Messi gave me his Barcelona shirt during a doping test, reveals Gladbach’s Kramer

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach midfielder, Christoph Kramer, has revealed how he had to force himself to ask Lionel Messi for his jersey after a Champions League clash as they both waited for a doping test. Gladbach, currently fourth in the table ahead of facing Freiburg on Friday, continued their push for Champions League football last weekend with a 4-1 win over Union Berlin, although the biggest talking point was striker Marcus Thuram taking a knee after scoring his first goal in solidarity with the recent protests in the United States. Thuram was one of several Bundesliga players to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which have been at the centre of worldwide protests against racism and police brutality in recent days following the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers in Minnesota. The Frenchman was initially investigated by the German Football Association (DFB) over his behaviour, but no action was taken and Kramer has supported his team-mate, pointing out that there is nothing political about opposing racism. He said: “I didn’t even notice that in the game. Only after, when it was extensively reported in the media and made waves. I think that with such important issues, the popularity of a single-player – but also of football – is put to good use. “If statutes and rules were violated, I could understand [the DFB investigating], but the action by Marcus and the message on the shirt by Jadon Sancho are not politically questionable statements, they are on issues that currently affect the whole world. read also:Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury “In our Borussia Park, we also show our attitude against racism with a large banner under the stadium roof. But the control committee of the DFB has now also declared that there will be no proceedings regarding the statements of solidarity and anti-racism.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Germany international Kramer faced off against the Barcelona star in a Champions League clash when playing for Bayer Leverkusen, and both men were called to give samples for drug testing following the game. Despite the awkwardness of the situation, Kramer said he managed to stump up the courage to ask Messi for a souvenir, and was rewarded with the multiple Ballon d’Or winner’s shirt. Speaking exclusively to Goal and SPOX, he said: “I asked Lionel Messi about his jersey during a doping test, that was after a Champions League game with Leverkusen against Barcelona. “I was sitting next to him and had to force myself to ask him for his jersey at that moment, but then he just nodded and took it off. I said ‘thank you’, he said ‘please’ – that was the jersey exchange with Messi.” Now with Gladbach, Kramer has returned to action in recent weeks as the Bundesliga became the first major European football league to resume following the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actorslast_img read more

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NOT IN THE CARDS: Orange fails to sew up bowl bid in loss to Louisville

first_img Published on November 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Derrell Smith couldn’t explain why Louisville packed more than its entire first-half offense into two second-half drives. Behind the podium, the senior Syracuse linebacker Smith could only rifle off a look of complete bewilderment. ‘I have no idea,’ Smith said. ‘We’re going to watch the film, see what we did wrong, fix it and go on.’ For a team that amassed 106 total offensive yards by halftime, Louisville bunched all of that and more into those two second-half drives that led the Cardinals (5-4, 2-2 Big East) to a 28-20 victory Saturday in front of 40,735 inside the Carrier Dome. There would be no celebration of bowl eligibility for SU (6-3, 3-2 Big East) on this day, no celebration of a winning season. Instead, it was a celebration for Louisville. A celebration of the program’s first road Big East win since Oct. 13, 2007, at Cincinnati. There was the first drive, the 10-play, 60-yard push that came in the opening minutes of the second half. Running back Jeremy Wright, who filled in admirably for the injured Bilal Powell, ended the drive with his second touchdown of the day. That gave the Cardinals a 21-17 lead from which it would never look back. And there was the second drive, the methodical 12-play, 90-yard march that spanned the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters. The drive ended in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Louisville quarterback Justin Burke to wide receiver Josh Chichester, after a beautiful play-action fake left Chichester open and ready to run into the end zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Two drives, 150 yards. SU was down 28-20 and couldn’t recover. ‘They took chances,’ SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said of Louisville’s offense. ‘They came in with a little bit of a different offense. They made some great adjustments.’ And so, instead of a celebration that was six years in the making, a normally stout defense watched as the Dome fell silent and Chichester ran to meet his teammates on the Louisville sideline. The SU defense, one that had punished its last two opponents on the road at West Virginia and Cincinnati, had been torn apart by a makeshift offense without its two most important players — Powell and quarterback Adam Froman. Louisville adjusted by working in two tight end and overload sets in its offense. The Cardinals ran plays Shafer and the SU defense hadn’t seen on film during the week. And they made key conversions, including going 2-for-2 on fourth down. On fourth-and-4, during the second touchdown drive of the second half, Burke’s conversion to Andrell Smith set up the 21-yard touchdown a play later. ‘On fourth down, it was a heck of a play by that kid,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘They threw the ball behind him, and the kid made a good play. That is what it is about. They executed, and we didn’t when we needed to.’ Syracuse’s only second-half score was a Ross Krautman field goal after it had taken a 17-14 lead into the half. SU took that lead in the first half because of its bread-and-butter run game. SU’s game-tying 12-play, 70-yard drive in the second quarter was facilitated by running backs Delone Carter and Antwon Bailey. Bailey rushed for 19 yards on the drive. Carter rushed for 31, culminating in an eight-yard power run in to the end zone to knot the game at 14-14. ‘The matchup was our offense vs. their defense,’ Marrone said. ‘Going into the week, we knew they were going to bring a lot of pressure. We’re a young offense, and it was important to see how we would handle it.’ And the SU offense couldn’t play its part. Despite the two second-half drives, the Syracuse defense twice made the third-down stops it needed to give the SU offense a chance. Each time, it went three-and-out. The third time, the Orange couldn’t hold the Cardinals. And on a gusty fourth-and-1 call from its own 40-yard line with 3:18 left, Burke rumbled behind center to pick up the first down and effectively end the game. Louisville stole what could have been a bowl-clinching win for the Orange. Even if its two premier offensive weapons didn’t play a single down. ‘Too little, too late,’ Shafer said. ‘We never made a play where we could shift the momentum and get the ball back to our offense with a short field, and that’s what we have to do.’ [email protected]last_img read more

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Sunflower Motion Is a Black Box

first_img(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Something as commonly observable as sunflowers following the sun is difficult to explain.Even children can notice that plants follow the sun throughout the day. This phenomenon, given the fancy name “heliotropism” (attraction to the sun) has been known for centuries, but is still a “black box,” plant scientists admit. PhysOrg reports on botanists who have experimented with sunflowers, trying to understand the mechanisms that guide their bright yellow flowers toward the light.Experiments have shown that if sunflowers in a field are turned 180 degrees, they continue to move during the day, but now in a west-to-east direction, opposite to the sun. After several days, the sunflower corrects itself to move east-to-west again. During this time, the sunflower retunes its internal clock, using one of the most powerful entrainment cues – sunlight.“The external cues remind the plant what time of day it is. It slightly readjusts itself so that its internal clock is matched to the environment,” says Dr Haydon. This is essential when dawn changes by three minutes or more everyday depending on your latitude.“This experiment shows very clearly that there’s an internal clock that is driving this plant behavior.”But an internal clock is not enough. The signal has to be translated into actual motion – and plants have no muscles. Nor do they have brains that can be reminded.So heliotropism is regulated by an internal rhythm of gene expression. But the actual mechanics of the movement remains “very much a black box … but we suspect that the mature leaves have something to do with it since the rhythmic movement stops when mature leaves are cut off,” says Dr Haydon.Mysteries pile up when the phenomenon is explored in detail. Why do sunflowers stop moving with the sun when they bloom? How do they know to switch off the movement?“It could simply be mechanical: as the sunflower head grows, it simply becomes too heavy for the stem to move, ” he says. “The other possibility is that it is related to diminishing robustness of the internal clock. There is evidence that circadian rhythms weaken with age, not only in plants but also in animals.”Here’s an example of an easily observed biological phenomenon that to this day resists complete explanation. It shows that scientific discovery and scientific explanation are two different things. “What” is not the same as “how” or “why”. The article resisted any temptation to call on evolutionary theory for understanding.Whatever causes heliotropism, it’s marvelous. God’s designs surpass our abilities to grasp them. It’s uniquely human to try to grasp for understanding, and when understanding comes, humans are astonished, and God is glorified.last_img read more

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Supporting SA’s sport stars

first_imgMinister Fikile Mbalula urges SouthAfricans to support national teams.The South African Department of Sports and Recreation recently launched the Ekhaya initiative to ensure that the country’s athletes stay in “homes away from home” when abroad for international competitions.The campaign is two-pronged: securing hospitality services for athletes and their families is the priority, but the drive has also been designed to enhance South Africa’s reputation as a desirable destination for business investment and tourism.Brand South Africa has partnered with the department to promote Ekhaya and use it to strengthen the country’s brand.“Ekhaya is a platform … which drives South Africa’s role and position as an emerging market of choice,” said Iggy Sathekge, director of stakeholder relations at Brand South Africa.“The platform will be used to showcase South African sectors and companies which amplify our support argument for the country as an attractive investment destination,” added Sathekge.Ekhaya promises to keep local athletes focused on bringing home gold medals, while also uplifting the economy through job-creation, said the department.Plans are to implement the campaign during the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the All Africa Games in Mozambique – the next major competitions in which South African teams will participate.Magnificent FridaysThe launch event, held at Freedom Park in Pretoria on 29 July 2011, was also used to reinforce Magnificent Fridays, a countrywide campaign used to drum up support for all the country’s national sport teams.The campaign is now sharply focused on the Springboks, as the team counts down the days until the Rugby World Cup.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged citizens to support the campaign by wearing the national rugby team’s jersey every Friday.“Wear that jersey every Friday – we want to express to (captain) John Smit that they have the unwavering, unshaken support and that they must play and make us proud,” Mbalula said.Play your Part firmly behind SpringboksThe Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative is also being used to strengthen the Springbok campaign.Play your Part is a well-established national drive aiming to inspire South Africans to initiate developmental projects.“Brand South Africa has partnered with (the Department of Sports and Recreation) to mobilise support for the Rugby World Cup and the All Africa Games anchored around the Magnificent Fridays campaign. We encourage all South Africans to Play their Part in this regard,” said Sathekge.“We are encouraging all South Africans to wear sporting gear every Friday during the games to show their support for the national teams,” he added.The Andrew Mlangeni jacketMbalula also unveiled the Andrew Mlangeni jacket at the Ekhaya launch. It’s a green blazer that Mbalula will give to South African sports legends as a token of honour during the 2011 South African Sports Awards.The jacket of recognition is named after one South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons.Mlangeni was one of the longest serving political prisoners on Robben Island, spending 26 years there after being found guilty in the Rivonia trial.Although now a senior citizen, Mlangeni remains active in sport.“Andrew Mlangeni was an avid golf enthusiast. It has always been his passion, even now in his 80-something years of age, he still plays golf,” said Mbalula.last_img read more

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Infographic: the life and work of Oliver Tambo

first_imgOn 27 October South Africa commemorates what would have been the 100th birthday of Oliver Tambo, one of the country’s most important revolutionary leaders. Here is an overview of Tambo’s history and significance in the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy.South African political icon Oliver Tambo embodied the values of unity, sacrifice, humility, honesty, discipline and mutual respect. In 2017, the country commemorates the centenary of Tambo’s birth. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSources: South African History Online, The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

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OSU Extension winter programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are now into our second year for fertilizer certification for those applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more. Ohio State University Extension will be busy with meetings for Fertilizer Certification again this coming winter months, also known as meeting months. Last December the Ohio Department of Agriculture rolled out the new rules to become certified to apply fertilizer in Ohio. We have in the past two weeks been trained on how to deliver the fertilizer certification program in our counties, and then planned dates and posted those meetings. Some will even occur before the first of the year.To find meeting plans for your area of Ohio, go to: pested.osu.edu/NutrientEducation/. Information is also there to understand who needs the certification, and where to sign up for and attend meetings. If you have a Pesticide Applicators License, then likely you will also need to be certified for fertilizer applications over the next two years. As you re-certify for your pesticide license, you can also choose to be fertilizer applicator certified at a two-hour meeting. If this is your year for pesticide license re-certification then you can find those meeting locations here: http://pested.osu.edu/privaterecert.html. For those new or younger folks who will be applying fertilizer, you will attend a three-hour long program. Check the same website just look for those comprehensive three-hour meetings.And as we get closer to winter meeting season we will post those regional and area agronomy and update meetings. Our Agronomic Crops Team calendar is pretty thin now, but will be full before Christmas. So check our website: http://agcrops.osu.edu/calendar, for the events and their locations.A couple of events already in the works are:The Ohio No-Till Conference is Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson, Plain City. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $40 (before Dec. 1) and $60 at the door.Another very popular program is the West Ohio Agronomy Day (and evening, too). Held Jan. 11 in St Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie to benefit growers in Shelby, Darke and Mercer counties, but attracts growers from Auglaize, Champaign and Miami, too. Speakers this year come from Purdue University, Ohio State University as well as industry. Local county Extension educators will be there too to help deliver the goods on how best to enter the New Year. For more information and to register contact Debbie Brown, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension, Shelby County at phone 937 498-7239 or by email: [email protected] couple of dates for February include two Agronomy Workshops that will be held Feb. 15 and 16, 2016 at Selby Hall on the Ohio State University OARDC Wooster campus. Field Crops Management 201 — a basic to general look at the topics and Field Crops Management 401 — builds on day one to more advanced levels.While the days are planned to build on each other, you may attend one or both days. The program will start with registration at 8:30. Lunch, breaks, handouts and recertification credits for Pesticide Education and CCA-CEUs will be included. Registration cost and details will follow soon, but for now hold the dates. For more information contact Pierce Paul at [email protected] or by phone 330 263-3842.last_img read more

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Hardware Acceleration: The Next Frontier in the Browser Wars

first_imgMicrosoft announced Internet Explorer 9 at its Professional Developers Conference earlier this month. One of the unique features of IE9 that Microsoft announced at that time was hardware acceleration for its browser. Thanks to technologies like Direct2D and Direct Write that are available for Windows7, Windows developers can use a computer’s graphics card to render websites faster. While Microsoft is still working on this project behind closed doors, however, you can already download a Direct2D-enabled pre-release version of Firefox 3.7 today.Beyond JavaScript: Fast Browsers Thanks to Direct2DEver since the release of Google’s Chrome, browser developers have emphasized JavaScript performance. There is still a lot of work left to be done in this area, but developers have also started to investigate other parts of the browser that could benefit from new technologies.According to Firefox developer Bas Schouten, the current implementation of Direct2D in this pre-release version will work best with graphics cards that support DirectX10 and WDDM1.0 drivers. On systems that fulfill these specs, though, users are likely to see significantly better performance on graphics-heavy sites. Sites that mostly render static text or depend on Adobe Flash to display their graphics won’t benefit greatly from Direct2D. One benefit of Direct2D that users will notice on most sites, however, is improved font rendering. frederic lardinois Tags:#Browsers#news#NYT#web For the time being, this is just an experiment and it isn’t clear if Mozilla will integrate this technology into Firefox 3.7. What is clear, is that Mozilla seems to be ahead of Microsoft and by doing its development out in the open and through open source, Mozilla will be able to rely on its vast developer community to test and enhance these features. What About Google and Apple?Some would argue that the release of Google Chrome started this new race towards faster browsers, and as CNet’s Stephen Shankland pointed out earlier today, the Chrome development team is quite aware of Mozilla’s efforts and investigating the use of hardware acceleration in Chrome as well. As Shankland also notes, these Direct2D efforts shouldn’t be confused with other projects like WebGL or Google’s Native Client. Direct2D-enabled browsers will be able to render current pages faster, while these other technologies will require developers to redesign their sites.Currently, a lot of these experiments are mostly focused on Windows. With OpenCL in Snow Leopard, Apple already offers a programming interface for using graphics cards for general-purpose computing. Apple is probably also looking at OpenCL to speed up Safari, though we aren’t aware of any projects from Mozilla or Google that are making use of OpenCL at this point.Get it NowIf you feel like experimenting with a new browser, you can download an early pre-release of an alpha version of Firefox 3.7 here. While we have tested this browser for a while and didn’t see any crashes, it is worth remembering that this version isn’t meant to be run in a production environment and that most of your extensions will likely not work. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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How You Sell. How You Buy.

first_imgAny time that you make assumptions about buyers, ask yourself if that assumption is true about you and the way that you would buy.If you were your buyer, how would you want the salesperson charged with winning your business to approach you? Would you want a spam email in your LinkedIn inbox? Would you find that less offensive than a phone call?If you were challenged to create better business results in your own company, would you hope that the person who could help you waited for you to find them and raise your hand? If you were buying a serious, large, complex set of outcomes, would do so much research that you would literally be at the point of making a decision before you ever engaged with a salesperson?If you were working hard to understand how to move your business forward, would you want a salesperson to spend their first meeting with you trying to establish some common ground on which to build a relationship? Or would the value of your relationship depend on their ability to create business value?Would you want the salesperson charged with winning your account to assume that you are just like the rest of their client portfolio, that your challenges could be resolved in exactly the same way you’ve resolved your other client’s challenges? Or would you want them to learn about your business, how you do what you do, and the way any solution might need to be modified to work for you?If you knew what you needed, would you want a salesperson to believe that you had a sophisticated buying process, that you had the depth of experience to know all of the trade-offs, and to follow your lead? Or would you rather your salesperson share with you how you might go about making change in your business?Would you want to be left alone to develop the consensus on your own? Would want to try to move your organization to the decision by yourself? Or would it be helpful to have someone with business acumen and deep situational knowledge help you to develop consensus?Would you want a massive slide deck presentation? Or would a conversation create more value?When it comes to pricing, would you want the salesperson to provide you with the lowest possible price, even if it meant that you weren’t going to get the result you needed? Or would you want them to help you make the right investment for the outcomes you really need?If you were concerned about the risk of making the investment, would you want the salesperson to hide from the discussion and hope that you are able to work through mitigating that risk on their own? or would you want them to engage with you, helping you with the proof you need to confidently move forward and defend your decision?How would you want to buy?last_img read more

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Walt Lemon Jr. makes most of chance to play in NBA in Bulls’ skid-snapping win

first_imgChicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio, back center, hugs guard Walt Lemon Jr. (25) after an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Bulls guard Rawle Alkins at back left. The Bulls won 115-114. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Walt Lemon Jr. has seen much of the world during his professional basketball career. It has taken him to Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Greece and to the G League.And, the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 UP NEXTBulls: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on SaturdayWizards: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. LATEST STORIES Manchester City back atop Premier League with 2-0 win over Cardiff Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles JaKarr Sampson added 18 points for Chicago.Thomas Bryant scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Washington. Bobby Portis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Bradley Beal added 19 points.The Wizards played their first game since Ernie Grunfeld was fired as team president after 16 seasons on Tuesday.Chicago trailed by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, but took a 113-112 lead on Lemon’s layup with 30 seconds to play. Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds to play to give Washington a 114-113 lead.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess In just his eighth game in the league — and third with the Bulls — he scored a career-high 24 points, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds to play, to help Chicago snap a five-game losing streak with a 115-114 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.“Nobody really expected me to be here, and the fact that the Bulls gave me the opportunity to play, let alone giving me the chance to win an NBA game, is — I can’t ask for more, man,” said Lemon, who played in five games with New Orleans last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLemon was one of seven Bulls in double figures in the matchup of teams whose seasons will end without a playoff appearance.“I love guys that get opportunities and they take advantage of them,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He was a handful. We couldn’t stay in front of him.” Bulls: G Kris Dunn (back) was out for the fifth straight game. Coach Jim Boylen hopes Dunn can stay healthy for the 2019-20 season. “Next year starts today,” Boylen has told Dunn and the other players. “It doesn’t start next year.” … F Otto Porter has been out for eight straight games with a strained right rotator cuff. It was the first time Porter, who was traded from Washington, had returned since the Feb. 6 trade. A video tribute was played in the first quarter.Wizards: Beal became the first player in franchise history with 2,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a season. … F Jabari Parker strained his left knee in the second quarter and did not return. … Brooks said that hearing Grunfeld had been fired was difficult. “I don’t take lightly somebody losing their job,” Brooks said. “You understand that, and you move on. That’s what we have to do.” … F Jeff Green did not play for the third straight game. “There’s only so many minutes you can give guys and Jeff has had a good year for us,” Brooks said. “I want to see a few other guys. … He’s going to play another game or two.”LATE ON THE COURT:The Wizards took advantage of Chicago’s Cristiano Felicio’s absence on the sequence that led to Randle’s two free throws.“He asked one of our coaches if we had a foul to give, and they just started without him,” Boylen said. “I’d never seen that before. I think they thought all 10 guys were out there, and they weren’t.”BEAL WANTS TO PLAY:Beal played the entire first quarter, nearly all of the third quarter, but didn’t play in the second and fourth quarters.“Guys are playing minutes that we have to make decisions on,” Brooks said.Beal said he’d like to play the remaining three games to play the entire schedule.“I made my decision,” Beal said. “I’ll finish out all 82.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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