Hammond signs new Leicester deal

first_img The 32-year-old made just 12 appearances in the club’s Premier League survival battle last season and was out of contract at the end of June but will stay on for another 12 months. “Dean, whose previous deal expired on Tuesday, has agreed terms on a one-year extension and will report for pre-season training with the squad next week,” said a statement on Leicester’s official website. Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond has signed a new contract with the club after his previous deal expired. Press Associationcenter_img Hammond joins Marcin Wasilewski and Jeffrey Schlupp among those players to agree new contracts with the club, who are now searching for a manager after sacking Nigel Pearson earlier this week. last_img read more

Offensive rhythm lacking for Badgers against NU

first_imgIn the first half of Sunday’s game against Northwestern (13-9, 4-7), the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (16-6,6-5) outshot the Wildcats by a full 10 points in field goal percentage. For the remainder of the game, Northwestern shot 65 percent from the field.Guess who came out victorious?In the 68-62 loss to the Wildcats, the Badgers saw a 32-27 halftime lead quickly evaporate as Northwestern opened with a 6-2 run in the first two minutes of the second half. In a game that featured a variety of statistical oddities, it was defense and free throw shooting that felled Wisconsin.“Credit Northwestern,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “They came out in the second half and made nine of nine right away. We allowed 65 percent shooting in the second half, and that’s not who we are. We’re a defensive team.”Despite the presence of 6-foot-5 junior center and reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Amy Jaeschke and 6-foot-2 freshman forward Kendall Hackney in the Wildcats’ starting lineup, the Badgers managed to win the points in the paint battle, 26-14. Furthermore, while Wisconsin forced five more turnovers, it was Northwestern that had 19 points off turnovers compared to the Badgers’ 17.Three-point shooting was of particular significance in Sunday’s contest, as Northwestern shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Wisconsin converted only 21.4 percent from three-point land. Interestingly, though, the Badgers attempted 16 more shots than the Wildcats, and made six more — highlighting the impact of NU’s hot shooting.For Wisconsin, only three players even attempted a three-point shot. Northwestern, meanwhile, had four players who attempted at least three, and a total of six Wildcats put up shots from behind the arc. Senior guard Kristin Cartwright and junior guard Beth Marshall were especially dangerous, going 2-for-2 and 2-of-3 from three-point land, respectively.“I think it kind of felt like we were a step behind the whole night,” Wisconsin junior guard Alyssa Karel said. “A step slow to help, a step slow to recovery. We didn’t really have our flying around mentality that we usually have, and I think that was what cost us. We were just slow tonight.”The Badgers’ poor defense took some of the luster off another solid offensive game for Karel, who contributed 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and a superlative performance by junior forward Lin Zastrow, who scored a career-high 19 points by connecting on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.However, Wisconsin was also hurt by a lack of free throw attempts.Amazingly, the Badgers got to the charity stripe zero times in the first half, compared to eight for the Wildcats. In the second half, Stone’s squad went to the foul line seven times and converted five, but Northwestern went 12-for-16 to finish 18-of-24 for the game.“We weren’t being aggressive offensively,” Stone said of the limited number of free throw attempts. “Now a lot of that has to do with maybe facing a zone; we’re not really driving the ball to the basket, it’s maybe a turn-and-catch. But we got a little more aggressive in the second half.“But once again, their defense sped us up. We tried to live and die by the outside shot, and I thought once we got Lin going — and I thought Lin had a great game offensively — really got her going, got the ball inside, we found some success. But we didn’t get there because we weren’t aggressive offensively.”Also of notable impact was Northwestern’s defensive approach.Throughout the game, the Wildcats rotated their defense between a 1-2-2 full-court press, zone and man-to-man defense. The 1-2-2 was especially crippling for the Badgers, who often struggled to get the ball across half court and saw many of their turnovers come as a result of the full-court pressure.In addition to the lack of offensive rhythm, Stone’s squad dropped its first game with three or more players scoring in double digits. Before Sunday’s loss, the Badgers were 10-0 in such games. In addition to Zastrow and Karel, senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 10 points.“We could not get into any rhythm,” Stone said. “That was a mixture of the 1-2-2 and the zone as well as their man-to-man. They mixed it up quite a bit. We found, I thought, some really good opportunities in the first half, I thought we moved the ball really well and they went with what was working for them, and that was their 1-2-2 and their zone.”last_img read more

Lakers add spice to Celtics rivalry with 118-111 overtime victory

first_imgEspecially against the Celtics, whom Scott despises so much he said he would not coach them if they expressed interest.“It’s more of a rivalry with Danny (Ainge) and me than the guys in the locker room,” said Scott, referring to the former Celtics player and current executive. “I’m sure he’s thinking ‘If we don’t win another game this year, let’s beat them.’”Scott expressed optimism both the Lakers and Celtics could rebuild quickly enough to become championship contenders soon. Yet, Scott considered it unlikely the Lakers and Celtics would meet in the NBA Finals as frequently as they did in the 1960s (six times) or 1980s (three times). But he also conceded the NBA has since changed with both league expansion and a labor deal that makes it harder to ensure team continuity. “Guys jump up and move around so much and often nowadays,” Scott said. “I don’t think they have the same type of loyalty we had back in those days.”Scott argued the Lakers’ 16 NBA championships should still attract future free agents, even if it failed to keep Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol as well as entice LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. “That should be attractive to guys who want to accept that type of role,” Scott said. “Having the torch passed to you is a big responsibility. There’s not a whole lot of guys who want that. They want the money. But they don’t want the responsibility.”Yet, the Lakers took on the responsibility in ensuring a win against the hated Celtics, something the purple and gold savor no matter the circumstances. The Lakers offered some tense moments. They nearly blew a 100-90 lead with 3:31 remaining. Nick Young missed one of two foul shots. And the Lakers declined to foul Avery Bradley before he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that tied the game 106-106 to force overtime. The Lakers made a similar mistake earlier this month in Milwaukee, where former USC standout O.J. Mayo hit a game-tying 3-pointer and helped the Bucks win in overtime. The Lakers prevailed this time, though, after holding Boston scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of overtime. After siting the entire first quarter, Lakers guard Jeremy Lin posted a team-leading 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and six assists. Two days after sitting because of a coach’s decision, Lakers forward Wesley Johnson posted 22 points on a 9-of-11 clip. After spending the past two months struggling with his shooting accuracy, Nick Young provided 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Carlos Boozer also posted 12 points and eight rebounds in his first start in two months and two days after sitting because of a coach’s decision. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas even earned an ejection with 5:03 remaining after arguing a call. “Strictly trying to get something going early and trying to get wins,” Scott said of Boozer’s start at the expense of rookie Tarik Black. “I’ll still evaluate guys and give them a chance to play. But I’m also trying to give us a chance to win basketball games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The two teams once fought for every loose ball. They imposed physical harm. They made game-winning shots. All for the hope to clutch another NBA championship trophy.The matchup defined and revitalized the NBA in the 1980s. It even marked the Lakers’ last championship run. But that happened in 2010, a much different time than in 2015. In other words, the Lakers’ 118-111 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Staples Center will not offer any NBA Finals preview. But the Lakers (14-41) snapped a seven-game losing streak by offering the same qualities as defined their matchups with Boston, which Lakers coach Byron Scott considered “the greatest rivalry in all of sports.” “The NBA would love to see both of these franchises get back to where they used to be,” said Scott, who won all three of his NBA championships with the Showtime Lakers. “I still look at it as a team we would love to beat probably more than any team in the league because of the rivalry we had with them in the 80s.”last_img read more