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Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery game, will choose initially

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Jessica Hill/ AP In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, New york city Liberty coach Expense Laimbeer sees during the team’s WNBA basketball video game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Laimbeer will be the new coach and basic supervisor of the San Antonio Stars when the group moves to Las Vegas.

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017|5:47 p.m.

New York City– Costs Laimbeer and the Las Vegas franchise hit the jackpot, winning the WNBA draft lottery on Monday.

“Having the very first choice will assist to grow a fan base and this will go a long way to that,” Laimbeer stated in a phone interview. “I’m thrilled that we’ll add a great piece to the puzzle.”

Las Vegas had the very best odds (44 percent) to win Monday’s lottery game after completing with the combined worst record the previous two seasons while the franchise was in San Antonio. The team moved to Las Vegas last month and employed Laimbeer as its coach and president. It’s the second successive year that the franchise has the leading pick. Destiny took Kelsey Plum No. 1 last season.

Laimbeer was happy to have good fortune in the draft lottery game. In 2003, he was the overwhelming preferred to obtain the top choice and his Detroit Shock ended up getting the No. 3. It didn’t end up that severely as Laimbeer took Cheryl Ford and the Shock went on to win the WNBA championship that year, going from worst to initially.

“You anticipate the worst, hope for the very best,” Laimbeer said. “You have no idea.”

Laimbeer stated that he heard that the draft is currently planned to be held in New York next spring, however he wouldn’t mind seeing Las Vegas attempt and host it.

“It’s the league’s call. We’re open for anything. It’s an excellent destination place,” he said. “I make certain we’ll speak about it here.”

Indiana will choose second with Chicago getting the 3rd and fourth picks. The Sky acquired the third pick from the Atlanta Dream in a trade.

“With these 2 prized draft choices, we can include powerful effect players to our already talent-rich roster,” Sky GM and coach Amber Stocks said. “We will keep a keen eye on assessing the upcoming draftees while also evaluating the latent potential of these valuable assets.”

The Sky are the 4th group in league history to have both the third and fourth choices.

With an excellent senior class, this need to be a pretty deep draft headlined by South Carolina star A’ja Wilson.

“Consensus is she’s the No. 1 choice,” Laimbeer stated. “Time will inform. In our league, there’s some truly big gamers.”

Seattle will select fifth and Dallas sixth. The Wings will be followed by Washington, Phoenix, Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles and Minnesota.

Draft U.S. report states extreme storms owned by climate modification

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Lynne Sladky/ AP In this Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, automobiles work out greatly flooded streets as rain falls in Miami Beach, Fla.

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017|12:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Straight contradicting President Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal firms concludes that the United States is already feeling the unfavorable impacts of environment modification, with a stark boost in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather condition over the last 4 decades.

The initial report sums up the present state of the science for the upcoming National Environment Assessment. Trump and his Cabinet have actually revealed public doubts that the warming is being mostly driven by manufactured carbon pollution and will have serious consequences for Americans.

An early version of the report, a copy which was gotten by The Associated Press, was dispersed extensively in December for evaluation by leading researchers. The New York Times released a copy Monday.

The U.S. International Change Research Program, which will edit and produce the last report, did not respond to phone and emails seeking talk about Tuesday.

The evaluation has actually normally been launched every four years under a federal initiative mandated by Congress in 1990. The existing draft, targeted for release later on this year, mainly constructs on the conclusions of the 2014 evaluation released under the Obama administration.

The evaluation stated international temperature levels will continue to increase without high decreases in the burning of nonrenewable fuel sources, with progressively unfavorable impacts. Worldwide, 15 of the last 16 years have actually been the warmest years on record. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated 2017 is on track to be the 2nd warmest for the United States.

The report calls the long-term proof that international warming is being driven by human activities “unambiguous.”

“There are no alternative descriptions, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can describe the observed modifications in environment,” the report said, citing thousands of studies. “Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”

Researchers from all over the world have actually recorded warming in the air and water, melting glaciers, disappearing snow, diminishing sea ice and rising water level. The report said the United States will see temperature level boosts of at least 2.5 degrees (1.4 degrees Celsius) over the next few decades, even with substantial cuts to carbon contamination.

Even if humans stop spewing heat-trapping gases today, the world will warm another half a degree over today’s temperature levels (0.3 degrees Celsius), the report said, citing high confidence in those estimations. Scientists, such as Stanford University’s Chris Field, say that even a few tenths of a degree of warming can have dramatic effect on human civilization and the natural environment.

“Every increment in warming is an increment in risk,” stated Field, who wasn’t part of the report however reviewed it for The National Academy of Sciences.

Trump, who has called climate alter a “overall con job” and “hoax” perpetrated to damage U.S. economic competitiveness, has actually spearheaded a wholesale scrapping of Obama-era efforts that looked for to decrease carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources. Recently, Trump’s administration formally informed the United Nations that the United States means to take out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, in which almost 200 nations promised to decrease carbon emissions.

U.S. environment scientists have actually seen these policy developments with increasing alarm, with some expressing concern the Trump administration might seek to bury or substantially diluted the quadrennial climate evaluation.

However, four co-authors of the federal climate assessment, who spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity due to the fact that they were not licensed to discuss the concern, said they have actually declined or seen any effort by the White House to reduce or censor the clinical document.

“It was under the radar and we were fine about that,” one author informed AP on Tuesday.

Michael MacCracken, a researcher who headed the interagency team that examined the assessment in the 1990s, stated those concerns were based upon exactly what senior administration authorities have said they believe– that forecasts of global interruptions from extreme storms, droughts and heat waves were overblown and alarmist.

“Science is not a set of beliefs,” MacCracken said. “Science is a set of evidence.”

He informed AP he fretted that the report might be late due to the fact that the White Home Workplace of Science Technology Policy, which assists coordinate the report, is understaffed and Trump has not selected a science advisor yet.

The report is presently in its fifth draft. The version examined by the Times and AP is marked as the third evaluation, which was dispersed for remark in December.

“This one was made widely available for public review,” MacCracken said. “It wasn’t a dripped review.”

One report author stated due to the fact that the assessment takes a look at how water level rise, extreme weather condition and other things that affect global warming change with the amount of heat-trapping gases spewed by the world, the bypassing message was how actions now on carbon dioxide pollution can limit damage in the future.

Michael Qualls delights in draft night at home with family


SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –

Up till a few weeks ago Shreveport’s Michael Qualls had other prepare for the NBA draft night. The former Huntington Raider and Arkansas Razorback was a possible 2nd round choice prior to tearing his ACL in a pre draft exercise in Phoenix.

Thursday night KSLA News 12 Sports sat down with Qualls and his family to enjoy the draft but there were no long faces. Qualls and his family is still hopeful that he will certainly be able to have an opportunity to help an NBA group when he recovers.

Qualls says it is terrific to be back home around his son and the rest of his family and he’s constantly going to keep his head held up high.

When talking about the past few weeks, Qualls said, “It’s been bittersweet, waiting on the minute to be prepared and you understand the injury taking place. I’m still optimistic, but I currently know where I’ll be. With my scenario, I know I’ll be alright. We’ll be playing in the NBA no matter what. Tonight has, for me, just been that positive, cause you cannot be depressed. There’s no time at all to hang your head down. We’re in life now. I made the decision to leave so everything’s got ta keep rolling.”

Qualls states he’s waiting to see exactly what occurs to select when to have surgery on his knee.

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