A man’s friend can be a woman’s worst enemy.

first_img 64 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share LifestyleRelationships A man’s friend can be a woman’s worst enemy. by: – August 22, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Image via Raymond Brown/FlickrSomewhere, inside the minds of many guys, there’s a little part of their person that wants the fellas’ approval. What their friends think matters to them, despite all their machismo and puff-chested crowing about being their own man.They want their homeboys to ooh and ahh over their car, their dunking skills, their ability to knock back a string of vodka shots without coming up for air. And they definitely want them to think the chick they’re dating is a hottie.Now, if said romance should be so fortunate as to turn into a full-fledged relationship, that can be a problem. Because when The Friends wield a major amount of influence over your dude, it can be a mental tug-o-war between your wants, wishes, and desires and the voices of his buddies whispering conversely in his ear. Ostensibly, the one who holds his romantic — read: sexual — future in the palms of her hands should win out. But that’s alas not always the case.I haven’t had this issue recently, but I do remember a time way back when I was a college freshman and I developed the biggest crush on this chocolate cutie pie from Philly. I swore up and down that I didn’t want anything to do with any male from that city: they were rude, they were crass, and they seemed to be in a contest to see who could show the least amount of respect for women as possible. So I avoided them like bad lighting, which makes me wonder how this one guy managed to smuggle his way into my good graces.He was charming and charismatic, and a flash of his smile could make even an outside death threat or the possibility of nuclear warfare seem palatable. We had natural chemistry. Spending time together was a mixture of flirtation and mental challenge, something we were both drawn to. So with all of these sparks a-flyin’ and all of this potential romance looming over us like two big ol’ clouds of love, it seemed like a no-brainer that we would ultimately get together, right?Might seem like it, but it sure enough never happened. Because his friends didn’t think I was cute. No matter that he thought I was easy on the eyes. Once we strolled into the cafeteria together and his flock of Philly friends laid eyes on me, I was instantly vetoed and wasn’t even aware of it. Perhaps, had I known I was going to be placed on a twirling, whirling auction pedestal, I could’ve spruced myself up a bit. You know in college, it’s a toss-up somedays whether you even part ways with your pajama bottoms for the day or not. But I doubt that was the issue. Something about my face just didn’t sit well with them. And normally, that would be their prerogative. But dangit, their opinion cost me a shot with my cute little love thing. I kid, of course. Because any fella who doesn’t have the backbone to make his own decisions — then, now, or otherwise — isn’t my twist in the first place. I like stand-up, decision-making, that’s-my-final-answer, take-it-or-leave-it kind of guys. It seems quite little boyish to have to play Red Light, Green Light with a group of men because you need validation.Now, that’s not to say that I can blame them to a degree. Do I want my friends to like my man? Sure. Do I want them to think he’s cute? Of course. If they don’t like him, will that stop the show? Never that.I can only hope that dreamy college cutie has matured past that point in the years since we parted ways and became hi-bye friends on campus. We’ve stayed in contact since graduation via email and sometimes phone, and he always laughs off my remembrance of the reason why this romance never got off the tarmac. He insists it wasn’t the collective vote of his band of boys, but I know better. Maybe now, if he paraded me in front of them, they’d have a different opinion. Maybe not. Even so, it’s too late ‘cause I’m off the market. And that Beyonce song continues to ring in my ears. How does it go? Oh riiiiight. Best he never had.Do you think guys’ friends have an influence on them? Is it a maturity issue? Or just something that comes with the male territory?Written by Janelle Harris or CafeMom’s blog, The Stirlast_img read more

Spadafora vows to reform Italian sport

first_img “I address a special thought to the many sports workers who, often without the necessary safeguards, far removed from the spotlight, perform crucial tasks,” he said. “Many of them have little in the way of protection and deserve more respect: it’s for this reason, when this pandemic is over, that I’ve committed myself to reforming the entire sector. read also:Spadafora: ‘Not certain Serie A will resume’ “And on this day when, for those like me holding a government position, it’s a duty to be at work, I thank all my staff, who are supporting me in an excellent way, putting the interests of the country first.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Spadafora and his government have come under fire for preventing clubs from resuming training on May 4, while making provisions for individual sports. During a Facebook broadcast, the politician turned his attentions to the sports workers who were struggling to make ends meet as a result of COVID-19.Advertisement Loading… Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has vowed to ‘reform Italian sport when this pandemic is over’, claiming those behind the scenes ‘deserve more respect’. Promoted Content6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

South Africa’s Rabada heads home from IPL with back niggle

first_img(REUTERS) – South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will return home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to avoid aggravating a back problem ahead of the Cricket World Cup, Delhi Capitals said yesterday.The 23-year-old has been in fine form this season, claiming 25 wickets from 12 matches in the IPL, but sat out Wednesday’s game against Chennai Super Kings.Delhi said Rabada had been advised to return by Cricket South Africa as a precautionary measure.“It’s hard for me to leave Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard,” Rabada said in a statement.Third-placed Delhi have qualified for the IPL playoffs and play Rajasthan Royals in their last league game today.“It’s been a tremendous season for me with Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy,” Rabada added.Rabada’s fellow paceman Dale Steyn was also ruled out of the IPL last month after a flare-up of an old shoulder injury, putting his World Cup prospects in doubt.South Africa open their World Cup campaign against England at The Oval on May 30.last_img read more

La Liga: Spanish Minister Doubts Return of Fans in September

first_imgSpain’s Health Minister, Santiago Illa, has said that he does not think fans will be able to return to football matches in the country when the new season starts in September.The government’s department for sport and La Liga had hoped for fans to return at a reduced capacity.But the threat of a rise in coronavirus infections is set to prevent the move. “To be honest, I don’t see it, given the reality we are in,” health minister Santiago Illa told radio station Cadena Ser.“We have seen some clusters of infections and, although we have fortunately been able to control them, I still don’t see (fans returning).”La Liga resumed this season behind closed doors on 11 June, and plans to start the 2020-21 campaign on 12 September.“We’re going to take our time and provide information so the sports department can make the decision when necessary,” added Illa.“We have to step carefully with the virus, and concentrating large numbers of people at this time is not advisable at all,” the minister concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse blows out Lindenwood after Tigers lose starting goalie to injury, advances to conference semifinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm After Syracuse earned its first lead 61 seconds into the game, the opportunity to build off the success quickly surfaced.Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley fell onto the ice seconds after Julie Knerr’s game-opening goal, requiring paramedics to take her off on a stretcher.The injury left the Tigers deflated without their best player, and the Orange took advantage.“We were just trying to keep the momentum on our side (after the injury),” Knerr said. “We were kind of worried we were going to lose the momentum, but we did good and kept it going.”The Orange (20-13-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) unleashed on the Tigers (5-26-3, 5-13-2) en route to a 6-0 victory. The win set SU up with a rematch against Mercyhurst in the College Hockey America semifinals next week in Erie, Pa.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Hensley was carried out of the arena, the Orange prepared to feast on an opponent that had just lost its most valuable player.Knerr had just pushed the Orange ahead 1-0, and was encouraging her teammates to be more aggressive than ever and seize the opportunity to build a multi-goal lead before the end of the first period.“We knew (the backup goalie) didn’t have a lot of experience, so we told each other to shoot the puck more often,” Knerr said. “Any shot on net was good.”Less than six minutes later, captain Margot Scharfe answered Knerr’s call with a goal of her own that gave the Orange the 2-0 lead and a noticeable swagger. And when Heather Schwartz joined in with another 12:04 into the first period, Syracuse could no longer hide its joy on the ice.The starters celebrated the recent string of goals by high-fiving their teammates on the bench, and fist-bumped each other on the ice. They were well aware of how the injury to Hensley — and an influx of first-period goals — further improved the chances of victory.“When a team is down three or four goals, they kind of seemed defeated so it was good to really take advantage of the chances,” Scharfe said.With a three-goal lead, the Syracuse skaters began playing comfortably by taking advantage of individual chances to put the puck in the net.Melissa Piacentini, known for her offensive prowess, added two consecutive goals against Lindenwood’s backup goalie Alexis Molotky.After scoring her first goal midway through the second period, Piacentini provided the team’s fifth goal in the final period of play.Scharfe attributed the amount of offensive success from her teammates to the confidence they built throughout the game.“Once we knew we could keep putting them in the back of the net, we were able to keep the momentum going,” Scharfe said.With the game out of reach by the final period, players from SU’s secondary lines were given ample playing time.Senior Cara Johnson added the sixth and final goal for the Orange, which put the final punctuation mark on the quarterfinals sweep of the Tigers.The attention for Syracuse turns to Mercyhurst — an opponent that the Orange has never defeated in program history.“I think, more than anything, that as long as the girls have the confidence to score goals and get those chances,” Flanagan said, “it gives them the confidence that they need for next Friday.” Commentslast_img read more

Egyptian cyclist dies at Durban cycle track

first_imgHosts of the event, Cycling South Africa, announced in a statement that Eslam Nasser Zaki was riding in the Elite Men’s Omnium-Tempo race on Monday when he fell off his bicycle at the Cyril Geoghegan Track.Zaki was immediately attended to by emergency medics, but after “prolonged attempts” to resuscitate him, the 22-year-old was declared dead on the scene.“Cycling South Africa expresses its deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and teammates of Eslam Nasser Zaki. Every effort is being made to assist the Egyptian Cycling Team during this very tragic period.”The third edition of the African Continental Track Cycling Championships was initially scheduled to take place in Egypt, but was moved to Durban as the original venue wasn’t ready.The event started on Monday, and is set to continue until Thursday.last_img read more

Westminster Dog Show 2019: Dates, TV schedule, live stream, list of past winners

first_imgHere’s a guide to everything you need to know about the 143rd running of the Westminster Dog Show, including a full TV schedule and a history of previous winners. You can follow Sporting News’ live updates and results from the main event here Monday and Tuesday.MORE: Watch the Westminster Dog Show live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Westminster Dog Show 2019 TV scheduleThe 2019 edition of the Westminster Dog Show will be broadcast Feb. 11-12 on FS1, Nat Geo Wild and the Fox Sports Go app.(All times ET)Monday, Feb. 11, 2019EventTimeTV channelBreed judging (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds)8 a.m.-5 p.m.Fox Sports GoJunior Handler Preliminaries8 a.m.-5 p.m.Fox Sports GoMasters Obedience Championship8 a.m.-5 p.m.Fox Sports GoBreed judging (select coverage)1-4 p.m.Nat Geo WildMasters Obedience Championship (select coverage)1-4 p.m.Nat Geo WildWestminster Dog Show pre-show programming7-7:30 p.m.FS1/fuboTVGroup competitions (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding)7:30-11 p.m.FS1/fuboTVLIVE: Breed results, winners, Best in Show for 2019Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019EventTimeTV channelBreed judging (Sporting, Working and Terrier breeds)8 a.m.-5 p.m.Fox Sports GoJunior handler preliminaries8 a.m.-5 p.m.Fox Sports GoBreed judging (select coverage)1-4 p.m.Nat Geo WildWestminster Dog Show pre-show programming7-7:30 p.m.FS1/fuboTVGroup competitions (Sporting, Working and Terrier)7:30-11 p.m.FS1/fuboTVBest in Show competition7:30-11 p.m.FS1/fuboTVPHOTOS: The most adorable dogs at the 2019 Westminster Dog ShowHow to live stream the Westminster Dog ShowThe Westminster Dog Show will be shown online this year via the Fox Sports Go app. You can also stream the show live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Westminster Dog Show schedule of eventsBelow is the Westminster Kennel Club’s daily schedule of events for Monday and Tuesday:(All times Eastern)Meet & CompeteThe Meet & Compete event runs on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Piers 92 and 94 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Masters Agility Championship takes place the same day at Piers 92 and 94. The preliminaries are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The finals will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Masters Obedience ChampionshipThe Masters Obedience Championship will take place on Monday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pier 94.Westminster Dog ShowThe main event begins on Monday, Feb. 11 and runs through Feb. 12. The daytime sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Piers 92 and 94 on both days. The evening sessions will take place at Madison Square Garden form 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with Best in Show being award on the final day, Feb. 12.2018 DOG SHOW: Breed results, winners, Best in ShowWhat is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an annual event showcasing nearly 3,000 dogs. The all-breed benched show is held in Madison Square Garden.The dogs competing are sorted into groups based on its breed. Those groups are hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The group winners advance to the Best in Show competition.The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championships held in the same week atPiers 92 & 94 in New York.History of the Westminster Dog ShowThe event’s origins can be traced back to the inaugral show in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the predecessor to Madison Square Garden) in New York. 1,201 dogs competed in the event that lasted over the course of four days.  The 2019 edition of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is almost here.Since its inauguration in 1877, the prestigious event has been an annual staple for dog-lovers in the United States as thousands flock to Madison Square Garden or tune in to watch breeders showcase the best the canine world has to offer. This year’s main event runs Feb. 11-12 and will be broadcast primarily on Fox Sports 1. The name “Westminster” comes from a former hotel in Manhattan where a group of sporting gentlemen used to gather and swap stories. They eventaully formed the Westminster Kennel Club and thus the world’s greatest dog show was born.The show predates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. It is also the second-longest continuosly held sporting event in the U.S. The Kentucky Derby’s been staged longer by a mere two years. Westminster Dog Show winnersWhile the event itself has been held annually since 1877, the Best in Show award has been given out every year since 1907. The Terrier group has won the award 47 times, the most of any group. The Sporting group has the second-most wins at 18.Previous Best in Show winnersYearWinnerBreedGroup2006Rocky Top’s Sundance KidBull Terrier (Colored)Terrier2007Felicity’s Diamond JimSpaniel (English Springer)Sporting2008K-Run’s Park Me In FirstBeagle (15 Inch)Hound2009Clussexx Three D Grinchy GleeSussex SpanielSporting2010Roundtown Mercedes of MaryscotScottish TerrierTerrier2011Foxcliffe Hickory WindScottish DeerhoundHound2012Palacegarden MalachyPekingese ToyToy2013Banana Joe V Tani KazariAffenpinscherToy2014Afterall Painting The SkyFox Terrier (Wire)Terrier2015Tashtins Lookin For TroubleBeagle (15 Inch)Hound2016Garbonita’s California JourneyPointer (German Shorthaired)Sporting2017Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V KenlynGerman ShepherdHerding2018Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is LoveBichon FriseNon-sporting2018Kingarthur Van Foliny HomeFox Terrier (Wire)Terrierlast_img read more

Eddie Hearn talks Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder, Canelo-Jacobs, Smith-Eggington, Bob Arum and more

first_imgEddie Hearn, the managing director of Matchroom Boxing, took some time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions from Sporting News about the upcoming fights on DAZN and how the boxing landscape has changed over the past year.Sporting News: This time last year, we were in Cardiff for Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker. A lot has happened since then. What have been your highlights of the past 12 months? MORE: Join DAZN to watch Joshua vs. Miller and 100+ fight nights a yearJune 15, another Matchroom fighter is in action, as Kid Galahad takes on Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title. The press conference was a bit of a farce. You weren’t present at the press conference, but will you be at the fight?Well, one, I wasn’t invited, and two, I was actually in some meetings that I couldn’t get out of. It’s not our show, it’s not on DAZN or Sky Sports, but we are 100 percent behind Kid Galahad and I believe he can win that fight. I think Warrington has looked fantastic so far as world champion and in winning the belt and it’s a very tough fight, but I feel Kid Galahad has a style that can beat anybody. It’s possible I’ll be at that fight, but Gennady Golovkin could fight that night and Tyson Fury is also fighting that night too, so we shall see. Eddie Hearn: I mean, Anthony Joshua unifying against Joseph Parker was one of them, obviously the title defense against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium was another great moment. Tony Bellew beating David Haye in May of last year was a great moment for us and even the fight against Oleksandr Usyk, seeing Tony get a chance to fight for the undisputed title was a great occasion as well. Doing our deal with DAZN was a major moment for the company too as well as Dillian Whyte beating Joseph Parker in July and then beating Dereck Chisora in a brilliant fight for the year in December. It has been a great 12 months for us.Bob Arum recently took a swipe at you and DAZN. What are your thoughts on his comments?I think Bob’s under a lot of pressure at ESPN. You know, I think his last show, [Kubrat] Pulev vs. [Bogdan] Dinu, the ratings were extremely poor, but I’m flattered that Bob’s on the offensive and attacking us in the public eye because it means we’re doing something right. He doesn’t like to be challenged in his own market, but you know we have a lot of respect for Bob and Top Rank and we look forward to the challenge.Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington this Saturday — the press conference was a little lively. Can we expect more of the same come fight night?Yeah, you can expect to see a real stacked card firstly. I mean, there are so many great fights on the card. You got a great all British heavyweight matchup between David Price and Kash Ali; obviously there was plenty of talk there at the press conference, it’s going to be very explosive. A really important fight between Joe Hughes and Robbie Davies Jr. at light welterweight — the winner of that is almost looking at the Maurice Hooker fight as well, who is another DAZN fighter. Anthony Fowler versus Scott Fitzgerald, you’re going to get to see the very best young talent at light middleweight facing off against each other, two undefeated big punching prospects and I think you’re going to see a war in Liam Smith against Sam Eggington. I mean, obviously you’ve seen Smith before stateside against Canelo and against Jaime Munguia and you’ve seen Eggington before in a number of great fights. Both are great fighters and like to come forward and both sides like to go to war. I think you’re going to see an all-action fight.MORE: Smith vs. Eggington: Fight date, time, price, how to watch, live streamWould you say it was the last chance saloon for Sam Eggington?Yeah, definitely. I mean, he’s only 24, but he’s been in a lot of tough fights and been in a lot of wars. I mean he’s won the British, Commonwealth and European welterweight titles, but he’s the underdog Saturday night — a big underdog. But I think he’s going to enjoy that and it’s probably his last chance saloon at a very elite level.Who will be taking the main event spot on the April 20 doubleheader featuring Derek Chisora vs. Senad Gashi and Dave Allen vs. Lucas Browne?It’s all still to be agreed. There’s been a public campaign to see Dave Allen headline against Lucas Browne, but we’ll have to see what Sky Sports decides. It’s two import heavyweight matchups and not just that, on a card as well is Josh Kelly, one of the best welterweights in the world at the moment. Conor Benn returns from injury. Also, Joe Cordina goes for the British lightweight title.April 26, two DAZN shows. Fabio Turchi vs. Jacques Olivier in Italy followed by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada in California. How big is the L.A. card and how is Italy responding to boxing being back in a big way?It’s a huge card in L.A. I mean you’ve got Rungvisai against Estrada, which is a rematch of one of the fights of the year in 2018, T.J Doheny unifying against Danny Roman with the WBA and IBF super bantamweight world titles, Jessie Vargas against Humberto Soto which is a great Mexican fight, Scott Quigg is on the card, Anthony Sims Jr., Shakhram Giyasov as well, so it’s a massive night of boxing. Then before that we’re in Italy for our third show over there. Both previous shows have been sold out in Florence and Milan and the atmosphere has been ready good. The fighters are embracing it. Seems to be a lot of excitement behind this sport. So, yeah, we’re really enjoying it.MORE: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada 2: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live streamWe have Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez versus Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Do you believe it’s a real 50/50 match up?I believe so. Canelo has got the power of the sport behind him if you like. You know, but Daniel Jacobs, now this is his moment and he really believes he’s going to win; we believe he’s going to win. I think it’s going to be a brilliant fight. Yeah, unification fight in the middleweight division. I think there is a lot of support for Daniel Jacobs, obviously Canelo has a huge fan base as well, but we really believe that Daniel Jacobs can win the fight on May 4.Anthony Joshua’s American debut at Madison Square Garden follows on June 1. If Joshua passes the Jarrell Miller test, will you be looking at lining up Deontay Wilder for the undisputed fight or will Joshua’s mandatory’s come into play?That’s what he wants. He wants the undisputed fight against Deontay Wilder, but all the focus is on the Miller fight right now. Usyk will be his mandatory, his next mandatory, so whether he fights in November, December or March, April … it’s going to be very soon. But obviously an undisputed fight trumps a mandatory and we hope that he can beat Miller and then fight Wilder in the winter.last_img read more

Lakers’ Brook Lopez has ankle sprain, will be reevaluated in 3 weeks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With the Lakers, Lopez is averaging career lows in points (12.8) and minutes (22.4), while grabbing fewer rebounds (4.3) than all but one previous season – 2011-12, when he played just five games.“He spent his whole career with one team,” Walton said, “so it takes time. You put the Dream Teams together and it takes them time to start to figure each other out and play together.”Lopez is also failing to meet expectations from the perimeter. After evolving into one of the best 3-point shooting big men in the league last year, Lopez has made just 29.7 percent of his shots from distance.One player who will not see a bigger role due to Lopez’s absence, at least not initially, is Ivica Zubac. The second-year center from Croatia has appeared in just six games after showing promise at the end of last season, essentially fourth on the depth chart.He will remain with the South Bay Lakers while the Lakers are on the road in Houston and at Golden State before returning to play Portland on Saturday.“It’s important for him that he gets a lot of minutes and he plays and gets his confidence and stays sharp,” Walton said, “because he worked so hard this offseason and he just hasn’t been, with our schedule, hasn’t been getting enough practice time and an opportunity.”BALL MEETS HOOPIs it possible that Lonzo Ball is … gasp … not the worst shooter in the history of basketball?Over his last three games, the No. 2 overall pick has averaged 15.3 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and knocking down three 3-pointers per game at a 45-percent clip.It’s a small sample size, but so too were the early-season numbers that had many wondering if Ball was simply a hopeless jump shooter. (Through his first 20 games, Ball shot 30.9 percent from the field and a dreadful 24.5 percent from 3-point range.)“As a 19-year-old rookie coming in,” Walton said, “there’s a lot of pressure, and the 3-point line is different, people guard you different, the length and speed is different, and every time you miss a shot, the entire media world comments on that you can’t shoot. So I think for him, it’s been getting comfortable, finding his groove at his level.”The uptick in Ball’s shooting was on display in overtime of the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors, with Ball scoring seven of his team’s 12 points before his last-second layup was blocked by David West.His burst even included a pull-up mid-range jumper, something that has not been in his repertoire early in his career.“Just been working on it,” Ball said, “going left, going right, working on my mid-range game. We see on film that a lot of people are going under (screens) or sagging, so it is always open.”Walton said that particular move has been a point of intense focus with assistant coach Miles Simon.“Hard work is how you get better,” Walton said. “If you come in before any of our practices and after, you’ll see (Ball) on the court working, and he’ll continue to get better as he grows in this league.”EXTRA POSSESSIONSThe Lakers will be without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Wednesday due to court-ordered travel restrictions that prohibit him from leaving California until the middle of January. As such, he will rejoin the team for their game in Oakland on Friday. …Alex Caruso, the summer league star who earned a two-way contract with the Lakers, will join the team for their two-game trip. He previously appeared in the first two games of the season, scoring two points in 18 combined minutes. In 16 games with the South Bay Lakers, Caruso has averaged 18.1 points and 7.6 assists. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Brook means a lot,” said rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who has started every game alongside Lopez. “He is big in the paint and he can space the offense, so we are definitely going to miss him and we will try our best without him.”Walton would not tip his hand as to who would start in place of Lopez, but veteran Andrew Bogut or rookie Kyle Kuzma, with Larry Nance Jr. sliding from power forward to center, would seem the likely choices.Julius Randle, who is playing some of the best basketball of his career, is also a candidate to start, but Walton has said he prefers a floor-spacing big man next to Nance, which could tip the balance to Kuzma, a 38 percent 3-point shooter.“It’s an ongoing discussion right now,” Walton said.Lopez has been reasonably durable throughout his 10-year career. He appeared in at least 70 games seven times in his career, but he does have a history of foot problems, missing most of the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons while with the Nets because of a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.center_img EL SEGUNDO — Already in the midst of the least productive season of his career, Brook Lopez will now be sidelined for at least three weeks after spraining his right ankle in Monday’s 116-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors.“He’s upset,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said following Friday’s practice. “(Lopez) said he didn’t sleep much last night. … It wasn’t the throbbing pain that was keeping him awake as much as he was just frustrated that he was hurt.”A 10th-year veteran acquired in the offseason trade that sent D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn, Lopez was injured while contesting a shot by Warriors star Kevin Durant. His right foot rolled and he was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the court.The Lakers characterized the sprain as “moderate” but said he would not even be reevaluated for three weeks.last_img read more

Nihad Đedović at Euroleague

first_imgLast night, three more games of the sixth round of Top 16 phase of Euroleague was held. Local teams won in all three games.The B&H player Nihad Đedović returned to Bayern after a long time, and had an excellent game. He made 14 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, but his team lost in Tel Aviv from Maccabi with 66:64.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img