Pacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs.McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSLightning crush Bruins; Flyers top Isles in OT — Michael Perez hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 decision over the Orioles. Brandon Lowe (low) belted a two-run shot to help Tampa Bay win despite just five hits. The AL East leaders have won nine of 11.— The Athletics beat Texas, 3-1 as Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) allowed only an unearned run and three hits over six innings. Fiers is 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last nine starts against the Rangers, with his team winning each of those games. The A’s didn’t have a hit until Stephen Piscotty’s one-out RBI single tied the game in the sixth.— The Indians put together a three-run eighth to knock off the Twins, 6-3. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a single by Cesar Hernandez. Pitcher Mike Clevinger was good in his return to the Cleveland roster, limiting the AL Central leaders to two runs and eight hits while fanning six over six innings.— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy (ee-LOY’) Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) added a solo shot for Chicago.— The Blue Jays blew out the Red Sox, 9-1 as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) drove in four runs with two homers and a double. Vladimir Guererro Jr. hit a pair of doubles, including a three-run bouncer down the left field line which keyed a four-run seventh. Five Toronto pitchers combined to allow three hits, strike out seven and walk three. Update on the latest sports — Bears running back David Montgomery limped off the field at practice Wednesday after injuring his groin when making a cut on a running play. Montgomery went down in a non-contact drill. Coach Matt Nagy (NAYG’-ee) said it was uncertain how severe the injury is.— The Giants secondary has taken a big hit with second-round draft pick Xavier McKinney scheduled for surgery after breaking his left foot. The club also said linebacker David Mayo will need knee surgery. The team didn’t say when the injuries happened but the players were at practice Tuesday.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSMickelson gets wire-to-wire win in PGA Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson closed with a 5-under 66 to reach 22 under, leaving him three shots clear of Tim Petrovic and giving him a wire-to-wire win in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions. NHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policyUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players.Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by physically testing prospects outside of the combine. Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more “given the specific circumstances of this case.”The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation because Bettman believes it was gross negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing.In other NHL news: The Flyers have evened their Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece.The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Third-period goals by Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) allowed the Isles to force overtime before Myers ended the game.Kevin Hayes provided the game’s first two goals after scoring just once in the Flyers’ first 10 playoff games. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored 15:09 into the first period to make it 3-0 and chase Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who had just set an Islanders record for longest playoff shutout streak.Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers. Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 20 shots and was perfect until Myers scored.NHL-NEWS August 26, 2020 The games were postponed as players around the league chose to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rockets and Thunder were slated to play, as were the Lakers against the Trail Blazers. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.The WNBA followed suit by postponing its Wednesday games. Five of the six scheduled MLS games were postponed, as were three Major League Baseball games.NBA-PACERS-McMILLAN FIRED Cole had won 20 straight regular-season decisions dating to May 2019, one off the American League record set by Roger Clemens. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. celebrated his return to the lineup by leading off with a 473-foot drive against Cole.Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) also homered off Cole, who had won his first four starts as a Yankee. The Braves completed a sweep of the doubleheader as Freddie Freeman unloaded a two-run homer off Chad Green in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory. Max Fried (freed) allowed four hits and one run in six strong innings to move to 5-0.Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka was dominant, allowing only three hits in five scoreless innings as he left the second game with a 1-0 lead.In other major league action: Associated Press Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin.MLB SCHEDULEAnderson outduels Cole in big league debutUNDATED (AP) — Ian Anderson had quite a major league debut on Wednesday, helping the Atlanta Braves put an end to Gerrit Cole’s lengthy winning streak.Anderson allowed just one hit over six innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a twinbill. Anderson had a no-hitter going until Luke Voit homered with one out in the sixth. The third overall pick in the 2016 draft struck out six and walked two. — The Mets’ bullpen coughed up a 4-1 lead in the eighth before Wilson Ramos slapped an RBI single with two out in the bottom half to give New York a 5-4 victory against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom settled for another no-decision despite strikeout out 14 and holding Miami to a run and two hits over seven innings. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo (NIH’-moh) homered for the Mets.— Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career and the Phillies took advantage of the Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory. Bryce Harper delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help Philadelphia win its third in a row. Nola gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. — Austin Romine’s RBI double sparked a five-run sixth before the Tigers completed a 7-5 win over the Cubs. Romine drove in a pair of runs while he and Jonathan Schoop (skohp), Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin each collected three of Detroit’s 18 hits. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed one run over five innings before the bullpen faltered.— Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth as the Cardinals stunned the Royals, 6-5. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-out, two-run single. St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jack Flaherty opted to sit out the contest in solidarity with players around the league in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-RACIAL INJUSTICENBA playoff games called off amid player protestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Three NBA games were expected to be played on Wednesday. The players thought otherwise. — Canadiens coach Claude Julien says he is feeling “100%” after a heart procedure. Julien had a stent installed in a coronary artery Aug. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto after complaining of chest pains. The procedure came a day after Montreal opened its first-round playoff series with Philadelphia.— Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder once again and won’t be evaluated for another five months. It will be Tarasenko’s third operation on that shoulder in the past two and a half years. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MLBThree MLB games postponed UNDATED (AP) — A trio of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Bengals player arrested while searching for missing fatherFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was jailed Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Deputies say he beat up a man shortly after returning to Florida to help search for his missing father. Alexander and another man were arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night. Bail for the men was set at $2,000 each and they have been released. A lawyer for Alexander says the player’s only concern is the well-being of his father.Alexander had left Bengals training camp earlier Tuesday to assist the search for his 65-year-old father, Jean Alexandre, a Haitian immigrant who uses a French spelling of the family’s surname. The man he allegedly assaulted had been picking berries with his father. In other NFL news: TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning put on an offensive showcase while taking a two-games-to-one lead in their Stanley Cup second-round series.The Lightning power play came to life as they scored three times with the man advantage to blow out the Bruins, 7-1. Tampa Bay’s power play was in an 0-for-16 slump until Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’), Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) and Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) all scored with the extra attacker.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored once and assisted on the three power-play goals. Killorn came away with two goals and an assist, while Sergachev and Brayden Point each had a goal and two assists.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 23 shots for the Bolts.Brad Marchand had the lone Bruins goal, his third in two games. Mickelson became the 20th player to win on the 50-and-over tour in his first start. He also earned some much-needed confidence after a missed cut at The Northern Trust knocked him from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mickelson is trying to fine-tune his game for the U.S. Open.TENNIS-US OPEN-NISHIKORINishikori withdraws from US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) said he tested negative for COVID-19 after having two positive tests but still decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that begins next week. Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is ready to “slowly” return to practice but added he isn’t not prepared to compete in best-of-five-set matches.
Facebook Twitter Google+ It didn’t matter how tightly Louisville’s defenders tried to faceguard Michelle Tumolo. The Cardinals couldn’t stop Syracuse’s senior attack.“She just steps on the field and wants to have a great game every time,” said Orange attack Alyssa Murray. “She definitely is the spark of our offense.”Despite facing stiff, up-close defense from the Cardinals (8-5, 0-4 Big East), Tumolo scored three goals while distributing four assists and scooping up a career-high six ground balls as the No. 6 Orange (8-3, 4-0 Big East) blew out UofL, 19-7, at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. The senior racked up five of her seven points in the first half, helping SU put the game away minutes before halftime.Syracuse was slow to find its shots early, head coach Gary Gait said, but once the Orange had its opportunities, it capitalized. Tumolo contributed to SU’s first three goals, spanning the opening 10 minutes of the game.She first struck when UofL goalie Ashley Herbst couldn’t secure her save of Katie Webster’s shot. Tumolo grabbed the ground ball and tossed it into a wide-open net for a 1-0 Orange lead five minutes in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTumolo fed Kayla Treanor from behind the cage to double the lead and she assisted Murray’s first of five goals for a 3-0 advantage.“She’s just doing what she always does when it comes to goals or assists,” Murray said.But Tumolo’s highlight-reel goals were even more impressive.Late in the first half, Syracuse’s Kailah Kempney’s shot went wide, but right to Tumolo behind the net. Dodging to her left from behind the cage, Tumolo shook a defender to create space, and buried a shot over Herbst’s right shoulder for a 9-3 SU lead.“She adjusted to being shut off and didn’t get taken out of her game,” Gait said. “And that was something that we talked a lot about. When you get shut off, you can’t get frustrated. She was able to get the ball still and turn the corner and score some goals.”Tumolo said the Orange’s offense is improving in its reaction to defenses who faceguard her, because SU can now expect opposing units to guard her that way. Tumolo said she was able to free herself from the clinging UofL defenders by holding her stick upright and keeping the Cardinals a stick’s length away from her.It wasn’t always easy, but Syracuse was able to put the ball in the stick of its biggest playmaker.“The offense worked really hard to get me the ball sometimes,” Tumolo said.Aside from Tumolo’s goal scoring and facilitating, Murray commended her teammate for her hustle on ground balls, which created extra possessions for Syracuse’s offense. All six of Tumolo’s ground balls came in the first half.Ground balls aren’t appreciated as much as goals or assists, Murray said, but they’re “that much more of a spark.”“That’s one thing she always brings, is 100-percent effort. And that paid off,” Gait said.But what showcased Tumolo’s abilities the most was her goal in the final minute of the first period.After forcing a turnover from the Cardinals, the Orange pushed the ball across midfield. Devon Collins held the ball about 10 yards out from the cage, and seemed as if she’d pull it out and pass on the transition opportunity.But Tumolo streaked across the center of the field, the goal on her right-hand side, and expected Collins’ pass to be high up on her stick side.It wasn’t.Collins’ pass was just inches off the ground and on Tumolo’s right side. But Tumolo reacted in an instant. In one smooth motion, she corralled the low pass, wound up and fired the ball past Herbst’s left, as Tumolo fell to the Carrier Dome turf.“The goalie shifted so I saw the opening – and got decked at the end, but,” Tumolo said, then paused.“Gotta do what you gotta do.” Comments Published on April 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb
A year ago, Aundrey Walker was big — really big. He weighed in at 375 pounds — the heaviest of anyone on the Trojans’ roster by about 35 pounds.The sophomore offensive tackle felt all 375 pounds, too.“By the fifth play I would be gasping for air,” said Walker, who appeared in 11 games for USC last season.But this spring, Walker has felt lighter than usual after shedding nearly 60 pounds during the offseason from December to March. Credit a new and improved diet filled with meats and vegetables.“He’s completely different,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When you lose 60 pounds, you move a little bit better.”Photo courtesy of Sports InformationA more nimble Walker, who is now listed at 320 pounds, has battled junior Kevin Graf to secure the Trojans’ starting left tackle spot — a position vacated following Matt Kalil’s decision to enter the NFL draft.For the time being, though, it appears as if the position will be occupied by Walker, who has been tasked with protecting senior quarterback Matt Barkley’s blind side.Last week, Kiffin announced that the Cleveland native would remain at left tackle for the foreseeable future and at least for the duration of spring practice, which culminates with Saturday’s annual spring game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.“He fits better over there with his length and his size,” said the Trojans’ third-year coach. “When you look at prototypical left tackles, that’s what they’re built like. Hopefully he can get used to it over there.”If anything, Walker will have to get used to life on the left side, as replacing Kalil, who projects to be a top-five pick in this month’s draft, won’t be easy.A season ago, Kalil was instrumental in paving the way for senior tailback Curtis McNeal, who ran for 1,005 yards on only 145 carries. Perhaps just as impressively, Kalil was a part of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks all season.Walker is aware of the challenge.“It’s a blessing,” Walker said. “It’s a great opportunity to play left tackle after Matt Kalil. I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”Nonetheless, through just a handful of spring workouts, Walker appears to have a solid grasp on the position following the often talked about open competition with Graf.For the first week of spring practice, Graf started at left tackle, while Walker was inserted at right tackle. For the second week, they switched positions, and though Kiffin initially said they would rotate over the subsequent weeks, they haven’t exactly done that.Meanwhile, Graf has taken recent events in stride.“I’m going out there and doing what the coaches ask me as hard as I can every day — no matter where they put me,” said Graf, who started 12 games at right tackle last season. “I’m taking it one day at a time.”Walker has said similar things.“The goal was to help the team in any way possible and to just get on the field,” he said. “I’m still working to get better.”Despite his left tackle frame at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Walker is at left tackle full-time for the first time in his career.A season ago, as a freshman, he was a backup on the offensive line, rotating in at a couple spots, and also played on special teams. In high school at Glenville High in Cleveland, he played right guard for a run-oriented team — contrasting the Trojans’ pro style offense, which often relies on the passing game and the left tackle as a result.“The first day was kind of iffy,” Walker said about his new position. “Over the course of the days, I have felt more comfortable and I feel like I’m doing well.”Similarly, Graf is adjusting to life on the right side.“I feel comfortable at both,” Graf said. “I feel more comfortable at left, but I know I can play right tackle, too. You’re still protecting the quarterback and not letting him get hit.”But no matter how comfortable both suggest they are on opposite ends of the offensive line, Kiffin insists the two have plenty of catching up to do, calling both tackle positions a “work in progress.”Luckily, it’s still spring.“I’m going to keep working,” Walker said. “Those words are motivating me to maintain the spot.”
10 months ago LeBron James has epic stare down with Clippers guard Lou Williams Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 12:07 IST LeBron James Gets Crowd To Chant ‘Taco Tuesday’ In Lakers Vs Grizzlies As Los Angeles Lakers defeated Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Wednesday, Oct 30, LeBron James got the crowd to chant ‘Taco Tuesday’, a phrase he tried to trademark Devika Pawar LeBron James got the crowd to chant ‘Taco Tuesday’ on Wednesday, October 30 during the LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies game. Lakers beat the Grizzlies 120-91 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As the Lakers had established a big lead, James was able to take a seat, where he proceeded to start the chant. Anthony Davis was the top scorer for the night with 40 points and 20 rebounds, due to which James could relax back and watch the game. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th October, 2019 12:07 IST 10 months ago NBA: LeBron James is the 8th highest-paid sportsperson in the world LIVE TV 10 months ago LeBron James evacuates home in wake of the Los Angeles wildfires SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND Recently, LeBron James also sent a Taco Truck to the first respondents and firefighters battling the Getty Fire that broke out in California. The guard had to evacuate his house in Brentwood, California as the wildfire was approaching. He continued to post updates on Twitter, and later sent the taco truck. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted about James sending the truck, thanking him for his generosity towards the Los Angeles firefighters and first responders. Lakers posted the same post and photos to their own social media accounts. 10 months ago LeBron James reaction to Morey’s tweet draws extreme reactions Written By FOLLOW US Also read | Kevin Durant names all-time starting 5, Harden and Irving make the cutAlso read | NBA: How Russell Westbrook, D’Angelo Russell fared in their debuts 10 months ago LeBron James: NBA vs China heats up, as James distances himself Also read | NBA: Kyrie Irving, Kristaps Porzingis and other debuts to take note ofNBA: LeBron James and his love for Taco Tuesday Since this off-season, James has made ‘Taco Tuesday’ a regular thing. The player regularly shares videos about the Tuesday night, enjoying Tacos with his family. He even tried to trademark the phrase, but could not do so.Also read | LeBron James evacuates home in wake of the Los Angeles wildfires COMMENT