Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Wednesday
Lakers….Fallout from LaVar Ball’s criticism of coach Luke Walton grows…Lakers players upset LaVar would make wide sweeping comments about players in lockeroom without knowing those players…Lonzo Ball remains silent-not criticizing his father…Brandon Ingram says it’s time to keep ‘the noise’ out of the lockeroom…..Lakers players say media is also to blame for giving the LaVar Ball stories oxygen.
Golden State…Steve Kerr says LaVar Ball is trying to created a Kardashian type media empire at expense of son.
Detroit..Stan Van Gundy says ESPN showed total disrespect for NBA by ‘deciding LaVar is a story’.
Dallas…Rick Carlisle says the father is an ‘ignorant distraction’.
NYTimes..says Lonzo Ball needs to step up and sound off about his father’s comments.
LA Times..says Lakers may have to consider trading Lonzo Ball because the father is creating distractions in the lockeroom.
LA Times..reports that LaVar Ball’s “Baller Brand” business is being sued because of non payment of 25,000-bill to business Closet Connection-which helped him launch his sports gear…Company says LaVar failed to pay past due bills 7-times since last April for tee shirts-hats-merchandise…Company helps with marketing-storage and website operation.
LA Times..reports the Better Business Bureau has given “Baller Brand” an ‘F’ rating for poor service, shipping and refund response.
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball combine for (29P) in debut game in Lithuania in Baltic League play
Lakers-W-Sacramento (99-86)….LA had (19-0) scoring run early in game…built but blew 18-point lead in opening half….Kings led by 8-points in 3rd quarter..but Lakers roared back….Brooke Lopez-Julius Randle combine for 40P in win..
Clippers-at-Golden State on Wednesday night.
Cleveland..G-Isiah Thomas to be fined for flagrant elbow that led to ejection after hitting Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins.
Cleveland..LeBron James had career worst (-39) rating in 27-99 loss to Minnesota.
Aztecs-W-San Jose State (85-49)…Frontline of Malik Pope-Jalen McDaniels and Max Montana combine for 44P….Aztecs shot just (2-14) from 3-point land in first half…but blew out Spartans in 2nd half…San Jose was shooting 29% till garbage time at end of game….San Jose now (3-13)-worst team in league.
Boise State-W-Fresno…Broncos jump out to (12-2) then hold off last Bulldogs comeback in final minutes…Boise hit 12-straight free throws down the stretch ..Broncos now (14-3) on year.
UNLV-vs-Air Force on Wednesday..Rebels off to (12-4) start.
Wyoming-vs-New Mexico in the Pit…Cowboys are (11-5)
Raiders…Hire Jon Gruden as head coach..becomes 10th head coach in 17-years in Oakland….Press Conference turns into Pep Rally….Gruden said he will bring ‘energy and demeanor’ to franchise….says he has ‘unfinished business in Oakland’…..Said owner Mark Davis called him 2-weeks ago and offered hm the job…..Davis say he spoke to Gruen 4-times over the last decade about returning but Gruen wanted to stay in TV….110-media and 45-former players were at press conference…..Gruden hires Greg Olson-Rams as Off Coor…Paul Guenther-Bengals as Def
Coor…Rich Biasaccia-Dallas as Special Teams….and Rich Gannon as QB-coach. .
NYGiants…Deny NY Daily News report team reached out to Alabama’s Nick Saban….his buyout is 26.9M-with Crimson Tide..
Chargers..Sign Gus Bradley-Def Coor….Ken Whisenhunt-Off Coor to new 3-year extensions.
Packers..Asked for permission to talk to Gus Bradley-Chargers Def Coor-rejected overture
Carolina..Fires Mike Shula-Off Coor…..Ken Dorsey-QB coach
Carolina…Interview Norv Turner for Off Coor job
Giants..Interview Steve Wilks-Carolina on Tuesday
Arizona…Will interview Steve Wilks on Wednesday
Colts…Lined up Wilks for Thursday interview
Packers..Hire Mike Pettine-ex Cleveland head coach..as Def Coor
Denver..Hire Tom McMahon-Colts-Spec Team Coach
Packers..will interview Vic Fangio-ex Bears Def Coor
Bengals..Interview Jon Kitna for QB-coaching job-longtime NFL-QB
Cleveland..Interview Eliot Wolf-Packers for front office job.
Chiefs…Promote Eric Bienemy to Off Coor job
Rams..Promote Zac Taylor to QB-coach
Ravens..Promote Wink Martindale to Def Coor
Raiders..Will interview Eliot Wolfe-Packers-for front office job
Bills..Refuse to give vote of confidence to Off Coor-Rick Dennison.
CFL-Hamilton Ti-Cats…QB-Johnny Manziel rejecting low budget offer from CFL team..reportedly wants 200,000 plus incentives….Agent asks permission to work out deal with Montreal Alouettes-where Manziel would be relinked with Mike Sherman-new coach and his former coach at Texas AM.
Alabama…Crimson Tide coaching staff gets 1.3M in bonuses for winning National Championship.
AP Poll…Final poll…1-Alabama..2-Georgia..3-Oklahoma…4-Clemson…5-Ohio State…6-Central Florida
Washington..Huskies land QB-Jacob Eason-transferring from Georgia-will have 3-years eligibility left.
Oregon…Ducks land DE-DJ Johnson-transfer from Miami Hurricanes.
USC..WR-Deontay Burnett files for NFL draft…(86R-1114Y-9TD)…Trojans have now lost QB-Sam Darnold..RB-Ronald Jones and top receiver.
Missouri…QB-Drew Lock will return to school next year…threw 44-TDs this year
Nebraska…Lands QB-Noah Vedra-transfer from Central Florida-3Y eligibility left
Forman…Hire Connor Shaw-former Browns QB as QB-coach
Notre Dame..Promote Clark Lea to Def Coor
Yankees-Mets…Both make FA-offers to 3B-Todd Frazier.
Reds..Sign FA-P-Vance Worley-ex Phillies-Pirates-Orioles
Cubs..Sign FA-P-Keith Hessler-ex Padres
Texas..Sign FA-C-Mike Ohlman-ex Blue Jays
Red Sox..Sign FA-C-Oscar Hernandez-ex-Arizona
Angels..Sign P-Andrew Heaney (1Y-800,000) extension-coming off arm surgery
Twins..Hire Justin Morneau as Assistant GM
San Diego Gulls….Pick up veteran forwards Kevin Roy and Ondrej Kase from Anaheim Ducks.