first_imgBe sure to check WRBI’s website for all of the boys sectional pairings.  The sectionals will begin next Tuesday, February 27.Oh, what a difference the state tourney is today than what it was when I was in high school.  Since it was a single class tournament, there was a great demand for sectional tickets.  Today very few gyms in the state of Indiana will be at capacity.  How many remember either standing in line to hope you could get a ticket or being in a lottery drawing to get one?Basketball is still basketball.  Go out and get a ticket and support your local team no matter where they play.  Good luck to all teams.last_img

Cricket News KXIP donate Rs 25 lakh to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in Pulwama attack

first_imgChandigarh: The Kings XI Punjab donated Rs five lakh each to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February.The cheques were given to kin of five CRPF jawans hailing from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, who lost their lives in the deadly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, J&K last month, which left 40 personnel from the force dead.Cheques were distributed among family members of Jaimal Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Maninder Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Tilak Raj.Also read | IPL 2019: Complete schedule of league stage matches released, check hereKings XI captain Ravichandran Ashwin, DIG CRPF V K Kaundal were present at the event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center

first_imgWest Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.”Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages.Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.” ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed. The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center ___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday.___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate. Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics.A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms.Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.”___ So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4.Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires.Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on ___West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction.Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club. April 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__ Associated Press The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis. The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.” The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff.The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.Chief executive officer Dr. Robert Corona thought of the idea. He says after careful analysis of tests performed by the hospital’s infection control team, infectious disease specialists, microbiology team and other clinical experts, the hospital has developed a process for collecting used shields, decontaminating them with the Sani Sport sanitation machines, and re-using the shields.Crunch chief operation officer Jim Sarosy says the AHL has been in touch with the other teams in the league, and he says a firehouse in Boston and the State University of New York at Cortland also have reached out to the team.According to the website of the Quebec-based company, its customers include 28 NHL clubs, 16 in the NFL, and six in MLB. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said.The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___ Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.last_img read more

Injury worries grow for Michael Essien as Real Madrid star misses training

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Michael Essien is said to have growing injury problems at Real Madrid as he spent Friday on the treatment table and unable to train normally with the rest of the team.The midfielder has now been training alone for various days now due to different fitness problems.Essien, who in recent weeks has had to make an extra effort and play out of position due to injuries at the club – first to full-backs and then to Xabi Alonso and Khedira in the midfield – is still unable to train normally.After playing, the Ghanaian needs to recover from a series of knocks and has to follow a specific training plan in order to be available for the club’s next match. He’s been like that for a while. That said, he’s always been available to Mourinho whenever critical injuries have hit the squad.But Essien isn’t the only player not training normally. Kaká is in the same boat. He didn’t even take to the pitch in training and just worked on recovering after playing for Brazil against Colombia.Following the injury crisis that Real Madrid suffered after the last international break, the best news for Mourinho is that all of his internationals have returned fully fit to take part in Madrid’s next games, specifically, the big one against City in Manchester, where Real hope to seal qualification for the next round of the Champions League.last_img read more

Clippers’ defense faltering lately

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> It was the best transition defense the Clippers have played in weeks.Prior to Monday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, Marreese Speights was ready to guard against an extended conversation about one of the problems that’s plagued the Clippers on their recent winless three-game road trip.Speights swatted away any talk about his team’s problems in the open court, where they were outscored 83-10 in fastbreak points. So instead of answering, he transitioned to a new topic.“That was 2016,” Speights said. “It’s 2017 now — a fresh start.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The calendar might’ve flipped, but the Clippers’ problems still are there. Minutes into Monday’s game against the Suns, the team allowed an uncontested basket after a turnover, forcing Doc Rivers to call a timeout.After being outscored 33-0 in fastbreak points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on New Year’s Eve — the team’s seventh game in 10 days — J.J. Redick said part of the issue had to do with his team’s effort.“I think sometimes the players look at the schedule and see how hard it is and they fall into that trap. Seven games in 10 nights, that’s hard. We knew that, when the schedule came out, that was one of the stretches we tried to get changed,” Rivers said before Monday’s game. “We knew it would be hard, we thought we’d be healthy, and we got caught with a double-whammy — tough schedule plus injuries. I thought we lost all three of those games early, and that’s something you just can’t do.“You have to hang in there.”For Austin Rivers, the solution is easy to pinpoint — relax and just play the right way.center_img “I think we just have to go compete, come in and compete. We’re a great team; we know that. We went through a tough stretch — so what?” he said. “Let’s get through it, learn from it and let’s get better. We don’t need to be heavy thinkers, overthink, walk around depressed and (expletive).“We just have to get through it.”Paul sits againChris Paul missed his third straight game — and his sixth in seven contests — with a sore left hamstring.“We’re just going to take our time,” Doc Rivers said. “… It’s all big picture. He’s not playing until he’s 100 percent.”Paul, Rivers said, was 100 percent before playing against New Orleans last week. And, Rivers said, he didn’t re-injure the hamstring in that game.“What we didn’t like is that he had fatigue, a lot of fatigue, that next day. He was sore, and that shouldn’t happen,” Rivers said. “Once we found that out, we decided, though he feels good, we’re going to wait even longer.“He didn’t take it great, but he’s a smart kid. Once you sit him down and talk to him about why, because he really thought he’d play the Houston game, he’s been very good about it. He understands.”NotesAustin Rivers said he’s spoken to the NBA about his ejection last week in Houston, and said he’s hopeful the NBA will rescind the decision. “The league is in process of rescinding because I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said. “I told them what really happened, and I think they understood it too, which is why I didn’t get suspended for any games.” … Wesley Johnson continued to play with a sore left ankle, coming off the bench Monday.last_img read more

NBA Playoffs: First-round matchups and schedule

first_img“It’s not going to be as easy as people think it is,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said.That’s the beauty of the playoffs. It’s not supposed to be easy.First-round games in all eight series will be played starting Saturday and Sunday. The second round cannot begin until April 27 at the earliest, the conference finals couldn’t start before May 12 and the NBA Finals will start on May 30.WESTERN CONFERENCEPortland rallied from 28 points down on Wednesday against Sacramento — which blew a lead that large for the second time this season. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers The Bucks, the NBA’s top overall seed, play the Pistons. No. 2 Toronto draws No. 7 Orlando, with the Magic in the postseason for the first time since 2012. And No. 3 Philadelphia — a team wrapped in intrigue right now — will face No. 6 Brooklyn.Joel Embiid played in only 10 of the 76ers’ 24 games since the All-Star break, and general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday that “it is possible” the team’s best scorer and rebounder won’t be ready to start the playoffs.Embiid isn’t the only injury situation that made headlines Wednesday: The Celtics announced that Marcus Smart will miss four to six weeks with an injury to his left oblique — a massive blow to Boston. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons.Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not being clinched until the final night was in the books — the last three of them, out West, going down to literally the final moments.The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors will start their quest for a fourth title in five years against the Los Angeles Clippers.center_img Denver finished on a 15-0 run to beat Minnesota.And with that, the West bracket was shaken up one last time before it was finally set.Top-seeded Golden State will face the eighth-seeded Clippers, a matchup that was known after early results Wednesday. The rest went right down to the wire, with No. 2 Denver facing No. 7 San Antonio, No. 3 Portland getting No. 6 Oklahoma City and No. 4 Houston facing No. 5 Utah. It was a worst-case for Houston, which entered the season’s final night in place to finish second, third or fourth in the West.The way the results fell means the Rockets, if they get past the Jazz, would likely see the Warriors in the second round — and not in the Western Conference finals. So there will be no rematch of last year’s title series out West, a tussle where the Rockets had a 3-2 series lead before Chris Paul’s hamstring balked and the Warriors went on to advance and reach the NBA Finals.The Nuggets clinched the No. 2 seed with their big rally to top the Timberwolves. The Blazers got to the No. 3 spot with their wild comeback to beat the Kings. The combination of those results dropped Houston to the No. 4 seed.EASTERN CONFERENCEThe only matchup in the NBA that was set before Wednesday night was No. 4 Boston against No. 5 Indiana.Everything else, just like all the West matchups, fell into place during Game 82s on Wednesday.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS & FULL SCHEDULE Eastern Conference(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (8) Detroit PistonsGame 1: Sun, April 14 Detroit at Milwaukee, 4 PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Detroit at Milwaukee, 5 PT, NBA TVGame 3: Sat, April 20 Milwaukee at Detroit, 5 PT, ESPNGame 4: Mon, April 22 Milwaukee at Detroit, 5 PT, TNT*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Milwaukee at Detroit, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Detroit at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando MagicGame 1: Sat, April 13 Orlando at Toronto. 2 PT, ESPNGame 2: Tue, April 16 Orlando at Toronto, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Toronto at Orlando, 4 PT, ESPNGame 4: Sun, April 21 Toronto at Orlando, 4 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Toronto at Orlando, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Orlando at Toronto, TBD, TNT(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Brooklyn NetsGame 1: Sat, April 13 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m. PT, ESPNGame 2: Mon, April 15 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Thu, April 18 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 5 PT, TNTGame 4: Sat, April 20 Philadelphia at Brooklyn, Noon PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Brooklyn at Philadelphia TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Philadelphia at Brooklyn TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Brooklyn at Philadelphia, TBD, TNT(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana PacersGame 1: Sun, April 14 Indiana at Boston, 10 a.m. PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Indiana at Boston, 4 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Boston at Indiana, 5:30 PT, ABCGame 4: Sun, April 21 Boston at Indiana, 10 a.m. PT, ABC*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Boston at Indiana, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Indiana at Boston, TBD, TBDWestern Conference(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) LA ClippersGame 1: Sat, April 13 LA at Golden State, 5 PT, TNTGame 3: Thu, April 18 Golden State at LA, 7:30 PT, TNTGame 4: Sun, April 21 Golden State at LA, 7:30 PT, ABCGame 5*: Wed, April 24 LA at Golden State, 12:30 PT, TBDGame 6*: Fri, April 26 Golden State at LA, TBD, TBDGame 7*: Sun, April 28 LA at Golden State, TBD, TBD(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio SpursGame 1: Sat, April 13 San Antonio at Denver, 7:30 PT, ESPNGame 2: Tue, April 16 San Antonio at Denver, 6 PT, NBA TVGame 3: Thu, April 18 Denver at San Antonio, 6 PT, NBA TVGame 4: Sat, April 20 Denver at San Antonio, 2:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Denver at San Antonio, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 San Antonio at Denver, TBD, TBD(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City ThunderGame 1: Sun, April 14 Oklahoma City at Portland, 12:30 p.m. PT, ABCGame 2: Tue, April 16 Oklahoma City at Portland, 7:30 PT, TNTGame 3: Fri, April 19 Portland at Oklahoma City, 6:30 PT, ESPNGame 4: Sun, April 21 Portland at Oklahoma City, 6:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Tue, April 23 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Thu, April 25 Portland at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sat, April 27 Oklahoma City at Portland, TBD, TBD(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah JazzGame 1: Sun, April 14 Utah at Houston, 6:30 pm PT, TNTGame 2: Wed, April 17 Utah at Houston, 6:30 PT, TNTGame 3: Sat, April 20 Houston at Utah, 7:30 PT, ESPNGame 4: Mon, April 22 Houston at Utah 7:30 PT, TNT*Game 5: Wed, April 24 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD*Game 6: Fri, April 26 Houston at Utah, TBD, TBD*Game 7: Sun, April 28 Utah at Houston, TBD, TBD* – If NecessaryTBD – To Be Determined Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Magic Johnson no longer to be listed as part of Lakers’ organization

first_imgThe next time Magic Johnson tweets, no one will have to wonder if his opinion represents that of the Los Angeles Lakers.That at least appears to be the goal in Saturday night’s announcement that Lakers legend will no longer be listed as a vice president, an honorary title, on the team’s staff directory.In a statement, the Lakers said Johnson requested to be eliminated from the listing “in hopes of clarifying any confusion over (his) involvement with” with the team he played for from 1979-91.“Earvin will always be a revered and beloved member of the Lakers family,” team spokesman John Black said, “but he does not have a position or role with the organization at this time.” In recent years, Johnson has been critical on social media of Lakers part-owner Jim Buss and former coach Mike D’Antoni. More recently, he has posted messages to Twitter encouraging the Lakers to pursue free agents DeMar Derozan, Kevin Durant and LeBron James this summer. If Johnson were a Lakers employee, those comments could have been interpreted as tampering. “He is not an advisor or a consultant,” Black said, “and his opinions, comments and social media posts are solely his, and do not represent or reflect those of Lakers ownership or management. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion over this issue in the future.” Johnson won five championships with the Lakers in the 1980s and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He sold a 4.5 percent ownership stake in the team in 2010. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bruce Arians noncommittal about Jameis Winston’s future with Buccaneers

first_imgIn 12 appearances this season, Winston, selected with the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has tallied 20 interceptions and 22 touchdowns for the Buccaneers (5-7). Winston’s woes were highlighted in a five-interception performance against the Panthers in Week 6, and he has thrown 10 more picks in five games since.”This is what we prayed for, moments like this.”— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 4, 2019Asked if he would throw his support behind Winston if quizzed by Tampa Bay’s hierarchy, Arians told reporters on Wednesday: “I’m gonna pass on that one. I’m gonna wait until the end of December.” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was noncommittal on Jameis Winston being the team’s quarterback after 2019.Winston’s rookie contract expires at the end of the season and the 25-year-old’s future in Tampa Bay is up in the air. “There’s been really, really, really good and there’s been some really, really bad,” Arians added. “I’m gonna pass until it’s over and then we’ll make a decision.”Since being drafted by the Buccaneers four years ago, Winston has amassed 18,287 yards for 110 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.The Buccaneers will face the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) on Sunday.last_img read more

Quips shut down Washington in showdown of undefeated AA teams

first_imgAliquippa (13-0) Head Coach Mike Zmijanac doesn’t keep track of career milestones. He admitted as much prior to the start of the WPIAL Championship Trophy presentation ceremony.The pleasant and unseasonably warm temperatures that gave the east coast a feeling of summer in late November might have caused some Washington (12-1) players to believe that they really had a chance to upset the Quips. ELUDES DEFENDER—Terry Swanson of Aliquippa eludes a Washington defender in the Quips 34-7 win, Swanson rushed for 206 yards. The WPIAL’s leading rusher junior Shai “Shy” McKenzie, entered the game with 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns, but the Quips held him to only 33 yards on 18 carries. It was Aliquippa’s junior Terry Swanson who stole the show by rushing for 206 yards, including a 60 yards touchdown to lead the Quips to a 34-7 victory.The best–kept secret in football isn’t one anymore, other than perhaps if you see Swanson out of uniform.Swanson and Dravon Henry are the only set of teammates in the WPIAL to have rushed for more than 1,000 yards.Aliquippa won a record 15th WPIAL football championship. The Quips are a Class A school that plays up in classification to Class AA. The two best area teams are Aliquippa and Clairton. It would make for a dream matchup. Will they ever face one another?“We had a deal to play Clairton at the beginning of the 2012 season,” said defensive coach Greg Gill. “But, the WPIAL would not approve of the game. I hope someone can make that game happen and the Bears will find out what Aliquippa is all about.”last_img read more

You’ll know when I know: Federer not thinking retirement

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal David West retires from NBA after 15 seasons LATEST STORIES Roger Federer, of Switzerland, waves after defeating Benoit Paire, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Roger Federer, still a force in tennis at the age of 37, says that when he does retire it won’t be a spur of the moment decision sprung on an unsuspecting public.“I would first check with my family,” Federer said. ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “At this point I take it with a smile and I understand that everybody is just doing their job, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The topic of when the 20-time Grand Slam champion — currently ranked second in the world — might hang up his racquet so exercises the press that even a casual comment can get antennae quivering.Federer himself jokingly used the “R-word” as he addressed the Flushing Meadows crowd after his first-round win over Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday — and promptly faced questions about it.“It’s a total joke, yes,” he said. “So please don’t read into it. Don’t even write that word.”The Swiss great admitted it could get wearing, with no new answer to the question on the horizon.“Sometimes you wonder why they ask you again because do they not hear what I said yesterday? Do they not listen to what I said two months ago?ADVERTISEMENT “If the team and everybody thinks that this is it now, and I feel it’s truly that, I wouldn’t probably tell it to that one journalist just it happened I was doing that interview that day,” he said.But Federer said he’s resigned to the questions, which first started cropping up almost a decade ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“In the beginning, you’re like, What? It can’t be true,” Federer said after beating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open. “Eventually, OK, fine I get it, they’re allowed to ask it. Then you get to a point where everybody has to ask it because it could be that I would be the one in that very moment to reveal that this might be it.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more