Slain esports gamers ‘died with a brotherhood who loved them,’ Madden announcer says

first_imgFirst Coast News(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Asked to describe himself in an EA Sports interview earlier this year, Elijah Clayton flashed a smile that exemplified his laid-back California demeanor.“I’m really easy to get along with. I’m not a troublemaker,” the 21-year-old from Woodland Hills, California, who went by the nickname “Trueboy,” said.“I’m always laughing and joking around. I’m just me, a cool dude. There’s really nowhere to go but up, honestly.”But his life came crashing down Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, where a gunman killed him and another gamer during a “Madden NFL 19” video football game tournament.Clayton had made a name for himself in the e-game universe, winning $51,000 in prize money playing Madden football at tournaments around the country over the past three years, according to the EA Sports website.“People I’ve never met will ask me to play a game,” he said. “I’ve been getting recognized more often this year. It’s pretty cool, I guess.”Toshiba Sharon, who was announcing and providing color commentary for a live online broadcast of Sunday’s Madden tournament at the Jacksonville Landing, said he wanted the loved ones of Clayton and the other young player killed in the rampage, whose identity has not been confirmed by ABC News, to know they didn’t die alone.“They died with family,” Sharon said in the emotional interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Monday. “And they died with a brotherhood who loved them and they died loving what they do.”The Rev. Tom Fahy, the principal of Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California, said Clayton attended his school for three years before transferring to Calabasas High School in August 2013. Clayton played on the school football team, he said.“Elijah is remembered by his teachers, counselors and school administrators as a sweet, mild-mannered young man, who always showed great respect for his peers and the faculty,” Fahy said in a statement. “He was a dedicated student, doing his best in the classroom while being a great teammate to his football family.”Clayton was often assigned to the scout team during football practice, Fahey said, adding he relished it “because it improved the overall performance of the team.”“Elijah’s happy smile and compassion invoked a similar attitude in others,” Fahey said.Clayton’s mother, Erin Reid, was devoted to her son and showered him and his brother, Corey Hankins, with “loved and support,” Fahey said.“She was a constant advocate for Elijah and our hearts are breaking as we contemplate the impact of this senseless loss on her,” Fahey said.Clayton also played football at Calabasas High School in Southern California, where he left a positive impression on his teammates.“Our hearts are broken as we learned that former Calabasas Football player @True__818 (Elijah Clayton) was senselessly murdered today during the mass shooting in Florida. We send our love, condolences, and deepest sense of sorrow to Elijah’s Family and Friends,” the Calabasas High School football team tweeted late Sunday.Madden gamers who got to know Clayton on the tournament circuit also expressed shock and sadness over his death.Shay “Young Kiv” Kivlen of Seattle posted a tweet calling Clayton “one of my best friends in life.”“I talked to u almost every day for the last 5 years,” Kivlen tweeted. “U were one of the most kind and genuine people I’ve ever met. I love u like a brother. I’m gonna miss hearing you laugh every day and seeing your genuine smile.”Chris McFarland of Philadelphia was grazed in the left side of his head by a bullet during the shooting rampage. He and Clayton were mostly friendly rivals who competed against each other at Madden tournaments over the past three years, he told ABC News.Clayton and the other gamer killed were two of the best Madden players in the world, McFarland said“Last year around this time, we had played in the Madden Classic and I had beat him and he didn’t shake my hand,” McFarland said, sitting in a wheelchair at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville Monday morning. “He just had a different attitude a year ago. But the last year, he really changed his whole vibe about his life, just his attitude about everything to be more positive, have better energy.“So, the last year he was really focused and got himself going on the right train, especially in his mental approach to everything.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Giammattei Calls Venezuela a ‘Narco-state’

first_imgBy Eugenia Sagastume / Voice of America November 20, 2019 Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said that some of the main insecurity problems the Central American nation face are due to narcotrafficking, and Venezuela is a “narco-state” that contributes to drug shipments into Guatemalan territory.Giammattei spoke at a press conference upon arriving in Guatemala from Venezuela, after being expelled from the country on October 12. He added that 80 percent of drugs crossing into Guatemala and a large part of Central American territories come from Venezuela by air and through the country’s seaports.In his statement, he recounted his trip to Venezuela, where he said he was escorted by units of the Bolivarian National Guard from the moment he got off the plane and taken to migratory authorities to board a departing flight.“That’s how dictatorships operate: one, by telling lies, just as they have been doing, and two, trying to justify their actions by saying that we had to request permission from a man [Nicolás Maduro] we do not recognize as the president of Venezuela,” he said.Giammattei’s attempt to use his Italian passport to enter Venezuela also caused controversy. He said that after requesting advice from the Venezuelan Embassy, he decided to submit his Italian ID to avoid procedures that would take at least two months to complete.In a press release, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs deplored and condemned the incident, and “called for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to respect the rights of any Guatemalan citizen who is in or  attempting to enter Venezuela.”Giammattei urged member nations of the Organization of American States to unite as a humanitarian effort and ask Maduro to release all political prisoners, as well as to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. He also reaffirmed his support for Interim President Juan Guaidó: “President Guaidó, you are not alone! Guatemala is vigilant and alert.”He concluded with a warning message to Maduro: “We’ll see after January 14 [2020], when I am president with a diplomatic passport, if the Maduro government denies me entry to Venezuela to express my solidarity to the Venezuelan people and to the legitimate government of Venezuela.”last_img read more

2019 AFCON: D-Day as Cranes face DR Congo

first_imgUganda          0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0 P     W     D      L      G      A     GA     Pts DR Congo      0      0      0      0      0       0      0        0 Egypt             1      1      0      0       1      0      0         3center_img Uganda Cranes via @OfficialFUFAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Cranes start their 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign against a tricky Democratic Republic of Congo side in a Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday.Coach Sebastien Desabre’s side will be cheered on by a couple of Ugandan fans who have traveled to Cairo including 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja (representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) and Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda among others.The Cranes will be all out to make a perfect start just like the hosts Egypt who defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening game that ended this morning.Assistant captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda told URN that although they know DR Congo are a very physical side, the Cranes have what it takes to prove a point in this game. “We need to play as a team and take our chances because every game counts,” added the experienced Mawanda.   Going into the game the Cranes have been camped in Abu Dhabi for three weeks where they also played two international games drawing goalless against Asian side Turkmenistan and a 1-0 win against former African Champions Ivory Coast.Skipper and goalkeeper Denis Onyango is expected to command his troops from the back, while Murushid Juuko and Godfrey Walusimbi marshal the backline. Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Okwi are expected to start at the front, while Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Khalid Aucho handle the midfield.For the two time AFCON Champions DR Congo they are expected to come all out to try and snatch maximum points. Their coach Florent Ibenge who is leading them in their third AFCON said they should make it to the next stage looking at Egypt as their main obstacle in the Group.Yannick Bolasie who features for Everton FC in the English Premier League together with veteran Tresor Mputu and Youssouf Mulumbu are expected to play key roles for the DR Congo Leopards.Group A table standing      Zimbabwe      1      0      0      1      0       1     -1        0*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Penguins rally past Maple Leafs 6-5 in shootout

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin, left, puts the game-winning goal behind Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) to end a shootout during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the first 25 minutes against the Toronto Maple Leafs showcasing all of their flaws, from defensive breakdowns to spotty goaltending to questionable decision-making.Then they spent the next 40 providing a reminder why they remain one of the most potent teams in the NHL.Evgeni Malkin picked up his first two-goal game in more than 18 months and added the game-winner in the shootout and Pittsburgh rallied by the stunned Maple Leafs 6-5 on Wednesday night.“That game was all over the place,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.So was Bylsma’s team, which fell behind 4-1 and 5-3 — looking comical at times in the process — before getting its act together in the third period.Malkin and James Neal both scored in the third to tie it up, with Malkin and Sidney Crosby beating Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier in the shootout as Pittsburgh narrowly avoided its third three-game losing streak of the season.“Give everyone credit for sticking with it, because that first 25 minutes is as ugly as it gets,” Crosby said.Chris Conner and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh while Crosby added two assists to lift his point total to a league-leading 33. Rookie Jeff Zatkoff stopped 11 of 13 shots after replacing ineffective starter Marc-Andre Fleury less than a minute into the second period.“Jeff came in and made the stops he needed to make and played heads up,” Bylsma said.Having the third period off helped too. Toronto didn’t record a single shot over the final 25 minutes of play and went 0 for 2 in the shootout.James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist for the Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri also scored for Toronto, but the Maple Leafs lost their way after taking a big lead.“I thought we did some good things for parts of the game, but obviously against a team like that you give them an inch and they’re going to take it all,” van Riemsdyk said.While the Maple Leafs fizzled, there were no problems for the Penguins, who peppered Bernier with a season-high 48 shots. The goaltender made 43 stops, but went just 1 for 3 in the shootout.The Penguins have won 12 straight games against goaltenders making their first career starts against Pittsburgh.It’s a streak that appeared in jeopardy when Bozak put the Maple Leafs ahead 5-3 with 5 seconds left in the second period by tapping a lazy rebound by Zatkoff.Instead, it proved to be the last sign of offense from Toronto. Pittsburgh’s decimated defense, which lost star Paul Martin for 4 to 6 weeks earlier in the day with a fractured leg, clamped down and let Malkin, Crosby company go to work.“We received the whole third period,” Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. “We didn’t skate, we didn’t forecheck, we didn’t establish much.”Neal’s sixth goal in his past five games pulled Pittsburgh within 5-4 at 3:46 of the third and Malkin tied it less than four minutes later when he stood in front of the crease and nudged a scrambling Bernier into the net then tucked the puck under the sprawled goaltender.“Slow start but we need to play whole 60 minutes,” Malkin said. “Not a great game for us but two points, it’s fine.”Toronto managed to extend the game through overtime, but was no match against Zatkoff in the shootout. Zatkoff stuffed Bozak and David Clarkson in the first two rounds, and after Crosby easily beat Bernier to give the Penguins the advantage, Malkin wrapped up the comeback by firing a wrist shot over the exhausted goaltender’s right arm.Pittsburgh dominated for stretches early, but the Maple Leafs kept effectively counter punching.Van Riemsdyk and Kadri helped the Maple Leafs take an early 2-1 lead and things only got worse for Fleury early in the second. He failed to clear the puck behind the net, instead feeding it directly to van Riemsdyk, who pushed it across the goal to make it 3-1 just 13 seconds into the period. That was all for Fleury, stopped just eight of the 11 shots he faced.Zatkoff didn’t exactly settle in quietly. Another Pittsburgh turnover allowed Bozak to set up a wide-open Kessel for a one-time that pushed Toronto’s lead to 4-1 just 29 seconds after Fleury skated to the bench.Pittsburgh drew within a goal as Malkin and Letang scored on consecutive power plays, but the hard work seemed to evaporate in the final moments of the second as Zatkoff failed to control a rebound on a van Riemsdyk slap shot and the puck just sat in the crease for Bozak to tap in with just 5 seconds remaining in one of the weirder 20 minutes of the season for both teams.It set the stage for what Bylsma called the best 25 minutes he’s seen from his team in quite some time.NOTES: The Penguins went 3 for 5 on the power play. … Malkin’s last multiple-goal game came on March 22, 2012, against Nashville. … Toronto played without F Joffrey Lupul, who strained his groin in the second period of Monday’s loss to the Blue Jackets. … A crowd of 18,660 showed up the night before Thanksgiving to provide the Penguins with their 300th straight sellout.last_img read more