Lakers don’t Kidd around

first_imgNo Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six games in a row, although that will be no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their last four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. The Lakers have victories to their credit over the Western Conference’s top five teams, but they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20 games at home. EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rear-view mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their last 15. Amid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. “We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that.That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right. Do it big.” The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. center_img Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after last Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left, only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the free-throw line. Asked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. “It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing. “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it,” he said. The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. In the meantime, the Lakers will move forward after the latest in a never-ending cycle of injuries. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic slipped on the ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, separated his right shoulder and will be out eight weeks. The Lakers already have lost key players for nearly 120 games this season because of injury. They are hopeful Luke Walton, who has missed 11 games with a sprained ankle, can return in the next week and Brown will follow sooner than expected. Bryant had no doubt the injuries to Brown and Walton caught up to the Lakers at the same time the schedule turned unfavorable with an eight-game road trip. “We had chemistry because we had guys that had been together for a while, been in this offense for a while,” Bryant said. “That’s why we were able to be extremely successful. Now you take three pieces out of the offense that had been together for a full season and understand how we operate as a unit. “When those pieces go down, now you’re bringing in new pieces that are still trying to learn the offense and at the same time learn one another’s tendencies, so it gets a little more challenging.” The third piece Bryant was referring to was Odom, who has not been the same attacking player after missing 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stars handed Algeria loss in AFCON opener

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring against Kenya’s Harambee Stars during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match in Cairo on June 23, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Despite an improved second half performance, Kenya’s Harambee Stars fell 2-0 to Algeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group C opening match at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victory with a well worked first half performance. Stars had a shambolic first half, one to forget and one in which they gifted the North Africans so many fouls with both fullbacks Philemon Otieno and Abud Omar going into the referee’s book within the opening 25 minutes.With Joash Onyango out with a twisted ankle from yesterday’s training and Brian Mandela out for three months with an operated knee, head coach Sebastien Migne threw youngster Joseph Okumu into the deep end for his first competitive debut having played in the friendly games against Madagascar and DR Congo.Stars seemed jittered and Algeria started off better and came close as early as the second minute when Bounedjah raced onto a long ball and took an effort with his first touch, but it went wide.Mahrez had his first sniff at goal in the 13th minute when he stood over a freekick after Bounedjah was fouled by Abud at the edge of the box, but the Manchester City winger wrapped his freekick just wide off target.Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar vies for the ball with Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez during their Africa Cup of Nations tie at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/CAFYoucef Bellaili lined up Algeria’s next chance when he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box after being played through by Sofian Feghouli. Patrick Matasi in Kenya’s goal spilled the effort but luckily for him Musa Mohammed whacked the ball away.Mahrez had another effort with a freekick from range but it went inches wide with Matasi caught off his guard.For all the fouls Kenya were giving away, they paid the ultimate price when Dennis Odhiambo brought down Youce Atal inside the box.Bounedjah stepped up from the spot and with Matasi going down early, he sent the ball the opposite direction to break the deadlock.Mahrez then made it 2-0 just before the break when his shot from inside the box deflected off Omar, taking it off keeper Matasi’s path and into the net.Stars had struggled to create in the opening half and the only chances they had at goal was through Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna whose shots from the left were of little trouble to the Algerian keeper.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victoryIn the second half, coach Migne pulled out Francis Kahata for Eric Ouma while Johannah also came off for Eric Johannah as Kenya brought in an improved performance.However, their hunt for goals could not bear fruit with the closest being a Michael Olunga backheel that was blocked off a Timbe cross from the right.Stars will turn their guns on East Africa neighbors Tanzania who they face at the same venue next Thursday while Algeria face Senegal in a top of the table clash.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFULLY BLITZ

first_imgFOUR MASTERS NOTESUnder 10’s Football: Our under 10s footballers played host to teams from Ardara and Robert Emmets in a very entertaining blitz on Saturday morning at Tirconaill Park. Over 30 boys lined out in the blue and white and gave a great account of themselves in all their matches.Well done to all involved and to the parents who provided the refreshments, thanks also to Lee Jordan and Pauric Harvey for refereeing the games. The boys are back out again this Saturday 11.00 am at home, this time they will face teams from Naomh Ultan, Killybegs and Naomh Mhuire. The Kevin Faulkner memorial for under 10 boys and girls continues on Wednesdays evenings with the final taking place on wed the 25 th June.  Best of luck: to Darragh Quinn against Antrim in Minor Football Ulster Semi Final and Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan & Luke Keeney against Antrim in Ulster Senior Football semi final Sunday 22ndJune in Clones. Club membership: will close on 30th June, please contact Paul Timoney 0872791305  Well done: to Seniors/ Reserves who beat Termon on Sun15th June Sponsor a Virtual Sod: this unique initiative is available on a new link on ourwebsite www.fourmastersgaa.com or contact any club officer about details, to sponsor either by PayPal or contact club member. Please support this initiative, check out or virtual pitch Follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Club App andwww.fourmastersgaa.com Kavanagh’s Supervalu Kits for Clubs: We’re asking members and non members in our community that support Four Masters GAA Club that when shopping in Supervalu could you supports this new initiative Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal Town, you will receive 1 voucher. Ask in store for further details. 12GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFULLY BLITZ was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOUR MASTERS NOTESlast_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Blackburn 1 – Woe for Smithies as Rovers take early lead

first_imgShane Duffy’s 14th-minute goal put Blackburn ahead at Loftus Road.Keeper Alex Smithies, making his full league debut for QPR, spilled Craig Conway’s left-wing free-kick at the far post and felt he was fouled by Duffy, who tapped into an unguarded net.Blackburn had been dealt an early blow when left-back Tommy Spurr was poleaxed as he defended a second-minute corner and was eventually stretchered off after six minutes of being attended to on the pitch.The inclusion of Smithies, who replaced the suspended Rob Green, was the only change to the Rangers starting line-up from Saturday’s home defeat against Nottingham Forest.Alejandro Faurlin and Jamie Mackie returned to the QPR squad after their respective injuries and are on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Lumley, Hall, Hill, Doughty, Faurlin, Mackie, Gladwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘CM will come under Lokpal Bill’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that his government would bring the Chief Minister, along with Ministers and bureaucrats, within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill to be enacted soon. “The reforms by the Congress government will help to wipe out corruption and mafia. We are working on a new Lokpal legislation with the powers to act on complaints against the Chief Minister, the Ministers and the bureaucrats,” he said. Capt. Singh said the government was also planning to give the panchayats judicial powers so as to ensure quick settlement of small cases and affordable justice at the grassroots. “Also, the Governance Ethics and Reforms Commission set up for comprehensive systematic reforms will scrutinise transactions above ₹50 crore,” he said. Fool-proof law The Chief Minister said the police were given a free hand to deal with criminal gangs. The government was working on a fool-proof law to control of organised crime.Asked about the portrait gallery work, set to start on July 6 in the Golden Temple complex in memory of those killed during ‘Operation Bluestar’ including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Capt. Amarinder Singh said the Damdami Taksal, a Sikh educational organisation, was trying to foment trouble in the State.As for the fiscal position when he took over, he said the unpaid liabilities amounted to ₹13,039 crore, while debt had gone up from ₹51,155 crore in 2007 to ₹1,82,183 crore in 2017. Capt. Singh reiterated his support for the GST, saying it would be beneficial to Punjab.last_img read more

PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PH cagers reinforce Southeast Asian clubs in regional tourney

first_imgCebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Always enjoy working with Soumitra Chatterjee, says Aparna Sen

first_imgKolkata: Actor-director Aparna Sen, who is sharing screen space with thespian Soumitra Chatterjee in Basu Paribaar after a gap of 19 years, has said she always yearns to work with the legend who was paired with her in her debut film Teen Kanya in 1961. The two veterans were last seen together in Sens’s directorial venture Paromitar Ek Din in 2000. “I always look forward to work with Soumitra Chatterjee who is such a great actor someone having such a vast experience,” Sen said recently at the trailer launch of Basu Paribaar here. Recalling her shooting experiences for the film, Sen said: “We used to spend time in adda sessions in between shots at the Mahisadal Rajbari (in East Midnapore) and that was really refreshing.” “Many years have passed since our first film together and we have come a long way,” Sen, who stepped into the filmdom with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya at the age of 16, told reporters here. Basu Paribaar, adapted from James Joyce’s The Dead, has been helmed by director Suman Ghosh. “I loved the way he (Ghosh) adapted James Joyce story for the film. I agreed to do the film immediately after reading the script. I am usually very choosy about my roles,” the Padma Shri awardee said. In Basu Paribaar’ Sen essays the character of Manjari, the wife of retired lawyer Pranabendu (Soumitra Chatterjee). Asked about her collaboration with Ghosh, she said, it was “heartening” to note that some of her suggestions were readily accepted by the director. “He is open to suggestions, something that I appreciate. But as an actor, my job is to follow what the director has visualised for the film. I just did that,” she added.last_img read more

DLF’s over Rs 3,000 cr QIP closed

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF Thursday fixed an issue price of Rs 183.4 per share under its QIP programme that closed Thursday. On Monday, DLF, the country’s largest real estate firm in market value, had launched its qualified institutional placement (QIP) offering up to 17.3 crore shares to investors. In a regulatory filing, DLF said the Securities Issuance Committee has declared the closure of the QIP on Thursday. The panel also approved the issue price of Rs 183.40 per equity share, which is at a discount of 4.98 per cent (i.e. Rs 9.61 per share) to the floor price of Rs 193.01 per share. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAt Rs 183.4 per share, the company would raise Rs 3,172 crore. According to sources, DLF’s QIP issue was oversubscribed by two times, enabling the company to raise around Rs 3,200 crore. Major institutional investors who participated in QIP offer include Oppenheimer, UBS, HSBC, Marshall & Wace, Myriad, Key Square, Goldman Sachs, Indus, Eastbridge, Tata Mutual Fund and HDFC Mutual Fund, sources had said. With an aim to become a debt-free company, DLF had last year announced plans to issue shares through QIP to raise funds and pre-pay loans. This is the third major fund raising from DLF. In 2007, DLF had raised about Rs 9,200 crore through an IPO.last_img read more

Brown gives his first Huddersfield interview

first_imgThe defender has recently arrived at Huddersfield Town from Tottenham Hotspur and he believes he can make a difference in the team.Defender Jaden Brown left Tottenham Hotspur recently and joined Huddersfield Town.The youngster has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with his new team, and he spoke for the first time since getting there.“It’s a new challenge for myself with being away from home, a new dressing room and a new opportunity,” he told the club’s official website.“It was an easy decision for me because I have more opportunities to be in and around the First Team and I thought that if I get that chance then that is something that I can try and take.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“As you get older the game changes and you’re not always playing against a technical player,” he added.“For me as a player I like to get forward a lot and you know you’ve got to do more defending in the box, more blocks, and more heading, so I can challenge my game a lot as well.”“Even off the pitch, with being away from home I can speak to someone who has got the experience and it’s easy to go to them to speak to,” he commented.“Living alone and doing new things, I’m excited.”last_img read more