Marcus Ericsson got into some turbulent air while running near the front of the Indy 500 and slapped the outer wall in Turn 2, bringing out the second caution flag on the hot, sunny day in Indianapolis.Scott Dixon had led the first 28 laps before taking the field down pit road for the first set of stops. He was still in first after the stop with Takuma Sato, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti close behind.The weather could play a factor in the race. It is much warmer than it typically is during the race in May.___1:40 p.m. August 23, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Davison first out of Indy 500 in fiery crash The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___2 p.m. Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana” in 2021.___1 p.m. James Davison has brought out the first caution flag of the Indianapolis 500 when he made contact with the wall in the opening laps and his right front tire turned into a ball of fire.Davison was able to exit the car without any problem. His car was still smoking as it was lifted onto a flatbed truck.Scott Dixon went immediately to the front when the green flag dropped, passing pole sitter Marco Andretti heading into Turn 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay also was on the move in the opening laps as Honda flexed the muscle it has shown all month.___1:30 p.m.
Published on November 7, 2013 at 1:00 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Michael Gbinije took the pass from DaJuan Coleman and flew up the left side of the court.As he crossed midcourt, he saw a streaking Rakeem Christmas on his right, but as he lifted the ball and his body upward, preparing to throw a lob, Gbinije fumbled the ball.It trickled off his knee and onto the floor, where Ryerson guard Adika Peter-McNeilly scooped it up and Gbinije fouled him to prevent the fast break.“That was one of those moments where I jumped in the air and the ball didn’t come with me,” Gbinije said. “I was like, ‘Oh, bleep.’”Gbinije continued to struggle in his transition to point guard during SU’s exhibition win over Ryerson University on Tuesday. He was only listed as having three turnovers after logging five three nights earlier, but he still appeared indecisive at times — especially when pressured while he had the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the primary backup to freshman Tyler Ennis, Gbinije will look to improve at the point when No. 8 Syracuse opens its season against Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Gbinije admitted he didn’t expect to play this much point guard. Upon arrival at SU, he’d never played the position regularly. He was comfortable at shooting guard — or small forward.“I knew I had to play it some,” Gbinije said, “but I got thrown in the fire.”That’s not to say he doesn’t embrace the challenge. Gbinije said he has “no problem” running the offense. He just needs more time to learn and adjust.Gbinije only started practicing primarily at the position at the start of the year. And the two scrimmages have been his most serious basketball since playing 5.8 minutes per game as a true freshman at Duke two seasons ago.“Give me a couple more games and I think I’ll be right on top,” Gbinije said.Ennis said he has already seen tremendous improvement from Gbinije in his poise and command of the offense. Gbinije admitted those were issues after playing Holy Family last Friday, saying he would sometimes think about a play coming down the court without ever signaling to his teammates.But against the Rams, he was visibly more instructive, directing screeners with his off-ball hand and calling out plays in the backcourt.“I think he’s coming along great for somebody who hasn’t played point guard before,” Ennis said. “As the season goes on I think he’ll be able to adjust to presses more.”That is the big question. Gbinije’s play was especially atrocious at the end of the Holy Family (Pa.) University exhibition when he turned the ball over four times in the final 9:06 to a Division II press.The Big Red may not pressure Gbinije in the backcourt on Friday, but many teams likely will. To become a reliable backup point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference, learning how to break pressure will be mandatory.SU head coach Jim Boeheim acknowledged Gbinije’s struggles after the Holy Family scrimmage. He attributed them, in part, to playing heavily with freshmen Ron Patterson and B.J. Johnson rather than Ennis, C.J. Fair or Trevor Cooney.But while Gbinije showed signs of improvement Tuesday, his performance wasn’t that much better.Even Boeheim admitted — while maintaining true Boeheim form — that there is improvement that needs to be made.“I don’t get concerned about these things,” Boeheim said. “That’s for you guys. We’ll try to fix it.” Comments
After a loss to Boston earlier this month, Josh Hart told reporters huddled in the Staples Center locker room that he wasn’t ready to quit on the season – even as the right knee saddled with ice bags made it clear he was struggling.“I want to play every game because I know during the summer I won’t be able to play the game for a while,” he said. “So I’m going to play as hard as I can for however long I can.”A few weeks later, the second-year guard’s limit has been reached.The Lakers announced Thursday morning that Hart underwent an ultrasonic debridement procedure in his right knee, helping treat the tendinitis that has troubled him for most of the calendar year. He will miss the rest of the season for a recovery process that is expected to take 12 weeks. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 10 players who saw action against the Jazz included a pair of two-way contract players (Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams), two rookies (Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga) and 10-day contract player Scott Machado. While it isn’t the hand Coach Luke Walton would’ve liked to have been dealt, he said he’s still looking for the upside of playing it.“It’s our job to try to be as prepared as possible, to try to give our group the best chance of winning,” he said. “That doesn’t change depending on who plays or not. Now the way we want to play and how well we can play changes with people in and out. But how we do our job is the same.”CARUSO’S DUNK TURNS HEADSIt might be the receding hairline, or it might be his unassuming profile, but the Lakers have noticed that people seem surprised when Alex Caruso dunks.They are not.“People think just because Caruso’s half bald and white, they don’t think he can jump,” Kyle Kuzma said. “But he got bounce. He’s like top five on our team in bounce. It’s impressive.”One of the more exciting highlights of a 15-point loss to the Jazz on Wednesday was a Machado-to-Caruso alley-oop, a play the 6-foot-5 guard said he’s worked on routinely in the G League. He was 5 for 10 and finished with 13 points, and his dunk got the whole locker room chatting. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHart joins a list of the young, promising Lakers who are now shelved for the rest of the season with injury, including contemporaries Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. Of that group, Hart struggled the most through a sophomore season in which he averaged 7.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 67 games, seeing his shooting numbers slump (40.7 percent, 33.6 on 3-pointers) from an encouraging rookie year.It was difficult to untangle Hart’s performance from his problems with his knee, which first became public knowledge in February. A platelet-rich plasma injection around the All-Star break failed to help his tendinitis, and Hart said he had been dealing with pain as his production took a hit.Hart told reporters that he would eventually have to get his knee fixed after the season. He tried to manage it with around-the-clock treatment.“There are days when I wake up and it feels good, there are days when I wake up and it doesn’t feel good,” he said. “Depends on the day.”The Lakers are running perilously thin on bodies for the season’s remaining seven games. In addition to players who are out for the season, Tyson Chandler, Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala did not play in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night with various injuries. LeBron James did not make the trip, and it’s unclear how much the Lakers wish to play him now that the team is eliminated from playoff contention. But it’s pretty standard stuff for Caruso, a high-jump athlete in high school who finished with a PR of 6-10. He gave up track when he went to Texas A&M, but he still accumulated a respectable reel of jams.As for Kuzma’s assessment that he’s a top-five jumper on the team, Caruso wasn’t sure.“Maybe off one foot, I have a chance to be up there with some people,” he said. “But two feet? We’ve got some athletic guys on our team.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed