In other virus-related developments:— The Florida Panthers have been told by the state Department of Health that a part-time employee at the team’s arena tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee tested positive on March 15 and is self-quarantined while receiving medical care.— The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a statement saying the decision was made “with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”— The National Women’s Soccer League is delaying the start of the regular season because of the coronavirus. The league announced Friday that it is imposing a moratorium on training through April 5. The season was slated to begin on April 18.— Formula One is setting up a series of virtual races to replace postponed or canceled Grand Prix events. The series says a “number of current F1 drivers” will take part in the races, with the first set for Sunday. — The Cowboys are bringing back several of their depth players, reaching agreements with linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March, Dallas also re-signed offensive lineman Joe Looney and worked out a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.MLB-NEWSJudge reveals he had collapsed lung, says rib improvingUNDATED — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has revealed he had a collapsed lung that has healed and said his broken rib is improving.Judge had a CT scan on Friday and he said it showed that a “pneumothorax came back completely gone.” UNDATED (AP) — Dayton star Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is the lone unanimous first-team choice to The Associated Press college basketball All-America team.Toppin is Dayton’s first first-team AP All-American after averaging 20 points. 7.0 rebounds and shooting 63% in a breakout season. The 6-foot-9 sophomore helped the third-ranked Flyers match the program’s highest ranking in the final AP Top 25.Toppin is joined on the first-team by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulldogs losing Edwards to NBA draft March 20, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUSA Swimming wants Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — The head of USA Swimming is calling for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.CEO Tim Hinchey has sent a letter to leadership at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urging it to push for a 12-month delay. In his letter, Hinchey noted the unimaginable disruptions athletes have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.The committee didn’t immediately respond to the letter. But earlier Friday, its leaders said there was no rush to postpone the Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTom Brady signs with BuccaneersUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.” The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.The deal guarantees $50 million and includes a $10 million signing bonus and $15 million salary for 2020. The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season. The aerial attack features a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.In other NFL news:— Running back Todd Gurley has accepted a contract with the Falcons, one day after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. The one-year, $6 million agreement was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal, who also says Gurley needs to pass a physical. Gurley rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams, but he ran for a career-low 857 yards last year. Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Yankees announced two weeks ago that Judge had a stress fracture to his first right rib. Judge says the bone is “healing the way it should be.”The 27-year-old didn’t play in any spring training games because of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.With opening day pushed back into mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.Also around the majors:— Hard-throwing Padres reliever Andres Munoz and minor leaguer Reggie Lawson have undergone Tommy John surgery. Munoz made his major league debut for San Diego last season, going 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 23 innings over 22 games. The 22-year-old Lawson was 3-1 with a 5.20 ERA in six starts with Double-A Amarillo last season before being shut down by elbow pain. The 21-year-old Harper just finished his senior season at Boston University matching his career high with 37 points and a career-best 14 goals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward finished 15th in the NCAA among all skaters averaging 1.16 points a game and was second on his team in points to David Farrance, also a Predators’ prospect.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-LAWSUITJudge says lawsuit filed by MSU football staffer should be dismissedDETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has recommended that a former Michigan State football staff member’s claims against former Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former school President Lou Anna Simon should be dismissed.Curtis Blackwell filed a lawsuit in November 2018 claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017. Dantonio, Hollis and Simon were named as defendants in the suit. Two MSU police detectives were also named as defendants. UNDATED (AP) — Georgia guard Anthony Edwards has announced his plans to enter the NBA draft after leading all NCAA freshmen in scoring.Edwards’ spot in the next NBA draft was expected even before he played his first game for the Bulldogs. The Atlanta product was one of the nation’s top recruits last season and has been regarded as one of the top draft prospects.The 6-foot-5 Edwards averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Bulldogs.In other college basketball news:— Loyola Marymount has hired Stan Johnson as its basketball coach, replacing Mike Dunlap. Johnson spent the last five years at Marquette, most recently as associate head coach. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019. He was also on coaching staffs at Arizona State, Drake, Utah and Cal State Northridge. Dunlap was dismissed on March 8 after going 81-108 in six seasons. Magistrate Judge Sally J. Berens said in a filing that the case against Dantonio, Hollis and Simon “appears to have been prosecuted for an improper purpose and should be dismissed.” Berens did not recommend dismissing the claims against the detectives.BASKETBALL-OBIT-ERICKSONFormer Bucks GM, Wisconsin coach diesLENEXA, Kansas (AP) — Former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach John Erickson has died at 92.Erickson served as the Bucks’ general manager from 1968-70. He was in that role when the Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns and earned the right to select eventual NBA career scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, with the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — North Florida and men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2025. Driscoll has spent the last 11 seasons at UNF and led the Ospreys to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. He is 184-179 at UNF, with 105 of those wins coming in Atlantic Sun Conference play.— UAB has hired former Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy to lead its basketball program, giving him a six-year contract. The school didn’t disclose contract details, and the hiring pends official approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Kennedy replaces Robert Ehsan, who lasted four seasons as the Blazers head coach.NHL-PREDATORS-HARPERPredators sign prospect to entry-level dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract. — The LPGA Tour commissioner has provided a little hope amid more postponements. He says the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-13. The LPGA’s first major in the California desert had been scheduled for April 2-5. It’s the first postponed LPGA event to be rescheduled.— All rugby in England below the top-flight Premiership has been canceled for the season. The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union says the decision was taken “to assist with long-term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change” during the virus outbreak.— The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down Friday amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AP ALL-AMERICANSToppin a unanimous All-American — The Bills have confirmed they are acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Vikings. The trade was agreed to Monday and announced Friday by both teams. Minnesota gets four draft choices, including the 22nd overall in the upcoming draft. Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years.— The Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Eric Ebron, giving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another proven red zone target. Ebron reached the Pro Bowl in 2018 while catching 13 touchdowns but was limited most of last season while battling an ankle injury. The Steelers also agreed to terms with guard Stefen Wisniewski, a Pittsburgh native.— The Broncos have worked out a two-year deal with former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has three dozen rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons and 47 touchdowns overall. Gordon totaled 908 scrimmage yards after recording over 1,200 scrimmage yards in three straight seasons from 2016 to ’18.— Saints left guard Andrus Peat has agreed to a five-year, $57.5 million contract that keeps him in New Orleans. The package virtually ensures the entire 2019 starting offensive line will return.— Defensive end Everson Griffen and his agent say they were unable to come to contract terms with the Vikings due to salary-cap constraints. Griffen is the longest-tenured player on the Vikes, having played 10 seasons in purple and recording eight sacks in 2019.
JAMAICA’s Briana Williams has ended her successful career as a junior and will now focus on making the transition to the senior ranks.Williams, 17, confirmed her decision on her Facebook page on Sunday after winning a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the Pan Am U20 Championships in Costa Rica. She won a gold medal in the 100m on Friday night, despite being hampered by a sore ankle.“Tonight I ran my last race as a junior for Jamaica,” said Williams who won the sprint double at the 2018 U20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland.“It’s time for me to step aside and allow the next generation of Jamaican girls to represent the black, green and gold at the junior level as I transition exclusively to the seniors. I’m grateful to all of you who have made me feel so welcome as a Jamaican ambassador and athlete.”Coached by Ato Boldon, himself a world junior champion, Williams has enjoyed an outstanding career as a junior athlete.In March 2018, she ran 11.13s in Jacksonville, a world record for 15-year-olds. Between 2018 and 2019, she won six gold medals at the Carifta Games winning the coveted Austin Sealy Award in each year.So far in 2019, she won the NACAC U18 title and the Pan Am U20 title.Williams also set a Jamaican U18 and U20 record of 10.94 when she finished third at the Jamaican national championships on June 21. The time was also a World U18 record.(Sportsmax)
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm Contact Liam: firstname.lastname@example.org Syracuse’s players will be watching the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament from their couches next week.But just days removed from the last game of SU’s season, head coach Leigh Ross is already looking to next year.“You’re always as a coach thinking about the next year,” Ross said. “You never really dwell on what’s happening right now because you know changes that you need to make.”In spite of its losing record, Syracuse (20-26, 4-13 ACC) was only one win away from qualifying for the ACC tournament and the head coach plans on using this year’s disappointing season as a learning experience for her team. With the team only losing three players to graduation, next year looks more promising, Ross said.The team swept its last three games of the season against Virginia, but with only one other conference win outside its last series, it didn’t matter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was more mental stuff for us and not holding on to early leads that killed us (early in the season),” Ross said. “I think we started pushing past that toward the end of the season, so maybe if we had a few more games, or had gotten more in earlier without the weather affecting it, things would’ve been different.”Syracuse had three games against Boston College (25-22, 4-14) and North Carolina State (32-19, 13-8), who sat at the bottom and middle of the ACC standings respectively, each cancelled due to weather and field conditions. All six were winnable games that SU could have used to propel itself into conference tournament play.Three of Syracuse’s home conference matchups against Louisville were moved to Louisville because SU Softball Stadium was unfit to play on. Although SU remained the home team on paper, Ross said that having more games at home would have built more confidence.Jocelyn Cater pitched 182 and two-thirds of 293 and two-thirds possible innings for the Orange, carrying a pitching staff wracked with injury. With Sydney O’Hara and AnnaMarie Gatti sidelined for large chunks of the season, Ross thought Cater took a big step forward this season by embracing the role of power pitcher and “workhorse.”“She’s got another year, and in a way, if she had to be challenged and pushed to her limits,” Ross said, “this year was probably the year the way it went with everything else.”The only two holes moving into next year are left by graduating catcher Julie Wambold and centerfielder Mary Dombrowksi. But with a recruiting class of seven players coming in, Ross emphasized that “no one should feel safe” in what seems to be an open competition for starting spots. Five of the seven recruits will look to contribute immediately, Ross said, namely “big-hitter” Andrea Bombace, “all-around athlete” Hannah Dossett and “defensively stellar” Sophie Blasius.“Being associated with ACC has brought us to a new level (with recruiting),” Ross said. “What I think we learned this year is we need to play at that level. We have the kids to do it, we just need to go out and do it now.” Comments
Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has noted that it, is too early to judge Alvaro Morata’s impact at Chelsea.The £70m signing made his debut for Chelsea in the 3-2 pre-season friendly loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, coming on as a second half substitute in the 63rd minute.“It’s too early to speak about the impact of Morata,”“He has only been with us for two days and he needs time to work and find his feet and to understand our way of playing.” Conte told reporters after the game. RelatedMorata Not Fit Enough, Must Improve Quickly – ConteAugust 1, 2017In “England”Chelsea Midfielder Ruled Out Of Action For ‘Another Three Weeks’October 13, 2017In “England”Antonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England” The 23-year old striker couldn’t make it a dream debut by finding the back of the net but provided the assist for Chelsea’s second goal with a flicked header for Batshuayi to tap home.Conte continued: “But he showed a will to win, to fight and adapt to our style of play. For us, he’s a good buy. We need to give him time to adapt, but we must be pleased with his performance today.”Bayern Munich went 3-0 up inside 26 minutes against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup game, as the introduction of Morata proved too little too late for the Blues, who eventually lost 3-2.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to be expecting,” Mattingly said. “I always look at it like, we win with this club right here; right as it stands, we can win. That’s the way I look at it. I think any time you say you would be disappointed if you don’t get something, that means you’re saying you don’t like the guys that you have.”That’s not happening, Mattingly said.“And I really don’t want to be that guy saying, ‘I don’t like my club,’” he said. “I like my club and I think we’re capable the way we stand. That being said, always there’s rumors and speculation and like everybody else, you look at it and you wonder what’s going on.”Right fielder Yasiel Puig’s name has surfaced in trade rumors. But Mattingly said no one has come to him to say a deal with Puig might be in the works. He wouldn’t rule it out, though.“I kind of feel like everybody’s always available, if you really look at it,” Mattingly said. “But there has been no talk between the front office and me saying, ‘Well, we’re going to do this (with Puig),’ or, ‘We’re trying to do this.’” Puig had played in just 53 of 100 games before Tuesday because of hamstring issues. He was batting just .253 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 194 at-bats. He hit .296 with 16 home runs and 69 RBIs in 2014. The Dodgers are one of many teams interested in Phillies right-hander Cole Hamels, who this past Saturday threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.In Tuesday’s game, Gray allowed the Dodgers only three hits. He struck out nine and walked just one in moving to 11-4 on the season and lowering his ERA to 2.16. He threw 110 pitches.Brett Anderson (5-6) took the loss. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, struck out two and walked one.The first-place Dodgers (56-45) have lost three in a row, but were able to retain their half-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Giants were defeated by Milwaukee 5-2.Oakland (45-56) snapped a four-game losing streak. The A’s got on the scoreboard in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Billy Butler. Josh Reddick hit a home run — his 13th — to right field in the top of the seventh inning for a 2-0 A’s lead.Gray retired the first 11 Dodgers before Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right with two outs in the fourth inning. He went nowhere. Alberto Callaspo took Gray near the right-field fence before Reddick hauled in his drive for the final out of the fifth.Howie Kendrick singled leading off the bottom of the seventh, but could get no further than second base, Gray striking out Puig on a 94-mph fastball for the third out.Kendrick, who had two of the three Dodger hits, came to the Dodgers this season in a trade with the Angels. While with the Angels, Kendrick got to know Gray well.“He just does what he normally does,” Kendrick said. “He gets guys out. He’s working quick, and he did his job. He kept us off the board. … He threw a lot of strikes. We hit some balls hard right at guys, but the guy’s one of the best pitchers in the league and he got outs when he needed them.“He didn’t really have many guys on base; I think he walked one.”For Anderson, it was his first start since coming out of his most recent start — July 21 at Atlanta — in the third inning with irritation in his left Achilles. He was late covering first on a potential double-play ball in the first inning, but he was otherwise pleased with his work.“Unfortunately,” Anderson said, “it wasn’t enough against an All-Star pitcher and one of the best pitchers in the game.” The non-waiver trade deadline for Major League Baseball is Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific time. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would rather focus on the task at hand, which Tuesday was an interleague game against the Oakland A’s. But he couldn’t get away from the hoopla this time of the season creates.Before the Dodgers went out and were defeated 2-0 by Sonny Gray and the A’s before 50,182 at Dodger Stadium, Mattingly fielded the inevitable questions. Since the Dodgers are on the lookout for another starting pitcher, he was queried as to whether he’d be bummed out if one didn’t make his way to L.A.• Photos: Dodgers lose 2-0 at home to OaklandNot surprisingly, he was careful in his response.
Maeda differs from Blanton, Morrow and Koehler in an important way, however. His predecessors’ careers as starting pitchers had played out. The 30-year-old Maeda has made it clear to the Dodgers that he still sees himself as a starter and Friedman said the Dodgers affirmed to Maeda that they also see him returning to the starting rotation at some point in the future – though not likely this year.Maeda has financial reasons to be reluctant to make the move. He will take a paycut by moving to the bullpen.Maeda’s incentive-laden contract includes a relatively low base salary of $3 million annually and a series of bonuses tied to games started and innings pitched that are weighted to life as a starting pitcher. In 2016, he made $8.9 million in bonuses alone. Last year, he added $4.9 million to his base salary. This year, he has reached only $2.65 million in bonuses and figures to add another $500,000 in innings bonus at most while pitching out of the bullpen.Maeda declined to answer any questions about the financial hit he will be taking by moving to the bullpen. The Dodgers could adjust his contract to include bonuses more relevant to a reliever but not until the offseason (and with the approval of the players’ union and MLB).“We have a lot of respect for Kenta and have had a lot of open and honest discussions, starting in Colorado,” Friedman said. “To his credit, his mindset is he wants to get back to and win the World Series this year and I think he fully understands our thought process and appreciates what we did in 2016 and 2017 (to get him to bonus markers) and knows that this was not financially motivated whatsoever.”UP NEXTPadres (LHP Clayton Richard, 7-10, 5.11 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 5-4, 3.73 ERA), Friday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Kenta Maeda’s success out of the bullpen last October and the ability to shift him from the rotation to a relief role again this month was one of the reasons the Dodgers didn’t more urgently pursue bullpen help at the non-waiver trade deadline. How that move plays out could be the difference between the team winning the NL West or missing the postseason entirely. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES — It is the decision that might have doomed the Dodgers’ season.As the trade deadline approached a month ago, bullpen help was clearly the team’s greatest need. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi have both acknowledged this. But the team chose to spend its resources – seven prospects, one big-league player and the limited space the Dodgers had left under the luxury-tax threshold – on offense, trading for infielders Manny Machado and Brian Dozier and adding only John Axford to the bullpen (for 3-1/3 innings before a fractured leg bone sent him to the DL).The bullpen has only become a larger and more costly deficiency in the weeks since the non-waiver trade deadline passed. So the question has grown more important – why didn’t the Dodgers do more to address it at the deadline?“Obviously, relievers were front of mind for us and something we spent a lot of time on with other teams, trying to line up on a guy or guys that made sense,” Friedman said earlier this week. “At that time, as we looked ahead to the guys we were going to get back from injury … as we looked ahead to our starters who might end up in the bullpen as we got guys back from injury, that put us in position to be selective. So we had certain guys identified. We were aggressive targeting. It just didn’t line up – which is when we switched gears to Dozier and had the idea let’s make our offense better which in turn will relieve some pressure when we can tack on runs. “Our whole point is looking forward. We should feel good that it will come together and be good,” Friedman said of the Dodgers’ bullpen.Kenta Maeda is one of the in-house reasons the Dodgers are optimistic that a functional bullpen can be assembled out of the current dysfunctional mess.A key tool in Friedman’s largely successful past history of bullpen-building has been the ability to identify and acquire “conversion candidates” – starting pitchers who can be even more successful as relievers. Joe Blanton and Brandon Morrow were those guys in the Dodgers’ bullpen the past two seasons. They hoped Tom Koehler would be that guy this season (but a spring shoulder injury scuttled his season).Maeda checks a lot of those same boxes.“I think having an out pitch is critical. In Kenta’s case, he has two with the split(-fingered changeup) and the slider,” Friedman said of what he looks for in a conversion candidate. “And then one unknown is whether the velocity will play up or not. Everyone assumes it will with everybody, but it doesn’t tend to happen.“He’s a really good major-league starting pitcher. When you take a guy who is a good major-league starting pitcher and shorten him up, we think he can be even better in that role. So we think the ceiling is really high for what he can do in that role.”Maeda’s velocity does play up in a relief role, as was obvious last fall when he moved to the bullpen during the postseason.“Can he? Absolutely,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if Maeda could finally be the replacement for Morrow his bullpen has lacked all season.“One part of it is the ability to get lefties and righties out. That speaks to his pitch mix. The other part of it is having been a starter and being able to prepare for hitters and the ability to throw a strike when you need to – you’re talking about command, which all starters have to have. He checks that box.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “That hasn’t materialized as often. But we’re confident as you look at the back of the baseball card and the history of these guys that will come.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers’ offense has scored 11, 12 and 21 runs in games over the past three weeks. But it has also scored three or fewer in 11 of the past 18 games (and lost 10 of those 11).And Friedman and Zaidi are not guilty of ignoring the bullpen. During the season, they have made multiple moves in search of useful pieces, acquiring Dylan Floro, Zac Rosscup, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson.Those small moves have not been enough.Friedman would not talk in specifics about the “targeting” of relievers at the deadline. But the Dodgers believed they could set “a high bar” and focused on only a small handful of relievers they believed would be an upgrade over their in-house options. That narrow group is believed to have included Raisel Iglesias of the Reds, Kyle Barraclough of the Marlins and Brad Hand of the Padres with one or two others. Only Hand changed teams and the likelihood of the Padres trading Hand within the division was low.
NBA trade rumors: Pelicans not interested in Lakers’ offers for Anthony Davis Porter, 25, has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017. Related News However, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis indicated earlier this week Washington doesn’t intend to trade Porter, John Wall or Bradley Beal. Porter, selected by the Wizards out of Georgetown with the third pick in the 2013 draft, has averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game this season. He has spent all six of his NBA seasons in Washington. The Trail Blazers are expected to make a move before Thursday’s trade deadline. ESPN reported Saturday that Portland will be a potential buyer, adding the Blazers have put their “first-round pick in play” and they have “investigated” small forward Otto Porter Jr.’s availability.
— Boys tournament action continues tonight with Class 3A substate semifinals and Class 1A district finals:== 3A Substate 2Iowa Falls-Alden at Clear LakeBallard at Algona== 1A Substate 2District 3 championship at Garner — Lake Mills vs. West HancockDistrict 4 championship at New Hampton — Turkey Valley vs. Janesville== 1A Substate 6District 11 championship at Parkersburg — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Meskwaki Settlement SchoolDistrict 12 championship at Ankeny — Madrid vs. Ankeny Christian Academy Click here to view the full pairings for the girls state basketball tournament CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa clinched a share of the Missouri Valley regular season crown. A.J. Green was one of five Panthers in double figures with 21 points in an 84-64 win over Evansville. Despite the victory UNI coach Ben Jacobson told administrators earlier this week they would not be cutting down the nets.The Panthers have also clinched the top seed in the Valley Tournament.It is UNI’s first regular season championship since 2010.UNI can clinch sole possession of the title with a win at Drake on Saturday. == West Hancock makes a return trip to the state tournament as they cruised to a 67-28 win over Panorama in the Class 2A Region 3 championship game in Fort Dodge last night. Amanda Chizek had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles, with Rachel Leerar adding 18. West Hancock is the second seed of the 2A tournament and will face Logan-Magnolia at 10 o’clock next Wednesday morning. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Minnesota — pre-game 6:15, tipoff 6:30AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A boys substate semifinal — Clear Lake vs. Iowa Falls-Alden — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 == Osage jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter and held off Emmetsburg 67-60 for the Class 2A Region 2 championship in Garner last night. Sidney Brandau led four Osage players in double figures with 23 points, with Dani Johnson added 18, Ellie Bobinet having 12 and Melanie Bye adding 11. Osage is the fourth seed in the 2A state tournament and will face fifth-seed West Branch on Tuesday night at 8:30. — St. Ansgar, Osage and West Hancock all punched their tickets to the girls state basketball tournament with regional championship wins last night:== For St. Ansgar, it’s their first trip to the state tournament since 2001 with a 60-51 win over Central Elkader in the Class 1A Region 3 championship game played in New Hampton, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Saints outscored Central Elkader 24-13 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Coach Scott Cakerice talks about the team’s final quarter adjustments in trying to contain their star Hannah Erickson.Cakerice says he’s elated to see the Saints girls basketball program headed down to the state tournament for the first time in two decades.Hali Anderson had 24 points while Madison Hillman added 12. The Saints are the fifth seed in the tournament and will face the fourth seed Montezuma next Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. WINNEBAGO, NEBRASKA — Both NIACC basketball teams had little problem in their games at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago Nebraska. The top-ranked Lady Trojans got a career-high 48 points and 17 rebounds from Autam Mendez on their way to a 120-41 win, giving NIACC their second-straight Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular season title. Mendez’s 48 points is the second-highest single-game point total in Lady Trojans history. The NIACC men also beat Little Priest Tribal College 100-86. Both NIACC teams finish the regular season at home on Saturday against Southwestern, a doubleheader that you’ll hear starting at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. == Bishop Garrigan of Algona made it four teams from the Top of Iowa Conference to qualify for the girls state basketball tournament as they beat East Buchanan 63-46 in the 1A Region 2 championship game last night in Hampton. Garrigan is the third seed in the 1A state tournament and will face Martensdale-St. Marys on Wednesday night in the 1A quarterfinals. IOWA CITY — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder believes a strong finish would allow the Hawkeyes to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The 18th ranked Hawkeyes are 13-3 and in third place in the Big Ten heading into Thursday night’s game at home against Minnesota.The Hawkeyes are 22-5 overall in what was expected to be a rebuilding year.Iowa won the first two games of the NCAA Tournament at home last year.Tipoff tonight in Iowa City is scheduled for 6:30, with the pre-game at 6:15 on KGLO.
Ratlieff said she is now nearly blind in her right eye as her swollen socket continues to heal after her encounter with members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Meanwhile, calls to defund police departments are growing here in South Florida including in Broward County.Protesters in Fort Lauderdale yesterday rallied at Holiday Park and marched into Wilton Manors.An organizer says police violence has not stopped despite more de-escalation training, so she’s hoping city officials will cut ten million dollars from the police budget.She says she wants that money redirected into social programs that fight discrimination. A Delray Beach woman, who was shot in the face with a foam rubber bullet by Fort Lauderdale police during a recent protest, said she is considering a civil rights lawsuit.Shot in faceLaToya Ratlieff was taking part in protests over the death of George Floyd last Sunday when she suffered injuries to her skull and right eye.
Pitt’s Josh Newkirk (13) defends as Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kendrick Perry was the latest of a series of talented guards to play against Pitt and score more than 20 points. But in each game, Pitt won, as the Panthers beat Perry’s Youngstown State 91-73.Perry scored 28 points against the Panthers, the highest single-game scoring performance against Pitt (10-0) by an opposing player this year, but didn’t factor into the game’s outcome.“I’d be much happier if I scored 8 points and we got a win,” Perry said.There was a pre-existing level of familiarity between Perry and some of Pitt’s players — he played with some Panthers in Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s Greentree Summer League the past two summers. In Greentree, players like Pitt point guard James Robinson learned about Perry’s game, which prepared Robinson and Pitt to defend him.“We knew he was going to be aggressive,” Robinson said. “Obviously we didn’t do that good of a job on him, but we were still fortunate enough to come out with the win.”Between each of the three games featuring excellent opposing guards, the Panthers have been able to hold teams and players below their scoring average.“We just want to play help, play good team defense and contain the other guys,” freshman Josh Newkirk said. “We want to stop their main scorer, but if he gets his then we just make sure the other people stay under their averages.”The Penguins’ point total of 73 ultimately became the highest total Pitt allowed this season in a game, but Kamren Belin was the only other Penguin to reach double-figures with his 13 points after an inefficient 12 shot attempts.But Robinson doesn’t like to think about it that way.“The game’s up in the air when you let someone go off like that,” Robinson said.After Pitt allowed Penn State’s Tim Frazier to score 27 points and Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland to put up 20, head coach Jamie Dixon pondered aloud if his players take as much pride in stopping the opposing team’s best scorer as he does. Robinson denies the notion.“I think we take as much pride in that as he does,” Robinson said. “Obviously it hasn’t shown in the last three games, but we take pride in our defense and as individuals.”Perry scored his team’s first seven points and kept the Penguins (7-5) in the game. With 11 minutes left in the first half, Perry had nine points and his team only trailed 18-14.But Pitt pulled away to take an 11-point lead into halftime, and began the second half on a 7-0 run to put the game out of Perry’s reach.A good portion of Perry’s points came in the transition game, where he capitalized on his speed and Pitt turnovers to get easy lay-ups on fast breaks.The ability of players like Frazier, Ireland, and now Perry to score from the perimeter reveals to Robinson a need for Pitt to get better defensively not just to win games, but keep the Panthers pride on defense intact.“We kind of look at it as like, he can walk around and go say he dropped 28 on Pitt,” Robinson said. “While that’s good for him, it kind of looks bad on us so as individuals and a team we’re going to have to really improve.”Then again, as Dixon believes, his team can win despite a scoring barrage from any player.”We’re not doing things to stop one guy,” Dixon said. “We don’t think one guy can beat us.”