As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?

first_imgFOR THOSE WHO DO CARE ABOUT THE GAMES: This season, fans can for the first time purchase games in progress on NBA League Pass. The option is available from the end of the third quarter to the end of the game for $1.99. Details are available at http://www.nba.com/leaguepass.“MVP! MVP!”: James led a record nine players who received votes as the MVP favorite in the NBA.com GM Survey, garnering 30 percent of the vote among those who responded. Durant, Irving, Leonard, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo also received votes along with reigning MVP James Harden, who should put up big numbers again in Houston’s high-powered offense.SPEAKING OF THE ROCKETS: They added a likely future Hall of Famer to a team that just won a league-high 65 games, but it’s hard to know just how much Carmelo Anthony will help the Rockets — or if he will help at all. He comes off his worst season in Oklahoma City and didn’t thrive playing for Mike D’Antoni in New York. But his outside shooting seems a natural fit with the Rockets, especially with the open looks Harden and close friend Chris Paul should set up for him.TANKING TALK: New draft lottery odds debut this season. The teams with the three worst regular-season records will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery, replacing the system that gave the team with the worst record a 25 percent chance of the top pick. The league hopes that will reduce some of the incentive to lose on purpose, but Commissioner Adam Silver has said there’s still work to do to completely eliminate tanking.WHO WINS?: After a record four years of the same NBA Finals matchup with Golden State and Cleveland, the NBA seems headed for something new. The Warriors remain the class of the league, but Boston matches up with them better than the Cavaliers did, even with James. So Golden State should win a third straight title, but not without a much tougher fight than the last couple of seasons.“I do think in this league anything can happen so there’s some teams in the Western Conference, if clicking right, if healthy — injuries play a role not just for the Warriors but throughout this league — so that can play a part in it,” former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “But the Warriors are the clear-cut favorite.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Most teams don’t begin until Wednesday, and James’ first regular-season game with the Lakers doesn’t come until Thursday, when they visit Portland.Some things to know about the upcoming season:LEBRON, FOR STARTERS: James starts what could be a challenging first season with his new team by trying to snap a record winning streak. The Trail Blazers have won 17 consecutive home openers, a streak that began in October 2001 — two years before James made his NBA debut.STILL THE SPURS?: San Antonio usually enters the season as a sure thing, but the Spurs this time are a question mark. Decimated by injuries in their backcourt during the preseason after losing Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the offseason, the Spurs are no lock for a 22nd straight playoff appearance that would equal the NBA record set by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1949-71. But figure on San Antonio starting fast, as the Spurs are 19-2 in season openers under Gregg Popovich, who begins his 23rd season to tie Utah’s Jerry Sloan for the most seasons coaching one team.OFFSEASON OVERSHADOWING?: Perhaps the Warriors’ dominance makes it feel like a foregone conclusion, but there’s already so much talk about the summer of 2019 free agency, when players such as Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving could be available, that it already threatens to overshadow the games themselves. Even Golden State isn’t immune, with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson able to become free agents and sparking talk that this could be the Warriors’ last run.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPOpening night last year delivered a good forecast of how the NBA season would turn out.Cleveland edged Boston in the opening game before Houston ruined Golden State’s championship ring celebration with a victory over the Warriors in the nightcap.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Those teams ended up as the last four standing in the 2017-18 season, with both conference finals going seven games. Golden State and Cleveland won Game 7s on the road before the Warriors swept the Cavaliers for their second straight title.The matchups this time in the doubleheader Tuesday night on TNT feature the Celtics hosting Philadelphia, and the Warriors welcoming Oklahoma City. Golden State remains the team to beat and the Celtics are a good bet to inherit that role in the East with LeBron James gone, so it’s very possible a couple teams playing on the first night of the season will also be playing on the last.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissParticularly the Warriors.“I think as far as Golden State, if you gave me, hey, you can take the field or you can bet Golden State, I would bet Golden State,” ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said.last_img read more

Jury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of

first_imgJury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco Updated: 3:30 PM November 30, 2017 , Posted: November 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN FRANCISCO (KUSI) — A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant charged in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. According to CNN, the jury found 54-year-old Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide charges, but he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.The handgun belonged to a Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that it had been stolen from his parked car in San Francisco a week before Steinle was shot.Prosecutors called Steinle’s father as their first witness.Through tears, with a packed courtroom hanging on every word, Jim Steinle recounted the final moments of his daughter’s life after she was shot.He told the court that he and a family friend were visiting his daughter and they went for a walk on the popular waterfront.The elder Steinle said he heard a loud “bang” and his daughter collapsed in his arms, saying “’help me, Dad.’”Jim Steinle said her eyes were closed and she had trouble breathing.”I couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” he said, choking back tears. “She didn’t have any health problems.”He rolled her on her side and discovered a bullet hole with little blood. Paramedics arrived and she was later declared dead at a hospital.Garcia Zarate had acknowledged shooting Steinle in the back. He has said he was handling the handgun when it accidentally fired.Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot Steinle. He had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge.The shooting touched off a political furor during last year’s presidential race, with President Donald Trump citing the killing of 32-year-old Steinle as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.last_img read more

San Diego City Council unanimously approves Fiesta Island amendment for large dog

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diego City Council unanimously approves Fiesta Island amendment for large dog park KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Monday to amend the Mission Bay Park Master Plan to add a large fenced-in, off-leash dog park to the southwest corner of Fiesta Island.The council considered two options to update Fiesta Island’s southwest section, which is partially undeveloped. The plan dubbed “option A” would have reserved much of the area for a smaller fenced-in, off-leash dog park while also including a launching area for non-motorized boats, a road extension through the park and a dedicated swimming beach.Option B, which the council chose to adopt, will allocate almost all of the southwest area as a fenced-in dog park with adjacent parking spaces and walking trails surrounding it. The dog park, parking and walking trails will span roughly 470 acres, according to the city.City officials developed the amendment options to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan for roughly two years. The vast majority of public speakers at the council meeting voiced their support for option B, arguing it will preserve existing habitats and serve as the only off-leash dog area in Mission Bay Park.“I’m a strong supporter of everything we can do to keep Fiesta Island in its most natural form,” said City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell. “Preservation of open space is so very, very important.”In addition to support for the dog park, option B’s supporters argued it would cost less than option A because the city would not have to make significant modifications to the area such as adding a paved road through the park.City Councilman Scott Sherman suggested the city should look into designating the South Shores boat launching area as a launching port for non- motorized boats as well in an effort to appease non-motorized boat owners.South Shores, located across the bay from the south end of Fiesta Island, is used sparingly by boat and watercraft owners and includes all of the amenities that option A would have added to Fiesta Island. City officials told Sherman they would start the process to modify South Shores’ usage.“South Shores is incredibly underutilized and we spent a whole bunch of money building that thing in the first place,” Sherman said. “It would be really nice to see more utilization of that spot.” Posted: June 17, 2019last_img read more