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LeBron James notches triple double as Lakers knock off Zion Williamson, Pelicans again

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was the teams’ second meeting this week, and like the first both James and Williamson were spectacular. The 19-year-old had 35 points and seven rebounds himself, showcasing bruising physicality and show-stopping aerials. James was just a bit better, lifting his team without his leading partner.“We had one of the best players in the league (Davis) out tonight,” coach Frank Vogel said. “That’s what makes the win feel that much better for us.”With Davis sitting out the second game of a back-to-back, the supporting scoring role fell to Kyle Kuzma, who had 20 points as a starter — one of six Lakers in double figures. Former Laker Lonzo Ball nearly had a triple-double of his own for New Orleans, with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.Some of the game’s most memorable sequences featured James and Williamson sparring. On one of the few possessions where James guarded Williamson one-on-one, he picked his pocket for a steal as Williamson tried to back him down. After a second-quarter possession where Williamson blew through Kuzma for a dunk, James took the ball and nailed a 40-foot jumper early in the shot clock — a quick answer for the teen phenom that helped Lakers have a two-point lead going into halftime.It’s a shot the Lakers see James practice often, and he even shot from that spot in warm-ups. It’s the kind of play that James has the sense for, and often rises to make. PreviousNew Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball down the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dribble s the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli (20) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks to his team in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball between New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) and guard Frank Jackson (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) goes up for a basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel reacts to a call in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles as New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball down the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dribble s the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli (20) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dribble s the ball as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli (20) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)ExpandNEW ORLEANS — Of LeBron James’ many talents, this one might remain underrated: The man has a sense for the moment.He felt that moment arrive with just over two minutes to go, as he grabbed a rebound securing a triple-double for the night, then seconds later pulled up for a 3-pointer over Zion Williamson — the teenage phenom who many already see as his heir apparent.As James jogged backwards on defense after the clinching basket, he wagged his tongue with the confidence of a man who knows his night’s work is all but done.James and the Lakers (46-13) did not need Anthony Davis in a 122-114 win over the Pelicans on Sunday night at Smoothie King Center. In many ways, James was brilliant enough on his own in a 34-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound night that again lived up to the monstrous billing of the game’s biggest star of today versus the one of tomorrow. While it finished a 4-0 season sweep for the Lakers, the game was strong enough to serve as fodder for the next few weeks as a possible first-round series could take shape. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img “Nine times out of 10, maybe 10 times out of 10, a lot of guys are not going to contest that shot because they think I’m shooting it from too far,” James said. “So I knew I would have some space.”Neither team had a clear defensive answer for the other’s star. Kuzma started out on Williamson, but was pushed around by the 285-pound forward in the paint, as was every other Laker. On plenty of possessions, the Lakers simply fouled him, fueling a 33-10 free throw disparity in New Orleans’ favor.The best the Lakers could do was try to expose him and make him work on the other end. While Kuzma was bumped off the block often on defense, he tried to drive on Williamson himself, too.“That was kind of my mentality: Go on out there, really attack, make him try to move his feet,” Kuzma said. “And obviously he’s a tough challenge. He’s a big boy, but you know, had to do the same thing on the other end, too.”Likewise, James was unguardable. After he started out the game 8 for 10 from the field, he burned both Josh Hart and Jrue Holiday in one-on-one coverage, and passed to open shooters when the Pelicans double-teamed him. His triple-double was his 13th of the year.Related Articles Coach Alvin Gentry marveled at something James can do that Williamson is still working on: control a game.“You go down and double him, and he finds the open pass for three,” Gentry said. “If you don’t double him, he’s so strong and so skilled that he just lays the ball in the basket. He catches it out in the corner and makes it difficult for you to get there and double-team the ball.“You know,” he added, “I’m just amazed that they talk about anybody other than him for MVP.”The leading story of when these teams met in November — Davis’ return to New Orleans — was a distant memory. Davis sat out the game with right knee soreness, along with teammate Alex Caruso (sore right hamstring). Wearing a gray blazer and white hoodie, he sat on the bench, well out of the limelight. The most interaction he had with his former New Orleans teammates was in the tunnel, where he also briefly received coach Alvin Gentry and president David Griffin.So often the Lakers have hinged their fourth quarter defense around Davis, who they’ve touted as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. But even without Davis, the Lakers still managed to hold the Pelicans to just 19 points in the fourth quarter on 5 for 18 shooting. In a pinch, JaVale McGee was a capable rim-protecting replacement for Davis, notching a game-best six blocks in his 24 minutes.While James and Williamson made news Tuesday for saying they had not spoken, that seemed to finally happen as they walked off the court: The two men embraced, and James said some words to his young counterpart before departing to fly back to Los Angeles.James said he believes it’s his responsibility to mentor the young players of the league — including Ja Morant, Luka Doncic and Williamson — and that he believes the NBA will be in a better place if he can pass on his knowledge to some of the bright young talents.“Anybody that says that, ‘LeBron, why would he do that while he’s playing?’” he said. “‘It’s a sign of weakness … He’s buddy-buddy with the guys he’s going against.’ Tell them to kiss my ass. All right? With a smile, too.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

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House to Grill First Cabinet Minister in Open Session

first_imgLands amd Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. MurrayMines and Energy Minister, Gesler E. Murray, is reportedly facing mounting pressure over an increasing amount of fake mining licenses being issued to so-called miners, and the corresponding effect of illegal mining activities throughout the country.With those reports, the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill has invited Minister Murray for questioning. He is expected to appear before that august body on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in an open session.Minister Murray and his principal deputies, including technicians, are expected to appear before the House Plenary to explain the wave of illicit mining on their respective scopes of operations and give a roadmap as to the way forward to stop the illegal activities.Murray’s expected appearance will mark the first of its kind of a cabinet minister that members of the 54th have invited for grilling.The lawmakers alleged refusal to invite cabinet ministers to grill them in open session, reportedly created rifts between some members of the Independent Legislative Caucus and Speaker Bhofal Chambers.Prior to this death, the late Representative Adolph Lawrence of Montserrado County District #15 became the core fighter and was, on two occasions, thrown out of session, having been accused of vilifying Speaker Chambers for not placing on the agenda, his (Lawrence’s) communications inviting some cabinet ministers for questioningMontserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, River Gee County District #3 Representative Francis S. Dopoh, II and Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative Thomas A. Goshua, II were also among those lawmakers agitating for being victimized.Besides the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweh, who was questioned in closed session, a proxy represented Labor Minister Moses Kollie before that august body.Plenary’s decision on Tuesday, May 7, during the 28th day sitting was based on a motion filed by Representative Mariamu Fofana (Lofa County District #4), following a communication from Representative Matthew Joe (Grand Bassa County District #3), seeking the acquiescence of the House to invite Minister Murray to explain the cause(s) of the proliferation of the reported illicit mining activities across the country; explain circumstances leading to granting of mining licenses in the categories of class “A & B,” specifically to aliens and Liberians  and state the measures the ministry is doing to stop the alleged illegal activities.The Grand Bassa Lawmaker argued that the proliferation of illegal mining involving aliens is becoming alarming across the country, with specific reference to the Nimba County gold mine disaster where dozens were trapped under the debris at the Gbanepea Gold Mine near Tappita.Rep. Joe said that during a most recent visit to Grand Bassa County, specifically in Districts four and five, respectively, he saw dredges on the Timbo and the St. John Rivers being operated by Ghanaians. When he inquired whether they were licensed, their response was no.He also referenced reports of dredges discovered on the St. Paul River and ongoing illicit mining in Haindii, Fuamah District, Lower Bong County.This proliferation of illicit mining activities, he said, is swindling government of thousands of United States dollars in revenue.The Ministry of Mines and Energy, Liberia . The Ministry of Mines & Energy (MME) was established by an act of legislature to administer all activities related to mineral, water and energy resource exploration, coordination and development in the Republic of Liberia.Also, illegal mining is on the rise in Grand Kru County and at least 2,000 foreigners, especially from Ghana and Ivory Coast are currently estimated to be involved in illegal artisanal gold mining.The illegal miners present huge challenges that need to be addressed from a range of perspectives. It takes place both at abandoned mines and at operating mines, with illegal miners often operating out of desperation and in dangerous conditions.Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, confirmed the illegal mining.According to him, foreigners are reportedly bringing dredge machines into the county illegally and mining gold, something he noted, when not addressed urgently, could lead to serious environmental degradation.According to Grand Bassa County Lawmaker, Hon Matthew Joe, the illicit mining taking place in the country is depriving the Government of needed revenue and is damaging the creeks and rivers from which the citizens fetch drinking water.Other officials that are expected to appear before the lawmakers are the Administrators of the Phebe Hospital, including the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Willimena Jallah, to show reasons why Phebe Hospital is underfunded, something which exposes the citizens to risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ohio State Fair attendance up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 4 with an estimated 934,925 attendees entering the gates between July 24 and August 4. This marks an increase of approximately 3 percent more visitors than 2018.“This year’s weather was absolutely beautiful, and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans turned out to celebrate our great state and experience all that the Fair has to offer. Some of the most popular aspects each year are the animals, education, food, art and rides,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “We are so thankful for the many people who worked hard all year long to make this a great Fair.”The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture — the state’s largest industry — and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, the unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation.last_img read more

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Women shuttlers bring India back as No 2 in medals tally

first_imgIndian badminton’s golden girls – Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – won India two gold medals on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14. They thus created history in Indian badminton, winning the first gold medals for the country in Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final 19-21, 23-21, 21-13, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.The twin titles in women’s badminton also saw India reclaim their number two position in the medal’s tally as India pushed England to number three with 38 golds with the visitors trailing by one.Going as a favourite, Saina had a disappointing start as she lost the opening game to the revenge-seeking Malaysian. But she fought back in the second game and saved a match point to finally win the game. She dominated in the final game and did not let Wong to overtake her at any point of the game.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl had earlier defeated Wong in the ongoing Commonwealth Games’ team event finals, which India had lost to Malaysia 1-3. Saina was the only player to win a match against the much stronger Malaysian team. She had defeated Wong 24-26, 21-17, 21-14.Jwala, Ashwini give India women’s doubles goldEarlier, Jwala and Ashwini registered a historical win for the country as they thrashed favourites Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to claim their first major international victory.advertisementThe duo played to expectation as India’s hopes pinned on the three women shuttlers as well as the men’s hockey team to reclaim the second position from England in the medal’s tally. While the world champions Australia were humiliating in a one-sided men’s final at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Jwala and Ashwini battled their higher-ranked Singaporean competitors at the packed Siri Fort Stadium.They outplayed top seed Shanti-Lei 21-16, 21-19.Though the Indians had slightly disappointing start in the first game as they conceded three successive points to trail 0-3, a perfect blend of attack and defence brought Jwala and Ashwini back. Soon they were leading in the game, which they ultimately won.The second game saw a similar action as the Indians were trailing at 12-15, but Jwala-Ashwini used drops and smashes to return in the game. Jwala’s aggressive game finally saw the Indian pair through in the second game also.last_img read more

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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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