Raptors star Kawhi Leonard played through sickness vs. Magic

first_imgThe Raptors are hoping to entice the California native into signing a long-term deal after the 2018-19 season. He was traded to Toronto by San Antonio this past offseason in a deal involving DeMar DeRozan, who was the face of the Raptors’ franchise.Losing Leonard could deal a huge blow to the team, but it risked everything to go for an NBA championship now. A successful postseason run could prove to be key in securing one of basketball’s better two-way players for years to come, so the Raptors will hope their go-to guy can get healthy for the challenges ahead. NBA playoffs 2019: ‘Hungry’ Derrick White sparks Spurs win over Nuggets NBA playoffs 2019: Kevin Durant’s Game 3 technical foul rescinded Kawhi Leonard played through some adversity in Friday’s win over the Magic.The Raptors star logged 37 minutes despite missing his team’s last two practices with an illness, coach Nick Nurse told reporters after Toronto’s 98-93 win over the Magic.center_img Nurse reveals Kawhi had not practised the past two days due to illness and basically gutted it out Friday night to give Raps 37 minutes.— Mike Ganter (@Mike_Ganter) April 20, 2019Leonard wasn’t at his best but was reasonably productive against Orlando. He recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds on just 5-of-19 shooting, which is far from his usual efficiency. He also forked over a game-high six turnovers, but appeared to be giving it everything he had in his off night.”That was a gutsy performance by him,” Nurse said after his team took a 2-1 series lead. Related News “He didn’t practice the last couple of days, he hadn’t been feeling that well and for him to go out there and fight through that and still play 37 minutes, I look down at this thing and I’m most proud of his 10 rebounds.”Only Pascal Siakam (42) and Kyle Lowry (40) surpassed Leonard’s time on the floor on Friday, and both of them recorded double-doubles as well.In Game 2, Leonard exploded for 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting in a dominant 111-82 victory in Toronto. He’ll have until Sunday to rest up for Game 4.last_img read more

2014 WHS Seniors Holly Wright, Ben DeJarnett and Gracie Defore to attend Constitutional Summer Academy in Washington D.C.

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2013 Wellington High School juniors; Holly Wright, Ben Dejarnett, and GracieDefore after being nominated by their teacher Mike Wilmoth after completing a lengthy essay application to attend the 2013 Constructional Summer Academy held in Washington DC.The Constitutional Academy will be held July 15-20, 2013.The Constitutional Academy – Your Liberty, Your Future is a program of the Bill of Rights Institute, an educational non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia, whose mission is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.Thanks to the generous support of the Bill of Rights Institute’s donors, all accepted students will receive a program scholarship which covers the cost of program experiences, lodging, meals, and site visits while in Washington, D.C.Select students will also receive a travel scholarship.For students who do not receive this additional travel scholarship, the only cost that student/family will incur is travel to and from Washington, D.C. All expenses once students arrive at the program will be covered by the Institute.The Constitutional Academy is designed for high school students who love history, the Constitution, politics, or economics. This program allows students to experience Washington, D.C. through site visits, scholar lectures and discussions, activities, group projects, and college and career panels.During the Constitutional Academy, students learn from college professors and subject-matter experts about how history, economics, politics, and current events connect.For more information click here: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/programs-events/students-programs-events/academy/ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 374 weeks ago Are they constructing a constitution? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down G Sugar · 374 weeks ago Constructional or Constitutional Academy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sporting News’ top 10 hockey stories of the 2010s

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/37/6f/philadelphia-flyers-gritty-getty-100919-ftr_p9vnvr5nndc51p7kd9jv52l1h.jpg?t=-1291982987&w=500&quality=80 7. T.J. ‘Sochie’ dominates Olympic shootoutThe last time the Winter Olympics included NHL players was in Sochi in 2014. It was then that American T.J. Oshie put on a show against the host nation, Russia, in an eight-round shootout that still resonates to this day.In round one, Oshie went five-hole on Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, giving the U.S the upper-hand. After the first three rounds, Oshie and Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk were the only ones to score, thus sending the shootout to extras. In Olympic competition, at the start of extra rounds, the team that shot first now shoots second. Also, teams are allowed to send out repeat shooters — a strategy both teams took full advantage of.On this day, 4 years ago, we witnessed one of the greatest Olympic hockey moments of all-time.LIVE #WinterOlympics coverage continues TONIGHT on NBC at 8 PM ET / 5PM PT pic.twitter.com/Rbp0FlrexX— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2018In the fourth round, Oshie had Bobrovsky sprawled out but sailed the puck high.Then, Jonathan Quick gave up a trickler of a shot to Pavel Datsyuk before Oshie, using a little luck to regather the puck after losing control, slid it between the Russian’s legs once again.Kovalchuk netted his second of the shootout with an off-speed shot in front of the hometown fans; but of course, Oshie scored yet again in the sixth when the puck ricocheted off the crossbar and the back of Bobrovsky before making its way across the line. Round seven featured misses from Datsyuk and Oshie before the American finished it off in the eighth when he blasted one straight to the back of the net. Victory for the USA. 4. USA Women defeat Canada to win goldThe 2018 Winter Olympics did not see NHL players participate, but there was still plenty of high-intensity hockey. A rivalry etched in history once again found itself at the biggest stage, as the United States and Canada went head-to-head in the gold-medal game at the Pyeongchang Olympics. It marked the fifth time in the last six Olympics that these two nations met in the championship; in 2006, Canada defeated Sweden.However, the rivalry had been dominated by Canada for much of the previous two decades. Since the U.S. won gold at the inaugural event in 1998, Canada had won four straight (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) — but 2018’s match went in America’s favor in the most improbable of fashions.The U.S. scored first on a power-play goal with less than 30 seconds left in the first period. Two minutes into the second, Canada tied the game on a batted puck and about five minutes later Canada took its first lead on a shot from the point. The United States tied the game on a breakaway with just over six minutes left in regulation that kept the dream alive.Then, the dream came to fruition.In the sixth round of the shootout, Team USA’s Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson deked Canada’s goalie out of her skates, putting the puck softly into the back of the net. Maddie Rooney then sealed the deal with a save at the other end, and in the early hours, the USA was finally golden again. 9. Over 105 thousand attend 2014 Winter ClassicThe Winter Classic has been an NHL tradition since 2008, played in 11 different outdoor stadiums and featuring 11 of the league’s most storied franchises. On New Year’s Day 2014, “The Big House” at the University of Michigan set an NHL record with an attendance of 105,491.The last time the #WinterClassic was played on a college campus… pic.twitter.com/7XAMdeyhE7— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) December 31, 2018Named “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal, the 2014 Winter Classic featured the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs — the first time a Canadian team participated. The two teams were set to face-off in 2013 but the event was canceled due to the league’s lockout. Regardless, fans poured into Ann Arbor, Mich. for the big game that saw the Leafs win 3-2 in a shootout. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ed/2e/sidney-crosby-olympics-122619-getty-ftrjpeg_5pfe8k72j8se1jna2z0dljkax.jpg?t=1161026095&w=500&quality=80 Here’s Sporting News’ top 10 hockey stories of the 201s.Honorable mentionsJohn Carlson nets overtime winner as USA stuns Canada for gold at  2010 World Junior Championship.On home soil, Canada captures its first gold since 2012 at the 2015 World Juniors.Vancouver erupts in riots following Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle plays on “Hockey Fights Cancer” night — and scores.Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres play the first sporting event following the tragic events at the Boston marathon.NHL and hockey fans around the globe pay tribute following the Humbolt Broncos’ tragedy.Former NHLer Craig Cunningham makes a return to the ice following a heart attack and leg amputation. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3a/59/golden-knights-052018-getty-ftrjpeg_a46sxrl77olj1s07ybo6x6pfl.jpg?t=2139742083&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/70/86/winnipeg-jets-fans-102219-getty-ftrjpeg_bljrn8eze4jc1ftos3km75kmh.jpg?t=-189842163&w=500&quality=80 10. Gritty is bornEvery once in a while, a superstar bursts onto the scene putting the hockey world on notice. After all, Auston Matthews scored four in his NHL debut. Arguably, though, nothing comes close to the entrance made by the NHL’s newest team mascot — Gritty.Born in September 2018, the orange fluffball creature quickly caught the eyes of fans and critics alike; however, once the character started to develop, their number of fans went through the roof. Now a cultural icon, Gritty brings laughter and cheers to not only Philadelphia Flyers fans but hockey fans alike.Unless, of course, you are associated with the Pittsburgh Penguins:lol ok https://t.co/3sSJcbLSfF— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 24, 2018Streaking at the Stadium Series game, mastering the social media platform TikTok, dressing as Wonder Woman and one-upping Kim Kardashian’s champaign fountain photo are just a few examples of the glory that is Gritty.All-Decade Teams: Calgary Flames | Edmonton Oilers | Montreal Canadiens | Ottawa Senators | Toronto Maple Leafs | Vancouver Canucks | Winnipeg Jets (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/88/12/patrick-kane-goal-122619-getty-ftrjpeg_1aq3cwbadz5671x83du80xslta.jpg?t=1160073719&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8f/73/ovi-cup-group-060818-getty-ftrjpg_15xekz1g5a319g7842fxwrit.jpg?t=-570254661&w=500&quality=80 6. Vegas’ inaugural seasonOn June 22, 2016, the NHL announced Las Vegas would be home to the league’s 31st franchise.Vegas put together the strongest opening season for an expansion team in the history of North American professional sports. The squad of “misfits” made it to the Stanley Cup Final and fell just short, losing to the Washington Capitals in a five-game series.At one point, the Golden Knights had 500-1 odds of winning the Cup before going on to win the Western Conference.WESTERNCONFERENCECHAMPS pic.twitter.com/iHfHwqpwcv— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 20, 2018Part of the Vegas Golden Knights story that season took place just days prior to opening night. A mass shooting in Las Vegas took the lives of 58 individuals and injured hundreds more. The hashtag, #VegasStrong, quickly became the battle cry of the NHL’s newest franchise. They retired No. 58 to the rafters to honor the victims before puck drop in the home opener and no player has, or ever will, wear No. 58 for the Golden Knights.center_img The decade is coming to a close and what a 10 years it has been in the hockey world. Memories were made that will stand the test of time and teams that will never be forgotten captured our attention. There were stories around every corner and trophies placed in cabinets across the globe.With all of the events over the course of the last 10 years, it’s hard to settle on just 10 to look back on — but we did it anyway. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e/94/tj-oshie-olympics-122619-getty-ftrjpeg_1cg9lltmrs95y1qjqrvmn0eyva.jpg?t=1156481079&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/2e/usa-women-gold-022218-getty-ftrjpg_19tn47zlbzoze192ozxgy15uof.jpg?t=-1127695559&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b5/e4/winter-classic-2014-122619-getty-ftrjpeg_fcfb14irau881y2nic8h28jul.jpg?t=1153937079&w=500&quality=80 8. Jets move back to WinnipegThe Winnipeg Jets are currently one of the top powerhouses in the NHL but from 1996-2010, they — technically — did not exist.History lesson: the Jets were established in 1972 and played in Winnipeg through the 1995-96 season before relocating to Phoenix and becoming today’s Arizona Coyotes. Then, in 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers, who were a mightily-struggling franchise at the time, moved to Winnipeg and reignited the hockey fanbase that already existed just north of the border.The reception was fantastic. In fact, the team sold out every game in the regular season and playoffs, before failing to do so for the first time on Oct. 15 this year. Not only were the fans back influx, but the traditional “whiteout” for home playoffs games made its return as well.The history of the #WPGWhiteout…Courtesy of @Sportsnet. pic.twitter.com/786C1ADrMp— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 13, 2018Since heading north, the team has made the playoffs three times in eight seasons including bids in each of the last two.MORE: Winnipeg Jets top 5 moments of the decade 3. Kane’s OT winner in 2010 Stanley Cup FinalThe puck officially went missing — twice.On the first occasion, only one player knew where the puck was — and his name was Patrick Kane.When the Blackhawks winger took the short-angle shot against Michael Leighton, only Kane reacted. In fact, the referee and the clock operator had lost sight of the rubber disk as Kane began celebrating in traditional Stanley Cup-winning fashion: with gloves and sticks thrown into the air.Chicago’s Stanley Cup drought officially ended at 49 years and they would go on to win two more over the course of the decade; the first was definitely the most memorable.#10neGoal pic.twitter.com/objb3N0XlX— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 26, 2019So how did the puck go missing a second time?Following the triumphant celebration, one question remained: where is the puck?It was officially seen in the back of the net but from then on, it’s been a mystery that has been investigated but has no end in sight. Where is the puck? Who has the puck? Why can no one find the puck? These are valid questions but ones with no answer, adding to the history that is the NHL.From Raptors in 6 to The Golden Goal: The top 10 Canadian sports moments of the decade (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/34/alex-pietrangelo-061219-getty-ftrjpg_196tpdj9b0umk1dsu1aihi3fh4.jpg?t=1321873915&w=500&quality=80 2. No longer Blue in St. LouisArguably the most impressive Cinderella story in the history of the NHL came less than a year ago.On Jan. 3, 2019, the St Louis Blues stood last in the NHL standings. On June 12, they were first — and Stanley Cup champions.A miracle run led by then-interim head coach Craig Berube and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, St. Louis finished the season on a 30-10-5 run and made the playoffs as the third seed in the Central Division.Six games against the Winnipeg Jets, double-overtime in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and another six-game series win over the San Jose Sharks put the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. They then went ahead and gave St. Louis its first-ever Stanley Cup championship.History made. #StanleyCup #stlblues pic.twitter.com/J7YUkBiuJ1— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 13, 2019A major part of the beautiful story was the motivation the team received from a courageous girl by the name of Laila Anderson. Laila suffers from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and in December, received word that she has received a match for a bone marrow donor. She built a special relationship with the team and she partook in all the celebrations with them, including getting her own ring. 5. Caps get their first CupAlex Ovechkin has consistently been one of the top players in the NHL over his 10-plus years in the league — and in 2018, Ovi got his Cup.Joining the league in 1974, the Capitals had just one previous Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1998 when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Then, they were in it again in 2018 and weren’t going to let the opportunity pass them by.Alex Ovechkin did a keg stand out of the Stanley Cup 😂(via @tonyandjoes) pic.twitter.com/sCaqxLwLkC— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 9, 2018Washington, D.C., has had quite a decade but it was the Capitals who opened the run of championships as the Nationals (MLB) and the Mystics (WNBA) both won titles in 2019.After the Caps took the series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the summer of Ovechkin officially began. From drinking to sleeping, the Russian star did everything with his new pal: Stanley.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | Ovi and the NHL All-Decade Team 1. “The Next One” nets the “Golden Goal”Feb. 28, 2010.It seems almost unfair that the top event of the decade took place only 59 days into it — but there’s no doubt that Sidney Crosby’s overtime-game winner in the gold-medal game of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics against the United States deserves the top spot on this list.Crosby took a pass from Jarome Iginla and put it in the back of the net, providing Canada and the hockey world with a moment no one will forget. With his golden moment, Crosby — who had already tasted success in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins — further cemented his status as a superstar.On this day, 9 years ago: Sidney Crosby scores the Golden Goal pic.twitter.com/qNjCd4rqQm— Gino Hard (@Ginohard_) February 28, 2019last_img read more