Basketball prepares for key weekend

first_imgAfter completing their first road sweep in the Enfield era last weekend in Washington, the Trojans (20-4, 7-4) return home to begin their second go-around of Pac-12 play this week against Oregon State. Their seven remaining games include a stretch of three consecutive bouts versus top-10 opponents: No. 5 Oregon, at No. 10 UCLA and then at No. 9 Arizona. But first, the Trojans rematch with Oregon State University (4-20, 0-11) on Thursday night, only a month and a half after beating the Beavers by a final score of 70-63.The Trojans led that game by 17 at half but failed to put it out of reach until the final minutes. Their victory initiated an 11-game skid for OSU.Only a year ago, the Beavers secured a seven-seed in the NCAA Tournament on the back of standout senior Gary Payton II. Both the Beavers and the Trojans finished conference play at .500, but this year the teams have divergent fates. While the Beavers seek their first conference win of 2016-2017, the Trojans work toward their fifth-straight win. “The Pac-12 is great this year,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We don’t take anything for granted. Our next game is against Oregon State. We’re focused on that and that only.” On the season the Beavers have four double-digit scorers, but only two of them, sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr. and forward Tres Tinkle, have averaged double figures in conference play. Granted, they average 35.5 points between them.On the other hand, USC has no clear top scorer, though Enfield suspects sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright can fill that role. Nevertheless, the Trojans have won many games by feeding the hot hand, supporting breakout performances such as freshman guard Jonah Mathew’s 26 points versus Wyoming, sophomore transfer guard Shaqquan Aaron’s 23 versus UCLA and sophomore forward Chimezie Metu’s 29 at Washington State.“Our offense has never really been around one person,” junior co-captain Jordan McLaughlin said. “It’s good for us that everybody can score at all times. If [the game] comes down the stretch, whoever has the hot hand can make our last shot.”Freshman guard De’Anthony Melton agreed.“I don’t think it really matters who starts the game,” Melton said. “Whoever comes to play that game gets to end the game, and we just feed off that.” Melton has developed as a scorer this season because the coaching staff has given him the greenlight to shoot. This past weekend he tied his career high 16 points at Washington.“The coaches have really trusted me with shooting the ball, so as long as I keep making the open shot … that’s the biggest thing for my development,” Melton said. “[Assistant coach] Tony Bland has often told me to take the open shot and take good shots, so that’s what I try to do.” The second time through the Pac-12, Melton thinks the team needs to improve its closing out games — something, of course, it struggled to do versus Oregon State.With the addition of Boatwright, an increased depth in the bench will help the Trojans to remain strong throughout the second half. But Melton believes that effort must come on both sides of the ball.“In the first half, we lost some tough ones,” Melton said. ”We have to clamp down on defense and take more pride in it.”The game tips off at 8 p.m. on Thursday night at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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Joakim Noah elevates, steadies Clippers on new journey

first_imgThe Clippers arrived on the NBA’s closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort five players short, and since then have had others take leave to attend to trying personal matters, including the deaths of loved ones. Lou Williams was among the Clippers who was excused for a funeral – and then prescribed a 10-day quarantine after returning to the bubble because his excursion to Atlanta included a much-discussed stop at a strip club, reportedly for chicken wings.“Overall, it’s like our team has dealt with a lot of adversity outside the bubble already,” Noah said Monday, following the Clippers’ third and final scrimmage, a loss to the Sacramento Kings. “But this is definitely something that we can overcome. We’re a strong group, and I’m proud to be part of this team.”Noah – the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-Star – remains staunchly appreciative of the opportunity to compete for the title that’s evaded him through 12 NBA seasons. He’s especially grateful, he said, because an Achilles injury last September almost robbed him of this shot.Still, he’s getting support from outside the bubble as he forges toward the goal.“For sure, I’m reaching out to my family and they’re there for me,” Noah said. “And it feels good to be able to talk to them. Overall it’s not too bad, we have a lot of resources. But overall, it’s tough to live without your freedom, you know? That’s a sacrifice we gotta make right now, to be able to play basketball.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Noah impressed as the only bona fide big man on the floor for the Clippers in their first two bubble scrimmages, contributing five rebounds and three assists in a win against Orlando, solid in his first 15 minutes of NBA action since March 23, 2019.In Exhibition No. 2, a 105-100 victory against Washington, Noah finished with six rebounds, five blocks, a steal and a team-high five assists – including a pass he slipped to Patrick Patterson, in stride, for a layup, and another he delivered to Rodney McGruder for a 3-pointer after spotting a corridor in the Wizards’ defense, open just long enough to get the ball through.“He’s an elite passer. We already knew that,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “What I love was the screening and rolling. He is so used to coming towards the ball and getting the ball, and we are asking him to do something completely different, and that’s screen-and-roll more. He’s still getting used to it, but I thought … he did a great job. He also is starting to notice the more talent we have on the floor, the more they are going to double-team.“You give him the ball in the middle of the paint, he’s just a great decision-maker.”His teammates say they’re enjoying their experience alongside the skilled, 6-foot-11 facilitator.“When he has the ball in his hands, you know he’s going to try to make something good happen,” said Terance Mann, the Clippers’ rookie guard. “When he has it, it’s just a bunch of cutting, making plays away from him so he can find us – his IQ is awesome.”So is his camaraderie, the Clippers say.While Ivica Zubac was away, quarantining after being diagnosed with the coronavirus in early July, he said Noah was in constant contact, engaging him, motivating him, filling him in.“Joakim, ever since he came to the team, we’ve been close, and we’ve been talking a lot about the game,” Zubac said. “Even when I was at home and he was here in Orlando, he was hitting me up every day, talking about everything we did at practice, lots of stuff here in Orlando.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — “They can put us in a bubble away from our people but our spirits will have to stay strong.”So began Joakim Noah’s Instagram message four weeks ago, posted as he was about to join his new teammates for a wild basketball journey inside the NBA bubble.The Clippers are expected to contend for the organization’s first championship when NBA play begins again; to help with that, they brought aboard Noah, signing the savvy veteran initially to a 10-day contract that later was cemented for the rest of the season and, without guarantee, through the next, too.The 35-year-old is there to add size and depth at center, to scrap and spur ball movement, but most of all, to lend his presence and perspective, so valuable in what’s already proving to be a challenging experience for the Clippers ahead of their restart opener Thursday against the Lakers.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think he’s been through a lot. He’s got like a lot of experience, one of the best defenders in this league, and I think I’ve got a lot to learn from him.”That’s the idea, said Noah, who played in 60 playoff games for the Chicago Bulls, making it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, when they were denied a Finals berth by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.“Zu’s in a great situation,” Noah said of Zubac. “He has a great coach, he has great players around him, he’s a young talent with a lot of skills. And with my story, I’ve been in situations where we’ve come close to winning championships and it didn’t happen, so it’s really about not taking any opportunity for granted, especially on a championship contender and making the best of your opportunities.”last_img read more

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New Shopping Center Coming to Newman Springs Road

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – Development of a new shopping center on the former site of Memory Lanes by the firm behind The Grove promises to please Two River shoppers within a month.“That’s what I always try to do,” with these projects, said Metrovation/Terranomics Chris Cole. “Create an interesting mix of tenants for the customer.”Speaking of the 89 Newman Springs Road location, Metrovation’s retail and commercial site is in the final stages of construction and Cole said his firm is looking to fill the relatively small site with the type of businesses that would appeal to the Two-River-area shopper. The site is expected to have three to four businesses, with one tenant already signed, and construction estimated to be finished within the month, according to Cole.Metrovation/Terranomics is a Seattle, Washington-based firm behind The Grove and Grove West shopping centers on Broad Street/Highway 35, in Shrewsbury, and the Brook 35 and West shopping centers, Sea Girt, and is a partner in the large-scale residential and commercial project West Side Lofts, completing construction on the west side of Red Bank.The approximately 48,825 square-foot lot, on the southern side of Newman Springs Road/County Road 520, a short distance from the Grove and Grove West and about a mile from downtown Red Bank, had been the home to Memory Lane Bowling until it was destroyed by fire in June 2009 with Metrovation purchasing the site in 2013.Cole regularly drives along Newman Springs Road and when the property became available he “thought it was a good location for another retail spot.”Platypus, a home furnishings store, has closed its Grove shop and will relocate to 89 Newman Springs Road. “They wanted to stay in this market,” Cole said, believing the move is “a logical place for them.”The development has been approved and can accommodate up to a 1,500 square-foot restaurant, and Metrovation is continuing to secure an appropriate eatery for the site. In addition, the firm is in negotiations with a mix of national, regional and independent retailers about taking the additional available spaces.“We’re trying to figure what the right mix of it is,” for the shopping center, he said.And that’s the strategy for Metrovation, he explained: “A certain synergy between the tenants,” and businesses that would appeal to area shoppers. “I think the Grove has a little bit for everyone,” Cole said, “and I think this one will as well.”He expected the shopping center will be fully leased by the end of spring.last_img read more

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

first_imgBy Emma Wulfhorst |SHREWSBURY — People young and old, from different towns, states and even countries, gathered on the lawn outside the historic Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave. on Tuesday, July 4, for the Monmouth County Historical Association’s (MCHA) 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration.Tuesday’s joyous event drew a crowd of 400 excited participants, including families from Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and even one seven-year-old girl from Costa Rica who was here visiting her grandmother. Many people chose to stand throughout the entirety of the morning, while others brought chairs and blankets to sit on.The MCHA’s education committee started the annual celebration three years ago as a way to bring the history of the Declaration of Independence to residents in a fun and entertaining way. “We have an education committee of our trustees and they hold their meetings here at the Allen House, which was the Blue Ball Tavern,” explained MCHA president Linda Bricker of Rumson. The tavern operated in the late 1700s to early 1800s. “We always talked about how the tavern was the center of community life, and we imagine that back in the day this is where the community came to get the news about the Declaration of Independence.”In May 2015, MCHA’s recently appointed interim director Chuck Jones, who at the time was the education committee chair, thought, “Why don’t we invite people to come and hear (the Declaration of Independence) and read it out loud?” The committee members questioned whether they could put together such an event on short notice, but were ultimately successful.“That first year, we had very little time to publicize it, but lo and behold we had 200 people show up here at 10 in the morning,” said Bricker. “We knew we had touched a chord with people and that it was worth repeating.”Three years later, the event continues to be a simple but powerful gathering. It features refreshments, served in the form of lemonade and homemade cookies; an invocation, given by Rev. Lisa Mitchell of Christ Church; the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner, performed a-cappella by Rumson student Owen Doherty; and finally the reading of the Declaration of Independence. “People just really enjoyed the simplicity of it,” Bricker said.Participating in the annual event were William Githens of Neptune; and three sisters from Little Silver, Juliet, 6; Noelle, 3; and Carrie Davis, 6.There was also the Pledge of Allegiance and the color guard, performed for the second year in a row by the Rumson Boy Scouts, Troop #201. “It’s the most important day of the year and the Boy Scouts are a big part of Americana,” said the troop’s Scout Master, Andrew Young. “We’re very proud to be here and to celebrate the day.”For the recitation, the Declaration is divided into 31 sections. Each section is read by a different person. The first section was read by Lillian Burry, director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the last part by Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden. The rest of the readers were chosen at random from those in the crowd.“We want little and big voices,” Bricker said, explaining how they try to choose a diverse group of readers, both young and old, from different places.Some read with gravitas, like Mark Molyneaux, of Fair Haven, who said, “If you’re gonna do it, own it.” Others, like Shrewsbury native Iona Leslie, 11, could barely reach the microphone, but handled the difficult wording of her paragraph with poise and expertise.Two of the younger voices this year were Emma and Abby Bacher, sisters from Philadelphia, who attended Tuesday’s event at the request of their uncle, Gabe Migoyo, of Bradley Beach, who also read a section. Migoyo participated in the celebration last year, and felt it was an important experience for his nieces to have.The audience on Tuesday was quiet yet engaged, listening intently to the words of the Declaration. Some hung their heads or closed their eyes, while others mouthed along, reciting the words in time with the readers at the microphone.“I thought it was really cool getting to listen to something that happened in our country’s past,” said Sonia Sergeant, 14. “I think that it’s really important for kids our age to listen to this type of thing.” Sonia, and her brother Kai, 11, enjoyed their first MCHA Independence Day celebration with their parents. The family lives in Brooklyn but has a summer home in Monmouth Beach.One noticeable difference at this year’s celebration was the upgraded sound system, made possible by the Independence Day Celebration’s first ever sponsors, MCHA trustee, Amy Almasy, and Kim Quigley, from Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty.The celebration didn’t end after the Declaration of Independence had been read. Attendees were invited to get a close-up view of Christ Church’s treasured 300-year old Vinegar Bible. Published in Oxford, England, it has been in the church’s possession since 1752. The Bible, which is in remarkably good shape, got its unusual name because of a typo for the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and is believed to be only one of six that exists.There was also a performance by the Dead Actors’ Guild at Christ Church. The Allen House and the Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum, located across the street in the Shrewsbury Municipal Center, were also open until noon for tours.This area, the intersection of Sycamore Ave. and Broad St./Route 35, is known as the historic Four Corners, because of the significance of the buildings which stand there. The historic Four Corners is comprised of the Allen House, circa 1710; Christ Church, 1702; the Presbyterian Church, 1735; and the Quaker Meeting House, 1672.Robin Blair, vice president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society executive board, was in the Shrewsbury Historical Society’s Museum on Tuesday giving tours, and looking for volunteers. “There are a lot of materials that we need to purge, and a lot of materials which need to go in to archival protection,” Blair said, while discussing the museum’s extensive collection of memorabilia. “We’re looking for grants and time and interested people.”“The reason people want to live here is, it’s not just a beautiful place to live, but it’s a place that’s rich in its own history,” said MCHA interim director Jones, “and those are things that deserve to be preserved and learned about. An event like this is really emblematic of the work we do.”This article was first published in the July 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Dolich: Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark plan is fantasy

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe A’s last month proudly took the wrapper off their latest plans for a new ballpark, making public their desire to build at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal next to Jack London Square.They intend to be playing in a 34,000-seat “Jewel Box” by 2023. Thousands of fans would arrive each hour on a gondola over the Nimitz Freeway.The team’s announcement was a double-header proposal that also included redevelopment …last_img read more

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Help clean South Africa ‘to honour Madiba’

first_imgCapeNature, the conservation authority in the Western Cape, marked Mandela Day 2013 by conducting a clean-up in areas surrounding their head office (image: CapeNature)The government has called on all South Africans to honour former president Nelson Mandela by actively participating in the Clean South Africa campaign this Mandela Month.The campaign was first mooted by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address last month, when he called on South Africans to begin planning for a major clean-up of cities, towns, townships, villages and schools.Speaking to reporters in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said a Clean South Africa award would be presented to the country’s top three municipalities for Mandela Month.“We all have a responsibility to honour [Mandela’s] life by cleaning, improving and beautifying our communities,” Muthambi said.Celebrated across the globe in honour of the late statesman’s birthday on 18 July, the day gives everyone the opportunity to emulate Mandela’s role as public servant.“Mandela Day is not only about doing good, it is about service,” Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang said at the launch of this year’s event in April. “It is an opportunity to build upon Mr Mandela’s lifelong belief that we must live to serve every day, in whatever we do.”Mandela Day, Hatang said, creates an opportunity for society’s “haves” and “have nots” to work together to confront social ills within their communities and to build a better world.This year’s Mandela Day will be particularly symbolic in that it offers South Africans, and the world, an occasion to honour the ethos of the late Mr Mandela in the year that marks South Africa’s 20th year of democracy.The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back. This can be by supporting a charity or serving the community. No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better – just as Mandela did.last_img read more

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Grazing corn residue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn residue left over from harvesting can make an excellent source of supplemental feed for livestock, according to a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.This is especially true for producers who are facing lower hay crop inventories thanks to the excessive rains that impacted the region during the beginning of the growing season this year, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension.Grazing cows on harvested corn acres within the first 30 to 60 days after harvesting can be a great way for producers to stretch their feed supplies, he said.“This was a tough forage year for many livestock producers,” Lewandowski said. “Many producers are finding that they didn’t get enough hay harvested with all the rain that impacted the crops during the earlier part of the growing season.”For growers looking for a way to extend their forage supplies, grazing corn residue may be one less-expensive option, he said.“For some folks that may be scrambling for alternatives, such as buying extra hay or feeding more grain to their livestock, grazing corn residue is a good option,” he said. “Using temporary fencing allows this as an inexpensive option for many producers.”Based on calculations by Rick Rasby, a beef specialist at the University of Nebraska, for every bushel of corn there are about 45 pounds of residue on a dry matter (DM) basis, Lewandowski said.And for every bushel of corn there are about 16 pounds of husks and leaves on a dry matter basis, he said.“Using those figures, a 170 bushels per acre corn crop will leave 7,650 pounds of dry matter of total residue, with the husks and leaves accounting for about 2,720 pounds of that total,” he said. “And typical harvest leaves about one bushel per acre of corn grain that the animals can graze.”Cows in mid-gestation and ewes in the middle trimester or earlier of gestation typically do well with grazing corn residue, Lewandowski said.last_img read more

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Finshing first in the (digital) Olympics race

first_imgHow go the Olympics? If you’ve ever felt stumped at your lack of knowledge about what’s going on at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in London, help is at hand.Search giant Google has dedicated an entire page to the Olympics, featuring up-to-date results and a live medals tally. It also features trivia about the Games.The Google+ page, meanwhile, allows users to access lots of information about London Olympics 2012. The page features pictures from the ongoing sports coupled with interesting asides. The page also runs regular quizzes that test the Olympics knowledge of its 8,79,260 followers (and counting).For those who’ve missed the flight to London, you also get a live feed of all the proceedings at the Games, via streaming on YouTube. To round out the whole experience, you can take a gander at the sights of London and the Games venues in the form of 3D Maps and through Google Earth.Thanks to the page, I’ve been able to score a few brownie points among my friends by giving them the latest dope on the Olympics. These true-blue sporting fanatics have been left speechless at my “enormous and updated knowledge” about the Games.But they’re friends and so I decided to let them partake of some Games excitement when they take some time off from their high-paying drab and dreary 9-to-5 jobs.’How about a Gaming Olympiad?’ I asked my buddies.’We’ve heard of Maths and Science Olympiads – remember those fierce contests back in school?’ They reminded me. Uh-oh, I need to break it down.’Guys, it’s the Zapak Gaming Olympiad – an online destination featuring live updates from London 2012 and a chance to participate in virtual Olympicstyled events.’ The website offers a bunch of games including, Field Hockey, which is about building one’s own team with 5 players, make goals for them, and play; Hurdles Run, where one needs to reach the finish line fastest without tripping; King of the Ring, for all the Wannabe Vijenders and Mary Koms; and Table Tennis Pro, where all actual rules and points of the game apply.The gaming zone, available on the web as well as well as on WAP for mobiles, features a leaderboard highlighting the top performers in each game. And up for grabs in each category is a motorbike for the one who tops the leaderboard. By the way, this website also provides updates on the Games.Google has also come up with an interesting statistic about the ‘Olympics’ keyword search. The digital giant’s insights for search, an analytical tool which allows users/brands to discover search trends, found that Assam searched the highest for ‘Olympics’ so far this year, followed by Pondicherry, Kerala and Orissa.And out of the top 10 places that searched for Olympics the most, a majority of them are non-metros.The Olympic fever, it seems, has permeated to the distant nooks and crannies of the country.Even if you don’t have Internet connectivity in these remote places, you still have a humble cellphone trawling the World Wide Web – and, more likely than not, you’re looking up the Olympics.RE-BOOTiPod dockQ. I’m a light sleeper and want to fall asleep listening to my iPod. But I don’t want to put on headphones.What would be a good iPod dock? Charu Sharma (via email)A. Most of us don’t get enough sleep these days and falling asleep to the strains of music should help.Q. While there are many good docks from firms such as Logitech and JBL, the GEAR4 Renew SleepClock not only serves as a dock, but also tracks and manages your sleep – without any contacts. Based on your sleep patterns, the device wakes you up only after you’ve had proper rest.A. La Mode Via iPhoneThe fashion week may be getting over today but there’s no reason to not celebrate sartorial elegance. ‘My Fashion Assistant for iOS’ is a must have for any fashionista. Also check out the free apps ‘Snapette Style Tag’ and ‘Style Me’ on the App Store.’Bheem’ in your handsIf your child loves Chhota Bheem – the animation sensation that has kids entranced – this is a must have. POGO and Jump Games have launched Chhota Bheem: Mice Mayhem for Java and BlackBerry, where Bheem has to save laddoos from rats. Check it out.Cooking up some appsVikas KhannaWhat does a celebrity chef have to do with technology? Plenty; Vikas Khanna (in pic ), famous for feeding Barack Obama authentic Indian food at his Junoon restaurant in New York, confessed recently that he is no geek, but an Amritsar boy who loves to stay in touch with his roots.Helping him do this are various apps which Nokia showcased for their range of Lumia phones, running Windows Phone 7.5. The apps were divided into four groups, each with a unique feature, while guests were plied with another kind of apps – appetisers – with wine.Hitting the bull’s-eyeEver wondered what Olympic shooters use to look closely at the shots they’ve taken? Those long lenses are called fieldscopes, which could also come in handy for birdwatchers (of both varieties). Nikon has launched fieldscopes with VR (vibration reduction) lenses in India along with its range of sports optics such as binoculars and laser rangefinders. While the magnification offered by the high end binoculars will gladden the hearts of ornithologists, the entry-level ones are just right for any leisure trip.Olympian productsVijay KumarOlympic medal-winners like Vijay Kumar (in pic ) are set to be honoured, and receive royalties, from Milagrow Human-Tech, makers of specialised tablets and domestic robots, who are making special edition products in their names. “We decided on launching the special edition products before the tournament started… We are not looking for any endorsement but honouring them so that they inspire a billion,” said Rajeev Karwal, Milagrow founder and CEO.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Harden shot five free throws in the first quarter Thursday and nine in all.His jumper with 5:37 left in regulation cut Golden State’s lead to 112-111. He also got the Rockets close by knocking down two 3-pointers and assisting on another basket in the final 1:26 of the third as Houston cut its deficit to 98-92 going into the final quarter.Thompson scored 26 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half. After struggling to find his stroke from deep, Thompson is 10 for 17 on 3-pointers the past three games.With his first 3 at the 7-minute mark of the opening period, Durant became the 32nd player in NBA history to reach 22,000 points.Falling backward as he released the ball over Harden, Durant swished a 3 with 59.2 seconds left in the first half.The cold-shooting Rockets fell behind 70-53 at halftime. Houston was just 6 of 23 from long range, 3 for 9 by Harden, while the Warriors shot 62.8 percent.TIP-INSRockets: F James Ennis, who had been questionable with a strained right hamstring, returned after missing the previous 10 games. … G Eric Gordon sat out a second straight game with a bruised right knee.Warriors: C Kevon Looney scored in double figures for the ninth time this season. … Durant is one of six active players in the 22,000-point club, joining LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter and Dwyane Wade. … Durant has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. … Golden State dropped to 10-3 when dishing out 30 or more assists.RUN TMC TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As part of the final season at Oracle Arena, the Warriors honored the “Run TMC” era featuring the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.They were recognized on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout and Hardaway was shown sitting courtside next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.UP NEXTRockets: At Portland on Saturday.Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday looking for a fourth straight road win vs. the Kings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in a thriller between Western Conference powers Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.Kevin Durant’s long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season — a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points — a basket that shouldn’t have counted because Durant was clearly out of bounds when he flung the ball back in.Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him. He released the ball with at least four hands in his face for the game-winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston.Harden also hit 3-pointers at the 3:52 and 2:02 marks of OT in a game featuring dazzling displays on both ends by some of the game’s biggest stars. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return MOST READ Klay Thompson made a go-ahead layup with 40.6 seconds left in the extra period, then Harden tied it at 132 on a pair of free throws with 33.5 seconds left.Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds.Harden also had a triple-double Monday against Memphis of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists but he was disappointed with nine turnovers he thought gave the Grizzlies too many transition opportunities.Including his 50-point game Dec. 13 against the Lakers, Harden has scored at least 30 in 11 straight.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s simple message about defending Harden, who went to the line 27 times Monday: “Don’t foul him!”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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Queensland find their pot of gold in mixed open

first_imgQUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO mixed open 3 By BEN HARRISQueensland took out the mixed open division in pulsating fashion with a 9-8 drop-off win in the deciding third game of the State of Origin series against New South Wales.As a rainbow filled the sky above Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland were celebrating their pot of gold victory having fought back from 8-6 down with five minutes to go.Victorious coach Charlie Borg and his team could not contain their excitement when Adam Pryde scored the match-winner.“It is outstanding. We trained really hard in preparation but it has been an outstanding preparation,” Borg said.“They are such a great side New South Wales, they are well-drilled, well-coached and the series was tight and it was basically one try in it at the end, so it is an incredible achievement.”New South Wales opened the scoring inside 30 seconds when Daniel Stone scored the first of his three touchdowns.As thunder roared around the ground and the rain closed in, both teams were not showing the attacking flare that dominated the second game when there were 15 touchdowns scored in the opening half.Pryde scored Queensland’s first to level the scores, and both teams went back and forth until half-time.The home side levelled the scores at 3-3 right on the siren for the break.Queensland hit the lead for the first time through Emma Haines but New South Wales soon scored a hat-trick of touchdowns to hit the front 6-4.New South Wales maintained their two-touchdown margin and looked set on claiming another division title.But Jayden Benbow scored for Queensland and it was followed by Haines’ second touchdown right on full-time to level the scores.Both sides had cracks in the drop-off but it was the maroons who found space and Pryde slipped through to score for his most important touchdown of his career.last_img read more

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