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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles LOS ANGELES — He called the accusations “kind of crazy” and “kind of comical,” and that was before he intimated that the Lakers were penalized $500,000 for talking about fishing.Fishing? Wasn’t this actually poaching?“It is what it is,” Paul George explained Wednesday, when he really meant it was what it wasn’t.The small forward with the big appeal, visiting Staples Center with the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder, returned home for the first time since the Lakers were fined for tampering with him – something George said never occurred. Paul George ‘wanted to go home’ to play for Lakers; his hometown hopes he still does center_img Anyway, whatever happened last summer doesn’t matter now, not compared to what will happen next summer, when, based on overall sentiment, everyone plus a few people expect George to sign as a free agent with the Lakers.He grew up about 70 miles from downtown L.A., in Palmdale, as a Lakers fan, and has done an absolutely horrible job hiding his lingering affinity for the team and the city.When introduced before the game Wednesday, George was cheered almost as much as any of the players already with the Lakers.One fan sitting courtside showed up wearing a Lakers jersey bearing George’s name and number, even though “13” already has been retired by the team.If the signing does happen, that $500,000 already spent becomes less of a fine and more of a down payment, a wise investment stemming from an initial decision that didn’t appear to be wise in the least bit.LeBron James also will be a free-agent target this summer, Lakers fans hoping Pelinka and team president Magic Johnson are more precise with their aim than Lonzo Ball has been so far.It is especially fun to speculate on what the Lakers could become because talking about what they are – and have been for awhile now – is fun only to people who enjoy things like spasming stomach distress.Young and inexperienced and maddeningly unable to conceal either, the Lakers continue to flail away with performances completely lacking in any version of consistency.Forget for now trying to find their way as a team. These guys remain rightly consumed with trying to find their way as individuals.Wednesday arrived with fans here longing for a return to the glory days of this franchise, you know, back when the Lakers were winning summer league championships.They entered this matchup with the Thunder having lost seven in a row and 10 of 11, an extended stumble that dropped them to the bottom of the Western Conference with the unmistakable thud of a cadaver.This is still a proud franchise with 16 NBA championships and 11 retired numbers and one player currently unable to leave the state because he has to instead remain in jail.But, hey, things could be worse. LaVar Ball still could be mocking Luke Walton after every defeat.The Los Angeles Times couldn’t even wait until the start of 2018 to hold off on a headline announcing “This Lakers season can’t end soon enough …” And don’t you just hate when the media doesn’t have patience with a local team?Personally, I’m willing to give the Lakers until this summer, until they secure George and James, before demanding they travel backward in time and make this a 60-win season.But maybe we should temper the anticipation just a bit. Remember, uniting Steve Nash and Dwight Howard with Kobe Bryant was once considered the answer around here, too, and the Lakers are still recovering from that disaster.The difference today is this group is much younger, a reality holding back the Lakers now but one that has to improve with, well, with age.It rarely happens free of pain, watching a young team grow. But even the worst pain in life can’t last forever.The Lakers are banking on a couple trophy catches easing the suffering, and one of those catches was in town Wednesday.After several summers of free-agent failure, they’re bound to land a big one eventually, this big one in Oklahoma City today, though George still hasn’t officially gotten away. Tampering is considered a no-no in the NBA, the league preferring that teams refrain from negotiating with players who are already under contract with other teams. Seems fair enough.Reports in August indicated that the penalty was the result of an improper discussion between Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and George’s agent, Aaron Mintz.But George said his former employers, the Pacers, were upset about conversations he had with Brian Shaw, a Lakers assistant coach and someone he worked with while both were in Indiana.George, who called Shaw a “mentor,” suggested the two talked only about “fishing and challenging each other on fishing trips.”I don’t know. I’d think a mentor and his pupil would discuss topics with a little more depth than that, but who knows, some people are really into fishing, I guess.last_img read more

first_img“I am very happy with the win because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola,” said Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Liverpool now lead City by a point after Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick secured an impressive 4-0 win at Bournemouth.City had looked imperious in recent weeks, winning their previous seven Premier League games, and started in the same vein.However, Pep Guardiola’s men missed the injured Sergio Aguero up front as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane wasted early chances.“Chelsea are a good team, good players but in the first half it was incredible, we were exceptional,” said Guardiola.“In general we were fantastic. I don’t have any regrets, we came and showed we wanted to win.“We created chances. They had one in 44 minutes and we conceded a goal, sometimes that happens.”Chelsea had barely been in the City half before taking the lead approaching the break, when Eden Hazard teed up Kante to fire into the roof of the net.However, it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the second period and sealed a huge victory 12 minutes from time when Luiz’s looping header from Hazard’s corner dipped in via the crossbar.“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are (motivated), we are a very strong team,” added Sarri.“Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.”– Salah back to his best –Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah completes his hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKSalah had been rested from the start for Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Burnley that kept Jurgen Klopp’s men on City’s coat-tails, and the Egyptian looked to have benefited from a break as he looked more like the player who netted 44 goals in an incredible debut season at Anfield.The visitors were slightly fortunate to take the lead on 25 minutes when Asmir Begovic fumbled Roberto Firmino’s long-range shot and Salah’s follow-up effort was allowed to stand despite him appearing to be marginally offside.Salah made the game safe by showing determination to stay on his feet despite being fouled before finding the bottom corner early in the second half.Steve Cook’s own goal then made it 3-0 before Salah sealed his hat-trick by remaining remarkably cool to dribble past Begovic twice before prodding home.“What Mo did around his two goals in the second half was just exceptional,” said Klopp. “I don’t know at the moment a lot of players who would have scored these two goals.”– Man Utd up to sixth –Special Juan: Juan Mata returned to the Man Utd side and scored against Fulham in a 4-1 win © AFP / Paul ELLISUnited ended a four-game winless run in the league with a comfortable victory over bottom club Fulham.Jose Mourinho left Paul Pogba on the bench again as he rang the changes, and three of those brought in — Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku — scored in the first half.“We were strong, aggressive and intense,” said a happy Mourinho. “At times it was beautiful football. The first half was perfect.”Aboubakar Kamara’s penalty pulled a goal back for Fulham, but any hope of a fightback from the visitors was ended by a red card for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Marcus Rashford added a fourth for the hosts.Tottenham remain ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in third courtesy of a 2-0 win at Leicester.Mauricio Pochettino could even afford the luxury of leaving Harry Kane on the bench ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League visit to Barcelona as Son Heung-min and Dele Alli struck for Spurs either side of half-time.Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 21 games but left it late to beat lowly Huddersfield 1-0 thanks to Lucas Torreira’s bicycle kick seven minutes from time.Ralph Hasenhuttl got off to a terrible start as Southampton manager as Callum Paterson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win to move Cardiff three points clear of the bottom three and leave Saints level on nine points with Fulham.Burnley also moved out of the drop zone by beating Brighton 1-0 to win for the first time in nine games, while West Ham’s third straight win — 3-2 over Crystal Palace — moved them into the top half.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s David Luiz celebrates scoring his side’s second goal in a shock 2-0 win over Manchester City © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Chelsea inflicted champions Manchester City’s first Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge that allowed Liverpool to go top of the table on Saturday.N’Golo Kante and David Luiz were on target for Maurizio Sarri’s men as City paid for failing to take advantage of their first-half dominance.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police identified the suspect in the second death as Juan Rios, the boyfriend of the 36-year-old victim, Denise Deperrie. Rios, 40, had been arrested early this month on charges he assaulted Deperrie in the SoHo apartment on July 30 by punching her and breaking her nose, and using a sword to cut her leg, chin and neck, authorities said. By The Associated Press NEW YORK – For the second time in the past year, a man who lives in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district has discovered his roommate dead – in the same bedroom. Detectives arrested the latest victim’s boyfriend on a murder charge Thursday after her body was found by the man a day earlier. The corpse had decayed and had stab wounds. Last June, the man, whose name was not released, discovered his previous roommate dead in the two-bedroom flat. Authorities concluded the woman had died of a narcotics overdose. last_img read more