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The hype has died down, but stakes are still highThe hype has died down, but stakes are still high

first_imgThroughout fall camp and into the season, Cal players have engaged in the chant “Pac-10 champs, that’s us!”But if the Golden Bears are going to make their mantra come true, they will have to get past a team that they hasn’t beaten in six years.Best in show · Although he was shut down last week against Oregon, Cal running back Jahvid Best will be the major threat to USC’s defense. – Photo courtesy of Nathan Yan / The Daily CalifornianDuring its run of seven straight Pac-10 championships, USC has seen many contenders to its conference supremacy. Cal has been one of its primary threats, but the Golden Bears have yet to break through to the Pac-10’s top spot.But No. 24 Cal will be trying to reverse that trend when it hosts No. 7 USC at Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 5 p.m.The conference clash was once thought to be a meeting of the Pac-10’s two decidedly best teams, with both USC and Cal ranked in the top 10 two weeks ago.But some of the game’s luster has worn off after both teams lost their conference openers on the road. USC was stunned by Washington two weeks ago and Cal ran into a buzz saw when it faced Oregon last week and lost, 42-3.For either team, a loss would severely damage any hopes of an outright conference title and shot at playing in the Rose Bowl at the season’s end.“I’ve always said it about the Pac-10, you have to bring your A-game each and every week to be successful and I don’t see it any different this year,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said.The Trojans’ preparation this week was put on the back burner when Stafon Johnson’s weightlifting accident Monday left a dark cloud over the program throughout the week.USC coach Pete Carroll said the team was keeping the senior in mind while not letting it become a distraction for the week’s game.“The concern about the effect of this and having the effect on the game is not even an issue for us at all,” Carroll said. “I think our concern for now is Stafon and his family and everybody handling what’s going on.”Despite losing handily to the Ducks last week, the Golden Bears are expected to pose numerous problems for the Trojans.Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with an average of 37.2 points per game. The team’s attack is highlighted by junior running back Jahvid Best, a Heisman Trophy candidate who leads the conference in rushing touchdowns.Last week against Oregon, Best was held to a season-low 55 yards on 16 carries. In last year’s game against the Trojans, the junior was bottled up for 30 yards on 13 carries in USC’s 17-3 win at the Coliseum.But the Trojans are expecting to have their hands full with the star ball-carrier on Saturday.“They know how to move him all around,” Carroll said. “They’re doing what we would think would be exactly the right stuff which makes it really hard to center in and focus on him.”True freshman quarterback Matt Barkley has drawn equal amounts of praise throughout the week from Tedford. Although he is still on the mend, USC’s signal-caller could see plenty of opportunities against a suddenly vulnerable Cal secondary.The Golden Bears allowed Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to throw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to tight end Ed Dickson, on 21-of-25 passing. The previous week against Minnesota, Cal’s secondary allowed Eric Decker to haul in eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.“I think sometimes the veteran guys, they try to do too much and then take their eyes where they’re not supposed to be,” Tedford said. “That happened a couple times last week.”Despite being ranked 67th in the country in passing, USC is optimistic about its chances in the passing game with Barkley, even though an injury to the quarterback’s throwing shoulder is keeping him from feeling 100 percent.“He’s capable of throwing and has been introduced to everything that we’ve ever had,” Carroll said. “We need to do things he can do really well.”last_img read more

Numerous injuries limit Lakers in practiceNumerous injuries limit Lakers in practice

first_imgThe gym quickly scattered, the product of too many players in the training room, making a Lakers practice pretty impractical.So much for all that optimism that some healthy bodies could return shortly after NBA All-Star break. Instead, the Lakers (18-33) only used Wednesday’s practice for light shooting and film work to prepare for when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-12) today.Steve Nash will sit out after experiencing nerve root irritation in his back that caused him to leave early for the past two games. Steve Blake will still suit up, despite persisting pain in his hyperextended right elbow. The Lakers also expect Xavier Henry to stay sidelined for another four weeks after nursing a bone bruise in his right knee since Dec. 29. After feeling increased swelling in his knee, Henry on Wednesday had his right knee drained before receiving a cortisone shot. Meanwhile, the Lakers can only hope evaluations next week for Kobe Bryant (left knee), Pau Gasol (right groin), Nick Young (left knee), Jordan Farmar (left hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (right ankle) yield more than the team’s current eight-man roster. “I love to play the game,” Nash said. “I want to get out there and help my team. It’s simple. That’s about it. I love to play the game and I want to give more before I live a long life without it, hopefully.”Nash reported feeling “a little irritation” in the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to Utah stemming from a collision to his left leg with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich two days earlier. He revealed he would’ve sat out under normal circumstances. “I wanted to try and see if I can play and help a little bit because we had so few guys,” Nash said. “I would’ve pulled myself if we had a full roster or even another guy or two. We just don’t have that luxury. I also felt bad for the guys to bail on them with a short bench.”Nash’s two-point effort on 1-of-4 shooting and two assists in 17 minutes against Utah came at a hefty price. Because Nash played in his 10th game this season, his $9.7 million salary next season will remain on the Lakers’ books even if he is forced into medical retirement because of persistent back pain. The Lakers could still benefit financially by waiving Nash through the stretch provision after this season, ensuring only $3.2 million counts against the salary cap annually for the next three years.“I’m kind of oblivious to the noise,” Nash said. “I think after 18 years, you’re not really as affected by it anyways. I didn’t pound my chest when people told me I was great for a long time in my career, and I’m not going to let it affect me when people think that I should look at myself in the mirror.” Through those difficult moments, the Lakers are still supporting Nash and maintain belief he can still help a struggling team. After all, Nash is a week removed from posting 19 points and five assists in Philadephia on his 40th birthday.“He has passion and loves the game and likes his teammates,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said of Nash. “He likes to compete and slap hands with guys and do it collectively. Nothing gives him more joy than having teammates (have) success and us win. That’s hard to lay down and turn the page. He’s terrific with what he’s doing.”Making his markThe pain in Blake’s elbow flares up most notably when he takes outside shots, so much so that he’s limited his shooting routine in practice.With Blake shooting only 28.6 percent from the field in the five games since his return, will he become more of a playmaker? “I kind of think I have to,” Blake said. “It’s not like I can’t make the shots. But it’s a little more difficult just with the lack of being able to practice 3-point shots as much as I normally do. Maybe I’ll have to pick my spots a little more here or there. But it’s a work in progress.”D’Antoni expressed confidence that Blake will improve.“He’s got to play and has to figure out what he can do and is comfortable with,” D’Antoni said. “He’s playing great. What he gives us in tenacity, ball pressure and intangibles, we don’t have anybody who is as good as he does.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

first_imgWellington police notes for Tuesday, January 26, 2016:•2:15 a.m. Tori R. Kennedy, 19, Conway Springs, as issued a notice to appear for defective brake lamp.•2:15 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block E. 13th, Wellington.•4:57 a.m. Offices conducted a Courtesy Motor Vehicle Accident in the 1000 block N.Vandenburg, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Krystle N. Scobee, 28, Ponca City, Okla. and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Amy C. Rhodes, Harper, Kans.•7:22 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington. It was recovered.•10:48 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1200 block N. A, Wellington.•6:17 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 700 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.•6:32 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block Superior Court, Wellington.•7:02 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicide attempt in the 700 block N. Elm, Wellington.last_img read more

NASCAR at Las Vegas results, highlights from Joey Logano’s win at Pennzoil 400NASCAR at Las Vegas results, highlights from Joey Logano’s win at Pennzoil 400

first_imgA closssssse call early for the leaders as @KevinHarvick bypasses @joeylogano for the top spot! 😬FOX | https://t.co/oWWAusOO8X pic.twitter.com/p36rBDjaNu— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20203:54 p.m. ET —  The caution is off and we’re on to Lap 9. Suarez is back out there two laps behind.3:49 p.m. ET —  We are already under caution just a minute into the race. Daniel Suarez stalled and he has gone to pit stall. His team will try to assess the problem.3:48 p.m. ET —  The green flag has been waved and we are underway. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are starting first and fourth, respectively, but will fall to the rear to start the race due to L1 violations.Pennzoil 400 results: 2020 winner, order of finishFinishDriver1.Joey Logano2.Matt DiBenedetto3.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.4.Austin Dillon5.Jimmie Johnson6.Bubba Wallace7.Brad Keselowski8.Kevin Harvick9.Kyle Larson10.Ty Dillon11.Ryan Blaney12.Clint Bowyer13.Alex Bowman14.Kyle Busch15.Chris Buescher16.Corey Lajoie17.Denny Hamlin18.Tyler Reddick19.Cole Custer20.Martin Truex Jr.21.Aric Almirola22.William Byron23.Erik Jones24.John Hunter Nemechek25.Kurt Busch26.Chase Elliot27.Ross Chastain28.JJ Yeley29.Brennan Poole30.Daniel Suarez31.Joey Gase32.Quin Houff33.Christopher Bell34.Reed Sorenson35.Garrett Smithley36.Michael McDowell37.Ryan Preece38.Timmy Hill The race restarted with three laps remaining. A caution on the last lap made the decision for Logano and DiBenedetto end in first and second-place finishes, respectively. Byron came in disappointed with an 11th place finish.All bets were off as the field took the white flag. 🏳Here’s what happened further back in the pack to bring out the caution. pic.twitter.com/A55Ln2oQUL— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 2020″There was a little confusion but it worked out,” Logano said after the race. “Winning the Pennzoil 400 with the Pennzoil car means a lot. Proud of the effort, everybody here prepared a great car and executed the race perfectly.”A fast car (and a nice push from @StenhouseJr ) helped send @joeylogano to the lead at @LVMotorSpeedway .He breaks down the final restart. 👇 pic.twitter.com/A094caFzkj— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 24, 2020Chase Elliott claimed both stages and led 70 laps but ultimately wound up 26th after a flat tire sent him into the wall with 45 laps left. Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 92 laps, ended the day with an eighth-place finish.NASCAR returned to action after an opening weekend that saw Denny Hamlin win his second straight Daytona 500 and Ryan Newman get in a scary crash that sent him to the hospital. Newman was released from Halifax Medical Center fewer than 48 hours after he was admitted, but didn’t race this weekend. Chastain took over for Newman’s No. 6 car and finished in 27th after spinning out with six laps to go, as the NASCAR Cup Series went to Las Vegas for the Pennzoil 400.MORE:  No Darrell Waltrip, no problem? How Fox’s two-man broadcast booth will workThe race started with the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team giving the command to start engines, one day after the 40th anniversary of taking home the gold medal.Sporting News provided lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Pennzoil 400. Follow below for complete results from NASCAR’s race in Las Vegas.NASCAR at Las Vegas live updates, highlights from Pennzoil 4006:50 p.m. ET — Joey Logano wins it! A crash on Turn 1 brings out the yellow flag on the last lap. Logano wins the Pennzoil 400.Burn it down, @joeylogano ! 🏁 @Team_Penske | @LVMotorSpeedway pic.twitter.com/5lOhad8zWQ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 2020Unofficial Top 10:1. Logano2. DiBenedetto3. Stenhouse Jr.4. Austin Dillon5. Johnson6. Wallace7. Keselowski8. Harvick9. Larson10. Ty Dillon #Pennzoil400— PRN (@PRNlive) February 23, 20206:45 p.m. ET — Restart order with two laps to go: 1. Logano; 2. Byron; 3. DiBenedetto; 4. Stenhouse; 5. Reddick; 6. A. Dillon; 7. Keselowski; 8. Wallace; 9. Johnson; 10. Truex.6:42 p.m. ET — Three laps to go. Seven drivers did not pit. Logano, Byron and DiBenedetto stay out. Blaney, Keselowski and Bowman are among those who went to pit road.6:40 p.m. ET —  CAUTION: Ross Chastain takes a spin with six laps to go. Blaney in the lead. 23 drivers on the lead lap.Caution. 6 to go. Now things get interesting. pic.twitter.com/SZEJBRzc19— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 23, 20206:37 p.m. ET —  Blaney in the lead! 12 laps to go. Alex Bowman in the No. 88 has shot up, going back and forth with Logano for second.NEW LEADER: @Blaney gets around his @Team_Penske teammate @joeylogano for the top spot!But @AlexBowman88 is closing! pic.twitter.com/FFiXuwegWc— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20206:35 p.m. ET —  Jimmie Johnson is sitting in 10th. 15 laps to go. Logano about two-tenths of a second ahead of Blaney. Jeff Gordon just said on the broadcast that he thinks Blaney is the guy to beat right now.6:28 p.m. ET —  30 laps remain and Joey Logano is in the lead. Harvick is close behind with Blaney, Stenhouse Jr. and Keselowski rounding out the top five.6:22 p.m. ET —  The restart looks like this: 1) Stenhouse 2) Nemechek 3) Blaney 4) Logano 5) Byron 6) Harvick 7) Truex 8) Keselowski 9) Johnson 10) DiBenedettoFOUR-WIDE on the restart!The green flies again in the #Pennzoil400 !📺: FOX📻: @PRNlive / @SiriusXMNASCAR💻: https://t.co/oWWAut6pxx📊: https://t.co/5xaVuS0qt9 pic.twitter.com/JdUATZMiEa— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20206:18 p.m. ET —  Ahead of the restart:There are only 3 cars on the lead lap: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ryan Preece and John Hunter Nemechek.so we’re gonna get a lot of wave-arounds and reset the order in a couple minutes.— PRN (@PRNlive) February 23, 20206:14 p.m. ET —  CAUTION: Chase Elliot goes into the wall. Sounds like it was a flat tire that sent him spinning into the wall. Tough break for Elliot on an otherwise great day. Ricky Stenhouse is now the leader with 45 laps to go.Trouble for @chaseelliott brings out the latest caution at @LVMotorSpeedway .Take a look at what happened to the No. 9. pic.twitter.com/RopgnyzXNb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20206:12 p.m. ET —  50 laps to go. Just like at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2, Chase Elliot is in the lead. Ryan Blaney is a bit over a second behind, followed by Logano, Byron, Keselowski and Johnson. A lot of activity is coming into pit road.6:06 p.m. ET —  Annnnddddd it’s gone. Chase Elliot back on top.For the lead! pic.twitter.com/Sx8LMCIci3— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 23, 20206:04 p.m. ET —  Ryan Blaney takes the lead.The lead changes hands again!This time, it’s @Blaney who goes to the front! pic.twitter.com/R7vcnPHjqv— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20205:54 p.m. ET —  Kevin Harvick back in the lead.5:53 p.m. ET — Restart order with 87 laps to go: 1) Logano 2) Blaney 3) Harvick 4) Johnson 5) Bowman 6) Elliott 7) Larson 8) Reddick 9) Kurt Busch 10) Kyle Busch5:47 p.m. ET —  Caution is back out after Martin Truex Jr. rubs against the wall.Contact with the wall for MTJ!Significant damage for @MartinTruex_Jr ! pic.twitter.com/lCdFQo0lmb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20205:43 p.m. ET —  Kevin Harvick is the leader.5:40 p.m. ET —  Just when you thought we would get back into the action? John Hunter Nemechek: hold my beer.Annnnd the caution comes back out as @JHNemechek goes for a slide.Leaderboard: https://t.co/5xaVuSi1kH pic.twitter.com/f8BdddsZjb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20205:38 p.m. ET —  Elite athleticism from the pit crew of Martin Truex Jr.Now that’s impressive. pic.twitter.com/g0eje0MXRD— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 23, 20205:35 p.m. ET —  Restart order with 100 laps to go: 1)Blaney 2) Elliott 3) Byron 4) Logano 5) Harvick 6) KyleBusch 7) Bowman 8) Johnson 9) Larson 10) Kurt Busch5:27 p.m. ET —  A caution is out on the final lap of Stage 2. Chase Elliot has swept the first two stages of the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas. Christopher Bell got caught up on the inside before getting turned into the wall. The caution came out.Chase Elliott sweeps the stages of the #Pennzoil400 at @LVMotorSpeedway .2. Blaney3. Truex Jr.4. Byron5. Logano6. Harvick7. Johnson8. Larson9. Bowman10. Kyle Busch #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/2CtmhbJlxC— PRN (@PRNlive) February 23, 20205:20 p.m. ET —  Stenhouse makes a pit stop with 15 laps to go. His team said they had a strategy by holding out from the pit for so long, but wouldn’t disclose what it is. A note just made on the broadcast that shows why being in the lead after Stage 2 is so important: Every driver who has led after Stage 2 in the last five races in Las Vegas? They’ve all gone on to win the race.5:16 p.m. ET — 20 laps remain in Stage 2 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. continues to lead. He’s the only one in the top group who hasn’t taken a pitstop. How long can he go?5:08 p.m. ET —  Lots of action going on in pit road. Ricky Stenhouse is now in the lead after many drivers took a pit stop. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin nearly collided when Johnson was exiting and Hamlin was entering.”No, after you.””No, I insist, after you.””NO … after YOU.” @dennyhamlin | @JimmieJohnson pic.twitter.com/i0CQizoP0X— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20205:00 p.m. ET —  110 laps in. 167 to go.50 to go in Stage 2:1. Elliott2. Truex Jr.3. Harvick4. Logano5. Blaney6. Johnson7. Byron8. Bowman9. Larson10. Almirola #Pennzoil400 | #NASCAR— PRN (@PRNlive) February 23, 20204:52 p.m. ET —  Lots of action off the restart: Jimmie Johnson is battling to crack the top-5; Kyle Busch has moved all the way from the end to 11th; Chase Elliot back in the lead after a brief stop in second and third.These restarts are … wow. 😳The racing from @LVMotorSpeedway is heating up! (📺: FOX) pic.twitter.com/Ltz7dzaP5Z— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20204:38 p.m. ET —  Chase Elliot finishes Stage 1 in first place. Chase Elliott drives away to win Stage 1 presented by @CocaCola !2. Truex Jr.3. Harvick4. Blaney5. Logano6. Byron7. Larson8. Bowman9. Johnson10. Chastain #Pennzoil400 | #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/1sIlRooGtF— PRN (@PRNlive) February 23, 20204:34 p.m. ET —  Ross Chastain has joined the top 10 while he races in Ryan Newman’s No. 6.As we approach the end of Stage 1, @RossChastain pilots the @roushfenway No. 6 into the top 10. pic.twitter.com/iYR4rd60Vh— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20204:31 p.m. ET —  Chase Elliot keeps on keeping on. Now he’s in the lead.Elliott takes the lead from Harvick. Lap 67. Harvick said he is losing the front end. nascar @NASCARONFOX— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 23, 20204:28 p.m. ET —  Chase Elliot moves into second place 65 laps in…. make that the top ✌️ for @chaseelliott . pic.twitter.com/Va37w8v9sR— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 23, 20204:20 p.m. ET —  Chase Elliot is into third behind Truex Jr. and Harvick (in first) heading into Lap 50.4:04 p.m. ET —  The second caution flag of the day is out. Competition caution comes out after Lap 25. Current positioning: 1. Harvick 2. Truex Jr. 3. Logano 4. Elliott 5. Blaney.4:00 p.m. ET —  Kevin Harvick just barely bumped into Joey Logano at the front of the pack. Both stayed steady. Harvick in the lead at Lap 23 with Logano right behind. To stay or to go? That was the question heading into the final stretch of the Pennzoil 400. Joey Logano decided to stay, and his decision paid off with his second straight victory at the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas.Ross Chastain, who filled in for Ryan Newman in the No. 6 Ford, spun out with six laps to go and out came the late caution flag. The 23 drivers on the lead lap had to decide between getting new tires for the last few laps or sticking with their current conditions and preserving position. Ryan Blaney was in the lead and decided to stop on pit road, while Logano and Matt DiBenedetto were two of only seven drivers who decided to stay out on the track.last_img read more

Four Finalists to be Selected in Town and Country’s Free Roof…Four Finalists to be Selected in Town and Country’s Free Roof…

first_imgSubmitted by Town and Country RoofingAfter nearly 3 months of accepting nominees, Town & Country Roofing is getting ready to start the process of narrowing down the nominations to four finalists in the Town & Country Roofing’s 1st annual No Roof Left Behind TM community program.“We are so excited about all the deserving nominees we’ve had this year, but it makes selecting the finalists that much more difficult. The stories really tug at our heartstrings,” says Ron Shincke, Owner of Town & Country Roofing. “Once we narrow it down to the four finalists, the community can come cast their votes. Ultimately it’s up to the public.” Voting will Start February 3, 2014 online, where people can read the stories and vote!“So many hardworking people just can’t squeeze another dime out of the household budget, let alone a new roof. We saw a roof giveaway as the best way to help out. We’ve had some great local companies offer their support as well. And we’re thrilled by that Rebuilding Together Thurston County (RTTC) and Mixx 96.1 KXXO for donating their times and efforts to make sure the word reached as many people as possible.. We are really pleased to have partners in our effort to give back.”Other local businesses are invited to show their community appreciation as well. “We think it’s a great way to rally the community together,” offers Ron Shincke “That’s why we’re inviting other neighborhood businesses to show support by way of donations. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out,” Ron Shincke continues. “Just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”For more information about Town & Country Roofing Inc, their No Roof Left Behind program and interviews with Ron Shincke, please call 360-704-7663 or visit their website.  You can also visit the No Roof Left Behind website here to read the nominee’s stories and vote online. Facebook6Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Defending champs F2 Logistics wastes little time crushing SmartDefending champs F2 Logistics wastes little time crushing Smart

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Is Pacquiao into promoting himself nowadays? Kennedy Lynn Bryan of F2 over Sanja Trivunuvic and Maureen Penetramte-Ouano of SmartDefending champion F2 Logistics was in no mood to take it easy against overmatched newcomer Smart Prepaid Thursday night.The Cargo Movers fired away unflinchingly against a Giga Hitters squad relying solely on Cuban Gyselle Silva to score a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 for their second win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City But F2 Logistics soon caught up, unleashing a strong windup through a Kim Fajardo kill-block on Silva and a Perez slam for a 20-17 lead.“We still need to improve on a lot of things especially in controlling our errors and we have to find balance in our game,” added Perez who finished with 15 points including three blocks.Though missing key players who are playing for La Salle in the UAAP, F2 outscored Smart, 75-57, but thrived most on net defense (10-3) and service game (8-4 in aces).ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ LATEST STORIES “It doesn’t matter which opponent we play; we have to play at our best and keep on improving every game,” said last year’s MVP Maria Jose Perez. “Every game is important for us.”F2 Logistics proved it had the bite to back up that bark, raining down its serves on the 6-foot-3 Silva, who was also on the receiving end of most of F2’s 10 kill blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We try to keep a positive mind,” said the low-key Venezuelan spiker. “One thing going for the team is that we have a good chemistry and communications inside.”Indeed, the Cargo Movers were able to quickly shake off the Giga Hitters’ strong start that allowed the debuting team to post a 13-10 lead in the opening frame. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour showLeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Given the Golden State Warriors’ addition of DeMarcus Cousins to what was already a ludicrously loaded roster, a championship seems logically out of reach for anybody else in the NBA. James already was aware of the upstate challenge he’ll face after losing three of the last four NBA Finals to the Warriors in Cleveland.And with innumerable variables still to be settled before the regular season, it’s impossible to predict what James will be able to accomplish with a revamped Lakers roster.But at least the worst half-decade in franchise history should become a bad memory for Lakers fans, who seethed through five irrelevant seasons highlighted mostly by Bryant’s retirement tour. The Lakers’ 35 victories last year were their best performance during five years without a postseason game for a team that had never missed the playoffs more than two seasons in a row.After James announced his decision to join the Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million deal Sunday, the Lakers’ jersey sales skyrocketed and prices spiked on the secondary ticket market. Fans gathered among the statues in Star Plaza outside Staples Center, tossing chalk into the air in a simulation of James’ famed gesture.Los Angeles also made a flurry of complementary moves as Johnson attempted to assemble an immediate playoff contender on the wreckage of five playoff-free years.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hug before the start of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night, July 1, 2018, that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. “Welcome to the family (at)KingJames,” Bryant said on Twitter . “(hash)lakers4life (hash)striveforgreatness.” (Paul Rodriguez/The Orange County Register via AP, FIle)LOS ANGELES — From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, superstars have been the Lakers’ lifeblood for decades.LeBron James is already the biggest star of his generation, and he followed a familiar path to Los Angeles’ bright lights when he decided to sign with the Lakers as a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Romeo blasts players who called Gilas ’embarassing’: Why don’t you convert to Australian In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It’s no coincidence that this glamorous, 16-time champion franchise has consistently attracted already great players with outsized ambition. The 33-year-old James has taken on the challenge that Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal all accepted near the primes of their careers.Becoming a basketball superstar is one thing, and nobody is bigger than James after 15 prolific NBA seasons and three championships. Succeeding with the Lakers is something different, according to many of the men who have worn this gold jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJust ask Bryant, who won two Olympic gold medals as James’ teammate while spending his entire 20-year career with the Lakers.“The NBA does better when the Lakers are at their highest potential,” Bryant, who retired in 2016, told Fox Sports Radio on Monday. “And for the city of LA, it’s important for us to have that star power. Jerry (West) was here. Elgin Baylor was here. Wilt was here. Magic was here. Cap (Abdul-Jabbar) was here. Shaq, myself, and now let’s carry it forward again. You’ve got LeBron here now. It’s his turn now. Hopefully he can — which he will — take this franchise back to prominence.” Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson are joining along with James. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is staying, along with — for now — the young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas and several others are out. The Lakers will build around James, and they’ll continue to attempt to land Kawhi Leonard or another superstar to team up with him over the next year.With Randle’s departure, the Lakers will have no players left on their roster who played with Bryant in his final game in 2016. The Lakers are steaming toward a new future, with little tying them to the lamentable recent past.But with the signing of a free-agent superstar, the Lakers already have followed through on the most important part of the plan set forth 16 months ago by Magic Johnson when he took over the club’s basketball operations. Although he spent his entire career with LA, Magic knows the magnitude of the Lakers’ lure.Chamberlain made this move in 1968, with the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player requesting a trade from Philadelphia to join Baylor and West.Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975 after requesting a trade from Milwaukee to a cosmopolitan city, and he went on to become the NBA’s career scoring leader during 14 seasons with the Lakers.O’Neal went west as a free agent in 1996, embracing the advantages of living in Hollywood while moonlighting as an actor and rapper.James is arguably bigger than them all, a multi-media star with a legitimate entertainment production company already churning out content for the likes of NBC, the History Channel and Starz.When James suits up for the season opener, six of the top eight scorers in NBA history will be Lakers.“This is a special place,” Johnson said recently. “We know what’s special about this franchise. 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$50M playpark officially opened at Giftland Mall$50M playpark officially opened at Giftland Mall

first_imgIt was a moment of great excitement for kids and adults alike when Giftland on Friday evening launched its first universal playpark in Guyana.In addition to the Kids Playpen, two popular attractions are the rock climbing wall and the bungee jumping playpen for adults.Before the ribbon cutting, Director of Giftland, Roy Beepat, proclaimed the event as historic: “This is really quite a momentous affair, in its simplicity, this really represents the few areas in Guyana, where you can come as a family and enjoy with your younger ones. One of the things about the Mall is actually to create this family element so that you can come as families and enjoy all the different facets of what we are trying to establish.”The rock climbing wall is yet to be opened and according to Beepat, this will be completed in the next few weeks and is to be one of the highlights of the playpark.He noted that tremendous hard work went into the creation and setting up of the playpark and stressed that safety at the facility is of paramount importance.The playpark is a first not only in Guyana but the Caribbean. It is estimated to have cost $50M.last_img read more

Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt trainingMohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

first_img0Shares0000Egypt forward Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 12, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup © AFP / Karim JAAFARGrozny, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Mohamed Salah gave Egypt’s World Cup hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.The Pharaohs’ superstar was sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting doubt on his World Cup participation. He took part in his first training session since the injury, going through a range of warm-up exercises with his teammates.Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela said Salah “participated in part of the training with the team and completed the other part alone”.Team director Ihab Lahita was cagey about his progress, saying there was no guarantee Salah will play in Egypt’s Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday.“There’s a good degree of progress but no definitive decision on whether he takes part, as we are following his case day by day,” he told reporters.Salah’s World Cup dream was left on the brink when he exited the Champions League final in tears after Sergio Ramos wrestled him to the ground.But such has been his form for Liverpool, with 44 goals in all competitions this season, that he was included in the Egypt squad simply on the off-chance he could play.Egypt forward Mohamed Salah (L) takes part in a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 12, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup © AFP / Karim JAAFAROn May 30, Egypt officials said Salah would be out for “not more” than three weeks, which would rule him out of the Uruguay match but put him in the frame for Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.Egypt’s doctor said over the weekend that Salah would not play “unless he has totally recovered”.The player sat out Egypt’s first training session after arriving in Russia but was optimistic about his prospects.“I’m excited. God willing I’m well-prepared and things are going well and my morale is high,” he told AFP on Sunday.Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has expressed hope that Salah will play against the South Americans, saying he wants to play against the best at football’s showpiece tournament.“I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play,” he said.Salah is regarded as a contender for the Ballon d’Or, alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar of Brazil.jach/ns/jw0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Harry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten runHarry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten run

first_img Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Tottenham striker Harry Kane is adamant Spurs’ growing confidence can inspire them to victory in Sunday’s North London derby at Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are undefeated in the Premier League since the opening day of the season [a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United] and extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.Arsenal have already beaten Spurs once this season, the Gunners dumping them out of the League Cup in September.But Kane – who found the net against Villa at White Hart Lane – believes Tottenham are now well placed to stun their rivals thanks to their recent form, plus a number of key absentees for Arsene Wenger.“We’re playing very well, we’re exciting, we’re a young team and we’ve got a lot of energy, and the wins will just keep giving us that, but there’s still a long way to go so we’ve got to keep trying to learn and improve,” the England striker said.“Anderlecht [in the Europa League on Thursday] is important for us so we’ve got to stay focused on that for now, but of course, everyone’s excited for the North London derby. It’s a game everyone looks forward to, both teams are playing well so it’ll be good to go and try and get a result.“We made a good statement against Man City [in a recent 4-1 victory] and followed that up pretty well with wins so we face Arsenal on Sunday going for the win, and we’re full of confidence and know we can win.“The aim is the top four but there’s still a long way to go. We’ve got to stay consistent throughout the whole season, we can’t just have a good start and fade away.”Tottenham’s second goalscorer on Monday evening – in front of Roy Hodgson – was the talented Dele Alli, 19, who is expected to be included in the next England squad for their upcoming friendly fixtures with France and Spain.His swift rise from a Football League player to international recognition is not dissimilar to Kane’s during the past season, and for all that such pressure can be difficult for a young player to handle, the forward believes that his young team-mate has the character to cope.“He’s a great player and a great lad as well,” Kane said. “He’s very focused, he’s good to have around the dressing room, he’s a bubbly character. We’re delighted for him, he’s come in this season and settled in straight away.“He’s still young, he’s still got a lot to learn, a long way to go. And yes, I was probably in that position last year so it’s great for him to have me and other players who have been through that to talk to. He’s a mature lad and I’m sure he’ll take it in his stride.“We have discussions now and then, he watched last season and he wants to go and do the same. He’s a young player with a lot of talent and he just wants to play football, and that’s what’s nice to see.“He’s been playing very well for us, he came in the last [England] squad and did very well in training and impressed, so he’s got to keep doing what he’s doing. That’s the [England] manager’s choice: all he can keep doing is having nights like he’s had [against Villa], it won’t hurt him.”last_img read more