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Former Maryland and Georgetown men’s basketball stars to rekindle rivalry in new alumni league: ‘We’re going to put on a show’

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Former Maryland And Georgetown Men’s Basketball Stars To Rekindle Rivalry In New Alumni League: ‘We’re Going To Put On A Show’

Former Maryland and Georgetown men’s basketball players will look to rekindle a local rivalry when they face each other Aug. 6 in an alumni game.

This will be the first event under the Alumni Basketball League, which was founded by former Missouri and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kareem Rush. Game time, location and ticket prices will be announced at a later date.

“We have bigger visions for [the league],” Rush said. “We want to launch this 2023 season with multiple teams [and] playing back into those historic rivalries, but also building the framework for the first professional league that centered around college alumni.”

In 2018, Rush organized an alumni basketball game between Missouri and Kansas, which generated more than 2,500 spectators. The success of the game inspired Rush, the 1999-2000 Big 12 Rookie of the Year, to look into starting a league centered around former college stars.

Rush’s idea was put aside for two years because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, when he went to a Missouri alumni reunion in February, he discussed his plans with co-founder Jake Jackson and Jason “Coop” Conley. Months later, Rush and Jackson reached out to Conley, who starred at Virginia Military Institute before transferring to Missouri, about getting involved.

“Only a few college kids end up going pro,” Rush said. “Most of the guys that played high-level college basketball ended up having careers overseas. Fans, who followed them during their college years, lose track of them. To come back from overseas and play in front of your college fans is enticing for players.”

Rush wanted to organize a game as quickly as possible, so he relied on Conley’s connections in the Washington and Maryland area to orchestrate the ABL’s first game on the East Coast. With Maryland and Georgetown being the most well-known teams in the area, Conley, who is in charge of business development for the ABL, thought it would be best to start with them.

“I spearheaded this game because of the two teams,” said Conley, the 2002 NCAA scoring champion. “I know the history since I live here. I know they don’t play with each other [often] and thought it would be a good idea.”

Former Georgetown guard Chris Wright and former Maryland forward Travis Garrison are the general managers for each team, working with Conley and Ricky Goings, the ABL East Coast Director of Team Operations, to form the rosters.

Maryland’s team, which is called the “College Park Boys,” will consist of former players Anthony Cowan Jr., Melo Trimble, Ekene Ibekwe, Damonte Dodd and Byron Mouton. Trimble, a former McDonald’s All American, averaged 15.9 points per game in three seasons for the Terps and was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference in 2017. He’s played overseas in Turkey, Spain and Australia.

Cowan, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, is one of two players in conference history with 1,800 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. The program’s all-time leader in consecutive starts (130) and free throws made (579), Cowan helped the Terps clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title in 2020. He played 15 games for the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League during the 2020-21 season and recently played for Aris Basketball Club in Greece, averaging 15 points and 5.5 assists.

After Mouton helped Maryland win a national title in 2002, he played professionally in Germany, France, China and the Dominican Republic. He founded and still runs a youth basketball program in Maryland called 6th Man Sports while serving as a coach for Lanham Christian School in Prince George’s County.

“We are not losing,” said Garrison, a former McDonald’s All American who spent 11 years playing overseas. “The fans are going to be excited, and we’re going to put on a show.”

Meanwhile, Georgetown’s team, “DawgTalk,” will feature Wright, Henry Sims, Greg Monroe, Greg Whittington, Rodney Pryor, Jagan Mosely, Aaron Bowen and Jason Clark. Wright, Monroe, Whittington and Sims have NBA experience. Monroe, a 2010 first-round draft pick by the Detroit Pistons, played 10 seasons in the NBA, including 14 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz.

“For us to have the opportunity to step foot on the court again, and relive some of our memories in college, everyone jumped in,” said Wright, who currently plays for Derthona Basket in Italy. “It gives more incentive to go out there and play and have a good event.”

Rush said the league’s second game between Kansas and Missouri will take place later this year. He hopes to have as many as 16 teams by next summer. Even though bragging rights are on the line, the players will get paid for participating, according to Rush.

“Even if you’re not guaranteed a million dollars in the first year, you are guaranteed something,” Rush said. “As the league grows, you are not only guaranteed a share in the ticket revenue but the streaming and merchandising revenue. I’m coming from a player perspective, I want to make sure the players are taken care of.”

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Minnesota’s voter turnout in 2022 primary estimated at 18 percent

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Minnesota’s Voter Turnout In 2022 Primary Estimated At 18 Percent

Final counts from Minnesota’s primary election on Tuesday are yet to be certified, but Secretary of State Steve Simon said voter turnout appeared to be “relatively strong” compared with other years.

More than 18% of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2022 primary, according to preliminary counts from the secretary of state’s office. Preliminary results show more than 700,000 people cast votes for the Republican and Democratic Farmer Labor gubernatorial candidates. Those numbers could change as local elections officials across the state certify their results, and the final official turnout will likely not be available until after November when the updated number of eligible voters becomes available.

Primary elections, where voters of each party select their final candidates, typically have a significantly lower turnout than the November general election. Minnesota has had nation-leading voter turnout in its last three general elections, reaching nearly 80% in 2020. As of Aug. 3, there were 3,561,194 registered voters in Minnesota.

Typically, primaries draw more voters when there is strong competition between candidates of the same party vying for their party’s nomination. In a tweet, Simon pointed to the 2018 primary election as an example. That year saw competitive Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican gubernatorial races. Now-Gov. Tim Walz challenged DFL-endorsed candidate Erin Murphy, and GOP-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson fought off a challenge from former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Voter turnout was around 22%.

In 2014, just the Republicans had a competitive gubernatorial primary, and turnout was around 10%, Simon noted.

This year, incumbent DFLers Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Auditor Julie Blaha and Simon did not face strong challenges. On the Republican side, gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen, secretary of state candidate Kim Crocket, and auditor candidate Ryan Wilson did not see strong competition.

But some of the contests did see more action, including the Republican attorney general primary, where endorsed candidate Jim Schultz faced a challenge from 2018 attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow. Schultz ultimately prevailed with approximately 53% of the vote to Wardlow’s 35%. A third candidate received the remainder of votes in that race.

Some congressional districts also saw competitive races as well. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a progressive Minneapolis Democrat, narrowly held on to her seat in the face of a challenge from former Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels, a moderate.

Absentee voting numbers were not final as of Wednesday, but as of Tuesday the secretary of state had counted 152,102 accepted ballots. In the 2020 state primary, Minnesota accepted more than 543,000. While the 2022 absentee numbers have not reached the levels seen in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, they remain significantly higher than they did in the 2018 and 2016 primaries.

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Biden starts summer vacation with his family in South Carolina – The Denver Post

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By SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be at least a seven-day vacation with family members.

The first couple planned to be at Kiawah Island, known for its private beach and golf resort, until Tuesday, according to notices from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The White House did not respond to requests to provide details on Biden’s vacation schedule, activities or when he planned to return to Washington. The president will be staying with a friend on the island that the family has used on previous visits, according to a White House official.

Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, left the White House in motorcade for Joint Base Andrews outside the capital, where Air Force One was on hand to take them to Joint Base Charleston. Biden was dropped off at a private home in a gated community next to a golf course on the island.

Biden was joined on Air Force One by his son, Hunter Biden, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.

While Biden is in South Carolina, the House is poised to vote to approve a bill packed with Biden’s priorities, including the largest investment in history to fight climate change, some 369 billion dollars over the decade. The measure would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket for Medicare beneficiaries and help about 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House objected when Biden considered signing the bill, saying it was intended to help ensure the House approved the measure.

Biden’s 2021 vacation plans have been muddied by Washington’s legislative calendar, a rise in COVID-19 cases and the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Summer vacation is a presidential tradition. George W. Bush often spent the month of August clearing brush in the 100-degree heat that scorched his central Texas ranch. Barack Obama worked on his golf game on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Donald Trump spent time at home on his private golf club in central New Jersey.

In the past, the White House has stressed that the president is never truly released from the responsibilities of his post – and that he will continue to consult his aides and follow his daily national security briefing, regardless of his location.

And sometimes presidents have had to make life-changing decisions while on vacation, including Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina that flooded New Orleans in 2005. Bill Clinton ordered airstrikes against terrorists in Al- Qaeda from Martha’s Vineyard in response to bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And Bush’s father, President George HW Bush, planned the US response to Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait from his family’s beachfront compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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St. Paul school board to seek new contract for ‘highly effective’ superintendent

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St. Paul School Board To Seek New Contract For ‘Highly Effective’ Superintendent

The St. Paul school board announced Wednesday that it will negotiate a third contract with Superintendent Joe Gothard.

Gothard, 50, was running the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district when the St. Paul board hired him in 2017 to succeed Valeria Silva.

In a performance review last month, the school board rated Gothard “highly effective” in four of six areas: strategic plan implementation, communications, community engagement and operations.

They rated him as “effective” in teaching and learning and in ethical and inclusive leadership.

“Overall, the Board finds the Superintendent to be highly effective in his role and acknowledges more growth is both necessary and possible,” the board said in a written summary of Gothard’s latest performance review.

The board identified three “key areas for growth”:

  • “Development of monitoring reports for student outcomes”;
  • “Evaluate impact of implementation of culturally relevant instruction on students”; and
  • “Explore and implement tools of community engagement that are culturally responsive.”

The seven-member board said it voted unanimously to pursue another contract with Gothard.

“I don’t see anyone at this time who should be there but you,” board member Jeanelle Foster said during Wednesday’s board meeting.

Gothard said he “definitely took note” of the areas for improvement.

“It’s a great honor to lead the students, staff and community,” he said. “It’s something I do not take for granted.”

SCORES, ENROLLMENT, PANDEMIC

Student enrollment was falling when Gothard took over, and it’s continued to drop during his tenure, even before the coronavirus pandemic. Five schools closed in June as part of a consolation plan that was less ambitious than Gothard recommended.

Meanwhile, Gothard has continued Silva’s high-priced campaign to renovate schools throughout the city, which recently was projected to raise the district’s total outstanding debt to $860 million by 2026 compared with $393 million a decade prior.

Before extended school closures related to the pandemic, the district had made modest progress in reading proficiency but its math scores continued to fall.

The district under Gothard has restored a middle school model that gives students more time for electives.

At the high school level, all schools are moving to the same block schedule this year while also making ethnic studies a graduation requirement and reducing the total number of credits needed to earn a diploma.

Conflict with the teachers union has continued under Gothard. In 2020, a teacher strike cost students four days of school. In both 2018 and 2022, negotiators reached deals on new teachers contracts the day before strikes were planned.

In response to the pandemic, the district has focused on learning loss at the elementary level.

A lack of bus drivers has been a major problem for the district since schools reopened last year, resulting in start-time changes with little notice and inconsistent service for many schools. Only three of 10 high schools are getting yellow bus service next year, with teens at the other schools getting Metro Transit passes.

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Wolves inquire about signing Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore but face European competition

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Wolves Inquire About Signing Metz Midfielder Boubacar Traore But Face European Competition

Wolves have inquired about the signing of Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore, according to talkSPORT.

Bruno Lage is keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park.

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Traore made 28 appearances for Metz last season

The Midlands club missed out on signing Joao Palhinha to Premier League rivals Fulham earlier in the window.

Now Wolves have inquired about another midfielder in Traore, who is a long-term target for the club.

However, it is understood that Lage’s side will face competition from clubs on the continent.

The 20-year-old has made 28 appearances for Metz, who play in Ligue 2, and only made his debut in May 2021, but has already impressed in France.

So far this summer, Wolves have definitely signed Goncalo Guedes, Nathan Collins and Hwang Hee-Chan.

They began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss to Leeds on the opening weekend.

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Column: Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds face a tough task to turn the Field of Dreams sequel into a hit

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Column: Chicago Cubs And Cincinnati Reds Face A Tough Task To Turn The Field Of Dreams Sequel Into A Hit

The inaugural Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees one year ago turned into an instant classic.

The TV presentation, the sight of “Field of Dreams” star Kevin Costner leading the players through the cornfield to the ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa, the sounds of crickets chirping and the game itself all lived up to the hype.

It’s probably unfair to judge Thursday’s Field of Dreams game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds against the success of last year’s, especially because both teams are well out of contention in the National League Central.

But every sequel inevitably gets compared with the original, and other than “The Godfather Part II” and perhaps a handful of others, it’s almost impossible to replicate something that worked to perfection.

The Cubs, naturally, are excited to be part of MLB’s biggest in-season event besides the All-Star Game, knowing they’re following in the footsteps of a classic.

“It’s a little part of history,” Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner said Wednesday after homering in a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. “Eight thousand people is going to be small, but I feel like everyone there is going to be excited to be there. Just awesome all around.”

Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run capped the Sox’s 9-8 win over the Yankees in the inaugural game, which most thought would be a one-time event until the Cubs-Reds matchup was announced shortly afterward.

“I watched it last year,” Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom said. “I saw how special it was. And then when I saw that we were part of it this year, I was just super excited.

“And then to see my name on the (MLB) poster, it was really cool for me. Just honored to be a part of that. … I know it’s going to be a long day but something I look forward to.”

Seiya Suzuki, who like many players hasn’t seen the 1989 film and was born after it was made, isn’t all that knowledgeable about its place in American movie lore. But he knows it’s a big deal to baseball and it puts the Cubs on a national stage again.

“I have never watched the movie before, but obviously it’s great (playing) in a really historical stadium,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “I haven’t had the chance to be able to play in a countryside stadium as well, so I’ll get a different perspective. I’m very excited.”

The second Field of Dreams game apparently will be the last one until at least 2024, according to White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, part of the ownership of the Field of Dreams site. Thomas told the Des Moines Register that construction on the site caused MLB to take a pass next year.

“It’s a lot going on,” Thomas said. “They don’t want to come back if the stadium’s not prepared.”

The Cubs and Reds will fly in and out of Iowa on the same day, missing the fun of staying overnight in a roadside motel that advertises free HBO on the marquee. That would make for a more realistic Iowa experience. But remember the star of the show is the cornfield, and the visuals of playing in a ballpark surrounded by corn is the only thing that matters.

The 2021 game drew almost 6 million viewers for Fox, making it the highest-rated regular-season telecast since 1998. Now the network has the unenviable task of making everything seem new and interesting. Costner reportedly won’t be on hand to repeat his dramatic pregame walk, and holding a Field of Dreams game without Costner is like making “Casablanca” without Humphrey Bogart.

But who knows what Fox will have up its sleeve?

The network already has announced Cubs left fielder Ian Happ and Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be mic’d up for the game and able to talk to each other on the field.

A Twitter rumor Wednesday suggested the network was testing a hologram of the late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray for the telecast.

Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the All-Star Game telecast, in which David Ortiz preened in the dugout during the action under the premise he was “interviewing” players. But Ortiz and Álex Rodriguez were featured in the promos for the Field of Dreams game, so we can probably expect the worst.

After watching eight of the 16 combined hits by the Sox and Yankees leave the yard and land in the corn last August, there’s no doubt Wisdom, Votto, Suzuki, Franmil Reyes and others will be swinging for the fences. Because the game is meaningless in the pennant race, they might as well go for broke and give Fox its corn fix.

The Field of Dreams game undoubtedly will be the last time anyone besides Cubs and Reds fans are interested in this matchup, at least until one or both are contenders again. From the looks of things, that could take a while.

Thursday’s game may not match up to the original, and Iowa may not be heaven.

But for one night, we can dream.

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Fat Nyc Rat Gets Stuck On Brooklyn Sidewalk

He lost the rat race.

A round rodent got stuck in a Brooklyn sidewalk as it exited the subway, causing a pedestrian to accidentally step on the head and scream in horror, a witness said Wednesday.

“That rat couldn’t fit through the hole. RIP fatso”, Dylan Wells posted on Twitterwith a photo of the unfortunate creature.

Wells was on his way to work at Victor’s Mediterranean restaurant in Gowanus around 11 a.m. Wednesday when he spotted the roly-poly rat washed up on Third and Atlantic Avenues, he told the Post.

“I walked past it twice: the first time, I had a debate with a woman to find out if he was still alive. Obviously that was not the case,” he said.

When he returned around 4 p.m., the beady-eyed rodent was still there.

The round rat couldn’t make its way through the sidewalk.
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“The second time I was behind a woman wearing flip flops, on her phone, not paying attention and she stepped on her head and screamed,” he said.

Wells said the big rat was probably trying to climb through a crack or tunnel under the sidewalk near a construction site when it encountered its creator.

“I guess he was under the pavement and he couldn’t put his head in the hole and then his body got stuck and he died,” he said. “Maybe he was too big.”

He added: “I wonder if there are a lot of rats living under there now because it’s blocking [the hole].”

The city should get rid of the rat quickly so more people don’t “eek,” he said.

The sighting comes amid the Big Apple’s worst rodent infestation in more than a decade, and about a week after a group of residents sued the city for allegedly fueling the problem by allowing outdoor dining. outdoors in times of pandemic.

The city did not immediately return a request for comment.

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