Monthly Archives: October 2016

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The Philadelphia 76ers fan who was ejected for flashing double middle fingers at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has apologized for his actions.

“As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate,” Richard Harkaway said in a statement to Philly.com issued by a personal representative.

“In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior,” the statement said.

Harkaway, a urologist from North Philadelphia, was sitting in the second row of the baseline seats when he stood up and put his middle fingers directly toward Westbrook’s face during the first quarter and said, “F— you!”

Westbrook looked at the nearby referee with a confused look and said, “Can he do that?”

Venue security staff escorted Harkaway from his seat, but multiple reports stated that he was allowed to stay in the arena for the rest of the game.

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Ty Lawson claimed the Sacramento Kings’ last available roster spot Monday after the team announced the release of fellow guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins.

Lawson won the duel for the Kings’ 15th roster spot and is expected to open the season as the stand-in point guard for suspended Sacramento starter Darren Collison, despite the fact Lawson showed up late for one morning shootaround and missed a team flight ‎the following day earlier this month‎.

New Kings coach Dave Joerger has been a big backer of Lawson, ‎insisting in recent days that there is “no situation” with Lawson and repeatedly praising the veteran guard’s play throughout the preseason.

Lawson was summoned to meet with club officials after missing a team flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky for a recent exhibition game in Lexington, but Kings general manager Vlade Divac ultimately told local reporters that the team was satisfied with Lawson’s explanation that a “personal issue” caused him to miss the flight.

“We handle it inside [the] house,” Divac said after the meeting with Lawson. “He got the message, and we move forward.”

The Kings signed Lawson, 28, in late August to a one-year minimum deal that was non-guaranteed, hopeful that he would seize the opportunity to resurrect his career and fill a void in their backcourt.

Sacramento will be forced to play its first eight regular-season games without Collison, who received that punishment from the league after a misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault. The Kings signed Lawson only after considerable internal deliberation given the veteran guard’s history of legal woes, which include four previous arrests for driving under the influence.

The Kings had also recently signed Farmar, who played in Memphis last season under Joerger, as a potential fill-in for Collison. Cousins, who is not related to Kings star big man DeMarcus Cousins, was a second-round pick in June, taken by Sacramento with the No. 59 overall selection.

After struggling last season in stints with Houston and Indiana, Lawson told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears in a July interview: “It would be big to be back to my old self again. Also, it’s not for just me, it’s for my parents. They have had a hard time seeing what I’ve been going through. I know they hear the little comments at NBA games. To make them proud again would mean the world to me.”

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A fired-up Adrian Gonzalez was adamant he was safe after a controversial call that he and Dodgers teammates thought swung Wednesday night’s National League Championship Series Game 4 in the direction of the Chicago Cubs, and he sounded off after Los Angeles’ 10-2 loss.

“I knew I was safe,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got plenty of still frames that prove I was safe. Unfortunately, it turned into a trial, and they said there was not enough evidence.”

Gonzalez was called out at home to end the second inning while trying to score from second base on Andrew Toles’ single. A sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as Cubs catcher Willson Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez’s upper left arm.

Gonzalez tweeted a photo that appeared to show his left hand on home plate with Contreras’ mitt still an inch or two from connecting.

The Dodgers challenged plate umpire Angel Hernandez’s decision, and the out ruling was upheld after replays that were interpreted both ways.

“Usually, they say the play stands, but they said there wasn’t enough evidence, which means they know I was safe,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said his run, which would have put the Dodgers up 1-0 and kept the inning going with two runners on, would have given rookie pitcher Julio Urias a cushion in a high-pressure situation.

“It completely changes his way of pitching,” Gonzalez said. “Now he gets one guy on base and he’s trying not to let that one run score, where if we’ve got that lead, he feels more comfortable. He attacks it a bit more. It changes everything. One little thing can change the outcome.”

The review also drew online scorn from Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.

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HOUSTON — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien downplayed the significance of reports of tension between him and quarterback Brock Osweiler.

CBS Sports reported Sunday that O’Brien and Osweiler had a “heated exchange” last week after a quarterbacks meeting while reviewing film of the Week 5 loss to the Minnesota Vikings after Osweiler had objections to playcalling.

O’Brien called the report the “biggest non-story of the year” and said it’s a side effect of coaching in an intense environment.

“Anybody that’s been around me knows that I really only know one way to go about it,” O’Brien said Monday. “That’s to work very hard and to do it in a very intense environment. I think that’s the type of players we have. So when you’re coaching football and playing football, and you’re in a competitive environment where everyone is pulling the same rope and everybody is trying to do their very best to win the game, things are going to happen.”

O’Brien took over the playcalling duties from offensive coordinator George Godsey after the Texans were shut out at New England in Week 2.

O’Brien said it takes time for a coach and his quarterback to develop a style for working together, and he enjoys working with Osweiler.

“I think you really have to get to know the quarterback to understand what he likes, what he’s comfortable with, and also for that quarterback to understand your style, how you do things,” O’Brien said. “And sometimes that takes awhile.

“What we know about Brock is that he’s a very hardworking guy. A very prepared guy. And we enjoy coaching him. He’s learning, and we just were happy to see him be able to help us win that game [Sunday] night.”

Osweiler was asked about the report after the Texans’ 26-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and he said his interactions with O’Brien and the rest of the coaching staff “are nothing out of the norm.”

“I would say the interactions that have occurred between Coach O’Brien and myself, or even Coach Godsey and myself for that matter, are nothing out of the norm,” Osweiler said. “I think everybody wants to win. Everybody, like I said, is putting in a ton of hours and preparation to win each week, so like I said, there’s nothing out of the norm.

“There’s no story there. We are all just working extremely hard to get wins every single week. I love coming to work every single day. I love working with Coach O’Brien, Coach Godsey, and they are terrific football coaches.”

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The 49ers and Colin Kaepernick have signed a restructuring of the quarterback’s deal, wiping out the final four years and turning it into a two-year contract with a player option for the second year, sources tell ESPN.

The monetary value of the deal for this year remains the same with the second year, should Kaepernick choose to stay, carrying a $16.5 million salary.

The 49ers confirmed that they had reworked the quarterback’s contract, but did not announce any additional details.

Sources told ESPN that Kaepernick can void the deal after this season, before the new league year begins in March, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent if he chooses. The 49ers will not be allowed to use their franchise tag on him.

If Kaepernick doesn’t void the deal — to either sign elsewhere or work out a new deal with the Niners — his contract terms for 2017 are the same: $14.5 million salary, but no guaranteed money.

Given that whether Kaepernick is on the roster is ultimately up to him, his 46-man roster bonuses are converted into guaranteed salary. A playing-time bonus and insurance policy are also part of the restructured deal.

Because the contract was altered this season, the 49ers are not eligible to receive a compensatory pick if Kaepernick signs elsewhere after the season.

The two sides have spent months trying to rework the contract — dating back to San Francisco’s trade conversations with Denver last spring — but the talks heated up over the past four weeks and now have been successfully completed.

Asked on Tuesday if he felt any pressure to have a reworked contract before he started Sunday’s game, Kaepernick said, “No, I feel no pressure.” But he did acknowledge, “We have had discussions.”

Should Kaepernick elect to opt out at season’s end, his $16.5 million in base salary next season will come off San Francisco’s books.

Last season the Washington Redskins would not play Robert Griffin III for fear that he could get hurt and the team would be on the hook for his contract the next year. The 49ers have been unwilling to play Kaepernick so far this season for a variety of reasons; coach Chip Kelly, who named Kaepernick as his starting quarterback Tuesday, has denied that Kaepernick’s contract has entered into his decision.

But a reworked contract now gives the 49ers more flexibility and security, and it gives Kaepernick the ability to depart San Francisco after this season, so it would appear to be a win-win for both sides.

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Josh Tomlin(Josh Tomlin Jersey) is just fine waiting another day to make his postseason debut.

The Indians right-hander said he was treating Sunday as a regular off-day after rain washed out Game 3 of Cleveland’s AL Division Series against Boston. But instead of building on the success from the 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, he will take the mound after both teams had extra rest.

“We had a few days off after the regular season, too, and we played two pretty good games” in the ALDS, Tomlin said outside the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park shortly after the game was postponed. “So I don’t know if it hurts our momentum or not.”

Sunday’s scheduled 4:08 p.m. start was called off around 2 p.m. — long before the gates had opened or the starting pitchers had begun to warm up; it will be made up at 6:08 p.m. on Monday.

Cleveland outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall said having two days off in a row was “like a short All-Star break.”

“You don’t want to burn a starter trying to squeeze a start into a window,” he said. “You want to give a game a chance to get played with no things looming.”

Tomlin said he had gone through his usual pregame routine but hadn’t gone to the bullpen to start throwing like he would before a start.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would stick with Clay Buchholz for Game 3 but wouldn’t commit beyond that. Boston reliever Brad Ziegler said the team was “completely confident” with Buchholz on the mound and the season on the line.

“He’s been throwing the ball great coming down the stretch and he’s got World Series experience. He’s got playoff experience,” Ziegler said. “And if nothing else, maybe the day of rain gives everybody else a day of rest and gives us a chance to bring those guys back.”

The Indians won Games 1 and 2 at home, beating Boston’s two best pitchers and setting the stage for a sweep at Fenway on Sunday. The rainout pushes that back one day — at least — and could extend David Ortiz’s career for another day as well.

Indians manager Terry Francona said his team’s rotation is likely to stay the same for Games 4 and 5, if necessary. But now Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer would be back on the regular amount of rest on Tuesday.

Corey Kluber can pitch in Game 5 — or, if the Red Sox don’t last that long, wait for AL Championship Series.

In the Red Sox clubhouse, Ortiz’s son D’Angelo waited dressed at his locker for his dad to leave with him — maybe for one of the last times. Xander Bogaerts played cards with teammates. Sandy Leon spoke wearing a knit cap perfect for the cool weather ahead.

With the rainout, the Red Sox could come back to 22-game winner Rick Porcello in Game 4 on the usual four days of rest. David Price would be lined up to start a decisive fifth game, leaving Eduardo Rodriguez as the odd man out.

Rodriguez said he hadn’t been told of the team’s plans.

“I was going to be in the bullpen today anyway, being a starter, reliever or whatever,” he said. “I’ll throw my bullpens and get ready for whatever they want me to do.”

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ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman(Josh Norman Jersey)’s celebration cost his team 15 yards Sunday. It’s about to cost him a lot more financially.

Norman said the league has fined him $10,000 for shooting an imaginary bow and arrow to celebrate his fourth quarter interception in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. He said he is appealing the fine.

It’s the second consecutive week the NFL has fined Norman. He was fined $48,620 for a hit on New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard in Week 3, leading to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Last year, Norman was fined $26,044 for two separate incidents in his matchup against New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Norman was penalized 15 yards for his celebratory act Sunday, when he ran near the sideline to “shoot” the bow and arrow. He said after the game he had been warned about doing it before a previous game. But, Norman said, because it was a different officiating crew, he thought he’d get a warning first instead of a flag.

“I have my speech on it and we’ll see what happens,” Norman said. “I hope and pray they eliminate the $10,000 fine. That was too much. At the same time we’ll see how it goes and whatever the outcome is, I respect it and I respect the league and what they’re trying to do.

“It’s hard but it’s fair. It’s one of those things when you’re the hunted you have to continue to rise above it all.”

Still, Norman said he doesn’t understand why it was a penalty. And he’s now looking for new ways to celebrate big plays.

“I don’t get it,” he said. “I might have to ask fans what can I do next if they take that away from me.”