Southall warns Everton over Barton

first_img Press Association “Obviously his package with QPR is pretty big for Marseille’s terms really,” said McKay. “Joey said there was only one club he would make a sacrifice for and it would be Everton and I made that call to Martinez. “That is the club he loves. I have approached them and said Joey would love to have Everton on his CV. “Fair play to him he said he would lose money to go to Everton – and not many professionals would do that.” McKay claims Martinez, who is in the market for a central midfielder, is an admirer of Barton. “Roberto Martinez said he likes him as a player and he also spoke to Graeme Jones, who loves him as a player,” he added. “Anything can happen in football. It could happen.” Martinez and the rest of the Everton squad are currently in San Francisco where they are set to kick-off their pre-season games in the United States against Juventus in the International Champions Cup. Everton will not comment on speculation about players at other clubs. However, Press Association Sport understands there is little likelihood of Barton securing a move to Goodison Park. Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has warned manager Roberto Martinez to steer clear of signing Joey Barton after comparing the QPR midfielder to Forrest Gump. Asked whether he thought Barton would be a good signing the outspoken former Wales international said: “I think they have already got a kitman. “What is he going to add to Everton? He might be a half-decent player at times but, if he was that good, Harry Redknapp would be begging him to stay at QPR. “I don’t see how he will fit into Everton’s style of play. He ain’t the best passer in the world. “Yes he is fit and runs up and down all day but Forrest Gump did that as well didn’t he?” Southall added on talkSPORT: “I would rather he (Martinez) got in a young lad who is probably on less money and a better prospect in the long run so they have got until January to bed him in and see what he is like. “A 30-year-old at Everton? I was hoping they were past that, unless he was a current international.” Barton, who tweeted ‘Once a blue…’, spent last season on loan at Marseille but appears to have no future at Loftus Road after their relegation to the Championship. His salary seems to have put off the French club from making a move to sign him permanently and agent Willie McKay is exploring other options in an attempt to find a new club. Southall, who made a record 751 appearances for Everton, likened Barton to the fictional character played by Tom Hanks’ in the 1994 film of the same name. The Huyton-born player has said he would sacrifice a large proportion of his reported £70,000-a-week wages to play for his boyhood club but Southall believes it would be a mistake. last_img read more

Trump delays tariffs as China, US trade war continues

first_imgThe U.S. is removing some items from the China tariff list and is delaying tariffs for other items.It is the latest move by the U.S. in the ongoing trade feud between the two countries.Products on the tariff delay list include cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, and computer monitors.Tariffs on these items were initially set to go into effect on September 1st, but will now go into effect on December 15th.The Stock Market has been reacting to the news, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been trading up over 500 points at times.The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also surging on Wall Street.Last week, the dow dropped 500 points after President Trump threatened another 10 percent hike in tariffs on $300 billion in goods from China.The move was opposed by retailers and manufacturers who were worried about the holiday shopping season.President Trump was pressed Tuesday about the latest tariff rollback and said he chose the delay because of the”Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact” on American consumers.He then reiterated that his tariffs have had virtually no impact on Americans thus far.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Dr. Fauci Wants Brad Pitt to Play Him on Saturday Night Live

first_img(Washington, DC) — White House Coronavirus Taskforce member Dr. Anthony Fauci wants actor Brad Pitt to play him on Saturday Night Live. Why not go for the academy award winning Hollywood heart-throb?Dr. Anthony Fauci Jokes He’d Like Brad Pitt to Play Him on ‘SNL’ https://t.co/5rphvSVqvT— TMZ (@TMZ) April 10, 2020 In an appearance on CNN, Fauci asked if the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star would be up to the task of portraying him on TV. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been at the forefront of the White House taskforce. SNL will return to NBC’s airwaves this weekend after a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img

Bahamians in S. Florida Celebrate 44th Anniversary of Independence

first_imgBahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida. The occasion was an Independence Ecumenical Service celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas which was on July 10.Among the speakers at the service, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers telling those in attendance, “The greatest asset of The Bahamas is not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people).”The service themed, “Towards the Rising Sun,” began with a warm welcome from the First Lady of the Church, Mrs. Evelyn Brown, wife of Pastor Rev. Dr. Vincent Brown. Other speakers included Richard Treco, Consul General of The Bahamas to Florida, and Senator Fred Mitchell, former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jerome Symonette, of Restoring Grace Community Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.During the service, The Bahamas Consulate General Office, Florida, honored a number of persons from the local Bahamian community. Another highlight of the service was a solo by Acneal L. Williams, Masters of Classical Voice Program at Howard University (currently interning with the local Consulate office).Those in attendance included from the Diplomatic Corps, Consul General Franz Hall, Jamaica; Consul Dave Spence, Trinidad & Tobago and Commissioner Thomas Dorsett – West Park Florida. Clergymen included Rev. David Ellis, Pastor Mike Brennen, Pastor Byron Braynen, Bishop Dexter Rolle (Bimini), Rev. Carroll Storr, Bishop Francis Curry, McQuaise Hepburn, Minister Horace Hord, Fr. Denrick Rolle, Rev. Leslie McMillan, Rev. Charles Thompson, and Rev. James Ferguson.The Ecumenical service was one of a number of events planned by the local South Florida Bahamian community to celebrate the 44th birthday of The Bahamas as a nation. On Saturday, July 8th, Bahamians in Florida celebrated with a picnic at the Virginia Cay Beach, Miami.This Saturday, July 22nd, The Independence celebration events will continue with the National Association of The Bahamas (NAB) Annual Scholarship Ball, which will take place at the Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club, Miami.last_img read more

William Hill predicts ‘unprecedented’ change will see 38% of shop estate unprofitable

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share William Hill has updated the market on the back of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) decision to reduce the maximum stake on B2 games from £100 to £2. Given the Government has specified its intended outcome, William Hill said it is providing preliminary guidance on the potential impact in order to help investors and analysts with their own modelling.It said: “However, a regulatory change of this nature is unprecedented and its impact on customer behaviour will not be fully known until some years after implementation. The initial guidance provided, therefore, is necessarily based upon a series of assumptions based on William Hill’s knowledge at the time of writing. We will update the market as appropriate during and after implementation.”William Hill has disclosed:·      In the first four months of the current financial year, c70% of our total gaming machine net revenue was generated by stakes in excess of the proposed £2 threshold.·      After making a number of assumptions on revenue substitution back into gaming machines and other products, and capture of revenue from other shops closing across the industry, we estimate that the annualised impact of a £2 staking limit could be a reduction in total gaming net revenue of 35-45%.·      At this point, preliminary estimates suggest that the stake limit could result in c900 William Hill shops (c38% of our existing Retail estate) becoming loss-making. A proportion of these would be at risk of being closed within a relatively short time of the proposed staking change being implemented and, for the remainder of the estate, we will monitor the actual impact on the estate and performance over the medium and long term.·      We currently estimate that this could reduce William Hill Retail’s annualised adjusted operating profit following mitigation measures by c£70-100m. We have assumed a degree of mitigation but will continue to look at further ways to reduce the longer term impact on profitability.Notwithstanding this change, William Hill said the Board’s current intention is to retain the existing dividend policy to pay out approximately 50% of underlying earnings. The Group’s balance sheet remains strong with net debt to EBITDA currently c0.5 times following the receipt of proceeds from the Australia and NYX transactions.Philip Bowcock, Chief Executive Officer, said: “William Hill has a long and proud heritage as part of the UK high street and we know how important betting shops are to our customers and their local economies. The Government has handed us a tough challenge today and it will take some time for the full impact to be understood, for our business, the wider high street and key partners like horseracing. “We will continue to evolve our Retail business in order to adapt to this change and we will support our colleagues as best we can. Despite the challenges presented by this decision, our teams will compete hard and offer great service to William Hill customers.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Neil Armstrong unfazed about FA Prez disqualification

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association Presidential aspirant Neil Armstrong Mortagbe says, the Executive Committee of the GFA announcement that only one candidate has qualified to contest for the GFA Presidency has not come to his notice and therefore sees it as unofficial.An FA statement released yesterday by the Executive Committee read: “Further to the notice of Congress dated 31st March, 2011 and pursuant to article 28.6 of the GFA Statutes, please be informed that only one candidate qualifies to contest for the election to the office of the President of the Ghana Football Association – 2011.”But according to Mr Armstrong who has dclared his intention to vie for the FA presidency, the Executive Committee has not officially communicated to him on his disqualification.He told asempa sports that, he is waiting for the official communication from the committee on the grounds of his supposed disqualification before he will challenge it if necessary.Source: Asempa Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

Why Keshi rescinded decision to quit

first_imgBut for the intervention of top government officials, who drew Stephen Keshi’s attention to the enormous task facing the national team and his place in the country’s football lore if he finished his rebuilding process, the former national team captain would have made good his resignation as Super Eagles’ coach.Keshi rescinded his decision to resign as Super Eagles coach barely 24 hours after tendering his quit letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).A source close to Keshi told The Guardian Tuesday that the coach was working under conditions unbefitting a Nigerian national team coach.“It was as if the NFF was doing Keshi a favour and at a time even before the Nations Cup, he wanted to leave his post, but we persuaded him to use the position to prove that indigenous coaches could do better than the foreigners the federation was thinking of hiring.“Keshi does not tolerate certain things, one of which is interference in his job. It got to a stage some people were coming to tell him how to manage the national team and for a person, who has spent more than 35 years in big time football that was unacceptable,” the source, said.Keshi admitted on arrival in Abuja Tuesday that it took the intervention of the chairman of the National Sports Commission/Minister of Sports to rescind his decision to quit the Eagles job. The coach said he decided to call its quits because of the way he has continuously been treated by the NFF management and technical committee.Speaking to the media at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, the Eagles coach said he had no option than to change his mind after more than four hours meeting with the minister in South Africa Tuesday morning.“Yes, I actually resigned over some misunderstanding with the Federation, but we have sorted out everything. I want to tell Nigerians that I am back to work for them,” he assured.”Confirming his role in getting Keshi to rescind the decision to quit the Eagles job, Abdullahi said: “Keshi did not actually hand in any resignation letter. So, the issue of whether he has rescinded his decision does not arise.“Actually, there was a rift between Keshi and the Federation, but the good thing is that I have waded into the crisis after several hours of dialogue and meeting with the coach. I want to assure you that Keshi would remain as Eagles coach.” Giving an insight into the reasons for Keshi’s decision to leave the job, the source said several months after his employment as the handler of the national team, Keshi is yet to get an official car and accommodation, just as he is being owed over four months salary.“After the final match on Sunday, some NFF officials visited Keshi in his room in a fake display of solidarity, but the coach walked them out of the room because they never believed in him.“Normally, Keshi was expected to join the celebration in the hotel court, but he decided to stay alone in his room because he felt the people that employed him did not believe in him.“I don’t think the NFF has treated Keshi well; even when it was obvious that the coach was on the verge of leading the team to a great feat, he did not get the support of his employers.“The officials booked their tickets back to Nigeria a day before the Eagles faced Cote d’Ivoire in the quarterfinal of AFCON because they believed the team would not survive the Ivoiriens. Keshi pondered on his resignation before the final and I was not surprised that he tendered the letter after the game.” The source revealed that a member of the technical committee once threatened that they would make the foreign technical director the over all boss of the Federation’s coaches, adding: “If you listened carefully, you will recall Keshi always talking about African countries’ penchant of employing carpenters and farmers as coaches because of the colour of their skin.“Again, while the NFF was doing all these things, some other countries including Kenya and Zimbabwe were trying to get Keshi to take over their teams.The source revealed that before accepting to change his mind, Keshi was promised free hand to do his job, while all the money owed him would be settled immediately.“He was also promised a good accommodation in Abuja, and other appurtenances of his office,” the source said.last_img read more

Clippers’ Jamal Crawford struggling to find his shot

first_imgSaturday while Crawford was hunting makes, trying to put together a good night from the field, the ball got passed to him near half court with just seconds left on the shot clock.He was forced to heave the ball to the basket for another miss.Then, it happened again, causing his coach, Doc Rivers, to just shake his head.“That’s the way it happens, I swear. When you struggle — I’ve been through it — it just feels like the ball ends up in your hands with one second. It just won’t stop,” Rivers said. “In a week or two weeks whenever he exorcizes this, he’ll laugh about it. But right now, it’s not funny.”Rivers said he’d almost preferred Crawford throw the ball in the opposite direction then to see another shot come up empty.Crawford is doing everything he can to shake out of the slump.After a 1-for-9 matinee win over the Lakers, he went back into the gym that night for more shots. He was quick out of the locker room Saturday to take more shots before the start of the third quarter.Just right now, it’s not working.“He’ll get through it, but it happens,” Rivers said. “I’ve seen it happen to the best. And, it’s no fun to go through. You know he hasn’t forgotten how to shoot or play. He just needs a couple to go in for him.”It does, indeed, happen. Since Crawford’s slump began, Kevin Love, for instance, is hitting only 35 percent of his shots.Playing without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin hasn’t made this easier, either. Crawford admitted that he’d love to be helping carry hat burden.“It’d be nice to put the cape on,” he said.But right now, it’s just not happening. With the ball not falling, he’s had to try and find other ways to help. In eight of the last 12 games, he’s had at least four assists, including seven in the loss to the Nuggets. His two best rebounding performances (as well as his two best assist outputs) have come during the last 12 games, too.“It’s testing me,” Crawford admitted. “But, I have faith. I trust the work I’ve put in, and I’ve got faith.”And, his teammates do too.Asked if he was “feeling” for Crawford as he’s gone through this rough stretch, Clipper center DeAndre Jordan fired back.“Hell no. Why would I feel for someone who’s got 17,000 points?” Jordan said. “He knows how to score the basketball. He’s just in a slump right now. Scorers go through slumps. If I’m over here feeling sorry for him, then he’s going to feel sorry for himself. Jamal, he knows how to score.“He’s just in a little funk right now, but he’ll get out of it. When he gets out of it, I’ll feel sorry for whoever is guarding him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> You’ve seen it in how Jamal Crawford moves.The way the ball bounced from his hand between his legs, the way he’s shifted from left to right, the fluidity in how he’s flipped from standing to shooting, it’s all a blink slower than usual.It’s not anything physical. The problem, Crawford said, is mental.“You’re your own best defender,” he said after the Clippers’ loss Saturday to the Nuggets. “That’s kind of what’s going on now. “center_img Crawford’s stuck in the worst stretch of his season, a 12-game lull where shots have rattled in and bounced out, where it’s felt like he’s throwing a bowling ball into an earring. And, it’s been rough.A player known for taking and making the toughest shots, for ignoring the misses, Crawford’s currently feeling the frustration of a slump.“When you’re thinking about them, you’ve already missed them,” he said of shots. “… When you try to play perfect, you play passive. Anyone who has seen me play for the last 17 years knows that’s low on my totem pole. I never play passive. When I start doing that, it’s like ‘OK, I’m thinking too much.’”In the last 12 games, Crawford’s shooting just 25.4 percent from the field and 13.9 percent from 3-point range, an astounding number considering he’s made 1,983 of them in his career. Jason Terry, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter are the only active players who have made more.But the history doesn’t matter in a slump — not when seemingly everything is working against you.last_img read more

To Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Rising Stars MVP means a little more than the game

first_img Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant In a game that for most was a total lark, Kuzma certainly was trying to win MVP.He hoisted 27 shots, eight more than any other player save for Tatum (24). He ran the floor, hunting for outlet passes, and finished alley-oops with a flush. To have watched the 6-foot-9 wing’s game for the Lakers is to know he’s perfectly suited for what the Rising Stars exhibition is: light on defense and a gunner’s paradise.The only other Laker who has ever won Rising Stars MVP is Eddie Jones (1995). No other Laker has scored more points in the game: Kuzma passed Kobe Bryant’s previous Lakers best of 31 points late in the fourth quarter.OK, so the game doesn’t matter. So what?“Obviously, it’s an exhibition,” Kuzma said, “but it’s better to have bragging rights anytime you can.” 🎥 Kyle Kuzma caught fire early for Team USA, finishing with 35 points and earning MVP honors. pic.twitter.com/gxFrOuV14l— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 16, 2019 Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bragging rights matter to Kuzma, who isn’t shy about saying he’s trying to beat expectations. Since Kuzma was drafted No. 27 overall in 2017, he’s sought to outplay that initial evaluation the NBA put on him. He said as much a week ago when he invited the comparison to Boston’s Jayson Tatum (who had 30 points as Kuzma’s teammate).“Obviously he went higher than me in the same draft class. Me, I think I’m better than everybody, that’s just my mentality, how I approach things, and I look forward to playing guys who were drafted ahead of me regardless, not just him.”Only eight of the 26 who were drafted ahead of him were invited to the Rising Stars Game. While it mostly means he doesn’t get much of an All-Star break – Kuzma noted ruefully that he’d only get a day-and-a-half on the beach before reporting back to Los Angeles on Tuesday – it’s not an empty gesture.This is a group of players the NBA sees as its best up-and-comers, its stars of tomorrow. Even though the Rising Stars event is, nearly by definition a game played without defense (the teams combined for 37 3-pointers, 55 dunks and shot a combined 12 free throws), it meant something to Kuzma that he was one of the better players in the exhibition. In his second season, like his second appearance in Rising Stars, he wanted to be better than he was before.“A lot of people didn’t know who I was and didn’t really have expectations,” said Kuzma, who will participate in the All-Star Skills Challenge on Saturday night. “But when you have a successful season like I did my rookie year, you’re going to have a target on your back. And I knew that. I want to be great. So I got into the gym right after the season.”But it wasn’t all heartless competition: Kuzma is close with several members of his class, perhaps no one more than Donovan Mitchell (20 points, nine assists, five steals) of the Utah Jazz. The two played one-on-one during the Team USA warm-up session, and Mitchell tossed Kuzma the lob that gave him his first dunk of the game in the first quarter.Related Articles The camaraderie of All-Star Weekend is part of why Kuzma hopes to come back next year. But, as always, he hopes to earn his way: He’s open about wanting to be an All-Star in 2020 in Chicago, and he’s willing to bet on himself.“That’s the next level,” he said. “Just working hard, dedicating what I do on a daily basis to my craft, and take care of my body. I got confidence that I can one day be an All-Star in this league.”CLIPPERS’ SGA FILLS UP THE BOXSCOREClippers rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a strong showing with 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes for the World squad.Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons led the World team with 28 points on 14-for-17 shooting. Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen had 21 points for the World, and Dallas’ Luka Doncic had 13 points and nine assists.Atlanta rookie Trae Young finished with 25 points and 10 assists for the U.S., while Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox added 16 assists..@ROSGO21 catches up with Kyle Kuzma as he gets presented with the #MTNDEWICERisingStars MVP trophy! pic.twitter.com/WQ0DnNHv8G— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 16, 2019 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory 🎥 Kyle Kuzma joins the set of NBA Gametime to talk about winning Rising Stars MVP pic.twitter.com/GY8KUB5a5K— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 16, 2019 PreviousThe Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, holds the MVP trophy after he led the U.S. team past the World squad in the the NBA All-Star Rising Stars game on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C. Kuzma had 35 points in a 161-144 victory. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Donovan Mitchell, of the Utah Jazz moves to the hoop against World Team’s, Bogdan Bogdanovic, of the Sacramento Kings during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kevin Knox #20 of the U.S. Team drives to the basket against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the World Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)U.S. Team’s Kevin Knox, of the New York Knicks works against World Team’s, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, of the Los Angeles Clippers, during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Donovan Mitchell, of the Utah Jazz, heads to the basket against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Trae Young #11 of the U.S. Team drives to the basket against Rodions Kurucs #00 of the World Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Trae Young #11 of the U.S. Team drives to the basket against Rodions Kurucs #00 of the World Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the U.S. Team dunks during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyrie Irving looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team drives to the basket against John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Jason Tatum #0 and teammate Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team warm up prior to the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team drives to the basket against John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the U.S. Team drives to the basket during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)U.S. Team’s Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks works against World Team’s, Rodions Kurucs, of the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Jarrett Allen, of the Brooklyn Nets, loses the ball as World Team’s, Ben Simmons, of the Philadelphia 76ers picks it up during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s John Collins, of the Atlanta Hawks misses the dunk against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Dallas Maverics owner Mark Cuban, center, sits with newly acquired Kristaps Porzingis, left, during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s De’Aaron Fox, of the Sacramento Kings heads to the hoop against World Team’s, Deandre Ayton, of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks works against World Team’s, Rodions Kurucs, of the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Jarrett Allen, of the Brooklyn Nets, loses the ball as World Team’s, Ben Simmons, of the Philadelphia 76ers picks it up during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)World Team’s, Luka Doncic, of the Dallas Maverics dunks against the U.S. Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Cheerleaders perform during a break in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)World Team’s, OG Anunoby, of the Toronto Raptors heads to the hoop against the U.S. Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Director Spiker Lee sits courtside watching the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns stands with a child during a break in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns speaks with World Team’s, Josh Okogie, of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a break in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)World Team’s, Bogdan Bogdanovic, of the Sacramento Kings, runs down the court against the U.S. Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Donovan Mitchell, of the Utah Jazz heads to the hoop against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s John Collins, of the Atlanta Hawks dunks the ball against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Jayson Tatum, of the Boston Celtics shoots against World Team’s, Lauri Markkanen, of the Chicago Bulls during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s John Collins, of the Atlanta Hawks dunks the ball against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)World Team’s, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, of the Los Angeles Clippers, moves the ball away from U.S. Team’s Jarrett Allen, of the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)World Team’s, Cedi Osman, of the Cleveland Cavaliers moves the ball against the U.S. Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s Jaren Jackson Jr., of the Memphis Grizzlies, celebrates late in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game against the World Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)U.S. Team’s John Collins, of the Atlanta Hawks dunks against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team dunks during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team dunks during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)U.S. Team’s Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers heads to the hoop for a dunk against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team dunks during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Deandre Ayton #22 of the World Team defends Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)U.S. Team’s Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game against the World Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka, Pool)U.S. Team’s Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game against the World Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka, Pool)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Deandre Ayton #22 of the World Team defends Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyrie Irving reacts with John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Josh Okogie #20 talks with teammate Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the World Team reacts during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Lauri Markkanen #24 of the World Team defends John Collins #20 of the U.S. Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the U.S. Team dunks during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the U.S. Team defends Lauri Markkanen #24 of the World Team during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyrie Irving looks on during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Jason Tatum #0 of the U.S. Team shoots during the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former NBA player Grant Hill, right, speaks with U.S. Team’s Jayson Tatum, of the Boston Celtics, both of whom played at Duke, after the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game against the World Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the U.S. Team holds the MVP trophy after the 2019 Mtn Dew ICE Rising Stars at Spectrum Center on February 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, holds the MVP trophy after he led the U.S. team past the World squad in the the NBA All-Star Rising Stars game on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C. Kuzma had 35 points in a 161-144 victory. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NextShow Caption1 of 55The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, holds the MVP trophy after he led the U.S. team past the World squad in the the NBA All-Star Rising Stars game on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C. Kuzma had 35 points in a 161-144 victory. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)ExpandCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maybe it was all about the money.A relatively modest prize of $25,000 (by NBA standards) goes to the winning team of the Rising Stars Game. That definitely influenced Kyle Kuzma, who said his Team USA broke at least one of their huddles on Friday night by shouting, in unison, “one, two, three, BONUS.”He mentioned the check again after winning the MVP award, adding to a legacy as rich as Kevin Durant (2009) and Allen Iverson (1997) and as dubious as Daniel Gibson (2008). But in the 40 minutes leading up to that moment on the dais, in which he scored a game-high 35 points, it was evident that the second-year Lakers forward had been shooting for something a little more intangible than the extra cash.“Last year, I didn’t really play that hard,” he said. “This year, I just came out: One, I wanted to get some conditioning. And two, why not MVP? You’re in the game. So might as well just try.” Oh that’s nice… That’s real nice https://t.co/jlrNvMfJ2N— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) February 16, 2019 Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ last_img read more

Matt Kemp plays the hero again as Dodgers move into first place with ninth-inning win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousActor Edward James Olmos reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) celebrates his solo home run with Yasiel Puig, in blue, manager Dave Roberts (30) and starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate in the dugout as Max Muncy rounds the bases following a solo home run by Muncy against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) points skyward as he reaches home plate following his solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy drops his bat as he follows the path of his solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, right, steps off the mound after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt (44) scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal after a sacrifice fly ball from Alex Avila during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Actor Edward James Olmos reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) celebrates his solo home run with Yasiel Puig, in blue, manager Dave Roberts (30) and starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) celebrates his solo home run with Yasiel Puig, in blue, manager Dave Roberts (30) and starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Matt Kemp did it again.With runners on second and third base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kemp delivered the game-winning hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a two-run double to give the Dodgers a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory Sunday.Kemp hit the game-winning home run against the same pitcher, Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Saturday.“When I was walking up to the plate, they were showing what happened last night,” Kemp said. “In my mind, I really wasn’t thinking about hitting a home run. I was really just trying to get that one run in at third base. It just so happened I got two.” On Saturday, Bradley threw a first-pitch fastball over the middle of the plate before hanging the 1-and-2 curveball that Kemp hit for a home run. Bradley threw Kemp another first-pitch fastball down the middle Sunday and Kemp was ready. He was credited with a double when his 392-foot fly ball hit off the fence in left-center field.The Dodgers’ dugout emptied in celebration, and the mob didn’t stop until it caught up with Kemp in left field.Kemp wasn’t in the starting lineup Sunday against right-hander Clay Buchholz, but insisted it wasn’t difficult to begin the game on the bench after playing hero the night before.“His only focus is to win baseball games,” Roberts said of Kemp, “and to not start today after hitting a home run, but to be ready when called upon to win a game for us, credit goes to him.”Kemp went 10 games without driving in a run prior to Saturday, but finished the weekend with five RBIs in his final three at-bats.The Dodgers got their first run on a solo homer by Max Muncy, his 31st of the season. It was just the third hit allowed by Buchholz to that point in the game; the other two were singles by Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler.Buehler took a shutout into the seventh inning. The rookie right-hander struck out nine batters, tying a career high, allowed a pair of singles and walked only three. After Paul Goldschmidt’s single in the first inning, Buehler retired 16 batters in a row.That streak ended when Goldschmidt singled again to begin the seventh inning. When Buehler walked Daniel Descalso, his day was done after throwing 103 pitches, bequeathing runners on first and second base with one out.Roberts did not allude to any injury concerns with Buehler in his postgame remarks.“At that point in time I thought he was losing fastball command,” Roberts said.Yet the pitcher was taken for precautionary x-rays on his left foot after the game, and wasn’t available to speak to reporters. The source of the injury was unknown; Buehler’s foot was not struck by a batted ball during the game.With Buehler out of the game, right-hander Ryan Madson was summoned from the bullpen to make his Dodgers debut. He added to a precarious situation by walking the first batter he faced, Ketel Marte, on four pitches to load the bases.The next batter, Alex Avila, hit a fly ball 298 feet to center field. Cody Bellinger’s throw was a strike. After tagging up from third base, Goldschmidt initially was ruled out on the tag. But after a 2-minute, 34-second review, umpire Adam Hamari’s call was overturned and the game was tied 1-1.Arizona took a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning on Descalso’s solo home run against Caleb Ferguson. Bellinger leaped at the wall, but couldn’t get his glove high enough.“I jumped a little late,” Bellinger said. “I was close all day, but unfortunately that happens.”Kenley Jansen (1-5) got the final two outs. That merely set the stage for another heroic effort from Kemp.The two teams won’t meet again until a three-game series in Phoenix Sept. 24-26. The Diamondbacks still have the upper hand in the season series, having won 9 of 16 head-to-head games, but now the Dodgers have the upper hand in the division at a critical time.“I think we’ve had our mojo back,” Bellinger said, “but this series kind of clarified that.”center_img 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.By winning three straight games against their National League West rivals, the Dodgers (75-62) moved into sole possession of first place for the first time since Aug. 8.The Diamondbacks (74-63) fell to third place in the division, one game behind. The Colorado Rockies (74-62) beat the San Diego Padres earlier in the day and are now in second place, a half-game behind.The Dodgers were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position when pinch hitter Alex Verdugo began the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk against Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger. The next batter, Max Muncy, fell behind 0-and-2 before drawing a walk on four straight balls. Kiké Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base, leaving first base open.Not only did Arizona manager Torey Lovullo pitch to Kemp, he replaced his closer with Bradley. Kemp was 7 for 15 in his career against Bradley after his big home run Saturday.“I would expect him to believe in me there, and want me in that spot,” Bradley told reporters in the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse.last_img read more