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first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours He’s healthy at last — and it showed immediately.Kerr had hoped to play his two-time MVP 20-25 minutes, and Curry conferred with the coaching staff during a timeout with 4:36 left in the third before staying in the game to hit another 3 just 30 seconds later. Curry sat down to cheers with 2:55 left in the third his team up 103-87.Memphis lost here 97-84 on Dec. 20, then watched the Warriors match their season high for points in a half this season by leading 78-67 at the break.GREEN GETS TOSSEDDraymond Green was ejected with 9:45 left in the second quarter after a second technical foul in a 43-second span. Both were for arguing.The emotional forward has been ejected twice this season.Green had five assists and three points in 10 minutes.TIP-INSGrizzlies: The Grizzlies’ 67 first-half points were their most in any half this season, while Golden State’s 78 matched the most points ever allowed in any half by Memphis — with Golden State also scoring 78 on March 24, 2010, on its home floor. … The Grizzlies are one of two teams along with San Antonio to own a winning regular-season record vs. the Warriors since the start of the 2011-12 season at 13-12. … Memphis completed a strange stretch in which it played at Golden State on Dec. 20, at Phoenix the following night, home on Dec. 23, back to Phoenix on Tuesday, in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Wednesday then returned to Oracle Arena on Saturday.Warriors: The Warriors’ 141 points are the most scored against the Grizzlies ever by any opponent. … Golden State’s 14 first-quarter assists — for 40 points — were one shy of the franchise record of 15, done three times. … The Warriors improved to 8-0 after a loss this season. Golden State is 40-7 since 2014-15 following a defeat. … The Warriors went 13-2 in December and finished 5-2 on this season-long homestand. The 13 December victories match the franchise’s most wins in the month during their West Coast Era, also done last season. /cbb MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curry pounded his chest after a 3-pointer late in the second that put the Warriors up 64-57.In the game’s closing minutes, he hit a 3-pointer, held his follow-through and jubilantly hopped up and down on his left foot. This marked Curry’s ninth career game with 10 or more 3s, most by any player in NBA history.“Sometimes the absence of a month of basketball gives you a little more excitement and energy, and I know he feels that way and it’ll probably do the same thing with our crowd and with our team, too,” coach Steve Kerr said before the game.Curry was all smiles during pregame warmups. He hoisted his signature tunnel shot, signed a few quick autographs when daughter Riley arrived to greet him and briefly held his arm around her before turning around to do his customary hallway sprint. His little girl cleared the way, and off her dad went to the locker room.“Solid,” Curry said with a grin of his sprint.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant added 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 21 points as the Warriors wrapped up nearly three weeks at home in California. Zaza Pachulia scored a season-best 17 points and also had eight rebounds and six assists.Marc Gasol led six Memphis players in double figures with 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith his parents, wife and two daughters in attendance, Curry got his first points on a layup at 10:27 that put the Warriors out front 7-0 and led to a Memphis timeout. He hit a 3-pointer at 9:52 before Memphis scored its first points.Curry received roars from the sellout crowd during pregame introductions, and Durant threw his right arm into the air to cheer his pal’s comeback. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates in front of fans after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, California, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.  APOAKLAND, California, United States — Stephen Curry made a sensational return from injury by scoring 38 points with a season-high 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 141-128 on Saturday night.Curry shot 13 for 17 and 10 of 13 from deep in 26 minutes for his ninth 30-point game this season after missing 11 games with a sprained right ankle. His mere presence brought an energy to the Warriors and all of Oracle Arena, and he spent much of the fourth quarter pacing, gesturing in delight while cheering his teammates with a towel draped over his head.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stephen Curry returning for Warriors after out 11 games View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgThe timing could not have been more poignant: as South African president Jacob Zuma announced to the world that Nelson Mandela, the father of his nation, had breathed his last, Mandela’s daughters, Zenani and Zindzi, were sitting alongside British royalty and the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, in the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square at the UK premier of his biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, named after the former South African president’s 1995 memoir, serves up a series of perfectly punctuated snapshots of the late stateman’s life. But the film lacks the kind of psychological depth befitting a man who was larger than life. Swinging between the political and the personal, the film tries to cover too much ground in less than three hours. As a result, it titillates without fully satisfying and leaves the viewer wondering who the real Mandela was – and if a “real” Mandela only exists in the popular imagination.But, despite its fault-lines, the film humanises Mandela – gently prying him from the pedestal that we all placed him on. It illustrates the complex, binary faces of the man, without fully reconciling any of them. We are reminded that Mandela was both husband and philanderer; terrorist and freedom fighter; deeply devoted father and absent parent; ANC loyalist and traitor; lawyer and defendant, prisoner and liberator of a nation (interestingly, Mandela was also both health nut and smoker). Despite looking nothing like Mandela, Elba mimics his gait and voice so hauntingly he almost rivals Denzel Washington’s portrayal of slain Nation of Islam leader, Malcolm X.Reluctant heroWhen it comes to capturing the breadth of Mandela’s epic political career, Long Walk to Freedom reminds us he was essentially a man reluctantly catapulted into the limelight by African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, the late Walter Sisulu. It was Sisulu who realised that the ANC needed a figurehead that they could mould into a symbol of hope for those who had lost all hope. Mandela might have been destined for greatness because of his royal Xhosa lineage, yes, but he became what Malcolm Gladwell has termed an “outlier” because he responded favourably to a peculiar series of opportunities and encounters.Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom effectively portrays how Mandela’s life prison sentence may have been the best outcome for South Africa, the probable alternative being assassination – or martyrdom – with unpredictable consequences for peace. The film also illustrates how Mandela’s closed-door negotiations with the Nationalists – in which he broke ranks with his ANC comrades – would change South Africa’s historical trajectory forever.At the backdrop of the film is South Africa’s legacy of physical and structural violence at the hands of the apartheid regime. From the Sharpeville massacre, to the ANC’s armed struggle, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK, as it was called, or – Spear of the Nation), to the Soweto uprisings, apartheid is personified in the film for its arbitrary inhumanity. Mandela, Sisulu, and their comrades are forced to strip naked in an open square on Robben Island just for the sheer kicks of their prison guards. And Mandela’s prison number, 46664, has the middle three digits of the devil. But Mandela’s humour and humanity shine through in the film. From cracking jokes with Robben Island prison guards to asking intimate details about his captors’ families, Elba, as Mandela, says: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”There is a looming reminder in the film that South Africa remains a battered and bruised nation still struggling to define itself in the 21st century amid ANC bickering, white flight and fear, and black angst. In the middle of the film there is a stark face-off between young and old, in which post-Soweto activists meet an elderly Mandela in a gardener’s hat picking tomatoes. One of the young men insinuates that Mandela is a sell-out and that the ANC is obsolete. Counting off on his fingers, Mandela reminds the young men that while they may be powerful as individuals, organised by the ANC they are unstoppable. To illustrate this he curls those fingers into a fist. This scene is a stark reminder of how the ANC has since slowly strayed from the ideals of its founding fathers: from ANC youth leader Julius Malema’s anti-white rhetoric, to the AIDS denialism of Mandela’s successor Thabo Mbeki to the conspicuous opulence and wealth of the current ANC president, Jacob Zuma, who was booed at Madiba’s memorial service.The man behind MadibaBeyond the political, the film’s power lies in its portrayal of Mandela’s personal life, particularly his relationship with Winnie Madikizela. We are reminded that the couple had only been married for four years and had two young daughters, when Mandela was sent to Robben Island. As their love affair blossoms in the bubble of a fairy tale in the film, their separation is just as dramatic. While Mandela softens in prison, Madikizela hardens in the real world. Although there is an attempt to humanise Winnie Mandela, a woman whose full story has yet to be told, Harris transforms in the film from a 20-something groupie-like bride of an up-and-coming icon to a middle-aged militant radical and “angry black woman”. Her portrayal of Winnie reminds us that Madikizela too was a fighter, a trouble-maker, having survived 16 months in solitary confinement, and imprisoned on countless occasions. She takes on Mandela’s struggle as her own, yet the overarching narrative violently performs a ritual of erasure, leaving Winnie’s story slightly obscured.The film’s cinematography is stunning, moving from the rolling hills of Qunu, Mandela’s ancestral village, to the searing blue Cape Town horizon overlooking Table Mountain, to the dank, drabness of the Robben Island prison. The film begins with a voiceover by Elba narrating a flashback to Mandela’s childhood, during a Xhosa initiation ritual in which the young Mandela is covered in white face paint. We are reminded here that Mandela, of royal blood, was trained to be a warrior and that his Xhosa name, Rolihlahla, which is often translated as “the one that shook the tree” also translates as “trouble-maker”. It is a foreshadowing of many things to come.Flashbacks are prominent motifs in the film: moving from Mandela’s boyhood days, to images of the young Winnie Mandela, to flashbacks of his mother and children. Also prominent in the film is the juxtaposition between the portrayal of violence in South Africa with the actual historical footage of anti-apartheid movements throughout the world against a soundtrack of Gil Scott-Heron proclaiming: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.The film comes full circle, beginning with the rolling hills of Qunu with Mandela as a young boy, and ending in Qunu with Mandela as an elderly man surrounded by children. Long Walk to Freedom proves that in the tried and true tested legacy of biopics, a life is near impossible to get it just right.But the idea is not to stop trying.Robtel Neajai Pailey does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.The ConversationThis article was originally published at The Conversation. 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first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is questioning the process by which the Alliance For Change (AFC) managed to pull out last minute from almost 10 Local Authority Areas (LAAs), for which they had planned to contest at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).The Party’s General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo told a media conference on Thursday that he finds it thought-provoking that the AFC is reluctant to give the locations of those areas.“What is very interesting, is (David) Patterson said that…we are not telling you where. So, they wrote this down on a piece of paper and they folded this paper carefully and locked it in a safe because like it’s a State secret about which areas they are pulling out of,” Jagdeo stated.The AFC on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 Local Authority Areas at the upcoming Local Government Elections. This announcement follows previous statements made by the party, where they had initially said the AFC had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 areas.The party blamed a number of issues for the decision not to contest more areas, including political bullying and issues with communication. Patterson said nevertheless, he is satisfied with the position the AFC is in at the moment and the AFC will continue to work hard to prepare for LGE.But the PPP General Secretary questioned the method used by the AFC to pull out, explaining that this would have had to be done within a specific timeframe. “[The Guyana Elections Commission] GECOM is not accepting pulling out anymore. GECOM has already printed the ballots. So, if GECOM printed the ballots and you pull out now, the candidates’ names will still be on the ballot,” he explained.Jagdeo’s contention is since GECOM has made it clear to the PPP that the lists cannot be adjusted, he is now thinking about what mechanism was used to pull out. The PPP had pulled out of one constituency in Wakenaam, but he said this was done within the prescribed period.“If they pull out and we don’t know where they are pulling out from, they are going to still be on the ballot, so how will GECOM treat this? I don’t know if they understand this is not a simple matter and it begs a lot of questions. If GECOM is allowing them to pull out now, then GECOM is complicit. They say they can’t make adjustments in PPP areas, but they can for the AFC? And then again if GECOM has not accepted this, then this is all a farce,” he added.DebatesThe Party’s General Secretary criticised the AFC for now coming up with the idea of hosting a debate. Jagdeo said the call by the AFC is nothing more than a “sham”, since he believes the party currently has nothing else going for it as LGE approaches.“Imagine these people shut down debates in Parliament, they rush through bills, they refuse to answer questions and we have a long list of questions in Parliament that they refuse to give answers to… And now he (Patterson) wants debates here. But I think it is just another sham, because they have nothing else going for them,” he declared.Patterson also announced his support for the hosting of public debates among constituency candidates vying for positions within their Local Government organisations. He expressed his Party’s willingness to participate in any such event as the time draws closer for the LGE.“We do feel there should be a debate among candidates, particularly, in the larger constituencies and municipalities, like persons in the constituencies in Georgetown, Linden, Bartica, New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, should have a public debate…on policies and positions,” he said Wednesday.However, Patterson says the AFC will not seek to organise any such debates itself, as it may be viewed as a strategy to dominate. Nevertheless, the party said it is willing to participate in any event organised by any civil society group or organisation in Guyana.The party’s campaign manager was clear, however, as to the conditions under which AFC candidates will participate. He said the party would prefer having these debates hosted in the larger constituencies, rather than smaller ones spread across the country.The PPP General Secretary also lashed out at the AFC for using “Fit and proper” as its campaign slogan. Jagdeo referred to the origin of those words which were used by President David Granger to describe GECOM Commissioner James Patterson, although there were concerns.The PPP has since challenged the President’s unilateral appointment. Jagdeo said the AFC appears to be laughing at all of Guyana, with its adoption of the term as its political campaign. He also accused the President of abusing State resources to campaign for his party at the LGE.last_img read more


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first_imgAthlete of the Week: Kane Schreiner (Gr. 10, Cross Country)Kane pulled off an outstanding second place finish at Zones this weekend after recovering from a calf injury sustained a month ago. Kane has just recently got back in to training and this only his second race of the season. Congrats Kane, and good luck at Provincials! The senior girls had their best result of the season this weekend. After a tough opening match up against the Dawson Creek seniors, the girls finished pool play in third place, putting them up against the Dawson juniors in the quarter-finals. A win in the quarters secureda semi-final battle against Charles Spencer. After falling short against Charles Spencer, and then to Sexsmith in the third place match, the girls finished the tournament in fourth.Up Next: The senior teams are in Grande Prairie October 25 and 26 at GP Comp. The junior girls are in Dawson Creek October 25 and 26 for the junior tournament.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a busy weekend for Grizzlies Athletics, as all three volleyball teams were in Dawson Creek and the cross country team competed at the Zone Championships.Jordynn McPherson (Grade 12), Tristan Hynes (Grade 12), Carter Collins (Grade 11) and Kane Schreiner (Grade 10) represented North Peace at the NCD Zone Championships at Bear Mountain in Dawson Creek.It was a chilly day for running, with some fresh snow on the ground. Kane started the day with a great 4km race in the junior boys division. He finished in second place, with a time of 16:56. Jordy was up next in the 5km Senior Girls division. With a goal of finishing in the top 10, Jordy started off strong and was able to keep a good pace for the whole race. She finished in eighth place with a time of 28:19.- Advertisement -Tristan and Carter finished the day off strong in the 5km Senior Boys division. Carter, with a goal of finishing in the top 10, had a great race and with a time of 25:58 and finished in 10th. Tristan finished in 14th with a time of 29:53. All four runners qualified to compete in the Provincial Championships in Abbotsford on November 2. Congrats Grizzlies!The senior boys had a great weekend, winning the Dawson Creek tournament for the third year in a row. The junior girls had a weekend full of uphill battles against some seasoned senior teams. They finished in 10th place and are ready to take on the Dawson Creek junior tournament this coming weekend.last_img read more


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first_imgThe cause, of course, was that of the highly exploited farmworker. As a farmworker himself, Chavez carefully put together a grass-roots organization that enabled the workers to form their own union, the United Farm Workers. Then they won the essential support of millions of outsiders who heeded the UFW’s call to boycott the produce of growers who refused to grant them union contracts. It took five years, but in 1970 the UFW finally won the first farm union contracts in history. Five years after that, the union won passage of the California law that’s still the only law anywhere requiring growers to bargain with farmworkers who vote for unionization. The struggle was extremely difficult for the impoverished farmworkers, and Chavez risked his health – if not his life – to provide them extreme examples of the sacrifices necessary for victory. Most notably, he engaged in lengthy, highly-publicized fasts that helped rally the public to the farmworkers’ cause and that may very well have contributed to his untimely death at 66 in 1993. Despite the UFW’s successes, the vast majority of farmworkers are still mired in poverty, their pay and working and living conditions a national disgrace. They average less than $10,000 a year and have few, if any, fringe benefits. They suffer chronic unemployment. Job security is virtually unknown. Child labor is rampant. Most hiring and firing is done at the whim of employers. Many of the workers are desperately poor immigrants who must take whatever is offered or be replaced by other desperate workers from the endless stream of immigrants. Although exposed to heavy doses of pesticides and other dangers that make theirs one of the country’s most hazardous occupations, the workers are not covered by the job safety laws. They are fortunate to even have drinking water and field toilets on the job. And they are almost invariably forced to live in overcrowded, seriously substandard housing. MARCH 31 will be a special day in California and eight other states and dozens of cities – Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the late founder of the United Farm Workers union on the 80th anniversary of his birth. That’s important, but it’s way past time that a national holiday was declared in his honor. Like Martin Luther King Jr., who’s rightly honored with a national holiday, Chavez inspired millions of people to seek – and to win – basic human rights that had long been denied them, and inspired millions of others to join the struggle. A national Cesar Chavez Day would be a well-deserved tribute to Latinos and organized labor. But even more than that, it would be a special opportunity to remind Americans of the profound lessons Chavez’s extraordinary life taught us. He showed, above all, that the poor and oppressed can prevail against even the most powerful opponents – if they can organize themselves and adopt nonviolence as their principal tactic. “We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons,” Chavez explained. A national Cesar Chavez Day would remind us of that, too, and of the continuing necessity to take forceful legal steps and other action to finally provide a decent life for all those who do the hard, dirty and dangerous work that puts food on our tables. The need, in short, is to carry forward what Cesar Chavez began, to do what he would want us to do. Dick Meister is a San Francisco writer. Contact him at www.dickmeister.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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first_imgHeller said the judge noted that Corliss had planned carefully, studying wind movements and pedestrians and vehicle traffic patterns, and had taken many safety precautions to minimize the risk of injury to anyone. The Empire State Building’s lawsuit says Corliss could have killed somebody on the densely populated daytime streets and sidewalks below. The building’s lawsuit, which also names Corliss’ helpers identified as “John Does 1-10,” asks $2 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. It also seeks to bar Corliss from ever entering the building again. Heller noted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s comment at the time that city permits for such jumps might be a source of revenue. Heller asked the building’s officials about a city-sanctioned jump by Corliss, and “they responded with this lawsuit,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At the time of the April 27, 2006, attempt, court papers say, between 250 and 350 people, including children and senior citizens, were at the observatory. “With his face mask still on, and a black skydiving-type helmet with a camcorder attached to the top, Corliss bolted from the door of the men’s restroom on the southwest corner of the building,” court papers say. “He leaped onto the railing adjacent to the door and propelled himself onto the top of the security fence to ready himself to BASE (building, span, antenna, earth) jump off the building,” the papers say. Security guards caught Corliss and held and handcuffed him to the 86th-floor security fence as he climbed over it. The guards cut his parachute off after he told them his arms would be torn from his body if the wind opened his parachute. Police charged Corliss with reckless endangerment, a charge that was thrown out by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Michael Ambrecht. The judge said Corliss’ actions did not rise to the level of reckless endangerment. NEW YORK – Empire State Building officials have filed a $12 million lawsuit against Jeb Corliss, the California stuntman arrested last year for attempting to parachute from the 86th floor of the landmark skyscraper. The lawsuit, filed late Thursday, claims the illegal and dangerous stunt attempt by Corliss, caused economic loss, damaged the building’s reputation as a safe venue and caused injury to security guards who prevented the jump. Corliss’ lawyer, Mark Heller, said Friday that the lawsuit was a public-relations move, filed because the skyscraper’s officials were embarrassed. Calling the suit an abuse of the legal system, he argued that the building’s operators should be fined. A former TV show host from Malibu, Corliss entered the 102-story landmark on Fifth Avenue disguised in a mask and a fat suit. Once at the 86th floor observatory, he removed the fat suit, revealing a black jump suit and a parachute. The 30-year-old wore a helmet with a camera on top so he could document his jump. last_img read more


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first_imgLetterkenny Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will host an information workshop for young people leaving home for the first time next week.The workshop will take place in their Port Road premises on Tuesday 28th August at 7pm.The workshop will offer advice on health, keeping safe, financial and budgeting advice, finding accommodation, tenants rights and how to make the most out of college. Youth Information Officer, Martin Keeney, says Youth Information Centre staff will also be at hand to take whatever queries or questions you may have on the evening.“Often so much emphasis is put on the Leaving Cert results and CAO offers that little thought is given to preparing students for what can be a difficult experience. This event offers young people and their parents the chance to come along, ask questions and begin to prepare properly for the experiences that lie ahead,” he said.A 65-page booklet produced by the Roscommon Youth Information Centre, entitled “Flying the Coop”, will also be available full of advice on all these areas, including tenants rights, useful contacts and advice for those going on to study in Ireland, Northern Ireland or the UK.For more information and to book your place now contact the Youth Information Centre at 074-9129640. The Youth Information Centre is located at the Donegal Youth Service headquarters at 16-18 Port Road, directly opposite the Grill. LEAVING MAMMY? YOUTH SERVICE HAS ADVICE FOR STUDENTS FLYING THE COOP was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 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)last_img read more


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first_imgTo be in the playoffs, or not to be in the playoffs, that is … No, there is no question. If the Lakers are good enough to be among the top 8 teams in the Western Conference, L.A. fans should be happy to tempt ”outrageous fortune.” An 8th seed has beaten a top seed (Denver vs. Seattle ’94). A sixth seed has won the title (the ’94-’95 Houston Rockets). However, no teamhas ever won a basketball championship from a golf course. Some look at the world with Lombardi vision and reason that anything short of absolute victory is an absolute defeat. So, if you’re going to lose, you might as well be awful and get a high draft choice. This logic might hold up if you’re comparing one of the better teams to miss the playoffs with a team that doesn’t have a prayer at making the postseason. However, it breaksdown when there’s a shot, no matter how small, at winning the big one. Besides, there are other benefits to making the postseason: gaining playoff experience, becoming a more attractive destination for free agents, and taking something positive into the off-season to build on. Losing will only foster more losing. Anyway, making the lottery is not enough. The Lakers would have to slide into the top 10 to avoid completing the Mihm trade and sending the pick to Boston, or wherever it’s passed along to like blame among politicians. The Lakers are not a great team, but who is? San Antonio and an Amare-armed Phoenix are the only clubs in the Western Conference that are genuinely daunting. Even Dallas, who may end up with the best record, has not looked formidable in two defeats to L.A. Regardlessof who the opponent is, the Lakers will have No. 8 and Mr. 9 Rings, the best player on the court and the best coach on the bench. They will always have a chance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card A few weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts were in the driver’s seat heading toward Super Bowl XL, but they missed out on Detroit. Upsets happen. This current Laker squad would face long odds to make it out of the first round, much less do any serious damage in the playoffs. However, there are no odds when you’re out. Let us not forget the fundamental virtue of being afan: to dream.last_img read more


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first_imgTERMON have won the Intermediate Championship – beating Aodh Ruadh with a point to spare this evening.The final score in Ballybofey was Termon 0-11 Aodh Ruadh 1-07.The teams were tied with just three minutes to go but super sub Daireann Gibson hit the winner with a superb finish. They say goals win games, but for Aodh Ruadh tonight, that wasn’t the case.Termon had stormed into an early three point lead thanks to points from Sweeney, Connaghan and McCafferty.Aodh Ruadh pegged back to scores for themselves before Barry Mulligan found the net.The sides were level – 1-04 to 0-07 at the break – and swapped points right up to the last. But it was Gibson’s finish that won it.There were great scenes at the end as Termon players and fans celebrated.And they dedicated the victory to Elaine Winton Friel who passed away at the weekend, and of course to club player Andrew Duffy who died so tragically in Dublin while following the county team. GAA: TERMON CROWNED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS was last modified: November 7th, 2012 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:GAA: TERMON CROWNED INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSlast_img read more


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first_imgDONEGAL Ladies U14s got off to a winning start with a good win over Sligo in a challenge game at St Mary’s GAA Club in Sligo town this afternoon.Forty players from 22 clubs made their 2015 debuts with a good game against the Yeats County.There was little between the teams in the first 15 minutes before Donegal pulled away, scoring six goals in the opening period. Some wonderful points followed after the break in the Donegal side captained by Moville’s Aoibh Faulkner.Next up is a challenge game away to Derry in two weeks’ time as the squad prepares for the Ulster Championship in April.     LADIES FOOTBALL: DONEGAL U14 GIRLS OFF TO WINNING START was last modified: February 7th, 2015 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:Donegal U14sLadies Footballsligolast_img read more