Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin ordeal ‘over’ for Clippers

first_imgRivers answered every inquiry, if grudgingly. He said Griffin might go with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip that begins Friday in Orlando. He intimated that will depend on whether Griffin’s punishment is doled out by then.Rivers said Testi is “doing good” and said he had not heard that Testi — according to a story on ESPN.com that cited sources — has been having debilitating headaches since the incident. “No, I don’t know where you guys get these reports,” Rivers said.Rivers was also asked what the locker-room dynamic might be like upon the return of Griffin and Testi.“Just so you know, in the NBA, these things happen,” Rivers said. “I swear this is not the first time this has ever happened. It’s happened with players in practice and they tend to heal up, they tend to get better. So I know you guys want to stay on this. I swear we’ve got a basketball (team) to talk about. It’s going to be healed, it’s going to be OK.” PLAYA VISTA — Although Clippers coach Doc Rivers would love to talk just basketball, that won’t happen until the Blake Griffin saga is resolved.That will begin to materialize when Griffin’s punishment is meted out for him punching team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi on Jan. 23 in Toronto, which ended with Griffin sustaining a fractured right hand.The word had not come down as of Tuesday afternoon.“The league hasn’t said anything yet,” said Rivers, whose team will host the Minnesota Timberwolves (14-35) at 7:30 Wednesday at Staples Center. “We’re just waiting and we’ll figure it out when it’s done.” Bottom line, Rivers said, other than the discipline, this is a dead issue.“Honestly, it’s over with, as far as we’re concerned,” he said. “The only thing is we have to get the punishment from the league and see where we’re going and then other than that, we’re good.”The Clippers (32-16) have gone 15-3 without Griffin, who hasn’t played since Christmas because initially because of a quad injury.Pierce’s strugglesPaul Pierce, 38, is having the worst shooting season of his long and, eventually, Hall of Fame career. Pierce has a career shooting percentage of 44.6 percent. He’s shooting 33.6 percent this season; his previous low was 40.2 in 2003-04 with Boston.Pierce has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range for his 18-year career, but he’s at 30.6 percent right now. He hasn’t shot that poorly since 2003-04, when he shot 29.9 percent.“I think maybe it has to do with my age,” Pierce said, smiling.His age is an issue. It’s why he’s averaging a career-low 17.5 minutes, nearly nine minutes fewer last season in Washington.“Yeah, I’m sure that has something to do with it,” Rivers said of the minutes. “He puts in the time and the work, but I know he can shoot. And I feel like when you need him to make a shot, for the most part he’ll make shots.“But his minutes have gone down each year over the last three or four years. Usually, statistically, especially guys who play a lot, when their minutes start dwindling, their field-goal percentage struggles a little bit, too.”Pierce understands why his minutes are down, suggesting his age and the way the team is structured mandates that. His main concern is “just to be rested enough going into the playoffs because that’s where I feel my value is going to be felt the most.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Yu Darvish not as sharp, but Dodgers still win

first_imgAgainst the much more combative Diamondbacks, however, Darvish was forced to fight for every out.He went to the full count on each of the first six batters he faced and seven of the first eight, searching for the strike zone with his fastball in particular. The Diamondbacks had seven baserunners in five innings against Darvish (five hits, two walks) including the leadoff man in three of his five innings – twice on leadoff walks.But the Diamondbacks went 2 for 12 with runners on base. Seven of Darvish’s 10 strikeouts came in those situations.The only thing easy about Darvish’s night was the offensive support. Only four times in his 22 starts with the Texas Rangers this season did the Rangers score more than four runs for him – and one of those was a 22-10 loss in his final Texas startBut the Dodgers have scored 14 runs in Darvish’s two starts since they acquired him at the non-waiver trade deadline and Darvish has not thrown a pitch as a Dodger without the lead. PHOENIX >> The Dodgers have done everything they can to make Yu Darvish’s transition to a new team easy, showering him with good will and run support.It was Darvish who made things hard on himself Thursday night. The right-hander was far from sharp and threw 106 pitches in just five innings. But the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6, anyway.Darvish is unbeaten in his two starts with the Dodgers. But those two starts were as different as the two opponents.Against the sagging New York Mets in his debut, Darvish was dominant. He allowed just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and cruising to the finish. He retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced. The Dodgers put three runs on the board before he took the mound Thursday. Kike’ Hernandez drove them all in with a bases-loaded double. Hernandez has 29 hits against left-handed pitchers this season – 20 of them went for extra bases (nine doubles, two triples and nine home runs).The Diamondbacks chipped away at that with single runs off Darvish in the third and fourth innings (including a solo home run by J.D. Martinez) but undid their own work in the fifth inning. Chris Taylor led off the inning with a solo homer but a walk, a throwing error by catcher Chris Iannetta and two infield singles led to two more runs.Justin Turner drove in two more with a double in the sixth inning and the Dodgers needed every bit of the offense.Brock Stewart gave two of the runs back on a homer by Iannetta in the bottom of the sixth. Ketel Marte drove in two more with a single off Brandon Morrow in the eighth. But Tony Cingrani came in to strike out back-to-back lefties, Gregor Blanco and David Peralta, with a runner on and Kenley Jansen closed it out in the ninth.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Villa ‘agree fee for Dempsey’

first_imgFulham are reported to have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for Clint Dempsey.The American is keen to move to Liverpool but the Anfield club are yet to table a bid for him.It has been widely suggested that the possible sale of Reds midfielder Charlie Adam to Stoke could lead to Liverpool finally making an offer for Dempsey.Sunderland have also expressed an interest in the 29-year-old forward, who has made it clear he wants to leave Craven Cottage.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Drake, Gretzky and Monica among the stars at NBA Finals Game 5

first_imgSome of Canada’s biggest names were at NBA Finals Game 5. The country was on the verge of getting its first NBA championship.It all starts with Drake, who wore a more subdued and less trollish outfit. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky was also on hand. Two female sports stars golfer Michelle Wie and tennis player Eugenie Bouchard sat courtside. One of the most famous Raptors players Vince Carter represented his old team.During the breaks in the contest, Torey Lanez and Baka Not Nice performed for …last_img

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How to Edit a Session With Tons of Camera Angles in Premiere Pro

first_imgWhat do you do when you have so many camera angles that the multi-camera monitor is no longer a viable option? Make sure you’re always choosing the best shot possible with this unconventional workaround in Premiere Pro.When working with projects such as single-camera music videos with performance footage and a narrative element, it’s easy to suddenly be dealing with something like thirty camera angles. At that point using the traditional multi-camera monitor may not be a viable solution, either because your computer can’t handle that many streams without the need of very low-resolution proxies or simply because keeping track of that many thumbnails is very difficult. The process explained in the video below could be the solution you’re looking for. (If you’re following the step-by-step walkthrough below the video, click on the images to enlarge them in a new tab.)1. Synchronize your footage in a new sequence with a separate track for each angle in the video.Whether it’s performance footage or a narrative storyline, the first step is very similar to a common approach to creating a traditional multi-camera workflow. As you can see in the image above, there’s a huge number of angles to deal with in this particular example.2. Color code groups of tracks that relate to each other so it will be easy to identify them later in the process.Right-click on each clip in the timeline and select Label to change its color. See the image above for an example.3. Use the Target Track feature to use this particular approach.Turn off the V1 Target Track by clicking the highlighted V1 to the left of Video Track 1. Create a new track at the top of all of your clips and name it Print Track. To target this track, make sure that you click on the V32 (or whatever number coincides with your number of tracks).This means that anything you paste or insert will go directly to this track. Since your Print Track is at the top of the order in your timeline, anything that appears on that track will be seen in the Program window.4. Use the Toggle Track buttons to the left of each clip to temporarily make a track viewable in the Program Monitor.Remember that whatever track is highest in the stack of tracks in your timeline will be viewable as long as the Track Output is enabled. So to see Video Track 1, for example, you would need to turn off each Track Output above it.5. Now that you’ve targeted the Print Track, anything you paste will appear anywhere the playhead is located. By using the razor blade (Quick Key: C), arrow (Quick Key: V), and the rolling edit tool (Quick Key: N) in conjunction with the copy and paste commands (Quick Keys: Command+C and Command+V), you can now begin selecting segments from any of your tracks.Additionally, you can use the up and down arrows to quickly snap the playhead to the beginning or ending of any clip located on the Print Track. This will be very useful when you can’t see the Print Track when choosing content from the lower tracks in your sequence. Pushing the up-arrow key moves backwards in time while the down-arrow key moves you forward in time.6. Choose your opening shot and let it play until you’re ready to switch to a different angle. Once the shot is complete, make a cut using the razor blade tool, switch to the arrow tool to select the clip, and hit the up arrow to return to the start of the sequence. (If your clip has empty space between it and 00:00:00:00, then position the playhead at the clip start for this first clip.) Next, hit Command +C to copy and Command +V to paste.You should now see a copy of the clip in the same point in time on the targeted Print Track. Continue in this manner until you’ve completed your edit.Results: Everything on the Print Track will now reflect your edits and will play back with ease even on a modest system. This method is time-consuming, but it can be a great solution once you’re able to use the quick-key commands without thinking. I’ve used this method in several scenarios:1.  When there wasn’t disk space or time to make proxies of a very large project.2.  When there were too many camera angles, and flipping between multiple pages in the multi-camera monitor was affecting my edit decisions.3.  When my clients try to edit content for themselves on very modest systems that require so much compression in the proxies that they can no longer tell if the shot is in focus or generally useable.How do you go about editing multi-angle projects? Share your tips in the comments below!last_img read more

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With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino MMA fighter Bernard “Burn” Soriano last foray into ONE Championship didn’t end the way he intended.Soriano suffered a first round technical knockout loss to Malaysian Saiful Merican back last Feb. 10 in Kuala Lumpur, and it’s been almost eight months and the Ilocos Sur native has yet to set foot inside the ONE cage.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Arellano soldiers on without go-to-guy Salado Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentscenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me.” LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary During that stretch, Soriano chose to train under the guidance of Alliance MMA’s George Castro whom he feels could help him get back to the winning track.“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” said Soriano, who olds a professional record of 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSoriano will be put to the test on Nov. 3 when he faces undefeated Chinese fighter Chen Lei (3-0) in ONE: Hero’s Dream in Myanmar.“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” said Soriano. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly backs ‘inevitable’ day-night Tests

first_imgDay-night Tests are starting to become a regularity in the world of cricket now.With most of the big Test-playing nations having already played a day-night Test and Adelaide hosting one every year since 2015, India is still shying away from embracing the new trend.India haven’t played a single day-night Test till now and only Ireland, who have only recently got the Test-nation status, have that statistic to show.However, despite the national setup’s reluctance on play a day-night Test, Sourav Ganguly has been the torch-bearer of pink ball cricket in India.Ganguly was the first one to bring pink ball cricket in India when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) hosted a CAB Super League Final between Bhowanipore Club and Mohan Bagan on July 18, 2016. Since then even the Duleep Trophy has seen the usage of pink balls.Ganguly, on Thursday, backed day-night Test cricket, saying it is inevitable considering how the longest format of the sport is struggling for existence.”It is inevitable, it has to happen someday. It is very simple, a pink ball will be used instead of the red cherry and people will come and watch in the evening,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.On the other hand, the CAB president also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma for scoring his third ODI double century, but felt “sorry” for the Sri Lankans.”I feel sorry for the Sri Lankans. Earlier it was (Virender) Sehwag, (Sachin) Tendulkar and now it’s (Virat) Kohli and Rohit Sharma,” Ganguly said.advertisement”It was a remarkable innings. He took just 36 balls to convert his century into a double. I was watching the Sri Lankan bowlers and I said Jesus! He just kept sweeping them into the stands,” he said.”Time has changed with T20 format. He is a serious player. His one-day record this year is probably the best in the world along side David Warner and Virat Kohli. I expect him to play the same way.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Financials and energy sectors boost TSX Wall St down on rate hike

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 65.32 points to 15,454.92, with rising energy and financials shares among the key gainers.Following Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed remains on course to raise rates one more time this year and three times in 2018, interest-sensitive names on the TSX have benefited, said portfolio manager Kash Pashootan.“Banks stocks are having a good couple of days here given that higher interest rates help their net interest margins,” said Pashootan, who works at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.“So although the announcement came from the U.S. it had a spillover effect in Canada.”South of the border, banks and industrials were among the few bright spots on U.S. stock indexes as modest gains from a day earlier were wiped out.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.36 points to 22,359.23. The S&P 500 index lost 7.64 points to 2,500.60 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 33.35 points to 6,422.69.“You’re seeing a hangover effect from yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting and comments,” said Pashootan. “Really, the take away of course is that if there were any doubts that rates were going to continue to rise, that’s been removed off the table.”As a result, he said, that’s having a bullish effect on the U.S. dollar and putting downward pressure on the loonie.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.04 cents US, down 0.44 of a cent.Pashootan said the fact that the market has been fairly boring and inactive in the United States “is a good thing because it’s taking the time needed to digest the news.”“If you think about monetary policy in Canada compared to the U.S., it’s been quite different in the sense that the U.S. has done a better job at speaking ahead and preparing the markets for higher rates,” he said.“The Bank of Canada didn’t prepare the markets as well in advance and you’ve seen the result of that in the Canadian dollar being up double digits in the last six months.”In commodities news, the November crude contract shed 14 cents to US$50.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 15 cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU.The December gold contract dropped $21.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce and the December copper contract declined three cents to US$2.93 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitterlast_img read more

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NCPCR seeks report from Noida police over sexual harassment of minor girl

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Budh Nagar) seeking report regarding sexual harassment case of the 11-year-old minor girl. The letter from child rights body reads that the commission has taken cognizance of the case under section 13 (1) (j) of CPCR Act, 2005. The complaint is received through the POCSO E-Box button.”You have requested to inquire into the matter and take lawful action in the case. An action taken report of the case along with the relevant documents must be furnished to the Commission,” said the letter. An official from the commission said that they have got the information on May 5. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to NCPCR official, a doctor from Delhi based hospital reached them through POCSO E-box. “The doctor told us that 11-year-old girl came to the hospital. She was diagnosed with dissociation she was admitted in the ward for management and assessment,” said the official. During an interview she disclosed that a boy in the neighbourhood touched her inappropriately which made her feel uncomfortable she has seen him doing the same with another girl in Noida. “The girl was in complete shock after the incident due to which she was taken to hospital,” said official. After receiving the information Yashwant Jain member NCPCR wrote the letter to Noida police seeking action in the case.last_img read more

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EIL signs pact for 15 mt refinery in Mongolia

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Engineers India Ltd (EIL) Wednesday said it has signed an agreement to provide project management consultancy for a new 1.5 million tonne refinery being set up in Mongolia. The pact was signed with Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC, the company said in a statement here. The contract was signed in the presence of D Sumyaabazar, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia. India had extended a USD 1 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore) line of credit to Mongolia during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The Mongolian government is in the process to set up 1.5 million tonne per annum greenfield crude oil refinery in Sainshand province, under the line of credit extended by India. EIL had carried out a Detailed Feasibility Study for the project and was subsequently pre-qualified and shortlisted for providing project management consultancy services to Mongol Refinery for the project.last_img read more

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