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Will the Dec. 24 Raiders game be the last one played at the Oakland Coliseum? That prospect has me thinking about a surreal day many years ago.I had bought into a season ticket group when the Raiders were heading back from Los Angeles to Oakland. A reporter who worked for me, the late great Dan Reed, was pulling together some buddies to pay for one of Al Davis’ PSLs. But he needed one more to make the financing work for the personal seat license and season tickets.I overheard him in our …
OAKLAND — Before coaching three of the game’s greatest shooters, Steve Kerr set an NBA record for career 3-point accuracy that still stands.But the game the Warriors coach played is not the one he sees now.Damian Lillard’s 37-foot game-winning buzzer shot for Portland Trail Blazers in their series closeout against Oklahoma City reignited the debate over what’s a good shot.OKC’s Paul George, who was defending Lillard on the play, said afterward, “I don’t care what anyone says. That’s a bad …
28 July 2015The newly renovated Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria, in the city of Tshwane, reopened yesterday. It commemorates struggle heroes and heroines, including Mahlangu, who was born in the township.Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the city spent R49-million on the first phase of renovations.“This is [in] honour of all the people who paid dearly for our democracy with their lives,” said Ramokgopa. “We have to ensure that Solomon’s death is not in vain.”Most of the renovations were concerned with earthworks, Ramokgopa said. “Perhaps by visual inspection you can’t see R49-million. The majority of the R49-million is sitting in the earthworks.”In the second phase of renovations, a museum and theatre will be added to the square.The statueThe statue of Mahlangu is now the anchor point of the square, and it faces the proposed Liberation Spine, a meandering pathway that will cross the park.The bronze statue was made by artist Angus Taylor. The first statue was unveiled in 2005, 26 years after Mahlangu was executed for being an anti-apartheid activist.Speaking on behalf of the family, Chief Lucas Mahlangu said they was honoured. He described the freedom fighter as a brave young man, who was not afraid of death.“Solomon played a role in our democracy. He fought against the injustices,” Chief Mahlangu said.About Solomon MahlanguAccording to South African History Online, Mahlangu joined the African National Congress (ANC) in September 1976. He trained as an Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldier in Angola and Mozambique before returning to South Africa in 1977 to assist with student protests.On 13 June of that year, Mahlangu and his companions, Mondy Johannes Motloung and George Mahlangu, were arrested for the deaths of two civilian men. Mahlangu pleaded not guilty but he was later charged with murder and terrorism, and executed. Mahlangu was buried in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.Watch Mike Terry, executive secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, talk about the hanging of Solomon Mahlangu:On 6 April 1993, his body was reinterred at the Mamelodi Cemetery where his supposed last words on a plaque read: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Source: SAinfo reporter
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the 66 kilograms category at the London Olympics. He was outclassed by reignnig world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia 3-0. Yogeshwar will now keep his fingers crossed for his conquerer to reach the final as it will give him a chance to fight for the bronze medal in the repechage ronuds. Earlier, Yogeshwar had qualified for the men’s 60kg pre-quarterfinals by beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round.The Indian made a brilliant comeback after losing the first period to win the bout 3-1. Guidea won the first period 1-0 but Yogeshwar did well in the second period, bagging it 2-0. Yogeshwar then completely dominated the third and the final period to win it 5-2.
Jesse Lingard believes he deserves a better pace statistic inside the newest video game from the FIFA franchise25-year-old Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard took it personally when he saw his personal stats on a leaked FIFA 19 image.The Electronic Arts (EA) Sports video game is coming out soon, but Lingard saw his statistics and he didn’t like them.So he did what anybody would do and ranted about it on Twitter.“I’m telling you something now, yeah. FIFA need to up my physicality to 99 and they need to up my pace to 84,” Lingard wrote on Twitter as reported by The Sport Bible.“Nah, actually, 95. You know why? Because I’m rapid. And I swear, I’m probably fastest…”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Lingard has been with the Red Devils since he started his professional career in 2011.The attacking midfielder has been loaned to Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton, and Hove Albion and Derby County during his [email protected] up my pace too ??♂️? #JLingz pic.twitter.com/Xuf4ZSHVot— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) September 5, 2018
Napoli defender Raul Albiol praised Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rotation after earning a vital win against fellow top four contenders Lazio.Napoli were missing key players in Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Marek Hamsik but still won 2-1.And Albiol who acknowledged a different approach from former boss Sarri credited Carletto’s tactical nous.“We knew it would be difficult with our first Serie A game after a long winter break, but we got the win,” Albiol told Football Italia.Ancelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…“It’s an important victory because since the start of the season, the Coach has put his faith in all the players and it showed tonight. Many who hadn’t played as much were still ready when called upon and that is crucial.”Napoli break further away from Inter in second place and await Juve’s result against bottom of the table Chievo on Monday.“We have to stay on our path, keep working and stay close to Juventus. We know they are on a remarkable march, but all we can do is win our games, wait and see.”