Clippers vow to keep fighting with Blake Griffin sidelined by knee injury

first_imgThings took a turn for the worse when the Clippers, mired in a nine-game losing streak, learned Patrick Beverley would be sidelined for the remainder of the season after undergoing right knee surgery last Wednesday. Griffin’s injury late in Monday’s game against the Lakers was another punch in the gut.DeAndre Jordan is the last starter standing from their opening-night lineup Oct. 19.Austin Rivers said the season is far from over. There is time to recover and make the playoffs. The Clippers (8-11) haven’t reached the one-quarter mark in the NBA’s 82-game regular season schedule, and there is a great deal of basketball still to be played.“I hope so,” he said. “The good thing is we’ll have Gallo and Milos back in the next couple of weeks. Obviously, Pat is not going to be with us for the remainder of the season, and B.G. is going to be back in six weeks. So, I think we’ll have plenty of time. That’s even before the All-Star break.“The thing is we’ve got to continue to win these games without these guys.”The Clippers will take a three-game winning streak into Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Their lineup will look a good deal different than it was for their Oct. 24 victory over the Jazz, with Jordan the only one still healthy enough to play.Austin Rivers and Lou Williams are expected to start in place of Teodosic and Beverley, as they have for the past three games. Wesley Johnson is expected to start in Gallinari’s spot at small forward, with Montrezl Harrell possibly replacing Griffin at the power forward position.It’s all subject to change, though.“The one thing we’re not going to do is be sold on a starting lineup right now,” Doc Rivers said when asked to name Griffin’s replacement “We’ve just got to keep mixing and matching and try to pull out single games. That’s how we have to play. “ PLAYA VISTA — Now what? What do the Clippers do without All-Star power forward Blake Griffin for the next two months? How do they regroup and move ahead with their leading scorer and best all-around player sidelined by a sprained left knee? How will they survive without three other injured starters?Doc Rivers took the first step by laughing Wednesday.What else could he do? Crying was simply wasted energy.There was no talk of the Clippers Curse. That wasn’t worth his time or effort either. Rivers dismissed widespread speculation that his job could be in jeopardy or that the Clippers would begin an immediate rebuilding of the franchise. After all, the Clippers underwent an offseason makeover when they traded Chris Paul and took away Rivers’ management duties.“The day I start answering the internet people is the day I’m an internet person,” Rivers said, laughing. “That’s not going to happen. I don’t listen to that stuff. We’re going to do what’s best for the franchise. Always. That’s what we’re going to keep doing.”What’s next?“We’ve just got to try to piece it together the best we can,” he said. “There’s not much you can do about it, but you can’t lay down, I can tell you that. You have to play. You have to teach. I’ve been in this situation before. You’ll find your joy in this, as well, as a coach and as players.”The Clippers haven’t been the Clippers since Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in his left foot in the first half of the second game of the season Oct. 21. They took another hit when Danilo Gallinari was sidelined by a strained glute Nov. 5.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

American Post 90 baseball team is bound for state tournament for first time in 2000s

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington American Legion Post 90 Dukes are bound for the state tournament in Pratt.  They will begin play on July 31, 2013. They won the Zone 4 AA tournament in Wellington against Larned 8-7. This is the first state tournament appearance for the Dukes since the Legion baseball program was brought back in 2010.In their Sunday game, Post 90 beat Pratt who had defeated Larned earlier in the day.   Pratt scored a run in the top of the first, which was matched by Wellington in the bottom of that frame.  Pratt scored single runs in the top of the third and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Wellington scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on to win the game.  Trevor Nance pitched a complete game to get the win, which was highlighted with stellar defense including three double plays by Wellington.Larned bested Pratt in the rematch on Monday.  This game was delayed by lightning.  The second game of the evening was to pit Wellington against Larned. Storms were moving in with significant lighting, so the game was delayed until Tuesday evening.Larned returned to Sellers Park on Tuesday evening facing elimination.  Wellington started Adam Condit on the hill.  After a good defensive start in the top of the first inning, Wellington went to work at the plate.  When the dust settled at the end of the first inning, Wellington held a 5-0 lead.  Both pitchers pitched well.  Wellington gave up a couple of runs in the top of the third inning on a Larned hit and a Wellington error.Wellington recovered by scoring two in the bottom of the fourth inning.  After four innings, Wellington held a comfortable 7-3 lead.  Larned plated another run in the top of the fifth inning.    Going into the seventh and final inning, Wellington led 8-3.  Larned managed to make this a very exciting game.  Wellington brought Colin Reichenberger in to relieve Adam Condit.   Larned plated runs with a combination of walks and hits.  Larned was threatening with the score 8-3 with no outs and runners on second and third.  Reichenberger induced a fly, foul ball behind third base, which was caught over the shoulder by Condit.  Larned runner tagged and proceeded home and was safe on a close play at the plate.Larned had moved the game tying run to third base with one out.  The next play Larned attempted a squeeze play.  Wellington first baseman, Connor Burden, promptly scooped up the bunt and fired the ball home.  Jaden Hines was able to make the play at the plate getting the second out.  Larned argued a bit over the call, but Hines had effectively blocked the plate and made the tag. On Reichenberger’s final pitch of the game, Austin Dunn would catch the ball in left field to secure the victory. 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 (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down baseball mom · 368 weeks ago way to go boys!!! Thank you American Legion for your support!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down flyguys · 367 weeks ago Can we get a bracket?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 commentslast_img read more