Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been arrested for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from her Hempstead home at gunpoint and threatening to kill her and himself if they didn’t get back together, Nassau County police said.Patrice Donely Jr. drove to the Hempstead Bus Terminal and forced the 27-year-old victim, who was standing across the street, into his car while armed with a gun at 1:30 a.m. Friday, police saidThe 25-year-old Hollis man then drove her to a house in Queens, dragged her out of the car, into a garage where he made the death threats if she didn’t take him back, police said.The victim, who had an order of protection against Donely, eventually agreed to get back with him. He then drove her home, police said.Donely was apprehended after he called the victim from Jiffy Lube on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.He was charged with kidnapping, criminal contempt and menacing. He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Black Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda says he was content with his performance for Ghana in their final 2014 World Cup qualifying round game against Zambia at the Baba Yara stadium on Friday.The former Ashanti Gold goalkeeper came under heavy criticisms after some jittery performances between the sticks for the Black Stars in the 2-1 win.There were concerns over Fatau’s readiness for the game due to the lack of playing time at his new club Orlando Pirates but the 27-year old in an exclusive interview with Joy Sports stated that he was in top shape.“If I compare my performance to this match and that of the Lesotho and Zambia I believe I have improved a lot,” said Dauda“People have been saying I’m not active in South Africa but I want to prove to them that the form is there just that I have not been handed the chance.”
Moments after he released the ball from his hands, Emmanuel Mudiay would hear one or two things.The Lakers coaching staff sang Mudiay’s praises as he sank countless jumpers. When those shots clanked off the rim, the Lakers’ assistants ranging from Mark Madsen, Paul Pressey, Larry Lewis and Thomas Scott provided positive reinforcement.Amid all the buzz surrounding Mudiay’s first NBA pre-draft workout on Saturday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, the possible No. 2 prospect tried addressing the main concern talent evaluators see in his outside shooting. But even if he shot only 37.4 percent from 3-point range and 57.4 percent from the foul line last year with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, Mudiay believed that experience alone will accelerate his NBA development.• Video: Emmanuel Mudiay meets with media after workout “I wasn’t nervous, but anxious. I was ready to get out there to do what I had to do,” said Mudiay, who tried to show his athleticism. “As the workout kept going, I got comfortable.”The 19-year-old Mudiay showed more than just his on-court skills. He also showed his mature mindset on several different things.Mudiay stayed in China after injuring his right ankle 10 games into the season out of obligation both to rehab and support his teammates. Mudiay downplayed comparisons to Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is also projected as a top-five pick. Mudiay also downplayed any learning curve adjusting to Kobe Bryant’s demanding expectations or sharing ball-handling duties.“I have a winning attitude. When you like to win, everything else takes care of itself,” Mudiay said. “I’m competitive just as much as (Kobe’s) competitive. He wants to win. I want to win.”It helps Mudiay grew up a Lakers fan. But his favorite Lakers player remains Magic Johnson. Mudiay also considers his two older brothers as his favorite basketball players. So as Mudiay worked out to show off his potential and address any weaknesses, he sounded determined he could offset the Lakers’ weaknesses after finishing last season with the worst record in franchise history.“They didn’t want to have that season,” said Mudiay, before eying the 10 of the 16 Lakers’ NBA championship trophies in Jeanie Buss’ office that oversees the practice court. “You see the trophies in the window. You see the names. Everybody has a winning attitude. So I know the coaches want to change that. Mitch Kupchak wants to change that immediately. That’s what I’m about.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The physicality over there was ridiculous,” said Mudiay, who played against former NBA players Michael Beasley and Stephon Marbury and under a 24-second shot clock. “My maturity level improved in learning how to come into the game as a professional.”But Mudiay’s decision to play overseas instead of keeping his commitment at Southern Methodist University went beyond X’s and O’s. “It was for my mother. She was struggling at the time. So I wanted to help her immediately financially,” Mudiay said. “After that, it played a big factor that I was going to be playing against older and more physical men.”Mudiay provided plenty of signs that could pay off.He averaged 17.7 points on 54.5-percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists in the CBA. Mudiay impressed NBA talent evaluators with his speed, athleticism, playmaking and defense. He has sparked enough buzz that most NBA mock drafts project him as high as the No. 1 pick and as low as the No. 4 selection. So after his Lakers workout, Mudiay plans to train with New York on Tuesday as well as Minnesota and Philadelphia next week. Meanwhile, the Lakers will work out six prospects considered for their 27th and 34th picks on Monday morning, and hope they can have another individual workout that afternoon for a No. 2 prospect.