Mosquito Season

first_imgLook around this week and you may see many Georgians sporting some itchy mementoes from last weekend’s barbecue or softball game. Along with later sunsets and swimming pool temperatures, these early summer weeks have also brought mosquitoes back to Georgia in a big way. While entomologists don’t think the state will see a surge in West Nile Virus cases early this summer, they are projecting healthy populations of nuisance mosquitoes — those that are more annoying and disruptive than dangerous. Georgia is home to 63 mosquito species, most of which fall into the nuisance category. Eliminating larval habitats, where possible, is the key to reducing populations and defending your summer afternoons. Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce, so eliminating sources of standing water in yards and landscapes will go a long way to knocking down populations locally, said Elmer Gray, an Athens-based UGA Extension mosquito specialist. “You need to be diligent about getting outside and dumping all of those containers out because that’s the biggest source of habitat around our homes,” Gray said. “Here in north Georgia our biggest mosquito problems are the ones we grow ourselves.” Be on the look out for abandoned planters and flowerpot saucers, mop buckets, toys, overturned Frisbees and anything else that can hold water. Larvicidal briquets are available to treat water gardens, rain gardens, clogged drainage ditches or any other permanent landscape feature that holds water for more than a week. Keeping grass trimmed and the vegetation around the borders of the yards cut back can also help reduce the areas where adult mosquitoes hide during the heat of the day, Gray said. In some areas, including many regions of south Georgia this year, flood water mosquitoes — those that develop in the puddles and seasonal wetlands left by heavy spring rains — are having a great year. There’s not much individuals can do about these mosquito populations, so some south Georgia residents might have to take other steps to limit their exposure. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so people may want to stay inside during those times to avoid bites. Gray also recommends checking, repairing and replacing window screens at this time of year to keep mosquitoes from making their way inside. Wearing light-colored clothing will help keep mosquitoes at bay, but the most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is use insect repellent whenever they’re outside in a mosquito-prone area — like on a ball field, out in the yard or out in the woods, Gray said. There are several commercially available, EPA approved repellents, like picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535. Gray prefers products with DEET because they have been tested and proven safe for children as young as two months old. A product with a 10 percent to 30 percent concentration is good and protects for a several hours. Gray said. “Products containing DEET are still the best choice for young children,” Gray said. “When treating children, an adult should apply the repellent to his or her hands first and then rub the repellent onto the child’s exposed skin, but never to a child’s hands.” Small children have a habit of sticking their hands in their mouths, and if they apply themselves there’s a good chance they’ll ingest some of it, he added. Pet owners should also take time this spring to make sure their pets are up-to-date on heartworm preventative treatments.In addition to spreading West Nile Virus and other human ailments, mosquitoes transmit heartworms to dogs and cats. Veterinarians recommend keeping pets on heartworm preventative medication all year, but if pet owners have let this slip, not is the time to treat. For more information about mosquito control, search the UGA Extension publications website for stinging and biting pests at read more

Lock those bikes up! Owego Police Department urging public to look after bicycles amid recent string of thefts

first_imgFirst he says it’s important to always lock up your belongings, and if you have a garage or shed, lock that too. Monitor your security cameras if you have them and take detailed photos of bikes or other items that could be taken. Investigator Parker says it’s not just bikes, but tools and other items have been disappearing from yards around the village as well. He says there are several ways to prevent your property from being stolen. He says at this point he thinks some of the bikes are being sold for scrap while others are being used to get around by people in the village. Investigator Parker says no arrests have been made so far but the department does have several leads. Owego police encourage anyone who has had a bike or any item stolen to report it to them directly even if you don’t want or need the item back. It will help them catch the individual or individuals responsible. Additionally he encourages everyone to register your bike with the police department, so if they come across it, they can get it back to you using photos, and the bike’s serial number. “We’re even going to start taking pictures of the bikes ourselves so we’ll have a database for these bicycles that we can look at and say ‘yeah that’s Joe Smith’s bike’ and be able to take that bike and get it back to him,” he said. Investigator Parker showed 12 News a recovered bike that had been altered using parts from several other stolen bicycles. OWEGO (WBNG) — A recent string of property thefts has police in Owego reminding residents to lock up their belongings, especially their bikes. They say even if your bike is taken and police recover it, it may look nothing like it did when you last saw it. From what he’s seen so far, he says it’s likely that individuals who are using the stolen bikes are altering them significantly to avoid detection by the bike’s owner. Bikes have been found with mismatched parts from other stolen bikes, and some have been painted over. Investigator Rudy Parker says he’s looking into at least a dozen cases of stolen bikes in the village and he believes there are several more cases where the owner of the bike has decided not to report it. “What they did was they was they changed the seat on it. This was the seat from a Diamondback bike that was stolen recently. They had this Nishiki seat on there originally. Then they added a water bottle placement here that also came off a Diamondback bike that was stolen,” he said.last_img read more

Only propagandists believe settled science

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists On Sept. 15, David Gillikin, Ph.D., suggested that we keep politics out of climate science, since the science is clear and effectively all scientists agree and that the science is settled.Really? Anyone with any common sense knows that science is never settled. Einstein proved that in 1905 with his Theory of Relativity, which upended a 200-year-old Theory of Mechanics created by Isaac Newton.I’m not a global warming believer or a global warming denier. However, I do believe that those scientists who pretend to know what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. Scientists have a very difficult time predicting weather, let alone climate. Witness the recent computer model predictions of the paths of Harvey, Irma and Maria. These computer models could not predict a week in advance, let alone decades. There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static and impervious to challenge.If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing? Why does a great physicist like Freeman Dyson say: “The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans.“They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in …” and, “What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago.”Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of faith. For a geologist who supposedly is the brave carrier of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in his tirade.Bob LindingerGuilderlandcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

PREMIUMMinistry pushes for deliberation of international civil law bill

first_imgFacebook Foreign-Ministry international-law politics legal-system house-of-representatives Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? The Foreign Ministry is working to build momentum for the discussion of an international civil law bill after years of it being shelved, in a move that aims to ride the wave of reform currently being pursued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.The ministry’s director general for legal affairs and international treaties, Damos Agusman, said Thursday that there was a need to put in place an international civil law to support the President’s focus on economic diplomacy and increase businesses’ and investors’ confidence in Indonesia.“This actually falls under the responsibility of the Law and Human Rights Ministry but the Foreign Ministry has stepped up considering the urgency in an era of globalization and international relations that requires us to have an adequate legal system,” Damos told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop held … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics : Googlelast_img read more

Slick new-build breaks Kedron record

first_imgMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Auctioneer Peter Burgin at the auction of 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. Photo: AAP/ Ric FrearsonThe new owners had buyer advocate Belinda Shields handle the bidding for them.“Because we know the market and the pricing, we were confident going in with a strong bid from the beginning,” Ms Shields said.Selling agent Matthew Jabs of Place Newmarket said more than 300 groups inspected the property.He said the quality of the build and finishes, coupled with a 607sq m block drove interest.“It’s a builder’s own property. Everything was finished off meticulously,” he said.Vendors Belinda and Trent Ramke, of Ramear Investments, were thrilled with the result.“It was hard to have an expectation because there were no comparable sales in this suburb,” Ms Ramke said. “It was probably a combination of the location, Trent’s level of build, he’s an incredible builder, and our quality of finishes (that attracted buyers). Also, it’s a brand new home. Buyers want that instant home.” 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron A NEWLY built Queenslander has broken the price record for Kedron after selling for $1.65 million under the hammer.A crowd of 170 people filled 59 Thirteenth Ave to watch 14 registered bidders battle for the five-bedroom home with pool.An opening bid of $1.3 million kicked off the auction, which quickly became a two-horse race with a buyer advocate and a phone bidder pushing up the price in $5000 increments.Auctioneer Peter Burgin called the home on the market at $1.605 million and it sold 10 bids later for $1.65 million.last_img read more

EPL: Brighton stun Arsenal with last-gasp winner

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Neal Maupay scored with seconds left to gift Brighton a crucial win in the relegation battle and sink Arsenal to a second defeat in as many games since the Premier League’s restart.After a sluggish start in which Alexandre Lacazette’s header was the only decent chance, the game exploded into life in the second half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had three notable chances to score his 50th Premier League goal, with the best chance being ruled out for offside.For all of the Gabon international’s involvement, however, it was Pepe who broke the deadlock three minutes later, curling the ball from the right side of the box into the top left corner.But Brighton responded minutes later and Lewis Dunk was quickest to react to a goalmouth scramble and poke the ball home from a couple of yards away.The Seagulls were not done there, however, and Maupay popped up after a brilliant passing exchange to slot home and stun the hosts.Tensions boiled over afterwards, too, when Maupay appeared to brush past Matteo Guendouzi. The game was somewhat overshadowed, however, by the serious knee injury suffered by Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who was stretchered off suffered after slipping awkwardly in his attempts to collect the ball.Tags: ArsenalBrightonEnglish Premier LeagueLast-Gasp GoalWinning Goallast_img read more

Zetlin: Change in defense could help football recruitment

first_imgI hate arguing about recruiting. It’s virtually meaningless because in the end, I know as much about recruiting as I do about the short-term future of banks’ toxic assets or Bill Belichick’s draft day strategies. And despite what you may think, unless you’re inside a team’s Robert De Niro-esque circle of trust, you don’t either.Still, couch coordinators throughout Badger Nation love to sit back, Miller Lite in hand, and say, “Bret Bielema is the worst recruiter I’ve ever seen.” Because of my admitted near-ignorance of the subject — despite being The Badger Herald’s football team beat writer for a year — I refuse to agree or disagree with that statement. First, it’s unquestionably easier said than done, especially from the tundra also known as Madison, and second, that’s why you coordinate the couch and not the UW offense.So instead of unconstructively criticizing, I came up with an idea of my own. I’ll let you decide just how feasible it may be.Last July, at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Bielema told a group of reporters — me included — that just having a fullback on their roster would give the Badgers an advantage, since nine of 11 Big Ten teams at that time were going to run some form of the so-called spread offense, many of whom lacked a true fullback on their entire squad.Of course, that didn’t prove to be true in 2008, after Wisconsin’s less than inspiring 7-6 campaign. But Bielema could be on to something. Let me explain.Last spring, after graduating from his high school in Tennessee a semester early, quarterback Curt Phillips — a nationally highly-touted, dual-threat, signal-calling recruit — told me part of his decision to come to Madison was because of the Badgers’ pro-style offense. Essentially, he didn’t want to be a spread offense quarterback because it wouldn’t prepare him well enough for the NFL. Similar things were said when the Badgers landed standout wide receiver Kraig Appleton from Illinois, virtually stealing them from the Illini and Ron Zook, who’s seen by many as the football version of John Calipari. Appleton knows Wisconsin’s pro-style rushing attack will create plenty of one-on-one opportunities during his cardinal-and-white career.Interesting, considering Bielema’s background comes from the other side of the ball, the side that just graduated five of its front seven and has more question marks for 2009 than a President Obama press conference. Perhaps Bielema’s background is getting in the way of some defensive (keeping with the Obama theme) change? Again, allow me to explain.Every good businessperson knows one must innovate in order to succeed — keep up with the Joneses, if you will. The Napster file-sharing era could have decimated the music industry. Instead, look what Steve Jobs did at Apple. Do you use iTunes to load your iPod? Newspapers are frantically hiring techies to run their Web sites for fear that print media may not exist in 2015. They’re smart.And the newest trendy look in the NFL these days, you ask? The 3-4 defense, of course.According to several national columnists, about 13-14 NFL teams’ base defenses will be structured out of the 3-4 in 2009, including those guys in green and gold up the street. The same columnists are calling last weekend’s festivities “The 3-4 Draft,” saying many of the top former college defensive ends will be transitioning to play the 3-4 outside linebacker position next year. Former Nittany Lion Aaron Maybin (Buffalo Bills, Round 1) and former Florida State Seminole Everette Brown (Carolina Panthers, Round 2, although they don’t run the 3-4 yet) — two 2008 Badger opponents — come to mind. Panthers All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers recently said he’d like to make that same DE-to-OLB switch, which immediately spurred trade talks of him to New England following the Matt Cassel-to-the-Chiefs deal. Catch my drift?Now, this transformation presents some obvious problems for UW, the first being that Bielema and defensive coordinator Dave Doeren come from the 4-3 family. As far as I know, they may know more about North Korean foreign policy than they do about running the 3-4. But imagine…Bielema brings in a 3-4 wizard to run his defensive show. Now the Badgers have a pro-style offense and an ahead-of-the-curve, pro-style defense. Name me a school that can currently say that.Maybe I’m dreaming, but if done correctly, Wisconsin could become an NFL factory. It would attract wannabe pro nose tackles, linebackers and quarterbacks from Manhattan, to Manhattan Beach. No D-end-to-linebacker conversion needed; they would already have experience in an NFL-emulated system. It would be a tough transition, but a presumably beneficial, perhaps program-changing one. Right?Back on Earth, the likelihood of this happening is probably less than Sarah Palin beating Obama in 2012; there’s a reason so few college teams run the 3-4. But also face this: Wisconsin simply isn’t going to out-recruit Michigan or Ohio State anytime soon. Probably not Illinois or Penn State, either. The tradition isn’t there and the wacky Wisconsin weather doesn’t make things any easier. Bielema’s seat is still at equator-like temperatures. Maybe this could help turn things around.Derek is a junior majoring in economics and former Badger Herald sports content editor. Is he crazy or cutting-edge? He’s currently studying in Prague, Czech Republic, but believe it or not, they do have Internet there, so let him know at (they deleted his Herald e-mail).last_img read more

May it please the court: an alumna’s journey to the Supreme Court

first_imgTwenty-four massive ionic columns made of Italian marble lined the Court Chamber of the Supreme Court of the United States. Two American flags flew proudly at each end of a long bench, at which the nine Supreme Court justices sat in their signature black robes. Over the decades, the building has heard arguments of historic cases that forge the rules that govern the nation.The year was 2009, and a fresh-faced lawyer appeared behind the central lectern in the courtroom.“Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court.” Lindsay Harrison’s voice was steady — loud, confident. As if she’d done this a hundred times before.But she hadn’t. This was her first oral argument as a lawyer in any court. Harrison was 30 — just five-and-a-half years out of law school and nine years after graduating with her bachelor’s degree from USC. She won the case. It was a landmark case in immigration law that set the standard that asylum seekers will not be removed from the United States while their cases await judicial review.Now, Harrison is working on an ongoing court case against President Donald Trump for his executive order on immigration in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. At the end of March, USC joined 30 other research institutions to file an amicus brief in the case.But Harrison’s day-to-day work is far more chaotic that one might think for a constitutional litigator.On a given day, she could be writing a brief, talking through arguments and strategy or participating in a moot court to prepare for arguments. She could be talking to her clients, many of whom include high-profile businesses and hospitality companies. But for her pro bono practice, she could also be found at an immigration detention center meeting with a client to see how she can help them get asylum. Or she could be at a prison with a death penalty defendant talking about their appeal. It sounds like a lot.“Yes, it’s really fun, that’s the thing,” Harrison said with a laugh.A love for learning“Fun” isn’t the word you would expect to describe the work of a Supreme Court and appellate lawyer. But Harrison, who graduated from USC in 2000, is an intellectual explorer. “The great thing about being an appellate lawyer is that every day brings with it a whole new world to learn,” Harrison said.Harrison has always had this mindset. On a debate scholarship at USC, Harrison studied political science, gender studies and film took Thematic Option classes and participated in the Judicial Council in Undergraduate Student Government. She eventually graduated from USC summa cum laude with honors. In some ways, her path to Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 2003, was inevitable.“A lot of my political science classes had constitutional law or something legal to them, and those were among my favorite classes,” Harrison said. “I was pretty sure I was destined for law school.”And yet, her professors at USC don’t remember her as an archetypal pre-law student. Howard Gillman, her former political science professor and now the chancellor of University of California, Irvine, didn’t have preconceptions of what Harrison would end up doing with her life and career.“I assumed she would treat law school the same way she treated her undergraduate career,” Gillman said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “[A]s an adventure, where the path would reveal itself in the course of the experience.”That idea of intellectual adventure colors much of Harrison’s approach to her studies at USC. “She was curious about everything,” said Thomas Habinek, her former classics professor.That curiosity goes hand-in-hand with passion, something that Harrison learned from her USC professors. She admired the enthusiasm that Tara McPherson, her former critical studies professor who has written four books and is working on a fifth, had for her work in academia. “She taught me that your career can be fun,” Harrison said.From USC to SCOTUSAt USC, Harrison got to engage in interdisciplinary thinking, exploring new fields and applying ideas across disciplines. In some ways, that’s not too different from what she does today. In Thematic Option, for example, students are required to build a depth of knowledge on a new topic in just one semester. Working on a new appeals case takes the same intellectual process.“When you take on a new appeal,” Harrison said, “you’re looking at new industry or new area of the law — you have to learn it relatively quickly and you have to learn it in a degree of depth.”Harrison also remembers the impact McPherson’s class on feminist media had on her.“She taught me to read culture with a critical eye in a way that I hadn’t thought of before,” Harrison said. “I definitely use those skills as a lawyer when I’m reading a brief and thinking about the arguments.” In law school, including her time as executive technical editor of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal and the executive articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, Harrison explored this intersection of gender and law that she first learned about in critical studies. In one of her law review articles, she explored how the male gaze — a concept in film that posits men as viewers and women as objects — frames discussion in the law about rape.Harrison’s time at USC wasn’t just limited to the classroom. Her voracious appetite for learning was met by a deep desire to improve her campus community — during the late 1990s and early 2000s, in which activism at USC was rare.“In an earlier period when fewer students at USC were engaged in that kind of activism, Lindsay already thought of herself as someone who had political agency in the world,” McPherson said.McPherson remembered that at USC, Harrison worked on political campaigns on campus, organized for LGBT rights and worked on Take Back the Night, an event to empower sexual assault survivors that remains a USC tradition.Looking aheadToday, Harrison’s passion for bettering the community manifests in her work at Jenner & Block LLP, a firm widely recognized for its pro bono practice. That’s why Harrison, who expected that she would have left a big law firm like Jenner & Block for a nonprofit organization by this point, is still there.“It was very important to me that my career allow me to contribute to the public interest,” Harrison said. “Both because I feel it’s important to contribute to advancing civil rights and constitutional law and because I find it intellectually interesting.”Remembering her first oral argument, Harrison has the kind of maturity that allows her to appreciate the magnitude of the consequences of her work.“Not only does history rest on your shoulders,” Harrison said, “but also in my case thousands of immigrants who had come to this country seeking asylum and were dependent on the United States not deporting them while their cases were being heard. It’s a huge responsibility.”For someone whose work has touched so many lives, Harrison doesn’t tout her accomplishments. That attitude speaks to her confidence that is bold — but not loud.“She exemplified how brilliance is most naturally associated with modesty rather than certainty,” Gillman said. “When those traits are combined with someone who had such a charming, idiosyncratic manner and unique sense of humor, you have the ingredients for becoming an unforgettable student.” And yet, her goal — to forge a real impact on the lives of many, to change the history that will rest on the shoulders of the next generation — keeps her going. It drives her obvious, brazen commitment to her career, and to her life.“She’s pretty fearless,” McPherson said. “To show up at a door of a professor’s  apartment just to say hi — there’s no kind of shyness or hesitancy there.”Harrison’s fearlessness is unmistakable. She speaks with the confidence of an intellectual risk-taker — someone who is so resolute in her purpose that she approaches her work with an unstoppable tenacity.That’s the attitude that she is adopting toward her current case, the litigation against Trump for his executive order.“That you have the power to impact that many lives is a huge, humbling experience,” Harrison said. “But it’s why I went to law school.”last_img read more

Signing LeBron James would catapult Lakers up standings, redirect course for young stars

first_imgThe four-time MVP would – big surprise – catapult the Lakers from a team finally comfortable discussing the postseason to one with no goal other than winning a championship.The Lakers’ dream scenario of landing both James and Oklahoma City All-Star Paul George would alter the course the Lakers have so delicately set for their young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. It would demand that they be ready for two extra months of games, for seven-game series against the best teams in the league.“There’s always challenges with (adding superstars) and it takes time,” Walton said, “but it normally works out once you kind of got that continuity going.”With nearly four months until James can so much as take a meeting with the Lakers, and the superstar’s pursuit of an eighth straight Finals presently unfolding, it might all seem a bit premature. But then billboards sprung up in Cleveland announcing “#PHILLYWANTSLEBRON” so there was a natural reaction from the West Coast.Lakers fan and prominent attorney Jacob Emrani scrambled and put up four of his own billboards across L.A., imploring James to head toward the Pacific for the sunset of his career. Sean Jackson, the season ticket holder who wore a custom Lakers Paul George jersey when Oklahoma City was in town earlier this season said he plans to do the same for James on Sunday night.“Of course it’s a circus,” Kuzma said. “But it’s a regular game, we’ve got to lock in.”The billboards 76ers fans put up in Cleveland were on James’ route home. While he said he hadn’t seen L.A.’s counterpunch in person, social media kept him up to speed.“Listen,” James told reporters on Friday at UCLA before facing the Clippers. “I’m 15 years into my career and fans in cities want me to play for their teams, or have dreams, I think it’s pretty cool.“My kids see things like that, they think it’s cool. I mean, I think it’s cool. It’s flattering more than anything that a fan of a team or somewhere will want me to play in their city.”Fair enough.A native of Akron, Ohio, Nance grew up imagining what it would be like to play with James and when he played for the Lakers, it felt all the more urgent. They could have, perhaps, become teammates in L.A. had the Lakers not jettisoned him and Jordan Clarkson for the expiring contracts of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.“I don’t even know what I imagined it to be like beforehand,” Nance said. “But just from watching it on the court it seemed like, ‘Oh, man, he just makes the game so much easier for the guys he’s out there with because he can do everything.’ And it’s true.”The Lakers, of course, don’t need Nance to tell them that. Every team in the league dreams of acquiring James. But the Lakers, with Ball running the point and Ingram a dynamic playmaker from the wing, feel they have a system that could easily integrate a player like James.“I think people like the way we play,” Walton said. “We play fast, we play fun. Whether you’re young or you’re old, I think that’s how players like playing the game of basketball.”Related Articles As currently constructed, Luke Walton believes the Lakers should be a playoff team. Not this year; the gap between his team and the rest of the field is too great. But next season? Absolutely.“I think if things worked out and we were able to stay healthy with this group, we’d definitely be one of those teams competing (for a playoff spot),” Walton said. “There’s 10 of them right now, we’d be on that list.”The Lakers (29-36) have shown that they have the mettle and talent to reach the playoffs next season and Walton acknowledging as much reveals a significant shift for the Lakers and their coach, who have been careful to avoid heaping expectations on their young team.Such is the payoff for patience. But the Lakers are not a franchise whose history has been defined by taking it slow. This rebuild, successful though it is shaping up to be, has always been a backup plan. #LABron: LeBron James to Los Angeles billboards appear before Lakers-Cavaliers matchup Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers shoved mountains of cash in front of Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus Aldridge, only to end up with Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. They courted Kevin Durant – but couldn’t get a meeting.“Everybody,” former Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. sighed on Saturday afternoon when recalling the franchise’s annual wish list. “Everybody.”Nance, back for his first game against the Lakers since being traded in February, remembered getting “super excited” each year, then settling back into keeping “the focus on developing our younger guys.”“I don’t want to say distracting,” Nance said, “but it was definitely, as free agency is, it takes a toll.”Enter LeBron James. Nance’s new teammate is the key to the Lakers avoiding another bummer summer. Whicker: When it comes to LeBron James, follow the drama James, who won the All-Star Game MVP at Staples Center last month, can expect to hear plenty of pleas on Sunday. And he might well end up a Laker after July. But he is not showing his hand in March.“I understand that I’m a free agent at the end of the season,” he said Friday, “so I understand the frenzy that comes with it. It’s not my first rodeo, but it doesn’t bother me, I don’t talk about it too much.”He did acknowledge, however, why he inspires so much hope here in Los Angeles.“I understand that the conversation happens here because first of all they have cap space, and this league is much better when the Lakers, the Knicks and the Celtics are all good at the same time,” he said. “That’s just how it is.”last_img read more

Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue ends holdout, despite not reaching long-term agreement

first_img Leonard Fournette says last season ‘humbled’ Jaguars Tom Brady, Patriots nearing 2-year extension worth extra $70 million, report says Ngakoue said his decision to arrive at camp comes from his love of football, adding that he knows his worth.”At the end of the day, they had a chance to sign me for a long-term deal, but it didn’t get done,” Ngakoue said after Sunday’s practice, via ESPN. “It is what it is. I’m just here like I said. I love football, love my teammates, and I’m here to play games. Related News “… At the end of the day, I know my value, I know my worth. That’s all I can say. Doesn’t matter about anybody else knowing my value. I showed each and every year.”If Ngakoue hadn’t reported by Tuesday, he wouldn’t have been able to earn his fourth season and be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season should the Jags not extend him or if the team uses the franchise tag on him.Ngakoue was at the Jaguars’ practice facility by 7 a.m. ET, passed his physical and had joined his teammates on the field by 8:45 that morning. He’s expected to leave with the team Sunday night to go to Baltimore to have two days of joint practices with the Ravens.”It’s great to see him,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Good to have him back and ready to go, so we’re excited. He’s ready to go and in great shape. We’re all together.”Ngakoue is slated to make $2.02 million this season. He held out with the hopes of earning a super contract, such as DeMarcus Lawrence’s deal with the Cowboys and Frank Clark’s deal with the Chiefs.Both contracts are worth at least $100 million, with more than $62 million guaranteed apiece. Yannick Ngakoue is reporting for duty.The Jaguars defensive end reported to the team’s training facility Sunday, ending his 11-day holdout. He didn’t get the contract extension he was seeking. Jordy Nelson retires from NFL with Packers after signing 1-day contract “I view myself as unique,” Ngakoue said. “I don’t even compare myself to no other pass-rusher. No disrespect to those guys. Those are my guys — Dee Ford, all them guys, Frank (Clark). I’m my own player. I feel like I bring a different aspect to the game. Stats show.”… I’m in God’s hands at the end of the day, you know what I mean? I’ve been playing this game since I was in the sixth grade. I’m in his hands. I can’t really worry about the future. I just got to go out there and play full speed.”Ngakoue has recorded 29 1/2 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since he entered in the NFL in 2016.last_img read more