Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, drives to the rim as New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill and center Jahlil Okafor, right, defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 116-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets were out of sorts at times on offense — until it really mattered. They looked lethargic on defense — until it really, really mattered.Then, they rose to the occasion. More specifically, Gary Harris did.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Thompson hits NBA record 14 3s as Warriors blast Bulls MOST READ PRACTICE MAKES PERFECTThe Nuggets took advantage of a three-day break to focus on shooting. They rank near the bottom in 3-point percentage.“Throughout the NBA season in practice, one of the last things you do is shoot. You’re working on offense, you’re working on defense, special situations,” Malone explained. “Hopefully all that repetition will help us finally make some shots.”The team was 11 of 35 from 3-point range.CRUNCH TIMEBeasley is getting more playing time with Will Barton out following surgery to fix his hip/core muscle. Beasley was in late in the fourth quarter, which was an eye-opener for him.“I looked at the scoreboard with two minutes to go and was like, ‘Wow, I’m out here,’” Beasley said.UP NEXTPelicans: Stop No. 2 on a five-game trip will be Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors.Nuggets: At Chicago on Wednesday. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nikola Mirotic came up clutch with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without star Anthony Davis (sprained right elbow) and Elfrid Payton (sprained right ankle). Reserve Julius Randle added 24.Down by 18 points in the third quarter, the Pelicans cut it to 96-94 with 3:50 remaining on a layup from Jrue Holiday. Malik Beasley answered by hitting a 3-pointer and a layup to give the Nuggets all the separation they would need. Harris’ steal with 38 seconds remaining wrapped it up as Denver moved to 4-0 at home.“We knew this team wasn’t going to back down,” said Paul Millsap, who had 18 points. “It’s when we get out there and try to blow teams out is when we kind of get ourselves in trouble. Taking our time and letting the game come to us, that’s when we’re at our best.”The Pelicans turned the ball over 22 times, including three costly miscues down the stretch.“You can’t do that against a really good defensive team like these guys are,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just didn’t have enough firepower to finish.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harris scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and came up with a big steal late to help the Nuggets hold off the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-111 on Monday night after nearly squandering an 18-point lead.The Nuggets are 5-1 despite feeling like they’ve yet to find their rhythm. That’s encouraging to Harris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There’s a different vibe around the team,” Harris said. “Everybody can feel it. … The defense could’ve been better tonight. But we keep getting these wins. That’s the point of it all — the wins.”Jamal Murray chipped in 23 points and Nikola Jokic had 12 points and 10 assists for his fifth double-double in six games. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Randle’s thoughts exactly.“We just dug ourselves a bit too deep at the end of the first half. That’s what got us,” Randle said. “This was their home-court and we didn’t have enough juice.”Before the game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone warned his team about not taking the Pelicans too lightly just because they were without Davis. His message apparently didn’t take root, and Denver trailed by nine points during the opening quarter.The Nuggets woke up from their slumber in the second quarter and grabbed a 58-45 lead at the break and ran the lead to 18 in the third before the Pelicans rallied.“It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s not about who’s available,” Malone said. “It’s about us.”TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry said Davis is still experiencing some pain in his elbow and was held out for a second straight game as a precaution. “I don’t think it’s anything that we’re worried about,” Gentry said. … Holiday hit 2 of 3 3-pointers before fouling out. He entered the game 3 of 22.Nuggets: Reserve Trey Lyles had 17 points with his father in the stands.NIKOLA VS. NIKOLAIn a faceoff of two big men with the first name Nikola, Jokic and Mirotic put on quite a show. Jokic finished a rebound shy of his second triple-double of the season. Meanwhile, Mirotic knocked down shot after shot in crunch time. 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The Ministry of Youth and Sports has warned against “duplication of tickets” and expressed confidence in the Liberia National Police to handle the situation and ensure that match officials, players and fans are safe.The concern over congestion at the County Meet finals has been raised because the finals take place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with the capacity of about 8,000 fans.With a population of about four million and over one million in Montserrado County – of which thousands are followers of the County Meet – attendance is expected to be higher during the finals.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray told journalists yesterday that the games would be played “under safety and tight security to avoid overflowing.”Minister Gray said “tickets would be printed” to avoid overcapacity, of which the Police have declared to help the Ministry ensure accountability.“We believe the County Meet will continue to provide the forum for players to learn their skills, discipline, and gain confidence,” he said.To prevent duplication, Minister Gray said tickets would be on sale as of today (Monday) and would be managed by the Ministry in collaboration with the major sponsor, Cellcom GSM.The quarter-final (second round) of the 2016/2017 County Sports Meet will kick off Tuesday, December 19, with kickball and football.At 11:00am, in the kickball, Margibi County faces Maryland County; and Grand Gedeh County Meets Montserrado County.In football, which begins at 2:00pm, Maryland County will lock horns with Montserrado County, and Grand Cape Mount County will rub shoulders with River Gee County.On Wednesday, December 21 – the second day of the quarter-finals – in kickball, Grand Bassa County will play Bong County; and the defending kickball champ will play host to Gbarpolu. And in the football, Lofa County will meet defending football champ, Grand Bassa County; and Nimba County faces Margibi County.Last Thursday, the Ministry of Youth and Sports staged a draw at the Sports Commission in Monrovia with eight teams in two groups.Members of Group A include Maryland, Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and River Gee. Group B members are Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Nimba Counties.At the end of the quarter-finals on Friday, two teams will qualify from each zone for the semi-finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National recently released its draw schedule, and will be featuring gold medalists Kevin Martin (2010), Brad Gushue (2006), as well as 2011 World Champion Jeff Stoughton.Opening ceremonies for the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, The National, will take place on Wed. Jan.25 at 7:30 p.m. The event will kick off with Team Stoughton vs. Team Gushue, Team Martin vs. Team Fowler and Team McEwen vs. Team Ulsrud.For a look at the complete draw sheet, visit the Events Centre’s official website, or the Grand Slam of Curling’s official website.- Advertisement -If unable to make it to Dawson Creek for the event, The National will be televised nationally on CBC on Sat. Jan. 28 and Sun. Jan. 29.Tickets are now available for purchase and are priced at $30, $20 and $16 dollars. Round robin tickets purchased before 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan.13 cost $12.Tickets are available for purchase online, or by calling 1-877-339-8499. Discount group packages are also available by calling 250-795-3307. Advertisement
0Shares0000A member of Afghanistan’s women’s wheelchair basketball team (in blue) plays against Thailand during a training session in the coastal province of Chonburi © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 9 – An explosion tore through Nilofar Bayat’s leg when she was just two, but as she spins her wheelchair across a basketball court in Bangkok, the Afghan sportswoman is determined to turn her story from tragedy to triumph.The 23-year-old captain of the Afghan women’s wheelchair basketball team is in Thailand this week in a bid to qualify for the Asian Para Games for the first time. “This is a big job. When I come, I represent Afghanistan in other countries. I want to show that Afghanistan is not just Taliban,” said Bayat, who lost her brother in the same attack that resulted in the loss of her leg.Her life reflects the squad’s remarkable journey against a backdrop of unrelenting violence.When the International Committee for the Red Cross set up its wheelchair basketball programme in Afghanistan some eight years ago, the goal wasn’t to win competitions.Instead, the chief aim was to provide fitness and rehab in a country with a large disabled population — many of whom, like Bayat, lost their limbs in attacks.Other victims have suffered polio, with Afghanistan one of just three nations worldwide where the disease still retains a grip, due to the disruption of health services and the Taliban’s opposition to vaccination.– Out to win –Belying the game’s humble start in Afghanistan, the players are out to show that they can triumph against formidable odds, making their international debut in Indonesia last year.They dominated the field and took home the championship trophy.“Our first tournament was so good, when we played and we got the first position it was amazing for Afghanistan,” Bayat recalled.The Afghan men’s team passed a major milestone in Thailand this week with their first official tournament win outside the country © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHAMeanwhile the Afghan men’s team passed a major milestone in Thailand this week with their first official tournament win outside the country.Jess Markt, an American who coaches the teams, said many players had never even seen a basketball when he first arrived in the country.“And now, several years later we are at the point where we have men’s and women’s national teams that are becoming quite skilled,” he told AFP.“They are getting to the point where they are very competitive with the mid-level international teams around the world.”Introduced to basketball only three years ago, Sayed Wasim Sadat said the sport had lifted his spirits and transformed his life.“I feel lots of changes in my body and my life because now I am so active. Before… I don’t like to go (anywhere),” the 21-year-old said after a friendly warm-up game in a sweltering gym outside Bangkok.“Now I enjoy my life,” he told AFP.– ‘Not for ladies’ –The squads have thrived despite daunting obstacles, including a nerve-wracking security situation that complicates even the seemingly simple act of holding practice sessions.Sixteen years after a US-backed coalition invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban, the militants have escalated their attacks inside the country, leaving residents on edge as the country also grapples with an expanding Islamic State presence.“When we go to basketball, some people say, this sport is not for ladies, just sit at home, stay at home, do the chores, you should marry, you should have your children.” © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA“The girls are not allowed to go alone anywhere…. This is a big problem, we can’t do our training together,” said Bayat.In fact the trip to Thailand offered them a rare chance to practise together, prompting the team to arrive early in the country so they can hone their skills ahead of the Games.In addition to security fears, some of the players also face resistance from family members who frown on female participation in sports.“When we go to basketball, some people say, this sport is not for ladies, just sit at home, stay at home, do the chores, you should marry, you should have your children,” Bayat said.But each win brings them more acceptance, she said, recalling the reception that greeted the team following their victory in Bali last July.“We went back to Afghanistan, they were so happy, they said excellent, you are good ladies, you are strong, you can be like boys,” she said.“I told them no, I never want to be like a boy, I want to be like myself, I want to be a strong woman.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
1 AC Milan want to replace Liverpool-bound Mario Balotelli with Arsenal and Chelsea target Jackson Martinez.According to reports in Italy, the Rossoneri have identified the free-scoring Colombian as the man to fill Balotelli’s boots, once the former Manchester City man completes his move to Anfield.That will come as bad news to both Arsenal and Chelsea who have held an interest in Martinez ever since he burst onto the scene with Porto in 2012.The little-known striker arrived in Portugal from Mexican side Chiapas and hit 46 goals in his first 60 league outings. And he has started this season in similar fashion, with two in two already.But once again Porto will face a battle to hold onto him right up until the close of the window and are now bracing themselves for an approach from AC Milan.Porto have signed Vincent Aboubakar from Lorient and it has been suggested that the Cameroon international has been lined up as a long-term replacement for Martinez.But the Portuguese club insist they will not part with their star striker unless his £28m buy-out clause is met. Jackson Martinez
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has told Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez they will not be leaving in January.The pair have been in stunning form this season and have smashed 26 Premier League goals between them.It has led to the duo being linked with big moves in January as clubs eye up their services.However, when Ranieri was asked if he had told Mahrez and Vardy they would be staying in January, Ranieri said:“Yes.“I don’t consider also [selling] them in the summer because in my mind the first thing I want is to keep them here.” 1 Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez
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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military, students and children 12 and under. Call the Palmdale Playhouse box office for tickets at (661) 267-5685. For more information, call (661) 267-ARTS (2787) for 24-hour recorded information or see www.thepalmdaleplayhouse.com. PALMDALE – The western “The Outcasts of Poker Flats” and the mystery comedy “The Tangled Snarl” are the offerings in the Palmdale Playhouse’s fourth annual One-Act Festival. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Based on a story by Western writer Bret Harte and adapted for the stage by Perry Edward, “Outcasts” is about six people snowbound in a Sierra Nevada cabin during the winter of 1850. “The Tangled Snarl” is a 1940s-style tribute to film noir and detective stories.
The deaths struck a rueful chord in a community where auto accidents have claimed dozens of young lives. Local sheriff’s deputies frequently lecture high school students about roadway safety. The city recently opened a Youth Memorial Grove at Central Park – a ring of tree-stump sculptures, each representing a life cut short by a crash. The deaths hit hard for Arnold, who had just warned Canyon High seniors last Thursday about staying safe on the road. He said the audience included Cortez, who later let Orozco drive her car. “She made it three days beyond the lecture, and she made a bad choice,” he said. “We failed. We couldn’t get through to the one that needed to hear it most. “We have to do something – that’s obvious. (On)that part of the roadway, from Shadow Pines (Boulevard) to Sierra Highway, we’ve had a number of collisions. But we can’t be everywhere at all times. What makes it more tragic is it’s one of our children.” At Canyon High’s senior picnic Tuesday, signs of the couple’s deaths were everywhere – their names on cars and on T-shirts bearing their prom photo. Friends said Cortez was planning to study at College of the Canyons after graduation, then transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles, to study pediatrics. “When (Lissette) smiled, she would make you smile,” said Jessica Mateo, 18, a classmate. “She was my best friend.” Orozco graduated from Canyon in 2004 and divided his time between classes at the college and working at a relative’s construction company, friends said. He looked forward to attending classes with his girlfriend, and he wanted to be an architect. “When they were together, they were the funniest thing ever,” Mateo said. “They would like play-fight. They loved each other a lot.” Santa Clarita Councilman Frank Ferry, who pushed for the memorial grove project, recalled a ceremony held there last week – a reminder to teens to drive safely through graduation. “We had about 200 people there, and I had all the high school students raise their hands,” he said. “The painful thing for me was knowing, within the next two to three weeks, I’d have to attend the funeral of someone that died. “Our pledge is no more names will be added the memorial. But there is a reason we’ve left room. Ultimately, some teenagers and young adults are going to make decisions that lead to bad consequences.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Lissette Cortez looked forward to high school graduation this week and to a life healing children, while her boyfriend, Luis Alfredo Orozco, anticipated attending college to become an architect. But there will be no more milestones for Cortez, 18, and Orozco, 19 – their lives severed by twisted metal on Soledad Canyon Road on Monday in a car crash that injured two others. “He loved to play and had a lot of spirit,” said Maria Chavez, Orozco’s grandmother. With tears flowing, the 74-year-old from Van Nuys stood Tuesday before a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers at the site of the crash. “He was real loving. He brought joy to everybody in the family.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Cortez and Orozco, who had dated for about three years as students at Canyon High School, were killed in a Ford Mustang that collided with a Toyota Corolla making a left turn at Rue Entree. The Mustang was split by a utility pole, and driver Orozco was thrown out of the car. “When I got here, it was already in two pieces,” said Enrique Ruiz, a family friend. “I saw (Orozco) just lying there. We kept hoping he would get up.” A third car – driven by Orozco’s friend Jesus Acosta – swerved to avoid debris and hit a tree in the center median. Both Acosta, 19, and the Corolla’s driver, Canyon High senior Carla Darmiento, 17, were treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Monday and released. Authorities initially suspected speed and racing might have been factors in the crash, but said Tuesday no criminal charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation. “This is a tragedy, and those that were killed were friends of the others that were involved,” a sheriff’s detective, Tony Arnold, said.
Senior Football Championship:Burt 08 – Buncrana 08Neither side could be separated this weekend when championship took our seniors to Hibernian Park. This was never going to be an easy task from the outset with many years of local history between both teams. Minor Championship:Buncrana minors played Convoy in football championship this week. A win for the minors was gained from a combination of young players and some of last years minors. A strong performance by Noel McLaughlin in the second half, great work over 60 mins by JP Mc Kenna and determination by Ben Bradley saw Buncrana become comfortable winners in the end. They play Muff in championship action this Tuesday in Muff. Camps:Over the last 2 weeks found the Scarvey to be a hive of activity as it ran Buncrana GAA’s Annual Summer Camp with over 70 U6’s the first week and Over 160 U8, U10 & U12’s the 2nd week. With over 230 children kitted out with Club tracksuits and happy faces, words cant express how grateful we are to the people who made this possible, from Coaches, Buddies, to special guests to the people who worked behind the scenes to make these two weeks so enjoyable and safe. A lot of credit must go to Elizabeth Ann Nelson for all her hard work. Thank you until next year…..Hurling:Well Done to our U8 & U10 Hurlers who travelled to convoy on Sunday for the last Blitz of the season a great turnout and with the U10’s leaving unbeaten, shows that Hurling is as strong as ever in the Scarvey. TRaining continues every Sunday from 11am 12pm. New members always welcomeGaelic footballBoys & GirlsU6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoys U8 Boys Friday from 6.30pm 7.30pmU10 Boys Friday from 6.45pm 8.00pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm 8.30pm U16 Boys Monday 7.00pmGirls:Reminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors!U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Wednesday 4.00pmTraining in The Scarvey, bring gum shield, water and €2 for training contribution.GAA News: Buncrana draw with Burt in very tense match was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:buncranaBURTGAANotes
When President George W. Bush urged Americans to consider mass transit as a means of conserving gasoline, he probably didn’t count on having to wait for a bus that never came. Or one that runs late. Or one that doesn’t run often enough. One of the keys to the success of the $330 million Metro Orange Line, which is preparing to start operations Oct. 29, will be ensuring that there’s efficient, reliable connections with the rest of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system. “Connections are seriously important,” said commuter Gail McConnell, a legal assistant from Sherman Oaks, riding the Ventura Boulevard Metro Rapid bus last week on the first leg of her trip downtown. “The hardest part is the buses don’t run on time. They break down; there’s traffic. You just have to be patient.” “The great thing about the Orange Line – and this whole technology – is you can adjust, you can fine-tune it.” Already, bus service has been bolstered on the major routes to guarantee a connection with the Orange Line every 30 minutes – and more like every 10 minutes on big streets such as Reseda, Sepulveda and Van Nuys boulevards. It’s a vast improvement over hourly buses that had been the norm on many of the north-south boulevards through the Valley. Additionally, the busway has 3,000 Park and Ride spaces along the route, although many of the thousands of daily users are expected to come by bus. But putting even more buses on the streets costs money, and officials say they’re in a Catch-22 situation of being unable to bolster service on sleepy suburban streets until residents demonstrate demand. “No transit agency has infinite resources,” said governance council member Kymberleigh Richards. “When you don’t have resources, you base your decisions on the demand … You will have people who think we should have a bus on White Oak every 15 minutes. That’s just not going to happen.” Only one north-south connector – the Woodley Avenue bus – is still scheduled to run just once an hour, but the MTA is working to improve that to every 30 minutes by opening day – at a cost of nearly $180,000. Additionally, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has proposed beefing up its midday DASH bus around Warner Center to serve the western terminus of the Orange Line. And the city of Burbank already operates its NoHo Line South, a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes during rush hour, taking commuters from the Orange Line’s eastern terminus at the Metro Red Line subway to the Media Center. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel is convening a meeting of Valley business leaders to see what companies can do to help boost connections to the Orange Line and make it attractive to their workers. She envisions having businesses and government chip in jointly to fund shuttles to and from the Orange Line, among other ideas. “Everything needs to be on the table,” the councilwoman said. “My goal is to create really a seamless transportation system where people will have the opportunity of leaving their cars behind.” Facing down $3-a-gallon gas and increasingly jammed freeways, MTA riders say when the system works, they love having lower transportation costs and avoiding the stress of L.A.’s legendary gridlock. But when the system lags, as it’s known to do, it can make the difference between an efficient ride and sheer frustration. Aldo Hernandez waited 40 minutes along Van Nuys Boulevard last week for the 233 bus that never showed up. It actually stopped a block away from where he was waiting, despite the sign posted at his bus stop. MTA officials said they would fix the problem. MTA officials remind that their buses boast high on-time performance ratings, but have to fight traffic just like the rest of Los Angeles vehicles, and that can lead to delays. But Valley resident Mike Christopherson, a downtown attorney taking the Ventura Boulevard bus to the Red Line, said the key to successful mass transit is making sure the buses show up on time. “The buses are unreliable, in terms of time, which is the frustrating part,” he said after riding Line 151 to the subway Wednesday morning. “In order for public transit to become appealing for people who have a choice, it has to be more reliable.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Buses on the Orange Line will run often – every five to six minutes during rush hour – to whisk riders along a former rail line between the North Hollywood subway stations and Warner Center in Woodland Hills. But questions remain about whether there will be enough traditional buses and local shuttles to get riders to and from the new trunk line and the places they need to go. “No, I don’t think anybody is truly satisfied that the system we will have in place on Oct. 29 is everything we need it to be to make it as easy as possible to use the Orange Line,” said Coby King, chairman of the MTA’s Valley governance council, which has handled all bus route changes. “Like so much else, it’s a work in progress. The council’s going to be looking very carefully in the opening month of the line if there are changes that need to be made.” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, an MTA board member, said he’ll monitor opening operations, and notes that changes can be made as needed.