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U.S. confirms Indiana native Kassig slain by ISIL

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first_imgAbdul Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, was taken captive by ISIL in October 2013.INDIANAPOLIS – The death of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, was confirmed by U.S. officials Sunday.A video released by Islamic State militants surfaced showing the beheading of the Indiana native.The 26-year-old was an Army veteran who returned to the Middle East to provide aid to Syrian refugees.Kassig was taken captive in October 2013.His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, said in a statement Sunday, “The family respectfully asks that the news media avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands and refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers.”“We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause.”President Barack Obama offered condolences to the family calling the actions by the terrorist group “pure evil.”last_img read more

Football News Thierry Henry, Arsenal and France football legend suspended as coach of Monaco

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first_img“I am also expecting a striker,” he added when discussing his desire to reinforce the squad ahead of next week’s closing of the transfer window. Henry’s fate drew some sympathy from other stars.’Somewhat disrespectful’          “See that @ThierryHenry has been suspended from his coaching duties at Monaco whilst the club decides what to do with him. Seems a tad humiliating and somewhat disrespectful to treat an absolute legend that way. If you’re going fire him, then fire him,” tweeted former England and Barcelona star Gary Lineker.Monaco are two points behind Dijon, who are 18th and a further point from safety, after collecting only three wins from 21 matches, and crashed out of Europe early after finishing bottom of Champions League Group A with just a single point.               Their miserable form under Henry culminated in a humiliating 3-1 French Cup defeat to second-tier Metz on Tuesday and a 5-1 home Ligue 1 hammering by Strasbourg last weekend, during which the tension surrounding Henry began to show.               Henry was forced to apologise after being caught calling Strasbourg defender Kenny Lala’s grandmother “a whore” after he delayed a throw-in with the score still 2-1.          Monaco have brought in players in the transfer window but Henry’s former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas — who arrived from Chelsea — was at fault for Strasbourg’s third, while fellow new arrival Naldo left them with an uphill battle after being sent off in the seventh minute. However escape from the relegation zone is possible as the two sides immediately outside the bottom three — Caen and Amiens — face Champions League-chasing Montpellier and Lyon and can be caught should the pair lose to their high-flying opponents and Monaco beat Dijon. Paris: Thierry Henry was suspended from his role as coach of struggling Ligue 1 side Monaco with the former French international striker expected to be quickly axed. “Henry has been suspended until a definitive decision is made,” Monaco said in a statement on Thursday, adding assistant coach Franck Passi would oversee training on Friday ahead of their trip to fellow strugglers Dijon. Henry, 41, was suspended by Monaco, who are second-from-bottom in the French top division with 15 points, after the former Arsenal and France striker earned the Principality club just two league wins since his arrival in October. He took up the post with the 2017 French champions in October following the sacking of title-winner Leonardo Jardim but failed to improve on the poor start to the campaign by his predecessor.         Ironically, Jardim was already being tipped on Thursday as Henry’s successor as Monaco battle to beat the drop. The club’s decision to dispose off Henry would have come as a shock if his comments at his scheduled weekly news conference earlier in the day were any indication.   “My future is not a problem,” Henry told reporters. However, his anticipated departure will not come cheap. He was reported to be earning an estimated 3.2 million euros a year. With two and a half years still left on his contract, Monaco’s owners face having to pay out another eight million as compensation. Henry was also believed to have upset the club hierarchy with some of his public comments. “When I arrived, the club was in a mess, I tried to do a lot of things which you did not see,” he said Thursday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Henry took over as coach of Monaco in October.Henry was forced to apologise for insulting a player’s grandmother.Monaco are two points behind Dijon, who are 18th.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_imgGarland’s injury is a big blow to the Coyotes as they fight for their first playoff appearance since reaching the 2012 Western Conference Final. Arizona has 74 points through Saturday’s games, two behind the final Western Conference playoff spot. The Coyotes play at Winnipeg on Monday.MLB-NEWSRangers’ Calhoun hit in mouth by fastball, taken to hospitalUNDATED (AP) — — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was hit in the mouth by a fastball Sunday and taken to a hospital. The left-handed hitting Calhoun crumbled after being struck in the jaw by a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias in the first inning of a spring training game. Calhoun fell on his back, put his hands over his face and was eventually carried off on a cart. The Rangers said he was taken to a hospital. A fourth-round pick by the Dodgers in 2015, Calhoun was acquired by Texas in a trade for Yu Darvish in 2017 and established himself in the Rangers’ lineup last year.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 9 Maryland tops No. 25 Michigan 83-70UNDATED (AP) — Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, and the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 25 Michigan 83-70 to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Associated Press Coyotes’ Garland week to week with lower-body injuryGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes leading scorer Conor Garland has left the team after he suffered a lower-body injury against Calgary.The Coyotes said Sunday that Garland has returned to Arizona while the team continues its trip through western Canada. He is listed as week to week.Garland was injured in Friday’s 3-2 loss when he collided with Flames goalie Cam Talbot.The 23-year-old right wing leads the Coyotes with 22 goals and is third with 39 points in 68 games. He had 13 goals and five assists in 47 games as a rookie last season. — The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez on waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The 31-year-old was 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 89 games in the last three seasons with Boston, including 19 starts. Velazquez will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ staff. One candidate, right-hander Evan Phillips, will begin the season on the injured list due to right elbow soreness.— New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez says his sore back is improving, but he’s still out of the lineup. Sanchez didn’t take batting practice Saturday or Sunday. He isn’t on the travel roster for Monday’s road game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.— Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander felt soreness in his triceps and made an early exit from an exhibition start Sunday, and the AL Cy Young Award winner was headed for more tests. Verlander was set to pitch four innings against the New York Mets. But with his velocity down from his previous start, Verlander was pulled after two scoreless innings. The 37-year-old Verlander was slowed by a groin injury earlier in spring training. Verlander was dominant last year, going 21-6 for the Astros and leading the majors in wins. He also pitched the most innings in baseball and struck out a career-high 300.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBahrain Grand Prix, world soccer among events hit by virus PITTSBURGH (AP) — Morgan Geekie scored twice and added an assist in his NHL debut and Justin Williams added two third-period goals and the Carolina Hurricanes surged past the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 on Sunday.Jake Gardiner added a goal and an assist and Jaccob Slavin also scored for the Hurricanes, who pulled into a tie with Columbus and the New York Islanders for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference. Columbus plays in Vancouver on Sunday night.Alex Nedeljkovic (nuh-DEHL’-koh-vihch) stopped 28 shots to earn the second win of his career for Carolina.Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh and Tristan Jarry finished with 30 saves but the listless Penguins capped a miserable weekend at home by losing for the second time in 24 hours to teams they’re scrapping with for positioning in the crowded Metropolitan Division.NHL-COYOTES-GARLAND INJURED Antetokounmpo ranks third in the NBA in scoring with 29.6 points per game and fourth in rebounding with 13.7. He also averages 5.8 assists.In other NBA action:— Jrue Holiday just missed his second triple-double against Minnesota in less than a week, putting up a season-high 37 points and adding nine rebounds and eight assists for New Orleans. The Pelicans beat the Timberwolves 120-107. Zion Williamson scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, and Lonzo Ball had 18 points and eight assists to help the Pelicans start a four-game road trip on the right note. The Pelicans passed Portland for 10th place in the Western Conference and pulled back within four games of eighth-place Memphis. Sacramento is in ninth place. Malik Beasley had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves.NHL-HURRICANES-PENGUINSHurricanes hammer listless Penguins 6-2center_img Eric Ayala scored 19, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins added 15 points for the Terps. Cowan, a senior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and hit six free throws in the final minute.Maryland moved into a first-place tie with Wisconsin, and Michigan State had a chance to make it a three-way deadlock by defeating Ohio State later on Sunday. If two or more teams tie atop the standings at the end of the season, it is a shared championship.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Quentin Grimes added 17 points and No. 21 Houston defeated Memphis 64-57. Grimes had 15 second-half points, which led a 17-2 run for the Cougars. Nate Hinton had 13 points for Houston, which shot 34% overall including 48% in the second half. The Cougars will finish at least in a tie for second in the American Athletic Conference. Precious Achiuwa had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lester Quinones added 10 points for Memphis.NBA-BUCKS-ANTETOKOUNMPO INJURY Antetokounmpo has knee sprain, will miss at least 2 gamesPHOENIX (AP) — Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has a minor knee sprain and will miss at least the Milwaukee Bucks’ next two games.The Bucks said Sunday that Antetokounmpo had an MRI and was examined by team doctor William Raasch. The evaluation showed a minor joint capsule sprain of Antetokounmpo’s left knee.The 6-foot-11 forward will miss the two remaining games on the Bucks’ trip — Sunday at Phoenix and Monday at Denver. His status for the Bucks’ home game Thursday against Boston will be determined later.Antetokounmpo took a hard fall late in a 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. He remained in the game but appeared to be limping as he walked off the court afterward. Update on the latest sports March 8, 2020 SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix on March 22 has been closed to spectators due to the global virus outbreak, but it won’t be postponed like the Chinese round of the championship.The F1 season is set to begin with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15. China was scheduled to hold the fourth race of the season on April 19, but that was postponed due to the virus outbreak and no new date has been set.The Bahraini organizers’ decision comes as the wider sporting world battles turmoil caused by the new coronavirus. Soccer, golf, skiing, marathons and Olympic qualifying tournaments have all been disrupted.Japan’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament started Sunday without spectators, and with wrestlers arriving in face masks. One of Italian soccer’s biggest games was being played Sunday in an empty stadium. The Alpine skiing World Cup Finals, Italian cycling races and the women’s ice hockey world championships have all been canceled.last_img read more

Saints, Peat agree on 5-year contract

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first_imgPeat’s versatility has been useful to New Orleans, which converted him to a guard but has continued to also use him as a substitute tackle as needed.Peat has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons and has contributed to an offense that has averaged an NFL-best 394.8 yards per game during the past five seasons.Last season he started at guard in all 10 regular-season games in which he played as well as in New Orleans’ lone playoff game.___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press March 20, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints free agent left guard Andrus Peat has agreed to a five-year contract keeping him in New Orleans, general manager Mickey Loomis said Friday. A person familiar with the contract said it is worth a total of $57.5 million — an average of $11.5 million per season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been released.The Saints drafted the 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat 13th overall in 2015 out of Stanford, where he was a two-year starter at left tackle. Saints, Peat agree on 5-year contractlast_img read more

F-M girls golfers sweep Liverpool, improve to 11-0

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first_imgIn their own manners, girls golf teams at Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy managed to stay undefeated despite the strong challenges from league foes.F-M, who survived a close call with Liverpool May 1, only prevailing by two shots (176-178), would meet them again a week later at Liverpool Country Club, and fought through wind, rain and wet conditions to beat the Warriors a second time.The 190-197 decision mirrored the first match in that Liverpool’s Mia and Natalya Avotins would set the individual pace, Mia posting a 41 for nine holes and Natalya posting a 44. But the next six best rounds came from F-M, starting with Bailey Wallace’s 45. Justine Burness had a 47, with Lucy Fowler and Kira Graves both posting 49. Ashley Carter had a 50 and Elly Hulslander a 51 in front of the third-best Liverpool round of 55 from Hanna Dombroski.Before this, F-M won twice, first by handling Cicero-North Syracuse’s Blue team 175-204 last Monday at Green Lakes.Burness won the individual race with a 39, with Wallace (42) and Hulslander (46) completing a top-three sweep ahead of the Northstars’ Amy Krohl, who had a 47. Fowler had a 48, with Carter (50) and Alexandra Egnaczyk (52) close behind. Then F-M rolled past West Genesee 168-224 on Wednesday, another tremendous group effort where Burness and Wallace both shot 39, while Fowler had a 44. Hulslander and Graves both finished at 46 and Carter added a 48.When CBA, 7-0 going into last Monday’s match with Marcellus at Tuscarora, got pushed hard by the Mustangs, the Brothers relied on its depth to earn its eighth straight win by a two-stroke margin, 230-232.The 56s shot by Elizabeth Lucas and Isabella Meade trailed the 52 by Marcellus’ Grace Alexander. Consistent rounds by Megan Mitchell (59), Sophia Matthews (60), Bronte Stahl (61) and Kendall Koloski (62) gave CBA work to do.Yet the Brothers pulled it out because Annie Kilmartin and Hanna Kang both shot 59, with Aubrey Mills adding a 63 and Makenna Schultz contributing a 65.Jamesville-DeWitt, still setting the pace in the SCAC Empire division, went head-to-head with Auburn last Monday at Butternut Creek and defeated the Maroons 170-186.As she has done all season, Lena Jones led the Red Rams, her 39 three shots ahead of the 42 from Sophia Ferris. Sophie Lesch shot a 42 of her Auburn, but Eden Shiomos had a 44 and Kelli Palumbo a 45 to help J-D pull away.Bishop Grimes lost, 251-287, to Skaneateles last Monday at Skaneateles Country Club, but turned it around a day later at Camillus Country Club, the Cobras defeating Westhill 249-254.The difference came at the top, where Brina Deppoliti, shooting a 51 for Grimes, was six strokes ahead of the Warriors’ Kate Vaughan. Abby Fletcher added a 62.Grimes made it back-to-back wins on Thursday by taking out Chittenango 237-250. At Erie Village, Deppoliti again led the way, her 53 eight shots ahead of the Bears’ duo of Carolyn Myka and Anastasia Joynt.In boys golf, the big match of the week on Friday pitted Manlius-Pebble Hill against undefeated Marcellus at Sunset Ridge on a windy Friday afternoon.Here, the Trojans took its first loss of the season, a 214-230 decision where Grant Lewis shot the low individual round of 36, edging out Johnny Gruninger’s total of 37.Marcellus also got a 37, from David Bosak, plus five other rounds of 47 or lower ahead of the Trojans’ third-lowest total from Tommy Wildhack, who had a 49. Brendan O’Malley had a 53 and Max Fung added a 55.Before that, MPH went through the rain last Tuesday to beat Jordan-Elbridge 228-259. Gruninger finished with a 34, edging out Lewis (35) as they both were well clear of the 46 shot by the Eagles’ Jeremy MelfiBishop Grimes met Pulaski last Monday and lost, 229-240, to the Blue Devils. Anthony Falgiatano shot a 37 for the Cobras, just behind the 35 from Pulaski’s Chris Olson.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: CBAF-MGirls golfJ-DMPHlast_img read more

Men’s soccer: Wisconsin avenges last season’s loss to Marquette in 1-0 victory

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first_imgSometimes it’s not the amount of chances you get, it’s the number of chances you can capitalize on.That must be how the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team feels the day after their 1-0 victory over in-state rival Marquette University.The Badgers were outshot 15-7 in the match, including a 4-3 deficit of shots on goal. Plenty of Marquette’s chances came on corner kicks, a category in which the Golden Eagles held an 8-2 advantage over Wisconsin. The win elevated the Badgers’ record to an impressive 6-2-1 overall, officially surpassing their five-win total from the team’s 2015 campaign.The lone goal of the match came at the 21:30 mark in the first half, when junior midfielder Mike Catalano put his only attempt of the game into the back of the net. The score came on a counter-attack catalyzed by senior midfielder Brian Hall, who found a racing Catalano carving through the Golden Eagles’ defense.The strike marked Catalano’s third consecutive match with at least one point recorded. The junior also scored a goal in UW’s 2-0 win over St. Louis University Tuesday, and also recorded an assist against Big Ten foe Rutgers University last weekend.Men’s Soccer: Badgers cruise in a rebound win over St. LouisThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team returned home Tuesday in a solid 2-0 non-conference win over Saint Louis University. The Badgers (4-2-1, 2-1-0 Read…The Badgers also managed to continue their defensive hot streak. The shutout against Marquette marked the team’s third consecutive game of holding an opponent scoreless. Wednesday’s clean sheet was the fourth of the season for starting goalkeeper Phillip Schilling, who was forced into delivering three saves on the night.Though the final product was a scoreless effort, UW’s defense was still tested throughout the night. This became especially clear at the end of the match, when the Badgers conceded two free kicks in the final minute of play.Junior midfielder Alex Masbruch saved the first, while the second sailed safely over the net for the Badgers to end the game with their 1-0 lead intact. The rivals played each other with grit for the entirety of the match, with each team recording a total of 10 fouls before the final whistle. But neither team was charged with even a single booking as both squads showed outstanding sportsmanship by moving on after chippy plays.The Badgers now turn their focus to their next matchup against No. 21 Michigan State University on the road in East Lansing Sunday. Having won three consecutive games, the Badgers will certainly look to bank on their recent momentum as they head into a hostile environment to take on a ranked Spartans team.last_img read more

Ivorian Legend Offers To Help Russia, FIFA Fight Against Racism Ahead Of Next Year’s…

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first_imgIvorian legend Yaya Toure has offered his help to Russia and world football’s governing body FIFA in the fight against racism and discrimination.The Manchester City midfielder, who himself was the subject of racist chants when the citizens played CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in Russia in 2013, wants to help tackle the problem before next summer’s tournament.Yaya Toure, 34, was speaking during a short film to support a campaign tackling racism and discrimination.He said:“We have to see change because people have been talking but nothing has really been taken care of.”When asked in the film about his hopes for Russia 2018, Toure said:“If racism situations are going to be involved then it is going to be a big mess.“Everyone is talking about Russia maybe being a little bit difficult. But I hope that Russia surprises everybody by trying to make something very nice.”Toure, who speaks Russian very well, added:“I want to say to Fifa and to the government in Russia as well that if you need me I can help.“I don’t want to be involved in only talking.“I want to see action and people be real. These things are very important for the future of football.” he concluded. RelatedBoateng Disagrees With Yaya Toure On GuardiolaJune 7, 2018In “England””Fans Are More Stupid Than Before” – Yaya Toure On Football RacismDecember 20, 2019In “Africa”Yaya Toure Hints That Guardiola Is RacistJune 5, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Black Stars: Derek Boateng opens up about Sulley Muntari’s true character

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first_imgFormer Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has lauded Sulley Muntari for his heartfelt attitude during their time with the national team.Muntari was touted the “bad boy” in the Black Stars team despite his massive contributions on the field.It was believed the former Inter Milan and AC Milan star was always involved in undesirable actions in the Black Stars team with the famous being that of 2014 where the midfielder together with teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng was sacked from camp for what was described as a disruptive behavior.Despite the negative thoughts about the ex-Sunderland midfielder, Boateng claims his former teammate has been the most sincere player he ever came into contact with.“Sulley Ali Muntari is the most sincere Black stars player I worked with, he always wanted the best for his colleagues,” Boateng spoke to Starr FM.“He resisted a move by Black Stars officials to place local players in the economy class and foreign players in business class.”At age 35, Muntari is yet to announce his retirement from the National team despite failing to make an appearance since 2014. Source: Ghanasportsonline.comlast_img read more

Alexander: Lakers fans always remained confident

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first_imgThe world according to Jim:• If ever there were an indicator of just how confident Lakers fans have remained all through their playoff drought – and, yes, we’ve used the term “myopic” in This Space and undoubtedly will again – consider how the odds on next year’s NBA championship chase shifted when the Anthony Davis trade was announced Saturday.(Or, to the faithful, the moment Championship No. 17 was signed, sealed and delivered. No use preaching caution, though we’ll try anyway.)In the immediate aftermath of Toronto’s Game 6 and series victory over Golden State, the odds sent over by Jimmy Shapiro, the publicist for BetOnline.ag, listed Milwaukee as the early favorite at 9-2, followed by, in order, the Warriors at 5-1, the Lakers at 7-1, Toronto at 8-1, Houston at 9-1 and the Clippers at 12-1. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers (Kind of the same philosophy Jeanie Buss lives by, actually.)But it did happen (LeBron via free agency and Davis via trade), and now the team’s two stars can recruit fellow luminaries to join them in a way that no front office functionary ever could, legally or otherwise. …• Which is why Lakers fans should give thanks every night that Rich Paul has become the NBA’s new strongman. …• Here’s what I want to know: Did the person who reportedly placed a $10,000 bet on the Lakers at the Westgate Sportsbook on Saturday afternoon – at 5-1 odds, shortly before the news of the Davis trade broke – have advance knowledge? Or was he just one of the Lakers loyalists described above? …• Incidentally, remember when we couched talk of Vegas and odds and whatnot with “for entertainment purposes only?” Boy, have things changed. …• Leonard, by the way, was the center – centre? – of attention in the streets of Toronto on Monday morning, when an estimated 1.5 million people showed up to celebrate the Raptors’ championship. (How many of those people, do you suppose, have given up on a Maple Leafs’ parade?)Kawhi’s T-shirt, not surprisingly, said: “Board Man Gets Paid.” That is a certainty. And it will likely come down to the Raptors, whose fans made their best pitch Monday to convince Leonard to stay, and the Clippers. …Related Articles On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory • Any talk you hear about the Lakers being a factor should be discounted for two reasons: It will be tremendously difficult to hold off on consummating the Davis trade until the end of July, which would be their only avenue to having room for a max contract. And even though Leonard is less impressed with the trappings of stardom than anyone else of his stature, I don’t see him being a third wheel behind LeBron and A.D. …• Now, if I were Steve Ballmer, I would quietly reach out to the mayors of Riverside (Rusty Bailey) and Moreno Valley (Yxstian Gutierrez), the Inland Empire communities that claim Kawhi, just in case either or both wanted to throw their own celebration for him in the next two weeks. A parade float wouldn’t be tampering, would it? …• Meanwhile, from the department of desperately trying to stay relevant, LaMelo Ball went on ESPN on Monday afternoon to announce he will play pro ball in Australia next year, with an eye on next June’s draft.I’m sure LaVar will give us frequent updates, whether we like it or not.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The new odds, following the events of the weekend: Lakers 7-2, Milwaukee 7-1, Houston 9-1, and the Warriors, Raptors and Clippers all at 10-1. …• I’d say it’s early, but feel free to consider that 10-1 price on the Clippers. Or, if you want to live on the edge – such as the guy who put down a midseason $400 bet on the St. Louis Blues, then in last place, at 250-1 odds and will walk away with more than $93,000 after taxes following the Blues’ Stanley Cup run –  then take note: Memphis, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix and Washington are all 100-1 shots right now at this particular online parlor. …• Caesars Sportsbook also listed the Lakers at 7-2, followed by Milwaukee and the Clippers at 6-1.And it is important to keep in mind that in Vegas, there will always be a healthy amount of L.A. money being bet. Which raises the question: Should Kawhi Leonard become a Clipper, how much will that skew the odds? A lot? A little? Any? In other words, are there enough Clippers bettors to move the odds the way Lakers fans do? …• See, for six long years, Lakers fans banked on (distant) past performance being indicative of future results. Never mind the losses and lottery picks and rebuilds and organizational turmoil; the faithful were convinced the Lakers were going to get superstars, plural, in free agency because, well, that’s just what they do. And so what if free agents this decade were decidedly unmoved by all of those championship trophies overlooking the practice court? It was going to happen, just because they were the Lakers.last_img read more

Hurricanes troll Rangers fans, Don Cherry on Twitter after qualifying round sweep

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first_imgFirst, they went after Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux who back on Feb. 21, after New York’s 5-2 win in Raleigh, mocked the Hurricanes’ famous Storm Surge. The Carolina Hurricanes became the first NHL team to advance from the postseason qualifying round after sweeping the New York Rangers with a 4-1 win on Tuesday night. So, of course, their social media gurus — the masterminds behind the best Twitter account in the NHL — celebrated the win by rubbing it in some faces. Brendan Lemieux kicking off tonight’s Storm Surge!Thanks, buddy! pic.twitter.com/m0M5Wm95aU— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 5, 2020Then, they went after Ranger fans who had predicted a sweep by the Blueshirts — and included the famous Michael Jordan laughing meme.LOL pic.twitter.com/iNrX7ELAJ1— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 5, 2020And to finish off the three-peat, they shoved it in the face of their old friend Don Cherry, who famously called the team a “bunch of jerks” back in February 2019.Mood pic.twitter.com/VP4SJj48gs— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) August 5, 2020Carolina will now have a full week off as the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs first round doesn’t start until Aug. 11. They will face either the Bruins, Flyers, Capitals or Lightning who are already guaranteed spots after finishing the 2019-20 season as the top two seeds in each Eastern Conference division.last_img read more