Kevin Durant, Warriors overcome shooting woes to beat Heat

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) passes away from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won, 97-80. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Shots were contested, and so many missed the target.The Golden State Warriors had to get defensive and grind out a win — and coach Steve Kerr appreciated that kind of push for the defending NBA champs.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Injured Gordon Hayward shoots free throws from chair “I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Kerr said. “It was a grind-it-out game and I thought we did a good job of staying with it. We held them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff style win where you have to grind it out, nothing’s easy.”Curry added 16 points and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot just 36.8 percent and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant added six assists and three blocks, making all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors shot 22 of 24 from the line.“I just feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we want to be a great team we’ve got to play different ways,” Durant said. “It’s a good test for us.”James Johnson scored 21 points off the bench and Goran Dragic contributed 19 points for Miami a night aftersqueaking out a 104-101 road win against the Clippers.Thompson missed his first four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 in the first half and Durant 3 for 8 — and they went acombined 0 for 7 from deep — before Golden State got going a bit after halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Attles was hospitalized and missed a night honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or more 3s in all 11 games so far — something the team did 14 consecutive times last season.UP NEXTHeat: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curry was hit with a technical at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter for an elbow to Tyler Johnson while the Golden State star drove to the basket.Both teams were cold shooting in the early going — Golden State 29.2 percent in the first quarter to 38.1by Miami, which committed seven of its 23 turnovers in the period.WHITESIDE’S MINUTESHeat center Hassan Whiteside played just 16-plus minutes, shooting 1 of 9 for three points and six rebounds and sat most of the second half.“This is one game, he understands how important he is to our team to play at a high level, high energy level, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and look to have a much better game,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.KERR ON GUN CONTROLShootings touch Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, as the President of American University of Beirut.Kerr offered condolences and thoughts to victims of the Texas church shooting that killed 26 — not to mention a strong message on gun control.“It’s just awful, and that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today,” Kerr said. “To solve it, I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue. Too often, I think we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to look at this it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties.“This has got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue. We have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact which is safety, which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”TIP-INSHeat: Spoelstra received a technical for arguing late in the first half. … Miami lost its fourth straight on the Warriors’ home floor. … Starting G Dion Waiters is still away from the team after he returned to Miami for the birth of his daughter Sunday morning.center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors overcome their shooting woes and beat the Miami Heat 97-80 in a rare low-scoring outing Monday night.“It’s a good feeling to know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense and focus in on that end really hopefully regardless of how our offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry said. “Tonight was kind of a testament to that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDraymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high four 3s to go with nine rebounds as the defending NBAchampions won for the seventh time in their last eight games, including three straight in lopsided fashion on their recent road trip.The Warriors had scored 100 points in every regular-season game since their second-to-last matchup last season, a 105-99 defeat to Utah as the regulars rested or played limited minutes ahead of the playoffs. 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Alexander: the mastermind behind the rigging machinery setup

first_imgDear Editor,It is Vincent Alexander again, The PNC point man at GECOM; he is the one making and breaking laws at the institution. In fact, in all his deliberations at the Commission, he quotes himself as the law and the source of all knowledge in the workings of GECOM.It is all about what he wants, or what he wants to get done at the Commission. That final outcome, according to the information made available to us — the sources I would not here divulge — is a one-seat, so-called razor slim majority in the name of “The Coalition.”The huge problem with that corrupt transaction is that you must continue to work around the figures to bring about that result. This is Alexander’s headache and the PNC’s problem: how to, and in what ambience, massage the figures to produce a win.As was the case in the 2015 elections, this was a pretty easy task, because all Alexander and his cohorts had to do was to continue working along that deceptive path, flip that one-seat minority win for the PPP/C in 2011, and simply flip that over in 2015 into a one-seat win for the PNC-led Coalition; and eureka!So, let us carefully follow the sequence of events. I have already dealt with the Gocool Boodhoo sabotage by Alexander, so I will not dwell on that matter, but will gracefully move on from there.The chairman of GECOM, having serious issues with his conscience, resigns, paving the way for a new chairman. The constitution stipulates that the Opposition submit a list of six names from which a chairman should be chosen.The Opposition submits 18 names, all of which were rejected by the President; and, in response, he handpicks a party loyal for that position.The position of DCEO becomes available, and the acting DCEO, Mr Vishnu Persaud, was rejected for the post.Acting on the advice of Alexander, Chairman Patterson makes a casting vote for a virtual newcomer to be installed in the position of DCEO.Roxanne Myers is chosen for the post of DCEO, least qualified with no experience.Mr Alexander comes out in defence of this choice.Every dissenting voice on the commission is silenced. There is no redress.Still not comfortable with that rigging machinery setup of his, Alexander moves to create a system where all scrutinisers or keen eyes must be removed. Alexander wants to work in an atmosphere where he can manoeuvre comfortably, so he is wary of the people he has around him. His preference goes for those who, in his estimation, are staunch party supporters. In that regard, Vishnu Persaud became his latest victim.He must have gloated when Gocool Boodhoo was gotten rid of. Delivering Boodhoo’s head on a platter was a notable achievement for his party, and this emboldened the man on his iniquitous rampage.But let me sound the alarm to Alexander and sundry: you might have gotten away with Boodhoo and even Ramotar, but that scheming, illegal plot of yours will not get past the suffering people, far less a Bharrat Jagdeo. We will not allow this foolishness to gain foothold. Please note that the people of Guyana will not allow this thievery to take place again.So, to Miss Myers, I would say: You have been selected to take the blame when that sinister plan of Alexander’s is exposed. His plan is to set you up for a mighty hard fall, so be aware! Sure enough, he would be exposed when the facts and figures of the next election become clear to all. I say to you: stay clear of that “scapegoat syndrome” Alexander has backed you into; do not take the fall like this man. Keep all your data intact. Take keen stock of all sources of your data.When we, the people, would have triumphed, we are coming after Alexander. The first item on our agenda would be a SOCU investigation into all the machinations of Alexander at GECOM.  This is a vital decision, because it goes to the heart of our democratic right to choose who governs us, and not to be left at the behest of a corrupt individual. Alexander must be investigated and prosecuted to the maximum; he must not get away with it.It is Alexander’s mistaken belief that he can secretly steal another win for his beloved party, but all of those plans have been made public, and the nonsense must stop now! We will not accept any hand-me-down votes; we demand every vote cast by the honest, conscientious, hardworking suffering people of Guyana; no more no less. We want every last vote given to us; not votes given to us by Alexander and his cabal, but every vote credited to us. We demand our votes, every last one!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Lydia Jones Returns with Help for Invincible Eleven, Kids, Others

first_imgNearly twenty years ago, the local soccer landscape was dominated by ‘Darling Club’ Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle (The Rollers).At the time, among supporters of Invincible Eleven were three great friends—Lydia Jones, Tonia Klay and Kaddieatu Darra (now Mrs. Kaddieatu Findley).They were at every game at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, offering their moral support to their Darling Club, also known as ‘Sunshine Yellow Boys.’“They encouraged the players and I remember it was the time when players like Sam Sumo, Kai Jerbo, Ben Morthy, Theo Weeks and even Ezekiel Doe, among others, were making their mark on Liberian football,” said a long time follower of Liberian football.The above players played for Invincible Eleven, which suffered at the time because most of the players left for the United States.“It was always a setback for the team as IE had to regroup and rebuild for the future,” he said. The three friends also provided financial support to their favorite players and the players did not disappoint them.Ms. Jones, after several years in the United States, returned home recently with a group identified as D’Company.D’Company describes itself as dedicated men and women in the Diaspora united with a single vision to provide support to address hunger as it affects children ages 5-17.D’Company is headed by Charles B. Blake Sr, as chief executive officer, but Ms. Jones is responsible for its social affairs, because of her experience in dealing with people.At the January 7 inauguration of D’Company’s ‘Kids Extravaganza’ held at the Alpha Oldtimers Sports Pitch in Paynesville, 1000 children converged and received food and other goodies.Mr. Blake collaborated with Mr. Phillip Gibson, who since 2014 has been providing at his own expense and those of his friends and well wishers, free meals every Saturday to 400 kids in central Monrovia.Gibson is the executive director of the Florence Bracewell Lardner Children Foundation, with the theme, “If I can Help Someone My Living Will Not Be in Vain.”“The young man’s passion to help kids to know that they are loved is beyond compare,” said a resident on Gurley Street whose kids are beneficiaries of Gibson’s foundation.Though fighting hunger is at the core of D’Company’s vision, Ms. Jones has not forgotten the football organization that she, along with others, mentored in the glorious years of Liberian football. Information close to Ms. Jones says that she has brought her widow’s mite, a package for Invincible Eleven, as the team struggles in the Liberia Football Association league.D’Company has an ambitious program to seek funds abroad to construct a chain of youth centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry.“These centers would provide mentorship and counseling for kids with complex domestic situations, such as alcohol, sex and drug abuse, incest, child labor, among others,” according to a brochure released on January 7.Perhaps Lydia Jones realizes many strange changes in Liberia, particularly about football, and must be aware of the most vulnerable group in the country, for which she has joined others at home and abroad to provide assistance, with Gibson’s foundation showing the way.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Conductor remanded for raping relative

first_imgA 24-year-old conductor, who allegedly raped a close relative in 2016, was on Friday charged for the offence and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Dorian Fredricks appeared before Magistrate Rhondel Weaver. It is alleged that between October 1 and 31, 2016, at North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he engaged in sexual penetration with a female without her consent.The prosecution is contending that Fredricks and the victim are relatives and sometime between October 1 and 31 he dealt the victim a slap whilst forcefully having sex with her. The prosecution is also contending that this occurred several times during the same period. The matter was reported but the charge was only recently instituted. Magistrate Weaver remanded Fredricks to prison. The case will continue on May 29, 2019.last_img read more

CPA rewards winners of Spelling Bee Competition

first_imgThe Community Policing Association (CPA) on Thursday rewarded several students who were successful at the last Spelling Bee Competition that was organised in observance of the Community Policing Group’s 43rd anniversary.Several events were planned and successfully staged as part of the CPG anniversary, including the Spelling Bee Competition, a Youth Conference, and a Road March.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and the winner of the 43rd Community Policing Group’s Spelling Bee CompetitionForty primary and secondary school students had converged in the various policing divisions for the preliminary competitions, after which the winners had travelled to Region Three to participate in the quarterfinal, semifinal and finals stages.The quarterfinals were held at the Greenwich Park Primary School on March 12, followed by the semi-finals on March 16 at the Wales Primary School. The finals had seen five juniors and eight seniors showcasing their intellectual skills to determine the winners of each category.In the end, the five juniors were adjudged winners, since they had exhausted all the work that was assigned for the finals.On the other hand, three students in the senior group were successful in acquiring the top spots. Two others were adjudged runners-up, while three were eliminated in the early rounds of the final, which was held at the West Demerara Secondary School.The winners were rewarded with trophies and other gifts. The Public Security Minister urged the students to continue excelling in their academics. He noted that the competition was planned in order to foster social cohesion.last_img read more

Akumu targets CAF CL final with Zesco

first_img“It hasn’t been an easy ride since I joined but with hard work we have managed to get results. I have enjoyed the first two seasons and the success that came with it and now the target is to get better. We reached the semis in 2016 and now the target this year is to get to the final and even win it,” the soft-spoken midfielder noted.He added; “We have a very strong team with experienced players and everyone knows how it is playing at the top. So we will give it our best shot.”Zesco kick-off their campaign away in Zanzibar against local champions Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) and if they skip this stage, they will earn a first round berth to play against either Buffles du Borgou of Benin or Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas.The midfielder who cut his niche at Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League has already bagged three titles in Zambia, winning the Zambian FA Cup, also known as the Barclays Cup in his first season while last year, he won the league title.At the same time, he believes that the influx of Kenyan players in Zambia will open doors for more players to move there. Akumu plays at Zesco with Jesse Were and David ‘Calabar’ Owino while neighboring Buildcon has Clifton Miheso and John mark Makwatta.“This just goes to show that there is so much talent in Kenya and I believe for us performing well here it is like opening a door for more of our colleagues at home. I would be very happy to see more Kenyan players here,” added Akumu.He is currently winding up his short holiday before returning to his club’s base in Ndola. He used his Christmas break to play local tournaments in Huruma and Ziwani and was an integral part of South B Combined’s squad that won the Koth Biro tournament.“I am thankful for the opportunity to come in and play these tournaments. For me, it was not all about winning, but this was an opportunity for me to come in and give motivation to the younger players. They should know that with talent and hard work, you can play anywhere you want,” added the midfielder.“The experience has been great; there is a lot of talent but most of them lack the opportunity to play in the top leagues. But they shouldn’t lose hope,” Akumu further encouraged.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Akumu joined the side at the beginning of the 2016 season from Sudanese side Al Khartoum and played a major role as the team had their best continental performance in history, getting to the semi-finals.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11- Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Akumu targets to steer his Zambian Premier League side Zesco United to the final of the CAF Champions League as he prepares to begin his third season with the Ndola-based outfit.Akumu joined the side at the beginning of the 2016 season from Sudanese side Al Khartoum and played a major role as the team had their best continental performance in history, getting to the semi-finals.last_img read more

Donegal takes centre stage at TG4 celebrations

first_imgTG4 are to celebrate their 20th birthday with a special Oíche Shamhna live extravaganza – and Donegal will take centre stage.Oíche Shamhna 2016 looks set to deliver one of the most spectacular celebrations with the live broadcast of TG4’s twentieth birthday party. TG4XX Beo will broadcast live from 9.30pm to 11.30pm on the channel.TG4XX Beo is a 360o visual feast celebrating Ireland’s rich culture, language, music and dance. All elements in the show will tie in to the main theme – the Passing of the Torch. TG4XX Beo is about old traditions and new directions fusing together – music, dance, songs, guests and conversation representing our culture at it’s very best. TG4XX Beo is a celebration of twenty years of TG4 on air and all it has achieved keeping the flame of Irish culture alight and allowing it to shine brighter and further afield.Oíche Shamhna provides the backdrop for this magical night with thirty specially created characters, created by Billy Mag Fhloinn, taking centre stage for an evening of extraordinary festivities.TG4XX Beo will take place in venues all over the country, from the main central purpose built pavilion at the NUIG Quad in the heart of Galway city, from the home of TG4 in Baile na hAbhann in the Connemara Gaeltacht as well as two satellite units, one at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula in west Kerry Gaeltacht at the legendary Páidí Ó Sé pub and the second in Donegal at Ionad Cois Locha, Gweedore.The very special guest at the Quad in NUIG will be Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins who will give a live address during the programme. His presence is of particular significance, given that one of his most praised achievements as Arts Minister in the 1990s was the establishment of Teilifís na Gaeilge, now TG4. He is held in particular affection for that. A very special welcome will surely be extended to him.TG4XX Beo will feature many bespoke performances and arrangements over this extraordinary two hours show including: HotHouse Flowers, Máirtín O’Connor and the Big Band, Prodijig, Duke Special & Ulaid, Imlé with Maitiú Ó Casaide, Nell Ní Chróinín & Séamus Ó Beaglaoích, Aeons agus Muireann Nic Amhlaobh & Seamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin, Pólca 4, Kormac & Daithi, Liam Ó Maonlaí and a specially curated performance with choirs from various Gaeltacht communities plus many more. Speaking about this unique event, Executive Director/Producer, Paul McKay Gifted Empire Productions said “TG4XX Beo will bring together some of the very best talent this country has to offer and we hope to light a flame that lasts for the next twenty years.”Newly appointed TG4 Director General, Alan Esslemont is very much looking forward to the event. “Oíche Shamhna has always been a special date in the Celtic imagination,” he said “ and this spectacular event will mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the TG4 story”.Donegal takes centre stage at TG4 celebrations was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps welcome Cobh Ramblers to Finn Park tonight knowing a victory will put them back on top of the First Division. Wexford Youths were scheduled to play UCD on Sunday – but that game has now been postponed due to the students Europa League commitments.So if Harps can defeat Cobh tonight it will them send them one point clear at the top of the table for at least a week. Harps are looking to record three successive victories on the bounce if they can overcome Stephen Henderson’s plucky Cobh Ramblers outfit.Harps had lost three games on the bounce – but have responded superbly by recording consecutive wins over Cabinteely and Waterford.Harps will be without Keith Cowan who is heading to Italy to get married, while Tommy McMonagle is a doubt after he limped off with an ankle complaint in last weekend’s victory over Waterford.Apart from that Ollie Horgan should have a fully fit squad to choose from as Harps look to return to the top of the table. Kick-off at Finn Park is at 8pm and a big crowd is expected to turn up to hopefully see Harps go back to the top of the table.We’ll have a full-match report on all the action at Finn Park later this evening. FINN HARPS HOST COBH TONIGHT KNOWING A WIN WILL PUT THEM BACK ON TOP was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cobh Ramblersfinn harpsnewssoccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgONE of Co Donegal’s main roads has been closed tonight after a road smash.Gardai were at the scene of the incident just outside Lifford.It’s understood a woman out walking was hit by a car. She is believed to have suffered several injuries and has been taken to Altnagelvin Hospital.The AA has advised motorists to avoid the area while Garda investigations continue.The road traffic collision happened as temperatures fell below zero.There is also fog in many areas and visibility in the area of the crash was poor at the time of the incident, just before 7.30pm. Gardai are carrying out follow-up investigations at the scene.Gardai are appealing for witnesses to a serious injury collision which occurred at Coneyburrow Road, Lifford to contact them.  GARDAI AT SCENE OF ROAD SMASH – WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED was last modified: November 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI AT SCENE OF ROAD SMASHLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council gritters will be out in force tonight following a warning of a plunge in temperatures.Gritters will be back on Donegal’s roads tonight.Gritters will be out on a number of primary routes across the county from 9pm onwards.A total of 17 routes are to be gritted. These routes can be viewed on the council’s new interactive gritting route website.Donegal County Council says its Winter Maintenance Policy for Roads is to endeavour, within the limited resources available, to maintain major traffic routes in the county in a passable condition.However it has warned that the primary responsibility for road safety remains with the driver.The winter gritting map‘Assume that no road is ice free’ warns the council. Despite today’s storm and sudden plunge in temperature, it is understood that temperatures will rise in the coming days. GRITTERS OUT IN FORCE TONIGHT AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county councildonegalgritterslast_img read more