Night time’s the right time for Pret trial

first_imgPret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, has said that its alcohol offer is “proving popular” in its evening trial site. In April the Strand Pret site in central London launched a Good Evenings concept, which sees it morph from day to night at 6pm each day. It then operates table service and an evening menu.Dishes selling well in the evenings include baked sweet potato wedges with polenta and spice and served with yoghurt mayo and chipotle ketchup. A chicken and bacon cobb salad with lemon & rosemary chicken, grilled bacon, Cashel Blue cheese, free-range eggs, avocado and mixed leaf salad with Pret’s Dijon dressing is also popular as well as cookies and cream – vanilla ice cream, honey crusted cashews, sweet and salt popcorn, chocolate chunk cookie, Belgian chocolate sauce and whipped cream.A spokesperson said: “Our wine, beer and Prosecco offerings are proving popular accompaniments too.”There are currently no plans to roll out the trial across further sites.Rival operator Starbucks launched a trial evening offer at its Stanstead airport site in February and also offers wines, beers and shareable meal choices.last_img read more

NBA plans 22-team return July 31 in Orlando, per report

first_imgIn April, Clippers coach Doc Rivers also talked about how hungry his squad — which had won nine of its previous 10 games — was to get going again.“Our guys could feel it, we started understanding each other, we started down the stretch of games, we were playing seamlessly through Kawhi (Leonard) and PG (Paul George), it wasn’t forced anymore. Guys weren’t trying to stay out of each other’s way … I really thought we were about to make a crazy run down the stretch and unfortunately, bam, it stopped.” Reported to be joining the 16 current playoff teams in Orlando: New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Antonio in the West and Washington in the East.According to Wojnarowski, the expectation is that the NBA Draft and the start of free agency would follow in sequential order in October.When the NBA season was suspended March 11, the Lakers (49-14) were leading the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) were in second place.In April, LeBron James said he hoped the Lakers would be able to finish the season that had already proved both challenging and rewarding.“I don’t think I’d be able to have any closure if we do not have an opportunity to finish this season,” James said. “I will have some satisfaction on just being with my brothers … some of the games that we lost, some of the games that we won, some of the games that we overcame and then everything that we’ve been going through this season, the ups and downs, not only on the floor, but off the floor.” Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ The NBA has its plan to bounce back.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league intends to have 22 teams resume play starting July 31 in Orlando. The NBA’s Board of Governors has a call Thursday morning to ratify the plan.Each of the 22 teams — 13 from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference — reportedly will play eight regular season games in Orlando for playoff seeding purposes, with a play-in format that requires a double-elimination format for the 8th seed and a single-elimination for the 9th seed. (If the 9th seed is more than four games behind the 8th, No. 8 reportedly will make playoffs; if it’s fewer than four games back, there will be a play-in tournament.)The proposed timeline for teams reportedly will establish Oct. 12 as the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

New Cranes coach McKinstry makes debut in Ethiopia on Sunday

first_imgKits manager: Frank BumpenjeGoalkeeping coach: Fred KajobaMedia officer: Farid MpagiFitness coach: McCarthy Alexander MichaelOfficial: Paul Mukatabala NantulyaPlayers:Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Timothy Denis Awany, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Ronald Brian Ddungu Mukiibi, Isaac Muleme, Allan Kyambadde, Kirizestom Ntambi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Tadeo Lwanga,  William Kizito Luwagga,  Murushid Juuko, Bevis Mugabi Kristoper Kizito, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu, Milton Karisa, Moses Opondo, Derrick Paul Nsibambi, Allan Kayiwa*****SOURCE: FUFA MEDIA McKinstry (LEFT) starts work this weekend. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAEthiopia vs UgandaInternational Friendly, Sunday, Oct 13Bahrdar TownKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Newly appointed Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry will handle his first game this weekend, when his team travel to Ethiopia for an international friendly.The 34-year-old former coach of Rwanda was appointed head coach of Uganda Cranes on a three-year contract last month.He replaces Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the Uganda Cranes exit in the group of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt two months ago.The Uganda Cranes contingent that will travel to Ethiopia for the international friendly match in Bahrdar town has been confirmed. The team flew out early today.Newly appointed Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry will be assisted by Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, Fred Kajoba (goalkeeping coach), McCarthy Alexander Michael (fitness coach), Emmanuel Nakabago (team Doctor) and Frank Bumpenje as the kits Manager.Two other players Allan Kayiwa and Kirizestom Ntambi, both locally based have been added to the traveling team.The Uganda Cranes Traveling Delegation to Ethiopia:Head of Delegation: Juma Marjan Abdul HamidHead coach: McKinstry Jonathan BrianAssistant Coach: Charles Livingstone MbabaziTeam doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rough Arrest involving Sunrise K-9 Officer Caught on Video

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. – Police officers said they had to use a K-9 officer to bring a suspect into custody, but witnesses who recorded the arrest on video said that’s when things appeared to get out of control.Cellphone video captured by an eye witness shows a Sunrise police K-9 biting and taking a screaming suspect to the ground on Northwest 58th Terrace.Residents watched from their balconies as the dog bit down on Louis L. Roper, 23, while officers shouted out commands for him to “turn over” and “stop resisting.”“Police saying, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground,’ and the young man screaming, like, in agonizing pain,” one witness told WPLG.Witnesses shouted for the officer to release his K-9. The biting continued for more than a minute and 15 seconds.“There was the officer who had him on the ground with the knee in his back and the dog had his leg, like, his thigh area with a grip,” the witness said.Ultimately, the officer had to cut the dog free from Roper’s pant leg.“The guy that was with the dog tried to get the dog off, but the dog wasn’t letting up,” the witness said.Sunrise police say Roper was speeding and driving recklessly as officers pursued him. Ultimately Roper ran a stop sign bailed out of his vehicle and took off on foot, according to police.Cops say that after several warnings, the K-9 was released. Some witnesses tell WPLG that the officer appeared to have lost control of his K-9 partner.“I don’t want to say excessive. I just think more could’ve been done to get the dog to loosen,” the witness said.Police said Roper was arrested after officers found a substance believed to be marijuana in one of his pockets.Sunrise police issued a statement, which read, in part: “We have not received a complaint or observed any actions that would require investigation of excessive force at this time.”Roper remains in the Broward County Jail facing charges that include battery on an officer and an EMT with violence to reckless driving.last_img read more

Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

first_imgBy today ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando’s public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers.Then the game started.He didn’t have to solicit noise anymore.Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31 newcomers who got their first official playing time Wednesday, the initial hectic night on this season’s schedule. Some of those debuts were forgettable, some barely noticeable, but a few — like No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix, the No. 6 overall pick in Bamba and even undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier in New York — stood out.“Felt pretty good,” Bamba said. “It was everything I expected it to be.”He wasn’t the only rookie smiling Wednesday.Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Phoenix. The Suns won 121-100. (AP Photo/Matt York)Ayton made his first three shots and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Phoenix eased past Dallas. Bamba was clutch for Orlando, putting together a 13-point, seven-rebound, two-block effort in the Magic win over Miami. And maybe it was fitting — Ayton and Trier had plenty of big nights together at Arizona as collegians last season, and they had another one Wednesday, albeit about 2,400 miles apart.Trier had 15 points for the Knicks in their easy win over Atlanta, two of those points coming on a down-the-lane dunk where he went either past or over four Hawks players, a play that even had New York coach David Fizdale celebrating.“Some things happen in a game sometimes and you just go, ‘Whoa,’” Fizdale said.After two nights of this season, 35 players have made their NBA debuts. That’s just the first of many waves; 119 rookies got into at least one game last season, a figure helped mightily by the emergence of two-way contracts. Last season’s newcomer total was the league’s highest since 1949-50 when 120 debuted — in large part because what was the 12-team BAA the year before became the 17-team NBA that season.Atlanta’s Trae Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft, made his first NBA shot. The make was a notable event for Young, who said that he airballed his first shot attempt in high school, in college and at the NBA Summer League in July.Progress, indeed.“This is just one of many,” Young said, not sounding worried about the Hawks’ rocky opener.None of the rookies so far have had monster numbers, but then again, those are rare in debuts.The record for points by someone in his first game is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 43 for the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Oct. 24, 1959. A year later, Oscar Robertson’s first NBA game resulted in his first triple-double – 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. LeBron James had 25 in 2003, two months shy of his 19th birthday.Those were the start of great careers.But bad first games don’t doom anyone to a life of mediocrity, either.Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Dennis Rodman combined for zero points in their debuts. Kobe Bryant went scoreless his first time out as well, and he’ll be joining that foursome in the Basketball Hall of Fame soon anyway. Michael Jordan shot 5 for 16 to start his career. Kevin Durant went 7 for 22 in his opening game with Seattle.“You never forget the first game,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 18 points in his debut in 2003 and still recalls how he spent some of that night being guarded by Allen Iverson. “You’re going to get better. You’re nervous. You can’t change that. It’s going to be a big moment in your life, and you’re going to grow from that moment. And then you’re going to have a lot of other moments.”Ayton might have looked ready on the court, but in the locker room he’s going to be reminded of his newcomer status all season.The Suns’ Trevor Ariza interrupted Ayton’s first NBA postgame interview. “Where are the towels, rook?” Ariza asked, reminding the rookie of one of his rookie duties.Ayton stopped, stepped out and returned with a tall stack of towels. Lighthearted hazing notwithstanding, the Suns know what they have.“I knew he was something special,” Phoenix guard Devin Booker said. “I think people are always nervous for their first game. That’s usually three trips down the court and then it just comes back to basketball. When you are that talented and have the abilities that he does, the game is just going to come to you.”Some of the openers on Wednesday were statistically nonexistent — three debuts were logged officially at lasting less than one minute, seven of the rookies on the floor didn’t attempt any shots, and the average per-rook was less than 5 points per game.Ayton and Bamba dazzled. No. 3 pick Luka Doncic had 10 points and eight rebounds, but misfired on 11 of his 16 shots. No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points for the Clippers. It wasn’t just lottery guys who stood out – second-round pick Bruce Brown started for Detroit, and Trier made MSG take notice.The challenge now for Trier, Bamba, Ayton and every other rookie? Getting ready for the rest of the season.“Now it’s just a matter of doing that 81 more times,” Bamba said.___AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York and AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this story. Orlando center Mo Bamba celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won the game 104-101. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)last_img read more

Love & Marriage; ACC players balance football, married life

first_imgIf anything, those few hours after home games might be only time all week during the fall Briggs and wife Loren have a chance to decompress together without school, work or football getting in the way. So while many of the Panthers go out and do what college kids do on the weekend, Briggs typically heads home to the small one-bedroom off-campus apartment he and his wife share and exhales.“I’m living my dream,” Briggs said.One that the NCAA played a small role in. The organization’s decision in 2015 to allow schools to provide “cost of attendance” payouts to players gave Briggs and Syracuse offensive tackle Koda Martin — who is married to Orange head coach Dino Babers’ daughter Jazzmin — peace of mind before popping the question.“My wife graduated before me and was getting a job as a teacher, but I didn’t want her to be dealing with the pressure of pulling the weight for me and her,” said Martin, who transferred to Syracuse after graduating from Texas A&M, where he met Jazzmin, a volleyball player. “Thankfully, with my scholarship check and the cost of attendance check that had been added around the time we got married, it was a big difference-maker. It definitely comforted me and made me feel like I was really going to be financially stable and that it was feasible to be able to get married and have the stability that we needed, not have to stress too much about money.”The ties that bind Martin and the Orange are complex.The 23-year-old’s father Kirk — a longtime high school coach in Texas — is now the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse. Oh, and then there’s the whole “father-in-law” as head coach thing. It can be a tricky line to walk at times.“He holds me to a high standard definitely,” Martin said of Babers. “There’s no favoritism. If anything, I’ve got a little extra coaching and a little extra accountability at home, stuff like that.”Babers insisted there was no nepotism involved when he announced Martin — who married Jazzmin in the summer of 2017 and currently lives in the basement of Babers’ house — as a starter. Martin’s play has backed it up for the surprising Orange (5-2), winning over the respect of his new teammates in the process.“I’m not even close to thinking about marriage, but I hope he feels like he’s comfortable with playing under his father-in-law,” Orange defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “Coming into a team that he really didn’t know too much about, to come in here and immediately be an impact player for us is impressive.”The opportunity to be part of the renaissance Babers is trying to orchestrate at Syracuse is one of the reasons Martin wanted to join the Orange. Yet being married has helped provided him with perspective. The game can be all-consuming at times. Going home to his wife — even with his head coach living upstairs — gives him a reality check of sorts.“I love football,” Martin said. “It’s a huge part of my life. I was raised in it. It’s kind of hard to imagine my life without football, but at the same time it’s not the end-all, be-all. My priorities are family, education and football. My faith gives me a lot of peace and comfort when things aren’t going my way.”Briggs can relate.For a young couple on a budget, the “game checks” as the 22-year-old Briggs calls them, can go a long way.“I wanted to know I could put food on the table and pay for some insurance for a vehicle that I’d saved up to pay for,” said Briggs, who is pursing a master’s degree in finance while Loren works at a church and takes online classes toward a college degree of her own. “I had all the basic necessities for living.”A life that’s pretty hectic at the moment. Briggs is juggling 15 credit hours, a starting job in the Pitt secondary and married life. Yet it hardly appears to be overwhelming. If anything, Briggs is thriving. He’s currently fifth on the team with 29 tackles for the Panthers (3-4) while providing a steadying presence in the secondary.“He’s playing at a high level right now, I think,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Better than he ever has.”Briggs isn’t sure if there’s a correlation between his rise and being married, though he believes tying the knot “made me a better leader.” It’s one of the reasons his teammates voted him a defensive captain over the summer after he admittedly struggled on the field in 2017.Even if the lifestyle Martin, Briggs, Stone and other married players lead is different than the rest of the guys in the locker room.“It can be a little isolating at times if you’re the only married couple on the team because some events are players only,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. ”(When I coached at) Brigham Young, there were so many (couples) that there were couples only events. Well, when you’re Lindell Stone and his wife and if you’re one of the only married couples, then yeah, it can be a little bit of an identity crisis as to where they fit, but if they fit together, it all works well.”There are no such issues for Stone, who Mendenhall called “an unselfish and team-oriented player who kind of goes above and beyond to make sure” he fits in.For Martin and Jazzmin, there are plenty of quiet nights at home but every once in a while they head out into the western New York night with the rest of the Orange. While Martin allows “it’s a different dynamic,” Jazzmin provides a secret weapon of sorts. Call it the byproduct of being the daughter of a coach and the wife of a player.“She’ll cook Oreo balls, cookies, things like that,” Martin said. “And the guys are fired-up.”What the NCAA helped bring together — in a small way — let no man put asunder.___AP Sports Writers John Kekis in Albany, New York and Hank Kurz in Charlottesville, Virginia contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 It’s not that Briggs doesn’t enjoy hanging out. He does. It’s just that time is precious for players like Briggs, who is among a small fraternity in the Atlantic Coast Conference attempting to navigate the push-pull of academics, big-time college football and wedded bliss. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The question arises regularly, usually after a Pittsburgh home game. And even though Dennis Briggs’ teammates know the answer that’s coming from the senior defensive back they jokingly and reverentially call “old man,” they ask anyway because respect must be paid.So when Briggs turns down their invitation to go out and either celebrate or commiserate, they don’t complain.“I have responsibilities,” Briggs said. “They understand that. They don’t give me a hard time about it.”center_img In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh safety Dennis Briggs (20) gets the team fired up before their annual spring NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)last_img read more

Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

first_imgFor a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.“Anytime you get the first win at home you’ve got to be happy,” said Leaf skipper Dave McLellan following the gritty win that saw the Leafs twice rally from two-goal deficits.“It took a lot of contributions tonight . . .. Everyone’s working hard to get this going and it’s rewarding to get the win.”The start may be something McLellan would like to focus on during the next team meeting.Castlegar opened the scoring when Jeremy McNeill scored midway through the opening frame.Then before the period ended Yannis Soukas made it 2-0 with a power play goal. It took Nelson 32 minutes to solve Patrick Zubick in the Castlegar nets. Nolan Percival, the game’s first star, managed to get Nelson on the scoreboard with an even-strength marker.But Aaron Petten restored Castlegar’s two-goal lead, beating Brett Soles in the Leaf nets by converting a rebound.However, the Leafs once again cut the lead to a single goal when Aaron Dunlap scored on the power play by tapping in a loose puck to in the final seconds of the middle period.The goal came compliments of a lapse in judgment by Mike Bhatoa who took exception to a clean hit near the Castlegar bench, which led to a roughing penalty.In the third Nelson jumped all over the Rebels.Matt MacDonald tied the game before Darnel St. Pierre ripped a point shot past Zubick.Forty seconds later Robson Cramer added some insurance with another blast from the left faceoff circle Zubick had not chance of stopping.“Tonight we had really good contribution from the whole team from the goaltender out . . .,” McLellan said.“It’s not an ideal game for my liking,” McLellan added. “We were really strong defensively overall for a while . . . (but) we got caught pinching all over the ice but it’s all stuff we can fix.“We talked to the guys after the game and a couple of the goals we’re really our mistakes and not something they did and as a coach we can make it better.”Nelson, which out shot Castlegar 40-36 in the game, returns to action next Friday when the club travels to Fruitvale to meet the Hawks.ICE CHIPS: Leafs dressed 17 players against Castlegar by design said McLellan. The Leaf coach said the club is awaiting cuts from the Junior A to fill out the balance of the roster . . . Aaron Dunlap had the “C” on his jersey with last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Croome and Robson Cramer serving as assistants. . . . The last time Patrick Zubick played in the NDCC Arena he was a member of the Leafs during the Murdoch Division Finals against Beaver Valley. Zubick was called on to play goal after both Nelson netminders were hurt. . . . 100 Mile House spoiled banner night in Fruitvale as the Wranglers edged Beaver Valley 4-3. 100 Mile House rallied from a 3-1 deficit to steal the victory. . . . Friday night at the NDCC Arena during Nelson’s home-opener against Beaver Valley, the game was delayed 20 minutes after one of the pieces of glass was broked during the warm-up. Then early in the game BC Ambulance was called after Nico Sidoni was hammered into the boards. Sidoni was taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital, but was later released. . . . Nelson Leafs season tickets will be on sale during games at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more