Watch: Riverfest 2019 sees more than 120,000 people take to Limerick…

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email NewsCommunityLifestyleVideoWatch: Riverfest 2019 sees more than 120,000 people take to Limerick CityBy Staff Reporter – May 7, 2019 1201 Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Print Previous articleLimerick Streetfeast – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyNext articleDilemma ahead for dual stars after games fixed for the same day Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Linkedin Jym Daly, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance performs at Riverfest Limerick. The banks of the Shannon was the epi-centre of the first major national festival of the year as thousands attended events that celebrate the city and it’s prized asset, its waterway. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.Limerick has proved the place to be this May Bank Holiday weekend with more than 120,000 people celebrating the city’s biggest festival Riverfest, bringing an estimated €7million into the local economy.Bright sunshine and warm weather, especially on Sunday, made Limerick the destination to go to this weekend, as the magic that is Riverfest descended on the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The water-based activities saw huge numbers enjoying the popular double zip line across the River Shannon while zorbing, kayaking, dragon boating and a social swim had many getting a different perspective of the great river.High above the river, aerial performers Fidget Feet brought the world of the Shannon Fishermen to life with amazing displays of aerial acrobatics, while mermaids riding seas horses also enthralled the crowds during the festival.A spectacular light show by Fidget Feet on Sunday evening heralded the start of the now traditional Riverfest Fireworks extravaganza. Thousands lined the quays and strands around Limerick to catch a glimpse of the 20-minute show as the skies were lit up in what has become a firm favourite of Riverfest weekend.Earlier on Sunday, there were fireworks of a different kind as 14,000 people participated in the Regeneron Great Limerick Run as the marathon, half marathon and 6-mile distances were covered by the athletes through the streets of Limerick.One of the most popular attractions at the festival was the LE Eithne naval vessel where thousands of people enjoyed a tour of the Irish ship.  For many, it was the first time behind the walls of Limerick Docks and, with thanks to Shannon Foynes Port Company, gave them a glimpse into the operations of a working port, as well as pretending to be a member of the Irish Naval Service.The boardwalk on Howley’s Quay was the location for the now traditional BBQ on Saturday, with companies and charities from across Limerick and Mid-West cooking up a storm for the hungry spectators.Mouth-watering burgers and sausages as well as tempting brightly coloured and inviting vegetarian options were on the menu.Of course, the BBQ was a competition with the Overall Winners the Carriage House Pirates, Adare Manor, Best Dressed entry was Sexton’s Bar and Pizza, while Southill Drama Group were the most entertaining entry.The BBQ prizes were thanks to A Room Outside.Riverfest started off on Friday as Limerick’s style icon Celia Holman Lee and top social media influencer Louise Cooney showcased the best of Limerick fashion to packed crowds of people in Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said, “Riverfest has proved itself to be a great festival and one to be proud of.  The weather was a great incentive for people to come out and support the events, with thousands lining the streets cheering on the participants in the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, or visiting the LE Eithne in Limerick Docks and of course the traditional fireworks extravaganza.”And as always the Riverfestival Village centred in Arthur’s Quay Park and stretching this year along the river to the Hunt Museum and on to the Potato Market, welcomed the thousands of people who enjoyed the entertainment, fun and shows of Riverfest including a 40ft Panoramic Wheel, carnival rides and music.  This year a chillout zone was set up in the Hunt Museum for those who wanted to unwind but still enjoy Riverfest and was supported by the Limerick Autism Group.Sheila Deegan, Culture and Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council said Limerick’s streets “were alive and kicking for Riverfest 2019 under a canopy of glorious sunshine”.“Family and friends found time to share experiences on, in and around the majestic River Shannon,” she said, “The amazing party atmosphere was added to with fantastic creative content that showcased Limerick’s cultural community at its best, particularly the spectacle performances high above the River by Fidget Feet.” Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications, Limerick City and County Council said, “Limerick was absolutely buzzing for four days and we can see first-hand the impact that festivals and large scale events have on our city from the thousands who flocked into Limerick to enjoy the festivities over the last few days. Riverfest continues to grow in scale, ambition and visitor numbers, with many already putting the date in the calendar for 2020.”center_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCommunityFestivalFidget FeetLimerick CityNewsRiverfestvideowatch WhatsApp Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list last_img read more

Goalie locks down defense with trust

first_imgGussie Johns knows the value of trust.As the starting goalie on the USC women’s lacrosse team, Johns has made 83 saves this season. Her consistency between the pipes helped the Women of Troy to a perfect 17-0 record during the regular season.The sophomore’s supreme calmness in net can be largely attributed to her approach to the game.“So much of being a goalie is trusting your defense or trusting your abilities or trusting that it’s just one goal that went in. Trusting that it’s a process of getting better,” Johns said.The Washington, D.C. native has seen improvement in her game over the years — not just from positional and technical standpoints.“I think the mental aspect of the game has improved much more than I ever thought it would honestly,” Johns said.Johns typifies the ideal netminder: Her confidence between the ears translates into dominance between the posts. She moves on after conceding a goal, which is certainly easier said than done for someone who is the last line of defense.Several factors contributed to her decision to pick up a goalie stick. Bo, one of her three older brothers, was a goalie. As is often the case, the younger sibling wanted to follow in the older sibling’s footsteps. But her love for the position also comes from her ability to customize her playing style.“Goalie is unlike any other position obviously on the field,” Johns said. “Just the things you can do as a goalie are honestly endless. Every goalie in the NCAA plays differently.”Her fluidity and lightning-fast reactions come from hours of training on McAlister Field ­— and from years of experience on different playing surfaces. Her tennis background contributes to her remarkable hand-eye coordination, while her seamless ability to push off in the crease comes in part from experience playing hockey. The choice to play goalie was a natural one for Johns.“It just implements so many other aspects of different sports that I’m like why not play goalie?” Johns said.While goaltending requires individual skills like sound positioning, Johns is hardly isolated from the rest of this USC defense.“I think so much of defense is about playing together as a unit,” Johns said, stressing the importance organization in the zone defense USC runs. “It really is about how we all work together because if one person is off, it’s going to make the whole zone look bad and it would make the zone not function properly.”As a program in just its fourth year of existence, the Women of Troy returned all of their defensive personnel from last season. USC’s goalie has been at the center of this defense’s evolution.“Being able to have that core of people come back and really have that chemistry just right off the bat coming into this season and coming into this fall I think was a huge game-changer for us,” Johns said.Johns has earned MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on multiple occasions this season, as her standout play is centered on the foundation of consistency. One of the keys to her steadiness in goal is her ability to adapt to the game along with the rest of the defense.“Each game is going to present itself differently, and you kind of just try to take it one play at a time,” Johns said.A collective sense of trust exists among this group — a sense of trust that, in many ways, starts with No. 3 in goal.“It’s just been a great season, and I think from each game we’ve improved,” Johns said. “And we realize that each team is different and each team has different strengths.”Despite its flawless record as it enters the MPSF Tournament, USC has not jumped out to the lead in every game this season. But head coach Lindsey Munday’s team embodies the spirit of its talismanic figure in goal. Johns’ mindset is the team’s mindset: Move on and play the next play.“Whatever is coming next, you have to think about it one play at a time,” Johns said. “Whatever happens next, try and save the ball. Try and communicate together with your defense to make a stop.”Johns’ equanimity in goal is no coincidence.“I’m a creature of habit honestly. I’ve always been since I was younger in anything that I did, whether it be sports or everyday life. It’s something that honestly just sets my head and gets me in the zone of being ready to play,” Johns said.With intimidating eye black and a cool head, Johns takes the field prepared for the inevitable twists and turns of a lacrosse game.“It’s bringing that consistency factor to playing, just because there are so many unpredictable things in the game of lacrosse and in playing goalie that being able to have pregame rituals or superstitions or just things that I do every time before I play,” Johns said. “It just kind of puts me at ease and makes me know that all of those things are set. And from there, you kind of just take it, like I said, one play at a time.”Yet even for someone as calculated as Johns, some pre-game routines are rather arbitrary.“I’ve got a lot of superstitions and rituals. Some of them I can’t quite explain,” Johns said.Off the field, Johns studies business administration at USC. As the daughter of two enterprising businesspeople, she has grown to love entrepreneurship.“That world has always kind of intrigued me where you can kind of create your own destiny and create your own world and bring in all the elements that you like,” Johns said. “I hopefully want to start my own company or work for a startup.”One of the most important traits an entrepreneur can have is trust. Whether it be trust in a vision or trust in the quality of a product or service, an entrepreneurial dream can become a reality when hard work and attention to detail meet fearlessness and creativity.That sounds a whole lot like goaltending.last_img read more

What?! Cowboys’ Randle stole underwear, now is a pitchman for them?

first_imgThanks to reality TV and NFL backup Joseph Randle, young kids are learning everyday that crime, debauchery and wretched behavior does pay.It pays big time.Obey the laws for what? Carrying yourself in a respectable manner? Well, how much does that pay? These are the questions that many exasperated, dumbfounded readers are probably asking themselves after an NFL benchwarmer is getting rewarded after being caught stealing in a Texas mall.Randle, the Dallas Cowboys backup running back who stole high-end underwear and cologne from a suburban Dallas mall, is now going to pitch underwear for a Los Angeles-based underwear company, ESPN is reporting.According to the report, MeUndies will pay Randle enough to pay down the $29,500 fine the Cowboys imposed on him — then supply Randle all the underwear he needs for a long time.Randle who was charged while trying to commit his “heist” at a Dillard’s in Frisco, Texas, will reportedly donate $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need and making multiple appearances at Dallas-area schools and charities to speak to students about learning from their mistakes.Models promoting MeUndies underwear line.“Joseph felt the need to turn a negative situation into a positive and teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need,” MeUndies marketing and development chief Dan King. “As a young company, MeUndies is faced with difficult challenges all the time. It’s up to us to turn a negative situation into a positive one, almost on a daily basis. How you learn from your mistakes fast is how you find success in our business and those lessons are applicable in all walks of life.”Randle, who immediately offered the standard mea culpa after getting caught, said he and his agent were searching for ways he could show his contrition and redeem himself. MeUndies apparently offers him the opportunity to do both at the same time.“There is no excuse for my mistake last week, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Randle said. “I let down my coaches, teammates, and family. My agent and I have spent a lot of time looking for ways I can turn my situation into a learning experience for young people.“Partnering with MeUndies allows me the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate than myself, and spread a positive message of not making the same mistake twice.”Added King: “We told Joseph that if he was willing to take responsibility for his actions, apologize, and take action, we would donate $15K worth of product that he could give back to his community — so that’s what we plan to do.“Everybody deserves a second chance because people make mistakes. We want to help him put his best foot forward, so he can get back to setting a good example for the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, and the kids who look up to him.”last_img read more

SXSW 2010 for Noobs

first_imgTags:#conferences#SXSW 2010#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A ReadWriteWeb Guide So, you’ve booked your passage, you’ve made sleeping arrangements, you’ve got your Interactive Badge all lined up and you just can’t wait for the second week of March to roll around. You’re a first-time SXSW attendee!We know the feeling: The manic excitement, the trepidation, the wondering which essential knickknack you’ll forget to pack. We were once South By Newbies, too. Here’s our list of ten sessions, events and venues you absolutely must hit up on your first foray into South by Southwest Interactive.This is part of a series of ReadWriteWeb guides to SXSW Interactive 2010. If this guide isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to check back for more information soon!How to Not Be a Douchebag at SXSW“Aimed at both first-time and long-time attendees to SXSW Interactive, this biting and humorous yet useful panel takes a look at the common actions and behaviors to avoid if you don’t want to be described as ‘doing it wrong.’” This conversation features Ed Hunsinger and Violet Blue (a fan favorite at RWW).TechKaraokeIf music is your bag, head to this second-generation event at Six Lounge for more than five hours of karaoke with a live band. There will also be dancing with DJ Johnny Bravvo in the Tap Room next door and the mellow tunes of The James Moran Band on the upstairs patio.ReadWriteWeb’s PartyOf course, we’d love it if you stopped by our party on Sunday night! We’re cohosting with NPR, PBS and a few others at KLRU’s Legendary Austin City Limits Studio. We’ll have live bands, Tex-Mex nosh, margaritas – the quintessential Austin experience. Free shuttles will be available at the Hilton.SXSW SARSAvoid it like the plague! (Sorry, we saw the pun, and we went for it.)“Each year at SXSW, you hear about ‘SXSW SARS’ or ‘SXSW Scurvy.’ Days packed with panels, movies and concerts are exhausting and wear down your immune system. Learn some ways in which you can prepare for and perhaps avoid getting sick at SXSW.” With Jay Goldman.Salt Lick Bar-B-QueLocated about 22 miles outside of Austin, this famous and much-loved restaurant is a favorite of many longtime SXSW attendees – and it’s well worth the drive. We suggest organizing a caravan or hitching a ride with a group that plans to go. It’s also great for those who’d like an hour or two away from the madness in the city. One word of warning: Don’t go on a completely empty stomach. The wait for a table can be a bit long, especially when you’re starving from a day of running around the convention center.How to Rawk SXSW“Panels or parties? Sleep or sessions? Veteran SXSW speakers and attendees give their light-hearted insights and tips on making the most of your next few days in geek wonderland.” With Min Jung Kim, Ben Huh, Denise Jacobs and Jeremy Keith.The DriskillIf you’re the kind of fellow or lady who shuns the big-brand-sponsored, jam-packed, fanboy-fueled blowouts such as take place each spring in Austin, perhaps this hotel lounge will be more to your liking. Often a favored location for impromptu meetups, the Driskill features comfortable seating, agreeable lighting and a more grownup atmosphere for those who take exception to dirt floors and plastic cups.SXSW Web Awards“The Web Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of evening activities at the SXSW Interactive Festival and an event not to be missed. Hosted by Doug Benson with special surprises in store for the big ‘lucky 13’!”Keynote Interview with Ev WilliamsThree years after his web app hit it big at SXSW 2007, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams takes the main stage to be interviewed by Havas Media Lab director Umair Haque in front of a live audience . All we have to say is that you’d better get there early if you don’t want to get stuck watching a simulcast in an adjacent room!SXSW MusicYes, you read that right: We’re calling the Music portion of SXSW a must-do for any attendee of SXSW Interactive. Here’s why.Each year, a few Music folks come to Austin early, and a few Interactive folks stay late – but those folks are few, indeed. There’s a wonderful opportunity here for our very different crowds to mingle, to make the Web better for musicians and make the experience of music better for online and mobile platforms, and it all begins with conversations.Also, even two days of SXSW Music will provide you with enough shows, parties and coincidental meetups to leave you seeing the world through rose-colored glasses for months afterward. So book another day at your hotel and scalp a wristband – you’ll never regret it.Those are our SXSW Interaction recommendations for noobs of all stripes. If you’ve got suggestions or feedback, let us know in the comments! See you in Austin, folks! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS

first_img“It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane praises Bale for derby draw

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane praises Bale for derby drawby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Bale did well again, and the Frenchman did acknowledge that he was impressed by the No.11.”All of the players are with us and Gareth is doing very well,” he said.”Above all, he helps a lot in the defensive phase, and it shows that we’re more comfortable when we all defend.” Sergio Ramos had already said that Madrid were annoyed to only leave with a point, which Zidane agreed with.”I agree [with Ramos],” he said.”We deserved much more but… What I have to do is to congratulate the players.”We missed a little in attack, but we want to grow, and I have to congratulate my players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoMata admits Man Utd face enormous task finishing in top-four

first_imgMata admits Man Utd face enormous task finishing in top-fourby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata says finishing in the Premier League top-four is harder than ever.The Red Devils finished in sixth last season and are 12th in the current term after a rough start to the season.And Mata knows United face a difficult task to put themselves in the Champions League places.”I think every club is improving and clubs like Leicester are recruiting really well and they have very good players that can take them to a different level,” Mata told Sky Sports.”Not long ago [Leicester] won the Premier League so they know what it takes to win.”Football is more difficult now because every club is growing a lot so it’s more competitive and every club is able to sign good players. So you have to be better every single season to try and reach your aims.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cheat arrested for forging dead mans signature

first_imgNEW DELHI: A man, in an attempt of cheating, forged the signature of a dead. But later he got caught as the date mentioned on the forged signature was of December 2009 date while the man whose signature was forged died in July 2009.A case was registered on the complaint of Dharmender Yadav, a resident of Village Kanganheri, Badu Sarai Road. He complained that the accused Sanjay forged the signature of late Bharat Lal on a receipt allegedly dated December 3, 2009, upon which the said deceased along with his brothers were shown to have received a sum of Rs. 34,50,000 for allegedly selling an agricultural land situated in the revenue state of Village Pandwala Kalan, New Delhi. Whereas, the said Bharat Lal died on July 6, 2009. The accused produced the said forged receipt before the Delhi High Court as the proof of the land deal. On April 13, in a drive to catch the absconded accused, a police team minutely scrutinized the details about him and zeroed on his possible hideouts, contacts and other details. The efforts of the police team yielded result when the team apprehended Sanjay from Old tehsil, Gurugram and booked him under section 41.1 CrPC. On further enquiry, it was learnt that a reward of Rs. 20,000 was declared upon him by the Delhi Police. “Accused Sanjay was born in Kanganheri village, New Delhi. He studied up to 12th standard. Thereafter, he started working as an accomplice to a property dealer,” said Ram Gopal Naik, DCP crime.last_img read more

Playoff LeBron Is Amazing But That Hasnt Been Enough

Shaquille O’Neal21 PLAYERWON TITLELOST TITLE Michael Jordan62 Dave Cowens10 LeBron James26 The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season could come to an end Monday night, and with it the latest chance for the city to end its half-century championship drought. A pair of NBA Finals losses is not the legacy LeBron James was hoping to leave when he returned home two summers ago.As usual, it isn’t because of a lack of statistical performance on James’s part. In these finals, he’s averaging 24.8 points, 11 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game, which would mark only the second time since 19841The first year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. that a player has averaged at least 20, 10 and 8 in the finals. (The only other time? That would be when James did it last year.)In terms of average Game Score in the series, nobody else on the Cavaliers — or the Golden State Warriors — is close to James’s 20.2 per-game mark. And in the playoffs as a whole, James leads the NBA in value over replacement player (VORP), Win Shares and John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating-based value metric Estimated Wins Added.Yet it’s not enough, as it seldom has been for LeBron. If he hangs on to his lead this year, James will have been the playoff leader by consensus of these three statistics eight times over his career, tying Michael Jordan for the most since ’74. But he’ll have won a championship in just two of those playoff campaigns; Jordan, by contrast, went six for eight. Elvin Hayes10 IN YEARS LEADING THE POSTSEASON, NUMBER OF TIMES … LeBron’s losses are out of place among playoff stars Tim Duncan20 Clyde Drexler10 “Lost Title” includes losses at any stage of the postseason.Source: Basketball-reference.com Magic Johnson30 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar12 Larry Bird30 How uncommon is it for a player to lead the NBA playoffs numerically and still not lead his team to a championship? Since 1974, the consensus best statistical player of the postseason also won the title about 70 percent of the time. James, on the other hand, has won a ring on only a quarter of the occasions he’s been the playoffs’ best individual performer. If he, like his peers, had 70 percent odds each time, there’d be only a 1 percent chance he’d go two for eight.On the one hand, this is kerosene-soaked kindling for fans who decry James as a choker with a disappointing postseason record. (For what it’s worth, a loss to Golden State would put him about 0.6 titles below expectation, after accounting for the strength of his finals opponents.) On the other hand, it’s tough to criticize LeBron too harshly for some of his off-the-charts statistical performances in losing efforts over the years, particularly given the supporting casts he’s been saddled with at times.But on the — um, third hand? — James’s teammates also have a history of undershooting expectations in ways that go beyond even their performances in the finals. As part of my research into Kobe Bryant’s career, I looked for the effect a player had on his teammates, in terms of whether they met their preseason projections while suiting up with the player in question. And among the top 100 players since 1974 by VORP, only seven2Elton Brand, Alvin Robertson, Charles Barkley, Josh Smith, Hersey Hawkins, Tracy McGrady and Andrei Kirilenko. were associated with bigger, more persistent shortfalls by teammates than James. Mystifying as it may be for a player known for his vision and playmaking skills, LeBron might simply be a difficult player to slot in next to and play your best alongside.All of this makes James’s legacy one of the most complicated to assess of any player in NBA history. And unless he and the Cavs can capitalize on Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension — then conjure up miracles in games 6 and 7 as well — the stark juxtaposition between James’s own numbers and his teams’ record in the finals will continue to dog LeBron into the summer and beyond.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. read more

Columbus Blue Jackets RJ Umberger back at Ohio State as volunteer coach

Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger should be 10 games into his eighth NHL season as of Tuesday night. But instead of playing games at Nationwide Arena, Umberger can be found at the Schottenstein Center.With the NHL in the midst of its second lockout in nine seasons, Umberger has temporarily traded in his blue jersey for scarlet and gray as a volunteer coach for Ohio State men’s hockey team.“I’m very fortunate to be able to come here and help out, and I’m glad they want me to be here,” Umberger said.Umberger, who played at OSU from 2001 to 2003, said it’s fun helping out his alma mater, but he would rather be playing.The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players’ Association expired in September, and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. Until they do, the jobs of Umberger and every other NHL player are on hiatus. All scheduled games in November have already been canceled.The NHL and NHLPA resumed talks Saturday after more than two weeks apart, but Umberger said it was a “disappointing moment” when the previous round of negotiations ended Oct. 18 without a deal.“The NHL gave their offer and we came back at them and they kind of walked out in 10 minutes,” Umberger said. “That was a little bit of a reality moment … this could go a long time. This is something that might not end shortly.”Umberger said working with the Buckeyes has helped him stay focused during the lockout.“I’ve been on the ice so I’m staying in shape … (and) just being around the game and staying fresh and staying prepared mentally,” Umberger said. “This (lockout) is such an unknown thing, it could be tomorrow and they tell us we got to be at the rink, so it’s a challenge to stay fresh every day.”While many NHL players have continued to play professional hockey overseas during the lockout, Umberger said he decided to stay close to his family.“That first decision was staying in Columbus, and then it was … what can I do while I’m here in Columbus?” Umberger said. “(OSU coach Mark) Osiecki presented me with this offer, and it was something I couldn’t pass up.”Osiecki said having an NHL player leading by example at practices is “worth its weight in gold.”“His practice habits, how he takes care of his body after practice, what he puts into his body nutritionally, he can speak to that,” Osiecki said. “If you don’t approach the game that way … you don’t have a chance to get to the NHL level.”Junior forward Travis Statchuk said he has been motivated by practicing with Umberger.“It’s a huge honor for us having him on the ice,” Statchuk said. “For a guy like that who’s obviously a veteran in the NHL to come back and give back to where he played college, he didn’t have to do that.”Umberger, who completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing from OSU in 2011, said “one small reason” for finishing his degree was so he can pursue coaching following his playing career.As a minor league player at the time, Umberger said he was not affected by the league’s previous lockout in 2004-2005 but said the current lockout is unnecessary and disappointing.“I think both sides just need to realize they need to … meet in the middle,” Umberger said. “Both sides got to be willing to give concessions. Both sides got to realize that there’s more damage that could be done by letting this (lockout) progress any longer.” read more