Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year

first_img Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service PORTLAND — Encouraged by what he’s seen from forward Alen Smailagic in the G League, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the rookie will make his NBA debut at some point this season.“He will 100% find his way onto the floor in a game, or multiple games,” Kerr said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “We just don’t know when that’s going to be.”With the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, Smailagic finished with a career-high 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting (5-for-9 from 3-point range), six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a win over the Agua Caliente Clippers. After he landed in Portland, Kerr watched the game and was pleased with Smailagic’s progress.The No. 39 pick in June’s NBA draft, Smailagic is a long-term project with an intriguing skillset. Though he will spend most of his rookie season developing in Santa Cruz, the Warriors would eventually like to test the 19-year-old at the NBA level. NBA cuts another Warriors game from national TV schedule Flashing natural passing ability and shooting range, Smailagic is averaging 15.8 points per game in the G League this season.“Smiley’s getting in better shape, better condition,” Kerr said of Smailagic, who returned three weeks ago after being sidelined two months with a sprained ankle. “You can see he’s moving better. He’s knocking down the 3-point shot, gaining confidence. It’s good to see him finding his groove.”Smailagic has made periodic trips to San Francisco to practice with Golden State. However, with the Warriors finally healthy, it may take another injury or a rest night for one of the team’s other centers for Smailagic to get an NBA call-up.“We’ll figure out when the right time is to bring him back,” Kerr said. “We’ll just take it a step at a time.”Related Articles ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season last_img read more

A farm wife’s 2016 planting pointers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Risë LabigAs I was reflecting on my “planting pointers” (http://ocj.com/2015/05/a-farm-wifes-spring-planting-pointers/) that I wrote last year for spring planting 2015, I wondered if there was anything I might have missed that I could add to my list this year. I know we are all feeling a new stress level we haven’t felt in a while, due to lower commodity prices. We all need a bountiful crop. We need it, because so many other businesses in ag rely on us to be successful.I have been a farmer’s daughter and farmer’s wife my whole life. When I was growing up on the dairy farm, life was magical. I loved bottle-feeding the dairy calves. I loved going out to the milking parlor and watching dad. He always had classical music playing (that is where the idea for my name came from. Risë Stevens was a famous opera singer and they loved her name). Who knew a love of music would come from a dairy parlor? In spite of dad being a busy dairy farmer, he still found time to play his clarinet at concerts on Friday night, or to take us all along when the band got to ride Miller’s Ferry to Put-In-Bay, playing for their fare, and then marching around the island. He never missed a concert my siblings played in. What I wasn’t able to appreciate then, as a young girl, is that sacrifice occurred to be able to have the “time” for dad to get there. And the name of that “sacrifice” was called my mother.What I know is that behind the scenes of everything was a daughter, wife and mother who worked tirelessly as a helpmate to her spouse, children and parents. This is a tribute to not only my mother, but to all my sisters involved in agriculture as we participate in another spring.I know that when the calendar flips over to March, it’s like a light flips on for our farmers, ramping up the anxiety level to “get going.” I know that if the “Pinterest” project didn’t get done over the winter that now is not that time to ask. I know because I remember my mother telling me…”Now is not the time to ask dad to do that.” She knew.I know that when the sun finally starts shining, the ground dries out and it warms up, our farmers are itching to get going. (Heaven help us when they see another farmer out first, and someone always has to be first. We all know who they are in the community. Why is he surprised they are out at it already?)I know that this is my first warning signal to get ready. I know because my mother would be getting stocked up on items so she wouldn’t have to take time to make “unnecessary trips” to town when he was planting. She learned that the minute she thought she could slip away, he would immediately need her. And that isn’t because he called. There were no cell phones then. It meant he would drive the truck home so he could tell her what part to go get, and if she wasn’t there…well, I think we have all been there.I know that when my mother would have much rather been sewing something for me or my sisters (remember those days?) and would loved to have gone to town and looked at new patterns, she didn’t dream of going. It could wait. Dad could “need” her. So if I have a few minutes to spare, even if I want to take a walk down the lane, that IS when he will need me. So I know to have my phone in the back pocket. At. All. Times.I also learned later, when I became a mother, “why” mom didn’t want us tagging along when she went to the grocery. Back then, she didn’t run into town daily. It was weekly at best. Mom wanted “alone time.” Boy, did I learn that quickly as a mother! Who knew the grocery store could be considered a retreat? But I know that those times are saved for “rainy days” during spring planting.I know that I have a mom who taught me that when life hands you lemons, and it will, you can cry for a bit, but then it’s time to “get up and get going.” We lost dad 28 years ago. Because Mom had worked by his side, she knew all about every aspect of the farming operation, the bookwork, everything. She never missed a step.And when a farmer says to a wife of 36 years that she doesn’t understand the “urgency of spring planting” when she can’t get in the truck fast enough to follow him to a field, I smile inwardly and know that, until the first field is planted, he is a grump. I know that because I saw mom shed a tear or two when my soft-spoken dad would get grumpy until he got the sugar beets planted.So it’s great to have a list of pointers to share, somewhat humorously, with my fellow sisters in ag, but, this year it’s heartfelt appreciation that I feel for not just my mother, but all the women who went before us, to show us how to “know” what to do as we approach another spring.From our farm operation to you and yours, may God keep you all safe as we work to produce another bountiful crop for the world.last_img read more

Tiger Woods hopeful a 5th Masters leads to more majors

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “The only thing I can promise you is this, that I will be prepared,” Woods said in his first extensive comments since leaving Augusta National with a fifth green jacket.“Now whether or not it all comes together … because you need to have mind, body and soul come together for those four days. That doesn’t always happen,” Woods said. “If you think about it, I’ve been out here what, 23 years or so? It’s only come together 15 times.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods spoke to Discovery-owned GOLFTV in a 27-minute interview Thursday as part of his endorsement role to provide exclusive content to the global video streaming service.Nicklaus set the gold standard in golf with 18 professional majors. Woods won his 14th major in 2008 in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines when he was 32, and breaking the record seemed inevitable until a fourth surgery on his left knee, and then four surgeries on his back in a three-year span. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles He also gave credit to his caddie, Joe LaCava, for persuading him to arrive at Augusta National on the Sunday afternoon before instead of Monday. Woods said he was working so hard on his game that he wasn’t about to play, so instead he took a wedge and a putter for nine holes.“That nine-hole session on Sunday set the tone for my mind being opened up to see the amount of break,” Woods said.Woods said he had been thinking about the Masters for six months. Now he faces a quick turnaround — the PGA Championship starts in three weeks at Bethpage Black, where Woods won the U.S. Open in 2002. He last played it in 2012 during the FedEx Cup playoffs, which is when he first complained of a sore back.He says he will lean on experience of past preparations, such as his three straight majors in 2000 that he won in a span of 66 days.For now, he has done very little. Woods compares this Masters to his first one in 1997 because it took time for the magnitude to sink it.“I haven’t got to the point where I’m willing to put in the hours yet and do the dirty stuff to get the body ready, to put in all the hours of hitting golf balls and putting,” Woods said. “I’m doing all the visual stuff, but I haven’t put in the physical work yet. But it’s probably coming this weekend.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)WEST PALM BEACH, Florida— Tiger Woods hopes winning the Masters to end 11 years without a major will be a spark in his renewed pursuit of the record held by Jack Nicklaus.Even so, Woods tells GOLFTV it will take “special moments” like his one-shot victory at Augusta National.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES “I always thought it was possible, if I had everything go my way,” Woods said in the interview. “It took him an entire career to get to 18, so now that I’ve had another extension to my career — one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago — if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility.”Woods believes his Masters victory — his first major when he was trailing going into the final round — began last summer when he briefly held the lead Sunday at the British Open, and then pushed Brooks Koepka to the end in a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship.“Those two major championships allowed me to have this one,” Woods said. “And hopefully, this one will allow me to have a few more.”He attributed a big part of his Masters victory to a swing key leading up to the week that allowed him to hit draws with his driver. Woods conceded he no longer has the length that allowed him to hit 3-wood off several tees, which he could hit right-to-left more easily.“I’ve lost a little bit off my fastball, so I’ve got to rely on the driver,” Woods said. “And so I found something in my game when I start feeling comfortable turning it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Kid was depressed’: Naomi Osaka in first clay quarterfinal after ‘rough months’ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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India hockey team players wear black arm bands

first_imgLondon, Jun 18 (PTI) India hockey team today wore black arm bands during its match against Pakistan at the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian army. The Indian team support staff also wore the black arm bands. India eventually thrashed Pakistan 7-1 in this match. The hockey fraternity in India has always been vocal about the pride and respect it has for the Indian soldiers and always condemned such barbaric acts. The players have often taken to social media to show their condolences for the martyrs of the country. In fact, PR Sreejesh had dedicated the teams victory at the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy to the soldiers, where they beat Pakistan in the final. “The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation. They are proud of the nations soldiers and are often inspired by their dedication and sacrifice,” said Mohd Mustaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India. “As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army. Today, the team strongly felt the need to condole the recent attacks carried out in Jammu & Kashmir where Indian soldiers lost their lives. “It was a unanimous decision to wear black arm bands to condole these deaths and they wish for peace to prevail in the state of Jammu & Kashmir,” he added. Captain Manpreet Singh said: “We wanted to win on the field today to show not only our proud nation but all the world that we will stand up and fight for what we believe in through sport.” PTI CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Fakhar Zaman double ton highlights Pakistan’s huge win over Zimbabwe

first_imgFakhar Zaman hammered Pakistan’s first ever double century in a one-day international as Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by 244 runs in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo on Friday.Zaman’s unbeaten 210 off 156 balls and Imam-ul-Haq’s 113 guided Pakistan to its highest ever ODI total of 399/1 after Pakistan won its first toss of the series and elected to bat.Zaman and Imam, who scored his second century of the series, notched another record-breaking partnership of 304 runs for the first wicket before Imam fell to Hamilton Masakadza. The triple century partnership was the highest ever for the opening wicket in the history of ODIs, and the fourth biggest ever for any wicket.But Zaman carried on and smashed 24 fours and five sixes to score the seventh ODI double hundred overall. He continued his brilliant run of form in the series in which he has already scored two centuries and a half-century with a match remaining on Sunday.Zimbabwe’s dismal batting continued in the five-match series and it was bowled out for 155 in 42.4 overs to lose its fourth straight match by a heavy margin. Shadab Khan starred with the ball, picking up 4/28 from 8.4 overs to help the subcontinent team bowl the African nation with 44 balls to spare.We think you could predict the #ZIMvPAK 4th ODI Player of the Match…Who else but @FakharZamanLive! pic.twitter.com/WnXZ3e00WIICC (@ICC) July 20, 2018This was Pakistan’s second biggest-ever victory in terms of runs in ODI cricket and captain Sarfraz Khan was absolutely elated about the team’s performance.advertisement”Thanks to almighty. That’s what we need batting first. Imam and Fakhar gave us a solid platform. It’s good that our top order batsmen are getting runs. When we go to field, our target was to bowl them under 160 and we executed our plans. We will try our level best to win the next game,” Sarfraz said.Record-breaker Fakhar was also very happy with his performance and jokingly said that he will try and not give the middle-order the chance to bat in the next game too.”Thanks to almighty. Imam played really well in the start and he supported me well. I think today was my day. I knew about Saeed’s record. Mickey (Arthur) told us before toss that if we win toss we are going to bat and he asked me to score a double ton. He was telling me the same thing two days before as well.Imam is playing really well and he keeps talking to me whenever I feel not comfortable. We play together in domestic cricket. I was feeling tired in the field and hopefully I’ll get some treatment from the physio. I’ll try not to give them (middle order batsmen) the chance in the next game,” an elated and an equally tired Fakhar.Pakistan win the fourth #ZIMvPAK ODI by 244 runs and up in the series by 4-0.More https://t.co/gUMQPj0aR3 pic.twitter.com/VhQOy3F14rPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) July 20, 2018Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza also praised Fakhar for his tremendous performance and hoped that they do well in the last ODI on Sunday.”Never really in the game, they put us under pressure from ball one. Fakhar played exceptionally well and we found it difficult to rein him in. We fell way short in all three departments today. It’s always going to be difficult chasing 400, you have to go for your shots from ball one and that’s always not easy. Hope we can turn up on Sunday and play better than we did today,” said Masakadza.last_img read more

India ends Serbia tie without a win, lose 0-4 after Balaji’s defeat

first_imgKraljevo (Serbia), Sept 16 (PTI) Turning out to play the dead fourth rubber, N Sriram Balaji lost to Pedja Krstin in straight sets as India ended the Davis World Group Play-off tie against Serbia without a single win, losing 0-4, here on Sunday. Since the tie was already decided in favour of the hosts, who had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead, India fielded Balaji in place of Ramkumar Ramanathan. Serbia also changed the nomination, playing Krstin in place of Dusan Lajovic. Balaji, who is more focussed on the doubles, lost 3-6 1-6 in 66 minutes on indoor clay courts at the Kraljevo Sports Venue. The two sides agreed not to play the fifth rubber. “It was not a bad match for me. In every service game I had game points but I was not sharp enough to take them. Even most of the return games were close. The scoreline look easy for him but we had long games,” Balaji told PTI. “Before going into the tie, we thought we had a chance of beating them. But they came up strong in every match.” Serbia did not have multiple Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and injured Filip Krajinovic in their line-up but still India could not take advantage of it. India now have lost four out of five meetings with Serbia, whom they had defeated way back in 1927 when the country was Yugoslavia. Since new Davis Cup reforms have been introduced, India will not have to go back to the Asia/Oceania Group immediately.advertisement Instead, India will compete in a 24-team qualifying event (home and away format) in February next year to qualify for the 18-team Davis Cup Finals. The year-end event to crown Davis Cup champions will be held either in Madrid or Lille from November 18-24, next year. The 12 winners will qualify while four semi-finalists from the 2018 season will get direct entry. The ITF will award two wild cards for the inaugural Davis Cup finals. The Indian team is ranked 20th but effectively it is 16th, considering that four semifinalists will not be part of the qualifying event. The two worst teams in the qualifiers will go back to the zonal competition. PTI AT AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

Is Oklahoma State Trying To Schedule a Big Non-Conference Game For 2018?

first_imgThe Keondre Wudtee Special is what they should dub Labor Day weekend 2018. That will presumably be the true freshman’s first start (again, presumably because that is a long time from now), and it will apparently not be against Central Michigan anymore.Hate to be a juicy rumor killer but #okstate has not cancelled the final game of the CMU series. It’s now set for 2022 instead of 2018.— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 15, 2016In 2017 OSU plays Tulsa at home, at South Alabama (?!?) and at Pitt for its three non-conference games. In 2018 it was supposed to play Central Michigan at home, South Alabama at home and Boise State at home. As Kevin Klintworth noted, though, that CMU game got flipped to 2022 and will link up with the Arizona State game that year instead which leaves an open spot in the 2018 schedule.Some speculation here: Why would you move a game that is roughly 720 days away if you didn’t already have a bigger and better game to take its place? There are reasons I suppose, but that just doesn’t seem like something Oklahoma State (or Central Michigan) would do. So does OSU have something bigger in mind?That 2018 Central Michigan game was supposed to land on Labor Day weekend which as we all know has been a nice little kick-start to the season. You have the Advocare Classic in Dallas which OSU has participated in before (against FSU), the Camping World Kickoff (FSU-Ole Miss this year) and a host of other big boy games (Texas-Notre Dame, LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau).OSU won’t be playing in the Advocare Classic in Dallas unless a team drops out because those are set which is a shame because that game apparently pays $6 million which is the exact same amount your entire conference gets if you make it to the College Football Playoff.September 2, 2017: Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida GatorsSeptember 1, 2018: LSU Tigers vs. Miami HurricanesAugust 31, 2019: Oregon Ducks vs. Auburn TigersNor will it play in the Camping World Kickoff.September 1, 2018: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Louisville CardinalsSeptember 2, 2019: Florida Gators vs Miami HurricanesBut it seems like it is planning something bigger than being beaten on a last-second illegal hail mary against CMU. Here’s my wish list for future home-and-home exchanges.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Azpilicueta buzzing after Man City win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Azpilicueta buzzing after Man City winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was delighted with the manner of their victory over Manchester City.The Blues are buzzing after ending City’s unbeaten run.”Every team is different. Every team have different players. We beat City in our own way. Other teams must do it their own way,” said Azpilicueta.”City are so good that you cannot let them dictate the game. After three defeats in two games, people were starting to talk about us (negatively) so to beat City was a big moment for us.”Now people are talking about us beating City but it’s only three points.”Three points against City is the same three points if we beat Brighton on Sunday.”The Spaniard also told the Daily Mail: “Was it my best performance in a Chelsea shirt? I’ve been here for a long time, so it’s hard to say. I’d prefer to focus on the team.” last_img read more

9 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva: A really important win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: A really important winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva was pleased with their 2-0 win over Bournemouth.Kurt Zouma powerfully headed in his first goal for the club from Lucas Digne’s cross following a corner in the 61st minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.”It is a really important win,” Silva said. “I understand why you are asking me. We didn’t achieve the last results we wanted.”It was tough so we deserved the three points. We didn’t start the match well in the first 20-25 minutes. It was different the last 15 minutes, we controlled the game a bit better and started to create some chances.”But in that moment, they only had one clear chance and it was a foul on Zouma, I don’t understand how the referee didn’t see that foul. All the people in the stadium can see but that the referee and his assistants didn’t see that is strange.”In the second-half we started better and faster and breaking that pressure in a different way.” last_img read more

Another Alabama Staff Member Leaving For Tennessee

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The curious exodus of Nick Saban’s Alabama staff continued this week as another member of the Crimson Tide is leaving the school. The next time Saban sees analyst Garrett Cox will be the Third Saturday in October.According to AL.com, Cox is leaving Alabama to join Jeremy Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee. Per the report, Cox will be serving as an analyst for the Vols.Cox leaves Alabama to join up with another former member of the Crimson Tide, Kerry Stevenson. He had served on the Alabama staff since 2015.In the past few months, coaches Mike Locksley, Dan Enos, Josh Gattis, Tosh Lupoi, Brent Key, Craig Kuligowski and Joe Pannunzio have all left for jobs across the college football and NFL landscape.With all of the departures, Alabama has filled over half-a-dozen vacancies at key positions.Steve Sarkisian, Kyle Flood, Holmon Wiggins, Charles Huff, Brian Kelly, Sal Sunseri, and Charles Kelly are just some of the names who have joined the Alabama staff due to all of the turnover.SBNation noted back in January that the turnover has gotten so out of control that all of Saban’s staff members from 2016 are gone, while only one member of the 2017 Alabama staff is still around.Saban will get a chance to show Cox and Stevenson what they left behind when Alabama host Tennesse on October 19.[AL.com]last_img read more