Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Nick Collison speaks during a ceremony to retire his number, before an NBA basketball game between the Thunder and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey was retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony before their game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.It’s the first number the Thunder have retired since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison out of Kansas in 2003 and he spent his entire 15-year career with the club.ADVERTISEMENT TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I used to play with Nick,” Ibaka said. “He was one of the guys who really helped me in my first year in the league, when I was 19. Playing tonight, the same day they’re going to retire his jersey, it’s really special.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Collison averaged only 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Seattle/Oklahoma City, but played a key role in developing the team’s Oklahoma City culture and became known as “Mr. Thunder.”Mayor David Holt declared Wednesday to be “Nick Collison Day” in Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I could never have expected something like this,” Collison said. “But it’s really a special night for me and my family. It’s been a long run. To be able to have the career I had here and then have a celebration like that, I feel very fortunate. That kind of goes without saying, but it’s amazing for me. It’s a good feeling coming back. I don’t know how to feel for something like this. It’s like nothing can prepare you for it.”Among his former Thunder teammates who attended the ceremony were Kevin Durant of Golden State and Serge Ibaka of the Raptors. Neither were mentioned during Collison’s pregame speech, but current Thunder star Russell Westbrook was. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Grief-stricken family members and friends of the late Kescia Branche tearfully bade her farewell on Saturday.The 22-year-old teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) two days after her battered body was discovered lying at the corner of Princess Street and Lousia Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.The cause of her demise has been determined as brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.At her home-going ceremony, those who knew Branche reflected on her life, while other made a strong call for justice to be served.Her devastated twin, Kessandra Branche, who had been at her bedside when she died, begged for her sister to return to her at the funeral service.Kereece Branche, Kescia’s younger sister, described her as having been a driven and determined person who had fought for what she had accomplished in life.“It always seems like Kescia was never too young for anything, but this time she was,” Kereece said in her tribute, as she broke down in tears.Head Teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, Melanie Jones, reiterated her called for justice to be served. “I do hope that they solve your case, and that your killer or killers doesn’t or don’t disappear without a trace. This nonsense has become too commonplace, and I take the blame as part of the human race,” Jones said.The mother of one has been laid to rest at Buxton, East Coast Demerara. Police are yet to charge anyone for her death.Her ex-boyfriend, along with four cops, were questioned about her death, but were later released on station bail. Investigations are still ongoing.
With the Fort St. John Huskies on the verge of beginning their exhibition schedule, the team still has a large amount of bodies taking part in pre-season practices. The team has two extra forward lines in camp and evaluations are still being done to see who will be a part of the team’s opening roster come October.Assistant coach Todd Alexander said after Tuesday night’s practice that the coaching staff is paying attention to players who are able to grasp the concepts the team is trying to run with for the upcoming year.“We still had six lines out on the ice tonight. We were watching and paying attention as a coaching staff to see who can actually figure things out and see who had natural tendencies to go to the right position.”- Advertisement -Competition has been stiff throughout camp with some returning players on the bubble, prompting Alexander to put the team on notice that the coaching staff has no problem parting with players this season.“There’s still lots of competition here. We’ve got lots of guys. At one point I said to the boys out front there that we have lots of players so if you don’t want to be out here and you don’t want to play, no problem. We’re not worried about that this year. We have a lot of interest. There’s some guys that were here last year that are fighting for their jobs right now.”The Huskies have one more practice this week, Thursday night at the Pomeroy Sport Centre where the team will be focusing more on the implementation of their systems of the coming year.Advertisement