George, Westbrook lead Thunder over Jazz

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments George hit his seventh 3-pointer to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 79-66. George hit a deep 2-pointer to close the quarter and give the Thunder an 81-72 lead.Alex Abrines hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City a 92-80 lead and force Utah to call timeout. The Thunder held off a surge in the final minute.TIP-INSJazz: Mitchell made his first four shots, but just one of six the rest of the first half. … Made just eight of 22 shots in the second quarter.Thunder: G Corey Brewer, who was questionable with a right knee sprain, started. … Anthony scored his 1,700th playoff point. … Oklahoma City made its first 17 free throws and didn’t miss one until the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames UP NEXTGame 2 will be Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Celtics survive wild finish, hold off Bucks in OT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shouts after a dunk in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George scored 36 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz 116-108 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series on Sunday night.George set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers, blowing past the previous record of five. He made eight of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host Game 2 on Wednesday.Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling.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 crownRudy Gobert scored 14 points, and Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder each added 13 for the Jazz.The Thunder recovered from a 16-4 deficit to tie it at 25 at the end of the first quarter. Oklahoma City led 54-48 at halftime behind 20 points from George and 14 from Westbrook. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Fajardo, Manuel in the spotlight as San Miguel, Alaska clash

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Stephen Curry set for Manila return in September Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And although San Miguel will face Alaska in a lesser stage, a semifinals series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, there’s still some intrigue surrounding the matchup especially for reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.For one there’s the prospect of matching up against Vic Manuel, who’s in the running for the Best Player of the Conference.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’“Vic’s playing so well this conference, he’s scoring 20-plus a game and he’s really playing so good right now,” said Fajardo in Filipino after their 106-102 win over TNT to complete the quarterfinals sweep.“We have to mark him down but for sure there will be one player from us who will be designated to guard him we just have to help each other as a team.” LATEST STORIES Manuel is the highest scoring local in the league up to this point in the conference averaging 24.18 points with 6.36 rebounds while Fajardo, the no.3 Filipino in terms of scoring, is not far behind with 19.64 points and 11.36 boards.The other intriguing matchup for Fajardo is facing mentor Danny Ildefonso, who became Alaska’s big man coach at the start of the season and is one of the reasons for Manuel’s stellar play.Fajardo said Ildefonso may have an insight on how to stop him but he stressed that basketball is not just about one player.“That’s okay, maybe he will give pointers on how to guard me,” said Fajardo who had 19 points and 12 rebounds against the KaTropa. “If that happens, we still have other players who can score for us. We just have to play as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mara Fajardo against TNT. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel and Alaska have had quite a history for the past four years.Of the Beermen’s last five championships, three came against Alaska and none was more memorable than the 2016 Philippine Cup when San Miguel erased a 3-0 series deficit to complete the mythical “Beeracle.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

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Dr. Shannon’s Book on Environment, Mining Launched at UL

first_img(From left) Dr. Eugene H. Shannon, author; Former CBL Governor Elie Saleeby and Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks of UL at the launch of the book, ‘Safeguarding the Environment and Mining Development Projects’, held at UL Fendell CampusPresenters Recommend Book use for University LecturersA well-researched book entitled Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects and authored by Dr. Eugene H. Shannon, a prominent Liberian Geologist, was on Friday, February 22, 2019, launched at the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell campus, outside Monrovia.The launch of the environment and mining book, many attendees told the Daily Observer during the program, attracted a broad spectrum of academic, economic, business executives and professors, university lecturers and students from Montserrado County.The book launch also drew a sizable number of former ministers and directors of the then Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, who made professional presentations of the book chapter by chapter, aimed at giving a clearer understanding and narratives of the contents.In an executive summary of the book, University of Liberia president Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks disclosed that the university has introduced two post graduate programs in Environmental Management, Environmental Science and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.Dr. Weeks indicated that these under and post graduate degree programs will be named and placed under the College of Environmental studies at the University of Liberia’s academic programs in the country.Dr. Weeks thanked Dr. Shannon and staff for the brilliant academic work, which is expected to be of great benefit to the environmental science programs and studies of Liberia premier and higher institutions of learning in the country.In remarks, former Central Bank of Liberia governor Elie Saleeby pointed out that when he was asked to participate in the launch of the book, the invitation was received with trepidation owing to the professional nature of the environment and mining book.“I must admit, I was indeed astonished due to the fact that the book is well-organized and predicated on real life stories in our country,” Mr. Saleeby asserted.He however described the book as a must-read and masterpiece for students undergoing studies in geology, environment and mining and related industries at the various universities in the country.Dr. Peter S. Humphrey, Dean of the College of Science and Technology of the University of Liberia, described the book as very important as it relates to the environment in Liberia and globally.“If we think about the environment, human beings are the environment, and whatever we do in the environment have some kind of effect on us, especially with the recent development in Nimba County, North-eastern Liberia,” Dr. Humphrey stressed.Besides, Dr. Humphrey noted, the UL has launched degree programs in environmental studies and such a book will contribute a lot to the science program in the years to come.Dr. Humphrey added that this book should have come yesterday as it is a very useful academic work which will enrich the UL science program, especially students pursuing studies in the sciences.Dr. Shannon’s book, Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects, on display at UL Main Campus, outside MonroviaHe also challenged the UL faculty and professors to cultivate the virtues of writing books in the various disciplines, which would enhance and improve the overall academic programs of the University of Liberia.Former Central Bank of Liberia governor during the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration Dr. Joseph Mills Jones described the book as an excellent academic material which will greatly help to breach the huge gap of relevant textbooks for instructions at the University of Liberia.Former Governor Jones urged students, teachers, professors and other lecturers to take advantage of the environment and mining book in order to help improve the science programs of the University of Liberia.In a brief statement about the book, former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Cletus Wortorson stressed the need for extensive support to the monitoring aspects of various investment and mining projects in the country.The former Pro Tempore of the Senate presented his written work to author Eugene H. Shannon for onward presentation to the Geology Department of the University of Liberia, as part of lecture notes and lessons.Mr. Wortorson stressed that if professional geologists are not adequately funded, they will be left at the mercy of concession executives to foot bills during monitoring and supervision, which will leave room for compromise and ineffective work.In his presentation, former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister under late President Samuel K. Doe Dr. Fodee Kromah, underscored the need for more support to the environmental and mining sectors of Liberia in a bid to enhance effective monitoring and supervision of investment in the extractive industry.In a statement and presentation at the book launch, the Dean of the College of Engineering of the University of Liberia Mr. Augustus S. Moore noted that the environment and mining book has added another great boost to the academic advancement of the sciences.Dean Moore extended thanks to Dr. Shannon and team for the splendid academic work, and urged students of the College of Engineering to take the book as a relevant textbook in the years to come.In a brief statement, Dr. Shannon extended thanks and appreciation to academic, economic, business executives, and professors as well as teachers and students that graced the occasion, especially their support given during and after years of hard work and determination.In closing, Dr. Shannon disclosed that former CBL Governor Elie Saleeby purchased 25 copies of the newly published Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects, which will be placed in the UL library for the use of students, teachers, lecturers and professors of the Engineering College.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 1800 girls introduced to ICT

first_imgNational Frequency Management Unit Assistant Engineer Melissa LayneOver the course of seven years, girls from a number of communities have benefited from International Communication Technology (ICT) and efforts made at changing the trajectory of the field to include more women.In an interview with Guyana Times, Assistant Engineer Melissa Layne of the National Frequency Management Unit declared that the number of these girls currently stands at just over 1800.Some persons have used their skillset to advance further into the Guyana Girls Code programme, to create databases and other programmes.“In the past seven years, we have actually been able to reach over 1800 girls and exposed them to the potential benefits of tech. And in addition to that, we have been seeing programmes like the Guyana Girls Code initiative that are taking off from the ICT initiative,” Layne said.According to her, girls are introduced to programming courses to develop their coding skills, which place them in a position to obtain a position in the field. The increased number of women also makes for a comfortable working environment. In the past, ICT had been seen as dominated by males.“The girls are exposed to free programming classes, and they’re developing their coding skills, which make them an asset to any job market. We definitely feel that this will make women feel more comfortable in joining the field. We get responses that persons are considering it as a career choice, rather than before, when only the traditional things were being thought of,” Assistant Engineer Layne explained.It is estimated that technological fields will grow in the future; but currently, they are seen as a lucrative opportunity if used to attract the needs of a wider audience. For this, women are encouraged to get onboard at an early age.“We have girls from as young as 12 who have actually programmed applications. As we know, tech is one of the highest paying and fastest growing fields, so we definitely want more people, especially women, to take up jobs in this field,” Layne related.Some persons have also entered the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) initiative using their knowledge to create robotics with specialised features.Girls in ICT Day is usually observed every year on April 26 in all member countries and organisations of the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In Guyana, it is spearheaded by the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU).Back in March, it was announced that 10 students would benefit from an ICT internship with local tech companies.last_img read more

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Bantam Flyers get two wins in home-and-home against Peace River

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers had a successful weekend after a home-and-home series against the Peace River Sabres.The Bantam Flyers were the ones to strike first in Saturday’s game in Peace River. Noah Lang opened the scoring for the Flyers on the power play just past the five minute mark of the first period, assisted by John Herrington and Lee Kurtis. Nathan Brownlee added some insurance for Fort St. John with seven minutes left in the opening frame, Lang getting the assist.Herrington scored unassisted 5:17 into the second period, but Peace River had an answer just fourteen seconds later to make it a 3-1 game. Lang added his second of the game a few minutes later to keep the Bantam Flyers’ lead at three goals assisted by Jaydon Viens and Brandon Modde.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Flyers’ three goal lead ended up leading to a bit of complacency. Peace River got to within two early in the third before Hunter Brown scored just shy of the thirteen minute mark assisted by Justin Brownlee. Peace River’s Blake Anderson then scored a pair of quick unassisted goals within a two minute span to get a hat-trick and nearly force a tie against the Flyers, but Fort St. John shut the door to get the win 5-4.On Sunday, it was all Flyers in the first period. John Herrington, Duncan Ross, and Daric McDonall all scored unassisted early in the frame, while Owen Floriant and Noah Lang each assisted on goals by Hunter Brown and Nathan Brownlee to give Fort St. John a 5-2 lead after 20 minutes.Devan Minard scored in the second frame, and Noah Lang added a seventh goal in the third to give Fort St. John the 7-3 win on home ice.Advertisement The Bantam Flyers play their final home game of 2016 this Sunday at the Pomeroy Sports Centre at 1:45 against Grande Prairie, before heading to the EBIT Edmonton Bantam Invitational Tournament starting on Dec.27.On another note, Nathan Brownlee was selected to represent the Fort St. John Flyers in the ERBHL All Star Game in Beaumont, Alberta on December 17th.last_img read more

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Buxton Diamond, Sparta Boss aiming for opening glory

first_imgThree Peat Promotions/Guinness Cage Competition…Melanie B, Blazers, Avacado Ballers, Sparta Boss, Paradise, Melanie A, North East La Penitence, Victoria Church Yard, Buxton Diamond, Plaisance B, Uprising and hosts Haslington Hypers will all be aiming to record wins when play in the Three Peat Promotions /Guinness Cage Competition resumes tomorrow evening, at the Haslington Market Tarmac.The above-mentioned teams will be under immense pressure to register their first points in the exciting format, and fans could expect a night of riveting action on the East Coast where the support from the various communities has been tremendous.Opening night action last Wednesday produced some surprises with defending Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” East Coast Zone champions Uprising falling to Vryheid’s Lust narrowly, while the highly-successful Sparta Boss went down to reigning champions Ol Skool Ballers in similar fashion.Buxton Diamond, one of the pre-tournament favourites to come out of the East Coast teams, were also stunned, losing to BV B 1-0, while the home team, Hypers, fared even worse against Alexander Village, losing by a 6-2 margin and will no doubt want to improve their performance in front of the expected large home crowd.On the other hand, teams such as Vryheid’s Lust, BV B, Albouystown, Victoria Eagles, Belfield Warriors and Kitty Hustlers will want to build on their points.The five-day tournament dubbed “the East Coast Best versus the Rest” pits the best teams from the East Coast corridor against the finest selection from Georgetown and is organised to foster integration among the participating communities in an effort to create a better understanding among inhabitants.Among the entities in support of the cause are: Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands; Clarks footwear giants Chetsons; E-Networks Inc; KSM Investments; Yhip’s Bakery; Brass Aluminium & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Ray’s Auto Sales; YK Investments; Trophy Stall; Express Shipping; Woodpecker Products; National Sports Commission; C Division of the Guyana Police Force; Jai Signs & Auto Designs; Gaming Authority; Julius Variety Store and C & C Prestigious Styles.The night’s fixtures are:BV B v Vryheid’s Lust – 19:00hMelanie B v Plaisance – 19:20hAvacado Ballers v Paradise – 19:40hBack Circle v Belfield Warriors – 20:00hLeopold Street v Broad Street – 20:20hBlazers v Victoria Eagles – 20:40hSparta Boss v Alexander Village – 21:00hTiger Bay v North East La Penitence – 21:20hAlbouystown v Victoria Church Yard – 21:40hMelanie A v Hustlers – 22:00hOl Skool Ballers v Haslington Hypers – 22:20hUprising v Buxton Diamond – 22:40hlast_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news: Latest on the Gunners’ January targets

first_img 8 8 8 Moussa Sissoko – Wenger to splash £16m on Newcastle man! – The Newcastle midfielder is being lined up by Wenger, say the Mirror, after it was revealed the Frenchman “loved” Arsenal when he was younger, idolising former midfielder Patrick Vieira. Gooners were pretty pleased to be linked with the player as you can see from a selection of their tweets here. 8 Lukas Podolski – Roma to replace Gervinho with German star? – Former Arsenal forward Gervinho is heading for the African Cup of Nations, so Roma are said to be looking at bringing Podolski in on loan to fill the void. The London Evening Standard report that the Italian side are keen to take him until the end of the season, but a stumbling block is his wage demands as Roma are unlikely to be prepared to fund his £90,000-a-week pay packet. Mats Hummels – World Cup winner slams Dortmund – Along with Man United, Arsenal have been continiusly linked with Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels, with former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour claiming he is the quality the club need. The centre-back publicly slated his club saying: “It’s pretty astonishing that we are so pathetic,” leading to rumours of an imminent transfer. 8 Petr Cech – Arsenal SHOULD have made an offer for Chelsea man! – Cech’s agent is urging both Liverpool and Arsenal to make an offer Chelsea cannot refuse, say the Mirror. The goalie’s agent, Viktor Kolar is quoted as saying “Arsenal should have made an offer to him. I think Petr would be considering it,” though he did add he does not believe Cech will leave in January due to Chelsea’s title push. Tyrone Mings – Rumours of an Arsenal is not coming from the club, says Wenger – Arsenal fans have been crying out for additional defenders and they had been linked with Ipswich’s 21-year-old stopper Mings. He can play at left-back and centre-back, but Wenger denied the player would be brought in to solve the problems at the back. “The intensity of the link is not down to us,” he said. 8 8 Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton ace wants Arsenal NOT Spurs! Click the arrow to see the latest on other Arsenal transfer targets – The Southampton midfielder was close to joining Tottenham in the summer, but Saints rejected the club’s offer and Schneiderlin was apparently unhappy with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy trying to get him on the cheap. He was forced to stay and has been in good form this season and, according to the Sun, wants an Arsenal transfer, with Wenger planning a £25m bid. 8 As soon as the summer transfer window closed, we began pining for January.Now it’s close to opening time, talkSPORT looks at the targets who may or may not be heading to Arsenal.In the summer, manager Arsene Wenger splashed out on players like Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez and Calum Chambers, but apparently the boss has money to spend again in this window.Where do you want manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen when the transfer window opens. Yaya Sanogo – Young striker to be loaned to Premier League side? – The striker is rumoured to be leaving the club on loan in January having struggled to secure first team football. As talkSPORT told you, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are all said to be keen. Grzegorz Krychowiak – Sevilla defensive midfielder opens door to switch – The defensive midfielder only joined Sevilla in the summer but it is being reported in Spain that the club are bracing themselves for offers, with the player apparently viewing his club as a stepping stone. “Sevilla is a great club, but also a club from which you can make the jump to the highest level. If you’re good at Sevilla, many are watching you because there are always many outlets,” he said. last_img read more

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Pellegrino eyes Walcott deal

first_imgAnd after ending a run of nine games without a win with their 1-0 FA Cup third round victory over Fulham on Saturday, Pellegrino is eager to strengthen his side.Walcott, who has played just five Premier League games for Arsenal this season, prompting the 28-year-old to potentially reluctantly consider a move away from the club.Pellegrino said: “I have been talking about him.“He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us it’s not easy.“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal striker Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring against Swansea in a past English premier League match.SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Jan 7- Mauricio Pellegrino is interested in adding to his attacking arsenal with the signing of former Southampton winger Theo Walcott.The Saints have some cash to splash following the £75million sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool.last_img read more

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Fabregas and Van Persie? They’re not coming in! Celebrity Arsenal fan issues banning order

first_img1 J Hus Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And in the hot-seat this time is rapper J Hus…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?I’d say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?‘I swear I love you and hate you at the same time’. (J Hus Lyrics)Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?I’d rather perform at Wembley over anywhere.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Jack Wilshire, he’s abit reckless. LOL!Brit award or Premier League trophy?Arsenal have won the prem. Let me get the Brit award, lol.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Arsenal team (Invincibles) 2004. Didn’t have any musicians on my wallElvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Ooh, I’ve got to say the Brazilian Ronaldo. He was my guy.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?“Eye of the Tiger”. It’s just that song.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?When Alexis Sanchez came I was excited, but when Henry, Fabregas and Van Persie left… boy!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Van Persie and Fabregas.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Haven’t recorded one… yet! LOL…One of the most prolific and talked about new talents to emerge from the current Grime resurgence, UK sensation J HUS announces the release of his Internet smash ‘Lean & Bop’ via Black Butter Records. Watch the video herelast_img read more

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Arness takes place among Western stars

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – First it was Festus, then Miss Kitty. So it’s a natural that Marshal Matt Dillon would eventually hitch his his horse on the main street of Newhall, just over a mile from downtown Dodge City, aka Melody Ranch. James Arness, who played Dillon in TV’s longest-running Western “Gunsmoke,” is one of the four Western talents being inducted in downtown Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars during the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at the end of the month. He will be joined by Robert Horton, better known as trail scout Flint McCullough of “Wagon Train;” film star Rhonda Fleming of “Gunfight at the OK Corral” and “Pony Express;” and a special guest to be announced later. Arness started his career in Western films under contract to John Wayne, who used him in three features before encouraging him to take the role of Dillon. In a rare guest appearance, Wayne introduced the first episode of “Gunsmoke” as a favor to his protege. After the show concluded its 20-year run in 1975 (still the longest-running drama in the history of television), Arness starred in four “Gunsmoke” movies for television and the miniseries “How the West Was Won.” With Arness’ induction, the roster of Walk of Western Stars includes three of the original four “Gunsmoke” cast members; Dennis Weaver was inducted in 1984 and Amanda Blake in 1987. The show was home-based at Melody Ranch, which is also the central location for the annual cowboy festival. Horton’s big break came in 1957, when he was cast with Ward Bond in “Wagon Train.” He stayed with the series for five years, leaving to pursue a career in musical theater, appearing in Broadway productions of “Oklahoma!” “110 in the Shade” and “Show Boat.” Fleming was one of many guest stars on episodes of “Wagon Train,” “The Virginian” and “Death Valley Days as well as many feature films. Her last film was “Waiting for the Wind” in 1990. Two ceremonies will be held April 28; an unveiling of their bronze-and-terrazo saddle plaques along San Fernando Road in downtown Newhall will be held at noon, followed by a gala dinner at the Hyatt Valencia. Both events are open to the public. Attendance at the unveiling is free; tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and are available at www.cowboyfestival.org. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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