The Lakers are gearing up to host Detroit Pistons tonight, which will be their eighth straight match without the injured James.,Head coach Luke Walton confirmed James will be re-assessed by the side's medical department on Friday.,Local Lakers reporter Kyle Goon tweeted: "This might have been inferred earlier, but Luke Walton just confirmed that LeBron James is not traveling to Utah.,"He’s scheduled to have his medical re-evaluation Friday in LA." The Lakers have listed James as 'day-to-day' on their injury report.,And Kyle Kuzma is hoping to see Brandon Ingram and Lozno Ball step up in James' absence.

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But outside, is a party full of Clemson and Alabama fans who are pumped for the game.,The teams are getting ready to battle it out on the gridiron, but fans from both sides are enjoying each others company and keeping it respectful.,You know I just ran into a Clemson fan and really enjoyed that everyone is being nice and cordial,I think theres a lot of respect for both schools, Alabama fan Robert Karlisle said.,I think its a great rivalry, Clemson fan Russel Shults said.,The tailgate is the pregame for fans before they enter Levis Stadium to cheer on their team and enjoy the game.

Rickey Dixon, the great Oklahoma defensive back, will join the likes of Vince Young and Jacob Green, icons of Texas and Texas AM, in the next class of the College Football Hall of Fame.,On Monday, Lorraine asked her husband what everyone wants to know: "Would you play football again, knowing what you know now?","I don't know, I guess it's our faith," said Lorraine, who met Rickey in college and married him more than 25 years ago.,Before leaving, Switzer hugged Rickey close, looked into his haunting eyes and told him, "Good things will happen this year.",Rickey won't go, Lorraine said, but his children will represent their father on his big night.

A bipartisan group of legislators from Connecticut’s southeastern delegation have submitted a bill that would establish online and in-person sports betting in the state.Under the proposed law, sports betting would be operated by the state’s casinos, while the CT Lottery would operate online Keno.Lawmakers are expected to address sports betting early on in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Wednesday.,Osten’s district includes Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the two casinos that will likely host a large portion of sports betting in Connecticut.Sponsors of the sports betting bill include Sens. Osten, Steve Cassano, Heather Somers, Paul Formica, Sen.-elect Norm Needleman and eight state representatives (five Democrats and three Republicans).,Per a release, the bill would include age and location verification that would block access to anyone under age 21 or outside state lines.Even as states across the country have scrambled to legalize sports betting over the past eight months, lawmakers have been hesitant to embrace mobile gambling.,Only Nevada currently allows bets to be placed through phone apps, though other states have promised to look into mobile betting in the future.In addition to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, other potential sports betting operators in Connecticut include off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery.CT Lottery spokesperson Tara Chozet said in a statement that while the bill submitted Monday would chiefly benefit Connecticut’s casinos, lawmakers should consider other stakeholders as well.,“The CT Lottery would optimize the returns to Connecticut, and we should be included in the conversations alongside other potential operators as this discussion evolves," Chozet said.Despite some measure of bipartisan support in the legislature, sports betting has several key hurdles to clear before it becomes legal in Connecticut.

For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?,Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?,Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome.,Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.,Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.

The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.

Jan 6, 2019Nick DePaulaESPN

In a week filled with debuts and surprises, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry led the way with a custom hand-painted edition of his latest Under Armour sneaker -- a joking nod to his "moon landing" controversy weeks ago.,Join on Facebook » read more

It’s the first NFL playoff appearance for Gordon, who just completed his fourth regular season by being selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.,Q: Does being around a guy who’s played that long kind of teach you that opportunities to compete in the playoffs, to go to a Super Bowl, don’t come around very often?,“And I think that came out on the field, and obviously I got hurt (Gordon missed three games late in the season with a knee injury), and it kind of took it away from me a little bit.,But just being around those guys — like I said, man, I don’t want to get winded with this — but just seeing (those) guys, them being around and not having this many opportunities to be in the postseason, or have a (run) to the Super Bowl probably once or twice, I’m taking this moment.,Q: I’m sure you wanted to play when that knee injury forced you out for three games.

Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.