DD Motoring: The last of his kind – Station Officer Mickey Molloy

first_imgOn the last fire drill of the last millennium at the old Letterkenny Fire Station the below firefighters signed a special drill sheet at a function at the station. That was in 1999. It was a meeting of members of the fire service past and present and it was also the start of the departure for the old station on the High Rd. as plans were well under way for a new home for Letterkenny Fire Brigade on the De Valera Rd. In them days the Sub Station officer and Station Officer were also handing over the taking of calls to a new central call centre.Danny GrieveBenny DalyTony CoyleEddie CurranRonnie WhiteKevin Mc GlynnWillie PeoplesEamonn Sam O’DonnellJim TeaseTommy FrielBobby CurranEamonn HarveyRobert Mc Menamin,Brian Mc DaidMicheal MolloyDanny Mc Glynn,Louis BradleyJim Mc GlynnPatrick DohertyLiam McGrathVincent BianconiRobert StewartMicheal HerrityTommy NoonanPaddy O’BrienGiovani Doherty Advertisement The signatures of fire fighters from Letterkenny who attended the last call in 1999. Photo Brian McDaidThree worn switches are now all that remains of the old fire station that once stood on the High Rd. in Letterkenny. If you go looking for them you will have little chance of finding them on what now is a car park on the High Rd.That old station was once a state of art purpose built to house two fire engines and was also a three bedroom home built for one of the county’s first Fire Chief’s the late, Jack Lillis.The Old Station in Letterkenny which now is a carpark in Letterkenny.On Friday night last Letterkenny said farewell to their man in charge for looking after fire cover for the biggest town in Donegal for over a quarter of a century.At the Arena 7 a reunion of sorts of fire service personnel retired and operational came together to wish Mickey Molloy a firefighter’s farewell as he stepped down after 27 years service as Sub Station and Station Officer for the Letterkenny Fire Brigade. Advertisement Station Officer with Letterkenny Fire Service, Micky Molloy with his family at his retirement function at Arena 7 included are his wife Marian, grandson Mark, back row include Ciara, Orla, Martin and Michael. Photo Brian McDaidTo finish a job with 27 years service is a great honour but as a retained firefighter it’s more than the years it suggests. For someone working in a nine to five job working 40 hours a week, they can walk away every evening and also enjoy their weekends off.If you ask the family of any retained firefighter not only have they to be available 40 hours but also have to be available the remaining 128 hours night and day that make up a full 168 hour week.Answering the callMickey Molloy started with the Letterkenny Fire Brigade in 1990 and had the extra responsibility of taking the calls for the brigade from the day he started. Letterkenny is one of the busiest stations in Co. Donegal and as the retired Chief Fire Officer Frank Keranne recalled at Mickey Molloy’s retirement function on Friday night that Micky Molloy took on the responsibility of the phones when he started as the rank of Sub Station Officer 27 years ago.In them early years Mickey shared the pressure of manning the phones with his officer in charge. Danny Grieve. Both of these families like the families before them in Letterkenny and in every fire station in Co. Donegal had to deal directly with the public in an emergency, whenever it happened and had to try to settle a distraught caller in order to get vital information to deal with an emergency call.When the old station was built in Letterkenny the Chief Fire Officer for Co. Donegal lived in the station with his family in a three bedroom house which was attached to a two bay fire station. In them early days everyone knew when there was a fire call as the siren called out from the top of the fire station to summon the fire men to make their way to the fire station. Over the years the fire siren was fazed out as new technology was introduced in the form of a small bleep that each retained firefighter was issued with. Three SwitchesTucked away under the stairs in Mickey Molloy’s home on New Line Court are three switches which were used to call out the Fire Brigade in Letterkenny, There was one to operate the old siren which could be heard all over Letterkenny to let fireman know there was a fire call, there also was a switch for 1st call bleeps and second call bleeps for the fireman which would be decided by the officer after receiving information of the extent of the firecall.Former Station Officer Mickey Molloy at the old switches which were used to callout the Fire Brigade in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidOn Friday night past that big family of firefighters from Letterkenny past and present and the administration staff at head quarters that work behind the scenes and fellow firefighter from all over Donegal came together to wish the town’s Station Officer, Mickey Molloy all the best.“I did it my way”Any firefighter will tell you that no two fires are the same. That can also be said for the people that fight fires. If it was only so simple to go by the book and a fire was everything exactly as the book described it the job would be a lot easier. It’s one million years since humans first discovered fire, firefighters on the ground still know more about fires than have ever been written in any book.Fire Fighter / Driver , Michael Purtill makes a presentation on behalf of the Donegal Fire Fighters Association to Station Officer Michael Molloy on his retirement from Letterkenny Fire Service. Photo Brian McDaid.On reflection this week Mickey Molloy took Frank Sinatra’s advice and “Did it his way!” and it seems to have work well for him. The crew that he was in charge of in Letterkenny Fire Brigade clubbed together and paid for a special farewell trip for Mickey to go to New York for St. Patrick’s Day this year.ACFO Michael Scott presents Station Officer Michael Molloy with his long Service award certificate at his retirement.Last Friday night at Mickey Molloy’s retirement function Northern Ireland Fire Service were represented where they made a presentation as was the Gardai in Letterkenny, The Donegal Fire Association, Letterkenny Fire Brigade and Donegal Co. Council who is the governing body for the Fire Service.I think the crew that worked under Station Officer Mickey Molloy summed it up the best by clubbing together and paying for a trip for their boss to America this year of the St Patrick’s Day.Members of the present day Letterkenny Fire Brigade with their station Officer Mickey Molloy. who they sent to America as a special gift to their boss for his years of service in Lettekrneny. Photo Brian McDaidMickey Molloy is the last of his type of Station Officer in Letterkenny in that he took calls for fires in his home as did all the Station Officers before him. Now the Station Officers and Sub Station officers are paged like all the other firefighter to station from a central call centre in Co. Mayo.Gone is the old siren that echoes through the town to say that someone is in bother, be that in a fire or in a car accident, Letterkenny once was a two fire engine station and over the years it was increased to a four engine station at the old premises on the High Road.Now Letterkenny is an eight fire engine station which was developed to deal with all the extra demands of safety that have been introduced over the years.And finally…There still is a part of Letterkenny Fire Station in Donegal but it’s now on an island on Arranmore, the newest part of the old Letterkenny station made in steel was dismantled when the old station closed and was modified by the fireman on the Arranmore Island to form their new Fire Station which now houses their equipment and fire tender.Part of the Old letterkenny fire Station which was refurbished to build a Fire Station on Arranmore Island.Happy Motoring Folks..DD Motoring: The last of his kind – Station Officer Mickey Molloy was last modified: September 9th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidfire stationfirefighterletterkennylast_img read more

A’s top starter Frankie Montas suspended 80 games

first_imgOAKLAND >> On Thursday night, Frankie Montas stood surrounded by reporters at his locker and practiced a now familiar routine: the A’s ace attempted to dissect the makings of yet another dominant start — his eight-inning gem in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays won on Matt Chapman’s walk-off three-run home run.But Friday afternoon, that same locker was empty — name plate extracted — and a more uncertain future for the once-bright star set in. Montas won’t be in that clubhouse again for nearly …last_img

United faces boycott campaign over passenger’s violent removal.

first_imgUnited Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz said the airline was investigating the incident but attracted social media fire for describing the incident as a move to “re-accommodate’’ the passenger.“This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United,’’ Munoz said. “I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers.“Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.”One of the three security officers involved incident has since been placed on leave by the Chicago Department of Aviation, which said it was carrying out a of review of the incident because it was outside its standard operating procedure.Airlines are allowed to involuntarily remove people from flights in US and overbooked flights are enough of a problem that the government has rules about how they should be offloaded.These require airlines to first seek volunteers and to pay compensation for those who are bumped involuntarily if the airline is unable to get you to your scheduled destination within an hour of your originally scheduled arrival time.Compensation rises to 200 per cent of your one-way ticket price (up to $US675) if you are bumped and between one and two hours late on a domestic flight or between one and four hours late on an international flight.It hits 400  per cent, or a maximum of $US1375, if you are bumped and more than two hours late on a replacement domestic flight or four hours internationally.US Department of Transportation figures show 40,629 airline customers were subject to involuntary denied boarding in 2016, or about 0.62 per 10,000 passengers. United had 3,765 passengers in this category but was below the industry average with 0.43 involuntary denied boardings per 10,000 passengers. United Airlines is facing an online campaign to boycott its flights amid social media outrage over an appalling video showing a man claiming to be a doctor being dragged forcibly from a plane because the airline needed his seat to reposition staff.A video showing the man being dragged down the aisle of United Express Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday has gone viral around the world, become a hot media topic and provoked a social media backlash.READ: Not all passengers are equalThe incident is PR nightmare for the airline that billed itself as the “friendly skies’’.The airline confirmed the flight was overbooked and it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on the flight.When this failed, media reports said, it selected four passengers who were asked to leave the plane,  three of whom did so.“After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,’’ the airline said.A passenger who posted footage of the event, Jayse  Anspach, tweeted: “#United overbooked and wanted four of us to volunteer to give up our seats for personnel that needed to be at work the next day.”“No one volunteered, so United decided to choose for us. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.”“The doctor needed to work at the hospital the next day, so he refused to volunteer.“A couple (of) airport security men forcefully pulled the doctor out of his chair and to the floor of the aisle.’’Anspach said the passenger’s face was slammed against an armrest, causing serious bleeding,  as he was being dragged out and he seemed to go limp.“Ten minutes later, the doctor runs back into the plane with a bloody face, clings to a post in the back, chanting, “I need to go home.”,’’ he said.Passenger Tyler Bridges told The New York Times the airline initially offered $US400 vouchers to people prepared to voluntarily give up their seats and increased this to $US800 and $US1000 when no-one took up the offer.Passengers were told the aircraft would not leave until four people got off,  he said.last_img read more

MTB star Burry Stander dead in crash

first_img4 January 2013 Aged only 25, Stander’s death has sent shockwaves through the cycling community. There was also fury that yet another cyclist had been lost in an accident, with members of the community saying other vehicles do not respect them enough on the road. “We have been blessed to have had such an amazing and inspirational person represent South Africa and we will treasure every memory.” ‘Humility and prowess’“We have lost not only a friend, colleague and team-mate, but a true sportsman. He will long be remembered for his humility, his prowess and the gentle manner in which he conducted his life! “Sincere condolences to all. His 2012 duel with Olympic silver medallist Nino Schurter for victory in the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg was a sight to behold as the pair destroyed the chasing field. Seeing it on television is one thing; seeing such speed, endurance and skill in real life is another. Along with Greg Minnaar in downhill and Robbie Hunter on the road, he put South African cycling on the world map. ‘I have no words’Gary Perkin, one of the world’s leading mountain biking photographers, wrote on Twitter: “I have no words … Only tears! RIP Burry!” His sentiments were echoed by many. Twitter lit up as plans began to be put in place for a ride in memory of the former under-23 world champion, who finished fifth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading the way in planning it were cycling personalities such as world downhill champion Greg Minnaar, Andrew McLean, Robbie Hunter and Kevin McCallum. 20132013 should have been a great year for Stander. It could have been the best of his life. He would have defended the Absa Cape Epic title with Christoph Sauser, aiming for a hat-trick of wins. News of his passing devastated the Swiss great. “Never felt so empty since my dad passed away when i was a kid. @africanmtbkid i will never ever forget you!” Sauser wrote on Twitter. “Dear All, “David Hyam and the Specialized S-Racing Team” His wife of less than a year, Cherise, an elite cyclist too, won a stage of the Route de France, the women’s version of the Tour de France in 2011. She was set to concentrate on mountain biking in 2012, however, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of her husband. South African cycling lost its greatest ever cross-country rider on Thursday. Burry Stander, one of the world’s leading competitors in the discipline, was killed while training after being hit by a minibus taxi. ‘One of the coolest and greatest’“World is going crazy! I’m so sad to hear again such bad news. Burry was one of the coolest and greatest athlete in MTB sport! #RIP” Schurter tweeted. “It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our friend and cycling legend Burry, who was tragically snatched away in the prime of his life while training in his home town of Kwazulu-Natal this afternoon. “Not only is this a loss to South African sport, but we have lost a true gentleman who through his professionalism, modesty and humility, constantly showing sheer guts, represented our country with great pride. A statement released by Cycling South Africa read: “Burry, who was the most successful mountain bike cyclist the country has ever seen, and whose promising career has been abruptly cut short, was a true icon and sporting role model. “Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Cherise, his parents, family and all who were privileged to know this gentle giant. “Life is short, life is sweet but his legend will live on forever. Stander was also set to take part in the World Championships on home ground, where he finished second in the World Cup in 2012 on the same track that will be used later this year. Respected and much lovedStander’s outstanding talent, his massive work ethic, his excellent results at the highest level and his humility made him a respected and much loved man to many. The shock of his loss continues to reverberate around the cycling world. Stander was part of Specialized Racing’s powerful team, and with Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy gave the outfit a fantastic 1-2 punch. Specialized’s director of sports marketing, David Hyam, wrote a letter about the passing of the South African star: Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “A fighter, champion, gentleman and forever a Legend… RIP Burry”, wrote Minnaar. last_img read more

Creating 3D Flip Down Text in After Effects

first_imgCombine multiple text animators in After Effects to create overshoot for a great-looking organic animation!Text animators in After Effects are awesome. They allow you to have great, complex text animations while being able to make easy modifications to the text’s content. Here’s how to make one of my favorite quick animations: 3D flip down text with some overshoot.First, type out your text in a new layer. This animation works best with multiple lines of text.Next, you’ll want to twirl down the text settings, click on the “Animate” arrow, and select “Enable Per-character 3d”. This lets After Effect’s text animators see each letter as a separate 3D object for animation purposes.Now we get down to the actual animation. Click the animate arrow again, and select “Rotation” to add a text animator with a rotation property. Now that our anchor point is set correctly, we’ll change the X Rotation so that the text rotates away from the camera by about 90º. So what’s missing with the above? It feels a little flat, and some overshoot would do it some good. Overshoot is when the animation goes past it’s end point, then settles back to where it should end. To do this with text animators, we’ll a second text animator for rotation. Go back to to the “Animate” arrow and select “rotation”. This will add a brand new text animator with rotation properties.What we want to do is set the rotation to indicate how much overshoot we want to see. I chose –30º.We need to change the Range Selector for this text animator to “Lines” like the first one, but we’re going to set the Shape to “Round”, which will make it go from the start value to the value indicated below, then back.We’ll add two keyframe to change the second text animator’s offset from –100% to 100%, just like the first animator, and there you go! Now that our properties are set, we’ll do a little work on the timing of the animation. Twirl down the “Range Selector”, and “Advanced” inside that. We’ll set the animation to be based on “Lines” instead of “Characters”, change the Shape to “Ramp Up”, and set both Ease High and Ease Low to 100%.Now that all of our options are set, all we need to do is keyframe the Offset from –100% to 100% and you’ll see something like the below. We also want the text to fade in so you don’t see it before it flips down, so we’ll click on the “Add” arrow under the text animator and select “Opacity”, then set that to 0%. We’re going to be adjusting the X Rotation, but if you try to change the rotation now, you’ll notice that the anchor point is mid-letter. That’s not particularly helpful for our animation, where we want the text to flip down from above. You could adjust the anchor point using another text animator, but there’s actually an easier way…Above the text animator, you’ll see “More Options”. Twirl that down and you’ll see the two values that will let us change where the rotation is anchored to: Anchor Point Grouping and Grouping Alignment. We’ll change Anchor Point grouping to “line” so that the anchor point is the same for each line, and we’ll move the Grouping alignment so that the mark (shown below – you  may want to click the image to enlarge) is just above the line of text. This is where the text will flip down from. The second animator give it a nice little overshoot, which adds a bit of organic motion to the movement. It’s fun to experiment with multiple text animators, instead of trying to cram everything into one. Text animators are incredibly powerful, and one of my favorite After Effects features. Hopefully you’ll find new ways to use them in your work!last_img read more

International stars leaving mark on NBA

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been fun to watch over the last two decades, where the game started internationally and where it is now,” said Dirk Nowitzki, the German who became the biggest star in Dallas Mavericks’ history. “I think the game has grown globally, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America. I think we’ve got 150 international players in the league or more. It’s been fun to watch.”Just take a peek at Tuesday’s boxscores to see the impact.— There were six guys with 12 or more rebounds, five of them born outside the U.S.— There were six guys with seven or more assists, all of them born outside the U.S.— There were four guys with three or more blocks, all of them born outside the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn’t seen since the ABA merger.One of the MVP front-runners at this point is Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has led Milwaukee to the NBA’s best record entering Wednesday. Dallas’ Luka Doncic looks like an overwhelming favorite to become the first Slovenian rookie of the year. Cameroon’s Joel Embiid might be the dominant big man in the league, and keeps getting better for Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThese aren’t just some guys taking up roster spots, either.These are franchise players. At least one-third of the league’s teams have a foreign-born player who would classify as its best, or at least its most important. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “We just know what this game is about,” Doncic said of the young foreign cluster of stars. “I don’t know if people think international players aren’t that good, but I think we showed up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, left, talks with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami. In Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a go-to franchise player capable of getting the team out of any hole. Averaging 26.6 points and 12.8 rebounds, Antetokounmpo was hitting 66 percent of his two-point shots thanks to length and athleticism that makes him nearly unstoppable in the paint. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.This season, there are 24 names on that list — by far the most in league history.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists for Denver, and it might not have even been his best game of the season. Jokic is Serbian — and represents how the game is played today. He’s a 7-footer. Big, fast and skilled. He’s going to be a problem for teams for a long time, and is the biggest reason why the Nuggets entered Wednesday atop the Western Conference.The NBA has utilized a ‘USA vs. The World’ format in what used to be called the rookie game at All-Star weekend since 2014, and maybe it’s time to think about doing something like that in the varsity matchup as well.Think about this possibility: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Embiid, Jokic and Ben Simmons starting. Select Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Nikola Vucevic as the backup big men. Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic as backup guards and wings. Jamal Murray, Jonas Valanciunas and Boban Marjanovic would be snubbed on this 12-man mythical roster.And that scenario even has Australian-born Kyrie Irving playing for the U.S. side in this made-up game.The U.S. team led by LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis would probably still win. But it might be worth the NBA taking a look at this sort of format before too long.“You’ve got guys coming from everywhere and anybody now in the world, you know if you work hard you can come play in the NBA,” said Charlotte’s Tony Parker, who was born in Belgium.There’s a myriad of theories on why this is happening.The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Young players like Doncic can see fellow Europeans succeed in the NBA while oohing and aahing over their basketball heroes — and for the Mavericks rookie, it was LeBron. Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Antetokounmpo modeled some of his game after Scottie Pippen.The seeds have been planted over these last 20 years.It was only a matter of time before they bore this sort of fruit. MOST READlast_img read more

a month agoArsenal players unhappy with Emery methods

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players unhappy with Emery methodsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal players are unhappy with the methods of manager Unai Emery.The Mirror says a large number of Arsenal players remain unconvinced by Unai Emery’s tactics and struggle to understand his instructions at times.The Gunners lay fourth in the table after six games – the lowest position in which they hope to finish the season.Emery’s task is to bring back Champions League football to Emirates Stadium, which he failed to achieve last term, and the next test comes against Manchester United on Monday night.Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford since 2006 and, despite three wins on the bounce for the north London side, there is a familiar sense of anxiety among supporters.That rings true of the players also.It claims that Arsenal players have been worried about tactics, such as the decision to play a narrow back-four against Liverpool in August despite the European champions’ talent on the wings. last_img read more

a month agoAndreas Pereira now feels settled at Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andreas Pereira now feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira says he now feels settled at Old Trafford.Loan spells in Spain with ­Granada and Valencia helped Pereira’s development and in the summer he signed a new ­contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.He said: “I looked up to a lot of players, but especially David Beckham, Paul Scholes and ­ Cristiano Ronaldo . I also ­admired Kaka. Three out of the four were United – but I love United. “I have been here so long now that it’s like my house. I love Manchester – even the rainy weather – and I want to stay here for many years.“But to do that, I know we have to have a winning team. I will never accept losing games. I am used to winning because this is Manchester United.“When I came through here, it was about ­winning things, about winning trophies and we’re doing all we can to get close to that again.”I am not going to lie – if you are a United player, then you have to play everything to win.“That’s the aim we all have – to get back there, to get back to the top and put the club where it belongs.“We are all working hard on that.” last_img read more

Report: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

first_imgJahlil Okafor reacts to scoring a basket.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group. pic.twitter.com/MheJn4MuLD— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.last_img read more

Whos Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches

FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 14, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner, who helps us break down the latest trades in the NBA as the February 23rd deadline approaches. Next, Neil Paine takes us inside the collapse of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynastic greatness. Finally, we look forward to baseball season and ponder what the increase in home runs means for the sport. Plus, a significant digit on a streak.Links to what we discussed: ESPN is keeping track of the latest NBA trade news as the deadline approaches.The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at a trade that gave the Blazers their third first-round draft pick.You can read more of Kyle Wagner’s work here.Last week, Neil Paine explained why the Red Wings’ empire is crumbling.We explored the history of American hockey’s use of players from the Soviet Union — and the Red Wings’ role in bringing them to the States — in this episode of Ahead of Their Time.There are now more MLB players who hit 20 or more home runs in a season than there have been at any time in 50 years, writes Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post.Significant Digit: 4. On Monday night, the UConn women’s basketball team won their 100th consecutive game. Since their initial hot streak began on March 13, 2013, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost only one game of any kind. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code read more