23 Sep

Ison sentenced to 2 years for stealing prescription drugs

first_imgVersailles, IN—Wednesday, Rhonda Ison,53, of Moores Hill, was sentenced by Ripley County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp to 2 years with 6 months suspended to probation for actions related to the theft of 190 prescription pain pills while working as the Director of Nursing at Manderley Healthcare in Osgood, IN.  Prior to sentencing, Ison pled guilty to Failure to Make, Keep, or Furnish Records of the Dispensing and/or Destruction of a Controlled Substance, a Level 6 Felony, and Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor where she faced a sentencing range of 6 months to 2 ½ years. During the Sentencing Hearing, Kyle Negangard of Manderley Healthcare testified about the details of Ison’s crimes and the significant negative impact they have had on his family’s business.  Negangard explained that he and his family had received information from other nurses in the facility that believed Ison was stealing pills rather than following proper pill destruction procedure.  As a result, the facility promptly installed a camera in the medicine room to observe whether proper procedure was being followed.  Within hours of the camera being installed, Ison was captured on video taking 190 prescription pain pills (Hydrocodone and Oxycontin) and falsifying paperwork that indicated she had destroyed them pursuant to proper procedure.  The pills left for destruction belonged to patients who had recently passed away prior to those pills being distributed. Negangard testified that Ison’s crimes were extremely hurtful to his family because they trusted her as their lead nurse.  Immediately upon discovering what Ison had done, Negangard contacted the police and the state licensing board.  The Negangard family knew reporting these crimes would leave them susceptible to potential fines and negative effects of their business, but they wanted to do the right thing and make sure Ison would be prevented from having the opportunity to victimize anyone else.  Further, Negangard stated that Ison’s actions have caused the facility to have to work extremely hard to regain the trust of the facility’s nurses, residents, and residents’ families that Manderley Healthcare has earned over the past five decades as a healthcare provider in the community.   At the Sentencing Hearing, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane A. Tucker argued that Ison’s theft of such a high number of pills, the significant impact her crimes have had on the victim, her violation of trust not only to her employer but to the facilities resident’s and the residents’ families, and her lack of remorse for her actions justified an aggravated sentence.   Ison’s attorney requested that the Court take into consideration that she has no prior criminal history and a dependent child at home.  The Court agreed with the State and sentenced Ison to 2 years in jail with 6 months suspended to probation while emphasizing that, based on Ison’s conduct, she should never be put in a position of trust with patients ever again. In reference to the case, Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel wanted to complement the Osgood Police Department for their investigation and Manderley Healthcare for their diligence in reporting Ison’s crimes and their cooperation throughout the pendency of the case.  Further, he stated, “Ison’s conduct and violation of trust negatively impacted some of our community’s most vulnerable, those who require the care and support facilities like Manderley Healthcare provide.  Her conduct warrants the aggravated sentence she received.”last_img read more

21 Sep

Lampard calls for fixture leeway

first_img Jose Mourinho’s men face west London rivals Fulham on Saturday having undertaken the difficult trip to Istanbul to play Galatasaray in Europe on Wednesday. “It’s not ideal,” Lampard was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “We don’t expect any favours and certainly know we won’t get them. It’s about resting up and getting ready to go. Press Association “I don’t know about the Premier League but other countries seem to look after their teams representing them in the Champions League. I’m not sure we do so much here. “I’m not trying to get one over on other Premier League teams, it just seems a general rule. There could be a bit of common sense if you are getting back at 6am. “We can’t moan, we’ve got a fantastic squad with fit young players. We have to get on with it.” center_img Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has called on the Premier League to be more sympathetic to Champions League teams when scheduling weekend matches.last_img read more

20 Sep

Pellegrini remains confident

first_img With no other silverware it has been a hugely underwhelming campaign and speculation over Pellegrini’s future is rife, but the Chilean is not letting the pressure get to him. The unflappable 61-year-old gives the impression he has seen most of it before having managed at hothouses such as River Plate and Real Madrid in a career that has taken in five countries. He said: “Why am I so sure? Because I have experience, you know when a squad is behind you when you are working, you know when you work well or work bad. “You can’t talk about decisions which are not your decisions but if you ask me why I’m not afraid; because there are two things in my whole career – I have never been a coward and I am not afraid.” Pellegrini refused to go into detail when asked about his future at a press conference to preview Sunday’s derby at Manchester United. The former Villarreal and Malaga boss is not thought to be under immediate threat but a review of the season will be carried out by the club’s hierarchy at the end of the campaign. Pellegrini feels his side – who drew level at the top with Chelsea on New Year’s Day – have just hit a bad run and maintains they are a strong unit. He said: “I am not talking about my future because it is not important. I am just thinking about the game against Manchester United. “We have to improve because we are not winning but we are the most attacking team, the team that has most possession of the ball, we don’t concede many goals. “I think the players are happy in the way we work and the way we play. I don’t see any problems inside the club. “You never know what will happen in August and at the end of the season but, if you ask me, I am not afraid because I think we are in the correct way but a bad moment.” City have won just four of their last 11 Premier League games and also gone out of the FA Cup and Champions League during that timespan. In his analysis of performances, Pellegrini has often suggested that he does not feel there is much wrong with his team. But he is well aware that, if he does survive, there could be a big summer ahead. Despite all the narrow defeats where he has felt his team has been unlucky, he recognises that the squad could need some significant remodelling. He said: “We must improve a lot of things. We are not doing all wrong – but we must improve. “I analyse the games and we have a lot of possession – I don’t remember many saves from Joe Hart and we are defending well, but we must improve our movement because we are playing always against eight, nine or 10 men behind the ball. We are not doing enough in that moment to score the goals. “We are not doing it all badly but we must improve our attacking play. We need to create more chances. We are creating a lot but we cannot win, so maybe we need to create double.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains confident in his position – because he has “never been a coward”. Pellegrini is under intense scrutiny at the Etihad Stadium with his side’s Barclays Premier League title defence apparently in ruins. Monday’s disappointing loss at Crystal Palace has left the champions fourth in the table and trailing leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand, by nine points. Press Associationlast_img read more

19 Sep

ICC World Cup Glenn McGrath picks his favorites for World Cup 2019

first_imgInitially, it would be England for two reasons. England have started playing well in limited overs and the tournament will be played on home. Naturally, they will have some home advantage. But they will be challenged by India and Australia. McGrath was quoted as saying by ESPN cricinfo.He also spoke highly about teams like Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa, saying although England are the clear favourites, there are other strong teams who can cause upsets as well. Meanwhile, the tournament opener will be played between the host and South Africa at the Oval in London. HIGHLIGHTSEngland will play South Africa in World Cup opener on May 30. Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting have backed England as clear favourites. Australia will play its first league game against Afghanistan.  New Delhi : With just 3 days to the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup to begin, all 10 teams are working with the full fortitude to keep no box unturned. With players busy preparing, the cricket-pundits and ones who have played the sport are busy predicting their semi-finalist in the twelfth edition.Former Australia speedster, Glenn McGrath, too, has given his verdict on the upcoming 50-over tournament, picking his favourites. Interestingly, the former cricketer, hasn’t picked his own country as the probable champions in the upcoming tournament. Instead, he has backed hosts England who recently thrashed Pakistan 4-0 as the firm favourites. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

18 Sep

Premier League CEO says Black Lives Matter a moral cause, not a political one

first_imgBy Simon Evans(REUTERS) – Premier League CEO Richard Masters defended players’ and clubs’ collective decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, describing it as a moral cause and not a political one.When the league restarted this month after a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, all players had “Black Lives Matter” on their shirts instead of their names in the opening round of games and they have continued to take a knee before kick-off in support of BLM.At a hearing of the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Conservative MP Steve Brine said the the league’s support for the movement appeared to mark a shift from its previous opposition to political messages in the sport.He highlighted previous cases of politics in English football such as when Arsenal distanced themselves from Mesut Ozil’s support for the Uighur Muslim population in China and when the league fined Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of Catalan independence campaigners. “How did we get from Ozil and Pep to Black Lives Matter, and can the Premier League players and managers now be assured that anything goes if they have a cause that they feel strongly about and the Premier League will not take action against them?” he asked Masters.“I think we are living in unprecedented times,” Masters replied. “Players are used to being the message board for other people’s messages and on this occasion they wanted to make two very clear statements as players, supported by the Premier League and the clubs: Thanking the NHS..and also recognising the issues that are going around the world and the support of the sentiment of Black Lives Matter,” he said.“We listened and are happy to support them.“I don’t think it sets any particular precedent. I think it is perfectly possible to support Black Lives Matter the sentiment without being seen to support any political organisation,” he said. “We are an apolitical organisation – we don’t support political organisations.”Masters said “all players” had backed the campaign, but he added that there would be a high bar for any future initatives which would have to be agreed upon.“We are drawing a clear distinction between a moral cause and a political movement or agenda. Whilst there may be a difficulty sometimes, dividing the two, our position is clear: Politics no, moral causes yes – when agreed,” he said.Masters said if players got involved in political messaging on the field without agreement they would remain in breach of regulations and could face fines. Labour MP Julie Elliott said she was concerned about Masters’ explanation. “I think you are opening up a can of worms by how you have responded to those questions,” she said.Masters reiterated that the decision to back BLM was a collective one, saying it had come out of conference call discussions with the captains of the Premier League clubs, and did not set a precedent.“This is all players coming together…it is a firm position from all players,” he said.“It doesn’t mean that whenever players on an individual (or) collective basis want to do something that the Premier League and clubs will be duty-bound to support it.”last_img read more

17 Sep

Orchard uses past experiences to excel at defensive end for Utah

first_imgNate Fakahafua walked up to the doorstep of the Orchard family’s house in an old, dirty basketball uniform with nowhere else to go.His brother had just been evicted from his apartment, leaving him without a roof over his head. His mother had called Katherine Orchard before, asking if Nate could stay with her family. Katherine and her husband Dave Orchard — Nate’s basketball coach at the time — have five kids of their own in addition to a handful of others they had welcomed in before. Katherine said no. But Nate, as a 6-foot-1 12-year-old, was undeterred. “Are you here to stay?” Dave asked him. Nate said he was.“He looked like he needed somewhere to be,” Katherine said. “So we just threw him in the shower, put some clean clothes on and that was it. He’s lived here ever since.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor someone who was forced to grow up much faster than most 12-year-olds, Nate, who is black, moved in with an all-white family in all-white neighborhood, used sports as his outlet and took their last name a year ago. He committed to the University of Utah as a sophomore in high school and six years later, he’s a senior defensive end for the Utes leading college football with 16.5 sacks.As a senior, Nate Orchard commands respect from his teammates as a captain, just as Katherine and Dave demanded the same from him. Chores were done on Saturday mornings in the Orchard house and a bedtime wasn’t an option. The structure and expectations led him to Utah where he’s realized his football dream. “It’s amazing to see how he’s taken his life in his own hands and made it what he wanted it to be,” Maegan Orchard, Nate’s wife, said. “It could have gone one way or the other and he worked his butt off to make it the way he wanted it to be.”Nate typically leaves the house each morning between 6 and 8 a.m., and tries to be home by 10 p.m. He begs Maegan to keep their daughter, Katherine, up late enough so he can see her. Katherine’s named after the woman who took Nate in when it looked like he didn’t have a home.His concept of family comes from the Orchards, who took him to the beach for the first time and taught him what sunscreen was. He couldn’t muster more than a doggy paddle in the ocean and got caught in a rip tide. He was forced to leave the beach in an ambulance after being rescued. Katherine and Dave paid the medical bill in cash because they didn’t have insurance for him. That spurred the Orchards to start the process of making Nate their legal son. Now he loves being a father and, with all the time spent away from his home each day, he’s become a similar figure for Utah’s younger players. He’s taken freshmen with him to play basketball and barbecue to make them feel at home, something that took him 12 years to find.“When these younger guys came in, I wanted to show them the ropes right away,” Nate said. “I want them to know they’re not here alone and there’s a lot of loving and caring people around here.”It’s his paternal instincts that led Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham to distinguish Nate as the “leader of leaders” on the team. Nate calls player-only meetings on Thursday mornings by sending out team-wide texts.He stands in front of the team with his fellow captains and runs down what everyone needs to do to prepare for the upcoming game, and declares where the team needs to be mentally to succeed. He’s revered by his teammates for his ability to lead and manage himself, something he does better than guys who don’t necessarily have as many responsibilities.“It’s almost like he’s been a grown man since he got here as a freshmen,” fellow captain and defensive back Brian Blechen said. “Even guys who don’t have a wife or kids at home still look up to him as their role model.”It’s all been embedded into Nate since he was a filled-out, tight-lipped 12-year-old walking up to the Orchard’s front door. It’s his complicated upbringing that allows him to see life through a different lens today, a perspective he’s unbelievably grateful for.“It was a difficult situation for me growing up,” Nate said. “But I wouldn’t change it for the world because it’s made me the man I am today, the father I want to be. “It’s the reason I love the game so much.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 19, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

16 Sep

Q&A: Ross James talks second trip to Olympics, what it’s like rowing with his twin

first_imgAfter falling .3 seconds short of a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics in London as part of the United States men’s eight team, former University of Wisconsin rowers Ross and Grant James are in the process of making a return to the world’s biggest stage for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.The twin brothers attended UW from 2005-09 and walked on the men’s rowing team. They were part of the varsity eight boat that won a national championship in 2008 and also won gold at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships that same year.The Badger Herald caught up with Ross James to talk about how they got started rowing, the journey back to the Olympics and what it’s like to row with your twin brother for a decade.The Badger Herald: Going back to when you started rowing at Wisconsin, you were walk-ons to the sport, what got you interested? They basically send out recruiting letters to everyone who is tall. Is that what happened for you?Ross James: I did get one of those letters. It was a postcard in the mail that said if we were over 6-foot-2, we should try rowing, and we both thought “let’s try it.” At the time, I didn’t even known what rowing was — it was my first introduction. It was definitely something my brother and I fell into. We were good at it and we just kept getting better. Each step took us closer to another level and we had a great experience.BH: Can you talk about what it’s been like rowing with your twin brother for this long?RJ: Rowing with my brother has been a terrific experience, especially in college when we were just walk-ons, we had someone to compete against always.It was nice to have family around because most people never have family around when they’re training and you rarely have the chance to go home. But it’s also difficult at times. If you have a bad row with a teammate, you just think, “We missed this one. Let’s regroup for the next one.”When you’re siblings, there’s no barriers, so you immediately go to anger. We’ve had some heated moments in the pairs, and anybody would. It’s been good times and bad times, but right now, we are on the upswing.BH: Back to present day, what does the time between now and the actual trials look like for you then?RJ: We have about eight weeks, and we’ve set up the schedule to build a little bit of progression into racing again. You never want to red line [go full speed] all the time because that will burn you out. You have to try and peak at the right time, so right now is more longer, distance-based, aerobic and fitness-oriented training. As we get closer, we’ll start adding in a little more intensity and then just before [the Olympics] you start really cranking out some of the hard stuff to really prep for racing.BH: Have there been any major differences in preparation from your first trip to the Olympics in 2012 and now?RJ: Absolutely. I think the process last time was a lot different than this time, and that’s only natural since there’s a change of coaches, administration and athletes. It will never be the same. Last time, it was a similar situation in which we still had to qualify in the eight, but it was run in a different manner and so you just kind of have to work with what you have.BH: Is it difficult not getting complacent or overconfident this time around?RJ: Your perspective is much different and it’s very interesting. The first time around, you just don’t understand the gravity of the situation. Once you go, you realize that all the other races you did were child’s play compared to the big stage.The second time around you’ve gotten over the goal of getting there and the goal is now to win a medal. When that’s the goal, the pressure builds because you know how difficult it is to accomplish.BH: Could you describe what that experience in London was like?RJ: London was great. It was quite the experience standing there at the closing ceremonies after it was all said and done, because I knew I had to try again. Knowing I had to go through four more years just to try this again. We came in fourth in London, and I knew we were capable of winning a medal. We thought we needed one more shot.BH: When you were looking to the next four year, was it difficult knowing you had to do everything all over again?RJ: Rowing is a sport of delayed gratification. You have to take it one year at a time. The long term investment could drive you nuts. We just approached it one week at a time, and if you can survive that week, you’ll build it up over time. It’s daunting, but you’re encountering new experiences.BH: Going back to around the time when you first started rowing, did you ever think that something like this would be even close to attainable?RJ: No. Never. Even as a kid, the Olympics was something you just watched on TV. I didn’t have any physical connection to it. And even as I was rowing in college, it wasn’t something that I thought, “Winning a gold medal is my goal.” It was just trying to be the best at where I was.In college, we had a great opportunity that led us to a national championship. Then the next step from that was the Under-23s, which is like the minor leagues of rowing, and we won a world championship there. The Olympic team was next.As the years go by, the intensity and the pressure builds, and that’s when you start realizing that this is for real. But you don’t actually get it until you’re there. It’s much bigger than you think.last_img read more

16 Sep

Women’s volleyball ready for two Pac-12 home matches

first_imgAlexandra Ting | Daily TrojanHome sweet home · Junior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley and the No. 24 Women of Troy have two home games before they take a long road trip.After a quick victory over Cal and an equally quick defeat at the hands of Stanford last week, the women’s volleyball team looks to duplicate their first game and fix the mistakes of their second in order to come away with two victories this weekend before heading back on the road for the next four games. The No. 24 Women of Troy (14-7, 6-4) first face No. 21 Utah (15-6, 6-4) on Friday before playing Colorado (12-8, 4-6) on Saturday.“They are hungry to get back out on the court and show themselves that they can play a lot better than they finished on last Sunday,” head coach Mick Haley said. “There is nobody more disappointed about not being able to play better than our team, but they are not going to quit. They are going to come back with a vengeance.”The Trojans have not been able to win back-to-back home games since their final preseason tournament in September. However, they hold a 16-2 record against the Utes and a perfect 13-0 record against the Buffs.“We have been fortunate to have wins,” Haley said. “But they are teams that we certainly look to come in here and play well. You have to take these teams as if they are in first place because in this conference, the minute you overlook somebody they come in and beat you. You need to respect your opponents.”Utah will be led by junior outside hitter Adora Anae. The last time the Trojans played the Utes, Anae had 25 kills and 12 digs, which heavily contributed to the five close sets USC had to overcome before their final victory.“Utah has a great player in Anae,” Haley said. “She is just fun to watch, even when she is against your own team. We want to do a good job slowing her down.”The game against Utah will allow the team a chance to turn around from their disappointing loss to Stanford and show that they are continually learning and improving as the season goes on.“They just wanted to perform better against Stanford,” Haley said. “When they didn’t, they were a little unsure as to why they couldn’t do better. Once we showed them what happened in certain situations, I think they got the picture that they really could do this without a problem, but that they just have to kick it up in certain areas.”In order to come out victorious this weekend, Haley said the Trojans will have to keep errors down, serve strong, pass well and give the middles more opportunities to score. “We need to do what we do best,” Haley said. “If we can do those things, then we can get a little momentum going into this road trip.”After these home games, the Women of Troy will only have two of their eight remaining games at Galen Center. With this, the Trojans want to use these home games to rest and prepare for their road trips, but build up an intensity to take with them as well.“There is a lot of season left,” Haley said. “There is the whole second half of the conference. If we could go 10-0 in that, we have a chance to win, so we want to get back into the hunt.”The Women of Troy will take on Utah Friday at 8 p.m. and Colorado on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

17 Aug

Andre Ingram, who never gave up NBA dream, earns call up from Lakers at 32

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Every autumn brings the promise of a new season, and for Andre Ingram that has always meant another opportunity.When the foliage starts to turn its shade of roundball orange in his native Richmond, Va., the most prolific 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA’s development league has, for more than a decade, packed up and headed west to pursue his NBA dream.“I think this is it,” he would tell himself each year, believing that he was on the cusp of breaking out of basketball’s minor leagues and onto the main stage.“That’s why I hung around,” Ingram said Tuesday, his close-cropped hair flecked with grays. “That’s why I kept coming back, honestly.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn Monday, Ingram arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo thinking he was walking into an exit interview following his sixth season with the South Bay Lakers, the team’s development league affiliate.Shortly after the meeting began, Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka walked into the room. South Bay GM Nick Mazzella told Ingram that the reason his exit interview, originally scheduled for Tuesday, had been moved up a day was “because the L.A. Lakers want to call you up.”Eleven years and 384 minor league games after the now-defunct Utah Flash drafted Ingram in the seventh round of the D-League draft, 32-year-old Andre Ingram made it to the NBA.center_img With four key players sidelined by injury, the Lakers were desperately in need of depth. It didn’t take long for coaches and executives to come to the conclusion that Ingram, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, needed to be the choice. His first assignment? Facing the league-leading Houston Rockets and MVP front-runner James Harden on Tuesday, before suiting up again for the season finale a night later.Ingram, who is not related to Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, said the Lakers “tricked me pretty good,” with the happy hoax. He called his wife Marilee back in Richmond. Each year until this one she had traveled with him, but this season remained home so their two daughters, Maliyah, 6, and Navi, 5, could remain in school.Ingram’s mother was there when he called, and as soon as he shared the news from 2,600 miles away, the two women started screaming.“I couldn’t even hear what they were saying,” Ingram said. “Once I told them, it was just, ‘Aahh!’ … They probably let out what I truly wanted to let out.”Two days later, Marilee and the kids were on a plane to Los Angeles to watch her Andre play in the NBA.Ingram is believed to be the oldest development league player called up to make his NBA debut, and, at this point, perhaps the unlikeliest.“It’s one of the coolest things that has happened in the NBA ever,” his coach with the Flash, Brad Jones, said in a text message to the Southern California News Group.In his 10 seasons, Ingram made a record 713 3-pointers while shooting a career 46.1 percent from 3-point range in 384 games. This year with South Bay, Ingram shot a league-leading 47.5 percent from deep while earning the league minimum, $19,500.For his two days of service with the Lakers, Ingram will earn close to $14,000 on a pro-rated 10-day contract.With just two games left in the Lakers’ season, and no promise of a future with the team or even in the NBA, in a locker room populated with high lottery picks and millionaires, Ingram represents just how arduous the journey to the NBA can be.“A lot of times with young guys you’ve got to teach the value of how lucky we are to be in this league,” Coach Luke Walton said. “It’s hard to make it here. He’s a perfect example of how hard it can be.”Lakers guard Alex Caruso, who played alongside Ingram with South Bay, called his former and now new teammate “probably the most respected person in the G League.”He certainly has the admiration of Caruso.“(If) you set a goal,” the second-year guard said, “and someone told you that you are not going to be able to get it until 10 years from now, and you do this every day you will be able to get there, that is pretty impressive to me.”He could have earned more money overseas, and even signed with an Australian club in 2015. He left after two games, choosing proximity to the NBA dream over the security of an international contract.“You get commended for kind of hanging in there and sticking with it like there wasn’t any doubt at any point,” Ingram said. “There was doubt. There was hard times. There was, I don’t know. There was uncertainty.”That doubt intensified as Ingram’s family grew.“My first daughter (Maliyah) was born and I was probably like five years in at that point,” Ingram said. “I was transitioning to being a father and that was weird. And I hadn’t been called up yet. ‘Well, is the D-League (salary) good enough for your family to live on?’”In 2012-13, there were no offers, and Ingram spent the year out of basketball. The next year, he got another shot with the then-L.A. D-Fenders, who that season had an assistant coach whose own playing career had just ended: Luke Walton.“I’d jump into scrimmages and play with them back then still,” Walton said. “But I remember really enjoying being on the court with him.”Each year, other players got the call that never came for Ingram. Each day, he arrived at the gym at the same time, performing his same, disciplined shooting routine. And each summer he would go home to Richmond, supplementing his income however he could.He is a professional basketball player, so he trained kids to play basketball. He has a physics degree from American University, so he tutored math.Those jobs helped supplement his meager income from playing, and bridged the end of one season to the next; seasons dominated by bus rides and team dinners and extended-stay hotels.“I remember it all,” Ingram said, “and they are fond memories. They’re not angry memories, (like) ‘Man, I should be here. It’s not any of that. It’s just great that you appreciate it for what you do.”And now, for at least two days, what Ingram does is wear No. 20 for the Los Angeles Lakers.“It’s a handsome reward for time put in,” he said.And when the season ends, Ingram will head home to Richmond, resume training and tutoring, and wait for the fall. When it comes, he will follow the siren call and chase a familiar dream.“I have no intentions of stopping any time soon,” he said.https://twitter.com/billoram/status/983790145252999168last_img read more

16 Aug

WNBA All-Star reserves announced with 2 vets leading the way

first_imgThe reserves at the guard position include the Chicago Sky’s Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, Lynx’s Odyssey Sims, the Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver, and the Indiana Fever’s Erica Wheeler. The New York Liberty’s Tina Charles and the Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree are among the most decorated All-Stars on the list with seven All-Star appearances each.The other frontcourt reserves are the Phoenix Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner, the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas. Related News The WNBA All-Stars are set.The reserves — which are selected by the league’s 12 coaches, who were not able to vote for their own players — include a handful of vets as well as some young talent. Celtics hire former WNBA star Kara Lawson as assistant 🗣️ All-Star Reserves have been announced! pic.twitter.com/lbBNlnHzEa— WNBA (@WNBA) July 15, 2019The captains are Mystics star Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson and starters include Aces’ Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride, Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Mercury’s Brittney Griner, Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd, Sun’s Jonquel Jones, and Liberty’s Kia Nurse.The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Elena Delle Donne, A’ja Wilson named WNBA All-Star captains WNBA star Sue Bird explains why she spoke out against President Donald Trump in viral articlelast_img read more