LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day

first_imgThe Ball family was thrust into a media spotlight thanks to the brothers’ outspoken father, Lavar. Lonzo Ball played just one year at UCLA, where the Bruins finished 31-5 and lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. LiAngelo follows this season. Lavar Ball has pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of high school and has said he’s home-schooling him.Ball is one of seven freshmen joining the Bruins but clearly is the most heralded because of the name on the back of his jersey.“I think he has a pretty good head on (his shoulders),” junior Aaron Holiday said. “Obviously, coming in being one of the Ball brothers and his dad, there’s a lot going on with him so he’s handled himself pretty well, and I think he’s good with that.”He’s proven to be a reliable shooter in his young career and once had 72 points in a high school basketball game.“He can shoot it, and we’re going to need it,” Alford said. “He’s lost weight. He’s in much better shape. I like the strength he adds. He gives us a different look when you’ve got maybe speed and athleticism in different areas of our backcourt. Gelo brings a whole different look of someone who is 230-235 pounds. You don’t see a lot of guards with that kind of body, so we can post him. He can extend the floor to the NBA 3 with ease. He’s like a lot of freshmen right now. As he learns defensively what needs to take place, he’s going to be a very valuable piece.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LiAngelo Ball, left, and father LaVar Ball, right, after scoring 20 points in their 114-77 win over Long Beach State at an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. The UCLA Bruins open preparations for a new season with another Ball brother in the lineup. With Lonzo Ball off to the Lakers after one season, his middle brother LiAngelo takes up residence in Westwood. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)LOS ANGELES — There’s a new Ball on the court at UCLA.Cameras and cellphones captured the moment Wednesday as LiAngelo Ball walked toward the center of the court at Pauley Pavilion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? 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I’m excited to see what he has to bring. All the freshmen have their own flavor and style in the game. Seeing how they all work into the new system will be interesting.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger brother of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was making a debut of sorts at UCLA media day. The freshman was not made available to the media but he was there for pictures and practice.Freshman Chris Smith noticed the hoopla as he walked alongside his teammate and said, with a hand over his eyes: “There’s a Ball brother here?” and jokingly looked around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall is sure to be under a microscope and face expectations unlike those faced by most college basketball players.“It’s hard. Obviously, Lonzo sets a very high bar,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I will say knowing the family like I know, they’re all made that way. They’re all made in a championship pedigree. Gelo (pronounced Jello) is not going to be any different than that. He’ll figure out his role as he gets into this thing. I know he’ll fight and compete and extend his role as much as he possibly can because he’s got that championship DNA that I think all of them have.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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No plans to retire from ODIs, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgHe might be skipping ODIs with regularity but Sachin Tendulkar says he does not plan to quit the format altogether just yet and will continue as long as he enjoys the game.Sachin’s 100 tons in picturesTendulkar, who has played just two ODI series after the World Cup last year, most recently opted out of the tour of Sri Lanka later this month, fuelling speculation about his future in the format.But the 39-year-old star batsman insisted that he rarely gets affected by what is speculated about him.”It’s not what XYZ think, it’s what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I’ll continue (playing ODIs),” he told a news channel.”I felt I shouldn’t be part of the Twenty20 squad in 2007 and I had been asked (to stay on) but I felt I should not be part of Twenty 20 squad because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket may be I would take that decision,” he said.Tendulkar said he decided to opt out of Sri Lanka tour as he wanted to spend time with his children.”I just wanted to spend time with my family, as simple as that. I spoke to the BCCI and requested them. To be able to spend time with my children is also important.”Because once we go back they will go to their schools then you won’t get quality time which any family man expects from his family and that is something which will keep me going for next 10 months,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoRiver Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say River Plate midfielder Palacios eager to delay Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRiver Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios is eager to delay his move to Real Madrid.Having just won the Copa Libertadores in fine style, the youngster is in no rush to move to Europe.”My idea is to stay at River a little longer, enjoy this moment and take advantage of everything that comes along,” he said.”I’m very happy and enjoying where I am.”Leaving aside what was just achieved, we always need to compete for more here.” last_img read more

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10 months agoTalking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazy

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday. last_img read more

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24 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramos

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane insists he can’t afford to rest Ramosby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he can’t afford to rest Sergio Ramos.Real meet Club Brugge in the Champions League tonight.Zidane said of his captain: “It’s not that I don’t have a replacement because I can play others there, but Sergio is Sergio. He’s our leader, our captain. I can’t imagine him not here. It’s true that from time to time he needs to rest but not now.”On Karim Benzema, he added: “The Champions League is a very special competition for him and for everyone. When we see the trophy room, we know that we are the team with the most European Cups. We know Karim’s quality. What I like most about him is that he is a different player. I see a responsible, more mature player and that makes a difference.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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The Latest Sears creditors challenge ESLs winning bid

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Sears bankruptcy auction (all times local):5 p.m.A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to sue the billionaire and his hedge fund.That’s according to a court filing Thursday in which the creditors contend that Lampert has painted himself as the saviour of the company, but has instead made a series of moves over the years that have benefited himself and his hedge fund ESL.Sears confirmed early Thursday that ESL had won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of the company’s assets, staving off a liquidation of the iconic brand.The move would preserve 45,000 jobs, but it is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 1.ESL says in a statement that all transactions were done in good faith and were also approved by the company’s board, including independent directors.A spokesman for Sears Holding Corp. declined to comment.___12:20 p.m.Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019 High on Ice Event Schedule

first_img All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation High on Ice – Schedule – Sunday Check out the opening ceremony below.  The full schedule starts under this video.[brid video=”382087″ player=”15803″ title=”Fort St. John High on Ice kickoff 2019″] High on Ice Schedule – Friday Feb 15 High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday High on Ice – Schedule – Monday FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – High on Ice Winter Festival starts Friday and runs through to the holiday Monday.  Find out when each event is below in our High on Ice Schedule.Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says set up is going great as crews have been working in Centennial Park for the past week, setting up for the Festival.“It’s great. We’ve had crews in there, they’ve started about five days ago. So our carvers carved the big (ice blocks), we call them the commission pieces; they carve them in advance so that they are ready for viewing.” All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» 4 pmOPENING NIGHT IN CENTENNIAL PARK Professional Single Block Ice Carving (until 6pm)MNP Ice Slides – OPENBonfireFree 8oz. hot chocolate and candy bar until 7:30 pm– Brought to you by The Canadian GrindCentennial Park– park at the North Peace Leisure Pool 5 pmLive Music – Pizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing  (19+)                                                                                         Centennial Park Tents 6:30 pmOpening Ceremonies: Mayor Ackerman’s remarks, carving team introductions, single block light-up, dance performances and Fire & Glow ShowCentennial Park – at the Welcome Wall ice carving 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 6 pmCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink 7 pm“Laugh your ice off” Comedy Show – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre 7:30 pmBrendan McLeod – Brain & Other Stories – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Cultural Centrelast_img read more

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Province to make expansions to highspeed internet for residents living in Rural

first_img“Regional Districts have been asking for this. It’s one more way we are delivering results that empower communities, bringing more people online to be involved in, and benefit from, today’s digital economy. The changes build on the significant investments our Government has already made to connect people and communities by increasing their access to high-speed internet service.”Updates to the Local Government Act respond to needs identified by local governments through resolutions endorsed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.For more information, you can visit Northerndevelopment.bc.ca. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is making expansions to high-speed internet for residents living in Rural B.C. by investing $50 million.According to the Government, improved connectivity due to updates to the Local Government Act will provide more options for people living in rural and remote areas to connect online.Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, says these changes will give Regional Districts an additional tool to help expand high-speed internet to under-served areas.last_img read more

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Patralekhaa makes me proud

first_imgMumbai: National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao has praised his girlfriend and actor Patralekhaa. He says the Citylight actor makes him proud. Rajkummar recently shared a poster of Patralekhaa’s next film titled Badnaam Gali along with a poster of his forthcoming film Mental Hai Kya. In the image, Patralekhaa can be seen with a blooming baby bump and actor Divyendu Sharma in a shocked expression. Cheering for the actor, Rajkummar captioned: “It doesn’t happen quite often that both our posters come out on the same day. You wonder girl Patralekhaa. You make me proud.” The Zee 5 original film Badnaam Gali is all set to release on May 10, 2019. Rajkummar starrer Mental Hai Kya, however, has been postponed to June for release. Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, it will release on June 21. The couple, who was first seen in Citylights in 2012, have been dating since then.last_img read more

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