Alumna founds program for kids with hearing loss

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Michelle ChristieHelping hand · Executive Director Michelle Christie and No Limits has helped students with hearing impairment attend college.In the summer of 1996, USC alumna Michelle Christie noticed that children who suffered from hearing loss had few avenues to improve their speaking abilities. To combat this issue, Christie founded No Limits for Deaf Children, a program that would help these kids develop their skills and be successful at school. Through this after-school theater program — the only one of its kind in the United States, according to Christie — the kids were able to develop their communication skills through role-playing and character development.Building on her work helping children with hearing loss, Christie was selected as a 2017 CNN Hero earlier this month. The award aims to recognize “everyday people changing the world,” according to the CNN website. “There are so many other people out there who are just as deserving, so it just feels very humbling,” Christie said. “I don’t know how to describe it — it’s an honor definitely. There are so many wonderful people in this world, and I think sometimes being a part of a nonprofit you can meet so many great people who are really giving back to the world.”Christie, currently the executive director of No Limits, graduated from the John Tracy Clinic Program and later earned her a doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. No Limits has produced over 100 shows and reached over 200,000 people total since its recent production, Silent NO MORE, which was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.“It’s like this little dream has become bigger than I even imagined,” Christie said. “What’s wonderful is that other people are sharing it so it’s not my dream anymore. It’s a dream for all the families and all the people who are a part of it, from volunteers to our staff to our board members to our community, we are all part of the dream now.”Silent NO MORE aims for people to understand what children with hearing loss experience by telling individual monologues about their lives. Its creators want to hear what members of the Deaf community are thinking so they can have a discussion and help No Limits make a difference in their lives.“We have people who only believe in sign language, and some of the kids who are cast members on stage speak and sign,” Christie said. “Some might disagree with that, but we can discuss it and see what we can do to bridge the different philosophies and work together to help all children with hearing loss. It doesn’t matter if they speak or use signs or do both — we want to do whatever we can to help these children succeed in school and life.” While Christie was working in a classroom at the John Tracy Clinic in 1996, she wanted to build the confidence of the children who she was working with by helping them overcome their shyness and develop their communication skills. Christie started the first theater program during that summer in Los Angeles. The kids performed on stage for the first time, and according to Christie, it was amazing to watch their growth. Christie said that as a shy kid during her own childhood, she took to theater to build her confidence, literacy and public speaking skills. She said theater helped her mature and grow as a person.“I think my background in theater was something that I always thought would be helpful as a teacher,” Christie said. “So when I was working with John, my first student, I was able to, as a speech teacher, bring in props and costumes to act things out so he could understand it, and I could see the results instantaneously.” When Christie traveled across different cities to reach out to communities with hearing loss, she noticed that parents were struggling with the cost and of speech therapy and other after-school programs for their children. Christie wanted to help the children who came from low-income families and give them an opportunity to receive the services that they needed. To meet this need, she founded the No Limits Educational Center in Culver City in 2002, where children go three times a week and receive individual attention in speech therapy, literacy, academic tutoring and other services. Center members nurture the kids throughout their school year and also have weekly education classes where they invite deaf role models to speak about their experiences.“It’s just a wonderful opportunity for these families who really don’t have access to a lot of resources to be able to have their child develop skills that they need to succeed in school and in life,” Christie said. “I am very excited about what we have been able to accomplish in the sense of allowing these kids to know that they can go to college one day.” No Limits has two other educational centers — one that opened in Las Vegas in 2013 and the other more recently in Oxnard, Calif. The organization creates a college-going culture at its educational centers and also holds graduation ceremonies for the children while involving their parents and talking to them about college. Children from No Limits have been able to enroll in colleges and graduate — and Christie said seeing their growth has been rewarding.Different kids enroll every summer for the No Limits theater programs while the educational centers run throughout the school year. Every parent is involved in their child’s progress throughout their time at No Limits, and they also attend weekly parent classes every Saturday.“They don’t drop off their child and leave — they actually stay and are a part of all the lessons,” Christie said. “During the weekly parent classes, we educate them about their rights, teach them advocacy skills, have them meet with other deaf adults and role models. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to know what they could do at home to work with their child.”Clarification: A previous version referred to the Deaf community as the “deaf community.” The Deaf community signifies those who use sign language.last_img read more

All eyes on Trojans tonight in Hawaii

first_imgAfter spending the offseason answering question after question into a microphone or tape recorder, the Trojans finally get to answer them on the only place it really matters: the field.The No. 14 Trojans begin the post-Pete Carroll and -sanctions era tonight in Honolulu, against Hawai’i. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.Last time the Trojans traveled to Hawaii, they stomped the Warriors 63-17 to begin their defense of the 2004 championship run on a team led by Reggie Bush.With the fallout from Bush’s actions reverberating through Heritage Hall, expect a very different Trojan team to take the field.The Lane Kiffin-led Trojans are entering a whole new gridiron landscape where most college football experts expect them to have a down year. Not only is depth an issue — the Trojans have only 74 scholarship players — but NCAA-imposed sanctions prohibit them from playing in a bowl game this season and next.However, Hawai’i coach Greg McMackin isn’t expecting anything less from USC.“They’re really focused for this year,” McMackin said in a conference call. “These distractions have really brought them together. We’re expecting their best shot.”Focused · Lane Kiffin opens his USC head coaching career tonight in Hawaii. Kiffin has previously been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Volunteers. He has an all-time record of 12-21 and said he’s never been “more unsure of a team in my life” than this year. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanThe Trojans enter the game as a heavy favorite. Their offense, led by sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, looks to be much improved from a year ago. Barkley has had a strong spring and fall camp and, after being recently voted a team captain, is at the helm of the offensive attack.Barkley started 12 of 13 games last season, leading the Trojans to a 9-3 record when he was behind center. As the season progressed so did his mistakes. He finished with 15 touchdowns to go with 14 interceptions.Redshirt junior running back Marc Tyler will make his first start for the Trojans. He beat out senior Allen Bradford for the spot after Bradford was slowed by a knee bruise. Bradford is almost fully recovered and will probably get carries as well.The starting offensive line, which has been hampered by injuries and depth issues, finally got the chance to practice together as a full unit for the first time Monday. The unit, anchored by senior center Kristofer O’Dowd, is a major concern heading into this season.“That’s going to be a big question mark,” Kiffin said.Despite the O-line issues, USC is expected to put up points on the Warriors. It is on the defensive side where things could get a little more uncertain.Hawai’i employs a run-and-shoot style of offense, which attempts to spread defenses out and relies on short passes to quick receivers. Its attack, led by junior quarterback Bryant Moniz, ranked third nationally in total passing last season and 14th in total offense.The task will fall on USC’s defense, which was inconsistent at best last season to slow the Hawai’i attack, a task the Warriors’ coach recognizes is a huge challenge.“A defense can never be right,” McMackin said. “Every route is adjustable. If the quarterback, receivers and running backs get on the same page, it’s tough.”USC has the right tools in the front seven to disrupt the Hawai’i attack. Junior defensive tackle Jurrell Casey — who is listed on several national watch lists for postseason awards — and defensive ends Wes Horton, a redshirt sophomore, and Armond Armstead, a junior, give the Trojans plenty of firepower up front as they will look to get to Hawai’i quarterback Bryant Minoz.Behind them, experience reigns as the unit of linebackers- Malcolm Smith, Michael Morgan and Devon Kennard- return from last year. If any of them get hurt, backup Chris Galippo will be more than ready to step into his place.However, it is behind those front seven where question marks lie. The Trojan secondary features four new starters, three of whom are of sophomore standing or younger.Adding to the defensive concern for the Trojans is that they have not had many full-contact practices. Kiffin decided a few weeks ago to prohibit tackling because the risk of injury was too great.“I have never been more unsure of a team in my life,” Kiffin said.As uncertain as Kiffin is, he’ll finally be getting some answers about his Trojan team tonight.last_img read more

Dina Hegab overpowers underclassmen in bottom lineup slots

first_img Published on January 28, 2019 at 10:54 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img During Syracuse’s match against No. 9 Michigan last Saturday at a tournament in Oxford, MS, Dina Hegab was in a familiar position. She dropped the first set and recovered to win the second. With Syracuse leading the Wolverines by one point, Hegab needed to win her third set to clinch the match.In commanding form, Hegab defeated Alyvia Jones, a sophomore, 6-0 in the third set, earning the Orange’s final point in its 4-2 win over the Wolverines.For Hegab, it was her second consecutive clincher. The next day, against Purdue, the senior added a third. During her four years at Syracuse, the Egypt-native has rotated between the fourth and sixth singles. This season, with the addition of transfer Guzal Yusupova, fifth singles has been Hegab’s home. In her matches, Hegab has leveraged her experience to overpower younger opponents, who usually don’t play upperclassmen at fifth singles. Hegab is undefeated this season, and two of her four singles wins have come against freshmen or sophomores. She’s exploited weaknesses along the way, a large part of why the Orange (4-0) remain undefeated.“Her game has evolved,” associate head coach Shelley George said. “She’s become a leader.”During her first match at Syracuse in 2016, Hegab earned the clinching point against No. 58 Columbia. From the sixth singles slot, she defeated freshman Sarah Hu in straight sets in SU’s 4-3 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring the next three years, Hegab bounced around different spots in the lineup. Up to fourth singles for a match, then back to sixth. She wasn’t in the lineup for last year’s season-opening win against Niagara. Head coach Younes Limam used a different combination for the first five matches in 2018, and, initially, Hegab wasn’t considered a starter. But five days later, she was back in the fifth slot and didn’t lose a game in her singles match against Colgate.As a senior, she’s usually playing against underclassmen because of Syracuse’s depth. Senior Gabriela Knutson has consistently held a top-3 lineup spot since her freshman year, as has Miranda Ramirez. Senior Masha Tritou was once a No. 3 singles player, ahead of Hegab, but has yet to play this season. Hegab has familiarized herself with her role, eventually using seniority to her advantage.In doubles, Hegab said freshmen are nervous at the start of matches. That’s fueled her strategy in the early season. She starts matches with aggression, like using a hard second serve to earn a point against Brown on Jan. 19. Brown’s third duo — comprised of a senior and freshman — fired returns into the net. Overpower opponents with aggressiveness, Hegab said, and they won’t catch up.Yusupova, Hegab’s doubles partner, focuses on powerful shots from behind the baseline. The two suffered their first doubles loss of the spring season last Sunday against Purdue, but before that, they won their first two matches 6-1 and 6-4. Against Columbia, they faced two freshman. Against Brown, one.“She already went through college tennis,” Hegab said of Yusupova. “It’s not like I’m playing with a freshman that I need to get to know and get to introduce her to college tennis.”Hegab’s own experience has benefited her this season. In singles, Hegab outlasts her opponents. Two of her four wins this spring are come-from-behind victories. Three of her matches have gone to three sets. George said that when Hegab’s out fighting, she knows Syracuse is in a good spot.Against Columbia on Jan. 19, Hegab led 5-3 against Andrea Kevakian in fifth singles with a chance to hold serve for the win. At deuce, play was stopped during Kevakian’s return as a ball from Libi Mesh’s practice game rolled onto the court. Kevakian shouted “Really?” and pumped her racket. But Hegab remained collected. She bounced the ball six times, leaned back, and served. After a four-hit rally, Hegab sent a forehand winner down the line to clinch the match.At Drumlins Country Club, Hegab usually competes on Court 1, away from Knutson and Ramirez, who attract the most attention. Numbers and pairings don’t matter to her, Hegab said. If she wins her match, regardless of what spot she’s in, her job is complete: move Syracuse one step closer to that fourth point.last_img read more

Syracuse’s second-straight dominant defensive performance leads to 13-8 win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2019 at 8:11 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Drake Porter shrugged his shoulders as he ran off the field at the end of the first quarter. A shot had just bounced off his leg and high into the air, waiting out the buzzer above the ground. He reached the sideline, and Syracuse players slapped his helmet. After 15 minutes, he held the nation’s No. 2 offense to one goal.“The shots I was getting … they were so easy,” Porter said. “It’s not like there were a lot of them, either.”No. 9 Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) had been in this position before, and it capitalized in a 13-8 win over No. 8 Cornell (7-4, 2-2 Ivy). Before each contest, a promo of SU’s greatest moments shows charges down the field, shots from far outside the crease and jumping celebrations of the Orange’s various championship runs. Within the tape, Syracuse’s white throwback jerseys on Tuesday represent the only constant, the only remnant of a changing game the Orange have been forced to adapt to, one that had Syracuse with three losses looking to avoid potentially a fatal blow against the Big Red.But Syracuse’s reality is defined not by jerseys, but by a defensive identity that allowed the Orange to limit two top-five offenses to its lowest scoring totals of its respective seasons in back-to-back weeks. Prior to Tuesday, Cornell had yet to score less than 11 goals in a game so far this season. By controlling the pace and tightening its one-on-one matchups, Syracuse limited it to eight.“For years Syracuse has been played like we played against Cornell,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Teams want to hold the ball — before the shot clock. Now when you get things to your offensive end of the field, you tend to want to force things because you’re in a hurry. The shoe’s been on the other foot, so to speak.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the game had no impact on its conference standing, the win avoided the precarious situation of a second nonconference loss. Searching for an at-large bid, the victory diminished SU’s shocking season-opening loss to Colgate.The pregame talk circulated much around the matchups SU would employ against the Big Red’s offense, averaging 15.9 points per contest. As expected, the Orange placed top defender Nick Mellen on Cornell’s point-leader Jeff Teat and rotated short-stick defenders and long poles on the Big Red’s other attack. Mellen immediately flashed to the left-handed Teat’s strong side, a nugget he picked up from two prior matchups with Teat.Syracuse opened the the scoring, then added two more to establish its lead. But Teat flashed his distribution skills on CU’s first goal. SU adjusted, though. The Orange’s short-stick defensive midfielders and defenders rarely left shooters unattended. While the first slide is often clean, Mellen said, Syracuse better executed its second and third slides, and the normally patient CU offense reverted to the inverse strategy and forced shots toward the goal. Big Red head coach Peter Milliman said CU works best when it holds the ball for nearly a minute with no shot and gets one try each possession. But Cornell got “apprehensive,” Milliman said and took the open chances it was given. “They couldn’t really find any gaps and openings,” Mellen said. “We were just suffocating them the whole game.”The remaining play consisted of a defensive clinic from Syracuse: Peter Dearth hawked a shot out of the air, Porter saved open shots and shots in tight space and Mellen bumped Teat outside the crease and force the elite passer to throw the ball into his stick on a rotation. As Cornell threatened at times, Mellen inched toward the goal, but checked back over his shoulder every few seconds to keep Teat in sight. Teat’s assist in the first quarter was his only point of the half — the first of just two in the game.On the other end, Syracuse camped behind the goal, waited for an opening and darted in front. It fired in multiple goals fading away from the cage after draining the shot clock. Cornell, looking to come back from a deficit, took shots early. The game plan kept the ball on the offensive side of the field and took the strategy Cornell had practiced in the week leading up to the matchup and swept it beneath them.“When they were down, we tried to push a little bit more: force some shots,” Milliman said. “And that was a tough one for us. Because it doesn’t work well for us.”Following Bradley Voigt’s goal that pushed the Syracuse lead to five, the senior turned to the sideline and boasted to a row of crimson statues. Some barked back, but there was little Cornell could do to respond, little answer to the game plan the Orange had set in place. The free-flowing, assist-heavy offense that had led Cornell to some of the best offensive performances in the nation was halted. And Syracuse found comfort in its identity.“We wanted to make their offense watch as much as we could,” Desko said. “And we did.” Commentslast_img read more

Hurling and football qualifiers a-plenty today

first_imgThere’s a half-three start at MacHale Park where Mayo will hope to bounce-back from the end of their dominance in Connacht when they play host to Fermanagh.Elsewhere, Cavan have to contend with a six-day turn-around against Carlow at Kingspan Breffni Park, where the action begins at 5pm.The other two football Qualifiers this evening will both get underway at half-past six.Monaghan host Longford in Clones and Kildare clash with Offaly in Newbridge.Semple Stadium will also play host to both of today’s Round 2 Qualifiers in the Hurling Championship.First-up will be the meeting of Cork and Wexford.Throw-in for that match is at 5pm and it will be followed by the clash of Clare and Limerick from 7 o’clock. Following their Leinster semi-final defeat to Dublin, Meath enter the qualifier series with a testing trip to Derry in the opening match of the afternoon.The action in Owenbeg begins at half-past two.The opening act of today’s triple-header at Semple Stadium is at 3 o’clock when the footballers of Cork and Limerick will seek to make ammends for their early exits from the Munster championship.last_img read more

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

first_img First Published: 16th October, 2019 15:51 IST WE RECOMMEND Associated Press Television News 10 months ago LeBron James reaction to Morey’s tweet draws extreme reactions SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. LeBron James had time to figure out how best to answer the questionsLeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank account. Instead, James chose to wing it. He blamed the messenger instead of addressing the message. And the LeBron brand may never be the same. He’s still one of the greatest basketball players ever, that hasn’t changed. But in the space of just a few sentences Monday night James may have abdicated his spot as someone who should be listened carefully to when it comes to social issues.No one was asking James to come out in support of protesters in Hong Kong. That was always a bridge too far for a player who makes millions in the lucrative Chinese market. But a player who has always prided himself on speaking out on issues ranging from Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick should have made sure in this instance that he was speaking out the strongest in support of free speech.James wanted to start the NBA seasonJames didn’t, at least when it comes to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and the firestorm Morey set off with his tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters. In his first comments since returning from China, James cast Morey as being “either misinformed or not really educated on the situation” in Hong Kong and not understanding how many people in the NBA could be affected by his tweet. While James mentioned free speech, in his bungled attempt to chastise Morey what people heard was human rights are great. But don’t let them get in the way of the NBA’s China cash cow. The words were clumsy, almost as if James himself was misinformed or not really educated on the situation. Seemingly realizing that James followed them with a pair of tweets that did little other than riling up people even further on social media. He also riled up some protesters in Hong Kong, where on Tuesday some were seen stomping on — and in one case — burning his jersey. Not exactly the way James wanted to start the NBA season. Up until a few days ago, the biggest thing James had to worry about was meshing with new teammate Anthony Davis and finding a way for his Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Golden State Warriors. Now he’s under fire from both sides in a dispute he had no part in making, but one where he will pay a price — and not just in endorsement opportunities in China.No one expects James to be an expert on the dispute in Hong Kong, where protesters are chafing under increased Chinese control. But they should expect him to do what NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did last week in China — acknowledge that everyone doesn’t look at things the same but that everyone has the right to express their opinion and just leave it at that.Those opinions were hard to find across the NBA Those opinions were hard to find across the NBA on Tuesday, a week before the opening of the 2019 season. That was especially true in Houston where Morey has yet to resurface and players like James Harden and Tyson Chandler joined coach Mike D’Antoni in either declining comment or saying basically nothing. Even Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach who has an opinion on most issues of the day and seems to relish sparring with President Donald Trump, is keeping relatively quiet. Kerr demurred last week when asked whether he thought Morey was wrong in sending out the tweet, saying instead that basketball “should be a force for the greater good.”That earned Kerr a tweet from Trump, who said it was “So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China.”Indeed, James is not the only one caught in a heated dispute where the middle ground will be hard — if not impossible — to find. He’s not the only one who stands to lose money — and a lot of it — should the damage to a relationship carefully cultivated over three decades be undone by a Friday night tweet.He’s got a right to market himself in China without getting involved in the country’s internal politics, and that’s fine. Few begrudge James his millions, and few — at least on this side of the world — are particularly interested in what he thinks about the relationship Hong Kong has with China. Words matter, though, and so does the right to voice them. Free speech may be an empty concept in China, but it’s the very bedrock of democracy in the United States. Like a lot of us, James is lucky to live in a country where that right is a given. Hopefully, he’ll be thinking more about that the next time he speaks up. FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 16th October, 2019 15:51 IST Column: Clumsy Words Tarnish The LeBron Brand Demonstrators hold up photos of LeBron James grimacing during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. 10 months ago LeBron James says Morey was ‘poorly informed’ on NBA-China dispute LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more

Egbe Calls for Support, Prayers for Siasia

first_img“Siasia is a personality that served Nigeria meritoriously as a player and as a coach. This is the time to rally round him,” he observed.Egbe further said that the ban is painfully coming at a time when the Bayelsa State born ex international was still battling with the challenge of his mother still in kidnapper’s den.“I’ m confident that with the support of Nigerians, Siasia will come out of these challenges stronger,” prayed the FIFA agent.Egbe urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to step into the Siasia saga and find out what really transpired since the offence Siasia allegedly committed was done when he was in charge of the Eagles.“The NFF should look into the problem and find out what really happened. Siasia should not be left in the lush at this time,” Egbe said.It would be noted that FIFA in a statement on Friday hammered Siasia for breaching its Code of Ethics that bothers on match fixing.FIFA’s statement read in part: “In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Siasia.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA Match Agent, Ebi Egbe, has urged Nigerians not to condemn former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia yet after FIFA announced his life ban from football on Friday.Egbe who spoke on the shocking development said Siasia at this very difficult time needs the support and prayers of every Nigerian, even as he (Siasia) begins moves to clear his name.“From what I gathered so far, Siasia was not given fair hearing by the world soccer governing body, FIFA and Siasia himself may not have seen this coming.last_img read more

Better Collective moves into affiliate M&A space acquiring SportFreunde portfolio

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Jesper SogaardBetter Collective, the operating company of leading European sports betting portal, has moved into the M&A space acquiring Austrian competitor Hebiva Beteiligungen GmbH, the owner of affiliate SportFreunde Informationsdienste GmbH (“SportFreunde”).The deal sees Better Collective acquire all SportFreunde’s existing affiliate portfolio, which includes popular German language websites,, and the deal, Better Collective management detailed that SportFreunde assets would significantly strengthen the firm’s industry inventory, as it sets itself the ambitious target of growing 50% year-on-year.A pleased Jesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective commented on the acquisition: “We are moving full steam ahead with our M&A strategy, and we are proud to announce that SportFreunde is joining us. This step reinforces our position as a leading affiliate in the industry.“What the team at SportFreunde has achieved with their approach to creating in-depth content is greatly appreciated by the German-speaking community, and we are looking forward to extending this approach to our other platforms to appeal to even more users.”Detailing further insights, Better Collective management stated that SportFreunde’s high quality content combined with daily in-depth journalism aligned with the core values that have made bettingexpert a leading industry portal.Heinz Patzelt, Managing Director of SportFreunde backed Better Collective as new owners: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved at SportFreunde, and are very pleased that Better Collective recognises the quality of our work.“We are excited to be joining the Better Collective family, and look forward to expanding SportFreunde and Better Collective’s reach by integrating our content to Better Collective’s well established global platform.”last_img read more

Kingson suspended indefinitely by Hearts

first_imgHearts of Oak midfielder Laryea Kingston has been indefinitely suspended by the club for insubordination.According to an official of Hearts of Oak, the club’s management heard from both Kingston and head coach C.K. Akunnor, Kingston was found to have behaved in a way contrary to the laid down regulations of the club.An official letter dated September 12 2012 was issued to Kingston, officially informing him about his suspension.Kingston had driven to the team’s training camp in Sekondi against the instructions of Akunnor, who asked him to remove the car in 48 hours.The former Black Stars midfielder failed to do so and was given a choice of taking the car away or leaving the camp.Kingston then chose to leave the camp, resulting in his indefinite suspensionlast_img

NHL Draft 2020: Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stuetzle top Central Scouting’s final rankings

first_img“Obviously, Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game,” noted J-F Damphousse, regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes on a video call with reporters. “I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average. He’s been excellent for his three years with Rimouski.”MORE: NHL Draft, Scouting Combine postponed due to coronavirus Following close behind him are two of his teammates from the gold-medal winning Canadian team at this year’s World Junior Championships: Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale. Byfield is a 6-4, 215-pound center who has been playing with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL), putting up 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in just 45 games this season, while Drysdale is an offensively skilled defenseman with the Erie Otters (OHL). “They were on that gold medal team at such a young age and not just on it but able to contribute,” NHL Central Scouting’s senior manager David Gregory said. “Watching both these players develop over the year and get put into high-end situations and then be able to adapt and contribute just shows you how special they are.” The date of the 2020 NHL Draft might be uncertain but the talent of the players available is not.On Wednesday, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings, with Rimouski Océanic forward Alexis Lafreniere taking the top spot for North American skaters as expected. The Saint-Eustache, Que., native is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.  The ranking also listed the top International skaters, North American goaltenders and International goaltenders. German forward Tim Stuetzle took the top spot in the ranking for international skaters, with Canada’s Nicolas Daws and Russia’s Iaroslav Askarov ranked first among North American goaltenders and International goaltenders, respectively. Below are the top 10 players in each category.NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final draft rankingsNorth American SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Alexis LafreniereLWCANRimouski2Quinton ByfieldCCANSudbury3Jamie DrysdaleDCANErie4Jake SandersonDUSAU.S. U185Cole PerfettiCCANSaginaw6Marco RossiCAUTOttawa7Jack QuinnRWCANOttawa8Kaiden GuhleDCANPrince Albert9Braden SchneiderDCANBrandon10Dawson MercerCCANChicoutimiInternational SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Tim StuetzleLWGERMannheim2Alexander HoltzRWSWEDjurgarden3Anton LundellCFINHIFK4Lucas RaymondLWSWEFrolunda5Rodion AmirovLWRUSUfa6Helge GransDSWEMalmo Jr.7John-Jason PeterkaRWGERMunchen8Topi NiemelaDFINKarpat9Noel GunlerRWSWELulea10Roni HirvonenCFINAssatKOURNIANOS: Mock draft 2020 gives Lafreniere to DetroitNorth American goaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Nicolas DawsCANGuelph2Drew CommessoUSAU.S. U183Samuel HlavajSVKSherbrooke4Will CranleyCANOttawa5Garin BjorklundCANMedicine Hat6Dylan GarandCANKamloops7Fabio IacoboCANVictoriaville8Devon LeviCANCarleton Place9Brock GouldUSAMoose Jaw10Nick MalikCZESault Ste. MarieInternational GoaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Iaroslav AskarovRUSNeva. Saint Petersburg2Jan BednarCZESokolov3Joel BlomqvistFINKarpat Jr.4Calle ClangSWERogle Jr.5Amir MiftakhovRUSBars Kazan6Juho MarkkanenFINSaipa Jr.7Hugo OllasSWELinkoping Jr.8Jesper VikmanSWEAIK Jr.9Davide FadaniITALugano Jr.10Jakub MalekCZEVsetin Jr.last_img read more