All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is "preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets" when contracts can officially be completed in free agency on July 6, the Boston Herald reported Thursday. The Herald report cited separate sources pointing to an Irving-Nets union but said the Boston Celtics have not been informed of Irving's plans and remain optimistic he could remain with the team. The top pick in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is a six-time All-Star viewed as one of the best players available in a loaded free agent class this summer. Prior to the just-completed season, Irving grabbed the microphone at TD Garden and told a packed house of season-ticket holders he planned to commit to the Celtics long-term. "I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career," Irving said at the time. He said he dreamt of his No. 11 hanging from the rafters one day, joining the retired numbers of legendary Celtics. … [Read more...] about News NBA: Kyrie Irving moving to Brooklyn?
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REUTERS: Two further racehorses have died since Friday at Santa Anita Park following a spate of 23 other equine deaths at the Southern California venue since December, multiple media have reported.The gelding Spectacular Music suffered a pelvis injury in a race on Sunday and was euthanized on Monday, the Los Angeles Times and other media reported, citing racetrack officials.It follows the death on Friday of three-year-old gelding Commander Coil, which suffered a fatal shoulder injury while training at the venue and became the 24th horse to die since Dec. 26, NBC News and other media reported.In March, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding horse deaths at the park, one of America's premiere thoroughbred tracks, in Arcadia about 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles.The district attorney's office created a task force to investigate training and veterinary practices.Racing at Santa Anita Park was suspended for about two weeks … [Read more...] about Two more racehorses die at Southern California track
LOS ANGELES: Parents at an elementary school in San Francisco have expressed outrage after learning that a teacher suffering from cancer and on sick leave is having to pay the school district for her substitute.The second-grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary is off sick with breast cancer for the rest of the year and has been paying nearly US$200 a day for her replacement, in accordance with state law, local news reports said."Parents were outraged and incredulous - like, this can't be," Amanda Fried, who has a daughter in kindergarten and another in third grade, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "There must be some mistake."A school district spokeswoman, however, told AFP that the payment was not unusual and was in line with state law."This is not unique to San Francisco," Laura Dudnick said in a statement. "This is not a district-only rule."Dudnick explained that teachers in the district get 10 days of sick leave a year and can carry over those sick days year after year if they … [Read more...] about Parent outrage as sick US teacher forced to pay for substitute
JOHN Singleton, director of the groundbreaking 1991 movie about US inner city life Boyz n the Hood, died Monday at the age of 51, his family announced, triggering a flood of tributes hailing him as an “inspiration.” Singleton had been placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a stroke several weeks ago, and his family had earlier made known their intention to take the filmmaker off life support. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends,“ they said in a statement quoted by media including USA Today and NBC News. “Our hearts are heavier today... as we mourn this tremendous loss,“ said Directors Guild of America director Thomas Schlamme. Singleton directed Boyz n the Hood as a 22-year-old fresh out of film school. The flick described youth and violence in South Central Los Angeles, the bleak, gang-ridden neighborhood of his childhood. The movie won Singleton Oscar nominations as best director and best original … [Read more...] about John Singleton dead at 51
NEW YORK: John Singleton, director of the groundbreaking 1991 movie about US inner city life "Boyz n the Hood," died Monday at the age of 51, his family announced, triggering a flood of tributes hailing him as an "inspiration." "Boyz n the Hood" -- which described the gang-ridden neighborhood of John Singleton's childhood and which he directed aged 22 -- won him an Oscar nod as best director, the first African American to achieve the distinction. Singleton had been placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering a stroke several weeks ago, and his family had earlier made known their intention to take the filmmaker off life support. "John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends," they said in a statement quoted by media including USA Today and NBC News. "Our hearts are heavier today... as we mourn this tremendous loss," said the president of the Directors Guild of America, Thomas Schlamme, reacting to the news. Singleton directed "Boyz n the Hood" as a … [Read more...] about ‘Boyz n the Hood’ director John Singleton dead at 51