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CABE’s case for bigger role

By on October 20, 2020

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State pawnshop Pegadaian on the lookout for fintech partners to develop digital financing

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgNinis added that to finance Pegadaian’s future expansion plans, the company will issue sustainable bonds worth Rp 10 trillion for a two-year period.“Previously we reduced our [physical] outlets and replaced them with our online channel, and surprisingly our productivity has increased after that. This year we will explore which services can also be replaced by our online channel,” said Pegadaian director for information technology and digital Teguh Wahyono.Teguh added that Pegadaian would also collaborate with more giant e-commerce and digital payment platforms, as the company broadens its online channels.One of Pegadaian’s services that would be digitized is the company’s leading product, Tabungan Emas, which allows customers to save gold instead of hard cash. Tabungan Emas, which translates as gold saving, saw stellar growth in 2019, as the number of customers more than doubled to 4.6 million from 1.7 million in 2018.The balance amounts in Tabungan Emas also increased to 4.3 tons of gold in 2019, more than double the 2.1 tons seen in 2018.Pegadaian will launch a gold card similar to a credit card for customers of Tabungan Emas, thereby enabling them to conduct transactions using their gold savings. Kuswiyoto said the company will partner with three state banks and one private lender in issuing the credit card-like gold cards.”We will offer this card to our Tabungan Emas customers in which customers can use the card just like a credit card and can make transactions with merchants or withdraw money from ATM machines,” said Kuswiyoto.The gold card will use the customer’s gold savings to determine their credit limit based on the customers’ gold savings in Tabungan Emas.Topics : The fintech partnership is expected to help Pegadaian’s target to grow its financing by 17 to 18 percent this year and profit by 10 percent. In 2019, Pegadaian’s profit grew 12 percent year-on-year to Rp 3.1 trillion (US$226.2 million), while outstanding financing grew 23.3 percent to Rp 50.4 trillion over the same period.The company’s overall positive performance last year was driven by Pegadaian’s digital innovation and its products and its initiative to collaborate with partners, including e-commerce companies such as Blibli and Tokopedia, to market their products, said Pegadaian director for finance and strategic planning Ninis K. Adriani.“One of our strategies to drive our business is through business-to-business partnerships. As of today, we have partnered with 541 companies, both state-owned and private companies, to synergize our business. We also work with e-commerce companies such as Tokopedia and Blibli to help us grow our business,” since Ninis. Pegadaian currently has 13.86 million customers, a 30 percent increase from 10.64 million in 2018, thanks to its digital operations that have helped ease the customer experience. State-owned pawnshop PT Pegadaian is seeking several fintech partners to develop digital financing to expand its business and benefit from the rapidly growing sector.Pegadaian president director Kuswiyoto said on Thursday that the partnership with fintech operators was expected to further develop services the company provide in the Pegadaian Digital mobile apps.“People used to say fintech is a threat, but I say this is an opportunity because it’s going to grow big,” Kuswiyoto told a press briefing on the company’s business performance in 2019. The company has not yet disclosed its potential fintech business partners.last_img read more

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Near Perfect Ellsworth Continues to Roll

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — In their first three outings, the Ellsworth Eagle boys and girls, both 3-0, have lost just a single set each.But even with those near-perfect records, the Eagles girls are ranked only fifth and the Eagle boys eighth in Eastern Maine Class B, according to this week’s first edition of the Maine Principals’ Associaton Heal point standings.In action this week, Class B Ellsworth dealt the Class C George Stevens Academy Eagles their only loss so far, with the Ellsworth boys winning 4-1 and the girls rolling to a 5-0 win. BOYSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth 4, GSA 1Singles: Spencer Small (E) over Elias Springer 8-3, Nick Reese (E) over Michael Senter-Zapata 8-6, Alex Keefe (E) over Dillon Morris 8-5. Doubles: Max Reiter and Charlie Volkwein (GSA) over Dillon Toothaker and Tyler Small 9-8 (9-7), Brandon Albee and Justin Harding (E) over Will Brokaw and Lucas Yoder 8-6.center_img Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 GIRLSEllsworth 5, GSA 0Singles: Miranda Grant over Southerd Steer 8-3, Ashley Harding over Katie Herklotz 9-7, Clarissa Winkleman over Roz Brokaw 8-3. Doubles: Holly Wadman and Caitlin Maloney over Grace Jackson and Vesta Davis 8-6, Danel White and Paige Lewis over Tierney Hally and Hannah Van der Eb 8-3. adminlast_img read more

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Tridents grab Rashid Khan, TKR sign 48-year-old Tambe for CPL

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Title-holders Barbados Tridents have secured the services of Afghan leg-spinning star, Rashid Khan, for their upcoming 2020 Caribbean Premier League campaign while 48-year-old Pravin Tambe is set to become the first Indian to feature in the tournament after being picked up by Trinbago Knight Riders.The 21-year-old Khan, who has featured for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the past, is one of the rising stars of international cricket, having played four Tests, 71 One-Day Internationals and 48 Twenty20 Internationals.Significantly, he has already made a huge impact on the T20 format across several leagues, with 296 wickets from 211 matches.Tridents, who beat Amazon Warriors in last year’s final to lift their second title, have also re-signed England opener Alex Hales and picked up Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to further strengthen their squad for the August 18 and September 10 campaign.Indian leg-spinner Pravin TambeTKR, champions in successive seasons in 2017 and 2018, have signed Australian Fawad Ahmed, New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza, along with Tambe.Having played the last of two first-class matches six years ago and without any recent participation in a major T20 league, Tambe was a bizarre choice for TKR, especially considering his age.Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, who played unbeaten throughout the preliminaries last year before faltering at the final, have included seasoned New Zealander Ross Taylor and Afghan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq for their campaign.Taylor, who has featured in the past for other franchises in the CPL, brings with him a stellar record of 6 140 runs at an average of 31 from 273 T20s.Jamaica Tallawahs have placed their hopes in out-of-favour West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, in order to improve after last season’s flop.Brathwaite, the hero of the 2016 T20 World Cup final in India, will campaign for the Kingston-based franchise after being released by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Along with Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and Pakistani batsman Asif Ali have all been signed for the upcoming campaign, Tallawahs will hope to return themselves to their former glory after finishing bottom of the table last season.Australians Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk, along with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi and Pakistani seamer Sohail Tanvir, have been signed by Patriots for the new season.last_img read more

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Graduate transfers are the new prized recruits in college football

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgLast March, Amba Etta-Tawo needed a jump.His 2000 BMW was broken down along Interstate-81 to Syracuse, so Etta-Tawo flagged down a passing driver to jump start his car battery. A few hours later, the then-Maryland senior visited the SU coaching staff. After a few meetings, Etta-Tawo signed with the Orange as a graduate transfer, cancelling visits to Mississippi State, Arizona State and Missouri.The jump-start not only helped Etta-Tawo get to Syracuse, but it provided him a literal jump in his career. Last fall, the fifth-year senior broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season receiving yards record, vaulting himself from a little-known receiver to one of the country’s top down-field threats.“I’m not sure I’d be here if it weren’t for that grad transfer,” said Etta-Tawo, who signed this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.Syracuse’s first All-American since 2001 is not alone. SU head coach Dino Babers has already brought on five graduate transfers in his two years as head coach, creating several win-win scenarios. For players like Etta-Tawo, it’s a chance to renew a career lost by injury or boost their draft stock. For Syracuse, it’s a quick way to add depth and experience on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2017, Bowling Green’s Austin Valdez, Notre Dame’s Devin M. Butler and Toledo’s Jordan Martin are suiting up for the Orange. Each is pursuing a master’s degree. Forty-five percent of football graduate transfers in 2013 and 2014 completed their studies, according to the NCAA. Some coaches debate over graduate rates and what they see as a free-agency-like market. That graduate transfers don’t have to sit out a year also has created some skeptics, including Alabama coach Nick Saban.“I’m not for having free agents in our conference,” Saban said in May.Emma Comtois | Digital EditorBabers said he is fully on board with the rule. Last year, he added Etta-Tawo and former Colorado defensive lineman De’Jon Wilson as fifth-years. Etta-Tawo had the best season ever for a Syracuse wide receiver, while Wilson added 2.5 sacks as a key rotational player. Syracuse, with three, has the second-most graduate transfers in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. North Carolina, with four, is the only school in the ACC with more, and there are 16 total in the conference.In April 2006, the NCAA ruled that a college athlete who had graduated but had remaining eligibility could transfer without sitting out a season in order to pursue a graduate degree. (Non-graduate transfers usually must sit out a year.) The number of graduate transfers competing in NCAA football has since skyrocketed.In 2011, when Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson played a fifth-year at North Carolina State, there were 17 graduate transfers in Division I. Three years later, that number jumped to 70 and last season it was 117. That’s a 588-percent increase over six seasons.Players across mid-major and Power 5 schools alike see it as a way to get a free year of graduate school and perhaps a chance to finish strong from their undergraduate years.“We’re able to plug in some holes that we had on our football team,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said. “Guys have come in and given us some quality depth and some experience that you wouldn’t have in those situations. I think it’s a good rule, and until the rule changes, we’ll continue to try to utilize it.”Courtesy of Bowling Green AthleticsAt most schools, the process begins in the winter with a few phone calls. Such was the case for Martin, who redshirted the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL. By mid-February this year, he had met with Toledo’s athletic director, requested a release form and looked at a few fifth-year landing spots. Within weeks, he chose SU over West Virginia and Rutgers, accelerating the process to ensure he arrived on campus early for summer classes.Cornerback Devin M. Butler expected to start for the Irish in 2016, but he fractured his foot at the end of the 2015 season and then again in the offseason. Last August, UND suspended Butler indefinitely after he was arrested Aug. 20 near a bar in South Bend, Indiana. Butler pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of resisting law enforcement. Another charge, for battery against a public safety official, was dropped.“With my situation, I really wanted to go to a program where the coaches would really support me,” Butler told 247Sports.com. “The Notre Dame coaches definitely supported me, but I just wanted a place where I can re-write my narrative. That’s Syracuse. I wanted to put the bad light away and off my name. I wanted a chance to show people I am the man that everyone knows me to be and the man I’ve always been.”Emma Comtois | Digital EditorValdez, SU’s third graduate transfer, didn’t commit until July, when he was granted his release from Bowling Green. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound linebacker racked up 222 career tackles, 144 of which came in 2015 while Babers coached at BGSU. He was named to the All-Mid American Conference First Team.After his four years at Bowling Green, Valdez said he was recruited heavily by Oklahoma State, Indiana, UNLV and Rutgers, but he made one visit to SU and signed.“I wanted to give myself a challenge, get a better opportunity somewhere else.” Valdez said. “It was a great opportunity to play at a bigger level. Pro looks are in the back of my mind.”Over the last couple of years, no graduate transfer has benefited as much as Etta-Tawo. After four disappointing seasons at Maryland, Etta-Tawo transferred to SU. He ditched plans to take a vacation with his family to Nigeria last summer, arriving at Syracuse early to work out. The move paid dividends for both himself and SU. He had the best season for a receiver in program history while vaulting himself into NFL Draft conversations.“I think it’s a chance for guys who haven’t had as great a career as they originally wanted their first four years,” said senior linebacker Zaire Franklin. “It’s an opportunity for them to get that one shot to start fresh.“On the flip side, it’s an opportunity to get that immediate depth. Guys like Martin, Devin Butler and Valdez, those guys have played big-time games against great players, so it’s a bonus for both sides.” Comments Published on September 7, 2017 at 10:43 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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U17 WC: Asamoah Gyan hails Golden Eaglet attacker

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgGhana Captain Asamoah Gyan has hailed Golden Eaglets attacking midfielder Taiwo Awoniyi for putting up a superlative display to help Nigeria secure a 4-1 victory over Iran in the Round of 16 of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in the United Arab Emirates.Awoniyi, who have become a midfield maestro since replacing injured Success Isaac in Nigeria’s 3-3 draw with Sweden in their second game of the competition, was the engine room when the West Africans beat Iran to book a quarter final ticket.PresentWith Gyan at the stand to watch the game in Al Ain, the Ghana international could not hide his feelings for the young lad.-I like him, that No18, Awoniyi. He does all the work up there and creates a lot, he told fifa.com.-This is my kind of player. Nigeria take on Uruguay in the quarter final on Saturday, and Awoniyi is expected to help Nigeria go through.last_img read more

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Angels players ponder where to go after coronavirus shutdown

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — As teams across baseball grappled with the question of how to handle the sport’s indefinite hiatus, the Angels have given their players some time to think about it.General Manager Billy Eppler said Friday that he and his staff began calling all players individually and offering them three options for where to be while the sport shuts down to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Per instructions from Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association, players have the option of remaining in Arizona, returning to Southern California or returning to their offseason homes. The players will have coaches and support staff available both in Tempe and Anaheim to facilitate workouts, batting practice, bullpen sessions, etc.Teams will continue to pay players their standard spring training living allowance and assist in making arrangements if players choose to remain in Arizona. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The same options were available for the minor league players, Eppler said.Eppler said he wanted players to take some time to consult with their families to decide what to do.“We’re encouraging them to do what they’re comfortable doing,” Eppler said. “We’re not really offering advice, because we can facilitate their needs here in Arizona or in Los Angeles. And some might choose to remain home for the time being.”Eppler said that Manager Joe Maddon had not determined whether he’d remain in Arizona or return to Southern California. He said Maddon is “standing by” to “get a sense of what most of our players are going to do.”Eppler said the pitchers have been asked to continue throwing bullpens and keeping their arms in shape so they will be ready to ramp up once they get word from MLB that the season will begin. “If we are given two-, three- or four-week ramp up time, that should be ample time to build pitch volume back up,” Eppler said. “In my conversations with MLB and their correspondence with the union, player safety is the forefront of their thought process. They will make any accommodations they need to to to make sure players are able to play at their accustomed level.”MLB has so far announced that the earliest the season would start is April 9, although the decision to allow players to leave certainly has caused many to suspect that the target date is now later.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m not opining on those things,” Eppler said. “What we’re planning on doing is providing the services to keep our players loose, activated. If we get a sense that MLB and the union has targeted a date, we’ve heard from them that they will communicate that and give us ample time to really rev players back up for lack of a better word.”It is also possible that the entire roster would reconvene in Tempe for some period immediately before the start of the season, perhaps with at least a few exhibition games.Allowing the players to scatter certainly also opens the door to some questions about whether they are creating more vulnerabilities to the coronavirus.Eppler said players have been given instruction daily on the best practices to keep safe from the virus. He said that so far none of the players or staff have shown any signs of having already contracted the virus.“Knock on wood, no,” he said. “Nobody has reported a fever at this time or showed the highlighted symptoms.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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Clippers seek to put Game 3 blowout loss to Warriors behind them

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first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Doc Rivers’ team lost the series opener and won Game 2 on the road before being blown out at home as an opposing superstar poured in 38 points – and then the Boston Celtics recovered, reeling off three straight wins against LeBron James and the Cavaliers to advance.Those 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs are a faraway memory for the Clippers coach, but the notion of being able to quickly move on from a loss was front-of-mind Friday during his session with reporters.The top-seeded Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers by 27 points Thursday as Kevin Durant dropped 38 points.But that was Game 3, and Game 3 is over, Rivers insisted. Green also tried to help defend Durant, resulting in one sequence in which both were tagged with technical fouls for some extra on-court conversation. On Friday, the NBA said they could forget about it, and rescinded the fouls.Related Articles Maybe more than anything, the Clippers might need to do a better job of forgetting about it.Though they talked about moving on before Thursday’s game, Rivers said his team might have felt the lingering effects of the excitement generated by Game 2’s historic comeback.“They had two days of back-slapping and ‘You’re the greatest!’ and ‘Amazing stuff!’ ” Rivers said. “We do have a lot of guys that are young, and for the most part, none of those guys played well. But none of (the Clippers) really played well. And that happens. But the atmosphere could’ve been a factor, there’s no doubt.”Now the Clippers, so resilient all season, find themselves trying to let go of an entirely different feeling before Game 4.“We’ll be ready,” Rivers said. “We will be ready to play come Sunday, because I know my team.” “That’s No. 1,” Rivers continued. “And then Shai’s No. 2.”Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored seven points, went 1 for 7 from the field, had two assists and three fouls and was unable to keep the Clippers’ ball movement from stagnating Thursday.“They’re not guarding him for the most part, and so Shai’s gotta be able to understand how to make plays out of that,” Rivers said of his 20-year-old rookie point guard, who averaged 10.8 points and shot 47.6 percent during the regular season.“That’s part of the learning process for him. But he can do it. I have complete trust in him.”Rivers also hopes Ivica Zubac’s 18 points and 15 rebounds – coming mostly in extended minutes late in the loss – will help him establish himself on the playoff stage.Zubac said he thought it would.“It felt good to be in for a longer stretch, I got a chance to play my game and gotta be like that from the beginning,” he said Thursday. “(I) just gotta be aggressive every possession, gotta be a star in my role. Whatever’s my job, I gotta do it at the highest level and be as aggressive as I can be.”And the Clippers could use another good dose of JaMychal Green too: The versatile forward (who Rivers had occupying center and both forward positions during Thursday’s game) did his best to keep the Clippers close early, with 13 first-half points. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “There’s a lot of series where you get blown out and you come back and win,” said Rivers, whose team trails 2-1 in the best-of-seven series against the two-time defending champs. Game 4 is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.“I’ve been in series that we got blown out by 30 and won the next three games. That’s how the playoffs are. You don’t overreact to one game, either way. If you’re the 30-point victor, you don’t overreact to that, either. You better be ready, because they will be.”For the Clippers, it’s: Ready, set, get Gallo going.With its defensive switching and double-teaming, Golden State has so far effectively neutralized Danilo Gallinari, holding the Clippers’ normally reliable scorer to 16 points per game on 31.8 percent shooting (including nine points on an uncharacteristic 2-for-13 effort Thursday).“We have to get Gal going,” Rivers said of the veteran forward, who had a career-best 19.8-points scoring average and 46.3 field goal percentage during the regular season. “Like, we’ve got to get Gal playing better, bottom line. On both ends, too. He’s got to rebound better, he’s got to be more assertive offensively. We have to put him in positions to do that, and I have every confidence that he will because that’s what he’s done all year.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Browns coach Freddie Kitchens can handle everything you think he can’t

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first_img “Freddie is Freddie. He knows what he’s doing,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told Sporting News. Arians was the head coach in Arizona from 2013-17. Kitchens was his quarterbacks coach from 2013-16, then his running backs coach in ’17. The two still chat, though not as often now that both are head coaches in the NFL.”He is more than ready to take that job and be himself,” Arians said of Kitchens. “I think he proved that already.”Of all the coaches who occupied the ballroom in Phoenix, the location of the NFL’s annual meeting, Kitchens might have been considered the most approachable. (We mean that figuratively, of course, since he literally was the least approachable due to the swarm around him.) He is loose. He is personable. He likes to joke. He does not appear to take himself too seriously. His look — the signature white cap with an old-school Browns logo, paired with a sport jacket (no tie) and jeans — sums him up perfectly.Mostly fun, with a side of serious when needed.”You have to have those (high) expectations within your team before you are ever going to get anywhere,” Kitchens said after sarcastically suggesting he is terrified by a high bar. “So that doesn’t change the pressure on me.”The pressure is on somebody that gets up in the morning and doesn’t have any money and has a baby to feed, and his wife just left him, who doesn’t have a job. That’s pressure. That’s real life. The pressure on us is just to win or lose. We’re just going to perform the best we can and we’ll what happens.”MORE NFL MEETINGS:Coaches give opinions on replay for PIOne would never guess it based on Kitchens’ demeanor, but the task in front of him is not easy. It is actually extremely difficult.Yes, the Browns are suddenly loaded with talented personnel. Sure, the outlook in the AFC North suggests they should be the favorites to win the division, something the franchise has never done in its second Cleveland stint that began in 1999. They have a budding star at the game’s most important position on an affordable rookie contract.Then one remembers Kitchens is a rookie head coach, something that comes with unique challenges independent of the level of talent on the roster.”You have to deal with maybe 400 (people), not just the 53 in the room,” Arians said of Kitchens’ new role. “Used to be the quarterback coach, which is three guys. Then the coordinator. Now it’s the entire organization.”Added Reich: “There’s a lot to take in.” NFL FREE AGENCY GRADES:How Browns, others have fared in 2019Sitting at a nearby table with just four or five reporters, Frank Reich noticed the flock surrounding his old Cardinals coaching colleague. He smiled.”Freddie’s a tough cookie,” the Colts coach said. “Freddie’s the kind of guy who’s not going to be overwhelmed by anything.”Good thing, because this is Kitchens’ new normal.The 44-year-old Alabama native — yes, his accent makes his country-boy background obvious — was hired as Cleveland’s coach in January, the product of an ascent that took him from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to head coach in less than one year. First-year coaches are prone to more questioning than most due to the familiarization process with media. For Kitchens, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.MORE: How Browns improved so quicklyA month after Kitchens was hired, the Browns signed talented-but-troubled (and suspended) running back Kareem Hunt. On Tuesday, the coach had to answer those questions: “Our goal, me as a coach, and us as the Cleveland Browns is to support Kareem Hunt as the person. We’ll worry about the football later.”This month, the Browns traded for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a big personality who will share the Cleveland locker room with other big personalities, most notably quarterback Baker Mayfield and fellow receiver Jarvis Landry. Kitchens had to answer those questions, too: “I think sometimes people equate their personality with the passion they have for the game. And the passion they have for life. I’m going to treat Odell just like I treat everybody. He’s got my trust, and I’m going to have his.”Those roster moves, combined with the additions of defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, have flipped the perception of a team that went 0-16 just two seasons ago. As of Tuesday, according to most sportsbooks, the Browns had the third best odds among AFC teams to win this season’s Super Bowl, behind the Patriots and the Chiefs.Yep. Kitchens had to answer questions about suddenly high expectations, too (via CBS): “I’m scared to death.”He was kidding.Kitchens is not bothered by any of this.  PHOENIX — The McArthur Ballroom of the Arizona Biltmore was as packed as one might imagine for a session in which all 32 NFL head coaches were being made available to media in one space. Crowds around the assorted round tables occupied by the coaches fluctuated as reporters mingled for the span of an hour Tuesday morning.Yet the mob around one table, located near the back of the ballroom, was notably large compared to the others for the duration of the session. It wasn’t for Bill Belichick. Any reporter who wanted to speak with the Super Bowl-champion Patriots coach, located adjacently, needed to fight through the horde of media standing or sitting around Freddie Kitchens and waiting to ask the first-year Browns coach a question. Reich, of course, is coming off his rookie coaching season, a year in which he led the Colts to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Reich and Kitchens crossed paths back in 2012, when the former was the Cardinals’ receivers coach and the latter was their tight ends coach.SN asked Reich about the challenges he faced as a first-year head coach in 2018, and what Kitchens can expect this year in Cleveland.”The key is don’t try to do it all yourself,” Reich said. “You got good people around you. Rely on those good people. Knowing Freddie, that’s exactly what he’ll do.”We presented the same question to the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, who also is coming off his rookie coaching season. His answer was similar.”I surrounded myself with good coaches, a good staff, good players,” Lynn said. “It’s all difficult. You can prepare for it all you want, but until you go through it, it’s a learning process. You’re always evolving.”On the subject of those who are surrounding Kitchens, it’s worth noting that he is not alone in having to make adjustments. He brought in ex-Arizona head coach Steve Wilks to coordinate the Browns’ defense, and he hired former Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken for the same role in Cleveland. Of the 26 men on his coaching staff, 16 are new to the Browns in 2019.But, again, Kitchens is not bothered by any of this.MORE: TV networks want 2019 Browns gamesPerhaps the best moment of Kitchens’ media session Tuesday was his answer to a question regarding Beckham. The two have not yet met in person, so Kitchens was asked about what he plans to say to the receiver when they stand together for the first time as Browns. His answer went viral.It also perfectly epitomized him. “Umm, ‘I love you?’ Give him a hug,” Kitchens said. “Show me how to catch the ball with one hand.”Loose. Personable. A jokester. And then, the obligatory seriousness.”I mean, just introduce myself and get rolling on getting to know him as a person.”last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant was proud advocate for women’s basketball

By on August 17, 2020

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGianna Bryant knew better, Kobe said.“She’s like, ‘I got this! (Don’t) need no boy for that,’ Kobe told Kimmel, beaming. “I’m like, ‘That’s right! Yes, you do. You got this.’”Bryant’s ‘you-got-this’ message started with his daughter and extended to include the broader women’s basketball community, a collective that’s been crushed by the loss of Lakers legend and his daughter.“It meant everything to have someone of that caliber be so involved, so intentionally,” said Jordin Canada, a former UCLA star and WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm, who grew up in L.A. watching Bryant’s Lakers games with her father.“Especially with his daughter Gigi, taking her to college games, high school games, professional games, just being so involved with the women’s game and giving us that notoriety, that women athletes, in general, we have just as much game.” Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant, teammates in L.A. for 13 seasons and five NBA championships, became champions for the women’s game in retirement – Bryant as the youth coach, father and high-profile fan and supporter, Fisher as head coach of the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks.“That connection, they both worked so hard, they were both leaders and both understood each other,” Sparks assistant coach Latricia Trammell said. “Some of the stories (Fisher) would tell our players, about having that championship mentality, Kobe took all the excuses away because of his commitment to excellence and his work ethic. He was not going to fail.”That was evident also in his efforts to help uplift the women’s game.“I don’t know if it’s something that we ever could’ve spoken into existence when we were playing together many years ago,” a grieving Fisher said by phone Tuesday. “Thinking about it, being fathers to daughters, that changes the way you view things as they start to mature and experience life in a certain way. The world that we are living in and existing in, like, what kind of world are we going to leave for (our kids)?“It deserves a lot of attention, what he was trying to do to create more opportunities for girls and women. He saw the world that was coming ahead for his daughters and the opportunities that should be there, and he saw there was something (he could do) about it, and he was doing it.”Kobe and Gianna were visible often at women’s games, there when Oregon played at USC, in Storrs last March for UConn’s Senior Day game, in attendance at the Sparks’ opener in Las Vegas last season, and there again for the WNBA All-Star Game as well.They sat courtside at two Lakers games this season. The last one, against Dallas on Dec. 29, Bryant rocked a can’t-miss bright-orange WNBA hoodie.“Kobe is as good as you can get in terms of being a brand authority,” Fisher said. “To have him give a five-star review to the women’s game like that, then for somebody who isn’t sure about it, it’s like a stamp of approval.“Businesses can spend millions of dollars on a marketing budget to try to generate that kind of reaction in people, and Kobe was able to do it by showing up and being physically present in his daughter’s life.”That’s certainly so, said Danita Johnson, the Sparks’ COO.“Not only did both Kobe and Derek get involved with the WNBA,” she emailed, “their actions demonstrate an appreciation for the game of basketball and the need to invest in both men and women playing the game.”Although some don’t feel Bryant ever faced proper accountability for the 2003 rape accusations against him and subsequent settlement in 2005, WNBA players embraced him.There are countless stories about Bryant going out of his way to mentor and advise top players such as Chino’s Diana Taurasi and Huntington Beach’s Katie Lou Samuelson.On ESPN on Sunday, Chiney Ogwumike, a Sparks forward and analyst for the network, relayed the times Bryant offered advice and encouragement to her team. She mentioned that the team was considering practicing at the Mamba Sports Academy next season. Trammell said Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray had plans to watch film with him in the near future.Just two weeks ago, Canada met Bryant for the first time when she attended a private scrimmage at an L.A.-area private school where he was in attendance.“I tried to introduce myself and he knew who I was already,” Canada said. “That was something that really shocked me. And he even asked me how my jumper was doing. It was like he already know the things I needed to work on and he was giving me advice …“And after watching one of the scrimmages, he said, ‘Someone else wants to meet you.’”That someone was Gianna, who immediately impressed Canada with her light-up-the-gym smile.“I introduced myself and she was saying how she loves playing and loves getting better and the things she needed to work on,” Canada said. “You don’t see girls or guys who are going to tell you the things they need to improve on at that age! She was just so serious about the game, at (13), already thinking three steps ahead.“I remember watching an interview of him talking about her, saying she was better than him at 13. And having the opportunity to see her play live and see how she was exactly like Kobe, how she was just so excited, how she had fun playing … she was growing into not only herself as an athlete, and her game, but the resemblance to her father, it was something special.“It just sucks, because she won’t have that opportunity, and you could tell that she was gonna be someone special.”center_img There’s a fantastic clip circulating of Kobe Bryant on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which the host asks whether Bryant’s daughter Gianna has aspirations of playing in the WNBA.“She does for sure!” Kobe Bryant said. “This kid, man. Dude. Man, I’m telling you.”Gianna Bryant, already a promising and devoted hooper at 13 years old, and a huge Connecticut Huskies fan, was among the nine people killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash that also took the life of her father and two of her club basketball teammates. They all were en route to play at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks when the helicopter they were in crashed into the hills in Calabasas.In 2018, on Kimmel’s late-night talk show, Bryant recounted being with Gianna when fans approached to insist that he, the father of four daughters and no sons, needed to have a boy “to carry on the tradition, the legacy.”last_img read more

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