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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd it has more sudden impact than Shaquille O’Neal’s commitment to the Lakers in 1996.James is 33 and getting better. In the 2017-18 season he led the NBA in minutes played for the second consecutive season and notched career highs in rebound average and assist average. He averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 22-game postseason and got to the free-throw line nearly 10 times per game.He has played 10,049 minutes in the playoffs. No other active player is at 8,000 and, of course, young Lakers such as Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have played zero. He has been destined for supremacy since he was in high school in Akron, Ohio. And yet there never has been a New Kid In Town to eclipse him.“I don’t know when Father Time is going to start to make a difference for him,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, in March.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the Kings did not win a Stanley Cup with Gretzky, and the Angels have made one playoff appearance with the aging Pujols, and the Lakers did not get to the NBA Finals or win one with O’Neal until 2000, his fourth season in town. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Leonard and the Spurs are barely speaking these days. The two sides dispute the way Leonard handled his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Leonard played only seven regular-season games and was nowhere on the scene when the Spurs lost their first-round playoff series.The Lakers would like to get Leonard sooner instead of later. They realize they whiffed on George, who was the type of team-carrying player James wants alongside him.But San Antonio has no obligation to deal Leonard and can wait until next February’s trade deadline if it wishes. It also could demand Kuzma and/or Ingram and/or Ball and a host of draft picks from the Lakers.If the Lakers could somehow sign Cousins they wouldn’t have to deplete their lineup and could wait to sign Leonard next summer.These are rather cushy problems, but so are the expectations. The Royal Wedding is all over but the vows. The parade is still unscheduled. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four NBA titles, return largely intact and in their prime. The Boston Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, both of whom will play in 2018-19.With Cleveland and Miami, James has played in a ridiculously monumental eight consecutive NBA Finals. His teams have won three titles in nine Finals trips. In the two years when he had the least help, 2007 and 2018 with Cleveland, he suffered a Finals sweep.And help is on the way, assuredly. When, and from whom, are the questions, and those questions got trickier last weekend before James committed to Los Angeles.Paul George of Oklahoma City was supposedly ticketed for the Lakers as a free agent but he re-signed with the Thunder on Saturday.Another potential free agent target would be Demarcus Cousins, the lavishly talented center from New Orleans.Two problems, at least, with Cousins: He is recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture and he needs to fit into a maximum-salary shot on the Lakers’ payroll, or else the club would be subject to a punitive luxury tax.There were reports Sunday that the Lakers were going to re-sign guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, add Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million and JaVale McGee for $2.4 million. That, according to salary cap experts, would prohibit Cousins from fitting in.Caldwell-Pope would seem to be a spare part for the Lakers, although he shot 39.3 percent from the 3-point line last season and averaged 13.4 points. He cost them $17.7 million last season after he played out his option in Detroit. This made sense after people realized Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who is also the agent for James.Then there is Kawhi Leonard. He is the San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star who is from Riverside, is known as the best young 94-foot player in the game, and has made it clear he wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2019.Related Articlescenter_img Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming. The Court will be named later.LeBron James announced his utterly predictable move to the Lakers on Sunday, a four-year, $153.3 million deal that will end the club’s five-year exile from the NBA playoffs and might even bring the Lakers their first league championship since 2010.There is little question that James is an NBA colossus. No perimeter player in basketball history has dared to dream of being that big, quick, visionary, levitational or indestructible.His arrival is the most celebrated of any of the great pro athletes who have come to this area since Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It is more consequential than Albert Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels after the 2011 season, when the three-time National League MVP had led St. Louis to a World Series championship.last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal v Tottenham- Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Premier League clash ARSENAL vs Tottenham is poised to become the DIRTIEST derby in Premier League history this weekend.The two North London giants go head-to-head at the Emirates this weekend, both aiming to bounce back from disappointing losses last week.5 Arsenal vs Spurs is set to become the dirtiest derby in Premier League history5 Arsenal vs Spurs is currently second in terms of dirtiest derbiesCredit: Reuters5 Liverpool vs Everton is the dirtiest derby in Prem history… for nowCredit: Bradley Ormesher – The Times5 Arsenal vs Spurs is no stranger to big fouls and red cardsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdSpurs slipped 1-0 at home to relegation candidates Newcastle as their dreadful run continues, while Arsenal were thumped 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.With so much at stake, expect a fiery derby from a match that historically sees 4.3 cards shown per game.In 54 North London derbies, 219 yellow cards have been shown, to go with 13 reds.The total tally of 232 cards is just ONE behind the 233 shown in Merseyside derbies between Liverpool and Everton.With Arsenal vs Spurs averaging 4.3 cards per match over the past 27 years, they look set to take the lead in the dirty derby stakes.In terms of cards shown per game – instead of total cards – Newcastle vs Sunderland ranks as the ugliest clash, at five. MORE ARSENAL STORIESLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialMeanwhile, Arsenal could start Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the North London derby.Unai Emery has been slated by fans and pundits, including Ian Wright, alike for not starting his star trio together – with Lacazette on the bench for Liverpool defeat.Now, Gunners chief Emery may unleash the terrifying threesome on one of the biggest stages: The North London derby.5 Tottenham vs Arsenal games are no stranger to cards being shownCredit: PA:Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgSomewhere between thinking Abigail Breslin is cute, deciding who’s hunkiest — George Clooney, Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig — and checking out Jennifer Lopez’s neckline, you may start wondering who is going to win best picture at the end of the evening. After all, in a show that may last four hours, you’ll have a lot of time to ponder it, particularly since all of the major races seemed to have been decided long ago. In fact, by the time “Little Miss Sunshine’s” Breslin takes the stage as a presenter, she likely will have lost to Jennifer Hudson as best supporting actress. Helen Mirren is the foregone queen of actresses, while Forest Whitaker and Eddie Murphy have likewise overwhelmingly taken all preliminary heats. Even Martin Scorsese is expected to finally get his golden statue. So the only suspense tonight — unless your Oscar pool is turning on best animated short — is in the best-picture race where there is no clear-cut front-runner. “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Queen” all have their passionate advocates and confirmed detractors. This isn’t like a year ago, when last-minute surger “Crash” beat longtime front-runner “Brokeback Mountain,” or when certifiably great movie “Saving Private Ryan” lost out to enjoyable romp “Shakespeare in Love.” Every best picture nominee has a good shot at the statuette this year. So here are the pluses and minuses of each contender. Just don’t wager money because of anything you read here. It’s that freaky out there. ‘BABEL’ For: Has more nominations (seven) than any other candidate. All elements of filmmaking (cinematography, editing, music, et al.) of highest quality and perfectly orchestrated together, artistically exemplifying the movie’s interconnection theme. Though mostly in foreign languages, folks tend not to really notice, and lots of them tear up at the end. Against: Called pretentious, heavy-handed, too downbeat — and preachy. Some evidently resent the film’s premise that we should strive to communicate better. Perhaps there’s a link between that and having the least amount of critical support among the contenders. ‘THE DEPARTED’ For: Great cast, great dialogue and great cinematic energy, ndplus the only nominee that’s grossed more than $100 million (or even come close). With “The Queen,” it’s the top choice among critics. Against: For all its entertainment value, not a great Scorsese film, mainly due to implausible plot that hijacks every scene. Perhaps too foulmouthed, nihilistic and violence-happy for older academy members, of which there are many. Actors, the academy’s largest branch, didn’t support it much, nominating only Mark Wahlberg out of a stellar cast. ‘LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA’ For: Made by a guy who’s 76, in a language he doesn’t speak, in barely a month — right after he made a totally different movie about the same subject. And if that’s not impressive enough, everyone loves Clint, and for extra sauce Spielberg produced it. Shows great restraint for a war movie, and sympathy and respect for oft-demonized former enemies. Against: The positives are also negative. Clint’s won too much and his other Iwo movie (“Flags of Our Father”) didn’t do well, this one’s in Japanese, and it may be a little too restrained for a war movie. People respect it more than love it, and in a five-way race, passion can be crucial. ‘LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE’ For: Despite themes of suicide, drug addiction and abject failure, it’s the only nominee that leaves people feeling good.It’s a modest film’s own long, uphill struggle to get made good for loads of underdog cred. Top performer at guild preliminaries. Feels naughty while it reassuringly appealings to universal family values. Against: Slightest entry in the race. Contrived situations undercut claims it’s a realistic, character-driven comedy — and comedies almost never win best picture anyway. Lack of directing and below-the-line nominations indicate narrow support. ‘THE QUEEN’ For: About changing times, culture and media irresponsibility, which pretty much every academy member can relate to (not to mention they all probably consider themselves some kind of royalty). With “The Departed,” top critics choice. And it’s English, which the academy associates with classy. Against: Some think it’s just a really good TV movie. — Bob Strauss, (818) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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