Wizards vs. Cavaliers – Game Recap – April 30, 2021


CLEVELAND — — Russell Westbrook posted his 31st triple-double of the season with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Washington Wizards continued their postseason push with a 122-93 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

It was Westbrook’s 177th career triple-double, moving him within four of Oscar Robertson’s NBA record. He also tied Wilt Chamberlain (1967-1968) for the fourth-most triple-doubles in a season, a list that Westbrook leads with 42 in 2016-2017.

“When you get mentioned with great names like Oscar and you get complimented by him like I’ve been, it’s truly an honor and something you don’t take for granted,” Westbrook said. “I’m just grateful to be in a conversation with my name connected to his.”

Westbrook is on pace to average a triple-double for the fourth time, currently at 21.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game. He accomplished the feat three times with Oklahoma City, most recently two seasons ago.

“I’m hoping Russell gets the record because it’s something that you wouldn’t think would be possible for a 6-foot-3 guard,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He has a tenacity to compete that doesn’t change from day to day.

“It’s been awesome to see how he leads us on the court, off the court, in the hotel and on the bus. He has just been terrific.”

Bradley Beal scored 19 points on 8-for-24 shooting, and Raul Neto had 17 points for Washington, which strengthened its hold on the final play-in tournament spot in the East. The Wizards are 12-2 since falling a season-low 15 games below .500 on April 5.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry, whose team did not play, reclaimed the league scoring lead over Beal 31.3 points per game to 31.1.

Collin Sexton scored 22 points but had a career-high eight turnovers for Cleveland in his return from a three-game absence with a concussion. Cedi Osman had 14 points and Darius Garland added 12 before leaving with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.

Kevin Love did not attempt a shot and went scoreless in 22 minutes for the Cavaliers, who have lost five straight overall and seven of their last eight at home. Love threw an on-court tantrum Monday against the Raptors in Tampa, Florida, and publicly apologized for it two days later.

“Tonight was different, and we need Kevin to take shots because he’s a big part of our offense,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Of course, we’d like to find a way to get him in the game offensively. We need to get him involved early.”

Washington blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Cleveland 33-16 to extend its lead to 89-77. A 3-pointer by Garrison Mathews late in the fourth gave them their largest advantage at 117-84.

The Wizards outscored the Cavaliers by 34 points in the 25 minutes played by Ish Smith, who had 11 points and four assists. Daniel Gafford chipped in 13 points and seven boards.

Westbrook became the third player in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse history with multiple triple-doubles, joining former Cavaliers LeBron James (35) and Andre Miller (3). Westbrook joined James as only visiting players with two in the 27-year old building.

“Russ is made different, he really is because he gives you 120, 130, 150, 200% percent every night in every aspect of the game,” Smith said. “It’s like a game of wills and he’s going to outlast you.”

TIP-INS

Wizards: Brooks won his 178th game with Washington, tying Randy Wittman for fifth place in franchise history. Dick Motta is fourth with 185 victories … C Robin Lopez appeared in his team-high 62nd game, only sitting out one. He did not play against San Antonio on April 26 because of a sprained left ankle. … C Thomas Bryant (left ACL tear) and F Deni Avdija (right ankle fracture) will miss the rest of the season.

Cavaliers: F Mfiondu Kabengele had his second 10-day contract expire after the game, but coach Bickerstaff said he will be signed for the remainder of the season. … F Taurean Prince (left ankle surgery), G Matthew Dellavedova (neck strain), C Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion), F Larry Nance Jr. (right thumb fracture), F Lamar Stevens (concussion) and F Dylan Windler (left knee surgery) remain unavailable.

ROUGH ROAD

The Wizards’ path to the playoffs includes six road games in their next seven contests. Their second-half schedule is compressed tighter than most as a result of their Jan. 13-22 shutdown for COVID-19. “Everyone in the NBA is tired at this point of the season, so that’s not an excuse,” Brooks said. “But making up those six games has led to extra travel and fewer days off, so it’s something we’ve had to adjust to.”

UP NEXT

Wizards: Visit Dallas on Saturday. Washington is 18-11 against the West, but lost to the Mavericks 109-87 on April 3 at Capital One Arena.

Cavaliers: Host Miami on Saturday. The Heat have claimed both matchups this season, winning 113-98 on March 16 and 115-101 on April 3.

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Jazz vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – April 26, 2021


MINNEAPOLIS — — D’Angelo Russell had a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 105-104 on Monday night.

Mike Conley gave Utah a 104-103 lead with 6.4 seconds left, but Ricky Rubio found Russell for a layup on the ensuing possession. Conley then lost the ball in a scramble on the Jazz’s final possession as time expired.

“We got the job done,” Towns said. “Our physicality was there. The discipline was there. Execution was there. The defensive effort keeping them to 104 points tonight. I think last game it was 98, I believe. You can’t ask for much more on the defensive end.”

Minnesota, which started the day tied for the second-fewest wins in the NBA, handed the league-leading Jazz another loss. The Timberwolves (18-44) went 3-0 against Utah (44-17) this season.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in NBA history a team with a win percentage below .300 swept a series of at least three games against a team with a win percentage of at least .700.

Anthony Edwards added 14 points for Minnesota, which has won four of its last six games.

“We’re building, gives us something to build on,” Russell said. “We got all the excuses in the world to say why we’re not what we’re supposed to be. But just the taste of us winning here and there, us executing down the stretch, something to build on, just taking those small positives out of each game, especially when we win.”

Conley had 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 18 points for Utah. The Jazz, playing their fifth straight game without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, have lost three of five.

Utah shot 38.9% from the field and 16 of 57 (28.1%) from 3-point range against Minnesota.

“I don’t know if concern would be the word that I would choose to use, but certainly you want to win,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I’d be concerned if we didn’t compete. I’d like to have executed better on the two possessions. But again, that’s something we have to do the same way I mentioned the other night; we have to rebound and we have to take care of the ball.”

The Jazz looked set to avenge a 101-96 loss to the Wolves in Utah on Saturday. They closed the first quarter on a 30-12 run and led by 18 points early in the second period.

Then, just like it did Saturday, Minnesota came back in the second.

Russell got the cold-shooting Wolves started. He scored 15 points in the second and hit six 3s in the first half. He connected on three straight from beyond the arc to finish off a 32-9 run that gave Minnesota the lead.

The Wolves led by as many as 13 in the fourth before the Jazz closed strong.

“It’s never going to be all good and all bad,” Gobert said. “We just got to find ways to put ourself in position to win every night. I thought we did that tonight. I thought we did that last game.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: Mitchell missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain. Utah is 5-3 without Mitchell this season. … Joe Ingles started the day with a league-best 48.7% shooting percentage from 3. He finished 3 of 13 from beyond the arc on Monday.

Timberwolves: Russell’s six 3s tied a franchise record for most 3s in a half. The franchise record for made 3-pointers in a game is eight, last done by Kevin Love in 2013. … Minnesota came back from down 17 points on Saturday in Utah, its third-largest comeback of the season. The Wolves have come back from at least 15 points five times since the All-Star break.

RUSSELL’S RETURN

Russell missed two months as he recovered from knee surgery and he’s come off the bench since his return. In the 12 games since returning, Russell is scoring 20 points per game. He’s shooting 48.5% from the field and 44.7% from 3.

His 20 points and 11 assists on Monday make him the third Wolves player to have a 20-point, 10-assist game off the bench.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Continue their three-game trip on Wednesday at Sacramento.

Timberwolves: Travel to Houston to finish a back-to-back on Tuesday.

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Kiwi NBL boss Justin Nelson relishes wide-open league: ‘It’s anybody’s ball game’


Nothing is ever easy. There is an uncomfortable overlap with Australia and, of course, Covid hovers like a threatening rain cloud. But Kiwi National Basketball League boss Justin Nelson believes his little league that could is set to take another massive stride in the right direction in 2021.

The 40th year of New Zealand’s NBL tips off on Saturday night in Dunedin, when the Otago Nuggets host Wellington’s Saints, followed a night later by the first true instalment of the Queen City’s new basketball rivalry when the Auckland Huskies travel down SH1 to take on the Franklin Bulls.

Of course there are Covid-enforced hitches. The Australian NBL has been pushed back so much there is now a major overlap with the Kiwi league, which threatens the participation of some Kiwi players, and one Australian, who have signed for the New Zealand competition.

And though the league managed to get clearance to bring in two imports per team via managed isolation, there can still be issues, which the Huskies discovered when star signing Armoni Brooks got an eleventh-hour callup to the NBA. Swapping his spot out has proved problematic, which forced the franchise to turn to Australia-based Jeremy Kendle for a short-term fix.

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Nelson, who masterminded the runaway success Showdown in 2020 which played out in an Auckland hub with talent dispersed evenly around the clubs, told Stuff that this year’s Sal’s NBL would once again have to be nimble should Covid demand it.

“We’re mindful there could be spot fires with Covid,” said Nelson ahead of his third year running the league. “Upon reflection we should be really proud of the way we adapted in 2020. I think we were a real leader in sport, and I’m not afraid of Covid causing disruption. I know we would tackle it head-on with a great deal of confidence.

“Given what we went through in 2020 there is absolutely nothing that scares me, and nothing we’re not ready for these days.”

In fact, Nelson believes the 2021 NBL is set to be the most competitive it’s been for a long, long time, which has been one of his driving ambitions since he took on this job. All 93 games will be televised on Sky.

NBL GM Justin Nelson is backing the quality of his league to overcome any challenges it faces in 2021.

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NBL GM Justin Nelson is backing the quality of his league to overcome any challenges it faces in 2021.

“My greatest challenge since I arrived here has been trying to adapt towards a competitively balanced competition,” Nelson told Stuff. “The great thing that came out of 2020, and not knowing who was going to win night to night, is teams have bought into that, and understand the benefits and increased commercial opportunities that come with that.

“I think it’s going to be the making of this league for the next 40 years, the fact any team, if they operate well, recruit smartly and work within the rules, creates a genuine opportunity for fans to believe their team is a chance to win.”

The ANBL overlap is unfortunate and unavoidable, though the trans-Tasman bubble has at least smoothed travel. Title favourites the Hawks are the most affected with four players involved in Kiwis Jarrod Kenny, Jordan Hunt and Hyrum Harris (all Cairns), and Aussie import Jordan Hunter (Sydney). But Tom Vodanovich (Sydney) is also signed for the Huskies, Isaac Davidson (Breakers) for the Franklin Bulls and Taylor Britt (Perth) for the Canterbury Rams.

In order to qualify for finals players must be back playing in the Kiwi NBL by June 24. It’s figured those whose teams don’t make the playoffs should be good to go by round 7 (tipping June 7), while beaten semifinalists should also just squeeze inside the cut.

The Hawks have the additional issue of having one too many tier-3 players (Kiwis in the ANBL) after Harris was whistled up as an injury replacement for the Taipans. They are likely to have to jettison one.

But Nelson is confident the league has more than enough quality to hold its own before the reinforcements arrive.

Chris Johnson will bring NBA experience to the Auckland Huskies for the 2021 New Zealand NBL.

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Chris Johnson will bring NBA experience to the Auckland Huskies for the 2021 New Zealand NBL.

He points to former NBA player Josh Selby (Bulls) as an example of the calibre of player the league has been able to attract, on top of a quartet of imports who have featured previously in the Australian NBL in Deshon Taylor (Rams), EJ Singler (Rams), Devondrick Walker (Hawks) and DeAndre Daniels (Jets).

When you throw in other big-name signings, such as 75-game NBA big man Chris Johnson for the Huskies, Giants import and collegiate standout Donte Ingram, the Saints’ 7’2 giant Romaro Gill and top-line Kiwis such as Matt Freeman (coming in from his first pro gig in Germany for Franklin), Jack Salt (back from a two-year injury absence for the Rams), Ethan Rusbatch (returning for the Hawks from a spell out with injury) and Sam Timmins (lining up for his home-town Otago Nuggets) and it’s a league Nelson says has the high-end quality required.

Nelson notes the high-risk/high-reward approach of the busy Hawks, the improvement in squad depth at the Jets and Giants, the unknown factor of the two essentially new Auckland franchises, the return to the NBL of the Nuggets and the established quality of the Saints, Rams and Sharks and is reluctant to tip a winner.

“We are about to see a full-blown season for the first time in a long time that is a wide-open race. That’s what fans want, what sponsors want and viewers want, and it’s the best possible position we can be in.”

*Stuff is the official media partner of the Sal’s NBL for 2021. Coverage of the league can be found at www.stuff.co.nz/sport/basketball



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Collapsed rubbish tip deal ‘mess’ sparks Dudley blame game


Dudley residents are no longer allowed to use Wolverhampton Council’s waste recycling centre in Anchor Lane, near Coseley
Dudley residents are no longer allowed to use Wolverhampton Council’s waste recycling centre in Anchor Lane, near Coseley

For almost 20 years, people living in the north of the borough had been able to use the City of Wolverhampton Council’s waste recycling centre in Anchor Lane, near Coseley.

At a full council meeting on Monday (April 19), opposition Labour members accused the administration of mishandling the issue.

They also said the council had failed to find a provision leaving residents having to make 18-mile round trips to use the sole Dudley borough facility in Stourbridge.

Authority leader Patrick Harley and Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment, said Wolverhampton had behaved “appallingly” and given them no time to negotiate a new deal.

When the announcement was made on April 1, Wolverhampton’s deputy chief executive Mark Taylor said they had asked Dudley Council to pay 32 per cent of the £1 million running costs of Anchor Lane.

The recycling centre in Anchor Lane

This meant Dudley would have to pay £333,000 a year for residents to continue using the site, instead of the £200,000 fee previously agreed.

Mr Taylor described it as a “fair and proportionate” share, adding they had been negotiating for 12 months before the deal collapsed.

At Monday’s meeting, Labour councillors including Qadar Zada, Eileen Taylor, Susan Ridney and Parmjit Sahota all grilled the leadership on the issue.

Upper Gornal and Woodsetton councillor Kieran Casey said: “No alternative local provision has been put in place for residents in the north other than having to fill their car up with waste and having to travel an hour’s round trip to Stourbridge, which to me is frankly unacceptable.

“Clearly no alternative provision was considered well in advance of any problems arising. This has been badly handled by the controlling group right from the start.

“When will this mess be cleared up for residents and will the leader get back around the table with Wolverhampton to sort this issue out?”

Councillor Dave Tyler said the borough Stourbridge site was costing the taxpayer £1 million per year to run.

Councillor Dave Tyler

He said: “So we have a tip in Coseley which costs taxpayers one third of the cost than the one we own ourselves which costs a million.

“Why on earth did you not think this was a good deal with Wolverhampton for Dudley taxpayers?”

Councillor Shakespeare refuted the claims the authorities had been negotiating a new deal for 12 months.

She said Wolverhampton had invited them to take part in a review of the service and carry out a survey to assess the needs of residents in the north of Dudley.

But she said they had to chase Wolverhampton for the results of the survey and meetings to discuss the hike in fees only took place in mid-February this year.

She added the arrangement had been in place since 2003 with the increased charge of £200,000 coming into effect in 2008.

Councillor Shakespeare said: “We explained our concerns about the costing they had put forward.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare

“They wanted an increase of all their fixed costs, regardless of our usage. Had they allowed us to discuss it, we could have negotiated a cost.

“Wolverhampton shut us down and that has had an impact on our residents in the north but I can reassure you we will continue to look for alternatives.”

She also said 23 per cent of waste taken to Anchor Lane ended up in Landfill – compared with seven per cent at Stourbridge – and this, along with the increased charge did not represent value for money.

Councillor Harley added: “They have behaved absolutely appallingly to a neighbouring local authority.

“No time at all to sit down and negotiate and ridiculous deadlines given which left our administration with no result but to walk away.”



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Dudley tip deal “mess” sparks blame game


A BLAME game erupted at this week’s full council meeting between Dudley councillors after a deal to allow some residents to use a Wolverhampton tip collapsed.

For almost 20 years, people living in the north of the borough had been able to use the City of Wolverhampton Council’s waste recycling centre in Anchor Lane, near Coseley.

But the arrangement abruptly came to an end earlier this month when the Conservative-led Dudley Council walked away in protest at a proposed 67 per cent hike in charges being applied by their city counterparts.

At a full council meeting on Monday (April 19), opposition Labour members accused the administration of mishandling the issue.

They also said the council had failed to find a provision leaving residents having to make 18-mile round trips to use the sole Dudley borough facility in Stourbridge.

Authority leader Councillor Patrick Harley and Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment, said Wolverhampton had behaved “appallingly” and given them no time to negotiate a new deal.

When the announcement was made on April 1, Wolverhampton’s deputy chief executive Mark Taylor said they had asked Dudley Council to pay 32 per cent of the £1 million running costs of Anchor Lane.

This meant Dudley would have to pay £333,000 a year for residents to continue using the site, instead of the £200,000 fee previously agreed.

Mr Taylor described it as a “fair and proportionate” share, adding they had been negotiating for 12 months before the deal collapsed.

At Monday’s meeting, Labour councillors including Qadar Zada, Eileen Taylor, Susan Ridney and Parmjit Sahota all grilled the leadership on the issue.

Upper Gornal and Woodsetton councillor Kieran Casey said: “No alternative local provision has been put in place for residents in the north other than having to fill their car up with waste and having to travel an hour’s round trip to Stourbridge, which to me is frankly unacceptable.

“Clearly no alternative provision was considered well in advance of any problems arising. This has been badly handled by the controlling group right from the start.

“When will this mess be cleared up for residents and will the leader get back around the table with Wolverhampton to sort this issue out?”

Councillor Dave Taylor said the borough Stourbridge site was costing the taxpayer £1 million per year to run.

He said: “So we have a tip in Coseley which costs taxpayers one third of the cost than the one we own ourselves which costs a million.

“Why on earth did you not think this was a good deal with Wolverhampton for Dudley taxpayers?”

Councillor Shakespeare refuted the claims the authorities had been negotiating a new deal for 12 months.

She said Wolverhampton had invited them to take part in a review of the service and carry out a survey to assess the needs of residents in the north of Dudley.

But she said they had to chase Wolverhampton for the results of the survey and meetings to discuss the hike in fees only took place in mid-February this year.

She added the arrangement had been in place since 2003 with the increased charge of £200,000 coming into effect in 2008.

Councillor Shakespeare said: “We explained our concerns about the costing they had put forward.

“They wanted an increase of all their fixed costs, regardless of our usage. Had they allowed us to discuss it, we could have negotiated a cost.

“Wolverhampton shut us down and that has had an impact on our residents in the north but I can reassure you we will continue to look for alternatives.”

She also said 23 per cent of waste taken to Anchor Lane ended up in Landfill – compared with seven per cent at Stourbridge – and this, along with the increased charge did not represent value for money.

Councillor Harley added: “They have behaved absolutely appallingly to a neighbouring local authority.

“No time at all to sit down and negotiate and ridiculous deadlines given which left our administration with no result but to walk away.”





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Magic vs. Hawks – Game Recap – April 20, 2021


ATLANTA — — Trae Young scored 25 points, Lou Williams added 22 in his best game since returning to Atlanta and the surging Hawks pulled away in the final period for a 112-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

The Hawks began the day clinging to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, which would mean home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Atlanta won for the fifth time in six games to move a step closer to locking up its first postseason berth since 2017.

The Hawks took command in the second quarter, outscoring the Magic 28-13 over the final 7 minutes to build a 65-48 lead at halftime.

Clint Capela scored 12 of his 14 points during the run, Young added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Capela had another dominating game on the boards, finishing with 19 rebounds.

Orlando got as close as six in the third quarter before Atlanta iced the victory in the final period.

Williams was stunned by the trade-deadline deal that brought him to Atlanta from the Los Angeles Clippers. He even considered retirement, despite coming back to a team he once played for and the city where he grew up.

After sitting out four games to ponder his options, Williams finally joined the Hawks to provide some scoring punch off the bench. His performance against the Magic was what injury-plagued Atlanta had in mind.

Wendell Carter Jr. and Cole Anthony had 17 points apiece for Orlando, which has lost nine of 10.

TIP-INS

Magic: Dropped to 3-11 since trading longtime franchise stalwarts Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon at the deadline. … Was outrebounded by the Hawks 65-40.

Hawks: F Danilo Gallinari missed his fifth straight game with a sore right foot. … Improved to 18-6 since Nate McMillan took over as interim coach after the firing of Lloyd Pierce. … John Collins had 11 points and 15 rebounds. … All five starters scored in double figures.

UP NEXT

Magic: Return home to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

Hawks: Travel to New York on Wednesday to face the Knicks.

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‘Mess’ of collapsed rubbish tip deal sparks blame game in Dudley


A blame game erupted between councillors in Dudley after a deal to allow some residents to use a Wolverhampton tip collapsed.

For almost 20 years, people living in the north of the borough had been able to use the City of Wolverhampton Council’s waste recycling centre in Anchor Lane, near Coseley.

But the arrangement abruptly came to an end earlier this month when the Conservative-led Dudley Council walked away in protest at a proposed 67 per cent hike in charges being applied by their city counterparts.

At a full council meeting on Monday (April 19), opposition Labour members accused the administration of mishandling the issue.

They also said the council had failed to find a provision leaving residents having to make 18-mile round trips to use the sole Dudley borough facility in Stourbridge.

Authority leader Patrick Harley and Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment, said Wolverhampton had behaved “appallingly” and given them no time to negotiate a new deal.

When the announcement was made on April 1, Wolverhampton’s deputy chief executive Mark Taylor said they had asked Dudley Council to pay 32 per cent of the £1 million running costs of Anchor Lane.

This meant Dudley would have to pay £333,000 a year for residents to continue using the site, instead of the £200,000 fee previously agreed.


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Mr Taylor described it as a “fair and proportionate” share, adding they had been negotiating for 12 months before the deal collapsed.

At Monday’s meeting, Labour councillors including Qadar Zada, Eileen Taylor, Susan Ridney and Parmjit Sahota all grilled the leadership on the issue.

Upper Gornal and Woodsetton councillor Kieran Casey said: “No alternative local provision has been put in place for residents in the north other than having to fill their car up with waste and having to travel an hour’s round trip to Stourbridge, which to me is frankly unacceptable.

“Clearly no alternative provision was considered well in advance of any problems arising. This has been badly handled by the controlling group right from the start.

“When will this mess be cleared up for residents and will the leader get back around the table with Wolverhampton to sort this issue out?”

Councillor Dave Taylor said the borough Stourbridge site was costing the taxpayer £1 million per year to run.

He said: “So we have a tip in Coseley which costs taxpayers one third of the cost than the one we own ourselves which costs a million.

“Why on earth did you not think this was a good deal with Wolverhampton for Dudley taxpayers?”



Cllr Dave Tyler.
Cllr Dave Tyler.

Councillor Shakespeare refuted the claims the authorities had been negotiating a new deal for 12 months.

She said Wolverhampton had invited them to take part in a review of the service and carry out a survey to assess the needs of residents in the north of Dudley.

But she said they had to chase Wolverhampton for the results of the survey and meetings to discuss the hike in fees only took place in mid-February this year. She added the arrangement had been in place since 2003 with the increased charge of £200,000 coming into effect in 2008.

Councillor Shakespeare said: “We explained our concerns about the costing they had put forward.

“They wanted an increase of all their fixed costs, regardless of our usage. Had they allowed us to discuss it, we could have negotiated a cost.

“Wolverhampton shut us down and that has had an impact on our residents in the north but I can reassure you we will continue to look for alternatives.”

She also said 23 per cent of waste taken to Anchor Lane ended up in Landfill – compared with seven per cent at Stourbridge – and this, along with the increased charge did not represent value for money.

Councillor Harley added: “They have behaved absolutely appallingly to a neighbouring local authority. No time at all to sit down and negotiate and ridiculous deadlines given which left our administration with no result but to walk away.”





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Bulls vs. Celtics – Game Recap – April 19, 2021


BOSTON — — The Bulls have a difficult road to travel if they want to secure a spot in the playoffs.

But they feel like replicating their defensive effort from the past two games might be the thing that helps them get there.

Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and nine rebounds, and the Chicago held off the Boston Celtics 102-96 on Monday night.

Coby White added 19 points and seven assists to help the Bulls snap Boston’s season-high six-game winning streak. Chicago has won its last two since a five-game skid to nudge in front of Toronto for 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Both wins have come without guard Zach LaVine, who remained in the health and safety protocols for the third straight game.

“We’re in a fight for our lives,” said Bulls guard Garrett Temple. “Every detail, every play matters. Guys are playing really hard, and I like that.”

What coach Billy Donovan liked best is how his team is competing on the defensive end, holding each of its last two opponents under 100 points.

“We shot the ball really poorly in the first half. But of defense kept us in it,” Donovan said. “Once the ball started going in the basket, it was nice to see us maintain that defensive intensity, really the entire game.”

Boston led by 12 in second quarter but struggled to execute down the stretch and finished with 17 turnovers.

“It was pretty consistent, the turnovers,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I go back to their length, their physicality. We tried to draw some fouls in there, but to their credit they played physical. They played solid.”

Jaylen Brown had 23 points. Jayson Tatum posted the first triple-double of his career with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. But he was just 3-of-17 from field.

“It was a tough night,” Tatum said.

The Celtics played without Kemba Walker (non-COVID-19-related illness), Marcus Smart (non-COVID-19-related illness), Evan Fournier (health and safety protocols) and Robert Williams (sore left knee).

The Bulls missed their first five shots of the game and fell into an early hole.

They got back in the game in the third quarter, closing the period a 24-10 run and taking a 74-66 lead to the fourth.

Boston didn’t go away, and Brown tied the game at 90 with a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining.

But Chicago then pushed back in front 96-90, taking advantage of a pair of Celtics’ empty possessions.

Tremont Waters got Boston within 96-94 on a layup with 16.5 seconds left. The Celtics fouled and White pushed the lead back up to 98-94 with a pair of free throws.

Two free throws by Tatum but it to 98-96. But after White was fouled again, he calmly sank two more free throws.

Boston shot 20-of-39 from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led 48-42 lead at halftime.

Vucevic scored 17 in the first half to keep the Bulls within striking distance.

White said it was easy to run the offense through the All-Star once he got going.

“Vooch is a bucket getter,” White said. “You gotta play off a guy that talented.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: Daniel Theis, who was dealt by Boston at the trade deadline, finished with six points, six rebounds and four assists in his first matchup against his former team. … Chicago scored 16 points of Boston turnovers.

Celtics: Celtics hit their first four shots, taking a 9-0 lead. … Brown scored 13 of Boston’s first 21 points. … Stevens said Williams, who also sat out Saturday, could be available for their matchup with Phoenix on Thursday. Fournier is expected to have a final test before being removed from health and safety protocols list sometime this week.

TRIPLE THREAT

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tatum (23 years, 47 days) is the second-youngest Celtics player in franchise history to record a triple-double,. The youngest was Marcus Smart (21 years, 315 days) on Jan. 15, 2016 against Phoenix.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Cleveland Wednesday.

Celtics: Host Suns Thursday.

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Yankees’ Gary Sánchez Leaves Game After Taking Foul Tip Off Right Hand


Through the first two-plus weeks of the regular season, Gary Sánchez has been one of the Yankees’ most reliable contributors at the plate.

After taking a foul tip off his right hand in the fourth inning on Saturday, leaving the game with a contusion on his right index and middle fingers, New York’s backstop is listed as day-to-day.

Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena got a piece of a 1-1 changeup from left-hander Jordan Montgomery, sending a foul ball down to Sánchez’s lap. The backstop was resting his right hand below the belt, taking the foul tip squarely off his hand.





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