LIONEL Messi is his ‘idol’ and 13-year-old Martin King has dreams of one day walking in the footsteps of the player many believe is the best, or at least one of the best to ever grace the sport of football.“I started playing when I was two years old,” said Martin who recently returned to Guyana following a stint at Barcelona’s Camp Nou – the home of FC Barcelona.Martin ‘Messi’ KingKing won a Milo Skill Challenge and joined other players from around the world who were given a chance to train in one of Spain’s most famous and populated cities.“It was an amazing feeling to train in Barcelona. I mean, that’s where I want to play football as a professional,” said the bubbly teenager.Just like his football idol Messi, Martin doesn’t look his age and some defenders learn the hard way to ‘not judge the book by its cover’.Some pundits say he reminds them of a young Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson; short, witty, skilful and very deadly with the ball.Richardson, 35, is touted by many as one of the best player of his ‘generation’. He was the first Guyanese-born player to feature in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) when he had signed with the Colorado Rapids in 2009.But for Martin, who said, “Jackie Chan is a great player. I saw him play and he’s one of the best. But, honestly, I want to be like Messi. That’s my favourite player and one day I want to play at Barcelona just like him.”PLAYING FOR BARCELONAKing broke into prominence during the Petra Organisation’s COURTS Pee Wee Schools Football tournament where he featured for Enterprise Primary.He was a tournament favourite, though his school didn’t win, but made it to the final.It was his style that grabbed spectators’ attention and as word spread about the player from Enterprise Primary, who seemed a ‘cut above’ his peers, Banks DIH’s Thirst Park ground was filled on Sundays as persons flood the venue to catch a glimpse of the little magician.‘Messi’ as he is more popularly known, was also the outstanding player for his Fruta Conquerors Club, where he pledged his allegiance, but also made it clear that his ultimate goal is to reach the Capital of Catalonia.Martin ‘Messi’ King shows off some of his skills in this Delona Williams photo.“My goal is to be the best player at Fruta Conquerors and Guyana. But honestly, my dream is to play for Barcelona, the best club in the world. Messi is my favourite player, I try to do everything like him, so I train hard, try to do good at school, so one day, I will be able to be just like him and do my mother and family proud.”He continued: “Yes, I would love to play for Guyana. Everyone would be glad to play for Guyana, but for me, I want to reach Barcelona, that’s my dream – to play at Barca.”Asked about his stint at the club and joining other players from the rest of the world, Martin said, “It was great, like a dream come true for me. We didn’t get to meet the players, but we trained where they trained and did everything just like them. We had some great sessions. I wasn’t nervous you know, I just did my thing and the coaches saw me and were happy. I told them that I’m from Guyana and plenty children like me could play good football.”HOW IT ALL STARTEDMartin’s mother told Chronicle Sport that her son did everything with his feet since he learnt to walk. “If you tell him to pick up something from the floor, he used to kick it. He goes to the shop; he kicks everything he saw on the road. He’s always with a ball and his older brother just decided to let him start playing football.”“He joined Fruta Conquerors Football Club and that’s it; everything for Martin is about football. After school, he would go straight to training at the Tucville ground and then he would go straight home,” she said.The woman said that she’s proud of him, especially given the fact that despite his spending plenty time playing football; he still finds time to do assignments and focus on his education.“I don’t have any problems with Martin at all. He comes home, does his school work; go to school on time, train and do whatever you tell him to do. He’s a pleasant child. That boy’s life is all about football; everything for Martin is about football, said Martin’s mother.SupportAccording to her, she’s grateful for the support of family in helping to get him the proper playing gear. She told Chronicle Sport “football shoes are not a problem for Martin. He gets a set. Only the other day I told him take the old ones and the ones that can’t fit anymore and give them away. I know plenty children would love to have them. They’re in good condition but just got a little close for him.”Even Martin was thankful for the support, stating, “Well, my stepfather would help me a lot, and then my uncle and other family and so on; they would give me stuff.”For what it’s worth, Martin’s mother believes that her son has a gift and she encourages him to play the game he loves and said that she’s willing to continue supporting him.As for Martin, he intends to stay committed to the game and do all the right things that will hopefully one day see him living in Spain.
The home side struggled to break down the visitors in a first half that failed to spark into life at the Yakubu Gowon (former Port Harcourt Liberation) Stadium.Talismanic midfielder Obomate Frederick missed out yet again for United as he failed to recover from the ankle injury he sustained in the 0-1 defeat to 3SC on match day seven.In his absence, United manager Stanley Eguma handed Ebuka Nnabue his debut and he excelled with an assured display in the middle of the park.The visitors hardly threatened all game with only a couple of gilt-edged opportunities to show for their exertions all afternoon.Eguma, while admitting that his side played well, refused to get carried away with the performance which guaranteed all three points.“Nobody is getting carried away here. We have achieved nothing and will continue to work hard.“The league is a marathon and not a sprint. We still have 28 more games to play.“There is still room for improvement but we will get there eventually.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nonso Okonkwo struck in the 66th minute to fire Rivers United past a resolute El-Kanemi Warriors side 1-0 in an exciting Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest decided on Wednesday.The forward rounded off a flowing team move that saw youngster Daniel Israel provide the decisive pass as United won successive games in the NPFL for the first time this season. read more
When it comes to shopping for fresh and healthy foods, many USC students and community members struggle to find healthy, accessible, inexpensive options in University Park Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods of South Los Angeles.Figueroa Street features numerous fast-food restaurants but lacks grocery stores and healthier options — a problem that the USC Undergraduate Student Government aims to address with a new proposal for a weekly farmers market in the USC Village.According to Alec Vandenberg, the assistant director of community affairs for USG and a writer for the Daily Trojan, a third of the University Park community faces poverty, and obesity is a growing concern for the children growing up in South Los Angeles. There are currently no local farmers markets in immediate proximity to University Park, and the closest farmers market, the Blue Line Farmers’ Market in Compton, was recently discontinued.If the proposal works out, the new farmers market will provide fresh, in-season produce from local vendors and farmers. There will also be a strong focus on bringing in vendors who sell healthy, organic fruits and vegetables, not just arts and crafts.“The focus of the market will be on healthy foods,” said USG director of community affairs Mai Mizuno. “This market is for a larger demographic. It will be a hub for community members.” USG wants to increase accessibility and affordability for students and members of the local community who want to shop for local groceries and fresh produce.Although USC currently has the Trojan Farmers Market, a weekly on-campus farmers market held on Wednesdays in McCarthy Quad, Mizuno noted that many students on campus have complained about the lack of fresh, affordable produce.According to Mizuno, the Trojan Farmers Market, run by USC Hospitality, caters toward students that can afford the crafts and organic products sold by the vendors, but other members of the community are left out.“The goal is not to replace the current markets that we have,” Mizuno said. “The goal is to supplement it and market it toward a different audience.” One notable difference is that the new farmers market would be student-run and would not only target USC students, but also residents of the surrounding University Park Campus area. It will be open on Saturdays to make it easier for students and community members to come out and shop.“We don’t want it to be at a time when parents are working and kids are in school,” Mizuno said. USG is also working on getting farmers market vendors who accept CALFRESH food vouchers and EBT cards on board.USG worked with Helen Lee, the manager of multiple California Certified Farmers Markets in the Los Angeles area including the one held weekly on the Health Sciences Campus, in developing the proposal.Although specialty market Trader Joe’s will be opening its first downtown location at the USC Village in 2017, Vandenberg doesn’t feel that it will be a threat to business. He hopes that holding the market on a Saturday will accommodate not only USC students, but also parents picking up their children at the 32nd Street School next to the USC Village.“A lot of times, people won’t necessarily take the Metro to a Trader Joe’s, but they will take the Metro to a farmers market,” Vandenberg said. “Oftentimes, it is cheaper, it’s more accessible, you have more options and it’s locally grown.” Prior to the Trojan Farmers Market becoming a weekly event in 2013, University Park had a local farmers market at the Shrine Auditorium. It was later moved to a space on University Avenue because of steep rental costs from the Shrine, but it was discontinued when the old University Village was torn down.USG is currently working to partner with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to subsidize the market and offer exclusive discounts to Metro riders through its Destination Discounts program. By showing a Metro TAP Card, Metro riders would be able to receive a 10 percent discount on purchases made at the market.Metro would also be able to advertise the USC Village farmers market on its website and invite tourists and visitors from other neighboring cities to make a stop at the market.“The administration has really marketed the [USC] Village as this conduit between USC students and the local community, so we thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to bring a community farmers market and to really hit on that fresh produce,” Mizuno said.Clarification: The previous headline for this article “USC Village to host farmers market” was misleading. The article has now been updated to reflect that the farmers market is in the proposal process. read more
Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:16 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. David Stone November 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm The experience was all too familiar for Brittney Sykes. The direction her knee bent. The popping sound. The rush of pain shooting down her body.She tried grabbing the loose ball, tossing it up while stumbling toward the baseline, thinking she was fouled. There was no whistle. As Sykes latched onto the back post of the basket to avoid putting pressure on her shaking right knee, there was no denying it.“I did it again,” she told head coach Quentin Hillsman, who huddled next to her.Sykes knew she re-tore her ACL on Jan. 4 against Notre Dame, just three games into her return from tearing it in the 2014 NCAA tournament. As she hunched over on the court next to Hillsman — covering her face with her hands — something within Sykes urged her to move. She wanted to walk off under her own power.Nine months prior, she lay on the Memorial Coliseum court in Lexington, Kentucky, writhing in pain after first tearing her right ACL. This time she got up. It was the first step to healing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was more of an emotional pain and a mental pain than a physical pain. It didn’t hurt me.Brittney SykesShe pulled her jersey over her head to cover her tears as she limped off the court. Memories set off like fireworks. The monotonous workouts. The sleepless nights. The pain.The flare has slowly been fading from that Sunday afternoon. Training room tables served as her therapy couch for 10 more months, allowing Sykes to patch her wounds. The redshirt junior is ready again to suit up for No. 23 Syracuse, with a reshaped foundation to work on.She’s more of a shooter now with less explosiveness in her lower body. Her attention to detail is greater than ever from observing her teammates studiously from the end of the bench. She was cruelly reminded again that months of dedication poured into a cause could be snatched with one wrong move.,“It was crazy, honestly,” Sykes said. “I can’t put into words the emotional and mental toll that it put on me.”She was escorted off the court into an empty locker room. Dr. John Cannizzaro, her eventual surgeon, performed the Lachman test to see if her ACL was still intact. He tugged and pulled her knee to see if it would stop bending certain directions. It didn’t.That’s when it hit Sykes — she wasn’t ready to hear about the three-letter acronym again. She drained herself of emotions in the ensuing hours, sitting alone on her bed after her mother departed home to Newark, New Jersey.She thought about her last nine months of recovery she was about to relive and began to countdown the 10 days until her surgery.“I definitely told Brittney to keep pushing,” former teammate Diamond Henderson, who has also had two ACL tears, said. “’Don’t give up now because I know it’s tough the second time. You’ve got to just keep pushing if this is your dream.’”After three or four days of rest, Sykes sat on the training room table looking down at her first task. Trainer Karen McKinney instructed her to flex her quad. Sykes clenched her leg. She squeezed her muscle. She mightily tried to budge it.Nothing.Sykes likened her weakened muscle to a baby; it needed to be trained to fire. She initially drew upon memories and checkpoints of her first recovery, but decided she needed to check them at the training room door. She couldn’t go forward — or relearn to flex her muscle — if she kept looking back.,“It’s frustrating because you were just able to do this literally a week ago,” Sykes said. “Just like that it’s gone and you have to start from scratch.”Hillsman phoned his star player “about every two hours,” and Sykes’ mother, Regina Sykes, “about every 30 minutes to an hour.” Sykes didn’t have a lot to say, often caught up in the emotional toll of the situation.She’d tell her head coach robotically, “I’m good, thanks for calling,” just to get him off the phone. But she didn’t want to say she was OK, knowing she wasn’t. The mundane nature of the recovery left substantial conversations few and far between.“I don’t know if there’s much you can really tell them,” Hillsman said. “You’re trying to let the players know that you are there for them, that you understand the amount of work they’re putting in.”McKinney — labeled both as a best friend and worst enemy by Sykes — gradually brought vitality back into the disabled 5-foot-9 guard. Slowly Sykes progressed through quad flexing, leg lifts, squats and eventually walking on her own power.Sykes has yet to forget the walking, “heel-toe,” mantra professed frequently by McKinney. She alternated walking five minutes around the training room on her heels, then her toes, while McKinney punctuated each step with the phrase.With each set Sykes would ask, “Ms. Karen, are we done?” McKinney sighed.This time around, daily workouts proved to be both fulfilling and humbling. Sykes often found herself asking McKinney to remind her what week she was in, rather than announcing each passing week as she did in her first ACL recovery.“The second time around … I was just excited to walk,” Sykes said. “The first time I touched a basketball, I don’t know what month I was in.”Sykes steadily began basketball activities, shooting stationary with no jumps or cuts before adding movement. She tried to be around the team often, but was limited in participation until her anticipated test came: Boot camp.It was Sykes’ first participation in the activities in two years. Ten sprints in 65 seconds. She took off, cutting back on each line of the court. Despite nursing a fatigued lower body, she finished in time. She finished in first.To see a kid come back and be like she never really had the injuries is phenomenal. Now it’s back to being Brittney Time.Quentin HillsmanAt basketball media day on Oct. 16, the Syracuse head coach stood behind a podium and spoke positively of the perseverance and toughness exhibited by Sykes.Two ACL recoveries later, Hillsman believes the team-leading scorer of two years ago will perform similarly. “Nothing else makes sense,” he said. Sykes once again has the legs under her to pick of the pieces of a promising career, and once again, she’s back to basketball. Comments Not sure if this was intentional, but you have the exact same graphic “Syked Up” in two spots of the article. Great read otherwise! read more
I was crying because I was done with journalism.It was freshman year, and I was on the phone with my parents. “I’m done,” I told them, my face so covered with tears that I was getting my phone screen wet. “I don’t want to do it anymore.” Walking back from The Daily Orange in February 2017, I determined journalism wasn’t what I thought it was. I’d just finished my first in-person read, of a story about a men’s club hockey player, with Matthew Gutierrez, a terrifyingly smart sophomore at the time. He tore my story apart. The thousand-word masterpiece that I submitted had been chopped down to a mere 200 words, and I was sent back out for more reporting. Freshman-year Eric was sensitive about his writing. He still is. So I came to what seemed like the logical decision: get frustrated about it, cry to my parents and quit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs I turned the corner of Ostrom Avenue and Euclid Avenue and headed toward Sadler Hall, my freshman-year dorm, they tried to calm me down. I was just getting started, they said. Give it a chance, they said. I dismissed them. That’s what parents have to say. I kept crying, shielding my face from passersby. By the time I got back, eyes red and irritated, there was no doubt in my mind. I didn’t know what journalism was as a freshman. I think I do now. Journalism is writing staff report upon staff report for track and field and filling in on tennis coverage when needed. It’s coming to Syracuse early sophomore year to cover women’s volleyball, a sport I’d never watched, with David Schneidman, a kid I’d never met. Journalism is covering the women’s ice hockey team. Media ops every week. Games every weekend in an absolute igloo of an arena that ensured that every single one of your fingers and toes would be numb by the time the game ended. Then the walk from Tennity Ice Pavilion to Goldstein Student Center to write, which meant treks through blizzards. Journalism is cathartic. My aunt died at the end of April my sophomore year, the day before I had my first-ever sit-down interview. I figured if I ever wanted to be a legitimate journalist, I’d have to be good at sit-down interviews. So I did it. And for 30 minutes out of a weekend in which I thought my world was ending, everything seemed okay. Journalism is going to work every day with dozens of your friends and classmates, all juggling their own responsibilities, all dealing with their own personal issues, all working to put together a newspaper. Journalism is spending time with your best friends. Even if they’re loud and obnoxious and sometimes even smell. Even if they try to explain lacrosse to you as if they know everything about the sport and you don’t, which wasn’t the case. Even if, while driving somewhere on I-81 in the middle of Virginia, they crack the window. Journalism is being scared to death that every time you open your mouth to ask a question, you’ll stutter or say something wrong. It’s being so nervous you’ll mess up that sometimes, you don’t even ask your question. Journalism has been the constant during the past decade of my life, for better or worse. It’s why I came to Syracuse, it’s why I considered leaving as a freshman and it’s why I stayed. This past fall, I covered Syracuse’s last football game of the season, a thrilling 39-30 overtime win over Wake Forest. Since I wouldn’t be on a beat in the spring, it was my last-ever coverage for The D.O. And I was covering it by myself, which meant two game stories, which meant staying in the Carrier Dome for hours after the game ended. By the time I left the stadium, it was already 8 p.m. And as I pushed myself out the air-lock doors, I cried. I full-on sobbed. And for a few minutes, I didn’t know why. I figured it had just been a long day, but that normally wouldn’t do it. I was crying because I was done with journalism. For good this time. And I’m really going to miss it. Eric Black was a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @esblack34.– 30 — Comments Published on April 25, 2020 at 11:56 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
ROLAND GARROSHeavy rain has forced day nine of the French Open to be cancelled, meaning top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams must wait to play their fourth-round matches in Paris.Yesterday’s play was delayed before being called off at about 12:45 BST. Djokovic’s match against Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut has been rescheduled for 10:00 this morning.Williams meets Ukraine’s 18th seed Elina Svitolina, before Andy Murray’s quarter-final against Richard Gasquet.All three matches are scheduled for Court Philippe Chatrier – the main show court at Roland Garros – with British number one Murray’s meeting with France’s Gasquet not starting before 13:00.However, more rain is forecast in the French capital today. It is the first time in 16 years the rain has caused a whole day’s play to be abandoned at the tournament.Murray, seeded second, is already through to the quarter-finals after beating American 15th-seed John Isner in straight sets on Sunday.Ninth seed Gasquet is the only home player left in either singles draw, reaching his first Roland Garros quarter-final by beating fifth seed Kei Nishikori.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Femi Solaja with reportsEnugu Rangers’ quest for a place in the Confederation cup still hangs in the balance as they failed to secure a useful away win against Salitas FC of Burkina Faso yesterday.The encounter ended 1-1 apiece with both teams desperate to win and enhance qualification into the next stage after poor show so far in the second tier continental club competition. According to reports, Rangers saw less of the ball than their hosts but looked more fluid in attack, having more shots through the course of the first half.And the Nigerian side was rewarded with the opening goal in the 33rd minute, as Ifeanyi George got the better of goalkeeper Diakite Daouda to make it 1-0.Rangers’ goal arrived despite being down to 10 men, with Semiu Liadi sent off for a second bookable offence inside the opening half hour.Salitas needed just five minutes of the second half to hit back and level the game, with Ilasse Sawadogo netting to make it 1-1. That proved to be the last goal of the match, as the teams settled for a draw.The pool is topped by CS Sfaxien (who have secured quarterfinal qualification) on nine points, fellow Tunisians Etoile du Sahel are second with seven, and the remaining two places are taken up by Rangers (five points) and Salitas (four).The teams will wrap up their group stage campaigns next weekend, with Salitas away to Etoile du Sahel and Ranger at home to Sfaxien.In another development, Lobi Stars coach, Solomon Ogbeide has attributed 0-3 defeat to host, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to the early goal they conceded in the match played of Saturday.The South African team thrashed the Nigeria representative with goals from Thapelo Morena in the 2nd minute, Thambo Zwane 38th minute and Lebohang Maboe who wrapped it up in the 39th minute in the match day 5 if 2018/19 CAF Champions League.According to him, “We conceded very early which changed the dynamics of the lost concentration and committed silly errors leading to 1st and 3rd goals.“We’re proud of how far we’ve come and we will take lessons from this game,”he statedThe pride of Benue will host ASEC Mimosa in the matchday 6 of the tournament.The loss left Nigeria’s sole representative at the bottom of the group A table with 4 points from 5 games. South African giant, Mamelodi Sundowns top the group with 10 points, while Wydad Casablanca were second on goal difference (+1) ahead of ASEC Mimosa (-2) with 7 pointsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Internationally celebrated athlete, Haile Gebrselassie, did not mince words when he advised sports men and women to make sacrifices in their chosen fields.He said all the internationally celebrated athletics the world has known traded something for their many victories. They sacrificed tears, and sweat to get what they want, and the young ones should do same.Below is an infographic representation of his interview on the Joy Super Morning Show.
“The SJC has ruled that Aaron Hernandez’s conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, will stand. We are pleased justice is served in this case, the antiquated practice of vacating a valid conviction is being eliminated and the victim’s family can get the closure they deserve,” Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in response to SJC’s ruling, per NBC Boston.The conviction will stand, however, the court record will note the conviction was “neither affirmed nor reversed because the defendant died while the appeal was pending” under the court’s new rule.Hernandez’s attorney previously argued the legal doctrine should remain the same, citing juries make mistakes, NBC Boston notes. In 2015, Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin L. Lloyd. He was serving a life sentence without parole when officials said he committed suicide at age 27, two years after he was convicted. The state’s legal precedent vacates convictions if a defendant dies before all appeal possibilities are exhausted, which returned Hernandez’s case to its pretrial status. Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday reinstated the late Aaron Hernandez‘s first-degree murder conviction.The Supreme Judicial Court said erasing Hernandez’s conviction after the NFL star killed himself in prison was “outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life,” according to the Boston Globe. read more
BOSTON — Jeremy Roenick unfortunately knows a thing or two about a fractured jaw. The former NHL power forward broke his jaw twice during his 20-year career.The first time was in the final regular-season game in 1999 when Roenick was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. Dallas Stars defenseman Derian Hatcher hit him high behind the net; Hatcher was suspended seven games for the play while Roenick missed six playoff games. In 2004, as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Roenick was hit by a Boris Mironov slap shot. He missed 19 games that time.MORE: Bruins defenseman John Moore is the next man upWith Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara suffering a suspected broken jaw in Game 4 of this year’s Stanley Cup Final and his status for Game 5 unknown, Sporting News caught up with Roenick, now an analyst for NBC Sports Network, to get his insights on playing with, and recovering from, the injury.SPORTING NEWS: What was it like playing with a broken jaw?JEREMY ROENICK: Nerve-wracking. To me, it takes a different kind of person, I think, not to really worry too much about your well-being. The bigger part is winning a hockey game, especially a big hockey game.For me, I always knew that I could heal. Healing was never my issue and a face is a face. I’m not shooting with it, I’m not skating with it. Yeah, you could break it worse, but, again, I always thought I had the summer to heal. That was always secondary to me. Zee [Chara] is one of those guys. He’s one of those guys that has old school-type mentalities. I think he understands there’s bigger things that lay ahead rather than getting injured.I’ve always said pain is temporary and pride is forever. They’ll remember you for what you did. The pain is going to go away, and you’re going to forget that you even had that pain, so that was an important thing.SN: Is there a difference between breaking your jaw via a hit or a puck? JR: My first break [from the Hatcher hit], I had four clean breaks. One on the chin [pointing to the mandibular symphysis], two clean breaks on the side [pointing to the mandibular body on his right] and one on other side. They were just clean through. Those things you can just sew up inside and then you lock it down on the outside.My other one was a spider break. It shattered in 23 different places. That is a totally different kind of one to have to come back from. SN: Is the issue [regarding suiting up] more [about] the breathing?JR: Yeah, breathing. I had rubber bands [pointing to his incisors]. When you’re wired and your teeth are slammed shut, it’s really hard to get air in between your teeth. When you have rubber bands, and I don’t know what Zee is doing, if he has anything on, but I was able to spread my teeth just a little bit and that just a little bit allows you to get so much more oxygen in rather than if it’s closed.You know, there’s little breathing ways that you can do when you’re slammed shut — breathing like Popeye breathing, breath inside the back of your mouth and not through the front of it. But to get oxygen, it’s really hard. You find yourself sometimes gasping for as much air as you possibly can and getting the nutrients in you, that’s also another thing. But there’s no question, no question, that I think [Chara will] play [in Game 5] and this building [TD Garden] will go crazy if he plays and I think he’s going to teach a lot of young kids what it takes to be a winner and a professional. read more