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Kawhi Leonard is giving Clippers an early offensive boost

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Yeah, but what about point guard?Just days ago, that was a question. Because for all of their enviable depth on the wing, the Clippers seemed not to have an obvious candidate to lead the offensive facilitating and organizing.Not that they ever seemed worried about it. A month before the season, Lawrence Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, said he believed that coach Doc Rivers would puzzle together an effective strategy, with or without a traditional point guard at his disposal.“You can look at a roster and say, ‘I think the holes are gonna be here or here,’ and you could be completely off,” Frank said. “What Doc does, he puts guys in position to succeed and play to their strengths. So what may, on the board, look like, ‘Oh we lack this position,’ well, maybe he’s gonna make those adjustments and (we) won’t.” HARRELL TO THE HOOPThe way he’s finishing, Harrell is going to help pad assists numbers for more teammates.Whether he’s been slipping past defenders for layups, Euro-stepping in for scores or converting well-timed tip-ins, Harrell has been landing his shots.The Clippers’ reserve center has made 80 percent (24 for 30) of his attempts from the floor, best in the NBA among players who’ve put up at least 20 shots so far. Last season, he shot 61.5 percent from the field.Zubac, Harrell’s counterpart in the post, also has gotten off to a efficient start, going 9 for 13 (69.2 percent) from the field. Last season, he went 53.8 percent.Related Articles It seems like the beginning of a beautiful friendship: Leonard attracts extra defenders, expertly reads their schemes and sets up his teammates — who are happy to finish the job.Last season, Leonard had an 11 percent assist-to-pass percentage (the percentage of passes by a player that are assists). So far this season, that figure is 25.8 percent.In Tuesday’s season-opener against the Lakers, Leonard had five assists on makes by five players. Against the Warriors, six of his assists came on jumpers. In Phoenix, five were on cutting dunks and layups by Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac.“What he is doing with us is on another level,” Rivers told reporters after the win over the Warriors. “You can tell that is something he was focusing on over the summer, to be a better playmaker. His passing ability is unbelievable.”center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum No spin.There was talk in the preseason about second-year shooting guard Landry Shamet and rookie Terance Mann picking up some point guard duties. But through the first three regular-season games — including Saturday’s stunning 130-122 setback against the much improved Phoenix Suns — it’s been Kawhi Leonard who’s stepping up as the Clippers’ premier playmaker.In each of his past two games, the 6-foot-7 star forward posted a new career best in assists. He had nine dimes in the Clippers’ 141-122 win against Golden State and 10 on Saturday against the Suns, who otherwise stifled L.A., which totaled only 20 assists as a team.Previously, Leonard — who’s averaged 2.4 assists per game in his career — had eight assists just once, last season for Toronto. He’s otherwise recorded six assists or more just 23 times in 470 games.“Just findings guys and guys are making shots,” Leonard, ever straightforward, told reporters in San Francisco. “That’s how you get assists.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tiger Woods’ score: Round 2 results, highlights from 2019 U.S. Open

first_imgMORE: Watch the U.S. Open live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Tiger’s game plan was sound: He was excellent off the tee and left himself in manageable situations with his approach. His short killed him, however, and it cost him.Tiger finished the day par for the course, tied for 40th overall. The good news is that he made the cut. The bad news? It’s looking like he won’t challenge for the U.S. Open title, seven shots behind leader Justin Rose.Sporting News tracked scoring updates and highlights from Tiger Woods’ second round at the 2019 U.S. Open. Follow along below.Tiger Woods’ score: Updates, highlights from Round 2Hole (Par)Round 2 score (Overall)   Place10 (4)Even (-1)T-2911 (4)1-under (-2)T-1412 (3)1-under (-2)T-1413 (4)1-under (-2)T-1414 (5)1-under (-2)T-1415 (4)1-under (-2)T-1516 (4)1-under (-2)T-1617 (3)1-under (-2)T-1618 (5)1-under (-2)T-151 (4)1-under (-2)T-152 (4)1-under (-2)T-153 (4)1-under (-2)T-154 (4)1-under (-2)T-155 (3)1-under (-2)T-186 (5)1-under (-2)T-187 (3)1-under (-2)T-188 (4)Even (-1)T-329 (4)1-over (par)T-40Hole 9: Par 4, 529 yardsShot 1: Tiger didn’t like that from the get-go. Hung his head as his ball sailed for the bunker.Shot 2: Tiger lays it up in the rough 54 yards short of the green.Shot 3: Great layup gets Tiger on the green a few feet from par. Shot 4: He missed it. Worst possible finish here assuming he cleans up bogey.Shot 5: Bogey. Bogey. Bogey. Absolutely terrible.Hole 8: Par 4, 418 yardsShot 1: Another fairway found. Tiger’s only got two more chances to find another birdie this round.Shot 2: Tiger’s approach is short — just past the cliffs and right before the bunker. Might have to scramble for par.Shot 3: Cleared the green and is in the back fringe. Needs 20 feet to avoid a bogey.Shot 4: Another near miss, but this time it costs him. So tough considering how many times he nearly hit birdie.Shot 5: Bogey.Hole 7: Par, 114 yardsShot 1: GIR, but it rolls back to about 20 feet from the pin.Shots 2, 3: Another two-putt … par.  Hole 6: Par 5, 531 yardsShot 1: Fairway again. Don’t know if Tiger will attempt a GIR on the second shot or set up an up-and-down birdie attempt.Shot 2: Nice approach lands Tiger just short of the green, in pretty good position for a layup.Shot 3: Decent chip, but Tiger could have got a smidge closer. Looking at maybe 8, 9 feet for birdie, which he has not hit today.Shot 4: Tiger’s short game is killing him. Just missed again.Shot 5: You already know: par.Hole 5: Par 4, 184 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green, his 10th GIR of the day. Looking at 15-plus feet for birdie.Shot 2: Too much break on the ball. It lands about a half-foot away.Shot 3: Par.Hole 4: Par 4, 337 yardsShot 1: And Tiger’s on the fairway again. Moving on.Shot 2: Excellent approach lands Tiger a GIR — looks like it’ll roll off the green, but it stops and rolls back down the slope toward the hole. Looking at an 8- or 9-footer for birdie.Shot 3: Oh, man. Tiger just can’t hit it. He misses it by an inch pro side.Shot 4: Don’t want to call par disappointing, but that’s a disappointing par.Hole 3: Par 4, 381 yardsShot 1: Tiger hits a nice booming shot that overshoots the fairway by just a few yards. Still in great position.Shot 2: Tiger’s not quite on the green, landing in the fringe short of the hole. He has a good look at an up-and-down par. Shot 3: Was right on line but didn’t have enough on it. Stops about a foot short.Shot 4: Guess what? Par.Hole 2: Par 4, 516 yardsShot 1: Tiger uses his 3-wood to safely hit his ninth fairway of the round. Solid shot.Shot 2: Beautiful shot. Tiger reaches the front of the green with his 6-iron, and the ball rolls toward the hole to set up a makeable birdie putt.Shot 3: Another near-miss by Tiger. Two-putt par upcoming.Shot 4: Par it is.Hole 1: Par 4, 369 yardsShot 1: Tiger uses an iron to slap it down the middle of the fairway. That’ll do nicely.Shot 2: With a 9-iron, Tiger pitches it onto the right edge of the green. He’ll have a long birdie putt.Shot 3: Too much on it, and too far right. Tiger misses his 20-foot birdie putt to set up a 3-footer for par.Shot 4: Got it. Another par.Hole 18: Par 5, 522 yardsShot 1: It’s on the fairway, but a bit shorter than Tiger wanted.Shot 2: Tiger lays it up short of the green, about 125 yards away from the hole. He’ll still have a chance at a birdie.Shot 3: A pretty pitch onto the green to set up a tough-but-makeable, 25-foot birdie putt.Shot 4: Just left. The ball misses the edge of the cup by about an inch.Shot 5: A tap-in for par.Hole 17: Par 3, 179 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green about 10 feet from birdie. Masterful.Shot 2: Looked to be right on line for a birdie but it slips past not even an inch off the mark. It’ll scoot by a few feet, and that’s what Tiger will have for par.Shot 3: No doubt on that. Par.Hole 16: Par 4, 407 yardsShot 1: Tiger hits the fairway again. He’s feeling it off the tee today.Shot 2: Tiger’s bounces off the green into the rough pin-high. Shots 3, 4: Wow, very impressive up-and-down for Tiger to keep par. Onto Hole 17. Hole 15: Par 4, 403 yardsShot 1: And Tiger hits a nice stinger down the left-central side of the fairway. Shot 2: Tiger breaks out the 9-iron and lands a GIR, some 20-plus feet away from the hole.Shot 3: Tough break there. Tiger just misses the long birdie attempt by an inch to the left. He’ll settle for the walk-in par.Shot 4: Par. Hole 14: Par 5, 583 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the fairway but still looks about 300 yards out. Not really in a position for a GIR attempt.Shot 2: Approach lands him about 123 yards to the hole.Shot 3: Uh-oh. Tiger hits the green but it rolls back down in the rough, probably 40 yards away. He’ll need an up-and-down for par. Shot 4: Nice chip gets Tiger back on the green, roughly 5 feet from a very salvageable par.Shot 5: And he saves par. Not ideal considering the par, but better than getting back to even for the round.Hole 13: Par 4, 456 yardsShot 1: Another drive to the left side of the fairway. Looking pretty good.Shot 2: And another nice iron shot lands Tiger about 20 feet downhill from the pin.Shot 3: Looks like Tiger’s on the low side with his birdie attempt. Two-putt par coming up.Shot 4: Par.  Tiger Woods could not have picked a worse way to finish Round 2 at the U.S. Open.After scoring an early birdie on the 11th hole, Tiger hit 14 consecutive pars, barely missing additional birdies on Holes 1, 2, 4 and 6. He just couldn’t hit them. Then, he ended the day with two straight bogeys on Holes 8 and 9 to go 1-over for the day and par through two rounds. Hole 12: Par 3, 206 yardsShot 1: Tiger’s on the green somewhere in the 20-foot range for birdie on the par-3.Shot 2: Ah, he came up just short on the lag putt. Tough, but a good look from him. Par upcoming.Shot 3: Par. Hole 11: Par 4, 400 yardsShot 1: Tiger drives down the left side of the fairway. Been hitting that pretty well so far here at Pebble Beach.Shot 2: More good iron for Tiger. Looks to be within 10 feet of another birdie.Shot 3: And there it is. Birdie. Solid, solid start for Tiger.Put it in reverse, @TigerWoods.First 🐦 of the day.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2019Hole 10: Par 4, 479 yardsShot 1: And we’re off. Tiger smokes it down the fairway to get the day started.Shot 2: Tiger’s already within 10 feet of the hole, looks like, with just his second shot. Birdie upcoming?Shot 3: Not much going there. Missed it on the amateur side. Par to start off.Shot 4: Parlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22, 2016:Friday, May 20, 2016•6:21 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block E.16th, Wellington.•7:53 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of an item in a vehicle in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington. It was recovered.•8:08 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 800 block N. A, Wellington. The identification items were recovered.•8:12 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 800 block N. A, Wellington by a known suspect.•8:14 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle by a known suspect in the 800 block N, A, Wellington. It was recovered.•8:31 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block W. Sumner, Wellington.•9:51 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 600 block N. A, Wellington. The items were recovered.•10:20 a.m. Officers conducted a Courtesy Motor Vehicle accident report in the 800 block E. 8th, in Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Vada F. Trice, 88, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Roberts Idealease, of Park City, Kans.•10:25 a.m. Officers investigated failure to report an accident in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•10:25 a.m. Vada F. Trice, 88, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for leaving the scene of an accident.•10:28 a.m. Non-Injury accident at U.S. 160 and B, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Joshua Michel, 20, Wichita, and a fixed object/sign owned by Kansas Department of Transportation.•1:05 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.•3:52 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency with a juvenile problem in the 900 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•3:54 p.m. Jeremy J. Cabrera, 23, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•4 p.m. Jeremy J. Cabrera, 23, Wellington was arrested and charged with seven counts of theft and five counts of burglary. Cabrera was confined.•4:52 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•4:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block W. 8th, Wellington.•8:52 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:11 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1300 block Michigan Court, Wellington by known suspect(s).•11:11 p.m. Offficers investigated criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1300 block Michigan Court, Wellington.Saturday, May 21, 2016•10:08 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 100 block E. 9th, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/sign owned by the city of Wellington.•3:33 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•4:18 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 1400 block E. Michigan Court, Wellington by a known suspect.•4:30 p.m. Jessica D. Ray, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•4:42 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•5:20 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block W. 17th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by John L. Braaksma, 58, Wellington and Drew P. Saffell, 28, Mustang, Okla.•5:20 p.m. John L. Braaksma, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper right turn from an alley.•9:22 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity, trespass warning in the 2000 block E. Harvey, Wellington by known suspect.Sunday, May 22, 2016•1:35 p.m. Kevin J. Baez Mangual, 26, Fort Worth, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.•3:15 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 100 block E. 2nd, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by David J. Edge, 38, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Branden H. Rusk, Wellington.•4:08 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.•9:56 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Donut Bay area, Wellington.•11:43 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery and criminal damage to property in the 400 block E. Maple, Wellington by a known suspect.last_img read more

University of Iowa reports record amount of external funding

first_imgIOWA CITY — The University of Iowa reports it took in a record amount of external funding in the last fiscal year.Marty Scholz, is the U-I’s vice president for research. “We’re up to a little short of 589 million dollars — which is up six percent from last — up almost 35 million from last year,” he says. The funding includes gifts and grants and Scholz says they were able to get some funding from sources that they haven’t seen as much funding from in the past.That includes a National Science Foundation grant to study STEM education, and a grant from the Department of Defense. “The particular project that we have is to do some rehabilitation medicine, to devise some new devices. And then some other funding from the Department of Education, some places where we’ve always had some funding, but are getting a little more funding,” Scholz explains. “The number one funder continues to be the National Institutes of Health.” The funding from the NIH totaled nearly $171 million  in the 2019 fiscal year.He says obtaining the funding is very competitive process that includes other schools from across the country, and in some cases worldwide. “You have to know your audience, know who you’re writing for. But also for some of these agencies — especially the ones that we sort of call the mission agencies like the Department of Defense — you have know what it is that they want,” Scholz says. “So you have to work with them to figure out if what you do can help solve one of the problems that they have,” according to Scholz.Scholz says the funding for research is not only important for those doing the work– but it also reaches beyond the researchers to students. “A lot of these projects involve students, almost all of them involve students of some sort. So students are getting experiences out of the classroom to augment those classroom experiences,” Scholz says. “…Certainly the graduate students and others are learning hot to do research to do this for a career.”The funding report does not include a $115 million award from NASA to Iowa physicist Craig Kletzing — which was the single largest externally funded research project in the U-I’s history. Some of that funding is expected to be included in the 2020 fiscal year.last_img read more