Eli Dershwitz’s road to the Olympics

first_img As the top-ranked saber fencer in the United States, Harvard’s Eli Dershwitz, 20, will seek an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro. Related Harvard fencer heads for Olympicscenter_img Harvard sophomore Eli Dershwitz represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in the men’s saber fencing competition in Rio de Janeiro. While he didn’t win a medal this time, Dershwitz said the intense training and discipline required to make it to Brazil gave him the confidence to succeed at Harvard and the drive to “reach certain academic levels.”“Being able to make split-second decisions off of tiny pieces of information in a sport, that also helps in real life,” said Dershwitz, who took a year off from Harvard to train. He will fence again for the Crimson this season and hopes to compete in the next Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. The top-ranked U.S. saber fencer, Dershwitz was only 20 at this Olympics, and athletes in his sport tend to peak in their late 20s.So he’s looking ahead as well as back.— Colleen Walshlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade on NBA All-Star voting results: ‘If I’m choosing an All-Star, I’m not picking me’

first_img“If I’m choosing an All-Star, I’m not picking me,” Wade said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “It’s not an indictment on anything, but guys that deserve to be All-Stars will be All-Stars.” “For the first time, I actually agree with [TNT analyst] Charles Barkley and what he said,” Wade said. “It’s a lot of guys that get their first chance to be All-Stars, and if they deserve it, then they deserve it and they should have those spots. I appreciate the love from my fans to even vote me, to have as many votes as they did. But from an All-Star standpoint, there’s multiple guys that deserve to be in there and I hope they get their opportunity.”Wade is averaging 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 2018-19 for a 22-24 Heat team. Dwyane Wade wouldn’t vote for himself to be an All-Star.The 16th-year vet is lacing up his shoes for the last time this season. While he finished with the third most votes for backcourt players in the Eastern Conference, he didn’t feel it was right. Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to draft Russell Westbrook, Joel Embiid to same All-Star squad to squash beef Wade wasn’t named a starter this season, but could be voted in as a reserve. He’s made the All-Star team 12 times in his career, with his last appearance coming in 2016. Related Newslast_img read more

Joe Biden expected to attend George Floyd funeral

first_imgFormer vice president Joe Biden is expected to attend the funeral of George Floyd, the black man who was fatally arrested by Minneapolis police.The lawyer for Floyd’s family said Tuesday that Biden will attend. “And we understand Vice President Biden will be in attendance” at the funeral, said Crump.The lawyer, Ben Crump, said Floyd’s family will hold the funeral in Houston, Texas, on June 9, after holding memorial services in Minneapolis on Thursday, and another memorial in North Carolina on Saturday.Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.A spokesman for Biden’s campaign has not confirmed.The White House also had no response when asked by a reporter, if Trump would attend.last_img

No. 19 Saint Louis avoids upset by Duquesne, 76-72

first_imgSaint Louis’ Jordair Jett (5), left, steals the ball from Duquesne’s Tra’Vaughn White during an NCAA college basketball game between Duquesne and Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Saint Louis coach Jim Crews is one of only a select few in NCAA Division I that starts five seniors. The No. 19 Billikens needed all of their experience to avoid an upset against Duquesne.Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as Saint Louis edged Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday night.Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe and Jordair Jett – all seniors – had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.“Our seniors have been through it,” Crews said. “They have good wisdom and poise about themselves. They move on to try to do the next right thing when we screw up or are behind. They’re pretty resilient that way.”The biggest play actually came from a sophomore, Austin McBroom, who made a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining to give the Billikens a 73-72 lead they would not relinquish.Ovie Soko scored 18 points to lead Duquesne, which scored more points and shot a better percentage than any of Saint Louis’ previous 19 opponents.The Dukes (8-9, 1-4) went ahead 72-70 on two free throws by Jeremiah Jones with 57 seconds remaining, but Jett found McBroom alone on the wing after a drive to the basket was not open for him. McBroom was the second option on the play.It was the second time in the final two minutes that Saint Louis had to erase a Duquesne lead. Jett made a jumper for a 70-69 lead with 1:50 left after Dukes guard Micah Mason put his team ahead with a 3-pointer on the previous possession.“They didn’t get rattled, not at all,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “They kept playing. We got up eight. They kept playing. How many teams have been to the NCAA tournament twice and have five seniors?”The Dukes had a chance to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining, but Dominique McKoy missed a reverse layup. McCall rebounded and was fouled. He made two free throws at the other end to seal the win for the Billikens.Saint Louis continued its recent dominance over Duquesne, beating the Dukes for the fifth consecutive meeting and for the seventh time in eight games.This one was much tougher than the previous games, though. Saint Louis entered ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense and led the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage and 3-point defense, but the Dukes scored more points and shot a better percentage than any team had against the Billikens all season.The Dukes came out and scorched the Billikens early, shooting 52 percent from the field (13 for 25) and 56 percent (5 for 9) from 3-point range in the first half while taking a 36-34 lead into halftime.Micah Mason paced the Dukes with nine first-half points, all on 3-pointers. Mason, a transfer from Drake, was 5 for 7 from behind the arc. His final attempt with 4 seconds left on the clock could have tied the score, but it was off the mark.“We’re pretty good on defense and they made our defense look not too good,” Crews said. “Tonight, they had our way with us most of the time.”While Crews was dissatisfied with his team’s defensive performance, he was thrilled with his team’s offensive efficiency and poise down the stretch. The Billikens shot 50 percent from the field and made 10 of 19 from 3-point range, including 6 of their 7 attempts in the second half when they had to erase an eight-point deficit.“We’re very fortunate to come out on the top end of that,” Crews said. “They’re so competitive and go right at you. They did a great job of getting spacing on us. Their two big kids had their way against us. But we were pretty good offensively throughout the night. We were still able to find a way to win. Different guys made big plays to win.”McCall was 4 for 5 from the field and 3 for 4 from 3-point range. Jett dished out 11 assists to go along with his 10 points and Glaze fell two rebounds shy of a double-double.But it was McBroom, a sophomore guard, who made the biggest plays in the second half. He scored all 11 of his points after halftime, including three 3-pointers.“This season, we’ve been in circumstances where we had to fight,” McBroom said. “We had to keep fighting and eventually it was going to fall into our hands.”last_img read more