Pacers hit reset button with “coaching camp” type observe

INDIANAPOLIS – After dipping 113-104 in the heat at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, arguably their worst loss of the season, the Pacers had a day off on Saturday before heading to work on Sunday for a camp-style session returned.

Malcolm Brogdon, who faced his team’s fourth consecutive loss with 14 points on 4-of-14, said it was good for his squad to have some time to hit the reset button before then he will host the wizards on Monday.

“I thought we had a great training session (Sunday),” said Brogdon. “It was honestly like a training camp. We worked hard (Sunday) and I think that’s what we needed. We just have to come out and play man. We have to play at a high level with desperation.”

So what exactly does a mid-season camp exercise involve?

“Real work on the fundamentals, real conditioning work, real hard game work, real skill development work,” said Indiana trainer Rick Carlisle. “The schedule these days is such that those quality training days aren’t nearly as frequent as they were in the old days of the (Eastern Conference) Central Division, where there were many consecutive times, but they were short” trips “in a row. And then they would make a lot of two day breaks that you can have a day off, a quality day of practice, and then a game. But everyone adapts to the reality of today’s game and that’s just one of those opportunities we have to seize. “

This is only the second time this season the Pacers have had two days off between games and the first time that has happened at home. The other time Indiana had a two-day break was during a four-game road trip on the west coast last month.

Kelan Martin, who was still training at the team’s training facility on Saturday, said it felt good to wake up in his own bed.

“I usually come in on my days off and work a bit, just try to be consistent with my game, but calm helps,” said Martin. “Above all, to be at home and not in a hotel, but actually to be at home and enjoy it.”

Martin averages 5.3 points while shooting 40.9% off the field and 1 out of 10 to 3 points during Indiana’s steak lost four games. The former butler star remains confident about his game and team, noting that the 9-16 Pacers “know how well we can play”.

Carlisle has said on numerous occasions that his team lacks “strength”, which has resulted in some disappointing performances. Brogdon believes the problem has more to do with focus than exertion.

“I think it’s more about getting into the details of the game and being more physical in defense,” said Brogdon. “To be honest, we’re a team that plays hard. It’s not that we don’t play hard out here. So anyone who says that is wrong. It’s literally about the details, to know your people. That’s what matters to us. ” . “

Domantas Sabonis, who had 14 points and 16 rebounds against the Heat, agreed with Brogdon that the solution to the Pacers’ problems is not simply to play harder. However, he did admit that his team “look dead out there” sometimes when reviewing feature films.

After an intense workout at Ascension St. Vincent Center on Sunday, Sabonis said Indiana plans to carry that energy across the street to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday.

“Our record doesn’t show how we feel about (losing),” said Sabonis. “It definitely sucks, but we feel like we’re there, we can compete with anyone, we can win these games. But we just can’t do it. It’s a difficult task. We’re trying to get better out here and improve and try to turn the page. “

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Eagles take a break from coaching camp to boost cash for necessary trigger

PHILADELPHIA – At 6:30 am on a Saturday, the area near Pattison Avenue and 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way is usually quiet. The paved parking lots around Lincoln Financial Field remain uncovered, no car or person in sight. However, this was not a typical Saturday.

With the on-site DJ who plays an eclectic mix of remixes by artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Johnny Cash and Chumbawamba, Eagle Players and fans from all over the area came to bike, run and hike together for 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge.

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Events included a sensory walk for families with people with autism, a 5 km run and walk, and bike rides 15 to 80 kilometers in length.

The event was organized by the Eagles Autism Foundation, the benefactor of the fundraiser. All proceeds from the Challenge, which raised more than $ 2.5 million this year, will go towards autism research and support.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said when he first imagined the Eagles Autism Challenge years ago, he never imagined that our community would become what it is today.

“It’s not a one-day event anymore,” Lurie told the crowd that had gathered on the stadium field. “It’s a year-round commitment that has raised nearly $ 12 million since 2018, all of which has been reinvested in the autism community. None of this would be possible without you. “

Managing Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation Ryan Hammond was pleased to attend the event on Saturday, mainly because the COVID-19 pandemic forced last year’s event to be held virtually.

“What we went through last year to produce a virtual event to stay together while apart and then be able to be physically present and be side by side with our entire organization with the community unite is just amazing. It’s emotional. It’s just overwhelming, and I’m just humbled by the generosity that we people can show up, raise money, and be leaders and advocates again in this community. “

One of the players in attendance to cheer the contestants on was Defensive End Brandon Graham. Graham, a cycling enthusiast who rides 15 to 20 miles per trip in the off-season, said he was happy to see people early this morning to raise funds for the foundation.

Graham also said that his time organizing it helped him learn more about autism and the families it affects.

“This is definitely special because I’ve been here for so long and the story of Mr. Lurie and how it came about just opened my eyes because I’ve never had anyone with autism, but I’m just learning about it I want to give something back and help as best I can. It’s a great event. “

Rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith took part in his first challenge, took selfies with cyclists and wished them all the best on their journey.

“It’s amazing to be out here this morning,” said Smith. “Mr. Lurie did a good job raising money for autism. It’s great to be out here for a cause like this.”

The Eagles will raise money again when they hold their second and final open practice Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets to the exercise are $ 10 and all proceeds will go back to the Eagles Autism Foundation.

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Joye in Aiken providing summer season jazz camp | Leisure

For students who are passionate about music, Joye in Aiken has some notable news.

From June 24th to 27th, Joye in Aiken (the non-profit organization known for its festival and outreach program with Juilliard artists) is hosting a four-day jazz camp open to student musicians from eighth to twelfth grades.

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The non-residential camp will be held in collaboration with USC Aiken and will take place on the university campus.

The camp is directed by Joye in Aiken Artistic Director for Jazz Riley Mulherkar. Mulherkar is a jazz trumpeter trained by Juilliard and received the prestigious Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award in 2019.

Trumpet superstar and Juilliard alumnus Wycliffe Gordon will teach a master class as a visiting clinician. The Juilliard-trained pianist Mathis Picard and the other Juilliard alumni Bryan Carter (drums) and Dan Chmielinski (double bass) also take part as faculty members.

Sandra Field, president of the Joye in Aiken Board of Trustees, explains that campers will be very busy with classes and other activities throughout the jazz weekend.

“Camp opens upon registration on Thursday afternoon, June 24th,” said Field. “That evening the concert“ Jazz Explosion ”with the faculty members follows. On Friday and Saturday the students are in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday they rehearse and present a concert for the public. So your schedule will be very busy, but you will also have time to jam and make new friends. “

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She notes that the intense camp curriculum will focus on rehearsing and performing as part of a jazz combo. Jazz improvisation, gaming and skill building; Music theory; and jazz history and appreciation.

Jim Capalino, Joye in Aiken Board member and main sponsor (with his wife, Carlin Vickery) for the four days of activities, said the Jazz Camp is a particularly effective and timely addition to the organization’s extensive outreach program.

“This is the first time since the Juilliard Jazz Camp here in 2013 that Joye in Aiken can offer something like this,” says Capalino. “Especially this year, when education has been so heavily influenced by COVID, we think it is important to be able to offer the students a fun experience that really offers them first-class teaching.”

The tuition for the camp is $ 200. Lunch is included and financial support is given to students who might otherwise not be able to attend.

“Access to the arts, and especially quality art education, is a very important part of Joye in Aiken’s mission,” says Capalino. “Financial circumstances should never be an obstacle. We want to make sure that the camp is open to all students who want to come and can benefit from it. “

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Capalino sums up by noting how unique the opportunity is for local music students. “The musicians who will be teaching this camp are among the best in their disciplines in the world,” he said. “To be able to learn from them, to jam with them, to be looked after by them, is an opportunity that can only arise once in a lifetime. I urge every interested student in our region to benefit from it. “

To register for the camp, visit Inquiries can be directed to the Jazz Camp Chair Jack Benjamin at or Joye in Aiken Executive Director Janice Jennings

Three younger Mainers increase cash to youngsters go to summer season camp

Elle Foley, Sophia Turker and Emma Bowden founded the group ‘Gratitude for Maine’ and sell postcards and calendars to send children to summer camp

FALMOUTH, Maine – Three young Mainers are on a mission to help make the summer of their lives for the less fortunate in the ward.

“I believe children should have the opportunity to have fun, be with friends and be at summer camp and just experience all the opportunity,” said Elle Foley, a 6th grade student at Falmouth Middle School.

Foley and her two friends Emma Bowden and Sophia Turker formed the organization “Gratitude for Maine.” You may be young, but you set out to make a huge impact.

“You live in such a beautiful place, it should really be used, you should go outside every day and experience the outdoors, the outdoors and the sea,” said Turker, also a sixth grader at Falmouth Middle School.

I am very excited to share the work of these three young Mainers. Elle, Sophia and Emma founded the Gratitude for Maine organization and sell these postcards and calendars to help some Maine children have the summer of their lives. Whole story tonight at 6! @ Newscentermaine

– Sean Stackhouse (@StackhouseNCME) April 25, 2021

The young Mainers behind ‘Gratitude for Maine’ want to raise around 10,000 US dollars to send two children to summer camp in Maine. They also sell postcards, calendars and soon also t-shirts. All of the money they raise goes straight to their fund to send children to camp.

“Kids are really going to see Maine what we’re trying to do,” said Foley.

Foley, Turker, and Bowden are close friends and each have their own summer camp experiences.

“Obviously everything was shut down last year and last summer we had to be creative in what we were doing,” said Bowden, an eighth grader at North Yarmouth Academy.

When the pandemic hit and canceled camp for the 2020 season, the three of them focused on their photography for the summer and built an impressive collection of their own photos.

“We had a lot of great pictures of Maine, but nothing to do with those pictures,” Bowden said.

That was until the three of them sparked the idea for “Gratitude for Maine”. They have since taken these photos and placed them on calendars and postcards. So far, they have raised about $ 2000.

“It’s very important to me to give something back,” said Foley. “It’s a very important part of being a kid, I think, and I think more kids should have that experience.”

Foley, Turker, and Bowden look forward to returning to summer camp themselves, but are delighted that they can look forward to their own days in the sun and help give back.

You can purchase postcards and calendars from Gratitude for Maine by visiting theirs Website.

Canada’s water polo males ‘in sync’ for Olympic qualifier after pro-style camp

Water Polo Canada could highlight a pre-tournament decision by head coach Giuseppe Porzio as a key factor if the men’s team should secure one of three Olympic berths in Tokyo in the one-week FINA qualifier starting this weekend.

Through connections, Porzio ensured the squad trained alongside Pro Recco in Genoa, Italy, and competed against the Powerhouse and other nearby First Division clubs for almost a month.

“There is a way to get it [the players] They are familiar with the pace of the game and are playing at a higher level after a year off, “said former national coach George Gross Jr., who will conduct analysis during CBC Sports’ live streaming and televised coverage in February 20-21 semifinals and corresponding bronze and gold medal games.

“The players said they noticed a big change in how in sync they are with each other and [have adjusted] on the pace of the game from their arrival. “

Porzio will announce a 15-man squad on Saturday – 13 active players, two reserves – before the Canadians with 13th place open the preliminary round in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, against Brazil No. 11 on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.CET .

The training camp was undoubtedly welcomed by several Canadian players in Montreal during the COVID-19 pandemic, who did not have the opportunity to train or play games regularly while some of their teammates played professionally in Europe.

“They weren’t able to do much system work except video,” said Gross Jr., who has coached the University of Toronto women’s team for the past 12 years after coaching the men in the early 1990s. “You have to shake off the rust in a hurry and that’s why the Pro Recco camp was so important.”

Canada schedule

  • Sunday versus Brazil, 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Monday against Montenegro, 11:30 a.m.
  • February 16 versus Georgia at 10 a.m.
  • February 17 against Turkey, 2:30 p.m.
  • February 18 against Greece at 8:30 a.m.
  • February 19 – quarter-finals
  • February 20 – semi-finals
  • February 21 – final

Twelve teams compete for Olympic places, with Canada in Group A against Montenegro No. 6, Greece No. 8, Georgia and Turkey. Group B consists of Croatia No. 2, Germany No. 14, Russia No. 15, Argentina, France and the Netherlands.

The four best in each group will reach the crossover quarter-finals on February 19 at Zwemcentrum Rotterdam, a 50-meter pool that opened in January 2018.

The tenth-ranked Americans had previously qualified along with Australia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, South Africa and Spain.

Canada, which has never won an Olympic medal in water polo and after finishing eleventh in Beijing in 2008, did not qualify a men’s team for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, will neither Greece nor Montenegro despite a success story against the latter.

“Montenegro are more experienced and have played alongside Greece last year,” said Gross Jr., who competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, where the Canadian men finished ninth for their best performance ever in the Summer Games. “But you have to remember that the pressure on Greece, Montenegro and Croatia is enormous. If they don’t make it through the Olympics, it will be a national disaster.

“Turkey is a win game and Canada must win against Brazil and Georgia. Canada are probably the better side [than Turkey], based on the results in 2018 and 2019.

“There’s a huge difference between placing third and fourth in the group,” continued Gross Jr. “The fourth will move on to the game [likely Group B winner] Croatia and it’s goodbye Charlie but the team that finishes third will draw a tie [favourable opponent]. “

Captain Nic Constantin-Bicari is likely the offensive force for a young Canadian team with many players making their Olympic qualifying debuts. The 29-year-old center-forward, who won a second consecutive Hungarian Cup title with Ferencvárosi Torna Club in September, has also played professionally in France and Australia.

Captain Nic Constantin-Bicari, who has experience in France and Australia and has won consecutive Hungarian Cup titles with the Ferencvárosi Torna Club, is expected to lead the Canadian offensive in Rotterdam. (Submitted by Water Polo Canada)

“We have eight games to play in eight days and all games will be difficult,” he told Water Polo Canada. “Based on my experience with it [qualification tournament] We need to focus not only on our performance in the pool, but also on our physical and mental recovery to keep it up [a high level of] Intensity during the competition. “

Solid supporting cast includes Greek-born center-back George Torakis, who joined the Canadian team in 2014 and won a Pan-Am bronze medal in Toronto a year later. Like Torakis, Port Coquitlam, BC, 24-year-old striker Sean Spooner spent last summer in Greece preparing for the season.

The size is six feet six center forward Bogdan Djerkovic from Ottawa and six feet two attacker Jérémie Côté from Montreal, who are teammates from the University of the Pacific Tigers in Stockton, California. Year old Milan Radenovic, a 2019 Pan Am silver medalist in his eleventh year on the team.

The Canadian head coach Giuseppe Porzio will rely on the pictured goalkeeper Milan Radenovic in Rotterdam. “No team can adequately survive to score a bad goal.” [in the Olympic qualifier]”said George Gross Jr., an analyst at CBC Sports (Andrew Vaughan / Canadian Press / File).

“No team can adequately survive to play badly [in the Olympic qualifier]”said Gross Jr.” Discipline and goalkeeper will be key factors for the start. From a coaching standpoint, I like how the schedule is set up and starts with a must-win game [against Brazil] is good.”

Reuel D’Souza, the 21-year-old attacker from Port Coquitlam, was due to join the team on Friday after contracting coronavirus in France. Gross Jr. said three other Canadian players tested positive in Europe but have since recovered.