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Remnants of Prevendido, Odicta drug groups regrouping – ICPO

first_imgICPO director Police Colonel MartinDefensor Jr. said information reached his office that remnants of the twogroups are planning to merge into one group and to avoid detection they wouldbe recruiting personalities that the police are not familiar with. Richard Prevendido of Barangay Bakhaw,Mandurriao district died in a shootout with policemen in Barangay Balabago,Jaro district on Sept. 1, 2017 while Melvin Odicta Sr. of BarangayTanza-Esperanza, City Proper was shot to death by unidentified gunmen in Malay,Aklan on Aug. 28, 2016. On the other hand, the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency in the region has tightened its monitoring of seaports forthe possible entry of shabu. ICPO director Police Colonel Martin Defensor Jr. PN FILE PHOTO The ranks of the two groups have beendecimated through relentless antidrug operations of the police and PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency following the death of their leaders. The ICPO will be running after them,he stressed. center_img ILOILO City – Remnants of thePrevendido and Odicta drug groups are trying to regroup, according to theIloilo City Police Office (ICPO). “Iloilo City is small. We can easilyspot them,” Defensor said. “We were able to get this fromarrested drug pushers. We know who they are. They plan to operate not only herebut in Iloilo province, too,” said Defensor. Director Alex Tablate said his menwere using dogs trained to detect illegal drugs concealed in luggage./PNlast_img read more

Kalibo hotels, inns ‘almost full’ for Ati-Atihan

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The accommodations fora weeklong festival here are almost full, according to Gerwin Garcia, presidentof the Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Accommodations Association here. Garcia said around 70 establishmentsin the town, including hotels, inns and pension houses, among others, are80-percent full.     Amongthe highlights of the activities include a motor show on Jan. 11 to 12, Departmentof Education Sinaot sa Calle on Jan. 15, Kapuso Night and Higante contest onJan. 16, Sadsad Ati-Atihan contest on Jan. 18, and the pilgrims’ mass andprocession on Jan. 19. TheSto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival will start with the Miss Kalibo Ati-AtihanPageant. This will culminate with street dancing and revelry on Jan. 16 to19.  center_img “Weanticipate more local tourists and ‘balikbayans’ arriving due to a series ofalumni homecoming of the different schools here,” he added. Beingamong the most sought-after festivals not only in Western Visayas but in theentire country, the annual Ati-Atihan Festival gathers thousands of merrymakersin Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo./PNlast_img read more

Richard Mueller

first_imgRichard MuellerRichard Mueller hopes to make progress in completing his triple double during Super Nationals XXXV.As the sail panels on his IMCA Modified attest, the Jackson Hole, Wyo., driver in shooting for 10 Wins, 10 Tracks, 10 Great Stories this season.He’s got more than 10 great stories to tell already about the season and he’s still got three or four more track to make 10, but a win at Boone this week would be his 10th of 2017.“I’ve been coming to Super Nationals for 10 years and I love it. I come to be part of the experience,” said Mueller, who has a heat race win at Boone on his career resume. “Driving down the front stretch with 10,000 people watching is amazing.A retired medical device engineer by trade, Mueller formerly drove the no. 37M Modified. He’s now in the 222X car, a 2016 Harris previously wheeled by David Brown.“It’s great to be part of Super Nationals,” he said. “There’s nothing like this place.”last_img

Rohr holds virtual meeting with Super Eagles Assistants

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr, at the weekend held virtual technical meeting with his backroom staff, The Eagle Online is reporting.The meeting, according to Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, was convened to plot strategies ahead of the AFCON 2021 and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “The scouts and assistant coaches were able to provide the head coach with information about all our players in Europe and also draw up plans to keep monitoring them,” Ibitoye disclosed.He added that the meeting also provided Rohr the opportunity to officially introduce former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, to the other members of the technical crew.Yobo who was recently appointed Assistant Coach for the national team.Members of the crew that took part in the virtual video conference were Nabil Trabelsi (video analyst), Jean Luc Royer (fitness coach), Tunde Adelakun (chief scout), Joseph Yobo (assistant coach), Alloy Agu (goalkeeper coach), Ibrahim Gyaran (team doctor) and Anaemeka Anozie (team physio).Meanwhile, Rohr in an interview with a Lagos-based television station via Skype said he is not leaving any stone unturned, stressing that they were making efforts to ensure the national team players stay fit despite the current lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He said: “I have been monitoring all the players and my assistants are also doing so.“We want to ensure that they are in good shape and ready whenever the lockdown is over.“We have two major assignments ahead of us.“That’s the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers, which we must qualify for.”Asked about the country’s plan to win the next AFCON title in Cameroon, Rohr said the Super Eagles must remain humble in their quest to win the trophy for the fourth time. He said: “We have a relatively young team that can win the title, but we must respect and take other teams seriously.“Then, we stand a very big chance of winning it.”Tags: 2022 FIFA World Cup QualifiersGernot RohrSuper EaglesToyin Ibitoyelast_img read more

Two arrested in connection with the shooting death of a teen in a restaurant parking lot

first_imgOfficials in Miami have arrested two suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old in a restaurant parking lot.The shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m., Sunday in the parking lot of 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant at 1395 NW 57th Ave.According to the report, two groups of people began arguing in the parking lot when someone from one of the groups threw a bottle at the other group. That’s when someone from the other group went to a vehicle, grabbed a riffle and fired two warning shots into the ground. Another person from the group then grabbed the gun and began firing into the crowd.16-year-old Ana Alvarez-Hernandez who was one of the bystanders, was struck by a bullet as she ran for cover. Her boyfriend and friends rushed her to the hospital where she later died.Authorities say no one from the scene contacted them about the shooting and it was only after the hospital staff called them that they were made aware of the incident.After an investigation in which authorities asked for the public’s help, authorities announced the arrest of 20-year-old Loidel Gomez-Rouco and 22-year-old Mario Pedro Conley-Hernandez . While investigators reported that neither Gomez-Rouco or Conley-Hernandez fired the weapon, they did advise the gunman to flee the country to avoid being arrested.Authorities say the person who fired the fatal shot went home unaware that he killed someone but has since left the country after being advised to do so by the arrested suspects.Gomez-Rouco and Conley-Hernandez were charged with accessory after the fact.last_img read more

Portugal, France, Germany in Euro 2020 super group

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania (Reuters) – Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together in what German coach Joachim Loew described as the group of death, following a lop-sided and complicated Euro 2020 draw yesterday.England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region. The clear pick of the six first-round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France were one of the second seeds. “This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be (not only) a huge challenge but also a big motivation.” England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C – either Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel.  EASIER MATCH The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up – potentially an easier match. The Group will be played in London – host for the semi-finals and final – and Glasgow. Other favourites were given a much easier-looking ride. Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku. “We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B – either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland. Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia – who are both host nations – and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest. Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw “The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winners of their group were Ukraine. And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.”last_img read more

Freshmen lead USC into Fútbol Classic

first_imgIn its first three games this season, the USC women’s soccer team (2-1, 0-0) has seen six of its eight goals scored by freshmen. The statistic not only bodes well for the team as it enters a difficult stretch, but also for future seasons.Youth movement · Senior forward/midfielder Samantha Johnson is one of the few upperclassmen playing a major role for USC thus far in 2012. – Daily Trojan file photo“A lot of the credit has to be given to the freshmen,” senior forward/midfielder Samantha Johnson said. “They’ve all just come in wanting to learn everything, and we as veterans are learning from them, too. We have great teamwork going on.”Off to their best start since the 2008 season, USC has a busy weekend ahead, as it hosts No. 4 Duke and San Diego at the USC Fútbol Classic on McAlister Field.Coming off their 4-1 loss last weekend against Minnesota, USC seeks to rebound against the Blue Devils on Friday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 networks, as the Women of Troy will appear on the station for the second time in four games.“Right now, a key thing for us is focus,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “With a team like Duke, it is important to keep the eye on the ball and not have any mental lapses.”Duke boasts a 2-1 record heading into the match after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 20 Florida last weekend. The Women of Troy and Blue Devils have faced off only once before in 1999, where USC bested Duke 2-0.The schedule does not ease up Sunday when USC squares off against San Diego at 2 p.m.The Toreros drew their record to 2-2 after two wins last week, beating No. 12 Texas A&M 1-0 and Minnesota 3-2 — a team that beat USC by three goals.“In order to succeed this weekend, ball possession will be incredibly important,” Khosroshahin said. “We have to take care of the ball in key game moments. That’s something that the team has been working on a lot.”USC has seven newcomers in the starting lineup — six of whom are full-time starters.Towering at 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-1, respectively, freshman forward Jamie Fink and freshman defender Erin Owen have been stout defenders, supporting senior defender Kristina Noriega in the back line.“[Fink] and [Owens] are doing very well,” said Khosroshahin. “They’re eager and have been working hard.”Key players have also emerged on offense.In her first season at USC, junior midfielder Jordan Marada has been a valuable asset. Coincidentally, the transfer from Saint Mary’s scored her first goal for USC against her former school during USC’s 4-1 home opening win.“In terms of attack, [Marada] has been a standout so far,” Khosroshahin said.Despite the uptick in competition and the need for continued development from its newcomers, USC is not altering its mindset.“We look at every game as a big game,” Johnson said. “We take care of our bodies, come in with a good mindset so that we’re refreshed and ready to take on the competition when the weekend comes.”last_img read more

Wisconsin’s use of Sterling basketballs reflects inconsistency throughout NCAA

first_imgIn the study, Paul controlled for variables by using betting market data to set the expected values of point totals. Regressions were run based on data from the past three seasons comparing the combined total points of both teams, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage when Power 5 teams use a different ball, going from Nike, Wilson, Adidas, Spalding, Under Armour, Sterling and The Rock to each of the other brands used by Power 5 teams.While the study as a whole proved to have an effect that was statistically significant, the effect of Sterling balls couldn’t be found statistically significant because of the small sample size. Teams that normally play with Nike balls shot 3.8 percent worse from the field than the expected value when playing with Sterling. Syracuse will fall into that category when it plays Tuesday night and, according to the study, the Orange likely won’t shoot as well as it’s expected to.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorThe study showed that 2-point field goals are affected more than 3-point field goals and while there’s no definitive answer why, Paul said he thinks it’s because 2-point shots require more touch, something affected more by an unfamiliar texture and feel.“It could just be that shooters are shooters,” Paul said, “and that they’re such good shooters because they can adjust to things that are around them much more easily.”Every ball is required to have a “deeply pebbled leather or composite cover,” have a circumference between 29.5 inches and 30 and weigh between 20 and 22 ounces. When dribbled vertically without rotation, it must return directly to the dribbler’s hand.But there are no regulations on the texture and feel of the ball.White recalled playing at the Battle 4 Atlantis with Kansas during his sophomore year and since the Nike ball was brand new, it was “hard as a rock,” he said. White went 2-for-8 from the field in the three-game stretch.“I’ve been in gyms where you come in and shoot around and they give you a flat rack of balls,” White said.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorWhen Syracuse freshman Tyus Battle played with Team USA junior teams, the ball used by the International Basketball Federation was “a little bit slippery,” he said. Both Battle and White said once they spend a few minutes warming up, the ball doesn’t affect them much even though they notice occasional differences.The issue isn’t limited to college players. In 2006, the NBA switched to a microfiber composite ball for three months but the outcry throughout the league forced it back to its typical leather Spalding ball.“Whatever ball is used for the NCAA Tournament,” White said, “that should be the ball that everyone in Division I uses.”In the Tournament, a Wilson ball is used. But David Worlock, the NCAA’s director of media coordination for men’s basketball, said there have been no discussions about mandating this piece of equipment, despite several players voicing their opinions nationwide.With no change in the foreseeable future, White said the difference in balls on the road is something players have to ignore.“The ball’s the same size, the hoop is 10 foot, so players have to make plays,” White said. “It’s more of a psyche thing than anything. So I think that’s something you have to … just make sure you’re ready to come in and not focus on things like that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm Contact Paul: | @pschwedscenter_img Every time Andrew White steps on the court before a shoot-around, he walks to the rack of balls and picks one up. Then he slaps it, feels it out and begins his preparation for the upcoming game.It’s a process he needs to perform because the ball at each venue in the college game is different.Syracuse uses the Nike Elite ball in the Carrier Dome. On Saturday at the Barclays Center, the Orange played with an Adidas ball. SU will play with a Sterling ball on Tuesday night when it visits Wisconsin, the only school in a Power 5 conference and one of the only in the country to use that brand.“You kind of take for granted the feel of the ball,” White said.The No. 22 Orange (4-1) travels to the Kohl Center to face the No. 17 Badgers (5-2) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The NCAA doesn’t regulate what ball to use outside of the NCAA Tournament and the home team is tasked with providing it. While players nationwide and on SU say the ball has no effect on games, research has proven otherwise and some have said they’d prefer the ball to be the same for every game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWisconsin has used Sterling dating back to 2001, when Bo Ryan took over as head coach. The company based near Tacoma, Washington, sponsored the balls at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville when Ryan was the head coach there. Throughout the rest of his coaching career, his teams used Sterling.Before this season, only two brands were used by just one Power 5 team — Sterling (Wisconsin) and The Rock (Michigan) — but the Wolverines recently switched to Nike, making UW’s the most uncommon among the game’s biggest powers.Courtesy of David Stluka | Wisconsin AthleticsWhite is the only SU player who has played at Wisconsin in his career. He said the Sterling ball reminds him of the Wilson Evolution, a popular ball White grew up playing with. It has more grip and is slightly softer than the Nike ball SU uses, he said.“I’m not sure how much that tells you,” White said, downplaying the effect the ball has.But according to Syracuse University sport management professor Rodney Paul, the ball has an impact on the game. Paul’s research found that overall scoring between the two teams decreases 1.4 points per game when one team is using an unfamiliar ball and the visiting team’s shooting percentage decreases by about 1 percent.RELATED STORIES:Beat writers predict Syracuse-Wisconsin matchupOpponent preview: Everything you need to know about the BadgersSyracuse drops four spots in AP poll to No. 22last_img read more

ROTC cadets balancing athletics develop leadership skills, camaraderie

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.At the beginning of every year, freshmen ROTC cadets stop at the Ernie Davis statue next to Hendricks Chapel during an early-morning run through campus. For Michael Hanuska, that stop came in 2016. Syracuse’s then-lieutenant colonel paused to tell Hanuska, a SU club rugby player, and his fellow cadets how famous alumni like Davis and Jim Brown had balanced Division I football and ROTC, highlighting how closely aligned the university has always been with the military.While still at the statue, the lieutenant colonel encouraged them to branch out like Davis did.“The army of today is a diverse army where they don’t want single-minded leaders,” said Hanuska, a cadet of the Class of 2020. “If you’re all thinking the same and you’re all predictable, you’re always going to do the same thing, (so) it’s gonna be easy to defeat you.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s 101-year-old ROTC program, the longest continually running program in the country, is currently composed of about 160 cadets. Among those, a select handful of cadets balance both ROTC and a sport — like Hanuska did, and like Division I athletes Michael Midkiff, a football longsnapper, and rowers Madeleine Gordon and Olivia Schaertl currently do.But beyond the strenuous physical aspects of both programs, beyond the fatigue and the lost hours of sleep, are the leadership skills that translate to all aspects of life and the camaraderie associated with being a part of two “families,” Gordon said.“That’s the main thing we’re doing, constantly assessing their leadership potential,” said Captain Stephen Waltenbaugh, an assistant professor of military science at SU.Early in the fall, ROTC focuses on individual skills like first aid, land navigation and weapons qualification, but the program shifts its focus to leadership skills about halfway through the semester. Cadets who are sophomores and older are assigned a position that requires them to execute leadership tasks multiple times per week, Waltenbaugh said. Madeleine Gordon and Olivia Schaertl attend ROTC training before most rowing practices. Courtesy of Madeleine GordonThe key is to develop enough self-confidence to delegate and give orders, which is a daunting task, Waltenbaugh said. Firmly telling a peer “you go do this now,” is difficult, Hanuska said, because it feels more natural to ask “Hey man, you feel like doing this now?”Cadets’ self-confidence is ultimately tested during a month-long summer camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the culmination of the ROTC program. Cadets are expected to execute tactics in unfamiliar territory and participate in a strict competition with a platoon of cadets they don’t know, all while being evaluated by an ROTC instructor they don’t know, either.“If (you) can be an effective manager of 50 people employing multiple weapons systems in a wilderness area, what can’t you achieve?” Waltenbaugh said. The leadership skills ROTC is continuously building translate particularly well to sports, Waltenbaugh said. The program teaches a certain level of trust and communication — crucial between teammates of any sport — and encourages cadets to pursue leadership positions everywhere they go, he said.Both rowers, Gordon and Schaertl are cadets of the Class of 2022 and Class of 2023, respectively. ROTC leadership modules help the entire boat be perfectly “in tune,” which is essential, Gordon said.With rugby, Hanuska and fellow cadet and teammate Nick Brincka said the discipline ROTC taught them earned them respect and trust from their teammates. Others on the team looked up to Brincka, who served for four years in the military right out of high school, Hanuska said. Initially, the physical rigor of multiple daily workouts was tough and tiring, Gordon said. Instead of the typical three days of ROTC physical training a week, Gordon did six days as part of an additional program called Ranger Challenge. She also lifted weights in the morning for rowing and had afternoon practices at Onondaga Lake.It’s worth it beyond words — I don’t even look at it as I’m not getting sleep, It’s my normal.- Madeleine GordonWith ROTC physical training regularly scheduled for no later than 6:30 a.m. and rowing practices running into the early evening, establishing a routine for doing homework and managing time is crucial, Gordon said. One time, Gordon woke up at 3:30 a.m. for a 12-mile “ruck” march — where ROTC cadets carry backpacks weighing 50 pounds or more — and then got on a bus to go to her rowing race at 8:30 a.m. Because of the sheer amount of exercise Gordon does, her sleep schedule makes her seem “like a grandma,” she said. She’s gone to sleep before 7:30 p.m. “It’s worth it beyond words — I don’t even look at it as I’m not getting sleep,” Gordon said. “It’s my normal.”The Pentagon mandates that cadets have the option to participate in activities like sports that make them more well-rounded, Waltenbaugh said. Athletes in-season can be excused from ROTC physical training, which is exclusively body-weight exercises composed of a cardio day, a core and lower body day and an upper-body day.Madeleine Gordon (middle) and her ROTC floormates from Lawrinson Hall attend Military Ball, a formal battalion event. Courtesy of Madeleine GordonFor Hanuska and Brincka, the two would take a day off from rugby if they had an Army Physical Fitness Test the following day, allowing them to rest and recover. Other times, they would skip ROTC physical training after a particularly rough game. Without that flexibility, doing both ROTC and a sport would be impossible, Schaertl said. McKenna Pason, a Class of 2020 cadet, used to borrow workouts from ROTC physical training and bring them to the soccer field where she captained SUNY ESF’s team. If she liked something from ROTC — like routines with squats, burpees and lunges — and thought it might help her teammates, she brought it up.“When I tell people that I did ROTC and soccer a lot of people think ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so crazy,’” Pason said. “But I love playing soccer, so that was pretty easy for me… And then ROTC obviously was my future, so you kind of look at it as, ‘This is my career.’”For many cadets like Pason, Gordon and Hanuska, the military is paying for their education at Syracuse. In return, they participate in ROTC and four years of service after graduation. Brincka came to Syracuse after four years of service and, after spending the last four years in ROTC, is now on track to become an officer. Many have family members who served and have dreamed of serving since they were young.Both sports and the army build strong bonds because teammates have to go through hardships together, Hanuska said. He remembers one of his instructors who used to say “the army is the greatest fraternity in the world,” because wearing the same uniform makes everyone brothers and sisters.“With rugby, you forge bonds with other people, when we’re on the field together, everyone’s getting beaten up and miserable,” Hanuska said. “It’s the same with the military, you’re out in the field freezing your butt off and that makes you close the person next to you.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 23, 2020 at 9:45 pm Contact Roshan: | @Roshan_f16center_img Commentslast_img read more

Whicker: Forty years ago, a Lakers-Clippers Opening Night opened up a new era

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Until Tuesday night, the first game was just a day in the life.Remember last year’s openers? Portland 128, Lakers 119. And Denver 107, Clippers 98. And of course you don’t.“Whoever wins tonight, it’s going to mean nothing,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach. “And the team that loses, it’ll mean nothing. But, having said that, you always want to win.”Game One was always the rocking motion that started the ski run, or maybe the 50K cross-country race. Quick starts rarely matter in a marathon, especially when 16 teams qualify to run another one. The Lakers actually started 2-2 but quickly found a groove and were 10-4. With Norm Nixon freeing up Johnson to play all over the floor, they ran and shot to thrill.On Nov. 8, McKinney and assistant coach Paul Westhead set up a tennis game near their homes in Palos Verdes, and McKinney’s wife had the car. McKinney took his bicycle. He crashed, fractured his skull, and would never coach another Lakers game. Nixon, among others, said “Showtime” was always McKinney’s creation.Now everything is Showtime, but until April, they’re all marking time.“I like what both teams did,” Ford said of the Lakers’ and Clippers’ offseason roster moves. “What matters, when you get to the playoffs, is who’s hurt and who’s not.”That answer is at the bottom of the hill. With one exception and one exceptional hug, you normally can’t see it from here. The nation was not tuned in, literally. CBS dared not show NBA games, even NBA Finals games, in Eastern prime-time.Still, CBS sent Brent Musburger and Hot Rod Hundley to San Diego for the 8:30 PDT tipoff.Four quarters later, the Lakers produced the snapshot that would launch five championships and, in its own way, would lead to the limousines and entourages of today.Abdul-Jabbar took a fanciful skyhook from just outside the foul line. It swished, the buzzer sounded, and the Lakers won 103-102.Johnson then invaded the force field that surrounded Abdul-Jabbar and gave him a tight, rolling hug. The theoretical had become tangible. Magic and Kareem would blend their uniqueness and put the Lakers back on the cover of Sports Illustrated and, eventually, Forbes.They won the 1980 championship. By the time they won again in 1982, CBS was no longer tape-delaying weekday NBA Finals games, or playing them on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to avoid a prime-time ratings licking. Joined by the Celtics (who won behind Larry Bird in 1981), the Lakers changed everything.“Before that game, we were Kareem’s team,” Don Ford said on Tuesday morning. “After that game, we were Magic’s team. Magic had that great energy. Kareem was probably the leading intellect of the whole league. It was some combination.”Ford was the forward from UC Santa Barbara. He still lives there, after helping broadcast Gauchos games all these years. He also was the in-bounds passer from the sideline on Oct. 12. Abdul-Jabbar said at the time that Ford was supposed to hit Magic on a lob, but when the Clippers cut it off, Ford went to the familiar port in a storm.“I don’t remember much, but I remember how deep that skyhook was,” Ford said.The next February, Ford was dealt to Cleveland along with a first-round draft pick in the 1980 draft. The Cavaliers gave the Lakers Butch Lee and their first-round pick in 1982. The Cavaliers’ pick became Chad Kinch. The Lakers’ pick became James Worthy. No need to explain further.On that night in San Diego, Free shot 19 for 29 and scored 46 points, without 3-point candy.McKinney rode his starters hard that night, long before “load management.” Johnson played 41 minutes in his first game and scored 26 points. Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 with 10 rebounds. Jamaal Wilkes added 19 points.Related Articles Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant No matter what Kawhi and A.D. and LeBron did to each other at Staples Center in this one, nothing would be decided, except for the experiment to see how many cameras could squeeze into an empty postgame locker room.But there’s always an exception.On Oct. 12, 1979, the Lakers went to San Diego with cautious hopes. They had this rookie, Magic Johnson, whose smile and game could make any building a disco, and they still had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had put up joyless numbers all those years to no avail.They had others, too, and new coach Jack McKinney. Nobody was thinking NBA Finals yet. There were no red carpets.San Diego was home to the Clippers. They would play there five more years before Donald T. Sterling moved them to Los Angeles. But the Clippers knew they’d be entertaining, with World B. Free firing rainbows, and they’d actually won 43 games the year before. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers last_img read more