40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts RELATED STORY:Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&ASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled “It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba,” the Brooklyn-native wrote on his personal Twitter account.It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekFFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017 In this April 9, 2017, photo, former NBA All Star Stephon Marbury attends an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Stephen Marbury has made himself at home in the Chinese Baskeball Association (CBA), but it looks like he is ready to return to where he started.The 40-year-old guard, who last played for the Boston Celtics in 2009, bared his desire to return to the National Basketball Association (NBA).ADVERTISEMENT Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground Prior to becoming the Chinese league’s most popular adoptive son, “Starbury” was considered one of the NBA’s premier point guards and was named an All Star twice, in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 seasons.He was selected fourth overall in the 1996 NBA draft and formed one the most exciting duos in the league alongside Kevin Garnett with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He also made stops with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns and his hometown New York Knicks.After seeing his production slip after 14 years in the league, Marbury elected to take his talents to China in 2010, where he experienced a career resurgence—winning three CBA championships, a CBA Finals MVP award, a CBA Foreign MVP award and getting named an All-Star on six occasions, according to Bleacher Report.It’s going to be quite a task for Marbury, who’s now 40, to land an NBA contract, considering the amount of young and talented players at his position today. /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Norway-Liberia Partnership Is Meant to Benefit Liberia’

first_imgForestry Development Authority Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea has emphatically assured critics that the recently signed agreement between the FDA and Norway in which that European country provided US$150 million for the forest sector is to directly benefit Liberia.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Mr. Karnwea said Norway will not benefit in any way from Liberia’s forests, but its intention is to help the country implement protocols signed with other partners.He said the letter of intent signed between the Government of Liberia and Norway in New York on September 23 is about the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, deforestation and degradation and developing Liberia’s agriculture sector.Greenhouse gas emission is the release of smoke that results from heat in industrial areas.  At the local level, cutting down and burning the forest releases similar gas and encourages deforestation and degradation. He recalled that Liberia as signatory to several protocols including Kyoto and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been working over the years and has come out with the forest reform law since 2006.The FDA Managing Director said Norway provided the money to help Liberia comply with the many protocols it has signed.He named capacity building of FDA staff and university students, training of forest rangers, improvement of the agriculture sector and direct payment for community conservation as some of the areas for which the money is intended.He said all forests set aside as protected areas, including those that FDA is working on with stakeholders, require funding as communities near the forest make their livelihood on it.“We need to discuss alternative livelihoods with members of the communities who live on the forest, and that also requires funding,” he noted.In addition to the mentioned areas of spending, Mr. Karnwea said, “We need to have logistics to train rangers to be in the forest, have communication and these cannot be made available without money.  So this money from the Norwegians will be used to build the capacity of the FDA and other related institutions including the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Mines & Energy, Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Service (LIGIS) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).He said this is in preparation for 2020 when the world will be paying forest countries for their carbon credit.Though the agreement did not call for halting logging activities in the forest except for protected areas, the legal reform and law enforcement part of the agreement calls for immediate actions including moratorium on the award of new industrial logging concessions, moratorium on all commercial activity of existing, suspected illegal concessions until satisfactory investigation has taken place, and enforcement of moratorium on companies that hold illegal Private Use Permits (PUPs), in accordance with Executive Order No. 44 (January 2013).Furthermore, the legal reform and law enforcement according to the agreement calls for suspension of government officials and private sector representatives suspected of breaking the law.In the agreement, some major priorities underscored in the 2015-2020 period include substantially increase capacity for all stakeholders, with particular focus on strengthening the FDA’s GIS unit, LISGIS, the FDA’s Community Department, and communities and the civil society groups.It also adds that implementation and enforcement of forest related laws and regulations will be established along with clear semi-annual benchmarks.Meanwhile, Managing Director Karnwea clarified that before discussing and reaching a consensus to provide the US$150 million, background investigation was done about him to know he will not misapply this fund.He said with the level of trust built in him, he cannot taint his integrity by accepting bribes to work in the interest of a group to the detriment of the country, calling on those speculating that he may have certain percentage in the money to dismiss such speculations.He stressed that he went into the agreement because he believes that it will help Liberia to be saved from natural disaster and other environmental effects as far as climate change is concerned.Mr. Karnwea noted that if Liberia works well in line with the agreement it will be a beneficiary of the funds and the carbon credit payment in 2020.He also said the benefit of Liberia’s compliance will positively affect Liberian students in terms of scholarships, farmers and other community dwellers, the Environmental Protection Agency, amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Los Angeles moves nearer to million trees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Million Trees LA initiative is rooted in the idea that a verdant, leafy canopy will make L.A. more sustainable, more energy-efficient and more beautiful. As a cooperative effort between the city, the Department of Public Works, community groups, environmental organizations, businesses and individuals, Million Trees LA is part of our larger strategy to transform Los Angeles into the cleanest and greenest big city in America. It’s also an integral part of our comprehensive climate-change action plan, which will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 35 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Believe me, we can use the shade! Our city has just 21 percent canopy cover, six points below the national average. Planting 1 million trees will have a tremendous economic and environmental impact. Annually, 1 million trees can save $10 million in energy costs, remove more than 2 million pounds of air pollutants, save $23 million in air pollution cleanup costs and can capture almost 2 billion gallons of storm water, saving an estimated $5 million in storm-water runoff costs alone. Before Million Trees LA, the city was planting 10,000 trees a year. Since the launch of our program one year ago, we have distributed or planted more than 110,000 trees, and we’re forging ahead with thousands more this year and in the years to come. We’re doing more than distributing seedlings. This month, city crews, working with our planting partners, will begin a major planting effort along transit corridors. We are estimating that more than 6,000 trees will be planted on sidewalks by the end of this year. And in December, we will host the first-ever citywide youth conference on climate change. By enlisting young people in this effort, we are helping to educate a new generation of environmentally aware Angelenos who, along with their future children and grandchildren, will enjoy the many fruits of an urban forest. One of the things we’ve learned is that we need to do a better job counting and tracking our work. We are putting in place a comprehensive inventory system that will tell us where every tree in the city is located, from the newly planted to natives, even including dead trees and others in need of replacing. This new system will offer a database accessible to all of our partners so that we can all keep a reliable accounting of the city’s trees. These sustained efforts, along with continued involvement from Angelenos everywhere, should put us on track to reach our 1 million goal in less than 10 years’ time. We can’t do it without engaging people in every community and every corner of Los Angeles. Already, Million Trees LA has received a tremendous outpouring of support, with more people signing on every day. Spurred by a sense of civic pride and a desire to take back our urban environment, residents from the harbor to the Valley are embracing Million Trees LA and they’re enjoying the benefits. A family that plants four trees near its home can save up to 30 percent on summer cooling costs once the trees mature. People are learning that by going green, we can grow the green in our wallets and bank accounts! As public and private trees are counted along the way, we will continue to engage the public, spread the word citywide and target low-canopy areas so that the entire city enjoys the shade. Above all, we are committed to making this program successful and sustainable. All around the world, cities are recognizing our moral obligation to take action to fight global warming, and I am proud that Los Angeles is taking the lead. Working together, we have an opportunity to sow the seeds for an extraordinary environmental legacy, one that will give back to Angelenos for generations to come. Antonio Villaraigosa is the mayor of Los Angeles. For more information on Million Trees LA, see www.milliontreesla.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONE year ago, when the people of Los Angeles joined together to green our communities and combat climate change by planting 1 million trees, there were some who said that this was too ambitious a goal. That’s missing the forest for the trees. If I’ve learned one thing in a lifetime of public service, it’s that you don’t achieve big results by setting minor goals. After just one year, we’ve made substantial progress, and we’ve busted some shovels. Most importantly, we’re applying the lessons we’ve learned along the way. last_img read more

Abortion ban moves ahead

first_imgPIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions Friday, setting up a deliberate frontal assault on Roe v. Wade at a time when some activists see the U.S. Supreme Court as more willing than ever to overturn the 33-year-old decision. Republican Gov. Mike Rounds said he was inclined to sign the bill, which would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman’s life. The measure would make no exception in cases of rape or incest. Many opponents and supporters of abortion rights believe the U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion now that conservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito are on the bench. Lawmakers said growing support among South Dakotans for abortion restrictions added momentum to the bill. “I think the stars are aligned,” said House Speaker Matthew Michels, a Republican. “Simply put, now is the time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Planned Parenthood, which operates the only abortion clinic in South Dakota, has pledged to sue over the measure. About 800 abortions a year are performed in South Dakota. Even with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, whom Alito replaced, there still appear to be the minimum five votes needed on the high court to uphold Roe v. Wade. Supporters of the bill, however, said another justice could be replaced in the years it would take a case to reach the nation’s highest court. A judge is likely to suspend the abortion ban during the legal challenge, which means it would never take effect unless the state gets the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and wins. Some opponents of the bill said abortion should at least be allowed in cases of rape or incest, or where the woman’s health is threatened. If a rape victim becomes pregnant and bears a child, the rapist could have the same parental rights as the mother, said Krista Heeren-Graber, executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. “The idea the rapist could be in the child’s life … makes the woman very, very fearful. Sometimes they need to have choice,” Heeren-Graber said. Under the measure, doctors could get up to five years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. The House passed the bill 50-18 on Friday, and the Senate approved it 23-12 earlier this week. If signed, it would become law July 1. Money for the anticipated legal fight is already pouring in. Lawmakers were told during the debate that an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to defend the ban, and the Legislature is setting up a special account to accept donations. “We’ve had people stopping in our office trying to drop off checks to promote the defense of this legislation already,” Rounds said. Leslee Unruh, president of the Alpha Center, a Sioux Falls pregnancy counseling agency that tries to steer women away from abortion, said most of the abortions performed in South Dakota do not stem from rape or even failed contraception, but are simply “conveniences.” Unruh said she believes most South Dakota women want the state to ban abortion, and many who have had abortions “wish someone would have stopped them.” The governor said he believes it would be better to eliminate abortion in steps rather than all at once. Rounds indicated he does not share the view that Alito and Roberts will usher in sudden, dramatic changes in how the court views abortion. He said it could be a drawn-out legal battle, and noted that it is not even assured that the high court will hear the case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

86,000 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT DONEGAL’S RELAY FOR LIFE

first_imgThe cheque presentation. Pic by Clive Wasson.By any standards it’s a huge amount of money.But the people of Donegal have certainly taken Relay for Life to their hearts.Earlier this summer the 24 hour event was staged in Letterkenny and yet again it was a huge success. In fact more than  €86,000 in total;l was raised to continue the fight against cancer.A cheque for the money was presented to the Irish Cancer Society by Relay For Life Donegal 2015 this week.Clive Wasson’s picture shows committee and team members at the presentation in the Mount Errigal Hotel as Robert O’Connor presents John McCormick with the cheque.  86,000 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT DONEGAL’S RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cheque presenationdonegalRelay for Lifelast_img read more

DDTV: COME WINE WITH ME WITH RICHARD FINNEY, THE WINE BUFF

first_imgDDTV VIDEO COLUMN: This week Richard poses the question – what can you get for 20 cent? You’ll be surprised.Click to play!   DDTV: COME WINE WITH ME WITH RICHARD FINNEY, THE WINE BUFF was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: COME WINE WITH ME WITH RICHARD FINNEYTHE WINE BUFFlast_img

Cal State hopes to learn from sweep

first_img She hopes Friday’s 3-0 California Collegiate Athletic Association loss to local rival Cal Poly Pomona remains in the minds of her players for several matches to come. The team spent part of Monday watching the tape and analyzing their mistakes. “I want them to remember what can happen if you don’t go out and play your game,” she said. “You have to learn to adjust, and we didn’t do a good job of that.” Most coaches want their team to take a tough loss and put it behind them so they can focus on the games coming up. Not Cal State San Bernardino volleyball coach Kim Cherniss. TRENT, STEELE HONORED Volleyball player Cristen Trent and soccer player Barry Steele have been named Cal State San Bernardino’s athletes of the month by the Coyote Athletic Association. Both are seniors. In the last month Trent set a career record for assists in helping the women to a 12-3 mark with three wins over three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. Her 4,773 assists breaks the old record of 4,491 set by Amy Pope Schumacher, the setter who preceded her. Steele (Beaumont) tallied five goals and three assists, helping the Coyotes into a first-place tie in the CCAA. Two of his goals were game winners against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield. In his four-year career, Steele has 17 goals and 12 assists. SBVC PLACES SECOND The San Bernardino Valley volleyball team finished second in a 15-team tournament at San Diego Mesa on Saturday. The Wolverines lost the championship match 30-25 to Citrus, a team they beat in an earlier tournament. SBVC started out by winning all three best-of-three pool play matches against Mt. San Jacinto, College of the Canyons and Cuyamaca. SBVC was seeded first in elimination play and got a first-round bye, then beat Victor Valley 30-20 in the semifinals. “It was good because we got a lot of play in, and we started being a little more consistent,” coach Dave Rubio said. “That is what has been killing us so far. We seem to have a lot of ups and downs.” Sophomore Kristie Ford (Yucaipa) led the effort, representing the Wolverines on the All-Tournament team. They also got strong efforts from Allie Newman and Britney Barton. Also, the Wolverines had a nonconference match last Wednesday called off because its opponent, Moorpark, was unable to make the trip because of road closures due to the Chatsworth fire. Rubio said he is doubtful that it will be rescheduled. The reigning champion Wolverines open Foothill Conference play tonight at 5 against Mt. San Jacinto. REDLANDS RETURNS The Redlands football team returns to action this week, hosting La Verne (3-1) in its Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ted Runner Stadium. The Bulldogs (1-2) were off last week, so coach Mike Maynard used that opportunity to scout La Verne’s game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He also gave his team three days off and spent another just watching film which should help the many ailing players. “La Verne is for real,” Maynard said. “This is the best team they’ve had in several years. I told the guys this will probably be the most physical game we’ll have all season.” RCC TEAMS FARING WELL The Riverside Community College football team posted a 16-0 shutout of Orange Coast on Saturday. It was its first shutout since 2002 when the Tigers blanked Golden West. Freshman running back Richard Murrell (San Bernardino) returned from a sprained ankle to lead a balanced rushing attack. The Tigers (3-2) play Palomar in their Mission Conference American Division opener on Oct. 15. They are off this week. The Tiger volleyball team is 3-2, led by several locals. Among those starring are Cajon High School graduates Kristina Obermeyer and Kim Zumbro. Obermeyer has 110 kills and 148 digs while Zumbro has managed 50 kills, 146 digs and 15 service aces. The team also features three players from Rialto, the most notable being 6-foot-2 freshman outside hitter Skye Williams, who has 95 kills, 89 digs and 12 service aces. WATER POLO EVENT ON TAP NCAA Division III teams can’t compete with Division I programs on the football field or on the basketball court. But they can in the pool – and they will this weekend at the 13th Annual Claremont Convergence Tournament – because water polo teams in Division I typically don’t have more than four scholarship athletes. Brown, Harvard, George Washington, Santa Clara, Chaminade and BYU-Hawaii are the upper-division programs participating in this weekend’s tournament, held all day Friday and Saturday at both CMS’ and Pomona-Pitzer’s pools. Johns Hopkins will represent the head of the Division III class, as will Chapman and Washington & Jefferson and SCIAC programs La Verne (9-4); Redlands (7-8); Pomona-Pitzer (6-8); Occidental (5-7); Whittier (3-8) and Cal Lutheran (3-9). BUS TRIP PLANNED Cal State San Bernardino is chartering a fan bus that will travel to the exhibition basketball game between the Coyotes and USC scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Lyon Gym on the USC campus. The cost is $20. For more information, call Pam Palmer at (909) 537-5048. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The win leaves the Broncos in first place and the Coyotes tied for second. The Coyotes bounced back after the loss, winning Saturday against Cal State Dominguez Hills, one of the weaker teams in the CCAA. But they have a tough week coming up, facing No. 16 Cal State L.A. Friday and always tough Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, both on the road. Cherniss knows her team is going to take every opponent’s best shot since they are the team that has been at the top of the heap in recent years. It is up to the Coyotes to rise to the occasion. The loss Friday was only the fourth at Coussoulis Arena dating back to the 2000 season. “They were a lot hungrier and they played like it,” Cherniss said. “You could tell they were a lot more starved for a win against us than we were against them,” she said. The loss caused the Coyotes to drop from second to sixth in the national rankings. Truman State remains first. Nebraska-Kearney, Minnesota-Duluth, Tampa and Hawaii Pacific leapfrogged them even though the Coyotes have wins over Minnesota-Duluth and Pacific. last_img read more

Slopes sport faux powder to open; real stuff coming

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Snow Summit’s Miracle Mile will be open today, with two chair lifts in operation. “It’s been a disappointing start because it’s been warmer than normal,” said Chris Riddle, a spokesman for Snow Summit. “But we’re like farmers here. We farm snow.” Higher elevations were expected to see temperatures in the 20s and 30s through Saturday, with a 20 percent chance of snow or rain Thursday. “It’s very dry, but it looks like a pretty good front coming down, though we’ll have to wait and see,” said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “We’re seeing a great big fat high pressure area off the coast, like a roller coaster roaring over us, slowly moving to the east.” Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra Nevada got up to 12 inches of snow for its opening day, Nov. 10, and so far it’s shaping up to be a good season, said spokeswoman Joani Lynch. Snow machines worked overtime throughout the weekend to make today’s opening of the ski season a success at Snow Summit in Big Bear, but resort operators there and elsewhere hope Mother Nature will deliver some real white stuff later this week. About 2,500 skiers took to the slopes during Mountain High’s opening Monday in Wrightwood, where four trails and three chair lifts were open. “It’s beautiful weather,” said Mountain High spokesman John McColly. “We’ll be making snow at every single opportunity.” This week’s openings were a little later than usual – and much later than last year, when early snowfall allowed some resorts to open in October. Mountain High usually opens in early November and the Big Bear resorts in middle or late November. “The great news is it’s snowing right now,” she said. “We’ve been very lucky.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

EMERGENCY MEETING CALLED IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE DONEGAL SECONDARY SCHOOL FROM CLOSURE

first_imgAn emergency meeting has been called in a desperate attempt to save a Donegal Secondary School from closing.Members of the Donegal Education and Training Board have called for the meeting to be held next Monday in Letterkenny to see if a resolution can be sought regarding the impending closure of the school.The school in question is Inishowen’s only Irish language school Colaiste Chineal Eoghain. The school is set to be closed due to dwindling numbers.However, the announcement the school was going to close was met with an angry response from locals.Some locals feel the closure of the school is yet another attack by the current government on the Irish Language.Donegal politicians Joe McHugh, Charlie McConalogue and Padraig Mac Lochlainn met with Shaun Purcell who is the CEO of the Donegal ETB to discuss the situation further. It is believed they are seeking a meeting with the Education Minister in order to stop the government from closing down Colaiste Chineal Eoghain. EMERGENCY MEETING CALLED IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE DONEGAL SECONDARY SCHOOL FROM CLOSURE was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:closureColáiste Chineál EoghainnewsPoliticssecondary schoollast_img read more

Sharks locked into second as Flames clinch top seed in west

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — It’s a date: the Sharks will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.A day after the Sharks secured home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, they allowed the Calgary Flames to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference by losing 5-3 in a head-to-head matchup with their Pacific Division rivals at SAP Center on Sunday.After losing eight of their last …last_img