Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Go for Gold signs Paul Desiderio MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket between San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) and forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — That faint M-V-P chant wasn’t for Russell Westbrook.It was for 37-year-old forward Nick Collison.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans each scored 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost eight of 10.LaMarcus Aldridge was held to 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting“They were very aggressive,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They did a good job. He didn’t have one of his best nights, that’s for sure, but his effort was great. It just didn’t work for him tonight, and OKC was a big part of that.”Brewer’s corner 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half gave the Thunder a 52-43 lead. He led Oklahoma City with 10 points before the break.Thunder center Steven Adams came down hard on his left ankle early in the third quarter and did not return. Without his presence on both ends of the floor, the Spurs quickly took advantage and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 62-58. The Thunder recovered after a timeout and led 77-68 after three quarters.Collison took over in the early part of the fourth quarter. He made a reverse layup to make it 82-70, drew the fifth foul on Aldridge with 7:41 to play, then scored in close a minute later to give the Thunder an 89-72 lead.The Spurs cut their deficit to seven with about two minutes to play, but Westbrook later clinched his triple-double on an assist to Grant for a 3-pointer that put the Thunder up 12.TIP-INSSpurs: F/C Pau Gasol started after sitting out against Golden State on Thursday with a right shoulder injury. … F Kawhi Leonard remained out while recovering from a right quadriceps injury.Thunder: G Terrance Ferguson was out with a concussion he received when he ran into Adams on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Westbrook, the NBA’s most valuable player last season, scored 21 points and posted his 19th triple-double of this season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs 104-94 on Saturday night. Collison, a fan favorite who has been with the Thunder since the team moved from Seattle, stole the show.Collison was pressed into action because starting center Steven Adams came down hard on his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Collison entered the game in the fourth quarter for the first time and responded by scoring all seven of his points in a 2:41 span in the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City.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 folkCollison heard the chant and got a kick out of it.“Sometimes, I feel like the walk-on in college games,” he said. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Westbrook was glad to see Collison show he’s still got it. Collison hadn’t scored as many as seven points in a game since scoring seven on March 22, 2017, against Philadelphia.“He puts in the work and he’s always ready to go,” Westbrook said. “Tonight was one of those nights where he got his number called and he answered like he does every time. It’s a blessing to be on the floor with a guy like him. He’s so unselfish. It’s good to see.”Collison said he just tries to remember that he could be needed at any time. This time, it came in a key matchup between teams that are in the running for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.“There has been a couple years for me where I haven’t played much,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus when I’m out there on what is actually going on. Trying not to let it get into my head too much that I haven’t been out here in a long time — really just focus on the play in front of you. I’ve gotten better at that as I’ve gone on. You just have to stay ready.”Westbrook had 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 98th triple-double of his career. Jerami Grant scored 15 points, Corey Brewer added 12, Paul George and Alex Abrines each scored 11 and Patrick Patterson had 10 for the Thunder, who improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES STAT LINESOklahoma City’s bench scored 50 points.“I think the biggest thing to me was the emphasis on moving the ball and letting the ball find the open man,” Donovan said.OLD SCHOOLOn several occasions, Popovich played a lineup of players who all were at least 30 years old. Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Gay and Gasol add up to a combined 173 years old. Green, the youngster of the group, turns 31 in June. Ginobili, the elder statesman, is 40.UP NEXTSpurs: at the Houston Rockets on Monday.Thunder: host the Sacramento Kings on Monday. View commentslast_img read more

Polansky ends Grand Slam season as tennis’ luckiest loser

first_imgView comments Polansky lost to No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday in the first round, but not until after he’d become the first player to compete in all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season as a “lucky loser.”That is the term for someone who falls in the final stage of qualifying, yet still is randomly drawn into the main field when a spot opens up because of a withdrawal. That’s how the 119th-ranked Canadian got into the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And though he went 0-4 once he got to the majors, his good fortune made him the envy of some players far better than him.“A couple of them have come up to me and just like rubbed my shoulders to try to get some luck, that kind of thing,” Polansky said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Peter Polansky of Canada returns the ball during his men’s singles first round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Peter Polansky was still trying to qualify for the U.S. Open when fellow players began congratulating him.When it comes to tennis’ luckiest loser, there was no need to wait to see if he’d win.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Polansky’s ranking rose to a career-best 110 in June, not that far from the top 101 spots that qualify automatically for the U.S. Open. With some solid play later in the year, perhaps he can get there in time for Australia.Then Polansky wouldn’t even need luck.“Yeah, that’s the goal,” he said. “I think with the summer I’ve had I’ve set myself up pretty well to achieve that. I think I need maybe one or two more good results and that should do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 ‘It’s a nightmare’: Players melt in US Open extreme heat MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced How good was Polansky at losing, and yet still coming out a winner? When he did it for the fourth time last week, fans on social media accused him of tanking so he could become the first person to accomplish the lucky loser Grand Slam.“I swear, every match I lose, like, guys think I’ve thrown the match,” Polansky said. “Like, sold the match.”Polansky had a chance to take luck out of the equation last week when he won his first two matches in New York. At that point, players knew he had it wrapped up.“They were like, ‘Congrats, you’re in,’” Polansky said. “No, not yet.”He lost his final match to Donald Young, but sure enough, he was then drawn into the field of 128 anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Senators Vote for Border Closure

first_imgSeated in an unlit Chamber, Senators of the 53rd Legislature Tuesday, April 1st, voted to work in collaboration with the House of Representatives to bid President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declare a State of Emergency and order Liberia’s borders with Guinea—and if necessary, those with Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire—closed.That move, the Senators believe, will help health workers cut down the number of people moving in and out of the country and, axiomatically (obviously, goes without saying) reduce the incidence (frequency, rate) of carriers of the Ebola virus, entering through the country’s porous land borders.According to the motion proffered by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, the leaderships of the two Houses will work with the Executive to encourage the President to declare state of emergency.The Senators’ action was taken immediately after the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, Dr.(MD) Peter Sonpon Coleman, had briefed the lawmakers on the status of the Ebola virus.Senator Coleman, who supports the eventual closure of the borders as the last measure to contain the virus, disclosed that the latest report from the Du Side Hospital in Harbel, Firestone, where the only living carrier is hospitalized, said there was encouraging news that her condition was improving, and that she is no longer rejecting her food intake.Quoting a report from Lofa County, Sen. Coleman said the Superintendent of that county has ordered a stop to residents going into Guinea, a decision many in that border town have accepted.The briefing was greeted with mixed reactions, though all supported measures that would contain the virus.For instance, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor warned that news about the Ebola virus is causing lots of panic in the communities; she suggested that the Senate act more decisively.The Bong County senior Senator said some parents have begun taking their children out of school, fearing they might contract the virus.Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, however, reiterated the call for the President to address the nation and thereafter declare a state of emergency; he said that the situation has gone beyond the Minister of Health and Social Welfare making mere daily briefings, and that it was time for decisive, national action.Meanwhile, there are reports that Ministers of Health of ECOWAS are scheduled to attend a conference in Monrovia next week. It is believed that containing the Ebola virus will be high on their agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Breaking: CCJ overturns Guyana’s Court of Appeal decision in sovereignty of the people case

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday morning overturned Guyana’s Court of Appeal’s decision in the Attorney General v Cedric Richardson case. More details on Wednesday, June 27 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

District hikes building fees

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The district’s fee study projects that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, adding 725 students to the 3,400-student district. The state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but districts can charge more if they meet certain conditions. The Southern Kern district in Kern County is among six Antelope Valley districts now charging higher LevelII fees. In the L.A. County portion of the Antelope Valley, the developer fee is split among the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the individual elementary school districts. The money pays for portable classrooms and restrooms, consultants, infrastructure and architects whose plans are used when portables are moved or are brought into the district. ROSAMOND – Projecting that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, the Southern Kern Unified School District has raised by more than 22percent developer fees that help pay for portable classrooms and other school facilities. Levied to help accommodate students who move into new housing tracts, the developer fees were raised to $4.15 per square foot of floor space, up from $3.39. That amounts to $8,300 for an average-size new house of 2,000 square feet. The board unanimously approved the increase in developer fees at Wednesday’s meeting. No developers attended. “They just take it as a matter of doing business,” said Charlene Melchers, the district’s chief business officer. last_img read more

Top city officials join in rally

first_imgBeginning at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, an estimated 3,000 marchers followed a 10-block procession to MacArthur Park. “We acknowledge that what happened on May 1 is wrong, that we have to get to the bottom of it, that we’ve got to investigate, that we have to have an open and transparent investigation that ensures that justice is realized,” Villaraigosa told the crowd. Officers on bikes LAPD officers on bicycles patrolled the gathering. Bratton, who apologized for his officers’ actions and demoted two top-ranking officers in charge that day, was on hand Thursday and maintained a high profile. Some marchers called for Bratton’s resignation as they arrived in MacArthur Park, but Bratton took it in stride, shaking hands with marchers and mingling with families. “MacArthur Park was an exception in the city and we want to keep it this way,” he told reporters. But the chief faces many questions in the weeks ahead. The ACLU petition follows concerns expressed earlier this week by consent decree independent monitor Michael G. Cherkasky, who noted the melee in a quarterly report. “While the details of exactly what occurred and why have yet to be determined, the police actions that occurred on May 1, 2007, have raised many questions,” he said, adding that he will continue to monitor the investigation and how it unfolds. Fear of police The immigrants-rights May Day protest ended with baton-wielding police firing more than 140 rounds of rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters that included children. “There was already fear about the police in the community,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, a key organizer of the May Day march for immigration reform. “When they see police beating up people with children, it creates a sense the police are not there to protect us and reinforces misgivings about how much the police are there to protect immigrant communities.” The display of force threw into question how far the department has moved toward reforming itself and cast a cloud over what many believed would be a quick and easy reappointment process for Bratton. Groups that less than a month ago had praised Bratton for his reforms have sharpened their criticism of the department after the rally. Inquiries launched Three investigations of the May Day fracas have been launched, including a federal inquiry into possible civil-rights violations. But ACLU lawyers say the LAPD culture is so troubling that systematic changes need to be made. “This is precisely the sort of action of police misconduct that the decree was designed to prevent,” said Mark Rosenbaum, legal director for the ACLU of Southern California. “What is riding on this is the effect and integrity of the decree.” In the 18-page ACLU petition, lawyers argue that six years of federal monitoring have failed to turn around a “warrior mentality.” It suggests that Judge Gary Allen Feess – who oversees the federal consent decree – consider mandating investigation of the Metropolitan Division, the elite police unit involved in the May Day melee. It asks Feess to consider rotating officers out of their assignments regularly to prevent an “insular subculture” that breeds “a strong code of loyalty,” and the reporting of misconduct less likely. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Los Angeles officials sought to mend fractured community relations Thursday by joining a march denouncing the police confrontation at a May Day rally, the ACLU filed a scathing petition asking a federal judge to consider expanding a consent decree against the LAPD. The strongly worded petition – which calls for a special hearing before the judge – argues that the violent police action earlier this month exposes an entrenched, aggressive culture despite years of hard work to turn the Los Angeles Police Department around. “The LAPD’s apparently deliberate and widespread use of excessive force on May 1 suggests an institution permissive of excessive force – a suggestion that is all too familiar regarding the LAPD,” says the petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and constitutional lawyer Erwin Chemerinsky. The federal consent decree was imposed on the LAPD in 2001 after the Rampart scandal revealed widespread police abuse and corruption. The decree required the department to rid itself of the abuse, but it was extended in 2006 due to a lack of compliance with its terms. The decree is now set to expire in 2009. In the months before the melee at MacArthur Park, the LAPD had looked to be in a good position toward having it finally lifted, largely due to reforms implemented by Police Chief William Bratton. But the petition argues that further change is still needed in the department. “The egregiousness of the violations at MacArthur Park, the methodical manner in which they were committed, and the number of officers involved raise questions as to the extent of the department’s progress and the reach of the reforms so far implemented,” it said. In its request for a hearing, the ACLU said the judge should consider requiring reforms similar to those the consent decree imposed on the department’s gang units – including caps on the amount of time an officer can serve in a particular unit. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was on a trade mission to Central America and Mexico when the May Day rally occurred, joined thousands of marchers Thursday. last_img read more

Sports CS flags off duo for pre-World Cup tournament

first_img0Shares0000Terming them as the ‘only Kenyans’ at the World Cup, Echesa urged Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki to be good ambassadors of the country at the World Cup.Photo/AMOS ONDIEKINAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa on Wednesday evening flagged off two teenagers  who will represent the country in the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament that will precede the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.Terming them as the ‘only  Kenyans’ at the World Cup, Echesa urged Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki  to be good ambassadors of the country at the World Cup. “It is unfortunate that I am only meeting you guys this late, I could have loved to have a conversation with you early enough,” Echesa while handing over the flag to the 12-year-olds stated who will leave for Moscow on Thursday night.“As a country we need to have structures that will ensure, the national teams performed batter at all age groups,” the head of the Sports Ministry flanked by Gatundu South Member of National Assembly Moses Kuria offered.In the meantime, Jadidi has been drawn in team ‘Komodo Dragons’ and will be joined by a young footballer from Brazil, Wales, Dominican Republic,  Guinea Bissau and Philippines in the tourney that will be played in around robin format.Jadidi who wants to be a professional football player and whose role model is Belgium’s Heden Hazard says he can’t wait to get to Moscow to showcase his abilities on the field, together with other equally talented juniors.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team. Photo/AMOS ONDIEKI“I am extremely happy to be part of the of F4F, and of course the opportunity to meet and play with my new teammates. The paring of the teams is in line with the core values of the tournament which includes, making friendship, promoting equality, peace and respect for different cultures and traditions,” Jadidi who is full sponsored by oil merchants  Gazprom ,official partner of FIFA and the World Cup,  told Capital Fm.Myles, who will travel as a young Journalist says he was intrigued by the professional at a tender age after his father bought him a camera, who has been handy in telling his story and also that of his peers at school.“I believe as a journalist, nothing will be suppressed. I want the whole world to know what is happening, In Russia, I will highlight Jadidi’s progress,” Myles said.F4F is supported by 211 countries and regions! For the very first time, young athletes from all parts of the world where football is played will meet on the same field. We live in an age where people all over the world seek to unite behind the principles of equality and respect for each other.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team.The age of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained by Young Coaches – football players of 14-16years from different countries.The tournament will run from 8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the first match pitting host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tiger bites man at animal sanctuary

first_imgACTON – A man was critically injured when a tiger bit him repeatedly at an animal sanctuary run by actress Tippi Hedren. The 40-year-old man was attacked Monday afternoon at Shambala Preserve, on the edge of the Mojave Desert about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A county fire dispatcher said the victim was airlifted to a hospital in critical but stable condition. The preserve is an 80-acre wildlife habitat for endangered big cats. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHedren, who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” founded the preserve in the 1970s.last_img read more

Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital

first_imgFr Ted star Gerard McSorley has failed to appear in court after it was revealed that he is ill in hospital.The well-known actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) to face public order charges. It follows an incident at sheltered accommodation in Newtowncunningham on December 11th last.McSorley, aged 69, was arrested and appeared at Ballina District Court in Co Mayo where the case was adjourned to until today.Garda Malachy Magee told the court that was “absolutely not welcome back” to the accommodation after the alleged incident.When McSorley’s case was called today, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he had been informed that the accused was a patient at Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Harrison how he wanted to proceed with the case.Inspector Harrison said the difficulty he had was that he had no paperwork for the case and he did not have an address for Mr McSorley.“I know he is in hospital but I have no paperwork on this at all.“Can we adjourn it because I know he was taken into hospital and I don’t think he could be here today anyway. Can you put it back for a month and we’ll try to get a plan?“He doesn’t appear to have an address but we’ll get word to him in the hospital,” he said.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 17th.The same court fined the actor €150 on December 4th last for another series of public order offences when he abused Gardai and then caused criminal damage to a Garda cell when he constantly spat at the door.However, his then solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court he could not pay the fine until next year when he received his next acting role.Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGerard McSorleyletterkennylast_img read more

DONEGAL MEAT COMPANY’S FURY AS CHEF CONRAD QUITS IRELAND

first_imgControversial Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher has quit Ireland again – leaving another trail of debt behind him.Just a year after returning and setting up restaurants in Dublin and Sligo, the Letterkenny chef has emigrated to America.And not for the first time a number of his suppliers claim they have not been paid. Gallagher left Dublin just before Christmas with his wife Candice and their two children.He has set up home in Los Angeles where he is listed as a ‘restaurant consultant.’However not everyone is sad to see the back of him.Maurice Kettyle of Kettyle Meats in Letterkenny claims Gallagher, from Hawthorn Heights, owes him about €7,000 for produce he supplied to his restaurants. “He has conned the country again. If I was broke I couldn’t afford the airfare to LA let alone set up a new life there.“There were two big deliveries that went unpaid, it was about €7,000. The cheque bounced.“I contacted him a number of times and it was the same old story. Now I hear that he has left the country.“It is difficult enough to do business without this type of behaviour. I don’t know how he can take in money and not pay his debt, signs, staff and suppliers,” fumed Mr Kettyle. DONEGAL MEAT COMPANY’S FURY AS CHEF CONRAD QUITS IRELAND was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefConrad GallagherKettyle Meatslast_img read more