Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Thursday
Lakers-Utah-Minnesota….Pull off huge trade at 8pm…Trade talks throughout Wednesday about 3-teams deal involving 8-players and 1-pick
..Lakers send G-Russell Westbrook (15P) to Utah
..Lakers send #1- plus F-Damian Jones-Juan Anderson to Utah
..Timberwolves send G-DeAngelo Russell (18P-6A) to LA
..Utah send G-Mike Conley-F-Nick Walker to Minnesota
..Utah deal F-Malik Beasley (8P)-F-Jared Vanderbilt(8P-7R) to Lakers
Lakers..Russell Westbrook embroiled in 2-heated arguments with coaches during Tuesday game with Oklahoma City…Argued with Assistant Phil Handy on bench in 1st half and head coach Darvin Ham in lockeroom at halftime
Lakers..Accolades pour in to honor LeBron James for beaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar record for most points.
Clippers-L-Dallas (110-104)..Kyrie Irving (24P) in debut for Mavs…Dallas played without injured F-Luka Doncic…Mavs had early (13-0) spurt..Kawhi Leonard held to 2-points in opening half-finished with (18P)….Dallas had 19-point lead in opening quarter..Wednesday game
NBA..Trading deadline is Thursday 12-noon…Latest rumors:
Spurs-Washington..discussing deal for San Antonio C-Jakob Poelti
Denver-Minnesota…Bones Hyland-for-Taurean Prince
Philadelphia-Golden State…Sixers interested in C-James Wiseman
Detroit-Miami..Heat interested in C-Nerlens Noel
Spurs-Toronto..Jacob Poelti for Gary Trent
Toronto-Memphis…G-OG Onunoby for #1-1
Houston-Clippers..LA interested in G-Eric Gordon
NY Knicks…Jury orders owner James Dolan to pay (11.6M) in damages to former female exec former female exec Anucha Sanders after she was sexually harassed by former coach Isaiha Thomas then fired when he went to Human resources to file complaint.
Aztecs-W-Utah State (63-61)…..Aztecs jumped out to 16-point lead survived USU comeback……SDSU muscled inside for baskets….Aggies started (4-15) shooting 3’s….Game stopped for nearly 10-minutes after double technical shoving incident…3-USU players ejected for coming off the bench during incident….Aggies had (23-12) scoring run…cut lead to 1-point in second half-missed short jumper (:01) in loss…Aztecs went (1-for-11) in final 4-minutes shooting…..Matt Bradley shot 7-for-8 early…(18P)…Jaedon LeDee (14P) off the bench…Derrion Trammel-Lamont Butler went (4-17) shooting..SDSU (19-5)…Aggies (19-6)….State were just (4-5) in games in Logan…Aggies (242-39) in games at the Spectrum in Logan.
USD-at-Santa Clara…Thursday game…Torerors (10-14)
NFL..Commissioner RogerGoodell bombarded with questions at Super Bowl Press Conference about Minority Hiring..Rules…Referees
..NFL making progress with minority hirings in front office jobs
..NFL will adopt ‘flex schedule’ formula for Monday Night Football
..NFL will examine flex schedule for Thursday Night package
..NFL pleased with younger demongraphic ratings for Amazon telecasts
..NFL concussions increase because we are better at examining injuries
..NFL must address increase concussions on special teams
..Pleased with Flag Football Pro Bowl..said it was idea of QB=Russell Wilson
..Will put regular season games back into Mexico and Germany
..NFL officiating ‘never been better’ but never be perfect’
NFL..Super Bowl ticket prices reach 24,800 highest price…5,600-lowest price on secondary market
Fox TV..Expecs record 116M-viewership for Eagles-Chiefs Super Bowl
Tom Brady…Will take 2023-season off then join Fox-NFL broadcast in 2024
NFL Network..Remove Michael Irvin from Super Bowl coverage after drinking incident with woman in hotel on Sunday night in Arizona.
Aaron Rodgers..Critical of NFL…’Best Refs took NFL-TV jobs’
Clark Hunt-Chiefs…Will lead fight against any proposal to move AFC-NFC Championship games to ‘neutral sites for better weather-stadium conditions’
Raiders..Owner Mark Davis in hot water…Owns WNBA-Las Vegas Aces-may have violated Salary Cap bylaws with kickback bonuses to agents.
Ravens..Report will use ‘Exclusive Franchise Tag’ on QB-Lamar Jackson to block him from getting on open market..Would cost team 45M-cap space.
NFL Combine…Invite (319) players to Indianapolis for combine…None from San Diego State on list…
49ers..QB-Brock Purdy to have elbow surgery February 22nd in Texas..out 6-months.
Denver..Sean Payton fires 10-of-17 coaches he inherited on Broncos staff including RB-Tyrone Wheatley..LB-Peter Hansen…TE-Jake Moreland..OL-Ben Steele..OL-Butch Barry…LB-Bert Watts…also dismissed strength coaching and training staff.
Chiefs…Off Coord Eric Bienemey turned down interviews in Washington-Baltimore-Tennessee for Off Coord job wwith right to call plays..Likely to stay in Kansas City
Tennessee..Hire Chris Harris-ex Washington as Def Passing Coord
Carolina..Hire Pete Hansen-ex Broncos..LB coach
Houston..Interview Matt Burke-ex Arizona for Def Coord job
Tampa Bay..Interview David Canales-Seattle for Off Coord job
Miami..Hire Butch Barry-ex Denver..OL coach
Saints..Hire Marcus Robertson-ex Arizona as DB coach
Titans..Hire Chad Brinker-ex Green Bay..as Asst GM
Aztecs…Lose top OT-Josh Simmons (6’6-305) entereing transfer portal…Started every game for SDSU as a sophomore
Aztecs..Hires Parker Houston as Grad Assistant-Def Line..had been coaching high school football
PAC 12…Oregonian reporting that Pac 12-Commissioner George Kliavkoff met with San Diego State officials during Holiday Bowl week to dicuss possible expansion to include SDSU….Kliavkoff met Wednesday with SMU…Has also had conversations with Fresno State..but not yet approached Boise State.
Padres..Invite 30-non roster players to spring training-included in group
..Craig Stammen-veteran Padresreliever
..Julio Teheran-ex Braves-Angels
..David Dahl-former Rockies-Ariona OF
..Pedro Severino-ex Orioles-Brewers catcher
Angels..1B-Jarrod Walsh cleared for full baseball workouts after shoulder surgery for blood clot
MLB..Confirms new rules will start in spring training including (:14) pitch clock..bigger bases..ban on infield shifts
World Baseball Classic…30-man rosters will be released on Thursday night..will include 14-pitchers on each team
Marlins..Talk to Terry Collins about front office job..ex Angels-Mets-Doddgers exec
Tigers..Sign FA-OF-DJ Petersex Dodgers-Tigers
Cardinals..Sign FA-P-AJ Misiewicz-ex Royals
Washington..refuse to answer questions on health status of P=Stephen Strasburg coming off blood clot shoulder surgery
Reds..OF-Nick Senzel not cleared for spring training coming off toe surgery.
Brewers…P-Aaron Ashby-setback in recovery from shoulder surgery..not ready for spring training.
Buffalo…Family of Kim Pegula says Team President suffered cardiac arrest in June and under constant care…Has language and memory loss issues.
Ducks…(5-1-1) hot streak..off till Friday
Kings…off till Saturday
Kings-Montreal..Open trade talks for D-Joel Edmundson
Boston-Arizona..Discuss deal for Coyotes D-Jakob Chychrun
Vancouver..G-Thatcher Demko-out since December 1st with torn quad-cleared to return on Wednesday night.
Golf…Phoenix Open…Rory McIlroy-Jon Rahm lead field in 1st round-Thursday..Ranked 1-2 in World rankings this week
Snapdragon Stadium…Will host an exhibition between Mexican power Club America and Tijuana XOLOPs on February 26th.
Olympics…Paris Mayor Anne Hildago says the IOC should ban all athletes fro Russia-Belarus from Paris Summer Games…not allow them to compete under an ‘Independent flag’