18 Jan
2020

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

first_imgMiami lost the 2011 NBA Finals in his first season with the Heat. Fueled by that, he came back the next year better than ever, and his fingerprints smudged the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in 2012. Cleveland lost the 2015 finals in his first year back there, and he carried that all the way to winning the 2016 title.Of course, he was younger then.He’ll turn 35 in December. Next season is his 17th in the NBA. Does he have the ability to engineer the sort of turnaround that LA needs?Kevin Love, his former Cleveland teammate, has no doubt.“Just having that break, being able to reassess and come back really, really highly motivated, I think it’s going to be big for him,” Love said. “If you get Bron highly motivated, anything can happen.”James is still putting up amazing numbers. At 34, he’s on pace to become the oldest person in NBA history to average 27 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. If it happens, he’ll break the record set by 33-year-old LeBron James last season. No other 30-something has finished a season with stats like that.Still, this Lakers’ season is lost. But Wade warns against expecting the same next season.“This is definitely going to make him hungrier for what he’s trying to accomplish next year,” Wade said.MORE JAMESJames passed Michael Jordan for No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time regular season scoring list last week. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief This week, he’ll pass Kobe Bryant on another scoring list.Including playoff games, James now has 39,252 points. That leaves him 31 shy of matching Bryant for No. 3 on the all-time total points list, when including the postseason. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 44,154 points including playoffs, Karl Malone has 41,689 and Bryant scored 39,283.Bryant will remain No. 3 on the regular-season list, though James is on pace to pass him in that department next season.AND MORE JAMESOne thing to think about as James enters potentially six months without any basketball: It might not be six months without any basketball.USA Basketball certainly is hoping that’s the case.With the FIBA World Cup looming in China this summer, and with the Americans — set to be coached by Gregg Popovich — not convening for camp until more than three months after the end of the Lakers’ season, it would seem like James would have plenty of time to feel refreshed and ready for a return to game action by then.There are pros and cons that he’ll consider.Pros: He’s enormously popular in China, he’s greatly enjoyed playing for USA Basketball before and the chance to be coached by Popovich is going to be a major selling point.Cons: The tournament goes until Sept. 15, which is not long before the start of NBA training camps, and the Lakers have to go to China for preseason games next fall. Even from Los Angeles, that’s a long flight and it remains to be seen if James would want to make it twice in a relatively short amount of time. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES That’s not entirely true. He knew it would be difficult but he couldn’t have foreseen anything like this, since the only other losing season of his life came when he was a rookie in 2003-04.Thing is, he doesn’t possibly know what comes next. No one does. The offseason will see roster change, top free agents to play alongside James will be pursued hard by Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson, and it will not be a surprise if the Lakers decide Luke Walton isn’t the right coach anymore.But the key for the 2019-20 Lakers — obviously — is going to be James. The grind of eight straight runs to the NBA Finals is over. He’s about to get six months off to rest, recover, reset, heal, think, plot, prepare. It’s been a long time since that happened, and at this point in his career it might be precisely what he needs.“Rest is going to help,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ closest friends. “I think the biggest thing with him is probably mental, the mental break from it. Physically, obviously, he’s getting older but he’s still very good at this game. Look at his numbers. They’re still very good. But he’s been going at it for a long time, so to get away from it and kind of look at it from a different lens, it’ll definitely help.”It has been proven that setbacks inspire James.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying CEU blows 30-point lead, escapes San Beda for 3-0 recordcenter_img LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFPThe year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn’t part of the mainstream.And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn’t have LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week, as the playoff races continue getting hotter:— Monday, Boston at L.A. Clippers: The Celtics are red-hot, while the Clippers’ Doc Rivers is a major coach of the year candidate.— Tuesday, San Antonio at Dallas: Spurs are 2-0 against the Mavericks this season, winning those games by a total of nine points.— Wednesday, Golden State at Houston: The Rockets are simply rolling right now, and are 3-0 against the Warriors this season.— Thursday, Cleveland at Orlando: The Magic will not go away in the East playoff chase, and are 6-1 since Jan. 31 in home games.— Friday, Charlotte at Washington: They played a down-to-the-wire game last week, and both teams are fighting for their playoff lives.— Saturday, Golden State at Oklahoma City: National TV game, and Kevin Durant’s only trip this season back to his old home court.— Sunday, Philadelphia at Milwaukee: These teams haven’t played since Oct. 24, when Giannis Antetokounmpo did whatever he wanted. The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration yet, but it’s only a matter of time. For the first time in 14 years, the postseason will begin without James — and for the first time in nine years, the NBA Finals will be played without him.It will be a very long offseason for James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt is not what he envisioned, either.“It’s challenging,” James said of the current state of the Lakers. “But I kind of knew what I was getting myself into.” MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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11 Jan
2020

Unsolved problem

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE city of Los Angeles decided to outsource the handling of workers’ compensation forms because city workers were doing such a poor job. So they hired a private firm and got the same lousy service – for a $7 million price tag. In Los Angeles, it seems, private contractors are just as ineffective and inefficient as city workers. City Controller Laura Chick’s audit of the firm that administers the claims for firefighters and police found lax oversight and slow processing – the problems that drove the city to contract out. Clearly, the private firm Cambridge figured out quickly what city workers already knew: City leaders don’t hold anyone accountable for performance. They hand out contracts just like they hand out raises without regard to the quality of the work.last_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Fog advisory in place for Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for the North Peace, including Fort St. John.According to the advisory, dense fog is expected in the area and could persist into the early afternoon.See the full warning below.- Advertisement -The same advisory has also been issued for Grande Prairie and parts of the Alberta Peace. 3:25 AM PST Tuesday 29 December 2015Fog Advisory in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverNear zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring.Advertisement Dense fog near Fort St. John is expected to persist into early this afternoon.Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. If travelling, be prepared for areas of near-zero visibility. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Crystal Palace boss Warnock frustrated with referees: ‘Everything is against us!’

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has called for consistency from Premier League officials after his side were again left frustrated by referee decisions in a 3-1 home loss to Sunderland.Having been denied a penalty in the opening seconds of the game and a possible spot-kick later in the first half, the Eagles fell behind when Steven Fletcher headed home before the interval.A fourth Sunderland own goal in three games, this time from substitute Wes Brown, brought the hosts level before Jordi Gomez and Fletcher struck either side of Palace skipper Mile Jedinak sending off to lift the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.With the boss already facing a hearing with the FA having questioned the motives of the referee in the recent defeat to Chelsea, Warnock also vented his disapproval at decisions which he believes went against his side at Hull and West Brom.And when asked about Phil Dowd’s performance at Selhurst Park on Monday night, the 65-year-old said: “I’m just disappointed for the lads.“We put a really good shift in and I was really proud. On another night things go for us. It hurts like hell and it hurts the players as well.??”We have got to regroup and play ourselves through it. At the moment we feel everything is against us. Football is cruel. I will let you guys describe it – I just want to talk about us. We were fantastic really.??“It was 35 seconds – they could have been down to ten men,” the boss said in referece to the early penalty incident, where Fraizer Campbell was brought down by Santiago Vergini in the box.“Those decisions change games. All we want is consistency and we want top-class refs to get top-class decisions right and it isn’t happening for us.??“I have spoken to him [Dowd]. I don’t want to tell you what he has said. I didn’t need to say anything – everyone saw the incident I was talking about with him. I’m just deflated at the moment, as you can see. I just want to talk about my team.”??When discussing his own players, Warnock called for them to show more of a mean streak having told them to up their game after a first half which saw them fail to test Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal.??”We are a little naive at times and there are areas we need to improve,” he added.??”We needed a few words at half-time. At half-time we changed it and we were a lot better second half. I said we have got to forget the officials and get on with our own game.??”We let the penalty get to us for half an hour and we have just got to get on with it. We have got to make our own luck.??“To top it all, we kick the ball out when their lad needed treatment, which was a nothing challenge, and they kick it out for a throw-in. Really respectful isn’t it? I think we’re too nice, too honest.” 1 Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock last_img read more

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6 Jan
2020

Man United line-up v Stoke without Di Maria – same side as Hull victors?

first_imgDo you agree with this line-up? Click here for the latest team news ahead of the match 1 Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney could partner each other up front 1 Man United face Stoke without influential midfielder Angel Di Maria, who limped out of the 3-0 win against Hull.With Radamel Falcao slowly regaining full fitness, he could make another apperance from the bench, while in defence Ashley Young claimed he would play at left-back again in Luke Shaw’s absence if asked to by manager Louis van Gaal.Possible Man United XI v Stoke: last_img

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28 Dec
2019

Donegal hair salon short-listed for Best Salon in Ireland Award

first_imgPatrick Gildea Hairdressing were shortlisted for Best Salon in Ireland again just following on from Winning RSVP Best Salon In Ireland 2916.The glamorous awards ceremony was attended by the crème de la crème of the Irish hairdressing industry from all four corners of the country.Patrick represented Donegal and the team at the awards and commented “We would like to thank the Irish Hair & Beauty awards for shortlisting us for this wonderful award.” Patrick Gildea Hairdressing have been successful in a number of awards over the past 12 months including Irish Hairdressing Federation Icon Award, RSVP Best Salon in Ulster, RSVP Best Salon in Ireland and Best Ulster Stylist to name a few.For more information, please see www.patrickgildea.ieDonegal hair salon short-listed for Best Salon in Ireland Award was last modified: September 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Patrick Gildea Haidressinglast_img read more

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27 Dec
2019

CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: NEW STARS BORN IN BALLYBOFEY

first_imgBY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE, DONEGALDAILY.COM: The McKenna Cup has been put to bed for another year and now Donegal can firmly focus on training and catching up with the rest of the country in the fitness stakes.The experimentation continued in tonight’s final game of the competition with John O’Malley and Eoin McHugh making their debuts while Adi O’Gara, Pauric Carr and Michael Cannon, after brief cameos in the previous games, all made their first starts. O’Malley is well known for his senior exploits with Naomh Conaill and is likely destined for many more games in the county jersey. A huge honour too was bestowed on the Cloich Cheann Fhaola club, with Kevin McFadden skippering the All-Ireland Champions.The fact that a 3rd level side, in the form of Belfast teaching college St Marys, were the opposition meant Donegal’s newcomers enjoyed a bit more of a level playing field than in the previous exploits against Fermanagh and Monaghan. The lads were quick out of the blocks with Odhran MacNiallais doing the damage early on. The students found their feet though and in a high scoring affair they led by a point at the break. Caolan Ward and Kevin McFadden again impressed and with both players having played in different positions over the course of the competition, their versatility could be an asset to both Maxi Curran’s U21s and possibly Jim McGuinness’ senior squad.The high scoring continued after the change of ends; Donegal went on a scoring spree with five unasnwered points before Marys pegged it back to make it all square. There was some confusion between the score the referee had noted and that of the MacCumhaill Park scoreboard but in the end the record books will show a one point win for the hosts.The GAA season now goes up a notch with Kildare providing our next opponents in the league opener and it gives supporters an early opportunity to go back to the Graceland of Croke Park and relive some of those wonderful memories from September. From a playing point of view, following the switch of venue for the clash, it will do McGuinness’ troops no harm playing at Headquarters as opposed to Conleth’s Park in Newbridge – the players are obviously well used to it and any opportunity to play at the Mecca of football can only benefit a team.Jim spoke at the weekend of the training the team are undertaking now that their holiday is firmly in the past – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are all training days and the players will be glad to get back to the group dynamic and getting themselves prepared for what lies ahead. Last year McGuinness along with Adam Speer and the rest of the coaching staff got the entire panel in incredible shape and in our best moments of the Championship other teams simply couldn’t live with our relentless stamina. 2011 was a case of getting the players up to a decent level of fitness based on the individual needs of each player. Last year however, to a man the squad was operating at close to peak condition – bringing them back up to that level again while also managing the niggles and knocks, and a serious hip injury in Karl Lacey’s case, is the target over the next few months.Another goal of the management team will be to try to blend in those players who have shown well in this McKenna Cup campaign and there will be a few with an eye on at least a training spot with the panel and possibly more.It is critical for any team that wins the All-Ireland to have competition for places and to avoid having players resting on their laurels. Someone breathing down the neck of a man in possession of a Celtic Cross should drive him on to win another one.That’s all well in the future of course, for now its well done to the boys who’ve represented the jersey over the past week and all roads lead to Croker in a couple of weeks time. CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: NEW STARS BORN IN BALLYBOFEY was last modified: January 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: NEW STARS BORN IN BALLYBOFEYlast_img read more

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26 Dec
2019

Celtic hold talks with player backed for Premier League success by ex-Rangers boss

first_img Odubajo played for Brentford when Mark Warburton was their manager Latest Scottish football news Moses Odubajo has travelled to Austria to undergo talks with Brendan Rodgers over joining Celtic this summer.The Hoops are currently on a training camp which Odubajo has been invited to, as he looks to rebuild his career when his contract with Hull expires at the end of the month. His manager at Griffin Park was former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who said of Odubajo: ” I think Moses will go all the way to the Premier League.“He’s got the attributes and that sheer raw pace. I’ve got no doubts that Mo will play at the highest level.” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 2 He made 53 appearances for the Tigers in all competitions, but has not played a game since the 2016 Championship play-off final due to a knee ligament injury suffered just a few weeks later in pre-season.Further injury woes hit Odubajo in the following months – he fractured the same knee twice in quick succession – and he failed to return to action in either the 2016/17 or 2017/18 campaigns.Odubajo’s time at Brentford in 2014/15 coincided with the 24-year-old being capped at Under-20 level by England. Odubajo helped Hull win promotion to the Premier League in 2016, but he’s not played another game since The right-sided player, who can play at full-back or in midfield, has already confirmed he will not be extending his deal with Hull, and Celtic have emerged as one of the parties interested in securing the 24-year-old’s services.And Rodgers, the Celtic manager, has looked to push forward with talks by bringing Odubajo over to Austria with the rest of the Bhoys’ squad, according to the Daily Record.Odubajo was highly-rated while playing for Leyton Orient, earning a transfer to Brentford in 2014, before leaving for Hull the following year. scrap last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

TAOISEACH ADMITS HOSPITAL WILL BE SHUT FOR A LONG PERIOD AFTER FLOODS

first_imgThe Taoiseach has admitted that Letterkenny General Hospital will be shut for a long period of time.The car park at Letterkenny General during the floods.Enda Kenny was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties having been briefed by Health Minister Dr James Reilly who had visited the badly damaged hospital earlier today.The Fine Gael leader said the damage sustained by the hospital on Friday evening was far worse that had been anticipated. And he admitted  that the cost of fixing the damage is now expected to run into millions.“I think you’re talking about a pretty serious emergency situation here.“I spoke to the Minister for Health this evening who visited the hospital with personnel. He gave me a blow-by-blow account of what happened here.“This is very substantial, records lost MRI, diagnostics, laboratory walls to be de-plastered and de-contaminated. “This is far more serious than was first thought. It means effectively that Letterkenny is out of operation for a considerable time and that means calling on the assistance in respect of Derry, Enniskillen, Sligo and the community and there may be some other alternatives that have to be considered as well.”Mr Kenny said the health minister will report on the full extent of what is required to fix Letterkenny shortly.The hospital was evacuated on Friday evening after it’s new €20m A&E unit was flooded with several feet of water.The flooding was caused after a stream at the back of the hospital became congested and flowed over into the hospital.As well as damage to the body of the hospital, hundreds of thousands of euro of equipment including scanners and x-ray equipment was destroyed. TAOISEACH ADMITS HOSPITAL WILL BE SHUT FOR A LONG PERIOD AFTER FLOODS was last modified: July 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:floodsLetterkenny General HospitalTaoiseach Enda Kennylast_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

Teacher probed in violence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sneath and about 15 other Barrel Springs parents went to the board meeting Tuesday night to report the incident. District administrators said Wednesday the incident was being investigated and appropriate action would be taken, although they would not elaborate, saying it involved a confidential personnel issue. Superintendent Jack Gyves said the teacher mishandled the situation and committed an error in judgment. “It was not an appropriate course of action. It was a serious breach of judgment, and appropriate actions will be taken,” Gyves said. Gyves said Principal Mary Wright has talked with the teacher and the teacher has acknowledged that what she did was a mistake. PALMDALE – Palmdale School District is investigating a Barrel Springs School teacher who told a fourth-grade boy to throw a pencil at a classmate who had earlier thrown a pencil at him that hit him in the eye. A parent who was there said the teacher held the classmate against a hallway wall and told the first boy to throw the pencil at him. When the pencil missed on the first throw, the teacher said to throw it again, harder, and be sure it hit, said parent Roxanne Sneath. After the second throw, which hit, the classmate broke free from the teacher’s grasp and punched the other boy in the face, Sneath said. “It just made me ill,” Sneath said. “The boy was taught to do something wrong and got hit in the face because of what (the teacher) said.” The teacher is a curriculum-resource teacher who helps out Wright when the assistant principal is not there, Gyves said. She had gone to the classroom when the teacher called the school office to ask for help with the boy who originally threw a pencil, Gyves added. “It was total misjudgment of authority,” said trustee Sheldon Epstein. “We need to investigate it. Certainly there would be a consequences if that was true.” A message left at Barrel Springs for the teacher was not returned. Wright referred calls to the district office. Sneath said the incident occurred Monday about 20 minutes before the end of the school day in her son’s classroom, where she volunteers. When she entered the room, Sneath said the classroom teacher was on the telephone asking for someone to come from the office to remove a disruptive student, who was throwing books and cursing. Sneath said she noticed a new student writing obscenities on his desk. Sneath said the curriculum-resource teacher arrived in a state of anger and asked, “Who is it?” She called the new student to come up to the classroom teacher’s desk and asked what was going on. At that point, another boy stood up and said the new student was calling him dirty names, Sneath said. The new student then picked up a pencil off the teachers’s desk and threw it at the other child, hitting him in the eye. The curriculum resource teacher screamed “We don’t do that,” grabbed the pencil thrower and dragged him out the door, Sneath said. The curriculum resource teacher then asked the boy who was hit with the pencil to come out into the hall, Sneath said. That boy was crying and holding his eye, she said. She told the boy who had been crying to pick up a pencil and throw it at the other boy, whom she was holding, Sneath said. It missed. “Then she said you have to pick it up and throw it harder and make sure you hit him,” Sneath said. The incident occurred within view of children in the classroom, Sneath said. “The kids started to scream and cry in class,” she added. District officials said the new student had transferred from another district and had been attending Barrel Springs for only a few days. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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