James Harden, Clint Capela lead Rockets over Nuggets

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket between Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and forward Torrey Craig, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — With James Harden getting double-teamed almost every time he had the ball Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, he looked for other Houston Rockets to step up and make plays.Chief among them was Clint Capela, who set a career high with 31 points as the Rockets beat the Nuggets 125-113.ADVERTISEMENT “He did what he was supposed to do,” said Harden, who had 32 points. “He finished. He played extremely well. Played hard.”P.J. Tucker set a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Whenever I’m under the rim and you put a little on me what’s going to happen is that 99 or 100 percent of the time I’m going to dunk the ball,” Capela said. “This is what happened tonight and I did a great job of finishing aggressive under the rim.”Houston was up by 11 after two free throws by Torrey Craig with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Tucker and Harden made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 117-100 about a minute later. Gerald Green had 21 points and made six 3s on a night Houston made 22 3s for its sixth game this season with at least 20.“We’re just a real tough team when we’re knocking down shots like that,” Green said.Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.“Give them credit,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “You know Harden is going to get his, but when P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green score the amount of 3s that they made, I believe 13 combined, that’s a tough one to overcome.”Harden had 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “He’s probably the hardest guy in the NBA to guard,” Malone said.Coach Mike D’Antoni enjoys watching the different things Harden does to help his team win night after night.“Whatever they throw at him, he’ll find the best play,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll also find a way to score. He’ll find his way, but he’ll also get everyone involved.”TIP-INSNuggets: Malone said Will Barton (hip) is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks. … Morris added 21 points off the bench.Rockets: Houston traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls on Monday for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade. … Chris Paul missed his eighth game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.WHAT A PLAYThe Rockets led 70-60 at halftime after Harden made two 3-pointers in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter. The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket.MAGIC NUMBER?With Monday’s win the Rockets improved to 59-2 when scoring at least 120 points under D’Antoni. Kyrie Irving drops 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Last year, we didn’t win one time, so that team gives us a problem, but we have to find a way to beat them and play (better) against them.”UP NEXTNuggets: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

New schools struggle for top athletes

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Come August, Golden Valley High School will enter its third year and begin competing in the powerful Foothill League, minus several athletes who transferred to other local schools with established – and winning – sports programs. The following year, West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch will join this league that consistently produces top teams in sports ranging from football to tennis. But in a community where youth sports are so competitive that 6-year-olds play on all-star travel teams, the Santa Clarita Valley’s two new high schools’ athletic programs can expect to struggle as players look at their available options through transfer policies. “First years are difficult,” said Brian Stiman, athletic director at Valencia High, where he retired last year after 10 years as head football coach. “It definitely starts in youth sports,” Stiman said. “Athletics has a huge emphasis in this valley, on family life. Kids start playing competitive sports in elementary school. In high schools it’s a big thing.” Jamie Faulconer, a Saugus father of five, three of whom are in youth sports, says he sees parents priming their children to “get noticed” at 9 and 10 years old. “Some of these parents are paying $200 a week for their kids to take lessons for pitching, batting, fielding. They have mental coaching,” Faulconer said. “It’s crazy at this level. So many kids get burned out. It’s hard to sustain that high intensity level from 8 to 18 and look for a college scholarship. It’s over the top.” Last year, Faulconer coached his son and other 5- and 6-year-old baseball players in the William S. Hart PONY League, then had so much fun with the kids he agreed to coach a post-season tournament team that traveled to play other league all-stars. “We were pretty low-key, we were teaching kids who wanted to play how to play,” Faulconer said. “But there were teams out there that were hard-core.” It’s that kind of play that makes for top athletes who play at local high schools. Golden Valley head baseball coach Michael Bunch said he’s humbled by the talent his Grizzlies will face next year in the Foothill League. “It’s tough when you’re around these programs, there are some very talented teams,” Bunch said. “They’re as good as any (community college) program.” Already Golden Valley has lost four football players to Canyon and Hart high schools – two perennial powerhouses who faced each other in this year’s Southern Section Division II final that ended with Canyon winning the title. And when the spring semester started last month, five baseball players had left – some of them among the eight players who were dropped from the program because they failed to meet the required 2.0, or “C,” grade-point average, Bunch said. That’s not to say Golden Valley sports programs aren’t finding some successes this year, playing a freelance varsity schedule before joining the league. It appears the girls’ basketball team will make the CIF Division III playoffs having won most of its games. Boys soccer did well, too, as did the swim team, said Joel Nelson, the assistant principal and athletic administrator. “We stand by the fact that kids in our area should go to our school,” Nelson said. “As we approach going to the Foothill League – we’re excited about that – but we have to make sure we can compete.” “It’s definitely challenging,” Bunch added. Valencia High’s Stiman has managed to see his young team to two CIF championship games. Valencia fielded its first varsity squad in 1996, the inaugural season ending with a dismal 2-8 record. “We were kind of crippled by circumstance at that time – not just myself, but all of Valencia High because at the time they opened up Valencia High School they also had started open enrollment. It crippled us in terms of athletics.” Stiman said one player – star Manual White – made Valencia a stand-out over its first decade. White has since graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, and gone on to play in the NFL, but Stiman lauds White’s determination to play ball at his home school and set an example to players who sought transfers to established programs. “Our first varsity season was in ’96; we got to the championship game in ’99,” Stiman said. “I was asked how we made it there so quickly for a brand-new program. I said ‘Manual White.’ I could have said ‘Hey, I worked hard, coached all these kids up.’ But the reality there was that Manual White thought the school was right for him. He chose to go to Valencia over other schools. He could have gone to Hart. Those are extremely good programs and they have been for a long, long time. “His parents stood their ground and once he arrived, he was well-known. Kids said, ‘Hey, if he’s going there, why shouldn’t I?’ He paved the way. By his actions he spoke volumes.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It will be difficult for Golden Valley to step up after losing quality athletes, then have to experience the first year in the Foothill League, which is arguably one of the best leagues in the state. That’s a tall order.” Joining a fledgling program is a gamble for promising athletes, whose parents often worry their kids won’t get the exposure needed to attract college-scholarship offers, Stiman said. With tuition and room and board hovering around $15,000 a year at California public universities and private institutions costing upward of $40,000 a year, parents are looking for the program that will best help their kids secure college funding. And up against sports programs at more- established schools – Hart, Canyon, Saugus and Valencia – the unknown can be a risk. “I think there are two sides, and I can understand both sides,” Stiman said. “What comes into play is the lure of the almighty college scholarship – that I think in the Santa Clarita Valley is the driving force for parents. But in reality, if you’re a quality athlete they will find you. I really believe that.” The region is small-town in some respects. Kids grow up together on competitive football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and swim teams that have bulging enrollments and waiting lists. And they learn to play hard as each just-for-fun sport turns hard-core, usually by age 10. last_img read more

Sadness as dead whale found beached in Donegal

first_imgA huge dead whale has been found beached near Ramelton this week.The carcass was discovered near Aughnish and is thought to have been there since Tuesday.(Featured image: Northwest Newspix) The massive creature is approximately 27 feet long.It is believed that the whale may be a sperm whale, as locals report that it bears similar features to the whale that washed up on Magheraroarty Beach in March this year. The sperm whale is one of the largest marine creatures in the world and is the world’s largest toothed predator.A spokesperson for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said that a study has not yet been carried out on the whale to determine the species or cause of death. The stranding may also be investigated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.Locals have been travelling out to see the creature today but are unable to go near the site as the whale is beached on unsafe ground. Sadness as dead whale found beached in Donegal was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rameltonstrandingwhalelast_img read more

CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networks

first_imgCommAgility has announced a new reference platform for LTE UEs (mobile devices), enhanced its existing LTE eNodeB (base station) reference platform and released a new graphical LTE Management Tool. The reference platforms provide an integrated, fully tested solution, combining CommAgility processing hardware and 3GPP Rel 10 LTE software to deliver a low-cost starting point that accelerates system development and deployment for 4G/5G researchers, product developers and LTE network engineers. The LTE Management Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface which enables straightforward system evaluation, configuration, and monitoring. With the CommAgility roadmap to 5G solutions, systems built with these reference platforms have the ability to progress beyond today’s LTE.Based on the Texas Instruments TCI6638K2K SoC and a Kintex-7 FPGA, the CA-D8A4-RF4 UE reference platform provides a high-performance LTE UE with up to 300Mbps download and the four integrated wideband RF transceiver channels support any frequency between 410MHz and 6GHz. Highlighting its flexibility is the ability to alternatively function as an LTE eNodeB with different software and FPGA firmware loads.The eNodeB platform is based on CommAgility’s CA-K2L-RF2, a high-performance ARM/DSP-based processing/RF card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels. The CA-K2L-RF2 uses the Texas Instruments TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7503 integrated RF transceiver. Variants with integrated TX power amplifiers are available for almost all LTE bands. Along with the LTE Management Tool, both reference platforms include CommAgility’s industry-leading LTE PHY and Stack software provided in binary format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & SchwarzNext Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packagelast_img read more