Masterplanned community in Jensen opens to public

first_imgA unique large-lot master planned development inspired by clever urban design opens to the public for inspection this weekend. L-R Holly Logan, Sales, Shawn Boyd, Director and Pene Slogrove, Sales and Marketing Manager.A UNIQUE large-lot master planned development inspired by clever urban design opens to the public for inspection today. The Orchard is Townsville’s newest residential development and features fully serviced new homes sites, all a minimum of 1,000sq m. Located on 113 hectares of natural surrounds off Darling Road in Jensen, The Orchard has been inspired by the increased demand for larger home sites that have all the services you would find in traditional lots. Artist impressions of The Orchard in Jensen.Industry groups suggest that fully serviced lots that are connected to town sewer with kerb and channelling can add over $25,000 in value to a home site. And the benefits don’t stop there. “The Orchard is a place where people don’t have to compromise on their lifestyle and can still be close to everything,” Mrs Slogrove said. “The community is just a minute away from the recently completed stage 4 of the Townsville Ring Road which now means there are just two sets of lights, and around 10 minutes, from The Orchard to major employment nodes surrounding the Hospital precinct. “There is a quality school offering prep to year 12 that is in real walking distance, and all of this on a home site big enough to park the boat, have a large shed, pool — enough room to be able to enjoy the life you want.” Artist impressions of The Orchard in Jensen.The Orchard Sales and Marketing Manager, Pene Slogrove said the development was quite unique in that it boasts comprehensive servicing including curb and channel, town connected sewer and water, underground power and even NBN on large allotments close to amenity. “With our entry roads now open, people are able to see first-hand how much effort we have put into ensuring that the entire development will be fully serviced,” Mrs Slogrove said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“This is quite unique for large lot developments, particularly those so close to a huge amount of established amenity like schools and shops, and it really delivers significant lifestyle benefits to residents.” center_img Artist impressions of The Orchard in Jensen.The Orchard is a $140 million large-lot residential development by longstanding local developer Elements North Queensland. The first stage of The Orchard has 34 sites ranging in size from 1,000sq m to 2,400sq m. Roads to inspect stage one of The Orchard open today with sales staff on-site from 11am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Buyers are encouraged to register their interest at www.theorchardnq.com.au or calllast_img read more

Swisscanto-PFS deal to create CHF15bn provider

first_imgReto Siegrist, chief executive officer of Swisscanto Vorsorge until now, is moving to a management position at PFS. Some 35 Swisscanto employees are moving to PFS as part of the deal.Zürcher Kantonalbank is not selling the part of Swisscanto that provides services related to certain personal pension arrangements, and Swisscanto is also holding on to its well-established regular Swiss pension fund study publication.PFS Pension Fund Services was established in 2002 by the Swiss pension fund for SAirGroup, the holding company for Swissair and affiliated companies. It is majority owned by employees and partners. On its own it has CHF9bn in assets under management.Swisscanto was jointly owned by Switzerland’s cantonalbanks until Zürcher Kantonalbank acquired it in late 2014. Zürcher Kantonalbank is selling Swisscanto Vorsorge’s second pillar pensions administration business to PFS Pension Fund Services in a deal that will create a CHF15bn (€14bn) provider.Zürcher Kantonalbank is taking a 20% stake in PFS and “will remain closely connected to the business,” it said.The transaction is due to close at the end of June. The financial details are not being disclosed.In a statement, the two parties said the combination of the businesses would allow for benefits of scale. The combined business would have around 80 employees and 60 pension provider clients with CHF15bn in assets under management.last_img read more

Light, bright and airy Surfers Paradise house hits the market

first_img35 Sunset Blvd, Surfers Paradise, is a bright listing on the market. Colourful, light and airy spaces characterise this Surfers Paradise house. Despite being in the heart of the Glitter Strip, the three-bedroom abode is a private and quiet space the whole family will enjoy. Colour is featured throughout the home. Bright carpet is another feature. A media room, multiple sundecks and balconies will keep everyone entertained. Each of the bedrooms offer built-in wardrobes, ceiling fans and balconies. The main has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. The renovated bathrooms are on trend with floor-to-ceiling tiles, double vanities and frameless showers. Grab the popcorn. Even the bathroom has a splash of colour. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02 Sit back and relax. The bright, three-bedroom house at 35 Sunset Blvd has been updated by the vendors to create an entertainment haven that matches the relaxed beach lifestyle on offer. The home’s hub is an open-plan area with a stylish kitchen at its core. The cooking zone features an island bench that doubles as a breakfast bar, funky pendant lighting, stainless-steel appliances and two pack cabinetry. The adjoining living and dining zone look out to the pool.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: The secret to building a Gold Coast dream home MORE NEWS: Benowa Waters mansion is the American dream Plenty of backyard for pets and kids to run. First National marketing agent Bob Rollington said the beach pad was in a great spot and surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes. “It would be perfect for a family or it could be a great investment property too,” he said. “The zoning is for multi-unit development which is another advantage of the location.” The property has a $995,000 price tag.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night Mini holds today

first_imgRelatedPosts Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21 Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 GOtv Boxing Night 20: Organisers promise to provide adequate security, ease traffic control All is set for the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini, which holds today at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos.The event is a smaller version of the hugely successful GOtv Boxing Night, which has had 19 editions.Five bouts are scheduled for the event, which will see some household names in action. Among the big names on parade is Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, West African Boxing Union lightweight champion, who will face Ola Adebakin in a national challenge bout. WABU welterweight king, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, is also in action against South Africa returnee, Dennis “The Range” Mba, for a challenge fuel in the division.The cruiserweight category will see a return to action of Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi, who faces Tunji “Germani” Olajide. New kids on the block, Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu and Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade will clash in the welterweight category.Equally lined up is an all-female clash that will see Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore take on Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya in a national super featherweight challenge.Speaking on the event, Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Promotions, organisers of the event, said everything has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free and successful event.“We have put measures in place to ensure that there are no hitches. Rowe Park is ready to welcome everybody for this inaugural edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini. It promises to be an exciting show,” he said. Alumona called on all boxing fans to come and cheer their idols.The event is sponsored by GOtv, the country’s leading digital-to-home  terrestrial operator.Tags: GOtv Boxing NightGOtv Boxing Night Minilast_img read more

Indian skipper Virat Kohli Completes 11 Years in International Cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has completed 11 years in international cricket. On Sunday, the India skipper, who is currently leading India in the West Indies, reflected on his celebrated over a decade-long journey with a heartwarming post.“From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with.“May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path,” Kohli wrote posting photographs of himself from 2008 and 2019.On August 18, 2008, Kohli had made his debut for India against Sri Lanka where he could manage only 12 runs. However, it was just a stepping stone for Kohli who is now counted among one of the greats of the game.Kohli scored his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2009 and only became more consistent in the following years. Since 2011, the skipper has not looked behind. He now has 43 hundreds in just 239 ODIs and is only behind legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who scored 49 centuries in 463 matches.With 68 hundreds in international cricket, the 30-year-old is just 32 behind Tendulkar’s all-time record of 100 hundreds. He recently became the first batsman to score 20,000 runs in a decade. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli most followed cricketer on social mediaAlso Watch: More than 300 Congress members join BJP in Sarupatharlast_img read more

Sophia Care Centre gets Christmas cheer

first_img… Cricket all-rounder Chris Barnwell plays forwardFOR THE children of the Sophia Care Centre it was proof that Christmas cheer can be spread after Christmas Day when West Indies and Guyanese all-rounder Christopher Barnwell visited on Wednesday. The visit, however, was more than a social one and through his sporting and fitness apparel store ‘Leading Edge’, Barnwell partnered with the local Feed A Child for the Holidays Charity group and made a generous donation to the 90-plus children of the Sophia Care Centre.The donation included Leading Edge bags, water bottles, sneakers, cricket gear, football gear and sporting apparel. In addition to receiving sporting gifts, the children were treated to lunch and ice-cream.Administrator of the institution, Roxanne Blenman, expressed her sincere gratitude to the group for visiting the home for a second year. Blenman also expressed her appreciation for the donation and added that the children would most certain enjoy the items.According to Barnwell his motivation behind spreading cheer stemmed from Christmas being a time of giving and making others happy.“To spread joy to those who are less fortunate. To show them someone cares and thinks about them. It’s also fulfilling. I feel purposeful,” he stated. kudosThe local charity group, Feed A Child for the Holidays, also expressed its gratitude to Barnwell who is in his second straight year of partnering with the group. The Sticky Wicket Restaurant & Bar was also praised for contributing towards the initiative.last_img read more

Adams helps Southampton recover to beat Sheffield United 3-1

first_imgMore AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Che Adams scored twice to inspire Southampton to come from behind for a 3-1 win against his former club Sheffield United on the final day of the Premier League on Sunday.Play got off to a scrappy start at St Mary’s, where the pre-game focus was on Southampton forward Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s omission amid interest in a player who wants to leave.John Lundstram put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute when a cross from the left found its way through for the Sheffield midfielder to score with a low finish. Adams helps Southampton recover to beat Sheffield United 3-1 Associated Press center_img Alex McCarthy made a brilliant save to deny Lundstram from scoring his second.Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton returned strongly after the break and equalized through Adams after some patient buildup play in the 50th. He claimed his second in the 71st before Danny Ings wrapped up the win with a penalty in the 84th. Ings ended with 22 league goals for the season, one behind Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy for Leicester.It meant Southampton finished 11th while promoted Sheffield ended ninth.___ July 26, 2020last_img read more

Orange penalty-kill unit locks down, holds off Robert Morris in 2-1 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Fresh off Nicole Renault’s go-ahead goal, center Jessica Sibley was called for checking 5:50 into the third.Nursing a 2-1 lead, Syracuse cleared the puck four times and prevented Robert Morris from gaining possession in the SU zone for the last 0:45 of the power play.For the next five minutes after the advantage ended, the Colonials barely touched the puck as momentum shifted decidedly to the Orange.“They could’ve taken the game out of our hands, basically,” forward Julie Knerr said, “and we did great on the penalty kill and that just pumped the bench up and we were rolling from there.”After allowing five power-play goals over its last four games, Syracuse (7-13-9, 5-5-5 College Hockey America) stopped all six of Robert Morris’ (9-16-3, 6-7-2) power-play opportunities in its 2-1 win Friday night. The Orange worked to pressure RMU on the penalty kill and succeeded in securing confidence for the last 10 minutes of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our first few power plays, we had to talk about it between periods, just getting back to the basics,” Renault, a defender, said. “After that, I think we really stepped it up.”SU committed two penalties in the first period, one that led to a power play finishing in beginning of the second.Head coach Paul Flanagan said his team made a few misreads during the first-period penalty-kill minutes and forced goalie Jenn Gilligan to make difficult saves. But when the Orange stepped back onto the ice for the second period, it came out aggressive and killed the remaining 1:22 of the power play.After giving up two power-play goals in its last game against Penn State, Syracuse worked on pressuring in practice this week. Flanagan said the team focused on recognizing when to come out to the point and when to pressure in the corners during penalty kills.“That’s what we usually try to do, be aggressive,” Renault said, “but I think today we were especially aggressive and didn’t let them set up their power play at all.”In the second period, SU committed one penalty, which almost led to a goal for the Colonials.RMU forward Katie Fergus cut toward the net from the right wing and confused Gilligan with a deke. She lifted a wrist shot over the goalie, but it hit the crossbar and caromed away.SU faced three Colonial power-play opportunities in the third period, but managed to kill them all.The first was Sibley’s penalty, after which the team increased its tempo, Flanagan said. Next, defender Kaillie Goodnough was called for checking with 8:15 left. After Robert Morris won the faceoff, Syracuse cleared the puck and kept it out of the zone for more than half of the two-minute penalty.“It’s great not seeing any shots,” Gilligan said. “The team can keep that up, I like it.”While Goodnough was in the penalty box, Syracuse managed three short-handed shots on goal, including one that forced a faceoff. Robert Morris didn’t get a shot off despite the advantage.For a team that came into the game second-to-last in the CHA in penalty-kill percentage and goals allowed on power plays in conference play, SU’s strong penalty kill was energizing. The Orange executed its specific game plan of pressuring RMU skaters while continuing to block shots.“We did a good job keeping shots to the outside and when it was in front of our net, we cleared it really well,” Gilligan said, “so good job, PK.” Comments Published on February 6, 2015 at 11:53 pmlast_img read more

USC takes to the road for Pac-10 matches

first_imgThe tough road stretch continues for the No. 5 USC men’s tennis team as it officially begins Pac-10 play in the Pacific Northwest this weekend with two matches.Partner up · Junior Peter Lucassen has compiled a 10-2 record in dual meet doubles matches when teamed with junior Jaak Poldma. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan The Trojans (14-2, 0-0), play today at No. 65 Oregon and head up to Seattle on Saturday to face off against No. 21 Washington (15-1, 0-0).Spring break started with a disappointing loss at Duke but concluded with an impressive victory at Georgia — snapping a 71-home-match win streak for the Bulldogs.With the Georgia victory, the Trojans feel they are headed in the right direction heading into conference play.“Coming home from the Georgia match we gained momentum and positive energy,” senior Jason McNaughton said. “Now we head up to Oregon and Washington with confidence.”Confidence is important as Pac-10 play opens up, but it alone will not carry the Trojans against teams who have had successful seasons thus far.Oregon (11-4, 0-0) has one ranked singles player — No. 91 senior Alexander Cornelissen — and one ranked doubles team. Historically, USC has had success against the Ducks with a 15-0 all-time record.Washington’s 15-1 start is the best in the school’s history, and the Huskies currently own a 10-match winning streak.As with Oregon, Washington has one ranked singles player — No. 54 junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan — and one ranked doubles squad.The Trojans have played eight of their last 10 matches away from Marks Stadium. The travel has been taxing, but there have been some positive results.“It brings the team closer together,” sophomore Steve Johnson said of the travel.Injuries have continued to be an issue throughout the season for USC. During the break, the injury bug hit senior Robert Farah and sophomore Matt Kecki.Even though no coach would want any injured players, USC coach Peter Smith looks at this situation as an opportunity to display the depth of his team.“That’s the bright side of injuries,” Smith said. “We have new guys playing, so we have some fresh blood. We hope to have [Farah] playing this weekend and Kecki later in Pac-10 play.”McNaughton stepped in admirably during spring break and won two of the three matches he participated in, displaying senior leadership and the depth of the team as a whole.The Trojans will need contributions from all players as the conference season progresses.“Everyone has stepped in immensely this year, and we will need that for the rest of the [Pac-10 schedule],” Johnson said.The scheduling of all of the recent road matches has been designed to test the Trojans and build character, and they will have two more opportunities to continue to do so on the road this weekend.“We played so much on the road to be able to handle the road and build that toughness,” Smith said. “Let’s see how we handle it.”last_img read more

LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $153.3 million contract with Lakers

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPoint guard Lonzo Ball tweeted: “Y’all really thought he was gonna pass up the greatest city in the world … #TheKingIsHere.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted a gif of him hugging James following a game last season and also wrote: “LAKESHOWWWW. @kingjames let’s go my brotha let’s rock.”Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted: “The world’s best player comes to the greatest city in the world. Welcome to the @Lakers @KingJames!”The Lakers probably aren’t done with their offseason roster makeover, either.It’s believed they continue to have a strong interest in acquiring disgruntled forward Kawhi Leonard via a trade with the San Antonio Spurs, pairing him with James for next season and beyond. Leonard can become a free agent next summer. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In their places, Buss hired Johnson as president of basketball operations and Pelinka as general manager. Johnson and Pelinka reshaped the roster, clearing salary-cap space that gave them the ability to sign two free agents to two max contracts this summer.The pair had targeted James for more than a year before an agreement was struck. The buzz around Southern California reached a fever pitch in the days leading up to the agreement, especially after he opted out of his 2018-19 contract with the Cavaliers and became a free agent. Speaking ahead of free agency last week, Johnson sounded confident he could succeed where his predecessors had failed.“Do you know how many Finals I have been in?” Johnson said last week. “So you think I am worried about this? I have played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I mean, come on man. I have been in nine Finals. I have been in college NCAA championships.“I’m Magic Johnson.”James isn’t planning any more comments and there reportedly won’t be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans told The Associated Press on Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. James will make his next public comments on July 30 in Akron when he opens a public school started by his family foundation.Shortly after Sunday’s announcement, James posted a three-photo tribute to Cleveland fans on his Instagram account.“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons,” James wrote. “This will always be home.”NOTEEarlier on Sunday, the Lakers signed first-round draft pick Moe Wagner, which means he cannot be included in any trades for 30 days. Wagner was the 25th overall pick in the June 21 draft, a 6-foot-11 center/forward from Michigan.The Lakers also signed Malik Newman, an undrafted guard from Kansas, to a two-way contract. Wagner and Newman are expected to play big minutes during summer league action, first in Sacramento and then in Las Vegas. The Lakers begin play Monday in Sacramento. The Lakers also agreed to a new contract with free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a one-season, $12 million deal, which limits their ability to sign another free agent to a so-called “max” contract like the one to which James agreed. In addition, guard Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers agreed to join the Lakers on a one-year, $4.5 million deal and center JaVale McGee of the Golden State Warriors agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal.DeMarcus Cousins of New Orleans, a free agent James has called the best center in the NBA, had interviews scheduled with the Lakers and the Pelicans this week. The Lakers could sign Cousins to a shorter-term contract or make several moves to clear salary-cap space in order to add him to their roster.James’ agreement comes nearly three months after the Lakers finished the regular season with a 35-47 record and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive time. He is viewed as the only man capable of lifting the storied franchise on his massive shoulders and returning it to greatness.His arrival Saturday on a private jet at Van Nuys Airport was greeted by reporters beyond a chain-link fence and a news helicopter in the air. Videos and photos of him getting off the plane after a family vacation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla went viral.Magic Johnson reportedly met with James at one of his homes for several hours on Saturday night.James, a four-time MVP and a three-time NBA champion, is seen in Lakersland as nothing short of a savior. At 33, he is coming off one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, averaging 27.5 points on 54.2 percent shooting, plus 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists in 36.9 minutes.He also averaged 34 points on 53.9 percent shooting, plus 9.1 rebounds and 9 assists in 41.9 minutes during the playoffs, when he and the Cavaliers reached the Finals before losing in four games to the Golden State Warriors. It was his eighth consecutive Finals appearance.The last time James missed playing in the Finals was 2010, when the Lakers outlasted the Boston Celtics in seven nerve-jangling games to win their most recent championship, their 11th title since moving to Los Angeles in 1960-61 and the franchise’s 16th overall.Only the Celtics, with 17 titles, have won more.James won championships in 2012 and ’13 with the Miami Heat and in ’16 with the Cavaliers and he was named MVP of the Finals in each title run. He and the Cavaliers came up short in each of the past two seasons against the deeper and more resourceful Warriors.Meanwhile, the past five seasons have featured one lackluster ending after another for the Lakers, who haven’t made the playoffs and haven’t had a winning record since 2012-13. Their 35 wins in 2017-18 were the most they’ve recorded since winning 45 in 2012-13.Kobe Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season and there was only a talented but untested group of youngsters on the roster to inherit the mantel from him. Bryant carried it with Pau Gasol for championships in 2009 and ’10 after winning three in a row with Shaquille O’Neal from 2000 to ’02.Johnson teamed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to win five titles during the “Showtime” era of the 1980s, after Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain broke through with the Lakers’ first championship in Los Angeles in 1971-72 after many years of bitter frustration.The Lakers had never gone more than two seasons in a row without advancing to the playoffs and they had only missed the postseason twice during the ownership of Jerry Buss until their current drought began in 2013-14. Buss died in February 2013, after owning the team since 1979.Jeanie Buss then won a power struggle with brother Jim in February 2017 and became controlling owner and CEO. She moved swiftly in her new role, after her brother resigned as vice president of basketball operations. She also fired GM Mitch Kupchak.Related Articles Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming to Los Angeles.LeBron James agreed Sunday to a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers, his agency, Klutch Sports, said in a 36-word news release posted on Twitter. James also reportedly spoke to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his former team, and the Philadelphia 76ers about new deals before making his franchise-altering decision known.James cannot officially sign his new contract until Friday, and the Lakers management team of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka could not comment on the agreement Sunday. But current and former players and others welcomed James on social media.“Welcome to the family @kingjames,” former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wrote on Twitter.last_img read more