Medals for Guyanese swimmers as ASATT Invitational begins

first_imgGUYANESE swimmers Daniel Scott, Vladimir Woodroffe and Amy Grant picked up several medals between them when they plunged into the pool at the annual ASATT Invitational Swimming Championships which began on Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago.Grant ended the day with a gold medal and a silver medal, while Scott earned a silver and a bronze and Woodroffe took a bronze.Swimming in the Girls’ 15-and-over category, the clock was Grant’s only competition in the 1500m where as the sole competitor she clocked a time of 21:56.51s. However, in the Girls’ 11-and-over 1500m, which took place simultaneously, that time was good enough for second place, after she finished behind the 21:30.94s from Dominique Allen Nurse.Scott clocked a time of 18:2191s in his 1500m, which placed him in second place in the Boys’ 15-and-over after the race was won by Marlin’s Graham Chatoor, who clocked 17:10.67s.Woodroffe gained his bronze in the Boys’ 9-10 50m backstroke where he touched the wall in 38.02 seconds. This race was won by Giovanni Rivas with a time of 36.80 seconds.Grant, Scott and Woodroffe are part of a group of Guyanese swimmers from the Dorado Swim Club, participating at the meet which concludes tomorrow.last_img read more

Earl-y exit: UW star inks deal with Maple Leafs

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team knew that it was going to take a hit next season with the loss of five key graduating seniors. Junior Robbie Earl deepened that wound Friday when he announced that he will forego his senior season and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.Earl led the Badgers with 24 goals this year and finished second on the squad with 50 points. He will begin his professional career with the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Maple Leafs, when they begin their playoffs next Sunday.”Today I decided to leave school and join the Toronto Marlies in the playoffs … and sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Earl said a news conference Friday. “It’s been a tricky three days. I didn’t expect it to happen this quick.”Earl was the 187th pick overall (sixth round) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs.”Robbie evolved into one of the top performers for the NCAA champions this season, and we are delighted to have him on board,” Leafs general manager John Ferguson said in a statement. “His recent success as a key member of the champion Badgers is a big boost for his future development at the professional level.”Earl spent a lot of time with UW head coach Mike Eaves while trying to make his decision. Eaves not only played and coached in the NHL, but also went through a similar process with his son Patrick in previous years.Wisconsin’s fourth-year head coach said he gave Earl advice based on being at a point where it will be easier for him to finish school at some point down the road and being at a point where he has the most earning power.”He has a little more leverage right now if he signs because he gets an extra year,” Eaves said. “And I think the way he played at the end … provided good basis to create earning power that is better right now.””It’s tough leaving a situation where you know what it’s like and you have a great supporting cast around you,” Earl said. “It’s scary being young and having to take that big step … but I’m just glad I made my decision.”Earl also said that his recent success and the success of the Badgers were a large factor.He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Frozen Four last weekend when Wisconsin defeated Boston College 2-1 to win the school’s sixth national championship.”My biggest thing is being a winner, and I think I’ve had the opportunity to do that, and that’s the biggest thing for me, being able to succeed and win at this level, and that’s something I’ve done,” Earl said. “That pretty much gave me the courage to take this next step.”Earl was not only the top goal-scorer on the team, but also he was the fastest skater and one of the most skilled players with the puck.The Badgers’ top line was already going to be missing its third member, senior captain Adam Burish. Now it will need to be completely revamped, as the only returning top-line forward is sophomore Joe Pavelski, who led the team with 56 points.”It’s very much a hole for us — a tough one to fill,” Eaves said. “Not only do you lose a 24-goal scorer, 50-point guy, but a big-game player and a young man that was really coming into his own in terms of his maturity and his leadership. We’ll have to replace Robbie by committee.”While the Badgers try to regroup without him, Earl enters another interesting opportunity. Having already helped UW turn the program around in the past three years, he will try to help do the same thing when and if he gets his chance with the Maple Leafs.Toronto’s playoff hopes ended Saturday and the club is looking to regroup around a core of younger players.”They are a team right now that is in a little bit of a changing-over period,” Eaves said. “They’ve got a lot of old players, and they’re looking for young, talented players to come in.””Right now it’s just meeting people and showing what I can do at this point,” Earl said.He will join Ryan Suter, Rene Bourque and Andy Wozniewski — who, coincidentally, is currently playing defense for the Marlies — on the list of former UW players who played under Eaves, in the NHL.And while he only spent three years playing under Eaves at UW, he also spent two seasons with him at the National Team Developmental Program before the two came to Wisconsin.”I’ve been with him for five years, and he’s guided me every inch of the way,” Earl said of Eaves. “That’s something I’ll use for the rest of my career.”Earl is hoping to be in the lineup for the Marlies’ playoff opener Sunday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.last_img read more

Abbey Miller records her seventh shutout of the season en route to 3-0 Syracuse win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Abbey Miller tries to ignore her opponent’s attempts at getting under her skin, but she can’t. She enjoys playing in games when her opponents stay chippy after the whistle and it invigorates her to play well. So when Mercyhurst began to hit after the whistle in an attempt to irritate the Orange, Miller thrived.The Lakers were on a 2-on-1 breakaway as the clock wound down in the second period. SU defender Lindsay Eastwood bent down and utilized her 6-foot-1-inch frame to prevent the Mercyhurst skater from passing the puck. Miller readied herself when she recognized that the remaining Laker would have to shoot. The skater fired the puck, but instead of it finding the back of the net, or even Miller’s glove, it connected with the mask on Miller’s helmet that protects her face.The puck careened off to the side boards and Syracuse made another defensive stand.Syracuse’s (11-11-5, 10-3-2 College Hockey America) suffocating defense shined Friday night as the Orange handily defeated Mercyhurst (10-17-2, 6-8-1), 3-0 at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Miller recorded her seventh shutout of the season, and tallied 14 saves with ease and propelled the Orange to a victory.“I get a little fired up,” Miller said of playing Mercyhurst. “I play better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo weekends ago when the Orange battled then-No.7 Robert Morris, Miller was challenged with an onslaught of shots. On Friday, the Lakers failed to drum up the same amount of pressure as the Syracuse defenders forced their opponents into multiple poor shot attempts. Of Mercyhurst’s 26 shot attempts, the junior goalie only had to stop 14.Early in the second period, a Mercyhurst attacker attempted to catch Miller off guard. The Laker’s shot went wide, trailing behind the net. Miller jutted out her glove and caught the puck anyway. On this night, as SU head coach Paul Flanagan likes to say, it was “Miller Time.”After realizing a tendency in the Lakers’ offense when studying film, the Orange focused on body positioning to disrupt shots. Mercyhurst shots flew past Miller’s net and rattled off the boards behind her. Sometimes the puck even connected with the glass, the loud sharp bang a result of Syracuse successfully enacting its strategy.“We didn’t want to be passive at all,” SU defender Larissa Martyniuk said. “We know that they make mistakes under pressure.”In the opening frame, the third-place team in the conference tested Miller by sending pucks from behind the net to in front of the crease to catch her out of position. The Anoka, Minnesota, native called upon her training from this past summer when she worked on defending this exact tactic. Miller consistently used her stick to disrupt the passing lane, stifling the Laker attack.The Orange defense complimented Miller’s shutout with active sticks and hustle plays to every loose puck. From the SU bench, Flanagan urged his defense to “get out there” and his team responded. When the Lakers used a strong fore-check to press and aggravate SU’s transition game, Miller showcased the composure that won her the starting job earlier this season.“She knows what she’s capable of,” Flanagan said. “Hopefully she can carry us to a championship.” Comments Published on February 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Richie Power confirms his inter-county retirement

first_imgThe 2 time All Star says it’s been a wonderful journey and while he wouldn’t choose for it to end like this he will forever cherish the memories of his time wearing the Black & Amber.Power has wished continued success to all who play for Kilkenny in the years ahead.last_img

LeoVegas targets Tipster Challenge winners at Haydock

first_imgShare Submit Cheltenham may be over for another year, but the competition is just heating up in the Tipster Challenge, as LeoVegas signs up to provide expert tips at Haydock.With just six weeks to go in the competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, Sportsbook Manager Edward Rycroft is chasing AppBet’s Sarah Shannon at the top of the leaderboard.After enjoying a first Cheltenham that “exceeded all expectations”, the Swedish-based mobile gaming specialist is hoping for a punter-friendly day of short price winners at Haydock, reminiscent of last week’s Ruby Thursday at The Festival.Rycroft will be going up against sixth placed Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform in 15th.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Potters StoryLooked promising when making a winning hurdling debut and can follow up at Haydock.Timeform: Potters StoryMade a good impression despite being a fortunate winner on the day at Ffos Las and can make it two from two in this sphere with improvement on the cards.LeoVegas: Fairlee GreyGets my pick over Potters Story, jumping well until the last fall in G2 and this should be an easier race.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: The NipperCan defy a double penalty in all the way style on deep ground he loves.Timeform: The NipperWarren Greatrex’s charge is narrowly preferred having looked impressive at Newcastle.LeoVegas: The NipperProbably the best mare around last season (bumpers). Looked unstoppable at Newcastle last time.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: ButtercupHas a great make up with three of these rivals best front running and she can swoop late to complete a hat-trick.Timeform: Clan LegendA very tight contest can go the way of Clan Legend, who bounced right back to form in a first-time tongue tie at Kelso from a 2lb lower mark, and whose yard is in very good form at present.LeoVegas: ButtercupWon last two at Towcester and Warwick by staying on well and should do well under the penalty.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: Robin of RocksleyLanded a hefty gamble with ease on stable debut for Caroline Bailey and can follow up here with deep ground ideal.Timeform: Robin of RocksleyWas well prepared by his new yard to emphatically land a gamble at Warwick 10 days ago and he looks a fair way ahead of the assessor turned out under a penalty.LeoVegas: Robin of RocksleyFuture Guilded was my pick but 2nd choice must go to Robin after landing the gamble at Warwick.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: As De FerHas become well handicapped after a poor winter and his stable is now in blistering form.Timeform: SaroqueAttractively weighted nowadays and was beaten only by a thriving rival at Plumpton last time, so is taken to go one better at Haydock.LeoVegas: Sunny LedgendClose call between Sunny Ledgend and Saroque but Sunny has more to offer after Saroque was beaten at Plumpton last time out.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: JohanosComes from a small stable in terrific form and can follow up his recent victory.Timeform: JohanosMade the most of a good opportunity to score at Carlisle recently, yet he still showed further improvement, and gets the vote with less questions to answer than his rivals.LeoVegas: MiddlebrowStruggled in last race but has a longer trip and should be improved today.____________________________________Where will Edward Rycroft enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.574.70 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 14Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 15Timeform1.813.46 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Paddy Power13.00 18Russell Yershon11.88 19Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 20Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 21John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 22Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 23Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Sharelast_img read more

Lakers erase 19-point deficit, get defensive to beat Rockets

first_imgTwenty seconds after Paul’s final scoring contribution, both he and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni were called for technical fouls – sending Bullock to the line for a pair of free throws, which he converted to boost the lead to six with 33.3 seconds left. Ingram (who finished 11 for 14 from the line) followed with another pair of free throws to pad the lead.In his return from a 15-game absence because of thumb surgery, Clint Capela chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Houston (33-25).Entering the fourth quarter, the Rockets led 90-83 after the Lakers outscored them 23-11 from the 6:56 mark in the third.In the first half of their first game since the All-Star break, the Lakers fell behind by as many as 13 but trimmed the margin to 58-52 by halftime, helped by Kuzma’s playmaking, Ingram’s determined scoring and Bullock’s three early 3s.Before the game, the Lakers said they were focused on fixing their free-throw shooting and turnover woes. The Lakers finished 27 for 33 from the line, though their 18 turnovers led to 24 Rockets points.The Rockets, who made close to half their shots through the first 36 minutes, were just 7 for 19 from the field and 2 for 12 on 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter. They also didn’t shoot any free throws over the final 20 minutes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers asserted themselves defensively, especially late in the game, holding the high-powered Rockets to just 16 fourth-quarter points. They also outrebounded Houston 49-38, despite going with a small lineup and playing without a traditional center for the entire fourth quarter.“I loved that it looked like. We got our defensive mojo, our defensive confidence back as that game went along,” Walton said. “We kept scrapping and finding ways to give ourselves a chance. For playing as small as we did for a lot of the game, I thought we did a heck of a job rebounding the ball. Rebounding the ball and knocking down free throws kind of allowed us to win that game, even with the amount of turnovers (18) that we had.”All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, as Brandon Ingram had 27, Kyle Kuzma accounted for 18, Reggie Bullock had 14 and JaVale McGee posted 11.The Lakers seemingly pulled ahead before James’ free throws when he found a streaking Josh Hart for a layup that appeared to make it 96-95 with 6:52 left.But during a timeout, the official review of a pair of Lakers 3-pointers gave Houston back the lead at 95-92: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s second made 3-pointer came after the shot clock expired and James’ 3-pointer turned out to be a 2-pointer, the officials ruled. PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets scores on a layup during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) grabs a rebound next to teammate PJ Tucker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets fakes JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers creating a foul during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles toward James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets makes a pass to Clint Capela #15 in front of Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts after he is fouled by Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers while shooting a three pointer during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 an Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a dunk from Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his third foul between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a lead as he walks off the court after a timeout, in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James yells during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a dunk during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, front, drives to the basket as Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, passes the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) vies for position under the basket next to Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried (35) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his three pointer during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks past Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his offensive foul during a 111-106 Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores between Eric Gordon #10 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets slap hands during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets gets trapped by Brandon Ingram #14 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his third foul during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts in front of Mike D’Antoni as he fouls out during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls as he is fouled by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets, fouling out of the game, during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts for a foul in front of Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his fifth foul during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers dives for the ball with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets walks back on defense during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers calls out of play during a 111-106 Laker win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called against him during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith #38 after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts on the bench with three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks past Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket in front of James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot in front of Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets as JaVale McGee #7 and PJ Tucker #17 look on during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a fall during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for the start of play during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup past Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores in front of Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets as JaVale McGee #7 and PJ Tucker #17 look on during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball in front of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 59Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Luke Walton ran off a record 24 consecutive victories to start the 2015-16 season while filling in for Steve Kerr as coach of the Golden State Warriors. Walton’s not-so-bold prediction as Lakers coach before Thursday’s game: This team won’t finish the season 25-0.Probably not, but they earned a character-building win Thursday, 111-106 over James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It was the Lakers’ biggest comeback win of the season and their sixth when trailing by 15 or more at any point.“Obviously we haven’t played at home in a long time, so we wanted to give our fans something to cheer about,” said LeBron James, who led the Lakers with 29 points (16 in the second half). “We just showed that grit and that grind to be able to get some defensive stops, to be able to get out on the break, (to) be able to play good, Laker basketball.”Facing a full-strength Rockets team, the Lakers fell behind by 13 in the first half, fought back, fell behind by 19 in the third quarter, clawed back again, and eventually took a 99-97 lead with 4:15 left in the game on a pair of James free throws. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers (29-29) didn’t go away, though. A monster dunk by James – who spoke this week of turning up the volume and “activating” his crunchtime level of focus to try to lift his team into the postseason – cut the lead to 97-94.The following layup and free throw by Ingram, who also had a season-high 13 rebounds, tied the score at 97-all before James’ two free throws gave the Lakers the advantage.“He was special for our team,” James said. “B.I.’s very special. When he’s rebounding like that it just activates the rest of his game.”Kuzma drew a charge on Harden with 2:47 left – saddling last season’s MVP with his fifth offensive foul – before James (11 rebounds, six assists) spun in another bucket to extend the lead to 101-97.Ingram (who had missed his first two free-throw attempts) drained his ninth in a row before missing his second, and the Lakers led 102-97.But another drive by Harden (30 points, five rebounds, six assists) – extended his 30-point scoring streak to 32 games and cut the L.A. lead to 102-99.After Bullock answered with his fourth 3-pointer to boost the Lakers’ advantage to 105-99, Harden was called for another charge – his sixth foul (fourth offensive) – and disqualified. It’s just the second time in three seasons Harden has fouled out of a game.“It’s always a team job to stop someone,” said Walton, crediting the efforts of Bullock, Ingram and Caldwell-Pope on Harden. “He had 30 points, we didn’t stop him, but in my opinion, we did a very nice job of making it hard for him, not giving him too many free looks at the free-throw line and contesting the 3s without fouling.”In his first game visiting Staples Center to face the Lakers since the spat with Rajon Rondo in the Lakers’ home opener earlier this season, Chris Paul remained active until he fouled out with 21.3 seconds left. Before he left, he made a layup with 55 seconds to go that closed the gap to four points and gave him 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Mavericks will ‘certainly’ load manage Kristaps Porzingis, Mark Cuban says

first_imgThe Mavericks plan on being cautious with Kristaps Porzingis in 2019-20.Team owner Mark Cuban discussed the concept of load management on SiriusXM Tuesday at the NBA summer league, saying Dallas will use the tactic to keep its newest star healthy and used Kawhi Leonard’s 2018-19 season with the Raptors as an example. NBA free agency 2021: Get ready for the best summer ever Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: ‘We never wanted it to end’ “KP (Porzingis) coming back from an injury … we’re gonna certainly load manage him,” Cuban said. “We saw what Kawhi did, and Kawhi was still banged up in the Finals after all of that. You could see him limping.”And you can argue about the injuries with Golden State. The length of the season and all those playoff runs. How it cumulatively impacted their health, we don’t know. But, yeah, you’re going to see load management more and more and more.” Related News The Mavs acquired Porzingis from the Knicks in February ahead of the trade deadline. The 23-year-old big man tore his ACL in February 2018 and missed all of last season. But the Mavericks hope the 2018 All-Star will be a long-term contributor who can help them become a contender moving forward.Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 2017-18 while shooting 39.5% from beyond the arc, before his injury. He signed a five-year, $158 million deal with the Mavericks this summer and is expected to be a co-star alongside 2019 Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic in 2019-20. Kevin Durant ‘balked’ at idea of Warriors trading him only for D’Angelo Russell, report says Dallas still focused on solidifying the rest of its roster this summer though, as it signed guards Delon Wright and Seth Curry. Cuban believes having the right group of role players around stars will be essential to success down the road.”If you don’t really have a full complement of players and you’re keeping your star player load managed, that creates challenge,” Cuban said.The Mavericks were 33-49 in 2018-19 and finished 14th in the Western Conference.last_img read more

Argonia-Attica and Victoria are battling for all the marbles again in a state final rematch

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments A&A sets its sights again on state title. But Victoria is standing in the way.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It turned ugly early in 2014 on a foggy November afternoon in Newton. Argonia-Attica, who was as undefeated as it is this year, was beaten handily against Victoria, 52-8. Before the half it was 36-0.“But we laid an egg,” said Lance Vandeveer, co-head A&A head coach. “We had a blocked punt, we had two guys run into one another on fourth and 18. I didn’t think we gave our best effort.”Now 12 months later, A&A will get its chance again for redemption. The same two teams are back vying for a Class 1A eight-man Division II state title at Fischer Field in Newton this Saturday at 3 p.m.Hard to believe, A&A which just destroyed Axtell 52-0, has cumulative outscored its opponent 714-74 this season and has never played a full game because of the eight-man mercy rule this season, would be considered an underdog. But that is the case. The Titans are playing a team that has ripped off 23 straight wins and has a state championship trophy to show for it.In the 2014 state title game, A&A didn’t exactly help itself in the early going. It had a punt blocked and committed three turnovers in the first half. Hard to win against any opponent doing that. The seasoned Knights made the Titans pay with five touchdowns.But if there was a silver lining in that game, A&A played Victoria tough in the second half.“We just have to do that the whole game,” Vandeveer said.There is little doubt that A&A is better than the team that competed for the state title in 2014. It is virtually the same team, with a few new pieces to the puzzle. One year later they are bigger and faster.“They are so much more mature this season,” said A&A co-head coach Luke Greenwood. “Last year the boys were happy to be here. This year they expected to be here. You can see it in their eyes.”Comparing the A&A vs. Axtell semifinal games between this year and last, may not be the best barometer, but it is worth noting, in 2014, A&A would win 70-44. Yes, the Titans won handily, but it was a bruising, exciting game that went four quarters.This year, there was no doubt. A&A clinched victory at the half 52-0. It didn’t look that much different from the previous 11 games the Titans have played this year.So has A&A closed the gap enough to upend a very senior-laden Victoria team? We will have to wait and see.Victoria has an outstanding front line led by seniors Eric McAlonan, Brandon Brungardt, Wheaton Hockersmith and Lane Kisner. The Knights have been squelching running games all season by giving up just 2.2 yards per play.A&A has been averaging 9.2 yards rushing a game in its weekly romps. Dustin Newberry has accumulated 960 yards while his counterpart Alec McDaniel had 800.Last Friday, Axtell couldn’t stop A&A’s three-headed monster of McDaniel, Newberry and Jacob Norris.But Saturday, A&A has to play perfect ball, and smack Victoria back. It will be for all the marbles.———ARGONIA-ATTICA VS. VICTORIA CLASS 8-MAN DIVISION II – STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPGAME AT A GLANCE:A&A (12-0) vs. Victoria (12-0) at Fischer Field, Newton, Kans. at 3:30 p.m.Class 8-man, Div. II bracket can be found here.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: 97.5 FM, The Rock – Kiowa, Kans. Game broadcast starts at 3:17 p.m.Game night weather: It’s going to be cold, but normal for November. High should be 41 with the lows in the upper 20s. But the sun will still be out at least in the first half so it shouldn’t be awful.Series history: Just one game was played between these two teams. Victoria is the only team to have handed A&A a loss over the past two seasons.Game’s significance: It’s the state championship, duh!Injury situation: Nothing, really.Intangible facts: Since the formation of the two divisions of eight-man football, Attica was the last and only team in the Sumner-Harper area to bring home a state championship. The Bulldogs did it in 1988. Besides A&A last season, South Haven was the only other Sumner County team to play for all the marbles. It lost to Sharon Springs-Wallace County in 2007.Comparable schedules:Argonia-Attica (12-0)A&A 56 Sedan 12A&A 60 Cedar Vale-Dexter 14A&A 58 Central Burden 6A&A 56 Pratt Skyline 0A&A 59 Caldwell 0A&A 68 South Haven 12A&A 64 Pretty Prairie 6A&A 56 Norwich 0A&A 63 South Barber 0A&A 48 Hartford 0A&A 74 Pike Valley 24A&A 52 Axtell 0Victoria (11-0) Victoria 16 Central Plains 12Victoria 38 Ellinwood 12Victoria 52 St. John 6Victoria 52 Ness City 6Victoria 58 Northern Valley 8Victoria 52 Beloit St. Johns-Tipton 6Victoria 68 Thunder Ridge 0OpenVictoria 68 Otis-Bison 22Victoria 52 Triplain-Brewster 6Victoria 46 Minneola 0Victoria 40 Sharon Springs-Wallace County 8.Argonia stats:For full stats, click here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Now, Wenger contradicts Bayern’s claim they turned him down

first_imgAfter a decade as Bayern’s president, Uli Hoeness will step down on Friday and Wenger said Bayern are at a “turning point” with Rummenigge also set to quit as chairman within the coming year.Between them, Hoeness and Rummenigge have helped grow Bayern into one of the most successful clubs in Europe.“It seems that the future is uncertain,” said Wenger who added that the German club had always been “very discreet and direct” in the past, “but today (they are) very exposed with rumours coming from everywhere”.Wenger wished Bayern “good luck” in finding a replacement for Kovac.Other candidates for the vacancy, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, already made it clear last week that they will not join Bayern before at least the end of the season.After Bayern thrashed Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, Rumenigge said Flick will remain in charge for their next league game on November 23 and seemed to apologise to Wenger for any “misunderstanding”.“First of all, I have an incredible amount of respect for Arsene Wenger, I know him for an extremely long time. I am sorry for any misunderstanding, I have absolutely no problem with him,” said Rummenigge.“And we will certainly talk in the near future once more on the telephone.”Share on: WhatsApp WengerMunich, Germany | AFP | Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach’s job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos and Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.On Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down.However, Wenger, 70, rejected that version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking “rumours from everywhere”.“My name came out of nowhere,” said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports on Friday.“On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.“We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he reported that they signed Flick (as interim coach) for the next two games.“He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach.”Wenger says he told Rummenigge that he would think about it and “we decided together” to talk again “next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story”.last_img read more

LaLiga is not for James

first_imgJames Rodríguez (28 years old) reappears. After two games absent on the list of Zidane’s summoned for “some discomfort in the hip”, as reported by Real Madrid, the coffeemaker returns to the call against Levante in Liga, a competition that is being undermined territory for him. Between injuries and technical decisions, did not participate in 71% of the matches, 17 of 24 (In the Champions League it has also cost him to appear: he missed four of six, 66%). His last league match was the ‘trigger’ against Mallorca (1-0) more than four months ago, on October 19. Since then, he was missing for paternity, for an injury that the club did not issue a medical part, for another in the internal knee ligament that he suffered with Colombia and who had more than a month in the infirmary, did not play four games for technical decision (Athletic, Getafe, Sevilla, Valladolid and Atlético) and in the last two it has been absent due to these discomforts in the hip that dragged from the elimination against the Real Sociedad (3-4). In total, it only adds 16% of the possible minutes. Precisely the Copa del Rey was a land for James. He was on the grass in the three games of the competition (79% of the minutes). However, it did not recover status. Because James is on the verge of disconnection. That game of Mallorca was a turning point in the Colombian season. Zidane has only given him 11% of the minutes since then. But in those minutes, The player has not unbuttoned his shirt either. He has disappointed. For the Cup, which was the competition conducive to reunite with himself and with his best level, he passed without glory and was one of those indicated in the skid against the Real. He was seen out of shape, far from that player who marveled the world at the World Cup in Brazil and that Madrid signed for 80 million. In addition, he took a blow that has separated two meetings.James takes one step forward and one step back. He returned to Real Madrid this summer of his assignment at Bayern and has lived riding a roller coaster. His name was in the transferable folder (Zidane did not count on him in summer and had a foot and a half in Atlético, but the wreck of New Jersey 3-7 against Simeone aborted the operation), then excited as if it were a signing (The coach used him for the first time on the second day against Valladolid and gave him four titles in five games in which the player took a chest) to finish, between injuries and technical decisions, pricking the balloon. Now, without Bale or Jovic on the list, he returns to start from scratch and try to re-engage a team that, already without the Cup, plays much of the options of the season in the coming weeks, with the double commitment of Champions against the City and the Bernabéu Classic.last_img read more