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Racquet-Eers overcome Georgia club team

first_imgThe weather was good. The three grass courts were in good condition. In spite of this, the home team at Georgia Country Club, for the second year running, were outplayed by the visiting Racquet-eers from Kingston with a match score of 46-32.The Georgia team consisted of Martin Hopwood, Roy Collins, Tammy Hart, Andrew Todd, Bruce Hart, Belinda Morrow. Tennis Captain Andrew Hopwood was markedly absent as he had gone fishing.The Racqueteers were led by Norman Marshall, and consisted of Richard Gomes, Everton Morgan, Stephen Todd, Stefan Priestley, Rachel McLarty. This team had Tony Gambrill as non-present and non-playing captain as well as Oliver Clarke, present but non-playing deputy captain.Umpire was Collin Gallant. Club hospitality was organised by Dimps Gallant, Sheona Muschett, Anne Hopwood supported by Tammy Hart.”We had a great afternoon of sport. The Georgia Club never ceases being an amazing location for this important tournament now being played for the 13th year. Georgia did bring on this year some new and talented lady players but their fine contribution was insufficient to change the result. Custos Paul Muschett is always a most gracious host,” said Captain Marshall. “We were not intimidated by the guard dog that accompanied one of their players.”last_img read more

Passion Link Liberia Ends 2-Day Summit for Young Entrepreneurs

first_imgParticipants at the Passion Link Liberia summitA two-day international strategy summit for young entrepreneurs from the Minor River Union (MRU) region ended in Monrovia on Thursday, January 17, 2019.The summit brought together young entrepreneurs from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone so as to discuss major challenges that affect young entrepreneurs in finding solutions to the problems in the three countries. The two-day event, which started from January 15-17, 2019, brought together more than 80 participants from MRU countries.At the official opening of the summit, the founder and executive director of Passion Link Liberia, Lincoln Saah Kpoto, informed participants that it was important to discuss major challenges that affect many young entrepreneurs.Kpoto said over the years, many young entrepreneurs from the MRU basin find it difficult, if not impossible, to succeed, “because they were not able to identify these challenges.”He named some of the challenges as the lack of startup capital and mentorship teams. According to Kpoto, if entrepreneurs identify these challenges and work on them, they will become some of the best entrepreneurs in the sub-region.He noted that the only way to address these problems is to work as a team, thereby sharing ideas that will develop into action and that will improve the lives of young entrepreneurs across the MRU.“If we craft good ideas as young entrepreneurs, our challenges will be minimized, so we must be resilient to reach to the top,” Kpoto said.The summit, which discussed major challenges of entrepreneurs, also pointed out issues of individual influence as one of their difficulties.He said the summit has further identified some opportunities for young people that are innovative. Kpoto believes that young people can make use of the internet as one of the easiest ways to get a startup capital.He  then challenged the participants to take advantage of the internet, “because many times people use the internet for political reasons, but innovative entrepreneurs will use it for business purposes.”Mr. Kpoto emphasized that the use of the internet will market their ideas, and those ideas will be placed into action for a successful startup capital. “The internet has a major role to play when it comes to startup capital,” he said.Meanwhile, Kpoto said the organization has plans for young entrepreneurs to travel to South Africa for more training.“I am pleased to inform you that based on our negotiation with other stakeholders, at least three of our members are expected to form part of the training, which is expected to be held in South Africa in May this year,” he said.The summit was organized by Passion Link Liberia, with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Passion Link Liberia is an initiative that focuses on creating and exposing a platform for opportunities to less fortunate Liberians, most especially those in the rural areas. The initiatives have seen quick impact projects that also involve young Liberian entrepreneurs.Rita Jlogbe, a participant, described the summit as cardinal to the growth and development of young entrepreneurs in the MRU region. “As emerging entrepreneurs,” she said, “we need the necessary training and mentorship that will enable us move ahead.”She lauded Passion Link Liberia and the UNDP for their support.“I hope this summit should continue, because it has given most of us the insight of what affects most entrepreneurs,” Rita said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Memories stir in Dodgertown

first_imgEverything about the chicken-pox episode reminds me how homey the camp felt back then amid the serious business of cutoff drills and reporting on cutoff drills. At first I thought the pimples were from mosquito bites. I’d slept with the patio door open in a room next to the Dodgertown pool. Once it dawned on me there weren’t enough bugs in all of Florida to do this much damage, I went to the Dodgertown nurse’s station and joined the minor leaguers in line for a blood-pressure check. VERO BEACH, Fla. – An old Dodgers writer goes back to Dodgertown this week, maybe for the last time, basking in happy memories. Such as the chicken pox. I was 24 the year I was thrown onto the baseball beat and packed off to Vero Beach in the middle of spring training, desperate to look like I belonged with the press room’s famous veteran stars. This got harder a week later, when I came down with a children’s disease and broke out in pimples. The nurse took one look at me and called in Dr. Frank Jobe, who took one look at me and realized this wasn’t his area of specialty. Jobe phoned another doctor, a prominent physician from Minnesota who was a Dodgertown guest of Peter O’Malley. The second doctor took one look at me and knew what was wrong, noting my “necrotized pustules” (medical talk for dead zits). It’s the only case of chicken pox ever to be diagnosed by sports’ most celebrated orthopedic surgeon and a doctor from the Mayo Clinic – without a bill. Two results of all this: The Dodgers politely requested I stay out of the Dodgertown cafeteria to avoid infecting anybody important. For a few days there, I gladly had supper delivered to my room. The other writers fixed me with the nickname Pox, which lingered long after the blemishes cleared up. To this day, I’m Pox to some of those guys – especially Bags, Beast, Mouse, One a Day and Pig. center_img “Modesti doesn’t seem to like `Pox,’ ” somebody told the South Bay Daily Breeze’s Terry Johnson (The Reverend, when he wasn’t The Assassin) when we got back to Los Angeles. “Maybe he’d prefer `A—,’ ” Terry replied. You’re going to read a lot of Vero Beach nostalgia over the next couple of years as the Dodgers prepare to leave their spring-training home of more than a half-century for a more practical spot near Phoenix. The Hall of Famers, the high jinx, the incredible openness of the camp to fans – most sweetly the Brooklynites who still came down to see their Dodgers in sunshine for decades after the club left New York. It’s just that, nostalgia. Because most of what we’re going to miss has been missing for years, and not just here but everywhere that professional athletes’ relationship with the public and press (the two are linked directly) has grown more formal and wary. My first time in Dodgertown, reporters still roomed on-site, next door to players and executives, and we worked in a press room mere steps away from the bar and card tables, with a panoramic view of the practice diamonds. Reporters now live in rented condos and file from a bunker impregnable by cell-phone signals. I spent a few springs in Vero and took away a few memories. Some of them are even my own. Those who were there still talk about the day Dodgers Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis, two of the biggest names in baseball at the time, started signing autographs in front of the clubhouse and didn’t stop until they’d exhausted a line of fans (as somebody described it the other day) a mile long. You don’t see that anymore. The Dodgertown layout has changed, players have changed, fans have changed. But the place still has charms you find in no other spring-training camp. It has the ghosts of 60 uninterrupted years with one ballclub, it has those memories. There’s something infectious about it. And unlike the first time here, that something isn’t me. (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

VAR sparks more controversy across Europe

first_img0Shares0000The referee waits for the VAR replay before awarding the third goal in Manchester City’s 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBERLIN, Germany, Jan 23 – Six months after successfully making its World Cup debut in Russia, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system remains a “work in progress” which keeps sparking controversy across Europe’s top leagues.“The VAR is like an airbag: it can help in case of emergency, but only in case of a real emergency,” was how former Swiss referee Urs Meier regarded the system which still draws mixed views on how best to use it. In Germany, where the VAR is into its second season, video assistants are being instructed not to improve decisions – only to eradicate bad ones.“The video assistant should not ask himself, ‘did the referee make a good decision?’ On the contrary, the question should be ‘did he make a bad decision?” explained Jochen Drees, the VAR project leader for the German Football Association (DFB), in Berlin.In short, all matters of interpretation must be at the sole discretion of the referee on the pitch and the video assistant can only point out what he saw.So if the VAR reports an error, the referee must watch the replay and form his own opinion. No longer can a red card be shown or a goal disallowed based solely on the video assistant’s judgment. The complaint of ‘double refereeing’ should disappear.“The referee must under no circumstances make a decision, if he has not looked at the incident himself,” insists Drees.– Technical breakdowns –Throughout Europe, the impact of the VAR has generally been positive.“The video assistant referee has helped divide by three the number of errors impacting matches” said Pascal Garibian, chief of France’s referees.However, the system continues to polarise opinions and there have been several examples of the technology breaking down during matches.Monaco coach Thierry Henry was furious after the VAR system stopped working during his side’s French league defeat against Strasbourg at the weekend © AFP/File / YANN COATSALIOUAt the weekend in the French league, Monaco coach Thierry Henry was furious when the VAR stopped working, as his side were thumped 5-1 at home to Strasbourg, when he felt they should have been awarded a penalty.“There was a foul on Rony Lopes in the box when it was 2-1,” fumed the 41-year-old.“The fourth official told me: ‘I’m really sorry Mr Henry, but VAR isn’t working…”In Spain on Sunday, Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona in the 3-1 win over Leganes, who were convinced the star forward fouled their goalkeeper with a high foot, which the VAR missed.“A blow to the VAR” was the headline in Tuesday’s edition of Madrid sports daily AS.While the VAR system is a feature in the French, Spanish, Italian and German leagues, it is yet to be used in England’s Premier League and made the headlines for the wrong reason when used in the English League Cup.Earlier this month, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino was “unhappy” with a decision that favoured his side as they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the semi-final first leg via a penalty awarded by VAR.Harry Kane scored the only goal at Wembley after the referee relied on the video assistant, but it took more than 90 seconds to confirm Kane had been onside before he was fouled.“I don’t like the VAR,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“We get the benefit of it but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it.”Back in Germany, senior bosses are developing stricter protocols for communication between the referee and the video room, to hopefully speed up the decision-making process.“For now, everyone still says what he thinks,” admitted Drees.stt-jed-jta-mam-cpb/ryj/pb0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Norwich back to Premier League after three years in the cold

first_imgThe Canaries kicked-off at Carrow Road knowing just a point would be enough to secure promotion.Norwich went ahead in the 13th minute through Marco Stiepermann thanks to the German midfielder’s low shot from 20 yards.The East Anglian club moved closer to a place among the elite through an even more spectacular goal, Mario Vranic’s strike from 25 yards flying into the top corner in the 21st minute.But two minutes later Blackburn threatened to spoil the party thanks to Lewis Travis’s goal.That, however, was as good as it got for the visitors with Norwich seeing out the game to return to the Premier League for the first time since they were relegated in 2016.Earlier, second-placed Sheffield United all but assured themselves of promotion with a 2-0 win over basement club Ipswich — Norwich’s local rivals.The Blades took the lead after 24 minutes through Scott Hogan and they doubled their lead against already-relegated Ipswich after 70 minutes via Jack O’Connell’s header from a corner.Sheffield United are now six points clear of Leeds, who play Aston Villa on Sunday.With the Blades boasting a far superior goal difference to Yorkshire rivals Leeds, only a freak combination of results can now deny them automatic promotion.Fallen English giants Leeds now appear destined for the post-season play-offs, with the teams finishing third to sixth battling it out for the final promotion place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vrancic is congratulated by his Norwich team-mates after his unstoppable drive put them within sight of promotionLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Norwich City secured promotion to the English Premier League after a three-year absence with a 2-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.Victory left Championship leaders Norwich nine points clear of third-placed Leeds with just six left to play for in the final two regular-season games and only the top two assured of a place in English football’s lucrative top-flight.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Ronny Deila to leave Celtic at the end of the season

first_img1 Ronny Deila Ronny Deila has decided to leave his role as Celtic manager at the end of the season, the Scottish champions have confirmed.The Norwegian’s position had come under increased scrutiny following Sunday’s Scottish Cup exit to Old Firm rivals Rangers.It was claimed Celtic, who look on their way to another league title, had no plans to sack the 40-year-old despite the disappointment of defeat to their firece rivals.But Deila has taken his future into his own hands, revealing on Wednesday morning that he will step down in the summer.“It is vital that the club comes first, instead of me being the focus,” the Norwegian said, speaking on“Hopefully now the team and the club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season.”Celtic have an eight-point lead over Aberdeen with five games to go in the Scottish Premiership, but some angry Hoops fans demanded Deila be sacked immediately after the penalty shoot-out loss to Rangers.The Parkhead side’s hierarchy was understood to be concerned by the lack of progress under Deila during his two-year reign, with the former Stromsgodset boss also reportedly left weary by the constant speculation over his future.Deila, who was on a one-year rolling contract, acknowledged he had encountered some “disappointments” during his tenure, but said he had always given his all.“There have been some disappointments and times when we have not achieved what we had hoped for and I’m realistic and honest enough to admit that, but I know that the players, myself and my backroom team have always given everything we had to bring success to our supporters.”He continued: “It was an absolute privilege to be named manager of Celtic, such a wonderful football club, and I have enjoyed my time here immensely.“I will never forget the welcome I received almost two years ago at Celtic Park from so many fans. When I joined Celtic I knew I was coming to one of the world’s great football clubs.”Deila led the Glasgow giants to a league and cup double last term and is aiming to deliver the club’s fifth straight Scottish Premiership title.“My total focus now is on retaining our Premiership title and making it five in a row for our great club and proving that we are the best in the country,” he said.“Myself and the players will be giving everything we can to achieve this and I know that starting on Sunday we must all unite and drive the club on and really go for what we all want as Celtic supporters – to be Scottish champions once again.”last_img read more


first_imgFáilte Ireland recently launched the Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which will provide a pool of €65m in investment to develop new, or boost existing, tourism experiences and attractions across Ireland.The scheme, which will run from 2016-2020, is now open for applications from the public, private and voluntary sectors including community groups and support for commercial projects. Under the scheme, capital grants in excess of €200k and up to a maximum of €5m will be available.Information sessions are being held across the country including Donegal to inform potential applicants about the application process including the guidelines, state aid rules and timelines as well as the background and context behind the scheme. DONEGAL – Thursday 14th July, Harvey’s Point Hotel from 10am to middaySpeaking about the new scheme, Paddy Mathews from Fáilte Ireland said “This scheme is central to the future development of the tourism sector. If we are to compete internationally as a compelling destination, we need to think big. Therefore, we wish to fund a number of big projects around the country which have the scale, the strength and the appeal to attract many more overseas visitors to our shores. We are also anxious to fund attractions and projects across all our destination brands and, ideally, we will have a good level of applications from all parts of the country.”More information on the schemeThe Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects has been designed to support large tourism projects with significant economic potential and the ability to:Boost overseas visitor growth;Create Jobs;Promote Fáilte Ireland’s existing destination brands – Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin. A Breath of Fresh Air. The funding for the ‘Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects’ is drawn from Fáilte Ireland’s overall capital fund, which is valued at €125m over the next seven years.This grant scheme takes an innovation-friendly and outcome-led approach to financial support. Rather than being prescriptive in terms of the types of projects eligible for funding, the scheme instead emphasises the desired development outcomes and invites applications from potential projects which will help to deliver those outcomes.The initial deadline for the Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects is the 12th of August at 12 noon. The scheme will then open again in January 2017 on a rolling basis and will run until 2020. You can find out more about the scheme, including how to apply, here.FAILTE IRELAND TO HOST INFO SESSION IN DONEGAL FOR CAPITAL SCHEMES FOR NEW PROJECTS was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTourism Irelandlast_img read more


first_imgKavanagh’s SuperValu in Donegal Town couldn’t be accused of following the flock!The team managed to raised €584 this week in aid of the Donegal Hospice, hosting a “guess the weight of Ben the sheep” competition.With over 200 guesses, Deborah Bonnar was the lucky winner who guessed the correct weight and won €50 worth of lamb. Store Manager Gareth Ferry said the event was a huge success.“We were delighted with the success of this week’s fundraiser and would like to give special thanks to Mary Carr for giving us Ben the sheep for the day, he appeared to enjoy the event as much as we all did!“We would also like to thank all the customers and community who joined in the fun and donated generously to this worthy cause. Each week we draw closer to our €30,000 goal for the Hospice and we are very grateful to all the people of Donegal who are generously helping us to help others”Launching their “Help Us Help Others” campaign on the 6th of May 2011, Kavanagh’s SuperValu committed to raising €30,000 minimum for the Donegal Hospice. With four SuperValu stores throughout Donegal, in Ballybofey, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Dungloe, the Kavanagh Group will give 5c to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout each store from May 6th 2011 until October 22nd 2011.Ben, originally from Benbulben thus receiving his name is an 8year old pet ram and weighed in at a massive 114kg.He lapped up the attention on the day and generated great excitement and competition with guesses ranging from 52kg-150kg at €3 per guess. Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Town’s Grocery Manager Paul Gallagher will also be selling a sheep at the mart in the upcoming weeks in aid of the hospice.Kavanagh’s SuperValu have been hosting a whole range of fundraising events across their four stores including a fun filled day of car washing, coffee mornings, bonanza draws, table quizzes and bag packs so far raising over €6,000 and well on their way to reaching their €30,000 goal.With many more exciting events in the pipeline including a climb of Mount Errigal on 21st of August, a flagship run/walk on the 25th September and their upcoming match this Friday 8th of July in Finn Park Ballybofey against Highland Radio. Kick off at 7.30pm, with a raffle and refreshments served in Jacksons Hotel after the game for all players and supporters. Don’t miss out, come along and cheer on your favourite team as they go head to head for the title.For more information on “Help Us Help Others” Campaign and upcoming fundraising activities please logon to:!/pages/Kavanaghs-SuperValu-Donegal/137605522975301SUPERVALU NOT ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT HITTING €30,000 FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Townlast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Volunteer Centre and Cheshire Ireland have devised a new volunteer support scheme which has been launched in Donegal.Both organisations are hoping to monitor and review the progress of the scheme with the view to eventually rolling it out on as wide a scale as possible. Cheshire Ireland has been providing services to adults, primarily with neurological conditions and physical disabilities for more than 50 years. Cheshire Ireland operates a range of services in 13 counties.These include residential centres, respite services, and supports to people living in their own homes.The Donegal Volunteer Centre is based in Letterkenny and services volunteers and voluntary groups through the promotion of voluntarism and the provision of volunteer-focused training throughout the county.The two organisations have been working for some time now with the aim of providing structured support services for the clients of Cheshire Ireland and in particular its Cheshire Homes location in Letterkenny. Following months of careful joint planning, Donegal has been chosen for piloting the national Befriending and Gift-a-lift Volunteer Schemes. The national volunteer manager of Cheshire Ireland, Evelyn Pender, has been working with Caroline Jahn and John Curran of the Donegal Volunteer Centre on devising the details of the schemes.When the required services were defined, staff of the Donegal Volunteer Centre sourced suitable candidate volunteers and devised a volunteer programme to deliver a Gift-a-lift service as well as the Befriending and Recreation/ Personal Opportunities Programme (POPS). The manager of Cheshire Apartments in Donegal, Jean McKenzie, will work with Volunteer Co-ordinators who will manage the scheme with support from Donegal Volunteer Centre.Under the scheme, up to 20 volunteers will drive the Cheshire mini-bus during evenings and weekends to enable people with disabilities to enjoy socialising with friends, visiting the cinema or attending night classes.The initiative will support people to develop additional valued roles, connect with other people and become active citizens within their local community. Additionally, some volunteers will help enhance people’s computing skills, especially in the area of social media with the aim of assisting persons to have greater social contact with friends and persons in their communities.Joe McHugh TD said “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate such a creative volunteering initiative. It will be of benefit to both the volunteer and the service user.“Having worked in the Glenboe area (including Cheshire apartments) back in ’96/97 I can testify to the enriching experience of the work which will be involved in this project. I wish this initiative well and I commend all involved in such an exciting partnership effort.” In confirming his delight with the number of volunteers who have come forward from the local community, Mark Blake-Knox, CEO of Cheshire Ireland, stated “this partnership between volunteers and people who live at Donegal Cheshire Apartments is very positive.Transport and accessibility to places and communities can be a real problem for people with disabilities. This initiative supports people to get out and about and take up new valued roles within society. It is also likely to result in lasting friendships for everyone involved.”Donegal Volunteer Centre staff and their parent company, DLDC, are proud that their hard work has been instrumental in this innovative new project being piloted in Donegal. It is hoped that this will be the first of future successful projects to follow this model throughout the country.The official launch of the scheme was carried out by Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. on Monday 20th May 2013 at Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny and was attended by Mark Blake-Knox, CEO of Cheshire Ireland, Evelyn Pender, Cheshire Ireland Volunteer Manager, Jean McKenzie, Cheshire Letterkenny Manager, John Starrett DLDC Vice Chairman, Caoimhin MacAoidh, CEO of DLDC, Caroline Jahn and John Curran, Donegal Volunteer Centre. DONEGAL LEADS THE WAY AS PILOT VOLUNTEER SCHEME LAUNCHED was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Volunteer Servicelast_img read more

Lakers’ Jackson still asking for patience

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — At his welcome back news conference in June, Phil Jackson sent writers and fans alike racing to the dictionary with his declaration that he wouldn’t be a “panacea” for the Lakers this season. There was no confusion, though, when Jackson said he would be “most amazed” if the Lakers were contending for a championship by the last of the three years he is under contract to coach. Even so, Jackson again played down expectations, though the Lakers do play in a conference where seven teams won at least 49 games last season. “We don’t think that by and large that we’re anywhere close to a team that could step out and challenge in this conference that we’re in,” Jackson said. “This is a difficult conference. But we anticipate that in the next year, two years, we’re going to be able to develop that talent.” In between questions about his relationship with Jackson, Kobe Bryant was asked Monday about his coach setting the bar so low. “I haven’t put a cap or a ceiling on what we can do,” Bryant said. “It’s one of those things where if the team gels and we’re executing the right way, you never know what may happen.” Odom, meanwhile, said he can sense many people already are counting out the Lakers. He said the only goal is getting to the playoffs, because that comes with the chance of playing for a championship. Can the Lakers advance to the second round or beyond? They have finished out of the playoffs in back-to-back years only once before, in 1975 and 1976. “I think so,” Odom said. “I know so.” Bryant sounded almost compliant Monday in talking about Jackson, even declaring, “He’s the coach, I’m the player. He gives me things that he needs me to execute or things that he needs me to do, I do them. …” Odom estimated his left shoulder was about 85 percent and said he would not rush things in the preseason. Odom has not been cleared to play after undergoing surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. He might have to miss early exhibition games. Forward Jumaine Jones, the subject of trade rumors, was not at media day after taking an elbow to the face over the weekend. A team spokesman said Jones would be on the Lakers’ flight to Hawaii. Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He might not be a miracle worker, but sometime during Jackson’s season away, the Zen master turned into a master of managing expectations. He was at it again last week, speaking about winning 44, maybe 45, games and fighting for a playoff spot. The question, then, as the Lakers held their annual media day and left for training camp in Honolulu, was whether the coach with nine championship rings might have designs on something greater than the eighth seed in the Western Conference. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Phil is a winner,” forward Devean George said. “I don’t think he’s going to come back and expect us to be mediocre. I think he wants to come back and get everything out of us and himself that he can. “I’m not sure if we’re satisfied with 45 (wins) as players. I don’t know, I think we want to make more of an improvement than 10 wins from last season.” After finishing 34-48 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, success can be measured modestly for the Lakers. Yet there are clues that Jackson expects greater things sooner, particularly if Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown develop this season. Jackson said last week that Brown, who underachieved in four seasons in Washington, could be the difference between being good and “really good.” There also is frequent talk about the redemption of the Lakers, something that would require more than a first-round playoff exit. He said Monday that the Lakers offered the best chance of being competitive in the shortest period of time as he mulled his return to coaching. He compared this season’s team to his 1994-95 Chicago Bulls that finished 47-35 with Michael Jordan returning for the final 17 games. The Bulls went 72-10 the following season. last_img read more