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UPV graduate’s secret to topping CPA board: Sleep

first_imgKhristeen Eve Debolgado. Photo courtesy of Khristeen Eve Debolgado. The 21-year-old Debolgado, a native ofCotabato City, ranked No. 10 with a rating of 87.33 percent. “Nahirapanpo ako. Medyo alien ang mga tanong at saka iba ang wordings nila kumpara sa mga binabasa sa libro. Kinabahan po ako kasi baka maymali sa pag intindi ko ng mga tanong. Nagtiwala na lang ako sa concepts na natutunan ko,” said Debolgado. “I have yet to learn a lot of thingsfrom the real world which now requires aligning myself to a differentperspective, and I think SGV is the best training ground for that,” Debolgadosaid. Justine Louie Bautista Santiago of the University of Santo Tomas topped theboard examination with a rating of 90.33 percent. She said she wanted to build hercareer at SyCip Gorres Velayo & Company, a Philippine multidisciplinaryprofessional services firm employing professionals from various disciplines,including CPAs, legal professionals, economists, human resource professionals,engineers, statisticians, financial analysts, and other business and technicalexperts. “Mataposang ilang taong pag-aaral, nagbunga din ang sakripisyo,” he said. “Sana magiging masmatagumpay pa siya sa kanyang buhay.” “Maseffective mag-aral kung kumpleto angtulog mo. Mas madaling ma-absorb lahatng inaaral kung ‘di mabigat ang mga mata,” she revealed. The exam results were released on Oct. 21. According to the ProfessionalRegulation Commission, 2,075 out of 14,492 examinees passed the exam. The University of the PhilippinesDiliman was this year’s top performing school with a passing rate of 84.21percent./PN Debolgado’s advice to board examtakers: “Bumalik ka sa textbook at intindihin nang maayos ang topic. Kung kailangan naman ng sanity break, pagbigyan mo ang sarili mo para hindi kama-demotivate sa dami ng dapataaralin.”The recent exam was truly a challenge, she said. But how did she do it? Debulgado also thanked her UPVprofessors “na nag-inspire sa akin na mag-aral nang mabuti. Kung hindidahil sa passion nila sa pagtuturo,hindi ko ito makakamit,” shetoldPanay News. She was happy that she did not onlypass but landed in the Top 10.center_img “Lahatng efforts na ‘to ay mostly para sa family ko. Sa umpisa pa lang, ine-aim ko na maging proud sa akin ang parents ko. Itona lang din ang bayad ko sa lahat ng suporta nila sa akin,” she said. “I am very proud of my son. Hindi ko mailarawan ang kaligayahangnadadama ko ngayon,” the lawmaker told reporters in a statement. ILOILO City – “Sinisigurado ko po na kumpleto ang tulog ko kasi tulog is life.” “Dipo ako makapaniwala,” said Debolgado,because the exam was difficult. Debolgado said she owed much to herparents. Go is the son of Sen. Bong Go. Marlou Borbon Alinsonorin of theUniversity of San Carlos came in second with 89.67 percent, followed byChristian Lawrence Cruz Go of the De La Salle University-Manila with 89.50percent. Sleeping well was her secret totopping the recent board examination for certified public accountants (CPA),according to Khristeen Eve Debolgado, a graduate of the University of thePhilippines Visayas (UPV). “Dapatlaging may common sense mga sagot mo. Game of strategies rin itong board exam. Pinakahuliat applicable kahit kailan, huwagkalimutang magdasal kay Lord. Hindinatin maaabot ang ating mga pangarap kung walang tulong galing sa kanya,” What’s next for Debolgado?last_img read more

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Taribo: Super Eagles players slept with women before 1998 Denmark World Cup match

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Former Nigeria defender Taribo West has revealed that some of his teammates smuggled women into their camp before their 1998 World Cup game against Denmark, adding that this was to blame for their lacklustre display. Nigeria were one of the fairytale stories of the competition in France after surprisingly topping their group with six points ahead of Spain, Bulgaria and Paraguay. The Super Eagles were paired against the Danes for the knock-out tie and were overwhelming favourites but failed to continue their astonishing run as an abject performance saw them bow out as 4-1 losers. After becoming one of the tournaments main talking points, West said players enjoyed the sudden attention they started to receive. The former Inter and AC Milan defender, well known for his outlandish haircuts, said his teammates were too complacent for the game and had made themselves fatigued the night before. Brian Laudrup and co went ahead just three minutes into the tie at the Stade de France and sailed into a four goal lead, with Tijani Babangida’s strike a consolation for the African side. “I read reports about Eagles visiting nightclubs and driving limousines during the World Cup in France, honestly, I don’t know about that,” Taribo told The PUNCH. “But what I know is that some players sneaked women into camp, I saw that. “The women were Africans who came to watch the tournament and fell in love with our team, because of the way we played in the group stage. So, it was easy for these players to woo them to their rooms. “That is why on match day, you could see a lot of the players didn’t have the strength to curtail the Danish players.” Nigeria’s popular side included stars such as former Bolton showman Jay Jay Okocha and ex Arsenal and Portsmouth striker Nwankwo Kanu. “They were tired after overworking themselves the night before with the women. I was yelling at them on the pitch, I was very angry with them. They did all these because they thought we were going to beat Denmark,” West added. The 46-year-old, who had a brief spell in England with Derby County, now practices as a Christian pastor in his native Nigeria.Tags: 1998 Denmark World CupSuper EaglesTaribo Westlast_img read more

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Gowran goal for Djakadam

first_img A huge gamble for the Newbury showpiece, Willie Mullins’ youngster travelled well for a long way before fading into eighth behind Many Clouds. That was only the five-year-old’s fourth run over fences and Mullins still believes he has a very well handicapped horse on his hands. “When you look at the kind of handicap rating Djakadam has, then I imagine the Thyestes is the race we should go for,” he told Irish Horse TV. Mullins has won Gowran’s feature race for the last two years with Graham Wylie’s On His Own. He defied a big weight to win last season before going on to be narrowly beaten in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is now 20lb higher in the handicap, meaning he is unlikely to bid for the hat-trick. “I imagine On His Own will run in the Lexus but he carried a big weight in it last year,” said Mullins. Press Associationcenter_img Beaten Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Djakadam is set to tackle next month’s Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran.last_img read more

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The 2019 Indian Premier League auctions, held in Jaipur on Tuesday, witnessed over 350 players going under the hammer. There were some surprises, some expected buys and some players who broke the bank to be acquired by the franchisees. Indian and overseas capped players had decent returns in this auction and their addition will give the franchisees balance and depth during the tournament which will be held in mid-March 2019. After six hours, when the final player went under the hammer, the final list of players was complete. Here is a look at some of the most expensive capped players who were bought by the franchise in this auction.1.)    Jaydev Unadkat – Rs 8.4 crore to Rajasthan RoyalsJaydev Unadkat and IPL Auctions share a special relationship. In the 2018 Auction, Unadkat fetched the highest price when he was taken for Rs 11.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals. After a middling performance, Unadkat was let go by the franchise again. In this season, he was the highest priced Indian with Rs 1.5 crore. He was once again bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 8.4 crore.Read More | IPL Auction: Prayas Barman, Prabhsimran Singh – the young millionaires2.)    Sam Curran – Rs 7.2 crore to Kings XI PunjabThe England all-rounder had expected big gains after his stunning all-round show in the series against India, where he averaged 62 with the bat and 23 with the ball. He was involved in a big bidding war between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab but in the end, he went for Rs 7.2 crore to Kings XI Punjab. For the second consecutive auction, an England player had become the most expensive buy in the auction.Read More | IPL 2019 Auction: Unadkat, Chakaravarthy and Curran steal the show3.)    Colin Ingram – Rs 6.4 crore to Delhi CapitalsThe South African left-hander was one of the surprise picks in this auction. Having opted out of a Cricket South Africa contract, Ingram became a Kolpak player and amassed plenty of runs for Glamorgan in the England domestic T20 circuit. Ingram had a base price of Rs 2 crore and it came as a big surprise when he was picked up by Rs 6.4 crore by Delhi Capitals.Read More | IPL Auction: Varun Chakaravarthy creates sensation, sold for Rs 8.4 Cr4.)    Carlos Brathwaite – Rs 5 crore to Kolkata Knight RidersThe West Indies Twenty20 captain had acquired a reputation as a big hitter and he chipped in with vital contributions for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. However, in this auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders bid for him and he went to the two-time IPL champions for a decent price. It would be a great feeling for Brathwaite to return to the Eden Gardens, the site where he made a name for himself when he hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to help West Indies win the World T20 title for the second time in 2016.5.)    Mohit Sharma – Rs 5 crore to Chennai Super KingsMohit Sharma was propelled to the Indian cricket team when he performed brilliantly for Chennai Super Kings in 2013 and 2014. When he went to Kings XI Punjab, his performances dipped and he was out of the reckoning. However, Mohit came back to the Chennai Super Kings franchise as they broke the bank to get him for Rs 5 crore. In a way, it was a happy homecoming for Mohit. last_img read more

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Milerock batters Net Rockers 7-0 to take early lead

first_imgROUND one leaders Milerock FC continued their impressive showing with a commanding victory as they battered Net Rockers into submission.After leading 7-0 at half- time, their opponents failed to find a team to continue in the second half in the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) / NAMILCO U-17 football championship being played at the Wisburg Secondary School ground.In fact, Net Rockers who lost their opening game could only muster seven players for the match and after referee Glen Fraser was about to resume play in the second half, they could only produce five players, forcing the game to be abandoned at that stage.By then Tyrese Lewis had rattled up a hat-trick for the Milerock team, scoring in the second, fourth and ninth minutes. Lorenzo Miller had a brace in the sixth and 23th minutes, while Lennox Rickards and Mario Depaz scored the other goals in the 13th and 34th minutes of the first half.In the other game played, Amelia’s Ward Panthers and Eagles United played to a 2-2 stalemate after the Ward side had taken the lead in the eight minute through Shane Jackson, and doubled it through Keshon Johnson in the 26th minute.But Eagles fought back to reduce the deficit when Dereck Kevin netted in the 56th minute and then Shaquan levelled the scores three minutes later in the 59th minute for the 2-2 draw.(Joe Chapman)last_img read more

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first_imgMinutes after putting the final touches on a blowout victory over Colgate Saturday, Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue let his mind wander. He wasn’t thinking about the two weeks of rest that awaited the Orange. Or the program’s best start since 2003. Instead his focus was on what lies just around the corner.   And despite the fact that SU’s defense allowed just a single touchdown against the Raiders, Hogue wasn’t satisfied. He still wants to see his defense get better before facing an aggressive South Florida offense in Tampa less than two weeks from now. ‘After every game you play, you always feel like you could do better,’ Hogue said. ‘Going into the Big East in the next two weeks, we’ve got to pick things up and step our game up.’ Hogue wasn’t just being a perfectionist, either. Despite allowing just seven points in a 42-7 Colgate beatdown, the Orange gave up an alarming 23 first downs and 376 yards of total offense to its FCS counterparts. SU gave up 4-of-7 fourth-down conversions to the Raiders, whose players consistently moved the ball and kept the Orange defense on the field for long stretches. Colgate running back Nate Eachus carved the Orange defense up for 147 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He was the catalyst behind a running game that pounded the ball for 230 yards Saturday — more than any other team over the past two seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Raiders quarterback Greg Sullivan kept the defense honest, completing 20-of-31 passes for 146 yards and 53 yards on the ground. The Orange now has two weeks to fix what Hogue harped on before carrying it into Big East play. Though the defense has held its opponents to eight points per game in its three wins, it allowed the only BCS conference team on its schedule — Washington — to drop 41 points on the road. When asked what the defense needs to work on specifically, Hogue could only muster one word. ‘Everything,’ he said. Linebacker Marquis Spruill, who led the Orange with 12 tackles Saturday, recognized the problem SU needs to address. He, too, recognized the defense needs to focus on some issues before taking the field against USF. ‘It feels good,’ Spruill said about only allowing seven points. ‘But we’re going to go watch film and see what we can get better at and make new goals for South Florida. … Colgate is a good team, but South Florida isn’t going to be Colgate.’ At the podium after the game, the 3-1 start was enough for Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone to crack a rare smile. The Orange did exactly what it was supposed to do and looked relatively impressive while doing it. But after glancing at the numbers on a stat sheet, Marrone’s smile quickly disappeared, and that serious demeanor took over again. ‘We only gave up one touchdown, so I’m excited about that,’ Marrone said. ‘But at the end of the day, we’re talking about a football team that needs to get better and better every week, and that’s going to be the key for us.’ Yet three quarters in, despite allowing the Raiders to rack up yardage and move the ball up and down the field, SU was eyeing its first defensive shutout since 2005. Colgate’s penalties and a touchdown it had that was brought back kept Syracuse alive for what, at first glance, would have proven to be a solid defensive effort. When Colgate eventually scored, the game was no longer in doubt. But not getting the shutout ultimately left Hogue with ‘a bad taste in (his) mouth.’ A bad taste that should keep the SU defense hungry and motivated to fix the inconsistencies before heading to Tampa. Against the Bulls, 376 yards allowed will most likely result in a blowout. But not with the Orange on the winning end. That much was evident in Washington two weeks ago. And that’s why, heading into Big East play, there will be a lot riding on the defense. It’s something Hogue and his teammates realize needs to be rectified during the bye week. Said Hogue: ‘We need to become a better team when the Big East comes up so that we can win some games.’ aljohn@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Officer aims to improve student safety

first_imgWhen former USC graduate student David Jonathan Brown was charged with fatally stabbing neuroscience professor Bosco Tjan in the Seeley G. Mudd Building in December 2016, the availability of safety resources on campus came into question. In response to this incident, the University established the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and then hired its first ever Chief Threat Assessment Officer, Patrick Prince, to increase safety resources for USC students and staff in Fall 2017. Prince’s department in the office helps with the creation of the cardinal folder, a document containing all of the emergency response information that will be disclosed to faculty, students and staff before the end of the year. Creating the cardinal folder forces the University to review all of the emergency response team contact information for accuracy. “We are gathering our data, putting it in one place and making it accessible to everybody in the University,” Prince said. Once it is updated, the information will be placed in an official document for the USC community. According Varun Soni, vice provost of campus wellness and crisis intervention, Prince has been playing a critical role in assessing threats outside of the University and is a significant addition to the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention.“[Prince] was hired because he is a national leader in threat assessment and has worked nearly 2,000 cases of workplace violence in his career,” Soni said. “He also helped build the threat assessment protocols for the California State University system, the largest university system in the United States.” Working at USC is like returning home for Prince. Born and raised in California, Prince comes from a long legacy at USC — both his parents attended the school, and his son is a recent graduate. Prince said his job here at USC is to identify potential violence before it occurs. By identifying sources of harm, Prince said it is easier to intervene into these incidents in a meaningful way.“We know that violence, especially lethal violence in university or workplace venues, is never sudden,” Prince said. “It’s never unexpected. There are always opportunities to identify.”Prince determines these targets of violence by working with different units within the University to identify behaviors of concern and then provide ways that reduce the risk of the concerned behavior. Prince said he collaborates with representatives from human resources and legal counsel, and professionals from the USC Center for Work and Family Life. One of Prince’s goals as a chief threat assessment officer for the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention is to leave behind a self-sustaining office. By establishing relationships with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Rossier School of Education, Prince has been training graduate students interested in threat assessment to think like him and his peers when dealing with threatening situations. One such graduate student is Benjamin Kallin, an intern at the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention. Working alongside Prince has provided Kallin with the opportunity to track case management data and behavioral threat assessments. Additionally, Kallin is developing a training curriculum for the office to identify “high risk areas” on the internet when establishing a presence on social media. This program will have people comb through and reduce the information and data on the internet.“[The curriculum is a] way to coach people on going through all of their information and data that’s out there, and ways to reduce it going forward,” Kallin said. Kallin said that working with Prince has inspired him to continue pursuing his graduate degree in public administration and social work. “It has completely changed my trajectory, and I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Kallin said. “It just speaks to Patrick and his ability to get people interested in this field.”last_img read more

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Isabella Slim takes on larger role in final stretch of career

first_img Published on January 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Isabella Slim hears her name announced in the starting lineup and runs through a tunnel of her teammates. The game starts and she goes to her spots on the court, the outside of the 2-3 zone on defense and the corners on offense trying to stretch the floor.That routine has been consistent for Slim throughout her entire career, each of the 125 games she’s played and started in. What’s become different is how long she’s staying on the court.In the previous three years, Slim averaged 12.5 minutes per game, with her career average dropping by about a minute from her freshman to her junior year. She’d normally get subbed out a few minutes into the first quarter. But this year, she’s playing 26.6 minutes per game.“I was hoping I was going to play more,” Slim said, “and I kind of knew I was going to play more. I didn’t expect to play this many minutes, but I’m not complaining.Last year, the Orange had a deep and experienced bench unit, led by Cornelia Fondren (26.6 minutes per game), Maggie Morrison (15.0), Bria Day (12.0) and Taylor Ford (10.9). Day is the only one still around. The forced minute redistribution has made the power forward integral for this year’s Syracuse (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the preseason, there were thoughts Slim would be the one to receive an uptick in minutes. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman stressed how his team needed to rely on its veterans with such a young bench. Carla Norris, Alexis Peterson’s aunt, said that from what she had heard, seen and believed, this was going to be Slim’s year to breakout.There has been some inconsistency, like getting 14 rebounds in a loss to Georgia Tech then nabbing just one against then-No. 14 Miami. But the coaching staff still trusts her.“I think Isabella … she knows our scheme,” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “She knows our defense, and she can shoot the ball.”But Reiss also added she thinks it’s been tough for Slim to adjust to her new role simply because she’s never played that many minutes in her career.Slim herself has said one thing she’s tried to do better is divide her energy. She used to just come in and give everything she had, knowing she wouldn’t play too much later on in the game. Now, she wants to have the energy to maintain a consistent level when the third and fourth quarters roll around.Slim hasn’t necessarily had a breakout year. But she’s been averaging career-bests in field goal percentage (30.1), 3-point percentage (28.6) rebounds (4.3) and points (5.0).She averages about one made 3-pointer per game, and her ability from long range is her main contribution when she’s on the court. The other power forwards and centers on the team who have been playing recently don’t stretch the floor. Alongside the other starters, she opens up lanes, usually camping on the 3-point line opposite of Gabby Cooper, allowing driving lanes for Peterson and Brittney Sykes.“It helps us,” Sykes said of having Slim on the court more. “It gives us more leadership.”Still, even with Slim’s improvements, there have been times that SU’s needed more. Reiss has regularly talked about needing to find another scoring option to alleviate the scoring load for Peterson and Sykes. Although her 14 rebounds against GT were big, she went 0-for-5 from the field and scored just two points.Whether Slim ends up taking on more of a consistent scoring load remains to be seen. For now, she’s trying to make the most of the opportunity.“It’s just really exciting to be playing a lot,” Slim said “… I just want to contribute to help my team win.” Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse to use ACC play to bolster postseason resume

first_imgSyracuse has never made the NCAA Tournament with the four losses it ended its nonconference play with. But that’s over, and all that’s left for the Orange to do is perform in conference play.Syracuse (9-4) opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate at Notre Dame (10-4, 0-1) Saturday. The ACC’s six teams in the AP Top-25 this week ranks second in the nation and SU will play all of them, including No. 1 Duke twice. Between potential ranked wins and notable road wins even against unranked teams, SU will get a shot at bolstering its postseason resume over the next two months.“Doesn’t matter who we play, doesn’t matter their schedule,” SU sophomore Oshae Brissett said. “Any team can be beat because they’re all working toward the same goal, to be at the top of the ACC.”In the 2016-17 season, SU beat three top-10 teams — capped by a win over then-No. 10 Duke on a buzzer-beating shot by then-Syracuse guard John Gillon. But SU coupled it with road losses to lower-tier teams like Boston College, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. “No game’s gonna be easy now,” Brissett said after the Orange concluded their nonconference schedule on Dec. 29. “I feel like every game we’ve got to take serious now, and that’s something I’m gonna tell the new guys coming in.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBad losses are harder to come by in the ACC, though. The NCAA’s ratings power index (RPI) replacement, called NET, features eight ACC teams in the top 50 and 12 in the top 100. But the Orange are in need of a resume-boost, as four nonconference losses are more than SU has ever made the NCAA Tournament after accumulating. The conclusion of nonconference play gave SU head coach Jim Boeheim positive signs.“I thought that we just had more of a complete game than we’ve had,” Boeheim said on Dec. 29. “We had good practices which helps. We still got four or five practices ahead of us. I think the practices this week will help us. This will be the last time that we have extended time to really work on things.”After the third of those nonconference losses, at home to unranked Old Dominion on Dec. 15, Tyus Battle already raised the point of what the ACC can mean to Syracuse. Big wins are there for the taking almost every time an ACC team steps onto the floor. There’s Duke, the nation’s No. 1 team. Syracuse takes on the Blue Devils twice, first on the road Jan. 14 and then at home Feb. 23. While an Orange sweep is unlikely — Duke has three potential top-5 NBA Draft picks on its roster —Gillon’s banked 3-pointer in 2016-17 helped Syracuse upset a Duke team with four eventual first rounders. The 2-3 zone and raucous Carrier Dome crowd bring upset potential to the table.Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerThere’s Virginia, Florida State and Virginia Tech: all top-10 teams. No. 15 North Carolina opened the season in the top 10, and SU plays the Tar Heels on the road, only raising the value of a win to the NCAA selection committee. North Carolina State has pulled off big wins already this season to move to No. 18, setting up a February matchup in Raleigh with more resume-boosting potential for the Orange.Louisville also received votes this week, and was one of the seven teams ESPN’s Joe Lunardi put in the Tournament field in his latest bracketology. A year ago, winning on the road at Miami and Louisville were two of the best wins of Syracuse’s season, and neither of those teams were ranked. Even the bubble teams in SU’s conference provide a shot at March relevancy. It starts at Notre Dame. A year ago, the Fighting Irish beat the Orange on a last-second steal, missed layup followed by a putback. Battle, who turned the ball over to lead to the winning bucket, called that loss “a rough one.” UND has battled health issues this season, though, suiting up just seven scholarship players in a loss Tuesday to Virginia Tech. And while Notre Dame ranks lower than Syracuse in NET and KenPom, it’s just the first test. Some could prove more difficult. But to make those matter, the only thing SU can do is ensure it passes the first.“Luckily we’re in the ACC,” Battle said after losing to Old Dominion. “So we play a lot of good teams, and we can get a lot of good wins.” Comments Published on January 3, 2019 at 5:56 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I mean, maybe if I meet (James) I’ll come up with a question to ask him or something,” Ball said, “but off the top of my head, no. Just focus on going out there to help my team.”It’s in contrast to the mentality of Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma, who initiated a meeting with Bryant that led to the two having dinner last month.Bryant, whose multiple jersey numbers will be retired by the Lakers on Monday, told the Southern California News Group this week that Kuzma was “not bashful at all in terms of asking questions and trying to figure out how to get better at things, which reminds me of myself. It’s the same thing I used to do.”Bryant famously peppered Michael Jordan with questions during their early encounters, so he related to Kuzma’s zeal.“I just loved his curiosity about how to get better,” Bryant said. CLEVELAND — Lonzo Ball always modeled his game after LeBron James. Today, that means playing what the Lakers rookie calls “the right way,” keeping the ball moving and trying to rack up triple-doubles.As a kid, it meant going into the backyard of his family’s Chino Hills home and lowering the rim to seven feet so he could mimic James’ vicious one-handed dunks.On Thursday, Ball will finally share a court with James, and Lakers executives hope the Cavaliers superstar thinks enough of the rookie to move to Los Angeles as a free agent next summer.In the meantime, he doesn’t have any big plans to quiz the four-time Most Valuable Player on what has made him great. It does not seem to be in Ball’s personality, or even of interest to him, to seek out advice from his hardwood forebears.center_img Ball and Bryant have had no such conference and Ball seems to be in no rush.“If the situation presents itself then it’ll happen,” Ball said.He did add, “I think anybody would like to sit down with Kobe. When the time comes, I would definitely be willing to do it and just learn everything I can.”Lakers coach Luke Walton said he would like to see Ball spend time with Bryant at some point.“There’s enough similarities that I think Kobe has a lot he could share with Zo as far as the way he went about his career and how he grew as a young player and turned into the player we all know,” Walton said.It stands to reason, however, that Bryant would be drawn to Kuzma and that Ball would be more interested in learning from James. Kuzma is more of a pure scorer, like Bryant, while Ball tries to make the extra pass and set up his teammates.“LeBron is one of the most unselfish superstars our game has ever had,” Walton said. “I think he would prefer to make a game-winning assist than a game-winning bucket. That’s a special quality.“Zo obviously is not a superstar yet, but he has that same mindset of when he’s playing he doesn’t care if it’s him scoring or someone else scoring.”Ball acknowledged that much of his game was influenced by James, who he has repeatedly called his favorite player.“He just plays the game the right way,” Ball said. “He probably can easily try and go for 50 every night, but he focuses on his team, tries to go for triple-doubles, gets guys involved. It’s my first time playing him, should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it.”Growing up, Ball wore James’ Cavs and Miami Heat jerseys.“When you watch somebody when you’re a kid,” Ball said, “you try to implement pieces of their game into yours. That’s what I try to do. He’s still in the NBA doing what he does, which makes him the best player in the world.”Ball has never met James, even though the future Hall of Famer sat courtside for one of his games at the Las Vegas Summer League and sent a tweet wishing him a happy birthday in November.James has regularly praised Ball, who earlier this season eclipsed his record for the youngest player to log a triple-double.“I was just kind of grateful,” Ball said. “Glory to God. As you know, I’m at the position I am today where people like LeBron recognize me. It just gives me motivation to keep going.”last_img read more

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