Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers forward Matt Barnes told reporters at the Friday morning shootaround ahead of Game 3 against the Houston Rockets that he expected to get fined for remarks made to a fan — who turned out to be the mother of Rockets’ star James Harden — in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday at Toyota Center in Houston.Sure enough, he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for what it termed inappropriate language directed at a fan.“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said before the fine became official, of he and Harden’s mother, Monja Willis. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back.”• Photos: Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3 Barnes said he had gotten wind of what supposedly went down.“I’ve heard speculation as to what I allegedly said, which is crazy,” he said. “Crazy, untrue, crazy. But it is what it is.”Barnes wouldn’t say what was actually said.“That’s between her and I,” he said.Barnes had just received a technical foul late in the first quarter Wednesday after bumping Harden. Barnes said he didn’t know who was chirping at him. “I had no idea who it was,” he said. “I didn’t find out who it was until I was on the bus. But I saw D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) speak to her at halftime … and I was like, ‘Who was that?’ He’s like, ‘James Harden’s mom.’“I was like, ‘Oh, God, that’s going to make it a hundred times worse.’ I don’t know her, I don’t really know James too well and like I said, we’ve made our peace and we’re focused on winning this game.”Barnes said he received a “tongue-lashing” from Clippers coach Doc Rivers. But Rivers would not say much about that prior to tip-off.“I’m not going to talk about that much,” he said. “I just was not pleased. I made that clear. And I made it clear to Matt and the entire team. So I’m just going to leave it at that.”All that said, Barnes — speaking in generalities — doesn’t like the idea that fans can say whatever they want without suffering any repercussions.“Well, what’s crazy is they can say anything and everything from things about our kids to our wives to anything and we say one thing and they run and tell, and next thing you know, I’m probably going to get fined $25,000,” he said, before knowing it was $50,000. “So, I think I heard D.J. say and D-Wade said it before, you know, we’re human, too. You know what I mean?“But they can pick and prod us like animals in a cage and run and tell when we respond. So if you don’t want nothing said to you, don’t say nothing to begin with.”Harden talked briefly about the incident at the Rockets’ morning shootaround.“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody else’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden said. “I’m focused on Game 3 and we’re very focused and locked in. There will be some great intensity tonight.”Rockets find mojoHouston coach Kevin McHale was become quite the cool quote. He was asked Friday morning about his team getting its mojo back in time to win Game 2, which the Rockets trailed by nine points at halftime and by 13 early in the third quarter before emerging with a 115-109 win.“Mojo is a tricky thing,” he said. “It comes and goes like the weather, brother. When you got it, you can run through traffic. When you don’t have it, you can’t cross the street. Hopefully, you have it.”McHale on CP3You might be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of Chris Paul’s than McHale.“Great ball handler, great decision maker, makes great shots, tough kid,” he said of Paul, who started Friday’s game after missing the first two with a strained left hamstring. “He’ll grind it out and get after you. Chris Paul has been a tough competitor his entire career in the NBA and has been one of the top point guards in the league for years for a reason. He’s a damn good player.”Staff Writer Mark Medina contributed to this report
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The date on which the mythical Odysseus killed the suitors of Penelope has been identified by a group of astrophysicists. According to Kathimerini news, this new attempt at dating the Homeric epics compared physical events described in the epics with astronomical phenomena. As a result, the dates of some events narrated in the epics are being specified, and a new concept for their historicity is being created, with the aim of shedding some more light on the Homeric question. “We believe that the myth revolves around actual events,” Panagiota Preka-Papadima, professor of astrophysics at the University of Athens, told Kathimerini.The multidisciplinary team, which has publications in international journals, believes some of the events described did occur, and has proved that the natural phenomena mentioned coincide with the time of their narration.“Odysseus arrived in Ithaca on 25 October, 1207BC. Five days later there was an eclipse with 75 per cent coverage in the Ionian sea, and it is precisely when the massacre of Penelope’s suitors took place,” says Papadima. She is entirely convinced of the truthfulness of the described event. The occurrence of the solar eclipse at that time has been proven with maps by NASA, describing foreseeable natural phenomena from 4500BC to AD10,000.“Between 1300BC and 1130BC, the years during which the two epics take place, there were 14 solar eclipses. Of the five that would have been visible in the Ionian, two of them had a rate of two per cent helium and therefore were not noticed. Another was west of the sun, so our concern is only with two,” explains Papadima.A total solar eclipse took place in 1143BC, close to the decline of the Mycenaean centres and therefore excluded by the scientists. The second took place on 30 October, 1207BC, in the afternoon until 5.30 pm, reflected in The Odyssey. In Rhapsody PC, The Odyssey’s 20th book, which recounts the events which unfold prior to the killing of the suitors, Theoclymenus says: “Ah, wretched men, what evil is this that you suffer? Shrouded in night are your heads and your faces and your knees beneath you; kindled is the sound of wailing, bathed in tears are your cheeks, and sprinkled with blood are the walls and the fair rafters. And full of ghosts is the porch and full the court, of ghosts that hasten down to Erebus beneath the darkness, and the sun has perished out of heaven and an evil mist hovers over all.”“This is an account of the eclipse, which hid three-quarters of the solar disc,” says Papadima. She believes the date is fully consistent with the weather, the autumn agricultural life and the midday time of the suitors’ murder as described by Homer.The multidisciplinary team investigating the epics comprises Professors S. Papamarinopoulos, P. Preka-Papadima, assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Athens, and researchers P. Antonopoulos, natural and amateur astronomer; P. Mitropetro, philologist and teacher; E. Mitropetrou, philologist and archaeologist; A. Tsironi, philologist and archaeologist and C. Sarantitis, writer, electrical and mechanical.