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  • Men’s Tennis Hosts No. 30 Oregon On Tuesday

    first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 41st-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team welcomes No. 30 Oregon to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Tuesday at 12 p.m. This is the second time in three years that the Bulldogs have hosted the Ducks. In their last meeting in 2014, Oregon topped Drake 4-0. The Bulldogs are 12-6 on the season and are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to nationally ranked Wisconsin on March 13. Drake has won six of its last seven matches and has been nearly perfect at home with a 10-1 record. Scotland natives Calum MacGeoch and Vinny Gillespie lead the Bulldogs with 12 and 11 dual match singles wins, respectively. MacGeoch has won seven of his last eight matches, while Gillespie is on a four-match winning streak. The Ducks come to Des Moines riding a nine-match winning streak with their last loss coming by the hands of No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 24. Oregon is led by Daan Maasland, who is ranked 70th in singles with 8-2 record. The Ducks have three players with 12 singles wins, Jayson Amos, Thomas Laurent and Simon Stevens. Amos is on a nine-match winning streak, while Laurent and Stevens have each won eight straight.Following the match-up against the Ducks, Drake heads to the Houston, Texas where the team will square off against No. 38 Rice and No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday, March 26. The Bulldogs wrap up their trip to the Lone Star state with a match against William & Mary on Sunday, March 27. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

  • Warriors mailbag: What’s the plan for the two-way contract players?

    first_imgThanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to [email protected] or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg.Q: Hey Wes, how many more days do Ky Bowman and Damion Lee have, and what’s the Warriors’ plan when their days expire? – Phil DobryTwo-way contract players spend the bulk of the season in the G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Having spent 19 days with Golden State, Bowman has 26 more days of service before he has …last_img

  • The Green Architects Chat With Allison Bailes

    first_imgHow do you quantify and discuss mean radiant temperature and its impact on naked people? Allison helps bring an understanding to the least understood of the four major factors of thermal comfort (temperature control, humidity, air movement, and mean radiant temperature).Talk to us about having an architect on staff to help integrate design and mechanical engineering. Allison talks about how his office moves through the design of a mechanical system along with the building. He also explains how Manual J, T, and D designs add to the project.Cost offsets: In a mixed climate, is it still a good strategy to improve the thermal envelope in order to reduce the size of the mechanical equipment and anticipated operating costs? And how is that done? After a discussion of the differences in climate, Allison explains an approach very similar to that used in a cold climate.What’s the most important piece of advice you have for someone setting out to perform a serious renovation project? It’s not a big surprise that improving the building envelope gets top priority in Allison’s response.We’ve noticed that you’ve embraced the “Pretty Good House” concept in your blogs. What has attracted you to this concept? Allison talks about seeing the blogs on GBA from Mike Maines and thinking, “What a great idea”— to move away from prescriptive programs toward a more independent method of improving our housing stock.What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen built into a project? Allison shares a nice story about his in-laws’ home.Finally, Phil shares the song of the episode, “This One’s Different,” by the Georgia band Howler. Also be sure to check out Allison’s Energy Vanguard blog. Remember, you can always e-mail us at [email protected] or visit us on Facebook to let us know what topic you’d like us to cover for a podcast.Thanks for listening, everyone. Cheers. The HighlightsMoscow Mule Cocktail. Since we recorded in the morning, on a workday, we did not consume these during the podcast, but Phil and I enjoyed them later. It’s 1½ oz. vodka and the juice from half a lime, added to ice in a highball glass or beer glass, and topped with Ginger Brew (Jamaican style). Garnish with a twist or wedge of lime. Happy Summer, everybody. For many, many more cocktail ideas, browse Fine Cooking’s cocktail recipes section.Tell us about Energy Vanguard and then tell us what’s new in Energy Star Version 3. Allison shares how his company came to be and what they do. He also gives us a little history on Energy Star and the big difference that Energy Star 3 brings. It’s going to be the HVAC contractor who’ll have to make the most adjustments. Allison Bailes was in town to talk to the Building Science Discussion Group, and Phil and I thought we’d grab him to share a conversation with our listeners. (For more on the Building Science Discussion Group, see “Steve’s Garage.”)Allison is the founder of Energy Vanguard, an Energy Star provider and training organization. He’s also a green building advisor here on GBA, where he lends some warm-climate experience to the more cold-climate-oriented crew.After briefly talking about juggling and his choice to be left-handed, we covered many topics, mostly surrounding the requirements of the new Energy Star specifications and his company’s approach to auditing and designing mechanical systems. Subscribe to Green Architects’ Lounge on iTunes— you’ll never miss a show, and it’s free!RELATED CONTENTcenter_img PODCAST: The Green Architects Chat With John StraubePODCAST: The Green Architects Chat With James Howard KunstlerPODCAST: An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1We Are the 99% — AND the 1% The Trouble with Homes — Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityIs the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTChris Briley: Hey, everybody, welcome to the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast. I’m your host, Chris Briley.Phil Kaplan: And I’m your host, Phil Kaplan. Nice to see you, Chris.Chris: We’ve got a special guest with us today. Dr. Allison Bailes III is the founder of the very popular blog Energy Vanguard, a contributor to GBA, a recovering physicist, the program manager at Southface Energy Institute, home performance manager of the Hoots Group, a juggler, a left-hander, and — brace yourselves — he’s a man! Allison, thank you for coming in.Allison Bailes: Well, thank you, guys. It’s good to be here.Chris: We’ve discovered that you’re left-handed now.Allison: Yes, as of 2007.Phil: Tell us the story!Chris: You were born right-handed …Allison: Yeah, I just evolved. I felt like a left-hander in a right-hander’s body. In 2006 I became a juggler. I had taught myself to juggle in 1993, but in 2006 I became obsessed. When you’re juggling, it’s important to be as uniform as possible with both hands. If you’re a right-hander, you have to practice more with your left hand, and vice-versa. So, I decided if I want to get better at juggling, I should switch everything to the left hand. In 2007 I started with three things. One was washing the dishes. Instead of holding the sponge in my right hand, I would put it in my left hand. Brushing my teeth and eating were the other things I started with.Chris: So, left-handedness is a lifestyle choice …Phil: Hey, Chris, why don’t you tell us about today’s drink before we dig into this further?Chris: This is a Russian cousin to the Dark and Stormy. It’s called the Moscow Mule. [The guys talk about the drink recipe.]Phil: In keeping with the Green Architects’ Lounge tradition, we’ve got a song to go with the drink. I pulled out an album by one of my favorite bands, Howler, and found out they’re from Georgia, where Allison is from. The name of the album is “America, Give Up,” and the name of the song is “This One’s Different.”Chris: OK, back to green architecture. Personally, I have questions about Energy Star 3. No one in our building science discussion group knows anything about it. What’s the big difference between Energy Star 2 and 3? And what are the little differences?Phil: But first, tell us about Energy Vanguard, and why you would know about this in the first place.Allison: Energy Vanguard is a HERS training provider and rating provider. We do HVAC design and architecture. We’ve been a provider for about three years now and got an award last year from Energy Star — the Leadership in Housing Award for qualifying an outstanding number of Energy Star homes, which was nearly 300.We don’t do ratings ourselves; we are a provider only for independent raters. We’ve got some companies that are really good at qualifying Energy Star homes. There’s a company in Nashville called E3-Innovate, a great home-performance and rating company. Another company in Macon, Ga., did over 100 ratings of Energy Star homes last year. In our work as a rating provider, we have to know about Energy Star.The Energy Star program started in the mid-1990s. It involved some energy modeling with rating software and one inspection at the final. The second version of Energy Star came out in 2006 and introduced the second inspection at pre-drywall, which is one of the best things to have come out of the Energy Star program: getting the rater into the house — a third-party verifier — to look at the envelope, look at the mechanicals, and find problems before they get covered up. And Energy Star still kept the final inspection, the testing, and the energy modeling.Now we’re in the transition to Energy Star 3; we can certify homes as Energy Star 2.5 or 3 at the moment. As of July 1, they will all be Energy Star 3. Instead of the one checklist we had before, Version 3 has four checklists: No. 1 for the builder, on water management; No. 2 for the rater, a thermal enclosure rating checklist; No. 3, the HVAC rater checklist; and No. 4, a checklist for the HVAC contractor.The HVAC contractor has the biggest adjustment — because the HVAC industry is good at certain things, but not good at getting the whole thing right. I’m generalizing here. There are some very good HVAC contractors who are good at the whole process — the system, the sizing, the design, and the distribution, which is often neglected, especially in our part of the world where we mostly have forced-air systems.Version 3 requirements are pretty stiff. There are a lot of requirements for airflow, and the design requirements are heavy. But, someone besides the contractor, like Energy Vanguard, can do the design and complete that part of the HVAC contractor’s checklist. And the contractor does the part for installation, while the rater does the rating checklist.HVAC is the biggest change in Version 3. Version 2 basically required that the contractor had to do a Manual J and size the system accordingly, and match the indoor and outdoor coils for air-conditioning, and have low duct leakage. Those requirements were relatively simple — although one of the biggest battles I had over and over was with the rating provider. Our raters would send us their files for quality assurance, so we’d have to look at the energy model and go through the documents, look at the Manual J, and look at the system that was installed. If the system was too big — if the Manual J said this house needed 2 tons of air-conditioning and the contractor put in 3½ tons of air-conditioning, that does not meet the Energy Star requirements of no more than 15 percent oversizing. So, it was always a battle.Usually, if a contractor wanted to put in 3½ tons of air-conditioning, instead of coming up with a 2-ton Manual J, they could maybe fudge the numbers a little bit and come up with a 3½-ton Manual J, so the Manual J and the system were in agreement.But, I would look through the Manual Js and find all sorts of mistakes. They would change the design temperatures. You’re supposed to use the correct indoor and outdoor design temperatures for the location of the house. You’re supposed to put in the correct number of people because people add heating and cooling load to the house. For cooling, the number of people has an effect because each person gives off 230 Btu per hour of sensible heat, and that goes into the calculation.The rule is that the number of people should equal the number of bedrooms in the house, plus one. So, a three-bedroom house would have four people. I’ve seen a Manual J with a three-bedroom house that had 11 people living in it. Another provider had one with 25 people. This is one of the ways you can cheat on a Manual J.Energy Star requires the Manual J to be in agreement with the size of the system installed. If you change the parameters of the load calculation, and the provider and the rater don’t look deeply into it, you can get the oversize system anyway in an Energy Star house. And there are some out there like that.Chris: You’re warm climate focused. We and GBA have been accused of being cool climate focused.Allison: Well, Energy Star has a requirement for limiting the size of air conditioners, but there’s no similar requirement for limiting the size of heating systems. You want the system size as close to the actual loads as possible because an air conditioner does two jobs. To do the dehumidification properly, it needs a longer run time. The more oversized a system is, the shorter the run time is.Chris: You ever run a dehumidification system through ductwork that is not air-conditioning?Allison: There are some houses that have them, and those are great. Air conditioners are only going to be dehumidifiers when they’re running. The worst days for humidity in houses are what some people call 80/80 days. It’s 80 degrees outside, so it’s not hot; the air conditioner is not going to be running much because there is not much of a sensible cooling load. If it’s 80 degrees and cloudy and the humidity level is 80 percent, the air conditioner won’t be running enough to dehumidify the house. That’s when a dehumidification system will help keep the house comfortable.Chris: I want to get to mean radiant temperature. “Naked People Need Building Science” was the title of one of your blogs. Let’s say a room has a large glass wall facing north. It can suck the heat from you or radiate heat toward you.Allison: The issue of mean radiant temperature is not one that most people have to deal with. Different factors affect your comfort, chief among them air temperature. If they’re uncomfortable in a house, the first thing most people check is the thermostat. Humidity is the second most important factor, but most people check the temperature first. Another one is air movement. In summertime we want the ceiling fans on; in winter, we don’t want drafts blowing on us.The fourth one is mean radiant temperature, and that’s important, especially in certain rooms. In the South we have bonus rooms, also called frogs — finished room over garage. These rooms often have comfort problems, and a lot of them have to do with mean radiant temperature. I’ve been in many attics behind the kneewalls in those bonus rooms, and what you see is fiberglass batts stuffed in 2×4 bays, and they’re falling out and not making good contact with the drywall. The cold air in the attic in winter, or the hot air in summer, gets right up against the sheetrock, so the walls are cold in winter or hot in summer. Someone in that room might feel uncomfortable, even if the air temperature is good, because of the net radiant heat transfer between them and the walls.You alluded to windows earlier. In new houses we’re putting in double- or triple-paned windows, and they’re not as much of a problem as the single-paned windows in older houses — although they’re worse than walls. In an older house, if you stand next to a single-paned plate glass window on a cold night, your body is losing heat to that window and it’s not sending much back to you.Chris: You have an architect on staff, which is unusual in your field of energy auditing.Phil: Yes, energy affects the shape and form of a house. Talk to us about that.Allison: I hired an architect two years ago and immediately put him through the HERS class, so he learned about building science and energy modeling. His background is in commercial architecture, most recently high-end restaurants, and now he’s a certified energy rater with us. He doesn’t go out and do ratings, but when he designs a house or designs HVAC for a house, he does the rating file, and we can pass that along to the client if he or she wants to get the home Energy Star rated.So, in addition to teaching him home energy rating stuff, our architect also learned HVAC design. We use the software Right-Suite Universal from Wrightsoft.HVAC design is four steps. The first is calculating the heating and cooling loads; that’s Manual J. Manual J is a code designed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. The second step is Manual S, or equipment selection. Once you know the loads, room by room — how many Btu per room for heating and cooling — that tells you how many cubic feet per minute of air flow you need for a forced-air system. Once you have that, you select equipment and figure out how to zone the house.Once you have equipment selected, the next step is air distribution, or Manual T, which decides where you’ll put the vents in a forced-air system, the supply vents and the return vents, what kinds of grilles and registers you’ll use, and how much throw you’ll get so that there is proper air mixing in the house. That’s not as important, by the way, in a high-performance home.Chris: There’s not as much heat loss through the envelope.Allison: The standard way of installing a duct system is to place supply vents under windows and near doors. Typically, older homes have a lot of load there. But high-performance homes have better windows, so we can place supply vents toward the center of the house and shorten the duct system, which helps with installation, cost, and efficiency. So that’s Manual T, deciding how to get the air distributed. And then there’s Manual D, for duct design — connecting the equipment to the vents, etc.Phil: That’s cool! Makes me want to take a HERS class. Can you do a northern version?Allison: We’ve had northerners in our class before. Recently a guy from Massachusetts came down and took our class.Phil: Let’s talk about cost offsets to justify improving the envelope. If we improve the envelope to some extent, then we can start extracting mechanical systems, including distribution. Is that still possible in mixed hot/humid climates? Can we not supply every room? Is that part of the strategy? Can we eliminate a large part of the heating system? How do you make that work?Allison: Absolutely. That’s what Passivhaus is all about — reducing the loads to such a small number. There was an article a few years ago about a house in Illinois so well sealed and air tight that you could heat it with a blow dryer. In a heating climate, it’s a bit easier to do that than in a cooling and humid climate like the Southeast. We’re not just worried about temperature but also about humidity, and getting dehumidification from the cooling system is important.Chris: We get people who move here [to Maine] and want to install air-conditioning. They haven’t lived here and made the adjustment yet. But then we put thermal mass in their house, and they say, “You’re right, Mr. Architect.” We hear that once in a while.Phil: We also can avoid that conversation by installing air-source heat pumps, which have a cooling component built in.Allison: When you make the house better and better, you can save some money by reducing the size of the equipment you install or, at the next level, change the type of equipment you install. You can use ductless minisplit heat pumps; your distribution system is the air handlers themselves, placed throughout the house. Can you just supply the heating and cooling in certain rooms? Yes. In a small bathroom, in the interior of the house, there’s not really a need to install a vent in that room.Chris: For the lion’s share of houses out there, the HVAC designer is the HVAC contractor. What’s the process for a client who comes to me, the architect, and asks me to design the HVAC?Allison: If you have a really good envelope and you put the HVAC distribution system inside the envelope, there’s more leeway for letting the HVAC contractor do things. However, you can still have comfort problems because of poor distribution. A smart contractor can make sure distribution is handled properly.Chris: What is your first piece of advice about renovation?Allison: Pay attention to the envelope first. Don’t add insulation to an older home if it doesn’t have the proper flashing and drainage plane on the outside. If you do a complete gut rehab from the inside and add insulation to the walls, you might have moisture problems. The envelope comes first, always.I saw a house under renovation in Atlanta, in which they were creating conditioned space from what had been an unconditioned attic. They raised the roof a little bit, insulated the roof line, and used blown cellulose. Not long after, the contractor had to return and change most of the decking on the roof. This was in wintertime. The warm, moist air in the conditioned space had gotten through the cellulose, and the cellulose had sagged, and the warm, moist air pockets in the attic, against the roof deck, caused condensation, and the roof deck started to buckle.Moisture is one of the biggest things people need to understand. People worry about vapor retarders and vapor barriers, but a lot of the moisture comes from infiltration, not from the diffusion process — especially in the Southeast.Phil: We’ve talked a lot in our building science discussion group about the Pretty Good House. What drew you to it?Allison: I saw it on GBA — I saw Mike Maines’s article about it — and thought, wow, what a great idea. There’s a lot of frustration out there about some of the programs — Passivhaus takes it too far, LEED for Homes is going through requirement changes, Energy Star 3 is too hard. There’s some merit to those arguments, but the programs still do have a role. The Pretty Good House movement is a good idea because it gives those of us in the field, who aren’t creating the program guidelines, the chance to figure out how we would do it if we had our own program.Maybe we don’t want to go as far as the other programs, but we want to build something that’s pretty good. There is still a need for third-party verification and the requirement to get the air handler and distribution inside the envelope. Let’s stop putting ducts in unconditioned space.Phil: LEED houses and Passivhaus are not climate-specific, and Pretty Good House will allow us some flexibility to do that. It’s not as prescriptive. It will get to things that are more right.Chris: There’s a book in the works.Yeah, there will be leeway for builders to be creative. You’re not submitting anything to anybody for certification. You’re just paying attention to each feature of what a Pretty Good House needs or wants.[The guys joke about “reinvented physicists.”]Allison: On my blog I write about how the physical world works — for example, how a radiant barrier works, or the second law of thermodynamics. That law is really important; in any HERS rater or building science class you take, you come to the second law of thermodynamics.Building science boils down to very few things: controlling the flow of air, heat and moisture. Heat naturally wants to move from areas of high temperature to lower temperature; moisture moves from where it’s wet to where it’s dry; and air moves from high pressure to low pressure areas. That’s the second law of thermodynamics.Phil: We need to know a lot more about the universal rules.Chris: What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen a homeowner or builder or architect do?Allison: The strangest was probably at my in-laws’ house. I did some work there and was crawling around in the attic. The insulation had turned black — a telltale sign that a lot of air was moving through the insulation. I peeled it back and saw a 2-ft.-wide by 6-in.-deep hole in the sheetrock. I looked through it and saw the back of the refrigerator.The house was built in 1962, but 10 years ago they had the kitchen redone. The contractor decided that since the fridge was sitting in a niche behind cabinetry, it needed to be vented to the attic, and he cut a big hole in the Sheetrock. And that thing drew a lot of air. The heat coming off the fridge helped the stack effect even more. A hole of that size increased the blower-door test by 700 cfm. Just by sealing that hole, it made a pretty big dent in the blower-door test. The refrigerator effect…[Allison reveals he’s a new, full advisor on GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, and surprises Chris and Phil with the news that they too will be welcomed onto the advisory board.]last_img read more

  • Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA Main event combatants ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes (L) vs Andrew Leone (R)MACAU–—It’s the cliché storyline of experience versus youth as Bibiano Fernandes defends his ONE Bantamweight title to Andrew Leone in Kings & Conquerors come Saturday at Cotai Arena.Fernandes (20-3) is 37-years-old and has held his belt since October 2013 when he beat Soo Chul Kim for the undisputed title, while Leone, 27, (8-2) began his ONE career just a few months before in May of the same year.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant With a stellar ONE Championship career, there’s nothing left for The Flash but he assured that there will always be something new that he will bring to the table.“I always improve, every day I’m improving,” said Fernandes during the fight’s press conference Thursday at The Venetian. “I’ll keep improving, every time I step to the cage I evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs for Leone, who fought inside the ONE cage for just three times, fighting a more experienced fighter is nothing new to him.Leone took a unanimous decision victory over Shinichi Kojima in his second ONE Championship fight, and he admitted that the 38-year-old Japanese was someone he’ll always look up to. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “I fought Kojima and I looked up to him,” said Leone. “Bibiano has been a champion for a long time and I respect him, it’s going to be a tough night but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going out on Saturday to try to win a world championship.”Fernandes, though, isn’t just experienced on the mat as he’s also a stalwart in front of the microphone.“I’m going to bring my best to this fight, I’m going to bring my best jiu-jitsu,” said Fernandes. “I’m a disciplined fighter, I work hard and do my best in training. My opponent says he can defeat me, well let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Lankan board wants Indian cricketers in its T20 league

    first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen on inviting some Indian players for its own version of Indian Premiere League (IPL) — the shortest format of the game, Twenty-20.Sources confirmed that the SLC officials were in touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for some time and have been assured availability of Indian players. The Indian board has however said that only those free from national duty would be available for the Lankan league.According to sources, the SLC has showed interest in Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar and Rohit Sharma.The tournament is likely to be held in July this year. An official statement on this was yet to be made by the board.Sources also confirmed that the BCCI has decided to extend its support after the SLC allowed the extension of its players in the IPL’s ongoing fourth season. The Sri Lankan team will begin their England tour this month.The BCCI had however recently turned down Australia’s request to allow its cricketers to take part in the Big Bash T20 tournament.last_img read more

  • 76ers get 3rd straight win to pull even at no. 3 in East playoff race

    first_img“That’s all it takes,” Butler said. “Rest and good weather. It makes my knees not ache.”And it’s only going to warm up as the postseason draws near, a great sign for 76ers fans.“The snow is gone,” Butler said. “We’re good. We’re ready to rock.”Tobias Harris and JJ Redick each added 19 points and Ben Simmons contributed 18 for the 76ers.Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points apiece for Sacramento, which lost its third in a row and seventh in the last nine to further hurt its playoff push. The Kings, who last made the postseason in 2006, entered ninth in the West, five games behind the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT 76ers: At Milwaukee on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t wait,” he said. “It’s a reality check. It’s an opportunity to see where we’re at.”BREWER BACKKings F Corey Brewer received a nice ovation upon his first-half entrance. Brewer memorably helped the 76ers defeat Houston 121-93 on Jan. 21 with some in-your-face defense on Rockets star James Harden before being signed by Sacramento.“It was great,” he said of the reception. “I had a great time when I was here. The fans are amazing, it’s a great city, and great organization.”Brewer finished with eight points.TIP-INSKings: The Kings dropped to 13-21 on the road and 3-8 on the second contest of a back-to-back. . Marvin Bagley III had 15 points in his second game back after missing five due to a knee injury. . The Kings ended a four-game eastern road trip 1-3.76ers: Newly signed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the pregame and sat courtside. . Philadelphia ended a three-game losing streak to the Kings, who beat the 76ers 115-108 in Sacramento on Feb. 2 after sweeping both games last season. . Philadelphia improved to 28-9 at home.UP NEXTKings: Host Chicago on Sunday. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Pistons take care of business against LeBron-less Lakers MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, dunks the ball past Sacramento Kings’ Harry Giles III during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — A little rest and a taste of spring did a lot for Jimmy Butler.Butler had 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists while playing with the type of assertiveness coach Brett Brown says the 76ers need from him in Philadelphia’s 123-114 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid added 21 points and 17 rebounds and made some big plays on both ends of the court late in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who won their third in a row to pull even with idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker with the Pacers and is trying to maintain hold of home court in a first-round playoff series, something Brown said he coveted before the contest. Fifth-seeded Boston is two games behind the 76ers and Pacers.In order to secure home court and go deep in the playoffs, Brown knows he’ll need Butler to play the way he did against the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He was our bell ringer,” Brown said. “We will not be as good as we can be without him playing the way he played tonight.”Butler rested in Philadelphia’s last game, a 106-99 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. And he felt even more refreshed by Friday’s weather in Philly, which reached 75 degrees. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We’re playing hard, we’re playing the right way, we’re playing together,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “The wins are going to come.”And how?“Don’t play Golden State, Oklahoma City, Denver, Philly, Boston . I can go on,” Joerger joked.With Philadelphia clinging to a four-point lead with 3 minutes remaining, Embiid blocked Willie Cauley-Stein’s layup attempt. Two possessions later, Embiid rejected Barnes’ close-range try before hitting a short jumper of his own to make it 121-114 with 1:45 remaining.“At the end of the day, I think Joel Embiid made two defensive plays that were terrific,” Joerger said.The Kings were playing one night after a 126-120 loss at Boston, a game in which they had a 17-point first-half lead.Against Philadelphia, Sacramento played from behind from the outset. Philadelphia increased its 62-58 halftime advantage to as many as 13 in the third quarter on Redick’s 3 that made it 93-80 with 2:13 left in the period.The 76ers had a 10-point advantage to start the fourth, but Yogi Ferrell’s 3 capped a 9-2 Kings run to start the period that pulled Sacramento within 101-98 with 9:25 to play. But Simmons scored consecutive buckets from close range to increase the lead to seven and Sacramento never would get closer than three the rest of the way.BIG TESTBrown is looking forward to Sunday’s showdown at East-leading Milwaukee.last_img read more