KPK searches for wanted former Supreme Court secretary at in-law’s house in East Java

first_img“They told me that they were looking for Pak Suhada’s son-in-law, who is on the most wanted list now. They searched through some piles of documents in the house but didn’t confiscate anything,” local community head Nuryadi said after the search.He added that the house had long only been occupied by a housemaid.Read also: Former Supreme Court secretary accused of accepting Rp 46b in bribesSuhada is the father of Nurhadi’s wife Tin Zuraida, an expert staff member at the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry. Topics : Nurhadi was named a graft suspect for allegedly accepting bribes in the form of nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash in connection with three cases handled at the Supreme Court between 2011 and 2016.The KPK put Nurhadi on the most wanted list on Feb. 13 after he failed to answer the antigraft body’s summons for questioning twice.The commission also named Nurhadi’s son-in-law Rezki Herbiyono and PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal director Hiendra Soenyoto, who was suspected of promising Nurhadi nine checks from the company, suspects in the case. They were also put on the most wanted list.Graft busters have on several occasions searched for Nurhadi, including at his house in South Jakarta and his office, the Rahmat Santoso and Partners law firm, which is owned by Nurhadi’s brother-in-law, in Surabaya, East Java. (kuk)center_img Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have searched on Wednesday the house of Suhada Sumarni, the father-in-law of former Supreme Court secretary and graft suspect Nurhadi Abdurachman, in Tulungagung, East Java, as part of the antigraft body’s effort to locate the suspect, who is still at large.Eight investigators were seen entering the house at around 10 a.m. East Java Police officers assisted the search by guarding the premises.The search was completed at 1 p.m. when KPK investigators were seen leaving the house.last_img read more

Knife attack in Chinese primary school wounds 39

first_img“37 students suffered mild injuries and two adults suffered more severe injuries. All of them were sent to a hospital for treatment, and none of their lives are in danger,” it said. Schools in the region had only reopened in May after being closed for months due to the coronavirus outbreak. A number of schools in China have been hit by attacks in recent years, forcing authorities to step up security amid calls for more research into the root causes of such acts.In November, a man climbed a kindergarten wall in southwest Yunnan province and sprayed people with a corrosive liquid, wounding 51 of them, mostly students.  Last September, eight schoolchildren died and two others were wounded in a “school-related criminal case” in the central Hubei province, with a 40-year-old man arrested.A knife-wielding man killed two people and wounded two others at a primary school in central Hunan province in April last year.In April 2018, a man killed nine middle school students as they were returning home, in one of the deadliest knife attacks seen in China in recent years.A homemade explosive killed eight people and injured dozens outside a kindergarten in Jiangsu province in June 2017. A knife-wielding attacker wounded 37 students and two adults at a primary school in southern China on Thursday, officials said, with local media identifying a security guard as the perpetrator.All the victims, including teaching staff, were sent to hospital but were not in a life-threatening condition, authorities in Cangwu County, Guangxi region, said.The incident at the Wangfu Central Primary School happened at 8:30 am when children would normally arrive for class. The attacker, reportedly aged around 50, was “under control”, the government said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi gives East Java two weeks to control virus

first_imgJokowi expressed his disappointment about a report by the COVID-19 task force that 70 percent of residents were still disobeying health protocols, such as failing to wear masks in public.Jokowi stressed the importance of controlling the disease’s transmission within Surabaya and its satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik.Based on a Wednesday report by the East Java COVID-19 task force, Surabaya has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the province with 4,962 cases, followed by the regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik with 1,287 and 534 cases, respectively.Read also: Surabaya urged to reimpose PSBB as infection rates soar“Surabaya can’t control this outbreak alone. Gresik, Sidoarjo and other cities should also be involved in one [unified] system of management because the mobility of people is not limited to Surabaya.”The President suggested that governors and mayors refer to scientific data prior to making COVID-19 policies. “Ask for opinions from scientists, epidemiologists and other experts. Don’t make policies without consulting experts.”Despite the province’s continuing struggle to control the virus, East Java ended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya on June 8 and began a “new normal” phase. (trn)Topics : The President urged COVID-19 task forces at the provincial, regency and municipal levels to cooperate and coordinate to contain the spread of the disease in the region.On Thursday, 247 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in East Java, bringing the total official case tally to 10,545. The province is now slightly behind Jakarta, which has recorded a total of 10,600 cases.Read also: Banjarmasin, Surabaya record highest COVID-19 mortality ratesJokowi said East Java was currently recording the highest daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases of any province in the nation. “However, what keeps us optimistic is the fact that the region also has a good recovery rate, at 31 percent.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged the East Java administration to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region within two weeks.On Thursday, Jokowi visited Surabaya and other cities in East Java, which has become the country’s COVID-19 epicenter after Jakarta. It is his first regional working visit as the government transitions into the so-called new normal period.“I demand integrated and serious controls from all institutions in the region […] so we can handle and lower the number of confirmed cases […] within two weeks,” the President said during a visit to the East Java COVID-19 task force headquarters in the Grahadi building in Surabaya.last_img read more

DNR pays you for certain tree seeds

first_imgStatewide—Indiana’s state tree nursery in Vallonia will pay you to collect certain tree seed throughout the state if the seeds meet DNR specifications.Each year the nurseries, part of the DNR Division of Forestry, plant millions of seeds to produce tree and shrub seedlings for conservation planting within the state. Each year much of the seed the nurseries use is supplied by collectors from all over the state. DNR Forestry pays seed collectors on the basis of “pure live seed.” That term means the seeds must be from the required tree species, and cannot be infected with disease or infested with insects.DNR Forestry’s goal is to produce 2-3 million seedlings each year for conservation plantings. Because of natural factors, achieving that goal requires planting about 8.5 million seeds. DNR Forestry, which operates the nurseries, orchestrates statewide seed collection with the goal of diversifying the seed source. Such diversification allows the nursery to grow seedlings that will be well adapted to grow into mature trees throughout the state.Some of the seeds being sought, and the price per seed offered, include black oak, black walnut, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak, white oak, bur oak, chinkapin oak, swamp chestnut oak, and swamp white oak. See the table below for current pricing and collection dates.Some pointers for collecting:— Always call first to see if the seeds you plan to collect are still needed.— Collect only seeds and fruit – no leaves, sticks, or trash.— Keep species separate – if you’re not certain that two (or more) trees are the same species, keep them in separate containers.— If you are not certain if you have the proper species, email a photo of the seed/fruit, leaves, bark, and twigs to the address below for identification.— Most of the listed species are ripe and ready to collect when they fall off the tree.— Healthy acorns (with the exception of bur oak) will fall free of the cap. Keep the seeds/fruit cool until you can deliver it to the office – an air-conditioned basement is good for a short period of time.last_img read more

Biden to accept nomination for president, closing out Day 4 of DNC

first_imgOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty ImagesBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News(MILWAUKEE) — In his third campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden — who found his “comeback kid” moment in South Carolina on this year’s primary trail — will formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in a speech Thursday — 33 years after he made his first bid for the White House.Under day four’s theme of an “America’s Promise,” Biden will finally assume center stage at the Chase Center in Delaware — more than 800 miles away from Milwaukee, where the speech was slated to take place in person before the coronavirus pandemic upended the committee’s plans and forced a shift to a mostly virtual format.Thursday is the Democrats’ last night to make their case in primetime before Republicans take the spotlight next week and President Donald Trump accepts his party’s nomination from the White House.“Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” the Democratic National Committee said in a release. “On the final night of the convention, we will hear from those who can speak to Joe Biden’s leadership and character. Joe Biden will speak about his vision for uniting America to move us forward out of constant chaos and crisis, and for delivering on that promise for all.”Thursday’s primetime programming includes speeches from four of Biden’s former opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Andrew Yang — along with two officials who were on his shortlist for running mate: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.While Trump has slammed Democrats this week for airing pre-taped DNC speeches, Biden said he doubts the party will ever return to conventions of the past, deeming the new format provoked by the pandemic landscape “inclusive,” “creative” and “a template for the future.”Here is Thursday’s lineup of speakers:Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ButtigiegCalifornia Gov. Gavin NewsomAtlanta, Georgia, Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsSen.Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.Andrew YangFormer New York City Mayor Mike BloombergFormer Vice President Joe BidenWith performances from:The ChicksJohn Legend and CommonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Maine football beats Elon to earn outright CAA title, playoff bye

first_imgBy Mike LowePortland Press HeraldORONO — Belief.That’s what Joe Harasymiak has been preaching to the University of Maine football team for a year. Belief in the team. Belief in what can be accomplished.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAnd Saturday afternoon, the Black Bears accomplished something no one foresaw four months ago. Picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll, Maine earned the outright conference title and a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 27-26 win over Elon at Alfond Stadium.The Black Bears needed one last defensive stand to clinch their first CAA title since 2013 and got it when linebacker Sterling Sheffield hit Elon quarterback Daniel Thompson as Thompson was throwing a fourth-down pass, forcing a fluttering incompletion with 58 seconds remaining that clinched the win.“I really can’t describe it,” said Harasymiak. “To be so close the last two years, being in November and not getting it done, being 1-5 — the same core group of guys coming back — you preach a message, and they’ve believed in it, and this is the result.”The victory lifted Maine to 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the CAA. Elon, playing for its playoff life, dropped to 6-4 and 4-3.Maine lost starting quarterback Chris Ferguson in the second quarter when he reinjured his right shoulder. But while the Black Bears’ offense struggled, special teams and defense carried them.Earnest Edwards broke two kickoff returns for touchdowns of 95 and 93 yards, and Kenny Doak kicked two field goals, the second set up by a blocked punt.Maine appeared to take control in the third quarter. After Skyler Davis of Elon kicked a 39-yard field goal to pull within 17-13, Edwards took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Daniel Rymer then blocked a punt, setting up Doak’s 19-yard field goal that made it 27-13 with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left in the period.But Thompson rallied the Phoenix.He threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cole Taylor, after which he led drives resulting in two more Davis field goals. Elon then trailed 27-26 with 4:33 left in the game.The Phoenix had one last chance, getting the ball with 3:07 left at their 47. Jaron Grayer intercepted Thompson but fumbled on the return, and Elon recovered at its 39.The drive got to the Maine 42. But after two incomplete passes, the Phoenix faced a fourth-and-5 situation.Maine called a timeout with 1:03 left and changed its defense.“I thought using that timeout was important in terms of just gathering the guys together and giving them the call so we’re all on the same page,” said Harasymiak. “Ultimately, we made the right call.”Originally, the Black Bears were going to stunt their four defensive linemen, but they instead went with a speed rush. Sheffield came around the right tackle and hit Thompson’s arm as he threw, the ball fluttering incomplete.“Definitely one of the memorable plays of my career,” said Sheffield. “Just happy to help my team.”Black Bears given No. 7 seed in FCS playoffsMaine players gathered Sunday at Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor to watch the playoff selection show, and it didn’t take long for the team to learn it had received the No. 7 seed in the 24-team tournament.The Black Bears will play at noon next Saturday, Dec. 1, in Orono against the winner of the Jacksonville State vs. East Tennessee State first-round game to be played Saturday, Nov. 24.It will mark the first NCAA football playoff appearance for Maine since 2013, when it was seeded fifth.last_img read more

No. 1 Baylor looks to knock off No. 14 WVU

first_img February 13, 2020 STEPPING UP: The Mountaineers are led by Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. Tshiebwe is averaging 11.6 points and 9.1 rebounds while Culver is putting up 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. The Bears have been led by MaCio Teague and Jared Butler, who have combined to score 29.4 points per outing.BIG 12 BOOST: The Bears have given up just 56.2 points per game to Big 12 opponents so far. That’s an improvement from the 60.3 per game they allowed in non-conference play.MIGHTY MACIO: Teague has connected on 35.7 percent of the 143 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 15 of 34 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81.4 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: West Virginia has dropped its last three road games, scoring 69.3 points and allowing 80.7 points during those contests. Baylor has won its last 11 home games, scoring an average of 71.6 points while giving up 55.9.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Bears have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Mountaineers. Baylor has an assist on 41 of 66 field goals (62.1 percent) across its past three contests while West Virginia has assists on 34 of 72 field goals (47.2 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: West Virginia has held opposing teams to 37.3 percent shooting from the field this year, the fifth-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) vs. No. 1 Baylor (22-1, 11-0)Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Baylor goes for its sixth straight win over ranked opponents against No. 14 West Virginia . Baylor’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs 83-71 on March 23, 2019. West Virginia came up short in a 58-49 game at home to Kansas on Wednesday. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img No. 1 Baylor looks to knock off No. 14 WVU Associated Press last_img read more

Special Olympic Nigeria Athletes Back from Winter Games, Hosted in Lagos

first_img“We sent a 3-man delegation to Austria to compete at the Special Olympics Winter World Games. We participated in two novel sports – Unified Floor Ball and Floor Hockey.“Our athletes had an amazing time but didn’t forget to bring home the prize. They won the gold medal in Floor Hockey and Silver Medal in Unified Floor Ball a total of 20medals (12 gold and 8 silver),” stressed Osibodu.He was full of appreciation for all the family members of the athletes, the coaches, volunteers who dedicated their time and supported their children.“Special Olympics is special to us and we will always give our best to the athletes to ensure that they are always celebrated,” pledged the SONigeria board chairman.The Head of the Nigerian Delegation to the Games, Misan Eresanara, revealed that the trip to Austria was a special experience for the special athletes.“It was two weeks of fun. We had our high moments and low moments when two of our athletes were injured. Thank God the injuries were not so serious as to create panic for our team,” recalled the leader of delegation.He said that the athletes were Nigeria’s good ambassadors at the Games. “Our athletes were well behaved. They were always together and showed great promise during competition.For athletes coming from temperate rejoin, the winter weather in Austria was however challenging to them. “Even the food was also a culture shock so to say.”Despite not having the right equipment to train, the National Director of Special Olympic Nigeria, Naomi Saliu, promised that the athletes are going to do better at the next games slated to hold in Abu Dhabi next year.One of the athletes, Olatunji Daniel who celebrated his 18th birthday at the Games, told THISDAY that the experience in Austria would remain in his memory for life.“If anyone had told me before the Games that I will celebrate my birthday in a foreign land, I would have doubted it. But came back with medals to further make me happy.“We competed against athletes from India, USA, Indonesia, Morocco, etc“We didn’t have the equipment. We had only two weeks to train with the equipment before we traveled yet were better than athletes from other countries,” concludes the athlete.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s 31-man delegation to the 2017 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria was hosted to a rousing reception in Lagos on Tuesday for doing the country proud, winning a total of 20 medals.The special athletes won gold in Unified Floor Ball and a silver in Floor Hockey, two novel sports they participated in for the first time at the games in Austria.In all, Special Olympics Nigeria returned to Lagos with 12 gold and eight silver medals.Speaking at the reception, Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics Nigeria, Victor Osibodu, was full of praises for the athletes.last_img read more

Moses, Four others Shortlisted for BBC African Footballer of the Year

first_imgIt was his first league start for the Blues in over three years but Moses was far from overawed – producing a man-of-the-match display with his natural attacking instincts and desire to track back.The Hull victory was the start of a record-equalling 13 consecutive Premier League wins for Chelsea and 22 consecutive league starts for Moses, until he briefly succumbed to injury in April.Moses played only three internationals this year, but in his first he scored in a sensational 4-0 destruction of Cameroon that knocked the African champions out of qualifying and smoothed Nigeria’s eventual passage to a third straight World Cup.Now Moses could become the first Nigerian since Jay-Jay Okocha in 2004 to win the BBC award. However, he will have to edge out four other candidates who have also put in impressive performances over the past year.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon and Borussia DortmundNot once in the long history of the Bundesliga had an African ever topped the league’s scoring charts outright until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit 31 goals in 2016-17.The tally not only enabled the Gabon international to eclipse the feats of Ghanaian Tony Yeboah, who twice finished joint top scorer in the 1990s, but also become only the fourth man to net over 30 goals in Germany’s top flight – and the first in 40 years.Equally impressive was the fact the Dortmund star’s 31 goals came from just 32 games, as a player with blistering pace and a poacher’s nose earned his place in the Bundesliga’s team of the year for the second year running.A Champions League hat-trick against Benfica in March helped him to hit 40 goals overall, one of which won the German Cup final as Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.Aubameyang’s form was so good he was nominated for Fifa’s Best Player of the Year award – the only African to receive such an accolade – while the 28-year-old was joined by fellow BBC African Footballer of the Year nominee Sadio Mane on the Ballon d’Or shortlist.Internationally, the Gabon captain had a year to forget as his country became only the fourth Africa Cup of Nations hosts to exit in the group stage, despite his two goals in three games.Naby Keita – Guinea and RB LeipzigNaby Keita may have started the 2016-17 season as an unknown but he ended it with his name in the Bundesliga’s team of the year – a public poll in which the 22-year-old received the most votes of any midfielder.RB Leipzig were certainly the surprise package of last season – the Bundesliga debutants finishing in second place – but their Guinean midfielder ran them close.Just five minutes into his league debut, Keita – an unheralded purchase from Leipzig’s Austrian sister club RB Salzburg – scored an 89th-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund to set the tone for the season.In total, he netted eight league goals – among them a goal of the season contender – while also providing seven assists.But it is Keita’s all-round game that truly impresses. A box-to-box midfielder who is damaging at both ends of the pitch, he has been described by an opponent as being like “two players”. The fleet-footed Keita is a player most coaches would love to field.The Conakry-born star impressed so much that Liverpool agreed an African record transfer fee of at least £48m to secure his services in July 2018 – with Leipzig later saying they would not have sold him but for the triggering of his release clause.Keita is primarily on the list for his club exploits because Guinea found the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia too tough, even if the midfielder did score in qualifiers against Libya and Tunisia.Sadio Mane – Senegal and LiverpoolSenegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane performed so well in 2017 he was not only voted by his fellow professionals onto the PFA team of the year but he was also one of just two Africans to make the Ballon d’Or shortlist.He also shone as Senegal reached their first World Cup since 2002. A clinical victory over South Africa at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane sealed their place in Russia, with Mane key to the Teranga Lions’ victory with both assists in a 2-0 win. In his best goalscoring return for Senegal in a calendar year, Mane struck four times in nine internationals.It was all a far cry from the beginning of the year as Mane displayed a resilience to match his searing pace, trickery and finishing prowess.For after an initial blaze of optimism – scoring in Senegal’s first two group games at the Africa Cup of Nations – Mane’s year took a bitter twist. His decisive miss in the quarter-final penalty shootout against eventual champions Cameroon reduced Mane to a crumpled, distraught figure.So how Liverpool were grateful for the way in which the steely Senegalese responded, for they had won just once without him in a seven-game spell in which they had exited both domestic cup competitions.He duly inspired the Reds’ first win since his departure for Gabon when scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over high-flying Spurs, before also netting in vital wins over Arsenal and rivals Everton, against whom Mane scored in home and away wins.He ended the season with 13 goals – his best Premier League tally – despite missing nearly all of April and May after having knee surgery.Mane finished his debut Liverpool campaign as the club’s joint top scorer – sharing that honour with Philippe Coutinho despite playing fewer games – and helped the Reds qualify for the Champions League with only their second top-four Premier League finish in eight years. Liverpool player of the season and players’ player of the season awards soon followed.Mohamed Salah – Egypt and LiverpoolMohamed Salah may have scored over a century of goals but he will forever be remembered in Egypt for just one – the late strike against Congo in October that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup in over a quarter of a century.Egypt – African champions a record seven times – had not reached a World Cup since 1990, but Salah was given the chance to seal their place in Russia from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time with the score at 1-1.The 25-year-old somehow ignored the crackling fever to slam home, sparking nationwide euphoria and prompting President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi to praise the forward’s ability to handle the pressure of over 80 million expectant Egyptians.The goal cemented his reign as King of the Pharaohs in 2017, with the team nicknamed ‘Salah’s Egypt’ thanks to the winger often inspiring a limited side to the top.Salah scored five of the seven World Cup qualifying goals that took Egypt to next summer’s tournament. He was equally impressive at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, where he earned a place in the team of the tournament after having a hand in four of Egypt’s five goals – scoring twice – as the North Africans finished runners-up to Cameroon.However, Salah’s outstanding form has not been restricted to internationals. After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, the start to his Anfield career could scarcely have gone better as he was named the club’s player of the month in August and September.A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six games.Salah’s superb start in England was a continuation of his fine form in Italy, where the diminutive player was a key figure in Roma’s best league placing in seven years.He scored 15 times and provided 11 assists in a league famed for its defending as Roma finished second, trailing champions Juventus by just four points.This is the first time Salah has been nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year and he would be the first Egyptian to win it since the legendary Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Voting for the BBC African Footballer of the Year is now open as Nigeria’s Victor Moses along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Naby Keita (Guinea), Sadio Mane (Senegal), and Mohamed Salah (Egypt) were revealed as the five names to vie for the award.The past season has been a breakthrough one for Moses who finally nailed down a place in the starting lineup of eventual Premiership champions, Chelsea. After years of loan moves, the 26-year-old cemented his role at Stamford Bridge – so much so that he became an integral member of their Premier League-winning team.The date Moses might look back on is October 1, 2016, when Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, following comprehensive defeats by Arsenal and Liverpool, switched to a 3-4-3 system and fielded Moses in an unfamiliar right wing-back role at Hull City.last_img read more

Lakers’ Nick Young expected to be out 6-8 weeks with right thumb injury

first_img“My answer to him was if you would have moved your feet, you wouldn’t have hurt your hand,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said on Friday. “He just started laughing.”The Lakers are hardly laughing after losing someone Scott predicted this week could win the NBA’s sixth man of the year award. Young’s injury suddenly leaves them thin at small forward, which has also lacked Ryan Kelly (strained left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (back spasms).Scott has leaned toward starting Wesley Johnson, a move that seems more likely with Young’s injury. But that absence will also likely open up playing time for second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson and shooting guard Wayne Ellington. Learning the ropes So much for the Lakers’ hope to stay healthy. Barely a week into training camp, and the Lakers have already suffered their first major injury.Lakers forward Nick Young is anticipated to be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his right thumb, his agent, Mark Bartelstein told this newspaper. The Lakers have not provided a timetable, and Bartelstein stressed that Young’s timetable will become more definitive once he has surgery on Monday with Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.Should Bartelstein’s timetable hold up, Young would stay sidelined from mid-November toward early December, sidelining him for the Lakers’ eight exhibition games and between 10-17 games to open the 2014-15 season.Lakers coach Byron Scott said the injury happened at some point in Thursday’s practice. Various accounts suggest Young injured his thumb after trying to steal the ball from Kobe Bryant. Those who saw the incident said both Young and Bryant playfully exchanged trash talk before and after the injury happened. No matter how hard he tried, Clarkson simply could not keep up with Bryant. His physical presence became too overbearing. Bryant’s footwork proved too crafty to anticipate. His elevation became high to reach.So when Bryant’s fade-away jumper swished into the bottom of the net during Thursday’s scrimmage, it seems understandable that Clarkson nearly tripped over himself trying to stop the shot.“Don’t hurt yourself,” Bryant chided to the Lakers’ rookie. Still, Bryant has embraced Clarkson, calling him “a steal of a pick” after the Lakers paid $1.4 million to the Washington Wizards to draft him with the 46th overall selection of this year’s draft. Three months after Clarkson led the Lakers’ Summer League team, averaging 15.8 points and five rebounds, Bryant gushed about what Clark has shown with his playmaking, shooting and driving through the first week of training camp. “I like him. He’s a hard worker and a curious player,” Bryant said. “He tries to pick things apart and tries to learn and absorb as much as he can.”Clarkson has absorbed plenty from Bryant, ranging from learning how to defend him and how to handle his trash talk. “You use it as motivation,” said Clarkson, who played last season at University of Missouri. “I really am not a big talker, I soak it in and keep pressing on and use it as motivation. It pushes me and helps me get better.”He said itLakers forward Jeremy Lin on Young’s “Swaggy P” nickname: “He’s super cool, but I find it ridiculous everyone comes in and calls him Swaggy. He has to earn it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more