Joel Embiid, 76ers outshine Lakers in battle of rebuilding franchises Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. reconnects with his Army pen pal 14 years later The Sixers are now 8-6 after losing 253 games in their previous four seasons. Much of that was intentional, but much of it was also due to Embiid’s inabiliity to overcome foot, back and knee injuries. He played 31 games last year and never on back-to-backs. In two games in three days at Staples Center, he turned in 70 minutes. The 76ers’ discretion has produced uncommon valor.“I love Staples Center,” Embiid said, grinning. “I wanted to come in here and put on a show, which I did. I hadn’t been aggressive, and I didn’t do very well against Golden State and their team defense. The Clippers (on Monday) didn’t double-team me until late in the game. Tonight I wanted to attack from the beginning.“They kept throwing me the ball and I kept finding new ways to score. I went to the free-throw line (16 for 19) and that’s what I was best at. Me going to the free-throw line, you know, guys really don’t know what to do after that.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNobody has ever gotten 46-15-7-7 before, and Embiid also hit three 3-pointers, including one that made it 7-2 and activated every other weapon he has.He was a one-man battalion of drives from the wing, pump-and-go attacks from out front, outside shots, and post moves, including one rubber-band-man maneuver that seemed to take five minutes and drew oohs from the Sixers fans and resigned aahs from the Lakers crowd. If you saw it and thought Hakeem Olajuwon finally had a descendant, you were right.“I had been watching a little bit of Hakeem and I thought I’d try that move, that duck-under, shimmy-shimmy,” Embiid said. LOS ANGELES — It rhymes with indeed, or friend in need.The NBA has enough under-25 stars to fill up several red carpets. Maybe the league can loan Joel Embiid to the NFL, or some other distressed business that seeks a savior.On Wednesday night, in a building that has celebrated two NBA championships, two Stanley Cups, Adele and Taylor Swift, Embiid stapled a new page in league history. He also punched a hole in the Lakers, or at least in their delusions that they’re anywhere close to catching up to the times.Ordinarily you’d need a whole frontcourt to put together this numbers mosaic. Embiid, 23, had 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocked shots, seven assists and shot 14 for 20 for Philadelphia, which held off the Lakers 115-109. Although Embiid was drafted in 2014, with the third pick, this 46-pointer came in only his 43rd career game. If he keeps outscoring his experience, he might be something.“He’s just a beast, like I’ve been saying,” said Ben Simmons, the first overall pick in 2016 who missed all of last season with a foot injury and now teams with Embiid in what really could become the league’s most dynamic two-man game. Simmons had 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.“Yeah, and he (Embiid) took one of my rebounds,” Simmons said.“I did?” Embiid said. “Well, I wanted to get that triple-double with blocked shots, like (MIami’s) Hassan Whiteside. Don’t worry, Ben will get a lot of triple-doubles.”Simmons is 6-foot-10, gets the ball downcourt like a bullet train, sees everything, and needs only to sharpen his shot to become a future MVP candidate himself. You say an NBA champion needs 2½ superstars? Simmons and Embiid might add up to somewhere north of two.“I think we can make the playoffs,” Simmons said. “That’s been our goal all along.”“The fact that Joel played 70 minutes here in these two games is a great number,” said Brett Brown, the 76ers’ coach. “It’s a tribute to him and to our medical staff. He missed training camp and that set him back, and we were saying we wouldn’t see his best until Thanksgiving. Well, maybe Thanksgiving came early.”“Embiid is a heck of a player, sometimes you just tip your hat,” Lakers coach Luke Watlon said. “He was hitting 18-foot post-ups. When that happens he’s going to be a problem.”The Lakers took a 24-11 gut punch in the first 5½ minutes but never quit scrambling to catch up and, in fact, led 100-98 on Brandon Ingram’s jumper. They worked for 22 offensive rebounds and 27 second-chance points, and they persuaded Philadelphia into 16 turnovers.But they missed 24 of 27 3-point attempts, and Lonzo Ball rarely looked as if he belonged on this court. Again, he was benched in the fourth quarter and missed eight of nine shots, most of them by a lot.And when the Lakers needed organization and structure at the end of the game, it wasn’t there. Brown praised Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, likening them to Embiid and Simmons in the way the Lakers have “identified keepers, just like us.”But even if the Lakers had found cogent offense, they still needed to contest the uncontestable“Joel was just dominant,” Brown said. “We’re always trying to play with pace and movement. But sometimes we had to face a choice of playing with pace and movement or giving it to Joel Embiid. And giving it to Joel Embiid was the right choice tonight.”Indeed.
Image Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssnxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eko( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1y4utfWould you ever consider trying this?😱7i1Can your students do this? 🌚fwdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put the human life to a halt. All over the world, people are self isolating themselves in their homes, while doctors and medical workers are putting their best efforts to treat the patients to fight out the virus outbreak that has spread all over the world. Meanwhile, former football icon David Beckham has come forward to convey a thankful message to the healthcare personnel, who are putting their life on the line to curb the further spread of the virus.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVOn his official Instagram account yesterday, David Beckham shared a video, where he is seen along with his three children Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven, clapping along as a thankful gesture to the tireless medical workers of the National Health Service (NHS).Along with the hashtag ‘#ClapForOurCarers’, the clip was captioned with the following: “Happy to be able to come together with the whole country to thank the brave healthcare workers and our brilliant NHS working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-9♥️ #ClapForOurCarers @victoriabeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven”Advertisement Check out the video here-Victoria Beckham, who recorded the clip, could be heard saying in the background: “Us Beckhams are all clapping to show our thanks to all the people who are working so hard for the NHS, all the doctors and all the nurses keeping us safe.”The former England international then concluded by adding “Especially away from your families, we are so so proud of you guys, thank you so much.”The clip received numerous appraisals from the fans, and soon after, many fellow footballers, clubs and thousands of citizens also took it to social media to join the ‘Clap for Carers’ tribute.Premier League toppers Liverpool paid tribute to the NHS staffs through a ‘Thank You’ post on Twitter.Last week, Wembley Stadium also paid tribute to the NHS workers and staffs, lighting up the arch blue, along with a message that read ‘Thank You NHS.’UK has seen more than 11,000 positive Coronavirus cases till date, and 578 patients have died from the virus.All football activities, from the English Premier League to the FA cup and lower division leagues have all been suspended till the end of April.Also read-Read why Indian pacer Mohammed Shami feels ‘being a hero has never been this easy’April 30 soft date for Premier League return to be postponed further Advertisement
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – A choice awaits Holmdel voters at the polls on Nov. 7: should residents push onward with the status quo of an entirely Republican governing body, or should voters side with Democrats looking to make changes within town lines?This year’s election for two open seats on the five-member Holmdel Township Committee features Greg Buontempo and Rocco Pascucci, a pair of Republicans both with two terms of elected experience, and Larry Luttrell and Barbara Singer, two Democrats who continue to keep the pressure on their opposition.Running for his third term in 2017 is Buontempo, 52, the incumbent Republican mayor who works as an area sales director for Sprint.Buontempo, a member of the township’s planning board, as well as a member of the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, said one of the highlights of his political career has been the creation of a new township library. Instead of staying in the basement of Town Hall, the library will soon have its own dedicated space inside the 2 million-square-foot Bell Works facility, located at 101 Crawfords Corner Road. A ribbon-cutting to officially open the library is set for Nov. 1, and Buontempo said the project has been important to residents in more than one way.“We’re really trying to fund everything so the residents have no financial impact on them,” he said. “But we want to make this more than a regular library because it’s in a very unique building.”After some changes earlier this month, the updated cost of the library construction is just shy of $1.8 million, with $1 million covered by Somerset Development, Bell Works’ property owner. Fundraising to cover the remaining costs will continue into the new year, Buontempo said.Buontempo added if he’s re-elected, he’ll continue to work with Monmouth County officials on shared service agreements for roadway improvement projects. Streets like Wildhedge Lane, Tanglewood Lane and Sweet Briar Lane were among the streets resurfaced with new curbing in 2017. Buontempo said the bill came in $1.1 million under budget, thanks to shared services with the county.“To be able to do all that and not impact our residents with a municipal tax increase is an accomplishment,” he said.Buontempo has run for office previously with Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, who is currently running on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. But this year, joining Buontempo on the municipal ballot is Pascucci, 67, a pediatrician at Bethany Pediatrics, Hazlet.Pascucci served on the Holmdel Township Committee for two terms from 2006 to 2011. He did not seek reelection in that final year due to changes in the healthcare industry that affected his practice.“With Obamacare coming, it put a big strain on the office, lots of changes, and I just didn’t have the time,” he said. “But now I do.”Pascucci said the biggest threat to Holmdel today is the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a 10-mile long, 230 kV transmission line along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line. It’s designed to run from Aberdeen to Red Bank, through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown, but is still being litigated in the courts.In talking with seniors at Village Grande and Cedar Village, two communities which abut the rail line, Pascucci said it certainly would be a detriment to Holmdel residents.“I’m not going to let it happen and I don’t believe that it’s going to happen,” he said.Also, as a board-certified pediatrician, Pascucci said he is aware of health defects from high voltage powerlines. While studies vary from country to country, he said, one thing is still certain. “Look at everywhere in the state,” he said. “(Powerlines) are put way far from people, and not by their houses. And here, people will be riding under them all day.”Pascucci also serves as the deputy director of Holmdel’s Emergency Management office. He believes there needs to be more funding for township first responders, and pointed to drone usage as a next generation method of inspection and recovery. Holmdel Fire Department is already using drones, he said.While Republicans push to continue their plan for Holmdel, the two Democratic challengers are looking to flip the script on exactly how that government would work.Luttrell, 46, an attorney with Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell, Holmdel, said it’s time for Holmdel to abandon its system of selecting a mayor. Currently, the mayoral position is chosen at the annual reorganization meeting by Township Committee members in January. But he has issue with that.“Having five people get in a back room on Jan. 1 to pick who the mayor is going to be is not democratic in my opinion,” Luttrell said. “We think the people should directly elect the mayor, and not the politicians.”He’s proposing Holmdel convert its government to a Faulkner Act-type town, where the mayor is directly elected by residents. Red Bank and Highlands are two towns operating under similar guidelines.Luttrell said residents he has spoken with favor his plan. He hopes it can ultimately loosen the Republican grip in Holmdel.“The problem with 5-0 majorities is they’re all ‘walk in lock-step’ and someone could be slammed if they don’t toe the line,” he said. “That’s not good for any form of government, in my opinion.”In addition to the government change, Luttrell said he wants to improve Holmdel’s credit rating, which was downgraded in 2010 to Aa2 from A1 by Moody’s. He said that hurts the finances in town and puts too much reliability on the County to cover the shortfall.Accompanying Luttrell this election season is Singer, 49, an attorney with Drazin & Warshaw. In 2016, she ran for Township Committee with fellow Democrat Karen Strickland.One of Singer’s chief issues in Holmdel is how the township is moving forward with its affordable housing obligations. The Two River Times reported in June that Holmdel is obligated to provide 393 new affordable housing credits, as per a Fair Share Housing Center report.Singer said plans by Holmdel elected officials to build approximately 450 housing units across town is “due to a lack of planning.”As Democrats, Singer and Luttrell said they are certainly not opposed to affordable housing, yet they want to see it completed responsibly. Singer added housing agreements with 12 to 16 units per acre “is not like anything Holmdel has right now.”Her plan would be to utilize two-for-one affordable housing credit plans and check on the feasibility of a housing complex across from Bayshore Medical Center on North Beers Street.Singer also acknowledged that Holmdel would benefit from having two acting attorneys on the township committee. With pending litigation for affordable housing, the Monmouth County Reliability Project, and the New Jersey Natural Gas regulator station proposal, she said communication to concerned residents could be improved.“When you bring lawyers in on things and they analyze everything, they don’t just accept what’s going on,” Singer said.This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
Penalty shootoutAnd so it came down to a penalty shootout. Bafana Bafana netminder Itumeleng Khune came close to saving Pirates’ first penalty kick, but Oupa Manyisa’s effort had just enough height to beat the diving goalie. Pirates’ skipper Lucky Lekgwathi put the pressure back on Chiefs when he scored to make it four-three in favour of the Buccaneers. 1 August 2011 It was clear, however, that this was a pre-season clash and with some players in unfamiliar positions the sharpness needed to finish off moves was absent. Siphiwe Tshabalala levelled for the Amakhosi before Happy Jele made it two-one to Pirates. It was two-all when Parker sent Josephs the wrong way. It remained two-all when Doutie missed for Pirates and Ritchie missed for Chiefs when his shot struck the bar. Successful penalties by Rooi Mahamutsa and Geraldo Sibeko then brought the teams level at three-all. Shortly after that Mark Mayembela created a fine chance for Pirates when he rounded the Chiefs’ defence down the right flank, but his cross to Chiukep Msowoya was at a difficult height and the striker could only knock the ball over the crossbar with a shot off his thigh. The fans then made the substitutions they wanted by voting by SMS. Msowoya was replaced by Sameehg Doutie, while Chiefs’ striker Sthembiso Ngcobo made way for Bafana Bafana forward Bernard Parker, who made his debut for the Amakhosi to the loud blaring of vuvuzelas. He told the PSL: “It was a friendly game. The team was chosen by the fans and we had a new coach,” he said of the fan that won the opportunity to manage the team on the day. “The coach (fan) was very serious about his tactics, he even told us about the substitutions before the game. It was funny, and fun, all the guys had a good laugh at the pre-match meeting.” DeniedEarly in the second half Josephs denied Abia Nale a goal by leaving his line and closing down the space after Nale had been sent clear by Tinashe Nengomasha. DownplayedChiefs’ defender Dominic Isaacs downplayed his side’s loss to Pirates, which came on the back of a defeat to the Buccaneers in the Vodacom Challenge. Chiefs created a couple of half-chances, but Keegan Ritchie fired wildly over the top after a goalmouth scramble and Nengomasha came close with a snap shot that passed just wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post. In the fourth minute, striker Lucky Khune found the back of the Buccanneers’ net, but his effort was disallowed because of a blatant hand ball which knocked the ball past goalkeeper Moneeb Josephs. Instead of getting on the scoresheet, Khune went into referee Victor Hlungwani’s book after being shown a yellow card. Late kick offKick off was delayed by half-an-hour because of the late arrival of many fans, but it didn’t seem to have affected the players as the game got off to a fast and controversial start. Ultimately, Pirates triumphed four-three from the penalty spot in a game which revealed why coaches select teams and not fans; what was missing from the line-ups was balance and it showed in the side’s performances. Not that passion and industry was missing from a clash between the Soweto rivals, it wasn’t. The fans selected the players and made the substitutions, but that wasn’t enough to produce goals as Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs went to a penalty shootout after the Carling Black Label Cup finished in a goalless draw at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. Chiefs’ goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune stepped up to take his side’s fifth penalty, but it was a miserable effort, fired way over the crossbar and Pirates had won the Carling Black Label Cup. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Dr Glenda Gray, the pioneering medical researcher, who specialises in the search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, is the only South African to be selected as one of Time magazine’s prestigious 100 most influential people in 2017.Dr Glenda Gray, selected as one of 2017’s Most Influential people by Time magazine, is a pioneering medical researcher dedicated to finding an HIV vaccine. Gray has been at the forefront of HIV/Aids treatment and advocacy in South Africa for more than 30 years. (Image: South African Medical Research Council)CD AndersonDr Glenda Gray joins previous South African Time100ers such as comedian Trevor Noah, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. This year’s list includes US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, humanitarian Melinda Gates and singer Kendrick Lamar.Gray is the president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SMRC), and also leads a group of internationally acclaimed medical researchers giving hope to people living with HIV/Aids. Its landmark contribution is the development and implementation of a pioneering HIV vaccine efficacy trial that has been running over the past seven years.This programme seeks to develop an effective and affordable HIV vaccine regimen in South Africa that, if successful, could be the first HIV vaccine to be licensed globally.Speaking to News24 about her work, Gray says: “I [believe] if we find a solution to HIV, we will find it in South Africa. As a county we have come a long way with many breakthroughs over the years.”In the Time profile, editor Siobhan O’Conner calls Gray a dedicated and passionate pioneer, and highlights her research that led to a dramatic drop in mother-to-child HIV transmission and babies born with the virus — from 600,000 a year to 150,000. Part of Gray’s leadership in ongoing research and medical trials is the development of an early infant inoculation system.“[Gray’s] ongoing HIV vaccine study is the largest of its kind ever conducted in South Africa, and with it, Gray is once again doing her part to make sure that the science of HIV — and the conversation around it — never stops evolving,” writes O’Conner.The doctor’s courageous drive and fearlessness in questioning the status quo was, according to her official SMRC biography, developed by her tireless work in fighting against apartheid. During the 1980s Gray was at the forefront of calling for the desegregation of the country’s hospitals and allowing access to medical treatment for all South Africans. After 1994, Gray worked closely with Nelson Mandela’s first democratic government in tackling the growing HIV/Aids problem.She founded South Africa’s first perinatal HIV clinic in 1993, offering testing and counselling facilities for pregnant women in townships. The clinic, together with the University of the Witwatersrand, was also at the forefront of HIV/Aids research. Later, Gray campaigned vigorously for cost-effective HIV treatments for developing countries.In 2001, Gray and others helped to form the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which fought tirelessly for the distribution of treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa. In 2002, alongside her colleague Dr James McIntyre, she received the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for their research. In presenting the award to Gray and her team, Mandela recognised that “beyond doubt and argument” that giving drugs to pregnant women was central to the fight against HIV/Aids.In 2003, Gray and McIntyre were honoured with a Heroes in Medicine Award by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care.She was also awarded South Africa’s highest national honour, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013 for both her activism during apartheid and her pioneering medical research.While the work of the TAC with the South African government has enabled more than 2 million South Africans with HIV/Aids to receive treatment, Gray has refocused her research efforts on developing effective vaccines for the virus, particular for enabling infected mothers to be able to breastfeed infants. Her current work is focusing on developing a vaccine that works for adults and children.“Once we find a vaccine that works, and we put it to infants, I would have completed my cycle, my journey,” she said. “I want to be part of that team that finds an HIV vaccine. I believe we will find it.”Regarding the Time 100 honour, Gray paid tribute to those around her who had been part of the trailblazing work, telling News24 on 21 April 2017: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my team and the people I work with. So, it’s not just about me, I happen to represent a team that very much deserves this as much as I do… we can’t rest. We will find a solution. I might symbolise hope and passion, but it is the hard work of a whole team of people that will ultimately make a difference.”For a full timeline of the life and work of Dr Glenda Gray, read this 2014 profile.Source: News24, South African Medical Research Council, Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Moussetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset.Fulham are planning a January move for Mousset, says West London Sport.The French striker has struggled to make an impact with the Cherries but could now be handed a lifeline by their Premier League rivals.Fulham are looking to strengthen as they prepare for a relegation scrap after a tough start to the season.The French frontman has made just seven top-flight starts since joining the Dorset club from Le Havre for around €6.5m some two and a half years ago.He has scored four goals, two of which were in the league.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Stevenage sign West Ham midfielder Moses Makasiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStevenage have signed West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi on loan until the end of the season.The 23-year-old, who is yet to make his senior debut for the Hammers, spent time on loan with Plymouth last season scoring once in seven appearances.He could feature for Boro in Saturday’s home game against Crawley.”Moses is a good footballer and I am really pleased we have been able to get this one over the line,” boss Dino Maamria told the club website.
APTN National NewsManitoba Metis musician Nelson Little releases second album – Ain’t afraid of the truthIt’s described as a raw, gritty country album that uses real life situations to bring a message through music.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.
RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, a Northern California facility that could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter.The agency acknowledged in recent court filings that it built the pen for mustangs gathered in the fall on national forest land along the California-Nevada border because horses held at other federal facilities cannot be sold for slaughter.The Forest Service denies claims by horse protection advocates that it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter. But it also says it may have no choice because of the high cost of housing the animals and the continued ecological impacts it claims overpopulated herds are having on federal rangelands.The agency’s new pen is in the Modoc National Forest, about 170 miles (273 kilometres) northwest of Reno.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press