Prince Harry and Meghan to ‘step back’ as senior UK royals

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have announced that they will be taking a “step back”as senior members of the royal family and “work to become financially independent.”On Wednesday, the couple released the statement: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple said in a statement. “We intend to step back as `senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support her majesty the queen.”The couple married in 2018 and recently welcomed a son in May of 2019. Harry is a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and is 6th in line to the British throne.last_img

Clippers underscore need for confidence, on and off the court

first_imgLOS ANGELES — From the front office to the backcourt, the conversation kept coming back to confidence Monday, when the Clippers played the Atlanta Hawks and came up short 123-118.Before the game, Gillian Zucker, the NBA’s only female president of business operations, addressed about 50 people gathered on Staple Center’s outside terrace. It was the first event of the Clippers’ new monthly series they’re calling career coaching meet-ups, which will highlight women within the organization.When the topic of career challenges arose, Zucker answered with, well, hard-earned self-assurance.“Confidence is probably an issue for everyone,” said Zucker, who was joined by Andee Olson, director of partnerships at Bumble, the dating and networking app behind the sponsorship patch on the Clippers’ jerseys. The discussion was moderated by Prime Ticket’s Jaime Maggio. Peer support, Zucker said earlier in the evening, matters.“I’ve had a lot of those experiences where you walk into this room and you think, ‘Wow, how did I get here?’ ” she said. “But after you get to know the people who are there, you really get to a place where suddenly you feel, ‘I belong here and I’m comfortable.’“Getting over that crisis of confidence, I think it takes strong people around you, people who support you and believe in you. So who your friends are really matters, who you have around you that helps push you forward, who your colleagues are, if they believe in you, they make a big difference.”While reticently acknowledging Bradley’s struggles, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has remained his steadfast supporter – to the chagrin of many of the team’s fans not shy about expressing their displeasure on social media. Still, Rivers has continuously started Bradley and defended the 28-year-old guard, whom he previously coached in Boston.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “We don’t run a lot of the stuff that he ran in Boston, which helped him be a better offensive player, so, unfortunately, a lot of his shots are just catch-and-shoot shots, which don’t really favor him in some ways,” Rivers said earlier this month.“But as far as being a pro, he’s been absolutely amazing. What he’s done for us defensively, his talk, his teaching, in practice trying to teach guys how to get through screens, Avery’s value right now – as (assistant coach) Rex (Kalamian) termed – is ‘unstatable.’ That’s not a word, but it’s a word in our vocabulary now, and that’s Avery’s value to us.”Zucker might relate.“Along the way, there were a lot of tough times, a lot of obstacles, there were a lot of times where I thought, ‘You know, is this ever going to happen for me?’ ” she said. “But it’s something I wanted so much. … I feel like everybody’s got that in them, something that they’re so passionate about, that if they stay determined, if they tell people what they want so others can help them, that they have a little patience around it, you too can have this opportunity like I do to be living your dream life.”OH, CANADAThe NBA announced Monday that Clippers rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was among the players selected by NBA assistant coaches to the World Team for the 2019 Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars at NBA All-Star Weekend. The game featuring first- and second-year standouts will be Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. PT at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.The 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Gilgeous-Alexander – a native of Hamilton, Ontario – has appeared in all 51 games and started 42 for the Clippers. The 20-year-old leads all rookies on teams with a record above .500 in both scoring (9.9 points) and minutes (26.1) per game. He’s also averaging 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and just more than one steal per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.In NBA history, only Larry Bird and Kyrie Irving have matched Gilgeous-Alexander’s production as a rookie in points, rebounds, assists and shooting splits. He’s also on pace to become the only Canadian rookie in league history to average at least 9.9 points and 2.9 assists. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “It’s not gender-related,” Zucker added. “I think all of us at some times feel, ‘Wow, I don’t know if I’m up for this, I don’t know if I’m smart enough, I don’t know if I’m fast enough, I don’t know if I’m good enough.’ I just think that’s a human condition.”Postgame, in the Clippers’ locker room, starting guard Avery Bradley answered a question about the recent uptick in his shooting percentage from the floor: “It feels good, I just have to continue to be confident. This league is built off of confidence, so whatever opportunities I get, I have to make the most of it.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.For his career, Bradley is a 43.5 percent shooter from the field and a 36.4 percent 3-point shooter. But for most of this season, he’s struggled offensively, making just 38.8 percent of his shots overall and 34.4 percent from behind the arc – which rank as the worst and second-worst rates of his career, respectively, beside his rookie season in 2010-11.Lately, however, Bradley has been better: In the past 10 games, he’s shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range, and scoring 11 points per game – after averaging just 7.5 points per contest in his first 35 outings.“My teammates are finding me,” Bradley said. “(You have to) be ready to make plays for your team.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more



first_imgLetterkenny boxers Paddy Mc Shane, Dylan Browne-McMonagle and Michael Connor proved a knockout yesterday.The trio won won three 9 counties titles in a tournament held in Burnfoot.A big congrats and well done to the three boxers and coaches Rory, James, Paddy and Martin for all the hard work and dedication they put in. Keep at it lads and we you may become as good as Jason Quigley one day.YOUNG LETTERKENNY BOXING TRIO PROVE A REAL KNOCKOUT was last modified: February 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BoxersBurnfootdonegalletterkennylast_img read more