At 38, Kidd oldest guard to start in NBA finals

first_imgVETERAN LEDERSHIP—Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd, left, shoots as teammate Dirk Nowitzki, right, watches during an NBA Finals basketball practice Monday, May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) While Dirk Nowitzki calls him a “fossil,”and Shawn Marion described him as being “almost 50,” Kidd is a few months past 38. That’s two years older than Ron Harper was when he started for the Lakers in 2000.Of course, Kidd would prefer the title of oldest starting guard to win a championship. That also was set by Harper in 2000.Winning it all is among the few things Kidd hasn’t done in his 17-year career. He came close in 2002 and ’03, reaching the finals with the New Jersey Nets, but they were swept by the Lakers then fell to the Spurs.“I thought we were going to go on a roll in Jersey and make it three or four in a row,” Kidd said. “But, now we’re here. And hopefully we can find a way to win a championship.”If so, Kidd likely will be the one leading the way.He still starts most fast breaks and controls the halfcourt offense. Leave him open and he’ll hit a 3-pointer; he made six in the first-round opener and buried another in the final minute of overtime to win Game 4 of the conference finals.Defense is where he’s really excelled this postseason. Late in close games, coach Rick Carlisle has assigned Kidd to cover Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Carlisle has said Kidd will be among those asked to slow LeBron James in this series.So much for taking it easy on the old man.The only concessions to age Kidd seems to have made are playing less minutes and tolerating the flecks of gray in his beard.“He’s playing at a high level, keeping up with a lot of these young guys,” said Miami’s Juwan Howard, who was drafted a few spots after Kidd in 1994-95 and is the only player older than Kidd in this series. “Normally when you’re our age, people count you out. They say you don’t have anything left in the tank. But as you get older in this league, you get wiser.”Wisdom is a big part of Kidd’s game.After 1,267 regular-season games, and another 136 in the playoffs, he’s pretty much seen it all. He knows what risks are worth taking and when to take them.“We’re always a better basketball team when he’s our facilitator on the court, and he’s getting guys in different positions and leading the offense, and helping us in our flow game,” Carlisle said. “When we’ve got to call plays, I’ll call them once in a while, but he’s great at that, too. The more he can do it, the better our team plays.”Nowitzki sure likes having him around, and that’s reason enough to value Kidd.Nowitzki pushed for Dallas to acquire Kidd at the trade deadline in 2008, even though it meant giving up young, improving Devin Harris. It wasn’t clear who got the better of that deal as the Mavs won a single playoff series in Kidd’s first three postseasons.This run to the finals should end that debate.“It just took a while to really come into his own here,” Nowitzki said.Kidd is under contract for one more season. However, with a lockout looming, there might not be a 2011-12 season. Thus, there’s a chance this series could be it for his career.He sure hopes that’s not the case—not after the way the last two months have gone, and as big of a role as he’s had in that success.“I would love to continue to keep playing if I feel the way I do now,” he said. “I feel great. I know I’m not going to be playing 35 minutes a night. I still have a lot to give back to the game. …I love the competition no matter at what age. And I’m a big fan of the game. Seeing these young guys play at the level that they are, I just wish I was 22, 23 years old so I can handle the game the way they do.”Perhaps. But none of those kids are doing what they do in the NBA finals, at least not this year. by Jame AronAP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP)—After all the assists, steals, 3-pointers and triple-doubles, Jason Kidd has an easier path to his next entry in the NBA record book.All he has to do is show up.Kidd will become the oldest guard to start a game in an NBA finals when the Dallas Mavericks face the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES             GARY STEVENS, CATCH A FLIGHT, WINNER: “Moreno was pretty sluggish leaving the gate and I out-broke him by about half a length. On paper and knowing these two horses’ records, it looked like a match race between the two of them and that’s how I wanted to ride it. It worked out where Big Cazanova went up there and kept Moreno occupied down the backside but they were running slow enough fractions for these kinds of horses. It looked like a match race and it was a match race until inside the eighth pole.“Ever since his first win here he’s shown me a lot of tenacity and it was just a question of if he was fast enough to win. He’s just now starting to figure out American racing, I think he’s still improving and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.”CORNELIO VELASQUEZ, MORENO, SECOND: “My horse, I gave him every chance and he stopped today. The other horse, Catch a Flight, he ran good. My horse, he ran OK.” -30- ERIC GUILLOT, MORENO, SECOND: “It’s typical Moreno fashion. As soon as he got the lead, his ears pricked. What are you going to do with a horse like that? You try and separate yourself, but it’s hard to separate when you’ve got a longshot setting 46 and change fractions. When you’re by yourself and you’re not pressed, it’s a little bit different breathing pattern. He ran good, but that’s why I hate running for 200 grand, but he runs just as good for two million with $400,000 for second as he does for second for $40,000. The plan is to run back in the Gold Cup unless something comes along with a little bit more money, a little bit more prestige. A mile and a quarter, I’ll separate myself a little bit more next time. Hopefully, there’s no cheap speed in there.” RICHARD MANDELLA, CATCH A FLIGHT, WINNER: “We figured he’d be off of those two (Big Cazanova and Moreno). Then it was whether he could catch them or not. When he (Gary Stevens) goosed him at the quarter pole, he responded pretty quickly. Gary knows him well enough. I didn’t try to tell him how to ride him . . . This was a step forward. The time of the race was good and he beat Moreno. Every step he’s made has been forward. We’ll look at the Gold Cup here next ($500,000, Grade I, 1 1/4 miles on June 27).” NOTES: The winning owner is Julio Bozano of Ocala, Fl, who races as Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc.last_img read more


first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED GALILEAN OVERWHELMS COMPETITION TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY 4 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, UNCLE MO COLT GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.43DERBY IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–In what figures to be his final start versus state-bred completion for the foreseeable future, heavily favored Galilean made short work of four rivals as he waltzed to a 4 ½ length win in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the imposing son of Uncle Mo got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.43.Also won by 2014 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.A reserved third, about a length and a half off of early pacesetter Loud Mouth around the Club House turn, Galilean, who fetched $600,000 at the Barretts April 2-year-old in Training sale, took undisputed command while three-wide a quarter mile from home and won like a colt with the Kentucky Derby on his mind.A nine length winner of the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 16, Galilean, who is out of the El Prado mare Fresia, was off at 1-9 and paid $2.10 across the board.Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker and William Sandbrook, Galilean picked up $110,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $261,000 from and overall mark of 4-3-1-0.Longshot Feeling Strong rallied from last to run a big second, finishing 10 lengths in front of Whooping Jay.  Off at 27-1, Feeling Strong, with Tiago Pereira up, paid $6.20 and $3.20.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Whooping Jay was off at 26-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.95, 47.85, 1:11.60 and 1:36.71.last_img read more

Fainu facing international eligibility decision

first_imgBorn in Sydney, Fainu’s rapid rise through the NRL ranks has landed him at the forefront of discussions for both Tonga and the Kiwis.Another spanner was thrown into the works when the 20-year-old met with NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler and declared an interest in playing State of Origin for the Blues.Fainu spent time with the Tongan squad ahead of the Pacific Test in June last season after representing the Junior Kiwis in 2017 on account of his mother’s heritage.He was selected for a Junior Kiwis’ squad in 2018 but did not play.The international tug of war is likely to come to a head before New Zealand host Tonga in Auckland on June 22.”I’m available for either Tonga or New Zealand but I’m unsure what I’m doing, even NSW if they want me,” Fainu told”It’s something I need to think about and make a decision soon. No one has approached me from either country, I haven’t got a call or anything like that but I’ll talk to my family and we’ll see.”My dad is Tongan and both my parents are supportive of my decision.”Making the case more intriguing for the Guildford junior is the influence of Tongan international Addin Fonua-Blake and Kiwi prop Martin Taupau on him at the Sea Eagles.Fainu admitted Fonua-Blake had been in his ear about committing to the Tongan side but that the Junior Kiwis experience had left him torn on his next decision.”Addin just said to me to follow my heart and do what’s best for me, he said only I can decide where I want to play,” Fainu said.”Junior Kiwis was great and I learnt a lot about my mother’s heritage and representing that side of my family.”Fainu has earned high praise since bursting onto the scene as a teenager at the Sea Eagles under former coach Trent Barrett last season.The Guildford product has scored three tries in seven appearances in 2019 and continues to put pressure on regular No.9 Api Koroisau at the Sea Eagles.His service at dummy half is even more impressive given he spent his junior days as a playmaker alongside rookie Cade Cust.”I had a couple of bad games in the 20s in a row and got benched, our coach thought he would use me at hooker and I haven’t looked back,” Fainu said.”I was nervous playing under Des this season. He comes across as very intimidating to everyone but he’s the opposite to us as players and a very good coach. Api there too he’s helped me transition at hooker a lot.” Photo NRL. Caption: Manly hooker Manase Fainulast_img read more

It is 15 years since Nadal’s first title in Rome

first_imgIt was Could 8, 2005. 15 years in the past. Rafael Nadal, insolent Spanish younger man of 18 years lengthy on the time who had simply received in Costa de Sauipe, Acapulco, Montecarlo and Barcelona, ​​in addition to taking part in the ultimate in Miami, lifted the first of his 9 titles in Rome, fifth of that spectacular season of his that culminated with 11 trophies, the most effective model to this point in his profession in the identical yr. Earlier than profitable in the ultimate, and what a remaining, Guillermo Coria, Nadal, fifth favourite, had eradicated Youzhny, Hanescu, Cañas, Stepanek and Ferrer.The Balearic Islands impressed the whole world in a battle that culminated in the fifth set (at the moment the Masters 1,000 had been disputed to the most effective of 5), after 5 hours and 14 minutes of great spectacle on the crushed earth of the central of the Foro Italico. The consequence: 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 (6). It was the document during a match in the event and likewise for the Masters Sequence. Nadal thus chained his 17th consecutive victory in that course.(embed) (/ embed) “Rafa Nadal received a recreation, a event and tons of credit score for Roland Garros,” wrote Jesús Mínguez originally of his AS chronicle. Nadal succeeded in the observe document that is now his coach, Carlos Moyá, who in flip had extended the Spanish success after the 2003 triumph of Félix Mantilla. Not even the blisters on his left hand prevented Nadal from reaching victory.“Guillermo Coria has taken me to play the toughest recreation of my life. I’ve to thank the general public for his or her assist, as a result of with the 3-Zero in opposition to the fifth set I noticed him misplaced. It was unbelievable,” stated Rafa after the ultimate. “Bodily I’m completed, however such a remaining doesn’t seem on daily basis and you need to reap the benefits of it. I’ve confronted the most effective gamers in the world on clay and I needed to get my finest photographs,” continued the person from Manacor, who was attentive. to the success of one other illustrious compatriot: “I needed to exit on the observe when Fernando Alonso nonetheless had 5 laps to go, so it took longer. I used to be nervous with the F-1.”last_img read more

City fight on wage looming

first_imgSetting the stage for a legal showdown with the business community, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a measure that imposes a “living wage” on hotels adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport. The 10-3 vote, without comment, came in sharp contrast to the bitter and vociferous debate that has surrounded the issue for the past six months. The measure – a compromise reached earlier this month to avoid a costly May election fight with a united business community – includes an infusion of taxpayer investment and incentives for business in the area. The measure now goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and aides said he will sign it. But the measure has drawn a sharp outcry from the business community, which now has vowed to challenge the effort in court. “I think within 72 hours of the mayor signing it, you will see a legal challenge,” said Harvey Englander, spokesman for the Century Corridor hotels affected by the measure. “I think everyone realizes that litigation is the next step. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but the council is basically ignoring what 103,000 residents said they didn’t want to see.” The new measure would require 13 hotels in the area to phase in the higher wages for most of their 3,500 workers. Employees would see their pay go to $9.39 an hour with health benefits or $10.64 an hour without benefits. The measure also promises $1 million for street improvements and $50,000 to develop a marketing plan for the area – which would be designated as an Airport Hospitality Enhancement Zone. Voting against it were Councilmen Bernard Parks, Greig Smith and Dennis Zine. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the driving force behind the effort, said she believes the council acted fairly on behalf of the 3,500 workers in the Century Corridor. “We rescinded the earlier ordinance to comply with what the business community wanted,” Hahn said. “We made significant changes in the ordinance to accommodate that. “To be honest, I feel like (the business community) betrayed us by threatening us with legal action.” The measure also calls for studies into a possible conference center and business-tax reductions for the area, as well as various studies on the impact of the living wage. The city concessions came after the City Council rescinded an initial measure that only required the hotels in the area to pay workers the higher living wage. Businesses unite A broad business coalition united to spend more than $800,000 to collect more than 103,000 signatures to force the council to back down or put the measure on a ballot referendum. Officials had estimated that a May referendum on the issue could cost the city and business community as much as $15 million. On Wednesday after the vote, Hahn said she would have preferred to see the election. Election preferred “I wanted to have an election on this,” Hahn said. “I think the voters of Los Angeles would have sided with the workers on this. “I just hope the hotels now come to realize that this is the right thing to do, the fair thing to do with their workers.” But the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce also continued to voice its opposition to the proposal. “The substitute ordinance is unacceptable to the business community,” it said. “The new law is not substantially different from the original ordinance – it unfairly mandates the wages of specific businesses that must pay employees and provides no long-term assurance that this unprecedented government control will be limited to these businesses.” Hahn said the new measure contains language designed to limit the expansion of the living wage to other business sectors. The city has had a living-wage requirement in effect for more than a decade, but it had only been applied to firms doing direct business with the city. Benefits argued In expanding it to the Century Corridor hotels, the council argued that the hotels benefit directly from their proximity to LAX and the amount being invested in its modernization. But the business community raised concern that it could set a precedent and lead to such ordinances being expanded to include other industries as well. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor supports the plan because it limits the ordinance to the LAX area. “He believes it is a careful compromise with the business community to quarantine living wage to this area,” Szabo said. “He would not support any effort to impose it elsewhere in the city.” James Elmendorf of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which urged the living wage, also said there were no plans by his organization to target any other sectors of the business community. “It is nothing anyone is contemplating,” Elmendorf said. “We think the hotels’ statements in that regard were out of touch with reality. “We did agree to the set of requirements that must be followed before a living wage is contemplated. It is all a matter of what is good policy.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How the EPL’s top six stand after transfer window

first_img0Shares0000Last season’s runaway champions Man City added former Premier League winner Riyad Mahrez to their already-impressive squad © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – With the Premier League’s transfer window closing on Thursday, the top title contenders have completed their squad building until January.Here AFP Sport looks at how the division’s elite teams fared in the transfer market and what their prospects are for the coming season: Manchester CityAfter sweeping to the title with a record 100 points and more wins and goals than any previous team in the Premier League era, it was tough for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to improve his stylish side.Guardiola opted for only one significant new recruit, landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a £60 million swoop.Mahrez bolsters City’s already impressive array of attacking talent and, while Guardiola missed out on Italy midfielder Jorginho, who instead joined Chelsea, the champions’ combination of youthful swagger and world-class talent still makes them favourites to reign supreme again at the end of the season.Manchester UnitedIt hasn’t been the pre-season or transfer window that Mourinho was hoping for © AFP/File / Christof STACHEJose Mourinho made an early splash as he spent £52 million on Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder Fred and a further £19 million on Porto defender Diogo Dalot, but the Manchester United manager was still underwhelmed by his club’s business.Mourinho spent much of United’s pre-season tour of the United States grumbling about the lack of depth in his squad and reportedly feuding with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over failed approaches for defenders Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Toby Alderweireld.After finishing second last season — 19 points behind City — United look no closer to bridging the gap to their hated rivals.TottenhamMauricio Pochettino had challenged his club to be “brave and take risks” when asked what Tottenham needed to do to improve their squad following their third-place finish last season.Fast forward three months and the north Londoners are under-fire from their fans after failing to make a single signing.Pochettino is adamant Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity isn’t a problem because it was just as important to hold onto the club’s key players.Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Kieran Trippier have all signed new contracts since May.“I am not worried, I am not sad, I am so happy. To keep our best players was our objective and we have achieved that,” Pochettino said.LiverpoolLiverpool fans will be delighted with the arrival of goalkeeper Alisson Becker © AFP/File / Paul FAITHDetermined to build on a fine season that saw his team finish as Champions League runners-up and take fourth place in the Premier League, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp embarked on a £160-million spending spree.Klopp landed Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker for £66 million and paid £52 million for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.Not content with those eye-catching deals, Klopp added midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for £39 million and landed Stoke playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri in an £18-million move.Having knocked City out of the Champions League last season, while also beating them in domestic action, Liverpool are expected to mount a strong challenge for the title as they look to end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.ChelseaHired to replace the sacked Antonio Conte, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri insists he is happy to leave the wheeling and dealing to Chelsea’s hierarchy — a stark contrast to his predecessor’s constant complaints about transfers.Jorginho was Chelsea’s first close-season signing as the Italy midfielder followed Sarri from Napoli in a £57-million deal.Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was allowed to join Real Madrid to be closer to his children, with Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic moving to Chelsea on a season-long loan as part of the deal.The £31-million fee for Courtois was immediately reinvested in Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived from Athletic Bilbao for £72.1 million — a world record for a keeper.Crucially, Chelsea have so far staved off interest from Real and Barcelona in Eden Hazard and Willian.ArsenalNew Arsenal manager Unai Emery has won eight major trophies in his last five seasons © AFP/File / Roslan RAHMANHeralding the start of a new era at Arsenal following Arsene Wenger’s departure last season, Gunners manager Unai Emery has been given a host of new faces in a bid to end his club’s decline.Wenger’s 22-year reign ended with a wretched sixth-place finish and a second successive season without Champions League action has had a profound effect on Arsenal’s recruitment, with star names now hard to come by.Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery appears willing to let chief scout Sven Mislintat, director of football Raul Sanllehi and chief executive Ivan Gazidis call the transfer shots and that trio have made a series of cut-price deals for Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs to give Klopp ‘debut to forget’? – Not just LFC fans relishing first game

first_imgLiverpool fans, naturally, are pleased Jurgen Klopp is their new manager.They have been tweeting their delight, as the German impressed many during his first press conference.However, once the international break is out of the way, focus will turn to Liverpool’s match against Spurs at White Hart Lane on 17 October.BEST QUOTES FROM KLOPP’S PRESS CONFERENCEAnd a number of Tottenham fans are hoping it is a Premier League debut to forget for Klopp… Tottenham fans are hoping they ruin Jurgen Klopp’s day 1last_img read more

Revealed! Most Premier League White Hart Lane goals by a Tottenham player

first_img 4. Harry Kane has scored 37 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 10 Tottenham Hotspur bid farewell to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they play their final game in the grand old stadium.Spurs will host Manchester United before paying homage to heroes past and present who have graced the turf.Former players will take to the field for once last time to be lauded by the Tottenham faithful.Harry Kane will, of course, be there, and a number of other goalscoring heroes from the past too.But, during the Premier League era, which stars have scored the most goals for Tottenham at White Hart Lane? Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 10 2. Robbie Keane scored 55 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 5. Chris Armstrong scored 27 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 1. Jermain Defoe scored 60 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 10. Aaron Lennon scored 19 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 3. Teddy Sheringham scored 48 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 8= Darren Anderton scored 20 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 7. Les Ferdinand scored 24 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 8= Gareth Bale scored 20 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 6. Steffen Iversen scored 26 Premier League goals at White Hart Lane 10 10last_img read more