The Boys and the Girls Batesville High School Cross Country teams were crowned County champs Thursday night at Milan High School. The boys scored a low 21 points with JCD coming in 2nd with 60. Milan just beat South Ripley 76-79. The girls scored even lower than the boys at 19 points with JCD also taking 2nd at 58 just beating South Ripley with 63. Milan finished out with 98.RC CC Meet (8-31)Batesville also had the individual champions of both races. Sophomore Joshua Myers for the boys, racing through the finish line at 17:50, setting a new course record, and sophomore Liz Loichinger finishing the girl’s race at 20:40. The top ten of each race also were named to the All County team. All seven of the varsity boys came through in the top ten and six girls. What an incredible feat!Making the All County team for Batesville for the boys and following closely behind Joshua were Adam Moster-2nd (18:02), coming through in 5th, Joseph Choi (18:50) followed closely by the rest of his teammates, Dillon Murray-6th (18:53), Chris Laymon-7th (18:55), Quinten Gowdy-9th (18:57) and Nathan Eckstein-10th (19:09). On the girls side, the Bulldogs also took the 1-2 punch as senior Emma Gausman followed Liz to take 2nd in 21:07. Emma was followed by Haylee Harmeyer (21:24) and Audrey Weigel (22:12) in 4th and 5th place. Audrey Maupin (22:34) and Trysta Vierling (23:11) took 7th and 8th place giving Batesville 13 runners to make the All County team! Way to go Dogs!Although the JV meet was not scored and no awards were given, Batesville also had the winners of this race as well. Sophomore John Thompson won for the boys at 18:52 and Ava Ralston was the first girl to come across the line at 24:28.There were also 6 personal bests for the evening and they were: Nathan Eckstein, John Thompson, Adam Hollowell, Luke Esser, Nathan Villani and Landon Gutzwiller. Congratulations boys!The next race is right after Labor Day, Tuesday where they will compete in the East Central Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman and Eagles Coach David Bradshaw.
CORONA, Calif. – Eibach Springs rewards drivers in six divisions this season, its 10th as an IMCA sponsor.The Corona, Calif., manufacturer gives a full set of springs to champions of each of five IMCA Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod champions.Each runner-up receives three springs while each third-place finisher is in line for two springs.“IMCA continues to be a leader and innovator in promoting short track races and Eibach has benefited from this relationship tremendously. Having a consistent rules packages that we as a manufacturer know won’t change overnight night gives us the confidence to push the development of our products to even higher levels,” said Sales Manager David Cardey. “Couple this with the ability that IMCA gives us to give back to not only the top teams but also to some of the middle of the pack teams makes it a great overall package for us.”“Our current weekly product certificate winner goes to the first non-qualifier each race to try and help them get the same new technology the front runners are using,” he added.All Eibach awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Eibach products and services is available at the www.eibach.com website, by calling 800 507-2338 and on Facebook.“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years already, but we’ve enjoyed a great decade of partnership with Eibach,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The program has evolved during that time and continues to recognize IMCA racers for their outstanding accomplishments throughout the season.”
No one ever likes to get sick. But when the doctor’s orders for a speedy recovery include sitting around and watching lots of TV, as mine did this past weekend, and the NCAA tournament just happens to fall over that same period, let’s just say you do feel better a lot quicker. Not everything about the weekend was good, however. Here’s a look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the first week of the NCAA tournament. The Good: Saturday’s gamesAlthough the tournament officially started Thursday, the madness associated with the annual bash really didn’t start until Saturday. With the TV guide showing “College Basketball 12 p.m.-9 p.m.” I hunkered down with brackets, pizza and a couple of boxes of Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies to take it all in.Up to that point, the only real exciting game of the tournament — aside from University of Wisconsin’s heart attack of a game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which was exciting in a way few around here wanted — was Virginia Commonwealth’s upset of Duke. Even that game was not much of a shocker, given many national pundits had tabbed that as a likely first-round upset.But then Saturday came.Kicking off and foreshadowing what would become an absolutely crazy day of hoops, in-state rivals Xavier and Ohio State squared off. The matchup had subplots galore, aside from the Marquette-Wisconsin-type public-private hatred that comes when two schools are only 100 miles apart; the Musketeers had been saying all year long that they wanted a shot at the highly touted Buckeyes. On top of that, Ohio State coach Thad Matta (who, incidentally, does not rank among the favorite coaches of Milwaukee’s Best) has been the sworn enemy of Xavier basketball ever since he left the school to go to Columbus three years ago, despite pledging his allegiance to Xavier only days before taking the Ohio State job. It seemed to be one of those games where the lead-up and hype would be impossible to live up to. It did. After a mad Ohio State comeback, the game culminated with the following sequence:Ohio State’s Jamar Butler missing a 3-pointer that would have given OSU the lead, followed by Greg Oden fouling out after mistaking Justin Cage for a blocking sled and knocking him into next week, somehow avoiding what would have been a crippling intentional foul, followed by me calling a friend to say I wanted Cage to miss one just so I could hear Gus Johnson calling the final seconds with Ohio State trying to tie, followed by Cage missing, Ron Lewis coming down and drilling a 30-footer for the tie and Johnson stringing together a sentence of untranslatable words in excitement.All told, of Saturday’s eight games, there were four total overtimes played, five games were decided by five points or fewer, and not one game was a certifiable bummer. It was one of the best days of college basketball in recent memory. Too bad you could only watch one game at a time…Oh, wait.Also Good: CBS SportslineFor the second straight year, CBS partnered with the NCAA to stream broadcasts of every tournament game over the web. It was all completely free and prompted me to rent a laptop from the UW Infolabs so we could have three games going at once (one on the TV, one on the rented laptop and another on my roommate’s laptop). The webcasts are delayed by about a minute, so to avoid seeing the score updates on the top of the TV screen we just put some black electricians tape on the screen. Not sure if it’s good for the TV or not, but it was definitely good for my viewing enjoyment.The Bad, Part I: James BrownWhile there are lots of things in this world to feel good about, this is not one of them. Apparently CBS thought it was a good idea to let everyone’s favorite studio host call tournament games. Aside from the fact that Brown brought little excitement and lots of hesitancy to the games he called, I can deal with CBS’ decision allowing him to call some first round games. What I have a hard time coming to terms with is the fact that Brown will be calling regional semifinal and final games, bumping Johnson out of the rotation. For anyone who watched games both called this past week , the better announcer was obviously Johnson. Johnson has the longer list of past play-by-play credentials and has also been doing play-by-play for the past 11 years, whereas Brown hasn’t done any play-by-play since the very early nineties. Worse than that, an entire generation of fans, myself included, know Brown best for his work as Fox’s studio host for the NFL pregame show. Through no fault of his own, whenever I hear Brown’s voice I am expecting him to send it to Terry Bradshaw, Frank Caliendo or Jillian Barberie instead of setting up his color analyst to dissect a play. Plus, getting back to the Ohio State game, I have watched the YouTube clip of the final seconds no fewer than six times and still can’t figure out what Johnson was trying to say after the shot went in. It’s the same “Whoaapoaiehahaha!” sound you probably made with all your friends watching the game, and that’s what makes a Johnson game such a great event to watch: It’s like a talented member of your friend base is calling the game, not some stiff dude.The Bad, Part II: No CinderellasAll season long, especially in the lead-up to the tournament, analysts and prognosticators everywhere were always looking for the “next” George Mason — a relatively unknown mid-major team that would make a deep run in the tournament. In fact, as much as it may have been overdone at points, the talk underscored a facet of March many college basketball fans had come to take for granted: A double-digit seeded team or two would shock a couple big-time programs in the first weekend and endear themselves to the nation as Cinderella teams. This year, for the first time since 1995, no double-digit princesses are dancing a second weekend. While this has hurt the brackets of those diehards who know their historical trends, I find it interesting that no one really, to this point, has a good explanation as to why this happened this year. I think I have solved the riddle though. Remember back to the fairy tale that Cinderella’s spell ran out at midnight, when she would turn back into the commoner she was. Now, just this year the federal government moved the day we changed our clocks to earlier than it had been in the past. Therefore midnight is today, and was last week, one hour earlier than last year at the same time.One hour earlier, one round earlier, same difference. When you think of it that way, the tournament clock for those teams had already struck midnight by the time they showed up to play. It might not be a perfect explanation, but it’s easier to reason with than RPI calculations. The U.G.L.Y.: Wisconsin Badgers The Badgers had no alibi for their shaky showing over the weekend. They came out flat in both games and struggled to find any semblance of the free-flowing offense that characterized this team during their long winning streak. Except for the second half of the TAMU-CC game and spurts in the UNLV game, UW looked like the inferior team in each game. Wisconsin’s — and the Big Ten’s in general — struggles in the early stage s of the tournament only proved to those doubters of the Big Ten that conference teams were not up to par with those around the country. If you want to look for one bright spot in an otherwise dismal picture, Jason Bohannon seemed to step up his game to the moment and will be someone who, come this time next year, could find himself as part of the Good following the first weekend of tournament action.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. Miffed that Gus Johnson won’t get to yell “Last chance to dance!” during an Elite 8 game? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dina Hegab was planted at the intersection of the baseline and left singles sideline, firing backhands one after the other. In between each, she hardly budged, moving ever so slightly only to stay balanced. Rocking on the balls of her feet, she fired six consecutive backhands, all with nearly the same speed and direction.Then, without warning, she rotated her hips and whipped a hard forehand right by Boston College’s Heini Salonen. The point, which came late in the second set, helped Hegab to a 6-1, 6-2 win on Saturday.“I started feeling really confident with my backhand,” Hegab said. “At that point of the match, I was just really playing good. I wasn’t thinking about anything, just doing what coach told me to do. That’s it.”What her coach told her to do paid off on Saturday, helping No. 62 Syracuse (7-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) blank No. 48 Boston College (4-4), 7-0. Hegab’s victories in singles and doubles play have moved her to a 6-0 singles and 4-2 doubles record.Younes Limam has worked with the freshman on her backhand since she arrived at SU. Hegab has been working on staying tall in the shot and not closing her racket head after connecting with the ball. She’s focused on avoiding a past tendency to sometimes face her racquet head to the ground, which can lead to shots that land short or hit the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We worked on many things, small things that made a big difference,” she said. “I had some problems in my first days with my backhand, so I really worked hard on it.”Hegab’s backhand was quick and compact Saturday, allowing her to rely on it whenever she desired. She went to it when she was trailing, tied and leading in matches. She never showed any signs of feeling the need to turn around and go to her forehand on Saturday — except when she went for the kill.“It’s really good when you give pressure with your backhand and then use your weapon to finish the point,” she said. “That’s how I play, just use my forehand to finish the point.”When she arrived at SU for practice last month, she was timid. A few weeks later, she’s still quiet on the court, but emerging as a confident player and a weapon for an SU team that’s undefeated and off to its best start since 2009.“Obviously her forehand, she’s got a big forehand and she likes to dictate (the match) by her forehand,” Limam said. “She kind of uses (her backhand) to set her up to use her forehand.”After those 10 seconds of backhands late in the second set, Hegab took the next two points with forehands. But each time, it was her backhand that set up her “weapon.”“My first matches here were a little bit tight, definitely nervous, but I started improving with the feel today,” she said, “and I think it was one of my best days here.” Comments Published on February 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
StumbleUpon Related Articles Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead June 9, 2020 Submit Share Share SportsTraders teams up with PBS to launch TeamBets product February 5, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 John Pettit, PBSPlaytech BGT Sports (PBS) is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to John Pettit, Managing Director for PBS in the UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia, about why football is such an attractive sport for betting and how the market is changing from a consumer perspective.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?JP: Football is so accessible to billions around the world, with hundreds of matches to be bet on, even away from the weekends, that customers can constantly engage with the sport even if they have little interest in the match result.The combination of easily understood core markets and its market-leading data and visualisation, both digitally and on retail terminals, provides the opportunity for both casual and committed punters to bet with a good level of interaction to the game in question.The social side is also strong for football betting with bragging rights associated with hitting a fourfold accumulator on a Saturday afternoon or tipping up a first goal scorer. Football is so commonplace in the media and everyday conversations that betting is simply an extension of the product.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?JP: Changes in football betting have been gradual over the years with digital innovation evolving rather than revolutionising the online side of the industry. Online, battlegrounds have been drawn over the number of matches and markets offered, both pre-match and in-play and many operators now struggle to differentiate outside of user experience because of this.However, the retail space has come a lot further in a similar amount of time with the introduction of digital products such as SSBTs. The Saturday morning routine of visiting your local shop and taking your completed coupon to the counter still has its place but the shop can now offer much more.Self-service betting terminals now offer the same depth of football betting, on wider screens and larger customer interfaces than can be found online. It has been interesting to see how customers of various ages and interests have taken to the digitisation of the high-street bookmaker.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?JP: Integrity is key to the sports betting industry, particularly when operators look to expand into less-regulated territories and need to persuade stakeholders on the positives of having a strong, healthy betting industry, and football can spearhead of this process.It is important for both bookmakers and governing bodies in football to work together to show that the sport they are selling to the viewing and betting public is as it seems. This is true across all leagues, from the Premier League to grass-roots football.All sides want transparency where what they see is what they get and it is important for the betting industry to support this. As betting is now so pivotal to the game, this can only help the sport grow into new markets and benefit football across the board.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?JP: Football betting has benefitted from technological advancements over the past few years across two main areas: improvements in multi-channel betting and enhanced data services for both the digital and retail markets, which has enabled previously peripheral betting markets, such as in-play goals, to become a core market.With more bets being placed on digital devices, it has become clear that football bettors now demand a greater range of markets than the traditional pre-match offering of WDW and over/under markets, as well as regular multi-channel innovation across various devices.At PBS, we have supplemented this with our proprietary BetTracker technology, giving the customer the ability to place bets in-store on our SSBTs and transfer their bets to a mobile device through a bookmaker-customised app to track their bets and ultimately cash out their bets outside of the shop. This further boosts the multi-channel, flexible solution the general football bettor is looking for.Data collation, primarily for live matches, will also have a significant impact on football betting as in-play betting continues to move away from traditional pre-match markets. With various picture feeds either prohibitively expensive or of poor quality, operators will look to build on their data visualisation offerings over the coming years to make the betting experience more immersive, informative and closer to the live action.This could mean more accurate pitch position maps, player heat maps or potentially 3D pitch views. I expect to see suppliers push each other in the area over the next few years to the benefit of both digital and retail customers.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?JP: I am looking forward to a vibrant couple of days across the board and expect to see some forward-thinking, open discussions on how best to move the industry forward as a collective. I am particularly hoping to hear some innovative thoughts on the digital roadmap, and how to ensure technological advancements can be brought to retail customers who are yet to embrace digital betting.
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES – A moustached man wearing a faded Kansas City Royals hat approached Dodger Stadium from a loge-level parking lot Saturday afternoon, early enough to observe batting practice before the Dodgers’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A stadium employee recognized the man. Wearing a standard-issue polo shirt and a lanyard with an ID card, the employee approached the parking lot in a sprint, beads of sweat forming with each stride.“You’re Baseball Brit!” the employee said to the Royals fan, catching his breath. “It’s cool to see you.”It was the latest affirmation that Joey Mellows’ celebrity turn is as real as it is random. Mellows, the 34-year-old self-branded “Baseball Brit,” has parlayed years of rent-free living into a season-long tour of American baseball stadia, Twitter celebrity (he passed 26,000 followers as of Monday), and a Forrest Gump-like expedition into the soul of a sport.In Houston, Mellows watched a game from the suite of Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. In Denver, he watched the Padres and Rockies set a record for the most runs scored in a series. In Arlington, Texas, he met with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo after a game. Somewhere between Texas and New Mexico, Mellows said he got a call from a pair of Major League Baseball officials asking for his opinion about, among other things, extended foul territory netting. Joey Mellows, the 34-year-old self-branded “Baseball Brit,” has traveled the countryside on a Forrest Gump-like expedition into the soul of baseball. (Twitter photo)“CC Sabathia happened to be pitching against someone,” he recalled beneath the shade of a loge-level canopy at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. “I was like, ‘Dad, what – is that guy a professional athlete? What’s going on?’ He was like, ‘I don’t really know.’ He said, ‘do you want to watch a game tonight if there’s one nearby?’”One thing led to another, and Mellows soon found himself attending an Orix Buffaloes game in Osaka, Japan. His introduction to baseball was gradual and unusual.From Japan, Mellows returned to his teaching job in Korea, where his school provided free lodging. (He says this is what formed the basis of his savings for the year; he’s resisted subsequent suggestions to start a GoFundMe or Patreon account.) There, in Seoul, Mellows became a fan of a local professional team, the LG Twins. While he was teaching, he said, he would hide his smartphone behind his laptop and watch MLB games on mute.Mellows adopted the Royals as his team – they were good back then – but he counted the Dodgers among his favorites in his first year as a fan.“I remember watching Chase Utley,” he said. “I was like, ‘what’s the deal with this guy, he just seems so angry all the time when people were doing cool stuff.’ Then you had (Yasiel) Puig. I like him. … He’s a joyful human being. He’s being who he is. He celebrates. Most people I’ve spoken to around this area like Puig. Maybe in the locker room, that’s where the issues were. Perhaps he was difficult.”Mellows said he “fell in love” with Zack Greinke. Hyun-Jin Ryu jerseys are omnipresent in South Korean ballparks, so Ryu’s start against Arizona on Sunday was a can’t-miss. Kenta Maeda was another of his favorite pitchers from his introduction to the sport, since Maeda was among Japan’s top pitchers in 2015. It amounts to a decidedly un-American entry into the most American of sports.By contrast, the last few months of Mellows’ life resemble a classic American dream. He’s chronicled each ballpark stop in photos on his Twitter account. His peculiar take on the curiosities of life on the road make for even better content. Mellows said he would like to write a book about the journey once he’s all done.“It’s pretty amazing, the connections he’s made,” said Todd Munson.When Mellows first tweeted that he was looking for places to stay during the season, Munson was among those to heed the call. “You have a standing reservation for our guest room and a ticket in Section 2 when you come to LA,” Munson replied. “We’re only a few miles from the stadium and you can see it from our backyard.” Mellows ultimately crashed in a guest room at Munson’s Glassell Park home over the weekend.Related Articles Visiting Los Angeles for the first time last weekend, Mellows drove a borrowed Kia (he’s named it “Choo”) down Sunset Blvd., past the Strip, detoured into Koreatown, and stopped at an In-N-Out for a double-double burger and french fries.“I liked the burger,” Mellows said. “The fries, I don’t know if it’s because it was late at night, but they were kind of cardboard.”Another Briton, John Lennon, proposed that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. Mellows planned to see all 30 major league ballparks this year. (On Saturday, Dodger Stadium became the 25th.) He planned to use his Twitter account to promote MLB through the eyes of a foreigner. The parts of this year he didn’t plan – where to sleep, where to eat, whether the kindness of strangers would prevail more often than not – form the lifeblood of his journey.Mellows didn’t plan on falling in love with baseball, for starters. Growing up in Portsmouth, England, he had no means for watching the sport. His first exposure came in April 2015, in Japan, where Mellows said his parents joined him on a vacation from his job teaching economics at a school in South Korea.Mellows said he and his father noticed a baseball game playing on the television of their hotel bar. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Another Dodger fan, Lupe Soto, responded to Mellows’ tweet too. She and her husband Bob live in Bakersfield. They ended up attending games together with Mellows in Oakland, Visalia (a minor league game against the Stockton Ports), and Dodger Stadium. Bob Soto said he was happy to buy Mellows a Dodger ticket on his own dime.“This guy’s doing it on his savings,” Soto said. “Why not?”In Los Angeles the kindness of strangers prevailed. If Mellows has to spend a night splayed across Choo’s back seats, he’s prepared to do so. He’s done it before. Following Mellows on Twitter, you gain an appreciation for the unpredictability of it all.This week, Mellows said he’d like to attend games in San Diego and Anaheim. He wants to finish the season in Toronto, making Rogers Centre his 30th and final ballpark. He’s filling in most of the particulars as he goes along.“Do you know anyone,” Mellows asked, “who lives in San Diego?” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start
Lakers exec Magic Johnson ‘surprised’ by NBA’s $50,000 fine for comments about Giannis Antetokounmpo Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When Nance broke a bone in his hand in the eighth game of the season, it was rookie Kyle Kuzma who replaced him in the starting lineup.The result was “me and him butting heads over it,” Coach Luke Walton said.Something happened after those early-season setbacks.“I couldn’t really focus on whether I was going to be here long-term or not,” Randle said. “The extension didn’t happen, so that decision of what was going to happen. The season was really up to me to go out and play and figure out the rest in the summer.”Randle finally rejoined the starting lineup after Brook Lopez sprained his ankle in December, and his productivity has skyrocketed.His per 36-minute averages of 21.3 points and 11 rebounds per game would make him one of the most productive big men in the league and, with a 55.3 field goal percentage, one of the most reliable.As a starter, however, he isn’t that far off from those numbers in a mere 24 minutes per outing. Since replacing Nance in the lineup, he has averaged 16.8 points and 9 rebounds over 24 minutes per game, with nine of his 13 double-doubles coming since he left the bench.“I love the way Julius is playing right now,” said Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations. “This is the best I’ve ever seen him play. We want to see him continue to do that.”Even Walton, who has repeatedly challenged Randle to be a better defender and a smarter scorer, seems to have come around on the fourth-year forward.Since the Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win over Atlanta on Jan. 7, Randle has played 27 minutes per game and become one of the Lakers’ most reliable players down the stretch of close games.“Julius, with all that talk going on, he has been one of our most steady players,” Walton said. “He has done everything we have asked of him, he is getting so much better at reading when to make a pass and when a double team is coming and when to go score the ball. All that is just little signs of a player growing up and starting to really understand the NBA game, and let the NBA game kind of slow down so he can do what he does well.”There’s still a decent chance another team will benefit from Randle’s progress this season, even with the trade deadline behind him.To bring in two stars this summer, the Lakers would have to renounce Randle’s rights to clear his $12.4 million cap hold, which would make him an unrestricted free agent.“Regardless of what they’re doing, they’re going to do what’s best for them,” Randle said of the Lakers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2014. “You’ve just got to go out and be a professional, do your job.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThroughout the fall and leading up to the trade deadline, Randle was the Lakers player most often discussed in trade rumors. But as the deadline neared, his game took off, and it became harder to envision the Lakers parting with the resurgent 6-foot-9 power forward.By trading Nance and Clarkson for the expiring contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and the Cavaliers’ first-round pick, the organization sent a clear message that they want to sign two maximum-contract free agents over the course of the next two offseasons.The trade also gave the Lakers the flexibility to match any deal for Randle this summer, depending on their ability to lure All-Stars, potentially giving Randle a place in the franchise’s long-term plans.That was tough to envision back in October.The franchise chose not to offer Randle a contract extension in October, making him a restricted free agent in July. He started the season on the bench after losing his starting job to Nance. LOS ANGELES — With his cell phone pressed to his ear, Rob Pelinka wandered through the office suite at the Lakers’ El Segundo headquarters. Through large bay windows, he could see the team he was trying to improve as it completed its morning shootaround, and they could look up and see him.Pelinka had already traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland on Thursday morning. As Julius Randle finished morning work, he wondered if he could be next.“I didn’t know,” Randle told the Southern California News Group hours later, after scoring 17 points in a blowout win over Oklahoma City. “The ups and downs of the season and not knowing what’s going to happen, it could have happened to anyone. So I was ready for whatever.”The Lakers, however, chose to hold on to Randle, the last player on their roster who was coached by Byron Scott and played alongside Kobe Bryant. Since arriving as a teenager in 2014, Randle has become a husband and a father. He has gone from starter to reserve to, once again, starter. He has fascinated and frustrated his two head coaches, both of whom took away his starting job as a method of motivation.“He has grown up a lot in the time that I have known him,” Walton said.Randle didn’t disagree.“Basketball has a funny way of building character,” he said. “Not just for basketball, but just life and a lot of moments throughout the season that I won’t forget that have really built me up as a person and as a player. Stuff that I’ll be able to teach my son, as well.”His four years with the Lakers, he said, have taught him how to fight through adversity and that no matter how hard he works for things, they won’t always work out like he expects.The result has been that Randle is playing the best basketball of his career and is valued more than ever by the franchise that drafted him. To get here, he had to endure those early challenges. That was a trade worth making. 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Two men were killed Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie after they were electrocuted during a construction accident, according to police.Authorities say the incident happened at 10:27 am. at a construction site located at 11650 Range Line Rd.Police, along with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue and FPL, were called to what they said was initially a commercial vehicle that was on fire.A preliminary investigation found that the two workers from Allterra Engineering & Testing, which is based in Riviera Beach, died of electrocution while they were raising a drilling boom which hit a live overhead wire.Police added that the auger of the mobile drill hit the active power line, and it caught on fire.Fire Rescue pronounced the two workers dead at the scene. They were identified as 22-year-old Patrick Sarvela and 22-year-old Dillion Drew.OSHA is leading the investigation.
View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Thomas is out, shipped to Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.But that doesn’t mean Hayward is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much different from the one he thought he had joined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You’re talking about two superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players,” Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.“It would have been amazing to have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another superstar.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody The Celtics already had had quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team’s biggest star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.Irving would not say whether he plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade demand, telling reporters: “It’s not anybody else’s business.”“It’s just really between two men,” he said. “If it happens or not, I’m pretty sure you guys won’t know about it.”For now, he is worried about his new team.“There’s just a lot of newness I have to get used to, which I’m excited about,” he said Monday. “It’s going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we’re about to face as a team. … It will really echo in terms of our identity and how we’re going to respond.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20), Al Horford (42), and Kyrie Irving (11) walk together during a photo shoot at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CANTON, Mass. — Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his whirlwind free agency.By the time Hayward steps on the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point guard dishing out the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ In all, just four players return from last year’s conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.They’re all new to Irving, a four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.Ainge said it wasn’t his goal to shake up the conference finalists.“Those guys were terrific players for us, and some of my favorite players that I’ve watched and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some players, too,” Ainge said. “It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our roster.”Ainge would like to see how it all works out.“We don’t plan on doing the same thing next summer,” he said. “I plan on getting down to about a 1 handicap next summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The long-awaited Telecommunications Bill will soon be tabled in the National Assembly. This comes after months of consultations with many of the relevant stakeholders.In a recent interview, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes related to the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the date was still being finalised and should be completed before May 31.“There were extensive discussions, so what we want to do is to bring the legislation to the Parliament as soon as we can, and we arePublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughesworking on that. I do not have a date yet, but I would envision it would be probably before the end of May,” Hughes pointed out.Once this Bill is passed, it is expected that it will specifically address the expansion of telecommunications services to remote areas. The Minister, however, pointed out that final adjustments were being made to the Bill by way of consultations with telecoms companies GTT and Digicel Guyana.It was noted that passage of the Bill would “allow Guyanese the opportunity to enjoy better telecommunications services, and wider and faster Internet bandwidth”. Hughes also noted that the Public Telecommunications Ministry was working with the telecommunications service providers to deliver enhanced services for visitors for the Jubilee celebrations. The Minister also told GINA that many people have already indicated that they were coming to celebrate Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary, so there is a need to make them comfortable.“We are working with the telecommunications companies to ensure that visitors are able to use their phones and will be able to have the technical support that they require,” she added.It was further posited that the Bill is being crafted to “build a competitive system in the telecommunications sector, and is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices for consumers”. To this end, it will provide for “an open, liberalised sector that will attract new markets and investors”.The Telecommunications Bill was introduced in 2011 and revised in 2013 in the 10th Parliament. In 2015, Government had given approval for two legal consultants to be hired to fine-tune and make adjustments to the Bill.