Thunder want to improve rebounding, getting to the line in Game 3 against Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY – Everyone was talking about the horrible shooting by Oklahoma City’s Big Three in the final quarter as being the big reason for the Thunder’s 102-95 loss to the Utah Jazz Wednesday night. And no doubt, the abysmal 0-for-14 fourth-quarter performance by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony was a big factor in the defeat that evened the season best-of-seven series at 1-1. To coach OKC Billy Donovan, however, it started much earlier when the Thunder let the Jazz get out of the gates fast, allowing them to lead through most of the first half and continued with Utah’s dominance on the boards and at the… Read More

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Real Salt Lake’s attack faces tough task against rival Colorado

SANDY — Now in his 12th season with Real Salt Lake, Nick Rimando has played in what probably feels like countless Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry matches against Colorado. To be specific, RSL’s veteran keeper has started 28 MLS matches against Colorado over the years and recorded 11 shutouts in the process. Those 11 shutouts are a big reason why RSL was won the Rocky Mountain Cup 9 of 11 seasons since Rimando has been with the club. When asked this week ahead of Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Clash if any of those previous 28 meetings stood out, Rimando quickly highlighted the final meeting of 2017 — which was a rare loss… Read More

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Why faith and family led former NFL quarterback Jake Locker walk away from the game

During his career, former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck heard many preach the priorities of faith, family and football, but their actions sometimes sent a different message. His former teammate, quarterback Jake Locker, who abruptly retired from the NFL after the 2014 season, is one who truly understands those values, Hasselbeck said in a recent Sports Illustrated article. “Every coach I ever played for says these are the priorities: faith, family, football. But no one really lives that way. No one,” Hasselbeck told Bishop. “Jake didn’t retire. He put family and faith first. This is the way I judge people now: If you don’t like Jake Locker, I don’t think I… Read More

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NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke talks challenges on way to expansion team

NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke has a lot on his plate for the next 2 ½ years. Leiweke’s team is looking to have an expansion pro hockey team not only awarded to Seattle from the NHL in the near future, but on the ice and playing in the league in time for the 2020-21 season. O’Neil: Seattle’s hockey future gets brighter with Tod Leiweke joining And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “We’re gonna begin pulling the framework of a plan together,” Leiweke told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk on Friday. “When’s the right time to bring on a general manager? Building out a training facility.… Read More

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Photos: Freedom wins softball game against Antioch

Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Freedom High won their conference softball game 6-4 against Antioch High in Antioch on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Ayanna Sanchez was on the mound for the Panthers and Vanessa Strong pitched for Freedom. With the game tied 4-4, Strong hit a home run scoring Kalissa Heihn in the seventh inning for the game winning lead. Antioch will next travel for a game against Pittsburg on Tuesday, April 24, and Freedom will play a home game against Monte Vista on Monday, April 23. …read more Source:: East Bay – Sports       

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry could return in time for Western Conference semifinals

Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter. SAN ANTONIO — Warriors guard Stephen Curry could return as early as the beginning of the Western Conference semifinals, but that hinges on two variables. When does the Western Conference semifinals start? How well does Curry progress his rehab on his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee? The Warriors will have more clarity on both of those questions within the next week. The Warriors cleared Curry on Friday to participate in “modified team practices” beginning on Saturday. The Warriors will play Game 4 of their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with… Read More

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Dick Harmon: Many believe BYU’s Elijah Bryant is making a mistake trying to jump to the NBA — but is he?

Elijah Bryant could return to BYU and play 30-something games in an expected starring role for the WCC title-seeking, very experienced, chemistry-established squad this coming season, but there is one thing nobody can guarantee him. It is a crucial element of any athlete, the success code of any player on the court or field — yet it’s elusive as anything. It’s health. Nobody can promise Bryant that at any given moment on the court he can walk away unscathed from a season-ending knee, ankle or foot injury. And based on that fact, Bryant has decided that when he bounces a ball and shoots for a team again — for as… Read More

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Mariners Roundtable: How pitch usage is changing around the league

With the Astros in town earlier this week I thought a timely topic for discussion on the Roundtable segment of the Mariners pregame show would be what we are seeing in pitch usage this year. Mariners activate Mike Zunino, keep Freitas as backup catcher Rick Rizzs, Gary Hill and Mike Blowers joined me to go further in depth on what we are seeing in organizational pitching philosophies. For some, with the data that is now available, it is not just a matter of starters going out there with the plan to throw their best stuff. The Astros are a great example as they are asking their starters to throw more… Read More

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Now Seahawks’ Pete Carroll appears to be saying something different about Kaepernick

If nothing else, Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll is an optimist. A week after it was reported that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was disinvited to work out for the Seahawks, Carroll told Seattle radio station KJR, “The discussion and the opportunity is still open.” Kaepernick, who has been unable to find work in the NFL since he opted out of his 49ers contract early in 2017, was reportedly set to fly to Seattle so the Seahawks could kick his tires. But the team abruptly called off the workout. It was reported at the time that the Seahawks balked when Kaepernick declined to offer assurances that he was finished with his… Read More

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Mariners activate Mike Zunino, keep David Freitas as backup C

Mike Zunino will be back in action behind the plate for the Mariners on Friday, as he has been activated from the 10-day disabled list following his recovery from an oblique strain suffered on the eve of opening night. Watch: M’s catch Astros napping for 12th triple play in team history That’s not the surprise, however. What was less expected was the Mariners’ decision to option Mike Marjama, who broke spring training with the MLB club as the backup catcher, to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Zunino. That leaves David Freitas, who was initially called up when Zunino first hit the DL, as Seattle’s second catcher. Freitas, 29, has… Read More

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