first_imgFormer Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery spoke publicly for the first time since he was fired by the team on Dec. 10 for “unprofessional conduct.” In an interview with TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Montgomery revealed his battle with and recovery from alcoholism. He said the team was justified in its decision to remove him as head coach.”When I looked in the mirror, people wonder why I’m thankful for the Dallas Stars and (general manager) Jim Nill for what they did even though I understand that I disappointed Jim Nill, the staff I worked with and the players especially. I let them down,” Montgomery reflected. “That firing was deserved. I wasn’t doing the right things. “I felt I was being a hypocrite. I was asking my players to do the right thing and yet I wasn’t. I think it’s important to know that as I did before I went through all of this undertaking, of understanding science and what alcohol does to you.”MORE: Stars players react to Montgomery’s firingOn Dec. 10, Nill wouldn’t go into specifics for why Montgomery was fired when speaking with reporters at a press conference. Montgomery told LeBrun that he was warned a couple of times by Nill and his wife about getting himself in trouble due to alcohol. “That’s when you know the disease is progressive because in my 20s and 30s, I didn’t think it was but in my 40s, when I look at it now, never did I believe it was a problem because I’m going to fix this myself,” Montgomery said. “I had fixed everything in my life myself and I could not fix my problem with alcohol and I needed to go get help.”Montgomery said it took getting firing by the Stars for him to realize he was an alcoholic. He said since college, he would drink once a week.”You celebrate your victories on Saturday night and went hard, partied hard,” Montgomery described. “I didn’t have any problems with alcohol until I was 38. I got a DUI at a coaches’ retreat in Florida and that was the first time that drinking had led to me having problems, although there were several nights previously that I know I drank too much. That DUI led me to do some soul-searching.”Since his firing, Montgomery has been going to intensive therapy in Dallas and has a daily program, which he calls “conditioning to my sobriety.””I’ve sought that help and that’s why I talk about that daily conditioning allows me to have a sober life and my life is much better,” Montgomery detailed. “I tell you that a lot of people have told me that your life is going to get better and now that I’m coming up on six months, it does get better.”I’m just thankful for all those reasons for the Stars letting me go.”MORE: NHL enters Phase 2 in return-to-play protocolMontgomery described what it was like for his family the day he got fired by Dallas. “The day I was let go by the Stars, incredible shame and guilt to have my family name, to tell your wife who has warned you that you lost your job because of this,” Montgomery said choking up. “My two oldest children are boys, 10 and eight, and I have to tell them you lost your job, not because the team was losing but because of your own actions and behaviors and your addiction to alcohol is really, really hard.”In two seasons with the Stars, Montgomery led the team to a 61-43-10 record taking Dallas to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, losing to the eventual champion St. Louis Blues. Right now, Montgomery is focusing on his recovery and his family but is optimistic he’ll return behind the bench.”I am hopeful to coach again,” Montgomery said. “It’s my passion. It’s what I love to do. I don’t control the opportunities that are going to come my way and I do not worry about the future. I just focus on right now and what I control.”last_img read more


first_img“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”Violent demonstrations had spread across the country through Saturday. First, Goodell’s statement, which referenced the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery: pic.twitter.com/rRUOPpWSpE— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2020Followed by the Kaepernick responses:Where was this energy when @Kaepernick7 kneeled and peacefully protested?— Y🙃WN (@yawn_323) May 30, 2020Oh so now the NFL gets to cherry pick when they do and don’t care about black people 🙄 Kaep tried this the formal way and he was blacklisted— shawn 🧬 (@shawnwatsonjr) May 30, 2020pic.twitter.com/3LcHHvJiIf— 🧞‍♂The📚Liberal📚Guru, M.A.🧞‍♂ (@A_Smart_Liberal) May 30, 2020This is exactly what Kaepernick was protesting. Did y’all forget about that?— Harry (@Harry8__) May 30, 2020Will the NFL please lift its on-field kneeling ban?— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) May 30, 2020Save the bullshit— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) May 30, 2020Where was this energy at years ago? pic.twitter.com/LgIXCVUt8R— Published Author (@Ter0me) May 30, 2020And so on.Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, voiced support this week for the violent protests over Floyd’s death at the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.MORE: Eric Reid calls out VP Mike Pence for tweet about protests The NFL got instant feedback — and lots of it — Saturday after commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the most recent set of publicized police killings in the United States.Not surprisingly, the league wound up with heavy doses of Colin Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.”last_img read more


first_imgAfter receiving a lot of public criticism, the A’s on Friday reversed their decision to stop paying their minor league players.The A’s were the only MLB team to decide to stop paying minor leaguers starting June 1, but club owner John Fisher has now committed to paying them their weekly $400 stipend through the end of the minor league season. “I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” Fisher told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake.” MORE: Dayton Moore, Royals hailed for keeping minor leaguers, employees on the jobThe original decision to stop paying players was immediately met with backlash from players and fans. Fisher clearly heard what they had to say.”I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do,” he told the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. “We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.”last_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night unanimously approved the details of the first bid package to start the process of constructing a multi-purpose arena as part of the River City Renaissance project. The arena will be constructed in the space formerly occupied by JC Penney on the west end of Southbridge Mall.The 13-day bidding period started back on December 28th with bids due for this package on January 10th.  Matti Roinila is an architect with ICON Architectural Group of Grand Forks North Dakota, the group selected to design the arena. He says the first bid package involves demolition and excavation of the arena site. The first bid package includes things like: electrical demolition; mechanical demolition; concrete slab, exterior wall and interior partition demolition; and earthwork and mass excavation. “Anything that can’t be re-used in the new facility will be demoed out.”Councilman Tom Thoma asked if the trade tariffs could have an impact on the bids on the project. Roinila says while nothing is out of the question with the project, it is a possible reality within the construction industry, but the timing and scope of the project may help. “It hasn’t gone to the full extent that a lot of us thought it might have in the past six months. Regardless, I think where we are in this bidding climate right now is very advantageous. Not too many winter projects during winter months have an enclosed building that you can do excavation, you can do concrete footing work. That’s a very big advantage of this project has in having somewhat of a controlled environment to do some of the initial legwork versus doing it in the winter months.”Some have raised concerns about the impact of businesses leaving Southbridge Mall in the recent months would have on financing the project. Councilman Paul Adams asked Community Development Director Steven Van Steenhuyse to once again explain that the portion of the project’s financing from the Iowa Reinvestment Act deals with new taxes generated from the components of the River City Renaissance project. Adams asked, “The grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority is hotel/motel tax and state sales tax that is rebated back from the state to the city only on the new hotel, only on the new arena, and only on the convention space correct?” Van Steenhuyse replied that it also included and tax revenue generated by the indoor/outdoor performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side. “Any sales tax generated from any other business within the district don’t count toward that.”The City Council is scheduled to approve the lease on the arena space with Southbridge Mall management at the council’s January 15th meeting. You can watch video from last night’s council meeting by clicking on the video player belowlast_img read more


first_img— other baseballBishop Garrigan 5, North Butler 3Osage 4, Nashua-Plainfield 2 MARSHALLTOWN — The Mason City High baseball team split their doubleheader at Marshalltown last night. The Mohawks took the opener with Dylan Miller throwing a shutout in a 5-0 victory. Marshalltown took the nightcap 7-6 in 13 innings. Harrison Nagel struck out 13 while Dawson Wedeking hit a go-ahead homer in the 8th, but the Mohawks could not hold the lead. Mason City is 10-6 on the season and will host Fort Dodge on Wednesday. AMES — Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker is traveling the country hoping to improve his NBA Draft stock. Horton-Tucker has been working out for several teams with the latest being the Orlando Magic. The Chicago native averaged nearly 12 points and shot 31 percent from the field in his only season with the Cyclones.Horton-Tucker says he has enjoyed the process of getting ready for the draft.Horton-Tucker has been working on becoming a complete player on offense. GREEN BAY — Former Iowa standout Bryan Bulaga likes the progress the Green Bay offense made during minicamp under new coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers’ right tackle is getting ready for his 10th season in the National Football League.Bulaga says the offense has come a long way.Bulaga says they have learned a new approach on offense.Bulaga has also been impressed with the Packer defense.center_img MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins. Porcello allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. Berrios struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed. — high school softball last nightMason City 12, Marshalltown 5 (8); Marshalltown 8, Mason City 3Osage 19, Nashua-Plainfield 3last_img read more


first_imgAll five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.last_img read more


first_imgDES MOINES The application period for Iowa’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended through May 31st as part of the coronavirus Public Health Disaster Emergency.State LIHEAP Bureau Chief Christine Taylor says you sign up through your local community action agency. “They can find their local outreach office through our website at humanrights.iowa.gov,” Tayler says. Taylor says the applications have been slow as people adjusted to the COVID-19 restrictions.“We are finding that more folks are beginning to reach out — which is encouraging, we do want them to — because although right now the moratorium is in effect — which means their electric and natural gas cannot be turned off — those bills still accrue,” according to Taylor.She says LIHEAP is based on income, and there are some rules for people who find themselves out of work or furloughed by the virus pandemic. “People who have recently been laid off or their businesses have been closed — that means they’ve had a drastic change in their income,” Taylor says, “which means they may not have ever been eligible for our program before, but they are now. In addition to our regular heating season, we also have crisis funds available.”Taylor says the are prepared for many new applications. “We do anticipate a drastic increase in applications. Right now we have enough funds to handle those. We do anticipate getting additional supplemental funding from the government and should be able to help everyone who comes in,” Taylor says.Taylor says the average payment from LIHEAP is $470, so you should pay what you can and work out a payment plan for when the moratorium is lifted. “Contact your utility company, work with them, anything you can do to show that you are making an effort will go a long way,” she says. Taylor reminds everyone that there are many other types of assistance available that you can check out along with seeking food assistance.“Such as food pantries, clothing pantries, and other emergency services,” she says. “So, when they reach out about LIHEAP, they should ask about other services as well.”You can find a link to information about your local community action agency by going to the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ website.last_img read more


first_imgIOWA CITY — The University of Iowa says it will keep its regular fall semester calendar when classes resume, but students will switch to on-line classes after going home for the Thanksgiving break.The fall semester in Iowa City will begin August 24th and ending on December 18th. University of Iowa student body president, Connor Wooff, says he is glad they will have face-to-face classes and understands how bringing students back is a risk. He says they will be bringing students back from across the country and from a variety of different COVID situations.Woof says a big key will be making sure the proper precautions are taken when students return. “We’re really trying to look at as a university and as a student government how can we continue to require and encourage public health regulations and recommendations,” he says.Woof says getting back to campus is important to everyone. “Wanting to walk around on campus honestly is just what I am missing and that atmosphere,” according to Woof. “That is exactly what I am hearing from my friends, my classmates, the students we have heard from through town halls, and who have reached out via e-mail They want to be back in the community and the education they signed up for and the experience that they really committed to — especially we have 500-plus student organizations.”He hopes that will get everyone to follow the safety guidelines. “Any way we can have that experience — but also maintaining a safe campus is what we are looking for. But there’s definitely that itch to be back,” Woof says.Iowa State and UNI have decided to start classes one week earlier and end the fall semester the day before Thanksgiving. Administrators at those schools say they wanted to avoid having the students go home for the holiday and possibly be exposed to the virus and return to campus.last_img read more


first_imgDES MOINES — The leader of the Iowa State Patrol joined his counterparts from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas to announced a joint effort to crack down on excessive speed.Colonel Nathan Fulk spoke about the issue Thursday at a Missouri Department of Transportation facility. “Law enforcement is seeing a significant increase in excessive speed across the midwest related to the pandemic,” according to Fulk. “We’ve seen reduced vehicle miles traveled producing less congested roadways and creating a driver perception that law enforcement isn’t out enforcing traffic laws.”Fulk detailed some of the things his troopers have seen. “In 2020 the Iowa State Patrol has seen a 113 percent increase in speed citations issued for 100 miles-per-hour or greater. We’ve also seen a 70 percent increase in speed citations issued for speeds in excess of 25 miles-an-hour over the posted speed limit,” he says. “This data is alarming and unprecedented — and shows why we need motorists to understand that this driving behavior is not the new normal.” The leaders of the state patrols in the other four states say they’ve seen similar issues.Fulk says the number one concern in each state is the safety of drivers. “Speeding is the number one causation factor in crashes. They are preventable. Ninety-four-percent of crashes are driver related,” according to Fulk. ” During the month of July, we will be working in collaboration with our state police partners and local law enforcement agencies to raise awareness on this concerning trend that has a negative impact on traffic safety.” He says they will use a variety of methods to try and educate the public.“We are asking the public so SIDE with us. SIDE is an acronym for seatbelts, impaired driving, distracted driving, and excessive speed. We are asking the public’s help to please put the phone down, slow down and buckle up,” Fulk says.Troopers in the five-state area are collaborating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a speed enforcement initiative Friday and Saturday (July 17-18). The initiative is aimed at reducing high speeds and encouraging personal responsibility in keeping roadways safe.last_img read more


first_imgAction in the KCCA game on Tuesday. KCCA won to stay top of the table with 9 points. PHOTO KCCAUPL Tuesday resultsKCCA     2   Soana         0SC Villa 1  JMC Hippos 0Express 1   Onduparaka 1,BUL      0   Saints 1URA      1   Vipers 1Kirinya 0   Sadolin 0Police    0  Proline 0Brightstars 0 Lweza 1KCCA continued their perfect start as the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) resumed Tuesday.Joseph Ochaya scored a rebound after his penalty was stopped by Soana goalkeeper Didi Muhammed, with a second coming from Muzamir Mutyaba as KCCA got a third straight league win.Mike Mutebi got one over his former colleague Sam Ssimbwa. They worked together at the start of the 2015/16 season but Ssimbwa’s contract was terminated for alleged match fixing.There were also wins for 16-time league champions SC Villa courtesy of a Ambrose Kirya goal, while Vipers and Express were held. Share on: WhatsApp Onduparaka, coached by Livingstone Mbabazi and Moses Oloya continued to show they are made for the top league, by snatching a point away at Wankulukuku.  They next host KCCA in Arua on Friday.What had been dubbed the game of the day, URA versus Vipers, ended in a frustrating draw.Erisa Ssekisambu’s late goal helped secure a draw for Vipers after Bokota Labama Kamana had put URA in charge earlier.last_img read more