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NegOcc fetes top LGUs, hospitals

first_imgThe Binalbagan Rural Health Unit, SanCarlos City Health Office, Talisay City Health Office, Bago City Health Officeand Himamaylan City Health Office were awardees for the Non-CommunicableDisease Cluster. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson in hismessage prior to the awarding ceremony said that medical care is not a tradegood and there should be no choice between illness and good health for theNegrenses. He cited the role of health workersand health service providers as front runners of the goal of having good publichealth. “We only have one province – NegrosOccidental. We take care of it and we are also dreaming that we will be a top performingprovince in the regional level in terms of health services,” Tumimbang added ashe urged awardees to work harder to attain this goal. (With a report from PIA-Negros/PN) “As a developing country, access tohealth care, health care facilities and hospitals have been among the foremostissues besetting our country, but you persevered and made your best efforts tobe responsive to the healthcare needs of our people,” Lacson told the awardees. Provincial Health Officer Dr. ErnellTumimbang said the challenge now to the health care providers is to prepare forthe Universal Health Care implementation. While for the Reproductive MaternalNeonatal Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition Cluster awardees includeTeresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, Alfredo E. Marañon Memorial DistrictHospital, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital, San Carlos City Hospital, TobosoRural Health Unit, Hinoba-an Rural Health Unit, Sagay City Health Office, SanCarlos City Health Office, Silay City Health Office, Sipalay City HealthOffice, La Carlota City Health Office, Victorias City Health Office, KabankalanCity Health Office, Murcia Rural Health Unit, Calatrava Rural Health Unit,Victorias City Health Office, Candoni LGU, San Enrique LGU, and E.B. MagalonaRural Health Unit. BACOLOD City – The provincialgovernment of Negros Occidental recognized top performing local governmentunits and hospitals providing health programs and services during an awardingrites in this city. Ignacio L. Arroyo Sr. MemorialHospital, South Negros Interlocal Health Zone, Midland Interlocal Health Zone,Sagay City Health Office and Binalbagan Rural Health Unit were recognized fortheir Health Emergency and Disaster Management Program. Don Salvador Benedicto DistrictHospital, Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital, Kabankalan City Health Office, LaCarlota City Health Office and San Enrique Rural Health unit. Communicable Diseases Cluster awardeeswere Pulupandan Rural Health Unit, Cadiz City Health Office, La Carlota CityHealth Office, Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, Don SalvadorBenedicto Memorial District Hospital, Bago City Health Office, Escalante CityHealth Office, Silay City Health Office, Talisay City Health Office, VictoriasCity Health Office, Moises Padilla Rural Health Unit, Hinobaan Rural HealthUnity, Isabela Rural Health Unit; For the Health Information Cluster,awardees include: Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital; Bago CityHealth Office; Moises Padilla Rural Health Unit; Hinoba-an Rural Health Unit;Murcia Rural Health Unit; Kabankalan City Health Office; San Carlos City HealthOffice; Victorias City Health Office; and Hinigaran Rural Health Unit. Awards were divided into five clustersnamely Health Information, Health Emergency and Disaster Management Program,Non-Communicable Diseases, Communicable Diseases and Reproductive MaternalNeonatal Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition Cluster.last_img read more

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Gregan through to semi-finals

first_img “I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. “I’ve had my share of bad luck at major championships and I wasn’t particularly expecting any good luck at these. “I thought I was out initially, but to run that fast that early in the day isn’t easy for me, I’m not really a morning person. “I will be a lot happier running tomorrow evening now in the semis.” The only other Irish athlete in action was Tori Pena in the women’s pole vault. The national record holder went out of the competition at the qualification stage after failing to make 4.55 metres. Ireland’s Brian Gregan secured his place in the 400 metres semi-final at the World Championships in Moscow. The 23-year-old crossed the line in 46.04 seconds, putting him sixth in the second heat. Only the first four in each heat automatically qualified, but Gregan went through as the third of the four fastest losers. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: US Tennis Association eliminating 110 jobs

first_imgThe Latest: US Tennis Association eliminating 110 jobs The Joey Logano Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation and Elevation Outreach are partnering to bring a Convoy of Hope to Martinsville with the goal of providing 40,000 pounds of food and supplies to approximately 1,000 families during a drive-thru distribution at NASCAR’s oldest track.The effort is similar to one conducted at Darlington Raceway in May.“After seeing how impactful Darlington went, we quickly moved forward and scheduled our next event with Convoy of Hope in Martinsville,” Logano, chairman of his foundation, said in a release. The COVID-19 pandemic forced NASCAR to pause its season in March. The race at Martinsville will be the seventh since the series went back to racing without fans last month. ___ Strength and conditioning activities are being altered to reduce health risks. Each station will have sanitation supplies. The weight racks will be spaced out and will be used by only one individual per session. Conditioning sessions will take place outside unless poor weather prohibits it.Before arriving on campus, all athletes will undergo nasal swab testing for COVID-19. They will be tested again if they report symptoms, or if they’re believed to have contacted someone who tested positive. Athletes will be screened daily before entering athletic facilities, and athletes and staff will wear masks at all times other than during conditioning activities.___Orioles general manager Mike Elias is currently focused on this week’s Major League Baseball draft, but he expects to soon turn his attention toward getting the team ready to play again.In a conference call with media on Monday, Elias said he was “very confident we’re going to play.” June 8, 2020 The Italian soccer federation has approved plans for a playoff or the use of an algorithm with no champion declared if the season is stopped again.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to resume on June 20.The plans were approved by an 18-3 vote at an FIGC council meeting. Italian soccer clubs had asked for no champion or relegations unless mathematically certain.Playoffs are the preferred idea but an algorithm will be used to determine the final standings if matches cannot be held because of time restrictions or the worsening of the pandemic. But there will not be a champion if the algorithm is used.The top two men’s divisions are the only ones set to resume their regular seasons. The women’s Serie A will not restart. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will lift its dead period next week to allow for in-person workouts for prep athletes.The organization announced Monday that it would allow limited workouts beginning June 15, though education agencies across the Southern U.S. state must also permit it at a local level.Restrictions for the first phase of return include having workouts of no longer than 90 minutes, with no more than 25 people at outdoor venues and no more than 10 in gymnasiums. They also require daily temperature checks and social distancing, along with instructing schools to keep the same groupings of athletes working together each time.Locker rooms and weight rooms remain closed for now. The restrictions include no shared use of athletic equipment. Guidelines for future phases will be developed and shared at a later date.___ Associated Press ___English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home. The first is on June 20 against Arsenal.Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The return of baseball would be a bright spot in a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the season from starting.The draft is Wednesday and Thursday and has been shortened to five rounds because of the pandemic. Baltimore has three picks in the top 39, including the second overall, as Elias hopes to rebuild a team that has lost more than 100 games in each of the past two seasons. — David Ginsburg in Baltimore___NASCAR fans won’t be allowed to attend when the Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night, but the sport’s impact will surely be felt by Henry County residents the next day. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to an as-yet-undetermined location in the state.Other budget-trimming moves include merging player development and facilities departments, and hosting only one in-person meeting per calendar year from 2021 to 2023.___Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15.The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams. ___Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season.A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams.A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.” They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.”Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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SWAN Hails Patrons on Electoral Successes

first_imgSirawoo stated that the confidence reposed in them by their respective electorates is a demonstration of faith and believe in their abilities to champion worthy causes.“Governor Wike and Senator-elect Ifeanyi Ubah have been strong pillars of sports development in Nigeria in recent years and we are sure that they will continue to speak and support sports development.The leader of sports journalists in Nigeria, who just returned to the country after attending the 6th AIPS African Congress in Accra, Ghana, where Governor Wike’s victory was celebrated by sportswriters in Africa said “We are proud of our patrons and what they have achieved, especially in the promotion and administration of sports in Nigeria”.The SWAN boss also commended other patrons who participated in the elections and didn’t make it, for their support and assured that the association will continue to look up to them for guidance and direction.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo has hailed the association’s patrons, Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Wike and Senator-elect, Ifeanyi Ubah on their electoral successes during the just concluded general elections in the country.While Wike was returned as Governor-elect for a second term, Ifeanyi Ubah got elected to represent Anambra South in the Senate.last_img read more

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Late-night workouts fuel Tyus Battle as he settles in at Syracuse

first_img Published on January 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — While most Syracuse players are asleep in the team hotel before a road game, Tyus Battle finds the building’s workout facility. He’s often by himself, opting for solidarity into the early morning on game day. Lifting weights is Battle’s preferred alternative to sleep, something he admittedly doesn’t do much of.“I gotta keep myself active a little bit so I always like to workout pretty late. I like to stay up pretty late,” Battle said. “The guys are usually sleeping or something, doing whatever they’re doing. I usually just like to go by myself just to clear my mind.”After Syracuse’s first game away from the Carrier Dome, a loss to South Carolina on Nov. 26 in which Battle played only 13 minutes and recorded his only scoreless game of the season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the freshman seemed lost on the Barclays Center court. Since then, Battle has remained consistent for the Orange at shooting guard.He’s raised his scoring average to 9.9 from 5.8 points per game since the loss to the Gamecocks, aided by performances of 13 or more in the last four games and a career-high 21 against Boston College on Saturday. And despite Syracuse’s (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) 85-68 loss to North Carolina on Monday, Battle continues to show why he’s one of SU’s most reliable options night in and night out.“He’s got a huge upside with what he can do,” Boeheim said, “but he’s been very steady, very solid.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven if Battle’s late-night workouts don’t have a clear-cut correlation with steady on-court performance, they help him negate any distractions, which hindered him earlier in the season. A minor left foot injury didn’t force him to miss any games, but he sat out practice for a whole week and has since confessed that being nicked up derailed his ability to showcase his full arsenal. It restricted his desire to make sharp cuts to the rim, something he’s showcased of late, most recently at North Carolina.Now with seven straight games as a starter under his belt and a stronghold on the shooting guard position, Battle feels back to normal. He’s able to lift early into the morning without worrying what the extra stress on his body might do to his foot. An injury-free Battle has helped lift Syracuse’s offense past its early-season woes.“Early morning, late night, I think he gets his confidence from spending time in the gym,” said Gary Battle, Tyus’ father.Battle tends to advertise his workout sessions on Instagram and Snapchat, recently posting photos of an empty weight room before games at Virginia Tech and UNC. He lifts at obscure hours on occasion before home games in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, but it’s become a steady routine before away games to do so with Drake lyrics in his ears as the only accompanying sound.The next game for Syracuse is a visit to No. 15 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish is the only team still undefeated in league play, giving SU another chance to grab a desperately needed resume booster.You can count on Battle finding a gym in South Bend, Indiana, wherever Syracuse stays on Friday night. The Orange will count on its standout freshman once again to help lift it to a signature win.Senior Staff Writer Paul Schwedelson contributed reporting to this article Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Unai Emery: Arsenal sack boss after 18 months in charge

first_imgUnai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge.The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger.He is to be replaced on a temporary basis by an assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.The Gunners have not won in seven games and lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.They are without a Premier League victory since 6 October and eight points off the top four. They finished fifth in 48-year-old Emery’s first season in charge at Emirates Stadium after he replaced Wenger.The Gunners started this season with back-to-back victories against Newcastle and Burnley, but that run ended with defeat by Liverpool before draws with north London rivals Tottenham and Watford followed.Their last Premier League victory was 1-0 win over Bournemouth.On Saturday, they battled to a 2-2 draw – their sixth of the season – at home to Southampton, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring an injury-time equaliser.Emery is the third managerial dismissal in the English top-flight this season, after Javi Gracia and Mauricio Pochettino departed Watford and Tottenham respectively. Arsenal’s last victory came against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on 24 October, in which they needed two late Nicolas Pepe free-kicks to secure a 3-2 win.More soon…last_img read more

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With history in their grasp, Clippers allow Rockets to force Game 7

first_imgBlake Griffin banked in a 5-foot prayer while spinning in mid-air to send the Clippers’ faithful into a frenzy with 4:10 to play in the third quarter. Just more than a minute later, Chris Paul made one of two free throws, and the Clippers led by 19 points.They were on their way. Then they were shockingly outscored 51-20 over the final 15 minutes and were defeated 119-107 by the Houston Rockets on Thursday in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinals series before 19,417 at Staples Center. Most of them appeared stunned at the turn of events.• View: Clippers fourth meltdown in photosInstead of advancing to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history, the Clippers have to go back to Houston for Game 7 on Sunday. The Rockets have won the past two games after getting blown out by the Clippers in Games 3 and 4 at Staples Center. Houston outscored the Clippers 40-15 in the fourth with the Clippers making just 4 of 22 shots from the field (18.2 percent).Los Angeles was also killed on the boards for the second straight game, being outrebounded 60-41.Rivers said he didn’t think his team thought it had the game won after a 10-0 run in the third quarter gave them an 87-68 lead. The Clippers only led by two at halftime, at 64-62, so once they took the 19-point lead, they looked like a good bet to advance.“I don’t think they thought they had the game in the bag,” Rivers said. “… I thought we got very tentative offensively, very few people even wanted to shoot in stretches and, you know, it happens.“But it’s awful to watch, it’s awful for our team. We have to figure out in the next 48 hours how to get them back, because we can’t get this one back.”• Whicker: Clippers have little excuse or Game 6 lossPaul led the Clippers with 31 points and 11 assists, but shot just 2 of 7 in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin scored 28 points, but 22 of those were in the first half. He missed all five of his shot attempts in the final quarter and threw up a couple of bricks from short range.J.J. Redick scored 15, but shot 4 of 13. Jamal Crawford also shot 4 of 13 for nine points. The Clippers shot 41.8 percent.Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Rockets’ roaring comeback and the Clippers’ epic fold job is that James Harden, who has been under the weather, played nary a second in the fourth. He checked back into the game with 1:01 to play, but checked right back out without a second ticking off the clock.Harden led Houston with 23 points, but shot just 5 of 20. The heroics really should go to the likes of Josh Smith and Corey Brewer. Smith, starting in place of Terrence Jones for the second consecutive game, scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, during which he hit three big 3-point baskets. Brewer scored 15 of his 19 points off the bench in the fourth.Dwight Howard had 20 points and a whopping 21 rebounds, Jones came through with 16 points and Trevor Ariza scored 13. Houston shot just 42.5 percent, but much of that could be attributed to Harden’s off-shooting night. The Rockets shot 40.6 percent (13 of 32) from beyond the arc while the Clippers were just 7 of 30 (23.3 percent) from there.One could have heard a pin drop afterward in the Clippers’ locker room. Griffin was asked if the team was in a state of shock and, perhaps, angry at one another.“No, not angry at each other,” he said. “Disappointed with how we played as a team, but there’s no pointing the finger with our team. They outplayed us in every sense of the word down the stretch. We took our foot off the gas and stopped defending.”Said Paul: “We didn’t finish. When we got the lead, we got comfortable.”He agreed that terrible defense played a big part.“I think our defense was the biggest factor in the game,” Paul said. “Our defense is our backbone and we did not execute in the fourth quarter.”Harden loved every second.“I was a cheerleader,” the Artesia High graduate said. “That was one of our biggest quarters and I was really excited for those guys.”Rockets coach Kevin McHale thought about getting Harden back out there in the fourth.“Yeah, I was thinking about putting him back in the game,” he said, “but those guys earned the right to finish the game, one way or the other. After a while, he had sat there long enough and those guys had a good rhythm and they kept getting stops and I’m like, ‘I’m just going to let them go.’“Hey, James got a lot of rest, so on Sunday he’ll be ready to come out and rock and roll for us.”The Toyota Center will be rocking, that’s for certain. The Clippers will find out if they can handle it.“We don’t have a choice but to forget about this game and move on,” Paul said. “We have another Game 7 on our hands. Unfortunately, we’re very familiar with Game 7s. We just have to finish off the series.” The Clippers were up 3-1, but are now tied 3-3.The Clippers collapsed about as badly as a team can, and coach Doc Rivers knew it.“Yeah, we did,” he said. “You know, I thought we were trying to run the clock out, and we stopped playing. They kept playing, and then once it got to eight, you could just feel it.”• Bonsignore: Clippers reach new low with Game 6 meltdownThe Rockets went on an 18-0 run from 6:25 left in the game to the 1:01 mark for a 112-102 lead. Paul broke the spell with two free throws, but by then it was too late.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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New Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley: ‘I am not Chris Paul’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Not the same player.Or person.“Let me reiterate, I am not Chris Paul,” Beverley said during a news conference to introduce several of the newest Clippers acquired when they traded Paul to the Houston Rockets last month rather than lose Paul for nothing via free agency.“Understand, he’s not me either,” Beverley added.So, just who is Beverley, Paul’s likely replacement as the Clippers’ point guard? PLAYA VISTA >> Patrick Beverley wished to make one thing perfectly clear Tuesday morning.“I am not Chris Paul,” he said forcefully.Same position.Similar size.center_img For starters, he stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 185 pounds.Paul is 6 feet, 175 pounds, by way of comparison.Beverley, 29, played the past five seasons with the Rockets, shifting from point guard last season to shooting guard to play alongside James Harden, giving Houston a more dynamic backcourt. Beverley averaged 9.5 points on 42 percent shooting, plus 4.2 assists.Additionally, he was named to the NBA’s all-defensive team in 2016-17.“First team,” as he pointed out, wagging his index finger.Beverley relishes his role as an agitator, a disruptor, a general pain in the neck for opponents.In other words, he fit perfectly into Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ offseason wish list. If the Clippers couldn’t keep Paul, then Rivers wanted “hard-working, tough-minded guys” on the 2017-18 roster. Beverley proved the point by distancing himself from Paul in no uncertain terms.“I think most people see hard-working guys who are agitators on the floor and they don’t give them the basketball IQ part of it,” Rivers said of Beverley. “But I’ve been most impressed with the IQ part of it, his knowledge. He does homework. He studies the league.“I think a lot of people who don’t know these (types of) guys think they just show up and play hard. They don’t see the other part of it. He knows every guard (in the NBA). He knows every player. I’ve been really impressed with that.”If Rivers wanted players with chips on their shoulders, then he got one in Beverley, whose career took him on a winding path after the Lakers drafted him in the second round (42nd overall) in 2009 and, having just won the NBA championship, had no use for him.The Lakers traded him to the Miami Heat for cash and a second-round draft pick in 2011.Beverley didn’t make his NBA debut until 2012-13, after signing with the Rockets as a free agent. He had already played in Greece and Russia, sandwiched around an NBA Summer League stint with the Heat, by the time he hooked on with the Rockets.Standout defensive play is how he earned his place in the NBA, and it’s what’s kept him there.“Don’t ever forget what got you into the door, and defense got me in,” he said.Beverley cautioned against overlooking his offensive skills, though. He’s not a one-dimensional player. He pointed out that he was a 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. Actually, he shot 38.2 percent last season from behind the arc after shooting 40 percent from behind it in 2015-17.“I’ve been placed under different situations,” he said, referring to playing in Europe to start his career. “I was able to get coached by one of the great offensive gurus in (Houston’s Mike) D’Antoni and was able to be under one of the best point guards in the league in James Harden, and just taken what I’ve learned and applied it to my game. Of course, I’m not James Harden. Of course, I’m not Chris Paul.“Neither of those two are me, either.”last_img read more

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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley happy to be back, even if only as a cheerleader

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley was bored at home in Houston, with a bum knee and nothing to do but watch basketball games on TV and travel to and from his rehabilitation sessions. So he jumped on an airplane as soon as he tossed away his crutches and rejoined the Clippers on Saturday.Beverley couldn’t play against the Sacramento Kings, but he said he looked forward to helping in any way he could while seated on the Clippers’ bench at Staples Center for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery on his right knee Nov. 22.“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I get to talk some (trash) on the bench today.”Beverley also said he’s not resigned to sitting out for the rest of 2017-18. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Despite injuries that have sidelined all five of their opening-night starters at one point or another this season, the Clippers went into Saturday’s game one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and 1½ games out of fifth place.Beverley expressed amazement at the play of Griffin, Jordan and, especially, Williams, a teammate last season with the Houston Rockets before they were traded to the Clippers last summer in the blockbuster Chris Paul deal. Williams averaged a team-leading 23.1 points going into Saturday.“True soldiers,” Beverley said of the three.Of Williams, in particular, Beverley said: “He’s on some (stuff). Lou is on some (stuff) this year. I saw little flashes last year, but with that loaded squad (with the Rockets in 2016-17), with that dynamic of that team, he couldn’t be himself. He’s on another level this year.“In my opinion, he’s the Sixth Man of the Year and an All-Star.”Beverley said he was looking forward to cheering for Williams and the rest of the Clippers for the rest of the season.“I can get the hell out of my room,” he said of rejoining the team. “I get to sit on the bench now. I’m just happy to be back.”center_img “There’s a chance,” he said of returning to the court before the regular season ends April 11. “I’m not a doctor, so you can’t quote me on that one. (But) there’s a chance. I’m doing pretty good. I’m ahead of schedule. I feel strong. I’m walking without crutches. Glad to be back.“I wanted to stay in Houston until I was off the crutches, but I’m back. I’m back for good now.”Beverley will continue his rehab and recovery in Los Angeles and will begin traveling with the Clippers starting next month. It’s been difficult for him to watch from afar, powerless to help his teammates. He’s also been thrilled by their ability to remain competitive despite so many injuries.“The way they’ve been playing, you can’t be nothing but happy,” he said. “Just willing it out. Playing hard is a skill in this league. Watching this team grow, through the ups and downs, good times and bad times, shows its true character. This is a fighting team.“You have to give these guys a lot of credit. I don’t think the NBA does give these guys a lot of credit, especially our three main guys: Blake (Griffin), Lou (Williams) and DeAndre (Jordan), who have been holding down the fort since all the injuries.”last_img read more