Bruins’ Afflalo is missing in action

first_imgThis was not Arron Afflalo. Nothing Afflalo did resembled the brilliant guard he had become at UCLA. “My team looks to me for a lot of different things,” Afflalo said. “If I don’t provide that, we’ll struggle. This was the worst game of my career.” No one would argue that. Afflalo wasn’t the same in practice last week, either. He had recently been named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and an All-American. He said those accolades didn’t have any effect on him, but maybe he didn’t realize it. “In practice the past couple of days, he hasn’t been shooting the ball as often as I would like him to shoot it,” coach Ben Howland said. “In other words, you play in the game exactly how you practice. So he has to come out in practice on Saturday looking to shoot, looking to score. We talked about it after the game and even at halftime.” Afflalo wasn’t pointing fingers at anyone but himself, but the fact he took only seven shots wasn’t a good thing for the Bruins. He shouldered the blame for the upset, but there was plenty of blame to go around. “I don’t want to force the issue and get shots for myself, but I feel my team is better when I’m better,” Afflalo said. As Afflalo goes, so does UCLA. Afflalo didn’t demand the ball, but maybe he should have. This was the same guy that made a last-second shot against USC to win on the road. He had three fouls by halftime, but that wasn’t the only reason Howland sat him on the bench to start the second half. “It was partly foul trouble and partly him being tentative,” Howland said. “He’s just got to be aggressive.” Shooters aren’t always on, but when Afflalo’s shot has been off, UCLA always had his defense to rely on. Not even that was good Friday. He held Ubaka scoreless at Cal, but Ubaka returned the favor at Staples Center. Afflalo was off from the start, as he missed a pair of free throws 58 seconds into the game. His first basket of the game – a reverse layup – came 20 minutes and 24seconds into the game. How did that happen? “We’ll have to go back and watch the tape,” Howland said. “I’m not sure why we couldn’t get him more shots.” Afflalo, the elder statesman on a team with no seniors, had no motivational speech afterward. He said with the way he played, he didn’t have the right to say anything. “There’s no mystery about it,” Afflalo said. “The way I played tonight, that’s the majority of the reason we lost.” [email protected] (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Against Cal, Afflalo took just two shots by halftime, and seven total. He scored just three points, breaking a streak of 29 consecutive games in double figures. He fouled out. center_img The player he was assigned to guard – Ayinde Ubaka – was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points. Afflalo didn’t stick around to shake hands with Cal players afterward, either. He was out of rhythm, out of sorts, out of everything. And UCLA followed suit. It should be no surprise, then, that UCLA lost to Cal 76-69 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Afflalo this was not. last_img read more


first_imgFlying start for new Donegal services Flybe’s new air services from Donegal, operated by its franchise partner Loganair, take to the skies in Donegal today (Thursday 3 November) as the airline assumes operation of services to both Dublin and Glasgow.With two return flights per day on the Dublin route and prices starting from €31.49 one way, the conveniently timed flights allow both Donegal and Dublin-based passengers the opportunity to travel out and back in one day.  In addition, a baggage allowance of one checked bag of up to 20kgs is included in all Donegal-Dublin fares, together with complimentary in-flight refreshments.The airline is also launching its newest international route from Donegal to the Scottish city of Glasgow, with between three and five return flights per week.From Summer 2012, the airline plans to enhance passenger choice from Glasgow with daily onward connections throughout Flybe’s UK domestic and European networks.  Fares to Glasgow start at €55.49, inclusive, one way.Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Hinkles said: “Donegal is a key marketplace for us and we’re thrilled to be taking over these two new services.“In the run up to this launch, we have seen dozens of new bookings being made each day and it’s clear that Donegal businesses and residents are keen to secure the very best deals when travelling to Dublin and Glasgow“I’m confident that we have the right mix of competitive fares, fantastic customer service and onward connections across the UK and Europe that will prove popular, and we very much look forward to serving Donegal for years to come.”Welcoming the new carrier, Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to continue to provide flights to Dublin and Glasgow over the next three years.“Loganair is a long established airline and we have no doubt it will deliver a good, reliable service to its Donegal customers.”The link to Glasgow will also provide new connections from Donegal, facilitating links to Flybe and Loganair’s extensive network of UK and Highlands & Islands services; British Airways onward flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow, Gatwick and City; and Emirates Airline’s daily service from Glasgow to its Dubai worldwide hub.Loganair’s franchise agreement with Flybe also provides access to a wide range of connecting flights from Dublin through Flybe’sinterline agreements with other airlines. Through-bookings and onward connections are available from Donegal via Dublin with a variety of carriers including Air France to Paris CDG and London City; and Etihad to its gateway airport at Abu Dhabi.Loganair operates an extensive network of services throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond, carrying over half a million passengers each year with a fleet of 20 aircraft. UK Civil Aviation Authority figures show that the airline has an exemplary punctuality record, achieving the distinction of providing the UK’s most punctual domestic air route (between Dundee and Birmingham) for the second consecutive year. Loganair also achieved 86.4% of flights on time in 2010, significantly ahead of the industry average of 80.7%. All services are bookable via, via the Flybe call centre on 1-890-925-532 in Ireland or 0871 700 2000 in the UK, or via Donegal Airport ticket desk on 074 9548284.FLYBE/LOGANAIR TAKE OVER DONEGAL/DUBLIN ROUTE was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more