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Lakers, Pelicans, agree on Anthony Davis trade
06/15/2019 6:47pm

NEW ORLEANS AP - Two people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices.&nbsp The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.&nbsp The deal pairs the 26-year-old Davis, who is among the games biggest stars, with 34-year-old superstar LeBron James. It also gives the Pelicans promising young players and the opportunity to acquire more.&nbsp New Orleans has the first pick overall in Thursdays draft and will have the Lakers fourth overall choice.&nbsp It remains to be seen, however, how well Ingram will recover from a blood clot that sidelined him for part of last season.Permalink Comments

Toronto Raptors capture first NBA Title over Golden State
06/13/2019 11:46pm

OAKLAND, Calif. AP &mdash Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada&rsquos first NBA championship.&ldquoWe the North&rdquo is now &ldquoWe the Champs&rdquoLeonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country&rsquos first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise&rsquos NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages.&ldquoI wanted to make history here. That&rsquos what I did,&rdquo a soaking wet Leonard said, ski goggles perched on his forehead and sporting a fresh black champions hat.Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn&rsquot have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP for a second time, then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard&rsquos two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.When it actually ended, the typically stoic Leonard could let it all out. A Canadian team &mdash and we&rsquore not talking hockey here &mdash stood on top of one of the traditional major sports leagues for the first time since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.Serge Ibaka pulled his head up through the hoop by the Golden State bench as the crowd chanted &ldquoWarriors Warriors&rdquo after a sensational send-off at Oracle Arena.Curry walked away slowly, hands on his head on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and departed with 30 points.Fred VanVleet rescued the Raptors down the stretch with his dazzling shooting from deep to score 22 points with five 3s off the bench, while Leonard wound up with 22 points. Kyle Lowry scored the game&rsquos first eight points and finished with 26 in all to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds.Fans poured into the streets in Toronto, screaming and honking horns after the Raptors pulled off a third straight win on Golden State&rsquos home floor that said goodbye to NBA basketball after 47 seasons. And the Raptors did it with the very kind of depth that helped define Golden State&rsquos transformation into a dynasty the past five seasons.This time, the Warriors were wounded.Golden State already was down two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who had surgery Wednesday for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Then, the Warriors lost Thompson &mdash and they couldn&rsquot overcome just one more heartbreaking injury.&ldquoA lot of bad breaks in the finals, to be honest,&rdquo Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. &ldquoLike us, they kept on playing. We just had to keep on playing no matter who was out there. And I think they were super intense high-level games and both teams desperately trying to win.&rdquoThis thrilling back-and-forth game featured 18 lead changes, nine ties and neither team going ahead by more than nine points.Curry scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 17 and went 3 of 11 on 3s. Iguodala added 22 for his biggest game this postseason as the Warriors did everything until the very last moment to leave a lasting legacy at Oracle.Thompson provided his own dramatic memory. He injured his knee when fouled by Danny Green on a drive at the 2:22 mark of the third, was helped off the court and walked partially down a tunnel toward the locker room, then &mdash shockingly &mdash re-emerged to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19. He didn&rsquot return and left the arena on crutches, and the Warriors announced that an MRI had confirmed the torn ACL.&ldquoMore than the what-ifs is just feeling bad for the players involved. Injuries are always part of the NBA season &mdash any professional sport, injuries play a huge role,&rdquo Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. &ldquoIt&rsquos just the nature of these injuries, the severity of these injuries. And we&rsquoll know more about Klay. But we can sit here and say, well, if this hadn&rsquot happened or that hadn&rsquot happened, that doesn&rsquot matter. What matters is Kevin Durant is going to miss next season with an Achilles tear and Klay suffered a knee injury.&rdquoIn their best Bay Area version of Jurassic Park &mdash Toronto&rsquos jam-packed gathering spot to cheer the Raptors &mdash hundreds of red-clad fans stayed long after the game ended to watch the Larry O&rsquoBrien trophy ceremony. They waved the Maple Leaf and sang &ldquoO Canada&rdquo just as they did here after winning previously this series.Lowry&rsquos hot start was almost fitting. It was the Toronto guard who got shoved on the sideline in Game 3 by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, now banned by the league and team for a year.The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat.The Raptors went 8 for 32 on 3s in a 106-105 Game 5 defeat as the Warriors staved off elimination Monday in Toronto. They started 5 of 6 from long range in this one and finished 13 of 33 and converted 23 of 29 free throws.Curry and these Warriors never, ever count themselves out. Yet down 3-1 in their fifth straight NBA Finals, they didn&rsquot have the health it took to win the past two titles and three of the past four against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.&ldquoThis five-year run&rsquos been awesome but I definitely don&rsquot think it&rsquos over,&rdquo Curry said.TIP-INSRaptors: Leonard scored 732 points this postseason and on Thursday passed Allen Iverson 723 for fourth place and Hakeem Olajuwon 725 for third on the NBA&rsquos single-postseason scoring list. James is second with 748 accomplished last year behind Michael Jordan&rsquos 759 points in 1992. ... Toronto 9-16 all-time at Oracle Arena but 4-0 overall this season.Warriors: Thompson&rsquos 374 career postseason 3s passed James 370 for third place on the career playoff list, trailing only Curry 470 and Ray Allen 385. ... Thompson notched his second 30-point performance this postseason, 13th of his career and fourth in a finals game despite not playing the entire fourth quarter.FOR OAKLANDA gold rally towel read FOR OAK on one line and LAND on the next with the K and D lined up in white &mdash a clever way to also pay tribute to Durant with his initials &ldquoKD.&rdquoKerr narrated a pregame tribute to Oracle&rsquos legacy on the big screen.In the 2,070th game at Oracle, the Warriors sold out their 343rd consecutive game and said farewell at last to the place they called home nearly five decades. Now, Golden State will move its games, practices and day-to-day operations to new Chase Center in San Francisco beginning next season.Permalink Comments

LSU's season ends in the Super Regional 5-4 in 12th innings
06/09/2019 8:16pm

BATON ROUGE, La. AP - Drew Mendozas two-out base hit to right center drove home Mike Salvatore from second base in the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting Florida State to a 5-4 victory over LSU that sent the Seminoles to the College World Series on Sunday night.&nbsp LSU 40-26 had rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the sixth to tie it in the eighth and force extra innings, during which Tigers relievers pitched six no-hit innings and struck out 10 before Salvatore broke through for Florida States first hit since the fourth inning. Salvatore advanced to second base on a passed ball and, after Fontenot 5-4 struck out Reese Albert for the second out, LSU elected to pitch to Mendoza - one of the Seminoles most productive hitters - with first base open.&nbsp Mendoza delivered with his second hit of the game, and the Seminoles 41-21 spilled onto the field to celebrate a victory that sends 40th-year head coach Mike Martin back to Omaha for the 17th time since he took over the program.&nbsp Florida State reliever Antonio Velez 5-2 pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings in relief and struck out six to pick up his second win of the best-of-three Baton Rouge super regional after his inning of relief earned him the Game 1 win a day earlier.Tweets by LSUbaseballPermalink Comments

LSU Baseball loses Game 1 of Super Regional to Florida State 6-4
06/08/2019 5:44pm

BATON ROUGE- After breaking out to an early 4-0 lead against Florida State, the Seminoles scored 6 straight runs to take game one of the Baton Rouge Super Regional.Florida State slugger hit two home runs to help overcome the deficit to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Game 2 at Alex Box Stadium is set for a 5 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.&ldquoObviously, an extremely tough loss today for us,&rdquo said LSU coach&nbspPaul Mainieri. &ldquoWe were up 4-0, and I thought we were doing a tremendous job against a really tough competitor in FSU starting pitcher Drew Parrish. We were up 4-0 but it felt like we could have been up further than that. We squandered a couple opportunities early where I felt like we really could have extended the lead.&rdquoTiger starting pitcher Cole Henry went 2.0 innings before being pulled due to some arm soreness. Todd Peterson came in and helped hold the Seminoles to no hits through five innings.&ldquoIt was heartbreaking to have to take&nbspCole Henry&nbspout of the game with some arm soreness,&rdquo Mainieri said. &ldquoTodd Peterson&nbspcame in and was absolutely heroic. He was phenomenal. I don&rsquot know if he has thrown 80 pitches in a game all year and I thought he threw great. He gave us the extension we needed to make up for having to take Cole out.&rdquoDown but not out GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/4rlLwo3HDM&mdash LSU Baseball LSUbaseball June 8, 2019LSU will have to win the next two games against Florida State to advance to the College World Series.Permalink Comments

Saints players, coaches visit WWII museum for final day of off-season training
06/07/2019 11:30am

NEW ORLEANS - The Saints spent their last day of off-season training not on the field but honoring the fallen at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.The groups final day of organized team activities, an annual slate of optional team exercises between regular seasons, was held Thursday. While some teams opted to either cancel the final day or turn it into more of a bonding experience, Head Coach Sean Payton used the day to bring his team to the WWII museum in observance of D-Day.Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On what was scheduled to be the final day of OTAs on Wednesday, SeanPayton took the team on a tour of The National WWII Museum WWIImuseum in New OrleansPhotos: https://t.co/vMAuteiP7U pic.twitter.com/SlbUmzEX2y&mdash New Orleans Saints Saints June 6, 2019Photos from the trip show Payton touring the museum with Saints stars like Cam Jordan, Taysom Hill and Thomas Morstead. The group of athletes and coaching staff also stopped to visit veterans who were set up at the museum with some of their war memorabilia.You can see the full gallery of photos from the Saints visit here.Permalink Comments

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