Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi says he is desperate to qualify for the Champions League this season because he struggles to get motivated for the Europa League.The Blues have reached the last eight of the Europa League after exiting the Champions League earlier this season.“What do they say [about the Europa League]? Thursday nights, Channel 5?” said 25-year-old Mikel.“Hopefully, next season we are not going to be in it and we are going to be prime time.”Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League as they bid to secure a top four spot and Champions League qualification for next season.But manager Rafael Benitez’s side can also win two trophies this term – they are leading Russian side Rubin Kazan 3-1 after the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, and they will face Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday.“Champions League football is what this club has always been involved in and that is what we as players want to achieve,” said Mikel.“We want to be in the top four, top three, whatever. We want to be in the Champions League next season. “No disrespect to the Europa League … but when you get that buzz, and you hear the Champions League song, it’s different.“And we have been used to it, to those nights, those special nights, and we want to get them back, we want to be involved again in the Champions League next season.“I don’t even know the Europa League song. I have been here seven years and I have never played football on Thursday nights.”The Nigerian international added: “It has been kind of frustrating to watch [Champions League matches] – and we have to then play on Thursday night.”
:09 And while you’re dialing that number put your vote in to have Sam Clancy’s uniform retired for his greatness as one of the university’s all time basketball stars.:08 Here’s what I don’t get. Why are so many of you up in arms over the replacement ref’s in the NFL. No. 1. Most of you don’t know the rules to begin with…no you don’t, shut up! No. 2. Every ref had to start somewhere. And No. 3. Who really cares as long as the Steelers win?:07 Recently, (and no, not often) I was at Hooters in Monroeville watching a Steelers game and of course enjoying the wings. (I mean that’s why you go, for the games and the wings right?) Anyway, after the game I was introduced to a whole new world of crazy. Do these people know that the WWF and all things pro wrestling is fake? I know you know…but there’s 100 regulars out there that truly believe a 300-pound man can jump off a top ring rope and land on another man’s neck and not kill him…C’mon man!:06 What about O.J.? What’s wrong with you people …don’t ya care anymore? Sorry juice!:05 You will never, never, never…ever hear that I am not an equal opportunity brother. Not only is Deborah Walker a friend of mine, (as is Connie Parker) but she is very qualified to be the next president of the Pittsburgh NAACP. Good Lord the only person on the planet with more credentials is Obama. And I only get one vote.:04 Speaking of Hooter’s…and I was (you’re really starting to get the hang of this thing?) The other thing you get at Hooter’s is the opportunity to see beautiful women. And two of Pittsburgh’s finest were on hand to watch “Big Ben” dismantle the Raiders, or so I thought. To my amazement these two ladies were there to eat, not watch the game. You know I had heard about women like this but never met them in person. To my two new Hooters friends Iona and Dansette nice to meet ya and you’re now in “The Locker Room” as future Overtime readers (see I told you people some of us go for the wings.):03 OK, here it is… for the last damn time!! There are somewhere between 5-10 radio stations of status in Allegheny County that either report sports or talk sports and not one of them have a local Black, Hispanic or female host, co-host or reporter (not to the best of my knowledge) and since they ran my man John Burton out of town “we” got nothin! Yet again you ask why this matters. Here’s a bunch of reasons you should know: 90 percent of the Steelers… Black; 70 percent of the Pirates…Black or Latino; 70 percent of Pitt Football…Black; 99 percent of Pitt Basketball…Black; 90 percent of Duquesne Basketball…Black; 80 percent of Pgh Power Arena Football… Black; 100 percent of Pgh Force Women’s Pro Football…Women; 100 percent Pgh Passion Women’s Pro Football…Women; 50 percent of all other sports teams in Allegheny County…Black, Hispanic or Women. And the end results just to be fair: No opposing voice, idea or perspective; No true understanding of the other side; Lack of job opportunities to the other groups; No travel to play-offs, championships, world series, super bowls, national events, nothin; No chance to take your family to any of those amazing locations and events (and yes family does go); No local dinners, banquets, special events; At least 4 or 5 guys holding down at least 3-5 jobs reach across the board…that’s a pay check for every job. “They” know you’re not going to do anything that’s why they do it. No it’s not life and death but it is important! No disrespect to any of my colleagues but it is what it is!:02 “Boys and Their Toys”…Lets get it on! The last great summer Car Cruise is coming at ya Sept. 30, at Pep Boys on Rt. 22 in Monroeville (across from Home Depot). This is going to be large. The Champions and The Pgh United Rays Corvette Club along with the Fabulous Allure Models will present a car wash…(weather permitting) and a car cruise, $5 donation for the cruise, $5 donation for the wash. Proceeds to benefit Champions Toys for Tots Xmas Party and Toy Give Away for Disadvantaged Youth. For info, call 412-628-4856.:01 Saving the best for last—“Heavens Hoopers” will now be joined by Mr. Kenny West. And I identify him as Mister because he was the ultimate gentleman and most deserving of the title. And if ever there was a guy that you would never hear a bad word about it was “West” as he was well known. But don’t get it twisted here’s why he makes the team…6’2” about 200 pounds, strong as two men, fundamentally sound, the “Dennis Rodman” of the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, all he cared about was getting rebounds, putting the “D” on your butt and winning. I am proud to call “West” a lifetime member of “The Dons” and the Champions Basketball Family. You are gone and will never be forgotten and trust me when I tell you Kenny Durrett, Armon Gilliam, Darryll Gissendaner and the rest of the squad will welcome you to the team with open arms!!!Game Over BILL NEAL :10 Pitt’s Varsity Letter Club has honored outstanding letter winners since 1961. On Oct. 12, the tradition will continue as the club honors seven outstanding past athletes including quite possibly the most loved basketball coach in Pitt history, Tim Grgurich; and Roger Kingdom, one of the greatest and most dominant Olympians of all time. This year’s honorary letter winner award will go to long time athletic trainer Tony Salesi. For additional info call 412-624-4141.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.However, after the Leafs appealed the rulings, the KIJHL, in consultation with BC Hockey Referee in chief Sean Rapheal, reversed the original decisions thanks to the beauty of having all games video taped by the home club.“The appeal process (was handled by) Referee in Chief, Sean Rapheal,” Neil Murdoch Vice-president Larry Martel said in an email.“He reviewed video from the game and overturned two of the calls.”Martel said the call to Leafs Levi Hulston and Castlegar’s Tyler Barrett were deemed correct.However, video revealed the calls to Matthew Sokol of Nelson as the instigator in a fight with Daniel Petten to be incorrect.“Sokol should have had a kneeing call that was missed but video shows Petten was the instigator not Sokol,” Martel explained.Martel also said in the fight between Rayce Miller of Nelson and Barrett, the scoresheet was changed to add instigator to Barrett.“The changes in the instigators therefore change the suspension as per the Junior B supplement,” Martel said. “Two of the three fighting majors and instigator calls were overturned by the referee in Chief Sean Rapheal, (with) BC Hockey,” Martel added.All three Leafs players were in the lineup for Friday’s game against Castlegar, a contest won 5-3 by Nelson.One step forward, two back for LeafsThe on-again, off-again, Nelson Leafs, well, took a step back after dropping a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League decision to the Spokane Braves Saturday in the Lilac City.The setback comes after the team played one of its best games of the season Friday against rival Castlegar Rebels at the NDCC Arena.Nelson captain Rayce Miller scored twice and added an assist to lead the Leafs past the Rebels 5-3.Kurtis Redding rained on the Leafs parade Saturday, scoring two goals in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.Miller scored a power play marker late in the frame but Nelson was unable to find the equalizer.Kyle Donaldson and Paxton Malone also scored for the Braves.Blair Andrews and Levi Hulston replied for Nelson.Spokane was the better team in the third period, firing 20 shots at Friday Hulston, Brendan Smith and Miller scored in the first period to give the Leafs a commanding 3-1 lead.Ed Lindsey cut the margin to 3-2 early in the second period but Miller and Andrews restored the lead.Lindsey and Tayden Woods also scored for Castlegar.Nelson, 18-25-0-0-2, returns to action Tuesday with a road date in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.The game is the first of four games in six days for the Leafs as the Green and White plays out the KIJHL 2015-16 regular season.
Photo provided by Caroline Ciccone from Precision StrategiesHouston City Hall was a gathering place for activists against gun violence on Sunday. That was the latest stop in the March For Our Lives: Road To Change bus tour. Student activists joined with other organizations, including Orange Generation, Mi Familia Vota, Students Demand Action, Moms Demand Action, Pantsuit Republic Houston, Texas Gun Sense, Black Lives Matter Houston, Fiel Houston, and Indivisible Houston.“It can no longer be acceptable for a kid to get shot on the street, or in school, or in a movie theater, or a place of worship, or anywhere!” said activist Emma Gonzalez, on the steps of Houston City Hall on Sunday. Gonzalez is one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors, in Parkland, Florida. The February 14 shooting left 17 students and staff members dead.Survivors and family members of the May school shooting in Santa Fe also joined protesters pushing for change.“I felt the weight of May 18 when I came to the realization that my last memories of high school were ones of fleeing, fear, and bloodshed,” said Bree Butler, a survivor of the Santa Fe High School shooting. Ten people were killed.The bus tour is also meant to be an opportunity to register and activate young voters – even if they don’t have the same views on gun control. Student activist David Hogg, also a Parkland shooting survivor, tweeted they have been reaching out to people with different views, as well. Y’all know that this happens basically everywhere we go the media just doesn’t like to cover it because it’s Americans working together which, isn’t great for ratings. Just wait until we vote together 😉 register at https://t.co/SrCltJsrBH https://t.co/cIVCznpWcc— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) July 9, 2018KHOU photojournalist Nathan Kvinge described how one interaction between people with different points of view appeared constructive.Student activist David Hogg and other students from Parkland HS in Houston for a #RoadtoChange rally at city hall took a moment to have a brief discussion with this gun rights counter-protester. It ended with each side basically thanking the other for hearing his concern. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/49Eclk302X— Nathan Kvinge (@NathanKHOU) July 9, 2018March For Our LivesMarch For Our Lives activists having an open dialogue with “Open Carry Texas” activists in Houston, on July 9, 2018.On Sunday, members from the group, “Open Carry Texas,” organized across the street, at Tranquility Park, in a counter-protest.“We need to provide safety for students without trampling on the Second Amendment, which can be done,” David Trives told local TV station KPRC.Matt Deitsch, of Parkland, Florida, is travelling with the bus tour. He said he’s engaged with several counter-protesters nationwide, in an effort to educate and understand each other. “Even though we don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of these issues… we do agree on solutions to gun violence that we know would work together, and we’d both be happy with,” said Deitsch. “I think it really shows why this political system is failing us right now. Because, if we could have this conversation, and it works, and we come to a solution, and we have the senate majority leaders saying that there are no solutions… they should be reaching out to us at these protests and ask us what we thing the right thing is to do. Because, we came up with these things together, through long conversations from different worlds.”STORY TIME:Incase you didn’t know I am one of the organizers for #RoadToChange and we are currently traveling through TX organizing youth meetings, rallies and town halls.These counter protests at our events are incredibly invited because they allow us to clarify our message. https://t.co/ng6bx9sMr0— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) July 8, 2018He explained the March For Our Lives group says it is pro-Second Amendment. “Because, we’re standing up to stop gun violence. We’re not trying to stop guns. We’re trying to stop these dangerous, violent people from having incredibly easy access to fire arms,” said Deitsch. “And so, we talk to people about that… and we just have a conversation with what the Second Amendment means right now, and what’s happening in the country…. And we really do break down these walls.”The next stop on the tour: San Antonio. Share
U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, a Black woman based in Washington, D.C. and the presiding judge over Paul Manafort’s 12-count indictment, placed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman on house arrest with a $10 million bail for money laundering and other financial crimes.Manafort, and his former business associate Rick Gates, have been brought up on charges through Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe. On Oct. 30, Robinson set the terms of Manafort and Gates’ release. Both men pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy. Bail for Gates was set at $5 million.A court artist drawing shows President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, center standing and Manafort’s business associate, Rick Gates, in federal court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. Seated at front left is Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)Robinson has been a presiding judge in D.C. since 1988. Prior to that she was the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted criminal actions in both the Superior Court and the United States District Court, argued appeals in both the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the District of Columbia Circuit, and served in the Civil Division. This is her forth term as a D.C. Magistrate Judge. The term is expected to end in July of 2020. She is one of two Black women who are currently sworn in as magistrate judges for the district. The other is Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. U.S. Magistrate judges are appointed by U.S. District Court judges, and assist District Court judge in various aspects of U.S. District court matters. They cannot try or sentence persons in felony cases., but can handle misdemeanor and other minor cases including civil cases. According to news reports, Robinson is no stranger to high profile cases, presiding over cases involving Sandy Berger, President Bill Clinton’s former national security advisor; Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former White House aide in the George W. Bush administration who was convicted of interfering with a CIA investigation and the preliminary hearing for Rayful Edmond III, a drug dealer in D.C. and a probation hearing for former D.C. Mayor Marion S. Barry.Robinson is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore and Emory University Law School in Atlanta. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson will preside over the rest of the Manafort and Gates’ cases.