Tyler Bruening was champion of the 30th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)DECORAH, Iowa – Tyler Bruening admits that there were a few sleepless nights before the end of his Deery Brothers Summer Series dream season.Bruening and Jeff Aikey took their race to the 2016 IMCA Late Model tour title down to the final event. While engine issues sidelined the seven-time champion, Bruening rocketed from 21st starting to sixth at the finish to capture his career first crown.“This was a huge dream come true. When I started racing, my goal was to not get lapped so we’ve obviously come a long way. We have come leaps and bounds with our entire program,” he said. “I’m really proud of becoming the Deery Series champion. When my dad (Greg) raced, this was a goal of his. I’m very proud to have accomplished this feat.”From Decorah, Iowa, Bruening qualified for his first Deery feature in 2005 and has been a series regular since 2009.He won the Yankee Dirt Track Classis and $7,500 at Farley Speedway – all three of his career tour wins have come at the Yankee – and recorded another six top five finishes in 16 series starts this season.“The whole year was a highlight for us. Winning a third Yankee was definitely a huge feat. We’d gone through a dry spell and one year didn’t even make the show at Farley,” said Bruening. “When I went to Farley the first time, I loved the track. It’s super racy and had been one of the tracks we’ve gone to and had success.”Forced to take a provisional after mechanical problems sidelined him in both his heat and ‘B’ feature, Bruening proved his mettle in the 30th annual series’ finale at West Liberty Raceway.“It was nerve wracking, to be honest. I didn’t sleep well the couple nights before and with the way the night started it seemed like the cards were stacked against us,” he said. “I knew I had a good car and definitely raced well to get to sixth.”He celebrated his birthday and the Deery Series championship with a friendly get together in October. Friendly nemesis Aikey and his crew were among the guests.Starts: 16Wins: 1Additional Top Fives: 6HIS CREW: Father Greg and Zeb Holkesvik. HIS SPONSORS: Bruening Rock Products, Skyline Construction, Truck Country, Olson Explosives and Hovden Oil, all of Decorah; Bennett Explosives of Manchester; Minnowa Construction of Harmony, Minn.; Capital Race Cars of Woodstock, Ga.; and Clement Racing Engines of Spartanburg, S.C.
Barbara Jean (Carter) Miller, 78, of Oak Ridge, Missouri, passed on to her eternal reward on June 25, 2019, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.Barb was born March 25, 1941, in Charleston, West Virginia to Faye Sarver. She was adopted by Grace and Harrison Carter on July 28, 1942. She went to school in Moore’s Hill, Indiana, graduating in 1959. She loved memories of her high school days and for many years faithfully attended the All School Reunion.After high school Barb attended Patricia Stevens Finishing & Airline Training School in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in October of 1959.Barb married Darryl Eugene Miller on March 2, 1962, and to this union they had one son, Mitchell Graham.Barb was a dedicated worker from early on. She began her full time career as a secretary working for the box factory in Aurora, Indiana in 1960 before going to National Lead in Cincinnati in the Quality Control department from 1962 until 1972. She was a secretary at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri for four years before beginning a fourteen year career with the local 3M plant where she advanced to executive secretary for a succession of plant managers. She worked for Messer Construction in Cincinnati for a number of years before finishing her career at the Bethany House. She truly enjoyed working, as well as helping others when able.Barb was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nevada, Missouri.Barb always had a friendly smile and loved talking to people. She enjoyed music and watching sports, especially baseball and college basketball. A highlight was when she went to the Cincinnati Reds last spring training held in Sarasota, Florida. Barb really enjoyed traveling and new adventures. She also loved animals from the time she was a little girl.Barb is survived by her son Mitch and daughter-in-law Cathy.Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana, followed by burial in St. Johns Cemetery Bellaire.Those who wish to contribute to Barb’s memory may do so to the Bollinger County Stray Project c/o Rullman Hunger Funeral Home or to your local animal shelter.
Tamadhor returned to winning ways when producing an impressive display to land the feature race at Fairyhouse, the Book Tickets On-Line @ Fairyhouse.ie Race. Coming into this on the back of a promising sixth-placed finish in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, the daughter of Arcano was sent off the 9-10 favourite and duly justified those cramped odds, readily leaving her rivals behind at the two furlong marker on the way to a two length success from Slipper Orchid who finished well to pick up the silver medal. Trainer Kevin Prendergast is now targeting a return to Group One company: “They went no pace and it turned into a bit of a sprint from the top of the home straight. “She will go now for the Pretty Polly if the boss agrees. That was the plan we had for her, and after that we will see what happens. She is pretty smart and she wants a mile and a quarter.” Mick Halford looks to have another smart juvenile on his hands in Vitello who opened her account at the second time of asking in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. The 1-1 favourite shaped with an abundance of promise when third on her introduction at the Curragh last month and had clearly benefited from that initial experience, breaking quickly from the gates before recording a cosy pillar-to-post half a length success. Halford said: “She jumped smart and Shane said she was idling a bit in front and he just kept her up to her job. “She likes the ground, is very straightforward, with a good temperament, and could go for the fillies Group 3 (Balanchine Stakes) at the Curragh on Derby weekend.” There was a cracking finish to the Whole Lotta Voltage @ Fairyhouse July 1st Handicap as long-time leader Madame Nobel just failed to deny late challenges from eventual neck winner Ishebayorgrey (7-2 fav) and Split The Atom while 2-1 market leader Stop And Linger continued a good night for favourite backers when running out a two and three quarter length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Press Association
Manchester: Football giants Manchester United congratulated their big fan Jofra Archer and the England team for lifting their maiden World Cup at Lord’s on Sunday.“When you wake up and realise you’re a #CWC19 world champion…Incredible stuff, @JofraArcher congratulations to you and @EnglandCricket,” Manchester United tweeted with a picture of England’s leading wicket taker Archer wearing a United jersey.Just in the England setup and playing his first World Cup, 24-year old Barbados-born Jofra was another reason why England won the World Cup. The gun-quick nabbed 20 wickets in 11 matches and bowled the Super Over in the final against New Zealand, holding his nerve. Although he gave away 15 runs for the Kiwis to match the target, England won on superior boundary count.Archer yorked, bounced and changed pace with the ball during the entire tournament, bamboozling batsmen and creating all sorts of problems which will make him a crucial cog in England’s wheel for years to come.England won the World Cup by hitting more boundaries than New Zealand after the rip-roaring final which was tied both at the end of 100 overs and a Super Over. IANS Also Read: Staying Calm Is The Mantra For Success, Feels Jofra Archer
Maloney inherited a team that had finished 2-9 in Schwartzwalder’s final season and guided the Orange for seven seasons. His teams went 32-46 from 1974-80. He resigned after the 1980 season and served 27 years as director of ticket operations for the Chicago Cubs until retiring in 2010.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NCAA-GRADUATION RATES STUDYStudy: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teamsUNDATED (AP) — A diversity report on graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year.The racial gap on the men’s side had declined the past two years in studies by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida.The institute annually examines graduation rates for men’s and women’s teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. It used final bracket projections from ESPN as a substitute with the tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. — The Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL team announced the update Wednesday but didn’t specify if the people affected are players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the virus have recovered.— New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has ended his quarantine after recovering from the coronavirus. He is now working out of the sprawling new Dixie Brewery in an industrial section of eastern New Orleans. The brewery, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is closed to normal operations. But the coach, general manager Mickey Loomis, college scouting director Jeff Ireland and a few other staffers have set up in an expansive room where they can keep their distance from one another and communicate with area scouts through video conferences.— NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the NFL draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. The league is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic by forbidding teams from hosting prospects or traveling to interview them as they normally do. The pandemic also scuttled many college pro timing days that prospects were hoping to use to make impressions on NFL scouts, so teams will have to rely on game film more than ever. The NFL still plans to open the season as scheduled on Sept. 10.— IndyCar’s second virtual race has been picked up by NBC Sports Network after the inaugural event drew 600,000 viewers to various online streams. The race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama will be aired Saturday and called by NBC’s booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. NASCAR has twice set the esports record for viewers, with more than 1 million tuning into its virtual race last week aired on various Fox Sports platforms.— The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern region of Fukushima. The public will have limited access to view the flame. Organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week. The Fukushima region was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021. April 1, 2020 NFL-NEWSPayton unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020UNDATED (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he didn’t mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans that he doesn’t know if this is Brees’ last year.On Tuesday, Payton was being interviewed on ESPN when he mentioned the Saints had a “unique” quarterback situation because Brees was coming back for a “final season.” He clarified on Wednesday he really meant to convey the idea that the Saints can’t really know for sure if Brees will keep playing in 2021 until the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns passing makes that call himself. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Brees is 41 and entering his 20th season. Shortly before becoming a free agent in March, he signed a two-year, $50 million contract to remain with the club he joined in 2006.Brees has said repeatedly during the past few years that at his age, he believes it is best to re-evaluate his desire to continue playing after each season.In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson from the Jets to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $20 million. The 26-year-old Anderson finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Jets. He joins a young — and crowded — Panthers receiving corps that now includes nine wideouts, five of which have signed this offseason as free agents.— The Chicago Bears have finalized a one-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Ifedi made 60 starts at guard and tackle over four seasons for Seattle after being drafted out of Texas A&M with the No. 31 overall pick in 2016. He figures to replace Kyle Long at right guard after the Bears released the three-time Pro Bowl pick who was limited the past four seasons by injuries. Chicago’s offense ranked among the worst in the NFL last season. The study also found male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-MALONEYFormer Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney has died. He was 79.Maloney played center and guard at Michigan from 1959-61 and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before being hired at Syracuse to succeed Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWIIUNDATED (AP) — Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.In other developments related to the pandemic:— Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees on Wednesday. MLB said March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Opening day was to have been March 26, and MLB has delayed the start of its season until mid-May at the earliest.— Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free. The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Marks said during a conference call today that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Stroke-maker Kimani Melius has been named to lead a 15-man West Indies Under-19 squad to the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup which bowls off in South Africa next January.The right-hander, who hails from St Lucia, is one of three surviving members from the disappointing campaign in New Zealand last year, with left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd and seamer Nyeem Young also included.West Indies Under-19s will clash with England Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s in a Tri-Nations Series here next month, before heading to the showpiece which runs from January 17 to February 9.“The majority of players have been in the programme for 12 months and the Tri-Series represents the first competitive action for all bar three of the squad,” said chief youth selector Robert Haynes.“Melius, Nedd and Young all featured in the 2018 World Cup and the experiences they gained in New Zealand will be tapped into and filtered through the team.”Left-arm spinner Ashmead NeddHead coach Graeme West added: “I would like to congratulate the 15 players selected to represent the West Indies in both the upcoming U19 Tri-Series and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.“The Tri- Series was always a key component to the team’s preparation and it will be used to establish our game strategies and reinforce the key messages that the support staff have identified as essential to playing successful white ball cricket.”He added: “Everything we have been working on over the last 12 months has been designed to prepare the team for the opening World Cup games against Australia and England on January 18 and 20”.West Indies will do battle in a tough Group B alongside England, Australia and minnows Nigeria, with the top two teams from each of the four groups advancing to the next round.Melius, who averaged 38 at the last Under-19 World Cup, will lead the batting unit while selectors have opted from a strong pace element in order to exploit conditions in South Africa.“We have looked to develop a strong seam bowling attack and the five seamers selected all offer something different,” Haynes explained.“(Jayden) Seales and (Matthew) Forde were successful in the U19s Rising Stars Regional Tournament that took place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines while (Ramon) Simmonds was the surprise package with his extra pace and bounce.“We have also looked for batsmen that are comfortable on the back foot and are prepared to play with a positive intent. Mbeki Joseph was a late addition to the squad but fully deserved his call up with a string of big scores.”He added: “The Tri-Series will provide the perfect preparation challenge with a mix of styles likely to be displayed by England and Sri Lanka. The six group games will provide the players with opportunities to build confidence and get their game in order before the attention turns to the World Cup.”West Indies Under-19s entered the 2018 showpiece as defending champions but finished third in Group A to miss out on a quarter-final spot, and eventually finished 10th overall.SQUAD – Kevlon Anderson, Daniel Beckford, Matthew Forde, Joshua James, Nyeem Young, Antonio Morris, Ashmead Nedd, Mbeki Joseph, Leonardo Julian, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Kirk McKenzie, Ramon Simmonds, Matthew Patrick, Jayden Seales.
This didn’t rattle Marcellus, who controlled the game’s middle stages. It pulled even in the 31st minute when Ryan Lundrigan’s shot off Tristan Jarvi’s corner kick deflected off a Skaneateles defender and found the net.Nine minutes into the second half, Jarvi put the Mustangs in front, 2-1, off a great feed from Dakota Baker, but Marcellus had several more good chances, only to get turned away, Lakers goalie Andrew Neumann making a series of tough stops.Moss helped Skaneateles turn it around by assisting on Owen Cheney’s goal midway through the second half and, less than four minutes later, beat two defenders on a long run and passed it to Colin Gaglione, whose curving shot found the top left corner of the net. Propelled to no. 3 in last week’s state Class B rankings by a big win over a long-time rival, the Marcelllus boys soccer team had to put its full attention to taking down another of its neighborly adversaries.Skaneateles arrived last Wednesday night, bent on ending the Mustangs’ nine-game win streak- and it did so, rallying in the second half to claim a thrilling 3-2 decision.The threat the Lakers posed was obvious from the outset as it made several runs right at the Marcellus defense. That work paid off in the 16th minute when a long pass from Landon Hellwig found Tylar Moss, who sped up the middle and beat Mustangs goalie Cory Gangemi one-on-one. Then the Lakers did a solid job of possession throughout the game’s final 16-plus minutes, and then defended a final free kick taken by Gangemi as the clock ran out.As a tune-up, Skaneateles went to Jordan-Elbridge last Monday and pummeled the Eagles 7-0, with Moss again the focal point of the attack thanks to his season-best four assists to go with a lone goal.Gaglione had a big night, too, scoring twice and getting a pair of assists. Cheney also got two goals as Hellwig and Brendan Powers earned the other goals. J-E goalie Keegan Ferris stopped all seven shots he faced.That same night, Marcellus went to Corcoran, where it netted three goals in the first half and went on to defeat the Cougars 4-2.Matt Kershaw led the Mustangs, scoring twice, with single goals going to Brett Beal and Marcelo Suarez, who also joined Steve Matro and Ryan Worden in the assist column.Skaneateles could not relax after the big win over Marcellus, for it would host its annual Finger Lakes Cup on Friday and Saturday.The opening round pitted the Lakers against St. Francis (Buffalo), who prevailed 1-0 despite Skaneateles having all kinds of chances, taking 15 shots but seeing the Red Raiders use a shot deflected off a Lakers defender to score the lone goal of the night.So it was the Lakers against Rochester Aquinas in the consolation game, and Skaneateles prevailed 4-3, again carried by Moss, who notched two goals and assisted on tallies by Cheney and Cooper Purdy. Henninger beat St. Francis 1-0 in the championship game.After the loss to Skaneateles, Marcellus would face Bishop Grimes on Saturday and take its second consecutive defeat, falling to the Cobras 3-1.Even though Matt Kershaw scored in the second half off a feed from Jarvi, it did not make up for Grimes speeding to a 2-0 first-half advantage. Byam Mugushu scored twice for the Cobras, while Deng Mawien had one goal and one assist.Following its loss to Skaneateles, J-E rebounded and blanked Onondaga 6-0 a day later. It was Michael Meyer leading the way as he got a three-goal hat trick, with Kevin Chiaramonte adding two goals and two assists. Keegan Ferris had the other goal as Owen Barrigar and Michael Bennink earned single assists. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys soccerMarcellusskaneateles
Just six teams played Class A football a season ago. Now that total nearly doubles with the arrival of F-M and CBA and the return of both J-D and Fulton, who also was in the Developmental League last fall.Grouping CBA, ESM and J-D together, the Class A American division also has Auburn and Indian River. F-M is part of a National division where Fulton, Whitesboro, Central Square and Carthage fill out the roster.Bishop Grimes remains in eight-man football, where Adirondack is new, Sherburne-Earlville and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown have left and Weedsport remains, as does Cooperstown, Morrisville-Eaton, South Lewis, West Canada Valley and Pulaski. There’s also a new schedule, which starts later and finishes later and could involve as many as nine regular-season games, depending on events of the next couple of months.Practices for all teams begin Aug. 24, with NYSPHSAA to vote in May on whether to allow teams to add a game to its schedule the first weekend of September without a scrimmage.Either way, the regular season follows, leading to possible playoff openers Oct. 30-31, sectional semifinals a week later and the sectional title games Nov. 13 and 15 at the refurbished Carrier Dome.Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium hosts the regional finals Nov. 19-20. Now the state semifinals are on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-28, with the state finals at the Dome on Dec. 4 and 5.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMF-MfootballJ-D For nearly two decades, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy football programs were part of the Class AA ranks, with varying degrees of success right up to CBA winning a state championship in 2004.Now they are both on their way to Class A, joining East Syracuse Minoa in a newly formed division while Jamesville-DeWitt returns to the Class A ranks following a 2019 season spent in the Developmental League.A massive realignment of Section III football at all levels was finalized earlier this week, reflecting changes in both school enrollment and the way the New York State Public High School Athletic Association classifies those schools for this sport.
The Wisconsin football team released its depth chart Monday in anticipation of its prime-time matchup against No. 3 Alabama Saturday. While Walker Williams and Hayden Biegel are listed as starters on the right side of the offensive line, Joe Rudolph, University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, said that isn’t set in stone.Rudolph said Micah Kapoi, who practiced with the first team the past two weeks of training camp, could still rotate in and Rudolph expects him to play at some point Saturday.If Kapoi does enter the game, it’s likely he’d take some snaps for Williams at right guard. It’s hard to envision Kapoi playing at right tackle and taking Biegel’s place since he hasn’t played the tackle position in college.Kapoi said although he would’ve liked to see his name as a starter, he sees it as a chance to prove himself.“Now I just need to lock everything in,” Kapoi said. “I’ve got the basics down. Now I just gotta get in the film room, that’s the biggest thing.”Kapoi is also listed as the backup center, a position he feels comfortable playing, he said.Biegel, Williams Return to PracticeBiegel had been sidelined for more than two weeks with a concussion. He’s battled concussions his entire playing career, he said.Williams, meanwhile, only had mild concussion-like symptoms and was out just a week. After Biegel and fellow right tackle Beau Benzschawel went down, Williams moved to tackle, but is now back at guard, which he prefers.“I’m feeling real comfortable at right guard, even though I can play tackle,” Williams said. “I think I might’ve found a home settling in at guard.”With their health back, Biegel and Williams have quite the challenge in front of them, when they’ll both be making their first career college starts.Alabama’s defensive line boasts three all-SEC defensive ends, A’Shawn Robinson (first-team), Jonathan Allen (second-team) and Jarran Reed (third-team).“I think it’s pretty big time if your first start is against Alabama and one of the best d-lines in the country,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity to see really how good we are.”One of the main challenges with that is the lack of time the right side has spent playing together. Tuesday was the first practice that Biegel and Williams had pads on together. Communication between the two was a point of emphasis for the pair during practice this week, they said. The challenge of playing together for the first time is exacerbated by the formidable Alabama defensive line.Regardless, Biegel said that despite the limited number of snaps with Williams to his inside, he feels comfortable with him there.“You always wish you could have more snaps with somebody,” Biegel said. “That’s just what it is. I’m comfortable right now working with Walker.”Williams said right now he and Biegel are erring on the side of more communication and still getting a feel for one another.“It’s one of those things where you don’t know exactly what they know, or you don’t know what they see,” Williams said.
DENVER — Frank Vogel and his players clamored for a do-over. Turns out, the Orlando Magic should have gotten one.The NBA acknowledged on Thursday that it was the incorrect call to award a jump ball at center court with six-tenths of a second remaining in the Lakers’ 108-107 win over Orlando at Staples Center on Wednesday after the clock started prematurely on the Magic’s final play.The league’s “Last Two Minute Report” said that Orlando “should have retained possession on the sideline at the nearest spot” because “the ball was still in the air when the clock expired.” The NBA automatically reviews all calls made in the final two minutes of a game that is within three points at any point during that time.Had the Lakers touched the ball before the buzzer sounded, the ruling would have been correct. After the game, lead referee Bill Spooner told a pool reporter that the ruling was made by the league’s replay center in Secaucus, N.J. #LABron: LeBron James to Los Angeles billboards appear before Lakers-Cavaliers matchup In pick-and-roll coverages, power forwards are most often guarding the screener while the small forward is assigned to the ball handler.“Now instead of calling out those coverages and being the man playing the help side and recovering on your own, you’ve got to jump into the ball handler,” Walton said. “You’ve got to fight over screens. Then you’re the one telling the big when to get back. Everything changes from the ‘three’ to the ‘four.’”Kuzma has embraced the transition, going so far as to call it fun.“It’s really a challenge to really guard people,” Kuzma said. “I’m more locked in defensively because I’ve never really guarded threes before now.”ISAIAH FOR 3When the Lakers acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Cavs at the trade deadline, all of his preferred jersey numbers were gone. No. 2, which he wore in college, belongs to Lonzo Ball; 22, from his Sacramento days, was retired for Gail Goodrich; his Boston number, 4, was on the back of Alex Caruso; and 3, which he sported in Cleveland and Phoenix, had been claimed a year earlier by Corey Brewer.So, for his first 10 games with the Lakers, Thomas wore No. 7. The team’s decision to waive Brewer last week, however, created an opening. The team announced on Thursday that for the final 18 games of the season, Thomas will wear No. 3. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Went well for us, helped us get a win,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Kind of really saved us.”Afterward, Vogel said the decision “kills any chance of us tying the game up and winning the game.“I would think that you give the ball back to the team that had it,” he added, “but they ruled that since the ball was in the air, it was a jump ball.”The Lakers (29-35) took the lead on a pair of free throws by Brook Lopez with 0.6 showing on the clock. It was a narrow escape for the Lakers after the Magic scored eight straight points over the final two minutes to overcome a seven-point disadvantage and seize a 107-106 lead on a driving layup by Aaron Gordon with five seconds remaining.KUZ SETTLING INIf there was one silver lining when Brandon Ingram went down with a pulled groin last week in Miami, it was that there was a natural replacement to step into the starting position. Just one problem: Kyle Kuzma had never really played small forward; or, in the vernacular of X’s and O’s, the “three.”“It’s a little different. I still think sometimes I’m playing ‘four,’” Kuzma said Wednesday, after his third straight start at small forward. “I just go to one spot, I snap out of it and (go to) the new spot. Our offense is interchangeable in a sense so (the key is) just knowing where you’ve got to be.”Despite a lanky frame and strong ball-handling skills, Kuzma has always slotted in as a power forward who can stretch the floor for the Lakers. His first 21 starts this season were, ostensibly, as a big man.Wednesday marked his breakout performance in a designated perimeter role. He scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds, while handling his defensive responsibilities. Luke Walton said earlier this week that the biggest challenge for Kuzma in his new job is adjusting to the defensive end.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error