Get ready to enjoy the Vue

first_imgAn artists impression showing the view from the kitchen and balcony in one of the apartments at Vue BroadbeachConstruction of Vue Broadbeach – a $75 million “elliptical-shaped” luxury apartment building – has started.Developer Andrews Projects recently appointed Hutchinson Builders to complete the 25-level high-rise by the end of 2019. An artists impression of the pool deck at Vue BroadbeachOther standout features include its sweeping ocean views, proximity to the beach and low body corporate rates.The development will also be pet-friendly.It will be located just 120 metres from the beach, with floor-to-ceiling glass to take advantage of the natural light and sweeping ocean views. Sales manager Sarah Andrews said Vue Broadbeach was an address to suit a wide range of buyers due to its location, quality finishes and amenities.“The overall design, which is very organic, will provide a real point of difference from the outside, while inside will feature a residents’ lounge, sauna and alfresco barbecue areas,” she said.“The spectacular entrance will use a void in the lobby, giving it a real sense of grandness and space upon arrival and allows for the swimming pool to be located on the second floor to enjoy all-day sun.” Wake up in your room with a viewTwo bedroom plus study apartments (from $735,000) and three bedroom apartments (from $910,000) each have two bathrooms and a car space. Sub-penthouses with three bedrooms, a study, three bathrooms and two car spaces start from $2.25 million.Resident amenities will include a swimming pool, sauna, lounge, barbecue facilities and yoga area. center_img Vue Broadbeach is being constructed at Broadbeach Vue Broadbeach will have 71 apartments over 25 levels once completed, with just four apartments per floor. A two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with one car space starts from $535,000. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agolast_img read more

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VIDEO: Guyana’s first FPSO named in Singapore

first_imgNaming ceremony for SBM Offshore’s Liza Destiny FPSO, destined for ExxonMobil’s Liza field in Guyana, was held last Saturday at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>During the ceremony, SBM Offshore’s CEO Bruno Chabas said: “This is a very special vessel, which will be the first to operate offshore Guyana. It is a great achievement by all involved in the EPC phases thanks to excellent teamwork. SBM Offshore is very honored to play its part in this journey for our client ExxonMobil and was honored to host as Godmother the First Lady of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Her Excellency Madam Sandra Granger.”The topsides for the FPSO was delivered by Dyna-Mac, while Keppel was responsible for the conversion of the hull from a VLCC, as well as for the integration of the hull and the topsides.The FPSO has a 120,000 barrels a day capacity and is part of the first phase of the Liza field development.ExxonMobil’s Liza field sits in the giant Stabroek block, which covers almost 27,000 square kilometers, circa 200 kilometers offshore Guyana and where ExxonMobil has struck more than a dozen oil discoveries which are yet to be developed.Following arrival in Guyanese waters later this year the SBM Offshore installation team will install the FPSO on the offshore location field. The FPSO, the first of several to be deployed in Guyana, will be spread moored in water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Road crash kills 2

first_imgBACOLOD City – The motorcycle they were riding crashed against atricycle in Burgos Extension, Barangay Estefania. Amihan, meanwhile, was rushed to the Corazon Locsin MontelibanoMemorial Regional Hospital here where he was declared “dead on arrival.” According to police investigators, Amihan was driving a motorcycle withthe unidentified back rider when they hit a car around 2:05 a.m. on March 1. The 25-year-old driver Jolyn Amihan of Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz,Iloilo City and an unidentified person sustained fatal body injuries, a policereport showed. The unidentified person died on the spot, police added. Pediongola, on the other hand, was detained in the custodial facilityof Police Station 4, while the driver of the car has yet to be identified as ofthis writing./PN They fled and later then crashed against a tricycle driven by37-year-old Roland Pediongola of Barangay Granada, police said.last_img read more

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Reds Replace Bryan Price, Mack Jenkins-Name Jim Riggleman Interim Manager, Danny Darwin Interim Pitching Coach

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds today announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins.Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman will serve as the interim manager, Class AAA Louisville manager Pat Kelly will be promoted to serve as interim bench coach, and Class AA Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin will join the Reds’ Major League staff as a pitching coach.Later in the year, the team will conduct a thorough managerial search for a permanent replacement.“At this time, we felt a change needed to happen in order to begin the process of getting this team back on the right track. We realize it is early in the season but feel it is important to be proactive,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dick Williams. “In addition to these staff changes, we will continue to examine all aspects of Baseball Operations to ensure we are doing everything we can to improve.”Riggleman managed in all or parts of 12 Major League seasons with the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. He led the 1998 Cubs team to the National League Wild Card game.last_img read more

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Lady Trojan Spikers Place 2nd At Muncie Central

first_imgECVB traveled to Muncie Central on Saturday. This was our first time participating in this tournament, so we went in knowing the competition would be strong and that we would have to play at a higher level in order to compete.  ECVB defeated Muncie Central to open the day with the scores of 29-17 & 25-17.   It took us a little bit to find our rhythm in this match, but they never quit. We were down 22-24 at the end of the match and didn’t quit. They fought hard to force extended play and eventually came out on top. Our match last week against Lawrenceburg probably helped in this match because it showed them that they could do it and that they didn’t need to panic. We controlled the second set a lot better and took them out of their comfort zone.    ECVB vs Muncie Central 9-28-19We defeated Richmond in the second round of pool play 25-21 & 25-7.  We gave up some leads in set one, but Richmond is very scrappy and that can become frustrating, especially for our offense. But they pushed from the service line and then never let up in that area the rest of the match. Molly Gregg opened set 2 with 12-0 serving run with multiple aces in that run. We pulled Richmond out of sync by being aggressive on our side of the court.  ECVB vs Richmond 9-28-19We lost to Wapahani in the championship 25-22 & 25-14.  We definitely gave them a run for their money in the first set. We dug too big of a whole that it was tough to come out of it, but they never quit and played hard the entire set. The second set was a different story. We let a couple of errors get to us and from that point forward we were pulled out of the game. Wapahani is a very disciplined and fast team and we just didn’t keep up with that in the second set. When you’re facing a team that makes a run for the state title every year, you have to stay in control of everything you can, and we didn’t do that.   ECVB vs Wapahani 9-28-19Varsity is now 16-7 on the season. Next up: at Springboro on Thursday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

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Joshua visits match venue for Ruiz rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua has had his first look at the 16,000-seater purpose-built arena in Saudi Arabia, which will host his world title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s clash with Ruiz Jr will be for the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles he lost to the Mexican back in June at Madison Square Garden.Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down on four occasions en route to a seventh-round TKO in New York in one of the biggest shocks in boxing history.But in just under two weeks time on the outskirts of Saudi’s capital Riyadh, Joshua will attempt to win his belts back.Ruiz Jr headed out to the Middle East earlier this week to begin final preparations for the huge heavyweight clash.And earlier, AJ arrived and immediately visited the arena which will hold 16,000 fans on December 7.Eddie Hearn tweeted: “AJ touches down in Saudi! @diriyahseason @skysportsboxing @dazn_usa,” alongside a video of Joshua overlooking the stadium.Joshua said earlier this week on his preparations: “We haven’t done anything differently mentally, I am a champion. I walked into the gym and three years later I was Olympic champion.“I have had one loss but I am not about to become a p*ssy overnight and not be able to fight.“I can fight, that is it, I don’t need to reflect on that, I just need to win.”Ruiz Jr came out in the first fight with his fast hands and stunned a slow and lethargic Joshua.“I don’t think he’s going to try, how can I say this, go head-to-head with me. But if he does, even better,” Ruiz Jr said.The event is expected to be a sell-out in the desert, with promoter Hearn confirming that 6,000 Brits are travelling to the showpiece.Joshua is hoping to become a two-time world heavyweight champion, the first Englishman to do so since Lennox Lewis did in the 1990s. Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaSaudi Arabialast_img read more

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Students march for sexual assault awareness

first_imgUSC students rallied with other protesters in front of Los Angeles City Hall on the Thursday evening before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The rally aimed to call attention to sexual assault and stand in solidarity with victims.After Access Hollywood tapes, in which the President-elect stated that he can “grab [women] by the p-ssy,” leaked in October 2016, victims and allies condemned the Trump’s behavior and worked to empower those who have experienced assault.“We’re angry, but first and foremost we want to make sure people know that there are others that are going to fight for their rights,” said Ellie McDaniel, a sophomore majoring in NGOs and social change. “Not everyone has these ideals that Trump has. Not everyone thinks ‘locker room banter’ is a joke. We’re here, [and] we’re going to keep fighting through his administration.”McDaniel works with “Not On My Campus,” an organization that shares sexual assault testimonials as a way to humanize the issue rather than overly politicize it. McDaniel said her organization also makes a distinction between inciting violence to fight violence and using civic engagement and public opinion to communicate concerns to the incoming administration.Fiona Lawson, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, attended the rally and explained that those who accept Trump’s “political incorrectness” because they believe he will not act on his offensive statements do not understand the power words can have.“Words that incite violence aren’t just words … they have real meaning, [and] they are creating tangible consequences for people,” Lawson said. “It doesn’t matter if [Trump] believes the stuff he says or not — he is on the largest public platform there is. He is going to have real influence over the way people think.”Protesters expressed fear that a Trump administration could strip resources for women and survivors of sexual assault. Keyanna Celina, a keynote speaker, shared her story of abuse through the foster care system and shed light upon issues of intersectionality, highlighting her struggles as a black woman.“Black women typically are erased from feminism,” Celina said. “People can be racist and feminist.”She also emphasized the psychological hurdles marginalized groups could feel as a result of the unequal distribution of power in the fight for equality — and warned against its potential to further oppress these groups.“Black women are more vulnerable,” Celina said. “We are considered the ‘throw-away people,’ the people it is OK to rape. When you’re preying on someone, you’re not going to go to the person with the feminist movement at their feet, you go for the vulnerable black woman.”last_img read more

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Down the wire in Drom/Loughmore clash

first_imgIn the opening match of a double header at Holycross Kilruane overcame Carrick Swans in a hugely one sided affair which saw Carrick only clock up 6 points to Kilruane’s 5-27.Then in a hugely thrilling affairs between two sides favoured to lift the Dan Breen a 90th minute score from Seamie Callanan secured victory for Drom &Inch as Loughmore were unable to make up the balance and it ended Drom &Inch 1-16 Loughmore Castleiney 0-18In Dolla – Borrisoleigh overcame Burgess 1-17 to 1-13 in a tight encounter there – in Templetuohy it ended Mullinahone 17 points – Ballina 13. Earlier in the County Senior Hurling Relegation clash, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams overcame Moneygall 4-06 to 1-13Turning to football and in the West Senior Final Aherlow Gaels overcame Galtee Rovers 2-12 to 1-06 While in the Intermediate Final there was victory for Golden Kilfeackle over Rockwell Rovers – Final score there 1-08 to 9 points.last_img read more

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FCPPL preview: Stats and storylines as Hearts, Kotoko to fall again

first_imgFollow the Joy Sports on air coverage from 1500 GMT on Sunday with Gary Al-Smith anchoring in studio. George Addo Jnr and Ridwan Ibrahim Asante will be at the Accra Stadium for live commentary of Hearts v Allies while our correspondents will be feeding us live scores from around the country.  On Twitter, the hashtag is #JoySports–Both ends of the table are taking shape but not in a big way because the difference between top sides and bottom sides is wafer thin. Sometimes, it’s even bizarre, such as a team in the bottom three just six points away from one in the top six.AshGold have taken an almost unassailable lead at the top and only a massive collapse will see the league title elsewhere than Obuasi. The bottom is nicely poised as six points separate Aduana in second position from  fourteenth placed New Edubiase who currently occupy the last relegation berth.AshGold v BA United The last team B.A United, currently bottom of the league, want to play this weekend is AshGold, who are inching closer to a first title since 1995. A victory will maintain the Miners’ seven point gap.With their coach in no-nonsense mood following his verbal spat with sports journalists, Bashiru Hayford will be eager to let three points further quieten his critics. [Click here too see Hayford’s threat to sports journos]Liberty v KotokoShould Liberty beat the Fabulous army, it will be the first time they’ve managed home wins for two straight seasons, after winning 1-0 win last season at Dansoman.For the defending, they’ll be aiming to claim their second win in Accra in the space of four days following a gutsy 3-2 win against Olympics in midweek. Reds boss David Duncan (above) will be seeking to duck increasing pressure to close the gap on AshGold after a hard fortnight for the Porcupine Warriors. He will rely, again, on team top scorer Ahmed Toure.“We must win again on Sunday”, says the man with nine goals this term. He scored a brace against Olympics. “Now we are at the seventh position and I believe another win on Sunday could take us into the top-4. Everybody will then know that Kotoko is back in business. We disappointed our home fans before coming to Accra so we want to go back with our heads high”.Liberty will surely be tough as the Dansoman side have won their last three games – and are undefeated in six. The key man has been national youth team striker Kennedy Ashia, who’s got eight goals this season and is Liberty’s leading scorer in the league. Bechem v EdubiaseNew Edubiase will play as guests to Bechem United with both sides sitting uncomfortably in the relegation zone. Edubiase come off the back of an uninspiring draw at home to Liberty Professionals while the Bechem will buoyed after returning from the Lions den in Kpando unscathed.And about the reports of being broke?”We strongly refute reports that we’re facing a financial meltdown. We’re under no pressure with payments; player salaries are 100% paid,” a tweet by Bechem United’s official Twitter handle stated clearly. Their football doesn’t look as inspiring as the vehement tweet suggests. Berekum Chelsea v AduanaAduana Stars’ second position is under threat when ahead of this Sunyani derby at the Golden City Park. Chelsea have been impregnable at home winning seven out of the eight matches. But their away form has been decidedly bad – they have not won away in 30 straight matches.WAFA v HasaacasHasaacas, ninth on the table, will be aiming to complete a double over WAFA (pictured in a huddle below) when the two sides square off at Sogakope. The new entrants have been the surprise campaigners so far as they currently sit fourth. Medeama v Heart of LionsMedeama will be hoping to get their first win in the second round in this fixture at the Essipong Stadium. Lions’ away record has been abysmal recently, losing their last three away games and conceding nine in the process. Nathaniel Asamoah is expected back from suspension to continue his quest to finish top of the league’s scorers’ charts. He’s got 11 now, but is yet to score in the second round.Wa All Stars v Olympics Olympics are shorn of the much-touted experience of Dan Quaye and Godwin Attram due to illness and injury. And at 15th on the log, a few more poor games could herald serious problems.”If anyone thinks we are going to be relegated then he should think again,” club spokesman Saint Osei tells Joy Sports.”You have to look at the league table to see how competitive things are. It’s easy to brush us off but we’ll definitely finish in the top half of the table,” he goes on.The long trip up north notwithstanding, Olympics will take lessons from fellow capital-based Hearts in midweek. If the bumpy pitch is anything to go by, Wa have the upper hand even before kickoff.Hearts v AlliesThat’ll be at the national stadium. Hearts head coach Herbert Addo will desperately be searching for victory against former side Inter Allies. Pressure is Addo, who has been accused of making too many excuses in recent weeks, as the Phobians have been largely inconsistent in the league.Hearts played in Wa in midweek, meaning they have a 700 km journey cross country before playing the Tema-based Allies on Sunday. After losing on Wednesday, Addo had blamed the pitch [click here for story], a week after calling his players immature and two weeks after labelling the entire club ‘unprofessional’.As for Allies coach Paa Kwasi Fabin, he must be wondering how his side are winless in six games. But he seems not too concerned.“I would have been bothered if we had dropped our standards but the performance has been up there. And the target for the season remains to finish in the top four of the competition.”Though 12th with 24 points, Allies know the distance to a top four plays is not too difficult, especially as third-placed Wa All Stars have 27 points.Matchday 19 fixtures [All kickoffs 3pm]AshGold v B.A UnitedKotoko v LibertyHearts of Oak v Inter AlliesBerekum Chelsea v Aduana StarsWAFA v HasaacasBechem United v New EdubiaseMedeama v Heart of Lions–Follow the Joy Sports on air coverage from 1500 GMT on Sunday with Gary Al-Smith in studio. George Addo Jnr and Ridwan Ibrahim Asante will be at the Accra Stadium for live commentary of Hearts v Allies while our correspondents will be feeding us live scores from around the country.  On the Twitter, the hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Small-ball Rockets outplay Lakers down the stretch

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Lakers caught one former MVP on an off-night. Against constant Lakers blitzes and double-teams, as well as the pressure of Avery Bradley, Harden was merely ordinary, shooting just 3 for 10 for 14 points – a far cry from his league-leading average of 35.8 ppg.The equalizer for much of the night was the Rockets’ 3-point shooting: They were 10 for 18 from deep in the first half, after which the teams were tied at 63 apiece. Covington hit two of the last nails with 3-pointers in the closing run that shut the door on the Lakers’ comeback. The Lakers only outrebounded their opponent by one.Whereas the Lakers had some success in the last meeting guarding Westbrook with Kyle Kuzma, Westbrook’s explosive drives were a problem throughout this one.The Lakers created their own problems, Vogel said, by forcing the ball to Davis down low. The short-lineup Rockets ended up with more blocked shots (five) than their hosts, and six fourth-quarter turnovers helped cinch the result. The Lakers also felt they could have handled weak-side passing better than they did, at times abandoning their free-flow passing philosophy.“That was our game plan, though, to try to set screens, slip and force a switch, whether the guys who handle the ball drive or we throw it over the top,” Davis said. “But it was some plays where I got the ball where I could have had some kick-outs.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green looks up toward the retired jerseys of Kobe Bryant during the national anthem prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) fouls Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. in the act of shooting during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, left, shoots as Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks as Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, guard James Harden, second from left, and forward P.J. Tucker defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, looks as referee Brian Forte as he questions a call as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook runs in the background during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook dunks as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Anthony Davis watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, guard James Harden, second from left, and forward P.J. Tucker defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley falls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks as Houston Rockets guard James Harden watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, right, falls as forward Danuel House Jr., left, takes the ball and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook falls as forward Danuel House Jr., right, takes the ball and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James jumps over Westbrook during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right rear, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Actor Adam Sandler, center, gestures as he watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James’ hand is seen with a wrap that features Kobe Bryant’s number on it during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook gestures after dunking during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 121-111. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tosses powder before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green looks up toward the retired jerseys of Kobe Bryant during the national anthem prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 26Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — For one night at least, shooting got the best of size.Standing as a contrast to the Lakers’ length-heavy philosophy, the rebuilt Houston Rockets offered an interesting counterpoint in what is admittedly a small sample size: A lineup with no one taller than 6-foot-7 knocked around the Lakers in the closing minutes, going on a 19-5 closing run to secure a 121-111 win on Thursday night.It didn’t ring of a fatal flaw for the Lakers (38-12), who have split their two meetings with Houston so far this season. But it was a compelling quandary to consider after the team went through several reported flirtations with some roster changes at the Thursday trade deadline before standing pat.“It’s really not that much different than what we see with a lot of teams that have centers that shoot threes,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “The difference is they have two elite, elite superstar offensive players who you’re trying to figure out how to guard, with five 3-point shooters out there. So it’s a challenge.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnthony Davis was among the game’s standouts with 32 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James had another 18-point, 15-assist double-double (with nine rebounds) while showcasing highlight dunks against the Rockets’ largely undefended rim. But Houston’s edge came from deep: The Rockets finished with 19 3-pointers to the Lakers’ nine, outscoring them by 30 from beyond the arc.Combined with a bruising 41-point game from Russell Westbrook, who the Lakers couldn’t convincingly slow down, the small-ball assault was effective as the Rockets committed to it whole-heartedly.“It’s tough because you have to control Russ’ ability to get into the paint which he did a lot tonight, but also be able to control their perimeter shooting,” James said. “We didn’t do a very good job of both.”The Rockets were among the most active teams at the deadline, retooling to the extreme around a small-ball, shooting-forward philosophy by adding Robert Covington – who made his Houston debut with 14 points, eight rebounds and a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes – and shipping out center Clint Capela. Houston still has 7-footers Tyson Chandler and Isaiah Hartenstein on its roster, but neither played Thursday.The Lakers predictably attacked this with force in the post, throwing lob attempts to Davis, who muscled his way past 6-5 P.J. Tucker to lead the Lakers on the night. While he curled the ears of referees for hidden jostling that he believed were fouls underneath him in the post, Davis nevertheless found ways to finish. He sprained his right index finger shortly before halftime, but he returned to start the second half with a wrap on his hand. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions While Vogel said before the game that he meant to counter the Rockets with size, lineup mainstays JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard played just 20 combined minutes. With a roster that has emphasized size over switchability, the Lakers still must solve issues they’ve had against the league’s smaller, fleet-footed teams, which includes Boston and the Clippers.That doesn’t mean there was no whiff of change coming – a tantalizing possibility had a second-row seat in the Staples Center crowd. After a rumored backroom meeting, point guard Darren Collison showed up for the second half of the game two seats from owner Jeanie Buss, taking in the action.Multiple reports have said the 32-year-old, 6-foot point guard is mulling a return from retirement, which he entered abruptly this summer days before free agency opened. A former UCLA star who hails from Rancho Cucamonga, Collison has been linked with the Lakers and Clippers – but so far has not been spotted sitting next to Clippers ownership at a game. He was momentarily shown on the jumbotron to uproarious applause.Collison played for the Indiana Pacers last season, averaging 11.2 points and 6 assists per game while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers currently have a full 15-man roster and would need to drop a player to sign Collison or anyone else they might be interested in.Vogel and his players declined comment on Collison, who implied to ESPN his interest was merely innocent.“Just watching the game,” he said. “Ain’t nothing to it. Got the best seats in the house.”The bench has a pretty good view, too. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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