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Arsenal submit £70m bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille

first_imgPepe featured for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer (Visionhaus)The report also claims that Pepe has not yet made a decision over his future but would prioritise a move to Paris Saint-Germain if it became available.PSG have not yet made an offer but may make a move if Neymar is sold back to Barcelona.Pepe is now on his holidays after Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria on Thursday evening.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Arsenal remain in the running to sign William Saliba but their move could be derailed after Tottenham submitted a higher offer for the Saint-Etienne centre-back earlier this week.Emery and his players are currently in the United States for the start of their pre-season tour and will begin their campaign with a match against Colorado Rapids on Tuesday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jul 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arsenal submit £70m bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal have made a move to sign Nicolas Pepe (Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted an €80 million (£70m) offer to Lille for Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France.Unai Emery is in the market for a new attacker who primarily plays on the flanks and the club have already failed with a £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha, who Crystal Palace value at £80m.Pepe also fits the profile Arsenal are looking for but the 24-year-old has attracted interest from several clubs following his impressive performances on Lille’s right wing last season.The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 and registered 11 assists, but he lost out to Kylian Mbappe for the division’s Player of the Year award.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Telefoot, Arsenal have now submitted an €80m (£70m) proposal to Lille and the offer is being considered by the French club’s hierarchy.last_img read more

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Warri Wolves have functional medical facilities — Official

first_imgRelatedPosts Oginibu: How Gbagi was vindicated at last, by Efe Nathaniel Akpobome Delta speaks on ‘new academic calendar’ for schools Case for Kenneth Gbagi: Connecting the dots for a greater Delta, by Godspower Michael-Eyakwaire Warri Wolves Football Club have in place functional medical facilities and personnel, the club’s spokesman, Azuka Chiamaka, assured on Saturday in Warri, Delta State. Chiamaka told the News Agency of Nigeria that the club had put in place such facilities and personnel when they played continental competitions. “Before the club was relegated and when we played on the continent, we put those things on ground as functional medical facilities was one the requirements to host matches by the Confederation of African Football,” he said. He assured that the club was fully ready for Sunday’s Match Day 24 clash with MFM FC in terms of provision of medical facilities and personnel as required. NAN reports that the match scheduled for the Warri Township Stadium is a 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League fixture. Warri Wolves had won 1-0 on Match Day 23 when they met hosts Adamawa United FC in Gombe on Sunday. Chiamaka added: “We are fully prepared for the match against MFM Football Club on Sunday. “We have functional medical facilities on ground and a certified team of nurses. “Aside these, we are also attached to the Central Hospital in Warri. “We played continental competitions before relegation and this provision of functional medical facilities was one of CAF requirements. “So, I can say authoritatively that we are ready for the match.” Chiamaka disclosed that the state government has also paid the players three months’ salary, a development he said has also served as a boost and motivation. He said: “The players know what it means to be relegated. “We do not want to take chances, as we do not want to go on relegation again.” NAN reports that Warri Wolves are currently placed 10th on the NPFL table with 30 points. NAN.Tags: Azuka ChiamakaDelta StateWarri Wolveslast_img read more


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COMMENTARY: It’s a good time for basketball in Hancock County

first_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts They’re located at different places in six different Hancock County communities. Some are just off the highway. Others are right in the middle of town. In other cases, they’re off to the side in places that aren’t nearly as busy as others.Wherever they are, high school gymnasiums serve as safeguards for the hopes and dreams of basketball players everywhere for three months every winter. In some cases, those hopes and dreams lead to a community rejoicing when its local team lifts a Gold Ball in a state-of-the-art arena. In others, they don’t stray far from the local gym floor. Both scenarios provide us with stories to tell.The 2016-17 season has carried many of those dreams to new heights. Although the area’s local basketball teams come in different shapes and sizes, there’s something to be said for each of them. Make your way to your local high school at any point over the next few weeks, and you’re bound to see something you won’t forget.Head down the road toward Blue Hill, and you’ll find a juggernaut. Between Taylor Schildroth’s dazzling athleticism, Max Mattson’s roaring dunks and Jarrod Chase’s 3-point shooting, the undefeated George Stevens Academy boys put on a show unlike any other. The team might not like to talk about it, but GSA is the heavy favorite to repeat as Class C champions in February.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat’s not all GSA has to offer, though. Led by senior Morgan Dauk, a 6-foot center who recently reached the 1,000-point mark, the girls are currently in second place in the Class C North standings. Stearns and Narraguagus will put GSA to the test, but the Eagles are positioned as well as anyone to be make a run at a regional title.Here in Ellsworth, the boys’ team is shooting the lights out. The team doesn’t have the record it did last year, but when Bryce Harmon and Zach Harris get on a roll from beyond the arc, it’s a treat to watch. The girls’ team struggled to start the season, but its rebound is a testament to what can happen with perseverance — the Eagles have won four of their past five games and currently occupy a playoff spot. Across the Trenton Bridge is a Mount Desert Island team that has history in sight. The MDI boys haven’t won a state title in basketball since the school was consolidated in 1968, but that could very well change this season. The Trojans are 13-0, and if there were ever a year for the team to bring the Gold Ball to Bar Harbor, this could be the one. With Mac Shea, Riley Swanson, Gus Reeves, Russell Kropff, Graham Good, Drew Rich and more, the Trojans have a seemingly infinite array of weapons at their disposal. Their dominance has left many in Downeast Maine wondering what might be if MDI and GSA were to somehow meet. That isn’t going to happen, though; the two are in different class sizes and, unfortunately, aren’t scheduled to play one another.Bucksport’s girls’ team has made massive strides of its own. Two years removed from a 1-17 season, the Golden Bucks are 7-6 overall and 4-1 in their past five. The team’s defense has caused massive problems for its Class C opponents during that stretch. The Bucksport boys aren’t as strong as last year, but Chase Carmichael, Jakob Donnell and Tanner Stegner are fun to watch.At the far corners of the county, Deer Isle-Stonington and Sumner have also had moments. The Deer Isle-Stonington girls are 9-6 in Class D and are all but assured a spot in the playoffs. Sumner senior Issiac Christiansen has turned into a dominant forces around the rim and frequently scores 15 points or more.Although it’s far from over, the 2016-17 season has seen teams and players from all over the county leave their mark. There might be joy the rest of the way, but there might be heartbreak, too. Regardless, the high school students who are your sons, daughters, neighbors and friends are doing something that deserves your attention. It truly is a special time for basketball in Hancock County. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more


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USC begins run for title against Purdue

first_imgWith a healthy dose of incoming freshmen and one of the strongest groups of returning upperclassmen in recent memory, the USC women’s volleyball team is prepared to overcome last season’s quarterfinal exit in the postseason and embark on a long, successful 2013 campaign.Up and over · Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard (1) led the Women of Troy in hitting percentage (.394) and blocks (0.95 bps) last season. – Daily Trojan file photoThe Women of Troy, ranked No. 4 in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Associaton poll, head to West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend to participate in the Mortar Board Premier tournament. The team will square off against host No. 16 Purdue on Friday before taking on Western Kentucky and Alabama A&M in a Saturday doubleheader.“I think we’re getting challenged very well in this tournament. We have two Top-20 teams in the tournament,”  head coach Mick Haley said. “I want to get the jitters out and make everyone’s focus really strong. I hope we can win the matches, but when you start with a Top-20 team, you get everyone zeroed in quickly.”The Women of Troy put together a strong 2012 campaign, finishing the regular season 30-6 (including a dominant 17-1 mark at home) before succumbing to Texas at the NCAA Regional Championships. Though they’ve only had to face the departure of one starter — outside hitter Katie Fuller — they welcome six new freshmen at three different positions.Senior libero and captain Natalie Hagglund, a two-time All-American, emphasized the importance of leading by example and assimilating the newest members of the team.“It’s really important as a leader or upperclassmen to support the freshmen and prepare them for even worse than what it may be,” Hagglund said. “We want to make sure that our upperclassmen are focused every day, and we can share our stories and experiences with the freshmen to inspire them.”Haley noted that regardless of the roster makeup, starting the season on the right note is crucial, and drove home this point as his team prepares for the opening tournament.“We really want to get comfortable with our serve-receive patterns. Each year is different and we’ve moved players around, so there’s always a different set of patterns,” Haley said. “The other focus is having the defense be consistent. We constantly work on that because that’s what keeps us in matches when we can’t pass as well as we would like. Defense always starts with blocking and offense with passing, so those are the two points of emphasis.”Haley adopted an aggressive approach during practice, one that was certainly not lost on the players.“He has been harping on a sense of urgency, and for us that means fighting for every ball like it’s the last point,” Hagglund said. “We have to be tenacious on defense and really good in practice, because hopefully you can play a great game if you’ve been great in practice.”Winning is always an understood goal, but Haley also wants to make sure that the various parts of his lineup can coalesce into a strong, dependable unit.“Playing these teams on the road, we can’t afford to make many mistakes,” Haley said. “We played Michigan State three or four years ago up there and lost in five sets because we couldn’t sustain the focus.”USC is expected to incorporate several of the new members of the squad into the starting rotation due to the strong freshman class, ranked second in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.“We have six new members on the team and may be starting as many as two or three of them, even though we only lost one,” Haley said.Among the newcomers expected to make a mark this season are outside hitters Ebony Nwanebu of Fairview, Texas and Elise Ruddins of Laguna Niguel. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively, the two will be expected to fill the void left by Fuller’s departure and complement the duo of sophomore Samantha Bricio and senior Sara Shaw. Being thrown into the fire against a top-20 team such as Purdue in their first collegiate match might be challenging for the freshmen, but Haley knows playing a tough nonconference schedule should help prepare them for even more formidable opponents as the season goes along.“I think it will be a very challenging trip for us,” Haley said. “But [playing tough teams] is something you have to practice.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more


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Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s snow-down against Illinois

first_imgIt snowed Saturday, and everyone lost their goddamn mind.Somewhere in the midst of the first snowfall of what is sure to be a long, arduous winter, a football game broke out.The snow came in a brief interlude of flakes that flurried down on Camp Randall during the first quarter, making a perfunctory Big Ten match-up into a must-watch epic as punters flubbed, ball carriers botched and Illinois’ white jerseys suddenly became brilliant camouflage.Football: Deal, Taylor lead Badgers to dominant 49–20 win over IllinoisIllinois had to have had just about the worst Madison experience possible Saturday. An away game versus a ranked opponent Read…Then, it was gone. We were launched back into the real world, one where the yard markers were visible on the field and we didn’t see fumbles every three plays.Hornibrook bounces back a bitAfter one of the worst performances of his career in Ann Arbor, it was no doubt Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook was bound to play at least marginally better this week against the Illini.The junior provided a strong enough showing to quell some of the critics still grouchy from last week’s disaster, but was still spotty at points.He finished the game with a full stat sheet (3TD-2INT, 13-22, 188 yards), and looked confident throughout — throwing long even when the weather may have suggested he’d be better off doing otherwise.Badger head coach Paul Chryst agreed that Hornibrook had a few miscues, but overall was enthusiastic on his direction.Football: Well, you can’t win ’em allI usually wake up on Saturday mornings with low expectations for our Badgers. “Maybe they win, maybe they lose,” I Read…“Had a couple that weren’t great,” Chryst said. “But I see what he was seeing. Obviously the picks, you want to look at a little bit closer and see. But I thought he made some really good plays.”The relationship between Hornibrook and tight end Jake Ferguson continued to strengthen, as the two connected for 62 yards on three completions and a touchdown.Saturday was the sixth time in his career Hornibrook threw three touchdowns in a game.Badgers running game varied, eliteIt’s one thing to have arguably the best running back in the nation in sophomore Jonathan Taylor.But when you can show different looks with running back Taiwan Deal, and elite runner in his own regard, as well as consistent contributor Garrett Groshek and fullback Alec Ingold, the Badgers are going to have a nice time wearing down opposing defenses and eating up clock.Saturday, despite Taylor’s 159 yards (his third best performance of the season), the star of the Badger’s running attack was truly Deal.Deal’s 111 yards on 12 carries yielded a pair of touchdowns and his best game since a 2015 147 yarder against Hawaii.Ingold also continued his ridiculous touchdown habit, with one in the passing game and one in the ground game, giving him his fourth and fifth of the year.Making the most of their opportunityWith injuries plaguing the Badger secondary, the last thing you’d expect is a five turnover game from the inexperienced replacements.Yet that’s exactly hat happened, as senior safety Evan Bondoc had a monster game during the first start of his career. He ended the contest with five tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.Bondoc was obviously well-prepared for his first start, and impressed mightily in his debut.“Bondie has worked a ton,” Chryst said. “You don’t just get ready for this opportunity last week or this week. It’s been stuff he’s been doing for his whole career here. Like I said, it was fun. Our players appreciate Bondie. When he does make plays, not just in helping us win, but for his sake, a lot of people are excited.”Linebacker Ryan Connelly was also impressed by Bondoc’s game.He praised the safety’s ability to be ready when the time came for him to step into the starting role Saturday.Football: Badgers season hinges on Saturday’s appointment with WolverinesThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin Badgers (4–1, 2–0 Big Ten) will face their season-defining match-up at the Big House Read…“Evan’s been ready, he knows what he’s doing,” Connelly said. “He knows his stuff so when he’s out there it’s just about him stepping up and making plays and that’s what he did. It’s awesome to see”The five forced turnovers from the Badgers is the most they’ve had since Northwestern in 2010, all of the turnovers occurred int he first half.Next week the Badgers will go on the road to face Northwestern at Ryan Field.last_img read more


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Watch NBA chief Adam Silver present replica ring to a Raptors fan

first_imgLast Updated: 24th October, 2019 12:41 IST Watch NBA Chief Adam Silver Present Replica Ring To A Raptors Fan The Raptors had a pre-game ring ceremony before the game against the Pelicans. One fan got NBA commissioner Adam Silver to place the ring on his finger. FOLLOW US 10 months ago Dream11 BOS vs PHI: Team news, predictions and other NBA updates WATCH US LIVE First Published: 24th October, 2019 12:41 IST The Raptors’ season-opener was an eventful one, to say the least. The Scotiabank Arean was chock full with Raptors fans as they looked to get the 2019-20 season of the NBA underway. But the game against the New Orleans Pelicans wasn’t the only thing that the Raptors’ fan base was looking forward to. Also Read | NBA: Watch Toronto Raptors Championship Ring Ceremony In Season-openerAll around the world, Raptors fans tuned into their TV sets, their laptops, their phones, what have you, to witness a glorious occasion –The championship ring ceremony. The opening night of the Raptors’ 25th season in the NBA saw over 20,000 fans flock to the Scotiabank Arena to witness Canada’s only NBA team, the Toronto Raptors receive their championship rings. Other 1200-odd fans were outside the home of the Raptors in a nearby public square known as the Jurassic Park to take in the electric atmosphere reverberating across Ontario. Also Read | NBA: Watch Kyrie Irving Speed Through Wolves Defence A @Raptors fan really got Adam Silver to present him with a replica championship ring last night. 😅 💍 👊(🎥: IG/k_jiwani) pic.twitter.com/TrnhBwwLtY— theScore (@theScore) October 23, 2019 LIVE TV 10 months ago NBA: From Steph Curry to KD, here are the highest paid players COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img 10 months ago NBA: Watch Kyrie Irving speed through Wolves defence Written By The moment will no doubt prove to be the zenith of that fan’s NBA experience. The pre-game ring ceremony will also have provided Adam Silver with a break. After a tumultuous two weeks that was engulfed with the controversy surrounding the NBA’s China tour, the NBA commissioner looked in high spirits as he presented the fan with the replica ring. The day will prove to be one that the fan will remember for a lifetime, as the Raptors then went on to win their season opener against the Pelicans later on.Also Read | VanVleet Scores Career-high 34, Raptors Top Pelicans 130-122 WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Klay Thompson may miss NBA 2019-20 regular season due to ACL injury A moment to rememberThe 20,000 in attendance on the night were due to receive replicas of the Raptors’ stunning championship rings. However, among the 20,000 fans, one particular fan had no idea that he was about to be on the receiving end of special honour. One Raptors fan got NBA commissioner Adam Silver himself to present him with the replica of the Raptor’s championship ring. While there was a replica ring in every seat at the Scotiabank Arena that night, one fan was lucky enough to have the NBA commissioner place the ring on the ring finger of his right hand. Also Read | NBA 2019-20: Live Streaming Details And Broadcast Schedule In India Best unboxing video ever #nbachamps 💍 pic.twitter.com/Pgz1bOg82q— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka) October 23, 2019 Colin DCunha 10 months ago NBA: Watch Toronto Raptors championship ring ceremony in season-openerlast_img read more


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Clippers pull away from Bulls with big third quarter

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, dribbles next to Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen, left, is defended by Los Angels Clippers’ Landry Shamet during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez, top, shoots over Los Angels Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, is defended by the Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr. (22) shoots next to Los Angels Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine, top, shoots over Los Angels Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez, top, defends on Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) and Robin Lopez (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari grabs a high pass over Chicago Bulls’ Robin Lopez during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Shaquille Harrison during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is escorted off the court after being ejected from an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) dribbles past Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Shaquille Harrison during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine, center, dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari (8) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Otto Porter Jr. (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, dribbles next to Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, dribbles next to Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The third quarter, winning time for the Clippers.Wait, what?A chronically slow-starting team following intermission, the Clippers broke open a back-and-forth affair in a spicy third quarter, en route to a 128-121 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday at Staples Center.The Clippers won the third period 45-21, their season-high for any quarter, which included a 19-4 run to begin the frame and 11 points in the final 1:10 – after Coach Doc Rivers was ejected along with Chicago coach Jim Boylen. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The two coaches took a few steps toward each other as they exchanged words along the sideline, disputing a screen and the ensuing offensive foul called on Montrezl Harrell.Boylen (who entered the game with four technical fouls in 45 games as the Bulls head coach) was the more animated of the two, but they both were quickly tossed.Referee Jason Phillips summed up the double-technicals: “We told (the coaches) that was enough, and then they continued.”Rivers left with a shrug and a few words of advice for guard Patrick Beverley before assistant Rex Kalamian took over on the Clippers bench as they closed out the quarter up 102-84 and on their way to their sixth win in seven games and the ninth in their last 12.With the win, the Clippers (40-30) remain in eighth place in the Western Conference standings, keeping pace with the sixth-place San Antonio Spurs, who improved to 40-29 with their win over the New York Knicks earlier Friday. The Clippers have 12 regular-season games left. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Boylen let Rivers know that he took exception to a pick set by Montrezl Harrell, whose hard screen in the first half knocked Ryan Arcidiacono out of the game.“I spoke with the officials before the half, I said, ‘You have to look at that moving screen,’ ” Boylen said. “They came back at half and told me it was an offensive foul and they missed it, which I appreciate. … And (the Clippers) set another moving screen at halfcourt that they called an offensive foul.“I already got a guy sitting in the locker room from the bang he took in the first half. Now they go after my other point guard with a moving screen, and I don’t appreciate it. I let him know: I don’t appreciate that.”From Rivers’ perspective, this is what happened: “I was talking to the ref, I just said basically, ‘That was a clean pick,’ and all of a sudden I hear Boylen yelling at me, saying that we were dirty or whatever. I wanted to say, ‘Maybe turn around and yell at your guys and tell them (to) yell out picks, but don’t yell at me.’ I didn’t say it that nice though.“I don’t even talk to the other coach unless the coach talks to me,” Rivers continued. “I don’t think I should’ve been thrown out for that. I didn’t instigate anything. Jason just decided, for whatever reason … he didn’t want to decide who was the instigator. I think he took the easy way out tonight. That’s fine. It was clear who started it and all that, but that’s fine.”Harrell said he appreciated his coach’s support in the moment, and he, too, disputed the offensive foul – and the insinuation that either of the picks he set were dirty.“It’s not up to me to call out the person that I’m screening and let them know I’m screening,” said Harrell, who finished with 26 points off the bench on 9-of-18 shooting. “I stood there, in the middle of the floor, and waited until the guy threw the ball up the floor both times. They got hit with the screens, that’s on their bigs … to call the screen, I didn’t do anything maliciously, I didn’t do anything dirty, those are straight basketball plays.“If you want to get mad at me about that, get mad at your own big. He’s gotta call the coverages, he’s gotta let you know it’s a blind screen.”The Clippers were happy to let rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have the floor for 30 assertive minutes. The 20-year-old finished with 17 points, the seventh time in eight games he’s scored in double figures. He also had seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot.“He started off the season, and he was amazing,” Rivers said of Gilgeous-Alexander. “He went through a tough stretch and now you can see him coming out of it. He’s playing great right now. I liked his total game tonight – he scored, he assisted and he defended, and rebounds.“Eventually, when he gets comfortable, when he’s able to see things better, he’ll be a triple-double guy.”After sitting out Tuesday’s loss to Portland to tend to an ailing left foot, Danilo Gallinari came on strong in the second half, when he scored 18 of his team-high 27 points, including 12 in the pivotal third quarter.Lou Williams added 21. Playing against his favorite childhood team, Chicago native Patrick Beverley had another busy night: 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Defensively, the Clippers forced 11 second-half turnovers and cooled off the Bulls (19-51) offensively; Chicago made 25 of its 44 attempts (56.8 percent) in the first half, but only 16 of 36 in the second. Zach LaVine finished with 31 points, and Robin Lopez had 22.The Clippers trailed 63-57 after a first half that included 22 lead changes (one shy of a season-high 23 for the hosts) and 10 ties. The Bulls were led early by LaVine and Lopez’s 16 points apiece. The Clippers shot just 40.8 percent from the field to start, but 14 for 16 from the free-throw line, to stay close.Gilgeous-Alexander opened with 11 first-half points, four rebounds and two assists. Harrell and Williams both had 10 points apiece before rapper Soulja Boy (who reportedly was arrested Friday morning on a probation violation before being released pending a hearing later this month) took the court to perform at halftime.Recently acquired guard Garrett Temple continued getting more comfortable with his Clippers teammates, scoring six points in five first-half minutes as the Clippers went on a 9-1 run to build a short-lived 39-35 lead to start the second quarter. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more


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Dodgers deal for bullpen help, acquire Dylan Floro from Reds

first_imgFloro has gotten his most extensive exposure in the major leagues this season and done well. In 25 appearances for the Reds, Floro was 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA. He struck out 27 in 36-1/3 innings but also had a strong ground-ball rate (57 percent).“His stuff has ticked up this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really good sinker. Gets righties out and lefties. Keeps the ball down. He’s a guy who can go multiple innings as well.”That could prove valuable to the Dodgers, who have been carrying rookie starter Caleb Ferguson in the bullpen to provide a multi-innings option. The Dodgers will have to make a roster move to add Floro this weekend and it could involve sending Ferguson back to Triple-A to resume his starting role.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The two minor-league pitchers sent to the Reds in the deal were right-handers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.Marinan was the Dodgers’ fourth-round draft pick last year. Zabala was pitching out of the bullpen for Class-A Great Lakes. Triple-A right-hander Daniel Corcino was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Floro. Corcino made two appearances with the Dodgers this season, allowing two runs in four innings. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day BUEHLER RECOVERYRight-hander Walker Buehler’s on-again, off-again rehab from a microfracture in a rib could be over as soon as this weekend.Buehler threw 41 pitches in three-plus innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga (plus 20 more in the bullpen) in a rehab start on Tuesday night. He is now expected to throw a five-inning simulated game in Anaheim on Sunday as the final step.“That should be the end of his rehab and we’ll get him back with us (next week),” Roberts said.Buehler had pitched just one inning before Tuesday’s rehab start. But he allowed just two hits and struck out five of the 11 batters he faced.“Obviously it’s not a big-league game, not big-league adrenaline and stuff like that. But that’ll help more than it’ll hurt. I was pleased with it,” Buehler said.Buehler said Wednesday he felt “pretty normal” physically for the day after a start.“Yeah. I feel really good today. That’s a good sign,” he said. “After my last outing here, I was pretty sore just from not throwing in a long time. Now today feels like I threw 45 pitches, not like I threw a thousand. So that’s good.“When you take that much time off, you get almost a second spring training feel to your arm. I’ve kind of got to work through that. But once it’s gone, it’s gone. We’re pretty close and the rib feels fine. Now it’s just getting back to the execution aspect of being off as opposed to the physical part of it.”ARIZONA-BOUNDLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has not been cleared for anything but flat-ground throwing, according to Roberts. Ryu had begun throwing off a mound before experiencing a setback in his recovery from a groin muscle injury about two weeks ago.Roberts said Ryu and injured relievers Josh Fields, Tony Cingrani and Pedro Baez will move their rehabs to the Dodgers’ complex in Arizona while the team is playing in Anaheim and San Diego over the next week.They will join right-hander Tom Koehler and Julio Urias, who have been rehabbing there. Out since suffering a shoulder injury in spring training, Koehler has progressed to throwing off a mound. Urias is trying to return from shoulder surgery a year ago and has also been throwing bullpen sessions at Camelback Ranch, topping 90 mph in his most recent workout according to Roberts.ALSOThe Dodgers will not use Thursday’s off day to adjust their starting rotation so Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Alex Wood will start the three games in Anaheim with Clayton Kershaw scheduled for Monday’s series opener in San Diego.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday.Dodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 5-5, 3.36 ERA) at Angels (RHP Jaime Barria, 5-4, 3.40 ERA), Friday, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), Fox Sports WestRelated Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching LOS ANGELES — High-profile names make for better headlines. But the Dodgers’ efforts leading to the non-waiver trade deadline figure to be heavily focused on adding to a bullpen that ranks in the middle of the pack in most statistical categories.They took a step in that direction Wednesday, sending two minor-league pitchers to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handers Dylan Floro and Zach Neal. The Dodgers also received international signing bonus pool space in the deal.Floro is expected to join the Dodgers this weekend during the series in Anaheim. Neal will head to Triple-A Oklahoma City – where he began the season before being traded to the Reds in April.Floro, 27, has also been in the Dodgers’ organization before. He was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs last August and finished the 2017 season with the OKC Dodgers before becoming a free agent last winter and signing with the Reds. 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Meridian Health Presents Paint the Town Pink

first_imgThe Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.last_img read more


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Miller magic – Spinner leads Scorpions to win over Volcanoes

first_imgJamaica Scorpions, on the back of a Man-of-the-Match bowling performance from spinner Nikita Miller, registered a close 30-run win over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days of their WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday. The ever-reliable Miller, who claimed four for 67 in the first innings, returned on the third day to take five for 46 in the second, as the Windwards set a modest victory target of 175, and were bowled out for 145. The victory, however, was not smooth, as after resuming the day on five without loss, Jamaica had to rally from 25 for seven, before being dismissed for 128 in their second innings. This was to go with 259 made in their first innings to which the Volcanoes had responded with 212. “It was a good team effort, and hats off to the bowlers, they got the job done for us,” surmised Paul Palmer, captain of Jamaica. “We were in a spot, and thanks to Miller and John Campbell, and the others, we were able to stick to the task.” Starting the day with a lead of 52 runs, the Scorpions were put on the back foot from early with the score on eight for two, following the dismissal of overnight batsmen Palmer and Campbell, who made three and five, respectively. Campbell, who was caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Shane Shillingford, was the first to go after adding three to his overnight two, while Palmer, in the very next over, was caught at slip off the bowling of fast bowler Mervin Matthew with no addition to his overnight score. It was a shaky beginning, which eventually had a ripple effect on the rest of the top-order batsman, who, too, struggled against the bustling Matthew, and the clever Shillingford. First innings topscorer Andre McCarty, went for two; Kirk Edwards, caught in the slips for five; and Brandon King, also caught at bat pad for four, all came and went in quick succession to leave the score on 19 for five. EXPERIENCED DUO This then brought the experienced duo of wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr to the crease, however, not even they could stop the slide. Bernard Jr, with the score on 22, played outside his off stump, and was caught behind for one off Matthew and three runs later, Baugh Jr was dismissed in a similar manner for four. Thanks to a 76-run eight-wicket stand between Miller and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, however, the lower order was able to put up resistance, which gave Jamaica a fighting total to bowl at. Calling up on his years of experience at the first-class level, Miller chose his shot selections wisely and ended up making 39, while Jacobs hit a top score of 40. Matthew ended with five for 31, while Shillingford, who entered the match with 11 wickets, claimed five for 57 to move his tournament leading tally to 17 wickets. Miller, however, who opened the bowling, ensured that Jamaica had the last laugh with only three Windwards batsmen going pass double figures in the runs chance. They were opener Devon Smith, 50; wicketkeeper-batsman Sunil Ambris, 40; and Dalton Polius, 26. Part-time off-spinner Campbell took two for 15. “We really only have ourselves to blame for the defeat,” expressed Windwards captain, Liam Sebastien. “At 25 for seven, we dropped too many catches with Jacobs, I believe getting about four chances.” “However, having said that, we were asked to get 175, which was a comfortable position, and we let it slip.”last_img read more