PREMIUMKPK dumps cases as credibility slumps

first_imgGoogle Forgot Password ? The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed a plan to drop 36 investigations for lack of evidence in a move that is unlikely to shore up its already battered public image.The KPK has not publicly disclosed the list of cases for which investigations will be terminated, but they are likely to include some high-profile cases that the agency has sat on for months or even years without any sign they would be brought to court. By definition, the KPK only deals with high-level corruption scandals.The KPK has suffered huge credibility problems following a hastily enacted law governing its operation that effectively removed its independence and many of its tools, including wiretapping, to catch corruption convicts. To top it all, the House of Representatives, no friend of the KPK, named new commissioners in December who had already said they were not interested so much in per… Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Topics : KPK Jokowi-second-term Firli-Bahuri weakening-KPKlast_img read more

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1928 Queenslander sold for $510K

first_imgThere’s even a claw foot bath.Located on a 478sq m block, the home is jam-packed with features including the classic entertainment deck — at the rear of the home — separate dining and living rooms, claw foot bath and original fixtures and fittings.“We had multiple offers on it. All locals. We don’t get too many Queenslanders on the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Smith said.The home sold for about $90,000 higher than the median price for four bedders in Nambour. This restored Queenslander has changed hands for $510,000.THIS may well be the prettiest house you see today — a four bedroom 1928 Queenslander that’s been restored and sold for $510,000.Original VJ walls, character timber flooring, fretwork, high ceilings and original casement windows make this home the quintessential Queenslander and that’s what drew buyers in, according to agent Grant Smith of Century 21 Sunshine Coast.The property at 11 George Street, Nambour, sold with two weeks of he and colleague Jacqui Dell listing it. It came on the market at $525,000 on January 10 and by the 24th it was under contract. This spot and a glass of lemonade on a balmy afternoon would be bliss.“The charm and character of the property got it up and it’s a small low maintenance block,” Mr Smith said. “We are seeing strong growth in past 12 months, seeing prices go up.”The home was “rumoured to have belonged to the mayor of the 1940s” and marketed as having “rich charm and history, if only walls could talk”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe home has four bedrooms. It looks quite stately in those colours. Spacious and airy kitchen. Loads of room for separate dining.last_img read more

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Thomas Lake – Sunman, Indiana

first_imgThomas Edward Lake, of Sunman, was born on September 21, 1960 a son to Melvin Earl and Janet Zimmer Davidson.  Tom’s love in life was his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed rock collecting, doing crafts and loved gardening and planting.  Even in poor health, Tom had a passion for life and his faith that will be remembered by many.  On May 6, 2019 at the age of 58 he passed away surrounded by family.  Survivors include two sons, Jeremey (Kendra) Lake of Batesville, and Josh Lake of Madison; a daughter, Devan Lake of  Cincinnati; 6 grandchildren, Emalee, Nevaeh, Bentley, Shayla, Aaron and Riley; his mother, Janet Davidson; five siblings, Vickie, Becky, Roger, Darrin and Ray; step-father, Saul Davidson; step-mother, Carol Schreibeis, and several nieces and nephews.  He will be laid to rest at Little Memory Cemetery in Sunman.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Thomas Lake.last_img read more

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Hancock’s Bagley overcomes obstacles to claim international free-throw title

first_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 HANCOCK — For the past year and a half, nothing has stopped Kaylee Bagley’s mission to improve.From making less than one-third of her attempts in her first free-throw shooting competition to dealing with illnesses on two separate competition days, Bagley has faced her share of obstacles. Despite everything, the 10-year-old Hancock native has continued her drive toward becoming one of America’s best young free-throw shooters.That journey saw a rewarding conclusion Saturday as she received the international title for her age group in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. As a reward for beating out thousands of other girls from the United States and Canada, Bagley received a glass trophy commemorating her achievement at a ceremony in Brewer.“She’s come a long way from when she got started,” said Kaylee’s mother, Christine. “She loves basketball, and she’s just been so determined and stuck with it no matter what.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBagley’s first competition came as an 8-year-old 18 months ago. In her first competition at the local level, she made just 7 of 25 from the free-throw line.Instead of giving up, Kaylee set an ultimate goal for herself. As she and her parents walked toward the car to go home that day, Kaylee told them her goal was to make it to nationals.“I knew I could make more shots every day if I tried,” Kaylee said. “I knew I could do it if I worked harder and just kept practicing.”Kaylee said she practiced her free throws for an hour and a half in the buildup to the competition. Her parents made trips with her each day to the Hancock Grammar School gymnasium, where Kaylee would practice free-throw shooting for an hour and a half.Kaylee Bagley poses with her trophy and medal after winning the state’s Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot for the 8-9 age group Jan. 28, 2017, in Bath. Bagley, who made 18 of 25 free throws at the 2017 Elks event, improved her total to 23 of 25 at this year’s Knights of Columbus state championships to win the international title. FILE PHOTOEach day, Kaylee got better and better. Then, on Jan. 28, 2017, she made 18 of her 25 shots to win the 8-9 age group at the state’s Elks Free Throw Hoop Shoot in Bath.“It was amazing how much better she got in just a short amount of time,” said Kaylee’s father, Shawn. “She went in with her goal of how many she wanted to make, and she kept increasing them every day.”In 2018, though, Kaylee was faced with some untimely setbacks. When a stomach bug forced her to forego this year’s Elks competition, she was forced to compete in the Knights of Columbus event instead.Yet the day before the Knights of Columbus district championships, Kaylee fell sick once again. Fortunately, an impending snowstorm that was set to hit eastern Maine the next day forced tournament officials to postpone the event.“I remember picking her up from school that day, and I said, ‘Honey, they postponed it,’” Christine said. “All of the sudden, I see tears of joy on her face and a look that said, ‘Thank God.’”Another complicating factor was that the free-throw lines used in the Knights of Columbus competition were slightly farther back than those used in the Elks competition. It also didn’t require other contestants and spectators to sit in complete silence as competitors were shooting.To get used to the new distance, Kaylee used a tape measure to adjust the distance of the shot she had to make. Her parents and brother, Jacob, helped her adjust to the noise change by making animal sounds and creating other distractions in the background as she shot.After strong showings at the district championships and regional championships, Kaylee made 23 of 25 at the state championship to claim the Maine title. Her score there was compared to others from the same age group in the United States and Canada to determine the international champion, and after the final results were tallied over the next several weeks, Kaylee was the winner.“The first week of May, we got a letter from the Knights of Columbus corporate office in Connecticut saying she had placed the highest in her age group,” Shawn said. “She’s wanted Saturday night to come ever since.”Although Kaylee has been playing basketball since before she was kindergarten, her interest in free-throw competitions came from watching Jacob take part in them. Although she wasn’t old enough to compete when Jacob, now 11, became eligible, seeing him compete inspired her to do so herself.Despite the fact that Kaylee and Jacob have what Christine called a “rivalry” between the two of them in the sport, Jacob is also his sister’s biggest fan. When Kaylee won her first competition at Elks last year, Jacob was there applauding his sister and yelling her name in celebration. His display was so exuberant that a committee member later recognized him for his passion.“He came over and pointed to Jacob, and he said, ‘You, young man, are the reason why we do this,’” Christine said. “As a parent, to see both of them recognized like that was very special.”As for Kaylee, she will continue to play on her AAU team, Black Bear North, as well as in local recreational leagues. If her massive improvement at the free-throw line is any indication of how far she can go, the sky is the limit.“Your kids can surprise you in amazing ways,” Christine said. “When she made those seven shots the first time, we never thought she would be here then. She proved everybody wrong.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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Lucky Omoluwa Laid to Rest on Birthday

first_imgThe philanthropist was aged 65. His death was amid the trial preferred against his company, himself, and Modibbo Kawu, the suspended head of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) in the N2.6 billion digital switchover scam.A wake keep and service of songs was held as a mark of tribute on Thursday at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Abuja.His death came a blow for members of IBB International Golf and Country Club that many of them could not play the monthly Kitty and February Birthday Kitty held last week.Omoluwa, a member of board of Trustees of IBB Club, was known for his generosity. The businessman was a major sponsor of the 2016 Ghana Independence Day Matchplay, which begins today in Accra between Achimota Club 1928 of Ghana and IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe remains of the late chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Sir Lucky Omoluwa will interred today at the Military Cemetary, Abuja, which incidentally is a day that falls on his birthday.Omoluwa slumped and died on February 18 after a brief illness.last_img read more

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Sykes leaves during 1st half of SU’s loss to Fighting Irish, doesn’t return to court

first_imgIn just her third game after returning from a torn ACL and meniscus, Brittney Sykes exited Syracuse’s 85-74 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame on Sunday with an unspecified injury with 6:03 left in the first half and didn’t return.After collecting a steal and running up the court, play stopped and Sykes was hobbling under the basket. As she tearfully walked to the locker room under her own power, she appeared to be limping and not putting any pressure on her right leg.After the game, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said that he didn’t know what her status was or when he’d get any word regarding her health.“We understand that we have to finish the game and we have to play,” Hillsman said. “Our players did a very good job of putting together a couple of solid runs after that.”Sykes didn’t return to the game in the second half, but rejoined the team on the bench and was seemingly in good spirits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe had been playing with a brace on her knee since returning from the knee injury she suffered on March 22, in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Chattanooga. After her first game back against Cornell on Dec. 28, she said she felt 100 percent.“It was hard for me to see because of what happened last year,” junior Brianna Butler said. “It was just shocking for it to happen in a similar manner. It was hard for me to see.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Kendall Moore uses spring to gain weight, adjust from tight end to center for Syracuse

first_img Published on March 31, 2015 at 11:06 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Scott Shafer — surrounded by a crowd of reporters — interrupted his press conference when he was asked about Kendall Moore’s spring practice progression.“Kendall, how much you weigh?” Shafer shouted across the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing.Moore’s progress is tied directly into his weight. Since his position change from tight end last season to center in 2015, Moore has been asked to gain at least a pound a week. He started at 235 at the start of the second semester in January and hopes to get up to 270. In response to Shafer, he shouted back “252,” before chuckling.There aren’t many similarities to the position he’s changed from to the one he will assume, but Shafer, Syracuse’s head coach, said he was the most athletic of the offensive linemen. He’s been using the spring to work on his footwork and to gain weight, and his transition has gone well thus far.“My first few years playing tight end were fun, but I feel like I’m back at home playing offensive line,” Moore said, noting he played tackle in high school. “It’s coming along fairly easy.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore said he’s taken on a mentee role with players like Nick Robinson, Ivan Foy, Rob Trudo and even Terrel Hunt. He said he feels like he knows the offense and is confident with the plays. His main adjustment is learning to block guys that are larger than him.At tight end, he blocked slimmer and more agile opponents. Now, he’s working on men with more girth.“I’ve picked up a lot of weight,” Moore said. “The weight is coming on, and the strength is coming too. It’s just the pounds. Once I get up to a comfortable 270, the dynamics of the position will change.”Moore said he’s going as hard as he ever did in the weight room, but has nearly doubled his daily calorie intake from 3,200 to 6,000. It consists of a lot of protein, eggs and “raw stuff.”With Syracuse shifting around its offense to include a new “hybrid” position that’s working with the tight ends and the addition of junior college transfer Trey Dunkelberger to the tight end mix, Moore has been able to fill a different need for Syracuse.Last season, he made just four catches for 31 yards. His only touchdown was what would eventually be a game-winner in a 27-26 double-overtime win over Villanova in the first game of the season.Trudo had been taking the majority of reps at center before an injury, which Moore said has given him more of a chance in practice. Tackle Omari Palmer said he expects Moore to be one of two potential starters for Saturday’s spring game along with Jason Emerich.It’s a transition for Moore, but one that’s moved along quickly.“Kendall Moore, I’m proud of him for stepping in as a center,” Hunt, SU’s starting quarterback said. “He’s doing a fantastic job. He’s taking a leadership role because Trudo’s out right now. It’s next man up.”Asst. sports editor Matt Schneidman, mcschnei@syr.edu, contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Nigeria’s Imeh Upsets French Star, Fransen, Moves into Second Round

first_imgFemi SolajaA lowly-rated Nigerian player, Joseph Imeh Ubon on Tuesday caused a major upset in the second leg (Futures 5) of the ongoing Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship when he shocked French player, Stephan Fransen, in one of the first round matches played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan..Imeh, who is ranked number 1951 in the world, proved too much for Fransen, ranked 562. With cheers from fans at the venue, the Nigerian youngster defeated his opponent in a game that ended 0-6,6-3,6-0. Surprisingly, the French player was a finalist in the men’s singles in Futures 4.Imeh will now play tournament Number 4 seed, Ilkel Cem of Turkey in the second round this morning.However, Henry Atseye could not make it like Imeh as he retired in the second set of his game against Ilija Vucic of Serbia with a 6-2,2-0 result. Also, Christopher Bulus was defeated 6-4,6-4 by Thomas Setodji of France in another game. Other men’s singles results saw Lance-Pierre du Toit of South Africa beat Giovanni Samaha of Liberia 5-7, 6-3,6-0.Tournament’s Number 1, Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran, got the best out of France’s Manuel Guinard in straight set of 6-4,6-0, while Egyptian Sherif Sabry beat Alexis Klegou of Côte d’ Ivoire.Barakat Oyinlomo Quadri was defeated by French Harmony Tan, who is the Number 8 seed in straight sets of 6-4,6-0.Also Futures 4 winner in the women’s singles, Israeli Deniz Khazaniuk beat Adetayo Adetunji 6-1,6-1.Meanwhile, Conny Perrin of Switzerland scaled the hurdles to the second round after her opponent, Jesmin Jebawy of Germany retired in the second set of their match. The match ended 6-0,2-0. Number two seed, Ayla Aksu from Turkey beat Tiffany William of Great Britain 6-4,6-4Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Sportium ESP expands racing live inventory with French PMU

first_img StumbleUpon Alberto Eljarrat – SportiumLadbrokes and Grupo Cirsa, Spanish market bookmaker Sportium has announced that it will amplify its horseracing inventory by adding the syndicated content of French racing operators Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU).Agreeing on partnership terms, Sportium will be able to offer PMU French racing days and events, which will further be streamed across Sportium betting platforms (land-based and digital).Working on an exclusive basis, Sportium will become the sole Spanish bookmaker to broadcast PMU content, with Sportium launching the service last weekend broadcasting PMU’s ‘Qatar Prix Vermeille’.Confirming the partnership, Sportium management detailed that it would support the PMU service, by expanding the bookmaker’s horseracing inventory and bet types within the coming weeks.Speaking to Spanish media Alberto Eljarrat, Chief Executive of Sportium, stated that the partnership would see his firm place itself as Spain’s leading destination for horseracing enthusiast.Verlet Aymeric, Head of International Development for PMU, stated that the French racing operator had secured an optimal partnership with Sportium, expanding French racing’s coverage and profile. Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Clippers’ playoff hopes take another hit with loss to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is greeted by Trevor Booker (20) as he returns to the bench following a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) drives on Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots between Indiana Pacers forwards Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and Trevor Booker (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) shoots over Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) gets a basket on a shot in front of Indiana Pacers guards Cory Joseph (6) and Glenn Robinson III (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker (7) and guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) shoots against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los AngelesClippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) is fouled by Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) on a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los AngelesClippers coach Doc Rivers yells to officials during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) plays against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) is fouled by Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) on a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) plays against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) drives on Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Clippers center DeAndre Jordan questions referee Bill Kennedy during the first half of Friday’s game in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) cuts behind Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)NextShow Caption1 of 24Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 23, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Clippers 109-104. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)ExpandINDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers used a late 9-0 run to hold on for a 109-104 victory over the Clippers on Friday night, putting them on the precipice of clinching a playoff spot and doing damage to the Clippers’ quest for a berth.The Pacers won for only the second time in five games but can clinch a playoff berth with one more win or a Detroit loss.The Clippers’ fading playoff aspirations are in serious peril after their fifth loss in six games. They are now three games behind Utah for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. Utah was playing later Friday. The Clippers are 1-1/2 games behind the ninth-place Denver Nuggets, and most of their 10 remaining games are against playoff-bound teams.“We don’t have time to drop games like these,” said Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. “They’re a really good team and they let us back into it and we fought to get back into it, too. But we turned the ball over in moments and we can’t afford to do that.” Lou Williams had a team-high 27 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who were outrebounded 41-33 and committed 15 turnovers but certainly had a chance to turn things around.After the Clippers rallied from an 18-point deficit to take an 88-87 lead with 7:36 left in the fourth quarter, the teams traded the lead 10 times before Victor Oladipo made one of two free throws to leave it tied at 100 with 2:17 to play.Bogdanovic broke the tie with a 12-footer and the Pacers followed that with seven straight points before Williams made a layup with 12 seconds left to end the run. The Clippers turned the ball over three times in the final 88 seconds.The Clippers were making shots early but couldn’t pull away from Indiana.They led 28-27 after one and allowed Indiana to use a 9-2 spurt midway through the second quarter to erase a six-point deficit and take a 40-39 lead.center_img The Pacers scored the final five points of the half to break a 53-all tie and broke it open early in the third when Oladipo made his first three shots of the game, including two 3-pointers to make it 66-55.Indiana then poured it on. Thaddeus Young’s layup with 9:02 left in the third made it a 12-point game. Milos Teodosic’s basket briefly halted the run, but the Pacers scored the next nine points to make it 75-57 with 6:19 to go.The Clippers closed the third quarter on a 12-5 run to get to 82-76.Eight months after the Pacers embarked on a major rebuilding project, the first phase of getting into the playoffs is almost complete. Then the real work begins in phase two, and the Pacers are just as eager to get started.“(Making the playoffs) will mean a lot for all the Pacers organization because no one expected us to be in a playoff race,” Bogdanovic said. “We’ve just got to stick together and get a W against Miami.”Back in July, after Indiana traded four-time All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City, most people wrote off the Pacers’ chances.Instead, General Manager Kevin Pritchard cobbled together a core of young players ready to break out and a group of experienced veterans with potential to improve. They gelled quickly and began proving doubters wrong.Indiana is closing in on its seventh playoff trip in eight years, and the Clippers learned – the hard way – what most Eastern Conference teams already knew.“We’ve been (closing out games) all year long,” guard Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and 10 assists. “If you have your team playing with the type of resilience and chemistry we have, it’s easy to close out games. That’s the easy part. Sometimes it’s hard to get wins when your team is not locked in and playing well together, but we’ve been playing well together all year long.”PLAYOFF TALKRivers isn’t normally big on predictions. He sure didn’t hesitate Friday.“Cleveland is still the favorite in the East, but they’ve had so much stuff,” Rivers said before the game. “Pat Riley always used to tell us we had to get rid of the clutter. Cleveland’s had more clutter this year than any team I’ve ever seen. … And there will be an upset in the East in the first round, you can just feel it. You just don’t know where it’s going to come from.”TIP-INSClippers: L.A. has lost three straight in the series. … Coach Doc Rivers called two timeouts during a 13-second span in the third quarter and was clearly upset that his team wasn’t running whatever he called during the first timeout. … Tobias Harris had 18 points, Montrezl Harrell wound up with 16, and Teodosic and Austin Rivers each had 10.Pacers: Oladipo missed all seven of his shots in the first half, wound up 4 for 16 from the field and still had 18 points. He also had six rebounds and two steals, extending his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 56, breaking a tie with Chris Paul and Gary Payton for the sixth-longest streak in NBA history. … Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 13 points and four rebounds.UP NEXTClippers: L.A. finishes a four-game trip Sunday in Toronto.Pacers: Indiana hosts the Miami Heat on Sunday before starting a four-game West Coast swing.last_img read more

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