Fifa defends video referees

first_imgFootball’s world governing body’s described video referees as “the future”, defending their role in the Confederations Cup.Fifa president Gianni Infantino said in a statement, it’s helping referees make correct decisions at what’s a “milestone tournament”.The VAR (pron: V-A-R) system’s been used five times in Russia during the first round of group games. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma named to All-Rookie first team; Lonzo Ball makes second team

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kuzma said Ball has been a regular presence in the weight room after missing 30 games during his rookie season, including the final 10 due to a left knee contusion.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time,” Kuzma said. “You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster, and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room.The Lakers’ front-office duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka challenged Ball during exit interviews that this would be the biggest summer of his life and Walton said for Ball “it’s going to be about getting in the weight room, it’s going to be about getting in the gym every single day.” EL SEGUNDO — When players were asked on Lakers media day to write their season goals on the bottom of a photograph, Kyle Kuzma quickly jotted down the achievement he was chasing: to make the All-Rookie team.On Tuesday, Kuzma officially checked that box when the NBA announced the 27th draft pick was voted to the first team alongside rookies Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls.“A lot of rookies don’t come into the league and have that type of leeway that Coach (Luke) Walton and his staff really gave me,” Kuzma said Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “So a lot of it goes to them and of course I am out there doing what I do but to have a leash like that as a rookie definitely helped.”Kuzma received 93 of 100 possible first-team votes from a panel of media members, finishing fourth in voting among all rookies. Second overall pick Lonzo Ball finished seventh in media voting, earning second-team honors.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma tied for the team lead in points per game, averaging 16.1 points to go with 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field. He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.Since the Lakers ended their season with a 115-100 victory over the Clippers for their 35th win, Kuzma has regularly posted videos and photos to social media showing the work he is doing in the gym and weight room.Asked Tuesday if he had added muscle, Kuzma grinned and said, “Can you tell?”“I want to be a really good player in this league,” he said. “One of the top players. So that all comes with being out here and working and being consistent and diligent with the work.”Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists.last_img read more

OUT OF BOUNDS…Holmes ‘not so sweet’ Holmes

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE This past Sunday ESPN.com reported that “Receiver  Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets from the Pittsburgh Steelers. [Holmes] will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy,” a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Steelers will reportedly be compensated with a fifth round draft pick in 2011. Wow, I am sure that a pro-bowler is waiting to emerge from the celebrated fifth round in next year’s draft.The story also reported all-universe cover cornerback Darrelle Revis as saying, “Wow, we got Holmes. This is crazy. We makin’ big moves this off-season. Putting the pieces together to get closer to that Super Bowl ring.” According to ESPN.com, the comments were made on Revis’ Twitter page.This is crazy. How in the hell do you trade one of your stars, a Super Bowl MVP, a game changer, a re-arranger of the future?Well, you do it when you have a jellyfish leading your squad. It can be done when you have a head coach who has no backbone. “Knuckleheads Inc.,” Blogs Unlimited” or wherever the stuck on stupid asinine sports crowd is allowed to express their acid-laced opinions point out that Holmes would have allegedly been lost for the first four games of the 2010 season therefore not being any good for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Now Pittsburgh won’t have his services and talent at all. And what if the Jets face the Steelers during the post-season? Well, Santonio will have a Brooklyn-sized chip on his shoulder and what DB in the Pittsburgh secondary besides Ike Taylor can man up against Holmes? It took the Steelers almost four years to replace their last field stretcher, Plaxico Burress. Who is going to replace Santonio Holmes? Will it be Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace or Antwaan Randle-El? When Pittsburgh is 6-10 in 2010, they will only have themselves to blame. Happy trails to you until we meet again.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@gmail.com or 412-583-6741.) In the not so recent past, I concluded that the Pittsburgh Steelers had double standards with regards to protecting certain players while leaving others hanging out to dry. last_img read more