IMCA Hobby Stock qualifiers and total points Rank Car # Driver Name PointsQualified 1. 78X Shannon Anderson 2. 72V Jesse VanLaningham 3. 33VH Dustin Van Horn 4. 7B Eric Stanton 5. 79 Benji Irvine 6. 3A Austin Luellen 7. 92P Mike Pruitt 8. 48 Brandon Beeter 9. 78XX David Rieks 10. 29B Nathan Ballard 11. 4W John Watson 12. 0 Kyle Bond 13. 77 Derek Hodges 14. 5A Tyler Pickett 15. 1J Colby Langenberg 16. 27 Malik Sampson 17. 42T Tyson Overton 18. 2 Corey Madden 19. 46 Gary Pesicka 20. 27K Jason Kohl 21. 20 Jeremy Auten 22. 99 Derek Moede 23. 11T Dillon Thompson 24. 56M Matt Olson 25. 78B Andrew Burg 26. 52W Weston Koop 27. 95B Tiffany Bittner 28. 17KP Kyle Parizek 29. 23T Mike Traskowsky 30. 20N Justin Nehring Rank Car # Driver Name PointsNot Qualified 1. 46H Brian Happel 1,258 2. 97M Mark Saathoff 1,254 3. 77G Ryan Grochala 1,248 4. T8 Brandon Nielsen 1,247 5. 38R Aaron Rudolph 1,246 6. 3K Dan Strandburg 1,243 7. 03 Tory Harazin 1,242 8. 4D Dan Ayers 1,240 9. 7CA Chad LeGere 1,238 10. 83 Jeff Ware 1,238 11. 23 Cody Gustoff 1,237 12. 31 Bill Bonnett 1,236 13. 60M Mike Powell 1,236 14. 22R Justin Rezabek 1,234 15. 6 Chanse Hollatz 1,233 16. 28 Jay Sidles 1,231 17. 07 Jacob Keiser 1,227 18. 20H Andrew Hustead 1,226 19. 128 Brandon Geurin 1,168 20. 3H Kyle Hein 1,148 21. 3F Jordan Peters 1,148 22. 6A Adam Armstrong 1,147 23. 5 Dustin Lynch 1,147 24. 47W Shaun Wirtz 1,147 25. 5H Andy Hick 1,146 26. 22E Ronnie Ellis, Jr. 1,144 27. 21X Myles Michehl 1,144 28. 82 Jeremy Oliver 1,144 29. 06 Kyle Schmauss 1,144 30. 45XX Drew Barglof 1,143 31. 45B Craig Brotherton 1,143 32. 45W Justin Wacha 1,143 33. 17 Trevor Holm 1,142 34. 45X Mike Kennedy 1,142 35. 27C Cory Adams 1,141 36. 66P Troy Phillips 1,141 37. 222 Jamie Herring 1,140 38. T56 Tim Barber 1,139 39. 10G Dustin Griffiths 1,139 40. 22L Steve Larson 1,139 41. 57J Rudy Brunkhorst 1,138 42. 26H Jeremy Hoskinson 1,138 43. 57 Shane Honl 1,137 44. Z34 Brent Schlake 1,136 45. 7W Jeremy Wagner 1,136 46. 13G Craig Graham 1,135 47. 17X Justin Luinenburg 1,135 48. 29M David Miller 1,135 49. 78 Matt Brown 1,134 Rank Car # Driver Name Points 50. 8X Andy Hoffman 1,134 51. 21 Andrew Borchardt 1,133 52. 9D Dana Brandt 1,133 53. 11H Austin Hauswirth 1,133 54. 43 Brad King 1,133 55. 79S Jason See 1,133 56. 6J Jacob Harms 1,132 57. 74 Matt Smith 1,132 58. 26 Russ Specht 1,132 59. 00 Ryan Hudson 1,130 60. 17L Chad Lonneman 1,130 61. 21M Ross Marshall 1,130 62. 83X Scott Dobel 1,129 63. 11 Rod Manthey 1,129 64. 22 Nick Beckman 1,128 65. 224 Gina Greubel 1,128 66. 10S Ray Stock, Jr. 1,128 67. 22S Jesse Totten 1,128 68. C00P Travis Coop 1,127 69. 266 Justin Lathram 1,127 70. 4C Curt Reed 1,127 71. 25 Jamie Whitaker 1,127 72. 01F Jeff Fink 1,126 73. 17J Josh Fredrickson 1,126 74. 17K Jim Kimmel 1,126 75. 27X Bradley Sheetz 1,126 76. 7X Brandon Baker 1,123 77. 57H Daniel Hagen 1,123 78. 29N Cody Nielsen 1,123 79. 18D Kevin Derry 1,122 80. 555T Trevor Hudson 1,122 81. 18J Jake Pemberton 1,122 82. 52 Josh Saunders 1,122 83. 6B Travis Burger 1,121 84. 01A D J Anderson 1,120 85. 28L Adam Lee 1,120 86. 96R Jamie Songer 1,120 87. 35G Phillip Castellano 1,119 88. 7 Dustin Graham 1,119 89. 11M Casey Iehl 1,119 90. T71 Marcus Kyle 1,119 91. 10D Brian Derry 1,118 92. 29 Darren Schatz 1,118 93. 7C Andrew Claus 1,117 94. 4J Brent Jochum 1,117 95. 76 Noah Ludwig 1,117 96. 20J Darin Johnson 1,116 97. 78R Terry Rolfes 1,116 98. 555R Richard Shields Jr 1,116 99. 18 Gary Pemberton 1,115 Rank Car # Driver Name Points 100. 32 Wes Jahnz 1,114 101. 72X Brad Ashburn 1,111 102. 1 Blake Miller 1,110 103. 51 Nate Bonin 624 104. 59 Joe Myers 619 105. 7S Frank Billmeier 617 106. 500 Garrett Eilander 575 107. 72 Kyle Sidles 563 108. 9R Charlie Bartels 562 109. 9W Larry Routh 560 110. 85 Seth Janssen 558 111. 0K Keaton Graffunder 555 112. 711 Shane Collins 553 113. 62B Andy Boeckman 500 114. 12 Eric Gillette 499 115. 11C David Castellano 125
The Article states, “If Parliament fails to enact legislation in accordance with an order under clause 6(b), the Chief Justice shall advise the President to dissolve Parliament and the President shall dissolve Parliament.”Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The CJ says he is in possession of 6 petitions from Kenyans as well as from the Law Society of Kenya which he has consolidated, urging him to advise the President to dissolve Parliament.Also Read Rice farmers in Kirinyaga receive 13 tons of seeds for plantingThe petitions are based on the grounds that despite four court orders, compelling Parliament to enact the legislation required to implement the two-third gender rule, MPs have failed to honour the directions of the courts.Maraga says besides the Supreme Court’s advisory opinion no. 2 of 2012, the High Court order issued on issued on 26th June 2016, Justice John Mativo made an order in the constitutional petition no. 371 of 2016 directing Parliament and the Attorney General to take steps to ensure that the required legislation is enacted within 60 days, and to report to the Chief Justice on the same.Also Read President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAAn appeal against the decision was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in April 2019.Maraga says his role in the matter is not to conduct an inquiry but to ascertain if Parliament has satisfied its obligation in view of the existence of a valid Court order, and to ascertain whether or not the Court order has been complied with.The CJ has also dismissed as baseless a contention by the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka that the orders were not transmitted to Parliament. Maraga says the orders were made in the presence of lawyers representing Parliament and the six petitioners and transmitted to the Chief Justice.He further says the argument that the orders were directed to the 11th Parliament lacks basis saying the obligation under Article 261(5) to enact requisite legislation was directed at Parliament as an institution.Also Read Ivory products worth Ksh 10 million seized in KajiadoThe Speakers have contested the dissolution saying it would trigger a constitutional crisis but Maraga argues that the institution must be held accountable.He says there is no doubt that dissolution of Parliament will cause inconvenience and economic hardship but the petitioners are within their rights in pointing out Parliament’s failures.“In the circumstances, let’s endure pain, if we must, if only to remind ourselves as a Country, that choices, and especially choices on constitutional obligations, have consequences.” He said.“Let’s endure pain, if only to remind ourselves that as a Country, being a democracy that has chosen to be governed by the rule of Law, we must say no to impunity and hold everyone accountable for their actions or omissions,” The Chief Justices concluded. The 12th Parliament is faced with uncertain times after Chief Justice David Maraga advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the August House for failing to enact the 2/3rd gender rule.In a letter to the President, Maraga says legislators have failed to enact the legislation required to implement the two-thirds gender rule.“For over 9 years now, Parliament has not enacted the legislation required to pass the two-thirds gender rule which, as the Court of Appeal in its judgement, is clear testimony of Parliament’s lackadaisical attitude and conduct in this matter. Consequently, it’s my constitutional duty to advise Your Excellency to dissolve Parliament under Article 261(7) of the constitution.” Maraga states.
Alexis Sanchez had fired Arsenal ahead with his 12th goal of the season after 63 minutes but Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a brilliant 25-yard 75th minute free-kick before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis’ first Barclays Premier League goal three minutes later took Swansea above the Gunners and into the top five. “They got the goal and you’re thinking to yourself what can you do to get back into the game,” Swansea manager Monk said after a feisty encounter which saw 10 players booked – five from each side. Garry Monk felt Swansea were rewarded for seizing the initiative when they came from behind to shock Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium. “Gylfi scored a great free-kick which put us on level par and 1-1. I wanted us to seize the initiative and we grew stronger after we scored the equaliser. “I felt very confident at that point and Bafe came on to get the winner, you could see the emotion in his celebration as he has been waiting along time to score a goal like that. “I think we seized the initiative and against a very dangerous team like Arsenal we deserved the win in the end.” French striker Gomis has been a bit-part player since joining from Lyon on a free transfer last summer with Wilfried Bony filling the central striker role. But he wrote his name into Swansea folklore by climbing above Nacho Monreal in the 78th minute and head home Jefferson Montero’s cross. “No player’s happy when they don’t play but Bafe’s been brilliant,” Monk said. “He’s a great guy to have around, he’s very much a team man, he puts the team before himself and is very selfless. “He’s been very patient because obviously Bony’s done incredibly well for us and has been starting ahead of Bafe. “But he’s done very well in training and got his rewards with the goal, but it was a great team effort. “We had some unfortunate injuries in the week to some key players but I’ve talked about the belief in the squad before. “The players have got that inner belief and mentality and that’s what carried them through through. “You know Arsenal can hurt you at any moment with the attacking players they’ve got, but we limited them and I thought we did very well.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side had been in control until Sigurdsson’s equaliser but he said the midweek Champions League collapse against Anderlecht when the Gunners let slip a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 had played no part in their Liberty loss. “It was a game we were quite in control of at 1-0 up,” Wenger said. “I think we allowed them back into the game with challenges in the middle of the park that you can’t afford to lose and we were a bit on the backfoot after that. “It was unfortunate to lose a game like that, we produced quite a decent performance for 75 minutes but you have to last 90 minutes. “Did the (Anderlecht) game on Tuesday play a part in our mind? I don’t think so, I hope not, and you have to give Swansea credit. “They didn’t give up and the free-kick gave them the momentum at the end, we have to take it on the chin because we didn’t play for 90 minutes.” Arsenal’s defeat dropped them to sixth place, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea who Wenger feels will be uncatchable if they continue their fine form. “Look at the season and Chelsea are on course for 105 points,” Wenger said. “Look at the number of points they have today and if they keep that up nobody will touch them, that’s for sure. “It doesn’t look like anybody is capable of challenging them at the moment. “There’s no obvious reason but they have had a good start and as long as you don’t lose you don’t question yourself. “Maybe a little bit more extra spirit in the team helps them when it gets tight.” Press Association
He was involved in the build up to Villa’s crucial 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday which ended a run of seven straight defeats and took them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. And Sherwood hopes Petrov, who will help coach the first team, will be able to offer some clarity to his side. “What Stan Petrov has gone through is life and death,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final against Albion. “It is life-changing but playing a game of football is not life-changing. “The players look at him and have a lot of admiration for what he has done as a player at this football club and in his life, what he has come through. “For what he has been through and what he has given this club over a long period of time, why shouldn’t we open our arms up to him? “I want him to help like I wanted Ledley King at Tottenham to help out. “There is no point bringing them back to be mascots, you need to bring them back if they can contribute. “Stan can, he has come through his illness and showed great character. The Villa boss believes Petrov’s successful battle with leukaemia will be able to help put their relegation battle in perspective. Petrov retired in 2013 after being diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012, although he went into remission in August of that year. “I’ve asked him to relax the players as much as possible. I will try to gain every possible advantage as I can.” The ex-Bulgaria international, 35, made 219 appearances for Villa between 2006 and 2012, scoring 12 goals. He made a return to the club to help coach the under-21 side in in 2013 but took a step back in the August after finding it too much too soon after his illness. Sherwood added: “He’s well and raring to go. He feels great. It is up to him how much he wants to do but there is always going to be a place for him at this football club as long as I am here. “He’s well respected among the group and I always feel you need to get enough people who know the fabric of the football club around. They have to be contributing and he certainly will be.” Press Association Tim Sherwood insists Stiliyan Petrov can inspire Aston Villa’s strugglers after adding the ex-captain to his backroom team.
New Delhi: Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu on Friday said she was innocent and will challenge the provisional suspension imposed on her for allegedly failing a dope test.”I am innocent, I have not taken any banned substance. I will challenge this with the help of the national federation,” Sanjita told PTI.Sanjita won a gold in the women’s 53kg category in the recent Gold Coast CWG, but was suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) tested positive for testosterone. The sample was taken during an out-of-competition test prior to the World Championship in Anaheim (US) in November last year.Chanu, however, got the backing of the IWLF general secretary Sahdev Yadav, who said he was confident of the Manipuri’s innocence. “We don’t understand why the dope result took so long. After the sample was taken, she competed in the World Championship in November last and then she won a gold in the Gold Coast CWG in April. We will fight it out why this is happening,” he said. “In any case, we have written that we would go for the ‘B’ sample test. After we got the results we will hire a top lawyer to present our case at the hearing (at the international federation). I am sure Sanjita has not taken any banned drugs. I am confident we will prove her innocence,” he added.(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Commonwealth Game 2018 News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For Palace, Scott Dann has been passed fit after missing the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday. Connor Wickham is in contention having returned for the Eagles off the bench against Arsenal and United, while goalkeeper Julian Speroni could also start having impressed against Louis van Gaal’s side. James McArthur returned from an ankle problem at Old Trafford, but may not start at Wembley.For Watford, Flores has no injury concerns ahead of today’s game, though Nordin Amrabat will miss out through suspension having been dismissed late on in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night.The Watford boss rested a number of key players at the Boleyn Ground, and is likely to restore Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue and Allan Nyom to his starting XI. Costel Pantilimon is set to continue as the Hornets’ cup goalkeeper despite being back-up to Heurelho Gomes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram London rivals Crystal Palace and Watford know that a win in today’s Wembley showdown will leave them just one game away from FA Cup glory. Watford would be looking up to Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo to provide the goals that will fire his side closer to a final with Manchester United who defeate Everton 2-1 in the other Wembley semi final Saturday.Neither Crystal Palace nor Watford has had a standout season in the Premier League, but both Alan Pardew and Quique Sanchez Flores will know just how important today’s match is in terms of a rare shot at silverware for their clubs.The FA Cup represents a bright end to Palace’s campaign after a disastrous slide in form has seen the Eagles slip from potential Champions League contenders into relegation battlers. Watford are all but safe from the drop despite also hitting a mid-season slump, and Flores could do with a win given the mounting speculation regarding his future at Vicarage Road.
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Manchester United got off to a good start to their campaign after overcoming Liverpool in the final of the International Champions Cup at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.A packed house in Florida watched as Reds skipper Steven Gerrard take over from Rickie Lambert to put Liverpool a goal up. Lambert having missed a penalty against AC Milan at the weekend stepped aside.However, United weren’t down for long and goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingaard all found the net to give United victory and give them their first ‘trophy’ of the season.
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “We’re going to be fine,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re not squaring balls up the last 10 days like we did earlier in the season, but we will. We’ve got a lot of confidence in this offense, a lot of confidence in these guys. We’ll get it going. It was a rough stretch.“These guys are too good of hitters not to come out of it.”The Angels couldn’t muster much of anything against veteran lefty CC Sabathia. In seven innings, they had five hits, but only a couple scoring opportunities.In the third, a two-out double by Ian Kinsler and a Didi Gregorius error on a Mike Trout grounder put runners at the corners, but Justin Upton grounded out. In the sixth, back-to-back hits by Upton and Albert Pujols — his 2,996th — put runners at first and third with one out.A run scored on a wild pitch, but neither Andrelton Simmons nor Zack Cozart could drive in Pujols with the tying run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousNew York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia yells as he gets out of the fourth inning after giving up one run in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, reaches to tag New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Gardner was called out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, left, and Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols laugh after Pujols grounded out to Sabathia during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees first baseman Neil Walker stands at first during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, left, celebrates with Giancarlo Stanton after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, left, dives to try to get Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler at second after Kinsler hit a double during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Kinsler was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Fans cheer after Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hit career hit 2,996 during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankeesl Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia yells as he gets out of the fourth inning after giving up one run in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, reaches to tag New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Gardner was called out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, right, reaches to tag New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Gardner was called out on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels were built with the notion that they would be a much-improved offensive club from last season.Although they still figure to be productive in the long run, at the moment they are enduring a team-wide slump.Their quiet bats cost them again in a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday night, their fourth straight loss.The Angels have scored just 27 runs in their past 12 games, and eight of those came in one game. Not surprisingly, they have lost nine of those games, falling from 13-3 to 16-12. He hadn’t allowed a hit until the fourth inning, when Giancarlo Stanton yanked a double into left. He then missed with a fastball to Gary Sanchez, leaving it over the middle of the plate, and Sanchez obliterated it, sending it 447 feet, over both bullpens beyond the left-field fence.Skaggs did not allow another run. The problem was the Yankees worked him hard enough that he needed 99 pitches to get one out in the sixth, before his night came to an end.Although Skaggs and the Angels would have preferred for him to be more efficient, it was nonetheless another outing toward a solid start to the season. Skaggs has a 3.03 ERA after six starts. Including eight more strikeouts on Sunday, he has 32 strikeouts in 32-2/3 innings.“I feel I’ve been throwing the ball well this year,” Skaggs said. “A few things have been going my way. A few things haven’t. One bad pitch. It’s going to be frustrating. I’ll sleep on it tonight. It’ll be all right tomorrow.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Trout drew a leadoff walk against Chad Green in the eighth, but he was stranded. Pujols got the crowd excited with a line drive that Brett Gardner caught at the warning track.“Albert killed that ball,” Scioscia said. “He just didn’t get it up enough.”Aroldis Chapman retired the Angels in the ninth, ending the game with Trout in the on-deck circle, sending the Angels trudging back to the clubhouse with another unproductive night at the plate.“You can’t panic over whats happening,” Cozart said. “We just haven’t put together a lot of innings where you get a lot of stuff going and have a lot of opportunities to put a crooked number on the board. It just hasn’t happened in the past week or how long. We’ve also faced some really good pitching.”The lack of production offensively left the Angels with a loss on a night they got pretty good pitching of their own, starting with Tyler Skaggs.Skaggs picked up where he left off after a brilliant performance last week in Houston, where he pitched seven scoreless innings. 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Paul is out of the picture in Houston, but Harden is ready for the Rockets’ new look.”I’m excited for this opportunity,” Harden said. “It’s a new chapter, but I know he’s (Westbrook) excited.” Harden said he is “good” with Chris Paul.“Obviously as teammates, as competitors, we argued on the court. … The negative media stuff, it wasn’t true. … Me and Chris had constant communication.” #Rockets #Thunder #NBA pic.twitter.com/UvkyRpKFbt— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) July 20, 2019″It was a lot of false talk,” Harden said. “Obviously as teammates, as competitors we argue on the court. You have your disagreements on the court. Your arguments on the court. But that’s just part of basketball. Everybody has that. No matter what level of basketball you’re in.””All the negative media stuff and all the stuff that was running, it wasn’t true. Me and Chris had constant communication and you know, we’re good.” Related News Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum becomes latest NBA star to pass on FIBA World Cup Although Harden and Paul were supposedly on good terms, the Rockets dealt Paul to the Thunder to acquire Russell Westbrook, giving Houston arguably the best backcourt in basketball.Harden led the league in scoring with 36.1 points per game while Westbrook averaged a triple-double for a third straight year in 2018-19. The two played alongside each other in Oklahoma City from 2009-12, before Harden was traded. Both have become league MVPs since then. James Harden insists there is no bad blood between him and Chris Paul.The Rockets star was rumored to have had enough with Paul following hs team’s second-round playoff exit at the hands of the Warriors in May. Some reports stated Harden wouldn’t answer Paul’s phone calls after last season and claimed the duo’s relationship was “unsalvageable.” But Harden told reporters Saturday the speculation wasn’t true. NBA free agent rumors: Bucks signing Kyle Korver to 1-year-deal