Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.“The situation was more in my favor today,” Towns said. “I was able to go out there and play my game.”Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.“They’ve got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. “Look, we just didn’t do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that’s on us. Some of it’s on me. I’ve got to get him some better looks.”ADVERTISEMENT With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there’s just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.“We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort,” Barnes said. “Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season.”BUTLER DID ITThe Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.“When I feel like it’s my time to shoot, I’ll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling,” Butler said. “Feed them. Let them get us going.”WORK, BENCHTaj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.ROUGH ROAD AHEADThe Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.TIP-INS Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.“It’s just one of many,” Towns said, “and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It’ll seem something like we’re having a bad season if we’re only getting four in a row at some point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHolding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.“Obviously, it’s better than losing,” he said, “but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. … Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton. He’s the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. … The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) moves past Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3). APMINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Judge overrules defence’s no-case submission

first_imgBarama rape caseJustice Jo-Ann Barlow overruled a no-case submission put forward by defence attorneys for the three men accused of raping and sodomising a 17-year-old girl at the Barama Complex in 2007.Paul Abrams of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara; Claude Craig of Barama Quarters, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara; and Holston Melville called Pumpkin are all on trial for the alleged rape which occurred at the Barama Complex.Craig is represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Kezia Williams while Abrams and Melville are represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos.Following the no-case submission by attorneys for the accused, State Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon responded by pointing out that the state has presented sufficient evidence to prove its case.In making a ruling, the judge overruled the no-case submission and as such the three accused are expected to lead their defence Monday.It is alleged that the virtual complainant (VC) was working the night shift at the Barama Complex, Land of Canaan, EBD when her supervisor, Paul Abrams, asked for her assistance with work. It is alleged the accused led the young girl into a room and had sex without her consent and subsequently locked her in a room.The Prosecution is contending that Abrams then returned with Melville and Craig, who also raped and sodomised the teen.Workers eventually found her lying naked and crying on a bed in the room and the Police were summoned.last_img read more

Lima Sands residents decry deplorable access road

first_imgResidents of Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast have expressed frustration with the condition of the main access road and are calling on Government to quickly do something to bring some relief to the community. According to residents, the deplorable state of the road has caused significant damage to vehicles, which are often stuck due to the many potholes and slushy surface.The state of the Lima Sands Road, Essequibo CoastWhen contacted, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said he shares the concerns of the Lima Sands residents and is presently doing some maintenance work by grading the surface of the road. As Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), he said the Council was never informed of the Lima Sands Road Project, which was done directly through the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He noted that the Ministry conducted the road project through the Regional Executive Office without the knowledge of the RCD. He added that the Council has expressed their disappointment with the poor design of the road. According to the Chairman, Councillors and residents were not consulted on the project and residents feels that while they wish to have a good road, the entire project is a waste of taxpayers’ monies due to the poor design.Tulsie Chattergoon, a minibus driver working in the area for over 22 years, said the new road will not stand up because of its design.“The engineers should consult with the residents before designing the road because of the nature of the soil (sandy) you can’t build a narrow, high road without good shoulders and drainage. That is why the present design is falling apart,” another resident noted.last_img read more

DNA clinches assault case

first_img“The sentence he will receive on the other counts will effectively be life without the possibility of parole,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. “He is a sexual predator, so at least now he will be taken off the street.” The jury deliberated 31/2 days total before reaching the verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for April 20. Smith testified at the trial, denied the charges and said statements obtained by investigators were coerced, Cromer said. “It appeared to me that 10 of the jurors did not buy the identifications, did not buy the alleged confession, but that they were persuaded by DNA,” said Smith’s attorney, Dale Atherton. The 13 counts on which the jury leaned toward acquittal but deadlocked had to do with a woman and her 4-year-old son. There was no DNA evidence in that incident, Atherton said. LANCASTER – A state prison inmate can expect to remain locked up for life after being convicted Monday of more charges in a series of violent sexual assaults in Lancaster in 2003, prosecutors said. An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury came back with guilty verdicts on 21 counts against Jacob Renald Smith but deadlocked 10-2 in favor of not guilty on 13 counts and 11-1 for guilty on an attempted-murder charge. The jury in a partial verdict announced Thursday had convicted Smith of 17 counts and acquitted him of one count of second-degree robbery. Prosecutors said they will not retry Smith on the hung counts. Smith, 23, was linked to the crimes through DNA evidence and by victims who identified him as their assailant. DNA evidence against Smith included samples found on a white plastic cup from which the attacker drank water and a bandanna that he wore and used to tie a victim’s hands, the prosecutor said in opening statements. Smith, imprisoned since September 2004 for a San Bernardino County burglary, was later linked to the Lancaster sex crimes under a state law that requires all felons to submit DNA to a database that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Smith faced charges that he assaulted four women, shot a fifth and was defied by a sixth who managed to call 911 on her cell phone despite threats to kill her and her child. The six incidents involved assaults, sex crimes – including some against women who had small children with them – and a home-invasion robbery in which a woman in her 60s was shot in the chest. Interviewed by detectives in June 2005, Smith at first denied any involvement, but then changed his story after being told that DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, prosecutors said. In one incident, Smith said he and a woman simply got into a scuffle. Smith claimed “it was a case of sex for drugs” with four of the victims. In the home-invasion robbery, Smith claimed the gun went off accidentally, Cromer said. Some of the assaults occurred in daylight in public places – including a park, a coin laundry and a parking lot – within a 11/2-mile radius of central Lancaster, near where Smith lived in early 2003, officials said. All but two of the six attacks occurred before late March in 2003, when sheriff’s officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third. Two days after the drawing was released, a man fitting the rapist’s description bicycled up to the rural east Lancaster home of an elderly mother and her daughter and asked for a drink of water and to use their phone. He shot the younger woman and robbed the home. Then the attacks stopped until August, when a woman walking near Lancaster City Park was forced down the side of an Antelope Valley Freeway overpass and assaulted. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NDP criticizes BC Hydro’s track on temporary foreign worker data

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Project opposition is forecast to continue regardless of the outcome of this week’s Provincial Supreme Court, Site C dam injunction hearing.That opposition has brought together organized labor, opposition politicians, Peace Valley landowners, environmentalists, and First Nations leaders, like Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs — among those supporting the eight Rocky Mountain Fort protest court case defendants.- Advertisement -BC Hydro is seeking an injunction to remove the tent camp protesters allegedly interfering with Hydro construction work on the project, which is now making news again on another opposition front.The Globe and Mail reports the New Democrats critic for the Crown Corporation has again raised the issue of the using temporary foreign workers on the project.Adrian Dix is arguing BC Hydro doesn’t know and doesn’t want to know what its contractors are doing.The Globe reports in response to a Freedom of Information request, Hydro told Mr. Dix that it doesn’t collect data about the number of temporary workers its’ contractors hire.Advertisement The former NDP leader calls that a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and adds, “They’ve made a policy decision that allows for temporary foreign workers on this project in a substantial way, and they’re fine with that — except when they have to talk to the public about it.”The Globe also says Energy Minister Bill Bennett again stated this week he has been assured temporary foreign workers are not among the hundreds of employees on the dam construction site.However, it again notes Hydro did initiate work last summer on the largest public infrastructure project in B.C. history with an open, or merit shop labor model, so union membership is not a hiring condition for the project workers; and to date that has frozen out contractors affiliated with building trade unions.last_img read more

Lille close on Champions League return with Nimes thrashing

first_img0Shares0000Pepe (L) scored his 20th league goal of the season as Lille thrashed Nimes © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENPARIS, France, Apr 29 – Lille moved closer to a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2012 as Christophe Galtier’s side produced a fine second-half display to thrash Nimes 5-0 on Sunday.Five different players scored after the break as Lille moved six points clear of third-placed Lyon, who they face next weekend, in Ligue 1. The top two in France qualify directly for the Champions League. “We’re averaging two points a game,” said Galtier. “We’ve had a magnificent season, we must make it exceptional by producing a big performance in Lyon next Sunday.”Former Chelsea forward Loic Remy broke the deadlock six minutes after half-time at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Jonathan Bamba made it two with a magnificent header 13 minutes later. Turkish full-back Zeki Celik lobbed in the third with 20 minutes to play and Nicolas Pepe tapped in his 20th Ligue 1 goal of the season 10 minutes later.Substitute Rui Fonte to drilled home an injury-time fifth, leaving Lille on the brink of Europe’s top table.– Saint-Etienne keep pressure on Lyon –Elsewhere, fourth-placed Saint-Etienne kept the pressure on Lyon in the race for a Champions League qualifying-round spot, as Robert Beric’s early double secured a 2-0 win over Toulouse.The Slovenian striker diverted in Pierre-Yves Polomat’s low cross to put Les Verts ahead in only the second minute.Beric slotted in his second only eight minutes later as Wahbi Khazri unselfishly squared the ball.Saint-Etienne are only three points adrift of Lyon with four games of the season remaining, while Marseille sit five points further back in fifth place.Marseille’s Champions League hopes all but came to an end, though, as Rudi Garcia’s men slipped to a 2-1 home defeat by Nantes later on Sunday despite Mario Balotelli’s sixth goal in seven games at the Stade Velodrome for the club.Samuel Moutoussamy curled Nantes into a 22nd-minute lead, but Balotelli headed home Lucas Ocampos’ excellent right-wing cross to level only three minutes later.Brazilian Andrei Girotto, who had been sent off three times in his previous four league games, made some amends for those dismissals by bundling in the winner for Nantes less than five minutes after half-time.Marseille remain eight points adrift of Lyon, and now face an uphill battle just to reach the Europa League.Balotelli called on his teammates to keep fighting, but stopped short of fully committing his future to Marseille, despite only joining the club in January.“Nothing is lost. I was champion of England in the last minute (with Manchester City in 2012),” said Balotelli, who was substituted in the 68th minute.“We must believe until the end. I must finish the championship first before talking about my future.”Algerian Youcef Atal scored a hat-trick as Patrick Vieira’s Nice beat bottom club Guingamp 3-0 to keep their hopes of reaching the Europa League alive.Stephanie Frappart made history as Ligue 1’s first female referee © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTI“I’m very happy, it’s my first hat-trick. Every time you score, you want to start again,” said Atal, who made the most of playing on the wing despite usually being a full-back.Caen edged out fellow strugglers Dijon 1-0 to move above their opponents into 18th, the relegation play-off place, and keep the pressure on 17th-placed Monaco.Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to take charge of a Ligue 1 game in Amiens’ goalless draw with Strasbourg.“I feel a lot of pride after this match,” she said. “I think that I managed to do what I wanted to do, and that I had the qualities to officiate in Ligue 1.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fergie backs Mourinho: He’s one of the best coaches ever… it would be FOOLISH to sack him

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has received the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.Mourinho has endured a disastrous season at the helm of the Premier League champions, with Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth the Blues’ eighth loss in 15 games this season.The Portuguese’s position appears increasingly precarious, with suggestions a Champions League exit this week could prompt Roman Abramovich to wield the axe.But, according to his old managerial rival Ferguson, it would be ‘foolish’ of Abramovich to ditch the self-titled ‘Special One’, twice a Champions League winner and a title winner in England, Italy, Spain and Portugual.The legendary former Manchester United boss has often spoken of his admiration for Mourinho and he is adamant the 52-year-old WILL get things back on track at Chelsea if given the time.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event, Ferguson said:  “He (Abramovich) has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned by it. He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn around.“There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all-time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”Ferguson added: “I have been watching Jose recently and spoken to him a couple of times, and this is the first time he has been confronted with non-success.“If you look at his whole career there has been nothing but a rise all of the time so for the first time in his life he has had to deal with bad publicity, adversity and that is a challenge for him, but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level although they lost on Saturday.“I watched the match on Saturday and they could have won by a few goals, but they lost and then he has still has to face that sort of negative publicity and it is never easy for a manager in present-day football because the media attention is huge.“Football today is such a big financial industry, the television deal is (worth) billions, there is the press involvement, there is pressure from their own fans, it is a very high risk industry today.“The sort of average time a manager lasts now is a year throughout the whole country and that is not a big time.“For Jose, I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution I think he will I think he will find a solution and I think you will get back to normal which is not looking great at the moment.“But I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long, I can’t see it.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

HOW SINGER DANIEL MET NEIGHBOURS FROM DONEGAL DURING AUSSIE TOUR

first_imgCOUNTRY crooner Daniel O’Donnell must have felt he was back home when he played a concert Down Under at the weekend.For he was able to catche up with some neighbours (no pun intended) at a concert in the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, in Adelaide South Australia.Daniel was thrilled to see friends from back home in Donegal – and gave them the VIP treatment. Laura McCole, among them, commented on how great it was to catch up with Daniel and hear some news from home.Daniel told Gerard that he seen his mam out walking the other day and that when he gets home he will drop in for cup of tea with Mary DuffPictured left to right are Laura Gallagher McCole from Kincasslagh, James McCole from Annagry, Bec Claridge, from Adelaide and Gerard Flynn from Annagry.  HOW SINGER DANIEL MET NEIGHBOURS FROM DONEGAL DURING AUSSIE TOUR was last modified: March 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AdelaideAustraliadaniel o’donnellKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Rallies for 84-73 Win over Southern Illinois

first_img Missouri State 2/4/2018 – 2 PM Story Links In the game, Drake shot a blistering 62.0 percent from the floor, including an impressive 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) in the final two quarters. Overall, the Bulldogs made 9-of-20 (45.0 percent) from behind the three-point line and 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from the free throw line. Five players scored in double-figures for Drake (15-7, 10-0 MVC), led by redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.), who poured in a season-high 20 points off the bench. Dean pulled down a season-best 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the eighth of her career. She added three assists and two steals. SIU (12-9, 7-3 MVC) was paced by Nicole Martin’s career-high 24 points. Four other Salukis scored in double-digits.   PDF Box Score The turning point of the thrilling comeback for Drake, which trailed at halftime by a score of 37-30, occurred with the team down, 46-32, at the 7:20 mark of the third quarter after Martin’s jumper. It was the first halftime deficit for the team since the non-conference finale versus Iowa on Dec. 21. However, the Bulldogs answered with a 14-4 as they pulled back within one point at 55-54. SIU answered with another bucket before the end of the period as the score was 57-54 going into the final quarter. HTML Box Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit in 84-73 comeback victory over Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night at the Knapp Center. Drake’s bench was a big factor in the win as it scored 42 points compared to Southern Illinois’ two points from its reserves. In nine out of 10 league games this season, the Bulldogs’ bench has tallied 30 or more points and just SIU’s bench in the first game between the schools on Jan. 7 has outscored Drake’s bench this MVC season.Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts Missouri State Sunday. The 2 p.m. contest will be the MVC’s featured game on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Later, Drake took its first lead of the game since it was 3-1 at the 9:05 mark of the opening quarter with Rhine’s layup to make the score 65-64 with 6:53 to play. The Bulldogs kept the momentum using a 12-0 run, which included another layup by Rhine and back-to-back three-pointers by Rose. SIU called a timeout to try and slow Drake down, but it didn’t work. The Bulldogs followed up every Saluki basket with one of their own and led by 11 with 38 seconds left after a pair of free throws by Dean as Drake held on for the comeback win. Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) added 18 points off the bench. Rhine was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field. Sophomores Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each scored 14 points. 10 of Rose’s points and 11 of Hittner’s points came after halftime. Junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) chipped in 10 points.last_img read more

Can you believe it? Cedrick Hardman thought people would quickly forget this classic 1976 49ers win

first_imgThe 49ers didn’t win any Super Bowls in the 1970s. In fact they lost 22 games more than they won. But for much of the decade they had a stout defensive line. Cedrick Hardman, a fearsome defensive end who died last week at 70, was the best of the bunch.A 6-foot-3, 255-pound pass rusher supreme, Hardman was selected by the 49ers with the ninth overall pick in the 1970 draft. He played 10 seasons with San Francisco, appearing in 139 regular season games and missing only five. Sacks? He had a sack …last_img read more