November 17, 2020

Experts, musicians encourage people to stay active, creative amid pandemic

first_imgWith the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay at home and forgo most outdoor activities, experts and musicians are encouraging the public to stay active and be creative.Speaking with the national COVID-19 task force at a discussion on Saturday, sports medicine expert Arie Saminarto Sutopo urged people to perform all kinds of physical activities at home amid calls to reduce non-essential out-of-home activities to prevent COVID-19 transmission.With more people working and spending time at home, Arie stressed the importance of maintaining muscle and joint health by doing at least light stretching routines, especially for people aged 45 years and above. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap Arie also advised the general public against playing team-based sports, such as basketball and soccer, because it would be harder to follow health protocols, particularly physical distancing.Light and moderate exercise routines could also boost natural immunity by increasing the number of lymphocyte white blood cells, Arie said.“Nowadays, exercise is important to increase immunity and endurance,” Arie said. “If we are exposed to COVID-19, it’s important for our body to have an ‘army’ that can fight it off.”In addition to exercise, he suggested getting at least six to eight hours of sleep a day, consuming food with a high vitamin content and avoiding stress to boost natural immunity.In the discussion, Singer Maulana Ardiansyah and guitarist Idris Vanes also shared their experiences in maintaining creativity as musicians during the pandemic.With the pandemic putting a halt to tours and concerts, Maulana and Idris said they maintained productivity by producing singles in the studio or song covers for social media.“Looking for inspiration is indeed the most difficult part [during these times],” Maulana said. “I mostly look for things in life that I have yet to really express, we have to examine them thoroughly.He added that other musicians had turned to the digital space to maintain interaction with fans, such as holding virtual concerts or hosting Instagram Live shows, the latter of which he regularly does.“It makes you excited because when you are feeling down, interacting with your fans can lift your spirits again. [It] made me realize that there are many of them waiting for my new creations.”The government has launched several aid programs to help artists and cultural workers. The Education and Culture Ministry planned to distribute Rp 1 million to more than 58,000 artists impacted by the pandemic while the Social Affairs Ministry had disbursed aid to 37 struggling arts and culture communities.Maulana said he appreciated the government’s help as concerts and tours were the largest source of income for musicians.“For all art workers and musicians, keep your spirits up,” Maulana said. “Don’t use this pandemic as an excuse to stop creating. Keep looking for inspiration and keep improving what is in us so that we can create even better works.” (mfp) Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Arie, who is also a sports sciences lecturer at the Jakarta National University (UNJ), also recommended exercises to maintain cardiovascular and respiratory system health and prevent other illnesses that could risk comorbidity in cases of COVID-19 infection.The national COVID-19  task force said in September that up to 92 percent of COVID-19 patients in some regions had comorbid factors. The most common comorbidity was diabetes, followed by hypertension, heart disease and lung and respiratory disorders.Aside from light exercise at home, Arie also recommended outdoor exercise, such as jogging and riding a bicycle, with adherence to health protocols such as wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and keeping a distance from others.Joggers, he said, should maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from each other, while cyclists are advised to keep at least a 10-meter distance as the higher speed might allow for respiratory droplets, the main transmission medium of the coronavirus, to expel farther.last_img read more

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Guardiola’s future in doubt after Man City hit with UEFA ban

first_img City have been banned from the Champions League and Europa League for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros (£24.9 million) after UEFA found them guilty of committing “serious breaches” of financial regulations. The Premier League champions overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016, according to European football’s governing body.UEFA also said City failed to cooperate with an investigation into the matter launched by its Club Financial Control Body.The shock punishment will cost City an estimated £170 million in lost Champions League revenue and the club reacted furiously, immediately vowing to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” a statement read.“The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.”But, while City urgently plan their appeal, the football world waits to see how Guardiola reacts to a punishment that could convince the Spaniard to quit the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.Guardiola reportedly has a break clause in his contract which means he can depart at the conclusion of this campaign should certain stipulations be met that satisfy the City hierarchy.City officials were said to be confident that, despite an underwhelming season which has seen them fall 22 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, Guardiola would honour a contract that currently ties him to the club until 2021.But staying with City now European football could be off limits is likely to be a rather more unappetising prospect for Guardiola.Whether the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss wants to stick it out at City will show how much he has grown to love the club since arriving in 2016.Guardiola is close to City directors Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, who worked with him at Barca, but his ties to City’s Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour might be frayed if there is no escape from the embarrassing ban.Leading City to a pair of Premier League titles in record-breaking fashion and winning a domestic treble last term underlined Guardiola’s enduring qualities.However, he has failed to get past the quarter-finals of the Champions League with City and another daunting test lies in wait in the last 16 when they face Real Madrid later in February.– Doomsday scenario –The most recent of Guardiola’s two Champions League titles as a manager came way back in 2011 with Barca and his failure to add to that tally is the one blemish on his otherwise glittering CV.The critics who crow that he can only win Europe’s elite club prize with a genius like Barca’s Lionel Messi in his team have nagged at Guardiola for years.So the prospect of wasting two seasons waiting to return to the pursuit of his holy grail could be too much for Guardiola to bear, especially as rampant Liverpool look capable of keeping the Premier League crown out of City’s grasp for years to come.Asked about the potential for a European ban in December 2018, Guardiola had been optimistic, but that trust proved misplaced.“We will not be banned. I trust in them (the owners),” he said at the time. “If it happens, because UEFA decide that, we will accept it and move forward.”Everything has changed now and reports immediately after news of the ban broke claimed the 49-year-old would consider his future unless City win the appeal.Guardiola is already 7⁄4 with bookmakers to not be in charge of City before the start of the next Premier League season.In a doomsday scenario for City, it might not only be Guardiola who could be weighing up his options if the ban is upheld.Pep Guardiola’s future is in doubt after Manchester City’s UEFA banRead Also: Breaking: Man City banned from Champions League for two seasonsMansour may feel the damage to his reputation and to City’s status is too much to take and could put the club up for sale.City stars including Raheem Sterling, Kevin Be Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte are unlikely to be impressed at being hauled off the Champions League stage through no fault of their own.They may consider demanding transfers, adding another factor that could push Guardiola towards the exit door.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img Pep Guardiola faces a huge test of his loyalty to Manchester City after his club were hit with a stunning two-year suspension from UEFA competitions on Friday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘WE’LL REOPEN BUSINESSES’ | Treñas: Iloilo City moving forward gradually

first_img“Ang liquor ban i-lift, pero may limitation sa purchases (so that) indi magulpihan bala. Kon buy-an dayun damo naga-wild,” added Treñas. As to the jeepney fare, it would be P9 for the first four kilometers and an additional P1.50 for every succeeding kilometer. “There is no other way to sustain our being the region’s center of commerce and industry than by reopening businesses. Doing so would stimulate our economy. The resumption of business operations would give employment to our people,” he explained. For automobile taxis, it is going to be a maximum of three passengers – one in the front seat and two in the back seats. For taxis, the fare should still be based on the meter reading. The mayor is keen on following the quarantine exit plan presented recently by professors of the University of the Philippines Visayas but would introduce modifications. Regarding public transport, Treñas said jeepneys and taxis would be allowed to resume their operation. As for religious activities, Treñas said, he wanted to be assured that social distancing and wearing of facemasks would be observed by all religious denominations during worship services. Yesterday afternoon the mayor was scheduled to discuss these with religious leaders. “I think tiempo naman nga magbalik kita sa mahal nga Ginoo,” said Treñas. He would also take into account the post-enhanced community quarantine plan of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo province. There is still no vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. According to the city mayor, he acknowledges the apprehension of some once businesses begin to reopen. By Saturday, this city would be under a modified general community quarantine. Socioeconomic activities will be allowed but minimum public health standards must be followed, according to Interior secretary Eduardo Año yesterday.center_img “Kag kon sobra ang tawo indi na pagpasudlon,” he said. Treñas said curfew hours would be adjusted – from the current 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., it would be enforced from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The last day of the enhanced community quarantine here and Iloilo province is this Friday, May 15. Also, each jeepney unit would only be allowed to load up to 50 percent of its total passenger capacity so that social distancing could be observed. ILOILO City – Businesses in this city will gradually resume their operation beginning May 16, said Mayor Jerry Treñas. Only 25 percent of the total number of old model / traditional jeepneys (per jeepney route) would be allowed while for taxis all units would be allowed. Treñas said he would issue an executive order with detailed guidelines on this before the week is over but already, he said, bars, cockpits, cinemas, and spas would remain closed  because social distancing would be difficult to observe in them.  The modern jeepneys, on the other hand, would all be allowed to operate. The minimum fare is P11 plus P1.80 for every succeeding kilometer. “Ginaliwat-liwat ko gid nga we have to be wary because ang infection ‘syado gid…malatnan ka gid ya so kinahanglan preparar gid kita,” said Treñas./PN “We understand the risks but we really have to move forward,” said Treñas. “We have to keep our economy going. People have to earn a living.” The city government would continue to be proactive in curbing COVID-19 infections, Treñas assured residents. Mayor Jerry Treñas. CMOlast_img read more

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Registration starts soon for dual language immersion program

first_imgBatesville, IN—Batesville Primary School will again have registration for the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program offered to incoming kindergartners for the 2020-2021 school year, according to BPS principal, Brad Stoneking.Kindergartners enrolling in Batesville Primary School for the 2020-2021 school year have the option to participate in a Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program. Online registration begins on Tuesday, January 21 following our parent meeting. Enrollment in the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  BCSC will host a parent information meeting to provide details about the immersion program. Each family is required to attend the meeting to learn about the program and requirements if they are planning to enroll their first child in the Immersion Program. Families with children already in the program are not required to attend, but must register online. The parent information meeting will be held at Batesville Primary School, 760 State Rd. 46 W., in the cafeteria on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m.Spaces will be limited to forty-eight (48) students. Students will be enrolled in the program in the order the online registration is received. All incoming DLI students are still required to attend the kindergarten registration on March 12, 2020. Once all the slots are full, the remaining students will be placed on a waiting list.For more information about the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program, please visit http://batesvilleinschools.com/dli/.last_img read more

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Pearson – I’ll pick a strong side

first_img The Foxes boss is adamant he will pick his strongest possible side for their game against the leaders on Wednesday. Leicester have won four straight games in the Barclays Premier League and are out of the bottom three for the first time since November. Nigel Pearson insisted it is an “insult” to suggest he would pick a weakened team to face Chelsea as Leicester battle the drop. David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp are struggling with calf problems while Jamie Vardy needed an injection in his foot before scoring the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at relegation rivals Burnley. The trio will be assessed ahead of the game at the King Power Stadium where Chelsea cannot now win the title after their goalless draw with Arsenal on Sunday. And Pearson expects Jose Mourinho’s side to be as strong as ever as they close in on the crown. He added: “If they play a counter-attacking game they are very strong. If they play a very offensive game they are very strong. “They have the capabilities of being able to deal with most situations that are thrown at them. They are an exceptional team.” Chelsea will win the title if they beat the Foxes and then Crystal Palace on Sunday while Leicester are a point above the relegation zone. They host Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off as well but Pearson vowed he will not prioritise games and weaken his side. He said: “We expect them to be at their best as I am sure they will expect us to be at our best. “I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism. “My angle on it, and I will make it very clear again, is the considerations we have in relation to selecting the team for this game will go along the same lines as we do for every game. “That is to pick the strongest and best side for this fixture. “What is our strongest side? Do you know? It is a loaded question. Our fundamental priority is getting it right for us. “A weakened side is being disrespectful to our squad of players. I’ve never picked a side which doesn’t have the integrity of any competition in mind.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Progress key as USC returns to Coliseum

first_imgVirginia comes to town Saturday, setting up the No. 16 Trojans’ home slate at the Coliseum and providing another quasi-test for a USC team hoping to prove to skeptics it is indeed as good as old.Finding ground · Redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler looks to continue his dominance at the position Saturday against Virginia. Tyler ran for a career-high 154 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown in USC’s win over Hawai’i last week, which was also his first career start. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The Trojans struggled with that last week at Hawai’i, coming up empty on defense and allowing 588 yards and 36 points to an inexperienced Warrior offense in a 49-36 win.But first-year coach Lane Kiffin, who replaced the long-tenured Pete Carroll in January and has already endured a great deal of turmoil in his eight months on the job, has proclaimed with confidence that this game will feature none of the same.“I think you’re going to see a very different game here,” Kiffin said. “And hopefully a much-improved game from our defense. Let me phrase it this way: I will be shocked if we don’t play extremely well on Saturday night on defense.”Virginia is also a very different team than Hawai’i. Whereas the Warriors could sometimes pass the ball almost exclusively, the Cavaliers are much more balanced, relying on bruising running back Keith Payne to shoulder the load in tandem with scatback Perry Jones.“On film, it looks to be that way,” Kiffin said. “But you never know how they’re gonna come in, what their plan will be.”Virginia quarterback Marc Verica also had a solid opener, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. Receivers Kris Burd and Dontrelle Inman appear to be legitimate threats as targets.But Payne is a remarkable story, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound Northern Virginia native who quit the team prior to last season but rejoined it in spring practice, and then — in his first career start for the Cavaliers — carried the ball 16 times for 114 yards and four touchdowns in their season-opening 34-13 win over Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Richmond.The Trojans’ run game will be led by redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler, who was named the starter shortly before the season opener and was impressive in his debut, averaging more than nine yards a carry against Hawai’i and totaling 154 yards and a touchdown. Quarterbacking USC, of course, is sophomore sensation Matt Barkley, the newly christened 20-year-old, who had a superb five-touchdown day against Hawai’i.Virginia coach Mike London emphasized this week that the Trojans have plenty of talent on their roster — regardless of NCAA sanctions and corresponding transfers that have hurt depth.“I know there’s a lot of talk about who is playing and whom they have lost, but the quality of the talent that they have is indicative of the fact they are one of the top programs that have players in the NFL,” London said Tuesday. “When you look at the game, you see athleticism — from everybody. Even the water boy is athletic and fast.”Virginia will need to run the ball effectively against USC to have a shot. London wouldn’t admit that but did say ball control would be a factor.“I do know this,” London said. “You’ll have to take some time off the clock against Southern Cal. USC is a team that plays fast and that tries to capitalize on the things that you don’t do. So we need to make sure that we can keep the clock running, with the running game, short passes that are caught, keep the clock moving, keep the chains moving.”Kiffin said Saturday’s contest is about the Trojans — not the Cavaliers. He wants his team to focus on fixing what it did wrong against Hawai’i first and, second, pay some attention to Virginia as well.“Most importantly, it comes back to us,” Kiffin said. “We’ve got to be extremely consistent in what we do — not worry so much about what they do.”last_img read more

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Chargers’ James injures right knee during scrimmage

first_img Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 07:53 IST Chargers’ James Injures Right Knee During Scrimmage The Los Angeles Chargers safety sustained the injury during Sunday’s scrimmage. Coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday that James continues to be evaluated and that a timetable for his return has not been determined FOLLOW US First Published: 1st September, 2020 07:53 IST LIVE TV Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Derwin James could miss significant time for the second straight season after suffering a right knee injury.The Los Angeles Chargers safety sustained the injury during Sunday’s scrimmage. Coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday that James continues to be evaluated and that a timetable for his return has not been determined.“We don’t know the final results, so I will leave it at that,” Lynn said.The injury could be a huge blow to the Chargers and their defense as they look to bounce back from last year’s 5-11 season. It would also be the second time in five years that James has had a knee injury. He tore the meniscus in his left knee in 2016 at Florida State during the team’s second game and missed the rest of the year.James was selected by the Chargers 17th overall in 2018 and made a quick impact for a team that finished 12-4 and advanced to the AFC divisional round. He was an All-Pro selection after he led the team in tackles with 105 along with four interceptions, 3 1/2 sacks and 13 passes defensed.James was hoping to follow that up with another breakout season, but he had a stress fracture to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during training camp last year and missed the first 11 games. He broke the same bone during the spring of 2016 at Florida State.Lynn said Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King are possibilities to take James’ spot.Los Angeles could also look at signing Earl Thomas, who has familiarity with the Chargers’ scheme after playing for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Seattle. But Lynn did not appear to be receptive to that.“Since you guys are telling me how stacked we are in the secondary, why the hell would I look anywhere else?” he said. “I like the depth in the secondary and we can mix different combinations.”If James is placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he could not be activated until after Week 8. Los Angeles is scheduled to host Las Vegas in Week 9 before having its bye the following week.Image credits: AP COMMENTlast_img read more

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Greek Ministry of Finance submits draft legislation to European Commission

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 The Greek Ministry of Finance has confirmed that online sports betting and other games will be subject to different licences as shown in the draft gambling regulations submitted to the European Commission.The draft legislation comes as the Ministry of Finance seeks to implement further controls on the gambling industry.As confirmed in the legislation, online sports betting licences will cost €3m (£2.5m) while licences for other online games will cost €2m (£1.7m), both of which will last seven years.Random number generator (RNG) games will be subject to a maximum stake of €2, with the maximum profit per gaming session set to be limited to €5,000. Jackpot game will limited to paying out a maximum of €500,000.The draft legislation also outlines limitations that will be placed on the advertisement of RNG games, whereby the games can only be promoted on the sites where they can be played.These advertising restrictions will not be applicable to other forms of online gaming, such as sports betting, poker and other casino products, however the games will only be able to be played by those aged 21 and over.Restrictions will also be in place for the operators which were blacklisted in the 12 months before submitting their application, as they will now be ineligible for a licence. Share Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020last_img read more

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The first #ESIForum, in association with Digital Fuel, is set to sell out…

first_imgThe level of intrigue around esports has been made clear once again with the ticket sales for the first of our Esports Insider Forum Series (#ESIForum) events at Fnatic’s Bunkr.Just 10% of tickets remain for the evening event (July 20th) in Shoreditch and you can secure your place here. We’re pleased to announced that the Digital Fuel Group has come in as the Event Partner for our first two Forums, both the one tomorrow and the second in the series on August 31st. The company has exceptional experience in esports and are an ideal partner for the Forums. Toby Oddy, Digital FuelDigital Fuel Founder and CEO Toby Oddy commented: “The Digital Fuel Group of companies is delighted to be supporting this Esports Insider monthly forum. Our group including Trifecta Media and Code Red Esports has an unparalleled level of esports expertise which we are looking forward to sharing with the forum. We are looking forward to meeting new companies and people who share our vision for esports.“Whether you’re established in esports already or looking to engage an esports agency or esports consultant to get involved, the Digital Fuel Group of companies can help you decipher the esports industry and advise on the best opportunities and solutions for your business.”We will welcome 80 attendees on the evening of Thursday 20th July at Fnatic’s Shoreditch venue for an evening of networking, food, drinks, knowledge sharing with an expert panel and a ‘calm but competitive’ FIFA tournament.Attendees include representatives of Tottenham Hotspur and the City Group, as well as the big hitters in esports ESL, Fnatic themselves, UK based esports companies such as Gfinity, Level Up Media, and plenty more including NBC Universal, the NBA, UNILAD, Ubisoft, SwipeRight PR and Sheridan’s Sports law firm. The panel includes Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers, VfL Wolfsburg’s FIFA player David Bytheway, Sky Sports and FIFA esports commentator Gary Taphouse, with Fortaura CEO Ibrahim Taylor moderating. They’ll go through the hows and whys of football clubs, and traditional sports clubs more generally, in esports including their advice on the best way to go about entering and the opportunities that exist. There’ll be plenty of time for these experts to field questions throughout the evening with a backdrop of some (we hope) high level FIFA on the big screen. Those there on the night will also hear from SpecialEffect, a gaming charity doing some amazing things, and we’re delighted to deliver a FIFA tournament in association with them. Players can make a donation on a pay-what-you-feel basis. The tournament will see 16 Forum competitors sign-up, before pairing up and competing in some classic knockout FIFA 2v2 action. The eventual winning pair will then play each other in a Grand Final to decide the overall winner, with the champion taking home a signed Tottenham Hotspur shirt kindly donated by the club. Esports host and commentator Matt Andrews will be joined by partner in crime Gary Taphouse to bring the commentary hype and add an authentic touch to what’s sure to be a fierce competition. Esports Insider is a part of SBC Global, and the company’s founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark will also be in attendance on the night. Esports Insider and SBC are hosting the first Betting on Esports conference later in the year (September 13-15) and the team will be on hand to answer any questions on this front. The evening will be fuelled by ample pizza, beer, wine and soft drinks. Action gets underway at 6:30pm tomorrow and close of play is 11pm. Confirm your attendance here. This is the first of the new #ESIForum Series but you can also get the date in your diaries for the second, which’ll take place on August 31st once more at the Bunkr.last_img read more

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Clippers give up huge lead, lose to Sacramento Kings

first_img“It’s a bad loss,” Paul said. “It’s probably the worst one in the regular season in my career, probably. Yeah, that’s tough. That was a bad one. That’s a bad loss.”The Kings ultimately overtook the Clippers when center Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a put-back with 1.8 seconds remaining. That play capped a frantic sequence after Jamal Crawford missed a corner 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left in the game. The Kings opted against calling a timeout.Careening toward the rim, Ben McLemore missed a short floater in the lane, but Cauley-Stein was there to drop it back in.Chris Paul missed a 21-foot jumper as time expired.DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul and Griffin each scored 17. LOS ANGELES >> Stunning as it was, Blake Griffin had no problem explaining the Clippers latest result amid a critical part of the season in which has the Clippers fighting for both consistency and the advantage of home court in the first round of the playoffs.“I know why it happened,” Griffin said. “We took our foot off the gas.”Not much earlier, he had been sitting on the bench next to Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, all of them back in warm-ups, enjoying the 18-point cushion they had built, certain the Clippers bench could close out their fifth win in six games.Instead, the Clippers collapsed. The Kings closed the game on a 22-3 run to hand the Clippers their most stunning loss of the season, 98-97. It was the second time in a week that the Clippers missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. The other came Thursday in Dallas when J.J. Redick’s corner 3 rimmed out as time expired. They are 4-2 in their last six games, but two missed jumpers away from riding a 6-game winning streak.Those two losses, both against losing teams, are especially painful given the crowded playoff chase in the West. With a victory, the Clippers would tied the Jazz for fourth in the West and created 2.5 games of separation between themselves and Oklahoma City for sixth.“These games should mean so much more to us than to them,” Griffin said. “Nothing against (the Kings), but … we have something to play for. And tonight it looked like it was the opposite, the other way around in that last little bit.”The Clippers were coming off of an encouraging win Saturday against Utah, which now sits a full game ahead of the Clippers for the four-seed.“You can’t take one step forward, two steps back, two steps forward, one step back,” Griffin said. “You can’t have those steps back, especially in these type of situations.”Instead, they sit a full game back of the Jazz and avoided giving up any more ground to the Thunder, who lost Sunday to Houston.The Clippers built their biggest lead of the game, 94-76, when Paul Pierce buried a step-back jumper with 5:16 remaining in the fourth.It was the last field goal the Clippers would score.When the Kings cut the lead to 11, Doc Rivers inserted Paul and Griffin back in the lineup, something he had not planned on doing.“I just think it’s hard (for the players),” Rivers said. “It’s easy to ask guys to stay ready, but they’re looking at that lead thinking they’re not going back in.”The Clippers were playing their eighth game in 12 days, which, Rivers said, was “one of the reasons I was desperately trying to see if our bench could take us home.“Because I really did not want to put our guys back in, at all costs almost. And at the end of the day it may have cost us the game with that decision.”Griffin did not take the easy out.“That’s what we’re supposed to do,” Griffin said. “We’re supposed to be able to play at any time. You can’t really make that excuse because we were sitting out. We’ve got to be able to come in and be better. Like I said, it shouldn’t have gotten to that.”Buddy Hield made a 3-pointer with 2:19 remaining, and then another nine seconds later after a stealing Griffin’s pass in the backcourt.The Clippers missed their final nine field goal attempts and were 2-of-4 from the foul line. Among the missed free throws was one by Griffin with 1:57 left. After that, Sacramento’s Langston Galloway made a 3 to bring the Kings with 97-96.Then, with 1:11 remaining, the Clippers committed a shot clock violation.“If we don’t take this and use it as a motivation or something to learn from,” Griffin said, “then we’ve got bigger problems.”NOTES: The Clippers assigned rookie Brice Johnson to the Salt Lake City Stars of the D-League. He previously spent three games with the Stars earlier in March. … Starting shooting guard J.J. Redick did play Sunday after suffering a sprained right ankle against the Jazz on Saturday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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