Month: August 2020

Brandon Ingram prepares for return to Lakers’ starting lineup against Timberwolves

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — While Luke Walton characteristically held back confirming his starting lineup, Brandon Ingram gave away the open secret on Monday morning.“I’m not coming off the bench,” Ingram said, laughing. “I don’t know the lineup, but I know I’m gonna be in it.”Maybe it was just enthusiasm for Ingram, who rejoined the Lakers on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after a four-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Rockets. He said he was ready for a virtual reset for the season, given that he’s had to watch more games than he’s played so far.Walton said Ingram has stayed in close contact with the team. “I’ve been watching him since he was in high school,” he said. “There’s not many guys with that length. You look at (Kevin Durant) and Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and himself. Those guys with these long arms and the ability to guard multiple positions, handle the ball, rebound, pass, shoot. So, it’s good to have him back.”Ingram added that he thought sitting out gave him time to reflect on his game as well. He took each opportunity to watch games as if he were studying film.“I think I got to observe some of the guys and some of the things I can do better on the basketball floor that I can affect the game,” he said.JAMES REACTS TO LUE’S FIRINGIn the wake of Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s dismissal on Sunday, James chose his words carefully. The former Cavalier knew if he commented on the merits of Lue’s firing, it would make bigger news than the Lakers playing the Timberwolves.So instead, James simply reflected on the run he went on with Lue as his head coach: Cleveland went 128-83 in Lue’s tenure and went to three straight NBA Finals (he made a fourth as an assistant). Lue was the head coach in 2016 when James helped lead the franchise to its only NBA title.James tweeted on Sunday in support of Lue. On Monday at shootaround, he expanded on what he liked about Lue’s style.“He put us in position to win,” James said. “He put us in position to succeed. And then, more importantly, all the onus is on the players. He gave us the responsibility to go out and do what we need to do to win ball games.”BEASLEY LEAVES MINNESOTA EARLYThe Lakers acknowledged on Monday night that Michael Beasley had left Minneapolis early for what the team characterized as personal reasons. Beasley has mostly been outside the playing rotation, seeing the floor for just 10 minutes in three games.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think both him and (Rajon) Rondo did a nice job of staying as involved as they could,” he said. “Both practicing, both getting to the arena early, before having to leave the arena two hours before, traveling with the team on road trips. … They’re both, for being in a bad situation, both fully participated in everything they could.”Ingram, who set off the chain of events on Oct. 20 with a shove on James Harden and later threw a punch in a scrum, said he had some time to reflect on his conduct during his suspension.“How I view it now, I think I would handle it different,” he said. “But, like I said, I still would be there for my teammates. I don’t know if I would’ve thrown a punch. I might’ve grabbed somebody, but that’s about it.”It was the first time the Lakers, who went 2-2 without Ingram, were at full strength since playing the Rockets. Walton made a lineup shift in response, keeping Kyle Kuzma as a starter, but moving Josh Hart to the bench and bringing Ingram on as the shooting guard.LeBron James said he already had an appreciation for Ingram, even before he played a game alongside him. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

MLB trade news: Yankees owner afraid of what a starting pitcher may cost

first_img MLB All-Star Game 2019 starters: Cody Bellinger, Mike Trout lead list New York has been linked to Giants postseason whiz Madison Bumgarner, Nationals righty and three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman — who finished seventh in the American League Cy Young voting in 2017 — Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Zack Wheeler.Any of those arms would fit nicely into the Yankees’ rotation and Steinbrenner said he’s not afraid to step further into the luxury tax to make it happen. Related News The New York Post noted New York has spent beyond the first two luxury-tax thresholds. The third threshold of $246 million carries a penalty of 42.5 percent on every dollar over that amount.However, Steinbrenner is more afraid of losing his hold on blue-chip talent already in the organization.“More importantly to me is what we would have to give up,” Steinbrenner said Thursday. “That’s more important to me than that threshold. None of us like to give up very good young players, but we have in years past and I think and a lot of times it has paid off, but it is always my biggest concern: What am I losing? What future am I giving up?”New York spent most of its money this offseason on pitching giving a four-year deal for $40 million to Luis Severino; a two-year, $34 million contract for J.A. Happ and a one-year, $8 million deal to CC Sabathia.Still, there are holes worth addressing if the club wants to chase the best record in the American League. Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees star (knee) unlikely to return in July “I think (starting pitching) is important, and as always we will be looking at everything in July and whatever opportunities come up we are going to consider,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s always on my radar, but we have a very thick cushion right now considering, and I am not concerned about [it] given the pitchers that are out there that we think we have a chance of getting,’’Entering a two-game set with the Red Sox in London, the Yankees (52-28) hold a 6 1/2-game lead over the Rays (46-35) in the AL East with Boston (44-38) nine games back. MLB trade rumors: Yankees ‘love’ Mets starter Zack Wheeler Though the Yankees have a posh lead in the American League East, it’s no secret they want to add a starting pitcher at the trade deadline.But as team owner Hal Steinbrenner made abundantly clear, it has to be for the right price.last_img read more

The eccentric Keith Thurman: Out to crush stereotypes and crucify Manny Pacquiao

first_imgThurman is 29-0 with 22 wins coming by way of knockout and is a former unified welterweight world champion. He has size, youth and an impressive resume. However, against a 40-year-old Pacquiao who was once considered to be at the end of the line, Thurman finds himself having to prove himself all over again. The primary reason has less to do with his ability and more to do with his desire to fight due to his many interests. But he’s not bothered; it’s just the way the ball bounces. Watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman on FITE.TVIt’s Tuesday, and in a few hours, Thurman will make his grand arrival at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where he will field questions from reporters and appear in front of a lobby full of screaming fans. Some will be urging him on while others are hoping Pacquiao takes his head off after he controversially suggested he’ll “crucify” the Filipino senator.But rather than preparing for what’s to come, Thurman has decided to take a detour to the Carroll Shelby Museum to soak in the history of the automotive designer’s many works of art. As the product of Clearwater, Fla., takes a guided tour of the car museum, he is looking less like a man who will take on the biggest challenge of his career and more like the guy who has drawn criticism from skeptics who wonder if he’s still the “One Time” who boasted of needing one punch to take an opponent out; the man of many interests who has accomplished so much that boxing might no longer be a priority. LAS VEGAS — Keith Thurman enjoys disrupting your preconceived notions of who he is and what a fighter is supposed to be. Maybe that’s why he isn’t bothered that he’s the underdog against Manny Pacquiao when the two square off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20th in a PBC on Fox pay per view megafight.  “It’s as if I’m waiting to find the person who can actually beat me,” he says. “There’s no shame in the game, it’s just a sport. It’s just a fight. I have an ‘O’ and not afraid to let it go. If the 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman, then that’s what happens. I’m living out my dreams and passions. If we fall, we just pick ourselves back up. Life is a journey and there is no end game. You have to love and respect the entire process. There will be ups and downs. Success is just a chapter in life.”The sport of boxing can be volatile like the stock market. But if they go down and have that spark they can climb up again. Not everyone is that kind of a fighter.”Is Keith Thurman? We’ll have to find out July 20.center_img What is he fighting for? “I fight because I’m too deep in the game,” Thurman tells Sporting News as his eyes glide over the museum’s Shelby Cobra 427. He’s had a deep infatuation with cars and racing over the years. It’s one of the many additional hobbies that are a part of Thurman’s DNA. Whether it’s studying various religions or philosophers, waxing poetic about race in America or learning a new musical instrument, Thurman is always going to have his iron in as many fires as possible. “You don’t walk away from something when you are in too deep,” Thurman continues as his wife of two years, Priyana Thepa, hands him a can of sparkling water. “Go ask a gangster why he doesn’t leave the crew. You can’t just walk away. I love this game. I put in so much hard work that I need to see it to the end.” Boxing will always be what gave him the opportunity to explore these new hobbies and, no matter what his critics think, will be his chief priority. Especially July 20 against a living legend who is easily the biggest opponent of his professional career.”This goal has been in motion for 23 years,” he says. “This is how I leave my mark. I always wanted to be remembered in the sport of boxing. I want people to understand that when Keith Thurman is in the ring, he’s bringing the most exciting fights that can be made in the welterweight division. When it’s all over I want people to say they really enjoyed watching Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman.”The concept of “when Keith Thurman is in the ring” has become a bit of a mystery over the past two years. After beating Danny Garcia in March 2017 to unify his WBA (Super) welterweight title with Garcia’s WBC title, Thurman had to take some time off to have surgery on his elbow. The original timeline of six months expanded after another rash of injuries, this time to his hand. He was forced to relinquish his WBC title as his recovery stretched to nearly two years.In the interim, Thurman married Thepa, traveled the world and appeared to find happiness in the absence of pugilism.The man who was recognized as the best welterweight in the world has fallen off that list. In his place are Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, while Shawn Porter, who Thurman beat in 2015, is now the WBC title holder and also ranked higher on some people’s lists.They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. But Thurman’s absence from the sport has seen the fight game give him the cold shoulder. It also didn’t help that his return bout against journeyman Josesito Lopez wasn’t exactly a glowing effort, as Thurman was hurt in the seventh round and managed to squeeze out a majority decision. That less-than-stellar outing, coupled with Pacquiao’s resurgence, has seen the bigger, stronger and undefeated fighter become an underdog to a living legend said to be in the twilight of his career.”They say you’re only as good as your last fight, and that means Keith Thurman almost got knocked out if you go by that,” he says with a shrug, going right back to looking at phone cases with the Carroll Shelby logo. He is not moved by what people think about him. The conversation drifts to stereotypes and race as he discusses how his upbringing as a biracial kid from Florida forced him into a position of being perceived as “different” from his peers, and how that led to him living his life outside of everyone else’s preconceived notions of who he is and how he’s supposed to act. “Being biracial you are already different,” Thurman says as he continues to peruse the museum. “I was already used to being different, and I’m not a fan of stereotypes. I always wanted to be different and grow in different ways.”Somehow, as only Thurman can, he wraps this conversation back into the perception of him as a boxer and what people think of him and his interests.”We can’t help how others look at us, but we can help how we look at ourselves, and that’s what I’ve worked on,” he continues as he finally stops walking and holds eye contact to emphasize his next point. “I’m going to be different. You can call me what you want, but I don’t want to be in your box. Don’t pigeonhole me. I want to be eclectic. We have a habit of categorizing things. It’s human nature.”The look on his face intensifies as it becomes clear that his childhood is now colliding with his present. He has dealt with this for much of his life and refuses to allow what people think about his desire derail his passion to be the best fighter in the world.“We tend to stereotype people based on their behavior,” he continues. “But is their behavior in that moment all of who they are? Do they really belong as a stereotype? Even if they do, there are so many modalities of that individual that you don’t know. When you understand that there’s so much that you don’t understand, you can broaden your perspectives.”He stays silent for a moment to allow those words to sink in. Is he talking about being biracial or is he talking about the stereotype of how a fighter is supposed to act? In reality, he’s talking about both. Boxing has given Thurman the means to enjoy life the way he has always hoped. He was never built to work behind an office desk or maintain a nine-to-five. His eccentricities and constant thirst for knowledge needed the freedom to drift. It’s the reason he dropped out of high school to focus on the sweet science. What he needed couldn’t be taught. He needed to learn through experiences.”I knew boxing could give me a life that’s better than the life I saw my parents go through,” he says. “I’ve been on a mission my whole life. I believe I was a natural-born warrior who is living out his destiny. Some people are Mozart or Tiger Woods at an early age, and they just know that they are special. Prodigies are found at a young age. I didn’t know I was a prodigy but (late trainer) Ben Getty knew I was.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThurman’s rise through the professional ranks — from his 2007 debut up until the Garcia fight in 2017 — saw a fighter who was doing just about everything right. He talked the talk, walked the walk and was an obvious star who could help fill the void Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao were expected to leave. But Pacquiao is still here.Thurman always stated his desire to fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao, but he didn’t expect the aging veterans to accept the challenge of a young lion like himself. It was too risky and too dangerous … until it wasn’t. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told Sporting News that he sees Thurman as a fading fighter.“He’s getting worse and worse in every fight,” Roach said. “I’m not sure if it’s his desire or maybe an injury that wasn’t taken care of, it seems like his right hand isn’t what it used to be. He used to knock guys dead with that shot. Lately, it just hasn’t been working that well.”This is the reason Pacquiao opted for a fight with Thurman and not Errol Spence Jr. or Shawn Porter. Roach and Pacquiao see Thurman as ripe for the picking. And that’s exactly what Thurman wants them to think. The challenge to prove them wrong is one he accepts. “I want somebody to show the world that Pacquaio isn’t that dude anymore. Adrien Broner was unable to do it. Will I do it?” he asks with a grin.It’s obvious that he enjoys these kinds of challenges. He has been proving people wrong his whole life. Pacquiao is no different. Twenty-nine opponents have failed to prove him wrong. But he doesn’t live in fear of losing a fight. Instead, he invites it. He cites Muhammad Ali’s losses in his career but reminds that Ali is recognized as “The Greatest” because he was willing to take on all challengers, whether that be in or out of the ring. Thurman is striving for greatness, and the thought of somebody beating him only serves as motivation.   last_img read more

Ski Club ”ZOI’84” is organising a retro race

first_imgSki retro race will be held on 16 February on the Olympic mountain of Bjelašnica, in organisation of Ski Club ”ZOI ’84”, reports FENA.All adults who have old ski equipment can participate and they will be graded by three-member jury on the principle ”the older the equipment, the better”, said ZOI’84.After the race there will be a party in ”Benetton” and the winner will be announced. ”ZOI’84” will give diplomas and medals for best participants.Entrance fee is 10 BAM.last_img

Široki Brijeg won BiH Cup

first_imgFootball players of Široki Brijeg won the BiH Cup after defeating Željezničar in the rematch.In the first match, which was played in Sarajevo, the result was 1:1.The first half-time of the second match of the finals, which was played in Široki Brijeg finished without goals.After the second half-time finished, the result was, once again 1:1, and then the penalties were played after which Široki Brijeg won with 5:4 and thus winning BiH Cup.(D.J.)(photo: nk-sirokibrijeg)last_img

Samir Radovac: I Will Remember This Season

first_imgJournalists named Samir Radovac, a football player in Sarajevo, as the best player in the category of up to 17 years of age in the 2012/2013 season by portal This creative midfielder is one of the first players in the history of the club who got to realize his dream at a young age.He said that this recognition means a lot to him.“This award is something big for me. As a 17 year old, put against so many good players, I received such a flattering title. The feeling is phenomenal’’, said Samir for talented player will most probably wear the dress of Sarajevo next season, even if his talents have been recognized by several European teams.(Source:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the History of Football

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic made his debut for Manchester United in the English Premier League and managed to score the goal in his first performance for the Red Devils.Thus Zlatan entered the history of football, because his debut performances are simply incredible.Ibrahimovic scored when he made his debut in Serie A (Juventus), La Liga (Barcelona), Ligue 1 (PSG) the Champions League (Ajax) and today he added debut in the Premier League to this unbelievable record.Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the third goal for Manchester United in the victory with a score 3: 1.(Source:

Chelsea not to bring Dzeko after all?

first_imgAs reported by Sky Sports, chances that Edin Dzeko, the captain of the National football team of BiH and Roma striker, will transfer to Chelsea are decreasing, and Chelsea is already looking for alternative solutions. Chelsea was planning to bring Edin Dzeko together with his teammate from Roma, Emerson Palmieri, but, at this moment, chances for realization of those transfers are quite slim.Renowned medias, including Sky Sports, write that Chelsea offered one-year contract to Dzeko, while he wants contract until 2020. Allegedly, he is also worried that he might be left short with time in the game, since Alvaro Morata is in the team as well.Therefore, Chelsea turned to the striker of Arsenal Oliver Giraud, while Arsenal is trying to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borusia Dortmund.Manager of Arsenal Arsen Wenger stated that he would let Giroud only in case that he manages to bring the new striker.When it comes to Palmieri, his transfer is also questionable. However, more information should be available by Monday.(Source: read more

Red Bull Cliff Diving Champions Iffland and Peres to compete at Bentbasa Cliff Diving

first_imgIn addition to many numerous competitors, three-time Red Bull Cliff Diving Champion, gold medalist from the recently held World Cup in South Korea and currently leading in the 2019 overall ranking, Rhiannan Iffland from Australia, and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Champion from 2017, bronze medal winner at the World Cup in South Korea, winner of the first Red Bull Cliff Diving competition in Mostar and currently runner-up, Mexican Jonathan Paredes have both confirmed their arrival to the Bentbaša Cliff Diving competition on Saturday, August 3rd.With three seasons in the books, Rhiannan Iffland has made it a hat-trick of titles and become the most decorated female in the sport’s history.Since her rise as a stunning rookie-winner in her first cliff diving competition in 2016, the 27-year-old Australian has collected 11 wins in 17 events and has only twice finished outside the top three.To complete her winning streak the queen of cliff diving also won the FINA high diving world cup last November. At around the same time, Iffland became the first person in history to dive in one of the most captivating places on earth in Australia’s Northern Territory. Captioned as the “Rainbow Dive”, this once in a lifetime Aussie adventure documents her quest to reinvigorate her purpose and passion for diving in the heart of Australia.2018 was a patchy season for the former champion, whose three podium finishes were dampened by a 10th and 6th place, Jonathan Paredes. That’s not to say he went backwards last year; in fact his points tally in those three podium finishes would have been enough to score three victories in the previous season. The problem was, when the Mexican found his form in 2018, he unfortunately ran into the juggernauts Hunt and LoBue, who were smashing records left, right and centre. Paredes needed to win in Italy and hope those two failed badly, but any doubters needed only to look back at 2017’s finale to know that anything can happen.“Rhiannan and Jonathan will also be presenting their cliff diving skills in a special show parallel to the competition. In this way, they will contribute to the dynamic of the entire event and at the same time announce the coming Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition in Mostar. We are confident that the images of this event in Bentbasa will be shown around the world and that we will enjoy the performances of these superb divers,” said the organizer Dino Bajric to Federal News Agency.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes for Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Friday, December 07, 2012 to Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 are as follow: Friday, December 7, 2012•No news release•8:32 a.m. Officer investigated a forgery and theft in the 1200 block W 8th.•8:45 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•2:36 p.m. Officers investigated making a false report in the 100 block. N. Washington, Wellington.•2:39 p.m. Larry A. Davis, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of having a goat at large.•10:15 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration and no proof of insurance. Saturday, December 08, 2012•1:47 a.m. Michael D.Smith, 34, Plano, Texas, was arrested in the 2000 block of E. 16th St. on a department of corrections warrant (confined).•1:47 a.m. Officers investigated forgery, felony interference with law enforcement, and theft in the 2000 block of E.16th, Wellington.•9:33 a.m. Officers investigated battery of a known suspect in the 800 block W. 8th, Wellington.•10:50 a.m. Officers investigated burglary in the 400 block of known suspects in S. Washington, Wellington.•12:50 p.m. Officers investigated theft in the 700 block N. Blaine, Wellington. Known Suspect.•1:30 p.m. Officer investigated tattooing a person under 18 in the 400 block Circle, Wellington.•2:05 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 1000 block. W. College, Wellington. Known subject(s).•2:28 p.m. Officer investigated a theft in the 400 block S C, Wellington.•2:47 p.m. Brandon R. Long, 30, homeless was arrested, charged and confined with possession of drugs in the 1400 block. N. C, Wellington.•9:14 p.m. Officers investigated theft and criminal use of a financial card by a known suspect in the 400 block, Circle Dr., Wellington. Wellington Police Notes on Sunday, December 09, 2012•1:01 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic familly dispute by known suspects in the 400 block. E. Maple, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers took a report of an impounded vehicle in the 1000 block. E. 8th, Wellington.•6:50 p.m. Officers investigated a probation violation of known suspect in the 1100 block. S. C, Wellington.last_img read more