Lakers’ Thomas Robinson, Metta World Peace to have guaranteed contracts

first_imgLOS ANGELES — As the Lakers aim to develop their young roster, they have decided to retain an emerging young forward and a veteran fan favorite.The Lakers plan to keep reserve forwards Thomas Robinson and Metta World Peace past Tuesday when their one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum becomes guaranteed.Though that will not become official until Tuesday, all NBA teams would have had to make potential cuts to their roster by 2 p.m. PT on Saturday to give those players time to clear waivers. The Lakers can still waive Robinson or World Peace later in the season, though they would owe each player their full salary.Various factors influenced the Lakers’ decision to keep their 15-man roster as is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A different takeIt turns out Heat guard Goran Dragic did not just take issue with Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson shoving him in Friday’s game. Dragic admitted he felt “surprised” over the ejection.“The kid was the aggressor,” Dragic told Miami reporters on Saturday.Dragic also disputed Clarkson’s rationale that he simply pushed him initially because Dragic had elbowed him earlier in the stomach. “I didn’t do that,” Dragic told Miami reporters. “If I did that, I would say I did it. I’m an honest guy. The video don’t lie.”Dragic also raised his eyebrows over Clarkson getting into a boxer’s stance once Dragic confronted Clarkson for shoving him to the floor.“I’ve been in plenty of fights,” said Dragic, which also included with former Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic. “I was not scared. I didn’t want to fight. It was just an emotional reaction for me.”center_img The Lakers considered adding a frontcourt player to absorb the absence of reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. who has stayed sidelined the past two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. But Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told Southern California News Group that he would have likely felt more inclined to make a roster change had Nance suffered a season-ending injury. The Lakers expect Nance to return in about two weeks.After the former No. 5 pick in the NBA draft had short stops in Sacramento (2012-13), Houston (2012-13), Portland (2013-15), Philadelphia (2014-15) and Brooklyn (2015-16), Robinson has prolonged his stay with the Lakers with consistent hustle and production. He has averaged 4.1 points on 51.6 percent shooting and 5.0 rebounds in 11.9 minutes off the bench. During the eight games Nance has missed thus far, Robinson has taken advantage of an increased role by posting 6.67 points on 65.9 percent shooting and 8.5 rebounds in 17.88 minutes per contest.World Peace hardly mirrors the production that made the former Ron Artest a Lakers fan favorite during the teams’ 2010 NBA championship run. World Peace has posted career-lows in points (1.1), shooting percentage (22.7 percent) and playing time (5.2 minutes) through 14 appearances.After the Lakers’ win over Miami on Friday, Lakers coach Luke Walton offered a strong endorsement for the 37-year-old World Peace because of his mentorship presence with a young team. Walton also argued World Peace would be more effective offering those qualities as a player than as a member of his coaching staff.“I want the guy around our players,” Walton said. “He’s a professional. I think it’s more beneficial when he’s actually in practice and in the trenches with them. But he’s someone that helps the team being around.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 reasons why USWNT won fourth title

first_imgThe win also helped solidify another leader, who made history with her second cup victory.Three reasons why the USWNT won the World Cup:The U.S. brought depth and experienceWhen you have an experienced cup player in Megan Rapinoe starting, a veteran presence like Carli Lloyd waiting to sub in when the team’s in a pinch and fresh legs that also have over 70 caps like that of Lindsey Horan, it’s safe to say you have a very strong advantage.The USWNT used its depth and experience to breeze through the group stage and fight through the knockout rounds. In the team’s opening win, a 13-0 victory over Thailand, coach Jill Ellis’ first substitution showed the U.S. could field an entirely different team and still have the same outcome.Horan, who played in six total matches, praised the team then and her words are still relevant now that the tournament has come to an end.”The attack that we have is absolutely amazing and then we have another how many players that can come off the bench and do the same thing and bring something different and new,” she said. “That’s what’s so incredible about this team.”The U.S. was prepared for any situation, even calling on an experienced international player in Ali Krieger to replace Kelley O’Hara in the backfield after O’Hara was at the receiving end of a nasty head-to-head collision in the first half of the finals. It seems like the talent has no end and with Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Christen Press growing into their roles, the U.S. will have the upper hand for years to come.Alyssa Naeher got her confidence at the right timeThe USWNT does have a few weaknesses, and one heading into this year’s World Cup was glaring. The team needed a strong performance in goalie and the US put all their hope into Alyssa Naeher. Well, it payed off.At first, questions surrounded Naeher and if she was really up for the task in her major international tournament debut. While Naeher had some international experience playing in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup — where the U.S. won and Neaher was awarded the Golden Glove — she was in Hope Solo’s shadow during the bigger world competitions, including the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.But Naeher quickly proved she was ready for this stage and as the U.S. progressed through this year’s tournament, her confidence increased. She had the performance of her career in the semifinals, where Alex Morgan said “she saved our asses,” by stopping a penalty kick to cement the United States’ victory over England.She became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save a penalty at the cup and carried that confidence into the finals, making a gusty save by coming far off the line in the first half.It’s safe to say Naeher has etched her name into the conversation with some of the USWNT bests.Jill Ellis nixes doubters in historic winJill Ellis received a lot of criticism during the team’s run and even caught the wrath of former USWNT player Hope Solo. But Ellis took it all head on, shrugging off all the negativity and helping the team stay focused.”I feel over the past five years I’ve made a lot of important decisions and I have processes to make those decisions, and I own those processes,” Ellis said in response to Solo. “At this point, everything and every focus is about this group of players that are here and now. Pundits, out there, that’s part of it. And part of the message is always to make sure that the focus is on the internal part of the game. And that’s where we are.”That “where we are now” is Ellis making history as the only coach to win two titles in both the men’s and women’s event. Ellis, 52, took over the national team in 2014 and just months later led the U.S. to a 2015 World Cup win. This year’s final marked Ellis’ 127th game at the helm of the USWNT and during the tournament, she passed April Heinrichs for the most games coached with the United States. While some of her decisions have left some scratching their head, she has proven herself on this big stage. Ellis has never lost a World Cup game in her coaching career, boasting a jaw-dropping record of 13 wins and one draw over the last two tournaments.While Ellis’ future with the team is unclear, she has definitely curbed any talk that she’s not up to lead. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full list of awards winners There was a lot of talk about goal celebrations, the team’s attitude and situations beyond their control off the field. But on the pitch, the USWNT was focused.The U.S. used its veteran leadership to outlast its tough competition, including a Netherlands squad that made the final more nerve wracking than the team would have liked, and even found a new leader in goal. Related News Women’s World Cup: Timeline of every USWNT title Women’s World Cup 2019: Time, route and how to watch USWNT championship parade The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the United States’ to lose. The U.S. women’s national team entered as favorites and defending champions, and rode that wave to its fourth cup title.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Credit Union committee with Emma and her new car.There’s not much more Letterkenny woman Emma Mills could hope for this Christmas.Emma, from Oldtown, was the lucky winner of her local credit union’s car draw recently.The members of the credit union couldn’t afford a Christmas stocking large enough to put Emma’s new Christmas present in. But judging by the wonderful smile she had, she didn’t really mind.Safe driving!Emma is raring to go in her new motor.EMMA GETS HER FREE NEW WHEELS THANKS TO LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION was last modified: December 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cardonegaldrawEmma MillsLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more