LeBron just what doctor ordered for lowly Lakers

first_imgNishikori feeling ‘tough’ after overcoming wrist injury “You can look at the (NFL Dallas) Cowboys and you can look at the (NFL New England) Patriots, you can look at Manchester United, the Boston Celtics — these are like historical franchises.“And for me to be a part of that, I think it’s a great move not only for me but for my family and for the history of basketball in general.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’James was speaking to ESPN on Monday in one of his first interviews since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Lakers.The 33-year-old James is entering his 16th NBA season. He has won three championships and made it to the finals nine times, including a streak of eight years straight. LeBron James speaks at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, Monday, July 30, 2018. The I Promise School is supported by the The LeBron James Family Foundation and is run by the Akron Public Schools. (AP Photo/Phil Long)LeBron James says he is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the Los Angeles Lakers, who are coming off the worst five-year period in franchise history.“I like the challenge of being able to help a team get to places that they haven’t been in quite a while,” James said. “And obviously the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in a few years, but the Lakers organization and historical franchise matches up there with all the greats.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “At the end of the day, the guys love to play ball, and that’s what they do every single day. I love that,” James said.“And bringing Lance (Stephenson) and JaVale (McGee) and Beas (Michael Beasley) and (Rajon) Rondo, they’re guys that every day that they wake up they think about the game of basketball. And everything else is secondary.“So we look forward to all the challenges.”The 15-year NBA veteran was third in the league last season with 27.5 points a game, matched his career high with 8.6 rebounds and had a career-high 9.1 assists.James has played in 1,143 career regular season games for the Cavaliers and Heat, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists.He ranks seventh in career NBA scoring with 31,038 points and also won Olympic gold medals in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ James had agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, leaving the Cavaliers after four seasons in which he led them to four NBA finals.James brought Cleveland its first major sports crown since 1964 when the Cavs won the 2016 NBA crown but lost three of four finals showdowns with the Golden State Warriors. He decided to make a move in hopes of rebuilding the Lakers into a winner.When James joined the Miami Heat, he led them to a 58-24 record and took them to the finals in his first season in South Florida.The Lakers were 35-47 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, hitting the bottom after compiling 16 championships.They haven’t gone past the second round of the playoffs since Kobe Bryant led them to consecutive NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.ADVERTISEMENT 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

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Tournament great experience for Blain Cranston

first_imgDespite not earning a medal, Cranston feels his volleyball career will only benefit from the experience.Cranston and his fellow team B.C. finished the event seventh out of the nine participating teams, a result he feels the team could have exceeded.”I think that if we would have played as strong as we can, we could have definitely medalled at the tournament. A lot of the teams that we played we dominated and that’s when we really played as a team.”- Advertisement -Regardless of the end result, Cranston, who was playing in his first tournament and wants to pursue post-secondary volleyball in the future, says the tournament was extremely beneficial for his development.”You got to see all the other prospects from around the country. You got to see the kids that will be the best in the country at some time. It kind of gives you perspective of where you need to be at and where everyone else is.”Cranston, who played the position of Libero at the tournament, says he’s quite pleased with the effort he put forth on the court.Advertisement “I had a few ups and downs but as a whole I played a lot better than expected so I was really happy with myself. I had an awesome tournament and really enjoyed it.”The team got off to a good start on the first day of of the Winnipeg-based tournament, finishing second in their pool and setting them for a solid second day. Unfortunately, the B.C. team ran into two very talented teams from Alberta and Manitoba, which resulted in two losses and a significant drop in the standings.That same Alberta team eventually went on to win the gold medal.Volleyball is in the 17-year-old’s genes, as both his older sisters play the sport at the post-secondary level, an achievement Cranston one day also wishes to fulfill.Advertisement “That’s my dream. If I can play post-secondary, that would be awesome and if I can take it even further than that, that’s crazy good.”The Fort St. John athlete will continue to develop on the court, as he gears up for another season of High School, as well as Club volleyball.As a 17-year-old, this was his first and last U16/17 Western Elite Championships, as he is no longer eligible to compete.However, he knows of a variety of other high level tournaments which take place annually, which will have him compete against players playing at the university or college level. Playing in such tournaments is something Cranston wishes to experience and feels that despite the increase in skill level, if he continues to develop as a player, “you never know.”last_img read more

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Blizzards hold a Baldonnel Road Race

first_imgThe Blizzard Bike Club enjoyed a big crowd on a warm day for the Baldonnel road race. Colter Young held off seventeen other riders to win the 32 km road race in a time of 59:40 minutes. Gary Hilderman won a close sprint over Pat Ferris and 4 others to grab second place. The groupís time was 1:02:58 minutes.       Jolea Bilodeau won the 16 km distance with 33:48. Sandy McDonald was second at 34:40, Floyd Polehoykie third at 35:13 and Larry Joice 4th at 50:05.      Eighteen riders came out on a warm +5 degree day. The group of Colter Young, Pat Ferris, Les and Jake Elliott pulled away from the pack. Colter dropped Les and Pat at the 20 km mark and dropped Jake Elliott on the hill at the 24 km mark. Colter Young pulled away for the win.       – Advertisement -Billy Bucknall, Gary Hilderman and Gord Harris caught up to Pat Ferris and Les Elliott and the group started to make up time towards the finish. They caught Jake Elliott with a couple of kmís to go which set up the close 6 rider finish.       Ironman New Zealand finisher Billy Bucknall tried a few early attacks to the finish. Pat Ferris led it out with Gary Hilderman catching him at the finish line with Jake Elliott, Gord Harris, Les Elliott and Billy Bucknall all close behind.      Bob Andrews was 8th at 1:05:57, Barb Polehoykie 1:05:20, Katherine Fairweather 1:06:08, Roger St. Jean 1:06:38, Wim Kok 1:07:05, Dean Lowry 1:07:41 and Richard Wood 1:09:03.      Advertisement Coming up:       -Wednesday club meeting 7:30 pm Wendyís       -Thursday Baldonnel time trial 6:15 pm       -Sunday Rocky Road Race in Taylor at 2 pm at the old zoo road. (This one is the last of the gravel road races for the season)       www.ferrisfastcycles.comlast_img read more

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Dawson Creek RCMP recover fuel canisters and motor oil

first_imgPolice believe that an individual or group are stealing fuel, fuel canisters, automotive fluids and vehicle parts from industrial sites and rural properties. As as result, they suggest that property owners consider the following suggestions to secure their properties: Install additional exterior lighting and a surveillance system with night-time recording capabilityInstall an alarm systemKeep items out of sight and locked awayReport vehicles and/or people which appear out of place.If you think the property recovered might be yours, please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, and be prepared to provide proof of ownership.If anyone would like to report any criminal activity or think they may have information regarding these thefts, please contact either the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Football Association announce scrapping of FA Cup quarter-final replays

first_img Manchester United won the 2016 FA Cup The Football Association has announced FA Cup quarter-final replays will be scrapped from next season.In a move approved by the FA board on Thursday, the last-eight stage of the cup competition will revert to a sudden-death format over one weekend in a bid to ease English football’s congested fixture list.FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general.“With great attendances and TV figures across the BBC and BT Sport, this season has confirmed the cup’s special status – underlined by great stories culminating in Manchester United’s triumph at Wembley last Saturday.“In a demanding calendar and with increased pressures on fans, it is important we move with the times and consider new innovations such as last week’s successful non-league finals day which saw 50,000 fans at Wembley for the Vase and Trophy.”Glenn added on the FA website: “While fully respecting tradition and history, this new development will help the cup retain its status as a much-loved and world-renowned competition.” 1last_img read more

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Consumers feel good about jobs

first_img The increases are “beginning to have an impact” on the economy, taking away the speculative edge out of the housing market, said Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wachovia Corp. But he said there should be only one more increase this year. “It would be a good time to stop. We want growth to moderate, but we don’t want it to go into reverse,” he said. The Conference Board index is derived from responses received through Jan. 24 to a survey mailed to 5,000 households in a consumer research panel. The figures released Tuesday include responses from at least 2,500 households. 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 The component of the consumer confidence index that assesses consumers’ views of current economic conditions rose to 128.4 from 120.7. Specifically, the report showed that more consumers in January than in December believed that jobs are available. But another component that measures consumers’ outlook over the next six months slipped to 91.5 from 92.6 in December. Investors overlooked the consumer confidence report; stocks fell after the Federal Reserve, raising interest rates by a quarter percentage point for the 14th time in nearly two years, failed to give a clear sign on when those rate hikes might end. The Dow Jones industrials fell 35.06, or 0.32 percent, to 10,864.86. Economists closely track consumer confidence because consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity. And the latest reading comes at an uncertain time for the U.S. economy. While gasoline prices have come down from their highest point after the hurricanes, they are still higher than a year ago. The job market recovery remains uneven, and at least one more interest rate hike could be in the offing. “It looks like consumers are feeling at least better about the current situation. But I still think there is a lot of uncertainty about the future,” said Gary Thayer, chief economist for A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. in St. Louis. “The geopolitical news is not very comforting,” he added, referring to tensions in the Middle East. Still, Thayer said the Fed will look at January’s confidence figures as yet another sign that the economy has bounced back from hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Thayer and other economists expect the Fed to raise interest rates again in March in an effort to combat inflation, but they expect the next increase to be the last in the year. NEW YORK – Americans grew more optimistic about the job market in January, sending a widely followed measure of consumer confidence to its highest level in three and a half years. The report Tuesday from the Conference Board showed, however, that consumers are still uneasy about the future. The private research group said its consumer confidence index rose to 106.3, the highest level since June 2002, when the reading was also 106.3. The latest measure was up from a revised 103.8 in December, and continued a rebound that began in November following the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Analysts had expected a reading of 105.0 in January. A separate report from the Labor Department on employee compensation said wages and benefits paid to civilian workers rose 3.1 percent last year, the smallest amount in nine years. The department said the slowdown reflected a big drop in benefit costs – items such as health insurance and pensions – which rose by 4.5 percent last year after jumping by 6.9 percent in 2004. In a statement, Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said the increase in consumer confidence “was driven solely by consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions, especially their more positive view of the job market.” But she added that while consumers rate current conditions more favorably, the improvement has not translated into greater optimism about the outlook for the economy six months from now. last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY!

first_imgKenneth and Sinead supporting Donegal in Cape Town – what a view!DONEGAL fans are EVERYWHERE! We know this because those clever people at Google send us maps every day showing the thousands of you abroad who log on to Donegal Daily.After pictures from Australia and America in recent days, one Donegal man decided to join in the All-Ireland Final build-up…from Africa.Kenneth McCorkell and Sinead Boyce are pictured on top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa in the picture above. And below back at sea level with Kenneth’s dad and sister during a trip down there.Says Kenneth: “Me and sinead boyce at cape agulas, the most southern tip of Africa with my father and sister, Esther and Thomas Mc Corkell while they were on holidays with us on south Africa.Meanwhile in Pettigo, there’s more painting going on….PETTIGO GOES GREEN AND GOLDDungloe man Mark Gallagher may be married to a Mayo woman – and he must rule the roost at their home in Ballindine. For here is Maura wearing her Donegal top! Hard to believe her dad actually played for Mayo in the 60s. Good woman Maura – free drinks all round the next time you’re in Dungloe!MAYO WOMAN MAURA GALLAGHERMark also made sure Stephen Rodgers – who we featured this week on his Mizen to Malin charity cycle – got a warm Donegal welcome when he cycled through Mayo. The two went to school together. Stephen completes his cycle to Malin Head today. Stephen Rodgers in Mayo – nearly there Stephen!We believe the obsession with Converse footwear is a bit mental – the power of marketing over the power of mind. But this pair is really special. They belong to Ciara McCafferty who got them signed by the Donegal team. Now they’re worth spending money on!No picture round-up would be complete without a goat!So here’s Sam The Goat – happy at home in Chicago, with Donegal lass Sinead FrielAltogether now…’We’ll build our own Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal.” COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY! was last modified: September 13th, 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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Newcastle chasing World Cup ace who is a ‘natural full-back’

first_img Transfer news Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race Newcastle want Ajax and Argentina defender Nicolas Tagliafico.The 25-year-old only joined the Dutch club in January, but is said to be eyeing his next career move already, having represented his country at the World Cup. 2 Fulham are also believed to be in the hunt for a player, whose work-rate down the flank has seen him compared to Argentina and Inter idol Javier Zanetti.So far Newcastle have spent £9.5m on Yoshinori Muto and also brought in Fabian Schar. GOSSIP Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club 2 LIVING THE DREAM center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland ‘perfect fit” RANKED Jorge Sampaoli, who was in charge of the South American side in Russia has called the tireless defender ‘a natural full-back’.According to SunSport, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still chasing a left-back before the transfer window closes and the Premier League side have been alerted to the possibility that Tagliafico may be available for £8million. fear Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out IN DEMAND heading off Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder on his way REAL DEAL Tagliafico: A ‘natural full-back’ Tagliafico joined Ajax from Independiente in January last_img read more

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Chelsea decline to comment on allegations concerning Andreas Christensen’s father

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Christensen’s father has firmly denied the accusations 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Premier League came down hard on Everton for offering inducements to players and their families It is claimed Sten Christensen joined the Premier League club as a talent scout on the same day his son signed for the Blues, which was July 1, 2012, the opening day of the transfer window following his 16th birthday.It is alleged Christensen senior received monthly payments of £11,400, plus VAT, over four years. The total paid was more than £600,000, it is claimed.Politiken reports Sten Christensen remained as goalkeeper coach with Brondby and says there is no evidence he did any scouting for Chelsea in that period.Payments or inducements to family members of young players are prohibited by FIFA, UEFA and Premier League regulations, something Everton were deemed to fall foul of recently.As a result, the Toffees were hit with a £500,000 fine. MONEY Latest Football News Chelsea have decided not to comment on the allegation of illegal payments made to the father of defender Andreas Christensen.Reports in Danish publication Politiken published details about Christensen’s move to London in 2012, which were obtained through Football Leaks. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 “I have no comments on this matter whatsoever.”Christensen was a first-team regular last season, but has not played in the Premier League this term.Having been first choice under previous manage Antonio Conte last campaign, after two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, he is now behind David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in new boss Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order.However, the player recently insisted he would not request a move in January. ADVICE BEST OF huge blow RANKED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea recently revealed they have cooperated with FIFA in relation to possible violations and when this latest story surfaced, a club spokesman said: “We will not comment further on speculation concerning confidential contracts or player related matters.”Sten Christensen told Politiken: “Listen, this is a story you’ve gotten from some Ukrainian or something. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice last_img read more

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