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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Patchogue last week, authorities said.Two masked gunmen—one armed with a pistol, the other with a shotgun—entered a West Main Street apartment through the front door and demanded money from the victims inside at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, police said.The suspects then fled the scene. The victims were not injured. No arrests have been made.The suspects were described as 6-foot-tall black men with thin builds wearing dark-colored clothing.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

first_imgTwo words for the Clippers’ amazing, unexpected 2018-19 season:For Ralph.Not that this was a fairy tale where the players said, “Let’s dedicate this season to Ralph Lawler for calling our games with so much class going back to all the years under Donald Sterling when we were a laughingstock.”Real life isn’t like that. If Lawler learned one thing in 40 years … and more than 2,000 losses, over 50 per season… it was how real life works. Players play for each other but, first and foremost, for pay, putting the “professional” in professional basketball.Even the Clippers had that, if only a thin patina, as when Ron Harper, who’d been traded here – from Cleveland! – was upset to see his $4 million option picked up and announced he was counting down the days of the season, saying he was “just doing my jail time.”Harper was then suspended by the front office, preoccupied at Sterling’s direction in trying to make the ramshackle operation look legitimate.Harper’s teammates then took the floor with his No. 4 written on their sneakers.That was the 1993-94 season when Sterling finally gave up on signing his star, Danny Manning, another upcoming free agent, who vowed to leave from the day he arrived five years before. Unfortunately, Sterling didn’t want to trade Manning for someone he hadn’t heard of, leaving a short list. The Clippers opted to take Atlanta’s offer of Dominique Wilkins … another upcoming free agent.’Nique actually arrived, hoping to stay, until he saw how bad things were and fled, too.The Clippers went 27-55, lost their top players and had to start all over. It wasn’t atypical of the era in the least.That was Lawler’s 12th season with the team. He had arrived in San Diego in 1978 after taking a 50 percent pay cut from his job as a sports anchor in Philadelphia … only to find himself out of work in 1981 when Sterling bought the team and cleaned house.Donald being Donald, he rehired Lawler a year later, the result of a chance meeting on a beach … fired him again in 1984 when the team moved here … only to rehire Ralph anew the following season, a rare NBA-caliber announcer willing to entrust his career to Sterling in the gloom of the Sports Arena era.If his intended successors, Jerry Gross and Eddie Doucette, were used to better things and fled, Lawler could take it, narrowing his focus to his broadcast in the sure knowledge that he couldn’t do anything about the losses. If he has admitted that it was harder when he was younger, he insists he enjoyed every game of their rock-bottom-even-for-them 12-70 season in 1986-87.Making it all the more challenging, he was now in the Mt. Olympus of team announcers, the home of Vin Scully and Chick Hearn, adored by fans of the dynasties they followed.Little seemed to be left for mortals, to say nothing of announcers of local jokes.Staples Center put up a statue of Hearn and named the press dining room for Chick. Years later, when it became clear Lawler was owed something, all they could think of to rename was the press entrance – now titled the Ralph Lawler Media and Team Member Entry.Lawler learned to appreciate the job for what it was, not what it brought. Now, amazingly, he leaves as the region’s most venerated announcer.Nothing in Lawler’s career is more becoming than his friendship with Bill Walton, the unlikeliest of broadcast partners, who was floundering in retirement before overcoming his stutter while learning the craft at Lawler’s invitation.In return, the straight-laced Lawler loosened up at the inspiration of the free-wheeling Walton.“I turned a corner with Bill,” Lawler said. “Bill hadn’t been serious about a basketball game since the last one he played in.”Another time, Lawler had dinner in the press room in Staples Center with a Lakers party that included Hearn’s widow, Marge.“She told me, ‘I didn’t know you were such a funny guy. Why don’t you announce that way?’ ” Lawler said.Now he does. I remember watching a 2010 game against San Antonio when the Clippers fell behind before rallying in the closing seconds.“Don’t go away!” Lawler exclaimed as Blake Griffin made it a one-possession game.At the other end, the Spurs’ Richard Jefferson fired off a 3-pointer.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img “Jefferson!” exclaims Lawler, his voice rising in excitement.“Go ahead and go away,” Lawler told his audience as the shot splashed through.Walton has called Lawler “the envy of all humanity (with) a wonderful family, a glamorous and inspirational wife, tremendous children and grandchildren, a job he loves that allows him to exhibit the creative and performing genius that he is.”Of course, Walton once called Greg Ostertag “one of our great big men in the NBA.”Lawler’s career hasn’t been measured in title games he called but that’s not what counts in real life. With their three children grown up, Lawler and his wife, Jo, who has driven to every home game with him and accompanied him on trips, are getting out to enjoy their life away from the rigors of a basketball season.The last regular-season game on April 10 will see Walton reunited with Lawler. There might not be a dry eye in the arena or a moment when the fans watching on TV stop laughing. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters 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 last_img read more

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