Overpowered Warriors run circles around Lakers in lopsided affair

first_img“The first quarter was awful for us,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “From that point on, our guys engaged and gave what they had.”Golden State eventually led by as much as 34, with its stars resting for the entire fourth quarter as the Warriors (54-24) cruised closer to locking up the No. 1 seed for the Western Conference playoffs and home-court advantage through the first three rounds.“They look like they’re turning on playoff mode,” said Walton, a former Golden State assistant. “Even watching the last couple games, getting ready for this one, they’re locked in.”It wasn’t until the third quarter when Rajon Rondo (12 points, two assists) became the first Laker to reached double figures in points. No Laker scored more than 17 as the team shot a dismal 35.6 percent from the field.There were only brief notes of joy for the outgunned Lakers, including a second-quarter putback dunk by Alex Caruso (nine points, six assists) that brought the entire bench to its feet. The only Laker who wasn’t wholly pleased by the highlight was JaVale McGee, who teasingly chastised Caruso for putting him on a poster. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “I’m kind of mad because he dunked on me,” said McGee, who finished with eight points and 13 rebounds against his former squad. “I’m on his team. Like, ‘Dang AC, you’re just gonna dunk on me.’ But I always knew he had hops, so that was nice.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDurant explained the deficiency the best: “Their whole team is missing.”While Warriors coach Steve Kerr waxed Thursday morning on the potential he once saw in the Lakers when they routed Golden State in Oakland on Christmas, the last meeting between the two this season (completing a 3-1 series for the Warriors) only underlined the gulf between them. LeBron James, who met the Warriors in four straight NBA Finals, watched in a black suit from the bench, alongside Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball.The bludgeoning was accomplished without much production from the “Splash Brothers” duo of Klay Thompson and Curry, who were just a combined 6 for 25 from the field, including a 4-for-16 mark from 3-point range. But DeMarcus Cousins (21 points) proved to be a load in the paint, with the former All-Star and upcoming free agent scoring 21 points and adding 10 rebounds. Durant had a brutally efficient 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds.“They’re playing a lot of young players, inexperienced players,” Durant said. “We took advantage of that.”The Warriors set the tone in the first quarter when they shot 64 percent from the floor and led by 27 points. They made 7 of 12 3-pointers, while the Lakers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts in the quarter. Their 12 points were a season low for any quarter. PreviousLOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]The Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins shoots over the defense of the Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […] SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a T-shirt with the likeness of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against Johnathan Williams #19 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee, center, dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors makes a pass behind his back against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks for a pass against Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Johnathan Williams #19 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: Luke Walton and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on April 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson reacts after missing a 3-point basket to end the third quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]LOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night. It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, […]The Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins shoots over the defense of the Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 54The Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins shoots over the defense of the Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — A white towel or a running clock – the Lakers needed one of those on Thursday night.It was only the first quarter when Steph Curry looped a half-court pass around his back, finding an open Kevin Durant for a fastbreak dunk. The visiting Golden State Warriors were up by 19 points, and the night was just beginning.It was not a fair fight between two franchises that are virtually not in the same league.The 108-90 beating found two-time defending champion Golden State (54-24) close to its playoff prime, fielding a full complement of five former All-Stars in its starting lineup. The Lakers (35-44), on the other hand, devoted significant minutes to their G League mainstays, including Johnathan Williams and Jemerrio Jones, while playing out the string of a season that now has just three games left. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Williams also finished strong, landing with 17 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and a few dunks of his own. In his first extended look in NBA action, Jones chipped in a bit of everything: four points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes in which he was primarily asked to guard Curry and Thompson.The Lakers lost their second straight game, with an upcoming Friday night tilt against the Clippers. Home games against the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, both playoff-bound squads, will wrap the season.If there are more nights like these, it won’t be too soon.READING LIPSDuring a timeout, James and Durant chatted briefly, sparking interest on social media about what they might have been saying.“Just laughing and joking and catching up,” Durant said. “Everybody’s so interested, especially in LeBron. So whoever he talks to, the lip readers are going to try to figure it out. You guys are just infatuated with that whole thing.”News services contributed to this story. 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2017 NTL Results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners at the 2017 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.Men’s OpenQueensland Cowboys 6 defeated Queensland Titans 3 Women’s OpenNew South Wales Scorpions 8 defeated Queensland Broncos 5Mixed OpenSydney Rebels 10 defeated South Queensland Sharks 7 Men’s T LeagueCentral Queensland Bulls A 6 defeated South Queensland Sharks 5Women’s T LeagueSouth West Swans 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions A 1Women’s 27’s  Brisbane City Cobras 4 defeated Victoria Storm 3Men’s 30’sSouth Queensland Sharks 8 defeated Sydney Scorpions 6Women’s 35’sHunter Western Hornets 5 defeated Victoria Storm 1 Men’s 40’sACT Raiders 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5Women’s 40’sHunter Western Hornets 4 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland Sharks 10 defeated ACT Raiders 6Women’s 45’s Sydney Scorpions 1 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 0Men’s 50’sSydney Scorpions 5 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Men’s 55’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated Sydney Mets 2Senior MixedSouthern Suns 11 defeated South Queensland Sharks 7 Related LinksNTL Results To view photos from the event, please visit the TFA Facebook pageTo view all of the live streamed games and results from the event, please visit the NTL websitelast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for me

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordon helped him fall back in love with the game.Warnock faces his former club today.He said, “I’m looking forward to it because I’ve got some special memories there. I’ve got some good friends there and it’s always a good atmosphere.”I enjoyed it. Simon Jordan got me that love back. I felt really let down leaving Sheffield United. I think I would’ve jacked it in had it not been for Simon.”I ended up having a fabulous relationship with him and I’m disappointed how it ended for him as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

US home prices rise more slowly amid weaker sales

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased more slowly in September from a year ago as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.1 per cent from a year earlier. That’s down from a 5.5 per cent yearly gain in the previous month. It was the sixth straight month that home price increases have slowed.The weaker price gains reflect a broader slowdown in the nation’s housing market. Sales of existing homes rose modestly in October, snapping a six-month streak of declines. But sales are still 5.1 per cent lower than they were a year ago. New home sales have fallen for four straight months. Mortgage rates have jumped in the past year, reaching 4.8 per cent last week, up from 3.9 per cent a year ago.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

City is seeking more partners for the upcoming High on Ice Festival

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City is in the process of planning their biggest event, the High on Ice Winter Festival and is seeking more partners to keep growing this annual event.The Festival is one of the main ways that the City encourages the public to get out and embrace winter. Although the festival is centred around ice carving, there is also a variety of winter-themed activities that are available to the public at little or no cost.It is the City’s goal to continue diversifying the event by offering new activities and generate excitement and awareness for the festival as well as engaging local businesses to help generate excitement and participation. To view, the Partnership Brochure CLICK HERE Some of the ways a business can get involved in the festival are; Volunteer to run an event during the festival weekend (either at Centennial Park or at your establishment)Donate in-kind materialsDonate funds to a volunteer group running a community event (ie. Cross Country Skiing, Face painting, Hot Chocolate, etc.) – we can connect you to our volunteers!Decorate your storefront with a winter themeCelebrate the event at your business by having a contest, prize giveaways or special  promotionHand out “High on Ice Winter Festival” promotional material (brochures programs, posters, coasters, coffee sleeves, etc.)Share our website link (fortstjohn.ca/ice) or Facebook posts and events.The City wants to celebrate and promote what you are doing at your establishment. By contacting the City they have the resources such as prize materials/giveaways, promotional material, as well as using their platforms to share your business for partnering up with them.For questions or collaboration ideas contact; Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer 250.794.3262 last_img read more

Interim injunction against Wetsuweten members not going away soon lawyer

first_imgRoss says both sides also agreed to shift a deadline for his clients to file a response to the injunction application to Feb. 20 from Jan. 31, which needs court approval.The B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an interim injunction against Wet’suwet’en members and supporters after a roadblock was erected along a logging road the company says it needs to use.The arrest of 14 people when RCMP enforced the interim injunction on Jan. 7 sparked protests across Canada and internationally, as many within the First Nation argue the project doesn’t have authority without approval from its hereditary clan chiefs. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation who oppose a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory says they will likely be ordered to maintain a 10-metre distance from any work site or workers for several months.Michael Lee Ross says interim injunctions like the one granted to Coastal GasLink in December typically remain in effect until a judgment is delivered on the main injunction application to the court.He says that he and Coastal GasLink’s lawyers recently agreed to shift the hearing date deadline to May 31 from May 1, but that date could change again.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal Is Playing Mind Games With You

It’s a smart and subtle way to serve in the situation, and his success rate suggests that his opponent, potentially predisposed to Nadal’s T serve, does not see it coming.Granted, it’s also a bit of a “tell” for anyone lucky enough to find himself with a pair of break points against Nadal — those guys should look for the out wide serve. But more than that, it reveals a mental game-within-the-game orchestrated by Nadal.He turns balls hit to his backhand side into forehand winnersNadal’s forehand is his biggest weapon. Opponents try to dodge it at all costs, which means avoiding hitting the ball to the ad court as much as possible against the southpaw. A good way to understand the baseline is to divide it into four vertical zones — two in the deuce court and two in the ad court. In tennis, these zones are sometimes labeled A, B, C and D, with A being the out wide in the deuce court, all the way to the D zone, which is the out wide in the ad court.If you’re Nadal’s opponent and you’re trying to avoid his forehand, you would hit to zones A and B (the ad court). And that’s where he gets you.The King of Clay is also the King of Running Around His Backhand to Hit Forehand. He’s an expert at it. Indeed, he loves to run around his backhand to hit forehand so much that in some matches, he has hit about the same number of winners from what would be his natural backhand side of the court — zones A and B — than from his normal, left-handed forehand side of the court — zones C and D. Through five rounds at this year’s French Open, 54 percent of Nadal’s forehand winners (46/85) have been hit as run-around forehands from zones A and B, according to officially recorded statistics from Roland Garros.By comparison, consider the right-handed Djokovic, the number one player in the world. Through the first four rounds at Roland Garros this year, 42 percent of Djokovic’s forehand winners have been run-around forehands (14/33).Nadal is like a spider looking to snare a rally ball, and players would be ill-advised to hit toward Nadal’s backhand unless they can be sure he’ll only be able to use his backhand. At the same time, better not hit too far out wide or the errors will flow.Just when you think you know Nadal, think again. He will bend your mind more than he bends the ball. When you think of Rafael Nadal, you might think of a player who hits balls with hellacious topspin and grinds out points on clay. His RPMs and his sweat grab the glory. But the 11-time French Open champion uses a few insidious tricks that go beyond the obvious strokes and traditional tactics.All of Rafa’s ways and means traveled to Roland Garros in 2019 — the energy, the rituals, the patterns of play — it’s all been put to use in another run to the semifinals, this time at age 33. He’ll need every tactic at his disposal, the conspicuous and the cunning, as he takes on Roger Federer and potentially Novak Djokovic after that.Here are three examples of the subtle mental maneuvers that Nadal makes against his opponents.He makes them waitStrictly from a length-of-match standpoint, Nadal is one of the slowest tennis players of this era. And there are a host of things Nadal does to extend matches — and possibly distract and annoy his opponents in the process.The ultimate creature of habit, Nadal starts managing time with his first step on court. When the chair umpire prepares to toss the coin and the presence of both players is required in the middle of the court before the start of the match, Nadal is typically the second to arrive — after a delay of several seconds while he goes through his routines with water bottles.Once the match is underway, Nadal’s pre-point rituals have been fodder for everything from complaints to comedy routines. Even the typically chilled-out Roger Federer has been critical of the time that Nadal takes between points. By rule, players are limited to 25 seconds between points. Beginning this year at most events, the sport put in formal, visible shot clocks in an attempt to keep servers from abusing the rule.According to an analysis by Melbourne, Australia-based Data Driven Sports Analytics of more than 140 matches each for Nadal, Federer and Djokovic from 2008 through this year, Rafa averaged 26.1 seconds between points when serving — the longest of the so-called “Big 3.”1Djokovic averaged 25.2 seconds, while Federer averaged 18.6. Nadal’s average time between points is over the limit — and that’s just an average, which means that he regularly serves beyond the 25-second rule. Chair umpires can use their discretion in starting the clock, so, clearly, Nadal is getting some wiggle room.Nadal finds a way to play on Rafa time when he’s returning as well, going through a catalog of rituals and often turning his back on the server or lifting his racquet until he’s ready to receive.The overall effect is that Nadal asserts his own pace of play, which can be legitimately discomfiting for opponents.He conditions them like PavlovOne of the hardest things to do in professional tennis is return serves. Speeds regularly top 125 mph, and then there’s the spin. Professional tennis players also excel at “spot serving” — landing serves in precise locations. They most often hit close to the lines of the service box, placing the serve at angles to inflict the most damage. Those most-visited, go-to spots are either up the T, which is the middle of the court, or out wide, which is on the outer edge of the service box. Servers work hard to place their serves effectively on both the deuce side (serving from the right side to the servers’ left and returners’ right), when the game score is usually tied, and on the ad side, when one player is always ahead.Nadal has a curious modus operandi when serving on the deuce side. The effect is Pavlovian: It conditions his opponents for one thing and then kills them with another.Because Nadal is a left-handed server, the natural play for him in this situation is to serve up the T. The ATP Tour has collected serve placement data from 2011 to 2019 for Masters 1000 events, which are just beneath Grand Slams and the Tour Finals in terms of stature, ranking points and prize money. According to that data set, on clay, Nadal’s first serve has been up the T 56.4 percent of the time on the deuce side. His success rate for this location — meaning how often he wins the point — is a healthy 68.5 percent. Much less often — 27 percent of the time — Nadal takes his first serve out wide from the deuce court on clay. And in that spot, his success rate is eye-popping, 74.8 percent. In 2019 alone, it’s up to 79.2 percent.Why would Nadal use a serve that is statistically so successful for him so infrequently? It’s possible that the tactic is about mentally conditioning the returner, greasing the tracks as it were, and then flipping his pattern when he really needs it.Indeed, data from that same set of ATP Masters tournaments reveals this morsel about Nadal on clay: He habitually hits his first serve from the deuce court up the T on nearly all scores. The most notable exception: when he’s down 15-40. When Nadal faces two break points against him, his primary service pattern switches to his secondary, “money” spot — the out wide. At 15-40, he goes T only 39.7 percent of the time, and his primary pattern becomes out-wide, at 44.9 percent.How does the King of Clay perform with that deuce court, out-wide serve down two break points? Put simply, he crushes: 82.9 percent of the time he wins the point. read more

House Passed Oil Tax Credit Bond Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House passed Governor Walker’s proposal to pay off nearly $1 billion in oil and gas tax credits, on Thursday, May 3. Last year lawmakers worked to end the system that paid tax credits to small companies that produced oil and looked for new fields. Alaska’s three largest oil and gas companies are not eligible to receive these credits. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 23 to 15, and will not we sent to the Senate for consideration. In exchange for getting paid now rather than waiting years, small companies that are owed credits will accept a discounted rate, saving the state a significant amount of money.center_img The measure was introduced by Governor Walker and enables issuance of up to $1 billion in bonds to pay small oil and gas exploration companies the tax credits they were promised by the State of Alaska by past legislatures. Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) is worried that the state is just trading one debt for another: “This really goes in the wrong direction, in my opinion. What this does is it says rather than trying to live within our means, and come up with a fiscal plan, that we will instead take out a loan, that we will instead take out a credit card.” last_img read more