Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

first_imgGov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day May 14, 2020 Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.“Our law enforcement officials work around the clock to protect us and provide public safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “Now, more than ever, we should honor their commitment to our communities, which has given us a sense of security during this global pandemic.”Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to, and shall remain at, half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvanians are additionally encouraged to shine blue lights to honor law enforcement officials on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Whicker: Take the Red Sox in a longer, tougher World Series than most expect

first_imgBOSTON — Now the Dodgers head for the birthplace of the Tea Party, the American Revolution, and Beat L.A.Strangely, the chant was born of hopelessness, with nobody from L.A. anywhere near Boston.The Celtics were getting spanked by Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on a Sunday afternoon. The Lakers had already won the West. The fans re-prioritized their loathing. In unison, and without apparent rehearsal, the Garden rocked with “Beat L.A., Beat L.A.”That was in 1982. As we know, it stuck. The adult children of those fans will be sounding off on Tuesday night in Fenway Park, when the Red Sox and Dodgers clash like big-market titans in Game 1 of the World Series.It’s a classic battle of the brands, but few people expect a memorable Series. The Red Sox won two-thirds of their games. They ran through the 100-win Yankees and 103-win Astros in a total of nine games.They led the American League in runs, hits, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, batting average and were second in walks. They also were 12th in strikeouts. Probable MVP Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Xavier Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi combined for 114 home runs and 400 RBIs in the regular season.Betts and Martinez were 1-2 in the league in hits, and they were two of four MLB players (with the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich) who topped the 1.000 OPS mark. As a club, the Sox were a relentless .289 with men in scoring position.Chris Sale reduced hitters to a .183 average. David Price and Rick Porcello are Cy Young Award winners. Ryan Brasier has been a stupendous surprise in what was a sketchy bullpen. Closer Craig Kimbrel is as dominant as anyone, especially since the Red Sox corrected his pitch-tipping, with help from Eric Gagne. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Alex Cora, who came up through the Dodgers system, was always tabbed as a future manager. He has exceeded those predictions. He also has a better feel for the Dodgers than the Dodgers have for the Red Sox, since Cora was Houston’s bench coach during the 2017 World Series.“He’s plus-plus with his knowledge and plus-plus with his people skills,” said Eddie Bane, the former Angels farm director who advises General Manager Dave Dombrowski.“You know, we’ve been good for a while now. But the way we played this year was at another level. Martinez (a free agent) and his power were exactly what we needed for our lineup. He’s the smartest hitter I think I’ve ever seen. And that outfield (Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Benintendi) is tremendous defensively. It’s just been one of those years. They just never let up.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Red Sox keep churning out young players. They also keep the ones they want and use the others as barter. Pitcher Michael Kopech and infielder Yoan Moncada brought Sale from the White Sox. Dombrowski built winners in Montreal, Detroit and Florida.Are you one of those annoying scolds who could even find fault with bacon? Well, the Red Sox only hit .250 and only slugged .395 against left-handed pitching, which they will see repeatedly. They were only 21-18 against playoff teams, as they rampaged to a 52-9 record against Texas, Miami, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toronto and the Angels.Their bullpen is questionable, or was until Cora began using Nathan Eovaldi, another former Dodger who has rediscovered himself. “He throws 101 on the paint and then he gives you that cutter,” Bane said. “He’s a weapon for us.”The bullpen and overall depth are the two familiar advantages for the Dodgers. They make it very challenging to pick an MVP. In the NLCS, Cody Bellinger got the award, but it could have gone to Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig or especially Chris Taylor. His monstrous catch in the fifth inning of Game 7 was the most consequential for a Dodger since Sandy Amoros skidded to rob Yogi Berra in Game 7 in the 1955 World Series.The Dodgers might consider starting the Series with Kershaw and Rich Hill, who redirected his career in Boston. Hyun-Jin Ryu scuffled in his two games at Milwaukee, and Walker Buehler should be fully rested for the Game 3 home start Friday.Julio Urias has earned the right to be a lefty troubleshooter in the bullpen. “The look in his eyes,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said, “has convinced me he can handle all this.”Can the Dodgers handle the Red Sox? Sure, but it’s tough to see them closing the fist, especially with Games 6-7 in the historical home of L.A. hate. Take the Sox in six, but for entertainment purposes only.last_img read more

Anthony Davis scores 50 to lead Lakers past Timberwolves

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) goes to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) and Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) drives to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) celebrates with teammates Dwight Howard (39) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) after making a 3-pointer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) fight for a ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie (20) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — “Well, you know, we’re confident,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel surmised before Sunday’s 142-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.“We’ve been putting up some big numbers. And obviously the plan of having two superstars offensively that are both willing passers, putting shooting around them and lob threats at the rim so far is working for us.“But,” Vogel concluded, in his best coachspeak, “it all comes down to the defensive end.”Turns out, even when the Lakers are not at their sharpest defensively, and even when LeBron James gets himself in foul trouble early and their other floor general Rajon Rondo is out with a tight hamstring — having Anthony Davis counts for a lot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe counted for 50 on Sunday.Davis’ 39-point effort Friday at Portland was just an appetizer for Sunday, when he enjoyed the fourth 50-point game of his career and his first as a Laker, making his first six shots to put his new squad on his back before carrying them the rest of the way with another sterling performance.“My teammates kept giving me the ball,” said Davis, who said they were urging him to go for 50 at halftime. “I was still trying to play the right way, but I was being ultra-aggressive.”Davis delivered what Vogel termed an “old-school, smash-mouth” performance. The Lakers’ 6-foot-10 superstar finished 20 for 29 from the field and 10 for 10 from the free-throw line, where fans serenaded him with “M-V-P” chants.He added seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block in 39 minutes (the most this season with the exception of the Lakers’ overtime win Nov. 1 in Dallas). Every time the Lakers (21-3) needed to turn the tide, Davis was there to spin past defenders for a bucket, to throw down a lob, to flick a shot rimward or to back up and bury a jumper.“He’s great,” James said. “I mean, there’s nothing more you can say than that.”Davis’ prolific, proficient output — combined with James’ 32 points in 28 minutes — mitigated a productive night offensively by the Timberwolves, who shot 51.8 percent, had eight players score in double-digits and needed only until the start of the fourth quarter to exceed opponents’ 103.7 points-per-game scoring average against the Lakers.“I yelled at them for giving up 125 points tonight,” Vogel said. “I don’t think anybody really heard me. But, we gotta do better than that at that end of the floor — or if we score 142 points, we don’t.”After trailing by as much as 11 points early, Minnesota took their first lead with 5:46 to play before halftime, 52-51, on a 3-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.And when the Lakers built a 19-point lead in the third quarter, again the T-wolves surged, cutting it to 105-95 with 2:25 to go in the period.But Minnesota never got closer than 112-105 early in the fourth, as the Lakers outscored their guests, 32-22 in the final period. It was the Lakers’ fourth consecutive victory and Minnesota’s fourth straight defeat.James also recorded 13 assists despite being limited by four first-half fouls. He picked up No. 4 when he was called for a block on a Robert Covington drive, returning to the bench because of it with 2:27 to go in the first half.That event might have felt foreboding, especially without Rondo’s services available — except, you know, Davis.Minnesota didn’t score again in the first half after James went to the bench, as the Lakers launched on an 11-0 run — with Davis contributing six of his 27 first-half points in that span. L.A. went into the break in front, 73-65.“Tonight we had a challenge because our two primary quarterbacks, Rondo and LeBron — in foul trouble — were out,” Vogel said. “So we had to figure out how to impact the game, and obviously AD impacted the game on the defensive end, helping us get stops and get out on the break, and then the other guys stepped up. We know how to play through AD when we need to. That was a critical stretch in this victory.”Alex Caruso came off the bench to score 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting, Danny Green had 12 points and eight rebounds and And Dwight Howard celebrated his 34th birthday with eight points, two rebounds.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more