Govt vows to provide more support for intellectually disabled athletes

first_imgThe Youth and Sports Ministry has vowed to support preparations for the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will be held in Berlin, and the 2022 Asia Pacific Special Olympics Games in Jakarta.Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) is gearing up for the two games as Indonesia also prepares for other sporting events, like the U-22 World Cup and the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.“We must not forget the work of SOIna,” Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S Dewobroto said recently in a press statement sent to The Jakarta Post. The statement came following his meeting with the SOIna team led by Warsito Ellwein.Gatot added that the government also planned to introduce more of SOina’s work to the public so they would be more aware of its achievements.The government has also awarded an intellectually disabled athlete who secured 19 gold medals from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Los Angeles, the United States, in 2015.Warsito appreciated the gesture, saying that more opportunities for disabled athletes would better enable them to adapt to society and also inspire others to welcome them as members of society.Topics :last_img read more

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Vegas Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury makes mind-blowing glove save, earns 450 career wins

first_imgMarc-Andre Fleury saved the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday with one of the best saves of the season — and quite possibly Fleury’s career.Caught out of position after Toronto forward Ilya Mikheyev’s shot rang off the post, Fleury had to dive across the crease in a desperate attempt to stop Nic Petan’s backhand rebound from going in the net. Stop it, he did . . . and in mind-boggling fashion, snatching the puck out of mid-air before it could reach the net’s top-left corner. Yup, Marc-Andre Fleury is not human, pic.twitter.com/DRPIfcFhLM— NHL (@NHL) November 20, 2019The save prevented the Maple Leafs from tying the game with just minutes to play in the third period and helped Vegas secure a 4-2 win.Fleury made 31 shots on 33 saves in the victory and earned his 450th NHL win in the process — making him just the seventh goalie in league history to do so.The 34-year-old currently trails his peer Henrik Lundqvist (453 wins) on the all-time wins list and will soon surpass Curtis Joseph (454). Martin Brodeur (691) holds the league’s all-time record for most wins by a goaltender.last_img read more

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Saints vs. Vikings odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

first_imgStat that mattersThe Vikings gave up on average 14 catches on 21 targets for 170 yards to wide receivers this season. They really struggled giving up big plays outside and at times also have been burned in the slot. There’s no reason to think they can slow down Saints’ record-setting wide receiver Michael Thomas. In two meetings, Thomas has been contained to 10 catches for 126 yards on 14 targets. With Xavier Rhodes having a down season at cornerback, Thomas can surpass those totals in the third matchup.Saints vs. Vikings predictionThe Saints’ passing game will make the difference with Brees and Thomas connecting for a big day with others getting in on the scoring fun. Kamara is hot again and a tough draw for the Vikings’ linebackers in coverage, too. The Saints will make Cousins throw in uncomfortable situations by slowing down the running game and working to take away the deep shots to Diggs. The Saints are better positioned to grind out a physical game and pull away a little in the fourth quarter.Saints 27, Vikings 17 One thing that hasn’t changed: Drew Brees and Sean Payton are still leading the Saints into the postseason.Here’s everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Saints in the NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the NFC wild-card game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSaints vs. Vikings odds for NFL playoff gameSpread: Saints by 8Point total: 49.5Odds: Vikings -115, Saints -105The Saints have been a little more than touchdown favorites at home since the initial lines. The Vikings rested players and lost to the Bears at home in Week 17, while the Saints played their principals and routed the Panthers on the road. Minnesota’s momentum cooled a bit down the stretch, while New Orleans is rolling into the playoffs.Saints vs. Vikings all-time seriesThe Vikings lead the series 22-12. The Saints won in Minnesota in October of ’18, 30-20. Before then, the Saints lost at Minnesota in the divisional playoffs after the 2017 season, 29-24 in “Minneapolis Miracle” game. The teams haven’t played in New Orleans in more than five years. The Saints took that matchup, 20-9 in September of ’14.Three trends to know— The Saints went 11-5 against the spread during the regular season. The Vikings were only 8-8.— The Vikings and Saints both saw 9 of their respective 16 games go over the point total.— The Vikings are 2-4 against the spread in their past six games. The Saints are 5-2 against the spread in their past seven games.Three things to watch’Minneapolis Miracle’ cure?The Saints will have Stefon Diggs’ game-winning playoff touchdown against them in the back of their minds, namely cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams. The Saints are still vulnerable on the back end, but less so with their pass rush and run defense creating one more predictable, one-dimensional downfield situations. The Saints will give up chunks through the air, but the key is avoiding any long connections between Cousins and either Diggs or Adam Thielen.Cousins in relation to big gamesCousins will be under pressure to change the narrative on his inablity to win marquee matchups, despite having his best NFL season and being a big part of the Vikings’ turnaround back to the playoffs. His pass protection has been better and the running and receiving of Cook has faciliated everything for him. He needs to shake off past playoff failures and be mindful of making good decisions consistently.Cook vs. KamaraThe Saints and Vikings have good run defenses. so it may be tough sledding for Cook to power between the tackles and a tight squeeze for Kamara to burst into open field. The backs, however, can do plenty of damage as outlet and screen receivers. The back who makes the bigger impact from scrimmage is bound to be playing for the winning side. Cook is fully healthy from his shoulder injury. Kamara is fully healthy from his ankle injury. The teams won’t hold back with the necessary touches. When the Vikings (10-6) travel to face the Saints (13-3) in New Orleans for Sunday afternoon’s NFC wild-card playoff game (1:05 p.m. ET, Fox), the matchup will feel different than the “Minneapolis Miracle” meeting.The Vikings will Kirk Cousins at quarterback instead of Case Keenum. They also didn’t have Dalvin Cook as their dominant feature back. The Saints’ defense also has been much improved as they’ve added key veterans and their young secondary has come of age.last_img read more

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Authorities: Active SWAT Situation in Delray Beach

first_imgThere is an active SWAT situation in Delray Beach, according to authorities.Police say officers are attempting to get a man out of a home near SW 6th Street and SW 5th Avenue.No word yet on what started the incident. However, a spokesman for Delray Beach Police says the matter started in Boynton Beach.This is a developing story.last_img

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Slam dunk: Gonzalez makes Hall, along with Bailey, Reed, and Aliquippa’s Ty Law

first_imgThe most prolific pass catcher at his position over a 17-year career, Gonzalez caught 1,325 passes (second in NFL history) for 15,127 yards (sixth) and 111 touchdowns. He was a six-time All-Pro, made 14 Pro Bowls, and his 916 catches with the Chiefs set one of 22 franchise records he held upon his retirement.“I knew I had a good chance, I’m not going to lie about that,” he said. “Still, when you hear the knock, your heart drops.”As it turns out, Gonzalez isn’t the only one who can get good air.“Threw my phone across the room,” Mawae said, of his reaction upon learning he was in. “I had a higher vertical than at the combine.”He’ll be donning the yellow jacket this summer alongside Gonzalez, and three players who spent part of their careers trying to stop the groundbreaking tight end.This marks the first time more than two defensive backs have made it in the same class.Bailey played 15 years — five with Washington, then 10 more with Denver after the Redskins swapped him for Clinton Portis. Like so many great cornerbacks, Bailey did not rewrite the record book, in part because he was, for a huge chunk of his career, considered the best cover guy in the league. So most quarterbacks simply avoided him.Still, he made three All-Pro teams, 12 Pro Bowls and a none-too-shabby 52 interceptions. His best-remembered pick was a 103-yard return against Tom Brady in the 2006 playoffs that did not go for a touchdown. Denver did score shortly afterward, though, on the way to the win. Eight years later, Bailey made his only Super Bowl.“This is home and timing was just right for it,” said Bailey, who grew up in Folkston and played college ball at Georgia. “Having Pat Bowlen go in, I never expected it to be like this.”Reed won his only title in the 2012 season, his last with the Ravens. Running the defense from his safety position, he was a standout playmaker on a roster full of them — including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Peter Boulware. Reed finished his career with 64 interceptions, and led the league in picks three times.“Smartest player I ever coached,” said Reed’s former coach, Brian Billick.Law was a lot like Bailey — a rock at the corner who quarterbacks avoided. He finished with 53 interceptions and three Super Bowl rings, all with the Patriots. When New England beat the Rams for its first title in 2002, Law returned a pick 47 yards for a score that gave the Patriots the lead in the second quarter; they didn’t trail after that.Law was one of the many high-profile players Bill Belichick was willing to cycle out, and his final five years were spent with Kansas City, Denver and two stints with the Jets, including 2005, when he made a career-high 10 interceptions.“It’s surreal to get this honor while my former team is playing,” said Law, who will be on hand when the Patriots play the Rams for the title Sunday.Mawae, a second-round draft pick in 1994, played 16 seasons for the Seahawks, Jets and Titans. He made three All-Pro teams and joins Mike Webster, Dwight Stevenson and Jim Otto among the few true centers in Canton.He earned a spot some thought might go instead to Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli. But for Boselli, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Richard Seymour and six others, it’s wait ’til next year.Bowlen goes in after what some believe was a longer-than-necessary wait. He is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which has put the future of the Broncos’ franchise on uncertain ground.His youngest daughter, Annabel, said they face-timed their dad when the family received the news.“A lot of tears in the room,” she said.Bowlen was key in securing the NFL’s future via a number of multibillion-dollar TV contracts. The Broncos have largely prospered during his tenure, winning more than 60 percent of their games. That included the 1998 Super Bowl, when the owner famously shouted “This one’s for John” — a tribute to John Elway winning his first title.Brandt spent 29 years with the Cowboys, where his keen eye for talent helped turn Dallas into “America’s Team.” He chose eight future Hall of Famers, including Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Bob Hayes. He employed computers for evaluating talent and came up with psychological tests for draft prospects, two tools no NFL team could do without in the modern game.Brandt also was elected for his role as the NFL’s resident draft guru.Robinson was chosen by the Dallas Texans in the first AFL draft. The Texans became the Chiefs, and the Chiefs became Super Bowl champions. A teammate of his, Hall of Fame linebacker Willie Lanier, said Robinson was the key to a defense that helped Kansas City to two AFL titles, each of which landed the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL ATLANTA (AP) — For towering tight end Tony Gonzalez, this was a slam dunk.The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who turned the celebratory post-TD dunk over the crossbar into an art form, was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.Joining him will be two more first-time nominees, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed, along with another defensive back, Ty Law, and center Kevin Mawae; Law and Mawae were both in their third year as finalists.The contributor nominees, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and Cowboys and NFL executive Gil Brandt , each made it, as did senior Johnny Robinson, the defensive back who helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl 4.Gonzalez started in Kansas City and finished in Atlanta, where voters met on the eve of the Super Bowl to select the Class of 2019; they didn’t need much time to debate his worthiness.In short, Gonzalez had more than his fair share of chances to jam. (Maybe not by accident, the NFL banned the practice in 2014, the year after he retired.) This Feb. 3, 2002, file photo shows St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk (28) fending of New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) during first-quarter play of Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. Law later returned a pick 47 yards for a score that gave the Patriots the lead in the second quarter; they didn’t trail after that. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) Photo Credit: APlast_img read more

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Wranglers knock off defending champion Dynamiters to clinch 2016 KIJHL Title

first_imgThe win gives 100 Mile House a 4-1 decision in the League Championship Series and the first KIJHL title in team history.The contest appeared to be heading for extra time until Brady Ward sent Wrangler fans into the next atmosphere scoring the winning goal with under four minutes remaining in the game.The score was tied 1-1 after Brett Harris scored a power play goal in the first period for 100 Mile House and Eric Buckley replied in the second for the defending KIJHL champs.For the second straight game the Dynamiters out shot the Wranglers, 41-32 in Game five.However, Steeves proved to be the difference as the Red Deer native continuously frustrated the Kimberley snipers, holding the Nitros to 10 goals in the five-game series.100 Mile House now prepares to respresent the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup next week in Victoria. In 2015, Kimberley netminder Tyson Brouwer was “All World” in backstopping the Nitros to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship.This year is was Zane Steeves turn to lead his 100 Mile House Wranglers to the top of the KIJHL.Steeves turned aside 40 of 41 shots to lead the Wranglers to a 2-1 victory over the Dynamiters in Game five of the KIJHL best-of-seven series Thursday night in 100 Mile House.last_img read more

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