Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram are intriguing but inconsistent

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWill either of the last two No. 2 picks in the NBA Draft ever become a perennial All-Star? The Lakers and others around the league expressed uncertainty.Russell described his play as “average” and admitted he “could be better all around.”Even thought he has felt more empowered under Walton’s coaching style and system, Russell has played fewer minutes this season (26.5) than in his rookie year (28.2) under Byron Scott. Russell has sat out the entire fourth quarter of eight games, as part of Walton’s mantra to determine crunch-time minutes based off that night’s performance.When the Lakers (19-39) resume the regular season on Feb. 24 against Oklahoma City (32-25), Russell said he will try to “keep building into every game.”“Play on top; be one of the players that can help lead this team in the right direction,” Russell said. “We’re losing, but it’s about going in the right direction as far as (seeing) what we’re capable of (doing).” Ingram had hoped he would be a contender for the Rookie of the Year award, but despite leading his rookie class in total minutes (1,604), he ranks seventh in scoring average (8.0) and 18th in field-goal percentage (38.6).“I have gotten better over the few months that I’ve been here. But I don’t think I’ve exceeded the expectations I’ve had on the offensive or defensive end,” Ingram said. “It was a slow start to the season, some inefficiencies sometimes and lack of being aggressive in some games.”Through their up-and-down moments, have Russell and Ingram at least grown at the pace Walton had expected entering the season?“Obviously there’s games I wish they were playing better and there were games I think they’re playing great,” Walton said. “But it’s tough to go in with expectations of where you see a rookie or a second-year guy getting to by the end of that year. It takes everyone different (lengths of) time and a different amount of experience level to really figure it out.”Russell and Ingram have ideas for how they will figure it out.Ingram, who will be an honorary coach for the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified game on Saturday morning, will miss the rest of All-Star weekend so he can return to Los Angeles to rest and train before practice resumes on Wednesday. Russell outlined a similar itinerary.“It’s an opportunity to gain an advantage against some of the guys taking vacations,” Russell said. “I don’t have time for vacation, going to All-Star (Weekend) with two days back on the road. So I’ll be in the gym before I get to (New Orleans) and be in the gym when I’m done.”Ingram vows he will play more aggressively instead of worrying about making mistakes. He wants to become more vocal whenever he runs the offense. He pledged not to become consumed with fulfilling his goal of winning the Rookie of the Year award.“I’m just trying to get better each and every game,” Ingram said. “I’m just playing and not worrying about my future.”Meanwhile, Russell will stick to a recently developed routine that has required more shooting sessions and workouts. He wants to sharpen his balance between blending his scoring and passing. After being critical of his passive leadership qualities, Russell showed some assertiveness in Wednesday’s loss in Phoenix when he offered critical feedback to Ingram and rookie center Ivica Zubac. Russell said his message was about not getting discouraged, something he’s had to learn as well.“It’s all mental,” Russell said. “You go down and some kind of adversity sets in, you have to attack it right away with staying with your shot, staying with your routine and doing what you’re able to do and don’t fall off of it. It allows the process to be easier.”The process has been challenging for both players, creating intrigue and uncertainty about where the two young stars’ journey will take them and the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img NEW ORELANS >> With every clutch shot and dazzling pass D’Angelo Russell makes, the Lakers see in him a blend of skills and potential that could anchor their backcourt for years. Their vision of the future gets a bit murkier, though, as he fumbles with errant shots, poor passes and lackadaisical defense.Brandon Ingram has spent portions of his rookie season as a ball handler, post player and wing defender, leaving the Lakers encouraged that he can master that variety of responsibilities. That confidence wanes, though, when Ingram shrinks into the background with modest statistical performances, passive play and intimidation when matched against physically superior opponents.“They’re both progressing and getting better, but the consistency isn’t there yet,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s one of the hardest things to get in this league.”Russell and Ingram earned invitations to the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star weekend on Friday #tonight for print# at Smoothie King Center. Russell, 20, goes into his second appearance in the event averaging 14.2 points and 4.7 assists. The 19-year-old Ingram leads the Lakers in minutes per game (27.7) and has assumed a starting role in the past four games out of Walton’s desire to accelerate his development.last_img read more

Lakers: Gregg Popovich ‘loved’ coaching Kyle Kuzma for USA Basketball

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhen Kuzma woke up in Australia with a foot injury that ended up costing him two-and-a-half months of rehab and a chance to play in the FIBA World Cup in China, Popovich and his staff were devastated.“I can tell you when he got hurt, it was a huge blow for our team, because we were all excited about him,” he said. “He had come a long way in just that short period of time that we had, in every facet of the game. Especially the mental part. He really caught on to the things we were talking to him about and I became a big fan. He was great.”Related Articles SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Always a man of strong opinions, Gregg Popovich didn’t love what he first saw from Kyle Kuzma this summer.That wasn’t to say he disliked Kuzma’s 6-foot-8 length on a roster that lacked establish forwards, or that Kuzma lacked a sense of drive on the floor. But the USA Basketball coach didn’t really see the Lakers forward finding useful ways of harnessing his game.“I didn’t know him at all and in all honesty watching him play now and then during the season I didn’t see a lot of rhyme and reason to what he was doing,” Popovich said. “He looked like a young Manu (Ginobili), he was running around, energetic and willing and working hard, but he had no idea what was going to happen.”That doesn’t sound like the grounds for a good summer partnership, but by August’s end, Popovich said he had grown to love coaching Kuzma. Over practice sessions in Las Vegas and then El Segundo, he felt that the 24-year-old took well to the coaching staff, which also included Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Kuzma was warmed by Popovich’s words, particularly the Ginobili comparison which one of his coaches once observed when he was in elementary school. He felt that Pop’s defensive principles rubbed off on him most of all.“Playing for him really allowed me to focus on just the techniques within defense,” he said. “I kinda think people are kinda seeing it now, switching from guards to bigs and containing guys and not really getting scored on.”Kuzma played just 16 minutes against the Spurs and was 2 for 7 from the floor for five points, but still had a plus-3 rating from the night. Frank Vogel said he was tempted to put Kuzma back in to close the game with a smaller lineup, but stuck with Dwight Howard who had been hot. Aside from his 40-foot buzzer-beater and a turnaround jump shot at the baseline, Kuzma said he’s still working on getting his legs back in his shooting. But he’s hopeful that the same thing Popovich saw in him over the summer will be what the Lakers get as he eases back into health.“I felt like my legs were kind of coming back within that third quarter,” he said. “A couple shots went in, one went in, one rimmed out. But I’m definitely encouraged from just my rhythm and how I played.”Bradley leaves game, diagnosed with leg bruiseIn the middle of a breakout, Avery Bradley had to head to the locker room.Midway through the fourth quarter, Bradley subbed out after being kicked in the left knee, Vogel said. An X-ray diagnosed the injury as a leg bruise, which the Lakers said is day-to-day. Vogel said Bradley was “fine.”The disappointing part for Vogel was that Bradley was enjoying a breakout game, piling up the most points he’s gotten as a Laker on 7 for 9 shooting. When asked what the most important part of Bradley’s night was, Vogel’s answer was immediate: scoring.“That’s what we have,” he said. “We’ve got two guys in Dwight and Avery that have been go-to guys on their teams in the past that are being asked to play a defensive role for us but are capable of bursts like you saw from both those guys tonight.”last_img read more

Kings’ Vlade Divac: Willie Cauley-Stein still needs to show he can be consistent

first_img Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Celtics have ‘had little, if any, communication’ with star in recent weeks Willie Cauley-Stein’s future remains unclear.The Kings have until June 30 to extend the 25-year-old center a qualifying offer, which would make him a restricted free agent this summer. General manager Vlade Divac, however, said the team was still considering its options. NBA free agency rumors: Kings prioritizing center, but unlikely to pursue Nikola Vucevic Knicks free agency rumors: New York could pursue forward Julius Randle “It’s a tough question,” Divac said during a recent interview with The Sacramento Bee. “We would like to keep Willie in terms of his talent potential, but he still needs to show us the consistency that we are looking for. We are talking.”Cauley-Stein averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 81 appearances for the Kings this season. He also dished out 2.4 assists per game and shot 55.6% from the field. Related News “I’ve gotten better every year,” Cauley-Stein told The Sacramento Bee. “I’m only going to continue to get better and better, and I’m just scratching the surface. I’m 25 years old and I’ve been hooping at a high level for a long time.”The Kings originally selected Cauley-Stein out Kentucky with the sixth pick in the 2015 draft. He has spent his entire four-year career with the franchise.“I just want to hoop freely,” Cauley-Stein said. “That’s kind of the biggest thing for me, just going somewhere, whether it’s here or anywhere else, just taking that next evolution to the game where you’re not just a rim runner. You’re a pick-and-pop guy sometimes. You can get rolling with what the defense gives you.”The Kings “have placed an emphasis on improving the center position” this summer, according to an earlier report from NBC Sports Bay Area. They had been linked to Nikola Vucevic, but they’re unlikely to pursue him, that report says. Sacramento could look to add Dewayne Dedmon or DeAndre Jordan, NBC Sports’ report notes. It also may try to sign Jonas Valanciunas.The Kings finished last season with a 39-43 and missed the playoffs for a 13th straight season. They’ve also been linked to 76ers forward Tobias Harris.last_img read more

Craig Kimbrel likely to make Cubs debut later this week, report says

first_imgA seven-time All-Star who has played with the Red Sox, Braves and Padres, Kimbrel saved 42 games and posted a 2.74 ERA last season for Boston. He has 333 career saves with a 1.91 ERA. Dodgers to extend protective netting after latest fan injury The 31-year-old Kimbrel, who signed a three-year contract with the Cubs as a free agent June 7 after not landing a deal in the offseason, has made three appearances thus far in Triple A. He’s given up a walk and two hits, one a homer, in 2 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run.”You just wait until he says he’s ready, and don’t attach a specific time frame to it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Fox Sports earlier this month. “You want to do this right, you want when he comes back he feels really good, he’s in great shape, he can go back-to-back days and he’s not going to get hurt.” Related News MLB All-Star Game 2019: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani would like to participate in HR Derby Craig Kimbrel could make his Cubs debut as early as Thursday or Friday, according to The Athletic.The report notes that Kimbrel is expected to pitch again Tuesday for the Iowa Cubs, Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate, “but if all goes well, that is likely his final AAA outing.”last_img read more

USWNT vs. England results: Alyssa Naeher’s penalty save sends USA to World Cup final

MORE: Film study shows England finally closing gap on U.S.Christen Press was the surprise starter for the USWNT after questions sprang up around Megan Rapinoe’s injury status. She scored the match’s first goal in the 10th minute off a cross sent in by Kelley O’Hara.England would answer shortly thereafter, with Ellen White scoring her sixth goal of the tournament just nine minutes later, beating the U.S. defense on a volley in the 18.In the 34th minute, Morgan celebrated her birthday with a goal of her own off a cross from Lindsey Horan.England’s White would go on to find the back of the net again in the 67th minute, but after VAR review her goal would be called back.And it was White who drew a penalty after a review to give England a chance to tie the match in the 81st minute. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher read Stephanie Houghton’s run up the whole way and saved her PK to keep the U.S. lead.Morgan now leads the Golden Boot race, scoring her sixth goal of the tournament in the match.The USWNT will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal match between Sweden and the Netherlands at 3 p.m. ET.The World Cup final will be played Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. ET in Lyon, France. The game will be aired on FOX and can also be streamed via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day trial.Sporting News tracked scores, updates and highlights from the match between the USWNT and England at the 2019 Women’s World Cup semifinals. See how it played out below.USWNT vs. England: Live scores and highlights from 2019 Women’s World CupUSA: 2England: 1 FYI: we got another big record today pic.twitter.com/F1cLHAq6B3— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 2019GAME. OVER. 🦅 ⚽️ 🎉FINAL: #USA 2 – #ENG 1The @USWNT will defend its World Cup title on Sunday vs. the winner of tomorrow’s match between #NED vs. #SWE. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/YFzVc9XcmJ— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 2, 2019THE U.S. IS BACK IN THE FINAL! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Morgan’s winner and Naeher’s penalty save send the @USWNT to their third consecutive #FIFAWWC final! pic.twitter.com/Nueie2i1Rc— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 20194:53 p.m. 90+7 – IT’S OVER. THE USWNT IS HEADING TO ITS FIFTH WORLD CUP FINAL.4:51 p.m. | 90+4 – Yellow card for England’s Nikita Parris for persistent infrigement. 88′ | Final #USWNT sub➡️ @alikrieger⬅️ @kelleymohara #ENGUSA | #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/dfWlnE3kVD— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20194:47 p.m. | 87′ – Ali Krieger comes on for O’Hara after the goal. This flop though. 🧐 pic.twitter.com/HxJFiSgTht— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 2, 2019RED CARD TO ENGLAND!Bright is off for a second yellow after a harsh tackle on Morgan. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/6ub5SyUaL3— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 20194:47 p.m. | 87′ – SECOND YELLOW FOR BRIGHT. She goes studs up on Alex Morgan, on her birthday no less, and is sent off. NAEHER SAVES!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/h4JqFFLylY— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019WILD TURN OF EVENTS OVER HERE#OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/AvYxPUgDhE— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20194:40 p.m. | 83′ – SAVE. ALYSSA FREAKING NAEHER. Stephanie Houghton takes the PK to her right side and Naeher stops it on the line.4:39 p.m. | 82′ – So after LONG REVIEW they’re giving England a penalty on VAR. Conceded, allegedly by Becky Sauerbrunn.80′ | Second sub for the #USWNT➡️ @CarliLloyd⬅️ @TobinHeath #ENGUSA | #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/aFR7ldutN7— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20194:36 p.m. | 79′ – Carli Lloyd, the icon, replaces Tobin Heath. 4:27 p.m. | 71′ – Sub for England. Jade Moore replaces Keira Walsh.OFFSIDE!VAR rules out what would have been Ellen White’s second goal and second equalizer of the game! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/a1aCGeas4R— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019England scores but VAR confirms the offside.Remains 2-1, #USA here in Lyon.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20194:24 p.m. | 67′ – ELLEN WHITE SCORES FOR ENGLAND BUT VAR CALLS HER OFFSIDE. EVERYBODY BREATHE.65′ | #USWNT with its first sub of the game.➡️ @sammymewy⬅️ @roselavelle #ENGUSA | #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/OlHPxjsz92— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20194:21 p.m. | 65′ – Rose Lavelle comes off clutching her hamstring. Sam Mewis comes on in her palce. 4:14 p.m. | 58′ – Substitution for England. Francesca Kirby comes on for Beth Mead.updated @mPinoe flag for #USAvENG, now with Alex Morgan. #USWNT #USA #ENGUSA pic.twitter.com/CI877A84IX— Eric O. (@eorvieto) July 2, 20194:12 p.m. | 56′ – We’ve got end to end action right now, but nothing to note. So here’s a great take on the American flag, that I think we should consider using!4:02 p.m. | 46′ – The ball is rolling for the second half. WE BACK.Let’s all take a second to collectively appreciate this save from @AlyssaNaeher because my goodness that was a beauty. pic.twitter.com/oDnhet3hsq— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20193:53 p.m. – Alyssa Naeher appreciation moment. This save was UNREAL. wow what a first half.go get some snacks and come right back.#OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/JA68YwukSA— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20193:47 p.m. | 45+2 – Halftime. The USWNT lead England 2-1 at the break. 3:45 p.m. | 45′ – Corner for England conceded by Crystal Dunn.3:42 p.m. | 42′ – Corner U.S. Tobin Heath sends in an inswinging ball, but England clears for a U.S. throw in. Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)She’s the first player in #FIFAWWC history to score on her birthday 🎂 pic.twitter.com/EGWBNIyaxI— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019Alex Morgan scores on her 30th birthday and throws some shade at England by drinking some tea. ☕️ #USA 2 – #ENG 1 pic.twitter.com/EE0wEircmV— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 2, 2019No. 13 on her birthday. In honor of those 13 colonies.That’s. The. Tea 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Go on, @alexmorgan13, what a birthday! pic.twitter.com/Rge0HMMrCk— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20193:31 p.m. | 31′ – GOAL! ON HER BIRTHDAY! Lindsey Horan sends a PEACH of a ball into the six, and Alex Morgan, the birthday girl gets her sixth goal of the tournament off her head.3:28 p.m. | 28′ – Corner for England. Becky Sauerbrun almost sends it into the back of her own net, but Mead’s cross doesn’t even end up in play. What a goal!Ellen White takes the lead in the Golden Boot race with her 6th goal of the #FIFAWWC. Great cross from Mead, clinical finish from White. 1-1! pic.twitter.com/U5GoaxbIRv— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019ELLEN WHITE TO ENGLAND’S RESCUE! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿It’s 1-1 inside 20 minutes! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/2qjFQl3KqE— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 20193:19 p.m. |19′ – GOAL. Who else but Ellen White to tie this game up?! Beth Mead beats O’Hara on the left side and White slips through two defenders for a right footed volley home.CHRISTEN PRESS! 🇺🇸🇺🇸No Rapinoe, no problem! The USWNT takes the early lead again and has now scored in the first 15 minutes in every single game this #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/Xqu3u0m56V— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 201910′ – GOAL!@ChristenPress puts the #USWNT ahead!1-0 | #ENGUSA pic.twitter.com/3FQFiRHHcb— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20193:09 p.m. | 9′ – GOAL! CHRISTEN PRESS. A header sent in by Kelley O’Hara on a DIME finds Press’ head for a perfect finish and her first goal of the tournament!So You’re Wondering Why Megan Rapinoe Isn’t Starting For The USWNT:As good as Pinoe is, she doesn’t contribute a lot defensively. Christen Press is the fastest and fittest player on the USWNT. England RB Lucy Bronze has been the best player at this tournament. So, that’s why.— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) July 2, 20193:07 p.m. | 7′ – Reason for Rapinoe’s substitute status maybe?First big chance of the game goes to the @USWNT!All set up by @roselavelle with the killer nutmeg on Bright 💀 #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/XvhOtcs1Lc— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 20193:05 p.m. | 5′ – ROSE LAVELLE WITH THE NUTMEG AND SHOT. But dang, great reaction save by England’s Carly Telford. Filthy from Rosey, though. 3:03 p.m. | 3′ – Corner for the U.S. Rose Lavelle sends it in, but England clear. 𝔽𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕤𝕖𝕒 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕤𝕖𝕒🇺🇸 vs. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 on @FOXTV & @TelemundoSportsLET’S DO THIS! #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/VcJtaiobt6— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 2, 20193:00 p.m. | 1′ – Kickoff. Here. We. Go. Pregame🦅 ✔️ Thailand🦅 ✔️ Chile🦅 ✔️ Sweden🦅 ✔️ Spain🦅 ✔️ FranceONE. WIN. AWAY. 👏 ⚽️The @USWNT must beat England to reach the World Cup final.Follow #USA vs. #ENG on our LIVE blog: https://t.co/x3Q1rKLG1a pic.twitter.com/6JqqgbeQYw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 2, 20192:56 p.m. – Anthems are playing. It’s almost go time.  Happy birthday, Alex Morgan!You and the United States women’s national team will go on to defend your title as champions in the final. In the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USWNT held strong against England’s best efforts. Birthdays come every year. World Cup comes every 4 YEARS!! It’s aaaaaaall business today 😎 https://t.co/7IWPtTJtcE— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 2, 20192:45 p.m. – It’s Alex Morgan’s 30th birthday on this semifinal gameday! But she has important business to attend to first …Kits tonight: #ENG ⚪️#USA 🔴#MatchDuJour | #ENGUSA | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/aYaeEmcPHz— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 2, 20192:34 p.m. – England will be in the home white and the U.S. will suit up in the away red.The starting 11 for #USA vs #ENG📺 How to watch today’s @USWNT World Cup game: https://t.co/DIp9DUc8KX pic.twitter.com/Hns8tccrWX— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 2, 20192:06 p.m. – Here’s the USWNT’s starting XI. Rapinoe rested as Christen Press gets her second start of the tournament. read more

NASCAR succeeding in effort to increase passing in Cup Series

first_imgThe words “pass” and “passing” were not specifically mentioned in October when NASCAR announced the baseline rules packages for its Monster Energy Cup Series in 2019. But the context clues in the words of NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell made it clear.When NASCAR made the effort to add drag and downforce while decreasing horsepower in its Cup cars, it did so with the intention of increasing the likelihood of passing. O’Donnell did not need to spell it out for us, but he basically did so when citing goals like “close side-by-side racing,” “a little more on-throttle time” and “more in the drivers’ hands.” Johnson is not the only driver who has expressed frustration related to passing. Kyle Busch, for example, is a noted hater of the 2019 rules for what seems like a myriad of reasons. But Pocono is a bad example to use when complaining about an inability to pass. (This is where we mention that Johnson’s struggles to pass might have more to do with his team’s well-documented plight of late rather than the rules package.)According to NASCAR, there were 21 green-flag passes for the lead in the Pocono race last month, up 91 percent from last season.So, again, the numbers don’t lie. And NASCAR has to be encouraged by where they’re going. Twenty races into the 2019 season, and with the Cup Series having visited (almost) all styles of tracks with differing aerodynamics at play based on the rules package schedule, NASCAR appears to be achieving its goal. The numbers, as they say, don’t lie.MORE: Schedule for Pocono race weekendAccording to NASCAR’s data, there have been 68,859 green-flag passes through the first 20 races of the season, not including the All-Star race. That figure marks a 33 percent increase from the 51,788 green-flag passes through the first 20 races last season.Further, green-flag passes for the lead, specifically, are up a whopping 43.2 percent in 2019. NASCAR claims green-flag passes for the lead were up at 13 races and down at seven races from a season ago. The races at Las Vegas, Bristol, Kansas, Chicago and Kentucky set track records for green-flag passes for the lead.The record number of green-flag lead changes at Bristol is interesting, as the half-mile oval is the only one of the aforementioned five tracks at which Cup cars still aim to produce 750 horsepower. The races at Vegas, Kansas, Chicago and Kentucky, all mile-and-a-half tracks, featured the 550-horsepower package that aims to produce the closer racing we’re seeing.In June, after the first of the two Pocono races on the Cup Series schedule (the other is this weekend), Sporting News asked Jimmie Johnson which track felt the most different with this year’s rules package, particularly the 550-horsepower edition. His answer, perhaps impacted by a little recency bias, was Pocono. He cited the fact that, for the first time in 35 career Cup races at the “Tricky Triangle,” he did not have to shift gears while completing a lap.Johnson also brought up what he considers a consequence of the 2019 package: Generally speaking, the increased downforce makes Cup cars more forgiving for drivers. The seven-time champ said he is “bummed out” about that development.”That’s my only disappointment in different areas where the rules are going — we take away the opportunity to make a mistake,” Johnson said. “You can chase a guy for 100 miles or a fuel run — whatever it ends up being — and they just don’t make mistakes anymore. You don’t have an opportunity to make a mistake. So in the end you don’t have an opportunity to pass.”Going through the corner with this high downforce is pretty easy. And then you take the shifting away from it — the guy never makes a mistake.”last_img read more

Former Michigan State president retires amid criminal investigation

first_imgMichigan State’s former president has retired from the university.Lou Anna Simon will step away from the school effective Aug. 31 and will receive three annual salary payments totaling $2.45 million, according to the Detroit Free Press. Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber named Arkansas gymnastics coach “The message this sends is it is just business as usual (at MSU).”At the moment, a judge is considering the option of putting Simon on trial for her allegedly deceiving police.Simon became the university’s first female president when she accepted the position in 2004. After more and more claims against Nassar emerged, many called for her to step down, which she did in 2018. Simon, who currently works as a faculty member for MSU, stepped down as president after she became embroiled in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.She currently is facing criminal charges after she allegedly lied to police during their investigation into Nassar. Related Newscenter_img “Our campus community is continuing its healing, and the Board of Trustees feel the retirement of Dr. Simon is best for the university,” said Dianne Byrum, chairperson of the Board of Trustees in a statement.With her retirement, Simon will have the titles of president emeritus and faculty emeritus and will retain the perks of her current contract.On top of that, Simon’s retirement agreement states that her stepping away will be announced in a press release agreed to “by all parties,” the school is to highlight the donations she and her husband have made to the university, and that she is to be recognized for other contributions.However, if she is convicted of a felony, her photo will be taken down.John Manly, the attorney for many of Nassar’s victims, said honoring Simon, who was heavily criticized for how the school handled the claims of abuse against Nassar, sends the wrong message.”The board should get together and fight having to pay any money to her,” he said. “Who says crime doesn’t pay? The AG (Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel) should fight to claw back that money. USA Gymnastics backtracks on medical director hiring a day after announcementlast_img read more

Basketball player Meho Haračić will play for Qatar

first_imgYoung, talented basketball player of ”Iskra” from Bugojno, Meho Haračić will continue his career in Qatar playing for the national team of Qatar, reports Dnevni Avaz.Haračić is 207 cm tall and he played at the junior team of ”Iskra”Haračić said that he’ll join Qatar’s cadet team, and added that the conditions for him playing in Qatar are excellent and he hopes that he’ll play well.Meho Haračić will also attend the school in Qatar.last_img

NSB&H Representatives Chose Training Camp During World Championship in Brazil

first_imgMembers of the delegation of the B&H Football Association, General Secretary Jasmin Baković and the Secretary of the coaching staff Elmir Pilav were in Brazil for the last few days in order to choose a training camp for the best B&H football players.After inspection of stadiums, the training fields and hotels in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Cuiaba, where the B&H team will play in the group phase at the 2014 World Cup, they visited individual training camps in order to find the most suitable base for their stay before and after Mundial, announced the NSB&H.Having in mind that FIFA began the process yesterday of registering training camps, it was necessary to react very quickly and apply for the appropriate destination where the B&H team will stay.After internal consultations within NSB&H, among several options, the hotel complex ‘Casa Grande’ (5 stars) was chosen to apply for, which is 100 km from Sao Paolo and located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.The resort ‘Casa Grande’ has all the necessary modern facilities for accommodation for the players, coaching staff and NSB&H delegation. The stadium where the Dragons will train is located five km from the hotel and will be fully reconstructed and ready until the beginning of preparations for the World Cup.In accordance with FIFA rules, the B&H team will travel to every game from the registered training camp, one or two days before the date of the match and will come back after the end of the match. The travels will be organized through charter flights.The team is required to travel to the training camp at least five days before the first match is scheduled to take place (Rio de Janeiro: Argentina-B&H, 15.06.2014). A detailed program of preparation for the World Cup will be defined later, announced the NSB&H.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Asmir Begović: The Best Player of Stoke City

first_imgThe goalkeeper of the Bosnian representation, Asmir Begović, was declared to be the best player of Stoke City.Begović got this award two times in a row. Additionally, the award which official fan clubs are allocating, Begović shared with Charlie Adam.Club awards were allocated on the traditional annual dinner held on Tuesday on the Britannia stadium, and the most valuable prize got the captain Ryan Shawcross. Regarding the decision of fans and their choice, Shawcross was declared to be the best player of the season.(Source: Fena)last_img