Canada reports progress in avian flu battle


first_imgMay 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.Canadian officials announced plans on Apr 5 to sacrifice about 19 million poultry in the Fraser River Valley near Vancouver to control an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian flu. The disease has been detected in 40 commercial poultry farms and 10 backyard flocks.Yesterday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the campaign to destroy all poultry within 3 kilometers of infected farms was nearing completion. A total of 296 backyard flocks had been destroyed, the agency said.More than 500 sites have tested negative for avian flu, and no new infected farms have been found since Apr 29, the CFIA said. The agency said workers have begun cleaning and disinfecting 21 of the 40 infected farms.Also yesterday, British Columbia officials they had found what may be a new strain of avian flu on a duck and goose farm at Abbotsford, B.C., in the outbreak area, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia medical health officer, said blood tests of geese and ducks revealed what looked like antibodies to an H5 avian flu virus, but the findings were not confirmed, according to the story. Confirmatory test results were expected tomorrow. The birds were not sick, the report said.The recent widespread avian flu outbreaks in East Asia, which led to 24 fatal human cases and the sacrifice of millions of birds, involved an H5N1 virus. But Kendall said the absence of illness in the Canadian birds suggests the strain involved is not the same as in the Asian outbreaks.The AP report said the finding of a possible new virus prompted officials to close a school across the road from the duck and goose farm. No children or staff members at the school had any signs of illness, said Sally Greenwood of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She said the school would be closed until the end of the week and that plans called for destroying all the birds on the farm by then, according to the report.The report quoted Rick Thiessen, president of the British Columbia Chicken Growers Association, as saying that 75% of the poultry in the outbreak area had been destroyed.In other developments, a consortium of British Columbia medical agencies reported last week that they had sequenced the genome of the H7N3 virus involved in the outbreak.”The genome sequencing demonstrated that this is entirely a bird isolate, and contains no human influenza A genes at this time,” stated an announcement from the British Columbia Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Center, the BCCDC, and the Animal Health Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.The project revealed a previously unknown mutation in the virus that could explain its increased virulence, the statement said.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Finish 2nd At New Castle


first_imgThe Batesville High School Swim team traveled to New Castle High School on Thursday evening. The Lady Bulldogs finished in second place to New Castle and defeating Eastern Hancock.nc-eh-batesville 3-way resultsTEAM SCORESWomenNew Castle Spartans 71; Batesville Bulldogs 52; Eastern Hancock Royals 38BULLDOG WINNERSWomenGwen Martin — 50 Freestyle (28.34)Maria Lopez — 100 Backstroke (1:19.61)NOTABLESBHS finished first in the 400 Free RelayMaria Lopez lead the team in individual points for the second meet in a rowUP NEXTThe Batesville Bulldogs swim team will be visiting Connersville for a multi-team meet against opponents the Connersville Spartans and Eastern Hancock Royals on Dec 3 at Connersville High School.@BatesvilleSwimBe sure to keep up with all the latest news on Batesville Swimming teams on social media — Facebook and Instagram Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

OTI ADJEI: Jordan must use Villa to regain Ghana’s love


first_imgThere is a particular story Abedi Ayew Pele likes to tell when you ask about which of his sons three sons looked most likely to follow his footsteps into football greatness.He talks about Rahim Ayew’s doggedness from the start, his strong affection for everything sports and Dede Ayew’s desire from an early age to play football too.Then there is Jordan Ayew, who Abedi says fancied a career as a Formula One driver and never quite bothered about football. Abedi also always adds that all that was despite the fact that Jordan was easily to him the most talented of the three.Dede Ayew follows a similar narrative when you ask about his brothers. The Swansea forward has become the shining light of the family now, the torchbearer for a family whose roots in football runs deep and at the highest level. For him Jordan Ayew has always seemed special.It is not a universally held opinion.Dede is viewed as the closest thing to the Abedi Pele who made us fall madly in love with the European champions league, the Abedi who could drag the Black Stars through the most difficult game and the Abedi some loved to hate but couldn’t help applauding when he pulled off some of those insane skills and won games for Ghana so often. There is even something in their body language on the football field; the constant encouragement by clapping hands to teammates and the way that left hand is bent almost as if the captain’s armband must be worn at a specific angle.For Dede, the initial resentment, some of it fuelled by nothing other than his background and status of his father has given way to admiration at how much effort he puts in and how well he has done in a football sense.And the more you look at the Jordan Ayew story, the more you feel he is at that stage now too. The new Aston Villa striker, it seems can’t do much right in the eyes of many Ghanaians. He is lampooned and picked on regularly.People moan about the way he wears his pants, parents complain it will influence their kids the wrong way and some can’t stand the fact that he has a permanent surliness about him. When Jordan Ayew skins a German defender, runs the full length of the half and goes for goal himself rather than pass, it becomes the definitive reason why Ghana didn’t make the knockout stage of the World Cup.Everyone conveniently  forgets that in the same game Agyemang Badu hit a shot over the bar in a three on two situation with Dede Ayew and Asamoah Gyan either side of him.So in a way the Premiership represents Jordan’s best chance to win over many of those whose default mode is to question everything about him from his talent and attitude to how he dresses on the pitch.It is a massive stage. At 23 years he has considerable experience at the highest level already. Two Africa Cup of Nations, played in two semi finals, one final, played in World Cup games, European champions league ties and Ligue 1 experience is a good resume for any footballer that age.But the premiership will be different.There will be many Aston Villa and Ghana fans watching every movement. For Villa fans the demand will be simple; for him to score goals and help them bin Christian Benteke’s memory for good. For Ghana fans it will be to prove to the world we have proper ballers from here.The good thing for him is that in this case he can kill two birds with one stone.If he scores for Villa with the whole country watching, his reputation will only soar here and while there may never be a wholesale acceptance of his strong personality, there will be respect for  Jordan the footballer. That is what the Premiership offers him: a stage to grow his personal brand and reputation because this is the league we all love to watch.In a way it is unfair to the national stars who don’t play there and Jordan is a case in point. His form for Lorient last season was stunning.He scored goals from outside the box, he scored tap ins, he scored headers, he scored penalties and he set many up too. He has pace and can beat a man in a one on one situation any day.But he did a lot of those away from the glare of a public hyper critical of him. Now he can do it as they watch and maybe appreciate him more. It will not be easy by any means. Those Benteke shoes are massive to fill but those same shoes will offer encouragement. A talented young man who came over from Belgium and took his opportunity with both hands. There will be pressure on Jordan to do same and his ability to shut everything out and just concentrate on football will come in handy.It may represent a gamble for Aston Villa but so is every transfer. Hopefully Jordan will take his chance begin to change the sometimes negative narrative beginning to cloud his fine talent.–Michael Oti Adjei is a senior writer at Allsports.com.gh. Follow him on Twitter @OtiAdjeilast_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers outmuscle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks


first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was a win that clinched the Lakers’ first playoff berth since 2013, ending an unprecedented run of futility for a franchise that had mostly known success. But the result was a reminder of the potential that they still can reach.“I came here to put this team and put this franchise back where they needed to be,” James said. “The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.”The evening unfolded entirely in James’ comfort zone. The possessions slowed, allowing him to work the half-court offense methodically. The whistles were blown freely, giving James another weapon on his drives as he drew contact time after time – and he even converted the free-throw attempts he got (12 for 15). He finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.While James is likely too far behind in key statistics and wins to catch Antetokounmpo for the actual award, throughout the stellar second half, he was bathed by the reverberating cheers in Staples Center: “M-V-P! M-V-P!”James has been here before. And Antetokounmpo still looks up to him. “Whenever you bring the ball down, whenever you go against him, you can feel greatness,” he said. “I’ve said it in the past: that’s what I want to be.”Antetokounmpo got numbers with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but his night wasn’t efficient, shooting 10 for 21. Whereas in December, he stroked 3-pointers with ease, he was 1 for 6 from deep – a key change in the rematch.Several Lakers pointed to James taking on his MVP counterpart as a turning point in the game. When Anthony Davis racked up three fouls in the first half, leading to a tedious 19-point first quarter, the Lakers realized a change was necessary. James told Davis to take Wes Matthews to start the half – he would take Antetokounmpo.James wound up with three steals. His energy had a trickle-down effect on the Lakers’ roster.“I felt like the way he played tonight, it was like Defensive Player of the Year type of defense,” veteran guard Avery Bradley said. “And whenever he plays with that intensity, I feel like it gets everyone going. We’ve been saying it all year, it’s contagious. When our leaders are able to play at that level, man, it raises everybody’s intensity.”On a night when their 3-point shots were not falling (6 for 32), the Lakers (48-13) made it a fight in a phonebooth, their superior physicality winning out. The Lakers won the rebounding battle (52-46) and had more points in the paint (50-46).It felt very much like a classic playoff game that James, even at 35, still has the power to take over. In the same game he became the third man ever to score at least 34,000 points, he also hammered a dunk onto the face of Brook Lopez, an all-defensive team candidate.James broke his team out of a halftime deadlock with nine points in the first four minutes, then fanned that spark into a control-clinching 18-0 run. While he led his team in scoring, it was his ability to uncork Anthony Davis (30 points) in a blistering two-man game that showcased how dangerous their pick-and-roll will be even against the NBA’s best.Davis closed with a flourish, scoring 25 points in the second half (as did James). After a foul-plagued first half, Davis said the big difference was simply “being in the game.”Four other Bucks (53-10) scored in double figures, notably Donte DiVincenzo with 17. But Milwaukee’s 3-point-centric scheme faltered, as they too shot a subpar 28 percent from deep.Related Articles .@AntDavis23 spoke postgame with @LakersReporter about trusting in his game after getting in early foul trouble to finish with 30 PTS & 9 REB. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/r0MxX3obUL— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The air in Staples Center crackled with electricity on the possessions when James and Antetokounmpo were matched up one-on-one. Among the more memorable sequences came one in the third quarter: James backed down the Greek Freak, scoring on a goaltending call when Antetokounmpo reached a gigantic hand through the net. The Bucks star knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end, momentarily quieting the chants starting to circulate Staples Center. But they only grew again, as James drove in for a tough layup against Antetokounmpo and Middleton.James got the last laugh, a dunk in the game’s final 30 seconds before subbing out.It will be the final word between these teams until at least June, the earliest time they could meet in the NBA Finals. Evening the series offered a look at what the Lakers would bring to the table in that tantalizing hypothetical.“A lot of times in the playoffs, that’s what the playoff games feel like: You’re exerting so much energy on the defensive end, that it’s not just a track meet, and you don’t get as many easy buckets in transition,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “But down the stretch, you have to control the pace and make sure you get a good shot every time down. And our guys were great at just executing at crunch time while they made their runs.””I came here to put this franchise back where they needed to be. The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.” @KingJames postgame with @LakersReporter on the #Lakers clinching a playoff spot. pic.twitter.com/vn4EcNUQbq— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 LeBron ⚔️ Giannis @KingJames (37 PTS) & The Greek Freak (32 PTS) DUEL as the @Lakers prevail in the battle of conference No. 1’s! pic.twitter.com/PQdghAhJ8A— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2020 PreviousMilwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton #22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee #7 as he tried to drive the ball between McGee and LeBron James, left, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green #14 and Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 wrestle for a loose ball resulting in a jump ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez #42 commits an offensive foul on Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris #88 as he dunks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 tries to find a way around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez #11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores a 3-pointer over Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, knocks down Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, as center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, tries to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo guards him during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rapper Jay-Z, left, looks over at soccer player Chicharito during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 celebrates a 3-pointer at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores on a fadeaway jumper at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 winces as he grabs his hip after getting fouled at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel and assistant Jason Kidd watch the action at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores as he drives into the lane at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 moves to the basket at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 looks up at the scoreboard during a free throw at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo #9 scores on a layup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Donte DiVincenzo #0, Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 Robin Lopez #42, and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Brook Lopez #11 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to an offensive foul of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles around the screen of Danny Green #14 as Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks chases during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks argues for a foul during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Donte DiVincenzo #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks over his shoulder for the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot over Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks fouls Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 and forward Anthony Davis #3 questions a foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is is called for a charge on Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers behind Anthony Davis #3 at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel signals to his players at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts to get open as LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores over Brook Lopez #11 and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Director Malcolm Washington reacts after a basket by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket with Danny Green #14 during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a layup in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is fouled by Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James as he runs up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a James score, in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, knocks down Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he tries to shoot during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his basket in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 questions a called foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 63Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Perhaps it should have been taken as an omen when, on his very first drive, Giannis Antetokounmpo realized he had broken the skin of his lip.NBA teams have spent the season so far searching for any small sign of weakness and have found precious few in the 6-foot-11, muscle-bound forward’s game. They’ve had an even harder time cracking his Milwaukee Bucks, who entered Staples Center on Friday night with the best record in the league and a budding reputation as the title favorite.That still might be the case. But at the very least, for one night. LeBron James made the Bucks – and their star – bleed.A hotly anticipated battle of the top teams in the Eastern and Western conferences ended in a 113-103 Lakers win, as James and Anthony Davis combined for 67 points in a slow-paced, possession-by-possession game that mirrored the feel of the postseason. And while the regular-season series ended with a 1-1 split with each team successfully defending its home court, the final meeting surely felt like a counterpoint to the case that’s been building in Milwaukee for a historically great title-contender. Frank Vogel reflects on a back-and-forth first half and the key players down the stretch for the #Lakers in a 113-103 win. pic.twitter.com/oopZ7NrL1M— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more