IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot this Saturday at Idaho Falls Raceway.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Regional, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded at the July 8 show.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps and racing follow the 6 p.m. drivers’ meeting.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over and military and veterans with ID, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Car and driver is $50; pit pass only is $20.More information is available by calling 406 925-1247 and at the www.idahofallsraceway.com website.
After years of neglect, hope for the rehabilitation of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos was revived on Tuesday with the inauguration of a Task Force that would midwife the process.Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said the committee has a mandate to bring back the lost glory of the edifice. Dare said: “The National Stadium, Lagos holds a lot of fond memories for our sportsmen and other people.“We shall no longer allow our infrastructures to lie waste.“The Moshood Abiola, Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo National stadiums shall be put to best use.“Abuja and Kaduna are at advanced stage.“Lagos has approval for concession. “Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place.“So the work of the Task Force is cut out.“In the past, we had interlopers.“Now it is going to be fixed to serve our teeming youth.“The Task Force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land.” The terms of reference of the committee include: carry out audit of approved tenants, verify details of tenancy agreement, come up with list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction, list of all squatters and their businesses, investigate staff of the Ministry who allow the presence of the squatters, carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.The committee, headed by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda, is made up of 13 members drawn from the Ministry and the organized private sector.Other members of the the committee include Dr. Paul Ohido, Mohammed Danjuma, Peter Nelson, Engr. Alanamu Abolore, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, Architect Abiodun Owoborode, Benjamin Ukwuoma, Adeolu Fasanya, Idris Olorunimbe and Abdulgafar Idris.The committee has 21 days to complete its assignment.RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope Tags: Ahmadu Bello StadiumMoshood Abiola StadiumNational Stadium LagosObafemi Awolowo StadiumSunday Dare
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is concerned over the burden he has had to place on Yohan Cabaye this season. Press Association The Frenchman has been a revelation on Tyneside since his £4.8million move from Lille during the summer of 2011, and he was one of the stars of last season’s surge into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League. However, both he and the Magpies in general have found the going tougher this time around with a European campaign thrown into the mix, and Cabaye revealed earlier this season that he had struggled both mentally and physically to cope with the demands of two tough Premier League seasons either side of a trip to the Euro 2012 finals with his country. The 27-year-old was this week touted as a possible summer target for Paris St Germain, although manager Carlo Ancelotti has since played down the speculation. But whatever happens at the end of the campaign, Pardew will hope to have Cabaye fresh and available for a five-game run-in with Newcastle yet to formally secure their top-flight status. The Magpies still need at least one more win to keep them free from the scrap at the foot of the table, and will hope that comes at West Brom on Saturday as they attempt to bounce back from a demoralising derby defeat by Sunderland. Pardew’s players have looked increasingly weary in recent weeks as a punishing fixture schedule, thanks largely to a good run in the Europa League, has taken its toll. But while the manager is confident the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse can deal with that, he concedes France international midfielder Cabaye is on his mind. Pardew said: “Cabaye is probably my biggest worry. The rest of them are really sound physically and mentally. But Cabaye is our best player in terms of intelligence on the pitch and he needs to play. That’s why he has played almost every minute.”
THE Guyana Jaguars plummeted in dramatic fashion to a humiliating 10-wicket defeat against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes inside three days in the final match of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence yesterday.However, Sunday’s defeat did not stop the Jaguars from being crowned Regional four-day champions for a third straight year.A complete bowling effort from the Hurricanes led to the demolition as the Jaguars were all out for 143 in their second innings.Faced with a first innings deficit of 119, only a handful of the Jaguars batsmen got starts, but no one carried on – Chanderpaul Hemraj’s 29 was the top score, while Keemo Paul (26), Anthony Bramble (23) and Veerasammy Permaul (20), were the other batsmen with any meaningful contributions.Pacer Gavin Tonge bagged 3-33, while off-spinner Rakheem Cornwall (3-68), Jeremiah Louis (2-16) and debutant left-arm spinner Elvin Berridge (1-12), completed the destruction mid-way through the final session. Cornwall was adjudged man-of-the-match after ending with match figures of 9-136.Set 25 runs to win, the visitors’ openers Montcin Hodge and Chesney Hughes overhauled the winning target without much trouble.Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson collects the WICB Professional Cricket League winning trophy from a Digicel representative.Resuming at 255-7, Louis began the day with attacking intent, dispatching pace bowler Raymond Reifer to the square-leg fence before cutting him for a square boundary.However,he was soon after trapped leg before wicket from a lovely trademark inswinger from the pacer, which brought an end to his attractive innings.That dismissal did not only brought about the end of the brisk 68-run eight-wicket stand, which began late on day two but also completed Reifer’s third five-wicket haul.Jacques Taylor added 12 runs to his overnight 60 before Reifer completed an excellent innings figures of 6-75 when he had the right-hander caught behind. Taylor struck ten fours and a six off 160 balls and batted for 217 minutes.Tonge struck three fours in his unbeaten 17 before Permaul took the final wicket.The start to the third innings was superb for the tourists as Tonge got a wicket in the third over when Assad Fudadin edged a nearly unplayable delivery to wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.Hemraj joined Bhaskar Yadram and the duo survived a tricky period until the last over before lunch when Yadram fell into a trap, edging a sharp turning delivery from Berridge straight into the hands of Cornwall at first slip.After the interval Hemraj and skipper Leon Johnson came together to prop up the innings in a 34-run, third-wicket partnership but things fell apart afterward.Johnson was taken at extra-cover off Tonge, while Hemraj misjudged the line, shouldered arms and had his off stump rattled off the bowling of Louis.At that stage the hosts’ were a fair distance from the deficit and were heavily dependent on Reifer and Bramble, but to compound the hosts’ woes,Reifer was run out in a dreadful mid-pitch mix-up after the pair was undecided about a second run.Paul and Bramble batted safely to tea, at 93-5. However, the hosts lost Bramble in the session’s third over when he offered a simple return catch to Tonge, while Steven Jacobs made little impression before he was removed by Cornwall.The eight-wicket stand between Paul and Permaul then cancelled out the tourist’s lead before Cornwall and Louis claimed the final three wickets in quick succession.Despite the defeat, the hosts claimed their third straight Regional four-day title. LEEWARD ISLANDS Hurricanes 1st innings (o/n 255-7)M Hodge c Johnson b Reifer 70C Hughes c wk Bramble b Pestano 40K Carty c wk Bramble b Reifer 10A Saunders c Paul b Reifer 4J Hamilton c wk Bramble b Reifer 37R Cornwall b Jacobs 0S Peters c Sub (Motie) b Jacobs 5J Taylor c wk Bramble b Reifer 72J Louis lbw b Refier 32G Tonge not out 17E Berridge lbw b Permaul 0Extras: (w-6, nb-5, lb-8) 19Total: (all out; 127.2 overs) 306Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-115, 3-125, 4-126, 5-129, 6-140, 7-211, 8-279, 9-305, 10-306Bowling: Refier 30-8-75-6, Pestano 24-6-70-1, Jacobs 18-2-52-2, Paul 15-3-53-0, Adams 12-6-13-0, Permaul 28.2-15-36-1GUYANA JAGUARS 2nd inningsA Fudadin c wk Hamilton b Tonge 1B Yadram c Cornwall b Berridge 13C Hemraj b Louis 29L Johnson c Saunders b Tonge 9R Reifer run out (Taylor) 2A Bramble c&b Tonge 23K Paul c Berridge b Cornwall 26S Jacobs c Hodge b Cornwall 0V Permaul lbw b Cornwall 20C Pestano c wk Hamilton b Louis 5A Adams not out 0Extras: (nb-1, b-5, lb-9) 15Total: (all out; 53.3 overs) 143Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-30, 3-53, 4-64, 5-76, 6-96, 7-103, 8-138, 9-143, 10-143Bowling: Tonge 16-6-33-3, Louis 11.3-3-16-2, Cornwall 23-4-68-3, 3-0-12-1LEEWARD ISLANDS Hurricanes 2nd inningsM Hodge not out 6C Hughes not out 13Extras: (lb-1, b-4) 5Total: (no wickets; 9.1 overs) 25Bowling: Reifer 3-0-9-0, Adams 3-1-3-0, Johnson 2-0-5-0, Yadram 1.1-0-3-0
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team at the league’s restart later this summer. Barnes is the only player who has started all 64 of the Kings’ games this season. To extend that streak, he’ll need to be cleared and arrive at Walt Disney World before Sacramento’s season resumes with the first of its eight seeding games on July 31 against San Antonio.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCESoutheastern Conference postpones start of some sportsUNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference is postponing the start of volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least the end of August because of COVID-19. The league says that provides more time to prepare for a safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. The decision includes all exhibition and non-conference games. — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a massive contract extension with star defensive end Myles Garrett. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 and is one of the NFL’s premiere edge rushers. Garrett and the Browns could have the deal completed in the next day or so. NFL Network reported the extension could be for five years and $125 million. NHL-ISLANDERS-SOROKINIslanders sign Sorokin for next seasonUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed goaltender of the future Ilya Sorokin to a contract for next season. The $2 million deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. A day earlier, the team signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though he’s not eligible to play. The 24-year-old Sorokin is considered one of the top prospects at any position not current in the NHL. In NHL news: Associated Press — Jake Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the Chicago White Sox approved the plan for their first-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft. It’s a chance for the third baseman to get back on the field after he tore his left Achilles tendon twice, sidelining him for each of the previous two seasons. —Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos could miss the start of the season because of an injured right ankle sustained in an intrasquad game. Manager Chris Woodward said Chirinos was probably better than anticipated Tuesday, a day after getting hurt. But it’s still unclear if he will be ready for the season opener July 24 against Colorado.— Fans wanting to see their faces at Dodger Stadium this season can buy cutouts. The team says net proceeds from the sale will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Cutouts in the Dugout Club or new Pavilion Home Run Seats cost $299. Field and loge cutout locations cost $149. The cutouts are 18 inches wide and 30 inches high. The images are subject to team approval. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAKings’ Barnes isn’t at NBA restart, says he has coronavirus July 14, 2020 Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo says back and forth travel from the U.S. where cases are surging is a major issue that could prevent the government from approving MLB to play in Canada. MLB requires an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel. The Blue Jays’ home opener is scheduled for July 29 against Washington.In other MLB news:— About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. There are 76 full-time MLB umpires and more than 20 of them are age 55 or over. Joe West and Gerry Davis are the oldest umps at 67. Umpires who are deemed at risk — either for their age, health situation or other issues — and opt out will continue to get paid. Umps get their salaries over 12 months and have already been paid through April. — Several people familiar with the conversations tell The Associated Press that the baseball players’ association has discussed hiring noted sports lawyer Jeffrey Kessler to litigate a contemplated grievance against clubs. The grievance would accuse Commissioner Rob Manfred and management of failing to act in good faith to complete the longest season economically feasible. A grievance has not yet been filed and an agreement with Kessler has not been finalized.— Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage. Further testing revealed the diagnosis Tuesday, a day after his injury in an intrasquad game at Target Field. The Twins said Buxton would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. He got hurt tracking a fly ball and lost his balance. —Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn through the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head. Tanaka was hit on the right side near the temple by Giancarlo Stanton’s shot during batting practice on July 4. While the 31-year-old right-hander says he has no concussion symptoms, he has not thrown off a mound since. —A person with knowledge of the deal says the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg). The agreement helps the NL East champions address a depth problem in their outfield. Nick Markakis recently opted out over concerns about the coronavirus. The 29-year-old Puig hit a combined .267 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for Cincinnati and Cleveland in 2019. He also stole 19 bases.— Anthony Rizzo’s back trouble flared up again after he took batting practice over the weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are sending the slugger for tests. Rizzo has been dealing with back tightness during summer camp, a recurring problem throughout his career. The first baseman took live BP on Sunday before the issue surfaced again. Manager David Ross says Rizzo remains day to day. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSCanadian health official suggests longer Blue Jays homestandTORONTO (AP) — A top Canadian government health official says a longer stretch of home games might help the Blue Jays to get approval to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Each school will be responsible for any rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponement.The league hasn’t made any announcement on the football season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have opted to only play conference games.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-PATRIOTSPatriots hope to play before some fansFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have joined a growing list of NFL teams who hope to play home games this season in front of a significantly reduced number of fans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. — Right wing Troy Terry has agreed to a three-year, $4.35 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Anaheim Ducks. Terry has eight goals and 20 assists in 81 career games with the Ducks. They drafted him in the fifth round in 2015. He scored 15 points in 47 games this season.—The Minnesota Wild similarly signed fellow Russian Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year contract for this season and next. Kaprizov like Sorokin can’t compete in the resumption of the season.— Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan missed practice because of a family emergency. Coach Jeremy Colliton said he isn’t sure when de Haan will be back. The 29-year-old de Haan is coming back from right shoulder surgery in December. He was acquired in a June 2019 trade with Carolina. — NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow players. None of them have won the award before. The team announced Tuesday that it plans to play in front of about 20% of Gillette Stadium’s capacity, if approved by state and local officials. The stadium’s capacity is just under 66,000. The Patriots also informed season ticket holders that if fans are allowed at the stadium, they will be asked to adhere to physical distancing of at least six feet. Tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or fewer, with the first eight rows of the stadium not in use. Face coverings will also be required at all times.NFL-CHIEFS-JONESChiefs have four-year extension with JonesKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed with defensive tackle Chris Jones on a four-year, $85 million contract extension that includes $60 million in guarantees. That word comes from a person familiar with the deal. The Chiefs and representatives for Jones have been working on a contract extension ever since last year, when they remained far apart on terms and the Pro Bowl selection skipped the entirety of the offseason program. Elsewhere in the NFL: Update on the latest sports
Stephen remains the lone senior on the court for the Badgers this season, after fellow senior Taylor Wurtz opted to medically redshirt.[/media-credit]If Tiera Stephen wasn’t on top of the world in April 2009, she seemed to be pretty close.Stephen was a point guard for the Louisville women’s basketball team and the Cardinals were playing in the school’s first ever Final Four. The circumstances were pressure-filled, daunting by any standard. She was also just a freshman, 19 years of age and playing in St. Louis under the brightest of lights.The Cardinals had just upset top-seeded Oklahoma and were taking on Connecticut for the third time that season. Widely regarded as one of the best teams in collegiate basketball history, a third loss for the Huskies was inevitable.Connecticut thumped Louisville 76-54 in the NCAA National Championship game en route to its first of two consecutive undefeated seasons, but nonetheless, Louisville had still finished their best season ever, recording the only 30-win slate in the history of Louisville women’s basketball.Stephen worked her way into the lineup all year, playing in 37 games and starting in 10. She appeared to hold a bright future in the backcourt for the even brighter future of the Cardinals’ program. Few people would consider leaving such a situation. But Stephen did. She wanted something more than Louisville could offer her, a better fit for herself and the goals she held for herself as a player.“It might not make sense why I left,” Stephen explained. “But me and the coach both decided that it would be best if I went somewhere else.”That coach was Jeff Walz, finishing just his second year at the helm of Louisville, and, all things considered, Stephen’s departure actually did make sense.She was a freshman with a defined role on a deep Cardinals team. She started games when she was asked to, but her role was generally limited to coming off the bench.“She wanted the opportunity to play more and I think she wanted more of an offensive role, and that was just not really in the makeup here at that point in time,” Walz said. “She had talked about wanting to broaden her game and do more things, which I completely understood.”Stephen was a consistent defender and a solid ball handler, fitting the mold of many backup point guards across the nation. This was also a fundamental reason for her departure.Deseree’ Byrd was a sophomore point guard, boasting a year of experience more than Stephen. She had also earned Walz’s favor for the starting point guard position after starting 38 games for Louisville that year and averaging 32 minutes for the championship-caliber team. If she had continued to beat Stephen on to the court, it would take until her senior year for Stephen to become Louisville’s starting point guard.And so a new direction pointed Stephen north, toward Madison, Wis.Having not wanted to fully reenter the lengthy recruiting process, Stephen looked to the Midwest and the Big Ten, an area she felt comfortable with after growing up in Dayton, Ohio.“I kind of went back to the pros and cons [of schools] from when I was a junior or senior in high school,” Stephen said of her new school search, which featured Wisconsin and numerous Big Ten schools. “I called Coach [Lisa] Stone up, came on a visit here and that was that.”But it wasn’t that simple of a process. Per NCAA regulations, Stephen’s transfer to Wisconsin forced her to spend an entire season watching from the bench, exactly the fate she hoped to escape when she left Louisville.Although she was only able to practice and could not travel to road games during her transfer season, Stephen still found her role as a supporter enough to carry her through the year.During her year of sitting, a lesser-known freshman guard began making headlines for the Badgers. Taylor Wurtz burst onto the scene in Madison during the 2009-2010 season and the two quickly became friends.“Since my sophomore year and out, it’s been Taylor Wurtz that’s my best friend,” Stephen recalled. “I was always her biggest fan and she was always my biggest fan, even if I didn’t play at all.”Just as the two were getting comfortable as Badgers, Stone, the person who brought them to Wisconsin, was fired in March 2011. Stephen had played two seasons of college basketball, augmented by a year of sitting in between and had to say goodbye to her head coaches at the end of each season.“I was about to experience my third coach in three years. It was just like, ‘Here we go again,’” Stephen said. “I was thinking, ‘Man, this is the most difficult, unscripted career ever.’”Little changed for her when current head coach Bobbie Kelsey arrived at Wisconsin. Stephen made her first career start at the Kohl Center, but her playing time didn’t increase. In fact, she averaged even fewer minutes her junior season.“It was hard. The freshmen see me playing pretty well now, and they think that it has always been like that,” Stephen said. “No, it has not [been that way]. It has been a challenge and it has been a struggle.”Nonetheless, her tribulations have paid off. Just as it likely would have been in Louisville, it wasn’t until her senior year Stephen became the lead guard at Wisconsin, where she stands as a starter and a leader. Nominated at the beginning of the season as one of three captains, Stephen’s recognition from her teammates and her coaches came from her leadership rather than statistical dominance on the hardwood, unlike her fellow captains, junior Morgan Paige and Wurtz.It’s the same leadership that won the point guard position that earned Stephen the right to call herself a captain.“The position was up for grabs, so to speak. … We were really looking for a rock at that spot,” point guard Coach Alysiah Bond noted. “Sometimes the thought is, well, whoever is the best ball-handler should play the point, but no, it’s the leader who can handle the ball and get people where they need to be.Stephen hasn’t had the easiest of senior seasons, either. With a nagging back injury, fellow senior Wurtz elected to take a medical redshirt for 2013, leaving Stephen as the lone senior on the court for the Badgers.Although she made the decision to transfer entirely by herself, not having her best friend by her side has actually become one of the more challenging moments in Stephen’s career.“Tay and I were supposed to go out together, so that’s the most disheartening thing,” Stephen said. “Not being able to play with her, I would have never imagined that.”To say her college basketball career has been riddled with difficulty would be a serious understatement. Stephen left a 34-5 team and a program in Louisville that annually appears in the Top 25 rankings.Now, her current team has yet to crack the rankings since she transferred and hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since she has been eligible to play on the roster. The Badgers lost six straight games before snapping the skid against Ohio State this past Sunday and have opened the conference season 1-5.But like much of her career to this point, Stephen remains unfazed. She cited her friends, family and, most importantly, her faith as the ropes that have helped pull her through these rough patches.Stephen is the first to say she feels little regret – if any – with the choices she has made to this point. She has believed in each decision every step of the way.Now in the middle of her last stretch of games as a college basketball player and her team winless in conference play, the idea of believing is exactly what the redshirt senior captain is asking of her teammates before every remaining game.Believing in what?“That we are going to win,” Stephen said.
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to play for the Lakers this coming season, and also is staring down legal trouble from an offseason incident.Despite both issues for the 29-year-old big man, the team has no imminent plans to drop him from the roster.General Manager Rob Pelinka acknowledged that the Lakers are keeping the four-time All-Star on the team for the time being, pending an ongoing investigation by the NBA into a threat Cousins allegedly made to the mother of his son last month. Cousins participated in media day activities Friday, including taking an official picture in a Lakers uniform, but he did not speak to the press.“The most important thing to say is the Lakers as an organization take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously,” Pelinka said. “That said, when allegations are made, for any NBA player, the league takes over and handles that investigation. We’re going to abide by the league’s lead on this as that’s being investigated.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPolice in Mobile, Ala., issued a warrant for Cousins last month on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after a tape surfaced of a man, reportedly Cousins, threatening to put a bullet in the head of a woman, reportedly a former girlfriend, over the phone.While Cousins’ hopes of regaining his All-Star form this year were dashed when he tore his ACL in August, Cousins has remained within the Lakers’ circle. He also attended the team’s mini-camp in Las Vegas earlier in the week and is close with Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo.Davis said he was “shocked” when he heard about Cousins’ injury and that he likely won’t get to play with his former New Orleans teammate this season.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers 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 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “Right now, he’s a member of our roster and a part of the team,” Pelinka said. “We’ll just have to wait for guidance from the league on next steps.” “Just knowing that he worked so hard to get back from his quad and his Achilles, he had to, really had an opportunity to be old DeMarcus and he wanted this year to be the year, because he felt like he was really healthy,” he said. “Then the ACL happened, so he’s in good spirits, he’s happy to be here still and be around the team. We support him all the way through.”The Lakers recently were awarded a $1.75 million roster exception for the loss of Cousins, which can be used to add a player later in the year. Pelinka said there’s no current plan to cut Cousins for a chance to add to the roster.
After a week of ramping intensity in the threat of the coronavirus, the NBA season came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night.After Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, a planned game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was immediately halted moments before tip-off. Within an hour, the NBA had suspended the season indefinitely with no clear plan forward in an unprecedented health crisis for the league.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”It could be a watershed moment – not just for the NBA, but for sporting events at large. The NBA is the first of the major professional U.S. sports leagues to suspend all games, forced to skip half-measures by the positive test of a player. The positive COVID-19 test blew away all earlier hopes that the NBA would be able to continue without fans. The Boston Herald reported that teams that had faced the Jazz over the last 10 days were being asked to self-quarantine. In the previous week-and-a-half, the Jazz had played road games in Cleveland, New York, Boston and Detroit before hosting Toronto at home. A planned game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was called off on Wednesday in Sacramento, with local media reporting that players became alarmed once they learned Courtney Kirkland, who officiated the March 9 game between the Jazz and Raptors, would be in the referee crew.The South Bay Lakers played a home game Wednesday night in El Segundo, a win over the Austin Spurs before the NBA also announced the G League season had been suspended.In Oklahoma City, players and staffers from both the Thunder and Jazz were reportedly being tested for coronavirus and were held in their respective locker rooms long after fans had left. ESPN reported that the Jazz would be quarantined in Oklahoma City for now. Other people who had come into contact with Gobert, including traveling media members, were expected to stay in place until they could be tested.Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke to reporters in Dallas, telling ESPN that teams would be able to continue to practice.Players learned on social media that the season would be suspended, and responded in kind. From his “Inside The Green Room” podcast social media account, Lakers guard Danny Green recorded a video statement wishing those affected by COVID-19 a speedy recovery.“Obviously it sucks. It’s unfortunate,” he said. “We want to continue to play basketball. The fans want to continue to watch basketball. And we want to continue to entertain you guys as best we can. But these are the right steps we need to take. The NBA’s making the right call. And hopefully, we get it back up and running in the right direction soon.”Even before the decision was announced, players had treated Gobert’s test with caution. “If you’re gonna take precautions … take all the precautions,” Clippers guard Lou Williams tweeted at 5:40 p.m., before the decision Wednesday.Lakers veteran Jared Dudley had tweeted: “I personally would rather postpone to make sure we can finally get ahead of this virus.”After the news broke Wednesday evening, the Lakers were in the process of gathering more information before issuing a statement on behalf of the organization. The Clippers canceled a scheduled practice and said they would follow up as more information became available.The Lakers canceled a Thursday morning shootaround but allowed players to come in for treatment if they wished. Team employees were asked to work from home if possible. “I mean, it’s surreal,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of closed-door games, hours before the sudden test. “But it’s something that we knew was probably coming and it’s unfortunate and hopefully not long-lasting.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe NBA said Gobert, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year from Franche, was not present in the arena during the game. The positive test result came in shortly before tip-off, sending medical staffers rushing to the court to usher players back into their locker rooms. A half-hour later the Chesapeake Energy Arena public address announcer informed those in the arena that the game had been postponed.Locally, the Lakers had a game scheduled Thursday night against the Houston Rockets and announced that fans would be able to receive refunds for tickets from point of purchase. The Clippers were scheduled for a Friday home game against the Nets.Now for the foreseeable future, there will be no basketball in Staples Center.The league had spent much of the early week contemplating measures to rein in the spread of the virus, which has nearly 125,000 confirmed cases worldwide and more than 4,500 associated deaths. After closing locker rooms to non-essential personnel to lower player risk, the NBA’s governors had discussed a number of possibilities to limit fan exposure: ESPN reported many of the league’s owners in a Wednesday discussion were in favor of playing games without fans – a step many other sporting events, including the NCAA Tournament, had already announced.The stakes escalated quickly: Earlier in the day, players and coaches had openly discussed the possibility of playing without fans after the Golden State Warriors had announced they intended to play their game Thursday night closed to the public. 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Cole’s contract includes a player opt-out option after the 2024 season, but if he chooses to exercise that option, the Yankees would be able to void the opt-out and tack on a one-year extension worth $36 million. Cole also has a full no-trade clause in his contract with New York.Cole made $14.6 million in five seasons with the Pirates and another $20.25 million in two seasons with the Astros. So if he plays out his new contract with the Yankees, his career earnings will grow to north of $336 million — even more if he opts out after the 2024 season and New York counters with the one-year extension.A three-time MLB All-Star, Cole carries a 3.22 career ERA and has gotten better in his late-20s, striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings over his past two seasons. The Yankees will gladly pay record amounts of money for that kind of starting pitching as they aggressively chase their 28th World Series title. Yes, Gerrit Cole plays for the Yankees because New York in December made him the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball with a nine-year contract worth $324 million. He will earn $36 million each year for almost a decade.Money aside, though, Cole plays for the Yankees because the deal in free agency made for the perfect player-team match. MORE: Why Cole is a safe bet for the YankeesCole grew up a Yankees fan, so his reasoning for signing with New York, money included, is fairly obvious. But the Yankees evidently were even more interested in Cole than the 29-year-old righty was in putting on the pinstripes.The Yankees had been going after Cole for more than a decade. They selected him out of high school with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, but he chose to play college baseball at UCLA, instead. When Cole became available again in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Pirates didn’t let him slip beyond the No. 1 pick. In 2018, a rebuilding Pittsburgh team traded Cole to Houston, where he helped the Astros beat the Yankees in last year’s ALCS.So when Cole hit free agency after the 2019 season, it marked his first time on the open market and the Yankees’ first chance to do whatever it took to add him to the roster. New York did just that.From SN’s Joe Rivera: “Cole wasn’t just Plan A and Option 1 for New York. He was the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, the whole shebang. Cole wasn’t just Option 1 — he was the only option. New York pulled out all the stops — and dollars — to bring him in, including having Andy Pettitte, the former Yankee great who was one of Cole’s favorite pitchers growing up, at the Winter Meetings. (Yankees general manager Brian) Cashman made like a mechanic in an O’Reilly Autoparts with a blank check and a broken Lambourghini in the parking lot.”Below are the details of the Yankees contract that made Cole the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history.Gerrit Cole contract with YankeesCole was easily the No. 1 player in MLB free agency, and about a day after the Nationals re-signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to a record contract worth $35 million per year, the Yankees raised the bar yet again with Cole’s nine-year deal worth $36 million per year for a total of $324 million.The Angels and the Dodgers also were going after Cole in free agency, but the Yankees won the bidding war and made him their biggest starting pitcher acquisition since they signed CC Sabathia more than a decade ago. Courtesy of Sportrac, below are Cole’s simple-but-massive contract figures in New York.YearSalary/cash2020$13,333,3332021$36 million2022$36 million2023$36 million2024$36 million2025$36 million2026$36 million2027$36 million2028$36 millionCole’s 2020 cash figure represents his prorated salary during MLB’s abbreviated season. Factoring in that proration, his total contract value drops to $301.3 million.
MANLY — A Britt man accused of sexual abuse has pleaded guilty in the case. 22-year-old Devonta Hinton was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the early morning hours of July 30th of last year. Manly police say in a criminal complaint that an officer saw video evidence of a sexual act on a cell phone that the girl owned. Police say that Hinton told them they were both high on marijuana at the time and that it was not the first time they had gotten together to have sex. An officer says the girl admitted that she and Hinton had sex a few days earlier. As part of a plea agreement, Hinton pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Hinton is scheduled to be sentenced on July 6th.