Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past injury-riddled Spurs

first_imgMOST READ San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Rivero goes straight to nat’l team practice after long flight

first_imgCarpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The 20-year-old Rivero arrived late after his flight got delayed and having to pass through the heavy traffic along EDSA but the important thing for the former De La Salle star is making it to training.“It’s one step closer to reaching my goals. It’s a dream to represent the country so I had to leave my things and go straight here. It’s not always that you get a chance to represent your country and I don’t want to lose this opportunity,” Rivero said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rivero was part of the University of the Philippines’ trip to Serbia where the Fighting Maroons held training camp as part of their buildup for the coming UAAP season.Rivero and Kobe Paras were the only Gilas cadets named in the pool released on Sunday. Asian Games-bound Philippine team holds first practice Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even a grueling flight could keep Ricci Rivero from missing national team practice.Rivero, the youngest member on the 14-man pool, still showed up in training on Monday night despite coming off a 17-hour flight from Serbia.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Salah sold on cheap before ‘Neymar effect’ – Roma chief

first_imgBrazilian striker Neymar’s world record 222 million euro move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last August started a chain reaction.French forward Ousmane Dembele subsequently moved from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in a deal worth 145 million euros, with Brazilian Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona from Liverpool for 160 million euros in January.“We also had to sell him (Salah) before June 30 (because of Financial Fair Play constraints),” Monchi continued. “Those who know a little about business know that it’s like having the Sword of Damocles over your head.”“So if we take these two elements into account I think that we made a correct sale.“Now he’s had a incredible season and with the effect of Neymar, Coutinho, Dembele, his value is without a doubt much more,” added the former Sevilla sporting director.Salah, 25, is the top scorer in the English Premier League with 28 goals in 30 matches. In total he has scored 36 in all competitions during his first season at Liverpool.“He’s very strong,” continued Monchi. “But it’s amazing because he’s returned to a league where he wasn’t successful when he was at Chelsea.“He found a coach, teammates who trust him, a team that suits him well, which corresponds to his style of play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘On the cheap’: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah © AFP/File / Michele LIMINAROME, Italy, Mar 28 – As Roma sporting director Monchi conceded that Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah had been sold on the cheap to Liverpool for 40 million euros before “the Neymar effect” transformed the market.“To understand this sale you have to understand two things. Firstly, it was made before the Neymar effect which revolutionised the transfer market,” Monchi said during a meeting with the foreign press in Rome on Wednesday.last_img read more

Juarez for City Council

first_imgWhen elected leaders at a council meeting threaten the author of a critical campaign flier with legal action and even violence, as occurred earlier this month, you get the sense that some sort of change is needed. Hawthorne voters on Tuesday will choose from a field of five candidates to fill two City Council seats. Guidi is supporting incumbent Ginny Lambert and Thierry Lubenec, who currently serves as city treasurer. Rounding out the field are Alicia Marie Brewster, a retired airline agent and community volunteer, Hawthorne school board member Hugo Rojas and Daniel Juarez, a retired Hawthorne city clerk and a former member of the Wiseburn school board. Our view is that a greater diversity of thought on the council would serve better serve the community. With that in mind, we endorse Juarez, who offers both government experience and a fresh perspective. Juarez favors revamping the General Plan to keep a lid on density, term limits, more open discussions at council meetings, creating a park at the former police site and improved trash service. We take no position on who should be elected to the other council position. But Juarez, who has the endorsement of Councilman Gary Parsons, would provide a more independent voice on the council, and like a patient in search for the right treatment, the city would likely benefit from a second opinion from time to time. Hawthorne’s former city clerk would be independent voice if voters elect him to City Council. We would concede that team politics has produced greater prosperity for Hawthorne. The City Council majority led by Mayor Larry Guidi has worked to bring new businesses such as the Ayres Hotel and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the city, not to mention the construction of a new police station. But as Tuesday’s election nears, it should be clear to voters that there are issues that go beyond economic development. One concern has been what appears to be the homogenization of viewpoints on Hawthorne’s team-oriented City Council. It’s like the when the contrast knob on an ancient television is out of adjustment. It can be difficult to see what’s really going on. Overall, improvements in Hawthorne are somewhat mixed. Criticisms about the quality of life include concerns about overdevelopment, a lack of green space and relationships with developers that are too cozy. District Attorney’s Office investigations by the Public Integrity Division have also raised questions about how business gets done in the city. And an indicted councilman opted not to seek re-election this year. 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

How about this, Bale? Mouthwatering combined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid XI

first_img 3. Centre back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Ramos is still as volatile as ever, but, 10 years on, remains crucial to Real’s back line. Zidane will need his club captain at his sharpest this weekend, with the likes of Griezmann to contend with. 11. Left attack: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Some might say Ronaldo has had an indifferent season, struggling to influence as consistently as he has done, but his 51 goals beg to differ. The Portuguese is far from finished. 11 11 2. Right back: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) – He might have passed the age of 30, but Juanfran remains Diego Simeone’s trusted man at right back. It’s been yet another consistent campaign from the Spaniard. 11 11 It’s the Champions League final this Saturday 28 May between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, kick off 19:45 BST at the San Siro, and it’s live on talkSPORT.Ahead of the clash, Gareth Bale was the first to turn the heat up towards his rivals, claiming, ‘to me, no Atletico player would feature in Real Madrid’s team’.But is the Wales international right in his opinion? Are Zinedine Zidane’s men really that good?With this in mind, talkSPORT has put together a combined Real and Atleti XI – check it out by viewing the slideshow above – and, *spoiler*, sorry Bale, it’s not all Real. 5. Left back: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – Perhaps a controversial choice given Marcelo’s dominance at left back for Real, but after a season to forget at Chelsea, how quickly he has returned to top form deserves applause. 11 7. Centre midfield: Koke (Atletico Madrid) – With 15 assists and five goals to his name, it’s been a superb season from Koke. He’s firmly established himself as one of Diego Simeone’s key men since his debut in 2009, and it’s little wonder that a number of clubs from the Premier League are keen on his signature. 11 6. Centre midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – Modric is that midfielder every team would love to have. Calm in possession – not over complicating proceedings or dwelling on the ball – the former Tottenham Hotspur man has proved an excellent acquisition for Real. 11 4. Centre back: Diego Godin (Real Madrid) – Godin symbolises the passion that Simeone has instilled on his side. The Uruguayan is at the heart of Aleti’s formidable defence. 9. Right attack: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – There’s no question Bale is finding life in the shadow of Ronaldo difficult; however, he isn’t doing too badly. With 19 goals and 11 assists to his name, it’s been an exciting season for the Welshman, who looks to be getting better and better. 8. Centre midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – At 26, Kroos is just reaching his peak and continues to grow into his role in Madrid alongside Modric. His important is perhaps underestimated by outsiders, but Zidane will be more than aware of the German’s influence. 11 11 10. Centre forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – With 32 goals in all competitions, including seven in the Champions League, Griezmann comfortably gets the nod ahead of Karim Benzema. No defence will look forward to coming up against the classy Frenchman. 1. Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – check out the full combined Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid XI by clicking the arrow above, right – It’s a difficult call with Keylor Navas similarly in top form for his club, but Oblak just edges his rival. At 23-years-old he’s one of the most exciting young goalkeepers in Europe. 11 11last_img read more

La Liga Preview: Barcelona at home to Valencia headlines match-day 4

first_imgMallorca vs Athletic BilbaoIberostar Estadi, Palma de MallorcaFriday, 13-09-2019 @10pmLa Liga returns this Friday evening following the international break and Estadi Son Moix is the venue as newly promoted Mallorca entertain high flying Athletic Bilbao.The visitors are the bookies’ favourites for the points in this one, after posting tremendous victories against champions Barcelona and Basque rivals Real Sociedad in the opening weeks of the season, and we also feel that Gaizka Garitano’s side will be too strong for Los Bermellones, who have lost their last two games without finding the net.The first international break can be a welcome pause for clubs who begin the new season on a bum note, but it can equally be a major annoyance for teams that hit the ground running. The latter certainly applies to Athletic Bilbao, who find themselves in 2nd place with seven points on the board from a possible nine after home wins against Barcelona and Real Sociedad either side of a draw away to Getafe.Bilbao’s strong start to the campaign isn’t a huge surprise, considering they clawed their way up to 8th from 18th in the second half of last term after Garitano’s appointment in December, but they have definitely exceeded expectations thus far, factoring in the opposition and the strength of their performances.Los Leones barely gave Barcelona a sniff at San Mames on the opening night and were fully deserving of their 1-0 victory after Aritz Aduriz smashed in what will probably turn out to be goal of the season late in the day. A hard fought 1-1 draw at Getafe followed, before a convincing 2-0 home success in the Basque derby on Matchday 3 – a game which Bilbao effectively had sewn up by the half hour mark, thanks to goals from Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia.Beating Barca and Sociedad without conceding is seriously strong form, and whilst Los Leones are a far more proven outfit at San Mames, where they’re now unbeaten in 16 La Liga games, they represent a daunting task for Mallorca in Palma this Friday.Los Bermellones challenged their status as relegation favourites with a gutsy 2-1 triumph against Eibar at Son Moix on Matchday 1, but they have since found life much tougher against bigger sides. Vicente Moreno’s men were edged out 0-1 in Palma by Real Sociedad on Matchday 2, before losing 2-0 against Valencia at Mestalla a fortnight ago.So after 180 minutes without a goal, Mallorca hardly look well placed to trouble a Bilbao rear guard which has impressed more than any other defence so far this term. The visitors have won just one of their last six top flight games on the road, which is a slight concern, but we expect Garitano’s side to start replicating their San Mames form more frequently on their travels this season.Real Madrid vs LevanteSantiago Bernabue, MadridSaturday, 14-09-2019 @2pmLevante were one of five teams to turn over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu in 2018/19 and Granotas will be confident that they can shake up Los Merengues again this Saturday after posting back to back league wins before the international break. Unsurprisingly though, it’s Real who have been chalked up as long odds-on favourites for this clash, but we don’t envisage Zinedine Zidane’s side getting everything their own way.Real Madrid began their campaign in good style on Matchday 1 with an easy 1-3 win over Celta Vigo at Balaidos, however Zidane’s side have failed to build on that result in their two subsequent outings.As expected, Los Merengues dominated Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu on Matchday 2, but with only a 1-0 lead to show for their 64% possession and 20 shots on goal, they were pegged back for a share of the spoils three minutes from time.Last time out, Madrid struggled for large parts of the game at Villarreal, and only managed to escape Estadio de la Ceramica with a 2-2 draw thanks to a Gareth Bale equaliser late in the piece – the second goal of a double salvo for the Welshman. Bale turned in another fine display for Los Merengues in Valencia; however a late red card means he will miss out on this Saturday’s action.Fortunately for Real, marquee summer signing Eden Hazard is finally fit and should come in as a straight swap to make his full debut for the club. The Belgian will be desperate to hit the ground running, which probably spells bad news for Levante if he’s able to instantly replicate the form shown for club and country over the past two years.Whilst Real don’t seem to have been clicking 100% in their three outings this term, they have still averaged two goals per game and their overall quality undoubtedly means they are the most likely winners on Matchday 4. Nonetheless, the hosts are terribly under-priced based on the result in last season’s corresponding fixture alone.And Levante come into this encounter one place above Real in 4th after beating Villarreal (2-1) and Valladolid (2-0) at home  – the two sides which Madrid have failed to overcome.Levante’s overall travelling record in recent times is fairly poor – their 1-0 loss at Alaves on the opening day was their ninth defeat from their last 12 La Liga matches on the road; however Granotas have managed to find the net in four of their last half dozen matches away.And their general goal scoring stretching back to the final third of last term is excellent – Paco Lopez’ men have netted in all but two of their last 14 La Liga games, bagging 26 goals in total across that period.Leganes vs VillarrealEstadio Municipal de Butarque, LeganesSaturday, 14-09-2019 @5pmTwo points from a possible nine to start the season was hardly what the doctor ordered for Villarreal after a disappointing 14th place finish in 2018/19; however a 2-2 home draw against Real Madrid last time out represented a decent step forward for Javier Calleja’s side.  El Submarino Amarillo will be optimistic that they can build on that result this weekend to gain their first win of the campaign against a Leganes side who they have beaten in each of the last four meetings between the teams.Goals from Gerard Moreno and summer acquisition Moi Gomez looked to have sealed a fine victory over Real a fortnight ago, but Los Merengues eventually escaped from Estadio de la Ceramica with a point courtesy of a Gareth Bale equaliser five minutes from time.Villarreal’s overall performance will have pleased boss Javier Calleja as El Submarino Amarillo were the better side for much of the contest, although the 41 year-old will be deeply frustrated at the result and his team’s apparent inability to hold onto a lead.Villarreal have thrown points away from winning positions in every match so far this season and that’s why they go into this Saturday’s fixture 16th in the early La Liga table.Calleja’s side have shipped eight goals in their three games so far which is a major concern, although this weekend’s clash at Butarque offers Villarreal a decent chance to not only get a win on the board, but to start shoring things up defensively as well.Hosts Leganes have failed to score in each of their last five home La Liga matches, a run which has included 0-1 defeats to Osasuna and Atletico Madrid in the first two weeks of a the season.A 2-1 loss at Real Betis last time out means that Los Pepineros are rock bottom of the standings heading into Matchday 4 and boss Mauricio Pellegrino desperately needs a result here with pressure mounting on the Argentine.Lega possess a terrible recent record though against Villarreal having lost each of the last four encounters in all competitions and we envisage Saturday’s clash ending with a similar outcome, factoring in that trend and the standard of performances turned in by the teams prior to the international break.Villarreal should start climbing the table if consistently able to produce what they showed against Real Madrid and El Submarino Amarillo have far more quality than Lega in their starting eleven. In contrast, the hosts have signaled nothing as of yet to suggest that they are in a false position.Real Sociedad vs Atletico MadridEstadio de Anoeta, San SebastienSaturday, 14-09-2019 @7:30pmAtletico Madrid had a much bigger fight on their hands than was expected at home to Eibar on Matchday 3, but goals from Joao Felix, Vitolo and Thomas Partey dramatically overturned a 0-2 deficit to maintain their 100% start to the campaign. Los Rojiblancos are the stand alone La Liga leaders for the first time since they were crowned champions in 2014 and boss Diego Simeone will be hoping his side can stay at the summit this weekend when they face Real Sociedad at Anoeta.Things couldn’t have worked out much better for Atleti and Diego Simeone prior to the international break. The club’s raft of new players are bonding quickly and Los Rojiblancos demonstrated their trademark steel and tenacity to tough out three consecutive victories against Getafe (1-0), Leganes (0-1) and Eibar (3-2).And on top of their own results which have taken them to the top of the embryonic La Liga table, main rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid have dropped nine points between them thus far. It is of course early days, but Atleti really do have a great platform to kick on over the next few weeks to put themselves in charge of the title race.Whilst finishing as runners-up last term was no disgrace, Atleti’s chances of landing an 11th La Liga title were ultimately harmed by their inconsistent away form. Simeone’s men won just seven of their 19 matches on the road, a number which will probably have to near double if they are to be seriously involved at the business end this time around.A victory and clean sheet at Leganes on Matchday 2 was a more than satisfactory start on their travels this term though and they head into this weekend’s clash against Real Sociedad at Anoeta as favourites.Sociedad made a decent start to the campaign with a 1-1 draw at Valencia and a 0-1 victory against newly promoted Mallorca in Palma; however they were brought back down to earth a fortnight ago in the Basque derby.Imanol Alguacil’s side were outclassed at San Mames from the off and deservedly beaten 2-0, with both goals scored inside the opening half an hour. Four points isn’t a bad haul considering all of Sociedad’s games thus far have been on the road, although such a comprehensive defeat to their main rivals could well have left its mark.Sociedad would have certainly wanted softer opposition for their first home assignment this weekend to try and get back on track and recent history suggests that the hosts will come out second best. Madrid won both 2018/19 meetings between the sides 2-0 and have bested Txuri-Urdinak in four of the last five La Liga encounters, keeping clean sheets in three.Additionally, Sociedad have lost 13 of their 18 clashes with Madrid since they were promoted in 2010/11 (including six from nine at home) and have failed to net in ten of those games.Barcelona vs ValenciaEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 14-09-2019 @10pmIt’s hardly been a great opening to the new campaign for Barcelona and Valencia, who both have a modest four points on the board from their first three La Liga outings. Saturday night’s key clash at Camp Nou presents the sides with an excellent chance to kick start their seasons, and unsurprisingly it’s the hosts who have been installed as solid odds-on favourites to land the spoils.Saturday’s clash at Camp Nou is easily the biggest game of the La Liga season to date, and whilst we’re only three rounds into the new campaign, few would have expected both of these sides to be sitting in mid table having dropped more points than they have won so far.A slow start won’t necessarily concern Valencia and Marcelino too much – after all they had just two points from their first three fixtures at this stage last term and went onto finish 4th, which will be the main aim again for Los Che this time around.It’s a little different for champions Barcelona though. This is their worst start to a La Liga season since 2008/09 and they are already five points behind leaders and likely title challengers Atletico Madrid who boast a 100% record. With Atleti fancied to edge out Real Sociedad this weekend, Barca definitely need a win here to ensure they don’t fall further into arrears.With 16 victories from their last 20 home league matches stretching back to the start of the 2018/19 season, it’s easy to understand why the Catalans are favourites for this one; however they look ridiculously short in the betting.Valencia were one of the four sides to claim something at Camp Nou last term after they secured a 2-2 draw and they also held Messi and co. to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla. Moreover though, it was Valencia who came out on top when the teams met in the Copa Del Rey final at Benito Villamarin in May, as goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo sealed Los Che’s eighth triumph in the competition.It’s fair to say then that Valencia have been a bit of a thorn in Barcelona’s side throughout the past few months, and they at least head to Camp Nou this weekend on the back of a win after cosily beating Mallorca 2-0 last time out. In contrast, Barca blew Betis away on Match day 2 but then stuttered to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna a fortnight ago.Eibar vs EspanyolEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 15-09-2019 @1pmSunday’s La Liga action gets underway in the Basque Country and we could be set for a close contest at Ipurua Municipal Stadium between two sides who have struggled massively in the opening weeks of the campaign. Both Eibar and Espanyol occupy spots in the relegation zone after picking up just one point from three games, so a win on Matchday 4 would do much to relieve some pressure on the teams and their respective managers.The international break will have brought some welcome respite for both of these sides, but in particular Espanyol who appear to have struggled with their Europa League commitments.It’s been a big thumbs up for Periquitos in that competition so far after comfortable aggregate victories against Stjarnan (7-1), Luzern (6-0) and Zorya (5-3) secured the club’s participation in the Group Phase, but they have suffered domestically for their efforts.Whilst it’s a given that they have faced stronger opposition in the league, Espanyol have been a completely different proposition on the weekends as typified by their woeful 0-3 defeat to Granada at RCDE Stadium last time out.After a 0-0 stalemate at Alaves and a 0-2 reversal against Sevilla on the opening day, Espanyol are the only team yet to score in the top flight so far this season and it’s becoming pretty clear already that Periquitos badly miss the services of Borja Iglesias who was sold to Real Betis for 28 million Euros over the summer.The results and performances in La Liga are heaping a huge amount of pressure on new manager David Gallego, who would have been targeting another step forward this term after the club’s fine 7th place finish in 2018/19.Things need to change pretty quickly for Espanyol if they are to maintain hopes of European qualification again this time around, but they certainly don’t look a good thing to bag the points this Sunday.Periquitos have claimed just a single draw from their last four visits to Ipurua Municipal Stadium and have a terrible recent record in the Basque Country having won just of their last 11 trips to the region (D4, L6).Whilst unbeaten in five away La Liga matches stretching back to last season, Espanyol have won just three of their last 20 top flight games on the road in total, which hardly bodes well for them here considering the start to the season they have had.Eibar have obviously endured a similarly poor start to the new campaign in terms of results; however they have had to contend with three away matches on the spin. Los Armeros are notoriously poor travellers as their record of just two wins from 19 on the road last season emphasises, so Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side will be pleased to return home this weekend.Deportivo Alaves vs SevillaEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria GastiezSunday, 15-09-2019 @3pmSevilla have made a strong start to life under new manager Julen Lopetegui, however they were made to rue missed opportunities against Celta Vigo on Matchday 3. The 1-1 draw at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan brought an end to Sevilla’s 100% record, but they’re still sitting handily in 3rd coming into this weekend’s fixture against an Alaves side who are also unbeaten three games into the new La Liga campaign.This is a big season for Sevilla who are desperate to achieve a top four finish after missing out for the last two years, and overall it’s been a case of so far so good for the Andalusians since Julen Lopetegui took charge of the club during the summer.Two composed away wins and clean sheets against Espanyol (0-2) and Granada (0-1) marked a fine start to Lopetegui’s tenure considering Sevillistas diffidence on the road last term, and they really should have kept their 100% record in tact at home to Celta Vigo a fortnight ago.Sevilla dominated Celestes at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and registered 18 shots on goal, but only broke the deadlock nine minutes from time through Franco Vazquez. The volume of chances created arguably warranted a more comfortable lead, but one goal was all they managed and that was cancelled out just a few moments later by Denis Suarez.The result will have massively frustrated Lopetegui and his side, but on reflection Sevilla have to be content with the seven points which they have on the board.Sunday’s hosts Alaves have similarly enjoyed a good opening to the season under new management, and it was badly needed after a major drop towards the end of 2018/19.They won just one and lost six of their final ten La Liga matches last season, a run which saw them fade from the European qualification race into 11th and ultimately spelled the end for then boss Abelardo.So a win and two draws thus far represents a decent step forward for El Glorioso and boss Asier Garitano, who failed to deliver during his stint at Real Sociedad last season.Like Sevilla, Alaves have been keeping things extremely tight with two clean sheets secured from their three games, and the only goal they have conceded came last time out in a decent 1-1 draw at Getafe.Celta Vigo vs GranadaAbanca Balaidos, VigoSunday, 14-09-2019 @5pmGranada are second favourites with the bookies to be relegated from La Liga this season, but Diego Martinez’ side have well and truly outperformed those expectations in their first three games.After a thrilling 4-4 draw at Villarreal and a slender 0-1 defeat at home to Sevilla, Nazaries trounced Espanyol 0-3 at RCDE Stadium a fortnight ago to bank their first success back in the top flight. They head to Galicia this Sunday in great spirits, but hosts Celta will be equally buoyant after collecting four points from their last two outings against Valencia and Sevilla.With just 52 goals scored in 42 Segunda games, Granada were hardly prolific en route to promotion last term but it’s been a different story so far for Nazaries back in the top flight.Whilst unable to find the net in a 0-1 home defeat to Sevilla on Matchday 2, Granada have smashed in seven goals from their two away matches against Villarreal and Espanyol, impressing immensely in the latter to beat last season’s 7th placed side 0-3 in Barcelona.Early evidence suggests that Martinez has recruited extremely well in the summer, with Fede Vico, Darwin Machis and Carlos Fernandez standing out in particular. Fernandez came off the bench to wrap up matters against Espanyol a fortnight ago and the Sevilla loanee shapes as the perfect late replacement for veteran Roberto Soldado, who is unlikely to fulfil 90 minutes too many times this season at the age of 34.Granada will undoubtedly be searching for all three points again this weekend however they face a stiff test against a Celta side who have won five of their last seven La Liga matches at Balaidos.Celta’s only defeat in that run was a 1-3 reversal against Real Madrid on the opening day, and they have since bounced back to beat Copa Del Rey holders Valencia 1-0 in Galicia.Celestes have been a formidable outfit in front of their own supporters dating back to Fran Escriba’s appointment in March and Granada will have to reproduce their performance against Espanyol last time out if they are to take any points back to Andalusia on Sunday afternoon.Whilst that’s entirely possible, we just fancy the hosts to narrowly edge this contest. Celestes should be full of confidence at Balaidos following their win over Valencia and they’re a much tougher proposition now under the watch of Escriba – as typified by their battling 1-1 draw at Sevilla a fortnight ago where they had to suffer for long periods without the ball.Granada should definitely play their part based on the attacking quality they possess, but they will be exposed by the likes of Aspas, Suarez and Santi Mina if they defend as they did at Villarreal on the opening night.Real Valladolid vs OsasunaEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSunday, 14-09-2019 @7:30pmThis Sunday’s tea-time offering in La Liga comes from Estadio Jose Zorrilla, as Valladolid entertain 2018/19 Segunda winners Osasuna. These sides are amongst the favourites for relegation this term, but both have shown in the opening weeks of the campaign that they may be capable of much loftier finishes.Osasuna waltzed their way to the Segunda title last term, securing the championship by an eight point margin after averaging over two points per game and winning all but two of their home matches.And the confidence gained from being promoted in such convincing fashion has shone through Jagoba Arrasate’s side so far in their opening three La Liga fixtures. Los Rojillos are unbeaten in 6th place going into this weekend’s contest following a 0-1 success at Leganes on Matchday 1 and subsequent home draws against Eibar (0-0) and Barcelona (2-2).Osasuna’s display last time out against the reigning champions was by far their most impressive since returning to the top flight and they fully deserved to share the spoils at El Sadar after creating several chances and troubling Ernesto Valverde’s side throughout.A double salvo from Roberto Torres sealed a precious point and Osasuna will be in great spirits going into this weekend’s clash with such a massive result under their belt.Valladolid have also enjoyed some tremendous results though in the first month of the season, after beating Real Betis 1-2 at Benito Villamarin on the opening night and then holding Real Madrid to a terrific 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernabeu.Things fell flat for Pucela last time out as they went down 2-0 at Levante, but a four point haul represents a more than satisfactory start to the season for Sergio’s side considering the opposition they have faced.Valladolid turn out for their first home game of the season this weekend, but that’s not necessarily a bonus for them as they have won just two of their last nine at Estadio Jose Zorrilla (D3, L4). Pucela won just five and lost nine of their 19 home fixtures in total last term, a record which makes their odds of around evens for Sunday’s encounter seem pretty skinny.Osasuna were far from infallible on the road in 2018/19 having lost seven of their 21 away starts, but Jagoba Arrasate has clearly improved his squad over the summer. Los Rojillos have indicated so far that they are capable of being more than a bottom third outfit, and that notion is strengthened by the positive results posted by Granada who were a distant second to them last season.Valladolid can’t be criticised too much for the start they have made, but we have to side with Osasuna in this one based on their results to date and the host’s poor record at Jose Zorrilla. It’s also worth noting that Valladolid have failed to beat Osasuna in their last seven home La Liga game against Los Rojillos – a run stretching back to 2002.Real Betis vs GetafeEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 14-09-2019 @10pmGetafe enjoyed a tremendous 2018/19 La Liga campaign which brought about a 5th place finish and qualification for Europe, but things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Pepe Bordalas’ side so far this season. The Madrid based outfit managed to gain just two points from their first three league matches and go into this Sunday’s fixture against Real Betis at Benito Villamarin sitting fourth from bottom in the early standings.It’s probably too soon for Getafe fans to be concerned though. Their side were always going to find it difficult against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on the opening night (1-0) and they then played well in a 1-1 home draw against Athletic Bilbao.The same scoreline against Alaves at Alfonso Perez last time out was undeniably a poor result for Pepe Bordalas’ men, but the international break will have given Getafe time to regroup and refocus with their Europa League commitments also set to start next week.One significant positive for Getafe heading into Matchday 4 is their results over Betis last season. They beat Los Verdiblancos 2-0 at home and also ran out 1-2 winners in this corresponding fixture.That was just one of four victories posted by Getafe on the road last term – a failing which ultimately cost them Champions League qualification. Nonetheless, they only lost four times on their travels in 2018/19 and on nine occasions overall throughout the league campaign.Betis staggered to another mid table finish last season but have loftier aspirations this time around after the capture of new boss Rubi from Espanyol and a busy summer in the transfer market. The club spent 50 million Euros alone on Borja Iglesias and Nabil Fekir from Espanyol and Lyon respectively, and the latter is already repaying his fee after scoring twice in the first three games.Fekir hit the winner at home to Leganes (2-1) a fortnight ago to get his new club up and running following defeats to Valladolid (1-2) and Barcelona (5-2) and Betis will have gone into the international break in positive mood.We feel Los Verdiblancos should be opposed this Sunday though, as Getafe are a solid price in the double chance market based on last season’s encounters between the pair and Getafe’s low defeat ratio on the road.Comments Tags: Atletico MadridbarcelonaLa Ligareal madridtopValencialast_img read more

Antonio Brown’s helmet drama shouldn’t shock the Raiders

first_imgA bizarre foot injury might not be a wedge in the new relationship between star wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Raiders.But apparently, his helmet is.Brown has worn one type of helmet, a Schutt Air Advantage, for his entire nine-year NFL career, but according to ESPN, he is threatening to never play football again unless he can continue to wear that model, which is no longer approved by the league.The saga is, from head to toe, deeply strange and oh so unnecessarily dramatic. B …last_img read more

Protecting your farm legacy from diverse threats

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hundreds of thousands of American farmers across the country face a disconcerting reality: one bad illness or one liability lawsuit could damage the business that you’ve spent decades building. Getting sick is an unpleasant inevitability, especially as you age. Lost wages and expenses caused by nursing home care can drain assets and ultimately force you to sell the farm or divest most of it, if you haven’t planned ahead. Likewise, a family divorce, injured employee or rapidly shifting marketplace can all compel compromises. So how can you protect what you’ve built and ensure the success of the next generation?This article summarizes powerful tools and ideas to shield your farm, make generational transfer simpler and develop a smart estate planning strategy.Finding the right people to help youIndependent farmers who build enduring businesses know the value of great people, whether they’re hiring farmhands, negotiating deals or repairing critical equipment needed for a harvest. To make the farm function without your constant watchfulness, you need people who share your values — hard work, honesty, dedication — to make your vision come to life.Apply a similar diligence when choosing professionals to identify your farm’s risks and meet them. Look for an attorney who’s skilled in tax law, estate planning and elder care to develop your approach. Costs of residential careSpending time in a nursing home can be ruinously expensive. Consider that the cost for a relatively minor medical problem — rehabilitation after a fall — averages $238 a day in the United States. That’s over $86,000 a year, and many patients face far more serious conditions and bigger bills.Why are such costs so high? Skilled Nursing Homes (SNFs) must maintain large properties, carry lots of insurance and provide round-the-clock nursing care for patients. Caregivers also need to dispense complex medication orders and provide physical therapy and in-depth mental health care.Unfortunately, costs are heading in the wrong direction. You have a 40% chance of spending at least some time in a SNF. If you’re married, the odds that you or your spouse will need residential care rise to 70%. The U.S. population is aging, thanks to the greying of the Baby Boomers, and the number of people expected to enter long-term care will increase substantially over the next decade. Economists estimate that this financial time bomb will double long-term care costs by 2030. Strategies for covering costs and protecting your farm and legacyTo manage costs associated with a stay in a SNF, as well as other unanticipated medical expenses, you need to be strategic. Such costs frequently run far beyond what insurance can cover, leaving patients with exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses. Medicare offers some payment options for patients who’ve reached the age requirements and opted for Part B coverage, but Medicare won’t come close to covering all the expenses of a prolonged stay. Some people opt for solutions like Medicare Supplement Insurance (“Medigap”) to handle excess costs, but even this coverage might not be sufficient or effective.Medicaid, meanwhile, the state-federal program for providing health insurance to low-income Americans, can also be used as a supplement. Unfortunately, Medicaid is means-tested, which means that the program applies strict scrutiny to your financial situation and imposes caps on your net worth and income. Above a certain (very low) level, you will be required to meet an annual share-of-cost payment, sometimes in the thousands of dollars, before Medicaid dispenses a single dollar of coverage.Once your Medicare plan and the supplement have been exhausted — when you’ve spent every dime you have, and your children are digging into their savings to support your care — the SNF could bring action to seize your assets to cover the care costs you’ve incurred. Non-health related threatsInjury and illness aren’t the only threats to the financial stability of your family farm. Each year, 15 million lawsuits are filed against property owners for negligence and property damage, leading to $251 billion in costs. Something as unexpected as a collapsing silo could easily land you in court, fighting for your family’s financial life against a seven-figure lawsuit. To protect your farm from lawsuits and other predatory behavior, you need to develop a comprehensive asset protection plan to protect you from creditors and predators.Let’s explore some tactical planning possibilities. Instruments to shield the farm • Establish multiple LLCs. A limited liability corporation acts like both a corporation and a partnership to shield farm assets from creditors. By strategically setting up multiple LLCs, you protect the farm from external challenges (not related directly to the farm — like a divorce or a lawsuit you incur after an accident on vacation in another state) as well as internal creditors (directly related to the farm, such as a farm hand throwing out his back working on a poorly maintained machine or a customer getting sick after eating vegetables grown on the farm.) • Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts. These instruments allow you to transfer ownership, on paper, to a trusted friend or family member, such as your eldest child, while retaining all of the income from the property. This property then becomes invisible to Medicaid means testing. • Master Leases. These technically sophisticated arrangements between your holding company LLC and an operating company LLC effectively prevent creditors from attaching farm assets. Succession planningThe vast majority of farms fail to transition to the second generation. Even bigger majorities — up to 96% — fail during the third and fourth generations. Nearly two thirds of all farmers, per Farm Bureau statistics, have no written estate plan, and nearly nine out of every 10 farmers have no transfer plan.To ensure the legacy you’ve built, cover elements such as:• “SWOT” assessment. What are the farm’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats? Identify these elements, and determine whether to hold onto the farm or sell or transition it to the next generation (e.g. hand it off to a child trained in farm management.) • Changes to the farm’s culture and vision. If your son takes over the farm, for instance, he may have different ideas and a different vision for how to develop the business. What new skills or tools will he and the farm need? What will be obsolete or less needed? Plan for this generational transition. • Possible ownership arrangements. Newer farms tend to have models in which those involved in the day-to-day work also own the farm’s assets. As the farm business matures, however, other models tend to emerge, such as scenarios in which multiple relatives (some working actively on the farm, some not) own and share the assets as well as models in which trusts and LLCs own the farm. • Family challenges. What if your daughter wants to run the farm actively, but your two sons working in New York don’t want anything to do with the business? What if no children want to run it, or two or three all want the helm? Your succession plan needs to address what the transition will mean for your spouse or partner and your children.Comprehensive farm protectionDiverse threats to your farm can come from any direction. Accidents, sudden sickness, surprise legal actions, family issues and questions about generational transfer can all pose issues. To prepare adequately, you need a skilled adviser with a breadth of knowledge and a track record for helping farmers like you.Our law firm is uniquely suited to be of assistance. We’re quite possibly the only firm in the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky area capable of addressing the twin challenges of farm estate planning and elder care management. To begin the essential process of protecting your farm, callTed Gudorf, J.D., LL.M. is the founder and Managing Attorney of Gudorf Law Group, LLC, which was established in 1992. He can be reached at Gudorf Law Group, LLC, 937-898-5583 or www.DaytonEstatePlanningLaw.com.last_img read more

Building Healthy Military Communities Pilot to start in Maryland, highlighting current programs in operation

first_imgLast week we introduced a new pilot program, Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC), which will be launching within the coming months. What is interesting about BHMC is that it is not a self-contained program, but is meant to support the extension of other programs and resources to military service professionals, communities and families. In the coming weeks this blog will cover more information about BHMC, in the meantime we thought it would be appropriate to highlight a program that has been in operation for several years in military communities, Up for the Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions. The reason we’re featuring this program is because it is a great example of what can be accomplished when land-grant universities collaborate with military communities, and with Maryland being the first state to pilot BHMC, we can expect program such as this to be further promoted in the future.The Up For the Challenge curriculum developed through University of Maryland Extension between 2006 and 2012 as a support piece for the Army Child, Youth and School Services Program. The program is supported by the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, a partnership of the U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services, 4-H National Headquarters, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland Extension.The objective of Up for the Challenge is to provide sports directors and youth development workers with tools to create an educational experience that allows them to:Assess youth’s personal goalsPlan physical activities for youth, especially those not athletically inclinedEliminate practices that may humiliate youthIncorporate other related curriculum into programmingProvide a variety of healthy choices: lifestyle, eating, and physical activityProvide developmentally appropriate nutrition conceptsModel positive, simple, consistent nutrition and physical activities messagesFocus on knowledge and skills to make healthy personal decisionsTeach self-management skills for monitoring goalsTeach cooperation, fair play, responsible participation and the joy of being activePromote and encourage healthy lifestyles through activitiesUp for the Challenge includes fitness, nutrition and health lessons for three age groups K-5th grade, 6th – 8th grade, 9th -12th grade. The curriculum provides learning that is specific to a child’s individual needs and allows each participant to set their own healthy living goals. The program also utilizes the 4-H Experiential Learning Model in which youth are provided with questions, problems, situations or activities that will allow them to draw conclusions based on their own experience.  The curriculum includes 32 lessons in total, divided into five chapters: Back to Basics, Healthy Decisions for Living Well, Fueling the Body, Consumer Challenge, and Activity for Life. Educators using the curriculum can adapt curriculum to their own needs – and have a variety of lessons to choose from to meet their learning goals. Many of the lessons include fitness games, technology challenges and a cooking component including healthy recipes.Example activities include learning to use nutrition labels to compare drink choices – followed by making a healthy drink as an alternative to unhealthy choices; or at a more advanced level – comparing energy and sports drinks, then learning about alternatives that are healthier, cheaper and provide the same nutrients.The Up For the Challenge curriculum has been used in recent years to bring nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle programming to thousands of youth across the U.S. through Operation Military Kids. The curriculum has been so well received by military youth programs that other youth programs that do not distinctly target military youth have begun to adopt it. If you work with youth and are interested in accessing the Up for the Challenge resources, a PDF version of the curriculum can be found for free at: https://extension.umd.edu/4-h/4-h-program-areas/challengelast_img read more

Slammed: Brandon Clarke scores 36 in Gonzaga’s win over Baylor

first_imgGonzaga forward Brandon Clarke (15) dunks on Baylor’s Freddie Gillespie (33) as Jared Butler (12) watches during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Next stop on the Brandon Clarke Dunk ’n Swat Festival: The Sweet 16.The Gonzaga forward had five monster dunks, five blocks, matched a career-high with 36 points and enjoyed the overall kind of night that earns potential NBAers millions, while leading the top-seeded Bulldogs to an 83-71 rejection of Baylor on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT FOUL TROUBLEBaylor’s Mark Vital played much bigger than the 6-5 he’s listed at. He carved out space inside and finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, but was hampered by foul trouble. He picked up his fourth with 16 minutes remaining and fouled out in the final seconds.NEXT UPThe Zags face fourth-seeded Florida State next Thursday in Anaheim, California. It’s a rematch of their Sweet 16 game from last year, which the Seminoles won 75-60.“They’re a really good team,” Kispert said. “They’re going to demand our best. But it’s exactly what we wanted. We wouldn’t want it any other way.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Is ‘Wow’ the word you say?” teammate Josh Perkins said. “Dunking the ball, blocking shots. He just plays the right way.”Because of it, Gonzaga (32-3) is into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight time, the longest current streak in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis second-round matchup in the West Region wasn’t exactly a blowout, but wasn’t quite a nail-biter, either. That doesn’t mean it lacked entertainment.Most of it centered on Clarke, the junior transfer from San Jose State, who started the fireworks with a windmill jam on a breakaway that gave Gonzaga an early 16-7 lead. 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Baylor coach Scott Drew was even more impressed with another number that showed up on the stat sheet.“He drew nine fouls,” Drew said. “There’s a reason he’s on the draft board.”It was the defensive prowess that put him on many of those boards, though there’s been a pretty large spread in opinion about exactly where he might land if he leaves after this season.What he did on the offensive end in this game certainly won’t hurt.He went 15 for 18 from the floor, and most of the shots were of the high-percentage variety. Clarke is the team’s two-time reigning dunk champion.“If he’d made his (two missed) free throws, he’d have had a 40-burger,” Perkins said.Or had one more dunk.Midway through the first half, Geno Crandall saw Clarke get a sliver of daylight as he broke toward the rim, so he lobbed up an alley-oop pass. Only problem: It went in for a 3.KISPERT’S EVENINGFew said it was Corey Kispert, not Clarke, who was Gonzaga’s player of the game. Kispert made his first four shots and went 6 for 8 on the way to a 16-point night. He also got called for a technical for taunting with 8:06 left. The free throws and an ensuing three-point play helped the Bears draw within eight, but they never got closer. A few possessions later, Clarke took a bounce pass on the break from Perkins for a two-handed flush that had the Gonzaga kids in the Kennel going ga-ga.Clark’s final dunk of the first half came at the end of a 5-second clinic on how to deal with Baylor’s floor-clogging 1-3-1 zone. Starting at the perimeter, all five Bulldogs touched the ball in the span of those 5 seconds; it ended with Killian Tillie’s hook-flip to Clarke for a jam. It was as gorgeous a display of basketball as you’ll see all year, and it put the Bulldogs ahead 35-16.“That’s players having great feel for the game and just playing,” coach Mark Few said.Ninth-seeded Baylor (20-14) scored the first 10 points of the second half to draw within six, and keep the game in range.But Gonzaga held on, and when Clarke took a bounce pass from Perkins, who finished with six assists, it led to an easy bucket that put the Bulldogs up 13 with less than 4 minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more