Slumping Kole Calhoun keeps his confidence up as he looks to get back in Angels’ lineup

first_imgDENVER — Kole Calhoun is trying to find his swing, and keep his confidence.“It’s tough,” Calhoun said. “But every day is a new day. It can only take one day (to get going). I just want to help this team win. You can’t change the past, but going forward, I have the opportunity to have some good at-bats and try to help this ballclub.Calhoun, who had started against every right-handed pitcher for more than a month, was benched against a righty on Sunday and, after Monday’s off day, again on Tuesday. He also didn’t play on Saturday, against a left-handed starter. The Rockies are starting a lefty on Wednesday, so it’s likely that Calhoun will go four straight games without starting.Normally a fixture in the Angels’ lineup, Calhoun is hitting .165 after grounding into a game-ending double play as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night. He has with 33 strikeouts and four walks in 119 plate appearances. He has just two extra-base hits – a triple and a homer – and they were his first two hits of the season. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ALSOThe Angels are planning on Shohei Ohtani making his next start on the mound on Sunday, but Scioscia won’t make that official until they see how Ohtani feels after his last outing. That would fit with their pattern, of keeping him on six days rest when possible. He twice had longer breaks, once because of a postponement and once when he sprained his ankle. …Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 The combination of Ohtani’s power and the thin air at Coors Field led to a batting practice show that made quite an impression on longtime observers in Denver. Ohtani hit a few balls into the third deck in right field, territory usually only touched by Carlos Gonzalez, according to the locals. …Catcher Martín Maldonado returned after missing the weekend on the bereavement list. Juan Graterol was optioned back to Triple-A. …Kenyan Middleton (elbow inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing at Triple-A on Tuesday night at Triple-A. Scioscia said he’s not sure how many games Middleton would need, but he’s expected to be back sometime later this week. …Nick Tropeano (shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday. He said he’s scheduled for another on Thursday. If that goes well, he would rejoin the rotation on Saturday, the first day he’s eligible. …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) still had not yet thrown off a mound, but he was going to do so any day, Scioscia said. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain) continues to throw off a mound, Scioscia said. …Jo Adell, the Angels’ top prospect, returned to the lineup at Class-A Burlington, Iowa, on Tuesday after missing two weeks with a thumb contusion.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 2-1, 3.46) at Rockies (Tyler Anderson, 2-0, 3.78), Wednesday, noon, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One clear difference for Calhoun is that his ground ball rate is 56.8 percent, which is significantly higher than his career rate of 42.9. In the past, Calhoun has been able to counter the shift by hitting over it, but not this season.“I think (the ground balls) are a symptom of the problem,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to work on. Get back to some line drives. Not necessarily get the ball in the air, but backspin some stuff and try to find some holes.”LEARN BY WATCHINGWhen Jaime Barría makes his fourth major-league start on Wednesday, it will be the first time he’s started after being in the dugout in the previous days.For his first three starts, he was only activated the day he pitched. And after the first two, he was optioned immediately after he pitched, so he hadn’t had the chance to sit in the dugout and learn from the other pitchers and hitters until now.“I think there’s a lot of value that can be gained from that,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “What happens in the major leagues between starts with a pitcher, especially a young pitcher, is very important.”last_img read more

Matt Kemp ready for his unexpected reunion tour with Dodgers

first_img Dodgers key spring training dates Dodgers enter 2018 motivated to avenge World Series disappointment Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How much a part of it Kemp will be is one of the largest unknowns hanging over a Dodgers’ camp that has precious few. The Dodgers’ depth chart in left field is loaded with options – both left-handed (Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo) and right-handed (Kike’ Hernandez, Trayce Thompson, Kemp). All are younger than Kemp, on the upside of their careers, not circling back to their beginnings.“I don’t think anybody knows what their role is right now,” Kemp said. “I’ve got a lot left in me. I can help this team win. I came to camp feeling good, feeling strong. I’m ready to go.”At age 33, Kemp is no longer the dynamic athlete he was in his salad days with the Dodgers. If he has “a lot left in me,” he recognizes that has to be proven.“I think so,” he said. “I mean, I know I can be in this lineup. I know I can help this team win. I still have a lot to offer. I’m in shape. I feel good. Prove to everybody I can still play defense and go out there and help the team win.“Of course we’ve all got something to prove. Every year. Every year, the stats are zero-zero. Everybody starts out fresh. It’s a fresh start for me back in L.A., so why now do it back where I started.”Only a handful of players in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at Camelback Ranch this spring have been teammates with Kemp before. Clayton Kershaw is one and he said he reached out to Kemp after the trade went down.“I texted Matt a couple weeks ago,” Kershaw said. “I’ve seen him at his best. I know how good he can be. I know he still has the ability to hit a baseball really well. I hope he gets the chance to prove that here.Related Articles In exchange, the Dodgers agreed to take Kemp and the $43 million remaining on the contract he signed with them to much fanfare in November 2011.“When I got the call I was eating lunch with some friends,” Kemp said. “My agent called me. He was like, ‘Hey, you’ve been traded.’ I was, ‘Where?’ He started laughing. ‘What??’ And he said, ‘It’s the Dodgers.’ I’m like, ‘Stop lying.’ And he was, ‘No, for real.’”The trade was for real. But Kemp’s return also figured to be not for long. The Dodgers spent the winter trying to move him to another team, hoping to get someone else to pay at least a portion of his remaining salary.Those efforts will no doubt continue – and would only be aided if Kemp proves to be as rejuvenated as he claims to be and as in shape as he appears to be this spring. For now, though, Kemp is one of the position players who reported to camp along with pitchers and catchers Tuesday.“They were up front with me. They told me they didn’t know what was going to happen,” Kemp said. “But for me – I love being back. This is where I came up. This is where I grew up. I’ve always wanted to win a World Series here and win here. It was fun watching these guys play last year and get to the World Series. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?” GLENDALE, Ariz. — There are things you didn’t expect to see in Arizona any time soon.Snow. Hybrid cars. Matt Kemp in a Dodgers uniform.“I’m just as surprised as you,” Kemp said Tuesday, that familiar smile surrounded by the seemingly-obligatory bushy beard, his equally-inflamed hair held back by a Dodger blue headband as he talked to reporters in front of a locker just a few feet from the one he last occupied at Camelback Ranch in spring 2014.The unexpected reunion began with a call from his agent back in December when the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves agreed to a trade that was all about the bad contracts being shed. The Braves took Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir off the Dodgers’ hands, allowing the Dodgers to get under the competitive-balance tax threshold for the first time in five years. Dodgers’ Matt Kemp has some explaining to do about ‘baseball town’ remark Dodgers offseason roster moves: who’s new and who’s gone? “Obviously, Matt has something to prove and that’s awesome. He looks great right now. … If he’s healthy, his offensive abilities are unquestioned as far as what I’ve seen. If he can move around the outfield, catch some balls, he can be a big asset for us.”Kemp’s ability to move around the outfield was massively diminished over the past few years. According to most metrics, he was among the worst defensive outfielders in baseball last season. If he is somehow going to stick around for a second run with the Dodgers, Kemp will have to prove he won’t be a liability in the field.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is convinced the motivation of playing for a World Series contender and a serious upgrade in fitness will make Kemp acceptable defensively.“I think part of it is he wants to win,” Roberts said. “On the defensive side, there’s gotta be that ‘every game is important’ mentality. That’s one part of it. And the other part of it is the positioning that we do, putting guys in the right spot, will help that. Matt being in amazing shape will help that. The natural ability to read a ball off the bat, he possesses that. I expect it to be a huge uptick in the metrics this year.”last_img read more

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella rips NHL officials over clock mismanagement

first_imgAs per The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, NHL director of hockey ops Colin Campell commented on the matter, saying Tortorella’s postgame presser comments were “unprofessional along with unacceptable,” while also saying that the league is addressing the matter.On Monday, the league’s director of hockey ops, also gave an update and explanation on why play wasn’t stopped, citing protocol surrounding a too many men penalty.”The on-ice officials can always adjust the clock if they feel it is required. The Official Timer can notify the on-ice officials that there are issues at any time from his perspective. Toronto can get involved if we see issues. Assessing when the whistle is blown is hard for us to do sitting in Toronto and not being in the building live,” Campbell commented, via the Columbus Dispatch’s Brian Hedger.Per Colin Campbell, NHL director of hockey ops, a lengthy explanation about why time wasn’t added back on the clock after the #Blackhawks too many men penalty in OT last night plus a chastising statement about Tortorella’s postgame comments ->— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) December 30, 2019 “The whistle is blown at 19.2 on the clock. For some reason the clock is run down a second and a tenth to 18.1. Whatever reason, I have no goddamn idea,” Tortorella said during the postgame press conference. “So instead of resetting the clock, we have them tell our captain, ‘We’re not going to do it.’ [The NHL office in] Toronto doesn’t step in, refs don’t do their freaking job and now we lose the game, and we lose our goalie.”WORLD JUNIORS: Live scores, TV schedule, updatesBlue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was injured during the shootout and was replaced by Elvis Merzlikins, which wouldn’t have happened had Werenski’s goal stood.”So the chain of events, if it was done right, [is] we don’t lose our goalie [and] we win the hockey game,” Tortorella added. “So, all this goddamn technology, right? The technology and getting things right . . . the stubbornness tonight by the officials, and by the league, and Toronto, however it’s supposed to goddamn work, screws us. It’s ridiculous.”Tortorella ended his press conference without taking questions and offered no update on Korpisalo’s condition.#mood— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 30, 2019Columbus held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period and allowed a pair of goals in the final 12:27 of regulation to force overtime. Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella unleashed an expletive-filled rant toward game and league officials after his team lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.Tortorella directed his scorn toward how the officials handled the clock in overtime. After the Blackhawks were penalized for having too many men on the ice, the clock appeared to briefly continue to run after the whistle was blown. The time was not put back on the clock. Columbus’ Zach Werenski went on to score what seemed to be the game-winner, except time had expired slightly before the puck crossed the goal line.last_img read more

Asensio is back

first_imgAware that his recovery could not stop, He left Valdebebas that March 12 loaded with everything necessary to turn the living room and garden of his house into a makeshift gym. There, together with his brother Igor, he works in long daily sessions during quarantine. Her knee is strong, ready for the next step.SensationsIn the last month the recovery became more enjoyable because much of the work was done on the grass and with the ball in between. Gone were the long sessions of up to eight hours in which there was only physical therapy, gym and pool. Instead, small typical recovery problems also appeared. Beyond the knee, the rest of the muscles in the injured leg also start from scratch after such an operation. That caused minor annoyances and that is why Marco has been so cautious. It will also be now, when the sensations in his first training sessions will be key to set a date to return to a squad. One of his goals for the year, the European Championship, has been postponed to 2021 and now he only thinks of being useful for Zidane in the final stretch of the season.The other key section is the mental one. In that, those who know him well assure that he is a new person. He has learned to value everyday things much more and it has also helped him to see who was at his side. In these months, in addition, he has taken care of the diet in detail (he has even lost weight). He hopes to return even better physically and with a version strengthened psychologically. Asensio is back. 251 days ago, life put Marco Asensio to the test. More than 35 weeks. Eight long months of work in the shade, traveling through a tunnel where the light begins to appear. His left knee, the one where he suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and the external meniscus on July 23, 2019, now it is OK. There have been many hard moments in which two hopes always appeared: the moment to return with the rest of his teammates in the Valdebebas training sessions and the moment to set foot on the grass at the Santiago Bernabéu.Asensio, finally, is ready to face the first of them. The Balearic found the confidence necessary to return to the sessions with the rest of his companions when the confinement by the coronavirus ended.Since Manuel Leyes operated on him at the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid on August 7, doctor and patient agreed on a maxim: set weekly goals. Among them, the Balearic agenda was very close to the time to try the group when the team had to go home due to the positive for Thompkins coronavirus, Madrid basketball player. That happened last Thursday, March 12, just a few days after entering the week of March 16 to 22, which Marco saw as key to go one step further.last_img read more

Kwakwani floodwaters recede by 4 inches

first_imgResidents and officials of the heavily-inundated areas in Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have reported that up to Sunday afternoon, the water level receded by four inches.A CDC supply truck being off-loaded in the communityResidents are optimistic that the waters will continue receding.A multi-agency team led by the acting Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig visited the community on Friday.Initial assessments were made of the areas affected: Waterfront, Lamp Island, Aroaima and Ginger Island. These communities are located in close proximity to the Upper Berbice River that borders Kwakwani. Approximately 300 households have been affected by the flooding.Resident Cort Simeon of the Waterfront area said that he would constantly check the water level and realised that it had receded four inches.On Sunday morning, the residents received supplies of cleaning agents and utensils as well as medical supplies. These include long boots, soap powder, bleach, soap, and other cleaning agents.Another resident, Mavis Lewis, said that the items distributed to the residents were what they needed right now, given the intensity of the flood and the environmental health issues that the residents are exposed to.“I think all the residents are glad to get the items; I think the CDC’s response was very good. They were prompt and we appreciate that very much,” Lewis told the Department of Public Information (DPI).last_img read more

Flyers bounce back in game 2

first_imgAfter dropping game one of the NPHL finals, the Senior Flyers bounced back with a much better effort in game two. On his first shift of the game, Arlo Hadland and Dustin Kersey both chipped passes ahead, to Adam Loncan, who streaked down the right hand side, and roofed a backhander over a stunned David Larson to kick-start the Flyers attack. 14 minutes in, Jeff Shipton poked a loose puck across the goal mouth to Adam Loncan, who reached around the net and tucked it in. Soon after Loncan’s second, Athletics goaltender went down quickly when Todd Alexander drove to the net. It didn’t seem like a major collision, but Larson stayed down, in clear discomfort. After a lengthy chat with the trainer, he seemed shaken, but able to stay in the game. But, after another couple of plays, he was replaced by backup Lincoln Carriere, and did not return. The star netminder is diagnosed with a minor ankle injury, but is expected to be ready for game 4. With the exception of a couple of great chances in the fourth minute, one a Rod Bowers snap-shot all alone in front, but stopped by Troy Hunt, and another Kelly McLeod drive careening off the outside of the post, the Athletics didn’t really get too many chances in the first period. – Advertisement -Except when they were short-handed. After each Adam Loncan goal, the Flyers coughed up clear-cut breakaways while on the powerplay. One to Rod Bowers, one to Brennan Jones. And both ended up in the back of the net. And so, after the first, if was 2-2. 6 minutes into the second, Adam Loncan poked a loose puck past a defender, danced in on goal, and flipped a nifty forehand over Carriere, to again give the Flyers the lead. It was Loncan’s third of the night, and this time there would be no response from the Athletics. Ian Munro doubled the lead, when he took a pass from Dustin Kersey on a 2-on-1, and wrapped it around Carriere. In the third, Grande Prairie got back within one, when Kelly McLeod got a stick on a scramble in the Flyers crease. But, Paul Wiens added an insurance marker, when he fired a backhander past Lincoln Carriere, to make it 5-3 Flyers. Late in the game, it looked like Jeff Fast had made it 6-3 when he converted another 2-on-1 with Kersey, but the referee blew off the goal, saying the whistle had gone before the puck had crossed the line. And so, the Flyers evened the series, and put in a rebound performance from their loss in game one. They were the better team on the night, and played a game more fitting of their style. “Better” said Coach Adam Brash. “The effort was better, when we didn’t have the puck, we started taking the body more, and once people take the body out there, you creat turnovers, because you’re taking away that time and space, and all over a sudden you get some goals.” But it also meant more offence. “And we worked harder” adding “when you work harder you get lucker.” But, while they controlled the puck for the majority of the game, and cycled for entire shifts at a time, the Flyers still had a hard time penetrating the slot area. The Athletics play a passive defensive system that allows for puck possession, but slows up teams through the neutral zone and then keeps pressure to the outside. And, for Adam Brash, that’s a matter of cranking up the intensity one more notch, and passing the puck better. [asset|aid=1119|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbedffb2c5424787417876a861b07ddc-brash-iwantmore_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement For Adam Loncan, it was a welcome breakout after struggling offensively as of late. Loncan posted three goals and an assist, and threatened the defence all night. [asset|aid=1120|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cbedffb2c5424787417876a861b07ddc-loncan-better_1_Pub.mp3] Troy Hunt also had a bounce back night, stopping 24 of 26 shots, and handling the puck well. The Flyers outshot the A’s 32-26, but again struggled on the powerplay, going 0 for 3, and conceding two short-handed goals, though they did hit the post quite a few times. And so, Fort St. John has tied the series at one, with games three and four heading back to Grande Prairie, on Thursday and Saturday nights, at 7:30 PST. Thursday’s game will be braodcast on Moose FM, and Saturday’s game is still pending.last_img read more

Energy Industry Induced Quakes

first_imgSerious questions and concerns remain about the possibility of earthquakes, induced by energy industry seismic activity.As a result, the Calgary Herald reports, for the second time this year an Alberta University research group is about to launch a study into whether oil and gas exploration, can trigger earthquakes in normally calm crust areas.The University of Calgary team will be following the lead, of another group from the University of Alberta and will be installing a series of monitoring devices, across the province.- Advertisement -Although most earthquakes in Alberta are very small in magnitude, there is a record of sizable ones, including the one northeast of Dawson Creek, in 2001.Centered near Bonanza, in the Alberta Peace, it had a 5.4 magnitude, and was felt in the Fort St. John region and as far south as Edmonton.Dave Eaton is the head of geoscience, at the U of C and he says, even a quake of that size, would be a concern for certain types of underground CO2 storage facilities.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img ROBERT STOCK 52 Calabasas Business tax specialist Artest’s Defensive Skills Make Him Worth the Risk Risk. It’s the name of the game for NBA general managers. Trades, drafts, and free agent decisions determine the direction of their franchises. But when GMs traffic in troubled souls, the stakes jump. Hence the controversy over whether the Lakers should try to trade for The League’s most visible delinquent, Ron Artest. But the downside to acquiring the St. John’s grad pales in comparison to the game and grit that he would bring to Staples Center. Let’s start with an assumption: Getting Artest will cost the Lakers Lamar Odom. The former Clipper is a rare breed of power forward with an accurate three-point shot and the ability to take opponents off the dribble. But supporters and experts alike are becoming uneasy about Odom’sability to complement Kobe Bryant. And fans are disappointed byLamar’s inability to sink key shots near the end of close games. Artest, on the other hand, has always sublimated his offensive game. While he did average 18 points per game in his last full season, it’s Artests’s defense that makes him special – he was the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the year. He led the league in steals. At 6-7, 260, he can shut down cat-quick point guards and behemoth power forwards alike. No wonder his teammates call him Pacman – and why Phil Jackson calls him one of the league’s most valuable players. The Lakers are aching for defensive help. Recent torchings by GaryPayton and Gilbert Arenas revealed the purple-and gold’s inability tostop dribble penetration. Pairing Artest with Kobe, himself atwo-time first team All-NBA defender, would give the Lakers two superstoppers and a huge dose of toughness to boot. The risk? It’s true that Artest has behaved like Terrell Owens insize 16 sneaks. He’s been suspended more times than a bungee addict.But Rasheed Wallace, Dennis Rodman, and Lattrell Sprewell displayedthuggish behavior too, yet became good citizens in the rightenvironment. And let’s face it, the Lakers are a .500 team. Acquiring Artest won’t damage the chemistry of a contender. That makes trading for him less risky. If he implodes again, he’s gone. The Lakers end up in the draft lottery and under the salary cap. But a content Artest would put the Lakers one solid big man away from being truly dangerous in a weakened Western Conference. That makes his baggage – and the risk – worth taking on. FINAL SCORE: WOOD 3, STOCK 1 JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The two columnists had similar takes on the issue, with Wood using a nice, conversational style and getting off a few good lines. Wood gets the nod for carrying the Hollywood theme throughout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Another One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest Does the name Randle Patrick McMurphy ring a bell? In one of the most famous movies of all time, back in 1975, Jack Nicholson played the outrageous and unpredictable character, known as Randle Patrick McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest”. McMurphy, subjected to a mental institution, becomes the ringleader who tries to rally his fellow patients against a dominating Nurse Ratched. During the movie, the question always arisesIs McMurphy crazy???? Which brings us to our subject. Should the Los Angeles Lakers trade for McMurphy, er, Ron Artest? There is no question about Ron Artest the basketball player. He isgenerally considered to be one of the top fifteen best players in theNBA. At 6-7, 260 pounds, 26 years old, he averages 19.4 points,and 4.9 rebounds per game. A former All Star, he is also a defensivemonster, who can play shutdown defense against the opposingforward. What GM wouldn`t want Artest the basketball player?? Is Ron Artest crazy?? On Novemer 19, 2004, at The Palace of AuburnHills, he played a major role in one of the most infamous brawls inAmerican sports history. Artest was handed a 75 game suspension, thelongest non-drug ban in the history of the NBA. In the 2002-2003season, he was suspended for a run-in with Miami Heat coach PatRiley. Artest has had fines and suspensions for smashing atelevision camera, and has had a shoving match with a Pacer officialafter a playoff loss. Which brings us to his present state ofdeactivation by the Indiana Pacers. Some Pacer players have publiclystated that they don`t want Artest back on the team. Pacermanagement has said he will be traded. ROBERT LICCARDO 36 Huntington Beach Software designer Put Artest in Purple and Gold Since the topic of this article was assigned to me, I’ve beenstruggling with the idea of Ron Artest being a Laker. Fans willremember that the team has already had bad experiences with DennisRodman and Isiah Rider. We all saw the infamous brawl at the Palacelast year that got Artest suspended for most of the season last year.We’ve seen his volatility on and off the court. So why would theLakers want him? Ron Artest WILL be traded soon – somewhere. This is a unique situation where one of the top players in the league and a former Defensive Player of the Year is available. This is like a mid-season draft. He’s the best player on the draft board right now. The Lakers have to make a run at him. Think of what he brings to the court – He’s a tenacious defender that can shut down the opponent’s best player. His intensity is off the chart. And, when the chips are down he’s actually a clutch shooter. The Lakers would be crazy if they didn’t look into the possibility of acquiring Artest. Now – here’s the catch. What are the Lakers willing to give up to get Artest? The Pacers have made it clear that they want to get fairvalue in a trade. The Laker with the most trade value is Lamar Odom.I’ve always been a Lamar fan. He’s shown flashes of brilliance buthe’s never been consistent. As much as I love Lamar’s game, maybehe’s not the second coming of Scottie Pippen. And although the Lakersdefense has improved as of late, Artest would bring the Laker defenseto a whole new level. The Lakers need a change. The lineup they have won’t get them veryfar this year or next. Mitch Kupchak’s dream of landing a big freeagent in 2007 is pretty much shattered. The only big free agentthat’s left in 2007 is LeBron. I can tell you Kobe and LeBron won’tbe in the same backcourt in this lifetime. Mitch needs to seriouslyconsider his options. He can wait for a mythical player in 2007 or hecan get a top player right now. Carpe Diem Mitch! You said yourselfthat Dr. Buss gives you the freedom to take chances. This is a chanceyou shouldn’t pass up. FINAL SCORE: KAGEYAMA 4, LICCARDO 0 JUDGES’ COMMENTS: Mark, we wondered where you were going with the “Cuckoo’s Nest”stuff, but in your own way you struck a delicate balance – you madeus think about Artest a little differently, without making us wish hejoins the Lakers. Lesson one in journalism is catch readers with your lead. Kageyamaclearly does this with his “Cuckoo” analogy. Liccardo’s opener falls flat … “this article was assigned to me.” Come on, get a little creative. THOMAS WOOD 21 Woodland Hills LMU student Calling for Artest It’s time for Ron Artest’s casting call. He’s spent enough years mired in the tedium of the Midwest. He needs Hollywood, and Hollywood needs him. I know that having him with Kobe will create more tension and hostility than the Vibe Awards, but the Lakers have no choice. This town is about winning championships, and Artest is the best (read:only available) way to get there. `What about all the cap room they’llhave in 2007?’ I hear you say. Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming have been locked up long term, and I don’t think they are going to find their way to the trading block anytime soon. `There’s always Chris Bosh!’ True, but the Lakers will have to cut everyone but Kobe, Lamar Odom, and the eighteen year old to sign him, leaving only the two exceptions to sign eleven other players (I know because ESPN’s Ric Bucher said so). Mitch Kupchak needs to see that this club does not have championship-caliber talent. You’ve already heard my rant on Odom, and Kwame Brown looks like he’s following the Ryan Leaf formula for success. Ron Artest would give this team what it needs. He can move without the ball, giving Kobe a true second option. He’s a max-effort type player and will bring a much needed swagger to this soft team. Oh, and he can play a little defense, or so I’ve heard. Ok, I hear you clamoring about his character problems, and I won’t argue with you. There’s a chance, a really good one, that he won’t work out, and the Lakers will be forced to trade him for fifty cents on the dollar, but, I don’t see a better option. There’s a choice to be made here. If Dr. Buss is happy with a perennial seventh seed and a first-round playoff exit, that’s fine, it’s what we had with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. If he wants trophies (I have an inkling that he does), he needs to push for this move. As I recall, the Chicago Bulls tried a similar experiment with a guy named Rodman, and it worked to the tune of three more rings. Phil Jackson can make it work, we know that, and Mitch Kupchak needs to realize it. Mr. Artest, it’s Hollywood on line one. The only way the Lakers should take on Ron Artest is if they get him for next to nothingwhich won`t happen. The Pacers are asking for a package deal that would include Lamar Odom. This would leave the Lakers with too big a void. Any trade involving Kobe, Mihm, Parker, Odom, or Kwame Brown, should be avoided. Despite the fact that Artest makes around 6 million per year, relatively small by NBAstandards, the Pacers do have other players with high salaries tocouple with Artest to make a more equitable deal. The Lakers should not trade for Ron McMurphy Artest. However, this leaves you with a question, Is Ron Artest crazy???? center_img Sylmar Plant nursery manager MARK KAGEYAMA 47 last_img


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Leicester players and fans pay tribute to late chairman ahead of Cardiff clash

first_img Leicester City players and staff take part in a huddle on the pitch prior to kick off. 4 Leicester City fans hold up a banner ahead of their match with Cardiff City as they honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The Foxes, in action for the first time since the tragedy, honoured Srivaddhanaprabha by wearing t-shirts ahead of the game, which were also worn by supporters in the away section in Wales. 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The entire Leicester staff also stood on the centre circle during a minutes silence ahead of the game for all five victims of the disaster. Leicester City players wore shirts commemorating Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who they affectionately knew as ‘The Boss’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED shining Latest Premier League Storiescenter_img REAL DEAL Leicester City fans raise scarves and banners as they pay tribute. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Leicester’s Carabao Cup game with Southampton in midweek was postponed meaning this is the first occasion since the helicopter crash last Saturday they have played. deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January whoops And after the match the players will be flying to Thailand, their former owner’s homeland, to take part in the 60-year-old billionaire’s funeral, which is due to last another six days having started today. Forever in our hearts.— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2018Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, also died in the crash, along with pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner and co-pilot Izabela Lechowicz. Leicester City players and fans paid tribute to their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of their Premier League clash with Cardiff City. no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 💙— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2018last_img read more