Jordan Maillot Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:01:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jordan Maillot 32 32 An Open Letter to All New Jersey Educators Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:01:58 +0000

Put away pencils, notebooks and study guides, it’s time to take a break. As June draws to a close, so does another school year in the Great Garden State. And while we like to say our kids need the break, no one needs it or deserves it more than New Jersey’s great educators.

The last two years have been particularly difficult for them beyond what is already a long year of teaching. Our children would not be where they are today without the tireless efforts of our New Jersey educators.

This year has hopefully been the closest to normal for them and our students. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought to my kids to be at school with all their little friends.

Some of the teachers I spoke to even said it was so exciting to finally see so many of their students smiling again after the mask mandate was lifted. Everything indicates that things have returned to normal over the year.

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Here is something that is even more amazing. Many children want to go to school, including mine. This not only shows how much they missed being together in the classroom, but it is also a huge testament to each of our New Jersey educators.

You are the reason why our children are so happy to be in school and to receive a quality education. Not only are you passionate about what you do, but you also taught our children despite all the great challenges we faced.

In fact, you’re even spending your own money in the classroom just to make sure your students get the tools they need. It can be difficult at times, but you always find a way to prevail.

A message for teachers and parents

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You deserve so much more than you get, and we can’t thank you enough for all you do. You are truly the backbone of New Jersey’s future.

As we enter the summer holidays, I hope you will have the opportunity to rest. And don’t let those naysayers tell you that you’re not working, because the weight of a teacher goes well beyond the standard 180 days required inside the classroom.

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Some of you might even go beyond the call of duty and attend the summer programs. A teacher’s job never really ends, especially when you have to juggle a large class. If you really think about it, many parents have enough trouble trying to juggle their children. You juggle them all and do an amazing job.

So I hope that with the summer months you will have time to breathe. Despite the very few people who still seem to have a problem with this, the vast majority of us parents know how hard you work, and we thank you for that.

Be sure to take some time for yourself before the start of the next school year. You deserve it.

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Greyhounds host boys’ basketball camp Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:22:00 +0000

Each of the five local public high schools honored a few select senior student-athletes as part of their year-end awards.

Some schools have based awards solely on athletic achievement, while others have considered athletic and academic achievement.

Information on prize requirements and winners has been provided by each respective school.

East Surry High School

The Cardinals recognized a male and female athlete of the year. Rosie Craven was named Female Athlete of the Year and Cooper Motsinger was named Male Athlete of the Year.

Craven was a tri-sport athlete who played tennis, basketball and softball. She earned all-conference honors in tennis and softball, and was an all-conference honorable mention in basketball.

Craven helped the Lady Cards tennis team win the Foothills 2A Conference Championship. Individually, she was qualified regionally in the 2A singles bracket.

Rosie, the salutatorian for the class of 2022 from East Surry, plans to attend NC State University.

Motsinger earned all-conference honors in four sports as a senior: cross country, indoor track, tennis and outdoor track.

He was part of a team conference championship, which he won with the Cardinals indoor track team, and two individual conference championships, winning titles in the outdoor track 3,200-meter race FH2A and the FH2A Singles Championship. Motsinger also won the Midwest Regional 2A Singles Championship, was a state semifinalist in the 2A Tennis State Championship, and was a state qualifier in cross country.

Cooper, the class valedictorian for East Surry’s class of 2022, plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

Millennium Charter Academy

The Lions selected a man and a woman as the school’s varsity athlete award recipients.

Each award is given annually to a Millennium Charter senior who best exemplifies the combined ideals of MCA scholarship and athletics.

The female athlete of the year was Sophia Gomez.

Sophia played soccer for three years at Millennium. She also played softball and competed in track and field competitions during her freshman year.

Gomez plans to attend NC State University.

The Male Athlete of the Year was Hartley Devore.

Devore was a four-sport athlete who competed in cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and baseball.

Hartley was a regional cross country qualifier in the fall.

Over the winter, Devore was conference champion winning the 4×800 meter relay in the Northwest Piedmont 1A Conference Championship. He also earned all-conference honors in the 4×400 relay.

In the spring, Devore was a regional qualifier in the 4×800 relay.

He plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mount Airy High School

The Granite Bears honored a male student-athlete and a female student-athlete who had the highest academic averages in the Class of 2022

Calissa Watson has been named the 2021-22 Delana Chilton Award winner.

Watson was Mount Airy’s valedictorian for the Class of 2022. Calissa was part of the Granite Bears volleyball team that won its first conference tournament championship in 29 years.

She plans to attend East Carolina University.

Mount Airy High has named Dylan Tilley the 2021-22 Alan McGee Award winner.

Tilley, who finished as the Bears’ salutatorian for the Class of 2022, was a member of Mount Airy’s football and tennis teams.

Mount Airy won the conference championships in football and tennis, while also reaching the 1A West regional semifinals in each sport.

Tilley plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

North Surry Secondary School

The Greyhounds have recognized one male and one female as the top student-athletes for the Class of 2022. Each student-athlete must meet the following criteria:

  • Is a senior who has participated in at least one sports program in the four years
  • Demonstrates leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field
  • Maintains a high level of achievement in class
  • Represents North Surry as an ambassador for all students
  • Is the epitome of the word student-athlete

The students are nominated by the coaches and all coaches vote on the names submitted.

The 2021-22 Don L. Smith Outstanding Female Athlete Award winner was Callie Allen.

Allen is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, ranks at the top of her class, and will graduate as an Honors Scholar. In addition to her academic accolades, she participated in every athletic season possible during the four years of high school.

In the fall, Callie was on the volleyball team for three years — with a season in college — before switching to cross country her senior year. Allen was the FH2A Conference Runner of the Year, a Regional Qualifier, and a State Qualifier.

Winter: Allen participated in basketball for all four seasons with the varsity team. She earned all-conference honors for three years, was an FH2A co-player of the year and an all-district selection as a senior, and led the Greyhounds to the FH2A championship in 2022.

In the spring: Allen was a four-year-old college football player who was named an all-conference honorable mention as a senior.

Allen plans to attend the University of Tennessee or Clemson University.

Ethan Edwards has won the 2021-22 Ron King Outstanding Male Athlete Award.

Edwards is a Fellow of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, ranks top of his class, and will graduate as an Honors Fellow. In addition to his academic accolades, he was a four-year member of the baseball team where he overcame adversity to become a leader on and off the field.

As a rookie, Edwards was on the JV Hounds baseball team, but his season ended prematurely after he needed surgery. Although unable to return to the field that season, he returned to the squad for practices and games to be a supporting teammate. Then Edwards’ second season in college was cut short after four games due to the pandemic.

For the past two years, Ethan has continued to be a member of the varsity team where he has led by example by working hard and being a great teammate. His sportsmanship was evident in good times and bad. His hard work earned All-Conference selection as a junior and senior, and made the 2022 FH2A All-Tournament Team.

Edwards led the team with a .533 batting average in 2022, mostly hitting early.

He plans to attend NC State University.

Surry Central Secondary School

The Golden Eagles honored two athletes from three sports as the school’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Mia McMillen has been named Surry Central’s Female Athlete of the Year. She participated in volleyball, basketball and outdoor athletics.

McMillen earned all-conference honors, recorded his 1,000th dig, and helped Surry Central reach the second round of the state playoffs as a senior with the volleyball team. Overall, she was an All-Conference selection for all four years of volleyball.

Mia was named FH2A Conference Co-Player of the Year in Basketball after averaging 21.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.2 steals, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks in playing more than 31 minutes per game. She had four games of 30 or more points, 14 games of 20 or more points, 18 games of 15 or more points and at least 10 points in all 22 games.

McMillen was also selected for the East-West All-Star Game, represented the West in the Triad High School All-Star Classic, and earned the second-most votes in all-district voting.

McMillen capped off his senior year by winning the 2A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles. She was named FH2A Female Athlete of the Year for a second straight year, won four individual conference titles and two regional championships.

In addition to her gold medal in the 300 hurdles, McMillen: Won a bronze medal in the 100 hurdles, was fifth in the state long jump championship, and was sixth in the state 4×200 relay championship .

Mia plans to continue her volleyball career at Limestone University.

Dakota Mills was named Surry Central’s Male Athlete of the Year. He participated in football, basketball and baseball.

Mills led the Golden Eagles football team in receptions, receiving yards and yards per strike in 2021-22. Of Surry Central’s seven total touchdowns, he caught six and was named an all-conference selection.

Dakota led the Eagles college basketball team in assists and steals with an average of 9.1 points. Once again he was selected for the FH2A All-Conference team.

Mills had a historic baseball season for Surry Central. His 30 stolen bases are the most stolen in school history and tied for 19th in state history. His .568 batting average is the second-highest in school history and tied for 27th in state history.

Mills also led the Golden Eagles with five homers, 42 runs scored and a .985 fielding percentage.

He plans to continue his baseball career, but is currently undecided on a destination.

Kentucky basketball players projected for 2023 NBA Draft Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:00:00 +0000

Kentucky forward Daimion Collins throws a dunk against Robert Morris on November 12, 2021.

Kentucky forward Daimion Collins throws a dunk against Robert Morris on November 12, 2021.

The 2022 NBA Draft ended Thursday night, but it’s a show that doesn’t have an offseason, and speculation about next year’s process has already begun.

Early projections indicate that the 2023 NBA Draft will be a major event for Kentucky basketball. And, even by John Calipari-era standards, next year’s draft could feature a remarkable number of Wildcats on the draft board.

Thursday night, Shaedon Sharpe went No. 7 to the Portland Trail Blazers, while TyTy Washington was selected with the No. 29 pick and will head to the Houston Rockets. Even if you don’t consider Sharpe a Wildcat — and that’s a talking point — it continued Calipari’s unbroken streak of 13 straight years with several Kentucky players having their names called on draft night. In total, Calipari have now had 45 British players drafted in those 13 years, and that streak will certainly continue in 2023, when several Wildcats are already considered likely picks.

The height of these cats will obviously largely depend on what happens over the next 12 months. And while there’s certainly lottery potential on this Kentucky roster, getting to the top of the 2023 draft will be a tough task.

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Asking questions at the start of the week, the clear consensus in NBA draft circles remains: the 2023 roster starts with Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, then comes everyone else.

Wembanyama – a 7ft 3in teenager from France – has long been touted as a generational talent, and he’s clearly one of the most intriguing NBA draft prospects in decades. He turned 18 in January, plays for a top EuroLeague franchise owned by former Spurs star Tony Parker, and boasts a level of skill, size and versatility that has had scouts salivating at the NBA.

Last month, ESPN released its first draft simulation of 2023. Wembanyama took the top spot, with longtime analyst Jonathan Givony remarking that he was the “best prospect I’ve personally ever rated”.

Next on nearly every list at the start of 2023 is Henderson, who was a five-star point guard in the 2022 recruiting class before moving to 2021 and moving to the G League last year. Because of his age – Henderson just turned 18 in February – he made this decision knowing he would have to spend two years in the development league before being draft eligible.

Henderson, who was on Kentucky’s recruiting radar before his career move, quickly showed a skill set that put him at the top of the 2023 draft conversation, and some analysts are even referring to him as a possible No. 1 pick if the 7-3 Wembanyama hits all the major hurdles in its development.

Beyond that, it’s a guessing game.

ESPN’s mock draft last month has Arkansas freshman Nick Smith Jr. at No. 3, Texas freshman Dillon Mitchell at No. 4, and the twin brother duo Overtime Elite consisting of Ausar and Amen Thompson, at numbers 5 and 6, respectively.

Other participants in the Top Five discussion include Duke freshmen Derek Lively II and Dariq Whitehead, Baylor freshman Keyonte George, and Oregon freshman Kel’ el Ware, a 7-footer who has quickly realized his potential in recent months.

Kentucky in the 2023 Draft

The British player most likely to enter the debate over the top of the 2023 draft is first-year goalkeeper Cason Wallace, who concluded his high school career as the No. 8 player in the 247Sports composite rankings (and No. 5 in total in 247Sports specific rankings).

Wallace is the type of top player who should have a major impact from the start of the 2022-23 season, and it would be a pretty big surprise if he wasn’t a first-round selection next year. ESPN projects him as the No. 12 pick in the 2023 draft.

He surely won’t be the only Kentucky player chosen next year.

According to ESPN’s first draft, the UK should have four players selected in 2023. If that happens, it would be the first time in five years that the Wildcats have produced so many picks in a single draft.

Fellow freshman Chris Livingston is projected to 22nd overall. He has draw potential, but he’s also struggled to stay consistent during his high school and AAU career, so there’s likely a high degree of variance as to where he might end up in the 2023 draft.

Returning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe is No. 36 on ESPN’s board, and he was projected to a similar spot had he remained in this year’s draft. Technically, Tshiebwe still has one season of eligibility beyond this, but he turns 23 later this year and the expectation for the 2022-23 campaign should probably be that he will turn professional at the end of it.

At No. 38 on ESPN’s board in 2023, Daimion Collins returns forward, who possesses unique athleticism and a huge upside, but has a largely unpolished game. As much as anyone on this Kentucky team, the next few months will be pivotal for Collins, who wouldn’t necessarily be surprised to go to the lottery or not be picked at all in the 2023 draft. will tell.

The UK roster will also include Antonio Reeves, Jacob Toppin and Sahvir Wheeler, three players who have tested the NBA draft process in earnest in the past before eventually returning to college.

Of these, Toppin seems to be the most intriguing draft option. He showed flashes of NBA-like ability in his two seasons at Kentucky and is likely to play a bigger role with the 2022-23 team. He turned 22 last month and is the younger brother of New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin, who broke out as a redshirt sophomore at Dayton, earning National Player of the Year honors that season. .

The young Toppin should have the opportunity to win NBA scouts this season, if his game continues to improve. And Kentucky looks set to have a particularly busy draft night a year from now.

Ben Roberts covers basketball, football, horse racing and other sports in the UK for the Lexington Herald-Leader and has specialized in basketball recruitment in the UK for the past few years. years. He also maintains the Next Cats recruiting blog, which features the latest news on the Wildcats’ recruiting efforts.
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The W in Designer: Flyest Fits of the Week (VIII) – Fri, 24 Jun 2022 01:32:20 +0000

For serious style points, WNBA players are introducing quirky twists and streetwear brands into sports-inspired outfits.

The WNBA season celebrated its epic history and today’s best players with a wider audience to wrap up Game 15. New York fans witnessed the premiere of Unfinished Business at the Tribeca Film Festival and an exciting retirement announcement by Sue Bird. As each WNBA player creates their legacy, there is a collective effort to expand the league’s multifaceted identity through style.

For the eighth episode of “The W in Designer: Flyest Fits of the Week” series, there’s a selection of players who put an original spin on sports-inspired outfits. Coinciding with the June 19 holiday, several players highlighted independent black designers like Brandon Blackwood and Off-White. As WNBA fans expand to include new audiences, like Tribeca Film Festival attendees, more and more players are working with stylists to create those stunning pre-game moments. While the hot summer weather may inspire casual outfits, these WNBA players are still committed to looking extremely cool.

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Utah Jazz: What Ryan Smith said about fan reaction to new jerseys Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:28:00 +0000

To say that fan response to the renowned Utah Jazz jerseys has been negative is a bit of an understatement.

So when Jazz owner Ryan Smith was available for reporters on Tuesday as he promoted UFC 278 (coming to Vivint Arena Aug. 20), I asked him what he thought of the fan response to the recent launch of new team gear and colors. .

“Have they?” he said with a laugh, jokingly dismissing how fervent the online discourse has been since the release of the new shirts. “No, just kidding. … I love our fan base. Like, fan is short for fanatics. We have an amazing fan base, I’m a fan, I’m part of it.

Smith said he appreciated how dedicated the fans were and how much they cared about the rebranding.

He pushed back against the idea that the new purple jerseys were an afterthought to please a fanbase who were angry when leaked versions of the new yellow and black jerseys made the rounds on social media, and said that there were four more purple jerseys coming out over the next year and a half.

Smith admitted, however, that the criticisms of the simplicity of the designs were probably fair.

“We wanted to bring back the purple…we also wanted to achieve a cleaner, streamlined look,” Smith said. “It’s an evolution — brands will evolve. There’s probably a fair argument that we went a little too clean, OK. But it will evolve and it will continue. And we want purple to be a big part of our color palette going forward…we want it to be a big part of our brand as it evolves. And so we’re going to do it right.

Smith took me and a few other journalists to the Vivint Arena team store to let us see the new merchandise. Photos I shared on Twitter from inside the store got mixed reviews.

While many still maintained that the new colors weren’t to their liking, there were a handful who said seeing jerseys on mannequins in the store softened their opinion a bit.

Although I’m unable to verify his data, Smith said that after launch the top selling items online were the purple ones, but people walking into the store were buying more black and yellow. So maybe just seeing it in person will get you used to it.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar answers the GOAT question. Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:50:56 +0000

In the NBA GOAT debate, there are a lot of opinions, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently gave a hilarious answer to the question.

When people talk about the GOAT, the three players consistently at or near the top are Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, and Michael Jordan. Accordingly, the three of them are usually compared.

Since James is the only active member of the three, he can still chase the records of Abdul-Jabbar and Jordan.

On “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the GOAT talk and James’ pursuit of his all-time record:

“I’ll answer. The GOAT committee meets in secret, okay? So…it’s just something we won’t know about, you know? But if LeBron breaks my record next year, it’ll be a last record I’ll never have to worry about again.”

The committee’s “secret meetings” mean that Abdul-Jabbar will keep his answer secret. Fallon thinks Abdul-Jabbar is the GOAT, but the “committee” of course won’t answer.

Although the GOAT Committee may not reveal the answer to the question, a player is pushing for it.

Abdul-Jabbar acknowledges that James is coming for his scoring record and trying to elevate himself to the definitive GOAT. If James breaks Abdul-Jabbar’s record, it will probably be one of the defining moments of next season. James has 37,062 points, while Abdul-Jabbar retired with 38,387.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s position in the GOAT debate

After the NBA Finals, the GOAT debate is once again a hot topic.
After the NBA Finals, the GOAT debate is once again a hot topic.

With the completion of the NBA Finals, the subject of the NBA’s greatest player is back in the spotlight. Although each GOAT list is subjective, six players have elite resumes for the list. They are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Stephen Curry.

Only 6 players in NBA history have 4 rings, multiple league MVPs and a Finals MVP: LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and, now, Steph Curry.

Three names on this list are considered the top tier, and the other three are at the top of this list. Still, some believe there is a gap between the top three and the rest of the list.

All I know is that Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the undisputed three greatest of all time. After that, go crazy. If Stephen Curry is not in the top 10, which he very well could be, he is at worst 11th or 12th. But there is no right answer with all of this.…

For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his legacy as one of the greatest of all time continues to be somewhat lost in time. Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 before Michael Jordan won his first championship (in 1991).

Jordan retired before the start of LeBron James’ career (in 2003). With basketball having changed drastically over the years since Abdul-Jabbar’s retirement, his records continue to plummet.

James will likely claim Abdul-Jabbar’s goalscoring record next season, which puts him ahead in almost every category. Whether or not that puts James ahead of Abdul-Jabbar from a “GOAT committee” perspective is something up for debate.

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Airport screeners get laid back to shout Ottawa’s ‘disrespect’ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 03:34:20 +0000

Airport security officers are going public with what they deem to be substandard pay and “lack of respect” from the federal agency that oversees their work.

Screening officers are wearing street clothes at 42 airports in a new ‘casual Monday action’ to draw attention to concerns over pay and working conditions amid negotiations over a new collective agreement, the United Steelworkers union said.

Ottawa has scrambled to respond to the scenes of endless lines, flight delays and daily commotion at airports, particularly at Toronto’s Pearson, caused by security choke points and understaffed customs and airlines.

Despite hiring more than 900 screening officers since April, the federal government has not mandated sufficient funding for employee wages and conditions, union representative David Lipton said.

“Quite frankly, they are overworked and underpaid. And there’s been an awful lot of attrition over the past few months, because we’ve had senior employees leaving to take better paying jobs,” Lipton said in a phone interview.

The Ottawa airport has about 210 screeners on site when there are expected to be 350, he said. Salaries typically range from $21.77 an hour to $23.33 an hour, plus a monthly bonus of $367, to a maximum of about $4,100 every four weeks, he said. declared.

“They work long stretches without a break, in some cases forced overtime as well,” Lipton said, calling the situation “untenable.”

He said some screening officers in Ottawa choose to join the Parliamentary Protective Service, where they earn about $4 more per hour and generally face a less stressful work environment. The service oversees security in the capital’s parliamentary precinct.

“CATSA is responsible for managing its relationship with its workplace,” Transport Minister spokeswoman Laurel Lennox said in an email, noting that the agency has almost reached its hiring target. about 1,000 screening officers for the summer.

“We expect everyone who works for CATSA to have a safe and respectful workplace as the sector continues its recovery.”

The union’s pressure tactics will in no way disrupt the service, the union’s national director, Marty Warren, said in a statement. Negotiations began in January, before the collective agreement expired in March.

Screening officers are employed by one of three contractors to the federal Crown corporation Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

The agency launched a program encouraging employees not to take vacation or sick days, offering them an additional bonus of $200 per week if they achieve perfect attendance.

NDP Transportation Critic Taylor Bachrach criticized the bounty. “Seriously, in the midst of a pandemic, this minister is encouraging workers who come to work sick. If he wants travelers on the move again, he needs to scrap this scheme immediately and start paying workers fairly,” he said during Question Period in the House of Commons on Monday.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra noted the hundreds of new hires in security checks and customs. “We have adjusted many of our measures in conjunction with airports and airlines to reduce airport delays. And we are working with workers … who have worked very hard in recent weeks,” he replied.

Neil Parry, CATSA’s vice-president of service delivery, said last week that the incentive was put in place because “there can be significant instances of absenteeism where people don’t show up not on their shift.

Not all new recruits are ready to work yet, with training taking at least a month. And security clearance levels for international flights are more difficult to obtain, which means processing times for flights to the US and overseas may not improve as quickly as those for domestic travel. .

Canada’s four largest airports (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal) are preparing for a 50% increase in passenger numbers ahead of the peak travel season.

As of June 1, these hubs handled an average of 56,000 inbound passengers from overseas each day, more than half of them at Pearson, where scenes of traveler frustration have played out all spring. The figure will reach 80,000 in a few weeks, according to the Canadian Airports Council.

In May, some 490,810 passengers – around half of all inbound travelers from overseas – were held up after arriving on international flights at Pearson Airport, facing delays as they sat on the tarmac or were undergoing staggered unloading to ease pressure on overflowing customs areas, according to figures provided by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Earlier this month, Ottawa suspended randomized COVID-19 testing of vaccinated passengers until at least June 30, following industry demands to process international travelers more quickly.

Transport Canada has also created an “exit screening committee” made up of government agencies and industry stakeholders to eliminate bottlenecks at security checkpoints.

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Kentucky basketball players among the brightest talents in the NBA draft Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:02:57 +0000

Kentucky fans didn’t get a chance to see Shaedon Sharpe on the pitch this season, as he signed up but ultimately missed the season. And although Sharpe didn’t show his abilities on a college court before choosing to enter the NBA draft, he remains one of the players with the highest potential in the draft pool.

How could Sharpe be? CBS Sports writer Matt Norlander, in a mock draft that used predictions about each player’s career path, picked Sharpe third ahead of Thursday’s draft.

“We all have to recognize something about this year’s top draft,” Norlander wrote. “The (Paolo) Banchero-(Jabari) Smith-(Chet) Holmgren 1-2-3 is probably how the draft will go, in some order, on Thursday night. That said, the chances of these three players (this which is to say: three great) to turn out to be the top three players in this draft is small. They each deserve to be where they are projected, but merit has nothing to do with how it will play out in years to come. At least one player out of the top three is going to get past at least one of those guys and end up being better. So that’s my arrow in the dark. Sharpe hasn’t played competitive basketball since almost a year. It’s a total gamble. There’s a lot out there, though. Shooting, athleticism, explosiveness, masses of potential. Some think he’d be in conversation #1 if he’d played at Kentucky. He didn’t. Maybe it takes a year or three. But maybe look at us in 10 years and he’s an All-Star. Let’s take a big swing.

Sharpe sat behind Banchero and Smith and just ahead of Arizona Benoit Mathurin and Holmgren.

Sharpe was the highest-ranked player in the 2022 247Sports Composite before reclassifying, ranking No. 3 overall in the 2021 class. He was one of two Kentucky players projected by Norlander as first-round worthy players , with goalkeeper Wildcat Ty Ty Washington entering at No. 19.

“Wonderful mid-range shooting touch,” wrote Norlander. “Washington’s ability to get in the lane and use pick-and-roll patterns is what’s going to get him safely drafted in the first round. He’s a little undersized, and I don’t know if he may be a starter for more years than not, but I like his chances of being a good secondary option at that point for years to come.”

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The No. 4 point guard and No. 15 player overall for the 247Sports Composite, Washington struggled with injuries in his freshman season at Kentucky but still averaged 12.5 points and 3.9 assists per game, while shooting 35% from behind the 3-point arc.

NBA fans post Kyrie Irving in Lakers, Clippers and other team jerseys amid Nets rumors | Launderer’s report Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:11:54 +0000

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NBA fans are wasting no time imagining Kyrie Irving in a new uniform after rumors of a potential split with the Brooklyn Nets.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the two sides are at an “impasse” over a new contract, with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks among potential suitors if the goaltender becomes available.

Social media is ready for Irving to change his jersey:

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Irving could be a free agent if he declines his $36.9 million player option for 2022-23.

Kyrie responded to reports with a cryptic clip of Thread:

It’s been a tumultuous 2021-22 season for the seven-time All-Star after entering the year with high expectations.

With Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden on the roster, the Nets were one of the top candidates to win the NBA title. However, Irving missed much of the season because his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot meant he couldn’t play home games under New York’s COVID guidelines, and he didn’t play. only 29 regular season games. Harden was traded in February for a package including Ben Simmons, who did not appear in a game for Brooklyn.

The Nets finished in seventh place in the Eastern Conference before being swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics.

Irving has posted strong numbers on the court, averaging 27.4 points and 5.8 assists per game. His 41.8 three-point percentage was the highest mark of his career.

The 30-year-old could be on the move this offseason, changing teams for the fourth time in seven years. Despite the many question marks, it seems that several fanbases would welcome the superstar with open arms.

Tennessee celebrates 50th anniversary of Title IX with panel from Lady Vols Mon, 20 Jun 2022 00:15:24 +0000

Pat Head Summit

Pat had a passion for the game, a passion for the sport, was a great leader, always wanted to make sure everyone was in a position to win,” Warlick said. “One thing about Pat is that she wanted women to be able to have the (same) opportunities as men in any sport. I think Pat went above and beyond the call of duty. to put women first and sport.

“Everything was always the best for the game and I have so much respect for Pat for that. I don’t care how many games she won. She was extremely humble. But you know what? The minute you finish this game is forever OK, how are we going to get the next one? There’s only one team that’s happy at the end of the year, and you just pray to win. Because it’s miserable. You work hard in the summer, but the minute we won a championship, she said, ‘How are we going to win the next one?’ Her dynamism, her passion just separated her from everyone.

“I think it’s important to know that Pat Head Summitt had a passion for the University of Tennessee and that fueled a lot of what she was ready to do and a lot of what she wanted to do for this campus” , Thomas said. “It wasn’t just women’s sport. She was talking to football rookies and basketball rookies and golf rookies and swimming rookies or whoever it was for male coaches. They had a camaraderie that was really special.

“I remember we were recruiting a basketball player from Ohio, who was also a huge college football fan. I don’t know if it was Holly or who it was, but someone said: ‘Hey, Donna, will you see if we can skip so much at football practice?’ I called football and I said, ‘Can we bring this rookie to training? Yes, bring him, bring as many people as you want, where is he from? And I said , Ohio. At the end of practice, all the football players from Ohio State came to introduce themselves to her and welcome her to campus. So the kid signed. That’s that kind interaction that was really special.

Chiles: “A lot of people don’t know this, but I wasn’t going to play softball in college. I was following my brothers and their basketball recruiting. And what I didn’t see was that I didn’t want to play nice. I wanted to get dirty, I wanted to get serious and I wanted to win. I wanted to be pushed like my brothers were on the pitch. And it was the one place where I felt like I was respected as a female athlete, where I would be pushed to succeed and pushed to win. And it wasn’t just from my coaches, the Weeklys, it was everywhere. Probably like most people during my visit, they say, “What do you want to do? I said, ‘I want to meet Pat Summitt. I knew what she stood for. I was already coming to Tennessee on a college scholarship.

“And then the Weeklys arrived in their orange and white to watch a game and I wonder what are they doing here? But my brothers and recruitment, it was a family. It was a family decision. These coaches would come and sit on the couch and say, “We’re going to take care of your son. And UT was the only place that really spoke to all of us as a family and said, “We’re going to take care of your daughter, but we’re going to allow her to express herself to compete and win.” And it was huge for me if I was to continue athletics. I just wanted a level playing field and from Pat Summitt to the Weeklys to John Cronan, everyone made that clear. You’re here, we’ll take care of you, but we want to win. And that’s really all I could ask for.

“I would like to add just to continue talking about the influence of Pat Summitt, it was a standard that was set, and she was not only so influential to the coaches, but to all of it Lady Vol athletes. I will share a story It would have been my freshman year and at that time for softball you were playing it seemed like 100 games a season Well we lost the game but that was rare We never really lost, but we lost the game, and we showed up and our coaches said, “Come into the arena. Coach Summitt wants to talk to you. And we’re like, what? And it’s been a long walk. Nobody said a word like she could hear us on the trail, but we walked in and sat down at the desk and you know, it had been 20 minutes before she came in. But she let us know that this was not the standard Flight Lady, and that it was personal for her to make sure we d let’s give the best of ourselves every day.

“It wasn’t about basketball. It wasn’t about football, it was about softball, it was about Lady Vol’s legacy and maintaining it and helping it grow. We didn’t lose many more and when we did we were really upset with a loss. But she was very important to me and to my team but to Lady Vol because she was so up to date with all of us and every program and really held us to a higher standard than we held ourselves to many times.

Karen and Ralph Weekly (Photo: University of Tennessee Athletics)

This meeting was organized by the Weeklys. Yes, softball plays a lot of games and losses are scattered throughout the season. But the Weeklys thought the loss didn’t bother the players as much as it should, so they plotted with Summitt. Players probably thought Summitt was looking for the encounter. But then she called in at the request of the Weeklys, who knew Summitt’s voice carried a lot of weight.

The future

While Title IX has brought seismic changes to women’s athletics, its survival is never guaranteed and the law has been challenged and challenged at the local, state and federal levels since its implementation. Attempts to water it down still occur, and institutions across the country are not fully compliant even 50 years later.

“We are very lucky at the University of Tennessee,” Cronan said. “Nationally, I hope universities and schools continue to support and that you don’t need to have this law to do the right thing. Grandmothers and grandfathers want their daughters and granddaughters to have the same experiences as their sons and grandsons. Title IX will last forever. So I think we just have to continue what we’re doing and make it a priority.

“I think that’s the beauty of Title IX. Girls today never remember a time when they weren’t able to participate. This is because they have always been able to participate. Women my age, Holly’s age, there were times when the girls couldn’t participate. The opportunity was not there. The beauty of Title IX, I think the intent of opportunity worked and continues to work because my nieces had the same opportunities as my nephews, and I think that’s what Title IX meant.

“I knew at 12 what I wanted to do, because they wouldn’t let me play Little League baseball. And I hope no other 12-year-old has that feeling that I can’t play, and I’m proud that the University of Tennessee has made a difference in that regard, not just in Knoxville, not just in Tennessee, but across the country and internationally.

Chiles, which owns SlapperNationand teaches young softball players to become slap hitters, gave an impassioned speech about being a Lady Vol.

Chilies from India
Softball player Lady Vol India Chiles. (Photo: UT Athletics)

“Being a Lady Vol is a culture,” Chiles said. “I’m going to take you to church for a sec. In church they say you are not here to sit, you are here to serve. And the message for Lady Vols, the University of Tennessee, and Title IX is that the job is not done yet. And it didn’t happen overnight. There are more ways for us to contribute than being an athlete or a coach.

“It’s our job to continue the legacy and to continue the fight for women’s athletics, for athletics in general. That’s really my message is to find a way to give back to the game and pay for it with something. You don’t have to coach anymore, you don’t have to play anymore, but keep giving back and giving to the next.

“And really, everyone here, thank you, a big thank you for paving the way for me and educating me. It all started with Lady Vol Class. Lady Vol Class set the tone and standard for my first year at the University of Tennessee and hope the culture here can continue to hold the standard and be first.

“When I was here, there was never a moment when two athletes passed each other and didn’t greet each other or when a coach walked past a coach and didn’t greet him or the coach-player interaction, the staff , Faculty. It was a family, and it was a level of respect. It’s our job when we’re on campus, whether we work here or not, to keep everyone up to that standard when they arrive.

That’s what was created, and it’s my job and our job to continue that legacy and to keep the fight going.