17 Aug

Lakers blend in Dion Waiters as Rajon Rondo’s rehab progresses

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Just 62 minutes into his Lakers tenure, Dion Waiters has already scored 30 points.That part of the game has always come naturally to Waiters, a career double-digit scorer who has sometimes been on the outs with his teams, but he has always possessed an offensive toolbox. While his 3-point jumper hasn’t been quite as hot (he’s just 3 for 14), Waiters has never been one to lack confidence in his shot. And down two guards, the Lakers need a player like him in the rotation.“Situation like that, you just try to take full advantage of it,” he said, “til Rondo get back and things like that.”Dion Waiters #18 of the Los Angeles passes the ball against Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game at The Arena in the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 1, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Ashley Landis – Pool/Getty Images)About that: Rajon Rondo, who has been out since mid-July with a fractured right thumb, is starting to make his way back, coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday. Rondo is expected to travel to Florida on Wednesday, then spend some time outside of the Disney campus before going through the quarantine process and rejoining the Lakers. Rondo is about three weeks into his recovery, which the Lakers predicted early on would take between six to eight weeks. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The other aspect for Waiters is conditioning. Before playing in the bubble, Waiters had only played in three games for a total of 42 minutes this season. He’s feeling the ache of having a regular rotation spot again, he said, but in his latest stint with the Lakers, it just makes him feel fortunate.“I ain’t going to lie: I be sore,” he said. “But it’s a good sore. Just being able to compete. Just being able to get your juices going again and your competitive edge, that spirit. But most importantly, just having fun. You have an opportunity to come out here and do what you love to do every day.”Vogel doesn’t plan to bench rest startersThe Lakers are about to have their first bubble back-to-back, and like most games in the restart, they’re tough. After Oklahoma City (1-1 in the bubble) on Wednesday, they’ll face the Rockets (won first two games in the bubble).The Lakers, now the confirmed No. 1 seed in the West, don’t have many stakes in winning either of those games. But even so, Vogel said he’ll likely play his starters in both games, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis.“The plan right now is to play those guys,” Vogel said. “We still have a lot of areas to continue to improve before we feel like we’re ready to win games in the playoffs and to be at the level that we want to reach. So for us, we’re still in habit-building mode and continuing to just iron some things out.”While Davis has had two games of 34-plus points, the starting lineup has looked rusty, being outscored by 21 points in just 34 minutes. In the last two games alone, the Lakers have given up runs of 13-0, 7-0 and 8-0 to start halves.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn a way, Rondo has never left: He’s been virtually plugged into the Lakers, and even taken part in coaches’ meetings. The 34-year-old has playoff experience that the franchise deems valuable once the bubble postseason begins.Waiters isn’t the play creator and floor general that Rondo is, but he’s helped power the bench and has kept a plus-rating in each of the first three games. Four turnovers in Monday’s game against the Jazz exposed some of his limitations and how he’s still learning to communicate with teammates. He’s also struggled defensively, which Vogel acknowledged after Tuesday’s practice.“Those things still have a ways to go, but I think the ceiling is pretty high for what he can do for us,” he said. “But we’re excited about what he has done so far too.”The chemistry part has been easy for Waiters. He’s embedded in the Lakers’ social scene, which includes a 4-1 record in the team’s Madden video game tournament, he said proudly.Assistant coach Phil Handy, who coached Waiters in Cleveland, has been one of the staff members working to get him up to speed. He said he’s tried to get to his spots faster. But Waiters insisted it hasn’t been challenging for him to start getting accustomed to schemes. “Everybody pretty much run the same sets,” he said. “Just different names.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed One key Vogel wants to see is more urgency on offense. Before he starts resting starters more for the playoffs, he’d like to see them closer to where they were in March.“I think they are just struggling to get into a rhythm early,” Vogel said. “I’ve been challenging them to play with more offensive pace, and if we do that I think we can get better shots on the offensive end, get a chance to set our defense. That unit has been a really strong defensive unit for us throughout the year so I just think it’s a matter of time.”last_img read more

16 Aug

MLB All-Star Game 2019 results: AL claims seventh straight Midsummer Classic in tidy 4-3 win over NL

first_imgThe American League continues to flex its muscles.The little brother of baseball continues to beat up the Senior Circuit, with the American League taking a 4-3 victory at Progressive Field in Cleveland. MORE: Watch the MLB All-Star Game live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In a tidy game under three hours, Joey Gallo supplied a bit of bop with a solo shot in the seventh. The AL now takes a 25-6-1 lead over the last 32 years in the Midsummer Classic.Indians right-hander Shane Bieber took home MVP Award honors at his home ballpark after striking out the side in the fifth.Things got exciting in the eighth, when Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso smoked a single to bring home two runs and tighten the score to 4-3. Brad Hand, Cleveland reliever, wiggled out of trouble before Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the ninth.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Read below for all scoring plays.MLB All-Star Game 2019 live score, updates, highlightsAmerican League: 4National League: 311:03 p.m. END OF GAME: Aroldis Chapman strikes out Yasmani Grandal to end the game. 11:01 p.m.: CC Sabathia comes out to talk to Chapman and gets a nice hand from the crowd. Cool moment in Cleveland.11:00 p.m. Chapman strikes out Max Muncy for the second out of the ninth.10:58 p.m. Chapman strikes out J.T. Realmuto for the first out of the ninth.10:58 p.m.: Aroldis Chapman on to close it out for the American League.10:54 p.m. END EIGHTH INNING: Alcantara gets Jose Abreu to ground into a double play.10:50 p.m.: Sandy Alcantara in to pitch the eighth for the NL. Gleyber Torres with an infield single to start things off. 10:46 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH INNING: Hand gets Moustakas to pop out in foul territory to end the threat. Whew. 10:43 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Pete Alonso smokes a single up the middle that bounces off Gleyber Torres’ glove. Two runs score. 4-3 American League in the eighth.10:41 p.m.: Hand gets Blackmon swinging and up comes Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso with a chance to do some serious damage in the eighth. 10:38 p.m. Hand walks DeJong and the bases are loaded with Charlie Blackmon at the plate.10:35 p.m.: David Dahl singles to right and there’s traffic on the basepaths for the NL. Hand at 13 pitches. Jeff McNeil at the dish.10:29 p.m.: Cleveland’s Brad Hand is in for the AL. He walks Moustakas to start the eighth. 10:26 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Mike Moustakas, manning the hot corner, with a gorgeous snag for the putout at first. 10:24 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Joey Gallo takes the first pitch he sees from Smith and deposits it in the right field seats. 4-1 American League.10:21 p.m.: Woodruff out for the NL, San Francisco’s Will Smith in.10:21 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Bogaerts grounds into a double play. Chapman scores. AL leads 3-1 in the seventh.10:19 p.m.: Matt Chapman works a walk and James McCann follows up with a single. AL is in business with no outs in the seventh. Xander Bogaerts up.10:15 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Easy 1-2-3 inning for Greene. Onto the bottom of the seventh.10:07 p.m.: Shane Greene in to pitch for the AL and he gets Mike Moustakas to fly out to left on the first pitch.10:03 p.m. END OF SIXTH INNING: Vogelbach flys out to Jeff McNeil in left to end the inning.10:03 p.m.: Pete Alonso and Max Muncy combined for an amazing web gem to get Carlos Santana. 9:57 p.m. END OF TOP SIXTH: Hendriks gets Pete Alonso swinging to end the sixth.9:55 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Charlie Blackmon launches a solo shot to center field to cut into the AL lead. 2-1 AL in the sixth.9:54 p.m.: Francisco Lindor is mic’d up in this inning. Liam Hendriks pitching. Lindor is an absolute treasure.9:43 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Gleyber Torres with a poor at-bat to end the fifth. 9:39 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Gary Sanchez smoked a double earlier in the inning. He moves to third on a ground out. Jorge Polanco grounds to Muncy for the RBI infield hit. AL leads 2-0.9:29 p.m. END TOP FIFTH: Bieber strikes out the side. Crowd roars.9:25 p.m.: Shane Bieber in for the AL, sure to make the Cleveland crowd happy and proud.9:20 p.m. END FOURTH: Castillo makes easy work of the AL in the bottom of the inning.9:16 p.m.: Reds ace Luis Castillo in for the NL now. AL still up 1-0 in the fourth. Carlos Santana leading off.9:12 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: Bell grounds out to second to end the top half of the fourth. Nice recovery for Giolito.9:11 p.m.: Giolito gets Bellinger looking and then gets Arenado to ground out to Bregman (score it a fielder’s choice). Josh Bell up.9:07 p.m.: Lucas Giolito in for the the American League now and Austin Meadows is in the outfield, as well. Giolito walks Freeman to start the fourth.9:04 p.m. END BOTTOM THIRD: Clinical inning from Jacob deGrom. He gets Mike Trout to pop out to Freddie Freeman to end the frame.9:03 p.m.: Jacob deGrom in for the National League and he gets two quick outs of George Springer (swinging) and DJ LeMahieu (grounder).8:59 p.m. END TOP THIRD: A lead-off double from Ketel Marte goes to waste as Jose Berrios gets the next three to end the inning. 8:50 p.m. END SECOND INNING: Clayton Kershaw totally fools Jorge Polanco on a swing to end the second.8:48 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Michael Brantley doubles home Alex Bregman, as things go for Houston Astros. 1-0 AL in the second.8:45 p.m.: Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, rivals in the NL MVP race, are both mic’d up and sharing the outfield now. This is excellent.8:43 p.m.: Clayton Kershaw in for the second inning for the NL. 8:39 p.m. END TOP SECOND: Tanaka snares a ground ball off the bat of Willson Contreras and tosses to first for out No. 3. 8:39 p.m.: Bell beats out an infield single — he was safe by at least a step — but was called out. Replay review reverses the call. 8:36 p.m.: Tanaka strikes out Bellinger and then gets Arenado to fly out to center. Now faces Pirates All-Star Josh Bell.8:32 p.m.: Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka is in now, facing Cody Bellinger. 8:28 p.m. END FIRST INNING: Carlos Santana grounds out to short. George Springer’s lead-off single is for naught.8:25 p.m.: Important to note: Freddie Freeman is mic’d up. It’s amazing.8:20 p.m. END TOP 1: Freddie Freeman takes a curveball for Strike 3 to end the top of the first. On to the “home” half.8:16 p.m.: First pitch from Verlander to Yelich is a ball and we are underway!8:07 p.m.: Always cool to hear.Carlos Santana got a nice home welcome from the Progressive Field crowd.pic.twitter.com/2RtLwbhnqX— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 10, 20198:00 p.m.: We are (hopefully) now a few minutes from first pitch.7:50 p.m.: Cleveland fans lustily boo Aroldis Chapman and Kris Bryant. After all, 2016 wasn’t too long ago. 7:40 p.m.: All video packages as we stand. Still 20 minutes or so until first pitch.7:30 p.m.: And away we go. 7:20 p.m.: A somber and heartfelt note to start tonight’s All-Star celebration.A tribute to Tyler Skaggs at the #[email protected] and Tommy La Stella will both wear 45 tonight. pic.twitter.com/Hq03egHOgX— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 9, 2019last_img read more

26 Dec

EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FACES JAIL IN AMERICA AFTER ADMITTING HORRIFIC HIT AND RUN

first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded quilty to charges relating to an incident in which an American woman was mowed down and left in intensive care with severe head injuries.Damian Crossan, 28, of Trentagh, was hauled off a plane moments before it was due to take off from John F Kennedy Airport in New York bound for Ireland.Now following a lengthy investigation Crossan, who had been living in the US for five years, has admitted the charges and will be sentenced on July 11th next. He faces two separate charges and if found guilty could go to jail for seven years for each offence.Police chief Michael Chitwood confirmed that the Donegal man had admitted his car had hit a woman on February 2nd last.The woman Jamie Timlin, was hit with such force by the car that her shoes flew off while she was sent flying through the air.She also suffered devastating injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.As well as broken hips, Ms Timlin, 32, also suffered numerous facial fractures and bleeding on the brain.Crossan has been charged with aggravated assault and related offences following the incident at Upper Darby, near Philadelphia on February 2nd last.Police Chief Chitwood credited the Delaware County Daily Times newspaper with helping to solve the hit-and-run.“Apparently, Crossan was looking in the paper every day to see what was being said,” Chitwood said. “Tuesday night he saw it online and immediately got a ticket for Ireland. The quickest one he could get was out of JFK.“He drove to New York and parked his pickup truck in the long-term parking lot of JFK.”According to the affidavit, the truck was located in the lot and showed signs of front-end damage consistent with an accident.It had a cracked front bumper, cracked turning signal light and red-paint transfer.“As a result of the story, we received an anonymous tip about the hit-and-run naming Crossan as the operator of the truck,” Chitwood said. “We were able to track down the owner, that eventually led us to his girlfriend who gave us the probable cause we needed.“Apparently, the night of the accident, Crossan was in a bar, had a fight and left. When he got home, he told her he hit someone by the Acme, which is near where she was struck.”According to Chitwood, police notified the Department of Homeland Security and the Port Authority of New York of the warrant for Crossan’s arrest and his intention to flee the country.“Luckily, we got him before the plane took off,” Chitwood said. “It was scheduled to depart when they got him.”“We faxed the warrant and Crossan confessed,” Chitwood said. “He admitted to hitting someone, didn’t know if it was a male or female, but didn’t want to go to jail.”“We had absolutely nothing before receiving the tip call,” Chitwood said. “Once again, our relationship with the media and the Daily Times and putting a photo in the paper resulted in an identification and arrest.”EndsEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FACES JAIL IN AMERICA AFTER ADMITTING HORRIFIC HIT AND RUN was last modified: June 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AmericaDamian Crossanhit and runjaillast_img read more