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Columbus’ captain nearly died in a July shooting. He inspired a state-title turnaround
12/13/2019 11:10pm

Brandon McDuffey, Henry Parrish and Courtney Holmes had spent the entire July day together. The three Columbus seniors have been friends since their childhood growing up together in Goulds. They Click to Continue

The Heat competed against the NBA’s top team and more takeaways from loss to the Lakers
12/13/2019 10:16pm

Five takeaways from the Miami Heats 113-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. 1. Outside of one run, the Miami Heat hung in there against the NBAs hottest Click to Continue

Miracle comeback! Columbus rallies in final four minutes to win Class 8A state title
12/13/2019 9:43pm

It only figured it would happen this way. A year after suffering a heartbreaking two-point loss to Jacksonville Mandarin, their fourth try at a state title, it appeared the Columbus Click to Continue

Miami Heat’s strong first half fades away in home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers
12/13/2019 8:41pm

For a half, the Miami Heat looked just as impressive and at times even better as the Los Angeles Lakers while playing on national television. Smart, clean basketball Click to Continue

Talented wide receiver Jeff Thomas is leaving Miami again and this time it’s for real
12/13/2019 7:17pm

Another Miami Hurricanes underclassman has declared early for the NFL Draft, and this time it wont surprise anyone familiar with Canes football. Junior receiver Jeff Thomas is the latest Cane Click to Continue


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Lakers Snap Heat’s Home Winning Streak, Top Miami 113-110
12/14/2019 3:24am

Anthony Davis scored 33 points, LeBron James had 28 while coming within a rebound of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Miami Heat 113-110 on Friday night.James had 12 assists and nine rebounds and Davis grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lakers. They improved to 23-3, extended the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history to 13 games and rallied from a double-digit deficit to win for the eighth time already this season.They also dealt Miami its first home loss of the season, after an 11-0 start.Jimmy Butler led Miami with 23 points, Derrick Jones Jr. had 17, Kendrick Nunn added 16 and Kelly Olynyk had 15 . Bam Adebayo had 12 points and 12 rebounds,The Lakers outrebounded Miami 50-34, and the last of those was the biggest. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a free throw with 8 seconds left to keep the Heat within two, but Miami couldnt get the rebound. Caldwell-Pope went back to the line with 4.2 seconds left, made one of two again and the Lakers lead was pushed to three.Butler took the last shot for Miami, a 3-pointer with about a second left. It hit the rim and bounced off, the Heat argued that he was fouled to no avail, and the Lakers survived in James lone trip this season to the city where he won championships in 2012 and 2013.They had to work for this one: The Lakers were down by as many as 14 in the first half.More CoverageDion Waiters23 hours agoHeat Suspend Dion Waiters for 3rd Time This SeasonMiami HeatDec 11Miami Heat Score First 16 Points in OT, Beat Atlanta HawksJames connected on a deep 3-pointer with 8:21 left in the third to tie the game at 65-65, spinning halfway around afterward and punching himself in the chest with both fists as the Heat called time after what had been a 10-point lead a mere 3:05 earlier was gone in a flash.Davis hit a 3 on the next possession to put the Lakers on top, JaVale McGee threw down an alley-oop lob from James while getting fouled a few seconds later to push the lead to 71-65, and Los Angeles was suddenly in control.The Lakers lead got as big as 11 later in the third a 21-point turnaround from earlier in the quarter before Miami clawed back within three going into the fourth. But the Lakers held the lead the rest of the way.TIP-INSLakers: When Miamis Chris Silva made a pair of free throws with 4:02 left in the first half, the Lakers trailed 51-41 the teams first double-digit deficit on the road in their last 3 hours, 43 minutes and 33 seconds of play. James improved to 6-13 at Miami as a visitor. He went 163-35 in home games with the Heat.Heat: Celebrities at the matchup included Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez both with personalized Heat Vice jerseys along with Heat legend Chris Bosh, Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled. Not only had Miami been 11-0 at home, but the Heat also were 13-1 when leading at halftime and 14-1 in games where they had led by more than 10 points.SPO VS. VOGELIt was the 50th time, including playoffs, that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Lakers coach Frank Vogel went head-to-head the majority of those coming in the four-year span where James was in Miami and Indiana was an annual postseason problem. Its always a chess match, Vogel said. Spoelstra leads the head-to-head, 26-24.GOING HOMEJames is headed to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday for a high school game like no other. It pits his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Marys of Akron, against Sierra Canyon the team featuring, among others, his son Bronny and Dwyane Wades son Zaire. James said he wont be conflicted. Ill be cheering for my son, James said.UP NEXTLakers: At Atlanta on Sunday.Heat: At Dallas on Saturday.

Heat Suspend Dion Waiters for 3rd Time This Season
12/13/2019 3:30pm

Dion Waiters has been suspended yet again without pay by the Miami Heat, his third banishment of the season.The team made the announcement Thursday night, citing his failure to adhere to team policies, violation of team rules and continued insubordination as the reasons. The move came only a few hours after Waiters had been ruled out of Fridays game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of illness.Waiters has been sick for several days, but clearly, the already-strained relationship is ailing again. He will not be allowed back until after Miamis game against Utah on Dec. 23.He has already lost about $920,000 in salary from two previous suspensions a one-gamer to start the year after he complained about his role in the preseason, then a 10-gamer after an incident on the team plane where a person with knowledge of the matter said he ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and had a reaction that required medical attention.The latest suspension amounts to six games, or another $500,000 off his $12.1 million salary raising his total in lost pay this season to more than $1.4 million. That doesnt include a $1.1 million bonus that he could have earned by appearing in 70 games.Waiters is in the third year of a four-year, $47.3 million contract that had about $5 million more in possible incentives for playing a certain number of games.Waiters has never made more than 46 appearances in a year since coming to Miami. Hes been in only 120 games with the Heat, missing many because of ankle injuries and surgery on his ankle and foot.Waiters is a career 13.2-point scorer and has averaged 14 points per game while with the Heat.

Tokyo Being Billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — But Not for All
12/13/2019 1:02pm

The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Theyll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of Fukushima, allowing Tokyo organizers and the Japanese government to label these games the Recovery Olympics. The symbolism recalls the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which showcased Japans reemergence just 19 years after World War II.But tens of thousands still havent recovered in Fukushima, displaced by nuclear radiation and unable to return to deserted places like Futaba.Time stopped in the town of 7,100 when disaster struck on March 11, 2011.Laundry still hangs from the second floor of one house. Vermin gnaw away at once intimate family spaces, exposed through shattered windows and mangled doors. The desolation is deepened by Japanese tidiness with shoes waiting in doorways for absent owners.This recovery Olympics is in name only, Toshihide Yoshida told The Associated Press. He was forced to abandon Futaba and ended up living near Tokyo. The amount of money spent on the Olympics should have been used for real reconstruction.Olympic organizers say they are spending $12.6 billion on the Olympics, about 60 public money. However, an audit report by the national governments says overall spending is about twice that much.The government has spent 34.6 trillion yen $318 billion for reconstruction projects for the disaster-hit northern prefectures, and the Fukushima plant decommissioning is expected to cost 8 trillion yen $73 billion.The Olympic torch relay will start in March in J-Village, a soccer stadium used as an emergency response hub for Fukushima plant workers. The relay goes to 11 towns hit by the disaster, but bypasses Futaba, a part of Fukushima that Olympic visitors will never see.I would like the Olympic torch to pass Futaba to show the rest of the world the reality of our hometown, Yoshida said. Futaba is far from recovery.The radiation that spewed from the plant at one point displaced more than 160,000 people. Futaba is the only one of 12 radiation-hit towns that remains a virtual no-go zone. Only daytime visits are allowed for decontamination and reconstruction work, or for former residents to check their abandoned homes.The town has been largely decontaminated and visitors can go almost anywhere without putting on hazmat suits, though they must carry personal dosimeters which measure radiation absorbed by the body and surgical masks are recommended. The main train station is set to reopen in March, but residents wont be allowed to return until 2022.A main-street shopping arcade in Futaba is lined by collapsing store fronts and sits about 4 kilometers 2.5 miles from the nuclear plant, and 250 kilometers 150 miles north of Tokyo. One shop missing its front doors advertises Shiseido beauty products with price tags still hanging on merchandise. Gift packages litter the ground.Futaba Minami Elementary School has been untouched for almost nine years and feels like a mausoleum. No one died in the evacuation. But school bags, textbooks and notebooks sit as they were when nearly 200 children rushed out.Kids were never allowed to return, and Friday, March 11, is still written on classroom blackboards along with due dates for the next homework assignment.On the first floor of the vacant town hall, a human-size daruma good-luck figure stands in dim evening light at a reception area. A piece of paper that fell on the floor says the doors must be closed to protect from radiation.It warns: Please dont go outside.The words are underlined in red.Let us know if you start feeling unwell, Muneshige Osumi, a former town spokesman told visitors, apologizing for the musty smell and the presence of rats.About 20,000 people in Japans northern coastal prefectures died in the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Waves that reached 16 meters 50 feet killed 21 people around Futaba, shredding a seaside pine forest popular for picnics and bracing swims.A clock is frozen at 3:37 p.m. atop a white beach house that survived.Nobody perished from the immediate impact of radiation in Fukushima, but more than 40 elderly patients died after they were forced to travel long hours on buses to out-of-town evacuation centers. Their representatives filed criminal complaints and eventually sent former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives to court. They were acquitted.When Tokyo was awarded the Olympics in 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured International Olympic Committee members that the nuclear disaster was under control. However, critics say the governments approach to recovery has divided and silenced many people in the disaster-hit zones.Under a development plan, Futaba hopes to have 2,000 people including former residents and newcomers such as construction workers and researchers eventually living in a 550-hectare 1,360-acre site.Yoshida is unsure if hell return. But he wants to keep ties to Futaba, where his son inherited a filling station on the main highway connecting northern Japan to Tokyo.Osumi, the town spokesman, said many former residents have found new homes and jobs and the majority say they wont return. He has his own mixed feelings about going back to his mountainside home in Futaba. The number of residents registered in the town has decreased by more than 1,000 since the accident, indicating they are unlikely to return.It was so sad to see the town destroyed and my hometown lost, he said, holding back tears. He reflected on family life, the autumn leaves and the comforting hot baths.My heart ached when I had to leave this town behind, he added.Standing outside the Futaba station, Mayor Shirou Izawa described plans to rebuild a new town. It will be friendly to the elderly, and a place that might become a major hub for research in decommissioning and renewable energy. The hope is that those who come to help in Fukushimas reconstruction may stay and be part of a new Futaba.The word Fukushima has become globally known, but regrettably the situation in Futaba or neighboring Okuma is hardly known, Izawa said, noting Futabas recovery wont be ready by the Olympics.But we can still show that a town that was so badly hit has come this far, he added.To showcase the recovery, government officials say J-Village where the torch relays begins and the Azuma baseball stadium were decontaminated and cleaned. However, problems keeping popping up at J-Village with radiation hot spots being reported, raising questions about safety heading into the Olympics.The baseball stadium is located about 70 kilometers 45 miles west of Futaba, J-Village is closer, about 20 kilometers 12 miles away along along the coastal area.The radioactive waste from decontamination surrounding the plant, and from across Fukushima, is kept in thousands of storage bags stacked up in temporary areas in Futaba and Okuma.They are to be sorted some burned and compacted and buried at a medium-term storage facility for the next 30 years. For now they fill vast fields that used to be rice paddies or vegetable farms. One large mound sits next to a graveyard, almost brushing the stone monuments.This year, 4 million tons of those industrial container bags were to be brought into Futaba, and another million tons to Okuma, where part of the Fukushima plant stands.Yoshida says the medium-term waste storage sites and the uncertainty over whether they will stay in Futaba or be moved is discouraging residents and newcomers.Who wants to come to live in a place like that Would senior officials in Kasumigaseki government headquarters go and live there he asked, referring to the high-end area in Tokyo that houses many government ministries.I dont think they would, Yoshida said. But we have ancestral graves, and we love Futaba, and we dont want Futaba to be lost. The good old Futaba that we remember will be lost forever, but well cope.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Hospitalized in NYC After ‘Brain Hemorrhage’
12/13/2019 3:39am

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has been hospitalized inManhattan after suffering a sudden brain hemorrhage, according to the league.The league put out a statement Thursday night saying that Stern suffered the hemorrhage earlier today for which he underwent emergency surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.Stern was at a Manhattan restaurant when he collapsed, and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.What hospital was treating the 77-year-old former commissioner, who stepped down in 2014, was not immediately known, nor was his condition.The longtime NBA commissioner served for 30 years, from 1984 until February 2014, when he was succeeded by Adam Silver. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest commissioners in American sports history, overseeing the remarkable growth of the league whose games are now televised in more than 200 countries and territories and in more than 40 languages as well as the WNBA, which he helped form in the 1990s, and the NBAs G League.Stern had a hand in numerous initiatives that changed the league, including drug testing, the salary cap and implementation of a dress code.He wouldnt even let staffers use the word retire when he lefthis office, because he never intended to stop working. He has kept an office inNew York and regularly travels into the city for work on the projects hepursued once he turned the league over to Silver.Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus. He has remained active in his other interests, such as sports technology.

PGA Golfer Tommy Gainey Arrested in Florida Prostitution Sting
12/12/2019 6:53pm

A professional golfer was one of 124 people arrested in Florida in a prostitution and human-trafficking sting.Tommy Two Gloves Gainey, 44, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree misdemeanor solicitation, news outlets reported.The Polk County Sheriffs Office said Wednesday that Gainey was arrested in an undercover sting called Operation Santas Naughty List, which lasted six days. The investigation yielded 53 arrests for prostitution, 46 arrests for soliciting prostitution and five arrests for intent to sexually harm a child, according to the sheriffs office.County Sheriff Grady Judd said Gainey, a South Carolina native, was in Florida for a charity golf event.Gainey missed his tee time the next morning, Judd said. He was a scratch.Gainey turned pro in 1997 and joined the PGA Tour in 2008. Hes known for wearing gloves on both hands, hence the nickname, and has one career PGA Tour win at the McGladrey Classic in October 2012.Its unclear whether Gainey has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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