Court called up by Lions

first_img Corbisiero, who joined the Lions tour as front-row cover earlier this month from England’s two-Test trip to Argentina, went off early in the second half as the Lions beat Australia 23-21 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. Mako Vunipola – a probable second Test starter if Corbisiero is ruled out – has been withdrawn from the match-day 23 for the Rebels clash. On the other side of the coin, centres Manu Tuilagi and Jamie Roberts are in contention after recovering from respective shoulder and hamstring injuries, along with wing Tommy Bowe, who has recovered rapidly after suffering a broken hand against Queensland Reds 15 days ago. Reflecting on the encouraging comebacks of Bowe and Tuilagi, Gatland said: “To have Tommy and Manu fit and back is a great compliment to the medical staff. Tommy is fit for Saturday, he’s running, but the more time he has to heal the better. “The surgeon said that that injury is normally a six to eight-week injury, so to be fit in three weeks is magnificent.” The British and Irish Lions have been hit by an injury blow ahead of next Saturday’s second Test against Australia in Melbourne. The Lions announced that prop Alex Corbisiero is being “treated and assessed” for a calf muscle injury. Ireland prop Tom Court, meanwhile, has been called into the squad ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Melbourne Rebels. Ulster forward Court is currently in his home city Brisbane following Ireland’s North American tour, and he will join up with the Lions squad on Monday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball’s cleaned-up shot draws approval from Lakers brass

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — What can Lonzo Ball do to improve his shot? If you asked 10 different people, you’re likely to get 10 different answers.But it seems Ball went in search of his own answers to that question after shooting just 36 percent from the field last year, one of the worst guard efficiencies in the league. And watching Ball lately, the powers-that-be in the Lakers’ front office seem satisfied that he’s come a long way.“Man,” said Magic Johnson, pantomiming Ball’s adjustments Thursday afternoon, “it is beautiful.”Ball’s stroke has always been unconventional, and even in recently released team footage, it’s still odd-looking: The 20-year-old holds the ball further left than most right-handed shooters, and he flicks his wrist sideways from his set hand. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe new motion has traces of the old motion, but cleaned up: The Lakers like that he sets more to the center than he used to, and General Manager Rob Pelinka thinks the release is a little less clunky.Pelinka, who used to have shooting contests with former Michigan teammate and 3-point ace Glen Rice, admitted he has talked to Ball a lot about shooting. But he insisted the team hasn’t pushed him to make huge changes in mechanics, only to find a more consistent, fluid stroke.“I feel like you can boil it down to release, the spin on the ball and arch,” Pelinka said. “So I had many conversations with Zo of, just get those things right where you feel fluid about it. He would take things in. The way he’s shooting the ball looks a lot more fluid now.“Before he was the No. 2 overall pick back in 2017, Ball had a transcendent one-and-done year at UCLA, during which he shot 41 percent from 3-point range. The Lakers hope he finds the touch he once had as a prospect, which could help him play more off the ball – a necessary role since he’ll be sharing the court with playmakers LeBron James and Rajon Rondo next season. Pelinka said he thinks Ball could be valuable as a catch-and-shoot player in those instances, as long as the shot continues to improve.center_img Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s not the only thing Ball has worked on, of course: Johnson cited Ball’s rapt attention for film study, including a handful of sessions with Magic himself. While he spent the summer recovering from knee surgery, he was often in the team’s weight room, watching his teammates play scrimmages on the court feet away. Johnson thinks the development of other young players, especially Kyle Kuzma, could be a motivating force for Ball.Johnson, the president of basketball operations, famously said last summer he expected Ball’s jersey to hang from the rafters one day. He was more tempered Thursday when evaluating the second-year point guard, but still confident.“I am excited for Lonzo,” he said, “and he is going to be fine.”OFF-CENTERMore than a few people have noticed the Lakers seem precariously thin close to the basket.While the team’s wing options are robust, the only center with significant NBA experience on the roster is JaVale McGee, a 10-year vet who averaged less than 10 minutes per game the past two seasons for the Golden State Warriors. While Croatian big man Ivica Zubac is also a traditional center, the roster structure has fueled speculation that other forwards (including LeBron James) might play more small-ball center.Johnson and Pelinka didn’t seem to sense a weakness: In an era when the “positionless” basketball the Warriors often play is a goal for many teams, a traditional big man takes on less importance, Johnson suggested.“You know the game has gone to (smaller play),” he said. “There’s not a true center playing backup, and we’ve got one of the best going to be there.”McGee, a long-limbed shot-blocker, hasn’t averaged double-digit points since 2012. But defensively, he’s expected to make a difference, and the Lakers think he’s gained character from his runs with the Warriors.Outside of McGee, Pelinka said the front office wanted to design the roster with “thrust”: a variety of players who could attack and pounce the length of the court to pressure opponents. Just because the Lakers don’t have a ton of big man experience doesn’t mean they lack length. Pelinka also pointed out the team has seven players who are 6-foot-9 or taller (even though some of those players are guards).“As the game is moving to be more positionless, we really don’t talk about center or point guard,” he said. “It is a positionless game and we have a long roster with adequate size for sure.”ROSTER SPOT REMAINS OPENIt was notable that Pelinka said Thursday he feels the Lakers’ roster is especially deep from “one to 14.” Because there’s a 15th spot that so far is unfilled.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Expect that spot to remain empty for at least a little while longer. Even as training camp begins Tuesday, the Lakers want to keep a spot open. It could serve as spot help for a need identified in camp, Pelinka said, or if the team gets into a trade discussion, they could receive two players for one.The Lakers want to keep their options on the table.“We do want to have that flexibility, and we just want to keep it open because the team is so deep,” he said. “We don’t have any current needs right now.”last_img read more

Coach Bazdarevic revealed Plans that will delight All Fans of BiH

first_imgCoach of the national football team of BiH, Mehmed Bazdarevic, summarizing the whole year that is about to end, said that he is satisfied with performance, starting from the players, coaching staff and Football Federation of BiH.This year, the Dragons played nine matches and recorded six wins with one draw and two defeats. The year started with two victories in friendly matches against Luxembourg and Switzerland, and the first defeat came in the match against Spain.The national team of BiH had a successful performance at the Kirin Cup in Japan this year, where they won the first place with somewhat altered composition and without several standard national team players. They won against Denmark in the semi-finals after penalty shoot-out and in the finals they won against selection of Japan, lead by BH expert Vahid Halilhodzic.Encouraged by excellent performances and good results, football players of BiH started qualifications for the World Cup in Russia in September and won against the team of Estonia with the score 5: 0 in the first leg in Zenica.After four matches, BiH has seven points and it is in the 3rd place with two wins, one draw and a defeat. Our team is lagging behind the second-placed Greece by three points and five points behind leaders in Group H, the team of Belgium.He also commented on two top BH team members who play for Juventus and Roma, Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko, noting that he is satisfied with their game. He said that the two of them did their best in a representative jersey, and that they contribute a lot to their clubs.He underlined that the expectations for the coming year are great, but that all of them have to be stronger. As he said, he expects from his players to be at the top of their game.BiH will play next match within the qualification for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 on the 25th of March, when it will be host to Gibraltar. Then we will welcome Greece in Zenica (June 9), then play guest match with Cyprus (August 31), and Gibraltar (September 3). In the last two qualifiers, Bazdarevic chose to host Belgium on the 7th of October, and three days later qualifications will be finished in Estonia.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014:MondayTuesday• Basketball at AndaleWednesday• Finals: First – fourth period.Thursday• Finals – fifth – eighth period.• Wrestling at Augusta 5 p.m.• Band Concert 7 p.m.Friday• NO SCHOOL- Inservice• Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane• Wrestling at Marion 3p.m.• Winter Formal after gameSaturday• JV Wrestling at Rose Hill 8:30Monday’s lunch: Pork Rib/Bun, Romain and Tomato, tri tater, green beans, fresh kiwi.Tuesday lunch: Lasagna, garden spinach salad, garlic bread stick, pears, tomato wedges.Today’s News•Thespian Conference money needs to be turned in on Tuesday.•Students: If you have been exempted from taking a final by a teacher in any or all of your classes, you must bring a handwritten note from your parents excusing you from being at school during those exempt finals periods. Please bring it to the office by Tuesday in order to not be marked absent on Wednesday and Thursday.•You do not have to take finals if you have three absences or less with an A in the class and 3 or less tardys.•Beginning second semester, double lunch entrees will go from $1 to $1.50. Some ala carte items will also increase in price.•Did you hear? Winter break is near. What a better way to spread a feeling of cheer, than sending a message to those you hold dear! Student council will be selling candy cane grams during lunch through Monday. They are two for a dollar or five for 2 dollars and will be handed out eighth hour next Tuesday. Don’t let someone have a blue Christmas, make it a mint fresh one!•Attention Early Completers: Remember the local scholarship application is due January 9. You are responsible to make sure you turn this in on or before that date.•ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.”•Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.•Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money by January 16th.•Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due January 9, but why wait… get it turned in before the winter break and you will be able to enjoy your time off with no worries.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more