The Sports Report: LeBron James out the rest of season

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Lakers

I recognize I said I wouldn’t lead with the Lakers again this season until there has been huge news. Well, there’s extensive information: LeBron James gained’t plays once more this season. Bill Plaschke takes a glance. Here’s an excerpt:

“It turned into presupposed to cease in the playoffs. It changed into speculated to give up with a heroic effort to tug an overmatched crew again in the direction of NBA greatness, the end of a stirring run representing the beginning of new hope.

“Instead, LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers ended in an announcement.

“After consulting with our group doctors and scientific staff, we’ve got decided to maintain LeBron out of video games for the the rest of the season,’’ read the message issued Saturday using basketball bosses Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. “This selection will allow his groin to heal fully, and is fine for the destiny fulfillment of both LeBron and the Lakers.’’

“So that’s that. It’s over. It’s done. The high-quality debacle has mercifully been placed to sleep, and the uncomfortable assessment can sooner or later be made.

“LeBron James’ first season as a Laker has been a total bust.

“The selection to close him down, while entirely understandable, serves as the proper punctuation mark on immense unhappiness. James may be physically at hazard if he finished out the very last six games of the agenda, and it might be meaningless even if he did, and doesn’t that inform you everything?

“It’s official now, the final curtain falling on what is probably the most disillusioning character season in Los Angeles sports records. Think approximately where this journey started. Think approximately in which, nearly 12 months later, it has stalled. The drop in elevation has been staggering.”

Dodgers

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The Dodgers shouldn’t worry an excessive amount of approximately their bullpen blowing a lead on Saturday, as Cody Bellinger had homers and six RBIs and Justin Turner have 5 RBIs in an 18-five win over Arizona.

How out of manage changed into the sport? It becomes so terrible that Dave Roberts asked catcher Russell Martin to pitch the remaining inning. He retired the side in order, which makes him considered one of their handiest relievers.

“It might’ve been honestly, virtually tough to blow that lead,” Martin stated after the game.

Also, Clayton Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start on Thursday. Unfortunately, it won’t be in Rancho Cucamonga.

March Madness

A take a look at the Elite 8 consequences for the men’s tournament:

 

Saturday’s Elite Eight outcomes

No. Three Texas Tech seventy-five, No. 1 Gonzaga 69 (read recreation tale right here)

No. 1 Virginia eighty, No. Three Purdue 75, OT (read game story here)

Today’s Elite Eight TV time table

All Times Pacific

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Auburn, 11:15 a.M., CBS

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan St. 2 p.M., CBS

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