Football Association chairman David Bernstein has admitted there is a “desperate need” to increase the number of English players in the Premier League. Press Association Bernstein added: “We desperately need to increase the pool of real quality players that the manager Roy Hodgson has to choose from. That I think is the big issue. “All the work we are doing such as in youth development is aimed at doing that over the next few years and it’s great to see some very good players coming through now such as Jack Wilshere. There are some coming through but we need many more.” Bernstein is confident that Hodgson’s side can return to Brazil next year for the World Cup despite some tricky qualifiers in the autumn – and said England would be “selling ourselves short” if they don’t make it. He added: “The spirit engendered by Roy has been absolutely excellent. The relationship between the chairman and the manager in any football club or organisation is important and you are right, we do get on very well. There is a chemistry there. “I think things are in really good shape. I am confident that we will move on, get the results and qualify for the World Cup. I am sure that having played in the Maracana that the players will be desperate to get back here. “It is obviously extremely important [to qualify]. At the end of the day we want to be in the major championships and for England not to be in the finals would just be selling ourselves short. Our public want it, our fans want it, the players want it, the manager desperately wants it. “We have some difficult matches ahead make no mistake, we have seen already the teams in our group are very good so we are going to have to play very well, we have big home matches coming up. But I am confident we will get there. We certainly need to be here it’s a wonderful place and it’s going to be a magnificent tournament.” Bernstein said only 30% of players in the top flight were eligible to England compared to more than 50% in Germany – the actual figure in the Bundesliga is now 60%. The outgoing chairman, who steps down in July, said work was already underway to address the problem. He said: “On the wider issue of club and country, the number of English players in the Premier League and the Football League is a really important matter. We have this number of around 30% and in Germany it is more than 50% and that 20% is a lot of players.”
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ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School has been awarded a $1,000 grant to purchase a new “Eagle” mascot costume, Athletic Director Josh Frost announced Monday.The School received the Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty, which awarded 79 public schools across the United States a total of $83,000 to help high school athletic departments deal with tight budget constraints this year. Ellsworth was the only school in Maine to receive the grant.Frost applied for the grant on the school’s behalf in January. The new costume will replace the old one, which has been in use for the past 10 years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Ved Aditya Kalita of Pulin Das-India Club Tennis Academy, Guwahati bagged runner-up title after losing in the final of the Boy’s Singles (Under 14 years) in the prestigious Asian Tennis Championship, under 14 years category, held in Pokhra, Nepal from October 14-18, in a gruelling match to Aki Zuben Rawat of Nepal by 2-6, 6-4, 4-6. In his route to the final Ved defeated the second seed Pranav Manandhar of Nepal 6-2, 6-3 and sixth seed Manuraj Singh (India) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-final respectively.Ved Aditya Kalita annexed double crownsin the Championship Series-7 in the Boy’s 14 years category played at Karnal (Haryana) played from October 6-10, 2019, informs in a press release issued by India Club, Guwahati.Also Read: Ved Aditya clinches double crown in Anup Lahoty Memorial Tennis ChampionshipAlso Watch: No Fast Track Court Trial in Dr Deben Dutta’s Murder Case, Who’s Responsible ?
PITTSBURGH — After a six-point lead disappeared midway through the first half, never again did Syracuse (16-10, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) have an advantage over Pittsburgh (14-11, 3-9) in an 80-75 loss on the road Saturday. The Panthers halted the Orange’s five-game winning streak, and SU will now be pressed a little harder to fill out its NCAA Tournament resume in the final five games of the season.Here’s three things we learned from Syracuse’s loss.Pittsburgh’s ability to switch defenders limited the Orange’s 3-point shootersAgainst one of the worst teams in the ACC at defending 3-pointers, it was odd to see Syracuse, one of the conference’s best 3-point shooting teams, bury only one shot behind the arc in the first half. And before a late-game revival, SU was shooting only 24 percent from 3 at one point.After the game, Syracuse players explained at least part of the root of its struggles from deep. When big men like Tyler Lydon or Taurean Thompson set a screen around the basket, ideally freeing up a Tyus Battle or Andrew White to scamper into open space behind the arc, the Panthers keyed in on the strategy by switching defenders effectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo if the defender on White, for example, ran into Thompson’s screen, than Thompson’s defender would immediately cover White. That left for fewer opportunities behind the arc, even if head coach Jim Boeheim was pleased with most of the looks his team got.“Andrew (White) just had a tough time getting open on screens like that,” Battle said. “They played some pretty good defense, our offense just wasn’t clicking.”Thompson playing in foul trouble is a consistent realityIt didn’t take longer than one defensive possession for Thompson to commit his first foul of the game. He bumped Jamel Artis under the basket, not a significant amount of contact, but enough to draw a foul he wouldn’t take long to regret. The freshman forward accumulated three fouls into the early minutes of the second half, resulting in a 12-minute stay on the bench.Thompson sat alone in his locker room chair after the game, quietly lamenting another night he couldn’t give all he’s capable of because of foul trouble. It’s become a recurring theme, and a potentially fatal blow to SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes, given that Roberson’s eight-point, five-rebound game is “about what he does,” according to Boeheim.“I gotta stop getting into foul trouble,” Thompson said, “because on the court I feel like I’m an offensive threat and I open up shooters. I just have to do a better job staying on the court.”Syracuse’s perimeter defense hasn’t gotten much betterThroughout the season, Syracuse has allowed big performances from opponents’ best 3-point threats. It occurred again on Saturday afternoon as Pittsburgh’s Cameron Johnson went 6-for-8 from behind the arc. The rest of the Panthers went 2-of-10 overall from deep, but Johnson’s damage was enough to make a difference.MORE COVERAGEThe Final Word: Syracuse falls at Pittsburgh, 80-75Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 80-75 loss at PittsburghLimited minutes for Thompson and Battle sting Syracuse in 80-75 loss to PittsburghTyler Lydon held to only 8 points in Syracuse’s 80-75 loss at PittsburghGallery: Syracuse loses to Pittsburgh, 80-75 In conference games only, Syracuse entered the weekend with a 3-point field-goal percentage defense of 40.7, ranking 12th in the ACC. The problem that hurt Syracuse against Notre Dame (V.J. Beachem), North Carolina State (Maverick Rowan) and Virginia (Kyle Guy) cropped up once again.Johnson delivered a pivotal punch with 2 minutes and 50 seconds remaining as he nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing. He spun around, yelled and looked up toward the Petersen Events Center rafters. Pittsburgh held a late 10-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.“We didn’t find him. He’s a good shooter, we know that,” Boeheim said. “We can’t give him open shots. We’ve done that pretty much throughout the whole year. We’ve let the best shooter on the other team get too many looks. That’s a reason we’re struggling this year.” Comments Published on February 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+
In the North championship Kilruane McDonaghs take on Ballina in Puckane at 3pm today while Silvermines meet Borrisokane at 7 in Toomevara and at the same time local rivals Portroe and Burgess do battle in Nenagh. We will have a full preview of those games with Shane Brophy of the Nenagh Guardian at the one o clock sports news.
Young Munster required extra-time to beat the West Tipp side 16-13 in the semi-final of the competition.The winning score was a drop goal by the Limerick’s team’s Shane Airey.The Cookies will meet holders Cork Constitution in the final.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, have told new signing, Alvaro Morata, to quickly reach the fitness level required of a Chelsea player.Speaking to The Sun, Conte said: “Morata is just starting to train with us,”“He has to improve his condition a lot to adapt quickly into our team.”24-year-old Morata, who signed for £65m from Real Madrid, made his Chelsea debut as a second half substitute in the pre-season 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in Singapore, and also played in the 2-1 loss to Inter Milan last Saturday.Conte has now urged the striker to shape up on his fitness, as Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley draws closer, he continued: “He is working well but it has been only five days. Today he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve.”“I think that we played against two strong teams, Bayern and Inter, in a period that is an important period where we are working very hard. RelatedToo Early To Judge Morata’s Impact – ConteJuly 25, 2017In “England”Antonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England”Alvaro Morata Reveals; Why I Refused To Join Manchester UnitedNovember 5, 2017In “Europe”
Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Regulus Partners analyses the events of what could become a defining week for UK gambling, as an under-pressure Gambling Commission commits to a review of stakes and prizes, whilst the conservative government appoints its eighth DCMS leader._______________________When the story of the prohibition of gambling in Great Britain comes to be written, this week’s events in Parliament may well be characterised as a tipping point.On Wednesday, the chief executive of the Gambling Commission, Neil McArthur presented himself at the Grimond committee room in the Portcullis House annex of Parliament. He was there to answer questions and to bring the regulator’s perspective to an inquiry into online gambling by the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). He walked out having seemingly committed to an official review of stake and prize limits for online gambling and to provide an opinion to the Government on what should be done about advertising. On a number of levels, the impact could be profound.It seems unlikely that McArthur had sought prior authority for these decisions (which also seemed to contradict his testimony to a House of Lords select committee less than 24 hours previously) – but ‘on the hoof’ seems to be the way that gambling policy is formulated these days. In terms of stakes and prizes, the CEO of the Gambling Commission agreed to hold a review within six months (a very short period of time for an issue both complex in terms of data and narrow in terms of impact); on what authority and through which framework (especially given the promise of a wider review) remains unclear. No formal announcement affirming or clarifying the oral statement has been made.[Editor’s note: The Gambling Commission has since been in touch to say: “We said last October that we would be looking at online stake limits as part of our ongoing work to reduce the risks of gambling related harm. This work is in addition to us focusing on VIP practices, advertising technology and game design. We will publish our assessment and next steps for online stakes and further protections later this year.”]For those watching, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for McArthur who faced a withering barrage of questions (with some of the committee members displaying the incivility that has sadly become a hallmark of British politics in recent years). That, however, goes with the territory of being the boss of the gambling regulator and the questions and style of interrogation will have been known in advance. Moreover, the DCMS had carefully crafted a shield to deflect awkward questions – that a review of the Gambling Act was on its way and that questions of legislative change would need to be deferred until then. Holding this line might have made for an uncomfortable hour or so in Westminster but sometimes the job requires the holder to perch upon a cactus.The issue here is not so much about online stakes and prizes – as we have written before, a complete absence of any limits in all circumstances is likely to be unsustainable and this is an issue that has been brewing for some time. What is significant is the process for re-regulation that is now being established. We have entered the realms of knee-jerk policy-making where significant changes are made in pursuit of appeasement rather than coherence (something for which certain industry participants are just as culpable as their regulator).It is easy to understand why both regulator and the regulated may fear a comprehensive review of gambling; but surely a considered, structured and suitably constitutional process must be preferable to the current system where a relatively small parliamentary club appears to wield such significant soft legislative power.For the sake of clarity, this is not a critique of Carolyn Harris’s APPG which (while we may disagree with some of the methods and some of the analysis) has done a remarkably effective job of bringing important issues to light. We would be just as concerned if the pro-industry Betting and Gaming APPG, chaired by Philip Davies was able to wield such obvious influence on legislation.The Government has known for some time that it needs to get a grip on gambling policy. From a policy perspective, Labour has led the running since before the ‘Triennial’ debate started (when online constituents still thought they were safe and were happy to throw FOBTs under the bus), while each month seems to spawn new controversies (some real, some manufactured). Notwithstanding this week’s ministerial changes at the DCMS, Wednesday’s events in Portcullis House seem likely to bring forward and potentially narrow the scope of the official Government review of the Gambling Act, giving operators less time to prepare and potentially more restricted room for manoeuvre. However, what precisely happens next remains unclear.Our financial analysis of adopting £2 for online slots suggests a net c. £650m (30%) direct impact on the slots market, mitigated by c. 30% substitution to other products (assuming restrictions to slots only). This would, therefore, hit some operators very hard but would be a net benefit to others; the overall impact would be to reduce the online sector by c. £480m in revenue terms or c. 8% (assuming growth into the impact period). This may sound manageable (if operationally painful), but on purely financial analysis is almost as dangerously simplistic a view as the policy itself, in our view, because the economic and behavioural impact is likely to be much more profound.Restricting only slots stakes actively encourages substitution to other products where restrictions do not apply (far more so online than landbased) and where similar restrictions would make far less sense (as well as being far more damaging: singles bets and table games simply would not work as a customer proposition). This would mean that a combination of product development and customer adoption would likely reduce the initial impact significantly and eventually almost entirely though perfectly legal circumvention. The policy would then have to be copied into where it doesn’t work (non-slots products), repealed in favour of more effective measures or, most likely, given an award for effective public health intervention without any evaluation whatsoever.With a gambling review looming in a rare backdrop of party political stability we have the opportunity to reset our gambling laws based upon evidence and beneficial outcomes. This opportunity was given a serious knock this week. Hopefully, following the promise of another MacArthur, effective governance will return…UK: Another new DCMS Sheriff hits townThis week’s long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson resulted in yet another changing of the ministerial guard for gambling. The departure of Nicky Morgan as Culture Secretary had been expected following her decision not to stand again as an MP last December and her subsequent elevation to the House of Lords. The decision to move Helen Whately (Cons, Faversham and Mid-Kent) from Arts, Heritage and Tourism (and gambling) to the Department of Health was logical – both of her parents were doctors and she has long been tipped as a future Health Secretary – but was nevertheless disappointing given her short (5 months) and much-interrupted stint at the DCMS.The new Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden (Cons, Hertsmere) appears to have had little political interest or involvement in gambling since becoming an MP in 2015 – but unlike most people who have held the post over the last decade, he may struggle to keep things that way. Government plans for a review of primary legislation will require Dowden to engage far more closely with the subject matter than many of his predecessors.Meanwhile, it is not entirely clear who will pick up direct responsibility for gambling. The highly regarded Nigel Huddleston (Cons, Mid Worcestershire) seems most likely to take on the brief which would also quell (for now at least) rumours that gambling policy is set to come under the auspices of Health.The revolving door of responsibility at the DCMS is one of the major reasons why gambling policy is now in such a mess. Between 2001 and 2007 Tessa Jowell (as Culture Secretary) and Richard Caborn (as Sports Minister) held the reins as they guided policy from the Budd Report to the Gambling Act. Yesterday, Oliver Dowden became the twelfth person to hold the post of Culture Secretary in just 12-and-a-half years; while Nigel Huddleston will be the tenth gambling minister in that time (assuming that is incorporated within his brief). Only three of these 22 ministers have managed to retain the position for two years or more (Gerry Sutcliffe, Tracey Crouch and Jeremy Hunt) and there has not been a single instance of internal succession from gambling minister to Culture Secretary. It is little wonder that the ‘Safe Bet for Success’ envisioned by Dame Tessa Jowell back in 2002 has fallen into such decay.Helen Whately enjoyed (if that is the word) one last session of oral questions on Thursday before escaping to the Department of Health. Andrew Jones (Cons, Harrogate and Knaresborough) triggered a debate on ‘problem gambling’ in which he was enthusiastically joined by Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East), calling for a ban on gambling advertising in sport; Tracey Crouch (Cons, Chatham & Aylesford), expressing concern about “loot boxes, skins and e-gaming”; and Ronnie Cowan (SNP, Inverclyde) likening the UK gambling market to the “wild west” (it seems likely that Mr Cowan is not a fan of westerns).Hop-along-Cowan also came out guns blazing in the online harms debate when he repeated his claim that children were being “groomed” for gambling via video gaming; and asked what protective measures would be brought in on loot boxes and skins.Calamity Carolyn Harris is nothing if not persistent. No sooner had she obtained an impromptu commitment from the Gambling Commission to review online stake and prize limits than she fired off a written question to the DCMS to ask when the review would commence. Ranil Jayawardena (Cons, North East Hampshire) is also proving to be a rather dogged interrogator of gambling policy. He doubled-down on his question to HM Treasury regarding “the adequacy of monies raised by gambling duties to meet the costs to the public purse associated with gambling”. It is a perfectly reasonable question but the intent is open to interpretation. Is Mr Jayawardena seeking to secure greater funds from Exchequer for addressing gambling harms or is he rather suggesting that gambling duties may need to go up (this in a week when the Gambling Commission hinted that it would like to see licence fees increased)?Elsewhere, Alex Sobel (Leeds North West) made a couple of probes on efforts to protect children from loot boxes and online gambling. Mr Sobel is now in self-isolation due to concerns the coronavirus and we wish him well. Andrew Selous (Cons, Bedfordshire) gave a shout-out to the Bishop of St Albans for his work on gambling harms as part of the Church of England’s broader approach to “strengthening family life”. Meanwhile – and as if to demonstrate that it is still possible to support the gambling industry – Sir Roger Gale (Cons, Thanet North) asked HM Treasury why slots arcades are excluded from high street rate relief. It’s a good question and – for now at least – the answer is unlikely to feature references to drug dealers, cowboys or “the Satanic spawn of Beelzebub”…which is nice.Parliament is now in recess and will sit again on Monday 24 February. We must hope for good things when it returns…but it is perhaps wise to be prepared for the bad and the ugly._______________________
PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, gets his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, left, shoots for three points under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, top, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, center, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, and Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, and Lonzo Ball watch action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, front, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson look at a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, from left, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, center, is shoved by Blake Griffin after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 21Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Austin Rivers was the first responder.He was the one who was knocked into Blake Griffin, landed on his left knee, heard him scream.He talked to Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room, although Griffin wasn’t in the mood to converse.“He’s down,” Rivers said. “It’s like oh, no, not again.” That is taken in an individual and team sense. Griffin’s biggest NBA obstacles are the muscles and ligaments that threaten to burst through the skin, yet can’t weather 82 games, not the way he attacks them.The Clippers have already lost three of the top players they meant to use to fill the empty locker of Chris Paul.Griffin left the locker room without comment Monday night.“I think it’s hyperextended,” Rivers said, speaking of Griffin’s knee. ‘“I hope it’s hyperextended. I hope that’s all it is, because if it is, he might miss a game or two. I hope it’s not worse. That’s the last thing we need, missing that guy.”The first things they need are victories, and the Clippers still got one Monday, a vastly entertaining 120-115 win over a Lakers squad that will wonder how it got away. The Clippers were up 112-110 with 3:53 left when Griffin came to the bench and then disappeared into the wings. They still won, possibly because the Lakers launched a cascade of bad shots, possibly because there are nights when there is no bad shot if it comes off the fingertips of Lou Williams.Williams was with the Lakers for much of last season, so there were no secrets here. He bombarded them with 42 points, hit all 14 of his free-throw attempts and all seven in the fourth quarter, and went 12 for 21 from the field. He and Austin Rivers combined to go 19 for 37 for 61 points. All were needed against a Lakers team that pounded the Clips with second-chance points and bench production.“I used to guard him,” Austin Rivers said. “Don’t let him go left. I don’t know why teams do it, but they do. He shoots this fading shot and you can’t block it. But tonight he went right, too. He threw down that one dunk, over Josh Hart, and they had to take him (Hart) out of the game right then. He’s more athletic than you think.“He’s a lot like Jamal Crawford was last year, where he can just go off at any time and there’s nothing you can do about it. Jamal was a little more of a finesse guy. He’d shoot more 3-pointers. He also played with the ball a little more. With Lou, he gets it and he’s either going to the basket or passing or shooting. There’s no hesitation.”With guard Patrick Beverley out for the season, Williams’ chances of winning the Sixth Man Award have diminished. “We have to start him now,” Coach Doc Rivers said.Williams has played 37, 36 and 37 minutes in his three starts. Conservation is not in the cards until the fallen Clippers begin returning to the perimeter, such as Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic. The Clipper bench provided only 20 points on Monday.Unfettered scorers are part of NBA lore. It’s not selfishness if you keep making the shots. Philadelphia had World B. Free and Andrew Toney, both known as the Boston Strangler for the carefree way they pounded jump shots in Boston Garden. There was Vinnie Johnson, the Microwave. James Harden was a killer sixth man when he played for Oklahoma City. And there was the afternoon in 1987 when Golden State’s Sleepy Floyd fired all his guns at once and laid 29 fourth-quarter points on the Lakers in a playoff game, 51 in all.It’s even more special these days, with the single-spaced defensive scouting reports designed to prevent that very thing. But guys like Williams can still turn nine other players into bystanders.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was trying to match Williams, bomb for bomb, through most of the game, but it took him 28 shots to get his 29 points. Jordan Clarkson, the new bench force for the Lakers, led a comeback with 17 points, but there was too much heave-and-hope shooting at the end for the Lakers to keep up.At least they aren’t dreading the next MRI.“I fell on him and I felt his knee, I felt it,” Austin Rivers said, shaking his head.As for Doc Rivers, he shrugged and said, “He might be all right. He might not.” Tuesday will clear that up for a coach who never thought he’d be praying to hear “day-to-day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
No. 5 is now No. 5 all time in one of MLB’s main offensive categories, and he moved past the Bambino to get there.Albert Pujols recorded his 1,993rd career run batted in Saturday with a solo home run for the Angels against the Mariners. The blast — No. 636 in his career — pushed Pujols one RBI ahead of Babe Ruth, who is credited with 1,992 by the Elias Sports Bureau. Pujols rides that fastball all the way OUTTA HERE 💥Albert Pujols passes Babe Ruth for career RBIs and now sits right behind Lou Gehrig on the all-time list with 1,993 RBIs. pic.twitter.com/1YtQEZsFuj— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) April 21, 2019Elias only recognizes the runs Ruth drove in beginning in 1920 when RBI became an official statistic. Ruth compiled 224 RBIs from 1914-19, according to Baseball Reference. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Pujols tied the Babe earlier Saturday with a run-scoring double, driving in Andrelton Simmons.Albert Pujols drives in career RBI No. 1,992, tying Babe Ruth for 5th all-time, per ELIAS Sports Bureau. pic.twitter.com/KB6P4dxfNJ— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 21, 2019Pujols will move into fourth place, past Lou Gehrig, with two more RBIs.