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SWAN elects new president, suspends Sirawoo

first_imgRelatedPosts Eid-el-Kabir: Lagos SWAN felicitates with Muslim faithful SWAN condemns suspension of Osun United, Osun Babes players’ salaries SWAN renews call to immortalise Rashidi Yekini The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja elected a new National Executive Committee to steer the affairs of the body for the next three years.Mike Oboh, the new Secretary-General of SWAN, who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja, also said the former President of the association, Honour Sirawoo, has been suspended.Oboh explained that Sirawoo was suspended for acts inimical to the well-being of the body.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the elections saw the emergence of Edo State Chairman, Ahmed Aigbona, as president.Oboh, a member of the FCT chapter and former Kano State SWAN Chairman, was elected as Secretary-General.Both Aigbona and Oboh were elected unopposed, alongside seven others who were also elected unopposed.The association’s immediate-past Vice-President North West, Ado Salisu, equally emerged Deputy President, while Femi Amusan from Oyo State became Vice-President South West.Emmanuel Uja emerged the Vice-President, North Central, with Loveday Herbert from Bayelsa as the new Vice-President, South South and Ismaila Mohammed from Jigawa as  Vice-President, North West.Ikem Asika from Anambra emerged Vice-President, South East, while Monica Iheakam of The Sun Newspapers in Lagos is the Financial Secretary.The new officials were immediately sworn in by Rosemary Hamidu, an Abuja-based lawyer.Speaking after the inauguration, the new president said the association would work towards ensuring a new drive for sports writers to get their proper place in the development of sports in the country.He said: “The new leadership will carry out this association’s activities in line with the constitution of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the SWAN statutes.“That is where we are, and we will not trample upon the rights of members.“We will respect everybody and give the association a better face.“There are several measures that we will need to take to instill discipline. But that is the first step.”The SWAN president further said the association would vigorously pursue interests that would be of larger benefit to its members, just as he pledged to operate an open door policy.He charged members to be steadfast as they go along with the new thinking of the leadership.Aigbona said the registration fee for members would now be N1,500 for three years.He urged all aggrieved members over the past three years to return to the fold as the new leadership would want the association to remain as a family. Tags: SWANlast_img read more

Jupiter Police ask Town for Pay Raise

first_imgJupiter police officers say they need a raise and better benefits to bring them up to speed with other similarly-sized police agencies.Officers say if the town does not agree to draw up a more competitive compensation package, the department could lose 20% of its force by next year.The officers had lots of support at the town council meeting from hundreds of residents wearing blue t-shirts with “Support our Jupiter Police Officers” written across the front. More money, better benefits equal to other agencies. That what police officers are asking for in the Town of Jupiter. .@Thomas_Forester has the full story: https://t.co/KIEcARKrO8 pic.twitter.com/bJ4loICQvY— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) May 22, 2019last_img read more

Bottas to partner Hamilton, Massa returns to Williams

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas replaced retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes yesterday, with Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to take the Finn’s seat at Williams.Appearing at the factory with team boss Toto Wolff, Bottas promised to push new teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton as hard as possible.“I’m sure we are going to be close and both pushing each other forward,” said the 27-year-old, who has yet to win a grand prix in four years at Williams but has appeared on the podium nine times.Wolff, who helped guide the Finn’s early career and also has close ties with Mercedes-powered Williams as a former shareholder, said Bottas would fit in well.“He’s very fast as a driver, and he shows our values,” added the Austrian, who has had an unexpectedly busy winter following Rosberg’s shock decision to quit 45 days ago, less than a week after winning his first championship.“He’s modest, humble and hard-working.”Williams had earlier announced that Massa, who left at the end of last season at the age of 35, had agreed a one-year contract to end the shortest of retirements.Mercedes have been dominant for the last three years, winning both the drivers and constructors’ titles, and will start as favourites again despite major aerodynamic rule changes.MAIN MANWhile Hamilton, 32, can expect to be the team’s main man – with many tipping the Briton to romp to a fourth title after winning 10 races in a rollercoaster 2016 – Bottas can be a genuine contender.“Now it’s time for the next level, to see how he can step up to challenge for race wins and for Championships,” Wolff said.“We know that we are already behind the curve in terms of preparations for the new season, so we’ve got a busy programme to get him integrated into the team. One thing is for sure: as I know Valtteri, he will give it everything.”Massa, a former race winner with Ferrari and 2008 world championship runner-up, will partner 18-year-old Canadian rookie Lance Stroll at Williams.“I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve,” said the Brazilian, who made a tearful farewell to his home crowd last November.“I certainly have not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing and I’m extremely motivated to be coming back to drive the FW40.”Sauber earlier set the day’s merry-go-round in motion by announcing that German driver Pascal Wehrlein, who was the Mercedes reserve and Bottas’ main rival to replace Rosberg, would race for them this year.Wehrlein, 22, drove for struggling Manor as a rookie last year but Mercedes felt they needed a more experienced replacement.Bottas’ arrival means Mercedes will have no German driver in their line-up for the first time since the German carmaker bought the former Brawn GP team at the end of 2009 and returned as a constructor.Rosberg was partnered by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher until Hamilton arrived in 2013.Mercedes said Rosberg had accepted an ambassadorial role with the team for 2017, with his first commitment an appearance with Hamilton on Tuesday for watch sponsor IWC Schaffhausen.The day’s announcements left tail-enders Manor, who are in administration and seeking a rescuer, as the only team with any potential driver vacancies for the season starting in Australia on March 26.last_img read more

Surprising competition breaks into the top 10

first_imgUSC, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arkansas, Michigan State and our own Wisconsin Badgers. The list could go on and on of teams that have underperformed this season. Some have just not played well and others have had their road to a national title game decimated by upset losses.This story line of fallen teams has dominated our attention so far this college football season.But there have been a few emerging surprises as well. Three teams that were given little or no attention in the preseason have broken into the ranks of the top 10. Stanford, Kansas State and Notre Dame have surprised the nation with outstanding performances in the first four weeks of the season and deserve a closer look for bowl game potential.The Fighting Irish are 4-0 for the first time since 2002. The traditional powerhouse is making a comeback to the spotlight with a No. 10 AP ranking entering Week 5. What is most impressive about this start is the caliber of teams Notre Dame has already beaten. After thumping Navy in their season opener 50-10, the Fighting Irish narrowly escaped Purdue with a last- second field goal, by far their shakiest performance. The past two weeks have been a stomping on the state of Michigan, with Notre Dame beating No. 10 Michigan State on the road and handing No. 18 Michigan a 13-6 loss last weekend.Defense is where Notre Dame shines. The Irish forced six turnovers against the Wolverines Saturday, including four interceptions of Denard Robinson. The defensive line was a key contributor, but most impressive was Manti Te’o. The linebacker recorded eight tackles and two interceptions for the Fighting Irish, as his presence on the field continues to elevate the Irish defense to one of the best in the nation.Offensively is where the questions still remain. Although head coach Brian Kelly has repeatedly said there is no quarterback controversy in South Bend, the fact remains Notre Dame has two quarterbacks that are sharing time. Kelly was right to bench sophomore Everett Golson for the second half in favor of veteran Tommy Rees on Saturday.While this back-and-forth game is working for the Irish at the moment, I have doubts it will continue to be successful down the road. Kelly needs to decide on who is his man in the next few weeks because the schedule does not get any easier and the team needs consistency to get itself through it.Notre Dame has one of the toughest sets of opponents in college football this year. No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 13 USC and No. 8 Stanford are all teams the Irish will have to beat, with the Cardinal headed to South Bend in just three weeks. If the Irish can get past these teams and not stumble in other games along the way, they could very well find themselves in a BCS bowl game. I doubt this pretty of a season will happen, but it still remains a big surprise there is even a possibility.Of all teams that could ruin things for Notre Dame, the most intriguing is Stanford. Graduating Andrew Luck left a key hole in the Cardinal offense entering the season. Junior quarterback Josh Nunes is no Luck, but if you can outplay USC quarterback Matt Barkley, you’re probably doing just fine.Running back Stepfan Taylor gives the Cardinal a balanced offensive attack; he has scored a touchdown in every game for the Cardinal as their main offensive weapon. Since entering the season ranked No. 21, Stanford has seen its stock rise meteorically to No. 8, quite the surprise for a team that lost its best player to the NFL draft in the offseason.Coming off a bye week, the Cardinal will head north to play the Washington Huskies Thursday night in what should be a great Pac-12 matchup. I don’t think anyone gave this team a realistic shot at a bowl game this year without Luck, but with arguably its toughest game already a success story, why not? The Pac-12 has suddenly turned into a heated conference battle fans should be eager to watch play out.Other surprising conference battles? Look no further than the Kansas State Wildcats’ win over Oklahoma on the road.Yes, a team that was given little respect going into the season with no ranking knocked Oklahoma down. I honored head coach Bill Snyder with Coach of the Week, but as the season sits, I proclaim him Coach of the Year so far in this young season.The Wildcats finished second in the Big 12 last year, returned 18 starters and yet were ranked sixth in the conference to start the season. On a mission to prove their worth to the college football elite, they have done just that. The Wildcats slowly crept their way up the Top 25 rankings with solid performances against Missouri State, Miami (Fla.), North Texas and then struck hard with the upset over the Sooners on Saturday. Now suddenly they are the No. 7 team in the nation, causing many people to ask if this Wildcat team is the real deal.Playing in a very competitive Big 12 that is now up for anyone’s taking, Kansas State has already beaten its supposed biggest threat. If the Wildcats can beat Oklahoma on the road, there is no question the four other currently ranked teams remaining on their schedule are in for tough games.Quarterback Collin Klein leads the KSU offense and has mustered up talk as a potential Heisman candidate if his performances can continue. He is backed by a defense that forced Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones to make mistakes all night long, including two turnovers that turned into Kansas State touchdowns. Sounds like the real deal to me.With surprise and success being the theme, I must make a note about the Gophers. Hold your groans.As a Minnesotan who grew up in a home that worships the Gophers, I can’t help but be pleased to see the program improving. Don’t get me wrong, I have happily traded family tradition and converted to the superior side, cheering twice as loudly when Minnesota comes to Camp Randall. Yet after going 3-9 in 2011, Minnesota brought the Big Ten down. Second-year coach Jerry Kill has started to turn things around with a 4-0 start to the season, and with the Big Ten lacking overall strength right now, the Gophers are looking in good shape to make a run in conference play.However, the Gophers are going to do what Minnesota teams do best: Choke.In a season boasting surprisingly competitive teams, that should still prove to be a given.Happy now? Follow Caroline on Twitterlast_img read more

Keith’s Keys: USC needs to utilize its playmakers for success

first_imgA great man once said, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”In the post-game press conference after an embarrassing 17-3 defeat at the hands of Stanford, USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin pulled out his best Vince Vaughn impression, dodging questions and shirking responsibility regarding USC’s offensive impotency. When asked why sophomore running back Stephen Carr and freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown didn’t get more touches, Martin — after claiming that both Carr and St. Brown played a lot of snaps — responded with an at-fault coach’s all-time classic and sports version of the Fifth Amendment: “Next question.”Pleading the Fifth protects those in the court of law from self-incrimination. But, in the court of the Trojan football, “next question” is as useful as a third-down screenplay to redshirt sophomore Vavae Malepeai — two things Martin is quite familiar with.Anyone could tell that Martin knew his lackluster play-calling cost the Trojans the game but was masking his guilt by avoiding the question.Trojan football will most likely fall short of the 2018 Pac-12 title, but it’s not because of a lack of talent. It is because of a lack of coaching.For St. Brown, who caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown just a week ago against UNLV, to go an entire half without a single target is simply ridiculous.For Martin to ignore arguably the best USC receiver in years for a full half would be a fireable offense at other programs. USC has the talent at every single position to light up opposing defenses, yet the Trojans turned the ball over three times and failed to execute on third down.Martin claimed that it was a lack of execution that lost the Trojans the game, when, in fact, it was a complete lack of preparation and inconsistent offensive strategy that did the Trojans in. It seemed that sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns was the only reliable receiver on USC’s roster because he ran the easiest routes possible.Vaughns is talented, but he should not be the be-all and end-all for the Trojan offense when there’s such a plethora of other talented receivers available. On multiple occasions, Martin ran poor plays when the Trojans needed big ones.While the Vaughns curl route was working for short yardage gains, Martin refused to dial up enough long routes to stretch the field vertically. Stanford demolished USC’s secondary by throwing all over the middle of the field to their physical tight ends. And although a couple of drops by senior tight end Tyler Petite and underthrown passes from freshman quarterback JT Daniels were not in Martin’s control, the lack of consistent strategy from the Trojan coaching staff is concerning. There’s not much you can do when your quarterback injures his throwing hand. But, when the offensive line — which came into that game with multiple guys not at their peaks — opened up holes left and right for ’SC running backs, there has to be questions regarding the decisions behind these plays.Aside from a poor first-quarter drive where the defense allowed 39 yards to Bryce Love, including a seven-yard touchdown scamper, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast kept a dangerous Cardinal offense at bay for a majority of the game. The defense did its job and more on Saturday, and was rewarded with the worst offensive performance by a USC team in over 20 years. Some may argue that the road environment at Stanford Stadium makes it hard for any team to pull out a victory. And while that may be true, it’s still unacceptable that a Trojan defense could hold a Cardinal offense to just 3 second-half points and still lose the game because of an offense that didn’t know what it was doing.This week’s game against Texas will be yet another tough road test that will reveal whether or not this USC ballclub is ready for the postseason. Martin, who assumed full control of the play calling from Helton this season, will have to change everything from this past week or risk yet another lost USC season. If you asked me on the stand whether or not Martin deserves to be USC’s offensive coordinator after last week’s performance, I’d plead the Fifth. Keith Demolder is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. His column, “Keith’s Keys,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

Former Miami-Dade cop sentenced for smuggling guns to Dominican Republic

first_imgFour-year sentence for unlawful export of firearmsA former Miami-Dade police officer who pleaded guilty in June to helping smuggle firearms to the Dominican Republic was slapped with a four-year sentence for unlawfully exporting firearms.According to a news release by the Department of Justice, Michael Freshko admitted that he used his position as a police officer to transport firearms past the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening area at Miami International Airport and would hand over the guns to a co-conspirator near the departure gates.Prosecutors said the co-conspirator would store the guns in carry-on baggage.The same co-conspirator would travel to the Dominican Republic aboard a commercial flight and deliver the guns to an associate, prosecutors said.Department of Justice officials said Freshko confessed to smuggling one or more guns on October 5, 2012, and multiple guns on December. 7, 2012.Prosecutors said six guns were smuggled in total.Freshko faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.He was hired by the Miami-Dade Police Department in September 2004 and was most recently assigned to the Airport District.last_img read more

Nathan Rothschild: iSport Genius – Sorting the men from the boys at Russia 2018

first_img Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Nathan Rothschild, iSport GeniusNathan Rothschild, partner and co-founder at iSport Genius, looks into the data challenges that face operators and punters alike at the upcoming World Cup. With the tournament taking place in a new country and with historical head-to-head data somewhat limited, advanced methodologies are needed to factor in the new elements and ensure that no data goes to waste.___________________We all know how important the World Cup is to both punters and betting operators. Always a feast of football, the tournament this year in Russia will once again feature 32 teams playing 64 matches all within the space of a month.Every World Cup throws up its challenges as we all attempt to assess who will be the stars, the surprise packages and ultimately, of course, the tournament winners.Yet, with Russia being the venue this year and with some traditional European football powerhouses -­ Italy and the Netherlands – failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament, it poses some data challenges for anyone attempting to make sense of some of the match-ups we will see in both the group and knockout stages.The expansion to 32 teams first occurred in 1998 in France and the problems that happen when we attempt to understand probabilities based on limited reliable data have been evident ever since.With any World Cup there is a real lack of traditional data as we know it and that is compounded when the tournament takes place in virgin territory such as Russia. When it comes to the data available, we don’t have the sample sizes or head-to-head comparisons to guide us.We simply don’t have the over-abundance of data that is available when it comes to regular domestic league seasons, so what we do have, we need to use every last bit.Austerity dataAdvanced methodologies are hence needed to factor in more elements – often unique to the World Cup – and to make this data as interesting and granular as possible. Some examples that we have derived from past tournaments give a flavour of the work we have been doing in preparation for this coming summer, with a particular emphasis on generating insights around key betting markets.For instance, this is an interesting stat that our data engine has thrown up: the ‘First Half Under 0.5 Goals’ market has saluted in seven of the last eight World Cup matches between teams from North and Central America and Europe.Or how about this one: the underdog has won each of the last eight World Cup matches between two teams from different regions when leading at halftime.Or perhaps these stats will be useful; for Mexico, the half-time scoreline has been 0-0 in five of the team’s last six World Cup group stage matches and that Asian teams have lost nine of their last 10 World Cup group stage day matches.Finally, how about these? The ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ market has hit in six of the last seven World Cup group stage day matches between teams from Europe and Africa while the ‘Under 1.5 Goals’ market has hit during regulation time in seven of the last nine World Cup matches between two teams from different regions.We think that data such as this can allow operators (and ultimately their players) to look at the football from a different angle.In part, the data proves the old adage about tournament football that the normal rules don’t apply, but also that if you dig deep enough, you will find supporting data to show you trends that can help draw data-led conclusions. The truth is out there if you search hard enough.That remains the case even if the match is taking place nearly 1,800 kilometres from Moscow between two teams that have never before met in competition. Yes, welcome to Egypt v Uruguay on 15 June in Ekaterinburg. This World Cup first-ever match-up may be somewhat off the beaten track, but that doesn’t mean it comes without signposts______________Nathan Rothschild -Partner & Co-Founder -iSport GeniusBetting strategies and trading dynamics will be will be discussed and debated at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information… StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

Wawrinka stuns Djokovic in Epic Five-Set Battle at Australian Open

first_imgplace in the Australian Open 2014 semifinals awaits an eager Stanislas Wawrinka after battling through five, gruelling sets and shaking off cramps toward the end of the fifth to dethrone defending champion Novak Djokovic in a four hour, heart-stopping upset, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7. It would be an understatement to suggest the epic quarterfinal rematch merely lived up to the hype of the past couple of days, the Swiss rapidly gaining momentum in the third set when he began to really dictate play during the long, testing rallies. Sometimes forcing the error off his opponent and, at other times, sticking it out until Djokovic faltered under the pressure of a critical point, this was how Wawrinka won the majority of his points throughout the match – neither player hitting many successful winners on the whole which made for a different kind of match to watch. The Swiss’ fine service combined with consistent returns upon Djokovic’s first serves gave him an edge over his more highly ranked opponent.  The Serbian put it down to a mental edge and a bigger serve, also perceiving Wawrinka to have better handled the big stage in comparison to their meeting in Melbourne the previous year. “He served extremely well from the beginning to the end. Every time he was in trouble, he was coming up with big serves,” Djokovic said, reflecting on the match shortly afterwards. ”‹”He took his opportunities. He deserved this win today. I congratulate him absolutely. There is nothing I can say, you know, I gave it my best. I gave it all… I tried to fight until the last point as I did in a very similar match we had last year in the fourth round, same court, but it wasn’t to be this time.  “These are kind of matches that you work for, you live for, you practice for… I gave my best. It wasn’t enough.” The Serbian did, after all, execute his game to perfection in the opening set. He pressed himself forward to the net and exhibited some beautiful drop shots and winner volleys which sent Wawrinka scrambling to no avail.  Once the Swiss found his rhythm and his killer backhand began to explode off his racquet, there was no stopping him. Djokovic was forced to go for big shots but was uncharacteristically inconsistent as his errors continued to accumulate. And no wonder, when he had over 200 km/hr serves hurling down at him including an abundance of aces; 17 serves with which the Serbian could not even make contact. “After losing two times against him at Grand Slams in five sets, I’m really happy to take that one. It’s great for me,” an excited Wawrinka said following his recovery ice bath after the match. ”‹”‹”It was a really tough battle. I started to cramp a little bit (in the) middle of fifth set, so I had to deal with that. I had to relax a little bit more. I was returning well. I had to do more with my serve, mix it up more, and stay really aggressive.  ”‹”In the last one, He missed easy shots. But, in general, in the fifth set I think I went for it.” With an extraordinarily strong top 5 or 6 contenders dominating the men’s field over the past decade or so, Wawrinka has found himself, time and time again, being beaten down by the best of the best. When describing how he felt after Tuesday night’s special victory, he could not help but smile with a glimmer of pride.  “”‹It’s never easy. I have had so many losses against them, it’s always a tough challenge to play them. But, you know, I think last year I took a lot of confidence out of the match with Novak. It was really close. I was playing good. We always have some great battles. I came out on the court tonight with a lot of confidence in myself knowing that, if I play my best game, I always have a chance against him. “I had to fight within myself to fight against him and… that meant being really aggressive, to serve better. That’s what I did. That’s why I won the match tonight.” He will enter his semifinal on Thursday with heightened trust in his own game plan, set to face Tomas Berdychwho defeated David Ferrer in four sets earlier that day.  ”‹”He’s going to be a tough player to beat. He already made one final in one slam. He already made semifinals in every Grand Slam. So he’s there. He’s really close to the top, top guys. It’s going to be a tough battle.”last_img read more

Rajon Rondo signs contract, says he expects LeBron James, Lakers to challenge for NBA title

first_img VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Rondo said his game has changed little during his 12 seasons in the NBA.“You know what you’re getting with me,” he said, referring to his playmaking ability.Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star averaged 8.3 points, 4 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 65 games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, including 63 starts. He had a league-leading 25 assists in a Dec. 27 game against the Brooklyn Nets last season.The Lakers are Rondo’s sixth NBA team after he played with the Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. He and the Celtics faced off against the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2008 and ’10, with the storied teams splitting the matchups.“We are thrilled to have Rajon bring his off-the-charts basketball IQ to the Lakers,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “He has a proven ability to play at an elite level during playoff and championship runs, and that is a highly valued skill.“Rajon is also respected around the NBA as an extremely hard worker and relentless competitor and that mentality is key to how we want to build our roster.”Related Articlescenter_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever The first step in Pelinka’s rebuild for 2018-19 and beyond happened Sunday, with the long-awaited and much-hoped-for announcement of James’ agreement to join the Lakers. The team also added Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee in addition to re-signing Caldwell-Pope.Rondo said the Lakers contacted him when free agency began at 9:01 p.m. last Saturday. He said they didn’t have to make much of a pitch, based on the fact that he was thrilled about getting a chance to play with James, a four-team MVP and a three-time league champion.In addition to James, Rondo said he hoped to learn from Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and a Hall of Fame point guard who directed the franchise to five NBA championships during the “Showtime” era of the 1980s.Rondo’s battles with the Lakers as a member of the Celtics are ancient history, he said.“It hasn’t felt strange at all,” he said. “None of those players are left.” Rajon Rondo didn’t wish to rehash old rivalries, preferring to keep them dead and buried. He didn’t want to talk about supplanting Lonzo Ball, but rather hoped to serve as a mentor to the second-year point guard. He said he was eager to join forces with LeBron James and fight for an NBA title.“I think any team with LeBron James can,” Rondo said when asked if he expected the Lakers to challenge the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy next season. “We’ll be right in the mix. I’m not predicting anything, but at the end of the day, I expect to win.“Anything else is not satisfying.”Rondo signed his one-season, $9-million contract with the Lakers on Friday, officially joining their upgraded roster, which includes James after the superstar forward agreed Sunday to sign a four-season, $153.3-million deal as the free-agent catch of the summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers also said Friday they re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-season, $12-million contract and signed Isaac Bonga after completing a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire the 39th overall pick in the draft. The Lakers sent a second-round pick in 2019 and cash to the 76ers.Rondo, 32, said during a conference call with reporters that he spoke briefly with Coach Luke Walton, who took him on a tour of the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility. They didn’t talk about Rondo’s role in great detail during their initial conversation, but it’s become clear part of the Lakers’ plan is to ease the pressure on James by building a roster with more playmakers.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We might have a roster where there’s five ball handlers on the court at one time,” Rondo said. “Five guys that can … playmake and create offense for each other versus just one dominant ball handler. It will be very versatile and I don’t think you’ll be able to scout and stick to one gameplan as far as being able to stop a certain player.”“I think it is kind of crazy if you think you are going to outshoot Golden State at this point,” Rondo added. “Obviously, they have proved it – that no team can really shoot with them, so I think of other ways that you have to try to beat those guys. We are going to try to crack that code.”Of playing with the 20-year-old Ball, Rondo said, “I want to try to help him as much as I can and bring him up to speed, especially with as much pressure as the organization has on it right now. That’s one thing I’ve done a pretty good job of – helping young guys on the court, but mostly off.”last_img read more

Blaž Slišković to Take Over the North Korea’s National Team?

first_imgThe former selector of the national team of B&H Blaž Slišković will most probably become the new selector of the North Korea’s national team.Slišković revealed that he is waiting for his airplane ticket for Pyongyang where he should sign the contract.The famous Bosnian footballer should have sign this contract even earlier but it didn’t happen  because one of the generals got sick so Baka still doesn’t know if he will take over the team or not. (Source: Sport Centar)last_img