Dante Exum will be back for Jazz against Raptors, but George Hill is still out

first_img Utah Jazz matchup watch: Toronto’s Kyle Lowry vs. Shelvin Mack Jazz All-Stars? Who’s in? We need him on the court. Dante needs to play well and play hard, really that’s all it is. I’m tired of talking about his knee. I know he has tendinitis and I know he’s got to fight through that, which he has and we gave him a little time off, which hopefully will help. – Quin SnyderTORONTO — The Utah Jazz have been getting burned by opponents’ point guards quite a bit lately, partly because they’ve been forced to play their third- and fourth-string point guards due to injuries to George Hill and Dante Exum.That problem will be alleviated a bit for Thursday night’s game with news that Exum will be able to play after sitting out the past six games because of tendinitis in his left knee. The bad news is that Hill will miss his third straight game because of concussion symptoms and a lacerated lip.“I’m feeling good,” Exum said after Jazz shootaround Thursday morning. “I was battling it for a bit while I was playing, but it was time I sat on the sidelines and got it right.”Having Exum back should help defensively against the Raptors and point guard Kyle Lowry, who went off for 36 points on 15-of-20 shooting in Toronto’s 104-98 victory over the Jazz on Dec. 23.Exum said he hurt his knee in a mid-December game and often felt a sharp pain when he’d run or jump and “it was limiting me playing to my full potential, so that’s why I had to make that decision.”He tried to play through the pain, but after scoring six points with no assists and three turnovers against Golden State on Dec. 20 he decided he needed to shut it down for awhile.The last time the Jazz played the Raptors they had no answer for Lowry, so Exum hopes to make a difference Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. With everyone except Hill available to play, the Jazz will be as healthy as they’ve been all season.“We need him on the court,” said coach Quin Snyder. “Dante needs to play well and play hard, really that’s all it is. I’m tired of talking about his knee. I know he has tendinitis and I know he’s got to fight through that, which he has and we gave him a little time off, which hopefully will help.”JAZZ NOTES: The 23-11 Raptors are coming off a six-game road trip in which they went 3-3, finishing with a 110-82 loss at San Antonio Tuesday night … Former Utah standout Delon Wright hasn’t played all season because of off-season shoulder surgery, but is back on the 15-man roster, although he’s been inactive the last five games … Former Ute Jakob Poeltl had nine rebounds and four points against the Spurs … The Jazz will head to Minnesota after the game and play the Timberwolves Saturday, before finishing the road trip in Memphis on Sunday.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

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Hawaii town merchant: Lava is slow-motion disaster

first_imgPAHOA, Hawaii | Businesses in a small Hawaii town are facing a slow-motion disaster as lava from Kilauea volcano oozes toward roads connecting them to the rest of the Big Island.Tiffany Edwards Hunt, who owns a surf shop with her husband, said the lava could hit buildings while smoke from fires sparked by the lava cold damage merchandise. If lava crosses the highway leading into town, it could cut the town off.“There is the threat of his very historic, very quaint, eclectic village becoming a ghost town because of the isolation,” Hunt said after a meeting between merchants and county civil defense authorities.Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983. Scientists issued a warning last week when a lava flow that has been advancing through cracks in the earth for the past few months moved to within a mile of a rural subdivision.The flow since has slowed, but the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said it could reach the northwest edge of Kaohe Homesteads in a day-and-a-half. The county hasn’t ordered any evacuations, however.Officials also are preparing for the possibility that the lava will cross Highway 130, which links Pahoa and the sprawling, mostly rural district of Puna to Hilo. This could happen within weeks.Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said lava has covered other major Big Island roads in the past, like a state highway in Kalapana and Chain of Craters Road which is partially in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.But he said he’s never experienced lava crossing a road so heavily relied on by residents and businesses.The part of Highway 130 that could be cut off is used by 7,000 to 11,000 vehicles per day, he said.The county is quickly trying to prepare alternate routes for people to use. But Hunt said these routes are some distance from Pahoa, and would take traffic away from the town and its historic main street.“There’s a lot of fears and anxiety and uncertainty about it all,” she said.Hunt, who is also running for county council, organized a meeting on Wednesday to help merchants and civil defense officials prepare for the lava’s arrival.The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said Wednesday the lava flow had advanced 460 yards since the previous morning.The flow emerged from a vent at Kilauea’s Puu Oo crater in late June. Since then, it has traveled nearly 9 miles as the crow flies, or just over 10 miles if its twists and turns are accounted for.The lava is creeping through thick forest, setting alight trees and generating smoke plumes. It is visible only from the air, unlike previous flows that tourists could watch drop into the ocean from coastal viewing areas.last_img read more

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Nasser Al Khater thrilled with Xavi Hernandez’s impact

first_img Read Nasser Al Khater’s full column here “The faces of the youngsters like Hadeel or Ashraf told their own story. It was a proud moment for me personally and for our entire organisation delivering the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar to see such an inspirational footballer, a role model for an entire generation who embodies fair play and a positive approach to the beautiful game, stepping foot onto that pitch and meeting those kids.” Sport EN 04/10/2016 He was particularly excited about Xavi’s appearance at the Generation Amazing project at the Al Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan.center_img “Sometimes a simple pass, handshake or smile can have such an incredible impact on the life of a young child. This past weekend we saw this on the ground as we took Xavi Hernandez to one of the football pitches our Generation Amazing programme has built,” he wrote.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Nasser Al Khater, the assistant secretary general for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for the 2022 World Cup, is thrilled with the impact Xavi Hernandez is having in the country. last_img read more

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Canterbury unveil new Ireland Rugby Jersey

first_imgWith a commitment to continuous improvement, Canterbury’s innovation team, The Canterbury Lab, has worked closely with members of the Irish rugby team and management to ensure luck plays no part when it comes to the equipment used by the team. Showcased on Ireland’s tour to South Africa and officially launched today by Robbie Henshaw, the new Irish Rugby jersey is the most innovative and technically advanced rugby jersey ever worn by an Irish rugby team. Available in traditional green, featuring impeccable detail and contemporary touches, the new jersey tasted success when Ireland scored an historic win over South Africa during the summer tour. REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Canterbury Ambassador Robbie Henshaw Launches The New Ireland Rugby Jersey, Dublin 22/7/2016Canterbury ambassador Robbie Henshaw officially launched the new Ireland Rugby jersey, the most innovative and technically advanced rugby jersey ever worn by an Irish rugby team. The new Ireland Rugby range is available to buy now from shop.irishrugby.ie and canterbury.comPictured today Robbie Henshaw in the new Ireland Rugby jerseyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridancenter_img With the Irish Rugby Team meticulous in their pre-game preparations, players on the pitch will benefit from a range of innovations, including reduced fabrication weight, minimising moisture absorption for Canterbury’s most lightweight kit ever. Developed through position-specific 3D body-mapping the new jersey offers a super enhanced fit catering for the varied physiques of the modern rugby player. Adaptive fabrication with dynamic heat management properties ensures a constant temperature is maintained in any climate and Canterbury’s toughest 360° loop bound neckline with enhanced elasticity and shape retention has been designed to withstand the toughest of challenges.Supporters can choose from the “Pro” jersey which retains the look of the jersey that will be worn by the team, while offering a more comfortable fit as well as a “Classic” jersey that offers a contemporary design on the classic collared rugby jersey.The jersey launch signifies the start of Canterbury’s Not Luck. Only Commitment. campaign which brings to life the Irish Rugby Team’s Commitment to the game as they leave nothing to luck in their pursuit of glory. Through a number of activities including the “Henshaw Hardway” training session, Irish Rugby fans can experience the commitment shown by the Irish Rugby Team.The new Ireland Rugby range is available to buy now from shop.irishrugby.ie and canterbury.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Bench mark for human adventure to be tested by Galway man

first_imgYou’re doing what? Is the most common reaction when people hear what Irish Extreme Environment Athlete Gavan Hennigan is planning for this December 2016. The Galway man is preparing for his biggest adventure to date, a solo row across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The 5,000km crossing will be made in a specialized Ocean rowing boat and it will take up to 3 months to complete the gruelling task. On Tuesday 22 November, an evening for Gavan will take place in Salthill Hotel. The evening will kick off at 6:30pm, the aim is to send Gavan off and to wish him well from the people of Galway. There will be light refreshments served and a Q&A with Gavan. This will be the last chance to catch Gavan before he embarks on his incredible journey.Any company or persons wishing to support Gavan can do so on the night. Throughout the row, Gavan will face raging seas, howling winds, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation but is strengthened by his resolve to do this and to raise monies for charities Cancer Care West and Jigsaw.The voyage is widely considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet, pushing those who attempt it to their limits. To this day more people have climbed Everest, reached the North Pole or ventured into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic. Not only that, but Gavan plans to row it solo for which there have been even fewer crossings.On the 15th of December 2016 Gavan will undertake this mammoth adventure completely solo and unsupported, bidding to be one of only a handful of people on the planet to have rowed an ocean solo.This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. To find our more or to support Gavan on his solo Atlantic Row log onto www.gavanhennigan.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email End of year 5,000km Atlantic row for Irish Extreme Environment Athlete Henniganlast_img read more

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Demas, Bessard Claim Southland Women’s Track and Field Weekly Awards

first_imgHonorable Mention: De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State; Diana Garcia Munoz, Abilene Christian; Emma Jewell, UIW. Women’s Track Athlete of the Week – Danielle Demas, Sam Houston StateDemas set a school record with a time of 13.16 seconds in the women’s 100-meter hurdles this past weekend at the 88th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin. The junior from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek H.S.), finished sixth behind hurdlers from Baylor, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, LSU and Texas. Her 100m time is the fastest in the Southland and the seventh-fastest in the NCAA this year. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior hurdler Danielle Demas was named Southland Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week while Northwestern State junior thrower Rechelle Bessard was chosen field athlete of the week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin; Taylor Yantis, Abilene Christian; Myah Antwi, UIW; Elizabeth Lyssy, Sam Houston State. center_img Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Rechelle Bessard, Northwestern StateBessard posted the Southland’s best discus mark of the season by over 13 feet, and the 20th-best throw nationally so far, to win at Alabama’s Crimson Tide Invitational. The Abbeville, La. (Abbeville H.S.), native tossed for 173 feet to take home first place in the event over competitors from four SEC schools and the ACC’s Clemson, along with Memphis and Western Kentucky. Bessard also placed third in the hammer throw, tossing for 176 feet. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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Lightly grilled…

first_img…Facebook bossIt’s not every corporate head that get’s their life story presented by Hollywood just after they hit 26! But then Mark Zuckerberg – the founder of Facebook – ain’t no ordinary Chief Executive!! He’s a larger than life figure who’s so altered the world through Facebook’s connectivity, we can’t even figure out where it’ll all end. (The connectivity…not the world!!)After creating what’s got to be the biggest unregulated monopoly in the history of capitalism, the baby-faced tycoon faced a Senate hearing after it was revealed that his company sold personal details of millions of users of the platform in the US. Fifty-seven million? Eighty million?? Whatever’s the final number, it doesn’t even include those plucked in other countries –including Guyana!!The company that bought the data – its name doesn’t really matter, does it? – mined them for all sorts of purposes including voting preferences. In a nutshell, just like you start getting those ads on drill bits the moment after you look up “drills” on Google, the “data mining” companies can direct personalised information about why you should vote for their candidate. And these won’t even be “ads” – it could simply be articles from magazines you read (and most likely trust!) that take similar positions with the candidate!Anyhow, from the moment Zuckerberg slipped into his (extra-cushioned) seat in a suit and tie rather than his trademark T-shirt, it was clear this was going to be more of a star-struck session than an interrogation. Especially when 44 of the 50 Senators showed up – compared to the seven that served on the Watergate Pane to impeach Nixonl!! For most, it must’ve taken all their self-control not to request an autograph!! A most well-briefed Zukerberg – his speaking notes were placed on twitter! – was even told when to say “sorry”!!The thrust of those that did want to ask some questions – and not throw powder-puffs – was to find where Zuckerberg stood on whether – for instance – Facebook ought to be regulated. And to all these (comparatively) hard questions, Zuckerberg was given a stock answer: I’m not sure…but my staff will get back to you important adults!! That’s right, the man who showed his killer instincts by going for the jugular while he was still in college – played up his baby-faced charm to the hilt. He even got a few laughs – but no threats to draft a bill to regulate the Leviathan, Facebook had become.For what it was worth, Zuckerberg played his role so well, the market made his personal wealth increase by US$3 billion – since he eased fears about regulation.The notorious bank robber “Baby Face Nelson” died at 26. Baby Face Zuckerberg had only started OWNING the banks by then!!…on bonusNo one can say for sure where that purported US$18 million bonus – which Exxon gave to the Government for signing the biggest giveaway since Manhattan was sold for US$24 in beads and trinkets – is right now. It was supposed to be in a “special account” at the Bank of Guyana – which isn’t meant to take deposits. But now we’ve been told it’s in the Consolidated Fund where it was supposed to be in the first place. Yet we still don’t know for sure.Be as it may, we were told the banking runaround – which appears suspiciously close to fit the description of “money laundering! – was occasioned by the specification the money was supposed to be held (“in escrow”, said the President!!) for our ICJ legal bills. Trotman was afraid someone else may claim first dibs on it!?! Presumably, that fear has been eased? How?Anyhow, Greenidge – in charge of the ICJ matter – says the US$18 million actually allocated for the legal fees ain’t gonna be enough.So are we gonna ask Exxon to cover the shortfall?…on private schoolsFirst it was the privately owned Berbice Bridge tolls. And now the Government’s intervened to jawbone the privately-owned Mae’s to lower their school fees!What’s next? Nationalising the banks to lower their interest rates?? Galloping Burnhamism?last_img read more

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SledTown ShowDown – Tumbler Ridge needs your vote

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The final four contestants have been chosen for the SledTown ShowDown and Tumbler Ridge needs your vote to beat Edson, AB and advance to the championship round.SNORIDERS, an online website and resource for snowmobile enthusiasts, is holding their annual contest for the best Snowtown. Snowmobile clubs across Canada have been battling for bragging rights for the best snowmobile trails in Canada.The provincial finals have wrapped up and there are currently four new winners. Tumbler Ridge, B.C., Edson, Alberta, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and Flin Flon, Manitoba will now face off for the ultimate champion bragging rights.- Advertisement -Tumbler Ridge is seeking your votes to push them through to the FinalsTo VOTE for Tumbler Ridge CLICK HERElast_img read more

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‘Everyone wants to stay at Spurs, no one wants to stay at Arsenal’

first_img 1 Tony Cascarino has slammed in-crisis Arsenal, saying they are ‘not a well-run club’ and are now paying the price for failing to tie their star players down to long-term contracts.The Gunners suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in their history as they were knocked out of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich on Tuesday.But they are ‘a mess’ on AND off the pitch, according to Cascarino.Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are refusing to sign fresh terms with the Gunners, and have just over 18 months left to run on their current deals.The future of Sanchez is a particular cause of concern for the north London club, with the star forward reportedly frustrated at the Emirates Stadium and pushing to leave in the summer.Cascarino says Arsenal should look to local rivals Tottenham as an example of how to properly manage their squad, and even added that, after years of finishing second in the battle for north London, Spurs are now miles ahead.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former Chelsea striker said: “It’s clear that if you don’t want to sign a new contract, you don’t want to stay at the football club“The players at Arsenal are controlling everything now. You’ve got Sanchez and Ozil not signing new contracts, and a number of others’ are up next year too.“This isn’t a well-run club! Meanwhile, their neighbours Tottenham have got everybody signed up until 2022!“Everyone wants to stay at Spurs, but no one wants to stay at Arsenal – the club is a mess.“Arsenal have been in front of Spurs for the last 20 years, and we’ve had that debate about if Tottenham can get near them.“It’s not the same now. Spurs are in front of them and look like they’re a long way ahead of Arsenal.” Cascarino also likened the Sanchez contract saga to Dimitri Payet’s bitter falling out at West Ham, saying that he expects the ‘selfish’ Gunners star to leave in similar circumstances.“He doesn’t want to play for the club, he doesn’t want to sign a new contract,” he added.“I’m sure loads of Arsenal fans will be saying, ‘but he’s our best player, he’s the one who wins us games’.“Yes, he is Arsenal’s best player, we all know that and no one debates that, but he’s doing things totally for himself too often.“I felt against Bayern Munich he played totally for himself. He can be wonderful on the ball, he can turn things and make things happen, but he wasn’t helping his full-back out – he had no interest in that side of the game.“At the moment he doesn’t want to sign a new contract at the club, and that tells you everything.”last_img read more

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Sharpton: Remember Brown for his music

first_imgNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – In life and in death, James Brown should be remembered for his impact on music and on the world, not for the many people that surrounded him, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday in a passionate eulogy befitting the godfather of soul. “When he started singing, we were sitting in the back of the bus. When he stopped singing, we were flying Lear jets,” Sharpton told about 300 mourners during a private funeral service for Brown at Carpentersville Baptist Church. It was standing room only in the tiny red brick church in a neighborhood of dilapidated homes – some with boarded-up windows – on a street just inside the South Carolina line from Augusta, Ga., the place Brown called home. One day after thousands bade farewell to the singer at the Apollo Theater in New York, friends and relatives filed past the solid gold casket containing Brown’s body, dressed in a black jacket with white studs on the lapels, black pants and red shirt. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeDuring the 90-minute service punctuated by prayers, gospel music and Brown’s favorite hymn, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Cynthia Moore, mourners clapped, danced, waved their arms and cheered. But Sharpton also had harsh words for people who have put themselves in the spotlight since Brown died of heart failure Christmas morning at 73. While he didn’t name specific people, as he made those comments Sharpton glanced in the direction of Brown’s companion, Tomi Rae Hynie, who was sitting in the front row with her and Brown’s 5-year-old son. “If you really are all that you say you are, you don’t place yourself in the story, the story puts you in your place,” said Sharpton, a confidante who had accompanied Brown’s body to New York City and back. “We don’t want to hear your story or your mess, we’re here because of James Brown. The reason I am here is because I walked with James Brown.” Brown’s lawyer has said the late singer and his 36-year-old partner weren’t legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for legal reasons. The partner, one of Brown’s backup singers, has said the couple was married and she can prove it. The funeral program listed Hynie as a “companion” and said Brown was survived by seven children, though his publicist has referred to only four. 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

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