It was a game that went from manageable early on, to out of hand in the second half.The Cavaliers fell in Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 113-91.Unfortunately for the Cavs, it seemed like a loss that was entirely avoidable.At halftime, Cleveland was down by eight, which was a minor miracle given the simple fundamentals that were going wrong.In the first two quarters, the Cavs turned the ball over 12 times, giving Golden State 10 points.Cleveland also struggled on the glass in the first 24 minutes, allowing the Warriors to nab 11 offensive boards.But when the third quarter came around, instead of fixing their two biggest issues, the Cavs seemed even more lax on both ends of the floor than before.Golden State opened up the quarter on a 13-0 run to extend their lead to 21.While the Cavs would eventually close the rebounding gap in the third quarter, the turnovers continued to be an issue.By the end of the night, the Cavs had turned the ball over 20 times, costing them 21 points. The Warriors had just four turnovers, tying a league record for fewest turnovers ever in a playoff game.Defensive lapses also really began to show Cleveland’s weak points. Blown assignments and miscommunication were evident as players began to point fingers on the court.The biggest benefit to the Warriors in all of the chaos was easy buckets inside the lane.Make no mistake about it: Instead of being the team that dazzled from the three-point line in 2016, the Warriors are now a squad that plays inside out basketball.This is, of course, is Kevin Durant’s bread and butter. He finished the night with a game-high 38 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. That included six dunks in the first half alone.And while Durant was patrolling the inside, Steph Curry was more than content to manage the offense from deep. He finished the night with 28 points, including six threes.All of this was incredibly damaging down the stretch, and yet, the Cavs may have been able to overcome the Warriors’ second-half runs (or at least have a manageable deficit to work with heading into the fourth quarter) if they had more players step up on offense.The Cavs’ Big Three combined for 67 of the team’s 91 points. No other players even scored in double figures for Cleveland (Richard Jefferson was the closest with nine points).And while Kevin Love had 21 boards, and LeBron James had 15, the rest of the team only had 23 rebounds combined.To make matters worse, it was blatantly obvious that the Cavs were struggling to play the team basketball that made them successful throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. That was evident by the fact that the Cavs only had 15 team assists compared to the Warriors 31.In order to be successful against the Warriors in a best of seven series, the Cavs need to fix all of the above. That starts with taking care of the ball on offense, and avoiding blown defensive assignments.If they can focus on those two things, the other issues will likely be fixed along with them.For the better part of three years now, the Cavs have been at their best with their backs against the wall, (which is probably part of the reason why the Cavs stressed how good the Warriors are to the media after winning the Eastern Conference Championship).They thrive on the underdog mentality. It tends to make them sharper on both ends of the court when they play with desperation. For the third straight year, the Cavs are down 1-0 in the Finals. Let’s see if this adversity fuels them on Sunday. Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Related Topics2017 NBA FinalsCleveland CavaliersGolden State WarriorsKevin DurantKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesSteph Curry Ashley Bastock
The Jamie Joseph era started with a bang Monday as he named his first squad ahead of the November test series that sees Japan play Argentina, Georgia, Wales and Fiji.Thirty six players will attend a three-day mini-camp next week in Tokyo as Joseph and his assistant Tony Brown start the journey toward the 2019 Rugby World Cup. And they will do so without a number of big-name players.Michael Leitch, who led the side last year, Hendrik Tui and the injured Ayumu Goromaru top the list of absentees as physical and mental tiredness finally takes its toll on the players who did so well at RWC 2015.Just 16 players from the squad that shocked the world have made the cut as Joseph has been forced to blood a number of youngsters.“We have 10-plus players unavailable for selection due to retirement or personal reasons so selection was based on giving new players who have been performing well in the Top League an opportunity to play at international level,” Joseph said.“Working with young players who have the right skill sets and attitude to compete at this level is a pleasure and I can’t wait to meet and coach these guys.”Early-season Top League form has been rewarded with 16 uncapped players named, 10 in the forwards and six in the backs, though Joseph admits past form also played a role in his selections.“With an amount of experience lost, it’s important we balance the squad selection with some players who have yet to find their best form in Top League, because we know they can perform at this level,” he said. “Their experience will be crucial as all the games we play in November are a huge challenge, but this is how we will improve in the long term.”League-topping Yamaha Jubilo provide four of the new forwards in Heiichiro Ito, Takeshi Hino, Yuhimaru Mimura and Koki Yamamoto, while Shuhei Matsuhashi and Malgene Ilaua are also called up to cover the loss of Leitch and Tui.In the backs, Hikaru Tamura joins his older brother Yu, Jumpei Ogura and Kosei Ono in vying for the No. 10 jersey.While youth is primarily the order of the day, there is room for a few experienced campaigners with 38-year-old lock Hitoshi Ono (98 caps) and 31-year-old prop Kensuke Hatakeyama (75 caps) included in the forwards, and 31-year-old scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka (54 caps) in the backs.Male Sa’u has also been named, though Kyodo News understands there is a possibility he may only be used in the home test against Argentina.Three members of the sevens team that took fourth spot in Rio are also included in Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Lomano Lava Lemeki and Kenki Fukuoka, as is Yoshikazu Fujita, who was a backup member of Tomohiro Segawa’s squad.The Brave Blossoms — whose management team includes new strength and conditioning coach Simon Jones — take on the Pumas at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Nov. 5.They then travel to Europe where they will play Georgia in Tbilisi on Nov. 12, Wales in Cardiff on Nov. 19 and Fiji in Vannes, France, on Nov. 26.“The mini camps are about introducing ourselves as management and briefing the players on our game plan,” Joseph said.“The preparation time prior to the Argentina test will be limited to six days, so we have a lot of work to do leading up to the November tour. Secondly it will allow us time to discover and discuss who will lead the team from a player’s perspective. I will conduct a series of meetings and talks to establish the right relationships with the players so we can align ourselves quickly with leading the team. Alignment between the coaches and the players will be crucial if we want to perform to our potential.”The squadForwards: Masataka Mikami (Toshiba Brave Lupus, 33 caps),Keita Inagaki (Panasonic Wild Knights, 13), Koki Yamamoto (Yamaha Jubilo, 0), Shota Horie (Panasonic Wild Knights, 44), Takeshi Kizu (Kobe Kobelco Steelers, 43) Takeshi Hino (Jubilo, 0), Kensuke Hatakeyama (Suntory Sungoliath, 75), Heiichiro Ito (Jubilo, 0), Hitoshi Ono (Toshiba Brave Lupus, 98), Kazuhiko Usami (Canon Eagles, 9), Naohiro Kotaki (Brave Lupus, 7), Samuela Anise (Eagles, 0), Kyosuke Kajikawa (Brave Lupus, 0), Amanaki Lelei Mafi (NTT Communications Shining Arcs, 9), Yuhimaru Mimura (Jubilo, 0), Malgene Ilaua (Brave Lupus, 0), Yoshitaka Tokunaga (Brave Lupus, 0), Shunsuke Nunomaki (Wild Knights, 0), Shuhei Matsuhashi (Ricoh Black Rams, 0)Backs: Fumiaki Tanaka (Wild Knights, 54), Yuki Yatomi (Jubilo, 16), Takahiro Ogawa (Brave Lupus, 0), Kosei Ono (Sungoliath, 34), Jumpei Ogura (Shining Arcs, 0 ), Hikaru Tamura (Brave Lupus, 0), Harumichi Tatekawa (Kubota Spears, 46), Yu Tamura (NEC Green Rockets, 38), Male Sa’u (Jubilo, 27), Kotaro Matsushima (Sungoliath, 18), Tim Bennetts (Eagles, 5), Kenki Fukuoka (Wild Knights, 17), Yoshikazu Fujita (Wild Knights, 29), Lomano Lava Lemeki (Honda Heat, 0), Karne Hesketh (Munakata Sanix Blues, 14), Amanaki Lotoahea (Black Rams, 0), Yasutaka Sasakura (Panasonic Wild Knights, 3) RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan rugby coach Jamie Joseph gestures on Monday during the announcement of his first squad ahead of November tests against Argentina, Georgia, Wales and Fiji. | KYODO Brave Blossoms, Ayumu Goromaru, Michael Leitch, Jamie Joseph
In order to make it easier for fans to attend their games, Waterhouse FC have secured permission from the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) to host Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) matches on Friday nights.The club will host its first Friday night game on December 6 against Mount Pleasant Academy in what will be a clash of two of the top teams in the league’s table. Donovan White, president of the Drewsland-based football club, believes that it makes sense commercially for at least one RSPL match to be played on Friday nights as it would give football fans in the Corporate Area an opportunity to be entertained after work.“I think it makes the product (the Red Stripe Premier League) more attractive and consumer-friendly,” said White. “We are hoping that it is something that can be adopted right across the board for those clubs that can host. “We thought that it would be better for it to be played on a Friday night because no more games would be on and [it would]therefore provide the fans in and around the Corporate Area a chance to come out and enjoy a good Friday night game.”While praising the initiative, president of the PLCA Mike Henry said that the body has to develop a holistic perspective on the matter as not all 12 clubs are capable of benefiting from such plans right now.“Whatever can expand the interest of football the clubs will collectively look at,” Henry said.
Russell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.com Success has become the norm the last several years at the LHSAA Cross Country State Meet for Benton and Parkway.Benton won back-to-back Class 4A girls state titles in 2010 and 2011. Last year, Benton won the 4A boys championship.Parkway won the Class 4A boys state title in 2010 and posted sixth-place finishes in 5A the last two years.The Parkway girls have also been strong, finishing sixth in Class 5A in 2011 and third last year.Both schools look to have strong performances again at this year’s state meet Tuesday at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.The Parkway girls, led by senior Alison Ringle, should be among the contenders for the state title, coach Kent Falting said.Ringle, an Alabama commitment who finished runner-up last year, will be one of the favorites in the individual competition, a 3-mile run.“On the girls side, we’re going down there knowing we have a shot,” Falting said. “I think us, St. Joseph’s and Mandeville are really, really close together. We’re looking forward to it.”Parkway went undefeated against Louisiana competition this season. The Lady Panthers also posted a perfect score in the District 1-5A meet with Ringle, Sara Funderburk, Ariel McGaffey, Jayni Wilcher and Jessica McGuffee finishing 1-5.Destiny McGaffey, Cassidy Cummings and Rylie McConnell also finished in the top 10.“It’s weird because we’re a pretty talented team, but a lot of races we went to really didn’t have a good turnout so we almost raced ourselves a whole bunch,” Falting said. “We’re really excited. They’ll line up 300 girls and we’ll finally be able to see where we’re at.”Falting expects Ringle’s toughest competition to be Annie Hill of St. Joseph’s and Olivia Murphy of Mandeville.Parkway lost nine of its top runners of last season’s boys team. Hayden Kingfisher, the lone returnee, finished fifth and should be among the contenders for the title Tuesday.Airline’s Jack Wilkes, who finished 20th last season, should also be in the mix.Benton coach Frank Trammel believes his team has a chance to sweep the 4A titles.The boys team returns four of the five runners who finished in the scoring last season, including third-place Drake Heinz and fifth-place Alex Whittington. Also back are Stephen Singleton (19th), Ryder Miller (26th), Garret Gibson (41st) and Garrett Caskey (49th).”The expectation is they are going to run smart and develop and put themselves in a great position to win the championship,” Trammel said.The Benton girls have added freshman Rachel Payne to a solid list of returning runners. Payne has been the Lady Tigers’ top runner this season.“She’s been a big boost to us,” Trammel said.Returning are Quinci Middlebrooks, who finished 10th last year, Haley Dishman (15th), Katie McKay (16th) and Kirsten Basco (31st).Trammel also expects Emma Owen, Skylar Roberson and Jenna Keys to contribute.“I think we’ve got a better chance than we did last year,” he said. “They’re excited. They’re not as nervous.” Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoIDA Ireland by CNBC CatalystWhy Are 14 of the World’s Top 15 Medtech Companies Invested in Ireland?IDA Ireland by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
Russell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.com The Cope Cougars seventh- and eighth-grade teams finished the first half of the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball district season undefeated with wins over Benton Monday evening at Cope.The seventh-grade team won 53-31 and the eighth-won 35-30. Both Cope teams are 5-0.Elsewhere, the Rusheon Rams seventh- and eighth-grade teams remained a game behind Cope in both districts with a sweep of Greenacres at Rusheon.The seventh-graders pulled out a 46-42 victory, and the eighth-graders won 50-29.The Haughton Bucs and Elm Grove Eagles split games at Elm Grove.The seventh-grade Eagles rolled to victory, and the eighth-grade Bucs won 46-32.At Cope, Quillin Dixon tossed in 16 points to lead the Cougars eighth-grade squad. Trenton Ivy added eight.Cameron Robinson topped Benton, which struggled at the free-throw line, with 11 points. Jalen Harding chipped in with seven.Ethan Yarbrough topped Benton’s seventh-graders with 14 points and Bubba Osby added nine.At Rusheon, Jacoby Decker had another big game for the Rams seventh-grade team, pouring in 29 points.Decker hit two 3-pointers, but Rusheon coach Thomas Chester said he scored most of his points on drives to the basket and short jumpers.Landric Watson scored 11 and Richard Lister nine to lead the Rusheon eighth-graders.Coach Cedric Washington said Keshawn Jones, Demario Hill and Isaiah Wallace all contributed to the victory.At Elm Grove, Nick Cannon and Kobe Gill paced the victorious Eagles seventh-grade team with seven points each. Caleb Reese and Cade Pinner added five each.Zishun Moore led the Haughton eighth-graders to the win with 11 points. Lavonta Gipson and Mario Cook added seven each.Ty Hubbard dropped in 16 points to lead the Eagles and Ricky Norwood scored 10.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
Rugby League BY PRISCILLA HARRY The PNG Hunters are on 6th spot on the QRL Intrust Super Cup ladder on 26 points after beating Tweed Head Seagulls 22-18 at the Piggabeen Sports Complex last weekend. The Hunters managed to come out victorious in the Intrust Cup Country week in Lae defying Norths Devils followed by another important match against Burleigh Bears, not to mention a match that would have been a turning point for the reigning champions. With at least two games to go, Hunters among others are pushing for a spot in the top six. During the Country Round in Lae in early July, the Oil Search National Football Stadium also had another exceptional turnout of almost 5900 people. The performance had given a boost to many rugby league followers in PNG to focus more on watching home games. With the season winding down to its end, the Hunters who are the only outside team competing in the Australian competition are also hitting their peak. Pat Tane, a Hunters fan, said so far it one of the best home games this year was the recent ones. “It seems like our boys are getting the basics right and the form that brought them to the final begins to show up now. The structure and the game plans were executed well; the forwards in the likes of Dilbert Isaac, Ila Alu and workaholic Nixon Putt and the rest of the boys were outstanding,” Tane said. The Southern Highlander, who watches most of the away games on TV, said from the match played against Burleigh Bears, the backs led by the experienced Thompson Tete, with his captain courageous Ase Boas in control, were commended and they needed to carry this form into the remaining games if the Hunters are to make the finals. “From my observations, all the positives are stated about our boys. But the only area that needs polishing up is fifth and last-tackle options. “Our two halves should communicate well because most tries are scored by kicks and they have to keep their defense intact, especially when they come up to meet the opposing team in the field of play,” Tane said Another supporter Hendi Pilia said the fullbacks – Edene Gabbie and Brendon Gotuna – who made their debut this year have been in great form since the past two games. “The defenses from the two games are much better compared to the past home games and we know Hunters will take this experience to move forward by winning the remaining matches to make in the final top four,” Pilia said. The current ladder has Redcliffe Dolphins 31, Blackhawks 30, Burleigh Bears 30, Northern Pride 28 while Easts Tigers and Hunters are on 26 points. This weekend on Sunday (August 19), the Hunters will take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.
Rugby League One of the colonial posts, dating back to 1934 when the first Lutheran Church Missionary landed came to live after decades of political negligence and tribalism. The township of Kerowagi in Chimbu province, came back to its former glory days, thanks to Samson Wena, Kerowagi golden boy for kicking off the Kerowagi rugby football league competition with a whopping K100,000. The Samson Wena Cup kicked off with the 9s rugby league which saw 14 teams competing. SK Pythons from Silku took out the Cup plus the K1000 prize money and Bullets from Kerowagi station took the K700 as runners-up prize money. The Bowl was won by Valley Mates who took K700 in prize money while the runners-up Jets settled for K300. In the playoff for the Plate, New Market Panthers and PK Trouts each team walked away with K350 because the game was called off due to poor lighting and timing constraints. The players and supporters had something to cheer about after a successful competition that for the first time saw the handing out of prize monies for the winners. Wena said he had sponsored the event to give young men and youths the opportunity to engage in sporting activities rather than taking part in illegal activities such as home brew and drug related issues. He added that the competition will help instill discipline and responsible attitudes among the youths towards others especially women, girls and children. The community, especially mothers and the elderly have lauded the initiative taken by Wena who wept openly to show their appreciation. They thanked God that the initiative will hopefully save the youths of Kerowagi. The public servants are also hoping that that Kerowagi will become a safe place for their families in the future. The police will breathe a sigh of relief as law and order problems, especially violence, sexual crimes and domestic issues will hopefully see a drop as a result of the competition. Wena stressed the initiative must be supported by businessmen and other elites from Kerowagi. He said he grew up in Kerowagi and will return home one day so he felt compelled to do something for Kerowagi. And Kerowagi Rugby Football League is the beginning of several social programs he will pursue in the near future. Dubbed as Kerowagi golden boy, Wena is promoting gender equality, respect for women and girls, zero tolerance on domestic violence, drugs and home brew with rugby league. Wena, who assumed the position of board chairman of Kerowagi Rugby Football League, will be drafting a letter to the PNG Rugby Football League to affiliate and look forward to securing a spot for a team in the Digicel Cup in the near future. With a whopping K100,000, Kerowagi Rugby Football League is destined for a competition that will see blood and sweat heating up. As the son of former MP and first MP for Kerowagi, politics runs deep in his blood but hearing that the initiative should not be mixed with politics is a positive indication for others to join to make the competition bigger and stronger. The game was blessed with a prayer from Kerowagi Lutheran Church pastor Jerry Kagl who said the initiative is a blessing from God and appealed to both players and supporters to respect true sportsmanship and avoid violence both on and off the field. The league will announce its full board in two weeks to oversee the competition and undertake measures to become an affiliate of the PNGRFL.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia tailback and Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules, according to a press release from the school.Gurley, who leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks sixth nationally with 733 rushing yards, is viewed as one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He took the lead Monday in the weekly USA TODAY Sports Heisman Survey.He has helped lead Georgia to a 4-1 start and a No. 10 ranking in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll. Georgia, which currently sits tied for second in the SEC East Division, plays at Missouri on Saturday in a key conference matchup.Georgia officials did not reveal the alleged violation. SI.com, citing an anonymous source, reported that the school was investigating whether Gurley was paid $400 to sign 80 pieces of memorabilia on the Georgia campus this past spring.“I’m obviously very disappointed,” said UGA head football coach Mark Richt said in a press release. “The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri.”RELATED | Former UGA players respond to Gurley suspension LIKE 11Alive on Facebook to get the latest updates! It is not known whether Gurley’s suspension is for the season or until the NCAA’s investigation is completed. It also remains to be seen, if the suspension is brief, how Heisman voters will regard Gurley. Controversy has plagued the leading candidates for the award in recent years, from Auburn’s Cam Newton to Florida State’s Jameis Winston.Johnny Manziel, the 2012 winner of the award, saw his eligibility at Texas A&M come into question in the summer after winning the award due to a memorabilia signing investigation, but ultimately served just a half-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season.TODD GURLEY | PHOTOS Apr 12, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) looks on from the sideline during the second half of the Georgia Spring Game at Sanford Stadium. The Red team won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe junior established himself as a leading Heisman contender with several signature games and moments, including a school-record 293 all-purpose yards in a season-opening victory over Clemson. There was also a hurdler-like leap over a Tennessee defender to pick up an extra 10 yards — a play that was shown repeatedly on national highlight shows. Last week, the left-hander surprised Vanderbilt by completing a 50-yard pass — Georgia’s longest throw of the year.The Bulldogs began the season with plenty of depth at running back, but that has taken a blow in recent weeks with injuries to top backup Keith Marshall and freshman sensation Sony Michel.Now, Georgia is dealing with the toughest blow of all.Gurley is simply irreplaceable, a dynamic mix of speed and power that allowed the Bulldogs to keep winning even with a mediocre passing game. He has accounted for more than half of the teams’ rushing yards, and his nine touchdowns account for nearly a third of Georgia’s 30 trips to the end zone.Freshman Nick Chubb, who ranks second on the team with 234 yards rushing, will likely step in to start against Missouri. Sophomore Brendan Douglas is the only other back with significant experience.NCAA rules violations often involve the acceptance of impermissible benefits.Former Georgia star receiver A.J. Green was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season after he acknowledged selling his Independence Bowl junior to a former North Carolina player, who was regarded as an agent by the NCAA. Green had to repay the $1,000 he received, which went to charity, and the suspension dampened his final season with the Bulldogs. He went on to become a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.Gurley, who battled injuries as a sophomore, was on pace for huge numbers in what most figured would be his final season with the Bulldogs before entering the NFL draft.He had rushed for more than 100 yards in four games, the only exception being a blowout victory of Troy State in which he carried the ball only six times for 63 yards. Gurley had a career-best 208 yards against Tennessee and was coming off a 163-yard, two-touchdown performance in last week’s victory over Vanderbilt.“He’s been my Heisman choice since the season started,” Georgia cornerback Damian Swann said after the Tennessee game. “I’m pretty sure he’s about to put one heck of a campaign together.”That campaign has taken a big hit.More Todd Gurley stories: Heisman candidate Todd Gurley wrongfully accused of assault Todd Gurley lives up to UGA hype MORE ON THE BULLDOGS | UGA Insider Download our new 11Alive app! PHOTOS | UGA vs. Tennessee PHOTOS | UGA vs TroyPHOTOS | UGA vs. South CarolinaPHOTOS | UGA Mascot UGA<!–iframe–>
Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) recently participated in a ceremony with Governor Bill Haslam at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville marking the signing of a new law to fight Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. Yager’s legislation addresses the law enforcement and treatment components of a three-pronged legislative plan to curb abuse, while a separate measure deals with the prevention component. Both laws, which are part of Gov. Haslam’s TN Together initiative, became effective on July 1.“Each day in Tennessee, at least three people die from an opioid-related overdose,” said Sen. Yager, who has worked diligently to address drug abuse during his legislative tenure, including passage of laws cracking down on ‘pill mills’ in the state. “That means that just about every family in our state has been affected in some way by drug abuse, whether it is a friend, co-worker, family member or loved one.”The state budget, which also became effective July 1, provides $30 million to fund treatment and law enforcement programs included in the act. This includes hiring more officers in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and providing intensive substance use treatment programs for offenders while incarcerated.“These initiatives aim to roll back Tennessee’s opioid epidemic,” added Yager. “We need to give law enforcement the tools they need to attack the problem, while providing more resources for treatment. I believe this legislation will make great inroads in helping individuals and families who suffer as a result of opioid abuse.”The new law also strengthens penalties for the use and unlawful distribution of fentanyl – a dangerous and addictive drug which is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.“Through this multifaceted approach, Tennessee can be successful in its continued fight against the opioid epidemic and reverse the addiction, overdose and illicit distribution trends that continue to plague the state and nation,” Yager concluded. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/03/2018-11:45AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
About Connatix V56490 360p About Connatix V56490 1/1 1080p HD The St. Cloud Icebreakers will wrap up the regular season with a home game against Osseo at the MAC Tuesday night. The Icebreakers are 14-10 on the season.The game is also Youth Hockey Night. Puck drop is set for 7:15.ELSEWHERE: Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) 720p HD Boys Basketball Sartell @ MonticelloLittle Falls @ RocoriNorth Branch @ Sauk Rapids-RiceBemidji @ TechApollo @ WillmarCathedral @ PerhamBoys Hockey St. Cloud @ RogersHutchinson @ River LakesGirls BasketballTech @ Moorhead 6 PMRocori @ Fergus FallsSauk Rapids-Rice @ SartellMilaca @ Cathedral