Jerry West: This game is going to overtake all the other sports

By Steve Aschburner, LOS ANGELES – Jerry West’s longevity is surpassed only by his excellence, which is surpassed only by his credibility, which is surpassed only by his legacy, which is surpassed only by his continued relevancy, which is surpassed only by his humility, which is surpassed only by his longevity... Aw, you get the idea. The man known as “Zeke From Cabin Creek” early in his NBA playing days, as “Mr. Clutch” by the time he was putting the finishing touches on a Hall of Fame career and as “The Logo” for much of the league’s past half century got credit for only 81 steals in the 14 seasons he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. The reason: that stat only got tracked starting in West’s farewell season. But he racked up No. 82 by stealing the show with his acceptance speech of the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the annual All-Star “Legends Brunch” at the L.A. Convention Center. West’s appreciation of NBA history, gratitude for his place in it, optimism for the game’s future and competitive fire all shone through when he stood before the audience filled with both his peers – some of the greatest players ever – and fans sampling for the first time one of All-Star Weekend’s most reliable highlights. Three months shy of his 80th birthday, West – who won one NBA title as a player, eight more as an executive with L.A. and Golden State, and as a consultant now to the Clippers, had input into that team’s blockbuster trade of star Blake Griffin – was one of four former Lakers honored per the brunch program’s tradition of recognizing men who associated with the host city. James Worthy received the Global Ambassador Award, Bill Walton was presented with the Hometown Hero Award and Magic Johnson was named the 2018 Legend of the Year. In introducing West, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “One thing people know about Jerry is, he pulls no punches. And so, Jerry is someone I know I can count on. When there’s things happening in the league, Jerry will tell me exactly what I should know about today’s game and what’s happening with today’s players.” West used some of his time on stage, though, to acknowledge and thank a fifth Los Angeles legend: HOFer Elgin Baylor. In fact, he got emotional, pausing to collect himself while praising his former teammate and dear friend, long considered one of the most underrated players in NBA history. Baylor got to the Lakers two years before West, before they left Minneapolis, and was an 11-time All-Star from 1958 to 1971 who still ranks third all-time at 27.4 points per game. “Elgin, I won’t ever forget the way you treated me when I came here,” he said to Baylor, who was seated at a nearby table. “Amazing player but more amazing man. I remember when I was in college, never being able to watch the game, no TV, and of course we didn’t have one in my house. But I used to hear about this guy and I thought ‘Oh my God, I’m going to have a chance to play with him.’ “He’s my hero. I used to watch him practice, I’d watch him out of the corner of my eye. Just the way he conducted himself with people. Just one classy man.” West talked up others in the room whose lives he touched, and both lauded and encouraged current NBA players in their performances and in their commitments off the court. “You can be leaders because you have a voice. Don’t ever pass that up. Don’t ever lose your voice,” he said. “I really believe in humility. I also believe in civility.” After talking about the NBA’s astounding growth over the run of his equally astounding career, West’s competitiveness flickered through once more. “I’m going to say this – and I don’t like to say things that are controversial – but this game is going to overtake all the other sports,” he said. Comedian Billy Crystal, a long-suffering Clippers fan, opened the program with a hoops-themed monologue. “When I first started going to Clippers games, there was me, [broadcaster] Ralph Lawler and the players,” Crystal said. “A triple-double meant there were three couples in the stands. ... Watching all of this talent, I was glued to my seat – because that’s the way the Clippers would keep you from leaving.” Crystal provided some imagery when he likened pro basketball’s legendary stars to great musicians. “Wilt in jazz terms was a big band. He was powerful, huge, big brass section,” Crystal said. “Then Elgin came into the league and his style changed the way the game was played. ... He was cool, improvisational jazz. Then came the Big O [Oscar Robertson], who was the Dave Brubeck of basketball – easy but powerful and complex rhythms all at the same time. “That led the way to Dr. J [Julius Erving] and Kareem – Doc was [John] Coltrane, Kareem was Thelonious Monk with a little bit of Duke Ellington. ... Magic was unbelievable [and] brought us to Motown. Also, the country sounds of Mr. Larry Bird. Then came Michael – I can’t remember his last name but he played for the White Sox. He played to the beat of his own drummer. “Tim Duncan was not jazz; Tim Duncan was Beethoven. Then came the rappers, Shaq and [Allen] Iverson. And other virtuosos like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James] and Steph [Curry] and KD [Kevin Durant], [Russell] Westbrook. And the best goes on and on and on.” Silver, though, might have had the morning’s best line. In a shout-out to Magic Johnson – who has been fined $550,000 in the past six months for violating league tampering rules in talking publicly about Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo – the commissioner said: “Magic, thank you for paying for the brunch today.” Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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Cops arrest 5 in Quezon province anti-drug operations

LUCENA CITY -- Authorities have arrested four suspected drug pushers and a wanted drug personality in four separate police operations, police said on Sunday. Quezon police director Sr. Supt. Rhoderick Armamento said policemen armed with an arrest warrant arrested Romeo Guim, 42, for alleged drug pushing in Barangay (village) Bacong in Infanta town. Lawmen also arrested Joed Malacoco, 27; and his alleged associate Vench Madriaga, 18, in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bantilan, also in Infanta. Police seized from the suspects three small plastic sachets of crystal meth or "shabu" valued at P925. In Lopez town, anti-drug operatives busted Anthony Landicho, 46, after he sold shabu...Keep on reading: Cops arrest 5 in Quezon province anti-drug operations.....»»

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Cops nab suspected drug pusher in Lucena buy-bust

    LUCENA CITY---Police arrested on Friday afternoon a targeted drug pusher in a buy-bust operation here, police announced on Saturday. Supt. Vicente Cabatingan, Lucena police chief, said anti-illegal drugs operatives collared Ryan Villarubia, 27, after he sold crystal meth or "shabu" to a policeman who acted as poseur buyer in Barangay (village) Ibabang Dupay. Police seized a leather pouch containing 11 plastic sachets of shabu ready for distribution to his drug user clients and the marked money used in the drug sale.   The confiscated drugs weigh six grams with an estimated value of around P11,100 in the street market. Police said the suspect wa...Keep on reading: Cops nab suspected drug pusher in Lucena buy-bust.....»»

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Austrian snowboarder Schairer breaks neck in scary crash

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea --- Markus Schairer of Austria is heading home for treatment after breaking his neck in a frightening crash during the Olympic men's snowboard cross quarterfinals.   Schairer lost control in the air on the final jump of the treacherous downhill course on Thursday. He slammed into the snow on his back, sending his goggles flying. He was able to get to his feet before being taken for a medical exam.   The Austrian Olympic Committee said Schairer fractured the fifth vertebrae in his neck. It said there is no indication the 30-year-old Schairer experienced any neurological impairment or long-term damage. /kga...Keep on reading: Austrian snowboarder Schairer breaks neck in scary crash.....»»

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Taylor Swift shakes off lawsuit over hit song

LOS ANGELES — A lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song “Shake It Off” was thrown out on Tuesday by a judge, who ruled the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection. Swift’s 2014 song reached No. 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from […].....»»

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When climate comes unhinged, we need to re-think how to build our cities

In late January 2018, Paris seemed to be drowning. Both the Seine and the Marne rivers overflowed for their banks , forcing some suburban city-dwellers to have to row to reach their houses, while the iconic Zouave statue on the Pont d’Alma was even given a life-vest . That was just before snow engulfed ........»»

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2 collared for possession of illegal drugs, gun in Quezon

LUCENA CITY -- Police arrested two suspected drug pushers in separate operations in Candelaria town in Quezon province Sundaynight, police said. Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, chief of the Quezon Police Provincial Office, said one of the arrested suspects, Resty Beredo, 24, was also found carrying an unlicensed .45-caliber pistol with live bullets after the buy-bust operation in Barangay Malabanban Norte around11:30 p.m. Beredo also yielded a sachet of crystal meth, or "shabu," that was worth P1,628 in the street market as well as the P500 marked money used in the transaction. Earlier, the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Jaypee de Ocampo, 19, in another buy-bust in the same v...Keep on reading: 2 collared for possession of illegal drugs, gun in Quezon.....»»

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Kim Cattrall Denies Sarah Jessica Parker’s Friendship

Sex and the City fans may be disappointed to know that the gal pals aren't friends in real life but Kim Cattrall wants to make it crystal clear. After Sarah Jessica Parker offered her condolences following the death of Kim's brother, she took to Instagram and posted a photo that said, "I don't need your love and support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker." A post shared by Kim Cattrall (@kimcattrall) on Feb 10, 2018 at 5:20am PST She expounded her point in the caption, "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I...Keep on reading: Kim Cattrall Denies Sarah Jessica Parker’s Friendship.....»»

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Philipp Plein takes NY Fashion Week on snowy spaceship ride

NEW YORK (AP) --- Provocateur Philipp Plein descended on New York Fashion Week with a giant spaceship, silvery rock formations and Migos lighting up the crowd Saturday night as fake snow fell and covered the floor of a huge industrial space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And there were clothes. Skiwear mostly, lots emblazoned with Plein's name, skulls and crossbones and some Playboy logos. The show roared to life with a couple of motorcycle riders and a space utility vehicle that plowed through Plein's fake wall of rocks. Later came a schmoozy transformer (big person in costume) who greeted Irina Shayk as she slinked out of the ship in a black bodysuit emblazoned with "I Love You P...Keep on reading: Philipp Plein takes NY Fashion Week on snowy spaceship ride.....»»

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Half-day old snow is safe to eat—study

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) --- How safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study. The 2017 experiment showed it was safe to eat snow that was a half-day old, and safer to eat it in the colder months. But by two days old, the snow is not safe to eat, Istvan Mathe, a professor at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, told The Associated Press. Scientists collected snow from a park and from a roundabout in Miercurea Ciuc, central Romania, in January and February and placed it in hermetically-sealed sterile containers. They then tried to grow bacteria and mold in them. The study took place in temperatures ranging from min...Keep on reading: Half-day old snow is safe to eat—study.....»»

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Ex-cop, 3 other suspected drug pushers held in Lucena buy-bust

LUCENA CITY -- Four suspected drug pushers, one of them a former policeman, were nabbed in a police buy-bust operation hereSundayafternoon. Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, chief of the Quezon Police Provincial Office, identified the suspects as Santiago Rosales, Rolando Japor, Roderick Defeo and former cop Fortunato Nozaenta, who went on absence without leave (Awol). They were arrested in Barangay Ibabang Dupay at around2 p.m. Authorities seized from them three sachets of crystal meth, or "shabu," worth P3,700, assorted drug paraphernalia, and the P500 in marked money used in the operation. Police acted on information from former drug users from the barangay who had surrend...Keep on reading: Ex-cop, 3 other suspected drug pushers held in Lucena buy-bust.....»»

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Scores of flights canceled as winter storm pummels U.S. Midwest

CHICAGO, USA – A winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the US Midwest on Friday, February 9, causing 1,500 flight cancelations, snarling roads and closing schools.  "Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect," the National ........»»

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Flourish Helps Journalists Create Easy Data Visualizations

Data visualization brings more eyes, attention and understanding to complex stories. When it works well, it can make a story crystal-clear. But it takes effort, coding and time—and is sometimes out of reach for all but the biggest newsrooms. One easy way to make data visualizations is through Flourish, a tool that helps you design […].....»»

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Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea --- The world hasn't seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles. The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world. They will unfold --- officially, at least --- without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapproch...Keep on reading: Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs.....»»

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LOOK: Scarlet Snow conquers Japan

There is no stopping two-year-old Scarlet Snow Belo from taking over the world one trip at a time. This time around, the tot and her family journeyed to the Land of the Rising Sun. The daughter of celebrity doctors Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho was just every moment adorable while in Japan. The family shared photos of the trip and of how cute Scarlet Snow looked, via the little girl's official Instagram page. In one photo, Scarlet is seen enjoying her bottle of milk, staying behaved en route to the country's capital, Tokyo. We are on board ANA Airlines now on the way to Tokyo. The plane is very clean and comfortable; But they don't have milk on their menu. It's a good thing ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Scarlet Snow conquers Japan.....»»

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Crimson moon, a unique lifetime experience

When I was younger, one of my favorite songs by Frank Sinatra, was “Blue Moon.” I still remember the lyrics all these years later and I even often sing them.....»»

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Kane reaches 100 Premier League goals in dramatic style

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — There couldn't have been a more dramatic way for Harry Kane to bring up 100 goals in the Premier League. It was the fifth minute of injury time, Liverpool was leading 2-1 in an action-packed game at Anfield, and home fans were seething after Tottenham was awarded a penalty in front of The Kop — courtesy of an intervention by the assistant referee. Kane already had a spot kick saved in the 87th minute, and was seen looking to the skies in disbelief after Mohamed Salah restored Liverpool's lead with a stunning individual goal in the first minute of stoppage time. This was Kane's chance to make amends. He took it. The England striker slotted away the penalty with what was virtually the last kick of the game to rescue a 2-2 draw for Tottenham and reach a significant scoring milestone in just 141 games in England's top division. Only Alan Shearer (124 games) has got there quicker. "I was nervous," Kane said. "It was a big moment, with a lot of pressure. But I stuck to the routine. "It's great to be in that 100 club now, and it's great to get something from the game after that roller-coaster of emotions." It was a big moment in the race for Champions League qualification, too. Liverpool could have moved five points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with 12 games left, but the gap remains only two points. Chelsea is sandwiched between them, while Arsenal, boosted by two high-profile January signings in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is four points further back. It looks set to go down to the wire. In the other game Sunday, Newcastle moved a point clear of the relegation zone by drawing 1-1 at Crystal Palace. ___ WONDER GOALS Kane's last-gasp penalty overshadowed two of the best goals seen in the Premier League this season. They couldn't have been more different, either. Victor Wanyama's 80th-minute equalizer, which canceled out Salah's goal in the third minute, was a fierce, first-time drive off his laces that flew into the top corner from 30 meters out. He had only come on as a substitute a minute earlier. Salah's second was also a goal of beauty. The forward wriggled past Ben Davies, cut inside from the right, then nipped between two challenges before poking a rising shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Salah was briefly level with Kane on 21 goals for the season, only for the Tottenham striker to move back in front after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have kicked Erik Lamela. The referee didn't initially give the penalty, but was persuaded to change his mind by his assistant after a minute of consultation. "Amazing from both teams," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "So exciting to watch this type of game." ___ NEWCASTLE HOLDS ON Luka Milivojevic converted a 55th-minute penalty to earn Crystal Palace a point from a game it dominated for long spells. Christian Benteke, who missed great chances in both halves, won the penalty when his jersey was pulled by Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark and Milivojevic scored from the spot for his sixth goal of the season. The Serbia midfielder became Palace's joint-top scorer this season in the process. Mo Diame gave Newcastle the lead when he poked home a finish at the far post in the 23rd after Kenedy's low, inswinging corner went through a mass of bodies. With 12 games left, Newcastle is in 16th place but only a point off the relegation zone. Watford in 11th and Huddersfield in 19th are separated by only three points......»»

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Barcelona s Pique scores late to silence Espanyol crowd

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Jeered from his first touch of the ball, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique found a way to silence Espanyol fans in Sunday's Catalan derby. Pique scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw as the Spanish league leader narrowly avoided losing to its crosstown rival for the second time in less than three weeks. The outspoken Pique celebrated by putting a finger in front of his mouth as if to tell the crowd to be quite. "We have a responsibility as players, but we are also humans and we react to what happens," Pique said. "Part of the crowd was insulting my family. There is a limit to everything." Pique had previously made comments criticizing Espanyol, and the crowd showed their disapproval by jeering him nearly every time he touched the ball. His 82nd-minute goal helped Barcelona extend its unbeaten streak in the league to 22 matches, surpassing the record set under coach Pep Guardiola in 2009-10. It also left Barcelona nine points in front of Atletico Madrid, which defeated third-placed Valencia 1-0 later Sunday. Gerard Moreno put Espanyol ahead midway through the second half and Pique equalized with a header in a heated match at RCDE Stadium. "These types of situations motivate Pique," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "His gesture comes as part of the rivalry that is natural in a derby." There were shoves and heated discussions throughout the match, which was played under steady rain and on a heavy pitch. Messi, who provided the cross for Pique's goal, came off the bench near the hour-mark after getting some rare rest time from Valverde. Espanyol had ended Barcelona's 29-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Jan. 17, when Messi missed a penalty kick. Barcelona eventually eliminated Espanyol by winning the second leg 2-0. After that match, Pique's tone when talking about Espanyol infuriated rival fans and prompted an official complaint by the club. Pique did not back down on Sunday, questioning Espanyol's links to Barcelona because it moved its base to nearby Cornella and has a foreign owner. The Espanyol crowd was furious after Pique's celebration on Sunday. Right after the goal, Moreno fouled the defender, prompting a heated altercation between players from both teams. Moreno had to be contained as he tried to go after Pique. There were also discussions in the tunnel to the changing rooms. "One player won't silence our crowd," Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores said. "His gesture was what it was. Our fans are above that." Pique's only other goal this season was also against Espanyol. ___ CORREA WINNER Atletico Madrid moved nine points clear of third-placed Valencia with Angel Correa's second-half winner at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Correa scored with a superb shot into the top corner from outside the area, giving Atletico its second consecutive victory. "We played against one of the best teams in La Liga and we were superior," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Uruguay defender Diego Godin had to be substituted early in the second half after a hard collision with Valencia goalkeeper Neto, injuring his mouth and apparently losing some teeth. Defender Stefan Savic was replaced in the first half, also because of an injury. ___ ATHLETIC'S RUN ENDS Athletic Bilbao's nine-game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 loss at Girona. Cristhian Stuani scored a goal in each half for the hosts, which moved to ninth in the standings. Athletic was debuting defender Inigo Martinez, who was acquired from Basque Country rival Real Sociedad as the club's most expensive signing at nearly 30 million euros ($37 million). Athletic defender Yeray Alvarez returned to action more than eight months after being sidelined for testicular cancer treatment. ___ DRAW IN DERBY Leganes and Getafe could not manage more than a 0-0 draw in the derby between rivals based just south of Madrid. Host Getafe had the best chances, twice hitting the woodwork in a match played under light snow during parts of the second half. It was the fifth straight game without a loss for Leganes, which rested several regular starters ahead of its game at Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Leganes last week......»»

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Why the people of Okinawa are among the healthiest and longest-living in the world

  A rare snowstorm dumped heavy snow and plunged Tokyo into travel chaos on Jan. 22, according to reports. Other parts of Japan are equally in the grip of winter. But there's one area in that country that's free of sleet and snow, and, in fact, is about to welcome cherry blossoms: Okinawa. The tiny island off the southern tip of Japan experiences sakura season much earlier, from late January to mid-February. Okinawa itself is just the biggest island (about 1,206 square kilometers) in a group of 160 islands comprising the Okinawa Prefecture, which is home to about 1.4 million people. Because of its subtropical location---think Miami, Hawaii, Cancun on the same latitude--...Keep on reading: Why the people of Okinawa are among the healthiest and longest-living in the world.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 2nd, 2018Related News

2 drug pushers nabbed in Quezon

LUCENA CITY--Two women suspected of drug peddling were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Pagbilao town in Quezon province shortly before midnight Thursday. Senior Superintendent Rhoderick Armamento, Quezon police director, said anti-illegal drug operatives collared Geraldine Maca, 46, and Shella Reyes, 37, after the duo sold a small plastic sachet of crystal meth or "shabu" to an undercover policeman inside one of the rooms of Greenview Hotel in Barangay (village) Mapagong about 11 p.m. Police seized four sachets of shabu worth P1,700 in the street market and the P500 marked money used in the buy-bust. Police learned of the suspects' illegal activities from drug users in the a...Keep on reading: 2 drug pushers nabbed in Quezon.....»»

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