Defending Champion, Germany Out of World Cup

first_imgThe defining moments started deep into the injury time when Kim Young-gwon’s 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winner Germany on the brink of elimination.Then six minutes into stoppage time, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the opponents’ half, South Korea gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second and seal Germany’s fate.It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not advanced beyond the first section of the tournament, as Joachim Low’s side finish bottom of Group F.The defeat followed their opening loss against Mexico, while it took a dramatic late winner from Toni Kroos to earn them their only points of the group stage against eventual group winners Sweden.Manager Low, who led Germany to World Cup glory four years ago, will face strong questions over his selections both before and during this tournament.He left Manchester City forward Leroy Sane out of his squad, despite the 22-year-old playing a major role in helping City win the Premier League title, while Mario Gotze, who scored the winner in the 2014 final against Argentina, also missed out.Against South Korea, Low made five changes, including recalling Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and dropping Thomas Muller, although the Gunners’ midfielder could not inspire his side to victory.Low has been in charge of Germany since 2006, taking them to the final of the 2008 European Championships where they lost to Spain and then that subsequent World Cup glory.Later in the evening in Rubin Kazan, goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva meant Brazil booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup as Group E winners, knocking Serbia out in the process.Brazil started the brighter of the two teams in the opening exchanges, although it wouldn’t be until the 25th minute when Vladimir Stojkovic was forced into the first meaningful save of the game, palming away Neymar’s effort from a narrow angle – that appeared to be heading wide -after some intricate build-up play.Chances fell for both nations in the ten minutes that followed, before the Selecao took a deserved lead just after the half hour mark. Spotting the deep run from Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho matched the burst forward with an exquisite pass, giving his Barcelona teammate the simple task of dinking the ball over Stojkovic to break the deadlock.Their were chances for Felipe Luis and several for Neymar to add some gloss to the scoreline late on for Brazil, although it would only be the two on the night, who confirmed a last 16 tie against Group F runners up Mexico on Monday.RESULTSMexico 0-3 SwedenS’Korea 2-0 GermanySerbia 0-2 BrazilSwitzerland 2-2 C’RicaTONIGHT FIXTURESJapan Vs Poland 3pmSenegal Vs Colombia 3pmEngland Vs Belgium 7pmPanama Vs Tunisia 7pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Brazil hit second round in styleDefending champions Germany tuesday afternoon became the first football super power to be eliminated from the on World Cup finals in Russia.The German team lost 2-0 to South Korea in a match they needed to win at the Rubin Kazan stadium in Russia.While South Korea became the first Asian nation to beat Germany, it is note worthy that German team became the third straight reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup — following Italy and Spain after it was beaten 2-0 by South Korea in Group F.last_img read more

Hughes leads Wisconsin in rout

first_imgAndy King/Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS ? Playing in a place called ?The Barn,? the Wisconsin men?s basketball team took Minnesota out back and gave the Gophers an old-fashioned country beating.From the opening tip, the Badgers never trailed in Sunday?s game.Three Badgers scored double figures, and the UW defense held the opposition to less than 50 points for the second consecutive game as Wisconsin won 63-47.The victory moved Wisconsin (18-3, 8-1 Big Ten) back into a tie with Purdue for first place in the conference standings and was the Badgers? 12th win in their last 13 games against the Gophers.The win also washed the sour taste from the loss their last time on the road out of the Badgers? mouths.?We realized our last road game we didn?t play that well and I think we wanted to come out and really play well, try to give a statement a little bit,? forward Brian Butch said.Minnesota, (13-7, 3-5) on the other hand, never was able to get going offensively, finishing with 36 percent shooting.?We hit some shots, so we gained a little confidence,? UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?They didn?t, so do you lose a little confidence? I don?t know, I can?t speak for other teams. But I know that definitely helped us to hit some shots early.?The Badgers jumped on the Gophers early, converting on 11 of their first 14 field goals over the first 11 minutes to run out to a 19-point lead at 29-10.?Do you want to have a start like that? Sure you do,? Ryan said. ?I?d like to have a start like that, a middle like that and an finish like that.?What the Badgers did during the start of the game was manufacture baskets their own way by probing the defense for good looks, passing to the open player and not forcing things offensively.?We just did what we normally do,? forward Brian Butch said. ?We moved the ball, looked for the extra players and we found the open guy. I think if you looked up the first 10 minutes or so, I think there were a bunch of guys that got off.?Marcus Landry got the run started with seven quick points on three looks in the lane and a free throw. After Landry did his part, his teammates took over.Five different Badgers scored in that stretch, led by Trevon Hughes? 11 points, which included a breakaway dunk off one of his season-high six steals. Brian Butch scored five, and Michael Flowers had three. Guard Jason Bohannon broke out of his recent shooting slump to drain a 3-pointer that capped the run and came off one of Joe Krabbenhoft?s three early assists. Krabbenhoft would finish with a game-high five assists for the game.?It was like (everybody had) seven to five (points) and everybody had enough,? Butch said.While Wisconsin finished the first half with a scorching 1.37 points per possession, the Badgers? defense forced Minnesota into some tough looks.?The defense is what gets [runs] started,? Hughes said. ?If the shots aren?t falling down, you can always go back and play good defense. ? Play good defense, and you get results out of that.?Just like they did their last time out, the Badgers built a 20-point lead in the second half thanks to scrappy defense and solid rebounding. This time, however, there was no Eric Gordon to shoot the opposition back into the game, and Wisconsin ran away with a win in hostile territory.?Indiana game, same thing,? Butch said. ?We had a big lead and let it slip a little too much. We just keep on playing hard and keep trying to do the right things.?On its way to a relatively easy double-digit win, the only tense moments down the stretch for Wisconsin came when Flowers appeared to injure his elbow going after a loose ball. The guard left the game clutching his right arm close to his body and looked to be in pain as the UW training staff worked on him on the sideline.After a few minutes on the bench, Flowers returned looking no worse for the wear.last_img read more

West, Woodley shine as unheralded offensive tandem for Northwestern State

first_imgJalan West and Zeek Woodley are accustomed to coming as a package.On the Louisiana Roundballers AAU team in high school. As the 1-2 punch for Northwestern State. Even as the top two in the video game ranks on the team, according to West.“We’re just like one of a kind,” Woodley said. “We’re like the same people.”Despite the differences in height, age and position, West and Woodley’s chemistry off the court lends itself to success on it.The junior point guard West leads the country with 7.6 assists per game, and the sophomore forward Woodley is third in the nation with 22.3 points per contest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWest, who averages 17.4 points per game as well, considers himself the distributor while Woodley handles more of the scoring, but head coach Mike McConathy said their roles are interchangeable. Regardless of which title each assumes, though, West and Woodley are spearheading the Demons’ (7-7, 2-1 Southland) push to keep pace with conference powerhouse Stephen F. Austin while ranking among the nation’s elite in their respective statistical categories.“They could’ve played anywhere in the country,” McConathy said. “They are two of the best players that I’ve ever been fortunate enough to coach that compliment each other, but also compliment all the players around them on the team.”When Woodley first came to Northwestern State, it was the then-sophomore West who took him under his wing since the seniors didn’t, Woodley said.The two had known each other for a couple years, both coming from local Louisiana high schools, and they combined for more than 33 points and almost nine rebounds per game in their first year as a collegiate 1-2 combo.This year, though, they’ve taken those numbers to another level yet still don’t get much recognition on the national spectrum. McConathy even said the duo’s defensive prowess, specifically Woodley’s ability to hard-hitch a ball screen and West’s to keep a ball-handler in front of him, are traits of theirs that go relatively unnoticed.“Being under the radar is good when we play the high major teams because they can’t prepare for us,” West said. “During the game they’re trying to find a way to stop us but by the time (they do), it’d be too late.”In the Demons’ most recent game against conference foe Incarnate Word, West and Woodley combined for 61 points on over 56 percent shooting from the field in a 103-101 win.It’s that offensive output that McConathy has become used to, almost to the point where he doesn’t even have to diagram a set play when in need of a score.“It’s not a deal where they’re just dribbling around for 10 seconds trying to figure out what they’re going to do,” McConathy said. “I think that they’re great at taking what our offense gives them to just go create and make buckets.”The two will play one-on-one in the gym alone, joke around about anything and just “hang out.” Most of the time, though, they just play NBA 2K15 and NBA Live. Woodley says he wins all the time. West says Woodley “doesn’t suck,” but confidently put himself first in the rankings ahead of him.And whether it’s in a video game setting or a real-life one, competition and cohesion are abundant with the pair whose roots are now paying major dividends on the hardwood.“Once you get chemistry with a player, it grows,” West said. “They can be unstoppable and a dynamic force. That’s what me and Zeek got going on right now.” Comments Published on January 13, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Thornton professor gives school $7 million donation

first_imgThornton School of Music violin professor Alice Schoenfeld donated $7 million to the school on Friday to establish the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Scholarship Fund for Strings Students, a scholarship to support violin and cello students.Schoenfeld also gave a $3 million endowment in October 2012 to name and renovate the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall, the school’s symphonic rehearsal space. The facility was renovated during the summer of 2012, adding an updated sounding system and audio and video recording capabilities.Sweet melodies · The $7 million donation from Thornton School of Music professor Alice Schoenfeld will establish a scholarship fund. Schoenfeld donated $3 million to Thornton in October. — Courtesy of USC NewsSchoenfeld’s total donation of $10 million is the largest gift ever given by a long-standing faculty member. Schoenfeld’s contribution is also the largest gift to date for Thornton’s $75 million fundraising initiative, which kicked off Friday. The initiative is part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California, a $6 billion fundraising effort.Schoenfeld has taught violin instruction and performance for more than 50 years at USC and currently holds the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair in String Instruction.The scholarship fund is named in honor of Shoenfeld’s sister, Eleonore, a cello professor at the Thornton School who died in 2007. The two sisters, known as the Schoenfeld Duo, toured internationally for decades. Schoenfeld made her debut at age 10 with the Berlin Philharmonic.Before her death in 2007, Eleanore Schoenfeld was a professor at Thornton and the holder of the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello.The $10 million donation is the second-largest gift Thornton has ever received, second to philanthropist Flora Thornton’s $25 million gift to name the school in 1999.Schoenfeld hopes her donation will encourage future generations of musicians to strive for excellence and to really commit to their craft.“True excellence in performance requires long hours, and the more support students can receive, the more they will be able to excel,” Schoenfeld said to USC News. “Performance and competition opportunities around the globe are invaluable in honing their craft and teaching them about the demands of a professional life.”last_img read more

Fall movie lineup guarantees wide range of genres

first_imgAfter a summer filled with laughs (Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck), tears (Inside Out), screams of terror (Jurassic World) and flops (Terminator Genisys), this fall’s new releases are about to hit the screen. Though films with darker content are typically released in the fall, there are also several new films that will provide some great laughs. Here is an introduction to the top 10 most promising films for the fall.1. Black Mass (Sept. 18)Johnny Depp, who is either a master of disguise or equipped with an excellent make-up team, is riveting yet terrifying in the released previews for Black Mass. Depp portrays real-life American gangster Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant working out of South Boston. With strong supporting casting — Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon — this rattling film is sure to be a dramatic shift from Depp’s recent trend of box office and critical misses.2. Everest (Sept. 18)Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which killed eight climbers and left several others stranded, this dramatic film promises plot twists and a big climax. The main focus of the film will be the survival attempts of the two exhibition groups who climbed the mountain during those fateful days, one led by Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhall) and the other led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke).3. The Intern (Sept. 25)After playing stunning characters in the woeful world of Les Misérables and the not so hopeful future of Interstellar, Anne Hathaway steps into a more uplifting setting. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, this charming, comedic film stars Hathaway, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine and Robert De Niro. Jules Ostin, portrayed by Hathaway, is the founder and CEO of a fashion e-commerce company: a little neurotic, incredibly stressed and overworked. Though the woman struggling to juggle it all is a cliché seen many times on screen, the film looks to be made a little more interesting with the addition of Ben Whittaker, played by De Niro, a senior who will intern at Ostin’s youthful firm through a community outreach program. Throughout the film, it is Whittaker who will help Ostin open herself up to the world.4. Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)Due to overwhelmingly negative reviews of Jobs, the 2013 biopic featuring Ashton Kutcher, from viewers and former Apple employees, it was a surprise that a new cinematic attempt at piecing together the complicated life of Apple’s cofounder followed so soon. For the majority of 2014, the bulk of press about the upcoming second-attempt biopic were the changes in directors and cast. This was coupled with a major studio change, from Sony to Universal Pictures. Out of all that drama comes a picture directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender. This new biopic, in which audiences can catch a glimpse of Job’s overly analytical yet incredibly fascinating personality, appears much more promising than the 2013 version.5. Goosebumps (Oct. 16)After a long struggle to get it done, the Goosebumps movie is finally here, in what is clearly going to be the Halloween movie of the year. Early previews have shown that viewers should be prepared for lots of laughs, as Jack Black takes on the leading role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Additionally, many adventures show Black and the children of the film, portrayed by Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush, chasing down the ghosts and monsters who have accidentally been released from the books and are wreaking havoc all over town.6. The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6)To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, a live action version is making its way to the big screen. The whole gang joins Charlie Brown as he tries to gather the courage to finally make a move on the Little Red-Haired Girl. This film looks to have no shortage of laughs as early previews of the film show Charlie trying as hard as he can to change for his object of affection, with hilariously disastrous results.7. By the Sea (Nov. 13)Subtract the mass shootouts against enemy firms and assassination attempts, yet keep the plot about a couple trying to keep their waning marriage alive, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith becomes the idyllic By the Sea. The film marks power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-Pitt’s reunion on the big screen. Though both Pitts produced the film, Jolie-Pitt also wrote and directed it. By the Sea hasn’t had a huge marketing campaign — some film stills have been released, but the majority of excitement has been raised by speculation from the fans. While Jolie-Pitt’s directorial skills received mixed reviews from Unbroken, By the Sea seems incredibly promising in its romantic plotline and choice of actors. Since on-screen chemistry was undeniable in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, there’s a chance this feat by the same actors can achieve the same appeal.8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Nov. 20)In the much-anticipated last installment of the Hunger Games film series, Katniss and crew are ready to obliterate President Snow and end the Games. The frenzy from fans about the final film has reached skyrocketing heights, but the main concern is whether the last installment will justify the hype. The decision to split the third book into two films has been mixed, with some critics claiming it unnecessary, especially since Mockingjay: Part 1 received average reviews and seemed to fall short of expectations.9. Victor Frankenstein (Nov. 25)After nearly two years of production and release delays, the Frankenstein movie has arrived. James McAvoy stars as the titular character, a young medical student, while Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, who has been known as Victor’s assistant from previous Frankenstein horror films. The 2015 film is told from Igor’s perspective, and though no previews have been released thus far, expect a dark and profound performance from Radcliffe.10. The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)With smash hit Inside Out dominating the box office, Pixar is looking to continue the magic by doing something they have never done before — release two films in one year. Created by those who worked on Finding Nemo and Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur tells the tale of Arlo, a young Apatosaurus becomes lost after using his father, and on his way home befriends a Tarzan-esque little boy who he names Spot. The film looks very endearing with quintessential Pixar tearjerker moments. As Pixar has been relying on an overabundant amount of sequels for the past couple of years, The Good Dinosaur promises to take audiences on an original adventure.last_img read more

Wisconsin drops regular season finale at home

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team went into the weekend with the chance to match, if not exceed, its 3-9 conference record from a year ago, but matches against two top-50 teams proved to be the end of that goal.Riding a five-game losing streak going into the weekend, Wisconsin (7-12, 2-9 Big Ten) fell to No. 12 Northwestern (16-6, 10-1) and No. 43 Illinois (13-9, 6-5) to finish its regular season on a 7-game skid.Sunday marked the Badgers’ regular season finale at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison where UW looked to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Illini last season. Wisconsin has not beaten Illinois since 2011.Illinois struck first, taking the doubles point in two close matches by a combined 3 games. The No. 3 doubles pairing of Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider fell 8-7. The No. 1 pairing of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich followed with an 8-6 loss leaving the No. 2 doubles match unfinished as the Fighting Illini clinched the point.Illinois jumped to a 2-0 lead when Jerricka Boone beat Bailey 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles matchup.Wisconsin picked up its first point of the match when Chypyha took down Allison Falkin 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match, bringing the Badgers within one point of the Illini. With the win, Chyphyha improves to 25-9 overall in singles matches.Illinois and Wisconsin would trade points as the Illini would take the No. 4 singles point and the Badgers would pick up the No. 2 singles point bringing the match to 3-2 mark.The No. 3 singles match proved to be the decisive one as Melissa Kopinski would take down Burich 6-3, 6-1 to give Illinois a 4-2 lead and secure the win over Wisconsin.The Illini would take the No. 4 singles point to bring the final to 5-2, handing the Badgers their seventh-straight loss.In its first match of the weekend, Wisconsin faced a No. 12 Northwestern team that it has taken only two points from in regular season matches since 2004.The Wildcats came to Madison with the No. 34, Veronica Corning, and No. 40, Belinda Niu, ranked singles players and No. 29th –ranked doubles team.Northwestern quickly took the doubles point with 8-3 and 8-2 wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 matchups respectively to take an early 1-0 lead.The Wildcats took the No. 6 singles point first as Nida Hamilton took care of Bailey 6-1, 6-2.Northwestern took the No. 4 singles point next and followed up with a win in the No. 3 matchup to clinch the victory for the away squad.In the No. 1 singles match, Wisconsin’s Chypyha put an early scare into No. 34-ranked Corning taking the first set 4-6. Corning would respond, though, taking the next two sets both by a score of 6-3.Wisconsin would fail to take a match from Northwestern, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 win over the Badgers for the second year in a row.With the regular season slate over, Wisconsin will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the Big Ten Tournament where it will take on No. 6 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers lost a three-way tiebreaker with Illinois and Indiana to take the sixth seed.In the only meeting between the two teams, Minnesota came away with a 4-3 win on its home court.  The Golden Gophers come into the conference tournament on a two-game losing skid.Wisconsin will face off with Minnesota Thursday at 2 p.m. The winner will take on No. 3 seed Ohio State. The Badgers fell to the Buckeyes 6-1 in the regular season.last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin receives No. 8 in first College Football Playoff rankings

first_imgWisconsin helped build its top 10 case after defeating current-No. 10 University of Nebraska last Saturday in a 23-17 overtime thriller at Camp Randall Stadium.Prior to Tuesday night’s verdict, the Badgers were also ranked as the eighth-best team in the country by the AP Poll. While the Badgers didn’t budge in the new CFP poll, this wasn’t the case for most teams.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…The committee delivered its first top 25 poll of the 2016-17 season  ruling the current four playoff contenders as No. 1 University of Alabama, No. 2 University of Michigan, No. 3 Clemson University and No. 4 Texas A&M University.Undefeated and AP No. 4 University of Washington was the lone team from the AP’s top four that did not align with the playoff committee’s original cut Tuesday night. This may come as a surprise to some considering Texas A&M — the team that replaced the Huskies at No. 4 in the CFP poll — already suffered a 19-point loss to Alabama earlier this season.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Overall, the Big Ten fared well in the College Football Playoff rankings compared to the previous AP Poll evaluations. While the conference lacks any representation between the No. 13 and 25 spots in the new rankings, the Big Ten managed to land five teams inside of the top 12. The SEC was a close second as the only other conference to boast five teams inside of the top 15.With Michigan currently occupying the No. 2 spot and a one-loss Ohio State team looking in from the outside at No. 6, the Big Ten is in a prime position to make a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.As of now, it appears the winner of the Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) game is the team most likely to represent the conference in the 2016 playoff.While the possibility is hanging on by a thread of probability, Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is still technically alive in the playoff race. For this to happen, they would not only need to win out, but they would also need some help from Nebraska.Football: Wisconsin feels the loss of its physical and emotion leaderJack Cichy will not step on the field again for the University of Wisconsin football team this season. A torn Read…If the Buckeyes can hand the Cornhuskers their second loss in Columbus this weekend, Wisconsin’s chances — though still slim — would increase. This is because a 10-2 Wisconsin team would hold the head-to-head advantage over Nebraska, which appears to be the Badgers’ greatest competitor in the Big Ten West title chase.If the Badgers can win all four of their remaining games to win the West, they would still need to defeat an unbeaten Michigan, or perhaps a one-loss Ohio State team, in the conference championship game to claim one of the four most coveted spots in college football. The College Football Playoff selection committee named the University of Wisconsin football team No. 8 in the nation Tuesday night.last_img read more acquires Stratagem to boost AI disciplines

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Stratagem inks its first operator deal with Worldstar Betting Africa September 22, 2017 Malta monitors Franco-German ‘EU digital taxation framework’ proposal November 30, 2017 Related Articles Share Anouk Mertens named as Eleven Sports COO November 16, 2018 Sports and betting AI focused data and insights software developer Stratagem has a new owner in Luxembourg-based cryptocurrency trading platform undisclosed sum acquisition has been confirmed via a blog post on the website. The buying party details that it will incorporate Stratagem’s ‘world-class’ AI development team to work on its crypto-led technology verticals.Furthermore, Stratagem will be used to diversify’s portfolio beyond crypto disciplines adding a new sports-centric component to its operating stable.Founded in 2013 by former Deutsche Bank executive Andreas Koukorinis, Stratagem aims to deliver new dynamics and insights for betting, by treating sports data as a financial asset class.Stratagem emphasises machine learning alongside statistical modelling to deliver deeper and more accurate insights on sports predictions, correct market pricing, and risk management.Stratagem Chief Executive Charlie McGarraugh commented that’s acquisition begins a new chapter for the AI focused firm“We are thrilled to join Blockchain and strongly believe this is the right platform to leverage the expertise built up at Stratagem since its founding. We’re delighted to join the team and look forward to the journey ahead!”last_img read more

LA Clippers’ J.J. Redick goes from long cast to podcast

first_imgJ.J. Redick shoots the basketball with the best in the NBA. He’s having the finest season of his 10-year career. Now the Los Angeles Clippers’ shooting guard has become a member of the media as he recently signed with Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical to do a weekly podcast for 52 weeks.What a show-off.“I think he’s doing that so he feels like he never has to talk to the media again,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, laughing. “I told him I would not be on the show. That’s too strange.”Redick is averaging 16 points per game, second-most of his career after averaging 16.4 last season. He also leads the league with a 48.2 shooting percentage (120 of 249) from 3-point range after never having shot higher than 43.7 percent from there. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In one prolific performance, Redick made eight of his first nine shots from beyond the arc before finishing 9 of 12 and scoring 40 points in a 140-132 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Jan. 18 at Staples Center.The man who gets angry at himself for missing a shot during shootarounds was hard on himself afterward.“I do not know that it is the best I have felt shooting the ball,” he said. “I feel like I missed a couple mid-range shots I would have normally made.”Teammate Chris Paul joked, “I remember two of them that he missed. He was wide open. He and I will have to talk about why he missed those.”Veteran Paul Pierce, who is headed to the Hall of Fame, can’t say enough about Redick.center_img “J.J. has been phenomenal,” he said. “I mean, he’s stepped up his game in the absence of Blake (Griffin). I think we’re running more things for him. He’s one of our go-to scorers, so we have complete confidence in him. We’re getting him open. I know every time I’m out there, I’m like, ‘Look, come my way and I’ll set a screen, get you open.’”More than ever, Redick figures heavily into opposing coaches’ game-planning.“He’s playing great,” Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said Wednesday before his team upset the Clippers 108-102. “He’s shooting the ball, he’s getting to the basket, he’s doing a lot of good things. I hope we pay attention to him.”Redick had a rare off-shooting night Wednesday, going 1 for 9 from the field. Stuff like that doesn’t worry Rivers.Redick shot 2 of 10, 1 of 6 from 3-point range in a victory over the Lakers this past Friday. Two nights later, he shot 7 of 11, 4 of 4 from distance in a win over Chicago.“He works at it,” Rivers said. “He works harder than everybody, anybody that I’ve ever seen. He’s just tough. You know what I love about him? (Against the Lakers) he couldn’t make a shot. He didn’t get but four shots in the first half. But if you watch the film, visually there was no body-language change. It was like, ‘Fine, this is not my night, I’m good.’“Whereas you can look around the league every night, you can tell the guy that’s not getting the ball; you just look at his face. That just says a lot about him, like, he knows he can shoot, he knows it’s going to go in and he doesn’t worry about it. He’s just a mentally tough kid.”Redick is 31, so he’s no kid. Ask him why he’s having his best season at this time, he gets philosophical.“I’ve put in a lot of work,” he said. “I use my brain, I use my body, I use my time. I’m becoming more efficient as I get older in life.”Redick is indeed in the second half of his career, so it’s time to start planning for the future. As cerebral as he is, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him eventually get into coaching. But if this podcast thing goes well, that might be in his crystal ball.Redick’s initial podcast was Monday. His main guest was former Clippers forward Jared Dudley, who is now with the Washington Wizards.“It was a lot of fun,” said Redick, whose Clippers (32-17) will play at 4 p.m. Friday at Orlando (21-27), the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2006.“Jared was a very easy guest to have on as kind of my first podcast guest because he’s such a great talker. I’m happy with it. I see some room for improvement in certain areas, but I thought the flow was pretty good.”Originally, Redick said, he was to write for The Vertical.“I wasn’t necessarily against that, but I think the podcast idea was something new and something that hadn’t really been done for a current NBA player, so I’ve been called a pioneer,” he said.Will he do it once his playing days are over?“The way I see it, I have nothing to lose,” he said. “If people like it, great. If people don’t like it, OK. My priority is to be a basketball player, so that’s my only concern.”Rivers, who must moonlight as a comedian, isn’t uneasy about anything Redick might say in his podcast.“You know J.J., he’s going to keep it Duke vanilla,” Rivers said, “and so you don’t worry about it. I do think this is something he wants to do post-career and so I’m a big believer in if that’s what they want to do, then they should get the practice and do it.”Practice makes perfect.REDICK FILEFull name: Jonathan Clay RedickHeight: 6-foot-4Age: 31Years pro: 10th season (third with Clippers)College: DukeStatistics: Shooting league-high 48.2 percent from 3-point range, 47.5 percent overall; averaging 16.0 points per game.last_img read more

Clippers’ Derrick Walton Jr. making the most of his opportunity

first_img“Just being a part of something special,” Walton told Pink in response to her question. “We’re preparing for something big. But you try to take it a day at a time…”At that point, veteran forward Moe Harkless interrupted, draping a towel over Walton’s head and giving the guard an affectionate noogie — which did not derail Walton’s train of thought: “… and know we got an end goal and just try to build blocks to make sure, at the end of the day, we’re most prepared for what we’re trying to get accomplished.”Before Walton was called up from Ontario to join the L.A. Clippers on Dec. 1, Walton was preparing for his current opportunity by stuffing stat sheets in the G League, with 13.4 points, 7.2 assists 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in his five games with Agua Caliente.Now, in 17 contests with L.A., he’s shooting an 55.6 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3-point range and is one of six regular Clippers with a positive — plus 1.2 — net plus-minus (the net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions).Just before this season began, Walton offered a hint of what he believed he could contribute.“I feel like I’m always silently confident,” he said. “Everything about this situation is about fitting and opportunities.”PISTONS AT CLIPPERSWhen: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Staples Center, Los AngelesTV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error No Patrick Beverley. No Lou Williams. No Terance Mann.Yes, Derrick Walton Jr.The 6-foot point guard from Michigan — via the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas and Germany’s Alba Berlin — finished 2019 by further ingratiating himself with Clippers’ fandom and his teammates alike.Walton, 24, chalked up a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to buoy the short-handed Clippers on Tuesday in a convincing 105-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings.center_img “Yessssir boyyy hooping,” tweeted Beverley, who missed the first of what’s expected to be a few games with a sprained right wrist.Walton was, indeed, hooping: He curled comfortably around a Montrezl Harrell screen and sank a jumper; he buried a wide-open rainbow 3-pointer from the top of the arc; he buried another in a defender’s face; he recovered after being blocked by Bogdan Bogdanovic by popping up for another two points from the elbow — and looked exceedingly comfortable all the while.“He’s just solid, he knows he can score, he knows he can shoot the ball,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Sacramento who asked about Walton, who once scored 41 points in a G League game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.“It’s like the league doesn’t know he can do that so they’re going to keep leaving him open. He’s not going to hesitate.”Walton isn’t the flinching type. During his televised postgame interview with Fox Sports’ Kristina Pink, he answered a question about what he’s looking forward to in the new year — which tips off for the Clippers (24-11) on Thursday against the 12-22 Detroit Pistons (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket) and former Clippers star Blake Griffin, who’s been nursing a sore knee.last_img read more