first_img Alexander: Dodgers-Padres is closer to a fair fight Alexander: Was there more to Pac-12 delay than health and safety? • Zlatan Ibrahimović said it after that game: “I enjoy when I play against them. I enjoy to play in this stadium. … The stadium is too small for me here, but I make the stadium bounce anyway. It looks awful big when I play here.”• Buckle up. LAFC and the Galaxy will be playing downtown Thursday night, win or go home in a Western Conference semifinal. LAFC finished 21 points ahead of the Galaxy in the standings, but the Galaxy is 2-0-3 in the two-year-old series. So there might be a bit of anxiety for the higher seed and its fans.• Ibrahimović has scored eight of the Galaxy’s 13 goals in the five matches, five of them in this year’s two meetings. And he has supplied enough bold talk, including the famous “Ferrari among Fiats” line from earlier this season, to power this derby almost by himself.• If this is indeed the end of the line here for Zlatan, who might be headed back to Europe, we’ll miss him. (LAFC probably won’t, but that’s another story.)jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter The world according to Jim:• If it weren’t for a certain someone who couldn’t manage his relief pitching effectively two Wednesdays ago, we might have been spending the days leading up to Tuesday evening debating if this is a baseball town or a basketball town.• Right now, of course, there is no debate. The World Series opens in Houston, but the center of attention in L.A. is Staples Center and the start of the season-long passion play involving the Lakers and Clippers, who play the first of their four scheduled regular-season meetings.• Is L.A. the basketball capital of the world, or at least of the NBA? You decide. ESPN’s NBA nerve center has been located in its L.A. Live studios for some time. But the networks who cover the NBA will spend an inordinate amount of time with L.A.’s teams – each of the four Lakers-Clippers meetings will air nationally, and combined the teams will account for 76 national games between ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBATV. (For those keeping score, the Lakers are scheduled for 42, the Clippers 38.) Moreover, a number of print and digital media outlets will have a full-time presence in L.A., or close to it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• None of this changes the nature of fan support in SoCal, which remains heavily pro-Lakers. Legacy fans, you might call them. We could call it peculiar to the area, but as Turner Sports’ Stan Van Gundy pointed out, there’s a similar imbalance in New York between the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.• SoCal is sometimes strange in its allegiances, to be sure. The proportion of Dodgers fans to Angels fans is primarily geographical because the Angels are an Orange County franchise regardless of what Arte Moreno wants them to be called. The same is true of the Kings-Ducks relationship.• And in football … well, I hate to say it, and I know Chargers executives won’t like it, but didn’t it seem like there were at least as many people rooting for them in Nashville this past Sunday as there were in Carson the previous Sunday?• The process of rebuilding the fan bases of L.A.’s two NFL teams is difficult enough. Explain to me, then, why it makes sense for the schedule-makers to have both teams pretty much out of town for a huge block in the middle of the schedule.• This is, in part, due to the league’s insistence on regular-season international games, and the fact that both the Rams and Chargers have had to donate one home game each year to the effort to sell tickets and merchandise in England and Mexico. Yes, there are many facets to the desire to milk as much revenue out of the international audience as possible (and trust me, the NBA is discovering the complications in its dealings with China) Alexander: How will spectator sports look after COVID-19? center_img Sparks pound Washington for third straight victory Alexander: Sparks’ Seimone Augustus is on point in first game against her old team • The view here, in the case of the NFL: If the league really had a clue about the uphill battle the Rams, and especially the Chargers, have in igniting civic passion and getting fans back on board, they’d make games here a priority as opposed to London and Mexico City.• Instead, the folks at 345 Park Avenue, the NFL’s corporate offices in Manhattan, figure a new stadium will solve all the problems. Memo to Roger Goodell and his lieutenants: Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.• As a result, the Rams have a full month between Coliseum appearances, their next one a Nov. 17 Sunday night game against the Bears. The Chargers are home once in an eight-week span, Nov. 3 against the Packers (and guess who will be supplying the noise that day).• So yes, it’s a basketball town.• But is it maybe a little bit of heresy to say Lakers-Clippers isn’t the best L.A. rivalry this week? Not if you’re an MLS fan.• Remember when LAFC and the Galaxy played in late August, at Banc of California Stadium, and LAFC rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn a tie? The second-year team was en route to the Supporters Shield as best regular-season team – even then it was evident they were the league’s dominant team – and the Galaxy was still battling for a spot in the postseason.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat moment of uncertainty – when Davis feared he might leave New Orleans with neither his health nor a win against his old team – passed fleetingly. For the rest of the quarter, Davis and his new compatriots were able to edge the hot-starting, but wilting, Pelicans, rallying for a 114-110 victory.“He performed unbelievably,” Frank Vogel said. “It was a tough environment, getting booed every time he touched the basketball, playing against a bunch of guys that know him, playing against a coach that knows him. And he put all that stuff aside, blocked out the noise and rose to the challenge and had a great game.”The final turnover, fittingly, was notched by Davis who had a game-high 41 points, intercepting an inbounds pass over former Laker Brandon Ingram. Two free throws later, the Lakers (16-2) were ahead by four, their ninth consecutive victory near assured.Before tip-off even, some of Davis’ own tension had been allayed by his teammates, who wanted to help him knock off the team that once made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft.“They said it pregame, we don’t want to leave this building without a win,” he said. “I think this game was circled on both calendars.” PreviousNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to playing the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans during pregame at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball over Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball around Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball around Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans makes a layup against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans sits on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks next New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Fans hold signs for Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Jaxson Hayes #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans attempts to dunk the ball over Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball over Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson watches waits for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives the ball around Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots next to New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) battles New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) for a pass during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) talks to coach Frank Vogel during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)New Orleans Pelicans fans boo Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) shoots as New Orleans Pelicans’ Kenrich Williams, back left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) vies for a rebound against New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes (10) and guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Lakers forward Anthony Davis moves around Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams during the first half of Wednesday’s game in New Orleans. Davis had a season-high 41 points and a critical steal in the final seconds as the Lakers rallied for a 114-110 victory. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)New Orleans Pelicans fans cheer for guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over Jahlil Okafor #8 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on after injuring his elbow against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on after injuring his elbow against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on after injuring his elbow against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball around Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a three point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball around Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over JJ Redick #4 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs the ball over Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans fight for a rebound at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with his team at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball up the court against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball up the court against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over Nicolo Melli #20 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicansreacts during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over Kenrich Williams #34 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals a pass intended for Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers steals a pass intended for Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after stealing a pass against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after stealing a pass against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) arrives for the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis arrives for the team’sNBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James arrives before the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to playing the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 51NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on November 27, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)ExpandNEW ORLEANS — It wasn’t the scorn from the fans who used to love him that hurt the most.It was Josh Hart, running for a rebound on full steam, connecting with Anthony Davis’ right elbow.The 6-foot-10 forward, whose mere gaze can ward a ball-handler from testing the paint, crumpled to the Smoothie King Center court as the third quarter ended Wednesday night. He howled as he clutched his injured arm, and a crowd that had spent the night booing him with varying levels of intensity suddenly was reduced to hushed, unsure whispers.For a few minutes as a trainer worked on his elbow, it was unclear if Davis would be able to finish his much-anticipated return game. But at the 7:41 mark of the fourth quarter, out of a timeout, he checked back in with a dunk that cut a lead that once had ballooned to 16 down to two points. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Davis was the leading man by virtue of his season-high scoring total. The Lakers fed him, even to their detriment, on the low block, as he drained shots against Kenrich Williams and Jahlil Okafor, the teammates he left behind when he was traded in June. He wound up taking a season-high 30 shots, making 15.It felt very much like old times for Davis, who concentrated on the friendly trash talk with the Pelicans rather than the feedback from the stands.“There was one where Kenrich is on me, and I score, and I say he was too little. And he’s laughing. We got a bond off the floor that no one can take no matter the circumstances,” Davis said.But LeBron James (29 points, 11 assists) lit the fuse for the comeback: The forward scored or assisted on all but two of the Lakers’ field goals in their 35-point fourth quarter. The Lakers outscored the Pelicans by 14 in the final frame. Much of that key stretch came in the tense minutes when Davis sat on the bench.During the fourth-quarter rally, James surpassed 33,000 career points – only the fourth player in NBA history to reach that mark. In a collision with Hart himself in the second quarter, James gritted through, determined to let Davis feel something he’s known as well – the satisfaction of beating your old team.“Anytime you go back to a place where you’ve made a mark and you started your career and you’ve played significant minutes and gave a lot to the community and gave a lot to the franchise, you want to come back and play well and you want to win,” he said. “Because at the end of the day that’s what this league is all about.”While the game was a dizzying array of storylines from players who had been traded over the summer, one of the most critical shots came from Kyle Kuzma – who the Lakers pressed to hold on to during their summer negotiations with the Pelicans. He hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 left, the standout moment of a 16-point night.Related Articles It was not always so easy: The Lakers dragged for three quarters, playing post-up after post-up through Davis while allowing their high-tempo hosts to hit 3-pointers from all sides. The Pelicans shot 9 for 11 from the arc in the first quarter alone, finishing with 17 3-pointers in the game.Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 29 points, 25 in the first half alone. Ingram had 23 points in his first game against his former team.Davis smiled as the final buzzer sounded, and hugged Holiday, who earlier in the day he had called one of his truest friends. The two swapped jerseys and the small array of boos still ringing seemed not to bother him at all.“Some people boo and they don’t even know why,” James said. “They just want to be a part of the spectacle. Some people are not even from New Orleans and are here for the game and they just be booing. But you heard a lot of cheers tonight for A.D. as well because they still love him and they still love the people that he spent seven years with and that relationship there. But definitely he can now move on.”Kuzma was less charitable to the Pelicans faithful: “New Orleans fans should probably boo their own team for letting him get 40 when you come back.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

first_img Former Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli joining Juwan Howard’s Michigan staff The international 3-point line has been used in the NIT the last two seasons, but the NCAA noted that change didn’t dissuade anyone from outside shots: teams attempted 23.1 3-pointers per game in this year’s NIT compared to 22.8 per game during the regular season. With that small sample size in mind, moving the line back nearly a foot and a half might not be enough to slow the growing trend toward long-range shooting. The 3-pointer played a key role in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, with Auburn making the Final Four in a season that saw the Tigers average 30 attempts per game from beyond the arc and Purdue guard Carsen Edwards set a tournament record by making 28 threes in just four games. Carsen Edwards’ #Elite8 highlight tape is one for the ages. 👏#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/Vz3v41c0PA— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019The 3-point line has been at 20 feet, 9 inches since the 2008-09 season. The NCAA women’s line moved back a foot to that distance for the 2011-12 season. In addition to the 3-point line move, the NCAA also approved the following changes for 2019-20:— Re-setting the shot clock to 20 seconds (instead of 30) when the offensive team gets a rebound in the front court.  — Calling players for a technical foul “should they use derogatory language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.” The original proposal had set the penalty as a Flagrant 2 foul and an ejection rather than just a technical. — Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts during the last two minutes of the second half and any overtime periods.— Allowing replay review on basket interference or goaltending calls in the last two minutes of the second half and any overtime periods. The men’s basketball rules committee had proposed the change last month, citing three primary reasons for extending the 3-point line: — Making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter.— Slowing the trend of the 3-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making the shot a bit more challenging, while at the same time keeping the shot an integral part of the game.— Assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.“After gathering information over the last two seasons, we feel it’s time to make the change,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, chairman of the rules committee. “Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game. We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.” Related Newscenter_img NCAA men’s basketball players will need a little more distance on their 3-point shots beginning next season. The organization announced on Wednesday it has approved a proposal to move the 3-point line back from 20 feet, 9 inches to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. The rule will take effect beginning this season in Division I and in the 2020-21 season for Divisions II and III.  Former USC basketball assistant avoids prison in recruiting corruption caselast_img read more

first_imgMuch like Kattar, Aguilar isn’t a guy who is going to generate a ton of buzz on social media or by pulling out crazy moves in the cage, but he’s already earned two quality wins in as many starts and he has the abilities and intangibles to continue piling up the victories going forward, beginning this weekend in South Carolina.He’s just one of those guys who feels like he’s destined to be a factor in the Top 15 because he’s gritty and durable and has a knack for putting on entertaining fights that end with him getting his hand raised in the center of the cage.Those are the kinds of guys who tend to sneak up on people, so now is your chance to start paying attention to Kevin Aguilar so you’re not caught off guard when he breaks into the rankings and beats some established names. Normally when the ‘how is this guy not in the UFC already?’ chorus roars, I tend to roll my eyes because there are usually two or three pretty obvious reasons why said fighter isn’t currently competing on the biggest stage in the sport.But when Kevin Aguilar was still plying his trade as the LFA featherweight champion and still only garnered a short-notice fight up in weight on the Contender Series last summer, even I wondered what more the 30-year-old standout had to do in order to prove he was capable of competing in the UFC’s 145-pound weight class.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPrior to scoring a split decision win over Joey Gomez last summer that finally put him face-to-face with the UFC — but still didn’t earn him a contract — Aguilar had gone back-to-back-to-back against Damon Jackson, Justin Rader, and Thanh Le in successful title defenses, sandwiching a unanimous decision win over Rader between stoppages of Jackson and Le.Between beating quality opponents and being a champion in an organization that has graduated numerous champions to the Octagon over the last couple years, it really didn’t make sense that a guy with 13 wins in 14 starts still hadn’t gotten at least a look in the UFC. Then when he didn’t get the nod after edging out Gomez in an entertaining fight that he took on short notice, up in weight, it kind of felt like maybe Aguilar was one of those guys the UFC just wasn’t ever going to sign.For a moment or two back before his Contender Series appearance, even Aguilar started to question what more he could do to get a call-up, but once he had a chance to show Dana White & Co. what he could do in person, Aguilar was confident that his time would come.A few months later, the surging “Angel of Death” made his UFC debut, beating Rick Glenn in an entertaining fight at the TUF 28 Finale in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, he pushed his winning streak to nine by turning back unheralded Peruvian Enrique Barzola, who had entered their bout having won four straight.Despite all his regional success and keeping things rolling through his first two appearances in the Octagon, Aguilar remains a largely unknown commodity beyond the hardcore audience and heads into this weekend’s showdown with Dan Ige searching for a way to break out of the pack and make some waves in the loaded featherweight class.While Aguilar’s results merit greater attention, it’s also not surprising that there are plenty of people who are still largely unaware of the Longview, TX. resident and the entertaining style he brings to the cage. After all, it was just two weeks ago that Calvin Katter was featured in this space and he had already beaten a previously ranked and now currently ranked opponent while hanging tough against Renato Moicano, who headlines Saturday’s event at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.Just as Kattar used his blistering knockout of Ricardo Lamas to announce his presence to a wider audience, Aguilar is hoping to do the same with weekend against Ige.There is nothing flashy or that stands out about what the 30-year-old brings to the table. In terms of his approach, Aguilar is pretty traditional with his standup and solid when forced to grapple, but what sets him apart and makes him someone with the potential to stand out and gain traction in one of the deepest divisions in the promotion is his overall grit, toughness and stay in your face style.He’s one of those guys that can’t help but be in entertaining fights — a Texas version of Diego Sanchez where he’s more likely to beat you by pushing an insane pace and drowning you with volume, although he does have the pop to get you out of there with one shot if he lands clean.He just never stops coming forward, never gives you a chance to get comfortable or reset, and can keep doing it for 15 minutes without fail, which doesn’t sound all that significant, but is really taxing to deal with. There are no spinning attacks or aerial assaults — just a steady diet of punches and kicks with enough heat on them to make every one count. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle. For this week’s UFC event in South Carolina, that fighter is Kevin Aguilar.Name: Kevin AguilarRecord: 17-1 overall, 2-0 UFCDivision: FeatherweightTeam: Longview MMA / Team 515last_img read more

first_imgIt was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Jose Ramirez puts himself on the map. Doubt crept into people’s minds when it came to Ramirez heading into Saturday’s junior welterweight title unification bout with WBO titlist Maurice Hooker. Pundits viewed him as a guy who had been protected by his promotional outfit at Top Rank for a lack of quality opponents and continuously fighting in his nearby Fresno, Calif. That sentiment grew louder when he struggled in a majority decision win over Jose Zepeda in February. The Dirty- Two deaths strike boxing. The boxing world lost two fighters this past week as Maxim Dadashev, and Hugo Alfredo Santillan passed away after their respective bouts two weekends ago. Some have said boxing is too dangerous. And those who say that aren’t wrong. Any fighter is one punch away in the wrong spot for their life to be over. How can deaths be prevented? Should fighters compete more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and adapt a masterful defensive style, so they don’t absorb too much punishment?Two lives being taken away is too many. One is too many. Thank you to Maxim Dadashev and Hugo Alfredo Santillan for being brave to step inside the ring and provide the fans with a skill so many wish they had and making us forget for a brief moment about the problems we had before watching you perform. Well, Ramirez not only quieted those critics, but he broke through the glass ceiling by making an emphatic statement to the boxing world with a sixth-round TKO of Hooker to add the WBO belt to his WBC title in an all-action affair in Arlington, TX. Sporting News had it scored 49-45 Ramirez at the time of the stoppage. What a finish from Jose Ramirez 👏👏👏📹: @DAZN_USApic.twitter.com/WandI3swPF— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 28, 2019 Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) showed the world he’s among the elite and perhaps the best of them at all at 140 pounds with another unification clash taking place later this year between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year- Gervonta Davis shines in hometown return. It was more of when than if on Davis getting by Ricardo Nunez. In front a soldout and feverish crowd of 14,686 at Royal Farms Arena in his hometown of Baltimore, Davis gave the hometown fans plenty to be excited about, blasting through the overmatched Nunez in two rounds to retain the WBA title. Now, with that out of the way, it is time to test Davis and see how good he is. The record is excellent at 22-0 with 21 knockouts, but not against the best competition. To Davis’ credit, he was scheduled to face Abner Mares back in April, but the latter had to bow out due to injury. “Tank” made it abundantly clear after the fight that he wants IBF titleholder Tevin Farmer in his next time out. But the question is, will Davis’ management team at Mayweather Promotions reach over to Farmer’s team at Matchroom Boxing and get it done? Offers have been to Davis’ team in the past by Farmer’s promoter Eddie Hearn, and they have been rebuffed. Davis’ promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. feels his pupil is a future pay-per-view star. And he isn’t wrong as the 24-year-old has the necessary tools to be one. The only way Mayweather’s proclamation can come true, though, is by Davis facing the best of the best and testing his mettle. Will Davis put his foot down and tell Mayweather this is what he wants? Remember, the promoter works for the fighter and not the other around. Far too often, the fighter listens to the promoter, and the sport gets stalled because of that.- Tevin Farmer continues his dominance. The scorecards don’t reflect on how close it was, but Farmer defeated a tough Guillaume Frenois by unanimous decision to hold onto his IBF junior lightweight championship. The crowd wasn’t happy about the performance, but Farmer couldn’t have cared less. Farmer (30-4-1, one no contest, 6 KOs) boxed effectively by using the jab and showed brilliant defense to run his unbeaten streak to 24 (23-0-1). He also made it abundantly clear that he wants Davis his next time out. A Davis-Farmer showdown is the one to make for both guys. One, they don’t like each which is the recipe for a high profile fight, and Davis and Farmer are the top guys at 130 pounds. Let’s stop the chatter and put them in the ring to see who the better man is. The Bad- Dillian Whyte being allowed to fight despite a failed a drug test. The 31-year-old had come off an impressive win over Oscar Rivas nine days ago to become the interim WBC heavyweight champion and put himself in line to face champion Deontay Wilder by the end of May 2020. However, that has to be put into serious question after it was announced on Wednesday that Whyte failed a drug test for two banned substances, but yet received permission to step inside the ring by the British Boxing Board of Control to face Rivas. While we can sit here and pass the buck onto Whyte and rightfully so, there’s no way the British Control should have let Whyte fight. He didn’t score a knockdown in the fight, but he doled out some bumps and bruises to Rivas’ face. What if Whyte knocked Rivas down or worse, knocked him out and something happened to Rivas? It should NEVER be about just getting a fight into the ring, regardless of the significance. Fighter safety should be the most important thing. The British Control put Rivas’ life on the line and luckily for the Colombian boxer, he is ok. They should be ashamed of themselves for putting on an athletic contest that in the grand scheme of things doesn’t hold a candle to life.last_img read more

first_imgOn 10 June 2013, BiH football team will play an exhibition match in Masqat with the football team of Oman, said the Football Federation of BiH.President of BiH Football Federation Elvedin Begić signed a contract on playing the match, and BIH team will travel to Oman immediately after the qualifying match with Latvia, which is going to be played on 7 June.last_img

first_imgIn recent year, a new group of racers have showed up who want to integrate their passion for running with their passion for travelling. In other words we get new tourists, marathon tourists who want to run and to see something, to learn about new cultures, cities, regions, said CMC Agency.Each year the number of cities that offer marathons and half-marathons is increasing, and the number of competitors is also increasing, not just to participate in the marathon but to remain and see the city as tourists. Talking about this novelty in tourism, Sarajevo is one of the most interesting cities to visit.With its multi-cultural society and interesting environment, as well as geographical conditions it has plenty to offer, and it is an unavoidable point in the calendar of marathon which are being held in European capitals.www.wieninternational.at offers more information on this event and warns racers that if they do want to participate in marathon they will have to be well prepared, and will offer the possibility of participating in half-marathon to all interested sportsmen.Commenting on that, representative of NGO race of Sarajevo Tomislav Cvitanušić who participated at several marathons said that these sports events have a tradition than spans several decades and they are being held in all modern countries, and more than 30 000 runners participate, which is around 60 000 visits per weekend which makes these projects very efficient in improving image and economic development.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough there were no changes in the top of ATP list; with Serbian Novak Đoković still being the number 1, BiH tennis player Damir Džumhur improved his ranking significantly, and from 271st place he moved to 259th place.Currently best ranked tennis player Aldin Šetkić is on the 217th place.Džumhur was born in 1992 and he’s one of the best BiH tennis players.(source: sportsport.ba)(photo: damirdzumhur.com)last_img

first_imgYoung football player at Mjallby in Sweden, 16 year old Adi Nalić, was invited by the Italian club Milan to train with the best players of this club at the end of February.As a nine-year old, Adi was interested in the biggest world clubs, but due to the strict rules of UEFA, he was not able to sign a professional contract until he turned 16. Now there are no legal obstacles, and it is easy to expect that young Adi will become a new player of Milan.Adi Nalić participated at last year’s talent campus ‘Otovorena Vrata’, organized by NFSBIH, and at a match in Sweden he scored one goal and made two assists. He is currently a member of the U17 team from Mjallby. He is the grandson of former legend of the team Sloboda from Tuzla, Mesud Nalić, and is the son of former football player Zlatan Nalić, who is currently the coach in the Swedish Football Association.(Source: Reprezentacija.ba)last_img read more

first_img(Source: Klix) Bešić signed today the contract with the English first league club Everton. For this transfer, Everton will pay the amount of 5 million Euros to the club Ferencvaros where Bešić played until now.Although no details are still available, what is certainly most important is that Bešić will continue his career in a high-quality club and that is a great chance for progress.We wish our Dragon all the best.last_img