If this high school coaching thing doesn’t work out, at least Valley Christian boy’s basketball coach Bryan Branderhorst can always fall back on becoming a salesmen because whatever he’s selling these days, the Crusaders are sure buying. Valley Christian went 6-20 last season but this year, Branderhorst stepped in as coach and turned the Crusaders completely around. They went 20-6 in the regular-season, finishing in second place in the Alpha League and in the playoffs, they’ve been even better. In the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A first round on Wednesday, they beat Milken Community 56-50 and on Friday, they defeated Pasadena Poly 59-52 to advance into the quarterfinals. What he was still surprised at though was that no Division I college has offered him a scholarship yet. St. Anthony has won 24 games this season and is in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division IV-A playoffs despite the fact it doesn’t have a player taller than 6-foot-3. So how have the Saints done it without a real presence in the paint? Last week, St. Anthony coach Glenn Marx said the answer is simple. “We’ve grown together,” Marx said. “In my two years here and this is a fact, we haven’t had one player transfer in. Last season, we won 16 games and we took that same group and worked with them.” – Ben Villa Wrestling As a sophomore, Millikan 189-pounder Travis Clock went just 2-2 at the CIF Individual Championships, placing among the top 12. What a difference a year can make. Clock breezed through the competition at last weekend’s Central Division meet and claimed the CIF title. “It feels awesome,” the junior said just moments following his 8-1 victory over James Encinas of Canyon Springs. “We’re excited for Travis,” said Millikan coach Marshall Thompson, who will also take Paul Martinez (119), Devin Peterson (130) and Sean Duggan (285) to Masters. “He’s worked very hard.” Lakewood had eight wrestlers place among the top 6 Saturday and qualified five athletes for the Masters Meet – Uriah Islas (125), David Bonthuis (130), Markus Summa (135), Jake Warkentin (171) and Dallas Beaird (189). Lancer coach Andy Miramontes estimates the eight placers were the most he’s had in nine years at Lakewood. – David Felton Girls basketball Jerronisha Green of Wilson High is expected to be out for at least three weeks after sustaining what appears to be a season-ending leg injury in the latter minutes of the Bruins’ first-round playoff game against J Serra on Saturday. With about 2:50 remaining, the sophomore forward was fouled while on a layup and came down awkward. Freshman center-forward Tiffany Bailey came in to convert her free throws, and Wilson escaped with a 69-65 victory to play Ventura in the second round. Wilson coach Byron Ferguson was voted Moore League coach of the year while his guard Tenaya Watson and Jasmine Dixon of Poly earned co-Moore League honors. Raynal Johnson, the starting point guard for Gahr will not be available for the Gladiators in their second-round matchup against Brea Olinda , the junior will sit because she wasn’t academically cleared to play – Earl Williams Track and field With the outdoor season yet to begin, the Poly and Wilson girls left their mark on the indoor circuit this weekend. At the Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Poly sophomore Turquoise Thompson won the 400 in a career-best 53.78 to move into third on the all-time state list and 10th on the all-time performer list. The Wilson 4 x 200 relay of seniors Ebony Collins, Shelise Williams and Dominique Lauderdale and junior Angele Cooper was victorious in 1:39.42. Poly’s 4 x 800 relay of seniors Leah Richmond and Vania Santos and freshmen Tia Leake and Jazmine Rhodes placed second in 9:41.69. – Kirby Lee 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Valley Christian plays at La Salle (22-5) with a trip to the semifinals on the line. “Last year is last year and we’ve buried it,” Branderhorst said. “That’s the past and we believe in moving forward and this year, we have. I’m proud of what we’ve done but our journey isn’t over yet. “We still want to win a few more games.” Last Friday in their game against Lakewood, Mayfair coach Brian VanderWal wasn’t surprised to see senior forward Jonathan Wills fired up. And he wasn’t surprised either to watch him score 20 points and pull down seven rebounds in a 64-41 win.
Chelsea were on the back foot for most of the first half of the Champions League final in Munich.Bayern winger Arjen Robben, playing against his former club, was unlucky not to score when he burst into the box and saw his shot deflected up onto the bar by keeper Petr Cech.The Blues were given another scare nine minutes before the interval, when Diego Contento’s left-wing cross was volleyed wide by Mario Gomez.Keeper Manuel Neuer was then finally called into action at the other end, producing a save at his near post to keep out an effort from Salomon Kalou.But Bayern continued to threaten – and Gomez missed two more chances to put them ahead, first failing to connect properly with Franck Ribery’s mis-hit shot and then blazing high and wide after smartly turning away from Gary Cahill.Centre-backs Cahill and David Luiz were both been passed fit and there was also a starting place for Ryan Bertrand.The return of Cahill and Luiz is a massive boost for the Blues, who are without suspended defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.By yesterday it was increasingly clear that interim boss Roberto Di Matteo was planning to include Bertrand, who is making his European debut.Primarily a left-back, Bertrand was deployed in a wide midfield role, giving his team added defensive cover against Bayern’s dangerous right-sided combination of Robben and Philipp Lahm.Didier Drogba is leading the line for Chelsea up front, with Fernando Torres among the substitutes.Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Kalou, Mikel, Lampard, Bertrand, Mata, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Torres, Malouda, Ferreira, Sturridge.Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Tymoschuk, Contento, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Van Buyten, Petersen, Olic, Rafinha, Usami, Pranjic.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
House music maestro Black Coffee wins a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. (Image: OnoBello)Brand South Africa ReporterHouse music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. The renowned DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, won in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the US.He was nominated in the category alongside other South African and African musicians:Wizkid from Nigeria;AKA from South Africa;Serge Beynaud from Ivory Coast;MzVee from Ghana;Cassper Nyovest from South Africa;Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania; and,Yemi Alade from Nigeria.See his acceptance speech:@RealBlackCoffee‘s acceptance speech as he took Best international act: Africa award #BETAwards16 @SundayTimesZA pic.twitter.com/VRMOMZVSs0— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) June 25, 2016Watch him thank South Africa:Congratulations pour inSouth Africans flooded Twitter to congratulate the star for flying the flag [email protected] congratulations groetmaan That’s a South African flag you raising high? Thank You pic.twitter.com/a6rofwyplU— ThihangwiSingo (@prosingo) June 27, [email protected] congratulations noble son for being the first son of the soil to win BET awards. So proud of you. Keep shining ntwana— Thulani Dasa (@thulanidasa) June 27, 2016Good morning! Well done to our friend, @RealBlackCoffee for winning that major #BET award. We’re so proud of you!— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) June 27, 2016“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent,” said President Jacob Zuma.“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it was not only a victory for South African music, but for African house music.“May Black Coffee continue to lead the way and along with other like-minded South African musicians,” he said.The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With pollination in Ohio corn fields occurring in July, much of what you see now is what you will get come harvest. For soybeans though, August is the most important month for production. If the rains aren’t as prevalent and sunshine prevails as the calendar turns, Asgrow/DEKALB Technical Agronomist Jeff Rectenwald tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that the soybean crop may turn out to be really nice this year.
I like chess. More specifically, I like to play the position of White in chess. If you are unfamiliar with the game, White always gets to move first. Black always moves second. Even though not much happens in the opening moves, there is an advantage in getting to move your pieces first. You are one half-step ahead of your competitor, and this provides an advantage, as your competitor is always responding to you.Even though I know how to play the giuoco piano (quiet game) opening as Black, it being one of the more popular ways to defend from being behind, it is always tricky to take back the initiative. The skill of the game is looking three moves ahead, but it can be difficult to discern your opponent’s intentions. That’s what makes chess such a great game.I am writing this today because I recognize how many people and organizations are on their back foot. They are on defense, not offense. Their competitors are taking the initiative and taking the fight to them. As their losses mount, they become even more entrenched in a defensive posture, believing they are at a disadvantage, and looking outside of the things that are inside their control for reasons that justify their continued losses.Whenever you are challenged, don’t look outside for reasons without spending double the time and energy looking inside at what you need to change.The way to get off of your back foot is to change your posture. It’s to take the role of White in the game of chess. It is to move first and cause your competition to respond to you instead of the other way around. This decision is about your mindset and the actions you take—but it begins with your mindset, your attitude, your beliefs.I just finished writing my third book, titled Eat Their Lunch. It’s a book about competitive displacements, or more directly, stealing clients away from your competitors. This book is two things. First, it’s my response to the idea of a Blue Ocean Strategy, the idea that you should have an offering so unique as to have no competitors. As much as I love the idea, it is not the ocean most of us occupy. We swim in the red ocean. If you want to grow by 12 percent in a market that’s growing by 3 percent, then you’re going to need to take market share from someone else. Second, Eat Their Lunch is a book about taking the initiative. It’s about proactively creating new opportunities and taking clients who belong to your competitors.Let there be no doubt that your competitors are trying to take your clients from you. When this is true, you can feel that you must always defend, shifting your focus from proactively creating and winning new opportunities, to securing the ground you’ve already taken. Success and growth require that you do both, the last chapter of ETL is a recipe for retaining your accounts while you shift to your front foot and take the fight to your competitors rather than allowing them the first move.Whatever you do, get off your back foot and take the initiative. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday morning sought an extension of the 24-hour deadline set by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to present proof of its ability to form the next government in the State. Mr. Koshyari had invited the party late on Monday.A day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government and present evidence of its ability to do so within 24 hours, show the willingness and ability to form the government, the party sought another 48 hours to provide adequate papers leading to governor on Tuesday morning.However, the NCP’s letter seeking a 48-hour extension, led to the Governor’s Office recommending President’s Rule in the State, which was subsequently accepted by the Union Cabinet late in the afternoon.NCP’s ally, the Congress, and the Shiv Sena, which has sought support from the party to form the government, were kept in dark about the letter submitted to the Governor.Addressing a joint press conference with Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Veugopal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said there was no reason to inform the Congress and Shiv Sena about the request for extra time.“We fought the election with the Congress. The Governor had asked the NCP to show our willingness and ability to form the government. I do not think it was necessary to inform others about asking for more time,” he said.On formation of a government with the Shiv Sena, Mr Pawar said the two parties would discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programmes if the Sena was to be supported.The NCP maintained silence throughout the day about its demand which allegedly led the Governor’s Office to believe that the party would not be able to assemble the numbers. The Governor on Monday had also denied extra time to Shiv Sena delegation led by Aaditya Thackeray.“We had only sought extra time. We had not expressed our inability to gather 145 MLAs to form the government. However the Governor chose to recommend President’s Rule. That’s his decision, but now we have got ample time to attain the required number,” said NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik.Congress leader Ahmed Patel insisted no final decision could be taken without formulation of a common minimum programme by the three parties.He also condemned the imposition of President’s rule and said the Congress was not given an opportunity to form government.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp reveals Mane suffered ‘awful combination’by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has revealed Sadio Mane suffered a dead leg and knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 over Chelsea. The Senegalese was forced off after N’Golo Kante’s mazy run and finish got Chelsea back in the game.”It was a knock on the bone, around the knee, and a dead leg,” said Klopp. “That’s an awful combination.”He tried everything. I think you saw there was one counter situation when he really tried and I would say on a non-dead-leg day he will get that ball, but no chance.”Then we say, ‘come on, now we have to do it’ and changed. That’s it.”
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
The Manchester United footballer has said he’s not worried about the final position for the club and he needs to play game by gameFor Manchester United footballer Ander Herrera, the possibility to finish top-four in the English Premier League doesn’t bother him.“When I saw we were maybe 12 points behind, I decided not to think about it, go game-by-game and that’s what we did,” the Spaniard was quoted by France 24.“That’s what I did at least, and things are going well, so I don’t want to change. I am not going to think about that.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If we continue this run, we will be closer to the top four but it’s not something that kills my mind right now,” he commented.“Very important for (goalkeeper) David (de Gea). We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”“I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet,” Herrera concluded.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is only interested in seeing his players perform to their very best consistently ahead of what he describes as a “very important” part of their season.The Gunners currently hold the highly-coveted fourth-place in the Premier League table by a point from Manchester United with Chelsea, who have a game in hand, a further two points adrift.Only 11 fixtures are left for Arsenal as they chase a return to Champions League football after a two-season absence.However, for Emery, the priority lies in taking things on a game-by-game ahead of tonight’s encounter with 12th-placed Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.“We can continue in this position, but only if we win. We need to be consistent in 38 matches,” said Emery in Tuesday’s press conference on Arsenal.com.“Tomorrow is one more. It’s very important because three points are not coming back after you play this match. You need to play against Bournemouth thinking that we need and we wish to take these three points.Aside from their Premier League campaign, Arsenal also remain in the mix for Europa League glory this season after progressing to the last-16 stage by beating BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Emery added: “Now is a very important moment in the season with the Premier League and the Europa League and I am looking for the best performance individually and collectively and to be consistent with that.“Our moment is very important our focus is very important to take consistently.”Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Bournemouth in place for the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner. Alex Iwobi is also doubtful for ArsenalMeanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Laurent Koscielny and Matteo Guendouzi will be pushing for starts with kick-off at the Emirates set for 8:45 PM (CET).⚡️ #YoPierre 😁 pic.twitter.com/19I42CRDCx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 27, 2019