Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

first_imgTens of thousands queued at Sendai station to see the Olympic flameRead Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call“I queued for three hours but watching the Olympic flame was greatly encouraging,” a 70-year-old woman told public broadcaster NHK.But organisers, concerned about the bigger-than-expected gathering, have warned the viewing event could be suspended if a crowd becomes “extremely dense”, local media reported.The nationwide torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was used as a base for workers during the 2011 nuclear disaster.But organisers have been forced to scale back the relay, closing daily ceremonies to the public and urging spectators to “avoid forming crowds” along the route.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSurprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish LifestyleHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron with the Olympic flame in northeastern Japan over the weekend despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers are under pressure to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the coronavirus pandemic The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on Friday as doubts grew over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule as the deadly virus causes chaos around the world. The pandemic has already shredded the global sports calendar, with top sports leagues suspended and major tournaments postponed.Advertisement More than 50,000 people on Saturday queued to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station in Miyagi, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Some had to stay in a 500-metre (1,650-foot) queue for several hours, local media said. Many of them wore masks as they took pictures with the cherry blossom-shaped cauldron.last_img read more

Redskins appoint former Panthers coach Ron Rivera on reported five-year deal

first_imgAlso Read | Cowboys Focus On Redskins, Need Help To Save Lost SeasonRon Rivera is a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and was recently fired by the Carolina Panthers. A former Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach, Rivera spent nine seasons with the Panthers. He guided the team to four playoff appearances and one trip to the Super Bowl.Rivera will conduct his first press conference as the head coach of the Redskins on January 2, 2:00 PM ET (January 3, 12:30 AM IST).Also Read | Redskins Fire President Bruce Allen, Eye Ron Rivera To CoachMore info on Redskins – Ron Rivera deal Social media reacts to Redkins hiring Ron RiveraHigh hopes for Washing Redskins LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty Also Read | Ron Rivera To Meet With Redskins About Coaching VacancyWashington Redskins endured a difficult season in the NFL after they finished bottom in the National Football Conference Eastern Division (NFC East) with a 3-13 (win-loss) record. The Redskins fired their previous coach Jay Gruden on October 7, 2019, after the 52-year-old led a disastrous 0-5 start to the season. Bill Calahan was hired as the interim coach until the end of the campaign. With the Redskins looking for a major rebuild, they fired president Bruce Allen on Monday. Now the Redskins have acted quickly to hire Ron Rivera – who was also linked to the Cleveland Browns – as their head coach.  According to reports in the US, the Redskins have offered him a five-year deal. The details of the deal are yet to be disclosed. Redskins have also confirmed the hiring of former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio as their defensive coordinator.  #NFL Head Coach Hire Grades: #Redskins Ron RiveraHiring a defensive minded Coach and a very good leader were the top two qualities they needed to hire in a HC and Rivera processes both of them. Really good Coach and has a nice young roster to work with.Grade: B+— Grant Sports 🏈 (@CoachesTalk) December 31, 2019 Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 14:43 IST Redskins Appoint Former Panthers Coach Ron Rivera On Reported Five-year Deal Washington Redskins appoint former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera as their new head coach. Also, confirm the hiring of Jack Del Rio as their new DC COMMENT Written By Also Read | Redskins Hire Ron Rivera As Coach The Washington Redskins have hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach, the NFL has confirmed. Earlier in December, Rivera was relieved from his duties as head coach by the Carolina Panthers and has wasted no time in landing another major coaching role. First Published: 2nd January, 2020 14:43 IST Congratulations to Hayward High Alumni and Hayward Football supporter, Coach Jack Del Rio. The Washington Redskins defense is going to be tough in 2020. Hayward Farmers doing big things.— Farmerpride (@HaywardFootball) January 2, 2020 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Alexander: Kawhi Leonard returns in triumph to San Diego State

first_imgPreviousSan Diego State forward Yanni Wetzell (5) srambles for a loose ball with Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, center right, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, poses with family members and Clippers players, among others, after his No. 15 jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony at San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego State guard KJ Feagin (10) shoots as Utah State guard Abel Porter (15) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, right, reacts alongside former San Diego State coach Steve Fisher as Leonard’s No 15 jersey is retired during a halftime ceremony in San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, center, looks up as his No. 15 jersey is retired during a halftime ceremony in San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, watches as his No. 15 jersey is retired during a halftime ceremony in San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, reacts during the first half of San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard arrives during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. Leonard’s jersey No. 15 was to be retired at halftime. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)A fan heads to her seat among replica jerseys in honor of former San Diego State basketball player Kawhi Leonard before San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego State forward Yanni Wetzell (5) srambles for a loose ball with Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, center right, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, poses with family members and Clippers players, among others, after his No. 15 jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony at San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 9Former San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, center right, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, poses with family members and Clippers players, among others, after his No. 15 jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony at San Diego State’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandSAN DIEGO — Even for the home of the No. 4 college basketball team in the country (according to both polls), or the No. 1 team (if you prefer the NCAA’s metrics), this was madness.The students who make up The Show, San Diego State’s rowdy student section, were in their seats an hour before game time, filling up the bulk of four full sections from top to bottom of Viejas Arena. They were there to see the undefeated Aztecs against Utah State, naturally, but the kid who wore a Riverside King High No. 22 jersey and held up the “Board Man Gets Paid” sign probably gave it away.This was Kawhi Leonard’s night at his alma mater. Given where the Aztecs are now, and how they became a destination program for a higher level of recruit after Leonard’s two seasons on Montezuma Mesa, the question isn’t about retiring his jersey – he wore No. 15 as a college player – but what took SDSU so long.Quite likely it was proximity. Those seasons in San Antonio and Toronto made it tough for the Aztecs to coordinate their schedule with the NBA calendar. With Leonard now a Clipper, clearing a date was comparatively simple. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Consider: Before Leonard the Aztecs were 163-40 under Fisher with two NCAA berths and three NIT trips. With Leonard they were 59-12 with two NCAA berths. In the eight-plus seasons since he left, counting the 22-0 record they’d compiled going into Saturday night, they’re 219-81, have reached the NCAAs five times and the NIT once and almost certainly will be playing in mid-March again this year.Also, the Aztecs had one player drafted in Fisher’s first decade as coach, Randy Holcomb as a second-round pick by San Antonio in 2002. After Leonard, the 15th player selected in the 2011 NBA draft, Jamaal Franklin, Xavier Thomas and Jalen McDaniels were second-rounders in 2013, ’14 and ’19, respectively.All of that should provide a sense of what Leonard meant to SDSU. What did SDSU mean to Leonard?“It just shows that hard work paid off,” he said Saturday afternoon. “I was able to reach that goal while I was there, to be able to become a pro.”He elaborated during the ceremony:“Coming here I wanted to make a name for myself,” he said. “I wanted to put San Diego State on the map. I want to thank the coaching staff, Coach Fisher, who recruited me hard. This is why I’m a player today. And a great group of teammates, trusting a freshman to pass me the ball. They wanted me to lead the team.”Leonard’s success is a reminder that recruiting can be incredibly hit or miss. Fisher and the Aztecs were in on him early when bigger programs were dubious about what position best suited him.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Some of that hesitancy from other people, as current coach (and then assistant) Brian Dutcher recalled, might have involved Leonard’s famously reticent nature.“If you spend the time to build a relationship, you know he’s a quiet kid,” Dutcher said. “You know, if you go in there one time and try to recruit him (and) he doesn’t say anything, you leave and you say, ‘Well, the kid’s not interested in it. He didn’t say anything.’ But if you stick to it, you realize that’s his personality and you embrace it. You just say this is a rare kid that doesn’t boast about his game. He just plays his game. And he likes us. He likes the fact that we were there from the start.“I thought he was gonna be a great player. I called back and told Coach, ‘I think this kid’s got a chance to play in the NBA.’ But nowhere in your wildest dreams do you think he’s going to be the best player in the world.”Leonard committed to San Diego State before his senior year at King … and after he and his team took down a Mater Dei powerhouse in the CIF Southern Section final, Fisher and his staff worried that bigger programs would swoop in. But Leonard honored his commitment.So it made a peculiar sort of sense when that vibrant, raucous SDSU student section erupted in a loud ovation when Leonard walked into the arena 10 minutes into the first half … and then turned unusually quiet, almost as if it were a sacred moment.There was some symmetry this night. Another son of the Inland Empire, Matt Mitchell (Eastvale Roosevelt) led the charge from a 39-31 halftime deficit, scoring 24 of his 28 points in the second half including back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to put SDSU in front to stay.Yes, the idea of having a big night with Leonard on the premises hit home. Leonard’s influence on this program influenced Mitchell during his own recruitment process, after he’d committed to and then decommitted from Cal State Fullerton.“He’s the biggest idol next to Reggie Miller in the Inland Empire,” Mitchell said. “So it’s a great influence for me to come here and be able to show out tonight.”During the halftime ceremony, Fisher gestured toward the full house and said to Leonard: “This is your legacy, my friend. Look around this building.”And then the former coach got to the heart of what makes Kawhi Kawhi, the attribute that his coaching staff had no trouble embracing.“A lot of people talk a good game,” he said. “Kawhi doesn’t talk a good game. He plays a good game.”They saw it here first.center_img LAFC loses reigning MLS MVP Carlos Vela to knee injury UCLA football’s Jake Burton enters transfer portal with hopes of playing this fall Leonard put in his workday – 31 points, six rebounds in 23:34 of the Clips’ 118-106 afternoon victory over Minnesota at Staples Center – and then hustled down to San Diego with family, friends, his teammates – every last one of them – and other Clippers staff for a ceremony at halftime of what turned out to be the Aztecs’ 23rd straight victory, 80-68 over the Aggies.Then again, due to recent events, things aren’t that simple any more. Leonard, like the late Kobe Bryant, had taken to using helicopters to bypass Southern California traffic.This time, Leonard took a private plane.“It’s (because of) more people coming with me,” he told Mirjam Swanson of the Southern California News Group in Los Angeles after his game. “Things happened (with helicopters) before that; it’s just so famous because it’s Kobe Bryant. … A lot of my helicopter flights got canceled because of fog, so if it’s a clear day, then maybe yeah, I would take it. Just not at this particular point just because I have people with me.”It’s true that the Aztecs turned from doormat to respectable not too long after Steve Fisher arrived to coach them in 1999. But it was when Leonard arrived on campus in 2010, as a recruit that had been overlooked by the power conference schools until it was too late, that San Diego State took that next step. The Aztecs set a school record for victories (34-3) and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in Leonard’s sophomore year, after which he turned pro. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more