CHARLOTTE — In the hours before tip-off against the Hornets, JaVale McGee spent much of his prep in a private area of the locker room, taking an IV drip as he hoped to feel better.The veteran center had skipped shootaround, feeling drained by flu-like symptoms. Luke Walton called him a game-time decision to play and was preparing to start Tyson Chandler.But not minutes after Walton offered that assessment, McGee was headed to the court for his warm-up shots.“You can’t let little things like the flu keep you from doing your job,” he said. “So I just wanted to make sure I gave them my all.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “ It’s getting easier and easier the more we play together,” McGee said. “Lonzo’s always looking for that pass so you just have to try to find the open space and he’ll find you most of the time.”LANCE CRIES FOUL OVER TECHNICALLakers fans have largely come to know Lance Stephenson’s calling card celebration: the air guitar. Referees apparently don’t feel as warmly about it.Stephenson got a technical foul in the game after playing a solo in the face of Miles Bridges, who was guarding him when he fired a 3-pointer in the third quarter. It was a bit of an incredulous moment for the Lakers who have gotten used to Stephenson’s air artistry.Stephenson said his back-and-forth with Bridges, a rookie, was all in good fun.“Miles challenged me, so I just showed him, like man, I’m confident,” he said. “Just a little fun. I worked with him during the summer, we worked out at the same place. So we know each other a little bit.”Stephenson vowed to keep up his air guitar playing whenever the mood strikes. Walton said while he’s tried to change Stephenson, he has a mind of his own. And now he’s gotten to be OK with it.“You can’t take that away from Lance, it’s part of who he is,” Walton said. “I tried once earlier this season and he just keeps doing it. … That’s what makes him really good is his competitive greatness and that’s part of who he is.”RONDO, INGRAM WON’T JOIN TRIPBoth Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram received medical evaluations on Saturday, and though both are improving, neither will join the Lakers for the current road trip.Rondo was checked out again two days after seeing a hand specialist Thursday, and the Lakers said he was cleared for basketball activity for the first time since he fractured his right hand on Nov. 14 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Ingram was checked out for the first time since his MRI last week on his left sprained ankle. He’s considered day-to-day.The earliest either could play again is on Friday in a home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMcGee’s all under the circumstances was more than anyone expected: He started in the 128-100 victory, and was 9 for 10 from the field with 19 points. Anyone watching the first dunk he made of the game would’ve been hard-pressed to guess McGee had slept 18 of the last 24 hours trying to beat a bug.With Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram and Michael Beasley all out of action again on Saturday night, the Lakers would’ve been ready for his absence — but all hands on deck are appreciated.“He had 101 [degree] fever and wasn’t around at all today,” Luke Walton said. “I think as a team when you see someone fighting through that and still coming out and playing as hard as he played, guys respect it.”McGee anticipated being able to play the second-game of a back-to-back in Washington, up against the Wizards who drafted him in 2008.Walton said he’s thought McGee and Lonzo Ball are developing a stronger chemistry: Ball assisted on three of McGee’s first four baskets.
Whether it is a coincidence or something else, but the first edition of the book “sportskivremeplov.ba”, by Muhamed Bikic, famous BH sports journalist and publicist, came out just before the decisive qualifications match of the National football team of BiH for the World Cup in Brazil, September / October 2013.Exactly four years later, the third edition came out as well, and in the meantime, he realized a total of 185th edition of the show “As Exkluziv with Muhamed Bikic” on TV Alfa and we could hear his recognizable ”Dear viewers, good evening, you are watching”… numerous times.”“In the past two decades, as long as I am present in the sports journalism of BiH, I have literally gone through everything, both in print and electronic media. I am especially proud of the ‘Sportski vremeplov’ show that is broadcasted on Hayat TV and from which was created my third book “sportskivremeplov.ba”. It recorded its new edition for the third time, again in the edition of our eminent IK Buybook. There are 133 stories about prominent BH athletes and sports workers in the book who, thanks to their successes, have become and remained the local sports legends,” said Bikic, who is a graduated lawyer and master of sports, but, as he often states, he was and remained a journalist who lives sports for 24 hours.“Sport is my life. Unfortunately, I did not succeed as a professional athlete, football player, but I am trying to make it up for it as a sports journalist. Here, my last project ‘As Exkluziv’ will soon record its 200th edition. Everything started with the legendary Ivica Osim, and Safet Susic, who went to Brazil almost from the studio. If we qualify for the world championship again, we will see who will go to Russia from our studio… It is true, Bazdarevic was already our guest, and he came to the studio right after his appointment. However, since we do not repeat the guests, we will invite someone else, our captain Edin Dzeko… Moreover, almost all of the most famous names of BH sport, both former and present, were guests in our show. Numerous awards came for the book and the show, and the biggest recognition is the opinion of our viewers, because the show is one of the more viewed ones and it is commented on social networks and viewed all around the world, just as the book is being read, and the first promotion of the third edition will be across the Atlantic.At the invitation of his friend and prominent sportsman Murat Alibacic, promotions are planned in Las Vegas at the ‘Balkan Camp 2017’ and Phoenix in November. Therefore, “sportskivremeplov.ba” and “As exkluziv” are soon to be in and from America,” said Muhamed Bikic, who is still a freelance journalist, and cooperates with numerous media in BiH and abroad.(Source: ST)
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Joseph Fedrick, 42, of Guyana, with falsifying an application for a United States passport, US Attorney William J Ihlenfeld II, announced.Fedrick executed an application for a United States passport in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Within the application, Fedrick attempted to use a false social security number with the intent to secure the passport fraudulently.Fedrick is charged with one count of “False Statement in Application for Passport.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 0,000 in fines. Under the Federal Sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offences and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.Assistant US Attorney Shawn M Adkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government. The Department of the State Diplomatic Security Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security are investigating.An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. (US Department of Justice)