Sparks deal for Sun’s All-Star, ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwumike

first_img WNBA, CBS Sports agree to 40-game TV deal Chiney Ogwumike will join former MVP Candace Parker, Alana Beard and Baylor star Kalani Brown — the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft. LA is also expected to re-sign point guard Chelsea Gray.The Sparks will open their season on the road versus the Aces on May 26 and then turn around and host the Sun for their home opener on May 31. The Sparks’ roster just got deeper.LA added Connecticut All-Star and former No. 1 draft pick Chiney Ogwumike, the team announced Saturday. Ogwumike, who is also serving as an ESPN analyst released a video on Twitter sharing the news and her thanks to the Sun’s organization and ESPN. “Chiney Ogwumike is one of the most athletic, versatile and efficient frontcourt players in the WNBA,” Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler said. “Chiney provides us additional inside scoring, rebounding and rim protection. She will be a great addition to our roster.” In the deal, which reportedly includes a 2020 first-round pick, Ogwumike will be reunited with her sister, Nneka. They will become just the second pair of sisters to play on the same WNBA team together, following Kelly and Coco Miller in 2010 for Atlanta Dream.Chiney Ogwumike, a two-time WNBA All-Star, had been plagued with injuries until last season. In her return, she earned her second All-Star bid and averaged 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. She finished 2018 shooting 60.3% from the field, the third highest mark in the league. Related Newslast_img read more

Akon Could Change the Way Students See in Class

first_imgAkon will be in Liberia today, according to a release from Bridge, and many are hoping that his visit will not only shine more light to the fact that the Liberian government is doing everything to help the educational system, but will also connect Liberia with what Akon has been cooking, known as “Akon Lighting Africa.”Indeed, parts of Liberia are completely dark and due to the criminal activities of many who have been illegally stealing LEC current, causing the loss of thousands of dollars in revenue, some who have electricity illegally have watched their ‘hookups’ being disconnected.I recently visited Hill Town, Bomi County, where a not-for-profit organization called More Than Me has one of its six schools given to them by Bridge. The school has about 122 plus girls and 179 plus boys (the number has risen since this article was written). One thing that struck me about the school was the fact that it had a lot of infrastructure problems – no chairs or desks, ceilings and smiling faces. More Than Me has spent more than US$5,000 to renovate it and so far there is a huge difference.More Than Me has 12 capacity leaders for their seven schools, two per school. The role of these individuals is to build the capacity of teachers, train on site, improve learning and to watch over their teachers.Recently during my tour at Hill Town elementary, I met Aiessate Cooper, the only girl child in the 6th grade. According to her father, who is also the principal of the school, his daughter was brought to the school when it was clear that More Than Me would be taking over the school.Meanwhile, the environment is not safe for the children without light. Some students arrive on campus as soon as ‘day break,’ when the sun is just setting, having walked for miles.Light is essential and also a security measure in preventing things that can only happen when it is dark from reaching pupils who arrive at school that early. Villages like Hill Town and the only school there that teaches students from ABC to the 6th grade are keeping their fingers crossed that Akon’s project will reach them.As of now, More Than Me supplies its school electricity using a generator that drains its resources. And due to bad road conditions and distance, sometimes the school is unable to get items necessary for its operations.Meanwhile, the new initiative “Light to learn” will be bringing Akon to Liberia as a guest of Bridge Partnership Schools, the Ministry of Education and other partners to initiate this new project aimed at popularizing and growing the right to use affordable energy resources to foster quality learning even in remote villages.“Join us on October 20-21 at J W Pearson, Monrovia; and Zuluyee, Nimba County. All 24 Bridge Partnership Schools have been preparing to compete in Regional and National competitions where the top 4 finalists will compete as the STAR of the show! Who will the 2 winners be,” Gboko Stewart posted on facebook.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more