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India extends nationwide lockdown through May as virus cases rise

first_imgSchools, places of worship, shopping malls, cinemas and gyms must remain closed, the ministry said, and bans on large gatherings for religious and sporting events will be extended.City metro train services and domestic and international air travel will remain suspended, it said. A night curfew restricting public movement, except for essential services, will be kept in place between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. Restaurants however will now be allowed to operate their kitchens for takeaway services. Sports complexes and stadiums are permitted to host events — but without spectators.Inter-state and intra-state buses and passenger vehicles were authorized to operate, but with the discretion of states and territories.  ‘Growth prospects remain weak’ The dire economic situation has sparked a migrant worker crisis, as many businesses shut down when the lockdown was imposed.Jobless and hungry, many migrants fled the cities, some walking hundreds of kilometers. Dozens have lost their lives to accidents or exhaustion.Some of those stranded in urban areas have also clashed with police in a recent spate of protests as they clamored to be allowed to return home to their villages.On Sunday, five policeman and a journalist were injured in Rajkot city of western Gujarat state after up to 3,000 migrant workers clashed with officers when a special train to bring them home was cancelled. Twenty-nine people were arrested.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week announced several stimulus measures, although analysts said they focused on easing the supply side of the economy.”Near to medium-term growth prospects remain weak in the absence of demand boosts,” Kotak Mahindra Bank senior economist Upasna Bhardwaj said in a note. Cases on the rise The third extension to the lockdown came as India recorded its biggest single-day jump in cases with 4,987 new infections in the last 24 hours.It took the total number of cases to 90,927 with 2,872 deaths.Health experts say infections may only peak in June or July, and have called for more testing to determine the spread of the disease.Earlier Sunday, India’s worst-affected coronavirus state Maharashtra, home to the financial capital Mumbai, extended its lockdown to end-May ahead of the national announcement.Maharashtra, with a population of 112 million, has reported 30,706 cases including 1,135 deaths.Mumbai — India’s worst-hit city — has 18,555 infections, and the pandemic has pushed its hospitals to breaking point.A city authority spokesman said Mumbai was considering turning Wankhede Stadium — the site of India’s cricket World Cup final triumph in 2011 — into a virus treatment facility.The conversion could happen if other facilities get overwhelmed with the onset of the monsoon, which usually starts around mid-June — and monsoon-related illnesses, although “nothing has been decided yet”, the spokesman said.There were some nationwide relaxations for industry and agriculture last month, while offices last week were allowed to operate with one-third capacity.Limited service resumed Tuesday on the country’s massive rail network. The National Disaster Management Authority said the restrictions would be updated “as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities” in Asia’s third-biggest economy while containing the virus.”India will not see the worst of COVID-19, like in other countries,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted, adding that state governments had the flexibility to implement locally tailored measures.center_img India extended its coronavirus lockdown until the end of May on Sunday as it reported its biggest single-day jump in cases, but said some sectors would be permitted to open up to ease the economic pain.The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people — the world’s largest — has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India’s poor, with millions of migrant workers losing their jobs.”Lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 will continue” until at least May 31,” the home affairs ministry said in a statement. Topics :last_img read more

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Gary Neville lays into ‘terrible’ Sokratis Papastathopoulos for mistake against Tottenham

first_imgGary Neville lays into ‘terrible’ Sokratis Papastathopoulos for mistake against Tottenham Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment The moment Sokratis gets nowhere near Kane prior to Spurs’ goal (Picture: Getty)Spurs got plenty of joy breaking against the Arsenal defence in the first half and Heung-min Son very nearly doubled the lead but produced a fine save from Leno.The visitors did get a second goal shortly before half-time when Xhaka made a rash challenge on Son inside the box and Kane duly stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty in the bottom corner, though Alexandre Lacazette halved the deficit in added time before the break. The former Manchester United right-back was unimpressed with the defending (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has slammed Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos for his ‘terrible’ defending in the build-up to Tottenham’s opening goal in the north London derby.Spurs went ahead at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon after a quick counter-attack, with Erik Lamela’s tame shot spilled into the path of Christian Eriksen who tapped into an empty net.While many fans were bemoaning Bernd Leno’s weak effort to save the initial shot, Neville felt the more decisive mistake came earlier in the move. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Sep 2019 5:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link219Shares Advertisement Spurs celebrate Eriksen’s strike early in the first of the north London derby (Picture: Getty)Harry Kane rose above Granit Xhaka to flick on a long ball forward to kick-start the attack, but Sokratis bizarrely ran over without contesting for the ball only to leave a huge gap in behind.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I thought Sokratis on that first header was terrible,’ said Neville on commentary for Sky Sports. ‘If a centre-back goes in like that he at least has to make a challenge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Xhaka is going up for it and you just watch Sokratis, I mean, that is not the challenge of a centre-back. He has to be dominant, take everything that he can.‘Xhaka’s under it, and then just watch Sokratis there: you can’t do that. And then all of a sudden Kane quickens the attack up and the rest of them are scrambling.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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BLOG: Celebrating Black History Month in Pennsylvania

first_imgBLOG: Celebrating Black History Month in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Obie Kernodle, Deputy Chief of Staffcenter_img February 03, 2016 Equality,  The Blog February marks the nationwide celebration of Black History Month in the United States. The national theme for this year’s observance of Black History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”The origins of Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History established “Negro History Week.”We have much to celebrate in African American history in the ninety years that have passed since that inaugural year.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.For example, did you know that Bayard Rustin, a national civil rights advocate and associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Pennsylvania native? As was Richard Allen, the founder of the first national black church in the United States (who is being honored on a postage stamp, unveiled yesterday), and Guion Bluford, an astronaut who in 1983 became the first African American who visited outer space.Pennsylvania was home to some of the best baseball players and teams prior to integration including the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Harrisburg Giants, and Philadelphia Pythians – one of the earliest baseball clubs in the country.Other acclaimed Pennsylvanians include athletes like Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Frazier, Reggie Jackson, Tony Dorsett, Lenny Moore, and Ernie Davis; entertainers like Kevin Hart, The Roots, Will Smith, and Patti LaBelle; and Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels.These men and women have shaped the history of our state and our nation, and they join the other millions of African American Pennsylvanians who have worked tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history.Many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania. In 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state.African Americans in Pennsylvania have served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg.The Commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.The Wolf Administration is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.last_img read more

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Norrkoping Expansion Plans Get OK, Dredging Set for 2019

first_imgThe Swedish Port of Norrkoping said in its latest release that the Environmental Court has given its necessary approval for the port expansion program, aimed to boost the region’s business and improve the possibilities for efficient and sustainable transport.The project now enters next phase, with the aim of beginning dredging work in 2019, the port stated.Commenting the news, Henrik Åkerstom, the port’s CEO, said: “We now have the environmental ruling we need to expand the ports capacity. We can now start with the expansion which is needed to cope with increased freight volumes, larger vessels and more efficient production at the port.”“I am glad we have got a good start to start such a big and important venture for Norrkoping and the region. The port is of great importance for our businesses and the upcoming expansion strengthens Norrkoping as one of the country’s leading logistics areas,” added Pontus Lindblom, Business director, Municipality of Norrkoping.On behalf of the municipality, Port of Norrkoping operates the expansion of Pampushamnen at Handelo. It is a part of the transformation of the inner harbor to the residential and inner city area.last_img read more

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Wilder mocks ‘pillow fists’ of Fury ahead of rematch

first_img “I don’t believe he’ll be able to develop (power), no matter what trainer he brings in,” Wilder said. “You just don’t develop power in a couple of weeks… it’s impossible.” Fury, who is arguably the most skillful defensive boxer in the heavyweight division and outfoxed Wilder for long periods in the first fight, says he plans a more aggressive approach in the rematch. But Wilder is skeptical that the self-styled “Gypsy King” plans to go on the attack, and believes that he has already planted doubt in Fury’s mind after sending him to the canvas with a crushing combination in the 12th round last time. Fury miraculously recovered his senses after that knockdown and somehow managed to hang on for the draw. Wilder, however, believes he has inflicted lasting damage on the Briton. “If he brings the fight to me it’s going to make the fight that much more interesting,” Wilder said. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Tyson Fury denies he’s nervous ahead Wilder rematch “Deep down in his heart, I really feel that he’s nervous from the first time. When you knock a person out and get a concussion, you never forget that. “You never forget who did it to you. And when you’re going back in the ring with that person a second time it has to be stressful. He knows what the truth was. “He can say he beat me by a wide margin but he honestly don’t believe that. If he believed he beat me, he wouldn’t have changed up so much.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder ridiculed Tyson Fury’s punching power on Tuesday as the two unbeaten fighters prepare for their eagerly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. Wilder, the reigning WBC champion, climbs back into the ring with British star Fury on February 22, 14 months after the two men battled to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. World champion Deontay Wilder (L) doubts Tyson Fury (R) possesses the punching power to knock him out in their February 22 rematch Fury, who was knocked down twice by Wilder in the first fight, insists he plans to chase a knockout in the rematch, believing he has little chance of winning a decision in front of Las Vegas judges. However, Wilder on Tuesday poured scorn on Fury’s threats of knockout – dismissing his opponent as having “pillows” for fists. Wilder, 42-0 with one drawn and 41 knockouts, cited his experience from the first Fury fight, revealing he had felt no soreness after the 12-round scrap. “I can’t tell you any rounds where I felt like I was threatened by his power,” Wilder said on a conference call. “He has pillows as fists. That’s how soft they were. Maybe my adrenaline was too high to feel anything. Sometimes after a fight you feel sore. But even after the fight I didn’t feel anything. “I took all his punches, the ones he landed, and I walked right through them. So I don’t respect none of his power. “He’s just a tall big man that can move around the ring. And that’s about it. As far as power, there’s none there.” – Power outage – Fury has switched trainers for next week’s rematch, bringing in Javan “Sugarhill” Steward in a move he hopes will boost his knockout power. Wilder, however, is unimpressed by the changes in Fury’s corner.last_img read more

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Good chance to see fresh faces, says England opener Jason Roy

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON: England opener Jason Roy has said the Ireland ODI series will give the team an opportunity to check out new faces in the ranks with an eye on the T20 World Cup, which has now been postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.It will be a young England side led by Eoin Morgan which will take on Ireland with many first team stars like Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jofra Archer rested after the West Indies Test series. Speaking to Rob Key on the latest edition of the Sky Sports Cricket podcast, the Surrey batsman said: “We’ve obviously got the T20 World Cup to work towards [in 2021] and then we want to go on and win the following World Cup. “This Ireland series is giving us an opportunity to see a lot of young players — Tom Banton, Saqib Mahmood and other players coming through and ones who haven’t got a chance in the past. “It’s another opportunity to see the raw talent coming through. The talent in the squad that we got together for the training camp before the cut for this ODI series was scary,” said Roy, an ODI World Cup winner with England on home soil in 2019. “It was just so good to watch; that would have been a stinking job for the selectors to select out of that. It must have been so difficult. “The process is the same again as it was for the last four years — build those foundations and then find what works.” Roy said the T20 World Cup is at the forefront of England’s plans going ahead. “The T20 World Cup is probably at the forefront of our minds. But I think we do quite well as a squad to separate all of the three-forms. But for the time being we just want to win this series now.” (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Amending EIA Notification, 2020 Impact on NorthEastlast_img read more

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Other Sports Ferrari takes a call to remove all Mission Winnow branding for Australia

first_imgThe sport’s governing body, the FIA, as opposed to any advertising or sponsoring of cigarettes or tobacco, but Philip Morris re-entered the sport last October through its scientific research subsidiary and branded Ferrari cars with its Mission Winnow logo. They were featured on Ferrari livery during the Japan Grand Prix in October, sparking an investigation by Australia’s communications regulator over whether TV broadcasts of the race breached its ban on tobacco advertising.The state government of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, was likewise probing the controversial branding. Philip Morris said while it had agreed to drop the branding for Australia, it continued to believe it “complies with relevant laws related to our activities around the world”.”Mission Winnow does not and will not advertise or promote any Philip Morris International-branded tobacco or e-cigarette products,” it added.”It is meant to challenge preconceptions and spark a conversation, particularly with those who — for ideological reasons — are not yet open to a conversation on the power of science for the progress of society.” The lure of advertising from the tobacco industry has increased in recent years as Formula One teams struggle to meet their budget requirements. highlights New Delhi: Ferrari will remove all branding by tobacco giant Philip Morris’s “Mission Winnow” initiative for the opening Formula One race of the year in Melbourne after concerns about cigarette advertising, officials said Wednesday. On Tuesday Mission Winnow was removed from Ferrari’s official name for the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 after local authorities launched an investigation into whether the team breached laws over tobacco advertising.A Philip Morris International spokesperson told AFP that Mission Winnow will also not appear on the car or team uniforms in Australia.”Mission Winnow will remain the title sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari in 2019,” the spokesperson said.”However, our activation will be different in Australia than in other countries. We will announce additional details in the lead-up to the race in Melbourne.” Ferrari will remove all branding by tobacco giant Philip Morris’s “Mission Winnow”.Mission Winnow was removed from Ferrari’s official name for the Australian Grand Prix.Mission Winnow will remain the title sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari in 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The fine art of pricing a penalty shootout

first_img As the nation prepares for England’s first World Cup semi-final since Italia 90, England fans frantically hope that the anxiety of the Colombia game isn’t replicated and Southgate’s side win in 90 minutes.However, should England’s fate see them head to spot kicks tonight, we take a look at the challenges that are presented to a trader as they look to price the dreaded penalty shootout. SBC spoke to Head of Compilation at Abelson Info, Jeevan Jeyaratnam who revealed his belief that a shootout is far from a lottery, as well as looking at some of the key factors in pricing penalties. SBC: In general, how difficult is it to price which side will win a penalty shootout? Jeevan Jeyaratnam: A common misconception is that a penalty shootout is a “lottery” with both sides having an equal chance. This is not far from the truth, however, if we breakdown the mechanics it is more nuanced than that.There are a couple of approaches to pricing a penalty shootout, the first, a more accurate but laborious process, involves using player parameters to determine the likely more experienced, and therefore successful penalty takers in each team- a “penalty prowess” player/team parameter. Generally, the team with better players are going to be favourites for the match, this team would also be slightly more likely to win a penalty shootout. Therefore, pre-game shootout odds should reflect that superiority, albeit if the game has gone all the way to penalties there is far less variance between the two teams’ chances. Most firms won’t be going to the detail of analysing each player’s parameters. So, method two, derived from the match supremacy, allows us to use the 50-50 idea as a benchmark, before adding a small deviation to allow for the superiority of one side over another. If we look at bet365’s prices, at 90mins, prior to the England v Colombia shootout, we can see England were regarded as slight favourite to win a shootout (3.10 v 3.25). At the end of the extra-time period the prices had snapped to 1.90 v 1.90, but a closer look at the Asian Handicap prices shows England at 1.875 (53.33%) v 1.975 (50.63%) for Colombia. This is as we would expect to see given that England were judged to have the superior team at kick-off. It is small but significant difference. The reason for the variation in pricing what is essentially the same market is likely due to margin and odds ladders, and possibly different supplier feeds. The Asian prices were bet to 103.96% while the top of the page “To Win Shootout” prices were bet to 105.2%. Always shop around!SBC: In the Croatia versus Denmark game, we saw Modric miss a penalty in the game before stepping up to take one in the shootout, can in-play penalties have an impact on pricing for a shootout? JJ: Invariably the team’s regular penalty taker is an experienced and competent individual, able to handle the pressure situation that comes with a penalty. Bearing this in mind, we wouldn’t expect to see this affect a player taking another penalty in the shootout. Of course, if we were updating individual player parameters in real-time, there would be an additional data point for both taker and keeper, but honestly these would have little impact on the pricing.SBC: Additionally, in that shootout we saw dominant performances from Schmeichel and Subasic, how much can a strong keeper sway a sides’ odds before heading into a shootout? JJ: Of course, a better than average goalkeeper is a benefit, and if we were allocating player/team “penalty prowess” parameters, this would be reflected. It is fair to say that most firms/supplier feeds will set up their penalty shootout prices as such;As a starting point we know that 75% (1.33) of penalties are scored and 25% missed (4.00). That sample is going to be mainly comprised of experienced penalty takers. So, to score the 1st pen, 1.30 (76%), to miss, 3.40 (29.41%) is a likely offer. The same prices would probably be used for the 2nd pen. After that we’d likely see some degradation in the quality of the taker, the offer might look like this; to score 1.33 (75%), to miss, 3.25 (30.76%). The “to score” price would continue to fractionally slide the further the shootout went. SBC: For the Russia Spain game it was clear for long periods, Russia were playing for penalties, can the moral victory of getting to penalties increase a smaller teams’ odds of winning a shootout? JJ: Psychologically I’m not sure of the impact of this, it isn’t something we’d worry too much about from a compilation perspective. I’d actually argue the opposite, in that the smaller teams may feel they have already achieved their goal before embarking on the arduous task of winning a shootout.SBC: Can the body language of players have any impact at all on the odds for a penalty shootout?JJ: We all recall times when we’ve said, “he doesn’t fancy this, I think he looks like missing”, and when that hunch is confirmed, we remember it. What we don’t recall with such clarity is the times that the player goes on to prove us wrong and score. This is evidence of confirmation bias and really has no bearing on price. If a player has agreed to step up for a penalty then there’s every chance he feels confident enough to convert it. There is, of course, extra pressure on penalties that must be scored in order to avoid defeat, likewise, those whose success can mean victory. At a very detailed level this could affect pricing but realistically, with margins, it isn’t something firms should be worrying about at this time. 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Lakers blow big lead before putting away Knicks, clinch top seed for NBA Summer League tourney

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 109-92 in an NBA Summer League game on Tuesday night at Cox Pavilion to complete the pre-playoff portion of the event with a 3-0 record and clinch the top seed for the single-elimination tournament that begins Wednesday.While the defending Summer League champions led for all but a few minutes of Tuesday’s game, they blew a 25-point second-half lead before second-year guard Josh Hart helped put them back on track for a victory.With the 25-point cushion and rookie big man Moe Wagner having already suffered a left knee and left ankle sprain in the first half, Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon pulled Hart, rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk and veteran Alex Caruso to the bench midway through the third quarter. The Knicks took advantage of the absences, burying a slew of 3-point baskets to finish the third quarter on a 28-3 run that tied the score. The Knicks took a three-point lead to start the fourth quarter, but Hart and Mykhailiuk helped the Lakers reel off 16 consecutive points to regain control of the game.Hart finished with 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Reserve Jeff Ayres, who started in Wagner’s place to begin the second half, had 17 points and four rebounds on 7-of-7 shooting. Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench. Caruso, who started, had five points, four rebounds and a team-high 10 assists. Mykhailiuk was held to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting, and Nick King had 15 points off the bench. Portland (2), Phoenix (3), Denver (4) and Houston round out the top five seeds for the 30-team tournament. The quarterfinals are Sunday, with the semifinals on Monday and the tournament title game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.NBA SUMMER LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULEWednesday, July 11 (Cox Pavilion)Clippers vs. Washington (Game 46) – 1 p.m.Brooklyn vs. Houston (Game 49) – 3 p.m.Detroit vs. Minnesota (Game 50) – 5 p.m.Toronto vs. Denver (Game 52) – 7 p.m.Wednesday (Thomas & Mack)Sacramento vs. Cleveland (Game 47) – 1:30 p.m.Chicago vs. Dallas (Game 48) – 3:30 p.m.Atlanta vs. Indiana (Game 51) – 5:30 p.m.Golden State vs. Charlotte (Game 53) – 7:30 p.m.Thursday, July 12 (Cox Pavilion)Miami vs. New Orleans (Game 55) – 1 p.m.Memphis vs. Oklahoma City (Game 57) – 3 p.m.San Antonio vs. Milwaukee (Game 58) – 5 p.m.Utah vs. Orlando (Game 60) – 7 p.m.Thursday (Thomas & Mack)New York vs. Boston (Game 54) – 1:30 p.m.Philadelphia vs. Phoenix (Game 56) – 3:30 p.m.Winner of Game 46 vs. Lakers (Game 59) – 5:30 p.m.Winner of Game 51 vs. Portland (Game 61) – 7:30 p.m.Friday (Cox Pavilion)Loser of Game 49 vs. Loser of Game 51 (Game 62) – 1 p.m.Loser of Game 46 vs. Loser of Game 48 (Game 64) – 3 p.m.Loser of Game 50 vs. Loser of Game 52 (Game 66) – 5 p.m.Loser of Game 53 vs. Loser of Game 47 (Game 68) – 7 p.m.Friday (Thomas & Mack)Loser of Game 54 vs Loser of Game 55 (Game 63) – 1:30 p.m.Loser of Game 56 vs. Loser of Game 58 (Game 65) – 3:30 p.m.Loser of Game 60 vs. Loser of Game 57 (Game 67) – 5:30 p.m.Loser of Game 59 vs. Loser of Game 61 (Game 69) – 7:30 p.m.Saturday (Cox Pavilion)Winner of Game 48 vs. Winner of Game 50 (Game 70) – 4 p.m.Winner of Game 52 vs. Winner of Game 53 (Game 72) – 6 p.m.Saturday (Thomas & Mack)Winner of Game 47 vs. Winner of Game 49 (Game 71) – 1:30 p.m.Winner of Game 54 vs. Winner of Game 55 (Game 73) – 3:30 p.m.Winner of Game 56 vs. Winner of Game 58 (Game 74) – 5:30 p.m.Winner of Game 60 vs. Winner of Game 57 (Game 75) – 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Quarterfinals (Thomas & Mack)Winner of Game 59 vs. Winner of Game 70 (Game 76) – 1 p.m.Winner of Game 72 vs. Winner of Game 71 (Game 77) – 3 p.m.Winner of Game 61 vs. Winner of Game 73 (Game 78) – 5 p.m.Winner of Game 74 vs. Winner of Game 75 (Game 79) – 7 p.m.Monday, Semifinals (Thomas & Mack)Winner of Game 76 vs. Winner of Game 77 (Game 80) – 5:30 p.m.Winner of Game 78 vs. Winner of Game 79 (Game 81) – 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, July 17 – Championship (Thomas & Mack)Winner of Game 80 vs. Winner of Game 81 (Game 82) – 7 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWagner, the Lakers’ first-round draft pick out of Michigan, had seven points in nine minutes before the injuries ended his night (and perhaps his summer league, given the condensed schedule).The Knicks committed 18 turnovers (nine Lakers steals) to just 11 for the Lakers, who went 27 for 36 at the free-throw line.First-round draft pick Kevin Knox paced the Knicks (1-2) with a game-high 29 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Former Arizona standout Allonzo Trier had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on 8-of-13 shooting, while Mitchell Robinson added 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots and Troy Williams added 15 points.As one of the top two seeds, the Lakers received a first-round bye and will next face either the 16th-seeded Washington Wizards or the 17th-seeded Clippers on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Clippers and Wizards meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Cox Pavilion.Teams that lose a game Wednesday or Thursday will play a consolation game on Friday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Heisler: Now for the season before the season the Lakers yearn for

first_img(LeBron has been in the last eight Finals – reaching all from the East, the lesser conference even when his Miami teams were the NBA’s best. Had LeBron’s Heat and Cavaliers been in the West, he would have done well to make half those Finals.)Besides LeBron, Magic Johnson signed four veterans with checkered pasts who might be in the rotation – Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. The team hopes they will assume key roles, not the least of which is vanishing from its salary cap next spring.(Actually, Rondo, one of those viewed most skeptically, might be the most helpful, especially if Lonzo Ball struggles or gets hurt. Once a non-factor past 15 feet, Rondo has become a 35 percent 3-point shooter. He has become a leader as he has aged and chilled from his early years as a pain in the rear end whom older teammates put up with because he was so good.)There’s still too great a burden placed on the Lakers’ young, promising but still untested-at-this-level players.We know Kyle Kuzma could be very good and Brandon Ingram could be special. Josh Hart looks useful, at least. Lonzo Ball showed he was, indeed, a special playmaker, even while leaving other questions – shooting? – unanswered in a rocky rookie season.The young players will be the ones filling the major roles around James. Of the four, only one has ever been on an NBA team that was ever above .500 (Ingram, a rookie on the 2016-17 team that rocketed to a 7-5 start before finishing 26-56).Not enough shooters. You could hear this on any local talk show, or, indeed, at any local grade school but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.This isn’t just a critique you could hear on any talk show.Nevertheless, it’s not just some modern internet vogue, like so much of the hue and cry about unproven “analytics” in basketball.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Three-point shooting is the key to spacing the floor, which is the key to modern offense … the kind the Lakers, who were cutting edge in the Showtime 1980s but not nice, would like to develop in this new age, which is why they hired Luke Walton off the Warriors’ bench.Kuzma was a stunner, not least because he made 36.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. That was head-turning for a rookie but not for one of a contending team’s top shooting threats.Last season’s Warriors were No. 1 in 3-point accuracy at 39.1 percent, 1.4 percent ahead of No. 2 Boston (37.7). The Rockets were No. 1 in 3-pointers made at 15.3 per game, 2.6 ahead of No. 2 Brooklyn (12.7).The Lakers were No. 20 at 10 per game and No. 29 in accuracy at 34.5 percent.It’s asking a lot of young players to slash that gap but Magic Johnson, who had concluded LeBron’s Cavaliers had too many specialists such as Kyle Korver, didn’t bring in a single outside shooter, aside from drafting Ukrainian Svi Mykhailiuk (Kansas) in the second round.This might have been all about knowing they’re waiting ’til next season.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Now for the season Lakerdom has waited all decade for …Oh, wait, that’s next season, after the Lakers bag that second star player they’ve saved salary cap space for, such as Kawhi Leonard or (they can dream) Kevin Durant.This season should be titled “In the meantime.” For the Lakers, who measure success in titles, this is still about rebuilding to contend on that level, as opposed to being there.The Western Conference powers far outgun them – that’s the Rockets as well as the Warriors and perhaps two or three or more teams. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img I’m guessing that if Magic thought there was a title on the line this season, he would have brought in some shooters … the way he had Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, who meant so much in Showtime, even before offense became all about spacing and shooting.In other words, wait ’til next year. In that meantime, good luck, Luke!None of this means this season will be anything like the lean ones.It’s actually disappointment-proof with Lakers fans, once the most spoiled of fat cats, enchanted at the thought of making the playoffs, which once would have elicited yawns here.Better yet, with James as a magnet, there’s every reason to believe they can land that second star next summer, leading to even better times in the 2019-20 season.In the meantime, LeBron, at 33, has to continue aging arch-gracefully. The young players have to keep coming. As a team they have to be as good, or better, on the court as they are on paper.What’s the problem? After all the down years, this looks like up in Lakerdom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Las Vegas over/under has the Lakers at 48.5 wins, a fair projection that ties them with Utah for No. 4 in the West, 14 behind the Warriors, six behind Houston, two behind OKC.The Nuggets are one back. The Timberwolves are two back, only because of the furor around Jimmy Butler’s trade demand.These are unusually modest expectations on the Lakers, a glamour franchise that now has LeBron James, after finishing 23-18 last season, a pace that projects to a 46-win season pre-LeBron.Nevertheless, I’m going with the “under” on this season: Not enough cohesion, which even lesser Western challengers such as Denver, Portland and New Orleans have after years together.There are too many new moving parts in a conference in which the powers have so few. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

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