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Clippers see Thunder, fan make shots

first_imgDurant also had eight assists. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and three blocked shots.“I thought that was probably as well as we can execute a game plan and execute on both ends of the floor, on offense and defense in the second half,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “Seventeen assists and five turnovers in the second half, and we made them miss a lot of shots. I thought we played good throughout the game, but really did a great job in the second half.”The Clippers beat the Thunder 111-103 in Los Angeles on Nov. 8. But they missed their first seven shots in the rematch, fell into a quick 10-point hole and never dug themselves out of it.Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers noticed early that something was amiss.“In the first quarter, you could see we didn’t have it offensively,” Rivers said. “Everybody was kind of missing shots. We didn’t have any rhythm, no speed. When we don’t have any pace by anybody, you know that’s not a good sign. We didn’t tonight.”There were a couple of bright spots for the Clippers. In his return to his hometown, Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-for-23 shooting and also had 10 rebounds. He’s had a 20-10 double in 10 of the last 12 games, and has posted an NBA-high 100 such games since the start of the 2010-11 season.The Clippers’ Chris Paul also extended his NBA-record streak while finishing with 17 points and 12 assists. He has opened the season with 13 straight games in which he’s had at least 10 points and 10 assists. Magic Johnson held the previous record of 11 such games to open the 1990-91 season.“We just couldn’t get it going, honestly,” Rivers said. “I thought our offense our defense let us down by the end but at halftime, I thought it was still more of our offense. The way we’ve played the last couple of games, with the ball movement and all that – that was all gone tonight.”Los Angeles pulled within 81-75 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Nick Collison’s three-point play and a jumper by Jeremy Lamb put the Thunder up by 11.Baskets by Los Angeles’ Ryan Hollins and Jamal Crawford made it a seven-point game, but Oklahoma City scored the next seven points and took its biggest lead of the game to that point at 93-79 on a free throw by Lamb with 7:11 left.Los Angeles didn’t cut the margin below double digits the rest of the game.Crawford scored 18 points for the Clippers, who hurt themselves at the free-throw line, finishing 7-of-15. Russell Westbrook scored 12 and Lamb added 11 for the Thunder.Oklahoma City took advantage of the Clippers’ early shooting woes to take a 13-3 lead just over five minutes into the game. Los Angeles struggled at times against the Thunder’s interior defense, as Ibaka and rookie Steven Adams each blocked a pair of shots in the first-half.Oklahoma’s City led by 13 before taking a 51-43 edge at halftime.Griffin, limited to six points in the first half, scored seven straight baskets for the Clippers during the third quarter and his 20-foot jumper pulled Los Angeles within 68-62. The Thunder rebuilt its lead with a basket from Kendrick Perkins, a three-point play from Durant and a 17-foot jumper by Ibaka. OKLAHOMA CITY >> Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder put on one of their best shooting displays of the season Thursday night and their fans seem to be following the team’s cue.Durant scored 28 points and the Thunder made 51.9 percent in beating the Clippers 105-91. But that pales in comparison to what Oklahoma City fans are shooting this week during a second-quarter promotion at Chesapeake Energy Arena.For the second straight game, and the fifth time during the 2013 calendar year, a Thunder fan hit a half-court heave to win $20,000 in a contest sponsored by MidFirst Bank.Brad Brucker, a 33-year-old business teacher at Piedmont High School, made the money shot two days after another fan, Cameron Rodriguez, hit from midcourt in a win over Denver. As Brucker left the floor, he was greeted and congratulated by recording stars Beyonce and Jay-Z, who watched from courtside seats next to Durant’s family.Brucker said the experience “didn’t feel real.”Durant joked after the game that “we might go broke after these guys, they’re hitting every half-court shot.” But he added it was fun watching fans hit those shots.Durant also enjoyed watching the Thunder post their second-best shooting outing of the season and lead all the way against Los Angeles in a matchup of Western Conference powers.Oklahoma City has won its first five home games of the season for the first time since 2004-05, when the franchise was in Seattle.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Bokamoso brings exceptional students to join Brand South Africa at Constitution Hill

first_imgKwaZulu-Natal students Chirinda Takunda ,Yolanda Mvinjelwa, and Zinhle Shange rewarded for their selfless work in their communities. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)On Friday 12 August Brand South Africa invited three students from three different KwaZulu-Natal high schools to join them at Constitution Hill and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. The students, leaders in their own communities, got to learn more to about South Africa’s constitution, one widely considered by many to be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and the forces that helped shape it.Yolanda Mvinjelwa, Chirinda Takunda and Zinhle Shange are all involved with the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship Programme, the sister programme to the Bokamoso Education Trust. “They don’t do what’s required of them, but what they feel is right for those around them,” explains Monde Hadebe, the project leader and one of the founders of the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship programme. “Their selfless characteristics are ones that can serve more than their communities but the entire country.”The Trust, through the programmes it runs, aims to improve the lives of youth across the country. They provide the opportunity for kids to flourish and make good of their potential.“They don’t do what’s required of them, but what they feel is right for those around them,” explains Monde Hadebe (far right).DISTINGUISHED TRIOIt was the community inspired work of the trio that earned them a trip to Johannesburg. Here they were given insight into the lives of the heroes that shaped the history of our country. Heroes like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, and Walter Sisulu, from whom they could draw inspiration.Cast from a similar mould, the three students looked to make as big an impact as they could on the lives of those around them, sacrificing their own personal time in order bring smiles to those they feel are most in need, and these are their stories.Mvinjelwa collected and donated blankets to local street kids in her area. Even in Durban, where she lives, winters can be cold enough to require a blanket if you live on the street.She is also involved in the Durban Youth Council (DYC). She works to encourage young people to become involved in finding solutions to problems affecting them.Shange took the time to help clean a local hospice that cared for elders and those suffering from illness in her area. “She also created a programme where high school learners like herself go to local primary schools and educate learners about the pressures of high school, what to expect when they take that step up and how to best prepare for it,” Hadebe explained.Takunda is a reformed drug addict who took it upon himself to help those going through the same drug related difficulties that he had managed to overcome. He also started a Facebook page called Say No to Violence, We Can Make a Difference to encourage people to fight against violence of all kinds and support those facing challenges resulting from violence. The students, leaders in their own communities, got to learn more to about South Africa’s constitution, one widely considered by many to be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and the forces that helped shape it.Gumede says that all three of the learners “are driven by something deeper than them, not what they are told but what they want to experience in their world.“They are actively living out the change they want to see in the world. As young people who have never been told that, they hold that as a powerful tool in their lives going forward,” he said. “These to me are future leaders, not because of their accolades or initiatives, but simply because of their selflessness and simply leading their own lives, influencing many others along the way.”GET INVOLVEDIf you want to play a part in the development of promising young people like Takunda, Mvinjelwa and Shange, you can have a look at the Bokamoso website or the Ikusasa Cross-mentorship Programme Facebook page for more information.last_img read more

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iPhone 5 Maps Gaffe Energizes Apple’s Smartphone Rivals

first_imgBy now, many people considering a new smartphone know that the new maps service in Apple’s iPhone 5 – and iOS 6 – is more likely to get them lost than maps in competing phones. Rather than continue offering Google Maps, Apple opted for an inferior homegrown service, believing customers would wait for it to improve. In such a highly competitive market, that’s a high-risk strategy that has given rivals a huge opening.Dropping GoogleApple chose to drop its dependency on Google – and customers have to deal with the fallout. Complaints about Apple Maps include missing cities, mislabeled landmarks and faulty directions. While at a San Francisco cafe over the weekend, I spotted its owner hunched over an iPhone 4S, which he recently upgraded to iOS 6. I asked him what he thought of the new operating system, and his immediate comment was “Maps is a joke.”Apple’s response to critics is to ask for patience. “We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it,” company spokeswoman Trudy Muller told AllThingsD. “We are continuously improving it.” In other words, be content using a service worse than the one we had before, trusting that someday it will be better.Rivals AttackThat misstep is the opening rivals have waited for. In its Conversations blog, Nokia took advantage of the failings of Apple Maps to show the superiority of its service, which will be in the Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 920 set for release this year.Samsung has also joined the Apple-bashing party with TV ads attacking its rival as playing catch up. Key iPhone 5 features like a larger display and support for LTE high-speed networks are already available in the Galaxy S3, which also sports the superior Google Maps.Features that the Lumia and Galaxy have that are not in the iPhone include near-field communications (NFC) for and wireless battery charging. But those don’t matter much, because neither are mainstream and they’re unlikely to be missed by the majority of consumers. Maps is different. That’s a feature everyone uses and cares about. In delivering an inferior mapping service, Apple has given people a reason to look more closely at competitors’ products. Once they do that, people may begin to see through the Apple marketing machine. Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone#web antone gonsalves 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Who Needs The iPhone?People like myself who use multiple Apple products are the biggest winners in owning an iPhone. The integration with my MacBook Pro and iPad is key to why I stick with Apple. In addition, with the three-year tech support contract I purchased, I know Apple will provide good service when I occasionally run into problems. As a writer on continuous deadlines, time spent trying to figure out technical glitches costs me money, and Apple gets my equipment up and running quickly.But I’m likely an exception. Most people would find it much easier to switch from one smartphone vendor to another, and for them, Apple needs a product that is as good or better than the competition. On that basis, the iPhone 5’s mapping app is a big red flag.Apple has had trouble with core features before. When it launched the original iPhone in 2007, one of the biggest complaints was it didn’t work that well as a phone. However, the company was spared the brunt of the criticism, which was mostly directed at partner AT&T.No ScapegoatsThis time around, there are no handy scapegoats. Apple worked with two dozen partners on maps. TomTom is a primary supplier of the mapping data, and it has already made it clear it won’t be Apple’s whipping boy.“For over 20 years TomTom has provided high quality and accurate map data,” the company said in a statement emailed to ReadWriteWeb. The company went on to imply that the problem was with the app, not the data. “Each of these [device] manufacturers applies TomTom’s map data and other content to create their own unique application, which defines the user experience.”Losing Market ShareApple has been losing market share to smartphones running Google’s Android operating system for years. In the second quarter, the iPhone accounted for 17% of the market, while Android accounted for 68%, according to IDC.Overall iPhone sales continue to grow, of course, and the iPhone remains insanely profitable for Apple. But to maintain its lucrative position in the long run, Apple’s next generation will have to introduce something truly unique and not just ape the near-field communications and other features already in some Android smartphones.In the meantime, it can’t compromise on core features customers consider the baseline: solid voice communications, faster Web access, texting and accurate mapping. Apple has taken a step back with one of them – and that may prove to be a serious mistake. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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19 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde admits Dembele dismissal baffled him

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde admits Dembele dismissal baffled himby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits Ousmane Dembele’s dismissal against Sevilla baffled him.Dembele was sent off late in Barcelona’s win for comments made to the referee just moments after Ronald Araujo was shown a straight red himself.It has been reported that the Frenchman said “very bad, you’re very bad” to the referee, which saw him given his marching orders.”I don’t know what he said,” Valverde said when asked for his opinion in his post-match press conference.”But I don’t think it was too long a sentence.”With the Araujo dismissal on his debut, it didn’t seem like a foul to me.”Then the Dembele one is a mystery.”Looking at the match as a whole, Valverde was understandably delighted to finish with such a comprehensive scoreline.”It was a complicated and important game for us,” he explained.”They’ve had a lot of chances, but this is what it is.”They left spaces and we had more punch, which proved key.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Oklahoma’s Jamal Danley Shares 1-Year-Old Facebook Post From Fan Telling Him Not To Play For Sooners

first_imgJamal Danley's Facebook post 1 year later.jamal danley facebook postIn 2014, Oklahoma posted an 8-5 record, finished fourth in the Big 12, and got blasted by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6. In the offseason, the Sooners made a number of coaching changes – especially on the offensive side of the ball – in an attempt to reestablish dominance in the conference. A year later, they’re 11-1 and a lock to make the College Football Playoff.Tuesday, junior offensive lineman Jamal Danley, who was a four-star JUCO transfer this year, posted a Facebook message that was written to him while he was making his decision on where to play in 2015. The post, which looks to have been sent by a fan, focuses on Oklahoma’s demise and calls Danley “SEC material.” Danley clearly finds it amusing, seeing where OU is right now.1 year later! pic.twitter.com/Z9HiJrX8NG— Jamal Danley™ (@JDanley54) November 30, 2015Oklahoma has off this week as it prepares for to play for a national championship. Apparently, not everyone saw that coming a year ago.last_img read more

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Freshmans late goal lifts Ohio State womens soccer team into Sweet 16

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7)during a game against Butler in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Nov. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (13-6-3) is headed to the Sweet 16 after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (15-4-2) on Friday afternoon 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Freshman midfielder Arden Holden netted her first career goal with 11 minutes remaining to keep the Buckeyes’ postseason run afloat. With the win, the Scarlet and Gray are headed to their third Sweet 16 in the past six seasons. The beginning of the game was slow, as the first 15 minutes did not present many opportunities to score for either side. In the 20th minute, OSU finally got to a solid opportunity in the final third when senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso tried to curl one in from 20 yards out on the left wing but it sailed over the crossbar. Two minutes later, the Buckeyes had another opportunity to score when junior forward Lindsay Agnew sent a strong ball to junior forward Nichelle Prince, but a Virginia Tech defender cleared it away. The Hokies, who entered the game as the 14th-overall seed, were able to generate a scoring opportunity in the 43rd minute when sophomore forward Alani Johnson sent one on the frame, but OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made a lunging save to preserve the scoreless match. The teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime tied 0-0. The Hokies led the Buckeyes 6-1 in shots, 1-0 on goal. OSU came back in the second half with plenty of opportunities to score early on, but the Buckeyes simply could not find the back of the net. In the 79th minute, the Buckeyes put the one and only goal on the board. Prince split two Virginia Tech defenders before playing the ball out to Holden who finished off the keeper. Holden has appeared in 21 of the Buckeyes’ 22 games this season, but her game-winning goal marked the first time in her young career she has scored. The final 11 minutes of play contained some opportunities for the Hokies to level the match, including a solid look off a free kick in the 87th minute, but they could not get past McVicker, meaning OSU was able to hold on for the 1-0 win. For the game, Virginia Tech held a sizable lead in shots, 20-5, including 4-2 on goal. McVicker made four saves to earn her second clean sheet of the season for OSU. The Buckeyes are set to play conference foe Penn State in the Sweet 16 after the Nittany Lions dominated Boston University in the second round, winning 6-0. In the lone meeting between the two teams during the regular season, Penn State topped OSU 2-1 on Oct. 24. With an opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals on the line, the rematch is set to take place on Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania.  Kickoff is penciled in for 1 p.m. read more

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Football Notebook Changing season changing role players for the Buckeyes

Replacing Chris “Beanie” WellsOne question in everyone’s mind going into this season was how the Buckeyes were going to make up for losing one of the strongest running backs in college football, “Beanie” Wells. But, in their season opener against Navy, two backs paired up for quite the punch against the midshipmen defense. Dan Herron and Brandon Saine combined for 125 rushing yards. Herron had 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Saine averaged 5.9 yards on nine carries with a 14-yard carry in the second quarter while backup quarterback Joe Bauserman struggled to make a drive. Just two plays later, Saine connected with Bauserman for 13 yards and then carried the ball two more yards for a first down. “It felt really good you know,” Saine said. “I felt like I did what I needed to do out there. I might not have been able to score a touchdown or anything, but I feel like I contributed.” Defense struggles early, but finishes strongEarly on in the game, it looked as if the Buckeye defense was struggling to control the unique Navy offense. On their first possession, Navy had a seven-minute drive that consisted of 15 plays mostly on the ground for 80 yards and a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ricky Dobbs. “We knew coming into this game that they were going to be a lot faster and we felt we needed to execute that first series so we were a little disappointed coming off the field after that first series knowing we had to step it up,” said Kurt Coleman, senior safety and OSU captain. But, it was the defense that eventually saved the day, stopping a two-point conversion with minutes left in the game, when Brian Rolle intercepted a pass from Dobbs and ran it back gaining two points for the Buckeyes. Captains excel and lead in openerThe three defensive captains combined for 13 tackles in the opener against Navy. Coleman forced a fumble in the fourth quarter when Navy was on second down with seven yards to go. Fellow captain, senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington was able to recover that fumble and the two set the offense up for a touchdown drive to put the Buckeyes up 29-14. Duron Carter makes a dazzling debut True freshman wide receiver Duron Carter, son of OSU alum Cris Carter, made his debut as a Buckeye yesterday. Carter played most of the game after sophomore DeVier Posey left with a minor ankle injury. Carter ranked third in the receiving stats for Ohio State with three receptions for 21 yards. “Little Carter was great. He caught a lot of balls and he looked awesome out there as well as a lot of other guys,” Worthington said of the young player. “I’m proud of a lot of guys stepping up, they looked great.” Carter said that he felt really comfortable on the big stage in front of a record of 105,092 fans on opening day. “It feels great. A lot of freshman receivers have started out their career great and hopefully I can be the next one and just step up during the on-coming weeks,” Carter said. Ohio State still having trouble closing in the red zone The Navy defense forced the Buckeyes to settle for a field goal on three separate occasions in the first, second and fourth quarters. And there probably should have been a fourth when instead of kicking, Tressel decided to go for it on fourth-and-one on the 15-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Despite Aaron Pettrey’s success, making good on a 23-yard, 25-yard and 52-yard field goal, it makes one wonder why they couldn’t push the ball into the end zone on four different occasions. “Those are the ones we had trouble with a year ago, the ones that started between the eight and the 10, so do you leave a little disappointed?” coach Jim Tressel asked himself. “Yeah, because you want to score touchdowns.” Ohio State didn’t exactly deliver what everyone had hoped they would in the season opener against Navy, in which they pulled off a shaky 31-27 victory over the Midshipmen. With a lot of young and inexperienced players stepping into the starting roles this season, it was uncertain who would make an impact, and how they would make an impact. With yesterday’s game against Navy under their belts, the Buckeyes cleared the fog a little as to who will be making headlines this season. read more

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Three small steps to zero hunger

first_imgHow many times has it happened that you ordered too much food and left it unfinished? Many times, I guess. Food wastage is a universal problem and even after much has been said and done about it, many countries have failed to control it. And India is getting worse than ever. Among 118 developing countries, India ranked 97, in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2016. This data is sufficient enough to show how serious the condition is.While we grapple with the crisis of food wastage, three class 11th girls, have already taken small little steps to minimise this wastage. Vandita Bhartiya, Rhea Kapuria, and Ikshita Puri strongly believe in the words of Mother Teresa – “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Their journey towards zero hunger began when the three girls went to a restaurant in Greater Kailash 1 for a light snack. “When we couldn’t finish what we ordered in that restaurant and saw the amount of food we wasted, it hit us really hard. Here we are sitting in an air conditioned restaurant, wasting food, and outside, dozens of people are begging to have a single meal. We just thought of the fact that we could have given the leftover food to these people instead of throwing it away.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo make a point clear, when you order something, whatever is left on your plate is thrown away but the food in serving bowls can be used again. It is not always that the people order more and don’t finish, sometimes the restaurants also serve more than sufficient.These girls made it their business to know about the amount of food wasted and what is being done to it. “We spoke to the managers of several restaurants and found out about the wasted food. In most of the restaurants, the leftover food was consumed by their staff but even after that, much of it was thrown away because the food gets contaminated,” explained Ikshita. They reached out to over 50 restaurants, out of which only a handful agreed to help their cause. “In the beginning of our endeavour, we also approached a bakery and they agreed to help us. But we couldn’t accept their offer because we don’t have a cold storage vehicle to take it from one place to another,” sighed Vandita. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCurrently, these students have come to an understanding with only two restaurants to take leftover food – one in Saket and the other in Greater Kailash – and one whole slum area known as Sudhar Camp slum in Kalkaji, with approximately 500 people to feed. They have a single vehicle to go back and forth with oodles of food with a deadline to deliver it on the same day to avoid contamination in the sweltering heat. “We have kind of adopted that area in Kalkaji,” said Ikshita as the two of them agreed with her. Many restaurants don’t want to get associated with a novice, even if their intentions are good. In this case, the food might get contaminated; making a person sick and the restaurants will be blamed ultimately.For the future, the trio plans to deliver food to nearby slum areas of the restaurant they get food from but the current situation demands some more restaurants in the Kalkaji area to help them in their cause. “We picked up this slum purposely because traveling can damage the food. The restaurants that we have are in Saket and GK, so we send one car to Saket and the other (if we get one from any of our friends) to GK and then deliver the food to that area in Kalkaji. The slum looks small from the outside but if you go into the lanes, you will realize that just two restaurants are not enough to fulfill their needs,” said Ikshita.Even though they have scant resources and time, these girls are determined to fulfill the needs of this slum area. “We want that if we are covering an area then we do it properly, there should be no cutbacks on food. So right now our focus is that particular area in Kalkaji,” said Vandita.”We do this work on weekends and we inform the restaurants beforehand. Now the restaurants are attached to us so they also call us. And in the slum area also we have a person who we call up and tell them that we will be getting food for the day,” added Ikshita. While constantly thinking about how to get more and more restaurants to cooperate with them, Ikshita said, “Our steps are small but even if we reach 20-25 people, we will be satisfied because it’s for a good cause.” Zero Hunger by these students is just a small dent in a bigger problem but with support from people and restaurants, they can make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people.last_img read more