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Rookie Mitchell scores 40, Jazz rout Suns

first_img“He’s just making progress,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We’ve been saying that for a while, he learns quickly. If there’s nights when it’s not a good, not as fluid, there’s usually some reason why, people guarding him different ways. But he adapts very quickly. I thought his reads were really good.”Ricky Rubio had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Jazz. Ingles added 16 points, including 4-of-6 3s, and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds.Josh Jackson led the Suns with 20 points. Devin Booker, still bothered by bruised ribs, scored 18 points for Phoenix but on 7-of-24 shooting. He missed all seven of his 3s. Dragan Bender added 16 points and nine rebounds.The Jazz, who hadn’t played since beating Golden State, opened a four-game trip in dominant fashion.The Suns’ only lead was 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jazz: Mitchell will participate in the Rising Stars Challenge and the Skills Challenge on All-Star weekend. … Rubio has five career triple-doubles, none with Utah. … Utah’s largest margin of victory this season was 47 points against Washington on Dec. 4.Suns: Booker was 2 for 2 at the foul line to break the franchise record for consecutive free throws made in a season at 58. Kevin Johnson (1989-90) and Mike Bratz (1980) shared the previous record of 57. … T.J. Warren matched his season low with four points. … Suns signed guard Josh Gray to a 10-day contract. Gray had been with the Northern Arizona Suns of the G-League. He scored seven points, all in the fourth quarter, in his NBA debut. … Center Alex Len (right ankle soreness) did not play for the second straight game and has missed five of the last six.UP NEXTJazz: at San Antonio Spurs Saturday night.Suns: Host Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The former Louisville star scored 40 points, one shy of his career high, and the Jazz won their fourth in a row with a 129-97 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.“I didn’t know I had 40 to be honest with you,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t know until Joe (Ingles) told me. I think the biggest thing was we were clicking. Everybody was clicking, that was the best part of it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe blowout followed a 30-point win over Golden State in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night, only the third time in Jazz history that the team has had consecutive 30-point wins.Mitchell made 14 of 19 shots and a career-best seven 3s in nine attempts. It was the sixth game of at least 30 points in his young NBA career. AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises After being fouled on a 3-point basket, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is helped up off the floor by guards Ricky Rubio (3) and Joe Johnson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — A dozen teams passed on Donovan Mitchell in last year’s draft before Denver finally picked him and promptly traded him to Utah.The Jazz must be so grateful the way it all turned out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Utah scored 14 straight points to go up 24-8 before Bender came off the bench for eight first-quarter points and Phoenix finished the first quarter with a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 28-23.The Suns never got any closer. Mitchell sank a 3-pointer, was fouled by Booker, and made the free throw for a four-point play, igniting a 12-0 run that put Utah up 53-33 on Rubio’s 3.The Jazz led 62-40 at the half. They were up by 36 during the third quarter and 41 in the fourth.It was the most one-sided loss for Phoenix since Jay Triano took over as interim coach three games into the season. He lamented the inconsistency of his team, which was coming off a home win over Dallas.“It’s probably the sign of a young basketball team, but it’s disappointing to me,” Triano said. “I’d like to think we make steps and we start moving in the right direction and then we take a step back.”MIGHTY MITCHELLMitchell is the seventh active player to score 40 as a rookie, and now he’s done it twice. He scored 41 in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 1. The other six are LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Eric Gordon, Steph Curry and Blake Griffin.Mitchell said this was better than his 41-point game because the team played better.“My biggest thing is I was just relaxed and settled down,” he said. “When I come into games relaxed and kind of calm, that’s when I start to figure out things.”TIP-IN John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors hold off Kings View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES The Hotshots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Batang Pier to just 31 points after surrendering 59 in the first two quarters of the match.While Alaska staved off being pushed to the edge of elimination, Compton knows that he may need to go two-for-two in his last two games to book a slot to the next round. That’s why he kept himself to celebrating the minor victories—in a tournament that has been particularly testy for the storied franchise.Like delisting two more players from the injury ranks.“Obviously for me and the whole team, it’s nice to have [JVee Casio] and [Kevin Racal] back,” Compton said. “They are obviously a little rusty and out of shape but I thought JVee came in and made some plays and K-Racs made some plays in the way he usually does—knocking down some open shots and being a really good defender.”Jeron Teng (16 points, seven rebounds, 7-of-7 from the stripe) fueled Alaska’s fast start as the Aces roared to a 13-3 lead early.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I’m just really happy to get the win,” Compton said. .”The feeling was fleeting though, as Compton was reminded of the team’s next assignment: defending champion San Miguel Beer on March 24.“That’s the team you could play great against and still not win,” Compton said, jokingly chiding a reporter for bringing up his next game. “Like, you can be great and still not beat San Miguel. That’s how good they are.”The scores:First GameALASKA 92—Teng 16, Enciso 14, Banchero 13, Thoss 13, Casio 12, Racal 9, Cruz 7, Pascual 6, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 0, Ayaay 0.MERALCO 77—Salva 23, Canaleta 18, Newsome 11, Amer 8, Quinto 5, Tolomia 4, Hodge 3, Hugnatan 2, Pinto 2, Jackson 1, Caram 0, Faundo 0.Quarters: 20-16, 45-38, 69-57, 92-77.Second GameMAGNOLIA 103—Lee 24, Sangalang 20, Brondial 14, Jalalon 11, Barroca 11, Melton 11, Dela Rosa 5, Reavis 5, Herndon 2, Pascual 0. “Huge win for us, honestly,” Compton said.“Kung natalo kami kanina, naka ano … Boracay tayong lahat?” he added, alluding to the vacation spot that is a euphemism for getting eliminated from the playoff race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHistorically, chief league statistician Fidel Mangonon III said it takes seven losses with the current tournament format to hit the road. That’s the defeat total the Aces pinned on the Bolts Wednesday night after a hot start that cushioned a shaky middle and gave way to a flourishing finish.In the second game, Magnolia also gave its playoff hopes a big boost with a 103-90 victory over NorthPort to tie Alaska at 4-5. NORTHPORT 90—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 19, Pringle 15, Grey 14, Lanete 8, Guinto 4, Elorde 3, Bolick 3, Taha 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.Quarters: 33-25, 53-59, 76-82, 103-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director Frustrated cager is discus champ Jeron Teng squeezes in a left-handed reverse off KG Canaleta. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAt four wins and having played nine games, the playoffs are hardly guaranteed for Alex Compton and the Alaska Aces.You wouldn’t guess so by the way he relished Wednesday night’s 92-77 victory over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda had so much respect for San Sebastian that the Red Lions hardly gave their archnemesis an inch on Tuesday in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.Behind the stellar performances of tireless forward Calvin Oftana and marvelous wingman James Canlas, the unbeaten defending champions posted a wire-to-wire domination of the Stags, 91-76, to clinch their 14th straight Final Four appearance.ADVERTISEMENT “We had problems in the first three games of the second round. This time, we showed what we are capable of,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez after the utter domination that stretched the Lions’ unbeaten run to 13 games.Canlas scored eight of his 20 points in the second quarter where the Lions started tearing the game apart, while Oftana finished with an impressive all-around performance of 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Also shelling out solid contributions were forward Donald Tankoua, who had 18 points and seven rebounds, and guard Evan Nelle, who finished with 11 points, seven assists and five boards.The defensive crackdown on Allyn Bulanadi also helped doom the Stags as the high-scoring forward was limited to 14 points despite playing almost the entire game. Mapua continued to play like a well-oiled machine to hammer out an emphatic 93-67 win over Arellano.Six Cardinals scored in twin digits with Noah Lugo doing a little of everything and Justin Serrano putting up big numbers to lead their team in their demolition of the Chiefs.The Cardinals, who opened up with five straight losses, suddenly became a contender as they tied the Blazers at fifth place with a 6-6 slate.Gamely engaging the Cardinals three-fourths of the way, the Chiefs lost steam in the endgame when Justin Arana and Kent Salado started to miss.The Chiefs dropped to 3-10 (win-loss). Ateneo, UP try to keep hold of top spots Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Sebastian dropped to 7-5.“San Sebastian is a strong and well-coached team. We didn’t take any chances,” said Fernandez.Sneaky guard Fran Yu delivered a career-high 19 points to send the streaking Letran Knights past the slumping St. Benilde Blazers, 87-74, in the other game.Ato Ular also powered his way to 20 points and eight rebounds for the Knights, but credit definitely went to Yu for engineering a late charge that pushed the Blazers out of their comfort zone for good.The Knights moved up to solo third at 9-4 while forging the Blazers’ second straight defeat in the second round and sixth overall in 12 games. The setback of the Blazers also allowed the Lions to secure a semifinal spot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Rio Olympics 2016, closing ceremony: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Summer Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)That’s all folks!A great finale that embodies the spirit of Rio. Samba, music and breathtaking fireworks enthralls the audience at the Maracana. The Ceremony is drawing to a close with a big party in Rio. A classic carnival float enters, riding on it – parrots with their wings outstretched.The Carnival now shifts to Tokyo in 2020!   ?? ??? ??? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 #Olympics #RioToTokyo pic.twitter.com/ho6ZVlmzUk Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016Thank you, Rio! ?????? See you in #Tokyo2020! ??? pic.twitter.com/vMCsNBOcn0 Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016We say goodbye to #Rio2016 with a typical Carioca carnival! Beautiful!! ?????????? #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/Qo5oXhKGoo Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016 7.00 IST: The Olympic Flame has been extinguished bringing an end to the Rio 2016 Games. The flame at the Olympic Boulevard is now out as well! Obrigado Rio and roll on 2020! #RiotoTokyo pic.twitter.com/pjPCjcybxD Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 2016 The flame is out Rio 2016 #OlympicGames ends with confetti and a firework show! It has been magnificient! #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/hs2vrqhN9e Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 2016The #Rio2016 #OlympicGames are officially closed! Obrigado, Rio! ?????? #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/YjniBBIyqS Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 20166.57 IST: Breathtaking fireworks on display now as singer Marisa Monte churns out her popular track “Pelo tempo que durar”. 6.48 IST: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach officially declares the Games closed!”Congratulations Brazil.”Brazil, we love you. Thank you for your warm hospitality. For the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world.advertisement”You have many reasons to be proud. These Olympic Games show diversity is an enrichment for everyone. These Olympic Games were a celebration of diversity. Together we can go even further. Together, we can aim higher. United in our diversity, we are even stronger.”Thank you refugee athletes. You have inspired us with your talent and human spirit, you are a symbol of hope for millions of refugees in the world. We will continue to be at your side after these Olympics.”These were a marvellous Olympic Games in THE marvellous city. These Games are leaving a legacy for generations to come. History will talk about the Rio before the Olympic Games and a much better Rio after the Olympic Games.  “We arrived in Brazil as guests, today we depart as your friends. You will have a place in our hearts for ever.”  President of the IOC Thomas Bach declares the 31st Olympiad closed and says goodbye and thanks to #Rio2016 ! pic.twitter.com/cSThHp7WFp Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.44 IST: Meanwhile, take a look at how Rio looks from space right now. This is special…have a look at #Rio2016 from space! #ClosingCeremony https://t.co/fR4XqRAKK3 Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.41 IST: IOC boss Thomas Bach comes up to the dais to deliver his speech now. 6.40 IST: “The Games in Rio, it was a great challenge,” Mr. Nuzman says. Amid crisis, “Brazilians found their pride again,” Mr. Nuzman’s spokesman repeatedly emphasized these last weeks. “Twenty-seven world records and 91 Olympic records. We have organized a marvelous Olympics in a marvelous city. When we won the Games I said Rio was ready to make history. Rio has delivered history. Good luck for Tokyo 2020,” Mr. Nuzman concluded. Carlos Arthur Nuzman talks of his pride for Rio and #BRA after a fantastic #Rio2016 #OlympicGames ! pic.twitter.com/Wlq3YwGNNc Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 2016The Maracan is turned red for @Tokyo2020 and #JPN! pic.twitter.com/Wd1wFdv9CB Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.38 IST: There’s widespread expectation that the games in Tokyo, one of the world’s richest, most recognizable, cosmopolitan cities, will run more smoothly than they have in Rio. But there’s also worry in Japan over whether the Olympics will eventually further drag down an economy that has been struggling for decades. ?? ??? ??? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 #Olympics #RioToTokyo pic.twitter.com/Ga6fCEtxmb Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016Hello Tokyo ?? #RioToTokyo #olympics pic.twitter.com/083NjTPP7c Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 20166.32 IST: Time for the looooooong and booooooring speeches now. President of the Organizing Committee Carlos Nuzman and IOC chief Thomas Bach take over.6.30 IST: “See you in Tokyo” lettering on the stage reads as fireworks erupt from the stadium. After a superb Mario Kart inspired @Tokyo2020 segment, the #OlympicGames are nearly ready for #JPN! #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/rLQb0cW5Rh Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.28 IST: Japan presents its case as hosts of the next Summer Games. Dancers, light shows and acrobats went bonkers in the middle of the Maracana. A sing of things to come four years later.advertisement?? ??? ??? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 #Olympics #RioToTokyo pic.twitter.com/uNsu1hyqza Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 20166.27 IST: Tokyo is going to host the next Summer Games in 2020. As the Japanese anthem played, a red circle in the middle of the stadium got smaller until it depicted the Japanese flag. And then the word “Arigato” (thank you) was spelled out, to show thanks to the world for the support Japan received after the 2011 earthquake, and thanks for getting to the chance to host the Olympics, and thanks to Brazil for hosting this Olympics. #JPN national anthem is performed in beautiful acapella choral voice as we look towards Tokyo 2020! #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/ifBDpcQX8S Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.22 IST: Prime Minister of Japan now makes his entry into the Maracana stadium in the super cool ‘Super Mario’ avatar. Amazing from #Tokyo2020! #RiotoTokyo #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/1L10VkarxN Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 20166.17 IST: Rio’s mayor Eduardo now hands over the official Olympic flag to Thomas Bach who passes it on to the representative from Japan. The next Olympics in 2020 will be held in Tokyo. The Olympic flag has been handed over to Tokyo, the next Olympic city! #RioToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/lNwqxbsTig Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016Now for Official handover of the Olympic Flag from Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike ahead of the 2020 games! Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.14 IST: Time for the officials to take over now. IOC President Thomas Bach is on the stage, and he is accompanied by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, who is greeted with boos.Some pics from the #Rio2016 Closing Ceremony so far! #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/PQRPwpRiHK Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20166.11 IST: in case your are wondering why the Men’s Marathon Medal ceremony was held at the closing ceremony, well, here is the reason why – during the first Olympic games in 1896, all of the medals were handed out on the last day. Now, only one event receives its medals at the Summer Games’ closing ceremonies – the men’s marathon.  6.09 IST: New IOC Athletes Committee members are presented. Olympic volunteers are recognized. Greek flag goes up, Olympic flag goes down. There are four new athlete representatives who have been elected to the Olympic committee. 6.04 IST: Some more info about the Olympic Channel. #ClosingCeremony announcement: There is now a 365 day a year Olympic channel and it’s a free digital platform!https://t.co/lhv9QJNjXl Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20165.58 IST: Victory Ceremony: And now, we will have the victory ceremony of the Men’s Marathon. The race was won by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia took Silver while USA’s Galen Rupp bagged the Bronze medal. Thomas Bach, president of the Olympic Committee, and Sebastian Coe, president of track and field’s governing body, are awarding these medals together.#Marathon medal ceremony! #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 ????????? pic.twitter.com/INZminYcZ1 Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 20165.57 IST: The lively music during the closing ceremony of the Rio Games is keeping spectators and athletes are their feet at Maracana Stadium. advertisement5.56 IST: The crowd also got to see performers shake it to frevo, a frenetic dance that, if it’s even possible, makes samba seem like a staid ballroom affair. Holding a small umbrella, the dancers jumped up and down, seeming to march and incorporate acrobatics at the same time.5.54 IST: What we’re seeing in this segment is a mix of ballet and forro, a popular dance from Northeast Brazil, short for forrobodo (i.e. shindig, confusion or fun). Beautiful!!! ???????????? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/FgiXhbTFWS Olympics (@Olympics) August 22, 2016Surprise ????????? #ClosingCeremony @TeamGB pic.twitter.com/FwytiJjko9 Keri-anne Payne (@KeriannePayne) August 21, 20165.47 IST: Remembering the lost souls.The audience is asked to remember lost loved ones. Not least that poor German canoe coach Stefan Henze, who was killed in a car crash in this very city. He was an organ donor and “has saved the lives of four people” it is being reported. 5.45 IST: And now a tribute to the ‘Cave Painting’ culture in Brazil.  5.40 IST: This segment devoted to the new digital “Olympic Channel.” It’s accompanied by a performance by the DJ Kygo, because the channel is supposed to “engage younger generations.” 5.36 IST: American singer Julia Michaels takes over the mike with DJ Kygo on the console.  Introducing @KygoMusic and Julia Michaels during the Rio 2016 #ClosingCeremony ! #OlympicGames pic.twitter.com/VsPGVuA4QA Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 22, 20165.36 IST: Spectacular fireworks go off at the Maracana. 5.35 IST: The parade has finally ended and the flag bearers have now made way for the dancers at the Maracana. 5.26 IST: The athletes parade continues at the Maracana. DJ’s play live music from the Maracan stage as each athlete parades through in the #Rio2016 #ClosingCeremony ! pic.twitter.com/7SNqwukK8T Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20165.16 IST: Great Britain athletes are wearing illuminated shoes and are certainly noticeable in the crowd. Shoes!! ????????? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/LZupcv8fs4 Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 20165.10 IST: Athletes and the performers are braving the rain to be a part of this ceremony in Rio. Here is a sneak peak of the Maracan backstage at the #Rio2016 #ClosingCeremony ! pic.twitter.com/zTtk4XSBro Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20165.10 IST: More than 11,000 athletes participated in the Games this year in 306 events spread across 27 sporting disciplines. After four Rio #Gold’s and 1 #Bronze @Simone_Biles proudly carries the #USA flag at the Olympic #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/e6aW1Mh0uo Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 2016The #Rio2016 flagbearers are led out by Greek #Gold medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi as per Olympic tradition #GRE pic.twitter.com/YTPlx24AKK Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20165.05 IST: A summary of the events so far:The Rio Games closing ceremony opened with original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man who Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. Brazilians also believe he is the first to ever wear a wristwatch, an invention made by a friend so he could see the time in flight.Dressed in colorful feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.Martinho da Vila, a popular singer whose tunes make their way into many popular telenovelas, sang “Carinhoso,” or “Affectionate.”Following the national anthem, athletes carried their countries’ flags into the arena during Sunday’s ceremony 5.00 IST: Quick snaps of all the countries present at the Closing Ceremony. ?? ??? ??? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 #Olympics #RioToTokio pic.twitter.com/Tw290R2w12 Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 20164.55 IST: Here’s a look at the athletes. All of them are in very cheerful mood and are dancing their hearts out at the Maracana.The stars of #Rio2016 #Olympics: the athletes! ?????? #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/kpP5PkwWGk Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 2016The flag bearers of Olympic nations from around the world have entered the Maracan! #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/JGsfgmF6Ut Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20164.47 IST: Athletes are all marching together for the Closing Ceremony. 207 delegations march into the Maracana.???????????? #olympics #rio2016 #closingceremony pic.twitter.com/DBhJlWPIEr Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 20164.43 IST: Athletes are now carrying the flag of their respective countries and marching into the Maracana. Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik is the flag bearer for India.Martinho da Vila seranades the Maracan with his song Carinhoso as the crowd light the stadium up #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/Nz4BxI8bsq Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20164.39 IST: Time now for the national anthem of Brazil and the country’s flag to enter the arena. 27 children all dressed in white are singing the anthem.During the national anthem the singers formed the stars on the #BRA flag pic.twitter.com/xnELxNq1LB aaron bauer (@ABauer_ATR) August 21, 20164.38 IST: It’s Martinho da Vila, grand old man of samba, and he is doing ‘Carinhoso’, a most beloved number in Brazil, which translates as Tender Love. The #Rio2016 Closing Ceremony begins with a spectacular performance by Brazilian group Barbatuques #ClosingCeremony Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20164.37 IST: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is overseeing the proceedings of the closing ceremony. 4.33 IST: Dancers take the shape of Christ the Redeemer in the middle of the stadium. 4.32 IST: Brazilian dancers take centrestage at the Maracana. The sport may have finished but the #Rio2016 Closing Ceremony starts now!! #OlympicGames pic.twitter.com/dSaXkguaAs Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 21, 20164.30 IST: The countdown begins.4.30 IST: Meanwhile, take a look at what happened at the Closing Ceremony in London four years ago. At the last #closingceremony this happened! #olympicshttps://t.co/z0IWGvdva0 Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 20164.00 IST: Get ready to be blown away as the Closing Ceremony is just about half an hour away. ??? The Olympic cauldron is moving ????? #ClosingCeremony #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/LoStqkgxEz Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 2016??? ?? ?? Close up #ClosingCeremony #rio2016 #RiotoTokyo pic.twitter.com/MY3GmwZBG8 Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 2016The most iconic moment(s) of the #rio2016 #Olympics so far is ____________. pic.twitter.com/7KApXtLi58 Olympics (@Olympics) August 21, 2016Football legend Pele to play no part in Closing CeremonyPele will not appear at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, organizers said on Friday, meaning Brazil’s most famous sportsman has played no formal part in the Games.The soccer great, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, turned down an offer to appear as the final torchbearer at the Games’ opening party on Aug. 5, citing a health problem.”Pele is not going to take part in the closing ceremony,” Abel Gomes, executive producer of the ceremonies, told reporters.Pele, 75, underwent hip surgery at the end of last year and has said his rehabilitation has been difficult.Games organizers said they had not been in contact with him since earlier this month when he turned down the invite to light the cauldron.”We have not got in touch with him or he in touch with us since the opening,” Games spokesman Mario Andrada said. “But if he wants to be there it will be our pleasure.”Pele caused some confusion before the start of the Olympics, revealing that he had been asked to light the cauldron, but adding that he needed to consult some commercial sponsors on whether he contractually would be able to do that.Organizers had kept light-tipped about the details of the ceremony but after the opening confirmed he had been due to light the flame in the stadium.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea of the Aero Club of India (ACI) challenging its eviction from land belonging to the Safdarjung Airport here, saying it had already “overstayed” for four years.Justice Vibhu Bakhru denied any relief to ACI, the apex body of all Flying Clubs/Institutions engaged in Flying Training and Aero-Sports in the country, after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) submitted that it needed the land for its own use.”Your (ACI) license expired in 2013. You have overstayed for four years. They are right to ask you for eviction. What is your legal right to occupy the land,” the court asked.The ACI had claimed that AAI had acted in an arbitrary manner in cancelling the lease.Advocate Digvijay Rai, appearing for AAI, opposed the petition, saying that the licence for the 17,400 square feet land opposite Jor Bagh colony in South Delhi, located opposite the airport, was given to the ACI in 1983 for 30 years and it had expired in 2013.As the ACI did not agree to pay the revised fee for the license, the lease was cancelled, he said.The ACI had moved the high court against the eviction order passed by Eviction Officer on June 16 asking it to vacate the premises within 15 days.Its petition claimed that the eviction order was arbitrary, discriminatory, unconstitutional and erroneous in law as well as on facts. PTI UK SKV HMP ARClast_img read more

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Former football captain Gurdev Singh Gill felicitated

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today felicitated former Indian football captain Gurdev Singh Gill for his contribution to the sport.The minister presented Gill, who missed the felicitation by PM Narendra Modi at the FIFA Under-17 World Cups opening ceremony, with a cash award of Rs five lakh along with a shawl and a memento, the Ministry said in a statement.Speaking after the ceremony, Gill said he is happy with footballs progress as the FIFA U-17 world Cup attracted a lot of attention throughout the nation especially among the youth and school students.An Arjuna awardee, the 67-year-old Gill had captained the Indian team at the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. PTI APA PM PMlast_img

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Stuttgart Open: Naomi Osaka pulls out of semis with injury

first_imgWorld number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Saturday’s semi-finals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after failing to recover from an abdominal injury she suffered in her quarter-final match.The top seed’s withdrawal gives her opponent Anett Kontaveit a walkover and the Estonian goes through to Sunday’s final where she will face the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova.”I’m really sorry I’m not able to compete for the semis today,” Osaka said. “I unfortunately got injured yesterday and I was waiting till today to see if I could get better.”But unfortunately, I didn’t. I’m really sorry for everyone that came out and I hope to see you next year and I hope to play next year.”Thank you @PorscheTennis and the amazing fans for this incredible time, I’ll do my best to get back healthy. I love you and see you soon pic.twitter.com/PIikIxs51ZNaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) April 27, 2019The two-times Grand Slam champion had pulled off an epic comeback from 1-5 down in the final set on Friday when she beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) despite struggling on the clay surface, making 45 unforced errors.Saturday’s other semi-final went the distance as world number three Kvitova beat Kiki Bertens 7-6(3) 3-6 6-1 in an engrossing physical battle that clocked two hours.Both players exchanged breaks of serve early in the opening set and the pair looked to use every inch of the court and the indoor stadium with one of Kvitova’s lobs hitting the roof of the Porsche-Arena to give Bertens the point.advertisementBertens then saved set points on her serve, preventing Kvitova from breaking her, to take the first set into a tiebreak. But Kvitova controlled proceedings to win the decider.However, Bertens raised her game in the second set and stormed back into the match with a mixture of powerful baseline shots and delicate chips which had Kvitova scampering around the court to keep up with the Dutchwoman.Kvitova regained control and broke twice in the final set to take a quick 5-0 lead, putting Bertens on the back foot with deep cross-court shots. The Czech even employed serve-and-volley to take points off her bewildered opponent.Bertens never recovered and despite successfully serving to stay in the match and getting on the scoreboard, Kvitova served out to win the match and book her place in the final.”I’m always playing three-setters with Kiki so I didn’t expect anything easier today,” Kvitova said after she reached her fourth final of the year. “I’m just glad I was able to stay in the rallies and return her serve.”I really had to be patient and I had to wait for a good shot to go for the winner. Overall, I was pretty good on the legs (to move around the court) today.”Also Read | Andy Murray optimistic he can play this year, says mother JudyAlso Read | Rafael Nadal shines in comfortable victory over Ferrer in BarcelonaAlso Seelast_img read more

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Santos: Portugal got carried away

first_imgPortugal Santos: Portugal fortunate to survive Hungary test Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 08:04 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Santos - cropped Getty Images Portugal WC Qualification Europe Hungary v Portugal Hungary The Portugal manager questioned his players’ approach to their narrow victory in World Cup qualifying Portugal boss Fernando Santos admitted his side “got carried away” with trying to kill off Hungary in Sunday’s crucial 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Budapest.Andre Silva’s header ensured the European champions remained within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland, but the margin of victory was slimmer than expected following Tamas Priskin’s first-half sending off.European WCQ odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Ferencvaros forward was shown a straight card for elbowing veteran defender Pepe in the face, leaving the hosts to battle for an hour with only 10 men.Santos’ side failed to put the contest to bed despite their advantage, and the 62-year-old questioned his players’ approach.”We were by far the best team on the pitch for the first 30 minutes,” Santos told RTP.”After the dismissal of [Priskin], I do not know what happened … we let ourselves get carried away by very aggressive football and then we lost the next 15 minutes.”At the interval I told them not to lose their focus.”We came back very well afterwards and we scored the goal and from then on we had control of the game, but it was always a dangerous situation.”André Silva has 9 goals in 15 @selecaoportugal caps pic.twitter.com/BlsptaDEnW— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 3, 2017Portugal next visit Andorra in October before returning home to take on Switzerland in a clash that will likely determine who progresses directly to Russia 2018.However, Santos insists Portugal — who boast a far superior goal difference — will not be getting ahead of themselves with two matches to play.”Now there are two finals left. The first is in Andorra, which will be more complicated than many think,” he said.last_img read more

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Rodri completes Atletico Madrid move

first_imgTransfers Rodri completes Atletico Madrid move from Villarreal Russell Greaves 21:12 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RodriCropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Eibar Primera División It is a transfer that has been on the cards for several months, but the 21-year-old is finally heading home to the Spanish capital on a five-year deal Atletico Madrid have completed a move for Villarreal midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal.The Europa League winners confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old on Thursday following prolonged speculation.Rodri will officially join Diego Simeone’s side on July 1, having made 47 appearances for Villarreal in the 2017-18 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He also made his Spain debut, featuring in the 1-1 draw against Germany in March.The former Atletico youth talent plays as a holding midfielder and won the European Under-19 Championship with Spain in 2015.Rodri is returning to his roots in the Spanish capital as a player being tipped to achieve big things.Those he is leaving behind at Villarreal are, however, of the opinion that he is moving on “too soon”.Club president Fernando Roig told reporters in the wake of a deal first being announced: “He is leaving too soon.”The player has already announced that he is leaving, with a sense of regret and sorrow that he is doing so, and I would have liked him stay with us for many more years but it wasn’t to be.”Roig added on dealings with Atletico: “We have come to the best arrangement possible for all three parties, with a club that talk a lot but don’t back that up with their actions. But that’s the way life is and that’s the way football is, so we’ll accept the situation sportingly and that’s that.”last_img read more

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India Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdraw

first_imgIndia Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrawIndia Open 2019: PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth received the top billing in women’s and men’s singles, respectively after China’s Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrew from the tournament.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 23:40 IST PV Sindhu will be the top seed in women’s singles as she aims for her second India Open title. (BAI Photo)Chinese top seeds Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi Sunday pulled out of the India Open on medical grounds, taking some sheen off the USD 350,000 World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning Tuesday.Chen recently broke a five-year title draught for China at the All England Championship and Shi Yuqi is the defending champion.With the top seeds withdrawing, India’s P V Sindhu will receive the top billing and is firm favourite to lift the trophy for the second time after claiming the crown in 2017 and reaching the finals in the last edition.China will be fielding its biggest contingent at the India Open this season with as many as 25 shuttlers competing in the tournament, which concludes on March 31.World No. 7 He Bingjiao will now lead the Chinese challenge in women’s singles and she is looking forward to some exciting duel with Olympic silver medallist Sindhu.”A lot of elite Indian players are playing around the world and they got good results. The likes of Saina and Sindhu are quality players. I need to prepare well against them,” Bingjiao said through an interpreter.”PV Sindhu has a very good level and when I play against her, I sometimes win and sometimes lose. The experience of playing Sindhu is very exciting.”Talking about her targets this season, Bingjiao said: There are three targets this year. First one is Sudirman Cup, I want to help my team members win the Sudirman Cup.”Last year I beat Tai Tzu Ying at World Championship, so this year I want to move forward and improve my position at the event.advertisement”I also want to join the Olympic team. This is a dream for every athlete. The only thing I can do is work hard and train hard,” she added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Chen YufeiFollow Shi YuqiFollow He Bingjiaolast_img read more

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One year anniversary of the slide on Old Fort Road

first_imgSeptember 2019, crews from B.C. Hydro & Arctic Arrow Group worked to remove abandoned Hydro and Telus poles and wire that was damaged during the landslide. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked on installing culverts and clearing ditches along Old Fort Road to prevent ponding and flooding.To date, there are still unanswered questions. Late October Westrek Geotechnical said some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community was finished.In November, some residents would return home after a month’s time away and others were not so lucky. Lives were uprooted from homes built and lived in, people received conflicting information as residents struggled to prepare their homes for the approaching winter after the disarray from the evacuation order.In March 2019. the District says the removal of the stockpiles above the Old Fort was a precautionary measure needed to be taken at the recommendation of professional engineers with the work designed to be completed prior to the spring thaw by Deasan Holdings Ltd.July 2019, FSJ Council awards a slope stability study for the Old Hope Road and MLA Dan Davies wrote a letter to Mike Farnsworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the state of the Old Fort Slide and concern for the residents of the community.August 2019, in response to the letter Dan Davies sent to the government, the Province shared there was no long term plan to monitor Old Fort Landslide. Farnworth says landslide experts have provided information that shows it is “unlikely” for a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside, but instead suggests that a slow-moving slide would occur, as experienced before.Following the response from the government, the PRRD Board requests data from the government to back up the Ministry’s claim on Old Fort Landslide. Once that data is provided, the Regional District says they have plans to have the data verified by applicable experts to consider whether evacuation alerts and orders may be removed from the Old Fort area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It has been one year since the slope above the Old Fort slid, causing damage and uncertainty for property owners in the area and still, many questions remain unanswered.Residents woke on Saturday, September 29th, 2018, at some point during that night, part of the Old Fort Hills shifted bringing part of the hill down and blocking the Old Fort Road.At the beginning of the slide and into October, residents were evacuated from the area, Peace River Regional District held meetings as to what to do during this state of emergency.last_img read more

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Amid diminishing window of opportunity Libyan peace talks set to resume

“The parties underscored the need to urgently resume the dialogue process as the only viable means of finding a peaceful solution to Libya’s political crisis and bringing a durable end to the military conflict that has brought much suffering to the Libyan people,” the Mission confirmed in a statement issued earlier today.UNSMIL noted that the parties had agreed to the UN proposal for the upcoming round of talks and were prepared to focus on addressing the formation of a government of national unity, including the discussion about the future prime minister and deputy prime ministers. Moreover, the Mission added, the stakeholders would also discuss security arrangements to pave the way for a comprehensive ceasefire, the phased withdrawal of all armed groups from towns and cities, measures for weapons and arms control, and adequate monitoring and implementation mechanisms as well as the completion of the constitution drafting process within clear timelines. “The Libyan people have paid a huge price and have suffered much over the past months,” continued the statement. “At this critical juncture in Libya’s transition and in view of a rapidly diminishing window of opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Libya, UNSMIL appeals to all parties to approach the next round of talks with a spirit of constructive engagement and strong sense of national responsibility.”The Mission also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order to create “a conducive environment for the talks” and urged all parties to “desist from engaging in reciprocal attacks that only serve to escalate tensions and contribute to further violence.”The planned meeting follows recent political and security developments, particularly the recent deadly terrorist bombings in the city of Al-Qubbah and the decision of the House of Representatives in Libya to suspend its participation in the political dialogue. The latest wave of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.The attack in Al-Qubbah killed at least 45 people and injured scores of others when one bomber detonated his vehicle near a gas station on 20 February. The initial bombing was immediately followed by two car explosions near the home of Libya’s Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Government’s security headquarters.The Mission noted that all parties expressed their “unequivocal condemnation” of the terrorist attack and outrage at “the senseless loss of innocent lives.” In addition, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León, who also heads up UNSMIL, stressed that “the most effective tool for countering the danger posed by terrorist groups” remained the enforcement of Libyan unity. As a result, he stressed the UN’s “unwavering commitment” to supporting the future national unity government against terrorism. read more

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The Big Questions We Have About NBA Contenders After The AllStar Break

The Big Questions We Have About NBA Contenders After The AllStar Break

The weeks coming out of the All-Star break typically tell us a lot about the teams we still have lingering questions about. This season, some of those — like the Cleveland Cavaliers — saw so much change so recently that we won’t be able to answer those questions anytime soon. But for everyone else, we’ve seen enough games to know what to look out for over the remaining quarter (or so) of the regular season. Here’s a quick survey of the contenders as they come out of the All-Star break.Toronto RaptorsIt’s time to start talking ourselves into the Raptors, and this season that means talking ourselves into DeMar DeRozan. The standard palette of advanced statistics doesn’t do much to show how this year’s vintage of DeRozan differs from previous ones. His true shooting is about the same as it has been for a few seasons; his usage rate is the same as it’s ever been; his assists are up, but not dramatically so; and even his celebrated improvement from downtown has him shooting the 3-pointer about a percentage point worse than he did two seasons ago, albeit on twice as many attempts. Drill a little deeper, and his points created on drives and the pick-and-roll are steady compared to last season as well, according to Second Spectrum.But if you watch a few Raptors games, the difference slaps you in the head. Yes, he’s working with a bit more space now that he’s shooting more threes and hitting them at a baseline respectable rate. But it’s how DeRozan is handling the added defensive pressure, recognizing the double-team quickly and passing to shooters, that sets this season apart from his others. He is creating 100 points per 100 chances when he drives and kicks to a shooter, according to Second Spectrum. Last season that was 87 points per 100 chances. How different you imagine the Raptors’ chances are this season compared to the past more or less depends on how much you believe DeRozan’s game has grown. It’s a case where improvements picked up by the eye test are borne out by some of the more granular stats, but not in the aggregate. Sometimes that’s a signal to keep an eye out for big overall changes despite relatively few changes to the components; other times, it’s just noise.Minnesota TimberwolvesJimmy Butler played zero minutes in Sunday’s All-Star game, and he didn’t practice on Saturday. NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill reported that a person close to Butler said, “He’s OK, just tired.” This was meant to be encouraging, signaling that Butler isn’t injured. But for one of Tom Thibodeau’s players, it may be something more worrying.Butler is logging 37.3 minutes per game this season, and has averaged 39 minutes since missing four games to injury at the end of January. He covers the league’s third-most miles per game, and does so while creating the sixth-highest “load” — Second Spectrum’s adjusted metric for describing the physical stress of accelerating and decelerating. Butler’s usage and efficiency have held steady since December, when he began to take a larger role and play more to his previous All-NBA form. But if fatigue is enough of a concern to make the Wolves’ star sit out an exhibition game, then, as the season winds down, Butler’s fatigue should be as big a concern to the Timberwolves as the team’s leaden defense. A lot of things go into a solid NBA defense, but effort and energy are high up on the list. And if the Wolves’ best wing defender is low on either, it doesn’t bode well for the team fixing what isn’t working, or maintaining what is.Boston CelticsAfter a great start to the season, the Celtics are reeling. The team has lost nine of its last 15 games and is second in the East, two games back of Toronto. It’s the defense that’s sinking them. With Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin out the past few weeks, Boston’s D has looked downright average. The team’s defensive rating is 107.7 over those last 15 games and 108.7 in the 11 without Smart. Before that 15-game stretch, it had been 102.7. The Celtics still lead the league in defensive efficiency for the season, but the defense without Smart would tie it with the Lakers for 14th. An average defense won’t be enough for Boston, which is also average on the offensive end and has not improved since Smart went down.Houston RocketsEarly on in the season, as the Rockets were adapting to playing with Chris Paul and James Harden — two All-NBA-level guards — in the backcourt, it was popular to observe that the team was better when one was on the court and the other sat. The team was good with both, but exceptional with just one. It would eventually pay off to have one such configuration on the court at all times, the thinking went, even if the main lineup wasn’t as potent. But that’s no longer really the case.When Harden and Paul share the floor, the Rockets score 123.6 points per 100 possessions and give up 110.7, according to NBA WOWY. That difference of 12.9 points per 100 possessions splits the difference between the Harden-only lineups (+8.7 points per 100 possessions) and the Paul-only ones (+16.5). Just as important as how the lineups fall in relationship to each other is how they compare with the rest of the league. The Paul/Harden lineup would be the best in the league and is about in line with the Warriors’ lineups that feature Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant (+12.2). The Rockets may improve further down the stretch, but they’ve already established their star lineup as as asset all on its own, not simply a means to individually successful lineups for Harden and Paul.San Antonio SpursThe Spurs’ season has been held hostage to Kawhi Leonard’s mysterious, lingering quad ailment. On Wednesday, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he would be surprised if Leonard returns this season. Leonard has played in a total of nine games this season, the last in mid-January. Still, the Spurs sit in third place in the West and stand a good chance of winning 50 games for the 19th consecutive season. But for that to happen, the team will need to settle in under 21-year-old point guard Dejounte Murray.Murray took over for Tony Parker as starter in late January, and the Spurs have lost seven of 12 games since the change. This is a problem because seven teams are within five games of the Spurs, including the 10th-seed Utah Jazz, who have been on fire since the return of Rudy Gobert. But while the Spurs have dropped some games, Murray has improved rapidly. Before breaking into the starting lineup, Murray was creating just 78 points per 100 chances as a pick-and-roll ballhandler, according to data from Second Spectrum. That’s one of the worst figures in the league for a player tasked with doing it with any frequency. Since taking over, Murray has created 102 points per 100 chances. It’s not as though Murray is suddenly attacking his man like Russell Westbrook does, but he’s moving the ball through the Spurs’ system well and manipulating defenders into positions to help teammates. If that form continues, the Spurs should be able to right the ship — or make it as right as it can be without Leonard.Golden State WarriorsOut to lunch. Back in June. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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National Trust accused of hiding abuse history of one of its stately

Pupils and nuns on the steps of Croome Court in the 1950s  It is promoted by the National Trust as one of its great houses, a triumph of restoration and the former home of aristocrats. But now lawyers acting for victims of child sexual abuse are asking the Trust to come clean about the dark history of Croome Court from when it was run as a boarding school by the Catholic Church.Visitors to the stately home in Worcestershire are told that the house, once lived in by the Earl of Coventry, has a varied history including the grounds being designed by Capability Brown. Although the Trust’s website says Croome Court was once used as a school, the descriptions are light-hearted, including that: “When the nuns weren’t looking, some of the boys used the dumb waiter as a lift to the ground floor with contraband biscuits.”It also goes on to recall that: “In 1962, during the school’s tenure, a section of the M5 motorway was constructed, slicing through the Croome estate. Four of the boys tried to escape from Croome on bicycles on the M5 and were brought back by the police.”However, according to lawyers at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the truth of this incident is deeply disturbing. The boys were trying to escape the beatings they endured from the nuns and the sexual assaults they received from teachers and priests at the school for boys with special needs, which was run by the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Birmingham for 30 years. Now the lawyers are calling on the Trust to inform visitors of this dark period in Croome Court’s history.  Pupils and nuns on the steps of Croome Court in the 1950s  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Thursday, during the final day of evidence into the Birmingham archdiocese, QC Caoilfhionn Gallagher spoke of Croome Court’s “ugly history” and criticised the Trust’s depiction of “a very glowing background”. Ms Gallagher then asked that the inquiry, headed by Professor Alexis Jay, recommends that the National Trust together with the Archdiocese of Birmingham should work with survivors to acknowledge what happened at Croome Court.Among those whose story of abuse at Croome Court was told to the inquiry was victim D2 who was regularly beaten, including by one religious sister known as “the karate nun” because of the way she would kick children in the dining room. D2’s solicitor, John Wakefield, said: “The description of Croome Court’s schooldays on the Trust’s website really grates with my client. Its history is undoubtedly known to the National Trust, as what was endured by those pupils is now a matter of public record. They are ignoring it.”“While the National Trust is not responsible for the abuse, this gives the impression they are complicit with the archdiocese in covering it up because they think it will cause reputational damage. Protecting reputations has been a common theme at the inquiry.”After centuries of aristrocratic owners, Croome Court, then vacant, was sold in 1948 by the Croome Estate Trustees to the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It became a boarding school for 140 boys aged 7-11, eventually closing in 1979.Some of the survivors of the Croome Court abuse took decades to speak out about what they experiences and one attempted suicide, the inquiry heard. According to John Wakefield, D2 wrote to the then Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols – now the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster who gave evidence to the inquiry on Thursday – in 2005 asking for an apology but received no reply. His psychologist wrote to the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 2015, again asking for an apology but also received no reply.Last night the National Trust which has received Heritage Lottery Fund grants to create an oral history of Croome Court said: “We already (and have for many years) worked with ex-pupils at Croome and will continue to do so in the future.  We are unaware of any recommendation.”The National Trust has not played any part in this hearing as it deals with matters prior to our involvement with Croome”.When asked if it would change the material about the school on its website, the Trust’s spokeswoman said she did not know. read more

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Omnicomm releases fleet tracking mobile applications for iOS and Android

first_imgOmnicomm, a leading developer and manufacturer of fuel consumption monitoring equipment and telematics solutions for various fleet management needs, has released a mobile application for its cloud service Omnicomm Online. The application runs on iOS and Android platforms, and is now available on App Store and Google Play.The company says that “following the intention to provide customers with more convenient and practical service for vehicle monitoring Omnicomm decided to develop mobile applications for Omnicomm Online cloud service. It allows fleet owners to manage their fleet remotely, track the movement of vehicles, as well as generate reports on preset number of parameters. For convenience of mobile usage, the reports of the new application included the ones that are most popular among Omnicomm Online clients:”Reports on the location of transport allow users to display information both concerning one vehicle and handle multicast requests, determining the location of several vehicles or the entire fleet at the same time.Like in the web version Omnicomm Online, in reports on the movement of a vehicle over a given time period, the track shows the events that occur on the way of the vehicle: refills, drains, stops, etc.The report on the volume of fuel displays graphs on fuel consumption of vehicles, as well as the periods of running engine (on / off).The report on refills and drains provides information on the changes in the level of fuel in vehicles, highlighting drains with red colour.The statistics report provides general data on the distance covered, the amount of fuel consumed, average speed and other parameters.“When developing the mobile application, we paid special attention to the difference in the use of tablets and smartphones. In fact, we have released a separate mobile application for each of them. We also paid a thorough attention to visualisation of the interface in portrait and landscape modes, which ultimately resulted in the development of eight individual interface representations. All this will allow our customers to use our services with convenience”, – Maxim Pavlukhin, Omnicomm Deputy Executive Director, commented.In addition, users have the opportunity to receive notifications, the algorithms for which they previously set up in the web version Omnicomm Online. Thus, they can always be aware of the events taking place with their fleet.“The release of Omnicomm Online mobile applications is another step on the way for more convenient use of Omnicomm products. With Omnicomm Online mobile application our customers have the opportunity to obtain information on their vehicles from anywhere in the world where there is mobile network. It makes our service not only reliable, but also really easy and convenient to use”, – Omnicomm Deputy Director General Stanislav Emelyanov said.last_img read more

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Capy Games Below has a beautiful trailer roguelike gameplay

first_imgIf you’re not familiar with Capy Games (aka Capybara Games) then your gaming life isn’t everything that it can be. These guys worked on iOS sensation Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, DS great Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, and Sound Shapes, which is still one of the main reasons to get a Vita. Their next game, which was announced at E3 2013 this week is Below.During the Microsoft E3 keynote on Monday Below was briefly mentioned, but the quality wasn’t great and the game didn’t really stand out. In fact, this is all our reporter caught about it:New game, Below, top-down perspective of actioning and puzzling it seems. Very, very zoomed out. Difficult to tell what is going on. Color us intrigued! And intrigued we are, especially after having seen this trailer…It turns out that Below is going to be a modern day rogue-like published by Microsoft for the Xbox One. It’s an atmospheric adventure game with skill-based combat. And, in the vein of SB:S&SEP, there will be nothing in the way of hints, dialogue, or text. Past that, it’s looking like the game will be an Xbox One exclusive (at least initially) and it’s going to be difficult. Below has been described by its creators as being “brutal” but fair.We don’t know too much else, but it’s been confirmed that the excellent Jim Guthrie, is back for the music, which is very good news. (If you haven’t picked up the Sword & Sworcery LP you are very much missing out.)last_img read more

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Vancouver woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer wants others to know signs

first_imgTeri Giangreco didn’t know the signs of ovarian cancer until she was sitting in her new gynecologic oncologist’s office discussing her stage 3 ovarian cancer diagnosis.A poster on the wall listed the four warning signs: bloating, feeling of fullness, pelvic pain and frequent need to urinate.“We can justify them to be anything,” Giangreco said.That’s what she had done.Giangreco, 70, started noticing some mild stomach issues in November — an upset stomach one day, constipation another. Nothing she gave much thought. By December, the problems became more frequent, but she shrugged them off. She hadn’t been eating the healthiest. That must be causing the problems, she reasoned.But by January, the discomfort was more regular. One Tuesday evening, Giangreco was so bloated she couldn’t get her pants to fasten. By that Saturday, the pain had become unbearable.Her husband took her to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and referred to Dr. Gina Westhoff, a gynecologic oncologist at Legacy Medical Group in Salmon Creek. A few days later, on Jan. 31, she was sitting in the office looking at the poster outlining the signs for ovarian cancer.After her diagnosis, Giangreco told every woman she knew about the warning signs. Last week, she spent a couple of hours at lunchtime stopping women as they walked through Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and educating them about the symptoms. She shared her story and passed out bookmarks with the warning signs.last_img read more

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Mine traffic troubles neighbors

first_img WASHOUGAL — Rachel Grice said she suspects she didn’t hear the runaway dump truck hurtling down a hillside past her house last week because its brakes weren’t working. She did, however, hear the emergency vehicles responding to its crash.Grice, who lives with her family outside of Washougal, said she can hear dump trucks shift gears each morning around 6:45 a.m. as they begin their work days hauling gravel from a nearby mine. She said she can hear the trucks brake loudly as they make their way down the hill carrying their loads.“It’s a high-pitch screech all the way down,” she said. “I was surprised that I never heard any screeching or honking, ’cause normally we hear all the trucks’ brakes going down.”The truck, unable to stop, sped down the hill at more than 60 mph and crashed into a rail line owned by BNSF Railway last Thursday. It was later reported that the truck’s brakes had failed.Ever since activity ramped up late last year at the Zimmerly gravel pit, located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, neighbors have complained about the increase in noise and truck traffic. Now, residents and conservation group Friends of the Columbia Gorge say truck traffic has increased as a final decision on the mining’s legality is expected in coming weeks. click to enlargelast_img read more

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Cyanotoxins close Vancouver Lake again

first_imgClark County Public Health again has closed the swim beach at Vancouver Lake Regional Park after water testing revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins.Laboratory analysis of water samples taken Monday found cyanotoxins above the state Department of Health’s threshold levels.Closure signs have or will be posted at the swim beach and other public access points to the lake. Public Health advises against all water contact, including wading, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing.Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are currently present at the swim beach, Burnt Bridge Creek inlet and flushing channel.Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if cyanotoxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to itching, rashes and blisters.If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, the bacteria can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Vancouver Lake since June 12 and will continue to monitor the lake throughout the summer.As long as blooms are present, Public Health will take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in restrooms and shelters is not affected and remains safe to drink.Information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beaches webpage.Algae blooms in other water bodies can be reported online at www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/report-health-concern.last_img read more

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