T-Time: NBA All-Star Game still needs updating

first_imgTrevor Denton | Daily TrojanIn many ways, the NBA All-Star Weekend was a smash hit in Los Angeles.The celebrity game on Friday featured a surprisingly stellar debut from Migos’ Quavo (19 points and the MVP award). Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker shone in the 3-point contest, out-dueling Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter Klay Thompson with a record 28 points. On Saturday, the Slam Dunk Contest provided its typical blend of adrenaline and showmanship, with little actual sport. The Dunk Contest was an excellent showcase of the NBA’s youngest and brightest. Utah Jazz rookie Donavon Mitchell narrowly beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Nance Jr. and fellow first-year player Dennis Smith Jr. to win the crown. Indiana Pacer guard Victor Oladipo was never truly in the contest, but even he provided a gif-worthy moment, when he completed a dunk wearing a mask from the movie Black Panther mask handed out by lead actor Chadwick Boseman at courtside — nothing wrong with a little tasteful cross-promotion. But those were the givens. The celebrity game, 3-point contest and dunk contest are always fun spectacles worthy of viewers’ time. It’s the actual All-Star Game that has developed a reputation for being a bit of snooze-fest. In the past, there’s usually been no defense, no seriousness and worst of all, no real incentive to win the damn game. The NBA, being the NBA and not the NFL, recognized this problem and made a change. Instead of deploying the usual Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, league commissioner Adam Silver decided to have two captains who received the highest number of fan All-Star votes pick teams comprised of All-Stars and play for charities of their choosing. This year, the new format pitted the Cavaliers’ LeBron James against the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and it turned out to be the best game of its type in recent memory. Ultimately, Team LeBron emerged victorious in a 148-145 barn-burner that ended in the most unexpected manner imaginable: a defensive stop. It was the lowest total score in an All-Star Game since 2013. In a few moments, it even felt like a real NBA game with actual stakes. “Us players, we talked about this, and we changed the landscape of how the All-Star game was drafted and all of that,” James told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne after the win. “It was up to us to go out and put the finishing product on the game and we were able to do that.”James, who won his third career All-Star MVP award for his 29-point, 10-rebound performance, is right. He and Curry made a concerted effort to bring back competitiveness to the All-Star Game and it worked tremendously. But what happens beyond this year, if other captains are elected and the league can’t rely on those two mega-stars to keep the game afloat? The All-Star Game still requires more tangible stakes in order to stay relevant. The MLB tried to make its version more interesting by giving home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, but the practice was discontinued in 2017 because the stakes were actually too high for an exhibition game.In the future, the NBA needs to find a middle-ground for its All-Star Game. I suggest letting the winning captain return in that role next year, allowing him to pick another squad. This way, there’s some continuity from year to year. It’s fun watching James and Curry chase NBA Finals rings, and it’d also be fun to watch them try to create a dynasty in the All-Star Game. This can be made even more interesting by making it so losing captains are disallowed from returning to the role for good, or at least five years. It may seem a bit harsh, but they’d still be able to participate in the game going forward and most players probably don’t care about captaining anyway. By using this format, the All-Star Game could utilize what makes pickup basketball so competitive — winner stays and loser has to wait in line. In the NHL All-Star Game, the league used a similar captain vs. captain model as the NBA did this year, but it was short-lived because of a lack of stars outside of the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby. The NBA possesses more stars than its hockey counterpart, but it still requires more stipulations to make its All-Star Weekend a long-lasting, must-watch event. By using the winner-stays model, the All-Star Game can invoke all the intensity of pickup basketball and keep the game watchable for years to come. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

Monaco GP: Ricciardo Powers to Dominant Pole

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole after dominating qualifying while Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen will line up at the back. Red Bull could not repair Verstappen’s car in time to get him out after a practice crash, leaving Ricciardo to blitz Mercedes and Ferrari.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to second. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas as Force India’s Esteban Ocon took sixth.Red Bull have dominated the weekend so far and looked set to lock out the front row until Verstappen’s costly error in final practice. The Dutchman caught the inside wall at the second Swimming Pool chicane with his right front tyre and catapulted into the barriers on the outside.The impact damaged both front and rear suspension on the right-hand side of the car and the damage was too extensive to be fixed in the two hours and 15 minutes between the end of practice and when he would have needed to get out to do a lap in first qualifying.To add insult to injury, Verstappen has a five-place grid penalty for an unauthorised gearbox change because the team discovered a leak as they were preparing the car for qualifying, but it is academic as he will start from the back anyway.One Red Bull driver always looked set for pole after Ricciardo set the pace in all the practice sessions leading up to qualifying, each time just pipping Verstappen.After Verstappen ruled himself out, making an error for the sixth race in a row and raising questions about whether he needs to change his approach to his racing, Ricciardo was in a league of his own and was fastest in all three parts of qualifying.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

first_img1234567R HE Follow us on Twitter. Circle0001000162 Wellington200010X360 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WP – Phelps. LP – Coulter. Save – Condit Circle0000200234 Game #2 Wellington 3 Circle 1 WP- Nance. LP- Scherenberg. HR- Circle: Ellison, Wellington: Dunn Wellington220142X1190 Game #1 Wellington 11 Circle 2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the Dukes to 9-5 and 7-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. They are currently in a battle with Andale-Garden Plain for the league title.Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.The Indians are 5-1 and travels to Wichita Collegiate tonight. They will then play at Mulvane on May 7. Wellington hosts Clearwater on the same day.On Thursday, the Crusaders won the first game 11-2 and followed that up with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the nightcap.Wellington took advantage of four Circle errors while generating nine hits in game one. Austin Dunn also had himself a home run.Crusaders were in cruise control getting two runs in the first and two runs in the second. Eventually they held a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Thunderbirds would narrow the lead to two in the top of the fifth. But a four-run output in the bottom of the fifth secured victory for the Dukes. Trevor Nance was the winning pitcher striking out 10 Circle batters, while allowing just three hits and walking five.The second game did not come as easily for the Crusaders, who were in a defensive tussle.Wellington opened the game with a 2-0 lead with Connor Phelps and Wesley Gilmore scoring off Circle errors.Cameron Bartelson with the critical tag in the fifth.But scoring became a premium thereafter. In the fourth inning, Circle made its move and scored a run by Chase Ellison.Then in the fifth, Circle loaded the bases with one out. However, Wellington catcher Cameron Bartelson tagged the runner at third to prevent a score and Wellington left the top half of the inning still clutching to a 2-1 lead.The bottom half of the inning had an interesting sequence in which Wesley Gilmore had rounded to second but then got caught in a rundown between second and third with two outs. How he escaped that situation was an act of Houdini. In his race back to second base he escaped a near Circle tag. In fact the Thunderbirds were running back to the dugout when the umpire called him safe.Wesley Gilmore escapes a rundown.Nance would then bat him home to make it 3-1. Nobody scored in the final two innings.Freshman Cade Phelps was the winning pitcher in game two. He allowed six hits, but no walks, and strikeout eight in 6.1 innings pitched. Adam Condit came in relief in the final inning.Wellington, which was plagued with errors on Monday against Buhler, was errorless Thursday. Wellington hosts Winfield Thursday in a non-league contest.More detailed stats of the doubleheader can be found here:Photo gallery of the games can be found here: 1234567R HElast_img read more

Soon, they’ll pledge allegiance to the flag …

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe 31-year-old Hernandez has lived in Canyon Country since 1991. Her green card expires next year, and her husband Gabriel encouraged her to apply for U.S. citizenship. She and others like her have spent the last two months studying the branches of the government, memorizing the name of the chief justice of the United States and learning the meaning of Independence Day. They’ll need to know those answers and other historical information for the 10-question written exam that awaits them. Students on Saturday also got a lesson on the predators waiting to prey on their desire to become Americans. There are lawyers who will lie, and people who will rip off your money with promises to help with the immigration process, warned Marv Wilk, office manager for the Greater Valley Immigration, Citizenship & Education Services. He told them to get copies of all receipts and to keep their original documents. “Wherever you go, you have to watch out,” Wilk said. NEWHALL – They came ready to party. At the celebration marking the end of their nine-week citizenship class, in the back of the classroom sat homemade flan, sweet bread and tamales. But first, the 25 Mexican, Indian and other soon-to-be American students were honored with certificates for completing the College of the Canyons course preparing them for the interview and test they’ll take to become U.S. citizens. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” said Sandra Hernandez as she scooted to the head of the class to accept the framed paper. Most in the room had already experienced life’s hard knocks. Dressed in a shirt with the American flag on it, Roberto Panjoj came to the United States 15 years ago from Guatemala. There was no work in his homeland, and with its history of violence, the country left him with little reason to stay. He said that in America, he found work and a better life. It’s where he met his wife Maria from El Salvador. She enrolled in the citizenship class with him. “I love this country. I was given an opportunity here,” he said. “It’s very important to me to take my citizenship.” [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more