RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua believes Alexander Povetkin is “seriously skilled” and does not believe Dillian Whyte can match his destructive victory over the Russian heavyweight.Joshua overcame a torrid start to stop Povetkin in the seventh round of their world title fight at Wembley and will be ringside to watch the former WBA champion’s clash with Whyte on Saturday night. Whyte revealed he could target a ruthless early win at Thursday’s final press conference, but Joshua has suggested that his British rival will have to work much harder than he did to overcome Povetkin.“Everyone has issues in training, if he [Whyte] trained right, he will come through,” Joshua told Sky Sports.“He is a fighter, Dillian. But Povetkin is a seriously skilled heavyweight – an Olympic gold medallist, a world champion whose only losses were against [Wladimir] Klitschko and me.“He’s good, a good fighter who hasn’t been on the losing end much so hasn’t got used to that feeling.“He still has the hunger and will go in against Dillian thinking he can win.” Asked for his prediction, Joshua added: “It will go to a points decision.”Dillian Whyte said he’s excited by the prospect of a hard fight against dangerous opponent Alexander Povetkin.Joshua was beaten by Whyte as an amateur, then defeated him by stoppage in the professional ranks, and promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested the duo could meet again next year.“If he wants it, he can get it,” Whyte told Sky Sports.“I’ve told him already before. I’ve told him many times. I’m not scared to fight him. I want to fight him. It’s not like it’s a secret.” Tags: Alexander PovetkinAnthony JoshuaDillian WhyteWembley
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(REUTERS) – Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday.The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more than half of the team total.Sri Lanka’s top order were not completely convincing against the moving ball but Upul Tharanga’s breezy 49 helped them chase down the small target with nearly 30 overs to spare and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.Smarting from their 1-0 loss in the preceding Test series, Sri Lanka opted to field against an Indian team led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested ahead of the team’s imminent tour of South Africa.India got off to a terrible start losing Shikhar Dhawan, one of their five scoreless batsmen in the match, in the second over which triggered a spectacular collapse.Angelo Mathews, an all-rounder who has been reduced by injury to an occasional bowler, dismissed Dhawan leg-before and Lakmal sent back Sharma caught behind for two in the fifth.On both occasions, Sri Lanka used the review option to overturn the original not out decisions.The double blow completely unhinged India, who lost the top half of their batting order to score their first 16 runs.Dhoni combined with number nine Kuldeep Yadav (19) to help India first go past the record for lowest ODI total of 35 — by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in a 2004 match in Harare — and then their own lowest total of 54 against the Sri Lankans.Dhoni hit 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes but India still ended up with a total which Sri Lanka overcame without breaking a sweat.Mohali hosts the second ODI on Wednesday.INDIA Innings Ro. Sharma c Dickwella b Lakmal 2 Dhawan lbw b Mathews 0 Iyer b Pradeep 9 Karthik lbw b Lakmal 0 Pandey c Mathews b Lakmal 2 Dhoni c Gunaratne b T. Perera 65 Pandya c Mathews b Pradeep 10 Kumar c Dickwella b Lakmal 0 Yadav st Dickwella b Dananjaya 19 Bumrah b Pathirana 0 Chahal not out 0 Extras (lb-2 w-3) 5 Total (all out, 38.2 overs) 112 Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. Dhawan,2-2 Ro. Sharma,3-8 D. Karthik,4-16 M. Pandey,5-16 S. Iyer,6-28 H. Pandya,7-29 B. Kumar,8-70 K. Yadav,9-87 J. Bumrah,10-112 M. DhoniBowling: Suranga Lakmal 10 – 4 – 13 – 4(w-1), Angelo Mathews 5 – 2 – 8 – 1(w-1), Nuwan Pradeep 10 – 4 – 37 – 2, Thisara Perera 4.2 – 0 – 29 – 1, Akila Dananjaya 5 – 2 – 7 – 1,Sachith Pathiran 4 – 1 – 16 – 1. SRI LANKA Innings Danushka Gunathilaka c Dhoni b Bumrah 1 Upul Tharanga c S. Dhawan b H. Pandya 49 Lahiru Thirimanne b B. Kumar 0 Angelo Mathews not out 25 Niroshan Dickwella not out 26 Extras (lb-1 nb-2 w-10) 13 Total (for 3 wickets, 20.4 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-7 D. Gunathilaka,2-19 L. Thirimanne,3-65 U. TharangaDid not bat: A. Gunaratne, T. Perera, S. Pathirana, S. Lakmal, A. Dananjaya, N. PradeepBowling: B. Kumar 8.4 – 1 – 42 – 1(w-1), J. Bumrah 7 – 1 – 32 – 1(nb-2 w-2),H. Pandya 5 – 0 – 39 – 1(w-7)
– As Rutherford, Reifer hit second day 50sSHERFANE Rutherford narrowly missed out on a maiden century while Raymond Reifer is 15 runs short of his, as title-holders, the Guyana Jaguars completed another dominant day of Cricket West Indies Regional four-day first-class championships.The Jaguars, playing at home took the stranglehold against a hapless Trinidad and Tobago Red Force line-up in the final round of the tournament.Both Rutherford and Reifer grabbed the spotlight with innings of rare presence and sublime skill, as the Jaguars’ batting performance extended throughout the second day which swung the game firmly in the hosts’ favor.Sherfane Rutherford acknowledges his teammates after reaching his fiftyRutherford fell for a splendid 92 while the Barbadian-born Reifer is unbeaten on 85, when bails were lifted yesterday at the National Stadium, Providence. Reifer, the West Indies all-rounder, has so far faced 164 balls, smashing nine fours.The pair combined in a seventh-wicket stand of 161 runs, as the hosts reached 466-7, a huge first innings lead of 331.Keemo Paul is the other not out batsman on 35. Resuming at 116-1, the Jaguars worked themselves into a lead of 63 by lunch, but lost three wickets in the process.Overnight batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul added another two runs before he chased Daniel St. Clair short and wide delivery and was caught in the slips for 36.However, Shimron Hetmyer continued to bat resolutely in partnership with new batsman Leon Johnson; the pair putting on 30 for the third wicket with the left-hander, Hetmyer smashing seven fours and a six before he was caught on the long-off boundary off Bryan Charles for 46.Akshaya Persaud joined Johnson, but the hosts were further setback on the stroke of lunch when the Guyanese Captain was caught at forward short-leg from an inside edge off the bowling of Yannic Cariah.After the interval, Persaud in just his second game at this level, was dismissed to a poor shot, bowled by Imran Khan, but Anthony Bramble who was joined by Reifer, never took his foot off the pedal and was in an attacking mood from the word go.The right-hander played some attacking shots against Cariah, hitting the leg-spinner for a series of boundaries, included four sixes and two fours before he was finally dismissed, caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Cariah for 42.The situation at that point gave Rutherford full licence to attack, and he responded to perfection, hitting eight fours and a six to reach his second fifth of the season.The pair provided it to put the hosts in complete command by the tea interval with an overall lead of 206 runs.Soon after Reifer registered his fifty, but Rutherford was however unflustered. He moved into the 80s with consecutive sixes off Khan, as the game went flat for the bowling side.However, after collecting his 11th boundary, Rutherford was bowled off an inside edge the next delivery to medium pacer Tion Webster. His innings lasted for 133 balls, and apart for his eleven boundaries, the left-hander smashed four huge sixes.Reifer and Paul have so far shared an unbroken eight-wicket stand of 55 runs. Play resumes today at 09:30hrs.SCOREBOARDGuyana Jaguars 1st inningsT Chanderpaul c Charles b St. Clair 36C Hemraj c St. Clair b Charles 72S Hetmyer c Phillip b Charles 46L Johnson c Solozano b Cariah 17A Persaud b Khan 21A Bramble c Webster b Cariah 42R. Reifer not out 85S Rutherford b Webster 92K Paul not out 35Extras: (b-8, w-3, nb-8) 19Total: (for seven wickets; 133 overs) 466Fall of wickets: 1-109, 2-134, 3-164, 4-198, 5-198, 6-250, 7-411Bowling: Phillip 21-7-4-0, St. Clair 18-3-69-1, Charles 32-7-107-2, Webster 11-0-56-1, Khan 36-7-100-1, Mohammed 6-3-6-0, Cariah 9-1-68-2
He’s just not sure when it will start or how it will look.“At some point in time, whether it’s fall or spring … or if it’s shortened, we’re talking about five, six, seven, eight different options right now,” Patterson said during a Zoom call with media on Tuesday.Some states, including Texas, are beginning to loosen stay-at-home restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, though procedures will vary in different regions of the country in the weeks and months to come.“I think one thing’s for sure: I think it will be really hard to get 100% of everybody on the same page,” Patterson said. “So I think things will have to be done with the majority before it’s said and done.” ___ ___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.“This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: TCU coach optimistic 2020 season will be played Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” Associated Press The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks.Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. Inspired by its Bionic gloves line, company president and CEO John Hillerich said, “this was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis.” He cited the need for protective equipment in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and added that H&B has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.Maskonic will sell the masks online at www.maskonic.com and www.bionicgloves.com with free shipping. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America food banks. The 164-year-old company is also shipping masks to its employees. ___Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic with his family in his native Hawaii. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. The tournament said the 2021 event remains set for its May dates. This year’s PGA Championship in San Francisco was moved from its original dates next month to early August.___The Spanish government says professional athletes in the country can resume training individually next week.The government made the announcement while revealing a four-phase plan to get the country back to normal following the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday. It’s the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14.High-performance sports facilities will be allowed to reopen in the second phase of the plan, which will begin as early as May 11, depending on the situation in each province.Sánchez did not say when sports competitions, such as the domestic soccer league, are expected to resume. The Spanish league has said it doesn’t plan to restart before the end of May. The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice.___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11. “We were planning on being here a week, and we’ve been here two months now,” he said Tuesday.Niumatalolo arrived for spring break at the beginning of March, and when the pandemic shutdown began he and his family decided to stay. He has a home in Hawaii and is there with his wife, his daughter and her family, and one of his two sons.“This is a pretty bad time, but we’re OK,” he said. “It’s actually a blessing to be together.”___The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. April 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___TCU coach Gary Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, says his level of optimism is “very high” that there will be a 2020 college football season. 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Last Friday at the National Stadium in Abuja, the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) headed by Musa Kida was inaugurated by the Minister of Sport Solomon Dalung along with other 30 elected sports federation boards to steer the administration of sports in the country for the next four years.The Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), conducted elections into the boards on June 13.A day before the election in Abuja, immediate past President of the NBBF, Tijani Umar, was returned for another term at another election in Kano. Some stakeholders in Nigerian basketball were opposed to the guidelines released by the Sports Ministry.But Kida who is determined to give the game a new face in the country hit ground running as soon as his board was inaugurated. He directed the Secretary General of the federation, Chimezie Asiegbu to invite players to camp.Interestingly, as early as Thursday, July 20, Umarâ€™s faction had sent out invitation letters to the same players asking their various clubs to release them for camping. One Emmanuel Enejoh signed the letter in his capacity as Administrative Secretary.However, to stem the tide of discordant tunes from the same basketball family, Kidaâ€™s NBBF yesterday issued a disclaimer on the so-called Administrative Secretary of the Umar board, insisting that such a position does not exist. Clubs were warned not to transact any business with him on behalf of Nigerian basketball.NBBFâ€™s Technical Committee of the Kida board yesterday released the list of 29 players called to camp in Nigeria and United States ahead of the Africa Women’s Championship.The team is to be coached by Vincent James Samuel, appointed as the new Head Coach of the women senior national team in place of Scott Nnaji who is with Umar.According to the release, signed by the NBBF scribe, the foreign-based players will converge on Orlando, Florida while the home-based players alongside with some of their foreign-based counterparts such as Sarah Ogoke, Uju Ugoka and Adaora Elonu holidaying in Nigeria will converge on Lagos for the preparations for the continental outing.The Orlando camp will be led by Dâ€™Tigress Captain, Helen Ogunjimi alongside Ezinne Kalu, Promise Amukamara, Adaeze Alaeze, Ayoleka Sodade, Ndidi Madu, Cecilia Okoye, Aisha Mohammed, Patience Okpe, Sarah Imovbioh, Ugo Nwaigwe, Balogun Elizabeth, Joyce Ekworomadu and Evelyn Akhator.In Lagos, the 11 invited players will sweat it out under the watchful eyes of Peter Ahmedu and Okworogu Ochuko who were also named as part of the new technical crew.National team regulars, Chioma Udeaja (First Bank), Nkechi Akashili (First Bank), Upe Atosu (First Bank) will have a tough battle in their hands with Akaraiwe Nkem (First Bank), Elawure Tina Odion â€“ First Bank, Ukato Igere Magdalene â€“ First Bank, Nwamaka Deborah Chidinma â€“ First Bank, Ulabo Queen Roseline â€“ Dolphins, Olaosebikan Tokunbo â€“ Dolphins, Ume Nwamaka Gloria â€“ Plateau Rocks, Okonkwo Grace â€“ IGP Queens and Isaac Christiana â€“ IGP Queens all battle ready to book tickets to the tournament starting on August 18 in Bamako.However, a basketball aficionado who would not want his name in print due to his position in Nigerian sports told THISDAY last night that the country was on the path of being banned by the world governing body of the game-FIBA.â€œWhat is going on in NBBF is a shame. What we are witnessing in basketball is almost a repeat of what happened in NFF when there were elections in Warri and Abuja respectively. We all saw how Nigeria narrowly escaped being banned. But as things stand now, unless well-meaning personalities in the countryâ€™s sport intervene and get all the parties involved in the dispute to reach an agreement, Nigeria is going to throw into the waste basket all the gains made in the sport in the last four years,â€ observed the former sports administrator.The Umar led board spearheaded the turnaround in the fortunes of Nigeriaâ€™s basketball as the national team broke the jinx of never qualifying for Olympic menâ€™s basketball event with the Dâ€™Tigers debuting at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as an encore at 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Dâ€™Tigers also won the Afrobasket for the first time in Tunisia in 2015 after several heart breaking failures in the past.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Kida and Umar factions claim legitimacy over playersOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe battle for the control of the national basketball teams has began as the two factions claiming legitimacy have invited players to camp ahead of the Africa Women’s Basketball Championship scheduled to hold in Mali later in the year.
Published on October 8, 2016 at 10:55 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1) Saturday night at BB&T Field. The Orange is coming off a 17-point loss to Notre Dame last week.Here’s how beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus predict the game to unfold.Tomer Langer (2-0)Demon BeatenSyracuse 28, Wake Forest 24This Wake Forest team is in it’s third year under head coach Dave Clawson and already has more wins than it did in each of the previous two, including an impressive one over Duke. But the roster is rather similar to last year’s 3-9 team, which SU beat with a much worse offense. Granted, due to injuries SU’s defense is seemingly in shambles but I do think it does just enough (just like it did against Connecticut) to come away with a victory.Chris Libonati (4-0)Stay WakeSyracuse 30, Wake Forest 24AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs long as Hurricane Matthew (or its remnants) doesn’t roll through, this is a game Syracuse can win. It’ll need to throw the ball because it hasn’t found success running the rock all season. In a battle of former Bowling Green coaches, Dino Babers comes out with a win.Jon Mettus (5-0)Halfway ThereSyracuse 27, Wake Forest 24My biggest factor for this game is Hurricane Matthew and the path that it takes. The more wind and rain, the worse off Syracuse will be. A low-scoring game on the ground favors Wake Forest. Most projections have a slight chance of rain during the game with wind around 15-20 m.p.h. I think those are conditions that Eric Dungey will be able to “grip it and rip it through” and come away with a crucial third win. Comments
Asante Kotoko’s title defence of the Premier League will start at the Coronation Park in Sunyani where they serve their last home match ban from the previous season.The Premier League Board confirmed decision on Monday as the champions will open the campaign on Sunday against Aduana Stars when the new season gets underway.Kotoko were hit with a three-match home ban last season for acts of misconduct by their supporters during a home game against Medeama at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Championship weekend is here, and there’s arguably no game with bigger stakes than the SEC championship between Georgia and Alabama.The Tide and Bulldogs are ranked first and fourth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, respectively, assuring the result of this game will have major ramifications on the Playoff and who ultimately gets in. What channel can I watch Alabama-Georgia? The game will be broadcast on national TV by CBS. It can also be streamed online with fuboTV.Where is Alabama-Georgia being played?The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This is the second year the game will be held at the venue, and 25th year in Atlanta.Who is the favored team between Alabama and Georgia?Alabama opened the week as a 10.5-point favorite over Georgia, but the line has since shifted. The Tide are now 13-point favorites. Alabama leads the all-time series with Georgia 39-25-4, having won won the four last meetings against the Bulldogs — including the 2017 national championship game. These teams have met as ranked opponents in each of their last five meetings, with Alabama winning the last four. The Bulldogs’ last win in this series came in 2007 (Nick Saban’s first year at Alabama), a 26-23 overtime win. MORE: Watch Georgia-Alabama live and on demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Tide have plowed their way through all competition to a 12-0 regular season. Led by stud quarterback Tua Tagavailoa, Alabama has its eyes on a fifth straight Playoff appearance.Georgia comes in at 11-1, with a 36-16 loss at LSU earlier in the season being the lone blemish on an otherwise terrific season. Saturday will mark Georgia’s second consecutive appearance in the SEC Championship game as the Bulldogs defeated Auburn 28-7 in last season’s conference title game.Saturday should prove to be an exciting game between two of the SEC’s heavyweight programs. Here’s how to tune in:When do Alabama and Georgia play?The SEC championship game between Alabama and Georgia is scheduled for kickoff at 4 p.m. ET.
“Here we are 5 years later,” Sieman wrote. “And true to (Ballmer’s) word, the Clippers are first class, heavily involved in the community, and are on the cusp of the most anticipated season in franchise history… Now, as Clipper fans, we can expect to always have hope that the team is either ready to win or just a step away.” It’s official: Brian Sieman will narrate Clippers games on Prime Ticket this season.In a statement Monday, the team confirmed what had been recently reported by multiple outlets and discussed by retired Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler, whom Sieman will replace on the air.Sieman will move to TV play by play from the radio, where he in 12 seasons he proved an astute and entertaining solo act.He’ll be joined on telecasts by a rotating trio of analysts: former Clippers Chauncey Billups for two-thirds of the season, as well as another former Clipper Corey Maggette, and Mike Fratello, who previously called Clippers games from 1990-92. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Noah Eagle, son of famous play-by-play voice Ian Eagle and a recent Syracuse graduate, will take over the radio call for Sieman on KLAC-AM (570). Meanwhile, Armando Garcia will be back for his ninth season on the Spanish language ESPN Deportes’ KWKW-AM (1330).Kristina Pink and Jaime Maggio will return as in-game reporters on Prime Ticket.“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” Sieman said in a statement released by the team. “I was blessed to work with one of the best to ever call a game in Ralph Lawler. I learned so much from him and cherish our friendship. I love this organization, its fans and this city, I’m excited to tell the story of the Clippers franchise going forward as it looks to make history. Having been here for over a decade, I’ve seen a lot, and the best is yet to come.”Related Articles An Emmy Award-winner, Sieman previously was the radio voice for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and he also called Continental Basketball Association and Drake University football games.Recently, in a series of Twitter posts, Sieman recalled his feelings during the turbulent end of the Donald Sterling era, remarking how far the franchise has come in the five years since Steve Ballmer took over ownership. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters
Nash, who will turn 40 on Feb. 7, has appeared in only 56 of the Lakers’ 128 regular-season games since they acquired him from the Phoenix Suns during the 2012 offseason. Nash fractured his left leg in his second game as a Laker last season, and nerve issues stemming from that injury have continued to hurt his back and hamstrings.“It’s the hardest thing I ever had to deal with in my career,” Nash said. “Ever since I broke my leg, nothing has been the same and nothing has been easy. I look for challenges in life. This is a great opportunity I have to learn about myself. I fight through it. Hopefully on the other side, I’ll be a better person.”During the Lakers’ recent seven-game trip, Nash made his fourth visit this season to Vancouver, Canada, to see his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini. Nash continued working on his postural stability and movement patterns to ensure a healthier spine.“I can withstand more demands,” Nash said. “More contact, more unpredictable factors — change of direction, playing against somebody — those are all things that the nerve and the spine weren’t able to handle two weeks ago.”Despite the Lakers fielding more players in Thursday’s practice, their injury-ravaged roster still remains in flux. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After laboring through most of the season without any traditional point guards, the Lakers suddenly have plenty of them.Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all participated in Thursday’s practice, giving the team a sudden jolt of energy in an otherwise disastrous season. None of them will play when the Lakers (16-30) host the Charlotte Bobcats (20-27) Friday night at Staples Center. But Nash sounded the most optimistic that he could return during the Lakers’ three-game trip next week with stops in Minnesota (Tuesday), Cleveland (Wednesday) and Philadelphia (Friday) after missing 40 games because of persistent pain in his back and hamstrings.“Next week, I have extremely high hopes to play,” said Nash, who has averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 assists in only six games. “The fact I got through practice is a positive.”It’s become difficult for Nash to keep his spirits up. Pau Gasol participated in an individual workout after a groin injury worsened in the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers listed Gasol as probable against Charlotte, but he said a moderate strain in his left big toe has forced him to compensate.“I’m still not healed. Because of the tape job I play with to protect the toe, it’s affecting my groin,” said Gasol, who has averaged 20.6 points on 50.9 percent shooting and 12.1 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game through 14 contests this month. “I’m going to try to continue to heal and make it feel better.”The Lakers also listed shooting guard Jodie Meeks as probable against the Bobcats because of a sore right foot. Coach Mike D’Antoni said small forward Xavier Henry remains “a couple weeks away” from healing a bone bruise in his right knee. The Lakers’ point guards are taking precautions, too.Blake, who hasn’t played since Dec. 10 because of a hyperextended right elbow, no longer wears a brace. But he did have two bags of ice around his right arm after practice conceded strugling with outside shooting. Farmar also sounded cautious after sitting out since Dec. 31 because of a torn left hamstring. “If there’s any tightness or soreness to keep an eye on it and don’t overdo it,” Farmar said. Taking attendanceFor the sixth time in franchise history, the Lakers won’t field any All-Stars. Kobe Bryant was voted to start in the All-Star game Feb. 16 in New Orleans, but he’s sidelined with a fractured left knee. Cedric Ceballos missed the 1995 NBA All-Star game because of an injury. No Lakers were selected for the All-Star game in 1978, 1993, 1994 and 1996.