UCLA handles Belmont with ease in NCAAs

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) – Once the UCLA Bruins started scoring, the Belmont Bruins never stood a chance. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA routed the small Nashville school 78-44 Thursday in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup of similarly nicknamed teams. Ryan Hollins added 10 points for No. 2 seed UCLA (28-6), which won its seventh straight after holding 15th-seeded Belmont to 21 second-half points. Belmont (20-11) had averaged 81.8 points. UCLA’s backcourt duo of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo combined for 15 points. The Bruins of Nashville raced out to their largest lead of the game, 18-12, while UCLA missed 10 of its first 15 shots. The game was tied four times before UCLA recovered with a 23-5 run _ including 13 in a row _ to end the half ahead 35-23. Moute scored seven points and Darren Collison added six. Belmont committed a slew of its 10 turnovers during UCLA’s spurt, including two consecutive by Andy Wicke that led to baskets by Collison. Its shooting also dipped to 35 percent from the floor by halftime. UCLA’s offensive tear continued into the second half, when the Bruins outscored Belmont 10-2 and extended their lead to 45-25. They then ran off 13 straight points for a 60-28 lead as Belmont came up empty on possession after possession. Hare’s struggles epitomized how bad things got _ he tossed up an airball, then missed two free throws. UCLA has held seven straight opponents to 60 points or less. Belmont rarely got a second shot on any possession, and even when it did, UCLA defenders had their arms in the air disrupting shots. The huge lead allowed Howland to clear his bench with about eight minutes remaining. Even then, Belmont couldn’t hang with the West Coast Bruins’ reserves.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Justin Hare, who came in averaging 15.9 points, Boomer Herndon and Andrew Preston had six points each for Belmont, which had its No. 1 fan, country singer Vince Gill, in the front row. UCLA coach Ben Howland earned his first NCAA tournament victory since taking over in Westwood three seasons ago. Last year, the Bruins lost in the first round to Texas Tech. They advanced to the second round for the first time since 2002 and will play 10th-seeded Alabama on Saturday in the Oakland Regional. The victory was UCLA’s 86th all-time in its 40th tournament appearance, trailing only Kentucky’s 95 and North Carolina’s 88. It was the school’s biggest win since 2000, when the Bruins beat Maryland 105-70 in the second round. Before things got ugly, Belmont didn’t flinch in the early going of its first NCAA tournament appearance. last_img read more

PSGs Collapse Completes A Week Of Champions League Mayhem

Check out our latest soccer predictions. We write to you with elbows tucked, stroopwafels out — and a new understanding of what’s possible in soccer. Just half of the second-leg games in the Champions League’s round of 16 are complete, and already two titans of the sport are gone thanks to a youthful rebellion and instant replay. The prediction models are as surprised as the rest of us.First, to Real Madrid’s dismantling Tuesday. Coming into the second leg of its tie against Ajax, Madrid led 2-1 and had a 75 percent chance of moving on in a tournament the club has won four of the past five years. Ajax was technically better than Madrid in the first leg, and our model gave the Dutch team some respect as a result. But it’s one thing to be Madrid’s equal and another to beat it 4-1 at the Bernabeu, exposing seemingly each of Los Blancos’ flaws since they lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus at the end of last season. Led by homegrown phenoms Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax played the platonic ideal of free-flowing soccer, pirouetting through the midfield and capitalizing on Madrid’s missing captain, Sergio Ramos, who purposely got himself booked at the end of the first leg so he could be fresh (and cardless) for the quarterfinals. Instead of living to fight another day, Ramos serves as a cautionary tale.Ajax’s win was surprising; Manchester United’s was almost inconceivable. Heading into its second leg against Paris Saint-Germain, Man U had just a 3 percent chance of moving on — and its play on Wednesday showed why. United lost the possession game 72 percent to 28 percent and trailed substantially in shots. This did not appear to be a team that could overcome a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Yet PSG gifted Man U two goals on defensive errors and could manage only one first-half goal of its own, putting United just one goal from winning on away goals. But Man U couldn’t gain much possession, let alone break through for a goal. But then the replay gods took pity. In the 90th minute, United’s Diogo Dalot fired the ball in the general direction of PSG’s goal, and PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe leapt to block it once it had crossed into the box. His elbow came with him, and as it separated from his chest, it knocked into the ball. The referees initially called a corner but then went to video review. The (controversial) judgment changed the call to a handball. A penalty shot was awarded, and Marcus Rashford converted it for a tie-breaking third road goal. The final whistle blew a few minutes later, and Manchester United had somehow pulled off a miracle.Two other games happened, we’ve been told. Porto had its own late drama Wednesday against Roma, including another penalty awarded on video review; the Portuguese squad wasn’t favored to move on heading into the match. And on Tuesday, Tottenham finished off Borussia Dortmund as calmly as Harry Kane finishes his penalty kicks.All of this leaves some havoc in our projections, and we still have four games to go in this round. Buckle up, and please keep your elbows inside the vehicle at all times. read more

Police seek public help finding hitandrun driver who injured Good Samaritan

first_img April 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Police seek public help finding hit-and-run driver who injured Good Samaritan Posted: April 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Thursday sought the public’s help to find the hit-and-run driver whose Subaru station wagon struck and injured a Good Samaritan last week when the man stopped to help a disabled motorist in Ocean Beach.The crash happened just after midnight on April 9 in the 2900 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Robb Field, where the 26-year-old victim stopped his Lexus sedan to help two people stranded in a second Lexus that was broken down, San Diego police said.“While the victim was standing next to the disabled vehicle, an unknown suspect driving southbound on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard struck the victim and the disabled vehicle,” Sgt. Victoria Houseman said. “The suspect continued driving southbound and fled the scene.”The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center with a fractured lower right leg and internal injuries, Houseman said. He was later released and is now recovering from his injuries at home.Based on evidence left at the scene, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green 1998 or 1999 Subaru Outback Legacy station wagon, the sergeant said. It sustained damage to the right front side, including the grill, a fog lamp and the right side mirror.Anyone with information on the driver or the suspect vehicle was urged to call SDPD’s traffic division at (858) 495-7805 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, and anonymous tipsters can also contact the agency at sdcrimestoppers.org. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Scam artists reportedly stole 19 million worth of iPhones

first_img Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile Security Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Apple 0 Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All • The iPhone XS Max could fetch hundreds of dollars on the black market. CNET A New York crime ring that allegedly stole hundreds of iPhones over the past seven years has been busted, according to Quartz. All told, the group reportedly got its hands on more than $19 million worth of the devices.Six people were charged in the case, which was filed by federal prosecutors in New York state in April. The complaint was just unsealed, according to Quartz. The felony charges range from mail fraud to conspiracy to identity theft.It’s not unusual for scammers to focus their efforts on Apple’s iPhones given the device’s high price tag, which can run as much as $1,450 per phone. Just a couple of months ago, a pair of Chinese engineering students studying in Oregon allegedly conned Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by exchanging counterfeit iPhones for new ones. And last year, another New York group was nabbed for allegedly stealing more than $1 million worth of iPhones.The group that was most recently caught reportedly ran a scam in which some members used stolen identities to pose as cellphone subscribers. With fake IDs and debit cards they’d allegedly go to mobile phone stores across the US and say they wanted to upgrade their phones to a new iPhone. Then they reportedly shipped the iPhones back to the crime ring’s New York headquarters. People there would allegedly sell the iPhones on the black market.The cellphone subscribers whose identities were stolen ended up being charged for the upgraded phones, according to Quartz. The crime ring reportedly signed the victims up for monthly payments, so that they wouldn’t notice the charges right away.  Court filings didn’t specify how many people were allegedly affected and how many phones were reportedly stolen, but in one incident 250 phones were discovered in dozens of packages being sent to New York. The crime ring was ultimately busted by an unnamed person who worked at an overnight shipping service and became suspicious of all of the packages being sent out of state that weren’t addressed to a physical business or home address.A trial is pending for the six people charged in the scam, according to Quartz. They all pleaded not guilty and were released on $100,000 bonds.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. reading • Scam artists reportedly stole $19 million worth of iPhones Applelast_img read more

Govs pipeline proposal raises eyebrows

first_imgKeith Meyer took over as the new president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in June 2016. Photo courtesy of AGDC.The state is considering a dramatically different approach in its effort to build a natural gas pipeline.After more than two years of working with the big three North Slope oil companies, state officials are proposing Alaska take a larger stake — or take complete control of the project.And that plan is raising some eyebrows.Download AudioThe Alaska LNG project, as currently planned, is massive. People working on it call it a “gigaproject” — a giant gas treatment plant on the North Slope, an 800-mile pipeline down to Cook Inlet, and then a huge liquefaction facility in Nikiski — all to fulfill the decades-long dream of tapping the state’s gas reserves and shipping it to market.Estimates have pegged the cost at $45 to $65 billion dollars.Under the current plan, the state would split that cost with its three partners: ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.So the question becomes: if the state takes full ownership, who would pay?Keith Meyer is the new president of the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. He said, not Alaska.“Just because state owns more doesn’t mean it has to invest more,” Meyer said.The idea is to bring in outside investors to finance the project — anyone from customers in Asia to large pension funds.“It is an infrastructure project,” Meyer said. “If we do this correctly, and put some good contracts in place, this will be very attractive to infrastructure funds and investors.”Meyer said the new approach was prompted by discussions with the state’s partners this winter, when the three companies indicated that with low oil prices cutting into their cash flow, they might not be ready to move ahead next year as planned.Asked Meyer if any company wanted to pull out entirely, Meyer said, “Pull out, I would say no. Change the pace of investment, yes…But everybody, without exception, wants this project to happen.”But the administration sees any delay as potentially fatal.Right now, the LNG — or liquefied natural gas — market is over-saturated, with prices a fraction of what they were a few years ago. Many analysts predict that oversupply will subside by the early 2020s.When it does, Meyer said, the state needs to be ready, or competing projects will fill the void.“We need, as a state and as a project, we need to hit that window,” he said. “We need to be in service in that window.”But the idea has its skeptics.“A lot of people get hurt jumping through windows that aren’t open,” said Larry Persily, an oil and gas advisor to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and longtime observer of the state’s pipeline efforts.Persily said there is some consensus there will be more demand for LNG early next decade. But it’s impossible to say exactly when — and for the state to focus on that window may not make sense.And, Persily said, while many LNG projects do bring in outside financing, the sheer size of Alaska’s project makes that approach daunting.“If you’re looking at $30-, $40-, $50 billion of investment to go out and raise in the market for an LNG project,” he said. “That would be the largest LNG project financing ever put together in the world.”Is the state capable of marshaling that kind of effort? That’s the question raised by Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel, who chairs the Senate Resources Committee.“The most obvious and first concern is how do we afford it?” Giessel said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The secondary concern is, who has the expertise to step into a greater role?”Giessel said she doesn’t believe that either the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or its citizen board, have the experience to oversee a project like this.And she says she doubts the Senate would support the plan, from what she knows of it so far. That’s not much — Giessel said the administration hasn’t shared any details with lawmakers.As for companies, ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips all replied to questions with brief emailed statements. Exxon and BP wouldn’t discuss their negotiations with the state.But ConocoPhillips confirmed the administration has floated the idea of a state-owned pipeline.“We can confirm that the State has proposed a state-controlled project and conversations to better understand the proposal have begun,” spokesperson Natalie Lowman wrote in an email. “Regarding our perspective on these conversations, right now we are evaluating all options.”last_img read more

Report In Harveys Wake Assisted Living Facilities Show Shortcomings in Emergency Preparedness

first_img X 00:00 /01:05 The AARP of Texas issued a report on how assisted living facilities in Texas failed to respond to Harvey and compiled a list of recommendations to improve emergency preparedness. Residents of Houston-area assisted living facilities faced harm, neglect and abandonment during Harvey, according to documents obtained by the AARP.  Sharecenter_img “In at least one instance, there was no staff in the facility and so residents were left to fend for themselves during one of the largest natural disasters this state has ever seen,” said Amanda Fredriksen, associate director of Advocacy for AARP Texas.In response to complaints, the AARP report recommends strengthening emergency preparedness requirements and enforcement for assisted living facilities in Texas. That includes ensuring fines to deter violations, improving requirements for response plans, requiring facilities to alert the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of damages or flooding and requiring inspection from the commission if a facility is, indeed, damaged. Fredriksen said better enforcement and requirements will protect the well-being and safety of seniors living in long-term care centers. “We would really encourage the agency that oversees them, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), to look at the structure and the fines and enforcement there, and see if that needs to be changed,” she noted. According to Fredriksen, assisted living centers currently face less oversight than nursing homes since they are only regulated by the state. She hopes to work with lawmakers leading up to the next legislative session to beef up emergency preparedness requirements and enforcement. In its annual report, the HHSC also recommended improving emergency responses in assisted living facilities in the wake of Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more