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Etherington announces retirement

first_img The 33-year-old was released by Stoke in the summer after five and a half years with the club and did not play another professional game. He was given a trial by Millwall last month but has been forced to hang up his boots. Press Association Etherington wrote on Twitter: “Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. “I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15yrs old. Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. “I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.” Etherington began his career with Peterborough and made his debut in the Football League aged 15 years and 262 days in a win over Brentford in 1997. He moved to Tottenham in 2000 along with fellow midfielder Simon Davies but struggled to establish himself and spent a spell on loan at Bradford. His career really took off when he joined West Ham in 2003 and Etherington played nearly 200 games for the Hammers, appearing in the 2006 FA Cup final loss to Liverpool, before being sold to Stoke in January 2009. Etherington had been secretly battling a gambling addiction – he estimates he lost £1.5million – and the move to the Potteries helped him kick the habit along with a week at the Sporting Chance clinic. With his off-the-field problems behind him, he found some of his best form at Stoke and scored in their 5-0 FA Cup semi-final thrashing of Bolton in 2011. He recovered from a hamstring problem to play in the final, when Stoke lost 1-0 to Manchester City, but his back issue became ever more limiting and he made just 12 appearances last season. Etherington represented England from under-16 to under-21 level but never received a call-up to the senior side. center_img Former Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has announced his retirement from football because of an ongoing back problem.last_img read more

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GSA’s Zeya Lorio wins three events in MDI track meet

first_imgBAR HARBOR — George Stevens Academy’s Zeya Lorio took first in two individual events and one relay at Saturday’s Mount Desert Island track meet.Lorio won the 1,600-meter run (5:49.60) and the 800-meter run (2:46.44), and she was also one of the 4×400-meter relay winners, who also included Eliza Broughton, Bella Cimeno and Alice Dillon (4:46.97).The GSA girls took third overall of five teams with 89 points. MDI won with 125, and Hermon placed second with 104. The boys placed second with 121 points, and MDI won with 192.GSA boys who placed first were John Hassett, who placed first in both the 800-meter run (2:05.28) and the 3,200-meter run (10:58.64), and Erik Taylor-Lash, who won the 1,600-meter race walk (8:19.38).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textClick here for more boys’ results.Click here for more girls’ results.last_img read more

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Lakers play uninspired in loss to Thunder with another night of cold shooting

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousLeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half ofan NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Steven Adams, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is defended by Markieff Morris, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Markieff Morris, center, battles for the ball with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Luguentz Dort (5) and Hamidou Diallo (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Steven Adams of Oklahoma City, left, scores a basket past JaVale McGee, right, of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 and Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers react against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts a shot defended by Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a lay up against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nerlens Noel is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green, left, and JaVale McGee during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)A detailed view of the “Lebron James Family Foundation Bracelet” worn by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James kneels during the national anthem prior to the NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers kneel prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is pursued by Markieff Morris #88 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and LeBron James #23 help their teammate Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul attempts a lay up against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Anthony Davis, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Steven Adams, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dion Waiters, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Nerlens Noel, center, and Hamidou Diallo, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ JaVale McGee (7) attempts a shot against Oklahoma Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James, right, of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Andre Roberson, left, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is fouled by Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Luguentz Dort #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts a shot against Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Markieff Morris #88 of the Los Angeles Lakers battles for the ball with Luguentz Dort #5 and Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) with LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff looks on from the sideline against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half ofan NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 37Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ExpandThe Lakers entered the evening intending to play close-to-playoff rotations. What unfolded was an uninspiring effort that seemed equal parts fueled by no true stakes to play for and still adjusting to the unfamiliar conditions of the bubble.The Lakers were just 5 for 37 from deep, with only three players even hitting a 3-pointer. James and Anthony Davis each failed to hit one, and both looked downright pedestrian, combining for 10-for-30 shooting. Davis in particular slumped after knocking down 42 points against the Jazz two nights before, finishing with nine. James had 19.Neither of them seemed all that broken up about it. They quietly joked with one another at the end of the bench as the minutes ticked off of the blowout loss that left them 2-2 since the restart.But even if the game doesn’t mean anything for the playoff picture, it gnawed away some of the sheen the Lakers had entering the bubble with many of their key players intact. In three of their four games since the restart, they’ve shot under 40 percent from the field, including under 35 percent from 3-point range. They’ve yet to have one consistent, wire-to-wire offensive effort, and with just four seeding games left, it might not happen before the playoffs begin.While coach Frank Vogel said he thought the team had created shot opportunities, he was concerned that the Lakers had fouled a lot, had lost offensive pace and generally did not look sharp. He foreshadowed changes ahead. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s usually not a good sign when LeBron James changes shoes at halftime.The Lakers had just scored 45 points in a half, trailed by seven, and their stars looked rough again on offense. The court at H.P. Fieldhouse felt a little more slippery than he liked. Changing shoes had worked for James in the restart opener against the Clippers; maybe on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he thought it would cast a similar spell.“It’s a superstitious thing,” he said. “An OCD thing, too.”But even a nod to cosmic forces has not yet undone a shooting slump that humbled the Lakers in a 105-86 loss to the Thunder — a result that has no bearing on their top-seed status, but has continued to undermine confidence that they can reach the contending level they had in March. “Part of what we’re learning is some things are not working,” he said. “And we’ve got to obviously, when something’s not working, either change the personnel or change the way you’re using them, and those are the things we’re looking at right now.”The starting lineup was at the heart of the loss, outscored by their Thunder counterparts 85-38. Chris Paul led with 21 points, but all the OKC starters were in double figures. James was the only Lakers starter who scored 10 or more. OKC led by as much as 20 points.Seven Lakers didn’t make a 3-pointer on multiple attempts, adding to a trend where the Lakers are shooting just 25.2 percent behind the arc, the lowest of any of the 22 teams in the bubble. At this point, it defies a straightforward explanation for a team that has a season-long 35 percent average.“Just gotta put the ball in the basket,” said Kyle Kuzma. “Whatever you want to call it — soul searching, putting extra work in — we’ve gotta hit shots.”While the Lakers have stressed patience while dealing with shooters, that patience might be wearing thin. Vogel said while he’ll see how his starters are feeling before Thursday’s game with Houston, he wanted to keep his regular rotation playing — he’s yet to see them in offensive rhythm.Davis, who has been the Lakers’ best scorer so far, said he was “100 percent positive” the team would find it.“We’re getting everything we want offensively: easy looks, guys missing layups, airballed floaters that I make, missing free throws,” he said. “Things that we normally do, it just isn’t happening. It’s not like our offense is bad. Or we have bad spacing. Or we’re not in the right spot. It’s more so guys just being comfortable and making shots.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more