• Macron in Lebanon calls for speedy government formation

    first_imgTopics : He landed at the airport just hours after under-fire leaders on Monday designated a new prime minister, diplomat Mustapha Adib, to tackle the country’s deep political and economic crisis.Immediately after his nomination, Adib, 48, gave a televised speech acknowledging the “need to form a government in record time and to begin implementing reforms immediately”.He vowed to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund for assistance as Lebanon faces its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and has been left traumatized by the August 4 explosion. French President Emmanuel Macron called Monday for the swift formation of a crisis government in Lebanon following the designation of a new prime minister.Speaking upon his arrival at Beirut airport, Macron said a new line-up should be agreed upon “as soon as possible” to rescue the country, which is reeling from the deadly August 4 port explosion and the effects of an economic collapse.It is Macron’s second such visit to hammer home the need for an overhaul of Lebanon’s complex sectarian political system, since the monster blast that killed 188, injured thousands and laid waste to large parts of Beirut. ‘Man of the system’ Adib emerged as a consensus option Sunday and was named premier the next day in a presidency statement.The close aide to former prime minister Najib Mikati received backing from the country’s top political parties. Lebanon’s last government, headed by Hassan Diab, resigned after the massive explosion, which revived calls at home and abroad for a radical revamp of the state.The blast caused up to $4.6 billion worth of physical damage and a blow to economic activity of up to $3.5 billion, according to a World Bank assessment.Caused by a vast stockpile of ammonium nitrate that had languished at Beirut’s port for years, the blast was widely blamed on government incompetence and greed.Those who have taken to the streets in mass protests since last October against the entire political class had already rejected any name that might emerge from the parliamentary consultations.Adib now faces the daunting task of steering the state through one of the deepest crises of its troubled 100-year history.Despite promises of change, the process for forming a new government follows the same blueprint that has chronically mired Lebanon in political deadlock. Social media was flooded with posts questioning whether a government set up by Adib would be any more effective than Diab’s, which was formed in January but failed to lift the country out of crisis. Nadim Houry of the Arab Reform Initiative said Adib was “part of the professional advisors class that orbit around Lebanon’s oligarchs.””He is a man of the system,” he said. ‘I want your trust’ “I want your trust,” an AFP correspondent heard Adib tell a resident of the Gemmayzeh neighbourhood, badly hit by the port blast.Macron, who toured the same area on August 6, arrived in Lebanon Monday to check on progress as he returned for Lebanon’s centenary, expected to be a glum commemoration.French mandate authorities on September 1, 1920, proclaimed the creation of Greater Lebanon incorporating mainly Muslim former Ottoman regions.On the eve of the centenary, many citizens were planning to leave the country and asked whether Lebanon would live to be 101.The French president kicked off his two-day trip by calling on 85-year-old Fairuz, the Arab world’s last living singing legend and a rare symbol of national unity in the crisis-hit country.President Michel Aoun and his political ally, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, on Sunday both expressed willingness to change the way Lebanon is governed.The 85-year-old Aoun, a hate figure to Lebanon’s large protest camp which regards him as deaf to calls for change, even urged the proclamation of a secular state.Under Lebanon’s political system, the premier must be a Sunni, the presidency is reserved for a Maronite Christian and the post of parliamentary speaker goes to a Shiite.Speaker Nabih Berri, also reviled by demonstrators, followed suit on Monday by urging change to the country’s confessional political system, which he labeled “the cause of all ills”. Suspicion was rife that Lebanon’s long-serving political heavyweights were only paying lip service to reform ahead of Macron’s visit.”When the political class talks about the introduction of the civil state, it reminds me of the devil talking about virtue, it doesn’t make sense,” said Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut.”There is a big difference between raising a slogan and really putting it to work.”Adib’s designation “will not usher in a new period in Lebanese history and I don’t think it will put Lebanon on the road of genuine political development”.The IMF in a statement Monday voiced “hope that a new government will be formed shortly with a mandate to implement the policies and reforms that Lebanon needs to address the current crisis.”last_img read more

  • Publications – July 1997

    first_imgBook review,Railway map of Moscow, Adelaide track diagrams and Albanian Railway GuideThe first of these three additions to the formidable Quail range fills a major gap by mapping the complex railway network of Russia’s capital city. The main map covers lines radiating up to nearly 200 km from the city, including peat railways and a 750mm gauge line, with insets detailing electrification and the test centre at Shcherbinka. The reverse features metro track diagrams, and a 25 km radius central area enlargement showing main lines and the metro. Metro stations of architectural interest are highlighted.The Adelaide track diagrams cover suburban routes up to 43 km from the city and the Glenelg tramway. The Albanian guide has a small country map, with a main sheet showing track diagrams of the complete network, as well as a timetable, locomotive, rolling stock and speed limit lists. As usual with Quail, opening & closing dates, former names and other detail are shown. £2.20 (Moscow), £1.40 (Adelaide and Albania) from Quail Map Company, 2 Lincoln Road, Exeter EX42DZ, Great Britain. Fax: +44 1392 430277Danske lokomotiver og motorvogne 1997Departing from the normal ‘Taschenbuch’ style, this 128-page 150x215mm hardback details the locomotive and railcar motive power of Danish State Railways and the private railways. Types are in alphabetical order by initials, accompanied by colour illustrations, or in two cases by diagrams, of the forthcoming Class MF Adtranz regional railcar on order for three local railways. ú17·95 from Frank Stenvalls F?€?rlag, Box 17111, S-20010 Malmö, Sweden.last_img read more

  • Villas command high prices in luxury sector of Cairns property

    first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNerida Conisbee on the Royal Commission developments01:43THEY are few and far between at the luxury end of the market but this cross between a townhouse and an apartment can command some high prices.There are four villas listed for sale on in Cairns with a price tag over $500,000 and one under offer.Canopy’s Edge sales manager Otto Pfeiffer said the housing style appealed to a lot of people who wished to downsize or do away with maintenance of their backyards. 905/12 Gregory St, Westcourt“The villas here like the one at Eagleview Pl are designed in such a way they are perfect for dual living. They are ideal for renting,” he said. “They are probably more for people looking for something they can live in and leave without worrying about maintenance. They are designed in such a way the owner-occupier can live in one half and the other part can be rented out.”He said it was difficult to tell if villa-style homes would become more popular. 905/12 Gregory St, WestcourtElite Real Estate Services’ Karl Latham is selling villa 905 at 12-21 Gregory St, Westcourt in the Cairns One complex and said the luxurious home, with a price tag of more than $695,000, was the perfect fit for professional families or busy executives due to its low-maintenance style.In a private position away from the pool at the end of the complex, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property has been freshly painted and is fully airconditioned.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago 905/12 Gregory St, Westcourt“The light-filled atrium design, sleek modern kitchen with stone tops and gas cooking, large central courtyard and rear entertaining deck offers a lot of the benefits of a stand-alone house,” Mr Latham said.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill’s Nadine Edwards already has an offer on another well-appointed villa on Murchison St in Whitfield.She said the three-bedroom property offered the chance to downsize and also came with a large rear outdoor patio which was perfect for relaxing or entertaining.Another villa, which could pass for part of a tropical hotel, at 80 Kewarra St, Kewarra Beach is on the market with Lynne Neal and is next to Kewarra Beach Resort.last_img read more

  • Moyer scores Fan Appreciation Night win

    first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 17) – Sunday night racing action returned to the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt track on the Dubuque County Fairgrounds on Fan Appreciation Night. The final feature of the night was the Merfeld Brothers Auto IMCA Modified event. Austin Moyer shot to the front from his second row start, immediately took to the high side of the track and went on fight off the constant challenges from Matt Gansen to score the win in the 20-lapper.Moyer took the checkers a couple of car lengths ahead of Gansen. Mark Schulte made a late-race charge to take third. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature was in doubt right to the checkers as Jason Roth was able to overcome K.C. Ansel on the last corner of the 18-lap event and nip Ansel by a few feet for the win. Jerry Miles ran third. Sunday, June 24 will be Casey’s General Store Night at the races, The staff at the Dubuque Speed­way has also announced that hot laps will be moved half hour later now that school is out, Hot laps will get underway at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more

  • Roth sweeps Spring Nationals with twin $1,000 IMCA Modified feature wins

    first_imgThe 2019 Nebraska State champion and already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate, Roth started from the pole and rumbled away to the opening night win after holding off challenges from track regular Chris Abelson and Colorado invader Ricky Alvarado.  Cody Ledger hammered up down and around lapped traffic to come in second and defending track champion Colin Smith came from 10th to finish third.  Shane Stutzman outran hard-charging rookie Justin Luinenburg and Taylor Williams for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win on Friday. Luinenburg, a former Hobby Stock national champion, held off Travis Barker and Elijah Zevenbergen in winning the Saturday show.  SportMods – 1. Harker; 2. Montagne; 3. Boumeester; 4. Thompson; 5. Schmidt; 6. Prauner; 7. Zeitner; 8. Woods; 9. Klynsma; 10. Seth Pinney; 11. Rialson; 12. Wolsleben; 13. Sloan; 14. Schroeder; 15. Boulware; 16. Price; 17. Chris DeMara; 18. Nordquist; 19. Sachau; 20. Jake Kubik; 21. Kamren Gruber; 22. Johnson; 23. Gnat; 24. Osantowski; 25. Casey Cakebread; 26. James Richert; 27. Luke Jackson. Anthony Roth was a double winner at Park Jefferson Speedway, taking $1,000 IMCA Modified feature wins each night of the May 8-9 Spring Nationals. (Photo by Jim Steffens) JEFFERSON, S.D. (May 8-9) – Anthony Roth brought the broom to Park Jefferson Speedway, sweeping $1,000 to win Spring Nationals features for IMCA Modifieds on May 8 and 9.  Northern SportMods – 1. Kevin Zeitner; 2. Shawn Harker; 3. Cody Thompson; 4. Kyle Prauner; 5. Jared Boumeester; 6. Rusty Montagne; 7. Jayden Schmidt; 8. Keegan Nordquist; 9. David Johnson; 10. Tony Rialson; 11. Eric Sloan; 12. Skyler Woods; 13. Jeremy Gnat; 14. Jim Blazina; 15. Justin Klynsma; 16. Jacob Wolsleben; 17. Austin Price; 18. Devyn Peterson; 19. A.J. Boulware; 20. Matt Ruf; 21. Jake Sachau; 22. Christopher Neisen; 23. Dudley Schroeder Jr.; 24. Brian Osantowski.  May 8 Feature Results Corey Namanny got the Mach-1 Sport Compact win over Kaytee Devries and Bubba Brown on Friday.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Wilkinson; 2. Fusselman; 3. Craig Clift; 4. Ware; 5. Nielsen; 6. Galaway; 7. Hoffman; 8. Norquest; 9. Gonska; 10. Williams; 11. Ankrum; 12. Jones; 13. Pospisil; 14. Sommerfeld; 15. Nick Bruegman; 16. Bencken; 17. Uhl; 18. Andrew Harris; 19. Nate DeSive; 20. Bruck; 21. Bates; 22. Rogers; 23. Gronewold; 24. Lowell Janssen. Sport Compacts – 1. Corey Namanny; 2. Kaytee Devries; 3. Bubba Brown; 4. Shannon Mahlberg; 5. Danny Vanderveen; 6. Bradyn Blackhart; 7. Anthony Clark; 8. Justin Myre; 9. Braxton Wallace; 10. Jared Sloss; 11. Auston Honeycutt; 12. Nathan Fontenot; 13. Taylor Brown; 14. Connor Brown; 15. Gilbert Aldape; 16. Josh Stanley; 17. Gary Grabill. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Shane Stutzman; 2. Justin Luinenburg; 3. Taylor Willms; 4. Kyle Wilkinson; 5. Bo Lundquist; 6. Elijah Zevenbergen; 7. Travis Barker; 8. Dan Mackenthun; 9. Casey Jones; 10. Greg Taylor; 11. Austin Brauner; 12. Colby Klaassen; 13. Chanse Hollatz; 14. Glen Jones; 15. John Bruegman; 16. Ryan Harris; 17. Dean Cornelius; 18. Kyle Krause; 19. Jeffrey Larson; 20. Dan Jackson; 21. Todd Gereau; 22. Eric Rempel; 23. Paul Wenzlaff; 24. Michael Logelin.  Another Minnesota speedster, Malik Sampson saw challenges from all over the park as Jason Wilkinson, Jason Fusselman and local Zach Ankrum all took their shots at the lead before the visitor collected the opening night Hobby checkers.  The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars saw a stout Saturday field take the green boasting former champions from multiple tracks. It was former Park Jefferson rookie of the year Elliot Amdahl who showed everyone the fast way around the track, roaring around the top side of the Union County oval and slicing and dicing in traffic.  Stock Cars – 1. Luinenburg; 2. Barker; 3. Zevenbergen; 4. Larson; 5. Hollatz; 6. Cornelius; 7. Mackenthun; 8. Willms; 9. Stutzman; 10. Taylor; 11. Kyle Wilkinson; 12. Eric Bartels; 13. Adam Goff; 14. Brauner; 15. Wenzlaff; 16. Brenton Palmer; 17. Tom Schumann; 18. Tony Ritterbush; 19. Lundquist; 20. Harris; 21. Klaassen; 22. Cameron Wilkinson; 23. Michael Logelin; 24. Rempel.  A barnburner unfolded on Saturday, as Harker got the win in front of Rusty Montagne and Jared Boumeester.  IMCA Hobby Stocks – 1. Malik Sampson; 2. Jason Wilkinson; 3. Jason Fusselman; 4. Zach Ankrum; 5. Kevin Bruck; 6. Cody Nielsen; 7. Corey Gronewold; 8. Cody Williams; 9. Tim Gonska; 10. Tyler Pospisil; 11. David Miller; 12. Mark Arduser; 13. David Bates; 14. David Norquest; 15. Tanner Jones; 16. Spencer Galaway; 17. Bingston Rogers; 18. Tony Fetterman; 19. Jeff Ware; 20. Andy Hoffman; 21. Blake Luinenburg; 22. Todd Uhl; 23. Brady Bencken; 24. Bryce Sommerfeld. The Zeitner name is famous at Park Jefferson Speedway as many a Zeitner has come through the gates and taken home the loot. Friday night was a new chapter as Kevin Zeitner added his name to the record books picking up the win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main, ahead of Shawn Harker and Cody Thompson.  May 9 Feature Results IMCA Modifieds – 1. Anthony Roth; 2. Chris Abelson; 3. Ricky Alvarado; 4. Jake McBirnie; 5. Jordy Nelson; 6. Chris Mills; 7. Shane DeMey; 8. Jim Thies; 9. Tyler Frye; 10. Ricky Stephan; 11. Mark Leiting; 12. Clay Money; 13. Bob Moore; 14. Jay Noteboom; 15. Jason Schneiders; 16. Jim Cole; 17. Daniel Gottschalk; 18. Jesse Richter; 19. Brandon Schmitt; 20. Shane DeVolder; 21. Chad Ten Napel; 22. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 23. Josh Blumer; 24. Cody Schroeder.  Modifieds – 1. Roth; 2. DeMey; 3. Frye; 4. Clay Money; 5. Gottschalk; 6. Jesse Skalicky; 7. Travis Hatcher; 8. DeVolder; 9. Dan Roedl; 10. Leiting; 11. Ten Napel; 12. Mills; 13. Schneiders; 14. Stephan; 15. Matt Bonine; 16. Cole; 17. Jeff Bodendorfer; 18. Jeff Berens; 19. Kent Willms; 20. Darin Roepke; 21. Sean Barragan; 22. Nelson; 23. Alvarado; 24. Blumer; 25. Richter; 26. Jim Mathieson. Front row starters Jesse Skalicky and Daniel Gottschalk got things off to a roaring start on Saturday, sliding and shooting for the lead while Shane DeMey joined the fray. Roth then threw a go for broke slide in turn three entering in the fourth position and exited in first. It was a position he would not relinquish. DeMey was second and hard-charging Tyler Frye was third. Elliott Amdahl scored the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory at Park Jefferson Speedway. (Photo by Jim Steffens) RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Elliot Amdahl; 2. Cody Ledger; 3. Colin Smith; 4. Stu Snyder; 5. Ryan Voss; 6. Trefer Waller; 7. Jared Jansen; 8. Daniel Nekolite; 9. Bill Johnson; 10. Jesse Lindberg; 11. Trevor Smith; 12. Dave Becker; 13. Brandon Allen; 14. Cameron Martin; 15. Brett Allen; 16. Bruce Allen; 17. Gunnar Pike; 18. Brandon Stevenson. Wilkinson held off Fusselman by all of .91 of a second to take the Saturday win. Craig Clift finished third.last_img read more

  • Courtois given all clear

    first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to play on after undergoing precautionary tests following the head injury he sustained during Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal. McCabe acknowledged the difficulty of making an assessment from television, but questioned why a “safety-first approach” was not applied. He added: “Bleeding from one or both ears is one of the symptoms to look out for that requires an immediate visit or return to hospital following a head injury. “The fact that the bleeding only became apparent 15 minutes after the injury also demonstrates the evolving nature of concussion and highlights why a safety-first approach must be taken with all head injuries.” Chelsea’s first-team squad were afforded a day off by manager Jose Mourinho on Monday as many of the players prepared to join up with their national teams after the Blues extended their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points from Manchester City. Only goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, defender John Terry and striker Didier Drogba, who is currently nursing an ankle injury, will stay behind for training, with all three having retired from international duty. Eden Hazard leaves for Belgium duty, alongside Courtois, on a high after a mixed start to the season. The playmaker, who is expected to sign a new contract shortly to commit to Chelsea, was below par against Aston Villa, but sparkled on occasion against the Gunners, particularly in the run which led to the penalty which he converted himself. Hazard, who was the target of some heavy tackling in the contest, is content to be fouled if it benefits the team. And he believes with Cesc Fabregas over a set-piece, a goal is always possible. “When I get the ball I need to go forward and win free-kicks, win penalties,” the 23-year-old Hazard told Chelsea TV. “If they want to play like this it’s not my problem. They have two against me, okay, but I can create a lot of space for other players. “We can score every game with Fabregas from a free-kick or corner.” Chelsea have dropped two points in their opening seven games – in drawing at Manchester City – and are top of their Champions League Group. Hazard knows there is no margin for error, though. He added: “We have a strong team. We need to concentrate all the time, 100 per cent. “We know we have bad moments in one season, but we need to be focused all the time.” Following confirmation he had been given the green light to continue, Courtois tweeted: ” Thanks for all the messages! I’m already feeling better. Now I’m resting to be recovered and back on the pitch soon. Great victory yesterday.” Belgium boss Marc Wilmots also took to Twitter to say Courtois would join up with the national team on Wednesday. Belgium play Andorra in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels on Friday and then take on Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later in Zenica. “Thibaut was treated for a minor cut to his ear and was released from hospital last night. He is expected to report for international duty (with Belgium) later this week.” Headway, the brain injury charity, has questioned the application of the Premier League’s regulations following the decision to allow Courtois to play on. The Premier League is understood to be happy the rules were correctly applied. Headway chief executive Peter McCabe said on the charity’s website: “The new rules introduced this season were designed to ensure no risks to players’ health were taken. “They clearly state that ‘If there is any suspicion of the player having sustained a concussion, they must be removed from the field of play, and not allowed to return.’ “This incident calls into question whether these rules are working effectively. “It is hard to understand how a concussion was not suspected following the sickening clash.” Courtois was taken off only after liquid appeared to be coming from his ear. Courtois played on after requiring treatment for a head knock following a first-half collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, before being replaced after further treatment and departing Stamford Bridge for precautionary scans in hospital. A Chelsea statement issued on Monday read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday (Sunday) for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Paddy Purtill Cup up for grabs

    first_imgThis is Slieverardagh’s second cup final appearance in as many weeks – they were beaten 2-0 by Clonmel Town in the Tipperary Cup Final seven days ago.The matche takes place in Cahir Park and kicks-off at 3 o’clock.last_img

  • Chargers move into new stadium looking to bounce back

    first_img WATCH US LIVE LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11)New Faces: OT Bryan Bulaga, CB Chris Harris Jr., DT Linval Joseph, OG Trai Turner, QB Justin Herbert, LBs Kenneth Murray and Nick Vigil, OL coach James CampenKey Losses: QB Philip Rivers. RB Melvin Gordon, FB Derek Watt, S Adrian Phillips, OT Russell Okung, WR Travis Benjamin, LBs Jatavis Brown and Thomas Davis Sr., DT Brandon Mebane,Strengths: DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram form one of top passing-rushing duos in league and combined for 18 1/2 sacks last season. Bosa is highest-paid defensive player in NFL after signing five-year, $135 million extension in late July. Secondary has potential to be one of league’s best with addition of Harris. S Derwin James was limited to six games last season after being All-Pro selection as rookie in 2018. After 14 years of Rivers as starter, offense will be more mobile and unpredictable with Taylor (or possibly Herbert) under center.Weaknesses: Left tackle remains glaring hole. Sam Tevi moves there from right side, but allowed eight sacks last season, among most by AFC tackles. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both gained 1,000 receiving yards last season, but Chargers lack depth at receiver and don’t possess much speed. Defense was among worst in league in not getting off field on third downs, finished last in takeaways (14). Linebacking unit remains young and lacks depth.Pandemic Development: Coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus in June between end of offseason zoom sessions and start of training camp. Chargers were one of few teams to not have anyone opt out for season.Fantasy Player To Watch: RB Austin Ekeler becomes team’s top back after Gordon’s departure. Ekeler is not every-down back, but he had 1,500 scrimmage yards and scored 11 touchdowns in 2019. He was 7 yards shy of reaching 1,000 receiving yards last year.Vegas Says: Win Super Bowl: 45-1. Over/under wins: 7 1/2.Expectations: Chargers move into SoFi Stadium looking to return to form from two years ago, when they won 12 games and advanced to divisional playoff round. Taylor or Herbert will have variety of weapons at skill positions, but how much time they have to throw depends on how quickly line can coalesce. Turnovers — committing and forcing — and giving up big plays were downfall last season, along with being plagued by injuries. There is good mix of veterans and rookies, but Kansas City remains class of AFC West.(Image Credit: AP) LIVE TV Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 26th August, 2020 22:47 IST Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 22:47 IST Chargers Move Into New Stadium Looking To Bounce Back New Faces: OT Bryan Bulaga, CB Chris Harris Jr., DT Linval Joseph, OG Trai Turner, QB Justin Herbert, LBs Kenneth Murray and Nick Vigil, OL coach James Campen FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

  • Sabres fire Phil Housley after season implodes

    first_img Panthers fire coach Bob Boughner, reportedly ‘close’ to hiring Joel Quenneville Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has announced that Head Coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 7, 2019The move comes after the Sabres finished the regular season with a 33-39-10 record, which didn’t push the team into the playoffs. It marks the eighth season in a row Buffalo has missed the playoffs, marking a franchise-worse streak. Overall, Housley, 55, went 58-84-22 in his two seasons with the team.  Related News The excitement the Sabres felt at the beginning of the season has long since died out and now the team has fired its head coach.Buffalo announced Sunday it relieved Phil Housley of his duties after two seasons at the helm. The way the season ended is a tough blow for the Sabres, who kicked off the season on a high note and boasted of a 10-game win streak in November. However, things quickly unraveled in December and the team went 16-33-8 after the 10-game streak.Since Dec. 13, the Sabres were unable to win back-to-back games and ended the season at 13th in the Eastern Conference Standings.last_img read more

  • D’Angelo Russell has career night, but Lakers falter late

    first_img“When you’re playing shooting guard, you have to score the ball or make plays for your teammates,” Russell said. “Playing the point guard, it’s harder kind of to do that, being aggressive and trying to score the ball every time. You have to make at least one pass. I’m figuring it out. Whatever position I’m in, I’ll try to make the best of it.”Russell sure did make the best of it, putting his name in the record books for what he accomplished at 21 years and 24 days old.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Russell became the youngest Lakers player to score at least 40 points in a regular-season game. Russell became the youngest player since James to post at least 40 points six assists while committing one or fewer turnovers. For the first time since the Lakers’ Christmas Day win over the Clippers, all of the other Lakers starters scored double figures including Ingram (18 points, Randle (10 points, seven assists, seven rebounds) and Ivica Zubac (10 points, six rebounds).Although Russell said the milestones were “dope,” he insisted he “doesn’t play for the records.” But the performance still caught the attention of Irving (46 points) and James (34), who fulfilled their job description seemingly anytime they pleased.Said James: “He’s a special guy. He’s a special player.”Said Irving: “He’s a great young player.”So, Irving approached Russell afterwards and offered a supportive message.“He’s supporting me,” Russell said. “He knows I want it. He told me to keep working.”Though Russell drew high praise from what Walton called “two of the best” NBA players, the Lakers’ guard has not always drawn high praise for play throughout the second season.Russell offered inconsistency as he entered the All-Star break averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists, but playing fewer minutes (26.5) than in his rookie year (28.2) under Byron Scott. Russell also sat out of fourth quarters for eight games because Walton contended other players earned those crunch time minutes. Russell offered promise where he averaged 20.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and 5.4 assists in the first eight games since the All-Star break. Russell then offered question marks as a reserve where he averaged 9.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting, 2.3 assists and 3.7 turnovers in 25 minutes through three appearancesWalton: “The hardest part is to bring it every single night. That’s not just him.”Said Russell: “I feel like it’s realizing not every night is going to be as easy as the previous night. You got a different team every time we play. Everybody has to do something different. You cant go into the game with the same mentality as you did last game as far as where you’re going to find your spots or guard a certain player. It has to start from scratch every game. For me, I’ve been working with the same mentality and it hasn’t really worked for me. I have to start over and come from a different approach.”So with Lakers veteran guard Nick Young sidelined with a stomach bug, Walton took a different approach by thrusting Russell into the starting lineup earlier than planned.Russell played the entire first quarter where he posted 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He also added 15 points in the third. Through it all, Russell seemed poised with anything he did on the court.In other words, Russell looked far more comfortable than when he started at shooting guard in his rookie debut along with Clarkson and Kobe Bryant under former Lakers coach Byron Scott. Then, Russell had four points on 2-of-7 shooting and recorded more turnovers (three) than assists (two) before sitting out the entire fourth quarter.“It started with him knocking down shots,” Walton said of Russell. “When he gets going, he’s tough to handle. What was most impressive offensively to me was I know he can shoot the ball. He did a great job of mixing up, trying to get into the paint and playmaking and offensively talking and purposely calling certain plays to get people the ball and coming off picks to make the correct decisions.” Walton had often resisted making the decision to pair Clarkson and Russell together because “statistically hasn’t been very good for us” both on offense and defense. While Clarkson and Russell have done little to elevate a Lakers defense that ranks near the bottom of the NBA, both appeared uncomfortable without having the ball in their hand. But with their roles switched on Sunday, the chemistry formed organically. “We were looking for each other,” Clarkson said. “I was trying to get in the paint, he was being aggressive knocking down shots. We complemented each other when we’re doing that. He’s shooting the outside jumper well, and I’m getting to the paint.” As a result, Walton outlined some plans on a starting lineup that became a guessing game last week between Russell, Young and David Nwaba, whose second 10-day contract expires on Monday. “We’ll continue to try to that lineup going forward,” Walton said, “and see if we can make that chemistry between the two a normal thing.” Russell had frequently downplayed the importance of starting, while highlighting the significance in finishing games. Russell added on Sunday, “I trust the coaching staff.” But when informed of Walton’s decision to start Russell and Clarkson moving forward, Russell’s eyes perked up. “That’s dope, honestly,” Russell said. “Hopefully we can get some experience together and figure it out.” Through fluctuating performances and lineup switches, though, one more important variable could dictate whether the Lakers benefit with the new role Russell and Clarkson will have. “When you play hard, everything can happen,” Zubac said. “If we compete like that, we can play with anybody. If we compete, it doesn’t matter who plays point guard and who plays shooting guard. You just have to compete and play hard.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The shots seemingly fell into the basket anytime D’Angelo Russell released the ball. When he handled the ball, he often hit the intended target to produce positive results.When crunch time happened, though, some of those qualities vanished.The Lakers’ 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Staples Center featured Russell posting a career-high 40 points, while shooting 14-of-22 from the field and 7-of-12 from 3-point range while logging six assists and only one turnover in his second-career start at shooting guard. But it also entailed Russell and others making some costly gaffes to secure the Lakers (20-49) a five-game losing streak.In a game that featured six lead changes and five ties, the Lakers could not hold onto a 106-104 lead in the final 4:31 amid fouls and missed shots. First, Lakers forward Julius Randle fouled Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, who made two free throws to tie the game at 106-106. After Russell was called for a double dribble, Irving made a 3-pointer for the 109-106 edge at the 4:09 mark.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter Jordan Clarkson missed a go-ahead 3-pointer, Russell missed a pair of foul shots on the next possession. Though Russell redeemed himself for an assist to rookie forward Brandon Ingram to cut the lead to 113-108 with 3:13 left, LeBron James charged toward a dunk and caused Randle to foul again.“We might not have come up with the winning plays at the end,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “But against a team as good as Cleveland, I was really happy for most of the game.”That’s because the game featured mostly positive developments with Russell’s new role.After coming off the bench the previous three games so Walton could evaluate Clarkson at point guard in a traditional lineup, Russell played with Clarkson in a role both players recently advocated for in the past week.While Clarkson was not as efficient with 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting and six assists, his ball-handling duties freed Russell up to move off-the-ball instead of worrying about setting up teammates. As a result, Russell posted his highest scoring game since posting 39 points against Brooklyn on March 1, 2016 while shooting 14-of-21 shooting and 8-of-12 from 3-point range and six rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.last_img read more