The victory quieted some of the noise growing around the embattled young team, including comments by outspoken basketball patriarch LaVar Ball — father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — who told ESPN that coach Luke Walton had lost the confidence of his players.“I would disagree with that,” Walton said at shootaround on Sunday morning, telling reporters that even as the defeats piled up his players were playing hard.The difference against the Hawks, Walton said after the much-needed win, was a defensive commitment that set up the Lakers’ transition offense.“I think it triggered everything for us tonight,” Walton said. “Once we got engaged and we were crashing back on the glass and able to get out and run … it was good to see the guys get back to that mode where defense anchors what we do offensively.”Lonzo Ball, playing just his second game after missing six with a shoulder sprain, was under scrutiny after his father’s latest remarks.Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers said he wasn’t expecting smooth sailing for his young players, but insisted their growing pains wouldn’t tear them apart © GETTY/AFP/File / Harry HowHe scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while handing out six assists.When he departed the game with 2:53 remaining, along with Kyle Kuzma, Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle they were cheered by fans — a turnaround from the boos heard during a loss to Charlotte on Friday.At 12-27 the Lakers remain at the bottom of the Western Conference. But they avoided matching the longest losing streak in franchise history.Walton, while encouraged, said he wasn’t expecting smooth sailing for his young players, but he said insisted their growing pains wouldn’t tear them apart.“The team’s been fine,” he said. “We’ve got guys and a group that are still figuring things out. It’s nothing new when young teams that are trying to get better go through hard times.”– Ageless Ginobili –Western Conference contenders San Antonio and Oklahoma City both endured defeats on the road.In Portland, CJ McCollum flashed to the basket and floated in the game-winner with 5.9 seconds left as the Trail Blazers edged the San Antonio Spurs 111-110.LaMarcus Aldridge had chance to answer for the Spurs, but his mid-range jump shot bounced off the back rim at the buzzer.The Spurs were missing four regulars, including Tony Parker and All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who has a partial tear of a muscle in his left shoulder, according to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich.Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs chipped in 26 against the Trail Blazers to become at 40, the oldest player to score 20-plus points in back-to-back games © GETTY/AFP/File / RONALD MARTINEZPortland were also short-handed, as point guard Damian Lillard was a late scratch with a calf injury.The close contest featured four lead changes in the final 2:48.Aldridge led the Spurs with 30 points and 40-year-old Argentinian veteran Manu Ginobili chipped in 26 to become the oldest player to score 20-plus points in back-to-back games.In Phoenix, the Suns withstood a triple-double from NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100.Devin Booker led the Suns with 26 points and forward TJ Warren added 23.Phoenix also got a key contribution from 20-year-old Croatian Dragan Bender off the bench as he produced a career high of 20 points, including six three-pointers.Westbrook posted his 14th triple-double of the season with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds but the Thunder never led after the first quarter.In Dallas, the New York Knicks thwarted a late surge by the Mavericks to triumph 100-96, snapping a three-game losing streak.Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 29 points and Jarrett Jack’s 12 included a floater with 31.2 seconds left that broke a 94-94 tie and put the New York ahead for good.The Knicks had led by 13 with 4:49 left to play only for the Mavs to roar back, but New York held on to claim just their fourth road win of the season.“We weathered the storm,” Jack said. “We had some hiccups throughout it, but for the most part we weathered the storm.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, was under scrutiny after his father’s latest remarks that coach Luke Walton had lost the confidence of his players © GETTY/AFP/File / Sean M. HaffeyLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 8 – The Los Angeles Lakers snapped a nine-game NBA losing streak on Sunday with a 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.Brandon Ingram scored 20 points to lead the Lakers, who hadn’t won a game since a December 20 victory over the Houston Rockets.
23 May 2014 With only one more training session to go on Friday, the Junior Springboks are raring to have a go at the 2014 Junior World Championships (JWC) starting in Auckland, New Zealand on 2 June. Junior Bok coach, Dawie Theron, addressed a media briefing in Stellenbosch on Thursday and said his charges are looking forward to leaving for New Zealand on Monday. Before that, they will have their capping ceremony in Cape Town on Saturday.Impressive record South Africa has an impressive record in the IRB Junior World Championship. Last year, in France, they finished third, losing only one game by a single point to Wales, and beating New Zealand 41-34 to finish in third place. In 2012, they won the title in Cape Town, defeating the Kiwis 22-16 in the title-decider. Theron said it is already evident that the squad is reaping the rewards of an adjusted training schedule, which included three tests against Argentina, with the Junior Boks winning the series 3-0. Compared to previous years, the squad has spent a lot more time together before their departure for the JWC.‘Very positive’ “It was very positive for us, and it was good that it was closer to the tournament. Our preparation will mean more for us because we played these games just before the tournament. And we also had a very hard contact session against Hamiltons earlier in the week, and that also went well,” Theron said in a statement. The coach said he is not too concerned that two of his players, Handre Pollard (Vodacom Bulls) and Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), have not been able to participate fully at the training camp because of Vodacom Super Rugby commitments. Pollard will captain the team in New Zealand.‘He knows our system well’ “Handre is in his third year with us and he knows our system very well. All his experience over the last three years will make it easier for him to slot in. He knows the coaches and he knows the culture of the team,” Theron explained. He reiterated his team will face a daunting challenge in New Zealand, where they are grouped in the same pool as the Kiwis, Scotland and Samoa. ‘A very difficult group’ “It is a very difficult group and is a big challenge for us, so we will take it one game at a time. For now, we don’t want to look too far ahead. We see Scotland as our most important match, so that we can get going and lay the foundation. That’s why it’s so important to get it right from the start, but it’s also a great opportunity,” he added. The Junior Springbok coach also said New Zealand will be under huge pressure in their own country. “I think the pressure is massive on New Zealand. It will be a major challenge for them.” Theron described his squad as big and physical, but added that there is a good balance of skillful players as well. SAinfo reporter read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One might think that 4-H winds down during the winter months, when in fact the homework is in place for all that will follow when spring arrives. Many dairy judging opportunities take place around the state and all can help to lead up to Spring Dairy Expo when the state 4-H and FFA contest will take place on April 1 (no kidding). Spring Dairy Expo (springdairyexpo.com), March 30 – April 1, serves as the transition from one season to another and also allows dairy enthusiasts to gather for shows, sales, showmanship contests, and social gatherings.Here at the University, there also are many recognition programs that take place for students and alumni. On March 4, the CFAES Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place at the Fawcett Center and you will note some familiar dairy names within that group. On April 8, the Animal Sciences Department Recognition Banquet will be held at the 4-H Center on the OSU Columbus campus. Each year, the dairy judging program recognizes the anniversary teams of 50, 25, and 10 years, along with current members. There are a few members on the 50 year team for which I could use updates and addresses. If you know of Tom Criblez or Harold Meeusen, please help me to make sure they have a formal invitation.To finish out April, Dairy Palooza programs will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on April 22 and then at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds on April 29. The website is updated and filled with information at ohiodairypalooza.com. Please encourage youth and adults alike with dairy interests to attend these workshops AND Quality Assurance training will be provided. We also have adult programs based around updates that will assist advisors in planning effective meetings. read more
A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir Valley on Friday in the wake of killing of two local militants and two civilians in the Pulwama encounter on Thursday.Several separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were placed under house arrest.A Hurriyat spokesman said the police disallowed the Mirwaiz to step out of his Srinagar residence. The Mirwaiz was scheduled to address the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid.All shops, schools, petrol pumps and offices were shut since the morning. A shutdown call was jointly issued by separatist leaders.The strike call also impacted the inter-state railway services as the authorities suspended the services for security reasons.Meanwhile, tension prevailed in restive Pulwama as extra forces were deployed to prevent protests. Four people, including two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and two civilians, were killed in the encounter on Thursday.In north Kashmir’s Bandipora, hundreds of locals attended the funeral prayers of slain Hizbul Mujahideen Mushtaq Seer, who was killed in a brief encounter in the district on Thursday evening. read more
The police, acting on a court order, have registered a case against a Congress MLA and his four associates for allegedly grabbing the land of a 55-year-old tribal in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district.Dukhlal Kanwar, a resident of Chuiya village, had moved the special court under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, seeking action against the MLA, Jaisingh Agrawal (48), from Korba, and his associates — Surendra Jaiswal (52), Bhola Soni (38), Vijay Singh (48) and Darshan Manikpuri (45) — for allegedly capturing 0.45 hectare of his land.The Judge, Yogesh Pareek, had on January 15 directed Anusuchit Janjati Kalyan police station in Korba to lodge an FIR against the five. The case was registered under various sections of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Saturday evening, station house officer R.S. Mandavi said.They were also booked under IPC sections, including 506 (B) (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 120 B (criminal conspiracy). No one has been arrested so far.According to Mr. Kanwar’s petition, Mr. Agrawal had purchased a piece of land in Chuiya village from Abdul Gaffar in 2010. When the boundary wall construction was under way on that plot in 2012, Mr. Kanwar had raised objection that his land adjacent to it was being captured in the process.Later, when the measurement of the plot was done by the revenue inspector and the patwari, it was found that besides 45 decimal belonging to Mr. Kanwar, the land of two villagers was captured by Mr. Agrawal.Mr. Kanwar lodged a complaint with the police, but no action was taken, the petition said. Last November, Mr. Kanwar filed an application under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code in the court. read more
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Eager to recover from NU loss, Lady Warriors vent ire on Lady Falcons again Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations But the telling bit boiled down to Phoenix’s defensive might. Alas’ wards outshined NorthPort in blocks, 5-3, and steals, 11-7, a bid to keep their loss count to just a single game.“It’s because of our defense that we won the game,” he added.And while Alas could heave a sigh of relief, it will only be brief with the Fuel Masters facing Alaska, the team he formerly served, on Friday at MOA Arena.The FuelMasters will stake their 6-1 record, which is the second-best in the Philippine Cup.“This was hard,” he said of the cardiac game with NorthPort. “But Friday’s harder. That’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES That couldn’t be truer when the FuelMasters returned to action and survived NorthPort, 98-96, Wednesday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.“Our defensive character has been improving,” Alas told reporters in the post-game presser. “We’ve always believed that it’s our offense that pulls us through. But this is the fourth time we won through our stops.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMatthew Wright and Justin Chua came through for Phoenix, tallying 22 and 19 points, respectively.The Batang Pier, meanwhile, drew commendable scoring performances from Moala Tautuaa and Sean Anthony, who combined for 42 markers. View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ NorthPort, on the other hand, dropped to 2-3. It faces Meralco next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte For the longest time, Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas has pointed to his team’s defense as biggest factor to their string of victories.ADVERTISEMENT read more