Ayers gets first career IMCA Hobby Stock win

first_imgAdam Ayers was a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner Friday at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (May 25) – Adam Ayers beat the clock and the rest of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field in earning his career first feature win in the division Friday at Stuart Speedway.Ayers and Jack Phillips brought the field to green with Ayers getting the jump to lead Phillips and Matt McAtee on lap one. McAtee got past Phillips on lap two with Jeremy Purdy making it to third a lap later.The top three stayed the same until the race was brought to a stop on lap eight after Solomon Bennett got into the turn one wall and rolled over onto his roof. Bennett was OK but his night was over. Once the green came back out it didn’t last long as second place McAtee put his car up and over the turn two wall and went all the way to the bottom of the embankment. Like Bennett, McAtee was OK but his night was over as well.With the time limit looming, the last five laps ran without incident as Ayers picked up the win. Purdy finished second with Brandon Cox third.Ricky Thornton Jr. was the IMCA Modified winner and Brandon Pruitt topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Curtis Miller captured the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers.Winner of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, on Karl Chevrolet Night at the Races, was Austin Luellen.last_img read more

Lampard eyes the 100 club

first_img Press Association He added: “I’m enjoying being a part of it. It’s a very happy, comfortable squad with Roy (Hodgson) in charge. “It’s 94 (caps). But six caps in international football is still a relatively long way. So I’ll take it cap by cap.” Lampard showed few signs of age catching up with him against the Hammers and he is relishing the finale of a season which could be his last at Stamford Bridge, with his contract set to expire this summer. Despite the Blues facing such intense fixture demands, Lampard is happy with the busy schedule. “As I’ve got a bit older I’ve found I feel better when I play regularly and keep training,” he said. “If I had a week in Dubai I’d probably stiffen up and take three weeks to get back. So I much prefer staying involved and staying fit.” Frank Lampard hopes to reach a century of England appearances after netting 200 goals for Chelsea.center_img The 34-year-old midfielder reached his double century of goals in the 2-0 defeat of his former club West Ham which took the Blues to third in the Barclays Premier League ahead of the international break. Chelsea face six matches in 16 days following the internationals, but Lampard is now focused on England duty, with six more appearances required to reach 100 caps. “I’m really enjoying the England thing,” said Lampard, who is in the squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro. “You really appreciate it as you get older every time you play for them.” last_img read more

Cricket News Now, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry Blames India For Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Pakistan Tour Boycott

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Continuing his attack on India, Pakistani Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday accused India of coercing members of the Sri Lankan cricket team into dropping out of the Pakistan tour, sparking yet another  controversy on social media.According to Chaudhry, India had threatened to remove Sri Lanka’s players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if they didn’t refuse to play in Pakistan.”Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry tweeted.Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.The Sri Lankan cricket board had given the freedom to its players to choose if they want to travel to Pakistan. Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga and former captains Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are among 10 players who have decided against travelling to Pakistan, citing security concerns.Earlier, Chaudhry threatened that Prime Minister Imran Khan was considering a complete closure of airspace to India, a day the US agreed that Kashmir is a bilateral issue after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra and President Donald Trump. He said the prime minister is contemplating the stoppage of routes to impede Indian trade.”PM [Imran Khan] is considering a complete closure of air space to India. A complete ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in a cabinet meeting. The legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…Modi has started we’ll finish!” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.center_img Recently, Hussain had trolled India after the ISRO lost contact with Vikram lander during the moon landing.The PCB said the scheduled home series against Sri Lanka will go ahead despite top players from the island nation pulling out of the tour. Most of the international teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. last_img read more

Finally out of teammates’ shadows, SU’s Daniello beginning to gain recognition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chris Daniello didn’t score the game-winning goal for Syracuse in last year’s national championship game. That was Cody Jamieson.He didn’t lead the team in goals last season. Stephen Keogh did.The senior attack wasn’t one of the eight SU players named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American team. He was consequently left out when the Big East handed out its preseason awards.But right now, three games into the season, Daniello is finally gaining some much deserved recognition. The Orange attack was voted a team captain by his teammates in the preseason and has emerged as one of SU’s biggest offensive threats, leading the team in both goals (7) and points (11) this season. He’s no longer stuck behind the likes of former Syracuse stars Kenny Nims and Mike Leveille. And the Cross River, N.Y., native appears ready to go.‘I think its just opportunity,’ junior co-captain Joel White said. ‘We had a Kenny Nims last year and the year before. I think it’s just his turn to step up. He’s been ready to do it, but now he’s got the chance and he’s doing it very well.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd now, three games into the season, the rest of the country is starting to take notice. After his four-goal outburst in Syracuse’s 12-7 win over Army Feb. 28, Daniello was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week. He followed that with a five-point performance in SU’s loss to Virginia Sunday.But none of that comes as a surprise to his teammates. They saw his improvement from year to year. They saw the work he put in during the preseason. They have seen him develop into the Orange’s go-to scorer.‘Looking at the past three games we’ve had, when we need a big-time goal, Chris dodges from the X, and he seems to get it done day-in and day-out,’ Keogh said.Daniello’s play so far this year fits right into his role as a team leader. But it has taken time for the senior to step into that position. He came in as a freshman behind Leveille, who won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the national player of the year in 2008, and Nims, a three-year starter who Keogh described as the quarterback of both national champion teams.Naturally, it was difficult for Daniello to get on the field with all the returning talent in front of him. He played in only three games as a freshman and registered just six points as a sophomore.Last year, though, he did show some flashes of his ability, finishing fourth on the team with 21 goals. He scored against Maryland, Duke and Cornell in Syracuse’s run through the NCAA tournament. Still, that didn’t garner enough attention for any preseason accolades heading into his senior year.But for Daniello, the lack of recognition doesn’t bother him.‘I wasn’t a big-time recruit coming out of high school like Jammer (Jamieson) and Keogh,’ he said. ‘I just kept working hard. That was kind of my goal, just to work hard and eventually be a leader.’Now in his final year with the Orange, he has taken hold of that leadership role. He has talked to Leveille and Nims and some of his other former Orange teammates. They give him advice on how to deal with certain situations and how to be the team’s captain.He is not the in-your-face type of leader that constantly screams and yells. Instead, he leads by example and his level of play on the field. Daniello said he has worked on being more vocal but his teammates don’t seem to think that is an issue.‘He’ll just get out on the field and do what he needs to do,’ White said. ‘And everyone will see that and work just as hard.’zjbrown@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Joseph continues finding range against Duke, turns in another mixed performance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kaleb Joseph feels better. He’s found his range and found ways to get to it.But he’s also the point guard for a Syracuse (16-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) team that just lost a 80-72 game to No. 4 Duke (22-3, 9-3) despite having a halftime lead. He was pulled in the first half after some late closeouts defensively and briefly switched off offense and defense with Ron Patterson late in the game. While Michael Gbinije brought the ball up on key possessions, Joseph played 29 minutes in which he scored four points, had three assists, two turnovers and two rebounds.The performance follows nine-point and 14-point showings at Pitt and Boston College, respectively.“It feels good but it never feels good when you lose,” Joseph said of his offensive contributions.He also played atop a zone that limited Duke’s dribble penetration, but still allowed the Blue Devils to get to the center of the floor too easily.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom there, Jahlil Okafor owned his matchup with Rakeem Christmas and dropped 23 points on the Orange. The Blue Devils scored 40 points in the paint.But it was their perimeter shooting that earned him a spot next to SU head coach Jim Boeheim on the bench. With 3:07 left in the first half, Quinn Cook hit an open 3 with Joseph running out to him in the left corner. When Justise Winslow hit another 3 over Joseph with 2:10 left in the half, Boeheim called timeout and ran out to within 15 feet of the basket to yell at his point guard. Regardless, Joseph stayed in the game until he picked up a foul with 1:47 to play before the break.When Boeheim alternated Joseph and Patterson on offense and defense respectively from 1:45 to :49 left in the game, he said it was to set up the Orange’s press — not because of any defensive errors by Joseph in the first half.Said Boeheim: “Kaleb made some good plays, he made some freshman mistakes that we can’t afford.” Comments Published on February 14, 2015 at 11:32 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

USG Senate appoints a new Chief Justice

first_imgAfter last week’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting featured a long, impassioned debate regarding the University’s diversity fund in which a proposed amendment to the fund was tabled until Sept. 18, Tuesday’s meeting featured a more mellow discussion.  Following brief speeches from the Senior Director of Programming Keisuke Fujiwara and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Crane, the Senate unanimously approved AJ Singh as the new Chief Justice of USG. Singh is a senior majoring in political science and non-governmental organizations and social change who has been an associate justice on the USG judicial branch since his freshman year. There was no debate prior to his appointment.The previous chief justice, Charlynn Yeung, graduated last year and nominated Singh to take her place. Following Singh’s nomination, he was approved by USG President Debbie Lee, and confirmed by the senate on Tuesday. The approval process is heavily based on the discretion of the former chief justice and an element of trust between the two USG branches. “It has been precedent that we fully trust that the chief justice will make the wisest decision,” Lee said. The judicial branch of USG is intentionally detached from the legislative branch in the name of checks and balances. Therefore, the chief justice carries out a very limited relationship with other branches of USG. “As USG members who have the potential to be called into a session with [the] judicial [branch],” Lee said, “We shouldn’t know … the justices in a relationship where their biases may affect certain decisions where complete objectivity is needed.” The senate approved of Singh based on their trust in Yeung to nominate a capable individual to succeed her. Singh will serve for the rest of the academic year as the USG Chief Justice until the process repeats next fall.last_img read more

Former Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer looks back on Syracuse, ahead at Vanderbilt

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Nov. 15, Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew called Matthew Moyer into his office. “You’re suiting up,” Drew said. Moyer had transferred from Syracuse after playing one season, and he expected to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. But two games into the season, Drew told him the NCAA had granted him a waiver to play for the Commodores right away. The former SU forward was stunned.“I was cleared out of nowhere, man,” Moyer said. “I had no idea what was going to happen. It was emotional. I haven’t had the easiest college career, not the most pleasant beginning.”In his lone season at Syracuse, Moyer averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. After he announced his decision to transfer on March. 26, 2018, his mother, Annette, said her phone was “ringing off the hook,” with high-major Division I programs interested in offering Moyer a scholarship. The schools included Florida, Ohio State, Kansas State, Texas and Vanderbilt. He chose the Commodores, which he felt gave him a quality education and more playing time as he hoped to complete his MBA and ascend into an NBA hopeful.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColumn ChartInfogramMoyer didn’t get the playing time he had planned at SU and that drove him to find a new program. He said his offense was limited to inside the arch. “We play man (at Vandy), and they want me to take outside shots,” Moyer said. “At Syracuse, I wasn’t really allowed to take outside shots.” He averaged 16.8 minutes per game for SU. He didn’t want to leave the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, but he’ll continue studying communications and business at Vanderbilt.Moyer didn’t visit campus before committing. He trusted Drew after an in-home visit and a handful of phone calls. He was confident he’d made the right choice.“I wasn’t chilling in the offseason, but I wasn’t expected to play this year,” Moyer said. “Then it hit me. This is a completely different system.”He said he’ll miss playing for a Hall of Fame coach, Jim Boeheim, and for assistant coach Gerry McNamara — the man who “found me in Ohio” and knocked on Moyer’s door. Moyer said he misses his former teammates, some of whom he still plays video games with. He grew closest with junior shooting guard Tyus Battle, his old roommate. “Tyus Battle is one of my best friends,” Moyer said. “I got to be around some great players. Coach Boeheim and coach Red (Adrian Autry) and G-Mac are legends.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBut Moyer struggled playing for SU. He redshirted his first year. Last season, as a redshirt freshman, the 6-foot-8 forward started the first 20 games, but lost his job when he suffered a high-ankle sprain in a Jan. 24 win against Boston College. Marek Dolezaj began to play well and took the starting forward position. Moyer did not start again in his SU career and played sparingly the rest of the season, oftentimes getting chastised by Boeheim from the sidelines. Following Syracuse’s Sweet 16 run that ended in Omaha, Nebraska, Moyer met with Boeheim, who, according to Moyer, told the former four-star recruit: “Do whatever’s best for you.” Now, Moyer’s focused on starting anew. He lives by himself in a dorm on campus. He’s learning to play man-to-man for the first time in three years while developing his outside shot. Through 17 games, he’s averaging 15.8 minutes per game — on par with his average at Syracuse — 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest for the Commodores, who are 9-10 overall and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference. When Moyer reflected on his two years in central New York, he thought about fulfilling his dream of playing for SU. He thought about Battle. He said he doesn’t miss the snow, and he leaves a singular message for Syracuse and its fanbase“I’ll always be an Orangeman,” Moyer said. “It was a blessed time. I got to play for the program I wanted to play for in high school. It was a dream come true.” Published on January 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Commentslast_img read more

Alpena High School, ACES Academy selected for innovative college adviser program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — AdviseMI announced the 72 schools where they plan to have recent college advisers for the 2019-2020 school year.The AdviseMI program helps current high school students navigate through the college process by placing recent college graduates in those high schools. These graduates answer questions and guide students through the process.Advisers will help with exploring different colleges, taking or retaking college admission tests, applying to colleges that fit, completing a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), securing financial aid, and enrolling.Alpena High School and ACES Academy were the only schools selected in northeast Michigan for the program. Advisers are recent graduates from 20 different partner colleges throughout Michigan. They go through extensive training to address student’s needs in pursuing the next steps. The AdviseMI program is offered through the Michigan College Access Program.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACES Academy, AdviseMI, Alpena High School, college advising, MICHIGAN, northeast michigan, School, trainingContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Tuesday, May 14Next New medical identification devices help emergency services act quicklylast_img read more

Chris Paul becomes Clippers’ all-time assists leader

first_img“It’s cool, definitely cool, first of all, because Randy Smith is first in everything in Clipper history books,” Paul said after the game. “Anytime your name will last after you, it’s pretty cool.”Paul, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, is almost synonymous with the statistic awarded to the player who sets up his teammate for a basket.“It’s awesome. That’s what he is,” Rivers said. “He’s a true point guard, one of the last in the league. It’s just amazing to watch him play basketball. He’s got all those assists, and I still yell at him about shooting more. But, he pretty much knows what he’s doing, and he’s been great at it.”Paul’s teammates said the recognition mirrors his impact on offense, which comes from calling the right play and then delivering the right pass.Paul is 11th all-time in the NBA with 7,730 assists. MEMPHIS >> Chris Paul found J.J. Redick on the right wing just as he curled. Redick drove into the paint off a few dribbles and scored a very important two points in the Clippers’ 99-88 win Friday night.They didn’t matter much in the outcome, but that assist put Paul’s name atop the team’s record books.With 11 assists against the Grizzlies, Paul now has 3,502 in his six seasons with the Clippers — more than anyone ever to wear a uniform in the franchise’s history. Randy Smith was the previous record holder with 3,498. His ascent to the Clippers’ all-time assist throne comes days after Blake Griffin moved into fourth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.“It’s not our goal to come and rack up individual accolades. But, it’s cool to have a group of guys that’s been here long enough to see guys go up and be the leader of assists for the franchise and things like that,” Griffin said. “It’s not our overall goal or end all, but it’s cool.”Still rivals?Every seat wasn’t filled for the opening tip. Every Clipper introduced wasn’t mercilessly booed. Every Rivers mannerism wasn’t wildly mocked.While it didn’t look exactly like the Clippers-Grizzlies games of years past, these two teams haven’t forgotten. But, the style of play on the court? That maybe has softened.“I’m not as dramatic when it comes to this Clippers (rivalry) stuff,” Paul said.While there weren’t any shoving or even any shouting matches, the people in the stands still might be holding a grudge.During one first-half timeout, the scoreboard debuted the “Smile if you hate the Clippers cam.” Everyone the camera found smiled.Later in the first half, the Memphis Grizzlies mascot threw a chocolate cake in the face of “fan” wearing a Clippers’ shirt.“You can see it whenever we play them, it seems like there’s a little more to the game,” Rivers said. “I think that’s good. Players have memories.”Neither Rivers nor new Memphis coach David Fizdale were on the sidelines when the Clippers-Grizzlies friction was born in Paul’s first year with the team. The two teams played 13 times over consecutive postseasons, making it a bonafide rivalry.“I was aware of it long before I ever got here,” Fizdale said. “If you’re a basketball enthusiast or you watch anything in the NBA, you know that when Memphis and L.A. come together, it’s going to be a physical, tough, hard-played game. These teams have had a lot of battles in the past.”Pierce activeFor the first time this season, Paul Pierce was healthy and available to play.Pierce had been out since prior to the final preseason game, when he injured his ankle after stepping on a sideline reporter’s foot.Pierce didn’t appear in Friday’s game.With Pierce active, rookie Diamond Stone didn’t dress.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jared Dudley on what Lakers are ordering on Amazon

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error JD: “Mike (Penberthy). Mike P is the best golfer. But player-wise, J.R. (What is his handicap?) That’s a good question. You’ll have to ask him that. But by far, I mean top three golfers are Mike P, J-Kidd (Jason Kidd) and J.R. I know Kuz and AD played the other day, but they’re just average. They’re below average but it’s all good. They say J.R. is a great driver, has a chip game, putting game, but he’s a risk-taker. Kinda like in basketball — you know, he is what he is! And then he’ll drive, and then bogey on the back nine. You know on the back nine, where you gotta stay poised, and sometimes he gets carried away. But that’s how it is when you’re a couple drinks in, you’re having a good time. And sometimes you get a little carried away.”Who is the ringleader for team activities?JD: “It’s different each time. Bron. Myself. Markieff (Morris) is the commissioner of the Madden league. Rob Pelinka will get us together — you know, we’re going bowling tonight. But you know, there ain’t that many activities. Like, when the Verzuz was going on with 2 Chainz and Rick Ross and DMX, things like that, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s get together and watch Verzuz.’ We’re trying, man. If not, you’ll just be in your room 24-7. We’re trying. It’s like we’re at a wilderness retreat.”Who has the most tricked-out room?JD: “Dion’s got a great vibe to his room, different hookah. Bron has OCD, where it’s super clean and very nice and spacious. Kuz has the night cap of the stars and all that. It depends on what kind of vibe you’re going for. I like AD’s and Bron’s rooms, because they got the candles. I had my wife send me some candles. I got my room smelling good now.”What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen shipped in?JD: “Mattress. I don’t know if that’s crazy, because you gotta sleep. A wine cellar. LeBron got a refrigerator for his wine. So it’s really like a fridge, but for a cellar. Something crazy? I’ve seen bikes. I mean listen: I know he’s a rich man already, but Jeff Bezos from Amazon has gotta be making one million a month off of NBA players. There’s Amazon packages every day. So I’ve seen Cinnabons. I’ve seen Taco Tuesdays of different tacos you can make. I’ve seen it all.”I’ve heard you guys play cards. Who is the best card player?JD: “Sometimes. It’s different every time. Spades, Bourre, Poker. It depends. Everyone has their own thing. But I would say the best card player? Ahh, Rondo, ‘cause Rondo always cheats. Bron and AD are good. And how it works is when you get hot. You can be bad early. You want to be good later. That’s how it works in these games.”Do you keep up with Rondo?JD: “Yeah, I check on him. In the group chat, I’ll say, ‘Hey Rondo, how you doing?’ I know he was in L.A. rehabbing. I know he’s in Orlando. I know he’s gonna enter the bubble here soon. We keep in contact. I mean listen: It’s not like it’s normal. Because we’re trying to get by the day. So it’s not like we’re staying in constant contact. But we definitely check him out. That’s for sure. The team checks up on anybody.”It’s a different situation, but have you been in touch with Avery Bradley, too?JD: “I have not. Avery texted me on my birthday when I was here in quarantine the first night. I have not texted him since then. And that’s not any ill will or anything. That’s just basically the guys who are here, I’m trying to keep in contact and make everyone have the best time while focused on winning.”Everyone wants to talk about the food. How’s the food been, especially since (team chef) Sandra Padilla arrived?JD: “So much better. Sandra came, it got so much better. But Disney got better, too. The breakfast is good here. I would say overall it went from a D to a B-pl– ah, around a B. (Best meal?) Me? That’s a good question. Uhh, the breakfasts. You go over there for breakfast, got omelettes, pancakes. I love the breakfast by far here. And at the end of the day, I’ve been on my fish, so the red snapper. The red snapper has been good. Yeah, red snapper has been my favorite.”Do you watch basketball here? Who is your favorite player to watch in the bubble?JD: “Not as much as you would think. Because the schedules are different. Games start here in the morning. But I watched that Portland-Dallas one. I’ve watched (Devin) Booker. You know, players who’ve played on so many different teams, it’s more for the teams and players they’ve been on. So it’s moreso, Brooklyn I’ve watched. Clippers when they played Phoenix because Booker’s my guy. Man, it’s been good basketball. I think the fouling’s up, andI think we gotta let players play a little more when it comes to that. But overall I think it’s been a great product, and people are excited for playoffs. (Bubble MVP?) I think with Damian Lillard’s performance last night, I think it’s him first and Booker second. Just being objective. But to be 7-0 is phenomenal.”Player guest guidelines have been clarified. How does it feel to get that news?JD: “We’ve known about this for a while. We knew guests were coming. There’s certain rules and regulations and quarantine, and this and that. But NBA just wants to be safe. So just like them on top of us early on, once you get past the protocols, you do your quarantine, and once you get your first negative test — I mean no one’s testing positive in here. You’re tested every day. You’re quarantined. You’re good to go. So once family gets here, they pass their first two tests, it’s downhill. It’s easy.”How do you keep up with family in the meantime?JD: “I’m a FaceTime king. You try to do that. FaceTime’s been crucial. And the good thing about me, all three of my kids — 10, 8 and 6 — they call me. They text me: ‘Hey Dad, morning.’ So I just think technology. My oldest daughter said, “It feels like you’re here but you’re not.” So that’s the technology, but hey, listen man: People take for granted that we’re obviously giving up family time to finish the season. I know we make a lot of money and stuff like that, but I do think that next season, if this happens — and I’m totally confident in the (Player’s Association) and the NBA — they gotta figure out how to open it up and still be safe.”All things being equal, it’d be nice to open up the locker room safely someday, too.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Inside the BubbleJ.R. Smith’s dad whipped him back into shape – How the veteran guard needed a fatherly push to land back in the NBA after nearly two years out.Families on their way – The Lakers celebrated the news that families will come at the end of the month.Play-in race keeps heating up – There’s a robust Thursday schedule that will determine a lot today, but I also wrote about the action on Tuesday night that put four teams within a half-game.Kuz calls game – You probably didn’t miss Kyle Kuzma saying he would shoot over Jesus, but here’s a recap of the night.A tale of two Disneys – For our last newsletter, I wrote about the split between the working atmosphere of the bubble and just how much people try to have fun anyway. Editor’s note: This is the Thursday July 30 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Of the many things that have changed in 2020, pregame locker room access is a small, small loss. And yet veteran Jared Dudley has lost a stage.The 35-year-old San Diego native is the king of these sessions. When Dudley walks into room, a crowd of reporters gathers around him: to talk ball, to talk about off-court drama elsewhere in the league, just to shoot the breeze. Dudley has a famous open door policy to media, and there’s very little he won’t tell you at least a little bit about.In the bubble, locker rooms are not what they were, and they certainly aren’t open to the media due to social distancing guidelines. So when I caught up with Jared on Wednesday afternoon after practice, I thought there was probably no one better to give an inside look at what the Lakers are doing off the court.center_img When I walked into the gym, Jared raised a finger and beckoned me over. Good to know some things never change.What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation to get the tea on the Lakers in the bubble:First off, everyone’s talking about this Madden tournament you guys are doing. How is the Madden Tournament going?Jared Dudley: “The Madden tournament’s getting very intense. We are Week 8. LeBron’s been the most surprising because we don’t play Madden on the regular. We used to play when we was younger. And he figured out a little glitch in the running game, of running the same play over and over. He’s leading the league in rushing with 300 yards a game. It’s an I-form stretch. Pretty bad in that one. And lot of trash talking been going on. Markieff, Dion and Quinn Cook are the guys who play in leagues regular. Dion has been the most disappointing, where he just had a bad loss to AD. Rookie (Talen Horton-Tucker) has not won a game. I’m in middle of the pack, ascending, going in the right direction for the playoffs. So it’s been intense. We play every off day. We’re waiting for 21 to come out to switch to 21. Any day. EA’s gotta send to the bubble EARLY. They gotta get it EARLY.”You guys have gone golfing. Who is the best golfer?last_img read more