Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run

first_imgMADRID (AP):Sevilla grabbed two late goals to end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of their rivals atop the Spanish league with the 2-1 win yesterday.Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead by converting a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but Sevilla rallied with an own goal by Sergio Ramos in the 85th.Stevan Jovetic¥ scored the winner from outside the area two minutes into injury time at RamÛn S·nchez-Pizju·n Stadium in Seville.The result handed Madrid their first defeat since a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in April in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.Karim Benzema’s injury-time equaliser against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey match on Thursday had allowed Madrid to break the unbeaten Spanish record that they shared with Barcelona.Barcelona stayed third after beating Las Palmas 5-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday, while fourth-placed AtlÈtico edged Real Betis 1-0 at home for its third win in a row.Valencia finally won again by beating Espanyol 2-1 to end a three-month drought in the league and move further from the relegation zone.Martin Montoya scored from close range in the 17th minute and Santi Mina sealed the victory in the 73rd at Mestalla Stadium as Valencia snapped their eight-game winless streak to open a four-point gap to the relegation teams.David Lopez netted for Espanyol in the 85th, but Valencia held on to earn the elusive victory.”This result will give us a lot of confidence to keep on working,” Valencia coach Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonz·lez said: “To improve, we needed to win, and we are very happy.”BEST GAMEValencia hadn’t won in the league since a 2-1 result at Sporting Gijon in October, in what was the first match in charge for Cesare Prandelli, the former Italy coach who resigned during the winter break because of the team’s struggles.”I think it was our best game of the season,” Santi Mina said. “We have played well in some other games, but we didn’t pick up three points.”Serbian midfielder Nemanja Radoja scored an 89th-minute winner as Celta Vigo salvaged a 1-0 home win over 10-man Alaves.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which moved to eighth place.Alaves, 12th in the table, played a man down from the first minute of the second half as Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal was shown a second yellow card after a hard foul.last_img read more

‘Not a Bottle of Marketable Oil Found’

first_imgGrand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sherman has reechoed his prediction that the country’s economy will face very serious challenges with the downsizing or closure of concession companies and reports that oil companies in the country are yet to find a single bottle of marketable oil, and with Anadarko shutting down operations. Cllr. Sherman spoke at a day-long discussion on the state of the Liberian economy in the Chambers of the Senate last Thursday. According to him, “Too many Liberians” do not know that Putu Iron Ore Mining Company has effectively closed down and ArcelorMittal Liberia has reduced its workforce, the intention being to reduce expenses. China Union is doing the same and every iron ore company is doing just that.Declared Cllr. Sherman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, “Every oil company in the country is doing absolutely nothing. I know that to be a fact because some of them were represented by me in their negotiations before I became a Senator. Anadarko has closed down, Chevron is doing nothing and ExxonMobil, nothing. They have not found a single bottle of marketable oil. Prices of our cash crop products, coffee and cocoa, have all gone down. There are reports that a barrel of oil is now less than US$27. Three years ago a barrel was US$103.”He warned his colleagues saying, “If we don’t discuss these things in the Senate and let the Liberian people know that we are aware and that the government will take the necessary remedial actions, when the mess hits the fan, they will say we were in complicity with these companies, and you know that we are not.” The lawmakers’ discussion was necessitated by a letter dated January 13, 2016 sent to the Senate plenary by Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in which she alluded to the closure and downsizing of operations by some concessions like ArcelorMittal Liberia and Putu Mining, the difficulties and delays in disbursement of budgetary allotments to ministries and agencies, and several months’ delay in releasing the Social and County Development Funds, as some of the reasons for concern and fear of an imminent deficit in the National Budget.She called on her colleagues to start the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature with a special hearing session with the Ministry of Finance, the National Investment Commission, and the Liberia Revenue Authority to make an assessment of the Liberian economy.At that hearing last Thursday, Senator Sherman indicated the need to pay serious attention to the situation and call in the relevant agencies such as Finance and Development Planning, Liberia Revenue Authority, and even the Ministry of Commerce, stating, “Because with our limited knowledge, these companies are importing less today than they imported last year. We need to discuss it and let our people know that we are aware about the impending problem.”“If at the end of the day all turns out well, thank God. But suppose it doesn’t end well and we never informed our people, never told them that we were doing something about their situation, and then we will be guilty of the charge of complicity. That is why I talk here and I talked before at the graduation of the United Methodist University that it will not be easy in 2016 and it might even be worse in 2017. But if our people know and they anticipate the problem and know that the government is working very hard to ameliorate the problems, they will appreciate us. But if we ignore it and things get bad, they will charge us of complicity with these institutions.”Cllr. Sherman, who is one of the country’s leading corporate lawyers, said those who listen to the world news regularly know that things are bad, not only in Liberia, but all over the world and that the only country that seems to be surviving is the United States of America. “Russia is feeling it, China is feeling it. China does not import our raw materials and any other raw materials like it did last year. Its export is down to six percent, and this was a country that was growing at 10 percent GDP. This is serious! “And these people (ordinary citizens) who we think are not listening to the news or watching the news, they are listening and watching. But they are waiting to send us an ultimatum like they have done in the case of Victoria Zayzay, which means they are waiting for the last moment and then they will come and we will give them flimsy excuses.”Admonishing his colleagues, Sen. Sherman advised, “We need to handle this matter and let our people know beforehand that we know that there is a problem coming and we are working to ameliorate the difficulty that will occur, and I think if they know that difficulty is ahead they will appreciate it better. But for us to ignore it, you would have misinformed them and misrepresented them.” Most of the Senators suggested some austerity measures such as a reduction of their salaries and benefits, prohibiting luxurious lifestyles of flying first class and riding very expensive cars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arroyo out-kicks Poly, 3-1

first_img“We followed our game plan,” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “We studied Poly well.” Even though Poly countered with a David Renteln goal off a Matthew Diephius assist midway through the second half, the Knights put the game away in the 67th minute. That’s when Rafael Garcia scored a goal off a throw-in from teammate Carlos Chavez. The La Ca ada boys soccer team scored two goals in the first half and managed to hang on for a 2-1 win at Carpinteria in the second round of the Division V playoffs. Rajan Moonsinghe and Mark Thompson scored for the Spartans (13-8-2). “It was very important to get a lead,” La Ca ada coach Jordan Jones said. “Carpinteria came out very aggressive and we needed a momentum changer.” The Spartans will play Colton Friday in the quarterfinals. St. Francis’ 25-win season came to an unexpected end Wednesday as the host Golden Knights fell to Servite 4-2. Nick Swart scored both St. Francis goals, but the Golden Knights (25-5) couldn’t recover from a second-half, 3-1 deficit. St. Francis missed its best opportunity to tie in the 79th minute off a free kick near the penalty area. The miss led to Servite’s final goal on a counter-attack and a 4-2 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mission Valley League champs scored two goals in the first 20 minutes, both by forward Victor Cardenas. Even though Cardenas was given a red card in the 31st minute, the Knights (16-3-4) still decisively out-shot the Panthers. center_img PASADENA – It could be classified as a thoroughly dominating performance. The Arroyo High boys soccer team out-shot host Pasadena Poly 18-6 despite being a player down and defeated the Panthers 3-1 on Wednesday in the CIF-Southern Section Division V playoffs. last_img read more

European, Asian slide continues

first_imgLONDON – European and Asian markets fell again Monday, extending their slide into a second week as investors worried about a possible global slowdown and dumped stocks that had surged in recent weeks. U.S. stocks fell after trying to steady themselves. Britain’s benchmark FTSE 100 fell 0.94 percent, while France’s CAC 40 slid 0.73 percent and Germany’s DAX dropped 1.041 percent after declines in Tokyo and other Asian markets. “The fact that the FTSE closed Friday’s session virtually unchanged may have left some thinking that the recent slide in equity markets may be at an end, but triple-digit losses on the Dow ahead of the weekend break have taken their toll on Asian markets,” said Matt Buckland, a trader at CMC Markets. Also sparking jitters was the yen’s jump to a three-month high against the dollar as investors reversed so-called yen-carry trades. A decline in this trading practice, which involves borrowing money at Japan’s ultra-low interest rates to invest in higher-yielding assets elsewhere, could hurt global liquidity. U.S. markets fluctuated as investors tried to size up where the market was headed. The Dow Jones industrial average traded in a 150-point range before closing near its session lows, falling 63.69, or 0.53 percent, to 12,050.41. Major Latin American markets all extended their recent downturn. In Brazil, Sao Paulo’s Bovespa index finished down 2.8 percent, Mexico City’s IPC index shed 2.0 percent and the IPSA index in Santiago, Chile, ended 1.1 percent lower. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the benchmark Merval index gave back 3.0 percent. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index fell for a fifth day, tumbling 575.68 points, or 3.34 percent, to 16,642.25 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ronaldo nets stunning bicycle kick in Juve rout

first_imgBut he saved his best until the 64th-minute when a cross was swung in and Ronaldo hit a beautiful acrobatic overhead kick into the corner of Gianluigi Buffon’s net.Two minutes later Paulo Dybala was sent off for Juve after a high, late challenge sees him receive his marching orders.And it got worse 18 minutes from time when Real left-back Marcelo played a one-two, charged into the area before beating Buffon and tapping into the net.More to follow…0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Portugal international got the match off to the perfect start for Los Blancos when he moved in front of his marker to poke to ball into the net on three minutes. Photo/TEAMTALKTURIN, Italy, Apr 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored an unbelievable overhead kick as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.The Portugal international got the match off to the perfect start for Los Blancos when he moved in front of his marker to poke to ball into the net on three minutes.last_img read more

Video: Nani has gone… and this young Man United fan is sure to be happy!

first_imgNani has left Manchester United to join Sporting Lisbon on loan and his departure is likely to be welcomed by this young fan, who offered this damning verdict on a below-par performance from the Portuguese winger.last_img

Scotland squad named: Championship trio earn call-ups

first_img1 Matt Ritchie Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has been given a surprise call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for the upcoming games against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.The 25-year-old, who was born in Gosport but qualifies for the Dark Blues thanks to his Scottish-born father Alex, is included in a 26-man party.Fellow Championship players Ross McCormack, of Fulham, and Jordan Rhodes, of Blackburn, have been recalled, but there is no place for new Celtic duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.Ritchie started his career at Portsmouth but also had loan stints at Dagenham & Redbridge, Notts County and Swindon before signing permanently for the Robins in 2011.He was on the move two years later when he switched to Bournemouth and has played an important role as Eddie Howe’s side have stormed to the top of the hampionship.Ritchie has scored 11 times for the Cherries so far this season, including two in a 5-1 win at Fulham a fortnight ago.Scotland take on Northern Ireland in a Hampden friendly a week on Wednesday before hosting European Championship qualifying opponents Gibraltar on Sunday, March 29.Strachan’s side sit third in Group D with seven points from four games, while Gibraltar – UEFA’s newest member – are bottom with no points from the same number of fixtures, having failed to score a single goal while conceding 21.last_img read more

Boyle Construction seek H&S manager and bid manager

first_imgJob Vacancies: Boyle Construction in Letterkenny are seeking a Health and Safety Manager and a Bid Manager.The company operates in various construction sectors including commercial, industrial, healthcare, educational, pharmaceutical, retail, and leisure.Both roles will be based at their Letterkenny office.  Role: Health and Safety ManagerKey Responsibilities:Conduct regular inspections and site audits, and report findings to site and head officePrepare Construction Stage Health & Safety Plans Generate and review Risk Assessments and Method Statements Maintain and develop Safety files on a project by project basis Provide Site Inductions and Tool-box talks Collection and assessment of sub-contractor documentationKey Requirements: Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as project management, time management,decision making and analytical skills High level of computer proficiency Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong sense of initiative and a “can do”attitude Relevant Diploma / Degree in Health and Safety Ideally at least 2-3 years experienceLocation: Based in their Letterkenny officeSalary: Negotiable depending on experience and qualificationsPhone 074-9137899 for further details or email your CV to info@bc.ie Role: Bid ManagerKey Responsibilities: Overall responsibility for Pre-qualification & Tender Works Proposal submissions Responsible for project managing all prequal / tender related activity and communicating deadlines to keystakeholders in order that submission deadlines are on target To prepare and present bid proposals to potential clients as part of the prequalification & tender processDevise customised innovative solutions which will form part of the win strategy Marketing including presentations, events, advertising, branding & mediaKey Requirements: Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as project management, time management,decision making and analytical skills Excellent writing skills with ability to write both creatively and logically to produce quality and compellingbid documents High level of computer proficiency Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong sense of initiative and a “can do” attitude Relevant Diploma / Degree level qualificationIdeally at least 2-3 years experienceLocation: Based in their Letterkenny officeSalary: Negotiable depending on experience and qualificationsPhone 074-9137899 for further details or email your CV to info@bc.ieBoyle Construction seek H&S manager and bid manager was last modified: August 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boyle constructionjoblast_img read more

SARAH PREPARES TO HEAD TO DUBLIN FOR MISS IRELAND FINALS

first_imgDonegal is hoping that stunning Sarah Kennedy can proudly fly the flag at this weeked’s MIss Ireland contest.Sarah Kennedy, 22, who was crowned “Miss Donegal” last weekend in club INK, Letterkenny will travel to the final in Dublin.She will now represent Miss Donegal in the Miss Ireland pageant which will take place in D4’s Ballsbridge hotel, on Saturday April 28th. Running up to the final, this week Sarah is busy with presscalls, meetings, rehearsals and photoshoots as well as preparing for her college exams next week!Sarah is already a fully qualified beauty technician and is now also doing her bachelors in Business in the LYIT. She plans to do her masters after she graduates and finally develop and open her own business in the future.Sarah’s striking features, sparkling eyes and beautiful long auburn hair is what caught the eyes of the judges.Once you get talking to her you realise she is not only a beauty but also a woman of intelligence and power. She has a very strong head on her shoulders, she’s smart, wise, determined and ambitious and has a very strong presence about her. Her manners and way of speaking is unbelievable. She has that “thing” that makes you want to be around her but she is also so down to earth. What a fantastic ambassador for our county”“We are very proud to have Sarah represent Donegal, she is the perfect modern day ambassador for our county. We have great faith in her and wish her all the best for Miss Ireland 2012 and all her future plans,” said a spokesman.SARAH PREPARES TO HEAD TO DUBLIN FOR MISS IRELAND FINALS was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MIss DonegalSarah Kennedylast_img read more