Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine last week issued a stern warning to Policemen and women who were engaged in acts of misconduct, unprofessionalism and corruption, as he declared that there was no place for them in the Guyana Police Force.Ramnarine refused to accept the popular argument that the salaries of lawmen were “too small,” and therefore it was more than likely they would be tempted to engage in illegalities to secure a few more dollars to survive in these turbulent times. He also dismissed the suggestion that unless the working conditions and several other issues linked to remuneration of junior ranks are addressed, the culture of corruption would continue within the Force.The Top Cop is even quoted as saying, “Senior officers believe their salaries are still small. When I joined the Force, it was small, and it is still small; but yet we survived by the grace of God…“Sometimes I can’t believe that, for a few more dollars, ranks will do something so outrageous that tarnishes the reputation of the Force.”While Ramnarine is on point with his suggestions, and cannot, from any standpoint, be faulted for warning his ranks, he has to insist that his senior officers do not selectively condone corruption. It is a fact that change does not start from the bottom; it starts from the top, and there are many senior officers within Ramnarine’s force who justify, condone, and shield junior ranks who engage in unprofessional acts, corrupt practices and skullduggery.Ramnarine must spare no effort at the level of his commanders and deputy commanders to insist that they demonstrate a zero tolerance approach within their policing divisions for ranks who believe that their uniforms give them the authority to break the laws of this country even when they are out of uniform. These policing supervisors have to conduct professionalism audits on the junior ranks, investigating every single complaint made by businessmen and members of the public.They must not wait only for documented complaints, as was suggested by ‘C’ Division Commander Calvin Brutus. If they wait on that type of report, then the communities in which they operate would not willingly come forward and lodge complaints, because they would feel that they can be victimised and selectively targeted by other ranks because they have exposed corruption and unprofessionalism of their colleagues.The Top Cop must roll out a clandestine yet systematic campaign that starts by targeting the traffic ranks who are most guilty of accepting bribes and harassing vehicle owners and road users for bribes and other gifts as well as services. These acts sometimes take place in the presence of senior officers and those in charge of the patrols that make community rounds.The fact that already 4 officers are investigated for corruption and misconduct this year is telling. It means that the Top Cop must do much more than warn ranks; he has to upgrade the quality of training that these Policemen receive when they enter the Force. Efforts must also be made to mandate that ranks be part of refresher courses on etiquette and professionalism. If this is done, then Mr Ramnarine would be creating a new culture where misdemeanor and corruption are tabooed actions that ranks would not dare contemplate.Also a deliberate effort must be made to revise the Standing Orders of the Police Force, to discourage misconduct. Currently, the sanctions are still too lenient for certain offences. Ramnarine must pave the way for stricter punitive penalties. Ranks at all levels will not learn unless they feel; and feel they must if the aim is to have a modern and professional police service.The fact that eight lawmen have been charged in 2017 and 180 charged or disciplined departmentally, according to Police statistics, is motivation for a more robust approach to be explored in addressing the core problems. If this is not done, then none of the reforms being implemented by both the Commissioner’s Office and the Government would mean anything, because they would be stymied by officers who have been bitten by the ‘get rich quick syndrome’.The truth is that the public will not be sympathetic to a Police Force that it believes is intrinsically corrupt and intellectually inept. It will not repose confidence in a policing body which lacks discipline and morals. It is important, from that standpoint alone, for more to be done to dismiss as many rogue ranks as possible, as opposed to keeping them in service. That is why it is important to make holistic assessments before rewarding ranks with promotion.The hands-off approach must end, as all are involved and all are consumed.
0Shares0000MALABO, Equitorial Guinea, February 10 – Mali will be more cheerful than Ghana ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off in the Estadio de Malabo Saturday.While the Eagles exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals and taking title favourites Ivory Coast to the wire, the Black Stars are reeling after a shock defeat by Zambia having failed to score from an early penalty. The countries who never clashed in 27 previous tournaments now square off for the second time in 15 days with the venue changing from Franceville in south-eastern Gabon to the island capital of neighbouring Equatorial Guinea.Ghana gave their best display of this Cup of Nations to overcame Mali 2-0 in Group D last month with star striker Asamoah Gyan scoring the first goal and creating the second for Dede Ayew.United Arab Emirates-based Gyan was at his boastful best after that success, telling reporters he was so good that the Black Stars could afford to deploy a solitary striker.He was far less talkative this week, though, after having an early penalty pushed to safety by Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, and it proved a costly miss with Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) snatching a late winner.Gyan has an unfortunate record with penalty kicks — he slammed one over off the bar against Uruguay in 2010 that prevented Ghana becoming the first World Cup semi-finalists from Africa.There was sympathy for Gyan in the Black Stars camp with assistant coach Kwesi Appiah saying “it is always the best players who miss penalties” and captain John Mensah revealing: “I told Asamoah to concentrate on Mali”.“We will try hard to finish third,” said South Africa-based Mali defender Ousmane Berthe, who could not catch Gervinho as he sprinted from the halfway line to score the goal that felled the Eagles.The outcome may hinge on how coaches Goran Stevanovic of Ghana and Alain Giresse of Mali react. Will they field full strength sides or experiment with those who were mainly substitutes during the three-week tournament?Fatigue is also likely to be a factor with Ghana and Mali understandably looking wearier in the semi-finals than opponents who had an extra rest day after easier last-eight games that did not involve extra time.Ghana have a one win-one loss record and Mali three losses in a fixture that has produced 73 goals since 1962 at an average of three per match and DR Congo won on penalties in 1998 after trailing Burkina Faso 4-1 with four minutes left.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Hull’s Tom Ince Steve Bruce says the signings of Tom Ince and Andrew Robertson signify the fresh direction the club is going in.Ince, 22, joined the Tigers on a free transfer following his release from Blackpool last month and Bruce believes the former Liverpool trainee is destined for a bright future, along with 20-year-old Andrew Robertson, after their Premier League opener against QPR.“We’ve made a conscious effort to bring in some good young players.” Bruce said.“Tom could have scored again [last Saturday], he could have scored two against Stuttgart. He needs to be a bit more clinical which he’ll learn but he’s young and when you’ve got a young player you have to make allowances.”Bruce, who sees blooding youth as a priority at the KC Stadium, was also full of praise for newcomer Robertson, following a promising first start in the Premier League since his £2.85million move from Dundee United last month.“I thought he was terrific. Two years ago he was playing for Queens Park – he’s had a meteoric rise. For a 20-year-old to play on his debut like that, he’s going to be a good player.” 1
Blaise Matuidi is wanted by Juventus, but PSG are determined to keep him Juventus are ready to turn their full attention to signing Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi from Paris Saint-Germain following Paul Pogba’s world record move to Manchester United.As talkSPORT told you last week, reports in France had suggested that Juve were lining up Matuidi as a possible contingency plan should Pogba complete his return to Old Trafford.And now the £89million deal is done, Juve need a replacement quickly and L’Equipe say Matuidi is the man to fill the void.The tough-tackling midfielder played alongside Pogba in midfield for the French national team and the Turin club believe he is the best available replacement.And, although PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists he is not for sale, that will not stop Juve splashing the cash in a bid to lure him to Serie A.That could come as bad news for Chelsea, who have also been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old. 1
Live music can be found all over – from your local watering hole to the big venues housed in Hollywood. Check out the following list of bars, clubs and cafes that offer everything from pop and rock to jazz and the blues. POP AND ROCK Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood; (323) 467-4571. Backstage Cafe, 9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills; (310) 777-0252. The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills; (818) 879-5016. The Coconut Teaszer, 8117 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 654-4773. Cobalt Cafe, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 348-3789. Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 466-6111. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 936-6400. Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 954-8080. 14 Below, 1345 14th St., Santa Monica; (310) 451-5040. The Fox & Hounds Pub, 11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 763-7976. The Gardenia, 7066 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 467-7444. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 653-0640. The Gig, 7302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 936-4440. Hotel Cafe, 1623“ N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 461-2040. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 848-5100. Ireland’s 32, 13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys; (818) 785-4031. Java Junction, 22722 Lyons Ave., Suite 1, Newhall; (661) 254-7500. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 274-5800. The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 463-0204. The Martini Lounge, 5657 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; (323) 467-4068. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, 575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 935-1577. Paladino’s, 6101 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana; (818) 342-1563. The Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 962-7600. Pickwick’s Pub, 21010 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 340-9673. Platinum Live, 11345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 753-1771 Residuals, 11042 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 761-8301. The Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 278-9457 or (310) 276-2222. Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier; (310) 393-7437. Scotland Yard, 22041 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 703-9523. Stovepiper Lounge, 19563 Parthenia St., Northridge; (818) 886-2526. Taboo, 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-9928. Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 393-6611. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 276-6168. The Ventura Theatre, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura; (805) 653-0721. The Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 358-1880. Weber’s Place, 19312 Vanowen St., Reseda; (818) 345-9800. Whisky a Go Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 652-4202. The Wiltern LG, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (213) 380-5005. COUNTRY/FOLK/BLUES B.B. King’s Blues Club, Universal CityWalk, Universal City; (818) 622-5464. The Classroom, 8333 Tampa Ave., Northridge; (818) 885-0250. The Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St., Chatsworth; (818) 341-0166. Cozy’s Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 986-6000. Harvelle’s, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica; (310) 395-1676. The King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 960-5765. Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230“ Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 766-9913. Lunaria Restaurant, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles; (310) 282-8870. Murphy’s Irish Restaurant, 2315 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley; (805) 584-6264. Twin Palms Restaurant, 101 W. Green St., Pasadena; (626) 577-2567. Whisperz, 8525 Reseda Blvd., Northridge; (818) 993-9922. JAZZ/WORLD/SWING 1160 Bar and Lounge, Ramada Hollywood, 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood; (323) 315-1845. The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Studio City; (818) 980-1615. Bellisimo, 22458 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 225-0026. Bohemian Nites at Bamboo, Bamboo Restaurant, 10835 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 287-0668. Border Grill Pasadena, 260 E. Colorado Blvd. in the Paseo Colorado; (626) 844-8988. Cafe Cordiale, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 789-1985. Capriccio Italian Trattoria, 16925 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 905-6595. Casey’s Tavern, 22029 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; (818) 992-9362. Catalina Bar & Grill, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 466-2210. Charlie O’s Bar & Grill, 13725 Victory Blvd., Valley Glen; (818) 994-3058. Chaya Brasserie, 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 859-8833. Ciudad Restaurant, 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles; (213) 486-5171. Clancy’s Crab Broiler, 219 N. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 242-2722. The Conga Room, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 938-1696. Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 642-7500. The Derby, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 663-8979. The Farm of Beverly Hills, 439 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 273-5578. Feinstein’s at the Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd; (323) 769-7269. Fins Creekside, 23504 Calabasas Road, Calabasas; (818) 223-3467. Fins Seafood Grill, 982 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village; (805) 494-6494. Fitzgeralds at the Hilton Hotel, 6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills; (818) 595-1000.&&&& Frank and Dean’s Supper Club, 3768 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 793-1847. Garden of Eden, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 465-3336. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 653-0640. Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica; (310) 581-5533. Jax Bar & Grill, 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; (818) 500-1604. The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City; (310) 271-9039. La Belle Epoque, 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 669-7640. Lindy Groove, Pasadena Masonic Hall, 200 S. Euclid Ave., Pasadena; (626) 795-5610.??? Lulu’s Beehive, 13203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 986-2233. Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 887-3777. Millennium Biltmore Gallery Bar, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 624-1011. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 954-9400. The Money Tree Restaurant, 10149 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake; (818) 752-8383. Monty’s Steak & Seafood House, 5371 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 716-9736. The Moose, 357 Arden Ave., Glendale; (818) 240-1505.??? Moz Buddha Bar, 30105 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills; (818) 735-0091. Mr. B. Restaurant & Lounge, 1333 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank; (818) 845-1800. Rusty Pelican, 300 Harvey Drive, Glendale; (818) 242-9191. Spazio, 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 728-8400. Tantra, 3705 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 663-8268. Ten20 Cafe, Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 854-1111 Tommy Tang’s Restaurant, 7313 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 937-5733. Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 Century Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 216-5858, Ext. 7225. Zanzibar, 1301 Fifth St., Santa Monica; (310) 451-2221. Zigs – Helios, 21300 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 884-5340. OTHER VENUES Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; (323) 850-2000. Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; (818) 777-3931 or (818) 622-4440. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In publicizing the abduction, police had described Abby’s strawberry-red birthmark. Her suspicions aroused, Torrez confronted Beck, who gave her the baby, Corvington said. Torrez contacted police, and the baby was handed over to authorities around 5 p.m. Tuesday. “An outstanding ending, obviously,” Toelke said. Toelke said the county prosecutor would address criminal charges today. It wasn’t immediately clear where Shannon Beck was or whether she had a lawyer. The child’s mother, 21-year-old Stephenie Ochsenbine, told police Friday a woman entered her rural home, attacked her with a knife and stole the baby, who was a week old at the time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNION, Mo. – A newborn abducted after her mother was slashed was found alive Tuesday in excellent condition, and a woman who had recently miscarried was arrested, officials said. Dr. Peter McCarthy, an emergency-room physician at St. John’s Hospital in Washington, Mo., said 11-day-old Abigale Lynn Woods has been reunited with her mother, father and other relatives. She was expected to be released from the hospital later Tuesday. “The family is elated and thankful to everyone in the community who prayed for them,” McCarthy said. “The baby was hydrated, nourished and in good condition when she arrived at the hospital.” FBI agent Roland Corvington identified the suspect as Shannon Beck, who lives a few miles from the home of the mother and baby. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe case broke when Beck’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Torrez, contacted authorities. “She’s the hero,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said. On Sunday, Beck contacted Torrez to say she had given birth, Corvington said. Beck had been pregnant but apparently miscarried shortly before her own child was to be born. Torrez visited Beck on Monday and urged her to take the child to a doctor, the FBI agent said. Beck agreed, and Torrez accompanied her to St. Louis on Tuesday, about 45 miles away. Torrez noticed what appeared to be makeup on the baby’s forehead, Corvington said. When she rubbed the forehead, makeup came off what was covering a small birthmark.
Declan Rice was outstanding in West Ham’s win over Southampton on Thursday Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED 2 2 gameday cracker SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest There has been intense speculation over his future in recent months, as his previous deal was due to expire in 2020.However, he has now handed the club a major boost by committing his long-term future to the Londoners.The new deal ties Rice to West Ham until 2024, with the club also retaining an option to extend it for a further year.It is understood to be worth around £30,000-per-week, plus bonuses – a huge increase on his previous contract.“I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic”, the teenager told the club’s official website. revealed BEST OF “Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon.“I’ve now played 50 games for the first team and I’m progressing week-in, week-out, learning from a top manager and top players.“I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now. With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do.”On Thursday night, Rice produced another outstanding performance in front of the defence as the Hammers defeated Southampton 2-1 to move up to ninth in the Premier League. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Rice joined West Ham from Chelsea at the age of 14 West Ham have tied Declan Rice down to a new long-term contract.The 19-year-old has been one of the Hammers’ standout players in a defensive midfield role this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions. scrap Most Read in Football Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said: “Signing Declan to a new long-term contract is something we have been planning for and working round the clock on and I, the board, the manager and Declan himself are all very happy that everything has now been completed.“Finalising contracts takes time but it has always been our intention to keep our best players – particularly those who have come through our academy – at West Ham United and build our club for the future.“I finalised the deal on Christmas Day and have been working to get the paperwork done as quickly as possible and I’d especially like to thank club secretary Andrew Pincher, one of our great unsung heroes, for working with me through Christmas to get this over the line.”“I’d also like to give a special mention to academy director, Terry Westley, who has been instrumental in working with Declan over the years to develop and nurture his talent.“Declan’s new contract comes hot on the heels of Mark Noble also extending his stay at the club. That news, along with the outstanding form of the team and the increase to a 60,000 capacity at London Stadium are all signs that we are moving in the right direction.”
Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED shining REPLY BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted Mohamed Salah’s goal-drought does not bother him or the player.The Egypt forward, who netted 44 times in a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield, has drawn a blank in his last eight games. Klopp also offered positive news on the injury front with key defender Virgil Van Dijk showing no after-effects from the knock he took against Spurs.“Quite good. No major concerns. Virgil trained normally yesterday in a second recovery session,” said the German.Van Dijk has been credited for the vast improvement Liverpool have made defensively, keeping 17 clean sheets, which has kept them in the title race. gameday cracker talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… no dice However, Salah still has 20 for the season and played a pivotal part in the last-gasp winner against Tottenham on Sunday.“It was an own goal but it was Mo’s header which forced it. It felt like it was his goal,” said Klopp.“That Mo was in that situation was off the training ground with a cross from the second ball. I was really pleased when I watched it back.“People talk about how many games he hasn’t scored in but he doesn’t seem bothered. It’s about work-rate, doing it again and again, and one day the ball will bounce in your direction. We have 79 points – you can’t have that if you have major problems in a season.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Klopp has played down the goal-scoring form of Salah LIVE ON talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow “I can’t say a bad word about him, a brilliant boy. But he knows that you need the boys around you. Defending is team work,” he added.“Yes he has improved us and he has improved since he came here as well.“He is a different player to when he was at Southampton. Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final help you as a player.”
”Bodies flying and colliding and words that not everybody can hear, from the coaching staff and the players as well,” the quiet junior forward said.Leading scorer Kendrick Nunn missed that game for the birth of his son, and the Illini, by their own admission, were embarrassed on the court.Nunn was back on Sunday, and he and Hill combined for 52 points in an 84-70 win over No. 20 Purdue.Hill scored 30 and Nunn finished with 22 for Illinois (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten), going a combined 17 for 27 from the field. With both hitting shots, Purdue coach Matt Painter said the Boilermakers (14-3, 2-2) didn’t have much of a chance.”If you can slow one of them down, I thought we would be in pretty good shape,” Painter said. ”We just got beat tonight.”Nunn started slowly but scored 18 points in the second half. That included a nine-point run to open the half that turned a 37-all tie into a 46-37 Illinois lead.Purdue was led by Caleb Swanigan and P.J. Thompson with 12 points each.Illinois big men Michael Finke and Maverick Morgan helped hold Purdue’s two 7-footers, A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas, to a combined 16 points.Boilermakers forward Raphael Davis fouled out with 1:49 to play. He didn’t score.Nunn said he hadn’t gotten quite as much sleep as he would like since the birth of his son, Kason Lee. The understated junior called it ”a long week.”It took him a half to shake off the rust. He scored four points in the first 20 minutes, but started the second half with the nine-point run, which included a pair of 3-pointers. The first openedthe half and gave the Illini a lead they never relinquished.Nunn nailed the second 3 even as he was being knocked to the floor by Dakota Mathias. Nunn hit the free throw that followed, too.”I had complete confidence in him that he was going to explode in the second half,” Hill said. ”We just feed off each other.”Nunn appeared to foul out with 3:36 left, only to have the officials review the play and call D.J. Williams for the foul on Vince Edwards instead.The crowd let out a relieved cheer.After Morgan sank a short jump shot with 7:24 to play to give Illinois a 65-53 edge, the Illini nursed a double-digit lead until the final buzzer.Purdue presented what appeared to be a difficult matchup for Illinois, a team with its starting center, Mike Thorne Jr., out indefinitely due to injury and only two legitimate big men available, Finke and Morgan.Finke and Morgan were assigned the task of dealing with Purdue’s 7-foot, 250-pound Hammons and, off the bench, the 7-2, 282-pound Haas – not to mention the 6-9, 250-pound Swanigan.One fan in the student section seemingly tried to will a strong game out of Morgan, an inconsistent performer in his two-plus seasons at Illinois.”Way to go, Mav! Good defense, Mav!” the fan shouted after Morgan shut down Haas on one possession.But instead of relying solely on the ability of the lean Finke and Morgan to batter the Boilermakers’ big men, Illinois sent both to the perimeter and gave them the chance to shoot.Morgan finished with four points and Finke with six, but all of Finke’s points came on big 3s.”Finke and Mav, I mean, they’re probably going to need a cold tub bath,” Illinois coach John Groce said. ”They were tough, they were physical.”FOUL TROUBLEThe Boilermakers played with serious foul trouble in the second half. In addition to Davis, point guard Johnny Hill and forward Vince Edwards both finished with four fouls and spent significant time on the bench.Pointer said it hurt Purdue’s ability to defend Hill and Nunn. But on a night when both coaches complained regularly to the officials about calls and no-calls, Painter insisted he had no complaints.”A lot of times I tell these guys to adjust to it, but the officials have done a pretty good job,” he said.NEEDED WINA loss would have dropped the Illini to 0-4 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2007-08 season and left them in a deep hole. But Groce said a big win over a ranked opponent will not fix all that’s been wrong with his team, still referencing Michigan State’s dominant performance.”We just didn’t play the right way,” he said. ”For me, I want us to play well and build on today.”TIP-INSPurdue: Entering the game, no team was holding opponents to a lower field goal percentage (35 percent). Illinois shot 54.2 percent, hitting 26 of its 48 attempts from the field.Illinois: The Illini were making 36 percent of their 3-point shots coming into the game. They went 9 for 17 on Sunday (52.9 percent).UP NEXTPurdue hosts Penn State on Wednesday. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Ever since Illinois fell apart in a 25-point loss Thursday at No. 5 Michigan State, Illini practices have been ”hell,” according to Malcolm Hill.