Clippers draft pair from Florida State, take Mfiondu Kabengele 27th, Terance Mann 48th

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “It really started with the group we have,” Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, told reporters at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel. “They’ve really helped redefine what a Clipper is – competitive, hard-playing, tough dudes who have some grit and some toughness and some resiliency. And I think you’ll find it in both the young men we drafted.”At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kabengele reflected on his big moment.“My agent grabbed my leg. He didn’t want to tell me anything, but he said, ‘Be ready,’ ” Kabengele said. “I said, ‘OK, Brooklyn’s picking, so I won’t have to travel and I’m staying here. Then I come to find out that I’m traded to the Clippers. (Coach) Doc Rivers, Lou Williams and (having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) a fellow Canadian was just like a bonus.“The Clippers are great, just similar to Florida State University – the whole team, (there’s) a team cohesion and togetherness … I just know it’s the right spot.”What advice had he received from his famous uncle? “He was everything for me during this whole process,” Kabengele said. “(He told me) what to expect – workouts, coaching and just the business.”The 250-pound Kabengele is considered a mobile big man with the chops to defend on the perimeter. He’s known for his strength and his impressive offensive instincts, including effective footwork and a soft touch.“Fi, as their sixth man, was their leading scorer and has an unbelievable knack for scoring inside and out,” Frank said. “He can play the forward position, he can also play some at center, he’s trending toward the new center in his ability to not just roll and finish, but to shoot the college 3. He’s got some good weak-side shot-blocking awareness.”Kabengele shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free-throw line last season in college. He also averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game.Meanwhile, last season at FSU, Mann averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 50.5 percent from the field.“We’re always looking for big wings,” Frank said of Mann, whom one of the Clippers scouts has known since the player was in 7th grade. “And Terance is a terrific playmaker, a very good defender and has improved his shooting each year.”Said Kabengele of his still-teammate: “Terance Mann was everything, a leader, poised and calm. He is someone that I looked up to throughout this whole process. He took me under his wing when I first got to Florida State University. And then how he (carried) himself in Tallahassee, I tried to do the same thing.“We can contribute to the culture that you guys already have.”Drafting Kabengele in the first round means the Clippers will add a guaranteed contract to their payroll. Second-round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts.The projected cap hit associated with the 27th pick is $1,645,300, according to Real GM. In order to maximize their cap space in free agency, the Clippers could waive Tyrone Wallace and Sindarius Thornwell, both of whom have non-guaranteed contracts.Kabengele’s selection made it a record-setting four Canadians selected in the first round. Also picked: Duke’s R.J. Barrett (Mississauga) went third; Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Toronto), 17th; and Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke (Vancouver), 21st.The Clippers hope to make a significant splash in free agency when they reportedly will pursue the Toronto Raptors’ Leonard, the Southern California native who this month won his second NBA title and NBA Finals MVP.“(Free agency) is definitely an important part of the process,” Frank said. “You look at the ways to improve your team and tonight was one of them. Free agency’s next, player retention is another big part of it, player development is another big part of it. Obviously, we’re gonna do our best in free agency and also realize we never put all our eggs in one basket.”Point guard Gilgeous-Alexander, the Canadian already in the Clippers’ camp, also was in Brooklyn, back at the scene of his selection a year ago. He was on hand Thursday to celebrate his cousin Alexander-Walker, a standout at Virginia Tech who was selected 17th by the Brooklyn Nets and promptly delivered to the New Orleans Pelicans.“It’s a blessing, obviously,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, an All-Rookie second-teamer last season, on ESPN’s broadcast. “We worked for it our whole life. And we knew, as early as I can remember, that we’d both make it, and we’re here today … and we’re ready for the challenge.As for which of them won more one-on-one games growing up in Canada?“I’ll say him,” Gilgeous-Alexander joked. “It’s his day.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 As expected, Zion Williamson, the superstar forward from Duke was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson was one of three Duke players selected in the first round, along with Barrett (third to the Knicks) and Cam Reddish (10th to Atlanta).Murray State’s Ja Morant was the second overall selection, by the Grizzlies.Florida State already had a presence with the Clippers; assistant coach Sam Cassell played for the Seminoles before being drafted 24th in 1993.“If you guys have watched Florida State play, they’re a very hard-playing, competitive team,” Frank said. “And I’m a pretty simple guy: You get some hard-playing, tough dudes and you become a hard-playing tough team.“So it just kind of came together. And the fact that they’re on the same team, we saw a little bit of a byproduct (of that) even on the G League level when we had (former Seton Hall teammates) Angel (Delgado) and Desi (Rodriguez). Just having guys who have that connection, they build that camaraderie.”#FSU’s Mfiondu Kabengele, who will play for the #Clippers next year, averaged 22.3 PTS, 11.4 REBS, 2.6 BLKS+ 1.1 STLS per-40 minutes while shooting 37.4% on threes in 71 appearances over two seasons with the #SeminolesHere’s a look at our interview + workout with @Mfiondu pic.twitter.com/uPp69e0xA3— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) June 21, 2019center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates MANHATTAN BEACH — While Canadians keep a watchful eye on Kawhi Leonard’s every trip out to eat or shop or go to the ballpark – documenting them all on social media – the Clippers had their sights set on a Canadian center with impressive basketball lineage.The Clippers traded up to nab 21-year-old center Mfiondu Kabengele – a Toronto native and the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo – with the 27th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.In exchange for the 6-foot-10 former Florida State standout, the Clippers sent Brooklyn their 56th pick and the protected 2020 pick that they’d received in last season’s Tobias Harris trade with Philadelphia.Then, with the 48th pick, the Clippers selected Kabengele’s Florida State teammate, 6-6 small forward Terance Mann. The 22-year-old reportedly impressed scouts with his versatility and ability to move without the ball during his performance at the G League combine earlier this week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen blows big lead in loss to Chicago Cubs

first_img“It’s one of those fluke games.”Howell wasn’t as quick to dismiss the loss, which temporarily reduced the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to three games. The San Francisco Giants played the San Diego Padres later Saturday.Howell pointed out that the Dodgers’ bullpen ranks among the bottom half of major-league teams in earned-run average (3.67).“When you’re 19th (actually 18th) that’s down in the pack,” he said. “For the most part we’ve been OK. Nothing special, that’s for sure, but we’ve been OK. You don’t want that number.”However you want to spin it — isolated incident, sign of a bigger problem — the bullpen meltdown undid what had become a reliable formula for victory: Pile on runs until the lead looks safe. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run homer in the third. That gave the Dodgers a fairly comfortable 5-1 lead, and gave Gonzalez a major-league leading 111 RBIs to go with 25 home runs.“It’s tough because you have Adrian Gonzalez who did a remarkable job today,” Wilson said. “This whole series, the offense has come alive.”Scott Van Slyke drove in Matt Kemp with a double in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, pushing the Dodgers’ lead to 7-2. Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Dee Gordon and Van Slyke each had two hits. Puig also made a spectacular diving catch in the fifth inning, running down a Jorge Soler line drive in the left-center field gap. He then threw to second base to complete a double play — his National League-leading 12th outfield assist this season.In 18 September games, the Dodgers are averaging 11 hits and more than six runs a game. Gordon has at least one hit in his last 13 games, and at least two hits in each of his last seven.Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief of starter Roberto Hernandez (four innings, two earned runs) before the Cubs began their comeback.Howell allowed three hits and four runs — three on a home run by Arismendy Alcantara — in two-thirds of an inning. The veteran left-hander also allowed two runs the day before and is likely unavailable for the series finale today.Saturday’s appearance was his 66th of the season, three shy of his career high.“I feel great,” Howell said. “I didn’t get ahead (in the count) and they took advantage. I was bad and they were good.”Brandon League retired the only batter he faced to end the seventh inning.Wilson allowed a single, a sacrifice bunt and the home run to Coghlan to begin the eighth inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly allowed the right-hander to face three more batters. Javier Baez popped out, Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and Junior Lake singled before Mattingly pulled Wilson. Carlos Frias struck out Luis Valbuena to end the inning.Wilson said he has more speed in his right arm than the 84- to 88-mph sliders and cutters he showed Saturday, but he’s chosen to dial it back since the beginning of the season.“You can write what you want,” Wilson said in a response to a question about his velocity, “but as far as me being hurt, that’s not the case.”Mattingly better hope not.Frias (.224 opponents’ batting average) and Baez (.183) have generally excelled out of the bullpen as rookies. Rodriguez hasn’t allowed a run since April and appears to be healthy again. But beyond closer Kenley Jansen, those might be the only set-up men who will not enter October with some kind of question mark on their record.“We got the ball to the guys we wanted to have the ball today,” Mattingly said. “It didn’t work out. They’ve gotten us to here, so that’s where we’re at.” CHICAGO — The only thing more unpredictable at Wrigley Field than the rain Saturday was the Dodgers’ bullpen.J.P. Howell allowed four runs in the seventh inning, and Brian Wilson allowed two in the eighth, as the Chicago Cubs came from five runs behind to beat the Dodgers 8-7.Chris Coghlan’s two-run home run off Wilson was the final dagger, erasing a 7-6 Dodgers lead. The unheralded outfielder went 4 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.“It’s all my fault,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t able to locate the pitch I wanted. The guy put a good swing on it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

On World War II vet’s last day, Dodger Tommy Lasorda was his angel

first_imgOn the night he died this week — one day before his 91st birthday — Clifford Rich got a phone call from the man at the top of his bucket list.Tommy Lasorda.Riddled with cancer, Rich, who grew up idolizing the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the L.A. Dodgers led by Lasorda, lay in his bed at home in Granada Hills with his family at his side.He had been in hospice care for nearly a month and was unable to speak or open his eyes. The only voices he recognized anymore with a slight movement of his lips were his wife and daughters. Until Tommy called.“Hi, Clifford, this is Tommy Lasorda and I’d just like to speak to you for a moment of your time,” L.A.’s ambassador of baseball said.Tommy Lasorda. On the phone for him. Incredible.“You could see dad’s breathing change and his lips move trying to respond,” daughter Laurie Amigo says. “He knew it was Tommy.”• VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda on the phone with World war II vet Clifford Brown How many times had Cliff told his wife, Mary, he’d give a week’s pay to sit and have a cup of coffee with Lasorda — just talk baseball with him.Tell him about all those glorious years when he sat by the radio as a kid in Brooklyn, before TV, and hung on every pitch.How he didn’t miss a game until he turned 18, old enough to enlist in the army and go fight for his country. How scared he was storming Omaha Beach on D-Day and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge.How he kept replaying those old ballgames in his mind to keep his sanity as insanity rained all around him.“They tell me you are a real Dodger fan — the top one, and I’m honored to be talking to you tonight,” Lasorda continued.“I hope this call could make you feel a little better — then I would be very, very proud.”Laurie watched her dad’s face as Lasorda’s words came through the speaker phone. She saw the struggle.He was finally getting his chance to talk with his idol, but he couldn’t speak. The skipper would just have to take it on faith that his greatest fan was hanging on every word.“I hear lots of good things about you and you’ve done something great. You served your country very well and now you are talking to Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda.”Pure Lasorda. That’s why we love the guy. He’s a walking pep talk. You half expected him to tell Cliff, “Listen, when you meet the big Dodger in the sky, mention my name. He’ll get you good seats.”Lasorda — all bluster and bravado. But not Tuesday night. There were no cameras rolling in Lasorda’s home as he sat in his den and picked up the phone to call Rich to honor a request from his longtime friend Steve Brener. This one was from the heart.“Enjoy whatever time you have left on this Earth and thanks for being a fan,” Lasorda said. “God chose you to live as long as you have and maybe even longer.“You gotta believe, hope and pray. Take care of yourself, Clifford.”A few hours later, Cliff passed on.It takes a lot to leave Tommy Lasorda speechless, but Cliff’s passing only hours after he called shook him. You could tell.He paused and tried to make a joke about Cliff being the only guy he ever called who died after talking to him.It was weak and Lasorda knew it. For once, he was like the rest of us. At a loss for words.“I am so sorry to hear that,” he said, after another long pause. “Please give my sympathy to his family.”It’s a shame they never met. Lasorda would have loved Cliff. Not only because of his war record and bleeding Dodger blue, but because he didn’t know the definition of the word “quit.”When Cliff finally retired as a traffic officer with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation after 30 years, he was the oldest traffic officer in the country at age 83.Yeah, imagine that. Still hopping around intersections downtown directing traffic in his 80s. He had already put in another 30 years as a detective for the Amherst Police Department in New York.“Every morning leaving for work he always had one pocket bulging with change to feed the meter,” says daughter Annette Bentley-Pintor.“He hated giving out tickets but loved traffic duty. Angry or rude motorists never bothered him. He had a job to do, and he was going to do it with a smile.”Her husband couldn’t have had a better sendoff, Mary says. He could finally scratch off the last name on his bucket list.“What a gift to someone on hospice,” she says. “If there was any voice on Earth Cliff would have recognized and wanted to hear, it was Tommy’s.”When his time comes to meet the big Dodger in the sky — somewhere around his 100th birthday, but don’t hold him to that because it could be later — he’ll look Cliff up, Lasorda says.They’ll have that cup of coffee.Dennis McCarthy’s column runs on Friday. He can be reached at dmccarthynews@gmail.com.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bobblehead for Dodgers organist Nancy Bea off to hall of fame

first_imgNancy Bea Hefley still has hundreds of boxes to unpack since she retired as the Los Angeles Dodgers organist and moved from Southern California to Carson City last week.But on Wednesday, an item in one of those boxes became Hall of Fame-worthy. OK, not THAT hall of fame.The organist discovered her rare likeness in bobblehead form was headed to Milwaukee to be a part of next year’s inaugural display at the Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Sklar said there will be between 7,000 and 10,000 bobbleheads as part of rotating displays and will feature stars of the four major American sports, including Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax, LeBron James and Wayne Gretzky.Hefley’s bobblehead will join Nancy Faust’s as the only two organists in the museum. Faust was the Chicago White Sox organist who retired in 2010.RIGHT TIME TO LEAVEThe 79-year-old Hefley announced her retirement shortly before the Dodgers season ended and played her last game at the organ Oct. 15 when the New York Mets won Game 5 of the National League Division Series.She said because of her husband’s health issues and the grind of the schedule and the diminished role of the organ as the Dodgers moved more to pre-recorded music, it was the right time to leave. In the 28 years she was the Dodger’s organist, she said she sometimes would play about 40 songs per game during the years the O’Malley family ran the team. Through ownership changes — Fox, Frank McCourt and now Guggenheim Baseball Management — the organ’s presence had lessened to the point where Hefley said she would sometimes only play about two songs, including “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”When she announced her retirement, she said she had to stop taking her usual walks around the box level because she would get stopped by so many people who wanted to talk with her before she left.“I often wondered if I would be able to accept it when it was time to make the change because it’s been a part of our life for so long,” she said. “But it just feels right.”RETIREMENT PERKSThere will be some upsides to her retirement, however.In addition to bobblehead honors and an invitation by the Dodgers to come back for a guest appearance — or an open invitation to whenever she wants to visit — she said she’d finally be able to see the games on television.While the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable have not been able to get other television carriers like DirecTV and Dish Network to carry the team’s games, Hefley had to follow her team’s progress on the Major League Baseball mobile app.She also found it hard to get to other stadiums since she was working for the Dodgers during the season. She said she’d like to travel and visit a few of the ballparks that she couldn’t get to during the regular season.And she said she’s already thought about what it will be like not having to work Opening Day in 2016.“I already miss the people and I’m sure I will be nostalgic,” she said. “But I’ll be thankful I’m not in that grind.” “I was pretty surprised by it,” Bea said. “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Bobblehead Hall of Fame. But that’s great.”LIMITED RELEASEMarc Nehamen of Ontario-based Ultimate Pastime Sports said there were 1,200 made and 200 were signed by Hefley. One of the unique aspects of the bobblehead is while the head shakes, so does her hand above the organ.It’s the only one of her in existence, and Phil Sklar, co-founder of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, said that added to the value of having it be a part of the first exhibit in their new building in the fall.“There are 40 of Kobe, but only one of Nancy,” Sklar said. “And the value is enhanced with baseball being America’s pastime and it honors the people behind the scenes at the stadium for the 100-year existence of the game and made it so enjoyable to generations of fans.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers end pursuit of Hisashi Iwakuma, who signs with Mariners

first_imgNow the Dodgers are in the position of having to pick up the spare.For all the progress they made with Greinke and Iwakuma — and Jeff Samardzija, who reportedly received a formal offer from the Dodgers before signing with the Giants — the Dodgers haven’t added to their starting rotation since Brett Anderson accepted his qualifying offer on Nov. 13.That will certainly change by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training in February. Behind ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the rotation is full of question marks. Can Anderson avoid the disabled list for two straight seasons for the first time in his career? Can Hyun-Jin Ryu return after missing all of 2015? When will Brandon McCarthy be able to return from Tommy John surgery? Where do Alex Wood and Mike Bolsinger fit in?That’s an unenviable list of questions for any team. It doesn’t help that the Dodgers’ division rivals have already loaded up on starting pitching. The Giants doubled down by signing Johnny Cueto to a six-year contract after locking up Samardzija for five years. The Diamondbacks have Greinke. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Thursday night — at a company party, no less — that Hisashi Iwakuma will re-sign with the only major league team he’s ever pitched for.Earlier this month the Dodgers and Iwakuma agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million contract that was pending a physical. Something changed after the Dodgers reviewed the physical, however, and the Mariners apparently wasted little time swooping in. Iwakuma’s contract is guaranteed for one year, with vesting options for 2017 and 2018 — far more conservative terms for a pitcher with a history of arm troubles. Speaking last week at the Winter Meetings, days after Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dipoto said the Dodgers “just came in and threw a bowling ball into the alley” with their three-year offer. The Dodgers may be short on pitching, but they still have time. According to multiple reports Thursday, they have already engaged the Tampa Bay Rays in talks for right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi.Odorizzi, 25, comes with less injury risk than the 34-year-old Iwakuma, though he did miss time last season with a strained left oblique. Since joining the Rays’ rotation in 2014, Odorizzi has gone 20-22 with a 3.74 earned-run average.Odorizzi isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2017, so he’d cost less money than Iwakuma. The price in terms of prospects is unknown.The Dodgers bolstered their probable Triple-A rotation Wednesday by acquiring Frankie Montas from the Chicago White Sox — another possible trade chip in their arsenal.Right-hander Mike Leake, left-hander Scott Kazmir and right-hander Kenta Maeda headline the remaining free agent starters. Unlike Iwakuma, the Dodgers would not have to surrender a first-round draft pick to sign Leake, Kazmir or Maeda. Maeda, 27, was posted by his Japanese team last week. The teams who have paid the expected $20 million posting fee to negotiate with him are expected to be revealed soon.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jim’s View: Talking about the Dodgers’ pitching heritage with Jon Weisman

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Today’s podcast guest is Jon Weisman, author of “Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition.” We discuss the process of writing this book — spoiler, he pulled together a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time — and talk about (among other things) blogging, civility, why the “historian” job may be the best one in a baseball organization, and why laying all blame for all Dodgers struggles at the feet of Andrew Friedman may be a little misguided.last_img

Julio Urias focused on Dodgers, won’t talk about city attorney, MLB decisions

first_imgUrias will have to maintain that clean record for the next year, attend a hearing with the city attorney and complete a 52-week domestic violence counseling program. MLB has kept its investigation technically open in case new information comes to light but has levied no disciplinary action on Urias.The 22-year-old left-hander has made three relief appearances since being reinstated from administrative leave following the May 13 incident. The first was very good – he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two in Pittsburgh. But he did not pitch well at home.In his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since the incident, Urias gave up back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced and hits to the first four. Three days later, he gave up a game-tying two-run home run to Bryce Harper. The Dodgers rallied to win both games.In both cases, Urias was greeted mostly with cheers by the home fans. Concern about how he might be received by fans had nothing to do with the two poor outings, he said.“I just missed some pitches,” Urias said. “Harper is a really good ballplayer. He hadn’t got me before. He got me that time. Before that, it was the same thing. I just missed some pitches and you can’t miss pitches at this level or they’ll make you pay. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PHOENIX — Both Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles city attorney’s office have investigated the incident involving Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias and his girlfriend three weeks ago and decided to take no action.But Urias would not comment on those decisions and what sense of relief they might have brought for him after three weeks of uncertainty.“I can’t talk about that. I just focus on pitching,” Urias said through an interpreter.The city attorney cited three reasons for conditionally deferring prosecution on the suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery – no physical injury was caused, the woman involved “at no point indicated to either the uniformed police officers or to civilian witnesses that she believed she was a victim” and Urias’ lack of prior criminal conduct.center_img Among Tuesday’s picks were Butler right-hander Ryan Pepiot (third round), UC Irvine third baseman Brandon Lewis (fourth round) and Stanford right-hander Jack Little (fifth round).Lewis was a two-time all-conference selection at L.A. Pierce College before transferring to UCI, where he tied the school record with 14 home runs this season. He hit .315, reached base safely in 36 consecutive games and led the Big West Conference in runs scored, doubles and RBIs.Little was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. He tied the Stanford school record with 16 saves as a sophomore last year then went 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA and nine saves this season.The draft continues with the final 30 rounds Wednesday.REHAB GAMEAustin Barnes began a brief rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday night, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a run scored. Barnes caught five innings from Josiah Gray (a right-handed prospect who was obtained as part of last winter’s Reds-Dodgers).Out for a week with a mild groin strain, Barnes is expected to play one more game for the Quakes then join the Dodgers in San Francisco this weekend when he is eligible to come off the Injured List.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 7-2, 3.61 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Jon Duplantier, 1-0, 3.18 ERA), Wednesday, 12:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Every time I go out there, I just try to do my job and try to give everything I can and sometimes I just miss pitches.”That job could have been more difficult to do with potential criminal charges or a suspension hanging over his head. But Urias said he was able to maintain his focus on the field.“I think I’ve had challenges in the past,” Urias said. “I pitched against Christian Yelich in the playoffs. I pitched against Atlanta. Some situations are tough but you have to know how to pitch in those tough situations.”HANDLE WITH CAREJustin Turner was back in the starting lineup Monday after missing four games with an accumulation of issues with his legs – a foul ball off his left shin on May 17 and a mild hamstring strain last Wednesday. But he was out of the lineup again Tuesday as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Turner will be handled with an extra level of caution in the hope that nothing escalates into a more severe problem.“I think it’s going to be a couple weeks,” Roberts said. “Just to kind of get out of the woods with that.”The option of putting Turner on the Injured List and shutting him down entirely for 10 days or more was not an attractive one, Roberts said.“He’s just too valuable off the bench,” Roberts said. “If there’s a spot, a big spot, he’s one of your best bats. … To have him in a big-leverage spot, we have no one who can do that.”DRAFT TALKThe Dodgers made eight selections on the second day of the draft Tuesday, taking college players in the third through 10th rounds.Texas high school right-hander Jimmy Lewis (the Dodgers’ second-round pick Monday) is the only high school player the Dodgers have taken so far in the draft.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper meeting with Giants, report says

first_img MLB hot stove: Francisco Liriano returning to Pirates, report says A November report from NBC Sports stated Harper would have to really want to come to San Francisco and pass up on bigger contracts for the Giants to sign him. However, Harper has expressed his love for San Francisco multiple times, which could keep the Giants in the game to land him. Related News MLB hot stove: Yankees not expecting to add any more players before spring training, Aaron Boone says Could Bryce Harper be heading west?The free agent outfielder is meeting with the Giants sometime this week, according to NJ.com.center_img The Giants are the latest team to make a play for Harper, who reportedly is looking for a mega contract worth $300 million. However, the Giants’ new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi isn’t willing to spend that much on Harper. Other teams reportedly in the Harper sweepstakes include the Dodgers, Phillies, Angels, Yankees and the Nationals, who would like to keep Harper in Washington.Harper, 26, had a career-low .249 batting average last season, but hit .300 in the second half. He also had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs and was the 2018 Home Run Derby winner.last_img read more

Charles Woodson leaving ESPN

first_imgCharles Woodson’s tenure as a broadcaster with ESPN is over, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL great announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Woodson, who spent 18 seasons in the NFL, shared a message on Instagram as he thanked ESPN and his on-air “Sunday NFL Countdown” colleagues — Sam Ponder, Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck and Rex Ryan. Woodson shared the set with them for the past three years after retiring from the NFL in 2015.  “You have given me the opportunity immediately out of the NFL to work in television. It’s been a wonderful three years. It’s been a blast. I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, gained some great friends,” Woodson said, in part. View this post on Instagramcenter_img Many thanks to @espn @espnnfl it was a good run!!A post shared by Charles Woodson (@charleswoodson) on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:53am PSTWhile Woodson didn’t reveal what’s next, the former All-Pro defensive back alluded to his next venture as he said, “For everybody out there who may have tuned in and watched me every week. I’ll see you next season somewhere. Stay tuned.”Woodson has been selected to the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame and joined Michigan’s Hall of Honor in 2017 over the past three years. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection in his career with the Raiders and Packers.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones emotional after earning bid

first_img March Madness 2019: 7 key stats from Duke’s ACC Tournament run Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones led his team to a 62-56 win over Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday, earning an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2011.The Monarchs also became the fifth Conference USA team to win both the regular-season and tournament championship in the same season. Jones, who is battling prostate cancer, was visibly emotional after the game.An emotional moment for ODU’s Jeff Jones, batting prostate cancer again, and now taking his 3rd team to the NCAA Tournament. pic.twitter.com/RQ2dGyhNA6— Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) March 17, 2019″It hasn’t been an easy year for both personal and professional reasons,” Jones said after the game, via the Washington Post. Related News “Our guys didn’t blink,” Jones said. “We showed that we were a team that could consistently win close games.”Jones, 58, is 140-66 in six years at Old Dominion and 497-353 in 26 seasons of coaching.The Monarchs await their next move in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, with the Selection Sunday show slated to start at 6 p.m. ET on CBS and stream on March Madness Live.center_img March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson first freshman to win POY, ACC tournament MOP Jones revealed in September that he had a recurrence of prostate cancer after initially being diagnosed and treated for the disease in 2015. last_img read more