Elliott, who also won the Troytown Chase with Balbriggan, said: “He was very green and is still a big baby. He ran all over the place, but he’s one for the future. “He definitely wants two-mile-four plus and a faster gallop. He’s going to be a big chaser for next year.” Free Expression is 16-1 for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with Paddy Power and Boylesports. Free Expression took the step up to Grade Two company in his stride as he maintained his unbeaten record in the ‘Monksfield’ Novice Hurdle at Navan. Winner of a point-to-point and a bumper, the J P McManus-owned gelding was sent off the 11-10 favourite on the strength of his victory in a 25-runner maiden hurdle at Naas just 15 days earlier. Mark Walsh brought the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old through to lead after Martello Tower fell two out when holding a narrow advantage, and though r ank outsider Shantou Flyer looked a danger on the run-in, Free Expression kept on well to score by a length and a quarter. Press Association
Brown was penalised for a foul in the area on Radamel Falcao, although the offence was committed by O’Shea. Brown was on the scene but made no contact with the United player. Wayne Rooney scored the resulting penalty to break the deadlock. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) released a statement after the match insisting it was not a case of mistaken identity and East did in fact mean to send Brown off. East believed he saw contact from O’Shea and Brown on Falcao and sent off the latter as in his view Brown’s foul had been the crucial one, the statement said. East came in for fierce criticism on social media and in match reports in the wake of the incident, the latest decision to come under scrutiny following a series of controversial calls in recent weeks. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was also critical of the decision when asked about it after the match and the club have now opted to try and get Brown’s three-match ban overturned. Brown was sent off by referee Roger East at Old Trafford when television replays showed it was team-mate John O’Shea who should have been dismissed. Sunderland confirmed their intention to appeal on their official website and have until 1pm on Monday to lodge the appeal. Press Association Sunderland will appeal the controversial red card shown to defender Wes Brown in Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United.
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Five seasons after joining forces with Sumner Memorial High School to revive its dormant football program, the Ellsworth Eagles are ready to fly solo.Ellsworth will compete as its own football program for the first time in 62 years when it ends its partnership with Sumner prior to the 2017 season. The details haven’t been finalized yet, but the Ellsworth administration is preparing for it.Despite the fact that Sumner only had one player, senior Jacob Shorey, on the team this season, the Maine Principals’ Association combined the total enrollment sizes of the two high schools to determine the Eagles’ class size. This would have required Ellsworth/Sumner to play in Class B if it wanted playoff eligibility, and coaches and administrators both agreed that wasn’t an option.“The problem is that if we were to continue with Sumner and go to Class B or C, [the MPA] would put us with teams like Brunswick, Lawrence and Brewer — schools with much bigger enrollments and more kids on their teams,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “At that point, we would have issues about competitiveness and player safety. We’re still a young program.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter winless seasons in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Ellsworth/Sumner went 5-3 in 2015. Had they been eligible for the Class D playoffs last year, that record would have been good enough to make the cut.2016 wasn’t quite as special for Ellsworth/Sumner, but the Eagles were still much more competitive than they were their first three years. The team beat Washington Academy and Stearns/Lee Academy and also played a competitive game against Houlton earlier in the season before giving up two late touchdowns.“We’re far ahead of where we were, and we’re going to improve more as the program grows,” head coach Duane Crawford said. “When we look down the line, it’s going to be really nice for us if these kids got a chance to see some postseason action.”The fact that 2017 will be a reclassification year means Ellsworth won’t be restricted from the playoffs by splitting from Sumner. Frost also mentioned the possibility of a change in the current system, which fully combines the enrollments of partnered schools regardless of circumstances. Yet even if the MPA used a formula that accounted for Sumner’s small share, that could result in the team changing class size on a yearly basis.Sumner was not slated to have a player on the team next season. Ellsworth/Sumner has always consisted primarily of Ellsworth players, and the Ellsworth Football League has funded the team via donations since 2008. In the future, Frost wants administration to have more control over the team to make it easier for the program to thrive.“Right now, administration doesn’t give anything to the Ellsworth Football League,” Frost said. “It would be beneficial if we could set aside some money in the budget to pay for coaches, jerseys and that stuff for the first time.”Ellsworth is already seeing increased participation in both the Ellsworth Football League and its varsity team with each passing year. If that trend continues, the Eagles could see the possibility of playoff eligibility coincide with a potentially emerging football program’s rise.“Right now, it just seems like the right time to do this,” Frost said. “Now that we’ve had some success with football these past two years, it’s a chance to see what we can do on our own.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Bio
(REUTERS) – The favourites to win next year’s World Cup in Russia were given navigable paths to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain having reasons to feel reasonably optimistic after yesterday’s draw.Soccer Football 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw, State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2017:The nations’ coaches pose for a photo after the drawEven hosts Russia, the lowest-ranked of the 32 nations taking part, breathed a sigh of relief after learning they will open the 21st edition of the tournament against Saudi Arabia before tackling Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.Holders Germany will open their bid for a fifth title against dark horses Mexico, with Sweden, conquerors of Italy in last month’s playoffs, and South Korea also in Group F.Ever-present five-time champions Brazil have Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia for company in Group E while Argentina face an intriguing opener against debutants Iceland in Group D.Lionel Messi’s Argentina, beaten by Germany in the last World Cup final and still awaiting their first title since 1986, will face Croatia and Nigeria as well as Iceland.While there was no obvious ‘Group of Death’, France were handed some tricky fixtures with 10th-ranked Peru, back after a 36-year absence, Denmark and Australia in Group C.The standout group match will be European champions Portugal against 2010 world champions Spain, although with Morocco and Iran also in Group B they both should progress.England, who have made next to no impression at the last two World Cups, will face fifth-ranked Belgium in Group G after they have played Tunisia and first-time qualifiers Panama.Diego Maradona, whose infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal for Argentina helped eliminate England in 1986, the last time the South American side won the trophy, drew England’s ball out of the bowl in a draw ceremony featuring several former greats.
AS a result of their exceptional performance at the just concluded Guyana Pool Committee (GPC) Banks Beer National Pool Qualifiers, the pair of Sean DeSouza and Steven Persaud have secured sponsorship to travel to Trinidad for an upcoming competition with their national team.DeSouza finished as the national pool champion, after recording 16 wins (lost three) in 19 games in the grand two-day finale of the nationwide competition, which attracted the top competitors in the country.The champion lost to Kamil Husain, Dave Husain and number 13 finisher Ronald Lowton.Persaud, who finished second, won 15 of his 19 games.In total, the top eight players were selected to represent team Guyana, from the 20 finalists who competed at the Grand Central Sports Bar in Grove last weekend.Johnathon Parbu finished third with 14 wins, while Kamil Husain, Abdool Salim, Ryan Rambalak, Anthony Xavier and Dave Hussain also made the national team.Ryan Baksh, who won 10 of his games, and Suraj Singh who won eight, rounded off the top 10.In Trinidad, the Guyanese players and their Trinidadian counterparts will battle in a competition similar to the Masconi Cup (which is an annual nine-ball pool tournament contested between teams representing Europe and the United States since 1994). The hope is to create a friendly rivalry between the two nations and to re-ignite interest in the game.According to information from the organisers, Banks DIH, Grand Central Sports Bar and Suraj Sports Bar were instrumental throughout the tournament.
Three of the area’s indoor track and field teams began 2020 by traveling east to Utica College’s Hutton Dome for the fourth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter.And the big individual star was Skaneateles senior Emme Conan, who twice beat large fields in the girls sprint races. Conan ran the 55-meter dash in 7.50 seconds and got team honors in the relay format with Eva Vitsaxaki, who posted 8.13 seconds.Then, in the 300-meter dash, Conan, in a time of 43.06 seconds, was nearly a full second clear of South Jefferson’s Kaylee Haynes (43.82) and the field and paired with Brooke Linfield for third place on the team side. To cap off her day, Vitsaxaki and Emme Conan paired with Grace Conan and Tess Peterson to tie West Genesee’s quartet of Sandy Gardino, Abby Kuppinger, Mikeayla DeJesus and Caitlin Mills, both finishing in 1:52.15.The Skaneateles girls overall had 50 points to finish fourth in a 25-team field, with WG right behind by earning 49.5 points for fifth place. Marcellus was 11th with 28.33 points as Rome Free Academy won with 63 points.To win the high jump, Peterson and Maddie Wright cleared 9 feet 2 inches. Sarah Tallerico and Lillian Coleman helped Skaneateles get third place in the 1,000-meter run in 6:50.30. The Lakers were also fourth in the 4×800 relay in 11:02.08. Tags: indoor trackMarcellusskaneatelesWest Genesee WG had DeJesus, Kuppinger, Alana Eastman and Mia Mitchell go 4:32.31 in the 4×400 relay, second to South Lewis’ 4:31.21. Natalie Buckhout and Faith Knox teamed for second place in the 1,500-meter run in 10:59.63, with Kuppinger and Riley Flynn second in the 300 in 1:34.20.Olivia Becker and Rachel Reynolds take third place in the 55-meter hurdles in 20.39 seconds, with Mills and Natalie Keiling tying for third in the 55 sprint (15.98 seconds) behind Skaneateles.Marcellus tied for second in the high jump, Heidi Steigerwald and Lindsey Balsam clearing 8’8″ between them. the Mustangs were sixth in the 4×400, with Anella Bolster and Alyssa McShane fifth in the 1,500, along with McShane and Brianna Lucchetti fifth in the 600-meter runMoving to the boys side at MVITA, Skaneateles was fifth here, too, earning 42 points. WG earned eighth place with 34 points and Marcellus had 24.66 points for 10th place.Caleb Bender, Joe Norris, Matt Persampieri and Tony DiRubbo were second (8:47.82) to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (8:45.95) in the 4×800 relay, with WG fourth in 9:11.73, but improving to third in the 4×400 in 3:44.55. Bender and DiRubbo were second in the 1,000 in 5:40.13, just behind the 5:39.47 from Remsen.Will Girzadas and Nolan Gryzlo earned third place in the 3,200-meter run (22:44.90) for Skaneateles. Emil Sander took third in the 55 sprint in 6.96 seconds, with Marcellus’ Ryan White (7.01) fifth to go with his second in the 300 in 1:20.73. Sander cleared 5’4″ in the high jump for fourth-place points.The Wildcats featured Matt Bartolotta’s win in the 1,600-meter run in 4:40.60 as he and Peter McMahon were second (9:47.23) to Skaneateles, who had Norris and Persampieri pair to win in 9:44.73. Robert Ciarla and Bryce Bort were third in the 300 in 1:20.17, with Connor Scott and Brandon Scott fourth in the triple jump.Marcellus featured a third-place finish from Jonah Kwasnowski and Mason Grieb in the 55 hurdles in 18.46 seconds, with the Mustangs getting fifth place in the 4×200 relay.A day later, at SRC Arena, Westhill had its girls team finish second to Fayetteville-Manlius with 104 points in the afternoon session of the John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, with the boys Warriors finishing fifth.Angie Mesa-Espinosa, in 7.69 seconds, edged Ashley Heffernan (7.74) in the 55 sprint and they also finished third in the long jump, with Addie Lowery and Liz Kessler second in the 300 as Ashley Bolesh and Madison Scheirer finished second in the triple jump.Scheirer and Corinne Allen cleared 9 feet in the high jump for second place, with Heffernan and Lauren Bendall topping 16 feet in the pole vault to finish second,The Warriors were second in the 4×800 and 4×200 as Ryan Murphy and Colleen Patrie were third in the shot put before Murphy and Jordyn Ostuni took second in the weight throw with 51’2″.On the boys end, Westhill’s 4×800 relay team of Jacob Fricano, Brian Kenny, Brandon Mulholland and Mike Ferrara won in 8:39.67. Jossiah Miggiani and Angelo Carr were second in the 1,000 in 5:53.48. Ben Helfeld and Geoff Cundall were second in the shot put, with Helfeld recording a second-place weight throw of 39’8″. Aaron Thornton cleared 9 feet in the pole vault.Earlier, in the morning session, the Jordan-Elbridge boys finished fifth and the girls eighth, the boys Eagles winning the 4×800 in 8:43.64 and finishing third in the 4×400 as Kenny Williams was second in the 600 in 1:30.04.Also, J-E’s Vassianna Klock won the girls 1,500 in 5:08.50 and was second in the 600 as Kyra White and Cassandra Gates were second in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm Contact Eric: email@example.com | @esblack34 Syracuse defender Sarah Cooper has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s freshman of the year, the league announced on Wednesday.The top-ranked defender in her recruiting class by Inside Lacrosse, Cooper earned second-team All-ACC honors last week. Despite being the only starting freshman on No. 4 Syracuse’s (15-4, 5-2 ACC) 27th-ranked scoring defense, Cooper has had success this season as the backline’s “rover.”The Lutherville, Maryland native led the Orange with 30 caused turnovers, including a season-high five in her college debut versus Connecticut and on March 27 against Albany. She also scooped up 30 ground balls, second on the team to goaltender Asa Goldstock.Cooper, who scored the first and only goal of her career against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 18, led SU with five draw controls in its first-round ACC tournament win versus Virginia. After falling to Boston College in the ensuing round, Syracuse now awaits its NCAA Tournament placement, which will be determined on Sunday, May 5. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text
The Florida Department of Health is warning persons with special medical needs not to wait until a hurricane is barreling down on South Florida before making preparations.“Avoid delays and stress during severe weather by registering in advance for a special needs shelter. Those who are pre-registered will have transportation, paperwork and details arranged so they can be brought to a shelter quickly,” the Department stated in a release.The Florida Department of Health in Broward and Broward County Emergency Management are responsible for ensuring that clients with special medical needs are triaged and placed in special needs shelters during severe weather, says Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of DOH-Broward.. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.The shelters are recommended for those who have needs such as being dependent on electricity or need oxygen. To be eligible, an adult or child must meet one or more of these criteria:Depends on a health care professional to perform daily assessment and administer care.Requires minimal assistance.Depends on oxygen therapy.Is medically dependent on uninterrupted electricity.Has mental or cognitive limitations requiring assistance and is accompanied by a full-time caregiver.Needs care that exceeds aid provided at general shelters.Has impairments or disabilities that are medically stable.Is a hospice client and is accompanied by caregiver or hospice nurse.Weighs less than the safety weight restrictions of provided cots (after supply of hospital beds and bariatric cots are exhausted).Broward County estimates that several thousand people are eligible for special needs shelters but fewer than 400 are registered. The number has been declining, likely due to complacency, lack of information or plans to stay with others. Those who need a higher level of care can be scheduled to shelter in a hospital.The adult application is available at: www.broward.org/Hurricane/AtRisk/Pages/SpecialNeeds.aspx. It is available in English, Spanish and Creole.The pediatric application is available in English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese at:http://broward.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/hurricanes/index.html.The application should be completed and mailed to:ADULTSSpecial Needs RegistryBroward County Emergency Management Division201 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324CHILDRENSpecial Needs RegistryFlorida Department of Health in Broward County780 SW 24th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315OR fax pediatric application to 954-767-5155Here are other hurricane preparation tips from the Department of Health: Write an emergency plan – List anyone with special transportation needs, an evacuation plan, an emergency meeting place, an out of town contact and a pet plan.Emergency supplies – One gallon of water per person for 7 days. Non-perishable foods such as canned meat, fish, veggies, fruits and nuts for 3 to 7 days. Can opener, disposable plates, utensils, matches and cooking gel. Flashlights with spare batteries.Medical needs – Get a 30 day supply of prescription medications, plus over the counter pain reliever, antacids, anti-diarrheal medicine and children’s medicine. List physician contact information, blood type and allergies for all family members.First-aid kit – Sterile bandages, cleansing agent, safety pins, gauze pads, scissors, sewing needle, moist towelettes and tape.Essential data in waterproof container – Store information about insurers, emergency agencies, family, friends, credit cards and bank accounts, and electronic copies of mortgage, home deed, car title, medical records, etc.Mosquito protection – Practice “Drain and Cover” by getting rid of standing water in and around your house, using repellent with DEET or other effective substance, wearing long pants and sleeves when outdoors, and repairing broken screens on windows and doors. Health Department warns persons with medical needs to prepare for a hurricane
Even down six players, all nine players who scored for Detroit finished in double figures, although none of them scored more than Bruce Brown’s 15 points.The Pistons started 19-year-old power forward Sekou Doumbouya, who’d played only 24 minutes all season and Thursday drew the tough task of trying to defend Leonard, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists – for his career-best fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points and five assists.The Moreno Valley native – facing his former Riverside King teammate Tony Snell (14 points) – was one of six Clippers to score in double figures, including Moe Harkless, whose team improved to 7-0 when he scores 10 points or more.Harkless had 12 on 6-for-7 shooting on Thursday, when he also had nine rebounds, a pair of assists, a blocked shot and a steal and finished a game-high plus-27 in the box score.“I love when Moe plays at that pace,” Rivers said. “He guarded, he rebounded, but more importantly, when Moe pushes the ball up the floor, it gives us another ballhandler that they can’t account for. I love the speed and pace that he played with tonight. We need that every night. That was great.”Montrezl Harrell led both teams with 23 points off the bench, and Williams – who shot just 13 for 40 in his previous three outings – went 7 for 16 from the floor. JaMychal Green also finished with 12 points in addition to grabbing 12 rebounds, the 2,000th of his career included among them.Clippers center Ivica Zubac effectively battled Detroit big man Andre Drumond, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Zubac finished with eight points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in his 18 minutes on the floor.“It was like two dinosaurs out there, banging heads,” Rivers said. “I thought he and Drummond were having a ball. It was like Drummond said, ‘Wow, somebody my size. I can, like, run into him.’ And then Zu can then run into him. It was the old days. It was nice.”George played 16 productive minutes before his departure, and he appeared to be shaking off a string of sub-par shooting performances: He was 5 for 10 overall and 2 for 5 from 3-point range, to go with three rebounds and three assists.Related Articles “I think we’ll get sharper and sharper as time goes on.”@TeamLou23 chats with @jaimemaggio after the @LAClippers win!#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/xqQSvRuWnx— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 3, 2020 “Nothing happened, he just felt tightness,” Rivers said of George’s hamstring. “We just decided not to bring him back. He’s gonna be evaluated, clearly, I think it’s the back more than the legs, but I don’t know.”Williams said it’s important that the Clippers keep finding ways to win, even at less than full strength. In addition to George’s departure, guard Patrick Beverley missed his second consecutive game with a sprained right wrist.“We’ve had games like this,” Williams said. “Trezz played solid, I thought I played solid, Kawhi did him and PG went down with whatever he’s down with but, yeah, shows just how deep we are when we keep going.”Williams’ fadeaway with 3:34 made it 58-58, and the Clippers scored the next 10 points to pull ahead 68-58. They finished a back-and-forth first half that featured 15 lead changes and 12 ties leading 69-63 – but without George, who started the game 3 for 5.“I thought we just picked up our energy,” Williams said. “And tried to shake the new year off.”Tonight’s leading scorer, Montrezl Harrell, talks about his performance & the @LAClippers “team” mantra.#ClipperNation • @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/8rgaxlavCF— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 3, 2020 Lou Williams – who missed Tuesday’s victory at Sacramento on account of the birth of his son, Syx, on New Year’s Day – said he wasn’t concerned about the Clippers’ late-game fade.“In the fourth quarter, they were just playing free and loose, we were up so big and they were kind of able to clean it up,” said Williams, who collected 22 points, five assists and five rebounds off the bench for the 17th time in his career, the second-most in NBA history. “But I thought we played well on both ends.”Rivers wasn’t as impressed.“I suggested that at halftime maybe we should play a little better defense,” Rivers said. “Because we hadn’t, we really had not. Give them credit, they played hard as heck, Derrick Rose was unguardable in the first half. But when you have that many guys out, and Blake is out and other guys, and they are still able to score when you are supposed to be a good defensive team, it’s pretty disappointing.“Give our guys credit in the third quarter, they came out, defended and scored, got a big lead. Then they went back to what they were doing in the first two quarters – but I’ll take the game.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “I just liked our ball movement today. When we play with more speed on most nights… we’re pretty good.”Doc Rivers reflects on tonight’s win & provides a Paul George injury update.#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/RF7SU3KlBX— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 3, 2020 .@moe_harkless goes the length of the floor and gets it done with the and-one.📺 @FoxSportsWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/UwHdJ7a84p— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 3, 2020 “I think we turned it up defensively… Coach came in at halftime and made it a point for us to pick up our defense. I think we came out and executed that.”Moe Harkless talks about opening up 2020 with a win.#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/BoltTNbRqe— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 3, 2020 What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) shoots as Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway (9) and forward Thon Maker (7) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, and guard Derrick Walton Jr., right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, right, tries to drive past Detroit Pistons guard Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, left, celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul as forward Christian Wood stands by during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Members of the Los Angeles Clippers stand duringa a moment of silence Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles, prior to a basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, for former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday as a result of the brain hemorrhage. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, second from left, and guard Derrick Walton Jr., right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, second from left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, guard Rodney McGruder, right, and forward Montrezl Harrell defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, left, congratulates forward JaMychal Green after Green blocked a shot by Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, right, blocks the shot of Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin claps from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and forward Maurice Harkless defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) shoots as Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway (9) and forward Thon Maker (7) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 22Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks for two of his team-high 23 points as Pistons guard Bruce Brown watches during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clippers fans who hoped to watch one of their Lob City heroes back in action at Staples Center on Thursday were out of luck; Blake Griffin missed his second consecutive game with a sore left knee.Those fans didn’t get to see much of their team’s new star Paul George in action, either. He left the game late in the second quarter with left hamstring tightness and didn’t return, though Coach Doc Rivers said after the game it was more of a precautionary move.But the 19,068 in the crowd did get to see the Clippers handle business without him, starting a four-games-in-nine-days homestand with a 126-112 victory over the struggling, short-handed Detroit Pistons (12-23) and winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13.The Clippers (25-11), who had alternated wins and losses for nearly three weeks, gathered momentum going into halftime and then proceeded to wear down – and then hold off – the depleted Pistons, who lost their fourth consecutive game and eighth in their past nine despite a respectable effort in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the home team 33-20.
It was a riveting final week of NBA deals ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, as a few notable players changed teams and a couple of playoff-bound organizations stocked up on talent.Among the big moves were Clint Capela going to the Hawks, Robert Covington going to the Rockets, Andre Iguodala going to the Heat, D’Angelo Russell going to the Timberwolves and Andre Drummond going to the Cavaliers. Some contenders stood pat, however, apparently feeling their current rosters were sufficient for the postseason. The Lakers were probably the most notable non-movers this week.Let’s break down all of the action with our trade deadline winners and losers.MORE: D’Angelo Russell trade gradesNBA trade deadline winnersHeatPat Riley still has the master touch.Miami’s key decision-maker somehow managed to add more depth than any other Eastern Conference rival without sacrificing financial flexibility. He added Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill from the Grizzlies and gave up an injured Justise Winslow, who wouldn’t have been able to help the team down the stretch anyway as he tries to get his body right. On top of that, Riley shed the almost $30 million in salary Dion Waiters and James Johnson will make next year.Heat effectively trade Justise Winslow to acquire Andre Iguodala, and clear $27M off cap sheet next season.-19-20: Saves ~$3M tax (proj. $1.9M over)-20-21: Can get to $28M-$40M cap room (based on Olynyk PO), or stay above cap with access to MLE, $7.5M TPE-21-22: No impact— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) February 6, 2020The Heat were 34-16 entering the trade deadline. They should easily reach the 50-win mark now, with the potential to push closer to 60 wins after securing only 39 victories all of last season. For reference, 55 wins this season would give them more than they had in LeBron James’ final year in Miami.Andre IguodalaIguodala took an eight-month vacation, then got paid a huge sum of money by the Heat. After sitting out the season to this point with the Grizzlies, the 36-year-old signed a two-year, $30 million extension with the second year being a team option. He’s also now on a team with NBA Finals ambitions.CJ McCollum put the situation into perspective Wednesday night:Bruh you’re a legend @andre . My guy sat half the season. Spent time with his family. Promoted his book. Sharpened up his post retirement plans and cashed out 😂✊🏾 respect bruh.— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 6, 2020GrizzliesMemphis has done an impressive job transforming from dead-end franchise stocked with aging veterans to exciting young team ready to race up the Western Conference standings in the next few years. Other teams, such as the Pistons and Magic, should be envious of such a quick turnaround.This week, the Grizzlies accelerated their rebuild further by dealing expiring contracts to contenders in exchange for long-term assets, and signing rising 24-year-old scorer Dillon Brooks to a palatable contract extension.General manager Zach Kleiman traded Iguodala, Crowder and Hill for Winslow, Waiters and Johnson, who was then flipped to Minnesota for center Gorgui Dieng. Winslow is the big haul there — at 23 years old he still has time to become the two-way monster scouts believed he could turn into, and he naturally fits into the current roster. Waiters and Dieng are overpaid pills Memphis had to swallow to get the deals done.Brooks, who is scoring more than 16 points per game this season, signed a three-year, $35 million extension Wednesday night that keeps him under contract until through the 2021-22 season. The deal is very reasonable for the Grizzlies, and it doesn’t hamper their ability to re-sign Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant down the road. Brooks’ outside shooting is a great complement to Morant, who is an expert drive-and-kick player at his best with marksmen flanking him.Hawks With Capela in the fold, Atlanta is ready to make a playoff run next year given the underwhelming bottom half of the Eastern Conference. It will have a top-five pick in the coming draft, and while last year’s first-round selections DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish may not be bound for stardom, they are each at least valuable depth pieces being paid very little.Atlanta’s starting lineup could be juicy next year: Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Anthony Edwards (potentially), John Collins and Capela. Off the bench, it will have Hunter, Reddish, Dewayne Dedmon and Bruno Fernando, with money available to add to the group with free agent signings.This should be one of the league’s most exciting teams very soon.Karl-Anthony TownsThe Timberwolves have lost an astonishing 17 straight games in which Towns has played. It hasn’t all been his fault — he’s averaged 27.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game over that span.After Minnesota traded for Russell, his close friend, Towns should finally be on the winning side soon. He has a perfect pick-and-roll partner and renewed hope for the future of this franchise. NBA trade deadline losersWarriorsGolden State offloaded Russell to Minnesota on Thursday for Andrew Wiggins, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick. The trade was somewhat of a surprise considering team reporters indicated all week that the Warriors were willing to hang onto Russell until at least the summer.While Wiggins presents a better positional fit than Russell because of his ability to play small forward alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, it’s unclear whether he is the best player Golden State could have gotten in return for a 23-year-old emerging guard. As we outlined in our grading of the deal, the future picks could be duds.RocketsTrading away Capela in order to bring in Covington was a major gamble by the Rockets. Covington’s shooting touch could help floor spacing and let coach Mike D’Antoni operate in his preferred run-and-gun style. But the lack of a center and extreme small-ball approach could be a disaster, especially with such little time to jell before the postseason.Until proven otherwise, this transaction reads as a desperation move to salvage Russell Westbrook’s floor-shrinking, non-shooting presence in the lineup.LakersThough the Lakers did not have much room to strike deals, it remained disappointing that they could not fortify their backcourt. The rival Clippers, meanwhile, brought in a solid wing producer in Marcus Morris. The Lakers will now turn to trying to lure point guard Darren Collison out of retirement this month to keep up. JR Smith is reportedly also set to receive an audition. The Lakers are expected to give free agent guard JR Smith a post-trade deadline audition (perhaps as soon as next week) and remain favorites to sign Darren Collison if Collison elects to make a comeback to the NBA — in addition to potential pickups on the buyout market— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 6, 2020ThunderDon’t get us wrong: The Thunder’s front-office has generally done a great job getting its team ready for the future, and it’s understandable it decided to keep veterans like Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder around to make a playoff push this year. But dealing a couple of assets, as the Thunder reportedly considered, would have made the next couple of years even sweeter for the retooled organization.Oklahoma City already has the four future unprotected first-round picks it got from the Clippers in its summer trade for Paul George, and it has five current rotation players who are 21 or younger: Darius Bazley, Luguentz Dort, Hamidou Diallo, Terrance Ferguson and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA is considered a star-in-the-making, while the others could at least be solid role players in the coming years. It just would have been fun to see how much further Sam Presti could have taken his treasure chest of future assets if he dealt Gallinari and Schroder this week.