Wayne Grady’s former Asmore home comes complete with a pub

first_img48 Reed Street AshmoreThe family has renovated the home during the past two years to fit their own style.“My wife Denise is an interior stylist for resorts in Port Douglas,” Mr Simpson said. “We added some lighter interiors to pair with the dark structure inside the home. We wanted to create a place that was homey and comfortable so we kept finishes to a minimum. 48 Reed Street AshmoreThe five-bedroom, four-bathroom home combines lodge charm with modern fixtures to create a comfortable, stylish retreat. Soaring ceilings, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows maximise natural light, breezes and a sense of space. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“It wouldn’t really be a pub without the paraphernalia so it was fair that Wayne left his stuff in it,” Mr Simpson said. “I have added a bit of Maroons’ memorabilia to it as well.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago48 Reed Street AshmoreWith a number living spaces on the property, the home has two main bedroom suites including one with a private balcony.A spa and sauna feature in the main bathroom. The architect, who is working on resort designs in Port Douglas, described the home as an “entertainer’s dream”. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“My wife Denise and I were attracted to the water and the amount of green space,” Mr Simpson said. “The jetty is good for fishing and it is fixed – so when you sit back and relax on it, it feels like you’re on the back of a boat.” The home channels a Scandinavian-lodge style with thick brick walls, timber rafters and raked ceilings as well as an open fireplace. “I’m tired of homes that are so open and modern they feel cold and empty,” Mr Simpson said. “I really wanted something with a bit of warmth and soul. This home had it.” 48 Reed Street AshmoreCHAMPION golfer Wayne Grady’s paraphernalia was part of the deal when architect Andrew Simpson bought the golfer’s palatial home two years ago. The sprawling 3364sq m property has a putting green, resort-style swimming pool and its own pub. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“I think we will miss the privacy the most.” The home features a wine cellar, poolside gazebo, teppanyaki grill and pizza oven, and a private jetty at the riverfront.last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund re-instates investment ban on Israeli construction firms

first_imgNorway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has excluded three companies from its investment universe, including two Israeli firms only re-admitted in August last year.The move to blacklist Israel’s Danya Cebus and Africa Israel Investments, previously excluded over their involvement in construction work in the West Bank, came as the Norwegian Ministry of Finance said it would also bar the nearly NOK5.1trn (€606bn) sovereign wealth fund from owning North Korean, Syrian and Iranian government debt.The ministry said the decision to bar the two Israeli companies came after the fund’s Council of Ethics was informed that Danya Cebus – a listed subsidiary of Africa Israel Investments – was now undertaking construction work on settlements in East Jerusalem.The Council recommended in November last year that both companies be divested once more, as there was a risk they were “contributing to serious violations of the rights of individuals in situations of war or conflict”. The decision comes only weeks after Dutch pension manager PGGM sold its shares in five Israeli banks over their involvement in settlement activities, causing the Israeli government to summon the country’s Dutch ambassador to explain the move.Additionally, the GPFG will also blacklist mining company Sesa Sterlite after Vedanta Resources, excluded in 2007, gained a controlling interest in the Indian firm.The Council’s recommendation said Vedanta’s exclusion should be maintained, and that Sesa should be added to the list of barred companies over the “unacceptable risk of the company being responsible for severe environmental damage and systematic human rights violations”.The Finance Ministry has also decided to allow the fund to invest in sovereign and government-backed bonds issued by Myanmar.In a statement, it stressed that the oil fund was not to be viewed as an instrument of foreign policy and that it only barred sovereign bond investments in exceptional circumstances.“The Ministry of Finance, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has made such an assessment and concluded that the exemption should no longer apply to Myanmar, but that North Korea, Syria and Iran should now be covered by the exemption,” it said.As of the end of 2012, the GPFG had no fixed income exposure to any of the three newly banned countries.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the recommendations by the Council of Ethicslast_img read more

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Revealed: Where first-home buyers should be looking in Brisbane

first_imgFirst-time buyers are taking advantage of the federal government’s home loan deposit scheme. Picture: iStock.FIRST-time buyers are flooding the Brisbane property market boosted by the government’s scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.More than 700 people have gained a pre-approved place in the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) in Queensland since its introduction on January 1. Nationally nearly 6000 of the 10,000 places available have been guaranteed, while another 3000 places have progressed to the pre-approval stage. The figures support new research from Realestate.com.au, which shows the number of first-home buyers looking to buy in Brisbane jumped by more than a third in January, compared with the same month last year. The number of FHB properties for sale in Brisbane under $475,000. Source: Realestate.com.au.Rochedale South has had the most inquiries for houses from first-home buyers, followed by Springfield Lakes and Bracken Ridge, while Brisbane City and Toowong are the most popular suburbs for units. The FHLDS was introduced by the federal government to help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder. Under the scheme, 10,000 places are available to applicants to secure a property with as little as a 5 per cent deposit without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).Applicants are subject to eligibility criteria, ­including having taxable incomes up to $125,000 a year for singles and up to $200,000 for couples. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for houses in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.First-home buyers apply for a guarantee and are provided with a reservation ahead of a 10-day period by banks to confirm eligibility.Despite the high take-up, loan guarantees are still available and an additional 10,000 spots will be unlocked on July 1, according to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.According to the Realestate.com.au research, first-home buyers able to take advantage of the scheme should head to Brisbane’s north or east, where 45 per cent of properties on the market are priced under the $475,000 cap. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for units in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said first home buyers in Brisbane should look for suburbs where house-and-land packages were prevalent or new construction was happening.“Springfield Lakes and Rochedale tend to be areas where there’s a lot of new homes, so it’s good news for building activity,” Ms Conisbee said.“Same with units, when you look at Brisbane City.” Ms Conisbee said the surge in first home buyers entering the market in January was driven primarily by the FHLDS.But she said a side-effect of the scheme would be the impact it would have on affordability.“From a personal finance perspective, it’s amazing, but on the other hand, it will create price pressure at lower price points and that’s not good news,” she said.“There’s quite a large availability of homes below the ($475,000) cap, but if demand continues to accelerate, there will be fewer and fewer properties available at that price point.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Statistics released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the number of first-time buyers increased by 6.2 per cent in seasonally-adjusted terms in December to a monthly total of 9606 — the highest level in a decade.The average size of a loan was $412,240.The new loans taken out by first-home buyers also climbed by 21.3 per cent in December compared with December 2018. First-time buyers increased by 6.2% seasonally adjusted in December, according to ABS figures.Ratecity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said it was interesting to note the pick-up in this area of the market prior to the government’s scheme starting.“First-home buyers are flocking back to a market that is quickly heating up again,” Ms Tindall said.“Initial numbers show the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has generated huge interest, adding more competition at already packed open homes.“The last time we saw this level of first-home buyer activity was in December 2009 when the then government’s First Home Owner Boost was wrapping up.“If property prices continue to surge, the RBA will be hesitant to cut rates further.”last_img read more

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Rerouting the Pomme de Terre River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has just released the latest update on their Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project, located near Ortonville, Minnesota.Contractors for the St. Paul District’s restoration program built up the ice thickness to create a crossing site for hauling excavated soil, an effort that saves nearly seven miles per trip.The restoration plan includes rerouting the Pomme de Terre River to its historic channel and constructing a drawdown structure and a fish passage at the Marsh Lake Dam.At less than 5 percent of the average cost for a habitat restoration project of this size, this project is expected to provide significant returns in environmental and habitat restoration benefits.The Corps is working in partnership with the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District, as its non-federal sponsor, as well as other external stakeholders such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, to ensure the project’s success.[mappress mapid=”24896″]last_img read more

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Tennis News Davis Cup 2019: Ramkumar Ramanathan loses to Andreas Seppi as India stumble

first_imgMarco Cecchinato is in the Italian team and he had beaten Novak Djokovic in last French Open.Andreas Seppi is the Italian No.1 in the Davis Cup.India will be determined to stage a comeback in the Davis Cup. highlights Kolkata: Andreas Seppi overcame early jitters to beat Ramkumar Ramanathan in straight sets, giving Italy a 1-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup Qualifer in Kolkata on Friday. The World number 37 was slow off the blocks on the grass court of the Calcutta South Club but hit top gear in the second set to complete a 6-4 6-2 win in one hour and 11 minutes. The big-serving Indian fired eight aces but his weak returns meant that he failed to convert two break points in the first set before the Italian won five points in a row to wrap the opening set in 41 minutes.Italy took a gamble by naming Seppi as their number one player ahead of world number 19 Marco Cecchinato, who had ousted world number one Novak Djokovic from the French Open last year. In front of a motley crowd shouting ‘Ram, Ram’, it was a neck and neck battle till the eighth game with both holding their serves. Ramkumar, who is ranked 133, failed to convert two break points in the second and eighth game. The match was tantalisingly poised in the next game before the Italian broke it with a cross-court back hand.    He went on to win four games in a row to seal the first set. The second set turned out to be a formality for the Italian as he shifted gears in the third game to give Italy a 1-0 lead in the tie. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Canadian Olympic Committee says it won’t send team to Olympics unless games are postponed by 1 year

first_img March 22, 2020 Canadian Olympic Committee says it won’t send team to Olympics unless games are postponed by 1 year Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Canadian Olympic Committee says it won’t send team to Olympics unless games are postponed by 1 year.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

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No surprise, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors head to deciding Game 7

first_imgThat they’ve arrived on the doorstep of elimination or advancement together in a win-or go home seventh game Saturday at Staples Center should surprise no one.As it should be, probably.The dynamics of how they got here no longer matter, all off it null and void.Even the unfathomable side show that unfolded last Friday when Clippers owner Donald Sterling was exposed as a racist — throwing both teams for a mental loop and sidetracking the Clippers’ focus over a 48-hour window that left their heads spinning and their will waning.None of it matters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One game remains, one moment of truth. One chance to move on.That the Clippers return home to the safe haven of Staples Center suggests they have the edge, but they don’t come home without questions.Not the least of which is whether Blake Griffin can get going and if Paul’s body can hold up long enough to push the Clippers into the second round.Both went missing Thursday, an unlikely occurrence considering their league-wide standing, the momentum gained from Tuesday’s Game 5 win and their minds now free from the Sterling drama.But with a chance to close out the Warriors and earn a very much needed couple of days off standing right in front of them Thursday, they vanished while combining for just 26 points.At least Paul had an excuse, his hamstring barking just enough to curtail his movement and limit his effectiveness.But Griffin is perplexing, especially considering the way the Warriors’ big men are falling and how he’s a matchup nightmare for David Lee and Draymond Green.Yet he struggled to 8-of-24 shooting before fouling out late in the fourth quarter, the poor shooting and foul trouble a death knell to the Clippers’ hopes in a game that was well within reach.“Just missed some easy shots the past couple games here,” Griffin said, blaming some of his woes on the matchup with Green, whose size disadvantage forces the Warriors to run double teams at Griffin.It’s an adjustment that hasn’t gone smoothly for Griffin.“Whenever you have a smaller defender, it’s not so much the one-on-one matchup just because they’re constantly running people at you,” he said. “I‘ve got to do a better job of reading the double teams and passing out of them, things like that.”He’s got one day to get it figured out, although his teammates pledged support.“We’ll get him going,” Jamal Crawford promised.Of deeper concern is Paul’s ailing body, which betrayed him Thursday and poses a serious threat moving forward.If he’s not right, neither are the Clippers.That’s a big problem with the minimal off time between games.Paul vowed to be ready.“Yeah, I’m OK. I’m OK,” he said. “Tough game, bumps and bruises, you get through it. “The Clippers can only hope.Preserving Paul is of utmost importance, which made Thursday’s loss so frustrating.With the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder moving on to their own Game 7, the Clippers had a chance to create some off time by beating the Warriors.But with Paul and Griffin struggling and no adaquate support to be found elsewhere, the Clippers let a winnable game slip through their fingers.The Warriors looked as physically spent and mentally fatigued as the Clippers, their shooting percentage plunging and their injuries mounting when Jermaine O’Neal was lost in the first half to a knee injury after Glenn Davis plowed through him underneath the basket.But the Warriors found just enough push to win an ugly game and force Game 7.“They just grinded it out a little more than us, obviously,” Griffin said.For the Clippers to flip that script, they need much more from Paul and Griffin.It’s hard to imagine any scenario in which they advance without signature performances from their two stars.If there is any solace, they return home for the win-or-else deciding game.“That’s why you work so hard to get as high a seed as possible,” Griffin said. “To get home court in these situations.”So here we are, a win-or-else situation Saturday in Los Angeles.But at this point, are any of us really surprised?center_img OAKLAND — It was probably headed here for the Clippers and Golden State Warriors from the get-go, these two emerging Pacific Division rivals as evenly matched as you can be and growing more familiar with one another by the game.They’ve played 10 times this season, including six over the past week or so.But they need one more to decide who moves on in the Western Conference playoffs, the result of the Clippers gut-wrenching 100-99 loss Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Game 6 of this curious first-round series.“We’ve got to let this one go and get ready for Game 7 and go back home,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said.last_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw fans 14 as Dodgers defeat Cubs

first_imgKershaw struck out Cubs rookie Kris Bryant three times; Bryant was struck out a fourth time by Kenley Jansen in the ninth. Jansen earning his 26th save.Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was twice a Kershaw strikeout victim.“He’s the best lefty in the game, and the best pitcher in the game as well,” Montero said. “So when you face a guy like that, all you try to do is just battle and compete. If you score a couple of runs against him, you have to pitch really good to beat him because he doesn’t give up that many runs.”Kershaw smiled when asked about the long home run Rizzo hit off him.“Hit it really far,” Kershaw said. “He’s kind of a reverse lefty, hits lefty better than righty. And, 3-2 (count), challenged him and he made me pay.”It was no problem, Kershaw said, even though it tied the game.“Yeah, as long as it’s a solo homer, I’m OK,” he said. “We can win giving up one. It’s when there are some guys on base, you start walking somebody and homers become 2- and 3-run homers and you get in trouble.”It was No. 26 for Rizzo.The Dodgers got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning when Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out single to left and came home on a triple to center by Chase Utley.With the game tied at 1, Utley led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and went to second on a single to right by Adrian Gonzalez. With Justin Turner at the plate, starting and losing pitcher Jason Hammel (7-6) uncorked a wild pitch that was quickly gathered by Montero, who had a good shot to get the breaking Utley going to third. But Montero’s throw was wide and it got away from third baseman Bryant, Utley scoring for a 2-1 lead.Though Utley, a Long Beach Poly grad, admitted a good throw might have had him, Mattingly applauded his aggressive baserunning. So did Kershaw.“Yeah, that was awesome,” Kershaw said. “Baserunning has been kind of a point of weakness for us this year and just an amazing job by him.” Utley was in a Dodgers uniform for the first time at Dodger Stadium.“Yeah, it’s no secret that I grew up watching the Dodgers play,” the Pasadena native said. “Being from Southern California, I’m a big fan. Now wearing the Dodgers uniform is pretty special.”Another wild pitch sent Gonzalez to third. Turner walked and that was all for Hammel. He was relieved by southpaw Travis Wood and Mattingly pinch-hit for Andre Ethier with right-handed hitting Scott Van Slyke. Van Slyke hit into a 4-6-3 double play, but Gonzalez scored for a 3-1 Dodgers cushion.The Dodgers weren’t done with Wood. They put together a single by Carl Crawford, a walk by Yasmani Grandal and a single to center by Hernandez for another run, increasing the lead to 4-1.NotesThe Dodgers are slated to start Mat Latos (4-9) against Jon Lester (8-9) at 6:05 p.m. Saturday … Right fielder Yasiel Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The Chicago Cubs are in town. And they’re solid. Good enough to currently be in line for one of two wild-card playoff spots in the National League.“They’ve got a good club,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Obviously, kind of a young team on the run and on the rise. They’ve been playing good.”Good was an 18-6 record in August for the Cubs before Friday. But they were overmatched by Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 14 in leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs before 44,874 at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth, the final run on an RBI single to center by Kike Hernandez. On a night when Vin Scully announced he is returning in 2016 for a 67th season, Kershaw was better than good. He threw eight stellar innings and allowed just one run — a home run in the fourth inning by Anthony Rizzo — on three hits. He walked one.“He was good, huh?” Mattingly said afterward. “Yeah, he looked like he was pretty sharp early and just kind of kept it through the whole game.”The first-place Dodgers (71-56) have won four consecutive games and retained their lead of 2 1/2 games over the second-place San Francisco Giants. The Cubs (73-54) have lost three in a row.Kershaw improved to 11-6 with an ERA of 2.24. He threw 108 pitches and said he felt like he was in command all game. “They were really aggressive swinging at the first pitch pretty much the whole night, kept my pitch-count down and able to make it through eight,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Mavs Eliminate McNeese in NISC Regional Final

first_imgNOTES T5- UTA gets on the board and avoids the shutout with a run B6- The Mavericks tied the game with two a two RBI double to left field. McN 3, UTA 3 NOTES B5- UTA cut into the lead with a run in the fifth behind two hits B6- McNeese got the run back when Toni Perrin led the inning off with a triple then scored on a single by Boudreaux. McN 6, UTA 1 After a tournament opening 7-3 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday, the Cowgirls fell 5-3 to the UTA Friday afternoon for their first loss in the double elimination tournament. The Cowgirls defeated Stephen F. Austin 3-1 on Saturday to advance to the championship game. Story by Pam LaFosse / McNeese Sports InformationNACOGDOCHES, Texas — McNeese softball made its first NISC Regional Tournament a memorable one despite losing 4-3 in 10 innings to Texas-Arlington here Saturday afternoon in the championship game.  Senior Justyce McClain, junior Cori McCrary, and sophomore Toni Perrin were named to the all-tournament team. McNeese ends its season with a 33-32 record.center_img McNEESE 6, UT-Arlington 1B3- McNeese scored five runs on five hits and took advantage of two UTA errors. Justyce McClain singled through the left side to score Alexandria Saldivar for the first run. Sara Geier then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cori McCrary then Haylee Brinlee scored on a sac bunt by Kaylee Lopez. McClain came home to score on an RBI single down the right field line by Aubree Turbeville and Turbeville scored the fifth run on a single through the left side by Demi Boudreaux. McN 5, UTA 0 UT-Arlington 4, McNEESE 3 (10 inn.)T3- McNeese took the early lead once again with three runs off three hits. RBI’s by Kaylee Lopez, Aubree Turbeville, and Toni Perrin helped the Cowgirls jump out to the early lead. McN 3, UTA 0 McNeese collected seven hits Toni Perrin and Demi Boudreaux had two hits apiece Boudreaux had the only extra base hit with a triple in the sixth Five Cowgirls had at least one RBI Alexsandra Flores ended her junior season with the win and a 15-12 record Flores gave up one run on six hits with one strikeout in the complete game B10- UTA scored the winning run on a walk off single. UTA 4, McN 3 McNeese collected 13 hits McNeese left runners in scoring position in 7th, 8th, and 9th innings Cori McCrary, Kaylee Lopez, Toni Perrin, Sara Geier, and Haylee Brinlee all had two hits apiece Toni Perrin had the only extra base hit (double) for McNeese Ashley Koncir gave up three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. Caroline Settle (9-10) took the loss in relief of Koncir. Settle gave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. McNeese began Saturday’s action with a 6-1 win over Texas-Arlington to force the “If Necessary”.last_img read more

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Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers

first_imgNance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UP NEXTLakers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.Trail Blazers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse 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 MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

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