Trump readying to resume his signature rallies: Campaign

first_imgTopics : “You’ll again see the kind of crowds and enthusiasm that sleepy Joe Biden can only dream of.” Trump is trailing his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in many national polls and also in must-win swing states ahead of the November election. Job approval for the president is down after his response to the pandemic and the recent turmoil over police brutality, sparked by the death of an unarmed black man during his arrest in Minneapolis.Trump visibly chafes when restricted to formal events, and he has long seen rallies as the most natural outlet for his raucous style, with appearances stretching to two hours and more.Although the coronavirus remains a threat, his campaign now feels that the crowds at daily street protests have lifted the political pressure on Trump to avoid large gatherings of his own.”Americans are ready to get back to action and so is President Trump. The great American comeback is real and the rallies will be tremendous,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement to Politico.center_img President Donald Trump is set to resume his signature rallies in the next two weeks, his campaign said Monday, as the Republican seeks to recover from multiple crises five months ahead of election day.Trump has relied on the rallies throughout his presidency to project his brand of populist nationalism, often drawing well over 10,000 people to arenas around the country. The show-like events were meant to be a crucial piece of his reelection campaign but halted in March when the country went into lockdown to stop the coronavirus.According to a Politico report that the campaign confirmed to AFP, Trump will restart in the next two weeks. Venue ideas and measures to keep the crowds from turning into coronavirus-spreading hotspots are likely to be presented to Trump within days.last_img read more

Mildred Jane (Furst) Judd, 76

first_imgMildred Jane (Furst) Judd 76, of Lakeland, Florida formerly of Holton, Indiana passed away Friday February 17, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with Leukemia.She was born November 18, 1940 in North Vernon, Indiana the youngest of six children born to John and Bessie (Rea) Christian. On April 5, 1958 she married Jack H. Furst in North Vernon, Indiana and he preceded her in death on February 6, 2009.She was a devoted Christian and was a member of New Life Church in North Vernon, Indiana and   The Haven Church of God in Winter Haven, FloridaOn April 16, 2011 she married Aaron Judd in Lakeland, Florida and he survives.Survivors include her husband, Aaron Judd of Lakeland, Florida;  her son, Jack R.(Sherri) Furst of Milton, Indiana, her daughter , Kelley Furst of Indianapolis, Indiana;  her step children: Lindsey Judd of Lakeland, Florida; Dena (Craig) Conatser of Bradenton, Florida; Mark (Kim) Judd of Swainsboro, Georgia; a sister, Betty (Eugene)Sexton of North Vernon, Indiana; 8 grandchildren: Jacklynn Scott of Centerville, Ohio; Christie (Chris) Stucker of Canaan; Michael Furst of North Vernon, Indiana; Toni (Shane) Peterson of Vevay, Indiana; Edward (Erin) Holler II of Madison, Indiana; Mindy Furst of Colorado and Rachel Furst of Milton, Indiana; fourteen great grandchildren: Chandler and Brady Scott; Brenden, Belle, Kaitlyn and Cooper Stucker; Hunter, Mikailah, Gage and Georgia Peterson; Katlyn and Leslie Furst; Cali Holler and Meredith Webb; several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bessie Christian; her husband, Jack H. Furst;  her son, Randy Furst; a grandchild Jamie Holler; four brothers: Richard, John, Charlie and James Christian.A funeral service for Mrs. Judd will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon with the Pastor Billy Bamberg officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday February 25, 2017 from10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery in Holton, Indiana.You are welcome to leave the family a message of condolence at www.dovesharprudicel.comlast_img read more

Coop, Sterling win at Elmwood Park Speedway

first_imgBy Mike HughesNORTON, Kan. (Aug. 9) – Travis Coop and Chad Sterling were first-time feature winners at Elmwood Park Speedway on Saturday night.Coop had to hold off a race-long challenge from Colton Pfeifer in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Pfeifer stayed closed but could not make a pass and had to settle for the runner-up spot.H.J. Colburn was third, followed by Shay Simoneau and Eric Pfeifer.Sterling also had to work hard for his win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Chase Conaway gave Sterling a run for his money and even led on occasion but Sterling was first to the checkers.Point leader Dustin McClurg, Jason Davis and Eric Kinderknecht rounded out the top five.Brian Conness returned to the winner’s circle as he captured the victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Troy Attwood finished second, followed by Eric Pfeifer, Pat Bedore and J.R. Ewing. The final race of the season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, with the regular divisions competing.last_img read more

Rival Foster backs Hart to start

first_imgWest Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster believes a “fresh” Joe Hart will be of huge benefit to England’s World Cup bid this summer. West Brom are one point and two places above the bottom three, and Foster said: “We’re in a dogfight and we have to concentrate on ourselves. “There are a lot of people (who) say to me from the outside we are too good to get relegated. But that doesn’t mean anything really, does it? “They say over 38 games that if you are relegated then you deserve to be. “We’ve got to get on with it ourselves and make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s all in our hands, we have to crack on.” Foster, out for four months with a foot injury before returning just before Christmas, said: “It’s taken me a while to get fully fit. “It does take time to get your sharpness back, and I feel it’s back now.” Assessing the England scene and with Hart back in form after being dropped by City boss Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season, Foster told Albion’s official website: “You’ve got to look at Joe. “He’s come back into the Man City team and he looks as fresh as a daisy. “He is a huge asset for the England team, and one of the best keepers I’ve ever trained with. “I think he should start in the World Cup. As long as he keeps his performances up high then he will be a huge benefit for us in Brazil. “Don’t get me wrong, I want to play, but I’ve got to be realistic.” Before the World Cup, though, Foster faces a battle with his Albion team-mates to remain in the Barclays Premier League. Foster feels he is now ready to mount his own push for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad following a recent lengthy spell on the sidelines. But the 30-year-old acknowledges Manchester City goalkeeper Hart is England’s best at present and deserves to be first choice. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Steve Smith 89 in vain as New Zealand beat Australia in second warm-up game

first_imghighlights Khawaja went past fifty but fell to Blair Tickner but Smith and Glenn Maxwell raised the tempo. Smith smashed four big sixes while Maxwell was aggression personified as they notched up 277/6. Bracewell was the star with 3/45 and in response, Mitchell Starc struck early by removing Hamish Rutherford for a first ball duck. However, George Worker and Will Young steadied the ship with some attacking batting.Worker, who had hit a fifty in the previous match, continued his great work with yet another fifty. However, in his second spell, Starc struck again to remove Worker but Will Young continued on his merry ways and shared yet another solid stand with Tom Latham gave New Zealand a great platform. Young scored a century and Latham struck a solid fifty and despite Young getting runout for 130, New Zealand coasted to victory with 16 balls to spare.The third and final warm-up game between the two sides will also be played at the Allan Border field in Queensland. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Steve Smith smashed 89 and he was aided by fifties from Glenn Maxwell and Usman Khawaja.Will Young slammed a century and he was supported from Tom Latham and George Worker.Australia rested Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa for the second game. New Delhi: Steve Smith’s magnificent 89, his first major knock in Australia colours after serving a one-year ban due to the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test, went in vain as Will Young blasted 130 and gritty fifties from Tom Latham and George Worker helped New Zealand defeat Australia in the second warm-up game ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Allan Border field in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday. Australia had won the first game comfortably with David Warner contributing along with skipper Aaron Finch. However, in the second game of the three-match series, it was a different story altogether.Australia agreed to bat by mutual agreement after bowling in the first game. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins were rested for this game. Warner, promoted to open the batting, was dismissed for a six-ball duck by Doug Bracewell. Aaron Finch, who had a fifty in the first match, was dismissed for 16 by Bracewell again but a solid 63-run stand between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh revived the Australian team. Marsh was scratchy in his knock and when Daryl Mitchell got rid of him for 28, New Zealand threatened to come back in the contest. However, Smith joined Khawaja and the duo took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers.last_img read more

Other Sports India Men’s Hockey Team On Par With Germany, Holland And Australia: Dhanraj Pillay

first_imghighlights India Men’s Hockey Team has not qualified yet for 2020 Tokyo Games.India hockey has not won a gold medal since 1980 Moscow Olympics.India failed to qualify in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Mumbai: Insisting that India is currently at par with other leading hockey playing nations, four-time Olympian Dhanraj Pillay says he is confident of the national team’s qualification for next year’s Tokyo Games. The draw to determine the matches of the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers will be held on September 9 at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.  It will be conducted by FIH CEO Thierry Weil and will be streamed live on the FIH Facebook page. 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams, including India, will be involved in the draw.  “Right now, we (India) are at par with Australia, Germany, Holland, Argentina, Belgium and so they (the team) should not be scared to face any team and move ahead with full confidence,” Pillay told reporters in Mumbai on Thursday night after attending a National Sports Day function organised by the Maharashtra government.  Pillay, who also played in four World Cups apart from four Asian Games, said the way the men’s national team was performing right now, they would surely make it to the Tokyo Games. “It is very important that first we qualify for the Olympics. It is not only my dream but that of the entire hockey fraternity that Olympics medal should come to India because last was in 1980 Games. After that we have struggled to get a medal in the Olympics,” he noted.  India won the last medal in hockey at the Olympics — a gold — in the 1980 summer Games at Moscow, but after that the country hasn’t tasted any success at the quadrennial event. They had even failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  The former skipper feels the real work for coach Graham Reid and his men would begin after qualifying for the Olympics.   “The way the team is performing and playing right now, I am confident that they will qualify for the Olympics and after that their (real) works starts because Olympics is a different ball game and you cant take even one match lightly. Points are important in every match and you will be playing 5-6 (teams) in alternate days,” Pillay said.  Pillay, who hails from Khadki area in Pune, also heaped praise on Australian Reid, saying he was doing his job earnestly. “As of now he (Reid) is doing a good job. His job is to coach and he is doing the job earnestly,” Pillay signed off.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cazenovia winter sports season featured records, win streaks

first_imgThe first milestone came on Dec. 5, Lawson passing 1,000 career points during Cazenovia’s season-opening win over Madison. Over the course of the next 20 games, Lawson would continue to put up big numbers.All told, Lawson averaged 22.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. That included three different 20-20 efforts – 28 points and 20 rebounds in a Dec. 19 win over Westhill, 31 points and 24 rebounds in a Jan. 19 defeat to Utica-Notre Dame, and 39 points and 23 rebounds when Cazenovia defeated Jordan-Elbridge Feb. 4.By the time it was all done, Lawson had surpassed Helen Baroody’s total of 1,392 points and became the program’s all-time leading scorer, finishing at 1,490 for her career. Cazenovia would go 14-7 overall, dropping its first-round Section III Class B playoff game to Lowville. Editor’s Note: With high school sports on hold, we’ll take the opportunity to look back on what took place so far during the 2019-20 school year. This is a recap on winter sports at Cazenovia High School.Both on an individual and a team basis, the winter sports season at Cazenovia High School was filled with landmark efforts.It included the feats of senior girls basketball player Lindsey Lawson. Last summer, Lawson committed to Harvard University, and it was no secret that the Lakers would lean heavily on her skills in the paint to find success. One team at Cazenovia that did claim sectional honors was boys indoor track and field. All season long, the Lakers racked up titles against all kinds of competition, whether competing at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena or at Utica College’s Hutton Dome.Ultimately, Cazenovia would sweep post-season honors, first by racing to the top of the standings in the Onondaga High School League Division I championships Jan. 29 and, two weeks later, roaring to victory in the sectional Class B-2 meet.The honors didn’t stop there. Junior Slater DeLeon not only won the 300-meter dash and long jump at the sectional meet, he qualified for the March 7 state championships on Staten Island, where he broke the school record in the 300.Sectional honors also went to Joe Spires in the 55-meter dash, Andrew Kent in the 600-meter run, Dalton Sevier in the high jump, Gordan Wester in the weight throw and the 4×200 relay team of Spires, Connor Wilson, Andrew Lee and Charles Kubenic, with Jared Smith second in the 1,000-meter run.It was also a strong season for Cazenovia girls indoor track, who constantly beat out most of its small-school competition and, ultimately, finished third in the sectional Class B-2 meet. Chloe Smith was the sectional B-2 champion in the long jump, going 16 feet 4 1/2 inches, while Melanie Michael finished second in the 55 hurdles and Savannah Johnson took second in the 300.DeLeon was not the only Cazenovia athlete that made it to a state championship event.Sophomore Quinn Smith swam with the Fayetteville-Manlius boys team and would break out in a big way during the sectional Class A championships Feb. 13 at Nottingham High School, winning the 500-yard freestyle in four minutes, 48.77 seconds, improving upon his best time of the season by nearly 17 seconds.In both the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley (where he swam to a time of 1:57.92), Smith was able to qualify for the March 6-7 state meet on Long Island, where he would fare better in the 200 IM, finishing 38th overall.It had the makings of a special season for Cazenovia’s boys basketball team as it roared out to a 6-0 start, getting victories over the likes of Solvay, an eventual sectional finalist.Led by seniors Ryan Romagnoli and sophomore Alex Moesch, the Lakers went to 11-3 eventually before a five-game skid bridging January and February.Ultimately, Cazenovia did recover to claim a tense 62-57 win over long-time nemesis Westhill in the opening round of the sectional playoffs, only to fall in the quarterfinals 70-47 to top seed and eventual champion Lowville, who stood atop the state rankings before the COVID-19 outbreak thwarted the Red Raiders’ state championship dreams.In wrestling, Cazenovia who was on a combined team with Fabius-Pompey, put up a strong third-place finish at the sectional Class C tournament Feb. 8, with Lucca Ferreira taking the 132-pound title and Kevin Valentine prevailing at 170 pounds as John Frega finsihed second at 220 pounds. Valentine went on to finish fifth in the sectional Division II meet a week later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Cazenoviawinter sportslast_img read more

Lakers finally top Clippers in Round 3 of LA rivalry

first_img Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For the city of Los Angeles, it meant one thing only: The rivalry is officially on. And a series that many in each locker room see as an inevitable Western Conference clash has some added fuel.While there’s one more regular season installment — an April 9 game that is likely to see both teams conserving energy for the playoffs — Anthony Davis was among those starting to dream ahead to the postseason.“The best type of games is when you come out of there with bloody lips and scratches, and you know guys taking charges and guys chirping,” he said. Those the type of games that you live for, the fun games in basketball that every player in this locker room wants. It was a fun game today.”At the forefront was James, who again attacked from all over. Guiding the most controlled effort the Lakers have had against their crosstown counterparts (only 12 turnovers), James attacked the paint no matter who was in front of him — including Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ two-way star. He successfully converted four and-one drives to the rim among his 14 free throw attempts on the evening.On the other end, the Lakers held the Clippers to under 40 percent shooting, with James also playing defensive shifts on Leonard and George. While the Clippers tightened a double-digit Laker lead to six points with just over four minutes to go, the rest of the team outside of Leonard (27 points) struggled to score in the final stretch. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img An emphatic dunk by Davis and the final six Lakers points all scored by James signaled the victory lap for the Lakers, who increased their lead over the Western field to 6-and-a-half games. Their two biggest wins of the season so far might be the ones they just got.“No matter what was going on throughout the game, we just held our composure, continued to get stops, continued to execute,” James said. “It was a good weekend for us.”Davis actually led the Lakers effort with 30 points, standing out during a six-minute third-quarter stretch and extending the lead while James was on the bench. It’s an area where the Lakers have shown improvement in recent weeks, aided by the red-hot shooting of Avery Bradley who was 6 for 12 from 3-point range and had a season-high 24 points. Rajon Rondo also led the critical bench stint, chipping in seven assists.Related Articles The Clippers’ Paul George led all scorers with 31 points. After missing the opening-night match and struggling to shoot on Christmas, George was the toughest scorer to stop. He was 6 for 16, including three 3-pointers, and 10 for 11 at the line. As he initially started out hot, the Clippers led by as many as nine points.But the long-range shooting largely didn’t show up Sunday, as the Clippers were just 7 for 31. The one standout from the Clippers’ bench was Montrezl Harrell, who had 20 points. Ball movement slowed, as the Clippers were held to a season-low 12 assists — compared to 15 turnovers.In the previous two games, the Clippers had always seemed to carry the edge in pure, frenetic energy. After Sunday’s loss, they acknowledged the Lakers bested them in that particular department.“They came out with a lot more juice,” Pat Beverley said. “You beat a team twice, you gotta expect that third time you play them. They game-plan really well. You have to give them a lot of credit, they came in ready to play today.”Davis said the Lakers adjusted in their offensive game plan by dribbling less and passing to shooters more quickly in penetration. Frank Vogel cited his team’s better trust in their interior defense, as the Lakers guards were more on top of Clippers’ shooters.The roster adjustments that both teams have made since the last meeting on Christmas subtle effects: Clippers starter Marcus Morris was 0 for 9 from the field, while Lakers reserve and brother Markieff Morris had 4 points and 5 rebounds in just over 16 minutes with his new team. Reggie Jackson had 8 points for the Clippers, but played just 14-and-a-half minutes.The Clippers weren’t flustered by losing their undefeated mark in the series, but Doc Rivers said he found himself making frustrated points to assistant Ty Lue as the game slipped away.“You rather learn in wins, it’s more enjoyable to be honest, but I saw a lot of things during the game,” River said. “Ty is my computer and I load him all game, every game I do it. I felt like I was talking to Ty way too much tonight about things that we were not doing, things we should do. You lose when you do that.”There was a bit of pressure eased off the Lakers, who had been pressed to find a way to beat the team across the hall. For the Clippers, it was their first loss with a fully healthy roster, which up until Sunday had offered them a sheen of invulnerability.That didn’t escape the Lakers’ attention.“Wasn’t there like a stat they’re 10-0 full strength, something like that?” JaVale McGee asked reporters. “Welp. It’s one loss now.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKawhi Leonard of the Clippers guards Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on March 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles guard Paul George defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles guard Paul George, left, yells as he scores while forward Montrezl Harrell watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Among the players at least, the Lakers and Clippers have tried defiantly to declare that their series, played in the same building and chasing the same title, is not a rivalry.In a way that’s been true: For a true rivalry, each side needs to demonstrate that they can win.After five months of chasing, the Lakers (49-13) finally got that moment on Sunday at Staples Center in a 112-103 win against the Clippers (43-20), who had won the first two meetings. That moment rose to a crescendo in the final minute, as LeBron James (28 points, 9 assists) took Marcus Morris to the rack for an and-one lay-up, sparking a standing ovation and M-V-P chants at a supposed Clippers home game.Coming off beating the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Lakers put together their most impressive weekend of the season so far, beating the two clearest outstanding opponents left on their regular season resume. For the Clippers, it ended a six-game win streak that many felt reflected the true potential of a fully healthy roster. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_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