An 8-year-old Canadian hockey goalie whose dance moves on the ice have made him an online sensation is being called up to the big leagues for a dance-off.
Noah Young, who plays on a team from Brampton near Toronto, has been pumping up crowds with routines for some time, his mother, Paige Rowswell, told the Canadian Press. It was only once his performance was captured on video and posted online this weekend that he drew wider attention.
The short dance routine to the song “Juju On That Beat” by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall has been viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook and even caught the eye of two professional players, the New Jersey Devils’ Adam Henrique and goaltender Keith Kincaid.
When asked by Henrique on Twitter whether he could rival Noah’s skills, Kincaid replied Tuesday evening with a challenge: “I could give him a run for his money. Only one way to settle this.. dance off.”
The young goalie’s overnight fame has also attracted attention from the local professional minor hockey team, the Brampton Beast, and nearby junior and major junior teams, Rowswell said. She said Noah will be collaborating with them in the near future.
The sudden spotlight has come as a shock to his family and friends, for whom Noah’s dancing is simply par for the course. Mom says Noah isn’t living a star’s lifestyle, either.
“He just thought he could maybe stay up past bedtime and have a chocolate bar late and I was like, ‘No, sorry, you can’t,'” she said.
Noah’s dance moves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNz6oSrZDAk
Sometimes life’s lessons come from those with the least experience.
The story of two 5-year-old boys from Kentucky, one white and one black, is teaching people about racial harmony. The story exploded online when the mother of Jax, the white boy, posted on Facebook about how her son wanted to get his haircut like his black buddy, Reddy, so they could trick their teacher. The boys believe if they have the same haircut, their teacher won’t be able to tell them apart.
WAVE-TV followed Jax to his haircut, and he and Reddy giggle and goof around as Jax gets his hair shaved off.
In the video , Reddy sums it all up: “Jax’s me … and I’m Jax.”
Jax’s mother says she is glad people can “see what little kids see.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of writing anti-Muslim comments on an Ohio mosque has been charged with committing a hate crime.
Franklin County prosecutors say Todd M. Williams was indicted Thursday on charges of ethnic intimidation, desecration and criminal mischief in the vandalism of the Ahlul-Bayt Society Islamic Center in suburban Columbus last month.
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says security camera video at the mosque shows the 44-year-old Hilliard man writing comments including “Allah Is A Fraud Dum Dums” on the mosque’s glass doors.
The hate crime charge of ethnic intimidation and the criminal mischief charges are misdemeanors. The desecration charge is a felony.
Township police say they don’t know of any motive.
Court records don’t show an attorney for Williams. No telephone number for him can be found.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games starting Thursday.
If a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. MLB can make unilateral changes to playing rules only with one year advance notice.
Two other rule changes were announced Thursday. An addition to rule 5.07 formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivot foot or taking a second step toward home plate during his delivery. If the pitcher violates the rule with a runner on base, a balk should be called. If there are no runners, a violation should be considered an illegal pitch under rule 6.02(b).
A change to rule 5.03 requires base coaches to remain behind the line of the coach’s box closest to the plate and the front line parallel to the foul line prior to each pitch. A coach may leave the box to signal a player after a ball is put in play.
In addition, video review regulations were changed to establish a 30-second limit for a manager to make a challenge and a conditional two-minute guideline for the replay umpire to make a decision. When a manager is out of challenges, an umpire crew chief may ask for a review of a non-home run call starting in the eighth inning, one inning later than last year.
MLB also announced the prohibition of field markers to create references for positioning fielders.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired the complete archives of Lou Reed .
The library and Reed’s wife, musician Laurie Anderson, made the announcement Thursday, on what would have been his 75th birthday.
The Lou Reed Archive features paper and electronic records, photos, and about 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings.
Anderson says the archive couldn’t be in a better place: “in the heart of the city he loved the best.”
Reed, an aspiring poet, rose to prominence after Andy Warhol encountered his experimental rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol produced the band’s first studio album.
The library will host free displays and public programs over the next two weeks to celebrate and showcase Reed’s life and work, and his collection’s new home.
NEW YORK (AP) — After further review, the NBA says it’s time to hire more referees.
The league also plans to change the way they are scheduled and evaluated.
The NBA will launch an Officiating Advisory Council, among a number of initiatives announced Thursday following a six-month review of the officiating program conducted by Byron Spruell, the president of league operations.
The current staff of 64 will grow to at least 70 next season and the league plans to increase it by 25 percent over the next three years. Spruell said the league will consider promotions from the NBA Development League and NCAA referees, former players and referees working internationally.
“Twenty-five percent of our players now are international or not born in the U.S., so why shouldn’t we try to match some of that in terms of talent coming from international flavor into the ref population as well?” Spruell said.
He said after completing negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement, Commissioner Adam Silver’s next priority was the officiating program. Spruell, while praising the refs’ performance, said the NBA has already expanded the data it reviews and another step is “bringing in more talent to this demanding profession.”
“As I say, they do a good job but how do we continue to improve it? Evaluate it with a very comprehensive data system that allows us to look at accuracy of their calls, errors in a game,” Spruell said. “And while that can be sensitive to some extent for our officials, it’s still just ultimately going to make the current pool of 64 officials better and better as we evaluate their talent day to day, game to game, play to play.”
A larger staff would allow the league to have what Spruell called “game administrators,” who would sit courtside and communicate between the game officials and the Replay Center. And it would have more refs in place if the league ever decides to have more than the current three-person crew calling games. It has experimented with four- and five-man crews in the D-League, which will continue.
Spruell said the league could keep certain crews together, similar to the NFL and Major League Baseball, rather than assign them individually to games. That could trim their travel and improve chemistry.
“It will actually get to some better rest for our referees, so wellness comes into play in this,” Spruell said. “But ultimately, continue to support the best of the best, and I think increasing the pool is one way to do that.”
The advisory council will include Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the former 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan; former players and current television analysts Doug Collins and Kenny Smith; and former longtime NBA referee Steve Javie. Current players, coaches and referees will be added at a later date.
Other initiatives include:
— Data review. Spruell said a new tracking system launched Feb. 1 allows the league to video review about triple the plays per game to 250 from the previous 75-80. It’s closer to what teams are tracking.
— Coaches’ evaluations. Coaches provide midseason and end of season evaluations of referees, but now have an app to submit comments after each game.
— Training techniques. The league will use virtual reality among new methods to train refs.
— Rulebook rewrite. Spruell said a long-term goal is rewriting the rulebook to more closely match the way the game is played.