the arrears through Tumisang Orebonye and the score was 2-1 at half time.Botswana coach Kagiso Kobedi ‘s side battled on in the second looking for the equaliser but it was Tunisia who scored again in the 50th minute through Nidhal Ben Salem .So after the opening day’s proceedings in Group A Morocco lead the standing , followed by Tunisia a, then Botswana and Gabon On Tuesday 16th April hosts Morocco will take on Botswana while Tunisia and Gabon battle it out in the other match. With the semi-finalists at this tournament automatically qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in United Arab Emirates in October/November 2013, Morocco and Tunisia will approach Tuesday games fully aware that another win could secure that semi-final place, while for Botswana and Gabon a second loss spells the end of a semi-final dream.The action turns to Group B in Marrakech for the opening games on Sunday 14th April, featuring Congo vs. Ivory Coast first and then Nigeria vs. Ghana.last_img read more

Blake Griffin injures left knee in Clippers’ victory over Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, gets his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, left, shoots for three points under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, top, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, center, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, and Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, and Lonzo Ball watch action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, front, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson look at a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, from left, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, center, is shoved by Blake Griffin after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The hits keep coming for the Clippers. Even when they win, they still lose.All-Star forward Blake Griffin was the latest to go down and out, injuring his left knee during the final minutes of the Clippers’ 120-115 victory Monday over the Lakers at Staples Center. He exited the game with 3 minutes, 53 seconds remaining, and spent the rest of it in the locker room.The Clippers expect to know more about the severity of Griffin’s injury on Tuesday. Griffin walked from the shower to his locker stall without a limp. He dressed quickly and then departed for home without speaking to reporters, so it was uncertain whether he was in pain.“I don’t know yet,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Griffin. “They’re going to evaluate him, do some more testing tomorrow. We’ll just have to wait and see. It didn’t look good. We just have to wait and see. … You could see it happen.” The Clippers (8-11), already without guard Patrick Beverley for the rest of the season after he underwent right knee surgery last week, held their modest lead thanks in large part to the play of veteran guard Lou Williams in the second half and especially in the closing minutes.Williams scored a season-best 42 points on 12-for-21 shooting against his former team. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including two on a driving layup that gave the Clippers a 118-115 lead with 32.5 seconds left. He then sank two free throws to seal it with 11.8 to go.Williams was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line, sparking the Clippers’ 28-for-30 effort. The Lakers were 16 for 24 from the line.“He saved us, really,” Doc Rivers said.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRookie guard Lonzo Ball charged into the paint with the Lakers trying to make up a small deficit in the closing minutes of the game. Ball collided with Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who then fell backward onto Griffin’s left leg. Griffin ended up lying on the court clutching his left knee. “It was like a trigger effect,” Doc Rivers said. With Larry Nance Jr. back from injury, Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma savors his time among starters center_img Clippers say they’ve gotten over shock of losing Patrick Beverley for season Whicker: Give Lakers’ Lonzo Ball room to breathe, and then we’ll see The Clippers led by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but couldn’t hold it.The Lakers (8-12) led by as many as eight in the fourth, but couldn’t hold it.Williams led the Clippers’ smash-and-grab effort down the stretch, assuming the closer’s role with Griffin in the locker room and unable to aid his teammates. Griffin was coming off a game-winning jumper in Saturday’s victory at Sacramento and was averaging a team-leading 23.4 points.Williams’ previous high this season was 35 points in a Nov. 10 loss to Oklahoma City.“Once Blake went down, we understood that the next guy had to step in,” Williams said.Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists before exiting the game.For a while, it seemed Williams and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were locked in a game of one-on-one. Caldwell-Pope matched Williams jump shot for jump shot for the better part of three quarters, but then went cold in the closing minutes, finishing with a season-high 29 points.Caldwell-Pope had 16 points in the opening quarter and 20 by halftime. He scored only two points on 1-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers couldn’t maintain a lead that had grown to 103-95 lead after Corey Brewer’s reverse layup with 8:15 left.Larry Nance Jr. had nine points and eight rebounds in nearly 30 minutes in his first game since undergoing left hand surgery Nov. 3. He returned to the starting lineup after sitting out for 11 games. Lakers coach Luke Walton shifted Kyle Kuzma back to a reserve role to make way for Nance.“I thought Larry was probably our best player out there, the way he was fighting,” Walton said. “Blake’s a handful on the post and they run most of their offense through him, and (Nance) was active. He was grabbing rebounds. He was fighting. I thought he did a very nice job for us.”Ball scored only three points, the same number he had against the Clippers in the season-opening game on Oct. 19. Ball missed six of seven shots with Austin Rivers checking him Monday after misfiring on five of six against Beverley’s unrelenting defensive pressure in Ball’s NBA debut.The Lakers’ task gets no easier when they play host to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.“We’ve got to be ready to play or we’re going to get blown out,” Ball said. Whicker: Blake Griffin injury has Clippers holding their breath after win last_img read more

Shrine in Turkey uncovered as tomb of ancient Greek boxer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram What was believed to be a saint’s shrine in Turkey, has been uncovered as the final resting place of ancient Greek boxer, Diagoras of Rhodes.The 2,300-year-old tomb was believed to be a burial place of a holy person by locals in Turgut, located near Turkey’s Aegean coastal town of Marmaris. For years it has been a place of pilgrimage, with many young men known to take a handful of dirt from the site as good luck ahead of joining the army to complete their military service.In the 1970s however, the religious roots of the site were called into question, and according to reports by Turkish newspaper Milliyet, was raided.Now over 40 years on, and it would appear the findings were onto something, with experts now confirming that the tomb has ancient Greek roots. They have discovered that it belonged to Diagoras who lived in the fifth century BCE.A descendent of Damagetus, King of Ialysus and Messenian hero, Aristomenes, he was celebrated for many of his own victories, believed to have won at the Olympics twice, four times in the Isthmian, twice in the Nemean, and once at in the Pythian Games, and the subsequent achievements of his sons and grandsons.A statue of the boxer can be found on the Dodecanese island today.Experts also discovered an inscription in the tomb, stating “I will be vigilant at the very top so as to ensure that no coward can come and destroy this grave,” Milliyet reported.A statue in Rhodes of Diagoras (C) being carried into a stadium by his sons Damagetos and Akousilaos. Photo: rhodesprivatetours.comlast_img read more