Coral Springs Dispatchers Fired For Mishandling 911 Call of Shooting

first_imgTwo Coral Springs dispatchers were fired and a supervisor suspended after a Broward woman called 911 dispatch three times in one night to report someone shot at her..but no officers showed up. 911 Dispatcher-911 CallCoral Springs Police Chief Clyde Parry says officers didn’t even realize the incident had occured at firstFL 911 Dispatcher a shootingOfficials began to look into how the supervisor could have mishandled the call…including looking at her Internet history, which showed she was logged into a Netflix account at the time of the call.last_img

The Latest: All pro tennis called off through June 7

first_imgThe league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___ ___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year. Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. 1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary. 4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30. The Latest: All pro tennis called off through June 7 3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.center_img ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate. ___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.” March 18, 2020 Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___ According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___ All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date. A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m. ___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Zetlin ponders NBA ‘what ifs?’

first_imgThe ping pong balls bounced correctly in ’97The Celtics finished the 1996-97 regular season with thebest chance of receiving the No. 1 pick in the draft thanks to a poor recordand a pair of picks. In most sports, that equates to having the first pick inthe upcoming draft.Not in the NBA.At the time, University of Kentucky head coach Rick Pitinodecided to leave the Wildcats in pursuit of coaching the next dominant big man:Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan. Pitino signed with the Celtics, but the balls bouncedtoward the Lone Star, not the Bay, State. The Spurs ended up with Duncan andhave subsequently created a dynasty. The Celtics took Chauncey Billups with thethird pick and haven’t made it to the NBA Finals since. Orlando took Parker in ’01The Magic had two first round picks in 2001. They selectedSteven Hunter from DePaul with the 15th pick and Jeryl Sasser from SMU with No.22.Don’t worry, I haven’t heard of them either.The Spurs stole Tony Parker with the last pick in the firstround. Imagine the Frenchman and Dwight Howard on the same team. A true pointguard is just what Orlando needs.Good thing there’s plenty coming in this year’s draft. The Cavs had taken Amare in ’02Instead, they took Dajaun Wager from Memphis at No. 6.LeBron and Amare playing together? Need I say more? The Bucks didn’t immediately trade Dirk to Dallas afterthe ’98 DraftSorry, I had to. The Hawks had taken Chris PaulThe Wake Forest point guard was on the board in 2005 at No.2 (so was Illinois point guard Deron Williams), but Atlanta opted to take UNCsixth man Marvin Williams from Roy Williams’ championship squad.Think the Hawks were impressive against the C’s last week?Imagine CP3 running the show in Hotlanta.Silly. The Lakers actually traded KobeIt seems like ages ago that No. 24 wanted out of LosAngeles. But just months later, the Lakers finished first in the talent-filledWest and look poised to at least contend for a championship.After Bryant whined over the offseason, Lakers GeneralManager Mitch Kupchak decided it was time to make some moves. Youngster AndrewBynum started to blossom, then they traded for Pau Gasol. And the rest, well,we’ll have to wait and see.But just think about Kobe in a Bulls uniform — which almostactually happened — perhaps donning No. 23? We’d probably be discussing aBoston-Chicago Eastern Conference Final. Wouldn’t that be fun? The Pistons didn’t take DarkoWhich one of these names is not like the other: LeBronJames, Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade?Detroit took Darko. Think about the Pistons with one of theother three (LeBron wasn’t available at No. 2). I think they would have wonmore than just one championship.Enough said.center_img The Suns hadn’t traded for ShaqYou don’t need to imagine this one; you’ve already seen itfor the last few seasons. The Suns weren’t getting over the hump with ShawnMarion. They couldn’t beat the Spurs last year — even had Amare Stoudamire notbeen suspended for Game 6, Shaq didn’t slow them down or make them any worse.Hindsight is 20/20. I still like the trade. To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a huge NBA fan.College hoops concluded by March Madness has always been my thing. I’ve alwaysbeen a proponent of team basketball, as opposed to the isolationist, one-on-onegame seen in the NBA during recent years. I always thought professional playerstook possessions, quarters, even games off and played defense, oh, every oncein a while.Although I still believe nothing in sports compares to theBig Dance, I must admit I was wrong.This year’s NBA playoffs have done everything butdisappoint. The Celtics-Hawks series went down to the wire as we saw a youngteam led by future star Joe Johnson — who was traded by the Celtics to theSuns in 2002 — emerge. Somehow Kobe is still able to baffle us, and Chris Paulcontinues to show the world why he is the game’s most complete point guard.The West is completely up for grabs, and after Atlanta tookBoston to seven games, the East looks wider open as well.These playoffs should continue to excite, but as I watch, Ican’t help but wonder, “what if?”Countless numbers of trades, signings and draft picks havestacked up to formulate these postseason rosters. I’m aware that had certaindeals taken (or not taken) place, subsequent moves may or may not havefollowed. But, in honor of summer on the horizon, let’s have some fun.That said, imagine if… The Celtics hadn’t given up on BillupsSubstitute Rajon Rondo — one of the most exciting, but worstshooting point guards in the league — with Billups. Then the C’s would havesharpshooter Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Mr. Big Shot all on the court in crunchtime with Kevin Garnett.Never would happen. But wow. Utah stayed domestic in ’03The Jazz took Serbian Alexsander Pavlovic at No. 19 thatyear. Kendrick Perkins went 27th and Josh Howard went 29th. The Jazz could useboth right about now as they stare Kobe in the face down 0-1. Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. He’ll be inMadison all summer, so if you want to talk sports, you can e-mail him read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers find new identity as season begins

first_imgThe absence of Ethan Happ is conjuring up many questions about the future of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1) this season. It also is leaving many people skeptical about the where the offensive production will be coming from. This might be part of the reason why the Badgers were left out of the AP preseason top-25 poll to start the year. But the absence of Ethan Happ might just be a blessing in disguise for the Badgers.In the 2018-2019 season, Ethan Happ started in 34 games playing a total of 1088 minutes. Not only did he rarely leave the floor, but the ball rarely ever left his hands either. Happ was responsible for putting up 24.9% of all shots taken by Wisconsin throughout the entire season.Individually, Happ was efficient on the offensive side of the ball by shooting 53% from the field, converting 257 of his 485 field goal attempts. Happ was responsible for scoring 589 of the Badgers’ 2333 points all of last season. So yes, individually Happ scored a lot of points and produced a generous amount of the total offense for the Badgers, but the real question to ask is, how efficient was it?The Badgers were scoring only 68.6 points per game last season. This was detailed with season lows of 46 points against Virginia, 52 points against Minnesota and Michigan, 56 points in a second meeting with Minnesota, 55 points against Michigan State and then a disappointing 54 points in their first-round exit of the NCAA tournament last season against Oregon. The Badgers ranked 277th out of 353 Division I college basketball teams in points per game last season.Men’s Basketball: Diving deep into Badgers’ prospects for 2019-2020Ethan Happ has been the unquestioned leader of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team over the past three seasons. Read…Happ’s inability to step outside and shoot the three was also problematic for the Badgers last year as Happ found himself double-teamed in the post frequently. The constant pressure led to 104 turnovers by the big man and a very predictable offense to defend.With all of this being said, this is no knock on Happ. He was a phenomenal athlete who accomplished a lot in his collegiate career and was one of the best players to ever play for Wisconsin. However, he undoubtedly slowed down the offensive efficiency for the Badgers due to the attention he drew on himself and his one-dimension style of play. This is why the departure of Happ should lead to optimistic hope in Madison. Now Nate Reuvers will take over in the low post at the center position. Reuvers will provide a much more versatile approach to the offense with his ability to knock down the three along with his shot-blocking presence in the low post.This year without Happ, the Badgers will be forced to share the ball more and look to have a much more balanced attack on the offensive. During their exhibition match against UW-La Crosse, the Badgers had five scorers in double figures, a balanced attack as Kobe King said.“Even in our scrimmage we had pretty balanced scoring,” King said. “It could be anybody’s night.”Men’s Basketball: Badgers absent from AP top 25 rankingsDisappointingly, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball team is not ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country in the Read…The Badgers will be forced to look to everyone on the court for scoring production this season. Their team is perfectly capable of producing big numbers with guys like D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison handling the ball, complemented by aggressive wings in Aleem Ford and King who will be looking to drive to the basket.“We got guys who can kind of create and hit shots,” Kind said. “It‘s nice to have that kind of depth. It doesn’t really put a lot of pressure on one person. I think that will help us make a deep run.”King is one of those players, and this season he will be looking to finally make his mark and establish himself as a dominant force in the Wisconsin offense.“It‘s good to see that he is confident,” Head Coach Greg Gard said of King. “He had the whole offseason to prepare, where a year ago he didn’t.”Kobe King — former Mr. Basketball of the state of Wisconsin — was sidelined due to an injury in his true freshman season, and then only played in a limited role coming off the bench last season. King was scoring 4.2 points per game in his 19 minutes per game.“Kobe has worked, Kobe has improved his game, improved his body,” Gard said. “It‘s good to see him stepping up. He has had a good offseason and a good preseason. He is ready for his opportunity.”Basketball: A day in the life of a UW basketball hopefulThree minutes. That’s essentially what about 50 guys went through hell and back for last Wednesday night when they flooded Read…Another major area the offense can improve on for this upcoming season is free-throw shooting. The Badgers only shot 64.8% on free throws last season, much of which came from Happ’s dismal 46.6% from the line.“We got to get better at the line, and we will be,” King said. “The more we shoot in the Kohl Center, the better we will get. Coach Gard said we are all capable of making 80% of our free throws, so we will definitely grow in that area.”A 15% increase in free throws would significantly help the offensive efficiency for the Badgers. Getting to the line is not the issue for the Badgers, as Coach Gard explained.“That is step one, now we need to convert,” Gard said.We will see what lays ahead for the Wisconsin offense and how they will perform this upcoming season against top tier defenses. According to RPI college basketball’s ranking of strength of schedule, the Badgers will be facing the 22nd toughest schedule in the nation, a difficult task given the team’s youth and inexperience.last_img read more

Padres place Pomeranz on IL with strained left shoulder

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 07:29 IST Padres Place Pomeranz On IL With Strained Left Shoulder The San Diego Padres have placed left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder, retroactive to Wednesday First Published: 22nd August, 2020 07:29 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Written By COMMENTcenter_img The San Diego Padres have placed left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder, retroactive to Wednesday.To take his spot, right-hander Luis Perdomo was recalled from the alternate training site on Friday.Pomeranz, signed to a $34 million, four-year free agent deal in November, hadn’t allowed a run in nine innings over 10 appearances this year while striking out 12 and walking three.Pomeranz’s injury is the latest for a bullpen that had been projected as the team’s major strength. The Padres placed closer Kirby Yates on the IL last week with an inflamed right elbow. Yates had an MLB-high 41 saves last year.San Diego lost Andres Muñoz to Tommy John surgery in March and Trey Wingenter to the same surgery in July. Also, Jose Castillo sprained his lat on July 8 and was placed on the IL earlier this month.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Golden Race nominated for Virtual Sports Supplier EGR Award

first_img PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Virtual sports and betting solutions provider Golden Race has been shortlisted for the 2017 EGR B2B Award for Virtual Sports Supplier of the year.Since launching in 2006, Golden Race has focused on creating an authentic sports betting experience that customers can completely control, manage, and deliver to their players, regardless of whether they are playing on retail channels, online or via mobile access.CEO Martin Wachter commented: “Golden Race have been working extremely hard for years to create the best complete virtual betting experience on the market, and being nominated for this award is great recognition of that fact.”The industry provider has also targeted a realistic betting experience for players which they claim is “identical to real sports betting” – so that everything is familiar, there is nothing to learn, and players can simple enjoy their passion.Wachter added: “The judges will be looking in particular at how Golden Race opted to buck the trend of the industry and, instead of pre-rendering 3D virtual products, used live-rendering to avoid seeing the same games unfolding (unlike our competitors), and provide a huge advantage for any product updates, customizations, and even creating and deploying entirely new competitions, teams, kits, players, or branding.”last_img read more

Will Grier headlines growing list of college football stars skipping bowl games

first_imgWest Virginia QB Will Grier became the latest college football star to skip out on his team’s bowl game in order to focus on the NFL Draft.In 2016, running backs Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette caused a stir when they made the same decision. Since then, it’s a trend that has been growing among college football players and it’s reached new heights in 2018. So far, the list of players to make that decision has reached double digits. But those players both told Sports Illustrated they’d make the same choice.“I know it sounds a little bit crazy,” Butt said, “but I would make the same exact choice again. That was one of the biggest games I was going to play in in Michigan my career.”There’s no right answer when it comes to this decision. Some players feel the need to stay with their team, others think it’s another opportunity to put on game film for scouts, some think it’s not worth the injury risk and others just may not view the game as important enough to attend. No matter what, though, fans, coaches and fellow players should be able to respect whatever decision these guys make. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2.0: Redskins, Giants get QBs; Raiders raid ‘Bama defenseCollege players skipping 2018-19 bowl gamesWest Virginia QB Will GrierHouston DL Ed OliverIowa TE Noah FantMinnesota OT Donnell GreeneNorth Carolina State WR Kelvin HarmonArizona State WR N’Keal HarrySouth Carolina WR Deebo SamuelMichigan DL Rashan GaryLSU CB Greedy WilliamsNorth Carolina State LB Germaine PrattOklahoma State RB Justice HillOklahoma State OL Larry WilliamsWest Virginia OL Yodny CajusteAs more and more players make this decision, the reaction to them continues to grow as well. While many fans understand why players would skip out on a somewhat meaningless bowl game in favor of their future, others aren’t as happy about the trend.Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who will be without Hill and Williams in the Liberty Bowl against Missouri, said he’s not a fan of players missing out on bowl games.“It’s become very popular now,” Gundy said, via The Oklahoman. “I hate to see that happen, but as I’ve said before, we live in a society today where things are considerably different than they ever have been before, and (if) young people feel that there’s a better opportunity for them somewhere else, then they’re gonna make that decision to move on, and so we do the same.“The one thing that I am concerned about is the longevity of the bowls and the fact that I would hate for it to become so popular that bowls aren’t important anymore, because I think that’s a great reward for a team.”MORE: Picking winners for all 40 bowl games and College Football PlayoffGrier’s coach, however, had no issues with his quarterback’s choice.”Will and I spoke at length about the bowl game, and I am fully supportive of his decision to begin preparing for the NFL draft,” Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. “While we will miss him in Orlando, Will’s commitment and service to WVU Football over the last three years will be talked about for many years to come. He led us with class, hard work and a willingness to learn, and set a high standard for his teammates.”Part of why players decide to not play in the game is because they saw what happened to Jaylon Smith and Jake Butt. Both players suffered serious injuries playing in bowl games and as a result their draft stock took a hit, potentially costing them millions.last_img read more

Lakers’ Jordan Hill braces for uncertainty of NBA trade deadline

first_imgHe sat with his head down, Lakers forward Jordan Hill talking in soft tones by his locker as he weathered the latest frustration. He joked he had become the “last man standing” on the Lakers. Hill had started every game until a sore right hip flexor kept him sidelined for the previous five contests.Yet, the Lakers (13-40) believe Hill will heal enough to return once practice resumes Wednesday following the NBA’s weeklong break coinciding with All-Star weekend. For better or for worse, Hill’s tenuous health could complicate any effort for the Lakers to deal him leading into Thursday’s trade deadline. Otherwise, he represented one of the Lakers’ few tradable assets. Hill has posted career-highs in points (12.3), rebounds (8) and minutes played (28). His two-year, $18 million contract also appears attractive because any trading partner can decline his team option for next season. “It’s nothing I can control. Whatever happens, happens. I’ll keep on moving forward,” Hill said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group. “Nobody knows what will happen. No one knows who will be here. Anybody can be gone. But it’s what you sign up for.” Yet, the 27-year-old Hill maintains affection for the Lakers ever since they acquired him by dealing Derek Fisher and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets in 2012. “I want to be here,” Hill said. “I want to be a in a steady place I call home.” Last summer, Hill received his wish. The Lakers whiffed on acquiring LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. They also failed to convince Pau Gasol to stay. So part of the Lakers’ backup plan entailed re-signing Hill, whose preference for the Lakers grew once Mike D’Antoni resigned amid his dislike for his small-ball system. Hill’s contract sparked criticism from many around the league considering it represented a high dollar amount for a role player. But Hill rewarded the Lakers’ investment and subsequent coaching hiring of Byron Scott by showing a new and improved version of himself. Hill reported abstaining from drinking alcohol. He also added a mid-range jumper to his game after spending the offseason at his Atlanta residence working out with former Lakers sharpshooter Jodie Meeks. “Playing against him, I didn’t know Jordan could shoot it,” said Lakers forward Ed Davis, who had stops in Toronto (2010-2013) and Memphis (2012-14). “He has been really working on his jump shot. You can tell he put in a lot of work. I knew he could rebound. I knew he could run the floor. I knew he could play hard. But I didn’t know he could shoot it like that. So he definitely surprised me.”Hill prompted several turned heads and raised eyebrows. He quickly morphed into the Lakers’ No. 2 option behind Kobe Bryant, whose season-ending surgery on his right shoulder limited him to only 35 games. Hill currently ranks 17th in the NBA with 16 team-leading double-doubles. In late November, Hill posted a career-high run of six consecutive double-doubles.“I’m just feeling more comfortable out there,” Hill said. “I pass the ball better. I shoot the ball better. I’m trying to do whatever it takes to get better.”Well, almost. Hill noted his original staples as an energy player in rebounds and post play became less of a necessity amid a Lakers frontcourt that features Davis, Carlos Boozer, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre. But Hill’s discovered mid-range jumper still goes in only 38.3 percent of the time. Hill’s game also plateaued in December, his 10.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and 6.1 rebounds in 26.3 minutes a sharp drop from when he posted 13.9 points at a 48.1 percent clip and 9.7 rebounds in 32.3 minutes in November. Although Hill averaged 13.1 points on 48.9 percent shooting and 8.4 rebounds in January, Scott kept his playing time at 27.1 minutes per game because of his fluctuating energy.“My biggest thing with him is playing harder because I know he can,” Scott said. “I’ve seen glimpses of it. If he can get that on a consistent basis, he will be a double-double guy. That is something Jordan has to figure out.”Hill encountered similar issues last season, his hiccups going beyond his philosophical differences with D’Antoni’s system. Hill may have posted previous career-highs in points (9.7), rebounds (7.4) and minutes played (20.8). But despite averaging at least 20 minutes a game in 40 contests, he also played in 20 other games where he appeared for 15 minutes or fewer partly because of his fatigue. “I give out all of my energy in the first moment and then I let down a lot more,” Hill said. “I’m learning how to manage all my time on the court. When I can, I go hard. It’s different, but I’m getting used to it.” The biggest adjustment entails Hill embracing the Lakers promoting their players to eat grass-fed food, an initiative spearheaded by strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco. “I try to focus on my diet. But I always find myself slacking,” Hill said. “I have to treat my body a lot better. I still have no alcohol. That’s a big plus for me. But with my diet, I find myself eating junk food.”Yet, those nuances could determine whether Hill lives up to Boozer’s optimistic outlook envisioning him with a “bright future” that involves any team making him their primary offensive player. It could also influence whether the Lakers exercise their team option on Hill this summer, assuming he stays on the roster after Thursday’s trade deadline.Hill maintains he will make that step.“Off the court and on the court, I’m better. I’m a better person, better teammate and better friend,” Hill said. “It’s been my time to grow a little bit more.” That starts with Hill healing his injury. It will then continue as he braces for an uncertain future this week and the months ahead.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

GVSU football coach suspended after praising Hitler: ‘The way he was able to lead was second-to-none’

first_imgDivision II school Grand Valley State has suspended recently hired offensive coordinator Morris Berger after he made a controversial comment regarding Adolf Hitler in an interview conducted with the school’s student newspaper.Lanthorn sports editor Kellen Voss asked Berger with which three historical figures Berger would like to eat dinner. “This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler,” Berger told the Lanthorn. “It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none. How he rallied a group and a following, I want to know how he did that. Bad intentions of course, but you can’t deny he wasn’t a great leader.”MORE: Composite top 25 college football rankings for 2020 Moss added John F. Kennedy and Christopher Columbus as his second and third options.GVSU announced on Monday that Berger would be suspended pending a “thorough investigation.””The comments made by Offensive Coordinator Morris Berger, as reported in The Lanthorn student newspaper, do not reflect the values of Grand Valley State University,” the statement read. “Berger has been suspended and the university is conducting a thorough investigation.”last_img read more

Mason City man accused of downtown vandalism

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man is under arrest, being accused of a vandalism spree throughout the community. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 36-year-old Bill Grouette Junior on Sunday and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. Police say Grouette is suspected of spray painting and writing on the walls and windows of various businesses in the downtown area during the month of August. Grouette remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $5000 bond. Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Police are encouraging any businesses or property owners who believe their property may have been damaged to report it to the Police Department.last_img