Kings pass stiff early test

first_img Not that the Kings, and goaltender Jason LaBarbera, figured to be impressed by any of that. After games against three modestly talented opponents, the Kings faced their biggest challenge of the young season and beat the Oilers 3-1 before 16,394 at Staples Center. LOS ANGELES – The Edmonton Oilers came to town Tuesday representing all that is good about the new NHL. Stuck in a small market with a low payroll, the Oilers didn’t have much hope under the old system, but the salary cap has turned them into contenders and the rules changes have made them fun to watch. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Kings broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the second period, then added an insurance goal 76 seconds into the third period when Eric Belanger scored in a second consecutive game. Sean Avery started the play when he picked up the puck near the boards and fired a shot. Edmonton goalie Ty Conklin couldn’t control the puck and Belanger beat Marc-Andre Bergeron to the net and pushed the rebound past Conklin for a 3-1 Kings lead. The Kings’ rotating-goalie system gave LaBarbera another chance to shine on Tuesday, and for the most part, he did. Similar to his first start, LaBarbera allowed a soft goal in the first period, which this time tied the game 1-1, and then settled down in the face of a strong Edmonton offensive attack. With two young goalies, neither of whom have experience as a full-time starter in the NHL, Murray is content to let the situation play itself out, and so far, it’s been fairly successful. “Do these young guys need the pressure of a (No. 1 goalie) label right now? Can we let them grow into that role?” Murray said before the game. “Their play will determine it.” center_img The Kings wanted to help out LaBarbera and jump on the Oilers, who played the night before in Anaheim, and succeeded with a solid start in which they spent limited time in their defensive zone. Through 14 minutes of the first period, the Kings had outshot the Oilers 10-2 and controlled the neutral zone and the pace of play, helped by their two power plays, compared to none for the Oilers. It all paid off 13:33 into the first period, with the Kings on the power play. Bergeron attempted to clear the puck from behind the net, but Luc Robitaille stopped it along the boards and centered the puck to Joe Corvo, who one-timed a slap shot past Conklin. Momentum didn’t last long though, as the Oilers dominated the period’s closing minutes. In the final six minutes the Oilers, aided by two power plays, outshot the Kings 8-1 and tied the game. With 3:30 remaining in the period, Shawn Horcoff skated into the Kings’ zone and dropped a pass for Bergeron, who fired a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle that beat LaBarbera. Things could have gone bad for the Kings early in the second period, when penalties to Avery and Mike Weaver gave the Oilers a 5-on-3 power play, but that’s when LaBarbera came up biggest. LaBarbera made three tough saves during the penalty kill, most notably a glove save on a point-blank shot by Jarret Stoll, and two minutes after the power play ended, LaBarbera stopped a breakaway chance by Raffi Torres as the Oilers threatened to dominate the game’s offensive chances. But the Kings hung tough, aided by some typically pesky play by forward Dustin Brown, and later in the period Brown was awarded for his gritty play. With under four minutes remaining in the period, Brown picked up a loose puck along the boards in the Oilers’ zone and skated in on net. Brown cut to the side of the net and, with Conklin expecting a centering pass, Brown instead sent a wrist shot to the short side and beat Conklin for a 2-1 Kings lead. Belanger’s third-period goal was simply the start of a strong period for the Kings, although they failed to capitalize on an 81-second 5-on-3 advantage. The Oilers didn’t record their first shot in the period until more than six minutes had elapsed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Was KD sent back onto the court too soon? Medical experts say no

first_imgEver since Kevin Durant limped off the court in Toronto on Monday night, fans have been asking whether the Warriors star should have been there in the first place.Team doctors had cleared Durant to return to play. But he lasted only 12 minutes in Game 5 before suffering another injury, leading to speculation that perhaps Golden State officials allowed their leading scorer to return too fast when the team was trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.Sports medical experts said Tuesday, …last_img read more

Indigenous literary classics reprinted

first_img19 February 2009The Department of Arts and Culture has tasked the National Library of South Africa with reprinting literary classics in indigenous languages to help preserve the country’s heritage.Launching the Reprint of South African Literary Classics Project this week, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said that publishing literature in indigenous languages was part of a campaign to promote reading and writing in indigenous languages, and thereby to help promote literacy.“It is our fervent hope that [the project’s] impact will be to inspire emergent writers and even those who might have given up owing to the discouraging environment of the past, to come forward with their works,” Jordan said.Twenty-seven titles reprintedTwenty-seven titles have already been reprinted, including the works of poet laureate Samuel Mqhayi and writers Sibusiso Nyembezi, ML Bopape, SP Lekaba and TN Maumela.These will be available in public libraries and booksellers countrywide.By reprinting these classic works, Jordan said, the government hoped to nurture people’s capacity to explore and express the broadest human experiences and the profoundest human emotions and wisdom in indigenous African languages.The works wrestled with the same human frailties, foibles, idiosyncrasies and robustness found in other literatures, he said.“We envisage that our school system will very soon become aware of these republished classics, and that many, otherwise lost to memory, will once again be prescribed as part of the school syllabus.“The library system, otherwise starved for literature in the indigenous languages, will now have this resource to draw on.”African RenaissanceJordan said that South Africa was in earnest about an African Renaissance, adding that this entailed the rediscovery of African genius and the dissemination of the best works of African imagination.“If no one else wishes to preserve these works, we as South Africans have a responsibility to our nation and humanity to ensure that they survive into the future.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES View comments Williams hasn’t played since her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month’s Australian Open, but she still overtook Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player’s points from reaching last year’s Doha semifinals expired this week.Osaka remains at the top of the rankings. Simona Halep is second and Sloane Stephens is third, while Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day PLAY LIST 01:18Woman gives birth at Manila North Cemetery on All Souls’ Day01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte United States’ Serena Williams hits a forehand return to Germany’s Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)LONDON — Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child.Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2last_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Festival of Trees Lead Organizer Becky McGrath

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Becky McGrath, lead organizer of We’re One Wilmington’s Festival of Trees, for five quick questions.What’s it like planning one of Wilmington’s most popular community events?“I have a lot of help; it’s certainly not just me. I’ve got an awesome team of 12 volunteers. For example, Karin Bloom takes care of the bake sale. Tammy McElligott handles all the decorating. Nathalie Hayduk takes care of all the entertainment. Jomarie O’Mahoney and Catherine Maiella take care of our Member Social. Jen Bolanos and Pam Almedia tag all the ornaments on the Angel Tree. And we have other team members as well helping out wherever they can. Planning starts in the summer. It’s hours and hours of work put in by tons of people. But it’s really a pleasure. They’re all amazing people to work with. We work really well together.”Are there any changes to this year’s Festival of Trees compared to years past?“Yes, the biggest change this year is we opened a day early, although not to the general public. The event is getting more and more crowded each year. We wanted to make it a more comfortable atmosphere for folks who might be older or need room for wheelchairs and walkers. We invited the Senior Center to come out on Friday morning. A couple of groups from Windsor Place are coming on Friday afternoon. The teachers and staff of Wilmington Public Schools have also been invited to come on Friday after school. Lots of the teachers don’t live in Wilmington, so they may not want to make the drive back to town on the weekend. There’s a lot of trees this year decorated by schools and student groups.”How many donations are you anticipating this year?“We’re estimating 118 donations, which includes 60-70 tall trees. It’s definitely a record year for donations. I think we’re reaching the maximum allowed for the venue. When you visit this weekend, just think of all the people — hundreds of community members — who put their heart and soul into these trees. We’re so grateful to the community.”How many people attend Festival of Trees each year? Will the event ever outgrow Villanova Hall?“Based on raffle ticket sales, we suspect about 2,000 people come through during the weekend. We really like where we are. The location keeps it feeling like a nice a community event. It’s so close to the Common. It’s really convenient for all the other activities going on, including the Town Tree Lighting on Saturday night and the Sons of Italy’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning at the Knights of Columbus. It really is just the perfect spot. I think we’ll stay here, we just might have to cap the number of donations at 120, our magic number.”How much does the Festival of Trees raise each year? Where do the funds go?“Each year it climbs. The amount raised almost doubles each year, which is pretty amazing. Last year, after expenses, we cleared $50,000. And that’s without charging any admission fee — that’s raffle sales and bake sales.The event’s proceeds allows We’re One Wilmington to do so many things. We recently made a $2,000 sponsorship to the Elderly Services Department’s new Memory Cafe. We sponsored the “Revive Civility” program at the Wilmington Memorial Library.  We purchase holiday gifts requested by Wilmington families. We’re supporting 21 families this year. We paid over $3,000 in utility bills for people in emergency financial need. We have care packages we send out to residents who are struggling financially or emotionally. We hand out $8,500 in scholarships annually. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”BONUS QUESTION: Which is your favorite tree this year?“I have to admit, the cupcake tree is my favorite. It’s so adorable.”Becky McGrath (bottom left) and some of her team of organizers.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWe’re One Wilmington Still Looking For Donations For Festival Of TreesIn “Community”We’re One Wilmington Still Looking For More Trees For Festival Of Trees, Announces More Event DetailsIn “Community”PHOTOS: Becky McGrath Named 2017 Wilmington Good GuyIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more