Kawhi Leonard ‘like Maximus coming back as the gladiator’ in triumphant Raptors return

first_imgTRADE RUMORS: Which teams could target Kevin Love?Leonard went on to score 23 points, adding six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers won, 112-92, to move to 19-7, while the defending champion Raptors dropped to 16-8.Rivers praised the Raptors for how they received Leonard and was certain the often-reserved NBA Finals MVP had been touched by the occasion.”It’s like Maximus coming back as the gladiator,” Rivers said just before tipoff. “He was the champion and just did everything honorably and the right way. I was joking earlier that would be a great intro.”After the victory, Rivers added: “Some players just don’t let you in. But I can tell you that ovation, to him, was very heartfelt. There’s no doubt about that. It meant a lot to him.”I thought what the Raptors did overall — the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him — that’s the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league. That’s a really classy move by the organization and then by the fans as well.”The Klaw x The North pic.twitter.com/aZzzwl8g46— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019Kyle Lowry presented Leonard’s ring and the two players shared a moment admiring the memento that contains over 640 diamonds.”I was joking with him and just showing him that the ring was nice and like it was shining too bright — we were laughing,” Leonard said, according to ESPN. “Memories probably just ran through our heads. As far as winning a championship, it pretty much has come full circle now, being able to get the ring and see where the hard work came from.”But it’s more than that. It’s just a journey. For me, as far as playing for the city, the chapter coming closed once I came over with the Clippers, but I still love the city. Those guys on the team, the players, the coaching staff, I still have love for them and wish them the best.” Asked about the video tribute and fans’ reaction when he received his ring, Leonard said: “It was great, it was a great moment. They did a great job putting it together, having all the players out there that won with me, standing there and presenting the ring. It just kind of puts you back in those spots when you were on the floor, or the locker room talk going into the game, and after the game watching those highlights.”It was a special season for us, for me and for the whole city and country. I’m just glad we were able to win. It was a blessing.”The Clippers lost Patrick Beverley to a concussion, while Pascal Siakam had a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, who have now lost four of their last five games.Title teammates foreverKawhi x Kyle in #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/zxDfvqUge3— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019 Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was described as “Maximus coming back as the gladiator” by coach Doc Rivers as he made a triumphant return to Toronto on Wednesday.Leonard received his championship ring in his first game back in Toronto since opting to join the Clippers in free agency after he had inspired the Canadian franchise to its first NBA title. The Raptors welcomed him back with a tribute video, and he was greeted by former teammates and coaches in the center of the court, receiving a positive reception from the home crowd.last_img read more

NSL grand finals scores nil all at halftime

first_imgDespite many attempts from Dwellers to score, the Hekari FC goalkeeper  has kept a  tight lid at the goal mouth with numerous saves to keep the Dwellers out at the Sir John Guise Stadium.Dwellers veteran Raymond Gunemba and striker Nigel Dabinyaba combined to shift balls upfront which pushed the tide up but failed to score as Hekari held the side off with a strong backline.However, Hekari FC winger Tommy Semmy who played an outstanding game last weekend with a hattrick of goals could not break the deadlock to keep the scores tied at halftime at 0-0.last_img read more

NCAA: San Beda vents ire on St. Benilde

first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (1-2) with 10 points and five rebounds, while Kendrix Belgica and JJ Domingo both scored eight markers in the loss.The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 12, Bolick 9, Soberano 9, Tongco 8, Potts 7, Noah 6, Doliguez 6, Carino 6, Presbitero 4, Bahio 4, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0.ST. BENILDE 52 – Leutcheu 10, Belgica 8, Domingo 8, Pili 7, Dixon 6, Sta. Maria 6, Naboa 4, Young 3, San Juan 0, Castor 0, Bunyi 0, Johnson 0, Suarez 0.Quarters: 16-15, 37-24, 62-44, 76-52.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s really their character that led them to bounce back,” lamented coach Boyet Fernandez. “Probably with the loss (to Lyceum), it showed that our players aren’t really matured in that game.”Javee Mocon led San Beda with 12 markers, eight boards, and five dimes to anchor the balanced attack for his squad, while AC Soberano pumped nine points on a 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Engaged in a tight contest early, San Beda pulled away from a 21-all deadlock with a scathing 16-3 blast to grab a 37-24 halftime edge before erecting a lead as high as 29, 76-47, with a Clint Doliguez basket with 2:00 remaining.“We started really flat in the first quarter. The guys were really excited, but we needed move on from that loss,” said Fernandez. “We had a bad start, but our defense led us back in the second quarter and we finished strong.” 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 Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda took out its frustrations on St. Benilde en route to a 76-52 rout to bounce back in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Losing to Lyceum, 96-91, last Friday, the Red Lions roared to their second victory in three outings in convincing fashion, with Robert Bolick doing it all with his nine points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View commentslast_img read more

New look Tusker lose to KCCA in friendly

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC’s Jackson Macharia tackles KCCA’s Steven Sserwadda. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22- With two weeks left before the 2018 season of the Kenyan Premier League kicks off, new Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe was handed a reality check by Ugandan Premier League champions Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) in a 1-0 friendly loss on Monday afternoon.Steven Serwadda struck the lone goal in the 23rd minute of the tie to hand KCCA the win, a reprieve after they lost 4-2 to Kenyan champions Gor Mahia on Saturday in Nakuru. In the starting 11, Timbe fielded only five players who featured for the club last season with new boys Robert Achema, Eric Ambunya, Justine Omary, Apollo Otieno and Mathew Odongo all starting.Ambunya started out on the left side of defense with Omary partnering Eugene Asike in defense. Achema started off as the second striker while Odongo plied one of the wings.The visitors started on the front foot with Isaac Kirabira asking the first questions, trying to catch keeper Duncan Ochieng off guard with a dipping shot from distance, but the effort went over.Tusker’s first opportunity of the game came in the 19th minute when Boniface Muchiri cut to his favorite right foot from the left wing, but his shot was well collected by KCCA keeper Tom Ikara.KCCA who fielded a weakened side with most of their first team regulars away with the Uganda Cranes in the African nations Championship (CHAN) were enterprising and seemed hungrier with Allan Okello and Serwadda doing most of the work in attack.Tusker FC defender Eugine Asike tussle with KCCA players. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe early pressure paid off in the 23rd minute when Serwadda tapped home from close range after KCCA turned over possession with Okello breaking off on the right before cutting back a cross inside the box.Serwadda almost doubled his and the team’s tally 10 minutes later when he capitalized on a defensive lapse from the brewers but his shot from the edge of the six yard box went agonizingly wide.Timbe was forced into a sub with 15 minutes left on the clock, pulling out Achema who had struggled to click into the team and he brought on another new face, Edwin Lavatsa.The lanky former Gor Mahia forward almost announced himself in style when he glanced in a header from Muchiri’s cross, but the effort went wide.In the second half, Timbe started off by pulling out Timothy Otieno for Mike Khamati while another new boy Peter Nzuki was introduced for Mathew Odongo. These were changes aimed at bettering the attack.However, the second half had few chances in between with Muchiri attempting another effort with a shot from the left after drifting into a good shooting position, but the effort went wide.Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe issuing instructions to his team during their friendly match against KCCA. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKCCA’s teenage prodigy Okello caused some jitters in the 68th minute when he took on a daunting run from the right and drifted into the box, but his eventual shot was blocked for a corner by keeper Duncan Ochieng.Tusker piled pressure in the final minutes of the match, but their efforts to get an equalizer went up in smoke.KCCA will now play AFC Leopards on Wednesday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before completing their Kenyan tour with a tie against Sofapaka on Friday at the Narok Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Klopp happy to learn from New Zealand rugby league team

first_imgKlopp, who spoke to New Zealand coach Michael Maguire, was presented with a Kiwi jersey by prop Jesse Bromwich and looked on as the tourists performed the Haka in the canteen.“It was great,” Klopp said. “They are a bunch of real sports guys, I think it’s the third time now that we’ve had the opportunity to host them.“It’s really cool. They had a good session, I hope. They are always welcome.”The German added: “We’re a very open-minded club, we’re open to learn from different sports.“I’m interested in it actually. Obviously the sport is quite different but it’s still interesting to talk and have a chat. I enjoyed it a lot.”New Zealand utility player Gerard Beale, among the 2015 and 2016 Kiwi team that visited Melwood, said: “Each time it’s special.“It’s a privilege to be able to come into Liverpool’s home and share their facilities. To mix and mingle and rub shoulders with some of the players was really special.“They are famous, with people like Mo Salah but the biggest thing was seeing how genuine and approachable they are.“It’s cool that we could share the Haka with them and we put in a good session so morale is definitely up there.”England beat New Zealand 18-16 in the first Test of a three-match series at Hull on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp says its ‘cool’ to hang out with the New Zealand rugby league team © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Wednesday he had enjoyed a “cool” time with the touring New Zealand rugby league team.The Kiwis visited the Premier League football giants Melwood training ground ahead of their second Test against England at Liverpool’s Anfield ground on Sunday.last_img read more

Everton line-up v Young Boys: winger to make rare start?

first_img 1 1 Everton travel to Switzerland on Thursday evening to play Young Boys in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, live on talkSPORT, from 6pm. Everton travel to Switzerland on Thursday evening to play Young Boys in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, live on talkSPORT, from 6pm.The Toffees, who topped their qualifying group in the competition, travelled without eight players, including Leighton Baines and Aiden McGeady.Arouna Kone, Steven Pienaar, and Leon Osman played for the club’s under-21s on Monday as they work back to full fitness, but Tony Hibbert and Sylvain Distin are out.Transfer deadline day loan signing Aaron Lennon is cup-tied after playing for Tottenham earlier in the competition, but on-loan Chelsea winger Christian Atsu could feature after starring for Ghana as they reached the African Cup of Nations final.Possible Everton line-up against Young Boys: GoalkeeperTim Howard returned between the sticks for the Toffees’ visit to Chelsea last week and the American performed well in his first game back since December.DefenceEverton’s defensive record has been their Achilles heel this season, but with three clean sheets in their last four games, confidence will be high.Bryan Oviedo will continue in place for the injured Baines, while Seamus Coleman will look to supply the service for Romelu Lukaku down the right.MidfieldJames McCarthy came on at half-time at Stamford Bridge last week, but with Roberto Martinez wary of the midfielder’s fitness following a month-long absence with a hamstring injury, he could start from the bench again.Ross Barkley should start and the pressure is on the young Englishman to perform, after failing to hit the heights of last season.Atsu will be raring to go after impressive displays at the Africa Cup of Nations, but the Ghanaian may have settle for a place on the bench.AttackLukaku will spearhead the Everton attack and the Belgian will be determined to silence his critics and justify his £28m price-tag.Everton fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Young Boys? Comment below…last_img read more

DONEGAL IS ‘BUZZING’ WITH BREEDING SUCCESS OF MAGNIFICENT BIRD

first_imgONE of Ireland’s most stunning birds of prey has officially made a comeback and Donegal is their favourite place to live.In the 1970s birdwatchers across Ireland only rarely caught a glimpse of a magnificent buzzard.But Birdwatch Ireland has revealed that hundreds of the birds are now flying over the country with Donegal leading the way. Dick Coombes, Countryside Bird Survey Co-Ordinator, said that education on poisoning is a key factor in the rise in numbers of the birds across Ireland.“When I was a young boy in the 1970s we would travel to Northern Ireland to see the buzzards there because there were 10 or 12 pairs of them.“But now they have taken hold here and Donegal is a very strong place for them.“You can see them in many parts of Ireland and their growth in numbers is a real success story. “They are very strong across the Northern half of the country but they are now spreading as far as Cork.“We’re not completely sure why the population has grown so much in recent years but we feel education on poisoning is certainly a factor,” he said.The beautiful birds, which can live up to 25 years old, are often mistaken in Donegal for the Golden Eagle and have a wingspan of up to 4.5 feet long.They live on a range of prey including rats, crows, frogs and earthworms and can be often seen on telegraph poles waiting to pounce on their next meal.They nest mostly in high conifer trees or sometimes on rock faces and are very distinctive in the spring and summer with their distinctive ‘mewing’ sound. Mr Coombes said the buzzard is a breeding success story but warned that some people still see them as a threat.“During lambing season they can often be seen as a pest when they feed on lambs which have been natural stillborn.“They will prey on anything like that which is left to rot in a field and sometimes people think they have killed the lambs.“Because of that some farmers still consider them a threat so the issue of poisoning is still there. Only last week we had two buzzards brought in dead and we suspect they were poisoned,” he said. EndsDONEGAL IS ‘BUZZING’ WITH BREEDING SUCCESS OF MAGNIFICENT BIRD was last modified: March 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mama Mia Pizza owner fatally stabbed in Stevenson Ranch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEVENSON RANCH The owner of a local pizzeria was fatally stabbed early today as he prepared to open his restaurant, officials said. The 72-year-old victim was attacked about 8:30 a.m. behind Mama Mia Pizza, in the 25700 block of The Old Road, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Smith said. “It could’ve been an informal argument or a disturbance that happened two days ago,” he said. “Right now, we don’t know. There are to many variables at this point and it would be pure speculation.” Authorities were looking for a 25- to 30-year-old man, about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, who was seen fleeing the scene in a metallic-gray Dodge Magnum.last_img read more

MacGeoch Named MVC Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

first_imgMacGeoch and the rest of the Bulldogs are set to host Nebraska on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version MacGeoch, a junior from Edinburgh, Scotland, helped lead the Bulldogs to a consolation championship at the San Diego Spring Break Tournament and went a combined 5-1 for the week. He cruised past San Diego’s Joshua Page 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3. MacGeoch extended his winning streak to four matches with a hard fought 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory at No. 2 singles to secure the 4-3 win for the Bulldogs over Arizona. In doubles, he went 3-0 to help Drake win the doubles point in all three matches for the week. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University’s Calum MacGeoch was named Missouri Valley Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday, March 21.last_img read more