Marcus Morris Sr.Ivica ZubacPaul GeorgePatrick BeverleyDALLAS Dorian Finney-SmithKristaps PorzingisMaxi KleberTim Hardaway Jr.Luka Doncic [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section” | Scouting report | Game 1 highlights |Can’t watch the game? Follow our live updates feed below.Tonight’s starting lineups:LA Kawhi Leonard The Clippers’ quest to bring a championship back to Los Angeles begins tonight with Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks in Florida.Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are the featured players for the second-seeded Clippers while the seventh-seeded Mavericks features a pair of European stars, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, making their playoff debut. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the only member of the Mavs’ starting lineup with playoff experience.Clippers coach Doc Rivers adds Montrezl Harrell, after time away from the NBA bubble for personal reasons, back into the rotation tonight. He is expected to play limited minutes.The game begins at 6 p.m. PST on ESPN. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Man Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King is a target for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Sun says he is a massive fan of fellow Norwegian King, 26, who he worked with as a youngster at Old Trafford.Solskjaer was coaching the United reserves when the striker was coming up through the ranks, before establishing himself as a top Premier League player on the South Coast.King is rated at £25million, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to keep hold of him.Spurs are also keen on a player who netted 16 times in his first Premier League campaign with the Cherries, then struck nine times last term and five so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Pochettino: Spurs rout a present for my wifeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham celebrated Christmas with a six goal romp at Everton on Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind at Goodison Park after Theo Walcott swept home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s low cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s defence-splitting pass.Everton’s lead was short-lived as Son Heung-min produced a sublime equaliser from a tight angle following a mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford.Dele Alli put Spurs ahead for the first time after reacting first to Pickford’s save from Son, then Harry Kane made it 3-1 when Kieran Trippier’s curling free-kick hit a post and rebounded into the England captain’s path.In an entertaining game, Christian Eriksen’s sublime first-time shot extended Tottenham’s lead before Sigurdsson scored a consolation against his former club.Son added the fifth and produced the cross for Kane to make it six, yet victory came at a cost for the free-scoring visitors.Pochettino revealed why 6-2 is a special scoreline: “It’s my present for my wife.”We got married 26 years ago. And a fantastic way to celebrate tonight.”On Deli Alli, who was injured after a clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, he added: “He didn’t feel a big problem. Maybe a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez feels comfortable at Premier League levelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves striker Raul Jimenez is pleased with his form this season.The Mexico international is happy with the way he settled in the Premier League.Jimenez said, “It has been good. If I’m good, the team is OK. I like to create opportunities for my teammates – if I can create an assist, if I can score a goal, or if my movement can help my teammates score a goal, it’s good for me because I’m doing things well.“I think I’m an important part here, but I want to give more. The fans want it and I think they deserve it. All of us want to give more and we want to start the year with a win and make it count.“For the rest of the season we want to do a good job, play good matches, and be up in the table.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
West Ham willing to send Pedro Obiang to Romaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma are eyeing West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang.Sky Italia says West Ham are willing to send Obiang on-loan this month.Roma had an offer rejected by West Ham last summer, but circumstances have since changed.The 26-year-old spent most of his career in Italy with Sampdoria from 2008 to 2015, when sold to the Hammers for €6m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace new suitor for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have emerged as a destination for Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian attacker is leaving Valencia, with his loan cut short due to poor performances.He is wanted by both Palace and Everton in the Premier League, per the Evening Standard.Chelsea are likely to be happy with a loan, as they do want to try and bring up the player’s value ahead of the summer.Reports suggest Everton would offer £14 million for a permanent transfer, but that amount is considered too low for Chelsea to accept. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Belgium has clinched advancement but would do so as the second-place team if it loses to South Korea and Algeria beats Russia. Any other outcome advances the Belgians in first.Algeria clinches advancement by beating Russia, or if it draws Russia and Belgium beats or draws with South Korea. If Algeria draws Russia and South Korea beats Belgium, then Algeria and South Korea would be in a second-place tie — although Algeria would be strongly favored to advance on the basis of goal differential. If Algeria loses to Russia, Algeria is out of the tournament.Russia can advance only if it beats Algeria. In fact, it almost certainly will advance if it beats Algeria. The exception would require South Korea to beat Belgium by multiple goals.South Korea is not technically eliminated, but its chances of advancing are only about 1 percent. Its prospects require it, among other things, to beat Belgium by at least three goals in the event of an Algeria-Russia draw, or by at least two goals in the event of a Russian win.An interesting scenario might unfold in Group H if the U.S. beats Germany. Then Belgium might have an incentive to lose to South Korea and hope that Algeria overtakes it. That would set the Red Devils up with a Round of 16 match against the Americans instead of the Germans. The World Cup has been a roller-coaster for the United States, which nearly drew with Ghana before beating it and nearly won against Portugal before drawing it. But overall, the Americans’ position is improved. It has about a 76 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage — slightly more than double its odds before the tournament began.The U.S. will kick off against Germany at noon Eastern time in Recife, Brazil. By 2 p.m., its fate will be determined. If the Americans beat Germany, the math is simple: They’ll win Group G and will face the second-place team from Group H in the Round of 16. Their opponent would probably be either Algeria, whom the U.S. would be favored against — or Russia, against whom they would have about even odds.Draw with Germany, and the U.S. will also advance — but as the second-place team from Group G likely to face Belgium in the Round of 16. (The 2-1 and 1-1 scores in the chart below are some of the most common for wins and draws, respectively.)If the Americans lose, they’ll have to sweat the results of the other Group G match between Ghana and Portugal, which will take place simultaneously in Brasilia. They’ll get a reprieve if the Ghana-Portugal match is drawn, in which case the U.S. is guaranteed to advance in second. But a U.S. loss in Recife, coupled with a victor in Brasilia, could knock them out of the tournament.The table below describes what will happen if the U.S. loses its match, for all losing scores up to 4-0 Germany, and for all possible outcomes in Brasilia up to four goals scored by each team. For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 2-0 and Portugal beats Ghana 3-1, the U.S. will advance over Portugal on the basis of FIFA’s goal-differential tiebreaker. Portugal, still disadvantaged from its 4-0 loss to Germany in its opening game, has to make up a net of five goals with the U.S. to make the knockout round.Although Cristiano Ronaldo might think otherwise, we can’t put it completely past Portugal to accomplish this: The Portuguese can score goals in bunches when in good form, and they have about a 5 percent chance of backing into the knockout stage. There’s even a remote chance that FIFA would have to draw lots to resolve a tie between the U.S. and Portugal: If Portugal beats Ghana 2-0 and the U.S. loses to Germany 3-0, both teams would be stuck on four goals scored and six allowed, and FIFA would resort to the luck of the draw.However, the bigger problem for the U.S. would be if it loses in Recife and Ghana wins in Brasilia. Then, any Ghana win by more than one goal, or any U.S. loss by more than one goal, would send Ghana forward. The U.S. does have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Ghana by virtue of having beaten it, but that will come into play only if the two matches finish with the same score line (there’s about a 2 percent chance of that happening).This could yield some interesting strategy and psychology at each venue. Say, for example, that about 75 minutes into Thursday’s matches, the U.S. trails Germany 2-1 while Ghana leads Portugal by the same margin. If those scores held, the U.S. would advance — so it might want to play quite defensively rather than seek an equalizer. But in Brasilia, the Portuguese would have almost nothing left to play for (merely drawing their match against Ghana or even winning it by one goal wouldn’t do them any good), and the Ghanaians would. If Ghana added a garbage-time goal against an indifferent Portuguese back line, the U.S. would be out.Incidentally, the Germans also have something to play for Thursday — at least in theory. They have not technically clinched advancement: They could be out of the tournament if they lose to the U.S. and there is a victor in Brasilia. However, the outcomes would need to be exceptionally lopsided given Germany’s +4 goal differential so far, which is why Germany has a 99.7 percent chance of going forward.Later Thursday, the final matches of Group H will take place.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be taking any further free-kicks around the penalty zoneThe Bianconeri are looking for a repeat of their 1-0 win over Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United in Wednesday night’s return Champions League fixture.However, as prolific as Ronaldo is from set pieces, Allegri will be handing close-range free-kicks duties to either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic.“Ronaldo is a smart guy,” said Allegri, according to the Express.“He knows Pjanic and Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area.“When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we’ve decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Just last week, Dybala accidentally leaked Juventus’ free-kick pecking order in a picture he posted on Twitter with Ronaldo.It came after Dybala captained the team for the first time in the club’s 2-1 win over Empoli, where Ronaldo scored both of Juventus’ goals.In the picture below, fans quickly pointed out the set-piece priority lists that were put on the wall of the Juventus dressing room.La prima da capitano non si dimentica mai ©️#finoallafine #juventus #futbol #capitan pic.twitter.com/UYA2mfQOUA— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 27, 2018
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Female inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center have been caring for dogs dropped from this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sixty-seven mushers with their dogs began the race for Nome last Sunday, and the winner is expected to arrive early this week. The inmates provide care and housing for sled dogs dropped from the race. Dogs dropped along the race route are shipped back to Anchorage where many have been taken in at HMCC until their owners/handlers return to claim them. During the day, a crew provides care for the dogs. And another operates at night, just in case more loads of dropped dogs arrive, during the dark hours. As long as anyone can remember, this has been a tradition for Iditarod dogs that are too tired or sore to keep racing. Photo courtesy of the DOC- 2013
The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area has been expanded to include the Sterling Highway corridor for the safety of firefighting aircraft and personnel. In a release from DOF, hot and dry weather coupled with persistent winds from the northwest are pushing both smoke and the east flank of the fire towards the highway corridor and transmission line. Smoke impacts will reduce visibility and will cause delays for all traffic between milepost 58 and 75.5. All motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and cautiously with headlights on. Pilots need to be aware that large water scooping aircraft will be using Skilak and Hidden lakes. Recreationists in these areas need to remain alert and vigilant about staying away from the center of the lakes while these aircraft assist the fire crews working along the fire’s edge. The Alaska Department of Transportation is dedicated to keeping weekend traffic moving with the use of flaggers and pilot cars. Travelers are advised to be prepared for long delays and should consider bringing extra water and food, as well as extra ice and coolers to keep fish cold. Homer Electric has been in communication with railbelt utilities so that they will be prepared. This action will not affect consumer power on the Kenai Peninsula or points north. Motorists are advised to allow plenty of extra time to reach destinations and to be on alert to give the right of way to emergency response vehicles. Skilak Lake Road is a narrow gravel road and should not be considered as an option for recreation vehicles, fifth-wheel trailers and semi tractors with trailers. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. In consideration of firefighter and public safety the Homer Electric Association, working in coordination with fire managers, is prepared to de-energize the 115,000-volt Transmission Tie Line that connects Bradley Lake Hydroelectic facility to the rest of the railbelt utilities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 26th, 2019 at 09:25 amThe Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has been working closely with officials from the Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management, Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska State Troopers, the Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction and other cooperating agencies, to be prepared should the smoke and activity of the Swan Lake Fire affect the Sterling Highway corridor and Homer Electric transmission lines.