Office manages game day logistics

first_imgAnnie Smierciak | The Observer Fans watch the Notre Dame football game against the University of Michigan in the stadium on Sept. 1. The University employs a number of strategies to enhance the game day experience for visitors.Though on a technical level the office is in charge of running the logistics of game weekends, Seamon explained that its larger role is to help present the many faces of the University to visitors.“We know people are coming for the football game. We understand that. But what Fr. John and the trustees and the leadership want to do is let Notre Dame be the best it can be and open up the University so people can experience everything from the athletic tradition, to the academic elements of it, to the faith elements and then also the social elements,” he said. “We know people come here to see a game, but we want them to experience everything good about the University.”Game Day Operations is designed to coordinate all of the necessary logistics to make sure fans walk away having had a positive experience during their visit, Seamon said.“Game Day is this office that tries to help organize that in a way to make it easier for everybody,” he said. “I would say it’s this organizing element that works with all these different divisions. Game day is such a massive operation for the University. No one office can do it by itself. It’s all these entities: it’s the athletic department, it’s student affairs, it’s the alumni association, it’s food services, it’s campus safety, it’s landscaping, it’s parking. All these elements come underneath it. We just ensure we’re all rowing in the same direction.”Planning for the season begins long before opening kickoff of the first game, Seamon said. Game Day Operations will start developing plans for year in the preceding winter.“The planning for game weeks and the home season … actually starts in January and February,” he said. “The cycle is basically that we use December and January to get all the feedback from the previous season. We all think about different initiatives and how we would change it. We do a little bit with the Blue-Gold Game in April, but by the time we get to summer, we’re really finalizing details of our offerings and how do things.”For home game weeks, staffers from various campus offices and departments gather early in the week before the game to start implementing the plans for the weekend, Seamon said.“On a home game week, on Tuesday morning, there’s probably 125 people, all leaders across the University, everything from football operations to food services to landscaping to safety to police, medical fire, we all meet to talk about the week and what we want to do and how we want to do it. Our teams work throughout the week to get it ready and to implement it,” he said.Though there is a “backbone” of plans used throughout the season, Seamon explained that plans vary from game to game. For instance, kickoff time can affect planning, as can the opponent and where that team is traveling from. Seamon cited weather as “a consistent challenge because it is so inconsistent.” About 4,000 personnel works each game day.Alison Thigpen, director of game day operations noted the importance of guest services teams in ensuring a positive experience for fans.“That’s roughly 70 individuals and they’re the ones you see across campus in the green polos or green blazers. They’re stationed strategically across campus at various posts and they’re helping guests with everything from handing out maps, to directions, to game day shades for the kids, to answering general questions about Notre Dame and welcoming,” she said. “They also drive the courtesy carts around campus, helping guests get from one spot to the other. That’s Friday and Saturday. During the game, they’re also stationed throughout both levels of the concourse and guest services booth.”Other schools have taken notice at the success of Notre Dame’s Game Day Operations. For example, the University of Georgia recently launched a game day ambassador program, SilverDawgs modelled after what Georgia fans and officials encountered at Notre Dame during the Bulldogs’ visit to South Bend a year ago.Seamon said Notre Dame is unique in the college football world, and that fact imbues a lot of meaning into the office’s work.“We hear over and over again that coming to Notre Dame for a football game is a bucket list experience. If you’re a baseball fan, you want to go to a game at Wrigley or Fenway. If you’re a race car fan you want to go to Daytona. If you’re a golf fan you want to go to Augusta or Pebble Beach,” he said. “There’s these things that if you have something in your mind that there’s something unique about there. What we’re finding out more and more is it’s a bucket list. People, regardless of if they’re cheering for Notre Dame, if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience or they come here every game, every week, or anything in between, we want them to understand that it’s different. We’re no better or worse than any other university game day experience in the country, but we think we are distinctly unique. And that’s what we are trying to work with all our colleagues on, across campus.”Tags: Campus Safety and Event Management, Game Day Operations, gameday In a given semester, Notre Dame’s campus consists of about 8,600 undergraduate students. Nevertheless, on six Saturdays throughout the fall semester, many thousands more fans descend on campus for Notre Dame home football games. Mike Seamon, the University’s vice president or campus safety and event management, estimated that about 100,000-120,000 come to Notre Dame on a given weekend. For last weekend’s game against the University of Michigan, that number was probably closer to 150,000, he said.Coordinating the logistics for these large events is Game Day Operations, the office responsible for ensuring home game weekends proceed as smoothly as possible. University President Fr. John Jenkins established the office, which began work ahead of the 2009 football season, Seamon said.“In 2008, [Jenkins] commissioned a task force … to look at the game day experience on campus,” Seamon said. “[It was] a 17-person task force. Student body, alumni association, athletics, student affairs — they used the 2008 season to look at the Notre Dame game day experience. Then, they provided a report to Fr. Jenkins on how the University could better manage the game day experience. So that’s when Game Day Operations was born.”last_img read more

COVID-19 education funds leave much to be desired

first_img“We have heard not only from Commission X but also from members of the public that many schools and universities, especially private ones, are hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nadiem said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees education.“So last week, we responded to these complaints by rolling out several policies as well as tangible and real aid,” he added.One new policies, for instance, allow students of state universities to either request delayed tuition payment, a reduction in fees or an instalment plan, depending on their financial situation. The ministry encourages private universities to do the same.It also stipulates that students who are on leave or not taking course credits no longer need to pay tuition fees, while those who are in their final semesters will only pay up to half of their tuition fees. Private universities, teachers and students are urging the government to step up its education policies, criticizing its latest financial assistance as inadequate to address the concerns of the education sector during the pandemic.This follows Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim’s announcement on Monday about a series of measures taken to help the education sector, including by relaxing university tuition fees and requirements for school operational assistance (BOS). The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) contends that the government should have cut tuition fees across the board without the need for students to request it, saying full tuition fees were unfairly charged from students who had their courses taught online during the pandemic.Read also: University BEMs urge Nadiem to cut tuition during COVID-19 ‘study at home’ policyThe tuition fee adjustments on offer now had already existed before the pandemic but would usually require students to go through long administrative processes and often have their requests rejected, he said.“The lack of a policy to cut tuition fees could push down the participation rate in higher education,” Lugas Presma of the BEM-SI said.“And there are two possibilities: It could push up the numbers of students dropping out or taking leave or it could discourage potential new students from enrolling because of high fees.”Private Universities Association (APTISI) chairman Budi Djatmiko said that failure to cushion the COVID-19 impact on university students could result in a spike in dropouts, which could cause “a lost generation” as a result of a jeopardized education.“And that would be the government’s biggest sin,” he said.He praised the ministry’s new policy to allocate Rp 1 trillion (US$70.6 million) to help 410,000 university students, mostly in private universities, pay their tuition fees.However, the government still only allocated a small portion of its total budget for private universities, he said. The state budget only earmarked 7 percent of the total university budget for private universities, with the remaining 93 percent going to state universities, according to his calculations. In addition, only half of the overall education budget is actually allocated for educational needs.“Private universities are also part of Indonesia. So, why are they being treated differently?” he said, adding that government support for private universities was crucial to improve overall access to higher education.About 88 percent of all universities are small-sized private universities with less than 10,000 students, according to Budi, while the remaining are state universities and large private universities.Read also: Indonesian schools not ready for ‘new normal’: SurveyMeanwhile, Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) head Unifah Rosyidi lauded the government’s decision to include private schools in its COVID-19 policies and modify requirements for grant recipients to alleviate the burden of pandemic-hit elementary and secondary schools.Before the pandemic, BOS Afirmasi funds were only given to state schools in the underdeveloped and remote regions, while BOS Kinerja funds were given to high-performing state schools. Under the new scheme, the government gives Rp 60 million per year to more than 56,000 state and private schools in regions that are hardest-hit by COVID-19.The grants can be used to pay honorarium-based teachers, fund home-learning needs like phone credit and internet plans, buy COVID-19 sanitary goods like soap and disinfectant or pay salaries of other school workers.But Unifah said she found goods procured using BOS funds through the ministry’s electronic system called SIPLah were more expensive than the actual price and schools could only buy them at designated shops.The funds also usually need to go through multiple regional institutions before they could be used by schools, depending on each region’s financial management regulations.She advised policymakers to review how the authority to distribute BOS funds was delegated between the central and regional governments, in order to cut bureaucratic procedures and yet maintain accountability.Topics :last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday. Associated Press Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTexas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-YANKEES-NATIONALS OPENERAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. Update on the latest sports As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless listLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season. NEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus center_img In the second game, Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch each scored to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan Gautrat scored for the Red Stars. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five. PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. June 28, 2020 NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GMPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantine Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. Rain washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADlast_img read more

Clippers come crashing, fend off Utah Jazz

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) fights for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz’s Tony Bradley (13) goes up to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) and Los Angeles Clippers’ Rodney McGruder (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) fights for a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) and Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic (44) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots while defended by Utah Jazz’s Jeff Green (22) and Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles (2) passes the ball under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale (23) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) passes the ball under pressure from Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It started as something of a Sunday slog, but the Clippers surged to the finish, fending off the Utah Jazz, 105-94.Facing off for the second time in a week, the Clippers (5-2) hoped having Kawhi Leonard available this time would change the outcome following their 110-96 loss to the Jazz (4-3) in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.It did.Leonard finished with a team-high 30 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter. And by digging deep, Clippers guard Lou Williams said.“They like to play so slow and methodical, they play at their pace, they make other teams play at their pace,” said Williams, who finished 17 points. “We like to play a lot faster than them, put more points on the board, so it took us a while to get adjusted. (But) I thought in the fourth quarter we did a good job of just playing with more energy, playing with a faster pace”The Clippers benefited in a big way from 29 second-chance points. Even contending with 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert, Utah’s two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the Clippers excelled on the boards. They outrebounded the Jazz 54-37, for a key advantage in an otherwise even bout.“People were saying we’re going to be outrebounded every night and stuff like that,” said center Ivica Zubac, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. “But I don’t think that’s gonna happen, I think I’m pretty good at rebounding and Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) is smaller (6-foot-8), and he’s just boxing out guys and everyone else is getting the boards.“So as long as we’re getting it done as a team, it don’t matter who gets it, so we’ve been really good with defensive rebounds and even offensive rebounds. That’s gonna be something that makes us good that people didn’t expect.”That old basketball adage, about the game being one of runs, proved true again Sunday, as the teams yo-yo’d back and forth until they found some equilibrium in the fourth quarter — and then the Clippers kicked.It was tied 84-84 with 4:41 to play, and then at 86-86 with 4:12 to go, but then, with 3:51 left, Lou Williams buried a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the arc to make it 89-86.After Donovan Mitchell (36 points) responded with a pair of free throws, Montrezl Harrell cleaned up a Williams miss, 91-88.JaMychal Green canned a 3-pointer and Leonard — while being serenaded with “MVP” chants — converted a pair of free throws 96-90 with 2:21 on the clock.A Mike Conley miss and two more Leonard free throws extended the lead to eight points.Down on the defensive end, Moe Harkless — Doc Rivers’ “Swiss army knife” — poked the ball away from Mitchell. Harrell gained possession, was fouled and one of his two free throws to push it to 10 and the Clippers were on their way to 4-0 at home for the first time since 2013-14.Five Clippers finished in double figures: Harrell had 19 and eight rebounds (six of them offensive), Green had 12 points and six rebounds and Landry Shamet added 10 points.Beverley, the Clippers’ fiery 6-foot-1 guard, added nine rebounds, the 35th time in his career he’s grabbed at least that many boards.“You gotta give Utah a lot of credit,” Beverley said. “They’re a tough team, man. Play extremely hard, it was like a boxing match, but I guess we got the jabs out the way and we were fortunate to get the win.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m a guy that feels like scoring throughout the whole game is pretty key,” said Leonard, who finished 9 for 26 from the floor. “Maybe if I made shots early we wouldn’t have got in that predicament.“Tonight obviously we needed it. Lou stepped up and made a big 3. JaMychal did, as well, hit a big, wide-open 3 that put us up … and that kind of got us going, got me going, getting defensive stops and that’s what we did tonight to get the win.”That lifted his side against Utah in the second of five consecutive at home for the Clippers. Their homestand consists entirely of opponents who made the playoffs last season — concluding Nov. 11 with Leonard’s former team, the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.Before the Clippers broke through with 40 fourth-quarter points Sunday, both teams made each other work hard for every point. L.A. finished shooting just 39.1 percent (36 for 92). Conversely, the Jazz shot 39.7 percent (31 for 78) from the floor.“It’s obvious we haven’t been shooting the ball well,” Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley said. “It’s a good thing now we’ve proven we can win with our defense. That’s the biggest thing, defense wins championships and we’re getting it done defensively.”last_img read more