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    Getty P.J. Tucker #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses at 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. The Philadelphia 76ers made a splash this offseason by giving a three-year contract to PJ Tucker worth roughly $33 million. This is set to be the highest-paid contract of the 37-year-old’s career. The Sixers have lacked the intangibles that Tucker is known for and are hoping his toughness, versatility, and playoff experience can help them to get over the postseason hump. The early signs are seeming positive as several of the members of the Sixers raved about his impact following the first day of camp. When asked about the debut practice of the veteran, Doc Rivers told reporters: “You can see certain guys like P.J. stand out, especially defensively. When he’s on the floor, when he’s off the floor, it is night and day. That’s what we’re challenging guys, because P.J.’s not playing 48 minutes. And it’s not just his defense. It’s his talking and it’s his knowledge,” Rivers stated following day one of training camp.Tucker’s Importance on...
    AJ Pollock hit a chopper to third with two outs in the eighth inning Monday against the Houston Astros. Alex Bregman charged but couldn’t come up with the ball, and Pollock reached on an infield hit. It was the beginning of a big rally for the Chicago White Sox. Pollock advanced to third on Andrew Vaughn’s double to right and scored on Eloy Jiménez’s game-tying two-run double to left. The Sox pulled ahead later in the inning on Yoán Moncada’s two-run single to center. Pollock had two hits in the 4-2 win. It was his third straight two-hit game as he fills in at the top of the order for injured shortstop Tim Anderson. Pollock had three hits, an RBI and a run Aug. 7 against the Texas Rangers in his first game in the leadoff spot with Anderson out, first with a two-game suspension and then the hand injury. And Pollock has continued to hit. He led off Saturday with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly, and he added a solo home run in the eighth in...
    Crystal Frost works behind the scenes as the PR head for Mayweather Promotions and is the founder of her own company MADWMN.  Professional boxing is one of the oldest sports in the modern era originating in the late 1800s. However, it’s just fully evolving into the 21st century in terms of equal opportunity in regard to gender. Fighters like Claressa Shields, Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor are fighting for change in the ring, but people like Crystal Frost are doing their part outside of it. Watching boxing on TV, the fighters are front and center, but there’s a team effort to make sure that these events come off without a hitch. Managers, promoters and broadcasting companies are some of the main entities that help pull off a fight promotion, and they all have PR experts. That’s where Frost comes in. She began working for Mayweather Promotions in 2016 and was quickly elevated to brand communications lead, where she helps introduce their stable of fighters to the world. Her path into boxing PR wasn’t her original goal. In a way, it...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — Girl Scouts are known for being resourceful, respectful and responsible. And now, more Minnesota girls can officially call themselves scouts. READ MORE: MN Weather: Pleasant Start To Spring Before Early Week Storm Brings Rain-Snow MixThe local council is making a push to diversify troops, and it’s resulting in something special. Of all the transactions at Mall of America, a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies are some of the most important. (credit: CBS) Sell after sell after sell. These girls know a lot about work — and about play. “They really help me remember that life does not always have to be so serious, it’s just not always that serious,” troop leader Paulette Bonneur said. But there’s a serious purpose behind this troop — it’s to lead the way with some much-needed representation. “In looking at some of the data, in Minnesota, there’s only 28% of Girl Scouts that identify as girls of color,” Bonneur said. “So if you think about it, with all the Girl Scouts in our state, that is too low...
    HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- It was the psychological study that shaped a generation: Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark's doll test.The husband-and-wife team studied the self-image of Black children, and their psychological experiments performed in the 40s found African American children preferred dolls with white skin.Their work helped win the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, and the couple opened a non-profit a Harlem that has been helping community for over 70 years."The children basically rejected the Black dolls and really said the white doll was the good doll, the Black doll was the bad doll," Northside Center for Child Development Executive Director Dr. Thelma Dye said.ALSO READ | Brittney Johnson is 1st Black actress to play Glinda in 'Wicked'EMBED More News Videos Brittney Johnson debuts as the first Black "Glinda" in Broadway's "Wicked." It showed what was believed to be the impact of segregation on children, leading to a change in the way every American student is educated."The Black-white doll study was instrumental to the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision," Dr. Dye said.The Clarks wanted to take...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez said that the Biden administration’s use of the Remain in Mexico policy has been sparse. He added that the policy’s use is “not very effective.” And that it is “not making an impact on what we’re seeing right now on the southern border.” Olivarez said, “Just for the month of December, over 175,000 apprehensions, and then we talk about the reinstatement of Remain in Mexico. From what I understand, several hundred were actually deported under that policy. And of course, that’s not very effective. That’s not making an impact on what we’re seeing right now on the southern border. And especially what our men and women of DPS are having to deal with on a daily basis. Bill Melugin just showed a video right there of one of our state troopers having to interdict a human smuggler and we saw 59 illegal immigrants that came out of that vehicle. We’re dealing with that on a constant basis. So, the data does show...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine getting drafted to a team that’s fresh off of an NBA title and instead of going through the process of progression, you’re thrown into the hottest of fires in the league. This was Kevon Looney’s course in NBA 101. Fresh out of UCLA and into high-pressure moments with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala with championship gold on the line. “It was nerve-wracking,” Looney said of his experiences as a rookie. “Coming in from college and getting drafted to a team that just won a championship, and me coming off of injuries and trying to find my way in the NBA, it was a different experience for me in learning how to not only play NBA basketball but championship basketball.” Six years later, Looney finds himself holding down the NBA’s no.1 ranked defense in the absence of Green. Given his introduction to this league at the highest level, and picking up lessons learned along the way, Looney is built for this moment. No Green. No problem. In Green’s absence,...
    LA VILLA, Italy (AP) — There’s nothing easy about evolving from a top junior skier into a World Cup contender. Just ask River Radamus, the Colorado racer who won three golds at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics and four medals (two golds and two silvers) at the junior world championships from 2017-2019. The 23-year-old Radamus has been pushing his body to the limit this season, though, and the results are starting to come — just in time for the Beijing Olympics in February. Radamus matched his career-best World Cup result by skiing through pain in his lower right leg to finish sixth in the demanding Alta Badia giant slalom on Sunday. He also placed sixth in the season-opening giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, in October. “Any time you can come here and put two runs together it feels good. I love this hill and getting sixth here is huge for me,” said Radamus, who placed fourth in the opening leg with the No. 18 bib. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. I take the points, take the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officer Keona Holley has only been on the Baltimore Police force for two years. It’s not unusual for people in Curtis Bay to see Holley, who’s stationed in the Southern District, multiple times a week. “As soon as we started coming, she came in and introduced herself,” said Markis Johnson, the owner of Unlimited Bounds, a home for people with substance abuse of mental health challenges that opened in October. “If we needed anything, she was like, ‘Please let me know if you needed anything, you know I’m always here.'” READ MORE: No Timeline To Restore Maryland's COVID-19 Dashboard As Universities See Cases SpikeJohnson said Officer Holley has been doing her part to challenge negative stereotypes about police officers while doing what she can to improve conditions in the Curtis Bay community. “She always talked about how she likes to engage with a community, she wanted to be one of the individuals to help change the outlook of how people see police officers,” Johnson said. Holley was ambushed and shot as she sat in her patrol vehicle...
    WTOP’s Live Local campaign is your local charity marketplace for amazing organizations making a difference in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Your donations help give back to these trusted local charity partners whose work supports and empowers the diverse community in which we live. Each donation made helps make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and yours. Many of our amazing local charity partners banded together to support individuals, businesses and organizations that are community staples in our region, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and have continued their amazing work to this day. Learn more about just some of these amazing organizations below. To check out our full list of charities or make a donation, click here to visit the WTOP Live Local campaign page today! Homestretch “It is such a privilege to be able to provide supportive housing and comprehensive services to homeless families with children from across the metro DC region. We not only provide safe housing but also the opportunity to acquire skills and education, liquidate debt and repair credit, restore health, resolve legal...
    Chrysalis House “At Chrysalis House, we love these women [with substance use disorders] until they are capable of loving themselves.” –Carressa Christian, Deputy Executive Director, Programs & Transitional Services Feed the Fridge Feed the Fridge/AMANDA VOISARD New Hope Housing “New Hope Housing is a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Northern Virginia. We provide shelter,  permanent supportive housing, outreach, and support services for over 1,600 people a year in Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington County, and Falls Church. Volunteers are welcome to prepare and serve meals, tutor or mentor shelter guests, host game nights, and help prepare new homes as guests move out. Your community support is crucial to this mission – thanks for your support!” – William W. Gorman, Interim Executive Director CareerCatchers CareerCatchers provides personalized one-on-one employment, job skills counseling, and additional services to low-income and disadvantaged groups in the DC Metropolitan area. Our mission is to ensure stable employment, identify and encourage participation in workplace skills training, enhance self-esteem, and foster empowerment. We give back to the community by providing intensive, individualized, and sustained...
    Lindsie Chrisley Is Creating New Normal for Son Amid Will Campbell Divorce Dow, S&P 500 seen extending slide ahead of Fed minutes Roughly two months ago, I foolishly went chasing a foul pop-up during a slow-pitch softball game, slipped on the concrete and landed hard, with my left hand taking the brunt of the impact. The finger that was broken — non-displaced fracture, the X-rays told us — still hurts, as do the other three fingers and my wrist. Only the thumb feels “normal” at this point.  In my younger years, this would have been a three-week injury, but having passed the 40-year milestone a few years ago, I can tell you this from experience: The body does not heal like it used to. And that’s why I’m so very impressed with how the “old” guys in baseball are still not only surviving in a young man’s sport, but thriving.  MORE: The AL MVP race is almost an unfair fight Here are eight players who have sprinted past their 37th birthdays — four hitters and four pitchers — and...
    The Sunbelt Ag Expo is making an impact on Southeast. See the results of the UGA study below. As we round the corner toward July, we are closing in on the Sunbelt Ag Expo’s 43rd Annual Show, October 19-21. In just four months, Moultrie will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country to celebrate agriculture and the advancements that have been made in the industry during the last two years. Just over a year ago, the organization wrapped up an economic impact study conducted by the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development. While the study produced a vast set of data, the big picture speaks for itself. With the diversity and reach of the Sunbelt Ag Expo, not only does Moultrie and Colquitt County benefit but so does the surrounding 20-county region with a 50-mile radius. Based on research gathered, the Expo produces approximately $16.72 million annually in economic output for the region. In addition, it generates...
    NEW YORK -- To help inspiring small business owners like Richard and Charles, and so many others, TD Bank recently announced the establishment of a $100 million equity fund in support of minority-owned small businesses.The goal is to combat racial inequities and provide opportunity in underserved communities, while also providing small business loans and technical assistance.The equity fund stems from a larger commitment made by TD Bank Group last year to advance racial equity for its Colleagues, Customers and Communities.Three quarters of the capital ($75 million) will be funded through a Specialized Small Business Investment Companies (SSBICs) initiative, to be launched later this year. SSBICs provide financial assistance to disadvantaged businesses that are minority-owned, women-owned or are in areas of need.The other $25 million will be specifically earmarked for Black- and Latinx-owned small businesses, funded through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which are notably skilled in helping businesses in communities of color secure financing."The pandemic has highlighted the depth of disparities that exist in communities of color, especially as it relates to small businesses, which serve as the backbone of...
    Kyra Elzy and Kellie Harper won a lot of NCAA Tournament games together while teammates at Tennessee The former roommates, who celebrated championships together in 1997 and 1998, this week both advanced into the second round as head coaches in the River Walk regional. The Wildcats 71-63 win over Idaho State, was Elzy’s first NCAA Tournament game as a head coach, a job she got in November after the sudden retirement of Matthew Mitchell. Her fourth-seeded Wildcats take on fifth-seed Iowa in the second round. Harper, who also has a ring from the 1996 Tennessee team title team, took over at her alma mater last year. She is hoping to get to Lad Vols back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016 when they play Michigan on Tuesday. Both say they have had their former coach, the late Tennessee legend Pat Summitt, on their minds this week. “I know she’s looking down, so proud,” Elzy said. “I write on my card every game, ‘Left foot, right foot, breathe, repeat,’ and that was one of her...
    DENVER (CBS4) – When Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone told Facundo Campazzo that he made the NBA’s Rising Star roster, his response was, “I made it? What is this? What did I make?” It’s just another adjustment the 29-year-old Argentinian had to make in his first season in the NBA. Campazzo came to the Nuggets in the offseason signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal and he hasn’t disappointed. In the 30 games he’s played (one start), he’s averaging 5.5 points, 2.1 assists, and one steal in 16.3 minutes per game. He uses his slight 5-foot-10, 195-pound frame to attack the floor with his high-energy defense and highlight-reel passes. He recently landed on the CBS Sports NBA Rookie Power Rankings, with Jasmyn Wimbish writing that Campazzo is “an artist with the ball.” READ MORE: ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Douglas County School District, Sheriff After 11-Year-Old With Autism Handcuffed Facu’s Best Passes In The NBA (so far) ???? pic.twitter.com/VvUif2Xghs — Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 24, 2021 Campazzo’s strong play earned him a roster spot on the NBA’s Rising Star team, the league’s...
    By CUNEYT DIL, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's coronavirus czar said Friday that vaccinations are already reducing COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state. Less than two months into the vaccination drive, Dr. Clay Marsh, a high-ranking West Virginia University health official, said there is a 40% to 45% reduction in deaths linked to COVID-19 from December to January and hospitalizations are down more than 50%. “Which we do believe is directly related to the aggressive vaccination that we've done,” Marsh said at the governor's coronavirus news conference. About 11.5% of the state's population has received at least one vaccine dose, while nearly 5% are fully vaccinated. The separate doses from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna should be taken within a few weeks to reach their full effect. Twenty deaths from the coronavirus reported Friday, bringing the state's total to 2,100. More than 100,200 residents aged 65 and older have received at least one shot. Marsh said the average age for a person dying of the virus is 77. Teachers 50 and over and health care workers are also...
    New York (CNN Business)Leaders of the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) say their organization has received a record total of about $2 billion dollars in donations this year from companies looking to aid people of color."This is by far our biggest fundraising year on record," LISC President and CEO Maurice Jones told CNN Business.Netflix, Lowe's and Square are just three of the major corporations that made multimillion dollar donations to LISC in the aftermath of the George Floyd tragedy.LISC is a non-profit financial institution that funds community development initiatives in 44 states. It allocates money to local groups that provide emergency aid, wealth-building and career development resources to underprivileged communities whose residents are primarily Black and Latino.The organization's leaders say their efforts have never been in higher demand. Corporations looking to help people facing institutional obstacles — including millions who have lost jobs due to coronavirus concerns — have turned to LISC for guidance and stewardship in greater numbers. Additional multimillion dollar donations were provided by Dick's Sporting Goods and Verizon, among others.Read MoreJones says the estimated $2 billion donation...
    NASCAR: 700 starts later, Kurt Busch is still making an impact By: Geoff Magliocchetti July 2, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesSet to race a NASCAR Cup Series vehicle for the 700th time on Sunday, Kurt Busch looks forward to a continued impact on the sport. New NASCAR fans seeking a primer on the circuit’s history could do far worse than simply studying the career of Kurt Busch. Driver of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Busch is set to make his 700th start in the premier Cup Series at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBC). Not only is Busch only the 16th driver to reach that precipice, but he’s gone through an auto racing roller-coaster that entire race teams may never experience. Asked about the upcoming landmark start in a Wednesday conference call, Busch waxed nostalgic, thinking back to his father Thomas racing on the local tracks that began the racing journey...
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