Lewis urges togetherness and love in Hall of Fame speech

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Are you living every day to make this world better?” Lewis asked Saturday night at the end of his 33-minute oratory, often invoking the teachings of Martin Luther King. “Think what we can do if we work together as a country … teaching our nation to love each other again.“It’s how we react to the challenges in our life that shows our greatness. How do we execute that dream? Who will answer that knock on the door in the middle of the night? And it has to start right now. We need people willing to fight for what is good and what is right.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Turning to the 140 Hall of Famers on the stage, he told them: “We can go from being legends to building a legacy bigger than football, bigger than sports. Look at what unites us … the answer is simple, love. Hope, faith and love, and the greatest is love.”Lewis was joined by Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard as inductees at the hall ceremony. One of the best linebackers in NFL history, Lewis won two Super Bowls with the Ravens; he often chanted “BALTIMORE!” during his speech.“Tell me something can’t be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame,” said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl for the 2012 season — coming back from a torn triceps — then retired. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.“I came back, and boy did I come back,” Lewis said. “When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it’s a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible.”A first-year nominee, Lewis was selected 26th overall in the 1996 draft — what were other teams thinking? He wasn’t even Baltimore’s first choice: Jonathan Ogden was, and the big tackle made the Hall of Fame in 2013.His impact was immediate, both on the field, in the locker room, and even in pregame introductions, when his “squirrel dance” fired up fans and teammates alike. He and Ogden even did a short version on the stage.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The most coveted position for a defensive player to play is middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears,” said Urlacher, who had to hold back tears several times. “Just think about it. I hope over my 13 seasons I made you Bears fans proud.”Another first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands and agility to Minnesota as the 21st overall draft pick in 1998 after a rocky college career. His 69 receptions, 17 for touchdowns, and 1,313 yards helped the Vikings go 15-1 and earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.That was just the start for the eccentric but always dynamic Moss. When he finally hooked up with an elite quarterback, he caught a record 23 TD passes from Tom Brady in New England’s perfect 2007 regular season.Moss rubbed the face and top of his bust, then delivered a sermon worthy of any church or synagogue. He paid tribute to his family, to the fans of his five teams, and to his roots in West Virginia — he promised he would return to his hometown of Rand on Sunday to show off his gold jacket.“To my gold jacket brothers, I vow I will wear it proudly,” Moss said.One of those Hall of Fame brothers, Terrell Owens , declined to attend. Instead, he held his own celebration at his college in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was shown in a video and his photo was hanging in Tom Benson Stadium. Otherwise, T.O. was MIA.In a lengthy and humorous speech, Kramer brought the crowd back to the Lombardi Era. A senior committee nominee, Kramer became eligible in 1974 after 11 seasons with the Packers in which he won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls.“It was an incredible experience to be with him and have him bring you along,” he said about Lombardi, who gave him “approval and belief: powerful, powerful tools.”Kramer also spent some time placekicking for Green Bay. He made five All-Pro squads, the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.Brazile, known as Dr. Doom when he played in all 147 games for the Houston Oilers in his 10-year NFL career, kissed his bust when it was unveiled. He spoke of how he and Walter Payton made history by being selected in the first-round of the same draft from a historically black college. Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis dances beside his bust as he delivers his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)CANTON, Ohio — One of the great leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech to call for more enlightened leadership in the United States.The last of the seven members of the class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and the lectern, instead strolling along the stage and passionately urging his listeners to come together.ADVERTISEMENT Also a senior committee nominee, Brazile was drafted sixth overall out of Jackson State, two picks behind his teammate. He made such an immediate pro impact he was the 1975 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and went on to five All-Pro seasons as one of the game’s most versatile linebackers. He was in on a stunning 185 tackles in 1978.Presented by his father, also named Robert, Brazile made the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team. He retired in 1984 and became a special education teacher.“When they knocked on my door,” he said of finding out in February he had finally made the hall, “all of my dreams came true. And after all these years, I’m at home.”Beathard won four Super Bowls as a team executive and drafted four Hall of Famers. His best hire might have been coach Joe Gibbs, who presented Beathard for induction.A contributor’s committee nominee, Beathard worked for the Chiefs, Falcons, Dolphins, Redskins and Chargers. He won two NFL titles each with Miami, including the perfect 1972 season, and Washington. He also helped Kansas City and San Diego make Super Bowls.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lewis was the first player with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career. An eight-time All-Pro and inside linebacker on the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he had a franchise-record 2,643 career tackles.Dawkins also delivered a powerful speech and, as he promised, cried during it.One of the hardest-hitting and most versatile safeties in NFL history, Dawkins stared at his bust and nodded his approval to the crowd.“The majority of success I have had has come on the back end of pain,” he said noting he had suicidal thoughts when he battled depression. “On the other side of it, all of a sudden I became better. There’s a purpose for my pain.“I have grown leaps and bounds because of the things I went through. For those going through this now, there is hope on the other side. Keep moving, keep pushing through.”Dawkins was the leader of an Eagles defense that made four straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. Voted to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team and a five-time All-Pro, Dawkins intercepted passes in 15 consecutive seasons and had 37 picks overall. He averaged nearly 100 tackles a year and spotlighted his versatility as the first player in NFL history to get a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch (on a screen pass) in a game, against Houston in 2002.Urlacher became a record-28th Chicago Bear inducted into the hall. A first-year nominee who filled the tradition of great middle linebackers in the Windy City so brilliantly, Urlacher actually was a safety at New Mexico. Chicago selected him ninth overall in the 2000 draft and immediately converted him to linebacker. He spent two weeks in training camp on the outside, then was moved inside — for 13 spectacular seasons.“I love everything about football: the friendships, the coaches, the teachers, the challenges, the opportunity to excel. I loved going to work every day for 13 years,” said the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, a season in which Urlacher had 171 tackles.The five-time All-Pro and member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team even did some work on special teams.But it was in the heart of the defense where he shone. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Terrell Owens enjoys his personal induction far from Canton Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Election 2017: The Litmus Test for Progress or Failure in a Country Mired by…

first_imgBy Flomo JohnsonThe Liberian civil war officially concluded with the holding of general and presidential elections in October and November 2005. Over a dozen people ran for the presidency, while hundreds stood to fill the 30 senate and 64 representative seats.Mrs. Ellen Sirleaf of the Unity Party (UP) won the country’s presidency after a runoff against Mr. George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). A motley group of individuals also got elected to the two branches of the country’s legislature.When the Sirleaf-led government was inaugurated in January 2006, many people in the country had a huge degree of hope in her leadership. This was largely due to her many years of advocacy against bad governance and her reputation as a tough leader who had little patience for graft and laziness.So Mrs. Sirleaf’s declaration that corruption will be the “major public enemy” was taken literally by many Liberians. How disappointed they are on the verge of her exit in a few months.Going on 12 Years of Extremely Governmental CorruptThat declaration of Mrs. Sirleaf, whether it was meant in good faith or not, turned out to be a clear falsehood. She has presided over one of the most corrupt governments in Liberian history. Even she has admitted that she lost the fight against corruption.Even with the glaring failures of the Sirleaf administration to make any meaningful change in the economic lives of the vast majority of Liberians, her political party and most certainly her vice president for the entirety of her presidency have put themselves in the frame to continue running the Liberian state.The Sirleaf government, with her vice president in tow, has pillaged Liberia to an extent that will take the country generations to recover from. Such a recovery will only be possible if serious measures are taken to take back some of the loot from her and the rest of her ruling establishment who are clearly culpable for their economic crime against humanity against the Liberian masses.Under the Sirleaf administration the country’s vital institutions made no perceptible progress. Health care in Liberia is probably worse off than at any other time of the country’s history. Liberia’s premiere hospital the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital is for all intents and purposes currently run as a private hospital. The reason for that hospital was both to train doctors and serve the Liberian masses not just the elite class.Just like its health counterpart, Liberia’s education system is also at its worst state perhaps in the entire history of the country. Many people graduating high school and even universities can hardly do basic math let alone compose correct or logical sentences. Liberia’s fledgling oil and gas sector was roundly pillaged by the Unity Party government under the direction of President Sirleaf’s son. The same thing happened with the sale of every natural resource that was done during their time in power.Preaching Continuity in a Land of Hunter Gatherers As a direct result of the Unity Party’s extreme corruption, Liberia’s economy has greatly suffered. The Liberian dollar has lost more than 50% of its value just over the past decade. This has correspondingly meant that the cost of living in the country has increased especially for the poorest Liberians who earn their living in Liberian dollars.The cost of food is astronomically high. There are many Liberians who can either not afford to eat more than one meal a day or no meal at all. Twelve years after the Unity Party came to power in Liberia; the basic necessities of life remain a luxury to the vast majority of Liberians. Many people do not only go to bed hungry, they just do not have the means to get food.The prices of every essential good are astronomically out of the reach of the average Liberian. This is largely due to the government’s tax policies which are geared towards catering for the welfare of Mrs. Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai, Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, and their cronies.In a society where the average person lives the hunting gathering existence of the Stone Age, a few people in the government make huge amounts of money. What justifies a government official earning tens of thousands of dollars in a country where food is a luxury for most people?The Choice in October and November With the way the Unity Party headed by Mrs. Sirleaf, Mr. Boakai, Mr. Nuquay and others have run the country, there is no reason why they are even contenders in these elections. The Liberian people will have to make a clear choice between either continuing with them in the horrible state in which they have brought the country and embrace the continuing hardship or boot them out and replace them with one of the other contenders. It makes no sense for anyone to say that they would maintain a group that has clearly failed to run the country well because they lack an alternative. That is an argument that is borne by people who are either the beneficiaries of the system or hoping to benefit from its spoils.The current election has about a dozen people running for president. For anyone to conclude that it is better to maintain the status quo than look at the others is a measure of folly that will come back to haunt the country like the election of Mr. Charles Taylor did in 1997.If someone fails to deliver after 12 years of absolute authority, the most logical thing is to try another person. If someone is suffering from an ailment, that person would most certainly not continue going to the same doctor if that doctor’s repeated interventions fail to result in any improvement. The logical and best course of action will be for the sick person to consult with another doctor.Liberia is very sick! The people have given the Unity Party doctor nearly 12 years to find a cure. The fact that the condition continues to worsen suggests that the Unity Party doctors will have to be changed since they have clearly run out of ideas to treat the illness.The Liberian people have the option of consulting with a different doctor in October/November this year. It will serve the country best to change doctors as the current doctors who are treating its chronic illnesses have proven to be unequal to the task.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Di Matteo faces tough task to keep Arsenal target at Schalke

first_img Julian Draxler 1 Roberto Di Matteo’s big job as Schalke boss will be keeping Julian Draxler out of Arsenal’s hands, according to reports in Germany.The German midfielder has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for two seasons now and his reputation is constantly growing around Europe.Ex-Chelsea boss Di Matteo was appointed in October replacing Jens Keller who had an uneasy relationship with Draxler and was often publicly critical of their star player.The 21-year-old has played five Bundesliga matches already this season and scored one goal – his stats have not been helped by the red card and subsequent two-match suspension he picked up in the 2-2 draw with Frankfurt in September, in which he scored his side’s second.last_img read more

Arsenal bound? The in-form striker the Gunners MUST move for

first_imgFootball statistics analysts WhoScored.com examine in-form French hitman Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has been recently linked with a move to Arsenal. Check out WhoScored.com for lots more Arsenal stats.The Ligue 1 season is already 11 games old, and despite Paris Saint-Germain’s spending spree over the summer, Marseille sit atop of the French top flight. The Marcelo Bielsa factor has contributed significantly to L’Om’s superb start to the season, which has put them four points clear of their rivals at the summit of the table, but there has been another hugely influential member of the current XI and a driving force behind their impressive form – star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.The France international has scored more goals (10) than any other player in Ligue 1 this campaign and he is expected to better last season’s goalscoring return (16 goals in 34 appearances). Gignac’s current WhoScored.com rating (7.45) is at its highest since he signed for Marseille from Toulouse in 2010, reinforcing how well he has performed for the French side in their rise to the top.With his contract expiring in the summer, reports suggest Arsenal are weighing up a move for the burly frontman. Marseille president Vincent Labrune’s admission that the club may struggle to keep hold of their star striker has put the Gunners on red alert to his availability. Gignac’s 10 goals are five more than Arsenal’s top league scorer (Alexis Sanchez with five) this season and his goalscoring record would likely appeal to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.What may convince Arsenal to firm up their supposed interest in the Frenchman is that he offers a different attacking option to that of Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. Olivier Giroud can offer a physical threat to the Gunners attack, but his inconsistency in front of goal has been cause for concern in the past. A 16.7% conversion rate in the Premier League this term is not necessarily poor, but compared to Gignac in Ligue 1 (25%), the Marseille striker’s prolificacy weighs in his favour.Sanchez (23.8%) and Welbeck (10%) have also not been as lethal in front of goal as Gignac, whose displays may have Europe’s top teams scrambling for his signature in the New Year. No player is averaging more shots per game than Gignac (3.6) in Ligue 1, highlighting a confidence in his striking ability that has helped propel him to the top of the scoring charts this season.Evidently, Bielsa’s approach is benefitting the striker, who was recently rewarded for his performances with a return to the France national team. The high pressing game the Argentine demands means Marseille are winning the ball higher up the pitch, thus creating more chances for the attackers, with Gignac profiting from this. He may not be working hard defensively (0.5 tackles and 0.1 interceptions per league game this term) but that has not mattered with those around him performing the defensive duties.This allows Gignac to remain in close proximity to the goal and with the opposition defence caught out, he can capitalise on the chances created. Marseille will obviously look to hold on to their primary goalscorer, but with teams able to offer Gignac a pre-contract in January, they may struggle to retain his services. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be able to call on Sanchez, Giroud and Welbeck in attack, but the option to secure the services of an in-form Gignac on a free would be hard to turn down.For more stats on reported Arsenal target Andre-Pierre Gignac, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pageArsenal fans, would Andre-Pierre Gignac be an upgrade on your current striker options? Comment below… Andre Pierre-Gignac has been linked with Arsenal 1last_img read more

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United can forget about signing Serie A starlet

first_img Domenico Berardi 1 Sassuolo starlet Domenico Berardi will NOT be sold this January, the Italian club’s managing director has insisted.The 21-year-old striker has hit 33 Serie A goals in his last 67 outings and is on the radar of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.Juventus, who used to co-own Berardi, are also said to be considering a move to buy him just four months after selling their share in the player.However, Sassuolo managing director Giovanni Carnevali insists his club have no intention of cashing in on their key man any time soon.Carnevali told Tuttosport: “Last year, we invested €10m in him. For now Berardi is completely a Sassuolo player and we’re not a club that needs to sell.“I can rule out a January move. That’s not part of our company policy.“With Juventus it’s an open discussion. It’s an advantage, but Juventus are not the only ones to be following Berardi.”last_img read more

‘He’s throwing in the towel!’ Tottenham fans react to title mind games

first_imgAs the Premier League title race heats up, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has tried to shift the pressure onto Tottenham Hotspur by claiming they are favourites to lift the trophy.The Foxes currently sit top of the table, two points ahead of Spurs, but the Italian believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in the best position to be victorious, despite his team’s current lead and, in theory, easier run-in.He said: “Tottenham, in my opinion, are favourites then Arsenal, Manchester City.“Tottenham are strong in every situation. When they defend and when they attack they know what they want. Everyone is speaking about Leicester but nobody is speaking about Tottenham.“We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”But Tottenham Hotspur supporters on Twitter believe the comments could be proof Ranieri is getting worried.You can see what Spurs supporters said below… 1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of people turned out for the annual Rathmullan New Year’s Day Swim. The charity event raises funds for three local charities including the Donegal Hospice.Mind you there wasn’t too much swimming – Lough Swilly was freezing! (Or so we’re told!).It was one of a number of charity events over the weekend.Paul Deeney took this video. Click to play.  DDTV VIDEO: RATHMULLAN NEW YEAR’S DAY CHARITY SWIM was last modified: January 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV VIDEO: RATHMULLAN NEW YEAR’S DAY CHARITY SWIMlast_img read more

Dunleavy seeing team chemistry

first_imgSANTA BARBARA — An NBA training camp isn’t exactly like spring training in baseball, where a lot of major personnel questions often are answered. For the Clippers, they know 13 of the 14 players they will have on their roster, and they pretty much know which players will be in their rotation. However, one major part of the Clippers team chemistry has not been tested. Coach Mike Dunleavy tried to get a read on that this past week, and as training camp ended at Santa Barbara City College on Tuesday, he said he liked what he saw. “Some things you kind of hope for,” Dunleavy said. “The things I was hoping for I kind of saw, particularly from the standpoint of the chemistry aspect, our guys fitting in, playing hard and doing the things we thought they could do.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Dunleavy went through the majority of his roster, player by player, saying that he was happy with each player’s camp and development. He even was happy with Shaun Livingston, who sat out for the majority of camp with a strained lower back. Dunleavy mentioned that Livingston’s shooting should be improved this season. After his player-by-player analysis, Dunleavy said, “Now the question is how they blend. You have to blend that, as you put in your plays. And (tonight), we’ll see where we stand.” Not quite Mr. L.A. Walter McCarty should give the Clippers a viable outside shooting threat as a 6-foot-10 forward. He could back up Corey Maggette at small forward and brings nine years of NBA experience to the Clippers. McCarty also brings a viable singing career to Los Angeles. He released a CD in 2003, sang the national anthem before the first New York Liberty home game and has been singing since he was a child. Do not, however, expect him to use became wrapped up in the music industry. How the revamped backcourt of Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley blends with the rest of the roster is the major thing that Dunleavy will look at during the Clippers’ preseason schedule, which starts tonight at Staples Center against Dallas. The coach said he plans on giving his starters about 25 minutes of playing time, and he also will take long looks at certain reserves and players without guaranteed contracts. center_img “That’s the farthest thing from my mind,” he said. “I’m trying to win a ring and help this team be a good basketball team. Basketball is my career. That’s what puts food on my table.” Injury updates Livingston is expected to miss tonight’s preseason opener because of his strained lower back. Maggette has a slightly strained hamstring and officially is listed as questionable, but he likely will play. Roster trimmed The Clippers trimmed their roster to 18 by releasing Amal McCaskill and Jan Jagla. Five players without guaranteed contracts Rodney White, Yuta Tabuse, Jared Reiner, Fred Vinson and Boniface N’Dong remain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Giants free agents express desire to return, fit remains in question

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Regardless of who the Giants hire to overhaul the team’s roster this offseason, significant changes are in order.An offense responsible for one of the worst seasons in franchise history needs more youth, power and athleticism while a pitching staff loaded down by bloated contracts could use a few more arms at bargain prices.Reshaping the core of the club is a difficult challenge made more complicated by the dynamics of the roster. Several high-profile players possess no-trade …last_img read more

Madison Plains’ greenhands recognized with ceremony, jackets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The greenhand members of the Madison-Plains FFA chapter joined together on Saturday, October 1st to meet their officer team and receive their FFA Jackets.The cost of the jackets was partially paid for by the chapter as a gift for these members, for whom without the chapters future is unknown.Kameron Rinehart, Ohio Vice President at Large spoke to the greenhands and their parents about the benefits and importance of the organization. The officer team is excited to see its newest members accell and develop into tomorrow’s leaders.last_img read more