Dwight Howard #8 of the Atlanta Hawks grabs a rebound against Willie Reed #35 of the Miami Heat at Philips Arena on December 7, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds Wednesday to help the Atlanta Hawks end their seven-game NBA losing streak with a 103-95 victory over the Miami Heat.“It was good to get the monkey off our backs, but we’ve got to keep working,” said Howard, who connected on nine of 11 shots from the floor and made five of six from the free-throw line.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK The victory stopped the rot, at least temporarily, for a team that started strong this season but had lost 10 of their last 11 games.“It’s not fun,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “This group has a lot of pride and you need to win a game at some point. I still feel like we can get better.”Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year who was acquired in the offseason by his hometown team, said the Hawks have plenty of time to recover their losses this season.“Every team has that bump in the road. I’d rather have that bump now than later in the season. Now we’ve got a chance to get some good wins.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Antetokounmpo triple-double fuels Bucks View comments Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Seven of his rebounds came on the offensive glass, and he added four assists and two blocked shots for good measure.Defensively, Howard helped limit Miami’s Hassan Whiteside to just eight points — 10 fewer than his season average.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Hawks also got 21 points and nine rebounds from forward Paul Millsap and 17 points and seven assists from Dennis Schroder.Thabo Sefolosha contributed 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MOSCOW (AP):FIFA has picked European and South American referees to handle the World Cup quarterfinals that feature only teams from their regions.The Uruguay versus France game will be refereed by Nestor Pitana of Argentina tomorrow in Nizhny Novgorod. It will be his fourth assignment, including the opening game.Also tomorrow, the Brazil versus Belgium game in Kazan will be handled by Milorad Mazic of Serbia. He handled the Champions League final in May.FIFA says that Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci will work Russia versus Croatia on Saturday in Sochi. He handled Croatia’s first group-stage game against Nigeria.The Sweden versus England quarterfinal in Samara on Saturday will be the fourth game refereed by Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands.
Up until last year, Jim Chute had served as one of the Peace region’s two representatives on a local government working group that was advising the provincial government’s contract renewal team for most of the previous five years. Chute said while the agreement announced last week does not contain any changes to the overall funding formula for policing, it does give municipalities more control over the items that drive costs up.“Basically what municipalities are getting is the right to be consulted, and considerably more predictability to make their budgets, but no relief from the fact that policing is going to continue to be 25 to 40 per cent of many municipal budgets,” he said.In Dawson Creek, local taxpayers pay 70 per cent of policing costs, while the federal government pays the balance. Total policing costs, both operational and capital, account for about one-third of the city’s budget, though Chute noted some new staff members have joined the detachment recently and building upgrades have been made this year. He said while that formula remains the same, municipalities can now negotiate with the RCMP over administrative and capital costs.- Advertisement -“That’s things like wages for an RCMP member, technological costs when systems are changed as they have recently been, equipment costs, buildings and vehicles,” he said. “There had been no consultation with either the Province or the municipalities before decisions were made that were going to significantly increase costs. Under the new system, there will be a full consultation process around any proposed cost changes. There will be a committee set up that monitors the application of the contract.”Chute was referring to the proposed Contract Management Committee (CMC) that will include representation from all three levels of government to oversee how the RCMP delivers police services and how costs are managed. He added the RCMP has agreed to more oversight from the Province and municipalities on other issues related to the public interest.He said while there was some discussion of alternatives – such as establishing a provincial police force, or municipal police forces such as is done in some cities such as Vancouver – the overall consensus was to retain the services of the RCMP for policing in British Columbia. Advertisement “It’s still generally considered by municipalities in B.C. that the RCMP is the gold standard for policing,” he said. The tentative agreement includes a two-year opt-out clause and a five-year review. The provincial government states more details of the agreement will be released when appropriate. Chute said there are still several provisions in the contract that all parties agree are vague and need to be rewritten, and he expects those details will be finalized shortly.
1 John Terry is on the verge of sealing a hugely lucrative move to China, according to reports.The Chelsea captain looks certain to be leaving Stamford Bridge after 18 years in the summer and has seemingly played his last game for the club following his sending off against Sunderland at the weekend.The 35-year-old has attracted interest from across Europe and has been targeted by numerous Major League Soccer clubs.But Terry is now said to have made his mind up on a switch to the Chinese Super League.According to The Sun, he is close to finalising terms with an unnamed club which will make him one of the highest paid players in world football.Terry visited Shanghai in March as he weighed up a potential move to the Far East and is now ready to put pen-to-paper on a stunning £500,000-a-week deal.The ex-England skipper would become the latest big-name to make the move to China, following the likes of Gervinho, Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and his former Blues teammate Ramires.He could link up with his one-time Chelsea boss Phil Scolari at Guangzhou Evergrande or with his old England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG. John Terry
The Gunners boss has been amazed by the French international’s progress 1 Arsene Wenger has admitted to twice losing out on N’Golo Kante – with the midfielder set to be at the heart of the Chelsea side which comes up against Arsenal on Saturday.The 25-year-old has been in fine form for the table-topping Blues having joined them in the summer after starring in Leicester’s shock Premier League title success last season.Kante was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium after Wenger said 12 months ago that he had been aware of the player for several years.But he instead ended up at London rivals Chelsea and has been an integral part of Antonio Conte’s side – who sit nine points clear at the Premier League summit.Ahead of their meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, Wenger conceded he had twice been thwarted in moves for the former Caen player.“Yes. When he (was) in France, when he (was) at Leicester,” he said when asked if he had looked to sign Kante.He then appeared to imply Kante had chosen Chelsea as his destination for financial reasons.Asked what happened in a move for the player, Wenger added: “There again, I cannot explain everything but it is quite obvious when you look where he has gone.Pushed on if it was a move driven by money, he added: “I do not want to talk about that, transfers are transfers – you cannot explain absolutely everything.”It is not the first time Wenger has spoken about Kante – having revealed last year ahead of a game against Leicester that he had been made aware of his talent some years before.“Of course I know him,” he said last February.“You look at his career and you will be amazed. Because he played in Suresnes in Paris at the age of nine, 10 years old. After he went to Boulogne as an amateur. They didn’t want to sign him pro.“After, he went to Caen, and then he came finally to England. But everywhere he has been, he has always adapted to the level where he was.“One of my best friends in life knows him since he was 10 years old, and he spoke to me about him. We went to watch him and we saw he had quality. But I didn’t know he would come so quickly to England.”Wenger could certainly do with a player like Kante for the short journey to face the title favourites.He confirmed Aaron Ramsey faces three weeks on the sidelines after picking up a calf injury in the surprise 2-1 home defeat to Watford on Tuesday which leaves the Gunners adrift.With Granit Xhaka serving a ban for his second red card of the season, Mohamed Elneny in the final of the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, Jack Wilshere on loan at Bournemouth and Santi Cazorla and now Ramsey both injured, Wenger’s options are limited.Francis Coquelin will surely start in his most natural role but there is no obvious partner for the Frenchman, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having played in Ramsey’s place after replacing him against Watford.Wenger could opt to start with the England man – who faces a fitness test after taking a knock to the knee against the Hornets – or turn to youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who impressed there in the recent 5-0 FA Cup win over Southampton but has never started a Premier League game.“Yes, we are a bit short at the moment,” Wenger conceded.“But I think we have young players who can do well in there. We have Jeff Reine-Adelaide, we have of course Maitland-Niles, we have Chamberlain. (Alex) Iwobi can play in there. Elneny will come back after Sunday, so I still have some strengths.”Despite dropping further behind Chelsea following the damaging defeat to Watford – Wenger does not believe defeat at Stamford Bridge, which would take the hosts 12 points clear of their opponents, will not rule his side out of the title race.“I don’t know, but in a press conference you always have to deal with the ‘ifs’,” he added.“I believe what’s most important is that we turn up with a positive performance. We have shown in the first game that we can beat Chelsea so let’s turn up with the same quality and show a straight response.“What is at stake is how well we respond, in a united way and in a determined way, to get there and play our game.”As well as Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud also faces a fitness test ahead of the contest having been replaced at half-time in midweek.
SACRAMENTO – Motorists would be banned from using handheld cell phones – a problem blamed for thousands of vehicle crashes and fatalities – under a bill expected to be approved by the Legislature next week. Modeled after a New York City law, Senate Bill 1613 would fine drivers using handheld cell phones $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses beginning Jan. 1, 2008. It would not apply to drivers using hands-free models and would exempt motorists using handheld cell phones in emergencies. And the legislation would remain in effect only until July 1, 2011, unless renewed. “Cell phones are the No. 1 cause of distracted-driving accidents in California,” said Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, who authored the bill as well as five previous versions. “Accidents by drivers using handheld phones outnumber those driving hands-free by a ratio of 25 to 1,” he said. “The difference between hands-free and handheld is life and death.” If SB 1613 is approved during the last week of the legislative session, it would go to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for consideration. Schwarzenegger spokesman Darrel Ng said Friday that the Governor’s Office “is actively working with the author on the bill.” In working on the bill for the past six years, Simitian has managed to eliminate most of the opposition to the measure. The exception is Sprint Nextel, which issued a statement saying the bill “fails to address the real public issue of inattentive driving.” “And it singles-out one potential distraction, the hand-held wireless phone, and penalizes even the driver who is operating the vehicle in a safe and responsible manner.” Supporters include insurance companies and law enforcement groups across the state. The Los Angeles City Council voted in June to back the state legislation, despite concerns that it might be unenforceable. But Capt. Ronald Marbrey, who heads the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division, predicted that law enforcement officers won’t hesitate to enforce the law. “We hope there will be voluntary compliance,” Marbrey said. “But an individual just driving down the road, and being in control, may get stopped.” According to a 2004 report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, as many as 70 percent of motorists use their cell phones while driving. A study by the California Highway Patrol found that cell phones have been the most common cause of distracted-driving accidents each year since 2001. During a six-month period in 2002, the California Highway Patrol recorded 491,083 crashes. Of those, 5,677 were related to some sort of inattention and 611 – or about 11 percent – were caused by cell phones. And the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis estimates that cell-phone use while driving likely has been responsible for more than 2,600 deaths, 330,000 injuries and 1.5 million instances of property damage nationwide. Technology has made hands-free cell-phone use possible for years but fewer than one-third of motorists take advantage of the devices while driving, according to a Harris Interactive online poll conducted earlier this year. But critics include the Governors Highway Safety Association, which says handheld-cell-phone bans send the wrong message to drivers – giving them a false sense of safety by implying that it’s safe to use hands-free cell phones while driving. The association says any distraction – including eating, adjusting the radio and talking with passengers in the vehicle – is a safety hazard. Earlier this year, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey enacted fines of $100 or more for holding a cell phone while driving. New York has had a similar law since 2001. email@example.com (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 6. Newcastle United have been on Match of the Day first four times this season5. Arsenal have been on Match of the Day first four times this season 8 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Arsenal’s strike force have been key this season. huge blow BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE 8 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 19= Watford haven’t been on Match of the Day first this season19= Wolverhampton Wanderers haven’t been on Match of the Day first this season 7= Bournemouth have been on Match of the Day first three times this season7= Crystal Palace have been on Match of the Day first three times this season7= Leicester City have been on Match of the Day first three times this season7= Tottenham Hotspur have been on Match of the Day first three times this season no dice 2. Manchester City have been on Match of the Day first nine times this season1. Liverpool have been on Match of the Day first 12 times this season 8 REVEALED shining A TV camera helps broadcast Tottenham vs Manchester United. There is nothing better than getting to see your team up first on Match of the Day – unless you’ve been on the end of a thumping.Being the top billing means you’ve been involved in a thrilling game, at the very least, and if you’ve lost it you can at least get an early night in. 17= Huddersfield have been on Match of the Day first once this season17= Brighton have been on Match of the Day first once this season11= Fulham have been on Match of the Day first twice this season11= Cardiff City have been on Match of the Day first twice this season11= Southampton have been on Match of the Day first twice this season tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Everton players celebrate beating Arsenal. Nuno has done exceptionally well at Wolves Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Southampton have had two games featured as top billing 8 8 8 Harry Kane and Dele Alli are crucial to Tottenham’s long-term success 4. Chelsea have been on Match of the Day first five times this season3. Manchester United have been on Match of the Day first six times this season 8 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 8 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Some clubs, though, appear to be on first a lot more often than others, whether they deserve to be or not.Luckily, The Times have looked back at the shows this season and worked out which sides have opened the show, hosted by Gary Lineker, most often.You can find out the results of the research below.*Only episodes with four matches or more have been included. Match of the Day host Gary Lineker. 11= Burnley have been on Match of the Day first twice this season11= West Ham have been on Match of the Day first twice this season11= Everton have been on Match of the Day first twice this season Will Liverpool players be celebrating at the end of the season?
Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT JIBE MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Spurs were dead and buried at half-time in the second leg at the Johan Cryuff ArenA as they trailed 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate after goals from Matthijs De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.However, a miraculous fightback, spearheaded by Moura, was completed deep into added time when the Brazilian slotted home a loose ball to seal an away goals success and spark amazing scenes in Amsterdam.It continues the remarkable progress for Spurs under boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has led the club further in Europe than any other.Jurgen Klopp’s men may have thought their name was on the trophy after the manner of their comeback against Barcelona, but Spurs will have other ideas and it promises to be a brilliant spectacle in Madrid on June 1.For Ajax, a brilliant run in this competition, where they beat Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds, ended in the most heartbreaking of ways and with their side set to be picked apart in the summer, they are unlikely to have a better chance of winning European football’s premier club competition than this. TROPHY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Getty Pochettino celebrates with the Spurs players at the final whistle Spurs knew they did not have history on their side as only one of the 17 teams who lost the first leg of a European Cup semi-final at home had gone on to progress to the final.Pochettino said on the eve of the game that he would speak from the heart before kick-off, delivering a team talk to rouse his men.Whatever he said did not prevent them conceding a goal inside the opening five minutes.Ajax started the first leg brilliantly – and they were again at it from the off.Dusan Tadic brought a flying one-handed save out of Hugo Lloris and Spurs could not survive the resulting corner, with the unmarked De Ligt finding the corner of the net with a powerful header.Disappointing as the start was, it did not alter the equation for Spurs if they wanted to go through after 90 minutes.They still had to score two goals and they had chances as Son Heung-min hit the post, then brought a save out of Andre Onana.Christian Eriksen missed the best of the chances when he fired straight at the Ajax goalkeeper after a darting run by Moura.Any hopes Spurs had appeared to be extinguished in the 36th minute as Ajax doubled their lead on the night. 3 Some shoddy defending from Kieran Trippier allowed the hosts in down the left and Tadic cut back for Ziyech, who whipped a brilliant first-time finish into the top corner.Spurs had to go for it after the break and Pochettino brought on Fernando Llorente on at the interval – and they found hope.Dele Alli had already brought a fine stop out of Onana by the time they got on the scoresheet in the 55th minute.Danny Rose started it with a nutmeg and then set Alli free, with Moura running on to the ball to stroke home.Four minutes later it was 2-2 as Moura bagged his second, showing skill and composure to find the net after Llorente was denied from point-blank range. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea whoops Lucas Moura scored a sensational hat-trick to send Tottenham Hotspur through to the Champions League final in Madrid.A day after Liverpool had stunned Barcelona, Spurs performed their own miracle in Amsterdam with a remarkable comeback to book a date with their Premier League finals. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY Ajax’s Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg getty Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker revealed latest Lucas Moura celebrates completing his hat-trick in Amsterdam Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Sensing something special was possible Spurs, with Ajax rocked, looked a threat every time they went forward.Ziyech drifted an effort just wide and then crashed the ball against the post, before Jan Vertonghen hit the crossbar from six yards.That looked like being Spurs’ last chance until the dying seconds, when Moura ran on to Alli’s through-ball to send Spurs into ecstasy and, more importantly, to Madrid. LATEST 3
4 But Juraj Kucka equalised eight minutes after half-time with a splendid volley from the edge of the area.Slovakia were reduced to 10 men two minutes from time when Norbert Gyomber received his second yellow card, but Wales could not find the winner in what was a pulsating contest.It was a must-not lose game for Wales with Ryan Giggs’ side three points adrift of Slovakia, albeit with a game in hand, and matches in Group E fast running out.A draw was not a disaster for Wales given the fact that they had beaten Slovakia in Cardiff in March. AFP A comprehensive review of all the action from Thursday night’s Euro 2020 qualifiers…Russia 4-0 ScotlandScotland’s miserable European Championship qualifying campaign continued as a second-half capitulation resulted in a 4-0 defeat in Russia. Artem Dzyuba celebrates after scoring from a corner against Scotland 4 Netherlands 3-1 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland suffered heartbreak in Rotterdam as Holland scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a 3-1 victory which leaves Euro 2020 qualification hopes hanging by a thread for Michael O’Neill’s men.Josh Magennis’ 75th-minute header had Northern Ireland dreaming of a victory which would have ranked amongst their greatest results, but it all fell apart late on. AFP or licensors David Marshall had rarely been troubled before three goals in 13 minutes around the hour mark made it five defeats in seven qualifiers for the visitors.Artem Dzyuba netted following two corners – the second game running Scotland have conceded twice in the same circumstances – and Magomed Ozdoev thumped home from long range.Aleksandr Golovin slotted home from 10 yards in the 84th minute to make it a second consecutive four-goal loss for Steve Clarke’s side.Clarke handed debuts to Michael Devlin, John Fleck and Lawrence Shankland, the latter from the bench, but he is still left seeking a way to turn around Scotland’s form after losing 13 goals in four successive defeats.The latest loss officially ended Scotland’s remote hopes of a top-two finish and left them in fifth place in Group I, four points behind third-placed Cyprus. Northern Ireland fell apart against the Netherlands Scotland’s remote chances of a top two finish are over 4 Memphis Depay levelled for the Dutch just five minutes after they fell behind, and then scored his second of the night in the fourth minute of stoppage time after setting up Luuk de Jong for the second.It was brutally cruel on Northern Ireland, who had battled bravely for 90 minutes and looked like they would be rewarded with a point which kept them firmly in the conversation to reach next summer’s finals.But instead they ended the night third in Group C, level on points with the Dutch and the Germans, who have both played a game less and who will both face Northern Ireland next month.Slovakia 1-1 WalesWales stayed in the hunt for Euro 2020 qualification with a battling 1-1 draw against Slovakia in Trnava.Kieffer Moore’s first goal for his country gave Wales hope of ending a 12-month wait for an away win. Kieffer Moore’s first goal for his country gave Wales hope of ending a 12-month wait for an away win AFP 4 AFP
A Donegal schoolboy has shown the Christmas Spirit of Giving by presenting the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny Hospital with €1,500. Logan Melly, 9, told his parents he wanted to help cancer patients this holiday season by raising money through a Christmas fundraiser.The Lettermacaward native had the kind-hearted belief he could raise enough money to cure everybody. With the support of his parents, Janet and Felix Melly, ‘Logan Melly’s Take your Pick’ was sparked into life last weekend.The idea, which saw Logan have his own booth at the Christmas fair at the Halla Naomh Bríde, involved selling raffle tickets with the aim of getting your number drawn to win one of the 25 prizes on offer.A wide variety of goods ranging from homemade crafts, including wooden snowmen and Christmas logs, homemade baking and sponsored prizes were on display for the worthy cause. Writing on Facebook, Logan’s mother, Janet, said she was ‘so proud’ of her son and his idea.“We are so proud of our son Logan,” she said. “Logan came to us a few weeks back and said he would like to do something to help people with cancer, his belief was if he could make enough money he could cure everybody, if only it worked like that.“None of this would have been possible without the support of everybody that donate prizes. Thanks once again for your amazing support.”On Sunday, Logan presented the Hospital with the final cheque, thanking everybody for their incredible support.Logan Melly’s Take your Pick raises €1,500 for Letterkenny’s Oncology Unit was last modified: December 9th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Cancer fundraiserCHristmasChristmas fundraiserletterkenny hospital