Read Also: Serie A: Ronaldo nets as Verona stun Juventus in late comeback Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre could not hide his frustration. The Swiss broke off a post-match TV interview when asked about the table situation, “stop taking about it”. Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz enjoyed some sweet revenge over his former club having been sacked by Dortmund after just six months in charge in 2017. “I just told the boys they did really well and never gave up,” said the Dutchman, who recently signed a contract extension until June 2022. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dortmund will finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday. “That hurts,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc. “It’s very disappointing because we played well until the 80th minute. “We’re conceding too many goals, we’re not in a better position (in the league) and we have these (defensive) problems.” Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland, 19, drew a blank for the first time for Dortmund after scoring eight goals in his first four games. “When we take the lead, we have to be a little dirtier,” said the midfielder, who joined last month from Juventus. “That’s something the team has to learn, defensively we all have to be better together. “It was definitely a setback, but anything can still happen.” Dortmund were 3-2 up going into the final 10 minutes thanks to goals by Mats Hummels, Can and Raphael Guerreiro. However after Kevin Volland netted two first-half goals for Leverkusen, substitute Leon Bailey swept home to make it 3-3 on 81 minutes before playing a part in Lars Bender’s headed winner. There was just 82 seconds between Leverkusen’s final two goals as the Dortmund defence was caught napping. It was the first time new striker Erling Braut Haaland had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first four games, and the teenage sensation cut a dejected figure as he trudged off. Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Loading… Emre Can says his new Borussia Dortmund teammates must learn to “win dirty” after leaking two late goals to lose 4-3 at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and lose ground in the Bundesliga title race. Can, who marked his first start for Dortmund with a stunning long-range goal, said they only had themselves to blame after conceding twice in the dying stages to stay third, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Dortmund midfielder Emre Can (second from right) can not hide his frustration at the 4-3 defeat by Leverkusen on Saturday.
The Batesville Bulldogs Golf Teams were victorious against The South Dearborn Knights at The Hillcrest Golf & Country Club.Varsity Team Scores.Batesville 175 South Dearborn 243.Individual Scoring for Batesville.Jake Flaspohler 43; Ryan Harmeyer 43; Ross Harmeyer 44; Tristian Lamppert 45; Keegan Straub 45; and Billy Carroll 47.Medalist: Jake Flaspohler & Ryan Harmeyer (43)JV Results.Batesville 118 South Dearborn 124.Batesville Scoring.Christian Weberding 57 and Cole Mobley 61.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.
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Lady Pirates fall to Franklin County 2-0.Again Greensburg could not find the back of the goal. Freshman Natalie Kalinoski led the team in shooting with four shots but that was no match to Wildcat’s 22 goal attempts. Keep Ella Lowe managed to keep the game a competition with help from Alaina Nobbe who had two non-keeper saves. While the Lady Pirates passing game showed some improvement from their last match it was not enough. This brings the Lady Pirates’ record to 1-7-3. The travel to Lawensburg Saturday (9/28) for a 3 p.m. game time.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the future of striker Luis Suarez will take care of itself as long as the focus remains on football. Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona this week to open preliminary talks about an improved contract for the Uruguay international, who has two and a half years remaining on his current deal. Suarez wants to play in the Champions League and with the Reds in second place in the table they are in a good position to deliver that this season. “I think it is part of nature that you mature and the ban hit him really hard last time,” he added. “He is a player every manager in the world would want in his team for his determination and quality. “But I’ve got to know him as a human being and I know a lot of things written and said about him couldn’t be further from the truth. “He is a really humble man, he just has this unique desire to win games and we see that week in, week out. “If you judge him on his football he is up there with the world’s best. “As a human being he’s had his difficult moments and we’ve had our difficult moments with him, but he is a great guy and is really coming to the fore in this period.” Suarez captained the side in Sunday’s 5-0 win at Tottenham in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and Rodgers believes that is a reflection of his standing within the squad. “I think it is maturity. He has really felt the love of the supporters because after the 10-game ban he found it difficult to cope,” he said. “He is a man who plays football for the love of the game and we see that every week. He is maturing, accepting the role and responsibility I’ve given him here. “He is not only a top player, he is one of the pillars of the group. We are a young side with an average age (that is) probably the lowest for a number of years and he has taken on that mantle in order to help and support those young players while having that x-factor to his game. “I just think he is in a good place, his family is in a good place and long may it continue.” Which is why Rodgers wants the emphasis to remain on the pitch ahead of a tough festive schedule which includes trips to top-four rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. “There is nothing to report on that,” he said when asked about Suarez’s contract. “Contractually, with any players, it is private so at the minute he is just focusing on his football. “We are just very much focused on our performance level, improving and improving players, and I think that will all take care of itself. I don’t think there is any rush at this moment in time. “Of course he is a player we want to keep here and build the team around in the coming years.” Suarez is the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer with 17 this season, which is even more remarkable considering he missed the first five matches as his 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic was carried over from the previous campaign. On Sunday he won the Football Supporters’ Federation player of the year, some achievement considering the abuse he has had from opposition supporters in the wake of the biting incident and prior to that a seven-match ban for racially-abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra as well as being accused of diving on occasions. Rodgers believes the 26-year-old has returned a better player and person. Press Association
The Chicago White Sox and Bulls have teamed up to commit $200,000 to support the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The fund launched by the Chicago Community Trust along with the city and United Way supports nonprofit organizations and agencies providing services to the most vulnerable during the pandemic. That includes food and basic supplies and cash transfers as well as help with rent, mortgage and utilities.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.Arteta, who turned 38 on Thursday, told the Arsenal website that he is ”completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days. Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___ Associated Press The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’.That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date. ___LeBron James has different handshake rituals with all his teammates. It’s common for him to remember them and keep using them for years, even when those teammates become opponents later after they go through trades or free agency.Those days, he says, are gone now.The Los Angeles Lakers star appeared on the latest “Road Trippin’” podcast with former teammates Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Lakers broadcaster Allie Clifton and insisted his handshake days are over, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.“I ain’t high-fivin’ nobody for the rest of my life after this,” James said. That, Fauci said, is when “we can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality.”Obama added his thoughts by posting in the comment section during the talk, saying “Listen to the science. Do your part and take care of each other. Thank you, Steph and Dr. Fauci.”___Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says it is unlikely that there will be any more spring football practices, and that considerations will be made for what teams will be able to do after the coronavirus pandemic, whether that comes in May, June or even later. Among the possibilities could be minicamps or maybe non-mandatory captains’ practices. “I just wanted to drop in and say hello to all the fellow communications students there,” Manning said. “I realize this is a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year, but I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you’re doing and try to take advantage of a little bit of the extra time that you have to accomplish something else or help out somebody in need – a lot of people (are) hurting out there during this time – be thankful for what you have and just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you every way (it) can and Dr. Haas and his department is going to do the same thing.”The University of Tennessee tweeted out Manning’s video appearance. The video also showed some students saying, “Thank you, Mr. Manning,” after the retired quarterback finished speaking.___The NFL has released a public service announcement in conjunction with an announcement of a donation of more than $35 million in COVID-19 relief aid. The PSA is narrated by Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. It features more than 50 current or former players and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who has tested positive for COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future, a person with knowledge of the details said. March 26, 2020 “This is a new day, and I think it’s going to have to be almost entirely dictated by the circumstances, once those circumstances are known,” Bowlsby said Thursday. “We have a lot of kids that are home right now and they’re not getting regular workouts like they would get in school.”While way too early to project how things will play out into the scheduled start of football season, Bowlsby said: “It’s hard to imagine looking up into a grandstand and seeing people sitting six feet apart,” or having no fans at all there.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are helping organize a blood drive on March 31 at State Farm Stadium because of a local shortage.The team — which is partnering with Dignity Health and Cigna — says nearly 200 Arizona blood drives have been canceled since March 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic and that local supply has reached “critically low levels.” ___Arizona Cardinals All-Pro linebacker Chandler Jones is donating 150,000 meals to food banks in Arizona and his hometown of Endicott, New York, to help families dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Jones said in a statement that “these are really tough times and it is important for me to do my part and help out both here in Arizona and back at home in New York. There are a lot of people in need and everything we can do as a community makes a difference.”Jones set a Cardinals franchise record with 19 sacks last season.___ The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard. The team says the size of the stadium and the event’s layout will ensure that social distancing guidelines are met. Those who participate must register online in advance.___The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared.The team says anyone who had known close contact with the player has been notified.In a statement, the organization adds it will “continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.” The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus.The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices, the person told The Associated Press. The person was granted anonymity because the reductions were not announced publicly.Health benefits remain unaffected and there are no changes for the rest of the organization, including support and administrative staff.The NBA suspended its season on March 11 when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player to test positive. The league is still discussing scenarios for resuming play once allowed.—AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney reported. Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___ He said “it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest.”Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day.The Spaniard said his wife and nanny also contracted COVID-19, but his three children did not.He said ”we are all completely fine now.”___ Handshakes, medical officials have said, are one of the ways the virus can be spread from person to person. So even when the NBA returns, James believes that some tenets of social distancing will remain in place on the court.“No more high-fivin’ after this corona (stuff). Nope,” James said. “Wait until y’all see me and my teammates’ handshakes after this (stuff).”___Five-time NFL MVP and former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning dropped in on one of his alma mater’s online classes to boost the spirits of students having to finish their coursework virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tennessee communications professor John Haas was conducting an online class when Manning’s face suddenly appeared on the screen. The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies.With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.___ All 32 franchises are represented in the video. Each player used his phone to film messages, asking viewers to stay home to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus across the country. They provide examples of what they’re doing at home, from gardening to staging impromptu dance contests.___D.J. Augustin became the latest Orlando Magic player to try to help those affected by the coronavirus, donating to an effort to get food to health-care workers on the front line fighting the pandemic.Augustin donated to Krewe of Red Beans in his hometown of New Orleans. The organization brings food from restaurants in the city to those health care professionals.Augustin’s family was forced from their home while he was in high school due to Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans. Also Thursday, Magic forward Aaron Gordon — who has already made a donation to help homeless children in Central Florida — announced a separate donation to help kids in his native Bay Area of California. Gordon announced he was donating to a group called My New Red Shoes, which provides well-fitted shoes and clean clothing to children in need.___Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors held a half-hour talk on Instagram to discuss all things related to the coronavirus with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.More than 50,000 viewers were logged in for much of the talk — among them, former President Barack Obama, a very big basketball fan.Curry asked Fauci when it might be time to start thinking about sports again. Fauci told Curry “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down. The Latest: AP source: Salary reductions for top NBA execs ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
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Submit Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The creators of betting and gaming brand MoPlay, Addison Global, has strengthened its commitment to boosting diversity in the gambling industry after joining a Steering Group to build out PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace: A code of practice. The invitation, which came from BSI and the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP), will see Addison Global work towards building a global diversity, equality, and inclusion standard. Nyreen Llamas, Chief Strategy Officer at Addison Global, commented: “From the very beginning, Addison Global has been a proud founding member of the All-In Diversity Project. We are committed to advancing a diversity, inclusion and equity agenda, not just internally, but within the industry as a whole. “We also strongly believe that the creation of the code of practice PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace will assist all businesses with their implementation of tangible changes that will move the dial in a positive direction. “Andrew Gonzalez’s expertise in this field, combined with his academic background and previous work experience, will no doubt provide invaluable guidance in the creation of PAS 1948.” In implementing the strengthened standards of inclusion, Addison Global’s HR Business Partner Andrew Gonzalez is set to play an integral part. The new standard will cover corporate governance and reputation; internal policies, processes, and practices; recruitment, retention and development; under-represented groups; and concepts such as ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘intercultural competence.’“I’ve always been passionate about engraining diversity, inclusion and equity into the company cultures of the organisations I partner with. I believe the creation of PAS 1948: 2020 will assist organisations, both big and small, in creating a diversity and inclusion strategy that can be easily implemented, in order to create positive change,” added Andrew Gonzalez, HRBP, Addison Global.The Code of Practice is planned for publication by BSI in June 2020, and will be utilised by the Steering Group to provide a flexible toolset for voluntarily adopting workplace equality practices, assessing the impact of those activities, measuring the progress of these initiatives, and developing strategies for continuous improvement.The Steering Group’s goal is to develop the standard through a consensus-building process that includes public consultation and will be facilitated by BSI.Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, explained: “Andrew brings a global perspective and a truly human touch to the steering group that we believe will benefit all businesses who adopt this code of practice. He’s worked tirelessly on the subject matter in industries where recruiting and retaining diverse talent isn’t the easiest thing.”David Fatscher, Head of Environment, Social and Governance Standards at BSI, concluded: “It is recognized that diversity is critical for an organization’s ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-changing environment. “The variety of perspectives that diversity brings makes it the crucial ingredient for the innovation that drives business growth. PAS 1948:2020 aims to help build a Code of Practice that will provide recommendations for businesses and organizations across the world to develop and sustain a workplace that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion.”
LOS ANGELES — The season’s first punch connected with Chris Paul’s face. The last one was a shot to the gut of the Lakers’ organization.The bookends of the 2018-19 Lakers campaign produced chaos of different kinds, but chaos nonetheless. The Oct. 20 brawl in the home opener at Staples Center, which marred the long-anticipated debut of LeBron James with suspensions, feels like a lifetime ago given all that’s transpired since. The surprise resignation of Magic Johnson is a still-raw wound that has left the Lakers looking for direction.What happened in between produced a 37-45 season in the year the Lakers, armed with a superstar, were supposed to be back in the postseason – perhaps even pushing some of the top Western Conference teams for a better seed. But unrest and anxiety were present throughout the season, and while injuries were a component of the Lakers’ failure to at least make the playoffs, there were moments throughout that signaled that trouble was ahead.Here are some of the key moments from a Lakers’ season that fell short of ambitions and has rocked the leadership of the franchise: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWALTON AND JOHNSON CLASHIn preseason press exchanges, Johnson called the upcoming season “a bridge,” and he said he expected the Lakers to blend together gradually “with so many moving parts.” But at the same time, he wanted to see something big. “We expect to have a special season.”Apparently just seven games in, Johnson wasn’t seeing what was going to be so special about it, dressing down Walton in a closed-door meeting that soon leaked out into the public view.He was upset about a 2-5 start, including a deflating 0-2 road trip that had seen Walton tinkering with lineups and rotations. Then again, the suspensions to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram hadn’t created a stable start for the roster. It seemed telling that following the meeting, the Lakers ended up making a move for Tyson Chandler, bringing in a veteran center who helped give a shot in the arm to the team’s defense and served as a veteran voice.The meeting brought tension to light between Walton and the front office which never resolved itself. While Magic later assured that he would let Walton coach for the rest of the season “unless something drastic happens,” the unclear definition of “drastic” was a looming cloud over Walton and his staff, and a general feeling of restlessness took hold. To a lesser extent, that also was messaging to players around James, who realized that the season’s demands were going to be higher – even this early on, there was an understanding among the young core that they could be traded as the Lakers eyed competing on a shorter timeline.To the end, Johnson felt no fault in the encounter, telling reporters on Tuesday that he and Walton had a “tough meeting,” and he didn’t appreciate being made the “bad guy” of the interaction, for asking more than the Lakers were delivering. “Am I tough? Hell yeah I am,” he said. “You work for me, I’m demanding. But at the same time, I’m fair.”It’s worth noting the Lakers went 15-5 after this meeting, buoyed by a hot streak from James, the acquisition of Chandler and a seemingly stronger commitment to defense. But for the rest of the season, Walton and his coaches were walking a tightrope that they never really got off.CHRISTMAS POISON PILLLeading up to a marquee match-up at Golden State, James and the Lakers did their best to temper expectations. But the world was ready to watch, and the Christmas Day game drew an estimated 6.4 million viewers.The world saw something rarely seen before: James pulling up injured in the middle of the game. Lip-readers across the internet saw him tell a trainer: “I felt a pop.” He limped off the court, and the Lakers nor James could know at the time that he wouldn’t be back on the court for more than a month with a small tear in his left groin.The Lakers won that night, 127-101, but it would end up relatively hollow given what it would cost the team. Another hero of that particular game, Rajon Rondo, wouldn’t realize until the next day that he would require surgery on an injured right hand that set him back a second time in the season.During the stretch without James, the Lakers went 6-11, and the struggles would call into question multiple elements of the team without James: the composure of his younger teammates, and their ability to compete without him; the veterans who were underperforming; and the coaching of Walton without James to lean on.James himself struggled, too, acknowledging that he couldn’t be as engaged when he was injured as when he was healthy in what was the longest and most serious injury of his career. Eyebrows raised at the Lakers’ first home game with James sidelined on Dec. 28, when he showed up to Staples Center with a glass of wine in hand.“I know what I can do for the franchise, I know what I can do for the team,” he said in an interview on Spectrum SportsNet toward the end of the season (he has not spoken to the media at large since the season ended). “So I’m basically trying to speed up my body to get back on the floor, but also my mind is kind of shot because I just want to be out there for my guys.”James and other Lakers went on to view Christmas as a marker: At 20-14 and tied for fourth in the West, it was the last time they truly resembled the contender they thought they could be.INDIANA UGLINESSTension had been building for a long time leading up to the Lakers’ worst game of the regular season, and one of the most lopsided games in franchise history.The struggles without James, which were exacerbated when Lonzo Ball went out on Jan. 19 with an ankle sprain, had ratcheted up tension. The Lakers had no clear control over James’ recovery timeline, which was continually pushed back after the team initially called the groin tear a strain. Even during his comeback, James was upgraded from “out” the day before the Clippers game to “available” the night of the matchup. The next game against Golden State, James was a surprise absence, which seemed to catch Walton at least a little off-guard.Then there was the looming notion of a trade for Anthony Davis, which had heightened insecurity in the locker room. James had contributed to the speculation early on in the season by saying playing with Davis would be “amazing” and “incredible.” That possibility seemed to be close at hand in January, when Davis publicly asked for a trade through his and James’ agent, Rich Paul. Negotiations between the Lakers and the Pelicans over the next two weeks became public, with new rumors about new offers sprouting up every day and dominating NBA headlines. The prominent players mentioned included the young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, once thought near-untouchable in trade talks.The locker room was unsettled further in a confrontation following a loss at Golden State, when Walton called out veterans for their selfish play, and met resistance. Michael Beasley, one of the players with whom Walton clashed, would be traded less than a week later.Everything came to a head in Indianapolis, where the Lakers were utterly without fight against a Pacers squad that had recently lost All-Star Victor Oladipo to a season-ending injury. James had never lost a game by 42 points before in his career. The locker room tried to ward off trade rumors as an excuse, but in retrospect, players were willing to admit that it hurt the team and sowed distrust.“It affected us a lot,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said in exit interviews. “The locker room once the trade talk was there, the locker room changed. Everybody was pretty much worried about that – especially guys that haven’t been through it. They were worried where they were going to end up.”The only one who seemingly wasn’t touched by trade talks was James, who said he thought his previous teams had been able to get over it. The subtext was clear: Why weren’t the Lakers?FAILED PHILADELPHIA SUMMITOn the heels of the Indiana disappointment, something encouraging happened: The Lakers won a tightly contested game in Boston with a buzzer-beater from Rondo. It was a needed dose of good feelings, as the Lakers were able to celebrate a win together in a tough environment. There was initially a ray of hope that the Lakers, if they played together in that way, could pull themselves out of the slump.The momentum picked up a bit of a drag as the Lakers attempted to insert trade acquisitions Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala into the group in a Saturday practice, with Bullock plunging immediately into the starting lineup in hopes of bolstering the team’s 3-point shooting. It threw more moving parts into rotations that had never been quite fully set, and Walton continued to tinker with different groups in search of one that might gel. In the end, Bullock shot just 34.3 percent from deep for the Lakers, and Muscala hardly played in meaningful games.There was an expectation that the Lakers would try to repair damaged relationships with players, and indeed, Johnson flew out to Philadelphia after attending a Michigan State event earlier in the weekend (Pelinka stayed in Los Angeles for his daughter’s birthday). He met with the team on Sunday before their game against the 76ers, one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams that many observers thought had made out well at the deadline – indeed, Johnson complimented the “great moves” of the Sixers.But if the Lakers were expecting comfort, that’s not what they got: Johnson had a message for them to toughen up, because the NBA is a business. He chastised reporters for treating players “like babies.”“I’m not the guy, ‘Oh, I’m going to go up and hug guys,’ ” Johnson said at the time. “I’m not that dude.”Even though some players would come to agree with Johnson’s point – Kuzma in exit interviews said Johnson was “accurate in the grand scheme of things” – there was a coldness to the organization’s approach to talent that didn’t jibe with the leadership’s representation of the franchise (particularly Jeanie Buss’ favored analogy) as a “family.” During his resignation, Johnson defended his approach, noting that Brandon Ingram, in particular, had gone on to have an impressive post-All-Star run despite the adverse circumstances.That didn’t translate to winning, however. The Lakers lost their final two games before the All-Star Break and snuffed any sense of momentum they had. As they left the visiting locker room in Atlanta and fell below .500, they spoke of needing a break from one another.A BITTER FINISH ON THE ROADBack from the All-Star break, James spoke of being “a little different” and playing with more urgency. With a win out of the gates against the Houston Rockets, that initially seemed to be a deliverable promise. But Walton questioned the significance of one victory and what it deemed for their playoff ambitions.“If we go on this road trip and drop two straight, then what does this game really mean?” he asked. “It all depends on how we respond from this.”His words were uncomfortably prophetic, as the Lakers went on to drop a relatively non-competitive game in New Orleans, on a night when James played and Davis, whose minutes were being restricted by the Pelicans after his trade request, was not. Afterward, James seemed to question whether basketball was the most important thing in his teammates’ lives – which didn’t sit well in the locker room, especially coming from James who has a sprawling media empire. ESPN reported that the team met at the next stop in Memphis, confronting James about his poor body language and defense, criticisms that James reportedly took to heart, but again, it didn’t translate to victory, as the Lakers dropped their second game in Memphis.The loss to the Grizzlies felt less dire than the one to the Pelicans, and the Lakers were able to clean up their performance in a return home against New Orleans again to win a needed game. But after a loss to the first-place Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers had to play the second game of a back-to-back in Phoenix, the last-place team in the West. And that’s where they stumbled downhill and never recovered.The surprisingly resilient Suns played a tough game and led for most of the night by double digits. A late comeback attempt in the fourth quarter fell miserably short, and the lasting image of the game was when James threw a careless inbounds pass that bounced off the backboard and resulted in a turnover. A subsequent loss to the Clippers at home truly doused their playoff hopes, but after Phoenix, the odds were never again in their favor.That sequence led to everything tumbling down for the Lakers after they had rallied their ambitions in July. James’ run of 14 straight playoff appearances was over. Johnson, who promised to bring the Lakers back to contention, quit midstream in his supposed three-year plan and retreated to his former life. The team let go of Walton, who subsequently found work quickly up North in Sacramento.Taken one at a time, the Lakers might have recovered, even with the injuries they suffered. But taken all together, it was too much to overcome.“Yeah we could’ve played better here, played better there,” James said after the Suns game. “That’s been throughout the whole season.”As far as a season-long epitaph, that one would work for the Lakers.
Coach Krusey is coming to Mason City from Davenport, Iowa along with his wife, Jess, and their children Jaxen, Alicia, Brianna, Vanessa, and Emma. The Wildcats went 1-8 in 2016, Coach Krusey’s first season. In 2018, he led North to a 5-4 record. February 8, 2019 As a Head Football Coach, his teams have qualified for the playoffs 7 times. Press Release: He is also the Strength Coach and Head Girls Track Coach at Davenport North. From 2001-2009, he was the Head Football Coach at North Tama where his teams qualified for the playoffs five out of eight seasons. North Tama was the State Runner-Up in 2008. Coach Krusey has a career head football coaching record of 84-70. He was the 2018 Class 4A District 4 Coach of the Year. In 2017, he was the Class 4A District 7 Coach of the Year Finalist. While at Grundy Center, he was the 2011 Class A district 3 Coach of the Year. From 2012-2014, Coach Krusey was the Head Football Coach, Head Boys Track Coach, and the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Independence JR/SR High School. While there, he turned the football program around from a 3-6 record his first season to a 6-3 record in his third season. Mason City High School is pleased to announce that Brandon Krusey has been selected as its Head Football Coach for the 2019-2020 school year. His hiring is subject to school board approval at its scheduled meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019. Prior to coming to Davenport North, Coach Krusey was the Defensive Coordinator at Davenport West High School. From 2009-2012, he was the Head Football Coach, Head Boys Track Coach, and the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Grundy Center. In 2011, his football team qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. MASON CITY — Mason City High School has announced their new head football coach. Brandon Krusey is coming to Mason City from Davenport North. Krusey has a career head coaching record of 84-70 with previous stops at North Tama, Grundy Center and Independence. North Tama was the state runner-up in their class in 2008. Krusey played high school football at Aplington-Parkersburg. Krusey’s hiring must be approved by the school board at their February 18th meeting.Below is the text of the official release made this afternoon by the Mason City High School Athletic Department: Coach Krusey has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Social Studies (K-8). He will complete his (K-12) Strat II BD/LD Special Education endorsement in May. Currently, he is the Special Education Department Head where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Special Education programming at Davenport North High School. Coach Krusey played high school football at Aplington-Parkersburg. Coach Krusey commented, “Jess and I are very excited about the opportunity and can’t wait to meet all the wonderful people of Mason City and to join a tremendous group of teachers, coaches, and administrators at Mason City High School. We are proud to be new Mohawks!”