GO-TIME: Centralized Grant System to Streamline, Consolidate Application Process

first_img October 03, 2016 GO-TIME: Centralized Grant System to Streamline, Consolidate Application Process Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Applicants for the 2017 round of Environmental Education Grants that opened today will be the first to use a centralized eGrants system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and deployed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The new process is one of DEP’s initiatives developed through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“Centralizing the awarding of grant money and eliminating the outdated paper-driven application process will speed up the awarding of grants and improve service to the public, local governments, universities and the business community who apply for them,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “This is the first of DEP’s grant programs to be rolled out using this electronic centralized system that is expected to reduce costs and speed up the process of reviewing and awarding.”The new eGrants system will replace the old paper-driven grant application process allowing applications to be submitted and tracked electronically. DEP’s review of applications and attachments, scoring and processing of grant contracts will also be electronic, cutting the amount of time it takes to award and process grants as well the amounts of paper/postage used.“Governor Wolf continues to stress the importance of inter-agency collaboration in order to provide high-quality service and efficient use of state resources,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “Grantees should not have to wait for funding due to outdated systems and structures and through the implementation of our electronic system with DEP the entire process will be expedited.”Work on the consolidation began in August 2015 and is expected to be completed for all DEP grants by June 2018. When finished, DEP will be able to decommission an outdated server that will reduce maintenance costs in addition to savings produced by efficiencies.“Any time we can standardize a process and make it less time-consuming and onerous is good for the people we serve,” said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “In this case, we hope to encourage more applications by making the grants process easier to navigate.”DEP is increasing the range of environmental education grants available to eligible applicants. The 2017 round will include grants of up to $50,000 to applicants for larger-scale regional or statewide proposals. Traditional mini-grants of up to $3,000 will also be available.Applicants are encouraged to undertake projects that address DEP’s priority topics of climate change, water education and environmental justice. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 16, 2016.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. These efforts saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal he set by the Governor.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit governor.pa.gov/go-time.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Relax in style at this Sorrento home which embraces its canal location

first_img10 Clontarf Ave, SorrentoTHE Fitzpatrick family spends a lot of time outdoors so their waterfront home, in a quiet pocket of Sorrento, has been the ideal base for all their activity.Fiona, Brendan and their two teenage children have enjoyed the size and functional layout of 10 Clontarf Ave, which has also easily accommodated their two adored dogs.10 Clontarf Ave, Sorrento“It’s been a great entertainer for us,” Ms Fitzpatrick said. “The kids can have friends over and spend time out the back so that’s what we love most.”The rear terrace includes a built-in outdoor kitchen, dining area with television, ceiling fan and remote-controlled privacy screens.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago10 Clontarf Ave, SorrentoA couple of steps away are a private pontoon and an in-ground salt water pool.“It’s beautiful, particularly of a weekend when we get hot air balloons going over,”  Ms Fitzpatrick said. “We find the contemporary architect-designed build is extremely practical for family living.”10 Clontarf Ave, Sorrento“It’s so open which means you can cook a meal, the kids can sit at the table or in the lounge, and it’s not a rabbit warren,” she said.10 Clontarf Ave, SorrentoThree of the four bedrooms are on the second level, including the parents’ retreat with a large private balcony and impressive ensuite framed in floor-to-ceiling glass to capture water views.10 Clontarf Ave, SorrentoThe address not only offers an enviable outlook, but the convenience of being located near a range of amenities including restaurants, cafes, shops and schools.last_img read more

First checkers of season fly for Allen

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (July 18) – Brandon Allen led the distance Saturday at Arlington Raceway to pick up his first IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car victory of the season.Allen took the lead on the opening circuit and was a quarter of a lap ahead of the field for most of the race. Seventh starting Michael Stien was gaining on Allen lap by lap but ran out of time and settled for second ahead of Trevor Serbus.Cory Probst crossed the stripe just inches ahead of Mike Voight for his fifth straight and eighth overall Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature win.Clint Hatlestad caught Trent Loverude for the lead and eventual win in an MN 93 IMCA Modified feature that ran green to checkered.Josh Telecky had the lead in the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature for the first six laps but the hood on his car flew up, causing a caution and sending him to the work area. Dan Mackenthun ran away from the field from that point.Matt Looft raced from 12th starting to win the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod feature.There were four different leaders in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact feature, Dylan Braun­worth for lap one, Zack Foesch led the next two laps, then Kyren Porter led the next four laps before Nate Coopman got by for the eventual win.last_img read more

Coach lauds MFM FC players

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Warri Wolves whip visiting MFM FC NPFL: Kano Pillars struggle to slim win over MFM FC MFM FC player goes on AWOL Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC head coach, Tony Bolus, has praised his charges after their 1-0 win over Heartland FC in a Matchday 1 fixture of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season decided at the Okigwe Stadium in Owerri on Sunday.The Olukoya Boys gave a good account of themselves against the Naze Millionaires as they claimed an opening day win courtesy of a 39th minute header from Clement Ogwu when he connected a long throw-in from Najeem Olayinka.Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men created lots of goal-scoring chances shortly after MFM FC’s goal but the Lagos-based team goalkeeper Folarin Abayomi denied the hosts with breathtaking saves. His bright display in between the sticks earned him the man-of the-match award.After the crucial victory, Bolus appreciated his boys for their brilliant performance.“I need to appreciate my boys for their effort today and for keeping and playing to instructions. They maintained the tempo of the game from the beginning to the end of the game. They were able to keep their cool and the ball and I appreciate their effort a lot and I believe it’s going to continue till the end of the season,” he said.The former Giwa FC manager also talked about the lapses he noticed during the match and promised to make amendment before his team’s next league game against FC  Ifeanyiubah.Bolus said: “There were lapses in the team despite the victory so we will go back home to the drawing board and right our wrongs.“We had opportunities to be two to three goals up but we failed to make them count although they had theirs also but our goalkeeper was great in goal today. All the same we still need to work on the team to prepare for FC Ifeanyiubah.”Tags: Clement OgwuMFM FClast_img read more

Sam ‘can go places with Hammers’

first_imgSam Allardyce has been an “easy target” for the West Ham board, but will provide the attacking football to save his Upton Park future, according to Robert Green. Press Association “You look at Bolton when he was there, my old man’s a Bolton fan, and he would go and watch Jay Jay Okocha play, Youri Djorkaeff, Nicolas Anelka. “He gets these guys and he can get them to play: that’s what he can do. “Sam Allardyce will get the required job done at the time it’s required. “And I think his record speaks for itself. “I think because of the character he is, the larger than life person he is, and the manner in which he does things, with his confidence and demeanour, I think he’s an easy target in that respect.” QPR will chase just their second win of the season at West Ham as they continue their fight for a Premier League foothold. Green said the Loftus Road club boasts “a very different feel” from when he arrived from West Ham in 2012, only for boss Mark Hughes to sign Brazil stopper Julio Cesar just weeks later. The 12-cap England keeper admitted relishing his new duel with summer recruit Alex McCarthy, the England Under-21s cap who arrived from Reading. “It’s a very different feel and a very different scenario,” said Green. “It wasn’t Julio’s fault he signed, he came with the best intentions. “Nothing against him personally, but it was a difficult situation. Holding a grudge against someone doesn’t help though. “It’s different with Alex as he’s 10 years my junior. He has great talent, potential and current ability. “He’s a threat to my position and he’s keeping me on my mettle. “I want to play obviously, but I have to be on it and play well every week to keep my place. “I can understand the club having a goalkeeper at 34 and one at 24, there’s an obvious progression and change. “But having two goalkeepers, Julio was born in September and I was born in January, both internationals exactly the same age, that was a bit of a head-scratcher. “So it’s different in that respect.” West Ham’s board ordered the appointment of attack coach Teddy Sheringham and a raft of new recruits designed to expand the club’s on-field blueprint. Green believes Allardyce has been wrongly pigeon-holed as a long-ball specialist, and can spark the craved attacking revival in east London. “Their new players have gelled very well and very quickly,” said Green. “The manager is very confident is his own abilities, and he’s said, ‘if you want more attacking football, go and get me more attacking players’ and so it’s proved, they’ve shown what they can do. “It’s a difficult one for the owners: they want to appease the fans as everyone does. “Sometimes the club’s so big with such expectations that to do it on all fronts as well as get results can be a double-edged sword. “He’ll reel off the stats better than I will: never been relegated, always left a club in the top half of the division, I’ve heard them all as well! “You give him the players of the ilk they’ve had and they can play the attractive football that the owners desire, I’m sure. Former England goalkeeper Green will return to his old stomping ground when QPR take on West Ham at Upton Park on Sunday. The 34-year-old believes Allardyce has all the credentials to shrug off summer criticism from owners David Sullivan and David Gold and secure a fruitful tenure in east London. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe league said it would feature Black Lives Matter and other social justice issues during opening ceremonies this weekend in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. NHL executive Steve Mayer expects other demonstrations to happen organically.The Bruins became the first team to announce its intentions to highlight racial injustice as part of what players said is “a sign of solidarity with the Black community.” In other action:—Javier Báez homered twice, doubled and scored on a deft dive to the plate, Alec Mills went six solid innings, and the Chicago Cubs extended their strong opening surge, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5. Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. —Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. Tyler Alexander and four other relievers held the Royals scoreless for the final six innings.—Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run single during a five-run third inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth consecutive game, 5-2 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Yonny Chirinos became the second consecutive Rays starter to go four strong innings after missing part of summer camp following a positive covid-19 test, allowing one run and four hits. MLB-MARLINS-VIRUS Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.In other NFL developments:— New Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce has opted out of the 2020 season because of concern about the coronavirus. Pierce has asthma. He flew to Minnesota to meet with the team on Tuesday before making his final decision. Pierce signed a three-year contract that included $18 million in guaranteed money. He will receive a $350,000 stipend for the season because he’s considered a non-voluntary absence. — Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Peko is a fifth-year pro who was in his second stint with the Broncos. A year ago, Peko left the Buffalo Bills’ training camp to be with his wife as she battled cancer. The couple later said she was cancer free. — The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-BLUE JAYS-NATIONALS2 more HRs, 3 unearned runs help Blue Jays drop Nats to 1-4WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season. Washington’s miscues Tuesday included two outfielders colliding on Guerrero’s homer, two errors by Starlin Castro that led to three unearned runs, and just one hit after the third inning. Austin Voth took the loss. — A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar. The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March. Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year.— Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement comes as the team returns to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. NHL-RACIAL INJUSTICEBruins to lock arms for anthems to promote racial equalityBoston Bruins players plan to lock arms during the U.S. and Canadian anthems to promote racial equality, while members of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins lined up together Tuesday before the first exhibition game of the NHL’s restarted season. Update on the latest sports July 28, 2020 Dr. Anthony Fauci says the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, but he doesn’t believe games needs to stop now.In other MLB news:— Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has returned to the team after being isolated for 24 hours with COVID-19 symptoms. He passed MLB’s virus protocol and arrived at Progressive Field about an hour before the White Sox played their first road game this season and a doubleheader against the Indians. Renteria woke up Monday with a “slight cough and nasal congestion” and went to a Cleveland hospital for tests as a precautionary measure. — The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in 2017. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal. — The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. center_img UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.In other virus-related sports developments: — Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season. The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.— Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Peko is a fifth-year pro who was in his second stint with the Broncos. A year ago, Peko left the Buffalo Bills’ training camp to be with his wife as she battled cancer. The couple later said she was cancer free.—The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony McFarland.—The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting receiver Deebo Samuel on the non-football injury list after foot surgery and they say he might miss the start of the season. Samuel suffered a fracture in his left foot last month during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and the timeline for his return remains unknown. NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSON Marlins season suspended through SundayMIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has temporarily suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday because of their worsening coronavirus outbreak. And the three remaining games in this week’s New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies series also were postponed because of virus worries. In a statement Tuesday, MLB said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. The Marlins remained stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend. The Phillies-Yankees games through Thursday were postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” MLB said, although no Phillies players have tested positive. — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. NFL-PATRIOTS-HIGHTOWERPatriots’ Hightower opts outBOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. The source says Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. Associated Press Zion Williamson practicing, could play in Pelicans’ openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to New Orleans Pelicans practice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday night and coach Alvin Gentry said the NBA’s top overall draft pick might play when the club resumes its season against Utah on Thursday night.Gentry said Williamson will play if he’s ready. Gentry said Williamson, who left the team on July 16 to attend to a family medical matter, was held out of five-on-five drills and limited largely to three- and five-man sets with no defenders. The Pelicans have another practice scheduled on Wednesday. After Williamson missed New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from right knee surgery, the former Duke star averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his first 19 NBA contests before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season in March.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-EARLY STARTTeams allowed to begin season earlylast_img read more

Live Blog: Syracuse hosts Boston College in do-or-die finale

first_img Published on November 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse has one last chance to become bowl eligible after falling to No. 2 Florida State and Pittsburgh in the past two weeks. The Orange hosts Boston College at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.Follow along here for live updates from beat writers David Wilson and Trevor Hass in the Carrier Dome.last_img

Upper-body injuries sideline Avant, Cooper; Broyld, Green fill in at H-back

first_img Published on August 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ FORT DRUM, N.Y. — One of Scott Shafer’s many catchphrases is “next man up,” but a number of absences at the H-back position forced Syracuse to improvise in finding that man on Tuesday.Junior Ashton Broyld, a former H-back, currently a receiver, spent time at his old position and Troy Green, a quarterback at the end of last year, got some reps as well.“We saw Troy get some shots today,” Shafer said in a post-practice press conference, “and Ashton actually had a really good day, made some great catches and moved down the field. Didn’t hurt that the grass was a little slippery so his defensive guys looked like they were on a rodeo horse or something.”The preseason depth chart at H-back reads: Brisly Estime, Sean Avant, Corey Winfield, Corey Cooper and Franklin Santos.Estime is still nursing his sprained ankle. Avant and Cooper were sidelined from Tuesday’s practice at Fort Drum with upper-body injuries. Winfield just moved to cornerback and Santos left the team last week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer said the team will take it day-by-day with Avant and Cooper, and he hopes to get them back in two or three days.Even with the options on the depth chart all used up, the head coach still stressed the meaning behind his saying.“The next guy up on the depth chart goes in and he runs those same plays,” Shafer said. “Maybe not as fast, maybe not as sharp, but he busts his ass to do the same job that the two or three guys in front of him did. It’s a simple formula. Guy goes down, next man up.” Commentslast_img read more

Holt: Character not important in draft

first_imgToday, on the most overrated day in all of sports, Gabe Carimi, Ryan Mallett and J.J. Watt will help us find out what character means in the NFL.The NFL draft is a circus. Something that should take place in a poorly-lit room full of cigar smoke and grumpy, disheveled general managers is now a primetime television event, complete with lights, a stage and an audience not afraid to cheer or jeer. It’s kind of sickening.And still, we’re all going to watch it.We’ll watch it because we all have an opinion. And what better time or reason to have an opinion than the most publicized crapshoot in the country?Of all the things that ultimately make the difference between going in the first round or third round, character and injury history matter more than anything else. And like everything else involved in drafting, character matters both incredibly and not at all.Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg recently cited a great example: Charles Rogers and Randy Moss. The two were extremely talented wide receivers with character concerns. One was drafted second overall, the other 21st. And we all know how that story ends.So where’s the fine line between prioritizing character over talent, or vice versa?Carimi leaves the University of Wisconsin as a 49-game starter, someone who stepped into 2007 No. 3 overall draft pick Joe Thomas’ place and hardly skipped a beat, winning the Outland Trophy as a senior.But reports out of the scouting combine in Indianapolis didn’t focus so much on the great numbers he put up, but how he fared in interviews.According to some scouts and reports, Carimi is being viewed as arrogant or entitled. Pro Football Weekly said he had “a white-collar attitude at a blue-collar position.” In interviews, Carimi stated his case as an NFL-ready tackle, pointing out the competition he’s faced and his own self-confidence.And this is a character issue?I obviously wasn’t personally there for those interviews. But if you’re going to ask a guy in what is essentially a job interview to say why he’s better than everyone else, what kind of answer do you think you’re going to get?Carimi’s point about going up against top talent isn’t an exaggeration. In facing Watt in practice, as well as Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward and Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, Carimi held his own against four likely first-round defensive ends. That might be bragging, but it’s also fact.And isn’t confidence a good thing? It certainly takes a level of belief in oneself to make the transition from college to the NFL. The problem is, there’s a fine line between extreme confidence and arrogance, and depending on who you’re asking, they might be the same thing.Having personally dealt with Carimi, he’s never come off as arrogant. He always deferred credit to his teammates on the offensive line, and I have a hard time believing he could sound entitled to things.But for all I know, that issue could drop Carimi under other guys in this year’s crop of offensive tackles.And then there’s the Legend of Ryan Mallett. If Carimi is arrogant, Mallett is the Donald Trump of quarterbacks. The former Arkansas signal caller has no shortage of confidence and possesses the physical talent to back it up. But again, character issues (allegedly he’s often “partying, partying, yeah”) and his perceived inability in the clutch could drop him to the second round.And as my colleagues Michael Bleach and Max Henson have pointed out in the past, we all know what a thorough job NFL scouts do on every potential prospect. Yes, that was sarcasm. All it takes is one rumor or one bad second-hand impression to knock someone down the draft boards.On the other hand, sometimes character doesn’t do much for you. Watt might be the single best human being in this draft class. But even with his talent and versatility, that probably won’t make him the first defensive end taken tonight.Watt’s story is well-known to Wisconsin fans, as is his “Dream Big, Work Hard” motto, as evidenced by all the wristbands he’s sold (for charity, of course). He’s got his own charity and at Saturday’s spring game, took the time to sign autographs and shake hands with fans. And the one fan I saw ignored in his autograph request while Watt was shaking hands? If Watt had found out about him, I’m sure he would have tracked the kid down and given him a signed jersey; that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s a formidable force both on the field and on Twitter and will be a great member of the community wherever he lands.But Don Banks has three defensive ends being taken ahead of Watt in his mock draft. Peter King has five. Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have Watt as the first end taken, but neither mentions anything about his character.TCU quarterback Andy Dalton might win the character competition among quarterbacks this year, according to reports of his interviews. All he’s done as a Horned Frog is win. But he’ll go in the second, maybe the third round. There are also voiced concerns about the fact he’s red-haired. These are the kinds of things scouts worry about.In the end, talent will win out, as it always does. Pac-Man Jones knows this. Charles Rogers knows this. And when Mallett is the second quarterback taken, he’ll know it too.It’s a sad hypocrisy that so many organizations talk about the importance of character, yet it’s only an excuse to drop a prospect’s stock, never to elevate it. It might seem a little two-faced, but then again, character doesn’t win Super Bowl rings.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism who made a giant mistake in his story yesterday. Excited to see where the Badgers go in the draft? Would you take talent over character? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Clippers pounce on Grizzlies, end 3-game slide

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The result was a steamroll, and a most convincing recovery from Saturday’s chilly 112-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings – and that irksome 140-114 butt-kicking the last time the Clippers hosted the Grizzlies (28-29).“That was obviously a big win for us,” said Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins, whose squad used the blowout as a springboard to a seven-game winning streak that launched it into playoff contention.“(But) now,” he continued, “knowing that we’re going up against a team that’s got most of their roster back, it’s gonna be even a taller task.”Monday’s performance confirmed that the rest of the NBA has reason to fear an able-bodied Clippers team, which improved to 18-7 when both Leonard and George play.“This is what we talked about, this is what we dreamed of when this all came together,” George said. “This is the squad and the team that we thought we would be. Just, with us being a new team, we gotta have consistency with games like this, where we come out and we look to dominate and be the aggressors and we look to put teams away early and put our imprint on the game.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t think you can play basketball or win a championship like that,” said Leonard, who shot 10 for 17 from the field and added eight rebounds and three assists. “Human nature allows you sometimes to go out and not be the person you are in (some) games. Things like that happen, but I don’t think any team won the championship that said, ‘Oh we’re just going to win in the playoffs.’”Montrezl Harrell added 22 off the bench on 9-of-11 shooting and Morris chipped in with 13 points in his fifth game with the team. Landry Shamet (13 points) and JaMychal Green (13) also cracked double figures for the Clippers.In his return from a hamstring strain, George scored seven points on 3-for-11 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists in 21 minutes. Beverley came back after being sidelined for five games with a sore groin and recorded six points, three rebounds and two steals while providing his characteristic energy in 19 minutes.All told, the Clippers shot 50 percent from the floor (47 for 94) and dished 33 assists.“It’s been,” Rivers said, “a good, long day.” KAWHI LE🤯NARD📺 @FoxSportsWest | @kawhileonard pic.twitter.com/xORS7Kvhm6— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) February 25, 2020 Two days earlier, in their first game back from the All-Star break, the Clippers shot 39.1 percent and committed 19 turnovers in a disjointed effort that ran their losing skid to a season-high three games.With that one out of the way, fortune shifted the Clippers’ direction, starting with their good health and extending to their defensive energy that stymied the Grizzlies’ ball movement, holding Memphis to 20 assists (7.1 shy of their NBA-leading average) and 16.1 points below their season average.Offensively, things went L.A.’s way early. The Clippers scored 40 first-quarter points and built a first-half lead as large as 35 points – advantages that stuck even as the Clippers and Grizzlies played almost even the rest of the way.The Clippers improved to 23-6 at Staples Center, where earlier Monday, Doc Rivers and other Clippers and Grizzlies officials joined many of basketball’s most esteemed dignitaries in a memorial service for Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.A few hours after that celebration of life, Kawhi Leonard, one of Kobe’s many protégés in the sport, led all scorers with 25 points in 25 minutes (including none in fourth quarter).He said he liked what he saw from his squad Monday, but he’ll like it more when they string together these types of willful performances.“It’s one game,” Leonard said. “I don’t think you can really say what you can see from a team in one game. You have to see consistency … It’s about us going out there and doing the work. We’re talented, we’ve got a good group of players, so it’s just about going out there and making sure we’re doing the work and that’s it.”And fighting the urge, he said, to hit that proverbial switch.Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime PreviousClippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, drives past Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, left, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas, left, tried to get by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, below, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls the ball against De’Anthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers dribbles past Josh Jackson #20 and Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, top, dunks as Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, left, and guard Ja Morant watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell reacts after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers tries to grab the ball against Josh Jackson #20 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Marcus Morris Sr. #31 of the Los Angeles Clippers fights for position against Jonas Valanciunas #17 and Josh Jackson #20 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers blocks a shot from Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a play during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers dunks over Gorgui Dieng #14 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies battles Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers for a loose ball during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers passes the ball past the defense of De’Anthony Melton #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers controls the ball against the defense of Josh Jackson #20 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers reacts to being fouled after a layup during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers looks to pass during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles into the defense of Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers looks to shoot past the defense of Gorgui Dieng #14 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers reacts to being fouled during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers calls a play during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies controls the ball against the defense of JaMychal Green #4 and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles into the defense of Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles into the defense of Josh Jackson #20 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a game at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Josh Jackson #20 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks to pass the ball against Marcus Morris Sr. #31 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles upcourt during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers fights for the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Memphis Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton, left, is hit in the neck while trying to guard Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates during the second half of a game as Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George, left, and Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Jackson reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies center Gorgui Dieng defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr., right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 124-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, drives past Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 44Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, drives past Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Before overwhelming the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Coach Doc Rivers balked at the suggestion that this season’s Clippers were waiting to flip a switch of some sort.The gear they hit in Monday’s 124-97 rout? That, in Rivers’ mind, had everything to do with available horsepower – not the heart under the hood.“I don’t think we are a flip-the-switch team,” the 21st-year head coach said pregame. “I would say anyone who says that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Because flip-the-switch teams are teams that have been healthy all year and just have chosen not to play. But when you are out of sorts with different lineups, that’s different.”In their 57th game this season, the Clippers (38-19) sent forth their 29th starting lineup, this one the optimum unit of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Morris and Ivica Zubac, who headlined a finally fully healthy roster – something that has happened only five games this season. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more