Behind LaMarcus Aldridge’s career-best 56, Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship looks to make MMA splash in States Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Thunder lost their seventh straight in San Antonio despite Westbrook’s huge game. George scored 30 points, and Grant added 25 points and 12 rebounds but fouled out with 25 seconds remaining in the second overtime.Westbrook had only three turnovers in 50 minutes.“I take a lot of pride (in triple-doubles),” Westbrook said. “I do other things that impact winning, impact the team and then I feel like I’m the best at all those other things. So, I do it every night.”Oklahoma City entered the game having held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from 3-point range, the third-lowest in the league, but the Thunder couldn’t contain San Antonio early.Belinelli made three consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute in the opening quarter, and the Spurs made all 10 of their 3s in the first half to build a 16-point lead.Oklahoma City rallied and tied it at 114 with six minutes remaining in regulation when Steven Adams made consecutive follows off misses by Westbrook. Adams limped off the court with an ankle injury with 5 1/2 minutes remaining and didn’t return for the close of regulation but did play in both overtime periods.Aldridge scored eight consecutive points with Adams out, but consecutive 3-pointers by Terrance Ferguson tied it again at 126. After the Spurs essentially abandoned the 3-pointer after their hot start, White drained a 3 to put San Antonio up 129-126.With the Spurs up 130-128, Belinelli had the ball stolen at midcourt, leading to a tying layup by Grant with 5.6 seconds left. DeMar DeRozan missed a jumper at the close of regulation.DeRozan missed another jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the first extra period and the Thunder could not put up a shot at the buzzer as White tipped the inbounds pass from Westbrook.DeRozan finished with 16 points and 11 assists, but shot 7 for 22 from the field. View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 “He’s been a beast all year long,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. “He anchors us at both ends of the floor. He did it last year, and he’s doing it this year, too. He’s just been fantastic. Obviously, he had a great night.”Aldridge was 20 for 33 from the field and 16 for 16 on free throws in surpassing his previous career high of 45 points, which he set against Utah on March 23, 2018.“I was just complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago,” Aldridge said. “That I feel like it should have happened in my career.”The Spurs have won six of seven and 14 of 18 to close within a game of the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.“For it to go down to the wire with a team that’s hot like that, we have a lot to take away for us, for how we played,” Oklahoma City forward Paul George said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) stands next to DeMar DeRozan during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 154-147 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The Spurs started hotter than ever from 3-point range Thursday night.When that wasn’t enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil TIP-INSThunder: San Antonio’s 16 3-pointers tied the most Oklahoma City has allowed this season, which came Nov. 19 at Sacramento. … The Thunder’s last win in San Antonio was Dec. 25, 2014.Spurs: Aldridge has 17,758 career points, passing Magic Johnson for 78th on the NBA’s career list. … The Spurs’ previous high for 3-pointers to start a game was 11 against Sacramento in 2002.UP NEXTThunder: Host San Antonio on Saturday night.Spurs: At Oklahoma City on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points and the Spurs overcame Russell Westbrook’s triple-double to outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in double-overtime.“He carried us,” Spurs point guard Derrick White said. “It was fun to watch.”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 ChrissSan Antonio set a franchise record by making its first 14 3-pointers and was 16 of 19 overall from deep, but it still needed two overtime periods to topple Oklahoma City, in part because Westbrook had 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds.Aldridge had seven points in the second overtime and White added four points, a steal and a critical block of Jerami Grant at the rim with San Antonio up 148-144 with less than two minutes remaining. White finished with 23 points and Marco Belinelli made all five of his 3-point attempts while scoring 19 points for the Spurs, who have won seven straight at home.last_img read more

Min. Gwenigale’s Action ‘Defiant’

first_imgAmbassador J. Adolphus During has termed Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale’s action not to reinstate the two leaders of the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) as defiant, following earlier interventions by the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and others.Dr. During is the founder and director of the Liberia Institute for Diplomacy and Etiquette.He spoke on Wednesday at ELWA-2 Ebola treatment unit (ETU), where his church, Soul Cleansing Clinic of Jesus Christ, donated assorted items.“It is also worrisome to the Liberian people at this time of the deadly Ebola epidemic where thousands of citizens have lost their lives. I am calling on the Minister to see reason and reinstate them immediately,” Amb. During advised.He noted that Minister Gwenigale’s action is not only worrisome but also adamant to the Legislature and the Council of Churches, who in the past had intervened for the reinstatement of the health workers’ leaders.Dr. During maintained that when the Church recommends that striking workers be reinstated, he “considers it as the highest body representing God, and such recommendation must not be thrashed”.On Monday, during the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing, Min. Gwenigale told Liberians and health workers who were on strike in order for their leaders to be re-instated that the two men are “never coming back to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” so those health workers should better just stay home forever.NHWAL’s leaders, Mssrs. Joseph Tamba, president and George Poe Williams, secretary and spokesperson, have since been dismissed by the Health Minister after both men called for a nationwide health strike in demand for salary increments and insurance benefits from government last February.“We need every meaningful church leader under the Liberia Council of Churches and other institutions to make sure that these health workers are reinstated immediately,” Dr. During said. “I don’t know whether he (Minister Gwenigale) has a training center to manufacture health workers at this critical time when he is refusing to reinstate trained health workers,” Dr. During wondered.Dr. During’s church donated sacs of water, cartons of juices, including Xtra and Lucozade, valued at US$1,500. “All of these were brought in by the church members, Soul Cleansing Clinic of Jesus Christ’s administrator Whiegbadeh James said during the presentation.Mr. James said they were following the footsteps of Jesus who preached, healed the sick and fed the hungry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Low Confidence in Gecom & Enthusiasm in LGE

first_imgDear Editor,The ongoing tracking poll being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) finds widespread dissatisfaction with and declining popularity of the coalition (APNU+AFC) government. There is very low voter enthusiasm among traditional government supporters for this Monday’s local government elections (LGE) and little confidence in GECOM and its Chairman.People are uninterested in the elections, and more concerned about their belly (bread and butter issues) and safety. Voter apathy is greater in the urban areas, with more rank-and-file enthusiasm in rural areas like in the sugar belt that has been hit hard with estate closures.Respondents complain that local government elections are meaningless when too many people can’t make ends meet and are perennially worried they might become victims of criminals at virtually any place; almost everyone is concerned about out-of-control crime. Poverty is also growing.The declining popularity of the coalition government is attributed primarily to the sagging economy, perceived widespread corruption, poor governance, mismanagement, increased unemployment, rising crime, and broken promises, among other reasons.People complain that Government has failed to deliver on promised constitutional reforms to empower local governments (and their elected representatives), leaving them ineffective and powerless to service their constituents. The voters, as well as candidates seeking elective office from both sides of the aisle, say local governments should be vested with powers and resources to manage their own affairs. They also want a system in which they can exercise oversight over the all-powerful national government and arrogant officials who have outgrown their breeches.The survey finds that the opposition PPP is projected to sweep the elections, winning a huge majority of the eighty local organs (71 NDCs and 9 municipalities). The ruling APNU (PNC) and AFC are expected to suffer significant losses even in what are considered to be their traditional strongholds including in recently gerrymandered NDCs and constituencies (seats).It appears AFC is “rotten meat”, as voters are not attracted to its meetings or expressing support for it; APNU is doing better, especially in its strongholds. Still, it would take a lot of ground work to change angry minds to vote for APNU or AFC. Meanwhile, the PPP has been coasting, even making gains in support in some government held NDCs; its leader, Bharrat Jagdeo is enormously popular everywhere, energizing the base. The opposition URP is also making some showing.However, people expressed concerns about the fairness of the elections. Asked if they think, the local government elections will be free and fair, 39% said yes; 53% said no. The findings reveal 57% feel that the government has changed the boundaries (of NDCs and first past the post constituencies or seats) for political advantage; 34% don’t think so.Fifty-nine per cent think government has been abusing state resources for electioneering as opposed to 32% who don’t think so. And a large 84% wants central government (6% oppose) to grant more autonomy to local government to manage their own affairs.There is limited confidence in James Patterson as GECOM Chair. A large 63% do not approve of President David Granger’s appointment of James Patterson as GECOM Chair (as opposed to 21% who do). Asked if they support the appeal court’s ruling on the appointment of Patterson, 24% support it in contrast to 64% who disapprove of it. Some 69% do not agree with GECOM Chairman’s position to refuse United Nations help on elections, with only 11% backing him and 20% not offering an opinion.Asked if foreign observers should have been invited for LGE, 71% said yes with 15% saying no with 14% unsure. When asked if they will vote, some 60% said no. On the subject of which party they will vote for, PPP gets the nod from over 60% and is projected to win a lopsided majority of seats. Surprisingly, many voters are unaware that they can’t vote because candidates in their NDCs won unopposed.People everywhere complain about conditions in the country and if given an opportunity, over 90% say they would migrate to America even with the oil earnings coming on stream in a year.The poll also queried voters on social issues. The findings will be released in a subsequent report.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Everton appoint Marco Silva as new manager

first_imgBefore that, Silva enjoyed trophy-winning spells with Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos having also helped Estoril climb through the ranks in his native Portugal.Everton had tried to lure him last season before taking on Allardyce, causing Silva’s departure from Watford, who complained of an “unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival”.Known as a manager who wants his teams to play attractive, attacking football, Silva believes Everton fans will be proud of what they see on the pitch next season.“I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,” Silva told Evertontv.“I’m excited and I’m really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.“I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge.”While city rivals Liverpool enjoyed one of their best seasons in recent memory, reaching the Champions League final and finishing fourth to secure a spot in the competition next season, Everton finished five points behind Burnley in seventh, missing out on a Europa League spot.With the backing of Everton’s Iranian billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri, Silva said he is ready to meet the fans’ expectations of a far more successful season in 2018-2019.“We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way,” he said.“But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.“I know what our fans expect — they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch.“I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.“Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club.“But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the Club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton tried to lure Marco Silva last season © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Everton on Thursday appointed Marco Silva as the new manager, the Premier League club announced on their website.The 40-year-old Portuguese coach, who replaces Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park, has Premier League experience, with Watford and Hull City.last_img read more

Former Newcastle striker joins Fleetwood Town after leaving Bolton

first_img1 Fleetwood Town have completed the shock signing of former Newcastle stalwart Shola Ameobi.The 34-year-old, who played 312 league games for Newcastle, has been without a club since leaving Bolton.And now the League One club have confirmed that Ameobi has agreed a deal with them until the end of the season.Fleetwood Manager Steven Pressley told the club’s official website: “In January we signed a number of younger players and it was vital to the group that we brought in a player with experience.“We certainly couldn’t get any more experience than Shola Ameobi and we are absolutely delighted with that. He is not only a very good player; he is a terrific character that can bring a lot to the group.“It is vital that he has been playing as sometimes unattached players at this stage in the season, the one thing they are lacking is a level of fitness.“Shola has been involved at Bolton Wanderers on a regular basis for the vast majority of the season and he is raring to go ahead of Saturday’s trip to Port Vale.” Shola Ameobi last_img read more

Police: Teen killed by tiger was helping friend when animal turned on him

first_imgThe last minutes of a 17-year-old boy’s life were spent trying to save his friend from a brutal tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo, only to have the animal turn on him, police and family members said. Carlos Sousa Jr. and his friend’s brother desperately tried to distract the 350-pound Siberian tiger, but the big cat instead came after Sousa. “He didn’t run. He tried to help his friend, and it was him who ended up getting it the worst,” the teen’s father, Carlos Sousa Sr., said Thursday after meeting with police. The heroic portrait of Sousa and a timeline of the dramatic Christmas Day attack emerged as officials revealed that the tiger’s escape from its enclosure may have been aided by walls that were well below the height recommended by the accrediting agency for the nation’s zoos. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo acknowledged that the wall around the animal’s pen was just 12? feet high, after previously saying it was 18 feet. According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the walls around a tiger exhibit should be at least 16.4 feet high. Mollinedo said it was becoming increasingly clear the tiger leaped or climbed out, perhaps by grabbing onto a ledge. Investigators have ruled out the theory the tiger escaped through a door behind the exhibit. “She had to have jumped,” he said. “How she was able to jump that high is amazing to me.” Mollinedo said safety inspectors had examined the wall, built in 1940, and never raised any red flags about its size. “When the AZA came out and inspected our zoo three years ago, they never noted that as a deficiency,” he said. “Obviously now that something’s happened, we’re going to be revisiting the actual height.” The 4-year-old tiger, a female named Tatiana, went on a rampage near closing time Tuesday, killing Sousa and severely injuring the two others before it was shot to death by police. Brothers Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, were at San Francisco General Hospital with severe bite and claw wounds. Their names were provided by hospital and law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because the family had not yet given permission to release their names. Police said Kulbir Dhaliwal was the animal’s first victim. As the tiger clawed and bit him, Sousa and the younger brother yelled in hopes of scaring it off him, police said. The cat then went for Sousa, slashing his neck as the brothers ran to a zoo cafe for help. After killing the teenager, the tiger followed a trail of blood left by Kulbir Dhaliwal about 300 yards to the cafe, where it mauled both men, police said. Four officers who had already discovered Sousa’s body then arrived and found the cat sitting next to one of the bloodied brothers, police Chief Heather Fong said. The victim yelled, “Help me! Help me!” and the animal resumed its attack, Fong said. The officers used their patrol car lights to distract the tiger, and it turned and began approaching them, leading all four to open fire, killing the animal, she said. Police are still investigating how Tatiana was able to leave the enclosure. At least one expert said the wall was low enough for the tiger to leap to the top. Zoo officials said a “moat” separating the habitat from the public viewing area that measured 33 feet across contained no water, and has never had any. They did not address whether that affected the tiger’s ability to get out. “I think it could be feasible for a cat that has been taunted or angered,” Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo, said Thursday. “I don’t think it would ever just do it to do it.” Police have not addressed whether the victims had teased the tiger. On Thursday, Fong denied earlier reports that police were looking into the possibility that the victims had dangled a leg or other body part over the edge of the moat, after a shoe and blood was found inside the enclosure. No shoe was found inside, but a shoeprint was found on the railing of the fence surrounding the enclosure, and police are checking it against the shoes of the three victims, she said. AZA spokesman Steven Feldman said the minimum recommended height of 16.4 feet is just a guideline and that a zoo could still be deemed safe even if its wall were lower. Accreditation standards require “that the barriers be adequate to keep the animals and people apart from each other,” Feldman said. “Obviously something happened to cause that not to be the case in this incident.” Many other U.S. zoos have significantly higher walls around their tigers. Mollinedo said surveillance cameras and new fencing will be installed around the exhibit. The zoo was to remain closed Friday.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


first_imgCarnival, 5-10 p.m. through Sunday, Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar. Call (818) 367-5656. Youth Coffee House teen program, 7-9 p.m., Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 548-3374. Alumnus Mark Rickertsen will discuss Iceland’s energy programs, 7:30 p.m., California Lutheran University, Nelson Room, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Free. Call (805) 492-4427. Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons, Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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


first_imgA young Donegal footballer who has been in a coma in Spain for the past month after a fall has woken and asked “How are Brazil doing in the World Cup.”Oisin Merritt has awoken from his coma, and asked how Brazil are doing at the World Cup!!Oisin Merritt, 19, plunged from a balcony while on holiday with friends in Santa Ponsa on June 9th.At one stage the family of the Finn Harps Reserves player admitted that he was showing no signs of improvement and pleaded with people to pray for him. A huge online campaign began for the young man from Stranorlar.However, just a few days later Oisin’s pressure reading reduced which was a small but significant improvement in his condition.Today his sister Tara revealed that Oisin has made a miraculous recovery.And she revealed that the first words from the football-mad teenager where how his favourite team Brazil were doing! “Oisin started to eat and drink water for the first time yesterday afternoon and has continued this today.“Today Oisin started to speak and say his first words to me.“He is asking about the World Cup and how Brazil are doing, as he has a bet on!“He is looking for a TV in his room,” revealed Tasha.She said medics are saying that the young Irishman has been reborn. “He has a long recovery ahead, and doctors came in this afternoon to us and said he is like a second birth, born again that he is like a miracle.“Thank you everyone so much for your prayers and good wishes,” she saidOisin’s family and his girlfriend Josephine O’Neill have been by his bedside for the past number of weeks praying for him to recover.OISIN WAKES FROM COMA AND ASKS HOW BRAZIL ARE DOING IN WORLD CUP! was last modified: July 9th, 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:BrazilDONEGAL STRANORLARfinn harpsOisin Merrittlast_img read more

Public’s view sought by council on rate of local property tax

first_imgDonegal County Council is inviting submissions from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2020.The Council is keen to hear views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax, and in particular on the potential effects of any variance on households, individuals, businesses, and on Council services. The Local Property Tax, which came into effect in 2013, is an annual tax charged on residential properties in Ireland. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), a local authority may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within its own area by a maximum of +/- 15%.This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2020 by a maximum of 15% of the 2019 rate.For example, if a house is valued at under €100,000, the Local Property Tax payable in 2019 is €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house-owner will pay €103.50 in 2020. If the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house-owner will pay €76.50 in 2020.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management, and tourism development initiatives. An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Council’s capacity to deliver these services. For instance, if the LPT rate is reduced, then the income available to the Council will be reduced.This, in turn, will limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2020.If the rate is increased, then the income available to the Council will be increased. This, in turn, will increase the Council’s capacity to deliver services and supports in 2020.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate, thereby leaving the rate the same as for 2019.To reiterate, Donegal County Council is keen to hear views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2020. In particular, the Council invites comments concerning the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax, particularly any potential effects on households, on individuals, on businesses, and on Council services. Public’s view sought by council on rate of local property tax was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Newman, Hernandez lead the charge as Humboldt Crabs top Solano Mudcats 11-1

first_imgARCATA >> There would be no need for late-inning fretting on Tuesday night.The temperatures may have been chilly, but there was no other need to be biting one’s nails this time around.Jayson Newman hit a pair of three-run home runs onto Highway 101 South and starting pitcher Matthew Hernandez threw six solid innings as the Humboldt Crabs defeated the Solano Mudcats 11-1 at the Arcata Ball Park.“We just found a way,” Newman said. “Just grinding out at-bats late in the game, finding ways to …last_img