Kyle Kuzma: I am capable of being Lakers’ third superstar

first_img“I’ve never been a ball-dominant guy,” Kuzma said. “I’ve always played off the ball. It is going to be a little bit easier, going to have a lot of open shots. It is my job to trust my summer workouts and what I’ve done. Just breathe, focus and knock those shots down, because I’m going to be open.”The Lakers entered last season with high hopes after signing James in free agency but finished 10th in the Western Conference with a 37-45 record. Los Angeles missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year but made significant changes to its roster during free agency. Jrue Holiday discusses Pelicans trading Anthony Davis to Lakers, drafting Zion Williamson Kyle Kuzma is confident he will be the Lakers’ third star on a roster that looks much different this season. Los Angeles made a blockbuster trade sending several young core players (Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart) to the Pelicans for six-time All-Star Anthony Davis. There’s no doubt now that Davis and veteran LeBron James will lead the Lakers, but Kuzma believes he can step in and be the third star that L.A. will need after Kawhi Leonard signed with the Clippers. “I don’t feel no pressure, but I believe that I am capable of being that superstar,” Kuzma told ESPN. “I put a lot of work in. My progress through my journey shows that I can be there. I developed every single year, dating back to college, and I don’t see that development stunting at all.”Kuzma acknowledged he “didn’t shoot the ball well” last season, but still managed to average 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 45.6% from the field and 30.3% from 3-point range. Related News Klay Thompson on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I know he’s going to be a huge asset for the Lakers’ “If I can shoot the ball well and keep developing the facets of my game defensively, I don’t see why I can’t [be that third star],” Kuzma said.Kuzma believes his style of play will match well alongside James and Davis. Lakers vs. Clippers to headline slate of Christmas Day gameslast_img read more

Eustaquio faces Akhmetov for interim ONE flyweight belt in Manila

first_imgGeje Eustaquio (left). Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPTeam Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio has been given a shot at redemption against Kazakh Kairat Akhmetov, and this time it’s for the interim ONE flyweight championship.The two title contenders headline ONE Championship’s Global Superheroes card at Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 26, the first of four events the fighting promotion has set in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong is aware of Eustaquio and Akhmetov’s shared history and he expressed his excitement to bring the two once more with a title at stake.“Mall of Asia Arena will be pulsating with excitement,” said Sityodtong. “Fans of martial arts in the Philippines are among the most passionate in the world, and it is our honor to present the best in local and global martial arts talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThis fight marks an immediate rematch after Akhmetov (21-1) scored a split decision over Eustaquio (9-6) in September of 2017.Akhmetov’s lone loss of his career was against ONE World flyweight champion Adriano Moraes back in August 2017 when he lost the strap to the Brazilian.center_img Paul Lee sparks Magnolia beatdown of Kia OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Eustaquio’s Lakay teammate Joshua Pacio (10-2) looks to get back in the ONE World strawweight title conversation as he faces Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit (9-0) in the undercard.Eric Kelly (10-4), often considered as one of the best homegrown Filipino fighters, is fighting to end his three-fight losing streak when he matches up against Brazil’s Rafael Nunes (10-1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Five things the San Francisco Giants must do in July

first_imgSAN DIEGO — When the Giants named Farhan Zaidi the franchise’s president of baseball operations last November, Zaidi was immediately afforded the luxury of time.Ownership did not expect him to build a winning product overnight, giving Zaidi the flexibility to take chances on bargain additions over the winter instead of pursuing high-dollar, high-profile targets.As the calendar turns to July, time is no longer on Zaidi’s side.The Giants enter the month with a 36-47 record and a farm system …last_img

PTSD Awareness Month

first_imgThis month is PTSD Awareness Month, and organizations and institutions across the nation are raising awareness concerning this invisible injury by providing information and assistance for those struggling with the condition and those that continue to provide care to them.According to the Military Health System (MHS), since 2008 an estimated 39,300 patients have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (National Defense Authorization Act, 2008). As service members continue to return home from combat, the number of individuals experiencing PTSD may increase.PTSD is a debilitating condition that is common in service member who have been exposed to traumatic events while performing their military duties. PTSD is considered a silent, invisible injury that can cause sleep disturbance, unwanted thoughts or memories, excessive anger or irritability, and the use of large amounts of alcohol.If you are a service member struggling with PTSD or know someone that is, it may be helpful for you to take a closer look at what the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD has to offer.How can you provide proper care for wounded warrior with PTSD?last_img read more

SA recall Duminy, Parnell for 2nd Test

first_imgSouth Africa have included middle-order batsman Jean Paul Duminy and left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell in the squad for the second Test which will start in Durban on the Boxing Day.Although South Africa recorded a convincing victory in the first Test winning by an innings and 25 runs, Duminy who scored a double century in a domestic match was rewarded for his good show.But it is unlikely that Duminy will be inducted into the playing XI as selectors and team management is unlikely to tinker with the top-six players.Parnell may replace left-arm pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who took only one wicket giving away 148 runs in the first Test in Centurion.The Squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren, JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

first_imgTouch is without a doubt one of the most family friendly sports. You can play mixed, you can play with your friends and you can even play with your kids. But this isn’t only restricted to the players of our great game. Today, at the 2005 Seniors National Touch League, Sharon and Garry `Bear’ Foster got to run out onto field four not only as fellow referees but as husband and wife. Sharon, a former player, got involved in the refereeing side of Touch when she met Garry in a bank. “He saw me in the bank, you could say he stalked me,” laughed Sharon. And as they say…the rest is history, they will be married for 18 years on Monday. They’re used to spending their wedding anniversary in Coffs Harbour at the NTL as they have for the last six years. Their kids Lachlan, 15 and Larissa, 11 don’t share their parent’s passion for refereeing however. “They hate it,” said Sharon simply. “Probably from spending so many years at Touch, you could say they were Touch orphans,” said Garry. The Foster’s enjoyed the chance to referee together at this year’s NTL as Garry is a level four and Sharon is a level 6 referee so it’s not something they get to do often. “It was good today, I enjoyed it, I made him look good,” teased Sharon. No doubt their experience and passion will encourage the other referees at the 2005 NTL and will continue to help with their growth and development for many years to come. By Lisa Plummerlast_img

10 months agoSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loans

first_imgSouthampton pair Josh Sims and Alfie Jones return from loansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Josh Sims and defender Alfie Jones have both returned to the club from loan spells at Reading and St Mirren respectively.21-year-old Sims made 18 appearances for Reading during the opening half of the campaign, and now begins work at Staplewood Campus again under Ralph Hasenhüttl.North of the border, Jones gained valuable experience as he made 15 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for the Buddies, scoring two goals in the process.He too will have the chance to impress the new boss having returned to the south coast. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4-Star LB Has Miami, Michigan State, Missouri Hats On Table, Commits To Tennessee Anyway

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.last_img

No Unfair Advantages with Plastic Ban – Senator Samuda

first_imgGovernment Senator, Matthew Samuda, is assuring that there will be no unfair advantages for manufacturers and distributors under the impending January 1, 2019, single-use plastic ban.He was speaking at a ‘Consumer Talk’ on the ban, hosted by the National Consumers’ League, in association with the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA), at the Bureau of Standards, recently.“The plastic ban will be implemented through a Ministerial Order under the Trade Act of Jamaica. There won’t be unfair advantages for any business group in Jamaica, whether large or small,” Senator Samuda emphasised.He informed that under the Trade Act, plastic bags 24×24 inches, plastic drinking straws, and imported expanded polystyrene will not be allowed for manufacture, distribution and importation by any Jamaican company.“What the Ministerial Order will allow the Government to do is reinforce the ban within the business community, rather than target individuals,” he explained.Mr. Samuda pointed out that breaches of the plastic ban could result in fines of up to $2 million or imprisonment for a maximum of two years, as outlined in Sections 11 and 13 of the Trade Act.He noted that no tax incentives or concessions will be administered by the Government under the plastic ban.In 2016, Senator Samuda tabled a motion in the Senate for the ban on a range of plastic and expanded polystyrene products. On September 18, 2018, Minister with responsibility for the environment, Hon. Daryl Vaz announced a ban on single-use plastic effective January 1, 2019. Plastic items under the ban include plastic ‘scandal’ bags 24×24 inches, plastic drinking straws and the importation of expanded polystyrene products.last_img read more

July 30 2008 This continues our report from 7

first_imgJuly 30, 2008 This continues our report from 7/28/08 on the foundry bell creations … Once the stylus tools have been used to mark designs into the sand, the cope and drag sand blocks are put back together. Now, negative space exists where the aluminum pattern was. Removing the snap-flask reveals the cube of sand, with spru holes through the top. A metal sleeve providing extra support during the pour is fitted around the sand cube. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt] In the foreground, bronze ingots glint in the sun while the propane-fired furnace melts others inside a silicon-carbide crucible vessel. While bronze as a material (comprised primarily of copper alloys) melts at 1700F, this furnace heats the metal all the way to 2200F, enabling the bronze to maintain its liquid state long enough to do successive pours. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt] Thus, a series of sand blocks in sleeves are laid across the deck of the Foundry Apse, awaiting the pour. While two artists balance and pour the crucible of molten metal using foundry tongs, others stand ready to pitch sand onto any stray pools of bronze. The melted metal enters the spru hole and follows a channel to the cavities formed by the aluminum patterns. In only a few minutes the metal cools back to solid state and soon enough the bells can be broken out of the sand molds. This report continues on 8/1/08. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt]last_img read more