How the Clippers’ roster looks to start 2016-17 season

first_imgHere’s the Clippers’ roster for their season opener Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers:StartersPG Chris Paul12th season; 19.5 ppg, 4.2, rpg, 10.0 apg 9th season; 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.4 apgDefense remains his calling card, so Doc Rivers is likely to rotate starters depending on matchups.PF Blake Griffin7th season; 21.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.9 apgInjuries and off-court issues hampered him last season, but he’s healthy and gets more well-rounded every year.C DeAndre Jordan9th season; 12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 1.2 apgPerhaps the best rim protector and rebounder in the league, his 43 percent free-throw shooting remains a handicap.ReservesSG Jamal Crawford17th season; 14.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.3 apgWe should all be so lucky as to age as well as the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year.PG Austin Rivers5th season; 8.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apgHe could have made more money elsewhere, but he stayed put and could see time at small forward.PG Raymond Felton12th season; 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.6 apgAn experienced backup point guard, Felton can help keep the 31-year-old Paul more fresh for playoffs.SF Alan Anderson8th season; 5.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apgA reliable, physical defender, he can shoot from distance and is among the possible starters at small forward.SF Paul Pierce19th season; 6.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apgThe future Hall of Famer probably won’t play many minutes during his final season.SF Wesley Johnson7th season; 6.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.6 apgThe Clippers re-signed him and could even start him from time to time depending on matchups.PF Brandon Bass12th season; 7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apgAnother solid veteran to bring off the bench who can bury a mid-range jumper.PF Brice Johnson*Rookie; 17.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.5 apgRecovering from a herniated disc in his back, minutes will be scarce even when he’s healthy.C Marreese Speights9th season; 7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.8 apgDon’t be surprised if floor-spacing Mo Buckets becomes a late-game offensive substitution in place of Jordan.C Diamond Stone#Rookie; 12.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.4 apgHe won’t play much, but Paul Pierce has taken him under his wing. Pay attention, rookie.* — Statistics from North Carolina# — Statistics from Maryland Still arguably the best pure point guard in the NBA, he’s averaged a double-double three consecutive seasons.SG J.J. Redick11th season; 16.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apgPerhaps the most underappreciated player on the roster, he shot a league-best 47.5 percent from the 3-point arc.SF Luc Mbah A Moutecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton wins Home Run Derby; Corey Seager out after one round

first_imgStanton also hit the longest home run of the day, estimated at 497 feet, and ate without guilt into the brick facade of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field. His three-round total of 61 home runs set a new record for the event.A broken bone in his left hand prevented Stanton from appearing in the Home Run Derby last season. He hit six home runs in the 2014 contest in Minnesota when there was a different format with no clock.“I grew up watching this,” he said. “That’s where you build up childhood memories. Now I’ll have kids saying the same thing — they watched me do this. I’d like to return the favor.”The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame product wasn’t selected to the National League All-Star team this year, but agreed to participate in the event anyway. The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday.Those who have shown up early to Marlins games at Dodger Stadium already knew of Stanton’s prodigious power. He’s among the few players to hit a ball out of the park in batting practice. His average home run Monday traveled 446 feet. What are the odds that Stanton parachutes into the Derby to dominate every year, whether he’s an All-Star or not?“Depends how the year’s going, depends where it is,” he said. “Next year it’s at home (in Miami) so there’s a pretty good chance.”Among the eight participants, Dodgers rookie Corey Seager ran into a tough first-round draw. He was the first player to bat and was pitted against Mark Trumbo, whose 28 home runs lead the major leagues.Seager started slowly by Derby standards. He sprayed a series of line drives around right field — some fair, some foul. About halfway through his four-minute allotment, Seager said he was able to relax. The ball began to carry a bit more, a few drifted toward center field, and 15 cleared the fences once his time was up.The Dodgers were offering a $5 discount to their Aug. 14 home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates for every round that Seager advanced. Trumbo, an Orange County native who becomes a free agent next year, apparently doesn’t care for hometown discounts. He hit his 16th home run with seven seconds to spare. With Seager eliminated, a few fans in attendance chanted “Beat L-A.”“It was a lot of fun,” the rookie shortstop said. “It’s one of those things that not a lot of people get to experience, and to be able to do it with my dad makes it that much more fun.”Derby participants are allowed to choose their own pitcher, and Jeff Seager said he was “honored” to get the call from his son last week.“I was really happy, obviously, that he thought of me,” Seager said. Frazier broke Prince Fielder’s all-time record for career home runs in the event. He has 92 to Fielder’s 81. Frazier beat Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson in the final round of last year’s event in Cincinnati to claim the title. SAN DIEGO >> Two men stood on the balcony of a high-rise across the street from Petco Park, about 20 stories up, holding a homemade sign that read “HIT HERE FREE BEER” with a target in the middle.Giancarlo Stanton didn’t hit the sign, but he earned the free beer.The Miami Marlins slugger hit 24 home runs on 30 swings in the first round, eliminated baseball’s leading home run hitter in the second round, then hit 20 home runs in the final round to beat Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox for the title.“Taking a flight out here just for this, I figure that it’s a waste if I don’t get this bad boy,” he said, patting the silver trophy awarded to the Derby champion.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

With free agency questions looming, Kevin Durant details his Warriors’ journey

first_imgNEW YORK – The free-agency questions await Kevin Durant, and he remains adamant about swatting them away as if he were protecting the rim.Does Durant find it enticing to sign with the New York Knicks next summer presuming he declines his $31.5 million Warriors player option? When the Warriors (4-1) play the Knicks (1-4) on Friday at Madison Square Garden, will he consider the World’s Most Famous Arena his future home? Would Durant like to build his legacy and business with his third NBA team …last_img read more

Mobile labs to light up young minds

first_img26 June 2014 The City of Tshwane and the Innovation Hub have partnered to provide disadvantaged young people with entry points into the worlds of entrepreneurship, science and technology via specially designed and equipped mobile laboratories. The laboratories – the FabLab, eKasi Labs and Kusile Mobile Science Labs – will start operating from this week, serving school learners and unemployed youngsters in a bid to address the shortage of science and technology skills in the city. Entrepreneurial mentorships and workshops will also be offered. The Fab Lab (short for Fabrication Laboratory), a mini-factory for the digital fabrication of prototypes, including 3D printing and computerised laser cutting, will be located at the Innovation Hub. eKasi Labs, which will be launched on Friday at the GaRankuwa Arts & Crafts Centre, will serve as places where young people can learn to create tangible solutions to their community’s problems And 14 Kusile Mobile Science Labs, designed and manufactured by local entrepreneurs from Kusile Labs & Technology at a cost of R56 000 per unit, will be stationed at schools with inadequate science laboratories. Speaking at the launch of the initiative on Tuesday, Innovation Hub CEO McLean Sibanda said the partnership followed “from a strategic decision to take innovation to the people, by establishing co-creation spaces that will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial activities that better the lives of the community and create wealth.” Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said: “We owe it to the youth of 1976 to initiate programmes that will liberate today’s youth from socio-economic segregation.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

NAT Agrees Financing Terms for Suezmax Trio

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has signed the main terms for the financing of the outstanding commitments for its three Suezmax newbuildings.Under the terms, reached with a major international financial institution, the commitments are due on delivery of the ships, scheduled to join their owner during the latter part of 2018.“We expect the agreement to be fully executed about mid-November 2017 at which time the full financing of the newbuildings will be completed,” NAT said.In August 2017, the company informed that an amount equivalent to 30% was paid cash on contract signature, while the balance of USD 116 million for the three ships will be paid at the time of delivery.At the time, NAT has under review a financing arrangement for the three newbuildings.last_img read more