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Trump plans Indiana vist

first_imgWashington D.C.— Officials from the White House say President Trump will make a stop in Indiana to promote his plan to overhaul the federal tax code. The visit has been scheduled for next week, a time and location has not been set.Reports from the director of the economic council Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin say they are proposing a cut from 35 to 15 percent.last_img

You must beat Tottenham, Berbatov charges Solskjaer’s Man Utd

first_img Loading… Dimitar Berbatov has said a win for Manchester United against Tottenham on Friday evening would be “so important” for their chances of a top-four finish. “It will give confidence to the manager, we all know he gets criticised and put under pressure and people are constantly speculating about his position. “This would cement him in the job, and that will be massive for next season because a Champions League spot will be there. “That will seduce players, better players, bigger players to play for United, so it’s important and I hope they qualify.” read also:Revealed! How Man Utd’s Angel visited Nigerian prophet in attempt to heal injury United last qualified for the Champions League in 2017/18 after finishing second in the league. That was only the second time they have managed to do so since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013. They are part of a six-team battle to secure the fourth and final spot in Europe’s elite competition for 2020/21, with Chelsea, Wolves, Sheffield United, Tottenham and Arsenal also in with a chance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img United host Spurs in what will be both teams’ first game back following the season’s suspension. As it stands, the Red Devils are fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. But with the Blues not in action until Sunday, United could climb into the top four with three points against Spurs. A strong run of form pre-lockdown has put them in with a good chance of securing Champions League football next season, and Berbatov says they must make the most of their opportunity. In an interview with Betfair, cited on the Daily Mirror, Berbatov said: “It’s massive for United to finish in the top four. It won’t be easy, but they need to take their chance. “The first game is so important, they need to take their chance, if they do then there will be a massive change next season and it will be huge.Advertisementlast_img read more

Gutierrez targets derby boost

first_img The Black Cats are currently fighting for their Barclays Premier League lives once again, but Gutierrez knows that will count for little this weekend. He told the Chronicle: “In the last few years, they have been in a bad place and they beat us. Listen, it doesn’t matter what position you are in for a derby. It’s a derby, it’s different. “We know what the fans think of this type of game. We know now it’s a few games where we have not beaten them. “It’s away, so we have to be ready and focused. We want to get a win for the fans. They deserve it, so we are going to work hard and start from the beginning. “We can’t start late in the derby because we want three points.” Gutierrez last played in the derby in April 2013 on a bad day for Tyneside as Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners at St James’ Park. Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is hoping to celebrate his return to first-team action with a much-needed derby victory over struggling Sunderland. The 31-year-old Argentinian has appeared as a substitute in each of the Magpies’ last three games following his return from testicular cancer, and has been welcomed warmly back into the fold on and off the pitch. However, he has finished on the losing side on each occasion and is desperate to end that run as Newcastle attempt to bounce back from an unprecedented four successive defeats by their arch-rivals at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Preview | Angelo Mathews and co gear up for do-or-die fixture

first_imgNew Delhi: A lacklustre Sri Lanka spiralling from one defeat to another is staring at a first-ever loss at the hands of Afghanistan in this Asia Cup 2018, Group B fixture. History and form count for little in matches of prominence, but Sri Lanka are staring down an endless barrel of defeats. That was on display in full force, as the Lions were routed in a 137-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the tournament opener. A Lasith Malinga blitz (4/23) threatened to derail Bangladesh, but Sri Lanka were guilty of letting the grip loose at crucial junctures.If a gritty Mushfiqur Rahim (144 off 150 balls) led the revival, a brave Tamim Iqbal playing with a fractured wrist to add 32 runs for the final wicket underlined their hunger to win.ALSO READ: CPL T20 2018 Final: Who won CPL T20?Sri Lankan showed none of that in their reply, as the batsmen appeared tentative and clueless in the 262-run chase. Upul Tharanga blazed at the start (27 off 16), but none of the batsmen took the responsibility of leading the chase.That the bowlers Dilruwan Perera (29 off 44) and Suranga Lakmal (20 off 25) stitched the best partnership of the innings (27 runs) was an apt reflection of their batting woes.All this would surely play into the hands of Afghanistan, who top the ‘cricket passion rankings’ – if ever there is one. The likes of leg-spinner Rashid Khan, all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman make them a formidable side in these conditions tailor-made for them.ALSO READ: WWE Hell in a Cell 2018: Check full results, plot twist and surprisesBatting remains a worry, though, as they lack a pivot to build their innings. Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (formerly Stanikzai) and Nabi hold the key to their batting fortunes.It is not often that Afghanistan go into a match as favourites – even if it is slightly. Given that there is so little turnaround time for Sri Lanka after that demoralising loss against Bangladesh, history could be made in Abu Dhabi on Monday.Players to watch: The only positive for Sri Lanka from their opener was the form of Malinga, who bowled as if he had never been out of action. Can he continue where he finished in Dubai? No matter where Afghanistan play, it is their talisman Rashid that hogs the limelight. Will he be their fulcrum once again?Stat attack: Sri Lanka have lost their last six ODIs played in UAE while Afghanistan have won four of their last five matches. The Lions have now lost 20 (77%) of their last 26 ODIs. And Afghanistan’s special star Rashid Khan has 38 wickets in 15 matches in 2018, picking three or more wickets in eight. For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: Henry County Jail records show 22-year-old Teshaun Hightower was booked into jail Saturday on multiple charges, including murder and aggravated assault.Hightower is a junior guard who led the Green Wave in scoring last season. Tulane officials say Hightower has been dismissed from the basketball program.Henry County police said in a Facebook post that he was one of six people wanted in connection with an April 8 homicide in Stockbridge. Police identified the man killed as Devante Anthony Long.  NFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiations NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.In other NFL news: Associated Press Governor envisions baseball without fans this seasonNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.The Democrat said “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” during his briefing Sunday. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch.Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.Cuomo said that everybody has to think outside the box, because there is no box. Italian sports to resume training soonUNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTULANE PLAYER-GEORGIA SLAYINGTulane basketball player charged with murder in GeorgiaMCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A Tulane University basketball player who recently declared for the NBA draft has been charged in a Georgia slaying. — Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he had been informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move came two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. The move with Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap.— Safety Kavon Frazier, who missed most of last season with a pectoral injury, has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Frazier was limited to four games in 2019 for the Dallas Cowboys before going on injured reserve. In four seasons with Dallas, he played 44 games, starting twice, and also contributed on special teams. Frazier becomes the 11th free agent to join the Dolphins this offseason. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Central Michigan. NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 daysUNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt. The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen.The previous high was 6.2 million last year.MLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employeesCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak. ARKANSAS DERBYArkansas Derby to be run in 2 divisionsUNDATED (AP) — For the first time, the Arkansas Derby will be run in two divisions next weekend.Both will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. The race was originally set to have a $1 million purse.Now, each division will be worth $500,000. A total of 22 horses are expected to run on Saturday between the two divisions, including winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Rebel Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Louisiana Derby. CAVALLARI AND CUTLER DIVORCECavallari, Cutler getting divorced after 7 years of marriageCHICAGO (AP) — Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are getting divorced.Cavallari said in an Instagram post Sunday that she and her husband are breaking up after seven years of marriage and a decade together.Cutler played 12 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Chicago and Miami. He was with the Bears from 2009-2016. Nembhard declares for draft againGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann have declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school.The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench.Nembhard’s decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school. April 27, 2020 The Gators seem to be equipped to handle both potential departures. They have Ques Glover and former Cleveland State standout Tyree Appleby to play the point next season.In other college basketball news:— San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The Aztecs made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.  The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility.  Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season.  Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.— South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season.  VIRUS OUTBREAK-CUOMO-BASEBALL VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDINGBull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALY The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1.The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARD Cavallari and Cutler have three young children — two sons and a daughter.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

More Speed Limit Changes to Take Place

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Some changes are set to take place soon on the county roads. The Alpena County Road Commission has approved more speed limit changes.Previously speed limits on a portion of long rapids road west of Bagley Street were increased to 45mph, and up to 55 mph beyond Bernice Lane.The board has also approved speed increases on French Road. A 45mph limit increase will be imposed between U–S 23 and Hamilton Road. It will be 55mph afterward. Discussion for speed limit increases for some county roads started last September in 2016.State police traffic studies revealed that in most cases, motorists were operating well above the posted limits in the areas mentioned.Now that Long Rapids and French Road have been addressed, the next speed limit increase target area is said to be a portion of Hubbard Lake Road, where speed limits of 45 and 35 beginning near Ratz road, may be eliminated. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Junior High 8th Graders Enjoy a Trip to CollegeNext Rep. Allor Testifies in Support of Billlast_img read more

Referees’ union: Chelsea must apologise to Clattenburg

first_imgReferees’ union Prospect has demanded that Chelsea apologise to Mark Clattenburg and compensate him after he was cleared of making a racist remark.The Blues claimed Clattenburg, 37, used “inappropriate language” towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel.The FA has now cleared the referee and Chelsea accepted the decision.Prospect chief Alan Leighton called for “a full and unreserved apology and compensation for loss of earnings, damage to reputation and stress.”Leighton, the national secretary of the union, also called on Chelsea to make a “sizeable donation” to anti-discrimination bodies Show Racism The Red Card and Kick It Out.Responding to the FA’s decision, a Chelsea statement read that the club “accepts the Football Association’s decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact that the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter.” But the Blues did not apologise directly to the referee.The evidence for Chelsea’s allegation came from their midfielder Ramires, who, when interviewed, explained his instinctive reaction had been to seek confirmation from Mikel as to what Clattenburg had said.Mikel, 25, who was being spoken to by Clattenburg at the time of the incident, was much closer to the referee than Ramires but did not hear what was alleged to have been said.The Chelsea midfielder has been charged by the FA with misconduct following his involvement in an incident in the referee’s room after the match between Chelsea and Manchester United in October.Leighton believes Chelsea were right to investigate the claim but should not have made the issue public. “The charge was based on the flimsiest evidence that should never have got to this stage,” he said.“It should never have been made public and should have been dealt with confidentially.“We are not criticising Chelsea because they investigated the complaint – they had a duty of care.“Rather the evidence consisted of just one statement and that is why they shouldn’t have gone public.”David Elleray, chair of the FA’s referees committee, welcomed the decision to clear Clattenburg and praised the official’s handling of the complaint against him. “The FA’s referees committee, and refereeing in general, welcomes the news that Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer,” Elleray said.“I wish to express my admiration for the professional manner in which Mark and his colleagues have conducted themselves during this very difficult time.“Referees are at the forefront of reporting abuse on the field of play and it is important that all cases are investigated, especially when match officials are the subject of abuse.“The case raises important issues which we will need to reflect on in the coming weeks.”last_img read more

Paul George, Montrezl Harrell lead Clippers past Blazers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Portland is doing the same with its new addition. There’s been plenty of attention paid to the Blazers’ No. 00 – including on Tuesday, by the Clippers, who held the resurgent superstar and reigning Western Conference Player of the Week to nine points, all of which came in the first half, on 2-for-9 shooting in 28 minutes.Harrell helped mellow Anthony’s impact, and the Clippers’ 6-foot-7 reserve center continued to outplay taller opponents – on Tuesday, 7-footer Hassan Whiteside – with his strength and skill around the basket. Harrell finished with a team-high 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting and nine rebounds.The Clippers more than made up for shooting 14 for 25 from the free-throw line by backing up and going bombs away from 3-point range.They’d entered the game shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc; on Thursday, they were 17 for 24 from deep (50 percent), with Patrick Patterson going 5 for 7 en route to 19 points off the bench.“We did our jobs,” Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. “In our scouting report, we’re talking about Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams, we’re making sure we slow those guys down. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Terance Mann #14, Patrick Beverley #21 , and Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers high-five during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 26 points during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, left, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes up for a shot as CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers guards Terance Mann #14 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum (3) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, right, looks to pass under the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers is fouled by Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball as Nassir Little #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, left, defends on Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, left, dunks past Portland Trail Blazers’ Skal Labissiere, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside (21) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) and Montrezl Harrell, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum, right, dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum (3) scores past Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons (1) looks to pass as Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Patterson (54) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) argues a call next to Portland Trail Blazers’ Skal Labissiere (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives around Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Kent Bazemore #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks the ball on a breakaway during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Patrick Patterson #54 of the Los Angeles Clippers guards Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Terance Mann #14 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball as Skal Labissiere #17 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends during the second half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers blocks a shot by Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers reaches for a rebound as Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends during the second half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers adjusts his headband during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball as Rodney Hood #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Rodney Hood #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots the ball as Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers jumps to block the shot during the first half at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George, center, is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony (00) and Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) dribbles next to Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers smiles during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots next to Portland Trail Blazers’ Rodney Hood during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) works for a rebound next to Portland Trail Blazers’ Skal Labissiere (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Mario Hezonja (44) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) works for a rebound against Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers talk during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony (00) grabs a rebound next to Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Terance Mann #14, Patrick Beverley #21 , and Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers high-five during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 26 points during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 47The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 26 points during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — For the first time since Nov. 9, the Clippers spy an opening in their schedule Thursday in Milwaukee for a full-fledged, honest-to-goodness practice – to work on perfecting, theoretically, what’s already pretty good.Led by Montrezl Harrell’s 26 points and Paul George’s 25, the Clippers defeated the good will-banking Portland Trail Blazers and their recently added veteran Carmelo Anthony 117-97 on Tuesday to tie their franchise record with their ninth consecutive home victory, improving to 13-1 at Staples Center and 16-6 overall.Still, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “I want it to be seamless. Right now, that’s not us yet. That’s what I see offensively, I know there’s a better team in there.”Added George, who buried a season-high-tying six 3-pointers on seven attempts: “Everybody is trying to find their game, trying to find their way into the system. Once we continue to keep playing, we’ll build that chemistry.” “Obviously PG had a really good game, but we did our jobs on Kawhi (11 points), we did our job on Lou Will (nine points) and it just shows you how deep they are, how many guys they can turn to and how much production that they give you across the board.“That Patrick Patterson can come in and have a big night, Montrezl Harrell can come in and have a big night, so I thought that’s what hurt us. They leaned on that and were able to cruise to a win.”Indeed, after taking a slim 62-59 lead into halftime, the Clippers scored the first seven points of the second half, including five courtesy of a George 3-pointer and a breakaway dunk that put the Clippers ahead 69-59 and, statistically, all but assured another victory: The Clippers improved to 12-0 this season when they build a lead of 10 points or more.Related Articles Patrick Beverley was his typically active self, with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists – including flying in for a rebound and putback that extended the advantage to 84-73 late in the third quarter, when the Clippers held Portland to just 17 points.Not long after, the lead had ballooned to 22, and with 3:57 left, Rivers cleared his bench to a smattering of appreciation from the sold-out crowd of 19,068 – who had moments before started another happy wave.Portland’s CJ McCollum and Lillard – the backcourt duo that Rivers likened to having two Lou Williamses and who came in averaging 46.6 points per game  – finished with 20 and 16 apiece.“We’re sending a lot of people at ’em,” Rivers said. “We’re doubling a lot and we’re able to switch with bigger guys who can move their feet. (Former Trail Blazer) Moe Harkless again guarded Dame for the second time. Don’t know how many teams you can put your power forward on another team’s point guard. Because of our size, we’re able to do that and it’s been great for us.”Whiteside added 18 for the Trail Blazers, who fell to 8-13. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ last_img read more

Whicker: Cody Bellinger takes what Angels give him in Dodgers’ 4-0 win

first_imgAnd, again, you asked, how hard can this be?“It’s not as easy as it looks,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Some guys don’t have the ability to manipulate the barrel. Cody does. I keep saying, every night it seems like he does something different to help us win.”Bellinger understood exactly what he was doing. He knew anything to the left side would be a problem for the Angels, since Chase Utley was on third, and Bellinger has shown the ability to beat out medium-hit grounders.“It’s a matter of being comfortable in my load,” he said. “Sometimes I get in a situation when I can load early and then just be pre-set. That’s what the situation called for.”Freed from their miniature drought, the Dodgers did what they’ve been doing for weeks. They cleaned up the leftovers.Pederson hit his fifth home run since he returned to the Dodgers on June 13. He was out with a concussion, administered in the outfield by Yasiel Puig.“It must have knocked some sense into me,” he said.Actually Pederson credited a couple of sessions with roving batting coach Shawn Wooten, when Pederson was doing rehab games at Rancho Cucamonga.“I had been hitting a lot of ground balls before, and he reminded me of some things I used to do but hadn’t been doing,” he said. “The first day I got there he showed me something that clicked a little bit.”Pederson’s OPS was .607 on June 13. He raised it to .808 with that home run. On Tuesday, he took part of his batting practice from his left-handed manager.“When you see the lefty vs. lefty, some hitters like that because it keeps your front side closed,” Roberts said. “Anything I can do to help. Joc knows his power, but sometimes he tries to do too much. When he uses the big part of the park he’s better off.”Roberts also toyed with pinch-hitting Justin Turner against Alvarez, but figured Scioscia would walk Turner and then bring in a right-hander for Enrique Hernandez. Besides, Alvarez has given up a .262 batting average this season.Pederson is still somewhat helpless against lefty pitching, and he hasn’t yet shown he’ll be a day-to-day producer. But his hot streaks can burn the skin.He also was the first of three homegrown left hand-hitting position players who have visited the Dodgers varsity in three years, followed by Corey Seager last year and now Bellinger.In each case, the L.A. and national media fell hard. In Pederson’s case there was a little more blowback because he wound up hitting .210 as 2015 went on. But he’s still a 25-year-old with rare gifts, including the rare power gene.“I don’t think I was as exciting as Cody,” Pederson said. “He’s really fun to watch. When you’re in that situation you have to just be yourself.  I struggled with my confidence for a while that year, and I was extremely bad. You just have to experience it for yourself.”And, again, the Dodgers were doing it with a bare quorum. Puig was out, which meant Trayce Thompson could make his season debut. Yasmani Grandal was off, which meant Austin Barnes could handle Maeda’s mastery.Seager was also out with his hamstring tweak. So Enrique Hernandez was able to slide deep into the shortstop hole to handle a screamer by the Angels’ Martin Maldonado, and throw him out at first — from his knees.“I don’t think you’re going to see a play better than that this year,” Roberts said.The way things are going, he held out the possibility that you might. Bellinger had Dodger teammates on first and third Tuesday night with one out in the sixth. It was tied, 0-0. In fact, the Angels had held the Dodgers scoreless for 14-1/3 innings, just after the Dodgers had held a week-long sprint-relay across home plate.Angels manager Mike Scioscia lifted Jesse Chavez from the two-hitter he was pitching and went with lefty reliever Jose Alvarez, a by-the-book decision that would get kindled by the Dodgers. Bellinger slapped a single through the vacated shortstop position to bring in one run. Joc Pederson skied a home run over the center field fence to bring in three more.The Dodgers didn’t score any more, but Kenta Maeda and Brandon Morrow finished off the five-hitter for a 4-0 win, with the next two Freeway Series games in Anaheim on Wednesday and Thursday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> And then we come to the part where Cody Bellinger makes something easy look easy.Or at least it looks that way every night in baseball, when a defense creates its own yawning hole and dares you to hit a ball through it.last_img read more

Bonsignore: LA Lakers coach Byron Scott, old school as he might be, shows he’s willing to adjust

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This was the same Scott who claimed 3-point shots didn’t win championships before putting the clamp on that part of the game in his first year with the Lakers.He insisted they limit themselves at 12 to 15 3s per game.Which made some people’s heads spin.The ones who obviously mistook last year’s Lakers for the Golden State Warriors.Wayne Ellington meet Klay Thompson. The shock in the gym could be felt from the Las Vegas strip to Staples Center.Here was Byron Scott, the absurdly and incorrectly described crotchety, unbendable Lakers coach who seemingly spit on the notion of 3-point shots last season much the same way a crusty old baseball manager dismissed sabermetrics, actually talking about the NBA adopting a 4-point play.“We could put it in this year if they don’t mind,” Scott said, smiling.Come again, coach?center_img Point is, the same Scott who scorned 3s a season ago was now talking about the Lakers upping their trey attempts to 18 to 25 per game.Not to mention openly advocating (tongue in cheek) the addition of a 4-point play.What in the name of old-school, non-progressive, unbendable Byron Scott is going on here?Did some guy some people claimed wasn’t cool enough or happening enough or advanced, enlightened or innovative enough have some sort of new-school metamorphosis between last season and this season?Did he dive head first into advanced basketball analytics and emerge a pioneering voice of bold, avant-grade hoops thinking?Dare we think these new and improved and young Lakers of DeAngelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle will be directed by a new and improved different thinking Byron Scott?Not exactly.Scott simply took a look at an improved, differently skilled Lakers roster and correctly decided the time is right to add more 3-pointers into the playbook.“We have guys that can shoot it,” Scott said, matter-of-factly.It wasn’t a brilliant assessment, just practical.It wasn’t ingenious or creative.It simply made sense.Which is kind of the whole point a whole lot of people missed about Scott last year.They wrongly mistook his practicality for a lack of progressiveness.Not to say he didn’t make mistakes – he obviously played Kobe Bryant too many minutes to start last season – but to judge most of the moves he had working with the roster he was handed as if he was working with the 1988 Lakers is an even bigger mistake than way Scott utilized Bryant.Blaming Scott for anything he tried to do last year is like blaming the lobster tails the chef cooked on the Titanic for the ship smashing into an iceberg.If you want a true testament to Scott’s coaching, take a look at what he did by coaching the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.Or how his New Orleans Hornets progressively got better from when he took over in 2004 to 2007, when they won 57 games and took the soon-to-be world champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.Or how about assessing him moving forward now that he has some actual talent to work with, young players he can mold and develop and hone.Much like he did with a young Chris Paul, who remains a devoted ally to this day.Scott’s hands’ weren’t just tied with a depleted, woefully inadequate roster, he was strapped into a straight jacket.Winning games was the goal, first and foremost, but the bigger goal was actually playing competitive games.Or not getting embarrassed.The Lakers still lost a franchise record 61 games.But they at least competed. And Scott deserves credit for that.Fast forward to a new season, and while it’s a mistake to mention Scott with advanced basketball pioneers like Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie, it’s an even bigger error to categorize Scott as some unbendable ogre. Someone unable to adapt or adjust.Scott is an old-school disciplinarian, developed and nurtured by Pat Riley. But Riley was nothing if not flexible.The same coach who beautifully produced the Showtime Lakers was also the iron responsible for the brutally physical Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason New York Knicks back in the dayRiley didn’t have an awakening by abandoning the artistry of the Lakers for the ruthlessness of the Knicks.He simply adjusted to his roster.Kind of like his prodigy, Byron Scott, is doing now.last_img read more