News Updates’Never Urged People To Go To Red Fort’, Says Deeep Sidhu; Delhi Court Directs Proper Police Probe To ‘Unearth Truth’ Nupur Thapliyal26 Feb 2021 6:43 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Friday directed police officials to conduct fair and impartial investigation in the Red Fort violence case to “unearth the truth” regarding the involvement of Deep Sidhu, who is accused of instigating violence.The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Tis Hazri, observed that the police are not just supposed to collect the evidences only to prove the guilt of the accused, but also…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Friday directed police officials to conduct fair and impartial investigation in the Red Fort violence case to “unearth the truth” regarding the involvement of Deep Sidhu, who is accused of instigating violence.The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Tis Hazri, observed that the police are not just supposed to collect the evidences only to prove the guilt of the accused, but also have to bring true picture before the Court Deep Sidhu, through Advocate Abhishek Gupta, had moved an application before the Tis Hazari Court seeking fair and impartial investigation in the matter against him in connection with the violence at Red Fort on Republic Day. The application also sought directions to the investigating agency to call, preserve and make part of the investigation record, other material pertaining to the case. “I never urged people to go to the Red Fort. Nor did I call anyone to gather at the Red Fort. You have all the videos. Wheareas there are videos of other people also asking to come at the Red Fort. They have considered my video but they must also consider videos of others too. I am not the main accused.” Submitted Advocate Gupta on behalf of Deep Sidhu. According to Sidhu, the Delhi Police had termed him as the “main instigator” in the case who had allegedly instigated the mob to not follow the permitted route leading to breaching of barricades on 26th January. Refuting the allegations of the Delhi Police, Advocate Gupta argued “Before I reached there, people had already broken the barricades. I was trying to pacify the crowd and help the police.” Aggrieved by the said allegations, Deep Sidhu had demanded a fair and impartial investigation in the matter by approaching the Magistrate. “I am subjected to media trial. It has been shown that I am the main accused. Your lords have the power to order that a fair and impartial investigation is done. This will ensure the truth to come out.” Gupta submitted. Relying on Para 7 of the said application, it was argued that the CCTV footage submitted to the investigating agency shows that Sidhu was present at a Hotel in Murthal till 12PM on 26th January and had reached Red Fort at 2 PM. Para 7 of the said application states that “That during investigation it was also disclosed by the Applicant that he was at a Hotel at Murthal till 12 PM on the 26th January and that he left for Delhi only after checking out. It was also stated that the CCTV footage of the concerned hotel, which was in working condition and the checkout bill showing the time/payment details, as online payment was made, be obtained to ascertain the said fact.” The Additional Public Prosecutor submitted that an accused cannot guide the police to conduct investigation in a particular manner. It was argued that by moving the present application, Sidhu is trying to misguide the investigation being done by the policeChief Metropolitan Magistrate, Gajendra Singh Nagar, while disposing of the application moved by Deep Sidhu ordered: “Police officials are directed to investigate on the points as mentioned in the application made by the complainant to unearth the truth. Furthermore, appropriate action may be taken and appropriate sections may be added if accused is trying to mislead the investigation by fabricating false evidence. IO is duty bound to conduct proper investigation in the matter in fair and impartial manner. He is not supposed to collect the evidences only to prove the guilt of the accused, rather he has to bring true picture before the Court.”However, another application moved by Deep Sidhu seeking security in jail premises was withdrawn after Advocate Gupta informed the judge that Sidhu was already being kept in a separate cell.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
MARATHON MOM: Alexandria, Va.Brooke Curran is a stay-at-home mother of three who suffers from asthma. But that hasn’t stopped her from running 51 marathons—the latest of which she completed in Denver this fall. Curran, who resides in the D.C. burbs, is attempting to run a marathon in all 50 states and on all seven continents to raise awareness for breathing problems. So far, the board member of the Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics has completed marathons on six continents, including Antarctica, and in 38 states. She plans to finish by October 2013.MANMADE BAT CAVE: Clarksville, Tenn.Approximately 5.5 million bats have been killed by White Nose Syndrome. The illness, caused by a deadly fungus, has decimated bat populations across North America. To combat the plight, the Nature Conservancy has built an artificial bat cave just outside of Clarksville. The cave can hold up 160,000 bats during hibernation, and it can be disinfected every spring to help eliminate the fungus. If successful, the cave could be a model for bat populations in other areas that have been greatly affected.ZIPLINE LAWZipline and canopy tours are exploding in popularity in the U.S., more than doubling in the last year according to word from the Association for Challenge Course Technology. Now that West Virginia has zipline options at 16 different resorts, state lawmakers have become concerned about safety. That has led to the Zipline and Canopy Tour Responsibility Act, a new law which requires zipline operators to face yearly inspections and meet specific safety requirements or risk being shut down.ALLERGY RELIEF VS. METH SUPPRESSION: Knoxville, Tenn. The most recent fall allergy season was brutal, especially for many in Tennessee, where three cities—Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis—recently landed in the top 11 of a poll ranking the 100 worst places to live with fall allergies. That’s why organizations like the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are speaking out against proposed legislation that could make some current over-the-counter allergy medications only available by prescription. Some of the medications are used to make meth, another widespread Volunteer State scourge. In addition to sneezing citizens, Tennessee has some of the highest number of meth lab seizures in the country.HINCAPIE ADMITS DOPING: Greenville, S.C. Just ahead of his retirement, pro cyclist and regional hero George Hincapie admitted to doping during his lengthy career, which included a record-breaking 17 Tour de France appearances and three national road race titles. As Lance Armstrong’s former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team, the Greenville resident released a statement in October revealing his involvement in the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation of Armstrong’s doping and also admitted his own use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his statement he said: “Early in my professional career, it became clear to me that, given the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by cyclists at the top of the profession, it was not possible to compete at the highest level without them.”Beyond the Blue RidgeSTAY OFF THE SEA COW: Pinellas County, Fla. A joy ride on a manatee could turn into jail time and big fines for a 52-year-old Florida woman. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez turned herself in, after authorities unveiled photos of her riding on the back of a sea cow at Fort De Soto Park. If charges are filed, Gutierrez could be on the hook for $500 or 60 days in jail. Manatee safety is taken seriously in Florida. The marine mammals—protected under both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the U.S. Endangered Species Act—are frequently injured or killed in Sunshine State waters, often by motorboats.COCKROACH EATING CONTEST PROVES DEADLY: DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. A Florida man died shortly after ingesting dozens of cockroaches and worms. The strange dietary choice was part of a contest being held at a pet store. Edward Archbold took first place but soon after collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An actual cause of death was not immediately determined. Archbold was trying to win an ivory ball python.HAVE YOUR CAKE AND HEAD TO THE ZOO: PRESCOTT, ARIZONA A black bear cub entered an Arizona couple’s home and indulged in some chocolate cake sitting on the kitchen counter. After the orphaned cub scarfed the sweet treat, Game and Fish officers removed it from the home and provided a free ride to a nearby zoo. Arizona’s 2,500 black bears have endured a tough year, often displaced and searching for food as the state has battled wildfires and drought. •
How running without music can help you tune into so much more…Dear Mountain Mama:I’m training for my first half marathon and always listen to music. My favorite playlist makes running feel easier. The race rules ban using portable music devices along the course.This past weekend I attempted my long run without music, and from the first mile I felt fatigued even though I was well rested. The run took forever and I was so bored.How do I make running without music easier?Signed, 13-MilerDear 13-Miler,Running with music can certainly take the drudgery out of lacing up your running shoes.I’ve been a runner off and on since college, finishing two marathons and dozens of half marathons. Until this past weekend, I swore that I needed music to run. Then, two miles into my 11-mile run, my iPod died.Without music to drown out other sounds, I heard my breathing, loud and fast. I spent the next mile taking long, deliberate inhales and slow exhales. I experimented with timing my foot strike to the pace of my breathing. The more I listened, the more I heard. I started listening to the sound of twigs snapping under my feet. The forest became a symphony of sounds – mountain streams, raindrops falling on the canopy, wind rustling leaves, and mountain bikers in the distance.A funny thing happened. I looked around and realized I was halfway finished with my run. I enjoyed listening to the world around me, feeling connected to my own running rhythm, nature, and even other people.I realized that music distracts me from my run. Always I ran away from the pain and discomfort of running, distracting myself with my favorite playlist. Without music, I was more engaged to what was happening inside and outside my body. I feared running without music, deeming it impossible to go more than a mile without listening to tunes. But when I finally was forced to embrace my fear or turn around, I found peace and, perhaps, even a little wisdom.Find the courage to unplug. On the other side of your iPod, you’ll discover there’s so much more going on than you ever imagined. Run toward the beauty in truly experiencing every minute of every mile.Good luck on your first half!Best,Mountain Mama
When you spend a lot of time by yourself, there comes a point when you simply get fed up with you.It’s the worst too, because you can’t blame anyone but you. There’s no scapegoat, no assistant that forgot to charge your battery or clear your memory card. There’s only you.If you’re like me, the times I really get on my nerves are when the stupidest, most preventable things happen.Like when I misplaced my key for the gajillionth time, only to realize that it slipped out of my pocket in an overgrown field in the dead of night under a new moon (side note, 45 minutes and a lot of cursing later, I found it).Or that time I lost my headlamp the first day I moved from my apartment into the Jeep (still haven’t found that sucker).Or how about just last week when I woke up early (I’m talking 4:45am) to see the lunar eclipse and sunrise, only to drive 45 minutes outside of town and realize that a) I’d forgotten my camera and b) I only had my Eddie Bauer RipPac rain jacket to keep me warm in the gusting mountaintop winds.Whhhyyyy I remember whining to myself. Why can’t this be easy?Immediately I gave myself a mental bitch-slap-across-the-face, chastising myself for such a foolish thought. That’s what I was asking myself? Why can’t this be easy? Really?Who told you this was going to be easy? Living on the road was your idea. You don’t even like when things are easy, I reminded myself.For the most part, that statement is pretty true. Especially when I was in school, I would get bored, apathetic even, when classes didn’t challenge me. I’d do the bare minimum to skate by, always managing to pump out an A (except ceramics, that blasted class). I thrive in the face of challenge (except in ceramics). Sometimes I flop and flail and fail, but it’s that working hard, that struggle, that motivates me.But living on the road is inherently hard, especially when you have this laundry list of traits that aren’t very conducive to a happy-go-lucky life-on-the-road. Disorganized, distracted. Not exactly what you’d want out of someone whose life fits into a Jeep Cherokee and a few Deuter packs.That being said, I’ve made leaps and bounds since I ditched my apartment at the end of April. I have a system of organized chaos down, I know (mostly) where everything is, and I’ve since adopted my friend’s double-triple-check technique before peeling out of a parking lot (that one came about after I drove down the main drag in West Asheville to a number of cars honking and lights flashing…apparently my CamelBak water bottle was riding high and dry between the crossbars…).Despite the progress, I’m no road warrior savant, as my less-than-ideal sunrise excursion last week proved.Thankfully, my space-cadet-self had left a charged GoPro in the passenger seat the night before the lunar eclipse. So with nothing more than that, my iPhone, and a perfectly functional (albeit slightly sluggish) memory, I followed my friends through the dark to the overlook just a 1/2 mile up the mountain to watch the sunrise.With every step I took up the muddy trail, I actually started to feel better about having forgotten my camera. It was kinda cloudy, kinda rainy.Maybe the sunrise won’t be that great, I convinced myself. We obviously weren’t going to see the lunar eclipse with the cloud coverage, so it’s not like I’d be missing any opportunity there.But when we reached the forest’s edge and the landscape opened up into a sweeping view of the mountains surrounding Boone, N.C., that earlier irritation with myself returned full-force.This sunrise was going to be brilliant.While my friends whipped out their tripods and fancy cameras and lenses and shot long exposures of the increasingly stunning sunrise, I sat on the damp rock, hugging my knees in a useless attempt to trap my body heat, and pouted. I took a few photos with the GoPro, some video to capture the wind, but that’s about all I could muster the creative energy to do.You’re useless, I kept saying to myself. Totally and utterly useless.I know. It sounds harsh, and I’ll be the first to admit I’m my own worst critic. But given that I’d been up early nearly every day that week already, staying up late working, sleeping little, and (due to the unpredictable weather in Boone) not shooting a lot, I was beyond annoyed that I woke up early that morning just to shoot the sunrise only to forget the most important piece of equipment to accomplish that.As the sun peaked over the horizon though, I had a change of heart.Not a significant change of heart, but a subtle one, mind you.For those of you that have taken the time to watch the sun rise, you’ll know that it happens fast. One moment, you can barely see the hint of glowing red peaking through the clouds. A blink of the eye later and the sun is big and full, high in the sky and beaming its golden light down below.As my friends scurried around furiously snapping away, worrying about underexposing or overexposing or which ISO to use or from what vantage point to shoot, I found myself content with simply sitting still and watching. Observing. I don’t do that a whole lot (remember the time I was sick?), and as I sat there, soaking in every second of the sun rising, I realized that I rarely do that. I rarely watch the sun rise without feeling obligated to snap a photo or shoot some video. It was a nice change of pace, a much-needed break from the norm. After the sun had made its way into the clouds above, I snapped a few photos with my iPhone and GoPro to document the morning and at least make an attempt to capture the beauty, but I hardly did it justice.Who cares that I didn’t take an epic time lapse of the sunrise? Who cares that I didn’t get the shot? Aside from that little voice in my head, my own worst critic, the answer was nobody. What matters is that I was up early enough to see the sun rise at all, that I had breathed in a little bit of mountain air before most were even awake.So maybe it wasn’t that you forgot your camera. Maybe it was that you forgot to return a call, pay the electric bill on time, or show up to the doctor’s appointment you planned six months ago. Maybe it’s that this project you’ve poured your heart and soul into for the past semester didn’t turn out quite like you’d initially imagined it. Whatever it is that you did to disappoint yourself, forget it. Let it go, and remember that nobody’s perfect and everyone is their own worst critic. Cut yourself some slack and hop off that pedestal. If you don’t, it’s a long way to fall.
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan police captured alleged drug trafficker Horst Walter Overdick at a property he owns outside the capital April 3. Overdick, 44, known as “the Tiger,” is accused of helping Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel to move its illicit operation into Guatemala. U.S. authorities have requested to have him extradited on charges of conspiracy to smuggle 1.2 tons of cocaine in 2002. Overdick allegedly purchased drugs from South American cartels, kept the drugs in warehouses in his properties around Guatemala and then sold the narcotics to Los Zetas, authorities said. Guatemalan authorities apprehended his son, 20-year-old Kevin Overdick, in July 2011, also under drug charges. [Prensalibre.com (Guatemala), 04/04/2012; Bbc.co.uk, 03/04/2012] By Dialogo April 04, 2012
Co-authors: Todd Terrazas and John Vaci 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Details We’re living through one of the most turbulent times in modern history and it’s currently being reflected in the banking and investment environment. The Federal Reserve System has taken unprecedented easing steps with rate cuts and extensive open market operations. Municipal bonds, commercial paper and corporate bonds are being purchased by the Federal Reserve System to maintain stability in financial markets. Financial institutions are experiencing significant inflows of deposits, coupled with low loan demand, leaving everyone searching for a return on their investment.With that said, how do financial institutions put this money to work? With the Fed buying up large portions of fixed income products on the short end of the curve, most traditional options have uncompetitive yields. Treasury yields are barely above zero and, in some cases, even negative. Commercial paper and corporate bonds have higher yields, but not by much, considering they’re not directly backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. That’s not to say there are no opportunities here, but it will take some searching and willingness to take on some risk. It’s a question of whether the risk of reward makes sense in individual situations.Although the Fed is running a backstop for municipal bonds, there is still some yield to be had. Municipal bonds are generally thinly traded, so even while the Fed backing the market is still inefficient, specific issuances are often scarce. If you see a good rate, it probably won’t be available for long. One strategy is to bid on bid-wanted offerings in the secondary market. There’s a limited amount being shown, but there is opportunity for enhanced yields over the market in general. Or, try tapping the new issue market. Look at new issue negotiated deals, and smaller less-known names; this will also open up opportunity for yield pick-up. Be prepared for small allocations or no allocations when bidding on new deals. Patience is key. Investors that are consistently bidding new issues will catch some breaks. The more reliable and the bigger the bidder, the more likely they are to get allocations from these deals. Not surprisingly, the short end of the curve is the most heavily bid. So again, the best strategy is being a consistent market participant.Another option is to invest with other financial institutions. The DTC brokered CD market can provide some yield up and above treasuries. Depending on the approach, if getting the FDIC insurance is a priority, it would mean buying several different issuing institutions in increments of $250K, which would take longer to accumulate.Beyond the DTC brokered CD market, reciprocal and one-way networks, like Promontory Interfinancial Network and others, can offer financial institutions a way to invest excess deposits and pick up some yield. A financial institution can retain their client relationships and earn fee income by “selling” the deposits into the network. This can be done on a term and/or liquid basis. Furthermore, if the financial institution’s liquidity needs change, they can easily switch back to receiving reciprocal matching deposits; instead of the fee income. These networks provide the efficiency to invest in larger increments while maintaining FDIC insurance.One more area for financial institutions to explore for additional yield is online lending platforms. Although these platforms may be seen as competition to traditional financial institutions, their growth in popularity and the potential opportunity shouldn’t be ignored. Many of these platforms allow investors to target specific credit and performance criteria, which can often mimic their current internal underwriting standards.Absent the return of loan growth, strong liquidity positions and the hunt for additional yield will be the “new normal” for financial institutions that is reminiscent of the not-so-distant past. However, there is much that is still unknown about this current crisis (i.e. what type of economic recovery, more stimulus, second wave, vaccine?), but it is important to remember that before the outbreak, the economy stood on a strong footing. As the U.S. has been emerging from the lockdowns, economic data has shown (oftentimes a surprising) improvement across various economic data points. That being said, combining the current COVID-19 outbreak with an election year, and increased global trade tension, financial institutions should expect more turbulence throughout the remainder of 2020 and be prepared to seek yield-enhancing strategies.
At least six shopping malls in Bandung, West Java, have announced temporary or partial closures starting on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The first shopping mall to make the announcement was Miko Mall, on Tuesday, although several outlets offering basic goods and ATM centers remain open. “To support the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are announcing the temporary suspension of our operations to April 10, except for outlets on the lower ground floor, the ATM center and tenants [offering] delivery services,” the Miko Mall management announced on its official Instagram account on Tuesday.Cihampelas Walk followed suit on its social media account, announcing its temporary closure from March 27 through April 9.”To support maintaining the health of all Bandung residents, we will stop our operations from March 27 to April 9 — except for Yogya Supermarket, Watsons, Century, Guardian, BJB Bank, and the ATM center. While we are closed, we urge all customers to stay home,” it said.Meanwhile, Paris Van Java Mall has announced on its Instagram account that it will be closing its doors from March 27 to April 2.”However, Carrefour Paris Van Java [remains open] and can be accessed through the Concourse Level entrance. The supermarket is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” it noted.Three other Bandung shopping malls suspending operations are the King Shopping Center (March 27-April 2), Paskal (March 28-April 10) and BTC Mall (March 27-April 5).Earlier on March 14, Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial issued several preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city, although closing shopping malls was not one of them.”I urged all markets, shopping malls, shopping centers and modern outlets to continue [to offer] their services while implementing maximum health standards and preventative measures for COVID-19,” Oded said at the time.The mayor also shut down schools and several public facilities for two weeks starting March 16.He also advised the city’s residents to remain alert, follow a healthy lifestyle, avoid crowded areas and stay at home. (nal)Topics :
It was an embarrassing goal to concede and one Chadli attempted to cancel out, following a wild strike by slipping past Nathaniel Clyne and producing a cross which Mason met with a powerful shot, denied by a fortuitous block. Steven Davis should have done better when turning wide a wonderful team move shortly before that – a missed chance Saints were made to rue two minutes before half-time. Eric Dier’s whipped cross from the right took a slight touch on its way through to Lamela, whose bundled effort was too powerful for Kelvin Davis to claw away – replays showed the otherwise anonymous Argentina international had put the ball in with his arm. Davies had a penalty appeal rejected when play resumed for the second half, before Steven Davis wasted another opportunity from the edge of the box. The Northern Ireland captain was to miss an even better chance soon after, failing to find the target after neat play in the box by Mane and Pelle. Koeman’s frustration on the bench was clear after a chance which led Vertonghen to step in as peacemaker after tensions rose between Fazio and Nabil Bentaleb. Lloris did well to tip over a deflected Ryan Bertrand cross when Saints returned to the attack and curled over after Chadli had his own blocked cross at the other end. A goal was soon to arrive, though. Shane Long, fresh from coming off the bench, sent in a fine cross from the right and Pelle rose to power a fine header past Lloris. St Mary’s erupted as the Italy striker wheeled off, but the home side did not have the upper hand for long. Dier was again the architect, playing a ball through to Chadli, with the Belgian holding off Maya Yoshida to fire low past Kelvin Davis. Mane claimed several penalties after going down in the box under pressure from Davies and Fazio, with the former’s slip leading to a game-ending injury. Saints captain Jose Fonte attempted to find a winner but was denied by Fazio’s goal-line clearance, with key man Morgan Schneiderlin forced off through injury as seven minutes of stoppage-time began. Toby Alderweireld and Fonte had diving headers of differing quality, but there was to be no winner as time ran out. Last summer the former Argentina international called time on a successful, 16-month stint at St Mary’s to take the reins at White Hart Lane. Pochettino’s exit was the catalyst to an unparalleled talent drain, although successor Ronald Koeman has not only steered the club to calmer waters but also new heights, breaking the record Premier League points tally set last season with this 2-2 draw. For Southampton, though, this was a case of what could have been after Graziano Pelle twice put them ahead, only for Spurs to level through Erik Lamela and then Nacer Chadli. Southampton’s opener came in comical fashion as Pelle capitalised on a mistake by Ryan Mason and weakness by Ben Davies to slot home a goal controversially cancelled out as Lamela bundled home with his arm. Pelle’s wonderful header saw Saints deservedly restore their lead in the second half, but yet again Spurs pegged Saints back as Chadli slotted home. The Belgium international’s 10th of the season keeps Tottenham ahead in the battle for European football, although the result means Saints moved onto 57 points – their highest top-flight points tally in 30 years. Pochettino can perhaps count himself lucky not to have tasted defeat on his old stomping ground, where the songs flying back and forth were the most entertaining aspect of a tight, turgid opening. It was not until the 25th minute that either goal came under threat, with Morgan Schneiderlin’s effort from a James Ward-Prowse corner destined for the bottom corner until the intervention of the ever-impressive Hugo Lloris. That moment lifted the volume inside St Mary’s, which ratcheted up several more notches when the hosts broke the deadlock in the 29th minute. Sadio Mane’s pace and directness was key, bursting between Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio before the latter got in a tackle. The ball fell to Mason but somehow he slipped and chose to play a terrible pass back, which Pelle slotted past a bemused Lloris after all too easily outmuscling Davies. Press Association Mauricio Pochettino frustrated the fans that once adored him as Tottenham twice came from behind to secure a draw on his first return to Southampton.
Lionel Messi has claimed he was subjected to more rigorous anti-doping controls than his Barcelona team-mates ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.Officers from AETSAD (Spanish Agency for Protection of Health in Sport), who work in conjunction with Uefa, visited Barcelona and conducted tests on five players – Messi, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Alba – prior to Monday morning’s training session.Afterwards Messi took to his Instagram account to reveal he came under particular scrutiny. “Doping control. Of the five chosen, I was the only one who had to give urine and blood samples… bit strange isn’t it?” he wrote.On Saturday, Messi grabbed another hat-trick – his 21st in La Liga – as Barca thrashed city rovals Espanyol 5-1. The Argentina forward has scored 13 goals in 14 La Liga appearances this term, while netting an additional seven goals in five Champions League appearances. On Wednesday, Barca have the chance to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by beating PSG at Camp Nou.
Didn’t matter.It merely added up to the Clippers’ 32nd loss of the season, in their 69th game. The Clippers chased the game from the opening minutes and, although they didn’t exactly embarrass themselves or their community, they couldn’t catch the third-place Trail Blazers (44-26).The Clippers hit the road again Monday to begin a four-game trip Tuesday at Minnesota.Six of their next seven games are away from the cavernous confines of Staples Center, part of a make-or-break stretch in which they will have played nine of 11 on the road before ending the regular season with five of their six games at home. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The Clippers looked exactly like a road-weary team playing its third game in three cities in four nights. They missed seven of their first 10 shots, committed four turnovers and yet somehow were still within striking distance of the Trail Blazers in the opening minutes.Portland was no bargain, either, having traveled south in the wee, small hours of the morning after defeating Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons for its 12th consecutive victory. The Trail Blazers’ streak is their third-longest in club history and includes two wins over Golden State.Slowly but certainly, the Clippers found their rhythm and took an all-too-brief 31-30 lead in the early minutes of the second quarter. The Trail Blazers surged back in front soon enough, and built a 12-point lead before settling for a 58-52 advantage by halftime.The Clippers’ hearts and minds were willing, but their legs were not.The Clippers’ task is simple, but achieving it is not.The presence of the Trail Blazers made it all the more difficult Sunday. Chasing guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum is not an easy task, even for a well-rested team. The Clippers tried to stay in front of Lillard and McCollum, but they weren’t very successful.Guard play is Portland’s strength, and it was again Sunday.Lillard scored 23 points and McCollum added 21.Clippers coach Doc Rivers tried to slow Lillard by having rookie Sindarius Thornwell guard him to start the game. Thornwell has checked LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, among others, in recent games, so Rivers’ strategy was sound.Lillard still got free now and then, scoring 23 points through three quarters.The Trail Blazers took a 91-81 lead into the fourth. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum PreviousLos Angeles Clippers forward forward Tobias Harris (34) shoots between Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, left, and center Meyers Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard guard Shabazz Napier (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, center, secures a rebound between Portland Trail Blazers CJ McCollum, left, and Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, of Serbia, shoots against Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Portland Trail Blazers Jusuf Nurkic, left, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard guard Austin Rivers (25) goes for a layup against Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward forward Tobias Harris (34) shoots between Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins, left, and center Meyers Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard guard Shabazz Napier (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 7Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans, drives on Portland Trail Blazers guard guard Shabazz Napier (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers interrupted their ongoing North American tour to stop by Staples Center to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. It might as well have been another road game. It was definitely the Clippers’ biggest game of the season.Until their next one, anyway.Instead of seizing the moment, another must-win game slipped from the Clippers’ grasp as they dropped a 122-109 decision to the Trail Blazers. The ninth-place Clippers’ loss was their third in a row and left them two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.Lou Williams scored 30 points to lead the Clippers, his 11th game with 30 or more points in a reserve role this season. DeAndre Jordan scored seven points and grabbed 16 rebounds for his 10 consecutive game with 15 or more rebounds, tying the longest streak of his career. 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 Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and added his customary burst of energy in 20 minutes.Related Articles