Stories are meant to be share

Stories are gifts meant to be shared. When most people think of gifts they think of big boxes with bows on them, but how about gifts actually coming from within people who have them, ready to share with others.

I interviewed MMA Fighter Darryol Humphrey this weekend the special qualities he posses our for a specific purpose to tell everyone who has been in similar situations as his is to continue to become a better man everyday.  Darryol came from humble backgrounds but as a black man in society things are not always given to us we must shine brightly than others around us while continuing to plant seeds for ourselves.

Our conversation spoke of life’s struggles, heartaches and triumphs. I could vividly see the transitions of a boy to a man. Sharing your gifts with other can give hope that your are not alone and that we all struggle with the same things. Breaking down walls and building relationships makes others see that we have more in common than we thought.

SportzKelz will speak to Darryol in a one-on-one candid conversation about his journey to MMA fighter stardom on Friday, July 7th.  Darryol is scheduled to fight on the “ShowTime” Ticket on Saturday, July 8th in Flint, Michigan.

Darryol “The Hitman” Humphrey Amateur Highlight Reel

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Is Duke “Unstoppable”

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Ever since I can remember, basketball has been a part of my life. I remember going to the YMCA and always playing with the older kids, trying to improve my game. I also remember going to the park with my cousins and playing basketball literally from the time we woke up until it was time to go to bed. It feels like just yesterday when I hit my first game winning shot during a summer league tournament at Spoons Court in my hometown of Erie, PA. I grew up in the 90s so of course I was one and still am one of the biggest Michael Jordan fans ever. At the park, two of my cousins and I would pretend we were Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman(called ourselves the “Three Amigos”) and would challenge anyone to a game of 3-on-3. Even though I have never been to North Carolina, I became…

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Is Duke “Unstoppable”

Ever since I can remember, basketball has been a part of my life. I remember going to the YMCA and always playing with the older kids, trying to improve my game. I also remember going to the park with my cousins and playing basketball literally from the time we woke up until it was time to go to bed. It feels like just yesterday when I hit my first game winning shot during a summer league tournament at Spoons Court in my hometown of Erie, PA. I grew up in the 90s so of course I was one and still am one of the biggest Michael Jordan fans ever. At the park, two of my cousins and I would pretend we were Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman(called ourselves the “Three Amigos”) and would challenge anyone to a game of 3-on-3. Even though I have never been to North Carolina, I became a North Carolina Tar Heels fan because of Michael Jordan.  Being a Tar Heels fan, it came natural to me to have a very strong hate for Duke University.

Duke, in my eyes, was always looked at as the good guys who came from good backgrounds, didn’t get into trouble, and played the “right” way. I didn’t like them at all, especially during the 90s when they had some of their best teams with Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, etc. As I watched Duke play against Kentucky last Tuesday, it was the first time in my life I can honestly say I rooted for them. Like most basketball fans in America, I had seen countless Youtube videos of Duke’s freshman sensation Zion Williamson before the start of the season. There have been many great dunkers who I have seen online through various social sites over the years so I assumed that he was just another great dunker who didn’t have any true versatility to his game. I’m man enough to admit that I was WRONG.

Not only is he listed at 6’8 and 285lbs, which is simply ridiculous for an 18 year old, but I was shocked by just how versatile his game already is. During the Kentucky game, there was a play in which he blocked a shot (he caught it in midair with both hands), pushed the ball up court on the fast break, and delivered a perfect bounce pass to one of his teammates. After two games against Kentucky and Army, he is averaging 27.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks per game and shooting 81% from the field. The scariest part about all of this is that he might not even be the best player on this Duke team, which is probably RJ Barrett. Although Williamson had more hype coming into this season, Barrett was actually the number one high school recruit last year and is averaging 28 points/game so far this season.

With a team coached by Coach K and stacked with three of the top five high school recruits from last year,(Williamson, Barrett, Reddish) this Duke team is the collegiate Golden State Warriors. Even though I am the biggest Warriors hater, I do respect greatness.I remember being mesmerized and motivated by the Fab 5 at Michigan in the 90s. They literally changed college basketball with their swag, baggy shorts, and just the aggression in which they played. As a young North Carolina fan, I remember actually being mad when Chris Weber called the timeout his team didn’t have against my Tar Heels in the 93 championship game.  Due to my respect for greatness and my desire to see something done that had never been done before, that game was the only time I can remember going against North Carolina and rooting for another team.

I might not always like the players or the team, but I always admire greatness. I respect all of the hard work and dedication it takes to be great and I love seeing things done that have never been done before and might not ever be done again. Even though I will always be a die-hard North Carolina fan, I can honestly say that I am intrigued by this Duke team this year. I will not be cheering for them(especially when they play North Carolina), but like the rest of America I will be tuned in to every game to watch a team whom I believe has the ability to be great. Guess we will see……..

Sports Writer Jon Crosby

The Women’s B1G Ten Basketball Schedule

2018-19 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Opponents Announced

Big Ten returns to 18-game women’s conference schedule this season, featuring five home-and-away opponents

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten unveiled a full breakdown of conference opponents for all 14 schools for the 2018-19 women’s basketball season. Each school will play an 18-game conference schedule. It is the sixth time in the last 12 years the conference has played an 18-game schedule. Big Ten programs will face five schools both home and away and play the eight remaining schools once. Of the single-play opponents, schools will play four at home and four on the road.

The complete list of Big Ten single-play and repeat opponents follows, while dates, times and television coverage will be announced at a later date. A scheduling Q&A with Big Ten assistant commissioner Kerry Kenny follows the rundown of conference opponents.

ILLINOIS

Home: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers

Away: Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue

Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

 

INDIANA

Home: Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State

Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

IOWA

Home: Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State

Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue

MARYLAND

Home: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers

 

MICHIGAN

Home: Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers

Away: Illinois, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State

MINNESOTA

Home: Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State

Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska

Home/Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

NEBRASKA

Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers

Away: Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue

NORTHWESTERN

Home: Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue

OHIO STATE

Home: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska

Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue

Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PENN STATE

Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern

Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PURDUE

Home: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State

Away: Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern

RUTGERS

Home: Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin

Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska

Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State

WISCONSIN

Home: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue

Away: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers

Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State

Big Ten Assistant Commissioner Kerry Kenny explains a few details behind the scheduling process.

Q:           What are the biggest changes to both the men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the 2018-19 season?

A:            Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the men will move to a 20-game scheduling format, while the women will move to an 18-game format. On the men’s side, each team will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and six opponents once (three home, three away). The women’s format will see teams play five opponents twice (home and away) and eight opponents once (four home, four away). In total, the new conference schedules will feature 140 men’s games (up from 126 games last season) and 126 women’s games (up from 112 games last season), resulting in an 11% and 13% increase, respectively.

Q:         How will this change impact the rotation of single-play and double-play opponents next season?

A:          The new schedules ensure that all three of the Big Ten’s in-state rivals – Illinois/Northwestern, Indiana/Purdue, and Michigan/Michigan State — will play twice on an annual basis. Additionally, there will be regional rotations in both the east and in the west.  Rather than protecting a single opponent on a yearly basis for the remaining eight teams, annual rotations involving the four eastern teams (Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) and the four western teams (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin) have been strategically developed to optimize travel, academic and recovery impacts while encouraging increased competition among institutions that are near each other geographically.  Increasing the frequency of conference competition allows the Big Ten to compete across a larger footprint, while respecting history and balancing the needs of our students, coaches and fans.

 

Q:           Are there any other factors that were taken into consideration when developing the future rotation of opponents?

 

A:            In order to achieve a sense of continuity in the year-to-year scheduling format, the 2018-19 rotations, both men and women, were developed to ensure that a team did not have a repeat occurrence of a home single-play or away single-play opponent from 2017-18. For example, since the Michigan State men only played on the road at Ohio State last season, they are not scheduled to play Ohio State only on the road during the upcoming season.

 

Q:           Now that the opponents have been determined, when will the final schedules be released?

 

A:            In mid-August, BTN will telecast the initial public announcement of the men’s and women’s conference basketball schedules with game matchups and dates only. The game times and network designations will be released by the conference after Labor Day.

 

The Best Conference in the Nation

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference revealed a breakdown of all 14 schools’ opponents for the 2018-19 Big Ten men’s basketball season on Thursday. Conference teams will compete in a 20-game conference schedule for the first time, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once (three home and three away).

Below is the breakdown of each team’s conference opponents. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

2018-19 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Opponents

ILLINOIS
Home: Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Purdue
Home/Away: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

INDIANA
Home: Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

IOWA
Home: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan
Away: Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

MARYLAND
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern
Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers
Home/Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN
Home: Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Rutgers
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE
Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern
Away: Illinois, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

MINNESOTA
Home: Indiana, Iowa, Penn State
Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

NEBRASKA
Home: Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue

NORTHWESTERN
Home: Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue
Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

OHIO STATE
Home: Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

PENN STATE
Home: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State
Away: Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PURDUE
Home: Illinois, Iowa, Rutgers
Away: Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State

RUTGERS
Home: Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska
Away: Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State

WISCONSIN
Home: Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State

Big Ten Assistant Commissioner Kerry Kenny explains a few details behind the scheduling process.

Q: What are the biggest changes to both the men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the 2018-19 season?

A: Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the men will move to a 20-game scheduling format, while the women will move to an 18-game format. On the men’s side, each team will play seven opponents twice (home and away) and six opponents once (three home, three away). The women’s format will see teams play five opponents twice (home and away) and eight opponents once (four home, four away). In total, the new conference schedules will feature 140 men’s games (up from 126 games last season) and 126 women’s games (up from 112 games last season), resulting in an 11% and 13% increase, respectively.

Q: How will this change impact the rotation of single-play and double-play opponents next season?

A: The new schedules ensure that all three of the Big Ten’s in-state rivals – Illinois/Northwestern, Indiana/Purdue, and Michigan/Michigan State-will play twice on an annual basis. Additionally, there will be regional rotations in both the east and in the west. Rather than protecting a single opponent on a yearly basis for the remaining eight teams, annual rotations involving the four eastern teams (Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) and the four western teams (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin) have been strategically developed to optimize travel, academic and recovery impacts while encouraging increased competition among institutions that are near each other geographically. Increasing the frequency of conference competition allows the Big Ten to compete across a larger footprint, while respecting history and balancing the needs of our students, coaches and fans.

Q: Are there any other factors that were taken into consideration when developing the future rotation of opponents?

A: In order to achieve a sense of continuity in the year-to-year scheduling format, the 2018-19 rotations, both men and women, were developed to ensure that a team did not have a repeat occurrence of a home single-play or away single-play opponent from 2017-18. For example, since the Michigan State men only played on the road at Ohio State last season, they are not scheduled to play Ohio State only on the road during the upcoming season.

Q: Now that the opponents have been determined, when will the final schedules be released?

A: In mid-August, BTN will telecast the initial public announcement of the men’s and women’s conference basketball schedules with game matchups and dates only. The game times and network designations will be released by the conference after Labor Day.

The B1G 10K run

CHICAGO, Ill. – Registration is now open for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The seventh annual BTN Big 10K and 5K takes place on Sunday, Aug. 12, and returns to the picturesque lakefront along Soldier Field. The first 1,000 runners to register this year will receive a $50 virtual gift card to the BTN Fan Shop on BTN.com to buy their favorite school gear.

 Registration starts at $55 for adults for the 10K and $40 for the 5K. For children 12 and under, registration is $25 for the 5K. For all additional information on the BTN Big 10K, visitwww.BTNBig10K.com. Those who register will also receive a newly designed, school-specific technical race shirt. The race shirts are available in each of the 14 Big Ten school colors, as well as a general BTN Big 10K shirt.

“The BTN Big10K is for all Big Ten runners – whether this is your first-ever race or you are an experienced runner,” said Erin Harvego, BTN’s vice president of marketing. “We encourage all Big Ten fans to come join us this summer and show your school pride!”

In addition to cash prizes for the top runners, the BTN Big10K will offer Big Ten prizes to runners who show the most school spirit through festive costumes and school-inspired accessories. Every finisher of the 10K or 5k will receive an official BTN Big 10K commemorative medal, which will feature a new design for 2018.

The 10K will once again be followed by a Tailgate Party, which will include music, football-themed games and activities, such as cornhole, field-goal kicking and the 40-yard dash, as well as appearances by Big Ten mascots and cheerleaders. Additionally, the tailgate party will include tents hosted by the Chicago Big Ten Alumni Associations along with food and beverage concessions. Each race finisher 21 and older will receive a free beer.

This year’s BTN Big10K charity partner is ALIVE Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in March 2008 in Chicago as a rescue and safe haven for animals. ALIVE Rescue works to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals. The organization takes in animals – particularly those that are hard to place — from shelters with high euthanasia rates in Chicago and the surrounding area and provides them with medical, behavioral and physical support.

Making History in Columbus, Ohio

Women’s Final Four Championship

Let’s start off by saying the team that was projected to win the 2018 Women’s NCAA Final Four is not playing: UCONN ended a great run Saturday night when Notre Dame beat UCONN in overtime 91-89.

The Matchup tonight Mississippi State and Notre Dame, two excellent teams and No. 1 seeds will play tonight for the title.
Both teams have a lot of talent.

Mississippi State is in its 2nd-straight Final Four appearance. The Bulldogs have made the national title game in both. The team has never won an It has has never won an NCAA championship. With the best center in the SEC Notre Dame must contain Teaira McGowan who set a new record of 25 rebounds on Friday’s game against Louisville were the most ever in the Final Four.

On the other side of the court Notre Dame Coach of the Year Coach McGraw will have her top two athletes Jackie Young and Arike Ogunbowale leading the dominance tonight.

So who will take the prestige Title home. Coming into the arena the electricity and excitement is in the area.

Columbus, Ohio the home of the Buckeyes will be the center of national attention as Mississippi State and Notre Dame get ready for tip off at 6pm est and 5pm CT.
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Associated Press Player and Coach of the Year

Columbus, Ohio- Thursday, March 29, 2018  A’ja Wilson was named the Associated Press Player of the Year becoming the first South Carolina women’s basketball player to win the award. The award Is her third national player of the year honor this season. The first two came from EspnW and USA Today.

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press women’s college basketball Coach of the Year for the fourth time. This might be McGraw’s best coaching job. She lost four players over the course of the season to ACL injuries and still managed to go 32-3.

To Stay update on all the Women’s Final Four live from Columbus, Ohio follow On The move with SportzKelz LLC.

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