NBA trade rumors: Thunder asking too much for Steven Adams

first_imgThe Thunder are well into the post-Russell Westbrook/Paul George era but the team still has some work to do before it enters the full “Trust the process” rebuilding mode.Namely, the Thunder are looking to offload veterans Chris Paul and Steven Adams. Paul’s remaining contract (three years, $124 million) makes him a tough sell, but the team is also running into issues in trade talks for Adams. According to Heavy.com, the Thunder are reportedly seeking a draft pick, a young player and salary relief for the veteran center, which is apparently too much. That “big guy … small lineup” remark is spot-on regarding the 7-foot Adams, an old-school center who is a good inside scorer and rebounder (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds per game) but can’t stretch the floor like the modern NBA demands. Adams has never hit a 3-point shot in his six-season career. Dwight Howard has been impressive in Lakers camp, Frank Vogel says Can Kyle Korver make Giannis Antetokounmpo a deadly shooter? “They set the price too high,” a league executive said. “That’s what you’d expect and maybe it will drop as the year goes on. It’s tough to take on his contract (two years, $53 million remaining) and give up picks and players.”Most teams are pretty well set at the center spot now, you have a big guy and you have your small lineup. You can’t just take on a contract like that. There isn’t a big number of teams who could take him.” Related Newslast_img read more

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 04, 2012•5:12 a.m. Christopher A. Johnson,42,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.•7:04 a.m. Karen S. Evans, 34,Wichita was arrested and confined charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving while driver’s license suspended.•Roy Cox, 56,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animals. (occurred 12-3-12 9;30 p.m.)•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 900 block of W. 7th.•10:15 p.m. Erin O. Davis, 33, Derby,Kans.was issued a notice to appear charged with wrong way on one way street.last_img read more

Wellington Rec Rap: Oct. 14-31, 2013

first_imgTrick or Treat Down the Street will be held downtown on Thursday, Oct. 31st. The WRC is offering local businesses and organizations (not located in the downtown area), free booth space at the Memorial Auditorium, to hand out treats and toys. Time has changed this year, the event will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm.  The Monster Mash Halloween Dance will be held at the WRC on Saturday, Oct. 26th from 8:00-10:00 pm for middle schoolers. Buy Back Door Passes at school during the lunch hour on Thursday, Oct. 24th and the WRC on Friday, Oct. 25th. The fall Paintball Trip for 6th-12th graders is set for Friday, Oct. 25th, (no school!). We’ll leave the WRC at 11:00 am and return at 4;00 pm. Bring snacks and wear long sleeves, etc. for trip. Date ChangePlease note correction to the Halloween Fun Fest. Date has been changed to Thursday, Oct. 24th instead of Friday, Oct. 25th as shown in the fall brochure. Same time; 7-8:30 pm for 3 year – 4th grades at the WRC. The following is the Wellington Rec Rap for Oct. 14 – 31, 2o13:Little Chefs; Yucky Yummies for 3-5 year olds will be held on Monday, Oct. 14th from 10-11 am at the WRC.For ages 14 and up, Give Cookies the Royal Fall Treatment participants will decorate cookies for Halloween and Thanksgiving feasts. Class will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 6-8 pm at the WRC. Great Value! Take Home Kits will include decorated cookies, pastry tips and bags, flooding sticks, a cookies cutter, recipe cards and tube bottle.Crown Uptown, “Cats”, Thursday, Oct. 17th. Do not miss the rare opportunity to see this unique musical! $60 registration includes transportation, admission to the play and a catered dinner.Air Rifle will take place on Saturdays at the Armory, Oct. 19th-Nov. 16th, from 10-11:30 am.center_img Kids explore different glazing techniques on 3 projects in Glazed and Confused, Friday,Oct. 25th from 10:00-11:15 am at the Elsass Art Center. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Try for a chance to be awarded  2 tickets to see the Chiefs play! Purchase Chance Tickets at the WRC and the home football game on Oct. 25th, 1 for $5, 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. A winning ticket will be drawn during half time of the Oct. 25th game.last_img read more

James Walter Reef, 69, Goddard: June 15, 1944- Feb. 27, 2014

first_imgJames W. ReefJames Walter Reef, age 69, of Goddard, KS, died Thursday morning, February 27, 2014 at Medicalodges of Goddard, KS.  He was a retired carpenter.James was born to James J. Reef and Ruby C. (Jewell) Reef on June 15, 1944 in Thayer, MO.James was married to Virginia Lee Kirkpatrick and to this union two daughters, Leda and Brenda, were born.James enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and playing bingo and rummy.  He loved praising God by singing and playing his guitar and was a devoted Bible reader.He was preceded in death by his parents.He is survived by his two daughters, Leda Hinkle and her husband Mark and Brenda Wray and her fiancée J. D. Stewart, all of Wichita; four grandchildren, Kimberly Terhune and her husband Stephen of Conway Springs, Wesley Tate of Colorado, Jennifer Freel and her husband William of Wellington, and Anthony Schneider of Great Bend, KS; two great grandchildren, Jaiden Freel and Colten Terhune.Funeral Services will be held at Frank Funeral Home on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 3 p.m.  Pastor Max Davis will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 1 to 8 p.m.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

first_imgToday’s News* SENIORS: There will be a meeting Monday, November 3 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. You will be receiving information regarding the local scholarship application. Chris Curtis, a representative from Jostens, will also be here to hand out ordering packets for senior items. Please know the only required items to participate in graduation ceremonies are a cap, gown, tassel and stole. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014:Tuesday•Choir concert, 7 p.m.WednesdayThursday• JV Scholars’ Bowl at Augusta 4 p.m.• Scholars’ Bowl at Wichita- Independent  4 p.m.Friday• Football at Ulysses.Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, tossed salad with romaine, applesauce, hot rolls/jelly.Wednesday’s lunch: Soft Chicken taco, tortilla chips/salsa, refried beans, corn, peaches. Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Thursday, October 23- Butler CCCTuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays College.Follow us on Twitter. *Crusaders, please remember to detach the lids of the empty bottles you recycle. Also, please do not put your trash in the recycle bins- put the paper in the paper bins and bottles in the bottle bins. Lastly, we’d like to say we only recycle plastic bottles and paper. Thank you- WHS Leadership. *Red Ribbon Spirit Week is this week.Tomorrow is “Living drug free is no sweat”- Wardrobe CatastropheWednesday- “Give drugs the boot” Boot and Crazy Sock dayThursday- “Be a team player, put drugs on the sideline” Hero, Role Model or Athlete DayFriday-“Commit to be Drug Free” Wear costume and or Red Day.center_img *Classic Movie Club will be showing the 1931 production of “Dracula”, staring Bela Lugosi. The movie will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 in room 205. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments * Don’t forget that breakfast is served daily in the cafeteria. Come try the new Old El Paso Fold N Go on the breakfast menu.last_img read more

2020 Hall of Fame vote: Larry Walker will benefit most from recent ballot-clearing

first_imgRIVERA: What I learned sitting in a car with Joe TorreBut the truth is this: That 10.2 percent number is incredibly misleading. It’s not that only 10.2 percent of the voters thought Walker’s resume was Cooperstown-worthy in 2014. It’s that only 10.2 percent of the voters checked the box next to Walker’s name. And even though it seems, on the surface, that’s the same thing, it’s really, really not. And while I can’t definitively tell you what every single BBWAA Hall of Fame voter was thinking in 2014, I can speak from my perspective as a voter. The 2020 ballot will be the fourth I’ve had the honor and privilege to submit to the Hall of Fame. The first three years, I’ve placed an X in the box next to the names of 10 players, the maximum number of votes allowed by the rules set up by the Hall of Fame. All three years, I have felt there were more than 10 players on the ballot who belonged in Cooperstown, or at least deserved to stay in the Hall of Fame conversation based on how their outstanding careers stacked up with the players already enshrined in the Hall. My first year, I ranked the players and voted for the 10 I felt had the resumes most worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame. I did not vote for Walker that year, even though my research convinced me he belongs in Cooperstown; my final spot was a choice between Walker and Vladimir Guerrero, and I went with Guerrero. Walker, who was at 15.5 percent in 2016, finished with 21.9 percent in the class of 2017 voting. After that first experience, though, I realized my priority shouldn’t be strictly ranking and voting, but finding the best way possible to use my 10 votes. I won’t wade deep into the details here — check out my full explanations in my 2018 and 2019 ballot columns — but Walker easily made the cut both years. Essentially, I felt a vote for Walker was important to build momentum toward his eventual election. In 2018, Walker jumped up to 34.1 percent, and he leaped to 54.6 percent in last year’s voting. My individual votes, of course, weren’t responsible for the big gains in Walker’s percentages. The ballot, most importantly, is finally clearing up. In the past three years, 11 players — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in 2017, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman in 2018 and Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina in 2019 — have been voted in by the BBWAA. That represents the most ever for a three-year stretch, ahead of the nine from 2014 to 2016, nine from 1954 to 1956 and nine from 1936 (the first election!) to 1938.  The logjam, which was caused by a frustrating combination of an abundance of qualified candidates, the arbitrary 10-vote limit and a steroid era that made it tough to figure out which players did and did not meet the vague “character clause” on the voting guidelines, wrecked havoc on the ballot. The ballot was already full, but reached a breaking point in 2013, when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, along with controversial-for-other-reasons Curt Schilling, all became eligible for the first time (five years after their last game). The question wasn’t “is this player a Hall of Famer, yes or no?” The task given to the voters was “pick only 10 of the however many players you feel are Cooperstown-worthy and vote for those players.” It’s hard enough to get opinionated baseball writers to agree even on simple things, so getting any worthy-but-not-no-doubt player to the 75 percent needed for election was damn near impossible. MORE: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 Hall of Fame ballotIn the first year of Bonds/Clemens/Schilling, 11 players received at least 33.6 percent of the vote, and not one single player was elected. In 2016, when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza went in, 11 players were named on at least 40 percent of the ballots, which is crazy. In 2014, when Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were elected in their first years of eligibility, 15 players were picked on at least 20 percent of the ballots. Of those, 12 have already been enshrined in Cooperstown, with Bonds/Clemens/Schilling as the three outliers. Oh, and that year four other players received at least 10 percent of the votes — Jeff Kent, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and, yep, Larry Walker. This does a great job showing the crowded ballot Walker has faced. Hall of Famers on the ballot with Larry Walker.2011: 102012: 72013: 8+Clemens/Bonds/Schilling2014: 12+CBS2015: 11+CBS2016: 9+CBS2017: 8+CBS2018: 6+CBS2019: 4+CBSDon’t hold Walker’s early low totals against him. The ballots were insanely crowded.— Craig Edwards (@craigjedwards) November 19, 2019There’s another reason Walker was steadily in the above-10-percent-below 25-percent club. His Cooperstown candidacy isn’t an open-and-shut case. He’s not a first-ballot, no-doubt candidate like others who have been elected on their first try during Walker’s nine years on the ballot, players such as Griffey, Maddux, Thomas, Jones and Rivera. And there are some voters who want the Hall of Fame to be only the elite-of-the-elite. They’re the small-Hall proponents, and I understand their thinking. In my perfect world, the Hall probably would be only super-duper stars like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Stan Musial. Walker doesn’t make that cut, and not even his most ardent defenders would claim he does.But the actual Hall of Fame isn’t just the elite-of-the-elite. The actual Hall has 329 members — 132 elected by the BBWAA and 197 elected by various other committees. The goal, of course, isn’t to cast a vote for every single player who surpasses the totals of the “worst” player already in Cooperstown. But supporting the candidacies of the players who meet or exceed the statistics for the average Hall of Famer at a position seems like a reasonable standard, right? And Walker easily hits that bar. Walker’s bWAR (72.7), peak WAR (44.7) and JAWS (58.7) all exceed the numbers for the average Hall of Fame right fielder — 71.4, 42.1 and 56.8. Again, not to belabor the point here, but if you’d like to read my full Larry Walker thoughts (including the Colorado factor), you can read my 2019 ballot explanation column. Walker won’t be the only beneficiary of the breaking up of the logjam, of course. Chances are, the totals for Clemens (59.5 percent in 2019) and Bonds (59.1 percent) will stay relatively similar — both have undeniable historic numbers, but strong PED connections that have cemented voting opinions regardless of how many votes are available — but it will be interesting to see what happens to Schilling (60.9 percent), considering his “character clause” voting pauses aren’t related to on-field issues.  The decade-long Hall of Fame ballot logjam has almost fully cleared up, and no player will benefit more than Larry Walker, the Canadian-born star who is in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the BBWAA ballot. Don’t be surprised if Walker hears his name called when the results are announced live on MLB Network on Jan. 21. I’m expecting it, quite honestly, which seems like a strange thing to say for a guy who received as little as 10.2 percent of the vote in 2014, his fourth year on the ballot, and still fell more than 20 percentage points short of the 75 percent necessary for induction last year (he was at 54.6).   Do Omar Vizquel (42.8 percent) and Jeff Kent (18.1 percent) get nice bumps up? Scott Rolen (17.2 percent) has a case similar to Walker’s, in that he was a brilliant player who had his counting stats curtailed by injuries. And what about Billy Wagner (16.7 percent), not only because the ballot is a little clearer, but because closers Mariano Rivera (BBWAA) AND Lee Smith (committee) were inducted last summer? If Walker gets more support toward election, does that help the case for his longtime Rockies teammate, Todd Helton (16.5 percent)?Manny Ramirez (22.8 percent) and Gary Sheffield (13.6 percent) are in the PED boat along with Bonds and Clemens. And do Andy Pettitte (9.9 percent), Sammy Sosa (8.8 percent) and Andruw Jones (7.5 percent) get a little more breathing room away from the 5 percent drop-off point? But those aren’t the vote totals we’ll be watching develop, during our annual obsession with Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker. They all take a backseat to Larry Walker.last_img read more

NFL Week 13 coverage map: TV schedule for CBS, Fox regional broadcasts

first_img (506sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/36/cbs-late-week-13-100119_1uhtg76ljea7y17gqdsj9xss0v.png?t=-1075434986&w=500&quality=80 The NFL coverage map for Week 13 makes clear what CBS and Fox consider the best games Sunday’s NFL TV schedule has to offer. That’s especially the case this week.CBS will present Browns vs. Steelers to what might as well be a national TV audience for a 1 p.m. ET Sunday game. Only a handful of markets in which local teams are playing on CBS will be presented something other than the game in Pittsburgh. Likewise, the network is going strong on Chiefs vs. Raiders in the late Sunday afternoon slot. TV schedule for NFL Week 13 gamesCBS coverageBrowns at Steelers (1 p.m. ET)Redskins at Panthers (1 p.m. ET)Titans at Colts (1 p.m. ET)Jets at Bengals (1 p.m. ET)Raiders at Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET)Chargers at Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET)Fox coverage49ers at Ravens (1 p.m. ET)Packers at Giants (1 p.m. ET)Eagles at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET)Buccaneers at Jaguars (1 p.m. ET)Rams at Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET)List of Week 13 NFL games by TV market(TV markets listed in order by size)MarketCBS earlyFox earlyCBS lateFox lateNew YorkJets at BengalsPackers at GiantsRaiders at Chiefs-Los AngelesBrowns at Steelers-Chargers at BroncosRams at CardinalsChicagoBrowns at SteelersPackers at GiantsRaiders at Chiefs-PhiladelphiaBrowns at SteelersEagles at DolphinsRaiders at Chiefs-Dallas-Ft. WorthBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-San Francisco/Bay areaBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-Washington D.C.Redskins at Panthers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-HoustonTitans at Colts49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-BostonBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-AtlantaBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-PhoenixBrowns at Steelers–Rams at CardinalsTampa/St. PetersburgBrowns at SteelersJaguars at BuccaneersRaiders at Chiefs-SeattleBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-DetroitBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-Minneapolis-St. PaulBrowns at SteelersPackers at GiantsRaiders at Chiefs-MiamiBrowns at SteelersEagles at DolphinsRaiders at Chiefs-DenverBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensChargers at Broncos-OrlandoBrowns at SteelersJaguars at BuccaneersRaiders at Chiefs-ClevelandBrowns at Steelers-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsSacramentoBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-CharlotteRedskins at Panthers-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsPortlandBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-St. LouisBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-PittsburghBrowns at Steelers-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsIndianapolisTitans at Colts-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsBaltimoreRedskins at Panthers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-Raleigh-DurhamRedskins at Panthers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-NashvilleTitans at Colts49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-San DiegoBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensChargers at Broncos-Salt Lake CityBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-San AntonioBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-Kansas CityBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-ColumbusBrowns at Steelers-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsMilwaukeeBrowns at SteelersPackers at GiantsRaiders at Chiefs-CincinnatiJets at Bengals-Raiders at ChiefsRams at CardinalsLas VegasBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-Jacksonville-Jaguars at BuccaneersRaiders at Chiefs-Oklahoma CityBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-New OrleansBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-MemphisTitans at Colts49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs-BuffaloBrowns at Steelers49ers at RavensRaiders at Chiefs- Late CBS games Early and late Fox gamescenter_img MORE: Watch NFL Week 13 games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)As for Sunday’s games on Fox, a predictably massive amount of the country will be presented 49ers vs. Ravens, the best game of Week 13.There are two TV market blackouts in Week 13. The Phoenix area will not get a late Sunday afternoon game on CBS due to the Cardinals playing on Fox in the same window, and the Jacksonville market will not get an early CBS game due to the Jaguars playing on Fox.Below are the full NFL coverage maps for Week 13, plus a list of major TV markets and the CBS and Fox games that will be presented in each on Sunday.WEEK 13 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsNFL coverage map Week 13(NFL coverage maps courtesy of 506sports.com)Early CBS games (506sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c4/87/fox-week-13-200119_i6latwk3zlgp14hltwq4gplxy.png?t=-1075382282&w=500&quality=80 (506sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9a/fc/cbs-early-week-13-120119_py11ewtp0pqp19tb2ftozidpj.png?t=-1075483266&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Nick Folk? Wes Welker? Bill Belichick to ‘see how it goes’ as Patriots consider kicker options

first_imgWelker’s name cropped up during the media session as the wide receiver was occasionally utilised as an emergency kicker during his NFL career – including slotting over an extra point for the Pats in 2010.”We were talking about him the other day – maybe we can see if we can round him up,” Belichick jokingly said of Welker, who is now on the coaching staff at the San Francisco 49ers.On a more serious note, he added: “If we lost three guys in any position it would be a problem.” Bill Belichick jokingly suggested he may try to tempt Wes Welker out of retirement as the Patriots continue to search for a solution to their kicking issues.The Pats boast a 10-2 record this season despite having to chop and change the identity of their kicker, using four different players in the role so far. Stephen Gostkowski was the starter before being placed on injured reserve and, after Mike Nugent failed to successfully fill the void, Nick Folk’s spell with the team was cut short when he had an appendix operation.Kai Forbath was on duty for the Week 13 defeat to the Houston Texans, kicking a field goal while landing one of his two extra-point attempts, but he was subsequently released on Monday.While there are reports Folk may return to New England in time for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they had still yet to have a recognised kicker on their roster early on Friday.Asked about the situation in his news conference, Belichick said: “We will just have to see how it goes. We will go with what we’ve got, or… I don’t know, see how it goes.”All the feels this week #Patriots players see their #MyCauseMyCleats for the first time.All the cleats, all the causes: https://t.co/pVgiQGiaco pic.twitter.com/PcHVsaiI7d— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 5, 2019The Patriots head coach was then questioned over reports Folk is set to return, though when asked if an announcement was expected, he simply replied: “Nope”.Punter Jake Bailey is an option having accepted the added responsibility of kick-off duties in Gostkowski’s absence, though Belichick seemed relaxed over the situation as he proposed the idea of a familiar face coming back to the team.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard ‘like Maximus coming back as the gladiator’ in triumphant Raptors return

first_imgTRADE RUMORS: Which teams could target Kevin Love?Leonard went on to score 23 points, adding six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers won, 112-92, to move to 19-7, while the defending champion Raptors dropped to 16-8.Rivers praised the Raptors for how they received Leonard and was certain the often-reserved NBA Finals MVP had been touched by the occasion.”It’s like Maximus coming back as the gladiator,” Rivers said just before tipoff. “He was the champion and just did everything honorably and the right way. I was joking earlier that would be a great intro.”After the victory, Rivers added: “Some players just don’t let you in. But I can tell you that ovation, to him, was very heartfelt. There’s no doubt about that. It meant a lot to him.”I thought what the Raptors did overall — the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him — that’s the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league. That’s a really classy move by the organization and then by the fans as well.”The Klaw x The North pic.twitter.com/aZzzwl8g46— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019Kyle Lowry presented Leonard’s ring and the two players shared a moment admiring the memento that contains over 640 diamonds.”I was joking with him and just showing him that the ring was nice and like it was shining too bright — we were laughing,” Leonard said, according to ESPN. “Memories probably just ran through our heads. As far as winning a championship, it pretty much has come full circle now, being able to get the ring and see where the hard work came from.”But it’s more than that. It’s just a journey. For me, as far as playing for the city, the chapter coming closed once I came over with the Clippers, but I still love the city. Those guys on the team, the players, the coaching staff, I still have love for them and wish them the best.” Asked about the video tribute and fans’ reaction when he received his ring, Leonard said: “It was great, it was a great moment. They did a great job putting it together, having all the players out there that won with me, standing there and presenting the ring. It just kind of puts you back in those spots when you were on the floor, or the locker room talk going into the game, and after the game watching those highlights.”It was a special season for us, for me and for the whole city and country. I’m just glad we were able to win. It was a blessing.”The Clippers lost Patrick Beverley to a concussion, while Pascal Siakam had a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, who have now lost four of their last five games.Title teammates foreverKawhi x Kyle in #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/zxDfvqUge3— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019 Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was described as “Maximus coming back as the gladiator” by coach Doc Rivers as he made a triumphant return to Toronto on Wednesday.Leonard received his championship ring in his first game back in Toronto since opting to join the Clippers in free agency after he had inspired the Canadian franchise to its first NBA title. The Raptors welcomed him back with a tribute video, and he was greeted by former teammates and coaches in the center of the court, receiving a positive reception from the home crowd.last_img read more

Logan Paul says he’s ‘serious’ about potential fight vs. Antonio Brown

first_imgThe former Steelers receiver was traded to the Raiders in March but never played a down for them as he was released following a series of controversies. He then wound up on the Patriots, but was cut after just one game amid allegations of sexual assault and rape.Paul believes fighting the receiver would give the out-of-work Brown a renewed focus.”I think we might be closer than anyone expected, than even we expected,” Paul added. “In my mind, this whole thing seems …They say if it’s too good to be true it probably is. In my mind, I’m getting that feeling because I genuinely do not know how serious AB is. Coming from a person who was in a s— position after Tokyo [when Paul was criticised for posting a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim], and in many ways the KSI fight gave me a purpose, I think this would do that for Antonio Brown, give him a nice payday, give him a chance to redeem himself. It would be one of the greatest events of 2020.” While Brown has no experience in boxing, Paul has been in the ring for two fights against fellow YouTube star KSI, who won their rematch in November after the first contest ended in a draw.Asked by TMZ whether he genuinely wanted to return to the ring to fight Brown, Paul replied: “I’m f—ing serious, bro. You know how serious I take fighting. I love talking smack; I also love backing it up.” View this post on Instagram Beat you 🏈 now 🥊 #SoonTheyForgetA post shared by Boomin (@ab) on Jan 8, 2020 at 3:29pm PSTMORE: Jake Paul calls Gib a doormat he’s ‘wiping his shoes on’ before fight vs. KSIBrown has not played an NFL snap since the middle of September and experienced a tumultuous 2019. Logan Paul is “serious” about boxing Antonio Brown, and believes a fight is close to being arranged.Paul called out Brown last month, and the seven-time Pro Bowler seemed to be on board with the idea. Brown told the YouTube star to “square up” while revealing he intended to enlist the help of Floyd Mayweather Jr.last_img read more