Noble Endeavor finished strongly to pip Darwins Fox to the runner-up spot, while Pittoni finished last of the four on his first start in almost 1,000 days. Mullins, also successful with Mckinley and Twinlight, said: “It was straightforward and the conditions of the race suited. I thought the ground was probably still too good for him and Ruby said he felt it a bit. “We’ll motor on and the Hatton’s Grace (Fairyhouse, November 30) looks the obvious thing to do now. He’ll go three miles the first opportunity we get. Three miles on soft ground is what we want with him. “Hopefully he’ll improve a bit, but he is good fresh and is best early in the season.” Following his successes aboard Zaidpour and Twinlight, Walsh completed his own treble on the afternoon as he steered Tony Martin’s Gallant Oscar to success in the Ladbrokes On Course Ireland Handicap Hurdle. Rated almost 30lb lower over the smaller obstacles than over fences, Gallant Oscar had obvious claims and was heavily supported as the even-money favourite. Walsh played his cards late, delivering his mount to lead after the final flight, and he battled to victory by a length and three-quarters over Mallards In Flight. Martin said: “It’s great to start back with a win under his belt. We thought he had a good chance in the Irish National, but unfortunately he unseated. His form from Naas had been franked before that. He’ll improve a bit off that and go back over fences now.” Harvey Logan edged ahead in a thrilling climax to the St Johann Ski Resort Tirol Austria Handicap Hurdle. Zaidpour stamped his class on the Ladbrokes Ireland Lismullen Hurdle at Navan as part of a big-race treble for champion trainer Willie Mullins. A three-time Grade One winner but not always the most reliable of individuals, Zaidpour was an 8-13 favourite for his first start since finishing sixth in the French Champion Hurdle in June and Ruby Wa lsh kept things simple, allowing his mount to stride on at the head of affairs. He gradually increased the tempo with a ll four runners travelling strongly rounding the home turn, and Zaidpour began to assert between the final two flights before being ridden out after the last to take the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two test by a comfortable two and a half lengths. Press Association Noel Meade’s five-year-old was the 6-4 favourite to follow up last month’s Naas victory and was ridden patiently by Niall Madden even though Miradane briefly looked to have flown as he left the back straight with a big lead. The gap was whittled away quickly in the straight and it eventually came down to a three-way fight between Harvey Logan, Luddsdenene and Mind The Pennies, and it was Meade’s charge who won the argument by three-quarters of a length. The trainer said: “That’s just about what he is. The handicapper put him up 8lb and that nearly put him out. He just got there and I couldn’t see him carrying much more. He needed to stay at the end and he did. He also needed a good jump at the last and got it. W e don’t have any fancy ideas with him.”
He didn’t even keep his stick for posterity.He gave it to one of the cadets cheering him on.“It was really cool. I think this whole experience has been pretty incredible. They did a great job,” Toffoli said. “The things that they do for the United States, all over the world, is pretty impressive. So, it wasn’t a very hard decision.”Toffoli put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 with 54 seconds remaining when he scored off a face-off, and then he added an empty-netter with 4.3 seconds left in the third and final outdoor game in the NHL this season.Teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Iafallo encouraged Toffoli to get open after the Avalanche pulled their goaltender following Tofolli’s tie-breaking goal. Quick stopped the first two dozen shots he faced but he lost his stick in the final minute of the second period after two quick stops and while he was reaching for it, Samuel Girard sent the puck sailing over his right shoulder to tie it at 1.NOTES: The NHL announced that the Carolina Hurricanes will host an outdoor game on Feb. 20, 2021, at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of N.C. State in Raleigh. … This was the Avs’ second outdoor game and the Kings’ third. Los Angeles split its first two outdoor games, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (3-0 loss to Anaheim) in 2014 and at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in 2015 (2-1 win over San Jose). Colorado lost to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in downtown Denver on Feb. 27, 2016. … This was the league’s 30th outdoor game. The other two this season were the Heritage Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Oct. 26 (Jets 2, Flames 1) and the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (Stars 4, Predators 2). … This is the second outdoor game played at a service academy. Washington beat Toronto 5-2 at the Navy-Marine Crops Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 13, 2018. … The Kings have just one more road game this month, at Winnipeg on Tuesday night. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ February 15, 2020 By then, it was a frosty 26 degrees but felt like 17 with the wind chill and high humidity. The Kings won their second straight, improving to 4-12-1 since New Year’s Day.At 6,621 feet above sea level, this was the highest altitude ever for an NHL game. Unlike during the week when the rink was installed, the snow stayed away. It was 32 degrees with 66% humidity at puck drop with 6 mph winds. The temperature quickly dipped into the 20s.“I think having this outdoor game adds a little bit of adrenaline to the fact, so once you get out on the ice, you kind of forget about the altitude,” Kopitar said. “Until you get stuck out there for a long shift. But I think we managed it pretty well throughout the game. I don’t think anybody was too winded.”At least not after the first 10 minutes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAIR FORCE ACADEMY, Col. (AP) — Tyler Toffoli will remember the Los Angeles Kings’ 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday night at the Air Force Academy for so many reasons.The thundering jets’ flyover. The cadets high-fiving players as they came off the ice. The long clouds of breath, the short shifts.Oh, and his three goals, the NHL’s first outdoor hat trick. More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “It would have been nice to see the Kings play from behind,” McKinnon said. “They were pretty passive after they got the lead. We blew a point, at least. I like our chances in overtime. If we’re a little more ready to bury those early, I had a couple of good looks myself I wish I would have scored on. A couple of rebound looks. It’s just unfortunate.” Despite the disappointments, McKinnon said he appreciated the atmosphere.“The coolest part was seeing the cadets and all the people who serve,” McKinnon said. “They had so much energy when we were coming in and out of the dressing room. That was really cool; it definitely stuck out for me.”Tofolli’s first goal came in the first period when Iafallo tipped Joakim Ryan’s shot, which went off the left post and slid across the crease where Toffoli tapped it. Country singer Sam Hunt serenaded the crowd from a stage near the fighter jet after the first period. “I think that’s the most nervous I’ve ever been putting the puck in an empty net in my life,” Tofolli said. “But it worked.”Aside from Tofolli’s hat trick, Kopitar said he took in many memorable moments in the NHL’s second service academy game.“We didn’t have the flyover in the first two (outdoor games) we played in in LA and San Jose, so I was looking forward to that,” Kopitar said. “Just the atmosphere around here. The setup was great. And getting the win at the end of the day, it certainly helps with the experience.“I guess the two Cali games weren’t as cold as this one, so that’s going to stick with me for a little bit,” Kopitar said. Toffoli said in the third period “we were all kind of looking at each other as we were lining up and we’re like, ‘Did the temperature go down that much?’” Associated Press Toffoli scores NHL’s first outdoor hat trick, Kings beat Avs Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick survived Colorado’s 15-shot flurry in the first period, when the Kings took a 1-0 lead at Falcon Stadium, where an F-16 fighter jet highlighted the north end of the field and cadets sat on the south side of the rink on either side of a runway complete with synchronized red lights.The Stadium Series game was a sellout — 43,574 fans, more than twice the capacity of the Pepsi Center some 60 miles north of the Air Force Academy.Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubaurer stopped 14 of 15 shots before leaving with a lower body injury after teammate Ian Cole slammed into him early in the third period and sent him tumbling. He was replaced by backup Pavel Francouz with 17 1/2 minutes remaining.“It sucks. I don’t know, hopefully he’s not out too long,” Colorado’s Nathan McKinnon said. “I haven’t talked to him yet. Just a frustrating, frustrating game.”The Avalanche outshot the Kings 33-23 and two power plays early on were wiped off within seconds by Colorado penalties.
Published on February 26, 2013 at 1:41 am Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ When the puck drops in the first of two midweek Syracuse-Lindenwood games Tuesday night, the Orange will be 10 days away from its most important game of the season: the do-or-die College Hockey America semifinal.But SU is also 10 days removed from a gut-wrenching home loss that made No. 9 Mercyhurst conference champs.Caught between two defining moments of the near record-setting season, the Orange (18-13-1, 12-5-1 CHA) must tinker ahead of and during the regular season-ending series with the Lions (6-23-3, 6-9-3 CHA). A win would be head coach Paul Flanagan’s 300th.SU learned and relearned valuable lessons in its pair of narrow losses to Mercyhurst. Firstly, the Orange can play with the one of the nation’s best. And to do so, sometimes SU has to simply play more like them.“We have to come prepared for 60 minutes next time,” forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe noted that she and her teammates might have welcomed Mercyhurst with too much confidence, dragging the squad through an emotional rollercoaster – beginning with hubris, evolving into disappointment and ultimately ending with a crucial realization.“We learned that we can compete with Mercyhurst,” Carrie-Mattimoe said, “and I think we’ll take that to the playoffs and we’ll come prepared and ready to compete next time.”Twice in 24 hours, SU entered the third period with every chance at a victory. In the Feb. 15 game, SU led 3-2 with 11:35 to play, and was poised to rip the CHA crown away from the Lakers.But the Orange couldn’t match Mercyhurst’s nonstop net-crashing style – not for long enough, at least – and coughed up three goals in 8:25 to fall 5-3.SU allowed another three goals in the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s game.“It was a little bit of a mess,” goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau said.SU skated on to the third period just a goal down after a two-goal second period, but the Orange couldn’t finish the job. The defeats signaled that the Orange has to remain committed to whichever playing style will win the game.Against the Lakers, that meant mirroring their direct, crease-bombarding offense. It’s not that SU is looking to become a cookie-cutter copy of its opponents, but it needs wins. Hosting MU meant moving the attack away from the point, where too many shots would be blocked, and instead cutting to the net and cleaning up goals.“I think we’ll just do whatever we need to score,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “Our focus was just getting it on net and crashing, and it worked a couple times.”But SU’s adjustments didn’t work well enough, or long enough, to win. So, the Orange looks to Lindenwood re-energized by the closeness of its losses against one of the nation’s best, and aided by a long layoff. SU was scheduled to play Lindenwood last Friday and Saturday before a winter storm in the Midwest interfered with the Lions’ travel plans.The Orange has nothing to play for, in terms of conference standings. SU is locked into the No. 2 spot and a bye going into the CHA semifinals. But LU is vying for seeding before the conference tournament, which starts Saturday on the higher seed’s home ice. The Lions sit at No. 5 in the CHA, four points behind Robert Morris.Syracuse just needs to get back to the full-ice form that fueled its eight-game winning streak, because when the Orange trudges off of the ice Wednesday night, it will be 10 days away from a game that, to extend its season, SU cannot lose.“We can’t lose sight of anyone in our league anymore. … So we really have to stay on our game like we have in the past eight games,” Syracuse forward Jacquie Greco said. “So I think we just have to not oversee them and just play our game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Syracuse’s Gabriela Knutson was cruising. She was in control of the No. 2 singles match against Anna Rogers, winning the first four games in the first set by attacking the net to put away points.As Knutson planted her left foot, ready to return a ball, her knee twisted. She grimaced and kept playing. And while she eventually won the set, things got harder for Knutson after that.After being limited by the injury, Knutson — the Orange’s second singles player — fell to No. 27 North Carolina State’s Anna Rogers in three sets, 6-4, 0-6, 6-7, in Friday’s match at Drumlins Tennis Center. All four of SU’s (6-10, 3-6 Atlantic Coast) top singles players lost in the 5-2 defeat against N.C. State (17-7, 6-5) on Friday afternoon.“I stopped playing,” Knutson said. “I stopped moving as much. That just kind of went downhill from there in the second set.”Struggles in execution began for Knutson after going up 4-0: she hit balls into the net, double faulted a few times, and dropped points until the first set was in her favor, 5-4. She was able to grind out a few points to win the set, but Knutson had twisted her knee and the issues would only grow in the second set.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRogers won the first three games with ease in set two. Knutson was unable to reach the wide and deep shots that she had fought back against so well in the first set. Returning drop shots was out of the question. Knutson was resigned to let them fall to the court, twice, unimpeded, rather than pushing her hurt knee to attack shots so shallow into her half of the court.A Syracuse trainer came over and put a band around Knutson’s left knee, something they’ve used to deal with tendinitis she’s experienced in the past. It didn’t seem to help.More points went by, most ending in favor of Rogers. Each Rogers point was punctuated by a shout of “Mine!”, and with every further point, the shouts got louder and longer. It reached a crescendo at the end of the second set, with Rogers grabbing all six games in the stanza.Each point that went by in the set, even those that Knutson won, ended with a facial expression that exemplified the pain she felt. The walk to retrieve the ball when it was her turn to serve again displayed a limp that Knutson didn’t even attempt to hide.“I wasn’t really there mentally because of the knees,” Knutson said.Knutson limped over to her bench and called for the trainer, again, after ripping off the band they had put on her knee earlier. He came over, flexed out her legs, and put new bands on both her knees.“In the third, I took a lot of pills,” Knutson said, “and kind of taped it up tighter. It definitely dulled the pain, but not enough.”Knutson hopped off her seat to start the third set as she always does, but her usual bounding steps towards the baseline were subdued. Even the slight hops put pain on her face.The painkillers Knutson took must have kicked in, though. She was no longer as hesitant to attack the net. She reached a few balls along the baseline that she had not come close to in the second set. A gritty victory seemed within reach.Late in the third set, with the score tied 4-4, Knutson hit a ball wide with her forehand. When Rogers softly returned the ball so Knutson could serve, the Syracuse player momentarily changed sports and took a left-footed swing at the ball. She connected, and something about her body language showed that she might not have quite enough left in the tank.With Rogers leading 6-5 in the set, two points away from match point, Knutson had an opportunity to put a ball away at the net. It was the type of ball she always smashes. Rogers was out of position, and it seemed simple. Knutson hit it into the net. Rogers won two points later, and the pain Knutson fought through was for naught.“I was very proud of her,” SU head coach Younes Limam said. “She came back after losing that second set and fought hard in that third set. Just didn’t go her way.” Comments Published on April 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+
There was also Tipperary success in the Feale Handicap, where Count of Carabass won for Hilary McLoughlin. There was an upset in the feature race as the Aidan O’Brien trained “Rule The Waves” was beaten in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Premier Nursery Handicap.Instead, the two-year-old’s stablemate, “Cocoon” finished in a dead-heat with the Jessica Harrington-trained runner “Ernest Shackleton” in a shared victory.Ballydoyle’s O’ Brien also came close in the opening race- the irish Stallion farms EBF Fillies Maiden, where As Good As Gold came second to Queen Anne.
Either or both of them figure to be joined in Cooperstown by first-time candidates Chipper Jones (98.3) and Jim Thome (93.1) and possibly even Edgar Martinez (77.1).While it looks like it will be another nail-biter for Hoffman, Guerrero is going to sail in with a rare boost.Since the return of annual balloting in 1966, only nine players have seen their vote totals jump at least 20 percent in one year, according to Hall of Fame expert Jay Jaffe. The only player to jump 20 points to cross the 75-percent threshold was Barry Larkin, in 2012.For Guerrero, it seems the jump is the result of a ballot number crunch. Voters are limited to picking 10 players, even though the ballot has gotten so crowded a case can be made for nearly twice that many.Much of Guerrero’s increase is from voters who simply couldn’t fit him on their ballots last year, according to a partial survey. Among writers who added Guerrero this year, six of seven who were questioned said they would have voted for Guerrero last year too if their ballots were unlimited. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Nothing has changed,” the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said via text. “I would have voted for Vlad (last year) if I had room.”A year ago, Rosenthal said he chose to give the last spot on his ballot to Billy Wagner, who he feared would not get the required 5 percent to remain on the ballot. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said he made the same decision, giving his last vote to Garry Sheffield. Dan Hayes of the Athletic said he picked Larry Walker over Guerrero for his last spot simply because Walker was closer to the end of his time on the ballot. This is Walker’s eighth year of 10 years of eligibility on the writer’s ballot.“As far as this year, it was a no-doubter to put Vlad in,” Hayes said. “He’s without question a Hall of Famer to me, and we fortunately cleared three names off the ballot (last year). When I looked at last year’s class, I believed there were 14-15 viable candidates. He was my No. 11 choice and rightfully moved up.”Clearing names off the ballot is another incentive for some writers who might have viewed Guerrero as a borderline candidate in his first year. Once Guerrero was nearly elected in his first year, it was inevitable that he was going to be elected, so the sooner he got in, the more space there would be for other candidates.Guerrero figures to be one of at least five who enter the Hall of Fame this year, along with Jones, Thome, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. The latter two were elected by the Veteran’s Committee after failing to gain entry via the writers.Hoffman is also likely to join them. Last year Hoffman was included on 72.7 percent of the ballots that were revealed before the final announcement, and he gained a small percentage when all the votes were tallied. Most candidates see their pre-announcement totals drop, because the voters who keep their ballots private tend to be stingier with their support, but Hoffman bucked that trend.As a closer, Hoffman is likely to favored more by voters who look at traditional stats than those who lean toward advanced metrics. Modern analysis tends to weight how effectively someone pitches, regardless of the inning, instead of giving extra credit for being the one to work the ninth and get a save. Hoffman is second all-time in saves, with 601.Former San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman fell just short of the 75 percent of the votes needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. Will he have enough this time around? (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Martinez, who is usually favored more by the public voters, is likely to see a decline, below 75 percent. Mike Mussina (70.1 percent in public ballots) and Curt Schilling (59.3) also seem to be making progress toward eventual election.One of the most interesting questions when the final totals are released will be what happens with the totals for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who have been tied together since they appeared on the ballot.No-doubt Hall of Famers by the numbers, both are also dogged by reports of steroid use. They both received around 54 percent of the vote last year, their highest total so far. They have four years left on the ballot, so they will need to keep trending up if they are to reach 75 percent. Public voting has both around 64 percent, but their support typically drops when all the private ballots are added. For Vladimir Guerrero, and probably for Trevor Hoffman, the wait at the edge of Cooperstown is almost over.Guerrero and Hoffman, the most prominent candidates with Southern California ties, both came up just short of earning the votes for election to the Hall of Fame a year ago. When this year’s results are announced on Wednesday, Guerrero is certain to ease over the finish line, while Hoffman’s case is not quite as clear.Hoffman, an Orange County native and longtime Padres closer, missed by just one percent of the vote last year, coming up five votes shy of the required 75 percent for election. Guerrero, who won an MVP in his six years with the Angels, finished at 71.1 percent.As of Tuesday afternoon PT, Guerrero has 94.8 percent of the vote, while Hoffman is at 78.4 percent, with just over half of the ballots made public and tabulated by noted Hall of Fame watcher Ryan Thibodaux.
For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum They kept the momentum going into the fourth quarter, a taut 12 minutes that eventually went the way of Patrick Beverley’s will.“I gotta get my guys going. I gotta make sure we’re locked in from the beginning to the end,” said the 6-foot-1 guard, who skied for a clutch offensive board with 5:44 to go before coming up with the game-sealing block on LeBron James with 3.6 seconds left.“(At halftime) we were just saying we gotta start worrying about the game,” said Kawhi Leonard, whose unwavering production Wednesday carried the team throughout the game, when he logged 35 points on 11-for-19 shooting.“Like, ‘We’re not gonna blow teams out, it’s not gonna be easy. Every night it’s gonna be a battle. Stop worrying about the score. Just play every possession, play hard, if we’re losing, don’t look up, just keep doing what we have to do to win.’“And I think we did that in the second half.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After taking a good look in the mirror during intermission, it took the Clippers almost the entire third quarter to erase a Lakers lead that had grown to as many as 15 points, but when Landry Shamet stepped into a 3-point shot, it knotted the score at 86. Confirmed Rivers: “I said, ‘So that’s the easiest adjustment we can make all year if that’s true.’”Whoever said it was speaking the basketball god’s honest truth: The Clippers were getting beaten measurably in the hustle department. In the first 24 minutes, they had only two blocked shots and two steals to the Lakers’ eight blocks and six steals.“I mean, they were playing extremely harder than us,” is how Harrell put it. “They were taking it downhill, it was a team that was attacking us the full 24 minutes in the first half. What was we gonna do? Were we gonna keep complaining about it or go out and change it?”They chose door No. 2.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — With his team trailing by 12 points at halftime, Clippers coach Doc Rivers went around the Staples Center locker room like a patient school teacher and asked his players what they thought they needed to do better if they were going to turn things around.“I asked them to talk,” said Rivers, whose faith in his players’ problem-solving abilities paid off in Wednesday’s 111-106 victory in their Christmas showdown over the Lakers.“We came in here and we said it at halftime, man,” said Montrezl Harrell, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, when the Clippers outscored the Lakers 60-43. “Doc basically asked everybody on the team, ‘What do you see?’“Guys gave their answers and the last answer that was given, by one of our teammates, was that they’re just playing harder. And it was that point that Doc was looking for.”
“I definitely have to answer the questions,” he said. “It’s something that has to be addressed. Every team’s asking about it and at the end of the day, you just have to explain what I’ve been saying. And it’s that I’ve made mistakes, I went too far, and that I’ve grown and matured from it and am honestly a lot better now having gone through it.”Allen is not entirely unfamiliar with the Lakers, having played alongside Brandon Ingram in 2015-16, Allen’s sophomore year when he averaged a career-best 21.6 points per game.“I stay in touch with him a little bit,” Allen said, “and I saw him back at Duke (this spring). He was back home … working out in the gym so I caught up with him a little bit.”What stood out to Allen about his former teammate?“I told him he looks bigger,” Allen said. “He put some weight on, his shoulders are broader, he looks like he’s not getting pushed around anymore. Obviously, he’s come a long way since he came to Duke. He was super skinny, but he looks like he’s put some good weight on. He looks pretty big.”The Lakers are deep in their pre-draft process, which will continue next week when LiAngelo Ball is scheduled to work out as part of a six-man group on Tuesday.Ball is among the few players who might be a more controversial draft choice than Allen. The younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is not projected to be drafted after leaving UCLA last November. He spent most of last season along with younger brother LaMelo playing for Prienai Bytautas in Lithuania. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth Allen and Huerter are considered potential first-round picks. While Huerter boasts the better shooting touch, Allen averaged 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals to go with his 15.5 points per game last season.His 38 percent from deep also helps, especially considering the Lakers ranked 29th out of 30 teams in 3-point shooting last season.“Shooting translates for sure,” Allen said. “If you watch the league now you’ve got a bunch of shooters on the court. But also you have to figure out how you can contribute in other ways.”He was one of the players the Lakers interviewed last week during the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago.The athletic Allen’s career was marred by several on-court incidents and in 2016 he was suspended for a game by Coach Mike Krzyzewski for kicking an Elon player. It was one of three tripping incidents in his career. Those have been a major focus for teams who have met with Allen. EL SEGUNDO — When it came to Grayson Allen, most college basketball observers could be lumped into two general categories: Those who found him easy to root against and, well, Duke fans.But now the controversial guard, with a legacy of legsweeps, is now auditioning for a job in the NBA. And any team that struggles to make shots from the perimeter and could stand to play with more edge might be inclined to take a look at the fiery Allen.Enter the Lakers, owners of the 25th pick in the first round of next month’s draft.On Friday, Allen became the most high-profile draft hopeful to work out for the Lakers so far this month, headlining a pre-draft workout group that also included Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, a 41.7 percent 3-point shooter in his sophomore season.
The Phillies placed reliever Juan Nicasio on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left-groin strain, losing one of their most frequently used pitchers until past the All-Star break.Manager Gabe Kapler said Nicasio told the Phillies after Wednesday’s loss he aggravated the injury over the weekend in Miami, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “I don’t know. All I can tell you is it’s bothering. It’s bothering me right now,” Nicasio said Wednesday after giving up a homer and three earned runs in only a third of an inning of a 9-2 loss to the Braves. “It’s been a few days that it’s been bothering me but I didn’t think it was anything significant but today it got a little worse so we’re going to take it easy.”Nicasio, who pitched 11 times in June and has appeared in 32 games this season, trails only closer Hector Neris (35) and Jose Alvarez (33) in appearances for the Phillies. Related News MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him “I’m not going to speculate or second-guess our pitchers,” Kapler said when asked if he would’ve preferred to know before Wednesday that Nicasio was hurt. “Our pitchers are tough. They fight really hard. They prepare themselves to pitch.”Nicasio (1-2, 5.24 ERA) had 10 scoreless appearances in June, bouncing back from an inconsistent start to the season, before he said he aggravated his groin Sunday against the Marlins. MLB All-Star Game 2019: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres added to AL team as injury replacement Red Sox’s Chris Sale (3-8) sounds off on ‘absolutely embarrassing’ first half Losing him will force Kapler to elevate another reliever into his bridge-to-closer role (Nicasio has eight holds) as the team continues to wait for David Robertson and Pat Neshek to return.The Phillies (45-41) enter Thursday’s game against the Braves 5 1/2 games back of first-place Atlanta in the NL East and tied with the Nationals atop the wild-card standings.
In the organization of the Football Alliance of Sarajevo Canton (FSKS), the final game for the champion of the Cantonal League Sarajevo for the season 2014/15 between SASK Napredak and Bosna Sema was played at the City Stadium in Ilijas.In a very dynamic, fair and correct game, Bosna Sema deservedly won with 2:0 and thus won the title of the champion of Cantonal League Sarajevo and placement to a higher rank of the competition.A cup to the vice champion, SASK Napredak and the captain Nihad Suljevic, was awarded by the vice president of FSKS, Suad Alibasic, while the cup to the champion Bosan Sema and the captain Elmedin Brankovic, was awarded by the president of the Football Alliance of B&H, Elvedin Begic, with wishes for better placement and as better as possible, presentation of FSKS in the highest rank of the competition.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)