LeBron James’ legacy in ‘LeBronto’ is still respected and feared

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Walton said before Thursday’s game in Toronto that he is closely watching how much the Lakers are leaning on second-year guard Josh Hart, who recently acknowledged he’s still struggling with knee tendinitis.Hart was listed as questionable before the game, but he played through it, scoring eight points in 28 minutes of the 111-98 loss. He’s only missed three total games with the injury.“There’s been a couple games he’s asked to come out because he’s hurting,” he said. “Normally when I’ve talked to him, he’s said when it gets bad, as long as he can kind of get off it for a few minutes it settles down and he can go again. So I’m not getting him out early depending on it, but I am, I’m aware of it.”Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) both did not play for the Lakers in Toronto. Each of them has missed six in their last seven games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLast spring was the most crushing defeat of all for Toronto, when James swept the top-seeded squad (which had won more games than any Raptors team in franchise history) in four games in the Eastern semis. Nurse said he’s replayed the last possessions of Game 1 in his head over many times, when the Raptors lost a late lead and couldn’t hit an OT winner.It created a tension, Nurse thought, that ultimately doomed them in the series.“I think three or four tips point blank, and the damn thing just wouldn’t go in,” Nurse said. “It really changed the complexion of the whole series. That’s all my memory takes me to is about right there.”Nurse said he keeps an eye on the Lakers: He’s friends with assistant coach Jesse Mermuys, and watches a number of games. He thought the Lakers’ late defeat to Sacramento on Dec. 27 was a crushing one in the same sort of sense for the young core, which started its LeBron-less tenure on a losing note. Lakers coach Luke Walton pushed back on that notion, but acknowledged it was a tough loss.Nurse, who was elevated to head coach after serving as an assistant on those Raptors teams, said that even while James’ exit has given the franchise hope, there’s still plenty of challenges ahead. Toronto is holding steady at No. 2 in the Eastern standings, but Milwaukee, Indiana, Philadelphia and Boston all loom. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TORONTO — The North remembers.Coach Nick Nurse freely admits that “we’ve lost a lot of hours of sleep” over LeBron James, the unsolvable problem when he demolished the Raptors three straight postseasons when he played for Cavaliers. His voice had a hint of fatigue in his pregame media session, like someone who has been studying all night for a dreaded exam.“Puts you in every, really, every conceivable combination of pick-and-roll … so your coverages get long and complicated,” Nurse said. “And then he puts you in the post, loves to pass the most. And then still he’s kind of the freight-train basketball is still the biggest thing. He gets it out and he comes rambling down the floor and everybody bounces off him and he lays it in.”Even as a Laker, James has power in Scotiabank Arena, where his dominance caused some to dub this city “LeBronto.” He no longer serves as a blockade in the Eastern Conference, where he won his way to eight straight NBA Finals appearances and held sway like few others in league history. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “It’s certainly made the East interesting in a different way,” he said. “It was, ‘Oh you had to get through him.’ Now you’ve gotta get through a lot. A lot, a lot.”LAKERS KEEP AN EYE ON HART’S KNEEJames is not the only Laker whose minutes are being “monitored.”Related Articleslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Trabzonspor confirm no Liverpool offer for Omur

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Trabzonspor confirm no Liverpool offer for Omurby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu says Liverpool have not made an offer for Abdulkadir Omur. The 19-year-old, dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’, has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, despite the club’s plethora of attacking talent.The Liverpool Echo reported this week that the Merseyside club were not interested in signing Omur this month, and Agaoglu has confirmed those reports.”If the numbers we want come from the lower teams of the European leagues, this offer is not [acceptable] in our opinion,” Agaoglu said. “[Omur] deserve[s] to play at the highest level in Europe.”[We] did not receive an official offer from Liverpool but there are offers from other clubs.” last_img read more

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Gupta asks for CBI probe into Delhi Waqf Board operations

first_imgNew Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Thursday addressed a press conference asking Delhi L-G Anil Baijal to institute a CBI inquiry into the working of Delhi Waqf Board (DWB). Gupta added that all land and financial transactions involving the board must be stopped in the interest of fair play.Accusing the board’s Chairman, Amanatullah Khan of corrupt practices and irregularities of criminal nature in the board, Gupta said that the Chief Minister is depriving honest Muslims of their rights by ignoring alleged wrongdoings by Khan. The BJP MLA from Rohini accused Khan of appointing his “favourites” to positions within the Board without following the appropriate procedures and rules. Gupta said that Khan personally appointed 37 people close to him to the DWB without prior approval from the Revenue Secretary, Delhi Administration as well as the concerned Minister for Waqf Board of Delhi Government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn addition, Gupta accused Khan of transferring DWB properties worth about Rs 100 crore to unauthorised persons. He also accused the DWB chief of approving tenancies in properties under the board through unauthorised methods.With regards to alleged irregular practices within the board, Gupta also said that Khan had many a time ignored the basic procedure of consulting the Chief Executive Officer. The Delhi BJP leader also accused Khan of trying open several bank accounts in order to siphon-off the Board’s money for his personal gratification. Gupta added that all the properties filed should be requisitioned by the CBI and that the entire record of all concerned files must also be taken by concerned authorities.last_img read more

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Bleaching hits worlds southernmost coral reef

first_imgSydney: The world’s southernmost coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer, Australian scientists said Wednesday, as they warned rising sea temperatures from climate change were affecting even the most isolated ecosystems. The corals off Lord Howe Island — some 600 kilometres (370 miles) offshore from Sydney — were affected by elevated temperatures this summer, despite escaping severe bleaching that damaged the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s a canary in the coal mine that we are seeing bleaching at this very isolated southernmost reef, which is worrying,” Associate Professor Bill Leggat of the University of Newcastle said. “It’s just another indicator that climate change is affecting everywhere around the world. Here is a reef that is 600 kilometres from the mainland and we are seeing bleaching there in a lovely, beautiful ecosystem.” Leggat and other scientists from several Australian universities and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found severe bleaching of up to 90 percent at Lord Howe’s inshore, shallow lagoon reefs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDeeper-water corals in the marine park, which contains species not found anywhere else and like the Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site, were still “looking quite healthy” having mostly escaped the bleaching, Leggat said. Leggat said increasing baseline temperatures caused by climate change, and local factors such as elevated temperatures in the area this summer, caused the bleaching to occur. The scientists are set to return to Lord Howe in the next few months to find out if some corals have been so severely bleached they can’t recover. Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour. Corals can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae are able to recolonise them. However, swathes of coral at the Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — died or were damaged in the unprecedented successive events in 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

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Delhi court issues notice to ED on Michels plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, alleging the agency of politicising the case by leaking the chargesheet copy to the media. The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Special judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the charge sheet. The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11. The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on May 9.last_img read more

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Football JK Dobbins sets sights on becoming Ohio State legend

Ohio State then-sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) flexes after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTony Alford likes to describe the relationship he has with his running backs as one a father has with his son: You have to love them, but you don’t have to like them. J.K. Dobbins knows this. When Alford called out to the junior running back, asking if he knew his coach didn’t like him, Dobbins’ response was quick. “I know,” Dobbins said. “You love me.” For Alford, that’s parenthood. That relationship with Dobbins has not changed. One thing has changed for the running back heading into his third season: he will be the No. 1 running back for the Buckeyes, not splitting carries with a 1A, 1B on the depth chart. He will be the guy. That is something Dobbins for which is prepared. “If you give me the ball 30 times, I’m a still be all right,” Dobbins said. “I’m going to make sure I find a way to be all right.” Dobbins plans to be the same running back with the same goals and running with the same confidence he has always had in the backfield.But his approach is different. It’s one he developed with the humility he had to learn this past season when he split carries with running back Mike Weber.Moving into his freshman season, Dobbins, according to Alford, was hungry, excelling in every single rep he took, working hard to be the best running back he could be.Then, Dobbins found success. In the words of his running back coach, he had arrived. In his sophomore season, sharing carries with Weber when he was healthy, Alford said Dobbins was always trying to take advantage of the number of touches he received, trying to make a huge play on every opportunity he was given. Alford said Dobbins was worried about what he could not control, leading to frustration on the football field. Heading into the offseason, Alford’s goal was to not let his No. 1 running back overthink. “Your plate is very full. Worry about what is on your plate, and let me and us worry about what we are doing over here,” Alford said. “You just do what you are supposed to do.” As he watched film, looking at what went wrong in his second season, Dobbins said he did not see the explosiveness that he showed his freshman season.Despite receiving more touches than in his first year, Dobbins’ running totals declined, averaging 4.6 yards per carry compared with the 7.2 yards per carry he averaged in 2017. Heading into the 2019 season, Dobbins’ main goal is to get back to the 7.2.“Last year, it was a down year for me,” Dobbins said. “Going back and looking at my freshman year, I want to be back that way.” So Dobbins began what Ohio State head coach Ryan Day coined as the white belt mentality: starting over and asking to be practiced as if he were a freshman running back in his first collegiate practices. Day said, with this mentality taken from martial arts, aspects of his game can be cleaned up and corrected. The head coach said that in practice Dobbins was running with a cornerback one-on-one and jumped up in the air to make a cut. Instead, the running back should have kept his foot in the ground, making the cut without jumping. And after that play, that’s what he worked on continuously.  “We really replicated the same play for him in practice and he made that change of direction, stuck his foot in the ground without getting in the air and then broke it for a big play,” Day said.Day said he has not seen that kind of mentality from a lot of guys with the ceiling Dobbins has: to seek critiques in his game as a former freshman All-American. “He’s listening, he’s working, he wants to get better, and he has that mentality,” Day said. It’s something Dobbins wants to do. Alford said Dobbins went to him, wanting to practice with that same humility, to be broken down to lead to success. “He’s practicing like he did when he was a true freshman,” Alford said. “This is exactly what I wanted.” That drive is not new for Dobbins. It’s just getting back to the mindset he had before his freshman year, when he had to play for a spot on the depth chart. Even though it’s a given what his role will be in the upcoming 2019 season, one of only a few questions for the Ohio State offense that has been answered, Dobbins is working for more than the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. He is working for a place in the Ohio State history books. “I just want to be legendary,” Dobbins said. “I want to be like Ezekiel Elliott and Archie Griffin, guys like that. Write my name in stone.” read more

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Martial desperate to leave Manchester United

first_imgManchester United winger Anthony Martial seems poised to part company with Manchester United after struggling to secure a regular first-team football under Jose Mourinho.The internal war between Mourinho and the ex-Monaco forward went public when the Portuguese manager criticized Martial for the lack of attitude and commitment.The 22-year-old Frenchman arrived at the Old Trafford back in 2015 for a reported fee of around £57 million. However, he failed to establish himself under Mourinho ever since the former Real Madrid boss replaced Louis van Gaal.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Therefore, the France international considers leaving the Premier League giants in the forthcoming transfer market, that’s according to the Daily Mirror.With Martial’s contract with the Red Devils running out next summer, the Lyon academy youth product could negotiate the personal terms with interested parties as early as January.This season, Martial booked a total of eight outings in all competitions, having notched two goals in the process, including the one against Young Boys in United’s 3-0 victory on the Champions League opening matchday.last_img read more

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Atalanta ruins Giampiero Venturas debut

first_imgFormer Italian boss Giampiero Ventura witnessed the mauling of his Chievo Verona side in what was his competitive debut.Gian Piero Gasperini later apologised to his counterpart for ruining his day, insisting Atalanta “needed this win too much.”The Orobici ran away 5-1 winners at the Bentegodi thanks to a hat-trick from Josip Ilicic.“We were coming off a shocking period of results and needed this win too much. I would’ve been happy to win even with a smaller margin,” Gasp told Football Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Clearly, after Chievo went down to 10 men, we pushed a bit more just to be on the safe side, but then they lost confidence and enthusiasm.“Hopefully this can be a turning point for us. Ilicic brought quality, as did Papu Gomez, while their movements and combinations create space for the midfielders to push up too.“These three points are a confidence booster for us.”last_img read more

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