It’s Winston Cup Wednesday at NES

first_imgNEW EGYPT — The last midweek special of the season will take place at New Egypt Speedway today, and it’s going to be a blockbuster, with a big 100-lap Modified battle paying big bucks, a winner-takes-all Challenge of Champions match race, and none other than NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart and former World of Outlaws champ Dave Blaney in the house. Champion Stewart, who drives the Home Depot No. 20 Chevrolet for owner Joe Gibbs on NASCAR’s top-level Winston Cup circuit, will be joined at New Egypt by his winning crew chief, Greg Zipadelli. Blaney, who now drives the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford in Cup competition, will also greet Garden State race fans, as well as TV motorsports commentator Matt Yocum. All will be signing autographs during the evening, with Stewart’s session earmarked for a very worthy cause — Zippy’s Crusade for Kids, a charity created by Greg and Nan Zipadelli to assist children in need. The first 800 New Egypt Speedway fans who make a minimum $10 donation to Zippy’s Crusade for Kids on Aug. 20 will receive a collectible autograph card and the opportunity to have Tony Stewart sign the card or any single item of their choosing. New Egypt’s track hostesses will begin taking donations for the cause when gates open at 3 p.m. The autograph session will take place later in the evening. Before the signing, both Stewart and Blaney will strap into big-block dirt Modified stock cars and go at it against some of the biggest names in short track racing, in a winner-takes-all Challenge of Champions. Billy Pauch, with 600 career wins to his name; Doug Hoffman, with 22 titles earned at eight different tracks; the legendary Kenny Brightbill, with 13 championship notches on his belt; plus multi-time Northeast kingpins Frank Cozze and Keith Hoffman, as well as a couple of eleventh-hour additions with similar credentials — they’ll all be hell-bent on outdriving both Stewart and Blaney and taking down the $1,000 top prize for 12 laps’ work. The “Down & Dirty!” main event is a 100-lap distance run, sponsored by CARQUEST Auto Parts, offering some serious money for what is sure to be all-out, dead-aimed action. With $6,000 on the line for the winner and $300 to take the green, along with an open 13×92-inch tire rule, the event is certain to draw the top dirt-track talent in the Northeast — invaders like Danny Johnson, Craig VonDohren, Bobby Varin, Ricky Elliott and Rick Laubach looking to steal the six-from the local hotshots and visiting celebrity Dave Blaney. Tickets for CARQUEST’s “Down & Dirty!” 100 featuring Tony Stewart and Dave Blaney at New Egypt Speedway are $25, and can be purchased at the track today, starting at 3 p.m. Racing action will begin at 7:30 p.m.. New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539, just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. For more information, contact the speedway office at (609) 758-1900.last_img read more

Two divisions planned or Hoops for Health comp next year

first_imgThis comes after a successful 2016 H4H season that came to an end last night with the grand final.BFPNG Chief Executive Officer, Joel Khalu said that there would most likely be two separate divisions.“One thing we found with our 2016 league is that we have two types of teams. Firstly, those that are purely social and secondly others that are a bit more competitive.“We’ll split teams into social and serious divisions next year, just to ensure the competition remains as even and enjoyable as possible,” said Khalu.The BFPNG Mixed Corporate-Social Competition is a Hoops for Health initiative made possible through the support of FIBA’s foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF).Funding is received through the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership program.last_img read more

Who cares…

first_img…for Wales?n one of the (few) novels written about Guyana – then “British Guiana” – back in the 19th century, one kindly white lady commiserated over the drowning of several “poor souls” after a canoe they were travelling upriver, capsized. “Who were they?” her friend exclaimed in alarm. “Some coolies,” replied the kindly lady. “Oh!” replied her friend, as she nonchalantly continued munching on her sandwich, “Who cares?”Your Eyewitness remembered this episode as he saw the different reactions by the media and the Georgetown crowd to the parking meter scam, versus the human tragedy unfolding over on the West Bank of Demerara. Who cares about the 1700 workers on Wales thrown on the breadline? Who cares for the cane farmers of Wales who supplied one-third of the cane to Wales?It shouldn’t have to come down to comparing the suffering of different groups of Guyanese. But when the reactions are so different as we’re seeing, it compels comment. The protests in Georgetown are about a contract negotiated in secret by the City Hall cabal with the connivance of some in Central Government. It would’ve bled commuters in Georgetown for 20 years and enriched a few fat cats in City Hall. This must be protested.But what’s different about what’s going on over at Wales? There’s an estate with 14,000 acres of drained and irrigated sugar cane fields that have been abandoned. Ditto with the factory and the 1700 workers – and their families – thrown under the tractors. Ditto for the 60,000 persons who subsists on the economy anchored by Wales Estate. Nobody lost their jobs in Georgetown; their pay packets would’ve been reduced – not eliminated. For Wales, the poverty will be intergenerational.But what about the contract that’ll enrich a few fat cats in Georgetown, you ask, dear reader? Well, your Eyewitness said it right after the Wales closing was conceded: a big one from the US is hovering in the wings to pick up all that prime agricultural real estate for a pittance. And why a pittance? Well, ‘cause half of THAT contract will be siphoned off into the pockets of a few big ones in the Government and GuySuCo.And they’ll justify the pittance by ensuring the lands revert to bush and the factory collapses into a heap of scrap iron! So why the disparate reactions?We sadly have to accept, like most things in Guyana, it’s about race. But ironically, what most refuse to accept is over at Wales, those affected are almost equally Africans and Indian Guyanese.Guess they’ll have to bring their plight to Georgetown and occupy all those empty parking spaces to be noticed.…on Valentine DayYour Eyewitness must confess he’s not big on this whole Valentine hoopla. And that’s exactly why – it’s just a hoopla, which, to make it worse, was manufactured by the folks that still bring you Hallmark cards and Cadbury chocolates. Of course, over the years, the diamond folks joined in on the Valentine Conga dance.Now don’t get him wrong… your Eyewitness is as romantic as the other guy. It’s just the commercialisation of “love” on this day takes it to ridiculous depths. He recognises, for instance, the music industry’s also dominated by romantic songs and these are pushed by commercial entities. But somehow they’ve allowed the human, individual element to still shine through.The NWA in “Straight outta Compton” could still tell it like it is about what went down in the ghetto. Even Beyoncé is allowed to express herself on Jay Z’s stepping out.But Valentine? It’s all packaged treacle! But what the heck… he’ll take his better half to dinner. But no red and whites! A line has to be drawn somewhere!…about the political angst?Another thing your Eyewitness is cynical about is the political hypocrisy in his beloved country. After all the placards and posturings on the parking meters, those folks out in the streets will still cleave along racial lines come 2020.last_img read more

Govt should honour Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past 24 hours, I have seen a lot of comments on social media after the decision was handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the NCM and the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman. Whilst the decision of the CCJ did not specify a date for elections, President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders, urged all political parties to honour the Constitution of Guyana.If we are to look carefully on this statement “honouring the Constitution” one can safely anticipate election on or before September 18 due to the directives of the Constitution saying that after the passage of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM), the President and the Cabinet shall resign and call elections within 90 days.It is with great hope that if the Government should honour the Constitution, it, therefore, means that we can have an election within the stipulated time of the Constitution, ie, within 90 days counting from June 18, 2019.In conclusion, whilst the CCJ could not have given a specific date for elections, the Constitution of Guyana clearly gives a timeframe should we honour same.Sincerely,Ranjeev Singhlast_img read more

Huskies hosting fill the bus Food Drive on Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be going door to door collecting donations for their annual Fill The Bus Food Drive on Sunday.The Huskies are in need of volunteers for the annual food drive that is taking place on November 26. The food drive supports the Salvation Army food bank and on average collects roughly 20,000 pounds of food each year. During last year’s event, the team managed to collect close to 27,000 lbs. of food donations.The main areas where help is required is in the door to door collection of the food and the sorting and boxing of the food which takes place at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the North Peace Arena during the day on Sunday.In all, it takes volunteers roughly four hours to collect up the ten tons of food. Anyone wanting to volunteer can call Allen Karasiuk at 250-261-9466.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal designer has more than a small part in Ireland’s Eurovision entry.Singer Kasey SmithEurovision hopeful Kasey Smith will be taking a leaf out of Laura Whitmore’s style book for the singing showdown.The stunning singer (23) will be donning a creation by Donegal designer Oliver Doherty Duncan as she tries to turn head in Copenhagen next week. She’ll be taking to the stage in a stunning gold and brown Kathy de Stafford creation teamed with a gold neckpiece made especially for her by Oliver.He’s the same designer from the Inishowen Peninsula that Laura Whitmore chose for the IFTAs and is now based in the Design Centre.Now Kasey and group Cann-Linn will be setting pulses racing when she performs Heartbeat for an estimated TV audience of more than 100 million people.A source explained to the Evening Herald how the dress was inspired by the warrior princess image that Kasey wants to portray. “It’s very Game of Thrones — that’s the kind of look we’re going for,” she said. DONEGAL DESIGNER HELPING TO WOO EUROVISION VOTES FOR KASEY! was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Eurovision Song ContestKasey SmithOliver Doherty Duncanlast_img read more

Sarri to join Juventus next week, Madrid keen to swap Bale for Pogba, plus more rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM targets LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND targets Real Madrid have prioritised Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen over Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. Eriksen recently admitted it might be time for a ‘new challenge’. (Independent)However, the Spanish giants could turn to Pogba in order to offload Gareth Bale. Madrid are considering using the Welshman as make-weight in a deal for the French World Cup winner. (Mirror)And in another potential swap deal, James Rodriguez could be sent to Old Trafford in return for Pogba. The Colombian, who spent the season on loan with Bayern Munich, has told the German club not to exercise their right to buy him. (Star) Youngster Sessegnon has proved he’s got Premier League potential and is now set to leave Craven Cottage Getty Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Maurizio Sarri will sign a three-year deal with Juventus next week to end his brief spell at Chelsea. The Italian has told the Blues he wants to return to Italy and will leave with the club’s blessing. (Guardian)Unai Emery has spoken to Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier ‘several’ times to try and bring him to Arsenal. The Gunners boss, who signed the Belgian defender for PSG in 2016, is on the hunt for a new right-back. (Star)Ryan Sessegnon has refused to sign a new contract with Fulham as he looks to push through a move to Tottenham. Manchester United are also interested in the 19-year-old. (Guardian) Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Atletico Madrid are interested in bringing Marcos Alonso back to Spain. The left-back has lost his place in Chelsea’s starting XI to Emerson Palmieri. (Goal)Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is set to sign for Bayern Munich. Pepe, who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season, has been linked with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. (Sun)Daniel James is set to receive a bumper pay rise when he completes his move to Manchester United. The Red Devils have reached an agreement with Swansea to sign the Wales winger in an £18million deal. (Mail)Arsenal are closing in on Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen. The Gunners have launched a £42m bid in an attempt to capture the pair. (Star)last_img read more

Every player used at right-back by Man United since Gary Neville’s retirement

first_img Antonio Valencia was Manchester United’s club captain Getty Victor Lindelof was a £31million signing from Benfica Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images Getty Below, look at other right-backs who have played for the club since Neville hung up his boots. 15 Getty Images Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Matteo DarmianDarmian was signed a month before Rafael was sold.Even though Italy failed to make it out of the 2014 World Cup group stages, the full-back’s performances, especially in a 2-1 win over England, caught United’s eye.A year later, he completed a £12.7million move from Torino and started the 2015/16 campaign as United’s first-choice right-back.Despite a promising debut season at Old Trafford, Darmian struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under Van Gaal’s successor, Jose Mourinho.After managing just 10 Premier League starts in the past two seasons with a year left on his contract, Darmian will surely aim to move on this summer. Victor LindelofLike several other United centre-backs, the Swede’s ability with the ball at his feet led to him playing at right-back at points.In December and January of the 2017/18 campaign he played there in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City and a victory over Everton. Rafael was a regular starter under Sir Alex Ferguson Getty Axel TuanzebeA 2-0 defeat away at Arsenal in 2017 was the England youth international’s first Premier League start for the Red Devils and it came at right-back.Usually a centre-back, Tuanzebe also featured at defensive midfield towards the end of the season.Last year he impressed on loan at Aston Villa and could now make a permanent transfer to the Midlands. Getty Images Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea latest Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder 15 Axel Tuanzebe in one of his Premier League performances for Manchester United Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers targets Chris SmallingWhen Rafael wasn’t starting for the Red Devils in the year following Neville’s retirement, Smalling stepped into the breach.He’d already spent time their at the beginning for the 2011/12 campaign as they kicked off with five straight wins and the England international starting four of them.Meanwhile, across the festive period in 2012/13 he started in wins over Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.Still at United, he’s not been near the role in some time. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 15 15 15 15 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not played for Manchester United in over two years Gary Neville (left) was a serial winner at Manchester United 15 Manchester United appear to have finally replaced Gary Neville with the £50million signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Neville made 602 appearances for the Red Devils after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford, winning eight Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies. Getty Matteo Darmian is out of favour at Old Trafford Getty LATEST center_img Eric Bailly has been used at right-back when needed Eric BaillySigned from Villarreal for £30million and was Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford.Much like Jones and Smalling before him, Bailly was occasionally slipped into a role at full-back in the 2016/17 season. 15 JIBE Paddy McNairUsed in midfield when he arrived onto the scene in 2014/15, McNair was also used at right-back.He played there against West Ham United in December 2015 as the Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw. Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Diogo Dalot had to wait a long time to make his Premier League debut Phil JonesJust like team-mate Smalling, Jones slipped into the right-back role on occasion.One of his earliest appearances here was in the early 2011/12 run in the match Smalling missed – a 5-0 win over Bolton.His natural ball-playing ability made him perfect for the job but he was only used occasionally, especially after the signing of Matteo Darmian. 15 RafaelRafael and his twin brother, Fabio, joined Manchester United from Brazilian club Fluminense in August 2008.And Sir Alex Ferguson clearly trusted Rafael as he played a crucial role in three Premier League title wins in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13.The 29-year-old kept his place in the team under David Moyes, but fell out of favour when Louis van Gaal took over in 2014.The Dutchman allowed Rafael to move to Lyon for a modest £2.5million fee in August 2015. 15 Ashley YoungSimilarly to Valencia, Young has played the latter years of his career as a full-back on the right and left side.Last season, he was exposed countless times which led to a section of Old Trafford fans turning against him.Supporters even went the extra mile by starting a petition demanding the club to axe Young, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling this summer.The arrival of Wan-Bissaka is set to restrict Young’s playing time next season. REVEALED Jones has stepped in whenever called upon Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal shakes hands with Guillermo Varela punished Ashley Young could be made Manchester United’s new club captain for the upcoming campaign Getty Images Guillermo VarelaDavid Moyes’ first ever signing, but often forgotten about.He started three Premier League matches in 2015/16, while also featuring in their Europa League adventures, which were ended by Liverpool.After loans to Real Madrid Castilla and Eintracht Frankfurt he left for Penarol in Uruguay, his homeland, in 2017.He’s now back in Europe with Copenhagen. Timothy Fosu-MensahFosu-Mensah joined Manchester United from Ajax as a youngster in 2014, before being given his first taste of senior football under Van Gaal.He made 10 appearances during a breakthrough 2015/16 campaign, but struggled to win the trust of Mourinho the following season.Fosu-Mensah’s last competitive United appearance came in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in May 2017.Since then, he has had two unsuccessful season-long loan spells at Crystal Palace and Fulham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is excited by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arrival Getty Images And since retiring from football in 2011, players have tried and failed to fill the void left by the former Red Devils captain.Wan-Bissaka will be the next right-back to try after leaving Crystal Palace to sign a five-year deal with United last month.The 21-year-old could make his United debut against Perth Glory in a pre-season friendly on Saturday – and United fans are excited to see him in action. 15 TROPHY Antonio ValenciaAlong with winning the FA Cup, another Van Gaal success story was converting Valencia into a right-back.The Ecuador international had been linked with a move away from the club following the big-money arrivals of Memphis Depay and Angel Di Maria.But he stayed put and transitioned from a right winger into a right-back during Van Gaal’s two-year spell in charge.Valencia kept his new position under Mourinho, who dubbed him the world’s ‘the best right-back’ in 2017.However, injuries and form affected the final years of his United career and he was released last month. 15 New job boost 15 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star deals Smalling in action during match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion The Northern Irish midfielder stepped in at right-back when called upon 15 Diogo DalotArriving in a £19million deal from Porto last summer, Dalot was described by Mourinho as the ‘best young full-back in Europe’.It was a claim that seemed bizarre after Dalot was forced to wait until December to make his Premier League debut.The 20-year-old featured more prominently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ended a debut season in England with 23 appearances.But Solskjaer’s determination to land another young right-back in Wan-Bissaka could be a bad sign for Dalot’s future. 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Christmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests

first_imgTwo very special guests are coming to Letterkenny Shopping Centre to launch the beginning of the festive season this weekend.Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon and Christmas celeb Mr Santa Claus are both arriving for great events that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday 24th November, make sure to time your weekly shop with Gary O’Hanlon’s Christmas food demonstration which is on in the centre from 2pm – 4pm.Ramelton man Gary is well known as one of Ireland’s leading TV chefs. He will run through his top tips for preparing and serving Christmas dinners which will help to make the big day as stress free as possible.  Enjoy the craic with Gary and some tasty samples at the end of the demo.Black Friday offers are running in a lot of Letterkenny Shopping Centre stores all weekend, so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, this is the weekend to do it. Christmas truly begins with the arrival of Santa Claus. Visit the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2pm this Sunday when the big man in red will arrive and take his place in a magical grotto until he has to return to the North Pole on December 23rd. There will be fun, face painting, games and no doubt lots of smiling happy little faces to greet Santa. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community, so why not join in the festive fun this weekend and let your ‘Christmas Memories Begin’.Check out @LetterkennyShoppingCentre for more!Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully letChristmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests was last modified: November 23rd, 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) Tags:chef gary o hanlonCHristmasLetterkenny Shopping Centre.retailSANTAlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy—an Oscar

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentscenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more