Eighty Injured after Japanese Ferry Hits ‘Whale’

first_imgEighty people were injured when a Japanese jetfoil ferry hit what seemed to be a whale in the Sea of Japan. The incident occurred on March 9, 2019, when Ginga, operated by Sado Steam Ship company, was en route from Niigata Port to Sado Island, Japan.The ferry was carrying 121 people at the time of the incident. Six out of the eighty hospitalized sustained severe injuries, the company said in a statement.Ginga managed to arrive at Ryotsu Port in Sado Island under its own power. Sado Steam Ship company informed that all further voyages of Ginga have been canceled.As a result of the collision with the “marine creature”, the ship’s hull was damaged and needs to be repaired.An investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Gov’t closely watching spike of COVID-19 cases in Leyte

first_img“So kakausapin din natin ‘yung mga LGU officials doon at titingnan din natin ‘yung actual situation sa ground at kung ano rin ang kaya natin matutulong sa Leyte,” he added. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Wednesday that he and National Task Force on COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez would visit and check the situation in Tacloban City. “Iha-house natin ‘yan sa mga hotel at mga accommodation na malapit sa hospital nila kasi tatamaan din ‘yung pamilya noong ating mga health workers. But in fairness, bilib kami magagaling ‘yung ating mga doktor dito,” he added. Earlier, 12 lawmakers from Eastern Visayas have called for a review of the government’s “Hatid Probinsiya” program amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region. “Magdadagdag pa tayo ng pulis dito pati kagawad ng Armed Forces para makatulong dito kasi nakita natin na kailangan talaga maquarantine ‘yung mga tao sa kanilang mga bahay kasi malaki ‘yung numero eh, nasa 4,000 ang active cases natin dito,” Año said. “Biglang nag-surge doon kasi sabi nga may mga dumating doon na LSIs at OFWs na pinagmulan ng spike,” Ano said in a radio interview. Meanwhile, Ano said that more security forces will be deployed in Cebu City following the enforcement of lockdown in the area.center_img The lawmakers called on the Department of Health to reinforce its regional office in Eastern Visayas to be more effective in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Leyte and Samar provinces. MANILA – The province of Leyte is now being monitored by the government officials following the reported spike of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the area. The DILG chief also that said more health personnel would deployed to the city to address the spike on COVID-19 cases. “Magdadagdag ng doktor, nurses at meron din cycle na pagkatapos magtrabaho, quarantine mo sila kahit sabihin natin hindi tinamaan para makapahinga din at dapat ‘yung ating mga health workers hindi na uuwi ng bahay,” he said. The Cebu City government and other concerned agencies would meet to discuss how the lockdown will be implemented as well as how new quarantine passes will be issued among residents./PNlast_img read more

Giroud praised for touch of class

first_img After a slow start following their nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out win over Wigan at Wembley on Saturday, which saw Giroud fluff a great chance to put the hosts ahead, West Ham took the lead through Matt Jarvis on 40 minutes. However, German forward Podolski quickly levelled before half-time, with Giroud’s superb control and close-range finish putting them in front on 55 minutes. “At half-time he came in, he was very, very down because he missed a great chance in the first half, but he responded very well in the second half because he’s mentally a strong guy.” Wenger hopes the manner of the performance can lift his squad for the run-in. He said: “Saturday and tonight improves the confidence of the team, but we know we have one advantage – the picture is very clear in front of us. “We know we have to win our games and hope that Everton will slip up somewhere, but let’s focus on our job and not look too much at Everton. “If we need that we will see when we need it, but at the moment we can only do it if we win our games, so let’s focus on that.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had been the architects of their own downfall after getting a foothold in the match. “We shoot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “Doing so well to get the first goal, we then could not get into half-time 1-0 up, which was a big disappointment. “We were then looking comfortable and the second goal sickened me off because the performance meant nothing after that. “All of our hard work has been wasted.” Jarvis was caught by Bacary Sagna as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area early in the match, for which Wenger said he was “grateful”. Allardyce believes his player’s “honesty” got no reward. “For years now, the facts are that when you stay on your feet, referees do not give penalties,” the Irons boss said. “For honesty, there is no reward, so what do I do? “A foul is a foul, it does not matter if you go down or stay on your feet. “We get slaughtered for diving or being dishonest, but when someone is honest and does not get what you should get…so then you should go down and make the referee’s mind up for him. “But we still got in front after that, so from then on it is us who have let ourselves down.” Another powerful strike from Podolski with 13 minutes left secured all three points which saw Arsene Wenger’s side move back up above Everton, who host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. Wenger was impressed with the composure of Giroud’s finish, when he held off both Winston Reid and Andy Carroll to take down a high ball from Thomas Vermaelen on his left foot before rolling it between the goalkeeper’s legs with his right. “It was a perfect first touch,” said Wenger. “You need that if you want to score the goal. What I like is that he used his upper body first to make some space and, despite that, he managed to have a great first touch and after that he finished well.” Giroud paid his own tribute to the victims of Hillsborough when he kissed the black armband and looked to the heavens as the Arsenal players celebrated. “Olivier is a great guy with a great mentality,” said Wenger of the France forward whose personal life put him under media scrutiny earlier in the season. “He has gone through a difficult period, as you know, and I think it affected his game for a while and his confidence. “You could see that he was refreshed tonight and that he was up for it. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the “perfect touch” of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham to move back up into the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgCORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) — Former National League Cy Young award winner Mike McCormick has died at age 81.The San Francisco Giants say McCormick died at his home in North Carolina after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.McCormick played 16 years in the majors from 1956 to 1971 with the Giants, Orioles, Senators, Yankees and Royals. He had a 134-128 record with a 3.73 ERA with his greatest accomplishments coming with the Giants.  In 1967, he went 22-10, leading the league in wins, and posted a 2.85 ERA. He completed 14 games and five shutouts and was the first San Francisco pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.SOCCER NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees President Randy Levine has called on the players’ association to resume negotiations with Major League Baseball to start the pandemic-delayed season.Levine said the money difference between the feuding sides was not the primary obstacle but rather issues such as health and safety protocols and determining how to deal with a second wave of the new coronavirus.MLB has made three proposals, the last for a 72-game season starting July 14 that would guarantee about $1.23 billion. The union made offered two plans, the last for an 89-game schedule starting July 10 and salaries of $2.25 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLOhio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekend Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-US OPEN‘Watch it on TV’: Gov. Cuomo OKs no-fan US Open tennis in NYNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given the go-ahead Tuesday for the U.S. Open tennis tournament to be held in his state starting in late August — but without spectators — as part of the reopening from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s “highly unlikely” that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August.DeWine says: “If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely dangerous.”The hall is still evaluating its options and said no decisions have been made about the Aug. 6 game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium between Dallas and Pittsburgh, nor for the enshrinements two nights later.The hall reopened to a limited number of fans last week.  VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL Sabres fire GM BotterillBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Jason Botterill in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure.The Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor.Botterill was fired three seasons into his tenure and after the Sabres failed to show any signs of improvement in extending what’s now a nine-year playoff drought.With a 30-31-8 record, Buffalo finished 13th in the Eastern Conference standings and one spot short of qualifying for the NHL’s expanded 24-team playoff. NFL-GIANTS KICKER-ARRESTCHICO, Calif. (AP) — Alcohol is suspected in a hit-and-run crash that led to the arrest of New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas in Northern California.According to the California Highway Patrol, Rosas failed to stop for a red light and plowed his Chevrolet SUV into the side of a pickup truck Monday in the city of Chico. The CHP says Rosas kept driving and then walked away from the SUV when it broke down. He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.NFL-PRO BOWL-LAS VEGASPro Bowl moves to Las Vegas Update on the latest in sports: Trudeau says he’s open to ‘hub city’ ideaOTTAWA (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is “open” to the NHL operating a playoff “hub city” in Canada as long as it is allowed by local health authorities.If the NHL returns to play amid the coronavirus pandemic this summer, it would start with the playoffs and with 24 teams, preferably split between two hub cities.The league has narrowed down its potential sites to 10 cities, including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada. The NHL has said it will not choose a Canadian city if players are subject to the 14-day quarantine currently in effect at the border. NHL-SABRES-BOTTERILL Bayern Munich wins 8th straight Bundesliga titleBREMEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich has secured its eighth successive German Bundesliga title with two games to spare after beating Werder Bremen 1-0 with a goal from Robert Lewandowski.The win on a wet night in Bremen put Bayern 10 points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund, which can earn a maximum nine points from its three remaining games.Jerome Boateng played a perfectly weighed ball over the defense for Robert Lewandowski to control on his chest and hit past the goalkeeper for his 31st Bundesliga goal this season.In other international soccer news: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery.A statement from the school’s athletics department said Monday that fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university’s slaves from public view.The school’s athletics director says she was made aware of the negative connotation. She says the new logos remove the curves on the sabre handles. MLB-OBIT-McCORMICKCy Young Award winner Mike McCormick dead Malone adds that he likes to say, “I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.”His squad was in third place in the Western Conference when the season was halted. The league is working on completing the health and safety protocols for a restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.Malone says, “I hope that going down to Orlando will be in a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people that actually get it.”In other NBA news:— Bam Adebayo thinks injuries could be more prevalent than usual when the NBA gets back on the floor next month, given the demands that will be on players’ bodies after a long layoff. Miami’s All-Star center is also thinking about the financial risks. Adebayo confirmed Tuesday that he is among five players — a group who could soon graduate from rookie contracts to extensions worth in excess of $100 million — seeking assurances from the NBA about if they’ll be protected in the case of catastrophic injury when the season resumes at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is worried that Premier League players are risking injury by returning after an “incredible lack of preparation” and has no idea what to expect when his team plays Arsenal on Wednesday. The top English clubs are resuming play after as little as three weeks of contact training following the lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Guardiola’s team is facing a game every three or four days in an effort to finish the domestic season by Aug. 1. Guardiola said he does know which players are ready to play at the top level and will have to rotate “absolutely all the players.” Associated Press June 16, 2020 LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Pro Bowl is headed to Las Vegas.The NFL announced Tuesday that the 2021 all-star game will be played at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 31 — one week before the Super Bowl in Tampa.Plans include what the league calls a week-long celebration of football, and will include NFL FLAG Championship games and a Pro Bowl skills showdown in which players compete in a variety of events. There will be community and charity initiatives as well.UVA-LOGOUniversity of Virginia changes logo to remove slavery reference VIRUS OUTBREAK-NUGGETS-MALONENuggets coach says he had COVID-19DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says an antibody test revealed he had COVID-19.Malone says in an interview with CBS4 in Denver he wasn’t feeling well shortly after the season was suspended March 11. He reached out to the team’s medical staff to be tested but no tests were available at the time. Malone says he had an antibody test around Memorial Day weekend.Malone says the team doctor called up and told him he’d tested positive. “You can watch it on TV, and I’ll take that,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing in Albany.Now that the U.S. Tennis Association’s proposal to hold its marquee event has been accepted — including a “bubble” setup with designated hotels, limited player entourages and a facility closed to the hundreds of thousands of people who usually attend the U.S. Open — the key question becomes: Who actually will end up competing on the blue hard courts in Flushing Meadows from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13?Some of the sport’s top names, including defending U.S. Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal along with No. 1-ranked players Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty, have expressed reservations about heading somewhere that was a hot spot for the COVID-19 outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-YANKEESYankees president urges resumption of talkslast_img read more

Syracuse zone to face tough challenge in No. 7 Villanova

first_img Published on December 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse’s 2-3 zone can be broken through the high post. It can be shot over from beyond the arc.No. 7 Villanova (10-0) gets to and scores from each area of the court better than most teams in the country. Syracuse (6-3) has to slow and stop the same Wildcats in its 1 p.m. tipoff on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.It’s a task that no team in the country has truly completed this year and one that looks especially difficult for the Orange. SU struggled to defend the high post and the perimeter in the first half of its narrow win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday and the Bulldogs highlighted the weaknesses with a series of alley-oops that hushed the Carrier Dome crowd.“I don’t like people dunking and stuff like that,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said.Syracuse guards closing off the top of the zone and simply stepping to the perimeter ended Louisiana Tech’s aerial dominance. But while SU mainly worried about Bulldogs guard Raheem Appleby, Villanova boasts five regulars shooting above 30 percent from 3 this year. And junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s had a slow start to the season, shot 36.7 percent from 3 coming into 2014-2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s an underperforming but established part of a backcourt that’s all but built to bust zones with a combination of penetration and sharp shooting. Down low, the Wildcats look to the 6-foot-11 Daniel Ochefu, a skilled passer in the high post who averages 9.4 points per game.“They do a lot, a lot of things well,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said, raising his eyebrows and leaning back in his chair by his locker. “… They’re not ranked No. 7 for no reason.”Ochefu and fellow forward JayVaugn Pinkston combine for an average of 18.5 points per game — 24.3 percent of Villanova’s average total. But the Wildcats are hardly dependent upon them. Syracuse gets 43.5 percent of its points from Christmas and forward Chris McCullough.In Villanova’s toughest test of the season, though, the Wildcats scored 30 points in the paint as they beat then-No. 19 Michigan, 60-55.After SU’s win against Louisiana Tech, Jim Boeheim bemoaned Syracuse’s perimeter defense, raising his voice to its loudest volume in the press conference when talking about a player who said he couldn’t cover a shooter because he was so far away.“He’s where you’re supposed to be,” Boeheim said.The fixes for the SU defense that let a Louisiana Tech attack score so easily in the first half Sunday seem simple: step to shooters, close up the top of the zone, and keep a big man back to protect that basket.But in Villanova the Orange faces a team that excels where SU struggles. The Wildcats place shooters all over the floor. They’re experienced too, with only one freshman getting regular playing time. The Wildcats put forwards in the posts, set to pass through the heart of Syracuse’s trademark defense.And they’re deep. Villanova regularly runs out nine players in a game.“We just need to go watch the film,” Christmas said after beating Louisiana Tech. “We’re going to go watch film tomorrow until all the bad things are behind us and get ready for Villanova and we’ll be fine.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

CWG 2022 | After Indian Olympic Association’s call for boycott, CGF officials say we ‘absolutely’ want India’s participation

first_img Written By Last Updated: 28th July, 2019 16:58 IST CWG 2022 | After Indian Olympic Association’s Call For Boycott, CGF Officials Say We ‘absolutely’ Want India’s Participation The Commonwealth Games Federation on Sunday said it “absolutely” wants India to participate in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games after the IOA wrote to the government, proposing a boycott for dropping shooting from the roster. Press Trust Of India READ | CWG 2022 | Indian Olympic Association Mulls Boycott After Non Inclusion Of Shooting In Commonwealth Games 2022 India lashes outIn an unprecedented move, IOA President Narinder Batra on Saturday wrote to Sports Minister Kiren Rijuji, proposing a boycott of the 2022 Birmingham CWG for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought approval from the government.The IOA had earlier pulled out of the CGF General Assembly to be held in Rwanda in September, protesting the dropping of shooting. It also withdrew the nomination of its secretary-general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shiragaonkar for a sports committee member. “We have been noticing over a period of time that wherever India seems to be getting grip of the game and performing well, then somehow we find that either the goalposts are shifted or rules are changed. We feel it is time for us in IOA/India to start asking tough questions and start taking tough positions,” the IOA chief had said.  COMMENT “We absolutely want India to participate wholeheartedly in Birmingham 2022 and look forward to meeting our colleagues in India over the coming months to discuss their concerns and future ambitions,” CGF Media and Communications Manager Tom Degun told reporters in an e-mail reply. First Published: 28th July, 2019 16:44 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US The Commonwealth Games Federation on Sunday said it “absolutely” wants India to participate in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games after the IOA wrote to the government, proposing a boycott for dropping shooting from the roster.’Want India to participate’The CGF said it intends to meet with the Indian Olympic Association officials in the near future to help find a solution to the concerns raised. WATCH US LIVE “We are naturally disappointed that our colleagues in India have chosen not to join the other Commonwealth nations and territories in Rwanda for the 2019 CGF General Assembly; particularly as this is where the future strategic direction of the Commonwealth Sports Movement is debated and approved by our 71 members,” the CGF official said. READ | Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll Never Believe What The Medals Will Be Made FromBoycott on the cards?While proposing a boycott of the 2022 CWG, Batra had lashed out at the CGF leadership for having an “India bashing mindset” and for “trying to change rules” whenever the country does well in the Commonwealth Games. He went to the extent of saying that India is no longer a colony of any country. LIVE TVlast_img read more

Quadri Vows to Give His Best at ITTF African Cup

first_imgAruna-Quadri As the the staging of the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup inches closer, Nigeria’s main player and African great, Aruna Quadri has said that Lagos fans should expect the best from him.“Everyone wants to win and I want to win as well and to give my 100 percent best. Although it is always difficult playing in front of home fans as it is also a motivation,” the 22nd ranked player in the world said.The Nigerian is expected to repeat his feat at the last edition in Lagos where he won the prize money on home soil with a hard won victory over his Italian opposition. Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon has said that Nigeria would continue to raise the standard of table tennis with the hosting of major competitions in Africa.Nigeria is hosting the African Club, Championships, ITTF Africa Cup and ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open and the NTTF boss said the world now looks towards Nigeria in terms of organisation of world-class competitions.“We will continue to raise the bar as regards table tennis in the country and Africa, said Tikon.For the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman, Wahid Oshodi, fans would be treated to exciting matches in the new 10days. “We’re hoping to give them huge entertainment and I want them to come over to the stadium and enjoy the games,” Oshodi said.“The benefit of hosting this event is to grow tourism in Lagos State, as the aim of the state is to emerge as the hub for tourism, entertainment and sport in Africa, ultimately putting Lagos on the world map,” Tandoh said.In his remarks, President of Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy said the tournament would help to showcase quality of players in Africa. “We want to show that we have world class players in Africa, like Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar at the next ITTF World Cup. Lagos is like home of table tennis in Africa,” the ITTF boss said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Zouma backtracks after saying Diego Costa ‘likes to cheat a lot’

first_imgKurt Zouma has apologised on Twitter after saying that team-mate Diego Costa ‘likes to cheat a lot’ during a post-match interview.Zouma was asked about his Chelsea team-mate Costa at the weekend, telling a TV reporter that the feisty striker “likes to cheat a lot” after his bust-up with Gabriel got the Arsenal defender sent off.The young defender made the remarks in a post-match TV interview with Qatari network beIN Sports, reported by the Daily Mirror, following Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.After the story blew up on Monday, Zouma took to social media to apologise and clarify that he mis-spoke, blaming his imperfect English for any confusion.Chelsea Football Club also tried to spin Zouma’s words, with a spokesman saying on Monday that, “‘it’s a bit harsh to take literally the words of a young player speaking in his second language immediately after a game” “Kurt is deeply upset that his words have been used to attack a team-mate and a friend,” the spokesman added.Reporter Carrie Brown had asked the Frenchman: “Of course Arsenal will feel hard done-by, they will claim you should have had a player sent-off in Diego Costa but this is a player that’s famed for riling other players isn’t it? Are you surprised that they reacted in this way?” Zouma replied: “No, we’re not surprised because we know Diego. Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game. “That happened in the game but he’s a really nice guy. We’re proud to have him, like the other players, and we’re happy to win this game today.”The incident began when Costa grappled in the box with Laurent Koscielny, swinging his arm into the defender’s face before the two squared up and the Spanish striker shoved him to the ground.Gabriel helped his team-mate up and a lengthy dispute between the defender and Costa erupted. Both were booked by referee Mike Dean before Gabriel then kicked out at the striker.The defender received a straight red card and had to be escorted off the pitch by a match-day steward.The pair have previous from their days in Spain when Gabriel, then at Villarreal, went to ground theatrically after receiving a nudge from the then Atletico Madrid striker. Costa is waiting to hear whether he will face retrospective action from the FA for his role in the incident that led to Gabriel’s sending off at Stamford Bridge.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

What curse? Dodgers’ Kershaw is money on short rest

first_imgClayton Kershaw’s win in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday gave him a stellar record in three career postseason starts on three days’ rest. In those starts, Kershaw is 1-1 with a 1.89 earned-run average (19 IP/4 ER) with 23 strikeouts and four walks.• PHOTOS: Kershaw masterpiece forces game 5 in series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

Are the Lakers the favorites to sign LeBron James after he opts out of Cavaliers contract?

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Whicker: Can the NBA survive in the ecosystem it built? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers have roughly $60 million in salary-cap space they could use to sign James and perhaps another top-tier free agent such as Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers also are reportedly seeking to trade for Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.George and Leonard are Southern California natives who have expressed interest in the Lakers.The Cavaliers can re-sign James, but they don’t have the salary-cap flexibility to sign other free agents in order to upgrade their roster. Teams such as the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers would need to clear additional cap space in order to sign James, another factor in the Lakers’ favor.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error George isn’t the only free agent the Lakers could target in a pairing with James. They also could pursue Chris Paul of the Rockets, who can become an unrestricted free agent Saturday after spending one season in Houston after last summer’s trade from the Clippers.The Lakers’ attempts to acquire Leonard from the Spurs could prove to be too problematic for the management team of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. San Antonio would almost certainly insist on getting players such as Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram plus draft picks in return.Plus, the Spurs might not wish to aid the rival Lakers to such a degree.After the draft last week, Pelinka declined to say which Lakers might or might not be available in a trade.“That’s always a trick question,” Pelinka said. “I think other people have said every player in the NBA is virtually tradeable. … It depends on what the definition of untradeable is, but those are hypothetical things that we don’t really get into.” Houston could acquire James in a sign-and-trade deal, but it would require a third team to complete the transaction. Or the Rockets could sign James as a free agent, but it would make it impossible for them to re-sign free agents Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Clint Capela without those players taking substantial paycuts.The Lakers’ acquisition of James has been speculated at great length since last summer. His addition was initially believed to be contingent on the Lakers signing other top-flight free agents in order to create a so-called super team to challenge the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Lakers’ JR Smith took fatherly advice on his way back to the NBA Brandon Ingram sees his Lakers tenure with more perspective Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City center_img Kyle Kuzma bucks Lakers’ cold shooting trend in the bubble Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LeBron James’ decision Friday morning to decline the $35.6-million option on the final season of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers gives the Lakers an advantage over other NBA teams in their attempts to sign him as an unrestricted free agent.His interest in the Lakers is strong, according to a report on cleveland.com, which was the first news organization to report he would opt out of his deal and test free agency. The Cavaliers could still re-sign James and could give him a new five-season, $207.4-million contract.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The most the Lakers or any other team could offer James is four seasons and $152.3 million.Free agency begins Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PT, but players cannot officially sign until next Friday. Recently, it’s been suggested James would be willing to join the youthful Lakers without significant upgrades to their roster. He has two homes in the L.A. area and has been spotted checking out local schools for his children in Los Angeles and Orange counties.“The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James told reporters after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month. “Understanding, especially, where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago (when he returned to Cleveland after four seasons with the Miami Heat).“I’ve got a teenage boy, a preteen and a little girl that wasn’t around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family, is a huge part of whatever I’ll decide to do in my career and it will continue to be that.”As the chatter about James’ grew to a fever pitch this week, the four-time NBA MVP and three-time league champion retreated to the Caribbean island of Anguilla for a family vacation. James posted a video Thursday of himself and his son, Bronny, jumping off a cliff into the ocean.Rich Paul, James’ agent, informed the Cavaliers of his decision to opt out Friday morning. It’s unclear when James might make his decision on where he signs, although it was reported earlier in the week by several outlets that he hoped to have everything wrapped up by Wednesday and will announce his decision on his Uninterrupted website at some point.It is Paul who is set to hear free-agent pitches from the Lakers and other teams.If the Lakers were to agree to a contract with George, who opted out of the final year and $20.7 million of his contract with the Thunder, then it would be a clear sign that James is headed to Los Angeles. George could sign for as much as $130 million over four years with the Lakers.However, George could re-sign with Oklahoma City for $176 million for five years.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Lakers continue to struggle to find playoff form, falling to Pacers for third straight loss last_img read more