Ladyjacks Sweep Their Way to Southland Tournament Title

first_imgSet OneAnderson recorded the first kill of the match and set the pace for the Sugar Bears who jumped out to a 15-13 lead heading into the media timeout. Stephen F. Austin returned from the break with five straight points to take a 17-15 lead. UCA’s Anderson recorded her fifth kill of the set with a rocket that ricocheted off SFA’s Haley Coleman to lock the score up at 21-21. Hanna responded with a kill for Stephen F. Austin that was followed by an ace from Sabrina Monaco to sway the momentum in favor of the Ladyjacks who closed out the set 25-21.S1 | Get you a setter who can hit, too.Hollas destroys this one for her first kill of the afternoon. #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/KVICvcMcSj— Ladyjacks Volleyball (@SFA_Volleyball) November 18, 2018 Stephen F. Austin turned in a dominant performance recording seven aces, 40 kills and a .337 team hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Anyia Williams led the Ladyjack roster with nine kills, two solo blocks and six block assists. Makenzee Hanna joined Williams and Danae Daron on the All-Tournament team after posting eight kills for a team-leading .615 attack percentage. Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Kellen Dunn were also named All-Tournament selections as the pair contributed 11 kills each. Haley Tippett added in nine kills and seven digs for the Sugar Bears in the championship match. All-Tournament TeamMikayla Vivens, Houston BaptistTaylor Cunningham, Sam Houston StateKellen Dunn, Central ArkansasSamantha Anderson, Central ArkansasMakenzee Hanna, Stephen F. AustinAnyia Williams, Stephen F. AustinDanae Daron, Stephen F. Austin (Tournament MVP)VB: @SFA_Volleyball’s Daron named #SouthlandStrong Tournament MVP. #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/Eed089tnE7— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2018 Set ThreeCentral Arkansas had no intention of going down without a fight as they pushed the third set to the limit, but Stephen F. Austin’s Anyia Williams once again came up with a crucial kill that claimed a 25-23 victory for the Ladyjacks. SFA found their way to a 10-4 lead early in the game, but a mid-set Central Arkansas push, highlighted by a kill from Anderson, brought the score even at 14-14. With the momentum in their favor, the Sugar Bears took a 20-18 advantage. Coleman stepped up for SFA with consecutive points that sparked a 7-2 run and concluded the match for the Ladyjacks.VB: The ecstasy of CHAMPIONSHIP POINT for @SFA_Volleyball. @NCAAVolleyball tournament bound. #AxeEm #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/xuhHYfPAVn— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2018center_img Set TwoSFA wasted no time in the second set overpowering the Sugar Bears at the net on the way to a commanding 16-5 lead. Central Arkansas called a timeout in an attempt to slow down the Ladyjack side; however, the Stephen F. Austin returned with seven unanswered points that extended their lead to 22-7. SFA’s Anyia Williams provided the finishing kill to round out a 25-9 victory. Daron led the Ladyjack attack with a perfect four kills on as many attempts that boosted her squad to a .609 hitting percentage in the set.VB: Williams kill ends 2nd set 25-9 victory for @SFA_Volleyball. 2-0 Ladyjacks over @UCAVball.Winner claims @NCAAVolleyball auto bid.?? ESPN+?? https://t.co/tlniNojPFH?? @espn apps #AxeEm #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/RScl7a9tT6— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2018 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photos | ESPN+ Replay NATCHITOCHES, La. – Stephen F. Austin will have the opportunity to continue their historic season following a 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-23) sweep over No. 2 Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon to claim the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament Championship at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. The Ladyjacks, now 32-2 overall this season, increase their winning streak to 29 matches while claiming their fifth Southland Conference Tournament title with the win over Central Arkansas. Though they have clinched their automatic qualification into the 2018 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championships, Stephen F. Austin will now wait for the selection committee to announce their first-round opponent Sunday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.last_img read more

TNT import Rice slapped with P26,000 fine

first_imgRice was attested with a flagrant foul penalty one for shoving Ferrer and was immediately handed a technical for throwing the ball at the fallen forward.But he refused to be restrained as he continued to trashtalk with the other team as the league’s review saw him flash a dirty finger and disrespecting team and league officials.Rice was tossed at the 1:14 mark of the first period and immediately left the venue before the halftime break.TNT lost, 105-115, to end its season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRice averaged 31.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in his stint for the KaTropa this conference. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ TNT still had good showing despite semis exit, says Castro Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA IMAGESThe end of Glen Rice Jr.’s first PBA stint went from bad to worse as the league fined him P26,000 for his actions in Game 4 of TNT’s semifinals series against Ginebra on Sunday.The high-scoring KaTropa import was meted the collective sum following his unsportsmanlike actions against Gin Kings rookie Kevin Ferrer in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Yeng Guiao ‘really impressed’ with Ricci Rivero: ‘He almost made the team’

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I know he’s not playing this year, but I know he’s practicing, but if he wants to practice at a different level NLEX practice is open to him,” said Guiao, who will also gear up for the PBA Governors’ Cup.Rivero, who was thankful that he was invited to be part of the pool in the first place, said he was able to improve his game in the almost two weeks he was with Guiao.“I see coach Yeng as someone who’s really good at developing players and in a short time I’ve learned so much from him,” said Rivero in Filipino. “And hearing him say that he was impressed with me, for a college player I’m just really thankful for this opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Adamson dumps UP to remain unbeaten in PVL Collegiate Conference Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Yeng Guiao made the final cut for his team that will fly to Indonesia for the Asian Games, it was almost expected that youngsters Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero would be the ones who won’t be included in the lineup.Rivero and Paras were part of the 14-man pool that Guiao chose but were ultimately left out in favor of the PBA veterans already familiar with the coach’s basketball system.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The exclusion, however, did not mean that Guiao did not see any potential from the 20-year-old Rivero.“I’m really impressed with Ricci’s talent and skills, he almost made it to the team,” said Guiao Friday at Meralco Gym after the team’s practice. “I told Ricci that I’m impressed with what he can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rivero, who’s a one-time UAAP champion when he was still with De La Salle, recently transferred to University of the Philippines where he will utilize UAAP’s 81st season as his residency year in Diliman.With a whole year of worth of UAAP break before the 82nd season, Rivero got an invite from Guiao to train for him with NLEX. View commentslast_img read more

A Worthy Support to ‘Street Children’

first_imgNine Liberian street children took part in the just ended Street Child World Cup in Brazil and the results are encouraging and would make a difference in their lives.The nine children are part of a larger number of Liberian kids, over 300, being helped by Street Child Liberia, a non-governmental humanitarian organization recently organized with support from Street Child UK.The organization’s primarily goal is removing street children from the street and re-uniting them with their parents.The Street Child Liberia was recently established in the country, with volunteers and support from Street Child United Kingdom.Who is a street child? Public Relations Officer Ms. Tarsha Mathies Jackson, said, “Is a child who practically lives on the street; who finds food for himself and runs his own affairs.”Street Child Liberia has succeeded in re-uniting several parents with their children, has paid for two years’ school fees, as well as providing them with school materials.“Parents are additionally supported with financial assistance,” Tarsha said, “after the two years the parent is helped to continue a business to support the child, not to return to the street.”The idea to participate in the Street Child World was born and experimented in the last World Cup in South Africa.Street Child of Liberia decided to apply for participation, which was accepted with Street Child UK, Putu Mining Company, AquaLife and NOCAL throwing their financial and moral support behind the idea.With funds from Putu Mining Company and NOCAL and with free provision of safe drinking water during the preparation, Liberia was able to send a team, as the only West African representative, to Brazil.Reports say the nine Liberian children, ably represented Liberia and West Africa as worthy ‘Ambassadors.’ They joined 19 countries, including USA, Pakistan, Rwanda, Brazil and the eventual champions, Tanzania, to tell the world that they are ‘somebody’ and their voices need attention. They are returning home tomorrow (Thursday, April 10, 2014) to carry the message to their colleagues to live and live large and shape their future for a better tomorrow.While the new heroes are yet to touch the Liberian soil, we want to commend Putu Mining Company, NOCAL and AquaLife for their tremendous support towards such a life-changing endeavor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Congratulates British Queen on 89th Natal Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the joyful occasion marking her 89th birthday.On behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name, President Sirleaf extended best wishes to the British Queen and acknowledged the long-standing and cordial relations subsisting between Liberia and Britain.President Sirleaf recalled that during the peak of the Ebola virus epidemic in Liberia, the United Kingdom provided needed and timely assistance to bolster international efforts in containing the virus.As the two countries remain devoted to upholding their common values among which are the respect for  fundamental human rights, and the values of equality, freedom and justice for all, President Sirleaf said she is confident that the friendly relations subsisting between Britain and Liberia, which have spanned well over 167 years, will continue to grow from strength to strength.She wished for Queen Elizabeth continued good health, happiness and renewed peace and prosperity for her and for the people of Great Britain.President Sirleaf also wished success for the United Kingdom’s forthcoming May 7 elections of its 56th Parliament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mulrany Int’l Takes Handwashing Exercise to AGM School

first_imgStudents at the event in handwashing exerciseBy Allocious David (Freelance Journalist)Mulrany International, a non-governmental organization (NGO), which recently opened its branch in the county on Monday, October 15, gave out several assorted sanitary materials, aimed at encouraging regular hand-washing, to students of the First Assembly of God Mission (AGM) High School on Buchanan Street, central Monrovia.Materials the organization donated to the school included a plastic barrel, dustbins, cartons of liquid soap, toilet tissues, napkins, Clorox and hand sanitizers, following a brief ceremony held at the school’s campus in commemoration of this year’s Global Handwashing Day.October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, an advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. In a statement prior to the presentation ceremony, Mulrany International Liberia Executive Director Danise Love Dennis said although Liberia is now Ebola-free, people need to stay vigilant by continuously washing their hands, which is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of Ebola and other communicable diseases.Every year in mid-October, people around the world celebrate Global Handwashing Day as a reminder of the importance of implementing the exercise with soap and water.“Mulrany International is stepping up to the campaign to promote proper handwashing as a powerful tool to prevent the spread of germs and keep children healthy,” Madam Dennis said.It is against this backdrop that Mulrany International is reinforcing the message under the title, “Clean Hands is a Recipe to Good Health.”Ms. Dennis added, “Clean hands save lives, so we are encouraging you to make handwashing part of your normal lifestyle.”She reminded the students about what happened few years back when there was an outbreak of Ebola in the country.“We need to take the threats of Ebola and any other outbreaks seriously by constantly practicing the necessary safety measures,” Ms. Dennis cautioned.She said that Mulrany International-Liberia is determined to keep schools and communities free of germs by providing a constant reminder on proper handwashing because, according to her, good hygienic practices are important in breaking the chain of transmission of many diseases, including diarrhea, which are common in communities.“Washing hands with water and soap is very simple and cheap but very important. Anybody can do it and everybody should do it. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick,” Ms. Dennis said.She said that Mulrany International-Liberia would encourage everyone to keep engaging in handwashing to stop the spread of germs if we must stay healthy. According to Ms. Dennis, handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.“Do it regularly beginning now, because clean hands prevent infection and save lives. This is a simple and entirely sustainable way to improve the health and dignity of people,” Dennis said.First AGM vice principal for Student Affairs Godwin O. D. Chea lauded Mulrany International- Liberia for the presentation, and promised that beginning the next school day, students will be compelled to wash their hands before entering classes.Mr. Chea assured that students who benefited from the interactive lecture would serve as ambassadors and would inform other students of what they have acquired.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen killed in another mining pit accident

first_imgA teenager was on Wednesday afternoon killed when the walls of a mining pit in which he and two others were working caved in.Dead is 17-year-old Romeo Ruben of Imbaimadai Landing, Upper Mazaruni River, Region Seven.Reports are that at about 14:00h, Ruben and two others, 29-year-old Virgil Andrews and 26-year-old Delby Perry, were working in the mining pit at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni, when its eastern wall suddenly collapsed.According to information received, the teen was reportedly covered with slush for a short period before he was pulled from the rubble alive. He was rushed to the Imbaimadai Health Post, where he died while receiving medical attention. The Police were notified, and an investigation has been launched.A mining pit in Guyana’s interiorHis body has been transported to the Lyken Funeral Parlour in Georgetown, where it is awaiting a post mortem examination (PME).This newspaper was told that the teen had been employed by a 25-year-old man of Scottsburg Housing Scheme, Berbice.Ruben is the second person for the month whose life has been snatched away as a result of a mining pit accident.A 54-year-old miner died on February 4 after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed.Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Village, Upper Mazaruni River died after being covered with mud.According to Police, the incident occurred at about 16:30h at a mining pit located at Ominaik Village, Upper Mazaruni River.The initial investigation revealed that Hunter and several other miners were “jetting” inside the pit when a wall collapsed and covered him.Reports are the other miners attempted to rescue him, but by the time they dug through the slush, he was unresponsive.Back in October 2018, Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City, Wismar, Linden also met his demise when a portion of rocks from a mining pit reportedly fell onto his head.He was, however, quickly picked up and rushed to the Issano Health Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries.In September 2018, two miners lost their lives after they were covered by mud when a pit in which they were working caved in at the Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Those two were Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, 36, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a miner known only as “Shawn”. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on September 17.Guyana Times understands that the two men and other persons were working the walls of the pit with metal detectors searching for gold while it was raining heavily.While working, a large portion of the pit wall suddenly broke off and fell on both men, burying them alive.Also, in January 2018, 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie”, of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), died after the mining pit in which he was working at 35 Miles, Konawaruk Backdam collapsed.In April 2018, a miner named Kevin Adams, 25, of Linden, Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) died at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, after a pit caved in and buried him alive.One month later, in May, Ken Ranny, 20, a resident of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni River, died at Pepper Camp Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River, after he was covered by mud after the wall of a mining pit in which he was working collapsed.Again, one month later, in June, miner Elmo Adams died after he also was buried alive after the walls of a pit in which he was working caved in at Imbaimadai, Upper Mazaruni.last_img read more

Opposition calls out Minister for lying about house lots allocation

first_img…as multimillion-dollar house goes up on large plot of landHours after Junior Communities Minister Annette Ferguson denied that she was not the holder of three house lots, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – has called her out for lying on the issue. In photos and videos shared on social media, the minister’s sprawling mansion sits a huge plot of land. This also led to questions about her meteoric rise in wealth in just a couple years as minister.Junior Communities Minister Annette FergusonMinister Annette Ferguson’s new residenceFerguson called a press conference on Tuesday morning, inviting only a selected group of media houses, where she claimed that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was untruthful when he said that in just a few years in Government, she owns several house lots. However, in providing the evidence, the PPP on its social media page on Tuesday, showed that the Junior Minister owning a substantial piece of land and constructing a palatial property on the land just two years after she became Minister.The posts came complete with video of Ferguson’s old residence and video of her new, two-storey edifice in Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) – a housing scheme that was developed under the PPP Government – that dwarfs the surrounding homes in the area. The party demanded that the Minister account for her sudden change in fortune.“We urge you to look at the video yourselves which depict the size of Ferguson’s property and land and compare it to the surrounding lots. Ferguson also owns the adjoining lot, which represents the entire semi-circular section,” the Party said in its statement.Earlier in the day, Ferguson was critical of statements made by Jagdeo at a recent press conference, in which the former President had expressed concern over her unexplained wealth.According to Ferguson, “Jagdeo claimed that the cronies raked in a big part of (land). The question is who are these cronies. Annette Ferguson has one house lot allocation, which, as a citizen of Guyana, I have a right to.”“This is my title for that one house lot…I have just pointed you to my title, which is 0.25 of an acre or equivalent to 10,000 square feet, which also is equivalent to a normal house lot, which is 10,000 square feet, except for areas such as re-migrants schemes, where the square feet is more”.Ferguson insisted in July she only received a “regular lot” of 1/4 acre or equivalent to 10,000 square feet however the photos of the minister’s residence suggested otherwise, with vast yard space on the massive plot.When Ferguson was appointed Junior Minister, her biography was released. According to that, she previously worked as a Field Support Officer, USAID (Admin). She also collaborated and facilitated coordination with NGOs, FBOs and community-based organisations with a bias for social issues, inclusive of children, education, health and family. According to her bio, she was also a Properties Manager of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) – 2004 to 2008.last_img read more

Local footballers exposed to new technology

first_img“Train and Play” camp…For the first time in Guyana’s football history, the senior men’s team were exposed to a new piece of technology that is expected to enhance the players’ performance and make the analytical aspect of their performance much easier for the coaches and technical staff.Several members of the Golden Jaguars team pose for a photo after testing the new equipmentThe heart rate monitors were tested out by the team during their “Train and Play” camp, which is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each player was equipped with the monitor during an internal match at the team’s training base of Estadio Municipal Jose Maria De Brito Barros.Head Coach of the national team who are fondly known as the Golden Jaguars, Michael Johnson, explained the particulars of the gadget and its functions, stating: “They were little gadgets that went into the back of a special vest, which basically monitor all the footsteps of the players, so we can start to work on the distance being covered by the player in the game. It also tells us the high-intensity runs, how many sprints each player does, so now we can start to see what they are actually doing.”Furthermore, it was disclosed that the monitoring instrument would also be able to give a different perspective on key positions in the game, in relation to what distance a defender or a midfielder was expected to cover during their time of play.“It doesn’t rule out decisions, but it influences how we choose to do the next day’s training and also how we motivate players to be a lot fitter and stronger. So, it gives us a great tool to analyse a player’s performance; it gives us a great tool to see what the team is doing collectively over 90 minutes of game.”Following the internal match, which ended with the score locked at 1-1, the Head Coach gave a brief recap of the day’s activities. “Things went really well on Tuesday; the first day on Monday was tough and intensive, so was the morning when we had a game that allowed the staff to see what the players are all about and it was a really good game,” he said.Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago-based Sheldon Holder and Canada-based defender Jelani Smith also joined the encampment in Brazil.last_img read more

Another suspension

first_imgWhat followed was a punchless 110-90 loss at Bradley Center in which the Lakers trailed from start to finish. The Bucks shot 59.5 percent as a team with Charlie Villanueva, who scored 26 points, and Andrew Bogut, who had 22, each making 10 of 12 shots. The Lakers lost their fourth consecutive game, dropping to 0-3 on this road trip, and must win Friday at Philadelphia to avoid becoming the first Jackson-coached team ever to suffer two five-game losing streaks in the same season. Only 21/2 weeks ago, Bryant’s personal comeback was the story of the NBA’s All-Star weekend. He was selected as the game’s MVP and judged the dunk contest alongside Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Julius Erving. Now Bryant is viewed as a repeat offender in the eyes of the league office. He was suspended from the Lakers’ Jan. 30 loss to New York for the play involving Ginobili and watched Wednesday’s game from the team hotel. MILWAUKEE – As soon as he saw Kobe Bryant’s arm meet Marko Jaric’s head late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s loss to Minnesota, Lakers coach Phil Jackson had a feeling Bryant would be getting another call from the league office. “In this league, everybody’s got a pretty face,” Jackson said, “and they’re trying to keep it that way.” Those fears were confirmed Wednesday when the NBA followed the precedent it set in suspending Bryant for one game at the end of January after he struck San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the head on a nearly identical late-game play. The league suspended Bryant for Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the Lakers with only nine available players – six of them guards – after forward Ronny Turiaf was unable to play due to back spasms. center_img Jackson said Bryant was trying to draw a foul on the play by flailing his arm. Bryant, who was not available for comment, lost more than $161,000 in pay from the suspension. For the second time this season, Stu Jackson, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, had to explain the decision to suspend Bryant. Jackson was specifically asked about the perception that the league was singling out Bryant. “My response to that,” Jackson said in a teleconference, “would be that I’ve not seen this type of contact exhibited by a player whereby the player takes a shot, follows through and then drives an arm backward into a defender’s body making contact above the shoulders. I have not.” Stu Jackson said he was “very surprised” to see a second, nearly identical, incident involving Bryant. He added that he considered suspending Bryant for multiple games and put Bryant on notice that a third offense would be dealt with more harshly. “In cases where we’ve had multiple offenses, at some point the player becomes a recidivist,” Stu Jackson said, “and certainly, if this occurs again, most likely there would be multiple games.” The play in question happened with 58.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime loss to Minnesota. Bryant pulled up for a jumper and Jaric got a hand on the ball to block the shot. Bryant then swung his right arm and connected with Jaric in the face. He was called for a loose ball foul on the play; Jaric stayed in the game and went on to make a key block of Kwame Brown with 8.4 seconds left in regulation. “I think I’m going to have to put about 50 clips (together) of Kobe shooting his shot with his arms going out like that,” Phil Jackson said. “It’s not an unnatural basketball motion for him.” Although Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak issued a statement saying in part, “We disagree with and are disappointed in the league’s decision,” Phil Jackson’s pregame comments were tinged with resignation instead of outrage. The coach said he tried to find the positive in the suspension for Bryant, who played 53 minutes in the double-overtime game. With a night of rest, Bryant might be better served for upcoming games against Philadelphia and Dallas. ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more