Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Beach season is coming, so Long Islanders are hitting the gym and eating right to shed those holiday pounds, but finding the ideal local healthy eatery can be tough.Here to help, the public voted Trader Joe’s the Best Health Food Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition and Panera Bread won Best Healthy Eatery on Long Island in that contest. Tula’s Kitchen and Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar tied for Best Organic Eatery on Long Island this year.Long Islanders know that Trader Joe’s is the place to shop for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The nationwide supermarket chain with seven Long Island locations is your home for affordable groceries, meat, and produce. Read the label on a Trader Joe’s product and you’ll find wholesome ingredients that you’ll feel comfortable serving to your family.With its famed wood-paneled stores and staff in Hawaiian shirts, Trader Joe’s is a fun place to shop. It’s no wonder that Long Islanders who aim to eat healthy visit Trader Joe’s, which also features plenty of products for kosher or vegan diets.At Panera Bread, the list of healthy, yet delightful, dishes at is endless, from the roasted beet, quinoa and citrus salad, seasonal greens salad, tomato mozzarella flatbread, to the Thai garden chicken wonton bowl. They even offer vegan and gluten-conscious items, proving that it is the perfect eatery for anyone who is looking to have a nutritious meal, without sacrificing taste. Whether you order to stay or go, Panera Bread is the ultimate place to visit for quality food made with a lot of love!Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar prides itself in providing its customers with organic, 100 percent non-GMO food. From local organic produce and organic lamb and chicken to grass-fed beef and organic rice, Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar is helping make Long Islanders a little bit healthier. Plus, they also have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free items on their menu. Some delicious options include coconut lentil stew, kale and black bean burger, and marinara pizza—just to name a few!And Tula’s Kitchen believes not only in living to eat, but also eating to live. They’ve recently expanded and renovated with a new French chic space and a handcrafted Old-World bar. All of their offerings are prepared with organic and natural ingredients, whenever possible, to ensure all guests are eating well and fresh. Tula’s Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.Trader Joe’s, multiple locations, traderjoes.comPanera Bread, multiple locations, panerabread.comTula’s Kitchen, 41 East Main St., Bay Shore, 631-539-7183, tulakitchen.comWild Side Organic Bistro & Bar, 1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-791-1800, wildsidebistro.com
Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah’s Al-Khartoum have crashed out of the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup campaign at the first hurdle, after suffering a 2-0 loss to Zambian hosts Power Dynamos on Sunday.The win saw the Zambians advance 2-1 on aggregate after losing the first leg by a lone goal in Khartoum two weeks ago.A 20th minute goal canceled out Al-Khartoum’s advantage, before a stoppage time penalty gave Power Dynamos the ticket to the next round.The double-header was Appiah’s first games in competitive club football in Africa.Meanwhile the Nigerian duo of Warri Wolves and Dolphins of Port Harcourt, as well as Ghana’s Hearts of Oak, are among a number of teams that have sailed to the next round.Wolves triumphed over Burkinabe visitors RC Bobodioulasso 3:0 on Saturday to progress 4:0 on aggregate, while Dolphins needed a 5-3 penalty shootout win to beat Leones Vegatarianos Leones of Equatorial Guinea after canceling out a 1:0 loss in the first leg. Hearts of Oak beat Benin’s Police 1-0 away to advance to the next round with a 2:0 aggregate win.RESULTS SO FARRevenue Authority (Uganda) 3:2 ASSM Elgeco (Madagascar)ASSM Elgeco (4:2) 0:1 Revenue AuthorityCote d’Or (Seychelles) 2:3 Dedebit (Ethiopia) Dedebit (5:2) 2:0 Cote d’OrSofapaka (Kenya) 1:2 Platinum (Zimbabwe)Platinum (4:2) 2:1 SofapakaBidvest Wits (South Africa) 3:0 Royal Leopards (Swaziland)Royal Leopards (7:6 penalties) 3:0 Bidvest Wits Al Ittihad (Libya) 6:1 Elect Sport (Chad)Elect Sport 0:1 (1:7) Al IttihadRC Bobodioulasso (Burkina Faso) 0:1 Warri Wolves (Nigeria)Warri Wolves (4:0) 3:0 RC BobodioulassoHearts of Oak (Ghana) 1:0 Police (Benin) Police 0:0 (0:1) Hearts of OakMouloudia Alger (Algeria) 0:0 Sahel SC (Niger)Sahel SC (2:0) 2:0 Mouloudia AlgerLeones Vegatarianos (Equatorial Guinea) 1:0 Dolphins (Nigeria)Dolphins (5:3 penalties) 1:0 Leones Vegatarianos Leones Renaissance Berkane (Morocco) 2:1 Onze Createurs (Mali)Onze Createurs (2:2) 1:0 Renaissance BerkaneUFC de Haut Nkam (Cameroon) 1:0 Olympique Ngor (Senegal)Olympique Ngor (3:2) 3:1 UFC de Haut NkamVolcan de Moroni (Comoros) 0:1 Petro Atletico (Angola) Petro Atletico (3:0) 2:0 Volcan de MoroniBenfica Luanda (Angola) 2:0 Le Messager de Ngozi (Burundi)Le Messager de Ngozi 0:1 (0:3) Benfica LuandaAl Ghazala (South Sudan) 0:1 Petrojet (Egypt)Petrojet (7:1) 6:1 Al GhazalaAl-Khartoum (Sudan) 1:0 Power Dynamos (Zambia)Power Dynamos (2:1) 2:0 Al-KhartoumPetite Riviere Noire (Mauritius) 1:2 Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique)Ferroviario Beira (7:3) 5:2 Petite Riviere NoireEtoile du Congo (Congo) – FC MK (DR Congo)Panthere Nde (Cameroon) 0:1 Rayon Sports (Rwanda)Young Africans (Tanzania) 2:0 BDF XI (Botswana)ASO Chlef (Algeria) 2:0 Kamboi Eagles (Sierra Leone)Horoya (Guinea) 1:0 Fassell (Liberia)AS Port (Togo) 2:0 CARA (Congo)CF Mounana (Gabon) 5:0 Polisi (Zanzibar)
Chelsea host Fulham in the west London derby at the Bridge on Boxing Day and the Blues are strong favourites.Chelsea are 1/3 with Fulham 9s and the draw at 4/1 (these prices are subject to fluctuation given they have been set ahead of the Premier League midweek fixtures).Fernando Torres must be given his chance sooner rather than later although it looks as if AVB is waiting until Didier Drogba heads to the Africa Cup of Nations before restoring the Spanish international to the starting XI.Daniel Sturridge continues to impress although he rarely completes 90 minutes; the England international is 4/1 to score first and 10/11 to net at any time, which is too short despite his excellent recent record given Fulham will try and keep it tight.Will Neil Warnock be smiling after QPR’s visit to Swansea?Clint Dempsey did us a favour scoring the opener last week and he is 3/1 to score at any time.We have updated our market on how many signings Chelsea will make during the January transfer window and bet (loan signings DO count):0: 5/11: 7/42: 2/13 or more: 3/1We are also betting on top London club at bet:Chelsea: EvsSpurs: EvsArsenal: 8/1Fulham: 125/1QPR: 500/1QPR travel to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side that have been excellent in front of their home supporters this season.The Swans don’t concede many and have only lost to Manchester United at home this term, but they still look a bit short at 23/20 with Rangers 12/5 and the draw at 23/10.City have only conceded two goals at home all season but they have only scored 10 and another goalless draw is 9/1.For a range of sporting bets over the festive period, check out victorchandler.com.Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year from all at Victor Chandler.
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With permit in hand, it was now time to prepare for demolition. The plan is to live in the bedrooms while we do construction on the living room, dining room, and kitchen — rooms we collectively refer to as the common area, highlighted in the floor plan (see Image #2 below).After the common area is done, or at least livable, we will switch and live there while the bedrooms are under construction. Because we were about to lose our living room and kitchen during construction, we set up a living and dining space in the master bedroom and turned the covered back patio into a makeshift outdoor kitchen. (The living room prior to demolition is shown in Image #3 below.)We began clearing out the space. A lot of stuff we donated. Some stuff we kept and moved into other rooms. Some items were harder to move than others.Eventually all the rooms in the common area were empty. In the living room, the carpeting is extremely worn in some areas, and looks brand new in others. I’m leaving it in place to protect the hardwood floor underneath during construction. When everything else is done, I’ll remove the carpet and refinish the hardwood floor. And now the chimneyOnce upon a time our living room had a fireplace. It was a gas fireplace, but it looked like it had never been used. Wen moved into the house in 1992 and she said she can’t ever remember her family using the fireplace (see Images #5 and #6 below).The rocks lend some interest to the living room because of the angled wall, their texture, and their color. Fireplaces can be nice to look at, but they tend to be huge energy wasters, even if they’re not being used.The R-value of brick is estimated to be R-0.8 per 4 inches. So if the fireplace ranged in depth from 8 inches to 12 inches, then its R-value ranged from R-1.6 to R-2.4. It would be very difficult to air seal the perimeter of the fireplace, and for the flue itself it’s nearly impossible to get a good air seal with the damper. All in all, a fireplace represents a huge thermal liability in a building envelope because of unavoidable thermal bridging and infiltration. If heating with wood is a priority, then a free-standing wood stove is a much more effective and efficient option.A rotary hammer was a big help in breaking up the brick-and-mortar chimney.So that’s the technical energy efficiency and indoor air quality rationale for getting rid of the fireplace. But the hearth has a deep place in our psyche, I think, since fire and warmth have been so important to our survival. For most of our history, the fireplace was the essential anchor of our homes, the setting around which every domestic task was oriented. Without the hearth, where is the heart of the home? Can it be a coincidence that these two words differ by only one letter?That said, our hearth was never much of a center to our home. It’s not even clear that it was ever used. Even so, the prospect of its demolition seemed a little sad. We would be destroying the physical product of a skilled mason, razing the labors of a dead man’s dying trade. It felt like we were being too good for open fire, like we thought we are better than our forebears. Actually it’s true: we kind of are too good for open fire, with its inefficient heat, its air pollution. And if we’re not better than our forebears per se, then we are least more knowledgeable than them about the importance of a high-performance home.And so, with mixed feelings and though the path forward seemed difficult and uncertain, we embarked on the demolition of the chimney. Naively, I began with an actual chisel and a hammer. I didn’t know what to expect or how it would be constructed inside, so I started slow.We also began demolishing the stones on the wall surrounding the fireplace. They look like volcanic rock of some kind, and were set in what appeared to be mortar that was on the surface of the interior brick. Our neighbor let us borrow a tool called a rotary hammer that can act like a mini jackhammer to chisel out the rocks and bricks. This tool made the demolition go much faster (see the photo at left).One of the contractors who was helping me (or vice versa) put up the structure for the vaulted ceiling (more on that soon) let me borrow his rotary hammer, and after a few days most of the bricks of the exterior were down.The same contractor also generously let me borrow his 35-pound demolition hammer for the bigger chunks inside. Using the demolition hammer higher up was not possible, because doing so would have been unwieldy and unsafe. But now that we were at ground level, I could go at it. The demolition hammer was a heavy monster and tiring to use. But it was effective. Soon there were increasingly large patches of daylight coming into our living room wall where the fireplace used to be.All the bricks that I determined I could not reuse I schlepped, wheelbarrow load by wheelbarrow load, into the 30-cubic-yard dumpster. Based on the weight of each brick and an approximation of how many bricks I removed, I estimate the total mass of the bricks I removed to be something like 14,000 pounds. This unbelievable number seemed to be substantiated by a bill I later received from the dumpster company charging me for exceeding their 6-ton limit. RELATED ARTICLES Editor’s Note: This post is one of a series by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee, a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are turning their suburban house into an all-electric, zero-net energy home. They chronicle their attempts at a low-carbon, low-cost, and joyful lifestyle on their blog Frugal Happy. This post was written by Chris. BLOGS BY WEN AND CHRIS A Car-Free ExperimentAn Introduction I’m being somewhat glib about the prospect of beginning the demolition on the house, but it really was a scary thing to undertake. There’s so much uncertainty, so much self-doubt and second-guessing. How much is this project going to cost? Is it okay that I don’t really know what I’m doing? What if I mess it all up? So many questions, and so few easy or certain answers.The house was kind of shabby in places and had some deferred maintenance, but it was perfectly functional. And I was about to start tearing it apart and turn it into an unlivable construction zone! And this is my wife’s childhood home, no less.Before I began demolishing the ceiling drywall, I collected samples of it from different parts of the house and sent them off to a lab so that the “popcorn” finish could be tested for asbestos. It came back negative. And with the first hole poked in the ceiling, it begins…Demolition of the common areaThe idea was to take off the drywall in big sheets by trying to find the seams and pulling the nails out rather than just smashing it all apart. But as we were very much amateurs, we often ended up just smashing it apart. Wen and her brother Bin helped take out the ceiling.We got the living room ceiling out after several hours of work. For me this was the first of many, many long, hot, sweaty days. Next came the decidedly less fun and exciting process of shoveling up hundreds of pounds of drywall first into a wheelbarrow, and then into a huge dumpster (see Image #4 below).The dumpster gradually got more full. But it was still only about 75% full when they picked it up — not the most efficient use of an expensive resource.A lot of the equipment I bought can be used throughout the project, so it can be considered an investment. The dumpsters, however, I did not use efficiently enough. I underestimated just how how laborious the demolition would be, and struggled to fill the 30 cubic-yard dumpster by myself within the seven-day rental period. I overworked myself that first week, so much so that the next week I needed a few days to recover and couldn’t work. I learned later that I could have just extended the dumpster another week at no charge. I guess the lesson is to know what your options are and to be realistic and conservative about what you can get done within a certain time period, especially when you haven’t done it before and uncertainty is high.For some reason, there were no volunteer helpers for the cleanup part or any of the subsequent days of demolition. In any case, I pressed onward. After cleaning up the living room somewhat, I moved on to the kitchen. Also to be removed was the forced-air heating and cooling system of the house. We will be without central heating and cooling until I install the new heat pump system. We either donated or recycled the appliances.I wanted to open up the common area and remove walls that made small spaces feel dark and even smaller. One of those areas to be opened up is the front door entry (as opposed to the entry door from the garage). With the HVAC being moved, there would be more space to make a mud room area for removing and storing outdoor clothing like jackets and shoes, and for more easily transitioning between inside and outside. A bigger job than expectedThe demolition required a significant amount of time and money. I spent about 115 hours and approximately $2,500 on the demolition. Of the total, $1,300 was for dumpster rental (it turns out that dumpsters are expensive), and the remainder was mostly spent on tools, safety gear, and equipment, including wrecking bars, gloves, hard hats, goggles, respirators, ladders and scaffolding, a wheelbarrow and brooms and dustpans and shovels, and blades for the reciprocating saw, angle grinder, and oscillating multitool. It sounds like (and is) a lot money for a DIY demolition of a space that’s only about 700 square feet.With the ceiling gone and a good portion of the drywall on the walls gone and the kitchen appliances and about half the counter removed, and the forced-air heating and cooling system and ducts removed, I deemed the demolition sufficiently complete to begin construction on changing the roof structure of the common area. In retrospect, knowing what I know now through my own experience and based on conversations with actual contractors, even though the initial demolition felt like an enormous undertaking and a hell of a lot of work, it was far from complete.In retrospect it was premature to declare the house ready to begin construction. There were too many electrical wires hanging down from the attic, too many walls that had nails and staples and little annoying bits — or even entire sheets — of drywall and plaster on them. And the chimney and fireplace should have been gone.Everything should have been removed from the kitchen, including all the counters and cabinets, and yes, even the kitchen sink. Everything should have been down to bare, clean studs and ceiling joists. The initial construction — which I’ll talk about in another post — would have gone faster without having to backtrack and do more demolition. I didn’t know that then, but now I do. And learning’s the main goal of this project, so it’s okay. It’s good, in fact.Another thing I’ve learned is that there’s such a thing as taking the “insourcing” (that is, DIY) dictum too far. In this case, in fact I probably should have hired some outside help for the demolition. Considering what I ended up paying for dumpster fees because it took so long to do the work myself, getting outside help for demolition would likely have cost about the same or only slightly more, and would have been much faster. There’s only so much to be learned about the physical process of demolition. At some point it just becomes mindless tedium.But mindless as it is, sometimes it’s still fun. Building a new floorEventually we got everything out. The good news was that there was poured concrete below the fireplace. This meant that we would not have to excavate and pour a footing for the new concrete stem wall foundation.Now that I had finished the demolition grunt work, I hired two skilled contractors to help me form and pour the foundation wall. You only get one chance pouring concrete and I didn’t want to screw it up. We cleaned out the pit with water and compressed air so that the new concrete could bind well to the old concrete and brick. We constructed wooden forms for the new foundation wall and installed rebar.To tie the new foundation to the old, we drilled holes about 10 inches deep into the sides of the existing concrete walls flanking our new one. Then we cleaned the debris from the holes using compressed air and what appear to be giant pipe cleaners. This helps ensure a clean surface for the epoxy to set to. We then filled these holes with epoxy and inserted the new horizontal rebar that would go across the new section of foundation wall.The two pieces of threaded rod sticking up out of the top of the wall (see Image #7) will be used to tie down the sill plate (a 2×6 placed on top of the foundation wall) to the foundation, using the nuts and giant square-shaped washers at the bottom left of this image. This anchors the house to the foundation. After the foundation was poured, the contractors’ work was done and I was in charge of framing the new wall and floor on my own.After the sill plate was in place, the next step was to frame the rest of the floor using the existing pattern and spacing (see Image #8 below). I thought this was going to be difficult, but it turned out to be fairly intuitive. (This is notable because in general in this project tasks have tended to be much harder and more time-consuming than I expect.)The 2×6 band (or rim) joist goes on the outer edge of the wall and on top of the sill plate. The new 2×6 floor joists are sistered to the existing ones, overlapping enough to be supported by the 4×6 girder that’s spaced about 4 feet from the foundation wall, and which itself is supported by the concrete footing. Since the new floor joists were overlapping the old ones, I didn’t need to be precise about their length, as long as they were well connected to the existing joists, were supported by the girder, and terminated perpendicular to the band joist. I air-sealed the seam between the sill plate and foundation with spray foam, and the seam between the sill plate and band joist with caulk.Next I put in 3/4-inch plywood on top of the floor joists to form the subfloor, then a sole (or bottom) plate — the 2×4 lying flat that forms the bottom of the wall. Farewell to the Chimney?Tips from a Commercial Demolition Company An Agent of Green Invention in Philly: Row House DemolitionJob-Site Recycling: PVCGBA Encyclopedia: Job-Site RecyclingRecycling Vinyl SidingJob-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing ShinglesAsphalt Shingle Recycling LocatorJob-Site Recycling: Gypsum WallboardSaving Energy by RecyclingCarpet RecyclingVideo: Grinding Drywall and Wood Finishing up the exteriorNext on the list of things to do that I have never done before is: stuccoing the wall. I first used a pneumatic air hammer to chisel away the ragged bits of stucco around the perimeter. This was to straighten the edge and expose the existing lath wire and building paper so it could be more easily tied into the new section. I then put down two plies of 60-pound building paper, lapping the upper layers over the lower ones, like shingles. This is to drain away any water that gets behind the stucco.On top of the building paper I put horizontal strips of “pre-furred” metal lath (see Image #9 below). This would provide a substrate for the stucco to hang onto. I don’t think I did the lath quite right — there should have been more overlap, and the piece one up from the bottom is oriented upside down — but in the end it seemed to work well enough.I prepped the edges of the existing stucco with glue that’s supposed to help it bind to new stuff. Then I mixed the stucco powder with water in a wheelbarrow until it reached something resembling the consistency depicted in videos I’d watched and which I’d read about. Then it was time to try my hand at slathering it on. It took four coats instead of the typical three, and lots of trial and error, but the end result is not too bad. Once it’s painted it shouldn’t be terribly noticeable, I hope (see Image #10 below).I installed rafter tails and sheathing to roof the overhang where the chimney used to be. It’s pretty rough-looking so far, but it’s structurally secure and once it’s painted and cleaned up should be less offensive to the eye. After framing the wall, you might not have any inkling that there used to be a chimney there, except perhaps that the floor is different. Also the new studs stand out, but they will be covered up soon enough.All in all, removing the chimney was a huge amount of work. It took me approximately 90 hours to demolish the chimney and haul the bricks to the dumpster. And the dumpster itself cost about $950, after the overage fee. There were many moments when I questioned my decision to undertake it.Before beginning the renovation, I spoke with an experienced contractor about the prospect of removing the chimney and he said, “I removed a chimney once. Never again.” He advised me to leave it in place. In the end, I’m glad I did remove it, but I don’t know if I would have undertaken it had I known how much work it would entail. For anyone else contemplating a DIY chimney removal, I advise you to get the right tools, have patience, and work deliberately from top to bottom.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Countless students, artists and overall cheapskates who have long enjoyed using Adobe’s Creative Suite software without paying for it will soon have to pony up. Adobe is formally moving the latest versions of Photoshop and related design and production software to the cloud — specifically, to Adobe’s newly dubbed “Creative Cloud” — where they will only be available via monthly subscription. It’s a smart business move for Adobe, who stands to receive a steady stream of revenue from customers who otherwise might take their sweet time shelling out several hundred greenbacks for each major upgrade. Instead, those folks can just dole out $50 per month for access to the entire collection of Adobe software, which is all tied together with the company’s cloud-based storage and offers other Web-based features.With this move, the software we still fire up our laptops to use makes a significant shift toward a cloud-based, mobile world. Makes sense. Uncracking The Creative Suite Switching to a subscription model also makes it much harder to pirate the software. This is something Adobe has struggled with for a long time, routinely coming up with new ways to verify the authenticity of new installs.Of course, each new form of copy protection also triggered a workaround from hackers who would crack the software and then make it available on file-sharing sites. The latest version of the Creative Suite Master Collection, for instance, can easily be torrented and, using easy-to-follow instructions, cracked to feign authenticity and block Adobe’s servers from discovering that you did not in fact pay $1,300 for it. Pirating Adobe’s software — especially Photoshop — has become very common among consumers who can’t or won’t pay several hundred dollars for it, but who nonetheless rely on its state-of-the-art image editing features for school, work or personal projects. Older versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the rest of the Creative Suite will still be available from Adobe — as well as the Pirate Bay — for some time to come. But from now on, Adobe’s product development will thrive behind a subscription paywall. Using Adobe CS6 will be sufficient for quite a while, but eventually anybody wanting to take advantage of the latest and greatest in photo-editing, Web design and other creative production will have to pay up.An Opportunity For Competitors — And Consumers For those not willing to subscribe to Creative Cloud, there’s a growing list of alternatives. Nobody offers a suite quite as robust as Adobe’s, which handles photos, graphic design, print layouts, Web development, video editing, animation and more. But for each of the creative needs that Adobe meets, there are other offerings. The most sought-after alternatives will likely be to Photoshop. Again, the original CS6-and-earlier versions of Adobe’s apps will still work. But if one ever tires of the feature set and wants to try a product that continues to evolve, desktop apps like Pixelmator and Inkscape are pretty impressive. For basic photo-editing, tablet-based apps like PhotoGene, Photoshop Touch and Apple’s iPhoto for iPad are all surprisingly capable. For each app in the suite, there’s a different list of competitors. There’s Final Cut Pro for video, Maya for animation and um, actually learning to code for Dreamweaver. Perhaps most important, Adobe’s shift to a subscription model presents new opportunities for other companies and developers to build new capable, competitively-priced alternatives. As for the software-crackers, we have no doubt that they’ll be busy trying to find ways to trick Adobe’s new system. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
JAZZ 120, SUNS 102Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old.Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.Devin Booker scored 19 for Phoenix, which got 18 more from Alex Len.JAZZ: Rubio shot 8 for 10, plus had three steals. … Derrick Favors was plus-22 in 20 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in that little bit of work. … The Jazz used 17 players, and 16 scored.SUNS: Josh Jackson scored 14 and Marquese Chriss added 13. … Eric Bledsoe handed out seven assists, but shot just 1 for 6. … Phoenix took 41 free throws to Utah’s 17.UP NEXT: Utah (4-0) visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Phoenix (1-2) hosts Portland on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 97, KINGS 83Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead Portland. The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7 for 21 shooting.Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.TRAIL BLAZERS: Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. … Portland finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket against New York Knicks’ Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MIAMI — There is no NBA mandate urging teams to not rest players in the preseason.Good thing.The dog days of the exhibition schedule have arrived, with plenty of stars sitting out Monday night’s games. Among those getting the night off to rest: Boston stars Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford; Miami’s Goran Dragic; and the Orlando trio of Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo. Indiana rested a half-dozen players, as did Sacramento — including Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph.“It’s hard to play 14 guys,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT In Dragic’s case, Miami is being smart since he played for two months this summer, helping Slovenia win the European championship and returning to Miami just two days before the first practice of training camp. He hasn’t played much in the preseason.“This is all relatively part of the plan I had sketched out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I wanted him to be in training camp … and he really wanted to be there too, just to establish the right tone out of camp. We want to try to strike that balance of keeping him in shape and making sure he’s peaking for the first game, not going the other way. I think we’re headed that way.”Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the lineup he went with Monday allows him to take a good look at what willbe Boston’s second unit.“I feel really good about where we are, considering we’re 13 days in,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re by any means a finished product and I think we can get better.”ROCKETS 117, KNICKS 95ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Jordan donates $7 million to build medical clinics View comments LATEST STORIES KINGS: Frank Mason was impressive, with 13 points and five rebounds. … Skal Labissiere also scored 13 for Sacramento.UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) visits Phoenix on Wednesday. Sacramento (1-3) visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Houston’s Chris Paul didn’t play in New York because of a right shoulder contusion, the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (hip) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) sat out that same game with soreness, Detroit’s Avery Bradley was sidelined by a turned ankle and Orlando’s Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) also didn’t play because of minor injuries. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox was out with a sore back.When the regular season starts next week, resting players who are healthy enough to play will be officially frowned upon by a new NBA policy. But for now, it just makes sense for clubs to either limit minutes or not take unnecessary risks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat being said, teams are still working. Joerger knows his team needs a day off — but the Kings arepracticing Tuesday anyway.“We have way too much stuff to do, and not just for opening night,” Joerger said. HEAT: James Johnson was called for a Flagrant-1 after a hard foul on Howard in the third quarter. The two slapped hands afterward, clearly without animosity. … The rookie learning curve for Bam Adebayo continued, after he had three fouls in three first-half minutes and the Heat were outscored by 10 in that stretch.UP NEXT: Miami (2-2) hosts Washington on Wednesday. Charlotte (1-2) hosts Boston on Wednesday.HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.James Ennis scored 14 to lead Memphis.GRIZZLIES: Memphis was only 4 for 22 from 3-point range. … Marc Gasol had 13 rebounds.HAWKS: Rookie John Collins got cut beneath his right eye, then returned and led the Hawks with eight rebounds. … Atlanta was plus-21 in DeAndre’ Bembry’s 20 minutes. … The game was at Georgia Tech because of renovations at the Hawks’ home arena.UP NEXT: Memphis (2-1) hosts Houston on Wednesday. Atlanta (2-2) hosts Dallas on Thursday at Georgia Tech.MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. … Augustin was 6 for 10 from 3-point range, and Mo Speights had 15 points after shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.MAVERICKS: Smith also had seven assists and six rebounds. … J.J. Barea was very effective, with eight points and nine rebounds. … Nowitzki made 4 of his 7 shots.UP NEXT: Orlando (2-2) vists San Antonio on Tuesday. Dallas (3-1) visits Atlanta on Thursday at Georgia Tech. 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BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remainingunbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason.The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sendinghim to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. … Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. … Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. … Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday. New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday.PISTONS 107, PACERS 97Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the 3-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5 for 6 and making both of his 3-point tries.PACERS: Indiana led by 16 in the second quarter, but was outscored 71-47 in the final 25 minutes. … Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson all didn’t play. … Al Jefferson had 12 points on 6 for 14 shooting.PISTONS: Smith also had nine assists. … Detroit was plus-25 in Henry Ellenson’s 28 minutes. … Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Bullock each scored 12 for the Pistons.UP NEXT: Indiana (2-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday. 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Ben Simmons scored 15 for the 76ers, though he missed seven of his 10 free throws.CELTICS: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee in the first half. … Jaylen Brown scored 12 for the Celtics, who got 15 apiece from Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader.76ERS: Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz added 12. … The 76ers shot 28 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent from the foul line.UP NEXT: Boston (3-0) visits Charlotte on Wednesday. Philadelphia (0-3) plays Brooklyn on Wednesday in Uniondale, New York.HEAT 109, HORNETS 106Justise Winslow’s layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 18 for Miami, which got 13 from Dion Waiters and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Malik Monk scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 16 for Charlotte.HORNETS: All-Star guard Kemba Walker left early in the third quarter after getting hit in the face, and Jeremy Lamb left with groin soreness. … Charlotte had a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers, but was 5 for26 from 3-point range.
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Nicole Beck was an obvious choice as captain of the NSWCHS women’s team. A couple of months ago Beck got the call up to the National Women’s Open Squad and watching her play here at this tournament, it is not hard to see why. Getting the call up was something which she had dreamed of, and was not expecting it at all. Beck thought she hadn’t made the squad after missing out the initial on selection. “I was heaps shocked, but heaps happy too,” said Beck.Her talent shines here at this tournament, with skills that others are only just aiming to accomplish. But she believes that it is her commitment and determination in wanting to win that is her best attribute. “It’s my competitiveness, I hate to lose,” Beck said.Although Beck is not currently a part of the Australian Team to compete in the World Cup in South Africa next year, she is aiming to be a part of the following World Cup and will continue to strive for that goal. “I am just looking to keep learning and improving and hopefully in the future make the team,” Beck said. Beck’s message for the 750 athletes competing here this week who are looking to further their Touch career, is “keep going, set your goals high and keep your head up.”“I live by the motto: shoot for the moon because even if you miss at least you’ll land among the stars.”Influencing Beck’s Touch style is playing with and learning from players like Rachel Holden, and coaches like Tracey Bills. “I have been coached by Tracey Bills for about seven years and I have learnt a lot from her, actually almost everything,” Beck said.Beck’s NSWCHS team is now into the grand final against QSST and is hoping to repeat last year’s efforts, taking the title of under 18’s National Champions.