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Lionel Hollins returns to Portland with fond Trail Blazers memories

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHollins was one of the first hires for Vogel’s coaching staff over the summer, the oldest hand on an experienced staff in his 34th year of coaching. A former head coach of both the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets, Hollins has inhabited NBA sidelines for a long time.Lakers assistants do not typically talk to the media other than to discuss current players. But Vogel said Hollins’ contributions as a staff member have been treasured both on the bench and in the locker room.“He’s been a great part of our staff and our players love him,” he said. “He’s just full of wisdom and experience both as a player and 40 years-plus in this game at various different levels from winning a championship as a player, being an assistant coach, being a head coach in multiple stops and his experience has been invaluable.”RODNEY HOOD RUPTURES ACHILLES TENDONAn innocuous play led to a scary moment in the first quarter, as Trail Blazers starting forward Rodney Hood crumpled to the court as he grabbed a rebound. A hush fell over the Moda Center crowd.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PORTLAND — From his vantage point on the Lakers’ bench, assistant coach Lionel Hollins had a great view of the court and the crowd. He needed only crane his neck slightly upward to see his number 14, hanging near the ceiling of the Moda Center, alongside fellow Blazers greats.Of the many places Hollins has called home, Portland is special: It’s the place where he earned his only championship, in 1977 when the Trail Blazers made their lone title run with Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas and Hollins leading the way. Five of his 10 NBA seasons were in Portland, and most of his productive years were in a Blazers uniform.Head coach Frank Vogel said he talked with Hollins about the 1977 Finals, when the Blazers knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. Six of the players on that team have their numbers retired by the franchise. Hollins is also pictured in various murals decorating hallway tunnels in the arena, a local legend who helped deliver one of Portland’s most glorious athletic moments.“It’s always special coming back to a place like this where he’s won a championship,” Vogel said. “He’ll always have those memories.” He clutched his left leg as he writhed on the ground for a few minutes, then put no weight on his left foot as two Blazers staffers helped him off the court to the locker room. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The troubling news came out by halftime: The team announced Hood suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon, which is often considered a devastating injury to any athletic career. It’s expected to keep him out the rest of the season.Hood, a former teammate of LeBron James, was averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from 3-point range for the Trail Blazers this season. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Tom Brady doesn’t like ‘Tom Terrific’ nickname, wants trademark so others can’t use it on him

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first_imgAn interesting dispute recently broke out in the trademark world between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and MLB’s New York Mets.Last month, Brady’s company, TEB Capital, made two 1B filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect the use of the term “Tom Terrific,” a nickname by which Brady is occasionally known. Filing 1B means the company has an intent to use the trademarks.  The reported reasons? To protect the phrase for use on shirts, T-shirts and trading cards. On the “Tom Terrific” controversy, Brady said he filed the trademark because he doesn’t like the nickname and didn’t want people using it in connection with him. Said he didn’t mean any disrespect to Tom Seaver. Called the whole thing a “lesson learned.”— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) June 6, 2019MORE: Brady wants to gain weight in offseasonSo … disaster averted? Maybe not. By virtue of the fact that he’s Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots, it’s entirely possible more people will start calling him “Tom Terrific” simply to get on his nerves.Of course, this could all be a big ruse to get more people to call him by the nickname, which honestly would be the most Patriots thing ever. MORE: Brady tops NFLPA merchandise sales againThis, of course, irked the Mets, who consider there to be only one “Tom Terrific”: Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, winner of three Cy Young awards who led the team to its first World Series title in 1969.The organization on Sunday pleaded its case to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny the filings — albeit unofficially.Hey @uspto, with all due respect to @TomBrady…There’s only one #TomTerrific to us. #LGM #Mets pic.twitter.com/CvzWY4hu7Y— New York Mets (@Mets) June 3, 2019That leads us to Thursday, when reporters spoke with Brady for the first time about what his intent was in terms of the disputed nickname. According to multiple reports, Brady doesn’t even like it. In fact, he told reporters he made a file for it so others couldn’t use it when referring to him.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe explain why they switched taking penalty kick

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first_imgThe United States’ match against Spain came down to an important penalty kick, but there was a change in plan when it came to which American would take the shot. After Rose Lavelle was fouled inside the box by Spain’s Virginia Torrecilla, star forward Alex Morgan stepped up and it looked like she was going to take the penalty kick. After a lengthy VAR review, however, she came back out and handed the ball to Megan Rapinoe.  The veteran, who had scored in the 7th minute off another penalty to Tobin Heath, stepped up and converted to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute. It wasn’t clear at the time the reasoning behind the switch, but Morgan said after the game that it was a decision made by head coach Jill Ellis. Related News “We’ve practiced these a lot,” Rapinoe told reporters. “Obviously you can never replicate having a knockout round game on the line with it, but to be honest, I had given it to Alex in the beginning just because I took the first one and I thought we should switch it up.”And then they were like you’re first in line for a reason so just get back up there and take it. So I didn’t really feel a lot of pressure to begin with because I had a short wait. I just had to go from the sideline and take it.”After barely escaping with a win, the U.S. advances to face France in the quarterfinals Friday. Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s close win over Spaincenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match “We have the penalty takers and this actually hasn’t come up where we had two penalties in a game yet, so Rapinoe gave me the ball. But it’s ultimately the coach’s decision. The ball went back to Rapinoe and the ball went to the back of the net,” Morgan told Fox Sports.Same penalty taker, same result! 🇺🇸@mPinoe showing nerves of steel from the penalty spot! 💪 #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/4ykSp0SZvq— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 24, 2019With Rapinoe’s second goal, she became the second player in the Women’s World Cup history to score two penalties in one match. The only other player to reach that feat, ironically, was Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso. last_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star followed by helicopters as decision looms

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first_imgKawhi Leonard watch has reached a ridiculous new height.The star reportedly was flown from Los Angeles to Toronto on Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s private plane Wednesday, and news outlets north of the border scrambled to Toronto Pearson International Airport to get a glimpse of his arrival. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers believe they’re ‘firmly in the lead’; Drake plans Raptors pitch The Lakers reportedly are optimistic due to the recruiting efforts behind LeBron James and Magic Johnson after the team acquired Anthony Davis, though the Clippers believe they have a fair shot at landing Leonard, as well.Leonard had career-high per game averages in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) last season and averaged 30.5 points per game in the playoffs. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies unload Chandler Parsons, $25M contract with Hawks This is the growing crowd outside the Hazelton Hotel in #Toronto where it’s believed Kawhi Leonard is about to meet with Raptors pres Ujiri and GM Webster(Video: @GregRoss17)#KawhiWatch pic.twitter.com/tcBUtB7KSc— James Wattie (@jameswattie) July 3, 2019Leonard was dealt from the Spurs to the Raptors last year and quickly made an impression as he helped Toronto win its first championship. He recently opted out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors and became an unrestricted free agent, with the Southern California native drawing the most interest from Los Angeles. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Boban Marjanovic signs with Mavericks I can’t believe this is a thing on TV right now #KawhiWatch #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/slUuFoPG2c— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) July 3, 2019From there, Leonard was followed to the Hazelton Hotel, where he was rumored to be scheduled to meet with Raptors president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster. At that point, though, frenzied fans and media had already lined up along the street outside the hotel.last_img read more

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Jimmer Fredette starts overseas campaign in Greece after leaving Warriors

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first_img“I’m extremely excited to announce I’ll be playing in Athens, Greece next for @paobcgrbasketball club in the Euroleague and Greek league! Thank you to all of the great fans that have already welcomed me to the Panathinaikos family,” he wrote on Instagram. “And I always appreciate the fans that have supported me throughout my career. This will be a new chapter in Our lives that we are ready to get started! Let’s go have a great season!”See you soon.” NBA 2019-20 win-total projections: Bucks, Clippers lead the way In his short time with the Warriors, he had 19 points in 41 minutes in the two games.Fredette also has played in the NBA with the Kings (2011-14), Bulls (2014), Pelicans (2014-15) and Knicks (2016). View this post on Instagram Jimmer Fredette has found a new team.The 30-year-old guard left the Warriors’ summer league team after just two games to help minimize injury and contemplate playing overseas.  I’m extremely excited to announce I’ll be playing in Athens, Greece next for @paobcgr basketball club in the Euroleague and Greek league! Thank you to all of the great fans that have already welcomed me to the Panathinaikos family. And I always appreciate the fans that have supported me throughout my career. This will be a new chapter in Our lives that we are ready to get started! Let’s go have a great season! See you soon. 🇬🇷🇬🇷A post shared by Jimmer Fredette (@jimmerfredette_32) on Jul 15, 2019 at 6:10am PDTThis isn’t Fredette’s first stint overseas.He returned to the NBA near the end of the 2018-19 season after spending multiple years in China with the Shanghai Sharks. However, Fredette struggled in six games with the Suns, scoring just 3.7 points on 27.6% shooting in 10.8 minutes per game. The team declined its option on him for 2019-20. Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke named 2019 NBA Summer League MVP Fredette ultimately made the decision to sign with Greece’s Panathinaikos BC, announcing his decision Monday on social media.The contract with Panathinaikos, according to a report from Eurohoops, is for two years. Related Newslast_img read more

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Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go

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first_img Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do Gerrit Cole was “flattered” by a comment from MLB legend John Smoltz, but wants to make sure the Astros don’t get ahead of themselves.Houston shocked the world Wednesday when it landed Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in a trade in the waning moments of the deadline and Smoltz was one of the first men to congratulate Astros owner Jim Crane in a phone call, via MLB.com. “Man, you really did a great job of putting that together,” Smoltz told Crane.”Yeah, it looks like (John) Smoltz, (Tom) Glavine and (Greg) Maddux,” Crane replied. Related News “No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were,” Smoltz said.Astros owner Jim Crane said John Smoltz called him today to gush about his rotation: “Smoltz said ‘Man, you really did a great job of putting that together.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it looks like Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux.’ He said, ‘No, no, you guys are way better than we ever were.'”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 2, 2019It’s a huge compliment coming from a man not only connected to one of the best rotations of all time, but also a guy who was in one of the most epic pitching matchups ever with Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.Smoltz had the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever, so for him to say Houston is better than that assortment of Hall of Famers (Smoltz-2015, Maddux-2014, Glavine-2014) is a heck of a statement.Again, Cole was absolutely flattered, but he was the first to pump the brakes on those comments.“Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go,” he said after Houston’s 9-0 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Cole upon hearing John Smoltz told Crane the Astros rotation is better than 1990s Braves: “Thank you, John, for that, but some of us have a little ways to go.” pic.twitter.com/ujwJIetBjN— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 4, 2019For what it’s worth, the Astros have four pitchers this season in the top 12 in ERA (Cole, Justin Verlander, Wade Miley, Greinke), three in the top five in WHIP (Cole, Verlander, Greinke) and four in the top 20 in WAR (Verlander, Cole, Greinke, Miley).Those are numbers tough to match for any rotation. The Braves came close though on multiple occasions and did it for a very long time. This Astros rotation as currently constructed could be over at the end of the year if the team doesn’t re-sign Cole and Miley.But for now, it has caught the attention of the best pitcher with the best stuff in one of the best rotations ever. That is something in and of itself.last_img read more

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Simone Biles blasts USA Gymnastics: ‘You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us’

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first_imgSimone Biles became emotional Wednesday talking about the abuse many gymnasts suffered over the years and said USA Gymnastics failed to help them.While at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, which will host the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, Biles blasted the organization with tears in her eyes. “I think it’s important because we have a platform,” Biles said. “When we tweet it obviously goes a long way, so we’re blessed to be given a platform so people will hear and listen.“But it’s not easy coming back to the sport, coming back to the organization that has failed you. But at this point, I just try to think I’m here as a professional athlete with my club team. It’s not easy being out there because every day is a reminder of what I went through and what I’ve been through and what I’m going through and how I’ve come out of it.” Ex-Michigan State dean sentenced to prison, stemming from Larry Nassar probe “I try not to think about it, but it’s hard,” Biles said. “Once you see the FBI even was on it and (Nassar) drank with (former USA Gymnastics president) Steve Penny. It’s like, ‘Did you guys not really like us that much that you just couldn’t do your job?’”“At the end of the day its really sad for us because it becomes a problem when we work with future people. How can we trust them? They bring in new people all the time and I automatically put my foot up because they’re people I have known for years had failed us…It’s hard to talk about, really hard to talk about.”Biles’ criticism of USA Gymnastics comes after she tweeted Sunday she was angry at the organization after a Congressional report found that neglience by Olympic and USA Gymnastics officials allowed the abuse to go on.The more I learn, the more I hurt. USAG failed us. USOC failed us. Many failed us. And they continue to fail us. Real and actual change isn’t easy but it’s clear there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.https://t.co/owRBFtacfn— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 5, 2019″The more I learn, the more I hurt. USAG failed us. USOC failed us. Many failed us. And they continue to fail us. Real and actual change isn’t easy but it’s clear there’s a lot more work that needs to be done,” Biles’ tweet read.Biles added Wednesday that the gymnasts did everything USA Gymnastics wanted them to do, including winning dozens of medals. That’s why she said she’s using Twitter and other social media platforms to bring accountability to these organizations. Former Michigan State president retires amid criminal investigation Simone Biles extends six-year win streak with all-around victory at U.S. Classic “I just feel like — I don’t mean to cry,” she said. “It’s hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal and we did everything they asked us for, even if we didn’t want to. And they couldn’t do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job and you couldn’t protect us.”Emotional @Simone_Biles expresses frustration toward USA gymnastics at the 2019 U.S. Championships. pic.twitter.com/eM9ameQw6e— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 7, 2019Biles is one of the many victims of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who in January 2018 was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for decades of abuse.  Related Newslast_img read more

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Rishard Matthews announces retirement from NFL in fiery Instagram post

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first_imgMatthews’ post also described how much players sacrifice on and off the field, only to be money makers and entertainment for other poeple. “It was cool being a professional football player and getting to play a (kids’) game for work,” Matthews wrote, “I will always be a fan of the best sport in the world but for me that (kids’) game no longer exist(s).” Patriots acquire tight end Eric Saubert from Falcons for draft pick Rishard Matthews said Monday he is retiring from the NFL after seven years in the league, but the nature of his announcement wasn’t warm and fuzzy.The Saints released the 29-year-old receiver after the first presseason game, though New Orleans said Matthews walked away and left training camp. Josh Johnson joins 13th NFL team after Tom Savage injury Matthews surprised many after he left the Saints’ training camp, with coach Sean Payton saying it was the receiver’s decision to walk away.He signed with the Saints in June after a tryout at mandatory minicamp. He initially was selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and joined the Titans in 2016, where he led the team in receiving yards that season (945) and the next (795). He also ranked second on the team in catches in 2016 (65) and third in 2017 (53).He requested his release from the Titans last September and signed with the Jets the following month, but ended last season on injured reserve. Now it appears Matthews had some issues with the league, which he described had a culture of “fakeness” and “the brainwashing (and) dividing of culture for a small piece of jewelry” in an Instagram post.”Rishard Matthews the football player No Longer Exist & it’s okay. In life regardless of the right or wrong decisions I’ve made,” he wrote. “I’ve always moved forward with the understanding that regardless of what I’m going through someone is going through something a s— ton worse than my bull—. For athletes it’s important to understand (sic) & Move the f— on.” Related News NFL: Antonio Brown could be in ‘breach of contract’ if he won’t play in new helmetlast_img read more

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The Footballers of Sarajevo Arrived to Athens

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first_imgThe footballers of Sarajevo arrived in Athens where there will play tomorrow night a match of the third round of the European league against Atromitos.Sarajevo has been defeated in the first match that took place at “Koševo” stadium with 2:1, but in the “red” team they believe they can counteract with one of the best teams of the Greek championship.“We have shown that we can play against Atromitos in the first match. During 75 minutes of play at Koševo, we demonstrated that we were equal to them, maybe even better.” – said the coach of our team Dženan Uščuplić.This evening, the Sarajevo team will do the last training before tomorrow’s match which will take place at 20:00 o’clock.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Another Eternal Sarajevo Derby without Goals

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first_imgYesterday on Grbavica was played 110th eternal derby between FC Zeljeznicar and FC Sarajevo.The match started with opened game of both teams and the first chance came up already in the third minute for the attacker of Sarajevo Mersudin Ahmetovic, whose shot defended Vedran Kjosevski.During the match, ”the blue team” had bigger ball possession and created attacks, but there were no changes in the result.In the first half of the match, Sarajevo was defending and waited for a chance from a counter-attack while maroon team put the goal of the host in danger on several occasions.Five minutes of the second half of the match, FC Sarajevo threatened over Hebibovic whose center shot did not finish on the head of attackers of the maroon team, so Zeljo’s defense managed to remove the ball from their part of the field without major problems.Just before the end of the meeting, Saric threatened from a free-kick, but the home team’s goalkeeper managed to defend his shot.nothing changed by the end of the match and another eternal derby ended without goals.(Source: N1)last_img read more

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