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7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgHas it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts. Make it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help.last_img read more

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Why Your Emails Need a Personal Touch

first_img3. Make your email a part of a conversation.Sending your email from one person, using first-person pronouns, and including contractions will keep your note feeling conversational. If you write, “The Denver Puppy House is pleased to receive your donation,” or, “We used those funds to buy medicine,” you might come across as formal and dull. But if you write, “I am so glad you were able to make a donation to help our puppies,” or “I couldn’t have done it without you,” you’ll sound intimate and chatty. 1. Use a personalized greeting.If your friend sent you a note that said, “Dear Sir or Madam,” you might be a little confused. While you may not individually know all of your supporters, think of them as your nonprofit’s treasured partners and write to each one by name with a friendly greeting. Try saying “Hello there, Matt!” instead of “Dear Matthew.”2. Have a warm tone.Adopt a warm, welcoming tone by using simple sentences and informal language. This will help your email be breezy instead of stiff. Choosing shorter words such as “get” over longer words like “acquired” will make your email read as if from a friend. When your donors feel valued and special, they’re more likely to give again and again. One way to spread the love is by giving your emails a personal touch. Here’s how:last_img read more

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Apply Today to Be a Young Champion of Maternal Health!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is delighted to announce that the application process for the second cohort of Young Champions of Maternal Health is now open! Applications are currently being accepted from candidates from Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria.To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity over the long-term, emerging public health leaders need to be equipped with the skills, commitment, and vision to respond fully to multiple causes and consequences of maternal mortality and morbidity.The Maternal Health Young Champions Program, a partnership between The Institute of International Education and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health, offers a unique fellowship to 10 young people who are passionate about improving maternal health in their home country.These Young Champions of Maternal Health will be students or young graduates in public health or a related field who are committed to improving maternal mortality and morbidity through either research or innovative field work in their home country.  They will be matched with in-country mentors from selected organizations for a nine-month research or field project internship focusing on a particular area of maternal health.The fellowship includes leadership training and participation in the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania.Click here for eligibility criteria and to access the application.Applications are due November 10, 2012.For more information about the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, including blog posts from the first cohort, click here.Share this:last_img read more

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Reducing Newborn Deaths by Targeting Adolescent Mothers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 3, 2014November 14, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, Save the Children published a report entitled, “Ending Newborn Deaths.” The report highlights the need to concentrate on the reduction of newborn deaths as it lags behind the efforts of those tackling <5 deaths.  The report calls on governments, world leaders, the private sector and philanthropists to commit to a five-point Newborn Promise to end these preventable deaths by increasing access and availability to skilled health workers, increasing funds for healthcare improvements, and decreasing user costs and fees for services, medicines and interventions.While the report lists numerous factors that must to be addressed to reduce preventable deaths, a recent editorial by The Lancet also points out the need to specifically target young mothers (who make up 10% of all births) and adolescents who are known to have some of the most risky pregnancies and deliveries.The Save the Children report says this about young mothers:In low- and middle-income countries overall almost 10% of girls become mothers by the age of 16. They are at greater risk of losing their babies than women who become mothers later – mothers under 20 are 50% more likely to have a stillbirth or to lose their baby within the first week after birth than mothers aged 20–29 years.By targeting adolescents, the Lancet argues, not only will there be a reduction in neonatal mortality, but by reducing child marriages, unwanted births, delaying their first child, and creating more options for education (including secondary, reproductive, and contraceptive education) these young women will be given the tools to start to take charge of their own health, work options and economic destinies.  With the commitments of governments and local health agencies these women will not only better care for their own pregnancies and  newborns, but also will have the education to know that they can advocate for their family’s health rights.  Adolescent programming must include the input of the adolescents themselves, while ensuring that the programs give them the oversight, support, and education they need.Lasting interventions are needed for newborn death reduction and who better to target than the adolescents who will eventually become the mothers who want their children to survive.How do we make these adolescents a priority? Lend your voice to the discussion.  Find us on Twitter or contacts us.Share this:last_img read more

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Medical Detailing: Teaching Providers How to Properly Use and Advocate for Health Care Products

first_imgPosted on May 11, 2015October 26, 2016By: Saundra Pelletier, CEO, Woman Care Global & EvofemClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)I am thrilled to have a discussion about the need for better metrics and measurement for establishing best practices on correct use of maternal health supplies. As organizations focus on global maternal health, we need to evaluate provider practices and use of health supplies in the countries where we work. How are we going to address the gaps without first determining what the gaps are? Are providers short on supply? Do providers choose not to use certain products because of storage requirements? Are providers trained properly on the health supplies they’re being encouraged to use?At Woman Care Global, we use an approach called medical detailing to support providers in the correct use and advocacy of women’s reproductive health supplies. Medical detailing is considered one of the few interventions capable of impacting provider performance. The core theory of medical detailing is to use support and training through frequent contact with providers to develop customized interventions to improve healthcare outcomes. Trained representatives visit medical practitioners regularly to determine the individual provider’s needs, motivations and barriers around the use of medical devices, products or services.We have utilized, and had success with, medical detailing for a program we pioneered called Maximizing Provider Healthcare Performance™, or MAX for short. MAX representatives visit over 300 healthcare providers in Kenya and South Africa to gather information about the care being given to patients. The information is collected on tablets in the field and uploaded. Through a research partner, that data is analyzed to pinpoint which specific interventions lead to enhanced care. The representatives then follow up with each provider to implement the customized interventions indicated in each situation. They also share the provider’s own analyzed data with them each quarter, in order to provide a measurement of changes in service delivery, and to identify and discuss any gaps that may have resulted in decreased performance. The whole aim of the MAX program is to raise the bar on quality care delivery.Now, I can happily talk strategy and create a bunch of flow charts about how the program works, but I want to emphasize one crucial element to the success of medical detailing. We have found the interaction between our MAX medical detailing representatives and the healthcare providers is the predominant determinant of success with both changing provider practices and collecting accurate data. Yes, the representatives are there to gather data, but they also take the time to talk, walk and drink tea with the clinicians we’re trying to reach. These interactions happen very naturally out in the field where trust and true partnership are developed over time. In an era of big data and analytics, we should never underestimate the impact of taking a minute to have a cup of tea and the value of engaging people. On a personal level, I am encouraged by programs that layer emotional intelligence and solid business practices. I am also truly and deeply encouraged by programs that take the first step and recognize that each subsequent step is meaningful.“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen KellerTeaching providers how to properly use and advocate for health care products is a small task with big potential. Each woman helped will benefit and she will bring those incremental gains back to her family and her community. And that in itself is great and noble.This post is part of the blog series “Increasing access to maternal and reproductive health supplies: Leveraging lessons learned in preventing maternal mortality,” hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition/Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Family Care International and the USAID-Accelovate program at Jhpiego which discusses the importance and methods of reaching women with lifesaving reproductive and maternal health supplies in the context of the proposed new global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 births by 2030. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Introducing the Fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection: “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 1, 2017January 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.” Read the open access papers that have been published in PLOS One as part of the collection so far:Maternal cancer and congenital anomalies in children – a Danish nationwide cohort studyCharacteristics of women age 15-24 at risk for excess weight gain during pregnancyInterventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysisMaternal depression and anxiety disorders (MDAD) and child development: A Manitoba population-based studyAssociations between quality of life, physical activity, worry, depression and insomnia: A cross-sectional designed study in healthy pregnant womenImplementation of a diabetes in pregnancy clinical register in a complex setting: Findings from a process evaluationMaternal BMI and diabetes in pregnancy: Investigating variations between ethnic groups using routine maternity data from London, UKMetabolic markers during pregnancy and their association with maternal and newborn weight statusImpact of maternal body mass index and gestational weight gain on neonatal outcomes among healthy Middle-Eastern femalesPlease join the MHTF tomorrow, 2 November at 10:00AM ET for a live-streamed panel discussion to mark the launch of the collection. Tweet your questions to @MHTF using #MHTFPLOS.Additional papers will be added to the collection in the coming months. Subscribe to stay updated.—Learn more about the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health.Read the MHTF Quarterly highlighting issues related to non-communicable diseases and maternal health.Share this:last_img read more

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Largest stadiums in the world ranked

first_imgGoing to watch the football on matchday is almost always an unforgettable experience, made even more special with the buildup of fan atmosphere, pre-match excitement – and, of course, the sheer magnitude and beauty of the stadium.Football boasts an incredible roster of impressive stadiums and grounds, and sometimes, the utter immensity of them can be overwhelming.Certain stadiums are as iconic as the clubs and teams that they host, with the England national team ‘s home of Wembley Stadium in London and Barcelona’s Camp Nou one of the most famous and historic in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Goal rounds up the world’s biggest stadiums in terms of seating capacity, counting down from the top 20.Top 20 largest stadiums in the worldYou might be surprised to learn that the world’s largest stadium is North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, otherwise known as the May Day Stadium.North Korean officials claim that the stadium supposedly has a capacity of 150,000 people, but its real capacity is under 114,000. Even so, it is still the world’s biggest venue by a few thousand.The May Day Stadium’s first event was the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. It also hosted the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang.Other notable stadiums include Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, followed by Barcelona’s home of Camp Nou.South Africa’s FNB Stadium, which hosted several 2010 World Cup games including the final, also makes the top 10, followed by California’s Rose Bowl and London’s Wembley Stadium. Rank Stadium Capacity Location 1 Rungrado 1st of May Stadium 114,000 Pyongyang, North Korea 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,024 Melbourne, Australia 3 Camp Nou 99,354 Barcelona, Spain 4 FNB Stadium* 94,736 Johannesburg, South Africa 5 Rose Bowl 90,888 Pasadena, California 6 Wembley Stadium 90,000 London, England 7 Estadio Azteca 87,523 Mexico City, Mexico 8 Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 Borg El Arab Stadium 86,000 Alexandria, Egypt 10 Salt Lake Stadium 85,000 Kolkata, India 11 ANZ Stadium 84,000 Sydney, Australia 12 MetLife Stadium 82,500 East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 Croke Park 82,300 Dublin, Ireland 14 Signal Iduna Park 81,365 Dortmund, Germany 15 Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis, France 16 Santiago Bernabeu 81,044 Madrid, Spain 17 Luzhniki Stadium 81,004 Moscow, Russia 18 Shah Alam Stadium 80,372 Shah Alam, Malaysia 19 Estadio Monumental “U”  80,093 Lima, Peru 20 San Siro 80,018 Milan, Italy *FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736, though, its maximum capacity during the 2010 World Cup was 84,490 due to allocated seating for the press and other VIPs members.last_img read more

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Bernabeu return ‘a unique feeling’ for James

first_imgReal Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez says returning to play at the Santiago Bernabeu was a ‘unique feeling’ despite the team failing to grasp all three points.The 28-year-old started a Madrid match for the first time since May 2017 as Los Blancos drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid in La Liga action on Saturday.James spent the last two seasons out on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who opted against triggering their purchase option and instead made a move for Philippe Coutinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Colombia star looked poised to join either Atletico Madrid or Napoli, however, he has been reintegrated into the first team squad and played 57 minutes for Zinedine Zidane’s men in the Spanish capital.”Back at the Bernabeu after a long time,” James wrote on Twitter post-match.”It was a unique feeling. Thanks to the fans for the support.”We will continue to work in order to improve.”Después de un largo tiempo he vuelto al Bernabéu. Ha sido una una sensación única. Gracias a la afición por el cariño. Seguiremos trabajando para mejorar. pic.twitter.com/xaf0WMOeHI — James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) August 24, 2019 Despite the return to the starting side, Zidane said after the match that the Colombian was taken off as a precaution against injury.  “James played a good match, he left the pitch because he was a little hurt and we prefer to not take risk,” he told reporters. “But he did a good job, especially in the first half.” Following a 3-1 opening weekend win against Celta Vigo, it looked as Real were headed for two consecutive wins when Karim Benzema put them 1-0 up with eight minutes to play. But Zidane’s side failed to deal with Real Valladolid’s response, as Sergi Guardiola equalised with a low shot under Thibaut Courtois’ body in the 88th minute. James was joined in the first team by another player who was previously expected to leave the club in Gareth Bale. Bale, who was tipped to head to China recently, played 90 minutes but couldn’t match his opening game performance against Celta, when he got an early assist for Benzema. James’ return to the Real first team comes after a previous season in which he made 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern, scoring seven goals. He also scored seven league goals in 23 Bundesliga matches during the 2017-18 after helping Madrid to Champions League glory the season prior. Real will attempt to get back on the La Liga winners list with a trip to Villarreal on Sunday before the FIFA international break.last_img read more

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The Daav Pech dames

first_img Next The Daav Pech damesVinesh Phogat says more than the sports glory, she is happy to have helped change the mindset in Haryana towards the birth of a girl.advertisement Aasheesh Sharma October 11, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 12:04 IST Cousins Vinesh and Babita Phogat. While Vinesh is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Babita will contest Haryana state Assembly elections this month on a BJP ticket.At the turn of the century, one of the biggest perceptible shifts in gender imbalances in the country was brewing in Balali, a non-descript village in Haryana, a deeply conservative state till then infamous for female infanticide. The man who ushered in this revolution was Mahavir Singh Phogat, a burly former grappler, who chose to train his daughters and his niece in the art of wrestling.Today, his niece Vinesh Phogat is one of India’s biggest medal hopes going into the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The achievements of his daughters Geeta and Babita inspired a blockbuster biopic that popularised a slogan that strikes at the heart of gender bias: Mhari chhoriya chhoron se kam hai ke? (Are my daughters any less than sons?) mouthed by Aamir Khan while essaying Mahavir’s character. The elder sister, Geeta Phogat, after becoming the first Indian wrestler to qualify for an Olympics and striking gold at the Commonwealth Games, 2010, was conferred with an Arjuna Award. Her younger sibling Babita was crowned Commonwealth gold medal winner twice, at Glasgow, 2014 and Gold Coast, 2018. Now Babita has been fielded as the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Dadri in the state assembly elections to be held this month.Today, the Phogat family is the star of Haryana’s sports universe and Mahavir has been made sarpanch of his village but he had to fight deep-set patriarchy to reach here. “In 2000, when I saw Karnam Malleswari win a medal in the Olympics, I first thought of training the girls in my family. But at that time I faced resistance from the village elders and even my own relatives. They said I was bringing a bad name to the family by letting them play a sport not meant for women, but I thought, if a woman can become Prime Minister of India, why can’t she become a wrestler?” says Phogat. “Before the 2010 Commonwealth victories of my daughters there were few women wrestlers in the country. Today, there are at least 50 akharas in Haryana that exclusively train women wrestlers. I am proud to say my family has already given three Olympian wrestlers to the country.”advertisementVinesh Phogat says the village elders jeered at them when they went to practise in the akhara and the women in the family began to worry if they would get married. “Cutting your hair or wearing shorts to become a wrestler was looked down upon. But success is the biggest revenge. Today, the same neighbours who were reluctant to accept us want their daughters to emulate the Phogat sisters and bring glory to the village.”More than the sporting glory, says Vinesh, she is happy they have played a part in changing mindsets in rural Haryana. “Instead of undergoing sex-selective abortions, the birth of a girl child is now celebrated. The government and the panchayat go out of their way to encourage girls to venture outdoors and play sport.”This may just be the beginning. In case Vinesh brings home an Olympic medal, a thousand new all-girl akharas may bloom in the country.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagarelast_img read more

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Guardiola: Man City players will be kept in the fridge

first_imgPep Guardiola has a plan to make sure his Manchester City players cope with playing twice in less than 48 hours in December: “Go home, open the fridge and get inside.”The reigning champions have been dealt a tricky hand over the festive period following fixture changes for live television coverage, with their trip to Wolves now starting at 19:45 local time on December 27.They then welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad Stadium on December 29, that game kicking off at 18:00, before a home match against Everton on January 1, 2020. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Asked what he can do to combat such a quick turnaround between travelling to Molineux and hosting the Blades before the turn of the year, Guardiola replied: “Players to the fridge. I’m not joking.”Go home, open the fridge and get inside for 48 hours. See you at the Etihad Stadium [on December 29].”When I open the fridge to make an omelette, maybe I can talk with my players. But apart from that, no way.”It happened in my first season here. I think we played on December 31 at Anfield and then at home against Burnley [on January 2].”Before needing to be concerned about Christmas plans, however, Guardiola and his squad must focus on closing the gap to a red-hot Liverpool side in the coming weeks.After missing out by a solitary point in a thrilling title race in 2018-19, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have started the new Premier League season with eight successive wins.City, in contrast, have suffered defeats to Norwich City and Wolves to sit eight points off the pace in second. However, Guardiola understands there is still a long way to go, particularly with Aymeric Laporte set to bolster the squad with a return from a knee injury early in 2020.”For 11 years, no team in England has won back-to-back [titles]. It is difficult, of course it is,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told the media ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.”But you have a rival that is unstoppable right now. Eight games, eight wins. We lost games, but in Spain the big clubs lost games, in Italy the big clubs lost games, here we are facing one team who are champions of Europe and didn’t lose one game.”It’s difficult. In some games we could win but we didn’t win. Our mistakes punished us a lot. During the season there are ups and downs. We try to get better and improve.”From tomorrow [Saturday] and in the Champions League, we try to make an incredible step forward, to win the game against Atalanta [on Tuesday], then in February Laporte will be back, most of the players will be back.”We will see what happens in the later stages. Normally, when you win what we have won the last two seasons and you arrive in March and April being there, after that it’s more difficult to drop points. But, in the earliest stages of the season, sometimes it’s normal.”last_img read more

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High school scoreboard Jan. 17

first_img The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: High school scoreboard Jan. 17 GO (360) 735-4538 JV — Prairie, 1521-1472EVERGREEN 1917, KELSO 1558At Triangle LanesKELSO — Zoie Rodman 153-133, Hanna Kuhn 110-130, Jeidyn Anderson 97-118, Katrine Rasmussen 122-138, Kaylee Price 126-132. Baker games: 144-155.EVERGREEN — Teryn Stine 151-126, Summer Whitney 126, Kailee Wilcox 193-215, Karina Johnsen 185-161, Kerissa Anderson 140-167, Sarah Trimble 159. Baker games 147-147.COLUMBIA RIVER 1913, RIDGEFIELD 1549At Crosley LanesCOLUMBIA RIVER — Mika Munger 182-165, Maya Burnett 124-159, Jenna Chinn 160-162, Quinn Allen 125-179, Rileigh Chinn 160-195. Baker games 158-144.RIDGEFIELD — Caitlin Walker 94-93, Maite Medina 130-134, Karin Pazjinkova 111-120, Maebry Kinswa 138-145, Jenna Martin 132-169. Baker games 144-139. RA Long 9 10 11 9—39Hockinson 8 21 23 12—64JV — Hockinson won.WASHOUGAL 64, MARK MORRIS 24WASHOUGAL — Kiara Cross 4, Jaiden Bea 7, Savea Mansfield 12, Beyonce Bea 8, McKinley Stotts 18, Erin Miner 2, Ashley Gibbons 2, Sammy Mederos 0, Skylar Bea 11. Totals N/A.M. Morris 9 4 7 3—24Washougal 31 10 18 5—64JV — Washougal won.WRESTLINGUNION 48, BATTLE GROUND 18106 — Dylan Dalgord (U) p. Michael Victoriano 3:38; 113 — Ryan Esperto (U) p. Matthew Victoriano 5:28; 120 — Gunnar Henderson (BG) d. Spencer Chin 4-2; 132 — Brett Joner (BG) p. Andres Nicacio 5:21; 138 — Nolan Valitalo (BG) d. Michael Whitney 9-7; 152 — Noah Talavera (U) p. Hudson Smith 0:21; 160 — Damario Yebra (U) p. Nick Haseney 1:00; 170 — Danny Snediker (U) p. Kaden Kibby 1:26; 182 — Kyle Broisus (U) p. Alex Diaz 2:23; 195 — Michael Witthauer (BG) d. Josh Joo 6-4; 220 — Levi Harms (U) d. Grant Kincaid 9-4; 285 — Mason Wang (BG) p. Tumua Sosene 6-3.GIRLS BOWLINGSKYVIEW 2025, HERITAGE 1390 tim.martinez@columbian.com Subscribe Today JV — Fort, 1390-1243.C — Fort won.CAMAS 1852, BATTLE GROUND 1656At Big Al’sBATTLE GROUND — Morgan Bonebreak 151-189, Emma Boucher 70, Sydney Weiten 167, Brooklyn Weinberger 134-115, Taryn Terner 157-135, Emma Wheaton 153-134. Baker games: 126-125.CAMAS — Kaelie Daniels 196-170, Ashley Gerst 151-145, Eva Brizuela 164-140, Kimmie Boone 131-142, Jace Grubbs 137-166. Baker games: 181-129.HUDSON’S BAY 1966, PRAIRIE 1944At Crosley LanesBAY — Rin Birchfield 174-127, Lizzie Deloria 233-193, Jackie Mott 143-157, Erica Morley 154-146, Halie Martin 183-172. Baker games: 148-136PRAIRIE — Elissa St. John 187-124, Sam Longchamp 174-192, Lauren Hapgood 159-125, Lilly Bash 181-159, Anna Gatlin 171-182. Baker games: 122-168.center_img Camas 11 16 20 19—66B. Ground 2 11 8 12—332A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W LWashougal (11-4) 7 0R.A. Long (10-4) 4 3Ridgefield (10-5) 4 3Woodland (9-5) 3 3Columbia River (8-7) 3 4Hockinson (8-7) 3 4Mark Morris (0-14) 0 7RIDGEFIELD 38, COLUMBIA RIVER 22COLUMBIA RIVER — Sami Myers 0, Liz Canton 0, Halle Jordan 0, Lily Jonas 0, Sydney Flores-Tucker 3, Erin Baker 3, Josslyn Fraiser 0, Julia Cash 0, Bailey Gatten 0, Ari Kuschner 0, Jordan Ryan 14, Ellie Christian 2. Totals 7 (2) 6-12 22.RIDGEFIELD — Devi Dugan 12, Kelli Krsul 5, Karli Oliver 3, Madalyn Chapman 0, Courtney Beyer 0, Grace Goode 1, Mackenzie Dewey 2, Allie Andrew 15, Morgan Harter 0. Totals 15 (4) 4-8 38.C. River 2 11 5 4—22Ridgefield 5 7 17 9—38JV — Ridgefield won.C — Ridgefield won.HOCKINSON 64, R.A. LONG 39R.A. LONG — Jayla Clark 0, Maddie McCoy 0, Miranda Lomax 7, Myah Bodily 0, Arianna Maryott 2, Eastyn Reeves 16, Rayana Randall 7, Kailey Sirnio 0, Bobbi Clark 7. Totals 14 (2) 9-16 39.HOCKINSON — Brooklyn Byers 1, Emma Dietel 14, Mackie Kelly 2, Bailey Garner 2, Gracie Brammer 12, Adyson Dyer 3, Jasmine Shigeno 16, Meggie Kistler 3, Addie Chappelle 1, Lillie Mueller 2, Kylie Ritter 8. Totals 22 (12) 8-17 64 Share: By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: January 16, 2019, 11:14pm At Crosley LanesSKYVIEW — Athena Mantales 190-196, Nicole Hayes 167-167, Kira Glass 176-137, McKenzie Sparano 183-158, Jaelyn Sotelo 142-173. Baker games: 166-190.HERITAGE — Bailey Smith 84-139, Madison McKay 83-116, Leanes Mood 144-114, Mariah Sisco 158-203, Kaylee Combs 150-199. Baker games: 131-117FORT VANCOUVER 1804,MOUNTAIN VIEW 1604At Big Al’sFORT — Nina Albrecht 143-163, Lindsey Luis 124-133, Rose Ugbinada 160-129, McKenna Ellen 135-172, Maddy Flatin 173-163. Baker games: 157-152.MOUNTAIN VIEW — Lauren Johnson 159-145, Camryn Biggs 133-103, Kaylee Pughe 94-122, Maelyn Ocampo 150-158, Sierras Kienitz 121-139. Baker games: 154-126. LA CENTER — Hunter Ball 2, Colby Shaw 10, Evan Norris 4, Avery Seter 10, Matt Bryant 9, Cedric Hubler 0, Hunter Ecklund 29. Totals 25 (2) 12-13 64.King’s Way 18 9 22 16—65La Center 9 22 13 20 — 64JV — La Center 76-66GIRLS BASKETBALL4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE W LCamas (10-6) 4 0Union (12-4) 3 1Skyview (13-3) 2 2Heritage (5-10) 1 3Battle Ground (5-10) 0 4Tuesday’s gameCAMAS 66, BATTLE GROUND 33CAMAS — Ellie McCarty 0, Jalena Carlisle 5, Regan Cooke 4, Haylie Johnson 0, Katelynn Forner 0, Haley Hanson 13, Hannah Booth 8, Katie Hancock 8, Avery Minich 2, Emma Rehrer 4, Faith Bergstrom 10, Le 0, Kyra Seggewiss 6, Bauer 4, Guffey 2. Totals 22 (6) 16-28 66.BATTLE GROUND — Brianna Adams 9, Megan Geiger 7, Hailey Hamilton 0, Faith Prom 5, Mallory Meyer 11, Hailey Geiger 1, Lena Whitten 0, Abigail Burnett 0, Shalene Talkington 0, Emma Massie 0, Miller 0. Totals 9 (4) 11-14 33. THURSDAY’S SCHEDULEBOYS BASKETBALLMark Morris at Washougal, 7 p.m.Ridgefield at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Hockinson at R.A. Long, 7 p.m.Castle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m.Washington School for Deaf at Naselle, 7 p.m.Firm Foundation at Columbia Adventist, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLKings’s Way Christian at La Center, 7 p.m.Stevenson at Seton Catholic, 7 p.m.Castle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, 7 p.m.Washington School for Deaf at Naselle, 5:30 p.m.WRESTLINGLa Center, King’s Way Christian, Seton Catholic at Castle Rock, 6 p.m.BOYS BASKETBALL1A TRICO LEAGUE W LLa Center (13-2) 4 1Seton Catholic (12-3) 4 1King’s Way Chr. (9-6) 4 1Stevenson (7-8) 2 3Castle Rock (5-9) 0 4Columbia-WSalm. (3-11) 0 4Other gamesCastle Rock at Columbia-White Salmon, ppd to Thursday.KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 65, LA CENTER 64KING’S WAY — Khalfani Cason 14, Kobi Cason 10, Gage Koenders 10, Bryce Dodge 0, Justin Frahm 4, Brady Metz 14, Bryson Metz 13. Totals 29 (9) 1-2 65. @360TMart Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

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Hachimura leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Diego 85-69

first_img “Nothing comes easy in February,” Few said. “I like the way we played down the stretch.”Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0), which won its 12th consecutive game since a pair of December losses knocked it from the No. 1 spot in The AP Top 25.“We knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Norvell said.Josh Perkins and Brandon Clarke each added 12 points for Gonzaga, which outscored the Toreros 38-18 in the paint.Isaiah Pineiro tied a career high with 30 points and added 11 rebounds for San Diego (15-8, 4-4), one of the surprise teams in the league this season. Isaiah Wright added 16 points. “Pineiro had it going,” Norvell said. “He had a lot of clear looks in the first half.”Hachimura sank 11 of 15 shots and added seven rebounds, and finished one point shy of tying his career high.“He earned everything he got,” Few said. “They are a tough team to score on. He understood he had to go through physicality and being body bumped to deliver,” Few said, noting the Toreros pressed the entire game.”The Toreros were undone by 17 turnovers, and shot 46 percent to 53.7 percent for Gonzaga. They also played without injured guard Olin Carter III for the fifth straight game. SPOKANE — San Diego always seems to play Gonzaga tough, making the Bulldogs work for yet another victory.Rui Hachimura scored 32 points and No. 4 Gonzaga pulled away to beat San Diego 85-69 on Saturday night to go undefeated through the first half of the conference season.“We made plays defensively,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We got some critical stops multiple times in a row, which we call kills. We took care of the ball.”The game was close most of the way, until Gonzaga got some separation in the second half. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Hachimura leads No. 4 Gonzaga over San Diego 85-69 Bulldogs go undefeated in first half of WCC schedule Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press UP NEXTGonzaga hosts second-place San Francisco, who played them tough in the Bay Area before losing, next Thursday. 2 Photos Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura (21) shoots while defended by San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) Photo Gallerycenter_img GO Published: February 2, 2019, 7:32pm The Toreros nailed six 3-pointers in the first half.The teams traded baskets in the second half, with Gonzaga holding a 59-48 lead at the midpoint.Three consecutive 3-pointers by Norvell lifted Gonzaga to a 70-55 lead with 5:30 left.“It was good to see a few go in,” said Norvell, who made 5 of 7 3-pointers.LONG BALLSan Diego went 10 of 23 from 3-point range.GONZAGA STREAKGonzaga has won nine straight against San Diego, who last beat them in 2014.BIG PICTURESan Diego: The Toreros are coming off a win over second-place San Francisco … Pineiro is averaging 19.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Toreros … Olin Carter III, who is averaging 16 points per game, has not played since Jan. 12 because of an abdomen injury. “We have to be able to withstand a major injury,” Scholl said. “We aren’t making any excuses.”Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are coasting toward a seventh consecutive WCC regular season title. They came in beating league opponents by an average of 31 points per game … The Zags are first in the nation in scoring at 91.5 points per game and field goal shooting at 52.7 percent … Gonzaga has won 20 straight home games against San Diego dating to a loss in 2000 … Gonzaga has won 23 straight games against WCC foes. “We rebounded well and that was key,” San Diego coach Sam Scholl said. “But we needed to do a better job taking care of the ball.”“They played a phenomenal game, made plays, and didn’t let the atmosphere get to them,” Scholl said of Pineiro and Wright.Hachimura scored 11 points as Gonzaga jumped to a 17-10 lead.San Diego came back and Pineiro’s 3-pointer put the Toreros ahead 24-21.Hachimura stole the ball and slammed it home for a 34-29 Gonzaga lead, capping a 13-5 run.Gonzaga scored the final six points of the first to take a 40-32 lead at halftime. Hachimura had 20 points in the first, while Pineiro had 15 points for San Diego. Follow Share: Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

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Weekly high school sports schedule, March 11-16

first_imgWeekly high school sports schedule, March 11-16 BOYS SOCCERIssaquah at Camas, 4 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumFederal Way vs. Heritage, 4 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumAberdeen vs. Union, 6 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumMountain View at Squalicum, 1 p.m.Hockinson at Hudson’s Bay, 1 p.m.Columbia-White Salmon at Wahluke, noonSUNDAY, MARCH 17BASEBALLFort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) Tournament Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: March 10, 2019, 5:30pm Camas at Washougal, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Prairie, 4 p.m.Southridge at Union, 4 p.m.Skyview at Jesuit (Ore.), 5 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) TournamentMark Morris at Kelso, 4 p.m.Woodland at Evergreen, 4:30 p.m.Lynden, North Kitsap, R.A. Long, W.F. West, Pullman, Prosser, Ellensburg at Ridgefield Tournament at RORCColumbia-White Salmon at Dufur (Ore.), 3:30 p.m.King’s Way Christian at Toledo, 4 p.m.SOFTBALLUnion at Columbia River, 4 p.m. at VGSAPrairie at Camas, 4 p.m.Mountain View at Skyview, 4 p.m.Heritage at Hudson’s Bay, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Gig Harbor, 4:45 p.m.King’s Way Christian at Hockinson, 4:30 p.m.Mark Morris at Tumwater, 4:30 p.m.La Center at Toutle Lake, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERBattle Ground at Hudson’s Bay, 6 p.m.Union at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Skyview at Kelso, 7:30 p.m.R.A. Long at Fort Vancouver, 6 p.m.Mountain View at Sehome, 7 p.m. at Civic Stadium, BellinghamHockinson at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.La Center at Woodland , 7 p.m.Hoquiam at King’s Christian, 6 p.m.GIRLS TENNISFort Vancouver at Heritage, 3:30 p.m.Washougal at Skyview, 3:30 p.m.Prairie at Union, 3:30 p.m.Evergreen at Hockinson, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFBattle Ground vs. Hudson’s Bay, 3 p.m. at Heron LakesSATURDAY, MARCH 16BASEBALLWoodland at Skyview, noon at Propstra StadiumKamiakin at Battle Ground, DH, noonBonney Lake at Union, 2 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hockinson, La Center at Seaside (Ore.) TournamentColumbia River at Hudson’s Bay, 2 p.m. at Propstra StadiumLynden, North Kitsap, R.A. Long, W.F. West, Pullman, Prosser, Ellensburg at Ridgefield Tournament at RORCRidgefield vs. Juanita, 1 p.m. at Eastlake HSRidgefield at Eastlake, 3 p.m.Stevenson at Goldendale, DH, 1 p.m.SOFTBALLWashougal, Hudson’s Bay, La Center, Fort Vancouver at Trapper Softball Classic, 10 a.m. at Fort Vancouver By The Columbian (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)MONDAY, MARCH 11BASEBALLSkyview at R.A. Long, 4 p.m.Heritage at Evergreen, 4 p.m.Kelso at Camas, 4 p.m.Prairie at Columbia River, 4 p.m.Mark Morris at Hudson’s Bay, 4 p.m. at Propstra StadiumMountain View at Hockinson, 4:30 p.m.Kalama at Woodland, 4 p.m.SOFTBALLWoodland at Camas, 4 p.m.Skyview at Prairie, 4 p.m.Heritage at Evergreen, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m.Columbia River at Mountain View, 4 p.m.Mark Morris at Clatskanie (Ore.), 4:30 p.m.BOYS SOCCERPrairie vs. Union, 5 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumColumbia River at Camas, 7 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumSkyview at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.Heritage vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumHudson’s Bay at Seton Catholic, 5:30 p.m.Hockinson at Fort Vancouver, 6 p.m.Evergreen at Tumwater, 7 p.m.Mark Morris at Kelso, 7:30 p.m.Toledo-Winlock at Woodland, 7 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHockinson at Camas, 3:30 p.m.Battle Ground at Fort Vancouver, 3:30 p.m.Heritage at R.A. Long, 3:30 p.m.Columbia River at Hudson’s Bay, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFKelso vs. Washougal, 3:30 p.m. at Orchard HillsTUESDAY, MARCH 12BASEBALLColumbia-White Salmon at Stanfield (Ore.), 3:30 p.m.SOFTBALLR.A. Long at Battle Ground, 4 p.m.Union at Kelso, 4 p.m.Evergreen at Lincoln (Ore.), 4:30 p.m.Fort Vancouver vs. King’s Way Christian, 4 p.m. at VGSABOYS SOCCERWashougal at Seton Catholic, 5:30 p.m.W.F. West at R.A. Long, 6 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDEvergreen, Firm Foundation, Toutle Lake at Kelso jamboree, 3:30 p.m.Fort Vancouver, Hudson’s Bay, Hockinson at Columbia River jamboree, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISBattle Ground at Columbia River, 3:30 p.m.Camas at Beaverton (Ore.), 4 p.m.GIRLS GOLFPrairie vs. Union, 3 p.m. at Camas MeadowsBattle Ground at R.A. Long, 3 p.m. at Mint ValleyHeritage at Mark Morris, 3 p.m. at Longview CCSkyview at Columbia River, 3 p.m.  at Tri-MountainMountain View vs. Ridgefield, 3:30 p.m. at Tri-MountainWEDNESDAY, MARCH 13BASEBALLSkyview at Kelso, 4 p.m. at Lower Columbia CollegeMountain View at Heritage, 4 p.m.Battle Ground at David Douglas (Ore.), 5 p.m.Hudson’s Bay at Woodland, 4 p.m.Washougal at King’s Way Christian, 5 p.m. at Luke Jensen ParkSOFTBALLSkyview at Woodland, 4 p.m.Mountain View at Heritage, 4 p.m.Camas at Ridgefield, 4:30 p.m.Columbia River at Prairie, 4 p.m.Fort Vancouver at Mark Morris, 4 p.m.La Center at Elma, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERFort Vancouver vs. Union, 6 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumKing’s Way Christian at Skyview, 6 p.m.Heritage at Columbia River, 7 p.m.Kelso at Battle Ground, 7 p.m.Camas vs. Mountain View, 8 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumRidgefield vs. Evergreen, 4 p.m. at McKenzie StadiumWoodland at Hudson’s Bay, 6 p.m.Prairie at Centralia, 7 p.m.Hockinson at La Center, 7 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDColumbia-White Salmon, Stevenson at Washougal, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHudson’s Bay at Battle Ground, 3:30 p.m.Prairie at Skyview, 3:30 p.m.Evergreen at Washougal, 3:30 p.m.Kelso at Mark Morris, 3:30 p.m.THURSDAY, MARCH 14BASEBALLcenter_img Share: Follow The Columbian on Instagram Follow GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Liberty (Ore.) at Union, 4 p.m.Columbia River vs. Lincoln (Ore.), 4:30 p.m. at Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro, Ore.W.F. West at Ridgefield, 5 p.m. at RORCSOFTBALLW.F. West at Kelso, 4 p.m.BOYS SOCCERRidgefield at Camas, 7 p.m. at Doc Harris StadiumColumbia-White Salmon at Washougal, 7 p.m.TRACK AND FIELDBattle Ground Jamboree, 3:30 p.m.Mountain View at Columbia River, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS TENNISHeritage at Evergreen, 3:30 p.m.Skyview at Mountain View, 3:30 p.m.Ridgefield at Fort Vancouver, 3:30 p.m.GIRLS GOLFUnion, R.A. Long vs. Kelso, 3 p.m. at Three RiversCamas, Columbia River, Hockinson, King’s Way Christian, La Center, Ridgefield, Union, Woodland at Beaver Cup Jamboree, 3:30 p.m. at Lewis RiverHudson’s Bay, Mark  Morris vs. Fort Vancouver, 3 p.m. at Fairway VillageFRIDAY, MARCH 15BASEBALLlast_img read more

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Seahawks turn lack of picks into avalanche of 11 selections

first_imgSeahawks turn lack of picks into avalanche of 11 selections Most players picked were for defense RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks started the week of the NFL draft with the fewest picks of any team in the league with four.They ended up making 11 picks by the time the draft wrapped up on Saturday, tied for the second-most in the league and topped only by the 12 picks from Minnesota.Seattle general manager John Schneider was at it again, making seven trades to move around and turn the concern over the lack of picks into an avalanche of selections for a team that appears on the cusp of again being a contender in the NFC.“This was not a draft we had big holes. We didn’t feel like that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We were able to look at the guys and see who was coming down the pike. … This feels like one of those rosters we had four or five years ago, about five years ago, that it really felt like there were guys on our team that other people are going to want, and that’s a good spot to be in.” How they didThe seven trades yielded the Seahawks quantity, which was crucial for a team trying to develop young, competitive depth. It was the formula the Seahawks used to be Super Bowl champions at one time. The picks of Collier and Metcalf are important, but the fourth-round picks of Jennings, Haynes and Amadi may end up being the difference in whether this draft class is great or just OK. Seattle could have landed a future starting wide receiver, offensive lineman and free safety or nickel cornerback out of that trio.What’s next?Seattle still needs help on the defensive line, but the decision to trade Frank Clark opened enough salary cap space that the Seahawks could take the chance on a number of free agents on a one-year, prove-it type of deal to see if they can find a couple of options to help make up for the loss of Clark. The additions of Collier and Christmas make it clear a pass-rush specialist will be the priority. Seattle needs another quarterback with only two on the roster, a tight end and potentially another cornerback. Share: Owen Church, childhood cancer survivor announces the Seattle Seahawks second round pick with Seahawks legend Shaun Alexander during the second round of the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Defense again won out with six picks, including defensive end L.J. Collier in the first round and safety Marquise Blair in the second round. But Seattle’s five picks on offense included three wide receivers, headlined by D.K. Metcalf.Who they gotSeattle appeared to accomplish a number of its goals. Along with Collier, Blair and Metcalf, Seattle landed two linebackers in a deep class in Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven. Along with Metcalf, Seattle got Gary Jennings and John Ursua at wide receiver. The secondary was bolstered by Ugo Amadi and the line of scrimmage added guard Phil Haynes and defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas.Surprise moveThere was shock that Metcalf was still available at the end of the second round, prompting Schneider to make the rare decision to move up and land the big wide receiver who dominated pre-draft workouts. But the surprise was Seattle’s decision to use two picks on linebackers. Barton and Burr-Kirven were both stars in the Pac-12, but their picks were curious considering the depth the Seahawks already had at linebacker. Seattle is set among its starters with Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks, so both Barton and Burr-Kirven will have to make an impact on special teams initially to make the roster.“I know that I’m a guy that is hopefully going to be a core special teamer for them and go down and do the dirty work, cover kicks, block, all that kind of stuff. I think that’s where it starts,” Burr-Kirven said.center_img By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: April 28, 2019, 1:09pm GO Share:last_img read more

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Blazers to face one less star as West finals open vs Warriors

first_img Share: Follow Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, front left, drives to the rim past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba) Photo Gallery Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: May 13, 2019, 5:55pm Follow The Columbian on Instagram By JANIE McCAULEY, Associated Press Golden State showed it can win without KD: Stephen Curry came alive at last in the second half of the clincher at Houston, scoring all 33 of his points after the break.Curry and Splash Brother Klay Thompson will look to build off strong performances in that final game against the Rockets to lead the top-seeded Warriors. The two-time defending champions are seeking a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.They will face another formidable backcourt with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum when the best-of-seven series begins Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.There are several intriguing storylines in this matchup, too, like Portland star Lillard coming home to Oakland with a chance to shine on the big stage in the final season at Oracle before the Warriors move across the bay to play in San Francisco next season. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Blazers to face one less star as West finals open vs Warriors Durant likely out for Game 1 and 2center_img FAMILY AFFAIRCurry texted his little brother over the weekend to let him know they’d see each other soon. Yes, wearing opposite jerseys for the Western Conference Finals.The Currys have played many times, just not on the postseason stage.“He said, ‘I’ll see you Tuesday.’ I’m looking forward to it,” said Seth, who’s in his first season with Portland. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s hard to believe right now. So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference Finals, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd. It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that final. It’s a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well.”Even if a tad bit torn. Their parents will flip a coin, with Dell and Sonya each sporting one son’s gear depending on the result.Their sister, Sydel, posted on Twitter shortly after the Blazers won: “Engage….#NeutralNancy lol.”“I just know watching Seth play I get nervous watching him like on TV and stuff,” Stephen said after practice Monday. “For them, it’s family and parents who supported us all the way through the ranks. Now to be in a situation like this where I guess it’s technically a win-win for them, they’re going to the finals regardless, but it’s kind of crazy to think we’re all on this stage and get to play in front of our family and just the amount of happiness and joy that comes with that is crazy.” REST FACTORGolden State finished off the Rockets in Houston on Friday night, so the Warriors got some rest this time after a quick turnaround following a six-game series in the first round against the Clippers in which they had to play again about 40 hours later.Injured Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins has used the time to continue his rehab from a torn left quadriceps muscle suffered in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers. It’s unclear yet whether he might be able to return this round.TURNOVERS AND REBOUNDINGThe Warriors struggle when they get sloppy — and it’s a fine line of being chaotic when it works so well and when they become careless and it’s costly.Portland took good care of the ball in Game 7 committing just four turnovers.On the rebounding front, Golden State won three games when it outrebounded the Rockets and another — Game 6 — despite a disadvantage on the boards. “This is arguably the biggest win that we’ve had in the franchise for a long time. To be a part of it, to do it the way we did, I’m thrilled,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I’m really happy for our guys. As a coach, I think you experience the joy of the team, having different guys come in.”Here are some things to watch as the Warriors join the Lakers as the only teams to reach at least five straight Western Conference Finals:LILLARD’S CHANCEOn Dec. 27, in Lillard’s final regular season game at Oracle — about a 15-minute walk from where he grew up — the Blazers star hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points in a 110-109 win.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said.Reaching the NBA Finals might top that.Hold that thought, Thompson said.“Has he had a lot of wins in Oakland?” Thompson cracked Monday. “It’s playoff time. He has had good games. Yeah, he’s a great player. There’s a history between us obviously, the franchises, we’ve seen them a lot the last five years. They’re playing great. They’re on a roll, our antennas are definitely up.” OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road.The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has a bit more cheerleading to do before he gets back on the court.Durant is likely to miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers while he recovers from a strained right calf. Durant was injured in Game 5 against Houston.“Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff. He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” coach Steve Kerr said Monday, a day before Game 1, noting a more extensive update would come Thursday. The Blazers had 55 rebounds in the clincher, with Kanter grabbing five on the offensive glass.AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report. GO 3 Photos And how about the Curry brothers? Steph’s little brother, Seth, plays for the Trail Blazers.The Warriors swept the Blazers in the first round two years ago during a remarkable 16-1 postseason run.Lillard missed his first six 3-point tries Sunday then swished one midway through the fourth when Portland needed him most. The Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point deficit on Denver’s home court to outlast the Nuggets for a 100-96 win.They have reached their first conference final since 2000, when Portland lost in seven games to Kobe Bryant and the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. FASTING KANTERAn extremely thirsty Enes Kanter loaded up his backpack with five or six bottles of Gatorade after Game 7 — for later.The Trail Blazers center avoids food and drink from sunrise to sunset as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It was that way for the last three games of the Denver series and will be that way during the Golden State series.Kanter said he reached out to NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon for advice on performing in the playoffs while fasting during Ramadan.“The game of basketball is mental over physical so I think I’ll be fine for this stretch,” Kanter said.last_img read more

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