PLANS for the successful hosting of the 29th annual Award Ceremony of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation continues to be on track despite a forced delay due to matters beyond the effort of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC).The Club would now be hosting a smaller version of the Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at its head office, where $2M worth of trophies, medals, framed certificates, prizes and gifts would be shared out instead of the usual $3M.The club recently received a major boost for the ceremony with donations from Harper’s Sports, Len’s Craft, Ronald Williams, Power Producers and Distributors Inc., Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company and Parliament Office.Club secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, along with Asst secretary Simon Naidu, is spearheading the preparation for the event which would involve the honouring of 80 club members, retired teachers, outstanding teachers and students, Law Enforcement Officers and medical personnel.Former West Indies vice-captain Roger Harper donated a pair of batting gloves as a prize while former Cricket Administrator Ronald Williams of Apex Insurance Brokers donated a trophy, a collection of gifts and a large amount of cricket magazines.Businessman Bissoondyal Singh of Bissan’s Trading handed over 14 cosmetics hampers while CEO of Len’s Craft, Allistair Parris handed over funds for a bicycle. Long-time sponsor Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company contributed six trophies including those for the Most Committed Player and Most Committed Member.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, and the Parliament Office donated the two trophies for the Cricketer-of-the-Year and Runner-up Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards along with a large number of medals. The Management of Power Producers and Distribution Inc. handed over a carton of trophies valued at $75 000.Foster stated that the main objectives of the Club’s Award Ceremony are to recognise heroes, to inspire better performances on the cricket field, to provide positive role models to younger members and to maintain the RHTY&SC as Guyana’s best.Members like Clinton Pestano, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud. Matthew Pottaya, Shabiki Gajnabi, Junior Sinclair and Sheneta Grimmond will be among the awardees.The members of the Rose Hall Town Bakewell Second Division Team will be specially honoured during the ceremony along with four doctors and nine nurses of the Port Mourant Public Hospital.Additionally, RHTY&SC would also be making donations to several organisations including Berbice Cricket Board, Upper Corentyne Cricket Association and several cricket clubs.
The club posted on their website yesterday: “It is a complete guarantee of safety under the stick , thanks to its placement, know-how and experience.”“She has enormous cold-blood at decisive moments. She transmits a lot of confidence to the defence as she is a very safe goalkeeper in almost all her interventions.“She has a lot of personalities and does not hesitate at the exits. She holds up well against one-on-one moves and has leadership skills.“She hardly ever gets complicated. Her winning (the ball) mentality will make her one of the best goalkeepers in the category.“She is always attentive to the movements of the opponents because she has a great intuition to read the plays.”Oluehi previously had stints with European clubs, Bobruichanka Bobruisk of Belarus and Norwegian Toppserien club Medkila before returning to Port Harcourt for another stint with Rivers Angels.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tochukwu Oluehi Super Falcons goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi, has joined Spanish Reto Iberdola club Pozoalbense on a one-year deal.Oluehi joined the Spanish club from Nigerian Women’s Premier League club, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt.Pozoalbense described the signing of Oluehi as a quality addition to their fold.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons made plenty of enemies while winning titles and throwing blows two decades ago. Chuck Daly, though, was universally admired for his class and coaching acumen.“I never understood how a great man and nice guy coached the Bad Boys,” Charles Barkley said.Daly died Saturday morning at 78 in Jupiter, Fla., with his family by his side, the Pistons said. The team announced in March he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.The Hall of Fame coach led the Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships in Detroit.Daly was renowned for his ability to create harmony out of diverse personalities at all levels of the game, whether they were Ivy Leaguers at Pennsylvania, Dream Teamers Michael Jordan and Barkley, or Pistons as dissimilar as Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars.“It’s a players’ league. They allow you to coach them or they don’t,” Daly once said. “Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”Daly was voted one of the 10 greatest coaches of the NBA’s first half-century in 1996, two years after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the first coach to win both NBA and Olympic titles.Daly had a career regular-season record of 638-437 in 13 NBA seasons. In 12 playoff appearances, his teams went 75-51. He left Detroit as the Pistons’ leader in regular-season and playoff victories.NBA commissioner David Stern said the “void left by his death will never be filled.”“Chuck did much more than coach basketball games,” he said in a statement. “He positively impacted everyone he met, both personally and professionally, and his love of people and the game of basketball helped develop the next generation of coaches.”Daly had a golden touch at the Barcelona Games with the likes of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Jordan, using a different lineup every game.“Chuck was a great leader,” Jordan said. “I only wish I could have played for him outside of the Dream Team.”Added Bird: “He handled that team and its talent as well as anybody could. He treated us all with respect and had us all vying for the same goal.”Daly humbled the NBA superstars by coaching a group of college players to victory in a controlled scrimmage weeks before the Olympics.“I was the happiest man in the gym,” Daly said.In Barcelona — a team also bolstered by Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and John Stockton — the Americans scored more than 100 points in each of their eight wins and their victory margin topped 43 points. Daly did not call a timeout during the tournament.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was an Olympic assistant under Daly.“For that, I am eternally grateful,” he said. “There was no better ambassador for the game of basketball than Chuck Daly.”Daly also made the right moves for the Pistons, who were notorious for their physical play with Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn leading the fight, Rodman making headlines and Hall of Fame guards Isiah Thomas and Dumars lifting the team to titles in 1989 and 1990.“He did an unbelievable job of taking a bunch of different personalities and molding them into a team,” Mahorn said.Thomas, the former New York Knicks coach and president who now coaches at Florida International University, said Daly’s death was an “immeasurable loss for the NBA and the entire basketball world.”“I can’t explain in words how much he gave me as a player and a man,” he said.Former Piston John Salley gave Daly the nickname Daddy Rich for his impeccably tailored suits. The National Basketball Coaches’ Association created pins with the initials “CD” that many coaches and broadcasters are wearing as it dedicates this postseason to Daly. The organization also established the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be given annually.Despite his success, Daly wasn’t part of a Coach of the Year presentation until he handed the trophy to then-Detroit coach Rick Carlisle in 2002.“This is as close as I’ve ever been to that thing,” Daly said, looking at the Red Auerbach Trophy.Born July 20, 1930, in St. Marys, Pa., Charles Jerome Daly played college ball at St. Bonaventure and Bloomsburg.He began coaching in the NBA in 1978 as an assistant under Billy Cunningham in Philadelphia. His first head coaching job was with Cleveland, but he was fired after the Cavaliers went 9-32 the first half of the 1981-82 season.In 1983, Daly took over a Detroit team that had never had two straight winning seasons and led the Pistons to nine straight. He persuaded Rodman, Thomas, Dumars, Mahorn and Laimbeer to play as a unit and they responded with championships in 1989 and 1990.Far from being intimidated by the Pistons’ Bad Boys image, Daly saw the upside of it.“I’ve also had players who did not care,” he said a decade later. “I’d rather have a challenging team.”Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson went up against Daly while coaching the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.“In the heat of those battles, Chuck was always a friend of coaches,” Jackson said. “A good guy. He was always in the coaching fraternity and always extended a friendly hand.”After leaving Detroit, Daly coached the New Jersey Nets for two seasons and led them to the playoffs both times.He left broadcasting to return to the bench in 1997 with the Orlando Magic and coached them two seasons, then retired at 68 because he was weary of travel. Daly joined the Vancouver Grizzlies as a senior adviser in 2000. In retirement, he divided time between homes in Jupiter and suburban Detroit.The Pistons retired No. 2 in 1997 to honor Daly’s two NBA titles.“Without you, there wouldn’t be us,” Mahorn told the coach during the ceremony.Daly is survived by his wife, Terry, daughter Cydney and grandchildren Sebrina and Connor.
Experts presented research at a Sol Price School of Public Policy seminar Wednesday about local attitudes toward the Metro’s Expo Line, which runs along USC’s South border on Exposition Boulevard. The seminar was part of a series hosted by METRANS, a partnership of USC and Cal State Long Beach, to address transportation challenges in Los Angeles.UC Irvine Ph.D. candidate Steve Spears presented research from his dissertation on the effect of psycho-sociological factors and neighborhood demographics on the use of public transit. Spears discussed his research methods and results afterward with graduate students at the Price School.Spears conducted his research with USC Professor Marlon Boarnet, the director of the Price school’s graduate programs in urban planning.Boarnet hopes to advance the transit planning by evaluating it on a local level.“Urban planning is 50 years behind other fields of social science,” he said.For his doctoral research, Spears aimed to quantify these attitudes toward and perceptions of public transportation. He conducted surveys of 284 households near the new Expo line before and after its opening. The survey asked residents questions regarding their perceptions of public transportation safety and convenience, their environmental concerns and their household structure and demographic.The participants also filled out a seven-day travel log and were outfitted with GPS tracking devices to verify and augment the information from the logs. Statistical analysis of the first survey identified several factors that affect transit usage, including education level, household composition, age, vehicle usage and characteristics of the neighborhood such as traffic and proximity to stores and banks.Though the data from the second survey — conducted after the Expo line opened — are still being analyzed, Spears presented his hypothesis about how perceptions of the metro line might change. He hypothesized local residents make decisions about using public transportation based on their perceptions of the system and the neighborhood, but they also adapt their perceptions about transit when they are more exposed to it.Some students said they related to the link between perception and usage from personal experience.“I always make the excuse not to use public transportation because I say it’s not always accessible,” said Katie Jagodka, a freshman majoring in policy, planning and development. “But this presentation made me realize that’s not true.”Spears believes that instead of letting transit planning decisions be dictated by top-down regulations, local governments should be innovative in the ways transit can better serve their communities, which requires a community-level approach to looking at transit usage. Analyzing social trends and traits in planning public transportation could be a start to this kind of planning, he said.“Socio-psychological factors have been largely ignored in looking at travel behavior in the United States,” Spears said. “In Europe, there has been more emphasis on these attitudinal influences on travel.”USC Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology Genevieve Giuliano, the director of METRANS, encouraged students afterward to learn from Spears’ research methods.“We are more and more interested in the microlevel when making planning decisions — we are looking at neighborhoods, households and individuals,” Giuliano said. “This is really neat research to me because it’s right at the edge of where this field is going.”
Campus leaders from 15 different student organizations signed a new statement that was published by Trojans for Israel online Sunday night in support of the United States-Israel relationship.President of Trojans for Israel Sarah Sax said the leadership statement, published every semester, has shifted its focus from previous semesters.Though the statement released last fall aimed to denounce the state of Iran’s efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon, the new statement focuses on promoting the importance of the United States’ relationship with Israel. The statement highlighted the similarities between the two nations, specifically their focus on democracy, innovation and social rights.“The idea was to really show students on campus that this is an issue that people of different backgrounds care about — business leaders, USC leaders and political leaders,” Sax said. “We tried to get a wide variety of people.”Signatories include College Democrats President Aaron Taxy, College Republicans President Maddy Lansky, 2012-13 USG President Mikey Geragos, 2012-13 USG Vice President Vinnie Prasad, 2013-14 USG President Kurth Park, 2013-14 Undergraduate Student Government Vice President Ryan Park, Black Student Association President Lamar Gary and Interfraternity Council President Ofek Lavian. In total, 22 signatures were collected.The signatures solely reflected the views of the individuals signing the statement, not the organizations they represent.For Sax, the statement reflects that the U.S.-Israel relationship is not only of importance to Trojans for Israel, but also to a wide variety of students on campus. It is this same sentiment that Sax said Trojans for Israel tries to convey when lobbying local officials.“It’s more powerful if students go lobby on an issue as important as the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Sax said. “They don’t get student lobbyists very often and since our group is very knowledgeable about the U.S.-Israel relationship, it not only makes [Trojans for Israel] look good, but also the student body.”
Tiana Mangakahia was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the second straight season, and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team, the ACC announced on Tuesday.Mangakahia was recently named ACC Player of the Week for the third time this season after averaging 29.3 points per game in three contests. During the week, she tied her career-high with 44 points against No. 22 Florida State and became the fastest player ever to reach 1,000 career points with the Orange, reaching the mark in just 60 games.She led the ACC with 8.4 assists per game and ranked fifth in the conference in steals and seventh in points per game. Mangakahia is on the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the best Division I point guard each season.Joining Mangakahia with All-ACC honors was Djaldi-Tabdi, a redshirt freshman who has been a key piece to Syracuse’s frontcourt rotation this year. While Emily Engstler was named to the preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List, it was Djaldi-Tabdi, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the regular season, who earned postseason recognition.Djaldi-Tabdi made her presence felt immediately for SU, notching her first-career double-double just three games into the season. She scored in double-figures 14 times, including a career-high 19 points against Bucknell, and tied for the team-lead in rebounding. Her selection marks the third-straight year that the Orange have had at least one representative on the All-Freshman team, as Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity each made the team last year while Gabrielle Cooper was selected in 2017.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament and begins play on Thursday at 11 a.m. It’ll play the winner of Wednesday’s matchup of 12-seed Virginia and 13-seed Boston College, which SU defeated in its regular season finale. Comments Published on March 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm Contact Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+
Share Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Share Related Articles Carsten Koerl, CEO at Sportradar, explains why “working with the utmost integrity” to safeguard businesses from corruption remains at the foundation of its operations, before highlighting some of the company’s “standout moments” for 2019.This included becoming the first industry supplier to hold data distribution deals with each of the ‘big four’ US sports leagues, hiring former Interwetten CEO Werner Becher as the new managing director of US betting and completing its first betting and gaming platform acquisition through Optima.Since we started our operations, Sportradar has been committed to helping ensure that professional sports are played fairly and that illegal activity is identified, prevented and stopped. That, to us, is how we define victory. We have a responsibility not just to our betting clients and their customers, but also to the global professional sports leagues, teams and players that billions of fans admire and enjoy.Working with the utmost integrity remains the foundation of our operations. This dedication has enabled us to become the global leader in the space, with more than 1,000 companies in over 80 countries entrusting us as their partner and supplier. It has also enabled us to build the world’s largest partner network of sporting bodies and rights holders, working side-by-side with them to grow fan engagement and safeguard their businesses from betting corruption.These core values have defined our success both in the past, but also the present, and this year has been no exception, with some standout moments.The trust we have developed over two decades, as well as the enormous effort and investment in integrity, technology and innovation, has enabled us to secure the biggest partners in sport with all the major US leagues.One of the major highlights of 2019 came in August when we announced the extension of our partnership with the NFL. The renewal significantly expanded upon our previous partnership, including exclusive distribution of real-time official play-by-play data to sports betting operators in the US and internationally where sports betting is legal and regulated. Official licensed data will improve the speed and accuracy of NFL data and enhance protections for consumers. In addition, we now have the right to distribute live audio-visual (AV) game feeds to sportsbooks in select international markets.Our US presence has also been significantly boosted by the appointment of Werner Becher as Managing Director of US Betting. He most recently served as CEO of Interwetten, where he more than doubled the sports betting operator’s revenue during his seven-years there. In his new role at Sportradar, he will be focused on the growth, development and execution of the company’s betting strategy in the US.Building on our presence as a major, global business founded on fast, reliable and insightful data, we also unveiled an entirely new revenue stream by launching ad:s, our programmatic ad solution. Complementing the range of sports betting services we already provide, we now have our own data and technology-driven marketing platform that applies that same deep, analytical expertise to media investments, focusing on eliminating waste and increasing returns.With the sports betting landscape ever more competitive, efficient customer acquisition and retention is now the central question for running a successful sportsbook, and ad:s is uniquely positioned to address this challenge.Just a few months ago we also made our first betting and gaming platform acquisition, agreeing terms with Optima, and are now busy integrating their cutting-edge technology. This is a significant strategic deal for the business and enables us to add further advanced technology to our global business portfolio and expand our offering, presenting new and existing customers with a 360-degree portfolio of flexible platform and content services and solutions. It puts us in a prime position to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading supplier of turnkey betting services and solutions.As we close out 2019 with these significant accomplishments, we expect 2020 to be a defining year for us. We are proud of the significant role we have played in helping the sports industry drive growth whilst simultaneously safeguarding its future. We know that playing a fair game when no one knows who will win is what keeps us all coming back! Submit All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO July 13, 2020
It will take perseverance, Paul said.“I think it’s very important to have patience,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to have an amazing coaching staff and amazing leader in Doc who’s been through just about everything you can go through, so I think we’ll be fine.” Ouch! That hurtsFollowing Wednesday’s debacle, Rivers said his team would get swept in four games by the Warriors if the teams played right now in the playoffs. Rivers said it “would be a destruction.”Paul responded to that Friday.“We’re just as disappointed,” he said. “We actually play. It was tough. You hear Coach say stuff like that and it should hit home. He’s probably right. Luckily, it’s not the playoffs yet, so we’ll never know.”Scouting the Trail BlazersPortland has defeated Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Dallas and lost to Sacramento and Golden State. The Trail Blazers have the third-best points differential in the league at plus-8.6. They are scoring 99.8 points per game and allowing 91.2. (The Clippers are tied for 18th with a negative-1.4 differential).The Trail Blazers are led by LaMarcus Aldridge, a 6-foot-11 power forward. He’s averaging a team-high 22.2 points as well as 6.2 rebounds. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews and point guard Damian Lillard are averaging 17.8 and 17.2 points, respectively, and Lillard is doling out 5.0 assists per game. Interestingly, small forward Nicolas Batum is leading the team in assists at 5.8 per game. Center Robin Lopez leads the team in rebounding with an 8.0 average.The Trail Blazers average 47.4 rebounds, the Clippers a league-worst 33.8. When the Clippers were routed 121-104 Wednesday night at Golden State, the Warriors played with incredible passion. The Clippers were passive. Effort is what a team needs night in and night out to compete and win in the NBA. The Clippers, who trailed by as many as 29 points Wednesday, haven’t had that.Coach Doc Rivers knows it. He said as much Friday morning at practice.“There’s a reason why we’re not playing as hard as we should,” said Rivers, whose 3-2 team takes on Portland (3-2) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket). “I don’t know the reason. As a coach, that’s trouble. I want to find the reason. Sometimes a coach never finds out, the players find out. You hope that’s the case. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When we watch the film, it’s going to be a silent film. I know it’s not, but I’m going to try to be a silent film. I don’t think I have to say a word today. If they can’t draw their own conclusions by the effort, then we do have a problem.”Jamal Crawford talks pressureThe Clippers were picked by many experts to at least get to the Western Conference Finals this season. Sixth-man Jamal Crawford agreed this could be a factor in the team’s early troubles.“It may be in the back of our heads,” he said. “Obviously, a lot of people picked us to finish near the top or go to the Finals or Western (Conference) Finals. For good reason. We’re a good team.“We won almost 60 games (57) with me missing a month and Chris (Paul) missing a month and a half and J.J. (Redick) missing half the season. People could argue we’re better. I get it. For us, we need to go play.”
He was pressed to talk about his rebounding.“I just tried to get in there and help,” Paul said. “DeAndre (Jordan) and Blake do a great job on the boards. Coach Doc told us guards that we have to rebound more, so I just try to get in there and help.”Clippers post Jordan had just five rebounds.Paul said his foot is “fine,” but he did get several hours of treatment on it Monday morning.Griffin chimed in on Paul, with a bit of friendly sarcasm.“He’s capable of doing that night in and night out,” he said. “With the way he scores, the way he passes, those are almost guaranteed. You don’t really bat an eye when he’s in double digits with those categories. But he did a great job of coming in and stealing some of our rebounds.”Griffin was smiling.The Clippers (3-1), who next play Wednesday at Golden State, shot 50.6 percent from the field, 43.5 (11 of 23) from 3-point range. Utah (1-3) shot 46.8 percent, 37 percent (10 of 27) from beyond the arc.The Clippers led 26-20 after one quarter and 56-43 at halftime. They took a 15-point lead at the outset of the third quarter, but Utah tied the game 62-62 with 4:34 left in the quarter. Only Reggie Bullock’s 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the quarter allowed the Clippers to take a 73-70 lead into the fourth quarter.Bullock scored 12 big points off the bench, all on 3-pointers. Jamal Crawford, bruised ribs and all, contributed 19 points and surpassed the 15,000-point mark in his career.Gordon Hayward led Utah (1-3) with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 5 of 12 from 3-point range. He, too, applauded the job done on the boards by Paul.“When he’s going after rebounds like that, I guess it’s hard for our bigs to crash (the glass),” Hayward said. “A lot of those rebounds were defensive (all of them were). So when our bigs are crashing, that can be a load down there. And he did a good job of coming in and getting the rebounds that his bigs didn’t get.”Bottom line, there was some progress made by the Clippers in this one. Rivers noticed.“Yeah, expect for that one stretch,” he said, when asked if this was his team’s most complete game so far. “We just keep having these stretches. And this one was a little more frustrating because we were getting great shots.” Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder was fielding questions from reporters before his team took on the Clippers on Monday night at Staples Center. One asked Quin what he is seeing from the Clippers right now.“The same thing we’ve seen for a while,” he said. “They’re a very good team that’s incredibly balanced offensively, great leadership, ability to change the game defensively. Their break is very unique in that they can push it on the dribble. They have a big in Blake (Griffin) who can push the ball himself. “Also if you look at the outlets, they’re outletting the ball to mid-court.”Snyder described the team the Clippers can be, not what they looked like through the first three regular-season games following a 2-6 record in the preseason. At least, not consistently. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers then went out and, save for losing all of a 15-point third-quarter lead, played their best ball of the young campaign, defeating the Jazz 107-101 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.Griffin led the Clippers with 31 points on 14-of-21 shooting; he also grabbed nine rebounds. But Chris Paul was the star of this show. Playing with a mildly sprained left foot, he had his first triple-double since the 2011 postseason. Paul scored 13 points, doled out 12 assists and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.“That’s who he is,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Paul. “He is just a tough guy, a warrior, and you love having him on your team. That is just a 6-foot guard getting a triple-double. It is really impressive.”Asked to talk about his triple-double, Paul was humble.“We won,” he said. “I mean, it’s not the first one. I think it would have sucked had we lost. But we won, so that’s all that matters.”
The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and will be open to the public. Then, O’Neal, former teammates, colleagues and friends will speak about his 20-year NBA career, which included 15 All-Star appearances and a seventh place standing on the league’s all-time scoring list (28,596 points). The statue will be unveiled at approximately 6:05 p.m.Homecoming KingThe crowd cheered loudly, and Lakers forward Brandon Ingram had not even scored a basket. But that’s okay. The nearly 450 fans from Kinston, N.C. attending the Lakers-Hornets game on Tuesday in Charlotte mostly wanted to see their hometown hero. “Where I’m from, you probably know everybody,” Ingram said. “I knew just about everyone there.”Ingram wasn’t exaggerating. Kinston boasts about 20,000 residents, meaning that nearly 2.5 percent of the city’s population made the four-hour drive to the game as part of “Kinston Teens.” Through that, fans from Ingram’s hometown received discounted tickets and had a meet-and-greet before the game. Ingram made a birthday wish come true to an unnamed elderly man that he said had been to every one of his games at Kinston High School. “I set the inspiration that you can make it out of my hometown by just putting the work in and staying the course,” Ingram said. “Everything that I do, it’s showing that anybody can make it out of my hometown.” Staying preparedThe smile on Julius Randle’s face told the whole story. He understandably feels “very excited” he will soon be a father to his baby boy, Kyden. Lakers coach Luke Walton granted Randle to go to Los Angeles on Sunday to support his fiancé. “Really nice. That’s my guy. He took care of me,” Randle said of Walton. “I got to go home to take care of some things and I’m back here with my guys.”Randle also joked his soon-to-be born son “needs to make up his mind on what he wants to do.” Walton, who has two children including newborn Landen, offered three words of advice to Randle.“Just be supportive,” Walton said. CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> The Lakers have scheduled something for late March, and it’s a safe bet many of their fans will dig it.Former Lakers and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal will have his bronze statue unveiled in Star Plaza at Staples Center on March 24, 2017 before the team’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.In a tribute to O’Neal’s commanding 7-foot-1, 325-pound frame, the 1,200 pound, 9-foot statue of O’Neal dunking will be connected to Staples Center and suspended 10 feet above the ground at Star Plaza. After the Lakers acquired him as a free agent in 1996, O’Neal used that presence to win three of his four NBA titles, a regular-season MVP and three NBA Finals MVPs with the Lakers (1996-2004). The Lakers then traded him to the Miami Heat amid concerns about his long-term durability and frequent clashes with Kobe Bryant.O’Neal will be the fifth member with the Lakers to have a statue outside of Staples Center, including former center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Nov. 2012), former guard and executive Jerry West (Feb. 2011), the late broadcaster Chick Hearn (April 2010) and former guard Magic Johnson (Feb. 2004). Staples Center also features statues of former Kings Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille and world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error