Clippers top Timberwolves to clinch playoff berth
By The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 27
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Coach Doc Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it six straight years — four under Rivers.
The Clippers (45-30) became the fifth Western Conference team to secure a postseason berth.
Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored Minnesota’s reserves 53-25.
The Clippers have won six in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA, and 10 of 11 overall.
Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
BUCKS 108, ROCKETS 94
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points, including 16 in the decisive third quarter as Milwaukee topped Houston.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to an NBA-best 56-19.
James Harden scored 23 and Chris Paul 19 for the Rockets, who lost for just the third time in 17 games. Harden shot 9 of 26, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range with Bledsoe closely guarding him throughout most of the game.
MAGIC 104, HEAT 99
MIAMI (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Jonathan Issac added 19 points and Orlando extended its longest winning streak in eight years to six games by downing Miami.
D.J. Augustin scored 17 points and Aaron Gordon finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic (37-38), who won the season series 3-1 and moved past the Heat (36-38) into eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Evan Fournier added 11 points for Orlando, which hadn’t had a winning streak this long since January 2011.
Dion Waiters scored 26 for the Heat, who lost on the night they retired Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey and raised it to the rafters during a halftime ceremony. Dwyane Wade had 22 points.
CELTICS 116, CAVALIERS 106
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and Boston broke away from a fourth-quarter tie to defeat Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving (rest) didn’t play for Boston, but the Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak and are 11-2 without their leading scorer.
Al Horford had 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter and the go-ahead layup early in the period.
The Celtics ended the game with a 24-14 run also sparked by three-point plays from Smart and Marcus Morris to pull away.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 24 points.
The Celtics’ slide dropped them to fifth in the Eastern Conference with seven games to play in the regular season.
HORNETS 125, SPURS 116, OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 38 points in overtime and Charlotte outlasted San Antonio to stretch its longest winning streak of the season to four games.
Walker took over in the extra period, scoring Charlotte’s first seven points and going 4 of 4 from the field, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers. He barely missed his third career triple-double, finishing with 11 assists and nine rebounds.
It was Charlotte’s first overtime win this season in five tries.
Dwayne Bacon established a career high for the second straight game, pouring in 24 points with four 3-pointers. Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Hornets, who are chasing Orlando and Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
DeMar DeRozan had 30 points to lead the Spurs, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation that would have won the game. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 15 rebounds.
RAPTORS 112, BULLS 103
TORONTO (AP) — Norman Powell scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 and Toronto beat struggling Chicago for the eighth consecutive time.
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points before sitting out the final quarter, and Pascal Siakam had 13. The Raptors never trailed and avoided their first three-game home losing streak of the season. Toronto lost to Charlotte on Sunday on a halfcourt buzzer-beater by Jeremy Lamb.
Wayne Selden scored 20 points as the Bulls lost for the seventh time in nine games. Chicago was without leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) for the third straight game while forward Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) missed his fourth in a row.
NUGGETS 95, PISTONS 92
DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 33 points, including six in the final minute, and Denver held off Detroit after nearly squandering a 27-point lead.
Trailing 66-39 at halftime, the Pistons cut it to one on a 3-pointer by Reggie Jackson with 11.2 seconds remaining before Murray hit a pair of free throws. Blake Griffin’s last-gasp 3-point attempt bounded away.
At 50-23, the Nuggets moved into a tie with Golden State for the top spot in the Western Conference. It’s the first 50-win season for Denver since the 2012-13 squad went 57-25.
Nikola Jokic finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for his 51st double-double this season.
Griffin had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the playoff-chasing Pistons, who finished a 1-4 road trip. Andre Drummond had 13 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out.
KINGS 125, MAVERICKS 121
DALLAS (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points, including a crucial basket to help Sacramento stay in front in the final minute against Dallas.
With the Kings leading by two, Fox drove and missed a layup but got his own rebound and tried again. The second attempt went in for a 121-117 lead with 26 seconds remaining, and the Kings finished 3-0 against Mavericks to sweep the season series for the first time since 1997-98.
Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic tied Magic Johnson with his seventh triple-double in his first season, getting 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. It’s the third-most triple-doubles by a rookie. Dwight Powell had 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.
Harrison Barnes scored 18 points in his first appearance in Dallas since the Mavericks traded him to Sacramento while he was playing in a game Feb. 6. Buddy Hield scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer to put the Kings ahead for good with 1:07 remaining.
HAWKS 130, PELICANS 120
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rookie guard Trae Young had 33 points and 12 assists for his 24th double-double of the season, leading Atlanta past New Orleans.
Young finished 12 of 24 from the field, including 5 for 12 from 3-point range, and had one turnover in 31 minutes.
DeAndre’ Bembry and Dewayne Dedmon each scored 18 points, and the Hawks shot 19 for 51 from beyond the arc to win their third straight.
Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 24 points and nine rebounds.
Already playing without Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans’ lineup got thinner when guard Frank Jackson, who scored 20 points in 25 minutes, went to the locker room with a concussion with 7:19 left in the third quarter. He was inadvertently hit in the forehead by John Collins under the basket.
LAKERS 124, WIZARDS 106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and Los Angeles beat Washington for its first back-to-back victories since mid-January.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points and JaVale McGee had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost 20 of 27 and plummeted out of the playoff race since their last set of consecutive wins.
Two days after beating Sacramento, the Lakers comfortably won this meeting of 11th-place teams whose playoff dreams have been wrecked by injuries. Washington has lost John Wall and Dwight Howard, while the Lakers don’t have Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart or Reggie Bullock.
Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half for the Wizards, who opened a four-game road trip with their fifth straight loss. Washington (30-45) is on the brink of missing the playoffs for just the second time in six seasons.
The Lakers are out for the sixth consecutive season, tripling the previous longest postseason absence in franchise history.
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Magee sets record, Wofford tops Seton Hall for 1st NCAA win
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
Friday, March 22
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If you didn’t know who Fletcher Magee was before, you should now.
Magee set the Division I career record for 3-pointers, poured in 24 points and led seventh-seeded Wofford to an 84-68 victory over Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
Magee hit seven treys against the 10th-seeded Pirates to help the Terriers to their first tournament win in five tries. Wofford also won its 21st consecutive game overall.
“The kid can shoot it,” teammate Cameron Jackson said. “When he’s open, I’m happy when he shoots it.”
Magee now has 509 3-pointers in four seasons, breaking the career mark set by Oakland’s Travis Bader in 2014. Duke’s J.J. Redick (457), Tennessee’s Chris Lofton (431) and Davidson’s Stephen Curry (414) also rank in the top 10.
Magee tied the mark on a four-point play in the first half and broke it in the opening minute of the second half.
“I definitely noticed the crowd was louder than just the normal 3,” Magee said. “But I feel like I didn’t get too caught up in it. It was a close game. I was just focused on doing whatever I could to help us continue to stretch our lead and win down the stretch. I feel like I was aware of it, but I just kind of blocked it out and tried to focus on winning.”
Extending his record might not be easy against second-seeded Kentucky in the Midwest Region on Saturday. The long, lanky Wildcats tend to give opponents fits, especially from behind the arc.
Then again, Magee is no ordinary shooter.
The 6-foot-4 guard was 7 of 12 behind the arc, none bigger than his third of three 3s from the corner in front of Wofford’s bench in the second half. The first two were wide-open looks that caused Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard some angst, and the third a contested shot that brought the Wofford faithful to their feet and put the Terriers up 76-66 with three minutes to play.
“We ran the same play to get it over there,” Magee said, “and I felt like I was pretty open, so I decided to let it go.”
It was quite a show about two hours north of Magee’s hometown of Orlando. He had about 75 friends and family members on hand for the performance.
“Really, really neat. Really neat,” Wofford coach Mike Young said. “And what you don’t see, what you don’t have a pulse of, is how uncommon he is and how hard he’s worked time and time and time again in that gym.”
Nathan Hoover hit four 3s and added 18 points for the Terriers (30-4), who finished 13 of 28 from 3-point range. Jackson chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Myles Powell led the Pirates (20-14) with 27 points on 10-of-25 shooting.
Powell helped Seton Hall overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half, and he even put his team ahead 54-53 with about 10 minutes to go. But it was all Wofford late, going on a 17-0 run in the closing minutes before Seton Hall managed a meaningless dunk at the end.
“That’s a heck of a basketball team we played,” Willard said. “When you have a senior-laden team like they do, who’s extremely well-coached, you’re going to have to play really good to beat them.”
Seton Hall got into the NCAA Tournament thanks to wins over Kentucky, defending national champ Villanova and Marquette (twice). The Pirates played well in all of those games, but they looked nothing like that against the Terriers. Three issues doomed them: lousy 3-point shooting (9 of 27), free-throw shooting (9 of 15) and turnovers (13).
Wofford, with an enrollment of 1,650, keeps making history. The Terriers became the smallest school to be ranked in the Top 25 since VMI in 1977, and now have their first tournament victory.
Seton Hall waits to see whether Powell enters the NBA Draft. The junior guard averaged 23 points this season, ranking 10th in the nation, and was voted first-team All-Big East.
Wofford gets the mighty Wildcats on Saturday. Kentucky will likely be without leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington, who sat out his team’s win over Abilene Christian with an injury.
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March Madness: With gambling legal in eight states, who really wins?
March 21, 2019
The odds of more legal betting are good.
Author: John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society, Pennsylvania State University
Disclosure statement: John Affleck does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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March means springtime, but also breathless headlines of Cinderellas, busted brackets and buzzer beaters.
This year, it’ll also include talk of “sharps,” “handles” and “point spreads,” as millions more Americans are able to openly wager for the first time on March Madness – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. That’s thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to legalize sports betting.
As a sports journalism professor, I’ve been following the evolution of sports gambling for several years – back to a time when it was portrayed as a revolutionary and scary moment for fans and teams alike.
With millions more Americans gambling legally, it’s no longer scary, but that doesn’t mean some officials and observers aren’t concerned about perils in its rapid growth.
The legal bandwagon
Most tournament gambling is still illegal, but that’s changing quickly.
According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult for the American Gaming Association, 47 million adults in the United State will wager US $8.5 billion on March Madness this year, including 4.1 million who will do so for the first time at a casino sportsbook or online using a legal app. The rest of the bets, including the tens of millions made in office pools around the country, will be illegal.
Yes, you heard that right. Your office pool is most likely illegal.
Last year, the American Gaming Association estimated that $10 billion was at stake, but the calculation method has since changed. We do know that 97 percent of the action was illegal, including office pools. Nevada accounted for the legal betting.
Now, as is the case in situations with state-by-state legislation, the rules vary from place to place.
Early adopter New Jersey has both casinos and online apps ready to take bets. Pennsylvania, meanwhile, now has several brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, but legal online betting is still a few months away. With just six betting locations open last month, Pennsylvania’s combined handle – the total of all sports wagering – was about $31.5 million, generating tax revenue of about $700,000. Most of that went to the state.
It’s early, but “we know it’ll be busy and there’ll be a bump” in action this month because of March Madness, Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board told me in an interview. Two new locations for sports betting just opened, a sign of how quickly gambling is spreading.
Meanwhile, not much can stop bettors from putting money down on illegal online gambling sites outside the United States, and the American Gaming Association estimates 5.2 million Americans will do exactly that over the next few weeks. It’s the way many gamblers have put money down in previous years. Though illegal, enforcement has been light.
Most March Madness gamblers predict Duke will win the 2019 tournament.
Addiction and integrity
Anti-gambling advocates say what hasn’t changed is the long-term impact on addiction, which is likely to rise in years to come as legal sports betting becomes more widespread.
Asked whether states adopting legalized sports wagering are doing enough to also combat gambling addiction, Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said: “Not really.” He also noted that, while gambling addiction doesn’t seem to have spiked in the past year, the negative effects of sports gambling will show up down the road.
Some states, like New Jersey, adopted the council’s recommendations for minimizing harm from legal gambling, such as dedicated funds to prevent and treat addition and establishing a minimum age, while most have only enacted a few safeguards.
For its part, the NCAA has come out against legalized sports gambling.
“Sports wagering is going to have a dramatic impact on everything we do in college sports,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said at the group’s national convention in January. “It’s going to threaten the integrity of college sports in many ways unless we are willing to act boldly and strongly.”
But there’s little the NCAA can do about it. More legal sports betting is on its way – though the office pool will presumably still be a no-no.
Joni Comstock, senior vice president of championships at the NCAA, estimates that 30 states could have legal gambling within a couple of years.
As for who’s the favorite of gamblers and the more than 40 million Americans who were expected to fill out brackets, 29 percent apparently picked Duke to win it all. Nobody else was even close.
Sustainable Trends In Home Renovation & Design
Sam Bowman March 26, 2019
Sustainability has become a trend in home renovation and design, but which aspects of it are trending in the green building niche right now? As more people become passionate about eco-friendly living, sustainable innovations grow and become more accessible for anyone looking to create a greener house for themselves. When considering sustainability, trending items are not just about what is fashionable; it’s also about which are doing the most for the environment.
Choosing materials for a home renovation should be as much about sourcing domestic items as much as it is about prioritizing materials that are sustainable. Because so much waste is created in demolishing structures, repurposing items can help recycle and create less waste. It’s also becoming more popular to renovate to reduce the environmental impact of daily life. Finally, there are many trends in home design that are taking sustainability to another level.
Prioritizing Sustainable Materials
When completing a home renovation, it’s important to consider the type of materials that are going into your home. This is less about fashion and more about using eco-friendly materials. Sustainable materials are repurposed, easily recycled, non-toxic, and/or natural.
Things like wood, cork, steel, and bamboo are examples of sustainable materials. If you get them refurbished, even better. Alternatively, many prefabricated homes are made from steel or recycled plastic and tend to create less waste than a traditionally built home. Prioritizing sustainable materials is a trending topic in home design due to its effect on reducing waste.
Sourcing Domestic Materials
There are many international materials used to build homes that are preferred due to affordability (often the product of low labor costs) or high quality, like Italian marble. However, sourcing local materials is a popular choice to help reduce the carbon footprint of building materials.
International items require a lot of air, sea, or ground transportation that create carbon emissions, which are harmful to the environment. International economic development is being affected by global warming in a number of ways. Reducing the sourcing of international building materials is an important aspect in sustainability around the globe. By purchasing domestic materials, local economies are benefiting and carbon emissions are lowered.
Repurposing an item saves it from sitting in a landfill. This trend in home renovation doubles as a sustainable choice and a fashionable one; many repurposed items carry a vintage appeal that can turn a space into something special. New cabinets, flooring, and walls created with domestic, sustainable materials is great, but so is finding an old item and reusing it. Some green home renovations can seem expensive, but repurposing is a way to help lower costs.
In addition to that, make sure you’re deconstructing your home during a renovation instead of demolishing it. This ensures that some materials in your home can be repurposed instead of being thrown out as waste. You can sell or donate your deconstructed items and help another person make a sustainable choice by upcycling them.
Renovating for Sustainability
People make renovations for many reasons. Some would like to update their space, some want a new look, and others may be fixing something that is damaged. However, renovations centered around sustainability are becoming a popular trend. The perks that go with an eco-friendly renovation include helping the environment, saving money, and improving a home’s resale potential. Renovating for sustainability involves finding the environmental concerns in your home and working to remedy them.
Some common renovations involve upgrading appliances. Not only should you find Energy Star-rated appliances that focus on energy efficiency, you should also do research on the best appliances for you. Some of the best water-efficient toilets and showers have different settings and designs depending on your preferences and water use in your home. Other common upgrades include added insulation, upgraded windows, and replacing light fixtures.
Sustainable Home Design
Some trending home designs are more extreme than others. In the world of eco-friendly homes, some are created for the sole purpose of being environmentally conscious. Though these options involve a specific look, a more expensive upgrade, a lifestyle change, or a larger renovation, they are trending in their environmental impact.
Living Walls: Living walls and roofs involve installing live plants into the structure of your home. Not only is this renovation a statement in your home in terms of design, it is also highly sustainable and improves air quality. It can also work as a form of insulation. Green living itself can make a person happier, and having a living wall with plants and flowers can help to improve mood and wellness even more.
Smart Homes: Smart homes involve implementing technology within your home to help you pursue a more sustainable life. Smart home technology can track how much water your bathroom is using or if there are leaks, which can help you to make more efficient choices with your sink, toilet, and shower. It can track how much power you use, make it easier to turn off lights, and automate your thermostat.
Tiny Homes: Living in a tiny home is a lifestyle change. It’s not easy to go from an average living space to one that is so small. However, there’s no denying how environmentally friendly a tiny home can be. In fact, sustainability is the reason many people choose to live in a tiny home. Their small size means that they naturally use much less water, gas, and electricity.
Solar Panels: Solar energy is a renewable resource that can reduce the energy use of a household astronomically. Installing solar panels can be expensive and involve a larger renovation, but the end result is a home that is powered almost entirely on solar energy.
The sustainable trends in home renovation and design are some of the most effective and state of the art options in green home building. Many environmentalists may be attracted to the super sustainable designs that elevate their environmental consciousness, but many of these trending options in green home design are easily attained by anyone looking to implement green living into their renovation decisions.
Making sure your materials are sustainable, locally sourced, or repurposed can turn any renovation into one that helps the environment. Completing renovation specifically to improve your home’s sustainability is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. When sustainability is trending in any industry, everybody wins — and sustainable home design is no different.