Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12. Pacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee View comments MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Cousins’ game-changing phone call? Warriors GM Myers thought it was a spoof

first_imgMost of the important decisions of the offseason had … Even now, nearly three months since the phone rang in the office of Warriors general manager Bob Myers, it’s difficult to wrap your head around.DeMarcus Cousins, a Warrior.Even less likely than the concept was the process.“When it was clear I couldn’t stay in New Orleans,” Cousins wrote in The Players Tribune this week, “I went out and created what would end up being the best opportunity for myself. I called Bob Myers up.”last_img read more

Cervical spondylosis

first_imgDefinitionCervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.Alternative NamesCervical osteoarthritis; Arthritis – neck; Neck arthritis; Chronic neck painCausesCervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wear on the cervical spine. This includes the disks or cushions between the neck vertebrae and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine. There may be abnormal growths or spurs on the bones of the spine (vertebrae).Over time these changes can press down on (compress) one or more of the nerve roots. In advanced cases, the spinal cord becomes involved. This can affect not just the arms, but the legs as well.Everyday wear and tear may start these changes. People who are very active at work or in sports may be more likely to have them.The major risk factor is aging. By age 60, mostpersons show signs of cervical spondylosis on x-ray. Other factors that can make a person more likely to develop spondylosis are:Being overweight and not exercisingHaving a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twistingPast neck injury (often several years before)Past spine surgeryRuptured or slipped diskSevere arthritisSmall fractures to the spine from osteoporosisSymptomsSymptoms often develop slowly over time. But they may start or get worse suddenly. The pain may be mild, or it can be deep and so severe that you are unable to move.You may feel the pain over the shoulder blade. Or it may spread to the upper arm, forearm, or fingers (in rare cases).advertisementThe pain may get worse:After standing or sittingAt nightWhen you sneeze, cough, or laughWhen you bend the neck backwards or walk more than a few yardsYou may also have weakness in certain muscles. Sometimes, you may not notice it until your doctor examines you. In other cases, you will notice that you have a hard time lifting your arm, squeezing tightly with one of your hands, or other problems.Other common symptoms are:Neck stiffness that gets worse over timeNumbness or abnormal sensations in the shoulders, arms, or legs (in rare cases)Headaches, especially in the back of the headLess common symptoms are:Loss of balanceLoss of control over the bladder or bowels (if there is pressure on the spinal cord)Exams and TestsA physical exam may show that you have trouble moving your head toward your shoulder and rotating your head.Your health care provider may ask you to bend your head forward and to eachside while putting slight downward pressure on the top of your head. Increased pain or numbness during this test is usually a sign that there is pressure on a nerve in your spine.Weakness or loss of feeling can be signs of damage to certain nerve roots or to the spinal cord.A spine or neck x-ray may be done to look for arthritis or other changes in your spine.MRI of the neck is done when you have:Severe neck or arm pain that does not get better with treatmentWeakness or numbness in your arms or handsEMG and nerve conduction velocity test may be done to examine nerve root function.TreatmentYour doctor and other health professionals can help you manage your painso thatyou can stay active.Your doctor may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist will help you reduce your pain using stretches. The therapist willteach you exercises that make your neck muscles stronger.The therapist can also use neck traction to relieve some of the pressure in your neck.You may also see a massage therapist, someone who performs acupuncture, or someone who does spinal manipulation (a chiropractor, osteopathic doctor, or physical therapist). Sometimes a few visits will help with neck pain.Cold packs and heat therapy may help your pain during flare-ups.A type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful if the pain is having a serious impact on your life. This technique helps you better understand your pain and teaches you how to manage it.Medicines can help yourneckpain. Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) for long-term pain control. Narcotics may be prescribed if the pain is severe and does not respond to NSAIDs.If the pain does not respond to these treatments, or you have a loss of movement or feeling, surgery is considered. Surgery is done to relieve the pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.advertisementOutlook (Prognosis)Most patients with cervical spondylosis have some long-term symptoms. These symptoms improve with non-surgical treatment and do not need surgery.Many people with this problem are able to maintain active lives. Some patients will have to live with chronic pain.Possible ComplicationsInability to hold in feces (fecal incontinence) or urine (urinary incontinence)Loss of muscle function or feelingPermanent disability (occasionally)Poor balanceWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:The condition becomes worseThere are signs of complicationsYou develop new symptoms (such as loss of movement or feeling in an area of the body)You lose control of your bladder or bowels (call right away)ReferencesRosenbaum RB, Kula RW. Disorders of bones, joints, ligaments, and meninges. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 73.Cohen I, Jouve C. Cervical radiculopathy. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 4.Takagi I, Eliyas K, Stadlan N. Cervical spondylosis: an update on pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, and management strategies. Dis Mon. 2011;57:583-591Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona held to goalless draw by battling Olympiakos

first_imgBarcelona must to wait to confirm a place in the Champions League last 16 after dropping points for the first time in Group D in an absorbing 0-0 draw at Olympiakos Piraeus on Tuesday.On his return to his former club, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde watched his in-form side dominate for long spells and create some great chances, but the determined home team held on for their first point as they bid for a Europa League spot.Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto was a prominent figure in a frenetic and surprisingly open match at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, coming to the rescue to deny Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on several occasions.Barcelona top the section with 10 points, having extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 matches with 13 wins and two draws, ahead of Juventus on seven points after their 1-1 draw at Sporting who have four.Takis Lemonis’ Olympiakos team, who are also struggling in the Greek SuperLeague, finally opened their account as Barca were held to a goalless draw for the first time since April.Valverde, who won three league titles as Olympiakos coach in two spells at the Piraeus club between 2008 and 2012, was given a rousing welcome by the home fans who held up a giant banner which read “Ernesto thanks for everything”.”I was very moved by the whole experience of coming back here tonight,” said Valverde. “I love the fans here and they appreciate my work; it was amazing to see such a reception for an opposing coach — it speaks volumes for them really.”advertisement”Olympiakos is a very strong team and with the help of their fans they have achieved a great result and we congratulate them for that. I would love to see them qualify to the next stage but there is a long way to go yet.”FAST STARTBarca started at breakneck speed with right back Nelson Semedo racing clear and forcing a fine low save from Proto.Olympiakos, with midfielder Kostas Fortounis in a lone striking role, were pushed back in the early stages but the Greece international looked lively when he broke forward.Barca came close to scoring in the 20th minute when Messi struck a shot that was parried clumsily for a corner by Proto.His strike partner Suarez missed Barca’s best chance of the half three minutes later, sending a low shot into the side-netting with the outside of his right boot from a tight angle.Messi’s first real run at the defence came in the 28th when the Argentine raced through a flurry of bodies into the box before his shot was saved by Proto’s outstretched left boot.Messi then had a shot blocked before seeing his curling free-kick, won by Suarez, beaten away by Proto.Fortounis should have done much better from Alaixys Romao’s lobbed pass on the counter but volleyed straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegan who gathered it comfortably.The visitors forged their best chance just after the hour but Messi uncharacteristically scuffed a poor first-time effort wide after a neat one-two with Suarez.Barca exerted more pressure as the second half wore on but had little to show for their efforts apart from a couple of blocked and wayward shots by a below-par Suarez, who also lobbed an effort on to the top of the bar with 10 minutes left.Proto made two more stops to thwart Messi, one from a free-kick and another from a powerful low shot, to ensure Olympiakos secured a creditable draw against their illustrious opponents.last_img read more