Area Volleyball Sectionals Start Thursday

first_imgWRBI Area High School Volleyball Sectionals start Thursday Night (10-23).Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Franklin County.Lawrenceburg vs. Batesville.  6 PM.Rushville vs. South Dearborn.  Following.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switz County.Southwestern vs. North Decatur.  6 PM.Switzerland County vs. South Ripley.  Following.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Hauser.Rising Sun vs. Jac-Cen-Del.  6 PM.South Decatur vs. Oldenburg Academy.  Following.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus East.Columbus East vs. Columbus North.  7 PM.The best of luck to all of our area Volleyball Teams during The Sectionals!last_img

Ozil explains charity work: I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Mesut Ozil is one of the richest footballers on the planet but also one of the most generous. Ozil has been one of Arsenal’s highest earning players after signing from Real Madrid for £42.5million six years ago. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil’s charity work includes being an ambassador for the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity But his agent says the Gunners’ £350,000-a-week Muslim superstar is on a to help the world’s starving, sick and homeless. Ozil has come under fire for rejected a 12.5 per cent pay cut during the coronavirus crisis. Mesut Ozil’s charity work has been revealed by his agent Dr Erkut Sogut Arsenal confirmed on Monday that the first-team squad and Mikel Arteta will take a cut due to the coronavirus outbreak. But Ozil has not accepted the agreement as he did not want to rush into a decision. Ozil’s wages work out at £18.2m a year, which means his income would fall by £2.3m. His agent Dr Erkut Sogut revealed last year that Ozil’s acts of kindness include: . paying for 1,000 vital operations for children across the world. feeding 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps in Turkey and Syria. paying £240,000 to fund operations for sick kids in Brazil. working for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine On his wedding day to former Miss Turkey, Amine Gulse, Ozil promised to finance 1,000 operations for needy kids across the globe. “Then, during last year’s World Cup, he told me ‘I want to do this bigger. Let’s change the lives of 1,000 kids, let’s do 1,000 operations’. “I said ‘This will cost you millions’. But he replied ‘If I don’t share my money now, when will I? And with whom?’ “Mesut came from a very poor background, with his mum doing two cleaning jobs a day. He knows what it means not to have anything. “And he said ‘Look, Erkut, I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself, so I can give much more’.” Ozil admitted: “As a footballer I am fortunate and in a privileged position. Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need.” His wedding day gift also included feeding an astonishing 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps and shelters in Turkey and Syria. Mesut Ozil spends time with children at the Rays of Sunshine charity Ozil, 31, paid for the meals, Sogut organised the massive take-away operation and the Red Cross delivered the food to the sites. Sogut, 39, added: “Mesut told me, ‘This is my wedding present to the world. Today, the food is on me’. “It cost Mesut a huge amount of money that day. But it was something he was very passionate about.” Ozil had previously donated his 2014 World Cup winnings — about £240,000 — to fund surgery for 23 sick Brazilian children in conjunction with the BigShoe charity. Sogut has a prized video of some of the hungry in the Turkish capital, Ankara, sending Ozil heartfelt thank-you messages. Mesut Ozil donated his earnings from the World Cup to the Big Shoe project for sick kids Last year the agent flew to Ozil’s parents’ Turkish birthplace, Devrek, where the Arsenal No 10 is building a five-storey football academy for the town. Ozil is also working with children’s charity Rays of Sunshine and a Barnet hospice, while five of the 15 seats in his Emirates box are always reserved for charity. Sogut said: “Mesut loves helping children. He became great friends with a kid who had terminal cancer. Tragically, Charlie died seven months ago and the boy’s death really affected him.” Ozil used his wedding day as a chance to reach out to those in need As did the horrific attempted carjacking near his home last July. Ozil, Amine and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were attacked by two villains on mopeds. Videos of Kolasinac fighting off one of the knife-wielding thugs went viral and Ozil admitted: “Sead was really brave. “I was scared for my wife. We were worried these guys had been targeting us.” Almost a year to the day earlier, Ozil had quit playing for Germany, citing the “racism and disrespect ” he had suffered in his homeland over his Turkish roots. Mesut Ozil works with the Big Shoe charity that pays for need children to get vital operations Despite being born in the German town of Gelsenkirchen and winning 92 caps for his country, he was castigated after being  photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London. Sogut revealed the final straw came when the director of Ozil’s old school in Gelsenkirchen told him he was “no longer welcome at a planned event, despite paying for immigrant children’s education there for ten years”. The agent added: “It was the main reason Mesut stopped playing for  Germany. Ozil’s agent Dr Sogut Erkut says his client is hugely dedicated to helping those in need “He told me, ‘If I am not even welcome at my own school how can I wear the national jersey?’ Whenever anyone asks him for help, he just gives. “He has given jobs to seven of his childhood friends from Gelsenkirchen. They now work for him in Dusseldorf. “His charitable work costs him millions but he earns millions so is happy to give back. I don’t know of another player who does it on this scale. “But he  doesn’t want to brag about it. Most Arsenal fans don’t care about these things anyway,  just whether he is playing or not.” Ozil has started both games under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg following Unai Emery’s sacking. Ozil and teammate Sead Kolasinac were targeted by armed muggers earlier this year And Sogut, who has  built Ozil a UK property portfolio to generate £100,000-a-month rental income when he retires, said: “Arsenal DNA is in Mesut’s blood. He loves the club. “He has had offers from other Premier League clubs but he was  clear, ‘If I am not staying at Arsenal then I will leave England’. “He has never wanted to join another club here.” Ozil is settled in London and has built a property portfolio in the UK Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasons And Ozil declared: “This is my home. I am proud to be an Arsenal player, I’m happy here.” Sogut — affectionately nicknamed The Nerd by Ozil because of his love of libraries — negotiated both the German’s original Arsenal contract and his huge new £18.2m-a-year deal which ties him to the club until 2021. Now, Sogut owns two thriving 39 Steps coffee shops in Soho and Knightsbridge, lives in London and has an English wife and young son. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ballyogan aim for Newsletter

first_img “She seems very well after it,” said Condon. “She didn’t seem to have a hard race and I think she’ll go to the Ballyogan next. “What was a little surprising was that she appeared to enjoy the ease in the ground, given she ran so well at Ascot on fast last year. “We’d been encouraged by Bath, and six furlongs suited her better. “After the Ballyogan, the Commonwealth Cup would be her target – it looks hot but she deserves a shot at it. “She does travel well, she’s been over to England twice this season and it doesn’t seem to bother her.” Newsletter will head for the TRM Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh on June 7 before a trip to Royal Ascot. Trained by Ken Condon, the Sir Percy filly was a close third in the Queen Mary behind Anthem Alexander and Tiggy Wiggy at the big meeting last year. Her subsequent runs at two were nothing special, but she showed promise on her return at Listed level at Bath and was an easy winner of the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes at Nottingham last time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Exciting double-header tonight in Hamilton Green K.O. Cup football

first_imgAN exciting double-header is expected tonight when the Hamilton Green K.O. Cup football tournament continues at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground with a double-header.The tournament will involve two of the mining community’s top teams coming up against a team from neighbouring Kuru Kururu and another from the East Demerara Football Association.The feature game which is scheduled for a 21:00hrs start will see homesters Eagles United face Kuru Kururu of the Linden Highway, while the opening game from 19:00hrs will be contested between Silver Shattas of Linden and Plaisance of the East Demerara Football Association.For the opening game, the hosts (Silver Shattas) will be hoping to take advantage of their home turf and will be relying heavily on their star strikers Robin Adams and Damion Williams, who are expected to get valuable support from midfielders Michael Wilson and Dexter Garraway.Romel Matthews will marshal the defence with Kellon Major between the uprights.The opposition’s (Plaisance) attack will be spearheaded by Vincent Thomas with support from midfielders Keon Kyte, Oneal Clarke and Akeem Thomas.Manning the defence will be Travis Simon and Javid Mohamed.For the feature game, home side Eagles United will use a three-man strike line which will be made up of Kellon Primo, Clive Mobora and Omar Brewley.Quasey Quintin will spearhead the midfield while Benny Neblette, Julian Smith and Romain Adams will marshal the defence.For Kuru Kururu, The man between the uprights Joshua George will be the last line of defence and is expected to get support from defenders Joseph Walker and Catio Sttholpe.Overlapping midfielders Kester Alleyne and Kester Fraser will both lend support to Cordel Johnson and Michael Charles who will be on the striking line.The tournament will continue on Friday with another double-header at the same venue and will see Winners Connection take on Riddim Squad and Milerock face Georgetown Football Club in the feature game from 21:00hrs.last_img read more

No elite sport in England until at least June 1, says government

first_img(REUTERS) – Elite sport in England cannot return until at least June 1 and will have to take place without spectators present, a government document containing guidelines on easing lockdown restrictions said on Monday.Most professional sport in England has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.English Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday to discuss Project Restart, which aims for top-flight football to resume next month. Cricket and rugby authorities in England have said their sports will not resume until July.The news however, is a blow to British horse racing, which had hoped to resume behind closed doors later this month.The government guidance concerning the easing of restrictions on elite sport is laid out in “step two” of the document, and will be made no earlier than June 1.Step two includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” the guidelines say.The resumption of elite sport is contingent on the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus and the June 1 date will be delayed if certain conditions are not met.Reopening venues such as sports grounds “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”, the document adds.last_img read more

Early games lack meaning

first_imgI think I’m going to wait a little longer. I’m just not ready to end my summer yet even as ESPN starts devoting coverage to the college football season and the smell of tailgate parties fills the air. It’s still too early to start caring about college football yet, especially since the first couple of weeks do nothing but confuse and bore me.With several weeks before the start of heated in-conference play, and rivalry games even farther off, none of the games being played do much to hint at what’s to come this season. Instead, the false hopes created for mediocre teams and early dismissals of some good ones leave me playing catch-up throughout the rest of the season. The first few weeks leave me wondering how the same team that beat up on a Division 1-AA opponent by 30 points to start the season is on the verge of firing their coach and a team I saw lose in week one is now hunting for a Rose Bowl bid.It’s also become too difficult to watch lower tier teams from conferences like the MAC and the Sun Belt flock to packed stadiums across the country only to be slaughtered by teams that are below average in their conferences.Schools like Michigan State and Pittsburgh open their seasons with considerably weaker opponents, and despite having less than formidable teams, MSU and Pitt are likely to emerge as three touchdown victors. In doing so, teams like the Spartans and Panthers will no doubt allow countless fans and alumni to share delusions about conference titles and bowl games while their third stringers continue to run up the score and the band plays the fight song for the fourteenth time. Though it doesn’t hurt fans to dream a little bit, it makes the reality of another 6-6 season even harsher. And although these games do offer fans some exposure to teams that might not be featured on national broadcasts too often, I’m pretty sure I have better things to do than watch quarterbacks with higher GPAs than touchdown-to-interception ratios struggle to learn how to pick apart the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s 3-4 defense.For the nation’s top teams, opening games are even less entertaining to watch. Watching USC trample Idaho won’t give fans any indication of whether the Trojans can compete for a national championship, the same way watching Oklahoma’s redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford take the field for the first time against North Texas, a team that lost their opener to Texas last season by seven touchdowns, won’t prove that Bradford is capable of leading the Sooners to a BCS bowl bid this year.When Murray State heads to Louisville to take on the No. 10 Cardinals, the only thing that might surprise fans is that the Racers, winners of just three games throughout the last two seasons, still have a Division 1-A football team.Though there will be some games featuring two competitive teams with bowl game aspirations, making judgments based on those early season matchups is not a wise decision. To start the year No. 12 Cal will host No. 15 Tennessee. But even a win there isn’t necessarily a sign of an undefeated season for either team, just the way a loss could be chalked down just as much to early season rust as an overrated team.Last season, Arkansas was quickly cast aside after losing its home opener to USC by 36 points. Fans quick to cast aside the Razorbacks must have to been shocked to see the team run off 10 straight wins after that en route to the SEC championship game.Even a part of the football season not determined by wins and losses, the Heisman Trophy race, won’t become evident until after the first few weeks. Though front runners like Michael Hart and Steve Slaton are probably capable of running for 400 yards against Appalachian State and Western Michigan, it’s unlikely either star will see too many carries once Michigan and West Virginia see their leads reach 20 or 30 points. Instead, fans will have to wait several weeks for the types of games that Heisman voters look to when determining a winner of the sport’s most prestigious award.It may be a difficult reality to face, but it’s true: The opening of the college football season isn’t much more important than every team’s annual spring football game. MLB’s spring training goes largely unwatched. It is typically written off as meaningless exhibitions, and the NFL isn’t much different; critics argue that the meaningless preseason is too long. College football’s opening weeks are just a glorified spring training that mean something in the standings.So while millions of fans light up their grills and turn their televisions to college football this week, you can be sure that I’ll be focused on more pressing matters like baseball pennant races, mastering the newest features in Madden 2008 and the WNBA playoffs. Well, maybe not that last one.Mike is a sophomore majoring in journalism. If you think Idaho can make football history at USC, or any other miracles can occur, he can be reached at mackerstein@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

COLUMN: Trojans need to provide light

first_imgThe spotlight finally turns back to the football field this Saturday — where it will hopefully stay for the remainder of the season.Through all of the events that have transpired over one of the crazier weeks at USC in recent memory, my focus, unlike the focus of many, hasn’t been on who the program should hire as its next head coach or whether Athletic Director Pat Haden knowingly appointed an alleged alcoholic to lead his football program.The common denominator here is the well-being of the student-athletes themselves; they should be the central focal point for any coach, athletic administrator, fan or anyone on the outside looking in. Through thick and thin, it should always be about what’s best for the kids.Over the course of this past week, I’ve heard sports talk shows throwing out phrases like “dark times at Troy” and “Bumpy road ahead for USC.” But then I go out on to the practice field and see just a glimpse of light — USC players continuing to play their tails off in every drill and practice segment, while working with each of their teammates to make them better at their respective positions.I’ve spoken to a few players since interim head coach Clay Helton took over, and each of them said that they loved Helton and what he was doing to get the team pumped up and ready to play in a rivalry game against Notre Dame.Ed Orgeron 2.0 is what people surrounding the program are beginning to call Helton, who before stepping into his new role wasn’t known for having much of a personality. He has disproved that initial impression of him, though.If you remember, Orgeron was notorious for providing Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles catering, cookies and taking the team to private movie screenings.On Tuesday, Helton did something similar when he organized a BBQ dinner for the team and staff, where everyone sat down in the same room to watch the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Trojan War.”The two may be similar in the methods each of them have used to motivate the team, but Helton has the chance to do something Orgeron didn’t do during his midseason coaching stint: beat the Fighting Irish in South Bend.Interim head coach Clay Helton has replanted the seed and added water, but the light will only shine on his team if the Trojans are able to win in Notre Dame for the first time since 2011.Effectively, the light rests with the hypothetical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the Irish are the only thing standing in USC’s way.This game has the power to be a turning point in the Trojans season and get to them back in the right direction as they enter the second half of their season, which features solely Pac-12 conference play.Continuing the trend of new beginnings, USC is an underdog going into a game for the first time this season. It seems like the only thing constant right now for this team is change — but it’s the type that should be celebrated.In just the second midseason coaching change in two years, the program is once again experiencing a sense of awakening and freshness that is much-needed after the team’s lackluster performance last Thursday against Washington.It’s a notion of youthful innocence that allows this sensation around the program to come into fruition.Regardless of who the Trojans’ head coach is, these players are going to try and replicate what they’ve learned to do throughout their entire lives: play football at a high level.  They’re on the roster at USC for a reason, and that carries two important responsibilities: to be upstanding representatives of the program and win football games.Even though their former head coach seemed to have trouble doing both of those things in recent months, the Trojans now have the opportunity to go out and show the rest of the country that even while dealing with a great deal of adversity, USC is still a force to be reckoned with on the national stage.USC great Keyshawn Johnson said it best at the team’s practice on Thursday.“The world will be watching to see how you respond,” Johnson said. “I want to talk about how you won at Notre Dame.”More than ever, the Trojans need to do just that. At this juncture, it’s the only thing that can save their season.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Wisconsin readies for Michigan State in home finale

first_imgAfter a split series against Ohio State last weekend, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team returns to Madison one last time to take on Michigan State in its final series at the Kohl Center for the 2013-2014 regular season.The Badgers (17-9-2 overall, 8-5-1 Big Ten, 25 points) find themselves in second place in the Big Ten, seven points behind Minnesota. With only three series left in the regular season, Wisconsin essentially has to win to have any chance of winning the inaugural Big Ten conference title.Head coach Mike Eaves and his squad are looking to quickly move on from last weekend, most notably Friday’s loss in Columbus, Ohio. Eaves is making sure his team shifts all of their focus to this weekend’s matchup against Michigan State. This is the Badgers’ first series against the Spartans (9-13-7 overall, 3-5-6 Big Ten with 19 points) this inaugural Big Ten season.“We are moving forward getting ready for Michigan State. So we watch their video and we do things that we think are going to help us against them,” Eaves said. “We have been working on those things this week and feel it has gone pretty well for us.”Even though Michigan State finds itself toward the bottom of the conference, that doesn’t mean it won’t be a tough opponent for the Badgers this weekend. Eaves understands that despite their below-average record, the Spartans will come to play and compete, especially sophomore goalkeeper Jake Hildebrand, who leads the Big Ten in saves with 800.“Watching them on tape, they are a team that works so hard,” Eaves said. “If you look at their record, they have a lot of ties. They’ve been around in a lot of games because of the fact that they work so hard and they’ve got a really fine young goaltender. We have to solve him and work as hard as they do.”It should also be noted that, while the Spartans are in second-to-last place in the Big Ten, they only find themselves one point out of third place and six points behind Wisconsin. It’s clear Michigan State still has something to play for, and their multitude of tie games this season shows that they are able to compete.Senior defender and captain Frankie Simonelli knows what he and his fellow defenders are in for when dealing with Michigan State’s rough and tough style, but says it’s nothing they haven’t seen before.“They are a hard-working team. We have looked at some video, but we know that they will get after it and play aggressive,” Simonelli said. “It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, even though we haven’t played them yet, we’ve seen it in other teams and we are ready for it. We are excited for the games this weekend.”In 28 games played this season, Simonelli has six goals and nine assists, which puts him at eighth on the team in points with 15.This is a special weekend for Simonelli and his fellow seniors, as it is their final weekend playing in Madison at the Kohl Center. Simonelli believes it will be a special moment not only for him and the other seniors, but for the rest of the team as well.“It’s going to be exciting. You look back on all the memories we’ve had and I think it will be fun for us seniors, the whole team and for the parents,” Simonelli said. “I think everyone is looking forward to it and we should have another great crowd this weekend. It should be a fun atmosphere.”UW senior forward Keegan Meuer is another senior looking forward to the weekend, especially since he has been a part of the team longer than any other current player. Meuer hasn’t put much thought into what the weekend is going to entail, but he knows the experience will be surreal.“I haven’t really thought about it. My whole family is going to be here. That’s going to be something special to me, having them all out on the ice with me because I definitely didn’t get here by myself,” Meuer said. “Being able to share those few moments on the ice with them senior weekend that will be pretty special.”Even though this weekend is a celebration of the seniors, Meuer, Simonelli and the rest of the seniors know that the important thing is to come out of the weekend with two victories.Michigan State has given up the most shots on goal of any Big Ten team this season with 955, and the Badgers have stressed the importance of getting a lot of shots up, and have looked at that as a key to victory all season. They hope to get a lot of shots up this weekend and make the Spartans’ young goaltender work.“Every weekend we want to outshoot our opponents and I think it’s a big factor for us. I don’t know what the stats are, but I know we get a lot of wins when we put up 35 to 45 shots. That’s key for us,” Meuer said. “We want to put a lot of pucks on net and take away the goaltender’s eyes. We are really going to have to shoot the puck and put a lot of rubber on him.”While the Badgers struggled to get off to a good start last Friday, as they gave up two goals to Ohio State in the first period, they are hoping that changes this Friday. Simonelli believes that a good start Friday will help carry them throughout the rest of the weekend.“One thing we have talked about in the locker room is we want to have better starts on Friday nights,” Simonelli said. “Our Fridays have been in a little bit of a lull this season and coming down the stretch here, you can’t afford that. It’s one point emphasis for sure this week that we come out with a bang on Friday night and get the weekend rolling.”last_img read more

HORRIFYING: Ex-Man Utd defender collapses again in a preseason game [VIDEO]

first_img“Daley Blind’s ICD went off,” he said to Metro.“He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling okay now, he is feeling fine. We will do research about this now.”The former Manchester United defender, after the incident, was seen communicating with teammates as he left the field without needing assistance.He will undergo further tests at the hospital later on Wednesday morning. Former Manchester United defender, Daley Blind collapsed on the pitch while playing for Ajax on Tuesday.Blind, 30, dropped to the field during the latter stages of Ajax’s win over Hertha Berlin and was quickly replaced by Devyne Rensch.Horrible to watch. Hope Daley Blind is okay. His heart defibrillator went off during a pre season friendly against Hertha Berlin. pic.twitter.com/A5MoNsjPZn— Breezy (@UtdBreezy) August 25, 2020This the second time in the space of eight months the Dutch international has collapsed while playing football.The Netherlands footballer was diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation late last year after suffering from dizziness during Ajax’s clash with Valencia in December.He was subsequently fitted with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator and returned to full training in February and helped Ajax win the double for the season.After the game, the Head Coach of Ajax, Erik ten Haag confirmed that Blind’s subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) went off.last_img read more

LeBron James comes up clutch as Lakers outlast Jazz in mudfight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’re not gonna win many games like that, when you turn the ball over 24 times and just have 10 assists,” James said. “But at the end of the day when you’re not playing well offensively, you can’t let that deter you from getting stops. And that’s signs of a team that’s growing.”It wasn’t wrapped up until the final few minutes, as the Lakers outscored the Jazz 13-9 over the last six minutes, which included a layup by Lonzo Ball, a deep James 3-pointer and a dunk by JaVale McGee.But James had perhaps the most memorable play in the forgettable affair: an authoritative block on a shot from Alec Burks that officially quashed the Jazz’s hopes at a comeback in the final minute. James finished with 10 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Lakers in both categories.Brandon Ingram was also a bright spot in a mostly sorry game, scoring 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting.In other areas – best not to look. The Lakers’ 24 giveaways led to 27 Jazz points, giving Utah life even though it shot just 39 percent. Coach Luke Walton also lamented missed opportunities in transition, with the team only converting five of 13 shots on fast-break opportunities. The low in assists was a byproduct of some tired legs coming off a trip, which meant the transition attack wasn’t up to par. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousLakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen, left, has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz guard Dante Exum, left, of Australia, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, passes the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, is congratulated, after scoring, by forwards Kyle Kuzma, center, and LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, of France, defends and guard Alec Burks watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after being called for a foul during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, attempts a dunk as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 90-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 15Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As some traditionalists gripe about recent changes to NBA rules that have seen final scores soaring, a case was made Friday night that perhaps progress is going in the right direction.What unfolded at Staples Center was a mess: two teams that couldn’t keep possession, couldn’t hit 3-point shots and missed overly confident dunk attempts. It was the kind of mudfight that makes even the most staunch advocates for strong defense pray for some buckets.As has often been the case this season, the saving grace for the Lakers was LeBron James. He scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, helping the Lakers (11-7) stumble forward to a 90-83 victory over the visiting Jazz (8-11) despite season-lows in points and assists (10) and a season-high in turnovers (24).It was the Lakers’ third win in a row, and the team’s eighth in the last 10 games. It wasn’t the template to victory the Lakers usually follow – high-scoring, high-passing energy – but in an increasingly competitive Western Conference, sometimes the only way to win is ugly. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “We had the ball ahead and they had two or three guys back,” Walton said. “There was nowhere to go with it but try to leave it behind or finish over people. If we’re going to get back to being a good running team, the wings have to be out in front leading the way, and then you put pressure on them on the defense. We didn’t do a good job of that.”Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Early on, it seemed the Lakers were taking advice to be more aggressive to heart: With confident drives to the rim from Ingram and Ball, a putback basket initially put the home team ahead 19-8.But that was the end of easygoing offense, as the rest of the game bogged down with turnovers, missed shots and minimal ball movement. James had the first five assists of the game for the Lakers, but no other Laker notched a dish until midway through the third quarter.During one second-quarter segment, for two solid minutes, not a point was scored.The Jazz played much of the game without the help of their budding star, Donovan Mitchell. After an underwhelming 2-for-9 start from the field, Mitchell headed to the locker room in the first half with a rib contusion. He did not return to the game. Burks led the Jazz with 17 points.The Lakers put as good a face as they could on it, saying they were proud of their defense. The team forced 11 steals, and they held the Jazz to just 4-for-23 shooting from the perimeter. But on a night when two teams played ugly and out of flow, there was one true difference, best summed up by Jazz coach Quin Snyder.“It’s LeBron James,” he said, “and he made some plays.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more