26 Aug
2020

NBA trade rumors: Celtics ‘determined’ to acquire Anthony Davis, have asked Pelicans to hold off moving him

first_imgThe Celtics still want to trade for Anthony Davis.Boston is “determined” to deal for the 25-year-old Pelicans star, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. The Celtics have urged New Orleans to hold off moving Davis until this summer when they can trade for him, the report says. The five-time All-Star’s top choice would be a move to the Lakers, according to an earlier ESPN report. He has missed the Pelicans’ last seven games with a finger injury. Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season.The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7. NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Pelicans reportedly moving closer to Anthony Davis deal Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN in late January. The Lakers have been engaged in serious trade talks with the Pelicans about him.center_img Boston cannot deal for Davis during the season because of the “Rose Rule,” which prohibits teams from adding multiple players via trade that have signed rookie extensions. Boston dealt for Kyrie Irving in August 2017.The Celtics are reportedly not on the list of teams Davis would be willing to sign a long-term deal with. But, they are still “anxious to trade” for him and pair him with Irving, ESPN’s report says. Related News NBA trade rumors: Clippers have yet to make offer for Pelicans star Anthony Davislast_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger: Feb. 25, 1926 – Jan. 14, 2015

first_imgWanda Marlene BasingerWanda “Merlene” Basinger died on January 14, 2015 at Redlands, Calif. at the age of 88.  Merlene was born on Feb 25, 1926 at Wellington, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John H. Walker and Edna Hurt Walker.  She was married to Lewis Tobe Basinger on April 20, 1947 at the First Baptist Church.Merlene was employed by the First National Bank for 6 years as Bookkeeper and Asst. Teller.  She was also employed by International Harvester as a Bookkeeper for 7 years and as Secretary at the Junior High School for 3 years and a bookkeeper for USD 353 at the Central Office for 20 years before retiring on July 1, 1988.Merlene was a member of the First Baptist Church since December 1935.  She started playing the organ when a Freshman in High School.  She directed the Senior Choir for a few years; then became church organist for some 50 years; was also Sunday School Secretary; served as church clerk two different times, then served as church clerk and treasurer for 10 years.  The serenity Prayer was her favorite one.Merlene liked cooking, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and watching sports on TV.  She crocheted several afghans and doilies for her children, also she made one quilt for each child.Merlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband “Tobe” in 2002; and one brother, John (Bob) and wife Barbara.She is survived by one son, Dr. Bradley Basinger of Redlands, California; one daughter, Brenda Bruster and her husband Alan; one grandson, Justin Bruster and his wife Alicia; two great grandchildren, Joslyn and Noah Bruster of Haysville Kansas; and one brother, Richard Walker and his wife Sharon of Wellington, Kansas.Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Wellington on January 30, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Kurt Henson officiating.  Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on January 29 from 1: 00 – 8:00 p.m.A memorial has been setup with the First Baptist Church. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Pirates rally in 9th behind Alvarez and Marte; beat Blue Jays 6-5

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) gets a hug from Pedro Alvarez, right, after Marte hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Alvarez had hit a two-run homer earlier in the inning to tie the game. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates probably thought they were in for another long night.They arrived home in Pittsburgh at 3:33 a.m. Friday after the second game of their doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles went into extra innings. The Pirates appeared on their way to playing another late one Friday night when Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth.But two batters later, Starling Marte followed with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Manager Clint Hurdle, who moved Marte from batting leadoff to the seventh spot in the lineup Thursday and six-hole Friday, hopes the win can get his players and team some “traction.”“It’s been a while since Pedro has been able to ride one out of the ballpark,” Hurdle said. “Marte’s at-bats have gotten bigger, none bigger than that one. Those kind of at-bats can create a spark, create more momentum and more traction.”Marte knew the ball was gone as soon as he hit it.“That’s what I want,” Marte said. “No matter what spot I hit in.”Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.Alvarez’s homer broke a two-week home run drought for the third baseman who led the National League last season.“Obviously, (hitting the home run) feels really good,” Alvarez said. “It kept us in the game, but of course anytime I can get a clutch hit for the team, to contribute to a W, it’s huge.”Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After converting his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games and continue to have issues in the bullpen.“We played such a great game today and it stinks to blow it,” Santos said.Toronto manager John Gibbons noted the injuries to reliever Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan as aspects that have hindered the Blue Jays’ performance at the end of games.“It’s a totally different look and I think we’re suffering for it,” Gibbons said. “But the game doesn’t let you up.”McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.Pirates starter Gerrit Cole allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, failing to reach the sixth for the first time in six starts this season. Cole said he was “a little off” Friday night.“I wasn’t executing a handful of pitches there,” Cole said. “They beat me on some good pitches.”Toronto’s Brandon Morrow gave up three runs and 11 hits in five innings. After walking eight batters in his last start, Morrow walked just one Friday.“I just forgot about that and went out and threw the way I’d been throwing before that,” Morrow said. “I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t think it was strange to come out and have good command today.”In his first at-bat in Pittsburgh since 2008, Jose Bautista hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead on Jordy Mercer’s run-scoring, double-play grounder in the second and McCutchen’s RBI single in the third.Colby Rasmus hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth, a two-run drive, and Bautista had an RBI double in the fifth that made it 4-2.McCutchen’s run-scoring single cut the deficit in the bottom half, but Toronto regained a two-run lead in the sixth on pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson’s run-scoring, two-out triple off Justin Wilson.Hurdle was keen not to forget about Casey Sadler making his major league debut Friday night. Sadler pitched two scoreless innings, gave up a hit and struck out one.“He was able to come in and keep the game right where it was,” Hurdle said. “Not to be lost in everything else that went on because he kept it right there at a two-run deficit.”NOTES: Bautista has a 12-game hitting streak and has reached based in all 29 games he’s played this season. … Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.97).last_img read more

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