AP wire-John wawrow

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Everett voluntarily moved his arms and legs on Tuesday when partially awakened, prompting a neurosurgeon to say the Buffalo Bills’ tight end would walk again — contrary to the grim prognosis given a day before.“Based on our experience, the fact that he’s moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again,” said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.“It’s totally spectacular, totally unexpected,” Green told The Associated Press by telephone from Miami.Green said he’s been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett sustained a life-threatening spinal cord injury Sunday, after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos’ Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff of the Bills’ season opener.Everett dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.When asked whether Everett will have a chance to fully recover, Green said: “It’s feasible, but it’s not 100 percent predictable at this time. … But it’s feasible he could lead a normal life.”On Monday, Bills orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, said Everett likely wouldn’t walk again.“A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely,” said Cappuccino, who operated on the reserve tight end. “I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit.”Cappuccino and officials at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital did not immediately return several messages left with them by AP.In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo’s WIVB-TV quoted Cappuccino as saying: “We may be witnessing a minor miracle.”Bills owner Ralph Wilson said the team has been in contact from the beginning with Green and the Miami Project, the university’s neurological center that specializes in spinal cord injuries and paralysis.Everett’s agent, Brian Overstreet, also said Everett’s mother told him the player moved his arms and legs when awakened from a deeply sedated sleep.“I don’t know if I would call it a miracle. I would call it a spectacular example of what people can do,” Green said. “To me, it’s like putting the first man on the moon or splitting the atom. We’ve shown that if the right treatment is given to people who have a catastrophic injury that they could walk away from it.”Green said the key was the quick action taken by Cappuccino to run an ice-cold saline solution through Everett’s system that put the player in a hypothermic state. Doctors at the Miami Project have demonstrated in their laboratories that such action significantly decreases the damage to the spinal cord due to swelling and movement.“We’ve been doing a protocol on humans and having similar experiences for many months now,” Green said. “But this is the first time I’m aware of that the doctor was with the patient when he was injured and the hypothermia was started within minutes of the injury. We know the earlier it’s started, the better.”Everett remains in intensive care and will be slowly taken off sedation and have his body temperature warmed over the next day, Green said. Doctors will also take him off a respirator.— John Wawrowlast_img read more

USC, UCLA tied in latest USNWR top college list

first_imgFor the third time in four years, USC and UCLA have tied in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities.This year, the two Los Angeles schools were ranked 23rd along with Carnegie Mellon University. Both Carnegie Mellon and USC moved up two spots from last year’s polls while UCLA remained the same.The national university rankings were very similar to last year’s for both public and private schools.Madison Swartz, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said USC is deserving of the higher ranking.“I think the new rankings are much closer to reflecting the level of intellect on USC’s campus than previous years,” Swartz said. “In my classes and around campus, I am continually surprised by the knowledge and insight of each USC student. Honestly, I think USC should be ranked higher.”Phoenix Pelstring, a senior majoring in business administration, said he has been following the rankings throughout his college career.“It is just a matter of time before USC surpasses UCLA in the rankings,” Pelstring said.The USNWR rankings are based on a number of metrics including financial aid availability, student to faculty ratios and admission rate.Juan Negrete, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development said he is happy USC has moved back up in the ranking.“It’s good to see USC’s efforts recognized at the national level,” Negrete said. “I think we can only go up from here.”last_img read more

McCue: Wisconsin basketball begins to find own identity

first_imgBo Ryan and Tom Crean exchanged a fly-by handshake with just a touch of bitterness, Mike Bruesewitz let out a primal howl as he walked into the victorious locker room and, just like that, the Wisconsin basketball team had reversed its fortunes.These marked the first moments after Wisconsin shocked No. 2 Indiana to grab not only its most stunning victory since taking down undefeated Ohio State in 2011, but to also secure the top spot in the nation’s best college basketball conference. It was the type of performance that elicited national fanfare for Ryan as the annual ritual of talking about how you can never count Wisconsin out was reinstated. But as the praise grew softer, Badger fans had one question: Where the hell was this team, say, six weeks ago?These winners, at one point, of seven-straight games and currently 4-1 in Big Ten play, including a 23-point shellacking of then-No. 12 Illinois, showed little resemblance to the one that crumbled against in-state rival Marquette Dec. 8. In case you have already pushed that game deep into the farthest reaches of your mind, let me remind you. Ryan Evans went a disastrous 1-of-9 from the free throw line, neither Traevon Jackson nor George Marshall appeared reliable long-term options manning the point and no Wisconsin player scored in double digits.That team looked lost, stumbling to a 6-4 record with legitimate questions if this team would fail to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in Ryan’s 12-year tenure.Questions resurfaced in an ugly 47-41 victory over Big Ten bottom-feeder Nebraska, the classic much-scarier-than-necessary early conference game against a weak opponent. But back-to-back wins over two squads with what most viewed as exponentially better chances at winning the conference crown have infused the Badgers with renewed poise.This sudden rise all starts with the man who has taken over the reigns for Josh Gasser, the Ryan prot?g? whose preseason injury dealt this team perhaps an even bigger blow than it expected. After an early season battle with Marshall, Jackson is earning a majority of the minutes at point guard and has shown promising signs of development. His “ice-in-my-veins” pull-up jumper that fended off an Indiana surge in the game’s final minutes was the most obvious indication of that growth, as were the two free throws he sunk with 40 seconds left that all but sealed UW’s upset in Bloomington, Ind..Jackson has turned into just what Ryan requires from his point guards – a sure hand who limits turnovers and can sink a few shots when called upon. The sophomore shot an efficient 47 percent from the field in those two games and finished with a career-high 14 points against the Illini, following it up with 11 more against the Hoosiers.But perhaps the biggest sign of improvement comes not from numbers, but from body language, as Jackson finally looks comfortable directing this team during the past three games. He’s not Gasser, but he’s also proved himself a more than capable replacement – the single most essential key to Wisconsin’s sudden resurgence.The changes don’t end there. While Jared Berggren continues to anchor Wisconsin’s offense on a nightly basis, he’s received a significant boost from Ryan Evans. Despite the fact that the circumference of the rim appears to shrink by several feet when he steps up to the free throw line, the forward has posted double-figures in every game since the winning streak began.His free throw shooting is improving, if sluggishly, and he has also shown a keener eye for the shots he takes. After jacking up at least 14 shots in three consecutive games against UW-Milwaukee, Samford and Penn State, Evans has shown greater restraint recently. He had his most efficient night of the season in a 4-of-5 day against Illinois and went a steady 6-of-11 at Assembly Hall.His shot selections remain puzzling at times, but as the Badgers’ second leading scorer (11.5 points per game) and leading rebounder (7.8 rebounds per game), Evans remains the primary scoring threat when Berggren can’t find space inside.The final piece of the puzzle that finally snapped into place against the Hoosiers is Sam Dekker. The deceptively athletic 6-foot-7 freshman – the program’s biggest impact freshman since Alando Tucker – has provided much-needed athleticism and energy off the bench. Wisconsin’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.4 points per game, Dekker’s youth is indicative of his style on the floor.Reaching double figures against Illinois and Indiana, he is the X-factor who can erupt for 19 points, as he did early in the year against Arkansas. He is the type of talent that does not grace a Ryan-coached team often and will develop into a more dangerous threat as he gains experience.Piece these players together and the 4-1 mark in the Big Ten seems more the inevitable result of this collection of talent discovering their designated roles rather than an overachieving group shocking the conference elite.With these pieces in place, just how far can this team go? A 15th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance is now little more than an afterthought. Once considered among the first few teams left out of the bubble after deflating losses to Virginia and Marquette, barring disaster the Badgers will be dancing come March. But in a division boasting two of the best teams in the nation in Michigan and Indiana, a Big Ten title is a few steps out of reach.Its confidence restored and its season-defining win now in tow, the Wisconsin basketball team has its swagger back and it looks like it’s here to stay entering the season’s most critical and challenging stretch. It’s just a shame this identity crisis lasted as long as it did.Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. Want to share your thoughts on the quality of Ryan’s team? Email him at imccue@badgerherald.com or reach out on Twitter @imccue.last_img read more

Spurs Go for the Jugular against Liverpool at Anfield

first_imgTottenham have been in poor form, but got a much-needed morale-boosting victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night, sweeping aside Red Star Belgrade 5-0.They will need to produce the same kind of attacking prowess, and improve considerably at the back if they are to get anything from the game on Merseyside. In amongst a poor season by their standards, Spurs have actually picked up impressive points on the road against Manchester City and Arsenal already this season.If they were to do similarly at Anfield on Sunday they would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons in the title race.There was hope that Spurs would face a Liveprool side weakened by the absence of Mohamed Salah, after the Egyptian missed the draw with Manchester United last weekend, but Salah has returned to the fold and is expected to face Spurs on Sunday.However, there could be a huge boost for Spurs with full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold missing.The full-back has not travelled with the Reds squad to Genk for their Champions League encounter on Wednesday night as he has a virus and that could keep him out of the game with Spurs.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino responded to claims he has lost the dressing room by saying he would give his players the day off to prepare for Liverpool.Pochettino has been under pressure since his sides’s 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich and their poor league form lead to reports his players were no longer behind him.However, Spurs got back to winning ways in style by thrashing Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League last night.Pochettino however laughed about giving his players the day off as a reward for scoring five goals before starting preparations for Liverpool on Thursday. “I want them to all be fresh that is why tomorrow they are going to have a day off, you know to stop all the rumours!” he said.“Of course Thursday we are going to start to train and prepare for the game on Sunday. It’s going to be a fantastic game.“A few months ago we were playing the final against Liverpool and now in Anfield, a great atmosphere, with all the confidence to go there and try to have a very good performance again.“Always in football you try to find reasons from nowhere but the problem was on the pitch. Our performances weren’t great and that’s all.”The Spurs boss also said it has been difficult since his side lost out to the Reds in last season’s Champions League final.He added: “You always try to find a way…a spark for the team to start again.“There are things in football you cannot explain. The dynamic changed after the final of the Champions League of course it’s so difficult and complex to explain but the most important thing is to build together, not to create drama, to stay calm and to believe.Meanwhile, Tottenham striker, Harry Kane wants the team to take the momentum from their big win over Red Star Belgrade into their match against Liverpool on Sunday.Kane scored twice as Spurs ended a run of three games without a win by thrashing Red Star 5-0 to get their first victory in the Champions League this season.Tottenham next face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, with Spurs trailing Jurgen Klopp’s side by 13 points after nine matches.“It’s exactly what we needed,” Kane said. “It was a great performance with a lot of energy, plenty of goals and a clean sheet.“It was almost the perfect night. It can’t stop here, though, it was a game we were expected to win. We have a very tough game on Sunday and hopefully we can take this momentum into that.”Admitting Spurs are playing catch-up as they prepare to head to Anfield, Kane added: “Of course we know in the Premier League we are far behind and have a lot of catching up to do.“Sunday will be a tough game. They have started the season very well so we have to make sure we put in a performance similar to Tuesday.“Any top game in any top competition there are fine margins between winning and losing and we probably haven’t had the rub of the green this season for one reason or another.“But that is part of the game, we have to overcome that. Performances like this will definitely help but it is about the next one.”Despite the victory, Pochettino says he still expects more from his side, following defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton and a home draw against Watford.In the same vein, Spurs star Erik Lamela says he is more than confident ahead Sunday’s game and has sent Liverpool a warning ahead of the encounter.It will be the first time the two sides have met since the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.Lamela insisted Pochettino’s team are confident they can claim a slice of revenge at Anfield on Sunday.The Argentine said: “We are in a very difficult period. When the results were not the best. But we won and it’s really important for our confidence. I hope we can keep improving all the way.“Sometimes it can happen in football. The performances were not the best. But I always believed in this team.“We have very good players and we are all together in this season again. We will try to do our best, like always. I think we are going to do well this season. The feeling is good now.”Liverpool currently sit 13 points above the North Londoners who after a difficult start are placed seventh.Looking ahead to the weekend’s meeting, Lamela continued: “It’s a tough game at Anfield. But I trust this team. I am more than confident on Sunday. We are going there to win the game.“Liverpool is a very good team. We are going there to try to win the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After an unimpressive performance in their recent matches culminating in a 7-2 loss to Bayern, a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa and a 1-1 home draw to strugglers, Watford, Tottenhan put their season to track on Tuesday with a comprehensive 5-0 pummelling of FK Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League to put their season on track ahead of Sunday’s battle with Liverpool at Anfield. The Reds, whose winning streak in the Premier League was halted by Manchester United last weekend will however be hoping to return to winning ways with the visit of the North LondonersTottenham Hotspur face possibly their toughest test of the season this weekend as Mauricio Pochettino takes his Spurs side to Anfield, to take on the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions.Liverpool are six points clear at the top of the Premier League table, just under a quarter of the way through the season.last_img read more

Reaction to Lakers trade for Anthony Davis – LaVar Ball predicts no championships

first_imgJust days removed from the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Finals, Caesars already has odds for next season.Related Articles LeBron James’ first season in Los Angeles did not end the way he and many others anticipated. It also left more questions than answers about the direction of the Lakers’ future.The team did take a giant step forward Saturday after a reported trade agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans, that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.Lonzo Ball, Brandon, Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks are headed to the Pelicans.Ingram shared a smiley face emoji image on his Instagram story after the trade was reported. Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, shared his thoughts about the Lakers’ decision to trade his son to the Pelicans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHart is expected to remain in Los Angeles Sunday to participate in the Fortnite Summer Block Party at The Forum.Former Lakers’ president Magic Johnson had this to say about the trade: Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The assets acquired in the trade plus the potential addition of Williamson has some NBA fans interested in New Orleans’ future.center_img D’Angelo Russell was drafted by the Lakers but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Russell was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star and led the Nets to the playoffs as a six seed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Despite the Lakers’ potential next season, LaVar has guaranteed that the Lakers will never win the NBA Finals. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Lakers were listed at 4/1 and the early favorite Saturday before an agreement was reported.Free agent Kemba Walker is expected to be the top target for the Lakers when free agency begins on June 30th. Reaction: The Pelicans can focus on the 2019 NBA Draft with two of the first four draft picks. The team is expected to draft Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday.last_img read more

Drew Brees gives emotional speech as Steve Gleason receives Congressional Gold Medal

first_imgDrew Brees had everyone in tears today, including himself (and maybe even a few of us hard-boiled journalists), after his powerful, emotional speech at the Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal ceremony. pic.twitter.com/ZsgXiO9o58— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) January 15, 2020NFL PLAYER HONORED: House Speaker Speaker Nancy Pelosi is presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to former NFL player Steve Gleason for his work to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). https://t.co/efWFE3MoOA— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 15, 2020The ceremony was led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and was attended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his predecesor, Paul Tagliabue, among other league figures. Brees spoke following Gleason’s speech.Gleason is the first NFL player to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Other athletes who have received the medal include Roberto Clemente, Jack Nicklaus and the 1980 United States Olympic team.”No one is immune from anguish, tragedy or adversity. Not even elected officials, NFL players or even the most holy saints,” Gleason said after receiving the honor. “The truth is that we all experience pain in our lives, but I believe the problems we face are our opportunity to find our human purpose.” Former Saints player and ALS activist Steve Gleason received the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday, and Drew Brees was among the speakers at the ceremony in the Capitol in Washington D.C.Gleason, who competed for the Saints from 2000-06, became a New Orleans hero with his 2006 blocked punt in the first Saints game at the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Following the diagnosis, Gleason started a foundation that raises money for treatment of ALS patients. According to its website, the charity has raised nearly $10 million. He now uses a wheelchair for mobility and eye-tracking computer software to communicate with a computerized voice.Brees, once a teammate of Gleason, gave an emotional speech honoring Gleason.MORE: What is Drew Brees’ future with the Saints?last_img read more

Sanders and O’Rourke on two Iowa college campuses Sunday, party leaders set rules for 2020 Caucuses

first_imgDES MOINES — This past weekend Iowa Democratic Party leaders ratified their new plan for conducting and tabulating the results of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses and two of the party’s high-profile presidential candidates made a dozen campaign appearances in the state.About 300 people gathered on the William Penn University campus in Oskaloosa to see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders said Americans were swayed by Donald Trump’s false promises in 2016.“I understand that people in their frustration, in their pain, voted for Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “I would just ask people to check the record and see what if he did what he said he would do.”Later Sunday afternoon in Malcolm, Sanders joked he was nervous about coming back to Iowa because Trump said the noise from wind turbines causes cancer.“I think it is not a healthy thing for this country that we have a president who is a pathological liar,” Sanders said, “who lies all of the time.”Former Texas Senator Beto O’Rourke told an audience in Iowa City on Sunday there’s a basic fix to the nation’s thorny disagreements.“Resist the temptation to be divided by our differences by a president who excels at doing just that,” O’Rourke said, “who seeks to make us angry, keep us apart and make us afraid of one another.”O’Rourke, speaking to a crowd in the University of Iowa’s Memorial Union, said the nation’s democratic institutions need to be revived and he called for passage of a new Voting Rights Act.“In every county in every state, without exception, same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration,” O’Rourke said, “so that when you turn 18, you are ready to vote.”O’Rourke and Sanders are raising millions from tens of thousands of donors, putting them at the top of the campaigning fundraising leader board with California Senator Kamala Harris. As for who’ll be the leader next February on Caucus Night, Iowa Democratic Party officials for the first time will release a raw vote total and have “virtual” Caucuses beforehand for people who can’t attend the Caucus Night precinct meetings. The Iowa Democratic Party state central committee approved those details during its meeting on Saturday.last_img read more

Somerset eager for Gayle’s return

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Somerset officials said they were anxiously anticipating Chris Gayle’s appearance in the Twenty20 Blast later this year, after the West Indies batting star signed off on a six-match deal to represent the English county.The 36-year-old Jamaican had a massive impact when he played in last year’s tournament, smashing scores of 92, 151 not out and 85 not out to pile up 328 runs in just three games.Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard said the club was already looking forward to Gayle’s presence.”We are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Chris Gayle once again. He is a genuinely world-class player and was absolutely phenomenal for us last year,” Maynard said.”He is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment and his performances in the Big Bash recently have only underlined his status as one of the most explosive players that cricket has ever seen.Club chief executive Guy Lavender said what had been even more impressive about Gayle during his stint with Somerset last year was his community involvement and charity work.This aspect, Lavender pointed out, had been a key factor in extending the relationship with the superstar left-hander.”Everyone sees the runs that he scores, but not everyone will be aware of his willingness to help off the pitch. It is these two elements which have maintained our desire to ensure that he would be back with us in 2016.”Gayle is arguably the most valued T20 batsman in the international game and is coming off a successful outing in the Australia Big Bash for Melbourne Stars.His stint for Somerset will run from June 1-17 following his campaign in the Indian Premier League, and Gayle says he is keen on helping Somerset qualify for the advanced rounds of the competition.”I really enjoyed my time at Somerset last year. It’s a great Club and the supporters were absolutely incredible,” Gayle said.”I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again and to scoring some more runs. Hopefully, I can help the club make it through to the later stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.”last_img read more

Mbungo wants Cheche, Were remain for 19/20

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards winger Paul Were wheels away from bandari’s Duncan Otewa during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – After making an impact immediately after joining the den, AFC Leopards head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo wants to retain defensive midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng and winger Paul Were for the 2019/20 season.The two Kenyan internationals signed short term contracts with the club after cutting off stints abroad and Mbungo, though ambitiously wants to retain them for the new season. Also top on the Rwandese tactician’s wish-list is defender Soter Kayumba who is on loan from Sofapaka till the end of the season.“As a coach it is always important to have good players in your team and it is my wish that they remain here if we have a chance to keep them. It is my wish but also, it is up to the office to make that work out so I hope after the season ends, they can talk to them and we have them for the next campaign,” Mbungo told Capital Sport.AFC Leopards winger Paul Were and midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng walk off the pitch at half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against bandari FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Were and Cheche have brought in some very good experience and helped the team improve. Soter also has made a good impact in defense and these are the kinds of players that will help the team regain its former glory,” added Mbungo.Were has three assists in three games for Ingwe and has been sensational since his return after four years while Ochieng has been a cog since joining at the start of the second leg.The former Sweden and USA based defender has provided the key passes for all three goals Were has assisted and their link up play has been phenomenal.Nonetheless, both Were and Ochieng are keen for a return to Europe and their performances for Ingwe over this period has proved it would be hard to keep them.Meanwhile, the tactician hopes he can spur Leopards to finish the season within the top five. Their 2-1 victory over Bandari on Sunday saw them move to 34 points but remained 10th in the standings, six points shy of their desired spot.AFC Leopards head coach Andre Cassa Mbungo shouts instructions on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Bandari FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMbungo believes with the improved performance, they can match up their ambition and has called on his players to keep the form rolling.“It is always important to work hard and win when you play teams that are ahead of you. It was a tough game (against Bandari) and the ones that remain will be even tougher. We just need to keep working hard and get points that will move us up,” further stated Mbungo.Ingwe travel away to Nzoia Sugar on Labor Day, May 1 hoping to keep the winning streak. Three points in their away trip on a ground that is more or less their home ground will potentially take them two spots up to eighth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more