NBA: Lakers’ Russell says there’s freedom without Kobe

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Despite his impressive performance on some games last year, the former Ohio Buck-eye was somehow playing on a leash. Former head coach Byron Scott did not pattern the team’s offense around his point guard’s patented pick-and-roll playmaking, while the team’s retiring legend Kobe Bryant dominated the ball and took the majority of shots on isolation plays.With new head coach Luke Walton endorsing a more flee-flowing type of offense this year, Rusell has already observed a sudden shift in the team’s priorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’re all about playing together now,” he was quoted as saying on an ESPN report. “It’s not about one guy anymore. It’s about sacrificing for the team.”With Bryant’s departure from the team, many pundits have noticed a much more mature and confident version of the up-and-coming youngster in summer league and pre-season play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “Kobe deserved every bit of attention he got in his last year, but there’s freedom in Kobe not being around,” he explained. “There’s also a leadership vacuum that they plan to fill as a unit. There’s no one leader, no face of the Lakers.”He also cited the San Antonio Spurs as a barometer of success in the league, and said his team should use them as template.“When we traveled to San Antonio last season, I noticed that it’s about everybody–they had all those household names, but the 15th guy got the same amount of attention as Tim Duncan, who’s a legend,” he said.  “I feel like we’re all buying into that concept. We’re a team now. And that’s exciting.”Apart from the usual struggles of an NBA rookie, last year’s second overall pick had to endure tension with Scott who made him come of the bench for some games, while also dealing with wire-tap controversy with teammate Nick Young.The Lakers won their home opener against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, with the final score of 120-114.  Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View commentscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas We are young Pelicans’ Davis scores 50 in season-opening loss to Nuggets MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK 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 Lakers’ sophomore guard D’Angelo Russell.  AP PHOTOSecond-year point guard D’Angelo Russell showed glimpses of his potential superstardom during his rookie campaign last year.After garnering respectable averages of 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 28.2 minutes per game, the 20-year-old phenom is looking to ride that momentum and step up as the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers’ young core.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

Salah says Egypt must learn from Cup of Nations failure

first_imgLATEST STORIES Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Ash Barty’s run ends at Wimbledon, Riske reaches quarterfinals Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay MOST READ Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah reacts after conceding during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Egypt and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian Capital on July 6, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Egypt star Mohamed Salah said the team would try to learn from their mistakes after the Africa Cup of Nations hosts suffered an embarrassing last-16 exit.The Pharaohs were billed as chief title contenders on home soil, having won three of four previous editions as hosts, but crashed out on Saturday following a shock 1-0 loss to South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The painful defeat came a year on from Egypt’s miserable World Cup campaign — their first appearance at the competition since 1990 — in which they failed to get out of the group stage after losing all of their matches.“Very sad for our early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. We were hoping to continue together till the end and offer the tournament for our loyal fans to whom I have to address a big thank you for the support we are used to from them,” Salah tweeted late on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“God willing we will learn from our mistakes. I wish the best for the national team in what is to come.”Coach Javier Aguirre, appointed on a four-year deal last August, was sacked in the wake of the defeat while Egyptian FA president Hani Abou Rida also announced his own resignation. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanaolast_img read more

Culvert replacement begins June 24 on U.S. 31 in Jackson County

first_imgThe official state detour for all U.S. 31 closures in Jackson County will be I-65 NB to U.S. 50. Box culvert is first of three 2019 projects on U.S. 31 near Crothersville, UniontownINDOT contractor E&B Paving Inc. will begin work to replace a box culvert on U.S. 31, north of Uniontown, on or after Monday, June 24, weather permitting. The road will close one mile north of S.R. 250 for approximately 30 days while work is completed.Additional bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects are scheduled to begin later this summer on U.S. 31 over Blau Ditch and Grassy Creek, between Crothersville and Uniontown, that will also involve road and lane closures. Additional details will be announced prior to each project’s start date.last_img read more

Viewpoint: There Are New Limits on Disciplining Employees

first_imgNina is a one-person employee and labor relations department for a midsize hospital. Her job can get rather busy because line managers reach out to her often for support in holding their employees accountable.Nina’s approach to employee discipline stems from her sense of fairness and her strong work ethic: While she understands that employees sometimes face challenges that might get in the way of their work performance, she believes they nevertheless need to perform at a minimally acceptable level to earn their pay. Yet she also recognizes that recent changes in employment law may constrain her ability to discipline or terminate workers, and it can be a challenge to explain this to the line managers who look to her for guidance and wisdom.”In truth, the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] has taken an exceptionally aggressive stance in terms of limiting employers’ rights to discipline workers for certain infractions,” said Rich Falcone, a shareholder at law firm Littler Mendelson in Irvine, Calif. (no relation to the author). “Employers are well-advised to take caution before doling out corrective action or moving to termination for certain offenses.”A case in point: Employers historically have had a huge amount of discretion when it comes to dealing with employee misconduct. Depending on the level of egregiousness, employers could typically move to immediate termination (known as a “summary dismissal”) or issue a final written warning even for a first offense. “The NLRB, however, in recent years has curtailed an employer’s discretion in handling certain conduct-related offenses, even for nonunion employee populations,” Falcone said. Consequently, employers need to ensure that their policies and practices are not only consistent with state law but with the National Labor Relations Act as well.To continue reading, please click here.last_img read more

Michael Clarke retires: The game is cruel

first_imgThe Trent Bridge crowd were ecstatic and were applauding their boys. The England cricket team were acknowledging the applause and later did the victory lap after they had thrashed Australia in less than two and half days in the fourth Test to regain the Ashes urn.There were hugs, there were poses for photographs. The Englishmen on the field were living their dream. More than joy, England captain Alaistar Cook’s face was showcasing signs of relief.And amidst all this, two men, one dressed in suit, holding the microphone and the other dressed in training jersey were talking about their team’s poor showing. Shane Warne had asked Michael Clarke how it felt for him to give away the urn in such a horrendous manner.The viewers weren’t interested in hearing what the Australian captain replied, but were waiting for Warne to ask ‘that’ question, that obvious question. A lot of legends of the game have been on the receiving end of ‘that’ question.Warne didn’t wait.The legspinner doesn’t wait to ask, “What does this loss mean to Michael Clarke?””I will have one more Test in my career and then retire. I don’t want to jump ship now so I’ll have one last Test. You never want to walk away from the game but my performances have not been acceptable to me,” were Clarke’s words. Obvious, isn’t it!The cricket fraternity saw it coming, after all they have witnessed many such parting speeches.Things were brighter for ClarkeSix months back, on a Sunday afternoon, dressed in yellow, Michael Clarke was the focal point of everyone’s attention. Having led the Australian side to a World Cup victory at home, Clarke had every reason to sport a smile.advertisementThe Australians led by Clarke were clinical. The final was a match-up between two world class one-day international bowlers- Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult- who had been the nightmare for batsmen during the tournament.At one and the same time, a more subtle but crucial battle was being fought. The duel between the aggression of two captains, the attacking intent of two captains – Brendon McCullum and Clarke – proved to be the game changer. The latter outclassed the former with a brilliant display of positive intent. And that set the New South Wales man apart from rest of the modern day skippers.”Over the moon, what a tournament. Thanks to every Australian and cricket supporter out there who’ve been behind us. The team and support staff, the support I’ve had since coming back into the team, they deserve to stand there with the trophy”Time is right to walk away from one-day cricket, I’ll still be playing Test cricket,” were the words of a captain who was willing to go after leading his team to the pinnacle of one-day cricket.Unlike this time, he was not forced to make a decision.The game is indeed cruel.last_img read more