February 11, 2014 |
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Craig Kuligowski heard the words, but at first they didn't register. In nearly three decades in college football, the University of Missouri defensive line coach had come to view summer team-building sessions as a typically uneventful training camp exercise. So he wasn't expecting different on a sweltering day last August when he gathered 15 players in a nondescript, windowless meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. There, beneath seven black-and-gold placards professing an adherence to teamwork, camaraderie and character, one of the players tested whether those were core values or just empty words.
January 25, 2014 |
TORONTO - J.J. Redick was full of doubt about being able to return after he left the Clippers' game Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter, saying "No, three times," about the prospect. Redick, already dealing with a sore right shoulder and bruised left knee, suffered back spasms and was forced to the locker room to get treatment. However, once Redick got what he needed, , he went to work for the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the final six minutes, 22 seconds of their victory over the Raptors.
January 24, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Pau Gasol is often considered the quiet star of the Lakers, the one who doesn't use death stares or bared teeth to show his emotion. Not on Friday. Gasol tore into the Lakers after a meek 114-105 loss to the woeful Orlando Magic, angrily asking his teammates why they lost to a lousy team and challenging them to turn it around quickly. He accented the point by hurling his basketball shoes in the locker room, he later acknowledged. Gasol's career credentials didn't need repeating, but two championships in three trips to the NBA Finals gave him a pulpit to pound if he wished.
January 3, 2014 |
Chris Paul went down holding his right shoulder and was taken to the locker room with 6 minutes 43 seconds left in the third quarter of the Clippers' game against the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night. Paul suffered a right shoulder sprain, the Clippers announced. He did not return to the game. The Clippers were leading, 77-75, when he was injured. Paul came off a high screen set by DeAndre Jordan and was fouled by Monta Ellis. Paul tumbled to the court holding his shoulder.
November 28, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III has plenty to worry about as a second-year quarterback with the struggling Washington Redskins, including criticism regarding his father's visit to the team's locker room after another loss on Monday night. RG3 let the media know on Wednesday that all was well with his dad paying a visit after the 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “Yeah, I was a little shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm,” Griffin told reporters. “And anybody out there that's going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father.
November 21, 2013 |
The final pass by Robert Griffin III on Sunday didn't hit the mark, but the quarterback's critical postgame comments sure did. He pointed to his receivers' inability to get open on a game-ending interception. That angered at least one teammate, and Griffin issued a semi-apology Wednesday. “I think at the end of the day, I just have to know in that situation after a tough loss to a divisional opponent I can't give anybody any opportunity to read into my words and misinterpret anything,” he told reporters.