Fitting end for Alvarez

first_imgIt’s safe to say that this weekend’s showdown in Camp Randall is already one of the surprises of the college football season. Who would have thought Iowa would be fighting for their bowl game lives? And who would have thought Wisconsin would be sitting at 8-2?Last year was a shocker. A team that had settled for mid-level bowl appearances the previous two seasons suddenly found itself in the midst of a National Championship race. And, regardless of the meltdown to end the year, taking a look back at the season brings the realization that Barry Alvarez and Co. did a heck of a job getting nine wins out of that team.No one, absolutely no one, in their right mind would have forecasted a bowl game in the new year for this version of the Badgers. With nearly the entire defense save for the linebacking corps gone and a large majority of an offense that struggled last season returning, there was no reason to think Wisconsin could repeat its 2004 success.Seems fitting, though, that Alvarez saved maybe his best effort for last. For a coach who took over a program with no expectations 15 years ago and built it into a conference power, what better way to go out than with a team that beat the set of humble fortunes many predicted of it?There’s really no way to sum up the transformation Wisconsin has made since Alvarez took the reigns. A program and athletic department in shambles both in terms of finances and performance reaped the benefits of an improving team of gridiron Badgers. After not really mattering on the national radar for decades, Wisconsin became a fixture near the top of the Big Ten.But, as good of a job as he did in some of those early seasons turning UW’s fortunes around, this year ranks right near the top of the list. With a win in Saturday’s home finale — an afternoon that should prove to be one of the most emotional ever at Camp Randall — Wisconsin can start making plans for a trip to somewhere warm.And for a team that entered the season hearing plenty of gloomy predictions, ones that told of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2001, that is quite an accomplishment. Granted, the Badgers still need to beat the Hawkeyes to do that — a task that eluded them a season ago with a share of a conference championship to play for.But any comparisons between the direction of this season heading into this game and last year’s should be thrown out the window. Just look at the two team’s top offensive weapons. Anthony Davis missed that loss in Iowa City. Brian Calhoun is a better back than Davis in the first place, and is as durable as any playmaker in the country.This year’s team — in large part due to Calhoun — has the type of offense to recover from last week’s miserable performance. Wisconsin has proven itself to be resilient all season long, finding different recipes to win throughout the year. That was evident in the season opener against Bowling Green. And the concept further manifested itself in wins over Minnesota and Purdue. Heck, throw in the loss at Northwestern.So, with yet another opportunity to prove itself (playing against a team it hasn’t beaten since that 2001 season) in its last chance to send its coach out a winner in his final home game, there’s not much of a case to make that Wisconsin won’t find a way to bounce back from its second loss of the season.And why should any negative expectations heading into Saturday’s game really matter? No one thought Alvarez could do what he’s done in Madison. No one thought a Rose Bowl in just four years was possible. No one thought this year’s team would ever have been in the running for the conference title. So it shouldn’t matter if detractors are expecting another late season collapse.last_img read more

USG holds Lean In circle workshop event

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government held a Lean In Circle Leader Workshop event on Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.360 degrees · Alana Victor, right, co-director of USG external relations, and junior Maggie McMahon, left, host a workshop event Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanLean In, a book authored by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, spurred the idea for “Lean In circles,” which primarily focuses on creating small group discourse to empower women and men on social issues. Lean In circles consist of eight to 10 group members who meet every month to discuss issues in a private setting. Wednesday night’s workshop, sponsored by USG Co-Director of External Affairs Alana Victor and Maggie McMahon, a Lean In circle leader and junior majoring in architecture, was designed to create a network of leaders who can build a presence for future groups on campus.By joining a Lean In circle, group members are encouraged to build on the facets of confidentiality, communication and commitment. According to Sandberg, Lean In circles were created to build upon the concept of peer support. In order to build peer support, Sandberg and Lean In circle leaders are asked to build the presence of circles across the nation by networking and sharing the concept of building relevant discourse among their peers to share personal struggles, thoughts and topics.USG Vice President Rini Sampath first became involved with the Lean In foundation last year.“I wrote a column for the Daily Trojan called ‘Leaning In,’ and it was picked up by Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In foundation and was recognized by them.”Since then, Sampath has been in communication with the organization. They then emailed her about the Lean In circles.“What the Lean In circles seek to do is establish these groups and communities of women on campuses all over the United States, everywhere in the country really, and foster a safe environment for us to discuss what it’s like to be a woman, how we can help each other succeed. ”Victor kicked off the event by showing members in attendance a brief video from Sheryl Sandberg entitled “Power of Circles.”  Student Lean In circle leaders Victor and McMahon further elaborated on one of the key facets of Sandberg’s discourse, which promotes individuals to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”Students were then given the opportunity to take “connection cards,” which had them answer questions such as, “If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?” and, “What are you most proud of?” Victor further discussed the key components of Lean In circles by giving a brief presentation. Victor cited work from Sandberg’s website which discussed the critical importance of group trust, commitment, investment and attendance.McMahon encouraged her peers to establish a circle within their community of interest.“Statistics have shown that women involved in circles have been more confident and more able to use their skill sets in the workplace and in other areas of social life,” McMahon said.Victor said she envisions Lean In circles on campus becoming a hub for discussion in the future.“I think having a network of these Lean In circles on our campus is really going to create more discussion and more dialogue about empowering women … It really starts getting our students active and integrating these ideas into our daily lives, so by taking time once a month to have these discussions in small groups, it can really just start there,” Victor said.Many students who left the event indicated significant interest towards developing their own Lean In circles.Gillian Chugg, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said she hoped to create a circle of her own.“I think that Lean In circles are a really powerful way to empower women,” Chugg said. “I think it’s really important that we do empower women especially at this current stage of modern life, and I am interested in starting my own Lean In circle, possibly with a group of girls from my sorority.”last_img read more

We Run the City 5K raises money for Special Olympics

first_imgCrosstown showdown · More than 2,000 runners participated in the We Run the City 5K, which took place Sunday in Exposition Park. – Photo courtesy of Stephanie HernándezUSC and UCLA partnered up to hold the fourth annual We Run the City 5K on Sunday in Exposition Park to help raise money for the Special Olympics.Participants pledged money in order to run for either USC or UCLA, and the school that raised the most money was declared the winner. According to Luke Farnell, manager of LETR and Special Events for the Special Olympics, this allowed fans of both schools that weren’t necessarily affiliated with either school to feel like a part of the rivalry.“They pick the team that they pledge their allegiance to.  So there are fans, alumni, faculty and students,“ Farnell said. “The cool thing about it is for some of us that didn’t go to either school, it’s a good way for us to finally put on that cardinal and gold jersey or that blue and gold jersey. It’s our way to represent our passion at that moment.”According to the official event website, USC had 1,091 runners and raised $66,884 in comparison to UCLA, which raised $50,084 and had 1,034 runners. USC raised 55 percent of the money, while UCLA raised 45 percent. Patrick Macias, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, was proud of the USC turnout for the event.“There was a big turnout of USC students,“ Macias said. “A lot of red and gold was represented at the event. It was great to see so many different organizations coming out, all to support a great cause.”The event was mostly staffed by volunteers from student groups from local high schools, as well as students from both USC and UCLA. Paola Lopez-Cordon, a senior at Helen Bernstein High School, decided to participate because she thought it was amazing to see fans of both schools come together for a greater cause.“I was online one day looking for volunteer opportunities, and I came across this one,” she said. ”It interested me because I know how big the rivalry is. It’s really cool to see both rivals get together and just come together for one event.”Anthony Tran, a junior at Azusa High School, decided to volunteer because he wanted to be a part of the energetic environment that the event fostered.“What made me want to get involved with this event was just looking at people’s faces while they run and getting hyped up with all of the fun stuff that we do,” Tran said.This year the event was held at Exposition Park, but the event’s location switches between USC and UCLA each year. Macias suggested that having the event happen at a neutral site in the future might make the competition more even.“Last year it was at UCLA; this year it [is] at USC,” Macias said. “But the group that wins is always the group that hosts. So I think that the location greatly affects who wins. Maybe if there was a more neutral location it would be more even.”However, this did not prevent UCLA students from participating in full force. Lauri Label, a sophomore at UCLA majoring in psychology, said that running in the 5K made her more excited for the game Saturday.“I wanted to run the 5K because it was a really good cause for the Special Olympics,” Label said. “We wanted to beat USC, and it was getting us pumped for the game on Saturday. It was just a really good experience.”Label also felt that participating in the 5K made her feel more involved in the rivalry between the two schools.“It was just a cool thing to know that we were participating in the rivalry a little bit, and it was cool to know that we were representing our school,” Label said.last_img read more

Norm Chow suffers little success post-USC

first_img“The Fifth Quarter” runs every other Wednesday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Alex at ajshultz@usc.edu. Hawai’i knows that when it enters the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, the steady stream of boos from the sold-out crowd will be the least of the team’s worries.USC is favored by close to 40 points with a potent offense capable of decimating an inexperienced Warriors squad. This isn’t the same Hawai’i of years past — there are no Heisman Trophy candidates like Timmy Chang  or Colt Brennan  capable of matching up against a BCS behemoth like USC.Perhaps the Warriors’ lone hope for pulling off a colossal upset comes from their new head coach, a man who intimately knows the ins and outs of USC.Norm Chow has been in college football for a very long time — 39 years to be exact. From 1973 to 1999 he served in various capacities at BYU, and eventually took over as the lead play-caller in the early 1980s, where he won a national title in 1984.By the time Chow was named offensive coordinator at USC in 2001, his reputation as an offensive architect was well established. After capturing two AP national championships, Chow had forever cemented his place in Trojan history and everyone thought he had finally earned a head coaching job elsewhere.Instead, he was snubbed by Stanford after interviewing for its coaching vacancy in 2005, which led him to accept an offensive coordinator position for the Tennessee Titans, where he was fired after the 2007 season.He later went to Westwood to assume the offensive coordinator position with UCLA but faltered under the Rick Neuheisel regime. Though he built his reputation on developing quarterbacks, Chow was dealt a bad hand at UCLA, with the Bruins’ most talented quarterbacks regularly being sidelined with injuries during his tenure. Eventually, the Bruins negotiated a buyout of the final two years of his contract, paying him $1 million to coach somewhere else.Chow then went to Utah in 2011 where an early-season injury to veteran quarterback Jordan Wynn severely hampered his offense’s capabilities. He then took the Hawai’i job for 2012.His coaching career has been underwhelming since his glorious days at USC, and truthfully, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.Norm Chow’s arrival at USC in 2001 couldn’t have come at a better time. Rising junior quarterback Carson Palmer had struggled for the last two seasons, and Chow’s new pro-style system helped Palmer reach his stride. The Trojans finished their 2002 season with an 11-2 record, and Chow certainly deserves recognition for his contributions.But while Chow helped Palmer grow into a polished pro prospect, the future Bengal’s undeniable talent was bound to show on the field at one point or another.Following Palmer’s graduation, Matt Leinart, another future first round pick and Heisman Trophy winner, took over. USC’s 2003 squad featured seven offensive players who would end up being selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, a reflection of the unusually high talent Chow had at his disposal.By the time he had left the college ranks for a coaching stint in the NFL, Chow had worked with six quarterbacks who ended up being first-round selections. Depending on your perspective, that can point to Chow’s ability to maximize the talent around him or reinforce the idea that he was in the right place at the right time.In truth, it’s probably a little bit of both, but his unsuccessful gigs after USC seem to suggest more of the latter. Case in point: The Tennessee Titans had a grand total of nine passing touchdowns in 2007, the year he was fired from the team despite a 10-6 record overall.This isn’t about kicking Chow when he’s down. His accolades are no doubt impressive, and the hiring at Hawai’i makes sense when considering his hometown of Honolulu and the program’s desire to move away from the run ‘n’ shoot offense to something more traditional.Chow won’t turn Hawai’i into a recruiting powerhouse, but he will attract attention from high school prospects because of the quarterbacks he helped blossom  into NFL players. And he has started an important legacy, serving as the first Asian American head coach of a Division I program.Altogether though, Chow’s shortcomings are still evident. BYU launched him into coaching stardom, further propelled by his success at USC.  Since then, without the same level of talent that the Cougars and Trojans could muster, Chow has struggled to stay afloat.The Warriors’ starting quarterback Sean Schroeder recently told the Hawai’i school newspaper, Ka Leo, that Chow is “an offensive genius.” His career path since 2005, though, might refute that bold proclamation.last_img read more

Stock watch: Ervin Philips up, O-line and run defense down

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped its second-consecutive road game over the weekend, losing to North Carolina State (4-1, 2-0), 33-25. The Orange only allowed seven points in the second half, but a late comeback push failed to overcome a first half in which it let up 26 points.Here’s a look at some of the standout performances.Stock up Ervin PhilipsSteve Ishmael’s hot start to the season brought the spotlight away from Philips in his senior year, but Philips’ 17 catches on Saturday reminded fans and opposing defenses that he’s one of the most dynamic weapons in the ACC. No Syracuse or ACC receiver had ever caught as many passes in one game.Part of Philips’ success stemmed from the fact that he was often shadowed by a linebacker instead of a nickel corner when lining up in the slot. It seemed every time SU needed a clutch catch, Philips came open in the middle, floating under a strike from quarterback Eric Dungey.With SU’s offense looking to be increasingly one-dimensional, substantial production from Philips will go a long way in the Orange’s attempt to hang with some of the country’s best offenses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEric DungeyFor the second-straight week, Dungey threw an interception on his first pass of the game. From there on, however, he looked like the version of himself Syracuse will count on to take the offense to the next level.The junior accumulated 385 passing yards on 30-of-47 passing attempts. More than 200 yards came in the second half during the Dungey-led 18-point comeback attempt that featured a waved off touchdown because of an illegal formation penalty. On the ground, Dungey proved to be SU’s primary goal-line option, running for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.Dungey is still healthy. His production has been above average. If he can maintain those two realities and the team can shore up the offensive line and running game, the offense could be poised to make good on its promised impending improvements.The secondaryAny doubts about the unit without Antwan Cordy appear to be fully resolved. Cornerback Scoop Bradshaw was beaten for a score on Saturday, but, beyond that, the secondary kept Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley in check. Finley finished with just 186 yards through the air.Bradshaw had a tackle for loss and two passes defensed. Fellow corners Chris Frederick and Devin M. Butler added two more breakups. Safeties Evan Foster and Jordan Martin combined for 13 tackles. The group is playing well, and if they can continue to cut down on the big mistakes, they’ll shore up the problem that’s been the difference between playing well and being the standout unit on the defense.Stock DownOffensive lineSU allowed six quarterback hurries and had to basically abandon the running game altogether at N.C. State. The struggles running the ball and protecting Dungey start, and stop, with the offensive line. Granted, they were going against a Wolfpack front seven that’s far from unimpressive, but at some point, SU will need to see results. After the game, head coach Dino Babers said that shortcomings stem from youth and lack of size on the line, so don’t expect them to magically grow from week to week. Any major strides will have to come in the offseason.Dungey was fairly locked in with both Philips and Ishmael and SU’s passing attack was still effective, but not enough so to win. The line can’t have performances like it did Saturday if SU wants to hang with top-tier opponents.Cole MurphyThe senior kicker sent the opening kickoff to the corner of the field where it trickled out of bounds, resulting in an illegal procedure penalty and giving N.C. State the ball at the 35-yard line. That’s a free pass at a solid return without having to do the work for it. Kickers at the college level should boot the ball out of bounds. Murphy’s reached double digits in kickoffs sent out of bounds since the beginning of last season. He also missed a 48-yard field goal attempt.Redshirt sophomore punter Sterling Hofrichter eventually replaced Murphy. He kicked off twice and both were returned. He also nailed a 38-yard field goal, using a line-drive shot to avoid the wind that made Murphy’s attempt so tough.Lingering kicker problems are an easy way to lose a close game. Syracuse would be fortunate to resolve this issue soon.Run defenseN.C. State ran at will for most of the game, finishing with 256 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Two running backs averaged more than six yards per carry. The most vivid images that linger after the loss are linebackers Zaire Franklin and Austin Valdez failing to tackle Wolfpack running back Jaylen Samuels on his way to the end zone.It doesn’t matter how well the secondary is playing if the defense as a whole can’t stop the run.Andy Mendes | Digital Design Editor Comments Published on October 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

How club volleyball president Eric Lee has transformed a losing team

first_img Published on September 26, 2019 at 12:17 am Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu In the 2018 club volleyball national tournament, Syracuse failed to win a single set — the Orange went 0-8. Then-freshman Eric Lee couldn’t take the pain of losing that badly so many times. He knew it was time for a change.Lee was voted club president at the end of his freshman year along with fellow freshman Seth Reed, who was named vice president. The night that they were elected, Lee and Reed were already setting goals for the next year, ones they spent all summer planning.“When we met that night I just knew he was going to be a great leader for the team and the leader that the team needed,” said Reed.Now a junior, Lee has helped Syracuse’s club volleyball team grow during his time as president. The libero inherited a team that won no national games, but changes under him led to four postseason wins the next year. The team that once didn’t have a coach now does. And Lee’s relative inexperience didn’t stop him as older club members now look up to him.As the new captain and president of the team, Lee’s new responsibilities included scheduling, getting funds, coaching and organizing rides for teammates. But first, Lee needed to change the culture. In the past, practices were informal and attendance wasn’t consistent. Under Lee, the team would have accountability.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll these duties presented challenges to Lee, but he’d do anything to erase the prior year’s shortcomings, he said.“I wasn’t used to losing because of high school,” Lee said. “I think I lost probably seven games my whole high school career.”At Wayne Valley (New Jersey) High School, Lee played for head coach Jason Carcich, who praised Lee’s toughness and grit. At SU, Lee plays libero, so his role on the team lends itself to natural leadership. Part of the reason Lee wanted to transform the club into a winning culture was because of his age. Elected at the end of his freshman year, Lee felt some pressure from the older players to improve from the prior year.One of the older members of the team, Koby Avramovich, a graduate student at SU, has seen the transformation of the club volleyball team under Lee. Even though Avramovich is a few years older than Lee, he still voted for Lee for president and looks up to him now.“He definitely leads by example,” said Avramovich.It was the small things, like having more intensity — and participation — at practices, that aided the team. When Lee was a sophomore, in his first year as president, the team won four games at nationals. The changes were clear. This year, the team has hired an actual coach that will take some of the coaching burden off of Lee, but that’s only made him set higher goals for the team.“I’m saying this right now,” Lee said, “We’re placing top five at nationals.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final spot up for grabs

first_imgPhoto © Ladies Football Facebook A TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final against Dublin is reward for the winners of this afternoon’s semi-final between Cork and Mayo at Kingspan Breffni Park.Throw-in is at a quarter-to-five.Before that Sligo and Tyrone clash at the same venue in the Intermediate’s last-four. Tipperary face the winners of that game in the final.last_img

Kotoko rubbish reports about Sunderland partnership cancellation

first_imgKotoko have moved to debunk recent media reports that Sunderland have terminated their relationship with the Porcupine Warriors.These reports gained currency in the past few days.Here is the full statement as sent to Joy Sports:The attention of the board and management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club has been drawn to reports in a section of the Ghanaian media alleging that English Premier League side Sunderland has terminated its partnership agreement with Kotoko.The reports are unfounded and baseless since Sunderland has not communicated any such decision to Kotoko as the memorandum of understanding between the two partners require if and when any party seeks to undertake such a step.It is the expectation of Kotoko that the sporting media which has promoted and supported Kotoko throughout the years will not depart from this role by reportage that do not match the facts concerning the  partnership between Kotoko and Sunderland. –last_img read more

Magic Johnson’s terrible Lakers tenure ends with an embarrassment of epic proportions

first_imgBREAKING: Magic Johnson has stepped down as Lakers’ President of Basketball Operations. pic.twitter.com/yrHkguOO02— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 10, 2019OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksTuesday was supposed to be the merciful end to a disastrous first season with James in Los Angeles, but there was reason for hope. Johnson promised to land at least one other superstar this summer to help James compete in the loaded Western Conference. He had visions of restoring the Lakers brand and bringing back “Showtime” vibes.Instead, Johnson decided that quitting on his organization was the best option.”I had more fun on the other side than on this side,” Johnson said during his impromptu press conference. “Because now, tomorrow, I would have to affect someone’s livelihood and their lives. That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am. I want to go back to having fun.”What exactly did Johnson think this job entailed? He accepted the president title fully knowing the duties and responsibilities. The Lakers are always in championship-or-bust mode, something he learned as a player. A little over two years in, he didn’t just fall short of expectations — he failed spectacularly, leaving the franchise in embarrassing fashion.A brief history of his marquee moves…— Johnson decided to trade D’Angelo Russell back in 2017 after just two short seasons in LA. At the time, the move didn’t look terrible, as Russell had not made significant strides in his early years. But after a season in which Russell earned an All-Star nod for the first time and led the Nets to a surprising playoff berth, it’s clear Johnson made the wrong call. He couldn’t even stop himself from bringing up the old maturity criticism he had for Russell years ago.Magic Johnson on D’Angelo Russell: “He always had the talent to score but he was immature.” pic.twitter.com/vlygdMRjOQ— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 10, 2019— In 2017, when Paul George requested a trade from Indiana, he made it abundantly clear that he intended to eventually join the Lakers. Los Angeles didn’t acquire George via trade, but Johnson did receive a fat tampering fine from the league office for openly talking about George. Fast forward to free agency in 2018, and the Lakers weren’t even granted a meeting. (By the way, George hit the game-winner for Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.)The game winner.Listen and watch @YG_Trece pic.twitter.com/DCnC00sDOW— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 10, 2019— The decision to select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft wasn’t a shocker, as the UCLA guard was a highly-regarded prospect.However, reports have since surfaced saying Johnson may have preferred De’Aaron Fox over Ball. It also hurts to know Jayson Tatum was the very next pick in that draft. Both Fox and Tatum have shown much more potential to this point, but more importantly, they’ve been able to stay on the court and avoid injuries, unlike Ball.— Then there was a plethora of head-scratching decisions over the past year. Johnson and the Lakers allowed Julius Randle to walk for nothing. They easily could have re-signed Brook Lopez, who has been a key cog in the Bucks’ rotation.Despite the LeBron-plus-shooters formula leading to success with James’ previous teams, Johnson signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley in the offseason. And at the trade deadline, the Lakers inexplicably sent Ivaca Zubac across the hall to the Clippers in order to obtain the services of… Mike Muscala.— Oh, right. The Anthony Davis debacle at the deadline. That whole thing left a giant fracture in the locker room, and Johnson’s response was to essentially tell his players to toughen up.MORE: Magic’s bizarre press conference in 10 quotesAs it turns out, Johnson was never fit for the job, and he never seemed particularly interested in doing the work.Since taking over as president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson never fully committed to the job. Often he was traveling and away from the team. His office hours were limited. He didn’t do a lot of scouting. Running an NBA team takes a tremendous commitment of time and energy.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019Lakers coaching staff fully expected to be fired in hours after the final game of the season. They had believed they were gone for months. Now? Magic quits in public, saying he’s too scared to tell Jeanie Buss face-to-face. What an embarrassing episode for a historic franchise.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019He departs the Lakers at the most inopportune time. He couldn’t stomach making a difficult decision on the future of coach Luke Walton. He leaves that to general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss. With his free-agency promises looking bleaker by the day, he preferred to bail rather than face the prospect of striking out this summer. By proclaiming that the Lakers organization has a bright future ahead, he takes zero responsibility for the mess he’s left behind.Johnson will always be remembered as one of the greatest Lakers of all time, perhaps the greatest to ever wear the purple and gold. His time on the floor will never be forgotten.But his time in the front office will be viewed as a complete and utter failure. The only thing Johnson has from his brief tenure is the hope that the past two years will not tarnish the rest of his Lakers legacy. LeBron James knew his attempt to turn around the Lakers was going to be difficult, but there’s no way he knew he would end up in this kind of circus.In one of the most bizarre moments we’ve seen in recent NBA history, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson announced Tuesday evening he was stepping down immediately, addressing the media before the team’s regular-season finale against the Trail Blazers.last_img read more

Mehmedalija Čović will sign a contract with Zhetysu

first_imgFormer football player of FC ”Čelik” Mehmedalija Čović is leaving to play for Kazakh club ”Zhetysu”.He will sign the contract with them tomorrow, even though he trained with FC Shakhtar for one month.Mehmedalija Čović is 26 year old stopper and he used to play for FC ”Sloboda” Tuzla, AA Gent, Roeselare, Interblock Ljubljana and Budućnost from Banovići.last_img