NEW YORK >> It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers.Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to preserve Bryant, it appeared likely he would sit out some if not all of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games.But Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed a slight change of plans following the Lakers’ 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“‘This might be my last year. If possible, I’d like to play every game,’” Scott recalled Bryant telling him recently. “I’m with that and we’ll see how it plays out.” “I don’t think they were used to someone as direct as me,” said World Peace, who posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s loss against the Knicks. “I do it to help. A lot of people walk on eggshells. I don’t walk on eggshells. I eat eggs.”World Peace reported feeling confident he would return to the NBA during overseas stints last year in China and Italy. He described himself with a straight face as “one of the best small forwards in the world.” The Lakers would not go that far, though they liked World Peace’s leadership and hustle enough to retain him on the roster on a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back,” said World Peace who noted he could try to play for two or three more years. “But I earned my way back. I worked hard.”Memory laneBryant’s physical skills may have eroded. But his mind has not.He still remembered vividly scoring his first point off a foul shot on Nov. 5, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in what marked his second career NBA game. “When I got in the game, I felt like how it was when there were VHS tapes,” Bryant said. “You hit the forward button and the TV is moving really fast.”Both Scott and Knicks coach and former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher both cited faulty memory despite being in attendance. But Scott noted, “it brought a smile to my face that I was at least there” after recently watching a highlight of that game.What’s your number?It did not take long for Fisher to earn Scott’s respect during his rookie season. But it happened well before Fisher showed off his work ethic or talent. Fisher planned to wear the No. 4 only to switch to No. 2 for one specific reason. Scott returned to the Lakers and had once worn No. 4 during the ‘Showtime Era’ when he won three NBA titles. Fisher joked the gesture “changed the course of history for me” before eventually winning five NBA titles as a role player in two separate stints with the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012). “He did the right thing,” Scott said, chuckling. “He was young and a rookie, and I was a vet.” Scott plans to start Bryant when the Lakers (1-5) play in Miami on Tuesday and in Orlando on Wednesday. But Scott said he has not determined whether Bryant will play fewer minutes than the 29 minutes per game he has averaged through six contests. “I know there’s going to be some games he’s not going to play, but that’s not his mindset,” Scott said of Bryant. “Right now this early in the season, we’ll go with the flow.” Say it like it isEven as he played near his hometown in Queensbridge, New York, Metta World Peace never felt at home.The New York Knicks acquired him in the 2013 offseason after the Lakers waived him. But he averaged 4.8 points in only 13.8 minutes through 29 games before both sides negotiated a buyout. World Peace argued his short stint had little to do with injuries or a decline in play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Anna Rafferty (Senior Lifeguard Waterworld), Daimon Fergus (Helm Bundoran RNLI with soapbox perpetual cup) and Colleen Granaghan (reigning Belle of Bundoran).June bank holiday weekend in Bundoran is shaping up to be a fun filled family occasion with three major events happening in the seaside resort.Friday 31st May sees the return of the Belle of Bundoran fundraiser in aid of Bundoran GAA Club. The glittering event will once again happen at the Great Northern Hotel as 14 girls battle it out to become the 2nd Belle of Bundoran and follow in the footsteps of Colleen Granaghan.Paul Clark from UTV returns to host the proceedings while a star studded judging panel will make their deliberations on the night. Donegal GAA Allstar Karl Lacey will make a return to the judging panel and will be joined by iRadio’s Oonagh O’Carroll, Love/Hate actor Chris Newman, TV3’s Noel Cunningham and Shane McLaughlin from The Voice Of Ireland. More details are available on www.belleofbundoran.com On Saturday 1st of June Waterworld hosts its annual charity day whereby the admission paid by everyone into the popular water complex is given to over to the nominated charity.General Manager of Waterworld, Anderson Keys said ‘the annual charity day is something we look forward to each year and we’re thrilled as Ireland’s Premier Indoor Aqua Adventure Playground to be able to give something back to the community. As well as experiencing the 5 new features we would encourage families to come down and join in the fun on the day while supporting a great charity!’Bundoran’s Big Weekend wraps up on Sunday 2nd June with the second annual Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race staged by the volunteer crew of the local RNLI. A crowd of up to 2,000 people watched the event last year with the fun filled family day providing a thrilling spectacle of soapbox racing right in the centre of town on Astoria Road.This year promises to be bigger and better than ever as the competition will be fierce to win the title! The race will culminate with the ball race where 3000 balls will be dropped down the hill with the first one home winning €1000 cash. More details on www.bundoranlifeboatsoapboxrace.com . Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth said ‘it’s going to be a busy, exciting fun filled bank holiday weekend in Bundoran! These three events have something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming both regular and new visitors to town to experience all the facilities and atmosphere that Bundoran has to offer’. Check out all the details in full at www.discoverbundoran.com. IT’S JUST A GREAT BUNDORAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND – WITH BELLES ON! was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:IT’S JUST A GREAT BUNDORAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND – WITH BELLES ON!
SAN JOSE — Before we dive into the Erik Karlsson stuff, let’s give some props to Joe Pavelski.Captain Clutch came through in crunch time again Saturday, jumping on Timo Meier’s rebound in the slot and burying it at 13:06 of the third to clinch two points for the Sharks on a night when the Vancouver Canucks controlled much of the play.The goal came after Pavelski pressured Alex Biega into turning the puck over in his own zone, setting the stage for his heroics later in the shift. Pavelski also …
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Federal rules for setting energy efficiency standards will be revised under a plan announced by the Department of Energy, prompting complaints that the changes would make it harder to update standards in the future and ultimately cost consumers more money. The proposed rules, which were published in the Federal Register last week, are intended to make the process consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, according to a post at Utility Dive. But advocates for efficiency standards for products such as appliances and light bulbs said the changes were unnecessary and unhelpful.RELATED ARTICLESEfficiency Is Still the Best Energy DealEnergy EfficiencyNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsThe Fine Print on Energy EfficiencyU.S. Lags in Energy Efficiency Changing the definition of “significant energy savings” Lauren Urbanek, a senior energy policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a post at the NRDC website that the department wants to change how a “significant” energy savings is defined. The new test, which updated standards would have to meet before they could be implemented, would require savings equal 0.5 quads or a 10% improvement in efficiency over 30 years (0.5 quads amounts to 2.5% of total annual household energy use in the U.S.). The new threshold, Urbanek wrote, will make it harder to update existing efficiency standards and mean fewer savings for consumers. Other changes would make the process of setting new efficiency standards slower and more complicated, she added. Efficiency standards now cover 60 categories of appliances and equipment that have collectively saved consumers $2 trillion, Urbanek said. Improvements to standards that are due to be reviewed in the next few years could increase savings by another $43 billion by 2035. “But these savings are in peril, both from DOE inaction and from changes to the Process Rule that will make it significantly more difficult to set and update meaningful, impactful standards,” she said. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, told Utility Dive that the new rules would make it difficult for rule writers to use anything other than industry test procedures, giving manufacturers “carte blanche to write the rules for how efficiency is measured.” At least one industry group is behind the changes. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, a trade group representing more than 550 companies, said the proposed changes represented “substantial improvements” to the rule making process. The department has scheduled a public meeting March 21 and will accept comments until April 15.
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FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maria Sharapova speaks about withdrawing from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis tournament due to a right shoulder injury, in St. Petersburg, Russia.. Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)MIAMI — Maria Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open.Sharapova said she’s struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem with exercise.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perfectionist PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong, and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of this year,” she wrote Wednesday on Instagram.The five-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 29th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24.
Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.