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5 Area Teams Capture Soccer Sectional Titles

first_imgCongratulations to The Batesville Bulldogs Boys and Girls teams, The East Central Lady Trojans, The Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters, and The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles on winning Soccer Sectional Crowns on Saturday, October 7th.Girls Soccer Sectional Championship Scores.Saturday (10-7)Class 3A @ Mt. Vernon.East Central  2     Mt. Vernon  1Class 2A @ Lawrenceburg.Batesville  2     Lawrenceburg  1Class 1A @ Rising Sun.Oldenburg  6     Rising Sun  0Boys Soccer Sectional Championship Scores.Saturday (10-7)Class 3A @ Greenfield-Central.Greenfield-Central  4     Shelbyville  1Class 2A @ Rushville.Batesville  2     Lawrenceburg  0Class 1A @ Jac-Cen-Del.Jac-Cen-Del  2     Shawe Memorial  1The East Central Lady Trojans will be participating at The Zionsville Regionals against Lawrence North, The Batesville Lady Bulldogs will be going to The New Palestine Regionals, and The Oldenburg Lady Twisters will be heading to The Forest Park Regionals against Vincennes Rivet.The Greenfield-Central Cougars will be at The Carmel Regionals to battle Cathedral. The Batesville Bulldogs will be at The Greensburg Regionals to take on Herron. The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles will be at The Providence Regionals to battle South Knox.The Soccer Regionals will be taking place on Saturday, October 14th.last_img read more

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Five Players Named to the All-GSC Teams

first_imgFive Players Named to the All-GSC Teams Share Nov. 3, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Gulf South Conference’s leading goal scorer, UWF sophomore Dernelle Mascall earned First Team laurels and was joined by fellow Argonauts Courtney Jones, Anastasia Prescott and Brandi Adams. Also making her All-Conference debut for the Argos was Second Team freshman defender Linda Ganehed.In addition to being the leading the GSC goals, Mascall has also broken West Florida single season record with 23 now on the season. She has also accumulated 10 assists and 54 points.Sophomore goalkeeper Jones, was a Second Team selection in 2006, earned the first team honors after collecting 14 shutouts this season. She has record a school record 0.35 goals-against-average this season.Senior midfielder Adams received her first All-GSC honors with a first team selection. In her final year as an Argonaut the Gulf Breeze, Fla, native leads the team with 14 assists and is tied for fourth in school history with 25 career assists.Sophomore defender Prescott rounds out the Argonauts first team selections as she headed a squad that allowed only six goals this season.After man marking the opposition’s top attackers all season, Ganehed received second team honors. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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ATV part manufacturer announces plans for Madison facility

first_imgMadison, In. — Armor Plastics, a new plastic coating company specializing in aftermarket ATV parts, announced plans today to launch operations in southeast Indiana. The company, which is a joint venture between Ohio businessman Tom Faris and Madison-based SuperATV, will revitalize a vacant industrial site and plans to create up to 30 new jobs over the next few years.“By encouraging regional development and quality of place planning, Indiana is creating culturally- and economically-vibrant communities that are attractive to businesses and talented workers,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “We’re so excited that Armor Plastics is choosing to fuel its growth in southeast Indiana, redeveloping a once-thriving industrial site, enhancing the quality of place in Madison and creating good jobs in the community.”Armor Plastics plans to invest $13.4 million to purchase, redevelop and equip the more than 145,000-square-foot building at 1200 Clifty Drive along State Road 7 in Madison. The facility, which was built by Williamson Metal Works in 1946 and then acquired by the Armor Group in 1999, has remained vacant since closing in 2009. Armor Plastics, which will designate the 28.5-acre site as its corporate headquarters, plans to repurpose the property into a state-of-the-art manufacturing campus, allowing the company to utilize its patented coating technology to produce door panels, windows and windshields for UTVs, ATVs and other recreational and terrain vehicles.The company, which recently closed on its purchasing agreement and expects the new facility to be fully operational by 2023, plans to create up to 30 new jobs in Indiana. Armor Plastics will begin hiring for customer service, operations, maintenance and shipping and receiving personnel starting in summer 2019. Interested applicants may apply through the SuperATV careers page at www.superatv.com or email HR@superatv.com.“I’m so grateful to the city of Madison, Jefferson County Industrial Development Coporation and the IEDC for pursuing this partnership to bring more jobs and investment to southeast Indiana,” said Harold Hunt, partner at Armor Plastics and founder and president of SuperATV. “We believe the future of Madison and Indiana is bright, and we’re excited to grow here for years to come.”This new venture will merge innovation and manufacturing tradition, utilizing the industry expertise of Hunt and SuperATV alongside Faris’ new coatings process that improves the pliability, reliability and strength of fiberglass and plastics used in the manufacturing of ATV parts. Through its partnership, Armor Plastics will leverage SuperATV’s leadership in aftermarket ATV and UTV parts and accessories to fuel its growth in Indiana and expand its U.S. client base.“With today’s announcement, the Hunt family has again proven their commitment to Madison by adding jobs and investment in another property that has been vacant for over a decade,” said Madison Mayor Damon Welch. “This project will improve one of our main gateways into the community – which was identified as a priority by our Stellar Communities plan – while adding economic opportunity for our residents.”The IEDC offered Armor Plastics up to $210,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The IEDC also offered the company up to $2.6 million in conditional tax credits from the Industrial Recovery Tax Credit (DINO) program, which provides an incentive to invest in former industrial sites and improve quality of place in Indiana communities. The city of Madison will consider additional incentives in support of the project.“We’re always looking for ways to help our local businesses expand and grow right in Madison,” said Matt Wirth, executive director of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation. “We know that Madison’s economy is strong, but the Hunt family’s investment is another vote of confidence in the quality of life, workforce and overall future of our community.”Today’s news comes on the heels of Riverton’s announcement to revitalize the historic Eagle Cotton Mill building in downtown Madison into a new 80-room boutique hotel that will include a conference center, restaurant, guest amenities and enhanced outdoor spaces with views of the Ohio River. Indiana is committed to helping build vibrant communities by investing in the rehabilitation or remodeling of former industrial facilities and supporting quality of place projects throughout the state.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Win Big Over Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs improved to 1-1 on the season with a 11-1 win over the Rushville Lady Lions. Lauren Gutzwiller got the scoring started 1 minute into the game off an assist from Carlie Werner. Werner would make the score 3-0 after a pair of goals within the first 5 minutes. The pair of goals came off assists from Ashley Nobbe and Gutzwiller. The fourth goal was a Rushville own goal after Lily Meyer made a great run from outside back to hit in a tough cross for the defense to handle as they deflected it into the back of the net. Olivia Knueven had a significant role in both of the final goals of the first half. The first took an unfortunate bounce off the far post after she took a nice shot past the Rushville goalkeeper and Catherine Raab was there for the rebound score. Knueven scored the 6th Lady Bulldog goal off a nice assist from Werner.In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs started off slow and were not able to find the back of the net for the first 15 minutes. Finally, Abbey Prickel intercepted a Rushville pass and carried the ball from center back through the Rushville defense for a great far post finish. The Lady Bulldogs would add 4 more in the second half. It was Werner finding Liz Heidlage on a crossing pattern as Heidlage finished to the far post. Werner finished off her hat trick on an unassisted goal to make it 9 – 0. Batesville made 11 substitutions with 18 minutes to play and the second group would add two more goals to the tally. It was Tristan Rowlett and Bella Britch, scoring for the Lady Bulldogs. With just over a minute to play, Rushville would make the score 11-1 after they found their way past the Batesville defense.“It was nice to get some confidence in our scoring ability tonight. We had several 1-touch finished tonight after working on this for much of the practice week. Ellie Cassidy and Abbey Prickel did a great job keeping our defense organized for the match.” Coach Laker commented on the game.Batesville will be back in action next Thursday as they travel to Greensburg for their second conference match of the season.last_img read more

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MSOC : Orange still searching for 1st Big East win under McIntyre

first_img Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ After Syracuse’s crushing 3-2 overtime loss to South Florida on Saturday increased the team’s winless streak to eight games, Nick Roydhouse emerged from the locker room beaten physically and mentally. In between being tackled, shoved and prodded by the Bulls, Roydhouse tried to will his team to a win.When USF scored the game-tying goal with just under two minutes left in regulation, Roydhouse gathered his teammates to get them to regroup and kick up their intensity. In the end, though, all the Orange earned was another loss.‘I’m just trying to do the right thing as captain to try to get everybody, have their heads in the right mindset,’ Roydhouse said. ‘Obviously, I’m not doing a good enough job at this stage because we’re not winning any games.’A season that started hopeful is on the verge of being another lost cause, if it’s not already there. For the third season in a row, the Big East tournament is a pipe dream. With four games remaining in Syracuse’s (2-9-1, 0-4-1 Big East) season, it would take a miracle for the Orange to play itself back into contention. And with the way SU’s games have been going lately, there’s little evidence that a miracle is in the cards.If the Orange doesn’t win any of its remaining games, it’ll be winless in conference play for the second consecutive year under head coach Ian McIntyre.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, McIntyre hasn’t expressed any frustration at his team’s performance. Although his players’ collective effort hasn’t led to a win since Sept. 11, he said he’s still proud of their performance on the field in each game.‘You can’t question the character and commitment of this group, and that’s what makes me very proud,’ McIntyre said. ‘I’ll never criticize my group based on results. Yes, as a coach, we’re in a results-oriented industry, but if my guys give me that amount of work, commitment, courage, passion, hunger, week in and week out, I have no complaints.’SU is in last place in the Big East’s Red Division with just one point. The Orange would have to play its way into the top six teams in its division to earn a spot in the conference tournament. Syracuse is three points behind the current sixth-place team, DePaul.SU and DePaul meet in the Orange’s regular-season finale Oct. 29.The Syracuse players seemed to take Saturday’s loss harder than any other this season, and it’s not hard to see why. The Orange was less than two minutes away from taking a game from the No. 11 team in the country. It could’ve been a season-defining victory — and a career-defining victory for McIntyre — that could have boosted confidence and SU’s place in the Big East standings.The hope that a postseason berth is possible, though, still exists. The Orange was in control of the Bulls for the entire first half and most of the second on Saturday, giving the team confidence that a win isn’t too far away.But that’s been the case for the entire season.‘Going forward, we’re going to build off this,’ SU goalkeeper Phil Boerger said. ‘I keep saying this, our record is not. It doesn’t portray how good we actually are. It’s just so unlucky. Every game, we’ve lost by a goal. It’s not just going our way right now.’It hasn’t gone SU’s way all season. Any late-game lead has been vanquished because of poor communication and untimely mistakes leading to defensive breakdowns.Now, the character of the team will be truly tested. McIntyre said his team needs to use its loss to the Bulls as a form of motivation to get better, if only for the final four games of the season.He said his team has a choice to make: find a way to improve and notch a few victories, or continue to play the way it has been and fold the rest of the season.‘The easy thing in any sport, or any time in life when things go wrong, is you can either lash out or you can step back, kind of circle the wagons and become stronger for it,’ McIntyre said. ‘We have a real choice to make. I’ve got a good group of guys. And it’s about how we become better.‘And we will be better.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Flying Eagles converge for AYC

first_imgNigeria’s under 20 football team, the Flying Eagles will begin preparations for the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) when they open training camp in Abuja on Sunday.Head coach, John Obuh has called up 20 players, as the side commences preparations for the AYCThe invited players have been directed to report to the team’s training camp in Abuja on Saturday.“We always want to do the country proud. We know what Nigerians want and that is the trophy in Algeria. We will strive to do our best in the championships,” Obuh told supersport.comon Thursday.The Flying Eagles are the defending champions and are drawn in Group B along with debutants Gabon, Mali and DR Congo.The team will subsequently set up a training camp in Tunisia at least three weeks prior to the championship which kicks off on March 16 in Algeria. The call-upsGoalkeepers: Samuel Okani, Jonah Usman, Jacob AboboDefenders: Ikechukwu Okorie, Chizoba Amaefule, Shehu Abdullahi, Kenneth Omeruo, Aliyu Mohammed Goyi, Abubakar HassanMidfielders: Moses Orkuma, Abduljaleel Ajagun, Ovboka Agboyi, Uche Agbo, Chidi OsuchukwuStrikers: Alhaji Gero, Yahaya Adamu, Bright Ejike, Umar Aminu, Harrison Egbune, Sikiru Alimilast_img read more

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Dodgers at Pirates: Hill vs. Williams, Wednesday TV, time & more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Loves to face: David Freese, 0 for 3, 1 strikeoutPIRATES RHP TREVOR WILLIAMS (5-6, 4.71)Vs. Dodgers: 0-1, 18.00At PNC Park: 2-3, 4.81 Hates to face: Chris Taylor, 2 for 2, 1 home runLoves to face: Justin Turner, 0 for 2, 1 strikeout DODGERS at PIRATESWhen: Wednesday, 4 p.m.Where: PNC ParkTV: SportsNet LAcenter_img THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (9-4, 3.54)Vs. Pirates: 3-1, 3.69 At PNC Park: 0-1, 6.19Hates to face: Josh Harrison, 1 for 2 (.500), 1 doublelast_img

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Matt Kemp’s L.A. story continues with 4 more RBIs in win over Phillies

first_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “No, definitely not,” he said. “The first couple times I knew it was just, okay, try to get four or five (innings). Try to take as much off the bullpen as you can.“I didn’t really think it was going to be a long-term thing at the time and now it’s been four, five starts. I didn’t really think that at the time, just thought it might be plugging in for one or two. But I’m certainly happy with the way it’s gone and hope we can keep it going.”The Dodgers had plenty of offense without Stripling’s help. In addition to Kemp’s 16th multi-hit game of the season and first four-RBI game as a Dodger since Sept. 2014, Max Muncy also homered – his seventh since being promoted from Triple-A in mid-April. Since May 19, Muncy has reached base in 10 of 11 games with a fat 1.081 OPS.The Dodgers’ 13-hit attack also included an RBI double from Chris Taylor. More modestly but perhaps more hopefully, Cody Bellinger had a pair of singles in the win. It was Bellinger’s first multi-hit game since May 8. In 20 games since then, Bellinger has been unable to part the May gray, going 10 for 72 (.139) with 24 strikeouts. After two seasons apprenticing as a swing man out of the bullpen, Stripling acknowledges he could not have envisioned a better scenario than the one he has lived over the past month.Related Articles Just like we all expected, right?Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Just to drive in runs, make things happen,” Kemp said, minimizing his own expectations as he has since his return to Dodger blue. “I think that’s the plan every year. Just try to go out there and make things happen for the team. All that good, extra stuff that happens is just icing on the cake.”A trip to his first All-Star Game since 2012 might be the most unforeseen icing on this unexpected cake.“Of course those things are special. Those are special achievements,” Kemp said when the possibility was raised. “But honestly, the All-Star Game is the least of my worries. That’s something they give people for one good half, you know what I’m saying?“I think my mom would probably enjoy it more than I would.” Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Kemp got off to a hot start last year as well and was batting the same .345 on May 31. The numbers trailed off, though, and persistent hamstring problems sucked the life out of his season.But Kemp has become a smarter, more mature hitter in his return to the Dodgers, according to Dave Roberts.“Matt’s really grown,” said Roberts who will have some say on the NL roster as the All-Star manager this year. “You see his at-bat quality. He’s always been a guy who can drive in a run and get a hit and slug a little bit. But to be able to take the walk, stay out of the double play … stay off the slider down and away, use the whole field – that’s something I haven’t seen consistently even when he was at his best.”center_img If Kemp is thriving back in his old home, Ross Stripling is making a new home for himself in the Dodgers’ rotation with another dominating performance.No one has taken better advantage of the opportunity created by the team’s growing assortment of injuries than Stripling. He took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning Wednesday and finished with one run allowed on four hits in seven innings, going deeper into the game in each of his five starts this month. In those starts, he has a 1.24 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 29 innings.“Strip, unbelievable job again,” Kemp said. “We keep saying that every time. He’s mowing guys down, making things happen.”Stripling even dropped an RBI single into right field after Phillies manager Gabe Kapler had intentionally walked the No. 8 hitter with two outs in the fifth inning. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers beats the throw to Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies to score a run on a double by Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, center, is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a double by Matt Kemp during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies’ Mitch Walding can’t catch an RBI double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, celebrates his home run with third base coach Chris Woodward during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run in the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a two-run home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp watches the flight of his two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp watches the flight of his two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp celebrates his two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by Matt Kemp after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run scoring Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to first base for the out on Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies’ Scott Kingery misses a ground ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on as fans attempt to catch the home run ball hit by Nick Williams #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Philadelphia Phillies’ Nick Williams celebrates his home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers beats the throw to Cesar Hernandez #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies for a stolen base in the third inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin wipes his face after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third to score on a single by Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs toward home plate to score on a double hit by Chris Taylor during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talks to starting pitcher Rich Hill before the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor gets ready for the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling follows through on an RBI single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger looks away after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Philadelphia Phillies’ Mitch Walding leans over the rail in an unsuccessful attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte, right, and catcher Yasmani Grandal celebrate the team’s 8-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 35Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — This reboot is still going strong.Matt Kemp led an 8-2 thumping of the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, driving in four runs for the Dodgers with an RBI double, a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly.Kemp finished the night batting .345 – best in the National League and second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts (.359). That goes with his .928 OPS (tied for fifth in the NL) and .554 slugging percentage (fourth).It’s the kind of performance that could cost Kemp a four-day vacation in mid-July and land him at the All-Star Game in Washington instead. Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ last_img read more

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NBA free agency: L.A. Lakers have set off duds instead of fireworks

first_imgTheir first shot went way off the mark, prompting the Lakers to scramble for a rebound and convert on a second attempt.The Lakers’ hustle paid off. After free-agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly scoffed at the Lakers stressing Hollywood over basketball in their first meeting late Tuesday night, the Lakers persuaded Aldridge to meet again on Thursday just to talk X’s and O’s. Former Showtime Laker Magic Johnson also tried contacting Aldridge over the phone between the first and second meetings, according to a league source, though it’s unclear if they connected. But will this second shot attempt actually help the Lakers win in the free agency sweepstakes? Or is it just a pointless basket in a blowout game? The Lakers are waiting to find out. It is believed Aldridge will spend Fourth of July weekend both to watch fireworks and mull over his future. There are plenty of possibilities. The Lakers also missed out on potential consolation prizes on Friday, such as center Robin Lopez (went to New York) and swingman Tobias Harris (stayed in Orlando). It remains unclear if the Lakers have made any substantial progress with free-agent center Kosta Koufos. All of that leaves the Lakers with little reason to celebrate or relax during the holiday weekend, a time that is supposed to feature fireworks instead of duds. Does he join San Antonio to ensure the endless continuity coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan have established? Or does Aldridge consider the Suns’ acquisition of Tyson Chandler a more effective one-two punch? Does Aldridge become persuaded by the determined Pat Riley to take his talents to South Beach? Or does he give Portland another chance?The Lakers do not want any of those scenarios to happen, obviously. They would much prefer that Aldridge extends his Orange County summer residency into a year-long stay. If so, the Lakers would finally hit a home run in free agency after striking out all week. First, the Lakers flew cross-country to see center Greg Monroe in Washington D.C., only for him to choose the Milwaukee Bucks. That marked the exact opposite move Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made nearly 40 years ago. Then, DeAndre Jordan agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, leaving the Clippers without a star center they wanted to retain and the Lakers without a star center they wanted to take away from their intra-city rival. Aldridge’s decision leaves the Lakers in a holding pattern. It will determine whether the Lakers salvage a failed free agency sweepstakes thus far. It also appears to have left the Lakers reluctant to make any other moves.That explains why the Lakers lost Ed Davis, who accepted a three-year, $20 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday after averaging 8.3 points per game as well as career highs in field-goal percentage (60.1), rebounding (7.6), blocked shots (1.2) and assists (1.2) in his lone season with the Lakers. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers’ Luke Walton staying open-minded on use of 3-point shot

first_img“The floor should be spaced with free-flowing ball movement going side-to-side. If you’re a shooter and you’re open, I want you to shoot it,” Walton said. “Whether they go in or not, a lot of times that’s out of our control as coaches. As long as you put the time and work in and it’s a shot within the rhythm of the offense and it’s not a forced 3-point shot, we’ll keep encouraging them to keep taking them.”The Lakers entered Sunday’s 124-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena ranked 21st out of 30 NBA teams in 3-point field goal percentage (32.1 percent). That’s only a small improvement from last season when the Lakers shot 31.7 percent from 3-point range, last in the NBA.Yet, the Lakers’ latest effort entailed shooting 14-of-28 from 3-point range. The high marksmanship seemed as widespread as the team balance Walton hopes the Lakers employ. D’Angelo Russell and Lou Williams went 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while Jordan Clarkson (2-of-4), Nick Young (2-of-5) and Jose Calderon (2-of-3) also posted solid numbers.“We can be great at that area,” Young said. “We have a lot of shooters. We got our legs. All you need is confidence really. We all got that. We lift each other up.”Few would describe the Lakers that way last season. ONTARIO >> His past job gave Luke Walton a first-hand look at a daily clinic that featured the Golden State Warriors mastering the 3-point shot.Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson buried them seemingly anytime and anywhere they touched the ball. The Warriors created more open looks with crisp ball movement and balanced floor spacing. And with those ingredients staying consistent, Walton spent the past two years as a Warriors assistant seeing that team lead the league in both 3-point shots made and 3-point field-goal percentage.Walton said he has not set any expectations for the Lakers in both 3-point attempts and shots made. After all, the Lakers’ young and developing roster can hardly draw comparisons to the Warriors.Instead, Walton has outlined specific offensive principles he believes he elevate the Lakers’ outside shooting. Former Lakers coach Byron Scott sparked criticism for downplaying the importance of the 3-point shot, though he contended his resistance had more to do with the Lakers’ roster and any resistance toward adapting to the modern NBA.Could Walton’s past experience with Golden State fix the Lakers’ 3-point shooting woes? “We can do a lot,” Clarkson said. “We’re all working on it this summer knowing what was going to hold in the up-tempo style and the way we were going to play. We were all ready for that. We’re going to shoot them and they’re going to go in.”Those shots did not go in right away.Walton noted there have been times he called out players for passing up an open 3-pointer (Young) or taking one unnecessarily (Julius Randle). Young noticed that players took plenty of 3-pointers during their first practice, plenty of which seemed forced. Before Sunday’s game, Clarkson went only 3-of-10 from 3-point range, while Williams had gone 2-of-8.Walton has not become consumed with such numbers. Instead, he sounded more concerned on how the Lakers run their offense.“Every team plays differently. There are teams where their main defensive philosophy is to take away the 3-point line. If that’s the case, I would hope you would game plan that we’re penetrating and looking to get into the paint and get 2-point shots,” Walton said. “I’m more of a believer of taking what the defense gives you. I’m sure it’ll change from game to game. It doesn’t matter to me how many we get up. As long as they’re good shots. If we get 30 3-point looks, let’s take 30 of them. If we only get 10, I’m fine with taking 10.”The Lakers took more than 10 on Sunday. That started with Russell, who Walton has credited for learning how to play aggressively while also keeping teammates involved.“I know the work I put in throughout the summer,” Russell said. “Coming into this year, I had a year under my belt. I knew what it took. I knew what I was getting into. I knew where I would get my shots and what would be easy for me going into every game.”Ice in his veinsThe shot has looked smooth. The passing has become crisper The empowerment has increased. Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell mixed those qualities together to provide a team-leading 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting, three assists and three steals in the Lakers’ 124-115 win over Denver. That marked the second consecutive preseason game Russell recorded at least 20 points.Lakers guard Lou Williams had 25 points on a 8-of-15 clip, while Julius Randle added 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, five assists and four rebounds. Jordan Clarkson had 12 points off the bench.Meanwhile, Denver forward Danilo Gallinari and center Jusuf Nurkic led the Nuggets with 19 and 17 points, respectively.A bond reunitedThe two former teammates gave each other a deep hug, suggesting a bond that traced back through several years. But Lakers backup center Yi Jianlian and Denver guard Emmanuel Mudiay only needed one year to become close as teammates with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA),Yi became impressed with how Mudiay averaged 17.7 points on 54.5 percent shooting, six rebounds and 5.1 assists before declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.“He walked out here every day and tried to get better,” Yi said. “I knew he would be a great player. He had that heart.”Mudiay appreciated Yi’s outside shooting, positive reinforcement and willingness to navigate the various culture barriers.“He taught me how to block everything out. People are going to want you to do so much. So just focus on the task,” Mudiay said. “My team was really talented. I had him on my team. So that made it easier.”Injury updateLakers forward Luol Deng sat out of Sunday’s game against Denver, marking the second consecutive game he missed because of a bruised left knee. Nick Young started in his place. Young posted 14 points, four rebounds and two steals.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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