Lakers New Favorite to Win 2020 NBA Title After Klay Thompson Injury Announced

The Warriors were the favorites to win after falling to the Raptors on Thursday night, but news of Klay Thompson’s ACL injury changed things.

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Andrew McCutchen asks for prayers after quirky injury

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Andrew McCutchen sprained his left knee in a loss to the San Diego Padres and will have an MRI exam on Tuesday. McCutchen was hurt during a rundown in the first inning and came out of the game. “I didn’t feel it pop or anything,” he said. “Something felt uncomfortable, something…
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MLB roundup: Cubs’ win over Astros marred by fan’s injury

Kyle Hendricks pitched eight effective innings, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant homered, and the visiting Chicago Cubs averted a series sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 2-1 interleague victory Wednesday.


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Serena Williams Withdraws From Italian Open Prior to Match vs. Venus Due to Knee Injury

Serena Williams is withdrawing from her third consecutive tournament, this time because of a left knee injury.

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Clint Frazier continues to be answer to Yankees’ injury woes

Clint Frazier homered again in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the Royals in The Bronx. He’s now tied for the team lead with Gary Sanchez with six. Asked about his confidence, Frazier said it is at “an all-time high.” “It’s already high when I wake up in the morning,’’ said Frazier, who started in right field…
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Adams Fares Well in New Role, McKennie’s Injury Clouds USA’s Win vs. Ecuador

The USA improved to 3-0-0 under Gregg Berhalter, with Tyler Adams adjusting to his new role, Gyasi Zardes benefiting from some good luck and Weston McKennie exiting injured after a scary moment in the 1-0 win.

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Traumatic brain injury and kids: New treatment guidelines issued

To help promote the highest standards of care, and improve the overall rates of survival and recovery following TBI, a panel of pediatric critical care, neurosurgery and other pediatric experts today issued the third edition of the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines for the Management of Pediatric Severe TBI.
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Nike Stock Falls 1.7% After Duke Star’s Exploding Shoe Injury

(Bloomberg) — Nike Inc. is looking into what went wrong after college basketball’s biggest star sprained his knee when his shoe fell apart, one of the most high-profile apparel failures in basketball history.

Duke University star freshman Zion Williamson, the consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s National Basketball Association draft, tumbled to the court less than 35 seconds into last night’s loss to in-state rival North Carolina. He’d planted his foot to change direction when his left shoe, the PG 2.5 PE, came apart, causing him to fall awkwardly.

The fallout for the world’s largest sportswear brand was immediate. Twitter lit up with jabs from fans and rival brands, making “Zion” and “Nike” trending topics within the social media network. The company’s stock fell as much as 1.7 percent in New York trading Thursday.

“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said by email. “While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”

While the incident, which occurred during one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the year, is certainly embarrassing, it likely won’t affect Nike’s prominent standing within the sport, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Chen Grazutis. If you combine Nike and its Jordan brand, the company has more than 90 percent of the basketball market. Nike reported $ 4.35 billion in wholesale equivalent basketball sales in fiscal 2018, about 14 percent of its overall sales.

“They might get a lot bad press over the next couple days, but I don’t think it will have a direct impact on the shoes,” Grazutis said.

Companies like Nike and Adidas pay tens of millions of dollars for the exclusive right to outfit high-profile college programs like Duke, meaning their athletes are required to wear uniforms and shoes made by the team’s sponsor. Though Duke’s contract with Nike isn’t public, the Durham school is one of Nike’s most important basketball partners. For comparison, the University of Kentucky, another top basketball school, recently extended its Nike deal for eight years and $ 30.6 million.

The malfunction might also hurt Nike’s ability to sign Williamson once he decides to go pro. College athletes can’t sign endorsement deals, but competition for elite draft prospects is fierce every year. Last year’s No. 1 pick, Deandre Ayton, signed a deal with Puma SE that was reported to be the largest rookie deal since Kevin Durant’s seven-year, $ 60 million deal with Nike back in 2007.

Williamson is one of the most highly regarded college prospects in years. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward suffered a mild knee sprain, according to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. He did not return to the game, and No. 8 UNC upset No. 1 Duke 88-72.

The timing could not have been worse for Nike. Not only was the game televised nationally on ESPN, it was one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the year. The cheapest resale tickets leading up to tip-off were over $ 2,500, approaching Super Bowl levels.

Former President Barack Obama, courtside at the high-profile clash, was shown on video appearing to say with an incredulous look: “His shoe broke!”

It also comes as Nike draws criticism for a different kind of shoe malfunction. Some people who purchased the company’s newest basketball creation, a laceless shoe that you can control with your phone, were unable to connect to the Android version of the app.

This isn’t the first time that Nike’s had problems with its basketball merchandise. After taking over as the official NBA uniform supplier in 2017, multiple stars including LeBron James had their jerseys rip.

Nike stock is up about 25 percent in the past year, similar to the gains of Puma and Under Armour Inc. while leading the roughly 12 percent gain of Adidas AG.

Puma is an upstart in the basketball market, and one of its few NBA players, Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics, took advantage of Nike’s stumble to urge others to join him.

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What Victor Oladipo’s injury means for the Pacers

With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo potentially out for the season, could the Indiana Pacers still compete in the Eastern Conference? Oladipo suffered an ugly noncontact injury to his right knee during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors and left the court on a stretcher. It was no surprise when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Pacers fear Oladipo’s injury will require season-ending surgery, a diagnosis that could be confirmed by an MRI on Thursday. After going winless in the seven games Oladipo missed in 2017-18, Indiana went 7-4 earlier this season when he sat out 11 games because of a sore right knee. Is that success sustainable for the Pacers, or would an extended absence for Oladipo make it impossible for Indiana to maintain a top-four seed in the East? Let’s take a look at the data. How did the Pacers replace Oladipo? While Indiana’s 7-4 stretch…
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LeBron James exits Warriors showdown with groin injury

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors….
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Braylon Edwards Praises Jim Harbaugh After Brother’s Injury

Former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards praised head coach Jim Harbaugh for rushing to his brother Berkley's side after the running back was injured Saturday in the Wolverines' win over Indiana. In the fourth quarter, Berkley Edwards was hit helmet to helmet by Hoosiers linebacker Cam Jones while blocking a kickoff. Edwards laid motionless on the field for several minutes as the medical staff and Harbaugh gathered around him.

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Carrie Underwood: Singing Was ‘Physically Impossible’ After Facial Injury

She could “Cry Pretty,” but singing pretty was a different story! Carrie Underwood revealed it was “physically impossible” for her to sing in the wake of her November 2017 facial injury.

“I had wanted to be in the studio sooner than I was, actually recording these songs [on latest album Cry Pretty], but I had stitches inside my mouth, outside my mouth. It was physically impossible,” the 35-year-old told Vulture in a new interview.

“I felt like the differences were more in my head than they were in anybody else’s that would listen to the things I was doing,” Underwood elaborated. “Going into the studio for the first time, it was a mind game: ‘Do I sound the same? Is my diction the same? Does my mouth move the same as it did before?’”

Certain consonants gave the American Idol alum pause, she explained: “I would sing something and then look at [producer David Garcia] and be like, ‘Did that all come out clearly?’ My m’s and b’s and p’s were kind of the issue. And he was like, ‘I thought it sounded great.’”

Underwood, who is currently pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, suffered the injury after falling at home in Nashville last November. The laceration required 40 stitches on the singer’s face, and she later showed off her scar on Instagram.

Despite any anxieties about her enunciation, though, the seven-time Grammy winner has come to peace with her evolving sound. “Things change just as you get older; your muscles change,” she told Vulture. “I kind of expect I’m not always going to sound like I’m 22 coming off of American Idol. Hopefully I get better.”

Underwood has been married to Fisher, 38, since 2010. The couple welcomed a son, Isaiah Michael, in February 2015.

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