Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old man was fatally struck by an Optimum truck in Franklin Square over the weekend.Nassau County police said the victim was crossing Hempstead Turnpike between Ribbon Street and Fendale Avenue when he was hit by an eastbound Chevrolet van at 6:40 p.m.The victim’s identity was not released. The 43-year-old man behind the wheel was not charged.Detectives impounded the van and the road was closed for several hours while investigators were on the scene.
Chelsea 5 Leicester 2Fernando Torres finally ended his barren run as Chelsea breezed into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.The Spaniard scored twice in a comprehensive victory for the Blues – their fourth win in as many games since interim boss Roberto Di Matteo was placed in charge.AdChoices广告Gary Cahill, Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles also got on the scoreheet, but it was Torres who stole the show.Cahill set Chelsea on their way, heading in Juan Mata’s corner, before Kalou doubled the lead by slotting home after being found by Torres’ 18th-minute cross.Torres netted midway through the second half with a scuffed shot beyond keeper Kasper Schmeichel after collecting a pass from Meireles.It was hardly a vintage finish from the Spaniard, but it ended his five-month wait for a goal and sent the Stamford Bridge crowd into raptures.Championship side Leicester kept battling and were rewarded with a goal by Jermaine Beckford 13 minutes from the end.Beckford pounced on the rebound after Neil Danns’ shot bounced back off the post.But Chelsea’s two-goal cushion was restored by Torres’ glancing near-post header from Meireles’ corner.Leicester substitute Ben Marshall then scored the best goal of the game, smashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner with two minutes left.There was still time for Chelsea to score a fifth – and man of the moment Torres was again involved, unselfishly teeing up Meireles to fire home.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Toronto Raptors became the first non-American NBA team to win the championship this year after beating the Golden State Warriors in the final. They did so with the help of two African-born players in Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka. As the Raptors hoisted the trophy into the air, you could almost hear NBA fans from everywhere but Oakland breathing out a collective sigh of relief. Over the past five years, the Warriors steamrolling their way to yet another NBA Championship has felt like an inevitable outcome. Thankfully this year, the Toronto Raptors flipped the script, which is good for the NBA not just in America, but internationally as well. Pascal Siakam of Cameroon and Serge Ibaka of the DRC were both instrumental players in Toronto’s march to the Championship. Their performances on the NBA’s biggest stage could do wonders in regards to growing the game internationally. Both players are shining examples of the fact that it is possible to make the jump from Africa to the NBA. While these players took different paths to get to the worlds premier basketball league, they showed others with the same dream that it is possible to not only get to the NBA but to succeed at the games highest level. Ibaka spent time playing professionally in Spain before finally getting a chance to crack the Oklahoma City Thunder roster in 2009. Siakam started playing basketball relatively late and wound up playing at Gods Academy in Lewisville, Texas before being recruited by New Mexico State University. After being drafted by the Toronto Raptors in 2016, he spent time playing with their G-League affiliate before actually being able to play at the NBA level. Both Ibaka and Siakam were players featured on the roster of Team Africa during the 2018 NBA Africa Game. While Ibaka is a more defensive-minded veteran player at this point in his NBA career, Siakam looks to be a breakout star going into the 2019-2020 NBA season, especially now that Kawhi Leonard has left the team. Now more than ever, international players are getting their chance to shine in the NBA. Siakam is fresh off of winning not only an NBA Championship but also the 2019 Most Improved Player award. With Kawhi now headed to the Los Angeles Clippers, Siakam will be in a position to shoulder more of the Raptors offence heading into next season. The NBA’s only international team looks to be led by a rising star on the international stage in Siakam. Having a storyline like this to root for heading into the season can only be a positive for fans of the league both old and new. —