When does the NBA season start 2019-20? Opening Night schedule, first game for each team

first_imgIf you’re wondering when the regular season officially starts — and more importantly, when your favorite team plays its first game — we’ve got you covered. Here is the schedule breakdown for the first few days of the 2019-20 NBA season.NBA PREDICTIONS 2019-20: SN’s Finals picks | Award winners Stay calm, basketball fans. Another NBA season is right around the corner. After a summer full of major signings and blockbuster trades, NBA general managers have their rosters set, and the championship chase is wide open. The Warriors didn’t suddenly disappear, but they aren’t expected to continue their dominance over the rest of the league following a run of three titles in five years. When does the NBA season start?The 2019-20 campaign will tip off Tuesday, Oct. 22 on TNT with marquee matchups featuring the Pelicans, Raptors, Lakers and Clippers. No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will make his regular-season debut against the defending champs in the early game (8 p.m. ET), and the Clippers’ new dynamic duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will challenge Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the battle for Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET).UPDATE: George will miss the opener as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgeries. The six-time All-Star is targeting a November return. Williamson is also out after undergoing knee surgery. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.That’s just a teaser for Wednesday’s slate, which features 11 games, including Celtics vs. 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET) and Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers (10 p.m. ET) on ESPN. The Hawks, Bucks, Rockets and Warriors will play their regular-season openers Thursday night. Golden State will face the Clippers in the first regular-season game at the new Chase Center.NBA schedule for 2019-20Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Opening Night)TimeTeamsLocationNational TV8 p.m. ETPelicans vs. RaptorsScotiabank ArenaTNT10:30 p.m. ETLakers vs. ClippersStaples CenterTNTWednesday, Oct. 23TimeTeamsLocationNational TV7 p.m. ETBulls vs. HornetsSpectrum Center—7 p.m. ETPistons vs. PacersBankers Life Fieldhouse—7 p.m. ETCavaliers vs. MagicAmway Center—7:30 p.m. ETCeltics vs. 76ersWells Fargo CenterESPN7:30 p.m. ETGrizzlies vs. HeatAmerican Airlines Arena—7:30 p.m. ETTimberwolves vs. NetsBarclays Center—8:30 p.m. ETWizards vs. MavericksAmerican Airlines Center—8:30 p.m. ETKnicks vs. SpursAT&T Center—9 p.m. ETThunder vs. JazzVivint Smart Home Arena—10 p.m. ETNuggets vs. Trail BlazersModa CenterESPN10 p.m. ETKings vs. SunsTalking Stick Resort Arena—Thursday, Oct. 24TimeTeamsLocationNational TV7 p.m. ETHawks vs. PistonsLittle Caesars Arena—8 p.m. ETBucks vs. RocketsToyota CenterTNT10:30 p.m. ETClippers vs. WarriorsChase CenterTNTlast_img read more

DiBella continues to turn a few heads

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats rearguard Aimee DiBella has another honor to add to the career.The feisty DiBella was recently chosen runner-up for the Female Midget AAA player of the month for October.The player-of-the-month award was claimed by Reaghan Chadwick of Fraser Valley Phantom hockey team. Chadwick started the season with 10 goals and eight assists in 11 games.DiBella finished tied with Cassidy Hendricks of Vancouver Fusion, Bre Frasca of Thompson-Okanagan Rockets and Linda Jensen of Prince George Cougars.The 5’7”, DiBella currently leads the Wildcats in scoring with seven goals for 10 points.Earlier this season DiBella was names to the Team B.C. U18 team that is representing the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.The Wildcats return to action Saturday, November 20 in Rutland against the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.The Female Midget AAA League was started in 2007 give female players the opportunity to play fellow elite players from throughout the province.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Planning for the future

first_imgWhen my family gets together for our annual reunion, we invariably linger over old photographs and videos. One video goes back to 1988: we’re driving towards Parika and I recorded some shacks built on the swampy reserve adjoining the Zeelugt public road. In my running commentary, I predicted that within a decade those shacks would be transformed into comfortable homes. And so said, so done.I could be so confident with my prediction because I felt I knew the mentality of the people, who, at the time, were taking a huge risk that the Government would not bulldoze them off the land. They still retained much of the cultural trait brought by their forbears from India that impelled them towards owning a house rather than renting one. VS Naipaul captures the drive in his epic, “House for Mr Biswas”; the house was a trope for a particular view of life. To rent a house was to somehow accept that you did not have the self-control to save in order to build your house: that you assure continuity for your children – your future.This capacity to save, by people who were at best grubbing out a day-to-day existence from cane cutting, farming or fishing, was sustained by a willingness to delay their gratification. Conspicuous consumption was not a part of their repertoire as immigrants. The old cultural trait to look to the future to ensure that their children lived ‘better’ was reinforced by the newer immigrant mentality adopted after their arrival in Guyana. They were here to ‘make it”.Today, this willingness to imbibe self-control, plan for the future and defer gratification to ensure that the plan gets accomplished in the face of humble circumstances, is fast disappearing. We are now generally living and consuming for the moment, but still want to see our lives improve over time. We want to “suck cane and blow whistle at the same time”. It can’t be done, so we end up frustrated; sink into despair or demand handouts. Some, of course, use force and take what they want.From where have we imbibed this new ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude? For one, in any group there will be some that go against the grain. But generally it’s as a result of outside pressures and influences – cultural and otherwise. In the Caribbean, there are aspects of the dominant Creole culture that present some of these pressures and influences. And this has been part of my rejection of the assimilationist imperatives in the present dominant mode of ‘integration’. As Malcolm X said in an analogous context, “Why integrate into a burning house?”Back in 1984, there was an International Roundtable in Guyana to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Then Prime Minister Desmond Hoyte delivered an address: “Towards 2034: A Deeper View of the Horizon” in which he made some pertinent remarks on the refusal of some to live for the future. Because my assertion about Creole culture can be (and has been) egregiously misinterpreted, I quote rather liberally from Mr Hoyte’s address, who made the same point.“…one of the most pernicious consequences of slavery was that it bereft the slave of a vested interest in the future by imposing upon him the need to be constantly preoccupied with the exigencies of the moment. Indeed…the African slave on a WI plantation found himself in a world without horizons. His condition circumscribed within very narrow limits not only his physical but also his spiritual being. It deprived of the cohering and creative influences of his social organisation and his culture.“Uprooted from his natural milieu, no longer able to fulfil his civic and religious duties, he was robbed of his spiritual points of reference. His personality disintegrated and, in a word, he suffered “social death”. It is not to be wondered at, then, that his outlook was little informed by any curiosity beyond the immediate, by any speculation about the distant future.“And so, lacking a social motive, he developed no interest in, or aptitude for, making long-term arrangements. Moreover, the colonial polity which succeeded the era of slavery did not provide the former slave and his descendants with significantly greater incentive or opportunity for cultivating these pursuits. Thus, there persists in our society, even to this day, a reluctance to focus too intently on the future.“It is critically important, I believe, that we should analyse and understand this phenomenon of our lack of interest in the future and our failure, generally, to plan in a serious methodical way with respect to it.”last_img read more

“I pardoned him and he did not even say sorry” – Bhagwanlall Ramlagan

first_imgBy Mohanlall SuelallOne of the leading principles in Bhagwanlall Ramlagan’s life is the ability to forgive people despite their shortcomings. He, however, expects those who are pardoned to be somewhat remorseful, but he got a rude awakening a few weeks ago.On November 20, 2019, Ramlagan was walking along Anna Regina Market Street in the Pomeroon-Supenaam region when he was hit from the back by a young man who was riding his motorcycle in a reckless manner. The 67-year-old recalled that all he felt was a heaviness on his back and then he fell face down onto the pavement.He lost consciousness. When Ramlagan regained consciousness, he was already being transported to the Suddie Hospital on the Essequibo Coast, where he was treated and later sent away.The youthful rider of the motorcycle was apparently blazing his way through the busy market area when he lost control of his bike and crashed into the Councillor. Ramlagan never expected that he would have been in an accident that would leave him in pain to this day.The motorcyclist was reportedly not wearing any safety gear, also putting himself at risk for serious injuries as well.Ramlagan, popularly referred to as “Haribol”, because of his religious beliefs, said that he was following a spiritual path, so he decided that forgiveness was the right thing to do. Although the young man did not render any assistance to him or even apologised for crashing into the elderly man, he was forgiven. With no strings attached to that forgiveness, Ramlagan said he later learnt that the young man has since paid for the damage he caused to the stalls at the market, but has yet to reach out to him to check to see how he is doing.He said that he suffered injuries to his back, knees and other parts of his body and could not have worked for more than two weeks. The elderly man is still in pain, but because of religious teachings that he should show mercy to all of God’s creation, he did not report the matter to the Police. He wanted to meet the young man personally and give him some good words of advice so as to be more careful on the roadways, but he was not fortunate because the young man did not make contact with him after the accident.Ramlagan said that he was very much concerned about the many road accidents and fatalities and was calling on drivers to apply the 5 ‘Cs’ when driving, especially at this time of the year. He is calling on them to be extra careful when driving and also insisted that drivers stop speeding and not drink and drive.He noted that while there were some reckless drivers, there were also some careless pedestrians who did not care how they used the roads. He urged all road users to be careful especially during the holiday season. He said that Christmas was a time of sharing and loving and he hoped that drivers would do the right thing to show love and compassion to the other road users by driving carefully, to avoid causing grief, sadness, and pain to themselves, families, friends, neighbours and the general public.last_img read more

Andy Murray ‘quite close’ to singles return

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “In terms of moving and feeling and waking up the next day, I’m feeling good,” Murray said. “I’m quite close but there’s stuff that would need to get better.”Murray, paired with brother Jamie in men’s doubles at the ATP Washington Open, said Monday he feels no hip pain and will practice singles this week while playing doubles and plans to do so against next week in Canada.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’ll play singles as soon as I feel ready,” Murray said. “I’m going to practice singles and play doubles to compete and each week I’ll see. I’ll keep on that path until I’m ready.”Murray, the former world number one who is now ranked 222nd, downplayed the idea he might compete in the US Open, which starts August 26, but didn’t slam the door on the possibility. Earlier this month at Wimbledon, Murray said it would be up to 18 months before he returned to singles and the US Open was a “pretty unlikely” prospect.“I’m closer than what I maybe thought I was,” Murray said. “After Wimbledon, I started doing a few singles drills. At one point brief practices. It felt great.”“This latest comeback I didn’t have any particularly high hopes. I’ve had high hopes for most of them before.”Murray played a set Sunday and about eight games Monday in the US capital heat but is missing match fitness instead of fighting hip pain.“The conditions here are tough and that’s the thing I’m needing. My conditioning isn’t great. My time in the gym has been on strengthening the hip,” Murray said.“These last few months have been brilliant. Just not being in pain, it’s amazing what that will do to you.”Murray said if he had to play singles next week, “I could do it, but to get where I would want to be I’d have to get back in the gym and get my cardio better.”Murray’s most recent singles match was a five-set first-round loss at the Australian Open in January to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray delayed his flight home due to hip pain.“It was completely gone. I wasn’t even certain after the operation if I’d ever be healthy again,” Murray said. “A few months later I’m feeling better and feel like I can get back on the singles court.”Murray left in tears Last year at Washington, Murray won a rain-delayed third-round match at just after 3 a.m., weeping at the end of the match he was so overcome with emotion at gutting out a win through the pain. He withdrew later that day.“Here last year I was just in a lot of pain,” Murray said. “I was struggling a lot. It was really bad. I was upset. My hip was really, really painful.”After trading harsh words with tournament officials then, both Murray and organizers have moved past the tough moment.“What happened last year was a shame,” Murray said. “I was going through a tough time when it happened. I like it here. I’m happy to be back and have the opportunity to play with my brother again, which I haven’t done for three years.”Jamie Murray, 33, won the Washington doubles title last year with former partner Bruno Soares. The Murrays have not played together since the 2016 Rio Olympics but did help Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says he is “quite close” to being able to play singles matches and a “best-case scenario” could see it happen at Cincinnati in two weeks.The 32-year-old British star, who feared he could be forced into retirement before undergoing right hip surgery in January, returned to the court in June but has played only doubles while rehabilitating and seeing how his hip responds.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “Best case scenario probably would be Cincinnati,” Murray said. “If I wasn’t in Cincinnati, I would probably wait until after the US Open.“I wouldn’t want my first tournament to be playing best-of-five (sets) either.”But Murray, whose Grand Slam singles titles include the 2012 US Open and 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon crowns, warned he has hopes of regaining his peak form.“I’m playing better than I was last year. I can extend my leg behind me. I can push off for serves. It’s brilliant,” he said.“The question I have now is why not? Why can’t I get back where I was? What’s the reason? There isn’t one. It just takes time.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Benefits of township living Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Jeremy Lin in tears as he hits ‘rock bottom’ amid tough NBA free agency MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Mythical 5 selection boosts Bulanadi’s confidence ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—When Allyn Bulanadi declared for the PBA Draft, he couldn’t help but have doubts on whether he could effectively make the jump from the collegiate and club competitions to the country’s premier basketball league.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Bulanadi, who was even an early frontrunner for the MVP award, was Season 95’s leading scorer, averaging 20.0 points with 5.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists while leading the Golden Stags to the fourth seed with an 11-7 card.As for his old club team in the MPBL, Bulanadi said his contract with the Steel already ended Nov. 28 but its management still supported him in his decision.“We talked about my decision to enter the PBA Draft when we went to Basilan and they told me that they will support me every step of the way,” said Bulanadi. “We even talked about the possibility that if I don’t get drafted then Steel would always be my fallback.”ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacancenter_img Yet for all that negativity, Bulanadi had a solid support system and a strong final collegiate year that pushed his confidence at an all-time high.Bulanadi was part of the NCAA Season 95 Mythical Team and Basilan, his club team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, has given him its full support en route to the PBA Draft on Dec. 8.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Basically the Mythical Team award was my ticket to the PBA and of course I’m happy I was able to get that,” said Bulanadi in Filipino. “That award boosts my confidence to play.”“I’ll always bring that distinction with me.” MOST READ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

French company seeks Boeing jets

first_imgThe announcements usually include a mix of new orders, confirmed previous orders and plans for future orders. Airbus remains out in front at Le Bourget, despite its troubles with the A350, after announcing a raft of orders on Monday, including a deal to supply Qatar Airlines with 80 A350s. It added to those Tuesday with an order from Memphis-based leasing company Intrepid Aviation Group for 20 cargo versions of its A330-200 wide-bodied aircraft, worth $3.5 billion at list prices. It also predicted that it will win at least 600 firm orders for its aircraft this year, including more than 20 for the double-decker A380. “I can tell you with full confidence that Airbus is back,” Gallois said at the show at Le Bourget, north of Paris. Airbus sales chief John Leahy added that the planemaker expects to exceed 20 orders for the A380 this year, for which it currently has 163 firm orders. Wiring and other technical problems have led to a two-year delay in delivery of the plane, which is expected to wipe out 4.8 billion euros ($6.2 billion) from the profit of parent company European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. NV over the next four years. The company overhauled top executives and set in place a restructuring plan that includes cutting 10,000 jobs over four years. Flanked by the new management team at Tuesday’s news conference, Gallois was upbeat. “We are in a process of turning the company around and this new management structure is, for you, the first tangible evidence that we are progressing,” he said. Emirates, the biggest single customer for the A380, is believed to have obtained significantly improved financial terms for the aircraft. Leahy added that Airbus’ total firm order book stands at 219, worth around $30 billion. The planemaker also has preliminary commitments for a further 120 planes, worth around $15 billion, he said. The Paris Air Show comes amid revived fortunes for the commercial airline industry. After two years in the red, the industry will make a profit of just over $5 billion this year, despite rising fuel costs, says the International Air Transport Association, whose 250 members claim to represent 94 percent of international air traffic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LE BOURGET, France – International Lease Finance Corp., the world’s largest airline leasing company, announced an order for 63 Boeing Co. jets, including 50 of the planemaker’s flagship 787 Dreamliners on Tuesday. The additional orders for the Dreamliner makes Los Angeles-based ILFC the biggest customer for the first commercial jet made of light, sturdy, carbon-fiber composites instead of aluminum. It now has a total of 74 firm orders. Sales of the 787 have far outstripped those of rival Airbus’ A350 after the European company – responding to customer complaints – decided to redesign its jet and pushed back its delivery date until 2013. ILFC was the launch customer for the original A350, ordering 16 of the planes, and founder and CEO Stephen Udvar-Hazy was instrumental in the push to have the plane redesigned. He said Tuesday he would meet with Airbus co-Chief Executive Louis Gallois on Wednesday, but declined to elaborate. Mike Bair, who heads the 787 program for Chicago-based Boeing, said Tuesday that the plane is on track for delivery to its first customer in May 2008. “We are where we need to be,” Bair told reporters. “We have pockets that are behind,” but the overall schedule for production remains steady, he said. Bair said that the Dreamliner is now sold out until 2013. The ILFC orders announced Tuesday will begin delivery in 2013, carrying through until 2017. The earlier orders made by ILFC will start delivery in 2010. The total Boeing order from ILFC, which included 10 next-generation 737s, was worth a total at list prices of $8.8 billion. Planemakers often reserve big announcements for the air shows held on alternate years in Le Bourget and Farnborough, on the outskirts of London, to ensure maximum impact. last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool set for transfer disappointment as target reveals Juventus talks

first_img1 Alvaro Morata Arsenal and Liverpool target Alvaro Morata has revealed he is in talks with Juventus about renewing his contract.The 23-year-old striker has been on the radar of both English clubs since he swapped Real Madrid for Turin last year.Madrid themselves have a buy-back option on their former player, but Morata insists he is happy in Italy and has no intention of returning to Spain.The forward, who has scored 16 Serie A goals since his arrival, is under contract until 2019 but he has now confirmed he is in discussions with the club about improving his terms.The news would come as a blow to both Liverpool and Arsenal, who have both been heavily linked with the Spain international in the past six months.Morata told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “We are talking with Juventus to renew my contract, but there is no hurry.“Juventus signed a youngster who played little time at Real Madrid, not Europe’s top goalscorer.”last_img read more

Sunderland v Man United: Team news and talkSPORT stream details

first_imgManchester United will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League when they travel to Sunderland, LIVE on talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side have not lost in the league since October, but they have often been criticised for failing to turn draws into wins. The Red Devils have drawn 12 matches this season and, despite their long run, they have remained in sixth for the majority.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Sunderland v Manchester United: The Stadium of Light clash gets underway at 13:30, click here to listenUnited will have one eye on Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg trip to Anderlecht.They travel to the Stadium of Light to face former boss David Moyes, whose struggling Black Cats look destined for the drop.They are rooted to the bottom of the table, 10 points from safety, and have won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches.Confirmed teamsSunderland: Pickford, Jones, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ndong, Rodwell, Larsson, Defoe, Anichebe.Subs: Mannone, Djilobodji, Borini, Khazri, Pienaar, Manquillo, Gibson.Man Utd: Romero, Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera, Lingard, Ibrahimovic.Subs: Martial, Carrick, Blind, Rashford, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Joel Pereira.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Sunderland v Manchester United: The Stadium of Light clash gets underway at 13:30, click here to listen 1 Jose Mourinho: The Portuguese boss looks on ahead Sunderland v Man United last_img read more

9 killed when van tries to outrun Border Patrol

first_imgYUMA, Ariz. – A sport utility vehicle crammed with apparent illegal immigrants rolled over in an attempt to outrun Border Patrol agents, killing nine people and injuring at least 12 others, officials said. Five of the injured, including a pregnant woman, were in critical condition, most with head trauma, hospital officials said. The Chevy Suburban was carrying up to 22 people when the driver tried to circumvent a checkpoint on the highway, Border Patrol spokesman Lloyd Frers said. With Border Patrol agents in pursuit, the driver attempted to make a U-turn and the vehicle rolled over, Frers said. “Now that you have so many more people making that journey through those godforsaken areas, it’s natural that you’re going to have more fatalities,” Bonner said.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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“It’s pretty obvious to anybody who looks at it that it was more than likely a smuggling load … and they were more than likely from Mexico,” Frers said. Sheriff’s Maj. Leon Wilmot said the car had swerved to avoid a spike strip put out by Border Patrol agents. Border Patrol spokeswoman Agent Veronica Lozano said she didn’t know whether agents put out the device. Scores of illegal immigrants die each year while crossing the Mexican border into Arizona, many in car crashes. Smugglers often flee from authorities at high speeds or overloaded vehicles, which makes them difficult to control. “They just pile in; they’re like sardines,” Frers said. “It’s unfortunate.” Agents are generally required to follow a “nonpursuit” policy, meaning they must follow a suspect vehicle at a distance unless the driver commits a traffic violation, said T.J. Bonner, who heads a union representing Border Patrol agents. After a traffic violation, a supervisor can authorize pursuit. last_img read more