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Russell drops 23 points, 8 assists as Nets beat Suns

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first_imgD’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets reacts alongside Quincy Acy during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 6, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 98-92. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — The Brooklyn Nets had lost their scoring touch during a four-game losing streak, so they turned to defensive pressure to end the skid.D’Angelo Russell scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Brooklyn held the Phoenix Suns to 34.9 percent shooting in a 98-92 win Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DeMarre Carroll added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Allen Crabbe scored 15 points.“That was the first time we held a team under 100 (points) this year,” Crabbe said. “I think we all just came in focused.”T.J. Warren had 20 points as the Suns dropped their third straight, including Sunday at San Antonio. Devin Booker scored 18 points before fouling out late in the game.The Suns started well, with Booker scoring 11 points in the first seven minutes, before the Nets used a 16-0 run to go up 28-16.Phoenix cut the lead to one twice in the second quarter but finished the half making 10 of 40 shots. The Nets, behind 14 first-half points from Harris, led 47-41 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Irving takes charge, Celtics beat Hawks for 9th straight win MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Give them credit, they challenged us well,” Suns interim head coach Jay Triano said. “We tried … to see if we could get a bunch of guys going and it was tough to make shots.”MR. 3,000Booker reached 3,000 career points with a 19-foot jumper with 7:46 to play in the first quarter. He needed six points to reach 3,000 entering the game.Booker, 21, is the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 3,000 points, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.“It means a lot,” Booker said after the game. “My dream my whole life is to play in the NBA. Once I got here I realized I wanted to leave a mark. … I’m trying to do it, and trying to get wins along with it.”TIP-INSNets: F Rondae-Hollis Jefferson played 17 minutes in the first half but did not return in the second half due to a right hip contusion. … F Trevor Booker (sore lower back) did not play and is day to day, coach Kenny Atkinson said. Booker didn’t take part in the pregame shootaround. … F Quincy Acy played despite a left groin strain, his first action since Oct. 27.Suns: Veteran F Jared Dudley played a season-high 21 minutes and scored his first six points of the season. … Former NBA All-Star and Suns forward Clifford Robinson attended the game. … The Suns have lost three straight at home to the Nets.UP NEXTNets: At Denver on Tuesday night, the third game of five on a Western road trip.Suns: Host Miami Wednesday night. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Russell added eight assists, Joe Harris scored a season-high 18 points and Brooklyn won a game that featured 32 turnovers and 59 fouls.“It wasn’t the prettiest game ever played in the NBA,” Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said. “A lot of fouls, but we found a way. Our defense was good. We had contributions from a lot of guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Suns rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to lead 75-74 after Jared Dudley’s layup with 9:17 to play. The Nets went back ahead moments later and held on for their first road win of the season, with Russell scoring eight of his team’s next 12 point after it lost the lead.“Just didn’t want to lose and tried to do whatever it took to win,” Russell said. “Everybody came through as a collective unit and did what they were supposed to do.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

CSO Wants NEC Workers Scrutinized

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first_imgAugustine S. Arkoi-Also craves party observers properly vettedAs the Liberian presidential election heads to a run-off between the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the governing Unity Party (UP), there are calls from many quarters for the National Elections Commission (NEC) to put its house in order in an effort to deliver a result that will be trusted and overwhelmingly accepted by not just the two contesting parties, but the Liberian public and the international community.Irregularities were reported after the October 10 elections, which was welcomed by protests from aggrieved politicians. People have complained that the irregularities might have been caused by workers recruited by the NEC, and also blamed poll watchers that were selected by the political parties.Hence all the major stakeholders, especially the NEC and the contesting parties, need to take cues and govern themselves properly for the crucial November 7 runoff polls.It is in respect of the above that a Civil Society Organization, the Better Future Foundation (BFF), wants the upcoming polls to be entrusted into the care of qualified poll workers whose recruitment by the NEC should be validated by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).The BFF is a member of the Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP), a pro-democracy and election monitoring group.The president of BFF, Augustine S. Arkoi, said in a statement that the dismal performance of the current poll workers in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, a process characterized by irregularities in some polling places, demonstrates not only their gross incompetence but also a failure on the part of the Commission’s Board of Commissioners to exercise due diligence in the recruitment and hiring of such poll workers.The BFF also called for a thorough investigation to determine whether or not such “grave errors” as acknowledged by the National Elections Commission were made with any criminal intent to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.Mr. Arkoi indicated that the re-run of the elections in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and probably Grand Cape Mount counties as a result of electoral irregularities in those counties, constitutes cause for the foundation’s call to probe such irregularities and the importance of bringing the perpetrators to justice so as to retain public trust and confidence in the National Elections Commission (NEC).“A free, fair, transparent and credible electoral process requires the full participation of political parties and independent candidates at every stage of the country’s electioneering process, particularly their representation at various polling stations by competent and reliable individuals for accurate ballot counting and validation,” he said.The group was one of many local CSOs that deployed observers on election day. Through its subsidiary, Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB), BFF deployed over 21 officially accredited observers and more than 50 civic education volunteers throughout Liberia on election day who helped to mitigate some challenges at polling places.Those deployed observed the conspicuous absence of representatives of several political parties and independent candidates at various polling stations across the country during the elections.The deliberate absence of competent representatives of independent candidates and political parties and instances of the absence of accredited CSOs at some polls, Mr. Arkoi, said creates an undue atmosphere for electoral irregularities by some unscrupulous poll workers.He also made mention of the huge number of invalid votes, which he said would have been as a result of inadequate awareness exercises. “This underscored the urgent need for massive and intense civic and voter education for the runoff,” he said.“We want the government and its partners provide timely and much-needed financial and logistical support to the NEC, and community-based CSOs for the conduct of civic education ahead of the runoff,” he said.“We also want both the CDC and UP to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful and non-violent fashion,” he said.BFF has been involved in an intense advocacy that primarily seeks to inspire national consensus building aimed at accelerating human security, respect for and adherence to the rule of law, promotion of infrastructural development as well as sustaining democratic governance in the country and the sub-region.Other challenges that overwhelmed the October 10 elections as flagged by the BFF in its statement includes the late arrival of election materials to some polling centers, voters’ identification numbers, late commencement and closure of the voting process and counting, as well as the apparent inability of some of NEC polling officers to educate and or guide voters.BFF has described as unfortunate the gross lack of infrastructure in the country to the extent that some of the facilities that played host to the presidential and legislative elections were unfit to serve the mass turnout, leaving many registered voters particularly pregnant women, nursing mothers, the elderly, physically challenged among others totally disenfranchised.BFF has, meanwhile, applauded the NEC magistrates and senior staff for the professional and impartial manner in which they addressed grievances of political parties during the tallying process at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more