Spurs overcome slow start to beat Pistons; Popovich ties Sloan on NBA’s career wins

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “Just mental errors, mental errors defensively, and gave them some easy buckets,” San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes said. “I don’t know if it was to slow the run, but kind of get our head on right — kind of slow their pace there.”The Spurs responded well after those early problems, taking the lead by halftime and cruising to a 119-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPopovich now has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.“I thought after the first quarter, we competed well, we were sharper and we executed better,” Popovich said. “We had a poor first quarter, but I thought we pulled it together and focused pretty well after that.” MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT  — San Antonio was already down eight points when the Spurs took a timeout around the midway point of the first quarter.Then, after a turnover led to a Detroit dunk, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called another timeout, just 14 seconds after the first.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich said Gay would likely miss the next two games as well.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio came in averaging 12.3 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the league. The Spurs had only nine against Detroit. … DeRozan also had nine assists and seven rebounds. … San Antonio went 26 of 32 on free throws, while Detroit was 14 of 17. … The Spurs remained percentage points behind Houston for the top spot in the Southwest Division.Pistons: Detroit was without backup C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion).ANOTHER LISTIt was the 518th road victory for Popovich, breaking a tie with Nelson for second on that career list. He’s now two behind leader Pat Riley.LENGTHY STRETCHDrummond played the entire first quarter, plus the first 4:56 of the second. That didn’t prevent San Antonio’s big run.In addition to Pachulia, the Pistons are also without backup point guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear).“Zaza and Ish are definitely missed, and I’m still trying to get adjusted to being out there with the second group,” Drummond said. “I’ve watched a lot of film of what they do, but I’m still working to find the best ways to get them involved and help them get into the best positions to score.” The Spurs trailed 19-9 after the second of those two timeouts, but they appeared to get the message. A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.It was relatively smooth sailing from there for San Antonio, which led 59-51 at halftime and 84-73 after three quarters.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for the Spurs. Blake Griffin scored 34 for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.“Everyone talked about the regime ending in San Antonio, but they still have two Hall of Fame players in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan and they are obviously a well-coached team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.”San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, out with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

TIGI decries “handpicking” of contractor

first_imgPrivate Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Eddie Boyer has stated if the parking meter contract was not transparent, it should be disregarded while the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) has come out to criticise what it believes is a lack of local governance.Over the past few months, the parking meter contract has come under fire from all sections of the public, but the Government has reassured stakeholders that it has found nothing illegal in the contract which was signed with Smart City Solutions Inc.“If it is transparent, we will buy it; if it is not transparent, then they have to go back and come back again and I think the whole issue of the parking meters is transparency,” Boyer asserted, adding that he agreed that the contract should have undergone an in-debt review.When the contract was signed in June for implementation throughout Georgetown, many persons were alarmed about the lack of transparency in the deal, with some saying that it appeared to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.Despite this, Smart City Solutions Inc had gone ahead and conducted demonstration exercises on how the parking meter would work throughout the city. Persons were also seen conducting assessments on various streets in the city.Government had ordered a review of the contract between Smart City Solutions Inc and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) following rising apprehension about the project’s transparency.The review was conducted by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, and it was later disclosed that there were no illegalities found.It also appeared based on a review of the documents that the terms and conditions of the contract were onerous and heavily in favour of the concessionaire, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had indicated.He assured that recommendations were made to ensure that Guyanese were not ripped off.However, the TIGI is of the opinion that the deal is shrouded in unaccountability and ambiguity.“TIGI is of the view that the handling of the parking meter project by the Georgetown Municipality and its response to relevant queries exhibit a dearth of democratic principles and disdain for citizens that would lead to a feeling of exclusion, and alienation from the decision-making process. These failures serve as a strong contradiction to the purpose of local government,” TIGI President Troy Thomas said in a statement. HandpickingHe said there was no open tendering for the project and there was “handpicking” of a contractor and Councillors to conduct due diligence in Mexico.“This was perhaps necessary as it was a fool’s errand from the onset against the backdrop of an already signed contract, which positioned it in the interest of the Mayor to find the firm suitable or even exceeding the requirements,” he added.Thomas stated that there ought to be transparency and accountability in the operations of local government and the views of the people must be respected.  He contended that the project being allowed to continue in its current state despite a legal basis for enacting a new and transparent process was a telling blow to “transparency, accountability and good governance”.“The people of Georgetown, their children, grandchildren and perhaps great-great-grandchildren have been bullied into a deal, the details of which are yet unknown and which, from all accounts, has not benefited from an assessment of feasibility or their input. It is the people that bear the burden of poor governance and it is up to them to be vigilant and to use the democratic provisions to have their voices heard,” he said.Delayed installationThe project was initially slated to commence in September; however, on Monday, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green announced that it would be not be starting in September.According to Chase Green, after the report and agreement between the Mayor and City Council and Smart City Solutions, no irregularities were found.She disclosed that the Finance Ministry made recommendations that would be discussed by the members of the Council at a later date. “I would have asked that the Town Clerk distribute a copy to  every Councillor and that he sets aside a date next week so that the entire Council can sit and review the report and look at a way forward with the parking meters.”Chase Green also highlighted that alterations would be made pertaining to the proposed parking fee per hour, indicating that the cost may be decreased to $200 an hour or less, based on the agreement of the M&CC.“The report went with the $500 an hour, there is to be discussions about a reduction.”last_img read more

1,600 Students Pass UL Entrance Exam

first_imgFlashback: The 2017-2018 UL Entrance Result Bar chartThe University of Liberia has released the results of the entrance and placement exam administered on Saturday, May 13 to more than 8,000 candidates, according to a release issued yesterday.This year’s results show a remarkable improvement compared to the last three examinations in terms of the number of students who meet the passing threshold, a release from university indicated.When the scores are tabulated for only the undergraduate colleges, a total of 1,661 students passed the exam with 466 passing regularly, while 1,195 passed provisionally, according to the release.Based on the raw score data, the UL Faculty-Senate on Monday approved a regular pass/provisional pass and unsuccessful threshold to determine who will matriculate to the University.To pass the exam, a raw score of 50% (or more) in Mathematics and 70% (or more) in English constitutes regular pass; secondly, a raw score of 50% (or more) in Mathematics and 50% (or more) in English constitutes regular pass; and thirdly, an average of 60% (or more) in Mathematics and English, respectively constitutes regular pass.As such, a total of 466 candidates meet this threshold for the undergraduate division.Additionally, an average of 50% (or more, but less than 60%) of Mathematics and English scores is considered a provisional pass. Students passing in this category may register up to 12 credit hours during the first semester in a college of the University. The credit hours must include Mathematics and English.As such, a total of 1,195 candidates meet this threshold, bringing the total number of successful candidates to 1,661.To be unsuccessful on the exam, a candidate must have made an average of less than 50% in Mathematics and English.As such, a total of 6,074 candidates are found in this category–meaning they will not be admitted—bringing the total number of candidates who sat the exam in the undergraduate division to 7,735. Below is a graph showing the total break-down of candidates in the three categories.But the unsuccessful candidates, as well as others who did not sit the exam, still have a chance of entering the University of Liberia next academic semester. The UL Faculty-Senate has approved the administering of a second exam scheduled for July 22, 2017. This will be the first time the University of Liberia would administer its entrance exam twice in one academic year. More information on UL’s entrance exams will be communicated later, according to the release.The University’s Testing and Evaluation Center’s Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Peter Humphrey, considers this year’s results a significant improvement, saying, “The results are merit-based and transparent.”“Entrance now at the UL is merit-based; there is no other route to the University of Liberia,” he said. “The testing center is independent, so I encourage more students to sit the test.”The University’s Testing Center is currently undergoing a major reform, according to Dr. Humphrey. To guarantee the integrity of the test, he said the number of people who had access to the test was reduced, saying, “Only two individuals had access to the test.”The full list of results is posted on the university’s website at www.ul.edu.lr with the names and identification numbers of all successful candidates shown, while only the identification numbers of unsuccessful candidates are shown.Below is a graph showing the performance of male and female candidatesThe result for the David A. Straz-Sinje Vocational & Technical College is as follows: Regular Pass 170 students; Provisional Pass 6, totaling 176; while 3 candidates were unsuccessful, bringing the total number of candidates who sat the exam to 179. Below is a graph showing the performance of male and female candidates.And the result for the College of General Studies is as follows: Regular Pass 49; provisional pass 33, totaling 82. In all, 126 candidates were unsuccessful. A total of 208 candidates took the exam. Below is a graph that shows a break-down of the performance of male and female candidates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moyes appointed new West Ham manager

first_imgThe Hammers sacked manager Slaven Bilic on Monday after a poor run of results that have left the east London side languishing in the relegation zone.Saturday’s chastening 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool convinced Sullivan and co-owner David Gold that Bilic’s time was up, with the pair banking on the 54-year-old Moyes’s understanding of the English game to keep the club in the top flight.“We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club,” said Sullivan.“He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.”Moyes has been out of management since he resigned from his post Sunderland at the end of last season, having failed to prevent the northeast club being relegated from the Premier League.Despite that, and an underwhelming stint in Spain with Real Sociedad, the Hammers are backing the Scot to help shore up a leaky defence as well as getting the best out of big-money summer signings Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.West Ham sacked manager Slaven Bilic after a poor run of results that have left the club in the Premier League relegation zone © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONAfter Moyes emerged as the leading contender to replace Bilic, many West Ham fans regarded his proposed arrival at the London Stadium with scepticism.But Moyes, whose first game in charge will be at Watford a week on Sunday following the international break, urged them to get behind him and his squad.“I’m really looking forward to meeting the supporters and being in the stadium with them,” Moyes said in comments published on West Ham’s Twitter feed.“I’m looking forward to seeing them get right behind the team, and my team also. We need the support, we need everybody with us.”He added: “It’s a big job we have in hand now but I’m sure with everybody together we can get the right results between now and the end of the season.”Former West Ham defender Bilic is the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season, the Croatian’s exit following those of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester) and Ronald Koeman (Everton).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Moyes has been unveiled as the manager of West Ham United. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 7 – West Ham have appointed former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as their new manager, the struggling Premier League club announced on Tuesday.“We believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club,” joint chairman David Sullivan said.last_img read more

Relentless season taking toll on City players- De Bruyne

first_img“I was feeling it from the first minute,” he said. “I’ve said it before — you feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games, and then the rest you feel like shit.“You know, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. We’ve only got 15 or 16 players available at the moment so we need to get through it.”Injuries to Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, John Stones, David Silva, Fabian Delph, Phil Foden and Lukas Nmecha restricted City boss Guardiola to just six substitutes at Turf Moor.The runaway Premier League leaders are not in action again until Leicester City visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday — their longest gap between games since the November international break — and Guardiola has decided to give his entire squad three days off.“It will do us a lot of good,” said De Bruyne. “I’m going away, it doesn’t matter where.”City should have claimed all three points at the weekend after dominating the match.Danilo gave them a first-half lead but they were unable to add to it, with Raheem Sterling spurning a gilt-edged chance from close range before Johann Berg Gudmundsson claimed a late equaliser.“Nobody is complaining about the way we played,” said De Bruyne. “I think we played really well and we should have scored more but it happens and it’s not even bad defending, it’s just the way it goes sometimes.“Obviously it’s very hard and we haven’t got any players left, so maybe we feel a little bit of tiredness which makes it a little bit more difficult but I thought the way we played was exceptional.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin De Bruyne at the end of Manchester City’s 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – Kevin De Bruyne admits he is struggling physically as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City chase glory on four fronts, hampered by a series of injuries to big-name players.The midfielder has missed only three of City’s 39 games in all competitions and says he was feeling tired during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.last_img read more

Zidane admits fondness for Champions League rival Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s French head coach Zinedine Zidane © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEMADRID, Spain, Mar 17 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he would have preferred to avoid Juventus in Friday’s Champions League draw because of his attachment to the Italian giant where he spent five happy years.The match, to be played on 3-11 April, is a replay of last season’s Champions League final, which brought Zidane back-to-back European crowns with a 4-1 win in Cardiff. “I spent five years over there and it was an important club in my career as a player, so obviously it always has an effect on me when we play Juve,” said Zidane, who as a Juventus player lost the 1998 Champions League final to Real Madrid.“I would have preferred to avoid Juventus for many reasons,” said the coach who joined Madrid as a player in 2001, scoring a wonder-goal to clinch the Champions League final with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.“But we drew Juve and now I have to concentrate on that and forget about everything that happened to me there as a player even if it’ll always be there in the back of my mind.”“They look as solid as they were last year,” said Zidane of the Juve outfit renowned for rock-solid defending and clinical breakaway finishing.Zidane was also quizzed about Gareth Bale’s state of mind and was asked if the Welsh winger was depressed at Madrid after missing selection for both legs of the last-16 victory over PSG.“He’s a very important part of our squad, he is happy to be with us and he has showed that. You can think whatever you want but he isn’t sad,” Zidane insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PEARSE DOHERTY TOLD TO HAND OVER €200,000 FOR LEGAL CHALLENGE

first_imgFINE Gael Minister Brian Hayes has said Donegal deputy Pearse Doherty should hand over the costs of his failed legal challenge to the referendum last week.Deputy Doherty had gone to the High Court claiming the Referendum Commission had acted unfairly in statements made before the poll. He lost the case.Sinn Fein said today that the court would decide who would pick up the estimated €200,000 legal costs. However Minister Hayes, whose own constituents voted against the Fiscal Treaty, told national radio today that Sinn Fein should “pony up” and pay the costs of the challenge which he described as a last-minute publicity stunt.“They’ve got enough money to pay it. They’ve money to burn,” said junior finance minister Hayes.   PEARSE DOHERTY TOLD TO HAND OVER €200,000 FOR LEGAL CHALLENGE was last modified: June 3rd, 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:000 FOR LEGAL CHALLENGEPEARSE DOHERTY TOLD TO HAND OVER €200last_img read more

POST MORTEM CONFIRMS DONEGAL MAN DIED FROM €3 BAG OF LEGAL HIGHS

first_imgA heartbroken mum has revealed a post mortem has shown her son died from brain damage after taking a €3 bag of legal highs.Tragic Jimmy just hours before his death.Letterkenny man Jimmy Guichard died at his father’s home after suffering a massive heart-attack which led to a brain bleed.The results of his post-mortem which were released yesterday has shown the 20 year old former St Eunan’s hurler had no alcohol or any other illegal drugs in his system when he died on October 3rd. Last night his distraught mum Karen told Donegal Daily how nobody knows what exactly is in legal highs.“The problem with legal highs is that nobody knows exactly what is in them or what reaction they will have on people.“I certainly would not condone cannabis or any drug use but if Jimmy had taken those drugs then at least we would have known what was in them and he would have been here today.“The post mortem results show that he didn’t have any illegal substances in his body – not even a drop of alcohol. Tragic Jimmy Guichard looking fit and healthy.“These legal highs caused Jimmy’s blood pressure to rise rapidly which led to a massive heart attack which caused his brain damage.“A bag of something worth just €3 killed my son,” she said.Jimmy had moved to London to look after his dad who is suffering from cancer.Karen revealed she received even more bad news when she was told she could not donate her son’s organs to allow other people have the chance to live.“When I heard Jimmy was unconscious I made the decision to donate his organs so something could come of his needless death. “But the coroner said he simply could not allow it because of the manner in which Jimmy died.“The people who made these legal highs not only robbed me of Jimmy but they also robbed other people of the chance to live,” said Karen.A memorial service for Jimmy will be held at St Eunan’s Cathedral on Sunday next and a celebration of his life will then take place at the Green Room in Voodoo afterwards.POST MORTEM CONFIRMS DONEGAL MAN DIED FROM €3 BAG OF LEGAL HIGHS was last modified: November 21st, 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)last_img read more

DANIEL UPS HIS ‘PROFILE’ THANKS TO FANS AHEAD OF HIS CHA CHA!

first_imgThe Daniel O’Donnell marketing machine is in full flow!Daniel will take to the floor of Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday night as Danny Zuko for the Cha Cha with partner Kristina Rihanoff.In honour of the occasion, Daniel has asked fans to change their Facebook profiles to include a picture thy may have taken with him. And hundreds of them have.Daniel said he is working hard on his new dance and said he hopes to do his best and stay in the show once again.DANIEL UPS HIS ‘PROFILE’ THANKS TO FANS AHEAD OF HIS CHA CHA! was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:Cha Chadaniel o’donnelllast_img read more

Brentford v Brighton player ratings

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