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Duckett out, Foakes, Crane in for England Lion’s Caribbean trip

first_img(CMC) – Ben Duckett has been omitted from the England Lions’ tour of the Caribbean next year, but Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, currently part of the Ashes squad, have been included in a strong touring party announced this week.The 23-year-old Duckett, a part of the current Ashes tour, was already suspended for an incident in a Perth bar a couple of weeks ago when he poured a drink over teammate Jimmy Anderson.The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Duckett had been overlooked because of the incident.Foakes, however, a right-hander who averages 41 in first class cricket and leg-spinner Crane, who has played two Twenty20 Internationals, are in the four-day squad but have been overlooked for the one-day matches.Both the red and white ball squads will be led by Keaton Jennings.“We have included two members of the Ashes tour squad, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, for the four-day matches, with the possibility of either or both of them leaving the Lions tour early, if they are selected in the England squad for the two Tests in New Zealand in March and April,” said national selector James Whitaker.“We will be naming that squad in the new year, and the same goes for the squads for the North-South Series which will be played in Barbados at the end of the Lions tour – and is likely to include the players who have been selected for the one-day series against West Indies A.Meanwhile, the highly-regarded pair of Jamie Porter and Sam Curran have been named in both squads, while fast bowler Roby Roland-Jones, who played two Tests against West Indies last summer, has been included in the red ball squad only.Porter and Roland-Jones will be making comebacks from injury.“Jamie Porter and Toby Roland-Jones are all available again after injuries – Jamie and Toby after working exceptionally hard on the ECB’s Pace Programme over the last couple of months,” Whitaker said.“Sam Curran missed out on the Lions training camp in Australia but he has also been training hard, under the supervision of Surrey’s strength and conditioning coaches, before going out to play T20 cricket in New Zealand.’England Lions face West Indies in three four-day ‘Tests’ and three one-dayers from February to March 11 next year.SQUAD – Keaton Jennings (captain), Joe Clarke, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jamie Porter, Paul Coughlin, Saqib Mahmood, Nick Gubbins, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Ben Foakes, Toby Roland-Jones, Jack Leach, Mason Crane, Josh Tongue, Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Dom Bess, Tom Helm, George Garton, Matt Parkinson.last_img read more


Women of Troy looking to make noise

first_imgAt this point in the season, it’s all about who has the hot hand.This unofficial law of March basketball bodes well for the Women of Troy. Currently riding a season-high six-game win streak, USC is liking its chances to make a deep run in this year’s Pac-12 tournament.“Everything is starting to click for us,” senior guard Briana Gilbreath said. “It’s all about putting it all together as one team, and hopefully we can keep that going.”Hitting their stride · Junior forward Christina Marinacci is averaging 8.8 points this season for (18-11) USC. The team has won six straight contests. – Chris Pham| Daily TrojanThough that sort of confidence is invaluable at any point in the season, it is almost a necessity during postseason play.One bad night and the Women of Troy know that their season could be over.“Our tournament started a few weeks ago,” Gilbreath said, alluding to the team’s mentality following a loss to Stanford that preceded its current win streak. “Right now, we’re trying to go win a championship, and we can’t afford to lose any games.”Thanks to its current streak, USC shot up the Pac-12 standings during the final month of the regular season. After the loss to Stanford dropped their conference record to 6-6, the Women of Troy caught fire thanks to contributions from numerous players, including junior forward Christina Marinacci, who is coming off a stellar performance this past weekend against the Washington schools. She was rewarded by being named Pac-12 Player of the Week.“You can really tell that [the team is playing well] by the way we practice,” Marinacci said. “Hopefully we’ll carry it into the next game, whether we get Oregon State or Washington State.”USC’s ascent to the top of the standings was rewarded with a first round bye, but the team hopes that the extra day’s rest does not affect its game.“For us, we need to just focus on what we’re doing,” Marinacci said. “I don’t think any other team can beat us, but we can definitely beat ourselves.”The key to USC’s success during its run has been defense. The Women of Troy have held opponents to under 60 points in four of the last five games.The Women of Troy will play Washington State, a team that finished 11th in the conference and won just five league games, entered the Pac-12 tournament having lost eight of its past nine games. The most recent of those losses was to USC on March 3.Tipoff for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more


Fowler has one shot lead at US Open

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Rickie Fowler takes a one shot lead into the second day of the US Open.The Irish players have a bit of work to do to get back into contention.Shane Lowry is 6 off the lead on 1 under while Paul Dunne is 3 over . Graeme McDowell is 4 over while Rory McIlroy is 6 over.last_img


Wenger plays down Drogba speculation

first_imgArsene Wenger insists Arsenal are not about to offer Didier Drogba a route back to the Premier League.Drogba left Chelsea for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua during the summer, but has since been linked with a number of English and European clubs. The 34-year-old Ivorian has reportedly been at the centre of a power struggle in Shanghai, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid touted as possible destinations should he depart.However, if Drogba agreed to cancel his contract it is highly unlikely FIFA would sanction a move to another club as a player must be a free agent when the transfer window closes to qualify for a free transfer before January. The only exception is when a club goes out of business. Last March, Bolton signed Gregg Wylde from Rangers but as he agreed to rip up his deal with the beleaguered Scottish club, FIFA blocked him from playing for the Trotters until the start of this season.Wenger maintains the Gunners are not preparing to go back into the market for Drogba, who gave their defence so much trouble during his eight years at Stamford Bridge.“At the moment no. In my opinion he is not free. He has just left England. I don’t know about the situation because he came out with a completely different statement.“You hear he might go to Real Madrid – but then he says ‘I am staying in China’. Is it just because he wants to be paid off? I don’t know,” Wenger said. Wenger, meanwhile, remains hopeful Bacary Sagna will extend his stay at Arsenal. The France defender is currently close to a return from a broken leg suffered at the end of last season.He recently voiced his concerns in a French newspaper following the sales of captain Robin van Persie and midfielder Alex Song, as well as the desire to secure trophies like former team-mates Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have done since joining Manchester City.The 29-year-old revealed, despite heading towards the final season of his current deal in 2013, discussions had not yet started on an extension. But Wenger is not concerned about the situation.“Bacary didn’t want to be negative, but you all know what you can do with any statement,” Wenger said. “It is important to understand what he wanted to stay. What he wanted to say was not exactly the spirit of the whole thing, but you have the freedom to say what you want in life.“It is also important you understand what people feel about the club and their job. It is always important to have good communication with them. With Sagna we want to extend his contract. He is 29, so his contract finishes when he is 31. So of course we can’t give him five years. “We lost players until now, but the situation is changing and will be in favour of Arsenal much more because of financial fair play. We will be in a very strong position.”last_img read more


Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 NLCS Baseball

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousChicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers during a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The crowd cheers in the 5th inning as Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 hits a run scoring double. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3 hits a single home run in the 6th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe #11 is caught in a double play by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez #9 in the 2nd inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward #22 looks down as Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. #5 rounds 2nd base after hitting a 2 run homer in the 4th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)During a pre-game press conference, Corey Seager said he will not be on the roster for the NLCS, and will not travel to Chicago. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. #5 hits a 2 run homer in the 4th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers take batting practice before facing the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers take batting practice before they faced the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 sticks his tounge out after catching a ball hit by Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo #44 in the 3rd inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 stretches against the center field wall before the game. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez #14 motiones to the sky after warming up before the game. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers stand during the National Anthem. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 warms up before the game. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 looks to the outfield after giving up a 2 run homer to Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. #5 in the 4th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 warms up before the game. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Fans stand for the National Anthem. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)A giant flag was stretched out on the field for the National Anthem. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 celebrates after he hits a run scoring double in the 5th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 stands on 2nd base after hitting a run scoring double in the 5th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson #37 hits a sac fly scoring Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes #15 in the 5th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor #3, rounding 1st base, is pumped after hitting a single run homer in the 6th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws to the plate during the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward smiles prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) with Former Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Davis after he throws out the cerimonial pitch prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw stretches in the outfield prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits on the bench alone prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) speaks to home plate umpire Lance Barksdale (23) after being called out on strikes as Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) looks toward the mound in the first inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the first inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The National Anthem prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 celebrates as he runs toward 1st base after hitting a run scoring double in the 5th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Davis waves to the crowd before throwing out the cerimonial pitch prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw stretches in the outfield prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs fan prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates as he watches the flight of his RBI double in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Puig added a solo home run two innings later to help his team to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig rounds third base after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after hitting a RBI double in the fifth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 hits a homer in the 7th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 heads for first base and his fall heads out of the park for a homer in the 7th inning. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 rounds first after his 7th ining homer. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 is congratulated by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 after his 7th inning homer. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Charlie Culberson #37 complains to the umpire that he was blocked from touching the plate by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras #40 in the 7th inning. The play was overturned, ad Dodgers were awarded the run. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 points to the sky after getting the final out of the game against Chicago Cubs left fielder Jon Jay #30. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger #35 and Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 are all smiles after the final out of the game. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers celebrate after the final out. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 is all smiles as he welcomes his team mates after the game. The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig watches his solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers fan cheer as Yasiel Puig (not pictured) hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig rounds third base after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig looks to the sky as he trots toward home plate after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Puig also had an RBI double in a 5-2 victory. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (37) scores past Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (37) scores past Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts challenges the play after Charlie Culberson was called out at home plat in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Umpire Mike Winters called Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, argues with Umpire Mike Winters after a play at home plate was over turned as Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) was called safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, left, is ejected from the game by Umpire Mike Winters after arguing after a play at home plate was over turned as Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) was called safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon upset after being ejected from the game after a play at home plate was over turned as Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) was called safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, argues with Umpire Mike Winters after being ejected from the game after a play at home plate was over turned as Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) was called safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, center, argues with Umpire Mike Winters (33) after being ejected from the game after a play at home plate was over turned as Los Angeles Dodgers Charlie Culberson (not pictured) was called safe after a review of the call at home plate in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig cheers on his team in the seventh inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) watches as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (not pictured) solo home run goes over the fence in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor high fives manager Dave Roberts (30) after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks off the mound at the end of the second inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana wipes his face after giving up a run in the fifth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana speaks with catcher Willson Contreras, left, and second baseman Javier Baez after giving up a run in the fifth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana walks off the mound in the fifth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws to the plate against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers during a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A man carrying a Dodgers flag run back and fourth along the top of the dugout prior to a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers during a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after hitting a RBI double in the fifth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers during a National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The crowd cheers in the 5th inning as Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 hits a run scoring double. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 78The crowd cheers in the 5th inning as Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig #66 hits a run scoring double. The Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the National League Championship series at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles, CA 10/14/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Expandlast_img read more


Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Friday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Friday, April 26Miles Mikolas, Cardinals vs. Reds. Mikolas, aka the Lizard King, has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season and makes a living on his 49-percent ground-ball rate. He’s not a big strikeout pitcher by any means (17.3 percent), but a 3.9-percent walk rate always helps him limit the potential damage. Up against the Reds, who have 25-percent strikeout rate vs RHP, he should hit the upper end of his strikeout potential tonight.Jason Castro, Twins vs. Orioles. Castro should slot into the starting lineup tonight for the Twins since he will have the platoon advantage against Alex Cobb, who allowed a .330 wOBA and 1.15 HR/9 to lefthanded hitters last season. He’s great salary relief on a loaded slate.MORE: Friday DK Lineup | Friday SP rankingsJustin Smoak, 1B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Do you want any of this Smoak? Well, you should in a matchup like this. The Blue Jays come in with an implied run total at 4.46. Smoak is up against Mike Fiers, who allowed a .305 wOBA to lefties last season along with 1.52 HR/9. Smoak had a massive .257 ISO vs RHP last year, putting him on home run watch tonight.Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals vs. Reds. Wong and the Cardinals are going to be one of the most popular teams on the slate since they have a high implied run total at 4.59 and are facing a struggling pitcher. That pitcher is Anthony DeSclafani, who couldn’t get lefties out last year with a .385 wOBA and 2.58 HR/9, and it’s much of the same for him this season. Wong had a .328 wOBA and a .159 ISO last season vs. RHP and is priced a bit better on FD tonight.Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates @ Dodgers. Tucker is an exciting young player for the Pirates who has hits in five of his six game this season. He is a very cheat tournament-only options tonight vs Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is allowing a sneaky bad 36-percent hard contact rate to righthanded hitters this season.Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays vs. A’s. Today is the THE DAY. Vladdy Jr. is here and making his MLB Debut. Take all the hype out of it, he had a .227 ISO last season in Triple-A and is baseball’s top prospect. The ownership will certainly be there since the Blue Jays are in good spot overall, so know that going in. Happy Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Day! Baseball’s top prospect will be making his major league debut tonight against the A’s, and you can bet he’ll be in plenty of DraftKings and FanDuel lineups tonight. It’s a 15-game MLB DFS main slate (though a few games will be dealing with rain), so the options, both sleepers and studs, are seemingly limitless.The two games most threatened by weather are Rays-Red Sox and Brewers-Mets, but Padres-Nationals and Marlins-Phillies could also see delays. Make sure to consult the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center before lineup lock. Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers vs. Pirates. Bellinger is one of the best hitters in the league and comes in with three home runs in his past seven games. He always has massive tournament upside due to his multi-HR ability and being up against Chris Archer, who allowed a .345 wOBA and 1.56 HR/9 to lefties last season.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPJ. Paxton (L)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$9600$11000$56UPGRADESPC. Kluber (R)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$8900$9600$46UPGRADESPC. Morton (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$8500$8800$46UPGRADESPH. Ryu (L)PIT@ LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$8200$9500$44UPGRADESPM. Mikolas (R)CIN@ STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$7400$7400$44See aboveSPJ. Eickhoff (R)MIA@ PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$7900$7800$36UPGRADECW. Contreras (R)CHI @ARIFri 9:40R. Ray (L)$4700$3800$18UPGRADECM. Zunino (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4000$2300$14UPGRADECC. Vázquez (R)TB@ BOSFri 7:10C. Morton (R)$3700$2500$10UPGRADECJ. Castro (L)BAL@ MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$3300$2200$15See above1BJ. Smoak (B)OAK@ TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4700$4100$16See above1BD. Vogelbach (L)TEX@ SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4900$3800$19UPGRADE1BJ. Choi (L)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4200$2800$12UPGRADE1BJ. Abreu (R)DET@ CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4500$3700$18UPGRADE2BW. Merrifield (R)LAA@ KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$4900$4000$20UPGRADE2BK. Wong (L)CIN@ STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$4200$3600$15See above2BD. LeMahieu (R)NYY @SFFri 10:15M. Bumgarner (L)$3600$3500$14UPGRADE2BC. Hernández (B)MIA@ PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$4000$3200$16UPGRADE3BN. Arenado (R)COL @ATLFri 7:20M. Fried (L)$4800$4200$18UPGRADE3BJ. Donaldson (R)COL@ ATLFri 7:20A. Senzatela (R)$4500$3900$17UPGRADE3BV. Guerrero Jr. (R)OAK@ TORFri 7:07M. Fiers (R)$4300$3200$18See above3BR. Healy (R)TEX@ SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4000$3100$19UPGRADESST. Anderson (R)DET@ CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4900$4100$19UPGRADESSF. Lindor (B)CLE @HOUFri 8:10C. McHugh (R)$4500$3800$18UPGRADESSC. Tucker (B)PIT @LAFri 10:10H. Ryu (L)$3600$2500$14See aboveSSA. Simmons (R)LAA @KCFri 8:15D. Duffy (L)$4100$3500$14UPGRADEOFC. Bellinger (L)PIT@ LAFri 10:10C. Archer (R)$5700$5000$27See aboveOFB. Harper (L)MIA@ PHIFri 7:05J. Ureña (R)$5000$4700$20UPGRADEOFT. Pham (R)TB @BOSFri 7:10. (TBD)$4800$3700$23UPGRADEOFL. García (B)DET@ CWSFri 8:10D. Norris (L)$4300$3500$13UPGRADEOFB. Buxton (R)BAL@ MINFri 8:10A. Cobb (R)$4300$3400$18UPGRADEOFB. Hamilton (B)LAA@ KCFri 8:15T. Skaggs (L)$3900$3000$10UPGRADEOFD. Fowler (B)CIN@ STLFri 8:15A. DeSclafani (R)$3900$2900$13UPGRADEOFN. Castellanos (R)DET @CWSFri 8:10C. Rodón (L)$3900$2900$15UPGRADEOFM. Smith (L)TEX@ SEAFri 10:10S. Miller (R)$4200$2800$18UPGRADEOFJ. Reddick (L)CLE@ HOUFri 8:10C. Kluber (R)$4200$3000$15UPGRADElast_img read more


Tour de France 2019: Thibaut Pinot wins 14th stage; Julian Alaphilippe increases lead

first_img Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe tightens yellow jersey grip with surprise time-trial win Alaphilippe passed another big test in the 73-mile ride from Tarbes to cross the line in second spot, stretching his advantage over defending champion Thomas by 36 seconds to 2:02.Alaphilippe claimed a surprise individual time-trial win Friday – the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey – and made another statement to his rivals in the mountains. Related News 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 642. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 423. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 37WHAT’S NEXT?The penultimate week will end with a 115-mile ride from Limoux to Prat d’Albis on Sunday. The climbers will come to the fore on a narrow, twisting final ascent of 7.3 miles. Alaphilippe stuck to Thomas’ wheel on the brutal final ascent of iconic Tourmalet – where he sealed the King of the Mountains title last year – and continued to press on after moving past Thomas in the final mile.Thomas looked weary as he lost time on a stage witnessed by French President Emmanuel Macron, but Steven Kruijswijk dug in to finish third and remain in the same position of the general classification standings. Egan Bernal, Thomas’ teammate, was fifth and trails Pinot by three minutes, while Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte struggled.Warren Barguil and Elie Gesbert attacked before being reeled in on the lung-busting final climb, and it was Pinot who emerged from a group of a dozen to take the win.Last kilometre – Col du Tourmalet Watch, listen, enjoy Regardez, écoutez, profitez #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/APufObsVZP— Tour de France(@LeTour) July 20, 2019 STAGE RESULT1. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) 3:10.202. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) +0:063. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +0:064. Emanuel Buchman (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:085. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +0:08CLASSIFICATION STANDINGSGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 56:11:292. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +2:023. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +2:14Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2842. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 1913. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 184King of the Mountains Thibaut Pinot powered his way up the Col du Tourmalet to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, and Julian Alaphilippe increased his lead over Geraint Thomas on a memorable day for French cycling.Pinot summoned one final burst to secure a magnificent victory in the first high-altitude finish of this year’s race in the Pyrenees in his homeland, banishing the memories of his Stage 10 crosswind woes.last_img read more


The Pokemon-chasing gamer has grown up.

first_imgWhile tattoos are nothing new in the NRL, McQueen is one of the more colourfully adorned athletes in the Telstra Premiership and in the off-season had five different Dragon Ball Z pieces of artwork added to his body.But when the squad assembled for a gruelling two-day Army camp a fortnight ago it was McQueen who announced himself as an emerging leader at the club and mentally ready to accept the responsibilities that come with it.”There’s a time and a place for everything,” McQueen told NRL.com.”When we’re off the clock I can still be the gamer and have some fun and be the joker but as soon as it’s time to go and time to train I think I can flick the switch and get serious pretty quickly.”It’s probably taken a couple of years because at the Rabbitohs there was a pretty strong senior playing group.”I came through at the time when we had Roy Asotasi, Michael Crocker, John Sutton was there the whole time I was there, we had Greg Inglis, we had the Burgess boys so I didn’t necessarily have to be that leader.”Coming back this year we’ve lost ‘Birdy’ (Greg Bird), we’ve lost ‘Friendy’ (Nathan Friend), we’ve lost Luke Douglas so being one of the older guys in the team and one of the more senior guys, that leadership role was something I was looking forward to and something that I really wanted.”When NRL.com caught up with McQueen it was 12 months to the day that he had begun with his new teammates after the return of Sam Burgess to Redfern forced the Rabbitohs to shed some excess stock.It caught McQueen off guard to a degree but he says now that he wanted to develop into a leader on the Gold Coast after he first earned the trust and respect of his fellow Titans.”It’s something that I knew when I first came up here but I still felt like I had to earn that respect and earn my stripes,” McQueen said of his leadership aspirations.”I had to do my time. I didn’t know a lot of the boys when I came up here so I had to earn that respect.”I think I started to be that leader late last year so coming back this year I knew that it was time to stand up and be that leader.”It’s only my second year here but compared to a lot of the younger guys that have come in I’ve been here longer than a few of those boys.”As a senior player and given that it’s my ninth year in first grade I think that sort of thing just happens naturally.”Although he perhaps took a few weeks to find his groove in the Titans team, the 29-year-old was just one of four Gold Coast players to appear in every game in 2016 and played a key role in their pursuit of a finals berth.The six-time Queensland representative got better with each game he played and will go into the Christmas break in perhaps the best condition both mentally and physically in his 141-game career.”The Gold Coast is a more relaxed lifestyle compared to Sydney and I just needed that change,” said McQueen.”I was in the South Sydney organisation for so long and I needed that change and it has refreshed me, helped to change my game a little bit and relaxed me.”There was a mix of apprehension and excitement and optimism [12 months ago]. The club’s obviously been through quite a few ups and downs over the last couple of years but last year and this year again we’ve added some quality players and some players who have got a lot of experience and can do some good things.”The excitement and the optimism outweighs everything else.”last_img read more


Australia/China book Rio 2016 spots as silver medallists

first_imgBoth sides cannot be ousted from the top two of the round robin – with just two Olympic spaces available – but their success means that hosts and London 2012 silver medallists Japan have made a shock exit and will not be in the Brazilian city in August.Australia made it four wins out of four in the six team tournament as they struck late on to beat North Korea 2-1 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, which is hosting all the matches.Michelle Heyman put the Australians in front in the first half before Kim Su Gyong wiped out the advantage 12 minutes from time.A draw looked on the cards but Katrina Gorry struck in the 83rd minute to settle it for Australia, who will play in a first Olympics since Athens 2004.China made it three wins and a draw as Wang Shanshan’s strike saw them beat South Korea 1-0.With Australia on 12 points and the Chinese on 10, neither can be caught as third placed North Korea have just five with one round of games remaining.It means that Japan, also the World Cup runners-up, will miss Rio and that their 6-1 win over Vietnam counted for nothing.Mana Iwabuchi, Shinobu Ohno, Nahomi Kawasumi, Emi Nakajima, Kumi Yokoyama and Yuki Ogimi scored for the hosts with Huynh Nhu registering a penalty for the Vietnamese.China and Australia will meet each other in the final round robin fixtures on March 9, with South Korea playing Vietnam and Japan meeting North Korea.The Japanese team’s 2-1 defeat in their opener to Australia, and a later defeat by the same scoreline to China, proved to be key.AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who was last month beaten in the FIFA Presidential election by Gianni Infantino, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia and China for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.”Representing Asia is an honour and I am confident that both Australia and China will do Asia proud.”last_img read more


Cavs having ‘good dialogue’ with LeBron’s management team

first_imgFILE – In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, in Cleveland. James has until June 29 to exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or decline it and become an unrestricted free agent, officially making him the planet’s best and most coveted player. The 33-year-old is not expected to reveal his intentions until after the draft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With one deadline looming on his future in Cleveland, LeBron James has been in contact with the Cavaliers through his representatives.Following the NBA draft on Thursday night, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said he has had positive discussions with the three-time champion’s group. James has until June 29 to tell the team if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or become a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland MOST READ “So that experience is amazing for them and their confidence level as they approach next year. And then Collin, we got to get there with experience as well. But like he (James) says, experience is the best teacher, and we gave those guys a great experience over 30 games and into the playoffs and into the Finals, and what does that mean for us moving forward, I think it’s all really positive.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments The Cavs can offer him a five-year, $209 million deal this time. It’s possible James could choose to sign a one-year deal again with a player option and go through the free-agency dance again next summer.To look more appealing to James, the Cavs need to upgrade their roster and they took a significant step by selecting Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick. Sexton averaged 19.2 points as a freshman and he addresses the club’s biggest need — a playmaker to fill the void left when the Cavs traded All-Star Kyrie Irving last summer.Altman hopes Sexton’s arrival will make the Cavs more attractive to James.The 19-year-old lacks professional experience, but Altman pointed out that James dealt with that issue this season.“He went through it this year a little bit with some of our young guys, especially in the playoffs,” Altman said. “What’s amazing, he talks about this all the time — the best teacher is experience. And our young guys got some really good experience this year. And while it wasn’t consistent throughout the playoffs, each guy had their moments. And we went through two Game 7s and got to a Finals, and that experience is a huge teacher for those guys.ADVERTISEMENT “We continue to have good dialogue with his management team,” Altman said. “I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does. He’s done that before, so this is nothing new for us. We want to respect his space during this process and I continue to have really good dialogue with his management team as he goes through that process.“That’s probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don’t take him for granted. We love him, this city loves him. He means the world to us and this franchise.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJames led the Cavs to their fourth straight NBA Finals this season, carrying a team that endured injuries and a roster overhaul at the trading deadline. Cleveland was swept by the Golden State Warriors, and following Game 4 the 33-year-old said he would weight family concerns and his desire to win more titles into his decision.James has signed several short-term contracts since returning to the Cavs in 2014 after spending four seasons with Miami. After the Cavs won the championship in 2016, James signed a two-year contract with an option for this season. 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