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  • Lakers’ Brandon Ingram hopeful NBA rookie transition program will help him maximize potential

    first_imgThere, Ingram consulted with former NBA players Cliff Robinson and Derrick Hamilton, both of whom already mentored Ingram during previous summer camps. Ingram listened to former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar provide perspective on both learning and mastering fundamentals, two skills that ensured a 20-year NBA career, six NBA championships and first place on the league’s all-time scoring list. “I have to listen to the vets and gain knowledge,” Ingram said. “I have to surround myself with the right people.”Ingram already has. He grew up in Kinston, North Carolina, relying on various mentors. His father, Donald, ran a local rec center and taught his son how to play basketball at an early age. Former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse, who also attended Kinston High, coached him on an AAU team. Ingram’s 25-year-old brother, Bo, who played at the University of Texas at Arlington, also plans to live with Brandon in Los Angeles during his freshman season.“He’s here for a job,” Ingram said of his brother. “Just to keep me in the right spots and make sure I’m somewhere on time. He’s there to give me tough love, constructive criticism and help me with my game.”The two also have to find a place to live in Los Angeles, which hasn’t happened yet because of Ingram’s higher priority on offseason training. After practicing with the U.S. Select team in Las Vegas in mid July, Ingram estimated he rested for only two or three days afterward. Then, Ingram resumed training in Kinston, which has included adding muscle to his listed 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame, maintaining his conditioning and sharpening his shooting. He plans to return to Los Angeles sometime next week both to finalize living arrangements and to train at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Just trying to make it the best season I can and develop mental toughness,” Ingram said. “I know there’s going to be bumps in the road. There’s a lot of guys out here that are going to want to beat me up. There are a lot of veterans out here. I just have to fight through it and be the best player I can be on the court.” And perhaps apply some of the lessons learned during the rookie transition program. “It helps. But of course, you never know what to expect coming into the next level,” Ingram said. “It’s a lot of information to take in. We’re not going to learn it all right now. But it’s very important to talk to guys who have been here before in this league.” Editor’s Note: This story has been revised to correct the title of Purvis Short. The information seemed like an in-depth scouting report. This time, the material did not involve how Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram can add muscle to his rail-thin frame. Nor did it address how Ingram can improve the inconsistent shooting percentages he posted in Summer League play.Instead, Ingram attended the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program from Aug. 8-11, a workshop the league and players union set up that included guest speakers, panel discussions and group breakout sessions. In what marked the 30th anniversary of the program’s existence, a record 80 NBA rookies learned various issues, including how to properly handle finances, achieve NBA longevity and avoid off-court distractions. All of which could determine whether Ingram achieves his goal of winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in the 2016-17 season as the Lakers’ No. 2 pick. “That’s something that is on my mind,” Ingram said in a phone interview with Southern California News Group. “All rookies want to win Rookie of the Year. That’s something that drives me.” The Lakers have found Ingram driven to maximize his potential as an outside shooter and wing defender after winning the ACC’s Freshman of the Year award during his lone season at Duke. Even if Ingram posted 12.2 points on only 41.2 percent shooting in summer league play, the Lakers also became encouraged with his hustle and willingness not to back down from physical play. Even if Ingram sounded ambitious about wanting to “make an impact right away,” he sounded more tempered about to what degree the Lakers will. After all, the Lakers went 17-65 last season in what marked their worst record in franchise history. Lakers head coach Luke Walton and his players appear promising albeit inexperienced. “We know we’re not going to go out and win 50 games this year and develop that chemistry right away,” Ingram said. “We know it’s a process. We have a new coach. We’ll have to continue to work hard each and every day. Hard work, developing chemistry, having good teammates and a good locker room, I think that’s what a successful season is.” Ingram’s participation in the league’s rookie transition program illustrated his intent to minimize any hiccups. NBA senior vice president of player development Greg Taylor described the 18-year-old Ingram as a “mature, young man” who became “highly engaged” during the various classes. “Here’s a kid that really wants to excel,” said Purvis Short, NBAPA’s Director of Player Program. “He understands in order to do that, you have to humble yourself. He realizes that he doesn’t know everything. He was very open to all the information. I was very impressed.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Third USA victory for Abbey Gittings

    first_img English student Abbey Gittings has just scored her third win on the US women’s college circuit. The 21-year-old from Walmley, Warwickshire, came from three shots back to win the Peggy Kirk Bell invitational in Florida. Abbey, a third year student at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, won the title with consistent play, scoring a one-over par 73 in the final round to overtake the leader. She added it to earlier rounds of 76 and 73. Abbey’s play also helped her college to win the team prize for the fourth straight year. They’re only the second university to achieve that feat. Abbey is a past winner of the Warwickshire championship and trained with English Women’s Golf Association squads before going to university. Further down the field were two other English students: Jessica Bradley (Tiverton/Lynn University) tied 17th and her second round score of 71 was the joint-best of the tournament; meanwhile Lizzi Over (Forest Pines/Barry University) was 36th. In other recent events, Jessica Schiele (Kenwick Park/Oklahoma City) was joint eighth in the Lady Jack Crown Classic in Texas. Tiffany Hewetson (East Brighton/Grand Canyon University), tied ninth in a field of 116 at the Red Rocks Invitational in Arizona. Image: copyright leaderboardphotography.com 9 Mar 2012 Third USA victory for Abbey Gittings last_img read more

  • New corn disease confirmed in the western Corn Belt

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The presence of Xanthomonas bacterial leaf streak disease has been recently confirmed in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas. Although the disease has only been found in western Corn Belt states, pathologists are conducting surveys to determine if it is more widely spread.Until recently, this disease has not been observed in the United States. Bacterial leaf streak causes typical leaf disease symptoms on corn such as elongated lesions that run with the leaf’s vasculature, water-soaked margins of the lesions, and lesions that turn tan to brown as tissue becomes necrotic.It is important to remember that because this new disease is caused by bacterial infection (like Goss’ Wilt), fungicides will not be effective at controlling it.Ongoing research will be conducted to determine the impact Xanthomonas bacterial leaf streak will have on corn yields, however, it is important to note that throughout the observation of this disease over the past several years, no yield loss has been documented. For more information about the disease, click here.last_img read more

  • Assembler Robots: Symbiotic Builders of the Future

    first_imgMIT researchers have developed symbiotic robots, something that they’re calling assembler robots. These are robots that can build, maintain, and coexist with structures. The MIT work demonstrates that robots are capable of self-assembling complex structures. Potential applications of the technology are the construction of airplane parts, bridges, entire buildings or as complex as a lunar base. Once built, the robots can still remain with the structure and can maintain and rebuild it, as necessary. From: MIT News Sandor Fekete, director at the Technical University of Braunschweig, said that “ultralight, digital materials such as these open amazing perspectives for constructing efficient, complex, large-scale structures, which are of vital importance in aerospace applications. The use of small and simple robots promises to provide the next breakthrough: Robots don’t get tired or bored, and using many miniature robots seems like the only way to get this critical job done. This extremely original and clever work by Ben Jennet and collaborators [at MIT] makes a giant leap towards the construction of dynamically adjustable airplane wings, enormous solar sails or even reconfigurable space habitats.”center_img These assembler robots are a hybrid of previous robots. Robots to date can be classified as either very high-end, expensive and deployed for performing very precise and optimized work, or at the other extreme, as low-end, mass produced and with lower performance and capabilities.last_img read more

  • Foles, Eagles outshoot Patriots for 1st Super Bowl

    first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: The Philadelphia Eagles celebrated defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady of the favored New England Patriots, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go Sunday night. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.ADVERTISEMENT Each team started with 67-yard drives to field goals — New England had never scored a first-quarter point with Brady in a Super Bowl.Each kicker later faltered, with Elliott missing the extra point, his fifth failed PAT this season, after Jeffery’s 34-yard touchdown. Then Gostkowski hit the left upright with a 26-yard field goal after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap. Gostkowski also missed an extra point.When LeGarrette Blount, who won the title last season with the Patriots, scored on a 21-yard burst, Pederson went for 2, but the pass failed, making it 15-3.The Eagles and Pederson brushed it off and stayed with their usual aggressive approach. Breathtakingly, it eventually paid off. It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia (16-3), which went from 7-9 last season to the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960.“If there’s a word (it’s) called everything,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “That’s what it means to Eagles fans everywhere. And for Eagles fans everywhere, this is for them.”Super Bowl MVP Foles orchestrated the victory with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. The drive covered 14 plays, including a fourth-down conversion.“I felt calm. I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football.”The Eagles had to survive a video replay because ball pop into the air as Ertz crossed the goal line.ADVERTISEMENT “If they would have overturned that, I don’t know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia,” Ertz said. “But I’m so glad they didn’t overturn it.”The touchdown stood — and so did thousands of green-clad Eagles fans who weren’t going to mind the frigid conditions outside US Bank Stadium once they headed out to celebrate. But not before a rousing rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly” reverberated throughout the stands once the trophy was presented to Lurie. Later, fans danced along with the “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from “Rocky,” the city’s best-known fictional underdog.The Patriots (15-4) seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls. Brady threw for a game-record 505 yards and three TDs, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 4 yards before Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point gave New England its first lead, 33-32.Then Foles made them forget Wentz — and least for now — with the gutsiest drive of his life, including a fourth-down conversion to Ertz at midfield.Foles has been something of a journeyman in his six pro seasons, but he has been spectacular in four career playoff games. He finished 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three TDs.The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game, and Brady’s 505 were the most in any playoff contest. The 40-year-old master finished 28 of 48 and picked apart the Eagles until the final two series.It was such a wild game that Foles caught a touchdown pass, and Brady was on the opposite end of a Danny Amendola throw that went off his fingertips.Eagles coach Doug Pederson brought home the championship in his second year in charge. Belichick is 5-3 in Super Bowls and his teams have only a plus-4 overall margin in those games.So this one was in keeping with that trend: breathtaking and even a bit bizarre.Brady and the Patriots looked more like five-time champions by opening the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Gronkowski was unstoppable, grabbing four passes for 69 yards, including the 5-yard score. LATEST STORIES Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot’s 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.Brady got his team to midfield, but his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe underdog Eagles (16-3), even injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz, came bolting off the sideline in ecstasy while Brady sat on the ground, disconsolate.“For us, it was all about one stop we had to make. We went out here and made that one stop,” Graham said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:26Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Philly didn’t flinch, answering with a precise 75-yard march and three more third-down conversions; the Eagles were 10 for 16. The last was on Foles’ perfect pass to Clement over double coverage. The rookie’s reception was upheld by review, and the Eagles were back on top by 10.Brady shrugged and, getting steadfast protection, went over 400 yards passing on the next TD drive. Chris Hogan scored from the 26 as he turned around safety Rodney McLeod.When all the Eagles could manage was Elliott’s 42-yarder for a 32-26 lead, it seemed inevitable the Patriots would go in front, then become the first repeat Super Bowl winner since they did it in the 2004 and ’05 games.Foles, Ertz, and — at last — a revitalized defense said otherwise.The weird image of Brady ambling downfield on a pass pattern came three plays after New England lost receiver Brandin Cooks to a concussion on a vicious but clean hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Amendola’s pass required an over-the-shoulder grab and the ball fell off Brady’s outstretched hands.When he got back to what he has done better than anyone in Super Bowls, Brady led a 90-yard drive following an equally strange play. Alshon Jeffery nearly made a spectacular attempt near the Patriots’ goal line, only to juggle the ball into the air while off-balance. Duron Harmon picked it off at the 10. Moments later, Brady was connecting with Chris Hogan for 42 yards.James White broke several tackles with a brilliant 26-yard run and it was 15-12. That gave White seven touchdowns in his past three postseason games, including the overtime winner last year.But the Eagles still had 2:04 left in the half — and some more magic in their bag.A short third-down throw to rookie Corey Clement on a circle route turned into a 55-yard explosion down to the Patriots 8. Philly got to the 1 and on fourth down, it was Foles’ turn to morph into a receiver.He did better than Brady. On fourth down, Clement took a direct snap, pitched to tight end Trey Burton, and the former Florida QB hit an uncovered Foles. The Eagles were up 22-12 at halftime, the most points New England has allowed in the opening half of a Super Bowl under Belichick. AFP official booed out of forum San Miguel reclaims lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • 21 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Why Greenwood played on wing

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Why Greenwood played on wingby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he picked Mason Greenwood on the wing for their 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar.Greenwood started the game on the right wing before moving into his more natural centre-forward role which was being occupied by Daniel James.United didn’t manage a shot on target throughout the whole of a dismal 90 minutes in Holland which saw them move on to four points from their first two Europa League group-stage fixtures.”Stretch opponents,” Solskjaer explained. “He stretches them. We never got to grips with the astro turf until second-half. First-half, we took some time before we got control of the ball and the game.”Dan can play down the middle, he has done before, that was a tactical tweak we tried. Of course, Mason’s more natural as a centre forward so we swapped them around.” last_img read more

  • 16 days ago​Ex-Man Utd keeper Bosnich: Mistake not replacing Lukaku

    first_img​Ex-Man Utd keeper Bosnich: Mistake not replacing Lukakuby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes that not replacing Romelu Lukaku was a significant mistake.The Red Devils sold Lukaku to Inter Milan for a sizeable fee in the summer.They also allowed winger Alexis Sanchez to leave to the Italian club on loan.But no attacking players were signed in the summer, apart from Championship winger Daniel James from Swansea. And Bosnich believes that was a mistake.”Let’s be really frank, the recruitment has been poor over the past three or four years,” Bosnich told Omnisport.”Regardless of what the personal situation was, it was a mistake to let Lukaku go without having a ready-made replacement to come in. Especially at that stage of the season.”They didn’t [sign a replacement for Lukaku] and now Martial, Rashford and all of them have to find their spirit, find their soul and fight back.”There’s no use just sort of turning up at training, doing your job, going to the game, hiding, hoping that you don’t get any criticism and picking up your wages. That doesn’t work at a club like Manchester United.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Nova Scotia leaders hitting ridings expected to be competitive in Tuesdays vote

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s three major party leaders lobbied for every possible vote Sunday, targeting ridings that are expected to be highly competitive in Tuesday’s provincial election.NDP Leader Gary Burrill visited a community food centre in the riding of Dartmouth-North, where candidate Susan Leblanc is expected to mount a stiff challenge to incumbent Liberal cabinet minister Joanne Bernard.The riding is in a working-class area of Dartmouth that had been a safe NDP seat for 15 years until Bernard won it in 2013.In between pushing loads of dirt in a wheelbarrow as volunteers helped to plant vegetable gardens outside the food centre, Burrill said the party is optimistic it can make a strong showing there and in several other Halifax-area ridings that were formerly NDP strongholds.“We’ve had a strong tradition here (Dartmouth-North) for a long time,” said Burrill. “We are running a campaign all across the province, but we have some very strong candidates in Dartmouth and Halifax. We are very excited about their chances so we are putting all the effort that we can into those ridings too.”Leblanc, an actor and the co-artistic director of Zuppa Theatre, said she has found a receptive audience to the NDP’s message of investing again in people.However, she said success at the ballot box will depend on getting people to vote in a riding that has had a history of low turnout.“So we have to make sure that everyone who is responding gets to vote and that’s going to be our big focus,” said Leblanc.Bernard, who worked in the non-profit sector and established a residential facility for women prior to being elected, believes being on the government side makes a difference in a riding she says was neglected for too long.“There’s never been any investments and over the past three-and-a-half years we’ve been able to turn that around,” said Bernard. “I’ll stand on my record in this riding and let the chips fall where they fall.”Meanwhile, Premier Stephen McNeil rallied with Liberal troops on the grass outside a library in Hammond Plains Sunday morning, waving at passing cars and shaking hands with red-clad sign-holders. Supporters of incumbent Ben Jessome chanted “Ben again” over the sound of honking horns.Jessome is thought to be in a tough three-way race in the Hammonds Plains-Lucasville riding, with Tory Matt Whitman — a Halifax regional councillor and former deputy mayor — thought to be his biggest threat.But McNeil said every riding is equally important to his party in winning a renewed majority. The Liberal leader was to take his campaign to Cape Breton later Sunday, where there are also expected to be several close races.“There’s a majority government out there for the Liberal party and we’re going to go chase every vote that we can to try to deliver that,” said McNeil shortly after pulling up to the library in his campaign bus.“Every riding is key for me.”Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie made an appearance in the Cape Breton riding of Victoria-The-Lakes, where former Tory MLA Keith Bain is trying to reclaim the seat from Liberal incumbent Pam Eyking. Bain represented the riding for seven years until losing to Eyking by 303 votes in 2013.From there Baillie pushed on to Antigonish, where he held another in a series of rallies focusing on the state of health care — an issue polls have shown is a Liberal vulnerability.“We’re going for the win and are spending our time now primarily in Liberal-held ridings where people are looking for change,” Baillie said.Meanwhile, Elections Nova Scotia said just over 112,900 people voted in advanced polling that wrapped up Saturday.Spokesman Andy LeBlanc said 20,783 of those votes were cast on the final day alone.He said the higher turnout over 2013, when 100,698 votes were cast in advance polls, was in part due to increased opportunity — seven days, up from two — and people’s ability to vote at any polling station.Baillie said he’s “very encouraged” by the increased numbers and believes it is a sign of a volatile electorate.“When Nova Scotians come out early and vote in those kinds of numbers they are sending a message that they want to change the government,” he said.— With files by Aly Thomson in Halifaxlast_img read more

  • Charlie Lake mother takes part in Workout to Conquer Cancer while undergoing

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Charlie Lake resident, Erica Toews, is conquering cancer while dealing with her own cancer diagnosis as part of the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’.The 31-year-old mother of four is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour that she had surgically removed in October 2018.In a release, Toews says she signed up for ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’ to honour her cousin who recently passed away from cancer at the age of 27. “I created this team to honour my cousin Ryan Schmidt who recently lost his battle with cancer- he was only 27-years-old, newly married and left behind a beautiful daughter who will never truly know her father.”Toews has completed her last round of radiation and will continue to take chemo pills five times a month for the next year.In the meantime throughout the month of May, during her busy schedule of raising four boys, she will ‘Workout to Conquer Cancer’ and help raise funds for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.According to Cancer B.C., one in two British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.For more information, and to donate, you can visit Toews’ personal page on the Cancer Foundation’s website.last_img read more

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