Celtics’ Irving needs second knee surgery, out for playoffs

first_imgBoston Celtics’s Kyrie Irving, left, chases a loose ball as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have spent most of the season adjusting on the fly. Now they will have to go through the playoffs without Kyrie Irving.The star point guard will need surgery on his left knee and is done for season. On Thursday, the team put his recovery time at four to five months.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism This is Irving’s first season in Boston after he demanded to be traded from Cleveland. And the player he was dealt for, Isaiah Thomas, is out for the season following hip surgery.Irving believes his best basketball is ahead of him.“This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come from me,” he said in his post. “Trust Me. The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue awoke from an afternoon nap to texts about Irving. He was sorry to learn about the guard’s ordeal. After all, Irving made the biggest shot in Cleveland history, a go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing minutes of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals.“He was a big part of what we did here, a big part of winning the championship and even though he’s on another team you still don’t want to see anyone go through that,” Lue said. “I know how competitive he is and I know how much he wants to win and to go through this and not be able to play in the postseason is tough for him, so prayers go out to him and his family. I wish him the best.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Santiago still optimistic as NU stays in Final Four hunt despite free fallcenter_img Irving hasn’t played since March 11 and says he won’t dwell on what might have been.“The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s simply a test of your perseverance and will, to be present, even in the wake of what’s going on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the upcoming surgery, two screws will be removed. They were implanted after Irving’s patellar fracture during the 2015 NBA Finals. Irving recently developed an infection at the site of the screws, and now they must be taken out.Following his original procedure last month, the team had said the knee was structurally sound and the kneecap healed, but the wire had been putting pressure on the knee. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims This latest news isn’t surprising considering the tight recovery window Irving faced. But it is a blow to a Celtics team that had been playing well despite a run of recent injuries to key players. Boston will likely enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind Toronto.In addition to Irving, Marcus Smart is sidelined following right thumb surgery and Daniel Theis is out for the season after left knee surgery. And Gordon Hayward is not expected back as he recovers from his gruesome ankle injury in the season opener.While Toronto will most likely enter the postseason with the East’s top seed, the conference was still considered to be wide open prior to Irving’s injury.With Irving out, the Celtics will now need someone to be the sparkplug for a team that had been hoping to make a run at the conference title following last year’s loss to Cleveland in the conference finals.Boston certainly takes a hit without Irving, but it has been making adjustments to its rotation for weeks. Irving has been out for the last 11 games, with Boston going 7-4 without him.The hole his absence created has been filled nicely by reserve Terry Rozier, who is playing his best basketball in his third year in the league. He has appeared in 77 of 78 games, starting 13. He’s made the most of his extra floor time, averaging 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists — all career highs.Others have stepped up as well.Offseason pickup Marcus Morris averaged nearly 20 points a game last month and was key in Boston’s recent six-game win streak. Rookie Jayson Tatum has also hit a midseason stride, scoring in double figures in eight straight games before that streak ended in Wednesday’s loss at Toronto.Veteran Al Horford and second-year forward Jaylen Brown have also had their moments over the second half of the season.The question is whether a by-committee approach will be enough against potential first-round opponents, which could be Miami, Washington or Milwaukee. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Alarm sounded to close science learning gap

first_imgRecent test results by American students on national science exams have fueled concerns expressed by experts that the performance gap is growing between U.S. students and their global competitors. With companies hiring students from outside the United States for science or engineering jobs, the fear is that the United States will fall farther behind in the competitive global economy. Solutions vary. Some science experts have suggested developing one standard science curriculum for schools compared to each state developing their own requirements. But experts and educators agree more collaboration is needed between science and math educators and their professional counterparts in the industry. Teachers should stay connected with scientists and engineers, said Eva Graham, minority education initiatives manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hands-on experiments common in elementary schools are changed into more textbook and test-based learning in middle schools, Gilbert said. Another barrier is the debate between some science circles over what makes a scientifically literate citizen. Some advocate memorizing facts while others believe that students should display critical thinking to solve everyday problems. The work force wants all those qualities and more importantly, people who can adapt to changes in the field. School districts nationwide have formed partnerships with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline or Merck or government facilities like JPL. Parsons Corp.’s Pasadena chapter established the Future Scientists and Engineers of America, a nonprofit, to provide material and workshop training technology clubs in K-12 schools, and also hosts science competitions. Pomona Unified has a partnership with JPL’s resource center and Garvey School Districts looking to join with Caltech to provide science tutoring. To help teachers, JPL hosts workshops for teachers and through its Educator Resource Center, can critique textbooks, materials, such as a class syllabus, and suggest lab experiments that can be done in class. “We are their colleagues and we have a good understanding about what is important,” Graham said. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 “Teachers are professionals and you need to be continually be updating, or be involved in professional development,” she said. Educators say the federal No Child Left Behind legislation has limited creativity in teaching since there are requirements with pre-prescribed set of materials. Industry professionals would be good mentors to other teachers in this environment, Graham said. This allows for teachers to bring real world perspective to their classrooms and for industry professionals to see some of the obstacles teachers face and helps both sides to find interesting ways to present the subject to students, said Dean Gilbert, science consultant for the curriculum and instructional services division of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Teachers support a stronger relationship between the classroom and the industry but they may need to seek help on their own. Many educators, including Anthony Ippolito, a chemistry teacher at Baldwin Park High School, chat regularly though message boards or blogs with other science teachers, or read science journals or articles to keep abreast of any changes. The challenge of making science fun is that students are turned off from science by the time they enter high school, Gilbert said. last_img read more

Korea, Saudi reach World Cup, Syria into play-offs

first_img0Shares0000Syrian football fans watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Iran and Syria on television at a house in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the Ghouta region on the outskirts of the Damascus September 5, 2017 © AFP / ABDULMONAM EASSATehran, Iran, Sep 5 – Omar Al Soma’s stoppage-time equaliser took war-torn Syria into Asia’s World Cup play-offs on Tuesday, as South Korea and Saudi Arabia both booked their spots at next year’s tournament.Syria were 2-1 down against Iran and heading out when Al Soma threaded his shot through goalkeeper Alireza Salimi’s legs in the third added minute, sparking wild celebrations. The 2-2 draw means Syria, who have defied the odds while civil war rages in their country, now face Australia home and away, with the winner going into an intercontinental play-off.On the final night of Asia’s qualifying group games, South Korea drew 0-0 with Uzbekistan to reach their ninth straight World Cup, while Saudi Arabia joined them with a 1-0 win over Japan. Fahad Al Muwallad’s thunderous winner in Jeddah qualified the Saudis for their fifth World Cup, snatching the second automatic spot in Group B — and relegating Australia to the play-offs.Iran’s Rouzbeh Chashmi (R) vies for the ball against Syria’s Moualad al-Ajjan during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on September 5, 2017 © AFP / ATTA KENAREThe Koreans, Saudis and already-qualified Japan and Iran will now hope to improve on Asia’s disappointing 2014 World Cup, when no team from the region reached the knock-out stage.South Korea spurned several late chances before settling for the 0-0 draw in Uzbekistan, grabbing the second automatic berth in Group A as their heartbroken hosts missed out.Syria’s heroics also extinguished China’s faint hopes of reaching only their second World Cup, despite snatching a 2-1 win over 2022 hosts Qatar thanks to Wu Lei’s late winner.Earlier in Group B, Australia won 2-1 against Thailand but they will rue their failure to score more as they missed out on an automatic place on goal difference.The United Arab Emirates also saw their dream die when they lost 1-0 to Iraq to finish fourth in Group B.– ‘Heroes on the pitch’ –But there was jubilation in Tehran as Syria extended their dream run, after Tamer Mohamad and Al Soma became the only players to score past Iran in the final qualifying round.Iran’s Ashkan Dejagah (L) vies for the ball against Syria’s Zaher Almedani during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on September 5, 2017 © AFP / ATTA KENAREMohamad scored in the 13th minute before Iran equalised through Sardar Azmoun, who chested in a rebound on the stroke of half-time and then put the hosts ahead in the 64th minute.Al Soma’s heart-stopping goal had one Syrian team official in tears before the players hugged and celebrated at the final whistle.“God willing we will continue the journey… the qualifications have started again,” said Al Soma. “The players were heroes on the pitch from the first minute until the last minute.”In Tashkent, South Korea’s Hwang Hee-Chan hit the post early on before Azizbek Khaydarov also rattled the woodwork in the 21st minute in what was otherwise a tepid first half.Saudi Arabia’s Yahia Alshehri (C) fights for the ball against Japan’s Hotaru Yamaguchi (L) and his teammate Shibasaki Gacu during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match in Jeddah on September 5, 2017 © AFP / STR, STRAfter the break, Kim Min-Woo’s curling shot nearly opened the scoring following an intricate move around the box, and veteran striker Lee Dong-Gook headed off the bar in the 86th minute.Later in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia pulled off a deserved victory over Japan courtesy of half-time substitute Al Muwallad’s fiercely hit winner in the 63rd minute.The livewire forward smashed his shot past a static Eiji Kawashima to take the Saudis to their first World Cup since Germany 2006.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career

first_img0Shares0000Rio Ferdinand The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who retired from football in May 2015, will take part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” boxing project © AFP/File / Leon NEALLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said Tuesday he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channelling his anger.The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who quit football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project. Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca died of breast cancer shortly before his retirement and he has since lost his mother, also to cancer.“I’ve been through quite a few things in my life,” Ferdinand told reporters in London. “This is a way of trying to channel that aggression, that anger sometimes, into something I can be really focused on.“I’ve probably been searching for that since I retired. I miss that competitive edge. It’s something for me to focus on after the last couple of years.”He will compete at cruiserweight and be trained by former world champion Richie Woodhall.The ex-West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender, who currently works as a pundit with BT Sport and the BBC, said in a promotional video: “I’ve won (football) titles but now I’m in it for a belt.”But both Ferdinand and Woodhall recognise the former Manchester United centre-back is not guaranteed a professional licence by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).“I’ve got the utmost respect for the boxing fraternity and I’m not saying I’m going to be a world champion,” Ferdinand said. “I’m saying there are loads of hurdles to get over and I’m going to meet them head on.”“I’m not going into this without thinking about the dangers,” he added. “I don’t look at this as a circus. I’m not trying to disrespect anyone. I’m taking it seriously.”Ferdinand’s plans could yet be stymied if the British board rejects any potential application for a licence.Woodhall, 49, said: “That’s the biggest hurdle. He’ll go through a 10-12 week training period to improve his technique, then I want him to spar.“The board are going to want to see him, and actually see him perform. We’ll be arranging that.”– ‘Totally naive’ –Boxing promoter Barry Hearn called former England captain Rio Ferdinand’s professional boxing ambitions “laughable” © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESBut boxing promoter Barry Hearn has accused Ferdinand of being “totally naive” and feels talk of fighting for titles should not be taken seriously.Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s laughable isn’t it? He is being totally naive and is totally underestimating boxing. But he has the choice of what he wants to do with his time and his life.“The authorities are there to make sure the sport is safe, and that involves very tough tests to make sure he is capable of getting into the ring.”BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith said the board had not received an application from Ferdinand for a boxer’s licence.“I was completely surprised. We don’t have an application, so there’s nothing to consider,” he said. “Nor have we had any conversation with anybody regarding this.”Ferdinand’s love of boxing is apparent on social media, with a picture on his Twitter profile showing him draped in the WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight title belts of his friend Anthony Joshua.The Londoner, who won 81 caps for England, was in attendance when Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and posed for pictures with the 2012 Olympic gold medallist.Former Sheffield United midfielder Curtis Woodhouse won the British light-welterweight title in 2012 after swapping football for boxing, while cricketer Andrew Flintoff won a one-off bout, of modest standard, against American Richard Dawson, having been mentored by Barry McGuigan0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mahrez misses late penalty as Liverpool, Man City draw

first_img0Shares0000Misfiring Mahrez: Riyad Mahrez’s wayward penalty cost Manchester City a first away win at Liverpool since 2003LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Manchester City’s record signing Riyad Mahrez blazed an 86th-minute penalty over the bar to preserve Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League record as both sides failed to lay down an early marker in the title race with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield.City remain top of the table on goal difference, but both teams are now locked with Chelsea, who were 3-0 winners earlier at Southampton, on 20 points from eight games. Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.City had the golden chance four minutes from time when substitute Leroy Sane was upended by Virgil van Dijk and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after waving away two earlier strong appeals from the visitors for a penalty.With Sergio Aguero replaced on the hour mark, Mahrez, a £60-million signing from Leicester in July, took responsibility but fired high over the bar to Liverpool’s relief as City’s wait for a first win at Anfield since 2003 continued.After starting the season with seven straight wins, though, Liverpool have now failed to win in any of their last four matches as the upcoming international break comes at the right time for Jurgen Klopp’s men.Pep Guardiola had lost on all three of his previous visits to Anfield as City manager and the champions looked unnerved from their recent experiences early on.– Goal-shy Salah –Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had another afternoon to forget in front of goalAhead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah’s slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.Salah had the first opening after just three minutes when he pulled his shot wide after jinking inside John Stones.That was as clear a chance as there was before half-time as both teams’ exertions during Champions League games in midweek seemed to take their toll in a first 45 minutes lacking the intensity of their meetings from last term.Klopp made just two changes from a 1-0 defeat by Napoli on Wednesday, with Dejan Lovren making a surprise return in central defence and Joe Gomez moving to right-back at the expense of Trent Alexander-Arnold.But the decision to recall the Croatian could have backfired when Lovren was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty for bringing down Aguero inside the area.City quickly neutralised Liverpool’s threat by keeping possession for long periods without forcing Alisson Becker into a save before the break.Sterling (right), who tries to get past Gomez (left), received thunderous boos from the Anfield crowd when he was on the ball. PHOTO/DailyMailThe second half followed the same pattern as Liverpool’s initial burst fizzled out and City took control.Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar.Mahrez tested Alisson with a near-post shot that the Brazilian turned behind, but his real chance to make himself a City hero came when the pace of Sane was too much for the normally flawless Van Dijk and this time a penalty was given.A message appeared to come from the City bench for Mahrez to take the spot-kick instead of Gabriel Jesus.But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Google stock to finance upgrade at WHS library

first_imgAnd although Whittier High’s library building was recently renovated, Gordon said he wanted the money to be used to improve the library so more students would use it on a regular basis. “We are honored and delighted to accept Mr. Gordon’s very generous gift,” said Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District. “We know the funds will go a long way toward providing an exceptional learning environment where students will be inspired through the written word, just as Mr. Gordon was during his days at Whittier High.” Davies said Gordon mentioned his plan to donate the Google stock about a year ago. But he wanted to wait until the price was right to cash it in – and that happened about a month ago. “I do have to confess I didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it did,” Davies said. “And once I saw the minutes of the school board meeting that showed his donation had been accepted – that was pretty exciting, too.” Two committees will be convened to come up with ideas on how to improve the library, Davies said. One committee will be made up of staff members and will visit other school libraries to come up with recommendations. The other committee will consist solely of students to gather their input on how to enhance the library, Davies said. “To get this amount of money at one time for improving our library is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Davies said. “We don’t want to make expenditures that are not wise and that are not going to have a significant impact.” Gordon, who lives in Northern California, could not be reached for comment. He is an attorney who also became a community activist for Spanish-speaking men and women injured on the job. He has written three novels, including “The Chinese Jars” and “The King of the Bottom.” “Both he and Isabel are tremendously kind and generous, both in terms of their time and money,” Davies said. “They were here recently, to talk to the kids and sign books, and they were very down to earth.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Aside from helping countless numbers of high schoolers find research for class assignments, students at Whittier High School now have another reason to be grateful for Google. Nearly 200 shares of Google stock, worth about $100,000, has been donated to the 2,500-student Whittier High to upgrade its campus library – a gift from former graduate and author William C. Gordon. Gordon, 70, graduated from Whittier High in 1955, and was most recently honored along with his wife, famed author Isabel Allende, with honorary doctorates of humane letters from Whittier College. But when he was a youngster, Gordon told Whittier High Principal Loring Davies that he often sought refuge in local libraries. last_img read more

THE CYCLES OF LIFE DRIVES DONEGAL MAN UP THE WALL!

first_imgIt gives a whole new meaning to driving (or cycling) someone up the wall!The bicycle that hangs on the side of Duffy’s Bar in Annagry has always been a bit of an attraction. But it was only going to be a matter of time before someone put their ‘spoke’ in and saddled up to the challenge.We’re not sure if this lad used a ladder, jumped or climbed but he ‘wheelie’ was brave.What we want to know is – how the hell did the mystery man get down?  THE CYCLES OF LIFE DRIVES DONEGAL MAN UP THE WALL! was last modified: May 8th, 2012 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) Tags:cycleDuffy’s Barlast_img read more

Sunderland and Bournemouth charged by FA with failing to control their players

first_img Sunderland and Bournemouth players clash Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.The allegation surrounds an incident which happened 76 minutes into the Cherries’ 1-0 win on Wearside following Fabio Borini’s challenge on Lewis Cook.An FA statement said: “Both Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged following their game on Saturday.“It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the fixture, the clubs failed to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. They have until 6pm on 5 May 2017 to respond to the charge.”Tempers flared after Borini caught Cook with a lunging challenge as the Black Cats fought, ultimately in vain, for a breakthrough in a game they simply had to win.Players from both sides reacted and referee Stuart Attwell and his assistants took some time to restore order before Borini and Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter were booked in the aftermath.The visitors eventually won the game 1-0 through Josh King’s 88th-minute strike, which condemned the hosts to relegation with four games still to play. 1last_img read more

Flooding concerns raised over bridge at Rab’s Park, Kerrykeel

first_imgConcern has been expressed over a bridge leading to a football pitch in Kerrykeel which is regularly under the strain of flash flooding.Councillor Adrian Glackin has asked that the bridge, which leads to Rabb’s Park, the home ground of Kerrykeel 71 Club, be turned into a one-span bridge.Councillor Glackin, speaking at the monthly Letterkenny Municipal District meeting, explained that four pipes under the bridge get blocked with debris during periods of heavy rainfall. “The whole pitch was under water in the last flooding,” Councillor Glackin said.“The force of the water pressure left trees bring brought down and they’re getting blocked down in the bridge.“Flash flooding is becoming more commonplace. It is about us being proactive, rather than reactive. The sooner we get a reasonable alternative here, it would be very welcome.“Constituents thanked the Council for sending down stones to build up the bank again. This also affects sheds and property in the area. Houses level with the pitch adjacent to the bridge have been flooded on a number of occasions in the past few years. “It is amazing how many experts come out after events – we shouldn’t just do these things when something happens.”Members were told that an application had been previously submitted to OPW, but no funding had been received.Councillor Liam Blaney added: “There was serious flooding there and the bridge just isn’t capable of taking the flow of water.“This was raised over three years ago and nothing has been done about it. It shouldn’t be a big job either.”Flooding concerns raised over bridge at Rab’s Park, Kerrykeel was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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) Tags:Councillor Adrian GlackinCouncillor Liam BlaneyKERRYKEELKerrykeel 71 ClubLetterkenny Municipal DistrictRab’s Parklast_img read more

Chelsea v Tottenham: Five key battles

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