However, early on August 8, the command opened fire against Ecuadorean troops, who repelled the attack. During their escape, the group killed 28-year-old Lieutenant Diego Maldonado, and wounded Soldier Raúl Montachana, while five “members of the illegal group were killed,” the officer said. An Ecuadorean Armed Forces contingent of 8,000 men operate along the 700 km-border with Colombia, composed mainly of jungle and riverine areas, where controls were reinforced following Lieutenant Maldonado’s death. The conflict was one of the deadliest involving the Ecuadorean Army in recent years, and resulted in a wounded officer and two illegal members captured in Puerto Mestanza village, Sucumbíos province (northeast), on the border with the Colombian department of Putumayo, according to authorities. We must “insist on our request to the Colombian government to reinforce their presence on the border. We are aware that they are making an effort, but these facts indicate that these attempts are not enough,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patiño told the press, along with Minister of Defense María Fernanda Espinosa and military commanders. Communist FARC guerrillas and armed groups that emerged after extreme right paramilitaries were demobilized, operate in the area, as well as drug traffickers, and fuel and weapons smugglers. The confrontation took place on August 7, after Ecuadorean Military patrols in the area detected an armed group that surrounded them in order to force their surrender, according to Leonardo Barreiro, Armed Forces Joint Command chief. By Dialogo August 12, 2013 An Ecuadorean Soldier and five members of a Colombian illegal force were killed on August 8 during a confrontation on the border, urging a call by the government for Bogota to reinforce military control in the area.
VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 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” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Rondo said his game has changed little during his 12 seasons in the NBA.“You know what you’re getting with me,” he said, referring to his playmaking ability.Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star averaged 8.3 points, 4 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 65 games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, including 63 starts. He had a league-leading 25 assists in a Dec. 27 game against the Brooklyn Nets last season.The Lakers are Rondo’s sixth NBA team after he played with the Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. He and the Celtics faced off against the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2008 and ’10, with the storied teams splitting the matchups.“We are thrilled to have Rajon bring his off-the-charts basketball IQ to the Lakers,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to play at an elite level during playoff and championship runs, and that is a highly valued skill.“Rajon is also respected around the NBA as an extremely hard worker and relentless competitor and that mentality is key to how we want to build our roster.”Related Articles Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever The first step in Pelinka’s rebuild for 2018-19 and beyond happened Sunday, with the long-awaited and much-hoped-for announcement of James’ agreement to join the Lakers. The team also added Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee in addition to re-signing Caldwell-Pope.Rondo said the Lakers contacted him when free agency began at 9:01 p.m. last Saturday. He said they didn’t have to make much of a pitch, based on the fact that he was thrilled about getting a chance to play with James, a four-team MVP and a three-time league champion.In addition to James, Rondo said he hoped to learn from Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and a Hall of Fame point guard who directed the franchise to five NBA championships during the “Showtime” era of the 1980s.Rondo’s battles with the Lakers as a member of the Celtics are ancient history, he said.“It hasn’t felt strange at all,” he said. “None of those players are left.” Rajon Rondo didn’t wish to rehash old rivalries, preferring to keep them dead and buried. He didn’t want to talk about supplanting Lonzo Ball, but rather hoped to serve as a mentor to the second-year point guard. He said he was eager to join forces with LeBron James and fight for an NBA title.“I think any team with LeBron James can,” Rondo said when asked if he expected the Lakers to challenge the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy next season. “We’ll be right in the mix. I’m not predicting anything, but at the end of the day, I expect to win.“Anything else is not satisfying.”Rondo signed his one-season, $9-million contract with the Lakers on Friday, officially joining their upgraded roster, which includes James after the superstar forward agreed Sunday to sign a four-season, $153.3-million deal as the free-agent catch of the summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers also said Friday they re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-season, $12-million contract and signed Isaac Bonga after completing a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire the 39th overall pick in the draft. The Lakers sent a second-round pick in 2019 and cash to the 76ers.Rondo, 32, said during a conference call with reporters that he spoke briefly with Coach Luke Walton, who took him on a tour of the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility. They didn’t talk about Rondo’s role in great detail during their initial conversation, but it’s become clear part of the Lakers’ plan is to ease the pressure on James by building a roster with more playmakers.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We might have a roster where there’s five ball handlers on the court at one time,” Rondo said. “Five guys that can … playmake and create offense for each other versus just one dominant ball handler. It will be very versatile and I don’t think you’ll be able to scout and stick to one gameplan as far as being able to stop a certain player.”“I think it is kind of crazy if you think you are going to outshoot Golden State at this point,” Rondo added. “Obviously, they have proved it – that no team can really shoot with them, so I think of other ways that you have to try to beat those guys. We are going to try to crack that code.”Of playing with the 20-year-old Ball, Rondo said, “I want to try to help him as much as I can and bring him up to speed, especially with as much pressure as the organization has on it right now. That’s one thing I’ve done a pretty good job of – helping young guys on the court, but mostly off.”
Thoughts: You could make the argument that the classes of 2010 and/or 2013 are deeper, but the class of 2008 starts with two no-doubt Hall of Famers who are still performing at elite levels, so 2008 gets the nod. Here’s guessing the fine folks in Cooperstown have already started the process for making the plaques for Kershaw and Sherzer; they just need to wait for them to finish dominating to finalize the numbers. 1. 2006The elite stars: Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester Worth mentioning: Jonathan Papelbon, Matt Cain, Rich Hill, Jered Weaver, Francisco Liriano, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, James Shields, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Pat Neshek, Joel ZumayaThoughts: Just so, so good. Perennial Cy Young candidates on the top line, flashes-of-brilliance guys all over and a few better-than-average consistent performers in the mix, as well. On Tuesday, we took at look at the best classes of rookie hitters in recent memory. The motivation for that trip down memory lane was, of course, inspired by the crazy-good class of rookie hitters in 2019. And though the rookie pitchers in 2019 don’t hold a candle to their position-player counterparts, we still thought it would be fun to rank the recent classes of rookie pitchers (arbitrarily drawing the line at the end of the 1994-95 strike). As with the previous ranking, we’re looking at what the pitchers did in their careers, not what they did solely in their rookie seasons. MORE: Chris Sale is fastest ever to 2,000 strikeoutsHere’s what we did …Using the Play Index feature on Baseball-Reference, I sorted by year and pulled out every pitcher with rookie eligibility who posted a bWAR of at least 1.0 that year. And then I went year-by-year through the Rookie of the Year voting to make sure I didn’t miss anyone (still, people, don’t get me started on the flaws in a three-person RoY ballot; that’s a topic for another time). The guys we’re considering have to have made at least some impact in that year. The year with the most rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 2006, with 35.The year with the fewest rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 1998, with 18. Though, at the moment, we only have 12 rookies at that level in 2019, so that could take the title by the end of September. Anyway, let’s look at the seven best years for rookie pitchers. 7. 2001The elite stars: CC Sabathia, Roy OswaltWorth mentioning: Shawn Chacon, Joel Pineiro, Danys Baez, Juan CruzThoughts: Neither Sabathia nor Owalt won their league’s respective Rookie of the Year awards, despite fine seasons. But that’s because Ichiro Suzuki was a rookie in the AL and Albert Pujols was a rookie in the NL and both of those hitters were incredible that year, while both pitchers — who finished second, btw — were merely very good. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Sabathia will join both Ichiro and Albert in Cooperstown, though. 6. 2014The elite stars: Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, Masahiro Tanaka Worth mentioning: Kyle Hendricks, Delin Betances, James Paxton, Marcus Stroman, Jeurys Familia, Kevin Gausman, Ken Giles, Jake Odorizzi, Aaron SanchezThoughts: That’s just a solid group of arms, led by deGrom and his otherworldly 2018 Cy Young campaign. 5. 1999The elite stars: Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson, Eric Gagne Worth mentioning: Kris Benson, Freddy Garcia, Billy Koch, Gil Meche, Scott WilliamsonThoughts: Halladay is the only player on this list already in the Hall of Fame, though there will be others joining him down the road (many, many others). Hudson likely will wind up short of Cooperstown (he’ll be on the ballot for the first time with the class of 2021), but that’s not a knock on what was a stellar, underrated career. And Gagne, for a time, was undeniably the best relief pitcher in baseball. 4. 2013The elite stars: Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Hyun-Jin RyuWorth mentioning: Sonny Gray, Chris Archer, Zack Wheeler, James Paxton, Tanner Roark, Julio Teheran, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Danny Salazar, Shelby Miller, Cody Allen, Dan StrailyThoughts: The top of this list is so tough, and hopefully another reminder what we all lost as baseball fans when Jose Fernandez was killed in that accident. And when you consider the depth of quality for the guys not on the top line, that’s really what sets this group apart. 3. 2010The elite stars: Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strashburg, Kenley JansenWorth mentioning: Wade Davis, Neftali Feliz, Jaime Garcia, John Axford, Jhoulys Chacin, Daniel Hudson, Alexi Ogando, Jonny Venters, Travis WoodThoughts: Here’s the thing about this group: None of those four pitchers on the top line received even a single rookie of the year vote. Why? Because none of those guys was in the majors for the full 2010 season, though they were all stellar in their short appearances. Sale had a 1.93 ERA and four saves in 21 relief appearances; Bumgarner had a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts; Strasburg had a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts; and Jansen had a 0.67 ERA and four saves in 25 relief appearances. And this group ranks No. 3 because, damn, all four of those guys have had great big league careers, which is what we’re primarily considering here. 2. 2008The elite stars: Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Worth mentioning: Craig Breslow, Joba Chamberlain, Armando Galarraga, Jim Johnson, Jair Jurrjens, Hiroki Kuroda, Justin Masterson, Brad Ziegler