Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cavaliers: Host New Orleans on Saturday. Heat go over .500, top Wizards No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell (45) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points and the Utah Jazz dominated the second half, sending the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight loss with a 117-91 victory on Friday night.Cleveland (8-31) has the worst record in the NBA, with four of the losses in the streak coming by 20 or more points.ADVERTISEMENT The Jazz trailed by one at halftime, but outscored the Cavaliers 69-42 in the second half and built a 34-point late in the game. Utah placed eight players in double figures.Jae Crowder, acquired from Cleveland last season, scored 16 points. Ricky Rubio, who was listed at questionable with a sore left foot, added 15 while Rudy Gobert had 12 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlec Burks scored 17 points and rookie Collin Sexton had 13 for the Cavaliers.Cleveland led 64-61 midway through the third quarter, but Mitchell’s 3-pointer tied the game and began a 20-7 run to end the period. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TIP-INSJazz: Mitchell didn’t score until late in the second quarter on a drive to the basket. … Utah, making the second stop on its four-game road trip, won’t return home until Jan. 9 against Orlando.Cavaliers: Sexton, taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft, turned 20 years old Friday. … G Patrick McCaw was given a turnover when his pass sailed close to teammate Jalen Jones, who was walking to the scorers table to check into the game.TRADE PARTNERSThe teams made two deals in 2018. Korver, who played on two NBA Finals in Cleveland, was dealt to Utah for Burks. The deal followed a trade in February that saw Hood join the Cavaliers for Crowder.Korver, who played parts of three seasons with Cleveland, got a big ovation when his picture was shown on the scoreboard during a timeout. Hood had 12 points Friday night.ANOTHER INJURYMatthew Dellavedova missed the game with a sprained left foot. The backup guard, acquired from Milwaukee on Dec. 7, has provided a spark off the bench for the struggling team. Dellavedova is averaging 9.3 points and shooting 49 percent in 11 games.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Detroit on Saturday. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Kyle Korver, acquired from Cleveland in November, was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three shots. Crowder hit a 3-pointer and Utah led 81-71 going to the fourth quarter.Utah’s blitz continued in the fourth on an assortment of 3-pointers and layups that sent fans heading to the exits early.The Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run, sparked by 3-pointers from Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Channing Frye, and led 45-36. Mitchell scored nine points in the final four minutes, including a 30-foot jumper and Utah trailed 49-48 at halftime.The Cavaliers have struggled all season. Tyronn Lue was fired as coach after four games and Cleveland began the season 0-6. All-Star forward Kevin Love had left foot surgery on Nov. 2, playing in only four games. Love has been cleared to begin some basketball activities, but no timetable has been given for his return.The win was Utah’s first in Cleveland since a 109-100 victory on March 5, 2012.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno earned a new title Tuesday: “Dancing With the Stars” champion. The speed skater and his partner, Julianne Hough, beat out former ‘N Sync star Joey Fatone to win the ABC dance-off’s mirror-ball trophy. “I feel amazing,” the ebullient Ohno said. “You put your mind to something, you give 100 percent, sacrifice and dedication, anything is possible.” Ohno, 25, became a technical master during the season, training in the dance studio as he would on the ice. “Apolo’s competitiveness is almost on the verge of insanity,” his sports coach, John Schaeffer, said on Tuesday’s show. Fatone, 30, was the season’s undisputed showman. He used a light saber for a “Star Wars” themed tango and wore breakaway clothes and a sparkly gold suit for his freestyle dance. “Congratulations to them. Well deserved,” he said to Ono and Hough, adding, “I feel like a winner.” Being on the show “has been an amazing journey,” Fatone said: “It’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.” Laila Ali, who joined Ohno and Fatone during the final round, was eliminated from the trophy race in the middle of Tuesday’s two-hour finale. She and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, earned the lowest score from the judges, and fans failed to make up the difference. When asked which of her fellow competititors was poised to take the trophy, Ali called both “great.” “It doesn’t mean anything no matter who wins,” said the world champion boxer. “Especially because I didn’t.” Being on the show allowed fans to see her in a different light, she said. The 29-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali was the last remaining female contestant. None of the show’s contestants are expert dancers. Each becomes the student and performing partner of a professional dancer throughout the 10-week season. Three judges rate each couple’s ballroom- and Latin-dance skills while viewers weigh in by phone and Internet. The combined tallies determine which couple is eliminated each week. Fans – taken with Ali’s grace, Fatone’s showmanship and Ohno’s determination – got to know their favorites a little better each week as the show offered glimpses of the couples behind the scenes. They saw Ali bring her partner to a get-to-know-you backyard barbecue at her house. Ohno invited a hip-hop dancer to help him with his moves. Fatone brought his partner, Kym Johnson, to Disneyland. Viewers connected with them as they bonded with each other. Ohno was the first of the finalists to earn a perfect score during the competition, collecting 30 points for his samba in April. Fatone and Ali have each earned perfect scores since. All three earned perfect scores during Tuesday’s season finale. The finale also featured performances from each of the stars eliminated during the season: Paulina Porizkova, Shandi Finnessey, Leeza Gibbons, Clyde Drexler, Heather Mills, John Ratzenberger, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ian Ziering. “Dancing With the Stars” is based on a British show called “Strictly Come Dancing.” The format has since spread to 29 countries, including Poland, India, Chile and Germany. This is the fourth season of the American version. Past champions were soap-opera star Kelly Monaco, NFL record-holder Emmitt Smith and former 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey. Lachey said participating on the show was “one of the best things I’ve done in my whole life.” “People have forgotten all about my football career,” Smith said. Each episode has drawn at least 16.5 million viewers this season.
RESIDENTS OF a Co Donegal town say boy racers are making the summer for residents and tourists “hell.”People living in Ramelton say a number of young men are turning the town into a racing circuit at night.Yesterday tyre tracks near the town hall was the evidence of boy racers in the area. “It has become completely unbearable,” said one local mum, “it’s the sheer brazen madness of it all.“It’s as if they know they’re going to get away with it and they speed through the streets and cause havoc with all the noise.“I mean, just look at the tyre marks they’ve left the past few days.“And no-one seems to do anything about it.” She claimed elderly neighbours were particularly upset by the noise caused by thug drivers at night.“They feel trapped,” said the resident, “they daren’t look out to see what’s going on for fear of being attacked.“It is just ridiculous in this day and age – it’s 2012 for God sake – that young boys should be allowed to terrorise an entire community, to terrorise an entire town, for that is what they are doing to people; they’re terrorising us.”Gardai have scored some successes recently in tackling car crime in the Letterkenny and Ramelton areas.But the resident says she doesn’t blame Gardai. HOT AIR“It’s all the hot air from politicians,” she said, “they go on and on and yet the guards don’t have the resources.“That’s what’s left here in Ireland now. A broke country with a society that is breaking down. I would appeal to the parents of these boys ‘Don’t you have any decency left in you?’“Because if you did you’d know what your sons are doing.” ‘BOY RACERS CAUSING HAVOC IN OUR TOWN’ SAY RESIDENTS was last modified: August 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’BOY RACERS CAUSING HAVOC IN OUR TOWN’ SAY RESIDENTSdonegal crimeRamelton
HOMEOWNERS in Co Donegal will face a new house tax next year based on the value of their homes and gardens – and water charges the following year which together could cost families up to €120 per month.The double whammy – added to septic tank charges for rural dwellers – has led one group to claim it is proof that “the government has declared war on Irish householders”.“We have been barraged for the last few days with talk about a property tax which the government is threatening to introduce from the start of 2013,” said John Lyons, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes. “Now they tell us that on top of that within a year they will also be coming after us for a water tax.“Since the introduction of the household tax earlier this year, our Campaign has warned that the registration process would open the door to charges of over €1,000 per year for every household. We take no pleasure in being proven correct,” Mr. Lyons continued.“This latest report shows that the government has lost all touch with reality. A series of successive austerity budgets have already devastated the income of households across the country. Ministers and officials who believe they will be able to extract €1,000 a year from householders have lost all touch with reality.”With water charges of up to €400 a year – the combined charges will, on average, cost families around €120 per month. And some Fine Gael politicians want council tenants to pay the charges too.“This latest declaration of war will be met with resistance in every community,” Mr. Lyons continued.“Campaign groups will be organising to support each other in refusing to pay and will be gearing up to resist the installation of water meters. We know that meters will pave the way not just for charges but for the privatisation of our water supply.”“While the wealthy continue to get away scot free and the government prepares to hand over another €1 billion to the bondholders, the property tax and the water tax will not be accepted,” Mr. Lyons concluded. “The 1.5 million people already involved in boycotting the registration of the household tax will be joined by hundreds of thousands more people in fighting these austerity taxes.” WATER AND HOUSE TAX BOMBSHELL SPARKS ‘WAR’ WARNINGS FROM CAMPAIGNERS was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WATER AND HOUSE TAX BOMBSHELL SPARKS ‘WAR’ WARNINGS FROM CAMPAIGNERS
Donegal’s Oakfield Park is celebrating its 280th anniversary this year. As part of the year-long celebrations, the well-loved park will play host to Live Music In The Lakeside Marquee, overlooking the Castle Folly this Sunday, 28th July.Live Music at the Lakeside Marquee, overlooking the Castle Folly takes place this Sunday from 2.30 – 5.30pmDonegal based four-piece band, In Their Thousands, will headline the family and music event with a two-hour set from 3.30 to 5.30pm and support comes from local singer-songwriter, Dean Maywood who will kick-off proceedings at 2.30pm in the stretch tent marquee.As well as the live music event, this Sunday also marks the park’s monthly Steam Sunday which runs from 11am to 6pm. Visitors can step aboard the famous Oakfield Park, Duchess of Difflin, heritage steam engine and take in the stunning views of the park. Steam Sunday! The Duchess of Difflin, heritage steam engine will be running throughout the day.Looking forward to the event, David Fisher, Estate Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating 280 years at Oakfield Park and we’re marking the year with special events throughout the season. This mid-summer music event is ideal for families, music lovers and people looking to experience something a little bit different. We’re all about showcasing and supporting local and we’re looking forward to welcoming In Their Thousands and Dean Maywood to the park on Sunday.There is no extra costs for attending this event and our normal entry fees apply. The park is open from 11am – 6pm daily for the summer and we hope everyone has a great day on Sunday. It promises to be a great day.”In Their ThousandsFor the 280th celebrations this Sunday, families can also enjoy free face-painting, nature trails and arts and crafts. There will be a beer tent and tea van at the music marquee and the park’s restaurant, Buffers will be open all day serving Sunday Lunches, light bites and snacks. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy in the gardens. There is no extra charge for this event and normal entry fees apply. Tickets aren’t necessary but early arrival is advised due to popularity. For more information contact Oakfield Park on +353 (0) 74 9173068 or visit www.oakfieldpark.com .Oakfield Park host special music event with ‘In Their Thousands’ this weekend was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eventsIn Their ThousandsOakfield ParkWhat’s on?
OAKLAND – Warriors guard Stephen Curry seemed more than excited to have his newest brother-in-law Damion Lee on the Warriors’ training camp roster.Curry, who’s sister Sydel wed Lee this summer, has a unique reason for his excitement.“It would be fun,” Curry said. “And obviously I get to keep close eyes on him,”Lee, who proposed to Sydell last fall, played the majority of his season in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 15.8 points, five rebounds and 2.6 assists. In March, …
Janine Erasmus and Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s fourth democratic election on 22 April 2009 was marked by massive enthusiasm from South Africans, with 17.9-million people, or 77.3% of the country’s 23-million registered voters, casting their ballots across the country.This was the highest number of votes cast since the first democratic elections in 1994, when 19.5-million voters, 87% of the electorate, made their mark.In the previous general election held in 2004 there was a 76% turnout, with 15.6-million votes cast, and in 1999 an 89% turnout, with 15.9-million votes cast.Results As expected, the national elections saw the African National Congress (ANC) returned to power, but with a slightly reduced total of 65.6% of the vote, or 264 seats in the National Assembly of parliament. Crucially, this saw the ruling party losing its two-thirds majority, the majority required to make changes to South Africa’s Constitution.The Democratic Alliance (DA) came in with 16.6% of the vote, giving it 67 seats in parliament and again making it the official opposition. The Congress of the People, a party formed by former ANC members in 2008, came in third with 7.4% of the vote and 30 seats in parliament.The ANC also came out tops in the provincial vote, winning a majority in eight of the country’s nine provinces. The exception was the Western Cape, which went to the DA with a 51.46% majority. NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Party % votes cast Seats in National Assembly African National Congress 65.90% 264Democratic Alliance16.66% 67Congress of the People7.42% 30Inkatha Freedom Party4.55% 18Independent Democrats0.92% 4United Democratic Movement0.85% 4Freedom Front Plus0.83% 4African Christian Democratic Party0.81% 3United Christian Democratic Party0.37% 2Pan Africanist Congress0.27% 1Minority Front0.25% 1Azanian People’s Organisation0.22% 1African People’s Convention0.20% 1 PROVINCIAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Province ANC DA Cope IFP ID UDM FF+ ACDP Others Eastern Cape 69.79% 9.97 13.32% 0.09% 0.45% 3.95% 0.23% 0.59% 1.61% Free State 71.99% 12.11% 11.12% 0.21% 0.17% 0.32% 1.61% 0.70% 1.77% Gauteng 64.83% 21.29% 7.78% 1.47% 0.57% 0.39% 1.37% 0.89% 1.41% KwaZulu-Natal 64.07% 10.35% 1.55% 20.55% 0.20% 0.21% 0.18% 0.59% 2.30% Limpopo 85.37% 3.71% 7.22% 0.05% 0.09% 0.33% 0.54% 0.63% 2.06% Mpumalanga 85.90% 7.60% 2.89% 0.54% 0.12% 0.23% 0.83% 0.51% 1.38% Northern Cape 61.18% 13.09% 15.96% 0.14% 4.73% 0.12% 1.19% 0.98% 2.61% North West 73.96% 8.71% 8.44% 0.15% 0.44% 0.51% 1.43% 0.74% 5.62% Western Cape 32.89% 48.83% 9.07% 0.06% 4.49% 0.77% 0.86% 1.62% 1.41% Long hoursLive television coverage throughout the day reported inconvenient incidents at several of the country’s 19 726 voting stations, such as a shortage of ballot papers, pens and other essential items. There was also a smattering of violence and controversy but, for the most part, the day’s proceedings went smoothly.The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said many voting stations were still operating long after their scheduled closing times in order to accommodate the thousands of people who turned up to vote.In Gauteng, said the IEC, some 40% of voting stations were still open after midnight. The cut-off time for the closing of voting stations was 9:00pm and only people who were already in the queue were allowed to cast their vote after this time. Anyone who arrived after the deadline was turned away, but with stations remaining open for 14 hours, there was little excuse for tardiness.Forty political parties vied for votes in this year’s elections and, of these, 28 contested seats for the National Assembly.The 2009 general election was also remarkable because it was the first time since 1994 that South Africans living overseas were freely allowed to vote, provided they were already listed on the voters’ roll. According to the results, 77% of the expat vote went to the DA.This decision was handed down by the Pretoria High Court in February 2009 after the Freedom Front Plus party brought the case to the bench on behalf of a South African teacher living in London. The Pretoria High Court referred the matter for confirmation to the Constitutional Court, which upheld the decision.The IEC also made provision for voters with special needs, such as a braille voting sheet for the visually impaired.Appreciation at high levelsIn a statement made from Johannesburg’s Sunninghill Hospital, ANC president Jacob Zuma praised South Africans for their commitment to democracy.“I am very happy that people came out to vote and I am glad that people understand what voting is all about,” Zuma said during a visit to a woman who was injured in a bus accident on her way to the party’s final rally the previous weekend. The ANC win means Zuma will succeed Kgalema Motlanthe as president of South Africa.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu observed that in the first years of South Africa’s democracy most people would have voted for the ANC, but the current situation was not as straightforward.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, felt that South African voters understood the issues at stake, and that she was delighted with the results so far. The Democratic Alliance is likely to entrench its position as official opposition once the final results are released.IEC chair Brigalia Bam expressed her appreciation for the nationwide cooperation of voters. “We thank voters for their enthusiasm and patience as they waited to exercise their democratic right to vote,” she added.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated articlesSouth Africans go to the pollsSA expats vote abroadGovernment in South AfricaUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral Institute of South AfricaInstitute for Security StudiesAfrican National CongressDemocratic AllianceCongress of the PeopleElections 2009X for Democracy (educational website)
Tech giant Lenovo on Tuesday launched 2017 range of ThinkPads, ThinkCentres and Tiny-in-Ones (TIOs) that are powered by 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors.”With the new Intel processor coupled with our legendary Think product attributes, this latest range is equipped to meet the critical and evolving business requirements,” Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO, Lenovo India, told reporters here.The new products include ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X270, ThinkPad Yoga 370, ThinkPad L470, ThinkPad T470, ThinkPad T470s, ThinkCentre M710 Tiny Desktop, ThinkCentre M710 Tower & Small Form Factor (SFF), ThinkCentre M910 Tower, ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One 22 & 24, ThinkVision X1, ThinkVision P27h and ThinkVision T24i.Weighing 1.1kg and priced at Rs 1,23,000, ThinkPad X1 Carbon features 14-inch IPS display, fingerprint sensor with a dedicated chip for biometric processing and new face recognition Infrared camera.ThinkPad X1 Yoga sports OLED screen, a built-in rechargeable pen, full-inking capability and is priced at Rs 1,45,500.Starting at Rs 33,350 (with monitor), ThinkCentre M710 Tiny Desktop has configurable ports, gets powered on from keyboard and space saving mounting options makes the device adaptable to user business needs.With the modular design, the new TIOs are built to allow users to change Tiny Desktop CPU without any tools, as and when needed, thus making PC refreshes and upgrades effortless for large enterprises and public sector organisations. TIO 22 and 24 modular come with a sleek borderless design and integrated speaker.Priced at Rs 45,000, ThinkVision X1 is an ultra-HD monitor that features a built-in full-HD camera, dual-array microphone and stereo speakers making it the perfect monitor for an enhanced VoIP collaboration.advertisement”Intel has consistently worked towards driving processor innovation that positively impacts real-life productivity, and creativity. Lenovo’s new range of the Think product line fits a wide range of budgets and needs, across form factors,” added Prakash Mallya, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Technology India Pvt Ltd.Also Read: Apple WWDC 2017: Mac Pro, iOS 11, Siri Speaker HomePod and all other big announcementsAlso Read: WWDC 2017: Apple announces iMac Pro, confirms it’s working on redesigned Mac Pro
PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same.“I’m here so I don’t get fined,” the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Jan. 27. It’s not clear if his plan will work.About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch’s podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But the media-shy Lynch made it clear right from the start he wasn’t saying anything except variations of his scripted answer.Lynch set a timer on his phone and told everyone he showed up just to avoid a fine. Lynch caught a bag of Skittles tossed from Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and stopped to pick up a reporter’s recorder off the floor before he walked away.Lynch later spoke to Entertainment Tonight about his foundation, the Fam 1st Family Foundation.The Professional Football Writers of America was talking to the league about the session and Lynch had been apprised of a potential fine. He is also required to be at media sessions Jan. 28-29.In November, the NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league’s media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.“I’m fine sitting up here, but not everybody is comfortable with it so I don’t think he should be forced to do it,” All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said.Lynch has much more to say when the price is right. Insurance company Progressive and candy maker Skittles released commercials featuring Lynch saying a bit more than his usual: “Yeah” and “Nope” and “Thanks for asking.”At Media Day last year, Lynch’s reclusiveness became a major story. Lynch appeared for 6 1/2 minutes, left the arena, and then returned to a “mixed zone” the NFL created for players not on podiums or in microphone-equipped speaking areas at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.With the exception of briefly speaking with the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders, to the Seahawks’ website, and to Armed Forces Network, he did not deal with reporters that day.Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback, tried again to interview Lynch, but got nowhere this time and left laughing.Teammates defended Lynch’s behavior. “This is who he is. I don’t nitpick or judge, so I just accept a person for who they are,” All-Pro safety Earl Thomas said. “I just love who he is. He is so random.”Sherman even continued answering questions after the 60-minute session ended.“I don’t think (players) should be obligated any more than the Commissioner is obligated to speak to the media,” Sherman said.“I think that if players are going to be obligated to speak to the media then every one of the NFL personnel should be obligated to speak to the media weekly, and that’s not the case.“It’s unfortunate, but I think that every team should be forced to present certain players, obviously a few of them. Obviously, if someone is uncomfortable in front of the media and uncomfortable answering questions, then you have to find a way to accommodate the NFL. This is a game; you find a way to accommodate everyone else who’s uncomfortable.”Lynch was fined $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during Seattle’s overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.The league did not specify what the gesture was, but Lynch grabbed his crotch after scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Lynch was fined $11,000 for a similar gesture in Seattle’s win over Arizona on Dec. 21.Lynch also was told before the last game he could not wear gold shoes because they were a violation of the NFL’s on-field dress code, and that he could be ejected from the game if he wore them.“He’s a guy that cares about everyone in that locker room,” Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable said. “Anytime you hand it to him, he’s carrying them. He’s not carrying the football, he’s carrying his team. That’s who he is. That’s what he does.”(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares