Breaking breadEven with the trade deadline passing and practice ending, Magic Johnson found another way to ingratiate himself with the Lakers by having dinner with the team’s coaching staff in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. “Just talking about the ideas, visions and what he sees and what I see,” Walton said. “It’s been a lot of healthy dialogue going on.”On Tuesday, Lakers president Jeanie Buss named Johnson the president of basketball operations, demoted Jim Buss and fired Mitch Kupchak after serving as general manager for the past 17 years. Since then, Johnson became heavily involved with both handling trades before the deadline and helping out players with individual instruction during Thursday’s practice. Johnson also told players he is open toward having any individual sessions. Walton observed “letting the other coaches get to know him and feel comfortable with him was important to him.” That’s because Johnson has expressed hope to have synergy throughout the organization. In addition toward Johnson traveling with the Lakers to Oklahoma City, scout Jesse Buss and D-Fenders president Joey Buss also went on the trip. Although Johnson was not present at the team’s morning shootaround on Friday, Johnson attended the game and later talked on the Spectrum SportsNet telecast. “There’s a reason he’s as successful as he is,” Walton said. “He has a way with people and he’s been in the office all day every day since the change has happened. He’s constantly trying to get things done. He knows what he wants. It’s been interesting and fun watching him work.”Will Johnson continue to work this way as a constant practice observer and talent companion? Though Walton said “we’ll love to have him around as much as possible,” Johnson’s recent involvement partly stemmed from planting roots with his new job. “Once we get back in the flow of things,” Walton said, “I wouldn’t expect him to be on all these one-game road trips across the country.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAlthough Lakers coach Luke Walton thought Young “was great” on handling his uncertain future, Young still called the experience “tough.” But just as he felt relief over still wearing a Lakers uniform, he encountered a different obstacle in the Lakers’ 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Young had three points on 1-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes, something that he attributed to “just getting the rust off” and Walton chalking it up to just “an off shooting night.” Still, Walton hardly viewed Young’s play or his increased focus on the young players as any reason to change Young’s role as the starting shooting guard. Instead, Walton suggested Young will play more than his season-average of 26.5 minutes considering the Lakers traded high-volume shooter Lou Williams this week to Houston.“His role will be similar for now,” Walton said. Still, Young remains mindful of the Lakers’ priorities.“I understand the business side and letting the young guys grow,” Young said. “I still consider myself one of these guys. I can make shots for them when they need me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OKLAHOMA CITY >> As most players anxiously thumbed through their phone using the plane’s Wi-Fi connection, the Lakers alerted them they made a trade to the Houston Rockets. “Everyone was looking at me,” Lakers guard Nick Young said. “I thought I was gone.”For the third consecutive season, though, Young remained on the Lakers past the trade deadline. Instead, the Lakers traded 33-year-old point guard Marcelo Huertas to the Rockets for 22-year-old point guard Tyler Ennis.“That was tough. That’s one of my best friends off the court,” Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said. “On the court, I learned so much from him. This is a business. Whatever happens, there’s some things we can’t control. But that’s my brother.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat meant Lonzo Ball, the Lakers star rookie two games removed from becoming the youngest player in NBA history to notch a triple-double, watched from the bench for the final 14:47. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who added 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals, did not play in the fourth quarter.“We got a win,” Ball said, “so I got no complaints. My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at least get one on this road trip.”Playing their fourth consecutive game on the road and seeking their first win since leaving home a week earlier, the Lakers were desperate for a win. Walton, who has stressed process over winning games, stuck with the group that was hot.“It’s tough and it’s a feel thing,” he said. “Brewer and Clarkson were both incredible tonight. They had been out there, and they were working hard.” It took some work to slow the Suns’ dynamic offense. Devin Booker poured in 36 points on 14-of-27 shooting.“That team scores a lot of points and they’re … talented man,” Walton said. “They’ve got some … young men there that can really get going.”After scoring 29 points and finishing one assist shy of a triple-double in the previous matchup with Phoenix, Ball finished with seven points, five rebounds and five assists.The night featured some added theatrics late in the game when Booker had to be held back from the Lakers’ bench due to what Caldwell-Pope called “a couple of words” in the “heat of the moment.”Booker told reporters after the game it was trash talk from one of the Lakers’ coaches that set him off.“I don’t know who it was,” he said. “I’m not here to tell on anybody. If you’re not my coach, I don’t know you. Don’t say anything to me.”The young Suns and Lakers have a history of bad blood, after Larry Nance Jr. mixed things up with Booker in their last meeting after a hard foul on Brewer.After years of jockeying for position in the draft lottery, maybe these two teams just can’t get along.Since they last met less than four weeks earlier, the Suns fired their coach, traded their point guard and had begun to resemble an actual NBA team. Even defensively.The Lakers, too, had risen toward the top of the NBA with their defense, spent a couple of days with a .500 record. Then, they promptly lost three in a row on a grueling trip. In a week, they played games in three time zones.“I felt like our guys were a little dead tonight from the end of a road trip and we were trying to find that energy,” Walton said.He found it with Brewer.“When Corey got in there and got going,” he said. “He lifts the spirits of the guys.”And if it comes at the expense of a young star like Ball, that’s just part of the game.“The way the NBA’s supposed to work and has worked, as long as I can remember,” Walton said, “is young players come in and sit. And they watch vets do it, and they watch how vets do it. …“For any of our young guys to sit there and if a vet’s having a good game like Brewer was tonight, seeing how hard he works and seeing how he stayed ready even though he hadn’t been playing big minutes, is part of the developmental plan for them.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) grabs the ball away from Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, grimaces as he is fouled while going up for a shot by Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) goes up for a shot against Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) drives to the hoop against Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, back left, as Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) and Lonzo Ball (2) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) vie for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers defeated the Suns 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Referee Marat Kogut (32) rushes in to get between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, second from left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, second from right, and Julius Randle, right, as the players exchange words during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers defeated the Suns 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers forwards Corey Brewer, left, Julius Randle, middle, and Brandon Ingram (14) celebrate in the closing moments of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers won 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, left, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, slaps hands with guard Jordan Clarkson (6) after Clarkson scored against the Phoenix Suns. as Lakers’ Corey Brewer, left, arrives to celebrate as well during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers won 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bogut (66) to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers won 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) tip the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers won 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) tries to drive past Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers defeated the Suns 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) is stopped from getting off a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) and forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. The Lakers won 100-93. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) grabs the ball away from Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, grimaces as he is fouled while going up for a shot by Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, grimaces as he is fouled while going up for a shot by Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX – Several times in the fourth quarter, Luke Walton was prepared to go back to his starting lineup to close out a victory against the Suns.But then something would happen that made him hold off. Jordan Clarkson would knock down a jumper or Corey Brewer would poke the ball away on defense. When it was over, the Lakers held on to beat Phoenix 100-93 and it was their bench players who carried them to victory.It was in stark contrast to the teams’ previous matchup on Oct. 20, when they combined to score 262 points in a two-point Lakers win.This time, Clarkson scored a team-high 25 points off the bench, while Brewer added 13 points in 18 minutes and Brandon Ingram handled the ball late in the game.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOklahoma City will be formidable if it can resist the urge to trade Russell Westbrook. Paul George was an MVP Finalist there (unlike Kawhi Leonard) but Danilo Gallinari is a 19-20-point constant and young guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has All-Star stuff within him.Milwaukee isn’t going anywhere. And note that Toronto was 17-5 when Leonard sat in the regular season.But one can’t overstate the tectonic effect of the Clippers signing Leonard and trading for Paul George, the one scenario that a week of towering babble never anticipated.The Lakers quickly activated Plan B. It was barely midnight when they agreed to terms with Danny Green. On Saturday they brought in Quinn Cook and welcomed back Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee. Then the Lakers signed DeMarcus Cousins for one year, a well-managed risk.With Davis and LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, the terms will be clear. Leonard’s appeal was based on the historic defensive possibilities that he, Davis and James could fashion. But the Lakers can’t miss the man they never had, and they risked an offense with too many cooks.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City A quick survey among 28 NBA teams indicated they still plan to participate in the 2019-20 season.It will not be the El Segundo City Championship, not automatically.The Denver Nuggets return intact, with Nikola Jokic ready to carry forward his playoff averages of 25 points, 13.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists. No introductions and adjustments are necessary. The Nuggets should fly out of the gate.Portland will be just as good, Utah markedly better. Philadelphia tilted the Eastern Conference by signing Al Horford, a Renaissance player who in Boston was an insoluble riddle for Joel Embiid. Meanwhile, the Clippers drew a painstaking map and followed it. It’s the basketball equivalent of Manchester City moving alongside Manchester United.While the Lakers were undercutting Mitch Kupchak, tying themselves to Magic Johnson’s people skills and hiring Rob Pelinka to bring his agent’s portfolio to the contradictory process of team-building, the Clippers had Jerry West.They also had Doc Rivers coaching and Michael Winger, Lawrence Frank and Lee Jenkins in the front office.Methodically they vaporized decades of poor decision-making. Only three years ago they seemed destined for the abyss as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were nearing a breakup. But they acquired Pat Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, basically their core, for Paul, and they got Tobias Harris for Griffin and then traded him to make room for Leonard. They farmed out Jordan’s salary, and he’s been with three teams since.The Clippers did all this detailing without suffering as much as one losing season, and missed the playoffs only once, while the Lakers dwelt in a septic tank for six years. The Clippers also tailored a communal, no-frills personality that fits Leonard’s.All of this was rooted in 2012 when then-Commissioner and New Orleans steward David Stern inexplicably prohibited the Lakers from trading for Paul but allowed the Clippers to do so.But it also can be traced to 2014. Adam Silver had just succeeded Stern and was charged with cutting out the cancer of Donald T. Sterling. He did so with ruthless precision and won over a whole league of players. Then the impossibly rich and ambitious Steve Ballmer bought the club, hired smart guys and let them work.Leonard had no bad options. Re-signing with Toronto would have been a punishing tax decision, but he is, or was, a national hero and could have won at least one more championship. Signing with the Lakers would have created a Blind Faith-style supergroup and, just with Leonard, Davis and James, a team of historic defensive possibilities.And who can psychoanalyze Leonard? But the Clippers offered something he’d never had: Control.He was under-recruited in Riverside and wound up at San Diego State, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He was under-drafted, going No. 15 to San Antonio which traded George Hill for the pick, and was an NBA Finals MVP. He was under-valued when he and the Spurs clashed over his quadriceps injury, and most of the intelligentsia thought Toronto gave up too much, in DeMar DeRozan, to get him. Then he won another NBA Finals MVP.Just this once, Leonard had a chance to set the agenda, to find a Sundance Kid and ride with him.Still, Los Angeles will be the home of intra-city Christmas Night games for the next four years. Staples Center garages will add $20 to park. The courtside seats will be everyone’s red carpet.Using an earthquake as their drum roll, the Clippers and Lakers became the NBA’s best rivalry on Friday night. That will mean something special, as long as they remember they’re not in a league of their own. Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWednesday, Aug. 5 vs. Thunder, 3:30 p.m., ESPNThursday, Aug. 6 vs. Rockets, 6 p.m., TNTSaturday, Aug. 8 vs. Pacers, 3 p.m., TNTMonday, Aug. 10 vs. Nuggets, 6 p.m., TNTThursday, Aug. 13 vs. Kings, TBD Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here’s the Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA restart schedule (West Coast times):Thursday, July 30 vs. Clippers, 6 p.m., TNTSaturday, Aug. 1 vs. Raptors, 5:30 p.m., ESPNMonday, Aug. 3 vs. Jazz, 6 p.m., ESPN
It has been 10 days since Andy Ruiz Jr.’s stunning upset of Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion in boxing history.Looking back, there were signs of Ruiz’s quiet confidence and Joshua feeling the pressure of making his U.S. debut entering the fight. And DAZN’s new “About: The story behind the upset of the era,” which is executive produced by award-winning recording artist Meek Mill, rolls out behind-the-scenes footage that shows just that. Four knockdowns of Joshua and a shocking seventh-round TKO later, cementing Ruiz’s win, and AJ’s words were proven correct.”About: The story behind the upset of the era” is a 27-minute length feature showing behind-the-scenes moments of fight week and the aftermath. It can be streamed exclusively on DAZN. The show is an extension of the “40 Days: Joshua-Ruiz” series, which featured the buildup to the fight, and was also executive-produced by Meek Mill.Jamie Horowitz, DAZN executive vice president of content, said of the show: “‘About: The story behind the upset of the era’ is a show that reminds us why boxing is endlessly compelling. As Benjamin Bratt says one minute in — ‘Once a ring is made, anything can happen.'” The knockout that shocked the world🥊Take a behind-the-scenes look at @Andy_destroyer1’s stunning upset of @anthonyfjoshua, including exclusive access before, during and after the historic heavyweight fight.Watch ‘About,’ exclusively on @DAZN_USA 👉 https://t.co/RSNTb98qS4 pic.twitter.com/xeoc2NKMyg— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) June 11, 2019As the show begins, Ruiz is seen holding court with reporters in a media roundtable. He mentions how being doubted isn’t foreign to him, while making sure to let everyone know that betting on the underdog in this fight is the right and only move.“In my situation, there has always been a lot of doubters, so the main thing is just to shut them up,” Ruiz said. “I came a long way — this chubby kid coming from a small little town — but all the people that are betting on me, they’re going to make a lot of, lot of money if we pull it off.”Meanwhile, the behind-the-scenes footage also shows Joshua admitting to the pressures of making his U.S. debut and defending his unified world heavyweight championship, while eyeing a clash with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder in the near future.“Massive,” Joshua told reporters during his own media roundtable access about the pressure he feels entering the fight with Ruiz.“I just want to box, but all the other stuff that comes with it puts pressure,” he continued. “The reality of life is you win some, you lose some, you keep on going.”MORE: Join DAZN and watch “About: The story behind the upset of the era” along with the full replay of the fightAs if those words were haunting enough, especially in hindsight, Joshua spoke about transitioning from preparing for a trash-talking Jarrell Miller to a quiet, respectable Ruiz, and said something even more chilling.“The ones who smile at you are the ones who come try to take your head off,” Joshua said.
NBA trade rumors: Pelicans engaged with ‘several teams’ about Anthony Davis deal The price to pry Anthony Davis away from the Pelicans for the 2019-20 season is astronomical. And even if a team pushes its chips to the center of the table and pulls off a deal, it may only be temporary.In an extensive interview with Sports Illustrated, Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, said his client will test free agency in the summer of 2020 regardless of which team he plays for next season. “Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul said. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”Well all right. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks most interested in Kemba Walker A wake-up call from a disappointed father. A brotherhood with LeBron forged from a Warren Moon jersey. A growing roster of stars under the Klutch banner.This is how Rich Paul became the kingmaker https://t.co/ra5mneBrC0 pic.twitter.com/OdXiQUT3wn— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 12, 2019As impactful as Davis will be for whatever team lands his services, he’s not Paul’s marquee client — that’s still LeBron James, who said in December it would be “incredible” to play alongside Davis.Though Paul said his goal this summer with Davis isn’t to get him to Los Angeles to be James’ running mate, he sure made it seem preferred.“My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers. Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike? For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?“So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling. What better place to do it than L.A.? If it was L.A. — I never said ‘L.A.’ But there’s no negative to that. Who gives a s— what you’re talking about, about me trying to help LeBron out? No, I’m not. I’m trying to help Anthony Davis. Now, if helping Anthony Davis helps LeBron in the long run? So be it. But my goal is Anthony Davis.”Paul also talked up the possibility of Davis on the Knicks: “They got a tradition. It’s a big market — not that it’s only big markets. They have cap space, flexibility, they’re able to absorb more than one star. What’s wrong with that?”Paul informed the Pelicans in January that Davis wanted to be moved, but nothing materialized before the trade deadline. Now the Lakers, Knicks, Clippers, Nets and Celtics are expected to make the strongest push for Davis. Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles not the ‘front-runner’ to sign any elite player this summer But Paul has made it abundantly clear, Davis will weigh all his options this time next year.“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul said. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”You can read the full Sports Illustrated piece here.
Not that they really need them, but reinforcements are on the way for the Yankees.Slugging first baseman Luke Voit, who has been on the shelf with a hernia since July 30, said Friday he’s eyeing a late-August return after avoiding a potentially season-ending surgery. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres’ star rookie (back) likely done for season, manager says Gio Urshela surprises Yankees: ‘Nobody thought Gio would be this guy’ Related News Voit, 28, has been cleared by the Yankees for baseball activities and is expected to shake off the cobwebs in a handful of rehab starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week.”I know I’m going there to take BP and do baseball activities, kind of like Spring Training, I guess,” Voit said (via Yankees.com). “It’s just getting used to taking BP every day, grounders, getting workouts and everything. Then I’ll play Thursday or Friday.” Cubs bring back Addison Russell, send Albert Almora to minors Luke Voit working at 1st base.Also working on his hoop skills. pic.twitter.com/ru4GiKlA8v— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) August 16, 2019Voit was enjoying a career year before the hernia slashing .278/.392/.493 with 19 home runs, 16 doubles and 54 RBIs in 94 games. He said he’s pinpointed a return to the big club Aug. 30 when the Yankees begin a six-game homestand.”We’ve been really excited about Luke over the last week, realizing that he’s going to be able to get back,” manager Aaron Boone said.New York has gotten along just fine without Voit and fellow injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton in recent weeks as they own the best record in the American League (82-42) and a 10 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
One of the most important games, if not the most important, of qualifications for World Cup is a month away, and BiH will play a match against Greece in Zenica.The interest for this match is great in both BiH and Greece. Greeks asked for the maximum number of tickets, and BiH Football Federation gave them 700 tickets, and so on 22 March, there will be 700 Greek spectators.Jasmin Baković said that 550 of them will sit on northern side, while 150 will sit on western side of Bilino Polje stadium.
(Source: klix.ba) According to the British newspaper the Daily Star, Asmir Begović is counting down the last days at Stoke City.The goalkeeper of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is likely to leave the club for a sum of 15 million pounds and move to Liverpool or Real Madrid, stated the same source.Besides Begović, Thomas Sorensen is also leaving Stoke for retirement. Two young goalkeepers Jack Butland and rookie Jacob Haugaard are likely to constitute the goalkeepers tandem of Mark Hughes’ team.The contract bounds Asmir Begović to Stoke by the summer of next year. However, according to the present situation, the BH national team player will leave Stoke ahead of time.
Irish national team player Richard Keogh said he believes his team can win against B&H in the play-off match which is to be played next month. Victory they achieved in the match agaist Germany gave wind to their sails, but Keogh still emphasizes that they will have to be very careful against the Dragons.How dedicated they are to the goal is witnessed by the fact that each national team player of Ireland will get a DVD about the BH players and matches they have played, that will be made by the coach Martin O’Neill and his staff.“Each draw is difficult because of all the teams in it. I think this was a good draw which gives us a chance to achieve a result in Bosnia. Playing the first match in guests is good foor thinking. We know what we should do and win. We did a good job ending third because I think we had the toughest group in the qualifications”, Keogh said.However, despite positive thinking, not for a moment does Keogh underestimate the Dragons and their play.“B&H has a lot of good players and it will not be easy for us. Asmir Begovic, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko are top players. Therefore, it will be difficult, but we believe in ourselves”, Keogh said.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportprimus)