JPMorgan’s Kolanovic says buy more stocks on vaccine news, market will look past latest Covid surge

first_imgPeople walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 10, 2020.Carlo Allegri | Reuters (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only).JPMorgan’s top-rated equity strategist Marko Kolanovic said Friday that the positive news about Pfizer’s vaccine candidate was a “game-changer” that could help the market jump more than 10% in the next few months.Kolanovic, the bank’s head of macro quantitative and derivatives strategy, said in a note that the expected vaccine should spur investors to look through the rising Covid-19 cases this winter and focus on the economic recovery ahead. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Unai Emery has confused Arsenal players with his tactical instructions, claims Alan Smith

Unai Emery’s reign at Arsenal has been characterised by tactical tinkering (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith claims he has ‘heard whispers’ that several Arsenal players have been left confused by Unai Emery’s tactics.The Spaniard’s reign has so far been characterised by constant tinkering, both in terms of formations and personnel.Arsenal began last season with a flat back four but Emery soon reverted to a five-man defence in an attempt to optimise the attacking qualities of Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac.Although injuries and new signings have been partly responsible, Emery has failed to name the same starting XI consecutively this season and his game plan for the recent defeat at Liverpool drew criticism after he afforded rampaging full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Any Robertson the freedom of Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What, for instance, constitutes Emery’s best midfield combination?’ Smith wrote in his Evening Standard column.‘Does he persist with a three or change formation slightly to incorporate a No10 in the shape of Dani Ceballos or Mesut Ozil?‘On the evidence so far, something needs to change. Because as well as Arsenal played going forward in the second half against Tottenham, that midfield offered scant protection to a back four in need of plenty. Every time the visitors sprang forward they looked really dangerous, encouraged by loads of space in the middle ground.‘Maybe it is down to a lack of understanding. I have heard whispers, after all, that some of the players find their manager’s instructions confusing, that they do not really know what he wants them to do. If so, that does not bode well. A clarity of purpose is essential.’‘I thought the studious Emery would have made improvements long before now. For someone who spends untold hours personally cutting up video of the opposition to show his ­players, you would have thought we would have seen a more organised reaction to ­losing the ball.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Advertisement Unai Emery has confused Arsenal players with his tactical instructions, claims Alan Smith Advertisement read more

Indy Man Hits Hoosier Lottery Twice

first_imgRobert Hamilton. (Image: Hoosier Lottery)INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Hamilton must have some good luck on his side. The Indianapolis resident won the Hoosier lottery not once but twice within three months.He won his first $1 million in April after purchasing a scratch-off on his way to a conference an hour-an-a-half southwest of Indianapolis.Hamilton said he planned to use the winnings to pay off debts, purchase a home for him and his wife, take a vacation, buy a truck for his father and invest in his business.He bought the most recent winning ticket at a convenience store in Indianapolis. He plans to buy a motorcycle this time.Both prizes were claimed from playing the Hoosier Lottery’s $120 Million Cash Spectacular Scratch-Off.Lottery officials say the odds of winning once is one in 2.1 million.last_img read more

OLA MAE PADGETT age 71

first_imgOla Mae Padgett, age 71, of Connersville, Indiana died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Heritage House of Connersville.Born November 14, 1945 in Brookville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Clarence & Pauline (Baudendistel) Cummins. She was united in marriage to Donald K. Padgett, and he preceded her in death on May 18, 2003.Ola Mae was retired from the former Ford/Visteon in Connersville where she had worked for many years. She was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Connersville. She cherished time spent with her family, and also enjoyed gardening.Survivors include two sons & daughters-in-law, Jeffery B (Cynthia) Padgett of Singapore; Chris T. (Stacy) Padgett of Connersville, Indiana; five grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Smith of Poplarville, Mississippi, Barbara Smith of Brookville, Indiana and Karen Prentice of Milan, Indiana; two brothers, Leo Kolb of Brookville, Indiana and Donald Cummins of Metamora, Indiana.In addition to her parents, and husband Donald, she was preceded in death by a son Gary Wayne Padgett who died December 12, 1985; two sisters, Betty Johnson & Ervinna “Winnie” Drewes; three brothers, Mike Kolb, Bob Kolb and Harold Cummins.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. John Kamwendo will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, April 24, 2017, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Padgett family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Tafoya named to Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 25) – Regan Tafoya has been named to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field.The Farmington, N.M., driver takes the place of Californian Bobby Hogge IV in the Friday, Sept. 11 Modified event during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.Hogge, who had been elected from the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region during the second round of All-Star voting, notified IMCA officials this afternoon that he would now be unable to race at Super Nationals.Tafoya had the next highest vote total from among the Western Region drivers on that ballot and becomes one of 11 first-time starters in the initial field of 28.Completing the 30-car grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and with the most 40-point feature wins as of Sept. 4 who are competing at Super Nationals.The 12th annual invitational is 30 laps and pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgElsewhere around the majors:— Jorge Ona (OHN’-yuh) socked his first big league homer and Manny Machado also went deep in the Padres’ 6-1 win at San Francisco. Mitch Moreland put San Diego ahead with a two-run double in the first before scoring on Austin Nola’s two-bagger later in the inning.— The Braves fell behind 5-0 before Freddie Freeman homered twice and Dansby Swanson belted a tie breaking shot in the eighth inning of a 7-6 triumph over the Nationals. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. also hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who weathered another ineffective outing from their makeshift rotation.— Jorge Alfaro capped a two-RBI night by slashing a walk-off, RBI single in the ninth to complete the Marlins’ 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies. Starling Marte tied it with a three-run double in the eighth and finished with four ribbies to help Miami win the opener of a COVID-induced, seven-game series.— The Athletics knocked off the Astros, 3-1 as Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) carried a perfect game into the sixth inning to win his fourth straight start. Matt Olson’s two-run homer helped Oakland move 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Houston in the AL West. September 10, 2020 Update on the latest sports Davis, Rockets hold off RocketsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis has powered the Lakers to within one victory of an all-Los Angeles Western Conference finals in the NBA playoffs.Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds while dominating the paint in the Lakers’ 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Davis also helped Los Angeles compile a 52-26 rebounding edge.Houston also had trouble stopping LeBron James, who finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Alex Caruso chipped in 16 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has slapped Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) with a one-game suspension that will be served during Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final on Friday.Killorn was punished and issued a one-game suspension for his blindside hit that rammed New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson face-first into the boards. Killorn was issued a match penalty and ejected for the hit 5:55 into the game.The Lightning won the game, 2-1 and own a two-games-to-none lead in the series.In other NHL news:— Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) is the third Flyer to be chosen as the league’s top defensive forward. The center was revealed as the Frank J. Selke Trophy recipient Thursday, finishing ahead of four-time winner Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Ryan O’Reilly of the Blues, last season’s winner. Couturier received 117 first-place votes and was named on 163 of the 170 ballots cast by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. TENNIS-US OPENAzarenka knocks out Serena; Osaka advances.NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is the latest player to step in between Serena Williams and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.Azarenka beat Williams for only the fifth time in 23 meetings, shaking off a poor start before earning a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. That puts Azarenka into the final for the first time in seven years.Williams appeared physically worn as she completed her fourth consecutive three-set match, two weeks shy of her 39th birthday. She took a five-minute medical timeout for a tape job after clutching her left ankle. — Former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb has been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks after struggling for nearly three straight seasons. The 29-year-old looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He made the NL All-Star team in 2017 before setting career-highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs that year. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency while hitting just 12 homers over the past three seasons. NASCAR-WALLACEWallace leaving Petty MotorsportsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season. NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver told the team Thursday that he would not sign a contract extension. He will finish the final nine races. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-CHIEFS/TEXASChiefs open title defense with winKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have another offensive weapon after opening their Super Bowl title defense with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. The Rockets showed fortitude after trailing by 23 midway through the third quarter. An 18-2 run got Houston within 103-96 as the Lakers turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions during that stretch. L.A. recovered to take a 3-1 lead in the conference semis.Game 5 is Saturday.NHL-STARS/GOLDEN KNIGHTSStars get OT win, take 2-1 series leadEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars had to go into overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final against Vegas, but the extra session didn’t last long. Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) scored 31 seconds into OT to give the Stars a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights. Radulov tallied on the only shot of the period, beating Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) with a wrist shot for his third career overtime goal.The Knights tied it twice in the third period before falling. Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch (tuhk) sandwiched goals around Jamie Benn’s score to extend the game. Vegas outshot the Stars 18-4 in the third period and 40-23 for the game.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 38 shots for the Stars, who resume the series on Saturday.NHL-LIGHTNING-KILLORNKillorn suspended for hit on Nelson Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (heh-LEHR’) ran through the rain for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since the Chiefs grabbed him in the first round of the NFL draft out of LSU. The pint-sized dynamo unleashed a wicked stutter-step before running 27 yards for his first career TD.Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ aerial attack is as potent as it was during their Super Bowl run. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) Jr. threw for 211 yards, including scoring strikes to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill.The Chiefs have won 10 straight dating to last season, including their come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs.Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score.The game was attended by a socially-distanced crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In other NFL news:— The Jets have signed former Rams and Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree to their practice squad. The 28-year-old Ogletree adds depth to the Jets’ inside linebacker spot. — Black and white Dolphins players and coach Brian Flores have released a video on social media saying they’ll protest racial injustice by remaining in their locker room during the national anthem. The two-minute, 15-second video features nearly 20 players trading stern rhymes about the nation’s social protest movement. — Forbes estimates the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise at $5.7 billion. It’s the 14th consecutive year they’ve held that distinction. According to the magazine, Jerry Jones’ team is also the most valuable franchise in the world. On average, each team in the NFL is worth $3.05 billion, an increase of 7% from last year. The Cowboys, Giants, Patriots and Rams are worth at least $4 billion.NBA PLAYOFFS-LAKERS/ROCKETScenter_img The Chiefs lined up along the goal line about 30 minutes before kickoff and watched a video of Alicia Keyes performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often considered the Black national anthem.The Texans had already left the field when the demonstration occurred. They remained there until R&B duo Chloe x Halle finished a virtual performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” then ran onto the field to a chorus of boos from fans. NFL-NEWSJags try to solve RB issuesUNDATED (AP) — Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton injured his right shoulder while landing awkwardly after catching a high pass in practice. Sutton’s injury occurred 48 hours after the Broncos lost star linebacker Von Miller to a serious ankle injury on the final play of another practice. Next up for Azarenka is Naomi Osaka, who is in the final for the second time in three tries.Osaka finally surged ahead midway through the last set with the only service break she would get to beat Jennifer Brady, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. The 2018 Open champ got a little help from a fortunate net-cord and an incorrect line call to oust the American in the first semifinal match of the day.Each player hit 35 winners and combined for just 42 unforced errors in the 1-hour, 45-minute match.MLB-SCHEDULETigers hammered again Associated Press — Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) slammed a two-run homer and provided a tie breaking, RBI single in the seventh inning to push the Red Sox past the Rays, 4-3. Bobby Dalbec also went deep for the fifth straight game to help Boston overcome home runs by Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe (low).— Brady Singer fell four outs shy of a no-hitter before the Royals completed an 11-0 thumping of the Indians. Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco and Adalberto (ad-ul-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi each hit three-run homers and Edward Olivares added a solo shot to back Singer, who left after Austin Hedges broke up the no-hitter with a single.— The Yankees and Orioles were postponed by rain in New York. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday doubleheader.MLB-NEWSAnother Braves pitcher hurt UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a rough two days for the Detroit Tigers. About 24 hours after absorbing a 19-0 loss to the Brewers, the Cardinals tagged them for a 12-2 setback in Game 1 of a doubleheader.Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina crushed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning while wearing No. 21 in honor of fellow Puerto Rican, Roberto Clemente. Molina jumped into the air after passing first base and appeared to wipe away a tear with his uniform sleeve as he approached home plate.Lane Thomas, Tyler O’Neill, Paul Goldschmidt and Rangel Ravelo (RAHN’-hehl rah-VEH’-loh) also homered for St. Louis, which has won five of seven. Ravelo’s estimated 487-foot blast is the longest in Cardinals history since the Statcast era.Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered for the Tigers.Detroit gained a split by scoring five times in the seventh and final inning to beat the Redbirds, 6-3. Candelario homered in both ends of the doubleheader and put the Tigers ahead with a two-run single in Game 2 Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH’-see-oh) smacked a two-run homer in Detroit’s third win in 10 games. NAPA, Calif (AP) — Russell Knox shot a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Safeway Open, the first event of the new PGA Tour season.After missing the FedExCup playoffs by two spots to close last season, Knox had seven birdies and eagled the 550-yard, par-5 fifth hole.Sam Burns, Cameron Percy and Bo Hoag are a stroke back. LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONKorda leads LPGA major The 26-year-old Wallace has driven Petty’s iconic No. 43 the last three seasons. He has a career-best five top-10 finishes this season and is ranked a career-best 23rd in the Cup Series standings. Wallace did not make the playoffs in any of his three Cup seasons and is winless at NASCAR’s top level. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia State quarterback cleared to play, no virus issuesUNDATED (AP) — After initially being ruled out for the season with a coronavirus-related heart condition, Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been cleared to play. The school says follow-up cardiac evaluations showed Colasurdo does not suffer from myocarditis or any other heart ailment that would prevent him from taking the field. Colasurdo initially planned to sit out the season after being stricken with COVID-19 over the summer break. In other college football news:— The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test funded by the school before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night. Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test the day before the game. PGA-SAFEWAY OPENKnox leads through 18 RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Nelly Korda is the first-round leader at the ANA Inspiration.With heat-baked greens so firm she couldn’t find pitch marks, Korda hit hybrid off the tee on the par-5 18th with a front pin. That set her up for a wedge to 3 feet below the hole for birdie and a 6-under 66, giving her a one-shot lead.Two-time major champion In Gee Chun had to scramble for par on the 18th for a 67. Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden matched that score with a par on her closing hole. UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ banged-up starting rotation suffered another setback Thursday when left-hander Tommy Milone was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.Milone has a 14.90 ERA in three starts for NL East leaders since being acquired from the Orioles at the trade deadline. He allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in the Braves’ 29-9 victory over Miami on Wednesday night. The Braves recalled right-hander Huascar Ynoa to the active roster and outrighted utilityman Charlie Culberson to the team’s alternate training site.Atlanta has six pitchers on the IL, including ace Max Fried (freed).In other MLB news:— The Giants have released Pablo Sandoval, parting ways for a second time with the former fan favorite and 2012 World Series MVP. The 34-year-old Sandoval was batting .220 with one home run and six RBIs in 33 games.last_img read more

The Daily Orange’s beat writers predict outcome of Syracuse’s Elite Eight game against Marquette

first_img Published on March 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse is going to face a Marquette team it’s very familiar with in the Elite Eight on Saturday. The last time these two teams played, the Golden Eagles edged the Orange 74-71 in Milwaukee, Wis. Looking for revenge, Syracuse is coming off a great defensive performance against Indiana in the Sweet 16, and has momentum going into Saturday’s game. The Orange is just one win away from returning to the Final Four for the first time since 2003. Only Marquette stands in its way.Here’s how The Daily Orange’s beat writers think the game will go:Michael CohenSyracuse 79, Marquette 63In my four years at Syracuse, this is not the first team I would have expected to reach the Final Four. It’s not the second either. Wes Johnson and Dion Waiters seemed like locks to cut down the nets, but neither one did. Instead it will be this group, a long and lean collection of athletes that come together to form Jim Boeheim’s best iteration of the 2-3 zone. Syracuse handles Marquette and heads south to Atlanta. Seriously.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRyne GerySyracuse 70, Marquette 65Marquette has given the Orange fits over the years. The Golden Eagles knocked SU off in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and most recently during the regular season in February. Syracuse is a different team now, and Jim Boeheim’s group marches on to Atlanta.Chris IsemanSyracuse 68, Marquette 63Who ever thought Syracuse would be in this position? The Orange is just one win away from a Final Four appearance. It’s an unlikely scenario given all of the offensive struggles Syracuse has encountered during the course of the season. But the NCAA Tournament is all about getting hot at the right time, and that’s exactly what the Orange did. Syracuse is playing stellar defense and it’s hitting shots. When it does all of that, the Orange is very difficult to beat. Even though Marquette beat Syracuse once, the Golden Eagles won’t be able to repeat it. Commentslast_img read more

African Games Day 8: Safo-Antwi, Joe Paul make men’s 100m final

first_imgGhanaian sprinters, Sean Safo-Antwi and Joseph Paul Amoah have both qualified to the finals of the men’s 100m event at the ongoing African Games in Rabat, Morocco.But compatriot Benjamin Azamati missed out on a place in the final, finishing 3rd in his semi final event.All 3 sprinters had made the semis, finishing second 2nd in their respective heats.In semi final 1, Azamati came finished with a time of 10.43 seconds, behind Gambia’s Ibrahima Camara and Cote d’Ivoire’s Arthur Cisse who finished 1st and 2nd respectively with 10.27s.Azamati’s time was slower than the 10.32s he recorded during the heats.Amoah, who ran 10.28s in his heats, coasted through to the finals with a slightly slower showing in his semis, crossing the finish line at 10.36s behind Nigeria’s Itsekiri Usheoritse Ese who clocked 10.25s.Safo-Antwi meanwhile had to put in a faster time in his semi final to progress to Tuesday’s final. He clocked 10.41s in 2nd place behind Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo (10.26s).The men’s 100m final is slated for 17:05 GMT on Tuesday.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Hundreds demonstrate against Canadian Embassy over visas

first_imgHundreds of Ghanaian Football fans on Wednesday embarked on a demonstration to protest the Canadian High Commission’s refusal to grant them visas to travel to Canada to watch the on-going FIFA U20 World Cup matches.Meanwhile, the Black Princesses beat Finland 2-1 on Tuesday in Moncton to finish on 6 points but still failed to qualify for the last-eight from Group A where Korea DPR and hosts Canada, both on the same points with Ghana went through with a better goal advantage.Agrieved supporters holding placardslast_img read more

The 2020 ESPYS focus on honors, pandemic and racial justice

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.No red carpet, no nattily dressed athletes, no house band or monologue poking fun at the past year’s top athletes and moments.This was a different version of The ESPYS.The focus of Sunday night’s show on ESPN was hope and inspiration in the time of coronavirus.NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, along with soccer star Megan Rapinoe and WNBA star Sue Bird, hosted the pre-produced show remotely from their respective homes in Seattle. Each wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts to open the show, and touched on the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, all of whom were killed by police. Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday, Aug. 16 UCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers For Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts, coronavirus pandemic affects charities UFC 252: Stipe Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Daniel Cormier Dodgers edge Angels in 10th to take first two in Freeway Series center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRapinoe and Bird urged their fellow white athletes to “don’t just listen. Help.”“This is the time we’ve got to have their backs,” Rapinoe said of Black athletes. Later in the show, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Olympic gold-medal skier Lindsey Vonn were among those calling on white athletes to listen, learn and act.Wilson, who is Black, added, “Our country’s work is not anywhere close to being done.”Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for sparking a national conversation about mental health. Two years ago, he wrote an online essay detailing his struggles with mental health, including having a panic attack during a game. As a result, other athletes and fans began sharing details of their own mental health challenges and sharing resources on how to get help. Love created the Kevin Love Fund and has continued speaking out. During the COVID-19 crisis, he’s shared tips on how to cope with the stress and isolation caused by the pandemic.At home, Love opened a box with the trophy inside, proclaiming, “It’s nice and shiny.”“In light of all that’s going on in our country today, I accept this award as both an honor and a challenge,” he said, looking into the camera. “A challenge to not only continue on my path, but to push beyond it and stay vocal even when silence feels safer.”Minnesota Twins outfielder Nelson Cruz received the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in a videotaped piece introduced by the late boxer’s daughter, Laila. Cruz has helped his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic build a police station, a medical clinic and acquire a fire truck and firefighting gear, as well as an ambulance.Cruz cried and put his head in his hands before composing himself and saying, “From the bottom of my heart, my family, my foundation and my hometown, thank you.”Snoop Dogg rapped a tribute to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, tracing his life from high school to a career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in January.Taquarius “TQ” Wair, who as a 4-year-old survived a house fire in 2005 that killed his 6-year-old sister, was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Wair was burned all over his body and given just a 20% chance to live. He lost fingers on his left hand. Wair began playing football at age 7 and is now playing at a junior college in Minnesota, with a goal of playing at a four-year school and in the NFL.Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin informed Wair via laptop that he was being honored. Wair was handed a box with the trophy inside. He pulled it out and said, “Oh my goodness. Thank you.”Related Articles “This is humbling for me,” Wair said. “My family won’t let me give up. Let’s see where I can go from here. Stay tuned.”Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry introduced Kim Clavel as winner of the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The boxer from Montreal was preparing for her first main event bout on March 21 after winning the North American Boxing Federation female flyweight title last year. But the coronavirus pandemic meant the fight was canceled.Clavel wasn’t idle for long. She had previous experience as a nurse in a maternity ward before focusing on boxing, so she began working in care units across Montreal over the last three months.Via laptop, Clavel listened as her grandmother told her she was being honored with the award named after the player who left the NFL to join the Army after the 9/11 attacks. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.“When I need motivation, I will look at this trophy,” Clavel said.From her living room, Billie Jean King announced the winners of her namesake Youth Leadership Award, given to those tackling issues in their communities. Joel Apudo, Batouly Camara, Ally Friedman, Jaronn Islar, Chelsea Quito, Elijah Murphy and Niah Woods will receive either a $10,000 academic scholarship or a donation to the charity of their choice.The Los Angeles Dodgers were named the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year for their foundation that works to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice in the city. The foundation will use the $100,000 award to continue its programs.Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key hosted an Olympic reunion via Zoom, checking in with enough athletes to represent 150 medals, including a Michael Phelps impersonator. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more