Curry, Durant stick up for Lonzo Ball

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: Stephen Curry Ball has averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists so far this season, shooting 31 per cent from the field and 24.5 per cent from three-point range.Curry did not really struggle his rookie season, at least not for long. Selected number seven overall in the 2009 draft, he averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game, while shooting 44 per cent from three-point range.Ball has been criticised and questioned for some of his performances, but Curry said the 20-year-old just needed time.”He’s a rookie,” Curry said of Ball on Tuesday, via ESPN. “He’s going through ups and downs like every rookie has. Whether you’re highly touted or not, it’s all a learning experience and you’re trying to find your way and be comfortable.”I’ve always said he’s a great talent, I think he loves to play basketball, so he’ll be able to fight through all that and have a great career. I hope you didn’t judge me off my first 20 games in the league.”Durant chalked Ball’s rough start up to rookie errors and age.”Lonzo is just playing like a rookie, as far as learning the game, finding the ins and outs of the game,” Durant said. “It’s slowing down for him. Picking and choosing his spots. He’s still figuring it out.”He’s 19? That’s what any 19-year-old would go through in the pros. It’s just a matter of him being in LA, where the eyes and scrutiny are on him. He’s playing like he should play as far as learning the game and adjusting on the fly.”The two teams square off on Wednesday with Curry (hand contusion) and Durant (ankle sprain) questionable to play.last_img read more

Guardiola not expecting to face weakened Fulham in FA Cup

first_imgPep Guardiola is expecting to face a strong Fulham side in the FA Cup this weekend.The Cottagers, who are in contention for immediate promotion back to the Premier League, face Guardiola’s Manchester City in the fourth round at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Returning to the top flight will be manager Scott Parker’s top priority but City manager Guardiola does not think they will make many changes or ease up for the tie.He said: “I don’t think so because their next game is in six or seven days.“If they had a game after two or three days, maybe, but I don’t think so. I think he will put into the game the best team as possible.“When a team is third in the Championship it is because they have something.“They are a team that want to play and they are a team with personality. We have spoken about that with the team and hopefully we can be ready because it is a final.“The FA Cup is an important competition, it’s a traditional competition and we have to try to do our best.”Holders City could make changes, however, as Guardiola looks to keep his big guns relatively fresh for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United next Wednesday.Guardiola has close to a fully-fit squad available following Aymeric Laporte’s return from a near five-month lay-off at Sheffield United in midweek.Guardiola said: “When the team is fit it doesn’t matter who plays, the selection will be good.“It is not about this one (player) or another one. Always when I put out a team they have the responsibility to try to win the game. It doesn’t matter what my selection is.”Fulham, relegated last season, were third in the Championship heading into the weekend and their style of play under Parker has drawn comparisons to Guardiola’s City.Guardiola said: “What I’ve seen is they’re a really good team. I like the way they play and their results speak for themselves.“It’s not easy being relegated and the year after being there. I think it speaks quite well about the manager and the team.”last_img read more

Liverpool’s prolific attack delivers in 4-1 win over Stoke

first_imgLiverpool’s Roberto Firmino, right, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. APLIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool’s prolific forward line delivered again in a 4-1 win over Stoke in the English Premier League on Tuesday, lifting the team back into second place and within six points of Chelsea.Liverpool fought back from conceding in the 12th minute at Anfield, with Brazil forward Roberto Firmino among the scorers with his sixth league goal of the season — three days after he was charged by police with drunk-driving in Liverpool city center.ADVERTISEMENT Playmaker Adam Lallana equalized for the Reds in the 34th and Firmino added the second just before halftime.Liverpool stretched the lead in the second half through an own-goal by Giannelli Imbula and Daniel Sturridge’s first league goal of the season with his first touches after coming on a substitute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliLiverpool reacted to wins for Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United on Monday with its own a day later, and it was the sixth time this season that Juergen Klopp’s team has scored four goals or more in a league game. It is no surprise that the Reds are the top scorers in the division with 45 goals in 18 games.“Confidence is not a problem of the team at the moment,” Klopp said. “We know about our quality, but obviously we don’t show it all the time.” Liverpool’s players only got going once they fell behind to a rare Stoke goal at Anfield.Erik Pieters provided the cross from the left and Jon Walters glanced in a header at the near post that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. It was only Stoke’s third league goal away to Liverpool in 40 years.Stoke was the architect of its own downfall at times, with Lallana finding the net after Glen Johnson — one of three former Liverpool players in Stoke’s lineup — failing to clear a cross.Firmino started despite his off-field issue and repaid Klopp’s loyalty by slamming home an angled left-foot shot that hit one post, careered across the line to hit the other and rebound in.Imbula turned in a 60th-minute cross from the left wing by Divock Origi, who was then replaced by Sturridge.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are youngcenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH In his first action of the game, Sturridge was alert to intercept a back-pass by Ryan Shawcross, round goalkeeper Lee Grant and slot a finish into the empty net.It was Liverpool’s 100th goal since Klopp took charge in October last year, completing another big win ahead of the visit of Man City on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Harden calls out Mavericks after Rockets’ heated win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo gets confidence boost ahead of DLSU tiff with UE romp

first_imgAteneo can take the top spot if it gets the victory over the Lady Spikers (11-2) with the defending champions holding a slim, 33-32 lead in points.“We need each and every one of us to be confident when we face La Salle, because anyone can be pulled in to play,” said Morado after the game at Mall of Asia Arena. “We need every player in our team for that game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnly Jhoana Maraguinot, who was given the day off, and Janelle Lo weren’t fielded in the match against UE.Morado added confidence will be key in their match against the Lady Spikers. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “I think my teammates will be more confident and will be even more aggressive,” said Morado. “And what will help us in Saturday will really be our teamwork because we don’t rely on just one girl.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST gets inside track for 3rd spot, blanks UP View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo skipper Jia Morado said Sunday that the Lady Eagles’ win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament will eventually help the team on Saturday against rival and defending champion De La Salle.The Lady Eagles took just three sets to dismantle the Lady Warriors, 25-18, 25-12, 25-10, to improve to 11-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

Plans for AFNA Champion of Champions in full gear

first_imgMarva Bernard, chair of the local organising committee of the inaugural staging of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) 2018 Champion of Champions High Schools Netball Tournament, says all systems are being put in place ahead of this year’s staging of the championships.The competition, which will see 12 high school teams from across the region participating, will be held from July 15-21.The countries that will be represented at this year’s championships are Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamaica will be represented by Excelsior High School and Holmwood Technical.Bernard told The Gleaner that she is looking forward to a very competitive tournament.She also said that her committee is working to ensure that the competition gets off to a smooth start.”I am very excited about it because it is first time something like this is happening this side of the world,” said Bernard, who is a former president of Netball Jamaica.”For all I know, it is first time in the AFNA region that something like this is taking place, and this is about development of a whole lot of young people, including statisticians, umpires and players, and so, all of this speaks to development,” she said.”I am expecting an exciting competition, and one of the things that also makes me excited is that there will be no admission fee for any of the matches, and the final is going to be inside the National Indoor Sports Centre,” Bernard said.Holmwood have been drawn in Pool B alongside Dominica State College (Dominica), Central Leeward (St Vincent and Grenadines), Christchurch Foundation (Barbados), Scarborough Secondary (Trinidad & Tobago) and Micoud Secondary (St. Lucia). On the other hand, Excelsior will compete in Pool B with Toco Secondary (Trinidad and Tobago), Springer Memorial (Barbados), Soufriere Secondary (St Lucia), Anglican High (Grenada) and North East Comprehensive (Dominica).The competition will be in a round-robin format within the pools, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semi-finals of the competition.last_img read more


first_imgThe Blues continue to hold the No. 1 offence in the country, averaging 542.7 yards per game and 40.7 points per game. That is thanks in large part to fourth-year quarterback Clay Sequeira and his deep receiving corps. Sequeira leads all U SPORTS QB’s with 419 passing yards per game and a whopping 14 touchdowns, six more than the next best pivots. Fresh off a bye week, the No. 10 nationally-ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team hosts the Queen’s Gaels in our Under Armour Game of the Week this Saturday, September 21 at Varsity Stadium. The Gaels hold an 84-77-4 regular season head-to-head advantage over the Blues since their first meeting in 1887. Toronto looks to capture their first regular season victory over Queen’s since 1975 on Saturday. U of T previously defeated Queen’s in exhibition action during their 1993 Yates and Vanier Cup winning season. “We are looking forward to getting back in action this week versus Queen’s,” said Greg Marshall, who is in his second season as the Blues bench boss. “We have used the bye week to work on some things that we need to correct from the first three games, while also getting our players some rest. The timing of our bye should help us be in good shape for the second half of the season.” Kick off is set for 1 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale here. U of T students are free with a valid TCard. The game will also be streamed live on The Queen’s Gaels are coming off their first win of 2019 as they topped the Lancers, 15-8, in Kingston this past Saturday. Prior to that, the Gaels had dropped three straight, falling to the Carleton Ravens, Western Mustangs and Ottawa Gee-Gees. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. His main targets have been third-year standouts Nolan Lovegrove and Will Corby. Lovegrove leads the nation with 132.7 receiving yards per game and ranks second with four TD’s, while Corby tops U SPORTS with five receiving majors and ranks second with 118 yards per game. Toronto’s defence has been led by third-year linebacker Daniel Solaroli. The Toronto native has racked up 18 tackles in three games, while 2019 CFL draftee Malcolm Campbell and fifth-year defensive back Jordan Gillespie each have 15 tackles so far this season. An explosive Toronto offence has propelled the Varsity Blues to a 2-1 record in the early goings of the OUA football season. After narrowly dropping their season opener, 33-30, at Waterloo, the Blues defeated the Windsor Lancers, 54-26, in their home opener and went onto upset the then No. 10 nationally-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks, 38-34. Story Links The Varsity Blues will celebrate the 1974 Yates Cup championship team, who was inducted into the U of T Sports Hall of Fame this past spring, in a special halftime presentation. Halftime will also feature the inaugural Varsity Blues spelling bee as we put academic bragging rights on the line.  The University of Toronto is ranked 18th in the Times Higher Education rankings and that will be put to the test as a U of T contingent takes on a group from unranked Queen’s University.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Elderly man hospitalised after hit-and-run accident

first_imgAn elderly man was hospitalised after he was struck by a minibus in a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning.Patrick Ennis, 86, of Pigeon Place, South Ruimveldt Park Georgetown was reportedly riding along Homestretch Avenue in the vicinity of the National Communication Network when he was struck by a speeding minibus.The driver fled the scene soon after he struck the elderly manAccording to information gathered, the driver of a Route 48 minibus bearing registration plate BTT 7720 swerved from hitting another vehicle but instead hit the elderly man. He then lost control of the minibus and ended up in a nearby canal.Additional information garnered by this publication revealed that the driver who was proceeding east along the avenue fled the scene after hitting the elderly man.At the scene of the accident, several persons who are acquainted with the driver attempted to contact him however, these attempts proved futile.The bus however was pulled from the canal and taken to a police station as traffic ranks launched their inevitable investigations. Meanwhile, the elderly man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted a patient.last_img read more

Chatsworth’s Moustakas to Royals

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chatsworth High shortstop Mike Moustakas was just selected second overall in the Major League Baseball First Year Player’s Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Moustakas holds the state-record for home runs in a season (24) and career (52). To view the MLB draft video click here.last_img

Top prize a close shave for teacher

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE LOS ANGELES – Challenger Middle School teacher Bruce Galler now sports a bald pate, the result of his challenge to the school’s braniacs. On Monday, members of a seventh-grade academic team shaved their teacher’s head – a prize for their first-place finish at last month’s Orange County Academic Pentathlon. It was the first top prize in school history in the division. “As long as they are having fun and learning, I try what I can to entertain them – but this is as far as I’m going to go,” Galler said afterward. The school’s five teams altogether brought home eight team awards and 151 medals, setting a school record since it began competing in the event in 1994. The Challenger teams were among 195 from the Southern California area that attended the pentathlon from April 28 to May 5. Galler’s challenge dated back to 1994 when he had more hair and wore it in a ponytail. “I never thought they’d win,” he said. last_img read more

Yemenis release German hostages

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The kidnappers freed the family after Yemen’s government agreed to hold talks about a group of detained fellow tribesmen, said another negotiator, Nasser Ba’oum, deputy governor of Shabwa province. “The deal was that five of the tribe’s leaders would negotiate with government officials to reach an agreement regarding the five members of the tribe who were detained by the government,” Ba’oum told AP. Later Saturday, the state-run Yemeni news agency, SABA, said troops had captured four of the kidnappers, but officials from their tribe said that no one had been arrested and that the government was upholding the agreement under which the Germans were freed. The release capped a series of protracted negotiations with the kidnappers that raised false hopes of an imminent release several times. On Friday night, Yemeni officials said the hostages would be freed within 90 minutes, but then told reporters the deal had collapsed. In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier said he had spoken to Chrobog by phone and reported the family was in good health. SAN’A, Yemen – A former German diplomat and his family were released unharmed Saturday, three days after being kidnapped by tribesmen while on holiday in the rugged mountains of eastern Yemen, officials said. Juergen Chrobog, a former German foreign minister, his wife and their three children were flown from the area after they were let go, German and Yemeni officials said. “We are safe, thank God,” Chrobog’s wife, Magda, told The Associated Press by phone as the family flew by helicopter to the southern Yemeni port of Aden. She spoke on a cell phone provided by the top government negotiator, tribal chief Awadh bin al-Wazir, who accompanied the Chrobogs on the flight. “Naturally, he and his family are relieved to be in safe hands,” Steinmeier said. The Chrobogs and three Yemeni assistants were kidnapped Wednesday when armed tribesmen stopped their two cars on a remote mountain road in eastern Shabwa province. Chrobog, 65, served as a deputy German foreign minister in the government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, which left office in November. The kidnappers had demanded that the government release five members of their al-Abdullah bin Dahha tribe who are standing trial for allegedly killing two members of the rival tribe in October. Tribesmen frequently kidnap tourists in an attempt to force concessions from the government in Yemen, a poor, mountainous nation on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula where state control in outlying areas is shaky. Hostages are usually released unharmed, but several were killed in 2000 when security forces carried out a botched raid to free them. 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