Lakers’ Brandon Ingram credits improved shooting to consistent work habits

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The reason seems as simple as Brandon Ingram’s mannerisms. As he experienced shooting slumps, the Lakers rookie forward worked in extra shooting sessions before practice and before games with assistant coach Brian Keefe. Ingram has also visited the Lakers practice facility late at night. During that time, the Lakers offered a similar message.“You’re not working for right now; you’re working for the future,” Ingram said of that message. “‘Everything we’re doing now will help in the long run.” Ingram still has shown some passiveness. After shooting an air ball in Tuesday’s loss to Denver, Ingram passed up a few open looks shortly afterward. “I did mess up on not taking those open shots. But shooters keep shooting,” Ingram said. “I definitely need to keep shooting and trusting myself. My teammates and coaches are definitely telling me to stay with it.” Injury updateAny movement forward Larry Nance Jr. made on the practice floor represented improvement after missing the past 16 games nursing a bone bruise in his left knee.Despite completing practices on Wednesday and Thursday without any reported setbacks, Nance will not play on Friday against Indiana. The Lakers plan to reevaluate Nance’s knee on Friday evening and provide an update on Saturday for his availability for Sunday’s game in Dallas.“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have missed any time,” Nance said. “But I’m just happy to be nearing getting back out on the court.”What’s in a name?Whenever the two teammates banter with each other, Nance has often addressed rookie center Ivica Zubac without saying his actual name. That’s because Nance has formulated plenty of nicknames that are deemed too many to count. Nance shared a new one on Twitter by calling Zubac “Zu Alcindor” a play off of the former Lew Alcindor turned Kareem Abdul-Jabbar amid Zubac’s efforts to imitate his sky hook. Nance shared his other favorite nicknames for Zubac, named after Lakers teammates and other NBA players. They include: Kareem Abdul-Zabbar, Zuol Deng, Zulius Randle, Zwight Howard, Zu Williams and Zupac, in reference to late rapper, Tupac. Nance also teased Zubac for contending he did not play one-on-one this week because he was scared. “Isn’t it always a child’s job to talk trash to their dad?” Nance said. “I talk trash to my dad. He hasn’t beaten me. I haven’t beaten my dad. That’s how it goes.” Some of that work has already paid off. The Lakers (15-31) enter Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers (22-19) at Staples Center with Ingram averaging 11.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting through 10 games this month, a sharp increase from his season average of 8.2 points on a 37.3 percent clip. “If you put in the work, your numbers will get better,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “It’s that simple. He continues to put in the work.”Walton has no plans to start Ingram other than for injury and rest purposes. Ingram might start for the second consecutive game since the Lakers listed Luol Deng as questionable with a sprained right wrist. Yet, Ingram has led the Lakers in minutes this season (1,285) and averages a league-leading 27.9 minutes per game among rookies (27.9). While that increased playing time has allowed Ingram to become more comfortable with his shot, it has also correlated with increased efficiency. “It’s been an adjustment with just floating around a little bit and being more aggressive,” Ingram said. “Coach has put me in the right position and I’m trying to thrive through it.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Proud’ Pochettino hints he could stay at Spurs after final defeat

first_imgPochettino made the decision to start Harry Kane, despite the striker not playing a match in almost two months.Kane had just recovered from an ankle injury and struggled for chances against a resilient Liverpool defence.“It’s not about playing with Harry Kane or Lucas Moura,” Pochettino said.“We had to make a decision and of course for me, Harry Kane after one month and a half finished the game fresh.“He didn’t score like other players but it’s not a point to talk about too much. My decision I promise was about analytics and thinking with all the information.  I don’t regret my decision.”Spurs were never at their best during a subdued match at the Wanda Metropolitano, forced to chase the game after Moussa Sissoko conceded a penalty after 23 seconds.“You never believe that after one minute you’re going to be 1-0 down, a situation that not only changed our plans, it changed the dynamic (of the game),” Pochettino said.“I’m very proud with the effort, how we fought. We played so well, we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, there is nothing else to say.”Share on: WhatsApp Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino is tight lipped on his future at the club.Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Mauricio Pochettino kept tight-lipped about his future as Tottenham Hotspur coach after his side lost the Champions League final to Liverpool on Saturday.The Argentine has been linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus and German giants Bayern Munich but suggested he may stay to try to guide Spurs to another final after their 2-0 defeat in Madrid.“When you live this experience you want to do it again. I hope we can do it again in the future,” Pochettino told BT Sport.“It’s about trying, it’s about believing, it’s about building, and I hope it happens again as soon as possible.”Spurs fell behind to a Mohamed Salah penalty almost straight after kick-off but were the better side after the break, before Divock Origi arrowed in a second late on.Pochettino has said he wants clarity on Tottenham’s ambitions before the start of next season and said on Saturday he would be holding talks with the club.“Now is the time to stay calm, change the mood, for sure we are going to have time to talk,” said Pochettino.“It is not a moment now to talk too much. You can interpret things in different ways. People want to compare me with different managers but they don’t know that we are in a different project in a different position and different place.“In five years at Tottenham the project was so clear, our ambition was amazing, and the commitment from the players was amazing — the club played their first Champions League final.”last_img read more


first_imgJerry Hollendorfer1642325%56%$259,640 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brayan Pena1821311%33%$44,980 Peter Eurton720129%43%$45,210 Joseph Talamo2664423%54%$311,620 Martin Garcia1843222%50%$238,380 Tiago Pereira2934810%52%$118,008 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Edwin Maldonado3597526%60%$300,026 David Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 John Brocklebank422050%100%$82,200 Fernando Perez1621113%25%$77,020 Tyler Baze39471010%54%$261,450 STELLAR WIND WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR VANITYStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza Sunday in 1:13.40, going in company with stablemate That’s a Lady, who was timed in 1:13.60.Stellar Wind is ticketed for the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile June 4 and an expected meeting with three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Taris, winner of eight of 13 starts including the seven furlong, Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs May 7.“She went very well,” trainer John Sadler said of Stellar Wind. “She went out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26 and change. She usually works in company when she’s getting ready to run. She’s right on schedule.” Mark Glatt1331223%46%$85,411 Ignacio Puglisi721129%57%$38,608 Hector O. Palma632050%83%$54,945 Patrick Gallagher520040%40%$58,890 BEJARANO SEEKS FAST PACE IN KONA GOLDPerennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano reunites with Grade I winning sprinter Wild Dude in next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Bejarano rode Wild Dude to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship last Oct. 3, and has piloted the Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir 13 times in his 21-race career, winning four.The bay horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also is part owner, along with Green Smith, is a stalker who fancies a quick pace.“His best races are when he’s right behind the speed,” Bejarano said. “As for the Kona Gold, it depends on how fast they go, then I’ll figure it out. Hopefully, there will be two or three speed horses in there that will make it easy for me. I think he’ll be tough.”If Wild Dude finishes first or second in the Kona Gold, he would become a millionaire. With a 7-5-4 record from 21 starts, he has earned $975,232 to date. First money is worth $120,000, second, $40,000. Wild Dude worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday with Bejarano up in 1:01 flat.Also working Sunday for the Kona Gold were Cherubim under Tiago Pereira and Coastline, both for Phil D’Amato, off to a flying start this meet with six wins from 20 starters to lead all trainers through seven racing days.Cherubim worked five furlongs in a bullet 58.60, fastest of 62 drills at the distance, while Coastline went the same distance in 59.80.Probable for the Kona Gold: Cherubim, Tiago Pereira; Coastline, Tyler Baze; Dream Saturday, Mike Smith; Kafister, Flavien Prat; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado; and Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano. Martin Pedroza2332313%35%$96,570 PREAKNESS POST POSITION IMPORTANT FOR UNCLE LINOBEJARANO IS BACK ON WILD RIDE IN GRADE II KONA GOLDCHAMP STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR GRADE I VANITY MILEUNDEFEATED FILLY SONGBIRD COULD BREEZE NEXT WEEK Philip D’Amato2065330%70%$322,375 (Current Through Saturday, May 14) Flavien Prat2051425%50%$233,370 Rafael Bejarano2976424%59%$270,793 Michael W. McCarthy421050%75%$78,745 PREAKNESS DRAW COULD IMPACT OUTCOMEDespite the fact that at age 70, Gary Sherlock will be the oldest trainer to saddle a horse in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, he will get no Senior discount for entering.He’s got bigger fish to fry, namely undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and runner-up Exaggerator when he sends out California Chrome winner Uncle Lino in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course. All three horses train out of Santa Anita.Both Sherlock and Uncle Lino leave Tuesday for Maryland, a state in which Sherlock has never raced in a career that began in 1966.Sherlock was waiting for all the chips to fall into place before speaking extensively on Uncle Lino’s chances in the Preakness.“The draw is important,” Sherlock said on an overcast Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “Where my horse is depends on the draw and who’s in the race,” Sherlock said.“Unless Nyquist can’t come back in 13 days, he’s going to be tough to beat. I’m hoping Uncle Lino moves forward and that coming back in two weeks takes its toll on the others (that ran in the Kentucky Derby on May 7).“If we draw inside, we’re just going to go. It’s all about the draw now.”Post positions for the 141st Preakness will be drawn on Wednesday.First live race post time at Santa Anita on Preakness Day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. Santiago Gonzalez3346312%39%$211,685 Mike Puype1521213%33%$91,660 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Unbeaten and untested champion Songbird, a candidate for the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, continues to gallop towards her return and could have her first breeze next week since recovering from a fever that caused her to miss the May 6 Kentucky Oaks, according to Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Follow Me Crev worked six furlongs Sunday with Alonso Quinonez aboard in 1:13.80. The gelded son of Quality Road is nominated to next Sunday’s Grade II Californian Stakes but after the drill, trainer Vladmir Cerin said he is “40-70” to run . . . Agent Tom Knust reports that Mario Gutierrez leaves Tuesday for Maryland where he pilots Nyquist in the Preakness on Saturday before returning to ride at Santa Anita next Sunday . . . Ohio, the well-regarded Brazilian import that finished last at odds of 3-2 after an eventful trip in the American Stakes on May 6, is doing well and scheduled to breeze next week, according to Paulo Lobo. The trainer hopes to find a race for the five-year-old in Santa Anita’s next condition book due out Wednesday . . . Toowindytohaulrox, winner of the Daytona Stakes on opening day of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet last Dec. 26, is ticketed for the $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf June 4, trainer Phil D’Amato said . . . With no mount in the Preakness after winning five of the last seven Triple Crown races, Victor Espinoza is characteristically taking things in stride, resigned to plying his trade regularly at Santa Anita again after a world-wide, two-year wild ride that included victories aboard American Pharoah, California Chrome and Stellar Wind, each an Eclipse Award winner and the first two Horse of the Year honorees. Victor waxed philosophically about missing the Preakness, which he won in 2014 with California Chrome and last year with American Pharoah. “I’ll be here until I find the next champion,” he said. John Sadler1740224%35%$249,920 Edward R. Freeman531160%100%$84,520last_img read more

World Bank to Give Nearly US$400M to Fight Ebola

first_imgFollowing alarming evidence of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Bank Group has announced that it will nearly double its financing to US$400 million to help the worst-affected countries address the emergency and build stronger health systems for the years ahead.This represents US$170 million in new funding. With Thursday, September 25th announcement, the Bank will put US$230 million toward the emergency response and US$170 million for medium- and long-term projects.According to a World Bank statement issued, the new resources – which the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries. The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to bolster care at a community level throughout the affected region.“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who was speaking today at a special session on the Ebola crisis at the United Nations. “The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.”The World Bank Group previously announced that it was mobilizing US$230 million for the three countries hardest hit by the crisis—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—including a US$117 million emergency response.This support – coordinated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the United States, and other international and country partners – has assisted countries in treating the sick, cope with the economic impact, and improve their public health systems.The additional planned support will make US$113 million that had been earmarked in the earlier package for longer-term help immediately available for the emergency response. The new package will have US$170 million set aside in medium- to longer-term assistance for the countries’ health systems.More people have died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa than in all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since the virus was first discovered in 1976.  A World Bank analysis, released last week, found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries, its economic impact could deal a potentially catastrophic blow to these already fragile states.However, the analysis also found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating fear resulting from people’s concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.“This is a humanitarian catastrophe, first and foremost,” Kim said. “But the economic ramifications are very broad and could be long lasting. Our assessment shows a much more severe economic impact on affected countries than was previously estimated. We have been greatly encouraged by the major increase in assistance given by the international community, but now all of us have to deliver on the ground to match the scale of the crisis. ”The bulk of the emergency financing provided to date—us$105 million in grants out of the US$117 million package—was approved by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on September 16, 2014, and is new money provided in grants from our IDA Crisis Response Window. The other US$12 million in the emergency financing was reallocated at the end of August 2014 from existing health projects in Liberia and Sierra Leone (US$6 million per country) to make some funds immediately available. As of Thursday morning the Bank had already transferred 80 percent of the US$117 million package to the three Governments and UN agencies with the remainder of funds to be disbursed by the end of the week.These funds are being used to pay for essential supplies and drugs, personal protective equipment and infection prevention control materials, health workers training, hazard pay and death benefits to Ebola health workers and volunteers, contact tracing, vehicles, data management equipment and door-to-door public health education outreach. The Bank has been supporting country responses in line with the WHO Roadmap.“We can—we must—all move more swiftly to contain the spread of Ebola and help these countries and their people. Too many lives have been lost already, and the fate of thousands of others depends upon a response that can contain and then stop this epidemic,” said Kim.A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released last week warned that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold. However, the analysis found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating “aversion behavior” – a fear factor resulting from peoples’ concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Juve linked with Oscar and Saints said to be considering Stekelenburg move

first_imgJuventus are interested in Chelsea’s Oscar, the Daily Mail say.It is claimed that scouts from the Italian club were in Paris specifically to watch him play for Brazil against France.Liverpool have also been linked with Oscar, signed a long-term contract at Chelsea last year and is contracted to the club until 2019.Juve were also said to be keen to sign him last year.Oscar has also been linked with Juventus in the pastThe Mail also say Chelsea have made enquiries about Palermo striker Paulo Dybala along with Manchester City and Arsenal.Dybala, 21, is said to be valued at £30m by Palermo president Mauro Zamparini and Juventus have been touted as favourites to sign him.The likes of Metro continue to link Chelsea with a move for Gareth Bale.The Blues, it is claimed, are ready to pay Real Madrid £75m for the former Tottenham star.And there continues to be speculation that Chelsea are interested in signing Radamel Falcao when his loan spell at Manchester United finishes at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is weighing up a summer move for Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to the Mail.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

10 months agoWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeat

first_imgWolves captain Coady: We must learn from Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must learn from defeat to Liverpool.Coady, facing his former club, believes that the clinical manner of the two goals underlines the quality of the Premier League.He said, “They’re top drawer, with their movement and the way that they drag people out of position, so fair play to them, but from our point of view we have to look at the goals and improve, and make sure we’re focusing for the full game.”The first goal is a great finish but we could have stopped that happening by stopping the quick free-kick being taken. However, we’ve switched off there and we’ve switched off when the cross comes in for the second one.”You can’t afford to do that against any team in this league, but they’re at the top of the league and they’re really going to punish you.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Missouri Man Arrested For Posting Threats On Yik Yak Towards Mizzou Students

first_imgyik yak app logo.Twitter/@EMichiganEagles The issues at Missouri continue to escalate, following the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe after a string of racially-charged incidents across the Columbia campus spurred large-scale protests by students. Things took a frightening turn on Tuesday night, when a local man posted terroristic threats towards black Mizzou students on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. Warning: some of the posts contain explicit language.University of Missouri police arrest suspect for posting online threats— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) November 11, 2015Update on Missouri University: Anonymous posts death threat towards black students on Yik Yak!#ConcernedStudent1950— Ray Warren Symposium (@rwsymplc) November 11, 2015screenshotted this before it got removed #Mizzou— Lara Haft (@badpriestess) November 11, 2015Early this morning, a local 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making the threatening posts, though it has not yet been confirmed that he was the poster. According to reports, he is not a Mizzou student, and was not near campus when the messages were posted.19-year-old Hunter M. Park for making terrorist threats towards the Mizzou campus on social media.— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 11, 2015Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus @MUalert— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015The school sent out this email to students this morning.#Mizzou sent this email to students this morning.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 11, 2015We hope these issues pass, and Missouri proves to be a safe, inclusive place for all students soon enough. Please stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

Jamaican Student is Regional Representative on CSA

first_imgStory Highlights During his tenure, Mr. Fraser will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of national student organisations (NSOs) of 13 countries and provide oversight to the establishment of NSOs where none exist. Jamaica’s Benjamin Fraser is the Caribbean and the Americas Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA).Mr. Fraser was among several CSA Executives who were installed by the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, on February 22, in Nadi, Fiji, during the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) and Integrated Partners Forum.During his tenure, Mr. Fraser will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of national student organisations (NSOs) of 13 countries and provide oversight to the establishment of NSOs where none exist.The 21-year-old is a second-year law student at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is a past student of Ardenne High School.No stranger to leadership roles, Mr Fraser is presently the Second Vice-President for National and International Affairs in the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS) and President of Called to Lead Jamaica.The CSA, which was launched in 2012 at the 18th CCEM in Mauritius, seeks to unify and represent the needs and aspirations of national student councils and other student organisations in the Commonwealth. According to Mr. Fraser, the CSA empowers students of the Commonwealth to: influence change in education, contribute to their societies, and amplify the students’ voices through the collaboration between student leaders and educational stakeholders.Mr. Fraser is currently forming a regional working group to carry out the mandate of the CSA in the region.He is encouraging student leaders in the region who are interested in being a part of the working group to send a statement of interest to: [email protected] within this region that are part of the CSA are Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada.“We are asking students from all countries in the region to volunteer their skills in photography, film, writing, graphic design, planning and research. When effectively coordinated, our skills and energy are the most important ingredients for effective student advocacy,” Mr. Fraser said. Mr. Fraser is currently forming a regional working group to carry out the mandate of the CSA in the region. Jamaica’s Benjamin Fraser is the Caribbean and the Americas Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA).last_img read more

I try to control the controllables says Bumrah Krunal Pandya calls him

first_imgBengaluru: Called a legend by his Mumbai Indians teammate Krunal Pandya, India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he backs himself to deliver no matter what the situation is and always focusses on his strengths. Bumrah’s 3/20 in four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore was crucial to Mumbai Indians’ six-run triumph in an IPL clash. “You go ball by ball and you try to control the controllables. You try to back yourself in the situation,” the man of the match winner said in the presentation ceremony. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “You don’t go too far behind, I was just focussing on my plan and trying to back my strengths. I always try to back myself in any situation and execute the plan to perfection. I have always taken care of my body,” added the pacer, who had hurt his shoulder in the previous match but got fit just in time for this game. All-rounder Krunal Pandya was gushing in his praise for the bowler, who is ranked No.1 in the ICC world rankings. “It was a great game. We were in-out throughout the second innings. The way Bumrah bowled, he is a legend. The way he’s giving consistent performances whether he is playing for India or Mumbai Indians; he is outstanding,” he said. Pandya also lauded his brother, Hardik Pandya for the 14-ball unbeaten 32 on Thursday. “Whatever I have seen of Hardik this year, he’s striking the ball very well. For me, it was excepted, what he did,” he said. “He’s in a good mind space. I’m pretty sure he’ll be delivering for MI consistently. It’s important to get a win in the second game only, sets the momentum for the team,” he said.last_img read more