Cricket News Hasan Ali Ruled Out Of Twenty20 International Series Against Australia With Back Injury

first_imgNew Delhi: Hasan Ali, the Pakistan right-arm pacer who struggled in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and has not played any competitive cricket since that period, has been ruled out of the Twenty20 International series against Australia due to a back injury. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said that after the latest MRI reports taken after a rehab period, the doctors had advised Hasan another three to four weeks of rest. “Hasan has been undergoing rehab at the national cricket academy in Lahore but apparently his back problem is taking time to heal,” said the official. Hasan is also in doubt for the two Tests which will begin from November 21 against Australia which are part of the ICC World Test Championships.In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Hasan played just four games and picked up two wickets. After two games where he did not take a wicket, Hasan took one wicket against Australia and India but in the game against Pakistan’s arch-rivals, he was smashed for 84 runs in nine overs. Before the World Cup, Hasan was expected to be Pakistan’s vital cog in the bowling line-up.In the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Hasan was one of the star players and he ended with 13 wickets in five games, including a spell of 3/19 against India in the final. In the whole tournament, Hasan took four three-wicket hauls and his spells played an important part in Pakistan recovering from a poor start in the tournament where they were mauled by India. Also Read | ‘Is MS Dhoni Retired. How Old Is He?’ Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Wife Lashes Out Over Retirement ReportsHasan, who has played in 53 ODIs, 30 T20 internationals and nine Tests, is unlikely to be considered for the two Tests in Australia, beginning November 21. Over the three formats, he has taken 148 wickets. However, in the last couple of seasons, Hasan has been plagued by injury. During the series in Zimbabwe, Hasan’s bomb-like celebrations proved costly with him suffering a neck strain while doing the celebration. However, the Pakistan pacer was in further controversy when he tried to intimidate Indian soldiers at the Wagah border with his bomb-like celebrations. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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GCF to host eight-round Gaico Grand Prix chess from today

first_imgTHE Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) will host a Fide-rated Eight-Round Swiss tournament from today at the National Resource Centre in Woodford Avenue, Georgetown.The Gaico-sponsored event would be the first of four Grand Prix competitions this year by the new executive.Chess players will be battling to earn points. A tally of the points will then determine one of the possible five players, who will travel to Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, for the 2020 Olympiad, billed for next August.The first Grand Prix will be completed this month, with the first three rounds set for this weekend.After today’s 13:00hrs start, the players will return tomorrow to battle from 09:00hrs, with the second round fixed for 15:00hrs.According to Tournament Director Rashad Hussain several persons have registered for the event. Late registration today prior to the start would also be accepted for an additional $200.The 90-minute plus 30-second increments had adults pay a small fee of $500, while Under-20 players had registered for free up to Thursday’s deadline.After this weekend, round four is scheduled to continue next Wednesday, before the last four rounds are played next weekend.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League Final Battle Live on DStv, GOtv

first_imgDStv and GOtv continue to deliver the best to football fans, including the conclusion of the 2020 UEFA Champions League this Sunday, now extended to DStv Compact + Confam and GOtv Max customers!Football fans are in for what promises to be an epic showdown between French and German continental heavyweights, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, this Sunday, from 7pm.The historical final will be aired on SuperSport 5 (DStv channel 225) and SuperSport 8 (DStv channel 228) and SuperSport Select 5 (GOtv channel 36). This means that DStv Confam and Compact customers, as well as GOtv Max customers, will also be able to catch the game live. Leading up to the kick-off whistle, viewers can tune-in for the match build-up programming, including highlights of past games involving the two finalists.Paris Saint-Germain has earned their place in the showpiece match with a comfortable 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday and seek to complete a quadruple of trophies in the 2019-20 season (having also claimed Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue).Bayern Munich have been the most impressive team in these latter stages of the UEFA Champions League and confirmed their place in the final with a 3-0 triumph over Olympique Lyon on Wednesday evening.Sunday’s final could see Bayern break Barcelona’s scoring record in the Champions League having played seven less matches – what pundits are calling, the deadliest scoring parring in the UCL of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.The football action will continue for DStv and GOtv customers when the 2020/21 European League football season kicks off in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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DPS officers remove 80 bikes from campus

first_imgDaily Trojan file photoThe Department of Public Safety removed at least 80 bicycles from campus on Thursday at the request of USC Facilities Management in preparation for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Signs were posted on the affected bike racks about a week ago, warning students against parking their bicycles there after noon on Thursday.Alexina Boudreaux, a sophomore majoring in computer science, was present while DPS impounded some of the bicycles. “Between Annenberg and GFS all the bike racks had signs on them that said bikes weren’t allowed after 12 p.m. on April 13th,” Boudreaux wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “I think around 1 p.m. DPS brought a big truck over and cut the locks on all the bikes on those bike racks and started putting the bikes in the back of the truck.”According to DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle, the bicycles will be stored at a multi-level parking structure owned by USC on the other side of Interstate 110. Students whose bikes were impounded can contact DPS to retrieve them at no cost. Students must either have their bicycles registered or be able to identify them in order for DPS to return them. If a student’s bicycle is not registered, it must be identified by a “distinctive mark” and the make, model and color. For DPS to find a student’s bicycle that is not registered, it would be helpful for them to know the bicycle’s serial number, Carlisle said. The bicycle racks were removed along Trousdale Parkway and Childs Way to make space for upwards of 100,000 people and 400 booths that are expected on campus for the Festival of Books. The festival, which is the largest of its kind in the country, will be held at USC from April 22-23 this year.last_img read more

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New club focuses on social media influence

first_imgMarkian Benhamou, photographed by Austin Paik | Daily TrojanWith the expansion of social media, new tools and marketing conditions are now playing a large part in promoting brands, organizations and individuals. Reach, a new student organization focused on social media and online networking, aims to help those interested in these social networks by creating a space for influencers and digital marketers.Markian Benhamou, a sophomore majoring in business administration, founded Reach because of his social media experience. As a social media influencer with over one million followers on Facebook, Benhamou realized that USC lacked a social media community — and he sought to change that. He conceived the idea of creating Reach during Spring 2017 and planned its debut throughout the summer with the help of a small team. He believes Reach has the potential to expand and eventually become the voice of USC. “Social media is a huge part of most [business to consumer] companies, and it’s been a completely new trend so I think it is crucial to have such a community here,” Benhamou said. “So, I talked with a few of my friends who are also passionate about social media and wanted to create this first organization here.” One of Reach’s team members is Xavier Di Petta, a junior majoring in business administration, who leads the digital marketing side of Reach. Di Petta’s role is to bring in Los Angeles’ best digital marketers and advise Reach members on a variety of projects. Di Petta has also been involved with other organizations at USC like Society 53, Spark SC and the Expat Society.“I really like getting involved on campus and being in different clubs,” Di Petta said. “When Markian presented me with the opportunity, I thought it was a fantastic idea and I wanted to be a part of it regardless. There are really two sides to social media; it is influencers and digital marketing.” Di Petta has gained experience in the digital marketing field through freelance projects, working on mobile applications and raising $2 million for a startup. Apart from his involvement with multiple USC clubs, he is the founder of Well&Well, an agency that handles digital marketing for large brands.  Reach team members plan to host workshops to teach members about how to build a following, manage Instagram pages, create viral content and market themselves as influencers. These workshops will feature guest speakers such as viral expert James Shamsi, along with social media influencers like Yes Theory, Nas Daily, Gabe Erwin and growth hackers like Jonathan Gaurano.Matt Dajer, cofounder and producer of Yes Theory, expressed excitement about Reach and saw it as a platform for USC students to get a step ahead in the world of social media.“When we were in college, we wish we had had resources other than the internet to help us learn skills around social media,” Dajer wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Digital is the future and influencer marketing will soon be a billion-dollar industry. If making online content is something you’re passionate about, then [this] kind of club is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”Reach will help its members develop necessary skills during workshops, where they will work together on projects and ultimately try and build something that could potentially go viral. They also plan to organize social mixers for the members to network and establish connections with one another.“We will have projects where we get everyone in the organization to build something together, whether it is Facebook skits or a viral video at USC,” Benhamou said. “In the end, we just want to make it a family-like community and build a strong relationship with everyone.”The head of operations for Reach is Anirudh Kaushik, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration. Kaushik’s role is to facilitate the events that Reach will be organizing throughout the semester and give its members the best experience they can get.“USC is in a prime location for such a club with Hollywood near it and Los Angeles is basically where there is a high concentration of content creators,” Kaushik said. “And with Markian’s reach into these communities, [we] can bridge that connection between existing influencers and upcoming influencers at USC.” Additionally, the club also plans on focusing on outreach within the University and creating a positive public image. “It is our first year, so we want to make sure that our impression … would be a good, strong one,” said Selina Lee, Reach’s community outreach director.last_img read more

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USC blown out in regular season finale

first_imgThe end to a tumultuous season filled with more twists and turns than an unpredictable fiction novel. The last chance for the Trojans to prove what they are made of before their NCAA tournament fate would be determined in the single-elimination Pac-12 conference tournament.But for the second time in as many games, the Trojan (14-17, 9-9 Pac-12) came up short. They were thrashed 76-51 by the second-worst team in the Pac-12 conference. Sure, the Cougars (13-18, 4-14) were fresh off an impressive win over the Pac-12 regular-season champion UCLA Bruins, but still, that wasn’t an excuse for the lackadaisical performance USC put on. It was easily one of the worst losses of the season.The Cougars amassed a 6-0 lead and never looked back. There were backdoor cuts, hard screens and a flurry of crisp passes, each dissecting the Trojans’ defense bit by bit. The Trojans were forced to deploy a 2-3 zone at about the 10 mark of the first half. It worked at first, but then the Cougars figured out where the gaps were and the embarrassment continued. Washington State only turned the ball over five times.The game was all but over at halftime, with the Cougars enjoying a 39-20 lead. USC shot just 28.8 percent in the first half, continuing its struggles from the Washington game. For the game, the Trojans weren’t much better, shooting 33.9 percent. Their 3-point shooting deserted them — USC shot just 4-of-24 for the night, or an anemic 16.7 percent. And once again, the Trojans were dominated on the glass, 45-34, routinely giving the Cougars multiple shot attempts on a possession.One of the beneficiaries was Cougar senior forward Brock Motum, who slithered his 6-foot-10 frame around Trojan defenders en route to a season-best 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting. In the first half alone, Motum scored more points (21) than the Trojans themselves did (20).But Motum did more than score. He kept possessions alive with his three offensive rebounds and 10 rebounds overall. He had two blocks and two steals. He wanted this game on his senior day more than USC did, and his effort and intensity showed as much.“We couldn’t stop Motum,” USC interim head coach Bob Cantu said. “He had 21 at halftime. That was a big problem. We kept coming back between man and zone to try to find a way to guard him, and we struggled defensively, got down in a hole and weren’t able to make a shot.”Cougar redshirt sophomore Royce Woolridge chipped in 25 points, including three 3-pointers in a row in the second half to permanently separate the Cougars from the Trojans.There were a couple of bright spots for the Trojans, though.Junior guard J.T. Terrell had 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and he did more than his fair share to lead USC from down 19 at halftime to down five with 13:43 remaining. Senior guard Jio Fontan, playing through a right-hand injury, had nine points and six assists.Meanwhile, the Trojans’ 18-4 run was arguably the best stretch of basketball by either team, but it was short lived, making way for the Cougars’ eventual run to seal the game.“I was happy with our fight in the second half to get down to five,” Cantu said. “We kind of used so much energy to get out of that hole that we weren’t able to get over the top.”USC will head into the Pac-12 conference tournament as the seventh seed, set to face the 10-seed Utah Utes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Trojans defeated the Utes 76-59 in their lone meeting in Utah, but if their last two games are any indication, they can’t afford to overlook any opponent. If the Trojans defeat the Utes, a second-round matchup with the Cal Golden Bears awaits them.Things definitely did not go as planned in the state of Washington. The Trojans left with two losses in two winnable games. They shot 35.7 percent for the trip, a free-flowing offense gone cold and stagnant. Any momentum they had mustered after their sweep of the Arizona schools is gone. But it’s how they respond that will determine how they are remembered.“We’ve had some tough losses and we’ve rebounded and we’ve had some huge wins,” Cantu said. “We’ve got to adjust and we’ve got to be ready to go on Wednesday.” This was it: the USC men’s basketball team’s final regular season game, against the disappointing Washington State Cougars, no less.Offensive woes · Sophomore guard Byron Wesley (above) and the Trojans shot just 19-56 (33.9 percent) against Washington State. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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SU’s defense and faceoff success stifle Virginia’s No. 4 offense in 12-11 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: March 4, 2018 at 10:49 p.m.CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Syracuse’s defense has been its strongest attribute throughout the season. It’s what has kept the Orange within striking distance for the majority of every game, and a big factor in No. 12 SU’s triple-overtime comeback win a week ago. On Sunday, against a run-and-gun transition offense like No. 4 Virginia’s, the defense had its hands full. Right away, Syracuse’s defense was tested, and the group made its presence known.Three minutes into the game, UVA’s second-leading scorer, Ian Laviano, tried backing down redshirt sophomore Nick Mellen. But the preseason All-American quickly tomahawked down and knocked the stick out of Laviano’s hand. Mellen scooped the ball and fired upfield, where Tyler Ford eventually scored the first goal of the game.Syracuse’s defense continued its dominant performance on Sunday at Klockner Stadium, forcing 19 total turnovers and limiting Virginia to just one goal in the second and third quarters combined. Despite the Cavaliers’ (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) late comeback in the fourth quarter, SU’s (3-1, 1-0) defense remained strong, staving off the potential comeback in a 12-11 win. For the fourth-straight year the Orange beat Virginia, which has not won an ACC regular-season game since March of 2014.“Playing fast and playing physical, not letting them get comfortable with what they want to do,” goalie Dom Madonna, who finished the game with 10 saves, said. “They want to get you spinning around.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the first three quarters, Virginia’s offense looked uncomfortable, Virginia head coach Lars Tiffany said. Sophomore midfielder Dox Aitken said Syracuse’s defense “did a really nice job getting us out of our rhythm.”That came from the defense constantly pressuring the Virginia offense, resulting in errant passes or loose ground balls. The fourth-ranked Cavaliers offense normally presses opposing defenses and thrives in transition. But opportunities were few and far between on Sunday.Virginia’s success in transition comes from its “5-on-5” offense, Tiffany added. After a defensive stop, UVA tries to trap an offensive middie into rushing back on defense. Then with an extra slide, one of the Cavaliers’ top offensive weapons might draw the offensive middie and beat him with ease.“We like that scenario,” Tiffany said. “… (But) they were taking the ball away from some of our best midfielders.”Normally, that works with the help of two-way midfielder Ryan Conrad. He scored two goals last year against Syracuse and opened the scoring for UVA on a transition goal off a faceoff win. Late in the first half, however, as he crossed into the attacking third, he dropped to the ground. After play stopped, he tried dragging himself over to his stick that lay a few feet to his side. He left the game and never returned.The loss of Conrad, especially in transition, put a less offensive-minded midfielder on Syracuse’s player that was forced to cross into the defensive third. And of that 5-on-5 mentality, four of the five Virginia players were forced to dodge on longpoles.Instead of always being under constant attack because of minimal possession time, Syracuse was able to be the aggressor. The offense was able to work the ball around and give the defense time to recuperate. And once Virginia had the ball, SU pressured outside the box and while UVA was subbing, which didn’t allow the team to “get into our sets,” Aitken said.Virginia’s offense usually succeeds in transition after winning faceoffs and scoring immediately afterward. It couldn’t do that against Syracuse.Syracuse gained extra possession time from sophomore Danny Varello’s success at the faceoff X, something that Syracuse had lacked in its two games prior.“What Varello and his wings were able to do and get those extra possessions really kept us down for those three quarters,” Tiffany said.Over the last two games, Varello had won just eight of 27 faceoffs, putting an extra workload on the defense. On Sunday, he drew another tall task: beating the seventh-ranked faceoff specialist in the country, Justin Schwenk.Varello won that battle, finishing 16-for-26.The majority of the faceoffs weren’t clean either — Varello had just three ground balls. The wings often included a combination of longpoles Austin Fusco, Brett Kennedy and Jared Fernandez. Those three combined for 13 ground balls.“We were able to start winning faceoffs, that changed things,” Desko said. “Less transition off the faceoff (for UVA) … The tide started to swing when we started to win faceoffs.”The defense began to crack, however, as the fourth quarter progressed. Two separate times, Virginia scored, won the ensuing faceoff and scored again within a minute. The offense that averaged 15.5 goals per game and had never scored under 13 goals began gaining momentum.Mike D’Amario scored three straight goals in less than four minutes for Virginia after being he was held scoreless in the previous 50 minutes. That came, Desko said, from the defense not guarding him. He was constantly left open “in the crease.” Errors also ensued. One time, after a faceoff win, Fusco tried passing the ball back to Madonna and it sailed out of bounds. UVA scored 14 seconds later.UVA’s 6-1 fourth-quarter run tied the game at 11, as Jared Conners tied the game with just over a minute remaining. Varello jogged back out onto the field to take the game’s most important faceoff. Last week, he won all three in overtime despite his weak performance.As the whistle blew, Varello and Schwenk grinded at the faceoff X. Fernandez quickly came in from the wing and scooped the ground ball. Not a minute-and-a-half later, freshman Tucker Dordevic scored the game-winner.In Virginia’s 1000th game as a program, it had the opportunity for a come-from-behind victory. But on the back of its season-worst 19 turnovers, Syracuse’s defense and faceoff success spoiled that potential celebration. Comments Published on March 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

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Local GAA results

first_imgThe West Tipp club were the winners of last nights County Senior Football Championship clash with Killenaule.2-5 to 6 points the final score in Leahy Park.In the Mid Tipp Minor B Football Championship Upperchurch Drombane were 2-7 to 3 point winners over Boherlahan Dualla.last_img

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Jack Wilshere fitness issues cause burnout

first_imgBournemouth’s on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says his injuries left him sick and tired of football – and he felt he’d fallen out of love with the game.Fitness issues led to Wilshere being dropped by Arsene Wenger – which left his England career suffering.He says the temporary move to the south coast club’s given him the chance to play week-in week-out.last_img

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Heisler: This summer will determine future of Lakers, Clippers for years to come

first_img Luka Doncic injured, Kawhi Leonard dominant; Social Media reacts after Clippers 130-122 victory over Mavs Unfortunately for the Lakers, they’re at a low ebb with sky-high goals and huge expectations but new, uncertain management and no nucleus to speak of, since they appear willing to trade any, or all, of their players aside from LeBron James.The teams have one thing in common: About to commit the significant salary-cap space they spent years accumulating to a player or two, this is their last, best chance to be someone.One way or another, what happens next will determine where both go for years.LAKERSProjected salary cap space: $35.6 millionPrime targets: Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Fall-back options: Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Tobias HarrisTheir dream scenario all along has been to trade for Davis, who is under contract for another season in New Orleans, off-loading enough salary to then use their maximum slot for an elite free agent.This once looked achievable with A.D.’s desire to come here seeming to drive the process, but it now looks ever more problematic.If any team with James has a chance to hit it big in free agency, the Lakers have issues:• Davis is the key to coming out of this with two new stars, but acquiring A.D. has gone from “inevitable” to “difficult” with the Pelicans and their new front office less inclined to trade him, especially to the Lakers and LeBron, whom the Pelicans blame for wooing him away, and the possibility of being out-bid by another team.• It remains to be seen how the Lakers function after their abandonment by the charismatic, but only intermittently engaged, Magic Johnson.• Fuming at Davis’ attempt to force a trade, the Pelicans showed their displeasure with A.D., reluctantly putting him on the floor but chopping his minutes from 36 per game to 21.However, newly-hired GM David Griffin reached out to Davis through his agent, Rich Paul, trying to bring A.D. back in, so they don’t have to hold a fire sale for him this summer.For what it’s worth, Griffin says he got a positive signal, noting, “Rich Paul and I have spoken about Anthony. We are both excited about what we could potentially build here.”If the Pels trade A.D., the Lakers could face competition with teams increasingly willing to trade for stars without assurance of keeping them, as Oklahoma City did with Paul George and Toronto is doing with Kawhi Leonard.With Brandon Ingram’s blood clot surgery removing him as a trade chip, the Lakers have little of value to offer aside from forward Kyle Kuzma, an attractive piece, and point guard Lonzo Ball, coming off two disappointing seasons.There has been speculation that some Western Conference contender that feels capped … such as Oklahoma City, which just lost in the first round again … might offer New Orleans a front-line player such as center Steven Adams.In any case, the Lakers will have to walk a tightrope to come out of this as The Lakers of Old, and the order in which they make moves will affect other potential moves (try to trade for Davis before pursuing any free agents and shrink their existing cap space a bit, or chase free agents first, then try to trade for Davis?).It remains to be seen what their managerial jumble is capable of with Jeanie Buss and brothers Joey and Jesse, Linda and Kurt Rambis, and marketing official Tim Harris joining Pelinka in coaching candidate interviews.Only Pelinka has any experience at this level and he has only two years worth, essentially as Johnson’s assistant with Magic making all the big decisions on his own.Ominously, whatever they’re doing, they’re not comfortable enough to talk about it. No Lakers official has appeared in public since Magic left and that was April 9.Actually, this season-long pratfall began after signing James with Magic’s blithe belief that they could challenge the Warriors while saving salary cap space for this summer; his disdain for shooters in a game that’s now all about shooting; and his meltdown that turned Coach Luke Walton into a lame duck seven games into the season.A year after LeBron arrived, he and Lakers fans had better cross their fingers.CLIPPERSProjected salary cap space: $57.5 millionPrime targets: Leonard, DurantBack-up options: Butler, Middleton, Nikola Vucevic, Julius RandleIn contrast to the Lakers, the Clippers’ goals are reachable, a testament to how well they prepared with the added luck of surprising everyone, including themselves, with what their little team accomplished.If the Lakers have no nucleus aside from LeBron, the Clippers have a team that won 48 games with their mainstays under contract.Their secret weapon was a bench with their best players, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, coming in late in the first and third quarters, overwhelming opposing reserves, then staying in for the fourth quarter when they would be joined by Danilo Gallinari and Landry Shamet from the “first team.”Similarly, the Clippers’ payroll is in great shape with Williams, Harrell, Shamet and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on team-friendly contracts, making a total of $21 million next season.The Clippers’ goal all along has been to sign SoCal product Leonard, who reportedly likes them and has never been linked to the Lakers.Making no secret of their intentions, Clippers officials have been showing up in force at Toronto games all season to demonstrate their love for Kawhi.Related Articles The Clippers also dream of bagging Durant. KD, in turn, has appeared to welcome their interest, inviting owner Steve Ballmer on his ESPN+ show in one of those flirting exercises that only LeBron used to do.Similarly, KD hasn’t been linked to the Lakers, ruffling feathers last season when he noted a “toxic” environment around LeBron.The Clippers don’t have the cap room to add Kawhi and KD – but they could create it by moving Gallinari, an attractive trade chip coming off a fine season with one year left on his contract.If the Clippers miss out on their top two, there’s a long list of players who would significantly upgrade their first team.Of course, there’s a big difference between being in position to do it and doing it.Whatever awaits the local teams, it’s going to be busy and momentous.Related Articles Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Video highlights, social media reaction after Clippers’ 118-110 victory over Mavericks Crunch time: We know where the Lakers and Clippers have been. Now to see where they’re going.Both teams are seeking to hit the mother lode this summer but, as usual, they’re 180 degrees apart.The difference is that it’s the Clippers, once the local wretches, who have it together, coming off a surprising season and a heroic effort in their first-round playoff loss to the Warriors, with a strong nucleus, a sharp front office, achievable goals and only modest expectations, as in who ever notices what they do?At this crossroads, the Lakers are still wildly preeminent in town. Horrid as their season was, and noble as the Clippers’ season was, the Lakers’ local game broadcasts averaged a 2.23 cable rating, more than four times the Clippers’ 0.56 rating, according to a list obtained by Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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