Harris Harrell help Clippers hold off Kings 133121

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tobias Harris scored 28 points, Montrezl Harrell added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 133-121 on Thursday night.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points, and Avery Bradley and Danilo Gallinari had 16 apiece as the Clippers won their ninth in 10 games. Los Angeles extended its streak in Sacramento to 12 games.Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 26 for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III added 18 points and 10 rebounds.Kings coach Dave Joerger faced questions before the game about problems between he and the team’s front office after The Athletic reported that Joerger asked assistant general manager Brandon Williams to leave the team’s shootaround earlier Thursday.It comes less than two weeks after a report by Yahoo Sports suggesting that Joerger was in trouble with management over his handling of the team’s younger players, specifically Bagley, the second overall pick who has come off the bench in all 21 games this season.“My job is to make sure that we are as prepared as we can be for the task in front of us and to try to limit as much distractions as possible,” Joerger said. “I think the sunshine on this team, this group of players, and our city has been as high as it’s been since I’ve been in the NBA. I’m just trying to keep the distractions to a minimum with our group. I love the game. I know that this is just part sometimes that comes with it.”The Kings held together pretty well against Los Angeles before Harris and Harrell helped the Clippers pull away in the fourth quarter.After Bogdanovic’s layup cut the Clippers’ lead to 112-108, Harris and Harrell combined for 11 consecutive points including a pair of three-point plays by Harrell.The teams exchanged 42-point quarters in the first half.Los Angeles led by 18 in the first quarter but Sacramento went on three big runs in the second quarter and closed within 71-68 at halftime.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles hasn’t lost in Sacramento since March 19, 2013. . Martin Gortat had nine points in 18 minutes after getting into early foul trouble. Gortat picked up his third foul with five minutes left in the first half. . Los Angeles shot 68 per cent (17 of 25) in the first quarter.Kings: Bagley left the game in the fourth quarter with back tightness. . The 42 points scored by Los Angeles matches the most allowed in a single quarter by Sacramento this season.UP NEXTClippers: Play at Dallas on Sunday.Kings: Host Indiana on Saturday.__More AP NBA:https://apnews.com/tag/NBAandhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsMichael Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

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Pensioner 85 fights off burglars with billiard cue

She said: “He had a hood up and something over his face. I shouted: ‘What are you doing?’ I was angry and upset.””He turned and ran down the stairs into the porch. He legged it down the stairs.”She said she locked the front door and saw her grandfather on his back on the floor near the radiator.”He was covered in blood and he had some sort of stick in his hand and he was in a lot of pain. It looked like a snooker cue in his hand,” she said.There was a lot of glass and a lot of blood on the floor and walls, she said.Roderick McDonald, 52, of Luxembourg Close, Luton and Stephen Simons, 44, of Brook Street, Luton deny aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm to Michael Ring on 10 August last year.Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told the jury that DNA recovered from broken glass on the floor in the conservatory was swabbed and found to match McDonald. CCTV from outside the house showed Simons before he put on a balaclava, she said. Mr Ring said he suffered cuts from a Stanley knife in the struggle. He set the burglar alarm off and when the black man ran upstairs he was confronted by his granddaughter Emma Price who had called the police, and was shouting at him.The man ran back down stairs and kicked Mr Ring in the chest.He said the black man ran out of the front of the house and the white man, who had been ransacking the living room, escaped by the way he came in.Mr Ring said the room had been “pulled to pieces” and he was bleeding everywhere. He went on: “Then I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back again.”I pulled back the curtain [in the living room] and I saw two gentlemen in the conservatory.”There was a bolt holding the doors and they were having difficulty trying to get in.”He said he saw a white man, alleged to be Roderick McDonald, working on the bottom of the door and a black man, alleged to be Stephen Simons, watching him.Mr Ring, who walks with a crutch, said: “I switched on the light in the room hoping to deter them, but they continued as if I wasn’t there.”He said he “rammed” the billiard cue in the face of the white man saying: “He fell backwards and I thought they would disappear, but the [other] chap jumped over the first man and yanked the door. It opened and he came in to fight me. He came in to do battle.”He came straight for me. He pushed me out of the way. I hit him with the billiard cue a couple of times.” CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring’s property Credit:South Beds News Agency They moved a safe from the upstairs but were unable to get it down. After that break-in his son-in-law fitted an alarm and CCTV.Mr Ring, who comes from Cork, said he woke at 5am on 10 August to use the toilet and was awake in bed when he heard a noise. CCTV captured the robbers on Michael Ring's property  He went on: “The carpet and armchairs were covered in blood – mine unfortunately. I was taken to hospital. I was in a few days. I was in a lot of agony.”In the witness box Ms Price said she was woken at 5am by the sound of smashing glass and voices.She said: “I couldn’t believe it [a burglary] was happening again. I panicked and grabbed my mobile phone. I called 999. I was in a state of shock.”I could hear my granddad saying ‘Call the police.'”Ms Price said she heard her grandfather call out in pain. She went out of her room and saw a man at the top of the stairs. An 84-year-old pensioner who kept a billiard cue by his bed after he was burgled ‘rammed’ it into in the face of one intruder and used it to fend off another.Michael Ring suffered fractured discs in his spine, a black eye, cuts to his wrists and bruising on the brain after taking on the two masked men.In the early hours of 10 August last year, Mr Ring was asleep downstairs at his home in Ashburnham Road, Luton when the men broke in through his conservatory, Luton crown court heard on Thursday.In the witness box Mr Ring, now 85, said: “My granddaughter stayed with me that night – she stayed with me because I had been broken into.”He said he had lived in the four bedroom house since 1965. His wife died in April 2017 and two months later he was burgled. His late wife’s jewellery was taken along with £500.On that occasion the burglars forced their way in through the conservatory and forced open French window doors to get into the living room. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I heard glass breaking. I got out of bed. The nearest thing I could see was a billiard cue. I kept it near the bed because I expected the thieves to come back againPensioner Michael Ring read more

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