Inspector’s report keeps Merry Hill on the edge

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Aluko blow for Tigers

first_imgHull forward Sone Aluko has suffered a torn Achilles and will be out for eight to 10 weeks, manager Steve Bruce has confirmed. Press Association Aluko suffered the injury in the warm-up prior to last weekend’s 1-0 win over Sunderland at the KC Stadium that forced his late withdrawal from the starting XI. A scan has now confirmed the extent of the damage, which is likely to see the 24-year-old former Rangers player sidelined until January. center_img The injury is just the latest setback for a player who missed the second half of City’s promotion-winning campaign last season after undergoing Achilles surgery. After a promising start to life in the Barclays Premier League – including hitting a spectacular winner in a 3-2 victory over Newcastle – Aluko was forced to sit out the recent league and cup double-header with Tottenham due to a calf problem. Aluko’s extended absence comes as another headache for Bruce, who has been forced to contend with injuries to the likes of Robbie Brady, Robert Koren, James Chester and Allan McGregor in recent weeks. last_img read more

Gender dispute rumbles as S.Africa’s Semenya goes for gold

first_imgJohannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA | AFP |South Africa’s Caster Semenya is back and vowing to win an Olympic gold medal that could reignite the complex biological and ethical gender storm that once engulfed her life.The athlete, who was at the centre of a bitter dispute over gender testing seven years ago, is favourite to win the women’s 800 metres in Rio next month.Semenya shot to international stardom in 2009 when she won the 800m at the World Championships in Berlin.But her victory triggered a storm of controversy when rivals questioned her gender.She was forced to undergo medical tests and barred from the track for nearly a year, before returning to win silver at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 London Olympics.Her career appeared to be sharp decline, however, when she failed to qualify for the world championship final last year.But now Semenya, 25, is in the best form of her life, and confidently brushing off the past track disputes.“I don’t have time for that,” she said when asked about the gender issue at the African Athletics Championships in Durban in June.“I am an athlete and I focus more on the issues that concern me: training, perform, eat, sleep. So that thing — you know, it’s not part of me.”DemonisedSemenya’s full health records have never been made public, but her case triggered a debate in sport over hyperandrogenism, a condition involving overproduction of male sex hormones.Last year, regulations were suspended that required women athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their levels were above a legal mark.The ruling ended much of the uncertainty over Semenya’s right to run, even if some of her competitors still feel she holds an unfair natural advantage. Semenya has put in some startling track times in recent months.She scored a gold hat-trick at the African championships, winning the 1,500m and 800m titles and anchoring the 4x400m relay to first place.In April she became the first person to take triple gold in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m races — all in a single day at the South African national championships in Stellenbosch.Semenya has also run the fastest 800m times in the world this year, posting 1min 56.64sec twice, in Rome and Rabat.“She’s a clear favourite for an Olympic gold medal,” Hezekiel Sepeng, athletics manager with Athletics South Africa, told AFP.Semenya said she drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela who stood by her during the 2009 scandal, when she endured what she described as “invasive scrutiny of the most intimate and private details of my being.”The test results were never released, but speculation was fuelled by unconfirmed leaks to the press.Ahead of the Olympics, IAAF president Sebastian Coe has already rallied to her defence.“I don’t like to see any athlete in any discipline under sensitive situations being demonised, we are talking about human beings here,” he said last month.Semenya, a sports science student at North-West University in Potchefstroom, who stands 1.78 metres (5 ft 8 in), is understandably wary of public attention but can open up to friends, said Sepeng.“She is talkative and feels more free when she is among people she trusts,” he said, adding that if “she does not like something she will tell you straight.”Born in the poor northern village of Ga-Masehlong, Semenya married her long-time partner Violet Raseboya in December last year.“It feels good to be back on track. I’ve been through a lot,” she told the Sunday Times in a rare interview given in April.“Now I’m back with a bang… The main target is to go to Rio and win a gold medal.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Devon Centenary President receives Micklem award

first_img16 Feb 2012 Devon Centenary President receives Micklem award Philip Parker, President of the Devon County Golf Union in 2011, its centenary year, has been presented with one of the top England Golf honours – the 2012 Gerald Micklem award. He received the trophy at this week’s Annual Meeting at Woodhall Spa. The award was introduced in 1990 and is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England. “It was a pleasant surprise but I’m delighted,” said Philip. “When you look at the previous recipients such as Sir Michael Bonallack, Peter McEvoy and Neil Hotchkin and John Flanders, who were instrumental in bringing the English Golf Union to its present headquarters at Woodhall Spa, I am in exalted company. “This award is not just for me but also for the county and caps off my year as centenary president of Devon.” Philip has been closely involved with amateur golf for many years. He was also Devon President from 1989 – 1991 and county treasurer from 1985 – 1988. His involvement with the English Golf Union (now England Golf) began when he became the delegate for Devon and Cornwall on the EGU’s Executive Committee. He was the committee’s chairman from 2000 – 2005 during which time he succeeded in changing the rule that saw each county represented on the committee. He is currently a member of  Woodhall Spa Land Holdings Ltd., formerly the English Golf Union Property Company. Philip is the first person from Devon to receive the Gerald Micklem Award.last_img read more

Legislators Want Harsher Penalties For ‘Move Over Law’

first_imgAssemblymanEric Houghtaling is calling for harsher penalties against those who fail toabide by New Jersey’s “Move Over Law.” Houghtalingsaid the current “Move Over Law,” which was established in response to thetragic death of Castellano, only carries with it a moving violation and apossible fine of $100 to $500, but no points to a guilty party’s record. In the article, Franco described the law as “silly,”and argued that this new law could create more hazardous situations, withdrivers potentially forcing their way into another lane where an opportunitymay not necessarily present itself. “Asthe daughter of a retired state trooper, I am disgusted by Judi Franco’s completelack of respect for the memory of Marc Castellano and apparent lack of care forthe safety of New Jersey’s police officers. How anyone can argue that this lawis unnecessary, when its violation has already resulted in the loss of numerousinnocent lives, is unfathomable.” “…a horrible tragedy doesn’t warrant a law that putsother drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce,” Franco concluded. “Whateverwe have to do, we have to do to get through to people,” Houghtaling said. “MarcCastellano was struck, thrown 200 feet and had little hope of survival. Wecan’t allow this to happen anymore. I’d be happy if no one gets a ticket. Butthis is a matter of safety that we need to take more seriously.” ThoughHoughtaling admits he doesn’t expect an abundance of these tickets to be handedout, the assemblyman believes it’s the “fear factor” of a two-point ticket thatcould affect positive change. Houghtalingwas recently on hand at Howell High School for a presentation by Donna Setaro,a Forked River resident whose son and former State Trooper Marc Castellano wasstruck and killed on the shoulder of I-195 by a passing motorist on the morningof June 6, 2010. “Thechances you’ll actually get a ticket are slim, because usually it’s only oneofficer on the scene and they’re not going to leave the stop to chase you down,but it’s the fear of a ticket of this severity that could make drivers thinktwice. That’s what we’re really pushing for. We’re pushing for awareness,”Hougtaling said.center_img “Thereare too many drivers that aren’t paying any mind to this law and too manypeople getting hurt because of it,” Houghtaling said in an interview with TheTwo River Times, noting how four officers and another person were injured thispast August in Manchester when an inebriated driver crashed into a parkedpolice vehicle on the side of Route 37 in Toms River. In December, NJ 101.5 midday show radio host Judi Franco published a controversial opinion piece on the station’s website titled “Move-Over Law: Dead Cops Make Bad Laws.” Houghtalingsaid the harrowing tale moved him emotionally and inspired him to co-sponsorlegislation that would assess two motor vehicle points to drivers who fail toreduce the speed of their vehicle and transition lanes when approaching anauthorized emergency vehicle, a tow or highway maintenance truck, or anemergency or sanitation service vehicle that has its lights flashing. Houghtalingsaid he and Downey will move to meet with New Jersey’s Department of MotorVehicles to formulate a plan of action to promote awareness about the harsherpenalty through direct mail pieces, signs hung in local motor vehicledepartments and even through digital and social media means. AssemblywomanJoanne Downey, who co-sponsored the legislation with Houghtaling, calledFranco’s article an “insult” to officers and state troopers everywhere. Setaro’spresentation centered on the merits of the law, the safety risks authoritiesand fellow motorists face while stopped on the side of Garden State roadways,and how a simple lane change could have saved the life of her son, who passedaway at just 29 years old from injuries sustained in the accident. “Thissort of thing is happening all the time,” Houghtaling added. “Thankfully itdoesn’t always result in injuries, or worse, but the potential is there becausethe law isn’t being observed by our drivers.”last_img read more

Slow start not the problem as Leafs struggle to tame Bruins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsGo figure.For most of the season it’s like the Nelson Leafs believe game time is an hour later than posted on the schedule.Why else would the team fail to show up for the first period of a 7 p.m. game and end up on the wrong side of the score after 20 minutes?New Flash Saturday night:The Leafs reverse the trend, get a great start against the Grand Forks Border Bruins to lead 2-0 after one period and 4-0 after two.However, instead of finishing the game strong Nelson lets its foot off the gas peddle, allowing the Border Bruins to cut into the comfortable margin and send shivers up the spine of the coaching staff.This story still has a happy ending as Gavin Currie notched his second of the game to lead the Leafs to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.“We played really well in the first, the second was good but (in the third) we thought we’d won the game already but we were able to get that late goal to finish off the game,” said Leaf rookie winger, Patrick Martens.An unlikely hero, 16-year-old Linden Horswill gave Nelson the early lead as the local minor hockey grad, playing at the Okanagan Hockey Academy, scored his first junior goal.Marcus Dahl make it 2-0 before the period ended, combining Tyler Parfeniuk and Colton Schell for a power play marker.Currie, as he picked off a clearing pass at the Grand Forks blueline, beat Garrett Muir high over the glove with an unassisted goal. Dallon Stoddart then jammed the puck past Muir to give Nelson the commanding lead.However, in the third Joey Cormano and Artsiom Kalashnikov scored 46 seconds apart to cut the lead in half and put fear into the heads of the Leafs.“I don’t think it was any more difficult that we thought,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw. “Grand Forks has put a pretty good team together now. They’ve acquired some pretty good players from Revelstoke and we knew they’re going to be pretty tough to play against.”Nelson finished the game ahead on the shot counter with a 27-20 advantage. Darren Hogg played well to register the win in goal. Friday, it was back to the usual trend for Nelson.Beaver Valley, or should we say, Dallas Calvin, jumped into a 3-0 lead, building the margin to 5-1 en route to a 7-4 victory in Fruitvale.It’s the third straight loss for the Leafs against the Hawks. Fact is Nelson has yet to beat the two front-runners in the Murdoch Division — Castlegar and Beaver Valley — this season.“Slowly but surely, I think the next time we get Castlegar we’re really going to give them a good go,” explained Martens, eager to see how the new-look Leafs respond after making a few changes to the roster during the past few weeks.“I think at the start of the year it was,” Martens said when asked if the Hawks and Rebels have the Leafs’ number. “But now that we’re more mature as a team, and have been able to come together as a team, I think we can pull it off and get a “W” over there.”The weekend split pulled the Leafs even at 11-11 on the season. The fourth-place Leafs trail Spokane by six points in a race for third and are 12 behind division leading Castlegar.Nelson travels to Grand Forks Thursday to play a return match against the Bruins.Saturday the Leafs host Kamloops before concluding the three-games-in-four-days weekend with an afternoon contest against Columbia Valley.BLUELINES: Linden Horswill was joined by OKA teammate John Sanders for both weekend games. . . .Nelson was missing Connor McLaughlin, who joined Trail Smokies of the BCHL for a road trip to Prince George and Quesnel. McLaughlin scored twice in Friday’s 5-3 win. . . .Also missing from the lineup due to injury was Walker Sidoni, Adrian Moyls, Raymond Reimer and Cameron Dobransky. [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgA DRINK-driving dental nurse has been banned from the roads for two years after driving the wrong way up a one-way street.Brenda Keenan was spotted by Gardai as she left The Grill nightclub car park in Letterkenny on December 2nd.She was driving a blue Vauxhall Astra – seven cars were coming in the other direction, Letterkenny District Court was told by Inspector Michael Harrison. She was arrested and breathalyser and found to be over the legal drink-drive limit.Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Keenan of 31 Listymore Park in Castlederg was “mortified” by the incident.“It has been a very sobering experience for her,” he said.Keenan had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly fined her €228 and banned her from driving for two years.DRINK-DRIVING DENTAL NURSE DROVE WRONG WAY UP STREET was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:Castledergdental nursedrink drivingletterkennyThe Grilllast_img read more

Cassini Gets Higher Look at Saturn’s Youth

first_imgNow entering its final dramatic high orbits, the Cassini spacecraft is finding unexpected things for an assumed old planet, Saturn.Cassini is starting a busy last year in orbit around Saturn ( As planned, mission navigators at JPL have set Cassini’s course for a series of high-inclination orbits that will take the spacecraft closer than ever to the rings ( Then, in April, comes the Grand Finale: the craft will make 22 risky high dives into a 1,500-mile gap between Saturn and the D ring, providing unprecedented views of the rings from above and below (National Geographic; see orbit diagram on  If Cassini survives, mission controllers will send the history-making craft to its death, plunging it into Saturn itself in September, 2017 (see NASA/JPL video clip at or National Geographic). It will have been in orbit for 13 years since its main engines burned on June 30, 2004, allowing Saturn’s gravity to capture it, initiating years of complex maneuvers and amazing discoveries about Saturn, its magnetic field, its moons, and the planet-sized moon Titan.The initial ring-grazing orbits began on November 30. On December 6, NASA released the first images from high over Saturn’s north pole, giving the best-ever views of the mysterious hexagon—a pattern of standing waves in the atmosphere embedded with cyclonic storms (good reproductions on Astrobiology Magazine). But for “Saturn, the bringer of old age,” as Gustav Holst called it in his famous orchestral suite The Planets, some things about Saturn appear quite youthful.Young TitanTake the steep-walled canyons on Titan ( Nobody expected canyons 800 to 1,900 feet deep, half a mile wide, with steep walls, filled with hydrocarbons at their floors. Scientists were floored themselves, because the implications defied billions of years:“The canyons found in Titan’s north are even more surprising, as we have no idea how they formed. Their narrow width and depth imply rapid erosion, as sea levels rise and fall in the nearby sea. This brings up a host of questions, such as where did all the eroded material go?” Hayes said.Project leader Valerio Poggiali attempted explanations, but without much success:“It’s likely that a combination of … forces contributed to the formation of the deep canyons, but at present it’s not clear,” Poggiali told the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the group managing Cassini. “What is clear is that any description of Titan’s geological evolution needs to be able to explain how the canyons got there.“See also a study of Titan’s alluvial fans published in Icarus based on Cassini radar maps. Cartwright and Burr compared them with alluvial fans in Death Valley, finding some similarities, but important differences, too—possibly due to Titan’s lower gravity and different composition. Importantly, “fan-like features may result from non-alluvial processes, such as form distributary fluvial systems on Earth.” When liquids move, things happen. Material moves. Have they been moving for billions of years?Young RingsEven Fox News caught the surprised expressions of Cassini scientists when the word got out: “Surprise! Saturn’s rings may be far younger than originally thought.” Actually, ringmasters have suspected the rings cannot be billions of years old for quite awhile now. James Clerk Maxwell (our Creation Scientist of the Month) had figured out in 1857 that the rings could not be solid or liquid structures, but had to be composed of small, independently orbiting bodies. That was confirmed by the first flybys of Pioneer and Voyager in the 1970s and 1980s. As the ringmasters thought about the erosional effects on the rings, and how bright they remained after billions of years of pollution by space dust, they came to the conclusion the rings had to be far younger than Saturn—perhaps 10 or 100 million years (1/450th or 1/45th the age of the planet). That raises the question of what kind of process could make the rings when Saturn was already an old-timer (according to conventional wisdom). New revelations show that, indeed, they are too bright to be old.Young Moons“Younger than thought” is a trending phrase. Science Daily illustrates this: “Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought.” Newtonian physics requires that tidal forces push the moons away over time. Cornell astronomer Radwan Tajeddine performed a new computation of two factors, elasticity and dissipation, based on actual data of 4 inner moons, and concluded that they cannot be billions of years old.Tajeddine explains that if Saturn moons actually formed 4.5 billion years ago, their current distances from the home planet should be greater. Thus, this new research suggests, the moons are younger than 4.5 billion years, favoring a theory that the moons formed from Saturn’s rings.The team also found that Saturn moon Rhea is moving away 10 times faster than the other moons, which is the first evidence that a planet’s dissipation factor can vary with its distance in relation to the moon. The scientists have no definitive explanation.Young EnceladusAnother paper in Icarus fails to find a long-age solution to Saturn’s geysering moon Enceladus. There just isn’t enough heat to keep liquid under the ice that can power the geysers erupting through the moon’s south polar cracks. Kamata and Nimmo find that the requirements are an order of magnitude higher than what Cassini has measured.Recent geodetic measurements for Enceladus suggest a global subsurface ocean that is thicker beneath the south pole. In order to maintain such an ocean, viscous relaxation of topography at the base of the ice shell and melting of ice need to be balanced. In this study, we investigate the interior thermal state that can lead to the relaxation timescale being comparable to the melting timescale. Our results indicate that a basal heat flux about ten times higher than that due to radiogenic heating, or an ice shell tidal heating rate about ten times higher than the conventional estimate of 1.1 GW [gigawatts] is necessary if the ice shell is in thermal equilibrium. These requirements are concordant with recent astrometric studies.The fight is on between the predictions of the moyboys and the Real Saturn. Now for the Grand Finale!Your faithful editor/reporter watches all this with interest from home. He would still be working as part of the team alongside the scientists if it had not been for the intolerance two snowflakes. These two ladies, close friends with each other, could not tolerate the thought of intelligent design. It made them “uncomfortable.” So in the name of tolerance, they got my boss, the Human Resources Department and ultimately JPL’s lawyers to get rid of me after 14 years of employment, 9 of them as a Team Lead. We took them to court, but a Democrat-appointed judge agreed with JPL’s bias, and ruled against me with no explanation. You can read about it here. Cassini’s discoveries, however, are public knowledge, and I take some satisfaction in finding the “tolerant” bunch completely baffled by what they are discovering.(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kadyrov himself took to the field and scored for his team, which was largely made up of Russian ex-pros with a smattering of government officials.The Chechen leader is fond of sports, particularly soccer and martial arts, and has often brought foreign sports stars and other celebrities to Chechnya as a sign of prestige for the formerly war-torn region.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInternational rights groups have accused Ramzan Kadyrov’s feared security forces of extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture and other human rights abuses. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brazilian soccer star and former FC Barcelona player Ronaldinho, prepares to play in the Chechnya’s regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s team against the Italian former players team in Grozny, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Chechen leader, who is fond of sports, particularly soccer and martial arts, enjoys bringing foreign sports stars and other celebrities to Grozny. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)GROZNY, Russia — Brazil great Ronaldinho has played a game in Chechnya alongside the Russian region’s authoritarian ruler Ramzan Kadyrov.Ronaldinho, a two-time world player of the year, scored for Kadyrov’s team as it won an exhibition 6-3 against a lineup of Italian former players, including World Cup winners on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win

first_imgBrooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller, right, goes for the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, yells during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)LOS ANGELES — Brook Lopez hit six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points against his former Brooklyn teammates, and rookie Kyle Kuzma had 21 points and 13 rebounds during his first career start in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 124-112 victory over the Nets on Friday night.D’Angelo Russell had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game against the Lakers since they traded him to Brooklyn last summer in the four-player deal that brought Lopez and Kuzma to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacio’s road back to title shot starts vs compatriot Doliguez Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lopez, the leading scorer in Nets history, had 23 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds while the Lakers stayed comfortably ahead of Brooklyn, which has lost four straight. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18.Allen Crabbe scored 25 points for the Nets in the opener of a five-game road trip, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLopez had spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Nets before the trade, becoming the top scorer in franchise history while leading the Nets in scoring during each of the past five seasons. But the 7-foot North Hollywood native will be a free agent next summer, and Brooklyn shipped him home after he put up 20.5 points per game last season.While most Staples Center fans paid attention to the still-popular Russell’s return, Lopez calmly posted his biggest offensive game yet for his new team He hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and punctuated the performance with a series of ferocious dunks in the final minutes. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I would say it ruffled a few feathers, but you control what you can control,” Russell said of Johnson’s comments. “He’s in a position to say what he wants, so I’m going to do what I can do.”KUZMA’S STARTBall got more attention during the summer, but the Lakers’ most impressive rookie has been Kuzma.The University of Utah product took another big step in his ascendant career with the Lakers, who appear to have a steal in the player Brooklyn selected with the 27th overall pick and then immediately traded to Los Angeles.Given his first chance to start after Larry Nance Jr. broke his hand in Portland on Thursday night, Kuzma responded by scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first half.TIP-INSNets: Russell is only 20 months older than Ball. … Lopez returns to Brooklyn on Feb. 2.Lakers: Nance will be sidelined for four to six weeks after surgery on Friday. He had started Los Angeles’ first eight games, making steady contributions on both ends of the floor. … Ball had six points on 3-of-15 shooting and seven assists.UP NEXTNets: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Monday. D-LO RETURNSRussell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft and the cornerstone of the Lakers’ rebuilding project under former bosses Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. When owner Jeanie Buss replaced the duo with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka last year, Russell was shipped off to Brooklyn four months later along with high-priced center Timofey Mozgov, who had five points in his return.Before his return game, the 21-year-old Russell declined to criticize Johnson or the Lakers, saying he enjoyed his time in LA. He was greeted largely by warm cheers during pregame introductions.“I went through a lot while I was here,” Russell said. “Their job is to do what they can do best for the organization, and for me to move on, that’s what they felt was best. Can’t complain about that.”Johnson made the deal to clear Mozgov’s onerous contract off the books for the Lakers’ pursuit of top-tier free agents next summer, but also to clear a path for rookie Lonzo Ball, his preferred choice as the team’s new point guard and cornerstone. After the trade, Johnson also made comments that appeared to be critical of Russell’s leadership ability.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday before heading out on an East Coast road trip. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more