first_img The Spaniard has developed a good understanding with the 29-goal striker and provided another assist for the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer against Tottenham on Sunday. Enrique sees similarities with the bond he struck with another Uruguayan, Diego Forlan, when the two played together at Villarreal. And he likened Suarez’s influence on Liverpool with that of Messi’s for Barcelona, saying: “It’s like at Barcelona – the first player they look for when the game is in a bad situation is Messi because you know he can do something. Luis is the same – I look for him because I know he can do something different and we understand each other.” Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes striker Luis Suarez performs the same role for the Reds as Lionel Messi does for Barcelona in being the go-to guy in times of trouble. He added: “If you are good players you understand each other. When I was at Villarreal with Forlan I linked up really well with him as well. “In the game all the time the first person I look for is him (Suarez) and he always makes a movement and I try to put the ball there and he does the rest. It is really easy to understand with him. He is our best player and he can do something from nothing.” The victory over Spurs was seen as something of a watershed moment in terms of the side overcoming a perceived mental block in regards to recovering losing positions. Their 3-2 win over their third-placed opponents was only the second time this season Brendan Rodgers’ team had come from behind to win in a league game, and when Spurs took a 2-1 lead at Anfield Enrique admits their previous poor record had him thinking a victory was unlikely. “In the first half they killed us a little bit because they scored in the last minute,” he said. “It was a little bit bad at that point but the manager said some words in the dressing room to lift us. “They scored again in the second half and, to be honest, I didn’t think we would win the game. “But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results and the character from the team was really good.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgWednesday’s meeting at Listowel looks like going ahead after the County Kerry track passed a course inspection this afternoon. The first of eight races is due off at 2.10pm. Monday and Tuesday’s meetings were both lost due to waterlogging but Wednesday’s card, featuring the biggest race of the seven-day Harvest Festival, the Guinness Kerry National, is now set to beat the weather after the course was declared fit for racing by Irish Turf Club officials. The going is described as heavy and the situation will continue to be monitored. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s a place the Clippers would like to be. That would mean avoiding a potential showdown with Golden State in the second round of the playoffs. Instead, they would take on San Antonio, assuming the No. 2 Spurs (50-9) don’t somehow catch the No. 1 Warriors, who took a record of 53-5 into their game Tuesday against Atlanta.“We feel like we can beat good teams,” said Redick, whose team is 22-7 without the injured Blake Griffin. “We’ve done that in the past. We’ve beaten some good teams without Blake.”Included therein was a 105-86 victory over San Antonio on Feb. 18 at Staples Center.“Certainly, our record against the top three in each conference isn’t great, but we’ve been in games and had opportunities and so, you know, if we win Wednesday, it would be great,” Redick said. “But again, it’s one game. We have those guys three times this month, so we’ll have multiple opportunities to play them.”The Clippers are a combined 1-5 against Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Clippers are 0-4 against Cleveland, Toronto and Boston — the top three teams in the East. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, speaking Monday after the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-95, intimated he’s expecting a hotly contested time Wednesday.“It should be a good game,” he said. “I mean, I’m going to go watch some tape. You know, I got to watch the Golden State-Oklahoma City game again today and I’ll watch it again; it’s a great game to watch, actually. I’m just having fun watching the game.“So they’re a great basketball team. They have two of the top five players (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant) on the same team and they have great role players. And (coach) Billy Donovan is doing a terrific job with them, so we just have to be ready for them.”The game Rivers was referring to was Golden State’s 121-118 overtime victory at Oklahoma City on Saturday.Durant averages 27.9 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Thunder. Westbrook averages 24.3 points, 10.3 assists and 2.2 steals.The Thunder (42-18) defeated the Clippers, 100-99 ,on Dec. 21 at Staples Center with Griffin in the lineup. The teams play again March 9 and March 31 at OKC.Jeff Green chimes inForward Jeff Green will get his first taste of Clippers-Thunder after coming to the Clippers from Memphis at the trade deadline for Lance Stephenson and a future draft pick.He can’t wait.“It will be fun,” said Green, who played for the Thunder from 2008-2011. “It will be very entertaining. We are going to go out and do what we need to win.”Steve Ballmer dunkClippers owner Steve Ballmer unveiled the team’s new mascot — Chuck the Condor — at halftime Monday. Ballmer also promised fans in attendance they’d all get free Chuck Taylor sneakers if he could dunk off a trampoline.He did, and Green liked that a lot.“It is pretty awesome,” Green said. “It is great that (Ballmer) is a guy who can get out and connect with the fans.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img J.J. Redick was matter of fact — almost — when asked what a victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night at Staples Center would do for the Clippers.“It would move us within one game of Oklahoma City for third place,” the Clippers shooting guard said.He was close.If the Clippers (39-20) do emerge victorious after their 7:30 p.m. contest (on ESPN), they will be within 1 1/2 games of the Thunder for the third spot in the Western Conference standings.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Tuesday, May 26 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.For a time, it seemed like the NBA was hibernating. There was little but mere speculation and anxiety leaking from the league offices in New York as the country waited for more news on the unfolding coronavirus — it wasn’t a matter of “when,” it was “if.”But in the last week, as the NBA’s sails filled with momentum to return to play at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the rumors have picked up as well about just how the league will make its triumphant return: World Cup-style group play stages to determine who makes the playoffs? a 1 through 16 seeded bracket that disregards conferences? a play-in tournament involving anywhere from 20 total teams to all 30 (including the mathematically eliminated Warriors and Timberwolves)?This is predictably hard to track for fans, media and players. One league executive told Southern California News Group that rumors for the NBA’s proposed formats are as hard to gauge as ever: Which ones really need to be taken seriously? The idea behind bringing more teams is to say it’s not just “Playoffs are back,” but rather “The NBA is back.” It probably matters that the NHL just expanded its own playoffs to 24 teams whenever it plans to return — that’s probably a plan the NBA will watch closely.ENTERTAINMENT VALUEAdam Silver has long teased at tinkering with the NBA format, including shortening seasons, playing an in-season tournament and maybe even adjusting the playoffs. When is a better time to experiment than when the entire league has been tossed upside down?That’s why a format like World Cup-style group play is being discussed: The league could have an opportunity to do something different and see how people respond. Late-season regular season games are normally a yawn-fest with a lot of stars on the bench and 10-day contract players getting a lot of run. First-round series are also sometimes predictably dull (although the “I Believe” Warriors might argue with that). So if there is a format where a group stage — with Round Robin groups that could help determine playoff seeding and add drama, could now be the time to experiment?It’s worth remembering that fans are unlikely to be in the stands for these games, so they’ll have to be spicy on the court without the backdrop of epic home environments. The TV part of it might look like a pickup gym session on the court. The NBA also has the threat of players such as Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard threatening to sit out if their teams have games but aren’t in contention for a playoff spot — it wouldn’t be a good look for the first games back from the pandemic. The NBA has marketing reasons to keep those stars (and burgeoning phenom Zion Williamson) in the mix to possibly make the postseason.FAIR PLAYThis is a Lakers-centric newsletter, and it’s here where it merits pointing out that the Lakers have a lot to lose by entertaining change. They’ve earned a No. 1 seed in the West if no other regular season games are played — why would they want to risk that seeding in any of the play-in or group stage scenario where a few bad games (or heaven forbid a positive COVID-19 test) could have them stumbling to a lower seed. They might benefit from a proposal to seed 1 through 16 regardless of conference, potentially clearing their path from some of the more threatening Western Conference teams, but that’s probably something the Milwaukee Bucks would object to after clearing a top seed in the East and not wanting to face the Clippers and Lakers in the same postseason.The concept of fairness is where things get really knotty for changing the format. For example, why should Memphis, the leader for the West’s eight seed, be punished by having to fight in play-in games when it has a 3.5-game advantage on the field? For that matter, why should more competitive teams like Dallas or Houston have to be staring down the possibility that they might have to battle 26-win Phoenix for a playoff spot when almost 80 percent of the season has been played out and those teams have 14 more wins?It could get a little fiery in the coming weeks as teams with a better body of work so far strive to preserve what they’ve already done in the season, but struggling teams (and perhaps the league at large) fights to be more inclusive, to make a bigger splash with their return with more teams and more games. Novelty is a factor that could increase entertainment value, but the downside is it could harm legitimacy. Several reports cite that some executives believe the NBA diverging too far from their regular format could create an “asterisk” on the eventual champion. As much as the NBA wants a good TV product, the league’s integrity is also really important.SCHEDULINGAs problematic as this season has been to resume, next season will be tricky as well. The league is hopeful that it can approach something close to a normal season next year, but with this season potentially stretching into September and maybe even October, totally normal just isn’t possible.The NBA could be robbing Peter to pay Paul in the sense that being overly committed to finishing this season puts them behind the eight ball next season. Some NBA executives have been more willing to push back the start of next season in part because no one knows when fans can attend games in arenas again, and in that sense starting later is likely better. But instead of having just one catastrophically afflicted season, the NBA could push their way into two if the playoff format they decide on plays out for a long time, or if it is delayed by health and safety concerns. As one NBA executive told SCNG: “We have just as many problems next year, and we have to figure those out, too.”SAFETYObviously nothing can proceed unless the NBA does this in a safe fashion. That’s why discussions have seemingly migrated toward resuming the season at one site in Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (which The Athletic points out should be a huge advertisement for Disney in and of itself). Limiting travel, outside interactions with other people and having control over a privately owned area should help mitigate at least some of the most serious risks of COVID-19.  A related issue is obviously the fewer teams that travel to Disney World, the lower the risk of COVID cases cropping up.One of the NBA’s baseline rules is that players need to be tested consistently before competition. They’ve been advised on that front by several epidemiologists, including Vivek Murphy, a former surgeon general of the United States. That will be logistically challenging given that testing is still relatively scarce throughout the country, takes days to process and can produce unreliable results. This is one of the biggest barriers to resuming play, and probably a reason why the NBA hasn’t yet officially confirmed it will return.One of the most important decisions the NBA and NBPA have to make is whether the single site will be a closed “bubble” or an open area where players can come and go. Contractually, both parties seem to be leaning toward the latter, with the strong implication that players should stay in place if they can. Yahoo Sports spoke to several medical experts about the importance of quarantining and staying in a bubble. While the NBA may not be able to forcibly confine players to quarantined areas, players need to recognize the monumental risk of COVID-19 cases shutting down the season again, this time for good.If balancing all these interests between 30 owners and the players’ association while also trying to obey government guidelines and medical suggestions seems terribly complicated, it is. That’s why we’re still waiting for direction from the NBA, which feels the wind at its back, but still needs to decide which way to steer the ship.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingThe latest on Operation: Disney Drop – The NBA publicly acknowledged it is in discussions to resume at Disney World.Is it a bubble or not? – Jared Dudley chimed in on his vision for the playoffs, as well as what it’s like going to the Lakers’ facility these days.A different Michael and LeBron discussion – I took a moment to reflect on how unusual watching “The Last Dance” must have been for James in the midst of a stalled season.Jeanie Buss opens up – The Lakers’ owner was candid on a podcast about Kobe Bryant, the Anthony Davis trade and more.Keep up with COVID – An autopsy report shows no signs of drugs or alcohol in the pilot who flew Kobe and Gigi Bryant in the fatal crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHere’s an effort to ground that conversation, to take a look at the biggest factors that will guide the discussion when general managers and owners meet at the end of the week (Thursday and Friday, respectively, according to ESPN), with a quick look at why certain models are being considered in addition to the good ol’ fashioned playoffs:NUMBER OF GAMESNothing is motivating the league to return quite like money. With salaries to pay and television partners to satisfy, there’s a lot of motivation to recoup some of the losses of a double-whammy of the pandemic and the China dust-up during the preseason. From a bottom line standpoint, more games are better.A straight-to-playoffs format is the most straightforward and familiar, but it also is the option with the fewest number of teams and games. Many teams are hopeful to fulfill local television contracts that can add to their revenue, and in that sense, every game matters. Even at the player level, someone like Jared Dudley understands that when he pointed out that he was reasonably sure the NBA would play full seven-game series.That’s one reason why Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has publicly endorsed a model of bringing back all 30 teams for a play-in tournament. On its face, that seems too logistically challenging to actually pull off, but ESPN has reported other teams are advocating for fields of 20 or 24 teams in either a group stage or a play-in format. Inviting more teams to play in Orlando could draw in more investment from fanbases like Portland or San Antonio or Chicago, getting more regional interest, more stars and perhaps also send a message of a unified front for the NBA.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”Violent demonstrations had spread across the country through Saturday. First, Goodell’s statement, which referenced the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery:— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2020Followed by the Kaepernick responses:Where was this energy when @Kaepernick7 kneeled and peacefully protested?— Y🙃WN (@yawn_323) May 30, 2020Oh so now the NFL gets to cherry pick when they do and don’t care about black people 🙄 Kaep tried this the formal way and he was blacklisted— shawn 🧬 (@shawnwatsonjr) May 30,— 🧞‍♂The📚Liberal📚Guru, M.A.🧞‍♂ (@A_Smart_Liberal) May 30, 2020This is exactly what Kaepernick was protesting. Did y’all forget about that?— Harry (@Harry8__) May 30, 2020Will the NFL please lift its on-field kneeling ban?— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) May 30, 2020Save the bullshit— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) May 30, 2020Where was this energy at years ago?— Published Author (@Ter0me) May 30, 2020And so on.Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, voiced support this week for the violent protests over Floyd’s death at the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.MORE: Eric Reid calls out VP Mike Pence for tweet about protests The NFL got instant feedback — and lots of it — Saturday after commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the most recent set of publicized police killings in the United States.Not surprisingly, the league wound up with heavy doses of Colin Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyIncreased Enforcement for June and JulyAmericans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.That’s why this June through July, Thurston, Gray’s Harbor, Cowlitz, and Lewis Counties are stepping up police presence throughout the entire southwest Washington region as part of the “DUI Summer Kick-Off” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk.“Local police will be out in force throughout this Independence Day, on the lookout for motorists who have had too much alcohol to be behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Thurston County’s Target Zero Manager Jerry Noviello.  “Police will have zero tolerance for drivers who drink and drive this July 4th, putting themselves and everyone else on our roads at risk of life and limb.”While death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other negative considerations that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver licenses, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer fees, court costs, insurance hikes, just to name a few.Be safe while you’re having fun this summer.  If you’re impaired, use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member. And if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local police.last_img read more