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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma doubts ankle sprain a ‘big deal,’ but is held out against Warriors

first_img Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson motivates Lakers with stories of life experiences, overcoming disappointment Julius Randle, Lakers put on show for LeBron James in win over Cavaliers OAKLAND — The waiting line for the training table in the Lakers’ locker room keeps getting longer.A night after scoring 26 points to lead the Lakers to a 112-103 win over the Denver Nuggets, Kyle Kuzma was held out against the Golden State Warriors due to the sprained right ankle he suffered at the end of the third quarter against Denver.Before the game at Oracle Arena, Coach Luke Walton said Kuzma “came over earlier, tried to push through it a little bit, so it isn’t really worth it.”Kuzma said he doesn’t “think it is a major thing,” but Wednesday marked just the second game he has missed during his rookie season. He was held out due to back spasms on Nov. 29. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have mostly survived a rash of injuries this month, winning eight of their last 10 games entering Tuesday’s matchup. However, injuries to Brandon Ingram (strained groin), Josh Hart (hand fracture) and Channing Frye (appendectomy) have certainly taken their toll.After going through his pregame trial, Kuzma said, “Didn’t necessarily feel the way I kind of wanted it to so try to get in another time.”He is aiming for Friday against Miami at Staples Center, and expects to be back on the court well before the end of their upcoming four-game trip, when the Lakers face the Detroit Pistons in Kuzma’s native Michigan on March 26.“Can’t miss the Detroit game,” he said. “Definitely. My mom might be mad if I do.”ZO-FERThe Lakers led by seven points late in Tuesday’s victory over the Nuggets when Coach Michael Malone resorted to a tactic that had not yet been seen this season. Remember Hack-A-Shaq? It’s not just for big guys anymore.Nuggets guard Gary Harris scrambled to foul Ball, the Lakers’ worst free-throw shooter. Ball is shooting just 46.6 percent from the line and, on Tuesday, Denver’s strategy worked.He missed both attempts. Denver’s comeback effort was immediately thwarted, however, when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole the ball from Jamal Murray, leading to a breakaway dunk from Randle.The precedent, however, was set.“I am not surprised at all,” Ball said. “When I am on the court, teams are probably going to do that. I just got to knock down free throws.”The Hack-A strategy has received much scrutiny within the league office in recent years, and has most often been utilized against players like DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Oklahoma City swingman Andre Roberson.Related Articles Ball might be the first point guard to become a hacking target, however.He acknowledged it was the first time he had been intentionally sent to the line at any level of basketball.“I just got to go to the line and hit my two,” he said.Ball rarely gets to the line. In his first 45 games, he attempted just 58 free throws, and at one point this season went seven games without a single attempt.Of the players who have attempted at least 50 free throws this season, only three – Mason Plumlee, Kosta Koufos and Tarik Black – shoot a lower percentage than Ball.BIG BILLAs Luke Walton addressed the media prior to Tuesday’s game, a familiar figure towered behind the scrum of reporters. Walton’s Hall of Fame father, Bill Walton, listened in while his son discussed the Warriors and the state of his own team.However, Luke was not worried about any second-guessing once the group dispersed, but the elder Walton is never shy with his opinions.“His advice early in the season was start winning home games,” the second-year Lakers coach said. “(He said), ‘They fire coaches that can’t win at home.’ We’ve done a nice job of winning some home games, that’s nice.”After Tuesday’s win, the Lakers have won 13 of their last 14 games at Staples Center.So, it just took Bill Walton giving the suggestion?“Yeah,” Luke said. “Simple” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers winning even as Anthony Davis rehabs from injury

first_imgVogel (whose Philadelphia Eagles are already out of the playoffs) said he found it compelling that Davis brought teammates with him to join the experience. He pointed to it as a sign of the Lakers’ team chemistry, which he said has been player-driven since before the season started.“This group really likes being around each other,” he said. “We like coming to work, and they enjoy being around each other, particularly the players, and I think LeBron set that tone with the Vegas minicamp, whatever you want to call it, volunteer-type deal where everybody went. Got some light work in, but it was really about them having fun together and getting to know each other off the court. I think what A.D. did this recent weekend is an extension of that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Davis is a rabid fan of the Green Bay Packers, who bested the Seattle Seahawks in a 28-23 win in the divisional round on Sunday. Caldwell-Pope did his own version of the famed “Lambeau Leap,” jumping up into the stands and being embraced by the crowd.It might seem a head-scratcher as to how a Chicago native became a cheesehead. Davis said he wasn’t a football fan growing up, but he picked the Packers as his team when he got to the NBA because he knew some of the players. Ever since, he’s been a devoted fan, even though his family members – who are fans of the hometown Chicago Bears – give him grief.“My dad pulls his hair out every day trying to figure out how I’m a Packers fan,” he said. “But hey, man, it’s football at the end of the day. It’s not life or death.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCoach Frank Vogel acknowledged the success, which he’s happy about, but also didn’t want to jest less it be taken out of context: “I was gonna make a joke, but I’m not gonna joke because we definitely need Anthony Davis.”What’s gone right for the Lakers without A.D.? Pace, Davis said, which has driven high-octane offense. Over the last three games, the Lakers have the best offensive rating (128.2 points per 100 possessions) of any team in the NBA. They’ve scored at least 40 points in a quarter in all three games, and they’ve reset their season-best scoring mark in a half in back-to-back games after pouring in 81 in the second half against the Cavaliers on Monday night.The Lakers already know Rajon Rondo (right ring finger avulsion) won’t play Wednesday against Orlando, but Davis is still hopeful. While Vogel said Davis was still moving “gingerly” in the light work he did Tuesday afternoon, Davis said he’s progressing. He’s yet to do full sprinting or take any contact on the court – those are the final thresholds he’s looking to reach.“When I feel like I’m able to get back to my old self and do the moves I’ve always done and be successful at it,” he said, “that’s when I’ll be able to get back on the floor.”MAKING THE LAMBEAU LEAPAn offseason Sunday became a cross-country trek for several Lakers: Davis treated Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and assistant coach Mike Penberthy to a sojourn to Wisconsin, where the group took in a brisk NFL playoff matchup. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img EL SEGUNDO — Make no mistake: Anthony Davis is working.For the last few days, he’s gone through drills, trying to see how his body is moving and how his soreness is improving from when he took a hard fall a week ago in a home game against the Knicks. But the urgency to recover from a bruised backside has waned ever so slightly – after all, the Lakers are 3-0 since he got hurt.“I’m getting closer to getting back on the floor with these guys,” he joked. “But the last three games, it looks like they don’t need me. So kind of taking it slower than usual.”For the rest of the Lakers, however, it’s not quite such a laughing matter. While the team has capably covered for him for the past week and gotten a chance to showcase its depth, teammates are hoping Davis, who is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, comes back soon. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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Union wants seal on probe into deputies and Kobe Bryant crash photos, but court postpones hearing

first_imgIn this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, investigators work the scene of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES — A hearing on an initial bid by the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies to keep the results of an in-progress internal inquiry into the alleged dissemination of photos from the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash sealed was postponed Wednesday, according to an attorney for the county.Lawyer Andrew Baum said the hearing on the request by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs for a temporary restraining order to protect the deputies’ privacy was not heard because of concerns by the Los Angeles Superior Court for the safety of judges and employees in the midst of ongoing protests stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.ALADS brought a petition against the county and Sheriff Alex Villanueva on May 29, then filed additional court papers Monday asking for a temporary restraining order, which was to be the subject of Wednesday’s hearing.Baum said the hearing could now be held as early as Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAccording to the ALADS court papers, the state Supreme Court has recognized that the confidentiality privilege affords peace officers a “strong privacy interest” in their personnel records and that “the damage caused by unlawful disclosure of confidential information is immediate.”Once such information is in the public domain, there is no practical way to unwind that harm, according to the union.But according to Baum, the deputies’ privacy will be protected.“ALADS’ application (for a temporary restraining order) focuses exclusively on the privacy rights of the underlying officers,” Baum says in his court papers. “But the redaction of all personally identifiable information will ensure the officers’ privacy rights are not impacted at all.”In a sworn declaration filed in opposition to the temporary restraining order, Villanueva called the ALADS move “premature” and said the LASD is continuing its investigation. “I do not anticipate the investigation will be completed within the next 30 days due to all of LASD’s resources at this time (being) diverted toward recent county and national emergencies specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current civil unrest, which have presented numerous challenges to the investigative team,” according to Villanueva.Villanueva added that while the LASD is “committed to investigating and resolving this matter quickly, it will not do so at the expense of a complete and proper review of the facts and personnel involved in this incident.”Villanueva announced in March that an internal affairs investigation was taking place into the conduct of eight deputies who allegedly took photos at the crash site and shared the images within and, in one instance, outside the department.ALADS’ court papers say Villanueva made two statements in May promising to release the results of the internal investigation, including the following on May 20:“It’s an active investigation — it’s near its conclusion. We’re going through the final stages, and once the information is developed and it’s done and all the decisions have been made, we’ve dotted our ‘I’s’ and crossed our ‘T’s,’ we’re going to make the entire investigation public so everybody can read it for themselves. And we’ll post it online.”ALADS, as the employee organization recognized by the county to represent deputies in all matters regarding working conditions, is “beneficially interested in the enforcement” of the sheriff’s duty to refrain from releasing the confidential personnel information of the peace officers represented by the union, according to the petition.Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in foggy weather in Calabasas.An attorney for Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is asking LASD to give the “harshest possible discipline” to those who distributed the photos, the petition states. She filed a legal claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — against the department earlier this month.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lacey Evans on overcoming adversity, ‘nasties,’ proving herself in WWE

first_imgIt hasn’t taken Lacey Evans long to draw a huge spotlight in the WWE. Less than five years after making her in-ring debut, she has already made her way to “Monday Night Raw” where fans can see the “Sassy Southern Belle” as she teaches “nasties” – anyone who doesn’t appreciate her – what it’s like to be both a classy and ruthless woman.It’s been hard work for the former United States Marine, but she’ll happily accept the challenge. It was hard work and perseverance that saved her during a tough upbringing with her parents suffering from depression along with alcohol and substance abuse. Now, she wants to use that experience to be a role model for women everywhere and her young daughter. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJust hours before the June 3rd edition of “Raw,” Evans spoke with Sporting News about her life story, quick ascension and experience so far in WWE.Sporting News: I know Mondays are always a busy day leading up to “Raw.” Do you have a regular routine and how do you stay focused on what you need to do for the show?Lacey Evans: I don’t really have a regular routine because, like you said, it’s always chaos. There’s always things that change. We get here early. You’ve got hair, you’ve got makeup, you’ve got whatever they want to be on live television. I’ve got my daughter right here by my side so I’m juggling a lot of different things, but I’m always ready regardless of what they put on my plate.You mentioned your daughter. You’ve had some adventures taking her on road with you in WWE. What has that been like for both of you?It’s amazing. It definitely motivates me. It reminds me why I do what I’m doing and it really helps me through this process. I’m learning a lot within WWE. The biggest thing that I like is the fact that she’s here and she can watch me first-hand work really hard to fight for becoming a champion and doing good at whatever is expected from me. Life is hard, new jobs are hard. They really put you out of your element and it takes a lot. So, to be able to show her first-hand the work that gets put in and show her that she’s capable of anything as long as she works hard, it means a lot to me.When it comes to the new job, you moved from NXT to WWE at the end of last year and things move at a face pace. What has that adjustment been like?It’s been very good. When you go from NXT to “Raw,” where I’m at now, you get to actually move back home from Orlando. That’s the best thing that I like is the fact that I actually go back home because we’re on the road so much. But I worked prior to WWE and I worked really hard to establish a home that had to go on the back burner in order for me to focus and hone in my skills as being a sports entertainer.I just get to be home a little more, my actually home in South Carolina and I get to raise my baby in the town that she’s from. The spotlight goes from big to bigger and you’re really put out there and out of your element and expected to show what you’re capable of. It’s motivating. It lights a fire under you to push yourself more. Show up and prove to them in WWE that you can do whatever they need you to do.When you came over to WWE, for the first few months you were mostly walking down to the ring and back in trying to make an impression and letting people see you. How anxious were you during that time to do more and get physical? Oh, I’m a very physical person. Blame it on the military if you want, but I’m mean. I’ve very mean and I was excited to get my hands on somebody. It didn’t matter who. I was just blessed that I got to walk out and show my face and remind the WWE Universe that Lacey Evans is here and ready for whatever the hell she wants. It was cool but, definitely, I was excited to get in the ring and start proving what I’m capable of.You’ve told your story about having a rough childhood, growing up in a home with parents who suffered from depression and addiction. Then when you were 19, you joined the Marines. Where would you be right now if you hadn’t made that choice? There was depression, addiction and it was never enough. My father, unfortunately, lost his battle just two months before my WWE tryout. The Marine Corps saved me as far as getting my mind clear and being able to get myself in a place with better influences and role models in my life because I didn’t have that growing up.If I didn’t join the Marine Corps, there’s no telling what would have happened to me, my family. Me as a mother, me as a wife, but it’s definitely one of the best decisions I ever did make because growing up without a positive role model, you’ve got to find them somewhere and I found that in the United States Marine Corps. I found that in the leadership I had while in active duty and I couldn’t be more blessed to have that in my life because it definitely made me the woman that I am today. You’ve talked a lot about growing up in that household and then turning to the Marines. How did you not fall into those same pitfalls, especially with what you experienced beginning at a young age?Whenever good comes to light to my siblings that didn’t take the best path that they could have taken or my father, I don’t know why I am who I am today, but I know what who they are because I was there. We’ve been through a lot of hard times, but I just stay busy. At a young age, it was sports, getting my first job washing dishes at a pizza place when I was 14. An idle mind is the devil’s handy work. Keep your mind going. Stay in sports. Do whatever extra activities. Anything you can do that doesn’t leave you sitting in the same life cycle as the negativity that is absorbing these children, absorbing young adults. Stay busy whether it’s fighting college, staying in school, staying in sports. Keep your mind motivated. Keep your mind busy. That way you don’t have time to sit there and be a victim because of the things you’re going through in life because of drugs and depression. Stay busy and stay motivated and that’s what I did my entire life growing up from the time I was able to walk to be honest with you. I did not sit there and tell myself I was the victim of anything. I worked every day to achieve those little goals and break the cycle I was used to growing up in a home like that. No matter what type of cycle you’re stuck in, you are capable of breaking that. You have an incredible story of what you’ve gone through in life and it’s very inspiring for people. Do you think there will be a time when that story becomes more a part of your character that we see on WWE television?I can only hope and pray that it is. One of the biggest reasons I chose to be a sports entertainer was not to be famous, but actually to be famous to show the entire world these babies that are suffering, these young adults that are making these decisions thinking that they don’t have any other option, that it doesn’t matter the cards you’ve been dealt.You can become anything that you want to be. You’re not a victim and you can break the cycle. It just takes a mentality to stay strong and keep busy. I’m blessed to have this platform and I could only hope that one day it is, to a point, where I can verbally say that. I was in their shoes. I know what it feels like. If someone would have told me that growing up, I probably would have made the decision a lot sooner than 19 to finally step out of that situation. You’ve already gotten some great opportunities in WWE, including getting to have a match at “Money in the Bank” with Becky Lynch for the “Raw” women’s championship. What was that experience like and getting that opportunity so quickly?It was amazing. I’m not going to lie — it was nerve-racking because coming from NXT and not being a fan of WWE (at a younger age), I’m starting from scratch. I wasn’t even three years in and now I’m put up in their level and I definitely didn’t want to let my bosses down. I didn’t want to let the WWE Universe down.But like everything else in my life, I wasn’t going to half-ass anything. I took the ball, I ran with it, and I worked and I continue to do so to perform and give them the matches and character work that’s entertaining. I’m just blessed to be a thought in all of this. I hope to continue to entertain and show the world what women all over the world are capable of.Almost a week to come up with this?Let me guess….. your daddy fed you this line? Call him back and tell him to keep up with the @WWENetwork because this #Peasant is about to take the queen to class. #LikeALady #AllInGoodTime #NoMoreNasties https://t.co/uJ4c3zkmz7— Lacey Evans ~ WWE Superstar (@LaceyEvansWWE) June 3, 2019We see a lot of WWE Superstars go back and forth on social media these days. We’ve seen some jabs between yourself and Becky Lynch as well as Charlotte Flair. Does trash talking come naturally for you? Let me tell you: three months of United States Marine Corps boot camp and you can trash talk like no other. For three months, from start to finish, the morning I woke up to the minute I went to bed, that’s all they ever did which is where the term “nasties” comes from because in the Marines Corps, it doesn’t matter how fast you were, how smart you were, you were always a nasty thing. They could always find something that wasn’t good enough and whether it was a second too late in a run or if you did a pushup too slow, you were a nasty thing. The reason they said that was to always keep you motivated, to keep you working harder. Other than that, my dad had a pretty sharp tongue as well. That really helped me be able to come up with the verbiage needed to keep the crap talking and make everyone else stand down. If you have something to say about me, I promise you, I have three more things I could say back about you.With you wanting to be a good, strong role model for your daughter and women everywhere, do you find it ironic that you’re a villain on WWE television?Yes, sometimes. It’s fun. I don’t see myself as a villain. I see myself as a confident, motivated woman and I just have to find ways to get under people’s skin. The more they boo me, the better my apple pie tastes as far as I’m concerned. Whatever WWE needs from me is what I’m going to bring to the table.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Jason Kidd expected to be made highest-paid assistant coach in NBA, report says

first_imgThe Lakers appear like they’re preparing a sizable contract for Jason Kidd.Los Angeles is expected to make Kidd the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Kidd previously coached the Nets and Bucks. Milwaukee parted ways with him in January of last year, in the heat of a season in which the team finished seventh in the Eastern Conference. Related News The Hall of Fame point guard was initially in the running for the head coaching job before being passed up for former Pacers and Magic coach Frank Vogel, who signed a three-year deal with the Lakers in May. NBA trade rumors: Heat interested in ‘salary-designed’ deal for Cavaliers’ JR Smithcenter_img Lionel Hollins, who coached alongside Kidd in Brooklyn, was also brought onto the Lakers’ staff Tuesday, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.The Lakers are hiring Lionel Hollins as an assistant coach, league sources tell ESPN. Hollins is the all-time winningest coach in Memphis and also led Brooklyn to the playoffs. Hollins joins Jason Kidd on Frank Vogel’s new staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2019Los Angeles has revamped its coaching staff over the last few months as it looks to improve upon last year’s 37-45 season. It missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season in 2018-19 but has the the No. 4 pick in June’s NBA Draft — which it could use to leverage in a trade to land a star to pair with LeBron James. Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson questionable, Kevin Durant out Game 3last_img read more

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Training Day: Sweden Moving Forward After Tough Loss

first_imgThe players certainly let out some frustration during the practice session one day before the game against Russia. While it started out quiet, scrimmages saw two separate occasions when Danielle Hamilton-Carter and Josefine Vesterberg got hit and go down for a minute.They worked hard, but the session seemed to knock the frustration out of the players and they started to retain some confidence. Gomez said: “This team didn’t play the last competitions of the Olympics and the European Championship. They didn’t have confidence and it was our job to build this confidence in this team.“That was maybe the most difficult job but we found it at the end of May – we had a good mix with my basketball philosophies from France and the players’ Swedish ideas. Of course, I’m not 100% happy with the result because we need a long time to work on these things. But I hope it will work tomorrow when we receive our gift of playing Russia for a chance to reach the Olympic qualification tournament.”That doesn’t mean the Swedish team will be taking the contest lightly. They fully realise the experience Russia has, and the task that is ahead of them. Gomez said: “Maja Miljakova is a very good player, everybody says she’s old but I know she is able to score a lot of threes. Maria Vadeeva is young player with big talent, and then there is Raisa Musina, of course. They have two good point guards, they have snipers.” “Playing Serbia in the quarterfinals was not a gift. But now, the most important thing is to forget, because the way we played yesterday was not good, and we must focus on this game against Russia – winning it could be big for the Swedish federation to play in pre-Olympic tournament.”The country’s leading scorer Amanda Zahui B had no plans to go through another performance like the one the team had against Serbia – during which Sweden was beaten by 38 points. After the loss, she said: “We have to play with a lot of anger next game. We have to play like we really want it. All the emotions that we’re feeling right now should transfer into the next game. I’m pissed. All these feelings that I’m feeling now, I’m going to pass on to my teammates. And we’ll just build from that.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/34/maria-vadeeva-russia-fiba_1hrail3j2cg6g16077zfo8txe9.jpg?t=-972215509&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4b/92/amanda-zahui-b-sweden-fiba_vlmuiftqu0el1un97beqc794h.jpg?t=-972556461&w=500&quality=80center_img Trying to recover after a poor performance is something that every team has to go through, and when you’re a programme looking to build for the future, it will happen more often than you’d want.For Sweden, their FIBA Women’s EuroBasket loss against the home nation of Serbia in the quarterfinals was still stinging during the practice session the following day. However, Head Coach Francois Gomez explained that, actually, this moment is exactly what he and the team have been working towards for the past two years. “We never thought we were going to win the European championship,” he admitted.  “We will be focused on Vadeeva, who is the best player on this team, and we must find an answer for the different problems she presents. I was surprised to see her score just 6 points against Spain, but they are always one of the best teams. We can’t reproduce the same thing as some other teams, but we can take some ideas from Spain.”Sweden will play Russia on Saturday with one of them qualifying for the Olympic qualification tournament at the beginning of next year.last_img read more

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Former Jets coach Walt Michaels, architect of Super Bowl 3 upset, dies at 89

first_img Redskins’ Josh Norman runs with bulls in Pamplona, Spain: It was ‘crazy’ “Walt never wavered in his belief that Don Shula was responsible for the uncovered field,” longtime Jets beat writer Rich Cimini tweeted in the wake of Michaels’ death.That turned out to be Michaels’ final game with the Jets; he resigned under pressure a short time after the loss.He  would go on to coach the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1984 and ’85, going 25-11 in two seasons. Walt Michaels, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former Jets head coach who was a key figure in one of pro football’s biggest upsets, died Wednesday, his daughter confirmed (via the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader). He was 89.Michaels, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, became a coach after his retirement as a player and was the Jets’ defensive coordinator in their stunning victory over the Colts in Super Bowl 3, the first time the AFL defeated the NFL in the young championship. Hue Jackson hopes to be an NFL head coach againcenter_img A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, Michaels never forgot his roots, as a player or coach.”His work ethic did come from this area,” said his daughter, Mary Ann. “My father understood what hard work was. He never missed work — no sick days and no personal days. He never forgot his roots.”Teammates and players alike respected that in Michaels.He spent most of his playing career with the Browns and was part of two NFL championship teams with Cleveland, which made it to the NFL title game five times during his stint with the team.Michaels left the Jets to become the Eagles’ defensive coordinator before returning in 1976 to New York, where he was promoted to head coach the next year.In six seasons as the Jets coach, he went 39-47-1 and presided over a “Gang Green” team whose defensive line grew to fame as “the New York Sack Exchange.” During his tenure, the Jets advanced to the AFC championship one time, after the strike-shortened 1982 regular season. New York suffered a controversial loss to the Dolphins, 14-0, in a game dubbed “The Mud Bowl.”The controversy sprung from the fact that the Dolphins never covered the Orange Bowl field during a 72-hour rainstorm that hit Miami ahead of the game. Field conditions limited Jets star running back Freeman McNeil and put the offensive onus on inconsistent quarterback Richard Todd as New York was held scoreless.Nearly four decades later, the Jets remain winless in AFC championships (0-4) and haven’t reached a Super Bowl since their historic win in January 1969. Ironically, Don Shula was the Colts coach in that game, and later as the Dolphins coach he’s the man Michaels blamed for the sloppy conditions in Miami in the ill-fated AFC title game. His defense held the 13-1 Colts to a lone touchdown in what became a 16-7 victory for Joe Namath and the Jets, who entered the game as 18-point underdogs.Michaels’ defenses — as a coordinator and later the Jets’ head coach — were a reflection of the man himself. Related Newslast_img read more

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Warriors’ president Bob Myers addresses D’Angelo Russell trade rumors

first_imgBob Myers on D’Angelo Russell: “We didn’t sign him with the intention of trading him” pic.twitter.com/ST9YNg6XTm— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 15, 2019″We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him,” Myers told reporters. “We haven’t even seen him play in our uniform yet and a lot of people have us already trading him.”That’s not how we’re viewing it. Let’s just see what we have. Let’s see what he is. Let’s see how he fits. Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and organization is how does it all work.” Related News “We’re just happy that we got a young player that has a lot of upside in our opinion.”Russell became an All-Star for the first time last season and averaged career highs in points (21.1) and assists (7.0) per game. He signed a four-year, $117 million deal earlier this month. Golden State isn’t planning on moving D’Angelo Russell just yet.Warriors president Bob Myers addressed rumors Monday that the team wants to trade the 23-year-old guard in the near future. According to Myers, this is not the case at all. Russell, who was acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, is expected to start in the Warriors’ backcourt alongside Stephen Curry in 2019-20. Klay Thompson will likely miss most of the year recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the Finals.There is speculation that Russell will hit the trading block once Thompson is back in good shape, but Myers insists Golden State is focusing on the present.”So much of our sport is what are you doing next,” Myers said. “We’ve got to figure out what we’re doing now. And that applies to a guy like D’Angelo in that there’s speculation that we’re moving him when we haven’t even seen him play.center_img NBA free agency news: Cavaliers waive JR Smith 76ers sign Ben Simmons to max five-year extensionlast_img read more

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Jayson Tatum defends LeBron James after Lakers star faced criticism for celebrating son’s dunks

first_imgI usually defend Lebron. And I gotta be honest if my son is ever throwing down alley oops I will probably lose my fucking mind. But this is absolutely ridiculous. This is like, bizarre childlike behavior. Whatta weirdo pic.twitter.com/9AcNqLfxao— KFC (@KFCBarstool) July 29, 2019Bronny dunks it to seal the championship!@kingjames @tiphoops pic.twitter.com/c8Cg8i6YKz— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 28, 2019Tatum, who also is a father, spoke out against James’ critics and said he hopes to have the opportunity to share a similar moment when his son gets older.Tatum wrote in response to a viral video of James: “With so many fathers not supporting there kids we get upset because he is genuinely happy for his son! Lol that’s crazy I can’t wait till my son get older and I get to support him with whatever he wants to do!” Related News Jayson Tatum came to the defense of LeBron James after the Lakers star was criticized for the way he celebrated his son Bronny’s dunks while playing in an AAU tournament in Las Vegas. James attended his 14-year-old son’s game and wasn’t holding back in expressing his excitement as he came off the sideline, and his shoe even fell off while celebrating. Many criticized James for his antics, questioning whether he went too far.  LeBron James has ‘always shown me a great deal of respect,’ Frank Vogel says Lakers president of player personnel Ryan West leaving team, report sayscenter_img Lakers’ Anthony Davis says not winning a title would be one of his ‘biggest failures’ With so many fathers not supporting there kids we get upset because he is genuinely happy for his son! Lol that’s crazy I can’t wait till my son get older and I get to support him with whatever he wants to do! https://t.co/pUCZOlZreD— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) July 29, 2019Tatum’s son, Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr., isn’t old enough to play basketball yet, but he made a notable appearance at NBA All-Star Weekend in February.Following #MTNDEWICERisingStars practice, @jaytatum0 took the floor with his son Deuce! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/JN52wDFALR— 2020 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 15, 2019last_img read more

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Fantasy Updates: Josh Gordon rising in rankings after reinstatement

first_img2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Tom Brady gets a boost with an establish down-the-field threat added to his offense. The 42-year old may have been looking at more handing the ball off this season with Sony Michel and Damien Harris in the backfield. Gordon’s return sets up as, at the very least, a dynamic play-action weapon that New England didn’t previously have. It probably doesn’t elevate Brady into starting fantasy quarterback level, but it gives him an upside he previously may not have had.ESPN reported that Gordon should be with the Patriots at their preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 22, although he’s unlikely to play. The expectation is that Gordon will be ready to go by Week 1 of the regular season. Josh Gordon has been reinstated from his suspension, per multiple reports. He’ll be set to rejoin the Patriots on Sunday and will be eligible to play Week 1. The news brings with it a big shakeup to the Patriots’ WR corps and the overall fantasy rankings and sleepers.Gordon has obviously battled off-field issues throughout his career, but he’s been mostly productive when he’s been on the field. He played 11 games for the Patriots in 2018, catching 40 balls for 720 yards and three touchdowns. His 11.3 yards per attempt his way is the highest connection with Brady in the Pro Football Focus era, per their @PFF Twitter account. During the offseason, Brady posted video on his Instagram of working out with Gordon. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetWith the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, there was uncertainty as to who would catch passes in New England besides receiver Julian Edelman and running back James White. The Patriots drafted N’Keal Harry in the first round, signed Dontrelle Inman, and had undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers running with the first team during training camp, but it was still anyone’s guess as to who would emerge as the No. 2. Now, Gordon adds to the intrigue.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Josh Gordon Fantasy OutlookBecause of Gordon’s myriad suspensions throughout his career, it will be hard to count on him playing 16 games. His per-game production should make him a borderline fantasy starter, though. In his 2018 action, Gordon was the 33rd-best fantasy WR in fantasy points per game. That was right behind Calvin Ridley and Mike Williams and right ahead of Chris Godwin. That also factors in his lone game in Cleveland, where he had one catch for 17 yards and a TD. The presence of Gordon will lower expectations for everyone else in the Pats’ receiving corps, aside from Edelman. Meyers goes from a first-team contender to a potential depth piece. Harry, who hasn’t shown well in camp so far, is much less likely to be pressed into heavy duty early.last_img read more