Another big game for Kawhii Leonard as Raptors turn back 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he looks for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn’t try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise.Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Leonard, who set a season best with five steals, said he doesn’t let the opponent or circumstances dictate his effort.“I try to perform every night,” he explained. “If you try to turn it on against the good teams, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to do it on a nightly basis.”Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with the 76ers, including two victories this season.“That’s what you’re going to get out of big-time players,” Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler said. “He had a great game.”Butler scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on Nov. 10, 2012.ADVERTISEMENT “Jimmy showed why he’s an All-Star,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He came in and gave us some tremendous things.”The day before, Brown suggested the game would be a “barometer” for the 76ers. Afterward, he said his team’s 21 turnovers and 22 second-chance points allowed underscored the gap between the Sixers and Raptors.“We leave disappointed,” Brown said. “We also leave, we feel, a little bit smarter about what it’s going to take to beat the best team right now in the NBA.”Toronto’s 17 offensive rebounds were a season high.“We gave ourselves a chance to win with our effort but the execution just wasn’t there,” 76ers guard JJ Redick said.Redick scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had eight points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Raptors held a 78-77 lead after three quarters, and Philadelphia’s T.J. McConnell tied it 81-all with a hook shot at 11:07. Valanciunas scored a pair of baskets as Toronto’s reserves replied with a 9-0 run, opening a 90-81 advantage at 9:07.“Our bench did an unbelievable job,” Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. “Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid’s double-double was his league-best 24th. … The 76ers committed 11 turnovers in the second quarter. Toronto scored 27 points off Philadelphia’s 21 total turnovers. … Butler was called for a technical foul in the third quarter and Embiid got one in the fourth. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto, with the best record in the NBA at 21-5, improved to 11-3 at home.Leonard shot 13 for 24, finishing one point shy of his season high, and set a season best by making five of six attempts from 3-point territory. The rest of the Raptors struggled from long range, combining to shoot 3 for 23.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 ChrissLeonard’s season high of 37 points came last Thursday in an overtime victory against two-time defending champion Golden State. Leonard has led Toronto in scoring in four straight games.“He’s an immense talent, he really is,” coach Nick Nurse said. “And when the stakes go up a little bit, he’s going to play his hand a little harder.” Steph Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux NBA Finals rematch Raptors: Lowry shot 0 for 5 in the first half and missed his first six attempts from 3-point range. … Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. … The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench. … Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia. … G Malachi Richardson (illness) was inactive.500 CLUBLeonard has 522 points in his first 20 games with Toronto, more than any other player in franchise history. He’s the fourth active player to score 500 or more in his first 20 games with his current team. The others are Kevin Durant (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers).CAN’T HANDLE ITSimmons had seven turnovers, giving him 18 in two games against Toronto this season.STAR-STUDDEDThe game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday’s gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri. That group included former Raptors All-Star Chris Bosh, former Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter, soccer player Didier Drogba, and comedian Chris Tucker.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night. 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Siblings’ brawl leaves 1 critical

first_imgParmanand Persaud of Lot 148 Station Street, Kitty Georgetown is in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) following a fight with his brother on Sunday evening at Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.His brother is in Police custody.Based on information received, the injured 26-year-old was invited to his brother’s house to celebrate their sister’s birthday, and the two brothers and others were consuming alcohol in the yard when an argument ensued that quickly led to a scuffle between the two brothers.The fight reportedly stemmed from a disagreement between the suspect and a neighbour. Preliminary investigations revealed that the now injured man intervened in the dispute and started to argue with his brother. The brother became annoyed, picked up a piece of wood and dealt Persaud one blow to the back of his head, reportedly causing Persaud to fall to the ground in an unconscious state.He was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was treated and transferred to the GPHC to seek further medical attention. He remains in critical condition at that medical facility.The Police were summoned, and the suspect was taken into custody. The piece of wood which was used to commit the act was not recovered, but Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Eighty tons of contested Bristol Bay salmon trashed in Anchorage landfill

first_imgAll 158,318 of highly contested Bristol Bay salmon from the F/V Akutan has been thrown away in the Anchorage landfill. (Photo by Eric Keto/Alaska Public Media)Some 158,318 pounds of highly contested Bristol Bay salmon from the F/V Akutan have reached their final destination: the Anchorage landfill.Listen nowThis summer, the custom processor was supposed to process up to 100,000 pounds of salmon a day for Bristol Bay Seafoods LLC, a small group of fishermen.But nearly everything that could go wrong did. The vessel’s owner went broke, the crew wasn’t paid, and when 158,318 pounds of fish came off the boat in early September, the third-party testing group NSF declared it unfit for human or animal consumption.Capt. Steve Lecklitner said the only test NSF ran on the fish was a sniff test, meaning the tester smelled the fish to determine it was bad.“I kind of chuckled a little bit, but that’s how they’re certified,” Lecklitner said.Lecklitner said a representative from Bristol Bay Seafoods selected the four 50-pound bags that NSF tested. That means less than a tenth of one percent of all the fish was tested.Because the fish was so highly contested, Lecklitner said he suggested to the NSF tester that additional testing be done.“She told me that full testing could be done, but it had to be contracted,” Lecklitner said. “Bristol Bay Seafoods LLC did not pay for that. They didn’t want the report released.”NSF officials declined to comment for this story, saying they want to keep the testing confidential.Pallets of detained fish from the F/V Akutan await transport to Anchorage. (Photo courtesy of William Earnhart/Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot)In a statement, a lawyer representing Bristol Bay Seafoods said the company believes the fish was polluted sometime between an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) inspection in mid-August and when the fish was removed from the processor in early September.“When the fish was unloaded, 25,000 pounds were visibly saturated with fuel,” the lawyer said. “[NSF] inspected the remaining fish and found all samples to be positive for diesel.”The lawyer said it’s unclear whether the Akutan’s crew contaminated the fish on purpose or through negligence.But Chief Engineer Decio Andrade said it wouldn’t make sense for the crew to destroy the fish, because their pay hinged on the fish going to market.“To say that all the fish is condemned — that all the fish has diesel in it — that’s BS,” Andrade said. “There’s no way the diesel ever touched the fish.”Both Andrade and Lecklitner believe Bristol Bay Seafoods wanted the fish to be found unsafe for consumption, because it allows the company to collect on an insurance claim for the fish’s full market value.“If the fish is condemned, then Bristol Bay Seafoods has an insurance claim. They would receive all of it,” Lecklitner said. “If it went that way, then the crew would not get paid.”Lecklitner said the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had liens on the fish. If it had sold, he said Bristol Bay Seafoods would not see any money. Instead, the funds would be used to pay the crew. The DOL has declined to comment until the case is closed.In Alaska, DEC officials said it’s not unprecedented to have this much fish go to waste. Since 2014, the department has ordered more than 100,000 pounds of fish destroyed at least two other times.In this case, Bristol Bay Seafoods said the Anchorage landfill was the only available disposal option in the state.last_img read more