The Utah Jazz made the playoffs again last season. After four years of missing the postseason at the start of the last decade, they have now been in the thick of things for several years now. The goal, however, is to seriously challenge for a title. The core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is signed up for the next five years, while additions to that core in Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson are there for the next three. Additional pieces in Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gay, to name a few, are also there, so this is the team the Jazz plan to challenge with.
Ben Simmons is still on the market and there hasn’t been much movement in getting a deal done as of late from the Philadelphia 76ers. Like when FanSided’s Swarm and Sting came up with potential trades for Simmons, I will also be grading proposed Simmons deals from Austin Carroll of A Royal Pain.
ESPN has released an early win-loss projection for each team in the Western Conference, and their final total for the Minnesota Timberwolves is laughable. The final record for each team was a mark arrived upon by panel voting among ESPN experts (subscription required), although it isn’t specified how many votes were cast or who these experts were.
EL RENO, Okla. (WLOX) - Former Moss Point Mayor Mario King is now serving a nearly three-year sentence at a federal prison in Oklahoma. Mario King and his wife Natasha each pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Mario was sentenced in July to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The judge gave him 60 days to turn himself in at a federal facility.
NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman is grading every team’s offseason based on where the team stands now relative to its position entering the offseason. A ‘C’ means a team is in similar standing, with notches up or down from there. In the previous five years, the Celtics acquired four players coming...
The Clippers' long-awaited, $1.8 billion, privately funded arena officially got a name - Intuit Dome, it'll be called when it opens in 2024, the team making that announcement on the day of the formal groundbreaking ceremony.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
ANAHEIM ― Mike Trout was not on the field Friday afternoon as the Angels warmed up for the first game of their final homestand of 2021. Trout did not take part in any on-field activities until 6:15 p.m., when he walked from the top step of the dugout to the grass in front of the pitcher’s mound, then received a trophy recognizing his nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award from General Manager Perry Minasian. It was the most Angels fans have seen of Trout in months.
LA Kings Insider
The Kings rookies hit the ice today for a skate at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, the lone practice day of the weekend. Coming off of yesterday’s victory, it was interesting to think about the possible approach coming into today. Naturally, you look at some of the effective combinations from yesterday and want to see more, but on the other hand, you remember that the overall point of this tournament is evaluation, and that seven players didn’t have the opportunity to be evaluated yesterday.
LA Kings Insider
When the LA Kings announced their roster for the 2021 Rookie Faceoff on September 2, goaltender Matt Villalta was absent from the 28-name group. After being part of the young roster during the team’s last three rookie events, the 22-year-old netminder had seemingly graduated from the showcase and was set to begin his third professional season at training camp on September 23.
Courage, our patience will soon be rewarded. In a month, we will be celebrating with something new! Beginning with the 2021-22 season, Wilson Balls will be jumping back from the NBA’s glossy bases in the United States and beyond. Choice of heart and history in memory of the first leather supplier to the Great League.
Owner Steve Ballmer and Clippers fans held a groundbreaking party in Inglewood, looking forward to moving into their own home, the Intuit Dome.
(Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results and statistics, email firstname.lastname@example.org) MARYSVILLE — The Tomahawks, ranked No. 7 in the state in 3A, won the battle of undefeateds and made it 10-for-10 in Berry Bowl games against their crosstown rivals. Marysville Pilchuck (3-0, 2-0) blitzed the Chargers (2-1, 1-1), as Michael Bejar scored a 65-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, and the Tomahawks led 35-0 before the first quarter was over. Marysville Pilchuck’s rushing attack ran wild, with Dylan Carson running for four touchdowns and Jordan Velasquez rushing for three.
Marietta Daily Journal
LOS ANGELES — Curling enjoyed a moment at the 2018 Winter Olympics when the U.S. men’s team rallied from a poor start to defeat favored Sweden and win the first U.S. gold medal in the sport. NBCSN's telecast of the gold medal finale aired from 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m....
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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — (AP) — The design meetings have been going on for years. Technology has evolved throughout the process. Painstaking decisions were made time and time again, right down to what an inch or two difference in leg room between rows would mean or where cupholders should be affixed to the seats.
LA Kings Insider
The LA Kings opened the 2021 Rookie Faceoff in style, with a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday afternoon. The opening period saw the Kings score early, and late, as they took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. First, Martin Chromiak buried a chance off the rush, created by quick passes from Quinton Byfield and Arthur Kaliyev on just the second shift of the afternoon. After nearly the entire 20 minutes had elapsed, the Kings struck against late through Samuel Fagemo, who buried a Sean Durzi rebound, to make it a two-goal lead for the men in white with just 1.5 seconds on the clock.
The Clippers took shots at their current arena and co-tenant, the Lakers, as they broke ground on their future state-of-the-art home in Inglewood, California.