Police do not support the decriminalisation of cannabis.

first_imgNZ Herald 16 May 2014Police say they do not support the decriminalisation of natural cannabis despite calls by Auckland’s Deputy Mayor that it’s safer than banned synthetic versions.Penny Hulse said it was time New Zealanders discussed the decriminalisation of cannabis, much as they had had discussions on prostitution and same-sex marriage.But a police national headquarters spokesman said there was no political will for decriminalisation and their stance on the issue was clear.“Police do not support the decriminalisation of cannabis.”Last week Prime Minister John Key told the Herald he did not support the decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs.On Wednesday Ms Hulse told an Auckland Council committee drawing up a policy on legal highs that it made no sense to regulate synthetic cannabis without considering safer alternatives.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11255679last_img read more

Land Users Group Calls out Greens on Cannabis Environmental Harms

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 7 July 2020The Primary Land Users Group (PLUG) representing a cross-section of forestry, dairy, horticulture and dry-stock land-users has called out the Green Party, asking how they can reconcile their desire for legal cannabis with the negative environmental effects from cannabis cultivation.In a media release, they’ve highlighted the experience of overseas jurisdictions where there has been erosion, river diversion, and habitat destruction from large grows, and say that the Greens “are quite vocal about blaming agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels for the country’s GHG emissions but it seems, taking the USA consumption as an example of the likely effects from legalisation in NZ, that logic does not come into their thinking – it is just about self-satisfaction.”They also highlight concerns around “the case of pollution with the use of chemicals, which are often used to kill rodents which may damage the crop. These chemicals make their way into the sewage system and into our water supplies. They also make their way into the food chain, and can pose significant health risks to predators,” and that in Colorado, the “voracious energy consumption of growers is rubbing up against the city’s ambitions of cutting greenhouse gases.” They also say that “producing just a couple of pounds of weed can have the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times.”In their concluding statements, they warn; “The legalisation of recreational or medicinal marijuana in eight states including California, Florida and Massachusetts, means some of the nation’s hard-earned progress towards climate change solutions is on the chopping block as regulators continue to ignore this industry’s mushrooming carbon footprint.”SayNopeToDope campaign spokesperson Aaron Ironside says “The full effects of the industry on the natural environment are only just beginning to be recognised. These impacts occur even under a so-called “regulated” environment, as the vast amounts of water and electricity needed to power marijuana farms are damaging to the environment. One average kilogram of final product is associated with 4600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. According to research published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, cannabis cultivation consumes 5.2 MWh/y/kg of electricity and produces roughly 4.6 metric ton of CO2/kg of product.”“If the Greens really want to protect the environment and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, then they should not be pushing for introducing the cannabis industry into New Zealand which may lead to environmental harms.” READ MORE https://saynopetodope.org.nz/not-so-green/last_img read more

Syria’s ‘brutal’ war enters 10th year

first_imgAt least 384,000 people have since died,including more than 116,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rightswar monitor said Saturday. (AFP) When Syrians took to the streets onMarch 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-governmentprotests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, jihadists and outsideforces. SYRIA’S brutal conflict enters its 10thyear Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold overa war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex theirmuscle.center_img Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions. AFPlast_img

Lady Bulldog Netters Prevail Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs were 3-2 winners at home against Franklin County.Jenna Ertel was a winner at No. 2 singles. Maggie Walsman and Lily Esser teamed up to win at at No. 2 doubles as the score was knotted 2-2 with one match to play. Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer secured the team victory with a three-set win at No. 1 doubles.Winners in junior varsity play were Kayla Stone, Caroline Kellerman and Carly Fitzpatrick.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie.last_img

No more excuses, Kevin MacDonald tells Aston Villa

first_img He said: “I would probably do that but we also have to look at little things ourselves. “Sometimes you have to listen to other people and be open-minded, but if it comes to it I’m sure Tim would help if I did speak to him.” Villa have never been relegated from the Premier League but MacDonald knows his players fear the drop in status. He added: “We’re bottom of the league. They do worry about the situation and where we are. “There is a big difference between being known as a Premier League player and being known as a Championship player.” He brought in 13 new players in the summer but was axed last Sunday and Villa are targeting former Lyon boss Remi Garde as his replacement. But MacDonald admits the club cannot continue to cut their summer arrivals any more slack. He said: “We keep making excuses for them, you can’t keep making excuses. They are professional footballers who are getting well paid in the Premier League. There are no excuses. “People say give them seven months (to settle), when I came down from Scotland all those years ago you were given three weeks. “Jock Wallace (former Leicester boss) said to me ‘three weeks Kevin, get yourself fit and if you’re the best player, you’re in the team’. “That’s the way I worked before. If you are the best player in training, you get the chance to be the best player on the pitch. “If you’re the best player on the pitch you stay in the team, that’s what’s going to happen here.” Sherwood was sacked just eight months into a three-and-a-half year deal but, ahead of the meeting of his two former clubs, MacDonald did not rule out asking for his help. The caretaker manager believes the squad must discover their form now with the club bottom of the Barclays Premier League. They go to Tottenham on Monday having lost their last six league games, a run which marked the end for former boss Tim Sherwood. Kevin MacDonald has told Aston Villa’s struggling stars the time for excuses is over. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img September 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports — Keenan Allen has signed a four-year extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that will make him the league’s second-highest paid receiver in average money. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal, who says it is worth $80.1 million with $50 million guaranteed. Allen is going into his eighth season and has made the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons. He had 104 receptions last season, breaking his own franchise record for single-season catches. — NFL cutdown day has forced the Miami Dolphins to acknowledge the failure of their Josh Rosen experiment. Miami has released Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in April 2019 for second- and fifth-round draft picks. He started three games last year, throwing five interceptions and one touchdown pass, and was the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) in training camp this summer. The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick has been named the starter for the Dolphins’ season opener Sept. 13 at New England.— Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski has his first 53-man roster. Cleveland made 24 cuts Saturday to get to the league’s mandated 53-man limit. Some notable names are among them, including defensive end Chad Thomas, a third-round pick in 2018, and running back Dontrell Hilliard, who handled return duties last season. Stefanski is going with just two quarterbacks out of the gate, Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum. Third-stringer Garrett Gilbert, a close friend of Mayfield, was cut but could be added to the practice squad if he clears waivers.— The Carolina Panthers have waived running back Reggie Bonnafon in one of their moves to get down to 53 players. Bonnafon ran for 116 yards with a touchdown in 16 games last year and played a major role on special teams. Mike Davis won the No. 2 running back job behind All-Pro Christian McCaffrey, and Trent Cannon made the roster over Bonnafon as the third back. Carolina kept three quarterbacks: starter Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier and P.J. Walker. The No. 2 QB spot is still open for competition.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are going with a college journeyman and sixth-round draft pick as their backup quarterback. General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone kept rookie Jake Luton to play behind Gardner Minshew as they finalized their 53-man roster. They cut veteran Mike Glennon and waived Josh Dobbs. Luton was one of the biggest surprises of Jacksonville’s training camp, along with undrafted rookie running back James Robinson, sixth-round receiver Collin Johnson and undrafted rookie cornerback Luq Barcoo. That became official when the Vancouver Canucks lost 3-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal.A Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. The Stanley Cup, however, will be awarded in Canada for the first time since 2011 when the Boston Bruins beat the Canucks in Vancouver in Game 7.Edmonton will host the Stanley Cup final this year. The Alberta capital and Toronto have served as hubs for the NHL postseason during the pandemic. Six of Canada’s seven teams — Ottawa the exception — were part of the NHL’s 24-team restart after the season was halted because of COVID-19 in March. Only Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary survived the qualifying round. Eliminated in that round were Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton.Montreal and Calgary were ousted in the first round. Vancouver beat the defending champion St. Louis Blues before having its hopes dashed by Vegas. TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will finally learn who their opponent will be in the Eastern Conference finals. That will be determined Saturday night when the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their semifinal series. Philadelphia forced the deciding game with a 5-4 overtime win on Thursday night. The Flyers have won three games in overtime in the same series for the first time in franchise history. NHL-STANLEY CUP-NO CANADANo Canada: Country’s Stanley Cup drought hits 27 yearsUNDATED (AP) — Canada’s Stanley Cup drought is now at 27 years. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKENTUCKY DERBYTiz the Law is a big favoriteLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a Kentucky Derby postponed four months because of the coronavirus, Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite at 3-5 odds since 1989. He was a dominating winner of the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to this year’s reconfigured Triple Crown. Tiz the Law faces 15 rivals Saturday in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, the smallest field since 2003. Trainer Bob Baffert saddles 8-1 shot Authentic and 15-1 shot Thousand Words in his bid to win a record-tying sixth Derby. There won’t be any fans in the stands and the infield because of the pandemic. Says Baffert: “It’s going to be weird.”Multiple groups, including armed militias, are planning protests and counterprotests in the streets outside over police killings of unarmed Black Americans. The Derby is unfolding in the hometown of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician shot dead in her home in March when police burst in to serve a search warrant. Demonstrators have been protesting downtown for more than 100 days, calling for the officers involved to be prosecuted. Post time is 7:01 p.m. EDT.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers and Islanders meet in Game 7 NBA PLAYOFFSGame 4 for Raptors-Celtics, Game 2 for Nuggets-ClippersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Saturday brings another NBA playoff doubleheader. Game 4 awaits in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. After that, it’s Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics lead their matchup 2-1, while the Clippers have a 1-0 lead in their series. The Clippers have won three consecutive playoff games, which might not sound all that impressive — but it matches the longest such streak in franchise history. They also won three straight in 2015.center_img Williams will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round.F1-ITALIAN GPHamilton takes Italian GP pole, Ferrari struggles againMONZA, Italy (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Italian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 94th pole position Saturday.Hamilton nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just 0.069 seconds. NFL-NEWSWatson agrees to 4-year, $160 million extension with TexansUNDATED (AP) — Deshaun Watson has agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Houston Texans. Watson announced the signing on Twitter on Saturday. The deal makes Watson the second-highest paid quarterback in the league, behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million in July. The 24-year-old Watson has appeared in 38 games with 37 starts in his first three seasons with the Texans. He threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns last season when he led the Texans to the divisional round of the playoffs.In other NFL news: Associated Press — The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals will be allowed to have 6,000 fans at two home games this season. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Saturday that the teams have been granted a variance for a “two-game trial” on a state requirement limiting 1,500 people at outdoor gatherings. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 fans in each side of the stadium. Fans will be required to wear masks throughout the games.TENNIS-US OPENWilliams beats Stephens in 3 sets at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has come back from a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the U.S. Open.Williams’ victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday allowed her to avoid what would have been her earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since she lost in the third round in her tournament debut all the way back in 1998. Williams was 16 then and had yet to win a Grand Slam title. She turns 39 in three weeks and is pursuing her 24th major championship in singles. Ferrari’s troubles went from bad to worse as both cars failed to qualify inside the top 10 at the team’s home circuit for the first time since 1984.NASCAR-PLAYOFFS-FANSSome fans will be able to attend playoff openerCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When NASCAR’s playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, up to 8,000 spectators will be allowed to attend. Darlington joins Bristol in Tennessee, Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, Texas Motor Speedway and the championship finale at Phoenix as venues allowing limited spectators during the next 10 weeks, the most important stretch of NASCAR’s season. Las Vegas, Charlotte, Kansas and Martinsville, Virginia are awaiting state approval. Next week’s race in Richmond, Virginia, will be without fans. NASCAR completed four events before the coronavirus pandemic shut it down for 10 weeks. When competition resumed in May, NASCAR cut every bit of its pageantry from race weekends.last_img read more

Syracuse’s ride and defense forces turnovers in 21-4 win over Colgate

first_imgMary Rahal jumped into the passing lane. Colgate was trying to advance in transition, but Rahal thrust her stick out to cause the turnover.She planted, turned and carried the ball from SU’s 20-yard line into the attacking zone. Twenty-five yards from the net, she dished to freshman Bianca Chevarie who took a step before passing to Meaghan Tyrrell at the right block. In one motion, Tyrrell turned to her right and passed the ball across the crease to Megan Carney, who promptly deposited it for her second of the game.Throughout the game, promising Raider attacks turned into Syracuse goals within seconds. The No. 4 Orange (5-1) caused turnovers at will in their 21-4 win over Colgate (2-1). SU’s 16 caused turnovers were the most in a game since Feb. 12 of last season, when the Orange forced 20 in a win over Binghamton.“A couple times we had great opportunities to score and we didn’t recover and they scored,” Colgate head coach Kathy Taylor said, “So it almost feels like a 2-goal swing.”From the outset, the Orange seemed poised to impose their will. Senior Emily Hawryschuk controlled the opening draw and scored 17 seconds later. But, Colgate answered with a draw control of their own and a goal 30 seconds later. Senior defender Kerry Defliese referred to the goal as a “wake-up call.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFollowing two Syracuse fouls, midfielder Sam Swart caused SU’s first turnover of the game. The junior gathered the ground ball and carried past midfield before passing to Hawryschuk. Her shot was stopped, but Chevarie scooped up another ground ball and set up SU’s second goal of the game.Three minutes later, senior Lila Nazarian gave chase to a Colgate midfielder carrying toward the Syracuse net. While her efforts didn’t show on the stat sheet, she forced Colgate’s Olivia Duarte to drop the ball multiple times before eventually turning it over to SU’s Allyson Trice.On the Raiders’ ensuing offensive possession, Defliese lunged in front of a Colgate pass from X out to the right side. Defliese hustled for the ground ball and pushed it upfield to Swart for the clear.“I think that’s our defense wanting to have that mentality we come into every game with,” Defliese said, “Starting with that fire in the beginning led our defense to many caused turnovers.”Swart’s progress was then halted, and she subsequently lost possession. But, Hawryschuk rode Colgate’s Grace Bowers for 15 yards before dislodging the ball from her stick — and the stick from her hands. Hawryschuk took the ball back toward the Colgate net, finding Chevarie for the freshman’s second goal of the season.Syracuse controlled the ensuing draw but lost possession on the attack. The Raiders tried to clear but failed again. This time, Chevarie turned Colgate over on the ride, and two passes later it was 4-1 Syracuse with 22:02 minutes to play in the half. Taylor was forced to call a timeout.“My team went back to carrying the ball which really played into Syracuse’s ability to strip the ball from my players,” Taylor said, “and we need to really embrace moving that ball and not running with it.”Even after the timeout, Taylor could tell that Syracuse was “wearing (Colgate) down.” The Orange had 11 caused turnovers to Colgate’s two in the first half. Syracuse was first to 13 of 19 ground balls in the half as well.“Every time you put effort in there’s an opportunity to turn the ball over,” head coach Gary Gait said.Less than three minutes into the second half, Asa Goldstock, Hawryschuk and a number of other Syracuse starters left the field. Even without their more experienced riders and defenders in, Syracuse’s second-team continued to disrupt Colgate passers and carriers.“That second group of defense went in, turned the ball over several times and did a great job on that,” Gait said, “So it’s just nice to see that the practice (the defense) put in every day pays off.” Comments Published on February 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Towson Hoops Recruiting Class Receives High Praise

first_imgTowson Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class Ranked Sixth Among Non-BCS School’sCBS Sports Ranks Tigers Amongst the Nation’s Top Recruiting ClassesTOWSON, Md. – Just hours after signing four highly-touted recruits to its 2012-13 recruiting class, first-year head coach Pat Skerry and the Towson men’s basketball program began receiving national recognition. The incoming Tiger recruiting class is ranked as the best in the Colonial Athletic Association and sixth among all non-BCS schools, according to CBS Sports.Power forward Barrington Alston, combo guard Jerome Hairston, point guard Frank Mason and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera each inked national letters of intent Wednesday to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers.The complete Top 10 list is below.Top Non-BCS 2012-13 Recruiting Classes:1. Memphis2. Houston3. Xavier4. UNLV5. UTEP6. Towson7. Harvard8. Dayton9. Butler10. Marshalllast_img read more

Ghana Rugby Eagles Prepare For International Battles

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby national men’s fifteens and women’s sevens teams, the Ghana Eagles, gathered at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 24 September 2016 to play trial matches in preparation for upcoming international clashes.The ladies sevens team led by Kukua Aggrey and Rafatu Inusah, played two matches during the men’s 15s match break and another one after the men.According to Simba Mangena, one of the men’s fifteens Ghana Eagles coaches, there has been a general improvement in communication in all departments with good coordination in the back three.Mangena said that Cosmos flanker Raymond Ata had a sterling performance which showed in his good work rate off the ball. In addition there has been good improvement in tactical play at the lineout. According to Mangena, areas that need attention are urgency at the breakdown, decision making in attack, final passes after breaking the defence line and running lines. Amuzuloh Salim, another Ghana Eagles coach, said that the trial match went well despite an early shock try from the B team. According to him the coaches are in general satisfied that they have two strong sides that provide the technical bench with options should it be required.“We appreciate the opportunity and will be very happy if more such trial matches can be scheduled so that the players get to know each other very well,” he said.The captain of the A team, Michael Ako Wilson, said that he was happy with the levels of discipline and communication and the fact that no injuries were recorded.“As the playing body we see a great future for Ghana Rugby and all players must be ready to go that extra mile with the administration to achieve the best for the nation in the upcoming international matches against Niger, Togo and Nigeria,” he said.The period from now to December will be a very busy time for the Ghana Rugby family with U20 and women’s sevens trials coming up, followed by another men’s fifteens trial match, an international friendly against Niger on the 2nd of October and the possibility of further international matches as part of the just established WARS (West Africa Rugby Series) tournament organisation. The Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) is also scheduled to kick off with ten Club teams from the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) and CentWest that will battle for top honours in this year’s league.The GRCC was won by Conquerors SC earlier this year when they dethroned previous champions Cosmos Buffalos RFC.last_img read more

Brandon Ingram ready to step up for Lakers this summer

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> When Lonzo Ball chose which locker he would use to hang his jersey and place his gym bag, his decision was practical, but also symbolic.The Lakers’ 19-year-old rookie point guard views his locker at the team’s practice facility as more than simply a place to store his uniform and shoes. He sees that space as a place where he can have countless conversations with a teammate who can help aid his development.After predicting second-year forward Brandon Ingram is “going to be a superstar in this league,” Ball made sure his locker was next to Ingram’s. That way, Ingram can help Ball become a superstar, too.“We pretty much talk all the time,” Ball said. “He’s a good dude.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers see Ingram as a good dude, too. After being selected No. 2 overall in the 2016 NBA draft, Ingram landed on the league’s all-rookie second team last season thanks to qualities that go beyond the modest numbers he posted in points (9.4), shooting percentage (40.2) and rebounds (4.0).Ingram impressed the Lakers with his positional versatility, ball-handling, defense and finishing, but he has another responsibility to master in his second NBA season. When the Lakers open play in the Las Vegas Summer League against the Clippers at 5:30 p.m. today, Ingram will find himself in the role of a seasoned veteran at 19 years old.“Just with the year I have in this league, I can help him a little bit and tell him what to expect and how to go about the game,” Ingram said. “Now I have information I can give back with the opportunity to try to lead some of these guys, and put them in the right positions on the basketball floor and off the basketball floor.”That process already started with Ball’s locker selection, which Ingram said sparked “good communication” with this year’s No. 2 pick. It seemed fitting considering Ingram assumed Kobe Bryant’s locker last year, a not-so-subtle suggestion of who the Lakers hoped would lead their franchise following the retirement of the future Hall of Famer.No one will mistake the soft-spoken Ingram for the brash Bryant. But after seeing Ingram become more vocal during offseason scrimmages, Lakers assistant coach Jud Buechler expects him to remain as assertive. “He’s slowly wanting to take over the reins here and not do it super aggressively here and be out of line, but it’s really his team,” said Buechler, who will coach the Lakers’ summer league squad. “This is his team this summer to be in charge of. I’m super happy about all that. That’s part of his growth, to learn more about that role and how to lead a team. He’s going to do a great job.”The Lakers thought Ingram showed plenty of growth during his rookie season. As Buechler observed, “Brandon works as hard as anybody.” By all accounts, Ingram channeled his free time into working on his game at the practice facility rather than chase the temptations Los Angeles has to offer the young and privileged. Since the season ended, Ingram has been working with assistant coach Brian Keefe on his shooting form.While the Lakers watched Ingram strive for self-improvement, they admired how he patiently waited for his role to blossom from reserve to starter, from an occasional scoring option to a more prominent one. Buechler said Ingram “kind of sat back and tried to figure it out last year.”This year, Ingram does not seem as inclined to wait.“It definitely helps me have a different mentality and different focus on this game, even coming here every single day, doing what I’ve been doing with my routine and eating more to show these guys what it takes to be in this league,” Ingram said. “I’m having an attack mentality, knowing it’s a different year.“I know I’m going to have a big jump this year.”Ingram has given the Lakers every reason to believe he will back up those words.“You have to go out and you have to do it on the court,” Buechler said. “You can talk all you want in the locker room about this and that. But if you don’t go on the court and do it by example, I don’t think guys will follow you. He does it by example. He has both. We really want him to expand that role on his team.”The Lakers probably will have to grade Ingram’s summer league performance on a curve. Ingram expects to fare better than last year, when he averaged 12.2 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 41.2 percent, but he has committed to play in only their first three games today (Clippers), Saturday (Boston) and Monday (Sacramento).For preservation purposes, the Lakers are expected to sit Ingram for the latter portion of their summer league schedule. Since the Lakers have not finalized their plans, Buechler joked he will play Ingram 40 minutes for every single summer league game.“No one from upstairs has really talked to me about that. I’m sure they will,” Buechler said. “My intention is to go and win summer league. We need to start.”That’s because Buechler is mindful of the Lakers’ front office changes. In February, Lakers president Jeanie Buss replaced her brother Jim with Magic Johnson as the president of basketball operations. Buss also fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and replaced him with longtime player agent Rob Pelinka.“One of the big things that Rob talks about is our mentality of winning here,” Buechler said. “I think it starts right now during this summer league. We’re going there to win the summer league. I hope those guys play in every game. If they don’t, then we’ll shut them down and go with the other guys. But that’s the mentality going in.”Meanwhile, Ingram plans to show the same mentality that prompted Ball to saddle up next to his locker.“It’s great that he says he wants to play with me,” Ingram said of Ball. “He’s a guy you want to play with, the way he passes the ball and is very unselfish. He can get after it on the defensive end.”Ball has said the same thing about Ingram, who will continue to impart wisdom as they prepare for the season ahead. Even if it takes time for Ingram to raise his voice among his peers, his locker will be close enough to Ball’s that the rookie can still hear him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more