Austin Rivers calls reported rift between Chris Paul, James Harden ‘fake news’

first_img NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela “I’ve talked to Chris since (the end of the playoffs), for sure,” Morey told the Houston Chronicle. “Myself, (coach) Mike D’Antoni, James Harden are all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump. That leads to a lot of competitive fire. All of it is normal. We’re all in the same boat, pursuing the championship. We’re all frustrated we’re not there. But there is nothing past that.“I’m very frustrated right now. We’re literally trying to do real work on making the team better and every day I have to learn about a new media rock that has been turned over.” “I know nothing about any of that. I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Rivers said during an interview with TMZ. “A lot of fantasy tales being told right now. … It’s definitely not true. I didn’t see any issues between any of them. It’s just made up news, fake news like most of the stuff you see on these Instagram pages.”Paul and Houston general manager Daryl Morey both forcefully denied the Yahoo Sports report shortly after it was published. Related News Austin Rivers thinks Chris Paul and James Harden get along well.The relationship between the two Rockets stars is “unsalvageable” and Paul has asked the team to move him, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. But, Rivers, who spent 47 games with the Rockets last season, said he didn’t see any issues. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Rockets will be ‘aggressive in their pursuit’ of wing Chris Paul trade rumors: ‘There’s not a team in the league’ willing to deal for Rockets guard Rivers, 26, began the season with the Wizards and ended up signing with the Rockets after he was waived by the Suns following a trade in December. He averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per game during his time with Houston.The Rockets will reportedly pursue Jimmy Butler this summer and have also discussed dealing center Clint Capela to the Celtics. Rivers is set to be a free agent.last_img read more

Roger Mukasa’s 97 puts Uganda back on track at ICC cricket qualifier

first_imgDenmark22040.709 Upcoming matches:1 May: Rest day2 May: Bermuda v Jersey (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Uganda v Vanuatu (Royal Selangor Club); Malaysia v Denmark (UKM Cricket Oval)3 May: Uganda v Denmark (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Bermuda v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)4 May: Rest/Reserve5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)Share on: WhatsApp Jersey21120.990 Malaysia beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at Kinrara OvalMalaysia 196 all out, 43.5 overs (Ahmed Faiz 86, Shafiq Sharif 27; Apollinaire Stephen 2/31)Vanuatu 173 all out, 49.3 overs (Shane Deitz 46, Andrew Mansale 26; Muhamad Syahadat 2/28)Denmark beat Jersey by seven wickets (DLS Method) at Royal Selangor ClubJersey 238/6, 50 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 86, Ben Stevens 69; Saif Al Ahmad 2/36)Denmark 114/3, 21.5 overs (Freddie Klokker 39, Zameer Khan 38; Ben Stevens 1/28)Uganda beat Bermuda by 189 runs at UKM Cricket OvalUganda 249/5, 50 overs (Roger Mukasa 97, Hamu Kayondo 55; )Jersey 105/3, 31.1 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 36, Nicholas Ferraby 28 not out; Jelany Chilia 3/30)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 standing: Right hand batsman Mukasa hit 97Uganda ??  249/5 Bermuda ?? 60 all out (Uganda wins by 189 runs)Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Roger Mukasa scored an impressive 97 runs from 135 balls including six fours  as Uganda put her ICC World Cricket League Division 4 hopes back on track on Monday.The captain was ably supported by Hamu Bagenda who scored 55 runs from 95 balls as Uganda notched their first win of the tournament after emphatically beating Bermuda by 189 runs. He hit two fours, whilst helping Uganda post a total of 249 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.The chase for Bermuda never really got started as a flurry of wickets fell, leaving Bermuda on 21 runs for six wickets after 10.1 overs. Charles Trott top-scored for Bermuda with 17 runs and Dion Stovell (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. The outstanding bowling performance was from Mohammed Irfan, who took six wickets from 23 runs to lead Uganda to a 189-run victory.In other games, Malaysia and Denmark got second wins on day two of the tournament where the top two advance to ICC World Cricket League Division 3.The hosts Malaysia made it two from two after they beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpar on day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.In the day’s other match Denmark beat Jersey in a rain affected game by seven wickets (DLS method) at the Royal Selangor Club.Scores in brief Uganda21121.800center_img Vanuatu2020-0.938 Malaysia22040.320 Bermuda2020-2.330 TeamPlayedWonLost PointsNRRlast_img read more

Canadian Men fail in bid to qualify for 2018 World Cup

first_imgDespite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — L.V. Rogers Bombers Soccer Team

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers have qualified for the BC High School Boy’s AA Soccer Championships in Burnaby after recently capturing the Kootenay Zone title. The 16-team tournament runs Monday to Wednesday, with the provincial champion crowed later Wednesday.The Bombers are in a division with W.L. Seaton of Vernon, Brentwood College of Mill Bay and Sands High School in Delta.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the boys well with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, Coaches Kerry Dyck and Simon Liddell, Joan Marcos, Gareth Bracewell, Jack Mckimm, Marco Falcone, Spencer Atkins, Juna Williams, Jona Caney, Milo Sheppard, Jaden Dyck, Jacob Erickson, Moss Caney, Aiden Mushumanski, Robin Bachmann, Thomas Baxter, Jesse Thurston and Ryder Marzicola.last_img read more

Labourer fined $45,000 for wounding father, threatening mother

first_imgGanesh Ramanand, also known as “Tractor”, a labourer from Queenstown Village, Essequibo Coast, was on Tuesday slapped with a wounding and threatening language charge.Ramanand made his first court appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court where he was charged for threatening his mother, Dhanpat Pitam and wounding his father Ramanand Pirtam. He pleaded guilty to both charges.It is alleged that on April 16, 2016, at Queenstown Village, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Ramanand Pirtam. Pirtam is 80 years old.The Prosecution’s case stated that the labourer took a piece of wood and hit his father to his right hand causing injuries to his finger.He pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $30,000 or an alternative of six weeks imprisonment. The second charge alleged that on May 21, he threatened to kill his mother, Dhanpat Pitam.He has previous convictions where he was jailed in the past for similar offences against his parents.For the threatening language charge, he was fined $15,000 or an alternative of two weeks imprisonment.last_img read more

Should A’s worry Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will choose football?

first_imgOklahoma’s star quarterback Kyle Murray reiterated his plan is to leave football behind after this season and focus on playing baseball for the A’s.But should the A’s, who signed Murray for nearly $5 million, be worried he’ll change his mind?Murray, who has become a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy during his spectacular season for Oklahoma, didn’t exactly squash speculation Monday.“I feel like I can play in the NFL,” Murray told reporters in Oklahoma. “But as far as giving …last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Blake Jarwin’s Explosiveness and Consistency Important For OSU In 2016

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Blake Jarwin not only had a career game with 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game by an OSU “tight end” since Blake Jackson was had multiple triple-digit performances back in 2012.“When you have some one on the inside who can do what he did, safeties aren’t able to cheat all the way out and try to guard the outside guys,” James Washington told the Stillwater News Press. “They’ve got to start respecting him, too, because if not he will do exactly what he did today.”Jarwin’s 17.64 yards per reception is second on the team only to James Washington’s 19.48 average this year (sophomore Cowboy Back Keenen Brown does have a 23.50 average but on only two catches). Jarwin has catches in each of the last three games. All four of them have been for 20+ yards. This opens up the field for Rudolph as well as his stable of RBs.The former walk-on has become a consistent outlet for Mason Rudolph. In Jarwin’s previous career-best game earlier this year against Texas, he had three huge third-down plays that were crucial to OSU’s win over Texas as I wrote here for Cowboys Ride For Free.On the opening drive, before Justice Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run that lit up Twitter, the Cowboys faced third down and 6 on their own 40-yard line. Mason Rudolph threw it to Jarwin who made a man miss and went 17 yards, keeping the drive alive.On the next drive, Jarwin made a 13-yard catch on third down and 10 from the Cowboy 30-yard line. Again he kept a drive alive that ended this time with James Washington “going house” on a 54-yard play which we will see for years to come on YouTube compilations.The Cowboy Back has seen an increased role in the Cowboys’ offense and one of the biggest reasons for that has been the consistency of Blake Jarwin. As the Cowboys moved away from the wide-open Air Raid of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, Mike Gundy wanted to implement a more pro-style system featuring a tight end. The idea was to recruit players who could fit both the tight end and fullback role.Blake Jarwin has been the poster child of the three-year old hybrid position named “Cowboy Back” by its position coach Jason McEndoo.Saturday started off with a bang for Jarwin. His first catch went for 54 yards and the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the day to give them a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. His next play in the same quarter went for 42 yards.last_img read more

Vincent Taylor’s NFL Departure Proof of Sustained Defensive Line Success Under Joe Bob Clements

first_imgJunior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is foregoing his senior year and declaring for the NFL draft.It’s a huge blow for the defensive line group and defense on the whole. Taylor was the anchor of one of the strongest position groups for Oklahoma State this season. He could force extra attention on the inside. He opened up lanes for the young Cowboy defensive ends on the outside. And he could get after the quarterback as good as any defensive tackle in Oklahoma State history.Replacing his 7-sack production will be tough to do. Replacing his wish-bone offensive ability to option the ball with a flicka-da-wrist will be impossible.But for this particular situation, OSU may be in the best position it’s ever been in to replace a talent of his caliber. Recruiting lead by Joe Bob Clements has been nothing short of excellent, and development of that talent has been even better. OSU could, for the first time under Mike Gundy, go legitimately three-deep on the depth chart at defensive tackle last season. And even losing Mote Maile to graduation and Vincent Taylor to the NFL won’t slow them anytime soon.Here’s a look at who I think will likely step into starting roles for OSU next season for the Pokes, and who will be elevated into enhanced roles:DT1: Darrion DanielsDT1: DeQuinton OsborneDT2: Vili LeveniDT2: Enoch Smith Jr.   DT3: Taaj BakariDT3: Cameron MurrayThat’s 3-deep once again. Who knows if any transfers, dismissals, etc. pop up. But that’s what I would project in any variation for next season. I could even add to that list of 6 who could contribute next season. Ioane Leilua, a junior college recruit, is a wild-card who will be in the mix as well. And Enoch Smith Jr., who I listed on the second unit, is a former Michigan State defensive tackle with legitimate Division I experience already. He too is a wild card who could come in right away and play.The recruitment and development of the defensive line shows preparedness and foresight from the coaching staff. Did they have a feeling about Vincent Taylor? Perhaps. Before they knew though, they added Smith as a contingency plan. They have Daniels who played like a starter in spots last season, and get Leveni coming back from injury next season.The mix of veteran presences and youth is perfect, as well. Four of those players on the first and second units have more than 2 years of experience either at the junior college or Division I level. Taaj Bakari has seen the field sparingly but still has his best days ahead of him, and Cameron Murray is an ace-in-the-hole freshman who redshirted in 2016. He has the potential to be yet another Joe Bob Clements product who makes it to the next level.Remember when we were worried about the defensive line after losing Emmanuel Ogbah? The following year’s on-field product ended up as one of the most vaunted defensive line groups in OSU history. It’s just a sign of how far Oklahoma State has come in developing and producing big talent along the defensive line.Based on how Joe Bob Clements has recruited — and how his talent has developed under his tutelage — it seems pretty likely the defensive line will continue to roll in 2017 and beyond. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

What Chuba Hubbard Will Bring to Oklahoma State: His Take

first_imgPlay as a true freshmanHelp lead Oklahoma State to a Big 12 titleChase Justice Hill and the records he’s breaking.I admire Justice Hill a lot and I’m really excited to be able to learn from him and hopefully be mentored by him.KB: There’s a lot of football players who have done track as well at OSU. Are you still planning to do both in Stillwater? And how do you think track helps prepare you / give you an edge as a football player?Chuba: Yes I still am planning to do both! I actually have 2 friends on the track team that I’ve known for awhile! I think track gives me my “self drive” in a sense. In track it’s individual, it’s all about how much work you put in and I think that’s what gives me that edge. Not knowing how far I can go but knowing there is a chance, and obviously it plays apart with the speed and keeping me in shape. They both correspond to each other! The two best sports!Hubbard says he is making his official visit to Stillwater next weekend.For those interested, you can follow him on twitter here. Oklahoma State loses the veteran presence of Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Barry J. Sanders this offseason. Outside of freshman all-american Justice Hill making his return as the starter, there is plenty of playing time readily available in 2017.Enter Chuba Hubbard, the Canadian speedster and four-star prospect who has been committed to OSU since May. I caught up with him earlier this week to talk about some of his traits he brings to the table, when he’ll be on campus, and more.Check out the full transcript below.KB: What is Oklahoma State getting with Chuba Hubbard?Chuba: The player OSU is getting is one that isn’t just coming to make a difference in himself, but also a difference in Oklahoma State, their program, and people.But on the field wise: They’re getting a versatile player. A playmaker. You know everyone talks about my speed, but in my senior season, I worked more on key things to prepare for Oklahoma State, like switching the ball, running harder, hands, etc. Now I feel I can break those long runs but when you need me on the third-and-3, I’ll be able to get that. I’m planning to come in around 205 pounds and after this track year I’m hoping to come in faster than ever.I’m confident in my work effort and believe I can make a big impact for Oklahoma State.KB: When will you be on campus to officially start school? And what are your personal expectations as a freshman of yourself?Chuba: It really depends on what happens with track! Could be June or earlier (before he makes it to Stillwater), maybe even later than June.I have three main goals as a freshman: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more