Pringle saves day for Batang Pier

January 18, 2020

first_imgMaverick Ahanmisi almost sealed the game shut in regulation with a layup at the 2.9-second mark of the fourth quarter to make it a three-point lead, 104-101, but Chris Banchero’s Hail Mary three knotted the score at 94 at the buzzer.“I got mad at them. It was already a won game. But then again, we can’t fault the players. We’re okay but we’re not okay because we’re not getting the rebounds,” lamented coach Caloy Garcia.GlobalPort fought back from an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter and staged a 20-6 run that spilled into the fourth period to grab a 77-69 lead with 6:24 remaining.The Bolts, however, fought back and made it a one-point game, 83-82 with 42.3 seconds left and got a big stop when Pringle missed on a drive.However, Anjo Caram was forced out of bounds by Nico Elorde in the ensuing possession, leading to Pringle splitting from the line to extend the lead to two, 84-82 with 14.3 on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT The former Rookie of the Year hit 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including what turned out to be the marginal foul shots in the last 14.3 seconds as the Batang Pier bounced back from a 128-114 loss to TNT KaTropa last week.“We’re struggling, especially Stanley because he’s playing through an injury. Luckily for us, he picked it up in the fourth quarter,” said coach Pido Jarencio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRain or Shine survived a tough Alaska and a wild finish for a 109-103 overtime victory in the other game.Reggie Johnson pumped 32 points and 22 rebounds, while Chris Tiu shot 4-of-7 from threes to collect 18 points, six assists, and three rebounds for the Elasto Painters. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jared Dillinger then air-balled a triple try that doomed Meralco.Malcolm White topscored for the Batang Pier with 27 points that went with 17 boards.“The chemistry is still not there, so I commend my last group for coming through. I’ll take it. A win is a win,” Jarencio said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lady Spikers favored over Lady Tams in UAAP volley Finals Stanley Pringle caught fire in the fourth quarter and towed GlobalPort to its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations with an 86-85 nipping of Meralco Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Man United Arturo Vidal transfer news: Red Devils duo key to move?

January 6, 2020

first_img Arturo Vidal 1 And so the saga continues, but is Arturo Vidal any closer to becoming a Man United player? talkSPORT brings you the latest news and Vidal transfer talk…Nani and Hernandez key?Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport say that Vidal is not on the market, but the feeling in Turin is that he will leave sooner or later. The salary on offer from Man United may be hard to resist, but the Italian champions could ask for Nani and Javier Hernandez after losing out on Juan Iturbe to Roma.Vidal looking for a way outLa Stampa, the Turin-based paper, claim that Juve don’t want to let the Chilean go, but he is actually looking for a way out. Apparently Vidal’s lawyer Fernando Felicevich was in Italy at the weekend to talk to Juve general manager Giuseppe Marotta.Chiellini confident his team-mate will stayJuventus and Italy defender is Giorgio Chiellini is confident Vidal will remain at the club. The Manchester Evening News carry a quote from the stopper, who says: “I am convinced Arturo Vidal will stay with us.”Vidal has to tell Juve he wants to goJuve big boss Marotta appears to be tiring of constantly being asked about Vidal’s future. According to the Daily Mail, the general manager said: “Vidal has never said he wants to leave, and Juventus will sell him only if he were unhappy to remain. Nowadays, however, there’s absolutely no reason to even be discussing this now.”last_img read more


December 25, 2019

first_imgThe late Letterkenny Town Councillor Tadgh Culbert is still touching hearts.A charity cycle in the wel-known Fianna Fail politician’s memory raised more than €4,000 for the Donegal Hospice. Tadgh’s daughter, Cllr Lisa Culbert, An Post Donegal and local business sponsors presented Dr. Jimmy McDaid, Donegal Hospice with a cheque from the An Post Donegal Charity Cycle which was held last month.An Post Donegal were delighted to present €4135 to the Donegal Hospice from this year’s cycle.To date An Post Charity Cycle Race have raised over €38,000 for the Donegal Hospice.An Post Donegal’s charity cycle race committee would like to thank everyone who took part, supported the Hospice and sponsored and supported their 2013 charity cycle race in any way. Pictured from left to Right : Paul Herrity, Delivery Services Manager An Post, Carl Rainey, Rainey Gibson & Associates / Top Quote Direct, Dr. Jimmy McDaid, Donegal Hospice, Cllr Lisa Culbert, Grace Ann McGarvey, GA Consultancy, Jamsie Doherty, Doherty Buses, Eddie Tobin, Tobins Service Station, Jarleth, An Post Letterkenny, Hughie Elliot, McGinleys Bar. Missing from Photograph, Mark Hunter of LK Bikes, Paul Harkin of Harkins Topaz and Gala Ballybofey, Pat Brady of The Bagle Bar. TADGH STILL TOUCHING HEARTS AS FUNDRAISER NETS €4K was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:An Postdonegal hospiceTadgh Culbertlast_img read more

Toyota SA in R363m parts investment

December 18, 2019

first_img18 January 2011Toyota South Africa has announced a R363-million investment in a new parts distribution warehouse – the biggest of its kind on the continent – to serve the car manufacturer’s local and regional markets.The warehouse, to be located near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, will employ over 800 people. It is being developed in two phases, with the first set to open in May 2012.The completion of the second phase of the warehouse, scheduled for completion by 2015, will take the total area of the facility to 80 000 square metres.Commitment to South AfricaThe first round of daily deliveries will go to the over 220 Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealerships in southern Africa. The warehouse is expected to generate a R3-billion turnover and will house an excess of 2.2-million parts.“The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer,” Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Johan van Zyl said in Pretoria this week.The development follows a five-year, R8-billion investment in Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Durban.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing today,” Van Zyl said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Free tablets, wi-fi for Gauteng schools

December 18, 2019

first_img16 August 2013Gauteng’s 2 200 public schools will have access to uncapped wi-fi and 3G connectivity and 88 000 Huawei tablets will be distributed to students from next year as part of the province’s e-Learning Solution.The R396.2-million project will facilitate learning by addressing the digital divide and will provide all pupils an e-mail address and free internet access.It will replace the Gauteng Online Schools Programme, provincial Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said on Wednesday.“The rebranded e-learning solution will be rolled out at the beginning of next year and will be up and running in January 2014 when schools reopen,” Nkomfe said.“The Gauteng Online programme succeeded in improving computer literacy in public schools and demystified phobias associated with the world wide web.”The replacement of the initiative is expected to build on this foundation.“Exposing our learners to e-learning techniques ought to occur at a tender age,” he said. “We therefore elected an e-learning solution that could mediate meaningfully, but in a sustainable manner, while being financially viable.”Connectivity and cloud solution firm Cloudseed won a two-year contract to provide network connectivity for the project, following which the Gauteng Broadband Network will provide this service.Short-term insurance will be provided for losses and damages, along with ongoing maintenance and support.Pretoria also has an ambitious wi-fi target for the next three years, which will make it the first metro in Africa to provide its residents with access to wi-fi on a large scale.The project, in partnership with non-profit wi-fi movement Project Isizwe, is the first of its kind undertaken by local government and will give poor communities priority.Five locations in the city will have free wi-fi by November this year: the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus, the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus, Tshwane North College, the Mamelodi Community Centre and Church Square in the central business district.The first phase of the project will cost an estimated R1-million.Over 200 schools in the Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville areas will receive wi-fi in 2014, and 2016 will see the service being rolled out to government education institutions and other areas in the city.People will be able to access the internet without a password for free with a fair-use agreement, under which they can download 250-megabytes worth of data a day at a speed of one megabyte a second.The project is expected to contribute to making Pretoria a “research and knowledge capital city”, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said at the launch last week.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hillbilly hot tub update…

December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage,  host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showSuccess! Stretching out in an 180-gallon stock tank, my bride and I (finally) soaked in 104 degree water watching the sun set over the Kokosing River last weekend in our homemade hot tub. To boost the DIY rig’s heating capacity, I wrapped the propane heater’s “chimney” with a piece of sheet metal to partially block the vents in order to better contain and concentrate the heat on the copper tubing I coiled within. Then I added a small 12-volt pump to the cool-water outflow from the tub to help circulate the water through the super-heated piping and Voila! Inside an hour we had 104 degree temps and actually had to turn off the heater when the water got too hot.Maria Armitage enjoys the view over the Kokosing River from the couple’s homemade hot tub.No, it’s not totally off the grid, thanks to the tiny 12-volt pump ($12 on eBay) that we hooked up via its transformer plug to a ground fault interrupter-wired receptacle. Try as we might, we couldn’t get adequate water circulation using the thermal siphoning theory that would have had the rig totally self-contained. Perhaps our pipe is too small a diameter? I may experiment further, including using solar power to fuel the pump. But in the meanwhile, all I can say is “cheers!” and bring on the winter! State parks evaluatedThe Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is initiating a new task force specifically designated to evaluate Ohio’s state park system.“We know Ohio has an excellent state park system, and we want to make our 75 state parks even better,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Our visitors are our top priority, and this advisory panel will offer suggestions on how we can improve our facilities and the experiences of our customers.”The purpose of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Ohio’s State Parks is to complete a comprehensive customer experience review of Ohio’s 75 state parks. The review will be used to develop recommendations for improving management, incorporation of customer needs and interests, and improving the overall visitor experience at Ohio State Parks.Ohio is one of only seven states in the nation with free admission to its 75 state parks, which are found in 59 of Ohio’s 88 counties and an important feature of Ohio’s tourism economy and many local communities, with visitors generating annual business sales of $455.8 million in direct and indirect spending. New Parks and Watercraft Chief announcedThe ODNR Director Mary Mertz recently announced that Glen Cobb is now the chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft. Cobb previously served as a deputy director for the department, where he oversaw the divisions of Engineering, Forestry, Natural Areas and Preserves, Parks and Recreation, Watercraft and Wildlife. He also served as chief of the Division of Parks and Recreation, a parks assistant district supervisor, park manager at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park and field support group manager.Cobb earned his bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management from The Ohio State University. A native of Washington Court House, Cobb lives in Fayette County with his wife.As division chief, Cobb will oversee a staff of approximately 1,300 during peak season. Staff are comprised of law enforcement officers, interpreters/naturalists, administrative support and managers who manage and maintain 75 state parks and administer Ohio’s recreational boating safety program. A vision for trailsThe ODNR has released the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision, which updates the statewide trails plan and lays the foundation for the advancement of the state’s trails system.“Ohio’s trails are a passport to some of our state’s most stunning locations,” said Mike DeWine, Ohio Governor. “The Ohio Trails Vision serves as a framework to manage and promote our trails, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this project to ensure we have a clear path for our trails moving forward.”Created in collaboration with the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, the Ohio Trails Partnership and public input gathered from surveys and meetings across the state, the Ohio Trails Vision will serve as a road map for partnerships on trail development, connectivity and maintenance throughout the state.“This is an exciting time for trails in our state, and the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision will help guide development as we continue to build Ohio’s world-class trails system,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “I want to congratulate our legislative leaders, partners in state government, trails advocacy groups and anyone who took the time to share their input on how to make this the best possible plan for Ohio.”The plan lays out a vision — that Ohio is a leader in providing sustainable trails for all users, offering an extraordinary network of world-class recreation and transportation opportunities linking communities, people and places while stimulating economic and social vitality.To learn more about Ohio’s trails system and to view the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision, visit Fremont finally gets a rampIn collaboration with county and city officials, the ODNR has opened its first public boat launch ramp on the Sandusky River. Called the “Darr-Root Fishing Access” it is located at 201 Walnut St. in Fremont and named after Don and Violet Darr and Hob and Anne Root, the parents of Joe Darr and his wife. According to Joe Darr, his family stopped using the land around 14 years ago and the property lay dormant for years and became overgrown with brush.Darr said his family, who themselves love outdoor recreation, discussed it and decided to donate the property to the state since Fremont previously had no ODNR public access point.“Projects like this are a good reminder of not only how important the outdoors are and outdoor recreation is to all of us, but also about how important it is to get good work in the pipe early,” said Mike Wilkerson, of ODNR.Rehab efforts on the property started in 2010 with a donation of nine acres of land to ODNR. It took nine years for the project to be fully completed. Cops and BobbersLocal law enforcement and students from Toronto came together for the 5th annual Cops and Bobbers event last month, getting local students outdoors in an effort to promote extracurricular activities. This was the 5th year Toronto Schools teamed up with local law enforcement to encourage students to avoid drugs and find other ways to spend their time.Before spending the day by the water at Renegade Ridge ATV Park, the students learned fishing techniques and the dangers of drugs from law enforcement visits to the school including the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Probation Office, Toronto and Wintersville Police Departments, and the Ohio State Highway patrol. Better boating access to Lake LoramieA new adaptive boat launch has been opened at Lake Loramie. Offered by the Lake Loramie Improvement Association at its namesake State Park, the launch is located between the campground and the beach area, close to restroom facilities, paved parking, walkways, near the camp store and the Lake Loramie Nature Center and Museum. It is also near three accessible wooden cabins, which are available for rent during camping season.The mission of the Lake Loramie Improvement Association is to help improve the visitor experience at Lake Loramie State Park. For more information or to make a donation, visit Lake Loramie & Lake Loramie Improvement Association on Facebook, or read more

Mamata’s offer to quit only a drama: BJP

December 1, 2019

first_imgBJP leader Mukul Roy on Sunday described Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee’s offer to quit as the West Bengal Chief Minister following her party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha poll as nothing but a drama to stay in the news.Ms. Banerjee would never step down from the CM’s post as she was more keen on relishing the powers of the chair, he said. “Mamata Banerjee offering to quit is nothing but a drama. To whom did she submit her resignation? She herself is the party (TMC). Has anybody seen her resignation papers? I think she submitted the resignation to herself and then rejected it on her own,” the BJP leader mocked. “She (Ms. Banerjee) is more keen on relishing the powers of the Chief Minister and will never resign unless the people of West Bengal use their democratic rights to throw her out,” Mr. Roy, who was Ms. Banerjee’s right-hand man before joining the BJP, said. The TMC chief had on Saturday had offered to quit as the West Bengal CM at the party’s internal meeting in view of its drubbing in the Lok Sabha poll at the hands of the BJP, but her offer was rejected by the party. Reacting to Ms. Banerjee’s statement that she would continue to attend iftar parties without caring for the appeasement jibes as she was “ready to be kicked by the cow that gives milk”, Ms. Roy said the TMC chief should come clean on whether she was calling the Muslim community “cow”. “I will also like to request the people of the Muslim community to think on this,” he said.last_img read more

Small bowel resection

November 27, 2019

first_imgDefinitionSmall bowel resection is surgery to remove part or all of your small bowel. It is done when part of your small bowel is blocked or diseased.The small bowel is also called the small intestine. Most digestion (breaking down and absorbing nutrients) of the food you eat takes place in the small intestine.Alternative NamesSmall intestine surgery; Bowel resection – small intestine; Resection of part of the small intestine; EnterectomyDescriptionYou will receive general anesthesia at the time of your surgery. This will make you asleep and pain-free.If you have laparoscopic surgery:You will have three to five small cuts in your lower belly. The surgeon will pass a camera and medical instruments through these cuts.You may also have a cut of about 2 to 3 inches if your surgeon needs to put a hand inside your belly to feel the intestine or remove the diseased segment.Your belly will be filled with gas to expand it. This makes it easy for the surgeon to see and work.If you have open surgery, you will probably have a cut about 6 inches long in your mid-belly.Your surgeon will locate the part of your small intestine that is diseased.Then your surgeon will put clamps on both ends of this part to close it off.The surgeon will remove the diseased part.In both kinds of surgery:If there is enough healthy small intestine left, your surgeon will sew or staple the healthy ends of the small intestine back together. Most patients have this done.If you do not have enough healthy small intestine to reconnect, your surgeon will make an opening called a stoma through the skin of your belly. Your small intestine will be attached to the outer wall of your belly. Stool will go through the stoma into a drainage bag outside your body. This is called an ileostomy. The ileostomy may be either short-term or permanent.Your surgeon may also look at lymph nodes and other organs in your belly area. Before surgery, the surgeon will talk with you about the possible need to remove other organs.advertisementThis surgery usually takes 1 to 4 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedSmall bowel resection may be recommended for:A blockage in the intestine caused by scar tissue or congenital (from birth) deformitiesBleeding, infection, or ulcers caused by inflammation of the small intestine. Three conditions that may cause inflammation are regional ileitis, regional enteritis, and Crohns disease.CancerCarcinoid tumorInjuries to the small intestineMeckels diverticulumNoncancerous (benign) tumorsPrecancerous polyps (nodes)RisksRisks for any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsBleeding inside your bellyHeart attack or strokeInfection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and bellyRisks for this surgery include:Bulging tissue through the incision, called an incisional herniaDamage to nearby organs in the bodyMany episodes of diarrheaProblems with your ileostomyScar tissue that forms in your belly and causes a blockage of your intestinesShort bowel syndrome (when a large amount of the small intestine needs to be removed), which may lead to problems absorbing important nutrients and vitaminsThe ends of your intestines that are sewn together comes apart (anastomotic leak — this may be life-threatening)Wound breaking open (dehiscence)Wound infectionsBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.Talk with your doctor or nurse about these things before you have surgery:Intimacy and sexualityPregnancySportsWorkDuring the 2 weeks before your surgery:Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naprosyn (Aleve, Naproxen), and others.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.Eat high fiber foods and drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day.The day before your surgery:You may be asked to drink only clear liquids such as broth, clear juice, and water after noon.You may be asked to go through a bowel preparation to clean your intestines of all stool. This may involve staying on a liquid diet for a few days and using laxatives.Donot drink anything after midnight, including water.Yourdoctor may even tell you not to drink anything for up to 12 hours before surgery.On the day of your surgery:advertisementTake the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will be in the hospital for 3to 7 days. You may have to stay longer if your surgery was an emergency operation.You also may need to stay longer if a large amount of your small intestine was removed, or if you develop any other problems.By the second or third day, you will most likely be able to drink clear liquids. Your doctor or nurse will slowly add thicker fluids and then soft foods as your bowel begins to work again.If a large amount of your small intestine was removed, you may need to receive liquid nutrition through a vein (IV) for a period of time. First you will have a special intravenous line placed in the neck or upper chest area. This intravenous line can be used to deliver nutrition.Outlook (Prognosis)Most people who have a small bowel resection recover fully. Even with an ileostomy, most people are able to do most activities they were doing before their surgery. This includes most sports, travel, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and most types of work.If a large part of your small intestine was removed, you may have problems with loose stools and getting enough nutrients from the food you eat.If you have a chronic condition, such as cancer, Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis, you may need ongoing medical treatment.References Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Bleier JIS. Colon and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 52.Review Date:1/29/2013Reviewed By:John A. Daller, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Excelerate Conducts 1st STS LNG Transfer in the Bahamas

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy completed the first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas on February 7, 2019.The STS transfer was carried out using Excelerate’s 150,900 cbm floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s 142,759 cbm LNG carrier Arctic Voyager.A full LNG cargo was transferred using the double-banked LNG transfer system while moored at Equinor’s South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal, strategically located for storage and transshipment of crude, products and LNG, Excelerate said.“Excelerate conducted the industry’s first commercial STS transfer of LNG in 2007, and since then, STS transfers have been completed and proven safe in a wide range of environments, now including The Bahamas,” Daniel Bustos, Excelerate’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented.Excelerate recently completed its 1,500th commercial STS transfer on February 3, 2019, at the Engro Elengy Terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan.To date, the company has successfully transferred over 170,900,000 cubic meters of LNG using its STS protocol – of the 1,500 operations, over 1,300 have been with third-party vessels.last_img read more

September 30, 2019

Chris Paul Other Clippers May Sit Out If Donald

In the Donald Sterling saga that will not go away, all-star point guard Chris Paul said he might sit out the season if the beleaguered Sterling, who was stripped of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, remains as the head of the team.Sterling is fighting in court against the sale of his team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, and his unprecedented punishment for making racially charged comments about Black people during a recorded phone call to a girlfriend.The legal battle could and likely will run into the upcoming season. That’s where it can get even more ugly within the team, which displayed acts of protest against Sterling even prior to Silver’s judgment.Paul, the head of the NBA Players Association, said he, like coach Doc Rivers, is considering not playing if Sterling maintains ownership of the team.“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified earlier in the week in state court that Rivers told him on multiple occasions that he doesn’t think he wants to continue coaching the team if Sterling remains in control of the franchise.Further, Paul said other players will consider not playing under Sterling, too.“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake Griffin, (DeAndre Jordan). It’s unacceptable.”The issue remains whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, acted properly in selling the franchise without his consent. She agreed to a deal with Ballmer for a record $2 billion.Closing arguments in the probate court case are set for Monday, at which point the judge will determine whether to authorize the sale or throw the situation into further confusion. Donald Sterling has vowed to fight “as long as he lives.”The original purchase agreement called for the sale to close by July 15 — with an extension until Aug. 15. The NBA has said it will resume termination proceedings of the sale if it’s not closed by Sept. 15, a few weeks before the start of training camp. read more