Lakers’ front office considering several options

first_imgThe Lakers have remained economical throughout free agency, choosing less grandiose moves designed to strengthen their foundation instead of chasing the kind of transactions that could compromise long-term investments or precious salary-cap space for next summer.After agreeing to a one-year, $18 million deal with free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope late Tuesday night, the team is still considering several options for who could represent the final piece to their roster. The deal with Caldwell-Pope, 24, brings the Lakers up to the salary cap ceiling, and that leaves them with a $4.3 million salary-cap exception they can use to sign another player.The Lakers maintained interest in signing veteran free-agent guard Rajon Rondo after meeting with him on Tuesday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. Though they have not met with 22-year-old Tyler Ennis since free agency started, the player they acquired in a midseason trade with Houston remains a possibility to re-sign with them. Other free-agent guards who could fit the Lakers’ needs include Ian Clark, Isaiah Canaan and Ramon Sessions, though the Lakers have not been pursued them as aggressively.Meanwhile, the Lakers had to waive second-year guard David Nwaba on Wednesday, a move made to create enough salary-cap space to fulfill Caldwell-Pope’s deal, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thinking. The Lakers had exercised a $1.3 million team option on June 28 to retain Nwaba, but that contract was non-guaranteed and gave them extra cap space beyond their original $17 million to spend on a free agent. 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 PackersThe move still came at the cost of losing a player the Lakers liked for his defensive hustle.Nwaba had averaged 9 points and 2 assists while shooting 57.1 percent from the field through three Summer League appearances. Nwaba, who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before going undrafted, also averaged 6 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 58 percent in 19.9 minutes through 20 appearances with the Lakers last season.Once Nwaba clears waivers in the next 48 hours, any NBA team can sign him, while the Lakers can then sign Caldwell-Pope. It’s possible the Lakers could re-sign Nwaba to a less expensive deal if no other team claims him.last_img read more

Lakers officially hire Frank Vogel, bring an end to scrutinized coaching search

first_imgIt’s never quite over until the ink is dry.In that sense, the Lakers’ coaching search truly ended Monday afternoon, as the team officially announced what had been known for more than 48 hours – it has hired Frank Vogel to be the 27th head coach in its history. The hiring had been anticipated since Saturday afternoon, when a team source confirmed that Vogel would be hired to the Southern California News Group.“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a team-issued statement. “Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”The hiring announcement marked the first public statement by the upper levels of the organization in more than a month, when the Lakers announced Luke Walton would not return as head coach after a three-year stint. The Lakers’ top officials have been largely tight-lipped since April 9 when team president Magic Johnson resigned – he has yet to be officially replaced. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers will officially introduce Vogel on May 20, following the NBA’s draft lottery and combine this week in Chicago.The 45-year-old New Jersey native has twice been an NBA head coach before: He led his most successful teams with the Indiana Pacers, accumulating a 250-181 record. He most recently coached two years with the Orlando Magic, finishing with a 54-110 record.The Lakers will charge Vogel to find a way back to the postseason following a six-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. He’ll be expected to find a breakthrough where his predecessor, Walton (98-148 record), could not. He’ll have the advantages – and the challenges – of coaching LeBron James through his current contract, which runs through the next three seasons (final year is a player option0. He’ll also likely inherit promising young players from recent drafts, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, with the task of molding them into pieces of a contending squad.Vogel has been to the postseason five times in eight seasons as a head coach. He’s twice reached the conference finals, contending with James’ Miami Heat teams in 2013 and 2014. Part of his success was built on cultivating a strong relationship with Paul George, whom Vogel helped develop into a perennial All-Star. He has a reputation as a defense-first coach who twice led the NBA’s stingiest unit (statistically).“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” Vogel said. “I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Vogel’s official hire marks the end of a lengthy and sometimes fraught coaching search for the Lakers. As recently as a week ago, they were widely expected to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, whose deep-rooted relationship with James includes three straight NBA Finals appearances and the 2016 championship. Talks broke down Wednesday, with Lue reportedly taking issue with the years and salary offered by the Lakers, as well as the team’s desire to dictate assistant coaches on the staff.The team did not officially announce any assistant coaches as of Monday afternoon, but they are expected to bring in former Nets and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as an assistant. Kidd, 46, had previously interviewed for the head coaching role.The Lakers also interviewed Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns; Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard; and former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff.The Lakers did not release the terms of Vogel’s deal. ESPN has reported that it spans three years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers Monday Mailbag: Who could still be added? Will Rondo’s role change?

first_imgThis is the Monday, Feb. 10 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Maybe Darren Collison has it figured out. After all, we’re all working this Monday, and he’s not.It might work for the 32-year-old still-retiree, but that doesn’t help the Lakers very much after the news emerged that he’s still ready to kick back and stay out of the league. Adding him potentially gave the Lakers the second creator and shooter who they’ve been so clearly in need of.What’s left? It’s a perilously thin buyout market that many of you have questions about. Let’s dive in: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMany of you want to know what’s going on in the buyout market, including @GregF___11, @TheHugo Morales, and @Jimmyy_lee1.First, it has to be said that the Lakers would have to clear a roster spot to add a new guy. You’re looking at probably someone on the end of the bench: Troy Daniels or Talen Horton-Tucker leap to mind. One might be wondering why not DeMarcus Cousins, as the Lakers already have a trade exception that indicates it’s unlikely that he’s coming back this year. And yet the Lakers have really hedged on that: We’ve seen DeMarcus shooting after practices, and Coach Frank Vogel has said multiple times there’s a chance he could come back. It’s relevant that Cousins is really close to Anthony Davis and other members of the roster – he has a role, just not on the court. Whether his ACL heals before the season ends or not, it’s hard to see him being cut to make space for a guy who might or might not help the Lakers.Speaking of that guy, there’s a few options that have been discussed through various reports:Dion Waiters: ESPN said the Lakers would look into “exploratory” talks with Dion Waiters, who was just waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after being jettisoned by the Heat in a trade for Andre Iguodala. Waiters is 28, theoretically in his prime. A 6-foot-3 guard who can handle and score (13.3 ppg, 2.8 apg in his career), it’s theoretically what the Lakers need. Note the heavy use of “theoretically,” because Waiters’ career is on a slow downward slide that reached a pretty bad point in Miami: He was suspended 10 games for an incident on the team plane when he reportedly had an edible-induced panic attack. He was later suspended for posting a photo of himself on a boat on the same day he told the team he was unavailable for sickness. This is all during this season, even though you might be telling yourself that’s a career’s worth of strikes.Waiters also has a poor history with LeBron James, losing a starting role in Cleveland before being traded midseason. Before that, he had a problematic relationship with Kyrie Irving, believing he was the better player. The ensuing years have not proven him right. Has he grown since then? Recent events in Miami suggest he still has problems fitting in a winning locker room. The possible counterpoint is that the Lakers have done the unlikely once already by resurrecting Dwight Howard’s career. J.R. Smith: The New York Times has reported that he could be in line for a workout with the Lakers. If you’re interested in such things, you can look up a lot of recent Instagram workouts of Smith, who is based in Los Angeles at the moment and, at 34, is conducting four- or five-hour daily workout sessions in the hopes that he can re-enter the league. Obviously he has experience, winning a championship in 2016 with James and Cleveland. He’s a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter, and at 6-foot-6, he fulfills a positional need for the Lakers who need wing depth.But he’s also 34. The last NBA game he played was Nov. 19, 2018. That’s a long layoff. He also had dramatic swings in reliability (everyone remembers the Game 1 gaffe when Smith accidentally forced overtime, right?). It’s hard to say to what degree he would help the Lakers, who could have picked him up this summer but did not.Jamal Crawford: This is not in association with any report, but someone asked me about the 39-year-old J-Crossover, who I freely admit to having a soft spot for. Who hasn’t at least had a fleeting moment of joy when watching Crawford light up a team for, I don’t know, 51 points last season? That being said, he’s going to turn 40 before this season ends. He’s not gotten much of a sniff from other teams. The last two teams he played for were not winners. I’m not convinced that Crawford fulfills the needs of the Lakers, who need a second-unit initiator, not just a scorer. Crawford’s defense at this point in his career also can’t be counted on, and the Lakers need that as much as anything in order to keep that player in the rotation come postseason. I would gladly cheer a Crawford return to the NBA, but I’m not sure he adds value to the Lakers at this point and helps them achieve their goals.As you’re probably sensing, the market is pretty dry at this point barring more buyouts or surprise returns. It’s on the Lakers to start shoring things up from within, even if they do add another player.@FiL_Hannah wants to know: “Is it realistic that Rondo actually loses minutes to current Lakers roster players? Or at all?”It’s apparent that Rajon Rondo has seen his production dip. He actually started out very well in November, shooting nearly 45 percent from 3-point range and with a reasonably low turnover ratio for how much he handles the ball. But in the month-by-month splits, there’s been slippage: He’s now just shooting 33.3 percent from deep and under 42 percent on all shots, and his turnover ratio is now up to more than 17 percent in just four games in February (small sample size, but indicative of how his numbers are trending). Overall, the Lakers are not playing as well when he’s on the floor as when he’s off. People have asked me about this many times – trust me, it’s noted.There are numerous factors that influence that last particular stat, including that Rondo doesn’t play with LeBron James in lineups as other players do. When he and James play together, the Lakers have a plus-11.5 rating. But that also reflects his role: He’s expected to run the show when James sits, and that hasn’t been going so well lately. The Lakers’ third-most used lineup in the last 10 games is Rondo, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, and that group has a minus-20.3 net rating in that span. The dips at the end of the first quarter and third quarter when James sits are obvious to every regular viewer.That doesn’t all lay at the feet of Rondo, but he has not elevated the situation. And yet the Lakers have not changed his role, in part because they lack another guard who duplicates what he does. Quinn Cook has struggled as a creator for this team, in part due to his size. Caruso has proven to be more valuable as an off-ball guard to this point, or someone who can run transition offense. If you look at the monthly splits, Rondo has hovered right over 20 minutes per game. It’s hard to see that role changing, especially if the Lakers’ roster doesn’t add a new play creator (which is dramatically less likely with Darren Collison off the board).It’s worth mentioning that “Playoff Rondo” is kind of a thing, as he was brilliant in the playoffs for both Chicago and New Orleans in recent years. There’s potential that as the regular season winds down and the playoffs get closer, Rondo is able to tune in a little more to his role. But that does feel like quite a bet for a 33-year-old point guard (about to turn 34) who has seemingly lost a step.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Additional coverageDon’t bet on Darren – Collison is reportedly going to stay retired.Improvement comes from within – How the Lakers have to start looking in the mirror to get better.Winning against the Warriors – The Lakers got the better of Golden State just barely on a night they honored Kobe Bryant.A small-ball pain – The Rockets’ gimmicky roster had some real punch.Last of the young Lakers – Mark Heisler meditates on Kyle Kuzma, who is just still here.All-Star selection – LeBron got to pick his team for the third straight year, and it’s an interesting mix.Memorial on the way – A date has been set, Feb. 24, for Kobe Bryant’s public memorial at Staples Center.Dwight’s deep dive – Dwight Howard recently revealed how hurt he’s been by Kobe’s death.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington on unexpected rise to stardom

first_imgST. LOUIS — As he spoke with reporters last week after being announced as the Rangers’ new president, John Davidson brought up his time as president of the Blues. The job was his first as an executive after a lengthy playing and broadcasting career.Davidson was with the Blues for six years and led an organization that drafted the core of the team that’s suiting up in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, including captain Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and netminder Jordan Binnington.  ” target=”_blank”>Binnington calmly skated to his teammates. Carl Gunnarsson scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 of the SCF; as other guys were hugging and high-fiving, Binnington had no reaction.The reaction from the Blues bench as Gunnarsson scores in OT … pic.twitter.com/hP6nB9lLzP— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2019″It’s crazy. We’re so excited and he’s calm,” defenseman Colton Parayko noted. “I don’t know if that’s his personality or he just realizes we have three more [wins] to go ’til he can really celebrate. I don’t know. We’re obviously excited as a group that we have him back there.”He’s just calm back there. It’s cool to see. He strives for success. He strives to be a competitor and be a winner. . . . Every single game he gives us a chance to win.” “Binnington, we didn’t know would be this good and I don’t think the Blues knew he’d be this good, but, God bless him, he’s good,” Davidson said.The 25-year-old rookie has not only been good, he has been great.In 32 regular-season games, he notched a 24-5-1 record, a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts. That performance earned him a Calder Trophy nomination. His numbers have dipped slightly in the postseason (2.37 GAA, .915 save percentage), but he has nearly matched Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask in the Stanley Cup Final. The backstops are separated by .03 and .005 in GAA and save percentage, respectively.Binnington with a gigantic save on Pastrnak off the draw. pic.twitter.com/5udcFpsa4r— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) May 30, 2019″It’s a great story,” Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. “He kind of came in and right from his first game he got a shutout [at the Flyers on Jan. 7] and our team started playing a lot better at that time and he’s been a big part of it. Nobody is surprised anymore.”St. Louis drafted him in the third round in 2011 after he posted decent, but not earth-shattering, numbers for Owen Sound in the OHL. He was midding in the minors, too — until the 2017-18 season. That year, the Blues loaned him to the Providence Bruins because they didn’t have a spot for him with their AHL affiliate in San Antonio. With Providence, he posted a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage. In contrast, Carter Hutton, who was the Blues’ backup last season and signed with the Sabres in the offseason, had a 2.09 GAA and .931 save percentage in the NHL.Binnington got his first taste of the NHL in January 2016, a 13-minute relief outing, and then had to wait almost three years to get back. He made two appearances with St. Louis last December, was sent back down, and then was recalled in January. The rest is history.”It’s been amazing,” St. Louis forward Pat Maroon said on the eve of Saturday’s Game 3 at Enterprise Center. “Very confident, works hard and he does the little things that makes him a good hockey player, so it’s going to continue. He’s going to be a good goalie for many years in this league. Everyone’s proud of him. He’s showed a lot of poise in the last few months.””From where he was, where he is now, and you guys always talk about his personality, his demeanor, but obviously what makes him a good goalie is that nothing seems to rattle him. You see how he bounces back every single game. It’s fun to watch,” said Pietrangelo.Speaking of which: Have you seen Binnington? Ice water may indeed run through his veins — which is kind of fitting. Maroon scored in double overtime of a Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and alright guys, it’s the gif you’ve all been waiting for:the extremely passionate reaction from jordan binnington after pat maroon scores in double overtime to send the blues to the western conference final … pic.twitter.com/vcXQpbnboP— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 8, 2019last_img read more

Nationals make history with 4 consecutive home runs

first_imgOn an interesting note, these home run binges tend to come in clusters. The Braves (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas) became the first team to do it, in 1961. The Indians did it in 1963, and the Twins followed in 1964. But then it didn’t happen again until 2006, when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson went deep in a game against the Padres. The Red Sox (2007), White Sox (2008) and Diamondbacks (2010) are the three other teams to accomplish the feat.The Nationals went on to beat the Padres, 5-2. The Nationals pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball Sunday, for the second time in less than two years.Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit four consecutive home runs off Padres reliever Craig Stammen in the eighth inning. The fireworks happened in the span of only seven pitches. Yankees trade rumors: New York has spoken with Blue Jays about Marcus Stroman What’s better than back-to-back-to-back jacks?Back-to-back-to-back-to-BACK jacks. 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/Iqh3KFehVo— MLB (@MLB) June 9, 2019How rare is it for a team to hit four consecutive home runs? Extremely. It’s happened only nine times in MLB history, according to NationalPastime.com. To put that in perspective, there have been 23 perfect games in baseball history. There have been 15 unassisted triple plays.But only nine times has an MLB team gone back-to-back-to-back-to-back. The Nationals become the first team to do it twice, having been the last team to hit four straight on July 27, 2017 against the Brewers. Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman were part of that 2017 back-to-back-to-back-to-back onslaught. Related News Max Muncy to Madison Bumgarner after splashing home run: ‘Get it out of the ocean’last_img read more

MLB All-Star voting results 2019: Full AL and NL rosters, selections, starters, snubs

first_imgMORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound showAs usual, All-Star voting is part popularity contest, part reflection of the first half’s top performers. For all of the criticism the ballots receive each year, though, the game usually presents a fairly accurate snapshot of the league.All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterMLB All-Star voting results: American League rosterAlex Cora (Red Sox) will manage the AL team.StartersPos.PlayerTeamCGary SanchezYankees1BCarlos SantanaIndians2BDJ LeMahieuYankeesSSJorge PolancoTwins3BAlex BregmanAstrosOFMike TroutAngelsOFGeorge SpringerAstrosOFMichael BrantleyAstrosDHJ.D. MartinezRed SoxReservesPos.PlayerTeamCJames McCannWhite SoxIFMatt ChapmanA’sIFGleyber Torres**YankeesIFJose AbreuWhite SoxIFFrancisco LindorIndiansIFXander Bogaerts*Red SoxIFDaniel VogelbachMarinersOFMookie BettsRed SoxOFAustin MeadowsRaysOFWhit MerrifieldRoyalsOFJoey GalloRangers* Tommy La Stella and Hunter Pence were replaced because of injury.** Brandon Lowe, who replaced La Stella, was injured and in turn replaced by Gleyber Torres.PitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPJohn MeansOriolesSPMasahiro Tanaka*YankeesSPJose Berrios*TwinsSPLiam Hendriks*A’sSPLucas GiolitoWhite SoxSPShane Bieber*IndiansSPJustin VerlanderAstrosSPGerrit ColeAstrosRPRyan PresslyAstrosRPShane GreeneTigersRPBrad HandIndiansRPAroldis ChapmanYankees* Jake Odorizzi and Marcus Stroman were replaced because of injury. Charlie Morton and Mike Minor were replaced because of pitching schedule conflicts.MLB All-Star voting results: National League rosterDave Roberts (Dodgers) will take charge of the NL squad.StartersPos.PlayerTeamCWillson ContrerasCubs1BFreddie FreemanBraves2BKetel MarteDiamondbacksSSJavier BaezCubs3BNolan ArenadoRockiesOFChristian YelichBrewersOFRonald Acuna Jr.BravesOFCody BellingerDodgersReservesPos.PlayerTeamCJ.T. RealmutoPhilliesCYasmani GrandalBrewersIFPete AlonsoMetsIFJosh BellPiratesIFPaul DeJongCardinalsIFMax Muncy*DodgersIFTrevor StoryRockiesIFKris BryantCubsIFMike MoustakasBrewersOFJeff McNeilMetsOFDavid DahlRockiesOFCharlie BlackmonRockies* Anthony Rendon was replaced because of injury.PitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPLuis CastilloRedsSPSandy AlcantaraMarlinsSPSonny Gray*RedsSPHyun-Jin RyuDodgersSPBrandon Woodruff*BrewersSPMike SorokaBravesSPWalker BuehlerDodgersSPClayton KershawDodgersSPJacob deGromMetsRPFelipe Vazquez*PiratesRPKirby YatesPadresRPWill SmithGiants* Max Scherzer was replaced because of a pitching schedule conflict. Josh Hader was replaced because of injury. Zack Greinke was replaced because of a personal matter.Who was the top MLB All-Star vote-getter?Mike Trout led the voting amid a season he’s pacing the AL in walks (76), on-base percentage (.455) and slugging percentage (.630). Trout’s 26 home runs give him a chance to set a career-high in that category.The people love @miketrout. pic.twitter.com/FtDqQucwA5— MLB (@MLB) June 28, 2019Let’s celebrate unheard of All-Stars | Why isn’t Mike Trout in the Derby?What were the biggest All-Star snubs?Several players might been disappointed at not being named a starter. Josh Bell, for example, fell just short in the NL despite hitting 21 home runs and batting .310 so far this season. Hometown favorite Francisco Lindor didn’t even make the cut as a finalist for starting AL shortstop.Both of those guys still made the final rosters given their first-half play, though. Others missed the All-Star Game entirely — and probably should have made it. In the AL, Gleyber Torres (Yankees) and Yoan Moncada (Whiter Sox) had good resumes, each blasting double-digit home runs as infielders and playing exceptional defense. Torres eventually made the team as an injury replacement, but Moncada did not. The real snub here may have been Rafael Devers (Red Sox), though, considering his .328 batting average, 16 home runs and eight stolen bases.On the NL side, Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. — who is hitting .324 with 12 homers and 13 steals — was a major snub. How did voting work for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game?A preliminary round of fan voting established three starting options at each position in the field, and an “Election Day” period on June 26 and 27 determined the official starters. Cora and Roberts will determine the starting pitcher for each squad, and Roberts will select the DH for the NL. The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9.It’s the first time the city has hosted the midsummer classic since 1997, when the Indians were in the middle of a run to the World Series. The Indians are hopeful they can reach the postseason again in 2019, but the upstart Twins, who lead the AL Central, may stand in their way of a bid.last_img read more

Eldora truck race results: Highlights from NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby

first_imgMORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Thursday night’s racing began with the first of five qualifying races at 7 p.m. ET. The lineups for these 10-lap heat races were determined by speeds in Wednesday’s pair of practice sessions. The top five finishers in each of the five qualifying races automatically advanced to the Eldora Dirt Derby, and those who did not automatically advance were entered in a sixth qualifying race called the “Last Chance” race.Chase Briscoe, the winner of last year’s Eldora Dirt Derby, started on the pole after winning the first qualifying race. But it was Stewart Friesen who took the checkered flag at Eldora on Thursday night for his first career Truck Series win.SN tracked the Eldora truck race and provided live updates, results and highlights. Here is how Friesen won his first truck race.Eldora truck race: Live updates, results, highlights— 11:01 p.m. ET: Checkered flag. Stewart Friesen wins after running away from the field in the last two laps. He earns his first career NASCAR Truck Series win.THE WAIT IS OVER! Retweet to congratulate @StewartFriesen on his @NASCAR_Trucks WIN at Eldora!Full results» https://t.co/0IQRKD2Bzj pic.twitter.com/CO6sJeqDrC— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 10:55 p.m. ET: Caution. Chase Briscoe gets spun, just as he was charging back to the front. He loses control, and Ben Rhodes gets into his left-rear quarter panel to turn him around.A shot at the golden shovel might’ve just disappeared for @ChaseBriscoe5. pic.twitter.com/9OS4fNBHFm— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 10:50 p.m. ET: Caution. (Lots of these tonight, naturally.) A couple cars in the back of the pack spin to set up a 12-lap shootout for the win.— 10:42 p.m. ET: Quick caution. Norm Benning spins on his own.— 10:31 p.m. ET: Caution. Bad things are happening everywhere. Kyle Strickler spins. Johnny Sauter is somehow damaged. Dirt-track racing in a nutshell.So … that’s three different issues at once pic.twitter.com/av3A59hCOb— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 10:24 p.m. ET: Caution. Ross Chastain goes for a spin cycle. Loses it himself out of the corner..@RossChastain goes for a ride in the gravitron and brings out the caution at @EldoraSpeedway! pic.twitter.com/Pf1BV18fKj— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 10:10 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 2. He’s dominating.— 10:03 p.m. ET: Caution. Mason Massey spins on his own thanks to a flat left-front tire.— 9:55 p.m. ET: Caution for the first real incident of the race. Austin Hill and Harrison Burton are involved among others.A big pile up strikes in the #EldoraDirtDirby! pic.twitter.com/HiaQTNbwcC— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019— 9:49 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Harrison Burton spins in Turn 2. Just a single-car spin.— 9:32 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 1. He doesn’t run away with it, though, as Todd Gilliland finishes right on his tail.Stage 1 goes to @ChaseBriscoe5 in Eldora! pic.twitter.com/IRTPu1NoI3— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 2, 2019— 9:23 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Jake Griffin spins as the result of a flat tire.— 9:17 p.m. ET: Caution comes out for a spin. Landon Huffman goes around.— 9:13 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Eldora Dirt Derby is underway.MORE: TV channel, schedule for NASCAR Truck Series race at EldoraQualifying race oneDrivers: Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Jeffrey Abbey, Harrison Burton, Austin Wayne Self, Colt Gilliam, Jennifer Jo CobbQualifying race one results:Pos.Driver1.Chase Briscoe2.Johnny Sauter3.Harrison Burton4.Colt Gilliam5.Jeffrey Abbey6.Austin Wayne Self7.Jennifer Jo CobbQualifying race twoDrivers: Matt Crafton, Tyler Dippel, Christian Eckes, Ross Chastain, Tyler Ankrum, Landon Huffman, Darwin Peters Jr.Qualifying race two results:Pos.Driver1.Matt Crafton2.Tyler Dippel3.Ross Chastain4.Christian Eckes5.Landon Huffman6.Tyler Ankrum7.Darwin Peters Jr.Qualifying race threeDrivers: Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Mike Marlar, Jake Griffin, Carson Hocevar, Devin DodsonQualifying race three results:Pos.Driver1.Brett Moffitt2.Todd Gilliland3.Carson Hocevar4.Jake Griffin5.Mike Marlar6.Devin DodsonQualifying race fourDrivers: Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Justin Shipley, Austin Hill, Mark Smith, Norm BenningQualifying race four results: Pos.Driver1.Stewart Friesen2.Ben Rhodes3.Justin Shipley4.Austin Hill5.Norm Benning6.Mark SmithQualifying race fiveDrivers: Sheldon Creed, Kyle Strickler, Grant Enfinger, Gus Dean, Mason Massey IV, Tim WardQualifying race five results:Pos.Driver1.Kyle Strickler2.Sheldon Creed3.Grant Enfinger4.Gus Dean5.Tim Ward6.Mason Massey IVLast Chance RaceLast Chance Race results:Pos.Driver1.Tyler Ankrum2.Norm Benning3.Mason Massey IV4.Jennifer Jo Cobb5.Darwin Peters Jr.6.Devin Dodson7.Austin Wayne Self Truck racing at Eldora Speedway is no longer NASCAR’s dirty little secret. The annual Eldora Dirt Derby has become something of a crown jewel in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and as the only dirt race across NASCAR’s three premier national series, it is a highlight on America’s racing calendar.The seventh annual Eldora Dirt Derby, which took the green flag Thursday at 9 p.m. ET after five qualifying races set the field a couple hours prior, was the 15th and most exciting race on the NASCAR Truck Series schedule. Its exclusivity as a dirt race also came with a unique qualifying format that made for a long, action-packed night of racing on the half-mile in western Ohio.last_img read more

Seminar for referee observers

first_imgOne day seminar for observers of referees for BH Telecom Premier League was held yesterday.Seminar was lead by the Committee for referees of Football Federation of BiH Ibrahim Hasanbegović, Dragan Banjac and Berislav Markotić in cooperation with the Department for Referees of Football Federation of BiH.Twenty four observers attended the seminar: Aleksić Lazo, Bandić Gojko, Bilješko Anto, Čalija Džemal, Čejvanović Izet, Čovčić Edib, Ferizović Bekir, Gigović Ilija, Gobeljić Hajrudin, Jelavić Filip, Kapor Radoslav, Kulović Sead, Liščinski Vlado, Mandić Ranko, Marić Dragan, Musić Suvad, Osmić Muhamed, Perić Željko, Prolić Salem, Prtvar Dragan, Račić Ranko, Ristić Aleksandar, Šimunović Vjekoslav and Škoro Mustafa.Topic of the seminar was the analysis of the referees and their job in the autumn season of BH Telecom Premier League as well as testing the work of the ‘Komet’ system (electronic database of matches).last_img read more

BiH handball team gathered in Sarajevo

first_imgBiH handball team gathered today in Sarajevo  several days before the match of qualifications for the European Championship 2014 which will be played in Denmark, reports Fena.On 13 June, BiH will play against Austria in Visoko and on 16 June against Serbia in Niš.Director of BiH team Mirza Muzurović said to Fena that all players responded to manager Dragan Marković’s call  and they’ll all train from 8 to 12 June on Vlašić and added that he hopes that BiH team will play well.The following players will play against Austria and Serbia: Nebojša Grahovac (Chambery Savoie), Benjamin Burić (Borac m:tel), Damir Efendić (Bosna BH Telecom), Mirko Mikić (Borac m:tel), Ivan Miličević (Čapljina), Duško Čelica (AL Shabab, UAE), Ivan Milas (Borac m:tel), Ivan Karačić (Brest Meshkov), Benjamin Čičkušić (Krivaja), Josip Perić (Bosna BH Telecom), Kosta Savić (Pauc), Dejan Malinović (Borac m:tel), Marko Panić (Chambery Savoie), Faruk Vražalić (Reale Ademar), Josip Ereš (Izviđač Mi Grupa), Muhamed Toromanović (Orlen Visla), Vladimir Vranješ (Reale Ademar), Senjamin Burić (Borac m:tel).last_img read more

Avaz Tower Running 2013 on 22 June

first_imgOn 22 June contestants from all over the world will come to Sarajevo to compete in the Avaz Tower Running 2013 which will be held in Avaz Twist Tower,reports avaz.baThe race will start at noon, and the fastest will be awarded with prize money.The tower is 142 metres high, with 36 stories and 780 stairs and it will offer quite a challenge for those who decide to participate.One of the best vertical runners Pjotr Lobodzinski  from Polan has announced his arrival, together with Matjaž Mikloš from Slovenia, Pavel Holec from Czech Republic who won in the first vertical marathon in BIH.(photo: wikipedia)last_img read more