first_imgShare5Tweet3ShareEmail8 Shares“Hackfort 2 Hackathon at Trailhead” [cropped] by Daniel X. O’NeilNovember 27, 2017; CityLab“Cities are right to pour their energy into homegrown businesses,” advises David Zipper, who served as director of business development for Washington, D.C. from 2009 to 2013 and now is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund.Zipper is no wild-eyed local economy enthusiast. Indeed, he warns cities against issuing high-risk “large contracts to local startups for untested or inferior products.” But, as Zipper outlines in CityLab, cities adopting a “grow-your-own” orientation to economic development can draw on a wide number of lower risk economic development tools that they have at their disposal.As Zipper writes,There are plenty of ways for city leaders to support startup-fueled economic development without dipping into public coffers. An easy process for business licensing and registration can nudge prospective entrepreneurs to take the plunge (and make life a little easier for existing businesses, too). Creating a startup advocate position within city hall—as Seattle has done—can give founders a useful “front door” when they have questions about setting up shop or navigating city government. Cities can also provide funding and support to create a startup hub that brings together students, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations—much as Boise did when Trailhead launched in 2015. Each of these techniques can improve the urban environment for startups and make it easier for new ventures to launch and scale.The nonprofit Trailhead acts both as a hub and accelerator for local small businesses. It presently has about 375 individual members and supports more than 60 member companies. Similar organizations can be found in other cities. For example, in Richmond, Virginia, a city-business partnership known as RVA Works acts in a similar fashion.City officials can also use the bully pulpit to good effect. For instance, Zipper writes,A mayor could visit a startup’s office or tweet about their product. A testimonial from a city official can be a powerful lift to an entrepreneur building a brand and show legitimacy to prospective customers. A mayor could also deploy her network to help a local startup, providing connections to city businesses that could become customers or partners. And if she really believes in a startup’s new product, a mayor could offer a chance to test it through an unpaid city pilot. Some startups may ask for a token payment to show they can close a deal, and that’s OK, too.The nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which has been advocating for locally based economic development for over 40 years, earlier this year produced a report that outlined eight city-based policy strategies that can form part of a comprehensive homegrown economic development strategy. In addition to setting up a small business office (like the startup office Zipper cites in Seattle), these policies include designing retail to favor local businesses (such as using zoning to ensure smaller spaces are available for local businesses to rent, potential set-asides for local businesses in larger retail developments, and limitations on the density of so-called formula or chain stores); rules that facilitate the adaptive reuse of old buildings, as Phoenix has done; expanding access to capital through loan funds; giving slight bid preferences to local business, as Cleveland, Ohio, has done; and shifting economic incentive dollars to support local business, as NPQ covered earlier this fall in Asheville, North Carolina.“To summarize,” Zipper writes, “if you’re a city official ready to adopt a grow-your-own economic development strategy, make it easier for prospective entrepreneurs to take the plunge and celebrate them when they do. Simplify business regulations, tweet about successful startups, offer to do a city agency pilot, and introduce entrepreneurs to resources in the community.”“And while you’re at it,” Zipper adds, “pat yourself on the back for doing something more productive than climbing aboard the HQ2 bandwagon.”—Steve DubbShare5Tweet3ShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed an occasional use capacity deal with SES for contribution and distribution of the 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico.The EBU is using over one transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ NSS-806 to bring the international sporting event to fans across Latin America and parts of Europe. It is also using uplink services at SES’ teleport facility in Manassas, Virginia, as part of its global distribution strategy behind the Pan American Games.last_img read more

first_imgPrivate equity-backed telco company Sunrise will launch an IPTV service in Switzerland in the first quarter of 2012.It has already conducted a trial service and will launch IPTV as part of a quad-play offer early next year. Private equity firm Cinven acquired Sunrise from Danish telco and cable operator TDC for US$3.3 billion (€2.5 billion) last year and it is Switzerland’s second largest mobile and third largest broadband operator.last_img

first_imgSky Italia managed just 23,000 new subscriber additions during the second quarter, 2012, ending December with 5.03 million customers.The News Corp-owned DTH operator did, however, post a healthy improvement in its profits due primarily to increased advertising and subscription revenues. Operating income amounted to $6 million (€4.5 million), an improvement of US$18 million versus the $12 million operating loss reported a year ago.News Corp chief operating officer Chase Carey said, “We successfully tackled the competitive challenge from our major industry competitor as well as a challenging regulatory environment to regenerate growth and excitement in our business.” He added that Sky’s business was “pretty resistant to the economic headwinds but it is not immune. We expect short-term growth to be impacted by Italy’s macro situation but we are extremely bullish on the long-term potential”.News Corp reported a 2% year-on-year increase in revenues to US$8.98 billion.last_img read more

first_imgHungarian transmission company Antenna Hungária has named András Piller as its new CEO.Piller has worked at various broadcasters and TV operators, including RTL Klub, T-Kábel and Fibernet. He was most recently CEO of Latvian operator Baltcom.Piller replaces Yves Coulomb who was acting CEO. Coulomb will remain as chief financial officer and will serve as a board member.last_img

first_imgBouygues Telecom chief Martin Bouygues reportedly met French president François Hollande last week as part of a drive to convince French official circles of the seriousness of its move to acquire Vivendi-owned telco SFR.According to the Journal du Dimanche, the meeting was intended in part to reassure the government about the impact of any merger on employment. The paper said that Bouygues plans to make an offer for SFR within the next 10 days.Bouygues is reportedly anxious to head off Numericable shareholder Patrick Drahi’s move to engineer a merger of the cable operator and SFR that could leave the smaller telco isolated in the face of competition from Free, Orange and the new entity.Bouygues is also keen to benefit from synergies from the ‘mutualisation’ of Bouygues’ and SFR’s mobile networks.According to BFM Business, Bouygues has engaged HSBC and Rothschild to prepare an offer for SFR that would top the €5 billion deal reportedly on offer from Numericable.last_img read more

first_imgChris Albrecht & Jon FeltheimerLionsgate chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer has said the US$4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) acquisition of premium cable channel Starz is “the most transformative transaction in [the studio’s] history”.Furthermore, the merger will provide Lionsgate a “unique opportunity to dramatically scale” production of “premium television production, which we believe is the critical success factor for any content-driven company”, he said.Feltheimer added the combined company would invest nearly US$1 billion a year in new TV series, and US$1.8 billion when factoring in movies.“The deal to acquire Starz will accelerate the growth of both companies, deepening our portfolio of content, expanding our access to distribution, diversifying our pathways to the consumer and unlocking enormous opportunity for long-term value creation for our shareholders,” he said.Lionsgate brought to an end a near-two-year period on the negotiating table for Starz, which had spun out of Liberty Media in 2013. CBS Corp. has confirmed it looked at the company, while 21st Century Fox is also understood to have kicked the tires. Lionsgate was consistently linked, and finally announced a US$4.4 billion deal in June following four months of talks.Starz lead shareholder and cable mogul John Malone is increasing his influence within Lionsgate after both Liberty Global and Discovery both took 3.4% stakes in the business. Malone has significant shareholdings in both companies.Feltheimer addressed analysts on Discovery and Liberty’s involvement, noting that discussions had taken place over creating content for Liberty, which this week secured its biggest ever original drama agreement, with production subsidiary All3Media.He noted Lionsgate had set up a documentary business with Discovery, and added there were “constant conversations” with both companies over programming and distribution moves.Elsewhere on the call, which followed good first quarter results, Feltheimer said there had been discussion about adding “third-party products” to Starz’s OTT platform, Starz Play.Lionsgate recorded a profit of US$1.3 million in Q1, ahead of analysts’ expectations of a loss. It was posted revenues of US$553.6 million, up on the US$409 million taken a year ago.last_img read more

first_imgNetflix has rolled out a “fully localised” version of its service in Romania.The new version of the service includes a localised Romanian user interface, with Romanian subtitles and dubbing covering thousands of hours of TV shows and films, including Netflix original programming“We are delighted to offer a more local Netflix experience in Romanian where members can enjoy a variety of TV shows and movies – everything from globally popular Netflix original series to anime, kids content to stand-up comedies,” said Netflix chief communications officer, Jonathan Friedland.“Romania knows great entertainment and now it’s even easier to watch the world’s favourite shows on Netflix anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device and at the same time as the rest of the world.”Netflix launched localised versions of its service in Poland and Turkey last September. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call in January, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the rollouts would be part of a “steady process” that should help Netflix establish a substantial presence in more localised markets in the long-term.Netflix rolled out in Romania in January 2016 after the subscription video-on-demand giant went global by launching in 130 new countries.last_img read more

first_imgAltice-owned Portuguese telco PT Telecom/Meo is to add pop-up channel Disney Channel Forever to its TV line-up in September in an exclusive deal. The teen-focused channel will air 24 hours a day and will be provided at now extra charge to all Meo customers with ADSL, fibre and satellite TV. it will also be available via TV everywhere service Meo Go. The channel will air shows including Violetta, Good Luck Charlie!, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana and Shake it Up. The channel, which will be available from September 15 until October 15, is the second in a series of seasonal specials from Disney to air on the Meo platform, following its launch of Mickey Mouse and Friends over the Easter period.Meo has also recently added the Disney On Demand service to its plartform, offering over 60 Disney and Pixar movies as well as 200 episodes of Disney series.last_img read more

first_imgCurt MarvisYouth broadcaster The QYou is launching a fully localised version of its channel for the first time – in the Polish market in partnership with Mediakraft TV.The QYou Polska will launch on Play’s over-the-top service, Play Now, will feature Polish presenters and regional content from Mediakraft TV’s stable of entertainers and creators.“When QYou first entered in Poland last year it quickly became clear to us that this was a region with huge growth potential, because there’s a strong demand for online video, particularly among younger audiences,” said Curt Marvis, CEO and co-founder of QYou Media.“Partnering with Mediakraft TV gives us the opportunity to tap into this appetite and build a channel focused on Poland’s unique and fascinating culture. The rising interest in online video is now driving a greater demand from broadcasters to regionalise content and it’s therefore an offering we expect to replicate in other markets in the coming months.”Mediakraft TV is the Polish subsidiary of European multi channel network, Mediakraft Networks, and produces many popular YouTube creators and channels in Poland – including Ponki, Topowa Dycha, and Hasztagi.Polish mobile operator, Play, launched mobile TV service Play Now last year. The QYou Polska is due to go live on the service in late 2017.last_img read more

first_imgVirtual and augmented reality startups have raised US$2.5 billion (€2.09 billion) so far this year, equaling the record for AR/VR investment in a single 12 month period more than a month before the end of 2017.This is according to Digi-Capital’s Augmented / Virtual Reality Report and Deals Database, which claims that, by sector, a third of all investments went into AR/VR tech with just under a quarter going towards smart glasses, primarily due to the company Magic Leap.“Games took more than US$1 of every US$10 raised, with AR/VR navigation, photo/video, peripherals, entertainment and social startups also raising significant amounts,” according to the report.“The remainder of investment was spread more broadly across startups in AR/VR advertising, art/design, business, eCommerce, education, enterprise/B2B, lifestyle, location-based, medical, music, news, solutions/services, sports, travel/transport, utilities and VR headset sectors.”Digi-Capital said that companies in the AR/VR space have already raised US$1bn in the fourth quarter of this year – only the second time the billion dollar figure has been reached in a single quarter.This is thanks to secretive AR firm Magic Leap raising US$502 million in in Series D equity funding last month, and Pokemon Go studio Niantic’s new raise of US$200 million.last_img read more

first_imgNAB president and CEO, Gordon SmithThe NAB helped secure “five wins” for US broadcasters from legislators last year, including US$1 billion in funding to help them cope with relocation of broadcast signals as a result of spectrum reallocation, according to NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith.Speaking at the opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Smith said that the passing of legislation to reimburse stations during the spectrum relocation process was a key win that meant broadcasters did not have to pay relocation costs as a result of the loss of their spectrum.Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with oversight over broadcasting relocation costs, speaking with Smith at the NAB Show, said that establishing funding for broadcasters had not been easy, but that it had been important to secure this.Walden said that transmission tower companies in the US would now be under pressure to move the process forward. “I wanted to make sure the relocation fund was fully funded,” he said, with US$600 million of funding to be disbursed this year and US$400 million next year.The other four of the “five wins” over the past year highlighted by Smith were the FCC’s approval of voluntary deployment of ATSC 3.0, the defeat of recording companies’ “attempt to tax radio stations” for playing music, the defeat of a tax proposal on advertising and the FCC’s updating of media ownership rules.Taking forward the move towards ATSC 3.0, Smith highlighted the trial of next-generation TV in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Winter Olympics from Korea, and an initiative in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as further trials in Phoenix and Dallas.last_img read more

first_imgDAZN has signed a deal with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez that will see the boxer fight exclusively on the sports streaming service for the next five years.The 11-fight deal – two fights per year following the first bout in December – is reportedly worth a minimum of US$365 million, with DAZN describing it as “the richest contract for an athlete in sporting history”.DAZN added that the deal also signals “the beginning of the end for pay-per-view”, which has traditionally been the home of boxing’s biggest fights.The partnership will see boxing company Golden Boy Promotions hold up to 10 fight nights per year that DAZN will stream live and exclusively from early 2019 in the US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.Viewers will be able to watch the Canelo and 10 Golden Boy Promotions fights a year for a monthly subscription fee, which is priced at US$9.99 per-month in the US and €9.99 in European markets like Germany and Italy.“We are committed to making this sport as accessible as possible and at an affordable price for all the fans,” said Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya.“My dream has been to make boxing a sport for all. DAZN has the perfect platform to make this dream come true, and with the biggest star in the sport at the helm of this journey, I have no doubts that we will succeed in unimaginable ways.”De La Hoya established LA-based Golden Boy Promotions in 2002. As part of the DAZN deal he will executive produce the 12 live fight nights per year, with live production to be a collaboration between DAZN and Golden Boy Media and Entertainment.last_img read more

first_img Google+ Twitter Previous PostFayette County Man Arrested For Soliciting A Juvenile For Sex Tumblr Mail Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Greenbrier County Woman Arrested For For Trespassing At Old White Motel Next PostWhite Sulphur Springs Man Charged After Punching A Woman And Strangling Her CrimeWatch NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Greenbrier County Woman Arrested For For Trespassing At Old White Motel By Tyler BarkerNov 05, 2018, 21:14 pm 1630 0 Linkedin Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at Facebook WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WOAY) – A Greenbrier County woman arrested after she broke out a window at Old White Motel and police found her inside.On Monday, November 5, 2018, while on patrol Ptlm. J. Kirk and J. Brooks of the White Sulphur Springs Police Department observed a window had been broken out of a room at the Old White Motel located on U.S. Route 60.Upon gaining entry into the room; officers made contact with a female, who was identified as Robin Leigh Wagner of White Sulphur Springs.Wagner was arrested for Entering without Breaking and Trespassing. Wagner was arraigned in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court and bail was set at $3,000.Wagner was remanded to Southern Regional Jail pending bail being posted. Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img The Big Atlantic Classic is just one day away, but the festivities kicked off Sunday with the Tip-Off Banquet at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.  The banquet typically features a high profile keynote speaker, and thanks to an undisclosed injury that kept him out of the pro bowl, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was on hand to the delight of many.Fitzgerald, who led the league in receptions this past season and has the third most receptions in NFL history, spoke to the crowd of players, coaches, and officials about his journey to becoming one of the best football players of his generation.  While he was always a talented athlete, Fitzgerald spoke about the emphasis his parents placed on education and being a good person who makes good decisions. Twitter Previous Post1-29 Gino’s Pizza Top Five Plays of the Week Tumblr Home Sports News Sports Larry Fitzgerald Speaks in Beckley Next PostSchool Closings and Delays For Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 Linkedin SportsSports News Larry Fitzgerald Speaks in Beckley By Matt DigbyJan 30, 2017, 00:40 am 1017 0 Google+ Mail Facebook Pinterest Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read Morelast_img read more

first_imgHome Sports News Sports AP Girls Basketball Polls – January 22 Mail Previous PostTragedy Struck For One Family In Wyoming County Last Weekend Tumblr Pinterest WOAY – Below are the latest AP high school girls basketball polls for all three classes. Area teams are in bold.Class AAA: #1 Buckhannon-Upshur, #2 Parkersburg, #3 Greenbrier East, #4 Morgantown, #5 Parkersburg South, #6 Cabell Midland, #7 George Washington, #8 Wheeling Park, #9 Brooke, #10 Hampshire. Receiving votes: Spring Valley, Martinsburg, St. Albans, PrincetonClass AA: #1 Wyoming East, #2 North Marion, #3 Fairmont Senior, #4 Wayne, #5 Sissonville, #6 Winfield, #7 Nicholas County, #8 Bluefield, #9 Bridgeport, #10 Logan. Receiving votes: Philip Barbour, Frankfort, Keyser, Lewis County, River View, WestsideClass A: #1 St. Joseph Central, #2 Tucker County, #3 Parkersburg Catholic, #4 Wheeling Central, #5 Cameron, #6 Sherman, #7 Meadow Bridge, #8 Summers County, #9 Williamstown, #10 Notre Dame. Receiving votes: Pocahontas County, Magnolia, Valley Wetzel SportsSports News AP Girls Basketball Polls – January 22 By Matt DigbyJan 22, 2018, 17:50 pm 640 0 Facebookcenter_img Twitter Google+ Next PostAP Boys Basketball Polls – January 22 Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Linkedin Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Mail Facebook Next PostPikeView Seniors Sign With Concord Previous PostWyoming East, Bluefield Headed Back to States Beckley, WV (WOAY) – WVU Tech basketball held a celebration/sendoff party in Beckley Wednesday evening, following the Golden Bears’ wins in the River States Conference Tournament.The Golden Bear women are the seventh seed in the Naismith Bracket of the NAIA Division II National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. They face Indiana Tech in the first round on Wednesday, March 6 at 2:45 PM ET.The men’s team is headed to the championship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a second straight year, earning the top seed in the Duer Bracket. They will meet College of the Ozarks on Thursday, March 7 at 8:30 PM ET.Seniors Savannah Shamblin and Elisha Boone say the crowd support played a role in their RSC tournament success, but they’re also balancing how to focus on their upcoming NAIA tournament games. Tumblr Linkedin Home Sports News Sports Golden Bears Hold Sendoff Party Twitter SportsSports News Golden Bears Hold Sendoff Party By Matt DigbyFeb 28, 2019, 00:53 am 553 0 Google+last_img read more

first_img This chart makes clear the current dramatic undervaluation of gold stocks. As a group, gold producers are now selling below their book value. The chart doesn’t show it, but gold stocks were trading above book value (about 1.1x) when gold bottomed at $255.95 on April 2, 2001, which was the beginning of the bull market. Here’s an even more dramatic fact: We went back as far as 1997 and could not find one episode where gold producers as a group traded below book value – and the late ’90s was known as the “nuclear winter” for the gold mining industry! Needless to say, we’re in rare territory. So does this mean we should buy now? To be sure, book values fall when precious metals prices decline, and costs have risen substantially since 2001 as well. So it’s possible values could fall further. But in that scenario the relationship between stock prices and book value would remain in rarified territory, making the anomaly even more appealing to a contrarian investor. While the waterfall decline in gold stocks is painful for those of us already invested, the reality is that this is a setup we get a shot at only a few times in our investing life. It’s a cruel irony that those who are fully invested are now faced with the buying opportunity of a lifetime; however, it would be a shame for anyone to miss this blood-in-the-streets opportunity. Our future profits should be higher by an order of magnitude, when the market does turn around. It’s times like these when I remember what Doug Casey told me the first time I interviewed him: “You don’t make money buying when you’re optimistic. You have to actually run completely counter to your own emotional psychology.” The extent to which each of us is able to take advantage of the opportunity shaping up is of course dependent upon our personal set of circumstances. For some, this might mean doing nothing; for others, it might mean being bold for the first time in their life. I suspect most readers fall somewhere in between. Either way, the opportunity is clear: book values for gold producers are at rarely seen levels. Gold stocks may not reverse tomorrow or could get even cheaper when producers start reporting this quarters financial results, but history shows this opportunity will not last forever. It will probably never occur again in this cycle, once gold turns – and it should be fantastically profitable. Gold stock investors have been pummeled, including myself. Worse, we’ve had to hear “I told you so” from all the gold haters in the media. There are a few commentators expressing mild interest in gold at these levels, but one thing I haven’t heard any of them talk about is a metric that gold analysts are rarely able to use, because gold stocks just don’t get this undervalued. Mainstream analysts sometimes talk about book value, especially when a stock appears cheap. Book value (BV) is a metric that, in essence, sets the floor for a stock price in a worst-case scenario. BV is equal to stockholders’ equity on the balance sheet, and is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities – sometimes you’ll hear this called “net asset value” (NAV). So when a stock price yields a market capitalization (share price x number of shares outstanding) equal to BV, the investor has a degree of safety, because if it dropped lower, a buyer could theoretically come in, buy up all shares, liquidate the company’s assets, and pocket the difference. Price to book value (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value. A stock can be considered “cheap” when it is trading at a historically low P/BV. Or, even better, it can be considered objectively ” undervalued” when it is trading below book value. Given the renewed selloff in the gold market, I wanted to see if gold equities were getting close to book values, not just because it would point to opportunity but also the margin of safety it would imply. We analyzed the book value of all publicly traded gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 31 companies. We then charted book values from January 1, 2007 through last Thursday, June 27 (index equally weighted). Here’s what we found. Based on this metric, gold stocks are now cheaper than they were at the depths of the 2008 waterfall selloff. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to give BIG GOLD or International Speculator a try, the July issues for both come out this week. We can tell you exactly which companies to buy and also which have the most upside potential. Your timing, in retrospect, could turn out to be one of the great investing decisions of your life.last_img read more

first_imgStuart Scott was in his element, working a “Monday Night Football” game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery and Scott was diagnosed with cancer. But he made a point of continuing to live his life — at work and outside of it.“You beat cancer by how you live,” he would later say. “So live. Live. Fight like hell.”That fight ended Sunday when Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died at age 49.Scott remained dedicated to his craft even as he suffered through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement that Scott was “a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure” and that his “energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”Skipper also marveled at Scott’s dedication to keep fighting — literally.“Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?” Skipper said. “Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?”Fans and players at games around the United States on Sunday stopped to observe moments of silence, including at the Bengals-Colts NFL playoff game in Indianapolis, the Mavericks-Cavaliers NBA game in Cleveland and at several college basketball games.Some of the world’s most famous athletes expressed their grief online. LeBron James wrote on Instagram: “Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn’t a player but was close enough to them.”“Stuart wasn’t covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around,” Tiger Woods said on Twitter.In July, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs. During his speech, he told his teenage daughters: “Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.”Scott is also survived by his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney and Susan Scott; his daughters Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.On Sunday morning, NFL Network broadcaster Rich Eisen’s voice broke as he reported the death of his good friend, with whom he worked on “SportsCenter” broadcasts.“I love this man,” Eisen said.ESPN anchor Hannah Storm called him “our colleague, our friend and our inspiration” as she reported the news. On the network’s NFL pregame show, Chris Berman said, “Stuart made ESPN what it is, he made us better people.”Before North Carolina’s women’s basketball team tipped off against N.C. State, the arena observed a moment of silence for Scott, and the videoboard proclaimed the 1987 graduate “Forever a Tar Heel.”Born in Chicago, Scott attended high school in North Carolina before going to UNC. He returned to Chapel Hill as the university’s commencement speaker in 2001.Scott worked at three TV stations in the southern U.S. before joining ESPN for the 1993 launch of its ESPN2 network, hosting short sports update segments.He often anchored the 11 p.m. “SportsCenter,” where he would punctuate highlights with an emphatic “Boo-ya!” or note a slick move as being “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”Scott went on to cover countless major events for the network, including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and NCAA basketball tournament. He also interviewed President Barack Obama, joining him for a televised game of one on one.“I will miss Stuart Scott,” Obama said in a statement. “Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those 20 years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family — but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on “SportsCenter” were there. … Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.”In July, when he accepted the ESPY award named for former N.C. State coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993, Scott shared what he had learned from his struggle: “When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.“So live. Live. Fight like hell.”RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer__AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen and Aaron Beard contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a U.S. Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams’ coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal.It was the second game of the second set Saturday, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Williams’ bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title already was in real trouble because she was being outplayed by first-time major finalist Naomi Osaka.Chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for getting coaching during a match, which isn’t allowed. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating “is the one thing I’ve never done, ever.” A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation cost her a point, leading to more arguing. Eventually, Willams called Ramos “a thief,” drawing a third violation — and costing her a game.“I have never cheated in my life!” Williams told Ramos. “You owe me an apology.”Serena Williams talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Soon, Osaka was finishing off a 6-2, 6-4 victory that made her the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title. That is not, however, what will be remembered about this chaotic evening.With jeers bouncing off the arena’s closed roof, both players — the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams — wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved.“I just feel like I had a lot of emotions,” Osaka said, “so I had to kind of categorize what was which emotion.”Williams whispered something to Osaka and wrapped an arm around her shoulders.“I felt, at one point, bad, because I’m crying and she’s crying. You know, she just won. I’m not sure if they were happy tears or they were just sad tears, because of the moment. I felt like, ‘Wow, this isn’t how I felt when I won my first Grand Slam.’ I was like, ‘Wow, I definitely don’t want her to feel like that,’” said Williams, who missed last year’s U.S. Open because her daughter, Olympia, was born during the tournament. “Maybe it was the mom in me that was like, ‘Listen, we’ve got to pull ourselves together here.’”This was the only the latest in a series of high-profile conflicts with match officials for Williams at Flushing Meadows. It all dates back to 2004, when an incorrect call during a quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati was cited as the main reason for the introduction of replay technology in tennis. Then came Williams’ infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a to-do over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.“It’s always something,” Williams said.Osaka is just 20, 16 years younger than Williams — and grew up idolizing the American, even asking her to pose for a selfie together at a tournament just a handful of years ago. Their age difference was the second-widest gap between women’s finalists at a Slam in the professional era.“I know that everyone was cheering for her,” Osaka told the crowd, “and I’m sorry it had to end like this.”What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself. Osaka, who happens to be coached by Williams’ former hitting partner, hit more aces, 6-3. Osaka hit the match’s fastest serve, 119 mph. She had fewer errors, 21-14. She saved five of six break points. And she covered the court better than Williams did.“She made a lot of shots,” Williams said. “She was so focused.”Indeed, that was what might have been most impressive. Osaka never let Williams’ back-and-forth with Ramos distract her, never wavered from playing terrific tennis. The one time Osaka did get broken, to trail 3-1 in the second set, she broke back immediately, prompting Williams to smash her racket.That cost her a point, because of the earlier warning for coaching. While Williams was adamant that she never receives coaching, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged afterward that he did try to signal Williams, but didn’t think she had seen him.Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)It’s true that it is something of an open secret in professional tennis that plenty of coaches do get away with offering help without any sort of sanction.“I never had any warning in my career for coaching. Strange to do that in a Grand Slam final,” Mouratoglou said. “Second, we all know that all the coaches coach at every match, all year long, from the first of January all the way to the 31st of December. We all know it.”When Ramos called both players over to explain the game penalty, which put Osaka ahead 5-3, Williams began laughing, saying: “Are you kidding me?” Then she asked to speak to tournament referee Brian Earley, who walked onto the court along with a Grand Slam supervisor. Williams told them the whole episode “is not fair,” and said: “This has happened to me too many times.”“To lose a game for saying that is not fair,” Williams said, and raised the idea that Ramos was being sexist : “There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men, that doesn’t happen.”It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July. She’s appeared in only seven tournaments this season since returning to the tour after having a baby during last year’s U.S. Open.Williams asked what she’ll tell her daughter, Olympia, about what happened Saturday.“I’ll tell her, first of all, if she sees it, that, you know, I stood up for what I believed in. I stood up for what was right,” Williams replied. “Sometimes, things in life don’t happen the way we want them, but always stay gracious and stay humble. I think that’s the lesson we can all learn from this.”Chair umpire Carlos Ramos talks with Serena Williams during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)___AP Sports Writers Dan Gelston and Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more