ICC World Cup VIDEO | Sherlyn Chopra raps for Team India during World Cup semi-final against New Zealand

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian actress Sherlyn Chopra, who is always known for her bold moves, has once again wished Team India in a unique manner – by singing a rap – during the first semifinal match of the ICC World Cup between India and New Zealand which is being played at Manchester Trafford Cricket Ground in England.Chopra, the first Indian woman to pose nude for the official Playboy magazine, uploaded a video on Twitter where she can also be seen praising Indian players like opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.In the clip, she sings in Hindi: “Yeah, haa, 83 me pehli baar, 2011 me number 2, karenge jamke vaar, Kiwi ho ya Kangaroo, Hitman maare chati century, ukhare gilli Bumrah ke Yorker, aao jitaye Team India ko, hausle apne zara buland kar, Go Team India, get the World Cup, Humara hain World Cup, kya.” (Yes, first time in 1983, number 2 in 2011, we’ll attack aggressively. Doesn’t matter whether it’s Kiwi (New Zealand) or Kangaroo (Australia). Hitman (Rohit Sharma) will get his sixth ton, Jasprit Bumrah’s Yorkers will rattle stumps, let’s go and win it for Team India. Let’s raise our spirit, the World Cup is ours).Here’s the video:This is not first time Chopra cheered for Team India. Earlier, ahead of India-Pakistan match on June 16, Chopra, on the occasion of Fathers’ Day, shared a bold picture of hers stating – when it comes to a match rivalry between India and Pakistan, India will always remain the father of Pakistan.The notorious Manchester weather pushed the first semifinal to the reserve day after dominant Indian bowlers excelled yet again to restrict New Zealand to a sub-par 211 for five on Tuesday.Rain forced players off the field after 46.1 overs and as per ICC’s playing conditions, the game will resume on Wednesday from where it stopped. Despite half-centuries from skipper Kane Williamson (67 off 95 balls) and veteran Ross Taylor (67 not out off 85 balls), the Black Caps could not force the pace against tournament’s best bowling attack.By the time when the covers were off at 10pm IST, the outfield had too much water and there was no way match could have started. However, the day belonged to the Indian bowlers as skipper Virat Kohli found out that it was a good toss to lose. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

I nearly cried, says heart-broken Hetmyer

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Rookie batsman Shimron Hetmyer has revealed he was nearly brought to tears following West Indies’ heart-breaking defeat to New Zealand on Saturday, but has urged his teammates to lift themselves and make the most of their last three matches of the World Cup.West Indies went down by five runs with an over to spare at Old Trafford, in pursuit of 292 for victory. They were losing at 164 for seven in the 27th over before Carlos Brathwaite struck 101 – his maiden international hundred – to put West Indies on the brink of an amazing victory.However, with six runs needed from seven balls, Brathwaite holed out to long on,, off the final ball of the 49th over from seamer Jimmy Neesham, to crush the Windies hopes of a vital win.“Losing a game like this, the emotions run very high so it’s about keeping our heads up,” said Hetmyer.“I was getting there where crying was concerned. I almost cried actually. It was a heartbreaking feeling for me after Carlos’ amazing knock.”Hetmyer struck an entertaining 54 from 45 balls, featuring in a crucial 122-run, third wicket stand with Chris Gayle (87), as they pulled West Indies around from 20 for two in the seventh over.For the 23-year-old left-hander, it was his second straight half-century following his score of exactly 50 against Bangladesh last week.His dismissal in the 23rd over, however, triggered the slide that saw West Indies lost five wickets for 22 runs.Hetmyer pointed out the Windies possessed several match-winners and it was now important for the team to show their mettle and finish the tournament strongly.“We know that on any day with our players, as we call them X-factors in our dressing room, anything could happen for us,” he explained.“We’re just a team that plays well when the energy is flowing and for us it’s about coming together as one for the next couple of games and working harder to try to finish on a high.“I would have liked to have gone to the end and taken it hope for the team but I guess it didn’t happen. There are still three games to go and hopefully I get one of those match-winning innings in.”And not for the first time, Hetmyer praised the influence of Gayle on his performance.“It’s always nice batting with Chris. You don’t run a lot which is a nice thing. But it’s always fun batting with Chris,” he said.“He’s someone who pushes you to do your best and he helps you in different situations, telling you how different bowlers will bowl to you in a different situation. He always gives you a positive energy so it’s always nice batting with him.”West Indies face unbeaten India here at Old Trafford in their next match on Thursday.last_img read more

WBB : SU defense falters in losses after dominant start to season

first_img Published on December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Quentin Hillsman unveiled his bold new plan to ‘change everything on defense’ at Syracuse’s annual media day Oct. 14. The head coach spoke enthusiastically about the pressure defense he implemented, saying it was what had him most excited about the upcoming season.But he also tempered his excitement in the same breath, predicting trouble ahead.‘You go home and watch practice and get happy and very excited,’ Hillsman said during media day. ‘That is temporary because it all changes when you get three referees on the court, the clock, the announcer and sometimes it all goes the opposite way.‘We’re going to have to be patient with it, stick with it and be very committed to the way we are going to play.’That patience and commitment was finally tested last weekend as the difficulty Hillsman anticipated came to fruition for Syracuse (6-2) in its first true test this season at the Hukilau Invitational in Laie, Hawaii. After cruising through its first six games, the Orange’s defensive system faltered at the tournament in two losses to Arizona (7-1) and Brigham Young (7-2). The Wildcats and Cougars both shot better than 40 percent from the field and 3-point range against Syracuse en route to scoring 80 and 83 points, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman made the change on defense in hopes that it would spark his program to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. But after losing to two teams that joined SU in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament last season, the Orange failed to prove it’s ready to get over the hump.Syracuse started the season strong, blowing out weaker opponents behind its new defensive scheme. The Orange used its press to generate easy scoring opportunities off turnovers and break open games.Still, even the players saw the drawbacks to the fast-paced defense following SU’s season-opening 81-42 victory over Long Beach State, in which it forced 31 turnovers.‘You get more steals, although you might be winded after a couple possessions,’ SU guard Elashier Hall said. ‘But I think it’s fun because you get steals and we get each other going, and you get hype off of steals and putbacks.’Beyond fatigue, Syracuse showed signs of its vulnerability on defense Nov. 19 against a Lafayette team coming off a 40-point loss to Princeton. The Leopards remained poised against SU’s full-court press in the first half, calmly passing the ball up the sidelines rather than dribbling into traps.Lafayette also exposed deficiencies in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone — one thing that didn’t change despite the team’s new focus on the press.In the half court, Lafayette whipped the ball around the top of the key to get the Syracuse zone moving. The Leopards attacked the gaps with cuts and set ball screens to free up forwards for wide-open mid-range shots time and time again.Heading to the locker room at halftime, Syracuse was only up 31-30 against the inferior opponent.‘You look at this game, and I think that they had two 3s probably out of 10, but they made a lot of little 15-foot shots,’ Hillsman said after the game. ‘And they kind of shrunk our zone down and got little open elbow jump shots and shots in the high post.’The Leopards’ inability to hit from beyond the arc and handle the pressure in the second half doomed them as SU went on to win by 20.But the Orange wasn’t as fortunate against Arizona and BYU. Both teams used the same formula built on ball movement to break down Syracuse’s press and zone.As the season goes on, Hillsman will be challenged to keep his players fresh, which may require him to take his foot off the gas at times.‘I think coach Q will know better than anyone when to use it and when to take it off,’ national women’s college basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli said before the season. ‘The good thing for him is that he has a veteran group that understands that zone defense, and he can always fall back to that and use it when the season gets really grueling in February.’It’s an option Hillsman acknowledged while standing at the podium on media day.He knew then that the transition to the new system wouldn’t be seamless. And he knew the players would hit a wall at some point. Eight games into the season, Syracuse has already hit that wall.‘We can always fall back into some zone defenses and some different schemes if necessary,’ Hillsman said. ‘I think I am going to have to be patient with us making some mistakes on defense. We’re going to give up some baskets pressuring up the floor.’rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman center Coleman nearing return to game action

first_img Published on February 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman One side note that came out of Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conference on Saturday was that center DaJuan Coleman is on the verge of returning to game action.Coleman underwent knee surgery on Jan. 29. The freshman was averaging five points and 4.4 rebounds per game before the surgery. He hasn’t played in a game since the Orange’s loss at Villanova back on Jan. 26.Boeheim said Saturday that Coleman’s been practicing the last couple days and is cleared to play.“He’s moving on it pretty good. I think he could play now,” Boeheim said. “I wanted to give him a couple days of practice and just see how he felt.”Coleman’s return could be big for Syracuse, since right now the Orange is pretty thin at center. Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita combined for only two points against Georgetown, though Christmas did grab eight rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman could play on Monday when Syracuse travels to play at Marquette.“I really wanted to give him a week or so but he could play Monday,” Boeheim said. “We’ll see how he feels.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels’ bullpen fails Trevor Cahill in another loss to Twins

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After chatting with Ausmus and an athletic trainer, Smith received a practice pitch from Cahill and remained in the game. He batted in the bottom of the fourth and grounded out. But Lucroy took over behind the plate in the fifth inning.“The trainers looked at (Smith) when he came back in at the end of the inning and they said no we need to get him out of there,” Ausmus said. “We don’t want to mess around with a potential concussion in the middle of May.”Perhaps as a precaution in case Smith is placed on the seven-day injured list, Triple-A catcher Dustin Garneau was removed in the middle of Salt Lake’s game in Sacramento Tuesday night. The Angels have 39 players on their 40-man roster, so the Angels would not need to make a corresponding move to bring Garneau up to the major leagues.Jose Briceño is the only other catcher on the Angels’ 40-man roster. He was placed on the Triple-A injured list Monday. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The score was still 3-0 when Justin Anderson threw back-to-back pitches in the sixth inning that allowed the Twins to tie the score on a double and a home run. Luke Bard (1-2) took over in the seventh inning of a 3-3 contest and allowed four runs, all earned. Noe Ramirez surrendered a home run in the eighth inning.It was the second loss by an Angels relief pitcher in as many days, hastening an unexpected trend. Ty Buttrey allowed the game-winning homer to Minnesota’s Miguel Sano late in a tie game Monday.“The bullpen has been an extreme strength of ours, so I’m not going to after two games claim it’s a weakness. It’s just two games,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “It’s a pretty good offensive club we’re playing against in the Twins. I’m not gonna read too much into it so we’ll come back (Wednesday). In my mind, that’s still a strength.”The Angels’ bullpen began the day with a 3.82 earned-run average, sixth in the American League.Cahill began the day with a 6.95 ERA, second-highest among all qualified pitchers. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the Twins. Luis Arraez, a 22-year-old third baseman in his fourth career game, spoiled it with a single. Cahill then struck out Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro. The inning ended when Byron Buxton hit a 104-mph line drive into the glove of third baseman Tommy La Stella. But Cahill labored in the inning, throwing 25 pitches, forcing Ausmus to get Anderson warming up in the bullpen.Once Cahill allowed a double to Max Kepler to lead off the sixth inning, his night was over. The shutout was still intact as he left the field. In his best start of the season, Cahill allowed two hits, walked two batters and struck out five in five innings. He left in line for his first winning decision against the Twins since July 2009.Two pitches later, that was no longer an option.Jorge Polanco greeted Anderson with a double to right field. Kepler scored, cutting the Angels’ lead to 3-1. Marwin Gonzalez jumped on the first pitch he saw too, a slider over the plate, and hooked it inside the right field foul pole for a towering two-run homer. Suddenly the score was tied 3-3.“I’m trying to get through that sixth inning, set up 7-8-9 with a lead for the bullpen instead of them coming in in the middle of an inning with guys on,” Cahill said. “They’ve done a great job all season. Just a bad taste in your mouth if you can’t get through that last inning.”The onslaught continued against Bard in the seventh inning. Jason Castro was hit on the thigh by a two-strike fastball. Max Kepler’s check-swing single sent Castro to second base. Jorge Polanco drove in Castro with a two-out single. Gonzalez drove in Kepler with a ground-rule double that took one bounce over the fence in left-center field.“Obviously I’m not happy with myself hitting the batter there on an 0-2 count,” Bard said. “Check swings and balls dropping in, that’s part of the game. That’s why we play. Keep battling. Unfortunately tonight it just didn’t go my way.”Up 5-3, the Twins were just beginning to have fun.The Angels shifted their infielders for Eddie Rosario, a left-handed hitter. As Polanco took his lead from third base, he realized the closest fielder to him was Bard, the pitcher. Polanco extended his lead to 30 feet, then 40, then danced halfway down the baseline. Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy threatened to chase him back. Bard came set on 1-and-2 and ran toward third base with the baseball, stopping after six steps to prove his point. The dance was mere spectacle.Bard said that Polanco’s gargantuan lead didn’t affect his pitches to Rosario, “but I like I said, he’s so far off, your instinct is to try to get him out.”Rosario hit a ground ball into the teeth of the Angels’ shift – exactly what Bard was hoping for. But the ball snuck under the glove of both middle infielders, Fletcher and Rengifo. Polanco and Gonzalez scored, giving Minnesota a 7-3 lead.“I think I shouldn’t have gone after it,” Fletcher said. “I kind of got in Rengifo’s way. But I got a good jump, so I tried to go after it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get there, so I kind of pulled up and I got in his way.”Angels catcher Kevan Smith was examined under MLB’s concussion protocol after he was struck in the face mask by a foul tip off the bat of C.J. Cron in the fourth inning.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Trevor Cahill delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 21: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lines out in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 21, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – MAY 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run against Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 21, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run against Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 21, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 21: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated in the dugout after he hit a home run against Michael Pineda #35 of the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 21, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 21: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ducks to avoid being hit as he scores on a passed ball in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 21, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher swings for an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, center, is being greeted by Mike Trout after scoring on a wild pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Minnesota Twins’ Marwin Gonzalez flips his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Trevor Cahill delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Trevor Cahill delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels finally got the start they needed from Trevor Cahill on Tuesday. It came on a night when little else went right.Cahill pitched five strong innings against the Minnesota Twins, only to watch the bullpen implode in an 8-3 loss before the announced crowd of 32,316 at Angel Stadium.Back-to-back losses to the Twins (32-16), the first-place team in the American League Central, left the Angels (22-26) 10½ games behind the first-place Astros (33-16) in the AL West. In the span of three weeks, they’ve lost seven games in the standings.Mike Trout’s 11th home run of the season gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the first inning. An RBI single by David Fletcher and a wild pitch by Twins starter Michael Pineda with Luis Rengifo on third base extended the lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Mike D’Antoni says Lakers still have enough players to get it done

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours. Now the Lakers need to open their umbrellas, let the rain slide off and deal with the notion that with Steve Blake’s injury they have three point guards out with injuries.Blake on Thursday was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll be out a minimum of six weeks and will join fellow point guards Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar on the shelf.It comes on the heels of Kobe Bryant’s return two games ago and ahead of a four-game road trip that begins Friday at 5 at Oklahoma City (17-4).“I hate it for him (Blake), but we’ve got enough players here,” said coach Mike D’Antoni, speaking in optimistic tones after practice. “We’ll just have to close ranks and get it done.” “Yeah, unfortunately, yes,” Bryant said.Bryant, a shooting guard, has played some point since his return. But he’s still trying to get back in his rhythm, so the timing of this injury to Blake is bad. That’s not to mention the Lakers (10-11) will miss Blake’s defense.“Yeah, Steve’s really tough, very solid defensively,” Bryant said. “He especially does a good job staying in front of point guards. We’ll have some adjustments to make.”Addition unlikelyA Lakers spokesman said the team isn’t likely to made any roster additions, and D’Antoni said it would be difficult under the circumstances.“I think (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) is definitely going to look and if anything makes sense … we’ll get Farmar back, hopefully, in a couple of weeks, so by the time we got off the road trip, then we’ll adjust again,” D’Antoni said. “It’s hard to bring somebody in this quick knowing Farmar is coming back.”D’Antoni said this is an opportunity for someone else to step up and make some noise. That someone could be Jodie Meeks, who will start alongside Bryant tonight in the backcourt.Meeks has started 14 of 21 games and already is third on the team in minutes averaged behind Blake and Pau Gasol.“I mean, my role doesn’t really change,” said Meeks, a shooting guard averaging 13.5 points. “I just have to, in my opinion, be more aggressive and know that I’m going to be playing more minutes and try to give the same type of effort and do whatever I can to help us win.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img D’Antoni was asked if he has ever had a team where all of his point guards were injured.“Yeah, last year,” he said. “I was telling the Steves that we really had five good point guards, but the problem is all five of them have been hurt for two years in a row. So it’s weird, it’s just strange stuff. I mean, this is an injury that never happens.”Blake’s is more of a baseball injury.“I’ve never seen it before, I’ve never heard about it before,” Bryant said.It happened, and now the Lakers need to figure out what to do about it. First of all, Bryant will be at point guard tonight.last_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle leaned on mentors, faith to overcome injury

first_imgA restless nightKyles held onto Randle’s hand as they viewed the x-rays that confirmed Randle had a fractured tibia in his right leg. Kyles held onto Randle’s hand shortly before he was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. And Kyles held onto Randle’s hand by his bedside hours before having surgery. Through that night, Kyles continuously prayed with her daughter, Nastassia, and Randle’s girlfriend that they remain calm. “He’ll start crying if he sees us crying,” Kyles recalled, thinking. “We have to look strong for him.”As a single mother, Kyles raised Randle by issuing both comfort and tough love. Kyles enrolled Randle at Prestonwood Academy in seventh grade after he breezed through school with straight A’s. Kyles, who once played basketball at the University of Texas-Arlington, trained Randle during his childhood. She signed Randle up for the Texas Titans, an AAU basketball team that both traveled around the country for top competition and devoted time toward Christian studies. Kyles also worked overtime to support Randle financially.Kyles soon saw her latest investment paying off. Randle may have nursed pain and frustration amid what he called “a very tough and a very emotional” episode. But when his spiritual advisor, Antonio McKenzie, called, Randle sounded stoic. “There’s no time for a pity party,” said Randle, mindful that her mom had been preaching the same thing. McKenzie joked that Randle may have felt fine after medication dulled his pain and frustration. But in reality, Randle’s tears dried up within hours partly because he never saw Kyles shed one. “It was one of those things where when you’re in that situation, you can’t do anything about it,” Randle said. “It’s not going to change with you feeling sad for yourself.”Keeping the faithRandle then had surgery the following morning. But his progress featured obstacles far more challenging than the Lakers’ recent struggles. He stayed stuck at home unable to do almost anything.“The injury and not being able to play basketball is tough enough,” Randle said. “But I couldn’t get up and go to the bathroom. I couldn’t go get some food for myself. I couldn’t get up and walk. It’s just frustrating being stuck on a couch.” So Kyles stayed at Randle’s residence. She encouraged Randle to vent with as much ferocity as when he has overpowered opponents. She remained on call to pick up groceries or deliver his walker so he could go to the bathroom. Kyles coordinated with the Lakers’ support staff on helping Randle with trips to physical therapy sessions. Kenny Troutt, who founded the AAU’s Texas Titans, also checked in frequently and sent care packages. Friends from Prestonwood Christian Academy sent get-well cards, too. McKenzie then spent a week with Randle in early Dec. 2014 both to help Kyles’ workload and to keep Randle’s spirits high. They rekindled a childhood pastime with marathon sessions of NBA2K.“He was killing me as usual,” McKenzie said, laughing. “He knows all the trick moves. He may have been cheating a little bit.”McKenzie then turned serious. As they spent the rest of their free time reading the Bible and discussing their faith, McKenzie warned against relying on that for just a form of therapy. “I told him to stay true to God’s Word not just to get him through this injury,” McKenzie said. “‘Don’t just go to God when things aren’t working out. Have a relationship with him through the good and bad in life.”The next stepRandle soon adopted that growth mindset elsewhere. He changed his diet and lost weight. Randle stayed patient with the monotony of rehab drills. Randle watched countless games and produced written reports for Kupchak. His love for the game blossomed. “I hate that this all happened to Julius, but I wouldn’t change it for nothing in the world,” Kyles said. “It matured him and helped him grow.”Kyles will watch that growth unfold on Friday as she sits courtside with Troutt and his wife. He will host a 19-person suite for some of Randle’s other hometown friends, too. Then, Randle will try to make them all proud, proving his sturdiness stems from the strong foundation around him.“When things are good or bad, I know what to lean on,” Randle said. “I know not to get too high or too low. Not much can really shake me.” DALLAS >> The seconds felt like minutes. The minutes felt like hours. As each moment passed, Lakers forward Julius Randle remained motionless. Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, had just watched in horror as her son’s NBA rookie season ended only 14 minutes after it began. Randle drove into the lane. His right leg buckled. And then Randle lay on the court, screaming in pain that he broke his right leg while the Lakers’ training staff and paramedics attended him.Kyles raced from her seat nearly adjacent to the entrance tunnel into a Staples Center hallway. Moments later, Kyles saw Randle from afar on a stretcher where she began hearing his cry for help.“He sees me and starts screaming, ‘Mom!!! Get my Mom!!!” Kyles recalled in a recent interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I dropped my purse and ran to him so I could hold his hand. I needed to make him strong.” Nearly a year later, Randle showed as much strength mentally as he has demonstrated physically with his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame. He has represented one of a few bright spots for the Lakers (1-7) entering Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (4-4) at American Airlines Center. Randle has averaged 11.9 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds, an NBA best for second-year players. The Lakers have gushed about Randle’s strength and versatility, while admiring his thirst to expand his mid-range game. And after spending nearly 11 months rehabbing his surgically repaired right leg, Randle has since stayed healthy. The 20-year-old Randle has credited his success to various Lakers, including Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott, James Worthy, general manager Mitch Kupchak and the team’s training staff. But Randle views his family and close friends with unique affection for strengthening him during most vulnerable moments.Randle views the Lakers’ upcoming game against Dallas as “special.” After starring at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, Randle will have about 19 friends and family attending the game. They will provide Randle with a visual reminder of what ensured a successful comeback.“They kept me grounded,” Randle said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “They were making sure I did what I was supposed to do. They’re close people in my life.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers feel Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant give them positional versatility

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers With fellow 2017 draft pick Lonzo Ball (No. 2 overall) and third-year forward Larry Nance Jr. in attendance, Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said Kuzma, Hart and Bryant check off those boxes in different ways.Pelinka joked he and Johnson “were doing backflips” when Kuzma, a junior forward from Utah, was available at No. 27, a pick the Lakers acquired in the trade that sent veteran center Timofey Mozgov and third-year guard D’Angelo Rusesll to Brooklyn for veteran center Brook Lopez.The Lakers soon saw Kuzma’s positionless versatility and passing skills when they watched clips of him on Synergy and during recent pick-up scrimmages. Kuzma impressed the Lakers last month at the pre-draft combine in Chicago, where Johnson recalled he made seven 3-pointers in a scrimmage. The Lakers were also aware of Kuzma’s steady scoring improvement with the Utes – from 3.3 points per game as a freshman to 10.8 the next season then 16.4 as a junior.“It was a very big deal,” Kuzma said of his combine performance. “I wasn’t really highly touted coming into the combine. I really showed people what I can really do.”Hart, a shooting guard, was on the Lakers’ radar earlier. Pelinka said Hart “was a player that we immediately identified early in the process.” Hart led Villanova to a national championship his junior year, before winning Big East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. During his pre-draft combine interview, Hart impressed the Lakers when he detailed how he studies film and adheres to “clean eating.” During his pre-draft workout with the Lakers, Pelinka recalled “he was always in the right place on the court in every defensive drill.”The Lakers need all the help they can get in that area after finishing at or near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories in recent years.“All of us can guard several different positions,” Hart said. “That’s something you can use to your advantage when you have guards or wings that can switch on big men in the post, or (Bryant) switching to smaller guards on the perimeter. When you have that versatility, defensively it gives you another step up.”Bryant’s No. 31 jersey number explained some of what the Lakers like about his potential. He said he chose No. 31 both because of his date of birth (July 31, 1997) but also his mantra to work on his game 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The Lakers envision the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Indiana as a stretch five who can shoot and defend both from the perimeter and in the post. In two seasons with the Hoosiers, he showed some qualities that suggest he can.Pelinka noted Bryant improved his vertical jump from 24 inches to 30. Bryant’s field goal percentage dropped significantly from his freshman (68.3 percent) to sophomore (51.9) seasons at Indiana, but Johnson liked how Bryant shot during his pre-draft workout. Indiana coach Tom Crean raved about Bryant’s work ethic to Johnson and Pelinka. Gunnar Peterson, the Lakers’ new director of strength and endurance training, remarked the same thing on Thursday. Those qualities match the Lakers’ expectations for every player.“Guys that want to come in and do the work” said Bryant, who averaged 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 38.3 percent from 3-point range during his sophomore season with the Hoosiers, “and go in and show you belong here. And get better each and every day, no matter what.”Johnson showed some extra affection for Kuzma. Johnson, who grew up in Lansing, Mich., called Kuzma “my homeboy” because he grew up in nearby Flint. During the pre-draft process, Johnson remarked “we always laugh about everything back home.”“It’s a great feeling,” Kuzma said. “Both being from Michigan and growing up, if you love basketball, the first thing you’ll hear about is Magic Johnson.”Johnson, of course, smiled when he heard those words.“I’m a basketball junkie,” Kuzma said. “So watching old NBA TV games, (Johnson’s) classic games in short shorts, it’s a surreal moment for sure.”The Lakers are pleased to have drafted three players with similar makeups to fill similar needs.“This is a huge day for us,” Pelinka said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img EL SEGUNDO >> The three young men spoke eloquently and respectfully, impressed by the Lakers’ franchise while touting their own positionless versatility and team-first attitudes.The words were more than just talking points, though. The Lakers introduced three of their four draft picks on Thursday – first-rounders Kyle Kuzma (No. 27) and Josh Hart (No. 30) and second-round selection Thomas Bryant (No. 42), and it’s clear what made an impression on the Lakers.“We were looking for shooting. We were looking for toughness. We were looking for high basketball IQ,” Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said in a news conference at the team’s practice facility. “When you look at all three of them, you can check off all the boxes.”last_img read more

Julian Edelman injury update: Patriots receiver passes physical, practices for first time in 3 1/2 weeks

first_img Patriots rookie Chase Winovich says his preseason play ‘might be a gift and a curse’ Patriots players ‘pulling for’ reinstated receiver Josh Gordon Patriots acquire tight end Eric Saubert from Falcons for draft pick However, he recently passed his physical and was removed from the non-football injury list, according to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources.Edelman also participated in New England’s practice Monday. Related News Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has passed his physical and has been removed from the non-football injury list, per source. He’s back to work for New England.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 19, 2019The typical timeline gave Edelman a six-week window for his thumb to heal, which would have him ready for the Patriots’ regular-season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 8.It’s not clear if he will play in New England’s final two preseason games. But, come Week 1, if he can stay healthy, he’ll be Tom Brady’s top target after tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in the offseason.Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the group of wideouts before Monday’s practice and noted a number of receivers who have yet to practice, including Josh Gordon, Cameron Meredith (non-football injury list) and Demaryius Thomas (physically unable to perform list).”There’s still a lot of people we haven’t seen actively on the field, so ‘to be determined,’ ” he said. Julian Edelman has rejoined the Patriots’ offense.The team’s star wide receiver has been recovering from a broken thumb and missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of training camp. Edelman opened last season on a four-game suspension for PED use.He caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns upon his return and was named the Super Bowl MVP in the Patriots’ win over Rams.last_img read more

Russell Wilson, Ciara donate one million meals to Seattle community to combat coronavirus fallout

first_imgThe world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @Ciara & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine https://t.co/TMUkkwjDV6 Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmericaLet’s all keep the Faith during this difficult time pic.twitter.com/i2oJnQoOgb— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 18, 2020″Obviously, this worldwide pandemic, coronavirus, is changing the world. Second by second, minute by minute. People are losing their loved ones, the elderly and the young, the people in between. … All these places are being affected, all around the world.MORE: Here’s how athletes are ‘social distancing’ during coronavirus outbreak “So what we’ve decided to do is partner up with our local food bank in Seattle, Seattle Food LifeLine, and we’re gonna donate a million meals, and hopefully make a difference,” Wilson said.Currently, there are more than 4,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across the U.S. per the CDC, with more than 700 cases reported in Washington, the most afflicted state in the nation.Wilson joins other sports figures and organizations, including J.J. Watt, Kevin Love and MLB, in the fight to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its fallout. Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson are helping the coronavirus relief effort.In a video posted on Twitter, the Grammy-award winning artist and her Seahawks quarterback husband vowed to donate one million meals to the Seattle community alongside Food LifeLine, a local food bank and organization dedicated to providing meals for the needy.last_img read more