Buss brothers agree to new board of directors for Lakers, with Jeanie Buss on it

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Lakers president Jeanie Buss appears to have won the battle with two of her brothers to remain in control of the team – at least for now.According to court documents filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Jim and Johnny Buss signed a consent agreement on Monday that waives the team’s annual shareholders meeting and elects Jeanie Buss to the Lakers’ board of directors.In addition to Jeanie Buss, the consent agreement elects brothers Johnny Buss and Joey Buss – president of the D-Fenders development league team – to the board, along with Lakers CEO Francis Mariani and AEG President Dan Beckerman.Two weeks ago, Jeanie Buss thwarted an apparent coup attempt by Jim and Johnny Buss to oust her from her job as the team’s governor. Jeanie Buss filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the brothers from scheduling a board meeting that did not include her on the ballot for directors. If she was not elected, she would not be able to serve as the team’s president. In his will, late Lakers owner Jerry Buss placed Jeanie Buss in the top position on the club, and her brother Jim as vice president of basketball operations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJeanie Buss withdrew her request when the brothers canceled the meeting.That coup attempt came just days after Jeanie Buss fired her brother, Jim Buss, and installed Lakers legend Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations. She also fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and replaced him with Kobe Bryant’s former agent, Rob Pelinka.In the court affidavit, Jeanie’s attorneys said the agreement lasts for a year, requiring her to “file yet another series of petitions to prevent Jim and Johnny from breaching their fiduciary duties.” The document asks a judge to mandate her brothers elect her to the board every year for the rest of her life.A probate hearing is set for May 15.Meeting of the minds About an hour and 45 minutes before Friday’s game against Milwaukee, Lakers coach Luke Walton emerged from his Staples Center office with Pelinka. Since Pelinka’s hiring, Walton has often talked about the NBA and college basketball with his new colleague.“It’s been a very nice and easy transition considering how complex it really is while that is happening in the middle of the season,” Walton said. “As far as my relationship, it’s been great.”Walton said he has abstained from talking about offseason plans with Pelinka, saying he is solely focused on coaching the rest of this season. But Walton welcomed Pelinka and Johnson speaking individually with players following Thursday’s practice.“It’s good just because of all the change,” Walton said. “It’s good when they come down here and they talk to the guys and let the team know ‘We’re still united and we still believe in this young core we have and the future of our team.’ ”Providing perspectiveBucks coach Jason Kidd clearly figured out how he wanted to run an offense during his 19-year NBA career. He ranks second all-time in assists (12,091) and 80th in points (17,529).“It was always to set the table. That would make it a little bit easier for me to score,” Kidd said. “It’s just about a feel, basketball IQ and also having the right teammates that can help you set the table. When it comes down to it, you want the ball to be a part of a winning play.”Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell admittedly has struggled with knowing when to look for his shot and when to pass. Though Kidd said that learning curve applies to most young players, he also stressed not being afraid to fail and to learn from mistakes.“It’s alright to put yourself out there, to miss a shot or make a mistake, to be able to learn from it and own it,” Kidd said. “If you can do that, good things will follow.”Injury updateLakers forward Tarik Black missed Friday’s game because of flu-like symptoms.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Alex Caruso reflects on Oklahoma experience and how far he’s come

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I think he is a hard worker, and he is somebody that players gravitate toward,” she said. “And he’s, I think, done an incredible job under a lot of challenging circumstances.”Walton is in his third year with the Lakers, with a 96-146 record. This season has arguably been his most embattled, starting from seven games in when a dressing-down by team president Magic Johnson leaked to the media after a 2-5 start.Buss also reiterated a point, however, that she will defer basketball decisions to Johnson. She said they discuss issues “from the same point of view” and “see things the same way.”“In terms of basketball decisions, I will always defer to Magic,” Buss said. “He’s brought a vision of the kind of team that we’re gonna build, and the vision for what Lakers basketball will be.” The Lakers (35-43) are out of the postseason for a franchise-worst sixth consecutive year, and this campaign – which began with the optimism of LeBron James’ arrival – is in so many ways the most disappointing. But Buss indicated in a Tuesday interview for the Sports Business Radio Road Show, recorded at Loyola Marymount University, that Walton has performed well considering the challenges he’s faced.Related Articles OKLAHOMA CITY — It was the opportunity of a lifetime for Alex Caruso: Come to Thunder training camp. See what it’s like playing against one of the best point guards in the league.He went on to spend that year in the G League, honing his game with the Oklahoma City Blue. But the eye-opening experience of playing against Russell Westbrook, Caruso said, has never left him.“(I) got to watch how hard he competes every minute that he’s on the floor,” Caruso said. “Phenomenal player. Any time I have a chance to play against him, compete against him, it’s a pleasure.”Caruso might not have had quite as much pleasure on Tuesday night on the other end of a historical 20-20-20 game from Westbrook, but he did score 15 points and add seven assists in the game – another in a series of what the 25-year-old two-way player has described as “job applications” as he seeks a full-time NBA roster spot this summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMultiple Lakers, including Coach Luke Walton, have acknowledged they think Caruso is an NBA player. Most importantly, Caruso is seeing that for himself as he tests himself against players such as Westbrook.“The better players I play against I think that brings the best out of me,” he said. “That’s why I’m here, that’s why I’m getting an opportunity now to test my skill and see how much I can grow.”The latest game came in front of a number of family and friends who drove up from Texas. When Caruso lived in Oklahoma, he used to drive to Dallas to meet his College Station-based family halfway. He’s a long way from home these days, but he thinks he’s in the right spot for now.“For me, it’s always just progressing to get better,” he said. “That’s something I’ve been trying to do for the last two years I’ve been with the Lakers and I think I’m continuing to do it and it’s showing now because I’ve got a lot of opportunity.”BUSS SAYS WALTON HAS DONE ‘TERRIFIC’ JOB BUT WILL DEFER TO MAGICLakers owner Jeanie Buss has long been an ally of Walton’s, and at a recent public speaking event, she reiterated her support – while stopping short of saying Walton will be back next season.center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Purple & Bold: Justin Bieber got an assist from Lakers’ JaVale McGee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe doesn’t call him Bieber. He doesn’t call him Biebs. It’s strictly first-name basis.“I call him by his government name,” he said. “His mama call him Justin, I call him Justin.”If you follow such things, you might have learned that pop star Justin Bieber has a new album, Changes, that is rapidly headed toward No. 1 on the Billboard charts. What you might not know, unless you’re a fan of reading song credits, is that McGee helped produce and write one of the songs on the 25-year-old’s latest effort.The song, “Available,” is a R&B tune with, how the kids say, “thirsty” lyrics: “Don’t mean to sound desperate/But you made it like this/Say I’m number one on your to-do list/I’m available.”The beat, with synth choral tones and an understated drum track, was McGee’s creation, created in collaboration with a longtime Bieber writer and producer, Poo Bear. This is the Friday, Feb. 21 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.It’s his second season with LeBron James and his first with Anthony Davis. He’s won championships with the Golden State Warriors.For JaVale McGee, star collaborations are nothing new.So even though he’s not that well acquainted with his latest teammate, who is one of the most famous men in America and has a social media following that dwarfs even that of LeBron, McGee still keeps the playing field even. McGee, 32, has made music for about half of his life, and in recent years he’s become known for his studio work under his alter ego, “Pierre.” It’s a moniker that first allowed McGee anonymity while producing his work on SoundCloud. These days he thinks of it as a second career that is starting to blossom.While his priorities are to the Lakers and his NBA career, he’s proud of how he’s grown as an artist. On the court as a center, he’s often dependent on someone else getting him the ball to score. In the studio, he becomes the person who initiates the project.“It’s definitely about placement,” he said. “It’s about getting a body of work. As a producer, the more music you put out there, the more exposure you get, and the more residuals you get – I guess that’s what really matters. … I feel like I’ve developed extremely well, because I’ve figured out how to collaborate and how to move him in the music game.”His relationship with Poo Bear, who has produced a number of Bieber’s later career hits, is one of the fruits of his labors. The two corresponded in September shortly before the season started and made a track and wrote some lyrics together.McGee had heard a version Poo Bear recorded with himself doing the vocals, and thought it would be a good song. He had to wait with everyone else for last week’s Changes album release to hear his contribution fully realized.“I’m pretty sure they’re not rocking with no leaks, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “He killed it. I think it was amazing. When I heard the final product, I was pleasantly surprised.”Since then, McGee said, “lines have been booming.” He has been hit up by other artists who want to work with him, or want to get one of his beats. He’s done projects with other artists before (even his own teammates), but Bieber is by far the most high-profile person McGee has worked with in the music industry.While he’s busier now, music is still an in-season pursuit for McGee. When he’s not training, practicing, traveling or sleeping, he tries to squeeze in work: He has a studio in Inglewood since before he signed with the Lakers. It can be any odd hours, but he feels like it’s an important part of stimulating other aspects of his personality outside of the game.“The thing about producing is you can make a beat, and you don’t technically have to be in studio until 4 or 5 in the morning,” he said. “You can give it to a songwriter, a songwriter gives it to an artist, and all you have to do is make the beat. I work with the time I’m allotted as a basketball player. I make sure basketball comes first, get my rest, keep my body in shape. My free time, I make sure I use that time as much as possible to expand my brain.”Expand his brain and rise up the charts, that is.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Clicks out of the breakThe Lakers’ coachingculture – We went in deep with Frank Vogel’s coaching staff about how a group of relative strangers found a way to work together and lead the West’s No. 1 team.Buy-in on Boogie? – DeMarcus Cousins’ recent podcast appearance fueled speculation that he might return, but the Lakers tempered expectations.NSFW warning – If you’re interested in that expletive-filled podcast, here’s a link to All the Smoke.Possible addition – After Markieff Morris was bought out in Detroit, the Lakers could be circling, the Athletic reports.Keeping hold of their cards – If the Lakers don’t change their roster, Mirjam made a case as to why that might be a savvy move.Super weird sound bites – If you missed our look at the strangest questions and interactions from All-Star weekend, here they are.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hockey Hall of Fame 2019: Five players who should be inducted into this year’s class

first_imgThe Swedish winger didn’t make the cut last season, but will likely get in this time around. He’s 51st on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 1,157 points in 1,246 career games; he also managed at least 70 points in 10 seasons and was a seven-time All-Star. Although he never won the Stanley Cup, he still has a lot of hardware, including Olympic gold and silver medals, four world championship medals (two gold, two silver), the Calder Trophy, the Mark Messier Leadership Award and the King Clancy Award.Alfredsson was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in May 2018 and is expected to make his way into the HHOF this summer to boot. The former Flames forward is in his 13th year of eligibility and would be a great addition to this year’s class. The 50-year-old played 15 seasons in the NHL, posting 1,088 points in 1,044 games. He also had eight 30-plus goal campaigns, four of them being 40-plus goal seasons. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary and was an eight-time All-Star. In addition to being an outstanding scorer, the 5-foot-6 winger was one of the league’s biggest goons, unafraid to play a physical, gritty game while also throwing hits, trash-talking and slashing opponents much bigger than him to get under their skin. Off the ice, Fleury has also participated in humanitarian efforts and has also done a lot to raise awareness for sexual abuse victims. His contributions to the game should finally get him into the HHOF.Jeremy Roenick, C Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/86/f0/hayley-wickenheiser_fvfnrc1o4xdj1lef744k61sfd.jpg?t=1998616195&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/14/daniel-alfredsson_1261yh0kr1p3q10g8ux5my67hn.jpg?t=1998684387&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f3/30/kevin-lowe_mv9uw9uns6k11nn7ka2mafwdl.jpg?t=1998649787&w=500&quality=80 In his seventh year of eligibility, Roenick does have a decent shot at getting inducted this year. He is one of the league’s most prominent figures, from his days with the Blackhawks to now working with NHL on NBC Sports. The former Chicago forward played 20 seasons in the NHL, registering 1,216 points in 1,363 games, including over 100 points in back-to-back-to-back seasons between 1991 and 1994. He also won a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics. His 513 goals also rank 40th on the all-time goal-scoring list. Right now, it appears that Wickenheiser will most certainly become the seventh female hockey player inducted into the HHOF. The 40-year-old is in her first year of eligibility after retiring in January 2017. She is a five-time Olympic medalist and won four gold medals and one silver medal with Canada, and she also won seven gold medals and six silver medals with Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship.In just 61 world championship games, Wickenheiser registered 37 goals and 86 points. In the CIS, the highest level of university hockey, she had 68 goals and 134 points in 51 career games with the University of Calgary. She also spent time in the Western Women’s Hockey League recording 155 points in 51 games. Wickenheiser currently serves as the director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs and is a trailblazer for women in hockey; that alone makes her worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame.Kevin Lowe, D Theoren Fleury, RW A number of players are worthy of a spot, but here are the top five eligible candidates that should get the nod this year.NHL AWARDS: Robin Lehner gives heartfelt speech after winning MastertonHayley Wickenheiser, C Next week, the Hockey Hall of Fame will meet to decide who will be inducted into the 2019 class.There are a number of big names including Theoren Fleury and Rod Brind’Amour along with some players who are newly eligible and others who have been eligible for over five years now. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7c/4e/theoren-fleury_ougafocjpuol1kmgquziq8vgo.jpg?t=1998751275&w=500&quality=80 It’s been years since a blueliner was inducted, and Lowe should break that streak. Wayne Gretzky advocated on his behalf to be selected last year, and for good reason. The 60-year-old is a six-time Stanley Cup champion, having won five times with the Oilers and once with the Rangers. He was an alternate captain for Edmonton and New York and wore the “C” for the Oilers during the 1991-92 season. Additionally, Lowe was a seven-time All-Star and won the King Clancy in 1990.He was outstanding on the backend over the course of his NHL career, able to bring stability, physicality and solid defense while also having the skill to create plays and generate production from the point. What was equally important, though, was his off-ice presence; his leadership alone makes him a top candidate and someone who left a huge impact on his teammates.Daniel Alfredsson, RW Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/38/jeremy-roenick_cjvz5ittxtz31t6qjhld4q9rd.jpg?t=1998796387&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Padres among several teams interested in Mets’ Noah Syndergaard

first_imgThe Padres are among several teams looking at Mets righty Noah Syndergaard.San Diego — which may have more assets to deal than any team looking to buy at the July 31 trade deadline — has inquired with the Mets about acquiring the man nicknamed “Thor” via trade, according to MLB.com. Phillies All-Star J.T. Realmuto interested in signing extension, report says MLB All-Star Game 2019: Cleveland scoreboard didn’t have Gold Glove night MLB trade rumors: Astros, Brewers monitoring availability of Mets’ Noah Syndergaard Sources: #Padres have inquired to #Mets recently on the availability of Noah Syndergaard. San Diego, with a strong farm system, has been looking for veteran starter since the offseason. Updated story coming shortly to @MLB.com. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 10, 2019The Astros and Brewers also have interest in Syndergaard, according to the report, but if the Padres go all out for the 26-year-old, they likely can outbid any team.San Diego has eight top-100 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, and four ranked within the top 50. Lefty MacKenzie Gore is the team’s best prospect, ranking third in all of MLB. Related News The Padres likely will not deal Gore, who they drafted with the third-overall pick in 2017 out of Whiteville, North Carolina, but several teams have inquired about another lefty in the system before, and he may be a man on the move.Adrian Morejon is the No. 49 prospect in MLB and several teams have inquired about him over the last few months, as well. As of right now, the Padres have not been willing to give him up, but for Syndergaard would they do it?Syndergaard is a former top-10 prospect himself and with two years of arbitration remaining he may be worth that kind of return in addition to other pieces. As for the Astros and Brewers, both teams have good systems, but the Padres have a larger assortment of elite players. Houston could include Kyle Tucker in a deal, but they seem unwilling to part with the lefty hitting brother of former Astros, Braves and Reds outfielder Preston Tucker.For Syndergaard, who has both postseason and World Series experience and two years of team control, maybe they would be willing to part with him.The Mets have yet to say they will be willing to move Syndergaard, who has a 6-4 record with a 4.68 ERA this season.last_img read more

Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey arrives at training camp in armored money truck

first_imgJalen Ramsey made quite an entrance at training camp.The Jaguars cornerback pulled up to TIAA Bank Field in an armored money truck that appeared to contain several bags of cash. Landon Collins won’t acknowledge Giants anymore: ‘No point in saying their name’ He took things a step further by having comedian HaHa Davis announce his arrival with a megaphone.”Y’all know what time it is. This man covers so good, he could have his own cell phone service,” Davis said. “The man is so good they’re going to give him his own jail, called Jalen County, because these receivers are on 24-hour lockdown! Related News Adrian Peterson in debt after ‘trusting the wrong people,’ lawyer says “If you check his pockets, he has Master Locks in his pockets — they’re on lockdown all season! The man, the myth, Jalen Ramsey.”It’s time to get that money, money.” Falcons optimistic about Julio Jones contract talks, GM Thomas Dimitroff says Take a look:🔒🔒🔒 @JalenRamsey is back 🔒🔒🔒#DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/vZgQ9yH6Qo— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) July 24, 2019Ramsey, 24, was drafted fifth overall by Jacksonville in 2016 and the team exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie deal earlier this year after he earned his second straight Pro Bowl selection. However, Ramsey told reporters last month he’s not expecting a contract extension in 2019, so he’ll be playing out the final year of his rookie contract. He had 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups in 2018.last_img read more

World Cup 2026: Hosts, teams & TV info for the expanded tournament

first_imgThe 2026 World Cup will be the 23rd edition of the tournament, and will be the first ever edition to include 48 teams. FIFA is set to announce the host winners of the 2026 bid on June 13.The competition will be expanded from the 2022 World Cup which will include 32 teams, and is the third official expansion of the tournament. In 1982, it expanded from 16 teams to 24, and then added another eight teams for the 1998 World Cup in France. In 2017, FIFA decided that the host nation of the World Cup would be rotated between the continents to ensure that each governing body would be given the right to host the tournament in turn.As a result of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 World Cup in Qatar, no country from either Europe (UEFA) or Asia (AFC) is allowed to bid for the 2026 tournament.Two official bids have been made for the competition, with Morocco hoping to be the first north African host while CONCACAF has put forward a joint bid between USA, Mexico and Canada.One of the requirements for a bid is the use of a modern stadium with a capacity of at least 80,000 supporters to host the World Cup final. Morocco’s bid proposes the construction of a new stadium in the nation’s capital, the Grande Stade de Casablanca, which could seat up to 120,000 fans.New stadiums are also proposed in Oujda and Al Hoceima, while the 40,410-capacity Grand Stade de Tetouan is currently under construction. In October 2016, FIFA president Gianni Infantino praised Morocco’s bid claiming that the country is “capable, in terms of infrastructure and organisation, of hosting a World Cup.”The CONCACAF bid would see the tournament held in three countries for the first time ever. The only other time it has been held in multiple countries was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea shared responsibilities. However, the vast majority of games would be held in the United States, with Mexico and Canada having just 10 each of the 80 matches total.In October 2017, the bid committee had narrow down the list of possible venues in North America to 35 stadiums in 32 cities, and this was then reduced further in March 2018 with the bid committee choosing 23 cities available for hosting duties. This will be cut to 16 cities if the CONCACAF bid is successful.Numerous stadiums in the initial bid have a capacity of over 80,000 for hosting the opening game and final including MetLife Stadium in New York, the future Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in California, as well as stadiums in Dallas, Texas and Washington DC.Infantino has also praised the North American bid, praising the unity involved in the application: “to have Canada, US and Mexico coming together for a joint project, already this is a positive message.”When will the draw be made? Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/4/ab/diego-maradona-world-cup-2018-draw_1ugoma1yy3k131go0n87m3bibs.jpg?t=315026456&w=500&quality=80 In October 2016, FIFA looked at four different options of expanding the World Cup, including three proposals of a 40-team tournament and one with 48 teams. They announced their decision in January 2017, confirming that there would be 48 teams in the World Cup starting with the 2026 edition.Goal brings you all the information about World Cup 2026 that is known so far.When is the 2026 World Cup?The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is set to be a winter tournament due to the heat during the months of June and July when the competition is usually held.In 2026, it is likely to return to its usual position in the summer months following the end of the regular seasons in the majority of the European leagues. If it follows this path, World Cup 2026 will likely start in the middle of June and finish in the middle of July.Due to the fact that it will be 50 per cent bigger than previous tournaments, the competition could take longer or else more games will be played each day to accommodate for the extra teams and additional fixtures.Who will host the 2026 World Cup? Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/e6/e8/metlife-stadium-new-york-07012012_1g3hgw4nufa431t15v1t25u5cb.jpg?t=862099801&w=500&quality=80 © FIFA.com https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/7b/11/fifa-world-cup-2018-tickets_qaw5jbmoxt841mlkd5mjgktcm.jpg?t=-1458427132&w=500&quality=80 The draw for the 2026 World Cup will likely be made in December 2025 once the qualifying campaign is completed for all the confederations. The expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams will ensure that each continent is represented at the tournament, with each confederation getting an increase in the number of qualifying teams.This means that Oceania (OFC) will have one guaranteed place at the World Cup, having previously seen its best team forced to enter a play-off with another confederation to qualify.Confederation2026 Teams2022 TeamsAFC84.5CAF95CONCACAF63.5CONMEBOL64.5OFC10.5UEFA1613Play-Off2-Total4831 + hostWhen does qualification start? The qualifying process will be altered by many confederations for the 2026 World Cup due to the increased number of teams that progress from each continent. This may result in a change of when the first round of qualifiers take place compared to previous tournaments.The qualification campaign proper will finish in October 2025, by which time 46 teams will have sealed their place in the final tournament.Two places will be decided via a play-off system which will contain a team from each confederation. The play-offs are due to take place in November 2025.What is the competition format?The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams in the group stages, consisting of 16 groups of three teams. In total there will be 80 games from the group stage through to the final. The groups will be labelled alphabetically from Group A to Group P.Two teams will advance from each group meaning 32 teams progress to the knockout stage. These teams will face off in the usual format with the winners of one group facing the runners-up of another. They will then progress to the round of 16 and onwards to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.As in the current 32-team tournament format, teams from the same group will be kept apart until the final to ensure that there is variety in each match until the last four stage.When do tickets go on sale? Gettyimages https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/48/37/kylian-mbappe-france-luxembourg-world-cup-qualifiers-03092017_12qq9lqlyj2b01xtb6bemyzeg9.jpg?t=1229177702&w=500&quality=80 There has been some controversy over the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams, with Germany manager Joachim Low opposing the decision as it would let inferior nations qualify and the quality of the matches would suffer. You’ll be waiting a long while for these yet. World Cup finals tickets are sold exclusively through FIFA these days and tend to go on sale less than a year before the tournament.The ticket sales process for the 2018 World Cup, for example, started in September 2017. So it will be 2025 by the time tickets go on sale.World Cup 2026 broadcastersIn the United Kingdom, broadcasting rights are once again shared between BBC and ITV as they have been for previous World Cups.Due to the fact the 2022 World Cup was moved to the winter and thus impacted on FIFA’s television deal with Fox, they were automatically awarded the rights to the 2026 World Cup in the United States. They will broadcast the games in English while Telemundo will deliver them to Spanish-speaking audiences.In 2015, it was announced that CTV, TSN and RDS would continue to broadcast the World Cup in Canada up to and including the 2026 tournament,World Cup 2026 controversy Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/17/f0/joachim-low-germany_528yxxwk635r1a0o0dskt5mv2.jpg?t=1069118110&w=500&quality=80 “The sporting value can not be diluted although I understand the smaller nations who could enter the big stage in this way,” Low told Welt am Sonntag in 2016.He also expressed concern over the fact that an expanded tournament would have more games and thus would increase player fatigue after long seasons with their clubs: “We must be aware that the quality will suffer in the long run. We must not overdo it.”Some commentators also pointed to the fact that three-team groups would mean that final group games were not played simultaneously, and the two teams would know what result was needed in the last game and force a certain outcome to benefit both teams.last_img read more

Can experience and success on the junior level help the USA in the World Cup?

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/80/c1/usa-youth-fiba_ge70ykoekrqx1e0cm501vesxb.jpg?t=1711603540&w=500&quality=80 He wasn’t talking about the current players in the USA training camp that will determine the final roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 but he might as well have been.McKillop was mentoring future two-time World Cup participant Stephen Curry at Davidson when he was named head coach of the USA’s 2008 FIBA Americas U18 team. It wasn’t his first time working with USA Basketball. He was an assistant coach on a 2002 Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that included Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Andre Iguodala among other future NBA stars.From 2008 though, he recalls an “undersized” player who left a big impression named Kemba Walker. Others had worn the red, white and blue though as juniors. Drummond brought his familiarity from winning the FIBA U17 World Cup in 2010 and the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 title, while Kyrie Irving earned gold at the 2010 FIBA Americas championship. Mason Plumlee had been on the 2008 FIBA Americas team with Walker.For DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and Klay Thompson, it was their first time on the international stage.Faried proved that experience isn’t everything as in 2014. He found the pace and physicality of the global game much to his liking and played his way into the World Cup All-Tournament Team, along with Irving, France’s Nicolas Batum, Spain’s Pau Gasol and Serbia’s Milos Teodosic. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/b0/kemba-walker-usa-fiba_1m84z838zogmj1s7z1hjwa8lgx.jpg?t=1711527980&w=500&quality=80 Seven of the 15 players in the USA preliminary squad have won at the junior level. Will that success help them win in China? “That’s always been a challenge with USA junior national team basketball,” Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop told FIBA.basketball. “You have so many stars coming together for the first time and it’s the first time that they are playing on a team with a lot of stars.” “The first thing I remember about him is that there were lots of stars on that team, yet he never perceived himself as a star. He had tremendous humility,” McKillop said.Walker would evolve as a leader of that team and be named MVP of the tournament even as the USA finished second to Argentina. He is now one of seven players in the 15 now in Las Vegas who have represented the U.S. on the junior level in FIBA competitions from U16 to U20, along with Jaylen Brown, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, P.J. Tucker, and Myles Turner. Jaylen BrownFIBA U18 Americas Championship 2014GoldMason PlumleeFIBA U18 Americas Championship 2008SilverJayson TatumFIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2015FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2014FIBA U16 Americas Championship 2013 GoldGoldGoldMarcus SmartFIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2013FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2012GoldGoldP.J. TuckerFIBA U20 Americas Championship 2004GoldMyles TurnerFIBA U18 Americas Championship 2014GoldKemba WalkerFIBA U18 Americas Championship 2008Silver & MVP An oft-heard remark in the basketball springtime, when contenders are separated from pretenders is how the Play-Offs are so much different than the Regular Season. Championship teams must get through the season but they are built for the Play-Offs.There is no Regular Season when it comes to international competition, where every game matters for medal hunting teams.While talent is essential, one of the critical building blocks for success is experience, especially for a team like the United States where the ability to adapt from NBA to FIBA rules is still necessary when taking on talented opponents more conditioned to them.Of the 15 players attending the USA training camp this week, only two – Kyle Lowry and Plumlee – have represented previously on the senior level. Lowry won an Olympic gold medal with the Americans at Rio 2016 while Plumlee was on 2014 USA World Cup Team that finished 9-0 and won the gold medal. By comparison, of the 16 players named in Spain’s preliminary squad, all have represented on two or more junior teams and only four haven’t played at the senior level.How much this matters remains to be seen. Despite recent success as the two-time defending champions, the World Cup has been a harder target for the Americans with only five titles in 17 tries.As the USA’s 2014 World Cup winning squad went, five had previous senior team experience. Stephen Curry, Rudy Gay and Derrick Rose were the only holdovers from the 2010 gold medalists while Anthony Davis and James Harden brought their 2012 Olympic experience. Eleven years later, Walker is a three-time NBA All-Star coming off his best season and his first All-NBA nod. But he and five others who have played for the U.S. as teenagers are hoping for their first senior caps. Plumlee is the only one to have represented on both the senior and junior levels having played in the FIBA World Cup 2014.USA Preliminary Squad members with Junior last_img read more

Three Yankees ejected by multiple umpires during tight game vs. Indians

first_imgBoth the Yankees and the umpires got their money’s worth in a sixth-inning ejection fest Saturday at Yankee Stadium.After Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin struck out looking in the bottom of the sixth inning, home plate umpire Ben May sent a lingering gaze into the New York dugout for a few moments and sent Yankees manager Aaron Boone to the showers for arguing balls and strikes. Boone, as you’d imagine, took exception and ran onto the field to speak his mind.Aaron Boone gets thrown out backing up his players. Gotta love when umpires look to throw people out…..terrible! pic.twitter.com/kj5ffp0sb7— JSG Sports NY (@JSGSportsNY) August 17, 2019As Boone gave up and walked off the field, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner used his now-famous method of releasing frustration by banging a bat against the top of the dugout, which inspired first base umpire Phil Cuzzi to run over to the dugout and toss Gardner.“You did this thing, you’re gone!”Laugh out loud funny move by the umpire showing why he tossed Brett Gardner pic.twitter.com/NMcAQGFaCz— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) August 17, 2019Gardner hopped onto the field to argue with inactive pitcher CC Sabathia by his side, resulting in Sabathia getting tossed. 🚨🚨🚨”They’re throwing Yankees out left and right!” #RallyTogether | @Indians pic.twitter.com/h7iyJlRYhf— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) August 17, 2019All the while, bench coach Josh Bard was nearly thrown out a mere 30 seconds after taking over for Boone.Tempers eventually settled and baseball resumed with New York leading Cleveland 6-4.This outburst by Boone wasn’t quite on the same level as his “ savages in the box ” tirade, but a multi-umpire, multiplayer ejection isn’t something you see every day.last_img read more

Igokea plays tonight in Skoplje

first_imgLeader of ABA League, basketball club Igokea will play against MZT Skoplje, tonight as a part of 22nd round of ABA League.This will be an excellent opportunity for Igokea to make a decisive step towards Euroleague.MZT has played very well this season, and are currently situated at the 8th place and they have a very good team lead by Todor Gečevski.But, nonetheless, Igokea is better team, and they are likely to win.The match will be played at 8.30 p.m.last_img