Outdoor patio“There is a real sense of style and five-star luxury as you walk through the home, and out onto the large hardwood deck overlooking the lush tropical gardens, neat lawns, private stream, mature trees, bar and lagoon swimming pool with waterfall,” said Mr Thorpe.“The large double storey shed, accessed by a private road is perfect for the additional car, boat or caravan storage, and can be easily converted into a studio apartment, for Airbnb holiday rental.“This modern and contemporary home has been cleverly designed to work with the natural surroundings, creating shade and capturing the sea breezes which promote comfortable and cool tropical living conditions all year round.” Sean Thorpe 0431 052 490 Clifton Beach The living and dining roomAdding to the sense of space and privacy are two separate living areas, perfect for a large family to live easily.A Eurochef kitchen with black granite benchtops offers top quality appliances which will ensure the home entertainer or family chef is kept content and inspired to create.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe master suite comes with a walk-in robe, bathroom, spa and balcony overlooking tropical gardens.A separate office and study can be converted into a space to run a home business and the movie theatre-style media room with a built-in surround-sound system will make for nights in so comfortable and entertaining, you may never leave home again. BEACH, rainforest, luxury — this home on Cairns’ northern beaches has it all.Elite Real Estate Services has listed 34-36 Thrush Tce at Clifton Beach, a sprawling four-bedroom, two-bathroom executive-style residence with room for four vehicles in the large garage.Agent Sean Thorpe said it took the current owner four years to create the modern, manicured home, working closely with architects and designers. 34-36 Thrush Terrace Bathrooms 2 Bedrooms 4 Garage 4 Taylor Foster 0439 985 318 Elite Real Estate Services — Cairns Land 0.47 ha Gorgeous bathroom.The home also comes with ducted airconditioning, louvred windows, and fans throughout. There are automated gates at the entrance to the property, an intercom system and security cameras.
Recently the Carmel Girls Swim Team won their 29th consecutive state title. It is the longest win streak by any high school team in the nation. The second best streak was 27 wins by a Hawaiian High School swim team. This was also Carmel’s 6th national swim title in 7 years. Not only do they dominate the state of Indiana, they have dominated the entire United States since 2008.In this years state meet, they won 9 of 11 events including all 3 relays. In doing so, they set 3 national records. They achieved the highest point total ever recorded in an Indiana State swim meet with 445 points. This was a 266 point win margin over runner up Fisher’s High School.The only high school swim program that can probably challenge Carmel is the St. Xavier Boys swim team of Cincinnati. This team, however, has never had this kind of win margin over a state runner up. Congratulations, Greyhounds.
James Dale Lawrence of Decatur County went to be with the Lord on the 11th of February, 2019, at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.Jim was born Oct. 20, 1931 to Claud E. and Wilma O. (Griffin) Lawrence of Sandusky, Indiana.He was preceded in death by his parents; also preceding him was his sister, Dorothy L. Wolford; two nephews, Tim Wolford and Ron Wolford; and one grandson, Bert Shawn Houpey.He is survived by his wife, Patricia S. Lawrence; three children, Pamela Kay Tucker (Donald), Cynthia Diane Dale (David), and Jeffery Dale Lawrence (Connie). He has six grandchildren, Michael J. Tucker (Kate), Andrea S.A. Roberts (Adam), Chris E. Houpey (Libby), Vanessa, Thomas, and David Lawrence. He is blessed with seven great-grandchildren, Mathew, Chandler, Kendra and Lucas Tucker, Carter and Chase Roberts and Weston Houpey. He also survived by three brothers, Gerald E. (Dot), Paul L. (Janet), and Mervin R. (Agatha); a brother-in-law, Maurice Wolford; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.Jim graduated from New Point High School in Decatur County. He spent three years and eight months in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Lindenwold (Land Ship Dock) where they played an instrumental role in the initial building of the Thule Air Base in Greenland. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in January 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon being discharged he started working at Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg, Indiana. He began working there as a general laborer and after 36 years of service he retired in January 1991 as Plant Superintendent.Jim and Patty were married on June 7, 1953. They were happily married for 65.5 years. They spent 62 years on Patty’s family farm just south of New Point, Indiana. In 2012, they received the Indiana Hoosier Sesquicentennial Award for the farm, having been homesteaded since 1861.According to Jim’s wishes he was cremated and a memorial service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Batesville Christian Church, 1294 Columbus Avenue, Batesville, IN. Following the service, internment will be held at Rossburg Cemetery, SP County Road 850 E., Greensburg, IN. and will include military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorial contributions to be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
admin Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) ELLSWORTH — The 17-0-0 Ellsworth Eagles Boy’s Soccer Team will travel to Falmouth tomorrow, November 6, to face off against the 16-0-1 Yarmouth Clippers. Game time is 10 AM. For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.
FOOTBALL action at the Pee Wee level is not taking a break with the 3rd annual Smalta Girls schools tournament set to kick off today at the Ministry of Education Ground.Starting at 10:00hrs today, St Pius will take on St Agnes while St Gabriel’s will have to dig deep if they are to overcome South Ruimveldt Primary.From 10:45hrs, Stella Maris will go toe-to-toe with Mae’s Primary while F.E. Pollard do battle with St Angela’s. Tucville will oppose St Margaret’s from 11:30hrs on field one while across the ground North Georgetown will face Smith Memorial.West Ruimveldt will take on Winfer Gardens from 12:15hrs while St Stephen’s battle Redeemer.During the tournament launch earlier this week, co-Director of Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, lauded the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for its intention to be integrally involved in the tournament since it fits into their plans to develop the sport from the grassroots level.He urged that parents continue to support their children, especially the girls in the sport.Ansa McAl’s representative Sean Abel said that having accepted the Platinum sponsor tag since the tournament’s inception, his company is happy to be involved once more.Ministry of Public Health personnel Joy Gravesande congratulated the participants, reminding them that all of them are winners while and Head of Physical Education within the Ministry of Education Nicholas Fraser wished the tournament the great success.The teams will be divided into four groups of four and will be played on a round-robin basis with the top two finishers from each group advancing to the knockout phase.All matches will be played at the Ministry of Education ground.
Champ becomes 2nd PGA Tour player to test positive for virusCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Cameron Champ is the second PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Champ did not play last week at the RBC Heritage. That’s where Nick Watney tested positive. Champ tied for 14th at Colonial in Texas. He was tested when he arrived at the Travelers Championship, and it came back positive. Champ says he feels fine and was surprised to learn of the positive test. He now has to self-isolate for 10 days and will get as stipend from the PGA Tour to pay for the expense. He also had to withdraw from the tournament.WEST VIRGINIA-KOENNING LEAVEWest Virginia DC Koenning on leave after player accusationsUNDATED (AP) —West Virginia has placed defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on administrative leave after a player alleged the assistant coach made a series of inappropriate comments. Elsewhere in the draft:— The Minnesota Twins have signed first round draft pick Aaron Sabato with a $2.75 million bonus. Sabato, a first baseman from North Carolina, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round earlier this month. He signed for about $180,000 above the value for his draft slot assigned by Major League Baseball. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Sabato set a Tarheels freshman record with 18 home runs in 2019. As a sophomore in the virus-shortened 2020 season, Sabato batted .292 with seven homers, 18 RBIs and 22 walks in 19 games.— The Tampa Bay Rays have reached terms with first-round draft pick Nick Bitsko, giving the Pennsylvania high school pitcher a $3 million signing bonus. The 18-year-old right-hander was the 24th overall selection after going 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 68 strikeouts in two seasons at Central Bucks East High. Several months after announcing plans to graduate a year early, Bitsko’s final prep season was canceled this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.— The Kansas City Royals have signed all six of their draft picks, including first-rounder Asa Lacy, along with seven undrafted free agents that together give the rebuilding franchise one of the best incoming crops of first-year players in the majors. The club announced the 13 signings on Tuesday with Lacy being the headliner. The big, rangy left-hander out of Texas A&M was widely considered the top college arm in the draft, yet he slid to the Royals at the fourth overall pick.MLB-CANADA NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM-CANCERFlyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with the team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Lindblom has 30 goals in 134 career games over two-plus seasons with the Flyers. .GOLF-2ND PLAYER POSITIVE — This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. — Tiffany Hayes has become the second Atlanta Dream guard to announce plans to sit out the 2020 season. The Dream says Hayes, a 2018 all-WNBA first-team selection, has said she won’t play this season. Last week the WNBA announced plans for a 22-game season in Florida without fans in attendance.— A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive.NFL-NEWS In other NFL news:— The Las Vegas Raiders have opened their new training facility in Henderson, Nevada. About 70 team members were on hand Monday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, a 335,000-square-foot complex. No players are allowed yet unless they are rehabbing injuries, but coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were in attendance. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says his criticism of Drew Brees’ opposition about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees’ later apology, is a microcosm of what the country needs. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback made his comments about kneeling earlier this month. He said the video he posted on Instagram criticizing Brees was filmed before he spoke with his teammate. Jenkins said he decided to post the video after they spoke because he thought people needed to see it. — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.— Eli Manning has won the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media. Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, has been lauded for years for his dealings with local and national media. He’s the second member of the New York Giants to win the award, joining Tiki Barber (2006). Manning was the Giants’ starting quarterback for nearly every game in his first 15 years in the league. UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments: West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Tuesday after safety Kerry Martin posted the allegations on his Twitter account. Lyon says the athletic department will conduct a thorough investigation. He thanked Martin for having the courage to voice his concerns. Coach Neal Brown says he has talked with all parties involved, including the team. He says the culture of the program will be of acceptance, respect, tolerance and positive relationships.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASEKTBALL-STEVENS RETIRESVeteran Bentley U. women’s coach Barbara Stevens retiresBOSTON (AP) — Longtime Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In other NBA news:— Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida. He tells ESPN that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 44 games before the season was shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the 22-team restart.SOCCER-UNEQUAL PAYWomen’s soccer appeal deniedUNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by American women’s soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a trial for Sept. 15 on the players’ remaining claim of discriminatory work conditions. Lawyers for the women had asked him to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss the pay claim, which would have allowed them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Canada open to MLB in Toronto, needs planTORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is open to Major League Baseball playing in Toronto this summer, but the league has not submitted the required plan to Canadian authorities. A senior federal government official says if MLB were to submit an acceptable restart plan to the government, an exemption letter similar to the one provided to the NHL could be provided. Ontario’s chief medical officer also says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic.NBA-CAVALIERS-DRUMMOND OPTIONCavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next seasonCLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond was acquired in a February trade with the Detroit Pistons. He said on an ESPN podcast that he intends to pick up the option. Drummond’s decision had been expected, but this is the first time he’s publicly stated his intentions. Drummond must notify the Cavs in writing about the option by Oct. 17. The NBA’s offseason calendar has been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The Philadelphia Phillies say two more players and two additional staff numbers have tested positive for COVID-19. That raises the number of total members in the organization who have the virus to 12. The Phillies say all other tests within the organization have come back negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team complex in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive on Friday for COVID-19. Philadelphia became the first big league team known to be struck by the outbreak. Three staff members at the camp also tested positive. The Phillies didn’t identify any of those affected.— Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. Tomlin says the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work. Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.— Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse says simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL. Seven of the finalists were in the United States.— Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. David Williams says he has read a Major League Baseball proposal but it doesn’t mention anything about travel to Canada. He says baseball will have to provide a plan. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days and the U.S. Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. June 23, 2020 Brady continues group workouts despite NFLPA recommendationUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady continues to prepare for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working out with teammates at a private school despite a union recommendation that players not conduct any more group practices before training camp.The six-time Super Bowl champion was joined on the field Tuesday by a group of teammates that included tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, center Ryan Jensen, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards.With NFL training facilities still closed to players because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has been leading small voluntary workouts near downtown Tampa for much of the past month.The latest session came just three days after the Bucs confirmed an unspecified number of “individuals” tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s training center. The same day, NFL Players Association medial director Dr. Thom Mayer, recommended all NFL players refrain from working out in group settings until training camp begins next month. NASCAR-WALLACE GARAGE- NOOSE Rope found hanging in Wallace’s garage was called coincidence undated (AP) — The rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was not a hate crime. Federal authorities said the rope had been hanging at the Alabama track since at least October. Video evidence showed it had been hanging from the garage door but was the only one fashioned as a noose. Wallace coincidentally was assigned that garage. NASCAR stood by its decision to investigate the discovery found in the stall of its only Black driver. Wallace successfully called for a ban of the Confederate flag and has become an activist for the sport during a push for racial equality. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus — U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament opening this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France. The two cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. The monthlong Challenge Cup opens Saturday with a nationally televised game between the Portland Thorns and the defending champion North Carolina Courage.— Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021. Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making money.— Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities. Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.— Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic. The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.— The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced. The union committed its members to start reporting July 1 — those who decide to report. High-risk individuals would be allowed to opt out and still receive salary and service time, but others who sit out would get neither money nor the service credit needed for eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration.Playoff teams remain at 10 for now — there is still talk of a possible expansion. The rejected deal had called for 16 teams.MLB-DRAFTCardinals sign 1st round pick 3B Jordan Walker for $2.9MST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick Jordan Walker for $2.9 million, which comes just under the slot value for the 21st overall pick. Walker is a power-hitting third baseman picked out of high school. The Cardinals continued Tuesday to bring their selections from the first-year player draft under contract. The Cardinals already signed their second-round pick, East Carolina outfielder Alec Burleson; third-round pick Levi Prater, a left-hander from Oklahoma; and fifth-round pick L.J. Jones, an outfielder from Long Beach State. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEMLB holds off on imposing schedule until protocols locked in NEW YORK (AP) —Major League Baseball has issued a 60-game schedule that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. This will be MLB’s shortest season since 1878. Each team will play 10 games against each of its four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The sides expanded the designated hitter to games involving National League teams and will start extra innings with a runner on second base. She became the first non-Division I women’s basketball coach, and the fifth overall, to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with Bentley’s 78-66 home victory over Adelphi University on Jan. 17, 2018.
GUYANA’S Golden Jaguars will know their opponents for the 2022 Qatar World Cup on August 19, when the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), hosts its preliminary draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.With 35 member associations from across North, Central America and the Caribbean set to be involved, CONCACAF said the preliminary draw is a significant moment that will determine the tournament pathway for the first and final rounds under the new qualification format.Based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking as of July 16, 2020, the draw for the first round will allocate the 30 lowest-ranked CONCACAF teams to six groups. This will be followed by the draw for the final round, which will indicate the position of each team within the final qualification stage, which will also be contested in a group format.The pots for the first-round draw will see Guyana being joined by Grenada, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Belize in Pot three.El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago are in Pot 1, while Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic are in Pot 2.Pot 4 will have St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Montserrat, Dominica and the Cayman Islands. Bahamas, Aruba, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla are in Pot 5.The six highest-ranked teams in the first round – El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago – will be pre-seeded into groups A to F respectively.The first round will be played in a single round-robin format, meaning each team will play four matches; two home and two away.During the second round, the six group winners will face-off in a home-and-away elimination format in three predetermined pairings. The winners of each tie will proceed to the final round.The final round will see the three winners from the second round join the five highest-ranked CONCACAF teams, according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as of July 16, 2020. They will play each other in a home-and-away round-robin format.Fans around the world will be able to follow the draw live on FIFA.com, with the exception of the territories where the draw will be broadcast live on TV.
PLAYA VISTA — Lakers coach Luke Walton said after his team’s loss Tuesday that he didn’t expect a definite determination on LeBron James’ availability for Thursday’s game against the Clippers until Thursday.That’s fine, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, his team would be readying for James – and fellow forward Kyle Kuzma – at practice Wednesday anyway.James has missed a career-high 17 consecutive games since suffering a strained groin on Christmas Day; Kuzma has skipped the past two with a strained hip.“We just prepare for him to play,” Rivers said. “Him and Kuz. And if they don’t, then we’ll figure that out. This is deep thinking No. 2 for me today: I think it’s smarter to prepare for LeBron and Kuz than not to prepare for them.” Rivers’ first deep thought had to do with encouraging a player – such as, say, Tobias Harris – to work to draw foul calls on a defender – such as, well, LeBron James.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“That’s what I tell him all the time. ‘Get him off the floor! Every time they get three (fouls), they get subbed out. Let’s get him off the floor’,” Rivers said. “For example, (Thursday), if LeBron plays and you get LeBron four fouls early, he’s got to sit. And I just know this: When LeBron is on the bench, he’s not as good as when he’s on the floor. That’s a guarantee.”James has yet to step onto the floor as a Laker against the Clippers. He missed the teams’ first encounter Dec. 28, when a 22-0 run and 36 points by Lou Williams boosted the Clippers to a 118-107 victory. James also sat out the teams’ preseason game in Anaheim, which the Clippers won 103-87.But because he’s been cleared for contact and has been scrimmaging at practice this week, there’s a sense he’ll return to action Thursday, as could Kuzma.Their presence could be impactful in a game that could weigh heavily on the Western Conference’s playoff pecking order – as they all will from here on out. “Coaches think every game is important, anyway,” he said. “It’s nice now when the players have the same urgency.”CHECK OFF THAT BOXPoint guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander called his selection to the World Team for Feb. 19’s Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend “a bucket list” accomplishment for his first NBA season.“Awesome!” fellow rookie Jerome Robinson said of the news, which the league announced Tuesday. “Very excited, can’t wait to watch.”“They did the right thing,” Rivers said of the coaches who picked the team. “I’d have been shocked if they hadn’t. Shai did exactly what he should’ve done and made the team.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters At 28-23, the Clippers are clinging to the eighth spot in the standings with 31 regular-season games remaining and a six-game trip looming. The Lakers (26-25) currently stand ninth.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Even if Kuzma and James rejoin the Lakers, neither team will be at full strength: The Clippers – the designated home team for Thursday’s game – are expected to be without starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who has missed six consecutive games with lower back spasms.And the Lakers – who this week have been hotly discussed in trade speculation involving New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis – will be missing starting point guard Lonzo Ball, who is expected to be out at least another three weeks with a sprained ankle.“Every game now is important; they really are,” said Rivers, whose Clippers have won 22 of their last 25 games against their Staples Center co-tenants. “There’s no non-important games anymore. The whole West knows that we’re all in a fight for our lives and no one’s going away.“If you’re in the East, you’re in the top four spots, five spots, you’re pretty much set. You’re going to be in the playoffs. In the West, not so. Every game is important. There is no one game that is more important than the other game anymore for us.”Rivers mentioned hearing James Harden and Russell Westbrook share similar sentiments this week, which warmed his coach’s heart.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory
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