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NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

first_imgThe Boston Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit in the offseason as part of an overhaul of their roster, while Markieff was a solid contributor for the Washington Wizards last year.The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood, who has known the twins since they were promising teenage AAU players.In youth basketball parlance, Hood was known as a “runner” — someone who connects promising young athletes with representatives and agents in hopes of getting a cut of a lucrative NBA contract, Eckstein said.He said Hood viewed the Morris twins as his “lottery ticket” after they went onto a successful career at the University of Kansas. They had a falling out while the Morris brothers were at Kansas, and they were later drafted into the NBA.Defense lawyers don’t dispute that the beating took place, but they say the Morris brothers weren’t involved and believe Hood was trying to pin blame on them for financial gain.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, official Ron Garretson talks with Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris center and his twin brother, Markieff, before the Suns’ NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes.Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance with a broken nose and other injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution 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 View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Prosecutor Dan Fisher said it was a coordinated mission and “orchestrated attack” after the victim sent text messages to the Morris twins’ mother that angered them.Defense lawyers insisted the twins did not participate in the attack and questioned the reliability and financial motives of the man who was beaten. The lawyer for Marcus Morris, Timothy Eckstein, said witness statements that form the basis of the case are “entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the truth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTS Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe twin brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charges. That leaves the Morris brothers and one other defendant standing trial this week. The third defendant is Gerald Bowman, a former University of Southern California football player.Police say Hood was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood told Phoenix police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.Hood ran to his car but fell down, before the men punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities say. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.Hood provided an account of the attack as the first prosecution witness Monday, calling it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”He said Marcus Morris kicked him “relentlessly” and Bowman “just jumped straight up and landed on me with two feet.” Hood previously told police he was attacked by Markieff Morris, but recalled on the stand Monday that he later clarified his statement and said he could not be sure whether Markieff participated in the beating.Hood told police he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.At the time of the attack, the 6-foot-9 Morris twins were teammates on the Phoenix Suns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Sue Bird enjoying time in Denver Nuggets role, still wants to play

first_imgSue Bird jokes with reporters as she talks about her new role as basketball operations assistant for the Denver Nuggets before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that’s a title she’s not quite ready to give up.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.That is, when she’s shot her last jumper. The basketball fire still burns after wrapping up her 16th WNBA season with a championship in September.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 Chriss“I’m a player. I’m still focused on my playing career. I want to get the most out of that as possible,” Bird said Sunday night before the Nuggets hosted Toronto. “Whether I retire tomorrow or in 20 years, I just want to get as much out as I can. But with that I have an understanding that basketball’s not forever. At some point you’ve got to find something else, find your way, and that’s what’s so great about this. Hopefully with this process I can find out if I’m any good at this, if this is for me, and see what happens.”Bird was brought on board through a conversation with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. He basically asked: What does she want to do when she’s done? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I always thought front office work, being with the team day in and day out, that was something I wasn’t going to get to until I was done,” Bird said. “When he put it in a way I could do both it became extremely attractive.”Admittedly, the learning curve has been steep.“It’s a lot of players. It’s a lot of teams,” said Bird, who’s helped the Storm to three titles. “There’s a lot of history that I’m stepping into now and having to learn about. The one thing you learn is when you can step out your comfort zone and be uncomfortable you see what you’re made of and who you are.”Bird’s quickly gotten up to speed in her role as a scout. Then again, the Nuggets expected nothing less as they’re off to a sizzling start.“She’s been an asset,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Anybody who has a resume Sue has is going to help any organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title A native of New York, Bird played for Connecticut and helped the Huskies to two NCAA championships. She was taken by Seattle with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA draft.Since then, she’s become one of the league’s most decorated players.And now, she’s becoming part of a growing community of women in the NBA. Kristi Toliver was added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin became an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are also trailblazers such as San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross.“There’s something nice about being part of a trailblazing group,” Bird said. “It’s hard to look at myself that way because I look at Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops and Rebecca Lobo and Dawn Staley in that way. … I know in 20 years I’ll be looked at as part of that group I just named.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Guyana stands behind CCJ as final appellate court – Greenidge

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairWhile some observers are questioning the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) credibility after two Caribbean countries rejected joining the regional body; Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has said Guyana stands fully behind the CCJ as its final appellate court. It has been 15 years into its establishment in neighbouring Trinidad and the CCJ only has four of 15 members choosing the court for final appellate jurisdiction.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeRecently, the electorate of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda voted against joining the CCJ in nationwide referendums, opting to continue using the United Kingdom’s Privy Council as their final appellate body. Coupled with that, major island nations such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (where the court is located) do not have the CCJ as their final appellate court, which is putting the credibility of the regional institution under scrutiny as highlighted by respected columnists and other writers in the Region. Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister however assured Guyanese on Wednesday evening that Government has full confidence in the decisions of the court.“The public can be assured that the Government will continue. If it is dissatisfied with decisions taken at the court at this level (Appeal Court in Guyana); we are reasonably confident that the Court (CCJ) will render acceptable decisions. Of course these are courts and you are never going to be able to guarantee with everything that you say. There is the question of interpretation of law,” the Minister pointed out.Some decisions of the CCJ have not found favour with Government, such as the November 2017 order upholding US$2.2 million judgement that was awarded to Trinidad road construction company Dipcon in 2015 by a High Court Judge in Guyana. This decision was handed down after the Judges at the CCJ observed that Guyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, had failed to file an application to the Court for special leave to appeal the case. Justice Rishi Persaud’s judgement was tuned to $455 million in local currency.Minister Greenidge while acknowledging that Government may not agree with all of the CCJ’s findings, said the Administration views the Court as a competent body.“We are not going to say that every decision that they make is the right decision but we are satisfied that the processes and the competence of the Court as currently constituted under the rules we have,” the Foreign Affairs Minister stressed.Responding to questions by Guyana Times, the Vice President outlined that from looking at many of the CCJ’s decisions with the benefit of hindsight, the court has taken the Region forward. He also maintained that the number of countries that joined the Court is not an issue as it “does not affect the quality of the Court.”In one of the CCJ’s recent decisions, Judges struck down a colonial era law that banned men and women from wearing clothing associated with the opposite gender. This effectively removed the barriers to cross-dressing locally, though both the High Court and Appeal Court had ruled that cross-dressing for “an improper purpose” was prohibited.Nevertheless, the Caribbean-based Judges declared that this characterisation was vague. Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Dominica are the only countries that fully subscribe to the CCJ.last_img read more

Prosecution has vital role to play in countering TIP – Social Protection Minister

first_img…effective national response to human trafficking needed Prosecution has a vital role to play in countering and deterring the issue of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) here in Guyana. That is according to Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally, at a discussion on the prosecution of TIP cases in Guyana which was held on Saturday last.She stated that the crime of TIP is a serious violation of human rights and that the problem of human trafficking requires wide train work enforcement officials.“It is important to mention that so many actors involved in responding to human trafficking in Guyana, the Government recognises the value of the standardised and harmonised responses…prosecutors, social workers, medical practitioners among others who are sensitive to the issues…No single stakeholder can effectively combat human trafficking…”Minister Ally explained that investigation, prosecution and punishment of offenders are crucial aspects of ensuring that there is an effective national response to TIP.“Strong prosecutions…can also help to ensure for justice for those who have been trafficked. I believe that an effective criminal justice response to trafficking functions is an effective to future trafficking and is, therefore, is an important aspect of prevention,” she said.According to the Minister, the role of prosecution in the matter of counter-TIP in Guyana, cannot be overlooked.“It is the prosecutor who knows how to advise the investigator, how to marshal the evidence. How to obtain assistance from other sources, how to present a case and how to deal with challenges in the court mounted by defence lawyers… Corruption and weak institutional institutions are additional factors that directly contradict to inadequate criminal justice responses, the lack of experience and exposure among criminal justice agencies etc.”She emphasised that human trafficking is a fundamental obstacle to her Ministry’s mandate as a social service agency; one which undermines the developmental objective that it hopes to achieve through the Ministry’s programmes.“It impedes health, economic growth, rule of law, women’s empowerment and lifetime prospects for youth. I am of the perception that successful convictions of offenders, redress of grievances as well as the protection of the rights of victims, and prevention of crimes of trafficking are possible when first responders and particularly law enforcement, prosecutors, and even Magistrates perform their task diligently,” said Minister Ally.She explained that within the past few years Guyana has made significant strides to counter trafficking in persons and that this has been recognised internationally.However, the Social Protection Minister also noted that a coordinated and harmonised response by all stakeholders is needed in order to maintain these strides and do much better in eradicating the scourge of TIP.Minister Ally added that the judicial system along with other stakeholders need to do what is necessary to protect the vulnerable victims of TIP but more importantly, each TIP case needs to be handled effectively whether it is in the courtroom or not.last_img read more

Miller cruises after half

first_imgLola’s layup with one second left capped the furious Miller rally, prompting a thunderous roar from the full Miller stands. Miller kept up the pressure in the second half, stealing the inbounds pass to begin the final 16 minutes and scoring on a layup by Briana Hall (25 points, seven steals, three assists). The Rebels scored the first 11 points of the second half and outscored Taft 25-6 in the third quarter. Taft crumbled against the relentless pressure. “We haven’t faced constant man-to-man pressure like this,” Taft coach Mark Drucker said. “They have more depth than us and that was a factor. “We had a hard time identifying when they were trapping us.” Taft was hindered by the condition of point guard Autumn Davis, who suffered from bronchitis. But it was mostly Miller’s intense man-to-man defense, plus its knack for finding the open person on offense and finishing plays that bedeviled Taft. “They’re a great team,” Drucker said. “They’re a heck of a team.” Keisha Mackall aided Miller with seven points and four steals and Jessica Rosa had nine rebounds. Joy Hubbard led Taft (24-3) with 12 points. The loss snapped Taft’s 24-game win streak and extended the 22-game winning streak of Miller (32-2). Miller, making its first foray into the CIF-State playoffs, will play host to San Clemente at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Southern California semifinals, with the winner to advance to the SoCal regional title game March 17 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wilkins is so concerned his team not relax, that he eschews the normal halftime-chat/locker room routine and has his girls shoot throughout the halftime break. Junior Lola Wells (10 points, four steals, four assists) said the team was not too concerned, even after falling behind by 13. “We just knew that we had to play like we know how,” she said. “We didn’t see any film on them, but we knew we had to press. That’s what we normally do. We like to press because then we don’t have to run to the other basket and we can steal the ball and get easy layups.” Added Lola’s freshman sister Chloe Wells (16 points, four steals, five assists): “They had the momentum, so we had to play defense and come together. We had to cut off the ball and trap.” Miller trailed 29-21 with less than two minutes left in the first half. However, Lola Wells managed a steal in the backcourt and made a layup to start an eight-point run in the final 1:10, tying the game 29-29. FONTANA – Miller coach Mel Wilkins never wavered. Not when his team fell behind by seven in the first few minutes. center_img Not when it plummeted to 13 behind midway through the second quarter. “I knew we were getting beat,” Wilkins said after his team’s CIF-State quarterfinal 70-43 win Thursday night over Woodland Hills Taft. “They were throwing the ball over the top and getting easy baskets. But (Taft) wanted us to fall back and play a halfcourt defense. I want my team to be in the moment and pressure the other team for 32 minutes.” last_img read more

Derby free Lampard to conclude Chelsea return

first_img“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.”Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer after netting 211 goals from midfield between 2001 and 2014 at Stamford Bridge, where he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League in a 13-trophy haul.However, he has just one season’s experience in management as he led Derby to the brink of a return to the Premier League, only to fall short in the Championship playoff final against Aston Villa.Chelsea have been seeking a manager since Maurizio Sarri departed to take charge of Juventus last week.In response to Sarri’s sour relationship with the Chelsea supporters, owner Roman Abramovich has turned to a fan favourite to ease the Londoners through what could be a difficult season of transition.Chelsea are unlikely to be able to make any signings this summer as they are serving a two-window transfer ban from FIFA.And their best player of recent times has also departed after Eden Hazard completed a 100 million euro ($114 million) move to Real Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Homecoming: Frank Lampard is close to becoming the new Chelsea manager © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 25 – Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea as the club’s new manager edged closer on Tuesday as Derby said they had granted permission for the Premier League club to conclude negotiations.“Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge,” Derby said in a statement.last_img read more


first_imgTHE future of Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football is in good hands after stunning performances from the county U13 girls today.Two teams from the Development Academy travelled to the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena in Co Tyrone to take on teams from Monaghan and Armagh.And the girls from both Donegal teams played superb football throughout – both teams returning home this evening undefeated.  LADIES GAELIC: COUNTY U13 ACADEMY GIRLS IN STUNNING BLITZ PERFORMANCES was last modified: October 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AcademyblitzDonegal Ladies Gaelic FootballMid-UlsterU13last_img read more

Deputies seek victim’s spouse

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Susan Lam last spoke with her family on Sept. 11. Deputies investigating the missing-person case unearthed the 49-year-old’s body on Sept. 21 in the back yard of her home on Doubletree Lane. Fingerprints were used to identify her. “The cause of death is strangulation,” said Craig Harvey,spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. “We don’t know when she died.” He said there were two areas excavated. A cadaver dog alerted on the second spot, Harvey said. Because it was getting dark that Sept. 20, he said they came back the next day to dig. The Lams didn’t have children and rented the house, detectives said. Their relatives couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday. — Ruby Gonzales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718, or by e-mail at ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Detectives on Thursday named a Rowland Heights man as the primary suspect in the killing of his wife, whose body was found buried in their back yard. An arrest warrant was issued for David Lam, said sheriff’s Deputy Tania Plunkett. She said they don’t know where he is. At the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, human resources director Gerry Turner confirmed Lam works there but declined to say in what capacity and for how long. He said Lam was on vacation. Turner didn’t know about the arrest warrant being issued. He also added he can’t release personnel information without an employee’s written permission. Sheriff’s Homicide Sgt. Martin Rodriguez said David Lam took an authorized leave from work on Sept. 16.last_img read more

Dulek And Inderski Named To MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Two Drake University volleyball student-athletes have earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete team, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 24. Both Katie Dulek (Lenexa, Kan.) and Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) earned the honor for their work on the court and in the classroom.A total of 23 student-athletes were honored with 12 on the first team and 11 receiving honorable mention. Dulek and Inderski were among those on the honorable mention squad. Inderski, a sophomore who owns a 3.8 grade point average as a business major, tied for the team lead in kills with 350 this past season and was second in digs with 421. She recorded 15 double-doubles on the season. She ranked 13th in the MVC in kills on the season.Dulek finished her senior season as the Bulldogs’ top blocker with 99 total blocks on the season and was fourth on the team with 128 kills. Through three years at Drake, she has maintained a 3.60 GPA as a secondary education and environmental science major.Forty-six student-athletes were nominated for the Valley’s scholar-athlete team. The criterion for the honor parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75-percent of the regular-season matches. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore status in both athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible).The Bulldogs finished their season with a 15-20 record for their most wins since 2010. In 2016, the Bulldogs are slated to return their top three hitters along with their leader in digs. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Travels To North Carolina For ITA Kick-off Weekend

first_imgThe Gamecocks enter the event with a 4-0 record after earning a pair of over The Citadel and then victories against Elon and Davidson last weekend. USC has one of the most competitive lineups with four players ranked between 57th and 117th. Francisco Cerundolo, a freshman from Bueno Aires, leads the team ranked 57th after posting three nationally ranked wins during the fall season. The Wolverines enter the weekend with a pair of road wins at Washington (4-3) and at Boise State (7-0). Michigan are led by ninth-ranked Alex Knight and 20th-ranked Runhao Hua. Knight and Hua are also ranked 19th as a doubles team. Following this weekend’s matches, the Bulldogs returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to host Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 2 and New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 4. Print Friendly Version The Tar Heels have yet to drop a match as they have swept Bucknell, Wofford and Campbell last week. UNC lineup is loaded with four players ranked in the top-95 in singles and led by No. 2 William Blumberg. Blumberg finished NCAA Singles Runner-Up as a freshman last May and backed that up with a ITA Men’s All-American Championship title this fall. The Bulldogs begin the two-day event against No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and then close out the weekend against either No. 17 Michigan or No. 20 South Carolina, depending on Saturday’s outcome. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team heads to Chapel Hill, N.C. Saturday and Sunday to compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event against No. 3 North Carolina, No. 17 Michigan and No. 20 South Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Drake opened the season last weekend and earned three wins, led by junior Ben Clark, who was named Summit League Player of the Week on Tuesday. The Bulldogs topped Tennessee Tech (6-1), Northern Illinois (4-0) and Western Michigan (4-3).last_img read more