LeBron-less Cavaliers starting anew with Love as focal point

first_imgFILE – In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, in Cleveland. Relief. None of the Cavs players, coaches or Cleveland front office members would ever use that word in public to describe not having LeBron James. However, there is definitely a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting _ and wondering _ about his next move. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CLEVELAND  — Kevin Love wore a pair of LeBron James’ signature sneakers on media day. It’s the last time he’ll try to fill them.Four years after aligning with James and Kyrie Irving to form a Big Three of stars that ended Cleveland’s five-decades-long championship drought by winning an NBA title in 2016, Love is the only one who remains with the Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Life’s going to be a lot different for us going forward, basketball-wise,” veteran forward Kyle Korver said. “We went to LeBron because we were supposed to go to LeBron. Now, there’s an opportunity for new. No one is LeBron, but we get to figure out new things. We get to create a new identity.”For the 30-year-old Love, who last year revealed he has had anxiety issues, Cleveland’s new situation is reminiscent of his six seasons in Minnesota. He was the focal point — on and off the floor.He is the main man again, and Love is relishing the chance to show he can still carry a franchise.“I know what I’m capable of,” he said. “I was the second option last year, the third option a couple of years prior and I had to learn how to sacrifice. Now I’m considered the first option. It’s a constant evolution. I’m heading into my 11th year, so I have to figure out with this team how it’s going to affect us in the best way possible in order for us to win.”YOUNG GUNThe Cavaliers are beyond excited about rookie guard Collin Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick. The former Alabama standout has impressed teammates with his attitude, tenacity and confidence. Upon arrival, he asked for No. 2 — Irving’s old number in Cleveland.Sexton will begin the season coming off the bench behind George Hill, as the Cavs’ preference is to ease him into his first season. However, it might not be long before he cracks Lue’s starting lineup.The knock on Sexton is his outside shooting, but his game is built on breaking down defenders and getting to the rim.TANKS, NO TANKSThe Cavs believe they can develop Sexton and other youngsters like Cedi Osman, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson and others while contending. It’s a difficult path, but the team has no intention of following other franchises by losing and bottoming out to get lottery picks. While James left for Los Angeles as a free agent this summer, and Irving forced his way to Boston via trade a year ago, Love has found a home — and peace — in Cleveland.Before James announced that the next chapter of his career would be written in Hollywood, Love — who had been the focus of trade rumors almost from the moment he arrived — told the Cavs he was willing to lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m staying,” he informed general manager Koby Altman. “I want to be a part of this.”“This” is life without James, the end of the four-year run and start of a rebuild as massive as the $140 million renovation taking place at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers’ downtown home that is no longer one of the league’s hottest spots with James gone. View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal But while the Cavs are no longer an elite team or national TV fixture, Love believes Cleveland’s competitive days aren’t done.“We’re going to be a team that surprises a lot of people,” said Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension. “(Coach) Ty Lue knows what he wants from us and vice versa. We have guys who have been here. We have guys who know how to win, knowing in losing the best player in the world we’re going to have a fresh start.”Relief.None of the Cavaliers players, coaches or front-office members would ever use that word publicly to describe not having James. However, there is a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting and wondering about his next move.Everything will be different going forward for the Cavs, who must learn to play a different brand of ball.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Attorney: Ronaldo rape report documents altered, fabricated Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “No tanking,” Lue said. “You can see that with (owner) Dan (Gilbert) giving Kevin Love an extension. Not a rebuild at all. It’s a challenge. We want to compete for the playoffs. It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about wins and lessons. These guys are going to have an opportunity to play meaningful games every night. Most of player development comes from playing games.”There is a price at staying competitive. Cleveland’s first-round pick is protected if it’s in the top 10, otherwise it goes to Atlanta.NEW LUE?Lue feels re-energized after he was sidelined by health issues last season. He dealt with anxiety and insomnia during a drama-filled season that ended with Cleveland being swept in the Finals by Golden State.A longtime assistant, Lue is embracing the chance to mold young players and perhaps show he had something to do with the team’s dominance the past few seasons. It wasn’t all about James.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Paulo Dybala’s latest tweet has got some Man United fans very excited

first_imgManchester United welcome a former hero to Old Trafford tonight, but could they also be hosting a future Red Devil?Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is undoubtedly the main story as Juventus face United in the Champions League, however Paulo Dybala’s appearance provides an interesting sub-plot. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions United are known-admirers of Dybala, who has struggled for goals since the arrival of Ronaldo at Juve.The Argentine has been forced to play second-fiddle for both club and country, with Lionel Messi understandably ahead of him in the pecking order for the Albiceleste. REVEALED Dybala has sent United fans into meltdown on Twitter Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY The Theatre of #Dreams : To play in such historical stadiums you have to do a lot of sacrifices as a boy! #ucl #championsleague #ManUtdJuve #uefa #OldTrafford pic.twitter.com/wbyeyvvFYA— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 22, 2018In the build-up to the Group H clash on Tuesday night, Dybala suggested he wouldn’t mind playing at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.The 24-year-old shared a picture of himself inside Old Trafford with the caption: “The Theatre of Dreams: To play in such historical stadiums you have to do a lot of sacrifices as a boy!”And some United fans on Twitter offered to make his dream become a reality: Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED huge blow ADVICE no dice getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 6 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF last_img read more

Reserving 911 for emergencies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Officials said the number of calls to 311 jumped more than 60 percent to 599,608 last fiscal year, while the number of 911 calls fell 5 percent to 1.76 million last year. “We are taking credit for some of that reduction,” said David Dizon, director of the city’s 311 system. “(Still), it would be very hard for us to actually make a firm, definitive calculation on that because the LAPD has said during that period of time there was a reduction in crime so that would also attribute to a reduction in calls to 911.” The California Highway Patrol, whose communications center in Los Angeles handles 911 calls from cell phones, saw its 911 calls drop 15 percent to 1.07 million in the first 10 months of this year. CHP spokeswoman Rebecca Estrada said the drop was mainly because many police departments also began to accept 911 cellular calls. But she said officials are examining whether the MTA’s #399 roadside assistance line helped reduce nonemergency cellular calls to 911. The #399 number, launched by the MTA on July 1, allows motorists traveling Los Angeles County freeways to use their cell phones to get roadside assistance from their auto clubs or the Metro Freeway Service Patrol. Three new telephone help lines for residents and motorists may be achieving one of the primary goals officials had in mind: freeing up 911 lines for true emergencies. With many callers to 911 ending up on hold because of the high volume of calls, local governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in recent years launched a smorgasbord of alternate lines such as 211, 311 and #399. While officials said there are no definitive data showing the lines are contributing to a drop in 911 calls, the numbers are encouraging. The city of Los Angeles launched its 311 local government services line in November 2002, offering to help refer residents to appropriate city agencies for help with such things as graffiti removal and bulk-item pickup. “At this point, we are still evaluating the whole #399 impact on 911 cellular routing,” Estrada said. “We don’t have numbers to stipulate whether it’s making a difference or not.” Also in July, county government launched its 211 line to help connect people with 28,000 health and social service programs and help reduce nonemergency calls to 911. In July 2004, INFO LINE Los Angeles – which changed its name to 211 LA County in July – received 22,806 calls. During its launch in July, the service received 32,195 calls; last month, it received 31,027. “It will pick up again this month due to holiday calling,” said Maribel Marin, executive director of 211 LA County. “There will be food banks, soup kitchens and those kinds of special programs they have for the holidays. “We are dealing with people in crisis, people who are homeless, about to become homeless, who are unemployed and people who have had some tragedy in the family or some dire crisis.” Thomas Prigatano, 911 coordinator and a public safety dispatch supervisor at the CHP’s Los Angeles Communications Center, said he believes the county’s 211 line has reduced some calls to 911. “If I was driving down the road with an incorrigible child and wanted the number to social services and couldn’t find it in the directory because I’m so upset, at one time I would call 911,” Prigatano said. “211 mitigates that by having all those social services operators.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kansas State Defeats Women’s Soccer, 1-0

first_imgDrake finished with five shots, including three on goal. Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.), Sam Nosler (Westfield, Ind.) and Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) each tallied one shot on goal. The Bulldogs had six corner kicks in the match, including three in a row to end the first half, but couldn’t break through the Wildcats’ defense. The shots by Brand and Walls came after Kansas State’s goal, but Brand’s shot went high and Walls’ was saved by K-State goalkeeper Emma Malsy, who made three saves. Later, Shelley Lyjak (Bartlett, Ill.) had her shot blocked. Stone finished with seven saves. Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Version Preview Watch Live Live Stats Next Game: Photo Gallery at South Dakota State 8/26/2018 – 1 PM MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State defeated the Drake University women’s soccer team, 1-0, Thursday night at the K-State Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kan. Drake plays at South Dakota State Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as it continues its season-long six match road trip. Story Links “This was a great test for us going up against a much improved Big 12 team,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “I thought we had a sharp start tonight defensively and gained confidence and composure on the ball. As a staff, we were really pleased to protect our goalkeeper in the run of play. This is one of those games that is only unlocked from a restart goal. We had them on their heels with a flurry of corners to end the first half, but credit to K State’s keeper and defenders for weathering our chances. It’s unfortunate to not come home with something more than experience from this game as the goal we conceded was somewhat unlucky. We are excited to quickly get back on the field together against what will be a tough SDSU. Katie Cramer scored off a free kick in the 54th minute (54:35) for Kansas State (3-0) in the second all-time meeting with Drake (1-2). Cramer’s second goal of the season came after a foul by the Bulldogs as she sent a low ball after the restart that got past Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). PDF Box Score last_img read more

Support pours in for protesting Honda workers

first_imgSeveral trade unions on Wednesday expressed solidarity with contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited on the second day of their protest against the dismissal of over 200 workers.The company, meanwhile, announced to shut “B” and “C” shifts at its Manesar Sector 3 plant from Thursday saying that it was difficult to run all three shifts due to the protest. Shift “C” remained shut on Wednesday as well.Intervention soughtCentre of Indian Trade Union (Haryana) president Satvir Singh told The Hindu that the Trade Union Council (TUC), a conglomeration of all trade unions in Gurugram and Rewari, had submitted a memorandum to Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri seeking his intervention for an amicable solution. The memorandum warned that the situation could escalate and disturb peace in other companies as well.Besides Mr. Singh, All-India Trade Union Congress Haryana deputy general secretary Anil Panwar; Maruti Udhyog Kamgaar Union general secretary Kuldeep Janghu; and Hind Majdoor Sabha Gurugram secretary V.S. Yadav, were also part of the delegation.Extending support to the Honda workers, Bellsonica Auto Component India Employees Union vice-president Ajit Singh said that more than 75,000 workers were rendered jobless in Gurugram industrial area alone on the pretext of economic slowdown. He alleged that it was a conspiracy hatched by big industrialists in collusion with the government to lay-off permanent workers and hire labour at cheaper rates in violation of the labour laws.Later, the members of the TUC along with several hundreds of workers from different automotive companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Napino, Munjal and Shivam Autos, gathered outside the Manesar plant of Honda to express solidarity with the protesting workers. While around 2,000 contractual workers are on a continuous dharna inside the plant since Tuesday hampering production, the affected workers are holding a simultaneous sit-in outside company premises. The plant has around 1,800 permanent workers and 2,500 contractual workers.HMIS Employees’ Union president Suresh Gaur said talks with the management had been inconclusive since the company was not willing to take back the sacked workers.Deputy Labour Commissioner Ajay Pal said the contractor had offered to settle the legal dues of the dismissed workers or help them secure jobs elsewhere or asked them to wait for the market situation to improve as part of solution, but the workers rejected all the three offers and instead sought compensation over and above their legal dues. “Since the contractual workers don’t have an elected leader, they have been told to discuss among themselves and come up with the mutually agreed compensation amount. The talks would continue on Thursday,” said Mr. Pal.last_img read more

JRU back on track, pips Letran

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and H.S. Prannoy advance at Japan Open

first_imgIndian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and H.S Prannoy advanced into the second round after defeating their respective opponents in the men’s singles competition of the Japan Open here on Wednesday.Srikanth, who reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics defeated his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap 14-21, 21-14, 23-21 in a contest which lasted over 50 minutes.Shuttler Jayaram defeated Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19, 23-21 in a 46-minute match while Prannoy defeated Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 23-21, 19-21, 21-18.Jayaram will now face Srikanth, while Prannoy will face the winner of the match between Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen.last_img

Tough to swallow defeat but India have been far too good, says Ross Taylor

first_img3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). Full ScorecardNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor Monday said losing three matches in a row was a bitter pill to swallow but admitted his team could not match all-round prowess of a far superior Indian team.India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI on Monday to take a series-clinching 3-0 lead.”It is tough to swallow 3-0 loss. But we have to give credit to the Indians. They have been far too good in all the three matches. India put us under pressure for a long period of time and got wickets at crucial times,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.”India are a step up in opposition. They won key moments and put us under pressure. We could not just capitalise when we were on a semi-dominant position. We were three-four wickets down and 20 overs to go and long way behind the game. We fought hard today but that was not just enough,” he added.Taylor, who top-scored for New Zealand with a 106-ball 93, said his side would look to do well in the remaining two matches.”There are two more matches to go. Even though the series is gone there is still a lot of pride in the team. Hamilton [venue for fourth match] is a good hunting ground for us as a team. We have to get on to the business and hopefully we can bounce back in the last two matches,” he said.advertisement”We need to play better in all facets of the game. Hopefully we can get some pride back in the last two matches.”New Zealand made two changes to their team, announced for the last two matches. Ask about that, Taylor said, “World Cup is not far way but still team combinations are to be sorted out. Obviously new personnel coming in and hopefully they can bring in new edge to the team.”Asked about India resting captain Virat Kohli for the last two matches, Taylor said, “It is very tough to replace Virat Kohli. He is an inspirational leader but I am sure they are trying to find combinations for the World Cup. It gives an opportunity to a new player.”Taylor also agreed to the view that Hardik Pandya, who made it to the playing eleven after his suspension for sexist remarks on a TV show was lifted, brought a lot of value addition to the Indian team.”He brings a lot of balance to the Indian side. He got two wickets today and a good catch as well. He uses his strength very well and with the wind also. We wanted to do well against the spinners and I thought I would do that,” said Taylor.Asked how New Zealand should learn to tackle the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, he said, “You have to be patient and acknowledge that they are going to bowl good balls. You can catch up later with wickets in hand and we tried to do that today.”Also Read | India are teaching us a lesson: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after series defeatAlso Read | New Zealand better team than Australia, India have been too good: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comebacklast_img read more

CITIZENS COMMITTEE TO STUDY NEW WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL PROPOSAL

first_imgTHE COMMITTEE STUDYING EXPANDING WOODBURY COUNTY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AND JAIL PLANS TO FORM A CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HELP STUDY THE ISSUE.COUNTY BUILDING SERVICES DIRECTOR KENNY SCHMITZ SAYS A BROAD BASED GROUP OF PEOPLE WILL BE SELECTED TO HELP STUDY THE JAIL PROJECT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/JAIL4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..SOME CLERGY. :26SCHMITZ SAYS THE CURRENT BUILDING HAS BEEN DETERIORATING FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND THE TIME IS DRAWING NEARER WHEN THE FACILITY MAY BECOME UNABLE TO HOUSE INMATES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/JAIL5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………A NEW FACILITY. :23SCHMITZ SAYS THE JAIL FACILITY WILL LIKELY BE MOVED FROM DOUGLAS STREET DOWNTOWN TO A NEW LOCATION.ONE PROPOSAL IS THE OLD PRAIRIE HILLS SITE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN, BUT PROVIDING UTILITIES THERE WOULD BE EXPENSIVE.THERE’S OTHER SITES BEING CONSIDERED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/JAIL6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………THAT WE’VE LOOKED AT. :13THE JAIL COMMITTEE STUDY GROUP WILL NEXT MEET AT NOON ON APRIL 26TH.last_img read more

Fatal rugby injuries are rare expert says after high schoolers death

first_imgMONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Canadian rugby associations, and some of the sport’s most prominent players, are expressing condolences to the family of a P.E.I. high school athlete who died after what one expert says was a “rare” serious injury.Brodie McCarthy, 18, sustained a fatal brain injury during a routine play on Friday which resulted in bleeding from two different parts of his brain.McCarthy was coherent and lucid when he came off the field after the play, Seana Evans-Renaud, principal of Montgomery Regional High School, said Tuesday.He answered questions from the coach, who told him to sit down and asked another player to sit with him, she said.Then McCarthy lost consciousness.The teen was taken by ambulance to Moncton, where doctors conducted brain surgery Friday night. On Saturday, doctors conducted a CAT scan which registered no brain activity, Evans-Renaud said.McCarthy was weeks away from graduating.“The P.E.I. Rugby Union and the Prince Edward Island rugby community are devastated and heartbroken at the tragedy over the weekend,” a statement from the union’s website said.Jen Kish, retired Rugby 7s player and Olympic bronze medallist, tweeted Monday that her “heartfelt condolences goes out to the McCarthy family.”Her former teammate, Karen Paquin, tweeted: “I have no words. All my thoughts go to the family of this young man.”“We are deeply saddened to learn about Grade 12 student Brodie McCarthy, and the tragic incident in P.E.I. that occurred at a high school rugby match,” wrote Rugby Canada in a blog post on their website.According to Statistics Canada, rugby was the third most common sport in which 15- to 19-year-old males sustained concussions and other brain injuries between 2012 and 2014, behind ice hockey and football.In 2013, Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old high school rugby player from Ottawa, suffered two concussions in one week before sustaining a third during a rugby game that led to her death two days later. In March, Ontario passed Rowan’s Law, concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries.However, a study conducted by the medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia, Dr. Robert Green, shows youth sport-related deaths, especially rugby-related deaths, are rare.According to the study, the five deaths from sports injuries in Nova Scotia between 2000 and 2013 happened while children were skateboarding, swimming or cycling.Green said fewer than five rugby-related major trauma incidents were reported in Nova Scotia over the last 16 years. All involved adults, and none died.“I can understand the backlash and discussion about rugby-related injuries, and yes it’s a violent sport — I played it myself,” Green said. “But as far as major injuries and if they happen more than American football? No.”Green said he hopes the tragedy will start a conversation about youth taking major traumatic injuries seriously and what parents and coaches can do to prevent and treat them.Rugby Canada’s PlaySmart program was launched in 2016 to educate members and provincial unions on the risk of head injury on the field and how to properly manage and report the injuries.“Any player with concussion or suspected concussion should be immediately and permanently removed from training or play,” the Rugby Canada website says.Evans-Renaud said this isn’t the first time tragedy has hit her high school.“We lost three students in an accidental fire,” she said. “We have lost a teacher, a bus driver and a student all in one year.”“We just want to get through one year without something like this, but unfortunately we are no stranger to tragedy and grief that goes along with it.”— By Fadila Chater in Halifaxlast_img read more