The NCAA transfer portal is changing the college football landscape.Whether it is for the better or worse really depends on your perspective.Just today, Auburn’s Calvin Ashley has entered the portal.It is certainly easier for a student-athlete to now transfer to a different college football program. But, has the portal now become a form of free agency?ESPN did an in-depth feature on the transfer portal. In it, a number of high-profile coaches voiced concern over the portal and what it means for college football.“We have seen kids that have entered the transfer portal and haven’t been on campus for a semester,” Penn State coach James Franklin told ESPN. “How do you learn to overcome adversity and fight through battles and learn to compete? I worry about that for our sport; I worry about that for kids and our country. The path of least resistance very rarely is the answer. How do you have discipline and structure and tough conversations in your program if … [Read more...] about College coaches sound off on NCAA transfer portal: ‘How do you learn to overcome adversity?’
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Ed Masley Arizona Republic Published 7:00 AM EST Jan 15, 2019 Not many people are blessed with a four-octave range. But Frankie Valli didn't know that at the time. He figured anybody's voice could do the things his voice could do. "I never realized that I had anything different than anybody else," he says. "I had no formal education as far as music was concerned. I don’t read music or any of that. I sang. So I thought everybody could." It's not that Valli ever took that voice for granted. He put a lot of work into developing what he was born with into something even more impressive. "It takes love and a passion to get good at anything," he says. "And it takes practice. Nobody starts out and there it is, he opened his mouth and golden notes came out. It takes working at it. I learned how to sing by listening to other people sing." Born in 1934 to Italian parents in Newark, Francesco Stephen Castelluccio was always interested in singing, having grown up on the music of … [Read more...] about Frankie Valli: ‘How do you beat Cole Porter and Irving Berlin?’
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Published 3:29 pm PDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 Chicago Bulls Coach Phil Jackson hugs Steve Kerr after winning his fifth NBA Championship at the United Center in Chicago, June 13, 1997. Kerr says he learned a lot about coaching from Jackson. Chicago Bulls Coach Phil Jackson hugs Steve Kerr after winning his fifth NBA Championship at the United Center in Chicago, June 13, 1997. Kerr says he learned a lot about coaching from Jackson. Photo: MICHELLE V AGINS, NYT Click ahead to see some of the greatest moments in Golden State Warriors playoff history. Click ahead to see some of the greatest moments in Golden State Warriors playoff history. Photo: Kat Wade, The Chronicle 1956: The Philadelphia Warriors defeat the Detroit Pistons to win their first NBA Finals Technically, this wasn't even the franchise's first … [Read more...] about How do you tell an All-Star he screwed up? Steve Kerr reveals old Phil Jackson trick
Whenever the actress Maureen O’Sullivan started a new gig, she was never sure how long it would last. Each day, she’d arrive not knowing when the job would begin or end, whether she’d get a meal break, or even, since her employer didn’t provide benefits, how she’d pay for a doctor if she got sick or injured. The strain of uncertainty was almost too much to bear, she recalled later, but that was just how the business worked. Her bosses told her that if she didn’t put up with it, they could easily replace her. “We worked until we dropped, maybe ’til 1 or 2 in the morning … and then we’d have an early call,” the actress told an interviewer in 1995. “It was so awful … and I started to cry. ... And [the producer] said: If you don’t pull yourself together … I will see that you never work again.” “So, under the threat of that, I worked.”O’Sullivan was a movie star in the 1930s, … [Read more...] about How movie stars conquered the ‘gig economy’
The Rockets cruised through their two first round series with relative ease as did the Golden State Warriors. They are now on a collision course in the Western Conference Finals, a series basketball fans have been waiting for since November. Their clash has been so anticipated, some are calling it the "real" NBA Finals, owing to the strength of teams in the Western Conference.The Rockets took three of the four games the teams played this season including a gripping opening night game in Oakland. Remarkably, the four teams that played on opening night are the final four standing at the end of the season. But, how do the teams match up now that they are deep into the playoffs and the Warriors seem to be healthy again?Chris Paul vs. Stephon CurryOn paper, the former MVP versus Paul might seem to be advantage Warriors, but Paul has been terrific in the playoffs and Curry, as good as he was against the Pelicans, is still getting fully healthy. Curry is a solid defender, but not elite. He … [Read more...] about How Do the Rockets and Warriors Match Up Ahead of the Western Conference Finals?