European Commission moves on cross-border pensions

first_imgLegislation to give workers occupational pension rights when they move to new jobs across EU borders is being cleared through the Brussels rule-making machinery, but the final outcome is unlikely to enter into force until at least 2018.The development comes with agreement by member states and the Parliament’s Employment Committee.The accord is expected to be confirmed by the European Parliament in plenary session, at a meeting planned formerly for February 2014.However, this has since been put forward to April, that is, shortly before the elections, due in May. History of the move goes back at least to 2005, when a text was presented by the European Commission. That version was revised in 2007.But legislation was then blocked by member states, meeting in the Council, for almost seven years, according to a statement by the Parliament.Now, following endorsement by the Parliament, governments will have to meet a four-year deadline for transposing the Directive into national law, the statement continues.It adds: “This agreement follows many years of difficult negotiations. Under the compromise agreement, the Directive would only apply to workers who move between member states; however, [they] may extend these standards also to workers who change jobs within a single country.“Currently, occupational pension scheme rules in some countries mean people who change jobs after less than five or even 10 years will not earn any occupational pension rights.”The delay problem is described in a Parliament press release as “due to differences among member states’ pension schemes and the unanimous vote requirement [then]”.  Under the new rules, the ‘vesting period’ of a pension scheme must not exceed three years, according to the release.The period refers to active membership of a scheme needed for a person to retain entitlement to a supplementary, or occupational, pension.Ria Oomen Ruijten, the Dutch centre-right MEP, said the legislation would “help to eliminate barriers to the free movement of workers”.She is prime mover of the legislation and a substitute member of the Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.Her office has confirmed with IPE the generally accepted fact the delays were due to a lack of political will from Germany.Meanwhile, Paul Bonser, partner and UK retirement practice leader at Aon Hewitt, said: “Anything that improves the portability of pensions in the EEC is a good thing.”Significantly, he notes that, already, an increasing numbers of large international employers are setting up cross-border pension funds for their European workforces.PensionsEurope pointed out that opinions differed among its members, as some were more affected by the legislation than others.The federation’s policy officer, Corianne van de Ligt, said: “In general, we can say the agreement is all right by us.”However, she added that a certain article – Article 5 (3), which covers compensation to a worker with a capital sum in compensation in certain conditions –might create extra costs.As for any benefit to the EU economy, Brussels think tank specialist Mikkel Barslund, at the Centre for European Policy Studies, said the Directive could be an issue for large companies.“I don’t think it would affect the EU economy much,” he said.last_img read more

Local residents score in FLW Bass Fishing League

first_imgMonroe County, In. — Boater Stu Moyer of Indianapolis, caught four bass Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Lake Monroe. For his win, Moyer earned $6,311.Moyer said he began his day close to the dam in the Fairfax area, fishing docks in the back of a creek.“I couldn’t catch anything from under the docks likely due to the overcast conditions,” said Moyer, who earned his second career win in BFL competition on Lake Monroe. “I pitched a worm out into the open near a grassline in 8 feet of water, worked the outside edge, and caught my first one where it came close to the docks. It was a 6½-pounder and I got it just after 8 (a.m.).”Moyer said he used a Texas-rigged 10-inch Red Shad-colored Berkley Power Worm on a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook with a 5/16-ounce weight. The bait was attached to 20-pound-test P-Line, spooled on a Lew’s reel and rigged on a 7-foot, 3-inch Phoenix MBX rod.“I think the cloudy weather pulled them out from the cover,” said Moyer. “The grassline was far enough away from the docks that I knew they weren’t relating to them.”Moyer proceeded on to a “duplicate” area in Moore’s Creek where he was able to put a couple more good fish in the boat around 11 a.m.“I knew there was a grassline about 50 yards off the docks – it’s a breakline and it’s full of grass. I pitched in there and missed the first one. I moved 10 yards down, threw in again and caught two 4-pounders in two casts.”Moyer said he had a couple more bites running back through his route, but couldn’t get anything in the boat until the end of the day.“I caught my last fish with 15 minutes to go from under a dock in the Paynetown area with the same worm. It was in 3 feet of water and turned out to be the fish I needed to win.”The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:1st:          Stu Moyer, Indianapolis, Ind., four bass, 15-14, $4,311 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus2nd:         Eric Hardesty, Nineveh, Ind., five bass, 14-2, $1,6933rd:          Aaron Sisk, Evansville, Ind., five bass, 13-3, $1,2294th:          Jim Pickett, Franklin, Ind., five bass, 11-4, $7905th:          Christopher Lemon, Mooresville, Ind., four bass, 9-6, $6776th:          Marty Sisk, Evansville, Ind., four bass, 9-5, $6217th:          Lee Mill, Columbus, Ind., four bass, 9-4, $5648th:          James White, Martinsville, Ind., three bass, 8-15, $5089th:          Bob Drake, Noblesville, Ind., three bass, 8-8, $45110th:        Steve Sendelweck, Ramsey, Ind., four bass, 8-7, $395Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.Moyer’s 6-pound, 8-ounce bass was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $425.Brent Bennett of Madison, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $1,905 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 12 pounds, 6 ounces.The top 10 co-anglers were:1st:          Brent Bennett, Madison, Ind., three bass, 12-6, $1,9052nd:         Kyle Lambeck, Santa Claus, Ind., three bass, 11-3, $8463rd:          Spencer Clark, Maryland Heights, Mo., five bass, 10-5, $5644th:          Greg Roberts, Columbus, Ind., three bass, 9-5, $3955th:          James Mullanix, Anderson, Ind., three bass, 6-11, $3396th:          Scottie Davis, Martinsville, Ind., three bass, 6-7, $3107th:          Jeff Turner, Plainfield, Ill., three bass, 6-0, $2828th:          Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, two bass, 5-8, $4549th:          Rodney Johnson, Franklin, Ind., two bass, 5-4, $2129th:          James Rockhill, Anderson, Ind., two bass, 5-4, $212Bennett also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $212.The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.last_img read more

Lampard hits back at Klopp over Chelsea spending jibe

first_img “The reality is that probably other than Leicester, most clubs that win the Premier League in the modern day have recruited well at quite a high level money-wise. You can go through the Liverpool players, Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, Mane, Salah, incredible players that came at a very high price. But Liverpool have done it over a period of time. “What we have done is come off the back of a ban, probably tried to address the situation ourselves to help improve us, but I think it is par for the course. read also:Lampard hands Willian’s No.10 jersey to Chelsea star “There is no point in doing the maths too much with it, we all know Liverpool have spent at a high level. They have spent huge amounts. “We know they have an incredible coach, incredible players and the smart thing that Liverpool have done is believe in their coach and their system for a number of years. It is a great story but it is a story that has spent money on players.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Frank Lampard has defended Chelsea’s recent spending and hit back at criticism from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The German said last week that Liverpool were unable to compete with Chelsea’s spending – which has tipped over £200m – because they were ‘not owned by countries or oligarchs’, and suggested it would take more than transfers to become title contenders. But Lampard thinks Klopp’s comments were hypocritical, pointing to the Reds spending large money on the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita in the past three years. Asked about Klopp’s comments, Lampard said: “I was less annoyed with it, I found it more, slightly amusing I would say. When you talk about the owners of clubs in the Premier League, I do not think it matters what line of business they come from. We are talking about some very wealthy owners. “With Liverpool’s story, I think it is a fantastic story of a club over the five years that Jurgen Klopp has been there that they have managed to get recruitment right to a really high level.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar House14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Pulis hails Owen after final game

first_imgStoke manager Tony Pulis heaped praise on Michael Owen after the former England striker called time on his professional career. After playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United, the 33-year-old announced in March he would hang up his boots after just one season in the Potteries. Owen’s final appearance came away at Southampton, coming on for the final 16 minutes of a hard-fought 1-1 draw on the south coast. “It was always the plan to bring him on,” he said. “He had a great chance in the second half to actually put the icing on the cake. If he had scored, I think even the Southampton supporters would have given him a round of applause. He got a great reception and he deserves it.” The striker was given a standing ovation by all inside a sold-out St Mary’s and, despite having failed to make a league start for Stoke, boss Pulis praised the influence he has had at the Britannia Stadium. He added: “He has been a very, very good pro for us and, not just his football side, he is a very, very good family man. We’re pleased with the year he has been with us. He is good fun to work with, a good person to work with and we wish him all the best for the future.” Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese ended speculation about his future on Friday by announcing he would stay at the club. Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino had pledged to follow the Italian out of the club and is pleased the situation has been resolved. “I think that Nicola Cortese staying is the best possible news for next season,” the Argentinian said. “That is very good for the squad, for the whole club. We will talk about the summer and the budgets with Nicola from tomorrow.” Fans chanted the names of Cortese and Pochettino throughout a match which Southampton could count themselves somewhat unfortunate not to win. City went ahead through a Peter Crouch header two minutes into the second half, before Rickie Lambert levelled 10 minutes later. The fine form of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic prevented Saints going on to win the match, meaning they end the season without a win in six attempts. “We wanted to win, but weren’t able to do so,” Pochettino added. “The same story has happened, we dominated, created better chances, but we just couldn’t close down the game and it shows we need to be more clinical and assertive.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Suarez subdued at open training

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez was cheered by fans at an open training session at Anfield but remained reluctant to acknowledge the support he was given. Press Association Just like on Saturday at Steven Gerrard’s testimonial virtually everything the Uruguay international did brought the select 5,000-strong crowd to life. However, the 26-year-old did not seem keen to acknowledge their backing – even when the rest of the squad did so at the end of the session. center_img Suarez’s agent has made it known to the club his client wants to play in the Champions League and he has been the subject of two bids from Arsenal, the last amounting to £40million plus £1. He took full part in training, even going through some individual three-quarter sprints almost the full length of the pitch while the rest of the squad recovered from a small-sided game exercise. The striker is slightly behind the majority of his team-mates in terms of preparation as his return to pre-season training was delayed as he was allowed extended leave following international duty in the Confederations Cup. He is also suspended for the first six matches of the season as his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last April is carried forward into the new campaign. But he was fully involved in training, with one looping shot onto the crossbar cheered by the Kop, and showed he has retained much of his sharpness during his summer break with one smart volley in the game situation bringing a good save out of Simon Mignolet. The session also saw the first public appearance of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the end of last season. He also took full part in the training session and with two friendlies remaining – one against Valerenga in Norway on Wednesday and the other versus Celtic in Dublin on Saturday – before the Reds host Stoke on the opening day of the season, the England international will be looking to increase his involvement. Suarez’s suspension means Sturridge will be required to lead the line, although summer signing Iago Aspas has put in some promising displays in pre-season while the club are hoping to secure a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa after lodging a £21.8million bid last week. last_img read more

CARICOM leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with US Vice President

first_imgVice President of the United States, Mike Pence, says the United States remains interested in the Caribbean and Latin America.Pence made the disclosure as he met with leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Saturday –  the final day of the Summit of the Americas held in Lima, Peru.According to Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, following the Summit, the Caribbean leaders “took advantage” of the opportunity to dialogue with the US official. “It was a good opportunity to at least exchange ideas at practically the highest level in the United States,” Greenidge said. During the meeting, the CARICOM heads of state and delegations also had discussions with other US officials including the new head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Wide-ranging discussion“It was a wide-ranging discussion. The Caribbean raised many of the problems they would have raised before but also looked at an on-going framework of cooperation with the US and setting a scene for the types of discussions that may arise”, Greenidge explained.The discussions, in relation to the Guyanese concerns, were along the line of migration and crime and security. “We share, of course, some of the other things the Caribbean would normally have,” Minister Greenidge added.These include resilience, the problem of de-risking and the disappearance of correspondent banking. The regional leaders also raised the concerns over the rigid formulation and enforcement of rules without reference to the so called collateral damage that they may pose, especially on small island nations. The ‘third border’ of the USThe Caribbean region is considered the “third border” for the United States. The US State Department notes that the US’s Caribbean 2020 multi-year strategy seeks to engage the Caribbean region “in the areas of security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health.” This will be coordinated by the State Department and USAID.Following the meeting with Vice President Pence, the CARICOM leaders were also engaged by several members of the US Congress.The CARICOM heads of state and delegations were participating in the eight Summit of the Americas hosted by the Organization of the American States under the theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption”.World leaders from the Caribbean, Latin America, the US and Canada adopted the Lima Commitment in line with the theme and have pledged to do more to eradicate corruption in public officers.last_img read more

Ghana Police misses out, as Nigeria debuts at World Police Games

first_imgThe Ghana Police Service will not be able to represent the country at the 2013 Biennial World Police and Fire Games scheduled to take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland whiles their Nigeria Police Force is to make its first appearance.Nigeria’s Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, confirmed this on Wednesday that a 34-man contingent, made up of 28 athletes and six officials, led by the Force Planning Committee Chairman, CP Abimbola Macaulay, departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, on Tuesday for Belfast.“The Nigeria Police contingent arrived in Belfast on Wednesday ahead of the tournament starting on August 1st through 10th” Mba said in a statement.The biennial World Police and Fire Games is an athletic competition open to police agencies throughout the world.Athletes from 70 countries are expected at the 2013 Belfast Games and are expected to compete in 66 sporting events, including athletics, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, combat sports like wrestling, judo and taekwondo.“The Nigeria Police contingent will feature in eight events, namely — athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, golf, judo, table-tennis and taekwondo,” said Mba. In his goodwill message to the contingent, according to Mba’s press statement, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, charged them to be good ambassadors of not just the Nigeria Police, but the entire nation.He enjoined them to conduct themselves creditably throughout their stay in Belfast, and further warned them to distance themselves from drugs, as any athlete caught doping will be dealt with accordingly.The IGP reminded the contingent that the Nigeria Police athletes are not strangers to international sporting events, as some of them have represented Nigeria and made the country proud in similar games like the Commonwealth Games, the All Africa Games, and even the Olympics.He challenged them to improve on the record of their predecessors by winning more laurels and assured the athletes of a befitting welfare package during the Games. He also promised to reward those who win medals for the force and the country.The contingent is expected back in the country on August 14last_img read more

Dodgers’ playoff lineup still uncertain

first_imgDodgers manager Don Mattingly still doesn’t know whose name he’ll write in for two spots on the playoff roster for Monday’s Game 3 of the NLCS.It’s disconcerting to be sure. Andre Ethier didn’t play in Game 2 because he didn’t feel he could play defense at the level that’s required in center field, and shortstop Hanley Ramirez hopes a CT scan of the bruised ribs on his left side turns out in his favor and that the pain he’s experiencing lessens.If neither Ethier (ankle) nor Ramirez can play, the Dodgers likely would play Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto, respectively. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I didn’t feel I could give the effort to play center field (that’s required) in a game with this much importance,” Ethier said. “Being in the lineup and hitting and running the bases (is fine).”If he feels the same today, he’d still be available to pinch hit. He was unable to catch a ball at the wall in Game 1 that, when healthy, he would’ve gotten to and he was out of the Game 2 lineup.“We haven’t made that decision,” Ethier said of his status for Game 3. “We have to get to that point where it’s no a question mark on the defensive side.”Pitching optionsRicky Nolasco is scheduled to be the Game 4 starter, but Nolasco was bumped from his start in Game 4 of the NLDS in favor of Clayton Kershaw pitching on three days’ rest. Kershaw and Zack Greinke could conceivably both pitch on three days’ rest in this series.center_img Mattingly fielded a question over whether Kershaw could pitch out of the bullpen if necessary. “We haven’t talked about Kershaw out of the bullpen,” Mattingly said. “We haven’t talked about anybody on three days’ rest.”Keep in mind Mattingly downplayed questions about the prospect of pitching Kershaw on three days’ rest, and then, five hours before Game 4 against the Braves, the Dodgers announced Kershaw would pitch on three days’ rest.“It always makes sense any time you mention those two guys’ names (Kershaw and Greinke),” Mattingly said. “But, it’s something as I said, we haven’t talked about at this point.”Friendly commish?Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright and Schumaker are former teammates, and they still play on the same fantasy football league. Wainwright is the commissioner.“I’m his fantasy football commissioner in one league, so within the last two minutes, I had to make a last-second adjustment to his roster,” Wainwright said on Sunday.Schumaker retorted: “I asked (for that change) a week ago.”Schumaker touted Wainwright’s abilities on the mound but not as commissioner of fantasy football.“He’s one of the worst commissioners,” Schumaker playfully said. “He’s always late for the draft. Brian McCann is in it. He’ll be able to tell you.”Struggling PuigYasiel Puig is showing his rookie colors, as he’s 0 for 10 with six strikeouts in the first two games of the NLCS. He was more than fine at the plate in the NLDS, where he had eight hits in four games. Teammate Hanley Ramirez said he’s talked to Puig. “He said he’s going to get it (today),” Ramirez said. “He’s learning. (Today) he’s going to play and maybe do some damage.”Said Mattingly: “I don’t think anything’s going to change the way they pitch him. … We’ll continue to talk to him and as much as anything else, for him to get himself good pitches to hit and just to keep going. Can’t let those two (games) turn into a third.“He had a good series against Atlanta. His thinking was good. He’s been fairly patient in the sense of getting good counts. He’s just got to settle down, be himself and keep going.”last_img read more

Lakers notes: Derek Fisher confident Kobe Bryant will return to form

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Derek Fisher witnessed Kobe Bryant’s greatness en route to five NBA championships with the Lakers — and then he was no longer surprised by it. Fisher, who’s capping his 18-year career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, doesn’t have such a first-hand perspective anymore. But does Fisher still have the same confidence the 35-year-old Bryant will overcome an injury-plagued season?“Yes.” Fisher told this newspaper. “Physically, you may not be able to run as fast, jump as high and explode as much. But when you’re as skilled as he is, you can still go out and dominate games and be extremely effective.”Bryant missed the first 19 games this season while rehabbing his left Achilles tendon. He has sat out the past seven weeks because of a fractured left knee, and won’t be reevaluated until after the NBA All-Star break. During a six-game stretch this season, Bryant has averaged 13.8 points on 42.5-percent shooting, 5.7 turnovers and 6.3 assists. “I can’t get away from basketball. I’m going to stay in the gym and stay around,” said Williams, whose 10-day contract with the Lakers expires Sunday. “Hopefully I’ll be back.”That might not happen.The Lakers could let Williams go to maintain roster flexibility leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Should they have a vacant spot afterward, the Lakers could then sign Williams to another 10-day contract. The Lakers had waived him earlier this year to ensure flexibility to add a point guard to their injury-riddled backcourt.“Shawne is a tough guy,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “When something is going wrong, his only comment is I’ll do better. I’ll play harder. He’ll take whatever a coach gives him and will do the best he can do.” Getting a restThe NBA All-Star break gave the Lakers time off beginning Friday through Monday. The Lakers largely welcomed it, considering this provides extra time for the team to heal its injury-plagued roster. That includes Kobe Bryant (left knee), Pau Gasol (right groin), Nick Young (left knee), Jordan Farmar (left hamstring), Jodie Meeks (right ankle) and Xavier Henry (right knee). But with the Lakers (18-35) tied for last place in the Western Conference, what does the best-case scenario entail?“We’re going to play every game as hard as we can and we’re going to try to win the majority of them,” D’Antoni said. “We’re going to try to get on some streaks and make it fun for the players and fans and do the best we can do.”center_img “As tough mentally as he is, he still understands reality,” said Fisher, who played with Bryant for 12 1/2 seasons before being traded in 2012 to Houston in a salary dump. “I don’t think he’s looking at as ‘This is just another injury and I’ll be fine.’ I think he’s handling it the best way he can handle it in terms of not being able to do what he loves to do.”Fisher senses Bryant feels driven beyond recovering from his ailments. “He’s also thinking about having an opportunity to win a championship again before retiring,” said Fisher of Bryant, who’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. “I would assume when he’s sitting there, it’s not just about him coming back from an injury. He’s thinking, ‘Where are we going, what are we doing?’”Waiting gameNBA All-Star weekend gave the Lakers time off beginning Friday through Monday, but this hardly marks a vacation for Shawne Williams. last_img read more

Lakers offer little on offense and defense in 132-114 loss to Kings

first_imgSACRAMENTO >> The day started with Kobe Bryant missing the Lakers’ morning shootaround, nursing a sore throat. The day ended with the Lakers absorbing something that made Bryant and the rest of the team feeling nauseated. The Lakers lost to the Sacramento Kings, 132-114, on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena, dampening any optimism about a hopeful future with an ugly present. The Lakers’ loss marked the fourth time in the past five seasons they have lost their first two games.“We didn’t come with a focus tonight for whatever reason,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They played harder than we did. They wanted it a lot more than we did.”That was painfully obvious, most notably on defense. “We can’t say we’re young anymore,” Hibbert said. “We have to pick it up quickly on the fly. I have to do a better job of when I’m out there.”The Lakers also could have done a better job on offense. Bryant may have eclipsed Shaquille O’Neal for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time list with most field goals made (11,334). But Bryant’s 13 points came on 5-of-13 shooting, including a 1-for-8 mark from 3-point range, only two days after Scott took issue with Bryant going 3 of 13 from the perimeter against Minnesota. Scott lumped Bryant’s outside shooting with the Lakers collectively going 11-of-34 from the perimeter.“All of us right now are kind of forcing it,” Scott said. “We obviously want to shoot more of them. But we don’t want to shoot all of them under duress. We have to do a better job of moving the ball.”Bryant blamed that dynamic to the poor ball movement. He pointed out his timing after missing the Lakers’ last three exhibition games because of a bruise in his lower left leg. Bryant downplayed trying to find better looks in his so-called sweet spots in the post and along the elbows out of respect for rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell now having ball-handling duties.“You got to let him develop,” Bryant said of Russell. “It’s difficult. But it has to be done.”It wasn’t done against the Kings. Russell appeared quiet with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and no answer for Rondo. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson may have offered a team-leading 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting as an off-ball shooting guard. But the rest of the Lakers went 31 of 74 from the field (41.89 percent).“It wasn’t enough for me to handle the ball because we didn’t get enough stops,” Russell said. “They had an offensive clinic and we didn’t have enough defensive stops.”The Lakers also made youthful mistakes. Russell crafted a well-timed pick-and-roll play in the third quarter with Hibbert, only for him to miss a dunk. Clarkson also was called for traveling on one play. Lakers forward Julius Randle collected more turnovers (five) and fouls (five) than points (three) and rebounds (two).“I’m not worried about Julius,” Bryant said. “Julius is an animal, man. He’s probably forgotton about this game already. He’s ready for the next one.”Other than that, everything seems fine for the Lakers.Bryant missed his first four shots in the first quarter, all of them from 3-point range. The Kings reached the 50-point mark and built an 18-point lead with 9:45 left in the second quarter. Sacramento closed out the final minutes of the first half with seven unanswered points. The Kings posted 10 unanswered points during a two-minute stretch early in the third quarter. The night couldn’t end soon enough, leaving the Lakers with a long to-do list without any clear answers to fix them. “We’re leaving the stuff we’re working on in practice in practice,” Scott said. “We’re not transferring it to the game.” Kings center DeMarcus Cousins bullied his way to 21 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Point guard Rajon Rondo showed off his playmaking with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, eight assists and a handful of up-and-under layups. Forward Rudy Gay showcased his versatility with 19 points, six rebounds, three assist and two steals. Sacramento (1-1) bulldozed inside with 80 points in the paint. The Kings scored 33 fast-break points. The Lakers trailed as many as 31 points.That prompted Scott to say that the Lakers’ defense “sucked.” He then called the Lakers’ effort “extremely disappointing” twice. After the Lakers trailed 74-50 at halftime, Scott offered a blistering speech.“It doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s,” Scott said. “You have guys going at you. You have to man up.”The Lakers never did that on the court. But they did in the locker room. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant decried the lack of fundamentals in boxing out. Lakers center Roy Hibbert pointed the finger at himself and then elsewhere. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more