Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Orlando center Mo Bamba celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won the game 104-101. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. — Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando’s public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers.Then the game started.ADVERTISEMENT He wasn’t the only rookie smiling Wednesday.Ayton made his first three shots and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Phoenix eased past Dallas. Bamba was clutch for Orlando, putting together a 13-point, seven-rebound, two-block effort in the Magic win over Miami. And maybe it was fitting — Ayton and Trier had plenty of big nights together at Arizona as collegians last season, and they had another one Wednesday, albeit about 2,400 miles apart.Trier had 15 points for the Knicks in their easy win over Atlanta, two of those points coming on a down-the-lane dunk where he went either past or over four Hawks players, a play that even had New York coach David Fizdale celebrating.“Some things happen in a game sometimes and you just go, ‘Whoa,’” Fizdale said.After two nights of this season, 35 players have made their NBA debuts. That’s just the first of many waves; 119 rookies got into at least one game last season, a figure helped mightily by the emergence of two-way contracts. Last season’s newcomer total was the league’s highest since 1949-50 when 120 debuted — in large part because what was the 12-team BAA the year before became the 17-team NBA that season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Manny Pacquiao says he will fight Adrien Broner in January Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES He didn’t have to solicit noise anymore.Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31 newcomers who got their first official playing time Wednesday, the initial hectic night on this season’s schedule. Some of those debuts were forgettable, some barely noticeable, but a few — like No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix, the No. 6 overall pick in Bamba and even undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier in New York — stood out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Felt pretty good,” Bamba said. “It was everything I expected it to be.”READ: DeRozan impressive in debut as Spurs fend off Timberwolves Some of the openers on Wednesday were statistically nonexistent — three debuts were logged officially at lasting less than one minute, seven of the rookies on the floor didn’t attempt any shots, and the average per-rook was less than 5 points per game.Ayton and Bamba dazzled. No. 3 pick Luka Doncic had 10 points and eight rebounds, but misfired on 11 of his 16 shots. No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points for the Clippers. It wasn’t just lottery guys who stood out — second-round pick Bruce Brown started for Detroit, and Trier made MSG take notice.The challenge now for Trier, Bamba, Ayton and every other rookie? Getting ready for the rest of the season.“Now it’s just a matter of doing that 81 more times,” Bamba said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history READ: Booker’s late onslaught lifts Suns past MavsAtlanta’s Trae Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft, made his first NBA shot. The make was a notable event for Young, who said that he airballed his first shot attempt in high school, in college and at the NBA Summer League in July.Progress, indeed.“This is just one of many,” Young said, not sounding worried about the Hawks’ rocky opener.None of the rookies so far have had monster numbers, but then again, those are rare in debuts.The record for points by someone in his first game is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 43 for the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Oct. 24, 1959. A year later, Oscar Robertson’s first NBA game resulted in his first triple-double — 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. LeBron James had 25 in 2003, two months shy of his 19th birthday.Those were the start of great careers.But bad first games don’t doom anyone to a life of mediocrity, either.Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Dennis Rodman combined for zero points in their debuts. Kobe Bryant went scoreless his first time out as well, and he’ll be joining that foursome in the Basketball Hall of Fame soon anyway. Michael Jordan shot 5 for 16 to start his career. Kevin Durant went 7 for 22 in his opening game with Seattle.“You never forget the first game,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 18 points in his debut in 2003 and still recalls how he spent some of that night being guarded by Allen Iverson. “You’re going to get better. You’re nervous. You can’t change that. It’s going to be a big moment in your life, and you’re going to grow from that moment. And then you’re going to have a lot of other moments.” View commentslast_img read more

BC prepares for the Swine Flu this Fall

first_imgA new BC study finds parents and health-care workers may refuse to inoculate themselves or their children, during a flu pandemic, if they believe a vaccine’s risks outweigh the benefits.Researchers at the University of B-C and Simon Fraser University asked study participants how willing they’d be, to accept a new vaccine, during a pandemic. Many said they wouldn’t, due to concerns about insufficient testing and safety.Meantime, BC’s top doctor is defending a plan to keep public schools open this fall…even if there’s an outbreak of the H1/N1 virus.- Advertisement -Doctor Perry Kendall says last spring’s closures happened, when not enough was known about the virus, which he says is now considered no more dangerous than the regular flu.He concedes there’s likely to be an increase in the number of flu cases once children are back together in the classroom…but, he doubts the virus itself will result in many schools being shutdown.[asset|aid=1774|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cd9c3dfe01a7ec27adc4b7638c651941-Kendall-closures_1_Pub.mp3]Doctor Kendall adds, the H1/N1 vaccine will not be available before November…but, he’s hoping anyone needing a flu shot will get one by the end of December.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-convict accused of loan fraud

first_imgLANCASTER – A Lancaster woman convicted of welfare fraud and then sent to prison for three years for violating her probation is charged in a new case alleging a $2.3 million mortgage scam. Alvina Rankins, also known as Alvina Mitchell, is charged with 12 felony counts of grand theft in connection with a mortgage business she ran out of a Palmdale office called Alvon Mortgage Loans Investment Network, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives said. “She was charged with submitting fraudulent loan applications in the amount of $2.3 million,” Detective Dennis Watters said. “She was running a mortgage-broker business and altering records.” Rankins, 42, was arrested at her west Lancaster home Feb. 9 after getting out of prison on parole in December. She was being held in lieu of more than $2.3 million bail. “We found some documents that looked suspicious,” Watters said. The new charges relate to incidents that occurred mostly in 2005, Watters said. In the prior case, Rankins was charged with illegally receiving welfare and Medi-Cal benefits while running a day-care center in her home under a Los Angeles County contract, despite having a prior criminal record. She pleaded no contest in March 2001 to one count of welfare fraud. Rankins, who was convicted of arson in 1988, auto theft in 1992 and receiving stolen property in 1995, lost her child-care license in November 1999. She was accused of fraudulently receiving the Medi-Cal benefits from November 1995 to February 1999. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rankins is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. In 2002, she was given a suspended three-year prison sentence and sentenced to a year in jail for welfare fraud. As part of her probation, she was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution. In February 2006, a judge found that Rankins had violated her probation and sentenced her to the three years in prison after she had bought a house valued at more than $700,000, spent $44,800 on a pool and bought a sport utility vehicle for herself and a motorcycle for her boyfriend while paying only $2,500 toward her court-ordered $30,000 restitution. While on probation, Rankins had also tried to get free school lunches for her three children, prosecutors said. During a search before her November 2005 arrest on suspicion of violating her probation, paperwork was found prompting detectives to initiate an investigation into possible real-estate fraud. last_img read more

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

first_imgBelgium midfielder De Bruyne has been one of the standout players in City’s record-breaking campaign, but he knows Guardiola was the mastermind behind their triumph.City’s top priority in the close-season will be securing the services of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief Guardiola, who also led his team to League Cup glory in February, for longer than the one year remaining on his contract.“Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is special and to be part of a group of players led by him can only help us to keep developing,” De Bruyne said.“He came in two years ago and changed the way we play. That obviously takes time to adapt to but we’ve developed together and this season is a reward for all that work.“What we want to do now is continue playing the way we have this season and become even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hopefully these can be his first trophies of many here at City.”Backed by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners, Guardiola has spent big money to bolster his squad and more reinforcements are likely to arrive before next season.But De Bruyne believes the current City squad is already well placed to build on this season’s achievements.“It’s no coincidence that the type of players brought in over the last year or two have all been of a similar age and we will look to build as a group together. The feeling amongst the squad is great,” he said.“We have enjoyed the season a lot but there is work to do if we want to achieve more in future. That can be the trickiest thing in football, to not only win but keep winning. Having such a young squad will hopefully help us to achieve that.”City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also believes the foundations are in place for sustained success.The Germany international, who had been back in his homeland watching former club Borussia Dortmund play Schalke when he learned he was a Premier League winner, said: “Although some of our players have won it before, it’s our first title as a group of players under the new manager.“We have developed together and there is a lot of potential. What we all have to do now is to work hard and believe in our ability to keep succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin de Bruyne predicts glittering future for English champions Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion.last_img read more


first_imgPrincipal Máire Ni Ghairbhí with Sean and Ruairi ENDURANCE racer Sean McFadden got a hero’s reception when he visited his son’s school today.The Letterkenny man finished second in Ireland’s first ever 24-hour endurance event – The Race – which took place over a 260-km course in Donegal at the weekend. Sean completed the 24-hour race – running, cycling and kayaking – in just over 15 hours and 22 minutes.Donegal man Gerard Callaghan was sixth, Gavin Harris was in eighth and Brendan McBride was 14th.Today son Ruairi was the proudest boy in the county when dad Sean called for a special reception at Gaelscoil Adhamnhain.Sean gave a wonderful speech, crediting athletes Gary Crossan and Ciaran O’Donnell with inspiring him to success. He answered questions on the race and how he had prepared for it.ENDURANCE MAN SEAN GETS HERO’S WELCOME AT HIS SON’S SCHOOL was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gaelscoil ADHAMNÁINPrincipal Máire Nic Gairbhe with Sean and Ruairisean mcfaddenthe racelast_img read more

Southampton to make quick decision over Mark Hughes this weekend – reports

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 no dice They are 17th in the table and only avoiding the relegation zone on goal difference and a defeat against fellow strugglers Fulham on Saturday could spell the end of Hughes’ time at St Mary’s.According to the Daily Mail, officials at the south coast club believe they made a mistake in backing previous manager Mauricio Pellegrino when results were not good enough.They turned to former player Hughes who just about steered them away from the Championship last season.And if the results continue to be bad, the Saints hierarchy are conscious not to make the same mistake again and keep the faith for too long. 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Their last game saw them only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Watford, however, they were unfortunate to have a goal scored by Charlie Austin ruled out.The striker made a sensational post-match outburst insisting that VAR needed to be brought into the Premier League which went viral after an internet prankster dubbed his words with the song Parklife by Blur.Fulham took action last week by bringing in Claudio Ranieri to replace Slavisa Jokanovic.Saints’ main problem this campaign has been scoring goals. They’ve found the net just eight times all season with only Huddersfield scoring fewer times. MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Hughes’ position was weakened by the club’s decision to sack director of football Les Reed, who appointed the Welshman and was his closest ally on the board, earlier this month.The clash at Craven Cottage is a crucial one for Saints as they have a difficult December ahead – facing Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City. Southampton could make a quick decision over Mark Hughes’ future as manager this weekend.The Saints are in worrying form having not won a Premier League game since September 1. Could Hughes be the Premier League’s second managerial casualty this season? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 huge blow ADVICE REVEALED Southampton last tasted victory in the league at Crystal Palace Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Austin’s spectacular rant went viral on social media last_img read more


first_imgCRAZED boy racers are out speeding tonight on parts of the Donegal International Rally Route.There have been a number of reports in the past hour of speeding cars in and around Illistrin and Ballyare.One resident reported seeing two cars – racing side by side – near the old Illistrin school. “It’s the same every year and it sickens me,” one resident said a short time ago.“I don’t care what people say, the rally will be copied by young boys who think they can drive crazy for the few weeks before and after the rally.”The madness of the boy racers tonight comes despite road safety appeals led by local racer Toni Kelly.She has helped to spearhead a campaign highlighting road safety. The rally attracts thousands of people to the county.But it does have its critics – many who believe road rally races should be banned.BREAKING NEWS: BOY RACERS OUT TONIGHT ON RALLY ROUTE was last modified: June 15th, 2011 by gregShare 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:boy racersdonegal rallylast_img read more


first_imgInishowen Against Water Charges & Right2Water Donegal, say any agreement with Irish Water Contractors may be being overly optimistic.They say that in a number of other areas throughout the country, agreements such as these have been made with varying degrees of success.“When we received the offer of a meeting, we in Right2Water Donegal & Inishowen Against Water Charges acknowledged the offer, however, we pointed out that no installation of water meters was taking place as the water metering programme in Donegal was suspended.” We will continue to support every group in the campaign and acknowledge that they must campaign in the way they decide, said a spokesman.The question does now need to be asked as to why anyone would sign a document effectively giving licence for metering to restart in the county.”Inishowen Against Water Charges and Right2Water in Donegal have been to the forefront of the water charges movement in the county. We are very much a people’s movement and always try to activate as many people in this movement as possible.We believe that any meeting should be as broad and as inclusive, to represent as many views of people who oppose water charges and metering, as possible. We felt that it would be inappropriate to attend such a meeting without at least seeking a mandate from the communities first. This isn’t our call to make, unless householders in Inishowen, and especially those who are active against water meters, want it. No small group of people can enter into an agreement like this on behalf of whole of Inishowen without proper widespread consultation. When the group received the offer of a meeting, they say they felt it was only right to begin a consultative process with the people of Inishowen.“This consultation is still ongoing.“In our discussions to date no one as yet has thought an agreement was the way to go, although a few people did think a meeting may be useful.The hard pressed householders of Inishowen must always be taken into consideration. People have a right to at least be asked for their view before any agreement is entered into.The anti-water charges movement is a collective effort and so consideration must also be given to people in the rest of the county, many of whom have already worked very hard to oppose metering. Given that assurances were given to groups in the county that houses which had signs up indicating they did not want a meter would not receive one, and that these assurances were subsequently broken, we feel this would make them untrustworthy.Inishowen Against Water Charges & Right2Water Donegal say they urge the householders of Inishowen not to become complacent and rely on signs on windows alone to deter the installers.“The success of the Right2Water campaign to date has been through a combined approach of resisting water meters, non-payment of charges, mass peaceful protests and persistent political pressure.“We need to ensure that all of these tactics are employed to the fullest extent of our ability at all times, in order to defeat the water charges and abolish Irish Water. ‘WE CAN’T RELY ON SIGNS IN WINDOWS TO OVERCOME IRISH WATER’ – PROTESTORS was last modified: July 22nd, 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:donegalIrish Waterprotestslast_img read more

ScienceShot: Hungry Polar Bears Turn to Seabird Eggs

first_imgPolar bears are known for dining on whatever they want, from human garbage to reindeer to berries. But in the lower latitudes of the Canadian Arctic, they primarily prey on ringed seals (Pusa hispida), hunting them from sea ice platforms. Over the past 3 decades, however, the sea ice in this region has progressively broken up earlier than in the past due to climate change. The bears now face 2 months of ice-free habitat. Without seals to eat, the bears have increasingly turned to terrestrial prey, including the eggs of northern common eiders and thick-billed murres, scientists have discovered. Over three summers, from 2010 to 2012, researchers surveyed the birds’ nesting colonies on 230 islands and along more than 1000 kilometers of coastline in Hudson Strait and Northern Hudson Bay Narrows, looking for signs of predators. On 16 of the islands, they spotted 22 polar bears, and evidence of bears, such as feces containing eggshell, on an additional 63 islands, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They also watched bears eating eggs on numerous occasions (pictured). Overall, they found bears at 34% of the eider colonies, and estimated that the birds lost more eggs to them than to gulls and foxes, their usual nest predators. Murres, which nest on steep and narrow cliff ledges, are not as affected by the bears. The researchers do not yet know how the eiders will fare if the bears continue to feast on their eggs, although they think some colonies may go extinct if the intense predation continues. But their study—and others showing that polar bears are also dining on snow goose eggs and caribou—does support claims that polar bears in areas where the ice breaks up early don’t have enough time to hunt seals and acquire the fat reserves they need to make it through the ice-free season. 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Football: For Memphis Depay, Manchester is “still Red”

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty ImagesIn a recent interview with SkySportsNews, Lyon striker Memphis Depay spoke his mind about his former club, Manchester United.The Dutch national was brought to Old Trafford from his childhood club of PSV by Louis van Gaal in 2015.After having a frustrating 19 months at United where he managed to score only seven goals and six assists in fifty-three appearances, Jose Mourinho’s arrival only made it worse for him as he was ensured less time on the field.The 24-year-old then signed with Ligue 1 club Lyon in January for 21.7 million pounds.Since moving to Lyon, who face Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, Depay has been a first-team regular – scoring 28 times in 74 appearances.“Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful and I’m just happy that I’m the player I am today,” said the Netherlands international, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the Etihad.“I can look back and say I didn’t want it to go like that – nobody wanted that – things happened and I became a much better player. I can feel it in the games, I mean everybody can see it I think as well.“After one season, I couldn’t find myself in the team. I was still young, didn’t get a lot of opportunities, but I must say that the first season I didn’t put the quality on the table that I thought.”“I believe for sure that the city is still Red and tomorrow I’ll be trying to get a good result against the Blues.”To read the full story click here.Read Also: Anfield won’t just be the home of Liverpool FC after this…Football: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are renewing their vowslast_img read more