“We did not do much defensively tonight, and that has been the key to turning our season around,” guard J.J. Redick said following Monday’s victory. “Since that second Golden State game (a 124-117 loss Nov. 19), I believe we have had a top-five defense. That has really been the key to our success over the last six to eight weeks.“Going forward, Cleveland has a lot of matchup problems. They are a great team. They are a great offensive team. This is a very, very hard trip for us. We play five really good teams, four teams that are currently in the playoffs and New York that is currently trying to make the playoffs.”The trip continues Friday in New York (21-22), followed by Toronto (26-15) on Sunday, Indiana (23-19) on Tuesday and culminating Wednesday in Atlanta (25-17).Griffin’s returnBlake Griffin has missed 11 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. Griffin is expected to return on this trip and Redick would love it to be against Cleveland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One of the themes behind the recent surge by the L.A. Clippers has been better defense.During their recent 10-game winning streak, the Clippers allowed opponents an average of only 96.6 points while the Clippers averaged 108.2 on offense. That’s an impresssive differential of 11.6.The defense has since taken a couple of hits. The Clippers gave up 110 points to the Sacramento Kings in a loss Saturday that broke the Clippers’ winning streak, and they gave up 132 during their overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday — and 122 of those came during regulation.The Clippers (27-14) realize that can’t continue, especially on this five-game East Coast swing that begins Thursday night at Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland. “Hopefully we get 32 (Griffin) back on this trip,” he said. “That is what we are looking forward to. We have a good test coming up Thursday night in Cleveland.”Griffin as an All-StarWhen Griffin recently spoke the reporters for the first time since his injury, he was asked if he believes his inactivity was hurting his standing in the All-Star voting.“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe.”He was asked if he cares.“No,” he said. “No, I don’t.”The most recent voting numbers were shared by the NBA on Jan. 14. Griffin was in fifth place among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. Chris Paul was third among backcourt players. The starters will be announced at 4 p.m. Thursday during a one-hour special on TNT.Scouting the CavaliersCleveland was walloped 132-98 by the high-flying Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Cavaliers took a 28-11 record into their game Wednesday at Brooklyn.LeBron James leads Cleveland with a 25.2 scoring average, which is fifth in the league. He also leads the team with a 6.0 assists average. Point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists.
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Ben Schmidt became just the fourth golfer in history to win both the Brabazon Trophy and the Carris Trophy in the same calendar year when he won the English Boys’ Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park Golf Club.The 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club became the youngest ever winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) at Alwoodley in June and he completed a rare double when he claimed his second national title of the season in the boys’ equivalent in Hertfordshire.His wins in both the Brabazon Trophy and the Carris Trophy mean he joins Patrick Hine (1949), Sandy Lyle (1975) and Peter Baker (1985) as the only players to have achieved that feat.Schmidt started the last day as favourite after opening with rounds of 72, 67 and 72 but in the end he had to battle all the way after dropping three shots to par over the first five holes before recovering to post a level par 72 and finish tied with Spain’s Rodrigo Martin on five-under par 283.Martin holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green to tie with Schmidt but on the first extra hole he carved his tee shot into the trees on the right of the fairway and ultimately failed to get up and down from the edge of the green for his par. Schmidt hit a wedge to 20-feet and two-putted for a winning par.“It’s been a tough day,” Schmidt admitted. “I’ve not played my best golf, or anything like it, but I dug in and eventually found something on the back nine to help me get across the line.”I didn’t really feel comfortable all day,” he added, “but I got the job done and I’m very pleased with that. It’s great to get another win under my belt.“My goal this year was simply to play as much good golf as I could. I put a lot of work in over the winter. I was hoping that would pay off but not for one second did I think it would be anything like this.“It’s been a bit mad but I’m really enjoying it.”Further down the leaderboard Norway’s Herman Wibe Sekne closed with a two-under par 70 to finish tied in third place with England’s William Skipp on 285 while another Englishman Oscar Doran fired a 69 to finish in a share of fifth place with Louis Dobbelaar from Australia two shots further behind.It also proved to be a good event for Scotland’s Calum Scott who closed with a 70 to claim a share of seventh place with English trio Jake Hibbert, Archie Smith and Craig Passmore and Egor Eroshenko from the Czech Republic. The latter closed with a best of the day six-under par 66.Scott also went on to collect some silverware of his own by winning the Hazards Salver awarded to the leading competitor under the age of 16.That contest produced a Scottish 1-2 with the Nairn youngster beating compatriot Aidan O’Hagen by one shot on level par 288. England’s Jack Ingham, who plays out of the Eindhovensche Club in The Netherlands, was third on four-over par 292.An Italian 2 squad comprising Luca Civello, Lorenzo Bruzzone and Alessandro Gambetti won the Nations Cup staged in conjunction with the first two rounds of the individual competition. They finished on level par 288 one shot ahead of an England 1 team made up of Ben Schmidt, Conor Gough and Max Hopkins.View results 27 Jul 2019 Schmidt’s winning streak continues at the Carris Trophy Tags: Ben Schmidt, Carris Trophy, England Boys’ Squad
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development CouncilIt is with tremendous excitement that we announce Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) has been awarded a National Emergency Grant (NEG) in the amount of $5,586,385. The grant will fund assistance for approximately 900 transitioning service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). It will provide these transitioning service members with case management, supportive services and training to help them apply the sought after skills they acquired through military service in the civilian workforce.Over the next year, as the military down sizes, the Department of Defense will be transitioning over 8,000 service members from JBLM. Nearly 40% of those heroes are expected to stay in the region. It is also expected that another 12,000 that called Washington home before joining the service will be transitioning out of other bases from around the U.S.“This region is privileged to have Joint Base Lewis-McChord in our community. Those who have served our country deserve to be welcomed with yellow ribbons, banners and opportunities for jobs that use their sizeable skills to make our communities better,” said Cheryl Fambles, CEO of PacMtn. “The Workforce Development Councils of this state, along with all our local partners are excellent at making those connections for them to do so. The resources of this grant will help us do it even better.”This NEG will take important next steps in the implementation of the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act”, which was written by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and signed into law by President Obama in 2011. The primary goal of this effort is to not only lower the unemployment rate for our national heroes who are transitioning from military service, but also to connect this talented highly skilled labor force to the jobs of our region.“Today’s news serves as a shining example of what happens when we establish strong partnerships between the public and private sector in order to support our nation’s heroes,” said Senator Murray. “For too long we’ve been patting our veterans on the back to thank them for their service and sending them out into the job market alone without the basic help they need. I’m grateful for the work being done by JBLM and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to implement the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and provide our men and women in uniform with the tools and resources necessary to not only make it in the workforce, but to succeed.”