Joe Flacco appears to be on the mend.While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism about the veteran quarterback’s availability for workouts this week entering Week 14 action. Despite Flacco’s return to the field, backup quarterback Lamar Jackson is still expected to remain the starter. The rookie made his third regular-season start Sunday against the Falcons, leading the Ravens to a third straight win.The Chiefs (10-2) are slated to host Ravens (7-5) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Coach Harbaugh on QB Joe Flacco’s practice status today: pic.twitter.com/HmIc0Ht3qr— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 5, 2018Flacco, who injured his hip in the Ravens’ Week 9 loss to the Steelers, returned to practice last Thursday for the first time since getting hurt Nov. 4. He worked out on a limited basis but participated in throwing drills. Related News Joe Flacco injury update: Ravens QB (hip) returns to practice Thursday “I don’t anticipate it being a full participation the whole practice, but ramped up from last week,” Harbaugh said of Flacco.
That’s because the Lakers (3-13) three-game losing streak came against the Timberwolves (4-10), whose record only exceeds the Lakers in the Western Confernece. The Timberwolves also had injuries to Ricky Rubio (left ankle), Nikola Pekovic (right wrist), Kevin Martin (right wrist) and Ronny Turiaf (right hip). But the Lakers have proven there’s no such thing as a guaranteed victory. Kobe Bryant missed a 25-foot 3-point attempt at the top of the key before time expired, an attempt he said “felt good and just went a little short.” But that hardly explains the Lakers loss considering Bryant finished with an efficient 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, five assists and five steals in 35 minutes. It traces back to the Lakers’ defense, which allowed everyone from UCLA standout Zach LaVine (28 points), Mo Williams (25 points) and Thaddeus Young (22 points) from having a highlight reel. The lone exception entailed top prospect Andrew Wiggins, who scored only three points on a 1-of-6 clip.“We were just lazy defensively,” said Bryant, who occasionally argued with officials instead of getting back on defense. “We cut corners.”That hardly sat well with Scott, who reported telling his team at morning shootaround, before the game and at halftime not to overlook the Timberwolves because of their record. “Sooner or later, you get tired of the crap getting beaten out of you,” Scott said. ““There’s nobody in this league we should be looking at & say this is an easy win.” The Lakers stepped on the court and mirrored how most Thanksgiving dinners played out a day beforehand. They executed on offense with the same kind of speed and efficiency needed to grab the last turkey leg. Yet, the Lakers also trudged back on defense with little energy and interest, as if they had eaten too much food. All of those ingredients caused the Lakers’ 120-119 loss on Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, prompting coach Byron Scott to speak in an agigated tone afterwards in which he appeared close to speak in vulgarities.“We weren’t ready to play,” Scott said. “A bunch of mental mistakes, bunch of physical mistakes. We looked at them like they were inferior to us.” The Lakers offered both entertaining and head-scratching moments throughout the game. Bryant threw a no-look pass to Nick Young, whose reverse dunk gave the Lakers a 115-107 lead with 5:03 lead and capped a 13-6 run. The two teammates then chest-bumped at midcourt.Yet, the Lakers could not maintain that cushion. Minnesota scored eight unanswered points. After posting 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, Jeremy Lin sat out of the final 3:45. Young overshadowed his 16-point effort on 6-of-12 shooting with a contested shot, a 25-foot 3-pointer that hit off the backboard as the Lakers led 117-115 with 1:54 left. Bryant’s eight-foot turnaround jumper tied the game at 119-119 with 5.6 seconds remaining. But then Thaddeus Young drew a foul on Nick Young on the next possession. Fortunately for the Lakers, Thaddeus Young only made one of two foul shots to give Minnesota a 120-119 lead with 2.9 seconds left. But then Bryant’s potential game-winner hit off the rim. “In the Last three minutes; we should’ve stayed with what we were doing,” YOung said. “Somehow we started playing too fast. It didn’t feel right.”Hence, why Scott spent his post-game press conference questioning his team’s effort outside of Bryant. “All the things we’re messing up we can correct,” Scott said. “It just takes a little bit of effort and a lot more focus. But tonight it was about the owrst we played as far as being focused and ready to play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Damir Džumhur, our best tennis player, has the best ranking in his career.Currently, he is at the seventy first place of ATP ranking.“Because of my ranking I’m very close to the Olympics in Rio, since two players are behind me at the moment. Besides, the first two players who are below the line and who are from the countries that do not have their representatives at the Olympics, will receive the invitations. At this moment, those players are Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan and me.”The second Grand- Slam tournament is ahead.“I will be defending 90 point at Roland Garros; and, if I win the first round I will remain in the same position. I believe I can repeat the last year’s result. I feel good and I believe I can fight anyone. Of course, many things will depend on my shape; but, my desire is to avoid top 15 players during the first round, and if luck serves me well, everything is possible…”(Source: Dnevni Avaz)