Month: August 2020

LeBron James to have minutes reduced, while Lakers cast doubt on Lonzo Ball’s return

LeBron James to have minutes reduced, while Lakers cast doubt on Lonzo Ball’s return

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton said it’s undecided if James, who has averaged more than 38 minutes per game throughout his 16-year career, will sit out the second game of back-to-backs. There are three such games remaining on the Lakers’ 17-game schedule.The policy was already in effect Wednesday night, as the Lakers fell to the Denver Nuggets at home and James passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list. While the All-Star forward managed to score 31 points to become the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history, he only played 31 minutes.There could be similar precautions further down the roster: Specifically, Walton said Lonzo Ball, who has been out since Jan. 19 with a sprained ankle, might not play again this season. While he’s recently been seen after practice shooting and dribbling, Walton said the second-year point guard has yet to be cleared for full-speed drills, much less team practices.After Ball entered last season with an injury, the Lakers will consider not playing him the rest of this season to give him a chance to have a full offseason.“Lonzo hasn’t had himself an offseason yet, as far as development, which is a huge part of when you get better at this level,” he said. “And where we’re at now, and not looking like he’s close to being able to play yet, then, it’s almost getting to the point where the true value comes from, ‘Let’s get him as healthy as possible so he has however many months this summer to really expand and keep working on his game.’” Walton said the focus will be more on player development for the remainder of the season, but that has several branching implications. Some players, such as two-way contract point guard Alex Caruso, are fighting to prove their place in the league: Walton said he appreciated Caruso’s energy against the Nuggets, when he was part of the lineup that trimmed what had been a 23-point deficit down to two. Caruso could be a piece of the regular rotation going forward.There are also a number of players in the final years of their contracts, who are playing for their next deal this summer when roughly 40 percent of the league’s players will enter free agency.Reggie Bullock, acquired via midseason trade, is one such player who hopes to prove his value for the remainder of the season. He said he didn’t imagine that the Lakers, headlined by James, would miss the playoffs this year. But now that it’s a near-certainty, he’s trying to make the most of it.“It didn’t work out obviously right now for us to make the push,” he said. “It’s great to be here. I didn’t see the Lakers not being in it, but we still have games to go, so just continue to go out and play hard.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — The rollback has officially begun.The Lakers (30-35) have stopped realistically shooting for the playoffs, and with that shift comes changes: LeBron James will officially have his minutes “monitored,” as the franchise’s goal becomes preserving the 34-year-old’s health for next season.Coach Luke Walton acknowledged after Friday’s practice that he had a conversation with James, who has not missed the postseason in 14 years, described as “pretty open and easy” about keeping his minutes under tighter wraps. There will be games where James will play his full allotment, but for the most part, the Lakers will aim to minimize the risk to their foundational player.“A lot of it was done with the trainers and him already by the time me and him sat down to talk,” Walton said. “So by the time I talked to him, he was kind in acceptance of it already, but there’s kind of always the out of, ‘It’s not a restriction. If there’s a game we’re going (well), you might get, the minutes might be more of what you’ve been playing all season. But I’m also going to continue to look at monitoring those minutes and taking you out when I feel like we should.’” The Lakers are in no-man’s land, 6-1/2 games out of eighth place in the Western Conference as of Friday morning. With a microscopic shot at beating the odds, the organization hopes to minimize the risk to its key players (some of whom could be summer trade assets).However, the Lakers insist their strategy differs from “tanking” – the practice of losing to improve the team’s draft position. In fact, they’d like to win to finish the season, even if it doesn’t result in a playoff berth.Kyle Kuzma, who is questionable for Saturday’s game against Boston with an ankle injury, said he’d appreciate besting last season’s 35-47 record down the stretch.“You don’t want to lose. You don’t want to keep losing,” the second-year forward said. “I mean, yeah, you’re at the development stage of the season, but it’s still a lot funner when you win. You can develop and lose and have a terrible feeling still. So, it’s always about winning no matter what.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: 3 teams with the most on the line

NBA Draft 2019: 3 teams with the most on the line

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks most interested in Kemba Walker NBA Draft 2019: 3 teams with the most on the lineNew York KnicksNew York had its sights set on getting the top pick and selecting Zion Williamson, but things didn’t shake out its way. Instead, the Knicks ended up with the No. 3 overall pick and are expected to select another Duke star, RJ Barrett. Related News The Knicks appeared to be front-runners to land Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency this summer, but recent reports suggest otherwise. New York also was reluctant to part with young assets to land the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis in a trade and missed that train, as the Lakers forked over a massive hall to secure the superstar.In a market that emphasizes going for championships as soon as possible, making the right selection is imperative.Phoenix SunsYet another victim of unexpected draft lottery results, the Suns were banking on landing in the top three, but instead sit at sixth. Phoenix is in dire need of a point guard, as it’s makeshift depth chart at the position caused the young team plenty of problems last season. It seems unlikely that the Suns will get a chance to select Ja Morant out of Murray State — 2019’s most coveted floor general.Darius Garland appears as if he could be a consolation prize, though. He was productive at Vanderbilt in a limited college career hampered by an early knee injury. However, reports suggest Phoenix also is willing to trade for a veteran guard who is ready to play now.The Suns’ assortment of combo wings hasn’t led to much success so far, so they need to discover some sense of direction, especially since they have a new coach and general manager.Charlotte HornetsThe Hornets this offseason could lose what has brought most fans to games. Kemba Walker is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25.6 points per game and was third-team All-NBA. NBA Draft 2019: RJ Barrett wants Knicks to pick him at No. 3, won’t work out for any other team NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Suns willing to trade No. 6 pick for veteran guard Walker, 29, qualified for a supermax deal, which could cripple Charlotte and limit its ability to build a better team around him. He is willing to take less, but he also wants to win — very soon.The Hornets have significant money tied up in players like Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nic Batum and Bismack Biyombo, who haven’t contributed much in recent seasons. But they also have young assets like Miles Bridges and Malik Monk that they could use for leverage in a trade for a big-time player.Charlotte has the No. 12 pick in Thursday’s draft but is reportedly looking for a way to move up. The Hornets need a game-changer, and it’s not likely they’ll find one at No. 12 who can make a difference immediately on a playoff team. This year’s NBA Draft could help quite a few teams accelerate their progress toward success — or set them back.It’s crazy how a few picks can change the direction of a franchise, and some have a lot on the line in 2019.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball 2019: Find saves sleepers with our Closer Depth Chart

Fantasy Baseball 2019: Find saves sleepers with our Closer Depth Chart

first_imgMORE: SN Fantasy | DFS Lineup BuilderEven if we don’t know exactly what’s going happen in every bullpen, we do know there will be upheaval. We also know that as long as saves are a stat in fantasy leagues, staying ahead of your competition and picking up the “next-the-line” behind a struggling closer just might be the difference between a weak showing in saves and winning the category.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNFantasy Baseball Closer Depth Chart* – Injured | ^ – Trade bait | Hot seatArizona DiamondbacksCloser: Greg Holland | Handcuff: Archie BradleyAtlanta BravesCloser: Luke Jackson | Handcuff: Anthony SwarzakBaltimore OriolesCommittee: Mychal Givens/Miguel Castro/Shawn ArmstrongBoston Red SoxCommittee: Matt Barnes/Ryan Brasier/Brandon Workman/Marcus WaldenChicago CubsCloser: Craig Kimbrel* (expected to join team in late-June) | Short-term closer/handcuff: Pedro StropChicago White SoxCloser: Alex Colome | Handcuff: Kelvin HerreraCincinnati RedsCommittee: Raisel Iglesias/Michael LorenzenCleveland IndiansCloser: Brad Hand | Handcuff: Nick WittgrenColorado RockiesCloser: Wade Davis | Handcuff: Scott ObergDetroit TigersCloser: Shane Greene | Handcuff: Joe JimenezHouston AstrosCloser: Roberto Osuna | Handcuff: Ryan PresslyKansas City RoyalsCloser: Ian Kennedy | Handcuff: Wily PeraltaLos Angeles AngelsCloser: Hansel Robles | Handcuff: Ty ButtreyLos Angeles DodgersCloser: Kenley Jansen | Handcuff: Julio UriasMiami MarlinsCloser: Sergio Romo | Handcuff: Nick AndersonMilwaukee BrewersCloser: Josh Hader | Handcuff: Jeremy JeffressMinnesota TwinsCloser: Taylor Rogers | Handcuff: Blake ParkerNew York MetsCloser: Edwin Diaz | Handcuff: Jeurys Familia* (right shoulder, out indefinitely) | Short-term Handcuff: Robert GsellmanNew York YankeesCloser: Aroldis Chapman | Handcuff: Zack BrittonOakland AthleticsCloser: Blake Treinen* (right shoulder, out indefinitely) | Short-term: Liam Hendricks | Handcuff: Lou TrevinoPhiladelphia PhilliesCommittee: David Robertson* (right elbow, out indefinitely) | Short-term closer: Hector Neris | Next-in-line: Juan NicasioPittsburgh PiratesCloser: Felipe Vazquez | Handcuff: Kyle CrickSan Diego PadresCloser: Kirby Yates | Handcuff: Craig StammenSan Francisco GiantsSeattle MarinersCloser: Hunter Strickland* (right lat, out until at least early-July) | Short-term committee: Roenis Elias/Cory Gearrin/Austin AdamsSt. Louis CardinalsCloser: Carlos Martinez | Handcuff: John Gant/Andrew MillerTampa Bay RaysCommittee: Jose Alvarado/Diego Castillo/Emilio PaganTexas RangersCloser: Shawn Kelley | Handcuff: Jose LeClercToronto Blue Jays Just when you thought committees were ruining the closer position, last year brought us the “opener”, further throwing our closer depth chart into flux. It’s bad enough fantasy baseball owners have to deal with constant trade rumors, injuries, and demotions concerning relief pitchers, but committees and openers could completely change the way RPs are valued. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if every team has the same philosophy concerning saves, but when you can’t figure out what a manager is thinking it makes it tough to find the best closers, handcuffs, and middle reliever sleepers.Nevertheless, we do our best to sort through it all and help you keep up to date on each ninth-inning situation throughout the year. We’ll list the current closer (or committee) and next-in-line, as well as any injury, trade notes, or cold streaks you should be aware of. Several of these situations are up in the air in spring training, and those are marked below. We’ll continue to update this chart all season long, so bookmark this page and check back for all the changes throughout the spring and season. Closer: Ken Giles | Handcuff: Joe BiaginiWashington NationalsCloser: Sean Doolittle | Handcuff: Tony Sipplast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan says she’s motivated by winning tournament, not Golden Boot

Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan says she’s motivated by winning tournament, not Golden Boot

first_img“I would love someone on our team to win the Golden Boot, it would be a great accolade, but that’s not my goal, my goal is to help this team win a World Cup,” Morgan told a news conference on Sunday. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Alex Morgan is not troubled by her four-game goal drought because the United States winning the Women’s World Cup is a bigger priority to her than the Golden Boot.The 29-year-old laid down an early marker to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with a five-goal haul in USA’s 13-0 mauling of Thailand in its first group game. However, since then she has failed to find the target, not that USA have missed a beat thanks to back-to-back braces from Megan Rapinoe, which ensured Jill Ellis’ team progressed to Tuesday’s semifinal with England in Lyon.Morgan, Rapinoe, Lionesses forward Ellen White and Australia’s Sam Kerr are all leading the Golden Boot race with five goals each yet the former insists she would sacrifice winning the individual prize for collective glory.  Related News “As long as the goals continue to come then I’m happy. That’s not goals continuing to come from me, that’s this team.5 – Alex Morgan is the second player in #FIFAWWC history to score five goals in a single game, doing so 27 years and 199 days after fellow @USWNT international Michelle Akers managed this feat against Chinese Taipei in November 1991. Decimated. pic.twitter.com/kkl7kay7Rz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 11, 2019″Right now Megan Rapinoe has put the team on her back from Spain [in the last 16] to France [in the quarterfinals] and it’s going to take players like that and individuals each game to step up and help carry this team.”Pinoe has done that in great fashion last two games.”last_img read more

Three reasons why Kawhi Leonard’s new contract is another win for Clippers star

Three reasons why Kawhi Leonard’s new contract is another win for Clippers star

first_imgImagine the kind of teams that could be formed if Leonard and George become unrestricted free agents in 2021.Possible NBA free agents available in 2021:Kawhi LeonardLeBron JamesPaul GeorgeBradley BealBlake GriffinRudy GobertJrue HolidayCJ McCollumOtto PorterMike ConleyLaMarcus AldridgeDeMar DeRozanAndre DrummondSteven AdamsGordon HaywardAlso possible Giannis gets there— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) July 10, 2019As The Athletic’s Michael Lee wrote, “We’ve reached the stage where an exit should be the expectation.” Nothing can be assumed in the NBA, especially when it comes to the future of superstars.The Clippers pulled off an unlikely Leonard-George heist this summer, but the real work has only just begun. The philosopher Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. once said, “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.” Kawhi Leonard may have never heard that line, but he sure embodies it.Fresh off his second title and NBA Finals MVP, Leonard realized he had more power in free agency than any player in the league. He controlled every aspect of negotiations with the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors, and he actively recruited Thunder star Paul George to play with him while contemplating his choices. The Leonard sweepstakes ultimately ended with both Leonard and George on the Clippers, making Los Angeles early championship favorites. NBA FREE AGENCY 2020:Ranking the top available players, starting with Anthony DavisBut Leonard didn’t sign a four-year, $142 million max contract with the Clippers as originally reported. He agreed to a three-year, $103 million deal with a player option for the third season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.Why do those numbers matter? Glad you asked…Kawhi Leonard sets himself up for another huge contractAs the saying goes, “Board man gets paid.” Much like Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Leonard will make significant money and maintain flexibility with this two-plus-one deal.Kawhi Leonard contractAgeSalary2019-2028$32.7 million2020-2129$34.3 million2021-22 (player option)30$36.0 millionLeonard can re-enter free agency after the 2020-21 season by declining his player option as a 10-year veteran, which allows the Clippers to offer him a max contract worth 35 percent of the team’s cap.In this case, Leonard would be projected to sign a four-year, $196 million contract with the Clippers. That would help Leonard recoup the dollars left behind when he asked out of San Antonio. (He could also take that 2021-22 option and then go for the full five-year max.)If Kawhi Leonard took a 35% supermax from SAS, he would’ve made $222M over next 5 years.He’s now set himself up to opt out in 2021 and get his 35% max from LAC. If he does, he’d make $209M over same 5 years (a $13M discount), but lock in an extra year paying him $54M at age 33.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 10, 2019Then again, we’re talking about a guy who used coupons for free wings after his last contract extension. Leonard might not care all that much as long as “Board man gets fed.”Kawhi Leonard is now on the same timeline as Paul GeorgeGeorge agreed to a three-plus-one contract with the Thunder last summer. It was a massive victory for Oklahoma City after general manager Sam Presti traded for George with no guarantee he would be anything more than a rental.Yeah, about that…Now that George is heading to Los Angeles, he aligns perfectly with Leonard. That’s worth noting because this could be a partnership Leonard and George want to keep in place beyond their current deals.From ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:At the same time he was meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors this week, Leonard was meeting, calling and texting with George, trying to convince him to find a way out of Oklahoma City.Like Durant, George was flattered by Leonard’s recruiting. The two had a fair amount in common. They’d grown up in the Los Angeles area at about the same time. George, 29, is from Palmdale, a dusty desert town about an hour and a half north of L.A. Leonard, 28, is from Riverside, a sprawling Inland Empire town about an hour and a half east of L.A. Both had been lightly recruited out of high school, found their footing as players at mid-major colleges (George at Fresno State, Leonard at San Diego State) and then quietly entered the NBA as mid-first-round picks.Still, Leonard’s recruiting efforts caught George by surprise.Said one source close to George, “For a quiet guy, he’s a hell of a recruiter.”Not every player can call up another star and persuade him to immediately request a trade. This dynamic duo should work well together on the floor, but there could also be a bond beyond the court.The Clippers are already on the clockLeonard ditched the Spurs, one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. He walked away from the Raptors after a championship season. He helped force the Thunder into a trade. He kept the Lakers involved in his free agency chase long enough so they’d miss out on other targets before settling for leftovers. (Maybe that wasn’t an intended consequence of waiting out the week to sign with the Clippers, but it was a consequence nonetheless.)So if you’re Clippers president Lawrence Frank or general manager Michael Winger, you better check all of Leonard’s boxes in the next two years. The Clippers have a geographic advantage the Raptors never did, but that alone isn’t enough to ensure Leonard stays through the rest of his prime.It’s extremely smart for Leonard to create this kind of leverage. He is telling Los Angeles’ front office that it must continue to be all-in with winning moves. The Clippers can’t afford to lose Leonard and George because they unloaded a crazy amount of assets in the trade with OKC.last_img read more

Ripple effects of a Cowboys Super Bowl 54 victory: Legends created and hatred fueled

Ripple effects of a Cowboys Super Bowl 54 victory: Legends created and hatred fueled

first_imgShould Moore have the big impact on Dallas’ scoring many expect him to have, he will get some attention for head-coaching roles, a la Zac Taylor, Matt LaFleur and Kliff Kingsbury, in 2020.7. Cowboys, hated and loved a lot moreDallas’ championship drought is not nearly as long, but with a Super Bowl, the Cowboys would tap into the kind of joy the Red Sox and Cubs experienced when those teams ended so-called curses. The bandwagon would grow, but there also would be more hatred aimed at the Cowboys, led by fans of their NFC East rivals.In other words, it would be a ton of fun to see the Cowboys at Patriots-level relevance again. MORE: Why the Cowboys are SN’s pick to win Super Bowl 541. Jerry Jones, more hallowed Hall of FamerJones reached the Hall of Fame last year for his 30 previous seasons of helping the Cowboys become American sports juggernauts. After the Cowboys’ Jimmy Johnson-Barry Switzer dynasty of the early 1990s, the then-irreconcilable differences between Jones and Johnson left a bad feeling. But, love him or hate him, Jones has been passionate about and persistent in turning his team into a winner again.Jones and his son Stephen have worked to show their football operations savvy since that dynasty ended, and there have been promises of Super Bowl contention in the recent past with Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett.A fourth ring at age 77 would cement Jones’ status as one of football’s five best team owners of all time.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC South2. Jason Garrett, truly non-fireableMany believe Garrett would not be going into his ninth full season as Cowboys coach if Jones did not like and trust his Princeton-education former backup QB so much.With a 77-59 career regular-season record and only two playoff wins so far in Dallas, Garrett has survived because he is a steady, likable, classy guy who represents the organization well.Now think about the possibility of the Cowboys winning at least three games under him in one postseason to win it all. Because everything’s bigger in Texas, Garrett would immediately be put in the same legendary breath as Johnson, Switzer and Tom Landry. He also suddenly would be included in an exclusive club of active contemporaries that includes Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Jon Gruden, John Harbaugh, Doug Pederson, Pete Carroll and Sean Payton.Garrett turned 53 in March, so time is on his side to become Dallas’ first two-decade leader since Landry. And once Garrett gets a ring, Jones is likely to let him coach as long he wants.MORE: Kellen Moore is the key to unlocking Cowboys’ Super Bowl potential3. Dak Prescott, the first of his kindPrescott has enjoyed an early-career trajectory similar to that of the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. The Cowboys QB got an unexpected chance to start right away as a non first-rounder and has run with it as a durable, productive passer playing off a strong running game and defense. Wilson got his ring in his second season and got a shot at another right away, so this is Prescott’s chance to play catchup in Year 4.A lot of attention has been paid to the new wave of talented quarterbacks. Prescott would be the first to finish on top through the playoffs. Future Hall of Famers such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and, yes, Wilson have been the norm in lifting the Lombardi Trophy, with hot streaks by Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Nick Foles being the anomalies.Prescott will take a big next step to prove he belongs in the former category.4. Ezekiel Elliott, team player?We’re obviously picking the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl under the assumption Elliott will end his premature holdout. Should he return and deliver another big-time rushing season, he will make the leap into the Emmitt Smith-Tony Dorsett echelon of Super Bowl-winning rushing glory and leadership for the Cowboys.He will help himself, Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper get a lot more love as the Cowboys’ next great triplets.5. Jason Witten, Super Bowl championWitten had a trying first year of his short-lived retirement. The future Hall of Fame tight end and beloved humanitarian became known as the anti-Tony Romo in the ESPN “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth.Witten going back to what he does best — block, catch and lead in the locker room — and getting a ring for his efforts in Dallas would be the ultimate redemption.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC playoff picks | NFC playoff picks6. Kellen Moore, next young coaching candidateThe NFL’s current copycat trend is the hiring of Sean McVay-like coaches. Moore has quickly risen to become the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, and he just turned 30 in July. Sporting News is picking the Cowboys to win Super Bowl 54. If Dallas does indeed come through, years of frustration will be replaced with good vibes that reverberate through the franchise and the NFL.Should the Cowboys rise to the top of the league again in 2019 and reign supreme for the sixth time — and the first time in 24 years — here are the ripple effects that would be felt in Dallas and beyond.last_img read more

Ingles on playing for Australia: ”I love the NBA, I loved Europe, but nothing compares to wearing these colors”

Ingles on playing for Australia: ”I love the NBA, I loved Europe, but nothing compares to wearing these colors”

first_imgPlaced in the ‘Group of Death’, Joe Ingles and Australia will need to be at 100 percent from the starting gun in China. There is no room for error if they want to secure their first ever piece of silverware at a major worldwide event. They were oh-so-close just three summers ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when they reached the Semi-Finals and looked like the team to beat. But they lost the next two games and finished fourth, leaving a bad taste in Ingles’ mouth. “Losing the (Third Place Game) sucked. But we’ve never been that close, in years. Now it’s about putting it all together,” the 31-year-old said entering another summer with the national team. “It’s going to be exciting. We’ll have a lot of support there, and hopefully we can be the first team to bring a medal back to Australia.”Ingles first played for Australia 11 years ago in Beijing, but USA were too strong for the Boomers in the Quarter-Finals. Australia saw an early exit at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2010, and once again had the bad luck of running into USA in the Quarter-Finals at the 2012 London Olympics, again. Keeping the same kind of rhythm, they once again missed the Quarter-Finals at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014, before reaching the aforementioned Semi-Finals in Rio.”With the team that we’ve got – that we will have – we’re going to be confident. We believe. Even the last couple of tournaments we’ve been to, we were right there,” Ingles reflected on the all the attempts that have so far come short of a top-three target. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/93/23/joe-ingles-fiba-australia_fnad9smf81wv17ayryphn31pq.jpg?t=-2043181756&w=500&quality=80 “For me and our team, when we play for our country, we take tremendous pride in that. We’re not representing one person, we are representing 23 million people or whatever we got in Australia right now. We know that everyone there is watching us, either at the game or at home, and you can feel it.”Australia will play against Canada, Senegal and Lithuania in Group H. It will be a huge surprise if all of the games in Dongguan don’t go down to the wire, but the Utah Jazz starter has no doubt about his confidence, no matter who is on the other side.”Competing for Australia is why I started playing the game. Growing up, I wanted to represent Australia. That was all I wanted to do. The NBA, and even playing professionally in Australia seemed so far at the time,” Ingles explained.”Watching Australia at the Olympics and the World Cups was what I watched, what we got to see in Australia. The first time putting on that jersey was special.”center_img With 11 years of international basketball in Australia, Spain, Israel and the USA behind him, he will be the calming presence in the locker room. And he will know what to say if his teammates need any kind of motivation, because even for a seen-it-all guy like Ingles, there is no greater feeling than playing for Australia.”Wearing the colors, the name…it’s just something that you can’t get anywhere else. I love playing the NBA, I loved playing in Europe, but putting on the colors and the name on the jersey, there’s just really nothing that compares to that.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b5/c6/joe-ingles-fiba-australia_40czih6shufy1xasa8jzr6fa0.jpg?t=-2043042204&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Islanders sign Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang

Islanders sign Michael Dal Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang

first_imgThe New York Islanders have re-signed restricted free agents Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang, the team announced Monday.Dal Colle agreed to a two-year deal, while Ho-Sang signed a one-year extension. As per CapFriendly, Dal Colle’s deal carries an AAV of $700,000, while Ho-Sang will make $874,125. NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Tracker for all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAsBoth forwards, now 23 years old, are both Islanders 2014 first-round picks and have since remained in the organization’s farm system while other prospects — such as Mathew Barzal, who was drafted the following summer — developed more quickly.2 signings are better than 1 ✒️ 📃 The #Isles have also agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with Michael Dal Colle!@NYIslanders | @MDalColle71 pic.twitter.com/N0lT3Jxqqn— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) August 19, 2019Dal Colle made his NHL debut two seasons ago and played in 28 NHL games last season, recording three goals and four assists. He spent parts of the season in the AHL, where he scored 34 points in 34 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The two-year deal will provide him with an opportunity to further break into the lineup. Ho-Sang, meanwhile, has spent time back and forth between the Islanders’ NHL and AHL rosters over the last three seasons, and in his first year, he notched 22 points in 43 games. The Toronto native played only 10 games with the Islanders last winter before returning to Bridgeport, where he recorded 43 points in 56 games for the Sound Tigers.Questions about Ho-Sang’s character and bizarre off-ice incidents have dogged him his entire professional career, from being quickly sent back to juniors during training camp in 2015 after being late to being scratched by Bridgeport in January.Despite his professional struggles, he’s still considered a highly-talented offensive prospect. It seems a one-year contract with the Islanders will afford him one more opportunity to stick around in the NHL.last_img read more

The handball Premier League of B&H

The handball Premier League of B&H

first_imgThe handball Premier League of B&H was continued last week with the matches of the 12th round. The leading teams played well, so there were no changes at the top of the ranking list.Goražde celebrated its victory against Prijedor, while Gradačac was very successful during their visit in Mostar, where they played against the handball team Zrinjski. The match ”without defense” was played between the teams of Gračanica and Sarajevo ”Bosna”.There are no significant changes at the bottom of the ranking list. The team from Kakanj lost against Konjuh, verifying their renunciation from the fiercest part of the competition.These are the results of the 12th round of matches:Čapljina – Deventa 32:31, Kakanj – Konjuh 24:28, Goražde – Prijedor 35:32, Gračanica – Bosna Sarajevo 41:39, Zrinjski – Gradačac 31:36, Krivaja – Leotar 21:20, Bosna Visoko – Čelik 35:29.The teams that will play against each other in the 13th round are:Bosna Sarajevo against Čapljina, Konjuh against Gračanica, Gradačac against Kakanj, Čelik against Zrinjski, Leotar against Bosna Visoko, Prijedor against Krivaja and Derventa against Goražde.last_img read more

Barcelona “tracking” Roma’s Miralem Pjanić

Barcelona “tracking” Roma’s Miralem Pjanić

first_imgRoma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has revealed that Barcelona is interested in signing him this month.The 22-year-old claims that Tito Vilanova’s side have already made an enquiry about his “situation” in Rome.“It’s true, Barcelona is tracking me and enquired about my situation with my club,” he told Spanish news agency EFE.“They were watching me during the game with Fiorentina. It is Roma who has to decide as the clubs deal with these matters.“In any case, it is clear that Barcelona is a team everyone would like to play for and it is an honour that they are interested in me.”Pjanic joined Roma from Lyon in the summer of 2011 and his contract runs until June 2015.last_img