Raptors reporter and ROE host William Lou begrudgingly breaks down Toronto's embarassing loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Raptors reporter and ROE host William Lou begrudgingly breaks down Toronto's embarassing loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
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Alice Hoagland, a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement that her own son, Mark Bingham, helped set in motion shortly before he perished in the 2001 terrorist attacks as one of the heroes of Flight 93, has died. She was 71. Hoagland, a former flight attendant who became a safety activist while carrying on her son’s athletic legacy, died Dec. 22 in her sleep at her home in Los Gatos, California, after battling Addison's disease, according to longtime family friend Amanda Mark. International Gay Rugby — an organization that traces its roots to one team in London in 1995 and now consists of about 90 clubs in more than 20 countries on five continents — held Hoagland in such esteem that one of the prizes at its biennial Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, or the Bingham Cup, is called the Hoagland Cup. Scott Glaessgen, of Norwalk, Connecticut, a friend of Bingham’s who helped organize New York’s Gotham Knights rugby club, described meeting Hoagland at the first Bingham Cup in 2002 in San Francisco. “Nine months after Mark was killed, and there she is with a never-ending smile on her face, just charming and engaging and happy and proud,” Glaessgen said. “And that resilience and that strength that she just exuded was really inspirational.” Amanda Mark, of Sydney, Australia, praised Hoagland for always fighting for people — and continuing to do so after losing her son by standing up for aviation safety and LGBT rights. “Through the Bingham Cup,” Mark said, “she became the inspiration and the acceptance that a lot of LGBT folks needed when they may have been challenged with their families or friends to be true to themselves.” Bingham, 31 when he died, had played on a champion rugby team at the University of California, Berkeley. He helped organize the gay San Francisco Fog team in 2000 and quickly became its main forward. He was on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers commandeered it. He called his mother and told her he loved her. “I only got 3 minutes with him and when I tried to call back, I couldn’t get through,” Hoagland told the Iowa City Press-Citizen in 2019. “As a flight attendant for 20 years, I wanted to tell him to sit down and don’t draw attention to yourself.” But the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Bingham fought back, posthumously winning praise as an openly gay patriot who joined other passengers in foiling the hijackers and causing the plane to crash in rural Pennsylvania instead of its intended target, believed to be the U.S. Capitol. “He grew from a shy, chubby kid into a tall rugby competitor with the ability to amass his energy to face a real enemy in the cockpit of an airplane," Hoagland told the Press-Citizen. Bingham and Hoagland's stories went on to be chronicled in film and screen, including the TV movie “Flight 93," HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and the documentary “The Rugby Player.” Hoagland became an advocate for airline security and for allowing relatives of 9-11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it played a role in the attacks. “We’re less interested in any kind of financial gain than we are in bringing the truly guilty into court and making our case known,” Hoagland told The Associated Press in 2016. The first Bingham Cup consisted of eight teams and was hosted by its namesake's home team. Today, it is billed as the world’s largest amateur rugby event, and cities bid to host it. It was last held in Amsterdam in 2018 with 74 teams competing. Hoagland was a celebrity at every tournament she attended. Players flocked to meet her and have a photo taken. She always obliged. Jeff Wilson, of International Gay Rugby, recalled in a post on the organization's Facebook page a conversation with Hoagland at the 2012 Bingham Cup in Manchester, England. His mother had recently died. “I asked how she kept on during grief — she said it was a purpose, and a calling and that I would keep going because it drove me,” he wrote. “Her compassion, heart and focus on others touched me in ways that I cannot express.” No memorial service is yet planned. ___ This story has been corrected to say Alice Hoagland died at her home in Los Gatos, California. Jeff McMillan, The Associated Press
CHICAGO — White Sox star Tim Anderson has landed a spot on the cover of a video game. He wants a World Series ring to go with it. Anderson sees no reason why the White Sox can't win it all after loading up on the heels of a breakthrough playoff season. “Anything's possible,” he said. “That's always been the goal, to win the World Series, right? Never gonna shy away from that. ... I know what we can do.” Anderson spoke Thursday, hours after Major League Baseball announced he is the cover athlete for “RBI Baseball 21.” The dynamic shortstop is the first White Sox player to be on the cover of the video game series, with the latest edition due out in March. It's more attention for a franchise opening eyes after being overlooked even in its own city. “To get to this spot definitely shows that we’ve been working,” he said. “I think all the work is showing — how hard we’ve worked behind the scenes and not just what you guys see. I’m definitely happy with the position we’re in. We’re in the right spot.” Anderson seems like a perfect fit for the cover, with his fun-loving attitude and big bat flips. He finished second in the American League with a .322 batting average last season after leading the majors at .335 in 2019. Along with AL MVP Jose Abreu, he anchors a deep lineup. The White Sox made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2008 and ended a string of seven losing seasons. They tied Cleveland for second place in the AL Central behind Minnesota at 35-25. The White Sox now have their sights set on their first World Series championship since 2005. And they've been loading up at a time when other teams are cutting costs. “We added some pieces that we needed,” Anderson said. “I think all those pieces are gonna help us. I don't really think it's about spending a whole lot of money. I think it's just doing what makes sense and getting pieces in there to really help us. They've really been making the right moves to kind of get to where we're trying to go." The White Sox added one of the game's best closers when they finalized a $54 million contract with Liam Hendriks last week. But it wasn't Chicago's only big move. The White Sox hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa to replace Rick Renteria. They acquired Lance Lynn in a trade with Texas, giving them a durable starter to go with ace Lucas Giolito and 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. And they brought back veteran outfielder Adam Eaton, who helped the Washington Nationals win a championship in 2019. “I think every guy that we've signed is gonna help us,” Anderson said. “Those guys have been around. You know the history of those guys. You've seen what they've done over the years.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press
The Canadian men see their first action in more than a year Saturday when they take on the U.S. in a soccer scrimmage in Bradenton, Fla. Both teams are holding camps at the IMG Center there. Saturday's meeting is not considered an official match, given it will be in the form of two 70-minute scrimmages, allowing both coaches to dig deep into their squad. Because the camp does not fall in a FIFA international window, both sides do not have their full lineups. Still, the camp marks the start of a busy year for Canada with World Cup and Olympic qualifying starting in March and the Gold Cup in July. "This year's crucial for us if we really want to make it to the big leagues, if we really want to make it to the World Cup, if we want to win a Gold Cup," Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini told reporters from the Canada camp on Thursday. "It's huge," he added. "Guys need to step up their game. It's going to be a lot of international games and we have to be ready … We have to ready for whatever. Guys have to push themselves now more than ever, because this is do or die." Saturday's scrimmage will see a lot of Canada's young talent in action. First-time call-ups by coach John Herdman are Tajon Buchanan (New England), Cristian Gutierrez (Vancouver), Belal Halbouni (SV Werder Bremen II, Germany), Alistair Johnston (Nashville SC), Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty and Ralph Priso (Toronto FC), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United), Frank Sturing (Den Bosch, the Netherlands) and Joel Waterman (CF Montreal). "A lot of new faces," Cavallini said. "It's a great chance for the young talent to showcase their abilities, their willingness to be a part of this national team, to show that they're able to understand what the national team has to bring. And to understand how John wants us to perform. "This is a good window for them … Just so they get a good sense of how Canada soccer is evolving, that we're no longer a joke and we're here to reach our objectives and have good results and hopefully qualify for a World Cup." Cavallini had six goals in 18 games in his first season with the Whitecaps in 2020. The 28-year-old from Toronto has won 17 caps for Canada with 11 goals and one assist. Cavallini elected to sit out the MLS is Back Tournament last summer for personal reasons. He had lost two family members to COVID-19. On Thursday, he said he is taking things "day by day" in 2021. "It is what it is nowadays so we've just got to cope with COVID and get around these things like we've been doing at this camp. We'll see how the year unfolds.". Canada Soccer reports everyone fit for the weekend scrimmage, which essentially marks the camp's finale. That includes the unidentified player who had to self-isolate after testing positive upon arrival at camp." "The team has had almost two full weeks preparation," Cavallini said of the buildup to the scrimmage. "The boys have been looking good, showing a lot of emotion, showing a lot of anxiousness just to play this game against the U.S. Obviously it's a really good matchup to play and we've been training hard, doing what John wants us to do and training as if we're going to play against the U.S. each day." Fullback-midfielder Raheem Edwards has joined the Canadian camp ahead of the scrimmage. Formerly with Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Minnesota, Edwards was selected by Los Angeles FC in the December re-entry draft. The Canadian men, currently ranked 72nd in the world, last played Jan. 15, 2019, when they lost 1-0 to No. 46 Iceland in a friendly in Irvine, Calif. — Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
ATLANTA — New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith began assembling his staff on Thursday by naming Dave Ragone, Dean Pees and Marquice Williams as co-ordinators. Ragone, Pees and Williams will co-ordinate the Falcons' offence, defence and special teams, respectively. Also, Smith is retaining Falcons wide receivers coach Dave Brock. Smith said Tuesday he will call Atlanta’s offensive plays. “We want to be adaptable,” Smith said. "That will be a big thing here. We will play to the strengths of our team, but we want to be flexible and adaptable, and that’s one thing we are looking for schematically as we go through this process of hiring coaches.” The Falcons hired Smith, the former Tennessee Titans offensive co-ordinator, on Friday. Smith worked with Ragone and Pees during his 10 years with the Titans. The 38-year-old Smith joins 40-year-old Terry Fontenot, who on Tuesday was named Atlanta's general manager. Ragone was the Chicago Bears’ quarterbacks coach since 2016. The 71-year-old Pees will come out of retirement to join Smith in Atlanta. He was hired by Tennessee in 2018 and announced his retirement after the 2019 season. Pees, who was 17-51 as Kent State’s head coach from 1998-2003, has worked 16 years in the NFL, including a combined 12 seasons as the defensive co-ordinator for the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Titans. Pees is one of eight NFL defensive co-ordinators to coach in a Super Bowl with two different teams — New England in 2007 and Baltimore in 2012. His defences have ranked in the top 12 in 10 of his 12 seasons as co-ordinator. His 2018 Titans unit ranked eighth in total defence and third in scoring. Ragone was hired as Tennessee’s wide receivers coach in 2011 and coached the Titans’ quarterbacks in 2013. Williams was Detroit’s assistant special teams coach. He was a defensive assistant with the Chargers before joining the Detroit staff in 2019. Brock joined the Falcons staff in 2017 and has coached wide receivers and running backs. Under Brock in 2020, Calvin Ridley set career highs with 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and led the team with nine touchdown catches. He was selected a second-team All-Pro. Fontenot, who is Atlanta's first Black GM, spent 18 seasons with the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints, most recently as assistant GM. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Charles Odum, The Associated Press