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Suns Overcome Booker’s Ejection, Hold Off Lakers 114-104
03/02/2021 11:56pm

Dario ari scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Bookers ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Walker’s 25 Lift Celtics Over Kawhi-Less Clippers 117-112
03/02/2021 9:56pm

Kemba Walker had 25 points and six assists, and the Boston Celtics took advantage of a late scratch of All-Star Kawhi Leonard and held off the Los Angeles Clippers 117-112 on Tuesday night.

Bracketology: CU Buffs No. 9, CSU Rams No. 10 In Latest CBS Sports NCAA Tournament Projections
03/02/2021 2:07pm

CBS Sports has the Buffs as a No. 9 seed and the Rams as the No. 10 seed in his latest NCAA Tournament bracket projections. In this projection, Colorado would play the Louisville Cardinals and Colorado State would play the USC Trojans.

Spring Training Report: COVID Will Loom Over Baseball For Another Season
03/02/2021 1:35pm

The 2021 MLB season is just weeks away, and while COVID continues to change baseball, at least the changes are familiar this time around.

LeBron James Selling Brentwood Mansion For $20M
03/02/2021 11:44am

The 36-year-old James and his family currently live in a $36 million mansion in Beverly Hills.


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LAFC, Galaxy hope to have fans at home games when new MLS season starts April 17
03/02/2021 6:11pm

The Galaxy and LAFC say they are hopeful they will be allowed to welcome a limited number of fans into their stadiums when the MLS regular season opens next month. The season will kick off April 17, although it is unknown whether either team will play its opener at home since the league has not ...

Stan Williams, All-Star pitcher who helped Dodgers win 1959 World Series, dies at 84
02/22/2021 11:38am

Stan Williams, the fearsome All-Star pitcher who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series, has died. He was 84. Williams died Saturday at his home in Laughlin, Nevada. He was hospitalized on Feb. 11 and had been in hospice care due to the effects of cardio-pulmonary illness, the Dodgers said Sunday and ...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Super Bowl win with boat parade
02/10/2021 5:48pm

Even on the water, it seems the connection between seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and his receivers cannot be denied. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a boat parade Wednesday to celebrate their first NFL title in 18 years on a sun-splashed day with thousands of fans lining the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa. ...

Owner Mark Cuban says Mavs will play national anthem before home games after NBA reiterates policy
02/10/2021 7:05am

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its longstanding league policy to include the song. The leagues initial reaction to Cubans decision was to say teams were free to conduct pregame activities as they wished with the unusual circumstances ...

Super Bowl LVI: L.A. committee releases logo, plans for 2022 game at SoFi Stadium
02/09/2021 2:50pm

The finish line for one Super Bowl marks the starting point for the next. So just as the Tampa machine was powering down Monday in the wake of Super Bowl LV, the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee on Tuesday will release its logo, game plan for the event, and a launch video featuring Snoop Dogg. The NFL ...


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Shorthanded Lakers Can't Complete Comeback Over Suns, 114-104
03/03/2021 5:55am

Dario ari scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Bookers ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.Booker scored 17 points before getting ejected for arguing with 7:10 left in the third quarter, but the Suns 23-11 still took charge down the stretch and cruised to their 15th victory in 18 games. Phoenix also moved past the defending NBA champions 24-12 into second place in the Western Conference by winning percentage after completing an unbeaten three-game road trip.You gain confidence when a guy like Book doesnt play or gets tossed, and youre able to pull a game out on the road at the end of a trip, Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. Thats a recipe for mailing it in but that was a big-time character win. We got better. I think we played good tonight, but we probably got more confidence that we can pull a game out on the road without Devin or Chris Paul saving the day.Booker was whistled for two technical fouls in remarkably rapid succession, resulting in the All-Stars second ejection in just over five weeks.We werent nervous, Bridges said of Bookers sudden departure. We knew we had to go out there and do what we do. We had to lock in for the rest of the game and do it for our teammates. Our best player goes out, and we just kept staying the course and fighting all the way to the end. I feel it was a great road trip. Im feeling good right now.LeBron James scored 38 points for Los Angeles, which has lost five of seven with mounting injury problems. Dennis Schrder added 17 points, but the Lakers couldnt keep up without regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol.Kuzma was a late scratch with a bruised right heel, while Gasol missed his first game under the NBAs health and safety protocols. The Lakers dropped to 3-6 since Davis was injured during a loss to Denver on Valentines Day.Moments before Bookers ejection, James and Lakers coach Frank Vogel got simultaneous technicals for arguing a no-call on Paul.Im happy with how were competing, Vogel said. Our guys are giving great effort and great hustle and great fight. You understand theres a big picture here, and guys are keeping the big-picture mindset.TIP-INSSuns: Snapped their five-game skid against the Lakers at Staples Center since November 2017. Booker replaced Davis among the NBAs All-Star selections last week. ari was questionable before the game with a right ankle sprain.Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker had 16 points, one off his career high. Alex Caruso had seven points and six rebounds before leaving late with neck spasms. Damian Jones played just seven minutes against his former team despite the Lakers lack of a center. He is managing a lower back strain.LEBRON IN THE LANEJames, who led the NBA in assists last season, repeatedly scored in the paint against Phoenix while taking an uncharacteristic off-ball role on many possessions. His highest-scoring performance since Jan. 25 still wasnt enough for the Lakers, who are struggling to generate offense with Davis out for the past eight games with a calf injury.James got no help from two struggling swingmen: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had four points in 31 minutes, and Wesley Matthews went scoreless in 23 minutes.UP NEXTSuns: Host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.Lakers: At the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Kawhi-Less Clippers Fall to Celtics, 117-112
03/03/2021 4:44am

The Celtics have had trouble at times this season holding on to leads late in games.Boston benefited from the surprise absence of one of the leagues top stars to avoid that and post its first winning streak in a month.Kemba Walker had 25 points and six assists, and the Celtics took advantage of a late scratch of All-Star Kawhi Leonard and held off the Los Angeles Clippers 117-112 on Tuesday night.Jaylen Brown finished with 18 points. Jayson Tatum and Payton Pritchard each added 14 as the Celtics posted three straight victories for the first time since January.Im just playing the right way. Taking whatever the defense gives me. The shots are just falling. Thats it, Walker said. At the end of the day the overall goal is to win. Weve been doing that.LA County6 hours agoCalifornia Court Upholds Now-Lapsed LA County Dining BanLos Angeles8 hours agoChris D&039Elia Accused of Sexual Misconduct in LA LawsuitSotheby&039s8 hours agoYard Sale Find Turns Out to Be Artifact Worth Up to $500,000Coach Brad Stevens said hes proud of how his team has responded after a stretch that saw them lose nine of 14.Theyve stayed together when they could have been pulled apart by the noise, he said.The Clippers, who have lost five of eight, played without Leonard after he was ruled out shortly before the game due to back spasms.Paul George led Los Angeles with 32 points. Reggie Jackson took Leonards place in the starting lineup and finished with 25 points and seven assists.Leonard was listed as a starter before the game, but never took the floor during warmups. The team announced late in the first quarter that he had been ruled out.Coach Tyronn Lue said he didnt know Leonards status for Thursdays game against the Wizards.Leonard has missed seven previous games this season, including two for a mouth laceration, two while in the health and safety protocols and three for a bruised leg.His absence comes with Los Angeles on the tail end of a five-game road trip, which concludes Thursday at Washington. He was coming off a game in which he played 37 minutes in the Clippers loss at Milwaukee on Sunday.Jackson said with Leonard out, the Celtics used their length to their advantage. L.A. UNIFIED IS ASSURING ITS TEACHERS WHEN IT COMES TO CLASSROOM SAFETY THEYu2019LL HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED, BUT MANY ARENu2019T CONFIDENT THE DISTRICT WILL MAKE GOOD ON THAT PROMISE. NBC 4u2019S K BALDONADO TELLS US WHY. Reporter: FOR 15 YEARS NICOLE FEFFERMAN HAS TAUGHT IN L.A. UNIFIED AND FOR 15 YEARS SHE SAYS SHE HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH A LACK OF BASIC SUPPLIES AND SANITATION ON CAMPUS. YEARS AND YEARS OF, LIKE, FIGHTING WITH AIR CONDITIONING, YOU KNOW, NOT GETTING SOAP IN BATHROOMS, NOT EVEN HAVING ENOUGH OPEN BATHROOMS. Reporter: THATu2019S WHY SHE HAS HER DOUBTS WHEN DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY TEACHERS AND STAFF WILL HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO BE SAFE ONCE SCHOOLS REOPEN. I HAVE SUCH DISTRUST. LIKE THEY -- YOU KNOW, THE DISTRICT LEADERSHIP MIGHT BE SAYING, WEu2019VE GOT IT TAKEN CARE OF, TRUST US. Iu2019M LIKE, I DONu2019T KNOW IF I CAN AFTER 15 YEARS. Reporter: THAT MAY PARTIALLY EXPLAIN WHY THE DISTRICT AND THE TEACHERS UNION, UTLA, HAVE YET TO AGREE ON TERMS FOR A RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION. WHAT I NEED IS SOMETHING THAT SAYS, HERE IS MANY HVACs WE HAVE, HERE IS HOW MANY FILTERS WE BOUGHT. I LITERALLY WANT TRANSPARENCY. I WANT DATA. I WANT INFORMATION. Reporter: WHAT HER UNION LEADERSHIP WANTS IS OUTLINED IN UTLAu2019S LATEST FIVE-PAGE PROPOSAL, ITEMS SUCH AS REGULAR FREE COVID TESTING, DAILY CLEANING AND SANITIZING, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET VACCINATED THE DISTRICT HAS ALREADY PUT IN PLACE. OTHER UTLA DEMANDS INCLUDE THREE HOURS OF PAID TIME OFF TO GET A VACCINE, UP TO THREE ADDITIONAL PAID SICK DS IF THEY EXPERIENCE VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS, THREE-PLY SURGICAL MASKS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF DAILY, FITTED N95 MASKS FOR THOSE IN HIGH-CONTACT AREAS, AND FIVE DAYS WITHOUT TEACHING TO PLAN, PREPARE AND SET UP THEIR CLASSROOMS FOR A SAFE RETURN. EVERY WORKER WHO IS OUT THERE WORKING TODAY SHOULD HAVE ALL OF THOSE THINGS. Reporter: FEFFERMAN SAYS SHE WANTS TO GET BACK TO HER CLASSROOM BUT ONLY IF AND WHEN THE DISTRICT DEMONSTRATES IT HAS THE SUPPLIES AND THE CUSTODIAL STAFF TO SAFELY REOPEN. IN LOS ANGELES, KIM BALDONADO, NBC 4 NEWS. ALL RIGHT. SO THE EDUCATION SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 AND HOW IT IS IMPACTING YOUR CHILDu2019S SCHOOL DISTRICT.,videoid:1868060739866155,videolength:138939,videoprovider:mpx,alleypackscheduleunpublish:,feedremoteid:mpx1868060739866,feedthumbnailurl: data-livestreamfalse data-titleTeachers Say They Are Critical of District COVID Safety Protocols data-vidcid1:9:2540326 data-vidurlhttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/teachers-say-they-are-critical-of-district-covid-safety-protocols/2540326/ data-isleadfalse data-catnames759974:On Air data-tagnames21:Los Angeles,840056:teachers data-customdataContentPartner:None,Source:WEBFM,SyndicationAllowed:true,mSNVideoCategories:MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news,mSNVideoContentSupplierID:NBCLocal,mSNVideoCountry:us,subtitle:nosubtitle,uploadedByTeam:1,youtubeChannel:None data-autoplayfalse data-cplaytrueThey were comfortable switching and also comfortable playing one-on-one defense, Jackson said. A lot of teams right now have been hurting us with the switching.In a game that featured 16 lead changes, the Celtics took a 91-89 edge into the fourth quarter. It grew to 111-100 on a layup by Tatum with 4:23 remaining.A 3-pointer by Jackson and free throw by Patrick Beverley got Los Angeles within 113-109 at the 1:53 mark.George hit a 3 to cut it to 114-112. Daniel Theis was fouled, but calmly sank two free throws to help seal it.The Celtics took advantage of not having to contend with Leonard on the defensive end and started the game 9 of 10 from the field to take an early 20-13 lead.But George picked up the offensive slack for the Clippers, scoring 21 points in the opening 24 minutes to put Los Angeles in front 63-62 at the half. WELL, THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY FOR REOPENING, SAY, INDOOR RESTAURANT DINING IS NOW AT LEAST TWO WEEKS AWAY. NBC 4u2019S PATRICK HEALY NOW TELLS US THIS IS A TIMELINE THAT MANY BUSINESS OWNERS ARE BANKING ON. Reporter: A BIG TAKE-OUT ORDER FROM ONE OF THE NEW NEARBY MOVIE STUDIOS WAS WELCOME NEWS TODAY AT PATYu2019S RESTAURANT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE START OF THE COUNTDOWN TO SERVING DINERS INDOORS AGAIN GETTING PUSHED BACK AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK. THE OWNER. I REALLY THOUGHT TODAY WAS OUR DAY. Reporter: IT DEPENDS ON A COUNTYu2019S COVID SPREAD GETTING DOWN TO A CALCULATED RATE OF 7.0 AND STAYING THERE A WEEK. TODAY THE STATEu2019S WEEKLY UPDATE PUT L.A. COUNTY AT 7.2, A BIG DROP FM 12.3, BUT NOT YET ENOUGH. FRUSTRATING BECAUSE THE NEXT CHECK POINT IS A WEEK AWAY AND THEN THE COUNTY HAS TO HOLD THE LOWER RATE A SECOND WEEK. WEu2019RE OPERATING AT MAYBE 40 OF WHAT WE COULD DO, SO WEu2019RE TRYING TO ROTATE STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY. SO ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO OPEN UP INSIDE, IT WILL HELP US A LOT. Reporter: AS IT IS, COVID RATES DID DROP ENOUGH FOR SEVEN OTHER CALIFORNIA COUNTIES TO MOVE TO A LESS RESTRICTIVE TIER. UPDATED MAP NOW SHOWS 18 OF THE STATEu2019S 58 OUT OF PURPLE, BUT NONE YET IN SO CAL. MOST AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE STATE. SAN LUIS OBISPO BEING THE CLOSEST TO US. WE ARE MAKING REAL PROGRESS. Reporter: GOVERNOR NEWSOM TODAY IN NEWLY RED SANTA CLARA COUNTY AT A SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT WITH A PLAN FOR RESUMING IN-CLASSROOM LEARNING. THE GOVERNOR SAYING STILL THE GOVERNOR SAYING STILL DROPPING COVID RATES AND HOSPITALIZATION AS REASONS FOR OPTIMISM. 2,500 CASES TODAY. IT WAS OVER 12,000 CASES ONE MONTH AGO. Reporter: FOR SCHOOLS AND OTHER WORK SECTORS, GETTING EMPLOYEES VACCINATED REMAINS A CHALLENGE WITH NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH DOSES YET AVAILABLE FOR ALL WHO ARE ELIGIBLE. BUT MORE SUPPLY COMING. 1.6 MILLION DOSES FOR CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK, THE GOVERNOR SAID, INCLUDING 320,000, SLIGHTLY LESS THAN FIRST ANTICIPATED, OF THE NEWLY APPROVED JOHNSON & JOHNSON SINGLE DOSER. SITING PLEDGES FROM THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, THE GOVERNOR SEES THE SQUEEZE ENDING IN SUMMER. I LOOKED IT UP, AND NOT SINCE JULY 1st HAVE ANGELENOS BEEN ABLE TO DINE INDOORS. AGAIN, THAT COULD CHANGE IN TWO MORE WEEKS, BUT IT WILL REQUIRE PUSHING THAT COVID RATE DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE.,videoid:1868058179578397,videolength:147615,videoprovider:mpx,alleypackscheduleunpublish:,feedremoteid:mpx1868058179578,feedthumbnailurl: data-livestreamfalse data-titleLA County Close to Moving Up to Red Tier, Could Resume Indoor Dining Soon data-vidcid1:9:2540320 data-vidurlhttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/la-county-close-to-moving-up-to-red-tier-could-resume-indoor-dining-soon/2540320/ data-isleadfalse data-catnames759974:On Air data-tagnames2189:LA County,794244:los angeles county data-customdataContentPartner:None,Source:WEBFM,SyndicationAllowed:true,mSNVideoCategories:MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news,mSNVideoContentSupplierID:NBCLocal,mSNVideoCountry:us,subtitle:nosubtitle,uploadedByTeam:1,youtubeChannel:None data-autoplayfalse data-cplaytrueWalker said he likes they way his team is trending with one game to go before the break.Weve just been playing well, playing tough. Not letting little things affect us throughout the course of the game, he said. Thats the difference.TIP-INSClippers: Lou Williams made a 3-pointer with 1 second left in the third quarter. Marcus Morris walked off the floor under his own power but did not return after taking an inadvertent elbow from Brown to the head with 46 seconds left in the first half. He was diagnosed with a concussion, Lue said.Celtics: Walker has scored at least 20 points in a season-best four consecutive games. Outscored the Clippers 42-32 in the paint.GETTING CLOSERStevens said Marcus Smart, who missed his 17th consecutive game with a left calf tear, is getting closer to a return. Smart worked out before the game, doing some shooting and footwork drills. With three practices planned between their first two games following the All-Star break, Stevens said it will give them a better idea of when hell be ready.UP NEXTClippers: Conclude road trip at Washington on Thursday.Celtics: Host Raptors on Thursday.

NBA Reveals All-Star Skills, 3-Point, Dunk Participants
03/03/2021 1:18am

Golden States Stephen Curry and Phoenixs Devin Booker have been 3-point champions at All-Star weekend before, and theyll try to win that trophy again Sunday.The NBA revealed the 15 players Tuesday who will be taking part in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game in Atlanta, with the overwhelming majority of them pulling double-duty between those competitions and the game itself.Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Chicagos Zach LaVine and Utahs Donovan Mitchell all of them All-Stars will be the six competitors in the 3-point contest. All-Stars Luka Doncic of Dallas, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana, Julius Randle of New York, Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chris Paul of Phoenix will be five of the six entrants in the skills competition. Theyll be joined by Portlands Robert Covington, the only current NBA player who is a graduate of a historically Black college and university.Covington went to Tennessee State. HBCUs will be a major part of All-Star night, and the league has previously announced that scholarship funds that will support Black students will receive an influx of at least $2.5 million from the events in Atlanta.The only event that wont include any All-Stars is the dunk contest, which will feature first-time participants Anfernee Simons of Portland, Cassius Stanley of Indiana and Obi Toppin of New York.NBA CoverageShaquille O&039NealMar 2Shaq Attack: O&039Neal Ready to Rumble in Tag Match for AEWBusinessMar 1Soccer, Basketball and Football Are the Future of Sports for Generation Alpha, Survey FindsThe dunk contest will be two rounds and judged by five former champions: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith and Spud Webb. It will be held at halftime of the All-Star Game, while the skills competition and 3-point contest will occur pregame.Only 18 teams will have on-court representation at All-Star night, the number much lower than usual because of reasons such as the pandemic, the one-night nature of this event and the elimination of the Rising Stars game this season.None of last seasons individual event winners dunk champion Derrick Jones Jr., who was with Miami then and with Portland now, skills champion Bam Adebayo of Miami and 3-point champion Buddy Hield of Sacramento are returning to defend titles this season.Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have no one participating in All-Star night events.

Dodgers Spring Training: Justin Turner Makes 2021 Debut, Believes There Still Could be a DH in the NL
03/02/2021 3:41pm

Justin Turner made his 2021 Spring Training debut on Monday, and the third baseman predictably got a hit in his first at-bat. Turner finished 1-for-2 in the Dodgers 10-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday, their second exhibition game of spring. Several weeks ago, it appeared as if the annual Justin Turner hitting clinic that he puts on every spring might not come to fruition. Turner was a free agent, and several contending teams were vying for his services. So much so, that there were moments in the last month that Turner himself thought he might not be back with the Dodgers. A prospect that not only seems unnatural, but downright blasphemous for fans of the Boys in Blue. There were definitely some ups and downs in the process, where some things happened where I wasnt sure Id end up back with Dodgers, said Turner. But through the whole process . . . it was pretty reassuring that the desire to have me back here was still there. But there were times when I thought, Oh man, this doesnt look good. Im not sure this was going to happen.Turner might be referring to the Dodgers big offseason splurge on reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, or rumors that the team was prioritizing signing a designated hitter in case the DH was added to the NL again this season.Heading into the offseason, theres a lot of potential pathways to go, but for us, all of our A scenarios had J.T. returning, said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. That being said, we werent sure that would happen.Turner himself made the announcement on Valentines Day, just three days before pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to spring training. The Dodgers did not make the deal official until February 19. It felt like it was an eternity, Turner said. It felt like it took forever.They say the best things come to those that wait, and if patience is a virtue, it paid off for everyone involved in this instance. Justin Turner 10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Camelback Ranch on March 1, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty ImagesUndoubtedly, Turner is the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his seven seasons with the franchise, hes led them to the playoffs in each and every one. His career batting average while wearing Dodger Blue is .302 with an OPS of .886. Turner was named in All-Star in 2017, and has finished in the top 15 in MVP voting three different times during his tenure in Los Angelesand those are just his on-the-field superlatives.Off the field, Turner is the leader of the Dodgers clubhouse, and the only Dodger to win the Roy Campanella Award three different times. The award is given to a player on the Dodgers that best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. Additionally, Turners charity, the Justin Turner foundation, has been giving back to the Los Angeles community for nearly a decade.Thats huge, said 2020 World Series MVP Corey Seager about Turner returning to the Dodgers. JT influences a lot of things in this clubhouse. The way he goes about his business, the way he mentors people, the way he talks to people in general. Excluding the baseball side, everything he does, makes this organization better.Last October, as Julio Urias threw the final strike in game 6 of the World Series to give the Dodgers their first championship in 32 years, a heartbroken Turner had to watch it all from a small television set located inside a dreary doctors room less than 100 feet from the field of play.Turner was taken out of the game in the seventh inning after his test for COVID-19 he took that morning had come back positive.It was extremely difficult. I think I experienced just about every range of emotion you can have, Turner said of that night in Arlington, Texas. Getting taken out of the game. Trying to figure out what was happening. Winning the World Series and being excited and thrilled to know youve finally accomplished your goal.Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Justin Turner heads back to the dugout after striking out in game six of the World Series at Globe Life Field. Photo by Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesBut then for me, sitting back in that room and watching the guys dog pile on each other, it personally felt like the third time Ive had to watch a team celebrate winning the World Series. I still havent experienced it. Its still on the top of my list. I still have not been on the field for the last out to celebrate winning a championship. Thats something Im determined to show up and work for every day and have that experience at the end of the year.For Turner, the ordeal was just beginning. A free agent at the end of the season, Turner did not know what his future would hold. So about 20 minutes after the final out was recorded, Turner snuck back out to the field to take pictures with his teammates and the Commissioners Trophy. Cameras caught Turner on the field, at times without a mask, and controversy inevitably unfolded.Turner said he did not know whether his decision to return to the field after testing positive would hinder him in free agency. MLB investigated the incident and decided not to suspend Turner, who vowed to do better, and give back to the community through his charity in the offseason.But then for me, sitting back in that room and watching the guys dog pile on each other, it personally felt like the third time Ive had to watch a team celebrate winning the World Series. I still havent experienced it. Its still on the top of my list. I still have not been on the field for the last out to celebrate winning a championship. Thats something Im determined to show up and work for every day and have that experience at the end of the year. Justin Turner Turner would soon be courted by many other organizations, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves. I had a lot of good conversations with other organizations, said Turner. One of my biggest things in free agency was that I wanted to make sure I was on a competitor and I wanted to have a chance to win another World Series, if not multiple World Series. It was definitely flattering to be courted like that, but at the end of the day it all ended up like it was supposed to and Im back in Dodger Blue like I was supposed to be.Los Angeles and the Dodgers hold a pretty big spot in my heart. Ive spent the last seven years here making a ton of memories and really seeing my career take off and its a place that always has been special to me.One of the many factors that contributed to the delay in Turners signing was the ongoing talks between Major League Baseball and the Players Association. MLB wanted a 150-game season with a universal DH and expanded playoffs. The players wanted full salaries and preferred to negotiate on the other items after the 2021 season when the current CBA agreement is set to expire.Ultimately, the 2021 season will look a lot like baseball did before the pandemic, albeit with a few changes for health and safety reasons. As of the start of Cactus League play on Sunday, there will not be a DH in the National League. That decision left the Dodgers with some resources that they might have otherwise allocated for a designated hitter like Marcell Ozuna or Nelson Cruz. Instead, they spent that money on Turner. However, Turner believes there still could be a DH added to the NL before Opening Day on April 1.Well see what happens with the DH, he said. A lot of things happened with the 60-game season last year right before it started. It will be interesting to see if theres actually a DH or not this year. Well see, the season still hasnt started.As the league and players association iron out the final details regarding the health and safety protocols for the 2021 season, a DH in the national league could still be agreed upon. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts does not see it happening this year.I dont think thats going to change, Roberts said of the DH in the National League. I think were going to get through the DH this year just in the American League.The addition of the DH in the National League could definitely help the Dodgers, who are considered to be one of the deepest teams in all of baseball. It could also give Turner more at-bats, without adding additional damage to his 36-year-old body at third base. Turner has been hampered with various leg and muscle injuries over the years, and the rest from playing in the field every day, while simultaneously keeping his bat in the lineup could be beneficial not just for this year, but the final two or three years of his contract.In the interim, Turner is trying to soak in this spring training as he enters into the twilight of his playing career. Hes relishing his role as the unofficial leader of the team, and enjoys learning from and sharing that role with others like veteran outfielder and former AL MVP Mookie Betts. Its a fun place to be, and we do have fun, said Turner of spring training this season. But dont let that deceive you. Its still guys working hard. We still have our Mookie Betts rule in place where if you make an error, drop a ball or throw one away, you put $20 in the pot.The Mookie Betts rule is something that Betts brought to the team during his first spring training with the Dodgers last February in order to hold everyone accountable, while simultaneously making the monotony of spring training more fun. Betts, who held a team meeting in his first days with his new team, called out his teammates and told them that if they want to win the World Series, the effort and responsibility begins in spring.When you stand up in front of the team on the first day and essentially call everyone out, says he wants to hold everyone accountable for their effort not just in the game, but in the workouts thats like, all right, you learn what hes about really fast, Turner said at the time.Turner said that the Mookie Betts rule had over $1400 dollars in it last year. Betts himself said that the fines are already adding up this season. We can to to a nice dinner, he said when asked about how much the pot is already. Well just put it that way.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Shaq Attack: O'Neal Ready to Rumble in Tag Match for AEW
03/02/2021 7:57am

Hack-a-Shaq is coming to All Elite Wrestling.Shaquille ONeal may again absorb some intentional hits in his tag team match this week. The 7-foot-1 basketball Hall of Famer gets his chance to dish out retribution maybe a slam, a side headlock or a clothesline when he steps into the ring for his first match with AEW.Oh, Im winning, ONeal said. Guaranteed.ONeal says hes a lifelong wrestling fan and ripped off a list of favorite wrestlers from Tony Atlas and Junkyard Dog to Andre the Giant and Brock Lesnar.Big guys. Tough guys.Like Shaq.ONeal is set to perform in his first competitive match when he teams in All Elite Wrestling with Jade Cargill in a mixed tag to take on Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet at Dailys Place in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesdays episode of Dynamite.The seeds for a feud were set up last November when Cargill appeared on Dynamite and trash-talked Rhodes that ONeal was the real giant-killer of pro wrestling. ONeal responded on Inside the NBA and told Rhodes to name the place.Im the type, I can never back down from a challenge, ONeal told The Associated Press. Im not a professional wrestler, but Ive been in a match before. Ive got a lot of moves in my arsenal. When you step inside somebodys world, you have to stick to what youre masterful at. Im not acrobatic. Im not going to be jumping off the ropes. Im coming with the power game. When I get hands on him, Im going to display this power.ONeal visited the wrestling-training facility Nightmare Factory in the Norcross, Georgia, but has otherwise limited professional wrestling training.Im the type that if I have a look and see you do it, I got it, ONeal said.ONeal was crushed as a teenager when Hulk Hogan slammed and defeated Andre the Giant in the main event of WrestleMania III.Once he became an NBA star, Shaq Diesel a nickname made for pro wrestling - eventually had a word with the Hulkster.I told him, you broke my heart when you body-slammed Andre the Giant, ONeal said. I cried as a kid. I really did.All was mostly forgiven seven years later in 1994 when Hogan beat Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach and celebrated with ONeal. ONeal has been as well traveled inside the squared circle as some of his favorite stars. He stood side-by-very-large-side with Hogan in both World Championship Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, and even competed in the Andre the Giant battle royal at WrestleMania in 2016.ONeal, who boxed Shane Mosley in 2010, stared down the 7-foot Big Show in WWEs battle royal before they teamed up to double choke-slam Kane. The remaining wrestlers conspired to toss ONeal over the ropes and eliminate him from the match.Sports CoverageMajor League BaseballMar 2In-Game Video Returning to Baseball for 2021Laurie HernandezMar 1Laurie Hernandez Competes for 1st Time in Nearly 5 Years With Hamilton&039 RoutineI wanted to get my hands on the Big Show, ONeal said. ONeal might get his chance after Show left WWE after a 20-plus year stint there and is set to make his AEW debut on Wednesday.What a coincidenceThe 48-year-old ONeal, who won four NBA titles over his Hall of Fame career, is the latest in a long line of active and retired athletes who wrestled in attraction matches. Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone wrestled for WCW in the 1990s, Lawrence Taylor wrestled in the main event of WrestleMania XI, and Mike Tyson has made appearances for WWE and AEW.This one will top them all, ONeal said.

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