HomeNewsElgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86 Mar. 23, 2021 at 6:00 amNewsElgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86Guest Author3 months agosports GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports WriterElgin Baylor changed the very direction of basketball when he joined the NBA and brought his vertical feats of athletic brilliance to a largely horizontal game.He filled scoresheets and sparked young imaginations with his trailblazing aerial style, and every high-flying player of the past 60 years has followed his path.Although the Lakers’ first superstar in Los Angeles never won a championship ring, Baylor still looms high above the franchise and the game he loved.The Hall of Fame forward died Monday of natural causes in Los Angeles with wife Elaine and daughter Krystal by his side, the team said. He was 86.An 11-time All-Star who soared through the 1960s with a high-scoring artistry that became the model for the modern basketball player, Baylor played a major role in revolutionizing basketball from a ground-bound sport into an aerial show.“Elgin was THE superstar of his era — his many accolades speak to that,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement.With a silky-smooth jumper and fluid athleticism, Baylor spent parts of 14 seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, teaming with Jerry West in one of the most potent tandems in basketball history.Baylor’s second career as a personnel executive for 22 1/2 years with the woebegone Los Angeles Clippers was far less successful, but he remained a beloved figure in Los Angeles and beyond. Baylor strengthened his ties again to the Lakers over the past decade, and the team honored him with a statue outside Staples Center in 2018.“Elgin Baylor set the course for the modern NBA as one of the league’s first superstar players,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “In addition to his legendary playing career, Elgin was a man of principle. He was a leading activist during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and an influential voice among his fellow players.”The 6-foot-5 Baylor played in an era before significant television coverage of basketball, and confoundingly little of his play was ever captured on film. His athletic brilliance is best remembered by those who saw it in person. No one had a better view than West, who once called him “one of the most spectacular shooters the world has ever seen.”Baylor had an uncanny ability to hang in mid-air indefinitely, inventing shots and improvising deception along his flight path. Years before Julius Erving and Michael Jordan became international heroes with their similarly acrobatic games, Baylor created the blueprint for the modern superstar.Baylor was the first NBA player to score 70 points in a game, and he still holds the single-game NBA Finals scoring record with 61 against Boston in 1962. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds over his career, and he even averaged a career-best 38 points during a season in which he only played on weekend passes while on active duty as an Army reservist.“I spent a lot of time with him over the years,” Charles Barkley said during CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament. “To me, he’s probably the most underrated great basketball player of all time. He always carried himself with great dignity and respect.”Baylor played high above most of his contemporaries, but never won a championship or led the NBA in scoring largely because he played at the same time as centers Bill Russell, who won all the rings, and Wilt Chamberlain, who claimed all the scoring titles. Knee injuries hampered the second half of Baylor’s career, although he remained a regular All-Star.West and Baylor were the first in the long tradition of dynamic pairings with the Lakers, followed by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1980s before Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal won three more titles in the 2000s.“My first few years in the league, he cared for me like a father would a son,” West said Monday. “We shared the joy of winning and the heartbreaking losses in the finals. He was a prince both on and off the court.”Baylor’s Lakers lost six times in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics and another time to the New York Knicks. Los Angeles won the 1971-72 title, but only after Baylor retired nine games into the season, dissatisfied with his standard of play due to his ailing knees.“Before there was Michael Jordan doing amazing things in the air, there was Elgin Baylor!” Johnson tweeted. “A true class act and great man.”Elgin Gay Baylor was born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16, 1934. Named after his father’s favorite watch, an “Elgin” timepiece, Baylor became infatuated with his sport even before he could afford a basketball, instead learning to shoot with a tennis ball.After struggling academically in high school, Baylor played at Seattle University from 1956-58, averaging 31.3 points a game and leading the team to the 1958 NCAA championship game, where it lost to coach Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats.Baylor was the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 1958 by the Minneapolis Lakers, who were near bankruptcy after a steep fall from their first championship era. Baylor immediately saved the Lakers with his scoring and style.He won the Rookie of the Year award and led the Lakers to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the fledgling Celtics dynasty in the first of the rivals’ 12 championship series meetings.Baylor scored 64 points on Nov. 8, 1959 — then the league single-game record, and the Lakers’ record for 45 years until Bryant broke it. He then became the first NBA player to surpass 70 points, scoring 71 on Dec. 11, 1960, against New York.When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, Baylor became the centerpiece of their Hollywood revival. West also arrived from West Virginia in 1960, and they immediately clicked, averaging 69.1 combined points per game and becoming lifelong friends.Baylor played in only 48 games during the 1961-62 season because of his military service, yet the Lakers still won the Western Conference by 11 games. Baylor’s 61 points in Game 5 of the finals put the Lakers ahead 3-2, but they lost to the Celtics in overtime in Game 7 — the pinnacle of the Lakers’ suffering at Boston’s hands.Frank Selvy missed a 10-foot jumper that would have won the game in regulation. In film of that moment, Baylor appears poised to get Selvy’s rebound, then disappears from the screen. Baylor contended he was pushed out of bounds by Boston’s Sam Jones.“I’ve always felt that was our championship,” Baylor told the Riverside Press-Enterprise in 2000.He never got closer to a ring.Baylor’s knee problems began in the 1963-64 season, but he remained a star during his slow decline. He played his last full season in 1968-69 and suited up only sporadically until retiring at 37 in the fall of 1971. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977.The expansion New Orleans Jazz hired Baylor as an assistant coach for their debut season in 1974, and he eventually served as their head coach for parts of three seasons.The Clippers hired Baylor as their vice president for basketball operations in 1986, but the franchise was the model of sports ineptitude for most of his stay — poor drafting, indifferent fans and skinflint financial dealings. Most knowledgeable basketball people realized owner Donald Sterling was to blame for the franchise’s woes, while Baylor received both admiration for his tenacity and ridicule for the Clippers’ struggles.A few months after losing that job in late 2008, Baylor filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Clippers, Sterling and the NBA, alleging he was fired because of his age and race. A Los Angeles County jury unanimously ruled in the Clippers’ favor in March 2011, refusing to award any damages. Sterling lost the Clippers three years later.The Lakers embraced Baylor in recent years, and his statue unveiling brought together several franchise greats. The statue features Baylor in his gold No. 22 Lakers uniform, a ball in his left hand as he rises toward the hoop for another moment of improvisational brilliance.Besides his wife and daughter, Baylor is survived by a son and daughter, Alan and Alison, from a previous marriage, and sister Gladys Baylor Barrett.“Like everyone else,” Elaine Baylor said, “I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity and the time he gave to all fans.”Tags :sportsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAssemblymember Bloom proposes a tax credit to incentivize hiring homeless individualsCrime WatchYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago
A pair of reports that provide an annual snapshot of childhood immunization trends shows that the vaccine exemption rate for kindergarteners rose for the third year in a row and vaccine coverage for children younger than 3 was high and stable for most vaccines.The reports, from teams led by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appear today in the latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Kindergarten levels show regional variationFor the analysis of immunization rates in kindergarteners, researchers looked at data on childhood vaccine coverage for each state for the 2018-19 school year. Overall coverage was 94.7% for two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, up slightly from 94.3% reported for the previous year. Levels were 94.9% for state-required diphtheria and tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, down slightly, and 94.8% for varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, reflecting a slight increase.Taken together, coverage for the three vaccines remained near 95%, but the team found that coverage varied by state. For example, for the MMR vaccine, coverage ranged from 87.4% in Colorado to more than 99.2% in Mississippi. Coverage met or topped 95% in 20 states, and 2 states were below 90%.Measles outbreaks in states with high coverage, such as New York, highlight the need to assess vaccination patterns at the local level, and the CDC encourages health officials to use their local data to identify pockets of undervaccinated students.Meanwhile, the percentage of kindergarteners with an exemption to one or more required vaccines was 2.5%. That metric also varied by state, with Mississippi reporting the lowest exemption rate (0.1%) and Idaho and Oregon reporting the highest (7.7%).The level was slightly higher than the 2.3% reported for the 2017-18 school year and 2.1% reported the year before that.In a breakdown of types of exemptions, 0.3% of kindergarteners had medical exemptions and 2.2% had nonmedical ones.Though the overall percentage of kids with vaccine exemptions increased again, the authors said the unvaccinated group still represents a small proportion of kindergarteners and that in 25 states, the number of nonexempt undervaccinated kids exceeded the number of those with exemptions.The findings can help guide strategies to counteract vaccine misinformation messages and systems to follow-up on undervaccinated children to ensure that they are immunized, the study authors said.Uptake trends in toddlersTo estimate vaccine coverage for toddlers, the researchers combined 2016-2018 data from the National Immunization Survey-Child on kids born in 2015 and 2016. Coverage was more than 90% for three or more polio vaccine doses, one or more MMR dose, three or more hepatitis B doses, and one more varicella dose.Compared with children born in 2013 and 2014, coverage for the current younger group increased for the birth hepatitis B vaccine dose, as well as one or more doses of hepatitis A vaccine and two or more doses of flu vaccine.The estimates also suggest, however, that kids were least likely to be up to date by age 24 months for two or more doses of flu vaccine and the combined seven-vaccine series.Overall, uninsured children and those with Medicaid or other nonprivate insurance had lower vaccine coverage rates than children who had private insurance.Looking at the big picture, the authors said the proportion of children who received no vaccinations by age 2 has increased slightly across 2011 through 2016 birth years, with an estimated change of 0.09 percentage points each year.Only 1.3% of children born in 2015 or 2016 received no vaccinations. Though the percentage is small, researcher said the patterns—including coverage gaps by insurance status, poverty level, and rural residence status—underscore several opportunities for improvement. For example, they said efforts to promote the Vaccines for Children program, which offers no-cost vaccine to eligible children, might not be reaching the at-need populations and could be modified.”Targeted programs to address logistical issues such as expanded office hours and transportation to vaccination appointments could facilitate access to vaccination services, regardless of the child’s type of insurance,” they wrote, adding that they encourage providers to use every patient encounter to screen for and offer vaccines.See also:Oct 17 MMWR report on immunizations in kindergartenersOct 17 MMWR report on immunizations in kids younger than 3
If Man United beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Sunday it will be their 600th Premier League win.It all started in 1992 with a 1-0 win against Southampton on 24 August where a late Dion Dublin goal earned them their first three points of the season.United ended up as champions of the newly-formed Premier League to end a wait of 26 years since their last title. The club have been champions 13 times since then, bringing the number of overall league crowns won to a record 20.MAN UNITED NAME RASHFORD UP FRONT AGAINST BOROWhich is your favourite Premier League win? Jose Mourinho has been getting his Man United players in shape to win their 600th Premier League game 1
Residents of Donegal’s offshore islands are heading to the polls this Thursday to commence voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum.Polling stations have opened on 12 islands nationally, including Donegal’s Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory islands.There are 2,601 people on the electorate voting today to choose Ireland’s next President and voting in the referendum on blasphemy in Galway, Mayo and Donegal. Islanders traditionally vote a day early to ensure that ballots reach the mainland in time for the count.However, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the islands Éamon Ó Cuív said he is confident that this election will be the last time people living off the coast will have to vote a day early.Mr Ó Cuív said that the arrangement is ‘unfair’ and improved transport services mean that there is no longer a valid reason for the tradition to continue.All other Irish citizens will go to the polls on Friday 26th October, when stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Donegal islanders head to the polls was last modified: October 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
On January 28, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. The SHRM Government Affairs team and the Council for Global Immigration hosted a live Twitter chat to engage HR professionals in a conversation about the President’s legislative agenda and HR public policy issues in the current Congress. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of all the tweets: [View the story “SHRM Government Affairs #HRSOTU Chat Recap” on Storify]
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Among those in attendance were Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness who read a bible lesson; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips; former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson; members of the diplomatic corps, the sports community and Mr. Burrell’s family and friends. Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to celebrate the life and legacy of late Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, at the thanksgiving service held on June 28 at the National Arena in Kingston.Among those in attendance were Their Excellencies, Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness who read a bible lesson; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips; former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; members of the diplomatic corps, the sports community and Mr. Burrell’s family and friends.The four-hour service included musical interludes and tributes by family members, close friends, Ministers of Government, Members of Parliament and visiting officials from the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).Minister Grange, in her tribute, said Captain Burrell has set the foundation for the development of modern football in Jamaica.He is credited as being the chief architect of Jamaica’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup in France in 1998 during his tenure as President of the JFF between 1994 and 2013, making Jamaica the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for the international event.“He was destined to take Jamaica’s football to great heights, creating history in the process. The successful 1998 World Cup Campaign tells the story of Horace Garfield Burrell… He was the kind of man that saw the challenge and opportunity and decided to take on both. Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world have lost a man who had the knack of converting the impossible dream into reality ” she said.Former National Football Coach, Rene Simoes described Captain Burrell, whom he called his friend as “a charismatic man” with an indomitable spirit.“We are here to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a remarkable football man, acknowledge his accomplishments and years of service to the game. The football family thanks Captain for his extraordinary passion for the sport and his tremendous work to capture fans’ hearts and discover new talent,” he said.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), greets friend of the late Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, Julie Jones during the thanksgiving service held on June 28 at the National Arena in Kingston. At left is Minister of Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon Olivia Grange.In recounting the numerous accomplishments of Mr. Burrell, Vice President of the JFF, Bruce Gaynor, said he was accorded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government, as well as other honours from other regional entities for his outstanding contribution to the development of football.Born on February 8, 1950 in May Pen, Clarendon, Captain Horace Burrell is well known for his keen business acumen in his management of The Captain’s Bakery and Grill in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and The Captain’s Aviation Services which he founded in 1995 and 2008, respectively.The former military man had a passion for football, which led him to participate in several local and international sporting bodies.Captain Burrell died on June 6 after a period of illness.He leaves behind daughter, Dr. Tiphani Burrell-Piggot and sons Romario and Jaeden Burrell and other family and friends. Born on February 8, 1950 in May Pen, Clarendon, Captain Horace Burrell is well known for his keen business acumen in his management of The Captain’s Bakery and Grill in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and The Captain’s Aviation Services which he founded in 1995 and 2008, respectively. Story Highlights Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to celebrate the life and legacy of late Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, at the thanksgiving service held on June 28 at the National Arena in Kingston.