Ray Rice wants to help Kareem Hunt using his own experience

first_imgHunt was released by the Chiefs on Friday after the team learned about the video dating back to a February altercation with a woman in a Cleveland hotel. The video showed Hunt shoving a woman and kicking her while she was hunched over on the ground.”Peer-to-peer, I would definitely try to help him figure out, ‘How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'” Rice said. “Because he has a long life to live, this will be a defining moment, but it shouldn’t be the moment that defines you. For me, I just see you have a long life to live and that doesn’t mean just playing football — you need to just live one day at a time. Related News NFL didn’t interview Kareem Hunt, woman during investigation of February incident, report says Rice, whose NFL career was cut short after he was seen punching his now-wife in a video, referenced his own experience and the moment he realized he needed help. He also said he wants to use what he learned from his experience to help others around the NFL that may need it.”And I say that to myself. I just look at the situation and say, ‘Your life wasn’t being threatened.’ So, if there was just words, you can back out of that situation — so somewhere there’s got to [show] some strength to deal with that properly. It is hard to practice what to do in the most intense moments and about making those split-second decisions. I have taken a deeper look at my own life — and I think what was his upbringing like? That’s just how I look at it. I know my upbringing wasn’t perfect. And I know that’s where I masked a lot of my problems.”I have seen great examples of guys who got this right. When I was playing, Anquan Boldin was the greatest example of what it can look like to love football and love your family. There are great examples out there on how to do it. It’s not going to apply to everybody, but I know I am playing a role and want to continue in a way where I can best help the most people.” “In that moment right there, you go back and you think about your own self,” Rice added. “First, I would look at the situation and say, ‘How did I even get in that moment, because whatever what was done in that moment, something transpired before it even got there. And honestly, while I don’t know if alcohol or any substances were involved, I know those things can often play a role. I am not blaming anyone who was with him, but I wish someone that was with him, if he’s not in his right mind … would’ve said to him, ‘Look at the situation. Is it worth risking it all for a split-second decision — for something you know you can get out of?'”center_img Former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt speaks for first time since release Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has weighed in on the latest news surrounding Kareem Hunt’s February altercation with a woman, and he wants to aid the former Chiefs running back.During an exclusive interview with NFL.com, Rice explained that he wants to help Hunt get to the “underlying problems” that led to his February incident, which was revealed in a video released by TMZ on Friday. last_img read more

GBA to protest Richard Commey’s loss to Robert Easter Jr

first_imgIt was another day of shame for boxing officiating, says an executive member of the Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA)The unhappy Authority are set to file a protest against the split points decision that denied Ghanaian Boxer Richard Commey a World title as he lost the IBF lightweight bout against American Robert Easter Junior in Reading, PennsylvaniaIn a close contest in which the Ghanaian dropped the American on the canvass in the eighth round insists their campatriot was given a raw deal.Alhaji Tawfif, an executive member of the GBA told the Graphic Sports that the authority was shocked by the decision – which he desribed as ”daylight robbery” – as it was obvious Commey won on the night.“All those who watched the fight including the GBA officials were convinced that Commey was the aggressor, who left his opponent with no option than to hold him (Commey) throughout the fight.“It was another day of shame for boxing officiating and we of the GBA are obliged to state our position and let the world know that the unanimous decision was a daylight robbery”, he added. Alhaji Tawfik contended that Commey paid the price for the inability to stage the fight in Ghana. “In fact, we had the opportunity to promote the fight in Ghana, but the GBA had no support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.“Had the fight been staged in Ghana the story would have been different”, he argued.Commey is expected in the country tonight.last_img read more

France beat Uruguay to reach World Cup semis

first_imgFrance are into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2006 after seeing off Uruguay with the help of a terrible error by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.In terms of excitement, this quarter-final tie did not come close to Les Bleus’ win over Argentina in the last 16 but will still be remembered for the contrasting fates of the two goalkeepers, with Hugo Lloris producing a contender for save of the tournament while his opposite number made a mistake that was even more memorable.Raphael Varane headed France into a first-half lead from a free-kick that came straight off the training field, with Antoine Griezmann checking his run before delivering the perfect cross for the Real Madrid defender to glance home.Uruguay, with injured striker Edinson Cavani failing to even make the bench, almost struck back immediately from a free-kick of their own, but Lloris produced a brilliant diving stop to deny Martin Caceres, before Diego Godin blasted the rebound over.The second half started with France continuing to control possession, but they were gifted the goal that made certain of their victory.There seemed little danger when Griezmann let fly from the edge of the area but Muslera misjudged the flight of the ball, flapped at the shot, and saw it loop slowly over the line. Uruguay, roared on by their huge travelling support, threw bodies forward in the closing stages but could not seriously trouble Lloris again.Their run of four successive victories is over, as well as their hopes of reaching the final in Moscow on 15 July.It is France who march on, and they will face Brazil or Belgium in the semi-finals in St Petersburg on Tuesday. Those sides play their quarter-final later todaylast_img read more

Angels pick up catching depth by claiming Kevan Smith on waivers

first_imgIn order to create a spot for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated catcher Joe Hudson for assignment.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels claimed catcher Kevan Smith on waivers on Friday, adding depth to a position at which they had little experience on the roster.Smith presumably goes into the mix with Francisco Arcia and José Briceño, neither of whom had played in the majors before last season.Smith, 30, has played 146 games over the last three years with the White Sox. A right-handed hitter, Smith hit .292 with a .348 on-base percentage in 52 games last season.If he could repeat that offensive performance, it would be an upgrade for an Angels team that didn’t get much offense out of the catching position in 2018. Angels catchers combined to hit .220 with a .271 on-base percentage last year.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Angels pull out all the stops in 7-6 win over Texas Rangers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousTexas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher as he gets caught between second and third on a hit by Hunter Pence during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, scores on a wild pitch ahead of the tag of Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh blows a bubble during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor writes on the ground behind second base before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado, left, tags out Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher fields a ball hit by Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Pence was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence, left, is congratulated by Rougned Odor after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs toward first as he grounds out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus walks back to the dugout after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers center fielder Danny Santana cannot reach a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout for a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, is congratulated by Zack Cozart and other teammates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, center, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, as Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa kneels at the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Luis Rengifo, right, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, after scoring on a double by Mike Trout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, is struck by the throw from Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa to relief pitcher Kyle Dowdy, right, as he scores on a wild pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher as he gets caught between second and third on a hit by Hunter Pence during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout points toward his dugout before hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM – Felix Peña admitted it was “a little odd” when Manager Brad Ausmus approached him Sunday morning about pitching in relief that night against the Texas Rangers. A day earlier, Peña threw off the bullpen mound at Angel Stadium, part of his normal between-starts routine. He was planning to start Monday in Oakland.By the eighth inning, the Angels found themselves on the good end of a late rally. Their closer, Hansel Robles, was unavailable. So was Ty Buttrey, their top set-up man. Cam Bedrosian was down too. All the necessary dominoes had toppled.So it was that Ausmus inserted his Monday starter into an eighth-inning save situation Sunday afternoon. Peña recorded the first three outs, then handed the ball off to Justin Anderson in the ninth inning, finishing off a 7-6 win in unorthodox fashion.For a day, no one in the announced crowd of 39,406 had to squint to see the Angels’ sense of urgency. Heaney, who spent the season’s first two months on the injured list recovering from elbow inflammation, allowed two runs in five innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight.“I think I would’ve liked to have pitched a little bit deeper,” Heaney said. “A little bit more pitch-efficient. Sometimes that’s how it goes. Trying to keep them off the board. For the most part I made good pitches. It was one pitch really. Choo was the one mistake.”After Trout’s home run staked Heaney to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Pence and Shin-Soo Choo hit solo home runs in the fourth inning to give Texas a 2-1 lead.Those were the Rangers’ only hits against Heaney in five innings. The left-hander needed 85 pitches to get through the Rangers’ lineup twice.Taylor Cole took over in the sixth inning and exacerbated an ugly trend, allowing three runs. Only two were earned; Rengifo overthrew first base on a routine ground ball to shortstop, allowing Elvis Andrus to reach second base with one out. The Rangers piled on with a double, a walk, and a pair of singles to take a 5-1 lead.In their nine home games, the Angels’ bullpen allowed 31 runs (29 earned) across 39 innings, a 6.69 ERA.On this day, the Rangers’ bullpen was no better.Down 5-1 in the seventh inning, the Angels sent 10 men to the plate. Six runs scored against three different pitchers.Ariel Jurado, the Rangers’ starter, allowed a one-out single to Fletcher on his 94th and final pitch. Right-hander Jeffrey Springs (2-1) took over and promptly allowed a double to Jared Walsh – his first extra-base hit in his fifth career game. With runners on second and third base, the rally began.Rengifo poked a single into right field, scoring Fletcher and Walsh to pull the Angels within 5-3. La Stella singled. Trout lined a double into left field, scoring Rengifo and sending La Stella to third base. The Angels trailed 5-4.Right-hander Kyle Dowdy relieved Springs and served up a sac fly to Shohei Ohtani, tying the game at 5. Kole Calhoun was intentionally walked to bring up Jonathan Lucroy, who faced the enviable task of standing and watching his teammates take the lead on back-to-back wild pitches.A curveball in the dirt eluded catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, allowing Trout to score from third base standing up. Calhoun scrambled from first to third, and the Angels took a 6-5 lead. The next pitch was a fastball that bounced off the backstop. Calhoun slid safely into home plate, giving the Angels a 7-5 lead. One batter later the inning ended, the rally complete.“When you’re a guy on third base, you want to score no matter where it is,” Trout said. “We had the sac fly from Ohtani and obviously me getting to third there, a couple passed balls. Kole was being aggressive. It was a close play. Just taking chances, having good at-bats, led to that big inning.”Both Peña and right-hander Cody Allen warmed up to pitch the eighth inning. Ausmus said that Allen, signed for $8.5 million to be the team’s closer, would have pitched if the Angels trailed. After the rally, it was Peña – whose 3.30 ERA was lowest among the team’s starters – who got the ball.The final innings were tense. Peña allowed a leadoff walk and had to survive a throwing error before retiring Rougned Odor, Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Santana on strikeouts. Anderson allowed an RBI double to Choo in the ninth inning, struck out Pence on a slider, and walked Joey Gallo to put runners on first and third with two outs. The game ended when Nomar Mazara grounded into the shift. The gambit had worked.It was Anderson’s first save of the season.“That was awesome,” he said of the Angels’ second come-from-behind rally in as many days. “Those guys kept fighting, fighting and fighting, throwing up run after run after run. You get that momentum shift. It comes down to the bullpen. It comes down to us. Luis (Garcia) went out and shoved, and then Peña, then I was able to go out there, work around all of that, and just go out there and secure a win.”.center_img “We’re gonna have to figure out the starting rotation moving forward a little bit,” Ausmus said, “but the only thing we can control is today’s game, and I felt like he could help us win the game once we got the lead.”Mike Trout hit his 12th home run as part of a 2-for-3 performance. David Fletcher went 3 for 4, and Tommy La Stella and Luis Rengifo each had two of the Angels’ 11 hits. Andrew Heaney pitched five strong innings in his 2019 debut, but it wasn’t until the Angels rallied for six runs against the Rangers’ bullpen that a win looked remotely possible.The Angels (24-28) picked up four wins on their nine-game homestand. They’ll open a three-city, eight-game road trip Monday against the streaking Oakland A’s, who have won 10 straight. How they navigate the next 27 innings is anyone’s guess.Peña said he expects to rejoin the rotation, but not for two or three days. Right-hander Trevor Cahill could start Monday on regular rest. He appears to be the most likely candidate on paper, but Ausmus wasn’t prepared to make that official after Sunday’s game.In any event, the Angels accomplished their immediate task: they won consecutive games feor the first time in a week.last_img read more

Buck Showalter, John Farrell join Joe Maddon among Angels’ managerial candidates

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Farrell led the Red Sox for five seasons, including three division titles and the 2013 World Series title.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Showalter and Farrell have both managed multiple teams in the majors, with Farrell winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.Showalter, 63, has managed the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. After stints of four years or less with the first three teams, he managed the Orioles for eight and a half seasons.Showalter took five of his teams to the playoffs, although he never reached the World Series.Farrell, 57, pitched for the Angels in two of his eight seasons before embarking on a coaching career that would include stints as a pitching coach and manager.Farrell was the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2007. He left to manage the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and 2012, and then returned to manage the Red Sox. Veteran managers Buck Showalter and John Farrell are among the four candidates the Angels are interviewing this week for their managerial opening, a source confirmed on Wednesday.They join Joe Maddon, who remains the favorite for the job. The fourth candidate is unknown.As of Wednesday night, the Angels had not completed the four interviews.Although speculation throughout the industry is that Maddon will get the job, perhaps by the end of this week, Angels general manager Billy Eppler insisted last week they would conduct a full search.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers schedule for 2016-17

first_imgNov. 5 – Clippers at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.Nov. 7 – Detroit at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 9 – Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 11 – Clippers at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.Nov. 12 – Clippers at Minnesota, 5 p.m.Nov. 14 – Brooklyn at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 16 – Memphis at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 18 – Clippers at Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 19 – Chicago at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 21 – Toronto at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 23 – Clippers at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.Nov. 27 – Clippers at Indiana, 3 p.m.Nov. 29 – Clippers at Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m.DecemberDec. 1 – Clippers at Cleveland, 5 p.m.Dec. 2 – Clippers at New Orleans, 5 p.m.Dec. 4 – Indiana at Clippers, 6:30 p.m.Dec. 7 – Golden State at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 10 – New Orleans at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 12 – Portland at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 14 – Clippers at Orlando, 4 p.m.Dec. 16 – Clippers at Miami, 5 p.m.Dec. 18 – Clippers at Washington, 12:30 p.m.Dec. 20 – Denver at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 22 – San Antonio at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 23 – Dallas at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 25 – Clippers at Lakers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 26 – Denver at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 28 – Clippers at New Orleans, 5 p.m.Dec. 30 – Clippers at Houston, 5 p.m.Dec. 31 – Clippers at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.JanuaryJan. 2 – Phoenix at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 4 – Memphis at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 6 – Clippers at Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 8 – Miami at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.Jan. 11 – Orlando at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 14 – Lakers at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 16 – Oklahoma City at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 19 – Minnesota at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 21 – Clippers at Denver, 6 p.m.Jan. 23 – Clippers at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m.Jan. 24 – Clippers at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.Jan. 28 – Clippers at Golden State, 5:30 p.m.FebruaryFeb. 1 – Clippers at Phoenix, 6 p.m.Feb. 2 – Golden State at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 5 – Clippers at Boston, 11 a.m.Feb. 6 – Clippers at Toronto, 4:30 p.m.Feb. 8 – Clippers at New York, 5 p.m.Feb. 11 – Clippers at Charlotte, 2 p.m.Feb. 13 – Clippers at Utah, 6 p.m.Feb. 15 – Atlanta at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 23 – Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 24 – San Antonio at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Feb. 26 – Charlotte at Clippers, 6:30 p.m.MarchMarch 1 – Houston at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.March 3 – Clippers at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.March 4 – Clippers at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.March 6 – Boston at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.March 8 – Clippers at Minnesota, 5 p.m.March 9 – Clippers at Memphis, 5 p.m.March 11 – Philadelphia at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.March 13 – Clippers at Utah, 6 p.m.March 15 – Milwaukee at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.March 16 – Clippers at Denver, 6 p.m.March 18 – Cleveland at Clippers, 5:30 p.m.March 20 – New York at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.March 21 – Clippers at Lakers 7:30 p.m.March 23 – Clippers at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.March 25 – Utah at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.March 26 – Sacramento at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.March 29 – Washington at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.March 30 – Clippers at Phoenix, 7 p.m.AprilApril 1 – Lakers at Clippers, 12:30 p.m.April 5 – Dallas at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.April 8 – Clippers at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m.April 10 – Houston at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.April 12 – Sacramento at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 – Phoenix at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.NovemberNov. 2 – Oklahoma City at Clippers, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 4 – Clippers at Memphis, 5 p.m. 2016-17 Los Angeles Clippers scheduleOctoberOct. 27 – Clippers at Portland, 7:30 p.m.Oct 30 – Utah at Clippers, 1:30 p.m.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Reports: Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio with Lakers his top destination

first_imgThe San Antonio Express-News and ESPN.com were the first to report the 26-year-old Leonard’s desire to leave the Spurs, with each citing unnamed sources. Leonard’s relationship with the Spurs soured last season over the treatment of a quadriceps injury that limited him to nine games.Leonard has asked San Antonio to trade him, the Express-News reported. Leonard graduated from King High School in Riverside and had two standout seasons at San Diego State before the Spurs drafted him 15th overall in the 2011 draft.It’s unclear who the Lakers would send the Spurs in order to acquire Leonard, who is eligible for a five-year, $219-million contract extension from San Antonio. The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers also could be in the mix in a trade for Leonard, who has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds during his NBA career.The Lakers have a number of talented young players who could be attractive in a trade for Leonard, including Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle. The deal might make more sense for the rebuilding Lakers than for the Spurs, however.San Antonio has been a fierce rival of the Lakers during Coach Gregg Popovich’s tenure with the Spurs. Popovich and Phil Jackson disliked each other after so many tense playoff battles, and it’s not clear the bitterness between the franchises has subsided since Jackson’s retirement from coaching in 2011. Related Articles Video highlights, social media reaction after Blazers shock Lakers, 100-93 On Mamba’s day, councilmen aim to create Kobe Bryant Boulevard Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever PreviousThe Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard drives past the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during a 2017 game at Staples Center. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard pauses during their game against the Clippers Thursday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: clippers.0220.kjs — Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register — 2/19/15 The Los Angeles Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night at Staples Center. 2/19/15Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard reacts as he gives a high five to teammate Patty Mills as they defeated the Clippers in overtime with the score of 111 to 107 of game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Clippers0423Ð 04/22/15 Ð ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates after hitting the game-winning shot with seconds left on the clock against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. The Spurs won, 98-96. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)NBA basketball player Kawhi Leonard answers questions from children attending his 4th Annual Kawhi Leonard Skills Camp on Saturday, Aug. 15 2015 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.FILE- In this April 5, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard reacts to a play as he waits to enter the game during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press, Friday, June 15, 2018, that Leonard has told the Spurs that he would like to be traded this summer, the clearest sign yet that the relationship between the team and the All-Star is in disrepair. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)NBA basketball player Kawhi Leonard is approached by children attending his 4th Annual Kawhi Leonard Skills Camp on Saturday, Aug. 15 2015 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.Clippers’ Chris Paul drives the lane against Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard during the second half of the game during the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Clippers wins with the score of 107 to 92. //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Clippers0420– 04/19/15 – ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Clippers vs. San Antonio SpursSpurs’ Kawhi Leonard applies defense against Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Clippers0429– 04/28/15 – ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Clippers vs. San Antonio SpursSpurs’ Kawhi Leonard drives the lane against Clippers’ Matt Barnes during the 4th quarter of game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Spurs wins with the score of 111 to 107. //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Clippers0429Ð 04/28/15 Ð ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Clippers vs. San Antonio SpursClippers’ DeAndre Jordan battles for the ball against Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard during the second half of the game during the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Clippers wins with the score of 107 to 92. //ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Clippers0420Ð 04/19/15 Ð ED CRISOSTOMO, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER- Clippers vs. San Antonio SpursThe Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard drives past the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during a 2017 game at Staples Center. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard pauses during their game against the Clippers Thursday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: clippers.0220.kjs — Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register — 2/19/15 The Los Angeles Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night at Staples Center. 2/19/15NextShow Caption1 of 11The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard pauses during their game against the Clippers Thursday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: clippers.0220.kjs — Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register — 2/19/15 The Los Angeles Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night at Staples Center. 2/19/15ExpandKawhi Leonard dressed in the Lakers’ purple and gold?A much-speculated trade to the Lakers from the San Antonio Spurs could be closer to reality, according to multiple reports on Friday. Leonard is said to be ready to sever ties with the Spurs, with Los Angeles as his preferred destination and the Lakers as his top team.The Lakers’ interest is believed to be mutual.The Clippers also could have interest in Leonard.center_img Plus, there are questions about the Spurs’ willingness to help create a Lakers superteam that could challenge the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy. After all, the Lakers are among the leading suitors for LeBron James and perhaps Paul George, another Southern Californian who would like to return.Additionally, it’s possible Leonard and the Spurs could settle their differences before the NBA draft Thursday and he could sign an extension in the coming weeks. Leonard and Popovich were scheduled to talk in the next few days, according to the Express-News report.The Spurs are the only team that can offer Leonard the five-year, $219-million deal.Meanwhile in Playa Vista, a few miles north of the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo, the Clippers have two first-round draft picks, Nos. 12 and 13, and several intriguing players on their roster, which could be attractive should the Spurs grant Leonard’s trade demand.The Clippers are poised to begin their own rebuilding effort after missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. They granted Chris Paul’s wish to be traded to the Houston Rockets last spring and dealt Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in the summer, clearing the way for a remodel.Doc Rivers agreed to a contract extension last month and it’s believed he returned to coach the team because management is determined to return the franchise to playoff form without tearing apart the roster and starting from scratch. Acquiring Leonard would play a big part in that regard.For what it was worth, and that’s probably not a whole lot, one oddsmaker on Friday put the chances of Leonard joining the Lakers next season at 5/7. The Boston Celtics were next at 15/4, followed by the Spurs and 76ers at 5/1 and the Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers at 10/1.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How social media reacted after Lakers rout Blazers on Kobe night, 135-115 VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it last_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers says ‘we love our team right now’ as trade deadline approaches

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ SUPER BOWL REACTIONRivers said he appreciated the NFL’s tributes to Kobe Bryant at Sunday’s Super Bowl.“It was really cool,” Rivers said. “The Kobe tributes from the players was really cool and then just the moment of silence and everything before the game was great.”Bryant was among nine killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 in Calabasas, an event that sent shockwaves through the NBA and beyond in the days since.Related Articles On Monday, Rivers wasn’t tipping his hand in regard to any potential maneuvering at this deadline, insisting the Clippers, as currently constructed, inspire his confidence.“I mean, listen. We love our team right now. We really do,” Rivers said. “And so that’s what I’m looking at right now, is how to get the team we have on the floor right now better – or on the floor.”That has been the issue for this season’s Clippers, who have players who have combined to miss 90 games, which has contributed to 23 starting lineups through 49 games.“A lot of our guys have not been able to play,” Rivers said. “(Paul George has) missed a lot (21 games). There are times where I do freak out about it, but then there’s times we’re gonna be fine, and at the end of the day, I think we’ll be fine.“We run enough stuff in skeleton and in our shootarounds, that we think we’ll be OK. And we still have a lot of games left, and so as long as we can, you know, get guys on the floor these last 30 games or so, I think we’ll be fine.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LOS ANGELES — As much time as fans spend pondering trade possibilities this time of year, Doc Rivers knows it’s heavy on players’ minds as well.“Players think more than a lot about stuff,” Rivers said before his Clippers faced the San Antonio Spurs on Monday – with the NBA’s trade deadline looming at noon PT on Thursday. “So, from a coaching standpoint, sometimes it’s nice to just go talk to them, let them know how you feel about them and what you need.“I just think in life, you should be transparent,” Rivers added. “You know, you really should be. You should tell your guys what you think – what you think about them, and ways they can help themselves and the team. The more you do that, the more you communicate, the more you touch them, the better they have (it).”This week last season, the Clippers were especially busy. In a matter of days, they traded away Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, Boban Marjanovic, Avery Bradley and Mike Muscala (whom they’d acquired for Harris, Scott and Marjanovic). They brought aboard Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green, as well as Garrett Temple and Wilson Chandler. They waived Marcin Gortat.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “And then the game was great,” Rivers added. “It was a great game! Kansas City won and their defense is what won it at the end of the day – I guess you could say (Patrick) Mahomes was pretty good too, though. But it was really a good game. Enjoyed it.”And what about the Clippers’ resident Kansas City, Mo., native?Yes, Shamet enjoyed the game, too.The second-year shooting guard with an appreciation for good barbecue posted a celebratory story on Instagram and, then “he finally told us he was from Missouri,” Rivers said, pausing to let the joke settle. (President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations on Sunday night to “the Great State of Kansas.”)Added Rivers: “I did quiz several players on that today. They all passed.”last_img read more

Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman as president, name Ned Colletti senior advisor

first_imgDodgers president Stan Kasten said he didn’t begin negotiations to hire Andrew Friedman, the longtime Tampa Bay Rays general manager, until recently. Friedman was only appointed to the newly created position of president of baseball operations on Tuesday.Yet this change at the highest level of the Dodgers organization — the position being created, the man being hired — had been part of Kasten’s vision for years.“We’ve talked about this scenario almost since I got here … and if this opportunity hadn’t presented itself just right, I might not be doing this today,” Kasten said. “This is about our ability to add Andrew Friedman specifically and we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to do that.”Former general manager Ned Colletti will remain in the organization as a senior advisor. He’ll assist Kasten and Friedman, who faces some immediate and important decisions. Regardless of who succeeds Colletti — if a new GM is chosen — the front-office shakeup already signals a major change in how the Dodgers will operate. Colletti’s background is rooted in scouting. Friedman’s is not.In small-market Tampa, it was a point of pride that Friedman used advanced baseball analytics to build a low-payroll team capable of reaching the World Series. As the Rays’ media guide explains, “Through the use of carefully reasoned, and sometimes unconventional strategies, and a heavy emphasis on scouting and player development, Friedman has built what many in baseball consider a model for sustained success.”Count Kasten among Friedman’s biggest fans. Colletti, too.“I’ve known Andrew since the day he walked into a general manager’s meeting for the first time,” Colletti said. “For a while, he would probably call every week just to check in and see how I was doing, what was new. He and I have a good friendship, a good business relationship. Some of his first trades and some of my first trades were with each other. We stayed in touch through the years.“I think he’s a tremendous addition for this group. He brings another view, a successful view and I think his personality here will play well.”Mattingly, who’s under contract through 2016, said Thursday that he expects to return to work when the new season begins. Rays manager Joe Maddon is under contract through 2015.These facts couldn’t quell speculation that Friedman would prefer a Los Angeles reunion with Maddon, the only manager he’s ever worked with. Kasten said he expects Mattingly to return next season but emphasized that the decision is Friedman’s.There are already unfilled vacancies for a new director of player development and a national scouting cross-checker. De Jon Watson and Roy Clark recently took front-office jobs with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves, respectively. Veteran minor-league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves, who served as a special advisor last season, also recently left the Dodgers for the Philadelphia Phillies.Colletti struck a bittersweet tone when reflecting on his change in title. At 60 years old, with 33 years in Major League Baseball on his resume, he said he doesn’t view the new job as a demotion.“They believe I have a chance to continue to impact the organization in a positive way,” he said. “That’s good enough.”Colletti was hired as general manager by former owner Frank McCourt on Nov. 16, 2005. He survived a rocky transition in 2012 when Guggenheim Baseball Management purchased the team out of bankruptcy, and was given a multi-year contract extension later that year.Colletti did some of his best work with limited resources. As the penurious McCourt steered a large-market payroll into baseball’s middle class, the Dodgers continued to win. Under three different managers — Grady Little, Joe Torre and Don Mattingly — the club had one losing record in Colletti’s nine seasons. The Dodgers reached the NLCS in 2008 and 2009, only to lose both series in five games.“Nine years is a long time,” Colletti said. “Especially these nine years.”The change comes after a season in which the Dodgers won 94 games, only to be eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. That sets the bar fairly high for Friedman’s new regime, whatever it may look like.“We didn’t get to the Fall Classic,” Colletti said. “That’s the one thing that lingers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Will Don Mattingly keep his job as manager? Who will replace Colletti as general manager, if Friedman chooses to fill the position at all? How will he manage baseball’s largest payroll, which seems certain to regress from its current largesse?A press conference for Friedman is expected at a future date at Dodger Stadium.The 37-year-old had been the Rays’ general manager since 2005. He built playoff teams in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 with a payroll that ranked no higher than 27th in baseball.Since he worked on a year-to-year contract in Tampa Bay, Friedman was free to negotiate a new deal with the Rays or leave for another team. Kasten said the Dodgers won’t compensate the Rays for Friedman.“The tricky part for me,” Kasten said, “was would I be able to add, bring on some good new creative energy, while still keeping Ned? It had to work just so to be right for everybody.”last_img read more