Liquidation business booms in South Korea as wave of small retailers close due to virus

first_imgYou Young-sik has tried his luck running businesses, but when his convenience store, a sausage factory and a second-hand furniture shop all failed, he realised he had found a niche, one that he understood well: helping people go out of business.You says he is now busier than ever, due to the resurgence in coronavirus, tearing down sign boards and cash registers at shuttered hair salons, BBQ buffets and other places whose business model is based around human contact.“This is my busiest year so far, having done this for 10 years. Inquiries are about four to five times higher,” said 54-year-old liquidation specialist, who added that his business started taking off about two years ago as a street-level economic downturn began. “Second-hand goods have been piling up and we have nowhere to sell them to, so the coronavirus has been really bad for us,” said Cho, pointing to used fridges, rice cookers and waffle makers all cleaned up and displayed in glass racks.Family retailers batteredInventory glut at recycled kitchenware stores and booming liquidation businesses point to battered family retailers in every corner of the country.While policymakers brag that retail sales returned to growth in June and per-day exports recorded the slowest decline in 7 months in August, small businesses are failing at a rate not seen since the global financial crisis, data from the Korea Statistics shows.The hardest hit sectors in Asia’s fourth largest economy include hospitality, retail and restaurants, which are traditionally small, family-run businesses.South Korea has one of the world’s highest proportion of self-employed people, about 25 percent of the job market, making it very vulnerable to downturns. A 2017 Bank of Korea study showed only 38 percent of the self-employed businesses survive three years.New retirees seeking to supplement pensions by opening fried chicken diners or coffee shops and unemployed youth starting their own cafes have driven demand for second-hand sales for liquidators like You.But unprecedented social distancing restrictions imposed on eateries in Seoul since late August, banning onsite dining after 9 p.m. and limiting coffee and bakery franchises to takeout and delivery, has made trading tough for new start-ups.The government has warned South Koreans for several years not to open more fried chicken shops or cafes as the small hospitality sector is saturated.Small business profit margins were thinning before COVID-19.On top of the coronavirus pandemic, that has also fuelled an acceleration of e-commerce, small businesses are fighting spiking rents, a shorter work week and higher minimum wages under the left-leaning President Moon Jae-in.Moon has raised the legal minimum wage by about a third in the past three years to 8,720 won (US$7.2) an hour for 2021 and capped weekly work hours to 52 hours, raising costs and making lay offs inevitable for small businesses.Statistics Korea data show the number of self-employed businesses were down by 128,000 in July from a year earlier to 5.55 million, logging the biggest drop since the comparable period of 2009.Kim Da-eun, 27, ran a private tuition school for the past three years in Anseong, south of Seoul, but is now shuttering it as the number of students has dropped below 10, down from 40 last year, as the coronavirus outbreak kept many at home.“I’m now looking for a job but I don’t see anyone hiring. So I will be sticking to my delivery part-time for a while,” Kim said, observing the demolition of her business.Topics : “I can’t do them all but I still take about twice the work I used to, which is why I need to head out at 4 or 5 in the morning,” said You in the city of Suwon, south of Seoul, as he answers telephone calls and tightens ropes around tables and chairs on his truck.Tough social distancing rules to curb a second wave of coronavirus have markedly slowed retail traffic and emptied cafes across Seoul since mid-August.The tables and chairs that You collects from closing businesses will end up in recycled kitchenware shops, such as Dajoobang in a run-down part of Seoul’s Hwanghakdong.“Our 600-pyeong (21,350 square feet) storage warehouse has been completely full for about two months,” said Cho Gye-su, a 53-year-old manager at Dajoobang.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, February 26 – March 4, 2017

first_imgThreats & acts against Jewish institutions in PA are reprehensible. We must find those responsible. Full statement: https://t.co/TOMUcrCm8T pic.twitter.com/UCR4dP99aB— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 27, 2017 March 03, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Governor Wolf’s Week, February 26 – March 4, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf released a statement on the acts and threats against Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania. On Thursday, the governor attended the ‘Stand Against Hate’ gathering in Philadelphia to stand in solidarity with the inter-faith community to condemn the hateful acts. Governor Wolf also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Sessions requesting that the Department of Justice investigate the threats.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf and PennDOT announced plans to invest more than $2 billion in roadway, highway, and bridge improvements over the next 10 years.Governor Wolf announced several job creation projects this week, including Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority investments to support jobs across the Commonwealth and the creation of 350 new jobs in Lancaster. Also on Thursday, the governor visited Accolade to announce the creation of 250 new jobs and host a discussion on his budget initiatives to continue investments in Pennsylvania’s economy.Governor Wolf’s Week, February 26 – March 4, 2017Monday, 2/27/17Governor Wolf Announces More Than $157 Million in Restitution Payments to Pennsylvania Consumers in 2016Governor Wolf Statement on Acts and Threats Against Jewish Institutions in PennsylvaniaTuesday, 2/28/17Ahead of Presidential Address, Governor Wolf Reminds Washington What’s at Stake for PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland as Deputy Secretary of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business OpportunitiesGovernor Wolf to Attend ‘Stand Against Hate’ Gathering in Philadelphia on ThursdayGovernor Wolf Outlines Plan to Invest Additional $2.1 Billion for Highways and Bridges Through New Road MaP ProgramGovernor Wolf Statement on President’s Address to Join SessionWednesday, 3/1/17Pennsylvania Celebrates 20th Anniversary of HealthChoices Program; Highlights Necessity of Providing Affordable, Quality CareGovernor Wolf Announces Business Investments Through Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Supporting 185 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Help Pittsburgh Women’s Center and ShelterThursday, 3/2/17Governor Wolf Announces 350 New Jobs with Expansion of Eurofins Facility in Lancaster CountyGovernor Wolf Announces Accolade Will Create 250 New Jobs; Hosts Roundtable on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s EconomyGovernor Tom Wolf asks U.S. DOJ to Investigate Rash of Terror Against Jewish Institutions in PennsylvaniaFriday, 3/3/17GO-TIME: New iPad App Makes DEP Oil and Gas Site Inspections More EfficientHighlights from The BlogHow my Budget Protects Jobs and Taxpayers in PennsylvaniaJoin Us for an Ask the Governor Twitter ChatMy Budget Puts Kids FirstGovernor Wolf Announces Two Company Expansions in Pennsylvania, Creation of 600 New Jobs (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterProud to stand with faith leaders against rash of hateful acts across PA and the country at the #StandAgainstHate rally today in Philly. pic.twitter.com/qbVfN01ooV— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 2, 2017last_img read more

Suburban Brisbane riverfront home rocks the Palm Springs style

first_imgClean lines and floor-to-ceiling windows.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe kitchen is no small affair with marble benchtops, three ovens, two dishwashers and a butler’s pantry. A bit of retro cosy in the loungeroom.The split-level, six-bedroom, four-bathroom interpretation includes features such as a fireplace and wine cellar to bring in the buyers. The beautifully appointed kitchen opens to outdoor entertaining.The outdoor space includes a second fireplace, vertical gardens, barbecue, wine fridge and pool.There’s even old-school, breezeblock finishes that would make Sinatra feel like he’s on holiday. Views from the bedroom to the pool. A quintessentially Queensland touch.If you can’t make it to Modernism Week in the USA this year, perhaps a trip to Corinda would be just the (gin and) tonic.The home is up for auction through Place Bulimba on 26th August.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo center_img Breezeblocks enhance the 1960s feel.Best of all, it’s set on a 1867sq m riverfront block with its own pontoon. 227 Dewar Terrace, Corinda has nailed the mid-century modernist vibe.The USA desert address of Palm Springs has long been the modernist mecca for beautiful homes of the 1950s and 60s.But there’s no need to trek across the Pacific in order to own a residential sculpture that has used the wonderful elements of this iconic era and created a stirring space. 227 Dewar Terrace, Corinda has hit the market and is sending Richard Neutra fans wild.Using the classic elements of large windows, clean lines, flat roofs and indoor/outdoor integration, the home is a hot riverfront Brisbane holding that’s Palm-Springs-desert cool.This property is a couple of garden flamingoes from perfection. MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE BRINGS BRISBANE BACK TO THE FUTURE Even the stone garden under the staircase harks back to a golden architectural age.last_img read more

Ireland misses 80% of target dates in pension reform plans

first_imgThe Irish government has failed to deliver on 80% of the deadlines it set out in its pensions roadmap for reform, according to Peter Fahy, the chair of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF).Speaking at the IAPF’s annual dinner in Dublin last week, Fahy said the government had missed 19 of the 24 target deadlines for actions in 2018, while of the 11 tasks outlined for the first quarter of 2019, only one had been accomplished.The pensions roadmap, a five-year plan for reform covering both state and private provision, was launched a year ago and includes plans for auto-enrolment, improvements to the sustainability of defined benefit (DB) schemes, and a “total contributions” approach to the state pension.While a “strawman” proposal for Ireland’s auto-enrolment regime was published in August, many other aspects of the reforms have yet to be developed. Despite the delays, Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, has insisted auto-enrolment remains on track for implementation from 2022. Peter Fahy, chair, IAPFFahy said: “There has been widespread support for the government’s roadmap, but pension funds are increasingly concerned that the majority of target deadlines set by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection appear to have been missed.“There has been very little communication between the government and key sector stakeholders on aspects of the roadmap, and general confidence across the sector in the various projects and activities set out in the report is low.”The IAPF said it would lobby for “real progress” on key actions that were overdue, including publication of the final design for the auto-enrolment system, pension tax harmonisation, and additional protections for the funding of DB schemes.center_img Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protectionThe 2018 missed deadlines include:Setting a formal benchmark of 34% of average earnings for state pension contributory payments;Reviewing the cost of funded supplementary pensions to help inform decisions relating to financial incentives for retirement savings, and underpin the development of the auto-enrolment system;Advancing the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2017 to give effect to new rules around DB scheme funding;Arranging for further consultations with industry representatives to identify other funding standard reform options;Beginning a communication campaign targeting employers and employees, outlining the financial incentives available to those who may wish to continue working beyond retirement age.Tasks outlined for the first quarter of 2019 but not yet carried out include finalising the design of the auto-enrolment system, proposing a personal fitness and probity benchmark for trustees, and preparing a new set of professional standards for trustees’ knowledge and experience.The IAPF said that some of the Q1 2019 targets were probably stalled because they were linked to IORP II requirements. The deadline for transposing this legislation has also been missed.last_img read more

Brisbane to lead the nation in house price growth as property market finally heats up

first_imgAnalysts are forecasting big things for Brisbane’s housing market. Photo: Jodie Richter.That’s a phenomenal improvement for a city that saw just 0.3 per cent growth in home values in the past 12 months, according to property researcher CoreLogic.The sunshine state is finally starting to see a boost in interstate migration — particularly from New South Wales — with prospective buyers lured by its comparative affordability.The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Brisbane had the highest internal migration rate of any Australian city during 2016-17, with 10,500 Sydneysiders and more than 6400 Melburnians making the move here. 10 PRICIEST SUBURBS TO RENT IN QLD BIS expects Brisbane house prices to grow around the level of inflation (2—3 per cent per annum) to 2019/20, before stronger growth of six per cent is forecast in 2020/21. “Some green shoots look like they are starting to emerge in the Brisbane market,” BIS senior manager Angie Zigomanis said.“However, any upturn is likely to be delayed until economic conditions pick up and excess stock is further absorbed.” Brisbane house price growth is set to lead the nation in three years, according to BIS Oxford Economics. Picture: Richard Walker.‘PATCHY’, ‘flat’, ‘tepid’ — these are just some of the less than flattering buzz words used to describe Brisbane’s housing market in recent years.How does ‘hot’ sound instead?While the powerhouse property markets of Sydney and Melbourne have been basking in the glory of unsustainable house price growth, the Queensland capital has been waiting calmly in the shadows for its time to shine.And that time has come. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Analysts are forecasting big things for Brisbane’s residential property market, thanks to a slowdown in construction coupled with a boost in interstate migration and economic growth. In its latest report, industry forecaster BIS Oxford Economics predicts Brisbane will experience the highest house price growth of all capital cities over the next three years — jumping 13 per cent, or $70,000, to a median of $620,000. A house for sale in the Brisbane suburb of Stafford. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoSome areas are set to perform better than others, with the latest CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics report forecasting a rise in home values in Brisbane’s inner and west markets and a modest decline in the southern suburbs of Carindale, Holland Park and Sunnybank, where values have already run hard — up 40 per cent since mid 2012. MILLIONS CHANGE HANDS DURING HUGE AUCTION WEEK CoreLogic found Brisbane’s middle valued suburbs recorded the strongest growth in the 12 months to March this year, while local prestige real estate agents say 2017/18 has been one of their strongest years ever when it comes to the top end of the market.They’ve noticed more properties selling above $4 million, as Sydney and Melbourne buyers recognise they can get a lot more bang for their buck in Brisbane.center_img This home in the Brisbane suburb of Ascot just sold for $4.25m.BIS Oxford Economic’s analysis follows reports last week where ANZ, Macquarie Securities and UBS issued favourable assessments of the Brisbane residential market, while the global ratings agency Moody’s Analytics declared the worst was over for Brisbane home values.ANZ sent east coast homeowners into a panic last week when it predicted Sydney and Melbourne house prices would likely slump 10 per cent, but it had no such bad news for Brisbane. WHAT QUEENSLANDERS WANT IN A HOME ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said Brisbane’s improving economy and population growth would keep it “insulated” from the impending property correction in its neighbouring cities.“We’re seeing demand is picking up now because Brisbane and the rest of Queensland’s population growth is really improving and confidence is pretty strong and that’s likely to accelerate,” Mr Gradwell said.In good new for property investors, rental vacancy rates are also declining, marking a significant turnaround in Brisbane’s rental market.“We believe that a rise in interstate migration is lifting population growth rates in Brisbane plus the peak in unit completions is creating this turnaround,” SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said.Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have experienced significantly stronger house price growth than Brisbane since 2012, according to BIS Oxford Economics.That price growth is expected to slow due to rising supply, but BIS still expects house prices to increase another 6 per cent in both markets by 2021.It appears the downturn has finally stabilised in the wake of the mining boom in Townsville, with the median house price on track to rise by 9 per cent over the next three years thanks to an improving unemployment rate and rising tourism arrivals.The Cairns market looks to be running out of steam after steady price growth to 2017, with price growth set to remain flat in the near term.last_img read more

Truth, marriage and the threat to religious liberty

first_imgABC Australia 6 Sep 2012Anthony Fisher OP is the third Bishop of Parramatta. This is the text of the address he gave to the St Thomas More Forum on Wednesday, 6 September 2012.Same-sex marriage (SSM) is all the rage at the moment. Last week the lower house of the Tasmanian parliament passed a bill to allow it. A similar bill passed first reading stage in New Zealand, and the Scots parliament announced it plans to make similar law. Meanwhile, on the latest count there are four bills before the Australian Federal Parliament on the matter, two in each house. Recent legislation for civil unions in the ACT ape marriage and the local Attorney-General openly says it is a stage towards SSM on the Tasmanian model….…..Marriage as the crunch point for religious libertyDan Cathy, president of a family-owned business, Chick-Fil-A, is a Bible Christian. Unremarkably, you might think, he told a Baptist publication and a Christian radio programme that he believes in the “biblical definition of the family unit” based on the marriage of a man and a woman.All hell broke loose. Within hours the fast-food chicken chain was being labelled a hate organisation in the media, its restaurants were spray-painted with defamations and colleges were cancelling them as caterers. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he hoped to ban the restaurants from his city, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that “Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values” and the company that supplied Muppets and other toys for the Chick-Fil-A kids’ meals cancelled its contract and donated a large sum to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance.This is no isolated incident. Peter Vidmar, America’s most decorated male gymnast, was selected to be the chef de mission for the 2012 Olympics, where he would have represented all American athletes and marched in the opening ceremonies. But his selection drew criticism from SSM activists because in 2008 he had publicly supported California’s Proposition 8 that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. He was forced to resign from his Olympic position. A couple of weeks ago, the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont, was forced to pay damages to a lesbian couple for having refused to host their wedding reception there. The inn also had to agree no longer to host any weddings or wedding receptions.Only in America you might say. Well, after a hockey player made a television ad in favour of SSM a Canadian sportscaster, Damian Goddard, said on Twitter that he supported “the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.” He was quickly fired by his employer, Sportsnet. Like Peter Vidmar, this Canadian learnt the hard way that being pro-marriage and pro-sport don’t mix.Across the Atlantic, the Law Society of England and Wales revoked permission for a group called “Christian Concern” to use its premises once it realized the group supported traditional marriage: the Law Society said this was contrary to its “diversity policy.” British MPs are now threatening to stop churches holding weddings if they do not agree to conduct same-sex ones.In several European countries state and even church schools must now teach homosexuality amongst the range of options for children. Religious leaders, such as the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, have been sacked for daring to differ. In Spain same-sex lobby groups want to prosecute a bishop for hate speech after he preached in favour of Catholic teaching on marriage.Not in Australia surely? Well, when Victoria’s Deputy Chief Psychiatrist, Kuruvilla George, joined 150 other doctors advising a Senate inquiry that children do better with a Mum and Dad, committed to each other and to the kids for the long haul, he was pilloried, forced out of his position on the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and threatened with dismissal from his academic and medical posts. Even Prime Minister Gillard is under attack for agreeing to speak at a Christian conference. Alex Greenwich, Convenor of “Australian Marriage Equality,” claims it is “completely inappropriate” for our national leader to seem to endorse the views of pro-marriage Christian extremists. (Ironically, her talk will be on “Religious Freedom in a Secular Democracy”!)Whether it is restaurateurs, athletes, broadcasters, psychiatrists, school teachers, rabbis, inn-keepers or politicians, no one is exempt from this ferocious campaign to silence advocates of marriage as traditionally understood. The view that marriage is between a man and a woman, which was common to people of every known religion, philosophy and culture in history till now has suddenly become unspeakable. To achieve this, the SSM lobby have cleverly shanghaied the language of race equality, repeatedly declaring that marriage redefinition is “inevitable,” that eight out of ten people support the change, and that opponents have no arguments to offer, only neo-Nazi hatred or (worse) “religion.”Of course, for now there will be the outward shows of civil debate and promises of religious exemptions, but it’s an open secret amongst SSM advocates that any such exemptions will be temporary and that religious organisations will be required to fall into line in due course. “Gay rights” trump rights of conscience, belief and religious practice every time.http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/09/06/3584323.htmlast_img read more

Police: Murder Convict Was Supplying Meth In Greensburg

first_imgBernabe Castillo-Moreno. (Image: Decatur County Jail)GREENSBURG – A three month investigation into the distribution of crystal meth in Greensburg has led to the arrest of a convicted murderer, police said Friday morning.Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen said the department learned of the suspected meth dealing locally in May. The investigation led detectives to believing a Latino man identified as “Ben” was the primary source of the supply.The man has been determined to be Bernabe Castillo-Moreno, 66, of Indianapolis, police said.A background investigation revealed Castillo-Moreno is currently in the United States as an illegal alien and was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to twenty years in prison in Texas.In conjunction with the DEA, the Greensburg Police Department served a search warrant at an Indianapolis home Thursday.Officers say they discovered 1200 dosage units of crystal methamphetamine along with two guns during the raid.Castillo-Moreno was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Decatur County Jail facing two felony counts of Conspiracy to deal Methamphetamine.Two unidentified suspects were taken into custody by the DEA, one individual has direct ties to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization, police said.Chief Chasteen commended the detectives for their efforts in determining the suspect and potentially dwarfing the supply of crystal methamphetamine entering Greensburg.last_img read more

Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Pierre Gasly stuns Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two on Sunday to celebrate his 85th career victory and move a step closer to Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.Teammate Valtteri Bottas, winner of last weekend’s season-opener behind closed doors at the same Austrian circuit, was runner-up with his championship lead cut to six points. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished third at his team’s home Red Bull Ring.Struggling Ferrari provided a major talking point with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel colliding on the opening lap and both retiring from the race.Tags: lewis hamiltonMax VerstappenOne Grand PrixRed Bull Ringlast_img read more

Football News India lose 1-2 to Jordan in hard-fought in international football friendly match

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Amman: The Indian football team went down 1-2 to Jordan in an international football friendly, an improved second-half performance failing to salvage a draw for the visitors here. This was a climbdown for Stephen Constantine’s men weeks after holding World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi’s higher-ranked China to a goalless stalemate. The 97th ranked India, though, were without their talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri, who was ruled out of the game due to an injury. The journey to the Jordan capital from New Delhi was also far from smooth for the Indian players, many of whom were left stranded at Kuwait City airport as flash floods in this part of the world disturbed the flight schedule.Read More | England aim to end ‘fantastic’ year with win vs Croatia in Nations CupGoalkeeper cum captain Amer Shafi on Saturday put Jordan ahead with a free goal in the 25th minute. Thanks to the howler from India custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who failed to read the bounce of his counterpart’s shot from the other end of the pitch, Jordan led 1-0 at the break.  Read More | Neymar helps Brazil to win over Uruguay in football friendlyEhsan Haddad consolidated Jordan’s position and made it 2-0 with his 58th minute strike.  Coming on as a substitute for Jackiechand Singh, debutant Nishu Kumar pulled one back for the visitors when he found the net from a close range in the 61st minute. That was only his second touch of the game. While he goofed up to concede the game’s first goal at the King Abdullah International Stadium, Gurpreet also saved a penalty in the 10th minute. India’s number one goalkeeper dived to his right to deny Baniatiyeh. While India upped their game after the break, the first half action was eventful, as it included a missed penalty, one booking and a howler by India captain Sandhu. The game against the 112th ranked Jordan was in preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Aaron Gordon scored 25 points and Markelle Fultz added 21 as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 116-112 in overtime. Gordon, who also had nine rebounds and nine assists, hit consecutive 3-point shots late in the fourth quarter to help Orlando erase a seven-point deficit. Christian Wood had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who rallied from a 22-point deficit but lost for the 11th time in 13 games.NBA-NEWSMavs’ Doncic returns after missing 7 games with ankle sprainDALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic is back for the Dallas Mavericks after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. The first-time All-Star played in the final game before the break against Sacramento. Doncic injured the same ankle and missed four games earlier this season before spraining the ankle again in practice. The 20-year-old sensation is an All-Star starter in his second season. Doncic also is planning to play in the futures game during All-Star weekend in Chicago.KOBE BRYANT-BURIAL February 12, 2020 NFL-NEWSBrowns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL after 6-game suspensionUNDATED (AP) — Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet in a Nov. 14 game. The 24-year-old Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games last season after his disturbing attack on Garrett. The 2017 top overall pick met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in the final step before he could be cleared. Garrett has expressed remorse for pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and smashing him in the head with it in the final seconds of Cleveland’s nationally televised win over Pittsburgh. Kobe Bryant, daughter buried in Southern California cemeteryLOS ANGELES (AP) — Death certificates show Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried Friday in a cemetery near the family’s Southern California home. Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar features meticulous landscaping, open courtyards and fountains. Actor John Wayne also is buried there. The Bryants and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash. The cause is under investigation. The retired basketball superstar, his daughter and the other victims will be honored at a Feb. 24 public memorial at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.The date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna, whose team was coached by her father.MEN’S COLLEGE T25 BASKETBALL SCHEDULEA look around the T25 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors’ 15-game win streak snappedUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The defending NBA champions were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break but couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50% over the previous 15 games. This time, the Raptors hit only 37.8%, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night the All-Star point guard was just 4 for 13. Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included a loss Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points. Update on the latest sports NHL-NEWSBouwmeester remains hospitalizedUNDATED (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester remains hospitalized and is undergoing tests a day after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim. General manager Doug Armstrong says the 36-year old defenseman was unresponsive and a defibrillator was used Tuesday night. He says Bouwmeester regained consciousness immediately before being taken to an Anaheim hospital. The team stayed overnight in Southern California before taking a chartered flight to Las Vegas, where they will play the Golden Knights on Thursday.In other NHL news:— Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle. The defenseman was injured during a game in New Jersey on Feb. 4. Weber has 13 goals and 21 assists in 55 games this season UNDATED (AP) — Devon Dotson scored 15 points and No. 3 Kansas finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat 14 West Virginia 58-49. The Jayhawks won for the ninth straight time and remain a game behind first-place Baylor in the Big 12. Isaiah Moss had seven of his 13 points after halftime for Kansas. West Virginia fell flat after leading by as many as nine points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season. Oscar Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers with 14 points and nine rebounds, but he had just two points after halftime.Elsewhere in court action:— Damien Jefferson, Ty-Shon Alexander, Marcus Zegarowski and Denzel Mahoney all scored 18 points and No. 23 Creighton posted its second road win over a Top 10 team this month with an 87-82 decision over No. 10 Seton Hall on Wednesday night. Christian Bishop added 11 points as the Bluejays won for the sixth time in seven games, including a win at No. 8 Villanova at the start of the month. Quincy McKnight had 20 points to lead Seton Hall, which lost for the second time in 14 games.— Austin Wiley had 18 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five blocked shots and No. 11 Auburn beat rival Alabama 95-91 Wednesday night in the Tigers’ latest foray into overtime. The Tigers picked up their fourth overtime win of the last five games. This time they scored the first eight points of overtime and held on for redemption from an earlier 19-point loss to the Crimson Tide. J’Von McCormick, who hit the game-winner and three big 3-pointers in an overtime win over No. 25 LSU, made two free throws with 18 seconds left.— Sean McDermott scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Butler to a 66-61 victory over Xavier. Kamar Baldwin added 11 points and Jordan Tucker scored 10 for the Bulldogs. Naji Marshall scored 20 points to lead the Musketeers. Tyrique Jones had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Xavier, his 17th double-double. Butler shot 47% and Xavier went 44% from the field. Bulldogs guard Aaron Thompson took an elbow to the head and went to the floor with Butler leading 42-25. He left the game and did not return. Associated Press — Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has been fined $5,000 for slashing Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the punishment. It’s the maximum allowable amount under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Dumba hit Reaves with his stick in the midsection in the first period of the game on Tuesday night. The Wild beat the Golden Knights 4-0.— Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice has signed a multi-year extension with the Jets. In his seventh season as Jets coach, Maurice has guided Winnipeg to the playoffs three times, including a run to the Western Conference final in 2018.— Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle.— The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have scheduled another round of labor talks next week. One of the more pressing issues is whether the NHL elects to send players to compete in the 2022 Beijing Games after not participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course, despite Olympic officials providing assurances of being ready to lift various major stumbling blocks during a meeting that included NHLPA representatives.— Jeremy Roenick will not be returning to NBC Sports after his suspension for making inappropriate comments about coworkers during a podcast. A network spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that Roenick will not be back on the air. Roenick played 20 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Sharks and Kings before moving into television. He had been an analyst at NBC Sports since 2010. The Nets extended a 10-point lead after three quarters to 80-65 in the opening 90 seconds of the fourth and spent the rest of the game turning back every Toronto attempt to get back in it. The Raptors’ best shot came when Ibaka made a 3-pointer and VanVleet converted a three-point play to cut it to 91-82 with 4:13 remaining, but LeVert made consecutive baskets to quickly push the lead back into double figures.The Nets scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open a 30-19 lead. The Raptors had the deficit down to six in the final minute of the period, but Harris made three free throws and then a 3 to make it 52-40 at halftime.Elsewhere in hoop action:— The Indiana Pacers took advantage of a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to snap a six-game losing streak with a 118-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. T.J. Warren had 35 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points and 13 assists to lead the Pacers. Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed his second straight game since his girlfriend gave birth to the couple’s first child. Milwaukee still made it difficult after methodically trimming a 25-point deficit to four early in the fourth. The Pacers scored 10 straight and the Bucks couldn’t get closer than seven as their five-game winning streak ended. Donte DiVincenzo scored 19 for Milwaukee.— Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. had a career-high 23 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a 12-game home losing streak by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 127-105. Cleveland was coming off its worst home loss in franchise history. The Cavaliers went ahead midway through the first quarter and won at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the first time since beating the Hawks on Dec. 23. Trae Young led the Hawks with 27 points and 12 assists.last_img read more