On the Clippers’ big day, the Lakers still cast a long shadow

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine According to a report from the Athletic, the Lakers’ pursuit of Leonard during free agency was hurt by a leak from former team president Magic Johnson, who shared some of what was discussed during his meeting with the then-Raptors star and his uncle, Dennis Robertson. Leonard didn’t address this report specifically, but pointedly noted on the Clippers end, “nothing really got out.” That helped him build trust in the Clippers’ front office.“A lot of things are made up now,” he said. “You start a website or a blog and push that out and say, Kawhi’s doing this, Kawhi’s doing that. But it’s always important to me to have a mutual understanding between everyone and just be transparent, if it’s good or bad, and I feel like that builds a great relationship.”The fact that both spurned the Lakers in free agency – George in 2018, and Leonard now – was the biggest indictment of all. But it just might be that the Lakers’ history and prestige didn’t attract the two stars in the way it has drawn others to its spotlight.Related Articles George offered that he grew up as a Clippers fan, and shared Leonard’s dream of building something for himself.“I just think Lakers is Lakers,” George said. “We’ve got our own identity. We’re chasing something else. We not looking at the Battle of L.A. We’ve got bigger things in mind and bigger goals to accomplish other than you know, the shadow.”Others, however, will be stacking up the two L.A. teams, now that they’re considered rivals for the Western Conference title. The Lakers, boasting LeBron James and Anthony Davis themselves, are naturally going to continue to command a lot of bandwidth, and with both teams housed in Staples Center, there figures to be budding tension if the Lakers still command the nation’s attention more so than the Clippers.That’s OK for now, Leonard said. The media aspect isn’t his concern. Trying to even the balance of titles a little more than 16 to zero – that’s the top priority for the famously private forward.“If we go to the championship and win, and we’re not getting no coverage, that’s fine with me,” he said, as peals of laughter rumbled through the gym. “I’m good.” Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousPaul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe newest Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard enter a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Clippers newest players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard arrive for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard wait for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank kicks off a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, joins new players Paul George, center, and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, steps up to the podium at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh at a comment made by owner Steve Ballmer during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer gets the crowd excited as they introduce new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard applaud during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard attend a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers players Paul George, left, and Kawhi Leonard laugh during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)New Clippers player Paul George shakes hands with owner Steve Ballmer at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard steps up to the microphone during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer laughs after hugging new player Paul George during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, and Paul George speak during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Paul George answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard answers a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, left, looks on at his new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, right, during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Kawhi Leonard attends a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Newest Clippers player Paul George holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard holds his jersey during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)From left, Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, head coach Doc Rivers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and owner Steve Ballmer gather for a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George hold up their jerseys during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard speaks during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Newest Clippers player Kawhi Leonard waits to answer a question during a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)A mural is unveiled featuring newest Clippers players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Paul George walks past a mural featuring newest Clippers players George and Kawhi Leonard at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44Clippers front office consultant Jerry West, center, attends the introductory press conference for new additions Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles. West is considered the architect of several Lakers championship teams and surely played a hand in helping the Clippers stunningly acquire both Leonard and George in the same night earlier this month. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Kawhi Leonard aptly put it, the recent history of L.A.’s supposed hoops rivalry hasn’t been all that close: “As far as a basketball standpoint, the Clippers have been better.”Over the past six seasons, as the Lakers have missed the playoffs, the Clippers have won at least 48 games five times. There’s little doubt as to which organization has been the superior on-court team over that span.And yet the legacy of the Lakers, 16-time champions stacked with Hall of Fame names and 31 appearances in the NBA Finals, still towers above their neighbors, who have yet to reach a conference finals. Even Jerry West, the veteran consultant who has helped steer the Clippers toward their biggest moves in the last few years and sat in the front row during Wednesday’s proceedings, is best known as a Laker. The Lakers still stir the Los Angeles sports landscape and dominate the region in a way the Clippers never have – at least, so far.That might not even change now, both of the Clippers new superstars acknowledged at their introductory press conference, perhaps one of the most triumphant moments in the organization’s inauspicious history. But it might not matter, either. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They’re gonna get the attention,” Leonard said. “They’re the Los Angeles Lakers, they’ve been winning championships for a long time. But it’s just a media aspect. Even if we do win, who knows how the coverage will change over.”For all the splashes of blue and red in the gym of the Green Meadows Recreation Center on Wednesday, there was a purple-and-gold specter hanging over the affair. As one reporter put it, the Lakers cast a long shadow over the franchise long considered the stepchild NBA team in the market, and both Leonard and Paul George are familiar with that as Southern California natives.The Clippers seem to see the pathway out of that shadow as becoming the antithesis of the Lakers, of standing for the things they believe their storied neighbors lack. Even as George and Leonard resolved not to worry about the Lakers, there were tiny digs throughout the affair that seemed to be pointed at the team across the hall.Talking about the team’s selling points, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank noted that the Clippers were “drama-free” in the NBA’s premier market. Even as George talked about his admiration for Kobe Bryant as he grew up in Palmdale, he wistfully talked about how playing hard on both offense and defense has become “a lost art” that he and Leonard both still practice. Leonard spoke about the importance of playing for Doc Rivers, an experienced coach who has won a championship before – which seemed to contrast the Lakers’ own instability at the position with a fifth coaching hire in the past eight years.last_img read more

Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ deal for Anthony Davis could ‘hinge on’ Kyle Kuzma

first_imgThe Lakers could be moving closer to acquiring Anthony Davis.Los Angeles has “made progress towards completing a multi-team deal” with the Pelicans for the 26-year-old star, according to a report from SNY, which cites an unidentified league source. One player that the Lakers’ trade discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis could hinge on? Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers do not want to trade him, but the Pelicans want him as part of a package, sources tell me and @BA_Turner.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 12, 2019Davis would be open to playing with the Lakers and star LeBron James, his agent, Rich Paul told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview.“My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers. Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike?” Paul said. “For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?“So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So, when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling. What better place to do it than L.A.? If it was L.A. — I never said ‘L.A.’ But there’s no negative to that.”The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January he did not plan to re-sign when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20 and asked the team to move him. Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games last season.The Lakers finished 2018-19 with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. They’ve been linked to multiple top free agents — including Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler — yet they’re reportedly not the “front-runners” to sign any of those players. NBA trade news: Anthony Davis’ agent talks potential Lakers, Knicks deals Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles not the ‘front-runner’ to sign any elite player this summer NBA Draft 2019: What will the Lakers do with the No. 4 pick? The No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is currently held by the Lakers, has been discussed as an asset to help New Orleans acquire a “high-level player in multi-team deals,” according to a separate report from ESPN. Los Angeles has also made forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball available in negotiations with the Pelicans, according to the New York Times. The Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the June 20 draft available in trade talks with the Pelicans, league sources say. New Orleans has made it known it hope to assemble a three-teams-or-more deal before surrendering Anthony Davis— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 12, 2019The deal, however, may “hinge on” Kyle Kuzma, according to the Los Angeles Times. New Orleans wants the 23-year-old forward included in a trade for Davis while the Lakers do not want to part with him. Related News The Celtics are also engaged in talks with New Orleans about a potential trade for Davis, ESPN’s report notes. Paul told Sports Illustrated that Davis would not ink a long-term extension if he was acquired by Boston. But, the team has been undeterred in its pursuit of Davis, according to the report.So far, Boston has been undeterred in pursuing Davis — despite his agent insisting AD would be a 2020 flight risk in free agency. For Boston, Davis could still be its best case to keep Kyrie Irving. Story soon on https://t.co/XcwLHcsHad https://t.co/C9NwYJiObX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2019The Pelicans could look to move Davis before the draft, which is set for Thursday, June 20.last_img read more

Joe Pavelski free agency rumors: Veteran center expected to sign three-year deal with Dallas

first_imgAfter 13 years of calling San Jose home, Joe Pavelski is on his way to Dallas.According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the 34-year-old center is expected to sign a three-year contract with an AAV of $7 million. Pavelski led the Sharks with 38 goals and completed his eighth year with at least 60 points last season en route to a Western Conference Finals appearance.  As @TheFourthPeriod reported, it’s believed to be a three-year deal for Pavelski with an AAV around $7M: https://t.co/cNiOw1CXvU— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019A former seventh-round pick by the San Jose, the Plover, WI native will receive the highest AAV of his career and join Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the Stars’ roster of high-priced forwards. The reported value of the contract would absorb more than half of Dallas’ available cap space as they look to improve upon a 2018-19 campaign that resulted in a wild card playoff berth, which ended at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in the Westerns Conference Semifinals.NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available playersThe Sharks decided to put most of their free agency money towards giving Erik Karlsson his eight-year, $92 million contract and with Kevin Lebanc and Timo Meier set to become restricted free agents there wasn’t enough in the budget to keep Pavelski.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard’s camp made ‘unreasonable’ demands to Raptors, report says

first_img Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering When asked whether he thought Leonard had been upfront in his negotiations, Ujiri told TSN, “I think he was.” After pausing, he added, “Kawhi was.” Still, Toronto had hoped to convince Leonard to return. Raptors officials met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, in Toronto on July 3. According to the TSN report, which cited unidentified sources: “Leonard and his camp — namely Uncle Dennis — asked for a lot from the Raptors in that meeting, things players don’t generally ask for in standard contract negotiations.”The report labeled those demands “unreasonable,” and noted there was no way Raptors President Masai Ujiri could have delivered on them. The NBA Finals MVP’s demands reportedly “made the Raptors wonder whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all.” Related News Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal Kawhi Leonard’s negotiations with the Toronto Raptors reportedly broke down when his camp made “unreasonable” demands, TSN reports .The Clippers, of course, this week signed the free agent forward to a deal reportedly for three years and $103 million. Leonard will team up with newly acquired Paul George in a suddenly loaded L.A. lineup. Masai Ujiri on Raptors losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency: ‘There’s no time to go out and cry’ Read into that pause what you will about Ujiri’s thoughts on Leonard’s camp. Whatever the intent there, the Raptors are moving on.“I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was,” Ujiri said. “I know free agency, I know how it works. It’s not my first rodeo. You know things are going to go up and down. This was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that.”As previously reported, one of the topics Leonard reportedly broached involved the possibility of Toronto acquiring George from the Thunder, although TSN notes, “a deal with Oklahoma City was never as close as some have reported.”last_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Wout van Aert claims stage win as Julian Alaphilippe sees rivals suffer

first_imgWout Van Aert claimed Stage 10 of the Tour de France as Julian Alaphilippe saw several of his rivals for the yellow jersey lose ground on a dramatic day.Van Aert secured his first Grand Tour stage win as he proved to have the most left in his legs at the end of a brutal 135-mile ride from Saint-Flour to Albi that featured a trio of category three climbs and one category four ascent. 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) 432. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) 373. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 30WHAT’S NEXT?After a manic Monday, Tuesday’s rest day will come as a welcome relief before a flat stage from Albi to Toulouse on Wednesday. He edged Elia Viviani in a crowded sprint to the line but, while Van Aert can celebrate a career first, Alaphilippe may reflect on this stage as a decisive one if he becomes the first Frenchman to win the yellow jersey since Bernard Hinault in 1985.After a six-man breakaway was caught with 15 miles to go, the peloton split, allowing Alaphilippe to get himself in the front group to build a significant advantage over those behind them. While Alaphilippe finished with the sprinters at the head of the race, Thibaut Pinot, Rigoberto Uran, Richie Porte and Jakob Fuglsang all came home one minute and 40 seconds off the pace.Mikel Landa, whose cause was hindered by a mechanical issue, finished two minutes and nine seconds adrift, as did Giulio Ciccone, who had started the day only 23 seconds behind Alaphilippe.Alaphilippe’s lead stands at one minute and 12 seconds from defending champion Geraint Thomas, whose Team INEOS colleague Egan Bernal is a further four seconds back.Another look at @WoutvanAert’s lung-busting final sprint to win!Regardez le sprint final et la victoire de Wout Van Aert ! #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/RlYFrMuMyU— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 15, 2019’ONE CENTIMETER IS ENOUGH’The day belonged to Van Aert, who had never competed in a race longer than seven stages prior to making his Tour debut this year but prevailed for Jumbo-Visma despite Team Sunweb getting a four-man lead out going into the final kilometer.”I can’t believe that I’ve won a stage of the Tour de France. It’s above anything else,” Van Aert said. “Winning at my first attempt is incredible. It became quite nervous in the finale. Luckily, we stayed at the front with Steven Kruijswijk and Dylan Groenewegen.”I went 250 meters from the finish. It was close with Viviani at the end, but one centimetre is enough as long as I won it.”Tour de France Stage 10 results1. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 04:49:392. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) – same time3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) “4. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) “5. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) “Tour de France 2019 standingsGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 43:27:152. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1.123. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +1.16Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (BORA – hansgrohe) 2292. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 1673. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 153King of the Mountainslast_img read more

Parts of film ”Twenty years of sport in RS” were presented

first_imgParts of film ”Twenty years of sport in RS” of author Željko Mitrović were presented last night in the Children’s theatre in Banja Luka.Many important sportsmen, sportswomen and sports workers from all over RS, and other important people from public and political life of RS came to see the promotion.Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of RS said that the awards for the contribution to sports were given to president of RS Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of RS Aleksandar Džombić, and to Sports Federations of RS and to sports editorial staff of RTRS.last_img

Junior football representation of B&H is ready for the Bulgarian team

first_imgJunior (U-19) football representation of B&H gathered today in Sarajevo before their departure to Bulgaria, where they will play two control matches with the representation of this country on the 15th and 17th of February.Young B&H football players will play against the Bulgarian team within their preparations for the participation at the tournament of the elite round of qualifications of group 1, which will be held from the 5th till the 10th of June in Austria.The coordinator of this representation of B&H Murat Jaha reported to Fena Agency that the selector of the U-19 representation of B&H Toni Karačić invited 26 football players to participate in the control matches in Bulgaria, but he also said that due to some various sets of circumstances only 19 of them will play in Bulgaria.” Some of the invited players could not respond to our invitation because the date of the match with the Bulgarian team is not the official UEFA date for friendly matches, and few of them are also injured. Furthermore, we will continue with the trend of inviting young players into the B&H junior representation, so soon we will have the opportunity to see several new names on our team.”- said Jaha.At the qualifications tournament in Austria, B&H will play against the national teams from France, Sweden and Austria. The winner of this group will qualify for the final tournament which will be played from the 20th June till the 1st of August in Lithuania.last_img read more

Džeko among the most efficient substitutes

first_imgBiH football player and member of the Manchester City club, Edin Džeko, according to statistics is one of the most effecient subsitutes in Europe.BiH striker is on the list together with Gomez and Pizarro from Bayern, Hernandez from Manchester United, Higuain from Real Madrid, Gameira from PSG and Pazzini from Milan as one of the most efficient players that did not start the match from the very beginning.Džeko achieved 12 goals in 1540 on the field which means that he scored goals every 128.3 minutes.last_img

Sarajevo, Zrinjski and Široki Brijeg tonight in the Struggle for the Third Qualifying Round

first_imgBiH representatives of Sarajevo, Široki Brijeg and Zrinjski, tonight they will play returning matches of the second qualifying round of UEFA European League.Sarajevo team in Koševo will welcome Albanian Kukesi in the match in which they will try to catch up with a backlog of one goal from the first match in Tirana.The Head coaching staff of Sarajevo team,  Husref Musemić, believes that he has a better team and hopes to advance to the third qualifying round.“I think that we are a better team, but that does not mean that this is an easy task. Albanians have three – four very tricky players, and that is why we have to pay attention. Nevertheless, I believe that we will find the strength to win, and to make happy our fans“,  said Musemić at a press conference before the game.The match Sarajevo – Kukesi starts at 21 pm. A similar task as Sarajevo will have as well, Široki Brijeg, which will in Pecara also try to reach the difference of one goal against Kazakhstan Irtysh.The Coach Slaven Musa believes in his team and considers that his players will show their superiority on the field and to be able to qualify for the next round. The match starts at 20.30.Zrinjski tonight will play against the Bulgarian Botev Plovdiv, and the match will be played in Bulgaria. The first match ended with a score of 1-1, which gives priority to the Bulgarian footballers for which will be sufficient even a draw without goals for further qualification.Zrinjski believes that they can surprise favored opponents and qualify for the third qualifying round. The meeting starts at 19.30. In the case of qualifying for the third round, Zrinjski will have to play with Stuttgart; Sarajevo with Metalurh Donetsk and Široki Brijeg with Udinese.(Source: Vijesti.ba)last_img read more

Džeko, Begović and Pjanić spent time with Children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth

first_imgThe Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth Sarajevo today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) in B&H and with the Special Olympics of Youth Sports Games titled “Youth Sports Games talking about the possibilities.”UNICEF in partnership with USAID and the European Union Delegation in B&H launched a campaign, “Govorimo o mogućnostima”, “We’re talking about the possibilities,” whose aim is to improve and to change attitudes and practices of the general population in regard to children with disabilities and their families.In cooperation with the Youth Sports Games, UNICEF organizes a number of events as part of the campaign, of which the first one is gathering of children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth and Children Youth Sports Games participants with B&H representative Edin Džeko the ambassador of UNICEF, Miralem Pjanić, ambassador of Youth Sports Games, and Asmir Begović, Ambassador of the Special Olympics in B&H.“Two months ago, I was with these children and I was thrilled with their abilities. We need to enable them a normal life and development”, said Džeko and his colleagues Asmir Begović and Miralem Pjanić are also pleased to be a part of this action.Kids of Games participants and children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, with representatives of B&H team after the signing of the Memorandum played a football match.Pjanić expressed the satisfaction for the opportunity to play this football game.“It is very important to me that we are all here today, and we support our young people. I think that’s a good sign for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that our country needs more of such projects”, he said.(Source: Fena)last_img read more