Nordic insurer seeks developed market bond manager via IPE Quest

first_imgTracking error for the strategy should be between 0.5% and 2%. Asset managers should have at least $3bn in assets under management for the asset class, and $10bn as a firm. Ideally they would have a track record of at least seven years, but three years is the absolute minimum.Interested parties should state performance gross of fees to 30 November. The deadline is 7 January at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Nordic insurance company has launched a tender for a $50m (€44m) global developed markets fixed income mandate on IPE Quest.According to QN-2498, the unit-linked insurer is looking to invest in investment grade bonds, and seeking active managers.The focus, it said, should be on “bottom-up security selection with a macro overlay”.The benchmark for the mandate is the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate index.last_img read more

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Giroud focused on qualification

first_imgArsenal will be out to take a huge step towards securing Champions League qualification once more with victory over Newcastle on Monday night, when Magpies boss Alan Pardew returns to the touchline after a seven-match suspension. “He will try to control himself much more,” said Wenger. “You feel frustrated when you are not close to your team physically because you are used to it and you feel you still have a level of intervention. Maybe it is purely subjective, but it exists in your mind. “It is a job where you are under huge pressure – at the Emirates (Stadium) we had no incidents because the distance between the two managers is big. “Sometimes you get upset because you hear what the other manager is saying and you go ‘what is he doing, why is he talking to the referee and the fourth official?’ At Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, you basically are very close.” Wenger added: “Sometimes I stand up, sometimes I sit down, sometimes I speak with (assistant manager) Steve (Bould), but still most of the time I am up. “Sometimes I try (to stay away from touchline), yes, consciously, because when you get up there you know you are tensed. “I try to sit down when I feel I am in a negative mood, because then on the touchline you can become a handicap and you can have a negative influence (on the players), your presence can be negative.” Pardew was hit with a record sanction from the Premier League after losing his composure and headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler during the 4-1 win at the KC Stadium on March 1, and is promising a more relaxed approach when he returns to his technical area. Newcastle have suffered five consecutive defeats to slip towards mid-table, which has put scrutiny on the long-term position of Pardew. By contrast, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has seen his side regain confidence after what was a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out win in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. Since then, the Gunners have won back-to-back Barclays Premier League matches and could move four points clear of Everton in the race to secure Champions League qualification after the Toffees lost at Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, however, maintains there can be no sense of the job already being completed, just a few weeks after a 3-0 loss at Everton looked to have derailed their ambitions of a 17th straight Champions League campaign. “We know that Everton will be here until the end, so we just have to keep focused on our performance and our game,” said the France international. “We know that if we win every single game, then we have the destiny in our own hands, so we have to do the job and win these games. “Everton will not leave us alone until the end. It will be an exciting finish.” Wenger does not expect any fireworks in the dugout on Monday night. The French coach was involved in a heated confrontation with Pardew at West Ham in November 2006, and feels all bosses must keep their emotions in check. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: 1 Tigers player, 1 staffer test positive

first_imgThis year’s Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27.The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974. The Latest: 1 Tigers player, 1 staffer test positive Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. June 24, 2020center_img Avila said on a video conference that the player was living in Florida, but was not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland. He did not identify the two people who tested positive.“They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,” Avila said. “It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.”With baseball returning for a shortened season, the Tigers are set to have training camp in Detroit.___Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races. The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled. That race had been scheduled for Nov. 1.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.The race track will open the first and second floors of the clubhouse. All fans must wear masks or a face covering upon entering the facility.Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. Nearby Laurel Park remains closed to the general public.___last_img read more

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Stone’s squad getting into swing of things

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe women’s basketball team has tried something different on offense this year. Fans watching the squad this year will notice an eerie similarity to the offense run by men’s head coach Bo Ryan on the men’s side. Well, that’s because head coach Lisa Stone has implemented Ryan’s very own swing offense, long a staple of Ryan’s squads dating back to his coaching days at University of Wisconsin–Platteville, into her program this season.While the change has created a bit of a learning curve for Stone’s squad, Wisconsin’s third–year head coach believes the move to a new offense is the right move for her improving program.“I like it because it teaches you how to play basketball. You have to pass, you have to cut, you have to screen, you have to hit open shots, you have to rebound and get a feel and read defenses and screens,” Stone said.Ryan’s offense is based on the continuous movement of players, sending post players out on the wings and forcing guards into post–up positions. With the success Wisconsin guards, particularly former UW–Madison star Devin Harris, have had in the system, Stone is hopeful the new offense will allow her strong corps of guards more options to get to the basket.“It certainly is an offense that bodes well for our personnel this year. Our [post players] can step out and our guards can go inside,” Stone said. “To get Janese (Banks) and Jolene (Anderson), Akiya (Alexander) as well, on the block to make some moves, you’d like to emulate a Devin Harris.”Janese Banks did her best Harris impression on Sunday, going 11–for–15 from the field en route to posting 30 points and securing five boards in the 98–56 rout of UW–Parkside. Her presence could be felt on both ends of the court and Coach Stone had nothing but praise for her starting guard.“She’s in the game the whole time, she’s moving on defense, she understands where she’s supposed to be offensively,” Stone said. “When you look at her defensive pressure and the amount of turnovers that she’s caused, leading into deflections … the way she is playing defense it will lead to her or others putting up some big numbers.”Having Banks and reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jolene Anderson as star pupils can only help the learning curve. Banks and Anderson displayed their outside shooting mettle on the perimeter last season, but also showed a penchant for cleaning the glass, as Anderson finished second on the team in rebounding (5.6) and Banks finished third (4.9). With the way Stone utilizes her guards, Wisconsin’s head coach believes the new offense will only help to improve her guards’ ability to clean up on the boards.“We have her crashing the boards and she’s not a safety like your typical point guard where she passes and just backpedals,” Stone said. Stone understands that this offense is new to the team and that her players need as much game time experience running the new system as possible. With just one more exhibition game before the season opener, Stone says she’ll try to corral the team and get them to slow down and run some semblance of a half court offense. This will not be an easy task for a team that was able to score 34 points off of turnovers, including 18 points in transition in Sunday’s exhibition victory. “I’m going to try to regulate when we run and when we don’t a little bit,” Stone said. “Five days after [UW–Platteville] we open up with Houston and we need to continue to implement things and if we can get out and get easy baskets, we shot nearly 60 percent from the floor [Sunday], we’ll take those when we can get them.”last_img read more

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Cooney struggles shooting, but remains optimistic; Coleman, Christmas combine to form formidable inside tandem

first_img Published on November 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 After the game, after all the clanks and rim-outs and the one puzzling air ball, Trevor Cooney was unaware of just how many times he had come up empty from behind the 3-point arc.“I continued to shoot today,” Cooney said after Syracuse’s 87-51 win over Colgate. “I don’t know how many 3s I missed today, but it didn’t affect me. I just shoot it. That’s all I can do.”And on Sunday, all that resulted in was miss after miss after miss.Cooney went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc against Colgate, failing to connect on a variety of open looks at different spots on the floor. He finished the game with five points on 1-for-8 shooting, his lone highlight coming on a tough and-one layup that was somewhat of an aberration following his horrific outside shooting.Cooney said he forced his first attempt of the game, a 3-pointer from the right wing in transition roughly one minute after he took the floor for the first time. But after that it was simply an off night for a player who rarely misses in practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a shooter, he’s just got to keep shooting,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll make some.”It’s been a bit of a rough start to his career for Cooney, who redshirted last year due to Syracuse’s deep rotation of guards. He shot 2-for-5 in the home opener against Wagner, but he has since missed his last 10 attempts against Princeton and Colgate.James Southerland has taken Cooney’s spot as the sharpshooter in those two games, nailing four 3-pointers in each of them.But Cooney was anything but worried in the locker room after the game, saying he will continue to shoot until this mini slump is over and his typical potency from beyond the arc returns.“When I miss it, I know what I did wrong — if it was my form or this and that or the ball just went in and out when it was a good shot,” Cooney said. “I forced the first one I had today, and then I had a couple go in and out.”Coleman and Christmas flex their muscle insideAs the largest Syracuse player watched his 12-foot baseline jumper nestle into the net for the opening basket of the game, the flashbacks to Fab Melo were inevitable.The former SU center and last year’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year slowly expanded his offensive game as the season progressed, flashing a jump shot from time to time that showcased his soft touch.Only this year it was DaJuan Coleman, the 6-foot-9-inch, 288-pound freshman whose jump shot fell through on Sunday against Colgate. And it was the start of a big day for Coleman and frontcourt partner Rakeem Christmas. The two combined for 22 points and 16 rebounds in SU’s win over the Raiders, impressing head coach Jim Boeheim in the process.“Our big guys have played well,” Boeheim said. “They’re going to keep getting better. I like them, I like the way they’re playing.”On Sunday that meant taking advantage of an undersized Colgate front line, but Coleman feels this game and Syracuse’s other early-season matchups with smaller opponents provide a chance for the Orange big men to try new moves and plays before Big East play comes around.“I think it’s just getting us ready for the big games we’ve got,” Coleman said. “Just getting good touches down low, we’re working on our moves against other opponents. I think it’s going to get us ready for the next game.”He said since his first day on campus he and Christmas have worked on high-low combinations that Christmas and Melo ran last season. And that proved effective when Coleman muscled the ball up and in over Colgate’s John Brandenburg off a feed from Christmas at the top of the key late in the second half.And Christmas added another acrobatic alley-oop that seems to be a staple of every game so far this season. He caught a lob from Michael Carter-Williams well away from the rim and corralled the pass over a defender to lay it up and in.“I thought DaJuan was much better around the basket,” Boeheim said. “Rakeem was good. I think it was just a good opportunity for those guys to get some time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Thompson trio torments Syracuse defense in Orange’s loss to Albany

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories OPENING DAZE: No. 12 Syracuse drops season opener to Albany in double overtime Ty, Miles and Lyle Thompson sat left to right at the podium, grinning from ear to ear.Ty hunched forward with a look of satisfaction and accomplishment. Miles gazed at his brother and cousin, relishing the moment. Lyle didn’t stop smiling, his braces glistening and sweat still dripping down his cheek.They finally did it. The trio finally got over the hump and knocked off Syracuse. Albany (1-0) up-ended the No. 12 Orange (0-1) 16-15 in a fast-paced, back-and-forth, double-overtime thriller Sunday at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse had no answer for the Great Danes’ three-headed monster, as the Thompson trio accounted for 10 of Albany’s 16 goals and assisted on eight. After Syracuse stormed back to send the game into overtime, Miles delivered the dagger in double overtime, scoring off of a pass from his brother Lyle and igniting his team to victory.“These guys have such a great feel for lacrosse and for each other,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said, following the first win over Syracuse in school history. “It makes it really easy for us to say, ‘What’s working? What do you want to do?’ We put it in their hands basically.”And the Thompson trio certainly delivered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiles set the tone early, firing a shot past Syracuse goalie Bobby Wardwell’s right foot at the 12:33 mark.Lyle assisted on that goal, and two minutes later found his cousin Ty around the net. Ty found an opening and squeezed the ball past Wardwell.Lyle continued to facilitate early on, racking up three assists in the first eight-plus minutes of action. Marr opted to move Thompson from midfield to attack before the game, a move SU head coach John Desko questioned at first, but later grew to understand.“He really played well,” Desko said of Lyle, who finished with six assists. “It was a great move, moving him down there. He obviously plays well with his brother and his cousin. I thought they were spectacular tonight.”Ty followed up that strike with yet another goal, on another assist from Lyle. The Thompsons made it clear early on they were ready to win.Despite Syracuse’s ranking, previous success against the Great Danes and home-field advantage, the Thompsons came in with the mentality that they could stage the upset, and that’s exactly what they did.After Syracuse goals by Henry Schoonmaker and Luke Cometti cut the deficit to 5-3, the Thompson brothers responded in the second quarter. Following an unassisted goal by Lyle, Miles intercepted an attempted clear by Wardwell, faked a high shot and beat the goaltender underneath at the 11:35 mark.Albany dominated in all facets of the game early on as the Orange frantically tried to stop the trio, but to no avail.“The three of them, without looking, really knows where the other one is,” Desko said.SU didn’t go down without a fight, though. A goal by Scott Loy midway through the third quarter tied the score at nine, capping a 6-1 run for the Orange that spanned 15 minutes.But the Thompsons struck back with serious style. Ty gave the Great Danes a 14-10 lead, delivering another bull’s eye right around the net. That strike gave Ty his fifth and final goal, which led all scorers Sunday evening and tied his career-high.The game was tight the rest of the way as Syracuse continued to methodically chip into the lead and eventually force overtime. Syracuse finally shut down the Thompson trio, if only for a little bit.But in double overtime Miles and Lyle delivered the final blow. Lyle found a cutting Miles right on the doorstep. Miles corralled the ball and hurled it into the back of the net in one motion, giving Albany the win it has coveted for 11 years.“We’ve been playing together our whole life,” Lyle said. “I trust him, so I just threw the ball to him.” Commentscenter_img Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:11 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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Kenyan Duo, Cheprot, Wanjiku, Eyeing Okpekpe Race History

first_imgSimon Cheprot and Polline Njeru Wanjiku have set their sights on becoming the first man and woman to win the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race titles two times.Both Kenyans were winners in 2016 to make it a Kenyan double for the third time in four editions of the race.While Wanjiku was absent at the fifth edition last year, Cheprot failed to become the first man to successfully defend an Okpekpe race title, finishing seventh in the men’s race won by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie. The duo have confirmed their participation for the sixth edition which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State and Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the race believes the Kenyans will have it tough completing a fourth double in six editions.“We are delighted to have both Cheprot and Wanjiku back for this year’s race which has taken a significant leap from an IAAF bronze label race last year to a first ever silver label road race for the first time on Nigerian nay West African soil,” said Amodu.“Cheprot will be making his third consecutive trip to Okpekpe while Wanjiku is returning after missing out last year. Wanjiku has been very active in the circuit this year. She won the Warszawa PZU Half Marathon in Poland late last month, some 21 days after finishing third at the Paris Half Marathon where she ran a new personal best of 1:08:20.“Cheprot has also been active and was part of the Tokyo Marathon last February albeit he did not finish. This goes to show that this year’s race will be very explosive and we are expecting a new course record will be set.”Amodu also revealed that both athletes ran their personal season’s best at the Okpekpe race in 2017 and 2016 respectively.“Cheprot’s 30 minutes, 33 seconds run last year was his personal season’s best for the year while Wanjiku’s title-winning run (33:30) in 2016 was also her personal season’s best. Cheprot holds a personal best of 27:41 while Wanjiku’s all-time best is 32:10.”The IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Edo State Athletics Association and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Kambi furthers Novomatic partnership, supplying Greentube sports betting provisions

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Nordic Nasdaq-listed sports betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group (Kambi) has confirmed that it has secured a contract to supply Novomatic digital gaming subsidiary Greentube with online betting provisions.Kambi furthers its relationship with leading gambling technology firm Novomatic, who last October agreed for Kambi to become the lead sports betting supplier for its lottery solutions customers.Partnering with interactive gaming services provider Greentube, Kambi will offer its betting platform to Greentube syndicated brands in the regulated European markets of Spain, Italy, UK, Germany and Romania.Commenting on the deal, Kristian Nylén, CEO, Kambi said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen to provide Greentube with our fully managed Sportsbook service. This deal is another positive step towards extending the partnership with NOVOMATIC Group. With Greentube’s many local licenses, the partnership has great potential to make it an important pan-European Sportsbook player alongside its already successful casino brands.”Thomas Graf CEO of Greentube backed Kambi’s support stating “Adding Kambi’s Sportsbook to our online brands will further enhance the appeal of our online casinos and open completely new customer segments for us. We look forward to this partnership and are convinced that it has the potential to be a great success.” Share Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020last_img read more

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World Cup preview: France vs Belgium

first_imgRoberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence.Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark.Their early struggles had ‘Les Bleus’ being written off in some quarters, but all that changed when they faced Argentina in the last 16 in what must be a leading contender for the most exciting match of the tournament.Didier Deschamps tweaked his formation, effectively freeing up Kylian Mbappe on the right to run at the Argentine defence, and what followed was a wonderful display of attacking football that France won 4-3.The victory boosted France’s morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents. Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez’s decision to rest players in their final group match against England almost backfired spectacularly.Belgium’s returning first team players made a sluggish start against the Samurai Blue and suddenly found themselves trailing by two goals with time ebbing away.Stung into action, Martinez sent on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and both were heavily involved as Belgium pulled off a late comeback, with Chadli securing victory with practically the last kick of the game.Against Brazil in the quarters, Martinez showed tactical adventure, as he pushed target man Lukaku to the wing to allow De Bruyne to operate as a ‘false nine’. The strategy worked, and De Bruyne scored his first goal in Russia.Tuesday’s clash in St Petersburg has all the makings of a classic, with fans and viewers likely to be treated to the sight of two wonderfully attacking teams going toe-to-toe. “It’s a super exciting game with great players on both sides,” France defender Benjamin Pavard said. “It’s going to be a man’s match and we will have to step up.”France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals if history is anything to go by.Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium have won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium are to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time.France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.Fullback Thomas Meunier is suspended after picking up a second yellow card of the tournament against Brazil, with Martinez likely to bring in Yannick Carrasco in his place. Opta statsThis will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since the 1986 World Cup, when France won 4-2 in the third-place playoff.France have won both World Cup meetings against Belgium, winning 3-1 in the first round in 1938, and 4-2 in the third-place playoff match in 1986.Belgium won 4-3 the last time they met France, in a friendly in Paris in 2015.Belgium’s haul of 14 goals is the most by the semi-final stage of a World Cup tournament since Brazil in 2002 (15). Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.Excluding shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 games in the knockout rounds of the World Cup (W10 D2 L1). France forward Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout stage matches in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs).Antoine Griezmann will be a key figure for France against BelgiumRomelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists).France’s Kylian Mbappe (3 goals) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists).last_img read more

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On the Clippers’ big day, the Lakers still cast a long shadow

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates According to a report from the Athletic, the Lakers’ pursuit of Leonard during free agency was hurt by a leak from former team president Magic Johnson, who shared some of what was discussed during his meeting with the then-Raptors star and his uncle, Dennis Robertson. Leonard didn’t address this report specifically, but pointedly noted on the Clippers end, “nothing really got out.” That helped him build trust in the Clippers’ front office.“A lot of things are made up now,” he said. “You start a website or a blog and push that out and say, Kawhi’s doing this, Kawhi’s doing that. But it’s always important to me to have a mutual understanding between everyone and just be transparent, if it’s good or bad, and I feel like that builds a great relationship.”The fact that both spurned the Lakers in free agency – George in 2018, and Leonard now – was the biggest indictment of all. But it just might be that the Lakers’ history and prestige didn’t attract the two stars in the way it has drawn others to its spotlight.Related Articles PreviousPaul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe newest Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Clippers newest players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard arrive for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard wait for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank kicks off a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, joins new players Paul George, center, and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, steps up to the podium at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh at a comment made by owner Steve Ballmer during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard applaud during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George shakes hands with owner Steve Ballmer at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard steps up to the microphone during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer laughs after hugging new player Paul George during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, and Paul George speak during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, looks on at his new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, right, during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Newest Clippers player Paul George holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and owner Steve Ballmer gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George hold up their jerseys during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)A mural is unveiled featuring newest Clippers players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Paul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Kawhi Leonard aptly put it, the recent history of L.A.’s supposed hoops rivalry hasn’t been all that close: “As far as a basketball standpoint, the Clippers have been better.”Over the past six seasons, as the Lakers have missed the playoffs, the Clippers have won at least 48 games five times. There’s little doubt as to which organization has been the superior on-court team over that span.And yet the legacy of the Lakers, 16-time champions stacked with Hall of Fame names and 31 appearances in the NBA Finals, still towers above their neighbors, who have yet to reach a conference finals. Even Jerry West, the veteran consultant who has helped steer the Clippers toward their biggest moves in the last few years and sat in the front row during Wednesday’s proceedings, is best known as a Laker. The Lakers still stir the Los Angeles sports landscape and dominate the region in a way the Clippers never have – at least, so far.That might not even change now, both of the Clippers new superstars acknowledged at their introductory press conference, perhaps one of the most triumphant moments in the organization’s inauspicious history. But it might not matter, either. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “They’re gonna get the attention,” Leonard said. “They’re the Los Angeles Lakers, they’ve been winning championships for a long time. But it’s just a media aspect. Even if we do win, who knows how the coverage will change over.”For all the splashes of blue and red in the gym of the Green Meadows Recreation Center on Wednesday, there was a purple-and-gold specter hanging over the affair. As one reporter put it, the Lakers cast a long shadow over the franchise long considered the stepchild NBA team in the market, and both Leonard and Paul George are familiar with that as Southern California natives.The Clippers seem to see the pathway out of that shadow as becoming the antithesis of the Lakers, of standing for the things they believe their storied neighbors lack. Even as George and Leonard resolved not to worry about the Lakers, there were tiny digs throughout the affair that seemed to be pointed at the team across the hall.Talking about the team’s selling points, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank noted that the Clippers were “drama-free” in the NBA’s premier market. Even as George talked about his admiration for Kobe Bryant as he grew up in Palmdale, he wistfully talked about how playing hard on both offense and defense has become “a lost art” that he and Leonard both still practice. Leonard spoke about the importance of playing for Doc Rivers, an experienced coach who has won a championship before – which seemed to contrast the Lakers’ own instability at the position with a fifth coaching hire in the past eight years. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 George offered that he grew up as a Clippers fan, and shared Leonard’s dream of building something for himself.“I just think Lakers is Lakers,” George said. “We’ve got our own identity. We’re chasing something else. We not looking at the Battle of L.A. We’ve got bigger things in mind and bigger goals to accomplish other than you know, the shadow.”Others, however, will be stacking up the two L.A. teams, now that they’re considered rivals for the Western Conference title. The Lakers, boasting LeBron James and Anthony Davis themselves, are naturally going to continue to command a lot of bandwidth, and with both teams housed in Staples Center, there figures to be budding tension if the Lakers still command the nation’s attention more so than the Clippers.That’s OK for now, Leonard said. The media aspect isn’t his concern. Trying to even the balance of titles a little more than 16 to zero – that’s the top priority for the famously private forward.“If we go to the championship and win, and we’re not getting no coverage, that’s fine with me,” he said, as peals of laughter rumbled through the gym. “I’m good.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

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