Ronaldo, Messi tipped to retire at David Beckham’s Inter Miami

first_imgThe prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo playing alongside Lionel Messi might sound like a dream to many football fans, however it might be possible. That is according to MLS manager Adrian Heath, who believes that the pair could both end their careers at David Beckham’s new Inter Miami team. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been tipped to finish their careers at Inter Miami The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder has ambitious plans for his new franchise and Heath believes Beckham has the power to pair-up the long-term rivals. Minnesota United boss Heath told the Daily Mirror: ‘That would be incredible for football in the USA and if anyone has the global profile to make that dream a reality then it has to be David Beckham. “It may not happen just yet, but I can see Ronaldo following in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard playing in the MLS. “For Ronaldo and Messi, the two obvious destinations if they came to the MLS would be Los Angeles and Miami.’ Beckham has a strong relationship with Ronaldo, who at the age of 35 could potentially eye a new challenge outside of Europe before he retires. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Surprising Ways Drones Could Be Used In The FutureLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being Loading… center_img Barcelona superstar Messi has more time on his side at 32, but Heath believes both could be tempted by Beckham’s new venture. The pair have dominated European football for more than a decade, breaking many records and winning many trophies along the way. David Beckham’s Inter Miami team are set to compete in their first MLS campaign this season Read Also: Defiant Messi gives troubled Barca hope of UCL glory They also fought for personal honours as well, with Luka Modric the only player to break the Messi and Ronaldo stranglehold on the Ballon d’OR since 2008. For many years they were rivals on opposing sides as Real Madrid and Barcelona competed for league and European success. Should Beckham’s pulling power be enough to tempt the pair to join forces in Miami, it would put MLS defences on alert and create a dream attacking duo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

first_imgAs the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days. ___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___ Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday they are off because there was no way to test the fighters themselves for the virus. Arum’s Top Rank company had planned to show off two of its young cards, with Shakur Stevenson defending his featherweight title on Saturday in an ESPN fight and Ireland’s Michael Conlan fighting on St. Patrick’s Day on the ESPN+ streaming service.“We thought we had solved the problem by saying no audience, but then the question became whether any of the fighters had the virus,’’ Arum said. “There was no way to get testing for them so we agreed with the New York Athletic Commission that the fights would be called off.’’Unlike most sports organizations, the UFC is still planning to proceed with its full slate of upcoming events, albeit with some serious modifications.___ 9:50 p.m.UFC President Dana White said Thursday that the promotion will hold its show Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil, with no fans in Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. The UFC’s show at London’s O2 Arena next Saturday, March 21, is scheduled to proceed as planned, with fans in attendance.The UFC then will move its next two shows to its new UFC Apex complex in Las Vegas, where the promotion has a small arena used for filming television shows and online content. The two fight cards initially were scheduled for March 28 in Columbus, Ohio, and April 11 in Portland, Oregon.The UFC’s next pay-per-view show is scheduled for April 18 at Madison Square Garden featuring lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov against longtime challenger Tony Ferguson. The duo has been scheduled to fight four previous times, but the fight was scrapped each time for various reasons.9:45 p.m. While Baylor coach Scott Drew understands the decision to cancel the NCAA Tournament, he said Thursday night that he is “overwhelmingly disappointed” that the No. 5 Bears won’t have the opportunity to finish “arguably the best season in program history.”The Bears (26-4) were the Big 12 runner-ups in the regular season behind No. 1 Kansas, and spent five consecutive weeks as the nation’s top-ranked team before a home loss to the Jayhawks last month. Baylor was likely going to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, something Drew said his team had worked for all season.“To have that opportunity abruptly taken away by something out of our control is devastating for our team, coaches and fans,” Drew said. “At the same time, we will keep perspective on life’s greater challenges, continue to focus on using our platform to honor God, and we’ll keep everyone affected by this situation in our thoughts and prayers.”___ 9:35 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___ Associated Press Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries.___7:35 p.m.US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April. Organizers said if a later date this year is not possible, the race will return on April 18, 2021. ___6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports. The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4. 1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs. Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___7:10 p.m. 3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___ 3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___ However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.center_img March 12, 2020 6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m. “We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team.___7:25 p.m.USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.___6:58 p.m.The Grand Prix of Long Beach scheduled for April 19 has been canceled because of a ban on large scale gatherings in the California city.Race organizers said they are in conversation with the city of Long Beach and the Convention Center about potentially rescheduling the street race. Long Beach is the second most popular event on the IndyCar schedule behind the Indianapolis 500. ___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.” ___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___ 4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___ Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35. The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off 3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California. 7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption. NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___ “These are unprecedented circumstances, and it’s just much bigger than athletics,” Rhoades said. “I think the right decisions have been made.”Rhoades said he felt for all of the players whose seasons suddenly ended, and had spoken to both coach Scott Drew and Mulkey.“I think the first (thing) was I’m sorry. I’m sorry because both both had such great seasons,” Rhoades said, when asked what he told them. “The decision is much bigger than me, or certainly any one person, but you just feel bad.”___7:58 p.m. 8:10 p.m.Defending women’s national champion Baylor was on a plane on the tarmac in Waco, Texas, preparing to leave Thursday for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, when coach Kim Mulkey got a call from athletic director Mack Rhoades.The No. 3 Lady Bears went into a holding pattern for about a half-hour and never got off the ground after the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments were canceled. The No. 5 Baylor men, who spent five weeks at No. 1 this season and set a Big 12 record with 23 consecutive wins, were already in Kansas City, where they had been scheduled to play Thursday. The NCAA later canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments, where both Baylor teams were likely going to be No. 1 seeds. The Lady Bears were set to host first- and second-round games. He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

McBain opts out of senior year

first_imgWisconsin defenseman Jamie McBain will go pro after earning WCHA player of the year honors.[/media-credit]The decision Jamie McBain made may not have been an easy one, but it certainly wasn’t a surprising one, either.McBain, a junior defenseman on the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team, announced Thursday he will forgo his senior season and turn pro, joining the Carolina Hurricanes’ minor league affiliate — the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League — for the final 10 games of the season.“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” McBain said in a phone interview. “I loved it there. I loved everything about it. I loved the coaching staff and the guys who were always around.”While the choice was a tough one, it was simply the right time for McBain, a second-round pick of the Hurricanes. The junior led the Badgers in scoring with 37 points on the season and played in all 40 games. In the process, he was named the WCHA’s Player of the Year and is a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.“As far as from a hockey perspective, it was just time to move on in that aspect,” McBain said. “It all worked out for this being the best decision for me and my hockey career to move on.”McBain was in a similar position just a season ago, as speculation arose he may leave after just his sophomore year. But he announced his decision to return, which seemed to benefit both him and the Badgers.When the end of the season rolled around this time, the speculation arose again. No one was surprised, though, when McBain decided to go pro.“It’s a little bit different as far as the year I had,” McBain said.“It terms of Jamie signing, we knew from the beginning of the season that it might be a possibility,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “Then that possibility got stronger based on his performance this year.”With McBain’s departure, Eaves’ squad will be losing not only its top scorer but also one of its assistant captains. While McBain remains soft-spoken off the ice, Eaves said the junior showed leadership on the bench and on the rink.“I think his strong suit was on the bench,” Eaves said. “As quiet as he is, he’s really a competitive kid on the inside. In the middle of a battle on the bench, he was one of the guys that … was … leaning down to the forwards, ‘Hey, we need to get this done.’”McBain’s contract, according to the Hurricanes’ team site, is a three-year deal that will pay $600,000 a season at the NHL level and $62,500 on the minor league level. McBain will also collect a $255,000 signing bonus.“He got the max that he could get as an entry-level athlete,” Eaves said of McBain’s contract. “As a second-rounder, that’s pretty nice.”So, what’s the 21-year-old McBain going to do with his newfound riches?“I’ll probably just put it in the bank and save it for a rainy day,” McBain said.Before he can collect the NHL money, however, McBain will play for the River Rats in their final 10 games this season and likely for part of next season as well.“Carolina was really honest with him,” Eaves said. “They didn’t sell him the moon. They told him exactly that he’s going to play 10 games in Albany right now.”As for McBain’s expectations of his first taste of the big leagues?“Just kind of get a feel for the pace, the atmosphere at the professional level and just kind of get the feel for the game and get associated with the guys I could be around next year in the organization,” McBain said.After his time in Albany, McBain will return to Madison to finish out the semester — something his coach sees as an added bonus.“If you’re looking at moments for young athletes to take that next step in today’s age, there’s the fact that he’s got three years of education under his belt,” Eaves said.Once school finishes, it will be back to work for the WCHA Player of the Year, as he’ll split time between his home in Minnesota, the UW campus and Carolina for offseason training. But as he leaves his Badger career behind, he’ll always have memories of his time at Wisconsin.“Just being around the guys in the locker room, just that close-knit bond you get with all the guys on your team, especially the guys in my [junior] class. You’ve grown up with them the last three years,” McBain said. “Definitely an experience I’ll never forget.”last_img read more

No changes for Wales Six Nations team

first_imgThe same starting fifteen that got past France last time out will take on their title rivals at Twickenham on Saturday.Wales are unbeaten in the tournament, having drawn with Ireland, while they picked up wins over Italy and Scotland.last_img

Egypt’s Record-making keeper El Hadary Apologises to Nation

first_imgHistory-making keeper Essam El Hadary has apologised to his nation for Egypt’s exit despite saving a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.El Hadary saved Fahad Al Muwallad’s first-half penalty but Salem Al Dawsari scored a winner for Saudi Arabia in stoppage time.At 45 years and 161 days, El Hadary is now the oldest World Cup player ever. “I apologise to the Egyptian people on my behalf, and for my colleagues, after the three defeats,” he said.“I’m proud of what I have achieved and this achievement is worthy of Egypt.“We tried and did not have luck – this is football.”In a thrilling final group game Egypt – appearing at their first World Cup finals for 28 years – took the lead thanks to Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s lob in the 22nd minute, their first World Cup goal from open play since 1934.But Salman Al Faraj scored a spot-kick for Saudi Arabia seconds before half-time, just five minutes after El Hadary had saved Al Muwallad’s effort, and Al Dawsari fired in the winner with seconds left to secure the Saudis’ first World Cup win since 1994.Egypt coach Hector Cuper says he hopes “everyone in Egypt is happy” that El Hadary beat the record of Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 years and three days old when he appeared at Brazil 2014.“There is not much between our three goalkeepers but he was the right person to play today,” said Cuper.He also dismissed suggestions Salah could retire from international football because he is unhappy about being over-used for publicity purposes.“I don’t think that’s true. He really appreciates every opportunity he gets to play for the national team,” insisted the manager.Egypt finished bottom of Group A and failed to pick up a point, losing against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Google lifts gambling/betting app ban on UK Android systems

first_img StumbleUpon Global Tech giant Google is reported to be changing its ‘Google Play’ merchant policy allowing for gambling/betting apps to be introduced into its Android mobile systems’ store.The decision to change policy will allow gambling-related apps to be downloaded in the UK and other licensed European markets through the Google Play store for the first time in seven years.To date, Google has restricted gambling mobile app downloads, with users having to individually install applications without the aid of Google Play functionalities.The company implemented the restrictions due to legal concerns that its Android systems could not fulfil appropriate age verifications for gambling/betting app downloads.Google is reported to have sent an email to betting related companies, confirming its decision to suspend the policy. Google Play has asked for betting operators to resubmit applications for apps to be listed, as well as individual country licenses.Google UK expects its merchant policy on gambling apps to be lifted by August 2017. At present Android systems hold a reported 50% of UK market share with regards to handheld devices. Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020last_img read more

LeBron James sees logic in Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant’s concerns over his usage

first_imgView this post on Instagram Man Imagine If We Had It Wouldn’t Even Be…… Never mind. 23•24 •#LivingLegends SHEESH!!! Happy Halloween!! #RepostA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Oct 31, 2018 at 12:03pm PDTJames is averaging 34.7 minutes per game and is on course for a career low. LeBron James has no qualms with Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant expressing their fears over his usage, even if the Lakers star is happy to take on the bulk of the workload.The Lakers are trying to manage the 33-year-old’s time on court with a view to keeping their off-season recruit fresh. President of basketball operations Johnson is mindful that there is not an over-reliance on the former Cavaliers forward, having suggested there was too much expected of him in Cleveland.Those comments were followed by fellow NBA legend Bryant offering his view that James “doing everything” was “not the recipe for winning championships”.James insists he sees where both Johnson and Bryant are coming from as the Lakers try to develop the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma around him.”I don’t know what asking me to do too much is, to be honest. I just play my game,” James said. “I understand the logic behind it. I understand what Magic and Kobe are saying because we want to continue to grow the young guys. We want to see how much our young guys can grow and be the best they can be.” However, the 16-year veteran played all 82 games for the first time in his career last year during the Cavs’ run to the Finals.”I work myself all year round to get in tip-top shape all year round,” he added. “I don’t stop. I can do whatever. I played a Game 7 of the Finals [last season] and I near played every minute of it. Last year I played every single game.”You can slice it how you want but I understand what Magic and Kobe are saying. We have to continue to develop these guys because, if we don’t, then long term what does that do for our franchise?”last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan’s double-double helps Clippers beat Portland

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Jamal Crawford scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 18 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 100-94 on Wednesday night.Crawford scored the go-ahead basket on a 3-pointer with 3:55 remaining as the Clippers (26-13) came back from a six-point deficit.It was Los Angeles’ second win over Portland (30-9) this season and ended the Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak.Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists and Blake Griffin scored 18 points for the Clippers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 12 rebounds for Portland. Aldridge, who missed his season high by two points, went 14 of 28 from the floor.Damian Lillard had 15 points, while Chris Kaman had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Meyers Leonard, 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers.After Crawford’s 3-pointer gave the Clippers the lead, they pulled away by making six free throws during the final 1:16. Paul went 10 of 10 at the line during the fourth.The Clippers led 27-21 after the first quarter, and held off Portland through halftime as they rode Crawford’s hot hand. He hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points during second quarter to give Los Angeles a 50-49 halftime lead.Portland’s first-half offense went through Aldridge, who hit 10 of 16 shots and scored 22 points. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The game remained tight throughout the third quarter, though the Clippers never trailed. Los Angeles led by as many as seven points, but Portland eventually wiped out the deficit, as Leonard hit two free throws with 1:26 remaining to tie the score at 72. Aldridge scored 13 points during the third quarter.Lillard triggered a Portland surge early in the fourth, as his 3-pointer gave the Blazers an 85-79 lead. Los Angeles quickly responded, going on a 10-3 run to take an 89-88 lead with 4:32 remaining on two free throws by Paul.last_img read more

Golden State Warriors will be a tough out in NBA playoffs

first_img“He’s really fun to coach,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant defender, but to have the ability to run so much of our offense through him is something I enjoy. It’s the type of basketball I like. Obviously a lot of the offense comes from our backcourt and its shooting range, so we use Andrew to free up the guards. When he rolls to the basket, he can take the weakside defense with him and give us more space. Or he can roll there and get a dunk.”Not everyone remembers, but Bogut was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, four selections ahead of Chris Paul. He was the National Player of the Year at Utah.The Bucks drafted him, and he was gaining league-wide respect when he sailed in for a dunk against Phoenix, got jostled lightly by Amar’e Stoudemire, and fell to the floor like a meteor. One arm was pinned behind his back. He broke that elbow and that hand, and sprained that wrist. It was April 3, 2010, a split-second that cost Bogut untold millions and yet somehow pointed him toward this Golden season.“A one-in-a-million play,” said Bogut, who said he has watched the video many times, even though one viewing is enough for most people.“It was very unfortunate, with the elbow, because it affected my touch. My jump shot went. Other aspects of my game have been lost as well. But that’s the way the game is. I’m in a great situation right now, healthy, winning games.”After Milwaukee traded him to the Warriors, essentially for Monta Ellis, he had microfracture surgery on an ankle and missed almost a calendar year.“I haven’t had minor injuries,” he said, deadpan. “When I get hurt, I do it properly.”The Warriors’ defensive foundation was poured by Mark Jackson, the coach before Kerr. Bogut and Draymond Green push the big men out, and the 6-foot-7 Thompson guards the best perimeter player. Andre Igoudala, an ex-Olympian who has shelved much of his game for the greater good, makes the Warriors even longer when he leaves the bench.“The games probably will get to be more of a grind,” Bogut said. “There won’t be many easy baskets, particularly in the fourth quarter of a Game 5, for example. We’re getting ready for that already, making some adjustments, putting some things into practice.”Winning is the best practice. “The way we get the game faster is with our defense,” Kerr said at Golden State’s morning shootaround. “As long as we’re defending, we can run. But the game has changed. That theory was probably true 10, 15 years ago. When you look at San Antonio, Miami, Phoenix, those teams still ran and shot 3s in the playoffs. It’s not as true as it used to be.”He is right. Last year’s Spurs averaged 105.4 points in the regular season, 105.7 points in the Finals against Miami. The Warriors actually scored 2.1 more points a game in their first-round loss to the Clippers than they did in the 82-game forced march.When the playoffs come, the Warriors will not have to learn defense. They’re No. 1 in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage (42.4), fifth in 3-point defensive FG percentage, and they will be the first team since Doc Rivers’ 2008 Boston Celtics with a point differential of over 10 per game.If you think it’s just Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, then you can’t see the forest for the threes. Andrew Bogut, the 7-foot Australian, might not be the soloist, but he’s instrumental.Bogut is Kerr’s “middle linebacker” in the lane. He’s an outlet passer and, when he gets to the top of the key, a smooth ball-mover. He also shoots 55.6 percent and gets 6.1 rebounds a game. The rest of the NBA is waiting for Golden State’s turbo-charged Batmobile to get stuck in about two feet of post-season muck.You hear it every spring. The games will slow down. The scouting will intensify. The tendencies will show through. Someone will emerge, hair askew and glasses fogged from two days in a dungeon equipped with analytics, video and Cheez-Its, and come up with a net to ensnare the Warriors, the league’s best team all season. Now, if he can only get those pesky players and coaches to follow it …Warriors coach Steve Kerr advises not to go to Vegas with that hypothesis. The Warriors did not come into Staples Center on Tuesday with a nine-game winning streak and a 60-13 record because they play just one note.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Super Bowl prop bets 2019: National anthem, halftime show, coin toss and more obscurities

first_imgPregame Super Bowl prop bets(Bets can be made online via BetOnline)Will the opening coin toss land heads or tails?This one is pretty straightforward. Last year was heads, but the four Super Bowl coin flips before that resulted in tails. We already know the Patriots always choose heads, so if you think it’s their lucky year, perhaps you’ll go that route.Will the length of the national anthem exceed 1 minute, 50 seconds?Now’s the perfect time to study all of the Gladys Knight Youtube footage you can find. You might as well make a whole day of notetaking on how the Empress of Soul enunciates words and approaches live events. What will anthem singer Gladys Knight wear?The choices are dress/skirt or pants/shorts. What you really need to know is whether the Mercedes-Benz Stadium retractable roof will be open or not — if there’s a winter breeze, perhaps Knight will stick with pants. Do your research here.Will Bill Belichick or Sean McVay be shown first on TV during the anthem?We’re not sure how to approach this beyond taking a wild guess. For what it’s worth, Belichick is the slight betting favorite.Prop betOddsSportsbookCoin tossHeads -105/Tails -105BetOnlineAnthem lengthOver -120/Under -120BetOnlineWhat will Gladys Knight wear?Dress or skirt -200/Pants or shorts +150BetOnlineWho will be shown first during anthem?Belichick -130/McVay -110BetOnlineWill Gladys Knight kneel during anthem?Yes +150/No -120BetOnlineWill Gladys Knight omit a word from national anthem?Yes +400/-700BetOnlineGladys Knight’s microphoneOn stand -150/Off stand +125/Head set +1400BetOnlineHalftime show Super Bowl prop bets(Bets can be made online via MyBookie)What song will Maroon 5 open halftime with?Time to dig into the discography of Maroon 5. Will the group start with a made-for-radio pop anthem or … well, that’s pretty much what it’s going to be. Which song is anyone’s guess, though “One More Night” is currently the favorite.Will Adam Levine wear a leather jacket?Probably.Will Andre 3000 join Big Boi on stage?We can only hope the second half of Outkast will make an appearance, as it would only be fitting for the renowned rapper to roll through given the group’s Atlanta roots and continued popularity.Will any performer fall down?The very existence of this prop bet makes us suspect a performer will indeed fall down. Maybe Adam Levine and his leather jacket will take it one dance step too far, or a backup dancer will eat dirt. These things happen!Prop betOddsSportsbookMaroon 5 openerOne More Night +300/Makes Me Wonder +300/Animals +500/Don’t Wanna Know +600/Girls Like You +600MyBookieWill Adam Levine wear leather jacket?Yes -200/No +160MyBookieWill Andre 3000 join Big Boi?Yes +300/No -500MyBookieWill any performer fall down?Yes +500/No -900MyBookieWill Adam Levine kneel during show?Yes +100/-140BetOnlineAdam Levine wearing hat at start of showYes +200/-300BetOnlineIn-game Super Bowl prop betsWhat color of liquid will be poured on the winning coach?We’re curious which player on each team gets to choose the Gatorade flavor. Tom Brady, of course, is too cool for our peasant sports drinks. But Jared Goff probably is down for some blue drink (undoubtably the best flavor), and it would make sense for him to be in charge of selecting the color given his 32-touchdown season.Will there be a flea-flicker?The Patriots tried a flea-flicker in overtime of the AFC championship game against the Chiefs. Knowing how much Bill Belichick gets a kick out of making opposing coaches look foolish, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another one here.Who will MVP mention first in postgame speech? (Getty Images) The Super Bowl is not just the greatest stage for football in America. For many watching the big game, it’s also a mecca for absurd prop bets.Want to wager on whether there will be a safety in Super Bowl 53? What about the length of the national anthem, or which song Maroon 5 will sing first in its halftime show performance? If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place. Sporting News embarked on a search to find the funniest and most bizarre ways you can win money beyond the Super Bowl 53 betting line. Here are some of our favorite prop bets for the big game in 2019.MORE SUPER BOWL:SN staff picks | How the Rams can win There are many options here, some more realistic than others. Praising teammates or mentioning family are decent bets, but so too are thanking God or a supportive coach. Your choice probably depends on who you anticipate taking the honor.Will the Super Bowl points record of 75 be broken?The Patriots and Rams feature two potent offenses capable of scoring at least 35 points apiece, but 75 is quite a high bar to reach.Prop betOddsSportsbookLiquid poured on winning coachClear +250/Yellow +300/Red +600/ Blue +400/Purple +900/ Green +700/ Orange +400BetOnlineWill there be a flea-flicker?Yes +400/No -700BetOnlineWho will MVP mention first in speechGod +300/Teammates +200/Coach +600/Owner +750/Fans +1000/Refs +5000/Family +600/None of above +400BetOnlineWill points record be broken?Yes +425/No -800BetOnlineMention Belichick-McVay age gap?Yes -200/No +150BetOnlineWill CBS show Saints-Rams pass interferenceYes +200/No -300BetOnlineGiselle Bundchen shown on live broadcastOver/under 1.5 timesBetOnlinelast_img read more