Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma returns to Utah newly minted as rising star

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBetween interviews about his former star pupil on Saturday, Krystkowiak joked to Kuzma, “You’ve increased my workload, man. If you’d just been sitting on the bench doing nothing it would be all good.”Instead, Kuzma has been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA’s rookie class, averaging 14.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in his first five NBA games.The forward has averaged more than 26 minutes per game for a Lakers team that on Saturday played its third game in four nights, its second such stretch to start the season.“College, you had two games a week and now three games in four nights and back-to-back and traveling,” Kuzma said, “definitely takes its wear and tear, but I make sure to take care of the body and get proper rest.”Last season, Kuzma averaged Kuzma averaged 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for a Utes team that finished 22-14 overall and fourth in the Pac-12. All through the spring after Utah lost in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, Krystkowiak saw the progress Kuzma was making in his game and imagined what might await him as a senior. “He took a jump every year,” Krystkowiak said. “He took another jump, and if he were in college basketball this year we’d be talking about him as a first-team All-American and it would be amazing.”Instead, the jump was so good that Kuzma declared for the NBA and after a strong draft combine catapulted from possibly going undrafted into the first round. The Lakers selected him No. 27 overall with the draft pick they acquired in the D’Angelo Russell-Brook Lopez trade.“It’s always been a copycat league,” said Krystkowiak, who played 10 NBA seasons including three games with the Lakers in 1996-97 with the Lakers. “Now we’re in the Golden State (era) where it’s small ball, Cleveland’s small ball”Kuzma can play both forward positions and stretches the floor, averaging four 3-point attempts per game through five games.“I think a lot of those teams that he worked out for and I talked to,” Krystkowiak said, “that’s what they needed.”Krystkowiak was careful not to say that he was surprised by Kuzma’s rapid rise, referring to an adage that hangs in the Utes’ locker room: “Luck is nothing more than hard work meeting an opportunity.Kuzma’s college teammate, Delon Wright said he didn’t know too much about Kuzma when the Flint, Mich., native arrived as a grayshirt with the Utes in 2013-14, but quickly saw the potential.“I’ve seen him do the moves,” said Wright, a reserve guard for the Toronto Raptors, “but he put it together so it’s surprising me to a certain extent, just to see it actually happening. But I’ve seen him doing those same moves that he’s been doing.”Krystkowiak first spotted Kuzma while recruiting another player.“He was just like a little colt running around,” he said. “Super skinny but skilled, had a little something to him. The confidence and the little pop.”It’s a scouting report Lakers fans have quickly embraced. SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Kuzma’s morning began with an alarm going off early enough that he could hit his favorite breakfast spot, a popular café across the street from a park lined with century-old cottonwoods, and still leave enough time for an appointment with his favorite barber.The Lakers had played the night before, a loss to Toronto on Friday, and with a 7 p.m. matchup looming against the Jazz, Kuzma normally would have used that time to rest. However Kuzma starred for three years at the University of Utah and said, “I’ve got to do a few things here.”That meant filling up on his favorite meal, French Toast Foolishness, plus a side of cheesy hashbrowns sautéed with sausage and mushrooms topped with eggs.Outside of the visitors’ locker room a few hours later, Kuzma hugged Larry Krystkowiak, the Utah coach who first identified Kuzma as “a little colt running around” and helped mold him into a first-round draft pick.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Workers hold protest in West Palm Beach demanding South Florida reopen

first_imgA number of Palm Beach County residents held a protest on Friday on the South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach after Palm Beach County was left out of the governor’s Phase 1 plan to slowly reopen.Protesters held signs that read, “We Need Our Freedom Back” and “Get Me Back to Work or Pay My Bills.”The number of Americans who have filed for unemployment went up to 30 million in the last 6 weeks. Florida is one of the states who has been hit the hardest.Florida is the slowest state to process unemployment claimslast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–With speedy Rocket Heat showing the way through uncontested fractions of 21.99, 44.18 and 1:07.74, it appeared he was headed to a front-running victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, but Toowindytohaulrox collared him 40 yards from the finish and was up to win by a neck under Tiago Pereira, covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf in 1:14.26.Off at 21-1, Toowindytohaulrox, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday, paid $44.60, $19.20 and $9.40. Owned by Queen Bee Racing, LLC, he was most recently third, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar Nov. 27.“This horse is great down the hill,” said Pereira. “Having him in an outside post is best for him. When he is outside of horses, he’s at his best. When he’s on the inside, not always. He was free today and he made a big run.”Toowindytohaulrox, who notched his second win from six starts down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout, improved his overall record to 19-4-3-6. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he improved his earnings to $310,392.“I wanted them to stay outside, ‘Toowindy’ especially,” said D’Amato, who also saddled runner-up Coastline. “Anytime he’s got to split horses, he just doesn’t like it as much. He likes to be running freely and Tiago bided his time back there, got him widest of all and came with a big run.”Drawn on the extreme outside in post 14, fellow come-from-behinder Coastline, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, was up for the place, finishing another neck in front of Rocket Heat. Off at 52-1, Coastline paid $46.60 and $20.80.Off at 41-1, Rocket Heat, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, prevailed by a head over The Great War and paid $16.20 to show.With the 1-2-3 finishers off at odds of 21-1, 52-1 and 41-1, the trifecta paid $10,851.40. Fourth place finisher The Great War, off at 8-1, helped contribute to a superfecta payoff of $24,476.39.The first of four graded stakes on a blockbuster Opening Day Card, the Daytona was run as the fourth on a nine-race program.last_img read more

Santa Clara officials preparing in case Raiders eye Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — If the Raiders make good on their pledge this week to bolt Oakland a year before their new Las Vegas stadium is ready, experts say their most likely move would be a temporary revival of an old idea: sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers.On Thursday, Santa Clara officials said they were dusting off documents for such a plan to be ready in case the Silver and Black come calling. But Mayor Lisa Gillmor said the city had yet to hear from Raiders executives, a day after the team cut …last_img read more

Junk-DNA Stock Tumbles

first_imgThose investing credibility in the concept of “junk DNA” suffered more losses this week.  Repeated hits to the paradigm that portions of non-coding DNA are useless leftovers of evolution make a recovery unlikely.    In Science,1 researchers from Princeton and Indiana University reported a function for transposons and the genes that act on them, “previously considered selfish DNA or part of the dispensable genome.”  A small eukaryote microbe uses enzymes called transposases extensively during development.  “Through an exaggerated process of genome rearrangement, Oxytricha trifallax destroys 95% of its germline genome during development,” they said, resulting in the elimination of all transposon DNA.  What’s going on?  “We show that transposase gene expression occurs during germline-soma differentiation and that silencing of transposase by RNA interference leads to abnormal DNA rearrangement in the offspring,” they said.  “This study suggests a new important role in Oxytricha for this large portion of genomic DNA that was previously thought of as junk.”Update 05/20/2009: PhysOrg reported on this paper and said, “researchers from Princeton University and Indiana University who have been studying the genome of a pond organism have found that junk DNA may not be so junky after all.  They have discovered that DNA sequences from regions of what had been viewed as the ‘dispensable genome’ are actually performing functions that are central for the organism.”  At the end of the article, PhysOrg said, “The term ‘junk DNA’ was originally coined to refer to a region of DNA that contained no genetic information.  Scientists are beginning to find, however, that much of this so-called junk plays important roles in the regulation of gene activity.  No one yet knows how extensive that role may be.”    Another press release from Rockefeller University upset a common idea about micro-RNAs, those ubiquitous little snippets of RNA that have been found to play many important roles in the cell.  Some of these microRNAs are highly conserved (i.e., unevolved) between distant life-forms.  The assumption has been that they play similar roles; “The na?ve assumption is that if we understand what these microRNAs do in a fish or in the frog, we can extrapolate to humans,” Ali H. Brivanlou, the head of the embryology department, said.  That assumption appears to be flawed.  They found that the counterpart in humans targets different activator proteins.personify evolution as a bumbling yet personal inventor:“When evolution has lucked into efficient solutions for life’s most fundamental problems, it adopts them as invaluable family heirlooms, passing them down as one species evolves into another.”“Although the microRNAs are evolutionarily conserved, their target changes across species,” said Brivanlou.  “These are genetic tools that nature has invented, much like the screwdriver, to build different things for different species.” 1.  Nowacki et al, “A Functional Role for Transposases in a Large Eukaryotic Genome,” Science, 15 May 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5929, pp. 935-938, DOI: 10.1126/science.1170023.Replacing one myth with another is not progress.  Junk DNA is a Darwinian myth that intelligent design theory could have prevented.  Geneticists looking through their Darwin-tinted glasses have misinterpreted the genome, because they expected to find waste and disorder.  An ID geneticist would face the problem differently: we don’t understand what the microRNAs and non-coding DNA segments are doing; therefore, we will discover what they are there for.    The Darwinists have not learned their lesson.  Instead, they are retreating into their usual Charlie & Tinker Bell fairy tale.  Tinker Bell zaps genes with her mutation wand, and Charlie, the bumbling junkyard engineer, looks for scraps to cobble together into family heirlooms.  This adds the fallacies of naive assumptions [i.e., glittering generalies] and extrapolation to their logical sins.  It takes intelligence to invent a tool and use it for multiple functions.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau shines at national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Farm Bureaus were presented awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2017.Ohio was presented with a New Horizon Award, that honors states with the most innovative new programs.Ohio also received an Award of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrate outstanding achievements in four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value. Ohio Farm Bureau was recognized for excellence in the categories of Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value.last_img read more

TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections

first_imgRoger Pogoy added a career-high 31 points while Jayson Castro registered the first triple-double of his career, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for TNT.The KaTropa delivered the knockout punch at the start of the fourth quarter when they went on a 20-2 tear in the first six minutes of the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA IMAGESThe game between Phoenix and TNT got heated quickly on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas and forward Jason Perkins and KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel and Semerad twins Anthony and David were all ejected just less than three minutes into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The scuffle started after things got testy between Anthony and Phoenix import Rob Dozier just as TNT was about to inbound the ball.Alas was tossed for flagrant misconduct, the Semerads and Perkins were thrown out for fighting stance while Dickel was sent out after throwing the ball at an official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I thank the team and the players for staying in the game. They kept their composure,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad had the last laugh after coming away with a 114-88 win, their third in four starts. “I just told them to stay in the game and play harder.”Things nearly got out of hand again late in the game and to no one’s surprise, Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva got himself in trouble anew for the second straight game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abueva got ejected after he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.The 31-year-old Abueva on Saturday was penalized by Phoenix for his actions late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 victory over the Blackwater Elite Friday night.Abueva, who was deducted P20,000 off his salary by the Fuel Masters, was called out by Elite guard Ray Parks after their game.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures toward his girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera.Jones returned to his dominant ways, firing 40 points that went with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals four nights after being held to just 14 points in a blowout loss to NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgAsked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Asked if there is a possibility of rolling out Goods and Services Tax from April 1 next year, Panagariya said, “In politics you can never say that anything is over. Things can change, turnaround. I would not rule out that as a possibility.” Yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that he wants the GST to be implemented from April next year, but warned that the new indirect tax regime may get delayed by sometime if the Congress continues to obstruct it. The Constitution Amendment Bill for roll out of GST has been passed in the Lok Sabha, but is yet to be approved by the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP does not enjoy majority of its own. “On the other hand if it delays .. its okay. It is a process. It started 10 years ago. If not in April may be 6 months later it can be rolled out,” Panagariya said. PTI DP CS ABD MRlast_img read more

India to get no new B.Ed colleges this year, says Prakash Javadekar

first_imgAfter observing the degrading quality of BEd institutes, the Centre has decided that this year no new teacher training institutions will be allowed in the country. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar noticed that BEd colleges were opening like “fly by night operators” until now. “You pay today and get the degree tomorrow,” he said.Existing colleges to undergo quality audit”With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country,” he told reporters here. He said as far as opening of new colleges is concerned it will be a ‘zero-year’ and also existing colleges will have to undergo a quality audit.Practical component in BEd, DEd courses to increase”We have asked for quality affidavits and so far, only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 BEd colleges,” he added. The government has also decided to increase the practical component in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Diploma in Education (DEd) courses.”The practical component will be increased in the teacher training modules and practical sessions will be conducted in government schools which will be under observation of the teachers there and student feedback will also be given importance,” Javadekar said.The minister also said that the government is thinking of expansion of Kendriya Vidyalaya in country in coming years.With inputs from PTI  Read: BA, BCom results delayed, Mumbai University to use only online paper correction techniques advertisementRead: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

New Delhi: Dec 13, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL New Delhi: Parliament attack 16th anniversary(B+A) Mumbai: Launch of Soha Ali Khans book(A+B) Ahmedabad: Polls preparations in Ahmedabad(B) Varanasi: Anupriya Patel in Varanasi(B) New Delhi: ORF Commonwealth for smarter(A+B) INTERNATIONAL London: Premiere of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi (B) Montecito: Wildfire in Montecito (B) SPORTS Mainz: German first division Bundesliga soccer match (A) Mohali: India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI cricket match(A+B) PTI PHOTO HS OS DLlast_img read more