Clippers pull out narrow win against Dallas

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first_imgThe Clippers took a 100-98 lead into the fourth quarter but they couldn’t shake the Mavericks, who turned Nowitzki loose and took advantage each time the Clippers turned inattentive.Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Mavericks used a 32-8 run to steamroll the Clippers, who stormed back and got a 3-pointer from J.J. Redick with 34 seconds left to pull within a point.Redick scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the first half.Matt Barnes had 25 points and hit five 3-pointers and Blake Griffin had 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Clippers, who halted the Mavericks’ three-game win streak.Samuel Dalambert added 20 points for Dallas, which had six players reach double figures. Dallas worked the Clippers early for 16 second-chance points in the first quarter, though the Clippers shored it up in the second quarter, pitched a shutout in that category and took a 72-62 halftime lead.Along the way, Redick hit 6 of 8 3-point tries and scored 23 points in the first two quarters. Griffin then began to take over after taking only four shots in the first half. He scored nine of his 20 points in the third quarter.It was a game the Clippers wanted maybe a bit more than most, because it would serve as the launching pad into a seven-game, 11-day road trip to the East that begins Friday in New York.“I think we lost to Indiana before we went on our last East Coast trip and we ended up 4-3,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You clearly like winning going out on the road. It’s a 6-hour flight of misery when you don’t win a game and you have to go out on the road. At least for the people around me, it is.”It’s the second seven-game trip of the season for the Clippers, who are 9-10 on the road this season. And they’ll make the trip without Chris Paul, who is still recovering from his shoulder separation.That puts the point guard onus on Darren Collison, who guided the Clippers to a 4-1 record in the first five games without Paul. Prior to this season, the Clippers had been only 10-10 without Paul.Collison is more aggressive offensively than Paul, but the Clippers have tailored their attack to fit Collison’s game rather than force the former Maverick to change his game too much. Collison entered the game averaging 18 points in the games Paul has missed.“We don’t want to take him out of his game,” Rivers said. “He’s more of a scoring guard. But what he’s doing, he’s playing with a great pace because that’s his advantage for us, his speed. “His defensive pressure has been absolutely wonderful for us so that’s a little different.. He’s shooting the ball well and we’re using him as a spot-up shooter at times even though he’s at the point because we have Jamal (Crawford) and J.J. and Blake that can handle the ball. He’s doing everything we’ve asked him to do.”Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn’t like losing Collison.“He had a good year with us,” Carlisle said. “He’s in a great situation here as a guy coming off the bench when Paul is healthy, he’s probably the best (backup) guy in the league. Gives great defensive energy, he’s a pest guarding the ball, he gets steals, really good rim attacker and his shooting and playmaking have gotten better and better each year.“I really enjoyed having him with us. I would have loved to have him back, it just didn’t work out that way.” When the Clippers hit the 70-point mark in the first half Friday against the Lakers, it was a runaway.When they did it Wednesday against Dallas at Staples Center, they almost had company.Then the runaway happened, and the Clippers were on the wrong end of it but somehow escaped with a 129-127 win.Jamal Crawford hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left to give the Clippers a 128-127 lead, then Dirk Nowitzki inexplicably passed up a shot at the end and the Clippers captured their fourth straight victory and will take that on their seven-game road trip. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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USS Farragut Changes Command at NS Mayport

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Farragut Changes Command at NS Mayport Authorities November 17, 2014 View post tag: NS Mayport View post tag: USS Farragut The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport Nov. 14.Cmdr. Cory R. Applebee relieved Cmdr. William Musser as Farragut’s commanding officer.After serving as Farragut’s executive officer during her deployment with the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group, Musser assumed command in May, 2013. He completed a tour overseeing the ships post-deployment maintenance availability, a highly dynamic and compressed basic phase, an Inspection and Survey, and several multi-ship exercises.For his next tour, Musser will report to Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, Nevada as the Department Head for Tomahawk Missile Tactics and Training.Guest speaker, Capt. Ryan Tillotson, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 14, praised Musser for his successful tour onboard Farragut.Applebee graduated from the University of Kansas and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Program in January, 1996. He completed sea tours aboard USS Mount Hood (AE-29), USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG-13), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Underwood (FFG 36). Applebee’s shore assignments include serving as a NROTC instructor at the University of Kansas and Deputy Battle Watch Commander and the Current Operations Branch Chief during his joint tour at the United States Strategic Command. He earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University.His awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, various unit and campaign awards.Farragut is preparing for her 2015 deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group.[mappress mapid=”14450″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: changes Share this article View post tag: News by topic USS Farragut Changes Command at NS Mayport View post tag: Command View post tag: Navylast_img

Tri-State Treasure: The Veterans Memorial Coliseum

first_imgMARCH 8TH, 2019 TOMMY MASON EVANSVILLE, INDIANAFrom basketball to big musical performers to bingo and even body slams Evansville’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted a wide range of events since its dedication in 1917. The 6,600 square foot limestone building was officially known as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum after construction in memory of those who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.After the completion of what is now the Old National Events Plaza in the early ’70s, Vanderburgh County officials had no use for the aging structure.General Manager Andrea Stafford says a new generation of veterans would soon be tasked with preserving the monument for many years to come.“Veterans Council said please let us take it over. We’ll maintain it. We’ll keep it open. We keep it running. So, they did. They took it over in 1971. They pay a dollar a year,” says Stafford.On average, the Coliseum hosts 75 events per year. In the 1970s and 80s regional pro wrestling promotions like the continental wrestling association.Stafford shares some of the big-name grapplers who jerked the curtain at the Coliseum.“Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Dutchman Tell, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, and the Undertaker. A lot of them actually got their start here,” says Stafford.And the list goes on with some of the most compelling live broadcasts shot in the bowels of the building.Stafford says there’s another show happen in those halls now. “We have some celebrities downstairs too. I don’t know if people have died in the building or they have an attachment to it. There is some spooks downstairs,” says Stafford.Stafford describes one of those spirits as a dark entity. That cell is part of a network of tunnels connecting it to the old jail and the old courthouse where prisoners would be transported.Those passages have since been sealed. The 4000-seat coliseum would later play host to the Evansville College Purple Aces basketball team before relocating to Roberts Municipal Stadium in 1950.Although, the event calendar has become a bit thinner in the 21st century the spirit of those veterans and the monument they allow us to enjoy makes this a must see Tri-State Treasure.Comments0 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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