Wizards slip past Hornets but lose John Wall for season

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jon Jones wins at UFC 232 The Hornets led only once after halftime, when Walker’s jumper made it 105-103.However, Washington nearly squandered a 125-116 lead inside the final 25 seconds. Walker sank a technical free throw assessed to Beal, and Cody Zeller hit two more. Then, Walker hit two more jumpers, one following a turnover and the next off a pair of missed free throws by Satoransky. He then hit a 3 from the left wing to cut it to 127-126.On the ensuing inbounds, Jeff Green found Ariza on a full-court feed. Ariza was fouled by Walker and converted a three-point play to seal it.“We found a way to score the basketball,” Ariza said. “We played together, we moved the ball, so we got a lot of people a lot of open shots.”FORTY FEATSaturday marked Walker’s fourth time scoring 40 or more this season, after posting career-high five 40-plus point performances in the 2017-18 campaign. He now has 13 such games for his career.LOST JOHNThe decision for Wall to have surgery came after visiting with Green Bay Packers associate team physician Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday.Wall had yet to address the surgical option publicly before to the game, although he walked through the Wizards’ locker room Saturday night with a gray protective boot on his left foot.TIP-INS “Of course losing John is huge for this team — he’s the head of the snake,” Ariza said. “But when something like that happens, you have to find ways to win. That’s why you have what we call a team.”Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDespite allowing Hornets guard Kemba Walker to score 47 points, Washington won for just the third time in 12 games after announcing Wall would undergo a procedure to address bone spurs in his left heel and miss at least six months.The Wizards also overcame an uncharacteristic 7-of-19 shooting from leading scorer Bradley Beal, who finished with 19 points. Tomas Satoransky added 20 on a night rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only Wizards player not to reach double figures. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Sam Dekker had 13 points off the bench after hitting his first six shots.UP NEXTHornets: Host Orlando on Monday.Wizards: Conclude a three-game homestand Wednesday against Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Washington Wizards guard John Wall leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Washington. Washington won 130-126. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards will need more of the balance they displayed on Saturday night if they hope to make the playoffs without injured All-Star guard John Wall.Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets 130-126 amid news that Wall will have season-ending surgery.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I can’t sit here and try to do it all on my own,” Beal said. “There’s no way .. I’ll be able to do it on my own. And it’s just a matter of trusting my teammates no matter what it looks like. We’ve got to get the win.”Walker scored 24 of his points in the fourth quarter and nearly lifted Charlotte to a remarkable comeback when his 3-pointer cut the lead to a point with 1.9 seconds to play.Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who fell to 4-11 on the road and are facing a six-game West Coast road trip early in January. Charlotte has allowed at least 130 points in consecutive road contests.“It wasn’t enough offense,” Walker said. “The defense is usually what gets teams over the top. It gets us over the top. That’s when we’re at our best … tonight it wasn’t it.”The Wizards went 20-21 last season without Wall, who missed many of those games while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. They’re still nine games below .500 (14-23) this season, despite Saturday’s victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NEW Drivers Union Discloses Plan to Control Traffic

first_imgA newly emerged drivers union, the National Drivers Union of Liberia (NADUL), is contemplating a regulatory system to restrict and carefully monitor the movements of commercial vehicles for accountability purposes.The organization’s president, Charles S. Garyu, in an interview with the Daily Observer earlier this week noted that driving is randomly done in the country without regulations and accountability, and as such drivers need to come together under this umbrella to develop a system that will protect them and passengers they carry in their vehicles.He expressed disappointment that there are transport unions in Liberia that collect fees from drivers for their so-called services, but the very drivers from who the money is collected remain vulnerable.Moreover, the NADUL president said since these unions came in existence with the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) being the oldest, vehicles continue to be parked in a disorganized way in front of stores and street places without a terminal being built.Mr. Garyu also attributed the vulnerability of drivers to the fact that they have not had an organized body to uphold them, noting that such is responsible for extortion of money from them by transport union operators.He further indicated that with the collaboration of the Ministry of Transport and the Liberian National Police (LNP), NADUL will begin giving stickers to commercials driver to direct them where to run daily.According to him, a sticker will bear the location of where the driver would head at a time in the day.  This will help even the passenger to be notified of where the vehicle is going. Furthermore, the NADUL president told the Daily Observer that with the cooperation of commercial drivers, there will be control of passengers and drivers will not be rushing for passengers since a driver knows where he/she will be plying.With the sticker system, Garyu explained, criminals at Red-Light and other places claiming to be car loaders will have no grounds to extort  money from passengers and drivers, and at the same time steal from them under the guise of loading.In this effort, the Ministry of Transport and LNP have reached a consensus with the organization to put the sticker regulation in place to help control the traffic.“As we introduce this system, vehicle that will have a sticker for Red-Light and heads to another direction not in line with instruction given the driver will be stopped, seized and turned over to the LNP for investigation, and the required penalty will levied against that driver,” Garyu said.According to the NADUL president, transport unions have a social responsibility to the drivers to train them (drivers), but over the time the unions have failed to meet their obligations.As the new drivers union comes into force, he said, it is going to work in line with the LNP to train commerce drivers and advocate on their behalf as most decisions in the country affect them.The transport sector of Liberia is one disorganized sector where  restriction is rarely seen, he observed.Vehicles randomly park and receive passengers sometimes in accordance with the passenger’s discretion or the driver’s.However, different men are regularly seen in the streets collecting parking fees from drivers under the umbrella of the Federation of Road Transport Union.Mr. Garyu further disclosed plans to trained vehicle owners and drivers.  The training is intended to buttress the effort of government, thereby improving the transportation sector of the country, particularly drivers and vehicle owners.Quoting the vehicle and traffic law of Liberia, Mr. Garyu said before any drivers obtained a license from government, that person should be tested and evaluated by the Ministry of Transport before being issued a driver’s license. He noted that the portion of that traffic law is no longer effective and as such, the training is designed to help vehicle owners to protect their vehicles.“We will train them on Standard control and prevention of accident, mechanical default and maintenance of vehicle.”“We conducted our research on Liberia and discovered that what we found out was frightening. We have about five groups  of transport unions in Liberia that have been existing for many years and we have not been able to detect any positive impact in the lives of drivers,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more