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Whicker: Blake Griffin injury has Clippers holding their breath after win

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, gets his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, left, shoots for three points under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, top, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, center, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, and Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, and Lonzo Ball watch action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, front, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson look at a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, from left, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, center, is shoved by Blake Griffin after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 21Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Austin Rivers was the first responder.He was the one who was knocked into Blake Griffin, landed on his left knee, heard him scream.He talked to Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room, although Griffin wasn’t in the mood to converse.“He’s down,” Rivers said. “It’s like oh, no, not again.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat is taken in an individual and team sense. Griffin’s biggest NBA obstacles are the muscles and ligaments that threaten to burst through the skin, yet can’t weather 82 games, not the way he attacks them.The Clippers have already lost three of the top players they meant to use to fill the empty locker of Chris Paul.Griffin left the locker room without comment Monday night.“I think it’s hyperextended,” Rivers said, speaking of Griffin’s knee. ‘“I hope it’s hyperextended. I hope that’s all it is, because if it is, he might miss a game or two. I hope it’s not worse. That’s the last thing we need, missing that guy.”The first things they need are victories, and the Clippers still got one Monday, a vastly entertaining 120-115 win over a Lakers squad that will wonder how it got away.center_img The Clippers were up 112-110 with 3:53 left when Griffin came to the bench and then disappeared into the wings. They still won, possibly because the Lakers launched a cascade of bad shots, possibly because there are nights when there is no bad shot if it comes off the fingertips of Lou Williams.Williams was with the Lakers for much of last season, so there were no secrets here. He bombarded them with 42 points, hit all 14 of his free-throw attempts and all seven in the fourth quarter, and went 12 for 21 from the field. He and Austin Rivers combined to go 19 for 37 for 61 points. All were needed against a Lakers team that pounded the Clips with second-chance points and bench production.“I used to guard him,” Austin Rivers said. “Don’t let him go left. I don’t know why teams do it, but they do. He shoots this fading shot and you can’t block it. But tonight he went right, too. He threw down that one dunk, over Josh Hart, and they had to take him (Hart) out of the game right then. He’s more athletic than you think.“He’s a lot like Jamal Crawford was last year, where he can just go off at any time and there’s nothing you can do about it. Jamal was a little more of a finesse guy. He’d shoot more 3-pointers. He also played with the ball a little more. With Lou, he gets it and he’s either going to the basket or passing or shooting. There’s no hesitation.”With guard Patrick Beverley out for the season, Williams’ chances of winning the Sixth Man Award have diminished. “We have to start him now,” Coach Doc Rivers said.Williams has played 37, 36 and 37 minutes in his three starts. Conservation is not in the cards until the fallen Clippers begin returning to the perimeter, such as Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic. The Clipper bench provided only 20 points on Monday.Unfettered scorers are part of NBA lore. It’s not selfishness if you keep making the shots. Philadelphia had World B. Free and Andrew Toney, both known as the Boston Strangler for the carefree way they pounded jump shots in Boston Garden. There was Vinnie Johnson, the Microwave. James Harden was a killer sixth man when he played for Oklahoma City. And there was the afternoon in 1987 when Golden State’s Sleepy Floyd fired all his guns at once and laid 29 fourth-quarter points on the Lakers in a playoff game, 51 in all.It’s even more special these days, with the single-spaced defensive scouting reports designed to prevent that very thing. But guys like Williams can still turn nine other players into bystanders.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was trying to match Williams, bomb for bomb, through most of the game, but it took him 28 shots to get his 29 points. Jordan Clarkson, the new bench force for the Lakers, led a comeback with 17 points, but there was too much heave-and-hope shooting at the end for the Lakers to keep up.At least they aren’t dreading the next MRI.“I fell on him and I felt his knee, I felt it,” Austin Rivers said, shaking his head.As for Doc Rivers, he shrugged and said, “He might be all right. He might not.” Tuesday will clear that up for a coach who never thought he’d be praying to hear “day-to-day.”last_img read more

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Kartje: In the wake of LeBron’s exit, Cleveland hopes to have found a new savior

first_imgStill, Darwish adds, with Mayfield under center, “I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in years.”On this Sunday, however, hope slams headlong into a roadblock. Against the Chargers, Mayfield struggles, and the Browns lose badly. Expectations are tempered, ever so slightly.Nevertheless, the Browns and Bakermania have the city buzzing, just as basketball season approaches. The Cavs will open their first season post-LeBron unlike any other in recent memory, away from the microscope they once operated under. No one here is clamoring for the Cavs, whether for reasons of subconscious self-preservation or otherwise.This is a Browns city now, fans will tell you, it always has been. And so, in the wake of LeBron’s exit and the uncertainty in his exit, the city will cling tightly to its quarterback and the new hope he brings, for however long it might last.“Once football season is over,” LaChance says, “I think people will start to realize LeBron is gone. But right now, we’ve got to ride this while we can.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Cleveland has always been a football town. That’s the cliche, anyway. On the Muni Lot tailgate, just across the highway from the Browns’ lakeside stadium, it’s the first thing everyone will tell a reporter from Los Angeles who comes around asking about LeBron.For years, they’ve waited desperately for the Browns to show some flicker of hope, wearing their loyalty through hopeless heartache as a badge of honor. Of course, it was during that painfully long wait that Cleveland just so happened to land one of the greatest basketball players of all time.But here, in Northeast Ohio, the Browns are gospel, a fixture every Sunday, and football’s roots run deep within the region. So when Baker Mayfield took over in Week 3, dripping with moxie as he led the long-hapless Browns to their first victory in 635 days, his arrival galvanized the city, just when it needed it most.Amid these tailgates, drenched in brown and orange, Bakermania is in full swing. His No. 6 jersey, already a top-10 seller in the NFL, is everywhere. Screen-printed shirts bearing his likeness are peddled in large piles, with slogans like “Baker, Baker, touchdown maker” or “Real Deal Mayfield.”A bright orange sign hangs at the entrance to the lot. “QB Purgatory, R.I.P., 1999-2018,” it declares. John Terwoord, the Cleveland native who made the sign, is already selling “I survived QB Purgatory” shirts. Like everyone else here, he’s found hope again.Across Cleveland, you can feel it. Bartenders conferring about the Browns, Uber drivers raving about Mayfield. He’s only been the quarterback for three weeks, and yet, the rookie has already ascended to mythic status in this Midwestern city. Darwish, who for more than a decade has held his own tailgate here, admits he’s worried how quickly Cleveland has fallen for its new quarterback. The city has been hurt before. “They see an instant spark, and they go buy jerseys and they call him their savior,” he says.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img CLEVELAND — A cold rain is falling outside Quicken Loans Arena, dripping steadily off the plastic tarps and steel scaffolding that surround the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. On this gray October Saturday, days before a new NBA season begins, the building where LeBron James became the greatest basketball player on Earth is a construction site, empty and eerily silent, save for the pitter-patter of drizzle on steel beams and concrete.On the same day that James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers, leaving Cleveland for the second time, Cuyahoga County made its first payment on the arena’s $140 million renovation. Construction has been underway since. Around the building, signs promise a “TRANSFORMATION”. But the arena won’t be finished until next fall. For now, as a new era of basketball here begins, Cleveland and its team are left mid-metamorphosis, unable to fully move forward, unable to put the past fully behind them.As such, the specter of LeBron still lingers here, even as his once-towering presence has been scrubbed from view. The iconic banner of LeBron that once hung on the corner of Huron and Ontario Streets has been removed, leaving only a few black marks on the red brick, the only subtle reminders of the now-bygone era.Lamp posts outside the arena which once bared his likeness now declare the Cavs’ new motto, “All for One, One for All”. There are no banners featuring Kevin Love or J.R. Smith or stud rookie Collin Sexton; even their jerseys in the team store are arranged somewhat democratically. Where James was once prominently featured as the city’s outsized superstar, his image plastered everywhere, his influence felt across this lakeside city, now no Cavs player is bigger than any other. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis is the awkward ground on which the Cavs will open this NBA season. As Los Angeles ushers in a new era with LeBron, Cleveland is still understandably sorting out the complicated feelings that come with his absence. The sentiment is much different now than in 2010, when James left for Miami and enraged fans burned jerseys en masse. No one here is cursing his name or dowsing Nike gear in lighter fluid. Their divorce has been mostly amicable, anger replaced by understanding.“He brought us a championship,” says Jason Darwish, 42. “I’m not mad at him. But he doesn’t look right in a Lakers uniform.”Former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James sits on the bench in the final minutes of the second half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“He was Northeast Ohio, man,” adds Sol LaChance, 36. “We all saw him play in high school. He’s from here.”The pain of his exit is still there, buried deep beneath the surface. Maybe it always will be. But James ended the championship curse after 52 years, and for that, he would always have their undying respect. Though, as the NBA season begins and the reality of life without him sinks in, it helps that a new star is emerging, one the city is already ready to anoint as its sports savior.*** Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Knicks among teams expected to pursue Marcus Morris

first_img Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Star is ‘more open’ to signing with Lakers Marcus Morris appears like he’ll have multiple options this summer.The Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Clippers and Kings are all expected to pursue the 29-year-old forward in free agency, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. NBA free agency rumors: Kings ‘prioritizing’ signing a center Knicks free agency rumors: New York betting favorite to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Morris is also “open minded” about potentially returning to the Celtics, the report says.Morris averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 37.5% from 3-point range last season for Boston. He was traded from the Pistons to the Celtics in July 2017. Related News “Obviously I love being here in Boston,” Morris said last month, via MassLive.com. “I’ve enjoyed it a lot and hopefully I stay here. It’s a great organization, nothing but great for me being able to play on that stage. I’ve enjoyed my time.”The Celtics entered the season as the favorites to win the East. But, they finished with a 49-33 record and fell to the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.“I felt as though we owed Boston to be better,” Morris said. “They stayed with us through this tough year, and I just felt like we owed them to be better. Me personally, I prepared like no other last year to have a good season to help my team. For us to not be able to make that step, I think that’s what hurts the most.”Morris has also played for the Suns and Rockets over his eight-year career. The Lakers and Knicks, meanwhile, are both reportedly planning to try to add superstars this offseason. New York has been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who has also become “more open” to signing with Los Angeles, according to an earlier report from ESPN.The Kings are “prioritizing a center in the free-agent marketplace,” according to The Athletic.last_img read more

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Feds looking at former USC star, AD Pat Haden in college admissions scandal, report says

first_imgFederal investigators are looking into any alleged involvement Pat Haden, former Southern California athletics director and star quarterback, had in the national college admissions scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal.Investigators are questioning ties Haden had with William Singer, who was the alleged organizer of a cheating scheme that altered test scores that helped students get into universities. Athletic officials were accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to help students get into schools like USC, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest, disguising them as recruits.  North Carolina coach Mack Brown has knee surgery done by former player The WSJ noted, citing an unidentified source, that Haden introduced Singer to former USC senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel and said Singer would be “someone Ms. Heinel should work with” because of his connections.In response to the report, USC released a statement (via USA Today) acknowledging the school is still conducting an internal investigation and it “will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement and regulatory investigations. Ensuring the integrity of the admissions process remains a top priority of university leadership.”According to court documents released in March, the scheme centered around a California-based non-profit called the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) founded by Singer. Vikings COO Kevin Warren becomes Big Ten’s first African American commissioner Officials said parents, including several celebrities such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, paid Singer “approximately $25 million” from 2011 to February 2019 “to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories, in violation of the duty of honest services the coaches and administrators owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the children’s admission to the universities.” Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of justice.After news of the scandal broke, USC parted ways with four members of its athletics department: Heinel, women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, and men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic. Haden hasn’t been charged for any part of the scandal and just recently become a person of interest in the case, the WSJ reported. Haden wrote in a statement provided to the Journal through his son-in-law: “Like many people, I was introduced to Mr. Singer several years ago by a friend. I was unaware of his illegal activities and had no ongoing relationship with him whatsoever.” Related News SEC will allow stadiums, arenas to sell alcohol beginning this seasonlast_img read more

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Megan Rapinoe victim of possible hate crime, according to NYPD

first_img USWNT invited to bipartisan meeting with female U.S. senators Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT returns with hardware … and champagne … in hand Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. women’s team were in New York City Wednesday for the championship parade after winning the 2019 Women’s World Cup. New York City police are looking into a possible hate crime committed against U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe.Posters of Rapinoe were defaced with derogatory slurs in the NYC subway system in midtown Manhattan, which has prompted an investigation by the city’s Hate Crime Task Force, according to ESPN . Abby Wambach on Megan Rapinoe, USWNT: They’re redefining ‘what it means to be a woman’ Rapinoe, who is openly gay, has been vocal in her support of the LGBTQ community and the need for gender equality.She hasn’t publicly commented on the messages on the posters, which have since been cleaned up. Related News She gave an empowering speech calling for everyone to be kinder to each other, and said the diversity on their team is what made it so great.“Just (a) shoutout to the teammates … This group is so resilient. Is so tough. Has such a sense of humor. Is just so badass,” Rapinoe said Wednesday. “There’s nothing that can faze this group. We’re chillin’. We’ve got tea sippin’. We’ve got celebrations. We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We’ve got white girls and black girls, and everything in between. Straight girls and gay girls.”Rapinoe hasn’t commented on the posters nor the derogatory language.last_img read more

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Dolphins waive Kendrick Norton after arm amputation, will still pay full salary

first_img Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton being released from hospital two weeks after arm amputation, agent says Kendrick Norton talks for first time about losing his arm: ‘I am alive, and I am grateful’ NFL will cover Kendrick Norton’s medical costs after arm amputation Norton was released from the hospital Thursday.”I am okay. I am as comfortable as I can be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said earlier in the week. “I am staying strong because all of the support from all of the fans, all of the teams, my family and everyone. That is what is pushing me, my faith and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports agent. Everyone is going above and beyond with nothing in return. Just to see people who have been supporting me is just great.” Norton suffered a career-altering injury in early July after doctors were forced to amputate his arm after a car crash where his truck hit a concrete barrier and overturned.He has already undergone four surgeries and more are expected as he prepares to get a prosthetic arm. The NFL has agreed to cover all his medical costs and with the Dolphins placing Norton on the reserve/non-football injury list, they will be able to pay Norton his full salary. Related News The Dolphins placed tight end Dwayne Allen, linebacker Mike Hull and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on the active/physically unable to perform list.The team also claimed tackle Will Holden off waivers and also waived cornerback Jamar Summers. The Dolphins have parted ways with Kendrick Norton.Miami announced a number of roster changes Sunday, including moves regarding the rookie defensive tackle.last_img read more

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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews on next season, Blues winning Cup: ‘No part of me that was happy’

first_imgBlackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a lot to say this week about the rival Blues’ run to the Stanley Cup, his personal resurgence last season and his team’s focus heading into the 2019-20 season.A few excerpts from his interview Thursday on “Waddle and Silvy,” an ESPN Chicago radio show: Unimpressed Toews”No, there was no part of me that was happy,” Toews said of the Blues going from last in the league to Cup winners. “To me, them tanking at the start of the year was a huge underachievement. I’m not ready to give them as much credit as everyone else was this year. “It hurts to see St. Louis win the Cup, but I think that’s what gives you the hunger to go back there and be better.”Aside from the divisional rivalry, Toews’ lack of enthusiasm could be attributed to the Blackhawks going 4-1 against the champs last season, with three of the wins coming after regulation. MORE: Blackhawks bring back veteran Andrew ShawAging ToewsToews knows as well as anyone that missing the playoffs is unacceptable, especially for a storied Original Six franchise, so when he was asked about how he is approaching his offseason at age 31, he offered this perspective:”Well, I would say it would probably be less intense and not as much of a workload, but we’ve missed the playoffs the last few years and I’d say I have been on the ice more than anything. It’s mid-July, the sun is out, it’s beautiful and I’m heading to the hockey rink. I think that focus is there.”NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA playersChicago has experienced a lot of success under the leadership of Toews and Patrick Kane; they helped the Blackhawks win the Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The two stars are still putting up big numbers, too —- Toews recorded a career-high 81 points last season and Kane had 110.”I was definitely in a more offensive role [last season] — quite a bit of power-play time,” the 12-year veteran noted. “I think once we get our power play clicking, it seemed like even if you’re not having a great night, maybe the legs aren’t there, you’re still going to have a chance to produce and get on the board. So it’s nice to score those points. It keeps you motivated, it keeps you going and it keeps you hungry.”Experienced ToewsAs one of the squad’s elder statesmen, Toews brings not only leadership but playoff experience as well; however, he also knows what the Blackhawks’ young players can contribute next season. He’s hoping they’ll help send the franchise on another long Cup run. “We need to give ourselves a chance for that experience to take over,” Toews said. “At the same time, we got some youth, we got some guys that are eager to prove themselves. Young guys and veterans alike, everyone wants to prove themselves in the postseason.”That’s the best time to be playing. To get there is the No. 1 goal, and for us, that’s when the real season actually starts.”Under Toews’ logic, the season never really started last year — or the year before that. His focus is on not allowing that trend to continue.last_img read more

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The construction of shooting range started in Teslić

first_imgHead of Teslić Municipaliity Milan Miličević said today that this municipality will get a new shooting range by 2015, which will be constructed in accordance with international standards, and it will have the capacity to host international competitions, reports Nezavizne Novine.Miličević said that the total value of the project 250 000 BAM and the first phase which costs 150 000 BAM is financed by Teslić and RS Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports.He noted that no similar object exists in BiH and it will most certainly boost tourism in Teslić.President of the Shooting club ‘Geofon’ Dušan Stojičić thanked RS Government and Miličević for the money invest in building the shooting range.(photo: mplbelgique)last_img

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Nedim Buza and Adin Vrabac Enter NBA Draft

first_imgYoung players of the Basketball club Spars, Nedim Buza and Adin Vrabac will participate in the NBA draft. This was confirmed by the director of the club Nermin Selimović.Several web pages in the USA have already published the information, and journalist Jonathan Givony, who works for the Draft Express, have classified Nedim Buza on the list of 100 young talents with the most potential. Buza is in 61st place.“Buza and Vrabac will play with all NBA scouts in the camp in Treviso, Italy on 6 June. The mere fact that they are going to Treviso will be the ideal chance for them to present themselves. When they arrive to Trevisio, after some time, it will be evident which club will eventually take the players”, said Nermin Selimović, the director of Spars.He emphasized that players until 22 years of age will participate in the camp.The NBA draft is scheduled for 26th June this year.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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B&H Progressed 4 Positions in FIFA Ranking List

first_imgFootball representation of B&H is in the 21st place of the FIFA ranking list with 873 points.B&H representation has progressed 4 positions compared to last month’s list.Spain is still the first in the list, followed by Germany, while in the third place is ranked Brazil.Representation of Argentina, which is the first opponent of B&H in World Championship, is in fifth place. Iran in 43 place and Nigeria in 44 place.The next FIFA ranking list will be published on 17 July.FIFA ranking list:1. (1) Spain 1.4852. (2) Germany 1.3003. (4) Brazil 1.2424. (3) Portugal 1.1895. (7) Argentina 1.1756. (8) Switzerland 1.1497. (6) Uruguay 1.1478. (5) Colombia 1.1379. (9) Italy 1.10410. (11) England 1.09011. (12) Belgium 1.07412. (10) Greece 1.06413. (14) USA 1.03514. (13) Chile 1.02615. (15) Netherlands 98116. (17) Ukraine 91517. (16) France 91318. (20) Croatia 90319. (18) Russia 89320. (19) Mexico88221. (25) B&H873…43. (37) Iran 64144. (44) Nigeria 640(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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