Lakers snap 11-game skid vs rival Clippers

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers feel like they’ve spent at least a month short-handed due to injuries and weary from an extraordinarily grinding schedule.When they finally found an opponent with even more ailments and exhaustion, the Lakers didn’t waste the opportunity to snap an embarrassing rivalry losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK The Lakers surged from a halftime deficit to an 18-point lead during a dynamite third quarter for their second win in 14 games. They also won on Christmas for the 22nd time, matching the Knicks’ NBA record.“A win is a win, and nobody makes excuses for us when we have guys down,” Williams said. “We got stops in the third quarter, and we were able to put a few (baskets) together. We were the most aggressive team coming out of the locker room.”J.J. Redick scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter with a sore left hamstring for the Clippers, who couldn’t overcome the absence of their two best players and top scorers in just their third loss in nine games. Griffin is out for at least a month after right knee surgery, while Paul was a late scratch for the second straight game with a left hamstring strain.Jamal Crawford also scored 22 points, and DeAndre Jordan had seven points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists as the Clippers played the fourth of eight games in a 12-day stretch.“We understand there’s going to be times like this, weeks like this,” said Marreese Speights, who scored 15 points. “We just have to fight through it and be a better team.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentscenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports THIRD BASEThe Clippers held an 11-point lead during the first half, but the Lakers scored the first 11 points out of halftime and eventually stretched their run to 28-12, taking a 15-point lead into the fourth. They outscored the Clips 34-16 in the third quarter. “I thought we took our jobs very seriously in the third quarter,” Walton said.RIVALRY RENEWEDThe Lakers returned from a discouraging 1-6 road trip to begin a five-game homestand with their first meeting of the season against the Clippers, who have supplanted their 16-time champion neighbors as the most competitive team in basketball-crazy Los Angeles. Despite their recent monthlong slump, the Lakers are competitive again after the three worst seasons in franchise history and the retirement of Kobe Bryant, the leading scorer in NBA history on Christmas.INJURIES INCREASEPaul is likely to sit out again Monday against Denver before the star point guard tests his leg, coach Doc Rivers said. Redick wasn’t sure when he will return, but acknowledged he could miss multiple games during this compressed schedule. “Could be a day, could be seven,” Redick said. “It’s not ideal to be out, but we have a deep team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chelsea, Conte standing out as normality returns to EPL As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Nick Young and Timofey Mozgov scored 19 points apiece and the Lakers ended their 11-game skid against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 111-102 victory Sunday night.Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points each for the Lakers, who hadn’t beaten their Staples Center co-tenants since opening night of the 2013-14 season. The streak was tied for the Lakers’ longest against any team since moving to Los Angeles a half-century ago, and it was the Clippers’ longest active winning streak against any opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWith Clippers cornerstones Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sidelined by injuries, the Lakers won with a season-high seven scorers in double digits.“It was needed, it was,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “It felt good to get this one back home. It’s been a tough couple of weeks, and we had to come together to win that one.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Flying high with Brand SA

first_imgSeventy-five competitors and officials from 15 countries around the world battled it out for global domination at the recent 20th Precision Flying World Championships held in Brits, North West province.last_img

Kim Kardashian gets wet and wild on Twitter

first_imgReality TV star Kim Kardashian has tweeted a super sexy photo of herself on micro-blogging site Twitter.The 31-year-old shared a new picture of her bikini body with her 14.8 million Twitter followers. In the photographs she sports wet hair and smiles at the camera.In the set of four snaps, she’s clad in only a red bikini and a damp halter top clinging suggestively to her curves, Kim appears as though she just hit the beach.When she posted the sexy photos, the reality TV queen tweeted:Thanks to all you 2 million sexy beasts out there for following me on Instagram! So heres a little present of http://t.co/9z0XXEFOlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic

first_imgChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea remain in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.The Telegraph says the 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season sales.Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term replacements for Pedro and Willian – and Pulisic would fit the bill.He is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2020 so the Bundesliga giants are running out of time to cash in.And Chelsea are hopeful of securing Pulisic’s services.But it is claimed that BVB bosses will dig their heels in until the summer transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rice eyes risks of quantum dots

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: [email protected] Rice eyes risks of quantum dots Researchers test nanocrystals for health, environmental concernsQuantum dots have the potential to bring many good things into the world: efficient solar power, targeted gene and drug delivery, solid-state lighting and advances in biomedical imaging among them. But they may pose hazards as well.A team of Rice researchers has been working to discover the health risks of quantum dots, molecule-sized semiconducting nanocrystals that are generally composed of heavy metals surrounded by an organic shell.Pedro Alvarez, Rice’s George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, published a paper in ACS Environmental Science and Technology showing that under even mildly acidic or alkaline conditions, the shells can break down, releasing their toxic contents into the body or the environment. He coauthored the paper with colleagues Vicki Colvin, the Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering, researcher Shaily Mahendra and postdoc Huiguang Zhu. “We’re interested in the long-term implications of nanotechnology, and we recognized quantum dots are going to be produced in large quantities,” said Mahendra, who did the bulk of the research. “We thought we should be proactive in studying their effects so that we can take part in the development of safety guidelines.” The dots, 1/50,000ths the width of a human hair, were found to be safe in applications with a neutral pH environment. However, the study suggested when such products are discarded, they can eventually release their toxins into the environment. “In that way, quantum dots resemble batteries,” said Alvarez, referring to common nickel-cadmium cells that people are warned not to throw in the trash. “They’re often made of coatings that are biocompatible and stable in water, but the moment we lose that coating, which can happen through a variety of mechanisms, they can release toxic compounds.” Used in solar cells, quantum dots may be quickly weathered by acid rain, he said. Another concern is that acids in the body could break down dots used in such medical applications as in vivo imaging. “If they degrade faster than they can be excreted, there’s the potential for heavy metals to be released into the body,” said Alvarez. “Then their impact becomes a question of dose.”The team tested its theories on common bacteria that serve as models of cell toxicity and indicators of environmental health. At near-neutral pH, bacteria exposed to quantum dots containing cadmium and selenium showed decreased rates of growth but did not die.But in moderately acidic or alkaline conditions, quantum dot shells decomposed more rapidly, killing the bacteria in a matter of hours.On the positive side, the study also found certain proteins and such natural organic matter as humic acids may mitigate the effects of decomposing quantum dots by coating them or by complexing the metal ions released, making them less toxic. The researchers cautioned that short-term studies can’t easily predict whether toxins released by quantum dots will build up in the body over time. “We hope our work will stimulate research by other labs into the release dynamics,” said Alvarez.The paper can be found at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG8059.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

UT System Chancellor McRaven to discuss leadership and innovation at Rices Jones

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] System Chancellor McRaven to discuss leadership and innovation at Rice’s Jones School Feb. 2HOUSTON – (Jan. 26, 2017) – Retired Adm. William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, will discuss leadership and innovation in the 21st century as part of the Rice Veterans in Leadership Series at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 2.Hosted by the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Roundtable Young Professionals, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.What: Rice Veterans in Leadership Series lecture.Who: Retired Adm. William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System and former commander of the United States Special Operations Command.William Lyles, a veteran, full-time MBA student at Rice and president of VIBA, will introduce McRaven. Rice alumnus and veteran Jimmy Batista, who helped found VIBA, will moderate a Q&A with McRaven following his remarks.When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.The Rice Veteran Leadership Series is an annual event designed to engage the greater business community on the enormous value veteran leaders bring to the civilian workplace. This event features leaders who have excelled in business, the arts and public service. Past speakers have included former Gov. and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge, former Heisman Trophy-winner and CEO Pete Dawkins and former Commandant of the Marine Corps James Conway.To attend, the public must register at https://business.rice.edu/rice-veterans-leadership-series-leadership-and-innovation.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more