Lakers officially sign Dwight Howard, reuniting with the well-traveled center

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers have officially signed Dwight Howard, starting a second chapter with the talented big man while hoping it goes better than the first.After the Lakers’ intentions to sign the 33-year-old, eight-time All-Star became known on Friday, Howard was bought out of his contract with the Memphis Grizzlies and cleared waivers. Howard’s $2.6 million veteran’s minimum deal is non-guaranteed, and ESPN reported that Howard won’t be paid any of it until the regular season begins in October.Howard’s addition boosts the depth in the frontcourt for the Lakers, who are expecting to play without DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL) for most, if not all, of next season. While Howard played a career-low nine games last season due to back surgery, he’s shown himself to be productive when healthy. Playing 81 games as a starter in Charlotte during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. The Lakers reportedly worked out Howard last week with other well-known veteran big men Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHoward, who reportedly will wear jersey No. 39 this season, is on the back end of a career as one of the most productive big men in NBA history. He ranks 14th all-time in career rebounds (13,184) and fourth in shooting percentage (58.3 percent). Howard has finished in the top five in rebounding in 12 of his 15 NBA seasons, leading the league five times. But to date, his numbers are accompanied by an uncompelling postseason legacy: He’s only been to the NBA Finals once, falling to the Lakers in 2009.Howard appears set to play a supporting role for the first time in his career, behind presumed starting center JaVale McGee. He’s only come off the bench once in 1,044 games. But there’s well-known baggage that has traditionally accompanied Howard, which the Lakers experienced in his previous season for them in 2012-13. While he was still an All-Star and even led the league in rebounds, the Lakers ended the year in a first-round playoff sweep – far earlier than they hoped when they traded for Howard that summer. Howard then unceremoniously departed in free agency a few months later, and the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs since. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Before the game, Coach Frank Vogel described a new starting lineup with Davis at center, Kuzma at power forward and Quinn Cook at point guard as something he “wanted to play around with” after the Lakers’ last loss to the Rockets on Feb. 6. But regular center JaVale McGee was also inactive via a coaching decision, and he cheered from the bench while wearing sweatpants and sandals.The team also had a goal to give Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith more foothold with their new teammates. While they certainly played more minutes, it was arguable how valuable those minutes were: They combined for just 4 for 17 shooting.Talen Horton-Tucker, a little-used rookie from Iowa State, earned his first NBA points and finished with 10.Vogel said while his team is shooting the lowest percentage of any of the 22 bubble teams from 3-point range, he believed that a regression to the mean is coming.“I do believe in percentages, I do believe in guys trusting in the work they’re putting in,” he said. “The law of averages plays out. And I’m OK getting all these misses out of the way now.” “They want you to shoot turnarounds,” Kuzma said of the Rockets, “they want you to shoot threes because they’re small, and you just got to pound them inside. It worked for us, but not enough.”Rather than reversing their chilly 3-point shooting trend, the Lakers largely ignored it. They had a 13-minute stretch where they attempted none at all. This was a considerable concession to the Rockets, who knocked down 21 of their 57 attempts from distance.The game was its most interesting during a five-minute stretch that saw the Lakers on a 10-0 run that tightened the game to 94-87. But Harden broke the Rockets out of the jam with a contested run to the rim, and then three unanswered 3-pointers later, the rally was over.The Lakers said James was out with right groin soreness, which has periodically flared up throughout the last year-and-a-half, but has also served as a go-to explanation for an abundance of caution, especially on back-to-backs. Alex Caruso also missed the game with neck soreness. During a hard fall on Wednesday night against the Thunder, Caruso appeared to grab his neck and wince with discomfort.The James-Caruso duo, the Lakers’ chief table-setters, were sorely missed as possessions were often one-man affairs, or wound up with turnovers. The Lakers finished with 24 turnovers to just 18 assists.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousThe Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets forward Ben McLemore, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) who makes a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, leaps to shoot while defended by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center top, gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the ball while defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) takes a backward shot against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, reacts before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 13Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“Offensively, we haven’t been great,” Danny Green said. “Everybody knows that.”Rockets guard James Harden starred even without backcourt mate Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion), skating into the lane with relative ease and splashing five 3-pointers. Harden finished with a game-high 39 points and 12 assists.The Lakers attempted to funnel their aggression into the lane, outscoring small-ball Houston in the paint 58-30. But while Anthony Davis muscled his way inside for 17 points and 12 rebounds, he also was swarmed, giving up seven turnovers without James to draw away defensive attention.Davis did not speak to the media following the game.Kyle Kuzma, who was in the starting lineup, finished with a team-best 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting to continue a good stretch of play in the bubble. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds.Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like.Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to the team they want to be when the postseason arrives.While the Lakers have talked about trying to sharpen their play in the remaining seeding games, they haven’t built confidence with a 2-3 record in the restart: The Lakers finished Thursday’s game just 2 for 19 from deep, their worst mark yet in five games.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: How did USWNT get here?

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Who made the USWNT roster for tournament in France? The team powered its way through the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and a quick look at the numbers shows just how dominant the U.S. was during qualifying:0 goals conceded throughout the tournament 1 U.S. hat trick during the tournament2 players scored at least one goal in every game they played 3 individual tournament honors were awarded to the U.S: Golden Ball (Julie Ertz), Golden Boot (Alex Morgan) and Fair Play Award3 braces scored by Morgan during the tournament, which came against Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica4 players scored at least one brace during the World Cup qualifying10 players scored throughout the tournament14 total shots were scored against the U.S. through the five-game tournament19 total assists for the USWNT during the tournament, which were registered by nine different players20 players saw action during the tournament, which turned out to be the entire roster26 goals were scored by the U.S. Here’s a detailed look at the Americans’ journey in the CONCACAF Championship, which served as the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.Oct. 4, 2018: 6-0 win over MexicoThe U.S. had previously faced Mexico twice before the CONCACAF Championship. In both games, the USWNT won by a margin of at least three goals (4-1, 6-2). The team doubled its success against its southern neighbors to open the qualifying tournament.The Americans ended up playing all three of their Group A games in Cary, North Carolina. Morgan and Megan Rapinoe led the team in its first 6-0 victory over Mexico. The pair both scored a brace as the USWNT started its CONCACAF shutout streak. Ertz and Tobin Heath also chipped in goals as part of the team’s high pressure attack. Rapinoe opened with a goal in the third minute after sending a Lindsey Horan assist to the back of the net. The team dominated all game with its fast-paced play. In the first half alone, the U.S. outshot Mexico 11-0.The USWNT’s next five goals all came in the second half.Oct. 7, 2018: 5-goal shutout against PanamaPanama entered the contest fresh off a 3-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, but didn’t have anything to celebrate in its second game as the USWNT breezed to another victory.Carli Lloyd highlighted the Americans’ second win of qualifying with a hat trick. Her three goals helped push the USWNT past Panama, 5-0.What’s more, the team continued to showcase its defensive talent. When the U.S. entered the game, it had not given up a goal in the competition in 694 minutes, spanning six full games. The streak continued to seven full games … and counting. Oct. 10, 2018: 7-0 victory against Trinidad and TobagoThe U.S. marked its most dominant win of the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago. The 7-0 victory featured a brace from Morgan and Rose Lavelle as well as goals from Crystal Dunn, Heath and Horan.      The match was the final game of the group stage for the USWNT.The U.S. once again had control from the the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In the group stage, the Americans ended up outscoring their opponents a whopping 18-0. ​Oct. 14, 2018: 6-0 win vs. Jamaica The USWNT officially qualified for the World Cup after defeating Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship as the top three finishers automatically earned berths to France. The win came in dominant fashion with a six-goal shutout.The U.S. scored its first goal in the opening minutes with Heath finding the net to set the team up for the win. She added another goal later in the half for only her second career multi-goal game. Rapinoe, Ertz and Morgan also scored to give the U.S. a 5-0 advantage at halftime.The Americans ended up outshooting Jamaica 15-1 in the first half alone.Morgan capped off the strong scoring in the second half on her way to her 100th international goal. With the victory, the U.S. was unbeaten in its last 25 matches (22-0-3) and outscored its opponents 89-17 while scoring in all 25 games. The U.S. is currently favored along with France to win it all, while Germany and England are also among the favorites. The national team faced both France and England in friendlies leading up to the World Cup.  But before the USWNT punched its ticket to the World Cup, it had to qualify. Related News The U.S. women’s national team is just hours away from opening the defense of its FIFA Women’s World Cup title. While the team cruised to its eighth consecutive World Cup since the tournament began in 1991 — winning the inaugural championship and then earning the 1999 and 2015 titles — the U.S. will likely have a tougher time repeating its championship against a talented field, including host country France. The U.S. went on to defeat Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Championship final with goals from Lavelle and Morgan.Since then, the U.S. was tested in a friendly against France, where it lost 3-1, and in 2-2 draws against Japan and England in the SheBelieves Cup, but defeated Australia, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico in friendlies in recent months, posting clean sheets in the final four matches before heading to France. The Americans’ first World Cup group stage game will come June 11 against Thailand.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick

first_img NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks hoping to buy another second-round pick The 6-7 forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 68% from the field in his lone season with the Blue Devils.He collected some notable accolades along the way, as well. Williamson was a first-team All-American, Naismith National College Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and won the Karl Malone Award. He is just the third freshmen in history to take home the Naismith Award. Zion Williamson is headed to New Orleans.The Pelicans selected the former Duke star with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday and nobody was surprised. After all, Williamson put together one of the most captivating freshman seasons ever in 2018-19. NBA Draft 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of trades, news, notes and more NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Warriors actively looking to acquire more picks Related News Williamson, 18, will step into an interesting situation in New Orleans. The Pelicans have agreed to send star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.New Orleans suddenly has an influx of young talent, and Williamson will likely be the face of the franchise from day one.Williamson is expected to play a pivotal role in transforming last year’s 33-49 Pelicans into a title contender in the coming years.last_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan first Big Ten team in 50-plus years to reach finals

first_imgCinderella Michigan keeps rolling in the College World Series.The Wolverines, one of the last four teams to make this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament, clinched a spot the championship finals Friday with a 15-3 victory over Texas Tech in Omaha, Neb. They will face Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series beginning Monday. Henry, Kauffmann and reliever Jeff Criswell have been the only three pitchers used by Michigan during the College World Series. Criswell worked the final three innings Friday for the save.BENDER: Michigan puts Big Ten baseball on the map in OmahaMichigan’s unexpected run began with winning a regional hosted by defending champion Oregon State. The Wolverines then took down No. 1 overall seed UCLA in the super regionals. They are 3-0 in Omaha have lost just twice in the NCAA Tournament. UM is the first Big Ten school to make a College World Series final since Ohio State in 1966. The Buckeyes won the championship that year.Michigan (48-20) began the day in the driver’s seat. It needed to beat the Red Raiders just once to reach the finals, while Texas Tech needed to beat Michigan on Friday and Saturday in the double-elimination format. The Wolverines fell behind 3-2 in the top of the second inning but then took the lead in the bottom half and never looked back. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings and then blew the game open with five runs in the sixth. First baseman Jimmy Kerr became the first Wolverine to hit two home runs in a College World Series game, while center fielder Jesse Franklin added three hits and four RBIs. MORE: Full College World Series scheduleFormidable starting pitching by Tommy Henry and Karl Kauffmann has been key to the team’s dominance since the beginning of regional play. The duo has allowed 13 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings (2.13 ERA), with Kauffmann allowing three over six innings Friday to earn the win. Henry (Diamondbacks) and Kauffmann (Rockies) were selected 74th and 77th overall, respectively, in the 2019 MLB Draft.last_img read more

Orioles give MLB Draft’s top pick Adley Rutschman record $8.1M signing bonus

first_imgWe’ve got our man. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/Ig1Trh2hGf— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 24, 2019A switch-hitting catcher who throws right-handed, Rutschman signed his contract left-handed. Related News Officially an O. ✒️ #Birdland pic.twitter.com/qmgSRSpVSu— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 24, 2019Rutschman, 21, slashed .411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Beavers this season. He also threw out base stealers at a 48.1 percent rate.The Orioles are scheduled to present Rutschman at Camden Yards before Tuesday’s game against the Padres with a press conference and in-game introduction. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Rutschman received an MLB-record $8.1 million signing bonus. Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole had set the mark when he received an $8 million bonus from the Pirates as the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Mets fine, but do not suspend, Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas after incident with reporter Cardinals confirm Jordan Hicks has torn UCL Adley Rutschman is officially an Oriole.Baltimore on Monday signed the former Oregon State catcher and No. 1 draft pick ahead of the July 12 deadline to sign selections. Dodgers to extend protective netting after latest fan injurylast_img read more

Rangers’ Mike Minor unhappy he might be moved: ‘It’s almost like I signed just so they could trade me’

first_img“That’s part of the game. That’s something that, as a player, you have to deal with every year, basically,” Woodward said (via MLB Network on SiriusXM). “As a staff member, all you can do is try to keep (the trade rumors) internal. Try to keep the noise out and say ‘Hey, when things happen, they happen. It’s out of your control. So, we might as well go out there and try to win each game and not worry about that.’ Not have that hanging over us.“But, it is there. I’m not afraid to address it. I’m not going to ignore.”Chris Woodward on @JonMorosi’s report that “Mike Minor is increasingly likely to be traded”:”We’ve got to accept that, and embrace that, and move on with our day.”https://t.co/C5ybqaXqth@Rangers | #Rangers | #TogetherWe pic.twitter.com/Sh91BKwuGY— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 17, 2019The Brewers and Phillies are both interested in Minor, according to MLB Network. MLB trade rumors: Phillies have been ‘in contact with every team that has pitching available’ MLB trade rumors: Potential sleeper moves Astros, Yankees, Phillies could make to bolster rotations Mike Minor is not happy his name has surfaced in trade rumors.The 31-year-old starter discussed a recent report that said the Rangers are “increasingly likely” to deal him before the July 31 deadline when he met with reporters Wednesday. “I feel like ever since I signed it’s been a topic,” Minor said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s almost like I signed just so they could trade me.”The left-hander made his first All-Star team earlier this month and is in the middle of a career season. He holds an 8-4 record with a 2.73 ERA in 19 starts so far in 2019. Related News Minor signed a three-year, $28 million deal with Texas in December 2017. He said he also thought he might be moved after the 2018 season. The Rangers entered play Thursday five games out of the second American League wild-card spot with a 50-46 record.“We’ve been playing well all season,” Minor said. “Anytime that we lose a couple games, they’re supposedly ready to deal guys when we have 2 1/2 months left in the season.“I don’t think that it helps when I go home and I have neighbors asking me about it, too.”Rangers manager Chris Woodward said earlier this week the team has to focus on ignoring the speculation. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers could make ‘a strong play’ for Royals reliever Jake Diekmanlast_img read more

New Year’s swimming meeting entitled “H2O 2012”

first_imgThe second swimming meeting under the title ”H2O 2012” will be held on the 22nd December at the Olympic swimming pool  Otoka. The organizer of this second swimming meeting in Sarajevo is the Swimming club ”H2O” from Sarajevo.The New Year’s swimming meeting will host more than twenty swimming clubs. The organizers of this event expect more that 500 contestants. The opening ceremony for this event is planned for Saturday, the 22nd December, at 09:45 a.m., while the official competition starts at 10:30 a.m.All swimming pools will be available for other visitors during the Swimming meeting ”H2O 2012”, so that both the competition and usual visitors can enjoy the services of the Olympic swimming pool Otoka.last_img read more

Marko Mišić is the new player of Vitez

first_imgFootball club ‘Vitez’ has managed to qualify to BIH Premier League by becoming the first team of the First League of FBiH and now they are planning to acquire new players, reports sportsport.baTheir newest addition to the team is Marko Mišić, who used to play for Olimpic from Sarajevo.This 20 year old midfielder left Olimpic because he was not satisfied with the number of minutes he spent playing and now he’s moving to Vitez.Mišić added that he hopes Vitez will play well in the Premier League and that it will achieve good results.last_img read more

Victory of B&H Football Representation Over Ivory Coast

first_imgB&H football representation won over Ivory Coast during a friendly match played in St. Louis. The result of the match is 2:1.Edin Džeko scored both goals in 17th minute and 53rd minute, while the scorer for Ivory Coast was Didier Drogba in 90th minute.B&H football players with the victory over Ivory Coast successfully started the American tournament in terms of preparations for the performance in World Championship in Brazil.B&H players most of the time played better than the opponents and created more scoring opportunities, especially by the end of the first  half.Misimović had the first chance in the 11 minute but he did not respond well and 6 minute later B&H team managed to lead. Džeko scored a goal 6 minutes later.Džeko had a new opportunity to score in the 42 minute when he shoots into an empty goal.The second half started good for B&H team, which in the 53 minute scored the second goal.The best player of the Ivory Coast, Yaya Toure did not play in this match due to injuries and the bigest star of the team Dider Drogba entered the match in 63 minute.  He had immediately two opportunites to score but the goalkeeper Asmir Begović reacted well. Anyway, Drogba in 90 minute succeed to score and to conclude the result of the match 2:1.B&H players for this match were: Begović, Šunjić, Spahić (from 81. Hadžić), Vranješ (from 64. Mujdža), Kolašinac (from 19. Salihović), Bešić, Pjanić, Hajrović (from 74. Vršajević), Misimović (from 61. Medunjanin), Višća, Džeko (from 61. Ibišević).The next match of B&H representation is on 4 June against Mexico in Chicago.(Source: Fena)last_img read more