LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant unsure how his right shoulder will hold up

first_imgKobe Bryant sighed as sat down at the press table. All of Bryant’s discomfort stemmed from his right shoulder that he described as “sore.”That sparked uncertainty on how many of the Lakers’ 18 remaining games he can play. “Hopefully all of them,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 112-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at Staples Center. “That’s wishful thinking, but hopefully.”Bryant posted 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter against Golden State. Bryant also missed three of the previous four games, while logging only 11 minutes in his final game in Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant said he mostly addressed the team’s post players not to stay in the paint on defense. “Kobe kept us on our toes. He was coaching us the whole game,” Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said. “He was aggressive.”Lakers coach Byron Scott praised Bryant’s coaching. But Bryant has dismissed interest in that profession. Is that because other players could not match his abilities?“I know why people can’t do it the same way,” Bryant said. “They’re just lazy.”So Bryant has stressed repetition. “It’s about teaching them that it takes time and what to exactly look for,” Bryant said. “Once they figure that out, you see a lot of them put in the time.”Dark timesBryant’s memory on April 13, 2013 against the Warriors focused less on tearing his left Achilles tendon and more on something else. “I almost killed myself to try to get us into the postseason,” Bryant said. “To win that game and make the playoffs in that situation was great. We were playing some of our best basketball. I really liked our chances if I was healthy.”That did not happen. But Bryant secured a win against the Warriors by making a pair of free throws after his injury. “It was the right decision to make,” Bryant said. “Looking back now, I probably shouldn’t have done it.” He said itThe Lakers wore Bryant-themed socks called “The Final.” The socks, produced by Stance, featured a set colored in purple, gold, white and black with the number 2 on the right sock and 4 on the left.Bryant jokingly credited the Lakers’ win to “the power of the socks.”Injury updateThough the Lakers ruled Anthony Brown out for at least a month with a stress reaction in his right foot, Scott already suspected he won’t return this season. center_img But Bryant downplayed his return coinciding with the game against the defending NBA champions in his last nationally televised game. “It feels more stable,” Bryant said of his shoulder. “The last game I was riding in the car, and if I jumped to turn on the radio and can’t move my arm, it’s not a good thing. I’m making sure it’s stable and making sure I can move it around freely.”Barking ordersBryant still influenced the game by providing pointed instruction from the bench. “Any time he thought there was any little slippage,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said, “he was on us.”last_img read more

Health officials: 2 Iowa flu deaths recorded this season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say two people in the state have died from complications of the flu in recent weeks.The Iowa Department of Public Health says the deaths occurred in a woman between the ages of 61 and 80 in central Iowa and in a woman older than 81 in northwest Iowa.Officials say both women had underlying conditions or other contributing factors in their deaths.Health officials say flu cases have recently increased in Iowa communities.The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months old get the flu vaccine. The very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of complications from the respiratory illness.last_img

Power couple Nadal, Federer take Europe closer to Laver Cup

first_imgPrague, Czech Republic | AFP |  Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer took Team Europe to within two wins of lifting the Laver Cup as they won their singles and their first-ever doubles rubber together in Prague on Saturday.The world’s highest ranking duo handed Team Europe skippered by Bjorn Borg a 9-3 lead over Team World captained by John McEnroe after two days.After Nadal and Federer had won their singles rubbers, all eyes at Prague’s sold-out O2 Arena were then on the two legends who played on the same side of the net for the first time in careers which have stretched the best part of two decades.They started the doubles rubber against Sam Querrey and Jack Sock on a high, earning a break in the first set to win 6-4.They visibly enjoyed the experience, with Federer laughing off a massive air shot halfway through the set.However, they were then in far more serious mood in the second set as both lost their serve, allowing the American pair to level with a 6-1 win. Much to their relief, the world’s top two players, with 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them, regained their composure in time to sweep their rivals 10/5 in a super tie-break which decided the clash.In Saturday’s opener, Federer, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon winner and the world number two, swept 16th-ranked Querrey 6-4, 6-2 after earning a break in the first set and two in the second. World number one Nadal, who won the French and US Open, then overcame a scare to beat 21st-ranked Sock 6-3, 3-6, 11/9.Nadal and Sock traded breaks early into the rubber but Nadal added another to take the first set.“When you have the opportunity, you strike” @rodlaver pic.twitter.com/2offJT9rWP— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 23, 2017The second set was a mirror image of the first with Sock taking the honours and earning a nerve-wracking super tie-break, in which he came back from 5-1 down to level at 9-9 before Nadal showed his dominance to win.Australia’s world number 20 Nick Kyrgios then gave Team World a boost as he beat 19th-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 10/6 in a clash of big servers.Kyrgios lost his very first serve and struggled against the dominant Berdych in the first set, but then he took the second in a tie-break as both held on to their serves, before winning the super tie-break aided by 18 aces against Berdych’s 16.On Sunday, three singles and one doubles will close the tournament, with the players earning three points for each win after two on Saturday and one on Friday.On Friday, Marin Cilic beat Frances Tiafoe, Dominic Thiem overpowered John Isner and Alexander Zverev saw off Denis Shapovalov to hand Europe a 3-1 lead as Nadal and Berdych lost to Kyrgios and Sock in doubles.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lightning strikes twice for Manley at Jackalope Open

first_imgDefending champion Jason Manley (right) receives the Jackalope trophy from tournament organizer Mark Gorda.It was a case of déjà vu at the 19th Jackalope Open charity golf tournament last week as Jason Manley returned to defend the title he won just 12 months ago, but this time with an even more impressive round of 45 points off his 26 handicap.A field of 82 golfers teed it up at a resplendent looking Burapha Golf Course on Friday, August 4, all looking to chase down the elusive Jackalope trophy and enjoy some great camaraderie throughout the day.  For those struggling at the start, help was at hand in the shape of numerous forms of refreshments and altogether some 24 cases of ‘aiming oil’ were consumed around the course.  Fortunately the golf doping control authorities were conspicuous by their absence.Paul Greenaway (right) was the Low Gross winner.Before starting out the players were also presented with their complimentary Jackalope golf shirts and ‘goodie bags’ as well as being proffered kick-starters in the form of Canadian Caesars at the registration desk.Once the golf was completed and the divots had settled, back in the clubhouse the players were treated to a delicious buffet dinner to accompany the awards presentation. Jason Manley was named as a 2-time Jackalope champion following his outstanding round while Paul Greenaway won the low gross title after shooting 77 off the stick.  At the other end of the score-sheet, Neil Sandilands just edged out Bobby Clark for the Rabbits award.Numerous technical prizes accompanied by the lucky draw meant that most of those in attendance did not leave Burapha empty-handed.  Bill Simonick won a Canadian themed golf bag and immediately asked for it to be auctioned off, and with three golfers bidding it sold for 14,000 baht which Bill generously donated back into the charity pot.A feature of the Jackalope golf day is the highly anticipated 50/50 draw, and here providence sent down another thunderbolt as chief tournament organizer Mark Gorda saw his number drawn out of the hat for the second year in a row.  As benevolent as ever, Mark kindly donated the entire 75,000+ baht into the charity coffers.Sandy helps Mark Gorda draw the lucky tickets.Thanks to these individual acts of generosity and vital support from the long list of tournament sponsors, somewhere in excess of 250,000 baht was raised this year to go towards the Jester Care4Kids charity drive.Top Rabbits Neil Sandilands (left) and Bobby Clark share the limelight.Those who gave their valuable time and financial support to the day included: Pattaya Bay Real Estate, The Clubhouse Pratamnak, Bar 1 Ban Chang, Rick Moren, Todd Moren, Mike Peters, Neil Sandilands, Stacey O’Toole, Tinnies the meat pie specialist, The Blue Moose, the great work done by the beer cart boys, Woody, Bill Freeman, Mike and the management and staff at Burapha, John Emmerson, Bill Simonick, Larry Deverdenne, Rob Kennedy, Golfstar Brent, Sticky, Richie Rhodes and the Nirvana resort in Koh Chang, Fraser’s Restaurant, The Haven, Q Cars, Luc and Soda Lafriene, Pattaya Pickle, Richard Murphy, Steve Mascari, T.Q., Jesters, Jack Levy,  Macallen Insurance, and Pattaya Mail Media.The Blue Moose girls provided some great snacks out on the course.Thanks go to all of these as well as to the players and the entire expat community for their vital assistance.  Plans are already well underway for the 20th anniversary of the tournament next year.  See you all there!82 golfers had a great day out at the 19th Jackalope Open.Jackalope ChampionJason Manley 45ptsLow GrossPaul Greenaway Gross 77Men’s Division 11st John McHugh 39pts2nd Jim Smith 39pts3rd Paul Greenaway 39ptsMen’s Division 21st Steven Milne 38pts2nd Craig Mansell 38pts3rd Neal Hunter 35ptsMen’s Division 31st Bernie Morris 36pts2nd Chris Harkins 35pts3rd Bill Trainer 34ptsLadies Division1st Oiy St. Laurent2nd Junko Nevis 32 ptsRabbits Division1st Neil Sandilands 37pts2nd Bobby Clark 36ptsChampions all – players pose with their trophies.last_img read more