John Wall at his elite, explosive best for Wiz in playoffs

first_img“It’s always pulling teeth to try to get him off the court,” Brooks said. “I like that. As a coach, you want that.”Now Washington will need to grab a victory on the road at least once to claim a series in which the home team has won every game so far.“You put John Wall on this team for 82 games,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said, “and I guarantee they wouldn’t be eighth.”Instead, Wall appeared in only 41 games this season, missing all four that Washington played against Toronto. But he sure is looking good when the games count the most.He is averaging 26.8 points, 13 assists and 4.8 rebounds in the series.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ “I had a big game,” he said Monday, looking back at that victory from a couple of weeks ago. “Kind of just started to see shots fall that I was falling short on the couple of games I had before that.”As Wall prepares to lead the No. 8 seed Wizards into Game 5 against the No. 1 seed Raptors on Wednesday night in Toronto, it is as if he never was away for more than two months. As if he never needed that operation in the first place. As if he got a chance to ramp up for the postseason for more than merely four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd all of that outside chatter about whether Washington might just be better off without him, based on the team going 8-2 at the start of his absence in January and February, sure seems silly right about now. Especially after Wall carried Washington to a 106-98 victory in Game 4 on Sunday night by scoring eight of the host’s last 14 points and adding an assist — plus tight defense on DeMar DeRozan — after Bradley Beal fouled out with about five minutes left.Did it while playing all 24 minutes in the second half, too. Plus, Wall revealed Monday that he twisted his right ankle down the stretch, although he declared himself fine. View comments Melting Pot: 76ers’ global approach to a roster is working Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) greets fans after Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks knew John Wall would be back to his explosive, elite self for the playoffs when the All-Star point guard was able to play 38 minutes in a regular-season loss at Cleveland.It took Wall one additional outing to be absolutely certain he’ d be OK after coming back from surgery on his left knee, pointing to his 29-point, 12-assist effort against Boston five days later.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And here’ s an obscure, yet telling, stat offered up by the Wizards: Wall joined Magic Johnson as the only players with at least 27 points, 14 assists and six rebounds in two consecutive playoff games.“It was just a matter of time before he got back to himself,” Wizards forward Markieff Morris said. “He just needed to get some games under his belt. Basically, just get his feet under him, get his wind back, and he would get back to how he was playing. Because he’s a competitor.”That aspect of Wall’ s persona came out when he was trading barbs with Canadian rapper Drake during the series’ first two games in Toronto, when the Raptors were taking a 2-0 lead.“I told him to be here for Game 3. He told me he was going to be here. Didn’t show up. He told me we were getting swept and he had the broom for us,” Wall said. “I wanted him to know they weren’t going to sweep us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Update – Highway 29 down to single lane near Bear Flats

first_imgView Vehicle Incident on Highway 29 in a larger map**Update as of 11:40pm the road has been cleared and traffic is moving like normal.  The RCMP have released more information about the accident, click here for further detailsAt last report, the Fort St. John RCMP are on the scene of a what is being described as a vehicle incident on Highway 29.- Advertisement -The incident occurred early Saturday evening near Bear Flats on Highway 29.  At this point the highway is down to single lane alternating traffic.At one point, North Peace Search and Rescue was called out to the scene to help search for a person that the RCMP believed was in the vehicle.  It’s unknown at this time if this person has been located.The Fort St. John RCMP have told us they will be releasing more information on this incident shortly.  For updates on Highway 29 visit www.drivebc.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

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Responsible Gambling Week starts in Fort St. John

first_imgBCLC says most adults in B.C. gamble at least once a year, whether that’s buying a lottery ticket, betting in a casino or gambling online. Jim Lightbody, President & CEO of BCLC, says the corporation looks out for their players because ‘it’s the right thing to do.’“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is one more way we can educate our players so that gambling remains a fun form of entertainment,” he added.Jackie Clayton, Vice President Public Relations & Partnerships with the Pomeroy Lodging Group, says Chances Fort St. John is proud to be a part of this initiative.“Our players are our business and it is very important to us as the service provider, to ensure gambling is delivered in the most responsible way,” Clayton noted.Advertisement “Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an excellent forum for both our players and our gaming staff.”Other communities participating in RGAW include the Greater Victoria area, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna and Richmond. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Energetic City is just one of six communities across B.C. hosting a Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.This is the first RGAW to be hosted in Fort St. John. The initiative is lead by the BC Lottery Corporation, in partnership with the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch’s BC Responsible Problem Gambling Program and Chances Fort St. John.“The more people know, the better equipped they are to make healthy decisions about gambling,” said Mike de Jong, the Minister of Finance.- Advertisement -For the rest of the week, demonstrations for RGAW will be taking place across the city. Residents can also check out the Ok to Play? RGAW events at Chances Fort St. John on April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the Fort St. John Tradeshow on Friday, April 8 to Saturday April 9. Just Jacks at the Pomeroy Hotel hosted an event last night.Peace River North’s member of legislative assembly, Pat Pimm, encourages residents to attend the events.“Education can help create awareness about gambling,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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France’s Mbappe sprints towards superstar status at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe kisses a goalpost during a World Cup training session © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 4 – As Didier Deschamps plots another World Cup title tilt with France, Kylian Mbappe, who was not even born when his coach lifted the trophy in 1998, has become an indispensable figure for Les Bleus.It was only two-and-a-half years ago that the teenager made his professional debut, but the rise of Mbappe — the second-most expensive player in history — has been meteoric. After winning successive French league crowns with Monaco and then Paris Saint-Germain, the 19-year-old announced himself on the global stage by knocking Lionel Messi’s Argentina out of the last 16 in Russia.With Cristiano Ronaldo, a childhood hero of Mbappe’s, crashing out of the competition on the same day with Portugal, it felt like a passing of the torch to a new generation.Mbappe’s breathtaking acceleration and steely composure were used to devastating effect as he became the first teenager since Pele 60 years ago to score at least twice in a World Cup match.“I gave Kylian a new nickname, it’s 37, because he reached a peak of 37km/h (kilometres per hour) against Argentina,” said France teammate Florian Thauvin.Kylian Mbappe scored twice as France beat Argentina 4-3 in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / FRANCK FIFETo put his searing speed into context, triple Olympic 100-metre champion Usain Bolt’s career peak was clocked at 44.72 km/h during his world record run at the 2009 world championships.And while Mbappe may be the game’s new superstar, the French teenage sensation is not forgetting his roots.According to L’Equipe, he has promised to donate his World Cup bonus to organise sporting initiatives for children in hospital.He will likely find a robust Uruguay defence far less charitable, but former France defender Lilian Thuram expects Mbappe to thrive on the challenge.“He is young, and young players really enjoy themselves when the standard of the opposition increases,” said Thuram.– ‘More talent’ than Pogba –France great Thierry Henry, who followed a similar trajectory to the top as Mbappe, cited the latter’s intelligence as the driving force behind his success.“When I watch him dribble, he’s thinking,” Henry said in an interview with Canal+.“There’s something that gets me going and saddens me at times. We often speak of a player and say: ‘He’s fast, he’s tough, he jumps high’, but we never speak about a player’s brain.“He thinks when he plays, and that for me is the most important thing in a player, he uses his brain,” explained Henry.“It’s the sign of a guy who can go very far.”Ludovic Batelli, coach of the France team that won the Under-19 European Championship in 2016, said Mbappe had a rare level of maturity for someone so young.“He has this clear-headedness, this sangfroid in front of goal which is the mark of great goalscorers,” said Batelli.“It’s often acquired more in the second part of one’s career. He has it at a very, very young age. It’s what is going to allow him to become a future great.”Mbappe scored 21 goals in his first season in Paris after joining the club in a monumental deal worth an eventual 180 million euros ($210 million).Paul Pogba, one of the cornerstones of the current France side, said Mbappe has only just scratched the surface of what he is capable of achieving.“He’s got a lot more talent than me,” Pogba said of Mbappe. “And he’s not going to stop there. He’s got so much talent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda targeted by Turkish giants

first_img Charly Musonda in action for Chelsea 1 Fenerbahce have added Charly Musonda to the growing number of Chelsea players on their summer hit list.The Turkish club are already interested in signing both Loic Remy and Baba Rahman, but now AMK have reported that Musonda is also among their targets.The 19-year-old is highly rated at Stamford Bridge but it is currently unclear what new manager Antonio Conte wants to do with him.The Italian will run the rule over all of Chelsea’s youngsters on his arrival and it has been suggested that another loan move away from the club is likely for Musonda.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Real Betis, where he made 14 La Liga appearances, and the Spanish club are interested in keeping him for another campaign.But Fenerbahce will also approach Chelsea about a potential move to Turkey and are quietly confident the west London club will accept.last_img read more

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IN THEIR OWN PICTURES: DONEGAL HEROES 0F 2012 CELEBRATE CAPTURING SAM

first_imgWE’VE kind of recruited the heroes of 2012 for Donegal Daily…into the wee small hours of a great night in Dublin.This Monday evening they will return home to the hills with Sam Maguire on board.So in the meantime, thanks to all the players (and Shay Given for the bus pic!) for all the pictures. And thanks for a brilliant day; for those of us privileged to be at Croke Park, for all who didn’t quite get there – and all of the Donegal clan around the globe.Jimmy’s Winning Matches  IN THEIR OWN PICTURES: DONEGAL HEROES 0F 2012 CELEBRATE CAPTURING SAM was last modified: September 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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DDTV: Photographer captures ethereal sandstorm

first_imgKaren Skelly captured this ethereal display on Rossnowlagh beach on Thursday morning.The sandstorm caused the top layer of sand to blow along the bottom, making the sand look like water!Photography is a keen interest on Karen’s, and she can be found with a camera in hand when she is not working on visual merchandising. Video Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/video-1485533970.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/video-1485605595.mp400:0000:0000:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.DDTV: Photographer captures ethereal sandstorm was last modified: January 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:karen skellyPhotographyRossnowlaghsandstormlast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Gets To Strong Start At Northern Intercollegiate

first_img Sunday Results “Matt (Lavery) and Drew (Ison) both played solid first rounds. Jack (Kennedy) and Chase (Wicklund) bounded back with better second rounds,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “We are looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow.” Drake’s top-three scorers are three shots within each other and are in the top-20. Drew Ison shot a one-over par 72 to begin his day and then finished the final 18 holes with a six-over par 77 to be tied for 15th-place with a total score of 149 (72-77). Fellow junior Matt Lavery is tied for 18th-place and is one shot behind Ison with a score of 150 (72-78). Sophomore Jack Kennedy had a slow start, shooting a 78 but answered the tough round with a two-over par 73 to be tied for 20th-place with a score of 151 (78-73). Freshman Chase Wicklund ended his day with a score of 156 (80-76), while sophomore Tommi Avant rounded out the team’s effort with a score of 166 (83-83). CHICAGO – Drake University men’s golf team are in fourth-place after 36 holes at the Northern Intercollegiate on Sunday in Chicago. Story Links The Bulldogs recorded a score of 606 (302-304) and are eight shot behind third-place Indiana. Illinois leads the field with a score of 558 (-10), followed by Marquette in second with a score of 597. Drake will finish play at the Northern Intercollegiate on Monday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Four Bulldogs Earn Summit League Men’s Tennis Honors

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team placed a league-high four student-athletes on the All-Summit League Team, the Summit League announced Thursday, April 25, night prior to the start of the league’s championship.Ben Clark, Vinny Gillespie, and Tom Hands were named to the All-Summit League Team for the second-consecutive year. Calum MacGeoch was also named to the team after redshirting last season. All four Bulldogs are seniors and all received All-MVC honors in 2016-17, prior to Drake joining the Summit League.Hands won a team-high 18 singles matches in dual competitions, including two wins over nationally ranked opponents. Hands was nationally ranked for several weeks, reaching as high as No. 64.Gillespie earned three Summit League Athlete of the Week awards and posted a singles record of 17-9 in dual events. Gillespie went 15-13 in doubles matches and ranked as high as No. 27 with his doubles partner Barny Thorold.MacGeoch had a team-high 17 doubles wins including a 5-1 record in conference play. Over a stretch of 11 doubles matches, MacGeoch and his doubles partner Tom Hands lost just one match.Clark was a perfect 6-0 in league singles matches and went 2-1 in doubles play. Clark finished the season with momentum, winning nine of his last 12 singles matches with one match unfinished.The Bulldogs tied league regular-season champion Denver for the most all-league selections. Drake begins competition at the Summit League Championship in Tulsa, Okla., Friday evening against Valparaiso. The match is set to start at 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of young man

first_imgAn Inishowen man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of a young Buncrana man.Seosamh McGonigle, 20, from Glackmore, Muff, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. He was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of John Hegarty [21] at Carnashannagh, Burnfoot, on July 12, 2015 to which he pleaded guilty.He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance.The court was told that members of the late John Hegarty’s family were in court.Barrister for Mr McGonigle, Richard Lyons, requested the sentence be adjourned until the next sitting of the circuit court and asked Judge John Aylmer for a probation and psychiatric report in the case.Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of young man was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtdangerous drivingdeathdonegalplealast_img read more

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