Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

first_imgATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.last_img read more

‘Despicable’ fire attack on social housing site under investigation

first_imgGardaí have launched a probe into a fire which was started on a building site in Letterkenny on Halloween night.Significant damage was caused when a lorry was set alight and another damaged on a construction site on Long Lane which has been designated for social housing.Fire services rushed to the scene in the early hours of Friday morning to bring the fire under control. The scene has been sealed off by Gardaí who are investigating the criminal damage incident and conducting door-to-door enquiries.The fire occurred in the Ard Ban site, where construction had just recently begun on the long-awaited 29-unit social housing scheme.The cab of one lorry on the site was extensively damaged by fire and the window of another lorry was broken in.Ard Ban, Long Lane, Letterkenny. Photo: Cllr Gerry McMonagle Cllr Gerry McMonagle has branded the fire as a ‘despicable attack on the community’.He said: “We have waited over three to four years for this site to open and for work to begin. Now, within a month we have this act of vandalism.“It is not only an attack on the lorries but it is an attack on the community. We all know how badly these houses are needed in Letterkenny.“People in the area are angry to see the work delayed. The contractor has lost a day’s work, workers lost a day’s work and we just want to see it up and running again to see the homes completed as soon as possible.”The Ard Ban development has been estimated at €5million and will consist of 12 two-bed units, 14 three-bed units and two four-bed units.Cllr McMonagle is urging the public to provide information to help gardaí with their investigations in the wake of the fire. “If anyone saw anything I would strongly urge them to pass it on to the gardaí to get the people responsible brought to book. I would also call on the people responsible to think about their actions,” he said.The incident is believed to have occurred between 1am and 2am on Friday 1st November. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.‘Despicable’ fire attack on social housing site under investigation was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter fearing Smithies exit after Huddersfield play-off triumph

first_imgSome QPR fans on Twitter are concerned Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League could lead to them re-signing Alex Smithies.The goalkeeper has been outstanding since being signed from the Terriers, who beat Reading in the Championship play-off final to clinch a place in the top flight.They have recently been tipped to move for Smithies if they went up, so the outcome at Wembley has worried some Rangers supporters.Hopefully Huddersfield don’t try to re-sign #Smithies from us now they’ve got promoted! Can’t see us hanging on to him if they come in #QPR— Scott Crowley (@Scotty17Crowley) May 29, 2017Now I am worried Huddersfield might snatch Alex Smithies. #htfc #QPR— Yousef Marafi® (@Yousef_QPR) May 29, 2017Oh well, bye bye Smithies #QPR #Hudds— Lager Lout (@lagerlout1966) May 29, 2017Congratulations to @htafcdotcom for showing us all what’s possible on a modest budget. If you want Smithies back, get yer wonga out! #qpr— Steve S (@RuislipR) May 29, 2017And a recent poll on Twitter suggested Huddersfield fans are hoping Smithies will return.#HuddersfieldTown fans, would you like to see #QPR GK Alex Smithies re-signed this summer? #HTAFC #Terriers #Huddersfield #QPRFC #EFL— Football Polls (@FootballPolls30) May 24, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry could play in upcoming trip

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Stephen Curry could return as early as Thursday’s game in Toronto after missing the past eight games with a strained left groin.Curry will miss at least the team’s remaining two-game homestand against Sacramento (Saturday) and Orlando (Monday), but the Warriors estimated that Curry will begin practicing with the team sometime next week. Warriors coach Steve Kerr added that Curry participated “in a little scrimmage” on Saturday at the Warriors’ practice facility and …last_img

Live updates: Raiders beaten by Texans, 27-24

first_imgSERIES: Texans lead all-time series 7-4. LAST … GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (3-3) vs. Texans (4-3) at Houston on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT)TV: CBS-TV, Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst), A.J. Ross (reporter).ODDS: Texans -6.5 (opened at Texans -6.5). OVER/UNDER: 51.5 (opened at 48). Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon when the Raiders close out their long run of games away from Oakland by facing the Texans in Houston.last_img

Minimize forage ash content

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Forage ash content comes from both internal and external sources. Internal sources include minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium found in the leaves and stems of forage plants. External sources include things like soil, bedding, and sand that are deposited on the surface of the forage. An average internal ash content for alfalfa is around 8% and for grass forages around 6%. Values above that represent external sources and are negatively associated with forage quality and animal performance because ash takes the place of nutrients on approximately a 1 to 1 basis. A good goal to shoot for is an ash content of 3% coming from external sources, so an ash content of around 11% for alfalfa and 9% for grass forages.Forage harvest practices increase the external component of forage ash content. There are some management practices that growers can use to minimize the increase in ash percentage. The following list comes from a document written by Dan Undersander, Extension Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin:Raise the cutter bar of a disc mower: The lower the cut, the more likely it is to bring soil into the forage. Consider an alfalfa cutting height of 3 inches and 4 inches for alfalfa-grass mixes.Use flat knives on the disc mower. Angled knives create some suction and while they help to pick up lodged forage, they pick up more soil as well.Keep windrow off the ground. Placing a wide swath on to a higher stubble will decrease the amount of soil that can accumulate on the bottom of a windrow.Keep rake tines from touching the ground. Raising a cloud of dust when raking likely is adding 1 to 2% ash content to the hay.Use a windrow merger. Because hay is not rolled across the ground, there can be 1 to 2% less ash in the forage.last_img read more