Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Christmas annually highlights some of the NBA’s biggest stars and franchises, so it’s no surprise the Lakers and James are on the schedule. James, who signed a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers in July, has played on Christmas Day for 11 straight years (the past three against the Warriors), accumulating an 8-3 record in that stretch. The Lakers have played on Christmas Day every year since 1999, but only three of those games were on the road. The Lakers lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves last year at Staples Center.The Lakers were swept by the Warriors last season, but two of the four regular-season games went to overtime and the other two were competitive.The Boston Celtics will host the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Milwaukee Bucks will play at the New York Knicks, according to the report. The Portland Trail Blazers will play at the Utah Jazz, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the Houston Rockets, ESPN reported.The NBA is set to officially release the opening week and holiday schedule on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT. On Christmas Day, the Lakers get a gift they might want to return: a road game against the Golden State Warriors.According to a New York Times report, the Lakers will be highlighted on the NBA’s Christmas schedule in Oakland against the reigning league champions – the Warriors team that LeBron James has faced in the last four NBA Finals. It’s a slight tipping of the hand for a slate of games that the NBA will officially announce on Wednesday, including nationally televised games in the opening week of the season and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Nov. 22 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The Lakers are cruising, top down, nice day, no traffic, feeling good.They’ve handled what ESPN on Friday morning calculated was the 14th-toughest schedule so far with ease: At 12-2 following their latest win, a 112-107 triumph over the Thunder on Tuesday, L.A. has the best record in the league.They’ve got the league’s best points differential (plus 9.7), are averaging the most blocked shots (7.8 per game), are allowing the second-fewest points (101.1), have the third-best field goal percentage (47.8) and … you know this song, go ahead and turn it up. They’re still talking about it, Anthony Davis said. Preparing for the eventual, knowing it’s wiser to stay the course and wait out the traffic jams that are bound to clear up rather than get lost trying to find an alternate route.“For sure. We talked about that today,” Davis said after Thursday’s practice. “That hopefully not, but soon enough adversity is probably gonna hit, and we’re gonna go through a stretch where something is happening. And we prepared for that.“We got a lot of veteran guys who been through tons of adversity throughout their careers, and mentally preparing guys for it. We have a veteran coaching staff as well that’s been through it, and we try to make sure that we stay ready for it.”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. Receive it in your inbox, sign up here.Click it or ticketNot all minutes are created equal – L.A. is outscoring opponents by 145 points when LeBron is on the floor. They’ve been outscored when he’s not. What to do?‘Big Game Kuz’ – Kyle Kuzma is cool with being the latest Laker to sport goggles if they protect his eyes from another scary injury. Step on the gas – Rondo is helping the Lakers rev their pace — and look good doing it.Open-court chops – The Lakers still got it.LBJ vs. CP3 – On a meeting of great basketball minds.Stand-up guy – Comic genius Dave Chappelle has a serious message. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEnjoy the ride.But this is Interstate NBA and everyone knows, eventually, you’re gonna hit a snag.Thing is, the guys on the ride this season – the Lakers have the NBA’s second-oldest roster, at 29.07 years – have been around the block enough times to expect it.“We have intelligent, veteran guys,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday before the team departed for its forthcoming four-game trip, which begins today at 5 p.m. PT in Oklahoma City. “The tone has been and the stage has been set for working to achieve positive chemistry and togetherness throughout the whole the season, through the ups and downs.“The first thing we talked about at the beginning of camp is we will face adversity and the expectation is to pull together when we face it.”
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions JoAnn Buss, the former wife of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and the mother of current Lakers governor Jeanie Buss, has died after a long-term illness, the team announced on social media on Monday.Then JoAnn Mueller, she met and married Jerry Buss at the University of Wyoming when he was studying chemistry and she was a nursing student. The couple had four children – John Buss, Jim Buss, Jeanie and Janie Buss – before they got divorced.In lieu of sending flowers, the Lakers asked for donations to either the American Cancer Society or the Lakers Youth Foundation. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Related Articles Lakers past and present offered their condolences to the entire Buss family. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs
Another point of contention is where the rematch will take place. Hearn has been insistent on the fight happening in the United Kingdom, which would be to the advantage of Joshua. Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) has said he’d like to see the second fight in his native Mexico.Even though Joshua now has the rematch, Ruiz should hold the key to where the rematch will occur. He took the fight on Saturday on short notice and pulled off one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. He should be steadfast on not going across the pond. He fought in front of a pro-Joshua crowd at Madison Square Garden, so why give Joshua the advantage again?Boxing fans should be proud, and Joshua and Ruiz should be commended. Because unlike Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who appeared to be heading to an immediate rematch and failed to get to the finish line, these two want the rematch, and it’s going to happen by the end of 2019. MORE: Watch the full replay of Ruiz’s upset of Joshua on DAZNAfter meetings with AJ, Rob Mc and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr. The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly.— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 4, 2019Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) triggering the clause in the contract is not a surprise, but the fact that Hearn said the rematch will take place in one of the last two months of the year is a bit alarming considering Joshua got knocked down four times Saturday. A Memorable Night At @TheGarden 💫Watch Back @Andy_Destroyer1’s Historic Upset 👉 https://t.co/j4BIUf4XnH pic.twitter.com/FBjCfUrrZS— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019 In the name of fighter safety, Joshua should take the rest of the year and off and have the second go-around with Ruiz in early 2020. The former unified champion needs to let his brain heal. He also needs to shore up his defense, improve his cardio and lose some of his muscle mass. He wasn’t moving as well when Ruiz teed off on him in the third and seventh rounds, and it cost him the fight. After losing by seventh-round TKO on Saturday night to Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua vowed to invoke his rematch clause.It didn’t take long for Joshua to do so, as his promoter at Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, revealed Tuesday that the 29-year-old would exercise his right to an immediate rematch with the new IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight champion.
“I can’t wait for the opportunity to get to the final,” Briedis said via a WBSS press release. “We are going to have another boxing celebration in Latvia that will be watched by the whole world and give me a second chance in front of my people to achieve what I missed the first season.”MORE: Join DAZN to watch Briedis vs. Glowacki and 100+ fight nights a year”I can’t wait to get in the ring in Riga,” No. 3 seed Glowacki said. “I’m confident I’ll beat Mairis on June 15 and move on and win the WBSS tournament and the Muhammad Ali Trophy!”Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s chief boxing officer said, “We are expecting another exciting night at the Arena Riga. The 200-pound tournament is about finding the best cruiserweight for the future. Both Briedis and Glowacki are eager — and have the potential — to be that boxer, and they will produce a spectacular semifinal.”When is the Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki fight?Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki will take place on June 15.Where is the Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki fight?The WBSS semifinals featuring Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki, and Yunier Dorticos vs. Andrew Tabiti, will take place at the Arena Riga in Riga Latvia. The 14,500-capacity indoor arena was opened in 2016 and is primarily used for hockey, basketball and concerts.What time does Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki start?The Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki fight undercard is set to begin at 2 p.m. ET, with the main card slated for a 4:15 p.m. start, both live on DAZN.How to watch Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof GlowackiThe WBSS semifinal between Mairis Briedis and Krzysztof Glowacki is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan. The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semifinal between Mairis Briedis of Latvia and Krzysztof Glowacki of Poland will take place on June 15 in Riga, Latvia, live on DAZN. The WBO and vacant WBC world cruiserweight titles will also be on the line, with the winner securing a place in the final to face either Yunier Dorticos or Andrew Tabiti, who also fight on the same card. Briedis, who suffered defeat at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk in the WBSS last season, will be looking to go one step further this time when he faces the extremely dangerous Glowacki. DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as DAZN.com.Mairis Briedis record and bioName: Mairis BriedisNationality: LatvianBorn: 01-13-1985Height: 6’1”Reach: 75”Total fights: 26Record: 25-1 with 18 knockoutsKrzysztof Glowacki record and bioName: Krzysztof ‘Glowka’ GlowackiNationality: PolishBorn: 07-31-1986Height: 6’0Reach: 75”Total fights: 32Record: 31-1 with 19 knockoutsMairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki fight cardMain eventMairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki; WBO & vacant WBC world cruiserweight titlesYunier Dorticos vs. Andrew Tabiti; Vacant IBF cruiserweight titleUndercardRichards Bolotniks vs. Gasan Gasanov; light heavyweightsNikolajs Grisunins vs. Vaclav Pejsar; cruiserweightsJevgenijs Aleksejevs vs. Siarhei Khamitski; super middleweightsMarcis Grundulis vs. Evgeny Vazem; super lightweightsOskars Grosmanis vs. Rustam Kumykov; middleweights
The best heavyweight in Britain who isn’t named “Joshua” or “Fury,” but Dillian Whyte believes he’s every bit as great as the two men who stand above him in the current domestic rankings. Since losing to Anthony Joshua at the backend of 2015, Whyte has rebuilt himself in impressive fashion and has registered brilliant wins over Dereck Chisora, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker. The London brawler has an interesting task coming against dangerous Colombian, Oscar Rivas, on July 20th. If victorious, he simply must nail a major opportunity before his prime passes.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJoe JoyceJoe Joyce’s career could have a different theme attached to it if he wasn’t controversially beaten by France’s Tony Yoka at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Joyce, once a decorated member of Team GB, took the baton from Anthony Joshua when the Watford man turned professional in 2013 and he represented his domestic amateur vest impressively. Since turning professional in 2017, Joyce has amassed a brilliant record and has registered stoppage wins over Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov. Next up for Joyce is former world title challenger, Bryant Jennings, on July 13th, before a domestic showdown with the winner of Daniel Dubois/Nathan Gorman takes place by the end of the year.Daniel DuboisOnce considered a strong favorite to grab a heavyweight medal at the 2020 Olympics, London’s Daniel Dubois traded in the possibility of a four-year amateur journey in favor of professional experience. Signed by famed promoter, Frank Warren, and made a central part of his plans, Dubois has answered every single question posed to him since turning over in the spring of 2017. With his most serious examination imminent against fellow prospect, Nathan Gorman, another spectacular outing from Dubois could persuade his doubters that he’s very much the real deal.Nathan Gorman An interesting couple of weeks awaits the heavyweights of Great Britain as a number of its leading big men participate in big fights. Here, Sporting News examines those in action over the next two weekends as the division tries to make sense of itself.Dillian Whyte The cousin of Tyson Fury, Nathan Gorman certainly has a vast array of skills like his family member, but his quiet approach has kept him out the spotlight since turning professional at the backend of 2015. Trained by Ricky Hatton in Manchester, Gorman hasn’t been showered in adulation like Britain’s other heavyweights, but he has the chance to emerge from the shadows on July 13th when he tackles the heavy-handed Daniel Dubois. Gorman may not be at the center of boxing fans’ consciousness now, but a win over Dubois should help put him there.Hughie FuryExtremely unfortunate to drop a points decision to then-world champion, Joseph Parker, in 2017, Hughie Fury has since lost to quality Bulgarian, Kubrat Pulev, and is currently in rebuilding mode since going down to Pulev last October. On July 12th, Fury travels to the Middle East to take on Samuel Peter in a gross mismatch against a fighter who has seen better days. His experience at the top level should see him return there soon and with the British scene currently the healthiest its been in a long time, a big fight might be close for Fury.
Van Wagenen said he thinks Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will remain with the Mets after the July 31 deadline, though Zack Wheeler and Todd Frazier could be traded as they are soon-to-be free agents.”Significant volume, lots of dialogue and an overwhelming amount of incoming calls,” Van Wagenen said. “To the extent that they’re serious, I think that’s hard to define, but I think there’s real interest in our players and we have to be thoughtful on what we do with that interest.”Mets manager Mickey Callaway also addressed the team’s trade deadline approach, saying: “You have to have conversations, obviously.””We’re always going to tell guys what’s going on. I think that’s the easy part,” Callaway said on Friday. “The hard part is to understand that we’ve got to win more games or else some of our teammates are going to be gone. That’s the hard part, in trying to get guys to accept that and not put too umuch pressure on themselves to perform for their teammates’ sake, so we don’t lose those guys.” MLB wrap: Rays dominate Orioles in third straight win Van Wagenen said the Mets’ will take more of an underdog approach moving forward and try to prove others wrong.”In the second half of the year, I think we have low expectations for what we can be,” Van Wagenen said, “and I think now we’ll take the underdog role and run with it and try to prove some people wrong this year and certainly try to improve upon it next year with that underdog in mind.”The Mets enter Saturday’s game against the Marlins with a 40-51 record, putting them 14 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Braves and fourth in the division. Max Scherzer injury update: Nationals pitcher won’t pitch against Braves Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen admitted New York’s chances of being a contender this season are slim. The new GM entered the season with high hopes going as far as telling the rest of the NL East to “come get us” back in January. Van Wagenen backtracked those comments Friday, saying, “They came and got us.” While Van Wagenen declared the Mets aren’t giving up on this season, he said his franchise has changed its approach to the trade deadline. “As we look to the future, the trade deadline is coming up,” he said (via USA Today). “I think we have to face our reality, to some degree, about where we are in the standings. We are going to be open-minded, we are going to be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline, all with the eyes on trying to improve this club.” Related News
MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Orioles outfielder came in to pitch the 16th inning of Baltimore’s game against the Angels. He threw a 1-2-3 inning, sitting down Brian Goodwin, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols in order to secure a 10-8 win. Wilkerson’s pitches averaged just 54.3 mph. Stevie Wilkerson bringing the HEAT! He averaged 54.3 mph on the way to collecting the first save by a position player in @MLB history. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/pWLMCd6PaO— DC ✍🏼🎙📊 (@DanClarkSports) July 26, 2019With this performance, he became the first position player to record a save in MLB history. Saves didn’t become an official stat until 1969. Stevie Wilkerson is the first position player EVER to record a save (saves became an official stat in 1969).— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 26, 2019While it’s not his usual role, Wilkerson isn’t unfamiliar with the mound. This was his third appearance in July and his scoreless frame lowered his ERA to 2.25.The game lasted 6 hours, 19 minutes and saw a combined 20 pitchers. The O’s may not have much to celebrate this season, being 33 games out of first place with a 33-69 record, but they managed to pull off an epic win and one of their players even made history in the process. Orioles fans woke up to good news Friday morning. Stevie Wilkerson made history Thursday night and it wasn’t for his defensive mishap in center field or game-tying hit in the eighth inning. Believe it or not, it was for his performance on the mound.
“I had a little bit of an asthma attack in the middle of the game and I was having a hard time breathing,” Martinez said. “I was really sick. In any other situation, I wouldn’t be out there. But the team needed me. I held on as long as I could and I did that. I was really proud to have my last game with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”Kudos to Martinez for sharing the unusual behind-the-scenes story, and for not using it as an excuse to boast about what might have been. Even if they had been at full strength, the Phillies were facing one of the best Yankees teams ever, loaded with past and present All-Stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, etc. History shows that the Yankees defeated the Phillies in six games to win the 2009 World Series.What history hasn’t shown, until now at least, is that the Phillies were battling an outbreak of the swine flu that struck the team during the series. That’s according to Pedro Martinez, who finished up a Hall of Fame career pitching for Philadelphia in 2009.Why wait until now to bring this story to light? Martinez had the opportunity Sunday talking to reporters after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch against the White Sox to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that team.Martinez said “most” of the team became sick during that series.“It wasn’t told, but most of us were sick,” Martinez said (via the Philadelphia Inquirer). “Some of the guys had swine flu and had to be kept away. I caught some of the virus. We would just never say it. When I got home, I realized that I was really sick.”Martinez, who turned 38 three days before that series started, lost two games. He was respectable in Game 2, giving up three runs in six innings while striking out eight but he said he fell ill during Game 6 and gave up four runs in four innings.
The short touchdown run was eventually reversed after an illegal block, but it led to some sound advice from the veteran signal-caller.”I love watching you play, man,” Rodgers told Jackson after Baltimore’s 26-13 win over Green Bay. “That was pretty spectacular.” Related News Lamar Jackson impressed Aaron Rodgers on Thursday.The young Ravens quarterback strutted his stuff literally when he hurdled over a Packers defender in an effort to reach the end zone. Robert Griffin III injury update: Ravens expect QB (thumb) to return for Week 1 “It was pretty cool,” he told reporters after game. “I was like, ‘What’s up GOAT?’ as soon as I saw him. There are a lot of GOATs out here, but it is Aaron Rodgers, so I have to show my respect.”Jackson added, regarding Rodgers’ message: “I was like, ‘Yes, I know where you are coming from.’ I understand.” Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says team’s offense this year will be ‘totally different’ He added, “Have a great season. Slide a little bit.”Juke man, Juke man, yeah that’s @Lj_era8‼️pic.twitter.com/tvC7mkVqiX— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 16, 2019It’s not bad advice for the Ravens’ top quarterback. Even Jackson took it in stride.He smiled and responded with, “I got you, baby.”What a moment between Lamar and Rodgers. 🙏💯 @Lj_era8 @AaronRodgers12 pic.twitter.com/wlLSBonIUN— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 16, 2019Jackson is entering his second season in the NFL, where his mobility has been discussed since taking over for an injured Joe Flacco last year.He led the Ravens to the AFC North championship and averaged 17 carries per game on his way to a single-season record for rushing attempts by a quarterback (147).So far this preseason, Jackson has been dialing in on his arm. After appearing in both exhibition games, he’s 10 for 16 with 117 yards and one touchdown. Jackson’s only yards on the ground came Thursday (14 yards on two carries).