Lakers get Lonzo Ball and his ‘special skill’ back in practice

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — The Lakers without Lonzo Ball is like the Rolling Stones without Mick, “Game of Thrones” without dragons, Trader Joe’s without floral shirts.They just aren’t the same.For 10 days, a span that encapsulated three preseason games and a week’s worth of practices, the Lakers were without the thing that made them unique. On Thursday, Ball finally returned to the practice court.He sprinted alongside his teammates and laughed as he heaved half-court shots with fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma. He did everything but participate in the five-on-five scrimmage that closed practice. “It has only been a week but feels a lot longer than that,” he said. “I’m obviously excited to get back on the court.”While Ball was sidelined, the Lakers made do with backups Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso at point guard, a combination that helped them to a win over Sacramento on Sunday in Las Vegas.But the Lakers were missing the intangibles that come with having Ball on the floor.“The thing that makes him special,” Walton said. “That’s the ability to make everyone a threat on the court at all times. Tyler and A.C. have done a nice job filling in, but that’s a special skill he has. We missed that.”If Ball does not play Friday against the Clippers, he will have nearly a week to get ready for the team’s regular-season opener on Oct. 19, against Blake Griffin and the Clippers.WEAR WITH ALLThe Lakers welcomed back a familiar face on Thursday. Former UCLA star Travis Wear was added to the roster, a move that likely signals his return to the Lakers’ development league affiliate, renamed the South Bay Lakers.He averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds with the then-Defenders last season, and contributed 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds to the Lakers’ summer league entry that won the tournament championship in Las Vegas in July.He also participated in Lakers training camp last fall.With Wear on board, the Lakers’ roster stands at 19 players. Wear could be a candidate for the team’s remaining two-way contract. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Felt good,” Ball said. “Obviously still a little bit of discomfort but I’m happy to be out here for the most part (of practice).”Ball and Coach, Luke Walton, still do not know whether Ball has recovered in time to play in Friday’s preseason finale against the Clippers.Thursday’s practice marked the most activity Ball had done since spraining his ankle on Oct. 2 against Denver.“A lot of (whether he plays Friday) will depend on how he feels when he wakes up,” Walton said. “I’m sure he’s going to  be sore later today. We’ll see if there’s any swelling in the morning. There’s not really an answer to be had until tomorrow.”After doing light drills with assistant coach Miles Simon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ball said “nothing has been wrong” with his ankle. The injury, initially described as “mild,” swelled up and restricted Ball’s lateral movement.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Raptors roll through Lakers in romp at Staples Center without Kawhi Leonard

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers In five previous losses, the Lakers had kept games competitive until the final minutes. There was no such pretense on Sunday night as the Raptors lead 41-10 in the first quarter, riding the hot hand of Serge Ibaka (34 points, 9 rebounds) who made his first 14 shots of the game.The Lakers’ own effort was deflated by comparison — the high-tempo team was consistently beat down the floor by Toronto’s transition attack, then spliced apart by perimeter shooting.  The Lakers made just four of their first 17 shots of the night, and James’ 3-pointer with 4:22 left in the third quarter was the team’s first of the entire game.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Strangely, the game seemed almost in reach late as the Lakers opted to play young in the fourth quarter. The Lakers got as close as 10 points in the final two minutes, but several Raptors starters subbed back in to punch out the win for good.James said assistant coach Brian Shaw approached him with roughly five minutes left in the game and asked if he wanted to check back in. By that point, James had sat for the whole fourth quarter, and the Raptors still led by double digits.“I had been sitting so long, so I was OK with the unit that was playing well at that point in time,” he said. “Let them keep going.”A win is welcome any night, but there were several good reasons victory would’ve been particularly rewarded on Sunday evening. The game came as the Lakers were starting to smooth out tensions over a meeting between coach Luke Walton and team president Magic Johnson, with the latter expressing his support pregame for the coach to the media. It would’ve been reassuring to beat what’s seen as one of the NBA’s stronger teams with Leonard resting — especially since the Lakers could be one of the teams attempting to woo Leonard next summer in free agency.It was also a particularly star-studded evening at Staples Center, with Denzel Washington, Canelo Alvarez, Kristen Bell and Odell Beckham among the many fans packed in for another sellout, waiting to see the new-look Lakers starring LeBron James, steering the franchise back to relevance.But that team they were waiting for — it didn’t show up.center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Walton said he warned his team of being too complacent with Leonard sidelined. In his experience, he said, he’s seen teams play with “a sense of freedom and joy” when a star takes a night off when the pressure eases. It was an ear-catching observation on a night when the Lakers seemed to cave with their own star on the floor.“We tried to explain that this is how this works,” Walton said. “But it didn’t seem we took that to heart.”The Lakers were whacked out of gate, struggling to keep up with a small Toronto lineup with Ibaka as its center. JaVale McGee, who entered the game as the league’s leading shot-blocker, looked flat-footed trying to guard Ibaka, who deftly maneuvered his way through the post or pulling out from beyond McGee’s reach. The Lakers tried to respond by going small. Ibaka ripped through those defenses as well. In the first half alone, the 29-year-old forward was 11 for 11 for 26 points. Walton described him as a “recipient” of team breakdowns, when McGee had to help cover on other ends of the court, Ibaka was able to pounce.Kyle Lowry was an additional nuisance, dishing out nine of his 15 assists in the first quarter alone.James finished the night with 18 points and 6 assists, going 6 for 12 in the three quarters he played. Kyle Kuzma had a team-best 24 points.The Lakers have two days off before playing next at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, and OG Anunoby during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, center, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (9) and Pascal Siakam, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) collides with fans during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James kneels after a foul is called against the Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas (17) reacts after getting fouled against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, right, celebrates after dunking next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo, left, drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas (17) dunks past Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dribbles between Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, and Kyle Lowry (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (9) and Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, right, drives past Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse gestures from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby, left, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, and OG Anunoby during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, center, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (9) and Pascal Siakam, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, center, is defended by Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka (9) and Pascal Siakam, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES – The Toronto Raptors gave its star the night off. LeBron James just got a quarter to sit on the bench.After three ruthless periods of the Lakers getting pummeled, by that point, there was no sensible reason to keep him on the floor.It took 10 games, but the Lakers (4-6) finally got rocked. The 121-107 loss was to a Raptors (9-1) team that many see as one of the best in the league. But it happened on their home floor, and it happened against a team that James in particular enjoyed a psychic hold over year after year in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. And he didn’t even have to deal Kawhi Leonard, one of the few NBA luminaries seen as one of James’ true rivals.“They just came out and hit us right in the mouth,” James said. “It’s very, very hard to win a game like that when you’re trying to expend so much energy getting back into it.”last_img read more

THE TIME IS NOW FOR PIETRO ARADORI

first_imgHis early days seem so remote now, almost as if they belong to another player. ‘I started really young’, Aradori recalls, ‘I was just a kid playing all kinds of sports: soccer, obviously, but also swimming and skiing. Then I fell in love watching Kobe Bryant and that was it’. Pietro began playing in Team 75, a club his father, a genuine hoop fanatic, had created in Lograto, a tiny town in the north side of the country, not far from Brescia. Sweating within the walls of a small gym, trying to emulate Kobe (and Tracy McGrady, another of Aradori’s favorites) while learning the fundamentals of the game, Pietro began a journey that took him all around Italy and Europe, only to get back home on a cold and foggy November night. Serving as Italy’s captain in the crucial win against Lithuania in FIBAWC Qualifying on the hardwood of the brand new PalaLeonessa in Brescia, Pietro lived a moment he will never forget.‘It felt almost like a dream come true, playing with the national team in my hometown and being the captain was something I dreamed about since I started launching shots in that old gym way back in Lograto’. The dream of leading the azzurri to the World Cup, though, was not granted to Aradori, he earned it. ‘I worked so hard to get where I am right now, spending almost every summer of the last 15 years playing through all the youth academies and whatnot’. There’s no need to explain why Pietro is so proud of his achievements with Italy, especially because the path that led him here has not always been paved with fulfillment. ‘Eurobasket 2017, the defeat against Serbia in the quarterfinals was brutal, but we all felt like our disadvantage in terms of length and physicality was insurmountable’. The real blow had come a year before in Turin, where the azzurri suffered an overtime loss to Croatia, which cost them the chance to travel to the Rio Olympics. ‘That was bitter for sure’, Aradori remembers the disappointment as he walked out of the PalaIsozaki, recalling ‘it was the toughest moment of my career with the national team’. Nonetheless, Pietro believes that his best days in azzurro are still ahead of him. ‘People treat me like I’m veteran, which I am in many ways, but I started really young and I still have a lot to accomplish’. Having just stepped into his thirties, Aradori is definitely entitled to claim his rights to a promising future, because the last two years have seen Italy cruise through the qualifying rounds with a compelling, yet composed pace. ‘It’s been interesting, due to the distance between each window of games and the different set of players on call from time to time, but Coach Sacchetti’s done a great job by including a bunch of guys who barely had a chance to play, up to that point, and by giving them a real opportunity to make a contribution’. The next chapter of this story will take place in China, where Italy will need all the championship experience available to feed the dream of snatching up a medal. Aradori can provide that for sure, for that’s where his recent glory with Segafredo Virtus Bologna comes in handy. ‘It’s been an overwhelming sensation, the BCL final four weekend is another memory I will take with me for life’. Again, the triumph over Iberostar Tenerife was the successful landing after a troubled flight. ‘This last year has been a tricky one and halfway through the season it looked like we were headed towards a huge bust’. A change in the head coaching role and some roster adjustments later, and the team went on a roll that ended with a historic result. ‘It’s still hard to believe that our names will be written in Virtus Bologna’s history forever’. Ten years after its last major trophy, the club and its many fans finally had a reason to celebrate.‘It was great to get that winning feeling once again. I mean: I want to win every single time I step on to the court, but it’s really hard, especially at a Champions League level’. Aradori knows what he’s talking about, given his long resume filled with Euroleague competition amongst his seasons with Siena and Cantù. ‘The Champions League has gotten better and tougher every year, it’s now a grind to get to the end of it’.  Pietro Aradori just had a career-defining season, now he’s ready to take it up a notch for his national team.It’s hard to establish what makes for a ‘defining season’, especially given the way basketball works nowadays: a twelve month, non-stop, worldwide rollercoaster. Looking back at Pietro Aradori’s latest campaign, the label seems appropriate.  After all, resilience and self-confidence have carried Aradori throughout his career, ‘if I hadn’t worked as hard as I had, practicing my skills and pursuing my goals, I would’ve never gotten even near to where I am at right now’. Amongst his all time heroes, he mentions Marco Pantani and Jonah Lomu, both icons of endurance and inner strength who encountered a premature death. The All Black legend’s autobiography is a regular presence on Aradori’s nightstand and will travel with him to China. On the other hand, Bomber, his french bulldog, another regular presence in his life and a lucky charm for Italy’s captain, will stay home. ‘I will provide him with an azzurri headband and rely on his support in front of the TV screen’, says Aradori, probably only half-joking. So while Bomber will be barking at the moving picture of his best friend from somewhere in Italy, Pietro will be in Foshan and elsewhere in China doing what he’s been doing since he was just a little kid: playing ball. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d8/f1/aradori-gallinari-belinelli-fiba-italy_1w8wtirggukjm1xlrp86ygxg1k.jpg?t=-1901815509&w=500&quality=80 As the competition evolved, so did the game of basketball, and Aradori managed to keep up with it. ‘I feel like I’m a better, more skilled, all-around player right now. A few years ago I was focused on scoring, especially in my breakout season with Biella, where I was the team’s first option on offense’. Things have changed when Pietro embraced the challenge of playing at the higher level: ‘when you find yourself amongst very deep, very talented teams you have to give up some of your minutes and shots, forget about your box-score and highlights in order to blend into the overall chemistry’. And that’s what Aradori has done in the latest part of his career, becoming a reliable three-point shooter (39,1% from the deep in Legabasket) and an overlooked rebounder (3,9 rebounds per game in Legabasket, a substantial result for a guard of his size). Pietro earned his reputation by perpetually scoring in double digits, but these days he’s inclined to do whatever it takes to help his team win, even if it means sacrificing shots and diving to recover loose balls. But make no mistake, while more than willing to jump sideways for a hustle play, Aradori is not afraid to look straight at the rim and step up in crucial moments. An avid consumer of crime fiction, when asked to solve the hypothetical mysterious case of who’s more likely to take the final shot with the game on the line in the upcoming World Cup, Pietro gives a clear answer: ‘if I had the ball, I would probably pass it to Marco (Belinelli) or Danilo (Gallinari)’, then, after a brief moment of silence, he clarifies ‘that would mean that I’m doubled by the defense, on one foot, back to the basket, otherwise I’m taking that shot!’.center_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1d/9/pietro-aradori-italy-fiba_ri8te1tak37c1i2ftlvsk75t2.jpg?t=-1902211037&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a3/5d/bcl-bologna-fiba_1k2z9bokyjh651jrdd08h7zgft.jpg?t=-1901965509&w=500&quality=80 A linchpin for Italy’s national team, Aradori helped the azzurri make their way back to the FIBA Basketball World Cup after 13 years, while also leading Segafredo Virtus Bologna to a  stunning victory in the Basketball Champions League. Despite being ‘only’ 30 years old, Aradori has the experience of someone far older: 14 seasons in 12 different teams as a professional player and more than 200 games with Italy’s national teams. last_img read more

John Daly withdraws from British Open after cart request is denied

first_imgThe 53-year-old Daly was allowed to use a cart in the PGA Championship, though he missed the cut in this year’s tournament at Bethpage.Yes please⁦@TheOpen⁩Here we go pic.twitter.com/hJr0g1xQFY— Kevin Streelman (@Streels54) July 9, 2019Daly’s knee injury was not the only health issue placing his participation at Portrush into doubt, however. After vacationing in England, Daly said he required emergency surgery due to suffering severe pain from a spider bite.”Craziest event! Was in England last wk and incurred a spider bite, not really knowing it,” Daly posted on social media. “Fast forward to Friday, mouth, compressions and unknowingly now in an ambulance rushed to ER all while on family vacation and straight into surgery!”Removing what developed into a major infection in my abdominal area and treated for early sepsis all from a brown recluse.” However, the two-time major winner seemingly had a change of heart and has withdrawn from the competition, which he won in 1995.Kevin Streelman will replace Daly in the field from July 18. Related News PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus back from suspension, still advocating for marijuana John Daly has withdrawn from the upcoming British Open at Royal Portrush after his request to use a cart was denied.Daly has been suffering with a long-term knee problem but claimed he would attempt to “play through the pain” after his request for a cart was turned down by the R&A.last_img read more

John Deere Classic 2019: Tee times for Round 3, odds, TV schedule, live stream

first_imgThe PGA Tour schedule moves to the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities for golf’s final tune-up before the fourth major — The Open Championship. Although its timing forces many of golf’s big names to skip out on the tournament, it does attract many potential future stars, including Matthew Wolff, who won last week’s 3M Open in just his third career PGA start. The tournament also offers the final chance for those who aren’t already exempt to enter the Open Championship one final chance to do so by finishing in the top five.  A first-time winner has emerged victorious in two consecutive PGA Tour events, with Nate Lashley accomplishing the feat at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a week prior to Wolff, so it will be interesting to see if that streak is extended to a third straight event.MORE: Watch the John Deere Classic live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The tournament has been played at TPC Deere Run, located in Silvis, Illinois since 2000 and has been sponsored by John Deere since 1999. If you are interesting in tuning into the John Deere Classic, below is information on how to watch, as well as tee times, odds and a rundown of notable names in the field. John Deere Classic TV schedule, live streamGolf Channel will broadcast all four days of the tournament, including exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday. The last three hours of Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will air on CBS. You can also stream the John Deere Classic on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, July 114-7 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, July 124-7 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, July 131-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, July 133-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, July 141-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, July 143-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVWho is in the John Deere Classic field?Don’t expect to see the likes of Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, or Dustin Johnson this weekend. They have turned their focus towards winning a major next week at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Instead, you can get a healthy dose of golf’s youngsters. The last two tournament champions — Wolff (3M Open) and Lashley (Rocket Mortgage Classic) will be participating, as will the U.S. Open low amateur  Viktor Hovland. 3M Open top-five finishers Collin Morikawa  (T-2), Wyndham Clark  (T-5), Carlos Ortiz  (T-5) will be in the field, as will last year’s winner Michael Kim. Tee times for Round 1, featured groupsKim and Wolff are among those placed into the featured groups for the first two rounds. You can find a full list of Round 1 tee times here.Tee time (ET)Group8:30 a.m.Cameron Champ, Joel Dahmen, Daniel Berger8:40 a.m.Matthew Wolff, Kevin Tway, Charles Howell III1:40 p.m.Nate Lashley, Jhonattan Vegas, Ryan Palmer1:50 p.m.Zach Johnson, Brian Harman, Michael KimJohn Deere Classic purse, winningsThe John Deere Classic commands a purse of $6 million on the dot, with the winner earning $1,080,000. While the purse is one of the smallest on the PGA Tour calendar, winning it does give you the chance at collecting a large share of The Open Championship’s $10,750,000 purse. John Deere Classic betting oddsYoungsters Morikawa and Hovland have the best odds of the field at +1600, with recent champion Matthew Wolff (+2000) among those who aren’t far behind. Keep an eye on veteran Zach Johnson (+3300), who has won at TPC Deere Run before, and Charles Howell III (+2500), the field’s highest-ranked golfer (No. 55) in the World Golf Rankings. GolferOddsCollin Morikawa+1600Viktor Hovland+1600Lucas Glover+2000Matthew Wolff+2000Sungjae Im+2000Brian Harman +2500Charles Howell III+2500Joaquin Niemann+2500Daniel Berger+2800Ryan Moore+3300Zach Johnson+3300(Odds via Bovada.)John Deere Classic past winnersSteve Stricker and D.A. Weibring have won the John Deere Classic most often with three victories apiece. Stricker is the only golfer to win in three straight years. Michael Kim set the course record by shooting 27-under par last year.YearWinnerScore2019TBD….2018Michael Kim-272017Bryson DeChambeau-172016Ryan Moore-222015Jordan Spieth-202014Brian Harman-202013Jordan Spieth-192012Zach Johnson-202011Steve Stricker-222010Steve Stricker-262009Steve Stricker-20last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline

first_img MLB trade rumors: Zack Wheeler’s value ‘more or less’ destroyed after being placed on IL MLB trade rumors: Astros monitoring the market for a starter, interested in Robbie Ray “We are missing Zobrist. That is a perfect guy. He is not here, so we miss that. You could always rely on him for that pro at-bat leading off in front of the other guys. Adding something like that could be very advantageous.”The Cubs entered play Monday in first place of the National League Central with a 50-43 record. They hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Brewers.Chicago is considering all of its options, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters earlier this month.”If you go on a tear and you find yourselves with a four-or five-game lead, that puts you in a really aggressive posture as buyers,” Epstein said, via MLB.com. “It doesn’t work this way, but in your mind, you want to try to finish off the division if you can. (But) if you have two or three weeks of poor play, given where the division is, you might find yourself in fourth place and looking up four or five games at somebody. And then you have to be realistic about where you are. MLB trade rumors: Brewers, Giants ‘engaged in discussions’ about reliever Will Smith Ben Zobrist, who typically occupied the top spot in the Cubs’ lineup in previous seasons, has been on the restricted list since early May.”We have to become a little bit more offensive in the right moments,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I am thinking we would be looking at that area. If we could just add one more pro bat. Related News The Cubs seem to be hoping to make multiple moves this month.Chicago is looking to add a leadoff hitter and a reliever before the July 31 trade deadline, according to a report from 670 The Score. “It’s not by decree from anybody, especially from me. It’s just by the nature of the standings that these next few weeks are obviously really important, for sure. Every game.”Chicago is one of several teams interested in Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta, according to an earlier report from The Athletic.last_img read more

Eagles’ Cody Kessler being evaluated for head injury, report says

first_imgPhiladelphia could be getting even thinner at the quarterback position.Eagles fourth-year quarterback Cody Kessler was blindsided in the first quarter of his team’s preseason game against the Jaguars on Thursday and left the game to be evaluated for a head injury, according to a report from NFL Network. He completed just one of his four pass attempts for 11 yards before leaving the contest. Chargers QB Philip Rivers ‘pulling for’ Melvin Gordon to get his deal Titans coach Mike Vrabel downplays joint practice brawl Datone Jones (Jaguars) destroyed Cody Kessler (Eagles) here.Kessler had to come out and is in concussion protocol. pic.twitter.com/UFUeDQFyP4— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) August 15, 2019#Eagles QB Cody Kessler is being evaluated for a head injury, according to the team. They previously lost backup Nate Sudfeld to a broken wrist.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2019Kessler’s injury comes just one week after second-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist in Philadelphia’s game against Tennessee. Sudfeld has already undergone surgery but is expected to miss six weeks. If Kessler and Sudfeld both miss an extended period of time, the Eagles could be in for some serious trouble, as it appears rookie quarterback Clayton Thorson is next in line to back up starting signal-caller Carson Wentz. Related Newscenter_img Wentz has suffered season-ending injuries the past two years and has yet to play in a playoff game. The fourth-year quarterback had been replaced by Nick Foles in the past two postseasons, but Philadelphia lost that safety net when Foles signed a massive four-year deal with the Jaguars in March. Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles over the offseason soon after Foles moved on.Kessler and Sudfeld have combined for 20 regular season appearances while Thorson, a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, hasn’t seen a snap against NFL starters.Philadelphia is looking to improve upon 2018’s 9-7 record and early playoff exit, and a lot will be riding on Wentz being healthy.last_img read more

FC ”Olimpic” will play its matches in Tuzla

first_imgThe president of the football club ”Olimpic” Nijaz Gracić confirmed that this club will play its matches in Tuzla. Nijaz Gracić met today with his associates in Tuzla and settled the arrangement for the usage of the stadium ”Tušanj” for the next three months.”Yes, it is true that we have reached an agreement and that now officially FC ”Olimpic” will play their matches on the ” Tušanj” stadium. Just to be clear, this is just an arrangement for renting the stadium, while other element of this collaboration need to be settled further.”- said Gracić.It is also speculated that Gracić will move FC ”Olimpic” to Tuzla for the next season.last_img read more

50 Best National Teams of the World: The Dragons are among the highest ones

first_imgNational football team of B&H shares the first place with Northern Ireland and Senegal when it comes to ranking of national teams whose players are playing abroad.The study included 50 best national teams according to the FIFA ranking list.Out of the 25 players that Mesa counted in the final play-off matches for the European Championship against the Republic of Ireland, 13 of them are playing in the strongest European leagues. These are the following: Asmir Begovic, Muhamed Besic (England), Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic, Senad Lulic, Ervin Zukanovic (Italy), Emir Spahic, Ermin Bicakcic, Vedad Ibisevic, Toni Sunjic, Sead Kolasinac (Germany), Haris Medunjanin and Izet Hajrovic (Spain).The average height of the players of our national team is 185.5 centimeters, and thus it is sharing of the second place with Slovenia and Sweden.Serbians are leading on the ranking in weight with an average of 80.1 kilograms, same as Swedes. Dragons are on the 13th place with 78.4 kg, together with Switzerland and Slovakia. Croatia is ranked as 18th with an average of 76.9 kg, same as Argentina.(Source: S. S./faktor.ba)last_img read more

BH Representative Sead Kolasinac decided where to continue His Career?

first_imgAS Roma, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion…A lot of clubs were linked with Sead Kolasinac this summer.Well informed German journalists reported that BiH striker will certainly leave Schalke after new coach Markus Weinzierl brought Abdul Rahman Baba on his position.However, Kolasinac decided to accept the challenge. His adviser Gordon Stipic and manager Christian Heidel announced that Kolasinac will stay in Schalke despite numerous offers.The contract with “royal blue” is valid for another season…(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more