JR companies may have to bear more JNR debts

first_imgDESPITE a long and sometimes acrimonious campaign, it would seem that the JR companies may lose their battle with the government which wants them to assume more of the former Japanese National Railways’ debt, currently amounting to no less thanlast_img

Professor of physiology says transgender athletes have advantage in speed, power

first_imgStuff co.nz 3 December 2017Family First Comment: Actually, we didn’t need a physiology professor to tell us what is clearly obvious to all!#BiologyMattersA New Zealand physiology professor says transgender athletes have advantages over their female competitors and more research needs to be done by sporting regulators before they should compete against each other.Otago University professor in physiology Alison Heather has researched transgender changes, particularly in top level sport.She is adamant international sporting regulation bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have rushed a decision to include transgender athletes in male and female categories, as there has not been enough research.Heather says the controversial inclusion of Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is a good example of the IOC not taking the time to research the science behind a transition.“It could be seen as an advantage and that is why they have male categories and female categories.”Heather believes there is a potential muscle memory effect for Hubbard, having competed previously as a man.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/99434993/professor-of-physiology-says-trans-athlete-has-advantage-in-speed-and-powerlast_img read more

Tougher end-of-life rules planned

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img There will be a 12-week consultation on the proposed changes to the NHS constitutionRelatives of terminally-ill patients would have to be consulted before a decision to withdraw food or water is taken, under new government proposals.It comes after some patients were placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway – designed to relieve suffering – without their relatives’ knowledge.The government wants to ensure families are told of life and death decisions. The instruction will be included in a number of proposed changes to the NHS Constitution to be unveiled on Monday.The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s Marie Curie hospice to relieve suffering in dying patients, setting out principles for their treatment in their final days and hours.Supporters say it can make the end of a patient’s life as comfortable as possible and the method is also widely backed by doctors and many health charities. However, critics argue it can be inhumane.The government has now said that the rules needed to be stricter, meaning relatives of patients are always consulted before the technique is applied.‘New right’A Department of Health (DoH) spokesman said the proposed changes would set out a “new right” under the NHS Constitution, which was established by the Health Act 2009, but he stopped short of describing the move as a “legal requirement”. However, the spokesman added: “Anybody providing NHS services is required by law to take account of it [the NHS constitution] in their decisions and actions.”Some reports suggested health trusts that failed to involve patients and families in decisions could be sued, while doctors could face being struck off.The DoH spokesman said it was unlikely policy had been developed on this as the proposal was still at an early stage. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will launch a 12-week consultation on the proposed changes to the constitution – the formal statement of patients’ rights – on Monday.Health minister Norman Lamb said this week that it was “completely wrong” for terminally-ill patients to be put on a “pathway” to death without relatives being consulted.Mr Lamb has called a meeting of doctors and patients to discuss worries about the pathway.Meanwhile, Conservative peer Baroness Knight called for an inquiry into claims some people might have survived had they not received this treatment.BBC News Share HealthLifestyle Tougher end-of-life rules planned by: – November 8, 2012last_img read more

UEFA plot four-team mini tournaments

first_img That will get teams to the final four, which is when the mini-tournaments will come in. The idea is that the four semi-finalists in the Champions League will travel to Istanbul, with the four Europa League sides going to the scheduled final city of Gdansk. Both tournaments would be played to a finish over four days in successive weeks, with two one-off semi-finals played back to back and the final between the winners. Uefa feels that such a concept, while far from ideal, would provide a winner and be acceptable to broadcasters while also freeing dates for the remaining domestic league games to be played out. Issues such as whether fans will be allowed in to the venues will be determined in the coming weeks if the proposed play-off scheme is agreed after Tuesday’s discussions. Read AlsoUEFA to discuss coronavirus in Tuesday meeting But with nobody able to provide any certainty on when sport will be able to resume, Uefa recognises all these ideas could be rendered redundant by events outside football’s control. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… UEFA chiefs are planning four-team mini-tournaments to settle the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin European football chiefs will hold a series of teleconferences on Tuesday to confirm their response to the coronavirus. Uefa has already called off this week’s planned European games and is certain to take the decision to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months. That will provide space in June and July for domestic leagues to be played to a finish if the virus is sufficiently contained for football to resume. But with Uefa hoping to be able to play next season as near to normal as possible, president Aleksander Ceferin is ready to give the green light to the plan to find a novel way of determining this term’s winners. The Uefa plan foresees the remaining last 16 ties being played as normal once football is allowed to return. Then the last eight ties will be drawn as one-off games, either with the team drawn first having the home advantage or on neutral soil.center_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

Sane seals €60m Bayern Munich move

first_imgHighly-rated forward, who had spent four seasons at the Etihad Stadium, has penned a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.Advertisement Loading… read also:Bayern Munich and Man City reach terms for Leroy Sane dealLeroy Sane has completed a move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City that could be worth up to €60 million (£55m/$67m). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more

Petrov thanks Villa fans

first_img Press Association Retiring Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has used his final programme notes to thank the club’s fans for their support during his battle with acute leukemia. The Bulgarian midfielder has not played since March 2012, when he was diagnosed with the disease, and announced his retirement at the age of 33 earlier this week. His final column in the club’s matchday programme, sold at the Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea, focused on the club’s future and the efforts of manager Paul Lambert. But in his closing comments, Petrov made an emotional tribute to the fans – who have risen in applause in the 19th minute of each match, in reference to Petrov’s shirt number. “Aston Villa will always remain in my heart,” he wrote. center_img “I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given here and, to the fans, I am so grateful for the way you have supported me over the years, especially during the past 14 months or so when you have stood with me and everything I have gone through, during the 19th minute. “This has touched me profoundly. “To have been part of this for seven years was enough to know that I have been part of something unique and special. Up the Villa!” Lambert picked up the theme in his own notes. He added: “The 19th minute has become a symbolic expression of the special bond between Stan Petrov and the club. “His retirement from football is secondary, ultimately, to his health and that he is winning his battle makes us all really happy. “That he is here (at the game) today is inspiring to everyone associated with Villa. But the truth is that we know he’ll always be here.” last_img read more

Syracuse drops in rankings after 1-1 week

first_img Published on February 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (19-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) dropped two spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.The Orange went 1-1 in their games this week. In its first contest, SU dropped a close matchup at home to then-No. 12 North Carolina State, 77-73. The Orange were shredded from the outside by Kiara Leslie, who scored 30 points. Sunday, SU bounced back with a 20-point Senior Day win over Wake Forest, despite struggles throughout the game on the interior.Syracuse plays this Thursday against Pittsburgh, the final game before perhaps its biggest test of the season — Monday against No. 6 Notre Dame. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Enugu State Government Dump Super4

first_imgOfficials of the League Management Company (LMC) are at cross-roads over reported apathy of the Enugu State government towards the hosting of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super4, a day to the tournament’s kick-off.While initial reports indicated that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was excited by the prospect of the state hosting the major tournament, sources close to the LMC revealed that the excitement has not been matched by support for the hosting of the event. An official who pleaded anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on the matter disclosed that “for the first time, a host state is not providing logistics for the tournament such as fuel for generators, accommodation for teams and match officials and official vehicles”.Another source close to the Enugu State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Charles Ndukwe said the governor said the state cannot afford the amount the LMC stated in a proposal to the state and that this has made it difficult to formally reply the LMC in writing.“Yes, the state wants to host the tournament but there is financial constraints but we believe His Excellency, Governor Ugwuanyi will review his position as there are serious benefits that the state will derive”, the source stated.The 2016 NPFL Super4 is billed to kick off on Wednesday, December 7 with Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah at 5pm while Rangers and Rivers United play the second tie of the day at 7pm.LMC Head of Special Projects, Harry Iwuala refused to comment on the report when contacted but said “the Super4 is holding as scheduled and whatever challenges that are encountered will definitely be resolved”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana 0-3 Mali: Satellites knocked out of Under 20 World Cup

first_imgMatch: Ghana 0-3 MaliVenue: Regional Stadium, WellingtonGoals: Samassekou (20′), Gbakle (53′), Doumbia (81′)–The dream is over for the Black Satellites as Ghana crashed out of FIFA U20 World Cup following a 3-0 defeat to Mali.Ghana was second best throughout in a game where the Malians outclassed Sellas Tetteh’s team to advance to the quarterfinals.This is the third meeting of the two sides this year, with today’s result meaning Mali has won two of those three. Ghana beat the Young Eagles to take third at the CAF U20 championships in Senegal after losing to the same team in the group stages.But on this day in Wellington, it was the Fanyeri Diarra show as their coach set out his team to thwart Ghana’s play from on the onset. The gameGhana made three changes to the starting line up. In came Inter Allies defender Patrick Kpozo for the suspended Patrick Asmah at left back whilst Asiedu Attobrah and Benjamin Tetteh were dropped for Poartugal based duo, Osei Barnes and Emmanuel BoatengThe Malians took the lead after 20 minutes with a fine shot from Diadie Samassekou which totally beat Satellites goalkeeper Lawrence Ati. The goal came from quick one-two passing from 20 yards out until it reached Diadie who toe-poked it in.Despite this, but for Ati the final 3-0 score wou;d have been more.Possession remained squarely in the domain of the Young Eagles, whose use of triangular passes led to the Ghanaians regularly chasing the play. In first half, Ghana had only one shot at goal.The second half resumed and barely eight minutes later, Gbakle Dieudonne made it two. It was a sensational effort from the player who was given space to run. But his finish was a 20 yard curler that saw the diving Ati Zigi unable to reach the ball.The Malians completed the rout with a Messi-esque goal by Abubakar Doumbia, who latched onto a through pass, was left one-on-one with Ati and opted for the spectacular.The quality of the chip spoke volumes about the confidence of the team in yellow, who deservedly go ahead into the quarters.Tetteh, who sees a first time he’s crashing out at this stage of a World Cup, would have to try again some other time. ––Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball respond to criticism, lead Lakers’ comeback win in Dallas

first_imgThen when the team needed a bucket, Ingram also delivered that – scoring with 1:03 left as a shot clock was about to run out to put the Lakers up by nine.For the entire second half, the Mavericks scored just 30 points after racking up 67 in the first half. Walton said he felt like the energy was good to start the game, but at the intermission, he asked the team to raise their mental execution as well.It was the most assertive game the Lakers have had yet without James, who is in doubt for at least two more games with a medical reevaluation pending at the end of the week. The Lakers finished the trip 1-1 with an upcoming Wednesday game against the Detroit Pistons at home.At the very least, Ball said, the team showed that they can bounce back from a low point.“I just thought we had to step up,” he said. “We’ve got to be a lot better if we want to win games and the performance we had yesterday wasn’t going to get it done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think it’s even better when he responds like that and he’s coming out here and he’s playing his game confidently,” Ingram said. “I really didn’t want him to tell (the media) that we talked. But the way he responded tonight was really really good. Hopefully, we can continue to do that and find something like we did tonight.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Added to the return of Kyle Kuzma (13 points) after a two-game absence with a lower back injury and a stat-stuffing night from Josh Hart (14 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals), the promise of the Lakers’ young cast was shown in its best light. Kuzma was stiff and missed 16 of his 20 shots, but helped establish another offensive threat.Hart was the only player who didn’t sub out in the second half, telling Walton he wasn’t tired as the fourth quarter began. While rookie phenom Luka Doncic had his best game yet against the Lakers with 27 points, Hart helped pick him up full-court and forced him to take 23 shots to get there.“I pride myself on being a junkyard dog,” Hart said. “And I failed in that aspect the last several games. So I wanted to pick it up today.”The pieces came together in a dominating third-quarter run, in which the Lakers outscored Dallas 32-13. Defensively, they played with an energy they lacked the day before against the Timberwolves, forcing four steals in that one frame alone. From a 13-point halftime deficit, the energy produced a six-point lead into the fourth quarter. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks to pass during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, is defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) dribbles against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoots in front of Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of Monday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) tries to block out Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) tries to block out Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell, top, slam-dunks against Los Angeles Lakers defenders Ivica Zubac (40) and Josh Hart (3) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches from the sideline during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) starts a fast break in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) drives during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, of Germany, passes off against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot against DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, front, drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews, top left, as Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan (6) grabs a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot against Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second quarter at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) of Germany during the the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77), of Germany, dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) looks to drive against Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes the slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) watches his shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) looks on from mid-court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dribbles during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) keeps the ball from Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) during the the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 07: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a slam dunk against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) is congratulated after scoring during the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The Lakers won 107-97. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) is congratulated after scoring during the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball against the Dallas Mavericks game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks to pass during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)NextShow Caption1 of 30Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks to pass during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)ExpandDALLAS — Just one night after a dispiriting loss in Minnesota – the kind that makes a team question itself deeply – the Lakers (22-19) fanned at hope that their young core will one day be formidable.They looked the part in a 107-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, ending a three-game slide and winning just the team’s second game without LeBron James this season.The night before, Coach Luke Walton had called out his team for lacking passion and fire, particularly from young stars Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, who were both benched for the entire fourth quarter. Ball revealed that the two young stars talked privately after their Sunday night flight to Dallas, disappointed in the effort against the Timberwolves. Both had floated, and had been all-too-often invisible as the Lakers were steam-rolled on the road.There was a marked change in both players’ aggression Monday night, as Ingram (29 points) started attacking the rim early and didn’t stop, and Ball (21 points, five assists) pushed the Lakers’ flagging tempo into overdrive. Ingram said seeing Ball throw in his effort helped him push harder as the Lakers had to pull out another tight finish. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Ingram was the focal point offensively, scoring the most points he’s ever had in regulation and using his length to great effect against the Mavericks with tough finishes at the rim. After a jerky second-quarter bench rotation that saw the Lakers fall behind by as much as 15, Walton adjusted to solidify his second unit. Michael Beasley gave a needed boost with 13 points in just 10 minutes.The game – as many Lakers games have this season – was tighter down the stretch than the visitors would have preferred. Luka Doncic finally broke through after two ugly previous meetings with the Lakers, scoring 27 points and closing the Lakers’ double-digit lead to just seven late in the game.But for one of the rare moments of the last seven games, the Lakers had poise late in the fourth quarter. Ball hit a critical 3-pointer with four minutes to go. Ingram twice passed to JaVale McGee for open dunks in the lane, defying the criticism of some of his isolation-ball habits during the 2-5 stretch without James.“It was amazing, obviously for me, because I’m getting the bucket,” McGee said. “But he draws so much attention, especially the way he can get to the rack so easy. Basically, it was just the right play.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more