Gov. Pence Will Complete Term

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence says he will complete his term as Indiana Governor before heading to Washington to become vice president.Pence’s term expires 11 days before he’s sworn in as Donald Trump’s vice president, but there had been speculation that job might call him away earlier, especially since Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb will succeed him either way.Pence says he’ll be traveling to New York and Washington a lot, but says he will not resign early.Pence says he plans to “finish strong,” and leave a strong fiscal foundation for Holcomb to build on.Pence and Holcomb met briefly with reporters after a closed-door Cabinet meeting.The Vice President-Elect borrowed Holcomb’s slogan in praising him as a governor with the vision to take Indiana to the next level.last_img read more

In Kawhi Leonard, Clippers have a self-made superstar who keeps getting better

first_imgMichael Snaer got everyone at the photo shoot laughing – including Kawhi Leonard, the reserved Riverside King High boys’ basketball star with whom Snaer was sharing the 2008-09 Riverside Press-Enterprise Player of the Year honor.Snaer, an effervescent standout for Moreno Valley’s Rancho Verde High, was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American who was headed to Florida State, where he’d lead the Seminoles to their first ACC Tournament championship.Leonard, who was neither a McDonald’s All-American nor a highly rated recruit, was bound for San Diego State, the NBA and basketball orbit.“We both did have great seasons,” Leonard said Monday before his L.A. Clippers’ final preseason practice. “And you can’t predict the future, but you can always prepare for the best and the worst, and at that time my mindset was just to getting to a college and playing well and being able to get drafted.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Ten years after sharing the Inland Empire’s player-of-the-year honor, 62 percent of NBA general managers surveyed said Leonard has become the best small forward in the game.Moreover, the two-time NBA Finals MVP, who this summer became the highest-profile free agent ever to sign with the Clippers, is included in the broader conversation for best overall.When Leonard steps on the Staples Center court on Tuesday night in his signature New Balance sneakers, it will be for his first official home game in Southern California as a pro. He arrives as a two-time NBA champ and one of the main attractions in a heavyweight basketball showdown unlike any L.A. has seen.The Lakers are headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Clippers by Leonard and, when he returns from rehab on his shoulders, Paul George.In a tantalizing first for L.A. basketball fans, both teams are set up to contend for the crown at the same time. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Their respective quests begin in earnest against each other in Tuesday’s season opener, for which nearly 400 credentials had been issued as of midday Monday.Leonard’s focus a decade ago growing up in Moreno Valley might have been on just getting to the league, but anyone looking for clues of his forthcoming ascent would have found them in his preparation, a work ethic that hasn’t waned.Between his junior and senior seasons of high school, Leonard became a matchup nightmare, growing an inch and putting on close to 15 pounds to become dominant inside while managing to maintain his sweet shooting stroke.He led King to a second consecutive appearance in the CIF-State Division 1 regional finals after they won the CIF-SS Division I-AA title. In that championship game victory, the “Board Man”-to-be controlled 20 rebounds to single-handedly outrebound a Mater Dei frontcourt that featured two McDonald’s All-Americans.More recently, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has watched Leonard, long a top-tier defender, continue his progression professionally, improving both that shot and his facilitating aptitude.“If you saw how much he worked, you would understand why he keeps getting better,” Rivers said. “It’s great for our young guys to watch. There are no secrets – and not just in sports but in life. If you work hard enough at it, you’re probably gonna get better at it.”And Leonard works.“He’s maniacal and it’s long and it’s very serious,” Rivers said, noting that being exposed to such effort benefits young players and young coaches alike. “The seriousness that he takes with his workouts, I’ve seen a couple of (similar) players that I won’t name that I’ve had, but other than that I haven’t seen anything like that.“He’s not goofing around. He’s getting it done. No chat. It’s work time. He approaches practices that way and I think it gives a lot of guys a serious focus that a coach can’t give you – only your best player can give you. And I think he does a great job there.”And with championship experience with two organizations, Leonard said he hopes also to be able to imbue the Clippers with perspective born from those experiences.“It is just the simple fact of trying to get all 15 guys on the same page and just buying into the goal,” said Leonard, who this summer signed a three-year $103 million contract with the Clippers, with a player option for the third year.“You know, how are we going to respond after big wins, tough losses, missed shots?” Leonard added. “That is what it’s about, just keeping a steady mindset on the ultimate goal and not getting discouraged when things go bad or things get too good.”His Clippers teammates aren’t surprised by anything Leonard’s brought to camp – except for how often they hear his voice.“He’s not quiet,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “I thought he was quiet coming in, but he’s really not. … He’s a really dope dude, man.”Related Articles Said rookie guard Terance Mann: “I always thought you know from outside looking in that he’s a quiet guy … but I feel like being on the same team as him, he’s real vocal. He always gives me advice.”After spending the first eight seasons of his NBA career playing for teams in San Antonio and Toronto, Leonard gets to pursue a third title in front of his family in Southern California.They’ll be at Tuesday’s game, he said, and at every one after that.“They all understand what it is,” he said. “It’s been good. It’s like any other day, just on some of the off days I do have, I am able to see my nieces and nephews.”Still, the season is starting and they know Uncle Kawhi has to go to work.“It’s not a vacation,” he said. “It’s the same mindset in any other state or city that I play in.”And now everyone understands what that means. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oilers’ Connor McDavid suffers apparent serious leg injury in final regular-season game

first_img Blue Jackets lock up final playoff spot despite Rangers’ last-second, overtime-forcing goal This certainly wasn’t the ending Connor McDavid or the Oilers wanted.In the team’s final regular-season game against the Flames, the Edmonton captain went down with a leg injury and was seen on camera saying, what looked like, “it’s broken.” How good are you at reading lips? Is Connor McDavid saying something broke? I hope not.— Ayaz (@sahyder1) April 7, 2019McDavid crashed full speed into the goal post during the second period of the contest. He had to be helped off the ice by teammates.Just awful. #Oilers’ Connor McDavid needed help off the ice after crashing hard into the goal post.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 7, 2019The Oilers later announced X-rays on McDavid’s left leg came back negative, and he will be returning home with the team. Related News Lightning tie NHL record for most wins in a seasoncenter_img McDavid will undergo further testing once he is back in Edmonton.X-rays on Connor McDavid’s left leg came back negative. He will return home with the #Oilers tonight & have an MRI in Edmonton.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 7, 2019McDavid, 22, entered Saturday’s game second in the NHL with 116 points. He had scored 41 goals and 75 assists, leading his team, prior to the game. Since Edmonton will be missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year, this game marked his final of the season. However, McDavid’s offseason plans will hinge on a quick recovery. He was expected to play for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships beginning at the end of April.last_img read more