Not everyone playing by the spirit of NBA tanking guideline

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters But Hoiberg wasn’t worried about creating any further trouble by playing without the three players acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota last summer. He insists they were injured.“When they’re ready to go,” Hoiberg said, “they’re going to be back out there playing again.”FANS’ TAKEA matchup of 24-45 vs. 25-45 is often one to avoid, but longtime Chicago fan Louis Rodriguez was thrilled to catch Bulls-Knicks. He’s just not used to seeing his favorite team attempt to lose.“The Bulls franchise is a legendary franchise and it won’t be the last time we see them No. 1,” he said.Dressed in his Bulls shirt and red hat, he came from Naugatuck, Connecticut, with his step-sister Shannon Bahme, who was wearing a Knicks shirt.The Knicks have been losing for years, so it’s easier for their fans to accept being bad. Some remember three years ago, when back-to-back victories in the final week of a 17-win season knocked them out of pole position in the lottery. Minnesota beat them by a game for the worst record, then won the lottery and the right to draft All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.So are the Knicks tanking?“I think they’re losing on purpose,” Bahme said. “They’ve got to be. I mean, you can’t play that bad. Hornacek … just puts in people that do not belong in.”THE YOUNG AND THE RESTING Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches from the crowd during NBA All-Star Saturday in Los Angeles. When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving’s podcast in February and said he told his players that “losing is our best option,” the league fined him $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki’s expected swan song, suddenly they had to change plans. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW YORK — After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can’t be fooled.He knows when teams aren’t giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nearly a third of the 30 NBA teams are brutally bad this season and it’s hard to believe some aren’t losing on purpose. Phoenix, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Chicago and New York should all lose 50 or more games, and only the Nets aren’t motivated to lose — they don’t own their first-round pick.Everyone else comes under suspicion when something strange happens:— What was leading scorer Dennis Schroder doing on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of Atlanta’s one-point victory over Phoenix on March 4?— Why did Tyreke Evans foul Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Memphis leading Chicago by one?— Are some of these guys on injury lists really hurt?ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum bolsters playoff hopes, repulses JRU Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback JUST THAT BAD?If the Knicks are tanking, they are being out-tanked.New York went 1-16 in a recent 17-game stretch, managing only to beat fellow lottery-bound Orlando, in a freefall that should’ve been able to take the Knicks close to the bottom. Instead, they remarkably remain the best of the worst, remaining ahead of the other eight in the standings — which means, behind them in lottery odds.With Kristaps Porzingis lost to a torn ACL last month and Carmelo Anthony traded in the offseason, the Knicks don’t have the talent to win often. But coach Jeff Hornacek believes there’s a reason the other bad teams can’t win, either.“The top teams are always there but I think that middle group, teams that are seeded in the playoffs 7, 8, guys that are just outside that, those are some pretty good teams nowadays,” Hornacek said. “So if you are one of those bottom teams, you used to be able to beat those teams occasionally. Now it’s tough to beat those guys, too.”INJURIES & TANKINGChicago came to New York on Monday night without Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, its three top scorers. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said they were all hurt, and people down the street at the league office were likely wondering.When the Bulls stopped playing starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday earlier this season, the league reminded them of the new resting rules, which allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who sit multiple healthy starters in road games.So the Bulls started playing Lopez and Holiday again — sort of.They went the whole first quarter at Detroit on March 9, combining for 15 points as the Bulls led by five. Neither got off the bench again, and the Pistons outscored them by 21 the rest of the way.center_img “It’s pretty obvious,” Nowitzki said.Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s a problem for the league office, which has fined owners, chastised teams and sent out league-wide memos on the topic. And with big brother watching, teams are abiding by the letter of the law, but arguably not the spirit of its intent.Tanking is viewed as a solution — sometimes the only one — for some teams and their fans, hoping something good can come from being bad if they cash in at the lottery and land a top draft pick. 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 New York hosted its own version of March Badness over the last week, with the Knicks and Nets both playing Nowitzki’s Mavericks, before Memphis and Chicago came to the city on the same sad Monday. That’s five of the nine bottom teams — including the only two known to have been contacted by the league office because of their tactics.Here’s how it looks where currently winning really doesn’t seem to be everything:CUBAN “MESSED THAT UP”Tanking is a discussion for fans and media. Nobody from a team ever dares talk about losing on purpose.Except Mark Cuban.When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving’s podcast in February and said he told his players that “losing is our best option,” the league fined him $600,000 for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.”That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki’s expected swan song, they had to change plans.“Well, I think Mark messed that up for us,” Nowitzki said, with a straight face.They went on a recent stretch of three wins in four games — two were against the Grizzlies and Knicks — and Nowitzki insists teams are still tanking despite the league’s mandate.“There’s obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we’re one of the teams that still wants to win and we’ll see where we end up at the end in the draft,” he said. “But we’re still playing. We want to have a winning culture for our young guys.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tyreke Evans is Memphis’ leading scorer, a former rookie of the year who has recovered from injuries to regain his old form.Yet Monday, the Grizzlies sat him out for longer looks at Andrew Harrison and Briante Weber. Oh, and Marc Gasol was also out with the flu.Coaches argue that’s not tanking, but merely development and evaluation of younger players. Harrison took a contested 3-pointer for a final shot that wasn’t close in a 118-115 loss to Brooklyn.He took the blame, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff indicated he’ll get more chances.“It’s learning how to win. And consistency and learning how to win are the two hardest things to develop in this league,” he said. “So the only way you learn is through experience in these situations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jr. Lone Star Set to Decide Destiny Sunday

first_imgIt is a day that to a large extent, will determine how far his charges go in the CAF Youth Championships qualification rounds.Surviving their first round encounter at the expense of The Gambians, the Stars will be having their first major test to determine how far they can go.It will be a test that only victory can ensure their continuous presence in the tournament.Coach Lartey told Daily Observer’s Leroy Sonpon lll, last Wednesday that he is confident of winning the game. While we did not expect him to be pessimistic about his chances, he could, however, not provide much tangible proof that could aid objective followers to support his position.“My boys are up for a sustained attack against the Ivorians,” he told the Daily Observer. “I’m upbeat that the kids are going all out on Sunday to try harder for victory.” To try harder? And truly that observation suggests that coach is skeptical of victory.Though he expressed optimism of victory, he warned soccer fans not to have too much expectation, since there could be a draw, he, however, did not foresee a loss.His position seems to complicate any clear admittance of victory and it indicates that the kids are not fully conditioned for the assignment on Sunday.Is it not a fact that if the team had had better or sustained training after the first match against The Gambia, Coach Lartey would have been singing a different but positive tune?The fact is that in association football, “We are hopeful to win” may not be too strong an expression to take refuge in, much less ‘to try harder.’At the same time, “Every game has its own events,” according to my good friend, LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah. But Armah admits that proper training holds a better chance of success, and in this case, victory.In the end it is up to Jr. Lone Star to play their best and change their own destiny.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: September 24, 2014

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U.S. President Trump Receives Patten

first_imgU.S. President Donald J. Trump (left) receives the Letters of Credence of Liberia’s Ambassador to Washington, D.C., George Patten. – Says U.S. Liberia relations “stronger now than ever”United States President Donald Trump says he is committed to working with the Government of Liberia to “advance our common agenda and deepen the strong and abiding friendship between our two countries.”The American President statement was made after George Patten, Liberia’s Ambassador-designate Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States presented his letters of credence. The ceremony took place in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 11, 2019.According to a press release from the Liberian Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), President Trump accepted the letter of accreditation from President Weah “with great pleasure” and extolled the special relationship that exists between Liberia and the United States of America, which he says is “stronger now than ever”. The American leader recalled that the “special bond” dates as far back as the foundation of the Republic of Liberia. “Since the end of the Liberian Civil war in 2003”, he said, “the country has improved security for its people and taken a difficult task of rebuilding its economy.”President Trump has also applauded the people of Liberia for the successful Presidential elections of 2017. This, he said, led to the first peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected leader to another. “The transition is a milestone for Africa’s oldest republic and a testament to the confidence the people of Liberia have in the country’s institutions”, he said. The U.S. President emphasized that because his country is Liberia’s “steadfast and longtime ally”, the American people remain committed to the peaceful and democratic future of Liberia.The U.S. Liberia relationship dates as far back as the 1800s, when freed Black Americans first settled in the oldest independent nation on the continent and formed a government modeled after the U.S. This gave rise to the longstanding special relationship that subsists between both countries. The American government has been a vital development partner to Liberia – from the contributing substantially to its overseas development assistance, to helping resolve the fourteen-year crisis that engulfed Liberia.In his statement, the U.S. President recalled his country’s role during the Ebola crisis that plagued Liberia in 2014, citing the United States’ assistance which helped overcome the epidemic.Speaking during the presentation, Ambassador Patten conveyed President Weah’s assurance to the Liberian people and the international community of his commitment to democratic governance, human rights and the alleviation of poverty. “With this commitment, he has already begun taking measures to ensure the improvement of the living condition of the people”, Ambassador Patten said. The Liberian Ambassador also used the occasion to inform President Trump of President Weah’s decision to cultivate even deeper partnership and cooperation with the United States with emphasis on international policy issues, trade and investment.Ambassador Patten, a seasoned Liberian diplomat, was recently commissioned by President George Weah to represent the country in Washington, DC. He previously served in various diplomatic missions, including Ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, the African Union and Charge D’Affaires, A.I at the United Nations.Ambassador Patten was handpicked as Liberia’s ambassador to the United States by President George Manneh Weah and given letters of credence without having been confirmed by the Senate.  The Senate, referred to the President’s act as “unconstitutional”, followed by appeals for his recall to reconcile the two branches of government.Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in a letter wondered to the senate, “How then [could] the President nominate but, without the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission Patten? This action by the Executive is a sheer violation of the Liberian Constitution.”“The Constitution, which is the organic law of the state, is very clear and for the sake of understanding and observance, depicts in Article 54b: ‘The President shall have nominated and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission ambassadors, ministers, consuls….,’” Senator Lawrence’s letter, dated on Monday, January 14, 2019, and read before plenary on Tuesday, January 15, noted.The Senate, therefore in its first sitting Tuesday in the central-cool but not-spacious conference room of the new Chinese constructed Senate Annex on Capitol Hill, was further requested for its constitutional indulgence to “invite Findley and Patten so as to explain their actions and reasons, which necessitated the constitutional violation.”Meanwhile, with the official recognition of Ambassador Patten in the midst of the controversy, many people have wondered how the Executive and the Legislature could work together, since the Executive, had shown its unwillingness to follow the constitutional arrangement to ensure unity of purpose in their collaborative work for the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Black Sox seeking players for upcoming baseball season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John’s Baseball team is seeking to add experienced players with a background in baseball or fastpitch for the upcoming season.The Black Sox are part of the Wheatbelt Baseball League which consists of a handful of Northwest Alberta teams along with Dawson Creek.The season starts in May, while the team is currently seeking sponsors to help pay season fees.- Advertisement -For more information or to register email Evan Jeannotte at evan_jeannotte@hotmail.com or visit their Facebook page.last_img read more

Jury awards Pincay $2.7 million

first_imgPASADENA – Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. was awarded $2.7 million Monday in a judgment stemming from his lawsuit against an ambulance company that treated him following his career-ending Santa Anita Park riding accident on March 1, 2003. Pincay, 60, broke two bones in his neck and suffered a spinal injury after being thrown from his horse on the Arcadia racetrack’s downhill turf course. The injury ended his 9,530-victory career – at the time, a world record. Pincay officially retired April 29, 2003, with more than $237 million in purse earnings. Before the accident, Pincay’s horse, Trampus Too, clipped heels with another horse during the race, causing Pincay to be thrown over the horse’s head. Had he been properly treated, Papiano claimed, he would have been able to ride again. The ambulance firm strongly disagrees that it made medical mistakes. “He makes it look like our company doesn’t know what it’s doing,” said Stacy O’Bryan, part owner of Huntington. “We didn’t cause the spill which caused him to fracture his neck. It wasn’t because we did anything to cause any further injury,” O’Bryan said. She said this is the first time Huntington Ambulance Service, a private firm she said has served Santa Anita Park for 39 years, has been sued. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The horse went down with Pincay and rolled on top of him as he lay on the turf. Pincay’s lawyer, Neil Papiano, argued that Huntington Ambulance Service mistreated Pincay after the incident. The multimillion-dollar jury award “was a very fair result,” Papiano said. “He was injured by the negligence of other people that he depended on to help save his life. They unfortunately did not perform their duties.” Papiano said that Pincay had hoped to eventually compile 12,000 wins – a record that would be “almost impossible to break,” he said. According to the lawsuit, Huntington – an Orange County-based firm not affiliated with Huntington Hospital – permitted Pincay to be treated at the first-aid station at the track instead of taking him to a local hospital. last_img read more

Kenya deserved to win, says Ghana’s Atsu

first_img“This is a very disappointing result for us but this is football. We know Kenya has a good team and they deserved to win. In modern football, you can’t say Ghana has to beat Kenya just like that. The game has to finish before you know the result,” the speedy winger said.His comments were also shared by teammate Kwadwo Asamoah who came in as a second half substitute, though he didn’t do much to change the face of the game.“It was a tough game for us and unfortunate that we couldn’t get out with anything. We had the chances, we couldn’t score and that is how football is. If your opponent takes their chances then that’s it,” Asamoah who turns out for Italian Giants Inter Milan said.Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah during their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe loss however according to the two players does not dent Ghana’s hope of making it into next year’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon and in the long run qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“This is behind our backs now and we have to go back and analyze our mistakes. We need to know what we didn’t do right and correct for the next game. I am very certain we will qualify for the Cup of Nations. We have four more games to play and those are many points,” Atsu noted.Asamoah said; “It is not the end of the road for us. We just need to keep fighting and I am sure we have a good future ahead.”Ghana started their campaign with a 5-0 win against Ethiopia and after the Kenya loss, focus will be on the back to back home and away ties against Sierra Leone where they hope to bank nine points and put one foot into the Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ghana winger Christian Atsu controls the ball during their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has admitted that Kenya were deserved winners on Saturday afternoon, beating them by a solitary goal in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Kasarani Stadium.Atsu who turns out for English Premier League side Newcastle United said they were punished for missed chances while Kenya took theirs and executed a master defensive plan under pressure especially after going a man down.last_img read more

Programs lends hand to mothers in need

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sometimes they were homeless, sometimes they were kicked out of their homes. The students decided that they wanted to do something constructive. They founded Stepping Stones for Women, meant to be a resource for single mothers and their children. The students found that there was a gap between traditional maternity homes, where the mother just went to have her baby and usually gave it up, and foster care, where just the child went into the system without the mother. What if the mom wanted to keep her child and learn to care for and support him or her? A mentoring program matches the mothers with other mature women to help them overcome loneliness and give spiritual support and encouragement. The Mission Statement reads: Stepping Stones for Women is a program that changes lives by creating a safe, nurturing environment where formerly homeless women learn the necessary skills to become physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually healthy through mandatory classes, training, and employment. Students and children may remain at the facility for up to two years, working on the skills of education, getting a job, learning to adjust to the workplace and how to keep a job. They are also learning life skills, such as budgeting, using a checkbook, basic cooking and mentoring. There are those who teach parenting skills to the new moms. Then, there can be a third year, which is a transitional year, out of the shelter and into an independent life for mom and child. At the moment, there are five families living on site in Covina, from age 18 to 44. In addition, single mothers who do not need the shelter component of SSFW can also participate in the supportive services that the program provides. There are lots of areas where a volunteer could make a difference: basic positive parenting, life skills literacy (that includes financial planning and physical wellness), confident interpersonal communication, perserverance through completing educational goals and sustaining employment, and faith values. Choices are to volunteer in the office, become a mentor, provide transportation or child care, help with fundraising, teach a life-skills class, or other ways you can think of that fit in with the curriculum. Gifts-in-kind are also welcome; paper goods, cleaning supplies, grocery-store gift cards, bus passes. An SSFW representative would be happy to come to speak to your church or civic group to talk about the work of the organization. To volunteer, call LaRynda at (626) 974-1162. Send information about your organization to linda.gold@sgvn.com; call (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One out of three girls in the U.S. will become pregnant while still a teen. Of those, about a third will complete high school. Eighty percent of unmarried mothers end up on welfare. On any given evening, more than 90,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County. The fastest-rising population among the homeless is led by single mothers. Welfare provides financial aid, but leaves most recipients below the poverty line, emotionally bruised, and lacking in self-worth. About five years ago, two students attending Azusa Pacific University became aware of the struggle that many young women had when they became pregnant in bad situations. last_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVAL

first_imgDDTV: Watch the opening parade from the Rathmullan Festival on Friday night. Click Play to Watch DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVAL was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV: VIDEO FROM OPENING NIGHT OF RATHMULLAN FESTIVALlast_img read more

DDTV: SEE DONEGAL’S INISHMEANE IN SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE

first_imgMost of us were ducking and diving in between showers and chilly weather around Donegal yesterday.But film-maker Iain Miller was a little luckier as he shot this stunning short video around Inishmeane off Gaoth Dobhair. Stunning sunshine and blu skies were the order of the day. It almost looked like the summer. Remember that?Simply click on the video to see another stunning slice of Donegal.DDTV: SEE DONEGAL’S INISHMEANE IN SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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)last_img read more