Rapper Meek Mill honored for criminal justice reform work

first_imgPHILADELPHIA | Rapper Meek Mill is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia for his work as a criminal justice reform advocate and as a musician.FILE–This file photo from Sept. 6, 2018 shows rapper Meek Mill as he walks the sidelines before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)The Philadelphia City Council announced Thursday that “Meek Mill Weekend” will commence Friday.In January, Mill joined Jay-Z and others to form a coalition that lobbies for changes to state probation and parole laws called the Reform Alliance.Mill became a symbol for criminal justice reform activists after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation conditions in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.Mill said at Thursday’s announcement that he’s trying to “give young kids a fair shot in the system.”last_img read more

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Leap of faith: Cavs sign Michigan’s Beilein to 5-year deal

first_imgLeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting He’s getting his NBA shot.The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made Michigan a perennial powerhouse and now takes over a rebuilding project in Cleveland. Beilein got a five-year deal with the Cavs, who believe he can make the successful leap from campus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBeilein’s signing is somewhat surprising given his age, lack of pro experience and because the Cavs, who have had six previous coaches since 2009, had been speaking almost exclusively with younger NBA assistants during their interview process.Beilein isn’t the safest pick or the sexiest, but Cavs general manager Koby Altman said he precisely fits the coaching profile he wanted. LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gilbert, who went to Michigan State, had made an unsuccessful overture to Spartans coach Tom Izzo in 2009, and has now plucked Beilein from his alma mater’s biggest rival.“We could not be more thrilled to name John Beilein as the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Gilbert said. “First, John is a great human being. He cares deeply about his players and others who work for him and around him. … John is a brilliant basketball mind and last but not least, John Beilein is a winner.”Beilein knows he has to work to do in Cleveland. The Cavs are coming off a stormy 19-63 season that followed LeBron James’ departure for Los Angeles as a free agent last summer. Just six games in, the team fired Tyronn Lue, the only Cleveland coach or manager to win a major sports championship since 1964.Beilein had entertained NBA offers in the past, meeting with Detroit and Orlando before choosing to stay in Ann Arbor, where he managed to make basketball more than just a passing diversion between football seasons.“We shared some of the best moments of my life together and I will always be grateful for that,” Beilein said about his time at Michigan. “At the same time, I felt very strongly about this new and exciting opportunity with the Cavaliers. … I love the position the team is in to build and grow and this was something I felt was the perfect fit for me.”Beilein, who is 829-468 (.639) as a college coach, inherits a young Cleveland team that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love, point guard Collin Sexton — who’s coming off a strong rookie season — forward Larry Nance Jr. and guard Jordan Clarkson.Cleveland’s roster will get a major upgrade in next month’s draft, and if the pingpong balls bounce their way again in the lottery, the Cavs could wind up with Duke All-American Zion Williamson, who electrified college hoops as a freshman.The Cavs will have a 14 percent chance at getting the No. 1 overall pick, which they’ve had three times since 2011. Back in 2003, Cleveland selected James first and changed the franchise’s fortunes.Altman had spoken with numerous assistants before sitting down with Beilein last week in Ann Arbor. The team has long been impressed with Beilein, and there was a personal connection with him as he coached assistant GM Mike Gansey at West Virginia.From the start, the Cavs wanted a coach who aligned with their vision for the future. They needed one who could work with young players, develop their games, get them to buy into the team concept and handle the inevitable growing pains. “We interviewed several strong and talented candidates who, no doubt, will get an opportunity to become an NBA head coach somewhere down the line,” Altman said. “Following the end of those interviews, it became clear to us that Coach Beilein was the right choice and best fit for our franchise.“John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game. He has a unique ability to create an outstanding culture that will promote the development of young players and provide a solid structure to the entire program; not to mention the fact that John Beilein wins everywhere he goes.”From Nazareth College to LeMoyne to Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and finally to Michigan, Beilein has built a strong reputation for developing young players and teams. He’s one of only four coaches to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, and he leaves Michigan with the most wins in school history.The deal with Beilein came together quickly in the past 24 hours and was finalized Sunday after the Cavs had spent the weekend in Denver interviewing several NBA assistants. Cleveland is expected to surround Beilein with an experienced staff, and it’s possible the team will hire one of the other candidates as an associate head coach.It took him nearly a decade, but Cavs owner Dan Gilbert finally landed a college coach from Michigan.ADVERTISEMENT Beilein’s done that for 41 years.The Cavs are taking a leap of faith that he can do it on a larger stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardcenter_img FILE – In this March 28, 2019 file photo, Michigan coach John Beilein shouts during the first half of the team’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament West Region semifinal against Texas Tech in Anaheim, Calif. Cleveland has signed Beilein to a five-year contract, three people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday, May 13. The deal came together quickly in the past 24 hours and was finalized Sunday after the Cavs had spent the weekend in Denver interviewing several NBA assistants. The people spoke to The AP condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)CLEVELAND — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones.All in college.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Lakers officially announce Frank Vogel’s hiring as next coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Sol Campbell to conduct coaching camp in Kenya

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal legend and former England central defender Sol Campbell will visit Kenya from May23-28 to conduct coaching training camp. PHOTO/courtesy.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Arsenal legendary defender Sol Campbell will be in Kenya from May 23-28 to conduct coaching camp organized by betting firm SportPesa as part of their partnership with the English Premier League titans Arsenal.Campbell, who was part of the famous ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal squad that won the 2003-04 English Premier League title unbeaten, will be accompanied by a team of three Arsenal coaches consisting of Paul Drew Tyler, Mohammed Moaz Awadelkarim and Rupen Shah. In the six day training camp to be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, 60 local coaches drawn from the recently conmcluded16 Kenyan Premier League under-20 championships and across the country, will undergo professional training which they will in turn pass on to the players.The other 44 coaches are from the grassroots football clubs in Nairobi, Coast, Nyanza, Western, Eastern, Rift Valley, Central and North Eastern.Sportpesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri while making the announcement said the objective of the camp is to give international coaching exposure to Kenyan coaches, thus sharpening their skills.“The essence is to develop a local football curriculum based on the Arsenal academy program for our coaches. In our commitment to improving football standards in Kenya, we will be conducting an Arsenal Football Training Camp with 60 of our certified Kenyan coaches,” Karuri declared.“The hashtag we will be using across all our communications is #JengaGame. This is in line with our sole purpose of developing the football standards in the country,” he added.Karauri added that the trained coaches will form the Arsenal Kenya SportPesa talent scouting team and will conduct holiday camps to select players for future training camps.However, monthly evaluation of the coaches will be conducted by appointed talent Management Company.“The coaches will be providing monthly reports on the progress of the players selected,” Karuri stated.The coaching is planned to be in two sessions; theory in the morning and practicals in the afternoon.Amongst the topics to be taught include profile of a good footballer, player centered coaching, how to identify player talent, ways to assess good players, developing players’ strengths and balancing their weaknesses.Campbell, who has 73 caps with the England national football team, is remembered by the Gunners fans for his only goal at the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final where Arsenal lost 2-1 to five-time champions Barcelona.During his stay at Arsenal, the central defender has lifted two Premier League titles (2001-02, 2003-04), three FA Cups (2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05) and an FA Community Shield (2004).Before joining Arsenal in 2001, Campbell spent nine years at Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored 10 goals in 255 appearances, and captaining the team to victory in the 1999 Football League Cup Final against Leicester City.He has also plied his trade at Portsmouth and New Castle United before retiring from football.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, May 31

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Reports from Germany suggest talks between Liverpool and German champions Bayern Munich over a deal for wantaway starlet Raheem Sterling have broken down. (Bild)Bayern’s miss will leave Chelsea and Real Madrid to fight it out for 20-year-old Sterling’s signature. (Sunday Express) Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has urged the club to sign his Belgian compatriot, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, 24. (Liverpool Echo) But Premier League champions Chelsea hope to beat the Merseysiders to the signing of the in-form striker. (Sunday Express) Reports in Spain suggest Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, 29, has rejected a new deal at Emirates Stadium and looks set to join La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. (AS English) Out-of-contract Real Madrid midfielder, and one-time Arsenal target, Sami Khedira has settled on a move to join Serie A champions Juventus, according to one of the Italian club’s directors. (Star on Sunday) The Gunners may make a summer move for Swansea City’s South Korean international Ki Sung-Yeung, 26. (Sunday Express) Chelsea have missed out on signing Japan striker Yoshinori Muto after the 22-year-old opted to join Mainz in Germany from J-League side FC Tokyo. (Star on Sunday) Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, wants to stay at White Hart Lane despite interest from Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday) Former Manchester United loan striker Radamel Falcao, 29, looks set to agree a move to Premier League champions Chelsea from parent club Monaco. (Sky Sports) Juventus are favourites to sign Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31, with the Premier League club ready to listen to offers for the Netherlands international. (Sun on Sunday)Stoke City are showing interest in Netherlands winger Ibrahim Afellay, 29, who is out of contract at Barcelona this summer. (Mail on Sunday) And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…David Seaman exclusive: ‘If Raheem Sterling joins Arsenal, does that mean Theo Walcott will leave?’Exclusive – FA Cup victory can help Arsenal be Premier League title challengers next season, says Nigel WinterburnSherwood tells select Aston Villa players to ‘find a new club’ following FA Cup final drubbingExclusive – ‘We should do this more often!’ Arsenal players react to back-to-back FA Cup winsReports – Liverpool to face NO competition from Manchester United in race for Southampton starTim Sherwood admits he’s powerless to stop Christian Benteke leaving Aston VillaAlexandre Lacazette latest: Lyon coach admits Arsenal and Liverpool target’s future uncertainManchester United told to move quickly for Bundesliga playmaker after Italian giants join raceBoost for Manchester United! Juventus set to pull out of deal for Ligue 1 starJuan Cuadrado lined up for Serie A return just four months after £23m Chelsea moveTottenham confident of landing £6m defender despite Manchester United interestChelsea transfer report: Juventus refuse to give up chase for Blues starDONE DEAL! Bournemouth snap up Chelsea winger on season-long loanlast_img read more

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