NBA: LeBron says winning is everything as Cavs eye Stephenson

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers stands over LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 30, 2014 in Miami, Florida. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland star LeBron James, who has been urging Cavaliers management to add some talent, said Wednesday he’d have no problem if they fill a roster spot with forward Lance Stephenson, despite their on-court history.Stephenson once tried to rattle James by blowing in his ear during a playoff game between James’ former team, the Miami Heat, and the Indiana Pacers in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT James played four seasons in Miami with Chalmers as the Heat’s primary starting point guard.Stephenson was on the Pacers teams that the Heat faced in the playoffs for three consecutive postseasons from 2012 to 2014.Stephenson averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in six games this season before needing groin surgery. He was cut by the Pelicans in November.The Cavaliers have a vacant roster spot and could create another by releasing Center Chris Andersen, who has a season-ending knee injury.James, who had not suffered a losing month in an NBA season since 2006, has called upon owner Dan Gilbert to add a veteran playmaker to the roster, preferably as a reserve to star point guard Kyrie Irving. CBBADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town But James said that if Stephenson can help the Cavaliers retain their NBA title, he’d be all for his arrival.“I just want to win, man,” James said after the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers’ home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCleveland was set to work out several free agent players on Wednesday afternoon, including guards Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar, and Stephenson.“I’ve got a history with all those guys except Jordan,” James said. “I’ve got a history with Lance too, obviously. I’ve got a history versus Kirk. I played him in a lot of playoff series. And I’ve got a history with Rio (Chalmers). … At the end of the day, Rio is recovering from his Achilles tear. I hope he’s been doing everything he needs to do just to get back on the floor. He loves to play the game.” Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos AMA eyes rebound vs Tanduay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Alyssa tipped to spearhead nat’l team

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe national women’s team final lineup for the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors will be bared this Wednesday, according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the list of 12 regular members and two reserve players was completed during their meeting with players and coaches on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Australia training awaits 10 junior netters China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentscenter_img MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ In the same meeting, Cayco said superstar Alyssa Valdez showed up at the national team headquarters inside Arellano University.“I even joked with Alyssa that this is the only time I’m pleased her team didn’t make the finals,” said Cayco, referring to Creamline’s ouster from the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundValdez is expected to make the team, along with Mika Reyes, Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jaja Santiago, Denden Lazaro, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Ces Molina and Maika Ortiz. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Several students stung by bees during school tour

first_imgEight students attached to the Academy of Excellence at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara were treated at the Leonora Cottage Hospital after they were stung by a swarm of bees during a school tour at Hague Settlement Farm on Friday. The ages of the children are between 6 and 11.Based on reports received, a total of 400 children travelled with their teachers and several parents to the Hague Farm owned by Ganga Persaud as part of a school tour.Whilst at the farm, the children were put into groups and instructed not to pass certain boundaries and not to pick fruits from particular trees, since the fruits wereAcademy of Excellencetreated.However, shortly after, several bees were observed flying around, and before Persaud could have alerted the students, he heard screams followed by children running out of the farm. The children were taken to safer grounds by the teachers and parents. However, as a precaution, those who were stung were taken to the hospital, where they were examined, treated and sent away.At the farm on Friday, Persaud told the Guyana Time that while he was surprisedThe section of the farmat the large number of children who had come to visit his farm, which comprises various fruit trees, he had still accommodated them.“What I tried to do [before] was to put demarcation points that they should not go beyond; that wouldn’t be safe for them…It’s not dangerous, but they’re students. If they should venture and climb a tree and nobody sees them and those things,” Persaud explained.He recalled that while explaining to a group of children about the history of the farm, he had spotted the bees flying around, and soon after, he heard screams coming from the children. Several of the children were stung, as well as teachersFarmer Ganga Persaud, aka Bobbyand parents.Speaking with <>, Principal of the Academy of Excellence, Latchmin Gopaul, explained that the eight children who had been stung were accompanied to the hospital by a teacher, and their parents were contacted.“Unfortunately, we didn’t know the farm had bees. So with the big commotion, with the noise and whatever, apparently the bees were aggravated and they started to come out,” she added.Meanwhile, several parents lambasted the principal for her decision to take the children to the farm, highlighting that it was a reckless move. Many of them opted not to cast blame, especially since it was later reported to teachers by some other students that two mischievous pupils had tossed rocks at the bees’ hive at the farm, causing the bee attack.The Leonora Police Station received reports of the incident from parents of some of the children, and the site was reportedly inspected and deemed safe.last_img read more

City’s knockout stage hopes rocked by Napoli

first_img0Shares0000NAPLES, Italy November 23 – Napoli stunned Manchester City 2-1 at the San Paolo stadium here on Tuesday to leave the English Premier League leaders’ Champions League hopes in the balance.Napoli now lead City by a point heading into the final Group A games in two weeks time in which the Italians will travel to pointless Villarreal while the English team will host already qualified group winners Bayern Munich. Edinson Cavani scored a brace for the hosts either side of a Mario Balotelli tap-in.“We’ll enjoy this wonderful moment, we always knew, right from the first day, that we could do it,” said the match-winner.“We always prepare to give the maximum and today we gave our all.”City coach Roberto Mancini was disappointed with his team’s defending.“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game, but we did concede two stupid goals,” he said.“We knew Cavani would be on the near post for the first goal, and we didn’t mark him for the second.“After our equaliser we had two chances to go 2-1 up so it was strange that we conceded.“This is the Champions League, never say never.”City bossed the early stages as Pablo Zabaleta crossed from the right but Edin Dzeko was over ambitious and the chance went begging.Yaya Toure, Balotelli and Dzeko all tried their luck from distance but didn’t hit the target.Napoli had clearly set their stall out to counter and on one such raid Ezequiel Lavezzi skipped around Nigel De Jong and crossed for the unmarked Marek Hamsik, who played despite his pregnant wife having been car-jacked at gun-point in the morning, but his header went straight at Joe Hart.Lavezzi played a quick one-two with Cavani but ‘Pocho’ then shot powerfully wide.Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler tried his luck from long-range but Hart tipped it over.Lavezzi’s corner on 17 minutes was flicked on by Cavani and then came off both Aleksandar Kolarov and Hart’s knee before sneaking in at the near post for a soft goal.The San Paolo was rocking and Cavani fired just wide on another swift counter.City kept their nerve and continued to dominate possession with David Silva and Balotelli both shooting into Morgan De Sanctis’s arms.The equaliser came on 33 minutes after some shoddy defending. Salvatore Aronica’s poor clearance from Kolarov’s cross went straight to Silva and although De Sanctis pushed out his cross-shot, Balotelli was in the right place to tap home.Cavani had a whack from distance that went well over before Kolarov capped a slick City move with a shot that De Sanctis smothered.Napoli needed only four minutes to go back in front after the break as Andrea Dossena got down the left and picked out Cavani to shoot home under Hart and this time there were no doubts it was his.The hosts had their tails up and Joleon Lescott had to hack a Hamsik shot off the line.Napoli were content to sit back and hit City on the counter and they almost scored a third when Vincent Kompany’s slip let in Lavezzi but Hart stood tall to block his shot.And the hosts went even closer after a mistake by Kolarov let in Hamsik but although his shot beat Hart, it came back off the post and City survived, just, again.Chances were coming thick and fast, Toure put Balotelli in behind the Napoli defence but De Sanctis saved his shot and Christian Maggio went through one-on-one with Hart who stood up bravely to block.A brilliant move between Silva and substitute Samir Nasri then teed up Balotelli, who headed over.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FDA bans five types of fish raised on farms in China

first_imgIn the latest move against Chinese imports, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday effectively blocked the sale of five types of farm-raised seafood from China because of repeated instances of contamination from unapproved animal drugs and food additives. The FDA said it decided to take the action after years of warnings and even a visit to Chinese fish ponds resulted in no signs of improvement. But Dr. David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection, stressed that the seafood posed no immediate health threat, though long-term consumption could result in health problems. “There’s been a continued pattern of violation with no signs of abatement,” Acheson said. The announcement about seafood comes after a string of reports in recent months about Chinese imports that have failed to meet American health and safety standards: pet food ingredients, toothpaste, toy trains, and tires. The seafood announcement, however, may have the broadest impact on China, the world’s biggest producer of farm-raised fish. The country is also the biggest foreign supplier of seafood to the United States, accounting for 22 percent of the total imports. The fish named in the FDA’s “import alert” are shrimp; catfish; eel; basa, which are similar to catfish; and dace, similar to carp. Some of the contaminants cited have been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals, while others may increase antibiotic resistance. Under the import alert, the seafood can be sold in the United States only if importers provide independent testing that shows the seafood does not contain the contaminants. Officials at the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not return repeated messages seeking comment. The announcement fueled concerns about both the integrity of Chinese products and the effectiveness of the U.S. system for identifying contaminated food. “The list continues to grow of Chinese imports that are dangerous to American consumers,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill. “There reaches a point where I think it’s clear, if China wants to live in the 21st century, then they have to produce to those standards.” After the FDA announcement, Durbin and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., called on federal officials to establish a food safety agreement with China. DeLauro, a frequent critic of the FDA’s oversight of food safety, also questioned why the agency waited for so long to impose an import alert. The banned substances, primarily anti-fungals and anti-bacterials, have been used by some Chinese farmers to prevent disease among their seafood. Because they are often crowded into ponds, farmed fish and shrimp can become sick as the quality of the water becomes polluted by waste and feed. 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

It’s a ‘dream come true’ – Tottenham starlet hails Premier League debut

first_img Josh Onomah Tottenham starlet Josh Onomah has described making his Premier League debut as a “dream come true”.The 18-year-old midfielder made his top-flight bow in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday, coming on as a late substitute for Deli Alli.Onomah paid tribute to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino for putting his faith in him and expressed his desire to taste further Premier League action this season.“I’m absolutely delighted the head coach trusted me to come on at 2-1 when the game could have gone either way,” he said.“In that situation you have to be ready, so I’m buzzing I got a chance and I thank the gaffer for giving me that.“When I came on we were under the cosh a bit, Villa had had a few chances, but I wanted to make a positive impact and I was really happy when we scored the third goal.“I had a couple of openings too, a little cross and a shot which unfortunately I didn’t quite connect with properly. I wanted to give a bit of energy to the game.“It’s a dream come true to make my first Premier League appearance and hopefully it’s the first of many.” 1last_img read more

Golden Valley players transfer

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The team’s MVP, Aaron Olivas (offensive line/defensive line), transferred to Hart High. The transfers became known Monday, the first day of the spring semester. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Golden Valley, a 2-year-old campus, won’t have seniors until the next school year. The team played a freelance schedule this past season, finishing 2-8, including seven losses by 31 or more points. Canyon (13-1) won the Southern Section Div. II championship game, beating Hart. “It’s really disappointing,” Swartz said. “I’m not sure why the kids are transferring. I talked to (Spagnola) after I heard he wanted to leave, and he said he was looking to change schools because he wasn’t being successful. He played just about every snap for us, and it’s going to be hard to replace someone like that. He’s a good kid. I’m sorry to see him leave.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com center_img SANTA CLARITA – Four top players from Golden Valley High’s fledgling football team – which will join the highly competitive Foothill League this fall – have left to join powerhouse programs at other local schools. Golden Valley head football coach Rob Swartz said key tight end/defensive lineman Mike Spagnola enrolled at Canyon High School along with fellow starters Chad Adams, a running back/linebacker, and Julian Murillo, an offensive lineman. last_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Barcelona could hijack Southampton’s Martin Caceres deal

first_img Free agent Martin Caceres is wanted by Barcelona and Southampton Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed he may be forced to make a defensive signing, amid reports linking him with a move for Southampton target Martin Caceres.Enrique is in need of back-up following a horrific ankle injury to Aleix Vidal, which is set to keep him out for the next five months.However, with the transfer window shut, Barca’s options are limited and they are now scouring the free agent list for potential recruits.Caceres, 29, has been without a club since leaving Juventus in the summer and had been linked with a move to Southampton, who still looking for a replacement for departed captain Jose Fonte.But, according to reports in Spain, Caceres has emerged as an option for Barca, and Enrique has confirmed the club is currently considering the possibility of a new signing.Speaking at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-German, he said: “Whenever a player’s out and while the rules allow us to bring in a new player, it’s an option we will look at taking.“Aleix is a player we will miss considerably, so signing a player is something we are considering and if there’s an option which convinces us we may well go for it.” 1last_img read more

Scotland team news: Predicted XI for World Cup qualifier against Malta

first_img 11 11 11 11 Charlie Mulgrew (centre-back) James Forrest (right-wing) Christophe Berra (centre-back) Stuart Armstrong (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 Scott Brown (centre-midfield) Andrew Robertson (left-back) James McArthur (centre-midfield) Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to view the predicted Scotland XI Matt Phillips (left-wing) Kieran Tierney (right-back) 11 11 11 Scotland are preparing for another important World Cup qualifier against Malta on Monday evening at Hampden Park.Gordon Strachan’s side need to win all their remaining games if they are to have any realistic chance of getting to the 2018 tournament in Russia after a disappointing start to the campaign.On Friday the Scots got the job done impressively as they ran out 3-0 winners over Lithuania and they currently sit third in Group F with 11 points – four points behind second placed Slovakia.The Slovaks face England at the same time as the Scots face Malta so what team will Strachan put out as they look to secure maximum points?Scroll through the gallery above to see talkSPORT’s predicted Scotland XI. Leigh Griffiths (striker)last_img read more

Council rehires ex-city attorney’s firm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, who voted against the rehiring, argued that the city will end up paying Best Best & Krieger up to $22,500 to complete work that Pringle should be able to complete. That amount is on top of Pringle’s monthly retainer of $4,500, she said. “That’s a lot of extra money, and we’re talking about double billing,” Vasquez said. City Administrator Richard Torres said it is customary to retain an attorney during a change to help transition the new attorney into ongoing projects. However, councils usually do not terminate a law firm outright before hiring a new one, he added. But Councilman Bill Molinari, who also voted no with Vasquez, accused Mayor Bob Bagwell and council members Norma Lopez-Reid and Jeff Siccama of backtracking in an attempt to smooth over Pringle’s lack of qualifications. Council members also were set to vote Wednesday on hiring yet another law firm – this one to oversee the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. But a vote on that matter was postponed. Best Best & Krieger had provided legal services for both the Redevelopment Agency and the City Council. MONTEBELLO – After firing the city attorney without notice last month, the Montebello City Council is rehiring the attorney’s law firm, a move officials said is needed in order to complete several pending projects. Last month, council members terminated the city’s contract with Best, Best & Krieger, the firm for which former Montebello City Attorney Marco Martinez worked. The council then hired John Pringle as interim city attorney. But after meeting this week, council members decided Pringle’s area of expertise is primarily bankruptcy law, while Best, Best & Krieger already had been working on several major projects for the city. The members, voting 3-2, opted to rehire the firm to provide specific “specialized services.” Council members were split on whether rehiring the firm was prudent, given the city’s budget constraints. “Now they want to bring BBK back because all the projects are at a standstill since Pringle doesn’t have the expertise,” Molinari said. “\ is so fragmented right now. We have attorneys popping up like mushrooms after a rain.” Bagwell and Lopez-Reid acknowledged the city will likely end up paying more for legal services during the transition period. But they expressed confidence in Pringle’s abilities. “John Pringle is a very bright man and he, in my view, can handle pretty much anything,” Lopez-Reid said. “All of us have areas of expertise, but when asked to handle things outside of our areas, with due diligence, can do the job.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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