Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues NRL team made a name for himself during a stint in Sydney. Picture: Instagram. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Stunning views across the home. Source: Realestate.com.au Luxurious and spacious. Source: Realestate.com.au FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Being able to lock up and go is one of the best things about getting a duplex. Source: Realestate.com.auAgent Drue Matich of Telos Group has it listed as being “a short stroll to the community gardens, heated indoor pool or the beautiful Orewa beach”.“A single car garage with internal access, means no more dashing to the car when the unexpected Auckland rain hits, and giving you storage for the bikes or golf clubs.”Low maintenance, with a heated pool, gym, sauna, five hole putting green and communal gardens in the complex, this could be ideal for travellers — one minute chilling by the pool, “nek minute” off on another adventure with no worries. Dan Carter who was a star player for the All Blacks in the last decade took Kiwi speak to Japan where he played last year. Picture: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images. Property taxes hit record levels Lucy Lawless took the accent to Hollywood as Xena Warrior Princess. They’ve topped South African, Irish, Italian and even Australian, which made up the rest of the top five.If you’re keen on a stint in the Land of the Long White Cloud, grab your jandals (flip-flops/thongs/slippers) and check out some of the most stunning properties listed on realestate.com.au right now. The home is designed like a tropical sanctuary. Source: Realestate.com.au“This house is unlike anything on the market,” was how it was described. “Choose from-overlooking the beautiful beach of Orewa and beyond, or enjoy your own tropical sanctuary with numerous entertaining spaces and a built-in spa pool-all surrounded by exquisite landscaping. You will really feel exotic.”Among its other charms are a cozy media room, separate laundry, double garage with internal access and a tool shed. Luxury Duplex The most “skux” (cool, trendy, hot) of them all has got to be this off-the-plan penthouse in the heart of the unofficial capital Auckland.But you will need some seriously deep pockets to land this one — it’s listed at a mean $23.7m, or about $25m Kiwi dollars.Spread over 556sq m when complete, the four bedroom sky home is expected to be “one of the most desirable addresses in Auckland”, according to a listing by Sotheby’s international realty — New Zealand. 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The kitchen is bespoke and style is international luxury. “Imbued with an ambience and mood usually found in the grandest of penthouses in London and New York, this sky garden penthouse will truly lift the spirits of not only those who live here but also those that are fortunate enough to visit this very special place.” Orewa Escape Sky Garden Penthouse has a courtyard open to the elements and accessible from most rooms. Source: Realestate.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Actor Temuera Morrison, who got his break via the cult film Once Were Warriors in the mid-90s, managed to get the Kiwi twang into Star Wars as Jango Fett. Dan Carter representing New Zealand via the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London, in 2015. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.The Kiwi accent has just been named the sexiest in the world, so if immersion in the land of ‘fush and chups’ and the All Blacks floats your boat, here are some of choicest places to ‘crash’.According to news.com.au, a poll by Big Travel 7 saw the Kiwi accent emerge as the sexiest in the world, described by the survey as “outrageously charming”. Think Sonny Bill Williams (veteran rugby league star), Lucy Lawless (Xena Warrior Princess), actor Sam Neill, Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in Star Wars, Once were Warriors), musical group Katchafire and rugby players Dan Carter and Quade Cooper. Located on Old North Road 28, Orewa, Auckland, this home is listed at $1.51m. Source: Realestate.com.au If going further north along the coast sounds too much like the wops (too far from city), a Plantation Terrace could be the go, with a two bed, two bath duplex on the market for just over $1m (NZ$1.085m). 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Japan’s Inpex Corporation, with its joint venture partner Shell, has signed an amendment and extension to the Masela block production sharing contract (PSC) as well as an extension for the Abadi LNG project. Amendment signing ceremony; Image: InpexInpex said last week that the amendment, signed through its Inpex Masela subsidiary, had included a seven-year additional time allocation and a 20-year extension for the Abadi LNG project with Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas.The amendment was signed in Jakarta in the presence of Ignasius Jonan, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia.Inpex added that the signing had marked the execution of a formal agreement on the PSC terms previously agreed and announced as part of the approval of the Abadi LNG project’s revised plan of development by Indonesia’s government.Abadi LNG project is the first large-scale integrated LNG development project operated by Inpex in Indonesia.“The Abadi gas field features excellent reservoir productivity and contains significant resource volumes, raising expectations of efficient development and stable LNG production operations over the long-term,” the company stated.Inpex also said that it would continue to work with its partner Shell to deliver an onshore LNG project as it prepares to start the front-end engineering design (FEED). Once completed the project is expected to produce approximately 9.5 million tons of LNG per year.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Batesville 7th fell to 4-1 on the year after a 41-31 loss to Connersville.Devin Scripture, Lane Oesterling, and Devin Scripture all scored 7 points to lead the team. Luke Belter led the team with 4 rebounds while Tyler Myers had 2 steals.BMS will be in action Tuesday night at home vs North Decatur.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th grade lost to a good Connersville team last night 53-39.1Q – 11-5; 2Q – 26-19; 3Q – 37-31.Isaac Barker led the team with 15 points. Jayden Beal had 8. Sam Wade and Lane Westerfeld had 5 each. BMS had (5) 3-pointers and were 2-8 on free throws with 16 turnovers.Silcott had 23 for Connersville followed by Seeley with 12 and Smith with 10 points. They had (3) 3-pointers and were 6-12 on free throws with 9 turnovers.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is vying for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) U.S. Senate seat, held a roundtable discussion with students from USC and several other California universities Wednesday, stressing her dedication to creating jobs and lowering the federal deficit. The event was also met with a small protest from members of USC College Democrats.Campaign · Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina spoke to students Wednesday in Doheny Library. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan Fiorina, who is running against former California Congressman Tom Campbell and California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the Republican primary, recently launched 17 campaign coalitions, including Students for Carly, the group that sponsored Wednesday’s event.At the roundtable, Fiorina criticized Sen. Boxer’s record, calling her a “uniquely failed senator” and emphasized the high unemployment rate in California.“What’s going on in California demonstrates that we can kill the American Dream,” she said.California, Fiorina said, used to be a place for innovation, but it is now plagued by unemployment and a large deficit.Though Fiorina lacks political experience, she argued that her background prepares her for Washington the same as a background in politics.“Our founding fathers intended this to be a citizen government,” Fiorina said. “I am a citizen who understands how jobs are created.”Fiorina said she would focus on allowing small businesses to grow.“I come from a very different point of view than Barbara Boxer or President Obama,” she said. “I think they believe that government is the answer. I don’t think it is. The way you create jobs is not through government. The way you create jobs is to make it easier for those people who actually create the jobs — innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses.”She also voiced her support for strict limits on federal spending, saying she would move to force government agencies to reduce spending by 5 percent.Addressing health care reform, Fiorina only said that there are many other issues to be discussed before such a sweeping reform bill should be considered.Fiorina said she has focused on the employment issue because of the impact it could have on young voters.“Young people are very influential, but also a lot of the problems we’re trying to solve are going to impact young people the most if we don’t solve them,” she said.Students at the event responded well to Fiorina’s points.“It was thought-provoking,” said Rob McCarty, a sophomore majoring in business administration who said he has not decided whom he is voting for yet. “I especially liked her firm stance with the Wall Street banks, even though it may not be as copacetic with other conservatives. I felt that she has the ambition, she has the charisma to be able to bring about some sort of change.”Dylan Steinman, a sophomore majoring in economics and political science who describes himself as a swing voter, said he is now planning to vote for Fiorina.“I really am confident in her,” he said. “I think that she’s pretty bipartisan. I think that she’s really trying to get something done and that she won’t necessarily just vote along party lines.”Alexa Ekman and Lauren Korbatov, co-chairs of the newly founded USC Students for Carly, said they were excited by the turnout and the response from students.“So far the excitement has been really overwhelming because students see how the economic issues are going to affect them,” Korbatov said.Ekman said the group will continue to recruit members and “to shine a light on exactly what she said today and Barbara Boxer’s failed record and inefficiency, just to prove to Californians and students that we need a new candidate in D.C.”Students on the other side of the aisle are less sold on Fiorina’s promises, however.“She’s a failed CEO who was fired at HP for being mean and incompetent,” said Bob Mulholland, senior adviser to the California Democratic Party, who helped USC College Democrats organize the protest. “Now she’s acting as if she’s God’s gift to California.”Though the protest only attracted six people, Micah Scheindlin, a junior majoring in American studies and the political director for USC College Democrats, said he was pleased with the result, given that they had little notice of the event. He said the group wanted to provide an opposing view point in light of Fiorina’s appearance.“Carly Fiorina is not a good candidate for California — that’s how we feel, that’s how the state party feels, and we wanted to make our voices heard,” he said.
Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corporation and USC’s 2016 commencement speaker, has donated $200 million to the University in order to fund a cancer research center in West Los Angeles, the University announced on Wednesday.The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC will be led by David Agus, a professor of engineering and medicine at USC and the current director of the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and USC Westside Cancer Center.“It is an honor and a privilege to team up with Larry Ellison in the fight against cancer,” Agus told USC News. “Larry understands the need for transformation in cancer care. His gift will enable us to change our very approach on cancer research, treatment and prevention.”Ellison, who in 2015 was named the world’s second richest man in the tech industry by Forbes, announced the donation at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine’s Rebels with a Cause fundraising gala.“The new institute will invite mathematicians, physicists and other scientists to collaborate with cancer researchers from the traditional disciplines of medicine and biology,” Ellison said, according to USC News. “We believe the interdisciplinary approach will yield up new insights currently hidden in existing patient data.”Ellison had previously planned a similar $115 million donation to Harvard University in 2006 for cancer research, but reneged on the gift due to concerns about how the money would be handled after the University’s then-president stepped down, according to the Los Angeles Times.Ellison’s gift matches the largest single donation ever given to the school. In 2011, David and Dana Dornsife donated $200 million to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, now known as the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. More recently, the University announced in March that it had raised $5 billion of a $6 billion fundraising campaign that was launched in 2011.According to the Los Angeles Times, Ellison and Agus are already well acquainted, and Ellison has been discussing this donation with President C.L. Max Nikias for the past 15 months.“This investment by Larry Ellison in USC is as inspirational as it is momentous, and it will serve as a dynamic force for change in how we approach cancer treatment and prevention,” Nikias told USC News. “It is a concrete endorsement of USC’s vision to invest in the promise and potential of new technologies, and to support a bold push forward in how we achieve wellness.”
After a disappointing 5-2 loss at No. 4 UCLA on Tuesday, USC’s No. 2 men’s tennis team hopes to bounce back today at the University of San Diego.Wild one · Senior captain Ray Sarmiento earned a qualifying wild card berth to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAgainst the Bruins, USC (8-2) won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead, but lost four straight singles matches to concede the match.The team hopes to have better luck against USD today and in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. this weekend.“We want to get back on court and play,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “We’ve got to be able to stand up for ourselves.”The Toreros (3-3), who are ranked No. 62 in the nation, will also be looking to get back on the right track after suffering a narrow 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 33 South Carolina last Sunday.Clarke Spinosa is USD’s only ranked player in singles, sitting at No. 61 in the nation. Meanwhile, USC will bring four ranked players into the matchup: senior captain Ray Sarmiento (No. 6) and juniors Yannick Hanfmann (No. 10), Jonny Wang (No. 43) and Roberto Quiroz (No. 80).Spinosa leads the way for the Toreros in doubles as well. He and doubles partner Filip Vittek are ranked No. 30 in the nation together, while USC’s Sarmiento and Hanfmann sit at No. 12.Around this time last year, USC took it to the Toreros in San Diego. The Trojans dialed up a 6-1 victory at USD. USC faced off against USD again later in the season, where the Trojans took down the Toreros 4-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. USD earned its sole point in the match when Spinosa upset Sarmiento by a score of 0-6, 6-1, 6-1.The Trojans hope to extend their winning streak against USD today, and a win over the Toreros would be especially sweet considering the connection between the two schools: USD head coach Brett Masi.Masi served as the Trojans’ assistant coach from 2005-2009, when he helped the team win its first of four consecutive national championships.“He’s probably one of the closest people to me in my life, and I love him,” Smith said of Masi. “He’s like a brother. [I] just want to kick his butt, bad.”Following the match against USD, the Trojans will compete at the historic Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The tournament second-longest running tournament in the United States, starting in 1890.This tournament is open to people of all ages, not just college tennis players, and doesn’t count toward the Trojans’ wins and losses. This, and the fact that just a few steps away from the courts is the pristine beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean, creates a laid-back atmosphere — a welcome break from the normal stress of being the most successful team in the history of college tennis.“I think the tournament relaxes us, which makes us last longer in the regular season,” Wang said.Though the atmosphere might be low-pressure, the tournament still represents an opportunity to scout some Pac-12 teams, as players representing UCLA, Stanford and Cal, among other schools, will be competing.The Trojans might even get a chance for a rematch with some Bruins at some point in the tournament. Last year, USC’s then-sophomore Eric Johnson and then-freshman Max de Vroome advanced to the finals of the tournament, where they faced UCLA’s Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov. The Trojan duo was playing together for the first time all season, but put up a fight against the talented Bruin pair, eventually falling 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6.Sarmiento, the Trojans’ top player, will not compete in the tournament, as he received a qualifying wild card spot at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Despite his absence, the Trojans are looking for a win today and for a deep run in the tournament.The forecast calls for rain all weekend, but the Trojans are determined to make the best of the situation and enjoy the break from the stress of competition.Today’s match against the Toreros begins at 2 p.m., and the doubles tournament runs today through Sunday.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap in Formula 1 history as he stole pole position from the title contenders at the Italian Grand Prix. The 38-year-old Finn triumphed in a thrilling fight at Monza with team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, taking pole with the last lap of the session.Hamilton was fastest after the first runs and improved on his second lap, but Vettel beat him before Raikkonen pipped both.Raikkonen’s lap of one minute 19.119 seconds meant he averaged 163.793mph. The previous record – 1:19.525 (162.950mph) – was set by Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams in 2004. Vettel was not happy, saying “we speak after” as his engineer told him the result. The German declined to elaborate when asked to say what he meant.In one of the most exciting qualifying sessions for some time, Hamilton fought to overcome what appears to be a slight Ferrari pace advantage and appeared at one stage to have done it.On the first runs in final qualifying, Hamilton set a 1:19.390, beating Raikkonen by just 0.069secs, with Vettel third just 0.038secs behind the Finn.Hamilton improved to a 1:19.294 on his final run, but the Ferraris had positioned themselves behind him, Vettel in front of Raikkonen, and the slipstream the second Ferrari driver got may have proved decisive.Raikkonen, whose pole was his first since Monaco last year, was pleased to set the quickest time on Ferrari’s home track.He said: “I couldn’t think of being on pole in a better race. I am hoping tomorrow I can end up in the same position.”That remains to be seen, as Vettel is 17 points adrift in his close title fight with Hamilton.Vettel said: “Not entirely happy with my last run but Kimi was a bit too fast in the end. It is always like this in Monza, for him it was in the sweet spot. My lap was not very good but for now we have both cars on the front row.”Hamilton said: “Ferrari did a solid job. We gave it everything we could, it is very close between us but they have had the upper hand this weekend. We will give it everything we can tomorrow. “It was so intense and that’s how F1 should be.”Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who has been off the pace all weekend, ended up fourth, 0.362secs behind the Briton. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Haas’ Romain Grosjean, Renault’s Carlos Sainz, Force India’s Esteban Ocon, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Williams’ Lance Stroll completed the top 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kimi Raikkonen
Fancy yourself as having a bit of football tekkers? Watch this and see if you can better the impressive footwork of Indi Cowie during her crossbar challenge.Hang on Cardiff fans, Indi’s not related to City’s industrious midfield type Don; though she is Scottish, Indi was born in America.And last year she was crowned Fifa Street World Street champion by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, earning her the title of the Keepy-Uppy Queen.The 17-year-old began practising her incredible talent aged just five and has played for Celtic’s girls team while also studying video and photography.But it’s clear her calling is on the football pitch. Watch and enjoy
ST. LOUIS — A common sight this Angels season has been a baseball skipping away from the plate while an opposing runner takes another 90 feet.The Angels lead the major leagues with 51 wild pitches, 13 more than any other team, coming into Sunday’s games. Although a wild pitch is, by definition, mostly the responsibility of the pitcher, it seems that catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been behind the plate for a disproportionate amount.Lucroy has been behind the plate for 40 wild pitches and five passed balls. The total of 45 balls getting by are the most for any catcher in the majors. Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez is second, with 31, including just two passed balls.Lucroy has had one wild pitch or passed ball per 10.4 innings behind the plate, while the Angels other two catchers have had one every 18.1 innings. The major league average is one every 20.2 innings. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “You’re going to have wild pitches and passed balls,” Lucroy said. “It’s part of the game, especially when you have guys who throw the ball really hard, and when they throw the ball really hard they are going to be wild. It’s all relevant. Not to make that an excuse, but I’ve got to be better. I work at it every day. I just got to be better.”Ausmus said during his playing days he had a couple “blocking slumps” in which he was letting too many balls get by him.“I went through it once early in my career when I was with the San Diego Padres and I went through it once later in my career when I was with the Houston Astros,” Ausmus said. “I found the longer I played that if I had a game where I felt like I wasn’t blocking right if I did some work on it it would some to recover quickly… Like hitting, you just get into a bad habit and it’s usually slowly over the course of time and it manifests itself over the course of a couple games and you have to address it.”ALSORelated Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels have not listed a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, but Ausmus said it will probably be someone who isn’t currently with the team. It could be Trevor Cahill, who the Angels are also considering for a bullpen role after he returns from the injured list. Otherwise, the most likely candidate seems to be Nick Tropeano, who is healthy but hasn’t pitched in a week at Triple-A. …Left-hander Dillon Peters, who may have been a candidate for this week’s spot start, was placed on the Triple-A injured list on Sunday with an adductor strain. He is expected to miss two to three weeks…Andrelton Simmons is still rehabbing his sprained ankle in Anaheim. Ausmus said Simmons is in “a holding pattern” while the Angels decide if he’s ready to be activated or if he needs another minor league game.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 5.68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tyler Mahle, 2-7, 4.17), 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, Fox Sports West Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Certainly, a large part of the equation is Angels pitchers. They’ve thrown the third most balls in the dirt with a runner on base in the majors.“It falls on both (the pitcher and catcher),” said Manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher. “It’s the catcher’s job to block the ball. Some of them are very difficult, but it’s a combination.”Ausmus said the team is “100 percent” aware of the Lucroy’s struggle in that area this year, and catching coach José Molina has worked with him on tightening up that part of his game.“That’s something he’s worked a lot on,” Ausmus said. “He kinda had some spells where he doesn’t get his glove down… He and Jose have been working to get that glove down and cover up the five-hole (between the legs). Your instinct is to shy away from the ball but you have to get your glove down and wear it basically.”Lucroy conceded that it’s something he’s trying to improve.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul concurred.“No question,” he said. “That energy and intensity they brought into the game, I think they got the crowd back into it. We picked it up from there. We started going downhill, as Doc would say. And just finding guys.“Wes (Wesley Johnson) made some big shots. And then our defense. We got some runout layups and that’s what got us back in the game.”Paul led the Clippers with 21 points and 13 assists. DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Redick scored 16, Jamal Crawford 12 and Johnson 11.Johnson started 1 of 11. But he hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first came with 4:59 to play and brought the Clippers within 95-84. At the 4:27 mark, Johnson sank a 28-foot bomb to cut the deficit to eight (95-87).Johnson said he was encouraged by his teammates.“I mean, every time I came to the bench, they kept saying, ‘Keep shooting,’ ” Johnson said. “So I couldn’t be bashful.”Paul loved the mettle his team displayed.“We showed a lot of fight,” he said.Paul mentioned the defense. The Thunder scored only five points over the last 7:26. The Clippers outscored OKC 35-13 in the fourth quarter, during which the Thunder were forced into six of their 17 turnovers.Austin Rivers scored six points off the bench in his first game back after missing a month with a fractured left hand. His father praised the defense his 6-foot-4 son played on Durant when he was on him.Durant finished with 30 points, but shot just 12 of 27. Russell Westbrook scored 24 and Serge Ibaka scored 11 points and tied Durant for team-high rebounding honors with 11.“I just tried to get under (Durant),” Austin Rivers said. “You cannot stop a player like Kevin. You just try to make it as difficult as possible, and I feel like we were kind of getting punked a little bit in the first half. The whole team, honestly.”The Thunder outrebounded the Clippers 63-45.OKC coach Billy Donovan seemed peeved at his team, rather than complimentary of the Clippers.“I don’t think L.A. did anything drastically different,” he said. “It was turnovers, it was maybe not great shot selection, it was not getting back in transition, it was giving up 3s — everything that we were doing at such a high level in the first half.”Clippers starting forward Luc Mbah a Moute missed the game because of a left eyelid laceration. Jeff Green started in his place.The Clippers play at OKC two more times this month and they also play at Golden State and San Antonio. There are games at Dallas and Memphis and Houston and home games against Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston and the surprising Portland Trail Blazers. Tough, indeed.Doc Rivers shrugged it off.“I don’t have a lot of thoughts,” he said before tipoff. “(Clippers voice) Ralph (Lawler) keeps reminding me of it during our interviews. But, obviously, I don’t think much about schedules.“I look at rest and stuff like that. I don’t look at the opponent much. We have to be ready to play every night and I don’t mind that it’s a tough schedule. I think in some ways that could be good for us.”Then there is Griffin. He has not played since Dec. 25 because of a partially torn quad tendon and, more recently, a fractured right hand.Austin Rivers told reporters that the way Griffin looked at the morning shootaround, he appears ready.“He looked like he was normal out there,” the younger Rivers said. “He was shooting it like Blake shoots it, from that mid-range. He was rolling to the basket, jumping high. He looks pretty good.”Knowing his son had, in his words, “spilled the beans,” Doc Rivers said that Griffin is indeed just about there.“Blake’s close and he’s looking good,” the elder Rivers said. “I mean, honestly, watching him today I was like, in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Well, we can use some of that tonight.’ ”Once Griffin has been given the green light by doctors, he must serve his four-game suspension for fracturing his hand on team equipment staffer Matias Testi. March could be the most important month of the regular season for the L.A. Clippers. They play 16 games — six against elite teams with better records than the Clippers — and several more against playoff-bound teams.The Clippers will get Blake Griffin back, which will be a big deal moving toward the postseason.The first test came Wednesday, and the Clippers passed with flying colors. Down by 17 points after three quarters, they roared back to take a 103-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder before a delirious sellout crowd of 19,304 at Staples Center.The Clippers went ahead for good on a three-point play by DeAndre Jordan for a 99-97 lead with 1:12 to play. Jamal Crawford then made a short bank shot with 38.6 seconds left for a 101-97 advantage. After OKC’s Kevin Durant made one of two free throws, J.J. Redick made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to seal the Thunder’s fate.The victory moved the fourth-place Clippers (40-20) to within 1 1/2 games of third-place Oklahoma City (42-19) in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers were down 85-68 entering the fourth quarter.The comeback, which was the Clippers’ biggest of the season, began with the second unit on the floor to start the fourth quarter.“The bench,” coach Doc Rivers said. “That was the key. … I just thought Oklahoma played harder, more aggressive, downhill, for 2 1/2 quarters; really, three quarters. And then the bench came in and then they started doing it back at them.”