Norges Bank offers paths for SWF to stay invested in oil and gas stocks

first_imgCredit: Kristina KasputieneThey echoed a Ministry report that said it could not be ruled out that today’s petroleum producers might also be tomorrow’s most important producers of renewable energy.“By keeping oil and gas companies in the investment universe, the Ministry will make it possible for the fund to continue to be invested in these companies,” Slyngstad and Olsen wrote.They said this would be relevant first and foremost when it came to the fund’s environment-related mandates.NBIM also said that alternative energy stocks could be kept in the GPFG’s benchmark index even if it eventually removes oil and gas producers and distributors.The initial proposal to remove oil and gas stocks included cutting alternative energy providers due to the way its benchmark index classifies companies.At the moment, oil and gas stocks in the index are split into three sectors: oil and gas producers, oil services and distribution, and alternative energy.The manager found that – as opposed to the first two sectors – for alternative energy companies, there was no relationship between oil prices and returns relative to the broad equity market.“The Ministry could therefore consider retaining companies classified by FTSE as alternative energy companies in both the benchmark index and the investment universe,” NBIM said in the letter. Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund could keep oil and gas stocks in its investment universe despite its manager previously recommending cutting NOK300bn (€31bn) of oil and gas equities.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK8.4trn Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), had made the recommendation in November in a bid to reduce the Norwegian government’s overall financial exposure to oil and gas.However, responding at the end of April to a request from the Norwegian Finance Ministry for more information, Øystein Olsen, chairman of Norges Bank, and Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of NBIM, wrote: “We have not assessed the impact of the advice in our letter of 14 November 2017 against other instruments that might be used to reduce the vulnerability of the Norwegian economy to a permanent drop in oil prices.”Slyngstad and Olsen raised the possibility that even though Norway’s wealth could be less vulnerable to permanent changes in oil prices were the fund not invested in oil and gas stocks, the government could use “other instruments” to achieve the same end. However, such an assessment fell outside Norges Bank’s role. In addition, index providers’ classification of individual companies did not necessarily capture the full breadth of their activities, the pair said. For example, a firm classified as an integrated oil and gas company could in fact do much more business in alternative energy than a pure alternative energy company.last_img read more

Identical twins need never be tried for same crime after DNA breakthrough

first_imgHealthLifestyle Identical twins need never be tried for same crime after DNA breakthrough by: – January 2, 2014 56 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Aftab Asghar (left) and Mohammed Asghar (right) were arrested after DNA evidence taken from the scene linked the alleged crime with one or both of them. Photo: INS NEWS AGENCYIdentical twins need never again be tried for the same crime after scientists found first proof that they are not genetically the same.Forensic scientists have discovered there is a subtle genetic difference in the DNA of twins which were previously thought to be entirely identical.The breakthrough means there is now a definitive test to find out which twin has been at the crime scene or has fathered a child.In August detectives arrested Aftab and Mohammed Asghar, both 22, after recovering DNA from the jumper of 17–year–old girl who was allegedly attacked by at least three men in a Reading park at night.However the prosecution eventually offered no evidence against Aftab when analysis of his mobile phone showed that he was in another location at the time of the alleged assault.Until now geneticists have not been able to prove that identical twins – also known as monozygotic twins – are not genetically identical.But in a breakthrough a forensic laboratory found the subtle difference at a genetic level which could prove vital in solving crimes and paternity cases involving identical twins.Scientists used high tech sequencing of DNA from sperm samples from one set of twins and from a blood sample from a child of one of them.Bioinformatics analysis in a forensics lab revealed five mutations, called “Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms” (SNPs) present in the twin father and the child, but not in the twin uncle.The results suggest that rare mutations will occur early after or before the human blastocyst (a pre-embryonic form) has split in two – the origin of twins.Dr Bruno Poddevin, Senior Vice-President of the Genomic Services division and head of the Forensics laboratory at Eurofins, said: “Eurofins scientists are the first to proof that monozygotic twins are genetically not absolutely identical.“As the only provider worldwide Eurofins can now offer DNA forensic and paternity testing to discriminate identical twins to authorities, courts and individuals.“Our leading genomic and forensic services team has provided the basis for reaching this milestone.“As the first provider of next generation sequencing services in Europe, Eurofins also has proprietary, long expertise in the professional handling and analysis of the enormous amount of data involved in such a project.“The dataset in this project equalled a total of 241 human genomes, resulting from up to 94 fold genomic coverage of the involved three individuals.”The study was published in the journal Forensic Science International.The Telegraphcenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Student Rabada hails impact of ‘greats’ Boucher and Kallis

first_imgPRETORIA, South Africa (Reuters) – Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada says the new-look South African squad are learning fast from head coach Mark Boucher and batting consultant Jacques Kallis ahead of the first Test against England in Centurion that starts on Boxing Day.Ex-wicketkeeper Boucher and all-rounder Kallis are new to their roles, but have 986 games of international cricket behind them across all three formats, including 313 Tests, and will aim to get the ailing South African red-ball side back on track after a dismal 2019.“Jacques and Mark are both greats of the game so just to listen to them share their knowledge – not necessarily skills based, but how you mentally approach certain situations. They speed up your learning process,” Rabada told reporters yesterday. “They have a plan; they are really decisive about what they want. There is an expectation on every player to do what is required.”The fiery Rabada, number two in the Test bowler rankings, says he is also looking forward to working with bowling consultant Charl Langeveldt, who will link up with the squad after being released from his contract with Bangladesh. “I really enjoy working with him; he is in the same bracket as Jacques and Mark. They all know what they are talking about and played at this level for such a long time,” he said.“Everyone is on the same page, we are still trying to define roles for each player to execute, but that is a process and it will come.”Rabada knows the challenge that the tourists will present, especially as South Africa have lost their last five Tests and have not won a home series against England since 1999.“England are on a high in world cricket at the moment, they have been playing a lot of Test cricket and have a team that is well-drilled and has been playing together for some time,” he said. “Our challenge is that we are going through a transition period and we need to see if we can step up. We believe we can, that is the mood in the change-room.”England’s tour match against South Africa A that starts in Benoni today has been downgraded to a three-day friendly encounter due to a bug that has laid a number of the tourists low, including fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.last_img read more

With Wimbledon lost, Federer and Williams running out of Grand Slam opportunities

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams.Wimbledon was scrapped for the first time since World War Two, on Wednesday, due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the suspension of professional tennis extended to July 13.The entire claycourt and grasscourt seasons have been cancelled, with the four-month shutdown wreaking havoc on the finances of the lower-tier players.Tennis Australia head Craig Tiley has said it would be tough for the sport to return before 2021 while All England Lawn Tennis Club CEO Richard Lewis agreed that it was not unrealistic to believe tennis might be done for the year. While 38-year-old Federer is well insulated from the shutdown’s financial fallout it could well impact his hopes of adding to his record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.The last of Federer’s Slams came at the 2018 Australian Open and the closest he came to adding to his tally was last year’s Wimbledon final. Federer’s last match was in the Australian Open semi-finals before he underwent keyhole surgery on his knee in February. His next chance at a Grand Slam would be the U.S. Open, scheduled in New York from August 31 to September 14.The French Open, an event he has skipped in the past, has been rearranged from May to September – a week after Flushing Meadows. Australian Todd Woodbridge, a nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion and singles semi-finalist, was unsure what was in store for Federer if the season is lost.“The question that Roger will have to ask himself is how motivated is he to come back for another year?” Woodbridge told Australian Associated Press this week. “Or has this actually helped him? But the less match play that you get in this period at that age, it’s so much harder to come back and recover once you start again.“It has stopped the potential … of Federer winning one or two more. It becomes very highly unlikely for him.”While Federer has said he will still be around for Wimbledon next year Williams has been tight-lipped on her future.The American, who turns 39 in September, lost in last year’s Wimbledon final and remains one Grand Slam short of tying Margaret Court’s record 24 major titles. She has reached four Grand Slam finals since giving birth to daughter Olympia in 2017 but failed to win any of them.Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, says the situation is not ideal for anyone but for players like Williams and Federer the clock is ticking.“The youngsters are missing a chance to improve and match up against higher-ranked players,” she said. “The middle players are kind of stuck, and for the older players like Serena Williams and Roger Federer, time is not their friend. “So they lost basically this year this opportunity.”last_img read more

Organisers of The Match for Ambode Plans U-15 Lagos, Kebbi Clash

first_imgHe also confirmed at the weekend that the new date for the African Legends versus Naija Legends is now May 18, 2019 at the Onikan Stadium currently been remodeled to international standard.“The contractors handling the Onikan Stadium project have assured us it is going to be ready by middle of May to enable us use the facility,” stressed the former Lagos FA Chairman.The Match expected to feature African Legends and Naija legends  is to be graced by former World and African Player of the Year, George Opong Weah who is now president of Liberia.Other top former African stars listed in the game include; Nwankwo Kanu, Stephen Appiah , Samson Siasia , Austin Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju, El hadji Diouf , Salif Diao , Diomtsay Kamara Obafemi Martins , Osaze Odemwingie and several other former African stars.As part of catching them young, organisers of The Match had last month conducted a coaching clinic for almost 1000 school children at the Campos Mini Stadium on the Lagos Island.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Akinwunmi Ambode Organisers of The Match expected to feature African football Legends against Naija Legends have scheduled Lagos United Under-15 boys and girls against their Kebbi State counterparts to spice up the game aimed to celebrate the sports achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State.According to ex-international, Waidi Akanni the purpose of this curtain raiser with this youth game is to help raise attention for grassroots football.“ We all know the focus of the day is the superstars who have dominated African and global football but have now retired. We should not forget that they were once like these Under-15 youths before becoming Stars. We want to expose the talents inherent in these kids. Who knows, somebody somewhere may just pick interest in the career of some of these kids,” observed the former Super Eagles midfielder.last_img read more

FH : SU must remain focused, avoid looking ahead to postseason

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Ange Bradley constantly reminds her team that the next game on the schedule is all that matters. Regardless of ranking or record, Jordan Page and Syracuse know they must stay focused solely on that game.‘We’ll be taking care of every game one at a time,’ Page said. ‘And just like our coach (Bradley) says, every game is a special game because it’s the next game.’That philosophy has worked well for Bradley’s team in Big East play as it hasn’t lost a regular-season game to a conference opponent since Oct. 18, 2008. The Orange (3-2, 0-0 Big East) has reeled off 14 consecutive regular-season conference victories since falling to then-No. 9 Connecticut. It has also earned at least a share of the conference title in each of the past three seasons.SU will look to keep its streak of dominance going this season by maintaining the same focus on each game. If it does that, the Orange will be in good position to qualify for the Big East tournament. It’s a goal Bradley has stressed to her team early in the season.Reaching the conference tournament is the first step for SU toward the NCAA tournament. In 2008, SU was eliminated in the NCAA semifinals. In 2009 and 2010, Bradley’s squad lost in the quarterfinals. Now, the Orange is hoping to capture its first-ever national title.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut to get there, Syracuse will need to keep its focus consistently throughout the season. A slipup against a Big East opponent could lead to a tougher draw in the conference tournament and a potential early end to the season.Sophomore back Laura Hahnefeldt understands the importance of beating Big East opponents and how it affects the team’s ultimate aspirations.‘Of course, it’s our first step to win it,’ Hahnefeldt said. ‘ … But it’s only a little step to reach our big goal.’Louisville and UConn, who finished the 2010 campaign second and third in the conference, respectively, could make that little step bigger than expected.The Cardinals (4-2) dropped out of the NFHCA Coaches Rankings this week but still pose a threat to the Orange’s title hopes. The No. 4 Huskies (5-0) have outscored their opponents 16-4 this season. Their list of victims already includes then-No. 8 Penn State, No. 16 Albany and then-No. 20 Stanford.The Huskies will host the Orange on Oct. 23.Four years ago, Syracuse couldn’t challenge UConn. But now, SU has joined the Huskies at the top of the conference. Connecticut and the Orange have met in each of the last three conference tournament championship games. And as a result, they have become rivals.Though Bradley preaches to her players not to look ahead, she took the time to acknowledge the budding rivalry with UConn.‘There was never really a rivalry between Syracuse and Connecticut because Syracuse was not a competitive opponent for Connecticut,’ Bradley said. ‘Over the last few years, we’ve started to earn the respect of the Connecticut program and show that we are a viable competitor.’After the showdown against Connecticut, SU will face Villanova and Bucknell before the Big East tournament begins Nov. 4.Eight days later, the NCAA tournament begins. With another season of Big East play under its belt, the Orange should be well prepared to chase after its ultimate goal of winning the NCAA tournament.But Bradley knows the Orange is a long way from the final four. SU still has 14 games left on its schedule, and conference play doesn’t begin until Friday against Rutgers.So right now, Syracuse is only focused on winning that next game on its schedule and getting a spot in the NCAA tournament in the process.‘It’s about getting into the top four in the Big East, and when we do that, we have the ability to play for the championship in the Big East tournament and punch our ticket as champions to the NCAA tournament,’ Bradley said.sebail01@syr.educenter_img Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Whelan provides leadership, sets example for Orange

first_imgWhen Joseph Whelan decided to come to Syracuse and join the cross-country team, he had no idea what kind of effect he would have on the team.Five years later, Whelan has such a strong influence on his teammates that he commands respect.“I just think that the way he kind of lives his life and his lifestyle, is just kind of like the goal that everyone on the team should follow,” said redshirt sophomore Martin Hehir. However, it wasn’t always that way. When Whelan arrived at SU, he redshirted his freshman year, just like most runners do. Now that he is a fifth-year senior, Whelan has been through the entire process and knows what it means to be a leader.But when Whelan arrived in Syracuse, becoming a leader wasn’t his only goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wanted to be a part of making a nationals team,” Whelan said. “When I was getting recruited, (Syracuse) hadn’t even made nationals yet. Now, we are in it every year and we’ve been in the top 15 the last four years.”Halfway through his final season on the team, SU is ranked 11th in the country and first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.When Whelan was in high school, schools such as Wisconsin that already had top-ranked cross-country programs recruited him. But that didn’t matter to Whelan. And that kind of attitude has helped him grow into a leadership role with the team.“He and Griff (Graves) are our leaders,” assistant coach Adam Smith said. “He’s an incredibly important part of our team.”But the thing is, Whelan has the ability to affect the team even when he isn’t running. Whelan is going through fatigue right now, Smith said. As a result, he has only run in one race this season, the Harry Lang Invitational, where he finished fifth. “He’s a tough kid and we know he wants to get back out there,” Smith said.Even when he isn’t racing, Whelan makes sure he leaves the same mark on the underclassmen that he would make if he were racing.“My freshman year, for outdoor track at regionals, we roomed together,” Hehir said. “We just kept it fun and made sure not to get all worked up and kind of just hung out. It was a good start, a good memory.”While positively affecting those around him is important to Whelan, his main goal is to make the program better as a whole. And the redshirt senior was a couple of seconds shy of doing that on his own last year.“What most people either don’t know or don’t remember about Joe, is Joe was three seconds away from winning the Big East championship last year in cross-country,” Smith said.In the Orange’s last season in the Big East, Whelan was just seconds away from helping Syracuse leave the conference on top. In the end, Smith said there’s only one way to truly describe Whelan. “He’s what hopefully we aspire everyone to be.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2013 at 12:11 am Contact David: dlauterb@syr.edulast_img read more

CAF Hammers Ref Ogabor for Attempted Match Manipulation

first_imgThe CAF Referees Committee at the weekend banned Nigerian referee, Joseph Ogabor for one year.According to a media release by the confederation, the CAF Referees Committee confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban the Nigerian referee from any official mission for one year for attempted match manipulation with respect to the CAF Confederation Cup playoff earlier in April.The match involved Plateau United of Nigeria)  and USM Alger of Algeria. It was played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on April 7. According to the release, the decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.Also, Plateau United FC was cautioned to refrain from the practice of hospitality gifts which tend to create wrong impression.In a related development, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has been ordered to render an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations proved there was no evidence of whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 bribe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Heineken’s Lush Lagos Party Wraps up UCL Tour

first_imgThe three-day UEFA Champions League Tour which began on the 16th of April, culminated in a lush Lagos Party at Cubana, Lagos on the 18th of April. The night was a roll-call of celebrities in honour of Carles Puyol, the Spanish football icon and former captain of the Barcelona Football Club who has been in Nigeria for the coveted UEFA Champions League Tour presented by Heineken.With celebrities like Stephanie Coker, Folu Storms and Uti Nwachukwu, the stars turned up the heat of the football fever in the mega-city of Lagos, Nigeria’s entertainment capital. Expectedly, the guests had a thirst-quenching fill of Heineken, ice-cold and crisp after a long tour-filled day with the coveted trophy beneath the hot weather Lagos skyline.  With the Heineken Limited Edition bottles tucked away in several of the luxury bars around town, the night of football frenzy is the climax to the events of the past three days which included the State House visits in Lagos and Uyo, consumer events, after parties, tour of the Lagos Brewery of the master brewers Nigerian Breweries Plc and of course an unmissable football match that featured Puyol and Nigeria’s former attacking midfielder, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha as captains of each team of stars. In his remarks, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Jordi Borrut Bel reiterated the support of Heineken for one of the world’s most important soccer event.He said, “Heineken has been a big part of football for the last 25 years, particularly by sponsoring the UEFA Champions League. During this time, we have been able to connect with our consumers giving them the opportunity to connect with club football’s biggest competition while also rewarding their passion by taking some lucky few to Europe to watch the semi-finals and finals live.”No fewer than 12 consumers and fans will enjoy an all-expense paid experience as they watch the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and finals live in Europe. Heineken has been a long-standing sponsor of the UEFA Champions League since 1994. This awesome collaboration has made Heineken one of the most recognizable brands in the world of football. The UEFA Champions League Tour presented by Heineken lived up to its billing and surpassed expectations in every way. Heineken continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing life-changing moments for its consumers by being at the cutting edge of football as well as other forms of premium lifestyle and entertainment experiences.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook, Rockets hand Clippers a rare home loss

first_img“They don’t like us,” Clippers center Ivica Zubac said at shootaround Thursday morning. “We don’t like them.”The Rockets’ 15-0 surge in a span of just over 2½ minutes late was the difference in a 122-117 victory.Led by Russell Westbrook’s 40 points, a career-high at Staples Center for the L.A. native, the Rockets handed the Clippers just their second loss at home this season and their first since Nov. 6.“Russ was Russ,” Clippers forward Paul George said of his former Oklahoma City teammate, who shot 13 for 31. “He just hit some big shots, he pushed the tempo and he changed the game with how he started the third.”The Clippers led by 17 points in the second quarter and by 15 at halftime, but the Rockets fired off a 36-18 third period to wrestle control back. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Then Montrezl Harrell (19 points) had a rebound and rim-rocking dunk, Beverley (10 points and seven assists) buried a 3-pointer and drew a charge on James Harden and Paul George (34 points) sank a 3-pointer of his own – and the Clippers were back ahead, 104-103 with 6:41 left.Both teams traded shots after that until Harden’s 3-pointer with 3:11 left made it 116-113, giving the Rockets (19-9) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.Houston outscored the Clippers 15-0 from the 4:29 mark to the 1:53 mark, with Harden scoring eight of the points and setting up another basket with one of his game-high 10 assists.Harden was limited to seven points in the first half, but he finished with 28.Kawhi Leonard finished with 25 points and nine rebounds in the loss. George went 6 for 12 from 3-point range, the sixth game this season in which he’s made at least six shots from behind the arc – the most in franchise history. 🚀 The @HoustonRockets close out the game on a 15-4 run to win at Staples Center and move to 19-9! #OneMission pic.twitter.com/Af3opzUWKP— NBA (@NBA) December 20, 2019 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ PreviousHouston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Rockets’ James Harden, left, is defended by the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the second half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers drives past Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets in front of Danuel House Jr. during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers reacts as he dribbles past PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the first quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts after dunking the ball against the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers goes up for a basket but is fouled by Gary Clark #6 of the Houston Rockets as Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers looks on during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets steals a pass to Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during the first quarter of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers argues with referee Gediminas Petraitis #50 during the game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts after an offensive foul by Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, left, dribbles past Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is defended by Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker (17) and Austin Rivers, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, top center, shoots over Houston Rockets’ P.J.Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, center, drives to the basket between Houston Rockets’ Danuel House Jr. (4) and Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, center right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, is defended by Houston Rockets’ P.J. Tucker (17) and Danuel House Jr. (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers celebrates his three pointer with head coach Doc Rivers during the first half of the game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Ben McLemore #16 of the Houston Rockets and Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers argue on the court during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Head coach Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets walks along the sidelines while his team plays against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers dribbles out of a trap by PJ Tucker #17 and Danuel House Jr. #4 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Kawhi Leonard #2 and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Patrick Beverley #21 (R) and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers talk during the first half of the game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts to an offensive foul by PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of the game at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard pleads for a foul during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden releases a shot during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) dunks past Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets celebrates his basket with a Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers foul during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets scores as he is fouled by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 Clippers’ Paul George (13) celebrates with Patrick Beverley, center right, after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George celebrates after scoring against the Houston Rockets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers reacts to his three pointer during a 122-117 Houston Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets attempts a layup in front of Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook, left, celebrates with Danuel House Jr. (4) after Westbrook scored during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, is held back after being ejected during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket between Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, left, and Rodney McGruder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets celebrates his three pointer behind Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers to take a 101-89 lead, during the fourth quarter in a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts to his foul on Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets attempts a layup in front of Landry Shamet #20 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket on Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers is fouled by PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets with James Harden #13 during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets dribbles in front of Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers with Ivica Zubac #40 during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers with Ivica Zubac #40 during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts as he is fouled by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts as he is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts as he is called for a charge on Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to a charge on James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket past Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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 – DECEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his pass leading to a three pointer, to take a 90-87 lead, during the third quarter in a 122-117 Rockets win at Staples Center on December 19, 2019 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)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Rockets’ James Harden, left, is defended by the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the second half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 58The Rockets’ James Harden, left, is defended by the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley during the second half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was a clash – the third this season between the Clippers and their nemeses from Houston – that promised conflict, drama and zesty competition.It delivered.There were 14 lead changes, seven ties, six technical fouls and two ejections before the Clippers eventually lost their cool and the game in a heavyweight tug-of-war between two of the best teams in the Western Conference.In other words: Just another Rockets-Clippers tilt. “We had a big lead, we came out and kind of gave it up,” Rivers said. “It’s like when you get jumped. That’s what happened. We didn’t react to it very well.”Veteran guards Beverley and Lou Williams drew two technical fouls apiece and were ejected in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s test of will, in a game that went back and forth for its entirety.Williams, the Clippers’ scorer off the bench with a typically chill demeanor, was kicked off the floor for his heated dispute of a foul call with just more than 11:05 left and his team trailing 90-87.The typically-less-chill Beverley drew his second tech after fouling out, when he and his old rival, Westbrook, began jawing at each other. Westbrook also was assessed a technical foul.“We’re a pretty calm group, but it happens,” Rivers said. “It’s a good lesson, maybe. I’d rather have it now than in the fourth quarter of a playoff game I guess. We’ll see if that’s a learning lesson – the techs have to be. That’s something we can control.”Offered George: “That’s on myself, being one of the veterans on the team … (we need to take) the focus off the officiating. We’ll be better. We’re a work in progress.”Echoed Leonard: “Kind of put our heads down a little bit too early, we just gotta keep pushing. We’ll figure it out.”Houston, which improved to 2-1 this season against the Clippers with the win, turned what was a 77-61 deficit into a 101-89 lead with 9:39 to go – and then it was the Clippers (21-9) turn to surge for a short-lived lead.Landry Shamet (13 points) drained back-to-back 3-pointers (including drawing a foul for a four-point play on one).Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more