The Latest: Michigan State LB and OL opt out of season August 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan State linebacker Marcel Lewis and offensive lineman Justin Stevens are opting out of the upcoming season. Hockenson had 32 catches for 367 yards and two TDs as a rookie last season after being drafted on the first round.___The Big Ten is tapping the brakes on football practice, telling its schools that until further notice full contact practices cannot begin. The conference announced all teams will remain in the first two days of what is known as the “acclimatization period,” working in just helmets helmets. The Big Ten said all other fall sports will continue to work with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity.“We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all,” the conference said in a statement Saturday. “As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.” Both announced their decisions on Twitter.Lewis, a redshirt freshman, said he’s lost a family member during the pandemic and has had another family member sick in the hospital. He said he doesn’t feel safe competing this year because of outbreaks on teams and athletes developing heart issues and respiratory problems.___The Detroit Lions activated tight end T.J. Hockenson, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and punter Arryn Siposs from the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list was created for NFL players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports read more
Speaking in line with this yearâ€™s theme, â€œUniting To Restore Our Dignity,â€ Sirawoo went down the memory lane and praised the founding fathers of SWAN for their foresight and unity of purpose in birthing the Association.According to him, â€œkudos to our founding fathers for their vision and sense of mission in creating the Association to bring together sports journalists. The Association has over the years grown from strength to strength, providing the platform to engage stakeholders and contributing to the development of sports in Nigeria.â€He stressed on the need for members to act within the tenets of responsible journalism and have the common purpose of taking the Association to a new level that would earn the respect of government, administrators and operators.The SWAN President commended the National Executive Council (NEC), statesâ€™ executives and members of the association for their cooperation since he assumed office in 2016, adding that though some successes have been achieved, there were still a lot more to be done.The nationâ€™s number one sports journalist disclosed that more innovations to make the body respond to emerging challenges would soon be unfolded, pointing out that he was open to suggestions to make the Association better.He reiterated the Association’s readiness to work with other stakeholders to ensure that sports is taken to the next level and the country attains her deserved place in Africa and the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr Honour Sirawoo has harped on professionalism and unity among sports journalists as the Association marks its 54th anniversary.SWAN came into being on February 1, 1964 and is charged with coordinating the activities of the Nigerian media in the promotion of sports and their socio-cultural values, as well as defend and uphold the moral and professional rights of members, contribute through advice, suggestions, criticisms or other means to the development and growth of sports in Nigeria. read more
Leaders- Liverpool and defending champions, Manchester City will this weekend face tricky test to their Premier League title ambitions. While the Reds host a Chelsea side, which recently seem to have found their groove and are desperate to book a place in the top-four, the Citizens will be guest to CrystalManchester City travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday in an attempt to leapfrog Liverpool at the top of the table, but the Reds can reclaim the summit later that afternoon hosting Chelsea in a pivotal clash.Pep Guardiola’s men are attempting to achieve the quadruple, having claimed the Carabao Cup, reached the FA Cup final and the Champions League quarter-finals, where they host Tottenham in the second leg next week – looking to overturn a one-goal deficit, while Liverpool are looking to end a 29-year wait for the domestic title and made huge strides towards a place in the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Porto on Tuesday – having lost to Real Madrid in the final last year. When Crystal Palace defeated reigning champions and league leaders Manchester City in December last year, they may have recorded one of their finest victories to date.With Manchester City widely hailed as one of the decade’s greatest teams seen in Europe, a hit-and-miss Palace side travelling north to the sky blue half of Manchester were far from likely to cause an upset.But, as is well known, in truly remarkable fashion the Eagles did the unthinkable and thanks in part to Andros Townsend’s thunderstrike – an effort befitting of such a win – left the Etihad with three points and three goals secured before Christmas.This Sunday, the Citizens return to face the Palace, but this time at Selhurst Park. This leg of the clash should provide south Londoners with more optimism, as Palace sit three places higher in the table having won three of their last five league matches compared with two from five in December.But form pales into insignificance against the likes of Guardiola’s men, who have won seven of their last eight league games, keeping a clean sheet in six of them. And with a game in hand over league leaders Liverpool, a win at Selhurst Park would temporarily place them top before the Reds host Chelsea later same day – thus putting further pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s title-challengers.However, City wouldn’t be the only team to benefit from victory at Selhurst, as three points would put Palace on a total of 42 – potentially level or even above West Ham United on goal difference. The Hammers face Manchester United away this evening, so Palace fans will be keen to follow their progress.Another big clash this weekend sees Bournemouth take on Brighton & Hove Albion, and, with the Cherries trailing Palace by just one point, it could be a chance for Eddie Howe’s south coast side to overtake Hodgson’s charges.Providing another stern test for City on Sunday becomes all the more important, then, and Crystal Palace will be looking to be the first side outside of the top six to beat the Sky Blues twice in a season since 2011.And although it was Townsend who stole the headlines at the Etihad, Luka Milivojevic separated the two sides with his penalty early into the second half. Should he step-up from 12 yards again, fans will feel confident in his abilities having netted 10 times from the spot this season – just one shy of Andrew Johnson’s Premier League record of 11.There will be fireworks when Liverpool and Chelsea face each other at Anfield in the Premier League derby. Liverpool came from behind to beat Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium and they will be looking to retain top position in the standings with a win over Maurizio Sarri’s troops. Mohamed Salah, who scored his 18th goal of the season in thºe 3-1 win over the Saints, will be the man to watch in the home team. Chelsea, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the Champions League and they are likely to go for a win in Sunday’s football game as well.A lively contest is on the horizon at Anfield, but seeing that the Reds are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Jurgen Klopp’s troops. It has to be noted that the Reds are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the national championship.When Steven Gerrard slipped against the Blues at Anfield in 2014, time seemed to stand still as Demba Ba raced through and dealt a hammer blow to the Reds’ title chances.While the title was not lost on that day, psychological damage might have been done and the famous implosion at Selhurst Park allowed Manchester City to earn a crucial advantage.This season, fate has willed it that Liverpool will play Chelsea in their fifth-last game of the campaign. Funnily enough, City will play Crystal Palace this weekend as they did during Matchweek 33 in 2014.A win against Chelsea this weekend will heal fans of their heartbreak from that fateful season if it ultimately results in Liverpool winning the Premier League.The Blues have had an inconsistent campaign and had to rely on incorrect calls from the officials to beat Cardiff City last time out.While form matters very little in the big games, Liverpool will be encouraged after winning 3-1 against Southampton on Friday last week.Klopp will be certain to get his players bouncing before the game and with just five games remaining; they will certainly know the importance of winning at this stage of the season.The good news for Liverpool is that all their important players are hitting a rich vein of form at precisely the right time.Roberto Firmino has rediscovered his samba magic and Naby Keita is scything through midfields like a hot knife through butter.With the Reds gearing up for the run-in, all they need is a slice of luck to reward them for all their hard work this season. 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Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanAn I-beam from the World Trade Center is unveiled at a ceremony in front of the Dept. of Public Safety office Thursday at 6 p.m. The event commemorated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and included musical performances as well as a speech from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni (far right).
Roisin Howard says playing better teams is helping improve their own performance…They face Laois this afternoon, in a home game in Ardfinnan, at 2pm. Photo © Tipp Ladies Facebook Tipp Ladies are hoping to continue their unbeaten run, as they head into round 2 of the National Football League against Laois this afternoon.They went through 2017 undefeated – gaining promotion from Division 3, and winning the Intermediate All Ireland.The Premier have begun life in Division 2 on a positive note – having beaten Armagh last weekend.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ARLINGTON, Texas — After a typical major league game, the winners gather in the middle of the field and shake hands, casually and cheerfully heading for the clubhouse.After the Angels’ 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, though, the handshakes were supplemented by firm hugs, as the players and staff concluded what was certainly one of the most emotional games of their lives.With Tyler Skaggs’ jersey hanging in their dugout, the Angels returned to work just a day after one of their most beloved teammates had died in his hotel room. But the Angels were grinding out at-bats all night. They drew four of their 11 walks against Minor, knocking him out with 110 pitches in the fifth.“Hats off to them,” Woodward said. “They didn’t take one pitch off.”Lucroy lined a two-out, two-run single into right field, tying the score 3-3 in the fifth.In the sixth, the Angels scored four runs, one on a hit by Justin Upton and two more on a single by Justin Bour, who inherited a 3-and-2 count after La Stella had to come out of the game.Calhoun padded the lead in the eighth with his homer, belting a ball through the wind and over the right-center field fence. Calhoun paused as he stepped on the plate and looked upward, having given the team a five-run lead as they neared the first victory what could be a challenging final three months.“Today was just different,” Calhoun said. “There’s no playbook for how you’re supposed to act and react, but getting back to the game is definitely what he would have wanted. I think this is a time, and today was a day we leaned on each other like we really needed to.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Such issues were far down the list of importance, though, on a night that the Angels celebrated Skaggs with a victory.Kole Calhoun was responsible for the game’s most poignant moment, as he pointed to the sky after touching the plate following his eighth-inning two-run homer.“It just kind of felt right,” Calhoun said. “We know we got an angel watching over us now. He was a guy that lit up the room. His energy and his positivity and the person that he was, it ran deep and it touched this organization for a long time and a lot of people around baseball. When I got to the plate, it just felt right to pay some respects to him. We know we’ve got somebody watching over us there.”The game ended with closer Hansel Robles on the mound, despite the five-run lead, because Manager Brad Ausmus said “it felt like there was much more urgency to win. It’s been a rough 24 hours and we haven’t had a lot to smile about, so a win gave us something.”Before the game, as Ausmus and General Manager Billy Eppler explained why the Angels were ready to get back to work just one day after the tragedy, Ausmus said the game could provide a temporary “refuge” from reality.Although the focus on baseball may have pushed away some thoughts of Skaggs, there were still reminders of him throughout.His No. 45 jersey hung in the dugout. It had been carried on to the field during a pregame moment of silence by Andrew Heaney, one of Skaggs’ closest friends on the team, and Cam Bedrosian.“His jersey was hanging in his locker, and we wanted take him out there with us one more time,” Heaney said. “He meant so much to all of us. He was definitely my best friend. There’s probably about 100 other people out there who would say that he was their best friend, too, because he treated everybody like that.”Many Angels players had their own ways of remembering Skaggs, with his number or initials inscribed on their cap or equipment.Rangers players asked the Globe Life Park entertainment staff to dispense with the walk-up songs for the night, so left-hander Mike Minor warmed up in relative silence to throw the game’s first pitch.“We felt like that was the right thing to do for them, to not make too much hoopla during the game,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.When Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus came to the plate for the first time, he stopped and tipped his helmet toward the Angels dugout. He then tapped the No. 45 on catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s chest protector.The Rangers grounds crew painted a red No. 45 on the back of the pitcher’s mound.The Angels sent rookie José Suarez to that mound to face Minor, who has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this year.The game began sloppily, with two Angels misplays leading to a Rangers run in the first. The Rangers then took a 3-1 lead in third as Suarez continued to wobble. Ausmus said in the early innings he sensed some of the “aftereffects” of what they’d been through in the previous two days.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney wipes tears away as he stands between Mike Trout, left, and Kole Calhoun, right, answering questions during news conference about Tyler Skaggs, after a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Angels manager Brad Ausmus, left, and other members of the team observe a moment of silence to honor teammate Tyler Skaggs before Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 27-year-old Skaggs died on Monday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (53) reaches down to touch the number 45 on the back of the mound as he prepares to work against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The number honors Tyler Skaggs who passed away on Monday in Southlake, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSome members of the Los Angeles Angels hold the jersey of Tyler Skaggs as they observe a moment of silence before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Justin Bour #41 of the Los Angeles Angels hangs the jersey of Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels in the dugout before taking on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus sits on the bench in front of the jersey of Tyler Skaggs during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: A view of a Los Angeles Angels jersey with a patch to honor Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez kneels behind the mound before working against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The number 45 is displayed on the scoreboard during the first inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The number honors Tyler Skaggs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez adjust his cap that has a written message on it referring to teammate Tyler Skaggs during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez adjust his cap that has a written message on it referring to teammate Tyler Skaggs during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez (54) works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus (1) tips his helmet to the Los Angeles Angels dugout before walking up to the plate for an at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor (23) throws to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) wears a black patch with the number 45 on it as he takes an at-bat against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)A black patch with the number 45 on it sits above the team logo as Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout walks through the dugout in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The entire team and staff wore the same patch honoring Tyler Skaggs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus (1) talks with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, before an at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is unable to reach a double by Texas Rangers’ Nomar Mazara in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo steals second ahead of the attempted tag by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella (9) in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Team personnel assist Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels after he was injured while at bat against the Texas Rangers in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Team personnel assist the Angels’ Tommy La Stella off the field after he fouled a ball off his right leg while at bat during the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels bobbles a ball hit by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers in the top of the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Justin Anderson #38 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Hansel Robles #57 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after beating the Texas Rangers 9-4 at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, embraces Andrew Heaney, center, who fights back tears as he answers questions about his late friend and teammate, Tyler Skaggs, after the Angels’ baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout fights back tears as he answers questions about Tyler Skaggs, who died Monday, during a news conference after the Angels’ baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 02: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels and Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels talk with the media about the death of teammate Tyler Skaggs at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 02, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, center, draws smiles from teammates Mike Trout, left front, Andrew Heaney, second from right, and Kole Calhoun, right, as he answered questions about Tyler Skaggs in a news conference after the Angels’ baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Upton was asked what Skaggs would say after a big win like the one tonight in the 9-4 win against the Rangers. His response drew laughs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, embraces Andrew Heaney, center, who fights back tears as he answers questions about his friend and teammate, Tyler Skaggs, after a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney wipes tears away as he stands between Mike Trout, left, and Kole Calhoun, right, answering questions during news conference about Tyler Skaggs, after a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Angels manager Brad Ausmus, left, and other members of the team observe a moment of silence to honor teammate Tyler Skaggs before Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 27-year-old Skaggs died on Monday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 31Angels manager Brad Ausmus, left, and other members of the team observe a moment of silence to honor teammate Tyler Skaggs before Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 27-year-old Skaggs died on Monday. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Expand Mike Trout, who had been close friends with Skaggs since they were drafted together in 2009, stood in an interview room, backed by more than a dozen of his teammates, and tearfully described what the previous 32 hours had been like, capped with a victory.“My first at-bat I got up there, and all I was thinking about was him,” Trout said. “It was tough playing out there. But Skaggs wouldn’t want us taking another day off.”Even in the win, the Angels were dealt a little more adversity, although the more mundane variety.Tommy La Stella, the Angels’ improbable All-Star, fouled a ball off his right shin and had to be helped off the field in the fifth inning. Brian Goodwin was hit in the right wrist by a pitch.Both players were diagnosed with contusions, to be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros read more
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Nobody does that quite like Patrick Beverley, who didn’t score Friday, took only one shot, and yet set the tone and finished plus-13 in the box score.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime LOS ANGELES — The Clippers put a 132-103 smackdown on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. But little good that did you if your fantasy basketball team was depending on members Doc Rivers’ team to significantly stuff the stat sheet.Unless your rotisserie team needed 3-pointers (Paul George had six) or blocks (Montrezl Harrell came up with three), the NBA’s nightly leaderboard was devoid of Clippers – despite their rollicking, high-scoring triumph against the Western Conference’s current No. 2 seed.The Clippers (40-19) shared the load Friday, with seven players in double figures, led by George with 24 points. They collected a season-high-tying 35 assists, and had five players finish with four or more, paced by seven apiece from Lou Williams and Reggie Jackson off the bench.To hear Clippers players tell it, it was the type of box score that served as a sign that things are going right for the group of singularly focused veterans (who are taking their cues from a maniacally focused competitor). Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “You would have thought Pat had 40 tonight the way he was grinning and smiling and just having fun with the game,” George said. “That’s what it’s about. I tip my hat to Pat. It’s contagious when you’ve got a guy who plays to win and doesn’t care what his stats look like.“It changed me. I just wanna go out there and hoop. I don’t care what happens, if I make shots, if I miss, as long as I’m impacting winning, and we come out with a win, that’s all that matters.”Friday’s winning gave the Clippers their third consecutive victory and their seventh in seven games this season with a fully healthy roster. It also moved them into a tie for the second seed with Denver.They’ll try to keep it going – to “keep growing, keep pushing,” as Rivers put it – with a matinee Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers (12:30 p.m., ABC). The Sixers will rely on former Clipper Tobias Harris and Al Horford to lead them with Ben Simmons (back) and Joel Embiid (shoulder) injured and unavailable. “We’re all at a point where we just want to win,” said Jackson, the 29-year-old point guard who said he’s welcomed the shift from catalyst to contributor that came with his Detroit buyout and subsequent Clippers signing.“I think we’re at that core group age,” said Jackson of his new squad, of which six of 14 members have between seven and nine years of NBA experience. “Most of the guys have done at least seven years-plus, and we have a great leader in Lou, who’s been around for a long time (14 years), and so I don’t think anyone cares who gets it done, it’s just getting it done. That’s one of the best things since I’ve been here.”That includes George, the Clippers’ star forward, who said he’s feeling less pressure to put up big numbers in this environment.“Everybody has kind of been established with our main guys,” said George, whose season averages of 21.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists are off his previous season bests – a trend that doesn’t bother him in the slightest, he said.“For me, I just want to impact winning,” George said. “I’ve been a high scorer in this league; that’s not what motivates me. I think everybody has one agenda at this point in their career and that’s to win. And you see it. Everybody is out there trying to affect winning.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
NEW YORK >> The Lakers sported a different look, and it went beyond wearing the so-called “Hollywood Light” jerseys that blended black with purple and gold trimming for the first time in their short season.The Lakers 97-94 victory Wednesday over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center also provided a case study on how they can morph from one identity to another overnight. There’s the good. The Lakers secured the win after Wesley Johnson’s steal led to a fast-break dunk for a 94-92 lead with 1:32 left. Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry made three of four free throws on the last three possessions. They Lakers picked up their first win on the second night on a back-to-back in four tries and their second road victory in six a mere night after clawing back from a nine-point deficit against Washington only to squander the game in the final minutes. THe Lakers shot 47.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range in the first half only to close out the game missing their last six attempts in the last four minutes Pau Gasol posted 21 points on 9 of 17 shooting in a matchup against Kevin Garnett that evoked NBA Finals memories. But Gasol’s final moments included a turnover, a missed fadeaway jumper and Garnett blocking him at the rim. D’Antoni credited Nick Young for making what he called “big shots” en route to 26 points off the bench on 8 of 16 shooting. But that soured with his one of five fourth-quarter stretch. Young also sprained his left ring finger after Pierce wacked him as he drove in for a missed layup with the game tied 92-92 with 1:42 remaining. “I thought it was over,” said Young, who will wear a splint on his finger after X-rays turned out negative . “I’m gojng to try my best to play through it and sees how it feels in the morning and go from there.”But the Lakers aren’t scrutinizing victories. They have only a 8-8 record and rank 12th in the Western Conference without any assurances when their hobbled future Hall of Famers in Kobe Bryant (left Achilles tendon) and Steve Nash (back) will return. Instead, the Lakers are counting their blessings. “I like our record because of our last five or six games we played,” said Gasol, referring to the team’s 4-1 record in the past five contests. “There’s effort and progession. If we had started great and started a five-game losing streak, Id’ feel a lot worse than I do right now. I feel we’re on the right path. We’re working ahrd and playing together, focused and tuning up more. The results are coming.”That’s partly because the Lakers continue to show team balance, including Jordan Farmar (15 points) and Jodie Meeks (11). “If we can keep moving forward, we’ll be fine,” D’Antoni said. “We’re not good enouh right now, but I think we can get there. I think we can be really good.” “It changed the game and the momentum and got everything back on our side,” Johnson said. “I’m glad we were able to pull it out.”There’s the bad.The Lakers built as large as a 27-point lead against the Nets and nearly squandered it in the second half a day after overcoming a nine-point deficit and unraveling in the final minutes against the Wizards. The Lakers also left Nets forward Paul Pierce wide open for a game-tying 3-pointer, but his shot rimmed out. “I started coaching and then that hurt us,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni quipped. “Sometimes the ball sticks and we have a habit of going one on one too much.”There’s the ugly. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract, which is a non-guaranteed deal for one year that would pay him the league minimum if he makes the team. He hit all five of his shots from the field and both free throw attempts in his 11 minutes on the court during Boston’s 89-72 win over the Cavaliers on Monday. Former UCF star Tacko Fall wasn’t selected at the 2019 NBA Draft, but the 7-6 center is making the most of his summer with the Celtics. The 23-year-old has been putting a show and is quickly becoming the fan favorite at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. “It’s been a great experience so far,” Fall said after the win. “I’ve said it a couple of times, I feel blessed for the opportunity and just for the love that the fans have shown me since I got here.”Fall continues to play throughout Summer League, earning more minutes as the games advance.GameMINPTSREBGame 11064Game 211122Game 31644Game 417128He’s made 16-of-21 (76 percent) shots through four games as his height provides an obvious advantage near the rim. read more
The 18-year-old fullback, who played two NRL matches during the 2016 finals series, was a member of the 2016 NYC Team of the Year and is rated one of the most promising young players in rugby league.”There is no doubt Kalyn is a very talented and exciting young player and his signing is definitely a coup for the club,” Knights coach Nathan Brown said. “We look forward to further developing his talent and welcoming his family to Newcastle.”Knights CEO Matt Gidley said Ponga remained contracted to the Cowboys for the 2017 season.”As it stands, we are excited about Kalyn joining us in 2018,” Gidley added.”Should the Cowboys decide to release Kalyn before the conclusion of his contract, we would certainly welcome him to the club at an earlier date.” read more