Messi stars as Barcelona reach last 16

first_imgLionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as they booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comfortable win over AC Milan.Messi scored his first goal in four games with a penalty after Neymar had been fouled by Ignazio Abate.Sergio Busquets headed in a second from Xavi’s free-kick before the lead was reduced when Kaka’s cross was turned in by the unfortunate Gerard Pique.Messi clipped in his second after a swift one-two with Cesc Fabregas.The result extends the Catalan side’s lead at the top of Group H to five points over the Italian club, who have five points with two games to play.Milan now travel to Celtic knowing that victory could also see them progress into the next round. Barcelona had 63% possession and 19 shots on target – more than four times Milan’s total.Neymar came close early on when he collected Messi’s through-ball only to see his strike blocked by Urby Emanuelson.Milan keeper Christian Abbiati then denied Neymar and Alexis Sanchez before Barca finally made the breakthrough from the spot.Xavi chipped a ball over the Milan defence for Neymar, who was tugged back in the area by Milan defender Abate.Messi smashed in the resulting penalty for his first goal since scoring in the reverse fixture against Milan two weeks ago. Barca then doubled their lead when midfielder Busquets stooped to head past Abbiati from Xavi’s teasing delivery from a free-kick.Just before half-time, Milan were given a lifeline when Pique turned Kaka’s low delivery into his own net.Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, whose side are only 11th in the Serie A table, brought on striker Mario Balotelli for the ineffective Robinho after the break but it made little difference as Barca dominated.Abbiati produced a great save to prevent Andres Iniesta from scoring before the keeper pushed away Sanchez’s point-blank effort.But he could do little to stop Messi from scoring the third, when the Argentine linked up with Fabregas before skipping through the defence and lifting his shot high into the net.last_img read more

Lakers survive scare, edge Mavericks on LeBron James free throw

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #2 dribbles off the screen of JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers as Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks defends during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma shoots during the first half of their game against the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The Lakers’ JaVale McGee #7 shoots during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan, right, blocks a shot from Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers’ Rajon Rondo #9 smiles after scoring a basket during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The Lakers’ bench congratulates LeBron James #23 after scoring a basket and drawing the foul during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) and JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Fans are dressed as Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki during the first half of the Mavericks’ NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. (1) dribbles past Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, center, on a screen from DeAndre Jordan, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, talks to Kyle Kuzma (0) during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts as a foul is called against the Mavericks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ DeAndre Jordan, center, dunks in front of Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) receives a pass as Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson (13) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, shoots over Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea (5) drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) and LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, high-fives teammates after scoring against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Lakers head coach Luke Walton during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ JaVale McGee #7 and the MavericksÕ DeAndre Jordan #6 chase a rebound during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ Brandon Ingram #14 shoots as the MavericksÕ Maximilian Kleber #42 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ Brandon Ingram #14 shoots as the MavericksÕ Maximilian Kleber #42 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The MavericksÕ Wesley Matthews #23 attempts to steal the ball away from the LakersÕ LeBron James #23 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The MavericksÕ Wesley Matthews #23 attempts to steal the ball away from the LakersÕ LeBron James #23 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ JaVale McGee #7 blocks the shot of the MavericksÕ J.J. Barea #5 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ JaVale McGee #7 and the MavericksÕ Luka Doncic #77 go after a rebound during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The LakersÕ LeBron James #23 during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The MavericksÕ DeAndre Jordan #6 goes to the hoop as LakersÕ Lonzo Ball #2 and JaVale McGee #7 look on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee, top, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) shoots over Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, right, works for a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, right, is defended by Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers motions to referees during the first half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea (5) reaches for the ball in front of Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Laker Girls perform dressed in Halloween costumes during a break in Wednesday’s game between the Lakers and the Mavericks at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) reacts after making a 3-point basket next to Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dribbles around Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith, center, as JaVale McGee (7) sets a screen during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The LakersÕ LeBron James during their game against the Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-113. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers motions to referees during the first half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea (5) walks back to his bench after missing a potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds of the team’s 114-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, and LeBron James exchange a high-five as the Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews walks off the court after the Lakers held on for a 114-113 victory on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, Brandon Ingram, center, and LeBron James walk off the court looking relieved after their 114-113 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Rajon Rondo #9 and Johnathan Williams #19 of the Los Angeles Lakers defend against Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: J.J. Barea #5 of the Dallas Mavericks battles Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers for a loose ball during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Johnathan Williams #19 and Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers defend against J.J. Barea #5 of the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to shoot the ball during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to making a shot during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks defends against Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks defends against Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles into the defense of Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals the ball from Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks defends against Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball past DeAndre Jordan #6 and Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles past DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #2 dribbles off the screen of JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers as Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks defends during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 31, 2018 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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma shoots during the first half of their game against the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)NextShow Caption1 of 58The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma shoots during the first half of their game against the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It should have been easier. But that’s been a theme for the Lakers so far this season, even a team with a talent as great as LeBron James.James flipped the switch from passer to scorer midway through Wednesday night’s game with the Dallas Mavericks to ensure the Lakers (3-5) returned home with a 114-113 victory. The effort required was probably more than the Lakers hoped to need, given that they led by as many as 18 points in the first half and by 14 with 4:16 left.But James still delivered, shooting 11 for 19 for 29 points. After notching six assists in the first half alone, he didn’t record one in the second half, instead opting to charge the hoop and make a few rhythm 3-pointers in the third quarter.James had a bit of a redemptive moment late in the game, as the Mavericks tied the score at 113 with 7.2 seconds left. James got to the line with 2.1 left and made the second of two free throws – just enough to eke out a win the Lakers needed after their 0-2 trip. After missing a pair of critical overtime free throws in an earlier home loss to San Antonio, the crowd exhaled as James punched out the Mavericks (2-6) at the line. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But the effortless start eroded into a sloppy second quarter, as the Lakers fired off questionable shots and committed turnovers. The reserves, in particular, struggled, with Rajon Rondo (2 for 7 shooting) and Josh Hart (1 for 3 shooting) having their least effective games of the season.At one point in the second quarter, Lance Stephenson attempted a behind-the-back pass to James, which was well off-target. It was the kind of carelessness that allowed the Mavericks to get within four points before halftime.Even though the Lakers were glad to get a win to segue into two days of rest before a challenging back-to-back against Portland and Toronto, many of them were nursing regrets. James said it was his fault Harrison Barnes hit a corner 3-pointer with 24 seconds left that cut the Lakers’ lead to one point. Brandon Ingram (17 points) was frustrated by a late turnover, the team’s 20th, that led to Barnes’ shot.But the Lakers have had to learn those same lessons through losses in other games this season. As far as lessons go, winning helps them land a little more softly.“I know we ended up almost giving it away, which is a great lesson for us to learn,” Coach Luke Walton said. “NBA games are never over. And you have to play the game a certain way. If you mess with the game, the game will mess with you.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The Lakers appeared ready to crush the Mavericks underfoot at the game’s start, hitting nine of their first 11 field-goal attempts and getting another robust first quarter from Kuzma, who finished with 18 points.James was as in control of the game, as has typically been the case during his first weeks as a Laker, from an opening turnaround jumper against rookie Luka Doncic to dishing out five assists in the first 7:30 of play. By the end of the first quarter, the Lakers led 38-21 and appeared to be cruising for an early night. Conversations about the iffy cohesion of the new starting lineup seemed to be fading into the background, as the lengthy, fast starting group (all 6-foot-6 and above) rained havoc on the overwhelmed Mavericks.“We got out, we defended, we rebounded, we passed the ball up ahead,” James said. “It was a good flow for us. It was a good start for us.”Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStill, the Lakers had to hold their breath until a final 3-point attempt by JJ Barea bounced off the rim in the final second, ensuring them their third win of the season. Better this way, James said, than five other losses the Lakers have experienced when games slipped away in the fourth quarter or overtime.“I’m extremely happy we’re going through this,” he said. “You can talk about it, you can preach about it, you can watch film about it, but the best teacher in life is experience. It’s great that these guys are getting this experience of playing these tight close games and then tonight we were on the other side of it.”As a co-star, JaVale McGee had his best game yet as a Laker in what’s been a surprisingly strong season already. He shined against his 2008 NBA Draft counterpart DeAndre Jordan, owning the glass (15 rebounds), fiercely protecting the lane (five blocked shots) and picking up the energy with dunking finishes. With 16 points, he enjoyed his first double-double since March of 2017.McGee’s powerful dunk with 6:10 left pushed the lead to 104-93, and was one of the strongest signs that the Lakers would prevail. It was only the third game in his career in which McGee has totaled at least 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks – and the 30-year-old sensed big things will continue for him with the Lakers.“It felt great to tell you the truth,” he said. “I didn’t realize I played 35 (minutes) until I looked at the stat sheet. I feel like the coaches are figuring out how to play me those minutes and the way to play and keep me in there that long. It is definitely working for me.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Tennis: Five facts on Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza

first_imgBeen there, done that— Muguruza enlisted the help of 1994 Wimbledon champion and fellow Spaniard Conchita Martinez for her All England Club campaign. “I think she’s helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it’s a long tournament,” Muguruza said of her 45-year-old compatriot who filled in for Sumyk, missing Wimbledon due to his wife’s pregnancy.Master chef— After winning the 2016 French Open, Muguruza admitted she relaxes by cooking, mostly desserts. “Anything with sugar, not with salt. Cakes and cookies. Oreo brownie is the best one,” she said. However, her time in the kitchen while at Wimbledon this year almost ended in disaster. “Every time I come to Wimbledon, a lot of things happen in the house. I love red meat. We were doing nice steaks but there was so much smoke that the fire alarm was, like, under where you cook. I’m like, ‘Why do you put a fire alarm there?’” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Five facts on Garbine Muguruza who defeated Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final on Saturday:— Muguruza was born in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in October, 1993. Her mother Scarlet Blanco is from the South American country and Muguruza holds dual Spanish-Venezuelan nationality. Father Jose is a Spanish-Basque.Paris — mon amour et bete noire— Muguruza won the French Open title in 2016 but her defence ended in tears and controversy this year after she accused the Roland Garros crowd as being “disrespectful” for their behaviour towards her as she lost to home star Kiki Mladenovic. While she conducted a tearful news conference, coach Sam Sumyk described the Paris fans as “pathetic”.Coaching row— Muguruza was accused of being illegally ‘coached’ from her player’s box by vanquished Wimbledon quarter-final opponent Svetlana Kuznetsova. “It was pretty clear because we all speak Spanish here. She was talking to her all the time. It’s her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time. I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said the Russian. Muguruza said it was all something of nothing. “Honestly, they were just cheering for me. I like when my team is behind me. But nothing really tactical or specific.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mom charged for leaving toddler in car while working at Broward County strip club

first_imgA 23-year-old woman is behind bars after police say she left her 3-year-old daughter alone in a car for about three hours while she worked at a Lauderhill strip club.Manouchika Daniels, of Miami, faces one count of child neglect.According to an arrest report, a bystander called 911 around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning after the young girl was seen crying and roaming around the Vegas Cabaret parking lot.Police arrived on the scene and found the toddler who appeared to be confused and had no adult supervision.The little girl led police to a black Toyota Corolla vehicle which was turned off, police said.Police added that a window in the vehicle was slightly rolled down and that there were toys and a car seat in the back seat.Daniels approached the responding officers about 30 to 40 minutes later, identifying herself as the owner of the vehicle and the child’s mother, according to the report.The 3-year-old had been left sleeping in the car since around 11 p.m, according to police.Daniels was arrested and taken to Broward County jail where she remains on $5,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.Daniel’s daughter was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.last_img read more

Good intentions backfire on Iowa St in NCAA case

first_imgby Ryan J. FoleyWhen Iowa State brought Keith Moore back as a student assistant in 2010, the university was hoping for another high-profile success in a program that helps former athletes return to finish their degrees.Instead, it may get sanctioned for major NCAA recruiting violations for the first time in 27 years.University officials say their well-intentioned effort to allow Moore to assist the team while he completed a bachelor’s degree went wrong, leading to a two-year NCAA investigation that could result in sanctions for the school and coaches found to have improperly contacted recruits.The university has since discontinued the practice of assigning former players as student coaching assistants and is now facing questions about whether it properly vetted, trained and supervised Moore during his eight-month stint in Fred Hoiberg’s program. The NCAA infractions committee is likely to closely scrutinize the program’s relationship with Moore — who had previously worked as an AAU coach with top Iowa high school players — when deciding on the punishment, experts say.“Where they are vulnerable is the former player they brought back that has a relationship with the AAU. That raises a red flag to me,” said B. David Ridpath, an NCAA compliance expert at Ohio University. “If they do bring former players back, they have to be fully educated and aware of what’s going on. If I’m the NCAA, I look at this and say, what did you do to train this man to be part of the staff?”The 50-year-old Moore, who played for the Cyclones from 1979 to 1981, had kept in touch with the athletic department, including director Jamie Pollard, and expressed an interest in returning to graduate, said Steve Malchow, senior associate athletic director. The department’s continuing education program covered the cost of Moore’s tuition, fees and books. The department assigned Moore to work with the team, focusing on player development.Cyclones track star Danny Harris, a silver medalist in the 1984 Olympics, worked as a track assistant before finishing his degree in May 2010. His graduation was widely praised as a story of redemption because he had been banned from track after struggling with substance abuse. Former basketball star Jeff Grayer had also returned to finish his degree under the program, which improves the university’s academic progress rate, tracked by the NCAA.Moore had been a fan favorite, a guard who set a school single-season record for assists. But he fell on some hard times in the 1990s and early 2000s. According to court records reviewed by The Associated Press, he struggled to hold a job, was jailed for refusing to pay court-ordered child support and twice faced drug charges that were dismissed.University policy calls for background checks for full- and part-time regular employees. The university did not conduct a background check on Moore because it considered him a student and nothing in his past precluded him from being enrolled, Malchow said.“Lefty was not an employee,” Malchow said.Moore was charged in Des Moines in 2002 with possession with intent to deliver after a criminal complaint alleged he had electronic scales and more than five grams of a powder that tested positive for methamphetamine. The case against Moore was dropped after a co-defendant pleaded guilty and gave a statement exonerating him. Moore had been charged in 2001 with possession of cocaine after a traffic stop in Ames, but that case was dismissed after he disputed the substance was cocaine and police lost whatever it was, records show.Moore was ordered to serve 15 days in jail in 2001 after he fell more than $25,000 behind on support obligations for two children he fathered with an Ames woman, records show. A judge criticized Moore for a “willful and intentional disregard” of his obligations, and months before rejoining Iowa State in 2010, the state’s child support recovery unit took steps to seize some of his income — including funds from a bank account of Elevate Basketball, a nonprofit he had founded in North Carolina, records show.Otherwise, Moore’s coaching career was looking up. He had worked as an assistant for the Iowa Energy, an NBA developmental league team. He was also head coach for a 15- and 16-year-old AAU team based in Ames, the All-Iowa Attack. He had developed a particularly close relationship with Des Moines standout Peter Jok, who was already drawing interest from Iowa State and other colleges.A university report released last week found that Moore stayed in contact with several former AAU players in violation of rules that limit contact with recruits. His activities — 160 text messages and 12 phone calls to five players, including two who were being recruited by the Cyclones — were uncovered in 2011 when Hoiberg ran into Moore at one of Hoiberg’s son’s AAU games.The school found that its staff made 79 impermissible calls and failed to log another 1,400 calls during a three-year period, which were considered major violations because of the number of calls and inadequate monitoring by the university. The school, Moore and five current and former assistants could face sanctions.Moore told university investigators he knew he had to reduce contact with AAU players, but wasn’t clear on NCAA rules governing texting and didn’t view his contacts as recruiting. He did not respond to inquiries from NCAA investigators, and has not granted interviews.The university said it stopped recruiting players Moore had contacted (Jok has committed to Iowa), and relieved him of his duties. Its report characterizes the violations as inadvertent and not an attempt to gain advantage.Malchow said the department has decided it will no longer allow former players to work with specific teams as they finish degrees.“Their purpose is not to become a future coach. It’s to get a degree,” he said.Associated Press Writer Barbara Rodriguez in Des Moines and freelance writer Alex Halsted in Ames contributed. FACING SANCTIONSS–In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg stands with student assistant Keith Moore, right, before an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Arizona in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)last_img read more

This Week’s Favorite Features – Veterans Day In Olympia

first_imgWhile our daughters practiced on the soccer field, another mom and I would run a 4.5 mile loop.  I despise running.  I look for any excuse to skip, even tempted to admit “I just don’t want to” rather than generate some ache or pain that would prevent me from the trek.  My friend though, never had a complaint, no matter if it was 90 degrees at 6pm or pouring down rain.  She was always at our meeting spot, with her shoes laced, ready to go.I share this story because Heather is a soldier’s wife.  Her stories about what she has sacrificed for her husband’s military career strengthen and remind me that my complaints are so petty.  She is a strong woman, able to hold her family together during uncertain work assignments and deployments.  But, she would never tell you that it was a sacrifice.  She would turn, smile and say simply “it’s what we do” – a deep belief system that I have seen replicated among other military families.This weekend, when we show gratitude for the men and women serving in our military, I am also giving thanks to Heather (and other military spouses and parents) – for being the support staff that makes soldiers strong.  Thanks, Heather, for lifting me up when I would rather sit on the curb.  Your dedication to your own family pushed me on. Facebook19Tweet0Pin0 Here is a summary of articles written about JBLM and our military community.All-American Dogs Foundation Trains Service Dogs For Olympia’s Wounded VetsAaron McCarthy and Jeanmarie Kautzman founded All-American Dogs Foundation, located in Olympia.  The foundation is a growing program that provides highly-trained service dogs to wounded soldiers.With ‘wear blue: run to remember,’ Army Widow Honors Fallen Husband, Battles GriefOriginally published last November, this story continues to inspire and motivate readers.  Co-founder Lisa Hallett has continued to expand ‘wear blue’ into new communities, creating a mechanism for people to honor, remember and grieve fallen soldiers.Culinary Superstar Guy Fieri Shakes Up The Kitchen At Madigan Army Medical CenterAbout a week ago, culinary icon Guy Fieri was spotted around Olympia – Fish Tale Brewery, Buck’s Spice Shop, Darby’s.  He also spent some time with culinary specialists at Madigan, sharing his tricks but also listening to stories from military members stationed locally.Saint Martin’s University Extended Learning Division Brings Exceptional Education Opportunities To Non-Traditional StudentsThis article shares stories about Saint Martin’s unique distance learning campus on JBLM.  As of 2010, more than 4,000 military affiliated and other non-traditional students have graduated from Saint Martin’s University.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more