Even though it’s the same opponent, it’s not the same context. When the Lakers played New Orleans for the first time this season in November, Davis was already looking forward to getting past the initial meeting. And now that they are past it with the Lakers atop the Western Conference standings and the Pelicans under .500, some of the meaning had diminished for Davis, who literally shrugged as he talked about the matchup beforehand.When asked if he was surprised New Orleans was struggling without him, he responded with indifference.“I haven’t really paid attention,” he said. “I have nothing to do with that organization, with the team, what they’re doing, wins and losses. That’s something they have to try to figure out. I’m focused on the Lakers and what I have to do to help this team win.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe roots of the injury reach back: Vogel confirmed that when Caruso sat out a Nov. 23 game in Memphis, it was the same ailment.The Lakers have been cautious when it comes to running role players through injury. Rajon Rondo missed 10 of the Lakers’ first 11 games with a calf injury that the medical staff thought could be related to his Achilles tendon. Kuzma recently sat out five games to rest his ankle, which wasn’t healing quickly when he was trying to play through it.While Caruso’s statistical production doesn’t bowl anyone over, he’s helped round out some of the Lakers’ most effective lineups with his defensive play. At 6-foot-5, Caruso’s length is a relatively unique trait in the Lakers’ crowded guard rotation.“He’s a big guard, great point guard, able to score the ball, able to find guys, good on defense, that’s definitely what we miss,” Davis said. “But I think we’ve got guys who can step up, we got (Troy Daniels, Quinn Cook, Rondo). We just slide guys to different positions.”There is something going for Caruso that no other Laker guard can claim: On Thursday, the NBA released its early All-Star voting returns that showed him in eighth place among Western Conference guards. While James, Davis and Dwight Howard are all in the top 10 among frontcourt players, no other Lakers guards made the top 10. Davis temporarily overlooked that Caruso is averaging fewer than six points and two assists per game, light-heartedly cheering on his teammates’ chances.“For them to see that, great for them, so I’m happy for them and hopefully those two guys (Caruso and Howard) can make the team,” he said. “Come on. Laker Nation, let’s get the whole team in there.”DAVIS UNMOVED BY SECOND PELICANS MATCHUPReturning to New Orleans in front of the fans he used to play for was an emotional experience for Anthony Davis, who looked back on it by saying: “We weathered the storm.”This one? Not so much.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Lingering injuries have already been a problem for the Lakers less than halfway through the season.Kyle Kuzma’s ankle, Anthony Davis’ shoulder and LeBron James’ groin have all been concerns. Lately, it’s been Alex Caruso’s right calf.The Lakers told reporters before Friday’s game that Caruso would be missing action against the New Orleans Pelicans with tightness in the area. He played just four minutes against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday before being pulled in the third quarter.“It’s been progressing,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “Just something that’s been there. It flared up a little bit, his soreness. So it’s a long-haul approach with a lot of our guys and the same with him.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions
WASHINGTON — As another one of his U-S Senate colleagues joined the presidential race this morning, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley responds to a prediction that as many as 30 Democrats will be running for the White House by the time the Iowa Caucuses arrive early next year.“I thought 17 were too many in the Republican primary four or three years ago and I think you can get too many,” Grassley says, “but in America, anybody can run for president.”Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has added his name to the list for his second attempt at the presidency. Sanders, an independent, lost the 2016 primary to Democrat Hillary Clinton. Grassley, a Republican, applauds our governmental structure for choosing a national leader. “We have to have an open system so I’ll let the Democrats decide how many are too many or not enough,” Grassley says. “Don’t worry. It’ll sort itself out, for one will be, I guess, July or August will be their nominee.”Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin ran for president in 1992 and was an early frontrunner before dropping out to back Bill Clinton, while current Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she was invited to be President Trump’s running mate, an offer she declined. Grassley says he looks forward to the 2020 contest. “Of course, being from Iowa and very proud of Iowa being first in the nation,” Grassley says, “and also because Iowa Democrats and Republicans cooperate on being first in the nation, I hope all 30 come to Iowa.”So far, at least a dozen Democrats have declared they’re running for president, six of them are U-S senators.
THIS WEEKEND:== FRIDAYAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City at Johnston — pre-game 6:30, kickoff 7:0093.9-FM KIA, kia939.com — Newman at St. Ansgar — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — “This Week in College Football” Big Ten preview 6:00; “Radio Iowa Scouting Report” 6:30; Clear Lake at New Hampton — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:30; “Iowa High School Scoreboard Show” 10:00-11:30 MASON CITY — The Newman girls and West Fork boys are the team champions of this year’s Top of Iowa Conference cross country meet, held on the NIACC campus in Mason City on Thursday afternoon.== The Newman girls placed three in the top ten to capture the team title with 53 points. Nashua-Plainfield was second with 85 points, while Osage was third with 95. Abby Christians of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura won the girls race in a time of 19:53, with Lindsey Davidson of Northwood-Kensett finishing second in 20:38. Olivia Schissel and Chloe Nelson of Newman finished back-to-back in seventh and eight place in times of 21:31 and 21:32.== West Fork had three in the top nine to win the boys team crown with 64 points. Newman was second with 98 points, while St. Ansgar was third with 106. Riley Witt of St. Ansgar won the boys race in 17:04, with Jon Koester of Eagle Grove finishing as the runner-up five seconds behind.You can find the full results of the Top of Iowa Conference meet by clicking here NEW HAMPTON — Clear Lake hits the road to visit New Hampton in Class 2A District 3 football tonight. The Lions have posted three straight shutouts to start district play, and coach Jared DeVries says his defense has stepped up tremendously since beating Garner-Hayfield-Ventura by a point in the third week of play.DeVries says New Hampton will provide his team another tough test.New Hampton is tied with Clear Lake’s final opponent of the regular season, Iowa Falls-Alden, for second place in the district with a 2-1 record. You can hear the Clear Lake-New Hampton game tonight on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:45 with kickoff scheduled for 7:30. JOHNSTON — Mason City hits the road to face Johnston in Class 4A District 6 play. The Mohawks dropped a 17-13 decision at Des Moines East last week, and coach Brandon Krusey says he was pleased with his team’s effort and attitude.Johnston is 4-3 overall and sits at 2-1 in the district. Krusey hopes to see consistency from his squad against the Dragons tonight.You can hear the Mason City-Johnston game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:30 tonight, with kickoff scheduled for 7 o’clock. — Week 8 games in area districts:= 4A District 6Mason City at JohnstonDes Moines East at OttumwaIndianola at #9 Waukee= 3A District 3West Delaware at Charles City#8 Independence at Waverly-Shell RockWaterloo East at Decorah= 2A District 3#2 Clear Lake at New HamptonForest City at Iowa Falls-AldenHampton-Dumont-CAL at Crestwood= 2A District 2Clarion-Goldfield-Dows at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura#3 Algona at Spirit LakeSoutheast Valley at Estherville Lincoln Central= 1A District 3Lake Mills at OsageNorth Butler at DenverAplington-Parkersburg at Sumner-Fredericksburg= A District 3#1 West Hancock at Graettinger-TerrilBishop Garrigan at West ForkNorth Union at Belmond-Klemme= A District 4Newman at #2 St. AnsgarCentral Springs at South WinneshiekStarmont at Nashua-Plainfield#3 North Tama at Postville (non-district)= 8-Man District 2#1 Don Bosco at North IowaNorthwood-Kensett at TripoliRiceville at RockfordDunkerton at Janesville == SATURDAYAM-1300 KGLO — Iowa vs. Purdue — pre-game 9:00, kickoff 11:00 ST. ANSGAR — Newman faces a tough task tonight as they travel to 2nd-ranked St. Ansgar in Class A District 4 play. The Knights are 2-5 overall after stepping outside of the district, falling to Grundy Center last week. Now they face a Saints squad that has the second-highest yardage on offense, rushing for 3032 of their 3227 total yards. Jack Sievert leads St. Ansgar with 1297 yards rushing at 26 touchdowns, while Ryan Cole has rushed for 727 yards and 13 touchdowns. You can hear the Newman-St. Ansgar game on 93.9 KIA The Country Moose and 939kia.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:45 tonight, with the kickoff slated for 7 o’clock.
LiverpoolLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool had to do the job twice over on Champions League upstarts Salzburg to get their defence of the competition back on track, but again relied on a prolific front three to cover over the cracks of an unsettled defence.Mohamed Salah finally secured a thrilling 4-3 victory with his second of the night at Anfield after the holders had let an early 3-0 lead slip to the free-scoring Austrian champions.However, the Egyptian’s strike partners were just as impressive as Sadio Mane opened the scoring against his former club and Roberto Firmino played a huge part in three of Liverpool’s four goals.“It was far away from being a perfect game, but it was a typical Liverpool game, very exciting,” surmised the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp.There was plenty to concern Klopp, who insisted the whole world now knows what he already did — that a side crowned champions of Europe in June and on a 16-match winning streak in the Premier League remains a work in progress.Salzburg have scored 51 goals this season and while few teams may match the fearless attacking prowess of Jesse Marsch’s young side, Liverpool’s defensive frailties were too easily exposed.Joe Gomez endured a torrid night deputising for the injured Joel Matip, stand-in goalkeeper Adrian nearly had another horror moment as an attempted pass out from the back was charged down, and even the normally flawless Virgil van Dijk was left floundering on the floor by Hwang Hee-Chan for Salzburg’s first goal.“Everyone wants to panic and stress and maybe look for all the negatives but we shouldn’t,” said Van Dijk.“There’s no reason for panic at all, we just need to relax, have a look at what can be better.”– Reliable strikeforce –Klopp will hope to have Brazilian number one Alisson Becker and Matip back for the rest of the group stages to restore the solidity to a defence that kept five clean sheets in six Champions League games at Anfield last season.But with their team in need, after a 2-0 defeat to Napoli on matchday one, the ever-reliable trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino stepped forward to ensure a nervy night for the hosts did not turn into a nightmare. Mane made his name in European football at Salzburg and did not celebrate his goal in front of the travelling fans, but that was the only sign of grace he showed his former employers.The opener owed just as much to Firmino’s cushioned pass into the Senegalese’s path and after Andy Robertson finished off a flowing move to make it 2-0, all of the front three combined seemingly to kill the game off.Mane’s cross was headed goalwards by Firmino and after Cican Stankovic parried his effort, Salah gratefully slotted home the rebound.“That was some of the best football we played so far (this season),” added Klopp on Liverpool’s opening blitz.Perhaps even more impressively, Liverpool steadied themselves with half an hour to go when all the momentum was in Salzburg’s favour.Salah’s speed of movement and thought to anticipate a headed knockdown from Firmino put him through on goal and he smashed past Stankovic to Anfield’s relief.“It’s a little bit tough because the human mind thinks a little bit ‘OK, we’re going to win and score again and again,’” said Salah of how Liverpool lost control.“When we were winning 3-0 we needed to score a fourth and fifth and number six also.”Liverpool have yet to lose a two-legged European tie under Klopp, reaching three finals in the past four seasons.Should they sort their defensive issues out to see off Napoli and Salzburg for a place in the last 16, the holders will back their firepower to take them all the way again to Istanbul next May.Share on: WhatsApp