“He was really aggressive,” Jokic said of his fellow big man. “We just continued to play aggressive.”Now, about that pass to Wilson Chandler just before halftime: Jokic was dribbling down the court, had a defender on him and tried to loft it behind his back to Chandler for a highlight-reel dunk.Only, it was a bit too high.“I thought he could jump. He’s an athletic guy,” Jokic teased in the locker room.“My fault,” Chandler quickly responded.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, picks up a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. APDENVER — Nikola Jokic received some playful ribbing for his errant, behind-the-back pass on a fast break late in the first half.On this night, that was about all that went wrong for the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in July, but has recently struggled with his jumper.Millsap had 13 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to jump-start the Nuggets early. LATEST STORIES Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez missed a sixth straight game with mononucleosis. “I do not anticipate him being back for a few weeks,” coach Michael Malone said. …. Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing an Avalanche hockey sweater bearing his No. 58. … Denver connected on 16 3-pointers to start a six-game homestand.MID-RANGE MANMalone called DeMar DeRozan the “king of the mid-range jumper.” DeRozan shot 4 of 10 to finish with a season-low 10 points for Toronto.“DeMar does it in a different way,” Casey said. “He still gets to the free throw line. He gets a three the old-fashioned way.”HIGH PRAISECasey said Jokic’s game reminds him of Dallas standout Dirk Nowitzki.“As far as his range and size, the way he gets the ball up on his shot. You can’t get to it,” Casey said. “You have to have extraordinary reach to get to his shot. They do some special things to try to create space for him.”UPSETMalone wasn’t pleased with his team allowing 40 points in the fourth quarter even if the game was well in hand.“Unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t care what the score is, how much you’re up. Our defense the last six minutes was embarrassing.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Murray broke loose in the third to help turn a 60-51 lead into a 36-point advantage in a matter of minutes. The 43 points in the third marked the biggest quarter for the Nuggets this season.Jokic finished with eight points and didn’t play over the final 7:41. Not that he minded missing out on his seventh career triple-double.“I couldn’t make shots today,” said Jokic, who was 4 of 10 from the field. “I didn’t force it. I tried to do some other stuff.”Norman Powell led the Raptors with 14 points as they made their fifth stop on a six-game road swing, their longest of the season.“That was an embarrassing performance by all of us, from coaches to players,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One thing we said: You’ve got to come in here and compete and play hard, play a physical game, and we didn’t do either one on either end of the floor.”Murray was briefly checked out by trainers in the first quarter after flying into the courtside seats while trying to steal a pass. He landed about three rows back and in the vicinity of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.In the process, Murray also spilled a beer and had to make a quick trip into the locker room to change jerseys.“I smelled like Heineken,” he said.TIP-INSRaptors: Delon Wright had 12 points off the bench. … Kyle Lowry finished with nine points. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
0Shares0000Lambert, who played under O’Neill during an eight-year spell at Celtic and has also managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 15- Struggling Stoke City appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on Monday after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes.The club face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday, but the 48-year-old former Aston Villa and Norwich City manager will take charge on Tuesday. The Stoke owners, who had persisted with Hughes until the club was knocked out of the FA Cup by lower-division Coventry City, said they were impressed by Lambert’s pedigree as a Champions League-winning player for German giants Borussia Dortmund.“Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results,” said chairman Peter Coates.“He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.”Stoke are third from bottom of the Premier League after taking just 20 points from 22 games.Derby County’s Gary Rowett, Espanyol’s Quique Sanchez Flores — who managed Watford in 2015-16 — and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill were all considered targets but the former signed a new contract last week and the other two ruled themselves out of contention.Lambert, who played under O’Neill during an eight-year spell at Celtic and has also managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.“We stated that we were looking to make an appointment as soon as possible, particularly given our position in the league and the overriding priority being retaining our place in the Premier League,” said a Stoke statement.It added the club “reviewed a number of people”.Coates said it was essential the new manager had Premier League experience — and Lambert fitted the bill.“We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football,” he said.“Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership — the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers.”Hughes had famously asked “who else is going to do it?” when interviewers questioned him about his job before he was sacked after five years at the club in central England.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Arsenal are poised to make a January approach for Dynamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin, according to reports in Russia.Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a striker in the January transfer market and it now appears he has reignited his interest having tried to sign him two years ago.According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Dynamo and Arsenal are currently locked in talks over a fee for Kokorin – but the report suggests an agreement could be reached by the end of the month.With Kokorin’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, Dynamo are keen to cash in on the 24-year-old now and are set to agree a cut-price fee of around £4.3m with the Gunners.Aston Villa are also understood to have registered an interest in Kokorin but the Midlands club will struggle to compete with Arsenal’s financial muscle. Aleksandr Kokorin 1
ENTERTAINMENT: Arena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny have just launched their brand new Thursday Club for October and November and the deals have got even better. The entertainment complex based on the Ramelton Road has got a deal for everyone no matter what you’re in the mood for.Looking to bring the kids to Waynes World Adventure Centre? Well you can now do so all day Thursday for only €2, for under 2 years old and only €3 for kids over 3 years old. Maybe the whole family fancy a bit of bowling? Then on all day Thursday they can play for only €3 per person per game – and Laser Quest is only €4 per person per game!Or if you like dining in the Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant then you can enjoy a delicious main course with a bottle of beer, glass of wine or just a soft drink for only €10 every Thursday!And just for the hell of it Arena7’s Mid-Week Kids Parties from Monday to Thursday in October and November have all been reduced to ensure even more value.For the full list of deals, go to www.arena7.ie for details, check out Facebook or call 0749128853. The weekend has got longer now at Arena7 so go experience and enjoy all that A7 has to offer!Brand new ‘Thursday Club’ launched at the brilliant Arena 7 was last modified: October 6th, 2016 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:Arena 7EntertainmentFeatureslaunchednewsThursday Club
Ahead of this Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has reflected on some painful defeats Donegal suffered to Armagh over the last decade.Former Donegal All-Star Kevin Cassidy has said he still fears Armagh, and admits that the psychological wounds of old defeats against the Orchard men could still exist.Cassidy played on Donegal sides that tried and failed to topple Armagh in the early 00’s and suffered some painful defeats to Armagh during his long and distinguished inter-county career.While many of the current panel were involved in that painful and embarrassing 2010 qualifier in Crossmaglen when Armagh walloped Donegal 2-14 to 0-11. On the eve of an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with their old enemies Cassidy has reflected on some of those battles.For Cassidy, the prospect of facing Armagh was a psychological stumbling block that Donegal could just not overcome.They had an edge over Donegal, the myth was that they were bigger and stronger than Donegal and Cassidy has admitted that Armagh bullied them.Cassidy told the Irish Independent, “They definitely bullied our players, bullied our forwards. We had some fantastic forwards in that period but we just never got any space and time against them. “Back then you knew what would happen, McEntee would drop back and McGeeney would go free and deliver long diagonal balls.“It was all very well knowing it but you could never stop it.”Our mentality and work rate changed.“We always had the players, we just never bought into what was required to be winners. They did.Cassidy revealed a startling revelation, after a league match in Ballybofey both teams retired to the hotel afterwards, but while Donegal ate, the Armagh side headed downstairs to do a weights session in the gym.“The whole Armagh team went downstairs to a gym and did a weights session after the game. “We were just finishing our grub when they were coming up with their protein shakes and what have you.“That just shows where they were at. It just shows you that they were two or three steps ahead of us.“We hated playing them. It was just something we couldn’t take. There was this myth that they were just bigger and stronger, that they did things differently, the symbols and all of that.Cassidy admitted that while they defeated Armagh in the Ulster championship in 2007, it was a steal that day, and that Armagh squad was approaching the end, even though they re-grouped and won an Ulster title again in 2008. While Armagh are currently perceived to be in a period of transition, they were relegated from Division Two this season, but have enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance under Paul Grimley and Kieran McGeeney in the championship this year.An All-Ireland quarter-final was unexpected, but they have been impressive and deserve to be there on Saturday.Nowadays the psyche has changed considerably in Donegal, since Armagh walloped them in 2010, Donegal have landed three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland title.McGuinness has changed the mentality, and with that change in mentality he has brought success, but Cassidy still worries about Armagh because of the wounds they inflicted to Donegal over the last decade.Cassidy added, “Who is to say that if the chips are down in the last 10 or 15 minutes that these thoughts (about previous defeats) won’t come back into the heads?“It’s always there, people will say it’s not there but the longer the games goes on, if Armagh can stick in the game until the last 15 minutes surely those thoughts can surface.Saturday should be a fascinating match, inevitably both teams will adopt defensive strategies and many are predicting a drab affair, but with a place in an All-Ireland semi-final up for grabs it may rekindle the wars of the early 00’s.CASSIDY BELIEVES WOUNDS OF OLD DEFEATS MAY STILL HAUNT DONEGAL was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:00’sarmaghCroke ParkDecadeDefeatsdonegalHome-page SportKevin CassidynewsUlster Finals
WHO’S HOT The area’s top defenses: St. Francis The Golden Knights employ an impressive front seven – Alex Bonifer, Darryl Carter, Conor Hogan, Anthony Lopez, Brian Lynch, Kevin Mack and Wendel Roth-Strong – under top defensive coordinator Mark Gibbons’ leadership. St Francis of La Canada has allowed just 7.8 points per game, and it recorded 10 sacks and recovered two fumbles in a 20-0 victory last week over Saugus. Taft Since surrendering 22 fourth-quarter points to Crenshaw of Los Angeles in the opener, Taft of Woodland Hills has given up only 12 points in 16 quarters and shut out Monroe of North Hills and Gardena. Pivotal players: Terrance Flournoy, Malcolm Smith, Alfred Taylor, Shelton Banks and Anthony Evans. Sylmar Marc Alanis, Arnold Iniguez, Jeremy Martin, Paul Tapia and Paul Waller have at least 20 tackles apiece, and Victor Carrillo has the best sack stats for the Spartans, who have allowed only 9.5 points per game. Rushing star C.J. Gable has three interceptions. Oaks Christian The Lions, celebrated mostly for an explosive offense, also are strong on defense, giving up only 7.3 points per game. Top defenders: Matt Allen, Tommy Grillo, Marshall Jones, Duke Lemmens, Casey Matthews and Sean Wiser. YOU COMPLETE ME Valencia senior Michael Herrick, currently seventh on the state’s all-time passing-yardage list (8,812 yards), could become the fifth quarterback from California and 32nd nationally to surpass 9,000 yards Friday night when the Vikings play at Burroughs of Burbank. Herrick also is in position to break Chad Davis’ state record for most career completions. Quarterbacks with the most completions in state history: 1. Chad Davis, Palm Springs/Torrey Pines/Mira Mesa, 1988-91 674 completions, 46 games 2. Keith Smith, Newbury Park, 1991-93 668 completions, 35 games T3. Michael Herrick, Valencia, 2003-present 663 completions, 31 games T3. Todd Marinovich, Mater Dei/Capistrano Valley, 1984-87 663 completions, 45 games 5. Chris Czernek, Newbury Park, 1994-96 626 completions, 36 games ROUGH REWIND Things have gone well for Westlake’s football team off the field, with defensive end/tight end Jeff Miller verbally committing to UCLA and running back Jeff Rapoport making a commitment to play baseball at UCLA. There hasn’t been much for the Warriors, who are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Marmonte League, to celebrate on the field. Coach Jim Benkert has had to shuffle his lineup to compensate for injuries to Miller (broken foot), Rapoport (ankle) and defensive back Marlon Bills (hamstring). Westlake appeared in position to get back into the Marmonte race last week, leading unbeaten Simi Valley 23-7 in the second half. The Pioneers scored 22 unanswered points for a 29-23 victory. It was Simi Valley’s first victory over Westlake since 1991. The week before, Royal of Simi Valley beat the Warriors 24-21, its first win against Westlake since 1991. WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT Newbury Park and Simi Valley haven’t been contenders in the Marmonte League the past five years. Only Calabasas has a worse winning percentage in league games since the Marmonte expanded to eight teams in 2002. When the league schedule was put together this season, many coaches thought Friday’s game between Thousand Oaks and Westlake would be the game of the year. Right date, wrong game. Simi Valley (5-0 overall, 2-0 Marmonte) plays Friday night at Newbury Park (4-1, 2-0) in a matchup of two of the area’s most improved programs. Simi Valley, led by senior running back Devin Kelley, is off to its first 5-0 start, with victories over perennial powers Canyon of Canyon Country and Westlake. Newbury Park has won four in a row since a season-opening loss to Verbum Dei of Los Angeles, showcasing a passing attack reminiscent of the Keith Smith- and Chris Czernek-led offenses of the early ’90s. Newbury Park hasn’t won more than three league games in any of the past five seasons, compiling an 11-22 record against Marmonte competition during that span. The Pioneers are 6-27 during the stretch, with one winning record: 4-3 in 2003. SECOND FIDDLE JUST FINE Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks extended the state’s second-longest active winning streak to 27 Friday with a 35-28 victory over Valencia. It was the fifth time during the streak that the Knights’ margin of victory was seven or fewer points. The top streak in California belongs to Central Catholic of Modesto, which won its 54th consecutive game, 87-0 over Gustine. Following a major shakeup in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports state rankings, Notre Dame has climbed to No. 2. The Knights, who began the season as the state’s third-ranked team, benefited from second-ranked Clovis West’s 42-21 loss to Centennial of Corona and moved one slot behind Mission Viejo. Mission Viejo is second in Student Sports’ National Fab 50, behind Carroll of Southlake, Texas. Notre Dame, which moved up to 19th (from 22nd) in the National Fab 50, nearly was No. 1 in the state. Mission Viejo trailed No. 7 De La Salle of Concord by seven points in the third quarter last weekend, then rallied for a 36-26 victory. The Knights had to pull off a comeback of their own against Valencia, overcoming a seven-point halftime deficit for their 14th consecutive home victory. “I was hoping we would be in it long enough to have a chance to win it at the end, and, fortunately, we did,” said Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney, whose team has scored at least 35 points 16 times during its streak. “We hurt ourselves with some penalties early, but we found a way to hang in there and come out on top against a very good team.” MAKING A STATEMENT Taft of Woodland Hills and Dorsey of Los Angeles have been City Section title favorites even before the season started. Because they don’t meet during the regular season, the race for the top seed in the City playoffs will largely be based on their performances against common opponents. Taft (5-0) appears to be in front following a 38-6 victory last week over Narbonne of Harbor City. Dorsey (4-1) defeated Narbonne 15-7 in its opener. The Dons applied some pressure on Taft with a 46-21 triumph over defending City champion Birmingham of Lake Balboa, the Toreadors’ West Valley League rival. Next week’s games: Taft vs. Birmingham and Dorsey vs. Coliseum League rival Crenshaw. The Toreadors opened the season with a 35-34 victory over Crenshaw. Taft is ranked 19th and Dorsey 20th in this week’s Cal-Hi Sports state poll. LEAGUE UPDATES Foothill League Jason Engleberg, Valencia’s top receiver and a part-time defensive back, remains sidelined with an ankle injury, and he hopes to return for the Oct. 28 showdown against Hart of Newhall. Engleberg, who sprained his ankle in the first half of the Sept. 30 game against St. John Bosco of Bellflower, was in street clothes during last week’s 35-28 loss at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. “The doctors told me I’m not supposed to be walking, but I can’t stand crutches,” he said. Engleberg, the Vikings’ only experienced receiver, has 13 receptions for 328 yards – 25.2 yards per catch – and two touchdowns. Valencia missed him against Notre Dame. He dropped several passes and two were tipped and intercepted. Running back Shane Vereen helped make up for Engleberg’s absence against Notre Dame, catching seven passes for 174 yards, with touchdowns covering 36 and 86 yards. Backup running back Nick Hale, one of the Vikings’ fastest and most athletic players, has moved to receiver to get more touches. He caught three passes for 61 yards at Notre Dame. Engleberg also was missed defensively, and Valencia continues to shuffle defensive backs in search of the right mix. Starting safety Ricky Crouch, although coming off a seven-tackle performance against St. John Bosco, was replaced by Jordan Turbyfill. Jason Barbic, who began the season as Burbank’s starting quarterback but sustained a broken thumb, is expected back for the Bulldogs’ Nov. 4 game against Hart. Robert Linda, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, has performed well in Barbic’s absence. He was moved from defensive back to concentrate solely on playing quarterback. When Barbic returns, there won’t be any quarterback controversies. Barbic will focus on defense, Burbank coach Greg Sobiech said. Golden League Quartz Hill’s Calvin Culver has emerged as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. His future, however, might not involve football. Four high-profile college baseball and two football programs are recruiting Culver, who is expected to be taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next June. “Right now, I’m just trying to do my best at both sports and see what happens,” he said. “It’s been working well so far, so I’m just going to keep doing that.” Doing his best at both sports can be exhausting. In addition to playing football for Quartz Hill, Culver is seeing action with the Angels’ elite scout team two or three times a week on fields as distant as San Diego. Culver was selected for the elite league after a standout summer at the Area Code Games. He has been told by scouts from the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins that he likely will be picked in the first 10 rounds next June. Culver is taking no chances on his future. He plans to take official and unofficial trips to Cal State Northridge, Loyola Marymount, Fresno State, San Diego State and Hawaii in the coming months. Marmonte League Newbury Park quarterback Jordan LaSecla is the state’s second-leading passer with 1,598 yards, trailing only Abraham Muheize of El Cajon Valley (1,650). Receiver Jordan Cameron is second in the state with 10 touchdown catches. Coast Union of Cambria’s Kiernan Hopkins has 11. Big comebacks last week: Simi Valley scored the final 22 points to defeat Westlake 29-23, and Moorpark scored 25 fourth-quarter points to defeat Agoura 41-31. Following a 257-point outburst by the league’s eight teams in Week 4, 230 points were scored Friday. The 487 points are the second-highest, two-week total since the league expanded to eight teams in 2002. In weeks 5 and 6 last season, the eight teams scored 495. Sunset Six League Verdugo Hills of Tujunga recorded one of the biggest victories in program history last week, defeating previously unbeaten San Fernando 24-21. The Dons (2-2) open league play Friday against Grant of Van Nuys (1-4) at Valley College. A victory could set up a showdown for the league title Oct. 28 against Canoga Park (4-1). Valley Mission League Kennedy of Granada Hills continued its impressive turnaround by defeating Granada Hills last week, its first victory over the Highlanders since 2000. After losing 19 consecutive nonleague games, and four in a row to Granada Hills, the Cougars completed their nonleague schedule 5-0. Kennedy plays Friday at Monroe of North Hills (0-5). A victory would set up a showdown next week with Sylmar (4-0). The Spartans and Cougars are two of five unbeaten teams in the City Section. TOP 20 Team Rec. Pvs. 1. Notre Dame 5-0 1 2. Valencia 4-1 2 3. Taft 5-0 3 4. Oaks Christian 4-0 NR 5. Hart 4-1 4 6. St. Francis 5-0 5 7. Moorpark 3-2 7 8. Newbury Park 4-1 9 9. Simi Valley 5-0 12 10. Canyon 4-1 13 11. Birmingham 1-4 6 12. Sylmar 4-0 11 13. Thousand Oaks 4-1 15 14. Agoura 3-2 10 15. Crespi 2-3 8 16. Antelope Valley 3-2 17 17. Royal 3-2 14 18. Lancaster 5-1 16 19. Chaminade 4-1 17 20. Kennedy 5-0 20 SMALL SCHOOLS TOP 10 Team Rec. Pvs. 1. Oaks Christian 4-0 1 2. Oak Park 2-2 2 3. Campbell Hall 5-0 3 4. Grace Brethren 3-2 4 5. Village Christian 3-2 5 6. Vasquez 6-0 7 7. Rosamond 3-2 8 8. Mojave 2-2 6 9. L.A. Baptist 2-1-1 9 10. Paraclete 1-4 10 POTENTIAL HEROSt. Francis of La Canada Flintridge kicker Neil Favor is demonstrating there are talented kickers in the Mission League not named Kai Forbath (Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks) or Ryan Jackson (Chaminade of West Hills). Favor accounted for eight of St. Francis’ 20 points in Friday’s victory over Saugus, including field goals of 45 and 30 yards. The junior could be a difference-maker in Friday’s league opener against visiting St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, which has defeated St. Francis each of the past three seasons. POTENTIAL UPSETEven after an 0-2 start this season, Westlake is still the winningest team in Marmonte games (18-5) since the league expanded to eight teams in 2002. The Warriors find themselves as rare underdogs entering Friday’s game against visiting Thousand Oaks, which handed Westlake one of those losses last season. A defeat would damage the Warriors’ chances of qualifying for the Southern Section Div. IV playoffs, and that could be all the motivation Westlake coach Jim Benkert needs to prod his team to break a four-game losing streak. GAME OF THE WEEK Simi Valley at Newbury Park, Friday, 7 p.m. In past seasons, a win here might have been one of the few in the Marmonte League for the victorious team. This year, the stakes are remarkably higher, with the winner in position to possibly win the league title. Newbury Park, ranked No. 8 by the Daily News, boasts the Southern Section’s leading passer, Jordan Lasecla. Senior running back Devin Kelley leads No. 9 Simi Valley, which is off to its first 5-0 start in program history. THEY SAID IT “There’s nothing like having a three-year starter in the huddle. Championship teams have guys like that who step up and make big plays when you need them to.” – Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks receiver/defensive back Shane Hortonon senior quarterback Garrett Green, who rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 155 yards in the Knights’ 35-28 victory over Valencia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DeMarcus Cousins, the 6-foot-11, 270-pound All Star center who hasn’t played in almost a year, is targeted to return around the time the Warriors go to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Jan. 18 and the Lakers on Jan. 21.“We don’t have a specific date yet,” coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday night, but … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Big help could be on the way for the Warriors.
Russian investigators are mystified by an unexplained plunge that led to the crash of a FlyDubai 737 which killed all 62 aboard in Russia on Saturday.The pilots had aborted their second attempt at landing and were climbing through 1550m at 370km/hr when their 737 suddenly – and without warning – plummeted into the airport disintegrating in a fireball beside the runway.Low grade CCTV vision clearly shows the 737 descending at high speed to impact but what is not so clear is whether the bright light was the aircraft’s landing lights or the 737 on fire.World’s safest airlinesThe five-year old aircraft was operating flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia and had spent 2.5 hours in a holding pattern waiting for bad weather to clear before attempting a second landing.The 737-800, registration A6-FDN had aborted the first approach to Rostov’s runway 22 at 1.41am local time due to weather and entered various holding patterns waiting for an improvement in the weather.Data from Flightradar24 then shows the 737 descending to an altitude of 1550 feet for its second attempt to land when it began to climb again at 5.6 km short of the runway.It reached an altitude of 3975 feet and then entered a steep descent before impacting the airport.The 737 had sufficient fuel for another 2 hours of flight and could have easily diverted to another airport as an Aeroflot flight had done earlier.The pilots of the 737 were termed as “quite experienced” by the airline with the Cypriot captain having 5,965 hours while the Spanish co-captain 5,769 hours.Authorities in Russia say they have ruled out terrorism and according to investigative committee spokeswoman Oksana Kovrizhnaya, they will be looking at technical issues, severe weather and human error.Kovrizhnaya told CNN that the investigations will take at least two months, as required by Russian law, but “could be prolonged.”Russian investigators will be joined by a team from the UAE as well as representatives from the US National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.The aircraft’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have both been recovered.FlyDubai said that 44 of the passengers were Russians, eight Ukrainian, two Indian and one Uzbekistani. Thirty-three of the passengers were women, 18 were men and four were children.FlyDubai is a Dubai based low cost airline formed in 2009 that operates to 95 destinations with 50 aircraft.Up to yesterday’s crash it had a perfect safety record.
18 February 2014 South African tennis star Raven Klaasen continued his outstanding start to 2014 when he and partner Eric Butorac teamed up to capture the doubles title at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis, USA, on Sunday. Seeded second, Butorac and Klaasen upset the top seeds and world number one pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4 6-4 in the final.Second successive win It was their second successive win over the 15-time Grand Slam winners, following their upset victory over the Bryans in the third round of the Australian Open, where Klaasen and Butorac went on to finish as runners-up. The Bryans were the defending champions and also won the Memphis title in 2001 and 2004. Titles After three victories in 2013, the Memphis title was Klaasen’s fourth, while it was a second win in Memphis for Butorac and a 15th ATP Tour title overall. Last year, the South African/American pair won the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Earlier in the year, playing with Johan Brunstrom, Klaasen lifted titles in Metz and at the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur.‘Feels really good’ Speaking after claiming victory in Memphis, Klaasen said winning “feels really good”. “This is my first time in Memphis and playing in front of that crowd in the final was exciting for us. The Bryan brothers have a great record everywhere you go. We got off to a great start in the match and were fortunate to keep it going for the entire match.” Butorac added: “To get a win over the Bryans solidifies what we did in Australia, and we’re on the right path to being one of the top teams in the world. We need to keep improving and getting better.”Rankings As a pair, Klaasen and Butorac are currently ranked second behind Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt in 2014. Klaasen is up to 30th in the individual doubles rankings, with Butorac one place behind him. After winning in Malaysia at the end of September 2013, the South African star’s world ranking was 46th. The Bryans, whom Klaasen and Butorac have now beaten twice in succession are tied for first place at the top of the standings. The Americans are the top seeds at the Delray Beach Open this week, while Klaasen and Butorac are the second seeds. SAinfo reporter
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#Google#web Related Posts curt hopkins 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Google’s new “Art Project” makes art viewable at high resolution online and also employs its Street View technology to provide access to 17 top museums.The project uses Picasa and App Engine to provide high rez scans of 1,000 prominent pieces of art. It uses Street View to bring viewers in the virtual doors of MoMA, the Hermitage, the Tate, the British National Gallery, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery, the Van Gogh Van Gogh Museum and others. The images include a sample of “super high resolution” images and 1,000 “other images” from 400 artists, according to the Google blog.The samples seems to bridge an ocean of painting from European to Asian, modern to classical. The slideshow-style presentation seems a bit awkward, though the zoom is elegant. As a website, apparently not an app so far, it doesn’t rival Art Authority, which may be the gold standard for art history apps at this point, with over 40,000 images. But the ability to navigate some of the world’s most important museum makes the project exciting. Selecting a museum, you have the choice of viewing its art or taking the Street View-powered tour. The latter certainly helps to contextualize the former, at least in terms of understanding how we view art. “Visiting” the Frick, for instance, you can move about in the environment, pausing to click on the cross-shapes you see on paintings in order to view that painting outside Street View. The video below is interesting particularly when it shows how they got the “Street View” shots. (With any luck they didn’t capture Breugel’s email along with his brush strokes.) 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…