Pip Edwards’ girls night in with Michael Clarke’s daughter and friends, Instagram, photos, Kyly Boldy


The relationship between former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke and fashion designer Pip Edwards continues to go from strength to strength.

After officially confirming their relationship in June this year, the pair have found themselves under the media spotlight as they continually show off their romance on social media.

Edwards showed on Boxing Day she’s settling into the family lifestyle after uploading a photo to her Instagram account, showing her and Clarke’s daughter, Kelsey-Lee, enjoying a girl’s night in.

As Edwards posed for the photo, Kelsey-Lee and two of her friends sitting on the kitchen bench displayed peace signs as the snap was taken.

The very next update on Edwards’ Instagram Stories showed Clarke lounging outside on a couch as the girl’s night in carried on indoors.

Clarke uploaded a photo to his own Instagram account on Christmas Day showing he and his daughter sitting around a Christmas tree which was overflowing with presents.

The duo set tongues wagging in July when they uploaded a photo of them laying on the beach, making their relationship Instagram official.

Edwards, 40, shared a photo of the pair at the beach with the caption: “Out of office.”

Clarke and Kyly Boldy confirmed in February they were separating after seven years of marriage.

“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to ­separate as a couple, amicably,” a joint statement read.

“With the greatest of respect for each other, we’ve come to the ­mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter.”

Clarke and Kyly went to school together at Sydney’s Westfields Sports High, but didn’t start dating until many years later, after Clarke’s engagement with Lara Worthington (nee Bingle) was broken off in 2010.



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Claremont serial killer Bradly Edwards is jailed for life


Bradley Robert Edwards has been jailed for life over the serial killings of two women in Claremont, Western Australia, across 1996 and 1997 

Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards has been jailed for life two decades after he abducted and murdered two young woman in Perth.

Justice Stephen Hall on Wednesday condemned Edwards, now 51, to serve at least 40 years before he has any chance of parole.

The massive sentence finally brings the painful case, which few people thought would ever be solved, to an end after 24 long years. 

Edwards was found guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, in September after a marathon seven-month judge-alone trial in the Western Australian Supreme Court.

Justice Hall however found Edwards not guilty murdering a third woman, Sarah Spiers, 18, saying there was not enough evidence to convince him beyond reasonable doubt. 

Ms Spiers’ body has never been found, but police have vowed to never give up the search in the hope of gaining a conviction.

The families of the three women regularly attended the trial and were in court to hear the verdict and sentencing.  

Perth’s club-going crowd was paralysed with fear as Ms Rimmer, Ms Glennon, and Ms Spiers disappeared in succession from popular nightspots.

Every local vividly remembers that time and the killings being left unsolved, seemingly forever, was a gaping wound for the whole city.

Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from Claremont on June 6, 1996 and was the second victim of Bradley Robert Edwards

Ciara Glennon, 27, was the last victim of the so-called Claremont serial killer. She disappeared after a night out in Perth on March 15, 1997 and her body was found in bushland 40km away

Justice Stephen Hall convicted Edwards, now 51, for the murders of Jane Rimmer (left), 23, and Ciara Glennon (right), 27, is September after a marathon seven-month trial in the WA Supreme Court 

Justice Hall however found Edwards not guilty murdering Sarah Spiers (pictured), 18, saying there was not enough evidence to convince him beyond reasonable doubt. Ms Spiers' body has never been found

Justice Hall however found Edwards not guilty murdering Sarah Spiers (pictured), 18, saying there was not enough evidence to convince him beyond reasonable doubt. Ms Spiers’ body has never been found

Rumours abounded for decades over who the killer could be, until Edwards was suddenly arrested in 2016.

The Claremont serial killer case is WA’s biggest, longest-running and most expensive criminal investigation.

Edwards, a Telstra technician, remained in custody ever since his arrest awaiting what was eventually a judge-alone trial.

He previously admitted to attacking two other women and raping a 17-year-old girl in 1995.

But he denied murdering secretary Ms Spiers, 18, and childcare worker Ms Rimmer, 23, in January and June 1996 respectively, and solicitor Ms Glennon, 27, in March the following year.

Prosecutors relied on DNA evidence collected under Ms Glennon’s fingertips as she scratched and scrapped for her life.

Also key to their case were fibres found in Edwards’ car that linked it to the bodies of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon.

Police had long had their sights on the convicted killer – who called himself the ‘bogeyman’ online – but he repeatedly lied to them about his crimes. 

Justice Hall took almost three months to consider all the evidence against Edwards, before handing down his verdict.

This kimono was left by Bradley Robert Edwards at a house in Huntsdale after he broke in and assaulted an 18-year-old woman in 1988. It is alleged to have provided DNA evidence linking Edwards to the murder of Ciara Glennon in 1997 and the rape of a 17-year-old girl in 1995

This kimono was left by Bradley Robert Edwards at a house in Huntsdale after he broke in and assaulted an 18-year-old woman in 1988. It is alleged to have provided DNA evidence linking Edwards to the murder of Ciara Glennon in 1997 and the rape of a 17-year-old girl in 1995

Outside court in September Jane Rimmer’s sister Lee said she could now get on with her life, but felt for the Spiers family who continue to search for answers.

‘I feel really good actually, at one point I thought he was going to be not guilty but we got the result we wanted and now we just have to keep working for the Spiers family and hope someone finds Sarah,’ Ms Rimmer said.

‘It means I can get on with my life without all this stuff.

‘I think you get some closure but it’s always gonna be the same. No-one’s ever going to bring her back.’ 

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson praised Edwards’ rape victims for coming forward, and the ‘strength and resilience’ of the murdered girls’ families.

‘Bradley Edwards can now be called for what he is. A brutal rapist and a murderer,’ he said outside court after the verdict.

Commissioner Dawson vowed he would never stop looking for Ms Spiers’ body and the investigation would remain open.

‘The Claremont killings struck at the heart of our way of life, stretching [to] almost a quarter of a century,’ he said.

‘Three innocent young women were killed along with the hopes and dreams they never got to fulfil. 

‘We will never give up trying to locate Sarah, and I have conveyed that to Don and Carol Spiers today and to Amanda. Sarah and her family deserve justice.’

Bradley Robert Edwards (pictured) was just 19 when he donned a woman's nightie and crept into the bedroom of a sleeping 18-year-old woman. He has pleaded guilty to that attack in 1988 but denied murdering three women who disappeared from Claremont

Bradley Robert Edwards (pictured) was just 19 when he donned a woman’s nightie and crept into the bedroom of a sleeping 18-year-old woman. He has pleaded guilty to that attack in 1988 but denied murdering three women who disappeared from Claremont

Edwards was just 19 when he donned a woman’s nightie, crept into a bedroom and climbed on top of a sleeping 18-year-old woman.

It was seven years before the first of the three young women would disappear from a popular Perth entertainment precinct and become victims of a predator dubbed the Claremont serial killer. 

The Crown always claimed it had strong DNA evidence linking Edwards, who provided hair and saliva samples to police, to the three murders. The defence case was simply that Edwards did not commit the crimes. 

What happened to the teenager who found Edwards in her bedroom in 1988 formed an integral part of trying to establish him as the Claremont serial killer.  

On February 15 that year the 18-year-old was sleeping on her stomach in the bedroom of her family home at Huntingdale in Perth’s south-east. Edwards knew her and lived in the same suburb.

When the woman woke to feel someone straddling her back she initially thought it might have been her boyfriend, with whom she had spent Valentine’s Day only hours earlier. 

‘There was no noise but then a hand came over my mouth,’ the woman, now 50, told the court in December last year. ‘I said, “It’s OK, I won’t scream’.

‘Another hand came onto the back of my head and was pushing.’

A forensic police officer measures where tree branches have been torn off near the area where Ciara Glennon's body was dumped at Eglington, about 40km north of Perth, in 1997

A forensic police officer measures where tree branches have been torn off near the area where Ciara Glennon’s body was dumped at Eglington, about 40km north of Perth, in 1997

Jane Rimmber disappeared from Claremont on June 6, 1996 and her body was found in bushland about 40km south of Perth. This watch belonging to Ms Rimmer was found near her remains

Jane Rimmber disappeared from Claremont on June 6, 1996 and her body was found in bushland about 40km south of Perth. This watch belonging to Ms Rimmer was found near her remains

The woman thought her partner might have been covering her mouth so she did not wake her parents and get them both into trouble. 

‘I was trying to work out what was happening, shaking my head from side to side,’ she said. ‘I said, “What are you doing?” and “Let me go” at some point.’

When Edwards tried to cover her mouth with a piece of cloth the woman said, ‘I love you’ and he stopped what he was doing.

Still believing the intruder could be her boyfriend she reached up to stroke his face but felt stubble when she knew he was clean shaven. She then dug her fingernails into him as hard as she could.

This Identikit image shows a man seen on the night Sarah Spiers vanished from Claremont

This Identikit image shows a man seen on the night Sarah Spiers vanished from Claremont

As Edwards got off her and walked away the woman braced herself to be hit.

When that didn’t happen she looked to her doorway and saw a tall man standing there in a long-sleeved nightie, ‘similar to what my mother wore’.

Hammering the wall to alert her parents as she stared at Edwards, the woman cried out, ‘Dad! Dad! Dad!’ and he ran. 

As he fled the woman’s bedroom that night, Edwards left behind knotted black stockings, a piece of fabric and a silk kimono.

That kimono was central to the Crown’s contention that Edwards would years later go on to abduct and murder three women who were having a night out in Claremont when they disappeared. 

Edwards admitted the attack on the 18-year-old as well as twice raping a 17-year-old girl at Karrakatta Cemetery, near Perth’s central business district, on February 12, 1995. That teenager had been abducted from Claremont. 

The bodies of Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer were located in bushland north and south of Perth respectively weeks after their disappearance and had suffered neck injuries. The remains of Ms Spiers have never been found. 

Edwards has admitted  twice raping a 17-year-old girl at Karrakatta Cemetery, (pictured) near Perth's central business district, on February 12, 1995. That teenager had been abducted from Claremont

Edwards has admitted  twice raping a 17-year-old girl at Karrakatta Cemetery, (pictured) near Perth’s central business district, on February 12, 1995. That teenager had been abducted from Claremont

The Claremont serial killer case has been described as is the state's biggest, longest-running, and most expensive criminal investigation and has received constant media coverage in Perth. Killer Bradley Robert Edwards is pictured during his first marriage in the 1990s

The Claremont serial killer case has been described as is the state’s biggest, longest-running, and most expensive criminal investigation and has received constant media coverage in Perth. Killer Bradley Robert Edwards is pictured during his first marriage in the 1990s

The prosecution argued Edwards’s offending escalated over time. 

The girl he raped in the cemetery less than a year before Ms Spiers disappeared gave evidence against Edwards in four statements read out in the court.  

‘I thought at the end of it all that he was going to kill me,’ she said. 

On the night of the rape the girl had left Club Bayview at Claremont – the same venue where Ms Spiers was last seen – and was walking a few hundred metres to a friend’s house. 

Don and Carol Spiers, the parents of murdered secretary Sarah Spiers are pictured arriving at the Supreme Court of Western Australia on the opening day of her killer's trial

Don and Carol Spiers, the parents of murdered secretary Sarah Spiers are pictured arriving at the Supreme Court of Western Australia on the opening day of her killer’s trial

As she made her way through a dimly-lit park, she was grabbed from behind, pushed to the ground and straddled, then had a thick cloth like a sock shoved deep into her mouth.

‘I didn’t scream, I just froze,’ she said. It happened really quickly. He told me to shut up at one point.

‘I didn’t say anything to him. I was too frightened. I kept my eyes shut – I thought it would be better if he thought I couldn’t see him.’

A picture showing drag marks on the ground where Bradley Robert Edwards raped a 17-year-old girl in a cemetery was tendered during his murder trial

A picture showing drag marks on the ground where Bradley Robert Edwards raped a 17-year-old girl in a cemetery was tendered during his murder trial

Edwards tied up the girl’s hands tightly with a restraint ‘as thick as a telephone cord’, carried her to his van, bound her ankles and covered her head with a cotton bag.

‘I was very frightened,’ she said. ‘I thought I was going to die.’

Edwards drove for about 30 minutes then carried and dragged the girl through Karrakatta Cemetery where he raped her twice.

‘I started to cry but not loudly,’ she said. ‘I remember repeating, “Oh my god, I can’t believe this is happening”. It was very painful. I remember my face lying against the dirt.’

Edwards flung the girl into scrub, then left. About two minutes later he returned and threw her into denser bushes. 

After the girl heard him drive off she opened her eyes and ran to the cemetery’s nearest exit. Semi-naked, she fled to a care facility near the Hollywood Hospital where she dialled a phone at the front door with her chin and yelled for help.

Bradley Robert Edwards was arrested at his home at Kewdale in December 2016. Police are pictured as the continued to search the premises on December 23

Bradley Robert Edwards was arrested at his home at Kewdale in December 2016. Police are pictured as the continued to search the premises on December 23 

Bradley Robert Edwards is pictured at the back of a van while he was married to his first wife, who gave evidence the couple had separated in late 1995 or early 1996

Bradley Robert Edwards is pictured at the back of a van while he was married to his first wife, who gave evidence the couple had separated in late 1995 or early 1996

A woman inside the hospital called police while the still-bound teenager ran off. She then called her father from a phone box and ran back to the hospital.

‘I said, “Dad can you come and get me?” she recalled. ‘While I was crying I said I’d been raped.’

Edwards, who was convicted of assaulting a social worker at Hollywood Hospital in 1990, was arrested over the Claremont murders in December 2016 after DNA on the kimono was re-tested. 

‘What the f***?’ the former Little Athletics coach exclaimed while sitting handcuffed on the floor of his Kewdale house when police told him he was suspected of being the Claremont serial killer. 

‘You’ve got to be joking,’ he said as detectives read him his rights. ‘My head is spinning. I understand. I’m just trying to process what’s going on.’

He’ll have plenty of time to do that from his prison cell.   

Bradley Robert Edwards' (pictured) defence case finished this week and closing submissions are due to be heard next month

Bradley Robert Edwards’ (pictured) defence case finished this week and closing submissions are due to be heard next month

Ciara Gleenon's father Denis Glennon is pictured arriving at the Supreme Court of Western Australia for the opening day of the trial of Bradley Robert Edwards on November 25 last year

Ciara Gleenon’s father Denis Glennon is pictured arriving at the Supreme Court of Western Australia for the opening day of the trial of Bradley Robert Edwards on November 25 last year

KEY DATES IN MARATHON CASE OF THE CLAREMONT KILLER 

 February 15, 1988

– An 18-year-old woman is indecently assaulted in her sleep during a break-in at a Huntingdale home but her attacker flees after a struggle.

February 12, 1995

– A 17-year-old girl is abducted while walking through Rowe Park in Claremont and taken to Karrakatta Cemetery where she is sexually assaulted.

January 27, 1996

– Secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, disappears after leaving Club Bayview in Claremont after calling a taxi from a nearby phone booth. Her body has not been found.

June 9, 1996

– Childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, similarly vanishes in Claremont and is last seen outside the Continental Hotel.

June 10, 1996

– Western Australia Police sets up Macro task force.

August 3, 1996

– Ms Rimmer’s body is found by a mother and her children picking flowers in Wellard, south of Perth.

March 15, 1997

– Lawyer Ciara Glennon, 27, is last seen in Claremont after also visiting the Continental Hotel.

April 3, 1997

– Ms Glennon’s body is found in bushland at Eglington, north of Perth.

October 16, 2015

– A newspaper claims police have established a forensic link between Ms Glennon’s murderer and the man who raped a teenager in Karrakatta two years earlier but police refuse to comment for ‘operational reasons’.

December 23, 2016

– Bradley Robert Edwards, 48, from Kewdale, is charged with eight offences related to the deaths of Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer and the Karrakatta and Huntington attacks, but no charges are laid over the disappearance of Ms Spiers. Edwards is remanded in custody.

February 22, 2018

– Edwards is charged with the wilful murder of Ms Spiers.

October 21, 2019 

– Edward pleads guilty to five of eight charges against him, including the Huntingdale attack and raping the 17-year-old girl at Karrakatta, but maintains he didn’t commit the murders. 

November 25, 2019

– A judge-alone trial begins in the Western Australia Supreme Court.

May 6, 2020 

– The trial is adjourned after all evidence has been heard.

September 24, 2020

– Bradley Robert Edwards is found guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, but is cleared of killing Sarah Spiers

December 23, 2020

– Edwards will return to the WA Supreme Court for sentencing

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‘Warren Buffett effect’: Cardinal Energy rallies as billionaire Murray Edwards provides lifeline


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Monday’s debt deal is a positive milestone for Cardinal Energy as it solves a looming deadline to repay debt that had been due at the end of this month. Photo by Aaron Hinks/Daily Herald-Tribune/QMI Agency

Cardinal cancelled its dividend in March and also sought extensions on various tranches of its debt, which continues to sit at $204 million as of Sept. 30. Lenders also cut its credit facility by $100 million over the course of the year to $225 million.

Despite Cardinal’s challenges, Edwards’ investment in Cardinal may have a “Warren Buffett effect” on the stock and in the wider junior energy space, said Michael Zuk, managing partner at Athena Capital Markets in Calgary.

“If someone who’s a billionaire like Murray Edwards steps forward, there’s going to be generalists that follow suit. I expect other juniors to catch a bit of a rally off of this,” Zuk said, adding that “deep value” stocks in the energy sector are beginning to come back into favour.

In addition, Zuk said Monday’s debt-raise with Edwards shows the continued challenges that smaller oil companies have raising money.

If someone who’s a billionaire like Murray Edwards steps forward, there’s going to be generalists that follow suit

Michael Zuk, managing partner, Athena Capital Markets

Most small- and mid-cap oil and gas companies are now being forced to agree to terms on debt financing deals with a double-digit interest rate and, usually, a sweetener like the option to convert their debt into equity.

“What I’ve been telling every issuer that I speak with is the cost of capital is still quite high for juniors,” Zuk said, adding that’s the case with Cardinal as well, where the debt offering has a 12 per cent interest rate and provides options on the shares.

One other condition of the financing required directors of the company to buy up the remaining $4-million worth of notes that Edwards didn’t buy.

The company’s board of directors includes John Brussa, partner and chair at Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP — which is the law firm where Edwards practiced law before launching various companies.

Brussa also sits on the boards of TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. and Storm Resources Ltd. and is chairman of Crew Energy Inc.

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Michael Clarke party on $15m superyacht, Pip Edwards


Former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has celebrated his Order of Australia medal with a lavish party on a $15 million superyacht in Sydney.

As part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, Clarke was appointed an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia, joining an elite group of cricket greats.

With the assistance of partner and fashion designer Pip Edwards, the couple hosted an exclusive party on the eight-figure yacht, which is reportedly owned by Clarke’s accountant Anthony Bell.

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In attendance was Channel 9 presenter Erin Molan and The Morning Show co-host Larry Emdur.

The 40-year-old Edwards donned a stunning black gown, while Clarke wore a classy tuxedo as they celebrated under the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday.

Edwards shared an image of the couple to her Instagram, captioned: “It’s your night tonight lover.”

The pair have been dating for several months after Clarke separated from his ex-wife Kyly in February.

In a statement, the former couple said: “After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to ­separate as a couple, amicably.

“With the greatest of respect for each other, we’ve come to the ­mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter.”

Clarke and Kyly went to school together at Sydney’s Westfields Sports High, but didn’t start dating until many years later, after Clarke’s engagement with Lara Worthington (nee Bingle) was broken off in 2010.



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Joyce Edwards steps down as Chair of Potato Festival | Goulburn Post


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In 2021, Joyce Edwards will attend the Crookwell Potato Festival as a paying guest for the first time in seven years. Three long-standing members of the committee, including the Chairperson, Ms Edwards, stepped down in November. Beverley Houterman and Darian Cameron also resigned. However, their departure coincides with five new members joining the Festival’s organisers. In her seven years as Chairperson, Ms Edwards has overseen the transformation of the Festival which held its main events at the Memorial Park and Oval until 2017. Read also: ‘Things are hard enough as it is’: Store-owner speaks out against shoplifters More recently, several thousand visitors would descend on the Crookwell AP&H Showground for the Festival held in May. “I’m proud of how it developed,” Ms Edwards said. “We tried to improve it, and highlight the community, and the goods grown here.” These days, the event holds market stalls, cooking demonstrations, and activities for children. In 2019, chef Lyndey Milan demonstrated classic Irish dishes, and television personality and gardener Costa Georgiadis has visited as a special guest. Each year the Festival grew and was more enjoyable for the punters, around 50 per cent of these travelled to Crookwell from outside of the district. Read also: It’s time for ‘Bran Nue Dae’ at Lilac Cinema “We had a very good committee and a committee committed to developing the Festival, to making it bigger and better, and they worked very hard.” “I found it a privilege to be a Chairperson and work with these people.” Ms Edwards announced her resignation in a letter to the committee due to ill-health. Mandy McDonald will take over as the new Chair. The Festival is held annually in Crookwell, but this year it was cancelled when the pandemic stopped the world. However, organisers opted to re-imagine its program virtually to help promote the event. Ms Edwards and several guest presenters dished up their favourite spud recipes in an online cooking show. “That was a lot of fun,” Ms Edwards said. Many events across the district were cancelled in 2020 and planning challenges, including the risk of a second wave of Covid-19, will continue to disrupt events into next year. “They [the incoming committee] will have to do things with the Festival to keep it in the communities mind, and publicise it, so it becomes an integral part of the community,” Ms Edwards said. Read also: Second community solar farm in planning “It’s going to be hard work getting it all going and getting people interested again. “I wish the new committee well, and I will assist them in any way,” she said. “Next year, I will be like one of the mob. I’ll volunteer if they need any help and if my health is alright. “I’ll support it.” We want to make it easy for you to keep in touch with us, so we can tell all the stories that matter to the community. Share your news with us.

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AFL Draft 2020 | Adelaide Crows decide not to nominate father-son prospect Luke Edwards


Adelaide have made the shock decision not to nominate Luke Edwards, the son of Crows’ premiership player Tyson, as a possible father-son selection at December’s national draft.

The decision means the 18-year-old who plays for Glenelg in the SANFL would automatically be added to the list of any club which picks him without the Crows being able to match the bid.

Adelaide have picks 1, 9, 22, 23, 40, 56 and 80 and their recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie said their decision was a pragmatic football decision.

“We want to be fair to him and ensure he has every opportunity to enter the AFL system and the open draft looms as the best option,” Ogilvie said.

“Like every year, we will stay true to our talent order, which Luke remains part of, but we are not in a position to give a guarantee.”



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NBA draft: First pick Anthony Edwards set for Minnesota Timberwolves


Anthony Edwards paid tribute to his late mother and grandmother as he was named the NBA’s number one draft pick with a move to Minnesota Timberwolves.

Both family members died of cancer and the Georgia guard, 19, sat next to paintings of the pair as the announcement was made.

“It’s an indescribable feeling – I can’t even describe it,” Edwards said.

“My family is emotional. I’m sure when I get off of here I’m going to get emotional.”

Edwards stands to earn a four-year contract worth $44.2m (£33.39m) under terms of the existing collective bargaining agreement.

Memphis 7ft centre James Wiseman was the number two pick selected by six-time champions Golden State Warriors, who finished bottom of the Western Conference last season.

Point guard LaMelo Ball, the brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo, was the third pick selected by the Charlotte Hornets. LaMelo, 19, and 2017 second pick Lonzo, 23, are the first brothers selected in the top five of the NBA draft.

Chicago Bulls opted for Florida State small forward Patrick Williams as the fourth pick.

The draft was originally scheduled for 25 June but had been delayed because of the fallout from the coronavirus. Last year’s event was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but Wednesday’s event was conducted at ESPN headquarters in Connecticut and held via video calls.

Boxes of hats were sent to the top prospects so they could wear the appropriate one when their name was read out.

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Timberwolves select Georgia’s Edwards first in ‘virtual’ draft



FILE PHOTO: Jan 7, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards (5) prepares to shoot a foul shot against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

November 19, 2020

By Rory Carroll

(Reuters) – The Minnesota Timberwolves selected former Georgia guard Anthony Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft on Wednesday in a move the team hopes will help revive the struggling franchise.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound teenager will join point guard D’Angelo Russell and center Karl-Anthony Towns on a Timberwolves team that finished 19-45 and in second to last place in the Western Conference last season.

The athletic 19-year-old displayed NBA caliber moves during his one year with the Bulldogs and is explosive when driving to the basket but questions remain about his defensive and three-point shooting abilities.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” Edwards said. “I’m blessed beyond measure to be in this situation.”

Edwards sat surrounded by portraits of his late mother and grandmother, who both died of cancer.

“They are with me at all times,” he said.

James Wiseman, a 7-foot-1 center who can shoot and block shots, was selected second by the Golden State Warriors.

Wiseman is a somewhat unknown commodity, having played just three games in college at Memphis.

“I’m truly ready to go to Golden State and just learn as much as possible,” he said.

Just hours before the draft, Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson suffered a lower right leg injury.

Although it was unclear how serious the injury was, some thought it might force the Warriors to select another guard but the team stuck with their plan to get Wiseman.

The selection of Edwards first in the draft registered as a mild surprise as many predicted guard LaMelo Ball’s name would be called first.

Instead, the Charlotte Hornets selected the Californian with the third pick.

The 6-foot-7 Ball is an outstanding ball handler and creative passer but the Hornets will need to help him develop into a more consistent shooter.

Ball most recently played professionally for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s National Basketball League and is the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, who was the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

Florida State’s Patrick Williams was selected fourth by the Chicago Bulls and defensive stalwart Isaac Okoro went fifth to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Onyeka Okongwu, who like Okoro was born to Nigerian parents, went sixth to the Atlanta Hawks.

Crafty French point guard Killian Hayes went seventh to the Detroit Pistons, high flying Obi Toppin went eight to the New York Knicks and Israel’s Deni Avdija went ninth to the Washington Wizards.

VIRTUAL DRAFT

Like this year’s NFL and NHL drafts, the NBA draft was held virtually with players, teams, and Commissioner Adam Silver all communicating digitally to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The pandemic forced the NBA to halt play in March before it completed its season in a bio-secure bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida and crowning the Los Angeles Lakers the champions in October. The regular season is set to start on Dec. 22.

The NBA draft https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN27Z08R typically revels in glitz and glamour and Silver said he felt bad for the players and their families that the event had to be held virtually.

“It’s a big disappointment,” Silver said.

“We owe them a big party.”

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Live updates, picks, draft order, LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, Michael Jordan wish granted


The NBA Draft is underway, with America’s hottest basketball talent finding out where their new homes are.

There was no unanimous agreement over who would go No. 1 this year, unlike 2019 with Zion Williamson, and everyone was waiting to see what the top of the draftboard would look like.

Minnesota had first crack and selected Anthony Edwards from the University of Georgia. Golden State scooped up James Wiseman with the second pick and Charlotte selected LaMelo Ball third overall as he joins his brother Lonzo in the NBA.

According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, NBA legend and Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, gave his franchise the green light to recruit Ball and his wish was granted.

Ball spent last season honing his craft Down Under in the NBL and is now ready to graduate to the NBA.

DRAFT PICKS

1. Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)

2. James Wiseman (Golden State Warriors)

3. LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets)

4. Patrick Williams (Chicago Bulls)

5. Isaac Okoro (Cleveland Cavaliers)

6. Onyeka Okongwu (Atlanta Hawks)

7. Killian Hayes (Detroit Pistons)

8. Obi Toppin (New York Knicks)

9. Deni Avdija (Washington Wizards)

10. Jalen Smith (Phoenix Suns)

11. Devin Vassell (San Antonio Spurs)

12. Tyrese Haliburton (Sacramento Kings)



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