High Rollers thrash Amazings to clinch Linden’s Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’

first_imgBEFORE a full house at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac, the High Rollers steamrolled their way to the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, by destroying the Amazings by a 6-1 margin.It was the largest margin of victory in a final in the history of the tournament. The contest was already done and dusted at halftime, with the ruthless High Rollers leading by four goals.Jonah Simon opened the gates with a sixth- minute strike; that was followed by a Jehu Regis’ effort two minutes later.Anfernee Barrow then extended his team’s advantage compliments of an 11th minute effort. The deal was sealed when Antoine Gill found the back of the net in the 15th minute.Amazings, who were nothing remotely close to their name, finally got on the score sheet, as Kevin Dornick scored.The aforementioned was nothing more than a consolation, as Captain Omar Brewley netted a ‘Guinness Goal’ (GG) [a goal scored in the final three minutes of regulation and extra time counts as two] in the 39th minute to commence the championship celebrations.For their thrilling performance, the High Rollers walked away with $400,000 and the winner’s trophy. They also earned the right to represent the zone at the National Championship. On the other hand, Amazings collected $150,000 and a trophy.Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off, Capital Storm dismissed Silver Bullets 4-1. Akeem Singh struck a brace in the fourth and 24th minutes, before completing the result with a (GG) in the 30th minute.For Silver Bullets, Jermaine Samuels netted in the first minute. Capital Storm pocketed $100,000, while Silver Bullets had to settle for $75,000.The event continues in the month of June with the Bartica Championship. The other major sponsor of the event is Colours Boutique.last_img read more

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USC visits Oregon State in Pac-12 clash

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team (10-10, 1-6 Pac-12) will travel to Corvallis, Ore. following one of their most promising weeks of Pac-12 play and take on the Oregon State Beavers (11-8, 3-4).Solid as a rock · Senior guard Pe’Shon Howard has averaged 10.1 points and a team-leading 4.1 assists per game while starting 20 of 21 games for the Trojans this season. Howard transferred from Maryland after the 2013 season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanHead coach Andy Enfield’s squad is coming off of a week that saw them pick up their first conference victory of the year, beating Cal in convincing fashion.The Trojans followed that up with a strong effort against the visiting Stanford Cardinal, keeping pace with them before eventually falling by 8 in overtime.Oregon State will be no tough task for the Trojans. The Beavers are 8-2 in their last 10 in Corvallis, and redshirt junior guard Roberto Nelson is leading the Pac-12 in scoring, with just more than 22 points a game.“This league is very good top to bottom,” Enfield said regarding the rigorous Pac-12 schedule.Though the Trojans have not been able to put all the pieces together in conference play, their effort is undoubtedly there. Last season the Trojans had similar struggles, losing five out of their first eight Pac-12 games. There seems to be a marked difference in the two squads despite what the similar records might suggest.Enfield’s team seems to put forth great effort every night, despite facing mounting struggles on the offensive end.“The guys have had great attitudes and they’ve been very enthusiastic,” he said. “I’m very proud of our players.”Though some of the younger players have struggled to find consistency this season, junior guard Byron Wesley has been a model of stability. Wesley comes into the game averaging 16.5 points and seven rebounds per contest.For his part, Wesley thinks the Trojans need to follow his lead and find some on-court steadiness.“We just need to stay consistent,” the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native said. “Look at the film, grow, see our flaws, see what we do well, and continue to practice hard and prepare like we’ve been preparing.”While Wesley’s stellar efforts will be required, he will certainly need some help to walk out with a win in Corvallis, something the Trojans have been unable to do in their last four road contests with the Beavers.Some of that help may come in the form of freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic, who entered the season as a low-profile recruit but has his coaches raving about his progress.For his efforts he has earned what seems to be a permanent place in the starting line-up, and his coach was clear when explaining why.“We’re 8-1 when Nikola scores in double figures,” Enfield said. “Hopefully he understands that.”Against California, Jovanovic certainly seemed to get that message, scoring a career-high 23 points while shooting a mind-boggling 80 percent from the field.Some of his better performances have made Trojan fans and national scouts alike forget that Jovanovic is only 18, but, luckily for Enfield, his growing stardom has not translated into any sense of entitlement.“It’s been awesome for me as a freshman,” Jovanovic said of his increased playing time.His teammates seem to appreciate Jovanovic as well.“Nikola is really talented,” Wesley said of his international teammate. “I’ve been really impressed with his work ethic.”Jovanovic, Wesley and the rest of the team will have to continue to work hard, as the schedule only gets tougher.Following the Oregon State game, the Trojans have a date in Eugene with the always talented Oregon Ducks. For now, however, USC will try to march into Corvallis and come out with their second conference win of the season.last_img read more

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Win for Chelsea but disastrous night for Arsenal

first_imgIt could also save Jose Mourinho’s job.A brilliantly flighted 83rd minute free-kick from Willian was the moment of magic that Chelsea needed as they bagged a vital win that should ease some of the pressure on their underfire manager.In contrast to their London rivals, Arsenal had a disastrous night in Germany. The Gunners slumped to a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich tonight in the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Mueller scoring twice.The defeat means that Arsenal must now win their final two matches in Group F, including a two-goal winning margin over Greek side Olympiakos if they’re to reach the knock-out stages.last_img

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Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell to invest in his hometown’s hoops, history

first_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 Landry Shamet suggested the Clippers’ competitive culture will help incorporate two players into gameplans that already managed to smoothly incorporate four other new guys – Shamet included – following the trade deadline in early February.“From what I’ve noticed, the culture is set from the top down,” said Shamet, a rookie shooting guard who has started eight of his 10 games as a Clipper. “Regardless of what players come in, it’s gonna trickle down.“Obviously having Doc at the helm, a guy who’s been in our shoes, a guy who has unmatched credibility as far as being a coach in the NBA … guys are gonna listen to him. Jerry West, obviously. That’s all you’ve got to say there. I think the culture here, it’s a good culture, it’s a good place to be. A place where you’d want to be playing basketball.” “We’re gonna do a lot of skeleton stuff today, so we’ll see,” Coach Doc Rivers said before practice. “Hope (so).”Mbah a Moute, a 6-foot-8 forward, has missed all but the first four games of the season with what’s been characterized as a sore left knee.Chandler, a 6-9 forward, hasn’t played since before the Clippers acquired him from Philadelphia as part of the Tobias Harris trade. Chandler suffered a right quad strain in the 76ers’ game against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 31 and has been sidelined for 13 games since.Rivers said he looks forward to utilizing Chandler’s shooting and Mbah a Moute’s defense, though it was hard to say exactly how the Clippers will plug in those newly available features.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 According to the Barr Street High School Foundation, the school was founded in 1879 as Pettey High School. The 1970 class was the last to graduate from Barr Street High, which Sindarius’ mother, Sharicka Thornwell, attended. And it was known, as Sindarius Thornwell attests, for its athletic programs, including that 1966 state championship basketball team.“But the school part’s torn down,” said Thornwell, who cemented his local legacy by leading South Carolina to the NCAA Final Four in 2017. “So when I was younger, the community got together and bought the gym and that’s how it became our community gym. Every year work gets done to it to try to make it better, and this year I’m just going to go in and renovate it. Put a new floor in, new baskets up, repaint it and just try to put some stuff up to represent how much the gym means to the community and to the town.”Thornwell said he’s hopeful some of his Clippers teammates will take him up on the invitation to join him for an opening when the work is complete this summer.“It’s a real part of the community, especially to the older people in our community,” Thornwell said. “And that’s still the gym I play pick-up in, I work out in, I know everything about it. … Playing in that gym, it reminds me of my roots, where I come from, home. It’s like my comfort zone and my escape, so that’s why my gym is important to me always.”WELCOME WILSON, WELCOME BACK LUC?Luc Mbah a Moute and Wilson Chandler were due to practice Wednesday at the Clippers’ training center in Playa Vista as they eye a return to action Friday night against Oklahoma City. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has invested $10 million to renovate nearly 350 public basketball courts throughout Los Angeles. Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell has plans to renovate one special gym in Lancaster, S.C.Over the years, the hard-playing reserve has spent a lot of time working on his game in Barr Street School gym in his hometown, a former mill town of about 10,000 residents some 40 miles south of Charlotte.Thornwell said he still spends a good deal of time at the facility during the offseason, and so he appreciates the place, its history, its value to the community – and the fact that it needs an upgrade.“The gym was (part of) the all black-high school when our town was segregated,” Thornwell, 24, said. “This high school had the only team to win a men’s basketball state championship in our city, that school was the only school that did it.”last_img read more

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White Sox, top prospect Eloy Jimenez agree to 6-year, $43M deal

first_imgThe White Sox, who lost out in the offseason’s free-agent sweepstakes, instead have invested heavily in homegrown talent Eloy Jimenez.An outfielder rated No. 3 in MLB Pipeline’s 2019 Top 100 prospects, Jimenez has reached a six-year, $43 million agreement with the team Just because I know Twitter adores wonkiness, granularity and context: Eloy Jimenez’s $43M deal is the biggest for a player with no service time already in a major league organization. Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka all signed for more as free agents. https://t.co/DylRwfxGJ8— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2019In fact, the new contract, given its length, means that service time becomes a moot point and Jimenez should find himself on Chicago’s roster from Opening Day on. The good news is this: Eloy Jimenez will start the season with the Chicago White Sox, presumably as their everyday right fielder. There’s no reason to keep him in the minor leagues anymore.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 20, 2019Still, he has yet to make a regular-season plate appearance and while he is a plus-plus hitter, his defense isn’t particularly strong, per MLB Pipeline: “He’s a subpar outfield defender who’s limited to left field with a fringy to average arm, while not a liability isn’t particularly strong.”Clearly, the White Sox believe he will more than make up for that deficiency with his bat. It’s official! The #WhiteSox have agreed to terms on a six-year, $43-million contract with outfielder Eloy Jiménez, plus two club options that could extend the deal through the 2026 season. pic.twitter.com/h4BgKeDOdd— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 22, 2019The deal has two club options on the end as well which could extend his contract trhough 2026.Jimenez, 22, recently was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte, where he finished a monster 2018 season split between there and Double-A Birmingham, slashing .337/.384/.577 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 108 games. Related News Astros, Alex Bregman agree to 6-year, $100 million extension, report says The size of the deal smashes the record for a player with zero MLB service with his big-league organization, different from foreign players who signed as free agents. last_img read more

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WNBA makes late Gianna Bryant, teammates honorary draft selections in touching tribute

first_imgView this post on Instagram The WNBA on Friday honored the late Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester by making them honorary selections prior to the first round of the 2020 WNBA Draft.WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced the selections in alphabetical order in a televised tribute to the girls, who were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 in California. The three were AAU teammates. Engelbert also honored the late Kobe Bryant, Gianna’s father, who perished in the crash as well, along with Altobelli’s parents and Chester’s mother.  My #mambas @sabrina_i @megwalker3 and @alexbazzell24 #mambamentalityA post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Aug 10, 2019 at 10:32pm PDTIonescu spoke at Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s celebration of life at Staples Center on Feb. 24.”The week after the accident, I was in Colorado, I had a game, and like I do before every game, I prayed. This time I was thinking about Kobe and Gigi,” Ionescu said. “His voice is still in my head, even if his body is not on this Earth. And all I wanted was a sign that in some way he still heard me, too. I looked off into the sky and there it was, a beautiful golden sunset. The boldest yellow. Lakers yellow. And further in the distance, a helicopter. There was my sign, that he will forever be with me. “I heard his voice in my head, the last line from one of his books: ‘Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler’s horizon.’”Ionescu became the first overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft when the New York Liberty selected her. The WNBA honors Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester and makes them honorary draft picks at WNBA draft pic.twitter.com/wqsntNNzDe— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 17, 2020Vanessa Bryant, Gianna’s mother and Kobe’s widow, thanked the league in a video message after the selections were made.Vanessa Bryant announces Gigi as one of this year’s WNBA honorary draft picks. Her teammates were also honored by the league tonight. pic.twitter.com/psFow7PRtk— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) April 17, 2020At the end of Friday’s draft, Engelbert announced that the league will introduce the Kobe and GiGi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, to recognize “an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls basketball at all levels.” The inaugural recipient will be announced at next year’s NBA All-Star in Indianapolis, the WNBA said. Vanessa Bryant will present the award. Gianna Bryant, who would have turned 14 in May, was a huge Connecticut women’s basketball fan and had her sights on following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a professional basketball player.MORE: Live WNBA Draft trackerSabrina Ionescu, the Oregon superstar who became the first Division I player — men’s or women’s — to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career, had developed a close friendship with Kobe over the last year and was a big supporter of Gianna Bryant.”Gigi had so much of her dad’s skill set. You could tell the amount of hours they spent in the gym, practicing her moves,” Ionescu said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “She smiled all the time, but when it was game time, she was ready to kill. Her demeanor changed almost instantly when the whistle blew.”If I represented the present of the women’s game, Gigi was the future, and Kobe knew it.”MORE: Sabrina Ionescu and Kobe Bryant: A timeline of friendshiplast_img read more

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The Final Hurdle: Sourav Ganguly’s message to Indian team; If you get to the…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ScrollAdvertisement r6wr8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7vf0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 57k5Would you ever consider trying this?😱d73Can your students do this? 🌚tmb5qeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Despite the recent dominance by the Men In Blue in International circuit, the team have come to a screeching halt in the vital knockout fixtures especially the semi-finals.  BCCI President Sourav Ganguly claimed that the team of this calibre should be going past the semis stage after reaching.  Advertisement Image Courtesy: ScrollIndia have managed to reach the semi-finals of each and every ICC tournament since the 2013 Champions Trophy but have no silverware to show for it. Sourav Ganguly claimed that the team will get all the help required for getting past the semi-finals. The former captain addressed the issue as a mental thing. He said:“I am sure Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and other players will hopefully do it at one stage. We can support them. In my playing days, I could bat and get India to a final. But none of us can do it now. We can only help. We can give them what they want — can give them facilities, but I am sure this team will get past,” Advertisement Ganguly also went on to address the young squad’s chances at the U-19 World Cup in 2020. He added:“We won the last U-19 World Cup. Under Rahul (Dravid), Paras (Mhambrey) and other staff, we will be able to do well in South Africa,” Advertisement Read Also:Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in testsBCCI head Sourav Ganguly to appoint a new team of selectors for Team India Advertisementlast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016

first_imgGary Stevens3245913%56%$453,165 Peter Eurton1942221%42%$243,774 Carla Gaines1741224%41%$235,770 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jamie Theriot524248%19%$200,069 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 29) Mike Puype2341117%26%$134,345 Kent Desormeaux591761029%56%$670,820 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.8616121319%48%$632,583 Mark Glatt3166919%68%$236,916 Flavien Prat8214171217%52%$1,137,075 Martin Pedroza6485313%25%$284,045 Tiago Pereira6288113%27%$339,945 Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Doug O’Neill7210101514%49%$465,106 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 In other Breeders’ Cup news:With Martin Garcia aboard both horses (not at the same time, of course), Bob Baffertworked Dirt Mile favorite Dortmund and streaking Sprint contender Drefong.Dortmund went four furlongs in 47 flat, breezing, while Drefong went four furlongs in company with Mor Spirit, each getting a time of 47.40.Also working for Baffert was Enchanting Lady (Filly & Mare Sprint, four furlongs in 47.40, breezing) in company with Lemhill Basr (47.80).Under the keen eye of Bill Mott, Acorn winner Carina Mia (Distaff) went fourfurlongs in 47.60, breezing, while Gun Runner (Classic) went the same distance for Steve Asmussen in 48.40.Trainer David Hofmans plans to give Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin(Classic) a half-mile blowout on Wednesday.Masochistic, likely to vie for favoritism in the $1.5 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint onSaturday, had his second gate breeze Saturday, five furlongs in a minute flat under Mike Smith.“Two works back he worked from the gate,” trainer Ron Ellis said of the six-year-old California-bred Sought After gelding. “I’ve done it to keep him sharp because he hasn’t run in a while (by design, since Aug. 27, when he was a handy winner of the Grade II Pat O’Brien by nearly four lengths).“It’s kind of a routine I’ve done with him when he’s had breaks before and it’s worked. As far as I’m concerned, he couldn’t be better.”The post position draw for the Classic and the Distaff will take place Monday following areception at 3:30 in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room, in the Club House, mezzanine level.Post positions for the other 11 Breeders’ Cup races will be drawn Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Top of the Stretch on the ground floor near Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner.FINISH LINES: Thanks to Cover Song‘s nose victory at 30-1 over 3-2 favorite Danilovna in Saturday’s Autumn Miss Stakes and ultimately withstanding a lengthy stewards’ inquiry, there is a Pick 6 carryover of $67,117 today, with the pool expected to surpass $500,000. The Autumn Miss was one of three winners on the day for resurgent Kent Desormeaux, moving him two behind leader Rafael Bejarano (19-17) in the battle for Autumn Meet riding honors . . . Jerry Hollendorfer, winner of more than 7,100 races in his long and storied career, seeks yet another with Dr. Fager’s Gal in Saturday’s Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. The four-year-old bay filly is a daughter of Wild Desert, bred in New York. Asked how he came by a horse bred in the Empire State, Hollendorfer didn’t quibble. “I don’t care where they come from,” he said, “as long as they can run.” William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 Tyler Baze821681120%43%$595,745 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Robert Hess, Jr.1541227%47%$98,275 Joseph Talamo4678215%37%$326,535 Fernando Perez52931017%42%$240,875 Richard Baltas5599616%44%$459,540 Philip D’Amato4471516%30%$453,430 Rafael Bejarano9819211319%54%$1,229,035 Victor Espinoza3868416%47%$783,050 Gary Sherlock1652131%50%$139,410 Peter Miller60149623%48%$507,830 Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 ESPINOZA WELL-SCHOOLED WITH CHROMEDORTMUND, DREFONG DRILL FOR BAFFERTDESORMEAUX’S TRIPLE PUTS HIM NEAR TOP Bob Baffert32117334%66%$914,190 CLASS IS NEVER OUT WITH ESPINOZA, CHROMEVictor Espinoza has been down this road before. Kentucky Derby wins, Breeders’ Cup wins, even a Triple Crown victory.Come Saturday, the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer goes for the gold with California Chrome, a fairytale horse the gods have smiled upon again and again. Espinoza has ridden the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit 18 times in his 24-race career, all in a row, winning 13, the last six consecutively.Can they do it one more time in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday?“I’ve seen how many are nominated to the race for a rough idea as to who’s running, but obviously it will be clearer when the entries are drawn tomorrow,” Espinoza said. “Then I’ll see what post I get and how many horses are running.”With the extensive time Espinoza has spent with California Chrome, approximately 30 minutes on his back in races, not counting training jaunts, he doesn’t have to burn the midnight oil doing his homework.“I’ll study some, but I don’t need to,” Espinoza said. “I already know pretty much how all the horses in the Classic run. I’ve been watching them since the beginning of the year, so it’s easy to get a rough idea of what’s going to happen in the race.“It all depends on how Chrome breaks from the gate and the post position. Arrogate is pretty much the horse to beat, not just from how he won the Travers, because all his wins have been impressive. He will be a challenge for California Chrome, as will Frosted. He’s a horse I have to keep an eye on, too.“In a race like the Classic, you have to worry pretty much about every single horse, because they’re there for a reason and they’re going to be focusing on California Chrome. I’m glad Arrogate is in the race, because it takes a little bit of pressure off Chrome.”Trainer Art Sherman, for what it’s worth, seems as confident about California Chrome’s chances as he did before the Awesome Again, in which Chrome won handily by 2 ¼-lengths over Dortmund, a win so overwhelming it diverted Dortmund from the Classic to the Dirt Mile.Sherman offered fair warning to Chrome’s foes: “They better be tied on,” he said. Jerry Hollendorfer4756611%36%$326,121last_img read more

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Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards

first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I just read the game honestly and if it’s time for me to take over, then that’s what I do,” Westbrook said.George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We need him to be that way,” Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. “Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.”Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. 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I just take what the other team is giving us. It’s a beauty to watch when it’s working and when it’s clicking, especially now when we are winning games.”Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We came back,” Beal said. “I don’t think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.“We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.”TIP-INSWizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. … Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. … C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. … Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.JOKE’S ON WESTBROOKAnthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.“See, I told you man, it’s in alphabetical order man,” he told Anthony. “Of course I was first.”STAT LINESWestbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.“Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,” he said.QUOTABLEBeal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: “I don’t know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn’t have.”UP NEXTWizards: at Atlanta on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Increase BWI’s Budget, Alumnus Payelaleh Tells Govt.

first_imgMr. Payelaleh addressing members of the BWI retirees council Inducts BWI Retirees Council of EldersJonathan Payelaleh, former president of the Booker Washington Institute Alumni Association (BWIAA), has re-echoed calls for the government to increase its budgetary allocation to the institute. Mr. Payelaleh said if BWI is to meet the public’s expectation to train more mid-level technicians, the government must increase the budget from US$2.3m to US$2.9m. He said the additional allotment would be used to renovate the trade shops and purchase tools for the various departments, including agriculture, mechanical and electrical engineering to give sound practical training to students.Speaking at the induction and honoring of 47 members of the BWI Retirees Elders Council, Mr. Payelaleh paid homage to the honorees and thanked them for serving the institute with dedication over the years. “BWI cannot exist without the input of those who are appointed to serve and this means that the institute still needs those of you who are retired because your expertise individually and collectively helped mold our students,” he said.Of the 47 retired employees, six were appointed to the leadership of the Elders Council. They are Madam Constance G. Juah, chairperson; James Karnley, co-chair; Mrs. Esther K. Jallah, secretary-general; Ms. Justina N. Ncube, financial secretary; Mrs. Maggie H. Seimabula, treasurer; and Mrs. Vafrey Kerkula, advisor to the council.Mr. Tarnue greets one of the retired employees, with Mr. Paye in the backgroundThe Retirees Elders Council is a new idea that BWI principal Harris Fomba Tarnue formulated last April to provide retired union members official representation in the institute’s administration. It enables retired members and staff with tenures ranging from 25-40 years of unbroken service to speak with a unified voice on policies that would improve the BWI, Tarnue said. Some of the retired personnel served the institute in various positions dating back to 1966.On behalf of the retirees, Mrs. Juah said the title the Tarnue administration conferred on them signified commitment and honor, which underscore the level of sacrificial services each of them rendered the institute. “Therefore, the program ushers in a very important milestone in our lives and those who are employed at the BWI,” Mrs. Juah said.Cross section of the retired employeesShe called on the faculty and staff to remain dedicated to BWI, “since doing that will bring reward to you at the end of the journey, because very soon, some of you will step in our shoes.”The chairman of the BWI Board of Governors, Jackson J. Paye, promised to work with the council by empowering the members to continuously contribute to BWI in whatever way that would improve the institute. Paye called on the retirees to see their retirement as an honorable opportunity to turn a new page in their professional lives and give back to the BWI by volunteering their service, adding, “Use your retired time wisely to always benefit the BWI.”Mr. Paye then pledged L$30,000 to the council, while Tarnue and Payelaleh pledged L$20,000 and L$25,000 respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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