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ING considers splitting €27bn pension fund into two schemes

first_imgThe €27bn Pensioenfonds ING is thinking to divide itself into two pension funds in light of parent company ING Group’s recent division into a banking and an insurance firm. The board of the now-closed scheme said the interests of two fully separated employers and their stakeholders would best be served by two separate pension funds. The scheme’s board also cited differences in collectively agreed salary increases at ING Bank and NN Group, which could cause imbalances in the indexation for employees at both companies.This would also apply for deferred members and pensioners who receive indexation based on pay increases at ING Bank. “A bigger inflation for one group would come at the expense of other groups, as granting indexation would lead to a decrease of the pension fund’s coverage ratio,” the pension fund said.Rob Oosterhout, the scheme’s vice-chairman, added that separate pension funds would be able to provide participants with tailor-made information.He said the two new schemes could, in future, use their purchasing power – together with the new collective DC pension funds at ING Bank and NN Group – to make joint investments, as well as for pensions provision.However, the board took pains to make clear that no decision had been made yet, and that it was studying all aspects of a possible division together with its accountability division, which has the formal right of advice on the matter.It said it wanted to assess “meticulously” the possible effects and risks for the various stakeholder groups, and that the probability of any rights cut or indexation must remain virtually the same for all groups.The Pensioenfonds ING said it would also consult the central works council, unions, employers and ING’s pensioners association VSI, although these organisation do not have a right of advice.Oosterhout said the new pension funds for ING Bank and NN Group would be allocated approximately €18bn and €9bn, respectively, of the pension fund’s current assets of €27bn.At the moment, the Pensioenfonds ING has almost 72,000 participants in total.Oosterhout could not provide a time-scale for the decision-making process.“The most important thing is that the procedure be conducted carefully,” he said.The Pensioenfonds ING became a closed pension fund on 1 January 2014, after the social partners of unions and employers agreed pension arrangements would be changed from defined benefit to collective defined contribution (CDC).At the same time, the social partners decided to establish two new CDC schemes on the back of ING Group’s division, forced upon it by the European Commission after the Dutch government provided support to the company during the financial crisis.last_img read more

 

Lautaro Martinez would only leave Inter for Barcelona

first_imgRead Also: Barcelona facing €100M loss amid Covid 19 outbreakThe Argentine international has netted 16 goals 30 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side this campaign and has particularly impressed in European competition, scoring five in six outings in the Champions League.His current deal runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018, when Inter paid Racing Club €24m for his services.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 El Mundo Deportivo cite a report in Gazzetta dello Sport that the Argentine international would have no issue in having his long-term future at the Milanese giants but could be tempted by a move to the Camp Nou. Loading… Promoted Content7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waycenter_img Inter striker Lautaro Martinez would reportedly only be interested in leaving the club to join Barcelona.Advertisement It is said that the Blaugrana lead the way in the race for the 22-year-old, whom they had identified as the long-term successor to the ageing Luis Suarez.However, there is also said to have been interest from Barca’s El Clasico rivals Real Madrid, with El Mundo Deportivo comparing the interest between the two as ‘like a war’.last_img read more

 

Cricket News Rahul Dravid dubs this knock as ‘greatest by an Indian’ – can you guess?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rahul Dravid has played several memorable knocks for the Indian cricket team during his tenure. His knocks of 233 and 72* helped India break their 22-year jinx in Australia as they won an epic Test match by four wickets in 2003. After the tour to Australia, India embarked on a historic tour to Pakistan in 2004 and Dravid’s brilliant knock of 270 in Rawalpindi helped India win a Test series in Pakistan for the first time ever. Dravid became the first player to score a century in all nine Test-playing countries as he stamped his class on the cricketing world. However, the right-hander, dubbed ‘The Wall’ for his immaculate technique, has not picked any of his knocks as the best. Instead, he has dubbed this particular knock as the ‘greatest by an Indian’.Speaking at the launch of VVS Laxman’s autobiography “281 and Beyond”, Dravid has said Laxman’s knock of 281 in the Eden Gardens Test against Australia in 2001 was the ‘greatest ever by an Indian’ and he enjoyed the knock immensely.“Without a doubt, I think, the 281 was probably one of the most significant and greatest innings played by an Indian cricketer, in terms of the context, the consequence, the innings was played in. I really had the best seat in the house for the greatest Indian innings ever played. I was still imagining him and visualising him, stepping outside the leg-stump and hitting Shane Warne through the covers, for a ball that is pitched yards outside the legs-stump. Or to be able to flick a ball on the middle and off-stump on a turning track in Kolkata, across the line, against a great bowler like Shane Warne,” Dravid said.Read More | Mithali-Powar face-off has hurt India women’s cricket: RangaswamyLaxman’s magnificent 281, combined with Dravid’s 180 and their 376-run stand helped India turnaround the Eden Test in spectacular fashion as they won the Test by 171 runs to halt Australia’s winning streak of 16 Tests. After the Eden match, India also won the Chennai Test by two wickets to seal one of their best Test wins. Dravid said watching Laxman bat gave him confidence as the Karnataka batsman was himself going through a rough patch.Read More | Kirsten, Raman shortlisted for post of coach in India women’s team“To be honest, I was not in the greatest of form leading into that particular innings. By the time, I went into bat (at No 6), Laxman was batting at 90-odd. I was not playing well in that series and watching him play gave me a lot of confidence. It was a magical day. I am truly grateful and blessed to have had that opportunity and to have experienced that, with someone who I knew when I was a kid. In lot of ways, it (281) defines Laxman more than me. We did not have too much of conversation. All we did was punch the gloves and said ‘one more over’. We broke it down into small goals,” Dravid said. last_img read more

 

Lou Williams becomes NBA’s all-time bench scorer as Clippers crush Celtics

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives past Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, right, dribbles past the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, top right, of Croatia, is defended by Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Marcus Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, front, is fouled by the Celtics’ Gordon Hayward as he goes up for a basket during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, grabs the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart reacts after colliding with Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, is double-teamed by Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, left, and Jaylen Brown during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, second from left, drives to the basket under pressure by Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, left, Al Horford and Marcus Morris, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart, center, passes the ball under defense by Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple, left, and Tyrone Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Al Horford, left, gets a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, argues with Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket while under pressure from the Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. Williams set the NBA record for most career points off the bench with a layup during the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley celebrates his 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams looks to pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, bottom, slips as he drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, of Croatia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, center, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, of Croatia, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, shoots under defense by Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Terry Rozier during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, passes the ball under pressure by Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives past Boston Celtics’ Aron Baynes during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, right, dribbles past the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 26The Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, right, dribbles past the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Eleven thousand, one hundred and fifty-four.And counting.Lou Williams scored a game-high 34 points and became the NBA’s career leader in points off the bench in the Clippers’ 140-115 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday before a sellout Staples Center crowd of 19,068, including his mother and cousins who made it to the game.Many in the building celebrated Williams’ feat by audibly raining down “Louuuuuuus” on the wily, 6-foot-1 guard enjoying his 14th NBA season. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Williams’ effort – on 14-of-21 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line – lifted the Clippers (39-29) to a season-high scoring output their fifth consecutive victory, equaling their longest winning streak of the season.The victory also nudged the Clippers – who shot a season-high 60.9 percent from the field – into sixth place in the Western Conference standings with 14 games left.“We shot the ball well, moved the ball and played at an amazing pace; Lou got the pace started, but I thought the defense early on was terrific as well, and that got us out running,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whose team outrebounded Boston 47-29 and held the Celtics to 48.4 percent shooting.Before the game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens found himself anticipating Williams’ potential historic production. After all, he’d watched Williams for the first time when he was in high school and recognized it then: The kid was a cold-blooded scorer.“He can walk into the gym and score without warming up,” Stevens said. “Some guys need to get their rhythm established and everything else, but … I walked into an open gym when he was in high school and he was a little bit late and he said, ‘Check ball,’ and killed everybody. He didn’t take a (warm-up) shot, he didn’t do anything, he just killed everybody.“That’s the way he’s been his whole NBA career. He just walks in and scores.”Now he’s walked in and scored more than any other reserve.“I’m gonna try to put it out of reach for sure,” said Williams, who needed only 814 games to catch Curry, whose 11,147 points off the bench came in 984 games. “Jamal (Crawford) is still active, so who knows what he’s capable of, so I’m gonna try to put it out of reach for sure.”In Friday’s win over Oklahoma City, Williams passed Crawford (the 38-year-old former Clipper currently has 11,112 points as a reserve) to move into second place on the list. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, data for reserve scoring dates to the 1970-71 season.Williams’ efforts complemented an offensive onslaught in which all five Clippers starters scored in double figures for the fifth time this season: Danilo Gallinari had 25, Ivica Zubac 14, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 12, Landry Shamet 11 and Patrick Beverley 11. Also off the bench, Montrezl Harrell contributed 20.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Entering Monday’s game, the Celtics (41-27) had won three consecutive games on their four-game trip through California. Terry Rozier III led Boston with 26 points, while Jaylen Brown added 22 and Kyrie Irving had 18.Williams started cooking Monday with 17 points in the first half, as the Clippers took a 62-49 lead into the break. A Gordon Hayward 3-pointer with 5:04 left in the third quarter pulled Boston to within 81-72 but that was as close as the Celtics got. The Clippers led 101-85 going into the fourth quarter and steadily pulled away.Boston played without Jayson Tatum for the first time this season; the second-year star was sidelined by right shoulder soreness.Recently acquired forward Wilson Chandler made his Clippers debut early in the fourth quarter, finishing with two points, two rebounds and an assist in nine minutes.After the Clippers pulled off a franchise-record 28-point comeback in Boston on Feb. 9 – which was the Celtics’ largest blown lead since 2003, Monday’s point total was the most against the Celtics in 25 years, dating to April 1994. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With 9:53 left in the game, Williams drove into the paint and flipped a layup over his shoulder to give him 28 points for the night and 11,148 for an illustrious career off the bench – passing Dell Curry’s career total of 11,147 in reserve.“It’s special, man,” Williams said. “Any time you can say you have an ‘all-time’ next to your name, no matter what it is, that’s special. So being sixth man and a career bench player and having the opportunity to be something that says ‘ever’ at the end of it is special for me. So tonight was great.”Williams, 32, played just 23 minutes but still became the fourth player in 35 years to score 34 or more points off the bench in consecutive games. It was Williams’ 29th career game with 30 or more points, and his eighth this season.“What he’s been doing for this team, not only this year but last year, the way he can get better every year, whether it’s passing, shooting percentages, his ability to continue to get better is impressive,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said of Williams, who won his second Sixth Man of the Year award last season and figures to be the frontrunner to win it a third time this season.“Best to do it, ever. I mean, you don’t get a lot of that.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

 

Lakers match last season’s win total by blowing out Hawks

first_imgThe butter-knife thin Ingram sliced through the Hawks’ room-temperature defense to pour in 15 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter, as nine Lakers reached double figures for the first time since Jan. 7, 1987. Three recorded double-doubles.The Lakers shot 52.2 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range.Ball, the unflappable celebrity playmaker, was perfect from the floor despite his imperfect windup, making all four of his shots – including three 3-pointers. After Ball hit a 3-pointer in the first half, Ball turned and high-fived Quavo, whom Ball listed among his five favorite rappers earlier in the day.“Hopefully he enjoyed the show,” said Ball, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes in just his second game back from a sprained MCL in his left knee.The Lakers won their third straight game since the All-Star break and outrebounded the Hawks 59-41.If not for 23 turnovers – including 14 in the first half – it would have been hard to find any flaws in the performance.“Good win,” Walton said. “But we’ve got to be much better.”The Lakers were bound to improve this season, with the addition of another lottery pick (Ball), a couple of difference-making rookies (Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart) and the natural progression that young teams naturally make.But the 22 remaining games, at this point, feel like house money.“I’ve already known how good these guys can be,” newcomer Isaiah Thomas said after matching Ball with 13 points. “Even when I wasn’t on this team, you see it each and every time they step on the court, how special they can be if they all put it together.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLuke Walton’s team is now sure to eclipse the 27 games won in 2013-14, the second and final year under Mike D’Antoni which, up to now, has served as the high-water mark of this proud organization’s era of futility.“For us to achieve that feat so far, and we are still going with 22 more games left, is a nice feeling,” rookie forward Kyle Kuzma said.Those who have been around the Lakers longer than Ball and Kuzma understand the significance. An organization that slid backward for three straight seasons has, with a collection of young stars the manifest of Coach Luke Walton’s vision, found the footing to begin the unsteady climb upward.“I think,” second-year forward Brandon Ingram said, “we can say we’ve gotten better.”If the Lakers were to paint a portrait of their progress, it would look a lot like what was brushed onto the canvas of Philips Arena on Monday night. Over the course of an uneven season, the Lakers rarely have been so dominant. Ivica Zubac works his way back into Lakers’ rotation PreviousAtlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24), right, and John Collins sit on the bench in the finals minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball drives the basket during Monday’s game against the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes between Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Isaiah Thomas (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLakers guard Isaiah Thomas draws a foul as he drives against the Hawks’ Isaiah Taylor during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreAtlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) goes in for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreThe Lakers’ Julius Randle soars past the Hawks’ Miles Plumlee, left, and Andrew White III on his way to the basket during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Randle had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 123-104 victory. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreAtlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) works against Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball loses the ball as he drives against the Hawks’ Taurean Prince during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) scores against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a basket against Isaiah Taylor #22 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) pulls down a rebound against Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreAtlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) drives between Los Angeles Lakers’s Kyle Kuzma (0) and Isaiah Thomas (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)The Lakers’ Josh Hart puts up an off-balance shot as the Hawks’ John Collins defends during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas draws a foul as he drives against the Hawks’ Isaiah Taylor during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram trips over the Hawks’ Andrew White III as an offensive foul is called against the Lakers’ Brook Lopez during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lakers forward Julius Randle attacks the basket as the Hawks’ Miles Plumlee defends during Monday’s game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after drawing a foul on a basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts with Kyle Kuzma #0 during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound against Mike Muscala #31 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers attacks the basket against Dewayne Dedmon #14, Mike Muscala #31 and Taurean Prince #12 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers runs the offense against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers attacks the basket against John Collins #20 and Dewayne Dedmon #14 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers attacks the basket against John Collins #20, Dewayne Dedmon #14 and Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 26, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreLos Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) scores against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreLos Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Miles Plumlee (18) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, foreground, drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/John BazemoreAtlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24), right, and John Collins sit on the bench in the finals minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball drives the basket during Monday’s game against the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 34The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball drives the basket during Monday’s game against the Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ExpandATLANTA — Lonzo Ball was preparing for the NBA draft last April when the Lakers won a game against New Orleans that mattered only in the sense that a loss would have improved the franchise’s odds of being in position to draft him.When it was pointed out to Ball after Monday’s 123-104 thrashing of the Hawks that the Lakers (26-35) had matched the win total of last season’s team with 22 games left to play, the rookie point guard did not waste any energy celebrating.“We are just worried about this year,” Ball said evenly. “Whatever happened in the past, happened in the past. Now we are trying to win as many games as we can.”With 26 wins in hand, 30 victories now seems a given, with 35 not an unreasonable goal. The Lakers only need to go 15-7 the rest of the way to achieve a .500 record. Unlikely, but mathematically sound.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said he will be able to appreciate his team’s progress in terms of wins and losses once the season is over but that it’s not “nearly as important as the other goals we are trying to reach.”That has been Walton’s mantra since arriving back in L.A., that wins and losses are only one measuring stick for a young team trying to build organically and get back to the playoffs.“If the only goal was strictly to win every single night, then you take away from some of the development of our young players,” he said. “It is showing now why it was so important early in the year to let some of those guys play through mistakes and finish games, because now we are getting to see the confidence level they are playing down the stretch of games and closing games out.”Now, they must apply that principle to the home stretch of the season. 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Reports – Mourinho set for new Chelsea deal after sealing Premier League title

first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to rewarded for guiding the Blues to Premier League glory with a new contract, according to reports.The 52-year-old is currently halfway through a four-year contract and is thought to have verbally agreed a two-year extension.Mourinho won two Premier League titles in his first spell at Stamford Bridge – including Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years in 2005 – before departing after little more than three years as manager.Since his return after a six-and-a-half-year absence in 2013, Mourinho has often spoken of his desire to stay as long as owner Roman Abramovich wishes to keep him.The Blues boss repeated that after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace, which secured Chelsea’s first title since 2009-10 and the eighth of his prolific career.“As I was saying since the beginning of the season, I stay here until Mr Abramovich wants me to stay. The day he tells me to go, I go,” he said.Prior to the Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham on March 1, Mourinho revealed his wish to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of his career, though he did admit he would consider moving to another English club if the Blues no longer required his services.“I don’t want to go away,” Mourinho said on February 27. “I will stay here in this chair until Mr Abramovich tells me ‘Jose, it’s enough’.“If one day he tells me ‘Jose it’s enough’ I will go to my house in London and I wait for another English club.“When I left the first time I had lots of countries to go to and lots of clubs to go to.“In this moment when I leave I have another 19 clubs in the Premier League and 22 clubs in the Championship. So the options are not so much.“But I repeat I am in Mr Abramovich’s hands. Until he wants me to stay, I will stay – and that is what I want.“I am not thinking about leaving, I want to stay at Chelsea for the rest of my career.” 1last_img read more