Nets, Magic fill out East playoff field

first_imgTOBIAS Harris scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lift the hosts Philadelphia 76ers past Orlando Magic 108-101 Friday near Orlando, but Magic ended up the day’s big winners nonetheless.Despite the loss, Orlando clinched the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot after Washington Wizards lost to New Orleans Pelicans later in the day.Joel Embiid added 23 points and 13 rebounds while Alec Burks scored 22 points. Al Horford had 21 points and nine rebounds and Shake Milton handed out a career-high eight assists for Sixers, who won their third in a row. Sixers played without All-Star Ben Simmons, who will remain sidelined indefinitely with a partially dislocated left kneecap.Nikola Vucevic led Magic with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Evan Fournier added 22 points. D.J. Augustin scored 16 points, James Ennis III added 14 and Markelle Fultz had 13 for Magic, who fell to 32-38. Terrence Ross missed all 10 of his field-goal attempts and did not score a point.Brooklyn Nets 119 – Sacramento Kings 106 Brooklyn improved to 3-2 since the restart and rebounded nicely from a 149-115 loss to Boston Celtics on Wednesday night to join Magic in clinching an Eastern Conference playoff spot.Caris LeVert made 9 of 21 shots and also handed out seven assists as Nets shot 48.8 percent, made 17 3-pointers and handed out 30 assists. Joe Harris added 21 points and centre Jarrett Allen nearly posted a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Kings fell to 1-4 since the restart after going 10-5 in their final 15 games before the pause on March 11. Sacramento dropped to 13th in the Western Conference, 3 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis. Bogdan Bogdanovic led Sacramento with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting.Boston Celtics 122 – Toronto Raptors 100 Jaylen Brown scored 20 points and Jayson Tatum added 18 as Boston rolled to a victory over Toronto. Raptors had won seven consecutive games, including their first three contests, since the resumption of play.Kemba Walker scored 17 points in a contest in which Boston never trailed and led by as many as 40. Brad Wanamaker added 15 points, Daniel Theis contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds, Semi Ojeleye tallied 11 points and Robert Williams III scored 10 for the Celtics. Fred VanVleet scored 13 points to lead Toronto. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam added 11 points apiece and Terence Davis had 10.San Antonio Spurs 119 – Utah Jazz 111 Derrick White poured in 24 points and Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio overwhelmed short-handed Utah at the HP Field House near Orlando in a key NBA seeding game.Jazz played without four starters – Mike Conley (right knee soreness), Rudy Gobert (rest), Donovan Mitchell (left peroneal strain) and Royce O’Neale (right calf soreness).Lonnie Walker IV and Rudy Gay added 14 points for Spurs. DeMar DeRozan hit for 13 and Dejounte Murray scored 11 for San Antonio. Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points off the bench for Jazz, with Tony Bradley adding 15 points and 11 rebounds, Miye Oni and Emmanuel Mudiay contributing 14 points each and Joe Ingles pumping in 12.Memphis Grizzlies 121 – Oklahoma City Thunder 92 Dillon Brooks scored 22 points to lead Memphis to a win over Oklahoma City.The Grizzlies win snapped a five-game losing streak that dated back to before the season was put on hold by the pandemic. It also kept Memphis in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, a game ahead of Portland with three games remaining.Memphis shot 55.4 percent from the field, including 8 of 11 shooting for Jonas Valanciunas, who added 19 points. Ja Morant also scored 19. Chris Paul led Thunder with 17 points. Oklahoma City shot just 35.1 percent from the field, their worst shooting performance of the season.New Orleans Pelicans 118 – Washington Wizards 107 Jrue Holiday scored 28 points as New Orleans overcame the absence of Zion Williamson to keep Washington winless in five games since the restart.Williamson, who has been on a minutes restriction (conditioning), was held out as Pelicans were playing their second game in as many days. Brandon Ingram added 17 points, JJ Redick started in Williamson’s place and scored 15, Frank Jackson scored 13 and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds.Rui Hachimura led Washington with 23 points, Thomas Bryant scored 22, Troy Brown Jr had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Ish Smith had 18 points and 10 assists.last_img read more

USC to compete in invitational

first_imgAfter two weeks off from racing, the USC cross country team will take on five other schools at this weekend’s Northridge Invitational. This race will be the first time this season the Women of Troy run a 6-kilometer distance.In addition to meet host Cal State Northridge, USC will compete alongside UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Bakersfield. The course, recently moved from a local park in Northridge, Calif., to the Cal State Northridge campus, is a flat, fast course that will play to many of USC’s strengths. Eleven of the team’s runners will compete this weekend.“All of the girls have made big improvements in the last four weeks, so it’s hard to single out one person that I expect to run fast,” USC coach Tom Walsh said. “My main goal is to win the team title, but we will have to run fast and be aggressive if we want to win that team trophy.”The few extra weeks of training bode well for USC, particularly in a distance many runners are not accustomed to. The team has been running well during its rigorous training, and Walsh is optimistic about its performance.“The team dynamic has changed some,” Walsh said. “The freshmen know that they are expected to contribute right now, and the older girls know that I expect them to step up and lead. The good news about the freshmen is that all six girls keep improving each week.”This meet carries extra significance as well — it will help Walsh select his runners for the Pac-12 championships on Oct. 29, another 6-kilometer race. The pressure of this selection process will affect how the runners race.“Only two spots [of seven] are secured, and we have 10 people battling for those final five spots,” Walsh said. “The race on Saturday will carry a lot of weight in determining those remaining five spots because the race is 6-kilometer, and also because I want to see who can run fast under pressure.”The meet begins Saturday.last_img read more

CHAN exit regrettable- Ghana FA boss

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has described the early elimination from the CHAN as regrettable and has demanded an explanation for the team’s poor outing.President Kwesi Nyantakyi is shocked at the local Black Stars inability to advance from Group B involving Niger, Zimbabwe and South Africa.Home fans have severely criticized head coach Herbert Addo for his poor tactics at the tournament.Nyantakyi has tasked the technical and management teams to explain what accounted for the shambolic performance.“We are still waiting to read the report by the coaches and the management team until then I can’t state what was responsible. Anyway, what happened was disappointing,” Nyantakyi told Accra-based Joy FM“This time we expected to progress to [the] final and probably win but that was not the case. It’s a very regrettable outcome and we will like to know what exactly accounted for that performance.” Ghana won silver at the maiden edition of the African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast two seasons ago.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Alpena Police and Sheriff’s Department assist in birthday surprise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Jalin, like many other kids these days, is stuck at home. However, it makes it even worse you you’re trying to celebrate a birthday. He was pretty bummed that he wasn’t having a party this year for his ninth birthday, but things changed when his mom Jessica told him something was happening outside.Jessica wanted to give her son a special present this year, so she called the sheriff’s department to see if they could have a vehicle drive by. Little did she know, they weren’t going to bring just one car. “I fibbed and I said your teacher is going to come tell you happy birthday because he lives right by his school,” she said. “So he was kind of excited about that but then he started seeing the police come around the back of his dad’s house, and then he said, ‘mom I see a cop, I see another one, oh I see the sheriff, oh another one!’ and I think he realized what was going on then.”Jalin said he was not expecting this kind of surprise. “I was really surprised, but really happy at the same time,” he said. “I haven’t had any other birthdays like this.” According to his mom, Jalin has been saying he wants to become a police officer since he was two years old. Whenever he sees one out in public he always wants to go say hi, and if they’re up to it, snap a quick picture. “They do a lot for our city and help us out a lot. I’ve really liked them since I was three or four years old,” he said.Sheriff Kieliszewski was there and even led the singing of happy birthday over the speaker. He also let the birthday boy know how much he appreciates the support. Both the Alpena Police Department and Sheriff’s Department presented him with envelopes containing presents.  The sheriff’s department sent him his own patch, and the police department named him a junior officer.Jessica said she’s so thankful for both of the departments making her son’s birthday special. “I would just really like to thank them,” she said. “They went above and beyond and they’re just amazing. I couldn’t have asked for anything more better for him. It was so special for him. He loved it.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Police Department, Alpena Sheriff’s DepartmentContinue ReadingPrevious Local airport to receive grant fundingNext CARES Act provides investors, business owners with opportunitieslast_img read more

Tuka in the Semi Finals of the European Championship!

first_imgThe BiH athlete Amel Tuka qualified for the semi finals of the race on 800 meters at the European Championship in Amsterdam.Tuka won the second place in the qualification group with the result of 1:46.94.Three of the best athletes from four qualification groups will qualify for the semi finals, plus another four athletes according to their result.Semi finals of the race on 800 meters is scheduled for tomorrow.(Source: FENA)last_img

Brisbane Broncos season preview

first_imgA lot has changed since then, but one thing that hasn’t is the lofty standards placed on Brisbane at the start of each season. 2017 will be much the same, albeit without their inspirational captain who retired at the end of the 2016 season. It’s a huge void to fill, but if anyone is able to mastermind a plan to overcome the loss it’s coach Wayne Bennett. Expectations will be high on Bennett after Brisbane failed to recreate their 2015 grand final run last year, with the North Queensland Cowboys once again ending their season. The Broncos will know where they stand early in the year, with Bennett’s men playing each of the top four sides from 2016 in the first four rounds. Some may see it as a nightmare draw to start the year, but if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and that’s the way Brisbane are approaching the beginning of the 2017 season.  Gains and lossesGains: Moses Pangai (Townsville Blackhawks), David Mead (Titans), Tautau Moga (Cowboys), Benji Marshall (Dragons), Mitchell Dodds (Warrington), Korbin Sims (Knights).Losses: Greg Eden (Castleford), Brett Greinke (Rabbitohs), Corey Parker (retirement), Jarrod Wallace (Titans), Jack Reed (retirement), Darren Nicholls (Panthers), Lachlan Maranta (rugby union).What we knowThe Broncos have a grand final calibre squad; we know that just by looking at their 2015 season and their perceived failure in 2016.  It’s a sign of how good a team is on paper when they make it to the semi-finals and have underachieved. The big question mark this year will be the loss of Parker and how it impacts Bennett’s side. Josh McGuire is looking to be the club’s long-term replacement at lock, and Darius Boyd will replace Parker as Brisbane’s captain. These two, along with halves Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt, will have a huge bearing on how successful the 2017 season is for the club. Rookie watch Young George Fai is a hugely impressive front-row forward/lock who has been a standout throughout Brisbane’s pre-season. Fai was dominant in the Broncos’ trial win over the Sharks, taking it to the likes of Andrew Fifita and Jason Bukuya. It earned him a spot on the plane to England for Brisbane’s World Club Challenge clash with Warrington, with Bennett rating the 20-year-old very highly. Punters can expect to see Fai make his NRL debut this season, with a bench position over the State of Origin period the most likely scenario. DepthThe Broncos struggled over the Origin period last year, losing seven of nine games. They were stung by injuries at that same time and it cost them dearly as the side gave up any hope of a top four finish. Their backline was decimated and their lack of depth exposed as their season crumbled beneath them. But things may be different this year, with the off-season inclusions of David Mead, Benji Marshall and Tautau Moga adding a huge amount of experience to the backline. If all things go to plan, Jordan Kahu will no longer have to be Brisbane’s Mr Fix-It, with a whole season in the centres set to give the New Zealand international an opportunity to become one of the game’s best. Brisbane’s young forwards will need to stand up, but the return of one of their most consistent front-rowers in 2015, Mitchell Dodds, is set to add much needed reliability to the Broncos’ forward pack. Korbin Sims has been signed to be Brisbane’s enforcer, something the club has been missing since the days of Tonie Carroll. If he and Blair perform well in the front row, the Broncos should cope with the off-season loss of Jarrod Wallace. McGuire has the talent to emulate Parker at lock, but it remains to be seen if he has the fitness to cope with the extra workload in the No.13 jersey. Fantasy bankersBen Hunt (HLF, $468,000) has become one of NRL Fantasy’s best, with two standout seasons in 2015 and 2016 cementing him as a highly sought-after half. He averaged 49.5 points per game in 2016; ranking third in the league for try assists and kicks in play. More of the same can be expected this season as he tries to make one final impact at the Broncos before leaving for the Dragons at the end of the year. Teammate James Roberts (CTR, $390,000) will also find himself in a lot of people’s teams, with the star centre one of only 10 in his position to average over 40 points per game in 2016. Many believe “Jimmy the Jet” was below his usual standard last year, so there is plenty of upside in adding him to your team this season, as he will be looking to increase his work rate and prove his doubters wrong. Crystal ballRealistically, the Broncos are a top-four side. If Brisbane only improve slightly over the Origin period they will be right at the top end of the table come the completion of the regular season. Their side is stacked with footballers that have excelled at an international level and their depth has improved dramatically since 2016. They have arguably the best fullback in the game inspiring them from the back and he will not expect anything less than the best from his side. Predicted finish: 2nd-4th.last_img read more

The five detainees in Cornellà may not approach Athletic

first_imgThe facts, which involved dozens of followers, of which up to 36 ended up being identified by the Mossos, It began on the Rambla de Josep Anselm Clavé and ended up in the street of Sant Geroni, very close to the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, where the meeting of the twenty-first day between Espanyol and Athletic was going to be played. A posteriori, both clubs issued two communiqués strongly condemning the violence. The judge of Instruction number 3 of Cornellà, who was on duty this Sunday, has imposed a minimum distance of 1,000 meters “from any field, stadium or similar space where Athletic plays”, as reported by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia, in addition to ordering the “periodic personification before the judicial authority every 15 days” of these five individuals, ultra of the Bilbao club. The cause had been opened by tumultuarial quarrel and injuries. One day after the real battle that ended with the launch of chairs and street furniture from Cornellà de Llobregat half an hour to the start of the Espanyol-Athletic Bilbao, the five individuals detained by the Mossos d’Esquadra passed this Sunday to judicial disposition, where the first consequences of the injuries that caused a man, a partner of Espanyol of Dutch origin, have been decreed.last_img read more

Winning goal strengthens belief for recovering Howell

first_imgIt has been a slow and steady road to recovery for Waterhouse’s young ace midfielder, Kenroy Howell.The attacker was in the form of his life in his young Premier League career when an injury against Tivoli Gardens, which required surgery, halted his progress.The promising midfielder had surgery done and made full recovery in April. But being out for months, and the fact that he was just coming back from a severe injury, meant the former Jamaica College player struggled to regain the form that made him a fan favourite at Drewsland.However, on Sunday, the 22-year-old gave a small reminder of his capabilities and his knack for getting goals from midfield, as he scored the only goal in Waterhouse’s 1-0 win over Cavalier.With the game evenly poised, Howell broke the deadlock just before the half hour when he latched on to a low cross from Oshane Roberts and swept the ball past Carlloyd Walters in goal – a real striker’s finish – to give his team a much-needed win.Besides the goal, the player showed great energy at both ends of the field and, on occasions, he opened up the Cavalier defence with his penetrating dribbles from deep. Although things are starting to look promising again, the player insists he has a lot more to give.”It was very frustrating being off the pitch at first, but I am really glad that I am back. I am putting in the work and starting to see results,” he told The Gleaner after the game.Proving himself”This is the third start from seven games, and I still have more to give. I just have to come to training, work hard and show it on the pitch,” he continued.”The last time I scored was in Tivoli match on November 5th. I scored a few minutes before I got injured. I feel great about it (scoring on Sunday). We are at the bottom of the table, and to help my team actually get a win, which should put us couple places up in the table, is a good thing, so I feel real good about it,” he said.”But expect more, because I will be trying to put myself in the box and score more goals, and I am just putting in the work as usual and hoping for the best,” he added.The three points lifted Waterhouse out of the relegation zone and into 10th spot on seven points, the same as UWI and Harbour View, who are 11th and ninth, respectively. They are one point in front of bottom-placed Boys’ Town.last_img read more

Hope stars for WI, but Pakistan hit back

first_img But he perished 34 minutes before lunch when he got one from Yasir which bounced, took the shoulder of the bat, for Younis Khan to pull off a brilliant one-handed catch, leaping high to his right at slip. Hope then anchored a 58-run fourth wicket partnership with Chase to deny Pakistan any further success for the session and steer the Windies to 112 for three at lunch. Both players looked in good touch afterwards, with Hope especially growing in confidence, driving left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir straight for four and then hammering Yasir to the cover boundary in the following over. The right-handed Chase looked untroubled in 83 balls in nearly 13/4 hours at the crease before he was dismissed, driving an innocuous delivery back to Yasir at 155 for four, 40 minutes before tea. Hope, however, continued to steady the innings, this time finding an ally in Vishaul to help post 80 for the fifth wicket and ensure West Indies were consolidating at tea on 197 for four. He reached his maiden Test half-century half-hour before tea and was unbeaten at the break on 68, with Vishaul on 18. Hope hardly played a false stroke in an innings spanning 209 deliveries, just over 51/4 hours and including eight fours and a six and looked a sure bet to reach triple figures. But he suddenly lost concentration and drove Yasir uppishly to cover where Azhar Ali snared a simple catch head-high, after tea at 235 for five. His dismissal triggered a decline as five wickets tumbled for 26 runs to see Pakistan haul their way back into the game. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 312 PAKISTAN 1st Innings 393 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (overnight 40 for one) K. Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 43 S. Hetmyer b M. Amir 22 S. Hope c Azhar Ali b Yasir Shah 90 R. Chase c & b Yasir Shah 23 V. Singh b M. Abbas 32 +S. Dowrich c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 2 *J. Holder c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 1 D. Bishoo not out 16 A. Joseph c M. Amir b Yasir Shah 7 S. Gabriel not out 0 Extras (b16, lb2, w3, nb1) 22 TOTAL (9 wkts, 102 overs) 264 Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Powell), 2-41 (Hetmyer), 3-97 (Brathwaite), 4-155 (Chase), 5-235 (Hope), 6-235 (Singh), 7-236 (Holder), 8-252 (Dowrich), 9-261 (Joseph) Bowling: M. Amir 21-8-44-1 (w1), M. Abbas 25-6-57-2, Yasir Shah 39-12-90-6, Shadab Khan 17-0-55-0. Position: West Indies lead aby 183 runs with one wicket intact. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: R Kettleborough, B Oxenford; TV – R Illingworth. PERISHED BEFORE LUNCH BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Stylish stroke-maker Shai Hope agonisingly missed out on a maiden Test hundred in an admirable West Indies batting effort, but a clatter of wickets late on the penultimate day yesterday opened the door for Pakistan, setting up an intriguing finale to the second Test. The Barbadian right-hander struck an accomplished career-best 90, an innings that lifted West Indies to 264 for nine in their second innings – a lead of 183 runs heading into the Thursday’s last day of the Kensington Oval contest. Hope’s knock underlined West Indies’ resilience over the first two sessions which saw them reach 197 for four at tea before a collapse in the final session saw the hosts squander the momentum they had carefully gathered. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck 43, left-hander Vishaul Singh chipped in with 32 while Roston Chase scored 23, as West Indies battled hard on a wearing track. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah once again proved the danger man, picking up six for 90 to post his 10th five-wicket haul in Tests, while enterprising seamer Mohammad Abbas claimed two for 57. Resuming the day on 40 for one, West Indies lost Shimron Hetmyer in the day’s third over before the left-hander had added to his overnight 22, bowled by one from left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir which came back to shatter the stumps, with a single run added to the overnight score. Brathwaite and Hope then energised the innings with a 56-run, third-wicket stand which saw the hosts safely through the next hour. Without a score of note in the series, Brathwaite appeared focused on notching a big one in an innings which lasted 111 deliveries in nearly 21/2 hours at the crease and included four boundaries.last_img read more

Gallego hopes to learn from late-game blunder in NU loss to UP

first_imgIn a matter of just five seconds, JV Gallego got into a fateful fork that would either lead him to becoming a hero or a goat.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 Jarin says Bulldogs need to ‘get up, play together’ amid 1-5 start Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I think I just have to be more aware of the clock next time, I have to be more mature for our next games, and be more composed,” said Gallego in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.As Gallego laid down under the basket, with tears just waiting to roll down his eyes, teammate Issa Gaye and captain Dave Yu immediately picked him up and told him to keep his head high.Head coach Jamike Jarin also told him that’s he’s not in trouble for the wrong that he did.“I asked him why he’s putting his head down,” said Jarin. “I never get mad with those plays because it was a judgment call on his part and he saw that Dave was free and he had a chance to win it.”“All of us makes mistakes, that’s part of growth of everybody, and that’s why I’m here to mentor these young men,” added Jarin, whose team fell to a 1-5 record and tied University of the East at the bottom of the ladder.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He became a goat.In National University’s close 89-88 loss to University of the Philippines, Gallego had the chance to win the game but instead of going for a game-winning layup he chucked a pass to Dave Ildefonso out in the wing as the buzzer sounded.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 ChrissGallego knew he made the most crucial of mistakes that led to the Bulldogs’ fifth loss in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.But only in his second year, Gallego knows he can still make up for his mistake. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more