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49ers’ Robbie Gould trying to force trade, report says

first_imgIn a turn of events, 49ers’ franchise kicker Robbie Gould has pulled his contract proposals that he sent to San Francisco and told the team he will not negotiate or sign a long-term deal with them, and he would like to be traded, Gould said Tuesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019Gould has one year left on his deal paying him around $5 million this season and he had been in negotiations with the team on a long-term deal.The 49ers signed kicker Jonathan Brown to a two-year deal for depth in March, but it did not appear Gould’s job was at risk so this quick turn of events is surprising. Robbie Gould reportedly is trying to force his way out of San Francisco after negotiations appear to have broken down on a long-term deal.The veteran kicker, who went 33 for 34 on field-goal attempts for the 49ers last year, has cut off negotiations with the 49ers and has told the team he wants to be traded, he told ESPN on Tuesday. Gould has been with San Francisco for two seasons and is 72 of 75 on field-goal attempts and 55 of 59 on extra-point attempts.The 37-year-old spent the first 11 years of his career with the Bears before going to the Giants for one year and landing with San Francisco for the last two.He has made 87.7 percent of his career field goals and 97.1 percent of his extra points.last_img read more

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Heisler: What can Lakers pull off after stroke of luck ends their month-long follies?

first_imgA.D. or not A.D.?Contrary to widespread reports, there were two players in NBA teams’ dreams at the lottery, not just one, with the fate of New Orleans big man Anthony Davis as much at stake as that of Duke’s Zion Williamson.Here’s how delicately those fates were balanced: Even the Eastern Conference semifinalist Philadelphia 76ers, owning Sacramento’s pick if it landed at No. 1, had a shot at Zion and a new start for their issue-laden young team.Instead, the Kings’ pick came up No. 14. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Kings then trolled the 76ers, tweeting an image of the series-ending shot by Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard that eliminated the Sixers, substituting a ping pong ball.Like Kawhi’s 20-foot moon shot, the ball bounced on the front of the rim … came back down on the front of the rim … floated over the hoop to bounce on the back of the rim … bounced a second time on the back of the rim … then plopped in.Quoth the Kings’ tweet: “Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way @Sixer fans.”Then there are the Lakers, still waiting to see where their outside shot comes down.Going into the lottery, they were an object of scorn after a month of managerial follies, looking at a bottom-of-the-lottery No. 11 pick. Garland is a smallish point guard (6-foot-2, 180 pounds last summer playing for USA Basketball), who moved up late, shooting a fabulous 54 percent and 48 percent from 3-point range (albeit in 139 college minutes after tearing the meniscus in his left knee two minutes into his fifth game).Rated a good-but-not-great playmaker, Garland would be a good fit, able to play alongside 6-5 Lonzo Ball if Lonzo makes it, or able to become Lonzo’s replacement if he doesn’t.Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter, also projected in the top five, isn’t the shooter that Garland is.The Lakers were embarrassed to the utmost of embarrassivity when Magic declared they didn’t need to surround LeBron with shooters, only to find out how badly they did. I don’t see them passing this one up.Whether they hope to put two proven star players alongside James to challenge the Warriors, or just one to do the best they can, remains to be seen, as does everything else in Lakderom. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed No Lakers official had even dared to appear in public since Magic Johnson’s April 9 flight. GM Rob Pelinka ended the silence at the lottery in Chicago, but he wouldn’t take questions on the coaching search that saw them lose their top two candidates before hiring twice-fired Frank Vogel.As if the basketball gods took pity on them, the Lakers jumped up to No. 4 in the lottery.Now to see what remains of Magic’s dream scenario that started with trading for Davis, while off-loading enough salary to keep open their maximum slot for an elite free agent.Whatever happens, everything just changed.– The fire sale for Davis is off.The Pelicans are no longer under the gun after drawing the No. 1 pick for Williamson.Now they can bring back Davis for his final season under contract (he can opt out next summer) whether he wants to be there or not.In their best-case scenario, they persuade him to stay alongside Zion.In the worst case, losing A.D. as a free agent in July of 2020 and getting nothing in return, they would still have a young star to build around.– The Lakers’ chances of getting A.D., thought to be somewhere between fading to non-existent going into the lottery, got a boost back to “possible.”Nothing good had happened for them since January when then-Pels GM Dell Demps turned down Magic’s offer of basically everyone.Worse, the Lakers had since lost one of their two best trade chips with Brandon Ingram undergoing season-ending surgery for a blood clot.Then they jumped seven places in the lottery, proving it’s better to be lucky than smart, or communicative, or inspiring confidence.At this wacky point in Lakers history, it remains to be seen if they will even try to re-engage the Pelicans.Nevertheless, packaging the No. 4 pick with Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ best young player, might or might not be enough but it’s a lot closer than they were.– The Pelicans want to heal their breach with Davis but he’s reportedly still intent on leaving.The furious Pels brought A.D. off the bench and played him reduced minutes after his trade request, even asking the league if they could sit him out for the rest of the season.Newly-arrived GM David Griffin has reached out to Davis’ people but hasn’t gotten a positive response or any response.Griffin is expected to meet with A.D.’s agent, Rich Paul, but is low-keying expectations.“I don’t think it will play into it hugely,” Griffin said of their landing the No. 1 pick. “If he (Davis) was open-minded to believing that we could build a winner around him, he’s more open-minded to it.”First reports said Davis hasn’t changed his mind and still wants to leave.“I’m told Anthony Davis’ trade stance has not changed,” The Athletic’s Shams Charania said. “He still wants a trade …“In his mind, he has made his intent clear. He wants to go focus on winning a championship, go elsewhere, whether it’s the Lakers, the Knicks. (Now) he has to be open to other teams.”– The Lakers’ biggest problem might not be competing offers but Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, who is reportedly furious at them for wooing her star and has no desire to trade him to them.In January, the Pelicans wouldn’t even return Pelinka’s calls and turned down Magic’s offer of just about everyone.Nor has the passage of time softened any Pelicans’ hearts.“I don’t think the Pelicans want to make a deal with the Lakers,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said. “There’s a lot of animosity and scar tissue built up between these two organizations. I feel very strongly that New Orleans does not want to make a deal with L.A.”A package of No. 4 and Kuzma plus another young player or two would seem to be competitive with, or better than, anything else the Pels will get.It remains to be seen if that’s good enough … or, indeed, if the Lakers under the inexperienced Jeanie Buss will pursue an uphill struggle for A.D.– Two words that explain why the Lakers have any shot at all: LeBron James.This started with Davis hiring James’ guy, Rich Paul, as his agent, then asking to be traded.If A.D. still wants a trade, it suggests that he, Paul and James are still trying to get Davis to the Lakers.– So why is Jeanie Buss so insistent that the Lakers don’t look like James is calling the shots?We get that she wants her family not only to be in charge but to look like they’re in charge … whether or not they have a clue.Nevertheless, with LeBron’s magnetism and his ability to intrigue, he’s the best thing the Lakers have going or all they have going.– Darius Garland.He’s the Vanderbilt point guard whom the Lakers will likely take at No. 4 if they keep the pick.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2019: Naomi Osaka upset by Yulia Putintseva

first_imgSecond seed Naomi Osaka was the first major casualty at Wimbledon on Day 1, losing in straight sets to an inspired Yulia Putintseva.Putintseva has never been beyond the second round at the All England Club, but stunned a nervy Osaka with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory on Monday. The 39-ranked Putintseva won her previous two encounters with Osaka — most recently in Birmingham last month — and sent the world No. 2 packing on Centre Court.U.S. and Australian Open champion Osaka racked up 38 unforced errors, struggling badly on grass once again at a Grand Slam where she has not been past round three.”The biggest win of her career” @PutintsevaYulia upsets world No.2 Naomi Osaka 7-6(4), 6-2 on Centre Court to book her second round spot #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/PQQYpFsQqu— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019Putintseva capitalized on an uncertain display from Osaka, making just seven unforced errors and breaking three times to move into the second round. While there were 34 winners from Osaka, the 21-year-old from Japan bowed out in an hour and 35 minutes at the All England Club. Osaka led 3-1 in the opening set, but Putintseva won the next three games and also stormed back from 3-1 down in the tiebreak.Putintseva allowed Osaka just a solitary break-point opportunity in the second set and won five games in a row to claim the biggest victory of her career, Osaka heading for the exit after netting a backhand.last_img read more

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