Magath vows to carry on

first_img With next to nothing to excite the massed ranks of visiting fans, Stoke increased their lead on 54 minutes when Arnautovic smashed home an Odemwingie cross to make it 2-0, then Arnautovic turned provider to square for Assaidi to grab his side’s third 17 minutes from time. Richardson pulled one back on 80 minutes but Stoke wrapped up a fine performance when Walters finished off another swift counter-attacking move. With a successful end to his own side’s season assured, Hughes will now turn his attention to securing the future of on-loan winger Assaidi, with talks having already begun with his parent club Liverpool. Hughes said: “It’s important that we accept that he’s not our player, he’s Liverpool’s player, but he’s done really well for us and we’re very pleased with what he’s produced. “There is a hope we might be able to bring him in and a lot of that is down to the player himself. You need the right players around you to maximise your ability and I think he’s found that at Stoke City, so we’re hopeful. “But it’s out of our hands to a certain extent because it depends what Liverpool value him at.” Magath’s future will inevitably come under close scrutiny after a 4-1 defeat to Stoke which confirmed the 60-year-old had failed in his mission to avoid the drop and in the process experienced the first relegation of his own storied nine-club career. Magath made no excuses for the feeble manner of his side’s demise, with goals from Peter Odemwingie, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi and Jonathan Walters serving Stoke up the simplest of wins, with a late Kieran Richardson effort offering scant consolation. Fulham’s 14-year stay in the Barclays Premier League came to an end in crushing fashion at the Britannia Stadium, but manager Felix Magath is adamant he is the right man to lead the Cottagers back into the top flight. But defiant Magath insisted: “I don’t think to do anything else except stay at Fulham and build up a new team – that was the idea when I came here. “It is clear we have to change something, I want to have success with Fulham in the next years. I will talk about the situation with the owner and we will start to come back.” Magath was damning in his verdict of his side’s performance, accusing his players of lacking fighting spirit and being overwhelmed with nerves on such a big occasion. “You saw no fighting spirit and therefore I think they felt too much pressure,” added Magath. “I apologise for not managing the situation because I was convinced we would stay in the league but we are relegated.” Stoke in contrast were brimming with purpose from the first minute and delighted boss Mark Hughes with a performance which equals their previous best top-flight record of 47 points with one game to go. The impressive Assaidi blazed over from a Steven N’Zonzi cross in the third minute then Stephen Ireland forced a fine save from David Stockdale as Fulham struggled to find any semblance of rhythm. The visitors’ troubles were encapsulated by Lewis Holtby, who sailed an early free-kick into the arms of Asmir Begovic then suffered the ignominy of being hauled off just past the half-hour mark with Magath later accusing his player of offering “nothing” to help his side’s survival fight. Stoke finally got the goal their performance deserved in the 39th minute when Ireland’s shot struck Dan Burn, ricocheted against the underside of the bar and bounced down for Odemwingie to slot home a simple opener. Press Associationlast_img read more

Belgian Grand Prix..Rosberg wins as Hamilton finishes third from back row

first_imgLEWIS Hamilton recovered from the back row of the grid to finish third at the Belgian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg won a dramatic race.The German’s victory from pole position in a race punctuated by a violent crash for Renault’s Kevin Magnussen reduces his points deficit to Hamilton to nine.Magnussen was taken to hospital with an injury to his left ankle after a huge crash at 180mph at Raidillon.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second, holding off a late Hamilton charge.Hamilton started in 21st place on the grid, after a raft of engine penalties resulting from failures early in the season. His partner back there in probably the most talented back row in F1 history was his old rival Fernando Alonso, who used three engines this weekend.The two made brilliant starts to the race to pass the pits for the first time with Alonso in 11th and Hamilton 13th, helped by a chaotic first lap ahead of them.A concertina accident between the two Ferraris and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull left all three with damage at the first corner and dropped them down the field – and further back McLaren’s Jenson Button was taken out when Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein smashed up his rear at Les Combes.Starting on the medium tyres, Alonso and Hamilton moved up as others stopped in front of them on their softer rubber and were in fourth and fifth on lap eight, when Magnussen lost control through the final part of the Eau Rouge swerves.The Renault spun and smashed into the barriers on the outside of the track, the Dane’s cockpit head protection material flying out of the car in the violence of the impact.He limped away from the accident but an investigation at the medical centre showed him to have an injury and he was taken to hospital.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

‘Only place to go is up’

first_imgSammy feeling optimistic about Windies futureFORMER Windies T20 skipper Darren Sammy insists he remains highly optimistic for the team’s future despite issues that have plagued the sport for the last couple of decades.Past disputes between the players and administrators of the sport, combined with many poor performances on the field, have led critics to have little hope of the team regaining its status as world beaters.With past regulations leading to the team’s senior players being unavailable for selection, the Windies missed out on the ICC Champions trophy and automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. The regional team must now seek to secure its spot at the tournament through a playoff in Zimbabwe next year.While arguing that an amnesty that recently allowed senior players to return to the team was not enough to cure all the current ills, the former captain remained optimistic of its chances of making an appearance and the World Cup and admitted to being encouraged by recent performances.“Hopefully (captain) Jason [Holder] and his men can go down to Zimbabwe in March and get to the finals, and assure that there won’t be another ICC event without West Indies,” Sammy told Espncricinfo.“But the good thing about when you hit rock bottom, you can only go up from there. Every time I hear or see West Indies play I’m always optimistic, I’ve not lost that passion that something will happen.We’ve shown it over the years, the glimpses where – especially the last Test series in England where they called us all sorts of names, and we have a habit when people call us names to bounce back firing.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

AUDIO: Rivers United Pip MFM To Move Out Of Relegation Zone

first_imgRivers United on Wednesday moved out of the relegation zone courtesy of a 1-0 win over MFM FC in a rescheduled Match Day 28 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.The ‘Pride of Rivers’ are now placed 14th on the NPFL standings with 36points from 26 matches, still with two games in hand.The ‘Olukoya Boys’ remain 2nd on the log with 46 points from 28 matches despite the loss to United.Playing their first match after elimination from the CAF Confederation Cup, Stanley Eguma’s wards started like a house on fire and would have gone in front after just five minutes after Bernard Ovoke’s penalty was saved by Abayomi Folarin in goal for MFM. The dazzling winger picked himself up after been fouled in box to take the spot kick.Ovoke kept tormenting the visitors; coming close twice in the 23rd minute when he shot wide from close range before seeing his overhead kick parried over by Folarin six minutes later.However, in the half hour mark, Lukman Mohammed fed Christian Weli who fired in from inside the box to hand the hosts all three points against an impressive MFM side.Further attempts by the hosts to increase the tally before the break proved abortive.The visitors came back strongly in the second half in search of an equalizer to no avail but will rue missed chances by Sikiru Olatunbosun, Stanley Okorom and NPFL topscorer, Stephen Odey.With two minutes left in the match, Rivers United center-back Gabriel Olalekan was sent off for two bookable offences but the visitors failed to capitalize on their numerical advantage.Speaking after the match, Technical Adviser of MFM Fidelis Ilechuckwu described the defeat as ‘very painful’ and equally expressed confidence in Odey and Olatunbosun despite their inability to score.“I think it’s sad and very painful because we came very close but could not convert our chances.“I think we need to go back home and start working.“I’m not (disappointed) because they (Odey and Olatunbosun) are still the best I’ve ever coached. They are the best.“It happens in football. They did not do it today, maybe, next game, they’ll convert those chances.”On his part, chief coach of Rivers United Willy Udube, who stood in for Technical Adviser, Stanley Eguma, expressed delight over the victory and added that the technical crew is working hard to improve goal scoring in the team.“I’m happy that we won because we had some little stress in the team. We are fatigued.“We played well in the first half and in the second half, we had some little stress but I thank God that we have the victory.“We (technical crew) try in our own little way to give these boys the tactical discipline in scoring goals or in goal scoring but sometimes when we get to the field of play, they don’t reciprocate same.“So we don’t exactly know what… but we’ll continue to work on them and we strongly believe that they will get it right one day.”Rivers United will next face struggling ABS FC on Sunday at Ilorin while MFM will return to Lagos for a date with Wikki Tourists as the NPFL enters Match Day 29.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/UDUBE-JULY-12.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ILECHUKWU-JULY-12.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more

Clippers rookie guards are making the most of their first training camp

first_imgSmart young players that they are, they also haven’t muffed any of those all-important “rookie duties,” Robinson promised.“It’s nothing too crazy, just small stuff,” he said. “Since rookies are around, it’s just, ‘Make them do it.’”WANNA GET AWAYCoach Doc Rivers told reporters in Hawaii on Wednesday that he was glad for the preseason change of scenery.“A lot of teams are having training camp at home, and that’s fine,” Rivers said. “(But) I don’t believe that. I believe you should always get away. You’re home in your facility the entire season, and when you make a lot of changes, it’s really important for your guys to team-build.”Rivers said about 10 players went out to dinner together the previous night, which isn’t something that would happen if the team was camping in L.A. “Then you go home,” he said. “You don’t get to spend time around each other.”Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “Everyone here really competes and gets after it,” he said. “Obviously, that’s what training camp is about, getting ready for the season and trying to compete as hard as possible. Us going against each other that hard and that aggressively will only make the games easier.”After carrying Boston College offensively in his three seasons with the program, the 6-5 Robinson is eager to prove himself a capable defender with the Clippers. He said training camp is helping in that regard already.“That’s one thing I’m really focused on,” said Robinson, who averaged nearly 21 points on 48 percent shooting during his last collegiate season. “I’m learning these new defensive schemes, and with my basketball IQ, I think it’ll translate to the defensive side as well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Hawaii is a special place to visit, especially if your first trip there is for business that is educational, exhausting and includes fetching the water and towels for your more-seasoned travel companions.That’s largely how the first three days of training camp have gone for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ promising rookie guards, who said that until Thursday afternoon they’d seen more of the basketball gym than of the beaches outside – which is just fine, they insisted.“It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of hard work,” Robinson, 21, said by phone Thursday after practice, as the team prepared to embark on a canoe racing activity with members of the U.S. military.“It’s been good, fun,” Gilgeous-Alexander, 20, said. “A little tiring.” The Clippers spent the first few days incorporating schemes on offense and defense that represent familiar territory for many of the team’s veterans but new ground for the 11th and 13th picks in this year’s draft.“The vets help with that,” Robinson said. “All the vets, from (Marcin) Gortat to Tobias (Harris) to Lou (Williams) to Avery (Bradley) to Pat (Beverley), all those guys have been real vocal helping us out with any mistakes, or even if we do a good thing.”Gilgeous-Alexander said he especially gets a lot out of going against Beverley, the veteran guard who’s known for his hyper-aggressive play, especially defensively.“He’s one of the toughest – if not the toughest – perimeter defenders in the league,” said the 6-foot-6 Gilgeous-Alexander, who averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game last year as a freshman at Kentucky. “So going against him every day is going to make it easier for myself (in games).”That’s the whole idea, Gilgeous-Alexander added: Go so hard against one another in training that actual NBA games won’t be a shock to the system.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams rally Clippers past Blazers

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) celebrates after making a 3-point basket with Montrezl Harrell, center, and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside, center, is defended by the Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Ivica Zubac during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRodney McGruder #19 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against the dribble of CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Skal Labissiere #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers fouls Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, left, and Patrick Patterson, right, defend against the Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles past Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers leaps for a loose ball past Kent Bazemore #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers lays up past Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers disagrees about a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Hassan Whiteside #21 and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers scramble for a loose ball against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Patrick Beverley #21 and Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers defend against the shot of CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, left, shoots next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Rodney McGruder (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard grabs one of his 13 rebounds in front of the Trail Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside, center, during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won 107-101. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center, and Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Rodney McGruder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) scores past Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Mario Hezonja (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George smiles on the bench during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) dribbles next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, bottom center, drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside, center left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez )Portland Trail Blazers’ Mario Hezonja (44) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks over Anfernee Simons #1 and Skal Labissiere #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Hassan Whiteside #21 and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers battle Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers sits on the bench during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers battles CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Rodney Hood #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots over Mario Hezonja #44 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Patrick Beverley #21 and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers defend against Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots a free throw during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum (3) and Rodney Hood (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, second from left, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers’ Rodney Hood (5) and CJ McCollum (3) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside, right, and Mario Hezonja (44) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends against the dribble of Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Kawhi Leonard #2 congratulates Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles past Skal Labissiere #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game Thursday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers blocks a shot by Mario Hezonja #44 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Patrick Beverley reacts to a foul call during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Skal Labissiere (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, makes a 3-point basket over Portland Trail Blazers’ Mario Hezonja (44) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) celebrates after making a 3-point basket with Montrezl Harrell, center, and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 46LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 07: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers rebounds against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Down $50,000, but richer a milestone victory against a Western Conference foe, the Clippers rallied to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday night at Staples Center.The Clippers improved to 6-3 – and Clippers coach Doc Rivers to 900-661, becoming the 13th coach in NBA history to coach teams to 900 victories.“It felt cold,” said Rivers, who was doused with celebratory ice water in the locker room. “I didn’t even know about it until two days ago, not even close. It didn’t seem right, that number. I’ve done it because I’ve had great players my entire career, great coaches around me and great people.”Said Clippers guard Pat Beverley: “To get 900 of anything is pretty dope, especially in this league. That shows you the composure of the coach, he’s been around a block, he knows his ATOs (after-timeout plays) are phenomenal, best-coached ATOs I’ve ever seen; he has a real good niche of allowing guys to be themselves in their role. “You gotta love a coach like that,” Beverley added. “A coach like that, you’ll run through walls for.”And Rivers earned No. 900 with a fittingly dogged defensive effort from his team – plus a dose of fourth-quarter magic that’s becoming a theme this season, his 21st consecutive at the helm of an NBA team.“I know he’s happy about it, and to get it on this type of win, when you had to grind it out – it’s his type of win,” assistant coach Rex Kalamian said.Trailing by six entering the final period, Kawhi Leonard – back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday’s loss to Milwaukee – put his head down and went to work, getting to the bucket, the free-throw line or pulling up comfortably from midrange, scoring 18 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter.And he looked out for Montrezl Harrell, who chased his career-high 34-point performance Wednesday against the Bucks with 15 points on Thursday, including 10 in the final period. Leonard said he was stunned that the league detailed his injury publicly.“It was shocking, but it doesn’t matter to me, you know what I mean? I’m not a guy who reads the media anyway,” Leonard said after the game. “We’re gonna manage it the best way we can to keep me healthy and that’s the most important thing, me being healthy moving forward.”Players on both sides were fortunate to escape a rough-and-tumble opening half healthy Thursday, as Harrell, Skal Labissiere and Patrick Patterson all hit the deck following collisions. In Patterson’s case, he went down just before the half after being kicked in the face by McCollum on a jump shot. After the Portland guard was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul, Patterson made one of two free-throw attempts to send the Clippers into the half with a 47-40 lead.The Clippers were 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half, but they held Portland to 32 percent shooting and forced the Trail Blazers into more turnovers (nine) than assists to build a lead of as much as 11 points early.Portland pulled even at 56-56 on a Hassan Whiteside free throw with 7:33 to go in the third quarter. The quarter ended with the Trail Blazers having poured in 36 points – almost as many as they had for the entirety of the first half – and leading, 76-70. In the end, Lou Williams’ show-stopping shot-making and Beverley’s determined defense also helped settle the matter.“Just living in the moment,” said Williams (26 points), who hit a fallaway shot to make it 100-98 with 58.9 seconds left then promptly drained a 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left to make it 103-99 before Leonard closed it out with four free throws as fans chanted “M-V-P! M-V-P!”Down the stretch, Beverley blocked a Damian Lillard drive, ripped down a rebound and defended a long Lillard 3-point attempt that would have brought Portland (3-5) back within one point.The Clippers, who struggled to get going offensively until the fourth quarter, held the Blazers to a season-low 37.5 shooting percentage and kept both Lillard and CJ McCollum (22 points apiece) off the scoreboard in the final quarter. That’s when Anfernee Simons scored 16 of his 17 points, including Portland’s first 12.“We’re trying to lock (stuff) up,” Beverley said. “We understand when our offense isn’t going and we can’t get our pace up we have to rely on our defense to win games and that’s what we’ve been doing. You’ve got a great team in Portland, of course, the two great stars, a big-man center, we had a really good game plan coming off a back-to-back, no one guy won the game for us, collectively it was a team effort.“Any game you win, you have to be happy about, but a game on the back-to-back against a top-notch offense, a top-notch Western Conference team is definitely a big step in the right direction.”Leonard missed Wednesday’s game with what the Clippers called “load management (knee).” Although Rivers described his absence as preventative, the NBA on Thursday specified it officially was due to “an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee.” That specification was included in a news release from the league announcing that it was fining the Clippers $50,000 for inconsistent statements regarding Leonard’s health status.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Rare air for @DocRivers.Congrats, coach! pic.twitter.com/PyeKG4BIL6— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 8, 2019 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

In the studio and on the court, Lakers’ JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Lonzo Ball learn to work together

first_imgAll three got together at McGee’s private studio, which he’s owned for the last five years. When Ball goes to the studio, he typically likes to hear the beat ahead of time so he can write lyrics and knock out a recording in half an hour. This session was more organic: McGee took some time to compose the beat while Stephenson and Ball were in the room.Of the three, McGee might have the most different personality when he’s in the studio. He prefers to go by Pierre as he composes and pulls the strings on the board. To Ball, it was like watching McGee tap into a different part of himself that he can’t access on the court.BornReady, however, is not so different from his on-court persona.“Man had his shirt off, had his chains on, jumping up and down,” Ball said. “I definitely know that Lance is real. The stuff he does is not for show.”Stephenson said he was struck by how seriously Ball took his verse, how committed he was to playing with his concepts and writing things down. Stephenson’s process is different.“He was pretty much going off the top, he didn’t write nothing down,” Ball said. “That’s what took so long. He kept having new ideas, new ideas – I was just like, ‘Yo, c’mon man. Put it down.’”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — There’s a fair amount of secrecy about an upcoming hip-hop track between three collaborators who have never worked together before.But Lance Stephenson is willing to divulge a few precious details for the song he tentatively calls “The Lakers’ Anthem.” What is it about?“Just straight Lakers,” he said. “Playing for the Lakers. Being a Laker Boy.”That’s all we really know about the song that Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Lonzo Ball produced over the course of a few hours on an off-day before the season began. But it’s the process that has been truly telling for a trio of Lakers who haven’t just shared the off-court hobby of making music, but have been integral pieces during a three-game stretch while two starters have been suspended. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSince the roster was assembled, arguably the most pressing question has been about how the team would figure out chemistry, especially bridging a gap between a number of veterans on one-year contracts and a younger group of returning players. For these three, part of the answer lies in McGee’s Inglewood recording studio, mixing their work relationships with their music passion.“It’s dope to be able to do something different with a teammate who you see every day, not just basketball setting,” McGee said. “You get different aspects of their personality. It’s just different than coming to practice, saying hi and bye and then just leaving. It’s just different.”The idea sprung up over breakfast, as many ideas do. On the Lakers’ last preseason road trip, Ball, Stephenson and McGee were talking about their various experiences: Ball released a mixtape “Born 2 Ball” last spring as a rapper, while McGee produced a self-titled album in April under his music moniker Pierre. Stephenson has released one-off tracks under his own nickname, BornReady.Why not do something together?Center JaVale McGee is in the midst of a possible career renaissance with the Lakers: He’s averaged 16.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots and nearly 24 minutes through four games (all starts). (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)“Well all three of us obviously do music, which is pretty much perfect because JaVale is a producer and Lance is a rapper, so we got everything you need,” Ball said. “Someone was like, ‘Yo, we should all make a song.’ Kinda all three were like, ‘Yeah, we should.’” But ultimately, the hours they spent in the studio were a chance for the three to develop some off-court bonds. It’s hard to measure how much that has helped the Lakers recently, but it sure hasn’t hurt. All three have been critical players as the Lakers have gone 2-1 without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram after a Rockets-Lakers brawl in the first home game of the season.McGee, a regular starter for the first time in years, has averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in that span, while “putting out fires” for the Lakers’ defense, Coach Luke Walton said Thursday. Stepping back into a starting role, Ball averaged 6.7 assists and shot 40 percent on his 3-pointers. Stephenson has arguably been the surprise of the last few games off the bench, and he nearly had a triple-double against the Phoenix Suns along with 23 points.They’ve only played together in the same lineups for 13 minutes this season, according to NBA statistics, but in those stints, the Lakers have outscored opponents by 14.“They’ve been big all year,” LeBron James said. “Even in our losses, they’ve been big.”Lakers guard Lance Stephenson drives past Suns guard Elie Okobo during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Phoenix. Stephenson finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the Lakers’ 131-113 victory. (AP Photo/Matt York)Both Ball and Stephenson said they had never done tracks with teammates before, and the new experience helped stamp something onto their burgeoning relationships. Having new teammates can be business-like at times, and they found it refreshing to see different sides of one another.“I think it just helps the chemistry,” Ball said. “Just meeting all the guys that have similar interests, both on the court and off the court as well, it just builds chemistry for us. Friendships translate onto the court.”All of this begs another question: When does the track come out?Pierre played coy.“We don’t know what we’re gonna do with it yet,” McGee said, “but you guys will find out when it’s time for you to find out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

House Approves $15 Federal Minimum Wage

first_imgHouse Democrats approved legislation on Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years.Boosting the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour is a top campaign priority of the Democrats.Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference with labor leaders and employees just before the vote, “America’s workers deserve a raise.” While lifting a young girl into her arms, she added, “This is what it’s all about… It’s about family.”Under the House bill, tipped workers would have to be paid the same as other employees earning the minimum. Their current rate is $2.13.During the floor debate on Thursday, Republican Ronald Wright from Texas called the legislation a “disastrous bill.” He added that the bill should be renamed the “Raising Unemployment for American Workers Act.”Republicans say that states and municipalities already have the ability to raise the wage beyond the federal minimum, and many of them have done so. They add that higher wages will cost a loss of jobs, especially among smaller business owners.According to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, more than 30 million workers would receive bigger paychecks with a higher wage, lifting more than 1 million workers from poverty. However, the same report adds that between 1 million and 3 million jobs could be lost as a result of an increase.The House voted 231-199, with three Republicans voting for the increase.last_img read more

​Boxing tournament date moved forward

first_imgPresident of Pro Boxing Association, Ben Yawingu, confirmed the date, saying the tournament was postponed to second week of February due to a few paperwork, including medical documents and affiliation.“With boxers needing time out with friends and families on the festive season, we postponed the event to the second week of February, but with all documents and venue now set, we are now confirmed for February 4th,” president Yawingu said.The tournament will have 6 bouts of different categories, ranging from lightweight to superweight fights.The inaugural pro boxing tournament will be staged at Sports Inn Club in Port Moresby.last_img