NewsCommunityNetwork Ireland Raise Money for Limerick Charity Cliona’s FoundationBy Meghann Scully – June 17, 2019 163 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLack of home help driving elderly into nursing careNext articleAstronaut’s niece gets career lift-off at UL Meghann Scully Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin TAGSCliona’s FoundationKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostNetwork IrelandNetwork Ireland Limerick Advertisement Email WhatsApp Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival No Repro FeeTerry Ring – Cliona’s Foundation and Helen Wycherley – President of Network Ireland pictured for the Network Ireland cheque presentation to Clionas Foundation today.Pic. Brian ArthurNetwork Ireland, a national organisation supporting the professional and personal develop of women, hosted a major International Women’s Day event at Thomond Park earlier this year and selected local charity Cliona’s Foundation as its charity of choice for the event.Helen Wycherley, National President of Network Ireland, presented a cheque worth €3,600 to Terry Ring of Cliona’s Foundation recently.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cliona’s Foundation is a Limerick-based charity that provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child.Helen Wycherley – President of Network Ireland, Terry Ring – Cliona’s Foundation, Catriona O’Donoghue – President of Network Ireland Limerick and Phil Deegan – Cliona’s Foundation pictured for the Network Ireland cheque presentation to Clionas Foundation today.Pic. Brian ArthurSpeaking at the cheque presentation, Helen Wycherley said“Given one of our core values at Network Ireland is giving support and that many of our members are mothers, aunts, godmothers, grandmothers, selecting Cliona’s Foundation as our charity was a perfect fit.“We hope this donation will help Cliona’s Foundation provide financial support to a family who is caring for their seriously sick child and make a difference to all their lives.” she added. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Jan 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The number of avian influenza outbreaks among poultry in Vietnam has been growing quickly, according to reports from the region.The Vietnam Veterinary Department said outbreaks had been reported in 20 communes and 15 districts of seven cities and provinces, primarily in southern Vietnam, by Jan 9, according to a Voice of Vietnam news story posted online on that date.By yesterday, the same veterinary agency reported 54 outbreaks among poultry in 51 communes from 29 districts and 9 provinces between Jan 1 and 10, according to a story by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). The provinces involved remain predominantly southern, mostly in the Mekong Delta.In addition, the number of culled poultry continues to climb. More than 103,000 infected poultry had been culled in the recent outbreaks, said a VNA report yesterday. Today the Bloomberg news service quoted authorities as saying that more than 114,000 birds had died or been culled since early December. More than 1,900 chickens and 1,500 ducks were culled yesterday alone in three Mekong Delta provinces, according to a Saigon Times Daily report cited by Bloomberg.The reports of spreading poultry outbreaks follow three human deaths attributed to H5N1 avian flu in the past 2 weeks and come amid reports of more suspected human cases. An 18-year-old woman from the southern province of Hau Giang who died Jan 10 is thought to be a victim of avian flu, according to reports yesterday from Agence France-Presse and other media outlets. Confirmatory tests are pending.A hospital director in Can Tho city said the 18-year-old had killed an infected chicken but did not eat it.In addition, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today that about 15 Vietnamese have been hospitalized with suspected cases of avian flu in recent weeks. The report included the four recent deaths in that total. The story said the newest suspected case is in a 35-year-old woman from the southern province of Tra Vinh who was hospitalized yesterday, 2 weeks after she killed and ate a sick chicken.
A huge part of the Canucks’ success killing penalties tonight was their complete domination of Chicago in the faceoff circle. The Canucks won 60% of their draws tonight. The Canucks are still struggling to put a totally complete game together. That said, tonight they can be proud that they played as a team, stuck up for each other, and limited Chicago’s scoring chances. Their goals will come, especially if they continue to put forth the effort we saw tonight. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMETonight basically was a playoff game and was decided in overtime, no shootout required. The only way to conclude here is that this would have been a playoff loss. The Canucks are now 2-3 since I started gauging the games in this manner. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night: TSN broadcast the game tonight and while I’m not a huge Chris Cuthbert guy, I love Ray Ferraro. His experience as a player shines through as he’s able to provide insight as to what might or might not be going on within the team over the course of the game, in addition to his excellent analysis of the play.I thought the panel had good segments in the first and second intermissions as they analysed and discussed the Keith/Sedin incident. Aaron Ward seems to have taken on a liking of the Canucks over the course of the season, as he hardly says anything overtly negative about them.Looking ahead: Vancouver flew to Dallas directly following tonight’s game, where they will face the surging Stars tomorrow night. Amazingly, Daniel wasn’t credited for a hit when he hit Keith (he actually hit someone else on that shift as well). As a result, there just weren’t a lot of opportunities for the team to get at him. When they did, he refused to answer the bell. There really wasn’t much the Canucks could do. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.Most of the chatter surrounding the Vancouver Canucks’ recent swoon has centered around their lack of effort and the appearance of coasting as they finish off the regular season. Tonight’s game in Chicago was viewed by many as an opportunity for the Canucks to up the ante as they ready themselves for the playoffs. The team did just that, playing an inspired game, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime decision to the rival Blackhawks. Unfortunately, this increase in intensity may have cost the Canucks leading goal scorer, Daniel Sedin.Tonight’s game really has two storylines. One is of the game itself, which featured stellar play by Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo and some intense, uptempo, pressing hockey from the Canucks through much of the first and third periods, play which should comfort most of the fan base and prove they can bring it when they need to. The second storyline, however, centres around a brutal cheap shot delivered to Daniel from Norris-trophy winner Duncan Keith, which knocked Sedin out of the game with what is widely being speculated as either a concussion or a fractured jaw. The Canucks’ attempts to exact some level of retribution on Chicago through most of the second period continued this story, the attempts to enforce hockey’s outdated “code” putting the Canucks on the penalty kill for a total of 10 minutes in the middle frame, which slanted most of the play in the Blackhawks’ favour.Vancouver opened the scoring in the first minute after a tremendous cross ice pass out of their zone by Sammy Pahlsson to Jannik Hansen, who used his speed to go around Johnny Oduya and beat Chicago starter Corey Crawford. From that point, Vancouver was handed three consecutive power plays, however, the power play struggled and they weren’t able to generate much of anything against Chicago’s penalty kill.During the second power play, Daniel hit Keith in the corner just after Keith had moved the puck up ice. It was a rare hit by Daniel, and unfortunately, his shoulder hit Keith’s head, the play going unpenalized. Four shifts later, Keith retaliated by delivering a dirty, cheap elbow to Daniel’s face in the neutral zone, just after Daniel turned around to chase the puck (which at the time was about 15 feet in the air headed into the Chicago zone). Keith made no attempt to chase the puck and it is patently obvious that the hit was intentional and was meant to injure. The officials, who had attempted to clamp down on the two teams in the early going, assessed only a minor penalty to Keith for elbowing. Daniel played the next shift on the ensuring power play, but did not return.The Blackhawks tied the game three minutes into the second period after Marian Hossa’s pass from behind the net went off Pahlsson into the slot onto Patrick Kane’s stick, where he shot it into the net past a frozen Luongo. After the goal, Kane celebrated as though he had just won the Stanley Cup (literally it looked like his celebration from his Cup winning goal against Philadelphia in 2010).From that point forth, the Canucks did their best to enforce “the code” and avenge the dirty hit on Daniel by targeting Keith every chance they got. Unfortunately, Keith did not oblige, which led only to a multitude of scrums. The referees, tonight clearly not righting previous wrongs, kept sending Canucks to the penalty box with extra minor penalties. Daniel’s brother Henrik, clearly upset with what had happened both as a brother and as team captain, also took a couple of minors in the latter half of the period. The goaltender intereference call on him was especially weak.The Canucks came out for the third period with a renewed focus on playing hockey and were the better team for most of the final stanza. They generated a number of quality scoring chances and hit the post twice, with another shot going off the inside of Crawford’s skate and through the crease. They played with the passion and fire that we have all come to expect. It was a welcome sight for sore eyes given the uninspired play we’ve seen from them of late. They were unable to get anything past Crawford and into the net, however, and the game went to overtime. I felt that Lapierre, Weise, and Kassian all had some effective shifts in a more physical role. Still I’d like to see just a bit more out of these guys, especially considering the Keith/Sedin incident. Kassian did his best to lay some hits out there and stood up to the Blackhawks when challenged. The Canucks outhit Chicago 38-24. This is a great indicator that the Canucks can turn it up when required. Many people will be upset with the perceived lack of response by the Canucks after the hit. I saw the game unfold differently – immediately following the hit, the team was on the power play, which for obvious reasons isn’t a good time to exact revenge. The period then ran out shortly thereafter. In the second, the team took after him every chance they got, but after the most major scrum halfway through the period, he was assessed 14 minutes in penalties. By the time he was back on the ice, the Canucks had turned their attention to getting the go ahead goal. The Kesler-Booth combination was more quiet tonight as Higgins was moved down to the third line to accommodate Raymond’s return to the lineup. During overtime, the Canucks did not play well and they eventually succumbed to the Blackhawks after an odd-man rush against saw an Oduya shot go off Andrew Shaw’s shinguard past Luongo. The play came after Vancouver had a promising foray into the offensive zone, unfortunately Henrik was caught up ice and wasn’t able to backcheck in time to make a difference on the play.For many reasons, Canucks fans should be happy with what they saw tonight from the team – it was a step in the right direction. The team played with a fire and intensity that has been seldom seen of late. They played well defensively and didn’t give up an abundance of grade A scoring chances. When they did, Luongo was there and as a result had a tremendous game. The penalty kill was extremely effective. Finally, while the second period was spent in their own zone killing penalties, they were the better team for the bulk of the first and third periods.The hit on Daniel, if his injury isn’t severe, may prove to be a positive as it will hopefully spark the team and give them something to rally around. In a season where motivation has been difficult to manufacture, they have now found it. It’s up to the team to see what they can do with it. BUSH LEAGUE NHL CONTINUES TO DEAL INCORRECTLY WITH SERIOUS ON-ICE INCIDENTSThe fact the Keith hit was not assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct is abhorrent and is indicative of the bush-league state of officiating in the NHL. From the NHL Rulebook, Rule 21: 21.1 Match Penalty – A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.Daniel was injured on the play. The hit was delivered in a deliberate manner. It seems clear this should have resulted in a five minute man advantage for Vancouver – however, it was assessed the same penalty as little-used Brandon Bollig was assessed just seven minutes earlier for a harmless glove to the face of Zack Kassian. Quite frankly, the inconsistency of the league’s officiating is a farce. Referees are ludicrously hesitant to dole out a five minute major for anything other than fighting, which is always an offsetting penalty. The fact that a player can go out and head-hunt, the only consequence being a measly two minute minor, pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this league wants to conduct its business. For all the talk of skill and speed and everything that is great about the game, it’s all complete and utter lip service. The league can say what it wants, but its actions paint a much different picture.The panel on TSN discussed the severity of the play and the likely suspension that will be handed down by Brendan Shanahan. Bob McKenzie correctly pointed out that as far as the Canucks are concerned, the number of games meted out is irrelevant, especially if Daniel, the team’s leading goal scorer and one of its key players, is out for any length of time.Canucks Nation will wait with baited breath for news from the Canucks tomorrow regarding Daniel’s injury. He did play one shift after the hit, but took himself out of the game thereafter. There are rumours tonight that it could be a fractured jaw, as TSN reported he went into the X-ray room with a doctor.The pain from a fractured jaw would be so intense that it’s unlikely Daniel would have told training staff on the bench that he was “OK”, which he did after he got to the bench, and even more unlikely that he would have played the next shift. He looked a bit glazed over, and for those reasons, I believe that Daniel suffered a concussion – or at a minimum was held out of the remainder of the game to monitor him for this purpose. With any luck, Daniel will have travelled with the team to Dallas tonight and be no worse for wear tomorrow.The downside of this hit is much worse. If it’s a fractured jaw, this would be a six to eight week injury. If a concussion, Daniel may be unavailable to the team for as little as a game or two, or at worst, for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. I hope Shanahan bears this in mind when he figures out what to do with Keith, but my guess is that he will receive, at most, a meaningless three game vacation. GAME OBSERVATIONS Mason Raymond had one of his most effective games of the season tonight. He was fast and, for a change, got to the middle of the ice where he was able to create a number of dangerous scoring chances. This is the Raymond we saw immediately after he returned from injury earlier this season. When he’s on his game like this, he can still be an effective player. He started the game playing with Kesler and Booth, but after Daniel’s injury, played a lot of shifts with Henrik. There was an Alex Edler sighting! He played pretty well tonight and was noticeable both offensively and defensively, even delivering a solid hit on Shaw in the first period. Definitely a step in the right direction. Andrew Alberts drew into the game (his first in the last 10) and played very well. I have been saying this all year, but I like the physical presence he provides on the back end. He’s definitely not the fastest player, but he can be a very effective defenseman. Kane’s celebration of his tying goal was over the top.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2016)–With favored Whiskey Ticket battling back to his inside, El Huerfano proved best late as he registered a hard-earned head victory under Victor Espinoza in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Miller, El Huerfano, winless in his last nine starts, covered a flat mile in 1:37.05.“A win is a win,” Espinoza cracked, after being reminded there was no where near the $10,000,000 that he pursued in winning last Saturday’s Dubai World Cup aboard California Chrome. “I thought it was going to be very close, but when the other horse came to me, my horse came back on again.”Off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of six older horses, El Huerfano sat a close third, just to the outside of Whiskey Ticket at the quarter pole, took charge a furlong out and repelled a gallant late surge from “Whiskey” to prevail, paying $6.80, $3.20 and $2.40.Owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, the 4-year-old California-bred colt by Tannersmyman was making his third start for Miller and picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $145,527. He now has four wins from 15 career starts.Trained by Bob Baffert, Whiskey Ticket, a winner of the Grade III Illinois Derby in his second career start on April 18, had been idle since well beaten in the Ohio Derby on June 20. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, he was off at 6-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.40.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tribal jewel saved ground throughout and ran on for third money, finishing 2 ¾ lengths behind Whiskey Ticket. Off at 9-2, Tribal Jewel paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.11, 46.40, 1:11.10 and 1:23.82.First post time for an eight race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.”
WASHINGTON – House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority. The details originally were to be unveiled on Wednesday, but that was delayed until Thursday, said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The committee had worked throughout the day and evening to produce a plan for the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades.“We are making excellent progress. We are very close,” Brady told reporters late Tuesday night. “A lot of work remains with the drafters, they are continuing to work through the night. We are moving forward.”At the White House, an official said Trump looked forward to seeing legislation this week, adding the administration was confident the delay wouldn’t affect the ultimate timing of the bill. Brady said his panel plans to vote on the bill next week.Although they had settled on some key details — such as a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 per cent and maintaining the top personal income tax rate for the wealthy of 39.6 per cent — other elements still had to be resolved, including the income levels for the tax brackets.Trump has intensified his lobbying for the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan, seeking a major legislative achievement after the collapse of the health care repeal. Republicans see taxes as a political imperative that will decide whether they keep their congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections.The president set an ambitious timetable and predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.”Late Tuesday, Trump renewed his cheerleading on Twitter.“The Republican House members are working hard (and late) toward the Massive Tax Cuts that they know you deserve. These will be biggest ever!”The plan originally unveiled by Trump and congressional Republicans called for shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with respective tax rates of 12 per cent, 25 per cent, 35 per cent. That plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who complained it was too favourable to the wealthy and undermined Trump’s rhetoric about it benefiting the middle class.The current Republican plan calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction used by most average Americans to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and increasing the per-child tax credit. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate, it also seeks to repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, a big break for the wealthy.Brady did not answer directly when he was asked — while leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite Tuesday — whether the drop in the corporate tax rate would happen immediately. But, he said: “I want as much growth right from Day One as I can.”Trump intensified his lobbying for the tax overhaul plan even as its shape was still under negotiation by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.“The process is complicated but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be: People are going to pay less tax by a lot, companies are going to pay less tax by a lot – that’s a big difference — and companies are going to start rebuilding and they’re going to stay here,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room, where he was joined by the heads of more than a dozen business and trade allies.Trump said he’s directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and other administration officials to stay behind when he heads for Asia on Friday so they can help sell the tax proposal. The White House said Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, had cancelled plans to accompany the president to China and South Korea to help push the package.The president said he was hopeful the House will approve the tax bill by Thanksgiving. But his overly optimistic timetable didn’t address the concerns of lawmakers from states such as New York and New Jersey who have opposed a proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, arguing it would hurt their constituents and subject them to being taxed twice.A battle continues over contributions to 401(k) retirements accounts. The financial industry and some Republican lawmakers insist that the GOP plan not change the tax benefits of the popular savings vehicles, as has been floated by GOP leaders.__Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Marcy Gordon, Erica Werner and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,049.02, down 45.23 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.11 on 40.7 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down four cents, or 14.3 per cent, to 24 cents on 34.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 79 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $20.82 on 16.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down 20 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $8.25 on 15.3 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Gold. Up 23 cents, or 22.3 per cent, to $1.26 on 9.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Unchanged at $3.65 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Down $1.46 or 15.6 per cent to $7.87 on 519,000 shares traded. The retailer’s shares fell after the heritage-clothing brand’s second-quarter results Wednesday fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company reported a $4.08-million net loss for the quarter ended Aug. 4 — up from a net loss of $3.2 million in the second quarter of the previous year. Roots said its adjusted net loss was $0.06 per share, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon were expecting a loss of $0.02 per share.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer staples. Up 82 cents or 7.75 per cent to $11.40 on 486,000 shares traded. The retailer sees the planned divestiture of its European operations as an opportunity to focus on strengthening its North American base, anchored by the Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay retail banners. However, comparable-store sales at Hudson’s Bay — its main banner in Canada — were down slightly and its Saks OFF Fifth chain’s comparable sales in the United States and Canada were down 7.6 per cent.ATCO Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X). Utilities. Up 30 cents to $37.70 on 144,000 shares traded. The Calgary-based company says it will buy a 40-per-cent stake in South American port operator Neltume Ports for about $450 million. ATCO, which has interests in logistics, energy, and real estate, says the stake in the port operator and developer will further diversify its business. The deal adds to ATCO’s partnership with Parkland Fuel Corp. subsidiary Ultramar, which owns Neltume Ports.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Roots lost $8.34 million last year.
Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in school and playground zones, high crash zones, and neighbourhood streets. Volunteers record the speed of vehicles and forward these reports to police and ICBC. Areas with high incidents of speeding will be considered for future RCMP enforcement.Cpl. Francoeur said that the program is now also able to be expanded to include distracted driving campaigns.The Block Watch program is a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. It is a neighbour-helping-neighbour program that teaches citizens to secure their property, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activities to police.Block Watch contributes to more cohesive neighbourhoods as a result of encouraging camaraderie between neighbours and can also facilitate the resolution of minor issues locally.“Volunteering with the RCMP is an opportunity to invest in safety and security of the community,” added Cpl. Francoeur.To inquire about volunteering with the RCMP, call the Fort St. John detachment at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is currently recruiting volunteers for several crime prevention programs in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur says that the RCMP has partnered with the North Peace Justice Society for the Speed Watch and Block Watch programs.Speed Watch is an educational program sponsored by ICBC that is aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. This program not only provides awareness to drivers who are speeding, but also provides valuable data to the RCMP and ICBC in areas where speeding is a significant problem.
Andrew Bynum, one of the key players in the mega-trade that involved three all-stars, said his left knee troubles have extended to his right knee, too , putting an even larger question mark over when he will actually play for the Philadelphia 76ers.Bynum — acquired by the Sixers in the four-team transaction that moved Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philly, Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, among other elements — has been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee, and his return has been pushed back three times since the beginning of training camp. The 76ers were hoping Bynum would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.That date is now in question because of issues with his left knee. Bynum says he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees.“I had a little bit of a setback,” Bynum said. “Just working through some issues with the right knee, I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don’t know what’s going on. The doctors are saying it’s a weakened cartilage state, so we kind of wait, I guess. We can’t do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.”Bynum did say he targeted Dec. 10 as a possibility, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated debut to anywhere from mid-to-late December to as late as mid-January.“It’s the same exact spot (as the right knee) with the cartilage,” Bynum said. “Just doing routine things and it started swelling up. No blunt-force injury or anything like that. It’s the same timetable still.”The Sixers entered Friday 4-4 without Bynum, including three straight losses at home.Bynum announced in May, while still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was going to Germany in September for the Orthokine blood-spinning treatment in his knees that other professional athletes have sought. The Sixers announced before training camp that Bynum needed to delay his return to allow the effects of the Orthokine treatment to work.The bone bruise in his right knee caused the Sixers to push the return date from training camp to the regular season and now possibly to midseason.But the Sixers are still looking long term with Bynum, who’s in the last year of his contract.“My main concern is Andrew’s health,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “My main concern is big picture. We want to have a long relationship with him.”
201453.312.1 201649.9%21.7% 201557.115.2 Source: Synergy Sports Given the aggressive way he challenges multiple defenders at once and the energy he expends in doing so, it’s not all that surprising that Westbrook’s turnover rate is spiking. At the same time, he’s scoring in transition just under 50 percent of the time, which is his lowest success rate on such plays since his rookie season in 2008.There’s also been a major shift in the kind of turnovers Westbrook has been committing since he took on an unprecedented share of his team’s offense in the absence of Durant. The share of his miscues that stem from losing the ball — as opposed to throwing a bad pass, for instance — has more than doubled this season, according to Basketball-Reference. (In fairness, fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who has also been asked to take on a far greater role in his team’s offense, has struggled with many of the same turnover issues.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-heat1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In Cleveland on Sunday, I asked Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Westbrook’s aggressive, coast-to-coast sprints, and Donovan said he’s careful to not try to change the player Westbrook is, especially considering how much his star is asked to facilitate on offense.“When he does make a mistake, or doesn’t make the right decision and it results in a turnover, nobody is harder on him than himself. So there’s a line for me: I don’t want to take away a guy who, in my opinion, is the best open-floor player in the world,” Donovan said before his team lost to the Cavaliers. “After he makes a mistake, he does a good job of regulating and pulling back so that he can make better decisions.”Westbrook, who’s faced questions for the majority of his career about whether he sometimes plays too fast, has said in the past that he doesn’t feel his play is out of control.“I don’t think I play reckless at all,” he said. “I just think I play at a high level that other people may not be used to seeing.” That much is almost impossible to disagree with.Kawhi Leonard’s little fundamentalsIt’s challenging to illustrate how good Kawhi Leonard is on defense with numbers alone, but one metric offers us a glimpse: How often his blocked shots end up in the Spurs’ hands as opposed to the other team’s. It happens way more often than it should.On average, defensive teams come up with the ball about 57 percent of the time after they block a shot. But San Antonio has gotten possession of the ball on 75 percent of Leonard’s blocks this season, the highest rate in the NBA among players with at least 25 swats, according to information from BigDataBall, a database that logs the league’s play-by-play data. (San Antonio is still somewhat above-average at recovering blocks if you take Leonard’s numbers out of the mix, but the Spurs’ 61 percent recovery rate without Leonard doesn’t stand out from the rest of the league nearly as much.)It’s unclear whether this speaks solely to Leonard’s ability to guide blocks with his oversized hands, or whether it’s more a function of the Spurs being in a good position to field the swats once they occur.In any case, Leonard had a great mentor for this sort of thing. Recently retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan saw his teammates recover almost 74 percent of his blocked shots last season, per BigDataBall; the highest rate of any NBA player with 70 blocks or more.Paul George, all of a sudden the NBA’s best free-throw shooterAcross the board, from his three-point stroke to his solid efficiency in the last four seconds of the shot clock, Paul George has improved considerably as a shooter this season. He has also become a surprisingly great free-throw shooter — he’s hitting almost 93 percent from the charity stripe and is leading the league in free-throw percentage.That might not seem all that surprising — after all, he shot 86 percent from the free-throw line last season. But the Pacers star was very slightly worse than league average from the line as a rookie, making 76 percent of his shots that year. If he keeps this up, George would be the first player in more than 45 years — and just the second player in NBA history after Chet Walker — to lead the NBA in free-throw percentage after shooting worse than league average from the stripe during his rookie season.The Memphis Grizzlies’ defense is just for kicksThe Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies have long been known for their tough, bruising style of old-school basketball. But at certain points over the years, Memphis looked like it was doing its best impression of a soccer team instead.The Grizzlies, fourth in the NBA with 35 kicked-ball violations, are on track to rank among the NBA’s top 10 in the category for the sixth time in nine seasons, according to rare-stat site NBA Miner. Leading the charge for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, who tops the league with 13 kicked-ball violations this season, per BigDataBall. Related: Hot Takedown 201353.315.0 201254.811.1 201054.815.1 Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Herring_NBA.Is Russell Westbrook too fast for his own good?Between his freakish athleticism and the sheer fury with which he plays, Russell Westbrook — the closest thing we have to a human cannonball in pro sports — is the most entertaining player in the game today. Unlike smoother players like LeBron James or Chris Paul, who have a signature ebb and flow to their games, the Oklahoma City star is unpredictable from one play to the next. Because of his game-changing speed — when going full bore, he’s one of the NBA’s five fastest players, according to the league’s high-level tracking data — Westbrook’s capable of making plays that most other athletes can only dream of pulling off.More often than not, though, when Westbrook’s talent backfires, it’s because he’s trying too hard to make something happen, particularly when he’s outnumbered during fast-break situations.Oklahoma City, after forcing a live-ball turnover, is finishing its possessions in just over eight seconds on average, which is by far the fastest rate in the league, according to Inpredictable, a site that specializes in calculating win probabilities and other advanced sports metrics. Westbrook, as the team’s point guard and best player, is an enormous part of that speed. But the quick trips down the court aren’t necessarily paying off: As of Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder were tied for the second-worst efficiency after live-ball turnovers. That’s a steep drop-off from last year, when Kevin Durant was still in Oklahoma City and the club had the NBA’s eighth-best offense in those scenarios.Perhaps Westbrook’s speed-demon tendencies have something to do with that inefficiency.In transition, Westbrook’s reliance on his speed means he’ll often experience the same dichotomy as Sonic the Hedgehog: He either sprints triumphantly across the finish line or crashes painfully into an obstruction, losing all his golden rings.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-clippers-clip.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Westbrook is involved in an NBA-high seven transition plays per game. And according to an analysis run at FiveThirtyEight’s request by Brittni Donaldson of SportVU, which tracks nearly everything that happens on an NBA court, there have been 413 instances1As of January 29. this season where, following a turnover or a defensive rebound in the backcourt, Westbrook took at least three dribbles and covered at least 20 feet with those dribbles. For context, John Wall, the next closest player, has done that 257 times. 200847.215.7 201154.515.5 SEASONSCORETURNOVER 200954.113.2 Outcomes of Russell Westbrook possessions when in transition Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru Of course, there are practical reasons for a team like Memphis — which has also ranked among the top 10 on the defensive end of the floor for six of the past seven seasons — to kick the basketball. At a minimum, it forces a team to reset its offense with less time remaining on the shot clock. And at a maximum, it prevents an opposing player from catching an interior pass in a prime scoring area. (We’ve seen Tony Allen accidentally go a bit too far defending with his feet before.)That said, it’s more fun to try to connect the dots between Gasol’s kicked-ball violations and Gasol’s love for soccer. He hails from Spain, and he is an FC Barcelona fan. Plus, who could forget the time he nearly headed the basketball into the hoop during a pause in the action?Additional research assistance by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NBA predictions.