Lillard scores 33 as Blazers beat Thunder

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP): The Trail Blazers huddled in a timeout with just more than 17 seconds left against Oklahoma City, and the overwhelming sentiment was simple: relax. The Thunder had trimmed Portland’s lead to 110-109, but the Blazers refused to get rattled and came away with a 114-109 victory Thursday night. “Even though it got scary there at the end, we were still able to calm ourselves down and get the win,” said Damian Lillard, who finished with 33 points. Russell Westbrook scored 45 on 12-of-36 shooting for the Thunder, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City newcomer Taj Gibson added 15 points, including a high-arching buzzer-beater from 61 feet away to put the Thunder up 60-57 at halftime. Alex Abrines’ 3-pointer gave the Thunder their biggest lead at 97-89 with 7:48 left, but Al-Farouq Aminu made a layup that tied it at 101 with 3:43 to go. He missed the free throw, but Jusuf Nurkic got the tip-in to give Portland the lead. Lillard’s 3-pointer extended it to 106-101 before Westbrook’s driving layup and free throw pulled Oklahoma City to 110-106. Abrines’ 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left narrowed it to 110-109. After the timeout, Lillard was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws before Westbrook and Doug McDermott missed 3-pointers at the end. Nurkic, acquired by the Blazers just before the All-Star break in a trade with Denver, was a spark with 18 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high six assists and five blocks. “He has a good sense of the game,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “When you have that, I think the integration goes a little bit better.” Westbrook hit all 15 of his free throws. He had eight rebounds and four assists, ending a streak of four straight triple-doubles.last_img read more


first_imgA unique talk on how to read maps and other navigation skills is to be given by the army in Letterkenny.With such skills becoming much more useful with people enjoying the great outdoors across Donegal, the County Museum thought it was time to do something about it.And so personnel from the 58 Battalion Reserve Defence Force will be in the Donegal County Museum next Saturday 28th January from 2pm to 3.30pm to help provide the basic elements and principles of map and compass use which may help you walk to safety, should you find yourself out after dark or suddenly disorientated by a change in weather. They will also provide general safety advice and what is the essential equipment whether you are a novice or experienced walker.Admission is free. For booking and enquiries, please contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124163 E museum@donegalcoco.ieThis session is in association with the travelling exhibition from the National Library of Ireland – Ireland from Maps; currently on display in the Donegal County Museum This is the first venue in Ireland to host this new exhibition. The earliest maps were simple representations of the landscape of ‘home’ scratched on to clay tablets. Several thousand years later, powerful satellites allow highly accurate maps to be made by anyone with access to a computer and an internet connection. The basic purposes of the map remain the same, however: to allow people to find their way from one point to another and to describe the features of a place.Although the exhibition has broad appeal, the exhibition explores themes covered by the Curriculum in:Fifth and sixth class students of Geography (SESE)• Leaving Certificate Geography• Junior Certificate GeographyThe students would benefit from some of the supplementary learning activities and resources. Admission is free to and all are welcome. For bookings contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124163E museum@donegalcoco.ieENDSDO YOU NEED A MAP OR SATNAV TO GET TO THE DONEGAL COUNTY MUSEUM?! was last modified: January 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:compassCounty Museumletterkennymapslast_img read more

A Texas Sized Mega-Event (and Squirrel)… in Texas

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Editor’s Note: Staff from Geocaching HQ in Seattle are visiting more than 30 Mega-Events around the globe this year to shake hands, share stories and hear what you think is next for geocaching.Geocacher “Dark Star” and Katie meet a new friend at the Mega-Event (okay, it’s a squirrel)By: Katie BarkerIt was my first time traveling to Texas and it definitely lived up to my expectations! Known as the “friendship state”, Texans showed me that geocaching friendship we all know and love the moment I arrived at the Friday Night Meet & Greet in the small town of Bastrop. Geocachers from near and far traveled many miles to attend the weekend’s festivities and I was feeling lucky to spend my time with such a great group of people. Here’s a little re-cap about my weekend in Texas. If you’ve never attended a Mega-Event, here’s what you can expect. I was up bright and early on Saturday on a mission to complete the Lab Caches. Jana Fite, (cybercat) a long time geocacher and event organizer, created a series of 7 Lab Cache locations from the historic district of Bastrop to Smithville highlighting the most interesting businesses in the area. Each location had a unique experience like exploring the largest bronze foundry in the state of Texas or sampling bottled Texas rainwater at Texas Rain. I couldn’t help but giggle when we ended up at Berdoll Pecan Farms where we found a giant squirrel! A big special thanks to TxDiva and Dark Star for showing me around.  Halfway through the Lab Caches I made a quick stop at the Bridge Spittin’ Ceremony! Who knew that spitting over a bridge was a long time tradition in Bastrop? I do now! The kayakers in the river below had to stay back a little ways as the 200+ geocachers leaned over to spit all at the same time. It was an experience I will never forget to say the least.PPanther and grumpoldtexan at the CITO SharePrint RelatedFinding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community”A S*W*A*G Filled Mega-EventMarch 11, 2014In “Community”Mid-West Geo-Bash 2013 — One Geocaching HQ staffer’s journey into Area 51August 5, 2013In “ Videos”center_img I headed back to the 12th Annual Texas Challenge after lunch to watch the challengers come racing in with their completed score cards. The competition was fierce and I must congratulate North Texas on taking home the win! I also got to meet Jenny Mills, the host of the Birthplace of Texas GeoTour. (Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any Blue Bell ice-cream, next time!) I was overwhelmed with joy from all the compliments and positive feedback geocachers gave about the GeoTour. Keep up the good work in Washington County. The weekend was packed with fun activities, but it wouldn’t be complete without a quick Texas Challenge CITO on Sunday along the Colorado River before heading to the airport (with a stop at Buc-ee’s, of course). Thanks to all the organizers for hosting a great fun-filled geocaching experience.My favorite part of the weekend was hearing everyone’s stories, from PPanther’s prank (check out her profile page, it’s quite impressive) to the 254 county challenge. Thanks for making me feel at home Texas geocachers!12th Annual Texas Challengelast_img read more

A little adrenaline never hurt anyone — Klettersteig Schweifinen (GC2FX7P) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgEasy hikes don’t make for views this good! Photo by geocacher papounetGeocache Name:Klettersteig SchwefinenDifficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Clever containers and parks in your city that you never knew about are great, but sometimes you need that shot of adrenaline to really make your geocaching experience totally amazing. If you’re not 100% confident in your rock climbing or rappelling skills, a trip on a ‘via ferrata’ might be what you’re looking for. These route ascend mountain cliffs with the use of metal rungs and cables that have been bolted into the rock. Climbers use special gear to clip in to these in order to prevent serious falls. While somewhat uncommon in the United States, geocachers can find quite a few via ferrata routes throughout Europe.What geocachers are saying:“Thanks for placing the cache! Great place, fantastic view. The best part of the Klettersteig is the part C!” — AnnieSk“We have been on a holiday for teen days in Zermatt. We have found a lot of caches over 2000 meters. We have been on a lot of nice hikes and seen a lot of nice places. This trip was my favorite on our holiday.” — TSH98“Fantastic via ferrata climb i fine weather on our stay in Zermatt. Thanks for the new way of caching. Thanks for a fantastic cache.” — TeamHatlAndPhotos:On the way up! Photo by geocacher framesmasherAdrenaline = smiles. Photo by geocacher Die BerüchtigtenClimb to the top! Photo by geocacher Kuertu What gets your adrenaline pumping while geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedT5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaSeptember 21, 2017In “Community”Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”Don’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”last_img read more