FIFA to clamp down on mobbing of refs at Confederations Cup

first_img(REUTERS) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA promised yesterday to take steps to stop what it called the mobbing of referees during the Confederations Cup in Russia this month as part of its so-called “play fair” initiative.FIFA formally launched the initiative jointly with the game’s law-making body IFAB yesterday as part of a strategy “focusing on improving fairness and the image of the game,” it said in a statement.Football is often compared unfavourably to other sports because of the behaviour of the players.Remonstrating with referees and surrounding match officials to protest decisions, known as “mobbing”, is common, along with play-acting, time-wasting and other forms of gamesmanship.YouTube has a number of clips of referees being attacked or chased off the pitch by irate players.“Referees, players, coaches and fans all agree that improving player behaviour and respect for all participants (and especially match officials), increasing playing time and the game’s fairness and attractiveness must be football’s main priority,” IFAB technical director David Elleray said.At the same time, FIFA technical director Marco van Basten told a news conference in St Petersburg that mobbing would be one of FIFA’s first targets during the Confederations Cup.Referees had also been instructed to be more accurate in adding time for major delays such as injuries and substitutions and to prevent more time-wasting, van Basten said.One of the most common time-wasting tactics used by teams holding a narrow lead is for a player to be substituted and then leave the field slowly, stopping to shake hands with opponents and match officials along the way.“The ‘play fair’ initiative is a plan for football,” said van Basten. “This strategy aims to promote fairness and integrity, ensure the game is accessible to everyone and optimise the use of technology.”The Confederations Cup, featuring the champions of the six continental confederations plus the World Cup hosts and defending champions, will be held in Russia from June 17 to July 2.last_img read more

Best U-20 teams on show in tonight’s LIMACOL Final

first_imgTHE best two youth teams in the district will lock horns this evening with the winners carting off the bragging rights and the trophy for the 2019 LIMACOL tournament.Santos U-20 will play their Fruta Conquerors opponents for the title of LIMACOL 2019 champions and both captains were at a press conference on Tuesday.Earlier in the week, Santos captain Marcus Wilson said, “Sunday we know we have to get this complete. We know it won’t be an easy match but we know that if we only lapse they will have us. We just want to come focussed on the game.”He said his players are charged and ready for action.His opposing number, Nicholas McArthur contended, “We just need to come out and train and play hard. Everyone knows what he has to do. We have a game plan. The strength of the team is there.”McArthur confirmed that his players are fit and ready for the final.Opening the proceedings was Petra co-Director Troy Mendonca who said, “We have a grand final scheduled for Sunday evening. I classified this as the young grudge match of the decade. “He continued, “They would have recently met in the U-20 GFF tournament where they beat each other once and this game will decide the best U-20 team.”Today’s final will be preceded by the third-place playoff between Pele and Riddim Squadlast_img read more

More than 1,000 fans shrug off virus concerns to attend match in Belarus

first_imgBREST, Belarus (Reuters) – More than 1,000 soccer fans cheered, chanted and hugged each other as they attended a Belarusian top-flight league match on Sunday despite calls from a growing number of supporters to boycott games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Belarus is the only country in Europe still playing a national soccer league, making it an unlikely draw for fans overseas who are starved of matches in their own countries.In choosing to stay open, the league took its cue from President Alexander Lukashenko, who has resisted imposing strict lockdown measures and variously prescribed remedies like drinking vodka or driving tractors to fight the pandemic.Many fans have chosen to stay away, but more than 1,000 attended the clash between FC Dynamo Brest and Isloch Minsk, one of three games played in the top-flight Vysshaya Liga on Sunday. Only a relatively small number were seen wearing masks.Defending champions Brest won 3-1 to go third in the standings after four matches.The club earlier launched an innovative solution to dwindling match attendance numbers — putting mannequins with cut-out photographs of fans into the stands.Belarus currently has 2,919 reported cases with 29 deaths from the new coronavirus.The World Health Organisation has urged the Belarus authorities to introduce tighter measures to contain the coronavirus, saying on Saturday that the pandemic was entering a “concerning” new phase in the country.Lukashenko dismissed fears about the virus as a “psychosis” and said it was more important to keep the economy going.last_img read more

Creators share exclusive projects at live magazine show

first_imgSaturday night’s show ended with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s story of a man she’d had a raging crush on in high school but who barely knew she existed, culminating with her sitting down with him 20 years later and reading him a poem that she wrote him. Aldarondo’s willingness to revisit the depths of her lonely, awkward teenage years and reflect on her growth and maturation made for a rather poignant ending when her husband joined her onstage.  The fact that no Pop-Up Magazine show is recorded lends an ephemeral, fleeting quality to the performances which is what live theater  should be all about. Audiences walk out knowing they’ve witnessed something special, something they won’t be able to revisit later on YouTube. The only way you can relive it is to talk about it with others who were there with you — and that’s the purpose of any magazine, no matter the medium. Pop-Up Magazine is a project that started in 2009 as a side hobby of Douglas McGray, Lauren Smith, Derek Fagerstrom, Evan Ratliff and Maili Holiman. They wanted to find a way to bring together people from various artistic disciplines to tell stories in unconventional ways. The first show was at a small-scale theater of around 300 seats in San Francisco; since then, their audience has tripled and grown into a full-scale collaboration between people from all walks of life: writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers and illustrators.  The stories that the guests tell strike just the right balance between lighthearted and serious, entertaining and informative. That night, for example, Mexican American filmmaker Isabel Castro told the story of Scott Warren, who was arrested and put on trial for helping illegal immigrants cross the border, augmented with documentary footage she had captured while visiting the town of Ajo, Ariz. She was immediately followed by comedian Catherine Cohen, who dazzled onstage in a sequin dress and knee-high boots, belting out a dramatic cabaret performance that begged Urban Outfitters and Brandy Melville to make clothes in her size so that they could just “take her money.” There was a buzz in the air Saturday night as artsy, creative types — clad in glasses, mustard cardigans and chukka boots — gathered at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for Pop-Up Magazine’s Winter 2020 issue. As advertised in the program, it was a night filled with “cabaret, candles, crushes, dumpster diving, soap operas, small talk, town halls, homecomings, new jobs, and more!”  Many of the performers opt to tell personal stories from the heart. Artist Diana Markosian hired actors to recreate her turbulent childhood in Russia and Santa Barbara; rapper Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira ruminated on his time as a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office; artist and filmmaker Jon-Sesrie Goff delved into the deep, layered history of a plot of land in South Carolina he would one day inherit; and painter Esther Pearl Watson animated her own art to tell the story of her dad’s obsession with building a UFO, with beautiful abstract brushstrokes rendering the neighborhood in Texas where she grew up.  Pop-Up Magazine’s executive editor Anita Badejo (left) and producer Anna Martin (right) kick off the live magazine’s Winter 2020 issue at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Erin Brethauer) But there is plenty of playful merriment to lighten the mood as well. Illustrator Liana Finck, who regularly contributes cartoons to The New Yorker, presented a short animated video exploring the disparities between what people say and what they really mean — a premise rich in humor. A story written by comedian Jo Firestone, who, unfortunately, was sick at home and unable to perform, was performed by podcast host Rose Eveleth with grace and aplomb. Eveleth instilled her story, about the power of scented candles to instantly transport you to a specific moment in time, with just the right amount of fun and whimsy.  In a typical Pop-Up Magazine show, a series of guests perform new, mostly reported stories, accompanied by videos or animations and a live original score courtesy of Magik*Magik Orchestra. After the show, performers and audience members are encouraged to mingle and rub elbows. Recording is strictly prohibited; unlike most shows nowadays that are filmed for posterity and later posted online, not a single Pop-Up Magazine show is ever documented, so if you miss it, you miss it. Past contributors have included author Michael Pollan, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, comedian Kumail Nanjiani and chef Samin Nosrat.last_img read more

FB : Doing his part: Nassib carries offense early in season without reliable running game

first_img Published on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 The four check-down passes embodied Ryan Nassib’s improvement. On Syracuse’s opening drive against Southern California, Nassib continually dumped the ball off to running back Antwon Bailey as a last resort when receivers were covered downfield.Four times on the 12-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in a field goal, Bailey acted as an escape valve. He turned possible sacks into positive yards, including chunks of 20 and 14 that sliced into the Trojans’ defense.‘I think he threw to Antwon three or four times on that drive and that was his last read,’ said Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. ‘So he went all the way around the horn and trusted Antwon and got it to him. He’s done a lot better at just believing in the progression and believing in the system.’Nassib’s belief in the system — combined with hours of film study — has transformed his game through the first quarter of the 2011 season. The inconsistency of a year ago has vanished, leaving a polished passer who is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the nation. His drastic improvements have kept the Orange (2-1, 0-0 Big East) afloat so far this year, as the running game, led by Bailey, has fluctuated between decent at best and ineffective at worst.Saturday, Syracuse welcomes a Toledo (1-2, 0-0 MAC) team to the Carrier Dome that presents a similar 4-4 defensive scheme as Rhode Island. With a slew of defenders around the line of scrimmage, the Orange might need a heavy dose of Nassib throwing the ball to avoid a two-game losing streak (noon, Big East Network).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHackett attributed Nassib’s elevated game to his increased comfort level as the SU quarterback. During the course of his career at Syracuse, Nassib was forced to learn three different offensive systems — something that would slow the growth of any quarterback.But 2011 marks the first time in his career he is playing within the same scheme and playbook for consecutive seasons.‘When he goes back there, he knows exactly what he’s got to do,’ Hackett said. ‘He understands his drop, he understands where his No. 1 is, he understands where his No. 2 is — and that really helps him. Last year, it was a new system and his third system he’s ever had.’As a result, he has more than carried the SU offense through three games. His 726 passing yards constitute less than 74 percent of the yards gained by the Orange this season. And against Rhode Island, his passing yards accounted for an unreal 89.9 percent of Syracuse’s offensive total.But the whole product is a horribly imbalanced Syracuse offense. For a team led by a head coach in Doug Marrone and an offensive line coach in Greg Adkins, who pride themselves on smashmouth football, this year’s SU attack seems foreign.The Orange has thrown 103 passes so far in 2011, compared to just 76 rushing attempts. Marrone attributes the imbalance to having to play from behind against Wake Forest and USC.This meant Nassib had to throw the ball more frequently.‘If you throw the ball and lose, you should have run it. And if you run the ball and lose, you should have thrown it,’ Marrone said in a teleconference Wednesday. ‘I hate to say that and our goal as coaches is to be balanced, but at the end of the day, I think it’s the same thing. We’re trying to win football games any way we can.’Saturday could require another heavy dose of Nassib against Toledo. The Rockets defense loads the box with at least eight defenders on every play, which makes running the ball extremely difficult.The Orange players and coaches are expecting pressure from Toledo, meaning Nassib will have to get the ball out of his hands quickly and accurately — one of his strengths this season.Nassib’s completion percentage has skyrocketed from a less-than-mediocre 56.4 percent in 2010 to an impressive 72.5 percent this year. That’s good enough for ninth-best in the country among Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.‘From the mistakes I made last year, I’m making a lot less of them now,’ Nassib said. ‘That film from last year, it’s really hard for me to watch because I left a lot out there.’Syracuse players and coaches hope previous experience against the uncommon 4-4 defense is something that will help them Saturday.They’ve studied game tape from Rhode Island extensively, trying to find ways to pick apart the high-pressure scheme they saw against the Rams.Nassib was nearly perfect against Rhode Island, throwing for 318 yards and three touchdowns. But the offense was completely one-dimensional.Though it’s not ideal, Adkins says the team simply has to take what the defense gives it and hope to exploit it.‘Rhode Island basically forced us to throw the football with the looks that they gave us,’ Adkins said. ‘They pretty much took us out of all the run game. You’ve got to do what’s asked and what the defense gives you. And, unfortunately, it’s been a little more of the throwing aspect that we’ve had to do.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Setting the standard: How Katie DeFeo became a trendsetter for college-athlete YouTubers

first_imgDeFeo’s teammates also acknowledge the dedication she puts into her channel day in and day out. These videos were the start of DeFeo’s growth as a social media personality. “Katie’s one of the hardest working and most dedicated people on this team,” junior attacker Izzy McMahon said. “The vlogs are her thing and even though she doesn’t see the field too much, it’s the attitude she brings to practice everyday and the amazing energy she gives us that I appreciate the most.” “Paul is a great inspiration in my life,” DeFeo said. “I admire the way he translated his success in athletics into becoming a media and marketing personality.” But she does have fans, and she’s barely getting started. Although most of DeFeo’s fan base consists of lacrosse players, her channel has a much further reach than just people interested in lacrosse. Sidelined during her sophomore year of high school due to injury, DeFeo looked for ways to impact her team off the field. Filming on the GoPro her parents gave her for her 16th birthday, DeFeo made a commemorative video of her team’s state championship victory — and the rest was history. “It was going to be just one — a day in the life of our team,” DeFeo said. “The video took off, then we thought we should do a gameday video and a road trip experience. DeFeo’s teammates have also gained some fame. Working as a youth lacrosse coach over the summer, Flayhan noticed a change. Her first video in college, “A day in the life of USC Lacrosse,” went viral, garnering over 384,000 views on YouTube. DeFeo recognized that there was an eager group of viewers who wanted  to know what it’s like to be a student-athlete. “I found Katie’s videos while I was searching for sports documentaries because I wanted to make one for my soccer team. The first video I watched was her ‘Fhockumentary,’ and I watched it like 20 times,” Shadle said. “I continue to follow her because I don’t know as many people who are as funny and passionate as her, so it’s very entertaining.” “We kind of used the vlog in a way to comfort her and have fun, and then we put it on the internet,” DeFeo said. Mathews was surprised by the size of DeFeo’s fanbase after appearing in a few videos. “Katie’s so friendly and outgoing and people tend to gravitate toward someone who’s always positive and supportive,” Mathews said. “She has supported me from the day we met. She texts me after my games no matter the outcome telling me to keep going … To have someone like that in your corner is special and important.” Many young athletes desire the inside scoop that college athletes can share online. DeFeo’s videos detail her life as a student athlete, showing USC’s athlete laundry loop, private athletic dining hall and athlete-only study lounges. While DeFeo’s fanbase spans across the U.S., many of them are on the East Coast, where lacrosse is more popular. Being in L.A. gives DeFeo the ability to reach a whole new fanbase and help lacrosse gain traction on the West Coast. “I’d be shaking hands with the other team, seventh grade girls, and they would be star struck and say, ‘OMG! You’re Flay from the vlogs.’ It was crazy! I felt like I was a star,” Flayhan said. DeFeo is comfortable discussing her role on the team as someone who doesn’t see consistent minutes. Kerrigan Miller, a former No. 1 high school recruit, filmed videos for a series called “KT vs.” where DeFeo swaps sports with other USC athletes. Even though Miller never appeared on camera, her humorous commentary from behind the camera added an unexpected enjoyable element to the videos that fans love. Rabil inspired one of the quirkier aspects of DeFeo’s channel: She constantly reminds you to subscribe to the channel during her videos. DeFeo and guests on the videos scream, “Subscribe!” into the camera while a box with the subscriber count flashes on the screen and audio of a punch plays. “When me and Katie filmed my first highlight video, I knew that she had a big following, but when we filmed our first vlog, I didn’t know it was that big,” Mathews said. “Being in one of her videos, I gained a lot of friends and fans.” Without knowing it, DeFeo became the standard for a college-athlete YouTuber. There is a large population of young athletes, who desire the inside scoop YouTubers can give them about what life is like playing a sport in college. “Not everybody can touch the field, and I know that,” DeFeo said. “Something that’s cool about our team is that everybody makes an impact. Our coach really emphasizes every single person in the locker room contributes whether we win or lose, and I truly, truly buy in and believe that.” Her channel is one of the most popular lacrosse related channels on YouTube rivaling her biggest personal influence, professional lacrosse star Paul Rabil. Rabil recently started his own Professional Lacrosse League and is one of the best players in the world. His videos have a total of 26 million views.center_img Isabella Shadle, a high school student from Dallas, is a Katie DeFeo fan. DeFeo’s YouTube channel now has over 50,000 subscribers, nearly 150 videos and over 5 million total views, making her one of the most recognizable names in lacrosse. Just a month after she began posting videos about USC lacrosse, DeFeo started getting recognized in the street. Standing at 6-foot-3 and most often sporting some sort of Boston Celtics shirt, she’s hard to miss. Flayhan and McMahon were the two teammates who gravitated toward the camera the most, but many other members of the lacrosse team have helped out with the videos. DeFeo didn’t originally intend to start a weekly vlog. From there, DeFeo began releasing weekly videos focused on the team, her experience as a student-athlete and her life. Balancing school, lacrosse and YouTube — in no particular order —  presents its challenges. During the season, DeFeo has 20 hours of lacrosse a week, a full 16-credit course load and weekend away games. DeFeo also spends lots of her time talking and taking pictures with fans she meets. “I remember searching YouTube late at night when I was in sixth or seventh grade trying to find videos like a day in the life of any college program, and I couldn’t,” DeFeo said. After the final buzzer of every USC lacrosse game — home or away — dozens of children flock to Katie DeFeo, a sophomore attacker on the women’s lacrosse team. The catch: DeFeo rarely steps on the field. DeFeo’s social circle also includes USC basketball starting guard Jonah Mathews. Mathews has appeared in numerous vlogs and DeFeo constantly shouts him out on her social media accounts. One of the guest athletes on “KT vs.,” USC volleyball player Victoria Garrick, launched her own YouTube channel, inspired by her appearance on DeFeo’s video. Now, Garrick’s following has grown to almost the same size as DeFeo’s. “After my injury, Katie turned the vlogs into a thing to make me laugh, get me off the couch and do something fun,” Flayhan said. “I have no idea what my future holds, but I know it involves my fans, my YouTube channel, and lacrosse,” she said. “Katie loves vlogging more than anything else,” Flayhan said. “She genuinely wants to give back and loves the kids.” In high school, DeFeo continued making videos for her lacrosse team and other sports at her school while playing basketball and lacrosse. She is the all-time assist leader at Severna Park High School, a top ranked lacrosse program in Maryland. DeFeo’s popularity will no doubt help the growth of the already fastest growing sport in America.  Lacrosse’s participation rate has grown over 226% since the inception of Division I lacrosse in 2001. “The videos become my side-hobby, with the amount of time I can dedicate to them, but at the same time I’m really trying to use my platform to get somewhere,” DeFeo said. Even though DeFeo began making videos for personal memories, once her videos started getting attention, her fans took over as the motivation for creating videos. “I like to call them viewers because I can’t believe I really have fans,” DeFeo said. Photo courtesy of USC Athletics  After teammate Amanda “Flay” Flayhan suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the 2018 season, DeFeo made videos to boost Flayhan’s mood.  last_img read more

Euro 2016 qualifier abandoned.

first_imgDuring the first half, a drone was flown into the stadium in Belgrade carrying an Albanian flag displaying a symbol referring to disputed territory of Kosovo.A Serbian player tried to take it down – which triggered clashes involving players, backroom staff and fans – before referee Martin Atkinson finally called the match off.There were reports in Serbian media that Olsi Rama – the brother of the Albanian Prime Minister was arrested for controlling the drone from the VIP box in the stadium.last_img read more

Ranieri Replaces Sacked Jokanovic at Fulham

first_imgFulham has sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016.Jokanovic makes way with the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches.Italian Ranieri, 67, has been given a “multi-year” contract by the Londoners. Claudio Ranieri “Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.“So having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.“Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.“His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it’s pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lakers continue to struggle to find playoff form, falling to Pacers for third straight loss

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“This is a different situation than any situation I’ve been in so it’s kind of hard to say, ‘Okay, well the playoffs is right around the corner, this is where we’re going to be.’ We’re literally in a — we’re in a bubble — it’s kind of hard to explain.”Aside from Warren, the Lakers’ biggest problem was its own star: Anthony Davis could not shoot, neither on wide-open 3-point looks or bunnies at the rim. While he passed out of double-teams again against the lengthy Pacers, he didn’t do much well on the offensive end, finishing just 3 for 14 with eight points and shaking his head while running back on defense possession after possession.It was the first night that the Lakers’ stars began openly talking about the difficult adjustment to the TV-friendly set-up. James said he hasn’t played a game that counted in an empty gym since he was a freshman in high school some 20 years ago, and he’s only begun warming up to it. James looked ready especially early against the Pacers, shooting 13 for 24 with stepbacks and contested layups, and a late 3-pointer after Warren’s own dagger gave the Lakers a limited slice of life in the final seconds.Davis said the lighting and background has sometimes made shooting difficult — but just three games removed from 42 points, he also recognized he could hardly blame his surroundings.“It’s not an excuse, though,” he said. “I still have to be better. I’m getting good looks. Especially when I’ve had two games when I shot the ball well.” PreviousIndiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson (14) reacts after a play during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) shoots against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze (88) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forwards Anthony Davis (3) and LeBron James (23) watch during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) brings the ball upcourt against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) celebrates with guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) dunks over Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze (88) and forward Justin Holiday (8) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) dunks against Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze (88) and forward Justin Holiday (8) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) shoots against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) go for a rebound during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook (28) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren, left, shoots against Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook (28) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball gameagainst the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, defends during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) celebrates with guards Malcolm Brogdon (7) and Victor Oladipo (4) after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, hugs Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) after an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze (88) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze (88) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) celebrates with guards Malcolm Brogdon (7) and Victor Oladipo (4) after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon (7) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson (14) reacts after a play during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 29Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Indiana Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)ExpandLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Through six games in the NBA bubble, it rarely has ever felt that the Lakers’ stars have aligned.Even on nights when defense has won them games, their shooting has been cold. On nights when Anthony Davis has looked unstoppable, LeBron James has taken his time to warm up. And two games before the playoffs begin, the Lakers don’t have many more chances to get every part firing at once, in sync — and it probably won’t happen before a series starts.Takeaways from a 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers (43-27) on Saturday, in that sense, felt very limited. The Lakers (51-18) were undone by 39 points from the surprising leading scorer of the restart, T.J. Warren, who rose up to hit a dagger 3-pointer with only 9.9 seconds left. The canned crowd noise cheered him on, with only a few real hands clapping in a mostly empty arena.What does it mean that the Lakers have gone 2-4 in the restart? Should they worry? After his best offensive game so far, with 31 points and 7 assists, even LeBron James had trouble putting a finger on it. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years One of the other inconsistencies has been what the Lakers introduced themselves: dramatically changing lineups. Against Indiana, the Lakers injected little-used Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley and rookie Talen Horton-Tucker. There were positive results especially from Cook, who had 21 points including five 3-pointers — which helped boost the Lakers’ flagging outside shooting. Dwight Howard also boosted the bench group with 10 points and 12 rebounds.But the Lakers’ starters (minus Danny Green who was out with hip soreness) couldn’t give much going themselves, scoring just 26 points. Kyle Kuzma was just 3 for 14 from the field, seeing a strong run of play in the restart hit a hump.Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Markieff Morris — three relative newcomers who Frank Vogel said he wished to blend further into the group — didn’t play at all. Vogel said playing Dudley, Cook and Tucker provided the team with a better overall offensive flow, even if some of the stars missed shots. He is likely to go back to the newcomer trio when the Lakers play Denver on Monday.“There’s been sort of bumps in the road with integration like you would with any new player. Going with the guys  we went with tonight gave us a little bit more familiarity. I thought it was important for our guys to sort of find a rhythm with some of the guys they’re more familiar with.”The Lakers did show more spirit than in other losses in the bubble: Even before the game, James joined in on a bit his teammates have carried on, gesturing for imaginary fans to get louder. As the fourth quarter got close in a game with 17 lead changes, the Lakers’ bench cheered every big moment, like a Howard putback dunk that forced Nate McMillan to call timeout.James has said many times how the absence of fans has removed something essential and familiar from his game. He dislikes the darkness that blankets outside the edges of the court, and when the game noise and music cut out, the silence feels alien to him.But he’s also beginning to embrace the tiny bit of silver lining — that there’s no distractions outside the game. And that might be the very thing all the Lakers need to hold onto to finally get into true playoff form.“You have to really love basketball to be here,” he said. “Because there’s no extra motivation as far as that you get or the excitement from the crowd and things of that nature. You have to really, like, love the game and love the work and be able to lock in on your craft, and that’s something that I actually love. It’s pretty cool.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more