Raptors’ Fred VanVleet gets seven stitches after face bloodied by Shaun Livingston elbow

first_img Warriors, Kevin Durant face reality he might not return in NBA Finals NBA Finals 2019: Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard praises team’s trust, load management Fred VanVleet had a rough night on Friday.The Raptors guard was left with blood streaming down his face in the fourth quarter when he took an inadvertent elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston. He did not return to the court, but he was on the bench at the end of the game.center_img VanVleet has been absolutely key to the Raptors’ Finals run and was especially so in the Eastern Conference finals.In the final three games of that series he went 14 of 17 from 3-point range which helped the Raptors erase a 2-1 series deficit and win 4-2. Ouch pic.twitter.com/ESzFThSfD5— Board Man Gets Paid (@cjzero) June 8, 2019He was clearly dazed on the play and was taken by trainers almost immediately to the locker room.Fred VanVleet takes an elbow to the face and has to leave the court to get stitched up. pic.twitter.com/O7QgH1pO8n— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 8, 2019ESPN reported VanVleet received seven stitches but did not have a concussion. He is expected to return to the game. Related Newslast_img read more

Space Jam or the World Cup? LeBron among USA’s absent stars

first_imgPopovich and his men were given a jolt on Saturday when they were stunned 98-94 by Australia in Melbourne, snapping a run of 78 consecutive American wins in major competitions and exhibition games.“Nobody wins forever,” said Popovich, whose team bounced back to beat Canada 84-68 on Monday.This may be no “Dream Team” — the name given to the star-studded 1992 Olympic side — but young talent has done the job in past US World Cup campaigns.The 2010 squad was derided as a “B” team but won the crown behind future NBA superstars Durant, Westbrook, Curry and Kevin Love.In 2014, the victorious USA team included Davis, Harden, Thompson, Curry and Most Valuable Player Kyrie Irving.Mason Plumlee is the only 2014 World Cup player back for the Americans, while Kemba Walker is the lone all-NBA player on the squad.Harrison Barnes is the only member of the 2016 Rio Olympic gold-medal team in the lineup, adding to doubts back home that the US can make it three world titles on the spin.Spanish center Marc Gasol, who helped Toronto to the NBA crown, told The New York Times that he expects the US to use the skepticism as motivation in China.“Even with all the guys that dropped out… they are still super-talented physically and technically,” Gasol said.“They are pretty well coached as well. So you put it all together and it’s a great team.”Share on: WhatsApp Derrick White (R) is on the USA’s World Cup roster, which is missing several big namesWashington, United States | AFP | So many NBA headliners from the United States are skipping the Basketball World Cup in China that they would assemble a formidable all-star squad of their own.But it is nothing new for the Americans as they seek a third consecutive crown in the global showdown that runs August 31 to September 15. And from past experience, it could even pave the way for a new US figurehead to emerge.LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Paul George are among those who opted out. Kevin Durant, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson are injured.The World Cup final comes only two weeks before most NBA training camps open, with the first games of the 2019-2020 campaign on October 22.Adding to the usual pressures of pre-season were the large number of transfers by top stars in the off-season and an up-for-grabs mentality in the Western Conference, where a half-dozen revamped clubs are legitimate NBA title contenders.“I think most of the star players, they are trying to save their energy. I think that’s the main reason they are dropping out,” said Sam Mitchell, an NBA TV analyst who played in the league in 1989-2002 and coached for parts of six seasons.“There are 80 percent of the players on the star teams who have a chance to compete for a championship. For you to go play in the world championships, risk getting injured… it’s a lot to ask.”Some players never considered this year’s team, including Lakers star James, who began filming “Space Jam 2” in late June. The 34-year-old won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 and had played in eight consecutive NBA Finals until this year.Many players said they needed the off-season to integrate with their new clubs or new teammates.“I think other guys looked at it like, ‘Why would I want to go potentially be the face of what could be a losing roster?’” said C.J. McCollum, who also withdrew from the team, on a podcast of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.– ‘Dream Team’ to ‘B team’ –San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is guiding the US team for the first time, has been forced to name a squad of emerging talents.last_img read more

Mane jokes he would ‘dive’ again to win Liverpool penalty

first_img“It’s what I want to keep doing. If I get a penalty, yeah it’s a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but (it) will never change the way I’m playing or the way I’m doing my things.”Guardiola’s criticism was seen as the start of mind games leading up to Sunday’s Anfield encounter and Mane said the City boss had been a “bit clever” to get the attention of the referee.The defending Premier League champions trail Klopp’s side by six points but City are the only team to have beaten Liverpool in their past 50 league matches.“I can say one of the biggest tests, for sure,” said Mane. “But if you ask me I would say not only City because against Aston Villa you can see how the game was and Leicester also was really tough.“So I think we played already a few big games in this season and for sure City as well will be a big game.”Share on: WhatsApp Sadio ManeLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says he will not change his style of play despite Pep Guardiola’s “diving” accusation.The Manchester City boss made the claim at the weekend, when the Senegal international was booked after going down in the penalty area following a challenge by Aston Villa’s Frederic Guilbert.Manager Jurgen Klopp jumped to his defence and Guardiola subsequently rowed back on the comments, saying they were part of a longer speech in which he praised the forward.Mane, unaware of the subsequent climbdown, was unmoved by Guardiola’s initial criticism as he believes if there is contact he has a right to go down.And he offered a sarcastic response to the City boss ahead of the match between the two sides at Anfield on Sunday, saying: “If it could be a penalty for sure I will ‘dive’ again.“If the ‘dive’ will give me a penalty then I will do it. Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive,” said Mane.“There was contact (at Villa) for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn’t give it, and he gave me a yellow card. To be honest I don’t have any problem about it.last_img read more

Local sailor wins Laser gold in Australia

first_imgJanisara Romanyk sails to gold at the 2018 Oceania & Australia Laser National Championships in Queensland, Australia. (Photo/Royal Queensland Yacht Swuadron)Janisara Romanyk, a 14 year-old aspiring sailor from Pattaya’s Royal Varuna Yacht Club, won first place in the Female Under-17 Laser Radial class at the recently completed Oceania & Australia Laser National Championships held in Brisbane, Queensland from December 27 – January 4.A total of 175 Lasers competed across 4.7, Radial and Standard rigs in breezes ranging from 6 knots up to 20 knot gusts.  Although sailing was cancelled on one day due to a lack of breeze, eleven of the scheduled twelve races were completed.There were some leading Laser sailors from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia at the event including Tom Burton, a gold medal hopeful for the 2020 Olympics and Manami Doi, the 2017 Laser Radial women’s world champion.Thailand sent 7 sailors to compete in the championships, including Janisara and her 16 year-old brother Arthit (Miki) who finished 9th in the Male Under-17 category and 21st in the overall Laser Radial rankings. “It was tough and challenging water conditions but I enjoyed it very much,” said Janisara at the conclusion of the event.  “This was the first time competing in Australia for me as I am only 14.  We had all kinds of wind conditions from 7 to 22 knots and shifting every hour, but we were fortunate to have Thailand’s SEA Games coach Dimitrios Theodorakis here to support us.Thailand sailing coach Dimitrios Theodorakis (right) gives a briefing to Janisara Romanyk on the final day of the championships.“There are seven of us here from Thailand participating in the championships and I want to congratulate my teammates including my brother Miki and my friend, Farida who came third in the Under-17 class as well,” she concluded.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Break dancing to the playoffs

first_imgThere was once upon a time a coach, a very smart but very strange football coach and his name is Jim E. Mora. Coach Mora once said, “Playoffs, you kidding me? Don’t talk about playoffs, I just hope we can win another game.” Marvin Lewis the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Gary Kubiak, the big man on campus for the Houston Texans and John Fox, the headmaster for the Denver Broncos should all be asking the same question about the chance of success in the post season for their respective teams. “Playoffs, what the heck do you mean playoffs?”First and foremost, the Texans should have an asterisk placed beside their AFC South “division” title. Houston won the division with a 10-6 record which theoretically would have been at least two games less, (8-8) had they not have had the good fortune of facing a Peyton Manning-less Indy Colts. In defense of Houston, they lost their starting signal caller Matt Schaub and his back up former Heisman winner Matt Leinart. Will the Texans be forced to play “musical” quarterbacks as they begin the post season? Who will start at QB, T. J. Yates or Jake Delhomme? Had it not been for the injury to Peyton Manning, Houston would have probably been no more than a wild card entry at best. The Texans must have a few golden horseshoes borrowed from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as well as several hundred rabbit’s feet because they will be playing the Bengals.The Bengals did some serious break dancing at the back stage door just to get into the “dance” because they were certainly not on the “A” list. The Bengals could have brought some “swag” into the “second” season. All they had to do was win their season finale against the Baltimore Ravens and they could have strode proudly through the front gate but they were smoked and choked by the Ravens. The Bengals made “Sir” Raymond Rice look like a Hall-of-Famer by their non-tackling “technique.” The Bengals travel to Houston this weekend, advantage Texans.A few weeks ago the Steelers journeyed to the “Frisco” Bay to face a resurging and rejuvenated 49ers team. They had a “Golden Gate” opportunity to secure a “couch potato” position otherwise known as a bye week for the beginning of the post season. But Pittsburgh’s resident “Intrepid Fox” Ben Roethlisberger convinced the Steelers “fans and the furious” the media, his head coach, offensive coordinator along with Pacific Gas & Electric that he had the courage and physicality to defeat the team from by the “bay.” PG & E did not go for it and sent him a fair warning. They cut the power twice and when the lights were restored Roethlisberger was still limping. That might have been lights out for the Steelers advancing past the wild card round and on that night it was “literally” lights out for the team from the Steel City. The lights went out in San Francisco not in Georgia. Now hear this, had Charley Batch lost that game and won the remaining two games against the Rams and Cleveland, Pittsburgh would have been in the same position as they are now the only exception being Roethlisberger would had from Dec. 8 until Jan 4 to rest his ankle. However, now he will have to continue to play at less than 75 percent with no rest on the road greatly diminishing the Steelers opportunity to end up in Indy. The only ones that will not fall for the “okey doke” are the boys in the locker room.The only time that Roethlisberger was ever considered and voted for as the most valuable player of the team was in 2009. That was the year after the team voted James Harrison MVP. In my opinion the media browbeat the players about their choice to the point of “media harassment.” If Big Ben was so courageous and possessed such a big heart then his comrades would be rushing to drop his name into the ballot box for MVP but his ego is far bigger than his heart. You may have heard about ‘The Scorpion and the Frog’. This is a fable about a scorpion asking a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it stung, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature. The narrative is used to confirm the fact that the behavior of some creatures is irrepressible, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences. Roethlisberger may be a distant relative to the ‘Intrepid Fox’, or his cousin Wile. E. Coyote. Regardless of the circumstances, the 2011 season has a new title. It is now called ‘The Ballad of Big Ben.” Nonetheless the Steelers will squeak by the Broncos in the first round, maybe.last_img read more