Pacers use late surge to beat Clippers, close in on playoffs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The result: Indiana is closing in on its seventh playoff trip in eight years.And Friday’s game exemplified why the Pacers are sitting in this spot.After taking an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter and falling behind midway through the fourth, the Pacers continued trading jabs and refused to let the Clippers get away.Bogdanovic’s mid-range jumper with 1:40 left broke a 100-all tie, and when the Pacers scored the next seven points, it was over.“We’ve been (closing out games) all year long,” guard Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and 10 assists. “If you have your team playing with the type of resilience and chemistry we have, it’s easy to close out games. That’s the easy part. Sometimes it’s hard to get wins when your team is not locked in and playing well together, but we’ve been playing well together all year long.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Clippers learned — the hard way — what most Eastern Conference teams already knew.Despite leading for most of the first half, they allowed Indiana to break a 53-all tie with five straight points in the final minute. In the second half, the Pacers extended a 58-53 advantage to 75-57 with 6:20 left in the third quarter.Los Angeles scrambled to get back into it on a night when Lou Williams had 27 points, 10 assists and one of three Clippers turnovers in the final 88 seconds. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 11 rebounds.The Clippers lost for the fifth time in six games and saw their fading playoff hopes dealt another blow.“We don’t have time to drop games like these,” Jordan said. “They’re a really good team and they let us back into it and we fought to get back into it, too. But we turned the ball over in moments and we can’t afford to do that.”TIP-INSClippers: Have lost three straight in the series. … Clippers coach Doc Rivers called two timeouts during a 13-second span in the third quarter and was clearly upset with the response from his players following the first timeout. … Tobias Harris had 18 points, Montrezl Harrell wound up with 16, and Milos Teodosic and Austin Rivers each had 10. … Los Angeles was outrebounded 41-33 and committed 15 turnovers.Pacers: Victor Oladipo missed all seven of his first-half shots, wound up 4 of 16 from the field and still had 18 points. He also had six rebounds and two steals, extending his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 56, breaking a tie with Chris Paul and Gary Payton for the sixth-longest streak in NBA history. … Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 13 points and four rebounds.PLAYOFF TALKRivers isn’t normally big on predictions. He sure didn’t hesitate Friday. LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is greeted by Trevor Booker (20) as he returns to the bench following a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Eight months after the Indiana Pacers embarked on a major rebuilding project, the first phase is almost complete.They’re on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. Then the real work begins in phase two, and the Pacers are just as eager to get started.ADVERTISEMENT “Cleveland is still the favorite in the East, but they’ve had so much stuff,” Rivers said before the game. “Pat Riley always used to tell us we had to get rid of the clutter. Cleveland’s had more clutter this year than any team I’ve ever seen. … And there will be an upset in the East in the first round, you can just feel it. You just don’t know where it’s going to come from.”UP NEXTClippers: Finish a four-game road trip Sunday in Toronto.Pacers: Host the Miami Heat on Sunday before starting a four-game West Coast swing. Nuggets beat Wizards to keep pace in playoff chase MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points Friday night and Indiana used a late 9-0 run to pull away from the Los Angeles Clippers for a 109-104 victory that moved the Pacers within one win or a Detroit loss from wrapping up a postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.“(Making the playoffs) will mean a lot for all the Pacers organization because no one expected us to be in a playoff race,” Bogdanovic said. “We’ve just got to stick together and get a W against Miami.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBack in July, after Indiana traded four-time All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City, most people wrote off the Pacers’ chances.Instead, general manager Kevin Pritchard cobbled together a core of young players ready to break out and a group of experienced veterans with potential to improve. 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Lorenzo Insigne’s agent responds to reports of £45million Chelsea move

first_img Lorenzo Insigne has impressed for Napoli and Italy 1 The agent of Lorenzo Insigne insists his client is fully focused on succeeding with Napoli, despite interest from Premier League champions Chelsea.The Blues are reported to have put in an offer of £45m for the Italy international, as Antonio Conte sets about reshuffling his squad ahead of the new campaign.However, it seems Insigne will stay put for the time being, after the playmaker’s representative poured cold water on a potential move to Stamford Bridge.Franco della Monica told Radio Kiss Kiss: “I would start by saying the offer reported in The Sun would be low and he has always been in the sights of many clubs.“The priority for Lorenzo, though, is to be wearing the Napoli shirt and be rewarded in an important way by his team.“Now he has both and he is happy as well.”Chelsea transfer news: Lorenzo Insigne and Eden Hazard comparedlast_img read more

Italys new rightwing Minister for Families says gay families dont exist

first_imgLorenzo Fontana is Italy’s new Minister for Families and Disabilities (Photo: Facebook) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Italy has finally agreed a new Government following a March 2018 election in which no one party earned a ruling majority. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The new Government is headed by Giuseppe Conte. He has forged a coalition arrangement between the right-wing Northern League and Five Star Movement. Because of this, several Northern League politicians have landed Ministerial positions.One already making headlines is Lorenzo Fontana. The deeply Conservative Catholic has spoken out against women’s reproductive rights and LGBTI families. Previously, addressing an anti-abortion rally, he said that gay marriage and changing concepts of gender would, ‘wipe out our community and our traditions.’Last year, he criticized the Court of Appeal in Trento when it offered parental recognition to two gay dads. He called the ruling, ‘a dangerous precedent, which opens up unsettling scenarios.’In an interview over the weekend with Corriere della Sera following his appointment last week, he was grilled on his attitudes towards gay people.Fontana said that the family was the cornerstone of all society. He has previously stated supporting the notion of the ‘traditional family’. When asked if he was anti-gay, he said ‘I have many homosexual friends. After all I lived in Brussels for many years where many gay people hold positions in institutions.‘They don’t exist at the moment, as far as the law is concerned’Italy does not allow single people or gay couples to adopt or foster children. However, some local courts have offered formal recognition to gay couples – in cases of step-child adoption and some IVF parenting.Nevertheless, Fontana was quick to point out there is no nationwide law offering such recognition.‘A law does not exist in this regard.’ Asked how he planned to treat ‘rainbow families’, he said that he would never discriminate against children, regardless of their parents. However, he questioned whether rainbow families technically ‘exist’ in Italy.When the interviewer says they do exist and there are many in Italy, he responded: ‘They don’t exist at the moment, as far as the law is concerned.’Fontana went on to say that he wanted to empower doctors to do more to discourage women from having abortions.‘I am Catholic, I do not hide it. That’s why I believe the family is the natural one, where a child must have a mother and a father.’In response to the interview, dozens of images of rainbow families have been posted to Fontana’s social media pages with the message: ‘We exist.’Cathy La Torre, who began the campaign, told La Repubblica the ‘troll-bombing’ action ‘will be peaceful, not offensive and with the aim of demonstrating that we exist.’Following Fontana’s appointment, another social media campaign also sprung up after a Twitter user announced she’d donated 10 Euros to Arcigay, one of Italy’s leading LGBT advocacy groups, in the Minister’s name. Others have now followed suit.Ho appena donato 10 euro ad Arcigay a nome del ministro Lorenzo Fontana.Ciao.— simonamelani (@simonamelani) June 1, 2018See alsoSame-sex couple reach Dancing with the Stars grand final Disappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesPoland’s defence minister calls LGBTI parade a ‘march of sodomites’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more