NBA’s Zach Randolph of Sacramento Kings arrested in Watts in connection with marijuana possession for sale

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NBA star Zach Randolph of the Sacramento Kings was one of two people arrested Wednesday night while a crowd formed in the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts and vandalized six police cars.36-year-old Randolph, a former Los Angeles Clipper, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and intent to sell, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison. Another man, 43-year-old Stanley Walton, was also arrested on suspicion of being an ex-convict in possession of a gun, Madison added.The incident began at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday at a house in the area of 112th Street and Zamora Avenue when a crowd formed who were drinking, smoking marijuana and blocking the roadway, Madison said.Officers observed three suspects that reached for their waistband and ran, Madison explained. Officers immediately detained one man who was questioned and released. He was drafted 19th overall out of Michigan State by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2001 draft.Nicknamed “Z-Bo,” he spent six seasons in Portland before getting traded to the New York Knicks. Early in his second season in New York, he was traded to the Clippers along with Mardy Collins for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas in 2008.Randolph averaged 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 39 games with the Clippers, but was traded in the 2009 offseason to the Memphis Grizzlies for Quentin Richardson.He helped lead the Grizzlies to the postseason seven times in eight seasons. He averaged 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for Memphis, which has said it will retire Randolph’s No. 50 jersey in the future.As a free agent, Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Sacramento Kings on July 10.According to sheriff’s booking records, Randolph is out on $20,000 bail and has an Aug. 31 court date set in Los Angeles. Deputy Sports Editor Brian Martin and City News Service contributed to this reportcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTwo other suspects went inside the unit and tried to block officers before police were able to gain entry and took the two into custody, Madison said,The crowd then grew larger and started throwing rocks and bottles at officers and a help call was placed and the LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department units responded.“A dispersal order was given,” Madison said, adding skirmish lines were formed by the LAPD Devonshire division before five LAPD patrol cars and one L.A. County Sheriff’s Department vehicle were vandalized.Cash, narcotics and two guns were recovered from the scene, Madison added.Randolph is a two-time All-Star who has played 16 seasons in the NBA. Over that time, he has earned more than $175 million in salary alone.last_img read more

Heisler: Next on the Lakers’ wish list – Anthony Davis

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs So, if the Celtics want to know what’s at stake this season, there’s that.Leonard is 27 and no one knows what goes on in his head. His departure from Toronto is so widely expected, the Raptors made a commercial about it (“Stop fretting about will he stay or will he go. Enjoy this for what it is,”) although the ad hardly amounts to a statement of confidence.As great a talent as Leonard is, he’s not a hand-in-glove fit with James, as Davis is. Nor is the withdrawn Kawhi as much a magnet for other players and a bridge to the future.Prevailing speculation has Kawhi lined up for the Clippers, who expect to have two max-contract slots saved for him and another premier free agent.One way or another, it’s going to be another big summer around here. Now, just 616 shopping days before he becomes a free agent … the Anthony Davis watch!We’re definitely getting ahead of ourselves with Davis under contract in New Orleans until July 1, 2020, but so are people around the NBA.With a huge free agent summer coming in 2019 – last summer’s was quiet in comparison with only a few major stars available – insiders think Davis will force a trade, making him the prize of a mega-star list that potentially includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler.The leading contenders for A.D. are thought to be the arch-rival Lakers and Celtics, both loading up in case the day comes when the Pelicans say they’ll listen to offers. In words that Stern would never have uttered in office, he embraced the speculation, calling Demps “a lousy general manager,” who now “may lose Anthony Davis.”As they say in New Orleans, Et tu, Ex-Commish?For the record, nothing is happening now.Davis is handling this professionally, saying the right things but stopping short of committing himself to his current team, unlike Leonard, who let the Spurs twist in the wind all last season before forcing them to trade him, or Butler, who’s trying to force his way out of Minnesota.Asked about switching agents, Davis denied it meant he was Lakers-bound, or anywhere-bound.“You can’t listen to what somebody else is saying, all the white noise, ‘A.D.’s going here, A.D.’s going here,’” he said.“A.D.’s playing for the Pelicans this year. The rest will take care of itself.”Nevertheless, Davis also set goals – that included “being the most dominant player in the league” – which will be hard to do in the rough, tough Western Conference with a team that has made the playoffs five times in 14 years.“Winning definitely helps everything, helps with your legacy, helps be on the top of the list,” Davis said. “But going to the playoffs every three years doesn’t help my case.”Davis supposedly changed agents for marketing reasons, but no one is buying that.Paul George, who forced Indiana to trade him a year before his contract expired, is the most recent example of stars maneuvering early to preserve their status as “Lary Bird players,” remaining eligible for maximum dollars.Insiders think that’s what Davis is doing, with the move to Klutch Sports all about the possibility of going to the Lakers.“Why else did he do it?” an East GM asked.“Things are going great for him. The team is going good. He got the Derrick Rose extension (a five-year $150 million deal that each team is allowed to offer one player on his rookie contract).“It’s not because of race. Thad Foucher is an Afro-American. It’s not because of agency. Thad Foucher is from the Wasserman Group and has Russell Westbrook. So why did he do it?”We’ll see when the time comes, whether that’s next summer – meaning this is on – or 2020.The LeBron Era started with the Lakers falling on their faces in that 0-3 start amid the usual hysteria including screaming headlines over a garden variety scrum (which Rajon Rondo named “Spitgate.”)Nevertheless, all of this is part of the LeBron Effect with his presence … or LeBron, himself … at the center of every intrigue.The Lakers are now the beneficiaries of James’ deft maneuvering, making them once more what they had been but lost … the destination of choice for NBA superstars.For the Lakers, Davis is, indeed, the most desirable player who could be available next summer.A.D. is not only a big man who would fit with a perimeter player like James, but a modern one with shooting range (34 percent from 3-point range last season) to go along with dominating shot-blocking (No. 1 three of the last five seasons).Davis is also 25, entering his prime as James, who’ll be 34 in December, leaves his … which could make A.D. a bridge to a Lakers future beyond their hopes for the time LeBron has left.Durant is 30. Insiders think he has had it with being part of the Warriors’ ensemble and will leave next summer, presumably after winning his third title there.Insiders earlier had KD and Irving teaming up in New York, which might be why Kyrie resisted committing to Boston for so long.Irving finally announced he intends to re-sign with the Celtics, although NBA people don’t consider that a done deal quite yet.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Celtics can offer the better package with bright prospects and a slew of first-round draft picks, almost certain to include Sacramento’s in 2019.Nevertheless, the Lakers are considered the early favorite with Davis seeming to lean toward teaming up with LeBron James.A.D. just fired his old agent, Thad Foucher, to go with Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, a James insider known as one of the “Four Horsemen” – they now prefer the corporate name of LRMR – with Maverick Carter, Randy Mims and LeBron, himself.The buzz isn’t limited to the usual GMs, scouts, agents and press people. A rare suggestion that this is real came last week from former NBA commissioner David Stern, himself.In a Sports Illustrated interview, Stern absolved himself for spiking the 2011 Chris Paul-Lakers trade, blaming Pelicans GM Dell Demps for going ahead without authorization with the NBA then running the team, between owners.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Listen: Beat writer Kyle Goon discusses Lakers-Clippers and LeBron’s MVP candidacy

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Southern California News Group Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon was on CBS Sports Radio Sunday, discussing the Lakers’ victory over the Clippers and LeBron James’ MVP candidacy.Listen to the audio:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Pelicans engaged with ‘several teams’ about Anthony Davis deal

first_img NBA Draft 2019: What will the Lakers do with the No. 4 pick? Anthony Davis trade rumors: Pelicans want All-Star, young player, 2 picks in exchange for star Davis has reportedly expressed interest in the Knicks and Lakers, who have the No. 3 and 4 picks in the draft, respectively. New York is reportedly wary of giving up valuable assets for Davis, but the Celtics, Bucks and others could still step into the picture.The Pelicans surprisingly won the lottery and will have the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft, which is widely expected to be former Duke star Zion Williamson. Los Angeles reportedly offered the Pelicans multiple packages for Davis before the deadline, which included young players like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and others, but no deal was ultimately reached. However, that was before Griffin’s hiring. New Orleans has reportedly explored multi-team deals, as well.  Knicks trade rumors: Some within organization ‘uncomfortable’ with dealing major assets for Anthony Davis New Orleans could be looking to move Anthony Davis by next week.The Pelicans appear to want to trade the star big man before the NBA Draft on June 20 and are engaged in talks with “several teams,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.  🗣: @wojespn on #AD2LA— LakeShowWorld (@LakeShowWorld) June 11, 2019The Lakers, who have been interested in acquiring Davis since he asked for a trade in January, “remain aggressive,” Wojnarowski said during a Tuesday appearance on SportsCenter. New Orleans executive vice president David Griffin is asking for an “All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks” for Davis, according to an earlier report from ESPN. Related Newslast_img read more

Olympic gold medalists Sergey Bubka, Alexander Popov deny alleged Rio vote-buying involvement

first_imgThe IOC will investigate allegations this week of vote-rigging that led to the 2016 Summer Games being awarded to Rio de Janeiro, claims that two former Olympic gold medalists who were implicated in the allegations strongly deny.According to The Guardian, former Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral testified in court that he paid $2 million to Lamine Diack that the former head of the IAAF, international track and field’s governing body, was to use to buy votes from among other IOC voters former Olympic pole vaulter Sergey Bubka and swimmer Alexander Popov. Cabral recounted that Brazilian Olympic Committee president Arthur Nuzman assured him the vote-buying scheme would work because Diack had a history of corrupt behavior.“I said, ‘Nuzman, what are our guarantees here?’ And he said, ‘Traditionally he sells four, five, six votes. There is a risk that we don’t get through to the second round.’”Cabral claims he authorized an initial payment of $1.5 million and a second of $500,000 after Diack guaranteed to deliver up to six votes.Bubka, an IOC executive board member, said Friday in a series of tweets that he rejected “all the false claims made by the former Rio State governor,” and that he was never contacted about his Rio vote. He also pointed out that Cabral has been sentenced to almost 200 years in jail for his part in a series of corruption scandals.I completely reject all the false claims made by the former Rio State governor who is currently serving a long prison sentence for corruption.— Sergey Bubka (@sergey_bubka) July 5, 2019Mr Diack has never contacted me about my vote at the election of the host city for the Olympic Games 2016. My lawyers will write to Mr Diack to ask him to explain the allegations of Mr Cabral who wrongly claims in his testimony that Mr Diack could secure my vote.— Sergey Bubka (@sergey_bubka) July 5, 2019I will instruct my lawyers to use all the legal means at their disposal and to reserve all my rights— Sergey Bubka (@sergey_bubka) July 5, 2019Popov, an IOC honorary member after having full membership from 2000-16, says that he is cooperating with the IOC’s investigation though he didn’t vote for Rio in any of the three rounds of balloting. He added that he was “extremely surprised at the appearance of such information with the illegal use of my name.””I did not participate in any negotiations and I am not familiar with the topics and with the people who are mentioned … and have never had contact with them,” Popov said in a statement (via The Associated Press). Bubka, a Ukrainian who competed for the Soviet Union, won pole vault gold at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and held the world record for 30 years until 2014.Popov, who competed for Russia, won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle titles at back-to-back Olympics, in 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta.Their names have surfaced in the Rio vote-buying allegations in the wake of French authorities charging former Namibian Olympic silver medal sprinter Frankie Fredericks in connection with the vote-buying scheme, part of a wider investigation into Diack, the former IAAF chief, and his son, Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced former marketing agent for the IAAF, who both have been charged with money laudering and corruption.last_img read more

Nationals injury updates: Max Scherzer nearing return; Sean Doolittle placed on injured list

first_imgScherzer, 35, has been out since July 25 with an upper-back strain. He threw a simulated game this weekend and is “probable” to start Thursday against the Pirates.Max Scherzer is probable to come off the injured list to start Thursday against the Pirates, per Dave Martinez.— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) August 18, 2019“I feel good,” Scherzer said, via NBC Sports Washington. “Kind of do my normal little tests, move my arm and go through the throwing motion, so I feel good. I’m basically sore today the way I should be sore, given that and all the treatment we did yesterday and throwing a sim game. Like everything feels right where it should be. There’s no extra soreness other than what I anticipated. To me, that’s right-on par.” Related News Mets’ Pete Alonso breaks National League rookie home run record Joey Votto injury update: Reds place infielder (back) on 10-day IL The Nationals received some mixed injury news Sunday.Washington ace Max Scherzer is nearing his return to the rotation, manager Dave Martinez told reporters. But, the team also announced it had placed Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. Juan Soto injury update: Nationals outfielder considered ‘day to day’ with ankle sprain “(Saturday) I just didn’t have anything,” Doolittle said after the game. “So, yeah, we’re going to have to figure something out. I’m going to have to figure something out because this team, they deserve better right now.”The Nationals topped Milwaukee, 16-8, on Sunday and finished play leading the National League wild-card race with a 67-56 record. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, has a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts so far this season.“The toughest part about this whole thing is I feel like the carrot’s right in front of my face,” Scherzer said. “That it’s such day to day that any day it could turn and you always wake up every single day thinking today’s the day that you’re going to wake up and not feel anything and you’re going to go out there and you’re going to throw it and you’re going to feel no pain whatsoever. And you go off running because it’s not a serious injury. That’s been the most frustrating part.”Meanwhile, Doolittle, 32, has struggled recently and holds a 4.33 ERA and 28 saves in 54 appearances. He allowed four runs and blew a save in his latest appearance Saturday against the Brewers.last_img read more

Željezničar will play an exhibition match in Germany

first_imgCurrent BiH Champion and winner of the Cup of BiH, football club Željezničar, will play an exhibition match in September against German team Eintracht from Braunschweig which will from the next season play in German Bundesliga.According to the negotiations concerning this match are in the final stage, and now only the exact date must be agreed upon, but it will probably be September.last_img

Pjanić statistically the Second Best Free Kicks Taker in Europe this Season

first_img(Source: Portal Whoscored, which is dealing with football statistics, revealed that, statistically, the second best free kicks taker in Europe this season is our Miralem Pjanić.A total of 35 players in the best leagues of Europe kicked from free kicks into the net more than ten times, and Pjanić, with effect of 20 percent, is on the second place. National team representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina from ten attempts scored two times, against Parma and Inter.With four goals from 17 attempts, on the first place is Zlatko Junuzović from Werder Bremen, and the interesting fact is that the big stars such as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the 23rd, 24th and 25th place.last_img

What did Gianni Ghidini say about Amel Tuka?

first_imgGianni Ghidini, coach of the best BiH athlete Amel Tuka, spoke about the chances of the BiH athlete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Amel will perform in the qualifying race at 800 meters on Friday. This will be his debut at the Olympics. One of the most deserving persons in his career is the Italian coach Gianni Ghidini, who has been cooperating with Amel since 2013. When he was young, Ghidini was in active in football and athletics.The Italian coach started working with Amel Tuka in 2013. Previously, he coached Wilfred Bungei, winner of the golden Olympic medal at the Games in Beijing in 2008 in the race at 800 meters. He also coached Yusuf Kamel, winner of the golden medal at 1.500 meters and bronze medal at 800 meters at the World Championship in 2009, and Willian Yiampoy, bronze medal winner from the World Championship in 2005 in the race at 800 meters.“It happened in 2013. Amel came to Italy with a friend of his who wanted to bring him there to run. I met him because he was in a search for a manager. That manager was Claudio Arduini, who cooperates with my regarding the Kenyans we worked with,” Ghidini remembers.Amel progressed a lot with Ghidini and he experienced a real take-off last year when he celebrated in the Diamond League in Monaco, with a result of 1:42:51, which was the best time in 2015. The crown of the year came in Beijing at the World Championship, when Tuka won the bronze medal. He was the fourth at this year’s European Championship. Speaking about preparations for the Olympics, Ghidini says that Amel had to take a rest in late February and early March, due to muscle strain.“Preparations went well until March, and then he got the muscle strain which prevented him from training for 25 days. After that, we trained well and prepared him completely. I think he is well-prepared. We were also preparing for the European Championship, thinking only about the Olympic games. Regarding the preparations here, the preparations continues without a problem. I would say Amel is in good shape,” said Ghidini.Tuka’s competition will be very difficult, with inner circle consisting of the current Olympic and world champion, the Kenyan David Rudisha, then the Poles Adam Kszcot and Marcin Lewandowski, and Nijel Amos from Botswana. Among other competitors are also Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich from Kenya and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse from France. Therefore, Ghidini thinks that qualifying for the finals would be a great success.Ghidini hopes that Amel will bring the result that we all expect.“In Amel I saw a person who is always ready to cooperate and progress. Regarding the Athletic Federation of BiH and the Olympic Committee of BiH, I established great cooperation with them and we did some major preparations for the Olympics together. I hope these sacrifices that Amel has been through and these preparations we completed thanks to the Athletic Federation of BiH and the Olympic Committee of BiH will bring the result that we all have in our hearts,” Ghidini concluded.(Source: read more

Larisa Ceric will participate in the Elite Masters Tournament in Chinese Guangzhou

first_imgThe best BiH’s athlete, Larisa Ceric, will participate in the elite Masters tournament in Chinese Guangzhou next weekend.In total, there will be 16 best-ranked judo players who have the right to compete in the final tournament.Ceric will try to repeat the success in China last year when she won the third place and thus finished another brilliant season in which she won silver and bronze at the European and World Championships.“Last year I was third in this tournament and I hope I can repeat that success. The season was tiring, I had a performance in five or six tournaments recently, I feel well, have the confidence and hope that I will be able to come up with a chance to fight for the medal, possibly to come to the finals or try to be the first,”said Ceric.The only BiH’s representative at the tournament in the toughest women’s category of over 78 kg currently occupies a high third place, although most of the season she was in the leading position.The first place is taken by Japanese Sarah Asahina with 6800 points, the second is an athlete from Cuba, Idalyis Ortiz with 5760, while Ceric is on the third place with 5630 points.There will be 234 judo players from 53 countries participating in the Masters Tournament.Larisa, had won the “Athlete of 2017” award, continued to shine this year with a bronze at the world championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, a silver at the European championship in Tel Aviv, Israel, a gold at the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and a silver in Antalya, Turkey.“This is a year of my dreams, I have won lots of medals and for some time, I was the first on the world ranking list. This is a great honor and I have to thank everyone who helped me to achieve this result,” Ceric said.last_img read more