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The Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players

first_imgThe Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington. ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis. __Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.” Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img April 10, 2020 The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year. The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Another year, another record falls at AP Invitational

first_imgGeorge achieves meet’s first men’s 200m-400m doubleGUYANA’s Winston George was a man on a mission as he charged through to what was a new meet record, and new national record for Guyana, when he took a massive win in the Quality Plus men’s 400m at the second edition of the Aliann Pompey Invitational yesterday at Guyana’s National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.At night fall he closed off a sprint double by taking the men’s 200m victory with just as commanding a win in the meet’s final track event of the day; now qualifying to compete in this event at the World Championships next month.The Olympian had already qualified to compete in the men’s 400m.Aside from George, British Virgin Islands’(BVI) Ashley Kelly (women’s 400m), Trinidad’s Semoy Hackett (women’s 100m/200m), and Barbados’ Kion Joseph (men’s 400m hurdles), also made World Championships qualifying times at the AP Invitational.Guyana’s Winston George cruises to the men’s 200m winHowever, highly touted world champion Kim Collins did not qualify. Collins had to settle for second place in the Banks DIH men’s 100m, after Barbados Levi Codogon grabbed the top podium position with a time of 10.24 seconds in a blanket finish.A dip at the line gave Collins the edge over Antigua’s Tahir Walsh.However, his 10.28 seconds finish was still not enough to see the realization of his dream to qualify for the World Championships, where the qualifying time is 10.12 seconds.Walsh had a time of 10.29 seconds, sharing the same time as fourth place finisher, Emmanuel Callender.The only Guyanese athlete to make it to the 100m finals was Emmanuel Archibald who finished sixth with a time of 10.49 seconds.On a day when just about a handful of Guyanese picked up first place wins, George gave perhaps the best performance for the locals for the day, save for a spirited win by Joanna Archer in the women’s 800m, and Leslain Baird’s 70.41m winning throw in the men’s javelin.Competing in a field that included two Jamaicans, the 30-year-old proved that he is not letting up anytime soon.Coming off the top bend, George just kept shooting pass the entire field, lengthening his gap with each stride on the home straight, ending with a striking lead as he drove home to a 45.16 seconds finish in the quarter mile. That erased the 45.25 seconds he set back in 2015 at the World Championships.Overseas-based Guyanese Stephan James, in his first outing at the AP Invitational, was second with a time of 46.73 seconds, and Jamaica’s Jonia McDonald was third in 47.02 seconds.As the meet neared its end for the day, no one doubted George’s ability to defend his title in the men’s 200m.He went one step up and not only took the win, but also set another meet record, clocking 20.41 seconds, in total control of the race throughout his run. Getting the modest crowd animated as they cheered on their countryman.Trinidad’s Emmanuel Callender took second place with a time of 20.77 seconds, while Bardados Nicholas Deshong just pipped James to take third at 21.23 seconds. James had a 21.29 seconds finish.After Guyana’s Jenea McCammon finished fourth in the Fly-Jamaica 400m hurdles with a time 59.92 seconds, at the opening of the day, it just continued to look bleak for the Guyanese athletes.In the GOA women’s 100m finals, Guyana’s national record holder and defending champion, Brenessa Thompson finished last with a time of 11.87 seconds.Thompson would later opt out of the Douglas and Associates women’s 200m suffering a hamstring injury.CARIFTA gold medalist Kadecia Baird was in the 200m, however, she finished eighth overall with a time of 23.72 seconds. On the advice of her coach, Baird had elected not to defend her Star Party Rental women’s 400m title, as she was focusing on the 200m, which she has qualified for at the World Championships next month.In the men’s 100m heats, golden boy Compton Caesar had cracked under the pressure of competing in the same heat as world champion Kim Collins, finishing at the extreme end of the heat with a pedestrian time of 11.30 seconds, the first time he touched 11 seconds all season.However, there was a high note in the Ministry of Education men’s 3000m.In an all-Guyanese clash, Winston Missigher overpowered Cleveland Thomas for the Ministry of Education men’s 3000m win. After running a tactical race, Missigher sprinted home the final lap of the race; clocking a time of nine minutes 12.67 seconds as he petitioned to be the next best thing in distance running in Guyana. Thomas ended on nine minutes 14. 59 seconds and Calvin Thomas had 10 minutes 46.07 seconds.Junior athlete Joanna Archer was a force to be reckoned with in the National Sports Commission women’s 800m and with a time of 2:17.03s, she took a gold on her first outing at the meet, beating out Bahamas’ Katrina Seymour (2:20.38s) and US Virgin Island’s Mikaela Smith (2:37.24s). However, the race was missing Guyanese top performers like Andrea Foster, who has already closed off her season, and national champion Claudrice McKoy, who will be competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games later this month.last_img read more

Graves, Molke reflect on Syracuse careers while qualifying for Olympic Trials

first_imgRobert Molke excitedly scanned the competition at the starting line.There was Meb Keflezighi, the reigning Boston Marathon champion and former silver Olympic medalist in the marathon. There was 2012 Olympian runner Diego Estrada. There was Sarah Pagano, a collegiate All-American runner — and also Molke’s girlfriend, so he wasn’t as surprised to see her.But Molke’s other fellow Syracuse graduate at the starting line, Griff Graves, was the most unexpected one. Molke didn’t know it, but his former teammate had scheduled to run in the race as well.On Jan. 18, Molke, Graves and Pagano each qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials with their performances at the USA Half Marathon Championships at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Graves and Molke finished at 1:03.27, just below the required bar of 1:05.00, and Pagano will join them in February 2016 in Los Angeles when they run at the Olympic Trials.This race wasn’t just proof of their training, but a testament to the familial atmosphere of SU running and an extraordinary friendship between Graves and Molke. Syracuse head coach Chris Fox introduced them when Molke was considering coming to Syracuse for the fall of 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Wow. This guy’s really tall. He’s got really big ears,” Graves said he thought of Molke. “… I could tell immediately after meeting him, he’s the type of person you want to be around.”Before the race on Jan. 18, the trio formed a prayer circle. They used to do this before every race in college.To Pagano, Houston suddenly felt like Syracuse.“To feel that camaraderie… It was really cool,” she said. “It’s like a family, it’s comforting.”Those prayers are old habit.Freshman year, Graves joined an on-campus chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and, by the end of sophomore year, Molke joined him for the group’s regular meetings.Their faith and friendship grew stronger.They leaned on one another when obstacles emerged. Molke struggled physically to improve and Graves’ running growth stagnated due to nagging injuries.Fox praised their work ethic and reliance on another to move through those tough times.Graves and Molke earned multiple all-conference and all-regional honors. They held instrumental roles in Syracuse’s first cross-country Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2013. That race was also their last cross-country meet together, as they both graduated the following spring.And they finished within 10 seconds of one another in that race.At the starting line in Houston they joked, “We should run together again, like old times.”The meeting in Houston was less coincidental than initially thought. They were both around the same point in their own training schedules, so as the race progressed they were sticking to the same pace.“We hadn’t seen each other in so long,” said Molke. “Yet there we were working with each other to get to the finish, just like we were back in Syracuse.”Their plan to run together was in jest, but as they reached the last few checkpoints of the 13.1-mile race, they were still together.Molke had trained for this moment, the final stretch, since summer. To build his endurance, he increased his mileage during his time at SU from around 70 miles per week to 115 miles. He ran to and from his job with the New York Road Runners, a running organization in New York City.Molke was the only one of the trio who wasn’t running professionally. Searching for a sense of team, he joined the New York Athletic Club and came to visit Fox in August. They mapped out a training routine, communicating regularly, and Molke said Fox’s help was instrumental.Then as the two men approached the finish line in Houston, Molke began to pull away from Graves.Graves caught up, grabbed Molke’s arm and they held hands as they crossed the tape together, finishing with the exact same time.“It felt like old times, running and racing together,” said Molke. “We’re not on the same ‘team’ anymore, but we’re still able to share the awesome feeling of qualifying for the Olympic Trials.”“I told Rob,” said Graves, “‘it’s a memory I’ll have for the rest of my life.’” Comments Published on January 28, 2015 at 12:03 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Arsenal want to give Bellerin new deal

first_imgSeanie Maguire of Cork City was second while Bray Wanderers’ Ger Pender was third. The 21-year-old right back has impressed at the Emirates in recent seasons and has attracted interest from his boyhood club Barcelona as well as Manchester City.Wenger says even though the Spanish international has nearly 3 years left on his current deal they will put him on the terms he deserves.Meanwhile, Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan has been named as the Soccer writer’s player of the month for September.last_img read more

Okagbare Jumps 6.77m to Secure Berth in London 2017

first_imgThe 2008 Olympics bronze medalist in the event had secured qualification in the 100m and 200m last month and was struggling to hit the 6.75m entry standard set by the IAAF for the long jump.The Sapele-born sprinter cum jumper however banished fears she could be missing in the long jump event at the London Worlds when she leapt two centimetres above the qualification standard set by the IAAF at the meeting where she ran her only sub 11 seconds run (10.92 seconds) in the 100m last season albeit with a massive following wind to render it illegal.Okagbare came to the Hungary with a 6.52m season’s best achieved in Eugene, Oregon, USA last month and as the number two ranked long jumper in Africa so far this term behind compatriot Ese Brume whose 6.64m was, until the evening of Tuesday July 4, 2017 was the best mark by an African in the event.Okagbare who won a silver medal in the event at the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia in 2013 and is one of only two Nigerians to hit the 7m mark is now the African leader in addition to booking a spot in London for the event.Local athletics buffs believe Okagbare’s chances of making the final of an individual event in London and making a podium appearance thereafter are high in the long jump than in the sprints where she struggled for form last season and is yet to run inside 11 seconds and break 22.4 this season.Meanwhile Okagbare-Ighoteguonor also won the 100m event at the meeting with an 11.11 seconds run, her second fastest time of the season.She won ahead of Remona Burchell of Jamaica (11.15) and Nigerian-born American, Morolake Akinosun (11.19) who came second and third respectivelyMeanwhile, Reigning Commonwealth Games long jump champion, Ese Brume and Africa’sundisputed sprint hurdles queen, Tobi Amusan will have their debut at the money-spinning IAAF Diamond League debut after the duo failed to make the list of confirmed athletes for the eighth leg of the meeting, the Athletissima tonight in Lausanne, Switzerland.Both Brume and Amusan made the provisional list of athletes invited for the meeting released by organisers of the event on Tuesday on their website but when the final list and start list for the event was released yesterday, the Nigerians failed to meet the cut.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSBlessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor leapt to a 6.77m second place finish in the long jump at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in the Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár on Tuesday to secure qualification for the event at the 16th IAAF World Championships next month in London.last_img read more

Standing pat: Deadline passes without another Braves deal

first_img Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 07:00 IST Standing Pat: Deadline Passes Without Another Braves Deal The Atlanta Braves failed to pull off a major deal to bolster their rotation at baseball’s trade deadline Monday, leaving the NL East leaders with a huge question mark as they seek a third straight division title and an extended run in the postseason for the first time time since 2001 COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st September, 2020 07:00 IST The Atlanta Braves failed to pull off a major deal to bolster their rotation at baseball’s trade deadline Monday, leaving the NL East leaders with a huge question mark as they seek a third straight division title and an extended run in the postseason for the first time time since 2001.The only trade made by the Braves came a day earlier, when they acquired journeyman Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles for two players to be named.Milone was thrown right into the mix by the pitching-starved team — and it didn’t go well . The 33-year-old left-hander was given a 10-1 lead but lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, two homers and eight hits to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves managed to hang on for a 12-10 victory.”There’s no doubt things have not panned out the way we hoped,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said on a conference call shortly after the 4 p.m. EDT deadline passed. “We would have loved to add more starting pitching. We had those discussions. Ultimately, we didn’t think there were any deals that made sense to us.”Max Fried, who was 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA heading into Monday night’s start against the Boston Red Sox, had been the only Braves starter to earn a win until Ian Anderson pitched one-hit ball over six innings in his big league debut last week.Beyond Fried and Anderson, the Braves have a huge hole in their rotation.Milone showed some promise in Baltimore, but he’s really nothing more than a back-of-the-rotation pitcher who might take some heat off the beleaguered Atlanta bullpen by burning innings.The other spots will have to be filled from a group of young pitchers who haven’t lived up to their potential (Touki Toussaint, Kyle Wright, Bryse Wilson), two veterans who struggled so badly they were sent to the alternate training site (Mike Foltynewicz, Sean Newcomb) or a longtime big league stalwart who’s been hampered since the spring by an ailing shoulder (Cole Hamels).It doesn’t bode well for the Braves ending their record-tying streak of 10 straight postseason round losses, a dismal run of playoff futility that has lasted nearly two decades.“We still have a lot of upside,” Anthopoulos insisted. “Obviously, there’s some uncertainty. We would have liked to get more certainty. But no one doubts the talent we have here.”With the postseason expanded to 16 teams in the shortened 60-game season, Anthopoulos said there weren’t a lot of teams willing to give up elite starters without a huge return. The only pitcher he put in that group was Mike Clevenger, who was dealt from Cleveland to San Diego. Lance Lynn was the subject of plenty of trade talk — and certainly would have been a big upgrade for the Braves’ rotation — but he stayed put with the Rangers.A year ago, Anthopoulos was one of the most aggressive GMs at the deadline, bolstering a struggling bullpen with trades for Mark Melancon, Shane Greene and Chris Martin.This season, the bullpen is one of Atlanta’s strengths. But nothing beyond Fried (and perhaps Anderson) has panned out for the rotation.Ace Mike Soroka went down with a season-ending Achilles injury. Hamels, signed to an $18 million, one-year deal, has yet to take the mound. Former AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez was impressive in spring training but decided not to play because of coronavirus concerns. Foltynewicz, an All-Star just two seasons ago, was demoted after one terrible start because of an alarming drop in velocity. Newcomb, a 12-game winner in 2018, went 0-2 with an 11.20 ERA in four starts before he was sent down.The Braves keep hoping for a breakthrough from Wright, the No. 5 overall pick in 2017, but he is 0-6 with an 8.05 ERA over the last two seasons. It’s a similar story for Toussaint (0-1, 7.89 ERA this season) and Wilson (who struggled in his lone appearance of 2020).“Those guys have gotten opportunities, and they’re likely to get opportunities again,” Anthopoulos said. “We want to make sure they’re in a good place before we give them the opportunity to come back up here.”Image credits: AP center_img LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

WATCH: C.K Akonnor dances to ‘Omo Ada’ with Kotoko fans

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko booked their place in the final of the Normalization Committee Tier 1 Special Competition with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game ended 1-1 after regulation time with Adbul Safiu Fatawu and Christopher Bonney getting the goals for either side.Hearts defender Mohammed Alhassan missed his side’s fifth spot kick, allowing Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong to score and seal the win for his side.After the final whistle, Kotoko Head Coach C.K Akonnor celebrated with the away fans, by doing the customary dance accompanying rapper Medikal’s Omo Ada hit song.C.K Akonnor’s Omo Ada dance after the game 🔥😂 #CitiSports #NCSpecial pic.twitter.com/TGy3X3kgb3— Dani Koranteng (@Dani77k) June 17, 2019 CK Akonnor is living his dreams with @AsanteKotoko_SC, what a fantastic coach! #Kotoko4Africa pic.twitter.com/5lUADNT75q— Yaw Antwi Owusu (@OYAntwi) June 16, 2019last_img read more

LA Clippers know they have to prove themselves in postseason

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> “Same old Clippers.”In his sixth season in Los Angeles, point guard Chris Paul understands that after five straight playoff exits before the conference finals, and a tumultuous regular season coming to a close, that this is how the Clippers are seen.And why should the outside perception be any different?“Until we do anything, that’s what it is,” Paul said after the Clippers 115-104 win over the Lakers on Saturday. “We haven’t won. It depends on what day of the week it is and who did we just beat? It’s always changing but until we do something it’s going to be the same thing.” The Clippers have won seven of their past nine games and remain entrenched in the middle of the Western Conference, and are inching ever closer to what to the first round playoff matchup with Utah that has seemed likely for nearly a month.After Utah lost at San Antonio on Sunday, the Clippers are half a game behind the Jazz for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round. Combine that with Charlotte’s surprising 113-101 win over sixth-place Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Clippers would likely need to lose three of their final four games to fall to the sixth seed. They close the season with Wednesday home matchup with Dallas, followed by games at San Antonio and at home versus Houston and Sacramento.This year, the stakes for the Clippers are at an all-time high, with Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick all likely headed for free agency.“We don’t mind the pressure,” Coach Doc Rivers said.The Clippers have begun each of the past six seasons – especially the last four since Rivers arrived – aiming for a championship, and have not been quiet about it. That backdrop has made their playoff failures all the more visible. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Rivers said he hopes people believe the Clippers “can be good,” but he also hears the criticisms.“It’s more talk that we can’t, to be honest, and that’s up to us to prove it,” he said. “We can talk about it every day, but we can’t prove it until the playoffs start.”Bench woesThe Clippers held on to beat the Lakers on Saturday, allowing them to side-step the criticism that comes with blowing a 22-point lead against a lottery team. It was, however, the fourth straight game a Clippers opponent rallied from a large hole to either call into question the outcome or, in the case of Sacramento on March 26, win.Rivers was asked if he can decipher reasons why the trend has emerged.“I can,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about them, but I can clearly see it. But we wouldn’t have that whole group (of starters) out (of he game) like that but there’s things we can clearly do better.”While the Clippers built an 17-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter Saturday, the Lakers went on an 18-2 run of their own, much of which occurred with the Clippers bench on the floor.While the Clippers outscored the Lakers by more than 20 points with the starters on the floor, in the plus-minus, each of the Clippers reserves was at least a minus-11.The Clippers were playing their second full game without guard Austin Rivers, who will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring. Doc Rivers said the injury is actually worse than initially thought and could keep the younger Rivers out for an undetermined number of playoff games.“It’s a loss,” Doc Rivers said of his son’s injury, “but, listen, we’ve had injuries all year. So that can’t be the reason.”In the playoffs, Doc Rivers said, the lineups will change. The rotation will be tighter and more integrated.“There’s not a lot of teams that play the same rotations and minutes from regular season to playoffs,” Griffin said. “Our bench and our second unit is very capable. I know they are a little disorganized right now with Austin being out but I have faith in those guys.”Added Paul: “We’re a team. We’ll figure it out together. It ain’t about the second unit, it’s about us as a team figuring it out. … We still have time – not much time – but we still have time to figure it out and we’ve got to bring it.”last_img read more

Wellington residents should be on alert of possible phone scam

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington citizens are being asked to be on the lookout of a possible phone scam.The city of Wellington office said several residents, mostly businesses, have received phone calls from a person saying he is from the city of Wellington and they are late on their electricity payment. Unless they pay immediately, the city will shut off their utilities in the very near future. The person then offers a pre-paid credit cards to pay this bill.This is a hoax, the city office said. Do not buy the cards or give them any information. Just hang up.Pam Martin, business office manager for the Sumner County Care Center in Wellington received a similar phone call.“We received a phone call this morning around 6:30 a.m.,” she said. “The gentleman with a foreign accent called and spoke to one of our nurses here at the facility and said that he was with the City of Wellington and that the March and April electric bills were not paid and that the utilities were due to be shut off at 8:30 a.m.”She said she hadn’t arrived at work yet, but when she did, she called the person back with the 800 number he had given.“I returned the call, and he could not tell me our account number or give us the exact amount that was due either,” Martin said. “But wanted us to go to Dillon’s and put $1,998.97 on a green dot card and if not then (Sumner County Care Center) could talk to the technician when he came out to turn the electricity off at 8:30.”Martin said she would be glad to meet with the technician. She said she never heard from the company again.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote, 30 dies in China

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.“It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” Tiote’s spokesman Emanuele Palladino said.“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.“We ask for all your prayers.”Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez paid tribute to the talented Tiote, one of 10 children who like many of his international team-mates grew up in abject poverty and didn’t possess a pair of boots until he was 15.“It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death,” Benitez told the Newcastle website.“In the all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”​Tiote moved to Newcastle from Dutch side FC Twente in 2010 and made 161 appearances for the Magpies, scoring once — the equaliser when Newcastle recovered from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Arsenal in 2011.The 52-times capped Tiote, who was in both the 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads, began his European club career with Belgian outfit Anderlecht but only played four times in three years with them — being loaned out to Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrade — before moving to Twente in 2008.last_img read more