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Clippers defeat Grizzlies 94-92 in Matt Barnes’ return

first_img“I shot it, I said, ‘Listen, if that doesn’t go in, go bury my head in a hole,’ “ Redick said. “Like, there’s no way that’s not going in.”It was a sloppy game, to be sure, with the Clippers committing 18 turnovers and the Grizzlies 14. But the Clippers emerged victorious, and that’s all Jordan cared about.“Being able to finish the game shows our maturity,” he said. “I don’t think we would have won this game a few years ago.”Barnes has been missed. Clippers guard Austin Rivers, for example, could not say enough about how Barnes made him feel when he (Rivers) was traded to the Clippers in January, becoming the first in NBA history to play for a head coach who was also his father. That alone was enormous pressure.The younger Rivers played poorly in his first game with the Clippers, going 0 for 4 from the field in a loss to Cleveland. Barnes was there for him.“After that game I was like, ‘Man, this is terrible,’” Rivers said. “Matt came up to me and is like, ‘Man, we’re with you, relax, you’re going to get it. It’ll take time.’ Matt was the first one to tell me that and was with me the whole way.“Once I got my rhythm and started playing well with the Clippers, he acted the same way, like, ‘I told you.’ He’s an emotional guy and he says things. But people don’t give Matt the credit he is as a person. Matt’s actually a really great guy, man. Great teammate.”Barnes smiled when reminded of that.“This is a cold world, man,” said Barnes, who received a nice ovation when he entered the game at 2:35 of the first quarter. “People think we’re blessed, but there is a lot of turmoil that comes with it. So being traded and moving teams, it’s difficult for us. Especially when you have family.“So it’s just to let guys know, you know, Austin was new to our team. We let him know last year we had his back and we had everything he needed and guys on this (Memphis) team have done that for me. It’s just stuff certain people do and certain people have in them to just try to make people feel comfortable.”Even coach Doc Rivers, who as president of basketball operations was the one responsible for Barnes’ departure, noticed.“Well, I thought that’s what Matt did well,” he said.The elder Rivers misses something else about Barnes, who was traded to Charlotte, which then traded Barnes to Memphis.“On the floor, I thought he was a great instigator,” the elder Rivers said. “And I still think that’s an underrated asset in our league. Not the dirty stuff, but he had an ability to get under people’s skin and that’s not a bad thing.“And I thought he was a great cutter. I think we do miss that a little bit. I thought, especially playing with the starters, Matt knew where to go.”Barnes, 35, admitted that both his career and life have been a roller-coaster ride. It was only last month he was in a physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who is in a relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.But all and all, Barnes is good.“Considering this is the team the Clippers always used to go to war with in the playoffs, to be traded and end up in Memphis where I still have a chance to win, that was absolutely a blessing,” said Barnes, who smiled when he told reporters Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had been “talking trash” to him via text. “I’m still trying to find my way around the team a little bit and my way around the city. But besides that, I’m happy.” Up next for the Clippers are the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Dallas. The crowd there figures to be about as hostile as the Clippers will see this season because of Jordan reneging on a verbal agreement to sign with the Mavericks, then re-signing with the Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Matt Barnes sat in a locker room at Staples Center on Monday evening. He was in enemy territory, wearing a Memphis Grizzlies uniform after having played the previous three seasons with the Clippers, who traded him away during the off-season.“It’s bittersweet,” Barnes said before his new team was defeated 94-92 by the Clippers before 19,060 at Staples Center. “I had a lot of good times here. L.A.’s home, but I’m in Memphis now, so I’m excited about getting the opportunity to play against my former teammates.”The teams were tied 46-46 at halftime, and the Clippers led 70-66 heading into the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford at the third-quarter buzzer.Blake Griffin led the Clippers (5-2) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Redick scored 16 points and made a huge 3-pointer to give the Clippers the lead for good at 87-86 with 55.1 seconds to play. Redick also made three free throws with 13.3 seconds left for a 90-86 L.A. cushion. Chris Paul scored 14 points and got both poked and smacked in the eye. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers scored 13 and nine off the bench, respectively.center_img Paul missed Saturday’s game against Houston with a strained groin. He played nearly 33 minutes Monday and afterward said, “It’s feeling a little bit better.”Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies (3-5) with 26 points and nine rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 18, Mike Conley had 16 and Barnes scored eight points — all in the fourth quarter. Barnes also had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.Gasol could have tied the game with 3.5 seconds left, but he missed the second of two free throws.“It wasn’t a hard situation,” he said. “I just overthought the free throw.”Redick’s 3-pointer and free throws during a 42-second span after the Clippers had fallen behind were as big as they get. Redick was 1 of 5 from 3-point range prior to making the one that really counted.last_img read more

Wellington girls finish fifth in Haven Tournament

first_imgCheney10171218—57 Wellington21121016—59 Wellington: Avery Rusk 23, Lauryn Snipes 19, Tayland French 8, Shayland French 7, Taylor Zimmerman 2. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team finished fifth in the Haven Tournament and reached .500 for the first time this season with a 59-57 win over Cheney in the consolation championship game Saturday afternoon.Avery Rusk scored 23 points and Lauryn Snipes had 19 to help lift the Crusaders to victory.The game was a thriller coming down to the final 10 seconds. The game was tied 57-all with nine seconds remaining as Cheney made a big comeback late in the game. Wellington called timeout.“It was pretty simple in the huddle,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “Get the ball to Snipes and everyone get the heck out of the way and then crash the boards hard.” Cheney would foul Snipes going to the basket with three seconds remaining and she hit both free throws to take the 59-57 lead. The Cardinals would attempt one shot from 15 feet but it would miss and the Lady Dukes prevailed.Wellington finished 2-1 in the tournament which is always good. The Crusaders will now travel to Buhler Tuesday as the teams get back to single night action. Buhler is 11-2 placing third in the Haven tournament beating the host Haven team 71-48 for third place.Kingman won the tournament with a 50-34 victory over Goddard. Kingman beat Wellington in the first round.Saturday, Wellington led 21-10 in the first quarter but was outscored in the second quarter 17-2 to lead at the half 33-27.“Before the game, we wanted to play our three/quarter court pressure man defense, mixing in with some trapping and let our defense be our best offense and the girls accomplished that,” Adams said.Out of the first 21 points, 14 came off fast break opportunities. The Cardinals did not let them rattle them.“Cheney is so well coached, and their defensive transition was so good in the second quarter which made us play more half-court style,” Adams said.Wellington went more to a half-court trapping style of defense which led to some easy baskets. The lead would swell to 15 points at one point.But Cheney cut back into the lead, when 6-footer Haley Albers would go on a tear, hitting some huge baskets including a couple three-point baskets and eventually tying the game at 57-all.In an earlier game, Wellington would beat Rose Hill 50-38 in a second round game on Friday.Rusk would score 17 points while Snipes had 16. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington11131610—50center_img Consolation Championship: Wellington 59 Cheney 57 Rose Hill95420—38 Cheney: Albers 25, Lonker 11, Denney 10, Campbell 8, Freund 2, Wood 1. Wellington: Rusk 17, Snipes 16, S. French 9, T. French 6. Second round: Wellington 50 Rose Hill 38 (second round)last_img read more

Police, fire departments seek bigger budgets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“You’re going to ask us to take 8percent from our budget,” said Fire Commission President Genethia Hudley-Hayes, who noted she is “someone who does oversight of the Fire Department for the city of Los Angeles.” “In good conscience, I can’t do that. I won’t do that.” City agencies were asked to submit their budget requests by Thursday for the Mayor’s Office to review. The mayor, who is scheduled to meet today with general managers, had asked each department to cut back amid a projected $75 million shortfall next year. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor wanted all departments – including police and fire – to follow his directive. “That being said, the mayor’s top priority is public safety,” Szabo said. “The budget he submits in April will give priority to police, fire and other critical public-safety services.” Los Angeles’ police and fire departments defied Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s call Tuesday to cut their budgets for next year and instead proposed major spending increases to improve public safety and emergency services. Commissions that govern the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department said they could not submit budget proposals with the 8 percent reduction requested by Villaraigosa without imposing draconian cuts, including layoffs. Instead, both agencies submitted budget requests to the Mayor’s Office that call for increases – $250 million more for the LAPD and $72 million for the LAFD. Funding for the agencies represents more than half the city’s total general-fund budget. If adopted, the LAPD would have a budget of $1.5 billion while the LAFD would have $607 million. Police Commissioner John Mack said the LAPD needs the money in its proposed budget to fund programs required under a federal consent decree and to meet the mayor’s goal of reducing crime. “We as a commission and the public need to recognize, we don’t anticipate by any stretch of the imagination this is the final budget,” Mack said. “Given the tight fiscal climate we are operating in, clearly we have to recognize there will be some hard decisions made, there will have to be some trade-offs.” But, he said, the commission believed it needed to also pay for an in-car camera system to monitor officers for incidents of potential excessive force or racial profiling. “It is important for everyone to understand that the LAPD is going to provide the best services possible and it takes money to accomplish that,” Mack said. Hayes said the LAFD is coping with demands for massive reform after audits by Controller Laura Chick that found continuing problems with racial and sexual harassment. At the same time, demands on the Fire Department – particularly emergency medical care – are rising with the closure of the emergency room at King-Harbor Hospital and the shutdown of other hospitals in the area. Fire Chief Douglas Barry said he has yet to quantify what an 8 percent reduction would mean for services and whether any fire stations would have to close. The LAFD budget was described as already lean, with most of the proposed increases being used for salary boosts and infrastructure improvements. Added to the city’s current fiscal problems is the potential loss of $270 million if the city’s telephone-users tax is ruled illegal. The mayor and City Council have put a measure on the Feb. 5 ballot that would ask voters to put a 9percent telephone tax into effect. “If that doesn’t pass it will hurt more than the Fire Department,” Barry said. “It will hurt the whole city.”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

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, August 9

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we discuss Paul Pogba’s world-record £89m transfer to Manchester United from Juventus. The 23-year-old midfielder returns after four years away, having left United for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012.Also this morning we look back on day three at the Rio Olympics as Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow produced a great final dive to win one of two Olympic bronze medals for Great Britain.The pair’s 10m synchro success and Ed Ling’s bronze in the trap shooting took Britain’s tally to four and put them 10th in the medal table.And we also look back on last night’s T20 quarter-final between Nottinghamshire and Essex at Trent Bridge.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img read more