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first_img Associated Press BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Emergency goaltender protocol is expected to be high on the agenda when NHL general managers open their annual March meeting Monday in Boca Raton, Florida.The recent appearance of 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres in a regular-season game with playoff implications sparked new debate. GMs have discussed emergency goalies and what should happen for the past several years. It’s unclear if anything will change.No major rule changes are expected to be approved at the meeting. But offside reviews, icing and player safety are among the topics that are expected to come up. There may also be talk of in-arena medical care that was effective when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. US-based pro sports leagues monitoring coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S.Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. Washington State reported Saturday that a man in his 50s died from the virus.Pro sports in the U.S. for now are going on as scheduled, though leagues are closely monitoring the situation. The NBA and NHL are in their regular seasons and MLB in spring training in Arizona and Florida with Opening Day less than a month way.Other countries have canceled or postponed games or held them in empty stadiums. Italy has postponed soccer matches until May. Update on the latest sports Johnson is cautiously optimistic he can contend for a seventh victory in the race after finishing fifth at Las Vegas last weekend.Among the numerous honors this weekend for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Johnson’s wife and daughters will drop the green flag on the race.Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has the pole after holding off Johnson in qualifying Saturday.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED CANCELEDBrignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubt LA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.The cancellation handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.She could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Questions have arisen about whether this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 24, can proceed, although Japan has taken extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Saturday that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.With new virus cases falling to around 500 or less daily, China has sought to slowly get its economy back on track by offering loans, tax breaks and other incentives. Strict travel restrictions remain, however, and a host of cultural and sports events have been canceled.Beijing won the right to host the 2022 amid light competition, despite questions about a lack of natural snow, pollution and scarce water resources.SHAUN WHITE-NO SKATEBOARDINGShaun White says he’ll skip skateboard, stick to snow March 1, 2020 VAIL, Colo. (AP) — If the world sees Shaun White at the Olympics again, it will be in 2022, not later this year.The three-time snowboarding champ tells The Associated Press he is taking skateboarding off his plate. He won’t try to qualify for the sport’s Olympic debut, which will take place later this year in Tokyo.White was every bit as good at skateboarding as snowboarding back in the day. He thought he might try to become one of the rare athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Games. But after finishing 13th at the world championships last year, he decided he didn’t want to take away from his snowboarding career to pursue a spot in skateboarding. He says it’s still possible he’ll go for a fourth Winter gold medal two years from now in Beijing. NHL-GMS MEETING PREVIEWEmergency goalie protocol talk on tap for NHL GMs meeting In Japan, host of the Summer Olmypics, Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon was scaled back as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The race was expected to have 38,000 participants but was limited to just over 200 elite runners.Also Sunday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Japan Sumo Association will hold the March 8-22 spring grand sumo tournament in Osaka with no spectators. The decision follows a similar move made by Japanese professional baseball which is holding its preseason exhibition games at empty stadiums. Japan’s domestic soccer league also canceled games through the first half of March.OLYMPICS-BEIJING 2022Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreakBEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in the country late last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-FONTANABowyer has the pole, Jimmie Johnson to be honoredFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is hoping to end his career-worst winless streak of 97 races Sunday at the track where he notched his first NASCAR Cup win in 2002. It will be his final start as a full-time driver at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, the California track about 100 miles north of his hometown.last_img read more

For The Hill Academy lacrosse players, No. 45 isn’t just a jersey. It’s a way of life.

first_imgWhen Brendan Bomberry played his first game for Denver in 2015, he wasn’t wearing the jersey number he had waited years to. An upperclassman had already claimed No. 45.At North Carolina, coaches ensured the same didn’t happen to Bomberry’s high school teammate, Chris Cloutier. They knew Cloutier also went to The Hill Academy, a sports-focused center of fewer than 300 students in Toronto. They knew the story behind 45 and what it symbolized at Hill.“The second you walk through those doors at the Hill, they fully invest you,” Cloutier said. “You learn how to be a good leader. It’s one of the main focuses of the Hill. And, ya know, being able to wear 45 just takes you back to what you were taught.”At the Hill, the number is everywhere. It’s a part of the chant that ends each practice. It’s on a jersey hanging on the wall of the gymnasium. It’s pressed on a pinnie awarded to the practice player of the week. But the number is never worn in games.On a Monday evening in May 2008, a youth club box lacrosse team called the Toronto Beaches were playing a game in Newmarket, Ontario, when a defender struck Jamieson Kuhlmann with a blindside hit. The defender’s shoulder drove into the head and chest of the Hill 10th-grader and he collapsed. The kid teammates called “Jammer” couldn’t get up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team trainer, a long-time Kuhlmann family friend, ran onto the field. Jamieson passed out. The trainer helped carry him off and, minutes later, the sun sank below the horizon. Jamieson never regained consciousness, and after two days in the hospital, his parents removed life support.The Hill, which was only in its second season, retired its No. 45 lacrosse jersey in honor of Jamieson.“There’s a reason why he’s not here,” said Jamieson’s mother, Michelle Weber. “And for them to put such emotion into someone, and maybe even not trying to live his life, but taking aspects, pieces of it, and trying to make their life that much better, it overwhelms me. It really, truly does.”The next spring, after graduation, Jason Noble made a pact with several other teammates. If it was available, they would all wear 45 in college to honor Jamieson.In 2010, Noble wore 45 as a freshman at Cornell while Zach Palmer did the same at Johns Hopkins. A year later, Jason’s brother, Jeremy, claimed the number at Denver.The Hill Academy is slowly collecting jerseys from multiple alumni who have worn 45. Jason Noble’s jerseys are featured here. Courtesy of Brodie Merrill The same goes for Randy Staats, who has the number and a pair of wings tattooed on his right shin, started college in 2012 at Onondaga Community College. He eventually donned it for two seasons at Syracuse.And, for the past two, Bomberry has continued the legacy. The players wanted the number to serve as a daily reminder to work hard and be the best person you can be at all times.“Because you never know, if you take a day off or you’re not pushing hard enough, are you going to get that day back?” Jason Noble said.• • •Before Jamieson’s first game for the Hill, head coach Brodie Merrill came into the team’s dorm and told the newcomer he needed a jersey number. Jamieson looked across the room to dorm parent Dan Noble, who Jamieson called “D-Nobes.”The 26-year-old was in his first year at The Hill Academy after concussions ended his professional football career in Europe. Noble moved into the dorms of the Hill, living with the students and coaching strength and conditioning.Jamieson told Merrill he wanted 45.Jamieson wore it in part because Noble had as well, but Merrill also remembered he wanted it for Rudy, the hard-working title character in the 1993 film who wore the number after improbably walking on to the Notre Dame football team.Jamieson took interest in the underdogs who worked for everything because he saw himself in them. At a young age, he passed to everyone on the field, even if they weren’t going to catch it. He did it so much his mother questioned him about it one day, wondering why her son spread the ball around even if the other players weren’t as good as he was.“You know what, Mom?” Weber remembered her son saying when he was in middle school. “One day, they are going to catch it.”After Jamieson’s freshman year, his parents saw adolescence take its toll on their son. His grades slipped to a 62 average, his mother said, and he wasn’t as happy as he used to be. So, his mother sold her house to afford the Hill.She and Jamieson’s father, Mark Kuhlmann, saw the Hill as the solution because it prides itself on getting students out of their comfort zone. It pushes for high academic performance and Division I athletics, something her son embraced. It forced Jamieson to adjust, because at a school with fewer than 30 kids at the time, there wasn’t a junior varsity team for him to settle in with.Courtesy of Michelle WeberAt first, Noble remembered Jamieson being quiet and keeping to himself. The close-knit community soon changed that, though. His history teacher had told Weber that they had “never seen a kid read so much.” Before Jamieson went to the Hill, Weber didn’t remember him enjoying reading at all. Jamieson’s grades rose to an 81 average, she said.His rediscovered confidence translated to the field. He earned the nickname “Jammer” and learned to lead in different ways. He energized the team even when on the bench, and Staats remembered Jamieson always relaying a joke or sharing his infectious smile as players came off the field.Late one night during Jamieson’s time at the Hill, Noble overheard something he found remarkable through his floor. In the room below, Jamieson’s roommate, a hockey player, wasn’t sure if the Hill was the place for him. He considered leaving. As the classmate talked through his anxieties, Jamieson shared his own story. He reminded him there was nothing to lose, that he might as well just go for it.“His story and his legacy, it’s become so powerful because a lot of our students kind of see themselves and see what Jamieson did as inspiration,” Merrill said. “To be a good teammate. To be hardworking. To be humble in your approach.”During the spring term of his sophomore year, Jamieson filled out a self-evaluation sheet for the lacrosse team. He didn’t rank any part of his lacrosse skills higher than a six, except for conditioning. His highest self-graded marks came in work ethic, attitude, health and efforts in the classroom. In overall success, he granted himself a nine out of 10.“I think I have improved a lot but there is always room for improvement,” Jamieson wrote in the comments section of the sheet. “I think that because of the set up at the Hill (coaches, practice) and my work ethic, I will one day achieve my goal of playing college lacrosse.”Jamieson’s self-evaluation now hangs on the gym wall at The Hill Academy. Courtesy of Brodie MerrillBefore her son’s death a few months later, Weber wrote a letter to the Merrill family, which is in charge of the academy. In awe of how much her son had improved in less than a year there, she thanked them for all they had done.Jamieson embraced the Hill, which is an acronym for the four ideals of the academy. “H” indicates the highest level of achievement, pushing each student to reach their full potential. “I” stands for independence, emphasizing independent thought. The first “L” represents leadership, stressing that each member of the team must lead in their own way.In life, Jamieson mastered the first three. After death, he became the final symbol: a second letter L for “Legacy.”• • •Dan Noble never planned to stay at the Hill, but after Jamieson died, D-Nobes couldn’t leave. He had to pass on the boy’s legacy.“It was my purpose,” Noble said.At the first team practice following the accident, Noble got emotional. He changed the team chant, which had always been “Hill Pride.” From then on, the team would say “4-5 Hill Pride” after breaking down each meeting.“It was there to be a reminder that we never have to do any of this,” Noble said. “We get to do this and what an opportunity this is and to be grateful.”The papers Jamieson wrote his goals on now hang on the gym wall at the Hill, along with his old jersey. There’s an assembly each year to teach his story to the students who sat where he once did. The team awards a No. 45 practice pinnie each week to a player who embodies Jamieson and the Hill’s core beliefs.The number’s reach expands each year. Several Division I women players now wear it. Merrill has represented Team Canada in his former player’s number. Players often ask teammates from the Hill if any opponent wearing 45 is a fellow alum.Jamieson Kuhlmann Field was founded in 2008 in Toronto. Courtesy of Michelle WeberEvery year since Jamieson died, there’s been a memorial tournament in Toronto in his name. Before each game of the “Jammer Classic,” players are asked to read a plaque next to Jamieson Kuhlmann Field. The first part of the plaque expresses Jamieson’s values. It alludes to him throwing the ball even to those who might bobble it. They will “catch it in their hearts and remember you for the pass.”“May all those who play on this field draw inspiration from a remarkable young man who was called upon to play the game elsewhere,” the script continues. “Jamieson’s Legacy will remain with us forever.”It will carry on. Bomberry will graduate from Syracuse University next month with hopes that No. 45 will remain on the roster. He plans to pass the jersey on to Owen Hill, an incoming freshman who will be the third Hill Academy player to wear 45 with the Orange.“(No. 45 has) taken on a life of its own,” Noble said. “But it’s Jamieson’s life.” Comments Published on April 11, 2018 at 10:40 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GPA calls for more frequent interactions with President

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanWhile making a commitment to continue professionalising the local media corps, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) called on President David Granger to facilitate more frequent interactions with the press apart from informal gathering like the annual media brunch held at State House on Sunday.This call was made on Sunday by GPA Vice President Zoisa Fraser at the same event. She said in light of the theme for World Press Freedom Day 2018, “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”, the GPA would like to have more frequent interactions with the President.Media practitioners of Guyana Times/TVG with President David GrangerIn addition to this, the GPA also used the opportunity to request the assistance of the President to facilitate familiarisation trips for media practitioners to understand Guyana’s borders. Fraser said the Guyanese media needed to benefit increasingly from more exposure to issues about our borders.“In this regard, the Guyana Press Association seeks the support of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in facilitating greater understanding and appreciation of our border locations, especially the one to our west. We specifically ask that you use your esteemed office to have the Guyana Defence Force facilitate visits by groups of media personnel to that border area during this year,” she said.This, according to her, will undoubtedly aid in creating a better understanding by media practitioners and the wider Guyanese community who may never get an opportunity to visit the area.President David Granger addressing members of the media on SundayBesides that, the GPA said it would remain committed to initiating programmes of training for its members. Fraser said the organisation would also widen its mandate and training capacity in the coming years to ensure that a professional media corps became a permanent feature in Guyana. It also plans to expand training, especially on oil and gas in the coming years.In delivering his address at the media brunch on Sunday, the President said the annual event, which was held for the third consecutive year was an acknowledgement of the important role of the media in society and an expression of the Administration’s respect for professionalism of the press corps.“The media is an important profession and must be supported by the Administration, if nothing else to help it develop its professionalism. This government, no government, could work with a docile media. It needs vigilance, critical analysis and this is why I promised hard money…and will continue to support the education of members of the Guyanese media, especially those in the GPA,” he asserted.GPA Vice President Zoisa FraserThe Head of State stressed the need for a professional press corps, which should be able to deliver on professional standards and ethics, and social responsibility. While he acknowledged that every person has a bias, the President noted that this bias must sometimes be suppressed to allow for more objective, professional and responsible journalism to prevail.He also noted that the GPA must take on the responsibility of being able to discipline its members who step out of line. Making reference to other associations like the Bar Association and the Engineers’ Association, he said the GPA should have the authority to discipline its members.“There should be no need for the courts or Government intervention. A professional media corps must have the ability to discipline its own members when they go out of line or breach media ethics. That’s the responsibility of the corps itself. That is why we need a strong Guyana Press Association and that is why I continue to support the Guyana Press Association,” the President added.The annual media brunch held at State House on Sunday saw media practitioners from every media entity in the country taking part. The event was attended by several senior and junior Government Ministers, editors, broadcasters, journalists, videographers and photojournalists.last_img read more