first_img“We’re kind of banged up,” Clarkson said after pouring in 33 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. “We didn’t have all our main guys and stuff. So I had to step up and I knew what I had to do tonight.”Odds were that the Lakers (16-29) would eventually win without Ball, having lost their first eight when he did not play. But few could have imagined it would come on a night like Friday, especially when the remaining Lakers shot just 2 for 14 from the foul line.They tied a franchise low for made free throws, and their 14.3 percent shooting was the worst in franchise history, shattering the 27.8 percent that was set in 2000.“It’s got to be the worst of all time from the free-throw line,” Coach Luke Walton said. “So it was all defense for us tonight.”The Pacers entered the night as the NBA’s fourth-best 3-point shooting team, knocking down 37.7 percent of their shots from deep this season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles PreviousPacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won a game without Lonzo Ball for the first time all season, having gone 0-8 without him before Friday. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, left, tries to catch a rebound over Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, center, and forward Corey Brewer defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, shoots as Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Leaf, left, and center Al Jefferson defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Al Jefferson, right, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Al Jefferson, right, and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma commits an offensive foul against Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, reaches for a rebound next to Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots over Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, right, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, center, celebrates his 3-pointer with guard Gary Payton II, right, and other teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won a game without Lonzo Ball for the first time all season, having gone 0-8 without him before Friday. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson stepped to the foul line with 4:06 remaining in a close game, took his dribbles and fired. The ball did something it had only done once before on Friday, and only at the hand of Clarkson.It went in.Clarkson completed a four-point play, giving the Lakers a seven-point lead as they went on to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-86.Clarkson had made only four shots in his previous two games, shooting 20 percent from the floor. On Friday, with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all ailing from various injuries, Clarkson erupted for his best game of the season. The Lakers, somehow, held them to 8 percent.Indiana made just 2 of 25 attempts from beyond the arc.“Maybe they got to get some work in, too,” Clarkson said. “Shoot, we got to get some work in, too, that free-throw line. It’s like a virus or something, man.”Clarkson was the only Lakers player to make a free throw, going 2 for 3. Kyle Kuzma missed three foul shots, while Julius Randle, Tyler Ennis, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez all missed two.A fourth-year guard who has become the team’s sparkplug off the bench, Clarkson has endured an up-and-down season. He has been the source of several trade rumors, with many speculating that the Lakers will look to clear the two years, $25 million remaining on his contract before the Feb. 8 deadline.“I’m just hooping to be honest with you,” Clarkson said. “If I’m here, I’m going to help them win games, impact how I can. If I’m not, it is what it is.”Clarkson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining that took a high bounce before falling through the net and, on the next possession, a breakaway layup that put the Lakers ahead 97-82.The layup capped a 15-2 run as the Lakers shut down Indiana down the stretch.“You win games in this league by being able to get stops,” Walton said.For Clarkson, the outburst marked a season high and was his fifth career 30-point performance.Victor Oladipo, expected to make his first All-Star team next month, led the Pacers with 25 points but was just 1 for 5 from beyond the arc. Center Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana.Walton stressed before the game that it would take a collective effort to win with so many players in street clothes, and that’s exactly what he got.Nance contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds while shooting a perfect 5 for 5 from the field.Ennis, starting in place of Ball, tallied a Lonzo-esque seven points, five rebounds and five assists. And Randle, one game after pulling down only one rebound in a lopsided loss in Oklahoma City, finished with 14 points and four rebounds in a rare start at center.🎥 Luke Walton talks about winning despite missing three starters, and the performances by Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle pic.twitter.com/XOCCGaOkgJ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 20, 2018 Brandon Ingram can lead Lakers by being ‘quiet alpha’ center_img 🎥 Jordan Clarkson got warmer as the game went on, finishing with 33 points, 7 boards, and 7 assists #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/9ZWjnv3NOB— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 20, 2018 Julius Randle embraces coach’s challenge to be Lakers’ ‘bully’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgEL SEGUNDO — An hour before the NBA trade deadline, Lakers All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis were facing the media side-by-side.James was asked how he received news that Andre Iguodala had just been traded to, and agreed to an extension with, the Miami Heat – his former team that now appears to be gearing up to make a run at the title.“How do I handle that news?” he said. “I don’t know, I mean, I saw it and was like, ‘OK.’”As the NBA scrambled itself around them on deadline day, the Lakers sat back and watched, standing pat with the second-best record (38-11) in the league. There was noise but no moves, even as would-be contenders reshuffled their decks to try to solidify their title chances. “I mean, obviously everyone has the ESPN app and the NBA app, so it comes to your phone,” Davis said. “So we don’t go out, well, I don’t go out checking for it. We don’t, ‘Did you guys see this trade, this is happening.’ We haven’t done that.”There was plenty of smoke. Multiple reports cited that Kyle Kuzma was a potential trade chip in a deal for Morris, a transaction that would have required the Lakers to include several other player salaries to make the deal work. The Knicks reportedly wanted Danny Green and a pair of future second-round draft picks included in a deal for Morris. Yahoo Sports also mentioned that the Lakers had fielded calls for Alex Caruso.None of it came to pass as the noon PT deadline ticked by. All three players were at the morning shootaround when it was already anticipated the Lakers could stand pat.One of the biggest moves tangentially involving Kuzma was his agent, Leon Rose, accepting a reported offer to become the New York Knicks’ president of basketball operations. Kuzma, who hired Rose over the summer, is expected to remain with Creative Artists Agency.James and Davis, who acknowledged working hand-in-hand with General Manager Rob Pelinka during the summer when the team was being constructed, were more cagey when asked if they played a role in any of the deadline decisions: “I think that’s a Rob question,” James said.Pelinka was not available to speak to the media on Thursday afternoon following the deadline.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers traded for Marcus Morris out of New York. The Heat traded for Iguodala. The Lakers’ Thursday night opponent, the Rockets, made some of the most dramatic moves of all, sending out franchise center Clint Capela to add 6-foot-7 Robert Covington.James found himself mostly reacting to the outside moves: He liked Miami’s move for Iguodala, who he said “helps them right away” because he brings “championship DNA.” The Lakers will learn right away how they can handle the Rockets, who now are likely to play most of the time without a traditional center.“They’re already shooting 45, 50 (3-pointers) a game,” he said. “Now they’re going to go to 60, 65 threes. That creates challenges for everyone in the league because you have to be on your toes and guarding a guy who is averaging almost 40, and guarding a guy who has averaged triple-doubles in seasons before. So it creates a lot more space for (Russell Westbrook) and (James) Harden.”Having a morning shootaround on the day of the trade deadline might seem unusual, but Coach Frank Vogel said he thought it was most important to give the Lakers a day off on Wednesday, following an emotionally exhausting week-and-a-half. Even though the team has won two straight, earlier in the week multiple players reported to the medical staff that they were feeling “worn down.”So the Lakers took Wednesday off and decided to shoot around the morning before their next game. James said it wasn’t awkward or tense, even as players who were mentioned in rumors were mingling around. Davis said phone alerts had popped up, but they had not been the source of much discussion among the team. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img The Lakers have a full 15 roster spots filled, but could look at the buyout market in the coming weeks. The New York Times reported that veteran J.R. Smith would receive a workout with the team, and the Lakers have been linked to a potential return of point guard Darren Collison, who abruptly retired over the summer.Until then, the Lakers were simply following along.“You know honestly, just like everybody else that follows the NBA,” Vogel said. “This team did that, that team did this. It’s interesting. What are they trying to do? What do they look like now? It’s not too different from what the best of the basketball world is doing.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Tuesday, May 26 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.For a time, it seemed like the NBA was hibernating. There was little but mere speculation and anxiety leaking from the league offices in New York as the country waited for more news on the unfolding coronavirus — it wasn’t a matter of “when,” it was “if.”But in the last week, as the NBA’s sails filled with momentum to return to play at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the rumors have picked up as well about just how the league will make its triumphant return: World Cup-style group play stages to determine who makes the playoffs? a 1 through 16 seeded bracket that disregards conferences? a play-in tournament involving anywhere from 20 total teams to all 30 (including the mathematically eliminated Warriors and Timberwolves)?This is predictably hard to track for fans, media and players. One league executive told Southern California News Group that rumors for the NBA’s proposed formats are as hard to gauge as ever: Which ones really need to be taken seriously? The idea behind bringing more teams is to say it’s not just “Playoffs are back,” but rather “The NBA is back.” It probably matters that the NHL just expanded its own playoffs to 24 teams whenever it plans to return — that’s probably a plan the NBA will watch closely.ENTERTAINMENT VALUEAdam Silver has long teased at tinkering with the NBA format, including shortening seasons, playing an in-season tournament and maybe even adjusting the playoffs. When is a better time to experiment than when the entire league has been tossed upside down?That’s why a format like World Cup-style group play is being discussed: The league could have an opportunity to do something different and see how people respond. Late-season regular season games are normally a yawn-fest with a lot of stars on the bench and 10-day contract players getting a lot of run. First-round series are also sometimes predictably dull (although the “I Believe” Warriors might argue with that). So if there is a format where a group stage — with Round Robin groups that could help determine playoff seeding and add drama, could now be the time to experiment?It’s worth remembering that fans are unlikely to be in the stands for these games, so they’ll have to be spicy on the court without the backdrop of epic home environments. The TV part of it might look like a pickup gym session on the court. The NBA also has the threat of players such as Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard threatening to sit out if their teams have games but aren’t in contention for a playoff spot — it wouldn’t be a good look for the first games back from the pandemic. The NBA has marketing reasons to keep those stars (and burgeoning phenom Zion Williamson) in the mix to possibly make the postseason.FAIR PLAYThis is a Lakers-centric newsletter, and it’s here where it merits pointing out that the Lakers have a lot to lose by entertaining change. They’ve earned a No. 1 seed in the West if no other regular season games are played — why would they want to risk that seeding in any of the play-in or group stage scenario where a few bad games (or heaven forbid a positive COVID-19 test) could have them stumbling to a lower seed. They might benefit from a proposal to seed 1 through 16 regardless of conference, potentially clearing their path from some of the more threatening Western Conference teams, but that’s probably something the Milwaukee Bucks would object to after clearing a top seed in the East and not wanting to face the Clippers and Lakers in the same postseason.The concept of fairness is where things get really knotty for changing the format. For example, why should Memphis, the leader for the West’s eight seed, be punished by having to fight in play-in games when it has a 3.5-game advantage on the field? For that matter, why should more competitive teams like Dallas or Houston have to be staring down the possibility that they might have to battle 26-win Phoenix for a playoff spot when almost 80 percent of the season has been played out and those teams have 14 more wins?It could get a little fiery in the coming weeks as teams with a better body of work so far strive to preserve what they’ve already done in the season, but struggling teams (and perhaps the league at large) fights to be more inclusive, to make a bigger splash with their return with more teams and more games. Novelty is a factor that could increase entertainment value, but the downside is it could harm legitimacy. Several reports cite that some executives believe the NBA diverging too far from their regular format could create an “asterisk” on the eventual champion. As much as the NBA wants a good TV product, the league’s integrity is also really important.SCHEDULINGAs problematic as this season has been to resume, next season will be tricky as well. The league is hopeful that it can approach something close to a normal season next year, but with this season potentially stretching into September and maybe even October, totally normal just isn’t possible.The NBA could be robbing Peter to pay Paul in the sense that being overly committed to finishing this season puts them behind the eight ball next season. Some NBA executives have been more willing to push back the start of next season in part because no one knows when fans can attend games in arenas again, and in that sense starting later is likely better. But instead of having just one catastrophically afflicted season, the NBA could push their way into two if the playoff format they decide on plays out for a long time, or if it is delayed by health and safety concerns. As one NBA executive told SCNG: “We have just as many problems next year, and we have to figure those out, too.”SAFETYObviously nothing can proceed unless the NBA does this in a safe fashion. That’s why discussions have seemingly migrated toward resuming the season at one site in Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (which The Athletic points out should be a huge advertisement for Disney in and of itself). Limiting travel, outside interactions with other people and having control over a privately owned area should help mitigate at least some of the most serious risks of COVID-19.  A related issue is obviously the fewer teams that travel to Disney World, the lower the risk of COVID cases cropping up.One of the NBA’s baseline rules is that players need to be tested consistently before competition. They’ve been advised on that front by several epidemiologists, including Vivek Murphy, a former surgeon general of the United States. That will be logistically challenging given that testing is still relatively scarce throughout the country, takes days to process and can produce unreliable results. This is one of the biggest barriers to resuming play, and probably a reason why the NBA hasn’t yet officially confirmed it will return.One of the most important decisions the NBA and NBPA have to make is whether the single site will be a closed “bubble” or an open area where players can come and go. Contractually, both parties seem to be leaning toward the latter, with the strong implication that players should stay in place if they can. Yahoo Sports spoke to several medical experts about the importance of quarantining and staying in a bubble. While the NBA may not be able to forcibly confine players to quarantined areas, players need to recognize the monumental risk of COVID-19 cases shutting down the season again, this time for good.If balancing all these interests between 30 owners and the players’ association while also trying to obey government guidelines and medical suggestions seems terribly complicated, it is. That’s why we’re still waiting for direction from the NBA, which feels the wind at its back, but still needs to decide which way to steer the ship.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingThe latest on Operation: Disney Drop – The NBA publicly acknowledged it is in discussions to resume at Disney World.Is it a bubble or not? – Jared Dudley chimed in on his vision for the playoffs, as well as what it’s like going to the Lakers’ facility these days.A different Michael and LeBron discussion – I took a moment to reflect on how unusual watching “The Last Dance” must have been for James in the midst of a stalled season.Jeanie Buss opens up – The Lakers’ owner was candid on a podcast about Kobe Bryant, the Anthony Davis trade and more.Keep up with COVID – An autopsy report shows no signs of drugs or alcohol in the pilot who flew Kobe and Gigi Bryant in the fatal crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHere’s an effort to ground that conversation, to take a look at the biggest factors that will guide the discussion when general managers and owners meet at the end of the week (Thursday and Friday, respectively, according to ESPN), with a quick look at why certain models are being considered in addition to the good ol’ fashioned playoffs:NUMBER OF GAMESNothing is motivating the league to return quite like money. With salaries to pay and television partners to satisfy, there’s a lot of motivation to recoup some of the losses of a double-whammy of the pandemic and the China dust-up during the preseason. From a bottom line standpoint, more games are better.A straight-to-playoffs format is the most straightforward and familiar, but it also is the option with the fewest number of teams and games. Many teams are hopeful to fulfill local television contracts that can add to their revenue, and in that sense, every game matters. Even at the player level, someone like Jared Dudley understands that when he pointed out that he was reasonably sure the NBA would play full seven-game series.That’s one reason why Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has publicly endorsed a model of bringing back all 30 teams for a play-in tournament. On its face, that seems too logistically challenging to actually pull off, but ESPN has reported other teams are advocating for fields of 20 or 24 teams in either a group stage or a play-in format. Inviting more teams to play in Orlando could draw in more investment from fanbases like Portland or San Antonio or Chicago, getting more regional interest, more stars and perhaps also send a message of a unified front for the NBA.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgThe Lakers, meanwhile, acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans last month in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. They’re also pursuing Kawhi Leonard and will have multiple roster spots to fill regardless of whether they land him.Los Angeles has reportedly inked Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley to deals over the last week. Burke was originally selected by the Jazz out of Michigan with the No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft. He played three years in Utah before he spent one season with the Wizards and joined the Knicks in 2017-18. Trey Burke, who has a place in SoCal, has long hinted about the possibility of Lakers’ interest when he was a Knick. No surprise Lakers are in mix for Burke this July, per source.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 4, 2019The 26-year-old began last season with the Knicks before he was sent to the Mavericks in late January as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Burke averaged 10.9 points and 2.7 assists while shooting 35.2% from 3-point range in 58 total games in 2018-19.“It’s encouraging, I know what I can bring to this team and I know what type of player I am once given opportunity,” Burke told Mavs Moneyball in April. “That’s my job. To continue to stay ready and when my number is called, go out there and be aggressive. Play the style of basketball I’ve played my entire life.” Related News The Lakers have been linked to another free agent.Los Angeles is “in the mix” to sign point guard Trey Burke, according to a report from the New York Post, which cites an unidentified league source. NBA free agency rumors: Justin Holiday considering Lakers, Raptors, 6 others Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star taking his time ‘before deciding the next move’ Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers believe they’re ‘firmly in the lead’; Drake plans Raptors pitchlast_img read more


first_imgAs his parents described how “emotional” it was to see their son make his MLB debut, Diaz drove a 97 mph fastball from deGrom over the right-field wall. At the crack of the bat, Díaz’s father began shouting “Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!” and continued the chant as his son rounded the bases.Then he began shouting “Isan! Isan! Isan!”Marlins rookie Isan Diaz homered off Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom for his first MLB hit while his dad was being interviewed.His reaction was incredible 😄 pic.twitter.com/Wdd7wL2m4m— ESPN (@espn) August 5, 2019″Sorry,” Díaz’s father needlessly apologized before continuing the interview. “We just homered off deGrom. He’s a Cy Young winner!”Díaz, 23, came over to the Marlins in the deal that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. The second baseman is considered the No. 86 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.The scouting report touts Díaz’s power potential. It definitely showed up in his MLB debut, in a moment he — and his parents — will never forget. Marlins prospect Isan Díaz hit his first MLB home run Monday, resulting in a must-see video clip.As Díaz faced reigning National League Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom of the Mets in the sixth inning, Fox Sports happened to be interviewing his mother and father in the grandstands.last_img read more


first_imgBiH football player Vedad Ibišević is the fifth player according to Player efficiency rating in the Europe, with only Dario Cvitanich, Miroslav Klose, Radamel Falcao and Lionel Messi more efficient than him.Vedad scored 10 goals from 37 shootings, which brings him the 27% efficiency rating.Another successful BiH footbal player Edin Džeko is on 10th position, with 21.3% efficiency rating, with 10 goals from 47 shootings in the second season playing for Manchester City.last_img


first_imgMiralem Pjanic is a midfielder of AS Roma. He was born on 2 April 1990 in the city of Tuzla, current Bosnia and Herzegovina.Miralem began his youth career in 1997 entering the academy of FC Schifflange 95. The young footballer spent seven years in the club’s academy until he agreed to joinFC Metz youth academy in France. By the year 2007 Pjanic had been through with studying, starting his professional football career.In 2007 Miralem Pjanic signed a professional contract with the French Metz becoming its apprentice for three years. The young Bosnian made a promising start in the 2007/08 season netting 3 goals in 32 appearances.The next season Pjanic was linked with Olympique Lyonnais, which he finally joined. In the summer of 2008 Miralem agreed to the contract with Lyon, tying him to the club for the next three years. During this period Pjanic established himself as a key attacking midfielder making appearances with the first team almost in every match. The head coach gave Pjanic an opportunity to play 90 games with Lyon, where the young Bosnian scored 10 goals.In 2011 Miralem didn’t stop at what had been accomplished. When the footballer was offered to join the first team of the Italian Roma, he was happy to agree to the contract. Pjanic wanted to start a new era in his career and the Roman club appropriately suited for such an occasion. Miralem didn’t regret moving to the Italian club, since he became the first team regular being a key midfielder in the team.From 2006 through 2007 Miralem Pjanic was called up to Luxembourg U-17 and U-19 teams scoring 6 goals in 7 matches. Since 2008 he has played 31 matches and netted 4 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.last_img read more


first_imgEldin Jakupovic was born on the 2nd of October 1984. He is Bosnian-Swiss professional football player, goalkeeper of Hull, and new member of the English Premier League. Jakupovic was born in Prijedor. His family escaped to Switzerland because of the war in BiH.He started his professional career at Grasshoppers from Zurich, and year later, moved to FC Thun. After a success, Jakupovic became a member of FC Lokomotiv Moscow in March 2006. He moved to Aris in September 2011, and finally signed for Hull in 2012.Jakupovic joined Hull City in March of 2012. He defended so impressively on one friendly match that manager Nick Barmby expressed a desire for an emergency signing of contract on an indefinite period. Jakupovic signed a contract with Hull City on 2 years. He slowly progressed in the Hall, whose players, because of the characteristic ocher-black jerseys, are called “Tigers”. He started as the third goalkeeper behind Allan McGregor and Steven Harper. He was waiting for his chance for a long time, and when he finally got it, he was brilliant against the famous Arsenal in the FA Cup in February this year. Sports fans in BiH were able to see his fantastic appearance and after the result 0:0, Hull got another match against the famous Arsenal.Jakupovic has dual citizenship, both BiH and Switzerland. He played for BiH and Switzerland in U-21. Meanwhile he felt neglected, and refused to play for BiH on several occasions.In October 2008, Jakupovic refused the national team of Switzerland, saying that he does not want to play for family reasons. Today he would probably accept the invitation of Bazdarevic. Although he is 32 years old, that is not problem for him, because, goalkeepers have a longer playing lifetime. The teammates of Eldin say that he is a real tiger.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more


first_imgIn the Turkish city of Edirne last weekend was held the 3rd Balkan Wushu Championship, in which participated the national team of BiH and achieved great success.With very little support of domestic public, Kung Fu Wushu national team of BiH is achieving remarkable results in international competitions for years, as it was the case this year in the 3rd Balkan Wushu Championship, held from the 3rd to 5th of June in the Turkish city of Edirne.Kung Fu Wushu Association of BiH sent 40 competitors, led by the selectors and coach Mirsad Nokto, who competed in three disciplines, Sanda (full contact), Quinda (half contact) and Taolo (individual forms and forms with weapons).They won 32 medals, 9 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals, and achieved second place in the overall standings after the first-placed Turkey.Kung Fu Wushu Association of BiH received several important recognitions for contribution to the development of this sport.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more


first_img Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002 He said Sunday that he and Maddon discussed it and that “this type of change is a win-win”.While the losing streak that saw Chicago plummet from NL Central and wild-card contention made Epstein’s call easier, all indications had pointed to a change in the dugout, with the Cubs underachieving throughout the season in a winnable division. Once both parties move on, though, it should be easy to appreciate the role Maddon played in a nearly unprecedented run of success for the franchise. He took the Cubs to the playoffs in his first four seasons, an unprecedented achievement, and won it all in 2016. The only comparable period in Cubs history came at the turn of the previous century, with the Cubs making the World Series four times in five seasons between 1906 and 1910 and winning titles in 1907 and 1908. While Maddon’s overall success didn’t net him a second contract, he showed he could apply his unique style to a high-profile team in a high-pressure market after previously leading Tampa Bay to relevance during his nine seasons there. “I’m not narcissistic enough to think this thing is always going to go our way or my way. … Of course it’s frustrating,” Maddon said Wednesday on Chicago’s 670 The Score. “But optimistically, always trying to figure out the positive, I’m still that guy.” Justin Verlander becomes 18th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts Joe Maddon led the Cubs to heights unseen in more than a century, including their first World Series title in 108 years, but he won’t be back next season after seeing his magic touch disappear in 2019. Maddon will not get a new contract as Cubs manager, USA Today first reported Sunday. The Cubs held a press conference Sunday afternoon confirming the news. MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game Maddon will turn 66 this offseason, but there should be a job out there for him if he wants it. The Giants, Padres and Royals already have openings, and several more managerial dominos are expected to fall in the coming days. Maddon’s availability could cause some of that movement, as it did when the Cubs fired Rick Renteria strictly because Maddon became a free agent after the 2014 season. The Athletic reported this week that the Angels could cut ties with Brad Ausmus if they have a chance to land Maddon, who spent 31 years in the organization before taking the Tampa Bay job in 2006. As for who will replace him at Wrigley Field, reports in recent weeks indicated the search might not take long, with former Cubs catcher David Ross considered the favorite to take over. Ross retired after helping the Cubs win the World Series in 2016 and has served as a special assistant in the team’s front office and as an ESPN commentator since then. Theo Epstein, on the meeting Saturday night with Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/eBIembfcw6— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 29, 2019Maddon’s original five-year, $25 million deal with the team expires at the end of this season. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s decision to let Maddon go is no surprise, as the front office had seemed to sour on Maddon even before a September collapse that saw the Cubs eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday with four games still to play.  Related Newslast_img read more