Pentucket freshman Tyler Knox wrapped up one of the area’s all-time great wrestling seasons on Saturday with a second place finish at the New England championships.,Knox and Fry battled to a draw through the first two periods, with Fry taking an early lead on a takedown before Knox came back with a reversal in the second to tie the match at 2-2.,Though Knox fell one win short of his stated goal of the New England championship, it was still a historic season for the freshman, who finished the year with a 49-1 record.,He now owns a career record of 89-9 and will have a great chance at shattering the area’s all-time wins record if he continues at his current pace over the next three years.,Ostrander hasstrong showing

There is a good chance that all-time wins record will be held by Triton’s Anthony Ostrander when all is said and done, and this weekend the junior ended his terrific season with a strong performance at New Englands. read more

No team in the NBA has lost more games over the past six seasons than the Lakers, but whatever infects basketball operations has graciously spared game operations, which are still the league's best.,The team plays in the most appealing market in the league; their local broadcast deal pays them in excess of $150 million per season; they employ LeBron James; and they have picked second overall in three of the past four drafts.,Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAYRather than assign blame to unfavorable news reports that embarrassed her franchise, Buss could have taken a page from Robert Sarver, the owner of a Suns team with the fifth-most losses over these six seasons.,At some point, the Lakers must recognize that running an NBA team is far more than an exercise in brand management and talent recruitment.,A front office is a managerial project like any other business -- NBA teams make widgets, only they're wins (or, more commonly for the Lakers, losses).

West Seneca East’s Vincent Pagliaccio and West Seneca West’s Zachary Walters recently put the finishing touches on their respective winter sports seasons by competing in this past weekend’s indoor track and boys swimming state championship meets.,After winning the 1,000-meter race at the Section VI Championships at Houghton College on Feb. 21 with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 38.23 seconds, Pagliaccio, a junior, went on to place 15th at the state indoor track championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.,“With Vinny coming off of a state meet cross country season and the addition of coach Kevin Arnold to the West Seneca East staff, it was the perfect combination for an outstanding winter season,” head indoor track coach Mike Schermerhorn said.,Walters, a senior on the combined district boys swimming team, was also unable to match what had been a record-setting effort at sectionals when he got to states, finishing 59th overall among public school competitors with his time of 54.78 seconds in the 100 butterfly.,Walters, who did help all three of the team’s relays earn top-eight finishes at sectionals for the first time since the East and West programs merged, is looking to continue his competitive swimming career at the next level, but Papke said the location where that will happen hasn’t been solidified as of yet.

A legal settlement Friday between the NFL and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during pregame national anthem ceremonies in 2016 as a protest against systematic racism, could speak volumes, experts said.,The undisclosed settlement ends a grievance filed by Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid that claimed NFL teams colluded to blacklist them.,Still, the NFL drew bad publicity in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, when Rihanna and Cardi B rejected offers to perform during halftime, reportedly because of solidarity with Kaepernick.,Los Angeles activist Najee Ali of the group Project Islamic Hope led a two-season boycott of local NFL teams over the kneeling controversy, but he said Friday he'll return to attending and watching Rams games now that the case is settled.,The settlement could close the chapter on the kneeling controversy, but it also leaves open the question of whether NFL teams colluded to keep Kaepernick from a paycheck.

Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

Enzo Fuschino was hired as men's soccer coach at North Central.,Fuschino spent the last 12 seasons at Wisconsin Platteville, leading the Pioneers to the NCAA Division III National Tournament four times.

∫ Former Wheeling Park all-state quarterback Cross Wilkinson has received a nice honor with the University of Toledo football team.,∫ Former Linsly School hoop standout Dylan Harrison is enjoying a solid sophomore season at Ohio Valley University.,∫ Wheeling Park hoop standout Keondre King is a nominee for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American basketball game.,∫ Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. is enjoying a banner men’s basketball season under the guidance of former Wheeling Park hoopster D.P. Harris.,∫ Kudos go out to former Wheeling Park all-state point guard Kylie McKennen.

A combined five athletes currently rank in the top-10 of the all-around standings as Maggie Nichols (first), Brenna Dowell (sixth) and Anastasia Webb (seventh) represent OU, and Trinity Thomas (fourth) and Alicia Boren (10th) represent the Gators.,In 2015, OU set the school record with a 198.500, scoring better than a 49.500 on every event (49.525 on vault, 49.500 on bars, 49.750 on beam, 49.725 on floor).,CONFERENCE HONORS

Junior Maggie Nichols (Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Anastasia Webb (Gymnast of the Week) were each honored by the Big 12 this week for their performances at the Metroplex Challenge.,Seniors Brenna Dowell (AA), Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and Alex Marks (UB), juniors Jade Degouveia (VT, FX), Maggie Nichols (AA) and Bre Showers (AA), sophomores Jordan Draper (FX), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (VT, BB, FX) have all competed.,A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA read more

For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.,And, finally, they came up with a huge interception in overtime to set up Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal — the longest kick ever to win a playoff game.,It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who had been 6-0 at the Superdome since their pairing began in 2006.,If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.,It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley is undergoing a mental evaluation following an incident at a Los Angeles hotel earlier in the week.,According to TMZ Sports, police were called to the hotel by McKinley's friend, who was concerned for his wellbeing.,McKinley, 23, was apparently cooperative when police arrived on Tuesday afternoon and he was detained without criminal charges being filed.,"We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today," said Quinn.,Over the course of his first few NFL seasons, McKinley has provided Atlanta's defensive line with respectable contributions.