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Wizards send Marcin Gortat to Clippers for Austin Rivers

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. A person familiar with the deal says that the Wizards have agreed to trade Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)WASHINGTON — Seemed fairly clear that Marcin Gortat and the Washington Wizards were ready to part ways. Now they will.The Wizards traded Gortat, their starting center, to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers on Tuesday night. Both players are entering the final season of their contracts and are set to earn similar salaries, making a straight-up exchange work under NBA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees The 34-year-old Gortat is a durable, screen-setting big man who has played 12 years in the league, the past five with Washington. He averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, his lowest numbers since 2009-10, when he was with the Orlando Magic, but could fill a need in Los Angeles if DeAndre Jordan departs.After the Wizards finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs to No. 1 seed Toronto, Gortat was adamant that he had no interest in changing his style of play at this late stage of his career.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 crownAsked about the possibility of working on his outside shot, Gortat replied: “This summer, I’m going to work on my tan. I’m going to work on my 6-pack. Get my biceps definition a bit better. You can’t improve 3-point shooting. You can’t improve your shot, specifically for me. I truly believe I’m a solid, good shooter up to 15, 17 feet. But I’m not going to shoot 3s. No, I’m not going to do that. I want to go into the paint. Body people. Be physical. Get scratches. Bleed.”Gortat also discussed the widely held perception that he and All-Star point guard John Wall did not get along. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Another early exit for Socceroos at the World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We are good. Are we best friends? And, like, the greatest friends? Brothers? Probably not. But I’m not best friends with probably half of the team over there,” Gortat said in April after Washington was eliminated. “So I have a few good friends, but the rest of them are just my colleagues and teammates. That’s how it is. That’s how it is around the league.”The Wizards had a bit of a roster problem at center, with Gortat plus a similar, stay-in-the-paint, well-paid backup center Ian Mahinmi.They also were in need of backup help at guard, which Rivers can provide.Rivers, who turns 26 in August, averaged a career-best 15.1 points and four assists last season while playing for his father, Doc, the Clippers’ coach.“He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement announcing the trade.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READlast_img read more

Hururu resident sentenced to 6 months for robbery

first_imgJoshton Walker, 24, was sentenced to six months by Magistrate Christel Lambert on Wednesday on a charge of robbery with violence following his appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The court heard that the defendant, a saw operator and father of three robbed Paul Sarmonto, of $270,000 in cash and an Alcatel cell phone valued $7000.The court also heard that the defendant used personal violence against Sarmonto during the course of the robbery, which occurred on Thursday, July 28 at Hururu Mission, Upper Berbice.Facts on the matter presented to the court indicated that Walker is known to the defendant since they are in-laws.On the day of the incident the two were consuming alcohol when the defendant choked and relieved Walker of his belongings including the cash.During the ordeal Walker was said to have lost consciousness.last_img

Guyanese man arraigned in Brazil for attempted murder

first_imgA Guyanese national was on Saturday evening arrested in neighbouring Brazil for attempting to murder Venezuelan refugees in Boa Vista, Roraima.It was reported that the 42-year-old Guyanese man, Gordon “Jamaica” Fowler, had set fire to homes that were being occupied by Venezuelan refugees. Fowler was subsequently arrested by the General Homicide Office of the Civilian Police, near the crime scene. The man was arrested based on a number of items in his possession such as a lighter, alcohol and a sign bearing the word “fire”. He was also said to be wearing the same clothing that the perpetrator was wearing at the time of the attack, as was recorded on a security camera.According to Police reports, the man who lives on the streets of Boa Vista has confessed to the crime. He stated that he had no vendetta against the victims, but they were targeted because of their easy accessibility. The refugees in that area tend to reside in structures that have no doors or windows or in abandoned properties which are plentiful in the area. The man was also aggravated about a misunderstanding he had and about having his bicycle stolen.When he is taken to court, Fowler will answer to two charges of attempted murder. Specifically, double attempted murder for two persons he injured in his first attack and triple attempted murder for a family he hit in his second attack.last_img read more

US company buys 320 acres local land for gold exploration

first_imgUnited States mining company Ensurge has completed the purchase of a 320 acre island property near the mouth of the Cuyuni River, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The property is located within a gold producing area. Multiple water dredges have operated adjacent to this property for several years.As part of the Oko mining formation, the property has soil composed of white sand and dark coloured gravel.The company has also received a prospective permit from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) for this project.Ensurge CEO Clint Mishleau is quoted by mining-technology.com as saying, “Throughout most of 2016, we had concentrated our efforts on acquiring gold, diamond, and rare earth element properties for our portfolio. In 2017, we are focusing on further development and exploitation of the properties that we have acquired.”“We have contracted a geologist to begin the initial testing phase and look forward to developing an execution plan on this prospect,” he noted.“This island gold property shows promising attributes, and is very close in proximity to the mining town of Bartica, which minimises logistic costs…”Recently, Ensurge has paid for multiple 43-101 reports on properties that it owns and operates.The company also claimed that it has made progress on its audit and plans to file its SEC Form (Securities and Exchange Commission) within the first quarter of this year.With more than 20 years’ experience in mining, Ensurge plans to expand its operations in Guyana. It is also exploring different opportunities in precious metals, diamonds and gems.last_img read more

Pensioner beats wife to death for not cooking “proper” meals

first_imgA 40-year-old woman was beaten to death by her 62-year-old reputed husband at their Rosignol, West Bank Berbice (WBB) home after he accused her of not cooking proper meals for him.The dead woman was identified as Shabana Babita Ishack of Lot 69 Rosignol, WBB. Based on reports received, the couple was seen imbibing at their home on Tuesday evening in their yard.At about 17:30h, the man reportedly started to assault the woman for several reasons, one being she is unable to prepare meals to his standard. The argument and beating continued into the wee hours of Wednesday.After the fight ended and persons could not hear any arguments, neighbours walked over to the couple’s house with the intention of talking to them about their constant fights. Upon arrival at the home, the pensioner invited the neighbours into the house requesting that they check on the woman since he claimed she was notThe house in which Shabana Babita Ishack was murderedmoving.As the neighbour checked, it was discovered that the woman was dead and from all indication, it seemed as though her neck was broken. The Police were immediately contacted and upon arriving at the scene, the man confessed to beating the woman the previous evening.He was arrested and is being interrogated at the Rosignol Police Station.Police have since stated that the pensioner admitted to beating his dead reputed wife with pieces of wood and an iron bar because his meals were not properly cooked.It was further related that the victim, who is a heavy consumer of alcohol, started a common-law relationship with the suspect about three months ago. Her body was taken to the Bailey’s Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem examination.On June 21, 2018, 28-year-old Tovanie Simmons, of Second Street, Limlair Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was stabbed to death by her ex-husband.Reports are the alleged perpetrator committed suicide after the incident.The suspect, Imran Lyte, 28, reportedly stabbed Simmons about 10 times before fleeing the scene but was later taken to the Port Mourant Hospital by relatives after he reportedly ingested a poisonous substance.It was reported that the couple had separated and Simmons was staying at her mother’s residence when the suspected visited that home to discuss a misunderstanding between him and the woman’s brother.However, a heated argument ensued between the mother of four and Lyte during which he whipping out a knife from his pants waist and stabbed Simmons several times.The woman barely managed to escape from the house, by jumping from the veranda but the man ran after her and slit her throat. She reportedly sustained 12 stab wounds to her neck, left breast, back, left hip, left forearm, right chest and chin, collectively.last_img read more

Arnie Isberg Memorial tournament raises $21,000

first_img1st: Team Sumo2nd: DC Crew3rd: Each HitDivision 2:1st: Balls Deep2nd: McGlovins3rd: FaitDivision 3:1st: Velocity2nd: Beer Barons3rd: Sos DisasterAll nine of the division winners donated their winnings back to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, which totalled $3,000. TAYLOR, B.C. – The 7th Annual Arnie Isberg Memorial 1-Pitch was held in Taylor last weekend.The tournament saw 24 different teams from Fort St. John, Taylor, Dawson Creek, and Grand Prairie competing in three different divisions.Fan Favorite “Potter” getting tagged out after trying to stretch a single into a double. Photo by Becky Pruden.- Advertisement -For the past six years, the tournament has been raising money for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, with funds going directly towards cancer treatment and diagnostics. This year’s tournament raised $21,000, bringing the fundraising total from the past six years to over $100,000.Winners of each division can be found below:Division 1:Advertisementlast_img read more

Police search for vehicle owner

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to determine the owner of a vehicle abandoned sometime in October.Police say the vehicle was abandoned with a flat tire sometime between Oct. 1 and 20 at the Lone Wolf Café and Restaurant on Highway 97 south and 237 Rd.The silver 1988 Honda Civic CRX has Washington state licence plates.- Advertisement -Police say they have been working with the Washington Sheriff’s Department but have been unable to find the vehicle’s owner.Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the owner or driver of the vehicle is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment at 250-784-3700.last_img

Green Commandos to face Upper Hill in football semis

first_imgKathungi will take on St Anthony who thrashed Ramisi from Coast 3-0 to finish top of group B.In the girl’s category, 2015 national champions Wiyeeta will play Jabini in the first semifinal after the Rift Valley region champions won their third straight match in pool A, beating Nginda Girls 2-1.Wiyeeta will play Jabini in the first semifinal.PHOTO/courtesyDespite the win, Wiyeeta coach Awo Wafula was still not happy with the results.“Finishing first in the group is a good statement but our aim was to win the group. Every game is like a final to us we want back this title and also the East African title,” added Wafula.Diana Achieng gave the Rift Valley side the lead on the 36th minute before Martha Amunyolele doubled the lead six minutes later while Idah Akoth scored the consolation goal for Nginda on the stroke of halftime.Jabini qualified after finishing second in Pool B despite a 1-1 draw with Group winners Kobala.The second semifinal will be a mini ‘Mashemeji Derby’ pitting Nyanza Champions Kobala and their Western counterparts Ibinzo.Ibinzo defeated Kwale by 2-0 with Cynthia Shilwatso netting the brace to finish second in Pool A.Girls Volleyball.PHOTO/CourtesyIn volleyball, debutants Kangundo will play Nyanza Region Champions Sangera in the first semifinal.Despite losing their first two matches, the Eastern Champions defeated Coast Champions Waa Boys 3-1 to finish second in pool A behind champions Malava Boys of Western.Malava outclassed Hospitall hill of Nairobi 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 25-9 and 25-19) and will now play defending champions Cheptil, who despite losing their final match in a five set thriller 3-2 (30-28, 16-25, 25-15, 15-25 and 17-19) finished second.In the girl’s category, national champions Malava will play Western Champions Lugulu, while 2015 East African Champions Kwanthanze will play Nairobi’s, Soweto.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega High School will face Upper Hill in the semifinals.PHOTO/courtesyNYERI, Kenya Jul 6- The Green Commandos of Kakamega High School will face Nairobi’s Upper Hill in the semi-final of the boys football in the ongoing Kenya Secondary School Sports Association Term 2B Games being held in Nyeri Primary School.High flying Kakamega finished top of Pool A with nine points after winning their last group match 2-0 against second placed Kathungi with Henry Juma netting in either half to give the Green Commandos the deserved victory.last_img read more

Lampard sees positives as Chelsea miss out on Super Cup

first_img0Shares0000Frank Lampard fell just short of winning silverware in just his second match in charge of Chelsea © AFP / OZAN KOSEISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 15 – Coach Frank Lampard took great encouragement from Chelsea’s display in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, despite the disappointment of losing on penalties to English rivals Liverpool.“I think we can get better, there are things I still want us to improve on in terms of how we play slightly, but I am really happy with the performance,” said Lampard after Chelsea held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time, only to lose 5-4 in the shoot-out. “To lose the game was disappointing but if it means Chelsea’s season can be something like how we played today, we’ll be OK.”Chelsea took the lead in Istanbul through Olivier Giroud, but Sadio Mane’s equaliser meant the match at the home of Besiktas went to extra time.The Senegal star then put Liverpool in front in the 95th minute, only for a Jorginho penalty to restore parity again.The decisive moment came after nine successful spot-kicks when Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Adrian.However, Chelsea were a match for Jurgen Klopp’s team for long spells and Lampard believed they were moving in the right direction after his first competitive game at the helm ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.“You know Liverpool have got to where they have got, and I have complete respect for Jurgen Klopp,” said Lampard.“I am a new manager who’s been here for six weeks or so, and what I saw today were things that I want in the team.– Abraham ‘will come back stronger’ –Lampard had already twice been on the losing side in the Super Cup as a player for Chelsea, including the 2013 shootout defeat to Bayern Munich.Tammy Abraham’s penalty miss in the shoot-out allowed Liverpool to win the Super Cup in Istanbul © AFP / Bulent KilicHe admitted that having two days fewer to prepare had been a factor as the match went all the way. Chelsea played at Old Trafford on Sunday, two days after Liverpool beat Norwich City in their Premier League opener.“To have two more days recovery at this stage early in the season, it’s clear that it affects your preparation and it’s an advantage to them going in,” said Lampard, whose side next host Leicester City on Sunday.“But that said I think it happens a lot. I don’t want to look like I’m moaning, I’m delighted with our performance, we didn’t lose the game because of that but it was a bit frustrating.”Lampard said he had offered words of comfort to Abraham, the 21-year-old who has returned after a loan at Aston Villa with Chelsea unable to make new signings due to a transfer ban.Abraham had started against Manchester United but was on the bench at kick-off Wednesday before replacing Giroud in the second half.“He will come back stronger. It is part and parcel of being a player at a top level which is what Tammy now is.”Lampard was also delighted with the contribution of USA star Christian Pulisic, who made his full debut after signing from Borussia Dortmund in January.Not 21 until next month, Pulisic played 74 minutes and set up Giroud’s opening goal.“I think there’s a lot more to come. I think the expectation is right because he is a big signing for us, but we must also remember his age, he’s 20. I am really happy with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Perfect for Manchester United? Strike target scores four-minute hat-trick

first_imgAs Manchester United prepare for a return to the Champions League next season they’re planning some major signings this summer.Several top stars have been linked and the Red Devils, having turned down the chance to sign Radamel Falcao, may well be plotting a move for a big name striker.One forward who has been looked at by Louis van Gaal and his staff is Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski with reports in April suggesting a bid for the 26-year-old could be tabled.And he did himself the world of good on Saturday as he slammed in a four-minute hat-trick to help Poland to a 4-0 win over Georgia.The Poles were all set to claim a 1-0 win as the game entered its final stages but Lewandowski wasn’t finished and managed to bag himself a tremendous treble.If Dutch boss Van Gaal was watching there is no doubt he would have been impressed with the striker’s ability to beat an offside trap, while his second – a thumping header – shows another facet to his game.You can see the hat-trick above…last_img read more