Frye officially announces District 67 reelection bid

first_imgGreensburg, In. — State Representative Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, announced today that he will seek re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives from District 67.Frye was first elected in 2010. A retired professional firefighter, he serves as chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and as a member of the Roads & Transportation and Utilities, Energy, and Telecom committees.“After much prayer and consideration, I’ve decided to once again be a candidate for reelection to Indiana’s House District 67,” Frye said.Frye noted that Indiana ranks in the top of almost every economic development category nationally.  “With unemployment at or below 4 percent, jobs are available for Hoosiers,” he said.In 2017, $7.4 million in funding was awarded to maintain local roads and bridges as a result of the Community Crossing Grant program, a bill Frye co-authored.In September of 2017 the State of Indiana entered into a contract to purchase land in Lawrenceburg for the Fourth Port of Indiana, a project Frye has supported from the beginning.“Adding the forth port in Lawrenceburg and the additional infrastructure improvements to support it only enhance our ability grow our economy locally – and regionally — and keep our best and brightest here at home,” he said.In the 2017 legislative session local riverboat gaming revenue came under attack.  Frye successfully led the effort to defend the vital revenue.For his work as author of many successful pieces of legislation covering a wide range of issues, Frye has been recognized as a Legislator of the Year or with other citations from various organizations. These include the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association for legislation allowing volunteer firefighters to serve as  elected officials; the American Legion for legislation creating statewide veterans services officers, along with a dozen other bills passed by the Veterans and Public Safety Committee; the Indiana Fire Chiefs for his legislation leading to the approval of Indiana Task Force One, which responds to disasters in the state; and the Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, for his legislation promoting clean domestic natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel.“It is the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as your State Representative.  I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Southeastern Indiana,” he said.Frye is the father of two and grandfather of six and resides on a small farm in rural Decatur County.House District 67 includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties.last_img read more

United Way of Franklin County Awards a Total of $4,000 to Service-Minded Students

first_imgTaylor McCrearyBrookville, IN—The United Way of Franklin County is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Live United Scholarship. The three recipients were awarded a total of $4,000 for tuition costs and fees. All Three are 2020 graduates of Franklin County High School.  They are Taylor McCreary, Ashlan Hill, and Kyle Seibert. The Live United scholarship is designed to recognize individuals that have demonstrated a commitment to serving Franklin County by making a positive impact in our community through community service. Current high school seniors or GED graduates, along with current post-secondary students of any age are eligible. The student must be a resident of Franklin County.Awards are based on the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to community service and the extent to which the applicant has impacted his or her own community through leadership or service. This is not a need or academic achievement-based scholarship. The Scholarship Selection Committee consists of a diversified group of community members and United Way of Franklin County representatives.The United Way of Franklin County seeks to positively impact the lives of those in our community by assessing needs, uniting partner organizations, agencies and volunteers and devoting financial resources and efforts to the most critical needs. For more information, please visit our website at www.uwfcin.org or like us on Facebook.Ashlan Hill Kyle Seibertlast_img read more

Manipur Lift Senior Women’s Football Nationals Title

first_imgPasighat: Manipur beat Railways 1-0 to triumph in the final of the 25th Senior Women’s NFC 2019-20 at the CHF Ground on Tuesday.While both the teams went for a safety-first approach since the get-go, defenders had their tasks cut out to keep Manipur skipper Bala Devi and Kamala, who came into the game having scored twenty goals apiece, in check.Daya Devi, who scored seven goals in the last two matches, got the first chance in the second minute but Railways goalkeeper Swarnamayee Samal parried it away.Railways wingers Mamta and Sanju continued to keep the Manipur defenders on their toes and the latter could have found the back of the net inside the first ten minutes but missed the target by a whisker. Daya got another chance in the 28th minute from an acute angle but her left-footer went begging.Following fewer chances in the first 45 minutes, Railways deployed more pair of legs in the attacking third to help Kamala and Sanju in their pursuit of the eluding goal but to no avail.After the hour-mark, Manipur shifted gears and earned back-to-back opportunities only to see them intercepted by India’s national team skipper Ashalata Devi and Manisha Panna.Finally, in the 67th minute, following a melee inside the Railways box, Bala unleashed a right-footer and Samal, whose vision was blocked partially, had clearly no answer to stop that. IANS Also Read: Manipur to face Railways in final of Women National Football C’ship Also Watch: Soil Erosion at 4-lane National Highway in Lumding | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

Cricket News Pulwama Terror Attack: Virat Kohli announces postponement of RPSG Indian Sports Honours

first_imghighlights New Delhi: India is a nation in mourning following the terror attack in Pulwama which killed 42 CRPF personnel. People from all sections of society, Bollywood and Sports have offered their condolences to the families of the 42 soldiers who were killed and many personalities have urged the people of the nation to remain united in a time of grief. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, also offered his condolences and announced that the RPSG Indian Sports Honours, which were to be held today, has been postponed. Kohli tweeted on his official handle which said, “The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow.”The Indian Sports Honours is a joint initiative of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and the Virat Kohli Foundation and there are five categories for the awards. The categories are Men’s and women’s breakthrough of the year, Spirit of Honour, Comeback of the Year, Club of the year and Fan Club of the year.Players like Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Manu Bhaker, Sunil Chhetri, Neeraj Chopra and Dipa Karmakar were some of the big names who were in line for the award. Chennai Super Kings and Bengaluru FC were the major clubs in line for the club of the year award. Kohli had been tweeting about the Indian Sports Honours from his Twitter handle but one tweet of his was timed horribly when the grief over the Pulwama terror attack was at fever pitch. At 8:01 PM on 14th February, Kohli put out a tweet on his official social media handle which read, “Clubs that invoke deep-rooted passion in fans’ hearts. Vote now, guys!” The tweet was apparently sharing the Indian Sports Honours which listed out the nominees for the ‘Club of the Year’ and it included teams like Chennai Super Kings, Real Kashmir FC, Patna Pirates and Bengaluru FC.This resulted in massive criticism and the tweet was taken down. However, one of the users still had a screenshot of the tweet. At 9:50 AM on February 15, Kohli tweeted his condolences to the Pulwama Terror attack. “I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans,” Kohli tweeted.A total of 42 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens of others injured after an SUV with 350 kg of explosives hit a bus carrying the personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. The vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district. After 2016 Uri terror attack, this is considered to be the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly two decades. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. A total of 42 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama.This is the deadliest attack ever since the 2016 attacks in Uri.Virat Kohli was also criticised for an ill-timed tweet during the terror attack.last_img read more

Other Sports Caster Semenya’s defeat to CAS in testosterone case highlights broader dilemmas for women athletes

first_img New York: Caster Semenya’s running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling on Wednesday, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed for the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with issues related to intersex and transgender athletes. The essence of the dilemma: How to minimize or eliminate discrimination while simultaneously ensuring that competitions are as fair as possible. The challenges faced by Olympic champion Semenya, a South African woman who reportedly has some intersex traits differ in key respects from those confronting transgender women. But there are parallels as well, as evidenced in the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sports world’s highest court, The CAS ruled that Semenya and other female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events, notably the 400 and 800 meters.    Comparable requirements apply to transgender women seeking to compete in the Olympics and in NCCA-governed collegiate sports in the U.S.; both organizations say male-to-female athletes should demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain point for at least a year before their first competition.RELATED    In Semenya’s case, the CAS voted 2-1 to uphold proposed rules issued by international track’s governing body, the IAAF, saying that they are discriminatory but that “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.” Athlete Ally, a U.S.-based group advocating for greater transgender inclusion in sports, assailed the ruling against Semenya.    “Forcing athletes to undergo medically unnecessary interventions in order to participate in the sport they dedicate their lives to is cruel, and a violation of their human rights,” said the group’s executive director, Hudson Taylor. Also angered was Kimberly Zieselman, executive director of InterACT, which advocates on behalf of intersex youth. The CAS ruling against Semenya “is another example of the ignorance faced by women athletes who have differences in their sex traits,” Zieselman said in an email.     “There is no one way to be a woman.” “It is an inherently flawed conclusion that Caster’s natural testosterone level is the only thing giving her physical strength,” Zieselman added. She noted while citing swimmer Michael Phelps’ long arms that many athletes have unique physical advantages. Powerful female stars such as Serena Williams in tennis, Katie Ledecky in swimming and 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) Brittney Griner in basketball also have been cited as possessing a distinctive physical edge.    Aside from Semenya, there have been relatively few high-profile controversies involving intersex athletes, while there’s been an abundance of news stories about transgender athletes. Overall, supporters of increased trans inclusion in sports are heartened by the pace of progress. In the United States, a growing number of state high school athletic associations in the U.S. enable them to play on teams based on their gender identity, and the NCAA has trans-inclusive guidelines for all its member schools. But there have been numerous bitter controversies, even at the high school level. In Connecticut, for example, the dominance of transgender girl sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families.    At the adult level, USA Powerlifting incurred recent criticism for sticking by its policy of banning trans women from its competitions. The organization contends that regardless of testosterone levels, male-to-female competitors generally have significant advantages related to bone density and muscle mass. Earlier this year, tennis great Martina Navratilova became entangled in the debate over trans women’s place in sports.    A lesbian and longtime gay-rights activist, Navratilova was accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women even if they’d undergone hormone treatment ? have an unfair advantage over other female competitors. Among her critics was Athlete Ally, which ousted her from its advisory board. Another critic was Rachel McKinnon, a transgender Canadian track cyclist who in October won a world championship sprint event for women of ages 35 to 44. She suggested that Navratilova’s argument reflected “irrational fear of trans women.”     McKinnon encountered widespread resentment after she won her championship event. Initially, she was elated, even though one of her top rivals pulled out of the final at the last minute. But then a photo spread across the internet showing her on the podium with the two smaller, skinnier runners-up, triggering extensive social-media attacks. Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, says the controversies raise complex questions, and she believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels. “The gender identity doesn’t matter, it’s the testosterone levels,” Harper said. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”    The IAAF argued in Semenya’s case that high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes with intersex characteristics that don’t conform to standard definitions of male and female give them an unfair competitive advantage. It decreed a maximum level for females. Semenya, whose muscular build and super-fast times have led some to question her accomplishments, declared she will not be deterred by the CAS ruling. For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger,” she said in a statement. “I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Caster Semenya is the Olympic champion in the 800 meters.Semenya had won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Semenya reportedly has some intersex traits differ in key respects from transgender women.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Rain factor in New Zealand semi-final makes Virat Kohli’s India favorites to enter World Cup final – This is how

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand league game was abandoned due to rain.New Zealand has lost three games heading into the semi-final.India has a 3-4 head-to-head record against New Zealand in World Cups. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The knock-out stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 are finally here with India taking on New Zealand in the first match at Old Trafford while Australia takes on England in Edgbaston. India has been in magnificent form, losing just one game and performing clinically with both bat and ball. New Zealand, on the other hand, has lost three consecutive games and had to rely on a certain winning and losing margin against England and for the clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh. If Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet is anything to go by, New Zealand simply has no chance to knock the Indian juggernaut out.However, Indian cricket fans can start booking their ticket to Lord’s. The reason being the weather in Old Trafford. Rain, which ruined the start of the tournament, is set to make a comeback in the knock-out stages especially in the game between India and New Zealand. The weather forecast for Manchester is not too promising with rain expected for a couple of hours on July 9. However, according to the ICC playing regulations for the knock-outs, there is a reserve day for the semi-final and the final.The weather on July 9 is expected to feature a couple of showers throughout the course of the match. If the match gets washed off on July 9, then it will be played on July 10 but the weather is worse on that day as well with 70 per cent chances of rain. If the semi-final gets washed out on both the days, then India will enter the final as they finished on top of the group table.One hopes that the semi-final contest is played without any interference of rain and that both teams slug it out on the field.The final has a reserve day. In case it gets washed out and conditions are such that even a super over is not possible, then the trophy will be shared.  India will be determined to continue their winning run but for many Indian cricket team fans, they will be looking for a rain dance if the team has to reach the finals.last_img read more

D’Abbraccio: Hack reflects on storytelling passion, early influences that cultivated it

first_img Published on April 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ My homework was pushed aside once my grandfather entered my room.He’d go to the bookshelf, pick up “The Yankees: An Illustrated History” and revive his 70-plus years of baseball memories as he flipped through the pages. He had witnessed all the New York Yankees legends I could only dream of being in the same ballpark as.An 80-year-old man reminiscing about old times, and his 9-year-old grandson longing like hell to be a part of them.Storytelling in its purest form.We’re all storytellers in some capacity. Some better than others, naturally, but we all do it. Some of us, like me and my colleagues at The Daily Orange, desire to make a living out of it. And whether I’m ready for it or not, this unforgettable chapter of my story is over in about 500 words.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe seeds of this dream of mine were planted in the mornings I’d soak in Newsday’s sports section, forcing my mom to cut me off because the bus was coming in five minutes and I hadn’t brushed my teeth yet. I’d also rack up extra credit in gym class by cutting sports photos out of the paper and thumbtacking them to a corkboard before homeroom.My sports writing truly started, I suppose, in the form of the Post-it notes I used to leave for my dad to read in the morning. He missed plenty of thrilling Yankees comeback victories because he’d gone to bed.Why let the newspaper or someone at work tell him about it first?Fast forward to my tenure at The Daily Orange, where one of the first things I learned was the purpose that anecdotes served in a story. From there I grew an appreciation for telling those stories: the influence of the late Robert “Apache” Paschall on the Syracuse women’s basketball program; Nicky Galasso making his late mother proud on the lacrosse field; Why Marc Kuzio goes all-out in Orange apparel for his niece’s SU field hockey games.Stories are valuable — probably to an underrated extent. They’re how memories of nights are pieced back together when drinks blur them up. They define friendships. They’re how I know Grandpa D’Abbraccio, even though he’s been gone for 20 years.I cherish the chance journalism gives me to bring out what people have been through, what inspires them and what makes them who they are.This year, I was fortunate enough to have that chance on the highest level for The D.O. And in the process of covering the football and men’s basketball teams and rising to this esteemed position of sports editor, I was surrounded by people who helped make this 420-byline journey memorable and the furthest thing from “work” I could’ve ever imagined.We kicked back some Budweisers in a grass parking lot in Clemson before an incredible Smokin’ Pig dinner. My seat at Cameron Indoor Stadium was close enough to smell the players. Flanked by beat partners Jesse Dougherty and Jacob Klinger, we covered Jim Boeheim during one of his most eventful seasons ever — classic postgame rants and all.I never want to see the endless asphalt of Interstate-81 again and I can do without the Carrier Dome’s subpar Italian food.But sh*t, that was fun.And now, the end is near. And so I face the final curtain.We all know what the future of the journalism industry looks like. Who knows where I’ll end up or whose stories I’ll be striving to tell.But if one day my grandson wants to hear some stories, I think I’ll have some pretty good ones to share.And I’ll make sure he gets his homework done, too.Phil D’Abbraccio is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at phildabbraccio@gmail.com or on Twitter at @PhilDAbb.-30- Commentslast_img read more

Men’s golf finishes at disappointing 15th place at NCAA’s

first_imgWith the last tee times of the day, the No. 10 USC men’s golf team knew what it had to do in the third round of the NCAA championships.If it had any hope of making up an eight-stroke, second-round deficit to qualify for the eight-team match play, the Trojans had to go low.After a bright start to the round during which the team climbed to within three strokes of the final match play spot, the Trojans ultimately fell short, finishing six strokes away from keeping their season alive.“We had things going for a little while, but it was too little, too late,” junior Matt Giles said.USC finished in 15th place at 10 over par during a wet week at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Augusta State captured the national title with a 3-1-1 victory over Oklahoma State on Sunday.“It didn’t feel like anyone on our team played that great,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “But we shouldn’t finish 15th in a field of 30. We should have made a better run at the top eight. Everybody could have found seven strokes somewhere — I know that.”T.J. Vogel, who was named a freshman All-American, led the Trojans, shooting 1 under par for the week (74-72-69) and finishing in a tie for 25th.“T.J. had a great 11-hole stretch where he played the golf that I think he is capable of playing,” Zambri said about Vogel’s first 11 holes of the final round, which he played 6 under par. “But even T.J. could have played better than he did.”Sophomore Steve Lim shot 1 over par (74-72-71) and placed in a tie for 41st.Giles, a two time All-American, concluded a frustrating season by shooting 4 over par (73-75-72) and tying for 64th.“It wasn’t a great season for me individually, which is disappointing,” Giles said. “Last year I played well and it would have been nice to replicate that again this year. That would have helped out the team.”After the final round, Giles announced he will skip his senior season at USC and turn professional.“I’ve known that Matt was going to do that for almost a year and a half now, so I’m not at all surprised,” Zambri said. “He chips and putts well enough and he has enough length off the tee to play professional golf, but he just kind of got a little lost tee-to-green and he has to figure that out quickly if he wants to go out and make some money against pros.”Freshman Martin Trainer shot 75-71 in the opening two rounds but struggled on the final day, posting 78 and slipping to a tie for 95th.“I need to get a better short game, work on my putting a lot,” Trainer said. “That’s what killed me this week.”Freshman Sam Smith finished in a tie for 111th by shooting 74-75-77.The Trojans ended the season without a tournament victory, either as a team or individually.“There was definitely enough talent,” Zambri said. “With Matthew Giles not having a good year for us, that really hurt. We had a returning first-team All-American that just didn’t play that well. Our freshmen were talented but they’re young.”Giles still noticed the Trojans’ improvement over the season.“The way we were playing at the start of the year, there was no way we could contend for a national championship,” Giles said. “But by the end, everyone had gotten a little bit better, the freshmen had that experience of playing college golf and our results showed that at the end of the year.”With four of five starters returning for USC, Zambri said the team should be better next season.“You move on but you move on with a plan,” Zambri said. “As long as they have a plan to improve and catch up with these kids who are beating us, then we’ll be fine.”“We can use this as a learning experience,” Trainer added. “Next time we’re in the hunt for a big tournament we can really do damage and maybe someday win a national championship.”last_img read more

Derrick Kwakye, Yasmin Kadri win Eastern Region Armwrestling Challenge

first_imgDerrick Kwakye known in media cycles as ‘Asoka’ was crowned the Champion of Champions in the Eastern Regional edition of the Eagle Extra Stout Armwrestling Challenge over the weekend.The most popular Jackson Park in Koforidua was brought to a standstill as thousands trooped to the venue to be part of the event held under the auspices of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF).The night brought together all those who matter the Koforidua and its environs including the MCE Hon. Isaac and Michael Okyere Baafi of Ghana Free Zones Authority. Top media personnel and comedian Baba Spirit were also there to add colour to the event sponsored by the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) through their Eagle Extra Stout brand.In the female division, young Yasmin Kadri defeated Victoria Zatey to be crowned the female champion while Zatey received a silver medal with Rose Avanyo winning bronze at the end of the day.In the men’s under 60kg, Elliot Lamptey won gold after pinning Listowell Lamptey who won silver while Isaac Nii Amugi defeated Richard Tanye in the 70kg.Edward Asamoah of Ghana Immigration Service proved his worth as captain of the team when he won gold in the men’s 90kg followed by Francis Adamavi who won silver and Issa Kunya who won bronze. The highlight for the night was the +100kg where Derrick Kwakye defeated Mark Antwi aka “Punisher” while SWAG Armwrestler for the year, Haruna Tahiru won bronze in the category.President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation, Charles Osei Asibey thanked the people of Koforidua for responding massively to their call and urged them to continue playing the sport, the reason for the challenge.He said the technical department of the federation will assess the performances of the participants and add deserving ones to the national armwrestling team as they prepare to defend their continental title in Mali.On his part, John Baptiste Akado, Brand Manager for Eagle Extra Stout was elated at the level of organisation and turnout even after the heavy downpour and reiterated on a continued support brand Association with the Armwrestling Federation.Kumasi will host the next Eagle Extra Stout Armwrestling Challenge in June. —last_img read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers wins Rudy Tomjanovich Award for ‘his cooperation with media and fans’

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Rudy Tomjanovich Award is named for the former Rockets and Lakers coach, who had the reputation of being professional and respectful with the media during 13 seasons as an NBA head coach, when he compiled a 527-416 regular-season record, a 51-39 postseason record and won back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995 with Houston. The PBWA’s other finalists this season were the Brooklyn Nets’ Kenny Atkinson, the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone and the Indiana Pacers’ Nate McMillan.Previous winners include Jerry Sloan (2010-11), Frank Vogel (2013-14), Steve Kerr (2014-15 and 2017-18), Dwane Casey (2015-16) and Stan Van Gundy (2016-17).The PBWA is composed of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA for newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.center_img The Professional Basketball Writers Association honored Clippers coach Doc Rivers as the winner of the 2018-19 Rudy Tomjanovich Award on Thursday in recognition of his “cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court.”Rivers, who also is among three finalists for NBA Coach of the Year, guided a team that many predicted would win just 30-some games to 48 victories, the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history.The Clippers became the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 45 games without a current or former All-Star on their roster at any point in the season and pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.“Rivers is generous with his time with the working press and is thoughtful with his answers to reporters’ questions,” the PBWA wrote in a release announcing the award, which Rivers also won in 2011-12 as coach of the Boston Celtics. He certainly was open with reporters this season about how much he enjoyed leading his squad.“It’s just a great group,” Rivers told local media during the first-round playoff series. “It’s funny, down 3-1 and you still can’t wait to get to practice. You can’t wait to show them all the things they’ve done well. They’re just an amazing group to be around, they really are. I won’t take them on vacation, I’ll tell you that, but I love the group.”Recently, Rivers was too communicative for the league’s liking; it fined the Clippers $50,000 for Rivers’ complimentary comments about Toronto Raptors star and free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard during an ESPN appearance. Comparing Leonard with Michael Jordan was considered flattery that crossed “a bright line” related to tampering rules, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters.Rivers will learn if he’s won his second career Coach of the Year award at the NBA Awards Show on June 24, where the winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award also will be named. Clippers reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are two of the three finalists.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more