Lakers get rolled in New Orleans, sliding back under .500

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile LeBron James managed 27 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, the Lakers (29-30) weren’t ever within single digits in the second half, as the Pelicans led by as many as 20 points. Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead New Orleans, one of five Pelicans to score 14 or more.After a thrilling win Thursday to kick the post-All-Star portion of the season off with a bang against the Rockets, the Lakers’ locker room lost its buzz. Several players opined that the game lacked urgency from the start, when they surrendered 42 points in the first quarter.It led to more frustration from James, who seemed to question the team’s ability to find motivation — “How do you know if you’ve never been there before?” — and then said that the defeats (four in the last six games) have been wearing on him.“The last few years, everyone’s so accustomed to the losses,” he said. “I’m not accustomed to it. I will never get comfortable with losing.”The defeat slid the Lakers back under .500 with just 23 games to go — the wrong direction for a team mired in 10th place. They now have to make up a three-and-a-half-game lead in the remainder of the schedule behind the eighth-place Clippers (33-27). Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs NEW ORLEANS >> First, they wouldn’t yield as the Lakers attempted to trade for their superstar.On Saturday night, the Pelicans took another step in that direction, refusing to yield to the Lakers’ push for the playoffs, despite sitting Anthony Davis.Meanwhile, the Lakers’ own resolve to make the postseason flagged.It was a dispiriting loss for the Lakers in Smoothie King Center: a 128-115 blowout at the hands of a franchise hobbled by chaos and no longer sporting any realistic playoff hopes. But even with those limitations, the Pelicans are still happy to play spoiler. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions All of this unfolded with Davis watching from the bench, wearing a suit. The official decision from the franchise was to rest him on the second game of a back-to-back after the Pelicans played Friday night in Indiana. But it would be an easy bet that Davis would’ve played had he not requested a trade last month, leading to a public tussle with the franchise that drafted him back in 2012.On this night, the Pelicans’ big men convincingly covered for his absence on the floor. Julius Randle, the former Laker who walked this past summer, logged 24 points and five assists. The Pelicans got paint protection from Cheick Diallo (18 points on 8 for 8 shooting), who twice blocked Brandon Ingram at the rim.The Pelicans ended up shooting 52 percent from the floor, including 15 for 40 from 3-point range. The Lakers’ defense rolling over to let players like Diallo and Elfrid Payton (14 points, 9 assists) run wild concerned coach Luke Walton.“We’ve suffered from games like that in the past where we let teams get into a rhythm early,” he said. “And then it’s tough to get stops as the game goes on.”Ingram again was James’ main source of offensive help, scoring 26 points while running the floor for most of the Lakers’ second rotations. But only two other Lakers (Kyle Kuzma, 16 points and JaVale McGee, 10 points) reached double figures.The Lakers started hot, making their first seven shots from the field, but as the game wore on they were unable to move past a host of offensive problems. The most unsightly were the 23 turnovers (leading to 23 Pelicans points) as sloppy execution continued despite the Lakers citing it as perhaps their most pressing issue.Whatever the answer is to the larger issues plaguing the team, it’s becoming a pressing matter: The Lakers’ competitors for playoff spots had good nights, with Sacramento and Houston prevailing in their respective games.“We have no other choice: It’s either we do or we don’t,” Rondo said. “We have to start buying into the scouting report and start buying into each other and start to play for each other a lot more.”center_img If it seems odd that a team caught in such a bind should be lacking urgency, the situation seemed equally mystifying to the Lakers themselves.““I have no idea, honestly: We’ve been like that all year,” Kyle Kuzma said. “We play a big game against a big team and then play a team that’s lesser and we play down to their level. Our sense of urgency isn’t there. There’s no way we can compete and try to win like that.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers’ LeBron James clarifies himself after calling Daryl Morey’s tweet ‘misinformed’

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 PackersSoon after speaking with reporters, James took to social media to “clear up the confusion,” tweeting that he wasn’t calling Morey’s actual Oct. 4 statement – “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” – “misinformed,” but thought the timing was ill-considered.“My team and this league just went through a difficult week,” James tweeted. “I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”That position might best reflect the week the Lakers spent relatively isolated. In addition to several NBA events and practices that were canceled, personal appearances and other business meetings players had on their own were called off, adding to an air of tension threaded throughout the trip.The Chinese government has an authoritarian reputation, one burnished by its months-long dealings with Hong Kong protesters who have fought with police in the city streets. James’ comments seemed to reflect the unease some felt while in China – unsure of how the government or the people around them would act. It’s also worth noting that James, and several other NBA players, have large financial stakes in China in the form of shoe deals, endorsements and other business interests.The trip included a meeting between the players and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, in which players reportedly aired frustrations and asked not to speak to media for the remainder of the trip. While he typically is outspoken on a variety of social issues – his media company Uninterrupted is founded on the principle of giving athletes a voice – James said he didn’t want himself or any players to be put in a position where they would have to comment on a political situation they didn’t fully understand. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES — Once again, the Lakers are back home – and with that, they’ve rediscovered their voices.The Lakers broke a week of silence after returning to American soil, deciding late in their five-day excursion through China that it would be best to not add fuel to a roaring controversy. But in his first comments since his return, LeBron James reserved his harshest criticisms for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who he called “misinformed or not really educated on the situation” and implied had not considered how his tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests – the catalyst for the storm overseas – would affect the Lakers, Nets and NBA personnel who spent a week wading through uncertainty.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said before Monday’s preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed – not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say and what we do, even though we do have, yes, freedom of speech. But there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I’ve been to China maybe 15, 20 times,” James said. “And the reason I’ve always wanted to go back to China is because of the game of basketball. The game of basketball has brought so many different people together, so many different facets, so many different countries, different people that you would never ever expect. And that’s always been my goal, going over to China to be able to have the game … to bring people together in a positive way.”James didn’t play Monday night, just two days after they returned home from their bizarre trip.INJURY UPDATESThe Lakers said during Monday’s game that an MRI exam on Anthony Davis’ injured right thumb revealed only a sprain and he is day-to-day, increasing the chances of the All-Star big man being ready for next Tuesday’s regular-season opener against the Clippers.Davis sprained his thumb on Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets in China.Forward Kyle Kuzma, who has been dealing with a left foot stress reaction since August, was cleared for non-contact work after an MRI.Like James, neither Davis, Rajon Rondo nor Danny Green played in the game on Monday night, which Vogel said was his decision to give them rest.center_img “I think Adam has always been receptive about what the players and the coaches and the owners or whoever has comments about our league,” he said. “And at that particular time, I think he was receptive as well. And it’s a tough situation for Adam as well, to put out such a fire that he didn’t create, he didn’t start.”When asked about his thoughts on the political side of the events in China, James echoed Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s belief that he wasn’t educated enough to comment on the situation.“When I speak about something, I speak about something I am very knowledgeable about, something that hits home for me, something that I am very passionate about,” James said. “I felt like with this particular situation, it was something that not only was I not informed enough about, I just felt like it was something that not only myself and my teammates or our organization had enough information to even talk about it at that point in time, and we still feel the same way.”The biggest relief, James suggested, was actually getting on the court.“So many different events had been canceled throughout our time over there, and all we kept saying, ‘(expletive), we flew all these miles to come over to China, we would love to play the game of basketball in front of the fans,’” he said. “And that was our whole mind, to be able to prepare ourselves mentally.”Digging for silver lining out of the experience, Coach Frank Vogel said he was impressed with how his players conducted themselves overseas, and many of the canceled events were replaced by film study sessions and group dinners. He called the trip “really productive.”“It definitely highlights the benefits that we were getting from the time on the plane, the time in the hotel together, dinners together,” he said. “Especially with a team like ours that’s really new to each other, a lot of new faces, I think that will really benefit us.”Both Vogel and James said they would be willing to go back to China if asked.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers rumors: Los Angeles is ‘strong possibility’ for Kawhi Leonard in free agency

first_imgThere is one way the Lakers could get the money, however, but it seems unlikely to happen. As Wojnarowski pointed out, the date the Anthony Davis trade is officially completed plays a critical role in whether the Lakers can afford Leonard or another star free agent.If Pelicans and Lakers waited until July 30 to complete trade, Lakers could’ve had $32.5M in cap space — enough to pursue a max level free agent. By waiting 30 days, Lakers would be acting like a team over the cap and thus allowed to use 4th overall pick in draft as salary. https://t.co/BdKtxFtvai— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2019So you might be wondering: why don’t the Lakers wait? Well, the Pelicans want the first-round pick before the draft. Also, the Pelicans have no incentive to delay the trade to benefit Los Angeles. The Lakers may want Leonard, and Leonard may be keeping the Lakers as an option. But if Leonard wants a max contract, it seems highly unlikely a deal gets done. I will have earth breaking news on @GetUpESPN Monday morning!— Damon Jones (@D19J) June 15, 2019Well, Monday arrived, and Jones says the Lakers are still an option for Leonard, despite the salary cap issue they’re facing at the moment. While it’s easy to dismiss Jones’ claims since he’s not an NBA insider like Adrian Wojnarowski or Shams Charania, you may want to think about it for a moment.MORE: Raptors players discuss Kawhi Leonard’s impending free agencyJones was teammates with LeBron James as members of the Cavaliers. After Jones retired, he went on to become James’ personal shooting coach. When James returned to Cleveland, Jones was hired as a member of the Cavs’ coaching staff.During his appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday, Jones said he was told the Lakers were a “strong possibility” by “someone close to the situation” before a very hard wink, clearly indicating he’s talking about James.”Kawhi Leonard is now in play for the Lakers.”–@D19J says after having a conversation with someone close to the situation, it’s a possibility. pic.twitter.com/MOoRHMpj78— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 17, 2019But Jones added Leonard won’t be taking a paycut to play for the Lakers. He still wants a max deal. That puts the Lakers in a tough position because they currently don’t have enough cap room, as Jalen Rose noted. Fresh off winning the NBA Finals for the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard will have an important decision to make in free agency. Does he re-sign with Toronto, or will he leave to go play somewhere else? On Friday, Damon Jones hinted at some important news he’d be sharing with the world on Monday.last_img read more

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James’ input ‘incredibly valuable’ in building Lakers roster, GM says

first_img“Once [Leonard’s] decision was made, we had all of our chess pieces on the board to make our moves and close. And at that point you just don’t look back,” Pelinka said Friday (via ESPN.com). “The North Star for us was just we wanted to add more shooting. We wanted to have perimeter defenders, high-IQ players, guys with high character, and then a versatile lineup.”Though James hasn’t given his scouting report of his new-look Lakers roster, Davis said during his introductory press conference that he’d “put our roster up against anybody.””It’s going to be fun,” Davis said. “I’m excited about it. I think the league has grown, I think it’s better. All the players teaming up and kind of spreading that talent throughout the league — it’s going to be a fun season. I like our roster, I like every player that we have. From one through 14, and so I’m excited about it.” Related News Avery Bradley explains decision to sign with Lakers “Anytime as a general manager when you have stars on your team, especially guys that have the basketball IQ and understanding of the game that Anthony Davis and LeBron have, of course you’re going to be tapping into them as partners,” Pelinka said on a conference call (via silverscreenandroll.com). “We view our relationships here with our star players as partnerships and I know Anthony and LeBron are excited about the 14 guys and how we’re going to come together, and their input is — both of their input, Anthony’s and LeBron’s — has been incredibly valuable to me.”Notable Lakers free agent signingsPlayerPositionContract detailsDanny GreenSG2 years, $30 millionKantavious Caldwell-PopeSG2 years, $16.6 millionAvery BradleySG2 years, $9.8 millionQuinn CookPG2 years, $6 millionRajon RondoPG2 years, $5.2 millionJaVale McGeeC2 years, $8.2 millionDeMarcus CousinsC1 year, $3.5 millionJared DudleySF1 year, $2.6 millionLos Angeles spent its open cap space quickly once it missed out on Kawhi Leonard. And while Pelinka, James and Davis certainly wanted to add a third superstar, they made sure they were ready to move on other players if free agency’s biggest domino didn’t fall in their favor. 3 takeaways from Anthony Davis’ introductory press conference with Lakers Anthony Davis to skip FIBA Basketball World Cup, still planning to play in Olympics, report says Rob Pelinka may the general manager of the Lakers, but he knows his two superstar players — Anthony Davis and LeBron James — need to be happy if he expects the franchise to return to prominence.With that in mind, Pelinka said he consulted both James and Davis when it came time to sign a bevy of free agents and fill the Lakers’ roster.last_img read more

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Lincoln Riley on Jalen Hurts starting at Oklahoma: ‘If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that’

first_imgNow with the Sooners, Hurts will be competing with redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai and true freshman Spencer Rattler for the job.”One of them’s got to go win it,” Riley said. “We’ve got an interesting dynamic in there with Jalen as an older, more experienced guy that’s been through a lot of battles, and we’ve got some very young, talented players in there with a chance to make a name for themselves. It’s really, truly, ‘May the best man win.'”Riley has a knack for quarterback transfers after Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won consecutive Heisman trophies with the team before both were back-to-back top overall NFL draft selections. Lincoln Riley has 4.6 million reasons not to leave Oklahoma for NFL NCAA changes transfer guidelines after increase in immediate eligibility waivers Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks cleared in Title IX investigation, rejoins team, report says “He’s gotta win the job first,” Riley said at Big 12 media days at AT&T Stadium, via ESPN. “If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that.”Hurts will be playing as a graduate transfer after spending three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He put together a 26-2 record as their starter but did not start in 2018, giving way to Tua Tagovailoa. Related News Hurts has completed 62.9% of his passes and thrown for 48 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, during his collegiate career. He has also added 23 rushing touchdowns.”My past success, the things I have done and achieved, those don’t help us win any games (at Oklahoma) in the fall,” Hurts previously said in his first media appearance after announcing his transfer. “I think the biggest thing for us is creating an identity for ourselves, finding out who we are as a team and then, ultimately, playing ball and getting things done in all phases of the organization this year.” Jalen Hurts’ future at Oklahoma isn’t set in stone.After transferring from Alabama, where he had 28 career starts, to Oklahoma in order to be the Sooners starting quarterback, coach Lincoln Riley said Hurts still has to earn his place under center.last_img read more

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Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves

first_img Chris Paul trade rumors: Guard expected to start next season with Thunder Chris Paul trade rumors: Heat not ‘actively pursuing’ deal for Thunder guard “Y’all traded Paul George but kept Raymond Felton. You kept Andre Roberson. Do y’all not love Russell Westbrook?” reads a transcript of one of the voicemails. “I hope he kill everybody. I want to kill everybody.”The Thunder responded to the issue, saying: “We defer to the authorities and they can handle the situation as they see fit.” Related News Thunder general manager Sam Presti and head coach Billy Donovan have received death threats after trading away Paul George and Russell Westbrook, according to KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City, which cited court documents.Presti and Donovan received threatening voice messages from an angry fan, who said he wanted to kill the GM and coach and he threatened both of their families. The suspect also used a bomb reference as he said he wants to “blow things up.”  Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti says FROM THUNDER: “We defer to the authorities and they can handle the situation as they see fit.” https://t.co/7j8vvzcETJ— Abigail Ogle (@KOCOAbigail) July 18, 2019Police are continuing to investigate and have a search warrant to investigate where the call originated and the cellphone that was used to make the calls. Court documents revealed that the man said he’s from Virginia, and doesn’t care if he’s reported to the police. The reported threats come after Oklahoma City shifted toward a rebuild this offseason sending George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round draft picks and the rights to first-round pick swaps in 2023 and 2025. In another blockbuster move, the Thunder traded Westbrook to the Rockets and received Chris Paul, two first-round picks and the rights to first-round pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.Oklahoma City made the playoffs nine of the last 10 seasons, but were eliminated in the first round each of the last three years. The Thunder had hoped to win a championship in the near future, but it likely will take some time as the franchise rebuilds.last_img read more

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MLB trade deadline: Madison Bumgarner discusses remaining with Giants

first_imgMadison Bumgarner is still with the Giants.San Francisco was originally expected to move the 29-year-old starter before Wednesday’s deadline. But, the team worked its way back into playoff contention after the All-Star break and ultimately held onto Bumgarner. “I feel the exact same, honestly,” Bumgarner said. “I feel I’ve done a good job of not letting that stuff creep into my head.”The four-time All-Star has spent his entire 11-year career with San Francisco and has won three World Series during his time with the team.Madison Bumgarner is still a Giant. Right back to work. pic.twitter.com/GLPMhsYxIb— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 31, 2019″(Bumgarner’s) the kind of leader that when he’s on your side, you always feel like you have a chance,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. “If you’re an underdog, if you’re a wild card, if you’re eight games back in the standings or two games back in the standings. When you have a guy who has done what he’s done and led the way he has led, he makes you feel like you always have a chance. I know the guys are excited that he’s still got that uniform on his back.” “I never expected to be somewhere else until that happened,” Bumgarner told reporters, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “Nothing has changed for me. I don’t look at it as being past a hurdle. I’ve got a job to do and I’m going to do it. That’s why we all show up here. Nobody is here collecting paychecks. We’re trying to win games.””We’re making a push. We’re coming.” –Madison Bumgarner#SFGiants pic.twitter.com/1Y36QH0MN2— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) July 31, 2019Bumgarner holds a 6-7 record with a 3.74 ERA in 23 starts so far this season. He has struck out 140 and walked 29 in 139 2/3 innings on the mound. Related News The Giants still had an active deadline despite keeping Bumgarner. They sent Mark Melancon to the Braves, Drew Pomeranz to the Brewers and Sam Dyson to the Twins. San Francisco also added second baseman Scooter Gennett in a deal with the Reds.The Giants entered play Wednesday 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot with a 54-53 record. MLB trade rumors: Brewers acquire Drew Pomeranz, Ray Black from Giants for top prospect MLB trade news: Giants acquire Scooter Gennett from Reds MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sam Dyson from Giantslast_img read more

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‘Madden 20’ release date, cost, new features, editions: A guide to everything you need to know

first_imgPlus, with other modes such as Franchise, MUT, online and exhibition returning, there are plenty of ways to appreciate Madden this year.Here’s everything you’ll need to know ahead of the “Madden NFL 20” release on Aug. 2, including cost, the difference between editions, new features, players ratings and how to play the game a few days before everyone else.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsContents:Madden 20 release dateHow much does each edition cost?Standard EditionSuperstar EditionUltimate Superstar EditionMadden 20 player ratingsNew featuresCover starWhat consoles is Madden 20 available on?How to play Madden 20 early’Madden NFL 20′ release dateJuly 25: If you have EA Access, Origin Access or Origin Access Premier you can get “Madden NFL 20” on this dateJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Superstar Edition releasesJuly 30: “Madden NFL 20” Ultimate Superstar Edition releasesAugust 2: “Madden NFL 20” Standard Edition releasesAug. 2 is one of the earliest standard-edition release dates in the history of the franchise, which typically rolls out its new game toward the end of the month. That will allow gamers more time to get a feel for “Madden NFL 20” before the 2019 NFL season begins Sept. 5.’Madden NFL 20′ price: How much does each edition cost?There are three versions of “Madden NFL 20″ coming out: Standard, Superstar and Ultimate Superstar. Here’s how the prices vary by edition and what you’ll get for your money.’Madden NFL 20′ Standard Edition: $60This game has all of the typical features you need. As the name suggests, it’s your standard version of Madden with no added features or MUT upgrades.’Madden NFL 20′ Superstar Edition: $80This version releases three days early and also contains 12 Gold Team Ultimate packs and one Training item. So, if you want to start on the sticks early, or if you’re really into Madden Ultimate Team, then this version might be for you. Otherwise, it would make sense to wait and save the extra $20.’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate Superstar Edition: $100Similar to the superstar version, you get to play the game three days early, but this version comes with a few extra features like one QB Legend for your Ultimate Team, 16 Gold packs, one Core Elite player from any team and one Training item. If you enjoy Madden Ultimate Team, it’d make sense to go ahead and splurge for that extra $40. Otherwise, you’re better off waiting three days for the standard version.MORE: Here are all the players with Superstar and X-Factor abilities in ‘Madden 20”Madden NFL 20′ player ratingsThere are only four 99 overall players (Aaron Donald, DeAndre Hopkins, Khalil Mack and Bobby Wagner). Patrick Mahomes takes the best QB spot (97 overall) with Todd Gurley being the best RB (97 overall) and Hopkins being the best WR (99 overall).The Eagles have the best overall team rating (89) with the Dolphins being the worst overall team (74).Here are the top 10 overall players in “Madden NFL 20”:Player NamePositionOVRAaron DonaldRE99DeAndre HopkinsWR99Khalil MackLOLB99Bobby WagnerMLB99Antonio BrownWR98Julio JonesWR98Luke KuechlyMLB98David BakhtiariLT97Todd GurleyRB97Patrick MahomesQB97We’ve listed all of the top players at each position here and you can view the entire overall team ratings here.MADDEN 20 RATINGS:Player ratings at each positionOverall team ratingsBest offensive teams to useBest defensive teams to use’Madden NFL 20’ features, old and newQB1 and College Football (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/71/qb1-madden-20_13qxsl0497e911o1dzfnixllwr.png?t=-69504909&w=500&quality=80 EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1/bc/madden-20-release-date-ftr_elkl7d9tqx9a1oschdlwzuc41.png?t=-62228589&w=500&quality=80 What console is ‘Madden NFL 20’ available on?Xbox OnePlaystation 4PCMadden 20 is available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC users, as well as PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, Xbox One X and Xbox One S.EA Sports no longer makes Madden NFL for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles and the game isn’t available on Nintendo Switch like its FIFA counterpart.How to play ‘Madden NFL 20′ earlyYes, there are several ways to play early. The Beta version available in June is no longer an option, but if you purchase one of the special editions or join one of EA’s subscription services you can play the game a few days earlier than others. NCAA Football is back! … kinda.While the game itself is, unfortunately, not coming back anytime soon, gamers can play college football again in a limited capacity. “Madden NFL 20’s” QB1 Mode is an extension to Franchise Mode that allows you to play as a custom quarterback. This essentially replaces Superstar Mode, but instead of picking any position, you’re stuck with just quarterback.Still, this mode looks pretty exciting. You get to play in college to build up your rating, play on the big stage in the College Football Playoff, advance to the NFL Combine and begin your career as an NFL star.Franchise ModeThis isn’t a new mode, but it’s a classic.You can choose to play as a player (position of your choice), a coach or an owner. You can choose single player, or you can compete in a multiplayer online league with up to 32 teams. You play the preseason, regular season and playoffs on a quest to win the Super Bowl and build a dynasty.MORE MADDEN 20: Listen to the soundtrack | Who are the announcers?’Madden NFL 20′ Ultimate TeamMadden Ultimate Team is back, and if you purchase one of the special editions of Madden you get some nice upgrades.Here’s how EA Sports explains MUT:Do you like Fantasy Football and the idea of building a winning team from scratch? Do you like opening packs of items to enhance your line up, sell in an auction environment, trade with your friends or even put in collections for more players, packs, or in-game currency? MUT has all of these things and more!Madden Ultimate Team is packed with collections, solo challenges, and a complete multiplayer head-to-head “Seasons Mode,” which lets players challenge their friends’ Ultimate Team for ultimate bragging rights! Ultimate Team also provides never-ending content and promotions throughout the year. With Madden Ultimate Team, the football season never ends.With MUT continuing another year, we can expect an even better version than in years past.’Madden NFL 20′ online, exhibition playOther classic features being continued into “Madden NFL 20.” If you just want to practice your skills against the computer, you can play offline in the traditional exhibition game mode, or if you want to go up against other gamers, you can play online. These game modes allow for single or multiplayer options. You can customize everything down to the time, rules, stadiums and uniforms.’Madden NFL 20’ Superstar X-FactorThis is a new feature added to Madden. Here’s how EA Sports explains it:At launch, there will be 50 players in Madden 20 who have Superstar X-Factor Zone abilities. These Zone Abilities can be unlocked during gameplay by completing objectives tailored to that player. There are offensive and defensive abilities. Some of these abilities include Bazooka (max distance increased by over 15 yards), Blitz Radar (highlights extra blitzers after the ball is snapped), Double Me (wins aggresive catches versus single coverage), Fearmonger (chance to pressure the QB while engaged with a blocker), Shutdown (tighter coverage and more interceptions on contested catches) and many more. MORE: Here are Madden’s 50 Superstar X-Factors and how to use themOther ‘Madden NFL 20′ featuresPlay the Pro BowlUnique PlaybooksNew Option PlaysPump Fake UpgradesMUT MissionsOn Field TrainerNew CelebrationsEA Sports has introduced RPOs (run-pass options) into the game and improved playbooks as a whole. In the past, playbooks were pretty similar team to team, but EA Sports says we’ll see a bigger variety in “Madden NFL 20.” In addition, some new trick plays have been added in to the game, such as the Philly Special. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/d/philly-special-madden-20-ftr_17y8d1trheal1rfgvnnvvxci4.png?t=-68072525&w=500&quality=80 The “Madden NFL 20” release date is almost here and the popular video game series looks to take an extra step this season.There are plenty of new features (which you can read all about below) that should excite football fans. Perhaps the most interesting part is the QB1 mode in which you will be able to play at the college level. You can only choose from 10 teams, but it has been so long that we’ve been able to play college football in a video game that we’ll take whatever we can get. The On-Field Trainer doesn’t sound too exciting for experienced Madden players and it’s a way to assist players at getting better at the game. There’s nothing more irritating than just trying to play a quick game and having something pop up on the screen constantly.The new celebrations should be a fun addition to the game. EA Sports already showcased one of them by failing to give Tom Brady a high five.Celebrating your record breaking performance in #Madden20 … https://t.co/aBanGx3rup pic.twitter.com/gS8ZjqRD5q— Madden NFL 20 (@EAMaddenNFL) July 15, 2019Being able to play in the Pro Bowl again and upgrading the pump fake are also nice small changes to the game that should improve overall gameplay.’Madden NFL 20’ cover star Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the cover of Madden this year. He’s one of the game’s Superstar X-Factor players.last_img read more

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B&H juniors in the group with Greece, Russia and Czech Republic

first_imgThe junior basketball representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina will play at the European Championship in Latvia for players younger than 18 years. Our basketball players will perform in group B with the teams from Greece, Russia and Czech Republic. The championship is scheduled from the 18thtill 28 th July, 2013.These are the groups that will compete at the European Championship:Group A: Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, France Group B: Greece, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic Group C: Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain Group D: Ukraine, Turkey, England, Croatialast_img read more

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Volleyball club of ‘Jedinstvo’ is the champion of BiH

first_imgAfter playing two final matches, women volleyball club ‘Jedinstvo’ from Brčko is the champion of BiH.‘Jedinstvo’ won the title by defeating ‘Kula’ from Gradačac.During the entire match, ‘Jedinstvo’ dominated, and the final result was 3:0 for ‘Jedinstvo’.UOK BL Volley and ŽOK Kakanj are the clubs that will leave the Premier League of BiH.last_img

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