No ticket, no problem: Jakarta Police impose no traffic raids policy to curb COVID-19

first_imgThe Jakarta Police have stopped conducting traffic raids and started ticketing less as part of efforts to curtail the rapid spread of the fatal respiratory disease COVID-19.“I have ordered my personnel to suspend traffic raids,” Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Cmr Sambodo Purnomo yogo said as reported by on Thursday.He also ordered his subordinates to put the brakes on handing out tickets to traffic violators. Traffic Police personnel, he said, would focus on pressing violations that put road users at risk, such as people driving on the wrong side of the road, using Transjakarta bus lanes and motorcyclists not wearing a helmet. Read also: COVID-19: Police impose limits on staple food purchases amid panic buyingThe decision was made to reduce the number of traffic violators packing the district courts for their violations.“We want to avoid crowds in the courts to prevent [the spread] of COVID-19,” Sambodo said, adding that his directorate would strengthen better education and warning for road users to ensure orderly traffic. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Brazil star Everton drops Arsenal transfer hint ahead of potential £36m move

first_imgEverton was top scorer at the Copa America this summer (AP Photo)Martinelli is currently Arsenal’s only signing of the summer transfer window, but Everton may have given an indication that he could be joining up with his fellow Brazilian in north London after he began following the 18-year-old on Instagram.AdvertisementAdvertisementEverton is currently on holiday after helping Brazil win the Copa America earlier this month. Advertisement Brazil winger Everton could be heading to Arsenal (Getty Images)Brazil winger Everton has fuelled speculation surrounding his potential move to Arsenal by following Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.On Sunday, reports in Brazil claimed that Arsenal’s new technical director Edu has already spoken with Everton’s agent to discuss a transfer to the Gunners this summer.Subsequent reports have claimed that Arsenal have agreed a £36m deal with Gremio for the 23-year-old, who is due to undergo a medical in Porto Alegre.The Gunners are in the market for a new winger and have already seen their £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha rejected by Crystal Palace.ADVERTISEMENTLille’s Nicolas Pepe is also on Arsenal’s shortlist but the 24-year-old’s £70m valuation is likely to rule Unai Emery’s side out of the running. Brazil start Everton has followed Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli on InstagramThe winger finished as the tournament’s Golden Boot winner with three goals, while he was also named Man of the Match in the final as Brazil sealed a 3-1 victory over Peru.Arsenal, meanwhile, are closing in on a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 9:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link647Shares Comment Brazil star Everton drops Arsenal transfer hint ahead of potential £36m movelast_img read more

STATS Delivers Pipeline Isolation Campaign in Malaysia

first_imgPipeline technology specialist STATS has wrapped up a six-month pipeline isolation campaign offshore and onshore Malaysia.The work covered 12 pipeline isolations on behalf of partner Handal Energy for a major operator in Malaysia, and is said to be the largest integrated campaign undertaken by STATS in the region.All workscopes featured STATS’ range of Remote Tecno Plug (RTP) which provided inline pipeline isolation to allow the live repair and replacement of valves on onshore and offshore assets in West Malaysia and Sarawak.The RTPs ranged in size from 12” to 32” and teams from STATS Beranang workshop in Kuala Lumpur, backed up by personnel from the UK and UAE, worked jointly to complete the projects.Gareth Campbell, STATS Group’s regional manager for Asia Pacific, said: “With the successful completion of two 28” RTP isolations on facilities in Sarawak, this brings to a close our six month long isolation campaign in Malaysia, during which a total of 12 safety critical projects have been completed for valve repair and maintenance.“Using a combination of local expertise from our Kuala Lumpur base, supported by colleagues from Aberdeen and Abu Dhabi, we have reaffirmed our position as the primary provider of safety-critical pipeline isolation services in Malaysia, and look forward to maintaining this success with future projects already confirmed for 2020.”last_img read more

Lamar Jackson and Louisville drain what’s left of Syracuse’s bowl hopes in 56-10 Orange loss

first_img Published on November 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm Contact: | @jtbloss LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A week ago, Dino Babers asked a room full of reporters when they had last seen a quarterback perform as well as Wake Forest’s John Wolford had in his 500-yard game against Syracuse. Then Babers realized the answer was obvious and supplied it himself.“Well, it’s probably the guy we’re about to play this week, isn’t it?” he said.SU’s second-year head coach was alluding to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman winner who on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium led the UofL (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) in a rainy, 56-10 dissection of Syracuse (4-7, 2-5) a year after posting an SU opponent record of 610 total yards in the Carrier Dome. Jackson’s 381 total yards this time around reminded the country why Louisville ranked No. 16 before the season began. His dominance is the latest reason why, for the fourth straight season, it’s highly unlikely Syracuse will play in a bowl game.“Disappointed we couldn’t stop more things on defense,” Babers said. “Lamar is a first-round draft pick, and someone just asked me if he’s better than (former Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III). I want to say no, but God dang, he’s special.”While Jackson’s skills acted as the finishing blow to SU’s bowl hopes, Syracuse put itself in this position. Even the most optimistic preseason forecasts likely pegged the Louisville game as a loss. But entering the matchup against Louisville with four wins meant there was no more room to lose. SU needed a win to make next week’s game matter. Instead of having a chance to extend its seniors’ careers by earning a bowl berth, SU will send off its eldest players with yet another season-finale that means essentially nothing, and making this senior class the first to leave without playing in a bowl game since 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Guys are just hurting, myself included,” senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “I think we will feel it all night.”Flashbacks to Louisville’s 62-28 drubbing of SU in the Carrier Dome last season rushed back immediately after the opening kickoff. In 36 seconds, Louisville ran two plays to go 80 yards for a touchdown. In response, SU senior quarterback Zack Mahoney threw an interception on Syracuse’s first offensive possession. Orange quarterbacks will now finish the season having tossed a pick on their first drive of every road game this year.Later, Jackson exited the pocket and took another chunk of SU’s hope with him. He dusted an overcommitted Evan Foster and stiff-armed a hopeless Devin M. Butler to glide into the endzone for a 43-yard score and a 14-3 lead.“Explosive plays kill you,” redshirt junior safety Rodney Williams said.The early explosions served as a notice, albeit an unnecessary one, that SU ought to respect Jackson when he runs in space. So when three Orange defenders corralled him in a similar spot on the field during the next Cardinals possession, Jackson pitched to UofL running back Reggie Bonnafon. He finished the run 33 yards later and gave Louisville a 14-3 lead. All week long, SU knew it would have to defend the same option plays it couldn’t stop last week. When the Orange didn’t, it only got uglier.A first-half weather delay made Syracuse sit on a 21-3 deficit for 43 minutes in the locker room. Redshirt Freshman Rex Culpepper replaced a benched Mahoney at quarterback. The change didn’t help. SU finished the game with 335 yards of total offense, but little to show for it. Jackson himself had more production.The offensive struggles — considering with usual starter Eric Dungey out for the second straight game with an injury — didn’t sting as much as the damage Jackson inflicted.“You can only contain him, you can’t really stop him,” Williams said. “… Even if you have the perfect call, him boxed in a one-on-one tackle, it’s still going to be tough to make that play. You can’t really practice for someone like that.”In the second quarter, Jackson slung a deep ball over the middle to a streaking Jay Smith. Smith had beaten Orange cornerback Juwan Dowels and had only SU safety Rodney Williams to beat. Williams was in decent position, right underneath Smith like he wanted to be, but not a good enough spot to do anything about the incoming ball. As soon as he turned around, Williams said, he knew the pass was perfect. Smith plucked it and cruised for a 72-yard knockout. On Louisville’s next possession, Jackson one-upped his passing precision and dropped a dime of a score into the hands of Bonnafon, the running back, on a wheel route. Syracuse’s Brandon Berry, a defensive end, attempted to cover Bonnafon on the play — the sign of a defense both depleted and defeated.After halftime, the list of Jackson highlights got too long. He juked SU senior linebacker Jonathan Thomas on a touchdown run that resembled his infamous hurdle from last year. The lead eventually grew so large that Jackson was rewarded with the warmth of a sideline poncho for the remainder of the game.It kept raining. The seats that went largely unfilled to start the game became increasingly empty. Syracuse watched as backups battled backups. A garbage-time Orange touchdown drew little reaction.That is the kind of lifeless condition one would expect when a team had its goal of earning a bowl invitation officially stamped as a failure. SU had its best start through seven games since 2011 and almost certainly won’t have a postseason game to show for it.“We wanted to compete for an ACC championship,” Williams said. “We had the opportunity and we let it slip away.”Tonight, credit Jackson. But blame Syracuse for letting his reckoning have the power to kill its season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

IBB Club Concludes Teaching Programme for 132 Children

first_imgPrizes were presented to the kids for their active involvement in the training. With Anaeze Ntukogu, Adaeze Obianado, Oladapo Fouhad, Jemimo Gadzama, Patrick Anyaye, Anase Akper and Yahaya Shehu emerging winners for level 1 boys (5-9), level 1 girls (5-9), level 2 boys (10-13), level 2 girls (10-13), level 3 boys (14-18), level 3 girls (14-18) and overall winner respectively.Speaking during the ceremony in Abuja, Lady Vice Captain, Mary Rose Richard Obioha expressed optimism that some of the children will become professionals in future.She said: “We had estimated 120 kids to turn up for the programme but those came were in excess of 130 children which is a good development for the children and the sport.“They were all eager to play golf. We have more children showing interests now and we hope more of them are still going to participate in the Junior Open coming up in two weeks time,” she stressed with enthusiasm.Similarly, a former Lady Captain, Aphia Yaduma expresse joy at the turnout of children for the programme.“This year is completely different and more impressive than the previous ones we had done because the turn out is more amazing than what we expected. We are satisfied with the level of responses from the parents and students,” she said.In a quick interview with journalists, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the club, Maj. Gen IBM Haruna (rtd) gave his assessment on the programme.Haruna said the programme is aimed to develop the children to be sports men that can also play golf.“We want our kids to be happy, brought up well, to have friends, to develop the spirit of sportsmanship and gamesmanship. These children will look back and be happy their parents made this sacrifice for them to play golf,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Udora Orizu in AbujaThe Ladies Section of IBB International Golf Club in Abuja has rounded up the two weeks teaching programme designed for children who are between the ages of five and 18 years.The 14th edition of the clinic tagged: 2019 children golf development programme started on Monday 22nd of July and ended August 2, 2019.last_img read more

Proposed new MLB schedule would keep Dodgers, Angels close to home

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels would have slightly more difficult travel than the Dodgers because they would have two road series against each of the Texas teams, while the Dodgers would have just one.Of course, any analysis of the travel is pure speculation at this point, because some teams may not even be permitted to play in their home parks. The owners’ preference is to have games played in home parks, rather than neutral sites or spring training ballparks, but local laws could prevent that. An outbreak of the coronavirus in a particular part of the country later in the summer could force plans to be re-adjusted.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Angels and Dodgers also figure to see a little more of each other under the proposal. They were scheduled for four games, but would play six or even seven according to the reported new schedule.There are still significant obstacles to any agreement that would start the season, most notably the safety measures taken for the players and support staff, and how much the players would be paid. Owners are seeking a revenue sharing agreement that would further slice player salaries because of the income lost from playing in empty ballparks.Players seemingly should not object to vastly reduced travel, which would leave the Dodgers and Angels to play almost all of their games in the Pacific Time Zone.The Angels could play as few as 15 games out of their home time zone, while the Dodgers could play as few as 12.Exact details of the regional based schedule are unknown, but a report in the Athletic suggested that teams would play four series against each of the four teams in their division and two series against each of the five teams in the corresponding interleague division. If all those series were three games, that would make 78 games, so a few four-game series could be added to get to 82 games. The Dodgers may get a direct shot at the Houston Astros this season, even if Dodgers fans may not.The Astros, who were penalized for a sign-stealing scandal that included their 2017 World Series victory over the Dodgers, were not on the Dodgers’ original schedule for 2020. Their next interleague meeting was set to be in 2021.However, if the MLB owners’ proposal for a regionally-based 82-game schedule is approved by the Players’ Assn. in negotiations starting this week, the Dodgers and Astros could face each other in home-and-home series in the shortened season.Dodgers fans still may not get the chance to directly voice their displeasure with the Astros, though, because the proposal includes games played in empty ballparks, at least at the start of the season. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Raiders a smaller long shot to win Super Bowl 54 after news of Antonio Brown trade

first_img BENDER: AB can avoid a TO-like end to his career The city that will host the Raiders in the near future is changing its opinion of the 2019 edition of the squad after Sunday’s news that Antonio Brown will be joining the Silver and Black.Caesars Palace in Las Vegas dropped its odds of Oakland winning Super Bowl 54 from 75-1 to 50-1, Pro Football Talk and Bleacher Report reported.  The Raiders finished 4-12 last season under new/old coach Jon Gruden. PFT and B/R did not report on any change to the Steelers’ odds. had Pittsburgh listed at 20-1 before the Brown trade was reported (it also had the Raiders at 100-1).The favorites in the futures market according to are the Super Bowl champion Patriots and the Chiefs at 7-1 each.last_img read more

Bellator 219: Saad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Bellator 219 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAwad (23-10) had been climbing toward title contention by winning four consecutive fights, but his journey to the gold was stopped just short by losing by unanimous decision to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 208 in October. Girtz (15-8) was on the same path as Awad. He had won three in a row between 2014 and 2015, but the 34-year-old has fallen on hard times since then, having lost four of five, including getting submitted by current 155-pound champion Michael Chandler in his last time out at Bellator 197 last April.Awad and Girtz are each in desperate need of a win for different reasons. A loss for Awad and he won’t be competing for the title anytime soon, while another setback for Girtz can signal an end to his time in the promotion. Here’s all the information you need to watch Bellator 219.How to watch Bellator 219Bellator 219 is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service, as well as the Paramount Network.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.What time does Bellator 218 start?The undercard for Bellator 219 is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the main card at 9 p.m. from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Expect Awad and Girtz to walk into the ring for the main event around 10:30 p.m.Bellator 219 fight cardMain cardSaad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz; Lightweight Daniel Straus vs. Shane Kruchten; Lightweight Andrey Koreshkov vs. Michael Jasper; Welterweight Joe Schilling vs. Keith Berry; Middleweight Preliminary card Darren Smith vs. Joshua Jones; Lightweight Adrian Najera vs. Johnny Soto; Bantamweight David Rickels vs. A.J. Matthews; Welterweight Shawn Bunch vs. Dominic Mazzotta; Bantamweight David Pacheco vs. Kelvin Gentapanan; Lightweight Janay Harding vs. Marina Mokhnatkina; Women’s Featherweight What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to MMA, DAZN also live-streams boxing, offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and “ChangeUp,” a live whiparound MLB show.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports.MORE ABOUT DAZN • Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhere can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as Here is a list of DAZN-supported devices: Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV.. Bellator MMA returns this weekend, as Bellator 219 takes place on Friday, March 29 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main event pits Saad Awad against Brandon Girtz in lightweight action. The bout and the entire card can be streamed live on DAZN. last_img read more

Daniel Jacobs hauls Brooklyn mindset to Vegas ahead of Canelo bout

first_imgAt some point Tuesday, before flying out to Las Vegas, Daniel Jacobs plans on making the trek back home to the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., home of the brave.“It clears my mind. Most importantly, it motivates me,” Jacobs tells Sporting News about returning home before facing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their pivotal middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 4. Soaking up the vibes in Brownsville before a fight is something Jacobs did prior to facing Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in March 2017. This fight against the face of boxing is of an even larger magnitude. Way larger.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4“I’m going to go to Brownsville to make sure I get most of that love that I was raised on and feel that energy, so that I could go out and conquer the world because where I’m from, it’s Brooklyn vs. everybody,” Jacobs said before conducting his final media workout at CEA Fitness in Port Washington, N.Y., on Monday. “Just to feel lively, go back out and like I said, conquer the world, because I really feel like this is the opportunity for me to fulfill my dreams. This is my one shot.”“The Miracle Man” is war-ready for May 4 against the face of boxing, Canelo Alvarez.There’s only 1⃣9⃣ days until #CaneloJacobs.Watch on @DAZN_USA:— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) April 15, 2019That’s the homegrown, gritty mentality Jacobs is hauling with him to Vegas to attempt an upset over Canelo in just over two weeks: one shot to shock the world and prove he’s the best middleweight, period.The 32-year-old told SN about his vision of seeing his hand raised as the unified middleweight champion of the world when the dust settles on his fight against Canelo. He was candid about his two-pronged blueprint on how to make that a reality, too.The first key: using his movement. Jacobs moves around with intricate ring generalship and guile, moving his opponents rough-and-tumble style around the ring in an awkwardly good manner and hitting them while he does so.“I think it’s one of our keys to victories,” Jacobs said of his complex movement. “Using that (movement), using it very well, getting the gist of it early on and setting the tone early on is going to be the deciding factor for me as far as being comfortable, being able to set the tone, being able to dictate. That’s really the key because we don’t want Canelo to dictate.”If you ask Jacobs, he just doesn’t see that as a possibility.“I don’t necessarily think that Canelo can bully me,” Jacobs said. “It’s going to be really hard for him being the smaller guy to kind of dictate that. I’m a rough guy when it comes to being inside that ring with me. Seeing me from the outside, it might look different, but when you’re actually in there, I’m a physically big guy with speed and power.”That brings us to Jacobs’ second major key for defeating Alvarez: relying on his natural attributes. Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) stands more than 3 inches taller than Canelo (51-1-2, 35 KOs), with about a 3-inch reach advantage.“Obviously, my biggest advantage is my size, my reach and range, my athleticism, so I’m going to use that to the best of my ability,” Jacobs said.“I actually expect Danny to push Canelo around, keep him off balance, make him uncomfortable,” said Jacobs’ longtime trainer Andre Rozier. “He’s the bigger man.”If Jacobs’ camp sees early on that Canelo has done his homework and is capable of making necessary adjustments, then they, too, are prepared to call audibles in real time.“If there needs to be a Plan B or Plan C, obviously we have all that,” Jacobs said.“All the way to Plan Z,” Rozier added. “We’re ready for all accounts and all measures and I think the boxing world, fans included, will be very surprised with the performance that Danny gives and presents.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch Joshua vs. Miller on June 1Jacobs’ training camp for this fight has taken the veteran to Plan Z, with the Brooklyn native regularly training in a high-altitude chamber, simulating the kind of adversity he might see against Canelo — especially if their bout goes the distance. Throughout the promotion, this bout has been referred to as a “50-50 fight,” with Jacobs openly saying he can’t afford to leave it in the judges’ hands. If he’s successful in recording that convincing win, then Jacobs believes the victory would also help him move past his controversial unanimous decision loss to Golovkin.“To me, it would let the fans know that … I’m the best middleweight in the world,” Jacobs says. “With a victory over Canelo, not only does it kind of erase (that loss) or put a new idea in fans’ minds that ‘Maybe this kid is the best, he’s proven himself against the guy that actually beat GGG.’ Then, I could give GGG the rematch and finally prove to the world that I’m better than he is.”Before any of that, though, Jacobs will stop off in Brownsville. Then, it’s wheels up to Vegas, where “The Miracle Man” will get that one shot.last_img read more

JaVale McGee back with the Lakers after hospitalization

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES – JaVale McGee missed his fourth straight start for the Lakers on Sunday night, but he was in the Staples Center, broke huddle with the team at shootaround, and even did some pregame warm-ups.As it turns out, just being around the team was a huge step for McGee.A Yahoo Sports report broke the news that McGee was hospitalized for three days at UCLA Medical Center following the Lakers’ return from their four-game road trip, dealing with pneumonia. The Lakers had previously said that McGee was suffering from flu-like symptoms and a respiratory infection, but had not elaborated on the severity of McGee’s ailments.The Lakers said Sunday that he was cleared for basketball activities, but that his energy and conditioning was not where it needed to be. Still, his mere presence was a relief given the events of the last week. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “I want it. You want guys that want to play,” Walton said. “Now it’s up to the doctors to decide whether or not he’s cleared to do that, which they’ve said he is, so now it will be an energy thing. But you want guys like that.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Oh, it felt good, man,” McGee said to reporters shortly after the Lakers’ loss to the Grizzlies. “Just getting back to the routine. For the past, eight, nine days, my routine has been laying in bed. And that’s it. So it’s real refreshing.”McGee said he made up his own mind to go to the hospital after he got home and was given antibiotics. He also noted that he has asthma, which can complicate respiratory problems such as pneumonia.After his pregame working, McGee said he was “extremely winded,” but said he would commit to extra conditioning in the next few days to get his health back to where it was before he got sick.McGee hasn’t played since a Dec. 15 game in Charlotte, but he’s aiming for a return to the court Tuesday at Golden State, where he won two titles. Before the game, he will receive a ring for winning the 2018 NBA Finals. Said McGee of the game: “The whole time [when he was sick], that’s all I was thinking about.”Walton said he wasn’t concerned about McGee rushing himself back to play — far from it, in fact.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tyson Chandler also missed Sunday’s game with back spasms. Walton said the 36-year-old’s back started tightening up during Friday’s win over the Pelicans, and that Chandler couldn’t go through a normal pregame routine early on Sunday. Chandler was also spotted in the Lakers’ locker room prior to the game.Michael Beasley’s mother diesAfter a battle with illness, Michael Beasley’s mother, Fatima Smith, has died.The Lakers have missed the forward for most of the month as Beasley attended to his mother, granting him time off to visit her in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Beasley and Smith both came to the Lakers’ Dec. 16 game against the Washington Wizards, with Beasley briefly joining the team on the bench.Walton began his pregame comments with a personal sentiment for Beasley from the team.“ I just wanted to send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to Michael Beasley and his family,” Walton said. “They’re going through a tough time. But we’re thinking of you, we miss you and we love you.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more