Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance

first_img June 5, 2018 3,154 Views Borrower Outreach Events Ocwen 2018-06-05 David Wharton David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Ocwen Financial Corporation, a Florida-based financial services holding company, is partnering with New York-based charitable organizations to host a trio of borrower outreach events beginning Wednesday, June 6. Ocwen previously participated in numerous similar events during 2018, meeting with more than 550 Ocwen customers and working to help New York area borrowers and homeowners who were struggling to make their mortgage payments.Ocwen currently services more than 68,000 loans in New York. For this round of June borrower outreach events, Ocwen is joining forces with three local organizations: Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc.; Community Housing Innovations; and Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn.The announced June events kick off Wednesday morning, and include the following:Wednesday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET, at NHS Brooklyn, located at 2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 718.469.4679.Thursday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET, at the Crowne Plaza, located at 66 Hale Ave., White Plains, New York. For more information visit the event webpage.Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, at 2475 Westchester Ave., Bronx, New York. For more information call 929.268.3790.Attendees will be able to meet with Ocwen Home Retention Agents as well as HUD-approved counseling agencies to learn about their options that could help lower their mortgage payments and help get them back on more stable financial footing.“Despite a better economic environment, the high attendance rate at our previous New York events demonstrates that many borrowers still have difficulty meeting their mortgage payments,” said Jill Showell, SVP of Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Working closely with seasoned non-profit housing counselors, Ocwen’s goal is to meet in-person with as many borrowers as possible to find responsible solutions to help families remain in their homes and part of their communities.”During Ocwen’s Q1 2018 earnings report, the servicer spotlighted its initiatives to help borrowers avoid foreclosure. According to Ocwen, the servicer reported 11,598 loan modifications during Q1, 17 percent of which included debt forgiveness totaling $59 million. Ocwen also reported a decrease in loan delinquencies from 9.3 percent as of December 31, 2017, to 9.0 percent as of March 31, 2018. Ocwen said this decrease was “primarily driven by loss mitigation efforts.”The servicer has also seen some significant personnel changes in recent months. In April, Ocwen announced that Glen Messina would take over as the company’s President after Ron Faris announced his retirement. Only last week, Ocwen EVP and CFO Michael Bourque also announced his impending retirement, having accepted a position with another financial services company. Ocwen reported at the time that they had begun a search for qualified internal and external candidates to fill the CFO position.To learn more about Ocwen’s borrower outreach events, you can click here. Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Borrower Outreach Events Ocwen About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, Loss Mitigation, Newscenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Overvalued Markets Snapshot Next: Fannie Mae Celebrates LGBT Pride Month Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

West Coast stays unsettled after record rainfall caused flooding, mudslides

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A storm brought widespread heavy rain to California on Thursday and caused flash flooding, mudslides and the need for water rescues in many parts of the state.Palm Springs, California, received 3.68 inches of rain on Thursday, which was its third-wettest day on record. In the higher elevations of Sonoma County and San Diego County, 10 to 12 inches of rain was reported. In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, nearly 2 feet of snow was reported.The same storm is bringing heavy rain to parts of Arizona and New Mexico Friday morning, with localized flash flooding possible. Some of the energy from this storm will interact with colder air coming across the Plains, and set the stage for snow and rain to impact the central and eastern U.S. this weekend.New winter weather advisories are being issued for parts of the Plains and Ohio River Valley, including Kansas City, Missouri, and Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, colder air spilling in from Canada is causing wind chills to dip dangerously low in parts of the Upper Midwest. The Dakotas could see wind chill values as low as minus 40.A new storm developing in the central U.S. will bring a quick hit of snow from the Northern Plains to Missouri on Friday. Snow will be especially heavy in the Kansas City area during the day. This storm will quickly exit out toward the Mid-Atlantic early Saturday morning.A new storm will come in right behind it and bring another hit of snow to parts of the Midwest — from the Dakotas to Illinois — on Saturday night.This storm will race off to the east on Sunday night and bring some snow along the Interstate 70 corridor from Indiana to Pittsburgh on Sunday, and bring wintry impacts to parts of the Northeast by early Monday morning.The result of these storms will be a swath of 3 to 6 inches of snow from the Dakotas to Missouri this weekend, with a bull’s-eye of 6 inches locally in the Kansas City area. To put some of this winter’s snow pattern in perspective, Kansas City already has had over 18 inches of snow, while Boston has had only 4.8 inches of snow.Additionally, this pattern will bring a couple rounds of heavy rain to parts of the South, with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible in parts of Tennessee and Georgia. This will likely be the start of a particularly wet pattern for the southeast U.S. going into the next week.Western U.S. stays unsettledThe heaviest of the precipitation on the West Coast has ended and it is becoming more scattered in nature. The main storm that brought the very heavy rain to California is moving through parts of Arizona and New Mexico Friday morning. There is still a chance for localized flash flooding in parts of Arizona through the morning hours, where locally over 2 inches of rain will fall.Meanwhile, a separate storm lurking the Pacific Northwest will keep the region unsettled with rain and snow moving through this weekend. At this time, the direct impact from this storm does not appear to have the same type of severity as the storm that just hit California. However, the wet pattern will persist and locally heavy rainfall could still cause indirect impacts due to very saturated ground, such as mudslides and debris flows in recent burn areas.Locally, 1 to 3 feet of snow is possible in the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the weekend. Along the coast there is the potential for half an inch of rain, which could cause localized flash flooding and debris flows.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lockheed gets $94M for US Navy SEWIP production

first_img View post tag: SEWIP Lockheed gets $94M for US Navy SEWIP production Authorities View post tag: US Navy The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin a $94.5 million contract for work on full-rate production of surface electronic warfare improvement program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6).SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system.The new system will allow U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.According to Lockheed Martin, the system is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy’s product line architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of new technology into the fleet.Block 2 is the latest deployed improvement in an evolutionary succession of “blocks” the Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. Block 2 provides an upgraded antenna, receiver and improved interface with existing ship combat systems.Lockheed is expected to complete work on the latest contract by July 2019. Share this article March 20, 2017 View post tag: Lockheed Martin Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed gets $94M for US Navy SEWIP production last_img read more

Vacancy rates are tightening, but don’t panic, experts say it won’t last

first_imgVacancy rates are getting tighter.IT’S becoming tougher to find rental properties with new figures revealing a drop in residential vacancies.According to SQM Research nationally vacancy rates dropped to 2.1 per cent in October.In Brisbane vacancy rates dropped to 3 per cent from 3.2 per cent in September.That means there were about 10,714 vacant properties being advertised across Brisbane for rent.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Hobart had the tightest vacancy rate in October of 0.3 per cent – the lowest on record since 2005.Adelaide’s vacancy rate was also low, 1.4 per cent, Canberra was 0.8 per cent, Sydney 1.9 per cent, Melbourne 1.8 per cent and Darwin, 2.5 per cent.Vacancies weren’t too tight in Perth at 4.1 per cent.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher, said the figures showed it was a tighter rental market in many capital cities.“We’ve seen big falls in Perth and Adelaide and even Brisbane appears to be recording a slight trend downwards right now,’’ he said.While that was good news for landlords, Mr Christopher believed vacancies would start to rise in November and December, a time of year when students traditionally moved back home at the end of the university semester.While vacancies may have gotten tighter during the month, asking rents continue to soften, to $441.30 a week for Brisbane houses and $365 a week for units.last_img read more

Golf: Hinton Leads International Pros to Ibadan Mesiogo Open

first_imgTHISDAY checks revealed that the Englishman opted to play the Ibadan Mesiogo Open for a feel as well as aim for a share of the N10 million prize money at stake.Peter Gustafson will lead two other Swedish golfers to the event, while Ebele Mvondo, Issa Nlareb and three other golfers will fly the flag of Cameroon.Ghana will parade six players, led by Emos Korblah, David Doe and Vincent Torgah, while Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia and Cote D’ Ivoire will feature three players apiece.Two players will vie from Gabon, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea while The Gambia and Senegal will produce one player each.Two female professional golfers: Uloma Mbuko (Nigeria) and Anna Magnusson (Sweden) will complete the international roster.The Nigerian contingent is to be led by J. S. Odegha who won the Kwara State Open early this year. Other notable aspirants include Mike Ubi, Daniel Pam, Sunday Olapade, Andrew Dominic and Lateef Lasisi.The organising committee will also hold the IMEGA Awards to honour eminent Nigerians and leading sportsmen. The awards hold at the University of Ibadan International Conference Centre on October 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaEnglishman Craig Hinton will lead a bunch of 34 seasoned foreign professional golfers to the maiden Ibadan Mesiogo Open Golf Championship scheduled to tee off next week.The tournament, billed for Ibadan Golf Club, from October 4 through 8 is one of the international qualifying tournaments preceding the 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea between December 13 and 16.Seventy Nigerian professional players will contest for honour at the 72-hole competition.Hinton won the Equatorial Guinea Open Championship last year.last_img read more

Here are the videos of Kike Hernandez’s home runs in the Dodgers 11-1 victory over the Cubs

first_imgAs for the “historic” part of Hernandez’s night, here are all the records he broke or set, plus some fun factoids about his performance, that sports writers have been able to figure out so far. Living ‘Inlandia’ Aquino settles score Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hernandez hit three home runs – one of them a grand slam – earning 7 RBIs in Game 5 of the NLCS. His historic hitting performance led the Dodgers to victory and helped clinch the National League pennant and a World Series berth.Here are all three of his home runs.center_img Fight ends as shorter KFI tower is OK’d If there’s a record or award for “Most humble,” Hernandez certainly has that too.He used most of his post-game interview to talk about relief efforts still needed in his native Puerto Rico. Sure, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe earned their fair share of RBIs for the Dodgers in their 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs Thursday night, but one the thing you really need to know about the game is Kike Hernandez.Related Articleslast_img read more

Alex Caruso, Lakers surprise playoff-bound Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers, having not made the playoffs since 2013, again were eliminated from postseason consideration on March 22, officially dashing lofty preseason hopes stoked by the arrival of LeBron James, who entered the season having played in eight consecutive NBA Finals.Meanwhile, the Clippers, who will appear in the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons, far exceeded preseason expectations, when they were predicted to miss the postseason for a second consecutive year.That didn’t matter much Friday when Caruso lifted the short-handed Lakers (who, at 36-44, exceeded last season’s win total) with an effort that was supplemented by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 25 points, as well as JaVale McGee’s 18. Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter when he was the most veteran player on the floor for the Lakers.These Clippers (47-33) might have become just the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 45 games without a current or former All-Star on their roster, but in their fourth and final meeting this season at Staples Center, they failed to create separation and they paid for it.“We deserved to lose,” Rivers said. “They played harder. Especially when you play a team that is 100 men out, and you let it get down the stretch, you’re asking for it. VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it That left the task of thwarting the Clippers largely up to spirited members of the South Bay Lakers. Beside Caruso’s big night, Johnathan Williams (12 points), and Jones (five points, 10 rebounds) were determined to make their late-season NBA tryouts count.“Luke joked after the game and said, ‘What happened to South Bay this year?’ ” Rondo said. “ ‘If they play like that, they’d be the best team.’ Those guys, I can’t say enough about them. They’re professionals. They came up when they name has been called, they’ve been ready.“So me, as one of the vets, it’s humbling to see these young guys come up and take advantage of the opportunity.”Harrell – who said he was OK after he appeared to hurt his right ankle in the second half – finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who led by as many as 12 points early in the third quarter.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Clippers and Garrett Temple had 16 points and six rebounds.Two days after getting pounded by Houston in a potential playoff preview, the Clippers blew a second-half lead with games against Golden State and Utah remaining.“Just don’t think we’re playing hard enough,” Williams said. “Ever since we clinched, we kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit. It’s happened, that’s the reality, and we just got to get out of it.”The Clippers travel to Golden State on Sunday when the Warriors can clinch the West’s top seed with a win. The Clippers host Utah – currently fifth – in Wednesday’s season finale. A couple more losses and the Clippers could slide behind Oklahoma City and San Antonio into the eighth and final spot.“It matters,” Rivers said of seeding positions. “I don’t think anyone wants to go play Golden State.”[email protected] speaks with @ACFresh21 after finishing with a career-high double-double (32 pts, 10 reb) in tonight’s win. pic.twitter.com/B8wY4OCGiX— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) April 6, 2019 🎥 Alex Caruso dropped a career-high 32 points tonight, rounding out his double-double with 10 rebounds and 5 helpers #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/uTTFb17Bi4— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 6, 2019 PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a made three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, reaches in on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives for a dunk against Landry Shamet #20 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 and Garrett Temple #17 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot attempt by Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Wilson Chandler #22 and Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wilson Chandler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson goes up for a dunk as Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaac Bonga, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, lower left, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaac Bonga defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Mike Muscala, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wilson Chandler, right, defends and guard Tyrone Wallace watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson, right, grabs a loose ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner, left, and center JaVale McGee defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled on the drive by Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after scoring a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 after scoring a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after scoring a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate their victory against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, congratulates guard Alex Caruso after the Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 122-117 in an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, and forward LeBron James celebrate during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, center, passes the ball as Los Angeles Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and Garrett Temple defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers saves an outbound ball against Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers is fouled on the drive by Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a shot by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives against Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Jemerrio Jones #10 and Johnathan Williams #19 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Wilson Chandler #22 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers loses the ball against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Sindarius Thornwell #0 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Jemerrio Jones #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks for a pass against Tyrone Wallace #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, and forward Kyle Kuzma celebrate from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, as guard Rajon Rondo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Mike Muscala defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Jerome Robinson #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 05: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a made three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, reaches in on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 61Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, reaches in on Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — A couple of co-tenants crossed paths in the Staples Center hallway on Friday, heading in opposite directions – until the Lakers stopped the Clippers in their tracks for a night, 122-117.Behind a career night from Alex Caruso, the “visitors” delivered the Clippers a second consecutive loss for the first time since Jan. 31 – when the Lakers last beat them. With the defeat, the Clippers’ lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs is down to a half-game.Caruso finished with a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds, plus five assists, to help the short-handed Lakers split the season series between L.A.’s two NBA teams and claim victory against the Clippers for just the fifth time in 28 tries.“I said it in our coaching meeting this morning, ‘You know who I really like on the Lakers team? It’s Caruso,’ ” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I swear I try not to do that because I did it with Terrance Ross (in 2014). I said, ‘You know who I think is gonna be a good player someday is Terrance Ross.’ And a couple guys laughed, and I think he had 50 tonight. So I’m gonna stop doing that.” Jemerrio Jones dunked to make it 116-109, but his pull-up on the rim drew a technical foul, which Gallinari converted.Lou Williams (18 points) made a pair of free throws, but Caruso glided in for a basket to sustain a six-point lead. Gallinari made a 3-pointer, and Caruso answered again with another layup, this one high off the glass, to keep the Clippers at bay.“You know it’s not so much ruining the playoff bracket, for us it’s just about competing,” Caruso said. “We have young guys in here who haven’t played a lot this year, so the opportunity for us is more exciting and we’re more up for that rather than ruining someone else’s playoff seeding.“Obviously game against the Clippers is always exciting because it’s the battle for L.A. And it felt good to come out and split that 2-2 instead of giving them the series win, so I think for these next two games you’re going to see the same kind of effort.”The Clippers were missing their tough, tone-setting starting guard Patrick Beverley as well as JaMychal Green, but the Lakers were without all of their most recognizable figures: LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Reggie Bullock.Related Articles Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? “It would have been unfair if we won the game.”In his second start this season, Caruso buried three consecutive 3-pointers to put the Lakers ahead 114-104 with 3:16 left.Danilo Gallinari – who led the Clippers with 27 points in his first career game with at least five rebounds, five assists and three steals – answered with a 3-pointer of his own before Montrezl Harrell scored to cut it to 114-109 with 2:27 remaining.Related Articles [email protected]: 30 pts, 10 [email protected]: 18 pts, 10 [email protected]: 15 pts, 12 astLuke Walton on tonight’s all-around team win. pic.twitter.com/VlHglR4STw— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) April 6, 2019 [email protected] coach Doc Rivers recaps tonight’s loss to the Lakers.#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/CrG0onLgUA— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) April 6, 2019 Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Crime and Punishment

first_imgNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, speaks to coaches on his bench during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Patriots came from behind to win 27-26. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Okay, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is finally paying the “piper” for allegedly interfering with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones while he was in the process of returning a kick during the recent Steelers/Ravens skirmish.A $100,000 fine was recently levied on Tomlin in regards to alleged “act of football terrorism” because no one can really say whether his “confession” was coerced or not.The league also said that; “It will consider a forfeiture of draft choices for the Steelers because Tomlin’s conduct affected a play on the field.The fine is tied for the second-largest reported fine ever given to an NFL coach. First place belongs to the New England Patriots and their headmaster Bill Belichick who in 2007 had his hands slapped by having to fork out $500,000 “rubles” for invading the privacy of several other if not all of the additional franchises in the NFL.When I think of cheating or interference the first thing that leaps to the front of my mind as far as a penalty comparison goes is the 2007 New England Patriots “spygate” scandal.I have written about the “Belicheat” scandal several times but; here I go again.First of all how in the hell can the two acts even be mentioned in the same breath? One act was a calculated, premeditated and deliberate act designed by a few individuals and carried out by many in order not to only affect the outcome of a game or two but ultimately redesigned and altered the outcome of professional football and sports history.Coach Belichick was very much aware of the  NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws (article 9) that clearly stated that: “Any use by any club at any time, from the start to the finish of any game in which such club is a participant, of any communications or information-gathering equipment, other than Polaroid-type cameras or field telephones, shall be prohibited, including without limitation videotape machines, telephone tapping, or bugging devices, or any other form of electronic devices that might aid a team during the playing of a game.”The final ruling and penalty resulting from these insidious actions were this. Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL, the maximum amount permitted under the NFL Constitution and By-Laws for violating league policy regarding the use of equipment to videotape an opposing team’s offensive or defensive signals.The Patriots were fined $250,000 by the NFL. The Patriots gave up their first-round pick in 2008 because they make the playoffs and eventually lost to the NY Giants in the Super Bowl.At the time that the incident was discovered and adjudicated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the Patriots that: “This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field. I specifically considered whether to impose a suspension on Coach Belichick.  I have determined not to do so, largely because I believe that the discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective, than a suspension.”There are some people that will never take responsibility for their actions. At the time “Belicheat” I meant to say Belichick did not say, I take responsibility for encouraging an illegal act to be committed by my subordinates in order to get a leg up on the competition defined his actions as a “mistake” saying;” I apologize to the Kraft family and every person directly or indirectly associated with the New England Patriots for the embarrassment, distraction and penalty my mistake caused”Dictionary.com defines the word mistake as: ” mis•take PA noun, verb, mis•took, mis•tak•en, mis•tak•ing. noun 1. an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc. 2. a misunderstanding or misconception.There was no mistake that occurred in regards to the heinous actions of Bill Belichick,  the New England Patriots or their staff.  Mike Tomlin made a “misstep” Bill Belichick plain and simple “misled.”If Mike Tomlin had been discovered illegally recording another teams signals, the past, present and future of all Black NFL head coaches including but not limited to Tony Dungy,  Lovie Smith, Dennis Green would have been examined and reexamined.In my opinion the suspension or even the expulsion of Bill Belichick at the time that the Patriots violations were discovered would have been justified because more than likely a new or interim coach would may have brought in a new or revised system and that could have created a whole new set of problems for the personnel of the Patriots.Case in point, look at the affect that the 1 year  suspension of New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton had on his team as a result of the bounty scandal.In March of 2012, Payton was suspended for one year.  The team was also forced to forfeit their second round pick in 2012 and ’13 and pay $500,000 as a result of the NFL’s bounty investigation, the league announced. The Saints were 7-9 in 2012 during his suspension.In 2013 they sit atop their division at 10-3 and are a lock to make the playoffs.Tell me that a suspension of your head coach doesn’t hurt. The Saints actions may have been immoral, possibly harmful to the opposition but they did not “cheat.In the 2004-2005 NFL AFC Championship game between the Steelers and the Patriots it has been established that the Patriots may have cheated as well and went on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.Why aren’t there any asterisks attached to the Patriots many hallowed victories.  My uncle Will used to say; “it’s only a fair fight if you win.” “Cheaters win all of the time but you can bet they will win most of the time.”Aubrey Bruce can be reached at; [email protected] or 412.583.6741last_img read more

Riots overshadow Ligue One weekend clashes

first_img Tags: Ligue Onetop There have been riots in France all week (Photo by Agency)Riots earlier this week forced the postponement of Ligue One matches involving clubs from France’s two largest cities.Saturday’s scheduled matchup between runaway leaders Paris Saint Germain and Montpellier at Stade de France, as well as Olympique Lyon’s game with Toulouse are off until further notice.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and his Olympique Lyon counterpart Bruno Genesio both welcomed the decision by the French Football Federation (FFF) because it gives them ample time to prepare for next week’s crunch Champions League ties.Lyon need a result at Ukrainian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk to keep alive their hopes of progressing from Group F whereas PSG need maximum points against 1986 European champions Red Star Belgrade to make it into the round of sixteen from Group C. PSG hold a double-digit Ligue One advantage over Lille Metropole, who are at home to Reims.Lille are the surprise team of the season. On Tuesday, Ivorian sensation Nicholas Pepe struck his ninth Ligue One goal of the campaign to help Christophe Galtier’s side to a 1-0 victory over Montpellier. Victory catapulted the 2012 champions into second place; a slot they’ve occupied for much of this season.Olympique Marseille will need a massive dose of self-motivation if they are to overcome a Saint Etienne outfit powered by the prolific form of Tunisian striker Wahbi Khazri.Last season’s Europa League losing finalists are currently fifth, a position that doesn’t reflect well on manager Rudi Garcia. Marseille are home to World Cup winners Steve Mandanda, Florian Thauvin and Dmitri Payet.On Friday night, Thierry Henry’s Monaco will be hoping to build on Tuesday’s morale-boosting victory over Amiens when they confront Patrick Vieira’s Nice.The two managers were long-time team mates in France’s national team and the Arsenal Invincibles. Henry was the more flamboyant player but Vieira is the gaffer under less pressure as his Nice side go into the game on a six-match unbeaten run.The Fixtures:Friday: -Monaco v Nice @10:45pmSaturday.-Nimes v Nantes *PP-Rennes v Dijon @10:00pm-Guingamp v Amiens @10:00pm-Saint Etienne v Olympique Marseille *PP-Angers v Bordeaux *PPSunday.-Strasbourg v Caen @05:00pm– -Lille v Reims @07:00pmBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

Five things we learned about the Raiders Wednesday

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Five things we learned Wednesday as the Raiders began preparations to face the Denver Broncos in Week 2:1) Derek Carr feels the heat — but not until after he gets burned.Chatter is rampant that the Raiders’ quarterback has happy feet. Having sustained a broken finger, a broken leg and a fractured transverse process in his back, everyone with a remote, a Twitter account or a call-in number for talk radio has diagnosed Carr doesn’t …last_img read more

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