Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 05: Damian Lillard #0 (R) of the Portland Trail Blazers talks with CJ McCollum #3 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 during the first half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors 110-109 in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Jon Jones defiant after failed drug test forces UFC 232 move Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453. Stotts sipped some celebratory bubbly afterward.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen — whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson’s shooting struggles continued. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.The Warriors missed nine of their initial 11 free throws and finished an uncharacteristic 6 for 15 at the line.“Unacceptable to miss that many free throws,” Durant said.In the opener of a home-and-home series, both teams were trying to rebound from embarrassing Christmas losses in which the 3-point shooting was dismal: Golden State following that flop to the Lakers at home and the Blazers a 117-96 defeat at Utah.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that. You’ve got energy, that’s what it is,” Lillard said.LILLARD’S ORACLE MEMORIESWhen Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” Lillard clearly had mixed emotions about the Warriors’ upcoming move, saying: “You wish it wasn’t happening. You know how much it means to the city of Oakland to have something positive happening, especially with the team having so much success right now. … So it’s sad to see them moving on.”SELLOUT STREAKGolden State’s 311th straight sellout Thursday became a new franchise best, topping a run of 310 consecutive sellouts from March 9, 1989, to April 19, 1996.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland pushed Golden State into nine first-half turnovers while committing just two. … The Blazers were 21 of 23 on free throws.Warriors: Durant has scored 20 or more points in his last nine games 23 of 24. … Golden State lost by 20-plus points at home twice in the previous six seasons but has done it four times already.UP NEXTTrail Blazers host Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors last played an opponent in two straight regular-season games against the Lakers on Nov. 23-25, 2016. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. 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Karatekas jet off to IKD World Championship

first_imgWith gold on their minds, 23 members of the Association Shotokan Karate-Guyana (ASK-G) winged out on Monday ahead of the third International Karate Daigaku (IKD) World Championships.Team Guyana will be eyeing top awards at the 2018 IKD World ChampionshipsLed by senior instructor and Karateka Roger Peroune, the Kata Captain, and Kumite Captain Keith Beaton, the team, which also included ASK-G Senior Instructor, President and judge Amir Khouri, left Guyana on August 13 and are expected back on August 20.The international competition will see over 350 highly-skilled and trained competitors vying for the top spots. The Guyanese contingent will have their hopes at an all-time high, as members are anxiously awaiting their events with optimism of returning home with medals for their country and Association.Karatekas recently got themselves prepared for the event with a number of local competitions for both junior and senior fighters. Meanwhile, the Association extended its heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors and the parents of students, most of whom are self-sponsored fighters, as well as the ASK-G fundraising team who ensured the karatekas were able to compete.last_img read more

Successful Transplant Games for Durban

first_img6 August 2013The World Transplant Games, which wrapped up in Durban on Saturday with a moving closing ceremony, have been deemed a resounding success by athletes and organisers.Over 1 800 participants from 50 countries enjoyed Durban’s sunshine in winter weather conditions that were warmer than the last Summer Games held in Sweden in 2011.The Durban Games marked the first time that they had been held on African soil and the delegates were overwhelmed by the opening ceremony, featuring Zulu culture and a mass choir of 1 300 members of the public, singing the official World Transplant Games song.Organ donor awarenessThe Games serve as the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world. The aim of the Games is to offer hope to those awaiting transplants and encourage the public to become donors by showing the difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old people alike.In addition to competing in qualifying events, competitors had to be transplant recipients of either solid organs or bone marrow.South African athletes made their mark in Durban.One of the hosts’ standout performers was Helletje Uys, the National Secretary for the South African Transplant Sports Association and the Secretary for the World Transplant Games Local Organising Committee.She won gold in golf and was nominated the best women’s golfer of the Games.In addition, Uys, who has undergone a kidney transplant, added a gold medal in the shot put and broke Transplant Games’ records for the javelin, discus and shot put.‘Fighting for your life’Swedish athlete Martha Ehlin encapsulated the agony that most of the athletes have experienced when she said: “When you are on the list, waiting for a donor, you are not waiting, you are fighting for your life and we are now celebrating our lives at this event in Durban.”Ehlin, who had five transplants during a 17-hour operation, won five gold medals in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2011 and won gold for shot put, javelin and cricket ball in South Africa, as well as a silver medal in high jump.She competed in four sports at athletics and volleyball, one dedicated to each of her five organ transplants.Howard Dell, running for United States, set a record he desperately wanted on the last day of competition.Competing against record holder Andre Lassooij of the Netherlands, he broke the 200m World Transplant Games record, clocking 25.96 seconds to better the previous mark of 26.79. Dell also won the 100 metres in record time.Montague Summers of Australia broke two world Transplants Games records for the 800 and 1500 metres and equalled the 400 metre World Transplant Games record. He also raised Aus $16 000 (approx R160 000) for an organ donor project to inspire transplantees to integrate in society and sport.The next World Transplant Games will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2015.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sorghum x Sudangrass, a real “slump buster”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Major League Baseball players are infamous for trying strange practices to get out of hitting slumps. Not shaving, not showering, and trying to keep the routine they used when the bat was finding the ball. Grazers in part of Ohio typically have a period of time called the “summer slump,” usually in late July and early August when hot and dry weather force cool season grasses into partial dormancy. Quite often we become like baseball players trying the same routine.Sometimes we as grass managers need to look to the bench and insert a pinch hitter into our forage lineup to help our cows keep up with nutritional demands. Enter Summer annual grasses, including Sudangrass.Sorghum × drummondii (Sudangrass), is a hybrid-derived species of grass raised for forage and grain native to tropical and subtropical regions of Eastern Africa. Sudangrass is smaller in plant architecture, has finer stalks, produces more leaves than forage sorghum and develops multiple tillers. Compared to forage or grain sorghums, sudangrass looks more like a “grass” plant. It possesses excellent re-growth ability with very quick recovery following cutting or grazing, compared to forage sorghum or sorghum-sudangrass hybrids. Total biomass tonnage for a single harvest generally will be less than yields of forage sorghum. Sudangrass is primarily utilized for grazing and hay production and can serve as an excellent cover crop.The new and improved varieties possess genes that makes them highly digestible and desirable to ruminant diets. This gene is referred to as a BMR-6, which stands for Brown Mid rib. The Brown Midrib-6 gene lowers the lignin content of plant leaves to improve digestibility and palatability.Most grazers are advised to have a sacrifice lot to bring cows in on when extreme weather conditions could damage our forage stands. Grazing either extremely wet or extremely dry pastures can cause long-term damage. For me it is a five-acre pasture adjacent to handling facilities and winter feed pads.When soil temperatures reach 60 degrees seed is planted with a no-till drill at a rate of 35 pounds per acre, an inch deep. Under favorable growing conditions, apply one to 1.25 pounds of nitrogen per day of planned growth. For example, for a planned 60-day harvest, apply 50 to 75 pounds of nitrogen.Grass is usually grazed 45 to 55 days after emergence. For best quality and yield under multiple-grazing, harvest at 40 days or 40 inches of growth, whichever comes first.Protein will decline as harvest is delayed. Energy will increase upon heading due to continued sugar formation in the stalks and leaves and carbohydrate deposition in the developing grain.Careful attention should be paid to the grazing height. To allow for rapid re-growth, leaving two nodes or six inches is optimal. You will see increased tillering of plants thus thickening up the stand for subsequent grazing. A note of caution: these plants can accumulate a chemical called Prussic acid following large nitrogen fertilizer applications followed by drought and following a killing frost. Grazing should be delayed at minimum seven days following a killing freeze later in the fall.The biggest and most important question you should ask me is: “What does it cost?”Seed costs $30 per acre and fertilizer at seeding (including 50 units of N) costs $50 per acre. You should also include a planting cost of $10 per acreI turned 56 mature bred fall calving cows into five acres on July 18, 41 days after planting. Cows grazed for three days. At 168 grazing days (56×3) and $90 per acre it comes to roughly 53 cents per cow per day.An additional 50 units of N was applied after the first grazing. The cows were grazed an additional five days during the second half of August. Regrowth was amazing during those hot days last summer, and the grass had tillered out and grown to about 16 to 18 inches 15 days post grazing. And, with only fertilizer costs for the second grazing needing to be considered, the cost for those additional five days of grazing came to less than 20 cents per cow per day. Unfortunately, near drought conditions in Pickaway County last fall prevented the opportunity for any additional grazing.So if you’re facing feeding winter feed stocks of hay during the summer slump or letting them “pick” your drought stressed pastures, may I suggest you consider putting summer annuals in your lineup. They are a home run!last_img read more

Israeli Defense Force Responds To Criticism Of Games On Its War Blog

first_imgThis is the meat of the IDF’s explanation:“In no way is ‘IDF Ranks’ meant to gamify Operation Pillar of Defense or any military actions during the operation. We embarked on the operation for serious reasons – Israeli civilians have been the target of rocket fire for over a decade – and we continue to see it with the utmost seriousness.”I take that response very seriously. But I’m genuinely surprised that the decision to turn IDF Ranks back on did not strike anyone as unserious. As I’ve tried repeatedly to make clear, I thought the initial social media campaign was quite seriously executed. It was well done. It captivated the media and steered the conversation. Then the game knocked it off the rails. “The IDF blog itself was launched in 2009 and is not a ‘war blog,’ but rather a site meant to encourage transparency and provide breaking news regarding events in the area,” the IDF says.Surely that was the original intent, but that changed on Thursday when it became a live blog for an ongoing attack. And again, just to be clear to critics, I did not find that practice inherently problematic. I found it interesting and mostly successful.“During Operation Pillar of Defense we provide our readers with news updates and operational information regarding IDF actions. In other times, though, the blog has hosted varying content, from reports about routine activities to more lighthearted personal stories. It is this content that ‘IDF Ranks’ was meant to promote.”Yes, I’m sure it was, but the IDF turned the game off at the outset of Operation Pillar of Defense, and then it turned the game back on. When asked why this happened, the IDF offered this explanation:“Over the past two days the blog has experienced technical difficulties due to high traffic, and ‘IDF Ranks’ was temporarily taken down to make necessary adjustments to our systems.”I was on top of the live-blog story very early, and I never saw a trace of any game components until 36 hours or so after the campaign began. It’s plausible that the IDF took it down for traffic reasons at a very low level of traffic, but, if I may editorialize just a little, I’m suspicious of the answer.I followed up to ask why the game was turned back on and got this response.“We turned it on because it is an integral part of the blog and has been for four months. After the site was briefly down because of the spike in traffic, we isolated it as a potential factor and, once we rectified the technical difficulties, brought it back up again.”If you say so. Whether this is the entire explanation or not, we can certainly conclude that running a fun game on a live blog about serious military action wasn’t troubling to the decision-makers at the IDF. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jon mitchell Related Posts The Israeli Defense Force spokespeople behind the IDF Blog, the @IDFSpokesperson Twitter feed, and the rest of the Operation Pillar of Defense social media campaign were quick and forthcoming in response to my inquiries about the light-hearted game that took over the gravely serious blog yesterday. I included some of the IDF comments in yesterday’s story but I want to look more closely at the rest of their messages.The IDF spokesperson who responded to me explained that “[t]he game ‘IDF Ranks’ was conceived and launched four months ago … as part of our efforts to create a interactive community to encourage social interaction generated by the IDF social networks online.” Basically, it gives you badges and ranks for actively using and sharing the stuff on the blog. Not very fun, but not a big deal.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#War Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

India underlines rising sporting prowess in Asiad

first_imgA month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

More resignations – including losing top lawyer – hit MMIWG inquiry

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dealing with more resignations.APTN News has learned two key members of the inquiry’s communications team are the latest to depart, meaning nearly 30 staffers have left the federally-funded probe.Shaylen Smith and Nadine Gros-Louis are the latest to go, confirmed Catherine Kloczkowski, special advisor – project management.Gros-Louis took a provincial job with the Quebec government, Kloczkowski said in an email.And Smith is pursuing “new opportunities.”The inquiry is looking to fill two positions until it hands in its final report in spring 2019 on the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“As you can appreciate,” Kloczkowski added, “with the announcement in June of a six month extension instead of the anticipated two year extension requested, staff are understandably beginning to think about their next steps and career opportunities beyond the National Inquiry.”Smith and Gros-Louis aren’t household names but were go-to personnel for media outlets seeking information and arranging interviews with inquiry commissioners and employees.Jennifer Cox, the commission’s co-lead legal counsel, is also gone, APTN has learned.She followed Breen Ouellette  out the door to become the seventh lawyer to exit the inquiry.Cox was named Project Lead of the Enhanced Child Family Initiative at the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in October that will see the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume control over child welfare matters.Some former staff members have spoken out in the past – saying the inquiry is hobbled by poor management and infighting.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has declined to comment publicly on the turnover, citing privacy around personnel issues.And the lawyers sign contracts that forbid them from sharing any inquiry information.They swear in witnesses and handle sensitive testimony that will form the final report.The inquiry has two final hearings remaining – Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.The two-year inquiry was established by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2016.His government rejected a request to double the time period – and $50 million in funding – of its mandate.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more