Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TORONTO >> In between grieving with his family over his mother’s passing, Lakers coach Byron Scott monitored his team in the past week.He watched the Lakers’ loss in Oklahoma City, fuming at the team’s defense. Scott listened to the radio when the Lakers scrapped to an overtime win in Minnesota. The Lakers hardly looked prettier once Scott saw them in person, a 94-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre featuring too many ugly images to watch. The Lakers (19-52) shot 34.5 percent from the field, as Jeremy Lin (18 points) and Jordan Clarkson (14 points) represented the team’s lone double-digit scorers. A 10-point second-quarter lead soon changed to double-digit deficits for much of the second half.“When our offense seemed to go down, so did our defense,” Scott said. “The guys started to get down on themselves.” Scott planned to sit Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill to develop the younger frontline players, while opening the possibility their benchings would end either in Brooklyn (Sunday) or Philadelphia (Monday). Yet, Boozer became unavailable anyway, the Lakers’ veteran forward revealing he has nursed the flu the past two days. “I feel like (crap),” said Boozer, who will take antibiotics and rest. Scott also conceded Clarkson recording zero assists represented “one of the first things I noticed” on his box score that also featured 4-of-14 shooting. Then, Scott defended Clarkson.“That’s something that at a young age, he’s going to have to figure out on the fly,” said Scott. “He did get in the paint a few times and finish it off. But guys just didn’t make layups or they got fouled and went to the free-throw line. He was still unselfish and doing the right things. It just didn’t show up in the stat sheet.” Lin, who usually laments games that lacked ball movement, attributed the poor shooting numbers to good shots falling out of the basket. Clarkson described his play as only “OK” and conceded, “I’m still learning how to make plays.”“We were getting the looks we wanted,” Clarkson said. “We had opportunities at the rim. It was just one of those games where it wasn’t rolling for us.”All of which made for a pretty unpleasant experience on Scott’s first day back on the job. The Raptors (43-30) clinched the Atlantic Division after losing four of their past eight games. The absence of All-Star Kyle Lowry (back spasms) was hardly noticeable with Jonas Valanciunas (19 points), James Johnson (18), Bruno Caboclo (17), Amir Johnson (11) and Terrence Ross (10) filling the void. So many bizarre things plagued the Lakers’ offense, so much that they could not overcome a 46-40 rebounding edge. Scott considered Lin a “game-time decision” before tipoff after the Lakers’ guard reported “no progress” in his sinus issues he nursed in recent days. But he opened the first quarter with 10 points on a 3-of-5 clip, only to crash-and-burn with a 3-of-10 clip through 36 minutes.“Once I get going with the adrenaline and took some pain killers,” Lin said, “I go out there and play as hard as I can.”The Lakers’ health ailments extended elsewhere, beyond the obvious season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (right leg) as well as Nick Young’s 16-game absence from a fractured left kneecap.
Damarea Crockett, Josh Ferguson, Karan Higdon Jr. and Buddy Howell also are in camp with the Texans. Johnson signed a three-year, $15.61 million extension before the 2018 season that runs through the 2021 season.In addition to the draft choice acquired Thursday, the Browns currently have their own picks in rounds 1-7 of the 2020 draft as well as the Cardinals’ sixth-round pick (DB Jamar Taylor trade) and the Bills’ seventh-round pick (WR Corey Coleman trade). Browns’ Duke Johnson won’t be traded, Freddie Kitchens insists Nick Bosa injury update: 49ers rookie has ankle sprain, will sit preseason The trade comes just slightly more than two weeks after Browns coach Freddie Kitchens declared, “We’re not giving away good players” the day before the team’s training camp started.Instead, Johnson is headed to Houston, where he steps into a backfield situation in which the Texans have this week waived former first-round pick D’Onta Foreman and appear to be sorting out who’ll complement Lamar Miller, who had a combined 1,136 yards from scrimmage (973 rushing yards, 163 receiving yards) and six touchdowns in 14 games in 2018 to earn a berth in the Pro Bowl. Browns’ Freddie Kitchens vows to fire staff members if info leaked to media The Browns, who as recently as the eve of training camp had maintained they would hang on to Duke Johnson, announced Thursday that they’ve traded the disgruntled running back to the Texans.According to NFL.com, in return for Johnson the Browns will receive a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft that could become a third-round choice. Kirk Cousins troubled by Vikings No. 1 pick Garrett Bradbury’s sweaty butt We’ve traded Duke Johnson Jr. to the Houston TexansDetails: https://t.co/e3swuboBmX pic.twitter.com/hB6sQtRKky— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 8, 2019Johnson, 25, joined the Browns as a third-round pick in 2015. He appeared in 64 games (10 starts). He had 1,286 rushing yards and 2,170 receiving yards on 235 receptions with 13 total touchdowns.He became disenchanted with the Browns after they added suspended running back Kareem Hunt this offseason and had demanded a trade that Cleveland’s front office had steadfastly refused to make, even as Johnson fired his previous agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus in an effort to engineer a deal. Related News read more
Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the Irish government needs to secure a Brexit backstop to ensure that there can be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland.The Brexit Treaty deal, which was published on Monday, includes a Hard Border backstop but Deputy McConalogue has warned Ministers here not to take anything for granted.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Last week the UK’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said it couldn’t find evidence of technical solutions to avoid a hard border in operation anywhere else in the world. Its report also found that evidence to support its implementation didn’t exist. “It is now more important than ever to make sure that the backstop solution is agreed by the EU and the UK next week. While I welcome the fact that negotiators have recommended that a backstop be written into the text of the draft Brexit Treaty, we need to be very attuned to the fact that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.He added that any move towards a hard border would be disastrous for Donegal, where hundreds of people travel across the border on a daily basis for work, college, medical appointments and other purposes.Without even touching on the wider issue of trade, it’s fair to say that any deviation from the current situation will pose major problems for people living in Donegal, he said.“I am concerned that the agreement reached yesterday on the backstop will not go far enough and that the British government will use it to nominally agree to certain provisions on the border to allow it to move on to trade negotiations. “A hard border will not be tolerated by people living in Donegal or any of the other border counties and we need to see a concrete guarantee that there will be no hard border, not some half-way house. Minister Coveney and other government Ministers need to ensure that that guarantee is delivered upon in the best interests of this country, nothing less will do”.Brexit backstop must be invoked to prevent a hard border – McConalogue was last modified: March 21st, 2018 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) read more