Heat extend win streak to 7, beat Pistons

first_imgGoran Dragic scored 23 points, Wayne Ellington added 19 and the Heat pushed the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the Pistons 116-103 on Saturday night.The Heat outscored Detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the Pistons to 30 percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what’s good to see.”James Johnson scored 18 and Dion Waiters added 17 for the Heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. Ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away. MOST READ Miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season — and hasn’t lost since. Only Golden State, San Antonio and Houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the Heat run of late.“We are clicking on all cylinders,” Waiters said. “We’re playing together, having fun, and guys are making plays. We’re just playing the right way. We’re healthy and it’s fun.”Reggie Jackson scored 24 for Detroit, which got 17 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Tobias Harris added 16 points and Marcus Morris scored 14.“Down the stretch we were terrible. Terrible,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t make plays. We’ve got to find better stuff down the stretch. … I don’t know if defenses have us figured out or what, but we’re just not making plays.”Ellington’s first in that late trio of 3s came with 4:38 left, giving the Heat a nine-point lead. He struck again about a minute later, and the last of those with 2:55 remaining put Miami up 114-101.ADVERTISEMENT Miami won despite getting outscored 62-40 in the paint. The Heat more than made up for that by outscoring Detroit 42-12 from 3-point range, and somehow looker fresher down the stretch — even though Miami was on a back-to-back and Detroit had not played since Monday.“We had time off to prepare and figure ourselves out and hone in on what’s going to separate us from other teams in the fight from teams that are going to fade,” Jackson said. “Defensively we’ve just got to be better.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit came in allowing 101 points per game; the Heat got to 101 points with 7:26 remaining. … Drummond had his 30th double-double of the season secured by halftime. … The Pistons were averaging 98.5 points entering January; through 12 games this month, they’re averaging 106.8 per game.Heat: Tyler Johnson (shoulder) missed his fifth straight game, but may play Monday against Brooklyn. … The Heat are now 7-0 since calling Okaro White up from Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League … Udonis Haslem’s son Kedonis, a standout lineman at Florida high school football power St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his commitment to play at Toledo on Saturday.WHITESIDE RETURNSHassan Whiteside returned to Miami’s starting lineup, after missing Friday’s win in Chicago with ankle soreness. He finished with nine points and 12 rebounds — with five points and six boards in the fourth quarter alone.HOT SHOTSEven with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggling (2 for 11), Detroit’s starters shot 31 for 59 in the game — 53 percent.UP NEXT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board membercenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons: Visit Boston on Monday, ending a two-game trip. Detroit is 1-1 against the Celtics this season.Heat: Host Brooklyn on Monday, the Nets’ only trip to Miami this season. The Heat won in Brooklyn on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) goes up to shoot against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) and forward Jon Leuer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — There was only one quarter in which Miami figured out how to slow down Detroit.That was enough for the Heat.ADVERTISEMENT Curry’s 43, halfcourt shot help Warriors top Clipperslast_img read more

A promising start

first_imgDespite a loss to Stevens Point, young and veteran talent looks poised to elevate Tigers softballBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield softball team looks like it could be on the rise in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this year.After an impressive 3-0 showing at Mauston last Friday and Saturday, which included a WVC win over Wausau West and nonconference victories over sectional foes Eau Claire Memorial and Memonine, the Tigers ran into the buzz saw that is perennial state powerhouse Stevens Point on Tuesday, falling 17-5.The Stevens Point game aside, the Tigers have shown that with a mixture of a few veterans and a number of varsity newcomers, they are a team that should be much improved from last year’s squad that finished just 9-17 overall and 4-8 in the WVC.“The more time we can get on the field, the more reps we take, it’s only going to help us,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “We’re working on the things we need to do because we are a young team but also building confidence by playing games. Every time we make a mistake, hopefully we learn from it and don’t make that mistake a second time.”Marshfield’s top returning player is Lexi Dupee, a second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection at catcher last season after she hit a team-high .514 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored in league play.Dupee has moved to shortstop this season to make room for one of four freshmen on the varsity roster as Emily Draeger has taken over the catching duties.Megan Donahue will serve as one of the Tigers’ pitchers, and fellow freshman Morgan Nordbeck has started at second base so far this season. Another freshman, Kaitlyn Konrardy, is also on the roster.Donahue will share pitching duties with senior Caitlyn Kozik, a Viterbo University recruit, who is in her fourth varsity season.Both Donahue and Kozik have been among the top hitters for Marshfield thus far this season as the Tigers were off to a 3-1 start and a 1-1 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Conference heading into Thursday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids.Senior Kayla Kluge returns at first base, and junior Mary Kloos and Donahue share time at third base. Sophomores Melissa Roberts and Alyssa Ede and junior Alyssa Wilhelm are all new starters in the outfield.With so many new faces, Voss said he knows the team is a work in progress but the great start last weekend will only help fuel the team as competition heats up over the next month or so.“We got off to a nice start at 3-0, but at the same time, as a coaching staff, we knew there are always things we need to work on,” Voss said. “SPASH is a good measuring stick. The bad thing is we played them the fourth game of the season, and we have a young team that is still adjusting to learning different positions and getting used to playing together. Now we know kind of where we fit.“We can only do so much in practice, and it has to show in games too. The more we play, which in the next four weeks is going to be a lot, hopefully it starts to show eventually.”Marshfield’s next home game is Tuesday against Merrill at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

Weekly Writers Round-Up: The Millennial Vote, Lessons from Venezuela, and Politically-Motivated Spying

first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring opinion pieces from the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here.Respectful Presidential Town Halls Can Attract Millennials to Politics by Kristiana Bolzman (Spring 2019) in TownhallLike much of the millennial generation, I would prefer to avoid political participation and the baggage that comes with it. But my view is changing in light of the surprising civility and bi-partisanship demonstrated in the recent Fox News town halls featuring Democratic presidential candidates. These events and the constructive conversation they have fostered give me hope for the 2020 election—and my generation’s participation in it…Venezuela Shows Why Socialism’s Failure Still Matters by Chelsea Follett (Summer 2017) in The National InterestLast week, a number of left-wing activists occupied the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC, while Venezuelan-Americans counter-protested outside the building and demanded the end of socialism in the Latin American country. Today’s proponents of socialism often fault their critics for equating twenty-first-century “democratic socialism” with totalitarian versions of that philosophy, which dominated many countries in the twentieth century and continue to exist in places like Cuba and North Korea today…Government Surveillance Of Political Activists Is Scary, Illegal, And Common by Luke Wachob (Fall 2018) in The FederalistIn the early years of the Obama administration, newly formed conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were subjected to lengthy delays and inappropriate demands for information, preventing the Tea Party from operating at full strength.Then there was the John Doe fiasco in Wisconsin, which saw conservative activists subjected to pre-dawn police raids as part of a sprawling investigation ultimately shut down by the state supreme court. Even when a group is not charged with violating the law, constantly being watched and hassled by the government takes a heavy toll…No Evidence, No Problem: The Crumbling Case for Soda Taxes by Guy Bentley (Spring 2017) in The Washington ExaminerNo matter how many times they’re debunked, disproven, or discredited, some policies refuse to die with dignity.Despite a dearth of evidence from anywhere in the world showing soda taxes reduce obesity, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics continue banging the drum against king Coke…last_img read more

Leakage of my letter to PM should be treated as high treason: Army chief

first_imgFacing demands for his dismissal, Indian Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Thursday said the leak of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting a grim picture of the force’s defence preparedness should be treated as “high treason” and the source of leakage dealt with “ruthlessly”.The assertion by the General to trace the source of the leak came even as Defence sources said that Intelligence Bureau has been asked to inquire into leakage of the letter to the media.As tensions between him and the government escalated over the leak of his official letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gen Singh hit back saying a “cynical approach” to tarnish his reputation should stop.In a brief statement released by Army Headquarters, Gen Singh, who is currently in Jammu and Kashmir, further said his official communication with the Prime Minister and Defence Minister A.K. Antony is “privileged” communication.”The leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason. Cynical approach to tarnish my reputation should stop. Sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly,” said Singh, who is due to retire on May 31.Singh’s leaked letter led to demands by political parties — Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) — for his dismissal on Wednesday even as government and Opposition were agreed his concerns should not have come out in the open.There was a strong demand to launch a probe how the letter was leaked to the media. It was also felt that the Army chief should have first raised his concerns on the risk to the country’s security directly with the Defence Minister. The General was also accused of breach of discipline.The media leak of the letter came on top of an acrimony between the Army chief and the government since early this week over his media interview in which he had claimed that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a retired Lt Gen for swinging a sub-standard defence deal.”I have made serious note of the observations. After consulting the prime minister and colleagues, we will take appropriate action,” Antony said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after members expressed serious concerns over issues of national security.advertisementlast_img read more