‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Silver Linings’ lead Spirit Awards nominations

first_imgJoining Anderson and Russell in the directing category are Julia Loktev for “The Loneliest Planet,” Ira Sachs for “Keep the Lights On” and Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which won the top prize at last January’s Sundance Film Festival. Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the Spirit Awards will be handed out at an afternoon ceremony along the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Feb. 23, the day before the Oscars. The Spirit Awards show will air that night on IFC. Also competing for best picture are the father-daughter tale “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; the black comedy “Bernie”; and the gay drama “Keep the Lights On.” Nominees are chosen by panels of film professionals, which gauge contenders on such criteria as uniqueness of vision; original, provocative subject matter; how economically they were produced; and percentage of financing from independent, non-Hollywood sources. Eligible films typically range from tiny-budgeted movies shot for $500,000 or less to productions that cost as much as $20 million. Members of Film Independent, who include filmmakers and movie fans, are eligible to vote on the winners. Both films are competing for the best-picture prize at the Spirit Awards, one of Hollywood’s first big announcements on the long road to the Oscars. “Silver Linings Playbook,” a comic drama centered on a man just released from a mental hospital and a troubled young widow, earned lead-acting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. “Moonrise Kingdom,” a first-love story between a precocious boy and girl who run away together, received a supporting-actor nomination for Bruce Willis. Among other acting nominees are Jack Black (best actor for “Bernie”); John Hawkes (best actor for “The Sessions”); Rosemarie DeWitt (supporting actress for “Your Sister’s Sister”); Michael Pena (supporting actor for “End of Watch”); Sam Rockwell (supporting actor for “Seven Psychopaths”); and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (best actress for “Smashed”).center_img Though the Spirit Awards honor lower-budgeted film outside the Hollywood mainstream, the nominations often overlap heavily with Oscar contenders. Last season’s big Oscar winner, “The Artist,” also won the top prize at the Spirit Awards, while films such as “The Descendants,” ”Beginners” and “My Week with Marilyn” had wins or nominations at both shows. The overlap may be lighter this season, with big-budget studio films such as “Les Miserables,” ”Lincoln” and “Argo” shaping as early favorites to dominate the Oscars, whose nominations come out Jan. 10. The films each have directing and screenplay slots for “Moonrise Kingdom” filmmaker Wes Anderson, who co-wrote the script with Roman Coppola, and “Silver Linings Playbook” filmmaker David O. Russell. “Moonrise Kingdom” also was nominated for cinematography. Matthew McConaughey received two nominations, for best actor in “Killer Joe” and supporting actor in “Magic Mike.” Past Academy Award winner Helen Hunt has a supporting-actress nomination for “The Sessions.” Child star Quvenzhane Wallis, who had never acted before, has a best-actress nomination for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Bradley Cooper stars in “Silver Linings Playbook” which picked up five nominations Nov. 27 to lead the Spirit Awards honoring independent film. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES  — The oddball romances “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up five nominations each Tuesday to lead the Spirit Awards honoring independent film. But “Silver Linings Playbook,” ”Moonrise Kingdom,” ”Beasts of the Southern Wild,” ”The Sessions” and other smaller films have solid prospects in some Oscar categories.last_img read more

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Quesadillas for dinner on Halloween

first_imgThis recipe’s particular combination of cheese, chicken and vegetables makes my family happy, but quesadillas are a wonderful springboard for combining all kinds of ingredients, so feel free to use what you like and what’s in your fridge. If you have left-over, simply cooked chicken, use it here. If not, this is what rotisserie chickens were meant for. The olives are optional, but my kids love them.These make fat quesadillas, which are so much more soul-satisfying that flat, under-filled ones. I’d much rather have two wedges of slightly overstuffed quesadillas than four wedges of skinny ones. If you prefer differently, use more tortillas and fill them with less stuff.You can keep the quesadillas warm on a baking sheet in a 250-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Cut them into wedges just before serving.In addition to sour cream and salsa, guacamole or diced avocado makes fine toppings.___SPINACH, MUSHROOM, AND CHICKEN QUESADILLASStart to finish:Servings: 4___1 cup shredded sharp cheddar1 cup shredded Monterey Jack2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided8 ounces sliced mushrooms, any kind, or a mix1/2 teaspoon minced garlic1 cup roughly chopped spinachKosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste8 8-inch flour tortillas1 cup shredded cooked chicken1/4 cup chopped pitted black olives (optional)Sour cream and salsa to serve___Combine the two cheeses in a small bowl.Heat 2 teaspoons of the butter in a skillet with a cover over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the mushrooms and sauté for about 8 minutes. The mushrooms will soften and probably release some liquid as they cook. Continue cooking until all of the liquid has been released, and evaporated, and the mushrooms start to brown a bit. Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and saute for two minutes until the spinach has wilted. Turn the vegetables onto a plate and set aside.Wipe out the skillet, then return it to medium heat and add a half teaspoon of butter. Place a tortilla in the pan and cook for 30 seconds, then flip the tortilla. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over half of the quesadilla, and distribute about 1/8 (a couple of tablespoons) of both the sautéed vegetable mixture and the shredded chicken over the cheese, as well as some of the chopped olives, if desired. Top that with another 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese. Flip the bare half of the tortilla over the filling, cover the pan, and sauté for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is golden and the cheese has started to melt, then use a spatula to flip the half-moon quesadilla, and continue to cook, uncovered, until all of the cheese is melted and the underside is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.Remove the quesadilla to a cutting board and let it sit for a minute before you slice into two or three wedges. Repeat until all of the quesadillas are cooked. Serve with salsa and sour cream.___Nutrition information per serving: 569 calories; 259 calories from fat; 29 g fat (16 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 87 mg cholesterol; 628 mg sodium; 48 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 31 g protein.___Katie Workman has written two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, “Dinner Solved!” and “The Mom 100 Cookbook.” She blogs at https://www.themom100.com/about-katie-workman/ If you have kids, then you know that thinking about dinner on Halloween is not easy.Getting the kids out the door with a little something in their stomachs besides candy is one of the few things you can do to wrangle a bit of order into this free-for-all holiday.My kids are too old to really rein in their candy consumption, so I just make something simple, think of some faraway yoga pose and look forward to rooting around in their bags when they get back.Quesadillas fit the bill nicely for Halloween: Kids can pick up the cheesy wedges by hand and eat while they look around for the missing pieces of their costumes. After they are on their way, the quesadillas pair nicely with a glass of wine for the grownups left manning the door at home (and the friends who are willing to hang out with them). This August 2016 photo shows spinach, mushroom, and chicken quesadillas in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP) This August 2016 photo shows spinach, mushroom, and chicken quesadillas in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP) This August 2016 photo shows spinach, mushroom, and chicken quesadillas in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)last_img read more

Prince of Transylvania? Prince Charles offered new title

first_img FILE- In this Friday, March 31, 2017, file picture Britain’s Prince Charles, second from right, stands in front of a bust of medieval Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler during a walk in the old part of town in Bucharest, Romania. Britain’s Prince Charles has boasted he shares a bloodline with legendary 15th-century prince Vlad the Impaler and recently he’s been offered by the Mayor of the Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia the honorific title of Prince of Transylvania.(Radu Tuta, Agerpres Pool via AP, File) Mihai Coser told The Associated Press Thursday that Charles is “more Romanian than many Romanians.” So far, he says there has been no response to the offer.Charles visits Romanian yearly, including a three-day visit last month.The prince already has a fair few titles, including Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.Romania abolished its monarchy when the communists came to power after World War II. King Michael was forced to abdicate and sent into exile in 1947. Michael’s eldest daughter Princess Margaret heads the royal house, which has some influence and is well-respected. BUCHAREST, Romania | Britain’s Prince Charles has boasted he shares a bloodline with legendary 15th-century prince Vlad the Impaler. Now a mayor is offering to make him Prince of Transylvania.A spokesman for the mayor of the Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia said Charles had been offered the honorific title because of his promotion of Transylvania.center_img FILE – In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file picture Britain’s Prince Charles smiles during a welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Britain’s Prince Charles has boasted he shares a bloodline with legendary 15th-century prince Vlad the Impaler and recently he’s been offered by the Mayor of the Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia the honorific title of Prince of Transylvania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)last_img read more

Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

first_imgNEW YORK | Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use.It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking.The findings, released Monday, echo those of a government survey earlier this year. That survey also found a dramatic rise in vaping among children and prompted federal regulators to press for measures that make it harder for kids to get them.FILE – In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes in 2018 compared with the previous year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. Findings were released on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Experts attribute the jump to newer versions of e-cigarettes, like those by Juul Labs Inc. that resemble computer flash drives and can be used discreetly.Trina Hale, a junior at South Charleston High School in West Virginia, said vaping — specifically Juul — exploded at her school this year.“They can put it in their sleeve or their pocket. They can do it wherever, whenever. They can do it in class if they’re sneaky about it,” she said.Olivia Turman, a freshman at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, West Virginia, said she too has seen kids “hit their vape in class.”The federally funded survey released Monday is conducted by University of Michigan researchers and has been operating since 1975. This year’s findings are based on responses from about 45,000 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 in schools across the country. It found 1 in 5 high school seniors reported having vaped nicotine in the previous month.After vaping and alcohol, the most common thing teens use is marijuana, the survey found. About 1 in 4 students said they’d used marijuana at least once in the past year. It was more common in older kids — about 1 in 17 high school seniors said they use marijuana every day.Overall, marijuana smoking is about the same level as it was the past few years. Vaping of marijuana rose, however.More teens, however, are saying no to lots of other substances. Usage of alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin and opioid pills all declined.Experts say it’s not clear what’s behind those trends, especially since the nation is in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic ever.“What is it that we’re doing right with teenagers that we’re not doing with adults?” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal agency that funds the Michigan study.One leading theory is that kids today are staying home and communicating on smartphones rather than hanging out and smoking, drinking or trying drugs.“Drug experimentation is a group activity,” Volkow said.What about vaping? “Vaping mostly is an individual activity,” said David Jernigan, a Boston University researcher who tracks alcohol use.The vaping explosion is a big worry, however. Health officials say nicotine is harmful to developing brains. Some researchers also believe vaping will make kids more likely to take up cigarettes, and perhaps later try other drugs.So far that hasn’t happened, surveys show. But the Juul phenomenon is recent, noted Richard Miech, who oversees the Michigan survey.If vaping does lead to cigarette use among teens, that may start to show up in the survey as early as next year, he added.The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

Red carpet nixed after Liam Neeson reveals racist thoughts

first_imgNEW YORK | The red carpet for the premiere of Liam Neeson’s latest film was canceled Tuesday, a day after a British newspaper published an interview in which the actor discussed wanting to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago when a close friend told him she had been raped by a black man.This image released by ABC shows Irish actor Liam Neeson, left, with co-host Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in New York. The 66-year-old actor appeared on the morning program one day after he told an interviewer that he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning nearly 40 years ago that someone close to him had been raped. Neeson says he’s not a racist. The actor, who was promoting the revenge film “Cold Pursuit,” says we need to talk about these things because bigotry and racism exist. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)Organizers of the New York premiere of “Cold Pursuit” said they were cancelling interviews and photo opportunities for the film hours after Neeson appeared on “Good Morning America” to explain his past racist thoughts. He told interviewer Robin Roberts he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends.Neeson said in an interview published Monday by The Independent that after learning his friend’s attacker was black, he “went up and down areas with a cosh (stick or truncheon)” hoping a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that,” Neeson said.Neeson told Roberts he had asked about the race of the attacker, along with other descriptive characteristics. He said Tuesday the topic came up because the interviewer asked him about how he tapped into the feelings of revenge that he displays in “Cold Pursuit,” which tells the story of a father who seeks violent revenge for his son’s death.“We all pretend we’re kind of politically correct,” he told Roberts. “I mean, in this country, it’s the same in my own country too, you sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry, and it’s there.”last_img read more

Ferris & McGarvie tame Greenwood

first_imgPSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Nov. 10, Greenwood – StablefordWith a contingent of regular players off to Kanchanaburi for Poppy Day ceremonies, a fair sized group of 19 met at our golfing home, The BJ Holiday Lodge, for breakfast and transport arrangements for the days outing to Greenwood.   What has always been one of the longer drives has now turned into an even longer one due to long stretches of road works underway on Hwy 331. However we did manage to get there before our scheduled tee time and, with the parking lot virtually deserted, we found we had the course to ourselves.  Check-in was swift and all enjoyed the special packages currently on offer, 1,150 baht with a cart or 850 baht to walk.  Almost too good to be true for November!Bill McGarvie and Jim Ferris. So with a bit of a breeze under warm, sunny skies we were soon off to negotiate our way around the well manicured “B” and “C” nines.  The tees and fairways were well grassed and not wet enough to require any thought of ‘ball-in-hand’ and the greens were running at a reasonable speed and true.  Now, would the golfers take full advantage of the pristine conditions and turn in some respectable scores?Play moved along at a good pace and soon all cards were in and the transport loaded up and back through the road construction to BJ’s for a late lunch and the results.  With two flights split at handicap 18, we certainly did have respectable scores.  Congratulations to both Jim Ferris (21) and Bill McGarvie (9) for turning in the best of the day for their respective flights.A Flight (0–17)1st Bill McGarvie (9) 37pts2nd Mashi Kaneta (13) 35pts3rd Alan Sullivan (11) 34ptsB Flight (18+)1st Jim Ferris (21) 38pts2nd Barry Elphick (24) 36pts3rd Henry Wing Yip (18) 34ptsNear Pins: Tom Cotton, Landis Brooks, Henry Wing Yip, Dick WarbergFriday, Nov. 13, Treasure Hill – StablefordIt was Friday the 13th and seventeen Tropical Golfers met to see who would be lucky this day and who would fall victim to superstitions.  It’s that time of year when familiar faces start showing up to catch up on the news and golf conditions.  After filling up on food and beverage it was time to head to Treasure Hill.The trip to Treasure Hill is a bid arduous with all the construction and industrial areas to go through.  Is it worth it?  Yes!  The course is attractive and secluded, with a tricky, yet thought provoking, layout that eliminates grip it and rip it on most every hole.  The course is in excellent shape and until the end of November offers a price of 1050 baht including cart and caddie! You can’t beat that with a wedge.  So who would win this unlucky Friday?Ignoring all omens John Davis (H/’cap 15) had nothing but good luck and skill as he destroyed the course and competition with 40 points!  This included a 130-yard approach shot to the difficult 16th hole finding its way to the bottom of the cup for birdie.  Hats off to John.  Landis Brooks (9) came close with an excellent 38 points on this difficult course, followed by Brian Parish (13) with a fine 36, and Brian Gabe (18) with 33.Near Pins:  Landis Brooks, Daryl Evans, Dick Warberg, Bob Watson.Long Putts:  Don Carmody.last_img read more

Gerry breaks the record

first_img3rd JP Maffray (11) net 76B Flight1st Gerry Roche (20) net 602nd Pierre Bietry (18) net 693rd Barry Tregurtha (19) net 69A large group squared off to contest the Lewiinski’s monthly medal for July 2015 at the traditional Green Valley course.  To say that Gerry ‘the ‘Irish rover’ Roche vanquished the field is putting it lightly – he was a Tigeresque 9 shots clear of the field.  Gerry is fortunate that he has an alias because the field might be after him following his magnificent gross 80 (net 60) performance.  This sets a new club record previously held by Svein Vistung (net 62 in June 2002) and Paul Ovens (net 62 in December 2002).Gerry Roche.Left holding scores that would have won most other months were Gerry’s B Flight place holders Pierre Bietry and Barry Tregurtha who both posted net 69s, the count back against all the odds leaning in favour of Pierre.Bob St Aubin was atop of the A Flight podium as his inner nine counted up better than Peter ‘the right honourable’ LeNoury’s, both with even par rounds.  Always there or there abouts was pay window specialist JP Maffray with a net 76.After the presentation, Gerry kindly shared his bottle of Jamerson’s with his golfing mates.Monday, July 13, Khao Kheow – Stableford1st Merle Humphreys (13) 36pts2nd Wira Siduang (5) 32pts3rd Peter Henshaw (26) 31ptsPlaying golf at Khao Kheow is always a pleasure and today was no exception.  The format was stableford and it was Merle Humphreys who took advantage of the great conditions to win the day and man of the match honours with a sound even par round.  Merle was four clear of Wira Siduang on 32 points, leaving Peter ‘the silver surfer’ Henshaw to close the flight.Wednesday, July 15, Bangpra – Stableford1st Wirut Siduang (20) 33pts2nd Wira Siduang (5) 28pts3rd Einar Widness (14) 28ptsRolling grey clouds and rumbling skies kept a few of the less hardy competitors in their beds rather than  take on the opportunity to tackle the inquisitive monkeys and the lightning fast greens of Bangpra.  In the event, none of the hopefuls who did make the trip could even match par.The Norwegians made it a family affair as they filled the podium.  Taking the top spot and the man of the match honours was Wirut Siduang on 33 points, followed up the podium steps by Wira Siduang and Einar Widness, both tied with 28 points but in the following count back it was Wira who emerged with the silver.Friday, July 17, Silky Oak – StablefordA Flight1st Connie Walsh (11) 33pts2nd Einar Widness (16) 32pts3rd Jeffrey Hosfield (12) 31ptsB Flight1st Bernard Green (30) 35pts2nd Jody Meade (17) 30pts3rd Terry Mangan (20) 30ptsScoring was at a premium when the Lewiinski’s gang played Eastern Star on Friday.  The greens were in good condition but the fairways were patchy and very hard.Connie Walsh collected a motoring ticket on his way there but made up for it by tacking the top spot in A Flight with 33 points.  A shot adrift Einar Widness made it her second visit to the pay window this week as Jeff Hosfield closed the flight a further shot back.A Flight produced the man of the match, Bernard Green, with a top score of the day 35 points, and off the correct tee box.  Bernard was six clear of Jody Meade and the newly arrived Terry ‘pork chop’ Mangan; Jody emerged out of the resulting count back with the silver leaving Terry with the bronze.Back at Lewiinski’s and after the presentation, Terry was given a warm welcome back.Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Peter on 086 139 6301.  Transport is provided. PSC Golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, July 12, Green Valley – Monthly MedalA Flight 1st Bob St Aubin (14) net 722nd Peter LeNoury (9) net 72last_img read more

The Black Athlete…Giving athletes guidance and a helping hand

first_imgOMAR TYREEOver the past weekend, I had a chance to a representative of the National Alliance of African-American Athletes (NAAAA) to the Florida State-Georgia Tech ACC Championship football game in Charlotte, N.C., featuring last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and championship quarterback, “Famous” Jameis Winston. I was also offered an opportunity to meet Winston and his family. So I took the occasion to enjoy a very interesting and eye-opening evening of football, academics, business and relationships.Starting with the football game, the Alliance had some great seats in the middle section of the stadium, right below the luxury boxes at the 50-yard line.That made my view crystal clear to watch Winston work his Earvin “Magic” Johnson-like “gift” on the field again, willing his Florida State Seminoles to rally from behind and overcome a very determined Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets team and crowd for a 37-35 win. That’s now 26 straight games that Florida State has yet to taste defeat under Winston’s uncanny leadership.Once the game reached the fourth quarter, stadium security was less concerned about seat assignments, so I was invited to sit closer to the field and meet the Winston family. In the lower seats off the corner of the end zone, I met a joyously animated father who stood, yelled and joked with the surrounding fans throughout the game, and a calm and observant mother who sat quietly in the cold and watched the game on the giant jumbo screen above the goal post.I pinched myself and asked, “Is this the real mom and dad of that talented young man out there with the sexual allegations, stolen crab legs, loose cannon mouth, autograph infractions and gigantic football ego, who may or may not go pro next year?”All of that came to mind while standing there beside them. You can’t help it. Jameis Winston has been all over the news since 2013, with everything he says or does. Yet, his parents were as normal as any other parents I’ve been around in youth football, basketball, baseball, track and field or soccer. I’ve been around supportive parents and families ever since I started playing organized football in West Philadelphia nearly 40 years ago, with my own mother loading her car full of excited, cleat-wearing boys for our Saturday morning games.So I immediately related to them. However, the Alliance related because Jameis Winston had maintained high academic standards throughout high school, and they had formed their non-profit, educational resource to help African-American scholar athletes to maintain their academic standards, while competing on the university level. That’s why we’ve never heard anything negative about Winston’s academics. The star athlete maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school and a reported 3.7 GPA at FSU, joining the ranks of Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle, Duke’s Shane Battier, Ohio State’s Tedd Ginn Jr., Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy, North Carolina’s Ronald Curry, Washington’s Lorenzo Alexander and many more who have come through their program.The search committee for the NAAAA continues to seek talented, self-motivated African-American kids at the high school level to work diligently with the coaches, parents and athletic directors for the best student athlete results.The Alliance Assistant Director Tyrone Tate explained that their mission is to help athletes and their parents to navigate an increasing tough terrain of university issues in academics, conduct and business. Like or not, these talented athletes are now worth billions of dollars in annual sports and television generated revenue.So at the end of the night, parents and family members lined up in a restricted meeting area near the team busses to safeguard the lifelong investments in their kids with continued encouragement, love and support, while realizing that some of their guys will be worth millions of dollars as professionals in the years to come.As expected, with his media interview requests after the game, Jameis Winston was the last player out of the locker rooms. I shook the young man’s hand with a brief introduction and couldn’t imagine myself going through the consistent parental monitoring of such a rare and special talent. I would rather my two sons learn how to become men on their own, with my guidance needed only from a distance. But neither of my two boys are Jameis Winston.As Tyrone Tate explained it, “If you don’t take it upon yourself to protect your kid from the agents, hangers-on, girlfriends and everyone else who try to meet them after the games, you’ll find yourself at the mercy of people waiting to take advantage of them. That’s why we’re here to help assist them through the process with our experience and relationships.”[Visit www.naaaa.com for more information on the National Alliance of African-American Athletes]Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction, and a professional journalist, who has published 27 books, including co-authoring Mayor For Life; The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr. View more of his career and work @ www.OmarTyree.comlast_img read more

Patriots, Seahawks advance, to host title games

first_imgSeattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) runs in front of Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson (84) to score on an interception 90 yards for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)By holding serve at home, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots get to try again. The next prize: a spot in the Super Bowl.Defending NFL champion Seattle used a slew of big plays to beat Carolina 31-17 Saturday night in an NFC divisional-round game. The Seahawks (13-4) will host either Green Bay or Dallas next weekend after becoming the first Super Bowl winner in nine years to win a postseason match the next season.Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and Kam Chancellor returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 16-yard TD, found Jermaine Kearse on a 63-yard score, and capped the night with a 25-yard TD pass to Luke Willson early in the fourth quarter.“We’re just looking for this next challenge, and looking for this NFC championship and we’re just ready to go,” Chancellor said. “We’re ready to get back to practice, get the preparation going and find out who we’ll play and just get it going.”The Patriots are making what seems like their annual trip to the AFC championship game. Tom Brady set a career record for postseason touchdown passes, leading New England back from two 14-point deficits for a 35-31 victory over Baltimore on Saturday. The Patriots will host either the Broncos or Colts next weekend for a berth in the Super Bowl.New England (13-4) is 9-0 this season at Gillette Stadium.“Showed a lot of toughness coming back from those two deficits,” Brady said. “So it took a lot of effort, took a lot of guys making a lot of good plays, and we’ll be happy to host the championship game next week.”Brady broke Joe Montana’s record with 46 postseason TD passes.“I’ve been part of a lot of great teams and there’s been a lot of guys who have blocked and been on the receiving end of those, too. Those are all team awards to me. I mean, Joe, he and Steve Young were my two idols growing up, so it was pretty special.”Seahawks 31, Panthers 17While Wilson was superb, Chancellor made the most eye-catching plays. He twice jumped over the Carolina offensive line on Graham Gano’s field goal attempts at the end of the first half, although to no avail.And with Carolina (8-9-1) driving down by 14 points in the fourth quarter, Chancellor jumped in front of tight end Ed Dickson and returned his third career postseason interception for a touchdown. The 90-yarder was the longest touchdown in Seattle’s postseason history, topping Percy Harvin’s 87-yard kickoff return for a scored in last February’s Super Bowl.“It felt awesome,” said the defensive back who normally is overshadowed by All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. “It felt like preparation. It felt like everything I worked all week for. That was my first return of my career and it felt good.”Patriots 35, Ravens 31Since Brady took over as New England’s quarterback in 2001, the Patriots have been to eight conference title games and five Super Bowls. They won the first three times, the last after the 2004 season, and lost the two most recent tries, both against the New York Giants. This will be their fourth consecutive appearance in the AFC championship.It was a tough go getting there. They were outrushed 136-14 — Justin Forsett had 129 yards for Baltimore (11-7). Joe Flacco threw for four touchdowns.But he also was intercepted twice, and New England gained 408 yards passing.New England’s Bill Belichick tied Tom Landry for most postseason wins by a coach with 20.Brady wasn’t the only Patriot throwing for a TD. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, a former college quarterback, hit Danny Amendola with a 51-yard strike to tie it 28-28. Brady’s 23-yarder to Brandon LaFell with 5:13 remaining won it.“Baltimore played a great game,” Edelman said. “They came out and hit us in the mouth and we were able to get up and keep playing.”On Sunday, Dallas is at Green Bay, followed by Indianapolis at Denver.___Dallas (13-4) at Green Bay (12-4)Green Bay lost the season opener at Seattle, but Dallas handed the Seahawks their only loss at CenturyLink field in the regular season.The Cowboys’ first postseason trip to Lambeau Field since losing the Ice Bowl on the final day of 1967 shouldn’t be nearly that frigid. Still, it will be cold, and Dallas can take comfort in an 8-0 road record this season.Of course, the Packers were 8-0 at home.“So you’ve got an immovable object going up against an unstoppable force,” Packers fullback John Kuhn said. “Which one is going to give? We’ll find out.”A key element for Green Bay is the health of Aaron Rodgers (calf), who has been upgraded to probable.“He looks like he’s moving fine to me right now. (We are) not going to change anything or our approach of how we want to attack Dallas’ defense,” coach Mike McCarthy said.The Cowboys’ high-powered offense is led by league rushing leader DeMarco Murray.“I feel fresh,” said Murray, who has 1,920 yards in 17 games, including the wild-card win over Detroit last week. “I haven’t missed time. I’m feeling good.”___Indianapolis (12-5) at Denver (12-4)Both teams lost lopsided games to New England this season.Another spotless home team, the Broncos are 9-0 when Peyton Manning throws for at least 300 yards. But do they want to get in a shootout with the Colts, whose Andrew Luck — the quarterback who replaced Manning in Indianapolis — led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes?Denver has become more run-oriented than any Manning team thanks to the emergence of C.J. Anderson.“I think a year ago, he broke probably every single-season record known to man. It was the style we played and what was best for our team at that point,” coach John Fox said of five-time league MVP Manning. “This year, I think we’re a little bit different team. We’re built different.“He was a 12-4 quarterback during the regular season, which is I think tied for the best record in football this year.”Interestingly, the Colts, winners over Cincinnati last week, are relying more on Luck than they ever did on Manning. In his time in Indy from 1998-2011, Manning was responsible for 73.3 percent of the Colts’ total net yards. During his three seasons there, Luck has accounted for 78 percent, according to STATS.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

March Madness: Race, Sports and Money

first_imgEVERETT GLENNThe NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” is back.A total of 68 teams compete in a single-elimination game format highlighted by the “Sweet 16,” the “Elite 8” and the “Final Four” from which a champion is crowned.The 31 conference winners are awarded automatically berths. Another 37 teams are determined by a selection committee that chooses the best of the remaining teams. Forbes estimates that each victory is worth roughly $256,000 and a trip to the Final Four is worth $9.5 million for three weeks of basketball.CBS and TBS paid the NCAA $10.8 billion for joint broadcast rights to the tournament. Along with the steep price tag comes revenue from broadcasting the tournament, both on television and via other media outlets. CBS is estimated to have raked in about $620 million from TV advertising alone, while revenues from “non-traditional” sources were reportedly up 20 percent.TV money for the NCAA basketball tournament is on top of conference deals. The Big-10 deal will pay each school $45 million annually. Pac-12 schools will each receive between $25-30 million annually under their new deal.   Big 12 schools will each receive $20 million and each ACC school $17 million under their new deals.Conference tournament play leading up to March Madness is also lucrative. The ACC tournament will generate more than $25 million in economic impact to Greensboro, where more than 25 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. The Pac-12 basketball conference will create an economic impact between $25 million and $27 million. The Big-10 tournament will generate double digit-millions for Indianapolis, ranked ninth among the poorest cities in the U.S.On the mid-major level, the MAC tournament is predicted to generate $14 million in economic impact to the city of Cleveland. A decade ago, Cleveland was considered the poorest big city in the U.S. and today, just one city of at least 250,000 people has a higher poverty rate than Cleveland. The MVC tournament is projected to generate more than $16 million in economic impact to the city long regarded as one of the poorest cities in the U.S., with a 32.3 percent poverty rate also considered one of the nation’s most dangerous cities.Led by the highest single-season payout in history, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski at $9.6 million, 35 coaches are pulled down more than $1 million in 2014. Most of them will also pocket 6-figure bonuses tied to remaining with the school and tournament performance. Virginia’s Tony Bennett leads the way with a maximum bonus of $1.4 million on top of a $2.2 million base salary. A dozen or so coaches, all White, earn $2.5 million or more per season, not counting benefits, incentives or any of the perks coaches routinely receive.On the first Monday in April one coach will emerge with a celebratory strand of net and the national championship. Many more, if history holds, will cash in with new or considerably sweetened contracts. In 2006, for example, the coaches of six of the tournament’s Elite Eight teams parlayed their success into new deals.In addition to direct economic benefit, success in the tournament also translates to indirect economic impact. The unexpected NCAA tournament run by mid-major Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 translated into a 219 percent bump in licensing royalties, an increase of 25 licensees from 126 to 151.   It has been reported that between $100 and $227 million will be wagered legally on tournament games through licensed sports books with another $2.5 billion in illegal betting.Mo’ money, mo’ money. The engine: Black basketball players. The majority institutions have parlayed Black athletic talent and college sports into big ($8 million or more) business.Today, Black players account for 58 percent of Division 1 college basketball players, while making up 2.8 percent of all students on the campuses of the teams from which the tournament champion will be crowned. The rosters of the 68 tournament teams will likely be even more colorful. According to Sonny Vaccaro, upwards of 99 percent of the star players are Black. Vaccaro should know. After signing his pioneering shoe contract with Michael Jordan in 1984, Vaccaro built sponsorship empires successively at Nike, Adidas, and Reebok. Nevertheless, Whites held 85 percent of all head coaching positions in all three divisions (Division I, II and III) of men’s basketball. Blacks held 22 percent of the head coaching positions, up from a low of 18 percent in 2012.There was a gap of nearly 25 percent in graduation rates between White (89 percent) and (65 percent) Black players in last year’s tournament.The salary of a dozen or so White coaches is nearly half of the total athletic operating budget for the teams in the CIAA, MEAC, SIAC, SWAC and GCC, which cover everything from coaching salaries to equipment, game operations and scholarships. No wonder most HBCUs are struggling to stay afloat.If it’s “madness” in March, then what do you call the year round disparities resulting from the commercial exploitation of Black athletic talent?Everett L. Glenn, an attorney and former sports agent, was one of the first agents to represent multiple NFL and NBA first-round draft picks in the same year. His clients have included three NFL Hall of Fame inductees and 11 first-round draft picks. He can be reached at eglenn@thensa.org.last_img read more