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06.06.2014
Canelo Alvarez got on his knees to check on Amir Khan after knocking him cold with a big right hand in the sixth round of their World Boxing Council middleweight title fight on Saturday.
Then he went over to check on some future business with fellow middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who was watching at ringside. Canelo Alvarez stands over Amir Khan after delivering a knockout punch late in the sixth round of their WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. It's a fight both Golovkin and boxing fans have been waiting for, though weight could be an issue. Alvarez wants the bout to be less than the 160-pound middleweight limit, while Golovkin, who holds his own piece of the middleweight crown, vows to fight at his best weight. Against Khan, Alvarez needed only one big right hand to turn a relatively close fight into a quick knockout. Struggling with Khan's speed, Alvarez unleashed a long right hand that sent Khan backward on the canvas, where referee Kenny Bayless didn't even bother to count him out at 2:37 of the sixth. Alvarez retained his piece of the middleweight crown, but it was not without some nervous moments for his fans, who packed the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip.
Khan was more than holding his own in a tactical fight when the right hand suddenly ended it. Khan, a 6-1 underdog, had vowed to use his speed to confound Alvarez and his plan appeared to be working. But a right hand that came out of nowhere landed flush against Khan's chin, and he was out like a light. Alvarez was making the first defense of the WBC title he won from Miguel Cotto last November, though the fight was fought at a catch weight of 155 pounds. The WBC has said it will strip Alvarez of the title if he does not open talks for a unification fight with Golovkin within 15 days. A pro-Alvarez crowd of 16,540 filled the new arena on the Las Vegas Strip for his first fight on the Mexican holiday weekend that Floyd Mayweather Jr.
They came expecting to see Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 knockouts) put on a show, though he had trouble with Khan's speed and movement in the early rounds.
Alvarez chased after Khan (31-4) from the first round on, trying to cut the ring off and corner him on the ropes. The red-haired Mexican was largely unsuccessful, and Khan answered with combinations to the head, though they seemed to have little effect on the champion. Alvarez was ahead on two ringside judges' scorecards when the fight ended, while Khan was leading by one point on the third. Khan, a British fighter who spent years unsuccessfully chasing bouts with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, had to put on weight for Alvarez but was still the smaller fighter.
After Portland let the previous game slip away, Damian Lillard had a playoff-best 40 points and the Trail Blazers beat Golden State 120-108 on Saturday night to cut the Warriors' advantage in their Western Conference semifinal to 2-1.
The defending NBA champions were still without Steph Curry, the reigning MVP who sprained his right knee in Game 4 of the quarterfinal against Houston. Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and CJ McCollum added 22 points for Portland.
The Trail Blazers led 58-46 at the half and stretched the lead to as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer and Leandro Barbosa's long jumper closed the gap to 105-92 for the Warriors with six minutes left. McCollum's 3-pointer pushed Portland's lead to 120-106 with 1:22 left and the Warriors couldn't catch up. Lillard battled a chest cold in the first game of the series, then was held scoreless in the final quarter of the second. With Ovechkin leading the way, the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal to keep their season alive.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals sizes up the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of Saturday's Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Behind Ovechkin's two-point game, goals by Oshie and Justin Williams and 30 saves by Braden Holtby, Washington cut its deficit to 3-2 to force Game 6 on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. Ovechkin looked like a man determined not to let the Capitals go quietly into the offseason. Ovechkin keyed that response, scoring after 4:04 to snap the Capitals out of a powerplay drought that threatened to cost them the series. He also had the big shot that rebounded off Murray and to Oshie for his power-play goal in the second period. The Caps' powerplay, which was 1 for 12 in the first four games, did enough to offset Pittsburgh's first odd-man goal of the series, scored by Chris Kunitz in the first period. Williams added an insurance goal to wake from his postseason slumber, and Holtby did the rest.
Turning in a brilliant performance worthy of his status as a Vezina Trophy finalist, Holtby was at his best when he stopped three in a less than minute by Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Justin Schultz. That succession of saves late in the second period drew a standing ovation and chants of "Holtby! Holtby wasn't happy with his play in Game 4 on Wednesday and more than redeemed himself as the Penguins outshot the Capitals 31-19. Penguins goalie Matt Murray wasn't at his sharpest, allowing three goals on 19 shots and looking like a rookie for the first time in these playoffs. Murray was also victimized on a brutal turnover by defenseman Brian Dumoulin that led to Williams' second-period goal. Despite breaking their 0 for 14 powerplay spell in the series, the Penguins couldn't close out the Capitals in five games like they did the New York Rangers in the first round.
Thomas Mueller admitted even winning a fourth straight German league title on Saturday could not compensate Bayern Munich for its third consecutive Champions League semifinal exit in mid-week.
Robert Lewandowski netted twice as Bayern was confirmed as the first club to win four German league titles in a row after its 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt. Bayern's Thomas Mueller celebrates after the team won its 26th Bundesliga title by beating FC Ingolstadt 2-1 in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Saturday. Second-place Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt left Bayern an insurmountable eight points clear at the top of the standings with one game left.
The result at Ingolstadt means Bayern has now won the Bundesliga title in each of Pep Guardiola's three years in charge in Munich before he departs to take over Manchester City next season.
But Bayern's title triumph came just four days after the heartbreak of its European exit at the hands of Atletico, which reached the final on away goals after winning the first-leg 1-0 in Madrid and losing 2-1 to the Bavarians in Munich.
But Mueller admitted there was relief at finally having Bayern's historic fourth straight league title confirmed. Bayern took the lead at Ingolstadt's Audi-Sport Park in the 15th minutes when Franck Ribery was fouled by home captain Marvin Matip in the area and Lewandowski drilled home the resulting spot kick. The Poland sharpshooter, who is the Bundesliga's leading scorer, then added his second when he drilled home Xabi Alonso's superb pass from a tight angle for his 29th league goal of the season. Ingolstadt's Australia striker Mathew Leckie was denied by Manuel Neuer, but the host pulled a goal back on 42 minutes when Moritz Hartmann converted a penalty after a push from behind from Alonso. Bayern will chase another German league record in its final home game against Hanover on Saturday as, having conceded only 16 goals so far in this Bundesliga season, it can break its own best mark of 18 from the 2012-13 season. Ingolstadt coach Ralph Hasenhuettl, who is leaving to coach second-division promotion hopeful RB Leipzig next season, heaped praise on Guardiola. Guardiola also praised his predecessor, Jupp Heynckes, who steered Bayern to the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles, which started the German league run of four straight wins.
Pep Guardiola claimed his 20th title as a coach on Saturday as Bayern Munich was confirmed German league champion for the fourth consecutive season to set a new Bundesliga record. The 45-year-old Spaniard will leave to coach Manchester City next season having won the Bundesliga in each of his three years in Munich after Saturday's 2-1 win at Ingolstadt moved Bayern eight points clear with one game left. But his final year in charge has been tainted by its third consecutive exit to Spanish opposition in the semifinals of the Champions League. Guardiola has now won 37 titles in his soccer career, 17 of which were won as a player at Barcelona, including an Olympic gold medal with Spain in 1992. He will leave Bayern having failed in his bid to repeat the 2012-13 treble, when predecessor Jupp Heynckes steered Munich to the Champions League, German cup and league titles. But under his tutelage Bayern has tightened its stranglehold on the Bundesliga, with only Borussia Dortmund offering any resistance.
Guardiola's successor, Carlo Ancelotti, will inherit a squad accustomed to at least 60 percent possession in games.
He has groomed replacements for ageing wingers Arjen Robben, 32, and Franck Ribery, 33, by persuading Douglas Costa, 25, and Kingsley Coman, 19, to join the club this season. Thiago Alcantara, who Guardiola insisted Bayern sign in his first season, has been the linchpin in Bayern's midfield. Arturo Vidal has given Bayern a gritty edge after Bastian Schweinsteiger moved to Manchester United at the start of the season. Guardiola can still repeat the domestic league and cup double, which he achieved in his first season in 2013-14, when Bayern faces Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 21. The self-confessed perfectionist will leave as one of the most successful coaches in Bayern's history, with 81 wins from his 101 league games and only nine league defeats in three seasons. There was plenty of hype generated in January 2013 when Bayern pulled off a coup by announcing Guardiola had signed a three-year deal, worth a reported 22 million euros ($24m), from July 2013.
Bayern had to fight off plenty of competition from England as the Premier League's top clubs had been courting the Spaniard since he sensationally quit Barcelona in 2012 despite being the most successful coach in the club's history. Vardy also missed a penalty on his return from a two-game suspension to take his tally for the campaign to 24 goals - one shy of Tottenham Hotspur marksman Harry Kane, his England colleague.
The 29-year-old Vardy was a non-league player as recently as 2012, having been playing in England's seventh tier two years earlier, and his rags-to-riches rise has come to symbolize longshot Leicester's 5,000-1 triumph.
Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the third goal for Leicester during Saturday's 3-1 victory over Everton at King Power Stadium. Following the game, Leicester captain Wes Morgan was presented with the trophy in front of his team-mates and manager Claudio Ranieri, prompting a flurry of pyrotechnics and huge roars from the capacity crowd. Vardy was joined on Leicester's lap of honor by his fiancee, Becky Nicholson, and carried his one-year-old daughter, Sofia, in his arms. Meanwhile, Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had his picture taken by his father, Peter, who won five Premier League trophies while tending goal for Manchester United. Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, recently voted England's Player of the Year, said: "It is something amazing, what we have done. Leicester's success was a personal triumph for their 64-year-old Italian boss, who was only brought in by the club's Thai owners in pre-season after former manager Nigel Pearson was fired. Disparagingly nicknamed the 'Tinkerman' by the British media during his first spell in English football with Chelsea, Ranieri arrived at Leicester after an unsuccessful spell with Greece and many pundits questioned his appointment. Although Leicester had exceeded his expectations, Ranieri said he had been encouraged by what he saw early on in his time with the Midlands club. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas grabs a rebound in front of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in Game 2 of their second-round encounter in the NBA playoffs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday. DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Virtually ignored through three quarters, scoring four points on three shots, Valanciunas came alive with 11 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Raptors avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason. Toronto made just 42 percent of its shots compared to Miami's 49.4 percent, but the Raptors survived.
DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry had 18 and Terrence Ross 10 for Toronto, which battled back late in the fourth quarter to force the second overtime of the series, then shut the Heat down to start it.
That was the opposite of Game 1, in which Toronto could not score for the first 3:46 of OT. The Heat led 77-70 midway through the fourth, but back-to-back baskets by Valanciunas shaved the gap to 80-78 with 3:18 remaining. DeRozan missed a pair of free throws with 1:22 remaining but Valanciunas grabbed the rebound on the second and tipped it home to give Toronto an 82-80 lead. After a missed shot by Wade, Lowry hit a pull-up jumper with 45 seconds left, giving the Raptors a four-point cushion. Wade cut it to one with a 3 but Lowry replied with another jumper with 14.9 seconds to go, putting Toronto up 86-83. Lowry, whose halfcourt shot sent Game 1 to overtime, got the last attempt for the Raptors but could not hit the rim with a long 3-point attempt. The Heat went cold in overtime, missing their first five field goal attempts, including three misses by Johnson. Miami matched a franchise postseason record with 11 turnovers in the first, leading to 14 Toronto points. Wade had to stop mid-answer during the postgame media conference as an insect buzzed around his face. So on Thursday, the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations announced he would not re-sign Frank Vogel to a new contract despite five trips to the playoffs, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. The move comes four days after the Pacers fell just short of becoming the sixth No 7 seed to upset a No 2 seed since the playoffs were expanded during the 1980s. Patrick Sharp set up the winner and also scored for the Stars, coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the playoffs on a first-period breakaway and added an assist for St. The Stars, who finished first overall in the Western Conference, regained home-ice advantage heading into Game 5 on Saturday in Dallas. Eakin has a goal and seven assists in the postseason and hustled to get into position on the deciding score. He beat Brian Elliott on a 3-on-2 break after getting a stick on Jori Lehtera's shot in tight on the other end against Kari Lehtonen. Liverpool's Robert Firmino and Adam Lallana sandwich Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio during the Europa League semifinal at Anfield on Thursday.
Liverpool's performances in this season's Europa League have illuminated a path for the team's future, manager Juergen Klopp declared after his side sank Villarreal brilliantly to reach the final. Liverpool will face holder Sevilla in Basel in May 18 after a Bruno Soriano own goal and efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana at Anfield on Thursday secured a resounding 3-0 win and a 3-1 aggregate success. Liverpool had made an inauspicious start to its Europa League campaign when Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers last October, but having now eliminated Augsburg, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal, it will play in its first European final since 2007.
Villarreal had procured a stoppage-time lead in last week's first leg through substitute Adrian Lopez's strike, but its advantage lasted less than seven minutes of the return fixture at a raucous Anfield as Bruno turned Roberto Firmino's cross into his own net.
Sturridge, sliding in, had put the Villarreal captain under pressure and he would go on to put Liverpool ahead in the 63rd minute, finishing coolly from Firmino's scuffed volley, before setting up Lallana's third.
Klopp had left Sturridge on the bench for Liverpool's three previous games in the tournament and he praised the injury-prone England international for seizing his opportunity against Villarreal. Villarreal coach Marcelino, whose side secured a Champions League playoff place at the weekend, admitted Liverpool had been superior and lauded its "huge" intensity.
But he criticised Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai for his handling of a niggly game, in particular the decision to dismiss centerback Victor Ruiz after yellow cards in either half. Sevilla remained on course for a third consecutive Europa League title as Kevin Gameiro struck twice to down Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 and progress to a final meeting with Liverpool 5-3 on aggregate on Thursday.
The Andalusians have won the competition four times in the past 10 years and can secure their place in next season's Champions League with victory over Juergen Klopp's men in Basel on May 18. Already holding the cushion of two away goals from the first leg last week, Gameiro gave Sevilla the perfect start when he fired into the far corner after just nine minutes.
Former Arsenal striker Eduardo briefly gave the Ukrainians hope when he leveled with a calm finish a minute before halftime. However, Sevilla quickly reasserted its stranglehold on the tie with a fine team goal finished off by Gameiro two minutes into the second half for his 28th goal of the season. Brazilian rightback Mariano handed Sevilla a two-goal advantage it never looked like relinquishing when he smashed home a stunning third just before the hour mark from outside the box. Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic could consider a return to AC Milan in Serie A, according to the Sweden striker's agent in a report on Thursday.
Ibrahimovic is set to leave the French champion at the end of the season, with reports claiming the 34-goal striker could be headed for England's Premier League.
Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola told men's magazine GQ Italia that the Swede could return to Italy where he also starred for Juventus and Inter Milan.
In what is seen as a veiled reference to recent reports linking Ibrahimovic to a 75 million euros ($85 million) per-season deal in China, Raiola, in direct extracts from the magazine interview, said: "Ibra is a player who is capable of some amazing tricks.
Raiola also represents Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Liverpool's on-loan AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.
And he believes Balotelli, who has yet to resurrect his roller-coaster career at fallen Italian giant Milan, would have been a match for Barcelona icon Lionel Messi if he only had the same attitude to his career as Ibrahimovic. Balotelli has only recently returned to competition amid an injury-hit campaign but although earning plaudits for a string of composed performances, the former World Cup striker is set to be excluded from Italy's Euro 2016 squad by coach Antonio Conte later this month. Raiola's diverse portfolio of players means he is regarded as an authority by many watchers of the sport, while considered a pariah by several top coaches and managers - among whom is Sir Alex Ferguson, who has crossed verbal swords with the multilingual Dutch agent before the Scot's retirement from soccer. And he rated the clubs in Italy's Serie A, the majority of whom do not own their own stadiums, as bottom of the class. Despite former run-ins with Ferguson, especially following Pogba's decision to walk away from Old Trafford to Juventus on a free transfer, Raiola paid tribute to the "managerial" and "strategic" skills of Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family. Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday, which confirmed Leicester's extraordinary 5,000-1 success, sparked jubilation in the streets of Leicester and a party at the home of star striker Jamie Vardy, where the players had gathered to watch the match. The festivities have continued across the week, with the squad dining out at a city-center restaurant on Tuesday, but Saturday's game presents an opportunity for players, staff and supporters to unite in communal celebration of a feat that has captivated fans around the world. Ranieri has admitted he is torn between urging his team to power over the line and wanting to enjoy the moment, saying on Thursday: "Inside me there are two people. The renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will set the tone with prematch renditions of Nessun Dorma and Time to Say Goodbye, honoring a recent promise to his countryman Ranieri.
After the match, the trophy will be presented to Leicester captain Wes Morgan by lifelong supporter Steve Worthy, who won a competition organized by league sponsor Barclays. He is dedicating the experience to his 97-year-old grandmother, Gladys Knight, who had to forfeit her season ticket this season due to ill health. The 25kg trophy, topped by a golden crown, will be decorated with ribbons of blue, for Leicester, and yellow, representing the royal house of Thailand, which is the country of club owner King Power. Morgan will become the first Leicester skipper to hoist a major trophy since Matt Elliott lifted the League Cup 16 years ago and the 32-year-old centerback has already been picturing the moment. On the pitch, Leicester will welcome back 22-goal top scorer Vardy after he was suspended for the 4-0 win over Swansea City and last weekend's 1-1 draw at Manchester United, which took Ranieri's men to the brink of glory. Leicester's vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, claims Riyad Mahrez has told him he wants to stay with the newly crowned Premier League champion. Mahrez's future was thrown into doubt when the Algeria international's agent recently claimed it was only 50-50 whether the PFA player of the year would remain at the King Power Stadium next season. Mahrez signed a new four-year deal in 2015 but has been linked with Barcelona after scoring 18 times to help fire the Foxes to an improbable title. But with Leicester due to receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton, Aiyawatt made it clear he expects to keep Mahrez for his club's assault on the Champions League next term. Dropping jumpers from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA record 25 3-pointers - the most in any regular season or playoff game - during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal.
From the outset, they were on target and on a tear, and afterward LeBron James struggled to explain it.
James made four 3s and scored 27 points for the defending conference champions, who were able to rest their starters for the entire fourth quarter.


Even the team's mascot, Moondog, got in on the act by making an over-the-head, backward fling from half court on his first try in the final minutes. They made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to embarrass the Hawks, who have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland. The Cavs spent the final few minutes chasing history and when reserve Dahntay Jones dropped the Cavs' 24th 3 with 2:24 left, it bettered the mark of 23 previously held by Orlando (2009) and Houston (2013). The Warriors, who beat the Cavs in last year's Finals and seem to be on a collision course with them again, recently set the postseason mark by making 21 3-pointers.
Smith made six 3-pointers in the first half - the Cavs knocked down seven straight during one dizzying stretch - as Cleveland built a 38-point lead over the stunned Hawks, who will head home for Friday's Game 3 down 2-0 in the series and demoralized.
There was little Atlanta defenders could do against the Cavs, who stood behind the line, took aim and dropped shot after shot after shot.
After making Cleveland's 16th 3-pointer in the first half, the easygoing Smith skipped back on defense like a little child on a schoolyard playground as Cleveland's towel-waving fans danced with delight and smelled blood.
Cleveland went past Golden State's record when Kyrie Irving nailed a 3-pointer with 5:06 left in the third quarter. Paul Millsap scored 16 points and Jeff Teague added 14 for the Hawks, who need to regroup quickly or they will get swept by the Cavs for the second straight year. Here is the kind of night it was for Atlanta: Millsap knocked down a long 3-pointer to end the first quarter, but replays showed it came after the horn and was disallowed.
Kevin Love was not slowed after injuring his right shoulder in Game 1 and finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavs. Cavaliers: James refused to comment on reports that he will star in Space Jam 2, a sequel to the popular Warner Bros.
Veteran big man Chris Bosh, reportedly in a standoff with the Miami Heat over his health, won't return to the Heat in this NBA postseason, the team said on Wednesday.
He missed the second half of the 2014-15 season due to blood clots, with a clot migrating to his lungs and forcing him into a hospital stay.
In March, Bosh issued a statement saying his condition this season had "never been life threatening" and he was confident he would return to the court this season. The Heat, however, have been reluctant to put him back on the floor, according to some reports because Bosh was taking blood thinners to combat the clots. Last week Bosh posted a Snapchat video of himself shooting three-pointers with the caption "I still got it". Several US media outlets reported Bosh had asked the NBA Players' Association to intervene on his behalf. He traveled to Toronto, separately from his teammates, and was on hand when they opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Raptors with a victory. Given a rare moment of freedom from his usual spot parked in front of the opponent's net, the Pittsburgh Penguins forward pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination on Wednesday.
Hornqvist fired a loose puck between Braden Holtby's legs 2:34 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the NHL's tightly contested Eastern Conference semifinal. Washington's Mike Weber tried to steer the puck out of harm's way in front of the net, but it went right to Hornqvist, who was charging in from the right circle.
The burly forward buried it for his fifth goal of the postseason to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Washington dropped three consecutive games just once while capturing the Presidents' Trophy for posting the league's best record during the regular season. Now the Capitals find themselves three periods away from an eighth playoff series loss to Pittsburgh in nine all-time postseason meetings.
The Penguins survived despite missing defenseman Kris Letang, serving a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.
The makeshift defensive corps played just fine in the absence of perhaps Pittsburgh's most indispensable blueliner. As well, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby missed half the third period with an upper body problem. The Penguins blocked 14 shots and clogged the area in front of the net to protect rookie goaltender Matt Murray. The Arizona Coyotes are promoting 26-year-old John Chayka to general manager, making him the youngest GM in NHL history, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
Because an official announcement has not been made, Associated Press was told by a source on condition of anonymity that the Coyotes have scheduled a Thursday media conference to introduce Chayka. Chayka will be younger than 13 players on Arizona's current roster and will surpass Gord Stellick, who was 30 when he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988, as the youngest GM in league history.
Chayka co-founded hockey analytics firm Stathletes in 2009 and served as its director of hockey operations before being hired as Arizona's assistant GM under Maloney before last season. Hockey teams have in recent years turned more toward analytics similar to the Moneyball approach in baseball, but Chayka will be the first from that background to become an NHL general manager.
Coach Dave Tippett is expected to have a larger role in Arizona's hockey operations under Chayka. Pittsburgh Penguins players celebrate Wednesday's overtime victory over the Washington Capitals in their Eastern Conference semifinal. Along with the defending champion, Russia is one of the favorites as it pursues its first title on home ice since 1986.
Head coach Oleg Znarok, who led the Russians to gold two year ago in Minsk, is relying heavily on Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsly, his country's only winner of the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the NHL's goaltender. Detroit Red Wings 'Miracle Man' Pavel Datsyuk will also play for Russia, along with Chicago Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin.
But the team faces a tough challenge from Team Canada, which boasts a host of players who humbled Russia 6-1 in the final last year.
Even though many of Canada's top stars are still competing in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs, manager Bill Peters can count on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, Edmonton Oilers left winger Taylor Hall and Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reily, who all won the title last year in the Czech Republic. Canada will also be bolstered by the speed and firepower of Edmonton Oilers teenage sharpshooter Connor McDavid. Team USA boss John Hynes, the head coach of New Jersey Devils, will try to lead his team to its first title since 1960. Edmonton Oilers center Matt Hendricks, who captained the US team to bronze last year and Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno form the team's backbone along with Buffalo Sabres defender Jake McCabe and Arizona Coyotes' blueliner Connor Murphy. From the drinking and gambling, four divorces, two trips to alcohol rehab and the parade of demons and doubts in his head, it's a wonder Daly made it this far.
There are enough wild adventures to fill a book, so Daly wrote one 10 years ago - John Daly: My Life In and Out of the Rough. Daly makes his debut this week at the Insperity Invitational outside Houston, where tournament officials are expecting attendance to double. The PGA Tour Champions features 54-hole events with no cuts - good news for a guy who has missed 209 cuts in his PGA Tour career.
His wild ride began 25 years ago this summer when he drove through the night to Indiana as the ninth alternate, and without ever having seen Crooked Stick, gripped and ripped his way to a stunning PGA Championship victory. It went downhill from there, until another surprising climb when he won the British Open at St. And it is all documented in a rather large dossier at PGA Tour headquarters known as his disciplinary file.
The PGA Tour has suspended him at least twice, and another time Daly agreed to sit out six months. One year in Australia, he hit seven shots into the water until he was out of golf balls, then walked off the course. Former British Open champion John Daly looks at his name inscribed on the Cavern Club Wall of Fame in Liverpool before a 2006 performance with his band.
The deal will see CCTVSE, a wholly-owned subsidiary under the CCTV Sports Channel banner, be responsible for the operation and promotion of the event while CCTV5 will broadcast the game live. VfL Wolfsburg is widely known among Chinese fans, partly because of its signing of Zhang Xizhe in 2014 from CSL side Beijing Guo'an. Zhang is one of four Chinese players to have plied their trade in Germany's top-flight competition.
Zhang was listed on Wolfburg's squad three times during the 2014-15 season before returning to China in August to resume playing for his home side.
Wolfsburg performed well in the European Champions League this season, reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious event.
The club also has seven players on its roster who will represent their national teams at Euro 2016 in France. That group includes German internationals Julian Draxler, Andre Schurrle, Max Kruse and Sabastian Jung. The Wolves depart for the Far East on May 16, two days after their final game of the season at home to VfB Stuttgart, and will return to Germany on May 22. This year will be the fourth time Wolfsburg has toured China since the club's first trip in 2004. China's world-leading transfer splurge has left two teams with red faces after holder Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Suning crashed out in the AFC Champions League group stage. Just months after they repeatedly smashed Asia's transfer record to hire top players, the two sides flopped in the regional competition, a route to a coveted FIFA Club World Cup spot.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Evergrande was particularly poor as it was eliminated with a game to spare. Evergrande's injury-hit striker Jackson Martinez has been unable to fill the shoes of the prolific Elkeson - now with Shanghai SIPG - since arriving from Atletico Madrid.
And on Wednesday, a Jiangsu lineup featuring Asia's record signing Alex Teixeira, ex-Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Jo, who has played for Manchester City and Brazil, was held 2-2 by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to join Evergrande on the sidelines. The big-spending clubs' failure has particular resonance this week after little Leicester City stunned the glamor sides of English soccer to claim an incredible Premier League title. The British boxer, who normally fights at welterweight, faces a daunting battle against the hard-hitting Alvarez in a bout which many believe is too daunting or the 29-year-old from Bolton. But Khan insists he is relishing the prospect of star billing after enduring years of frustration trying unsuccessfully to land a bout against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
World Boxing Council middleweight champion Alvarez (46-1, 32 KOs) said he was confident his power will be too much for Khan.
De La Hoya insisted the idea of a Khan upset was not outside the realm of possibility - citing the example of Leicester City's remarkable title triumph in the English Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo lauded the impact made by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as the Frenchman led the Spanish giant into the Champions League final with a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday.
Brazilian midfielder Fernando's first-half own goal was the only difference between the sides over two legs as Real set up a repeat of the 2014 final against local rival Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28. Zidane replaced the fired Rafael Benitez with Madrid sputtering in January, sparking the club's second run to the final in the 14 years since he scored the winning goal for Real against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. Ronaldo returned from a three-game absence due to a thigh injury, but was unable to match his own record of 17 Champions League goals in a single season in a tight game short on clear-cut chances. Zidane admitted he could bask in some of the glory for Real's resurgence of 19 wins in his 24 games in charge, but reserved his praise for the players.
The Welshman scored as Real beat Atletico 4-1 after extra-time in the final two years ago to seal a successful first year in Madrid.
However, he endured a difficult second season and was jeered by his own fans after missing a series of chances when Real bowed out to Juventus in last season's semifinal.
Bale was denied his first Champions League goal of the season as UEFA credited the only goal of the tie to the unlucky Fernando.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini said his side did not deserve to be eliminated from the Champions League, despite registering just one shot on goal in its 1-0 semifinal, second-leg loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Gareth Bale's deflected effort in the 20th minute was enough to propel Real into the final, although the narrow margin of Wednesday's victory did not do justice to the Spanish side's dominant display.
City could only muster five attempts on goal to Madrid's 15 and only hit the target once, although Fernandinho clipped the post just before halftime. Pellegrini won the Premier League and League Cup in his first season with City after succeeding Roberto Mancini in 2013 but has only added this season's League Cup to the club's trophy cabinet since. Although he succeeded in guiding the team beyond the Champions League's group stages in each of his three seasons, the Chilean has ultimately fallen short of the club's lofty aspirations in Europe.
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (left) watches as his shot is deflected into the goal by Manchester City defender Fernando in Madrid on Wednesday.
And three weeks later, Spieth's not quite ready to say he's fully recovered from letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Britain's Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse. It just hadn't really happened to Spieth during the 22-year-old's sprint to the top of the world rankings, a dash that included a pair of major championships and a reputation as one of the game's steadiest players as the holes dwindled and the stakes rose. Spieth endured the uncomfortable post-round ceremony with Willett, whose brilliant closing 5-under-par 67 will be forever tied with the way Spieth let it slip away. Spieth admitted "this one will hurt" in the aftermath and he's spent the last few weeks trying to decompress and get ready for the daunting test that awaits at Oakmont in June.
So Spieth did what most early 20-somethings with time to burn and money to spend did: he went on a well-appointed spring break, joining Rickie Fowler, Smylie Kaufman and Justin Thomas for a getaway at a tropical resort that Fowler chronicled via Snapchat.
It will be back to work on Wednesday when Spieth takes a long look at Oakmont, which is prepping to host its ninth US Open and first since 2007, before heading to Florida for next week's Players Championship. Spieth plans to treat his preparation for the rugged test in the Western Pennsylvania hills much the same way he got ready for Chambers Bay last summer, when he edged Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by a stroke. Angel Cabrera captured the Open in its last visit to Oakmont with a four-round total of 5 over par. It will take nerves to survive, and regardless of what that stretch at the Masters looked like, Spieth isn't worried about his confidence being rattled should he be in the mix on Father's Day. For an event returning to the Olympics after more than 100 years, some industry experts are concerned the withdrawal of key names could turn off casual fans who might watch golf for the first time during the Game. In the past few weeks, Australia's Adam Scott withdrew, as well as South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, drawing criticism from nine-time major winner and South Africa team captain Gary Player, who said "many people have fought tooth and nail" to return golf to the Olympics. The players who do not show up may end up regretting it, said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics.
Golf Channel is touting other players who say they are excited to compete for a spot in Rio, such as Americans Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson and Ireland's Rory McIlroy. But some viewers might be turned off if more notable golfers are not in the lineup, said Michael Neuman, managing partner of the sports marketing division of Horizon Media. Golf was chosen by the International Olympic Committee eager to tap new markets and win fans.
Experience shapes us and the messages we receive from a very young age can determine what will hold us back in the long run, stifling our confidence in particular situations.
Enter Beyonce, who jumped on the bandwagon to help spread the message of Ban Bossy: girls can be powerful, ambitious, and in leadership roles.
I would love to tell you that hundreds of girls I’ve talked to this year look up to Gloria Steinem or Oprah but they don’t, their moms do. Celebrities are relevant to the girls of today, there is an repeatability in their public lives, they feel like they can relate to them.
Demi Lovato: At the age of 18 she courageously sought mental health assistance for bipolar disorder, self-injury, and eating disorders. Jennifer Lawrence: I don’t know her personally, but the way she has genuinely handled media harassment and bullying has been pretty remarkable. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here. He fought in spurts, landing combinations and seemingly frustrating Alvarez with his movement. The Blazers led 87-76 going into the fourth quarter of Game 2, but were outscored 34-12 in the final period for a 110-99 Golden State win. Oshie's and was a force all over the ice with his team on the verge of another early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington's captain was quietly confident and said the belief never wavered inside the locker room.
Thank you to them, they push behind us all season," Ranieri told Sky Sports after enjoying domestic title success as a manager for the first time in his career. DeRozan and Valanciunas connected and Carroll made a pair at the line before Miami's first basket of overtime, a driving dunk by Deng with 23 seconds left. Lowry had as many points in the first quarter (seven) as he had in Toronto's OT loss in Game 1.
Instead, the Pacers will search for a coach who can do what Vogel could not: win an NBA title.
He believes the small-ball lineup that Indiana started with this past season would have worked over time, even though he understood why Vogel reverted to a more traditional NBA lineup. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday night, bouncing back from a blowout loss two days earlier to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.
We liked going to different countries and adapting to different circumstances, different temperatures. That's more important for me as a manager, but then, when you perform in the right moments, like we did tonight or against Dortmund or against United or Augsburg, you want to have (it) all. I think now I want the players to enjoy this moment and not be concerned about the contracts," he was quoted as saying by several British newspapers. Smith made seven 3s as the Cavs, looking like an Eastern Conference version of Golden State's Splash Brothers, had the most prolific outside shooting game of any team in league history. But that was not even enough to satisfy the ravenous sellout crowd which was still chanting "Let's Go Cavs!" with Cleveland leading by 40 points.
Smith and center Tristan Thompson, celebrate another three-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Smith and center Tristan Thompson, celebrate another threepointer against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. But the Penguins can advance to the conference final with a victory in Game 5 in Washington on Saturday after sending the Capitals to their third straight loss. Rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair had strong rookie seasons in 2015-16 and the Coyotes have quality players in their minor-league system who should be able to contribute soon. Among other things, he revealed his second daughter (Sierra) was named after a rehab center in Arizona where he spent three months. Still in play are big numbers (Daly has 68 rounds of 80 or higher on the PGA Tour) and early exits (he has withdrawn 38 times).
Most people have a relative like Daly, just not one who can launch tee shots more than 300 yards and win two majors before turning 30. Years later, Daly was asked if he agreed to take that six-month break to avoid being suspended. He made an 18 on the sixth hole at Bay Hill (and followed that with a birdie 2 on the next hole). He also referenced the US presidential election campaign rhetoric of likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has vowed to bar Muslims from entering the United States while promising to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.
This could be the last fight for me and Canelo in Las Vegas if Donald Trump becomes president," said Khan, a Muslim. It is difficult the first few years, but once you get past that mark then it gets a bit easier. It was a cross with a deflection that put the ball in the top corner and that goal gave them more time to play," Pellegrini told a news conference.
Compare that to the 18-under Spieth posted while winning at Augusta in 2015 or even the 5-under he put up at Chambers Bay. So that's still a pretty good percentage, if you're in contention six times, you win two of them, a third of the time.


Most golfers have cited scheduling conflicts or family commitments as reasons for withdrawing, but the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil has also loomed for months.
Along with her “stay strong” motto, she’s demonstrated that obstacles can be overcome, and that mental health shouldn’t be stigmatized. How have you helped girls (or yourself) find female role models who are both in and out of the celebrity spotlight? This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilt Narratives” substantiates the viability of the sweat equity investment made through labor and cultural contributions by Cotton Pickers and other Plantation Workers. DeRozan, who injured his right thumb late in Game 1, missed six of eight free throw attempts.
And although the Pacers met one of Bird's preseason goals, scoring about five points more per game this season than last, their offensive efficiency rating remained essentially flat, going from 24th to 23rd. If the team wins, they're heroes and if they lose they're to be hung out to dry," said Raiola. The rate of girls who suffer from mental health disorders is higher than it’s ever been in history. She is candid about her success in television and comedy as an Indian American woman and has used that to show the world that even in a male dominated industry like Hollywood, determination pays off. Which is what highlights her as a different type of role model.  “It’s not about being perfect. The following evening, Friday November 13, the “Cotton Pickers Ball” shall be held at 7:00pm, in da’ House of Khafre, located at 300 Main Street, Indianola. That seemingly endless sequence on 12 where he hit the ball into Rae's Creek not once but twice on his way to a quadruple bogey 7 that cost him control of the tournament. In order to have more confident adult women, more attention and awareness needs to be placed on raising confident and empowered girls.
All are encouraged to attend both events in costume attire worn in the cotton fields, such as “overalls and straw hats, etc.”The 1st Annual Historical Narrative Competition enhances this year’s Symposium. In addition to passing Tim Duncan for fifth place on the career playoff scoring list, James played in his 184th postseason game, tying him with Robert Parish for 13th place in history. Mississippi Delta high school seniors and MVSU students will compete for a trophy and gift card provided by Khafre, Inc and Lost Pizza, Company. All projects must be delivered to the MVSU Social Sciences office “T” by 5:00pm November 5th, (or call organizers to arrange for pick up).
Professor, Public Policy, MVSU; Dr Alpha Diarra, National Cotton Spokesman of Mali, West Africa. Local storyteller Helen Sims will pay tribute to “the Spirit of Mama Lula.” Hollandale folk artist Dorothy Hoskins will showcase recent multi-media work on Cotton Pickin’ and Sharecropping in the American South. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research--a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens.
MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively affecting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond. KHAFRE, Inc.
Honoring the legacy of  “grandmamma-nem” in a university setting gives artistic and academic license to the pursuit of gaining more scholarship and international acceptance, of the contributions and sweat equity made by the people who picked cotton throughout the American South,” said Professor C.Sade Turnipseed, Executive Director of Khafre, Inc.
As part of Khafre, Inc’s historic preservation efforts, a permanent marker will be placed on the MVSU campus in honor of cotton pickers from the Mississippi Delta, and those who worked the repurposed cotton plantation for higher learning, MVSU.The Symposium is free admission.
Khafre, Inc is all about building monumental programs that allow reflection, reconnection, and renewal.
This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilt Narratives” will stimulate a day of discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values.
The agency and resistance of these narratives will also reflect on the subtle and continuing impact of cotton on life in the Delta and throughout the South.
The one-day event concludes with a good old fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) “Cotton-Pickers’ Ball and Ancestral Celebration” at da’ House of Khafre located at 300 Main St.
Julianne Malveaux; and, introduction by award-winning poet Chinaka Hodge the volume offers a balanced view of what our children face day-to-day, on the streets of America.
Over two hundred years ago, the Akan Nation (West Africa) established the Adinkra Symbols to visually communicate a system of living for African people to observe and learn. Amazingly, just as with other inspired and spiritual writings, drawings, etc., the symbols are beautiful design concepts with meanings still relevant today.
They bring clarity and resolve to the question, “What do we (the village) have to do to show support and love for each other and ultimately save ourselves and one another?” The experiences of today’s youth culture demonstrate a fundamental disconnect, to most people of previous generations. The young writers selected for this publication masterfully describe the challenge in dealing with today’s world. Because, it offers tribute to the “original” mother and her instinctual knowing of the spiritual paths that her children (all children) must take to find their way out of harm's way. Revealed, in this collection of writings are a wonderful array of short stories, poems and proverbs that present a familial insight born by the great liberator of liberators, Harriet Tubman! By Writers of the 21st Century is an affiliate of Young Publishers Network (YPN) and Khafre, Inc a 501(c)(3) organization working in the Mississippi Delta to improve the welfare and healthy living environments of children in America and around the world.### Thank You Mr.
Born in a cabin on a cotton plantation outside Berclair, Mississippi in 1925, his entire life, much like the lives of so many others from the Mississippi Delta, was spent in service to others.
Unfortunately, for most of his contemporaries (colleagues, family of friends) they never received the accolades, appreciation, or respect for their life-long work as cotton-pickers in the American South.
David Matthews, MS Congressman Bennie Thompson, MS Senator Thad Cochran, National Parks Director Dr Jon Jarvis, Mr.
Theodore Turnipseed, Sr., and millions of others understand the importance of sharing, and erecting a statue and National Park dedicated to the countless field workers of the American South.
Though unrecognized and unappreciated, these people worked from sun up to sun down tilling, planting, chopping, picking and spinning cotton, in the blazing hot sun … This and many other horrifying conditions of the historic Mississippi Delta evoked the music we call “the Blues.”On May 21, 2014, during the last year of his life Mr. King accepted our call to become the “Honorary Chair” of Khafre, Inc, a Mississippi-based 501(3) not-for-profit organization. Maya Angelou as the Honorary Chair of the Cotton Pickers of America and the Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project. The plan is to build a thirty-foot high monument on twenty acres of cotton land along Highway 61, just outside the historic Black town Mound Bayou, MS. This is a historically rare opportunity to transform many lives in the Delta and engage conversations about race and social inequities in America. Sade Turnipseed is the Executive Director of Khafre, Inc and teaches American History at Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, the birthplace of Mr. This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilts Narratives” will stimulate a day of discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. No one has ever “officially” said “thank you” to the people in the American South, who literally tilled the way to the economic greatness for many countries and regions around the world. Somewhere along the way the respect and honor for their hard-earned sweat-equity investment in the wealth of others was lost and buried in the bloodstained, tear-soaked soils of the American South.
Something “monumental,” needs to happen…like a National Park named the “Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center” along the Blues Highway 61.
Once the Monument is installed, the organizers’ plan is to turn it over to the federal government for the protection and honor that only this country can provide. It shall serve as a permanent reminder and ever-present sign of respect for those whose hope for a brighter day wore thin, while working from kin to kain’t (can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night).The world must be reminded of the work ethic held by the people in the South…in most instances it was an honorable legacy … the tragedy is they were never properly compensated, nor thanked. King, (aka: The King of the Blues) will join the effort to build a National Monument in the Mississippi Delta.
King understands, as do all members of the Khafre, Inc family, that a healing will come through recognition and a true recounting of the history of cotton and its impact in the South.In September, 2009, Khafre, Inc, based in Indianola, Mississippi, embarked upon a journey designed to thank the sons and daughters of the South who helped, albeit it without accolades, fanfare, or even recognition, build the cotton empire that fueled the American economy for nearly two centuries. The impetus for the project: Cotton Pickers of America and Sharecroppers Interpretative Center (hereafter referred to as the Cotton Pickers Monument Complex) is the need to thank those who toiled in the Delta soil for generations without the pay, appreciation, or the dignity they deserved.
The Cotton Pickers Monument Complex would not only help heal wounds that have festered for decades, but would also help to empower the generations of family members who have been negatively impacted by this unfortunate era in American history. This is truly a historic endeavor that has the rare opportunity of actually transforming lives, communities, and the conversations about race in America and throughout the world.           These deeply held convictions of education and empowerment are keys to improving the quality of life for all within the Delta. They have helped to catapult Khafre into numerous projects, which are all connected to the vision and mission of this value-driven and movement-oriented organization that is designed to provide historical, health related, and cultural education and outreach to the communities of the Mississippi Delta. Khafre has already helped young people successfully publish literature, prepare for careers in the television and radio broadcast industry, produce staged events and engage in healthy behaviors through diet and exercise, all with the assistance of grant dollars and strategic partnerships.The crowning work of Khafre remains the Cotton Pickers Monument Complex, a dream, which is coming closer to fruition, day by day, because of the unprecedented support of Mr. We have also received Congressional acknowledgment and endorsement from United States Congressmen, Bennie Thompson and Danny Davis, official endorsements from United States Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, and expressed support from Dr John Jarvis, National Parks Director. Carroll Van West and Rebecca Conard from Middle Tennessee State University’s History Department, along with the ongoing partnership with Mississippi Valley State University, has proven a significant benefit to our overall project. We are now ready to raise the $26 million dollars to make the Cotton Pickers Monument complex a reality. We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming your partnership in the building of this long overdue and much needed monument.It is time!Most sincerely,C. The goal is to obtain as much first-hand information as possible relating to the development of America’s Cotton Kingdom (aka the Delta).In the aftermaths of completing the academic study for a Doctorate in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Professor C.
Turnipseed’s theory that perceptions of sharecropping, tenant farming, etc, will be altered in ways that are beneficial to the legacy of the American South when the memory of elders are shared. The monument site is envisioned to become a National Park; and thereby “the place” for memory and community sharing in the Mississippi Delta, for educational, economic development, and international tourism purposes. King and former honorary chair Dr Maya Angelou who are determined to improve the legacy and social-economic status of Mississippi Delta residents.
The purpose of the organization is to provide educational, lifestyle and cultural programs, build monuments and memorials to honor, celebrate, and recognize the rich and complex history of the Mississippi Delta and to positively impact the quality of life of those living in the Delta, especially the disproportionately poor African American community.
There is no documented official acknowledgment of the people who tilled the path to America’s greatness. Somewhere along the way buried in the tear-soaked soils of the American South, the respect and honor for their hard-earned investment was lost. The Cotton Pickers of America Monument, Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and Cotton Kingdom Trail make the case for building a National Park that offers a small token of appreciation for their tireless uncompensated work. Sade Turnipseed is the founder of Khafre, Inc., which has developed the Cotton Pickers of America Monument, the Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and the Cotton Kingdom Historical Trail, among many other projects. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola and the former cultural arts director for the Mississippi Action for Community Education--MACE (producers of the MS Delta Blues and Heritage Festival) in Greenville. Turnipseed is the recipient of several community service and arts advocacy awards, and she was an independent candidate for mayor of the city of Indianola in 2013. For the past eight years Turnipseed was the host of “Delta Renaissance,” a cultural arts talk show focusing on the arts, education, and political issues in the Mississippi Delta. Winter Building Wednesday, June 18: Former Secretary of State Dick Molpus talks about his experience during the Philadelphia civil rights murders of 1964. Wednesday, July 2: Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton will show and discuss her new film, "Did Johnny Come Marching Home?" about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War. Wednesday, September 25: Author Robert Blade will talk about his book, "Tupelo Man," a biography of George McLean. I whole-heartedly agree with the editor that the African American community has proven to the world an uncanny, though unreciprocated, ability to be forgiving of past deeds of injustice, brutality and cruelty at the voting polls, and socially in their community service groups, churches and everyday lives.
This point should not be lost on the fact that many of those injustices happened here, in Indianola, Mississippi, to some amazingly strong and resilient individuals like Fannie Lou Hamer and all those who came before her. But, I can’t help but wonder why the White community isn’t reciprocating and showing the same confidence and trust in racial relations?As Smith indicates, the incumbent received “between 32 and 37% of the votes in the three wards with large Black majorities, despite going up against two black opponents, with strong followings. That’s impressive for a white candidate in a city and region with a history of racially divided politics.” I agree.
When we examine the voter polls in the wards that are predominately African American, reflected is a general evenness for all candidates, be they Black or White.
The same, however, cannot be said about the two wards that reflect the primarily White community. I submit to you the following:In wards I, and II, which are the two wards with the largest white population of voters, we see results that reflect an uncompromising resistance to acceptance and change. With an overall total of 952 votes cast: 732 went to the White candidate and 220 for the two Blacks, combined)…check that! Surely, it cannot be left up to one segment of the community, and not the other.I truly wish Smith had stressed this very critical point, instead of throwing shade on the outcome of a campaign I have yet to wage. And for the record, as a citizen, it is my right to be afforded the opportunity to run a fair and unbiased race for mayor, without subtle suggestions that it is a waste of my time, as inferred in his editorial. But, then again maybe he knows more than I about how citizens of wards I and II will ultimately vote. And to also trust that the leaders of this community will look out for their best interest, politically, economically and socially. After all we live in a community that is 84% African American with a poverty rate that is fast approaching 40% and a public school system that is in deplorable condition, both physically and academically, even under the watchful eye of the government, yet there is no outrage…from either the White side, or the Black side of town. And, I have never believed it was necessary to wait until political season to demonstrate my commitment to the people in my community.
If, by chance I am truly embraced by all members of all wards of this city, I believe people will witness an amazing transformation in a relatively short period of time.
It’s “almost” like magic…I predict things will begin to unfold in a substantive way like the neighborhoods will brighten, crime decreases and the impoverished mindset disappears.
And I am passionate enough to find the tools to help remedy the concerns that create stagnation and distrust. Please remember, we are a people who come from a very long tradition of women who made a way out of no way.My overall ambition and hope for this city is to develop a strategic plan that enables a steady stream of culturally enriched projects that insures economic development for the future growth and safety in this city.
So programs that not only engage everyone, but present real opportunities for career enhancements and social activities are critical. King Museum that I visualized and administered) Thanks Carver Randle, Sr for that wonderful quote. I just wish he read my bio, or googled me, before publishing doubts about my abilities for success. For the past three years, I have been sitting relatively quietly completing the doctorate in history.
Now, I am ready to shake up this town with some bold ideas and ever increasing standards for excellence.
I look forward to being a significant force in this community, by helping the White community too recognize the benefits of building relationships that they can trust in leadership positions. We MUST work together to improve our community—by encouraging EVERYONE to clean on our streets, bayou, parks, etc. We have some huge unmet challenges here in Indianola, and how YOU decide to vote On December 10, 2013, is vital to our success. Also, please be sure to come to this year's event in your overalls, or cotton pickin' clothes. The event is the impetus that gave rise to the “Remigration Home from Chicago to Mississippi” cultural movement organized by music promoters Gus Redmond and Robert Terrell. Legendary blues and gospel performers Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and Marshal Thompson (founder and lead singer of the ChiLites); along with promoter Gus Redmond will lead the way back home to Mississippi in an effort to support the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project in the historical Cotton Kingdom AKA the Mississippi Delta.
Though the Ball is a “Black Tie Affair” Overalls or other “cotton pickin” attire are encouraged and expected.“I am so pleased that we have partnered with Khafre to host an event of this magnitude,” said Dr.
The discussions and historical presentations will reflect cutting-edge research, innovative practices and foundational values. Additionally, two noted scholars from Mali’s Cotton Manufacturing and Distribution will present via Skype.MVSU participants in the program include Dr. John Jones, interim provost.As part of the celebration, Khafre plans to erect a permanent marker on the site in honor of cotton pickers from the Mississippi Delta and in commemoration of the significance of this historical event. This will be a day of stimulating discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values.
The two-day event concludes with a good-old-fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) “Cotton-Pickers’ Ball,” on October 18, 2013. This year Khafre, Inc in conjunction with Mississippi Valley State University shall organize the USA’s premier interdisciplinary professional meeting on cotton, sharecropping, and its cultural significance. The deadline is September 6, 2013.Plan to join us in Itta Bena, Mississippi!This is your chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues at The Valley, make important new contacts, discuss the latest in cultural management, stay current with research findings in the historic preservation field, and connect with people who share your core values. We invite all community-based experts in any field to become a part of the challenge to address issues of: unemployment, entrepreneurship, illiteracy, poor self-esteem, teen pregnancy, obesity, hopelessness, communication skills, journalism and creative writing, etc. Situated on the bayou waterfront at 103 and 105 Main Street, in historic downtown Indianola, da' House is the place where folks come together in the spirit of unity and love for Mississippi Delta culture, particularly its blues, spirituals and teacakes! On the historical Wall of Fame are signatures by musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Norway, Belguim, China, Japan, France, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Mississippi, of course. Beginning Friday, June 1, 2012, at 7 pm, the folks at da' House will be carrying on in grand teacake style, until Sunday June 3rd, around midnight. Celebrating da love that is shared all around the world for da Delta music, art and culture. The 2nd Anniversary Celebration is dedicated to Deltas own David Honeyboy Edward, David Lee Durham, David Thompson and Mississippi Slim. These legendary bluesmen have recently joined the ancestors and will be honored by several local artists and civic leaders: Mickey Rogers, Dr.
These artists and many others will perform on da historical Front Porch stage where the legendary bluesman Sam Chatmons music room door is gracefully hinged. The door, the traditional quilts, the African art, the sweet smell of Soul Food and the Delta cotton provide a rural sophistication and ambiance that is reminicient of the culture and folk art once owned and coveted by grandmamma-nem. Indeed, it is "The home for artful giving, music and songs," as Chicago-based Blues promoter Lynn Orman Weiss described da' House on her most recent visit to the Delta.
And, since da' House is located at the epicenter of the Cotton Kingdom, visitors can expect that authentic soothing, and often times healing, Mississippi Delta experience to be dosed up in abundantly royal fashion, every time they come to da' House! Co-owners Robert Terrell and C.Sade Turnipseed extend a personal and heartfelt invitation for everyone to come on out to da House and help celebrate two-years of Delta art, music and culture.
She is also the first African-American female president to lead a Mississippi public university. Since assuming her position on January 1, 2009, she has launched The Valley Renaissance, the institutions five-year strategic plan, which is pictorially depicted by the African Adinkra symbol of a Sankofa a bird that flies with his head facingbackwards as he advances forward without getting off track. Grammy-winning blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday, Aug. Maya Angelou agreed to graciously lend her name to the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project that is in development, in the Mississippi Delta.
C.Sade Turnipseed, Founder of the Monument project and Executive Director of Khafre, Inc, recently made the announcement in a community meeting held at da House of Khafre, in Indianola.
Our teams collective effort honors the sacrifices made by millions of Americans and purposefully gives dignity back to the legacy of those who spent their entire lives working, tirelessly to build this country.Dr. Smith Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, joins a long and growing list of American citizens, who have also expressed the desire to support this project and demonstrate their respect and gratitude to every man, woman and child that picked cotton and were never thanked, nor properly compensated as enslaved workers or as sharecroppers, throughout the American south.The Khafre, Inc team is composed of a governing Board of Directors, a Steering Committee, a Board of Advisors and several political and community leaders that include faculty members from the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). The governing Board selected world-renowned monument designer, Ed Dwight, to develop the thirty-foot statue and sculptural park. It offers educational workshops, seminars and conferences for the entire community that celebrate Mississippis culture and its contributions to world history, including music, cuisine, writing, andotherartistic expressions. Turnipseed is also the host of Delta Renaissance, the number one cultural arts television talk show in the Delta, which airs weekly on WABG-TV, WABG-Radio and Delta Fox-10 television networks.Plans are also underway to incorporate the completed work into the National Parks Services, to insure prosperity and proper maintenance of the Monument. To help the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center be included as part of the National Parks System, please sign the online petition.
To have name(s) of family members included in the Monument, download a Legacy Brick application; both petition and application are available on the Khafre, Inc. Sato returns to the Front Porch Stage solo, on Sunday March 6th, at 6pm, to kick off the Cultural Competency workshop series.
These are on-going cultural appreciation classes presented for the first time in the Delta, by Khafre, Inc (a Mississippi-based non-profit organization).Sato, who was born and raised in Japan, will introduce to American audiences his interpretation of Mississippi Delta Blues and perform on one of his traditional instruments called a Samisen.



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