(Current from April 12 through Saturday, April 27) John Shirreffs8 $94,896 70% Michael Pender6 Carla Gaines5 Mark Glatt16 7 $120,662 2 1 0 Martin Garcia12 Geovanni Franco13 4 0 1 9 $177,271 $70,751 1 4 $339,440 15% 19% 0 $67,362 21% 13% $302,211 JockeyMts 3 1st 4 ITM% 50% Edwin Maldonado16 60% 5 40% 0 20% Flavien Prat20 $292,377 1 40% 80% 54% 2 1 25% Joseph Talamo26 25% 6 4 33% 1 $73,742 $228,939 Doug O’Neill19 2 0 25% 23% Drayden Van Dyke24 1 3 Heriberto Figueroa18 Simon Callaghan talks Bellafina following her final work before the Kentucky Oaks 69% $40,582 Win% SANTA ANITA A WINNING PATH TO KENTUCKY DERBY $249,702 George Papaprodromou8 11% 13% William Spawr6 $88,904 2 $144,487 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 45% 1 1 CALLAGHAN FILLIES SHORTEN UP FOR THE SENORITA 4 Richard Baltas14 1 5 17% 3 4 Mario Gutierrez18 50% Andrew Lerner5 33% 2 $125,208 0 1 Peter Miller8 3 6 17% ITM% 15% Ruben Fuentes30 2 1 $63,540 20% 31% 4 67% 2 0 6 FANS CAN MEET TRAINER RICHARD BALTAS ON XBTV 38% 1 38% 40% 3 SANTA ANITA HAS EDGE FOR DERBY, WEATHER OR NOTHorses based at Santa Anita have won four of the last seven runnings of the Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another in 2012, American Pharoah in 2015, Nyquist in 2016 and Justify in 2018, but there is no magical elixir propelling them to success, according to Doug O’Neill, who saddled both I’ll Have Another and Nyquist to surprising victories.Throw in California Chrome in 2014, and five out of the last seven Kentucky Derby winners have been Southern California-based colts.“I would attribute it to the weather and consistent training,” said the four-time Santa Anita training leader, who turns 51 on May 24. “We bring horses that are maybe a little more fit than some of the horses back east that have to deal with Mother Nature more often.“That would be my evaluation, because you’ve got great horses and great horsemen from coast to coast, but we’re blessed–for the most part–with really good weather and able to train daily, barring unforeseen circumstances, of course.”Fans can participate in the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky Saturday at Santa Anita. Live racing, music, food trucks and hat contests will be the order of the day.For tickets and reservations, visit santaanita.com. Admission gates open early at 7:15 a.m. on Kentucky Derby Day.SANTA ANITA PURSE INCREASE PAYS QUICK DIVIDENDWhen Rocky Policy bounded home nearly two lengths in front in Saturday’s third race, her connections felt like they just hit the lottery, thanks to a purse increase of $10,000 in the five furlong turf dash that had a gross value of $68,104 with $40,200 going to the winner.Santa Anita and the Thoroughbred Owners of California recently increased purses significantly on all non-stakes races through the next six weeks.“I think it’s fantastic,” said Andrew Lerner, who trains the seven-year-old Maryland-bred mare for a partnership comprised of Del Mar Summer Racing Club LLC, Barry Arnason, John Cavalli, Eric Homme and Maureen Richardson.“More owners are coming out because they want to claim horses,” the 30-year-old trainer continued. “A few months ago, they stopped when things kind of dried up, but now they’re more into it, so the purse increase seems to have helped in that respect.“Yesterday it was $68,104, plus there was a 10 percent bonus because the horse came in from out of state (having previously raced in Maryland last year before making her first start for Lerner at Golden Gate Fields on April 6).“It was a big deal. It was like winning a $150,000 stakes race.”HOSTESS, MAXIM RATE RETURN IN SENORITA, SIMON SAYSHostess and Maxim Rate, who finished a nose apart in the Grade III Providencia Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 6, will shorten up to a mile in Saturday’s Grade III Senorita Stakes for three-year-old fillies on turf.An English-bred bay, Hostess got up in a blanket finish to win the Providencia at 25-1. Maxim Rate, who bobbled at the start, just missed despite also going three wide turning into the stretch run.Hostess worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:00.60 under Brice Blanc, who rides her in the Senorita. “I was happy with it,” said trainer Simon Callaghan. “She’s doing well and I think dropping back in distance won’t be a problem.”Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Maxim Rate in the Senorita, while Joe Talamo will do honors for Richard Baltas aboard Lady Prancealot, who was third in the Providencia, beaten only a head for all the money after a four-wide move into the stretch.FANS CAN MEET RICHARD BALTAS ON XBTVRichard Baltas, off to a flying start at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s current meet that concludes June 23, recently took time from his busy schedule for an in-depth interview. Viewers can read the full feature on Richard Baltas here.Part I of XBTV’s Candid ConversationPart II of XBTV’s Candid ConversationSaturday, he sent out The Hunt to capture the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes, giving Baltas his fourth win early on. Proud to be known as “a racing stable,” the 57-year-old trainer is a boon to the racing department, usually among the leaders in starters, with the majority of them placed in the most propitious spots to win.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:The Aurelia Factor works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-28-19Foster Boi (Outside) and Ya Gotta Wanna work 5 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-28-19Kanthaka works 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-28-19 Brice Blanc8 1 2 1 27% $68,780 68% 32% 50% Victor Espinoza11 2 $161,097 1 0 5 $85,279 4 0 John Sadler17 44% 0 63% 65% $324,242 1 TrainerMts 3 45% 1 50% 5 Jerry Hollendorfer13 6 3 3 29% 54% 2 Philip D’Amato8 55% 1 Peter Eurton8 50% 67% 38% Kent Desormeaux11 3 0 40% 2nd 2 22% 3 4 25% $77,173 60% $213,851 0 5 3 54% Win% 3 60% Alfredo Marquez5 0 3rd 6 1 64% 1st Vladimir Cerin10 2 63% $110,395 Money Won 35% 3 0 36% 1 2 5 $105,642 44% $127,547 Robert Hess, Jr.9 2 $193,864 $246,326 Aaron Gryder23 1 $45,840 4 2 Michael McCarthy5 50% 3 4 Money Won OWNERS WELCOME OVERNIGHT PURSE INCREASES $56,640 2 17% 25% 0 24% 3 2 $58,911 2 Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-26-19Game Winner works 7 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Secret Spice (Outside) in company with Madman work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 4-26-19Roadster (Inside) works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-26-19Gift Box works 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-27-19Ohio works 4 furlongs (McCarthy) 4-27-19Hostess works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-27-19FINISH LINES: Monster mare Vasilika, prepping for the Grade I Gamely Stakes on May 27, worked five furlongs on the training track this morning in 1:03.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer. Overall, there were 171 recorded workouts, 44 on the training track. . . Agent Matt Nakatani reports that Mario Gutierrez is batting 1.000 with Bob Baffert. In his only two rides for the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer, the 32-year-old native of Mexico has won each time, yesterday aboard favored Kingly in the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields and last Sept. 3 on Game Winner in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3. Fans can watch and wager on Santa Anita Oaks winner and Santa Anita-based Bellafina, who is favored to win the prestigious Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs that day for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Kaleem Shah . . . Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Reminder: admission gates open early at 7:15 a.m. this Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day. 38% 60% 3rd 0 23% 25% 2 3 2nd $114,533 Tiago Pereira30 7 Rafael Bejarano31 7 $64,269 $64,504
Volleyball which started yesterday will continue with match 7-15 today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre courts or BSP arena.The first match will be played at 9am between American Samoa and Wallis and Futuna. PNG will play at 3pm with New Caledonia.Tennis which started last week continues today at the Steamships Racquets club.Sporting codes which begin today are athletics, hockey, karate, netball, body building, beach volleyball and lawn bowls.Lawn bowls begins at 9am at the Bisini Lawn Bowls Greens between Cook islands and Fiji and ends at 3pm.Karate will take place at the Taurama Aquatic center courts or BSP arena from 9am with individual qualification.Hockey and Beach Volleyball will be played at the Sir John Guise outdoor or BSP stadium. First match will be at 10am.Body building will be at Cartias Technical Secondary School from 10am.Athletics will also start with hits at 10am at the Sir John Guise outdoor or BSP stadium.Netball will be played at the Sir John Guise indoor stadium or PNG Power Dome from 1pm.
Crystal Mari levelled with Lango Vamule Vassy Mata of Vanuatu to win bronze in the female individual kata. Fiji’s Naomi Bakani won silver and Angelique Mondoloni of New Caledonia took the gold.In the male individual kata, Cosmas Saliawali drew with Noa Lucas of Tahiti to take out bronze while New Caledonia’s Minh Dack grabbed gold and Fiji’s Anthony Yam won silver.The PNG male team consisting of Saliawali, Lonard Gariadi and Nigel Bana finished third to take out bronze. New Caledonia demonstrated clever kicks and techniques to grab gold over Fiji who took the silver.In the female team kata event, Sarah Ande, Joancherry Revui and Gantianna Joseph did well to win bronze for PNG while Fiji won gold and New Caledonia took out silver.
Charles played a blinder, cracking seven fours and two sixes off 36 deliveries, while Russell flaunted his brute strength in belting three fours and four sixes off a mere 20 balls. With the win, West Indies set up a meeting in the final in Kolkata against England, who they beat in their opening game of the preliminaries. Earlier, the in-form Kohli top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as India raced to 192 for two off their 20 overs, after they were sent in. Openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) put on 62 for the first wicket before Kohli arrived to marshal the latter half of the innings. He crunched 11 fours and a six off 47 balls and added 56 for the second wicket with Rahane before dominating an unbroken third-wicket stand of 64 with captain M.S. Dhoni, who was unbeaten on 15. India scored freely in the opening overs with Sharma smashing three fours and three sixes off 31 balls, and Rahane giving support with a 35-ball knock that included two fours. With the Windies in need of a jump-start, Simmons and Charles reignited the innings with superb batting to keep their side in touch with the required run rate. Charles took a couple of boundaries from Bumrah’s next over and then got stuck into off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, taking 13 runs from his second over – the ninth of the innings. He reached his third T20I half-century off 30 balls with a boundary to long-off off medium pacer Hardik Pandya, but departed soon after in the 14th over when he swatted at the first ball of Kohli’s first over and holed out to Rohit running in from long off. MUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies crushed the hopes of a billion Indians when they produced a magnificent run chase to stun the home side by seven wickets and clinch a place in Sunday’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup. Entering yesterday’s semi-final as the underdogs against tournament favourites India, the Caribbean side silenced the full house at the Wankhede Stadium by overhauling an imposing target of 193 with two balls to spare in a riveting encounter. They were propelled by half-centuries from Lendl Simmons, who carved out an exhilarating, career-best unbeaten 82, and opener Johnson Charles, who belted an aggressive 52, while Andre Russell weighed in with a whirlwind unbeaten 43. Stumbling at 19 for two in the third over after losing key players Chris Gayle (5) and Marlon Samuels (8), West Indies recovered through the trio’s efforts to reach 84 for two at the halfway stage before plundering 112 runs off the last 58 balls of the innings. Requiring eight runs from the final over bowled by part-time medium pacer Virat Kohli, West Indies managed just a run from the first two deliveries, but Russell tugged the third ball to the midwicket boundary before clearing the ropes at wide long-on, to spark celebrations among the visitors. Simmons, who only arrived here from the Caribbean earlier this week to replace the injured Andre Fletcher, faced 51 deliveries and struck seven fours and five sixes. Living a charmed life, he survived three chances to anchor two key partnerships, putting on 97 for the third wicket with Charles before adding a further 80 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Russell. BRUTE STRENGTH
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has charged the Ministry of Justice to continue the campaign to make Liberia a corruption-free society. Addressing heads of Liberia’s security sector when she paid an early morning visit to the Ministry of Justice on Thursday, President Sirleaf said corruption is still a cancer in Liberia and that the Ministry of Justice should stand firm to help weed out this menace from the Liberian society.“We can’t build the roads and improve the schools and improve the salaries and do all of that if there is continued leakage into private purposes,” President Sirleaf stressed.The Liberian leader challenged every Liberian to be involved in the ongoing fight against corruption that has witnessed the creation of institutions such as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Internal Audit Secretariat, and the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC). “It is a challenge for all of us. It’s a challenge for almost every Liberian who wants to see public resources used for the betterment of the lives of Liberian people. We can’t have it both ways”, the President added.The President emphasized that in spite of numerous anti-graft legislations, policies, various accountability and integrity institutions, the battle against corruption cannot be won without implementation. Speaking directly to officials of the government’s leading prosecutorial agency, the President Sirleaf directed the Ministry of Justice to step up efforts in prosecuting alleged corrupt officials.The President said, “Unless you can punish a few people – unless you can show that dishonesty does not pay – all of the [anti-graft] efforts amount to nothing.”President Sirleaf called on the officials of the Justice Ministry to remain in the forefront of the battle against corruption and urged Min. Benedict Sannoh to strengthen the effectiveness of the prosecution arm of the Justice Ministry to enable it to take concrete actions against those involved in corrupt practices.Upon taking office in 2005, President Sirleaf declared corruption as a major public enemy, which she vowed to stamp out of the Liberian society.MoJ to Execute New Security Council ResolutionNewly-inducted Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh has told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that the Ministry plans to operationalize the UN Security Council Resolution 2190. The UNSC Resolution calls on Liberia to take full charge of security within its borders by 2016.According to the Justice Minister, the operational plan will commence within the next three weeks and will be implemented in close collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Responding, President Sirleaf instructed the Justice Ministry to ensure that the security transition plan is time-bound with clear benchmarks to ensure that the process is smooth and gradual.President Sirleaf Impressed with New Police ImagePresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she is impressed with the improving image of the Liberian National Police and the growing sense of public acceptance of the force.The Liberian leader lauded the police for rebuilding its image and challenged them to invest more into community policing.“I commend you for the changing perception of the police in the improving conduct of the officers for which we are seeing better public acceptance of the police and its protection of the people. This is a change which must continue with increased respect for rights as well as disciplined and professional care in the exercise of your duty”, the President concluded.STEP UP OR STEP OUTPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on public officials to step up or step out. The Liberian leader made the call when she paid an early morning visit to the Justice Ministry on Thursday.”We have a lot of work to do in our post – Ebola recovery, and will need to be focused and dedicated with each doing their very best to achieve the best for our people”, the Liberian leader said.She added that she will not hesitate to wield the administrative axe as needed whenever weak links to progress are identified.Meanwhile the President has asked members of the Executive Branch to think outside the box and explore new ways to get the job done, adding “we must get the development agenda back on track as soon as possible.”Cabinet RetreatThe Liberian cabinet met over a two-day period this week to agree on a road map for the next three years of the administration. The venue was Jalijuah, in Bomi County.Under the direction of the President, the Cabinet assessed the national development agenda and agreed upon a plan which is time-bond and realistic.In recent meetings with the Chief Justice and the Speaker as well as at the Justice Ministry, the President called on public officials to be focused and dedicated to their duties and functions so as to achieve the best for the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Lieutenant Colonel of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has completed a Master of Arts Degree in Strategic Security Studies and a War College Diploma in International Security and Combating Terrorism from the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) at the National Defence University, Washington, DC.Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Bowman recently graduated with honours after successfully completing the programme conducted from July 3, 2017 to June 7, 2018. Lieutenant Colonel Bowman received honours for his research paper titled “Lessons from Trinidad and Tobago: Addressing Crime and Preventing the Rise ofLieutenant Colonel Trevor Bowman (right) and a fellow student at the National Defence UniversityRadicalism in Guyana.”The Combating Terrorism Fellowship Programme is the flagship academic programme conducted by CISA, which targets the development of strategic leaders to confront complex national, regional, and global security challenges such as State instability, insurgency, and terrorism.The Lieutenant Colonel noted that the programme showed a troubling convergence of terrorism and crime, underscoring the importance of a holistic rather than militarised approach in combating security challenges.For Guyana, he explained, “it is of particular relevance, as our country still wrestles with crime at both the domestic and transnational levels. Moreover, our emerging oil economy will see an influx of foreigners into the country. This dictates that the terrorist threat should never be disregarded.”Apart from this recent achievement, Lieutenant Colonel Bowman has successfully completed several courses overseas, including the Jungle Warfare and Jumpmaster Courses in Brazil, the Special Operations and Psychological Operations Courses in the USA, and the French Commando Course in both French Guiana and Martinique.The Lieutenant Colonel is also the only serving GDF officer to complete the All-Arms Commando Course conducted by the British Royal Marines, UK.
… has done little to create new jobs, investmentsThe parliamentary Opposition is contending that after being in office for over two years, the coalition Government has done little to create new jobs as it inherited most of the major job creating investments currently in place.Opposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo took a swing at the Government when he questioned what new jobs were being created by the Administration, noting that most major investments currently contributing to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and creating jobs were brought in under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).“Almost every single (investment they have,) they’ve inherited. This Government has done nothing new to create jobs since it took office. After criticising us for selling out the land on the public road at Liliendaal, we see now a major construction activity going on there (Movietown),” Jagdeo said at a recent press conference.“And after criticising us about the land policy in relation to the Marriott Hotel, there’s a structure there today that this Government enjoys. And Teleperformance started under the PPP. And now the latest thing is Qualfon campus. That land was given by the PPP to Qualfon to construct that facility, as a result of which you got a US$5 million investment and a thousand Guyanese will be employed there. What have they done?”Jagdeo pointed to the recent investment conferences in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom that have been attended by President David Granger, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and other senior officials.“The President goes off on investment conferences, not a single investment. We’ve had investment conferences to Miami, Canada, London; (and) nothing materialises out of these frequent visits abroad. They’re living off of past investments and past flows, not creating new values or new jobs.” The Opposition Leader added that two of the thriving gold fields along with the oil and gas sector investments were all negotiated under the PPP Administration.“What have they done? They’ve not done anything. They have no plans for the future because when you ask them, they’re still working on plans for the future. This is their third year in office,” Jagdeo asked.InvestmentsDespite Guyana’s abundance of natural resources and acres of arable farm lands, the dire state of foreign direct investments in Guyana is one that even Minister Gaskin has acknowledged.During the recent Heads of Mission conference in Guyana, Gaskin had told the gathering that Guyana had no investment opportunities to offer for the time being. He had noted that while the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) is promoting Guyana’s image, GO-Invest faces challenges.“Investors generally want to know what specific projects we have for them to invest in. And we have none. And therefore we tend to lose the interest of the investor because there are other countries competing for those limited investment funds that have tangible investment projects to offer,” he said.“So the truth is that right now we’re not speaking a language that investors are looking to hear. You may have noticed that for the most part investors are looking for some kind of partnership with the Government. That is their preference because it gives them the confidence and security they are looking for. This is especially so for foreign investors including Diaspora investors,” the Minister had added.JobsLast year, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) revealed in its annual report that unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 8.1 per cent in 2016. This, ILO had said, represented the highest unemployment rate in a decade. And due to slow growth forecasts for 2017, the organisation had warned of a potential increase in the job less.Since the rate was 1.5 per cent higher than the rate in 2015, they had adjudged that some five million people had joined the ranks of the unemployed.There is no updated data at present on the rate of unemployment specific to Guyana. However, the Government has plans to conduct a Labour Force Survey in the second quarter of 2017.
Families and kids at Kin Park wait anxiously to see if they are the lucky winners of the draw prizes for the Easter Egg Hunt. Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The sun peaks through the clouds over Surerus Ball Park. Hopefully this means that spring is finally here! Picture: Amber Davy Many families in Fort St. John take part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Kin Park. Picture: Amber Davy
One person has been hurt after a hit and run in Dawson Creek.The incident occurred Tuesday at around 1:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek RCMP say a woman was trying to get into her car outside the Credit Union in the city. They then say another car tried to back out of a parking space beside the woman, hitting her in the process.The car is described as an older four-door sedan that may be similar to a Grand-Am. Police say the driver was a male in his 20s or 30s. He had a dark goatee and was wearing a baseball cap at the time of the incident.The woman suffered minor injuries after being knocked to the ground during the incident.Anyone who either saw or has information about the incident is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP detachment at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisement
Maybe it’s not a surprise for the coach who reached 900 wins faster than anyone in NBA history, but Phil Jackson arrived at Staples Center for Thursday night’s game having been a part of only two five-game losing streaks in all his years of coaching. Make that three five-game losing streaks and an agonizing weekend of soul-searching for the Lakers, who faltered once again down the stretch and lost 114-108 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their final game before the All-Star break. “I think that I saw players that had quit in their eyes tonight,” Jackson said, “and that bothered me. I thought I saw guys that felt defeated when I kind of got after them about their defense or about playing with urgency. “They just had a vacant look, and really that bothers me about this team. I think they’ve got to come back with a renewed spirit.” The Lakers went into a timeout leading 101-100 with 3:25 left, but couldn’t close out the game, keep the Cavaliers off the foul line or grab another key rebound late. That was enough for Cleveland, which finished the game on a 14-7 run. So went the second showdown of the week between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. James finished with 38 points while Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, but the difference came at the foul line in the 2-hour, 52-minute game. The Cavaliers made one fewer free throw than the Lakers shot as a team, going 41 of 55 from the line. Cleveland shot 18 free throws to six for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with five straight trips to the line, hitting 9 of 10 free throws. “We couldn’t seem to stop the basketball,” Jackson said. “When a team shoots 55 free throws, let alone on your home court, they’re just taking the ball right to you, and we had no answer for that.” Jackson had suffered only two previous five-game losing streaks in 16 seasons as an NBA coach. One came with the 1993-94 Chicago Bulls and one last season with the Lakers, although Bryant served an NBA suspension in two of those five losses. Each of the Lakers’ three previous losses was decided late in the fourth quarter, and Thursday was no different. The Lakers came out of the timeout with 3:25 left and lost their lead in a matter of moments. James hit a 15-foot fadeaway over Bryant, then stole a Bryant pass at the other end. When Lamar Odom went to double-team James, the Cavaliers moved the ball and Sasha Pavlovic knocked down an open 3-pointer. The Cavaliers led 105-101 and stayed in front as Eric Snow drove past Smush Parker and twice got to the line. He fouled out Andrew Bynum with his first drive and converted all four free throws. Bryant buried a 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 34.3 seconds remaining as the Lakers closed to 109-108. But James worked his way around a screen-and-roll and was fouled by Bryant with 20.1 seconds to play. He made the first of two free throws and missed the second, but the Lakers couldn’t grab the rebound, even though Jackson had brought Ronny Turiaf in for just that purpose. Turiaf and Bryant wound up knocking the ball to Anderson Varejao, who passed it back outside to James. It was d j vu for the Lakers. They were unable to rebound a missed free throw in Friday’s loss to Toronto and a missed 3-pointer in Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks. James was fouled and went back to the line with 11.7 seconds left. He sank both free throws and finished the game having made 10 of 16 shots and 18 of 22 free throws. The Lakers will take a 30-24 record into the All-Star break; they were 28-26 after 54 games last season. Even with two months left to play, the Lakers are settling into sixth place in the Western Conference standings. email@example.com (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This wasn’t a microcosm of the Lakers’ season, which started fast but turned sour after injuries to Kwame Brown and Luke Walton, but a reflection of their current problems. The Lakers are 4-11 in their past 15 games and have lost four consecutive home games.