DeAndre Jordan perfect from the field as L.A. Clippers rout New York Knicks

first_img“This is not about me,” Woodson said. “I mean, it really isn’t. This is about the Clippers and the fine team that Doc has put together. And we’re playing for something.”And the Knicks had no chance of slowing them down.Shooting all night from either right at or above the rim — and once right on top of Jason Smith — Jordan hiked his season percentage to .713, which would be second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s .727 in 1972-73.Chris Paul added 11 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight and improved the fourth-best record in the Western Conference to 47-25. Austin Rivers scored 21 points in 19 minutes off the bench.The only negative for Jordan was grabbing just 10 rebounds — the Clipper starters played less than 30 minutes — to end his streak of games with at least 14 rebounds at 19. NEW YORK >> Doc Rivers sat his starters down early, then benched himself after the game.Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one.DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA’s best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and the Clippers pounded New York 111-80 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.Woodson said his boss claimed he was ill, but he downplayed his first trip back to face the team that fired him as a motivator for the Clippers. “I knew we had to come out with the right mindset and intensity to win the basketball game,” Jordan said. “You can’t play teams’ records, you’ve got to play the game and take care of business.”Rookie Cleanthony Early had a season-high 18 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and moved a loss away from matching the franchise single-season record.“They played better than us during the game,” center Andrea Bargnani said. “Better on defense, they executed better, they shared the ball better.”The Knicks are 14-58, just two seasons after winning 54 games and reaching the second round of the playoffs under Woodson. Woodson was fired after last season by Phil Jackson after going 109-79 with two playoff berths in 2½ seasons.Woodson’s new team outclassed his overmatched old one right from the tip. Paul had nine assists after one quarter — the Knicks had only seven baskets — and the Clippers poured it on in the second period. Jordan’s ferocious dunk over Smith with 3.6 seconds left made it 63-33 at halftime and the Clippers led by as much as 40.NotesRivers was asked whether Jamal Crawford, out since March 2 with a right calf contusion, was progressing or just idling. “Progressing, I don’t think so,” he said. “So I would say idling.” … Nate Robinson, who hurt his left knee last time out, said he would take a couple of games off, perhaps all of this three-game trip. … With the Clippers playing two preseason games in China against Charlotte next fall, Rivers said the Clippers would play only six exhibition games, just two after they return. … Woodson is third in winning percentage among Knicks coaches at .580, behind only Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, but thought Jackson was committed to making a change after taking over last spring. Woodson said had he stayed, he wouldn’t have wanted to make some of the trades Jackson has. “Had I stayed on board, I probably would’ve pushed to keep Tyson (Chandler) and keep the core group together because that’s what won the 54 games two years ago,” he said. “But people change and you’ve got to live with it. It’s what it is, I mean they’ve had a tough season so far and hopefully they can rebound this summer and put some pieces together and get back to winning basketball games.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chelsea appeal against goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois red card

first_imgPremier League champions Chelsea have decided to appeal against the red card shown to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City, according to several media reports on Monday.The 23-year-old was dismissed in the 52nd minute at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after bringing down Bafetimbi Gomis as he raced through on goal in the opening-day fixturre. Also read: Arsenal erred, Chelsea held in first weekend of new EPL season France forward Gomis went on to equalise from the resulting penalty.If the appeal is unsuccessful Courtois will be replaced by close-season signing Asmir Begovic for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City who finished second in the league last season.last_img

A week after the Anchorage earthquake city continues to find damaged homes

first_imgJessica Fox stands outside her home, which was badly damaged by the Nov. 30 earthquake. Fox said her porch was level before the earthquake hit. (Photo: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)On a quiet side street in Anchorage’s Sand Lake neighborhood, a yellow sign appeared Wednesday on resident Chris George’s front door.“RESTRICTED USE,” it states in bold, capital letters, with a handwritten note beneath: “Not recommended to occupy until engineer evaluation of foundation and soils.”George is still living there, though, with his son and mother.“Nowhere else to go,” George said.The sign was placed there by the city. It’s the beginning of an inspection process that could take weeks, showing how Anchorage is still coming to grips with the extent of the damage to buildings and homes following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the region on Nov. 30.As of Dec. 6, the municipality had declared 33 buildings and homes unsafe to occupy, most in Eagle River, one of the hardest-hit areas. Another 149 are labeled with yellow “restricted use” signs.As the municipality continues inspecting neighborhoods and homes, those numbers are expected to climb.Anchorage resident Chris George stands next to the sign the city posted on his door following the Nov. 30 earthquake. (Photo: Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)An inspector told George the earthquake caused his house to sink about six inches. The damage to his home isn’t immediately noticeable driving by, but a closer inspection reveals that things are slightly askew. The deck is tilted, and there’s a crack between the roof of his carport and the wall.About a half-dozen other homes have yellow signs on George’s street. They indicate the homes are damaged and need inspection and repairs.That’s better than a red sign, which means a home is unfit to occupy.George said he is still figuring out next steps. He doesn’t have earthquake insurance and at this point, he has no idea how much fixing his home will cost.But, he said, “I’m pretty lucky because a lot of other people got it a lot worse…I’m not complaining, really.”George’s next-door neighbor, Jessica Fox, also got a yellow sign. She described the damage from the couch in her living room, beneath a line of wind chimes that started ringing when the ground shook a week ago.“The morning of, we realized that our house sank and actually split in half,” Fox said.The split wasn’t immediately visible from the living room, but one of the side rooms angles away from the rest of the house. Fox had been told it’s not safe to go inside. Her front porch slopes down towards her house at a more extreme angle. And Fox has a series of photos on her computer documenting even more extensive damage beneath her home, showing twisted beams and a crack in the foundation running the full length of the house.Fox said she’s looking into what it would take to make repairs, but after a conversation with a contractor, she wasn’t feeling hopeful.“Because of how the house was built and how it sank, it’s probably going to be deemed a total loss,” Fox said.Fox does have earthquake insurance. But that doesn’t mean the process is going to easy. She said she’s lived in this home for 15 years.“It was the first house that my husband and I got together,” Fox said. “Our kids have grown up here.”The municipality doesn’t yet have a good sense of how many other Anchorage homeowners are dealing with similar problems. After checking commercial buildings, hospitals and schools, the city’s building inspectors have had just a few days to look at homes, according to Don Hickel, lead structural inspector with the municipality of Anchorage.Hickel said many homes still need to be inspected and they can only work in daylight hours. Still, they are trying to at least lay eyes on every neighborhood in Anchorage.“It’s going to take some time,” Hickel said.That means in the coming days and weeks, more red, yellow and green signs will start to pop up around the Anchorage area.According Ross Noffsinger with the municipality’s Development Services Department, the signs don’t trigger anything related to insurance or government assistance. They’re posted simply for safety purposes.Still, as far as the city’s concerned, most Anchorage buildings performed well in the earthquake. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said it’s not surprising the city is continuing to find homes with damage.“The level of damage is something you can anticipate from an earthquake of this magnitude,” Berkowitz said. “We need to remember how fortunate we are that nobody was killed, there were very few injuries, and that whatever is a material thing that was broken can be replaced.”To request an inspection from the city, Anchorage-area homeowners can go to the website muni.org. More resources are available at the website ready.alaska.gov. Residents can also call the State Individual Disaster Assistance Hotline at 1-855-445-7131.last_img read more