You can’t really blame people for getting worked up, for jumping ahead of themselves.The moment L.A.’s two NBA teams announced their blockbuster deals last summer — the Lakers trading for Anthony Davis, the Clippers acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George — all eyes turned to the playoffs next spring.Oddsmakers added fuel to the hype, immediately listing the teams as favorites for the championship. Davis had to step in with a bit of perspective, saying: “We still have a lot of work to do.”It’s been that kind of year on the Southern California sports scene. With no major titles to celebrate, no victory parades, the biggest stories have been more about what happens next. Advertisement Will inconsistent play by the Rams and Chargers put a dent in ticket sales at a $5-billion stadium scheduled to open in the summer? What will a new athletic director — and a not-so-new coach — mean for USC’s football program?At Santa Anita Park, … [Read more...] about Sports looks ahead to 2020: Will the Lakers or Clippers win an NBA title?
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Still quite popular, it turns out. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images Intelligencer staffers Benjamin Hart, Jonathan Chait, and Ed Kilgore discuss whether it’s wise for presidential contenders to go after the guy who left office back in 2017. Ben: Ready to chat? Ed: Sure. Jon: One minute … Ed: Jon’s color guard is performing. Always happens before his chats. Ben: (95-year-old man slowly shuffles out of view.) Jon: And now … the participants in today’s chat … from Michigan, 47 years old, an opinion journalist living in Washington … Ed: Jooooooon Chait! Jon: Time for a commercial break. Ed: Haha. Ben: Last night, the Democratic candidates talked quite a bit about the urgency of defeating President Trump next year. But there was also some criticism directed at Barack Obama’s administration, if not the man himself. This is largely because Joe Biden, the front-runner, has hugged himself closely to Obama’s legacy. Did you find these … [Read more...] about Does It Make Sense for Democratic Candidates to Criticize Obama?
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic didn't make the trip to Milwaukee and will miss the game against the Bucks after spraining his right ankle against Miami. The club listed the 20-year-old as not with the team on the preliminary injury report for the visit to the Bucks on Monday night. Doncic's absence means the reigning rookie of the year will miss the first of two meetings with 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Doncic was injured in the opening minutes of a 122-118 overtime loss to Miami on Saturday when his right foot landed on a foot of Heat guard Kendrick Nunn. The Mavericks rallied from 24 points down without their injured star and had the lead in the final minute of regulation. It will be the first missed game of the season for Doncic, who is averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game. He missed 10 games his rookie season, mostly because of nagging minor injuries. ___ Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) reacts after injuring … [Read more...] about Mavs star Doncic won’t play at Bucks because of ankle injury
The opening act of the 8th annual Bob Bost Basketball Classic didn't just showcase two of the top contending girls basketball teams in the Central Suburban League South division Friday night at Beardsley Gymnasium. It also served as an audition of sorts for Evanston junior guard Rashele Olantunbosun, otherwise known as "Z" by her teammates. Head coach Brittanny Johnson's search for another defensive stopper on the court paid off as the Wildkit girls throttled New Trier 59-33 for their seventh straight victory. Olantunbosun, already known in the program for her offensive prowess, scored a career-high 14 points and held New Trier point guard Ava Zaslavsky scoreless. The diminuitive and talented Trevian guard, who notched 10 points in last year's one-point win over ETHS, only got off 2 field goal attempts in the one-sided contest that honors the late longtime basketball and baseball assistant coach, Bob Bost. Noting that senior guard Kayla Henning (game-high 15 points) has already logged … [Read more...] about Z Provides Lockdown D In Girls Rout of New Trier
The U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy have appointed officers to conduct separate internal investigations into possible “white power” hand gestures flashed by a few students during a broadcast at the Army-Navy football game, academy public affairs officers said Sunday.“Based on findings of the investigation, those involved will be held appropriately accountable,” Cmdr. Alana Garas, a spokeswoman for the academy in Annapolis, Md., said via email. “It would be inappropriate to speculate any further while we are conducting this investigation.”Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, said officials there also were looking into the matter.“The United States Military Academy is fully committed to developing leaders of character who embody the army values,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point’s superintendent. He said he has appointed an officer “to conduct an … [Read more...] about Military academies probe possible ‘white power’ sign at Army-Navy game