Miami exit spoils Dwyane Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer to playoff spot

first_imgRead 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 Magic Johnson on abrupt resignation as Lakers chief: ‘I want to go back to having fun’ Charlotte need to beat Orlando on Wednesday and hope that Detroit slip up against the Knicks to leapfrog the Pistons into the postseason.Against Cleveland on Tuesday the Hornets were led by Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb with 23 points each.The Pistons recovered from a sluggish start which saw them trail by 22 points at one stage before recovering for the win.Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench while Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds to rescue Detroit.Blake Griffin was restricted to five points in 18 minutes.  Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, hugs Derrick Jones Jr. after Wade’s final NBA basketball game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is retiring. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Dwyane Wade was given an emotional send-off in his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday but results elsewhere eliminated the Florida team from playoff contention.The 37-year-old three-time NBA champion delivered a 30-point display as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 122-99 at the American Airlines Arena. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chartcenter_img ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star, was also honored with video tributes throughout his home finale, with former US President Barack Obama leading the plaudits.“D-Wade! Congratulations on a great run. Now, I know what you’re going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy,” Obama said. “I’ve been there. In my case though, I didn’t really have a choice. My knees were shot so I had to give up basketball forever,” he joked. Detroit, meanwhile, can seal their playoff berth from the Eastern Conference with victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday in the final round of regular season games.The Charlotte Hornets also have a slender chance of progression after demolishing the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-97.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Detroit Pistons’ 100-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies ended Miami’s slender hopes of progressing to the playoffs.Wade gave a heartfelt salute to his fans in a pre-game ceremony in Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I love y’all, man,” Wade told the crowd. “I thank you guys for dancing with me this year. I thank y’all for your patience this year. I thank y’all for the love.“I’m thankful for this moment. I’m thankful for this entire season.”last_img read more

Chargers fired up for early slugfest

first_imgNFL: San Diego faces Chicago in a possible Super Bowl preview. By Bernie Wilson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – This could have been the Super Bowl matchup in February, the Chicago Bears against the San Diego Chargers. “We felt it should have been, but we didn’t do the things necessary to make that happen,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. These teams had the best records in their respective conferences. The Bears made it to Miami. The Chargers stumbled around like drunk sailors on shore leave in losing their playoff opener at home against New England. “That’s why we’re so disgusted with the loss,” Rivers said. “That was kind of our expectations. We’re getting to play them six, seven months later.” Consolation or not, it’ll be a marquee matchup when Rivers, reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and the rest of the Chargers host the Bears in today’s season opener. It could even be a Super Bowl preview for next February. “It’d be just fine,” Rivers said. Whether they’re still playing five months from now, the Bears and Chargers are looking forward to this matchup. “What a great way to start the season off,” new Bears strong safety Adam Archuleta said. “We feel good about ourselves, but we can’t rest on what we’ve done. “There’s a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Archuleta added. “Guys are ready to play ball. Guys are hyped up and can’t wait for it to get here. I think it’s been that way all year, but now, it’s just a little bit more focused.” The Chargers were an NFL-best 14-2 last year before flaming out in a shower of miscues that let New England rally for a 24-21 divisional-round win. The Bears topped the NFC at 13-3 before losing to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. The Bears are looking to make a statement, with their tough defense facing a talent-laden Chargers offense that scored an NFL-high 492 points last year. “I know we can,” cornerback Charles Tillman said. “It’ll be a good challenge for us to see where we are and what we need to do and what lies ahead of us for the rest of the season.” San Diego has won 10 straight regular-season games and was undefeated at home in 2006. For sheer star power, the Chargers had five players make the elite All-Pro team last year and Chicago had four. San Diego topped the league with 11 Pro Bowlers, while Chicago had eight, although not all played due to injury. There are a handful of subplots, too: San Diego’s Norv Turner begins his third stint as an NFL coach, taking over for the deposed Marty Schottenheimer. Turner’s first two gigs didn’t end well; he was a combined 58-82-1 with Washington and Oakland. Turner will be facing his younger brother, Ron, the Bears’ offensive coordinator. Dating to 1996, the brothers Turner are 1-1 against each other. Ron Rivera, whose contract as Bears defensive coordinator wasn’t renewed, was hired as Chargers inside linebackers coach after being beaten out by Turner for the top job. The Chargers have already beaten the Bears once this year. Oh wait, that’s just a shoe commercial featuring Tomlinson slashing and spinning through the hapless Bears for a game-winning TD. That commercial has led to a bit of banter between SoCal and the Windy City. Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who’s in the commercial, squashed the notion that the ad – in which the defenders miss tackle after tackle – would motivate Chicago. “That’s a joke to us,” Harris said. “We’ll go out there, we’ll play. Tell Ron Rivera I said hello. We’ll go out there and have a good time. Hopefully, we’ll start the season off right, and I wish the San Diego Chargers well.” The Bears get to see the real Tomlinson, the one who set 13 NFL records last year, including 31 touchdowns – 28 rushing – and 186 points. He won his first rushing title with 1,815 yards. “He’s supposedly the best back in the business. I think he is,” Tillman said. “He’s their poster child. He does everything. He’s a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. He’s explosive, he’s hard to tackle, hard runner, quick, very elusive – he’s the best.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Glendale YMCA will lose lease at island camp

first_imgGLENDALE – The stewards of Catalina Island will allow a campground lease held by the Glendale YMCA to expire after both sides failed to agree to new terms, officials said Thursday. That means the Glendale Y, which for more than 80 years has operated Camp Fox – a 3 1/2 acre, 30-cabin facility on the island’s Buttonshell Beach – will end its stay there once the agreement expires at year’s end. “We don’t want to leave Camp Fox,” said John Thomas, chief executive officer at the Y. “But if we have to leave, we will continue to do camping.” At issue for the Catalina Island Conservancy, which oversees nearly the entire 48,000-acre island, is whether the Y could afford to operate the facility. The campground – currently at half-capacity because of problems with the septic tank – hosts about 1,700 children during the summer months and is subleased the rest of the year to a science education institute. But the facility deteriorated with year-round use and requires about $1.2million in repairs for the septic system, fire system upgrades and cleanup at the area dump. Both Thomas and conservancy Chief Operating Officer Mel Dinkel acknowledged the maintenance shortfalls, citing the Y’s limited finances. “The main problem was their resources and the funding they had available through their small organization,” Dinkel said. “We were hoping they would be able to find other groups that could work with them. It doesn’t appear they were able to.” Negotiations have dragged over the past year, with the conservancy finally extending the Y a letter of intent Aug.9 to renew the lease for three years, with four three-year extensions for a total of 15 years. They also agreed on a payment plan for the $1.2million needed to restore the camp. The Y, unable to agree on details in the proposal, asked for two extensions after the Aug.19 signing deadline. Thomas declined to discuss the causes, but after a meeting Wednesday, the Y’s camp committee asked to extend negotiations, which the conservancy denied, Dinkel said. “Their response was they still couldn’t sign the letter of intent,” Dinkel said. “Unfortunately, we have to move forward.” Without the Glendale Y, Dinkel said, the conservancy will appoint an interim operator once the lease expires at the end of the year, then consider offers from other groups. YMCA Los Angeles, the La Crescenta Y and Guided Discoveries, the group subleasing the camp, have shown interest, he said. But the Glendale Y is still responsible for the outstanding repairs – it has spent about $200,000 on state approvals and designs and has put the job out to bid, Thomas said. And camping will remain a part of the Y, with or without Camp Fox. “It’s our commitment to kids in this community that camping remains strong,” Thomas said. “I’m not tied to Camp Fox do or die, I’m tied to camping for kids.” “The amount of time that has been put into this has really been significant, and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t come to a conclusion that worked for both us and them,” Dinkel said. “Hopefully, we could resolve the current issues at the camp, and they’ll be able to use the camp as they had in the last 80 years.” (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more